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June 12, 2008

SEO Headlines 06/12/2008

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Should Your Employees Be Your BFFs?

Barry Schwartz pointed me to an article from Ad Age this morning that asks Do Bossfriends Create Great Employees. It’s funny, because if you asked me that a year ago my answer would have been completely different than what it is now. When I was still wet behind the ears I would have said that a boss can absolutely be buddies with their employees. I may have even rattled on about how it creates team unity and that hitting a beer bong in a social setting with those whose paychecks you sign was totally okay. Now, however, that kind of behavior would make me cringe.

As a boss you should be friendly with your staff. You should create an environment of trust and openness and free expression, but that doesn’t mean you should be best friend. There’s absolutely a line you have to draw. You don’t want to get into a situation where employees’ feelings are hurt because their bossfriend suddenly has to care about getting work done or the bottom line. You don’t want to open up an environment where employees get too comfortable or too casual and their professionalism suffers. You want there to be chemistry and for your employees to feel supported. That doesn’t mean that you have to help them close down the bar.

I think we manage to have a good balance around here. We have a pretty casual environment and open door policy when it comes to getting time with Bruce. We have company BBQs, bowling days, movie nights, spontaneous lunches, etc. But I’m not hanging out at Bruce’s house tonight to watch the Celtics beat the Lakers. I’ll be doing that at home, with people who are actually my friends.

Sorry, Bruce, but I just want to be friendly. I don’t want to be your BFF. :)

Yahoo, Microsoft, Google & The Internetz

Yahoo says that their talks with Microsoft really are over and that no deal has or will be made. Take a moment to compose yourself. It’ll be okay. Here’s a tissue.


Yes, TechCrunch reports that though Microsoft and Yahoo had both gone back to the table for negotiations, in the end Microsoft couldn’t justify the price Yahoo was after, and Yahoo realized it’d just be neutering its search engine anyway. The two will just have to go it alone.

Don’t worry, Yahoo’s not about to fall out of the headlines. Just this afternoon they announced a non exclusive search agreement with Google like we all thought they were going to. The deal will allow Yahoo to run Google ads alongside its search results and some of its Web properties in the United States and Canada.

From the press release:

“Under the terms of the agreement, Yahoo! will select the search term queries for which – and the pages on which – Yahoo! may offer Google paid search results. Yahoo! will define its users’ experience and will determine the number and placement of the results provided by Google and the mix of paid results provided by Panama, Google or other providers. The agreement applies to paid search and content match and does not apply to algorithmic search. The agreement also applies to current partners in Yahoo’s publisher network.”

Companies With An Identity Crisis Fail

Dave Goldenberg had a great article over at Digital Web Magazine entitled Why Do Web Startups Die? Lack of Alphalpha. Dave says the biggest reason new companies fail isn’t because they don’t have the talent or the drive to back up what they’re trying to do, it’s because they never really identify what it is they want to do. They don’t know who they are, where they’re going, what makes them different, etc, and as a result they fall on their face.

I mentioned this in Tuesday’s Avoiding Product Fail post, but you really have to know what you’re creating and what niche your product is going to fill before you launch it. Otherwise you those vital first moments of your existence solving your own identity crisis when you should be out presenting a strong brand image and getting your message out to your audience. As was hailed in the Cre8asite Forums, you don’t want to be that nerd in the singles bar. You want to assured, nimble, and ready to woo the masses.

It’s hard enough to launch a new company. If you don’t have a clear plan for how you’re going to do it and become the next TechCrunch, you may as well not even try.

Fun Finds

Christopher Hart, the new Director of Regional Operations for Bruce Clay East, sat down with Jim Hedger during last week’s SMX and talked about his plans for the new office, bringing SEO training to the East Coast and how BC East will fight through the noise of New York.

Chris Brogan tells us all how to be sexier in person. C’mon, you know you were googling it last night.

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One response to “SEO Headlines 06/12/2008”

  1. Barry Schwartz writes:

    Glad you agree with me. :) Some angry comments at my blog.

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