monopolydrunk

Ben Thompson’s post this week on Microsoft’s Monopoly Hangover touched a nerve. Thompson’s thesis is that companies that are monopolies tend to face considerable problems once the monopoly ends. He boils these problems down to: Nature “The great thing about a monopoly is that a company can do anything, because there is no competition; the bad […]

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SEORadar Alert

It’s a bit awkward to write about a company we have an investment in without sounding like a total salesman, but I am going to give it a try. Even if we had no interest in SEO Radar (full disclosure: we do), I’d like to think I’d still be writing this. Cause it saved my […]

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Tempurpedic Mattress

We are working with a mattress retailer who would like to show up higher for mattress brand queries like “Tempurpedic mattress”.  So I thought it might be helpful to see what types of pages currently rank for that query. Here are the top ranking URLs. Check out result #4: Here’s a link to the query […]

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Couldn’t resist a little hashtag-jacking… This is one of those posts where I #humblebrag about having been too busy to post much this year. The demand for our services and the complexity of some of our engagements ha…er…must…stop…the…marketingspeak… What I’m really trying to say is two awesome people have joined the Local SEO Guide team […]

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So Rand is “stepping away” from Moz… When I started trying to figure out SEO around 2003, I had no idea what I was doing. As I recall I stumbled onto a few voices that helped me start to make sense of things – some of the more memorable were Andy Beard, Aaron Wall and Rand Fishkin. Each […]

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I was just looking for info on a local restaurant to hit in Pleasanton tonight and noticed this obnoxious message from Wix: Even if Tri Valley Bistro has a free Wix site, is this any way to treat a customer? Do you think Tri Valley Bistro’s customers either would be interested in creating a Wix […]

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Angies List Stock Price Chart

The news that IAC’s Home Advisor is merging with Angie’s List to form a new public company is both surprising and not all that surprising. In InsiderPages’ early days, we considered Angie’s List one of our top competitors but we were always baffled why anyone would pay to get access to their members’ reviews, particularly […]

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one billion dollars dr evil

Gannett’s announcement yesterday that its ReachLocal division has acquired SweetIQ really pissed me off in that the day after Yext’s* IPO I had a great conversation with a Local vet where I predicted that the success of the IPO would set off a wave a M&A in the Local Marketing Tech sector and damned if […]

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