Okay, that was quite a few heavy posts there. Let’s do something fun now. Loren Baker has opened nominations for the 2006 Search Blogs Awards. Here’s the votes I threw in:
* Best Search Engine Corporate Blog (owned by the search engines)
Tough one. Google Reader Blog for me.
* Best Contextual Advertising Blog
Gotta be Jensense.
* Best Search Engine Community Blog
I’m going to go with SEOmoz for this year. The signal is high and lively compared to the noise.
* Best Web 2.0 Blog
But I found myself wishing for some other categories.
* Most interesting Whitehat blog:
Spamhuntress, narrowly edging out Eric Enge. Keep an eye on Eric, though. He’s got a fun idea for a series called This Old Web Site. Just like This Old House shows you how to remodel your home, Eric goes through a real-world example of a site that they remodeled and shows you everything they changed. The site was Videomaker.com, which is a real-world magazine, and Eric increased visitors by 67%. Good stuff.
* Most interesting Blackhat blog:
SEO Black hat. What the hell, I already linked to him once tonight. Fun to read, but following his advice could get all your sites burned to the ground.
* Thinks most like a Googler:
Philipp over at Google Blogoscoped. I wish I’d had the ideas for this click survey or this Internet chess moves visualization. Philipp, I’m tired of being mad about this post. I’m ready to talk about the bet now whenever you want.
* Best off-the-beaten-track Google news:
Google Operating System
* Best up-and-comer blog of the year:
Bruce Clay Blog. I know I know, it didn’t really start in 2006, but 2006 is the year it became a must-read. Lisa and Susan, get them to turn on comments over there, will ya?
* Best blog covering the legal side of search:
* Blog most likely to provoke deep thoughts:
Greg Linden. How come we can’t get another 5-10 blogs like Greg’s?
* Biggest search story of the year:
China. Runner-up: Danny Sullivan leaves Search Engine Watch after 10 years.
* Best search patent blog:
SEO by the SEA. This category will be summarily given to Bill Slawski for a five year term, barring a major shake-up.
* Best search blog for people who have real lives and don’t live and breathe search 24 hours a day:
* Best search radio show/podcast of the year:
The Daily SearchCast
* Best search video of the year:
(Okay, I did some. Did anyone else do search videos? If so, comment. Maybe more people will hop in this niche next year.)
* Favorite video games this year:
Tie: LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Games made for 10-year-olds are just about the right difficulty level for me. The other was online-game Kingdom of Loathing. If you wondering why I didn’t post as much in say, April or May, blame it on KoL.