Scheduled Maintenance

Update: We had to postpone maintenance. We’ll be down from 11:00pm – 1:00am MST today.

FYI … we’ll be down for maintenance from 8:00am – 10:00am tomorrow as we move everything over to the new platform. Thanks, and sorry for any inconvenience!

Tweets for Boobs Status

An update on #tweetsforboobs, but first … thanks for everyone’s participation so far. You all have been amazing!!! Keep it up!

How #tweetsforboobs Started (if you’re curious)

We’re really happy to be involved with the #tweetsforboobs twitter campaign for breast cancer awareness. At the beginning of September I decided I wanted to do something non-profit oriented on Twitter. I bounced the idea off of my buddy Josh Strebel, he liked it and reminded me that October is breast cancer awareness month. I have a few women very close to me who are currently fighting breast cancer or have survived it. Because of that, I really wanted to see if we could make something work, on Twitter, to 1) help raise awareness, and 2) generate donations. A few days later we bought the domain tweetsforboobs.org and started putting things in motion.

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Google Barcode

Ha … Google’s changed their logo to a barcode! I fired up the Barcode Scanner app on my G1 to decrypt it and guess what, it’s Google in barcode.

I’d been making some updates to the blog and loaded up Google (because it’s my default page). It’s hard to miss, but there ;) Turns out the original barcode patent was filed October 7th, 1952 by Wallace Flint.

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Some Hickups Today

Update: Things are back to normal now.

Early this morning the process that pulls yesterday’s ranking data into the interface was delayed about five hours. Your account may look wonky, and be really slow, until this completes. It should be soon, but I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on. We do have your data, it just may not look like it at the moment. Everything will be back to normal in a few hours. Thanks for your patience.

Since we’re talking backend things at the moment … might as well update everyone on what we’re working on. For the last few weeks we’ve been updating the entire architecture to be much more reliable, flexible and scalable. Part of this process is getting everything on Amazon’s cloud. We’ve been on Slicehost up until now, but are running into some issues with them, as you may have noticed today :( Amazon will not only allow us to scale the way we aggregate and process your data, but they also provide us with quite a few utilities to take advantage of in the process.

Again … thanks for your patience as we make this transition. Things will be a LOT better here shortly!

Keyword Counts

You may have noticed your keyword count decrease since yesterday, here’s why…

We’ve updated the way we count keywords within an account. We used to count each keyword / domain combination as a seperate keyword. If you had three domains tracking the same keyword, it would count as three keywords. We now only count keywords based on the keyword / locale combination. So if you have three US domains tracking the same keywords, it only counts as 1 keyword towards your limit. But, if you are tracking the same keyword for three different locales (e.g. US, UK and CA for example) it counts as 3 keywords towards your limit.

Keyword Tagging and AdWords Data

We’ve been working hard to build the things our customers have said they want. These are what we’ve been working on, and as of today, have enabled for all accounts…

AdWords Search Volume Data

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We’ve been working with the AdWords API for a while.  Everyone has had average global monthly search volume figures for Google in their .csv exports, but just now we enabled them in the interface.  [Read more...]