Woods starts strong, Scott leads

first_imgDay, who tied for second with Scott at the Masters in April, played in the morning when the course was at its most receptive and had seven birdies in his bogey-free round.American Nick Watney, who won the World Golf Championships event at Doral this year, was third with a 65 despite a bogey at the final hole.He was followed by a group of nine players on 66: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, Scotland’s Martin Laird, Korea’s Kyung-tae Kim, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and Americans Stewart Cink, Brandt Snedeker, D.A. Points and Ryan Moore.But the player drawing the most attention was undeniably Woods, who teed it up in competition for the first time since limping out of the Players Championship on May 12.Woods admitted he was nervous, but showed no sign that he was troubled by the left knee strain and Achilles tendon injury that he first suffered in April at the Masters.He carded a two-under 68 that put him in a group of 14 players sharing 18th place.“I hadn’t really gone at it yet until basically today, just kind of plodding away, just kind of hitting shots,” Woods said. “Today was just, let’s go, let’s go play, just put everything aside and let’s go give it a go and try to post a low number.”Woods, who played his last complete round at the Masters in April, posted his lowest opening round of the year and said he would be even better prepared mentally on Friday.“I’ve got the competitive feel now,” he said. “I know what it feels like to get into the flow of the round, the rhythm of playing and walking, and just the flow of playing tournament golf, which is way different than zipping around in shorts and a cart.”Scott’s round matched his career-low, but he said his new caddie wasn’t too impressed.Williams carried Woods’ clubs for all of his seven victories at Firestone. That included his 2000 triumph, when he had a record total of 259 to win by 11 shots.“He didn’t think it was a big deal to shoot 62,” Scott noted. “It was normal.”Day went out in the overcast morning conditions and grabbed the clubhouse lead on 63, capping his round with a birdie.“It felt like it was a boring kind of a game,” Day said. “It was down the middle, on the green, and every two or three holes was a birdie, which was nice.”Scott, starting in the afternoon, saw the low scores and decided on an aggressive strategy. His first birdie came at the par-five second hole. After birdies at six, eight and 10, he added three in a row from the 13th and one more for good measure at 17.“I just feel like I need to get myself in these things from Thursday, show up and go, not show up and see how you get on the first nine,” Scott said.“I feel like that’s a good way for me to go because I’m hitting the ball well, and I feel really confident on the greens. It was green light and just attack.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AKRON, Ohio, US – Adam Scott fired a first-round 62 on Thursday to lead fellow Australian Jason Day by one stroke at a Bridgestone Invitational dominated by the return of Tiger Woods.Scott, with Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams now on his bag permanently, played the par-70 Firestone layout without a bogey, firing eight birdies to take the lead in the elite World Golf Championships event.last_img read more

Zambia want to bridge 16-year gap

first_img0Shares0000BATA, Equatorial Guinea, February 3 – Victory over Sudan Saturday will take Zambia into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals for the first time in 16 years.A last-four place was the bottom line set by French coach Herve Renard for the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) when given control of the national squad a second time last October.Zambia were upset by Tunisia in the 1996 semi-finals in South Africa and suffered five first-round exits subsequently before Renard got them to the quarter-finals a couple of years ago. They began the latest edition of the biennial African football showpiece with a bang as Emmanuel Mayuka and Rainford Kalaba scored within the first 20 minutes en route to a shock 2-1 victory over much fancied Senegal.Next came Libya in a Bata mudbath sparked by torrential pre-match rain and while the swift-footed Zambians often got bogged down by the conditions, they displayed resilience to come from behind twice and take a point.Needing a win over co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in their final Group A fixture to dodge a last-eight match-up with title co-favourites Ivory Coast, they succeeded thanks to a goal from captain Christopher Katongo.Young brother Felix Katongo and fellow 2012 squad member James Chamanga were among the scorers when Zambia outplayed Sudan 3-0 four years ago in Ghana in the only previous Cup of Nations meeting between the countries.“You just have to fight for the flag you represent and for the national colours you wear,” said Renard as he beat a patriotic drum ahead of the first quarter-final of the weekend at the 35,000-seat Estadio de Bata.Zambia desperately want to win the Cup of Nations for the first time next weekend in Gabon as a plane carrying the 1993 national squad crashed into the Atlantic soon after refuelling in Libreville and all 30 on board died.“Imagine if we could lift the trophy there — it would be a fantastic way to honour the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the land they loved,” added Renard.If the presence of the Copper Bullets among the eight survivors of the group phase is no surprise, few outside Sudan gave the Jediane Falcons much chance of making it ahead of Angola and Burkina Faso.Coach Mohamed ‘Mazda’ Abdallah insisted before the tournament kicked off two weeks ago that his inexperienced, all-local squad devoid of stars was capable of getting out of Group B behind Ivory Coast.After giving the star-studded Ivorians a few frights before failing narrowly, the Falcons hit back twice to hold Angola and a Mohamed Eltaib brace bagged maximum points against Burkina Faso and qualification on goal difference.Abdallah brought only a few of the 2008 squad to central Africa this month and one — long-seving goalkeeper Almoiz Mahgoub — was axed after the defeat against Ivory Coast with Akram El Hadi elevated.He is likely to be the busier goalkeeper as Mayuka, the only Europe-based top-flight professional in the Zambian squad, Katongo and Rainford Kalaba seek the goals that will earn them a semi-finals crack at Ghana or Tunisia.“Zambia are a fast, well organised team which has achieved good results here and we must prepare tactically and physically for them,” said former national team skipper Abdallah.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Paris in the pokey

first_imgLYNWOOD – As mysterious as Cirque du Soleil and frenetic as Barnum & Bailey, the scene outside the county jail where hotel heiress Paris Hilton checked in early Monday was the only circus in town. Surrendering two days ahead of schedule, Hilton managed to avoid an expected crush of paparazzi, so only celebrity Web site TMZ.com got grainy video of her arrival. By noon, however, upward of 100 reporters, photographers and videographers were camped outside the Lynwood Regional Correction Facility, where they waited. And waited. And waited. Word was that Hilton’s lawyer, Richard A. Hutton, would make a statement. What more could he add? That Paris’ mug shot showed her beautifully made up, not a hair out of place? That Paris was inside wearing her jail-issue, nondesigner orange top and pants? That she had showered Monday morning using personal hygiene items not found in a cheap motel, much less a Hilton? That she was wearing a plastic wristband imprinted with her name and booking number, 9818783? That the clothes she wore when her mother and sister accompanied her to jail were now in county storage in a plastic bag? “(Paris) was cooperative during the (booking) process, which included being fingerprinted, photographed, medically screened,” sheriff’s Sgt. Diane Hecht said in a statement. “Ms. Hilton will be housed in a cell by herself and will be segregated, in a special housing unit, from the general population during her stay.” Meanwhile, outside the jail, the three-ring show went on. At one end, the local NBC reporter, after a couple of botched tries, landed her videotaped stand-up, reporting that the star of “The Simple Life” reality television show would have to use a shower and telephone and watch a small television sitting adjacent to her 8-by-12-foot cell. In the middle ring, after touching up his deep tan with a bronzer from a spray bottle, a network reporter flawlessly explained how the socialite had fallen this far – being pulled over in February for driving with a suspended license while on probation for a previous drunk-driving arrest. And on the other end of the big top, a CNN correspondent who kept fluffing her auburn hair every few seconds when not on the air, did her stand-up, then spoke knowledgeably about Paris to the anchorwoman. “Paris was at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night and from there …” All the while, the bouquet of microphones at the makeshift podium in front of the 13-year-old women’s jail were silent. Getting in easy As the circus unfolded, relatives and friends of women doing time at the jail trickled in and out. One of those visitors asked what the commotion was about and was told it was for Paris Hilton, who had sneaked into jail. “Well, getting in is easy,” the visitor said. “It’s jail. Let’s see her get out.” The only fan who did show up identified himself as Eric Gregory Hilton, 44, a carpenter from Torrance, who claimed to be a distant cousin. “We’re related through our grandfathers,” said Hilton, who made sure he introduced himself holding up the California driver’s license bearing his name. “I’ve never talked to Paris, but I have written her a couple of letters.” Only a few steps outside the ring marking the news-media area, a young man wearing a tie, white shirt and dress slacks snapped a series of photos of the CNN beauty, using a digital Nikon camera with a telephoto lens. A moment later he called over another similarly attired young man and showed him the shots he’d taken. As the pair ogled the photos, a reporter walked over and asked to interview them. “No, we can’t,” the photographer said. “We’re Lynwood city employees. We’re not even supposed to be here.” “Yeah,” his friend added. “This is even a city camera we’re using that we shouldn’t be.” Nearby, the wait went on, taking its toll. Cameramen standing in the hot sun reapplied sun screen. Others ate fast food purchased from a vendor. A group of British reporters debated whether Prince Harry should be deployed to Iraq. A few wondered what Paris was having for lunch (a turkey sandwich, according to one sheriff’s deputy). The CNN correspondent disappeared into an air-conditioned van, but the ever-vigilant local ABC reporter slipped off her low-heeled shoes to reveal badly swollen feet. Hilton would probably laugh. After all, she’s used to partying until 5 a.m. in size-11, 3 1/2-inch stilettos. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Torre to be introduced as new Dodgers skipper today

first_img“Few managers in the history of the game have accomplished what Joe has delivered,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “Throughout his career he has demonstrated the ability to turn a vision for success into results on the field and we welcome his passion and leadership. We have tremendous fans and they deserve no less.” Torre inherits a Dodger team that was in contention for a playoff berth until a late-season seven-game losing streak. The Dodgers ended the season 82- 80, finishing fourth in the five-team National League West Division. The Dodgers have won just one playoff game since their 1988 World Series championship. Their 19 consecutive seasons without a National League pennant is the second longest streak in the team’s 118-season history, one year behind the 20-season drought from 1921-40. Amid the euphoria over Torre’s hiring are questions about whether he can succeed with a team with a lower payroll than the Yankees. The Dodgers had baseball’s sixth-highest payroll in 2007, $108.7 million, while the Yankees led with $195.2 million. When Torre was hired by the Yankees before the 1996 season, he had an 894-1003 career record and one playoff berth in 14 seasons with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. His hiring drew criticism from newspaper columnists, talk radio show hosts and fans. But their misgivings dissipated when Torre, in his first season, guided the Yankees to their first American League championship since 1981 and first World Series championship since 1978. The Yankees also won World Series titles under Torre in 1998, 1999 and 2000. However, postseason success eluded that Yankees after that, as they lost the World Series in 2001 and 2003, squandered a three-games-to-none lead against their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in the 2004 American League Championship Series, and lost in the American League Division Series each year from 2005-2007. Torre played in the majors from 1960-77, was a nine-time all-star and the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1971. Torre’s hiring by the Dodgers marks his return to Southern California. He was an announcer with the then-California Angels from 1985-90. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Dodgers’ managerial position officially became open Tuesday when Grady Little resigned after two seasons. The deal with Torre brings back to the Dodger dugout a measure of star quality that the team hasn’t had since the days of Tommy Lasorda, whose last season was 1996. “Joe Torre is one of the most respected men in the game of baseball,” owner Frank McCourt said in announcing Torre’s hiring Thursday. “As a player, a broadcaster, a manager and in his life off the field, Joe is a winner through and through. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles, we will again have a Hall of Fame-caliber manager at the helm. Joe’s dedication, desire and ability will help lead the Dodgers to our ultimate goal – – a world championship.” Torre has a 2,067-1,770 lifetime record as a major league manager, ranking eighth in career victories. No manager has ever joined a new team with as many victories as Torre. His 76 postseason victories are the most by a major league manager, thanks in large measure to a third tier of playoffs beginning in 1995. Joe Torre is scheduled to be introduced as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers today, four days after he was named to the position, sparking hope among fans that the future Hall of Famer would end the team’s 19 years of postseason futility. Torre, 67, will be introduced at a center field news conference at Dodger Stadium. The team is taking the rare step of holding an outdoor news conference because of the expected throng of media, both from Southern California and New York, where Torre managed the Yankees for the past 12 years, guiding them to 12 playoff berths, six American League pennants and four World Series championships. Torre’s hiring came two weeks after he turned down an incentive-laden contract with a reported $5 million base salary to remain with the Yankees. Terms of Torre’s three-year contract with the Dodgers were not disclosed. A report on Major League Baseball’s Web site, MLB.com, estimated the deal was worth $14.5 million. last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb joins Schalke on season-long loan

first_img Nabil Bentaleb is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at White Hart Lane 1 Nabil Bentaleb has joined Schalke on a season-long loan from Tottenham, both clubs have confirmed.The 21-year-old midfielder passed a medical in Gelsenkirchen on August 18 and the final paperwork for the move to be finalised was received on Thursday.Reports claim the German club have a £17million option to buy the Algerian international permanently at the end of his loan stay“We’re pleased that Nabil Bentaleb has decided to join us,” Schalke’s director of sport Christian Heidel said on the Bundesliga club’s website.“We’ve been working on this transfer for the past six weeks.“He’s an aggressive, tough-tackling midfielder who further increases the options our coach Markus Weinzierl has.”last_img read more

Mourinho explains why it was essential Man United bought Mkhitaryan

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why it was necessary to bring in Henrikh Mkhitaryan last season.It was a mixed campaign for the Armenian who won two trophies, but he was far from a regular starter, as he got to grips with his new environment following three years with German side Borussia Dortmund.However, rather than go out and buy another creative attacker in the recent transfer window, Mourinho stuck with him and this season he has been a joy to watch.Mkhitaryan has been one of the stand out players so far, creating five Premier League goals to help United top the league and make millions of Fantasy Premier League players very happy in the process.“When I arrived we were in need of some personality and quality that could give us a sense of a personality the club lost in the past years,” Mourinho told The Sunday Times.As well as Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were signed as he set about rebuilding a team capable of challenging for the game’s biggest prizes.“Mikhi and Bailly had qualities I thought the team didn’t have. Mikhi took a little bit of time but the team was lacking a player with his multifunctionality in every attacking area. And a fast, strong central defender,” he added, praising Bailly’s personality.”And Mourinho continued with his rebuilding ahead of the current season, as Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku were signed, with Mourinho calculating that three summers is the required time to get the team back on track and have United working ‘like a perfect machine.’Read the full interview here 1 The attacker has been a joy to watch this season last_img read more

South African sets F1 record

first_img10 November 2005South African Alan van der Merwe is, unofficially, the fastest Formula One driver ever. The 25-year-old, driving for the BAR Honda F1 team last Friday, raced at over 400km/h in three seperate runs on the runway of the Mojave Airport in California. His highest recorded speed was 413.205 km/h.The current F1 speed record was set by Juan Pablo Montoya, who reached 372.20km/h in his MacLaren while testing for the 2005 Italian Grand Prix.Test runVan der Merwe was testing the car for an official attempt on the record at the Bonneville Salt Flats early in 2006. The record attempt was originally set for early October, but heavy rainfalls washed out the flats and destroyed any chance the Honda team had.“The car ran perfectly,” said team technical chief Gary Savage.“The day proved how important all the recce work has been, and how important it was to approach this challenge in a proper, professional manner; to show it respect, rather than to turn up on the Salt Flats, go for it and hope for the best.”Despite the windy conditions, with gusts of up to 60 knots, the car’s stabilising rubber remained locked in the neutral position.“It was an encouraging day,” Savage said, “and we are confident we can achieve this speed, and more, at Bonneville. But we also know that its salt surface is a much more difficult proposition.”‘Unpredictable ride’The car is a F1 track-legal car that will be set up for the salt pan track. Bonneville’s flat, smooth plain has been the site of most of the world’s land speed records.“We have been faced with problems that you would never encounter at an F1 race track, which often make our objective seem that much further away,” Van der Merwe said.“From a driver’s perspective it is a challenge because it has never been done with an F1 car before. The car is not designed to drive on the salt flats and it makes for a very different an unpredictable ride.“When I was told about the project I was immediately excited about the prospect of driving an F1 car in such a unique environment. The closer to the record we get, the more exciting it is.”‘Madness’“Yes,” said team sporting director Gil de Ferran, “there is a degree of madness to the whole idea, especially when you come out here and the weirdness of the place really hits you. But to imagine an F1 car running here is so strange, so unique, that that’s where all the value is.”Johannesburg-born Van der Merwe won the the British F3 championship in 2003, following in the footsteps of drivers such as Mika Hakkinen, Ayrton Senna and Rubens Barrichello.He is currently a member of the BAR Honda Young Drivers programme, and has been selected as one of South Africa’s drivers in the A1 Grand Prix series that started in September.“This challenge takes an F1 car back to the roots of what racing is all about,” Van der Merwe said. “It is about squeezing every last bit out of your car, the team and the environment to go as fast as possible.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Momppy Mpoppy is young, black and beautiful

first_imgLike many entrepreneurs, Maite Makgoba had to overcome a lot of challenges to get her plastic princess on to the market. Now she can brag on social media when stars such as Nicki Minaj compliment this particular product. Maite Makgoba’s dream is expanding – she created a fashionable black doll for South Africa, which will also be shipped to the United States to be sold there. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) • South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children • Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home • Businesses urged to team up for innovation • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media • Overview: the Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop Melissa JavanMomppy Mpoppys are young, trendy and uber-fashionable. They wear sky-high neon-coloured heels and will not be seen out in public without a slew of accessories of bangles, earrings and bags. Momppy Mpoppys are a new, South African answer to the ubiquitous Barbie-type dolls found across the world. They’re black, they’re sassy and they’re beautiful.And they’re at the cutting edge. Founder and designer Maite Makgoba told TV magazine show Top Billing that for this past winter, they wore leather.Makgoba, herself a young South African black woman, was inspired by her nieces to create a fashionable doll that looks like them and dresses like them. And she is soon expanding her business to the United States.The owner of the company Childish Trading and Manufacturing, she said it was important for her dolls to keep up with trends, which is one of the reasons the dolls were created. This was important as it allowed the young girl owners to match their dolls. And after a doll is made, it gets a photo shoot with a young girl.Speaking to international news agency AFP, Makgoba said she was motivated to create the Momppy Mpoppy doll when she realised that the black dolls available on the market did not appeal to children.“They were frumpy and unattractive, some in traditional attire,” she explained. “That is not the reality of today.”Through the doll, she aimed to create self-awareness among young girls that they were beautiful with their dark skin and their afros. “We want kids to see beauty in Momppy Mpoppy, to see themselves while playing with her. Dolls are often white; people in magazines are white. This is even in a country like South Africa where the majority are black,” she said.Where it all began Maite Makgoba said it’s important that her plastic princesses keep up with the trends. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Momppy Mpoppy is not the first black doll on the South African market.Nigerian businessman Taofick Okoya is playing in the same market. He also saw a gap when he could not find a doll for his niece and came up with the Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses dolls, which are overtaking Barbie doll sales in Nigeria.Locally, Molemo Kgomo is a South African doll maker who also went into the industry after a frustrating experience trying to find a black doll for her daughter. In response, she launched Ntomb’entle dolls.Unlike a typical Barbie-type doll, the Ntomb’entle dolls have fuller figures, curly afros and bigger eyes. They are also dressed in colourful traditional African outfits, representing the Ndebele, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga, Xhosa, Pedi and Venda.Makgoba, a cartoon lover, said she started researching and developing Momppy Mpoppy in 2013. “The first Momppy sample was born in April 2014 and by June, my babies were ready. June is myself and her niece’s birth month. It is this particular niece who gave me the Momppy inspiration.”She calls herself a super aunt. “I am obsessed with my nieces,” she said. “They inspire me. This (product) is from them and for them. Every aunt, mama, papa and gogo will tell you how much our princesses change our lives.”The nameMakgoba knew she wanted a cute, catchy name for her dolls that young girls would find playful and which could easily be part of their lives. “It’s South African culture-inspired from the words Popo, Popie, Mpoppi, iPopi et cetera.“Everybody in South Africa gets that it’s a doll. Plus, the world would learn a thing or two about Africa through Momppy Mpoppy – she can easily be our modern South African scout to the world.”Brand ambassadorsMakgoba said that at first, her family and loved ones did not get her vision for Momppy Mpoppy. “But now they are brand ambassadors,” she said. “They are proud and full of support.”She grew up in Soweto and today most of her staff are youth from that area. “We employ and give a sales skills workshop. You have to serve the community that raised you right.”Her advice to entrepreneursLike many entrepreneurs, Makgoba struggled to get funding for her product. Other challenges included finding a reliable team and of course, lack of sleep. But you had to be serious about your business. “It should have an x-factor to stand out from the rest. It should solve social and economic problems that our country faces, like unemployment.“The wilder the dream the harder the work, so get ready,” she said.As a child, Makgoba wanted to become a cartoon character; there are links to her life now as an entrepreneur: “It’s the same thing. You have to think you can change the world. Save the world or take over the world and those are similarities both cartoons and entrepreneurs have. I’m serious right now… dead serious.”Makgoba’s dolls are sold at Lilliputs Toys in Rosebank Mall, and online via takealot.com as well as through her Facebook or Twitter account.last_img read more

Facebook Flyers: Google Killer? On Facebook, Maybe

first_imgA little over a month ago, Facebook launched their updated “Flyers Pro” system that added per click bidding, and better ad targeting to their self-serve ad service. Today, Valleywag posted an analysis concluding that the Flyers Pro “system poses a direct threat to Google’s AdWords and Microsoft’s AdCenter.” In their comments and on other blogs, people questioned Valleywag’s conclusion, arguing that Google has nothing to fear because their ads are targeted based on searches — for which the searchers already have the intent to find something.Facebook Flyers Pro ads, on the other hand, are targeted by country, age, sex, keywords, relationship status, education, or workplace. “Google ads are part and parcel of Google SERPs!,” writes Donna Bogatin this morning. “Facebook Flyers are part and parcel of Facebook ‘social graph’ [sic] … In the simplest terms, Facebook Flyers ‘target people’ in their hghly [sic] personal space while Google AdWords fulfill people‚Äôs needs in their anonymous information space.”Bogatin seems to be forgetting, though, that Google’s AdSense program — which targets ads on third-party sites by keywords found in content, not searches — accounted for 34% of the company’s revenue last quarter, or $1.45 billion. It could be argued that Facebook’s Flyers Pro is very similar to Google’s AdSense program — but with more precise targeting tools (and existing only on one site). A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A couple of weeks ago, Charlene Li ran an experiment demonstrating a very respectable 2.76% response rate (that’s response, not click-thru) on her $5, untargeted Facebook Flyer buy. Granted, Li’s flyer wasn’t selling anything and a response cost only time, but with proper targeting and ad design, it seems entirely possible that advertisers might find success using Facebook’s internal ad network.Bogatin asserts that ads targeted too closely to your interests on Facebook are likely to be deemed “creepy.” Maybe so, but are they any more creepy than ads targeted to the search you did for a medical condition? Or the ads Google’s Gmail runs based on your email contents? Probably not — if people are creeped out now, the feeling probably won’t last. The concept of a robot reading what we say and do and delivering ads is not a foreign one to Internet users.So are Facebook Flyer Pro ads a Google killer? In general, no, but on Facebook, possibly. Valleywag is right to guess that Facebook “wants to gain more control over its U.S. [ad] inventory.” Facebook’s expansion of their internal ad network shows that the company wants to go it alone rather than use a third-party to sell its ad space (it already has a display advertising deal in place with Microsoft). With better campaign management tools, they probably could have success with small advertisers the way Google has with AdWords and AdSense. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#web last_img read more

Best practices for qualifying your link opportunities

first_imgBest practices for qualifying your link opportunitiesYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingBest practices for qualifying your link opportunities Links are an essential part of the internet. In the early days of the web, links were not seen as “ranking signals” but as relevant connections and partnerships between sites. As links have become a dominant part of the search ranking algorithms, many have turned their focus to acquiring as many links as possible.But link building is more than a game of seeing who can acquire the most. It’s about creating the right connections that benefit each website, as well as their users. Before you start building links aimlessly, here are some tips on how to qualify your link prospects.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: Best practices for qualifying your link opportunities Posted on 11th January 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more