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Charles Yoo

Charles Yoo
San Francisco, California, USA
June 03
Formerly a traffic analyst in charge of web analytics and search engine optimization operations. A journalist. A reader.


JUNE 11, 2010 3:14PM

June 11: World Cup, Retail Sales

Soccer fans react as they watch the World Cup soccer match between South Africa and Mexico on a big screen at Trafalgar Square in London, Friday, June 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) 
The World Cup fever has just begun to sizzle. I hope you get to… Read full post »
JUNE 10, 2010 8:47PM

June 10: Keywords

Marianne Faithful Mars Bar? 
  • top chef masters
  • van der sloot & pay
  • joran van der sloot
  • van der sloot
  • gary coleman
  • sharron angle
  • karenna gore
  • who won top chef masters
  • stephany flores
  • blanche lincoln
  • arthur laffer
  • ask the pilot
  • stephen hill
  • alvin greene
  • taliban & 7-year-old
  • bp oil spill
  • gl
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JUNE 10, 2010 3:35PM

June 10: Google


Google, what are you doing to us?!

Oh wait. Never mind. 

 As some of you - and many, many of Google users - noticed earlier this morning - the famous home page had added a splashy background image. A Narnia-esque playground, I believe. At least that's what showed up.

Of c… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2010 8:52PM

June 9: Keywords

 Here they are ...
  • heidi montag & separation
  • nikki haley
  • gary coleman deathbed photo
  • glee
  • who is nikki haley's husband
  • 'great escape' veteran dies
  • rush limbaugh marriage
  • chicago tribune
  • orly taitz
  • nikki haley affair
  • underwater oil plumes
  • gary coleman deathbed
  • glen greenwald
  • gay guys & s
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 katy perry, pop singer of California Gurl

Katy Perry is seen backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) 

Another split in the Gores clan is making a headline today, this time it's their daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff. Man. As many of you who have… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2010 9:08PM

June 8: Keywords

Here they are.
  • nikki haley
  • stephenie meyer
  • bree tanner
  • orly taitz secretary of state
  • kids of lesbians
  • rush limbaugh marriage
  • orly taitz
  • alanis morissette & souleye
  • nikki haley affair
  • glee
  • the short second life of bree tanner
  • kryon horman
  • glenn beck
  • nikki haley scandal
  • sarah palin
  • jonbenet ramsey
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JUNE 8, 2010 4:38PM

June 8: Joran van der Sloot


Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot, top, is escorted by police officers outside a Peruvian police station, near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru, Friday, June 4, 2010. Chilean police have turned over van der Sloot, murder suspect in Sunday's killing of 21-year-old StephanyRead full post »

JUNE 7, 2010 6:33PM

June 7: Journalism

As some of you may know, Jay Rosen is a professor at NYU, a pundit on media and culture. Six months ago, he spoke at a gathering of Twitter users in downtown Manhattan, answering a question on how social media is changing journalism. 

I thought about his answer after an Open blogger re… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2010 2:09PM

June 7: Helen Thomas


Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas drew sharp criticism from the Obama administration on Monday, as well as the cancellation of a high school graduation speech she was to deliver. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing with reporters about PrRead full post »

JUNE 4, 2010 7:06PM

June 4: Search phrases

Here are today's words:
  • jake knotts
  • randy prescott
  • gulf oil spill
  • nikki haley
  • randy prescott bp
  • bin laden boarding pass
  • rush limbaugh getting married
  • rue mcclanahan and growing old gracefully
  • ask the pilot
  • oil spill
  • worst calls in mlb history
  • joran van der sloot charges
  • paul mccartney
  • rush limbaugh
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JUNE 4, 2010 1:41PM

June 3: Unemployment Rate

The latest job figures are out. 

Overall, the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent after  430,000 jobs were added in April . But, Of those jobs, 411,000 were U.S. Census posts, which will disappear by the end of the summer. 

I went to a professional… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2010 8:14PM

June 3: Search phrases

Today's words ....
  • coleman 911 call
  • wallet lost in 1941 returned
  • gulf oil spill
  • randy prescott bp
  • randy prescott
  • phet oman
  • israel attacks flotilla
  • rue
  • oil spill
  • rush limbaugh getting married
  • maytag recall
  • emily henochowicz
  • rush limbaugh
  • rue mcclanahan death
  • thomas friedman
  • megachurch pastor and new
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, left, smiles as he walks away from first base umpire Jim Joyce, right, who called Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe at first base in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Galarraga lost his bid forRead full post »

JUNE 2, 2010 9:11PM

June 2: Keywords

This afternoon, these words are bringing readers here.

  • ted koppel & mourn
  • gulf oil spill
  • al gore
  • writer mcginniss and palin
  • emily henochowicz
  • palin fence
  • tipper gore
  • sarah palin fence
  • hopper funeral
  • gulf coast spill
  • sestak bribe
  • al and tipper gore separate
  • oil spill
  • kat stacks
  • cnn
  • dancing with t
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JUNE 2, 2010 6:05PM

June 2: Tags

Today, I'd like to discuss a bit about tagging.

Tagging will serve Open Salon in a couple of ways. It'll be used as keywords to alert search engines. However, let me caution you against keyword stuffing - the practice of inserting irrelevant words to trick readers. 
But, more importantly, taggin
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JUNE 1, 2010 5:59PM

June 1: Search phrases

This afternoon, these words are bringing readers here. 

  • tracy jackson and souder
  • al gore
  • al & tipper gore
  • al, tipper gore separate
  • woman sues google directions
  • gulf oil spill
  • al and tipper gore
  • dennis hopper
  • christopher hitchens
  • uss liberty
  • sestak bribe
  • real housewives of new jersey
  • tipper
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In this photo released by Guatemala's Presidency on Monday May 31, 2010, a sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City, Monday May 31, 2010. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater thatRead full post »

MAY 28, 2010 6:04PM

May 28: Gary Coleman's death


In this Feb. 26, 2008 file photo, actor Gary Coleman appears on the the NBC "Today" program in New York. A Utah hospital says said Thursday May 27, 2010 that former child television star Gary Coleman has been admitted in critical condition.(AP Photo/Richard Drew) 

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In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, Country music artist Willie Nelson performs during the 57th Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file) 
Apparently, Country Singer Willie Nelson is doing something newsworthy. There was a bit of b… Read full post »
MAY 27, 2010 6:53PM

May 27: Keywords & Trends

Here are the keywords that are bringing readers today.
  • military gay ban
  • nikki haley
  • madagascar bird extinct
  • american idol
  • mosque at ground zero
  • willie nelson and hair cut
  • sarah palin fence
  • ground zero mosque
  • sestak bribe
  • american idol 2010
  • gulf oil spill
  • 2 year old smoking cigarette
MAY 27, 2010 1:13PM

May 26 Trends: BP Oil Leak & more


[Oil sheen is seen of the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ]

"BP Oil Leak" has been a trending term for awhile because the event's dizzying impact.

Thought it's been an ongoing event, I see… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2010 6:12PM

Words that invite readers

I'm sharing some of the words that bring readers to Salon and Open Salon. This is a batch just from today. 

  • author and palin
  • nikki haley
  • american idol
  • lost finale
  • glenn greenwald
  • cleopatra sunken ruins
  • 1st missing child milk carton
  • gulf oil spill
  • biggest loser 2010
  • dancing with the stars
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New audience matters 

Witnessing the size of your audience swell is an indescribable thrill. In this spirit, Salon is starting an Open blog about traffic to offer an insight into which topics people are searching for at this moment. My job at Salon is to help our writers grow their audience, make… Read full post »