Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on June 11th, 2010

This Week in Drupal SEO News: DrupalCon Copenhagen, Bing Makes the iPhone Squad and BP Buys "Oil Spill" Keyword

Unless you live on Tramalfadore, you know that the World Cup 2010 in South Africa is kicking off as I publish this post. The entire Volacci office is decked out in soccer jerseys, face paint, the passion for their squads. We've got fanatics for Spain, Greece, England, and, of course, the United States. But what about you? What team, other than the USA, are you routing for in the World Cup?

It's been a busy week at Volacci and some very intriguing stuff has come across the news desk. Join me after the jump for DrupalCon Copenhagen information, a video of Dries from DrupalCon Paris, and BP purchasing top spots for the term "Oil Spill".


Get Your DrupalCon Copenhagen Tickets Now!

If you enjoyed DrupalCon San Francisco 2010 in April and can’t wait for another Drupal-fueled weekend, have no fear! DrupalCon Copenhagen, the European DrupalCon, is coming up on August 23rd to 27th in Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, and tickets are already on sale. Tickets are currently being sold for €249, but on June 28th at 8 am CEST, they go up to €279, which is roughly 336 bucks, smackaroos, clams, greenbacks, etc.

You can buy your tickets here. With a ticket to the conference, you will have access to:

• 90 sessions over the 3 days

• Bird of a Feather sessions

• Pre- and post-conference code and documentation sprints

• The coder lounger, where you can code to your heart’s desire

• The official DrupalCon Copenhagen bar - fooBar

• Plenty of likeminded individuals

Check it all out here:

DrupalCon Copenhagen Session Submissions

Once you are registered for the conference, you can submit your own session. But do it quickly because the window for submitting a session closes on Sunday, June 20th, 2010. Be sure to check out the sessions that have already been submitted so you have a unique pitch.

The conference will feature the following tracks:

• Introducing Drupal

• Theming, Design & Usability

• Code & Development

• Configuration, Set-Up & Performance

• Drupal for Business

• Providing Professional Drupal Services

Drupal and the Semantic Web

This is a video of Dries Buytaert at DrupalCon Paris last year. It may be several months old, but the commentary Dries provides about Drupal and its relationship with the semantic web is still very relevant. Plus, it’s just music to your ears to hear Dries’ voice say ‘Drupal’.


Bing Added as iPhone Search Option

This week at Apple’s developer conference, Steve Jobs announced that Bing would be added as a search option to the infamous iPhone. Google is currently the default search engine and can be changed to Yahoo in the settings. While Bing finally makes the “team”, Google will still stay your default search engine.

Just go to your Settings screen:

Click on the Internet Browser screen:

As you see, Google is set as the default. Just tab through to change your default and Badda-Boom-Badda-Bing!

BP Buys Top Spots for “Oil Spill” on Search Engines

In a move most are criticizing, BP has purchased sponsored links for the term “oil spill” that appear on the top of both Google and Yahoo’s search engine results pages. This is another initiative for a somewhat disastrous public relations campaign to smooth out the company’s image. Unfortunately, no amount of :30 spots, search engine results, Facebook campaigns, or payoffs will make for the damage caused to date by the oil spill.

Google’s SERPs for the term “Oil Spill”:

Yahoo’s SERPs for the term “Oil Spill”:

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