Believe it or not, September is over. The aisles of your local CVS are probably already clogged with Halloween candy and plastic pumpkins, if not Xmas decorations. Damn you, time's winged chariot!
Point being, it's time for a monthly roundup of highlights from the WordStream blog. In case you missed them the first time:
Top SEO College Websites 2009  – In this popular post, Ken looked at several ranking factors to determine which university websites get A's for search engine optimization. Perhaps not surprisingly, he found that colleges with an online learning presence often came out on top. Read the full post to see how your college measures up, and if it's not on the list, check out his two-part guide  to SEO for colleges .
2009 Search Marketing and Social Media Salary Survey  – Check out the results of our survey to find out how your pay compares to that of other SEO, PPC, and social media professionals in your area. We found that most respondents had been in the industry for three years or less and were working in the Northeast. Are you making more or less than your peers?
Over 1 Trillion Served: The Ultimate FREE Keyword Tool for PPC and SEO  – Larry penned this post introducing our new Free Keyword Tool . He explains some of the advantages of our tool over other keyword suggestion options, how and why we developed it, and our beliefs about where keyword suggestion tools should fit into your overall search marketing strategy. Also check out all the great reviews  the Free Keyword Tool has gotten so far .
Reputation Management Just Got Harder (And More Expensive)  – Here I provided an overview of all the reactions (largely negative) to two recent product launches that threaten to complicate the already difficult process of reputation management. Lisa Barone, Gab Goldenberg and lots of others jump in to call out Seth Godin's Brands in Public venture and Google's Sidewiki add-on.
Maslow's Hierarchy for SEOs and Other SEO Advice We Agree With  – Find out where link development and keyword research fit into an SEO's hierarchy of needs (before or after a steady caffeine source?) and learn a little about SEO while you're at it.
Happy reading, and happy October!