Monday, December 24, 2007

As you get ready to enjoy the holidays we want to wish you a safe and wonderful time with your friends and family!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

This will be our last post till after Christmas. We want to wish you and your family a warm, safe, joyful holiday this year. We'll post what good stuff we got after the holidays.

Now for your social stuff for the day.

How Newsletters and Blogs compare

Emails and your reputation

Using local search to snag your customers.

Enjoy your week.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Some hidden gems in the Google Webmaster toolbox, make sure you check out part one as well.

Some things to review now that we're getting to the end of the holiday season.

Some good things to check at the end of the year.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

The concert was a whole lot of fun - much more fun than I expected. It was pretty wild (imagine 15,000 tweens screaming their heads off). The music was good and all the dancing / fireworks / stage stuff / lighting was enjoyable as well. Was it work what we paid for the tickets... I would say yes. We'll work on getting some pictures up soon. ENJOY your weekend.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Haven't been posting too much of late - it's the holidays with plays, dinners, etc., we'll try to do better :o)

We did end up getting concert tickets for Hannah Montana and we did have fun, we'll give a full review tomorrow.

Today some more good Social marketing info.

125 Social sites you can look into.
Click Here

Blog Marketing takes commitment.

Using local search to snag shoppers.

Making money from Blogging

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

It's cold and windy here, but no snow yet.

Google answers some questions about paid links.

Monday, December 03, 2007

I hope you enjoyed your weekend... if you're a fan of football hopefully you watched some of the amazing college games that were on.

Find some hidden gems in Google's Webmaster Tools part uno.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Yeaaa... My Christmas shopping is done. I really don't like to shop much unless we're on vacation or a trip, so we have an annual trip to Wal-mart with a big list and usually two buggies. This trip we made record time because we had done much of the shopping online and from the shopping networks on TV. I'm sure there is probably a few items we forgot that Lisa will have to pick up but the majority of it is done.

Some tools for checking out your competition.

Increasing your conversion rate -

Click Here

On page / Off page SEO

Enjoy your day.

Monday, November 19, 2007

This weeks listings will be a little sparse as we enjoy the fun stuff with our family and friends. We hope you also have a wonderful time with your friends and family.

and.... are you ready for black Friday.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Social news for the week - one note next week we will be skipping so that we can stuff our selfs with turkey.

A new site to check out -

A primer for a couple of sites -

Increasing traffic to your blog -

Social Media - the new SEO?

Have a good one.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hopefully you had a great weekend.

Landing page optimization -
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Things you shouldn't worry about regarding SEO

A new form of outdoor advertising -

Enjoy your Monday.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Some good Social and Local stuff today -

5 Mobile Marketing resources -

What's on the horizon for local search -

11 Guidelines for social success -

How to shout on Digg ... without getting in trouble.

Bigger is not always better -

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

We all know about the Google update where they gave a penalty to those who sold links - in an interesting twist - some folks are making more.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Don't forget to vote if you're in the U.S.

I like this article for the title as well as the information.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.

Are Recip links dead?
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How to get your site to rise above the clutter.

Keyword research in pictures.

The trouble in forecasting results.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The big news for the social networks this week is Google's Social network platform. Details can be found at the links below.

Click Here

More info here -

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hope you have a candy filled Halloween .... we had the candy fest in our small town last night and as usual my daughter racked up.

What about keyword specific domains -

Keyword research part 2 (make sure you grab part 1 as well)

Page rank updated - selling links is bad for your health.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A couple of good articles about landing pages -

Click Here

And landing page testing -

Have a great Monday.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hope you had a great weekend - our weekend was busy with a birthday party (my sister who also got engaged) and a retirement party (for my Dad).

Now some good info from the inbox -

SEM Hypochondria

A great survey on Design - Click Here

Some Hard Core SEO tips and we mean hard core.

Enjoy your day.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Excellent info about paid links and the debate can be found from The Associate Programs latest newsletter - Scroll down to part 2.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A good illustration of search bumps.

Tomorrow we'll talk - for our social segment of the week - about paid links.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

I hope you enjoyed your weekend - not much this morning except an article about SEM Hypochondria...

Friday, October 05, 2007

I knew it was too good to last... the Kentucky wildcats lost... sniff.

Something I have started doing lately is listening to the radio play by play while I watch the game. I use the mp3 player that I got last Christmas. So far it has worked like a charm, the only problem is there is about a half second or so delay between the radio and the tv... I'm not sure why that is.

All is not lost however there are still some really great games this weekend. And speaking of this weekend I hope you take some time to enjoy yourself.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

An excellent article if you're feeling overwhelmed. How to target the right social niches for your business.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Monday, October 01, 2007

Good info on Copyright law -

Here is part 2 -

And it's getting closer to the holidays - what about PPC do you go all out or hunker down?

Enjoy your Monday... what's left of it :o)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Short and sweet today for the social section -

Digg gets an update and gets more social -

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Happy Tuesday. One note the rest of this weeks post may be a bit sporadic as we are having a festival in our humble town - Haley has a concert she'll be singing at, we have company coming etc.. so just a heads up.

Sweet and Sour SEO -

Using "date parameters' to help Google find your pages.

More about paid links from SES San Jose

Is SEO an art or a science

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Overall it was a good weekend.

1. The Hannah Montana tickets didn't work out... they must have sold out in five minutes and I wasn't on the lucky list.

2. UK won against Louisville (happy dance) - we had a few friends over and all I can say is it is a good thing that we don't have any neighbors that live close.

Some good info on "universal search".

Friday, September 14, 2007

Today is fun Friday but it also comes with a lesson.

My daughter like millions of other tweens and teens loves Hannah Montana. She is going on a concert tour in the fall. I decided that I would surprise her and try to get tickets for a concert in Lexington on December the 12th. As I was doing my research I found that tickets weren't yet on sale for the concert there but you could buy pre-sale tickets if you were in her fan club. So I venture to her fan club and find out that to join you have to pay $30 for the year... of course I join but I find after I joined I find out that the pre-sale tickets are sold out. I wonder how many thousands / hundreds of thousands of folks have joined the 'club' because of the tickets.

I found out later from Haley that in her latest CD had been an offer for a free month in the club.

Some superb marketing if you ask me, and yes I'll be poised on the ticket master site on Sat. and hopefully I'll get a ticket (wish me luck).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hope you had a great weekend - no it's not Monday. We stayed behind most of the day yesterday....

Some simple steps if you're thinking of redesigning your site.

Top 5 Trendwatching tips - you may want to save this since content on this page changes often.

Changes to the adwords formula part 2

Enjoy your day.

Friday, September 07, 2007

I love the fall.

First there is football. College football or pro it doesn't matter. I enjoy watching them all. I'm really glad I have a dvd recorder... otherwise I might miss some of the late night games. I'm no night owl and like to do most of my best work in the moring. That is kind of odd coming from someone that worked the nightshift (7pm to 7am) for five or so years.

The new tv lineup... finally the reruns are over. Although lately cable has been making the summer not so bad with some really good shows. Some I'm looking forward to are Heroes and The Bionic Woman. The Heroes DVD I got had a trailer for The Bionic Woman and it does look good. Hopefully 24 will be better this year than last.... when you can tell what is going to happen, before it happens it's time to mix things up.

From the forecast it looks like me may actually get some cooler weather as well, from highs in the mid 90's to the 70's.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Today is Social marketing day - short weeks drive me crazy ... is it Weds or Friday?

Some content that Diggers Digg -

Some basics - what is social media optimization.
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How to track local results - don't forget many times your customer can be your best source of information... ask them where they saw your ad - how they came to visit your store.

Some SEO mistakes that bloggers make.

Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

- Some good notes on media buying.

Some SEO Myths -

Google changes how Adwords are ranked some details are here -

Enjoy your Monday... emmm I mean Tuesday :o)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Well I am officially hooked on Heroes... I had watched an episode or two then for some reason had to skip a couple and tried to get back into and ... was lost. I got the DVD's this week and well I am hooked and will definitely remember to record it.

I hope you enjoy your long weekend. We'll resume posts on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I really like articles that give you testing results - here's one on landing page conversions.

Click Here

And some info on Usability testing -

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hope you had a great weekend... the leaves are starting to fall here even though it is 90+ degrees. Maybe we'll have an early fall.

Some useful information you need to bookmark.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Yesterday we had a power outage... it wouldn't have been so bad but it was 100+ in the shade and I had work falling of my desk. So short and sweet today - next weekend plan to take some time off. If you don't have a 3 day weekend then why not make is so you can have 3 days off. You don't have to go anywhere just spend some time with your family and doing things that you've wanted to do for a while but have been putting off.

A DVD that I'm pretty excited about comes out next week too - I think I'll spend some time watching that with Lisa and Haley (the DVD is "Heroes").

Have some fun this weekend too - remember even God rested on the 7th day.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

We've been pretty busy this week (busy is good) we'll try to get back on schedule with postings next week (we should also have our fun post tomorrow).

Monday, August 20, 2007

Hope your weekend was fun and stress free.

A 3 year old entrepreneur - it's never too young.

Google sued for Adwords Content - heads up if you use brand names in your ad.

A Couple of articles on getting your site ready for holidays. Something interesting. A third or so of folks have already started (I must admit that we're getting a jump on things this year as well).

And finally some "black-hat" info -

Friday, August 17, 2007

Where has the week gone.... I don't think I've mentioned yet but during the Summer we bought a Play Station 2. We debated between the play station 2 and 3 (this was before the playstation 3 price drop). We decided that since the 2 had more games we would go with that. Haley especially wanted to buy a "singing" game. She got it ( Singstar Pop) and I must say that it has been a lot of fun for the entire family. It includes songs that almost everyone would hear on the radio constantly and of course it has the words at the bottom of the screen as well as where the "pitch" for the note should be. If you have anyone who loves to sing along with the radio I would highly recommend it.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hopefully you had a wonderful weekend.

Some info on sitemaps.

A page rank tool - it will help you to make sure you're squeezing the most out of your site.

And some discussion on the new Google adwords formula.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It is hot here - like much of the country. I guess we should enjoy this weather because soon the snow will be flying.... well maybe not soon.

Some ways to make sure your email list thrives.

Monday, August 06, 2007

That was a fast weekend - I also can't believe that school is getting ready to start.

Here are some tips on getting more pages within google.

How to spend a few hours a week to improve your ad campaign.

Enjoy your Monday.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Last weekend we had a good adventure ... as you probably know by now I enjoy adventures. The goal of our trip to Lexington was school shopping for Haley. I heard or read something that made me chuckle. Why do people go school shopping, do all of their clothes magically disappear when they go to school or do they all suddenly not fit. I guess it is a coup for the marketing folks that we think we need to buy new clothes every fall.

Anyway the trip was enjoyable. I got a bit of work done and the Mac is performing beautifully. I did get parallels desktop for Mac. It does work well, some of the programs actually seem to work faster than on my 'main' computer.

I will say that Saturday we shopped for clothes for about 8 hours. I really don't see how someone could look at the same styles over and over. It also amazes me how a shirt in one shop is $40 and in another it is $10, and in a 3rd it is $60 but half off. It would be fun to do a marketing test and find out which one someone would buy if they had all three choices in one spot.

The hotel we stayed in was the comfort suites. It was kind of weird but our door lock (you know the one's that you slide the card in) malfunctioned. I didn't know that those locks took batteries. The lock ended up being kaput so we got a night for free...

On Sunday we watched Harry Potter and I say it was a great movie - I still need to read the last two books. Hopefully your weekend will be enjoyable. We have a birthday party at the skating rink and besides that playing some catch up.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Seven things you want to stay away from when doing social media.

A new 'place' to explore.

Tomorrow is fun friday - enjoy your day.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Some good tips on what not to do for your link campaign.

Your PPC Campaign and Relavence.
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A good place to look if you're searching for something new.

So why does wiki show up so much in the search results.
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Enjoy your day.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Some fun stuff to start your day - Google Dog food....

How to create an autoresponder series.

Some good information on keywords -

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A few how-to's compliment todays post... one thing to remember is you don't have to do everything at once but the most important thing is to start... and today is the best day to do that.

Building an audience with myspace.

How to drive traffic to stumble upon.

Building a 3D Web.

Reputation management

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Some good info today including some info from posts from before our vacation (we still have a pile).

A good idea for getting things done. [click]

A unique idea for linking -

A good look at your keywords -

A visual look at Googles crawlers.

How to make your business stand out -

Some social stuff tomorrow.
Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A test on how incentives help (or hurt) a campaign.
Click Here

Some Good info on Duplicate content

A step by step guide on getting a #1 position in Google.

Enjoy your day - one note we'll be taking a long weekend this week so Thursday will be the final post this week .... can you believe it is almost time for the kiddies to go back to school... me either.

Friday, July 20, 2007

This week we were pretty swamped - no complaints though. The week seemed like it lasted about an hour. So my review on the Mac will need to wait till next week. We did do something fun for Haley this week though. We got her the Play Station 2 (after some debate on whether to get the 2 or 3... the 2 won out pretty handily because they have so many more games). She has always enjoyed singing and so we also got the game Sing Star with microphones. The game grades the singer on their pitch and how long they hold their notes. She has had a few late nights this week with friends and Lisa as they practice their singing skills, so it was definitely worth the cash and if you have any aspiring singers in your house, I would recommend it as well.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Some good stuff on Social marketing and Web 2.0

Info on personalized search -

Good tips for wikipedia -

Building an audience on MySpace

A good blog on trends - mobile particular but 2.0 stuff as well.

Enjoy your Thursday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Some good advice on managing your email.

One additional tip - it doesn't hurt to check your email on the weekend - that makes the shock on Monday much less of a chore.

Some good info on Microsofts AdCenter -

Can images help with SEO?

If you're thinking of switching domains then check here first.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, July 13, 2007

I'm still exploring the mac - so I'll give you a better review of what I think next week. A couple of things I've noticed though...

1. It is fast - I got the 2.4 with 2 gigs of ram - then purchased a 4 gig set seperately and installed it. (that saved me hundreds of $$).
2. Everthing I've plugged into it so far has worked like a charm. Printers, mice, cameras, video recorders etc.

I did buy some new books to go along with it and hopefully get me up to speed.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I'm kind of excited today - I've just bought my first Mac (a notebook) and will be rearraning some things in the office so that it will 'fit'. We'll talk more about the Mac on Friday with my first impressions. Today hopefully you're doing something fun and exciting - we'll be talking about Social marketing tomorrow. Till then enjoy your day.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Some good stuff today so we'll get right to it -

A guide to submitting to directories.

Some resources on doing keyword research -

And finally a couple of good bits on linking -
Link Analysis
A penalty for linking
Click Here

Monday, July 09, 2007

Wow June flew by and July is already 1/3 of the way gone... I guess that time flys when you are having fun. This week we'll work on catching up with some good info that has been piling up in our inbox.

Today a review of our travels -

During the first part of June we traveled to Myrtle Beach and stayed in a condo we've rented for the past several years. The weather this year was wonderful - it only rained a day. At night it was actually chilly enough to wear a light jacket. I was talking to the condo rental folks and it seems like the market for condos is getting a bit full, so if you have some flexibility in your travel you may want call a week or two before you go and ask for specials or bargains. Another thing I've seen done is rent a cheap condo then when you get there ask them have there been any cancellations. Someone I know saved about $600 for the week.

Then we had vacation Bible school for a week - I taught the preschoolers and we had a blast.

Then we ventured north to Indiana for some work and a wedding. Again we had a wonderful time. At the wedding reception I talked Lisa and Haley into dancing with me and we all had a blast (and were a bit sore the next day).

Hopefully you are having a wonderful Summer.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

12 Things you can measure on your site -

Some good info on using Microsoft AdCenter

How to test / improve your conversion rates -

That's got us caught up a bit - one note we'll be on another Summer adventure soon and we should be back in the early part of July. Till then we hope you are enjoying yourself as well.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Some good info while we've been playing on the beach - we'll be trying to catch up over the next few days and then we're off on another adventure.

What happens when there are some beginning PPC folks in your niche.

This is from the June issue of the BizWeb newsletter so if its not at this link it will be in the archives - here are ten things to do.

Some good info on Universal search and SEO

And Google changes the quality score yet again.

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

During most of the month of June we'll have some irregular postings as we go on vacation etc.

Ask has a new look - details are here.

Some SEO myths and misconceptions.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Some new social blogging sites are below - one note since the Summer is ramping up around here with vacations and trips - we'll work on bringing back the Social Thursday blog in August.

These are from the March 2007 Issue of Business 2.0.

One use for that would be to download the toolbar and then "Stumble Upon" your own site(s).
Similar to MySpace.
A way to sign into all of your IMs.
If your area of expertise doesn't have a Wiki then why not build one.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. We worked a couple of days, but no worries because we are getting ready for a vacation...

Need to spruce up your submit buttons - check out this tutorial.

Here's a list of the top 300 search engines.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Everyone has heard of Web 2.0 - a good definition of it is here.

The big deal is the social network (from my point of view anyway).

So how does it affect SEO - this article may help.

Next week we'll talk about some new / up and coming network sites.

Till then - no blogs till Tuesday and we hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Google has a new "trend" page that is updated several times / day. You can also research things by changing dates.

An excellent discussion (with graphics) on optimizing landing pages.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Hope you enjoyed your weekend - we had a birthday party and a graduation so was a full weekend.

Google Analytics has changed things a bit.

SEO 2.0 is here - some discussion below.

Paid links Risk / Reward

A review of Crazy Egg - Analytics software -

Enjoy your day!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Fun Friday is here - if you want to waste some time then check out this site.

It lets you make comics.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What happens when Google gives your site a bump -

More on paid links from Cutts of Google -

More info on Google's supplemental index

Tomorrow we'll be helping at our daughter's field day - we hope you have a great day as well.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Hope you did something nice for your Mom yesterday - don't forget the price of stamps go up.

Part for of an Analysis series we've been following.

And the "Science" of local search

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Some good info for your social marketing -

1) 25 Article sites you can submit your articles to:

2) Some tips for getting the most out of Wikipedia.

3) Useful help for jump starting your campaign.

No posts tomorrow as we'll be on an adventure with our daughter ( wish us luck :o))

Monday, May 07, 2007

Hope you enjoyed your weekend - our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Kansas.

Some thoughts on Google and the Online Economy -

Could Yahoo and Google Merge -

Evaluating your Business goals -

Reputation Monitoring -

Friday, May 04, 2007

I enjoy traveling and hopefully you do as well - hopefully the links below will help you in your adventures - which I found in Inc Magazine.

Find out where your seat is and much more.

Get an A-pass on Southwest -

Get more from your frequent flyer miles.

Flight Stats and more

Monday, April 30, 2007

Hopefully you had a great weekend.... can you feel it - Summer Time is just around the corner.

Some good information with links about page rank.

Some commentary on the Doubleclick / Google buy.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Hope you had a wonderful weekend -

So if you're worried about some of your past link building activities - check out this article.

If you are interested in copyrighting then make sure to check out this article.

Some good questions about an SEO campaign.

So why would Google buy double click - some good speculation can be found here.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Just a quick Friday fun post....

I would highly recommend "The Lake House" a very well acted / well written story. If you have some extra time with your significant other this weekend rent it and watch it with them.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Today's Social Marketing tips include some basic information to get you started.

Here's a good blog on Social marketing.

One tool to help you track how the word is spreading is Serph.

That's it for today - enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

We've talked about it before - here are some notes on traffic drops and figuring out what's up.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Part 2 of our social marketing ... so what are some reasons for doing this type of marketing after all.

Four returns you can expect -

And why all the fuss -

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

An excellent step by step guide for getting some great links. This takes a lot of work but is well worth it.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Here's some good advice if you're thinking about utilizing some maps on your site.

A good article on results and why they're hard to define.

An excellent review of ranking the ranking - or what helps most when doing SEO on your site.

We did the first part earlier - here's the second part of figuring out why your traffic drops.

Good advice on making your PPCs count.

Enjoy your day!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

This is the first lesson for Social optimization - the first thing we want to do is to create a google bookmark for each of your pages.

1) Go here -

2) Click "Get your Free Button"

3) We want a bookmarking widget. - select the style you want and whether you want stats.

4) Then put that code on each page of your site.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

We had some pretty bad storms here last night - we're ok but it's pretty awesome to see the power that the wind has. Tomorrow and every Thursday when we have the chance we'll be working on some Social marketing. Each week we'll give you some homework and although it isn't hard it does take some time and work.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

Wow - feels like Summer time here. So on the note of our first article about traffic drops you may notice a decline in traffic as we approach Summer (unless you sell pool toys, squirt guns etc.).

A very good article on "personalized search" and links -

Google starts new Cost Per Action ads - details are here -

Enjoy your week - this week 80's - next week 50's go figure.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Today a public service announcement... I did something really dumb today.

I usually have Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, or Grits for breakfast. Today it was Grits. I was in a big hurry and not paying attention (2 mistakes). Usually I wait a few after the Grits are done before reaching in... today I didn't. It was hot. I spilled it all over my hands.

Luckily the sink was very close, so I only burnt my pinky (do you know how often you use that little thing... ) Anyway Desitin has helped the pain, now I just feel like a big GOOF :o).. so don't get in too big of a hurry.

Today the NCAA tournament starts so take some time to relax.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Friday, March 09, 2007

A bit of a rant today - yesterday I saw a report on one of the morning news shows about rebates. During the last Christmas holiday season I bought a few products because they had a rebate... I will never / ever do that again. In fact I won't be shopping with one particular outlet at all. They really have you in a pickle if you think about it. Seems like my rebate check for $200 is lost. Like I said though I speak with my wallet.

If you enjoy basketball... this weekend (which started on Thursday) and next week you will be having tons of fun. Last night I watched two overtime games that were going on at the same time. Such is March Madness... so enjoy it while you can!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Microsoft seems to be a bit angry at Google for copyright violations.

An excellent article on that topic can be found here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

So what is the ultimate goal of "personalized search" - Matt from Google gives some hints.

And if you want some hints / help on personalizing your search -

Google releases some click fraud data -

Monday, March 05, 2007

Sorry for the abscence - been really busy here but that is a good thing.

Now to catch up :o)

Five steps that will help you with your keyword research.

Do It Yourself SEO

The Long Tail of Local search - or getting lots of traffic by targetting many keywords.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

There are several ways you can tell how "fresh" your site is with the search engines. Details can be found below.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Hope you had a great weekend.

Want to check out your ad quaility score for your Google Ad - find information here -

Small Business SEO / SEM - good info -

Google Update / Refresh?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Fun Friday ---

I have been playing World of Warcraft quite a bit lately. Here's a Link. I had quit for a while but when there new expansion came out (The Burning Crusade) came out... the fever struck again. I usually just goof off soloing and was really happy to see that the loot you get is pretty awesome. Seems like every quest reward I was using to upgrade my gear. Anyway would definitely recommend it. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Check out One Ups pdf with buying trends from Christmas 2006

It's a .pdf so remember to "Save As" if you want to keep / read it later.

Here it Is

Some Good info from the SES Strategies / Matt Cutts

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A way to find out your quality score for Ad Words - note I don't necessarily recommend the product they are promoting but some good information none the less.

Getting out of the supplemental index -

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

Finally got more snow than a skiff - about 2 or 3 inches. Not enough to really go sleigh riding but enough to throw some snowballs. This week it is supposed to be 60.... go figure.

Some good notes on your meta tag title and branding. One thing I believe that sometimes folks overlook is the fact that once you get your site listed well - you will actually want / need them to click on your link.

A success story -

Local advertising after Panaman (for Yahoo).

Enjoy your "holiday" / Monday.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Happy Fun Friday - we got a skiff of snow this morning. One thing (to me anyway) to remember about having fun is that it all doesn't have to be active. One of my favorite activities is bird watching. During the winter we set up some seed outside of our sliding glass doors. It takes a few hours but the birds will find it. If you find a relaxing chair and don't move about too much then they want fly away. Below are a couple of pictures we got last week. Till next time take some time to enjoy the little things.

This Cardinal Looks a bit like Santa Clause :o)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hopefully everyone is warm and dry. We don't have much snow here - just a skiff. I spoke with my Aunt last night who lives in Northern Indiana - she had snow "over her mail box" so three feet of drifting snow..... hmmm.

Something useful for you to check out today - some mistakes PPC marketers make.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Yahoo has plans to remove the "free" search tool. Here is a tool that you can use in the meantime.

Three tips for getting past the personalized search -

A huge - and I do mean huge list of articles on linkbaiting.

Friday, February 09, 2007

I enjoy watching good TV - a favorite I have mentioned here is 24, another favorite of mine is Lost. I am not a crazy Lost fan - you know the one's that watch an episode 10 times and freeze frames things and then goes crazy with the really small things, but I do think it is a good show. One recommendation I would have for you if you enjoy it is to make sure you have season one and season two on DVD. Also if you want to watch the really crazy folks disect an episode then you can go here.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A pretty good story about a guy that wanted to propose to his girl friend on the big game.

The "science" of rankings -

Think like a search engineer.

Tomorrow is Fun Friday so stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Yahoo starts there "Improved" ranking system today so make sure to keep tabs on your PPC campaigns for the next bit.

Google has added a new link reporting tool.

Searches will be getting more "personal" with Google as well.

Enjoy your Tuesday.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl - I thought the ads were a little worse than usual although the viewer created ads I enjoyed quite a bit. I think we'll be seeing more and more of these as ad agencies loose their creativity.

Some ideas for Local after Yahoo Panama.

Enjoy your week.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Wow... it's been a busy week. But busy is good. The Tama Flu worked for Haley so she is feeling better. Today is her B-day and it snowed so she has no school and is a bit disappointed because she will miss getting the presnets delivered to her while she's in school. Last weekend we had her party and that was fun... she really racked up the cash.

This weekend is the superbowl and I do love football, more lately than ever before for some reason. I have a DVD Recorder ( Panasonic DMR-EH55) that I really enjoy putting through it's paces. I do enjoy the commercials - maybe if I have a chance I'll get creative and put them all on a DVD. The plan when I got the DVD recorder was to take videos we have and transfer them to DVD, I haven't done that but that is on a long range to-do list. I do like the recorder although in my area the TV Guide doesn't work for some reason. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Some good info for you to digest today -

Index and Ranking

Short term Vs. Long term results

100 Alternative search engines - use this list to expand your reach.

Will Google create a virtual world?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hopefully you enjoyed your weekend.

Some ways to use your competition for links.

Google has some incentives for using there checkout... is it fair or not. Some discussion can be found here.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Fun Friday is here. I'm a big Lost fan - I've watched the show since day one. For Christmas one of the things I got was the DVD for season 1. I actually figured that I would remember everything... I was very very wrong. I've noticed / seen things that I know I missed in the first run through. My goal is to finish the shows before it returns.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

My daughter has the flu and it's snowing outside... should be an interesting day. The doc recommended Tama Flu so we'll see if all the advertising does what it says :o)

Things we can learn from outdoor advertising - some excellent info.

and some good information on pre-quailifying clicks.

Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The chicken or the egg... index and ranking - which one comes first - details are here.

Are you in the link circle of trust?

Monday, January 22, 2007

A good site to visit if you're looking to find some round corners for your site.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Fun Friday is here. Looks like we may have some wild weather here - I can handle about anything except for ice and the power outages that follow - they are talking about some ice so here's hoping and praying that we get either snow or rain.

We are definitely still enjoying our Wii - I would also like to recommend an additional game for you - Excite Truck. You drive a 4 wheel drive truck by holding the controller sideways and then "steering" it like you would a steering wheel. Sounds a little complicated but my 9 year old a 14 year old and yours truly got the hang of it pretty quickly. You drive in different environments and tracks and as you progress you unlock new things. I would definitely rank this a 5/5.

Click the movie - thumbs down. My daughter wanted it and it was definitely not age appropriate for a nine year old. The last part of the movie was ok, the first part stunk. Recommend using the DVD as a coaster.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

If you've enjoyed the paradoy of 5 golden rings - check out the latest edition.

And some information on Google - are they giving special consideration to folks that use Google Checkout?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

Another Fun Friday....

We continue to enjoy the wii - one thing that you're able to do is take a test that estimates your age. You do several different tasks, hit a baseball, bowl different setups of pins etc. Based on how well you do. When I started my estimated age was 70. A week or so later my estimated age is now 30 or so. My goal is to become a teen ager again.

I am a huge fan of 24 and got the Season 5 dvd set as a Christmas present. I've almost managed to make it through them and definitely have enjoyed it almost as much as the first time through. The 24 season starts again on Sunday... this season I think I'm going to track things like how many times Jack gets knocked down. I haven't sneaked a peak at the Season 6 prequel yet, but I've heard it is good.

We're going to get socked here with lots of rain over the weekend so it may be a good time to start a good book. Till Monday take some time to play this weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

An excellent article - Merchandising Calendar 2007

Click here

And more in the debate over SEO as rocket science or not.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Some good tips for local search optimization.

Google gets a new patent on duplicate content.

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A list of 100 search engines -

Part two of the rocket science article

Friday, January 05, 2007

We're going to start a new tradition - on Fridays we'll talk some about some ways we have fun... after all I'm a strong believer in all work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull boy (or girl).

One of the really great things that we got in December was the Wii (I pronounce it about 14 different ways but I think it is like a french yes). So far we have enjoyed it tremendously. It comes with a sports game that has bowling, baseball, boxing, and tennis. The unique thing about the game is that you control the game by moving your arms, not just clicking a button. An example if you bowl, then you stand up and move your arms like your bowling, for baseball you swing the controller and that swings the bat. It is the only video game I've ever played that I actually worked up a sweat when playing. We'll talk some more about this later but we are definitely enjoying it now.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday - now it's time to get back to work. These came in over the break ... enjoy.

Targetting the Long Tail

Some more info on the maybe Google update.

How to identify legitimate bots / spiders.

A new study says that some websites may stress you.

That's all for today - time to start digging out.