I Finally Blogged Again…

but it’s over at Search Engine Land ;)

Another Year Older

Yesterday was that day for me when we notch out belts and thank the Good Lord that we made it through another year. I’ve survived 34 of them now. Yeah that’s right 34 (shut up stuntdbl you young punk – same goes for you Fishkin). I have to say I have enjoyed my life so far. I entertain myself with many no deposit slots features that are available online and getting promo codes which give you free bonuses when you sign up.

My sister, who makes custom glass jewelry, sent me a familiar email that I really like and I figured it was due for another round of emails and blog posts:

Those Born 1930-1979!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930′s 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our best mtb brands, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, not even a cheap road risks insurance, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING !

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. Nowadays there is cool toys like top remote control boats for sale, kids have so many opportunities and things going on, its crazy.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, not even with special hardware as kids now a days have from sites as hotrate.com, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms…….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the sexual assault lawyer in Houston, TX and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

Commitment

Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting over lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Read it. Live it. Soak in it.

Eastbound And Down

You know those times when there’s nothing on and you’re just flippin channels? There’s a few shows or movies that will stop the channel surfing dead. “Smokey and the Bandit” is one of those movies for me. Nothing better than Burt Reynolds and Salley Field tearing across the southern US in a 1977 Trans Am runnin interference for Snowman and stayin a step ahead of Buford T. Justice.

I love trucker talk. I figure I was born about 20 years too late…Can you imagine SEO in trucker talk?

Breaker breaker bandit put the hammer down on the load of spam. Ol’ smokey is sneaking in your back door and is about to shoot you in the gas tank. 10-4 good buddy.

Translastion:
Heads up Europe. Make money with your spam while you can. Google’s headin over there with the spam patrol and is about to nail you to the wall.

hehehehehehhe – I crack me up sometimes…

Yahoo Announces NOYDIR Tag

Last year Yahoo mentioned they were working on their version of the NO ODP tag and today they’ve announced officially that the NOYDIR tag is live and will be supported immediately in the US, Japan and Korea (we’ll assume Canada will supported along with the US right?)

I’m glad they’re doing it but in my mind it’s still backwards. We take the time to create proper meta tags and we have to tell search engines to use the content on our pages? Oh well, like I say, it’s good that it’s here. Have you tried to change a Yahoo Directory listing lately?

Feedburner Numbers Jump

I’ve seen a lot of reports lately about FeedBurner subscription numbers jumping up drastically sometime in the past couple weeks. I’m too lazy to go find the actual posts but what reminded me of this was meeting a couple dudes from FeedBurner here in the Range offices about an hour ago. I poked my head into the meeting and asked them straight up what was the deal with the numbers jump and they told me that it was essentially Google and to a lesser extent services like MyYahoo and Bloglines actually reporting back to FeedBurner accurate numbers of subscribers in their respective services. Essentially Google et al was, for all intents and purposes, showing up as only one subscriber. So even if 1000 people were subscribed to your FeedBurner feed via Google Reader or Blogines etc it was only showing up to FeedBurner as one subscriber. Now that the readers are reporting numbers back to FeedBurner you are seeing the true number of subscribers you have. Sorry to say none of you generated a ton of new subscibers overnight but at least you can bump your ad rates because your readership is higher than you thought. Watch the FeedBurner blog in the next few days for a more detailed explanation.

WebGuerrilla And The Real Dave Pasternack

I was chatting with Greg on the phone today getting the scoop on London SES (seems I missed a good party) and we got to talking about the Dave Pasternack SEO contest and he brought up a really good point. That point was that the SEO community has just screwed over the Dave Pasternack people would really be looking for to make a point to the Dave Pasternack that the world at large is NOT looking for. Clear as mud? Read more on specspriceinnigeria.com. I agree whole heartedly and I’m embarassed that I didn’t think of it myself before jumping on the bandwagon. So what am I going to do about? Much the same as Greg actually. Redirect Redirect Redirect. Starting with the post I have that’s currently in the winning position. As of tonight it’s 301′d to Greg’s post about the real Dave Pasternack. I’m not sure that’s enough time to push Greg into the winning slot but we’ll give it a whirl. Either way I’m having dinner at Esca during SES NY.

Call For Resumes

Range Online Media is hiring. We’re looking for talented enthusiastic people (gah – corporate speak…). SEO/PPC/Analysts/Developers send me your resumes. Email address? Fax? If you can’t figure out how to get it to me on your own then don’t bother ;)

Spider Simulators and Dave Pasternack

This Dave Pasternack contest has been a bit of fun. I’ve been surfing through my logs here for the blog and came across someone using a spider simulator ostensibly to figure out how I came from nowhere to leading the pack. Nice try kids. I could tell you all but that would certainly remove the air of mystery surrounding the SEO in play here.

Hats off to Dave and Kevin too. They’ve been SEOing their asses off gathering links and futzing with the bio pages on the site. Keep trying guys – you’re almost there…

For more information, visit https://guaranteedseo.services/.

Digglets, ABCs and 123s

I just had an interesting IM chat with and SEO buddy of mine. He recently had an article on his blog that got dugg and brought a pile of traffic. Here’s the transcript slightly modified to protect his identity:

[13:36] xxxxxxxx: My first Digg got over 2000Diggs. ; )
[13:36] oilmanseo: yeah – that’s killer
[13:36] oilmanseo: they must not know you’re an seo :P
[13:36] xxxxxxxx: Can’t tell from my blog unless you actually read it. ; )
[13:37] oilmanseo: no fear of a digglet doing that LOL
[13:37] xxxxxxxx: Exactly.
[13:37] xxxxxxxx: I didn’t have any ads on the site and it’s a wordpress domain too.
[13:38] xxxxxxxx: Think that helped.
[13:38] oilmanseo: definitly

All this chat shows is more of what we already know about digglets and echo’s Dannys sentiments that digglets don’t bother to read anything before passing judgment.

So here’s 10 Things We Know About Digglets.

  1. digglets don’t like to read beyond the description – they’re the sound bite generation
  2. digglets like bulleted lists (the post mentioned above was a 10 Things kinda list
  3. digglets hate SEOs – so don’t have those letters anywhere near the content getting dugg
  4. digglets hate MS
  5. digglets love Apple
  6. digglets love most any flavor of Linux
  7. digglets don’t read well
  8. digglets count better than they read
  9. digglet traffic doesn’t covert
  10. digglets are generally left wing (watch out NRA)

ok digglets – digg me down.