Archive for May, 2009

PostHeaderIcon Speedlinking – 10 Posts I Read Today

Lately I’ve been sharing more links to the things I’m reading via my Twitter account than here on the blog – however today I thought I’d do a ’speedlinking’ post for old times sake. Here’s 10 links I came across in my RSS reader today:

What have you been reading?

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PostHeaderIcon Its My Birthday – 35

Today is my 35th birthday. Which surprisingly was a relief because I for some reason thought I was turning 37… not sure why just one of those things I had stuck in my head. So yay me I got 2 years more to live.

I just want to say thank you to all the fans and company’s who have sent me cards and gifts over the last few days. Its just been amazing.

AzoogleAds started this whole thing many years ago when they sent me a Macbook Pro for my birthday. And the gifts have just gotten crazier.

I just want to again thank you all for everything. Not just the birthday gifts but just for being great business partners. I am so fortunate to be in the industry we are in the time we are in.

Here is to another great year!

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PostHeaderIcon Congrats To Ashley Chow – Class of 2009


Man, how time flies. It seemed like only yesterday when Ashley Chow was just starting grade 1. This week, she reached a milestone that everyone of us will always remember – high school graduation! The David Thompson Class of 2009 graduation ceremony was held at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Vancouver on the same night as the Irashai Grill open house. This actually worked out perfectly for me because the open house was at 5PM and Ashley’s grad ceremony didn’t start until 7PM.

The Orpheum Theater is a place that I remembered well. It was the place where my high school grad ceremony was held only a few generations ago. I have to tell you, while walking across the stage to receive your high school diploma maybe a thrill, it’s nothing compare to the thrill you’ll get when you see your daughter walk across the stage.

If you wish to congratulate Ashley for her achievement, you may leave her a note in the comments or send her a congrats tweet. Congratulations to Ashley Chow, Class of 2009. Now, go take over the world!


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PostHeaderIcon Thanks to this Months Sponsors – May 2009

I’d like to say thanks to the people who sponsored the blog this month, without them there wouldn’t be regular posts here.

Text Link Ads – New customers can get $100 in free text links.

CrazyEgg.com – Supplement your analytics with action information from click tracking heat maps.

EDU Text Links – EDU Links in content on hosted pages.

Local Pages – Bringing your neighborhood traffic to you

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Link Assistant SEO Software save time when analyzing and building links.

iBusiness Promotoer – SEO software tool that help you get high rankings.

Interested in seeing your message here? There are banner and RSS advertising options available find out more information.

Advertisement: LocalPages.com bringing your neighborhood to you.

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PostHeaderIcon What Blogging Platforms Do We Use? [POLL RESULTS]

Last month I asked readers what blog platform they are using?

The results were clear with 43% of ProBlogger readers using WordPress.org, 29% using Blogger and 13% using WordPress.com.

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This isn’t the first time I’ve run this survey. The first time I ran it was in January of 2006 – since then I ran it again in November 2007. Here are those results:

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The top two platforms still remain #1 and #2 although WordPress.org has taken pushed out their lead but from there on in there’s been a shift with MovableType taking a step back and WordPress.come surging. Also interesting to me is the ‘Other’ category. When we ran this survey in 2006 there were many more platforms mentioned.

Keep in mind that this is just a survey of ProBlogger readers. While we have some diversity in our community we’re just a subset of the wider blogosphere and I’m not sure that these stats are representative of all bloggers.

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PostHeaderIcon DIYSEO Ready to Rock the SEO World

If you were forced to choose one commercial Search Engine Optimization product that has had the biggest impact in the SEO world in the last 10 years what would it be?

I am guessing about anyone with a clue would say Text Link Ads.

Patrick Gavin launched Text Link Ads in 2001 and in 2007 the company was acquired by Media Whiz. Depending on which rumor you believe the deal went down anywhere from 25 to 65 million dollars.

Right out of the gate TLA was a massive game changer in the world of SEO. Now dominating search engine results just because a lot easier for companies looking to push up their rankings. It worked very very well and search engines had no way possible to combat it. In May of 2007 Google threw up the white flag on algorithmically being able to detect paid links and asked for help from webmasters to narc on their friends.

Ever since Patrick Gavin sold text link ads people have been wondering what his next big thing was going to be. With TLA obviously he has set the bar pretty high.

Patrick recently pinged me about his new project DIYSEO. There is a HUGE need to service beginners and small businesses in their SEO efforts. And most of them are very shy to jump into the game because of the horror stories of fly by night “SEO experts” taking their money and either not delivering results or even delivering negative results.

do it yourself seoEnter Patrick’s newest project DIYSEO (Do it yourself SEO).  Gavin says “the product is primarily targeted towards small businesses who have little resources to put towards the web, including real estate agents, small car dealers, restaurants, and part-time entrepreneurs. But SEO is a crowded and competitive space and with the decline in the economy, SEO providers are all looking to provide cost-effective options for SMBs.”

There is not much on the site right now other then a email submit to be notified when the site launches…. which I am sure is getting a ton of submissions. You might want to check that out if you have not already

Twitter contest!!!!!

Right now DIYSEO is having a twitter contest giving away 3 brand new Amazon Kindles. Go here to enter.

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PostHeaderIcon May 2009: Shout to the Sponsors

I just wanted to extend a thank you to all our sponsors. They all provide terrific services for bloggers, web publishers and online entrepreneurs, so make sure to visit their websites.

NetPartner: NetPartner is one of the leading affiliate networks on the Internet. If you are trying to monetize your blog or website, I recommend you to try them out. Apart from a user friendly interface and a wide range of offers, they are also expanding internationally and incorporating new services and features all the time.

Searchles: This company provides a really cool widget for bloggers and web publishers that will display related content on your blog. You could place it below you single posts, for example, to offer your readers a list of related articles. The advantage of the Searchles widget is that your articles will also get featured on their website, which could send both traffic and SEO juice your way. The widget is free, and it works with Blogger, WordPress and TypePad, so check it out.

Romow: Romow is a premium web directory where you are able to find quality websites on any topic. If you have your own blog or website, you can also list your URL on their site (costs $45) to get some traffic and search engine juice. Web directory submission is about quality and not quantity, and that is what Romow provides.

FreshBooks: Whether you are a blogger, web designer or freelance writer, sooner or later you will need to invoice someone for advertising or for your services. FreshBooks is the easiest way to do this, and by using their service you will also make sure that your invoices are correct and professional looking. The service is free for up to 3 clients, so test it out right now.

Doreo Hosting: A long time sponsor, Doreo is also the company that provides the web hosting for all my blogs and websites. Facts speak louder than words right? Just browse around the site and see how fast it loads.

Writer4Me: Are you lacking time to write on your blogs? Do you want to get an ebook done but don’t have time to create it? Writer4Me is a popular ghostwriting service that can help you with those problems. Basic articles start at 5, and for $99 monthly they can keep your blog active with 3 fresh blog posts per week.

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PostHeaderIcon HubSpot TV – SEO Wizardry with Guest Co-host Rand Fishkin


Episode #42 – May 29nd, 2009
(Episode Length: 26 minutes, 24 seconds)

Intro

Headlines

Microsoft Announces New Search Engine – Bing.com

Billboards Become Conversational

  • CBS Outdoor merges text with billboards
  • Using text messaging all CBS Outdoor billboards can allow people to send a text message with a keyword to get more info
  • Does this encourage texting while you drive?
  • Marketing Takeaway: You can even try to make traditional advertising more interactive and measurable.

Google Does the Wave.  What is it?

The Future of Search Marketing

  • Did Google Change SEO Yesterday?
  • Where is search going?  What are microformats and the semantic web?
  • Marketing Takeaway:
    Make sure you are publishing content in a semantic/microformat-compatible way.  Blogs and websites built on CSS are a good start.

Forum Fodder

  • Brandon Mulnix from Modern Photographics asks “What are the steps to optimize images for Google image search?”
  • File name, ALT tags on images

Marketing Tip of the Week: Brush up on your SEO by checking out SEOmoz and registering for Inbound Marketing University.

Closing

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PostHeaderIcon Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes?

“What’s the most common mistake made by new bloggers? How can we avoid it? – asked on Twitter by @alisonkerr.

Here are a few quick mistakes that I see new bloggers making (some of which mistakes I made myself). They’re listed in no particular order and I’d love for you to continue the list in comments below:

  1. Giving up too early – blogs take time to take off
  2. Putting off starting a blog – waiting until everything is just right before launching can mean you never do it
  3. Echoing what everyone else is talking about – say something unique and share your opinion
  4. Not blogging on your own domain – I know some swear by using hosted blogs but if you want ultimate control of your blog it is best to do it on your own domain and hosting.
  5. Irregular Posting – you don’t have to post every day but try to establish a regular rhythm of posting
  6. Being too apologetic – ’sorry I haven’t written for a while’ can end up being the most common type of post on a blog – yes apologize if you’ve messed up but don’t be too hard on yourself – keep investing your time into building your blog up rather than highlighting it’s problems.
  7. Focusing more upon Quick Traffic than Loyal Readers – there’s nothing wrong with a big rush of traffic from social media or another blog – but just as important as that is building reader loyalty. Sometimes growing one reader at a time is more fruitful than getting spikes of traffic that never returns.
  8. Clutter – too many buttons, widgets, navigation elements
  9. Great Posts but Terrible Titles – don’t short change yourself by investing hours into writing great content only to slap a mediocre headline/title onto it.
  10. Not Defining a Topic – the most successful blogs have a well defined topic/niche (or they target a certain demographic)
  11. Choosing a Topic you have no Interest in – for your blog to be successful you’ll need to blog regularly on your topic for years – if you want to sustain it choose something you have an interest in or love for or you’ll run out of steam.
  12. Too many Ads – I don’t have a problem with ads on a blog from Day #1 but when they overpower the content and push it down the page too far they hurt your chances of building a loyal readership.
  13. Being too Insular/Expecting Readers to come to You – many bloggers starting out fail to realize that the more you put yourself out there and interact with other bloggers the more chance you have of being read.
  14. Blogging about Making Money Blogging (as a first blog) – I’ve lost count of how many bloggers I’ve seen start blogs on the topic of blogging for money when they’ve never made money blogging. Start with something you know.
  15. Not Being Useful – blogs that meet needs and solve problems are blogs that people will keep coming back to and which they’ll spread news of to their network.
  16. Writing for Search Engines Before Humans – you can always tell when a blogger discovers Search Engine Optimization for the first time. Suddenly titles don’t make sense, keywords appear in posts for no real reason, links to other pages on the blog that are irrelevant to the post keep being used. Learn SEO – but keep your readers as your #1 priority.
  17. Becoming a Stats-a-holic - the lure of checking your stats is understandable and common to new (and older) bloggers – but it can become an unhealthy obsession that leads to distraction and depression.
  18. Link Baiting with Personal Attack – taking pot shots at other bloggers might get you some quick traffic – but hate breeds hate and the type of readers you attract and the culture it’ll breed on your blog could come back to bite you. Plus you’ll get a reputation that you might not want to live with.
  19. Not Knowing Why You’re Blogging – while most of us don’t really know what we’re doing at the start – the faster you can work out what the purpose of your blog is the sooner you’ll start moving toward achieving that purpose.
  20. Not Selling Yourself – one thing I don’t think many bloggers get is the power of blogs to sell yourself as a blogger. There’s nothing wrong with monetizing a blog with ads – but maybe a better long term strategy is to use a blog to advertise who you are and what you can offer readers.
  21. Thinking You Have to Know it All – one of the best things about blogs is that they’re a great medium for involving your readers in the process of learning. Leave space for others to interact, share what they know and contribute.

There’s ALOT more to be said on this topic – what mistakes do you see new (and older) bloggers making?

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Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes?

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PostHeaderIcon Design My New Business Card & Win Free Business Cards FOR LIFE

Overnight Prints, one of the largest and most well respected business card and merchandising companies on the internet, is having a contest!

And knowing how much we love contests, they approached us to see what we could do together.

Since I’m not that thrilled with my current business card design and knew this was their specialty, I thought we could kill two birds with one stone!

How does the contest work? Simply design a new business card for me. If I pick your design as the winner, you will win a LIFETIME supply of free business cards!

Go here to enter!

Contest Rules:

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, complete the online entry form and submit a business card design. To be eligible, entries must be completed and received on or by the closing date of the contest. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries shall become the property of OvernightPrints.com. OvernightPrints.com is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed entries. Entries received by telephone, fax, courier or personal delivery will not be accepted.
* Submit as many designs as you want using the online entry form.
* Lifetime supply is up to 1,000 single or double-sided business cards per year for 20 years, provided by OvernightPrints.com. Business cards must be ordered in quanities of at least 500 per order, for a total of 1,000 or fewer business cards in any calendar year. Up to two different designs may be submitted by the winner for an order in a given year. Business cards won through this contest are only eligible for use by the winner. Resale of business cards won through this contest is prohibited. Business cards found to be used for people or companies other than the winner will disqualify the winner from receiving any additional business cards won through this contest.
* Contest winner will be selected by Jeremy Schoemaker, Mr. ShoeMoney, on June 26, 2009.
* All entries need to be received by Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Noon PST in order to be considered.
* Contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Continental Europe.

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