Google Sandbox, Stop the Insanity

For those of you in the industry you’ve now doubt heard of the infamous “sandbox”. For those of you not in the trade, here’s the cliff notes version: The sandbox is an alleged penalty or filter that is applied to new websites to prevent them from ranking for “money” or other popular search terms. If you want to read more … [Continue reading Google Sandbox, Stop the Insanity]

Peek-a-Boo in the Sandbox

First off let me say Google’s constantly updating non synchronized data centers are actually becoming quite annoying. Big Daddy data centers not being in sync with anything even more annoying. Anyways, I’m starting to see some sites coming out of the sandbox in the past week or so. Let me clarify that I’m starting to see pages not entire sites … [Continue reading Peek-a-Boo in the Sandbox]

Blogher 2009 Looking for Speakers

Blogher announced they are looking for speakers, looking for ideas for sessions and speaker nominations. I’m not sure why they can’t just say “call for speakers” like everyone else but hey that’s their thing not mine. Anywho if you know of someone who you think should be speaking at the Blogher conference or have an idea for a session you … [Continue reading Blogher 2009 Looking for Speakers]

Seth Is Wrong On Paid vs Free Journalism

I’ve been writing about thinking critically recently and the Malcolm vs Chris vs Seth thing is great fodder.

Why I’m Looking Forward to a Google Operating System

As I’m fairly well known for my distrust and criticism of all things Google, so it probably comes as something of a surprise that I’m REALLY looking forward to a Google Operating System … allow me to explain …

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part III

In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I, we looked at some examples of screen resolutions, and content placement. In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part II, we looked at how banner size affected the “sweet spot” being above or below the fold. In part III we’re going to look at liquid versus static.

Web 2.0 Weenies and Bullshit Social Media Economics

This weekend I watched an amazing video from Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs at a Ted Conference, and what really hit home is how many people struggle to be new media douchebags in a web 2.0 world. If you’re the kind of person who wants to have 50,000 twitter friends, be a power Digg user, make the front page of  … [Continue reading Web 2.0 Weenies and Bullshit Social Media Economics]

Google, Dictionaries and SEO

One of the things toolbars and personalized search will do is reduce algo busting to the equivalent of speaking Latin. However personally I hate personalized search, and don’t think it’s going to be as big as they all hope, so I like to practice a little algo dissection from time to time. One of my favorite methods is pushing a … [Continue reading Google, Dictionaries and SEO]

Local Search Interview Update

Due to some production issues I made some adjustments to the local search interview series, I added two more interviews, and we may get a third by friday.

Lodefizzle

Lodefizzle this is a zugzwang post so avert your eyes nothing to see. Trying to find the meaning of life for Lodefizzle: click here Learn about HTML and Lodefizzle: click here Unwashed masses fawning over Lodefizzle: click here Lodefizzle: something I was fiddling with because the kids were home sick and I couln’t get any real work done. read more | digg … [Continue reading Lodefizzle]

Did Matt Cutts Expose a Hole in Digg

Last week Matt Cutts made a post about how to connect your Linux computer to a Wii balance board using Bluetooth. This post happened to make the Digg homepage, however what was really interesting is the way he did it, which has exposed an exploitable hole in Digg.

Testing the OOP Part II

Well that didn’t take long [serps]

Are You More Entertaining than a Sock Puppet

So my buddy Loren Feldman over at 1938 media has been having grand old time giving a parody of Shel Israel lately. While it’s all been pretty funny I think there are a few points to learn from this.

Still Think You Can Ignore Social Media, Blogs, YouTube and Blended Search

Still think this whole social media, blog, youtube, universal search business isn’t here to stay or doesn’t effect you. I suggest you look at the SERP’s for Vice Presidential Candidate [Sarah Palin]. Not only will you see lots of blended and social media results but take note of the fact that a squidoo page for Sarah Palin is ranking above … [Continue reading Still Think You Can Ignore Social Media, Blogs, YouTube and Blended Search]

Reinstating Your Google AdWords Account

That was the exact subject of an email I got from Google Adwords today. Um hey Google maybe you might want to chose a slightly less alarming message next time. Just because I’ve paused 99% of the ads in my adwords account doesn’t mean it’s been closed or needs to be “reinstated”.

Profits Murdered By Google Adwords

There’s been quite a bit of noise in the SEM space about some of the recent changes made by the Google Adwords Quality Score. I thought it might be interesting to take a more in depth look at some of my site statistics.

Cloaking Your Hummer

While I’m generally not in the habit of outting websites who are bending or breaking the rules, when you reach the level of BMW or even Hummer the gloves are off, and you’re fair game …

Hewlett Packard Giving Away Free Templates With Embedded Links

Seems the giving away free templates with embedded keyword rich links has filtered up to the fortune 500 level as Hewlett Packard released a series of free templates today

SEO Experiment

Let’s see who was paying attention to Jedi Master Rand Fishkin this week and can figure out why I posted about Danika Patrick.

Good Karma and Keyword Research

Good Karma on WebmasterRadio which is hosted by Greg Niland (aka GoodROI) is targeted at some of the newer SEO’s. However for people who have been around the block a few times, it’s also valuable because it reminds you of things you know but don’t think about that often.