SOPA looms. Soon congress is going to vote whether or not the government will be able to control the Internet. I really tried to write up some post on my stance on SOPA, why it’s bad, why it shouldn’t be passed. But all I could think of is if it did pass, the Internet wouldn’t be the same for my kids as it was for me. I mean when I grew up (wow, never thought I’d use that) all I knew was Lycos, Dogpile and a few free online arcade sites. For those older than me, yeah yeah I know you had less and other sites to reference, chill I got respect for you :-).
BlueGlass, those words alone can confuse the mess out of people. But then again, there aren’t very many reasons you’d use those words together in a sentence unless you were talking about the Internet marketing company in FL or about who deserves that ticket to the upcoming BlueGlass TPA. If the later is the case you’d be wishing you had entered the contest in hopes to win a chance to hear some the best in Internet marketing spill their knowledge and hangout with them at the networking sessions and parties at the end of the day. It’s going to be an amazing event and you’d be crazy not to go. Sadly the tickets are sold out and the only way to go is to win, and unless you already entered the contest over at Authority Labs you’re probably out of luck.
Who doesn’t love messing with Google/Bing/Yahoo and newly Blekko suggest? If you haven’t already played around with the suggest feature, I urge you to do so. Though I will warn you, it can waste a lot of time that could be used for something a bit more…productive. But, I’m rambling. There have been a few articles already done using/exploiting this feature so get ready for yet another, but it has a twist. Since it’s time for Thanksgiving, I wondered, what does Thanksgiving mean to the search engines. First I just looked for “Thanksgiving”:
Working in internet marketing is pretty hectic. Fun, but hectic. So much is changing every day it seems, new tactics, new developments, new resources and well new news. But when your in a line somewhere, or waiting to be seated at a restaurant have you ever thought, “I wonder what’s happening in the world of internet marketing?” Well, I’ve come across a few iPhone apps to not only answer that question, but provide some really good reading when your computer isn’t available.
In no particular order:
I want to start by thanking Joshua for inviting me to blog as his guest. I treasure this opportunity and thank him for it.
After a summer of unemployment and a ghost town of SEO full-time in-house gigs, I spotted an unusual position at G4, the video game news site. I am a gamer girl, nerdy literature lover, Chicago-born, Los Angelian-ified; sometimes writer, always reader. So my heart burned at the hope of this opportunity, but my head steadied the beat – this could be another cover letter and resume with zero return. After all, I had applied at health care companies, eCommerce positions, a legal product company, and many more, with one interview and only a handful of callbacks from recruiters.
This past Sunday I was enjoying some chinese takeout by myself watching the worst movie ever on the SyFy channel, when I heard a “crack” and felt a pop. Then I swallowed something that tasted really funny. I spit out a whole peanut and pieces of an off white hardened object, pieces of my tooth. Then I realized I swallowed the other parts that broke off. Rather than get upset I simply set the pieces aside to check on my tooth. Sure enough there was a huge chunk missing. It didn’t hurt really bad, but as the day progressed it got worse. My wife took a look at it and said she thought it looked as if the tooth had a cavity in it, which would have weakened it. The dental assistant I saw the next day confirmed it was a cavity. So to prevent it from becoming a fracture I getting a crown on Wednesday. I got to say I’d rather deal with a crown than with a fractured tooth.
I’ve had the privilege to go to some fantastic search marketing conferences this year. However, there are some great conferences going on right now I wish I could be at but can’t. I’d love to, but that’s a lot of money and traveling. Not to mention many conferences overlap each other. Thankfully there is a way to get a lot of information from these conferences without attending. I’m talking of course about monitoring the hashtag for each conference. Conference goers frequently tweet key points and links to resources referenced throughout the sessions. Also, when each session is over those who have been live blogging the session will be posting their notes for everyone to read and learn.
It’s no secret that blogging is becoming something many businesses are using to help drive traffic and engage consumers. Thankfully some rules have changed in blogging to help make things easier, but for small businesses this can still be a daunting task. The issue I’m referring to of course is actually writing the blog posts. With all the challenges small business owners are already facing how is it possible to find time to write quality posts? There is an answer. Guest Blogging. But for small businesses paying someone to write guest posts can get expensive. That’s why I think small business can use customer testimonials as guest posts.
The title of this post is a question I’d really like some answers to. I’ve read so much top 5 this or easy steps to do that, that I’ve held my vomit in a few too many times. Call this post what you will, but I honestly feel that there are some in the field of internet marketing, be it SEO, SMM or any aspect of SEM, that might not be able to answer this. The reason I feel this way is there are those who got into this field purely for the money, and let’s be honest, if you’re good at it you can make a nice living from it. But for me and a few others I know the money was just a side benefit. There was something more. A few months ago I had the honor of going to my first ever search marketing conference. I got to go because I won a contest by simply writing how I got into SEO. It was called ‘Your Story’ Contest. You can read the story here. But, there is more to it.