My rants on follows & friend requests

I typically don’t do posts two days in a row, and tomorrow will make three when I do my #FF post. Though I do need to begin doing more each week. I’m just sick and tired of getting @ replies and seeing screen names ‘ifollowback’ on twitter. In addition to this I’ve gotten one too many friend requests on Facebook from spammy accounts that claim we share one commonality. I’ll admit there have been rants about these before. But sometimes I feel you just have to let loose to get it out of your system. I hope you’re settled in for a good read, this may take a while.

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What’s Your Passion

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.

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#FF Helpful Edition – Why These Tweeps?

Twitter can be used in a variety of ways. Some good and some, well, not so good. Lately I’ve started putting my trust in my twitter network to ask some questions, and I’ve found answers every time. In this edition of Follow Friday I’ve selected the accounts that I’ve found to not only be response, but very helpful. And if these tweeps don’t have the answer, they either know who knows or know where to get the answer/help at. Not just anyone can do this. I mean sure you throw enough darts at a board one will hit the bullseye. But these peeps toss’em out one at a time and hit the center mark every. single. time. So it is with great privilege and honor I present to you, #FF Helpful Edition:

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My first vlog attempt…

As promised here’s my first vlog post, a walkthrough of the new Digg. Or rather, my attempt. As soon as I got started the wireless connection I was using kicked me off. I’ll admit I was snaking it from our neighbors as ours hadn’t been set up yet. I didn’t want to give up, so I trudged on anyway. Ironically a few hours after I finished we got our connection set up. Rather than do it over again I watched what I had done and decided to go ahead with it. Ready or not here we go, my first vlog post (roughly 3 min. sorry if it’s a little fuzzy):

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I got the day off! Vlog to come later this week…

I got the day off today! Since July 4th fell on a weekend the office shut down on Monday. So don’t expect any blog posts for the next few days. I’m able to take it easy. I am working on my first vlog I’m hoping to post by Wednesday. I got an invitation to Digg Alpha . I’m gonna use Camtasia to show those who haven’t seen it (Digg Alpha) a quick tour. There are some pretty cool changes they’ve made to it. If anyone has an idea on another vlog I should do I’m all ears. Thanks for stopping by.

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Kansas City Edition Follow Friday

Every Friday that has come around since I’ve gotten plugged into Twitter it’s been interesting to see who other people nominate to follow. Most of the time a tweet looks something like this:

And while some may argue this is fine, I’d like to know why them? I’m not the only one who feels this way:

So to make the most of Follow Friday/#FF/#FollowFriday, how however you hastag it, I’ve created a short list of tweeps to follow.This Follow Friday is dedicated to my local Twitter friends. I’m sad to say that when I first started exploring networks in search and social marketing my local network has been the last one I’ve looked at. That really needs to be added to my list for using social media to find a job. Local networks are vital and luckily I have connected, on an entry level, with a group here in the Kansas City area. So without further ado here is a short list of local tweeps to follow (with reason):

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My 5 favorite videos from college

College was a great time for me. I learned a little more about myself, made some great friends had some interesting experiences and more importantly discovered fascinating videos. The night before tests my roommates and I would browse the next in search of video clips for a laugh to break up the mundane task of studying. I’ll admit some of the clips below have been overused, but in their own right remind me of some of the best times I had in college. I hope you enjoy watching them, but a word of caution. Each one WILL become stuck in your head for the remainder of the day, and in some extreme cases your lifetime.

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My cat begs for food better than spammers do for links

Lately I’ve gotten quite a few emails from spammers asking me to link to their site because “we have so much in common”. These sites have included hotels, pharmaceuticals, and even a coffee site (I really considered that last one). The only real thing my site has in common with these sites is that, we are both websites. In addition to that the comments in some blogs recently have just really stunned me. From lame comments like “Good blog” to “Hey just putting it out there, if you guys ever need a yacht cleaning crew I recommend XXXXXXX” (the last one was on a site about SEO). So I thought to myself what goes through their minds when it comes to building links?

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Keeping Private on Foursquare

A few days ago I read a really good post about privacy in regards to foursquare and twitter. The guy is a genius, and really showed me more than I already knew about how dangerous foursquare could be. I also listened to him for a bit on Webmaster Radio yesterday talking about it. The chat room there gave me an idea for this post. We were joking around saying whoever breaks into a house should also check in to that house on foursquare. Funny to joke with, but as an avid foursquare user I thought, “Is it possible to be active and still maintain privacy? So I spent a few days scrubbing and testing my account and I’ve come up with some tips to be active and remain completely private.

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Ever wondered what happens when four major agencies connect?

Earlier today it was announced that four major players in the search industry are coming together to form one big company to take the field by storm. If you’ve already read it, 10e20, Search & Social, Infinitenine and Brent Csutoras Inc. are forming BlueGlass. If that weren’t impressive enough BlueGlass will have four locations across the United States with 40 employees and accounts worth $10 million out of the gate! With clients ranging from NBC Universal to Yahoo, it isn’t to hard to see this new company will be a major player in the search and social media sectors. Steering this ship are Chris Winfield, Dave Snyder, Brent Csutoras, Loren Baker, Jordan Kasteler, Tony Wang, Danielle Winfield and Jake Matthews. All of whom are respected industry experts in their perspective fields.

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