CAUTION: Shameless Plugging Ahead

I’ll keep this really short and sweet. First of all, I have a question to my readers. Is it wrong to plug articles that haven’t been published yet? I probably should’ve mentioned that in the one I wrote for experts-exchange. Ohhh another shameless plug!

I’ve got two posts coming up this week. One tomorrow at Search Engine Journal entitled, ‘Nestle, palm oil and social media Oh My!‘. It’s an interview with Marketing Pilgrim’s Frank Reed about what happened in addition to a brief recap of the situation and where it currently stands. I think it’ll get some good response, so read it, retweet, enjoy and leave a comment :-) .

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Vaca Recap: Leacture and Float Trip

Well it was a long weekend for me. Tara, Preston and I left for Arkansas thursday afternoon with the Disney soundtrack blaring. As a side note I think I may be suffering from acute middle ear infection due to 15 hours of the Imagination Movers & Agent OSO jingles, that’s another post entirely. Aside that the drive down was pretty good.

At OBU I was ready to go through the entire outline I had set, but at the last second I decided to just let the students dictate the course of the lecture. I opened with a general explanation of social media, then went over the 5 major categories of social outlets:

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195lb Guest Lecture

Well it finally happened. I hit 200lbs. The weather finally got warm enough and I got the chance to start running again (well jogging anyway). I went close to two miles round trip. Not bad for my first time out in nearly a year. I’m thinking the push-ups and weights may have gotten my body in decent enough shape to jog. I’m hoping by next weekend I’ll finally be down around 195, the lowest my weight has been since I got hit with that stupid golf ball (another post for another time).

Also by that time I’ll be presenting social media marketing and public relations at OBU. Not a bad way to start the weekend. I just hope I don’t ruin it on the float trip. Because we all know the healthy food associated with frat guys camping out.

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So I’m on my way back to work when I get a notification on my phone via Twitter that I’ve been mentioned in a tweet. When I get a chance I look down to see that I’ve won a ticket to the upcoming Search & Social Spring Summit in Tampa, FL! I was so surprised. I actually forgot I entered in one of the contests. You can read about the contest and story below (Pardon the typos!):

And the winners for the 2010 Search & Social Spring Summt are…

I was stunned. I still am :-) . But it’s a good thing. This is my first conference in this industry to attend, I’m getting to hear some amazing speakers, meet a lot of the people I’ve gotten to know online. I’m amped! You can count on my blogging about it often while I’m there. Tara is going to go with me so it is definitely going to be a blast! Thanks for reading!

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First time with Development

Quick question, when you first got involved with SEO how much did you interact with a development team? I’m asking because recently I’ve discovered an aspect of working as an in house SEO I’ve not faced yet. If you’ve read the ‘About Me‘ page, then you know how I got my start. If not here is the ‘watered down’ version. A company I worked for needed a cheap way to market online. As the designated webmaster it was my duty to figure this out. So I found SEO, applied it, was good at it, SEO became a passion for me, here we are today. Working as a digital marketing specialist for an awesome company. So what does this have to do with a development team? Well a few weeks ago I wrote a post about getting started with some big projects. Since then, I’ve been researching competition, writing content, and checking backlinks to design some landing pages. So when I had the first draft ready, I was told, “Great, lets get a concept page for the development team and get it in the que.” I replied with, “Wha?”

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Big Change around the corner

I’ll go ahead and admit it. March 30th, 2010 is my birthday. I turned 26. As a present my wife is getting me thesis. Wow, what a nerdy gift. And I like it!

For those that have been checking on my blog from time to time you might have notice the theme has changed quite a bit. Well tomorrow/today (pending when I finish this post) I will be downloading thesis (curtosy my wife) and working on my own layout over the next few days. I’ve used a lot of themes, different styles and I like the ones that I’ve seen done with thesis such as:

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How much should a new SEO charge?

This post has been building within me for a while now, ever since I overheard someone wanting to start up their own SEO consulting business while learning it at the same time. Essentially seeking out paying clients while learning SEO. Putting the cart before the horse? I think so. But for argument sake let’s say that a person was to do this. What should he/she charge? Where should he/she expect to get clients? What type of clients for that matter? A person asking themselves these questions is a new SEO. Let me define ‘new SEO’ before getting too deep into this article. In regards to this post, a new SEO is someone who has absolutely no experience whatsoever. A new SEO has only read about how search engine optimization works, but has not applied it.

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Long weekend & looks like a longer week

Well my weekend started with finalizing a video for Chemidex. I used Camtasia although I’ve been flirting with other types of software. It was a tough export, but I’m very pleased with the results. When I get the okay I’ll post it here. Until then it’s ‘top secret’. Most of my weekend was spent working on the video, tweaking things here and there. But all to make the product better, I don’t mind working on the weekend although my wife isn’t to excited about it.

To top it all off, my Jayhawks lost. Very depressing, not so much for my bracket but just because this was looking to be a stellar year for KU, and it was. But winning the title would have been sweet. Next year is going to be very tough, with the possibility of losing four players it is gonna be hard to get back to title contention status. Don’t get me wrong the other guys are a excellent ball players, but there is no set leader on the team like there was this year. Someone needs to step up, and until that happens I think they will always be dangerous but they won’t be legit for another two years tops. I love my Jayhawks, just keeping it real.

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2010 Tournament is underway!

Well it is officially tournament time. If you haven’t filled out a bracket, do so now. The Big 12 is being represented well this year, with a few surprise entrants including K-State and Baylor. I mean yeah, they are ranked but no one would have seen them reaching this point from the beginning of the season. So I’ve got high hopes for them. A lot of teams are really stepping up, the tournament this year will be very competitive making each game worth watching. And of course, I’ll be cheering for my Jayhawks the entire way. Our bench is deep, but I’ll admit this may be our last shot at a national title for a few years. Not doubting the team but with losing Collins to graduating and possibly Aldrich to the draft this year, the other guys will need to step up in a big way to have the same caliber team that we’ve got in the tournament this year. But that’s next year, this year before each game I ask you to recite the following:

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