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Posted: Oct 31 2008, 12:36 PM by digitalangel | with 2 comment(s)
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What Will The Google Phone Look Like?

T-mobile has announced today that it will officially unveil the Google mobile phone next week at a conference in New York. The United States should see it hit the shelves sometime next month. The phone features Google's Android software and T-Mobile will be the first carrier.  T-mobile has yet to release any pricing information.

The popular question on everyone's mind is "what will the Google phone look like?” Google showed off the device at a developer conference in London yesterday. Check out the video below to get a glimpse. Looks remarkably similar to another popular phone currently on the market ;)

I wonder if the phone will have what it takes to compete with the BlackBerry and iPhone. Guess we will just have to wait and see...



Posted: Sep 17 2008, 03:45 PM by digitalangel | with 2 comment(s) |
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Did You See The Microsoft Commercial?

Has anyone seen the new Microsoft TV ad? I am watching it the other night and the only thing that keeps running through my mind is WTF? How peculiar and weird is this thing!?! According to Microsoft the intention was to confuse people because it is a "teaser" for an upcoming campaign...a $300 million ad campaign. Nice work Microsoft! So is Vista a teaser too? Please say its so. Because Vista is equally as craptastic as your commercial.

Microsoft needs to stop wasting time with ads like this. They need to be concentrating on rebuilding their damaged brand.  I actually think they may have completely lost their vision. Vista was a complete failure.

So have you heard about the Mojave Experiment? Microsoft had “regular” people who had never used Vista before test out their “new” OS which was code named “Mojave”. So Microsoft actually showed them Vista instead so people could decide for themselves if they liked it or not.  OK, so who are these “regular people”? My best guess…computer illiterate individuals. It’s a very sad day when your product has been so verbally abused and beat down that you have to try and save it by tricking people into using it.

Microsoft leave the TV marketing to Apple. Their stuff is brilliant, simple and hilarious. You just need to find another edge.

If you happened to of missed the commercials debut last night you don't mind losing a minute and a half of your life then check it out below.  




Posted: Sep 05 2008, 05:28 PM by digitalangel | with 3 comment(s)
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Google Releases Chrome

Chrome has a very similar look and feel to Opera when it comes to its start page. It displays up to 9 thumbnails of your most visited websites. The search box can either be used to enter in a URL or your search query. The URL bar also offers auto-complete and contains a Javascript debugger. You can set up the browser preferences to use Google, AOL, Yahoo, Ask or Live search as the default engines for search queries.

The layout is simple, almost too simple. Unlike FireFox or IE the tabs are located at the top of the browser instead of below the search bar. I personally could care less either way. Traditional menu bars and nav toolbars such as File, Edit and View are now consolidated into a “control the current page” icon which sits right next to the customize icon. The status bar only appears in the bottom left side of the browser when you hover over a link.

I think Google nailed the tabbed browsing experience. Chrome has multiple processes. So if one tab crashes the whole browser won't come crumbling down. Another neat feature is that you can tear off tabs. So if you want a tab to be in its own browser you can simply drag the tab to your desktop and voila it’s sitting solo.

Besides the enhanced tab features I am not really too impressed. I admit I am a FireFox junky. I love all my plug-ins and third-party add-ons. I really can’t function with out them. Until Chrome can support my arsenal of browser tools I am afraid we can’t be friends.

According to Google, Chrome is more stable, faster and more secure than any other browser out there. Maybe true, but I am not ready to make the switch quite yet. How about you?

Posted: Sep 03 2008, 03:03 PM by digitalangel | with 2 comment(s) |
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Sushi Anyone?

 

How creative is this? I love it! However, at $90 a pop I think my USB sushi collection may remain limited to just one. Check out the full collection
here. These things look so realistic it is making my stomach growl. Now off to the nearest sushi bar...


 

Posted: Jan 08 2008, 10:21 AM by admin | with 4 comment(s)
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New Google PPC Algorithm Causes Uproar

On July 10th Google rolled out the new bad boy PPC landing page algorithm and caused quite a stir with advertisers. One of my clients reported a huge increase in their CPC overnight. Going from just .30 a click to about $5 a click! Bam! That hurts. Google claims that the new algorithm is in place to determine the quality of landing pages in relation to the ad and the "overall user experience". They are hoping by increasing the CPC so drastically for the crap sites that it will deter them from bidding. The new algorithm is "supposed" to be targeting sites that have an excessive amount of advertising, scammy work from home spiels, and other content that may be misleading from the actual ad. Well, if their algorithm had successfully just effected these types of sites then the heat would be at a minimum. However, that is not the case. Good quality ads, landing pages, and content sites have felt the wrath of this update. Another interesting target of this update is aimed at sites that offer similar products to other advertisers. Basically Google has put themselves in the place to determine which competitor is the best. Hmm...could it possibly be the one that has the bigger ad budget? Just a guess.

If you happen to of been one of the unfortunate ones to be effected by this update then I recommend you read this thread over at Webmaster World.

Posted: Jul 25 2006, 05:37 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Damn blog tags!

Just got tagged by Mike in regards to the TV show LOST and the "mysterious" numbers that get revealed.
So here we go:

4- The # of times I have tortured people by singing Karaoke

8 - The age of my German Shepherd

15 - The age I was when I got my first car. Supercharged Toyota MR2 baby!

16 - The age I was when I crashed my Supercharged Toyota MR2 :(

23 - The # of trees I hit when I crashed my Supercharged Toyota MR2.

42 - The age my father told me I would have to be before I would be able to ever drive again

Woa...those number really are super creepy ;)

Posted: Jun 22 2006, 09:00 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Search Engine News

Well, well, well, it looks like Google and Yahoo have decided to form alliances with a few other giants to ensure their future success. Yahoo decided to team up with eBay for advertising and online payments services. Although they have agreed to partner in these areas Yahoo will still remain in direct competition with eBay by continuing to run their own auctions and online shopping services.

In other news... Dell has announced that it has agreed to install Google software on millions of new computers and all new Dell computers will come to the owner with preloaded Google desktop search software. The AP reports that Dell is also reserving space for Google in a side panel of IE 6.

In other other news... I hate IE!!!

Posted: May 30 2006, 02:09 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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BackLink Babble

When it comes to getting backlinks to your site you need to understand that if its not a quality link then its useless crap. So what is a quality link you might ask? Well, let me break it down for you:

1. The relevancy of the site that is linking to you is extremely important. If its not related to your industry pass on it.
2. The older the link the better. Age plays an important role here.
3. Non-reciprocal links are the best. Google loves this one!
4. The location of the link on the site linking to you will weigh more if it is closer to the top of the page and if that link is within content you will get even more bonus points.
5. Get links from authority sites. If you can obtain links from .edu and .gov sites then do it. They are well respected and will prove to very beneficial for your site.
6. The number of links that you have pointed to your site is huge! Look at how many your competition has. Then get more!
7. Lastly, the most important thing to remember is use quality anchor text. Target your keywords here. If you dont then all of your hard work on obtaining backlinks was a big waste of time.

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Posted: May 24 2006, 02:55 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Tagged! Ouch!
I was recently tagged by my good pal Chris.I have been informed that once you have been tagged that you are obligated to respond to specific questions or the internet fairy will hunt you down and kick your ass! Don't need that! So here it goes... Four things I used to Know: 1. I used to know how to design 3 dimensional microscopes in 3d Studio Max 2. I used to know how to ollie a skateboard 3. I used to know how to read and write Latin 4. I used to know what it was like to be 21 Four things I want to know: 1. I want to know how to ride a motorcycle 2. I want to know what its like to be filthy rich 3. I want to know how to speak Japanese 4. I want to know how to solve a Rubik's cube without taking it apart. Four things I know: 1. I know I can't sing 2. I know I can do the worm 3. I know that I don't ever want children 4. I know that Christopher Green makes the most delicious chicken wing dip! Four things that I don't know and I don't care about: 1. Why rednecks love NASCAR 2. Why people have children 3. What its like to skydive 4. What frog legs taste like Bam!
Posted: May 11 2006, 08:34 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Quick and Easy SEO? Is there such a thing?

Ummmm....No! That is the quick and easy answer to that question!

As I have said before... if you are able to obtain great rankings within search quickly and without using honest SEO tactics then your site is going to vanish from the SERPS quickly.

My 5 Steps to achieving top rankings within Search:

1. Quality Content
I know that you are probably thinking that this one is a no brainer but you may be surprised to see what kind of crap people shove into their sites these days. People know they need content but the quality part is completely lacking on a majority of websites. Write content that makes sense. Yes, use your KW within the content but don't keyword stuff. Read your copy out loud. Does it flow? If not then your visitors are going to hit that back button faster then you can blink!

2. Good Title Tags
I generally use 2-3 KW in my title tags. Make sure that each one of your title tags are unique for every page within your site. Target the KW used in the title within your sites body.

3. Use Heading Tags
Heading tags are a very important aspect of SEO. Use your KW at least once within this tag. Again, dont over do it. Using each one of your KW within this tag will do the job just fine.

4. Use Alt Tags
Use your KW within alt tags of your images. This will increase KW density.

5. Get Quality Inbound Links
Get links with your KW in the Anchor Text. Now the secret here is to vary your KW in the links. Dont just get 100 links pointing to your site with your top KW. You need to mix it up. The SERPS love this!

Thats all I got for today! Good luck to you with your SEO adventures!

Posted: Mar 30 2006, 08:36 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Firefox Friday!

I know its not Friday yet. But since I will be out of the office tomorrow I figured I would go ahead and write my Friday entry today. So here we go!

I received a neat email today from one of my weekly ezines that was discussing Firefox and some of its powerful features. If you do SEO work or any kind of web work and have yet to download the Firefox browser then you are REALLY missing out! Firefox offers a plethora of extensions that you can use to make your life a hell of a lot easier. If you have yet to download Firefox then get it here:
http://www.mozilla.com/

OK, now that you have it installed let me show you some neat little extensions that you can download.

Must have Firefox extensions:

1. The IE Tab is one of the most handy extensions to date. Not all websites can be viewed correctly with Firefox so with this extension all you need to do is right click on the web page and choose "View page in IE tab" and voila! You can see how the page is displayed in Internet Explorer as well as surf and interact with the site within the Firefox browser!

2. So your sick and tired of having to hit CTRL-C every time you want to copy text or images off of a website? With the Auto Copy extension and all you have to do is select the text you want and it will automatically be copied to your clipboard for pasting! Now this is one fine tool my friends. You dont realize how often you would use this until you actually have it.

3. Another awesome copy tool is the Copy Plain Text extension. This tool will take out any crazy formatting that may occur from copying from a webpage into a document like Word.

4.Gcache allows you to right click on a webpage and it will show you the Google cache of that page. This is very handy to see which sites have been penalized.

Thats all I have time for today. So tune in next week for a break down of some other helpful Firefox add-ons!

Posted: Mar 23 2006, 09:09 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Green Fairy Dust

So what is Google pagerank anyway? Here is the short and skinny on it:

Pagerank is a numeric value that supposedly represents just how important that page is on the web. This is decided by analyzing the links that point to your website and filtering out the good links vs. the bad ones. Good links can be compared to a vote for that website and the more votes that site has the better the ranking for the site. Great links can be obtained from authority sites in your niche. They are generally hard to get or very expensive. The best way to get these good quality "votes" are by offering a service or free tool that makes your site stand out from the others in the crowd.

Now please keep in mind that when a page votes its PR to another site its own PR is in NO WAY reduced (this is for you Mike). This is not a transfer of PR it is just a vote. Now it is true that sites can lose PR over time. This can be due to many reasons but none of them from casting a vote for another site. Linking with "bad neighborhoods", spamming the SERPS, or having too many outbound links are just a few of the ways to get that green fairy dust knocked back.

If you want to read some more about Google's PR then check out this article: http://www.iprcom.com/papers/pagerank/

Posted: Mar 22 2006, 10:55 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Free Tool Tuesday!

Come and get it! I have spent many pain staking hours scouring the web to be able to provide you with today's first edition of Free Tool Tuesday. So take advantage of my generosity and dig on in.

Check your rankings across 12 different search engines at once:
http://www.freewebsubmission.com/site-ranking.html

Spider Simulator - View your website as the spiders see it:
http://tools.summitmedia.co.uk/spider/

Discover who is linking to your competitors and go after those links for yourself:
http://www.linktree.info/

URLinfo provides you with all the info you could ever want to know about a particular URL:
http://www.faganfinder.com/urlinfo/

Meta Keyword tag is pretty much worthless. Unless, you use it for popular typos. Obtain freebie traffic by using this tool to see Google's top typo's for your chosen KW:
http://www.searchspell.com/typo/

This concludes this weeks Free Tool Tuesday. So you want yet more free SEO tools? Then stop back by next Tuesday! See you then.

Posted: Mar 21 2006, 03:15 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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Switching to a new domain. Is it really worth it?

After a rigorous Kenpo Karate session yesterday my boss approached me with an idea. Take one of our clients website's and redirect it to a newer domain name that the client favored more. At first glance at the idea neither of us saw any real issues with this. Simple solution use permanent 301 re-directs. The SERPS would recognize the new domain as the "new home" and all of our hard earned Page Rank and organic listings would just assume their new position at the new domain. Problem solved.

Nope. Nothing is ever that easy in SEO. I tossed in turn all night in bed with the images of little search engine spiders clawing at my sheets. I knew something was going to go horribly wrong if we did this. So I got out of bed and researched every possible scenario. After a few minutes of consulting with others in the SEO community I realized our idea was going to be a no go.

See Google places all new domains in something referred to as the "sand box". What this means is that newer domains have absolutely no chance in hell to show up in the Google SERPS until this aging delay has been resolved. How long is this delay you may ask? How about 6-12 months! Yep thats right. If your new Google hates you. And that is just that!

So to solve the problem we could use 302 redirects which tell the SERPS that this is a "temporary move". The original domain does stay in Google's index and would maintain its current rankings/positions as if the old pages were still there. Then once the aging delay has been lifted you switch the 302's to 301's which will transfer the link popularity and complete the move as a whole. However, all of the hard earned links that we have worked so hard for over the years are now absolutely worthless.....unless we contact each and every one of those sites and have them point the old link to the new sites. Sounds easy right? Nope! Not when you have literally millions of links. Its just not worth it.

So after all of that the solution to our dilemma was really quite simple. Do nothing. Bam!

Posted: Mar 17 2006, 02:59 PM by moneycoach | with no comments
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