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Sick of The Blogosphere

June 13, 2008

Okay, it’s official.. I am sick of reading blogs.  I no longer want to read “social media” or “SEO” type blogs because they are honestly not saying anything new.  When I was first starting out, they were great, but now it is just the same old thing for a popularity contest.  Once something new comes out that is embraced, like Plurk, everyone rushes to their blog to be the first one to talk about it.  That’s fine.. and I get it but… I am too busy to care about blogging about these new tools and sites.  When something comes out, lets just assume I am using it!

I am also kind of sick of SEO blogs that are written in complete buzz words. Everyone is afraid of blogging seriously now because they might be accused of using poor strategies.  My opinion, if you a good strategist… you are probably too busy WORKING to blog.

I really respect bloggers who have slowed it down a bit and have decided to discontinue reading those bloggers who create bad SEO link bait to get traffic.  Sorry… I am too busy working to read these blogs now.

By no means am I upset about any of this.  I love my Twitter because I can see my peers links to their blog posts with titles and if I am interested, I will read it.  I no longer have to even go to my RSS reader.  In my opinion, if it is a Social Media or SEO blog and it is not using Twitter, than it is a bad blog. However, I am still reading some entertainment and music blogs through a reader.

From now on I am only going to use this blog when there is something really worth writing about.

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10 Websites that Lived in my Tabs during 2007

December 27, 2007

Mozilla2007 was a huge year for Web 2.0 and my Firefox browser! Becoming almost unbearable, there are multiple sites that must be updated and checked on an hourly basis. Thank goodness for RSS readers. With the uproar of Social News, Social Media, and the overwhelming number of blogs to read, I thought it was about time to pay homage to the sites that have been living in my Firefox tabs.

  1. Facebook– As I discussed in my latest SEO Chicks post…this was the year of Facebook.                                                                                                                             Facebook
  2. Stumble Upon– This great tool can generate huge traffic spikes or keep you entertained for hours. Don’t forget to “Stumble” all my posts. There is also a topnotch Facebook application for Stumble Upon users. Stumble
  3. Digg*- Such controversy that I can’t help but to partake. Digg is often fun but also really annoying. I keep it open in my browser because I have a lot of friends articles to digg. “Gotta Digg”                                     digg
  4. Twitter– I’m really on the fence about Twitter. I get it and its fun and a great attention getter for 5 minutes… I’m not sure if I could ever get used to doing it. I tried doing it from my Blackberry, from IM, from the website, and I just don’t think it’s for me. However, I keep it open to read about my friends who love twittering.twitter
  5. Sphinn-Quite honestly one of the most addicting Social News Sites to pop up. It’s like an instant update of the industry. If I missed something while reading my daily feed, I get caught up on Sphinn. And of course its great to be able to give friends and mentors the props that they deserve. It’s like a huge community that is feeding each other!                                                                                                                                   sphinn
  6. Mixx- Even though this site is still very new, and I don’t see the word “beta” dissapearing anytime soon, it’s fun! It has fresh appeal to me and in my opinion is a lot easier to use than Digg, so it lives in my tabs!mixx
  7. Mashable*- A social news blog that updates so frequently, I am forced to read and re-read daily. Because I tend to get fustrated when I see the number (319) in my feed headline, I usually revisit Mashable during the day outside the reader!                                                                                                               mashable
  8. Engadget– The insanely popular gadget blog that in my opinion is as important to read as any blog. I’m a gadget fiend, and I love reading about new technology… I just wish I could afford half of the things reviewed on this blog.                                                                                                                                                      engadget
  9. SEO Book– The guy who wrote the book, Aaron Wall, has such useful website and blog! I research keywords using his tools all the time as well as use his SEO plug-in for Firefox. I keep his latest research tool open all day long.                                                                                                                                 SEO Book
  10. Gmail/Chat- OK, this is a given…but it lives in my tabs and on my Blackberry! I am a big fan of G-mail and G-Chat. A few weeks ago AIM integrated with G-Chat and now this is the most important tab on my browser. Last week, I had an issue with my Gmail account and I couldn’t sign in…. I felt like a part of me was missing. G Mail

* These sites are most often read using my Bloglines reader.

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Blogs you must Feed!

December 25, 2007

I had a weird experience today…

My mother (who doesn’t even have her own email address) and who I am teaching about SEO and blogging, sent me a link to the Top Rank Blog with a list of Must ReadBIGLIST SEO Blogs compiled by Lee Odden. Odden is one of my favorite bloggers and speakers.

Lee Odden

Going through the list, adding to my Bloglines, and reading reading reading! I have a lot of new blogs to discover. I found a few good ones like:

  • Internet News – A general internet marketing and search news blog by Gwen Harris.
  • Nic ‘n Cher – Nicola Young from Scotland and Cheryl Clark from Canada are thoroughly enthusiastic about SEO and PPC and the writing shows.
  • NewspaperGrl – Janet Meiners writes about internet and affiliate marketing.
  • SEOidiot – Paul Madden is a cartoonist, designer, salesman, blackhat, & SEO.

….It is a really BIG list and I have tons more feeding to do.

And of course there are the classics, including 10e20Chris Winfield and team blog about search marketing, social media and design.- Which was the first ever SEO blog I read, and is the perfect example Winfield gave as to why having the name 10e20, got them to the top of search and lists.

So my mother asked, “Why isn’t your blog listed honey?” And while this blog is totally a baby in the blogosphere, my other blog is listed!!

SEO Chicks – Julie Joyce, Lisa Ditlefsen and Anita Chaperon are women, or as they prefer to be called, “chicks” who know SEO and PPC. They decided after a few beers during a London conference that it was time to get some female attitude into the SEO & SEM blogosphere and here they are with lots of great photos from the recent SMX conference.

I just need to ask Odden to add my name!

1 Mixxed Up Month!

December 19, 2007

It’s been about a month that I have been using Mixx, and I do love it overall.

Things I love about Mixx:

  • It is user friendly
  • It is not saturated with competitive members (yet!)
  • It allows me to complain about members who vote down my content out of spite. (yes this happened)
  • Mixx does not mind if you Mixx your blog.
  • There are easy tagging options
  • It’s sooo easy to vote & see votes (And even easier to vote on all of your friends stories!)
  • There are many “front” page option, not just popular.
  • Some Top Diggers have been using Mixx, making it more popular.

Things I HATE about Mixx:

  •  The constant e-mail updates I was getting in my mailbox & my Blackberry until I opted out.
  • How people put things in every single category, when they shouldn’t.
  • Red & Sky Blue color scheme (my opinion)
  • That you can’t put a link in your Public Profile
  • Mean and Nasty diggers who are trying to abuse Mixx

To sum things up, I love Mixx way more than I hate it. I see it being improved a little, but besides that.. It’s like a fun new toy.

Google vs. Ask

December 19, 2007

Today I was researching for a potential client and completely by accident I started using Ask.com. This client had no previous American made SEO work, PPC campaigns, poor social media, and a slowly declining reputation. It is visible on Google, Yahoo, and MSN alike.

Then, I checked it out on Ask.com, it looked surprisingly different. When you search this client, the results are outstanding. There are pictures and videos from Flickr & YouTube, Directions, maps, and it offers great related search options. The results almost offered some sort of social media profile for this client. It made them look awesome…. of course that doesn’t matter.

Of course we have all seen this “Can Your Search Engine Do This” Commercial:

In this commercial Ask is bashing the Google SERPS, but I am not sure how I feel about this. I am in no position to ever switch to Ask.com, nor will I ever want to. Am I really that Loyal to Google??? Are YOU this loyal to Google??

Of course I enjoy everything Google has to offer. From their tools, trends, e-mail, chat, and so on. But aside from all that Google shows SOME truth (aside from Paid links, Google owned higher ranking, etc). It shows the faults of SEO which is somewhat not shown at all in Ask.com

Ask was already a verb before it became a search engine, but Google was made a verb in the dictionary when it became the biggest.

It is completely debatable.

SEO Book Does it Again!

December 14, 2007

Aaron Wall and the people at Wordtracker got together to make the SEO Book Keyword Research Tool.

picture-3.pngAn Awesome new feature: Export to CSV option.

In addition, you can filter out adult keywords, which is definitely helpful for some.

Research through dictionaries, local, blogs, adwords, directories, etc. Great new tool!

Check it out!

I’m a SEO Chick!

December 14, 2007

Earlier this year, I decided to add the SEO Chick’s blog to my feed.  As many people within the industry know, many blogs can get boring and tedious to read.  So I found the SEO-Chick blog really light and entertaining. Definitely a nice break after some of the others, and still enlightening and educational.

I even poked fun at SEO Chick, Julie Joyce’s post about Chimp’s doing SEO. Really it was just a call to her attention to be able to interview her. As stalkerish as it seems, I really enjoyed reading her posts.

I eventually started talking it up with some of the chicks via Facebook, after joining their group,  and decided it would be a great opportunity to meet them at Pubcon, Las Vegas.

I got a chance to meet a few of them and they were such smart ladies!  Therefore, I am so happy to be a part of the SEO-Chick blog and cannot wait to get started posting with such a great team of Chick Internet Marketers.

SEO-Chicks

Here are some SEO- Chicks minus Rebecca Kelley.

Thanks Chicks 🙂

Topic of the Day: The Google Wedding

December 10, 2007

A big congratulations to Larry Page (Google Co-founder) and Lucy Southworth who got married on the British Virgin Islands this weekend.  Being on Virgin’s, Richard Branson’s island, it was a hefty wedding.
Bono, the U2 singer, was a guest and was expected to perform. The Red Hot Chili Peppers also played at the reception. (I only wish the same for my wedding, when it happens)

So with all the awesome festivities… where was Matt Cutts? Blogging his PubCon Recap? No invite?

Here is a Top 10 list of great posts with more about the wedding:

  1. Valleywag.com- Larry and Lucy
  2. Jeff Matthews is not Making this Up- Google Guy Doing Evil
  3. InfoWorld Daily- Google’s Virgin Marriage
  4. Inside Google
  5. The Times Online
  6. The Official Private Islands Blog- Google Co-Founder Marries
  7. Google Wedding: Co-Founder Finds a Bride
  8. Silicon Valley’s richest bachelor to wed
  9. A Very Google Wedding
  10. Google wedding details — eco-furniture, overcrowding, and Bono

Countdown to Pubcon Las Vegas 2007!

November 26, 2007

There is only one week left until my very first convention in the online marketing industry.   As I previously posted, I am attending alone and representing Flower Publishing & myself.  I am very excited but also very nervous.  Not only is this the first time I am traveling completely alone, but also being the first convention I am attending I am curious as to what to expect.

I am most interested in hearing Matt Cutts speak.  I am an avid reader of his blog and his important advice on the industry is extremely valuable. Of course, I am also looking forward to seeing Craig Newmark of Craigslist.

As an online marketer, I am most interested in networking.  I am very excited to meet and talk to other online marketers.  I want to hear success stories, as well as “not so much success” stories.  Being new to the industry, I am experiencing many hardships that I am sure my seniors have gone through and it would be great to hear some motivating stories rather than popping an Advil at 3AM due to a client headache.

I can’t wait to meet the people behind the ranking.   The people behind the top Sphinns,  the publishers of my favorite blogs and sites, and the experts.

I will be staying at the Las Vegas Hilton and I arrive on Monday at Noon.  If anyone else will be attending PubCon and has any advice for a “Newbie” please comment.

I want to know everything!  How many outfits should I bring? What is the dress code for sessions? What is the food like? How much extra money should I expect to spend? How do I get free shwag? What is an average drink price?… Things like that.

Any knowledge is greatly appreciated!

Interview Trade: Highlight on Oren Todoros, Internet Marketer.

November 18, 2007

Oren Todoros is a friend I made through Facebook before the Ad:Tech Show which I never made it to, due to my high volume of work. He is a very nice guy who runs the site: SEO Vice
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1. First off- Tell me about yourself? What made you get into the industry?
I’m the proud father of 2 girls; I grew up in Montreal Canada from the age of 2 but left there over 4 years ago. I hold a B.A in Industrial Design but haven’t worked a day in that field. I got into the online industry as a translator about 6 years ago translating sites from English and French to Italian. After that, I started burying myself in learning everything about directories and search rankings.

2.Tell me about SEOVice.
    SeoVice is evolving rapidly, I believe there’s an overload of blogs and networks all feeding us the same information & industry news. I wanted to hear something different, I know that no matter how great a new product can be, it’s the people behind it that can best help us market our services. So SeoVice is all about getting to know people within the online marketing industry whether they’re bloggers, affiliates, Media Buys or CEO’s. Everyone in the online industry has something to learn from each other.

3.What is your job in Israel like? Do you think there is a huge difference working in this industry in the Middle East compared to the USA?

Working in Israel is Incredible, there’s a huge acceptance to try new distribution channels. Technology wise, Israel’s a major start-up Hub as you can tell from many of the 2.0 apps launching on a daily basis. It really is the Silicone valley of the Middle East. I was even surprised by how many local “Israeli” companies I met at Ad:Tech NY

4. What blogs do you love to read?
The safe answer would be Mashable, Readwriteweb.com, Techcrunch and so on… They’re all on my iGoogle Homepage every time I log on. But since you’re asking, I have to tell you, I love discovering new blogs all the time, such as yours. I work in the mobile industry so I stay informed with many mobile related blogs such as http://darlamack.blogs.com, http://www.mobitrends.com, and many others.., Oh if you’ve haven’t visited yet. Take a look at http://www.hebrish.ning.com , it’s another network I run for English speaking Israeli’s.

5.What blogs give you the best advice?
I’m a big fan of Darren Rowse from www.problogger.com who’s great at making his blog come to life while staying informative.

6.What online applications do you most use on a day to day basis?
I’m using a lot of mobile applications mostly. I’m hooked on Operamini on my mobile device; it’s really an incredible browser. I also use Emoze as my push email application, I get my Outlook and Gmail emails and personal info with me everywhere…


7. What is your “Can’t Live Without” Gadget?

MY Pocket PC and GPS, I don’t really need the GPS but it’s fun to pretend I don’t know where something is so that I can act surprised when I get there ;)
O.K Seriously, I’m a horrible driver with a REALLY bad sense of direction.

8.Where do you see the future of the industry going?
It’s not difficult to see where we’re headed, iPhone was one of the best selling products in recent times and there were daily speculations about the Google phone. New marketing services such as Admob.com are paving the way in mobile marketing so in my opinion the industry will have to start adapting to a mobile audience, reaching users anywhere, anytime. Websites will also have to conform to a mobile screen.

9.Is SEO dead?
SEO can’t really die; there will always be that competition for the top spot on your most relevant terms, the means of reaching top spots has always been vague and will stay that way. I suppose that’s what makes the industry fun to work in. No one can blame us for trying.