All it takes is someone swearing at me to make me happy

Today, as I was exiting the movie theater( where we had just watch the new James Bond thriller Quantum of Solace, and the pay phone was randomly ringing. No one was picking it up, so on an impulse I decided to answer.

“Uhm Hello?”
“@#$() have you been @&@$#(* you @*@#(* !(@* !(@!*)!#)!&!*^!*&^~#@(“
“Actually, there is no one else around, I’m not who you think- “
“!@*! *!@*!@*#! *!&@”
“I’m sorry, but you called a pay phone and I just picked it up and “
“!*!&#* you !*!*# do You want to die? 1(#!* 181##(#*”
“Hmm , no thanks”
“!#&^$ !&!*& You I’m Gona !*!#(*#! Kill you #!(*#&!”
“Oh ok, Well, Love you bye!”

After this conversation I felt really good. It took a while to figure out why, because I had just been called some very interesting profanities and had my life threatend by a random stranger. Here’s my reasons:

  1. I stepped out of my usual shell and did something spontaneous to pick up a random payphone
  2. I wasn’t the intended recipient of the call, which make me happy that I have a cell phone and don’t have to wait to pick up a payphone to be verbally abused- I can be called directly ­čÖé
  3. I wasn’t phased or intimidated by his threats or profanity.

I’m not sure about where his life is headed, but I feel far more positive now about mine, and I think I’ll make it a habit to answer random payphone calls in the future.

Sell Your Soul for Bling: Be a Magpie

I was in my twitter stream today, and was very surprised when I saw a twit that caught my eye.

The site is a twitter advertising network that uses twitterers to spread their marketing. The idea is that the application analyzes your twitter stream for relevance, then spread out amongst your tweets, it injects the occasional ad tweet.

Human Bill Boards

Imagine you’re talking to your freind about what you had for lunch today, and all of a sudden he blurts out” Subway EAT FRESH!”.

You can see why this is jarring…it takes away the purity of your opinion because it’s not even a real endoresement…it’s just verbal advertising diarrhea┬á. So, according to their faq, it says that there are two criteria that are used to mete out the advertisements and the reward people receive for selling out, the first is “hotness of the tweet topic” and second the number of followers you have…

GREAT! Lets ENCOURAGE┬ápeople to create BOTS to follow people and vomit up advertising at us…Congratulations…You’ve just created a whole new method to SPAM on Twitter! HOORAY!


Save your soul, DON’T BE a MAGPIE!

Which Halloween Creature is the best/worst?

[polldaddy poll=1062358]

What’s halloween without a discussion of the nightmare creatures that we sick and twisted humans have come up with over the years. Take the poll and rate which category of monster is the most evil/scary. Notice of course that I didn’t put specific monsters, that’s a whole different topic! ­čśŤ

Here’s some helpful photos for each of the contestants




Vampires Mark
Vampire's Mark


Google Chat on DMOZ

During the Google Webmaster Chat The Googlers addressed the concern about DMOZ “Are Google ready to junk Dmoz yet? The categories are so poorly maintained, that they are out of date and irrelevant.”

Adam Lasnik:

We are always looking at how do we value sites. How authorative are they? we weigh things different things often by comparisions, so DMOZ is a part of our analysis. When if we feel how things are weighted will improve quality we will change it.

John Mueller:

It seems like the SEO hobby is to beat up DMOZ. In some countries where it’s harder to type(China, Tibet, ETC) having directories is realy handy. It does often show DMOZ around the world, as opposed to just the US. American SEOs should bear this in mind when judging the value of DMOZ

Another person asked

“Recently, you removed this suggestion: “Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!” from your guidelines. Is there any chance that you will be discounting these kinds of links for ranking value in future?” Marjy, Boca Raton FL This question has been retracted by the author 1 Response

And Matt Cutts says that:

There’s always the chance that we’ll discount directory links in the future. What we were seeing was quite a few novice people would see the “directory” recommendation and go out and just try to submit to a ton of directories, even if some of the directories were lower-quality or even fly-by-night directories that weren’t great for users. Right now we haven’t changed how we’re weighting directory links–we’ve only removed the directory suggestion from the webmaster guidelines.
Matt Cutts, Bay Area, CA

Trix-n-Treats-Google Webmaster Chat

Myths and Sites:

Keyword stuffed
meta tags
submit and submit

Waste if time

Top 10 myths
Duplicate content: doesn’t punish- but does ignore it
make easy to find prefer version-
help crawl efficiently
be reasonable when re-using content from other sites:

MEta tag – verification
if reachable not a problem- Account/site name/domain name

over submit to directories

using google tools helps – WRONG!

No optimal density
write naturally for users
to many mentions distracts users
don’t hide what you mean

XMLS site map –
doesn’t hurt your rankings
xml sitemaps are useful
keep up to date-

Page Rank:
not everything but still important- keep in mind but not only focus
“over 200 factors”
only a few times a year

no real need

Once ranked don’t touch- myth!
other sites change to catch up
give users fresh content

less than 5% are valid
may work for browsers, but not a ranking issue

disallow will remove yoru site page
more links the better
only goal is getting it first- users
let old urls return 404 so new structure is discovered- use 301
using index and follow – not important
hosting on shared ip will drop rankings- not the case

Debunk myths you hear
google it

John Muellers
How Do I tell Google to indicate preferred content?
when on the same domain –
put preferred url in the site map
your internal linking is consistent –

John Mueller
“Deleted old posts and old categories and tags and still find several not found urls- Will this fix itself?”
We don’t update webmaster tools in real time, they will find over time the correct location. If you removed a page it’s ok to return the 404, it is not going to hurt you. If you can do 301, no limit on 301s on a domain. It should pick up and correct that over the time.

“301 will redirect page rank / link juice to the new page?”
Yes, it does transfer to new pages over time.

Google 3 verse:

Wiz: To make sure page does not get indexed, add no index meta to the page, need to allow google to index the page in order to understand it shouldn’t be indexed.

Jonathan Simon:
Covering new tool-
Crawl error sources-

Get a “Fat Belly”: Aaron Wall’s SEO Webinar

Tuesday was the day for SEO Strategies for the 21st Century with Aaron Wall, the owner of the SEO book website and I must say it was a pretty good webinar. He covered quite a bit of ground across the board in terms of strategic items to look at as a webmaster. Here are the key take away items that I thought had the most value for site owners.

The Role of Keyword Suggestion
The most important answer to one of the questions that Aaron fielded in the webinar was about the continuing integration of keyword suggest into the search engines and how people use search. You can see in Google Chrome, IE8, and Yahoo integrating a keyword suggestion tool into the browsing experience and it is very important to understand the way that this will change search, and should impact our methods of optimization.

Keyword Suggestions are going to lead to fewer natural Queries, as full sentences and fewer misspelled queries as well.

Get a “Fat Belly”

Here is Aaron Wall’s advice on how to handle the impact of the keyword suggest systems that are becoming more and more integrated into the search experience:

Get a “Fat Belly”.

Let me explain what this means… as the suggest tool gives users suggestions on their terms as they write, one word terms and long tail keywords are going to lose ground to the “Fat Belly” terms i.e. terms that that are in between the long tail, and one word that fit a large number of queries. The key is remembering that it’s a cyclical situation, because the suggested terms that appear, and will continue to be used more and more by users, are ordered by popularity. This means that your keyword research definately needs to include some study of the Google and Yahoo suggested terms that describe your particular industry. By focusing on the “Fat Belly” terms, you will get better placement in those serps that searches are getting prompted to use by Google Suggest. So go get “Fat Bellied“!!