Category Archives: marketing

Search Engine Placement Made Easy

I’ve done close to the impossible.

On Friday May 11th, I purchases a domain. I set up a site on the domain that evening. I also posted a couple of posts to the new formed blog.

Today (May 14th) I noticed that it was number one on Google search for the two words I wanted it listed for.

No it’s not an obscure word or phrase but rather common. In the IT world anyway. Actually it is the number one result out of 1.4 million results.

The phrase?

I can’t tell you yet, but I will soon. I want to build up the domain with more content before I start targeting traffic to it.

I also took a screen shot that I will post later to prove that in 3 days I went from non-existent to the first search result.

Who said search engine optimization is hard? I’m not guaranteeing that I will stay there for long but I was surprised to see myself there already…

Remember to keep watch for how I done it coming soon…

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Automise at a Great Deal!

Ever wanted to automate tasks on your computer? I know I am always looking for a way to automate repetitive tasks such as backup and file move/copy/delete, etc.

Automise does it for you. I downloaded the trial last night and it is pretty slick and powerful. Try it for free, and today only you can get a huge discount on the product. Here is their own words:

Automise is a powerful general purpose automation tool that allows anyone to automate just about anything! Create an Automise project using the fantastic GUI, and then it’s easy for anyone to run the project with single click or single keystroke or it can be scheduled to run automatically. Automise saves time, often running tasks in seconds that would take minutes or hours if done manually.

Automise makes complex automation tasks easy as it uses a powerful graphical user interface and includes built in support for many different applications.  Automise includes powerful flow control actions which allow the project to decide which actions to run depending on certain conditions, as well as error handling so that your project can clean up and handle errors properly.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Automise in any way and do not benefit from your purchase. I just thought the product was cool and plan on purchasing for myself.

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GoDaddy Rocks!

Last night I received a call from “Steve” at GoDaddy. This is where I purchase a bulk of my website domains from and have been content with their service in the past.

To be fair, I have never had any issues with them and have never used their support.

I figured “Steve” was going to try to up-sell me some type of service or another.

Turns out I was dead wrong. Here is the gist of our conversation:

Steve: Hi Jonathan, this is Steve from GoDaddy.
Me: Hi Steve. (not really wanting to be bothered at 6:30 at night with a sales call)
Steve: We were just looking over your account…
Me: Oh boy here it comes…
Steve: and we noticed that you were not taking advantage of our bulk renewal offer.
Me: I guess I thought I needed like 500 domains with you to do so.
Steve: Oh no! You can start saving with as little as 6 domains!
Me: OK, so how do I participate?
Steve: I can either do it for you on the phone or you can just adjust the expire dates to be the same and it will happen automatically. Either way you will save around $130-150 per year!
Me: Wow! No catches? No Gimmicks?
Steve: Nope, just our way of saying thanks for the business.
Me: Well thanks Steve
Steve: no problem.

Well there you have it. Customer service does live on. Who really takes the time to call their customers to help them save money on your service?

GoDaddy does!

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If Only They Meant It

I’m not much for politics, but I do know a few things:

  • gas is always cheaper around election time
  • political parties make great scapegoats
  • if you can lie on national TV without resentment, you are either a reporter or a politician

Anyway here is Micheal Moore’s pledge:
A Liberal’s Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives

November 14th, 2006

To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters,

I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week’selection. You’re worried that the country is heading toward a very bad placeyou don’t want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has ended withso much yet to do, so many promises left unfulfilled. You are in a funk, andI understand.

Well, cheer up, my friends! Do not despair. I have good news for you. I, andthe millions of others who are now in charge with our Democratic Congress,have a pledge we would like to make to you, a list of promises that we offeryou because we value you as our fellow Americans. You deserve to know whatwe plan to do with our newfound power — and, to be specific, what we willdo to you and for you.

Thus, here is our Liberal’s Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives:

Dear Conservatives and Republicans,

I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never,ever, call you “unpatriotic” simply because you disagree with us. In fact,we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consideryour behavior to be “different” or “immoral.” Who you marry is none of ourbusiness. Love and be in love — it’s a wonderful gift.

3. We will not spend your grandchildren’s money on our personal whims or toenrich our friends. It’s your checkbook, too, and we will balance it foryou.

4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bringyour sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never tosend your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal healthcoverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, wepromise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of yourability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and curesfor diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we’ll make sure thoseadvances are available to you and your family, too.

6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean upour air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathethe cleaner air and drink the purer water.

7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devoteevery single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice.Immediately. We will protect you.

8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you dothere as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count yourage from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weaponor a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren’t much of ahunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make ourstreets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protectyour children just as we would protect ours.

10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you — and your employees –that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will payconservative women that wage, too.

11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don’t put thosebeliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your mostradical religious beliefs (“Blessed are the poor,” “Blessed are thepeacemakers,” “Love your enemies,” “It is easier for a camel to go throughthe eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” and”Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you didfor me.”). We will let people in other countries know that God doesn’t justbless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intoleranceand fanaticism — starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting agood example for the rest of the world.

12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought andpaid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him orherself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corruptpoliticians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call uson it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn ourheads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform thisimportant duty as the loyal opposition.

I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You areevery bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink orswim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and forgiving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our300 million fellow Americans — and for the rest of the world.


Michael here to sign the pledge)

P.S. Please feel free to pass this on.
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The Secret of Sure-Fire Headlines

Copyblogger has a great collection of headlines that grab attention. I have condensed them below:

1. Who Else Wants [blank]?
2. The Secret of [blank]
3. Here is a Method That is Helping [blank] to [blank]
4. Little Known Ways to [blank]
5. Get Rid of [problem] Once and For All
6. Here’s a Quick Way to [solve a problem]
7. Now You Can Have [something desirable] [great circumstance]
8. [Do something] like [world-class example]
9. Have a [or] Build a [blank] You Can Be Proud Of
10. What Everybody Ought to Know About [blank]
11. Give Me [short time period] and I’ll Give You [blank].
12. If You Don’t [blank] Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later.
13. The Lazy [blank’s] Way to [blank].
14. Do You Recognize the [number] Early Warning Signs of [blank]?
15. See How Easily You Can [desirable result].
16. You Don’t Have to Be [something challenging] to be [desired result].
17. Do You Make These Mistakes?

These are great examples of eye catching headlines and now that I see them I can’t believe how much I click on stuff like this everyday.

Go ahead and get the usage examples and increase your traffic!

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Herbergers

On Halloween night, when we went shopping, Tandra told me before we left that we get a coupon for 20% an item if you bring in a canned good for some food drive thing at Herbergers.

Since we were both planning on buying multiple pairs of jeans for our upcoming trip to Vegas (tomorrow yeah!), we took a plastic bag filled with 6 or 8 cans of peas, corn, etc.

We get to the store, thank God it’s empty, and look for someone to cash these cans  we are carrying around in an old cash wise bag. We find someone in customer service that gives us a coupon for each can and off to shopping we go.

First off we head to the Levi’s rack to find myself a pair or three and find that they are on sale. I asked Tandra if the coupon can be used on sale items and she checks and says yes. So after finding 4 pairs that fit, this is a record for someone like me that requires like a 36 inch length, we head to the counter to pay.

I put the jeans on the counter along with the coupons and the clerk says, “Sorry, these coupons can’t be used on Levi’s.”

Big surprise. These department stores are always giving away these coupons that never work for anything.

So I pay for the jeans anyway, because I need them and we go on to find Tandra some.

She finds some “non-Levis” and heads to the counter on the other side of the store to checkout.

Guess what? The coupon doesn’t work for her either because it’s an “unbelievable value”. Thanks Herbergers.

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Microsoft sticks it to Mac users

For all Mac users that virtualize Windows, expect to pay a premium price for the next version:

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