Was trying to pull some potential clients here tonight, but it looks like I’ll have to build a proposal without data. This will be interesting. Nevertheless, I did everything a past Senior QA Engineer would do including:
- reboot my computer
- check the internet connection (despite the adwords interface coming up along with the data populating)
- try different browsers
but despite the main interface providing data, I can’t seem to download any of the data to sift, sort and frankly provide useful data to my client. Adwords for the most part is o.k. minus this very critical keyword function of downloading keywords and all the data associated with it including monthly inventory, difficulty, CPC, etc.
Using a little bias, a great opinion by one of the biggest people in the industry and a little extra research and you get a list of the Best SEO’s in Seattle.
This past December, our firm announced we would be giving back to community with an SEO Holiday Giveaway. We said we would provide 3 deserving businesses or organizations a free small business SEO package worth thousands of dollars.
Just last week, we announced those winners. They are:
Congratulations to these three great businesses/organizations. We’re were sad not to be able to help all the other applicants, but we are very much looking forward to helping these great folks rank!
A public relations statement regarding the results and more details are here.
While explaining the pro’s and con’s of SEO’ing a website, a high school friend of mine was asking me about the “true” power of Facebook. She’s been inundated with other past clients and other associates who continue to hound her to build Facebook pages and obtain thousands of likes (if possible). While I do believe Facebook is truly the 1000 pound gorilla on the Internet right now (and may continue to be), there are some things to consider, ESPECIALLY if you’re a small business. Let me restate: the Facebook bandwagon is very attractive, but before you drink it’s Fool Aid…eh hem, I mean Cool Aid, make sure you do things right in all of your other parts of business first (or simultaneously, if possible).
My reasons why you shouldn’t RUSH to get FB likes (after getting 25 of course ):
- Facebook JUST recently jumped to the top (in 2010); can’t trust if they’ll be there in future years Continue reading “Facebook is (potentially) the new SEO, but…” »
Instead of posting my comment on John C. Dvorak’s column in PC Magazine, I thought I’d just post it here since honestly, he won’t approve the comment anyway. So, just think of this as the comment below his unintelligent piece about SEO being snake oil accidentally getting approved by one of his interns he later fires.
“Frankly, I’ll be surprised if you even approve this. It looks as if you haven’t approved a single comment b/c there’s NO way that NOT a single person (especially if any SEO in his/her right mind read this) did NOT try to respond to your own “snake oil.”
First, John (can I call you John?), if SEO is snake oil, why do companies spend millions of dollars on it? Is it because every corporation who spends their money on “snake oil” just love to dump marketing dollars into a business that you basically call “unproven nonsense” for their websites? Why does Thomson Reuters have 50 SEO’s on staff? Is it because they’re stupid and not some $12.9 billion company that’s been able to avoid the pitfalls that it’s friends in the newspaper business has?
Second, Continue reading “SEO Fiascoes article is a fiasco itself” »
You know, it’s something that I’ve thought about recently. I was introducing myself to some folks on a LinkedIn.com group and have a number of different answers. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share with you today what I said there. Would love to hear feedback if you think I could say something more educational and be clearer. Thanks!
“First off, I love helping people. It was something that was installed in me since I was a kid. So, it was a natural progression to finally start helping people build their businesses. So, that’s what I do. I help businesses potentially improve their customer base anywhere from 10% to as high as double or triple what they were getting in terms of sales leads or customer acquisition leads. Continue reading “What do I do?” »
In a life where I’ve questioned every single thing (ask my teachers, they hated me) up through my 40th year of existence (later this year; please don’t remind me), I think it’s funny that ultimately, I chose a field that sometimes is labeled “Snake Oil.” This isn’t a post that’s going to defend it per se, but definitely explain why even some people with media power even say it doesn’t work (frankly Dvorak probably wrote this piece so he could create a little buzz for himself which is part of the whole “snake oil” he thinks doesn’t work. The other interesting point is that he fails to even approve any comments on his column. So, instead, I just wrote a blog post that basically will serve as the comment. Hopefully, it should rise through the SERP for “seo fiascoes” since there’s no competition on it.
SEO isn’t snake oil, but there are snake oil dealers who do preach SEO as a cure all, a strategy that should work overnight and something that they fail to truly implement properly.
Obviously, the benefit of improving your website could be a boon to your business. If you’re able to do it through viral techniques, through email newsletters, through many other smart and innovative strategies, that’s awesome. SEO has worked very well for many companies and business and it’s why many succeed even though they fail to execute on the business side. Continue reading “SEO is Snake Oil” »
Earlier today, I was called up by a regional salesperson of a company which tries to help small businesses rank higher in local listings. He asked if I could get a business listed in a top position (i.e., 1st page of google when searching for a term like “seattle insurance agent”) overnight – literally. My gut reaction was, “Are you kidding me?”
Well, after I began to explain I have never done it before, he tells me that he knows other SEO’s who can do it and is asking if I can do it to. He found me by searching on the phrase “local search marketing seattle” which I currently rank #3 on the first page of results. It prompted him to ask me of course since I’ve proven my worth supposedly. The irony is that the keyword phrase is not even used in the google search field that often. Google currently estimates nobody searches that phrase on a monthly basis. I guess Google’s wrong. At least one guy does. Continue reading “Small Business Overnight SEO Success” »