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I’m scared of Google Analytics

Recently, I’ve began the laborious process of migrating away from Google Analytics on most of my sites.   Why?  Because it is frankly starting to scare the hell out of me. Here’s why: Bounce rate is believed to be a factor used in determining your Google search rankings.  This is a measure of the percentage of visitors the leave your site…

Get Traffic for Free

I stumbled across this site recently and thought it was a pretty clever idea.   YouLikeHits.com allows you to: Get Twitter followers Get Facebook likes Get MySpace followers Get StumbleUpon followers Get Digg followers Get visitors to ANY website And you can do all of this for FREE, it just takes time.  Here’s how it works, using Twitter as an example: Enter…

A variety of noFollow / doFollow backlinks is key

I just saw a very interesting video post on SEOmoz: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/correlation-data-for-seo-and-social-media-analysis-part-2-whiteboard-friday One of the things we did when we saw no-follow links having a really high correlation was we went, well that’s just weird. Maybe what’s going on here is that no-follow links and followed links have a high correlation with each other, and in fact, they do. If you…

Two cool SEO services to check out

Occasionally I come across an SEO tool that I feel is worthy of blogging about, and oddly enough today I have two of ’em. Linklicious Instead of wasting hours building RSS feeds and pinging the feeds hoping for crawls, Linklicious eliminates all of the guesswork by providing a guaranteed 100% crawl rate.   It comes with a WordPress plugin so…

Skype – Gmail Integration

If you’re like me and use Skype for a lot of internet marketing communications, you’ve likely noticed that it saves all conversations in encrypted files on your local hard drive. Why?  I have no frickin’ idea, but it’s a bit ridiculous.  This means that if you have Skype installed on your laptop, desktop, and cell phone, there’s 3 different versions…

Awesome WordPress plugin for Facebook

Once and a while a WordPress plugin comes along that I consider to be a “game changer”.  The Like plugin is one of ’em. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/like/ One of the great things about Facebook Pages is that they can become viral.  It may take you a month to get to 100 “fans” (I guess they’re now considered “people that like your Page”),…

What’s wrong with Google Buzz?

So, just when you thought you were already overwhelmed with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, along comes yet another social networking/sharing service. Google Buzz has joined the party. There’s already lots of rants floating around about why it’s awesome or why it’s great, but I’m going to talk specifically about what should be improved with it.  To be perfectly honest though,…

How to set a Default Font in Gmail

Recently one of my non-computer-savvy family members asked me about this.  I knew that a few months ago it wasn’t even possible.  With the Gmail Labs there was an option to set a “canned response” which included a font type/color/size.  But this was sorta of a PITA way to set a default font to be used in ALL emails. Apparently…

SocialMarker – A free social bookmarking tool

SocialMarker is a free tool that I use fairly often.  It makes it a heck of a lot easier to submit my sites to social bookmarking services, than if I was to do it manually. After my negative review of SocialBot yesterday I figured I should discuss what I do find useful for social bookmarking. So why do I use…

The BEST domain name generator

Well, at least the best one that I’ve found so far…haha. Why? Let me list the reasons… It’s FREE It’s got a name generator > Creates pronounceable names using language rules and parameters It’s got themes >Combines your keywords with preset wordlists It’s got a spinner > Combines various methods of search It’s got a dictionary > Looks for word…