February, 2008 Results

Random Bits Podcast with Danny Sullivan

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Random Bits
Episode 17 – 02/25/2008
Guest: Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land
Background: SEO/SEM Guru
Total Time: 24 minutes

Danny founded Search Engine Watch in 1996 and spent a decade there educating the world on search engine marketing. In 2006 he left SEW to start up a new website Search Engine Land where he serves as Editor-In-Chief. Danny also continues to speak at Search Marketing Expo (SMX West) on all things search related. Perhaps no one has done more to evangelize SEO than Danny Sullivan.

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:29 – What in the world is a technologist?
  • 01:13 – What’s new with Danny?
  • 04:34 – Does Google deserve it’s high public approving rating?
  • 12:11 – How has social media change Internet Marketing?
  • 16:20 – What are some social media strategies?
  • 17:19 – We learn about Sphinn.com
  • 21:21 – Random question time

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Links for the Weekend, 2-23-2008

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

The Generational Gap

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I’m too young to feel this old…

A friend of mine, he’s ten years younger than I am, asked me to text him after the movie was over. I had to tell him that I’m not a texter, that I would just call him, the old school way.

Another friend recently asked me if I was using Window’s Vista yet. I told him I was waiting for Service Pack One. I could not believe it – those were the words my father always used, but never me! I was always an early adopter, sometimes even using beta additions, but no more. I’d like to blame this on all the bad reviews of Vista though. But, theres other concerns:

I have an iPod, but you’re more likely to hear the Greatful Dead playing than Lamb of God.
I have LinkedIn and delicious accounts, but I never did bother with mySpace and FaceBook accounts.
I am a big Instant Messenger user and have been since 1995, anyone remember PowWow? But I don’t get the appeal of text messaging.
I enjoy blogging, but Twitter seems like an annoying girlfriend who wants to constantly know what I’m up to.

What social sites do you guys belong to?
Do you Twitter and if so why?
Do you text message?
and what’s your age?

How to Promote Your Blog – Give A Little Bit

Monday, February 18th, 2008

The first lesson of our How to promote your blog series was titled “Know where you’re going”. In it we talked about the importance of planning and setting goals for your blog. Creating that vision before starting out on your journey creates a real destination in your mind; it gives you something to work towards and allows you to visualize what it will take to get there.

In this, our second lesson, I want to caution you about a trap that can happen to bloggers, especially as your blog becomes more and more successful. Let’s just call it stinginess.

When I started Search-This in June of 2003 it was the height of Google’s PageRank. People were crazy about PageRank and acquiring it and hording it. I was no different. I didn’t want to link out to anyone and transfer <Golem like>my precious</Golem like> to anyone else. In a word, I was stingy.

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Links for the Weekend, 2-16-2008

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Web Developer Crossword Puzzle – ANSWERS

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Here are the answers to the Web Developer Crossword Puzzle you hopefully took last week (2/6/2008).

I know some of you said it was a little tough, but hopefully you enjoyed it? Besides, it’s good to stretch your brain with a good crossword or sudoku puzzle from time-to-time.

HERE ARE THE ANSWERS:
Web Crossword Answers PDF

Web Crossword Answers GIF

Disjointed CSS

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Quite often I need to be in two places at the same time but it’s just not possible in the real world. Luckily however this doesn’t apply to some CSS techniques and in this article we will explore an often used CSS technique that allows portions of the same element to appear to be somewhere else.

If you are unsure of what I mean then take a look at this tooltip example.

CSS ToolTip

As you can see from the example above as soon as you rollover the anchor link a nice little tooltip box appears. I’m sure many of you know how this is done already but we’ll just explain the basics a little before we move on to some more interesting examples.

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