Archive for October, 2009

Quad City MLS (QUAD)

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
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Going Gaga for Google

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I have been a fan of Google for quite some time. They offer a wide variety of web tools that I really enjoy. Over the years I have tried to take full advantage of their offerings and I am often amazed at their ability to keep up with the pulse of the Internet. Here are a few of their applications that I have grown most fond of:

Google Analytics – offers a full featured web statistic program that many have reviewed as being too robust. The power behind this program is amazing and even more so is the fact that they offer most of their Dating applications for free. How do they do that?

Google Adsense – The adsense program has proven to me where Google gets their money. Adsense allows me to place Google ads onto my website and I receive a revenue percentage of every click of an ad on my website. I am grateful for the monthly checks that I receive from Google and I am often surprised to find out how much people spend on Google adwords. I know that I only get a small portion of the click but I never imagined how much my small portion could amount to. I can only imagine what Googles portion is.

Google Voice – This is one of the newer applications that is now being offered by Google. Once again Google manages to come up with a product that I never even new that I needed that is just so damn useful. Google Voice provides me with the opportunity to add on that business phone line that I always wanted and it even transcribes my voicemails and sends me a text of the transcription. Did I mention that this stuff is free!

Let’s not forget about the services that Google offers that have now become staples in our everyday life. Things like YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail.

The fun thing is that they just keep doing it over and over again. I really hope that they don’t get too greedy and create a bunch of enemies. Microsoft gets such a bad rap for this sometimes and I would hate to see this happen to the almighty Google. For now, I will just sit back and wait for my opportunity to catch the next big Wave!

The problem with Social Networking

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I have been trying to play the search engine optimization game for years. In fact, I would be willing to bet that the only reason that you have come to this website right now is because you found it on a search engine or through some other form of social networking.

I feel that my website traffic numbers are generous considering my chosen niche, but it has required a consistent source of new content (among other things) to achieve these traffic numbers.

The one thing that seems to have taken me forever to figure out is that the content required to promote my website doesn’t just grow on trees. To make a web marketing London SEO company
work effectively you need to come up with original content. I have tried pulling in RSS feeds from other blogs but they simply do not give the traffic impact of an original blog. The problem with original content is that it requires you to become a Writer on If you would have asked me if I ever pictured myself as a Writer when I first started developing websites, I would have laughed. Truth be told, ALL social networking online requires writing skills.

These days if you have a website to promote you had better be prepared to write. With the popularity of blogs, Twitter, facebook, and now Google Wave there is one thing that is for certain, now and in the upcoming future. Writing skills are required. Brush up on your writing skills at every opportunity, as long as Social Networking remains popular, writing skills are a must.