Social Media Barnacles Will Slow You Down

One of the reasons Nelson defeated the French at the Battle of Trafalgar was the British ships had copper bottomed hulls. The reason? Copper is toxic and no living thing can grow on it, so all the barnacles and limpets and seaweed couldn’t grow on the hull and slow it down. Thus the British ships were faster than the French, who were weighed down by all sort of little creatures hanging on to them.

What the hell has this to do with anything? Well, it was something I thought about as I had a big clear out of “friends” from my social media accounts. I decided that not all “friends” within my social media accounts were worth the trouble and were causing my own social media activities to slow down.

No more. [Read more...] Makes Time Magazine

In the 24th of December issue of Time Magazine, flick to the back and check out the article called, The Power of 10. Jump to number 8 and you will see a quote from one of my blog posts, reasons why you should not stop posting top ten lists

It’s very tricky trying to explain to friends and family what I actually do. Success is really only judged on the car you drive and the size of the house you live in. Not whether or not you got a clients website to the front page of digg for the umpteenth time. Now I can wave something under their noses they understand.

Maybe I should start paying more attention to journalists.

Thanks to James Poniewozik for including me in the article.

Commenting Policy Change

In the past I removed the “nofollow” tag on my comments. This was to encourage comments and to reward regular commenters with a link. The problem is that I don’t have time to go check out the website in the comment link and as Google will penalise if I link to a bad neighbourhood I have decided to remove the “dofollow” from comments. [Read more...]

How Cornwall seo blog became a desert, just for a bit though.

Some people have mentioned how come I’m not blogging. A number of reasons, the main one being a family tradegy unfolding which makes everything tinged with sadness. Without going into details as I don’t feel this is the right place, my ability to work has been severly hampered by personal issues. Also, I have become insanely busy with writing Linkbait for clients.

But hey, life goes on, bills have to be paid, social sites need to be gamed, linkbait and blog posts have to be written. In fact I have been getting a little heat from social sites because of my actions. Both digg and Propellor have banned this blog, I dunno, was it something I said, lol. I don’t really mind as it doesn’t effect my bottom line, and that’s what it’s all about.

So, sorry to bother you with my issues, but readers deserve a bit of explanation. I am sure I will be back on track bringing whatever it is I bring to the space.

SMX London 2007

Here’s a tip for first timers at an SMX conference like myself, don’t rush out of the bathroom without drying your hands and then say hi to Danny Sullivan for the first time trying to explain that the moisture on your hands is water and not some other liquid.

My coverage is not the live blogging variety which the most excellent Tamar Weinberg and Lisa Barone serve up. I hadn’t been online since travelling to London as the internet access did not work in my room and I am sure that my mouse hand is suffering muscle wastage.
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London SMX

I travel to London today to go cover the first London Search Marketing Expo. It will also be my first time at a search conference. I finally get to breathe the same air as people I have been sucking information out of for years. You probably don’t want to hear how excited I am to travel the Great Western Railway, or read about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the most amazing engineers ever.

I am not a trainspotter in any way, shape or form. But, there is something about trains that invokes, romance, mystery, excitement. Also the fact I can plug in my laptop and use it for the whole 5 hours is quite useful.
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Top Stumblers Gathered by Muhammed Saleem

Stumbleupon is regarded by many as the best social bookmarking site
around. However, from an active users perspective there are a number
of things which can be improved. One of those things is an effective
way to rank it’s users.

Social media expert Muhammad Saleem has developed a tool addressing
these issues.

Welcome Mu, could you tell my readers what Stumblerank is and what does?

StumbleRank aggregates user statistics from StumbleUpon and then uses them to compare users and rank them based on their activity, the number of fans they have, and the number of reviews they have gotten.
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Why You Need A Social Media Consultant

I used to write poetry, good stuff. Mostly to impress the ladies, I was interested in women who like guys who could write poetry. Poetry is easy when you realise it’s just words and you don’t need to do anything else except write them.

But it’s difficult to make a living out of poetry, it’s a shame really because I found it so easy.

I now find getting on the front page of digg easy, sure it doesn’t always happen but I think I have a good hit rate. So good in fact that digg has had to ban this blog. Seems I’m giving away a little too much info for them to handle.

Stumbleupon is different as it actually uses the wisdom of crowds to show you interesting and compelling content, which is why I prefer it to digg. digg is more the wisdom of the….. well it’s more of a mob than a crowd. But this is not my point. [Read more...]

The Brilliance of Google

I think Google is brilliant in the same way Jason Calacanis is brilliant, the same way Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump are brilliant.

In the seo world where I live there are a lot of people who spend a lot of time wailing and gnashing their teeth because of the way Google runs it’s business, mostly because it impacts their own business. Sometimes seo bloggers go on a frenzy, like starved and ravenous dingos in an overstocked butchers shop. I understand the passion behind these blog posts as money is involved.

Take the recent Page Rank reaction, which I thought was a brilliant bit of work by Google and definitely makes them more attractive to their investors. They saw people using Page Rank to sell links, so they devalue Page Rank to screw the market. Brilliant stuff. Exactly what I would have done if I ran Google and yet some of my fellow seo chums do not think so.
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How Are You Going To Get A Link If They Don't Know You Exist?

Link building

How will you build links if no one sees your content?

Seems obvious doesn’t it. And yet how many people claim that Stumble traffic or digg traffic is useless? As I have said before, there is no useless traffic, just useless content.

I write content for clients which gets seen by thousands of people, some have blogs and websites, some like linking to quality content. Want to build buzz, grab a bunch of links? It’s simple, create some killer content aimed at people who just love to link and get a social networking geek to submit it. [Read more...]