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Forget Rankings! 8 Tips To Build Links That Make Money Directly

April 16, 2012 Posted in SEO by

SEO Link BuildingAs an SEO, it’s one thing to tell your boss or a client that you built some links of varying quality on various sites with varied anchor text which appear to be helping various rankings which pull in X amount of organic revenue. It’s quite different to say “I built a link that drove traffic and made $8,000.” The first statement will always sound a bit shaky. The second will always sound confident. With attribution becoming an increasingly hazy science, direct link revenue is really the only safe ground to stand on as a link builder.

The 6 Most Important Demand Curves To Master In Keyword Research

March 13, 2012 Posted in SEO by


The keywords that impact organic search revenues are often as complex as the business itself. Our ability to recognize that each keyword we target requires different tools to identify and different approaches to optimize can mean the difference between a successful SEO campaign and a failed campaign. As you try to visualize annual search volumes for a particular keyword more as one of many possible demand curves rather than a pure number, you’ll gain greater segmentation abilities and better optimization strategies.

SEO & PPC: The Facts on Integration, Cannibalism & Synergism

February 21, 2012 Posted in Search Engine Marketing by


One of Internet marketing’s important questions is whether it makes sense to put a marketing budget toward search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (PPC), or both? You’ll find a mix of opinions on the issue. Some feel that adding PPC when a site is already ranking well organically creates unnecessary expensive cannibalism—paying for clicks that would have come for free through an organic ranking. Others believe in a synergistic effect that PPC has on organic traffic. So what is the right answer?

Social Media Myths Debunked… UNDEBUNKED!

January 30, 2012 Posted in Social Media by

Bright Oak Article: Social Media Myths Debunked... Undebunked
People love to use the word “debunked” in blog titles. At the time of this writing, there were 40,000 exact match results in Google for “social media myths debunked.” There’s just something heroically Mythbusterish about picking apart commonly-held social media beliefs. But what if it’s the debunkers who need “debunking?”

Klout, Egometrics, and 9 Symptoms of Shiny Algorithm Syndrome

January 9, 2012 Posted in Social Media by

Klout, Egometrics, and 9 symptoms of shiny algorithm syndrome.
If tech geeks suffer from susceptibility to “shiny object syndrome” (SOS), then social media lovers are just as prone to catch SAS: Shiny Algorithm Syndrome. With site after site popping up, purporting to rank, measure, and compare users on their social media influence, it’s inevitable that some will read way too much into their usefulness and consider the scores an end unto themselves.

Original Content: Hunting the Internet’s Elusive Unicorn

January 4, 2012 Posted in Design, Internet, Motion Graphics, Social Media by

Original Content: Hunting the Internet's Elusive Unicorn
Original content is the Internet’s favorite illicit drug. Those online groups who claim to be the gatekeepers of all that is good, bad and truly ugly on the Internet covet it. You could sell it to the parents’ basement dwelling 4chan’ers or trade it to redditors looking for their next opportunity to karma-whore. So, what is original content and why should you, a reputable businessman or woman, be concerned with it?

Five Cool (And Sometimes Creepy) Features You May Have Missed In iOS 5

November 16, 2011 Posted in Mobile by


We can all clearly see the sleeker notifications, the wireless syncing, and the improved maps that allows us to choose which route we take to sit in traffic for hours (writing from L.A. here), but who really read those 200 new features that flashed in front of the screen before anxiously hitting install? If you did read and have in fact explored all 200 of the new features, then no need to continue reading. But I’m going to assume most of us haven’t uncovered and experienced them all, so here is my list of five cool (and a few creepy) iOS 5 features you might have overlooked.

Three Social Media Lessons To Learn From Three Different Industries

October 17, 2011 Posted in Social Media by


As social media has become ubiquitous, every company out there is grappling with the best way to use it. Because every industry is different, with separate strengths and weaknesses, goals and areas of attention, there are standouts in each industry understanding how to communicate their business’ value proposition through social media.

Steve Jobs: Free Wallpapers With Quotes

October 6, 2011 Posted in Design, Wallpapers by

Today, we lost a creative genius and one of my personal icons. I will be forever grateful for his innovation and leadership that oversaw the product development of many toys and tools that I use to provide a living for my family. I have included a few free Steve Jobs wallpapers and will continue to add to the collection overtime.

Tackling The Question Of Social Media ROI: Change Your Goals

September 28, 2011 Posted in Social Media by

Let’s face it: one of the biggest challenges social media faces is the question of return on investment. If I funnel money to fund a social media campaign or presence, what will I get out of it? Bloggers and researchers struggle to quantify fans and followers, with research company Syncapse releasing a study that quantifies them somewhere in the hundreds of dollars.