I remembered seeing this video when it came out, and thinking about how much sense it made. At the time, I was managing a FB ads campaign to increase the number of likes for a Facebook page, and it never seemed like the amount of engagement was anywhere near what it should have been. (more…)
Some of you may have noticed that seologs.com and dnscoop.com were down last night. Both are hosted on the same dedicated server at 1and1.com. This server has been running like a charm for well over a year now. No problems.
Out of habit, I immediately called 1and1. They are always good about answering quickly (I also have several sites hosted on their shared hosting) . They transferred me to one of the server admins. While I waited, I logged in via ssh and checked the server. It was fine. So now I’m speaking with the server guy. He asked what the problem was. I explained briefly, and he basically said, “…yeah. You might want to fix that.”
Doh! I felt pretty dumb, but I’ve been dealing with Rackspace so much lately (for work) that I have just gotten used to support fixing pretty much whatever problems I have.
Then I thought to myself, “I should switch to Rackspace…”. It only took about .2 seconds to realize that that wasn’t going to happen. So I did a quick /etc/init.d/httpd restart, and went about my business.
I have to say, I’ve been very impressed with 1and1’s dedicated hosting. $100/month, and pretty danged sturdy, but if you don’t know your way around Linux, it’s probably not for you. You might try their managed option. You get support, but the setup is pretty limited (only one IP, vanilla CP, and no poking around).
While at PubCon last month, I learned about several new SEO tools. One of the standouts was raven-seo-tools.com. Jon Henshaw (the product manager) was cool enough to let me try out a premium account.
Having made several SEO tools myself, I can appreciate the amount of work that went into creating this tool set. Raven SEO tools starts with a solid user account/ control panel, to which you can add individual profiles for each website you want to manage. From there you can add details about your website, including your keywords, links, and even your competitors. These details will then be available for use in Raven’s wide array of SEO tools and reports.
If I had to pick a favorite feature, it would have to be the SERP tracker, which takes the worry out of tracking rankings for your keywords. It was simple to upload a csv file with multiple keywords at once. It is automatically updated weekly, and has charts showing trends over time. Very well done.
And though I don’t deal with links a lot, I was also really impressed with the Link Campaign Manager.
– Store and track every link you request or make active, including purchased links
– Use the Firefox Toolbar to quickly analyze and record links in the background
There are several packages available, starting at free (gotta love that), depending on the features you need. For a full list of available features and to give the tools a test drive, head over to raven-seo-tools.com.
Just wanted to say thanks to Scott Polk for the BigWatah.com tshirt. I’m pretty sure it was Scott who gave me the shirt. Either way, I didn’t get a chance to wear the shirt out at any of the pubcon events, but I did wear it on the way home, and had a hotel receptionist ask about it.
“What does that mean?” she said. “Big Water” I explained. All she said was “Cute”, and smiled. 🙂
Ok, I’ll admit, I was selling links via pay per post, and other similar services, but I have long since removed all of that.
It has been well over 10 months since I removed all such links. I even wrote a post about my attempt to clean up the site of all paid links. I took a cut of at least $400/ month (probably more) because of it, but still, the pagerank continues to drop.
In my line of work, I’m fortunate to have access to multiple Google Analytics accounts, so when they roll out updates to a select few, I sometimes get to see them.
This week, I noticed some really interesting changes. First, on logging in, instead of being taken to a default profile, I was taken to this list of the different accounts I have access to, showing trend information and stats for each.
When I selected an account, I then had the same sort of stats shown for each website profile.
Compared to the old style (one of my accounts), the new is much more useful.
Here’s something interesting too. The account without the new Account and website profile view is showing some new “beta” features that don’t show in the others. — compare side by side with the old version.
I haven’t had time to look at the “custom reporting” and “advanced segmentation” yet. I wish it was on the other account though. I was wondering when GA was going to add some new features that they promised with the script/ code change. Looking forward to a full roll out (and hopefully more useful features).
Yeah, you know me. Or technically, ADHD. It’s been about 4 years since I was diagnosed with this. I had to take a series of tests over a few weeks. It’s been a blessing and also a curse. A blessing that I know now why I did so mediocre in school, even though I tried really hard.
I never really realized anything was wrong until I started working from home full time (telecommuting). I would find myself constantly drifting off task. Fortunately though, my sidetracks were working on my own projects (like dnScoop and myIPneighbors), so I was always getting things done, but I would procrastinate doing things that I absolutely had to do (like my job). Usually leading to an extra long late shift to get my 8 hours in.
I’ve had to work hard, but I have been able to learn how to better manage my time. I do take medication, but I still have to work hard to stay on top of things. I’ve found that the best solution for me is to keep a daily routine. For me, it’s checking and logging some info from Google Webmaster Tools. Once I do that, it’s a lot easier to continue with my other tasks.
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. If you can at least get started with what you are supposed to be working on, then you have a much better chance of finishing it.
Wondering how many of you also struggle with these issues?
This is so weird, b/c just 2 days ago, I was trying to view some data from Google Adsense in CSV format as a graph in MS Excel. My results were pretty lame, and not very useful at all, and I thought, “Why doesn’t Google Adsense have some sort of historical graph or chart view?”
Well, Google must have been thinking the same thing, b/c they plan to add Google Adsense data to Google Analytics. They have actually already added it for selected users. Log into Google Analytics, and look near the date range dropdown. If you see “integrate your AdSense account with Google Analytics”, then you can access the new features. If not, you’ll have to wait like the rest of us.