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Posts Tagged ‘google’

Did Google+ Lead to a Compromise of my Gmail?

I don’t know if it did or not, but what I do know is that I am no longer a fan. I have used Gmail happily for 4+ years and until recently never had a problem. I used secure passwords, virus protection, and all that other good stuff, but this morning I was awakened by a “way too early” phone call. You know, the kind that make you wondered who just got sick or died? Well, thankfully no one was died, but my email was sick. It had been compromised by some @#$%$! who has no life.

So here is my question (since the support number is glaringly missing from your website.) Is Google Plus secure? I am tending to think NOT.

I am fully convinced that I have no interest in gathering yet another database just to have it compromised. I actually deleted my Google Plus account immediately because I know that is the only place in my Google network that people can randomly add me whether I know them or not.

And for the fool who instigated this, I really to pray for your soul. It’s clear you are headed to a bad place. And karma is real, so you’ve got lots of trouble coming your way. It’s not from me, but from the karma police. You really can’t escape it.

P.S. Google, I have been a faithful patron for many years, spent thousand of dollars in your Ad Network, and managed hundreds of thousands of dollars (directly of indirectly) so it would be great if you’d have someone contact me. I know you know how to find me.

Google Follows Facebook with +1 Button

Seeming to follow in the footsteps of Facebook’s “liking” of a status or a Facebook business page, Google is implementing a “+1″ button where users can “vote up” a search result that they like. According to their “learn about +1” video, they will allow for integration of +1 into websites in a similar fashion as we now see Facebook like buttons. The program is currently being rolled out slowly, but you can sign up for it at http://www.google.com/experimental/ if you want to check it out. Below is a screen shot of a blog post that I gave the “+1″ to and I have encircled both the indication that it has been “voted up” (or 1 up’d) as well as the +1 button.

Now, when I look at my Google profile, I see this listed under the tab labeled “+1’s” (you can click the image below to enlarge it.)

Given that social media activity such as tweets and (Facebook) likes are having an impact on organic search engine optimization, I am sure this will play into rankings as well. Stay tuned!

Bing & Google are Giving Away Their Secrets! – Fueled Friday

Most people are not aware that the search engines actually provide insights on how to get your websites ranked with them. Today, I am going to show you where you can get the information right from the search engines themselves which will tell you what they are looking for when they consider whether or not to index (list) or rank a website. For the most part, it all revolves around the principles that I have shared with clients for the past decade:

– Good site architecture
– Solid content
– A broad range of back links to your website

So, are you ready to hear it from the horses mouth? Here is where you can find the info:

Google’s Search Engine Marketing Starter Guide
– BING’s New Features Relevant to Webmasters

Let me know what you think of them. In fact, I would like to feature some feedback from small business owners who read the guides, so let me know if you want to be featured on the blog.

Have a great weekend!

Unbelievable! Google has Offered to Purchase My New Company!

I knew things were going well, but when I got a call from Google less than a month after starting my new Internet marketing company I was ecstatic. After all, isn’t that a small business owners dream? I know it might seem odd they they would want to acquire another online marketing company, but it turns out, I do have some connections they they don’t and what better way for them to acquire them (sorry friends and clients for selling you out).

The terms haven’t been fully disclosed, but my response to the whole thing was “heck, if I can just put it in my bio that Google pursued me and bought my company… that’s worth it all.” Perhaps I spoke to soon? The other part of the deal had to do with me becoming a VP and a Director there… but I like the scorching heat of Phoenix as opposed to being close to the beach, so I just told them I appreciated the offer, but I would just work on another company for them to buy down the road. Perhaps they will be ready by next APRIL FOOLS DAY!

Social Media is Now More Critical with Google’s New Real Time Search Feature

Yesterday Google announced that it will be featuring more “real time” search results which includes content from blogs and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Just for fun, I have provided a link to the Yahoo News story on this. :-)

As if we didn’t already know that being involved in social media was important to a business, this latest move by Google further emphasizes this. So what does this mean for those that are actively trying to generate business online? First of all, don’t by any means abandon what you are doing. Search Engine Optimization and Paid Search are still the foundation of a solid online marketing campaign, so you want to make sure you are continuing to make strides there. But, if you have not ventured out into the world of social media, you might want to take a look at it now. Here are some suggestions:

1. If you don’t have a blog, start one. Ideally, your blog should be a part of your website (i.e yoursite.com/blog) as opposed to a separate stand along blog, so your domain can capitalize on the inbound links to the blog.

2. If you don’t have a Facebook Fan page, start one. It does not cost anything to set it up, and it’s really not that difficult. Here is a link to the first of a “how to” series I wrote on creating a Facebook page.

3. If you aren’t on Twitter, join. Early on, I was not a big fan of Twitter but as I have seen more value from it, I am encouraging people to join. Here is the key to being successful on Twitter; you have to learn how it works and stay active, otherwise you will deem it a waste of time. A great feature to learn on Twitter, is the “local search” feature where you can do a search based on your region. I actually used this just yesterday and found a partner prospect for my company.

As we go into 2010, I hope this gives you some insights into how you can improve your online positioning by staying ahead of your competition. If you need help implementing any online strategy, don’t hesitate to contact me.


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