Sunday, December 21, 2014


Based on all the recent problems Sony has faced with hackers and with the general public concerned about the US government spying on citizens I thought it would be important to explain why everyone should be using on Online Password Manager for business, personal, SEO and marketing.

There are several good products on the market:

     - free license information and plugin for Google Chrome

2.  Lastpass

3.  1Password

The following is a good article to read and I have included some excerpts below.

“If the government orders you to turn over someone's passwords, is it possible?”
First up is Agilebits, with 1Password being their version of online password manager. I asked Jeff Goldberg, Agilebits Chief Defender Against the Dark Arts (great title) “The Question.” His response:
“We never have the opportunity to see either your data or your master password. In fact, we don’t even have the chance to see how or whether you even use 1Password. So the short answer to your question is, no, it is not possible for us to obtain your password database, nor it is possible for us to decrypt it even if we did manage to get hold of it.”
Next up is LastPass, a popular online password manager. Erin Styles, Vice President of Marketing answered “The Question,” and included a comment from LastPass CEO Joe Siegrist:
“In Joe's words, ‘We can't give them what we don't have.’ So, to answer your question, there is nothing we could do to obtain someone's passwords. If ordered by the government, we would hand over a blob of encrypted data that they could attempt to brute force. As everyone knows, with a strong master password, brute force would be virtually impossible.”

The above is also true for 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


I was reading the most recent articles about if Google will update the Toolbar PageRank meter ever again, and how it looks like Google will not.  I am not sure who the best people at Google are to ask for a Google PageRank update.  I encourage webmasters to try to email Google and ask that Google please continue to update the PageRank meter.

I believe there are benefits to Google for doing so at least once or twice a year. Yes I agree several years ago doing the updates once a month was too much.

However if Google updates PageRank two times a year it will help webmasters stay away from websites Google does not like or has penalized.  I think the main argument is that Google wants webmasters to stay away from "bad websites" e.g. do not link to them and do not ask them for links, etc.
Then Google says the #1 way you can tell what websites to stay away from is effectively disabled by Google.  This just defies common sense to me.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Link Building Techniques and Strategies
We receive thousands of phone calls and emails every year, about SEO and link building techniques. Eighty percent or more of the people contacting us have terribly wrong ideas about what works and what is important for outstanding results in the major search engines. Below are details, samples, and history of people contacting us with their requirements. Hopefully, you will find useful SEO information that will help your company grow and increase your profits.

Many people phone our company saying, " I need low cost SEO, low quality backlinks, and tons of cheap links. "

I respond, "Why?".... They say, "I want to out rank my competitors."
They think it is a pure numbers game, all links are equal and you get more and you win.  This is the wrong link building strategy, and these "cheap low quality techniques" may cause your website to be penalized by Google.

They want fast outstanding results; they want to be #1 for competitive keyword phrases in 1-5 months.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


By Tom Forrest
List of Directory Submission Sites.
List of directories that Google likes and that follow Google Guidelines.

Over the last few years Google has cracked down on web directories that violate Google guidelines.  You should not place your website on any free and low quality directories, you need fewer directory listings with better quality in order to be successful with Google and Bing.

So I decided I should give people a list of Internet directories that Google thinks are valid and that if you obtained a listing from these directories it would help you with direct traffic generation and also as a "good" backlink as far as Google is concerned.


Comments from Matt Cutts of Google on what to consider when submitting to a Directory.
When considering submitting to a directory, I’d ask questions like:
- Does the directory reject urls?
If every url passes a review, the directory gets closer to just a list of links or a free-for-all link site.
- What is the quality of urls in the directory?
Suppose a site rejects 25% of submissions, but the urls that are accepted/listed are still quite low-quality or spammy. That doesn’t speak well to the quality of the directory.
- If there is a fee, what’s the purpose of the fee?
For a high-quality directory, the fee is primarily for the time/effort for someone to do a genuine evaluation of a url.
Matt Cutts, Google

Monday, December 01, 2014

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


The following is a very useful tool from Google that will help you optimize your web pages for speed on all devices.  This is the best tool I have seen for this and Google offers many useful insights and ideas to help webmasters.  This is one of Google's best products.

Friday, October 03, 2014


This is an interesting motivational video from Matthew McConaughey to a sports team.  Most motivational videos like this can be applied to business, marketing and sales. 
E.g. Why are you in this business?
What motivates you to be successful?

Why do you play the game?
What drives your desire to excel and be the best at what you do?

Monday, September 22, 2014


This is a very funny video created before Apple announced its watch is coming out.
The first weekend sales of the iphone 6 is over 10,000,000 units sold.
This is off the charts record breaking success for Apple.