Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Blog comments for traffic & SEO?

Adding good comments to blogs is a great way to gain PR and traffic. Simply avoid spammy SEO comments that annoy blog owners and concentrate on adding value to the blog. Most readers will appreciate good comments.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Homes facing foreclosure double

The number of homes facing foreclosure have double over a year ago. 2008 is now more than ever a recession year as people lose jobs and cannot pay for homes. This situation is getting worse as real estate price declines in Feb 2008 were at a record 13.6% for a ten city survey.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lucky Oliver isn't

The microstock photo agency known as Lucky Oliver is shutting down. It was a great little place to get photos for blogs. Sadly, the economy is so bad that people cannot even afford a dollar per picture. I hope that other bigger microstock agencies survive the recession.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

US consumer confidence at 26 year low

Due to a falling dollar and rising oil prices, consumer confidence is at a 26 year low. Things keep getting worse. The mortgage meltdown and subprime slippover are only part of a grim picture. The economic crisis is now hitting home.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Danica Patrick wins Indy 300

Damica Patrick, the first woman, wins the Indy 300 race. This is a history making event. I believe that one day a woman will win the Indianapolis 500 mile race. It would be a joy to see Danica Patrick win at Speedway with the checkered flag.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Google Algo Change

Google changed its algorithm in an effort to stop search engine spammers. This new update is known as Dewey and I hope it reduces the number of MFA pages on the web. We also need more pages that are not link farms.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Low cost HD cameras

I was chomping at the bit to get an HD camera, but they were all sooo sooo expensive. Well, now Kodak has an HD camera for only $169 and it is a winner! The Kodak z1275 shoots 720p movies (1280 X 720) and also takes 12MP pictures (3000 X 4000) and it can do low light at 3200 iso. A great combo that comes with a 5X zoom lens. HD is here! It's time to jump on the HD video bandwagon and start to upload movies.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Record high oil

Record high oil prices are creating hardship for many people. It can cost over $100 to fill the fuel tank. The fuel prices are so high that senator McCain has proposed a tax holiday this summer for travellers. It is sure to get some noticed as most people are worried about high fuel bills.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

blended search

A lot of my traffic comes from youtube and images. Blended search by google is changing the game. Many people now hit an image to learn more about a product, or go to a youtube video to see it in action.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Foreclosures up 178% in Youngstown, OH

They call it the incredible shrinking city as jobs and people leave Ohio to move west. A city that once had 150,000 inhabitants is now a shadow of its former self. It is slowly shrinking away.

Is this the future for america?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bot breaks captcha in six seconds

Captcha broken with pattern recog robot. Spammers like to break the captcha so the can create emails on hotmail to spam people with ads for "rorex rap licats" and other such. The problem is growing an microsoft is taking steps to stop spam.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Home sales down and now car sales down

Automobile manufacturers are seeing a drop in sales due to an economy in ruins as well as banks unwilling to make loans. For now we see a problem that extends far beyond the sub prime and into the very core of the economy. The problems of Wall street are affecting main street america.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Yahoo talks merger with Microsoft

Yahoo is exploring a merger with Microsoft as one path it might take. The Software giant has seen its share of search decline and is desperate to unite with Yahoo to fight Google.

Another option is to oputsource ads to Google and try to exit search. This would be sad as Yahoo created search and is an internet pioneer.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Yahoo to run Google ads

Mighty Yahoo has bowed to the mightier Google. It is now a day that will live in internet history as Yahoo will start running Google adwords ads on its many pages. And you think it is over, but no the plot thickens as AOL and Rupert Murdock talk about a possible merger with Yahoo. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Is ethanol the answer?

Lets have an ethanol reality check, are corn power cars the answer? If we use corn to make grain alcohol and pour that down the tank, we have less food and more fuel. It becomes a food vs fuel.

In the future we might have solar powered scooters as transportation, but buring biomass is not the solution. In fact, our world need more food, not less, so turing food into fuel is not a solution.

The future use of fuel is well - fuelish...

Monday, April 07, 2008

Lawn mower on ethanol?

The question is - can I run my lawn mower on ethanol?
Well, let's see what happens when grain alcohol is fed to a lawn mower.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Are Hybrids the greenest?

With sky high fuel bills many people are thinking of getting a hydrid car. Still, I believe that a small car can be just as good in regular driving. Here we compare two small cars the Toyota Prius Hybrid and a BMW.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Is the recession good for SEO?

LuckyOliver: Chain Links On White
Yes, that sounds strange, but as companies cut back on their PPC campaign the emphasis is on organic traffic which although less target driven is less expensive. In fact, a recession can be good for SEO and link building is always a great strategy.

Check out free versions of Nichebot, Keyword Discovery, Wordtracker, Microsoft Adlab, and Google Trends.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Future Rulers

Times they be a changing, as we look at the world around us. Many wonder what future rulers will be like. Other know that any ruler good or bad will attempt to maintain power. This is a given in any society, so we see that the ruler cannot be good.

Look at taxes, in Indiana in the 70's the sales tax was 2% and now it is 7%. Why is the tax not still 2%? Well, rulers are greedy. I mean inflation causes more money to go to the state, look at how prices keep going up, but why has the percentage of taxes gone up?

Your salary in inflation adjusted dollars is less, but you pay a bigger portion in taxes. The big bite keeps getting bigger as the appetite of the ruler increases.

Do you think that if you ask the citizens they would vote to increase sales tax from 2% to 7%?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Super Fast Internet for HD movies

Say goodbye to going to Blockbuster to rent your bluray movie. Comcast is rolling out a new internet service that is blazingly fast. At 50mb/sec you can stream HD video over the new connection. It is so fast that my current DSL service seems like a turtle. Comcast will charge $150/mo for this new super fast internet connection that is able to handle HD movies.


I went to wiki to check out Coach Tom Green who starts today at IU and found that somebody deleted the entery. What is going on at wiki?

This XLent resource is being trashed...