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Organic SEO

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Just what exactly is Organic SEO? I really and honestly don't know. That's why I drop by every now and then to read up on the matter in Mark's blog thebitbot.com.

Personally, as a blogger, what I learned is that the less I think about SEO and the less that I do about it, the better returns (in traffic) that I actually get. I oftentimes see many bloggers (and big companies for that matter), who try too hard with regards to SEO and end up getting frustrated.

In my understanding, Organic SEO, is about doing SEO naturally, almost as if you're not doing it at all. It's like Kung Fu, where you are one with the wind, or whatever.

If you recall in this blog, there was a time in my life when I tried farming. Yeah, that made me lose a lot of weight in 3 weeks. I tried organic farming and now I have a few things to show for it. I'll take pictures when there's an opportune time. Suffice to say that in Organic farming, you don't use chemical pesticides and chemical f…

The First Book You Bought Online?

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I don't trust the Internet.

That's why I've limited my online purchases to entities I trust. Namely, Google and anything that's tightly integrated into it that you won't even notice that it's actually not a part of Google.

My first online purchase was this domain. I didn't use money from my bank account but rather used the earnings that I got as a freelance writer.

It's a good principle - spend money on where you got it.

After building up some confidence, I now knowthe right places to buy and the right things to spend on. I've decided to make my first online book purchase: Jay Berkowitz's book the Ten Golden Rules of Internet Marketing. 








All it would take for me, is to transfer my earnings from freelancer.com to my paypal account, then to my bank account.

Give or take, I might have that book in one or two weeks.

How about you? What's the first book you bought online?








This is why I love Google

Clicky clicky ;)




http://bit.ly/cxCkTw

The Value of Content by Mitch Joel and FreeMarket.com

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A few days after I've listened to Mitch Joel's SPOS Podcast Episode #211 where he "tackled the conversation over content and its value (re: pricing model) in our current society" among other things, an interesting announcement was made by Freelancer.com.

Freemarket.com is a virtual marketplace which offer virtual goods (hehe), such as images, graphics, music, and even programming code.

It takes paid content to a whole new level where people can independently purchase and sell these virtual goods. In my own opinion this is a great and logical step for the popular freelancing website where they could leverage their traffic.



FREELANCER.COM LAUNCHES VIRTUAL CONTENT MARKETPLACE FREEMARKET.COM!
First and foremost we are extremely excited to announce the launch of Freemarket.com, which we aim to grow into the world's top marketplace for virtual goods! Over the past month we’ve been testing the Freemarket with a few thousands beta users and today we finally go live with over 5…

Pertinent News for the Web Entrepreneur

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1. Investors uneasy as Google costs rise (REUTERS)
Google Inc is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into new businesses, but Wall Street is nervous about the ultimate payoff.Investors sent Google shares down more than 6 percent on Friday, a day after the Internet search leader reported a surge in expenses during the second quarter that caused it to miss profit estimates.
But Jackson said he was confident that mobile would become a significant contributor to Google's financials in the long run, and that the mobile market was big enough for Google and Apple to prosper.

.CO Domains Now Available to the public at GoDaddy.com

2. Control games with the power of your mind (GamingBolt)
The recently unveiled Natal for the Xbox 360 will let gamers control what happens on-screen just by moving their body- but one company is going one step further, allowing you to control games simply with the power o…

Presentist - by Mitch Joel

Please don't treat my second statement as an excuse but as a disclaimer. I'm not feeling well and I believe that my mental faculties are being affected by this. 
I write in reaction to a great post by an admirable thinker, Mitch Joel about Presentists.
The blog post encouraged people to become more like Presentists than Futurists. 
Some questions he asked:
1. Does your website really live up to (and deliver on) everything you're doing on YouTube or Facebook?No. I am guilty of using facebook primarily for personal reasons.
2. Are you really in touch with who is connected to you (instead of how many people)? I can answer this with a definite Yes!

3. Are you engaged and connected to your community in their channels, or are you still trying to drag everyone over to your own pages?I am joining a lot of communities in different niches.

4. When someone does a search for you, your competitor or has a question that your products and services can answer, how great are you at helping them t…

Random URL of the Day

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The random URL I thought of today is:

http://www.dreambig.com

I was thinking of a website where people could share their dreams and maybe help other people achieve theirs. It was a disappointment to see that it was another marketing outfit. Perhaps this one's into MLM. Or maybe, this one's part of a corporate presentation where the manager is instilling some "dreaming" juice for his employees.


After watching the flash presentation, all you'll get is the option to repeat the silly movie.

Having searched on Google, you'll find that this isn't the only website with the words "dreambig" on it. youdreambig.com, wedreambig.com, herworlddreambig.com and even a fishharddreambig.com. All of which are terrible sounding domain names.

"Share Your Dreams"

I next did a search for the phrase "Share Your Dreams". Number one on the list, is dreamstop.com. A site where you  literally try to find meanings to your dreams (when you are asleep).

Thi…

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Free Mini Jedi Starfighter Lego

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Free Lego.

Need I say more?


For a limited time, Entertainment Earth will be giving away free LEGO sets with every in-stock LEGO order of $30 or more.
The promo runs between July 8, 2010 and August 6, 2010 or while supplies last, so getting the word out early is key.




Awesome Webinar By Jay Berkowitz

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I just attended Jay Berkowitz's Ten Things Every Executive Needs to Know to Generate Business on the Internet using GotoMeeting. It was awesome! The software worked flawlessly and all I had to do was sit back, listen and have a sip of coffee.

You'll actually have the feeling that you are attending a real seminar except that you don't get to see who's beside you.

It's as if you are sharing the monitor that the speaker is using. So, in a way, we really are connected.



Jay mentioned several things, which I took note of below.


Last week I wasn't able to attend because of a power failure here so I made sure that I attended this one.

* The thing that really got my attention was the Unique Value Proposition or the UVP. Jay mentioned that in order for Internet Marketers to convince potential clients to "take action" on their websites, they must offer something for free. It could be a newsletter with helpful industry tips, it could be a product trial or it coul…

A Time to Kill..Your Web Analytics

Mitch Joel of Six Pixels of Separation has a very enlightening proposition: Kill your web analytics to stoke tension.

An excerpt:

There's no denying it, running any sort of Digital Marketing initiative without some component of a web analytics tool is akin to driving with your eyes closed. That being said, we're starting to see more and more instances when killing your web analytics may be the smartest thing you can do.

Like in real life, tenacity is brought about by hunger. This hunger is fed by fear. And fear comes from the unknown.

Without the comfort of knowing that you are doing well in your campaign you are faced with one choice and one choice alone: to do more.

It is very much akin to blindfolding yourself while you use chopsticks to catch flies or closing your eyes while the breeze of the sea foretells the impending tsunami.

Julien Smith, tells us that we need tension. I believe him. I've been there. I still have it.


He said,

When you start nowhere, you have nothing t…

Digg Alpha Video

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When I woke up, you guys fell asleep. I checked my email and lo and behold I got an email saying that I got an invite to test out the New Digg.





Awesome!
I was a little bit suspicious at first, owing to the fact that the domain wasn't familiar. It was

somethingsomethingcodeletttersnumberssigns@e.digg.com
Anyway after the second email, I contacted digg support and they replied that it was cool and awesome. So I jumped right in to access Kevin Rose's Spankin New "Biotch" (His words)




I digg. I digg.

Second order of the day was to find Digg people to follow. Kevin Rose, Leo Laporte, Mashable, Wired, Ars Technica, FunnyorDie (hehe), Revision3, so many people to follow.


Next they made me go Facebook, Twitter or Google? Facebook, Twitter or Google? Facebook, Twitter or Google?

Twitter!



I got a few errors there. So like the hardy alpha tester that I am, I clicked on the Next button without a care as to what would happen next.



First Impressions:

1. It's snappy fast.
2. Ea…

Brownouts, Fireflies, and Fate

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Here in the Philippines we call power interruptions, brownouts or blackouts. We've been having them regularly for the past few months because of infrastructure problems and the rising cost of electricity in this region. Add to that the fact that I practically live in the forestand you can expect them quite a lot.
Yesterday, I was so excited to attend a webinar that was supposed to be the first I ever attended in my life. I waited for 6 hours (in Philippine time 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM). 
I have MS notepad open, Chromium, MSPaint for the screenshots and I have the web conferencing service GoToMeeting, ready for the big countdown to 12:30. 

While I waited, I watched Jason Calacanis' show "This Week in Startups" where he talked about ngmoco, a game company that's bound to become the Farmville for the iPad.


The show began on time and I hastily made some notes.


Call me old fashioned or whatever but I was really happy because TenGoldenRules CEO Jay Berkowitz mentioned my …