Archives for February 2008

Guest Post Opportunity

As you read yesterday, I’m going to be running a contest (and maybe more) in March.  As a result, I want this site to be hopping for the entire month.  I’ll be trying to pick up my writing and get a ton more content in, but I won’t be able to do as much as will be needed.  So…  Here’s your chance to get yourself in front of a few more people.

If you’ve got an idea that needs to get out in the open and you’d like to share it with my readers, you can submit it for consideration as a guest post.  Simply write it up and then send it my way through my contact page.  I’ll take a look at them and get them scheduled.

I should note that I won’t accept anything pornographic, vulgar, or otherwise insulting.  I also try to keep cursing down here, so I reserve the right to edit out any language that I don’t like.  That being said, here’s what I do want.

I want articles that are aimed at my target audience.  That being the make money online/online entrepreneur audience.  I’d like a minimum length of about 200 words, but won’t discourage anything longer.  Each post will get a short blurb/credit at the end of the article with a link of your choice with anchor text of your choice (keeping in mind the above limitations on language).  You can put a link or two into the text of the article, but they need to be relevant and need to not be affiliate links.  Try to keep the links down to about 1 per 100 words or so.

I’ll probably be scheduling the posts on Sunday, March 2nd so try and get them submitted before that.  I’ll still take submissions through the first week, but will stop taking submissions at all on the 8th.

This is an excellent opportunity to get a free link as well as gain some readership for yourself.

Gonna Give Away Some Stuff

I haven’t ironed out the details just yet, but I’m working on getting a contest (or maybe contests) running for next month.  Spring being around the corner and all, it only seems appropriate to celebrate.  I haven’t decided entirely what I’ll be giving away.  If you’ve got some ideas of what you’d like to get, let me know in the comments.  Also, maybe some good ideas for how you’d like to win them…

And if you feel really generous and want to donate a prize, let me know.  Any donations will receive at least two links (one in the original post and one in the give-away post).  I don’t plan on shipping anything, so if you want to donate a physical item, you’ll be responsible for the shipping.

Comments are open, so let’s hear your ideas!

Let Sleeping MSFTs Lie

Google’s Sergey Brin seems to think that he needs to speak out against the MSFT/Yahoo! merger that may or may not happen in the near to distant future.

“The Internet has evolved from open standards, having a diversity of companies. And when you start to have companies that control the operating system, control the browsers, they really tie up the top Web sites, and can be used to manipulate stuff in various ways. I think that’s unnerving,” Brin said.

I had to chuckle a little when I read that. I agree with Brin, but that could just as easily describe Google as it does Microsoft. The only real difference is that Google doesn’t have a retail version of the GooglOS that they run in the Googleplex. They certainly control some browsers. Just as many as MS does with IE I’d wager. And as far as tyeing up the top web sites, take a close look at the Digital Point forums next time Google does an update of their PageRank. When you tie up 60%+ of the search engine traffic, that affects the top Web sites much more than a simple difference in browser engines. And lets not get started on manipulation that is possible.

All of this is a play on people’s fears of a Microsoft Monopoly. The problem with the logic is that a merger of MSFT and YHOO doesn’t create a monopoly. It eats into one. It creates a very valid competitor in the search venue. And after a few years of Google encroaching on Microsofts territory (see Google Docs), it scares Google to see the giant awakened.

You see, the old business folks know that if you find yourself toe to toe with a competitor and you don’t possess the tools to fight that competitor, you partner yourself with someone who does. Microsoft has been struggling to keep up with Google and other online innovators for quite some time. The problem is that Microsoft had been mostly content to leave Google in it’s place of power for search and go about their business struggling to move into that arena. Then Google started getting into Microsoft’s neighborhood with Google Docs and next thing you know, Microsoft is on the attack.

If you ask me, Google should have just let sleeping MSFTs lie.

Disclaimer: I own MSFT shares, but not enough to care…

Aaron Wall Changing SEO Book Structure

I received an email from Aaron Wall of fame today. It seems that the SEO Book industry is changing and there is an increased need for a more personal touch.

Over the course of the past couple years it became obvious to me that the perceived value of ebooks was dropping, the field of SEO was getting more complex, and many people who purchased my book wanted to be able to interact with me and ask me many questions. This caused me to need to change the SEO Book business model away from selling a downloadable ebook, and toward selling a web based information product backed by a community forum that helped turn it into a service more than a product.

I’m tempted to say that this is a play for more money, but knowing Aaron Wall (or at least his reputation) I think I can confidently say that isn’t the case. Even with the thouroughness of the SEOBook, I’m sure that Aaron gets a very large amount of emails every day asking for his help personally. This is just a very good response to that. Aaron wants to help those people, but the only way to really justify even trying it is to find a way to make it worth his time. And a SEOBook membership is that way. He doesn’t give any hints as to how much it will cost, but I’m sure it will be affordable in comparison to what you’ll get.

The new service seems to be slated to go live at Midnight on the 20th at which time the SEOBook will no longer be offered. I’m sure the data will still be there, but maybe you want it all in one place before hand. It’s your last chance, order between now and the 20th and you can still pay the one-time fee. Wait, and you’ll be signing up for the subscription. You’ll probably want both though…