Thursday, April 24, 2008

Worst SEO Report Ever

A company I do some work for has paid $6,000 in SEO fees to receive this report 3 months into a six month contract. This has to be the worst SEO progress report I have ever seen. According to the SEO firm they have not been able to install tracking on their site yet.

Here's the original proposal/contract of work to be performed over the 6 months.

Here are some highlights from the report...

  • Presence in forums : lot of (Is that or what?)
  • From this month, we are adding blog inputting alongwith inputs from customer, specific high traffic oriented subjects are being targeted for additional blogs. (What the fuck does that mean?)
  • We focus on three genres of blog dissemination. The accent is not on quantity, but on relevance and quality. The key factors that we saw was :
    a) Page Strength of the anchor text go to page
    b) Relevance of the sites.
    c) Traffic of the sites. For example and now Sphinn are considered bellwethers in terms of inbound link juice.
    d) Most importantly, how quick SERPs recognize the inbound links.

(Does A thru D = 3?)

  • Other Inbound Links
    Off page presence in high profile listings like Craigslist and Local listings are being done regularly (with images) to boost inbound strengths. Google is favoring certain local library classificatory sites since last algorithm change. (really... CL for links?)

If you paid with a credit card would you try and get your $6,000 back for breach of contract or just call it a lesson learned?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Faster Internet W/ Black Holes Included - LHC

I was reading an article today on how "The Grid" is going make the internet obsolete. The article was fluff but it got me digging deeper into "The Grid".

Being able to use "The Grid" for access to the internet was just an added benefit from the initial project. They built a machine over 16 miles long called a LHC (Large Hadron Collider). It is a particle accelerator designed to calculate an equation to prove the existence of a particle known as the Higgs Boson. The Higgs boson is a hypothesised particle which, if it exists, would give the mechanism by which particles acquire mass.

What the journalist from FOX forgot to mention is that in creating the LHC they may also be creating a black hole which could devoure the earth.

Listen to the BBC audio report here

Scientists will use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang created the universe by colliding two beams of protons traveling in opposite directions at close to the speed of light. Now that doesn't sound very safe to me...

There have some delays in launching the LHC due to some accidents, safety concerns, and legal battles but it appears that it will be switched on in a couple of months.

This summer, on the 'Red Button Day', scientists will turn on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), and also open "The Grid", which can send data online 10,000 times faster than current standards. Movies can be downloaded in 5 seconds, for example. "The Grid", according to experts, will transmit holographic data, revolutionize business, and lead to 'Cloud Computing'- where users store all data online. I think this is just one step below "The Matrix".

Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope our scientists have created something that will actually help humanity instead of destroying it.