Gerald Weber

Announcing the Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Winners!

Wow…I have to say this contest has lived up to its “Bad Ass” name. I am honored to have so much awesome talent on my blog. And I’d like to really thank each and every bloggers that took the time to write their “Bad Ass” posts. I’d also like to thank all of the Kick-Ass Sponsors that made the cash (and some non-cash) prizes possible. You can check out the full list of sponsors by clicking here. Let me briefly explain how we came up with the winners. I had several independent judges (some of which are professional writers) that were asked to rate each post on a scale of 1 to 10 based its overall quality and creativity. I averaged all of these scores to determine the winners. Number of comments, amount of ReTweets and general social engagement was also looked at as a secondary metric that we used to determine the tie breakers (which there were several) The Winners Are…: 1st place Reasons You Should Blog Drunk by Jennifer Van Iderstyne $325. 2nd place 9 Search Optimization Tips with Benefits for Your Visitors by Kristi Hines $300. 3rd place 6 Shocking Truths About Internet Marketing by Mark Thompson $275 4th place Little Things Bloggers Crave And Most Never Get by Andrew Rondeau $225. 5th place How to Stop Competitors Copying Your Links by John McElborough $200. 6th...

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The Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest

Yes, you read correctly, it’s time for The Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest. For the next month, I’ll be accepting guest posts right here on my blog. As you can see below, the top guest bloggers are eligible to receive cash prizes (current pot is $2100.) cash and there are a couple non-cash prizes. To clarify, you don’t have to actually be a bad ass SEO (although it wouldn’t hurt) to enter the contest. The general theme is SEO and the contest itself is bad ass since we have several generous sponsors that put up cash and a few other prizes. What is the Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest? Blogging is always fun, but it’s even more fun when there is cold hard cash involved. Starting today (August 2nd) until September 2nd, you can submit guest posts to my blog. I’m pretty flexible as far as acceptable topics as long as they fit within the general theme of this blog. So, anything from SEO to blogging to social media will do. How long does the contest last? The contest starts today August 2nd and ends September 2nd You must submit your post between these dates in order to be eligible to win. The winners will be announced 15 days after the contest ends. This will allow us ample time to publish any remaining posts and to judge...

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Blog Commenting Faux Pas, Red Flags, and Best Practices

As blog commenting becomes more popular as a form of link building and traffic generation, there is a steady increase of those who are trying to abuse the blog commenting system. But as many comment abusers are starting to learn, with the increase in spam is an increase in systems (such as Akismet) designed to thwart their attempts. So commenting abusers are finding more creative ways to bypass these systems and look more legit. Commenting Faux Pas So how do bloggers determine which comments to keep and which ones to trash or mark as spam? Here are some major faux pas and red flags when it comes to commenting. Ambiguous Comments “Wow, what a great post. This is my first time to visit here, and I like everything so much that I have subscribed.” Sounds like a great comment, right? It’s easy, especially for new bloggers or those who are struggling to get comments / subscribers to fall for this type of flattery. But the problem with this comment is that it could go with any post on pretty much any site. Comments from the Same IP “Angie | this domain.com | [email protected] | 122.44.77.35 | Blah blah blah blah blah…” “Tera | that domain.com | [email protected] | 122.44.77.35 | Blah blah blah blah blah…” “Tom | other domain.com | [email protected] | 122.44.77.35 | Blah blah blah blah blah…”...

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How To Create an html Signature in Gmail

When I first made the decision to consolidate all of my various and many email accounts over to gmail, I was initially very frustrated with the fact that Google’s gmail only allows you to create a plain text email signature. I was seriously like what the ****?! #GoogleFail! This was a real issue for me because I have been using a nice flashy html signature for many years. However this was only an issue until I stumbled upon a post Ann Smarty had written back in 2008 titled SEO Consultant’s Email Signature – What’s Your Tactic? One of the commentators in the post mentioned a cool firefox plugin for easily creating email signatures. Wisetamp to the rescue! Fortunately Wisestamp is now also available as a Google chrome extension Once you have the plugin installed, as you can see from the screenshot below, the WYSIWYG editor is very simple, straight forward and easy to use. You can easily switch between visual and html mode, as well as add your blog’s RSS feed, IM ID’s and all of your social networks along with their icons. Other Key features Easily switch between email signature (business & personal) Easy to use WYSIWYG editor (switch between visual & html mode) Ability to add your blog’s RSS feed Automatically insert signature into webmail Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo mail, Hotmail etc Easily include instant messaging ID’s...

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FamousBloggers.net Guest Blogging Contest

I’ve entered a Guest Blogging contest over at Famousbloggers.net. Here is a link to the post if you want to check it out How to Put the Kibosh on Content Scrapers & Thieves If you are interested in participating in the contest here are the details. Contest sponsors: FamousBloggers.net – contest organizer MyBlogGuest.com our contest media partner MMO social network – making money online tips DesignGizer.com a new design bookmark site Better Blogging for Bloggers blog IBlogZone.com a making money online blog CrazyEgg.com heat mapping tools SimplyFreshThemes.com Fresh Journal WP theme Contest Prizes started at $248 and reached $447.75 $50 Cash via PayPal from MMO social network $50 cash via PayPal from DesignGizer.com design bookmark site $15 cash via PayPal from making money online IBlogZone.com $199.75 worth 5 copies of Fresh Journal theme from SimplyFreshThemes.com ($39.95 for each theme) $95 worth 5 copies of 70 Posting Ideas from BetterBloggingforBloggers.com ($18.95 for each copy) $38 worth of 2 free one month memberships (see where people click on your site) from CrazyEgg Contest winners: The contest is going to have 5 winners, which means a very big chance for you to win one of our prizes, and if you think about the great benefits of guest blogging you will find your self a winner in all cases. Who can participate? The contest is open for everyone who writes any related topic...

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2 Bottles of Wine +Some Books + Greeting Cards=Outside the Box Marketing

Sending gifts and promotional products has always been a powerful marketing tool. It can be used to improve client retention and to reach out to prospects. The Guinness Book of World Records Most Successful Salesman in the World used to send out greeting cards to every customer and prospect on a monthly basis. He was sending out more than 16,000 cards each month, and it worked. Customers knew him by name, and they came to him for all their car-buying needs. photo credit: Adam Swank But now, with the power of social media, gift giving as a marketing tool can make an even bigger splash than before. I want to share a couple of stories with you of my experiences with receiving promotional products from some of my friends on Twitter. 2 Bottles of Wine from St. Supery Winery—I’ve been following @RickBakas, Director of Social Media for St. Supery Winery, for quite a while now. We had a little interaction with each other, but it wasn’t on a regular basis. Then, one day Rick reached out to me for help pushing some content on Twitter. I obliged, and next thing I know, I’m receiving 2 bottles of wine in the mail. By the way, the wine truly was amazing. Thanks again Rick! So, why did Rick send me the wine? Well, I think there are a couple of savvy...

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Breaking: All New Google Search Results? Hello Caffeine!

A friend of mine reported seeing these new options in Google and sent me this screen shot and video. Notice you now see additional search options above the search by time frame options. The new search options read, everything, images, videos, news, blogs, updates, books, maps, shopping, more. I did not see these new search options on my end, but I have some similar options as you can see by the second screen shot below. Notice the options are similar but slightly different. In this second example you also see forums as an additional search option. Full video of new Google search options I can’t help but wonder is Google is doing split testing live? Possibly a realtime multivariant test by the king of search. Let me know what you unveil to in the...

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Happy Holidays from The Gman (Gerald Weber)

Well it’s that time of year again folks. Thanksgiving is gone and Christmas is almost upon us again. As many of you probably remember I took a vacation last year to the north pole and was dancing with Santa’s elves about this time. I’m not going to have time for all that vacationing this year, however I did decide to go ahead and get an early start on the holiday season and get a Christmas tree on the first day of December. I took this short video clip of me getting the tree. I hope you enjoy! Recieve new weekly articles by...

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