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  • iMajestic Internet Marketers review
    By on December 29th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    I’m sure a lot of you have at least one web site and I am also sure ALL of you want as much exposure and traffic to your site as possible. Traffic, and preferably quality traffic, is one of the most critial keys to enable you to monetize your web site.

    In order to drive quality traffic is by ranking high on search results from search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN etc. Search engine optimization or SEO in short will enable you to achieve this goal. SEO can be intimidating to many people, especially for beginners because they have to deal with finding quality keywords, keyword phrases and long tail keywords which is just one of many tasks you have to do when performing SEO. There are companies such as Yeah! Local that provide effective SEO for your web site and one such company is iMajestic Internet Marketers. Established since 2001, iMajestic not only provide search engine optimization but also provide other optimization services such as pay per click, local search, reputation and social media to complete web development.

    What iMajestic differs from other SEO service providers is the fact that you only have to pay after your desired goals like keyword ranking in particular search engines, for example, is achieved and maintained. This performance based service is perfect for those worried about not getting the results they asked for because now they don’t have to pay a cent if they don’t see the expected results.

  • Is Google making us less intelligent?
    By on September 23rd, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    Is Google making us and subsequently our kids less intelligent nowadays because its much easier to find information by searching online? This discussion popped up when I was driving back home today and I thought it was an interesting topic to write about.

    I personally don’t think Google is making us, or me rather, dumber because information is all over the Internet. I think you still need a bit of motivation to search online. There are a lot of people who doesn’t even use Google or any other search engines to look for answers to their problems even though the information is right in front of them, they just need to search (I won’t go there) ! And sometimes it takes a bit of tweaking when searching because different combination of keywords may yield slightly different search results. And just because the information is there doesn’t mean its 100% accurate, and WiKi is a very good example and schools have stressed many times NOT to do research based on WiKi. That’s is also another reason why I don’t think search engines are making us dumber because when you are searching for an answer, unless you are absolutely sure that the answer you found right away is 100% accurate, you will pretty much have to go through at least a few more results to confirm how accurate the information really is.

    In the end, yes you no longer have to open up a dictionary or go to the library to look for information. But that doesn’t mean you are or will be less intelligent by searching conveniently on the net. Its still up to the person to find the answers and its just a different mean of finding them by searching online. Therefore, I think its actually the opposite, in which Google is making us, or rather people that hunger for more knowledge smarter instead because its much more convenient to look for and find answers online than going to the local library every time. I’m sure everyone would rather “Google” something rather than driving out to the library in Winter when its minus 30 degrees!

    What do you guys think? :)

  • Internet Hoax – Miley Cyrus died in car crash!
    By on September 7th, 2008 | 2 Comments2 Comments Comments

    I was checking out some threads in one of my favorite forums and I saw this in the General Discussion forum with a title “Miley Cyrus has died 1992-2008″. My immediate reaction was “What? I didn’t hear anything on the news at all”. Mind you, I’m not a fan of her because I’m too old for Hannah Montana. I clicked the thread and was shown pictures of what appeared to be Yahoo! News and a screenshot of digg on the same topic. Then I thought this had got to be a hoax. And I was right, I’m sure most of you would have figured that out right away. But I just wanted to point out how easy it is for pranksters to manipulate us with fake information. Specially when the news is being spread from popular sites like digg and the ever accurate wiki. I bet someone actually fell for it, I honestly did at first, that’s why I clicked the thread to check it out.

    Guess we really need to think before trusting any piece of information that appears over the net.

    mileycyrus_dead

    To clarify, Miley Cyrus, the Hannah Montana star is still alive based on myFox.

  • ZIPCodeWorld Store Locator Live – service revie...
    By on September 3rd, 2008 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    I had a chance to check out and implement a service which I have been using quite commonly when shopping online on Futureshop, BestBuy or any other online shopping sites. Store locator is a very convenient way of finding the store nearest to you. ZIPCodeWorld Store Locator Live provides the exact service as the ones you use on other online shopping sites to businesses with multiple stores.

    This service is perfect for businesses with multiple stores spread across Canada, the United States as well as more than 30 other countries worldwide. With the Store Locator Live, webmasters can simply copy and paste a few lines of code into their websites without the need of handling or programming any code. It is currently available in PHP and .NET as well so it can be installed onto the local servers for more control.

    Why choose ZIPCodeWorld Store Locator Live? Well, it is currently supporting 1089 companies and total of 30692 unique stores and growing as well as over 30 countries worldwide as mentioned above. This service is free for businesses with less than 100 physical stores and/or dealers but in return you have to have a banner link back to them which is worth it. Price starts at $499.95USD for less than 500 physical stores and/or dealers, $999.95 for less than 2000 and 1,999.95 for less than 10,000. Prices are for one year subscription.

    Here are the key features and benefits from the site:

  • Secure Administrator Control Panel
  • Bulk Store/Dealer Batch Import
  • Limit Results by Radius and Records
  • Support MapQuest®/Yahoo®/Google® Location Maps & Directions
  • Display General Store Details and Custom Fields
  • Support Miles and Kilometers Measurement
  • Sort Results by Distance, Names and City
  • Support Preferred (Highlighted and Show on Top) or Hidden Stores
  • Support United States and Canada Postal Code
  • Absolutely Free for less than 100 physical stores / dealers
  • Aside from testing the Client Demo for finding the RadioShack, I registered with an account because I wanted to know more about it. The registration took less than a minute to confirm and activate my account. Once logged in, I was presented with a simple and easy to use interface where I could add stores into the system based on a ZIP code or Postal Code if you are in Canada. Or I could bulk load multiple stores using the Import feature which is a great feature if I had multiple stores, it just wouldn’t make sense to upload one by one unless I was opening new stores in the future (it has a sample import text file so I could just follow the format).

    After adding all the stores, I was able to preview what I have entered by testing the Store Locator. And finally, I just obtained the HTML code and pasted onto my site and ready to be used! (assuming I had a business with multiple stores) The process was quick, simple and to the point!

    As a related side note, ZIPCodeWorld also offers a comprehansive ZIP code, posta code, city name, province/state name, province/state abbreviation and phone area code for the United States, Canada and Mexico.

  • Cuil – New search engine to challenge Google
    By on July 9th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    A new search engine called Cuil was launched today (July 28th). It is developed and run by the husband-and-wife team of Stanford professor Tom Costello and former Google search architect Anna Patterson. I quickly hopped onto the site to check it out, first thing I noticed is that it is very clean, a bit too clean assuming it just launched and had to start somewhere small first. It claims to be the biggest search engine, while I won’t doubt that will or may happen in the future, it certainly is not the biggest yet.

    On the bright side, each search will be accompanied by an image whenever possible which makes the search experience more enjoyable as opposite to just plain text results. Costello also stated that the new search engine crawls and ranks pages differently compare to Google’s flagship search engine and it heavily focuses on the “contextual” of a page. As stated from the About Cuil page “When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency.”.

    Onto the dark side.

    Speed-wise I don’t feel any improvement over searching through Google, some times its often slower than Google (maybe everyone is trying out this new search engine?). Many people have also reported that searches were not accurate. I tried to search for Cuil hoping to find more info about the search engine (yes I know there’s an link called About Cuil on the very first page, but correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t its own page get indexed as well? About one in a ten searches results in “We didn’t find any results for ” for the same keyword.

    All and all I think there is still a lot of work to be done for Cuil in order to even convince people that it is capable of searching if its claimed to be the “biggest” search engine. Right now it just doesn’t stand a chance. I will definately keep my eyes on this.