SEO Tip – The Low Hanging Fruit – nofollow

Recently I attended BMPR, and the topic of discussion was SEO. All the speakers were especially knowledgeable in their areas of expertise (Which means: SEO (Search Engine Optimization)).

One suggestion and tip was to go after the low hanging fruit. What this means is: Your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, any profile whatsoever, to include forums, should always contain your URL.

I still agree with this, as people may often view your profile, and or all it takes is that one right person to click your profile then the link. However for SEO purposes it’s almost useless. @firecatsue did a great presentation, and by no means am I being negative or trying to harm her or her reputation, just trying to make sure everyone knows the facts about low hanging fruits, as sometime you can be mislead as to what really counts.

To start, you can watch this:

or read this: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=96569

So after reviewing that, you now realize what nofollow is and how it’s used. NoFollow = No Value In Search Engines Whatsoever.

Here are some examples of no follows:

Facebook nofollow
Facebook nofollow
Linked In No Follow
Linked In uses a redirection script, so it's not directly linked to your site
Twitter nofollow
Twitter nofollow
vBulletin Forum nofollow
vBulletin Forum nofollow

I hope everyone finds this information useful, and that you don’t rely too heavily on the no follow links!

Thanks again to #bmpr and @firecatsue and more for the awesome presentations!

Apple Time Machine – The Most Useful Thing Ever

Apple's Time Machine
Apple's Time Machine

This is by far the most awesome feature of any Apple computer. The Time Machine feature.It’s an automatic backup, and let’s you go back in “time” to any backup of your computer. My 1TB Western Digital NAS happens to be compatible with it! It automagically backups your computer to the hard drive over the network. The initial backup takes a long time, but that’s to be expected with any backup. I plugged my MacBook into my Gigabit router to help with the first backup.

You need: A NAS compatible, or a Time Capsule from apple, a router, and an Apple Computer.

Here’s some more information on Time Machine: Apple

A Web Hosting Business – Why I do it

I’ve always wanted to help people. I’ve had this desire to create or manage a project, business, or idea and be able to run with it, and watch it become the perfect “thing”. That’s what drove me to start my own web hosting business in 2004. I wanted to offer people affordable solutions, at a great price, but still be as awesome as the more expensive alternatives.

Why web hosting? The internet is obviously the now. It’s not the “future”, it is the future as much as it is the now. People need access to information, web sites, games, whatever may be online and they need it now. I want to be a part of that and that’s what drives me.

I want to be a part of this internet revolution, and at the end be able to be a part of it. Helping people, and businesses, while helping myself at the same time is the absolute dream. It’s why I chose to work at Rackspace, that’s why I started InvisionGaming in 2004, and it’s what I want to do with my career. It’s what I’m doing now! Along with web design, printing, and more.

I love developing (Primarily PHP), I love administrating and solving problems (Systems Administration) and that’s a big part of what I do. I want to be useful, and I use the word I very carefully, as it’s obviously an combined effort of multiple people.

I want to go out there, build applications, make people’s lives easier, and not have to trash their or my wallet while I do it.

Sometimes starting a web hosting company can be difficult, in todays economy with so many choices. Sure you can go to GoDaddy, or Bluehost, or any of those and get a similar product for $5 a month. “Unlimited Disk Space”, bandwidth, and more.

I thought we were told, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Right?

I offer the world: Me. The Kyle Experience. Let me wow you, let me help you, and let’s grow together. If I only get and or help 10 customers, then those are 10 people who I’ve had a positive impact on. Sure is better than doing nothing whatsoever, isn’t it? I’m not trying to compete with Rackspace, Bluehost, or Godaddy, I’m simply trying to help people, and just happen to be in direct competition with the interests of said listed companies.

Rather than focusing on making other companies look bad, or fishing for their customers, I respect each and every one, and what they do. We’re in this business together, trying to help people. I do, however, believe some companies like GoDaddy are forgetting the customer, and focusing more on the bottom line, but that seems to be a popular trend.

This is why I do what I do, and that’s why I’ve jumped right back into the game with Custom Hosting Solutions. I guess it means that we are your “mom and pop” shop, where you get the same features, but the customer service is just great. I want to interact with my customers, let’s follow each other on twitter, let’s add each other to our google talk.

Let’s do some business.

and last but not least: Let’s do this.

My new idea for Google Maps

So the other day, I was lying in bed thinking about how long it would take my friend and I to drive to Florida or Massachusets, and then I dreamed up an amazing feature/idea for it.

I think that it’d be really cool if, when you request directions on Google Maps, that when you mouseover part of the route, rather than saying:

Drag To Change Route
Drag To Change Route

My idea is that it would instead display pertinent trip information. Such as:

  • Distance Traveled
  • ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)
  • Popular cities would show up with relevant links, such as finding hotels, rest stops, whatever.
  • So many more possibilities.

Here’s a really crude example:

Pertinent Information
Pertinent Information

I’m surprised this functionality does not already exist, but I felt innovative thinking of it.

TLDR (Too Long, Didn’t Read) Summary: On google maps, when you mouse over a route (When getting directions), the mouse over would pop up with your ETA for the point where your mouse is located.

Let me know your thoughts!

-Kyle