Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Leaving Money On The TableSo I recently wrote an article about webmaster tools that are useful when trying to make a buck with internet marketing. Once of those tools is a link checker. These work well and nice but not so hot when you put your site on a host that doesn't support PHP. I built a great site about all the Car Dealers In Seattle and never checked to see if any pages beyond the home page worked because the link checker said the links all worked. Turns out since July my 26 page site has only beeen showing the home page. Click any link and you get a solid white page because PHP wasn't supported. Lucky me I found it and fixed the pages but a lesson learned.
Thornhill FordThornhill Ford of Waxahachie brings quality service and great Ford vehicles to the Waxahachie area. Whether you need a new or used car, truck or SUV, Thornhill Ford stands out as a superior dealership in terms of great service and competitive pricing. If you’re in the Waxahachie area you can stop by Thornhill Ford at 2401 N. I-35e in Waxahachie or you can call them at 972-938-0444.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Where's Elmo?Thats what many parents are going to ask this Christmas as they try and find the new Tickle Me Elmo TMX or Extreme Elmo. This $40.00 toy now sells on eBay for over $100 as people buy up any of the Elmo TMX dolls they find. What was the Xbox 360 last year will be the Tickle Me Elmo TMX in 2006. Lucky for parents they have an early start with this and other warnings on the news stations. Start finding your Tickle Me Elmo TMX now to avoid disappointment come Christmas time.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Raising Money For A No Kill Animal ShelterLast Christmas I created a website called PetsFund.Com. My hope was to get people to do Christmas shopping through the affiliate links and then donate the comission to Pleading Paws Pet Rescue of Zimmerman Minnesota. This is a no kill animal shelter that operates based on donations. Unfortunately we only raised $30.00. This year I thought i'd try something differen't. Since the site is now a year old it's gotten a small amount of page rank. This makes buying advertising space a viable way to rais funds for this Minnesota animal shelter. If this model works I should be able to repeat the effort each year. My goal is to sell 90 text links for $10.00 each. That is a significant amount more than we did last year.
A Twist On The Million Dollar PixelBrandon Rowe a runner is trying to make it to the Olympics. To fund this adventure he's created a site called Link Experiment where he has a running auction selling text links on the homepage of the site. The higher you bid the higher your link appears in the order 1-100. You can see actual bids so you know what to bid for where you want to be. Currently the high bid is $250.01 by an SEO site. It will interesting to follow the Link Experiment page to see how it changes.
Paul Murrey FordIf you want to do business with a family-owned Ford dealership that treats each and every customer as though they were a member of the family, Paul Murrey Ford is the dealership you’re looking for. Located in Kauffman, Texas, Paul Murrey Ford provides customers with honesty, integrity and great service in addition to offering a large selection of Ford cars and trucks to choose from. To contact the Paul Murrey Ford family, call 972-962-2151.
Friday, September 22, 2006
North Central FordIf you live in the Richardson, Texas, area, North Central Ford is probably the best choice for your automotive needs. This Ford dealership has a very impressive inventory of new and pre-owned Ford cars and trucks and they’re all for sale at really competitive prices. North Central Ford is located in Richardson, Texas. In addition to offering great prices and a huge selection, North Central Ford also offers very convenient hours. The sales and finance departments are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM to 9:00PM and the service department is open Monday through Friday from 6:30AM to 7:00PM and from 7:30AM to 5:00PM on Saturdays.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Coaching EmployeesFor you Managers, sometimes you need to play the "Coach" of the team where you give the rah rah type speeches to your group. In business even though people work to get a paycheck they look to a leader just as a Football team looks to a coach to get them fired up. If you feel your team is getting worn down due to a high level of service requests you may want to call them together and put your coach role hat on and give a pep talk that puts you in a coaching envronment and gets your team fired up on keeping those employees working and selling.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Sykora FordSykora Family Ford, located in West, Texas, is fifteen minutes north of Waco on I-35. The Sykora Family Ford dedication to superior customer service is evidenced by the fourteen prestigious Ford President's Awards the dealership has been awarded. Yes, you read that right - FOURTEEN! It's evident that Sykora Family Ford shoppers are well treated and in good hands. Sykora Family Ford is located at 519 South Geo. Kacir Drive, West, TX 76691. You can reach the family of the Sykora Family Ford team by calling 254-826-5314.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Once again too many links...I've got some huge sites that have all the links on the home page. People say you should not have more than 100 links on any page. My Texas Ford Dealers site has 149 links on the home page. To try and reduce this i've made separate pages and moved the links to San Antonio , Austin , Dallas , Fort Worth and El Paso Ford Dealers. This reduced the number of links on the site by 10-15 but i'm still link heavy. I may have to grap a map of Texas and create North Central and South Texas Ford Dealers to clear this up. Hopefully it will be a positive move for the site.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thanks Google!I have a new site about Chris Brown's Phone Number. The artist is a Rap/R&B singer and people are crazy about him. He has a hit song called Run It and I just noticed that the site has been picked up by Google. Nice thing to find. Other songs by Chris Brown besides Run It are Say Goodbye.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
New Roomba Dirt DogAs you may recall I recently became the owner of a Roomba Scheduler which cleans my living room each day and a Roomba Scooba which cleans my kitchen. Now iRobot has come out with a robot for my basement, the Roomba Dirt Dog. This acts like a shopvac taking in dirt, wood chips and in my case LOTS of dog hair. The price will be $129.99 and is scheduled to go on sale 9/15/2006.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Over Linking on Home PagesI've decided that on some sites there are too many links to inside pages on the home page of a site. Take for example a site I run about Car Dealers In Illinois. Most of the various sections about brands of cars are balanced. The section about Ford Dealers in Illinois was NOT balanced. There were 101 links to Ford Dealers in Illinois. I decided to create a sub page for the Ford Dealers to reduce the number of links on the home page. I can then build backlinks to this sectional page.
Google A/B Testing Results 468 banner vs 300 squareGoogle released a new a/b testing script which lets you run two sets of ad units and it will rotate them roughly 50% each. I've been running this on two sites. First my Pennsylvania Malls site and then my Georgia Malls site. In both cases I rotated the 468x90 banner against the 300x250 medium square which is my favorite adsense block. The results after seven days are that performance of either is fairly similar however there is a difference. The 468x90 produced about 1% better conversion rate than the 300x250 however the cpm on the 468x90 was about $2.00 less than using the 300x250. So I got more clicks but was paid less. I'm going to set both sites back to a full time 300x250 and see if my cpm stays the same or changes.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Racine Chevrolet WisconsinIf you are ever near Racine Wisconsin check out Frank Boucher Chevrolet. This Racine Chevrolet Dealership has been a stand out among the local businesses for its support of the community in which it does business. The place is at 8600 Washington Ave and the phone number is 262-886-1010.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Town & Country FordShopping for a new or used vehicle in the Alamosa area? Then Town & Country Ford L-M, Inc. is the right dealership for you! One of the best car dealerships in Colorado, Town & Country Ford L-M, Inc. has a huge inventory of vehicles, including all the latest models in the Ford line-up. The qualified, committed sales staff at Town & Country Ford guarantee an enjoyable vehicle shopping experience. They also make financing options hassle-free and easy. You can count on the staff to set you up with a maintenance schedule in their full service shop that will see to the upkeep of your vehicle. Town & Country Ford L-M, Inc. is located at 30 Craft. The phone number for this Colorado dealership is (505) 897-2500.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Loving The RoombaMy wife pulled the sneak card and bought a Roomba Scheduler from irobot and then a irobot Scooba while I was out of town on business. Most husband would be ticked but the Roomba Vacuum does an excellent job and is really impressive. With robots vacuuming my carpets and washing my floors I feel quite modern. The irobot Roomba starts vacuuming my carpet each day at 4:00pm and is done by the time I'm home from work. Nice!!!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Alpharetta GeorgiaSo I visited Alpharetta Georgia this week. I actually have a web page about North Point Mall which is in Alpharetta. I live in Minnesota and found that we're very similar but in a strange way. So in Minnesota we have many suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Each suburb will have 1-5 major big box stores and the 2-3 richest and upscale suburbs will have 1-3 of the high quality chain restaurants. The point is you must cross city lines to visit all of the big box stores and restaurants.
Alpharetta Georgia is a large upscale suburb of Atlanta. Here you'll find EVERY big box retailer like Home Depot, Michaels, Best Buy, Linens & Things etc. You'll also find EVERY chain restaurant like California Pizza Kitchen, PF Changs and Famous Daves all within a 10 mile radius surrounding North Point Mall. Very interesting indeed.
All in all Alpharetta is a beautiful place especially if your used to the tree coverage we have in Minnesota.