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Tynt’s CEO Derek Ball Responds to SEO Community Concerns

Tynt’s CEO Derek Ball Responds to SEO Community Concerns

My lengthy blog post last night regarding the concerns webmasters and search engine marketers have regarding the new Tynt Beta service was met with cult-like following.  While my post received attention from sources like Twitter and Sphinn, where many shared my views – it also helped Tynt to understand concerns and prepare a response plan. Talk about proactive brand management, right? I can’t steal any credit here. I spoke with Scott Polk earlier today as he prepared to have a…

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Tynt: Stealing Site Owner’s Content & Refuses to be Blocked? (See Also Tynted.net)

Tynt: Stealing Site Owner’s Content & Refuses to be Blocked? (See Also Tynted.net)

If you’ve seen Tynt, you may think it’s cool.  That is of course if you’re a 10th grader and your parents are hip enough to let you on something other than MySpace or Facebook. The trouble is, Tynt is a straight up invasion of site owner content.  They’re re-purposing all of your hard work and letting anyone – yes, ANYONE – go in there and mark things up as they’d like. Like many others concerned about Tynt, I’m testing out…

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Ranting: Google & Online Reputation Management

Ranting: Google & Online Reputation Management

There have been undercurrents in the search industry for years that place Google in the wrong with their hypocritical “do no evil” claims.  For many folks (including myself) their goal of “organizing the world’s information” is bullshit.  Pure bullshit. Google is hurting what they once were. Small businesses and startups alike are being penalized every day because Google cares more about profits than they do relevancy.  More about impressions than they do accuracy. And more about stock shares and than…

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Don’t Pretend to be Friends if You Can’t Make the Effort

Don’t Pretend to be Friends if You Can’t Make the Effort

I had lunch today with Jesse Friedman and we got into a conversation about the differences between friends and acquaintances. The discussion highlighted a few particular people in our lives who may have been under the misconception that they’re friends with us.  The reality is that they’re just acquaintances. And sometimes even that’s a stretch bordering on being a bit too nice for their sake. Working in technology may warp my perspective here, but I won’t use that to excuse…

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Mary C. (Henricks) Howes — April 14, 1927 – February 4, 2008

Mary C. (Henricks) Howes — April 14, 1927 – February 4, 2008

In August, I asked readers of my blog to consider donating to the Jimmy Fund. I mentioned at the time just how much cancer has impacted my life. A couple months later in October, I really felt for Tamar when her Grandpa David passed away. I read her blog post and immediately connected with the wonderful thoughts she shared on him as I thought about the many years I have spent with my grandmother — then fighting for her life…

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Blogging a Study’s Findings? Please Post Clear Facts!

Blogging a Study’s Findings? Please Post Clear Facts!

Sometimes I come across articles that I feel compelled to send along to others… and sometimes, those articles let me down. I’m a big fan of Navneet Kaushal and the Unofficial SEO Blog – but today, they let me down. Admittedly, it’s the first time in months of reading, and I still love the site — but a letdown is still a letdown. See… In the world of SEM, I’m an organic search guy. That’s not to say that I…

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