Thursday, May 31, 2007

Magic Tricks and Illusions To Blow Your Mind

Recently, I came across a cool site created by a member of my forum. Magic Trance is an enterntaining site with brain busters, card tricks, illusions, and other magical content. It will even tell you your future. If you are feeling really smart you can test your brain power.

If you are looking for something to provide some quick enterntainment, or enjoy magic tricks and illusions, I recommend that you visit this site. The most impressive magic card trick can even read your mind.

Hopefully this site continue to grow. As entertaining as it is, is is still pretty small. With more games, illusions, and tricks, I can only see it getting better.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Coloring-Stay in the Lines

I remember when I was about 6 years old my parents ran a booth at a local flea market and they would drag me along while they did it. To help curb the boredom that always set in, my parents would supply me with coloring books. Coloring in pages of these books became my favorite way to pass the time. After a while I developed a particular way of doing it. I would trace the outlines with a darker color using strong pressure. Then, I would lightly color in the insides using lighter shades of the same colors. In time I grew tired of regular colors altogether and started to favor the lighter colors.

Now that I am a father myself, I have passed on the joys of coloring to my son. He takes a far different approach to coloring pages. His style would be more described as a speed colorer. He uses a few colors and quickly fills in the general area of the shapes with no real sense of design. It is very hard for me to accept because the golden rule was always stay in the lines. To go outside of my carefully traced lines was to ruin the entire piece.

No matter what there style, I would recomend any parent buys their child a few coloring books. Splurge and buy them the biggest box of crayons that you find. Any expert colorer will tell you that the 8 crayon box does not cut it. The bare minimum is 64. Coloring can be a strong introduction for your child to art and expressing themselves.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Shiny Red Hippos-Ranking Can Be Easy

At one of the marketing forums a newbie poster was bragging how he ranked high for several of his carefully picked keyphrases. His message was that if you followed his advice you too could rank for any phrase that you wanted. My problem with his post was the keyphrases he bragged about were just about worthless. Nobody searches for them.

This post is my attempt to show if you pick a keyphrase that no one looks for, and no one is interested in chasing, you too can brag about ranking high. How many people search for shiny red hippos? Absolutely 0. Doing a search at Google reveals only 108,000 resultsfor shiny red hippos. Not a lot of competition.

So now I have a term in shiny red hippos with very little competition for. WIth a few targetted links with related anchor text my site should rank easy. How will I benefit? I won't. With nobody searching for shiny red hippos nobody will ever find this post.

If I will not benefit from this you may ask why I am doing this. My purpose is to show that it takes no skill and provides you no benefit to rank for terms that bring you no traffic. Before listening to someone brag that their site ranks well for many keyphrases check if there is any competition or traffic for those terms. More important then getting a site to rank well is targetting the right terms in the forst place.

Update: I had better results than I could have imagined. In less than six hours this post achieved a #1 ranking at Google. I guess no I can call myself an SEO expert.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Buy A _____ Sites

Frequently I see sites that offer you the abillity to buy the image of some fill in the blank object for you to buy links on. The latest one I have seen is Buy A Nation. Here you can buy a nation and recieve a link from that nation pointing to your website.

Before buying a link here I have to ask myself a couple of questions. First, "When all of the nations are sold what benefit would the owner have in continuing to buy links to promote their site?" The answer is there is no benefit. You can rest assured that noone will continue to invest in a project that has outlived there source of income. The second question is "What benefit would I recieve being listed with many unrelated sites?" The answer is none. Links are worthless without relevancy. These sites provide none of that.

Perhaps if you have a site related to nations you could see some benefit. That still does not resolve the issue of an unmotivated webmaster. Your link building budget can be used much more wisely.