Random Blog of Eclectic Ramblings

December 13th, 2018 10:01 AM
Energy drinks today are all the rage. You can get your caffeine fix along with some vitamins and some other, slightly more questionably healthy supplements. Best of all, you now have myriad brands and flavors at your disposal, so even if you don't care for one, there's bound to be another which soothes your palate.

My current favorite are the Monster Hydro "Purple Passion" flavor bottles. It's like a grape Popsicle (or grape Kool-Aid) on speed. The only downside is that, without carbonation, it's really easy to drink the whole thing in a very short period of time and then be tempted to get another, and we all know consuming multiples a day isn't really in your best interests!

Posted in:Energy drinks and tagged: MonsterEnergy
Posted by Martin Thom on December 13th, 2018 10:01 AMView Comments (1)

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October 31st, 2018 8:48 AM
We're not unreasonable. I mean, no one's going to eat your eyes.

We cannot, however, speak for the kaiju.


Posted in:Halloween
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October 30th, 2018 1:51 PM
It tolls for thee!

Posted in:Literature
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October 26th, 2018 11:17 AM
People frequently ask me how to get better rankings on their websites, and often they're already using a lot of really good SEO practices.

This is where blogging becomes incredibly useful.

Blogs provide multiple good SEO practices all rolled into one convenient package: you get new content posted to your site on a regular basis; the content you're posting is different / new / unique; it's relevant to people in your area for local SEO or your market for national or global SEO; and, if written well, it will bring repeat visitors to your site, which boosts your organic traffic rankings.

So, if this is such a great idea, why aren't more people doing it? Well, let's face it – most people either don't like writing, aren't loquacious enough, can't think of good topics, can't make their topics interesting, etc.
Believe me, I understand this completely; I hate writing blog posts myself.
However, that segues into my next point: even if you don't like writing blog posts, do you loathe it enough to prevent bringing in new business? Seriously, doesn't the thought of getting a lot of new customers give you at least a little motivation to do something you don't enjoy thoroughly?
Also, keep in mind your blog can be about almost anything. Take this one for example - it's a blog about blogging (which is super-meta without the need for meta tags! Sorry, couldn't resist the pun). What does this blog post have to do with real-estate, appraising, anime, or hedgehogs? Absolutely nothing! And kudos to those who figured out I linked to something completely irrelevant within my previous irrelevant statement. BUT! It should, at the very least, provide some useful insight to people and, if those people find it useful enough, they'll hopefully come back to read some more of my eclectic ramblings in the future, and that will overall increase my site's ranking.

Posted in:SEO, Blog and tagged: SEOblogblogging
Posted by Martin Thom on October 26th, 2018 11:17 AMView Comments (2)

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Deviating from my normal posts which are completely nonsensical, today's blog post brings you something only mostly nonsensical!

While most people in the United States - or North America in general, for that matter - don't really need to worry too much about changes to laws on the other side of the globe, this one may impact you more than you realize if you run a website. Now that the European Union's General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) policy has gone into effect, you have to be much more cautious about what personally-identifiable information you keep.

"Why should I care about this?" you ask? Very good question! If you happen to have a client in your Contacts who holds dual citizenship with a country in the E.U., and said person says they wish to have their contact information obliterated from your database to the extent allowed by law, this means they no longer wish to be seen. We got such a request from Arthur Two Sheds, and dealt with it accordingly. Unfortunately, we didn't know behind which bush he had hidden himself.


It was the middle one.

Posted by Martin Thom on August 9th, 2018 8:37 AMView Comments (2)

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