It’s a Monday again and I’m up to my neck in ‘gators which is what life in the SEO swamp is like at times….but I love the first blog post of the week so here goes my thinking on various items that have entered our Canadian SEO world over the past few days, eh!
Yup, the title about says it all….as a nation, we Canucks are about as plugged in as you can get! Don’t know if it’s our long long winters or our cheap hydro power, but for whatever reason, we Canucks love being online!
First, the report that shows just how much growth our .ca registry has enjoyed, when compared to other national (ccTLD) registries is out and it was compiled by the folks over at SIDN, the Netherlands (.nl) registry and the numbers are interesting to say the least. In the free PDF report, there is a chart that shows the world’s top 25 internet country codes and their growth….and yup, Canada is #1 on the list for growth for country codes! Us Canucks rule, eh!
Okay, so by now you all know what YELP is, what it does and how you can use it for SEO Campaigns….least by now you should know that, eh! But that’s actually not the thrust of this blog post – what I want to talk about is what I see as the real value to Social Media that YELP brings to the table. And the best way I can think of to do that, is to use my own experience and account with YELP to show what I’ve learned.
First, I’ve only been a “member” at Yelp.ca now for about 6 months….having thought at about mid-fall last year, that yes, I needed to join and start making my own reviews as a necessary part of being “social” and trying to let others know what I thought of our local biz scene. As you can see by the image insert here, I’ve made a total of 26 reviews in that 6 months and have updated only 5 of same…usually in response to a comment made by another Yelp visitor who either liked or didn’t like what I had to say.
It’s with great pleasure that I can now announce that David Mihm’s latest survey, the 2011 Local Search Ranking Factor study is published today!
And why with “great pleasure?” Simple….big smile here…because this year for the first time, I was asked to participate in same, eh!
Last Friday, May 27th, saw our second ever DemoCampHamilton2 held up at Mohawk College and it was another great success for one and all! First, big kudos once again to Kevin Browne, founder of our softwarehamilton.com community and our DemoCampHamilton founder and driver of this type of community grassroots mission to get our city up and running when it comes to moving our town into the knowledge world! So thanks Kevin!!!
Well, after a heck of a week pounding away at keyword research, new site designs, web development proposals and yes, even some family time, I thought it was appropos that I look at and update the recently announced free websites for Canadian SMB program.
As you may remember, we reported on same right here back on April 1st - and no, it was not one of those dumb April Fools joke posts…but a real live launch for a new program sponsored by Google, Rogers, the Royal Bank and lots of other major firms here in Canada. And the idea, if you think about it was a great one.
Seems to me, that there may be something here & here, fresh from Chitika, to consider if you’re an SEO practitioner who works with E-Commerce sites, client sites, association/member sites….all sites in fact – and that something is just like I’ve always thought – Windows rules!
Social media tools come in all sizes and shapes and at various costs and monthly subscription rates…and as a disclaimer, we use only a couple of the URLS here and I’ll note same when that arises later in this piece.
And yes, it’s Monday in the am and yes, I’m about “eastered” out…but as there’s still a bit of chocolate left in Canada, I thought that I’d lead this week with this recap….and let me tell you there are some new interesting URLS here…and you should at the least, drop by and take a good look see, eh!
But I’m just re-stating the title that the folks over at DIY SEO used, honestly…I claim no such a title…I’m just a working SEO practitioner !
Okay, you’re thinking who’n heck is this “Outbrain” group and why should I pay any attention at all…which is perhaps a valid query in today’s harried and hurried times. But this one is very interesting, folks…and let me explain why, eh!
Outbrain is found here…and their About Us page says the following –
Yup, this is the third annual version of the 2011 Social Media Marketing Report, from the folks over at Social Media Examiner - and as usual, I’m pumped about the results! First, go and download the .pdf for yourownself and then dig in!
I know that if you’re like me, you’ll find this report chock full of great items….on every type and kind of question that one can think about.
You can also watch the video of same too…ion that same page, eh…for a quick summary — but dont think that there aren’t a whole lot of other aspects to learn when you download the full report and read it in it’s entirety!