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Archive for December, 2007

Why WordPress is the Best and RSS Too

Posted by James M. Helms on December 20, 2007

I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to pass on a blog to the wordpress readers that I just read. The blog posting was syndicated through Sphinn and talked highly about WordPress blogs. The Title was “7 Reasons Why WordPress is the Ultimate SEO Tool”. I am not going to reiterate a thing but if you need some reasons to justify your decision to go with a WordPress blog this is a must read.

This brings me to another point.¬†Should I write a good detailed blog sometime¬†about RSS? I know that I have covered RSS in the past but I am not sure how many people are actually using the technology. I have an RSS reader in my email side panel and I seriously keep up to date with dozens (and dozens) of blogs daily. Using RSS may create a lot of “noise” but I really like lots of information. Let me know if there are aspects of RSS that need clarification and I will try to clarify things for you.


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Internet Gold Rush

Posted by James M. Helms on December 19, 2007

I recently watched a program on the California Gold Rush. It was a pretty long drawn out documentary but I couldn’t reach the remote and I didn’t seem to have any real good reasons to get up, so I watched the program. Back in 1849 (oh, the 49ers I get it), gold was thick and easily accessible, people could basically make their fortune in one day because of the untouched waterways that held the sought after metal. Over time word got around that there were riches to be made and people poured into California seeking their fortune. It didn’t take very long before most of the profitable locations were spoken for. Over time workers entering the gold fields banded together for both protection and increased efficiency.
I couldn’t help but immediately draw a likeness to the “internet rush” and a lot of the situations we seemed to be faced with. However, there are just as many differences as there are simularities. Have we reached a point with the internet where all of the profitable spots are taken? Is the internet saturated with big business and does that big business limit small business? I think that in many ways it seems to be so. Unlike the gold rush there is still “gold in them thar hills”. There are many internet startups today and they constantly challenge larger businesses to adapt their practices. There really is endless opportunity and a surplus of realestate available today, it just isn’t on the surface. We don’t have shovels, picks, pans, sluices, and rocker boxes today but we do have tools. What tools do you think are most effective today on the internet? What advantages do small businesses have over large businesses? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Google Updates New Analytics Platform

Posted by James M. Helms on December 14, 2007

You may be interested in hearing that Google has released new features with their latest free Analytics package. Back in October Google announced that the new version of its tracking code “ga.js” will be updating with new features. In October it sounded great but today it is actually here.

On November 2nd Google Analytics (GA) announced in-site searching capabilities which basically allow you to track what your users search for within your site. This information can be really valuable. Not only will you see the keywords that brought them there, you will also be able to see their refined needs.

Yesterday even more functionality was released. GA announced the multi-data point graphing feature along with ga.js tracking and availability to new language groups. Learn more by visiting the Google Analytics Blogover at If you are interested in these additional features contact your webmaster or SEO to let them know that you are interested in converting to the new code.

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