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As you can see the time spent downloading my content decreased and the pages crawled per day increased, verifying that an optimized site will help increase your SEO


Apple’s $1,000 price target???

My iPod Touch broke a couple weeks ago. It still plays music and games, but the home button broke and now I can’t get back to the home screen. I can’t believe Apple made this device with such a serious flaw. There is absolutely no way to get to the home screen without getting really creative.

I was complaining to my brother-in-law, who really likes Apple products. He asked if I had called a “Genius” yet. Nope, I haven’t. I don’t even know where an Apple store is, I’ve never been in one. I got this device at BestBuy. After going around and around with him he finally said, just throw it away and buy a new one.

After all you will get another iPod… No matter how much you complain, when you need a music player you will get an Apple product.

He was absolutely right! I don’t even know of another mp3 player on the market. Do they still make the Zune? iPod is so branded into my brain, I could complain all day long, but in the end I will get another iPod.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. To start, I hate it when he is right, and second, there has to be a way to get all the benefits of an iPod without an iPod. After all it’s just an mp3 player.

You might agree or you might not, but when I see analysts on on CNBC giving Apple targets of $350-$400 I wonder why. A couple days ago I was listening to the radio and Rob Black gave Apple a target of $1,000??? A joke right. Of course he planted his target to five years from now, but seriously let’s think about this rationally. Let’s think about this from an Android fan boy perspective.

Read the full post: Android Vs. Iphone – No Killers But a lot of Competitors

I found this on Google Images. I forgot what I was actually searching for. Probably SEO images or something like that, anyhow, I think this represents the most solid business model for websites I have ever seen.
The image belongs to Dave Maclure of 500hats.com. After I found this image, I did some more searches for Dave and 500 hats, and found tons of good stuff from him… Very helpful, very knowledgeable.
Thanks Dave!

I found this on Google Images. I forgot what I was actually searching for. Probably SEO images or something like that, anyhow, I think this represents the most solid business model for websites I have ever seen.

The image belongs to Dave Maclure of 500hats.com. After I found this image, I did some more searches for Dave and 500 hats, and found tons of good stuff from him… Very helpful, very knowledgeable.

Thanks Dave!

Game mechanics control our everyday lives more then you know

There is an underlying, hidden component of  social media. While it’s often not thought about when making decisions, the game mechanics of  popular social networks are very powerful.

Points, rewards, badges, status, customizations are all little pieces of social media crack that keep us coming back for more. You might not believe that you fall for these tricks, but I guarantee, if you take away the “counters” and “totals” from your networks and you’ll see a popular website dissolve into nothing.

Foursquare is probably one of the best examples of using game mechanics for social networking. Even though Gowalla is a better service, foursquare is definitely the leader in location based services. Maybe because you don’t actually have to be anywhere near the coolest spots on earth

Read more about Game Mechanics and Social Media on My Blog

Mailchimp Subscription Form Popup

Mailchimp Newsletter Popup WordPress Plugin

If you haven’t noticed, I like mailchimp for email newsletters but I’m not a big fan of there “evil popup” option. You don’t have a lot of control over the look and feel of it, so I decided to make my own. I also want to learn as much as I can about Jquery.

This plugin is built with Jquery and Fancybox. The plugin is very simple. It sets a timer to display a fancybox with a Mailchimp newsletter subscription form. I use an iframe to display the content in the popup… Read more at http://mattdunlap.org

How to install LAMP on a Cloud Server with Bitnami

Here is yet another way to install LAMP on a cloud server. This time I will be using a LAMP stack from Bitnami. I ran into a few errors, but once i figured it out, the install was very smooth. 

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Somebody had to buzz kill the OldSpice stud

I’m am totally loving the OldSpice responses to user submitted questions. The television commercials are hilarious and brilliant. If you don’t think so, your probably a woman, with a bad sense of humour. The commercials are geared for men, since well, it’s Oldspice. Now, out of the woodwork are findings that OldSpice causes cancer, and other stuff you don’t want.

From: http://ping.fm/1EFmP

How to secure a cloud webserver with iptables | Blog Smarter

Probably the most confusing aspect of managing a cloud server is how to keep it secure. Well I have some good news, most hacks occur from bad passwords, not from someone breaking in through an open port.

From: http://ping.fm/Q5ONk

How to track subscribers with mailchimp and WordPress | Blog Smarter

I was doing some optimizing today and realized there is not an easy way to track subscribers to my newsletters. For most websites this isn’t a problem, but since I have combined my personal blog with a business blog, I need to make sure the right visitor is getting the right information.

From: http://ping.fm/JE3Xz

How to move your dedicated server websites to a cloud server | Blog Smarter

Running a business on the Internet is becoming cheaper and cheaper every year. If you’re still on an expensive dedicated server, sooner or later you’ll want to make the jump to a cloud server. Not only will you save a ton of money, but with proper setup you’ll never fall victim to extended server downtimes.

From: http://ping.fm/SOPuM