Posted on May 17, 2010 by 90milesnorth
We come across a slew of websites in our line of work. Most of them are inescapably awful, but some shine through as useful sites that can make using the Internet much more interesting (and easier to use).
Half of the time, we find these sites on our own and the other half, our friends, fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. However we lay eyes on it, a similar thread runs through our first batch of cool links (and, hopefully, each batch forthcoming) – these sites* can make your time on the Internet more efficiently used and a much more accurately informative experience.
Most sites (including some of the ones we pick) aren’t perfect, so we’ll point out the pitfalls of a website where applicable. And, in line with our non-perfectness, let us know where we’re wrong or sites that you think should be included.
(* we definitely aren’t claiming to have “discovered” these sites. Many of you may already be familiar with these links and you might know of similar sites that you feel are better than the ones we have listed. We’re not interested, though. Keep it to yourselves. Just kidding. Maybe.) Continue reading
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Posted on May 2, 2010 by 90milesnorth
And who’s guilty of perpetuating the most bullshit about Facebook’s recent announcements
Before we get started, let’s cover the basics. Facebook recently announced a slew of changes at its F8 conference in mid-April. Everyone in the web marketing game has been freaking out since. Here’s a quick background on what we’re talking about.
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Posted on April 21, 2010 by 90milesnorth
Local SEO Is Often All Bark And A Mighty Weak Bite
At 90MilesNorth, we are firm believers that any blog post worth reading begins with a rant….so here we go:
The SEO industry (along with the social media marketing industry) is too interested in writing books and making speeches to actually have experience with what they’re talking about.
People think that aggregating the experiences and talent of others and presenting it to novices as original thought makes them an expert, maven, wonk or whatever those douchebags call each other. And most people buy it – literally.
And because all these SEO novices and hacks do is read and watch and listen, they soon have no idea how to actually do it. We’ve created a new layer of completely unnecessary middleman – the “guru.” In this case, guru would mean someone who doesn’t really want to work, but wants to be a modern-day techno-philosopher. And then this new pack of idiots aspires to write books and articles…and the beast feeds itself. We don’t need ‘em. We do marketing…on the Internet. Who the hell needs a mantra for that? Continue reading
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Posted on April 16, 2010 by 90milesnorth
Local Political Campaigns Can Benefit From Smartly Planned Internet Marketing Strategies
Someone way smarter than us once said “All politics is local.” (ed. note – it was Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the House of Representatives…yay Google) It’s true, of course. Here in the Hudson Valley, local politics is fascinating (and often frustrating) to follow. The best true politicking, though, takes place during campaigns. In turn, political campaigning is equal parts art and science – a 50-50 split between delivery and substance. Continue reading
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Posted on April 13, 2010 by 90milesnorth
It Doesn’t Give You A Custom Facebook Profile, But It’s Close
Here’s the irony about Facebook – it’s an imperfect site that could use some serious changes, but 90 percent of its users lose their minds at the smallest tweak. That’s where applications like Facebook Fixer come in handy (actually they call it FFixer now…a marginally lamer name). FFixer is a userscript that allows you to customize your homepage and profile through your browser. It doesn’t change how your FB profile looks to anyone else but you. Continue reading
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Posted on January 30, 2010 by 90milesnorth
We’re always watching…
I know it’s not just YouTube. I have spent countless hours of my life perusing funnyordie.com, collegehumor.com, ebaumsworld, angryalien.com; you name it, I’ve probably wasted time watching one silly video after another there. If I find one particularly hilarious, I post it on Facebook so that my friends can be amused too. I’m good like that.
And I happen to know for a fact that I’m not alone. I’ve been very active in social networking… well, since there was social networking. I’ve had a Friendster, a LiveJournal, a Myspace, a Facebook. I Tweet, I’m LinkedIn, I’m hooked up to the Internet for more waking hours of my day than I’m not. I see every funny video that gets passed around, good and bad. The little dancing boy in the red shirt, Ebaum’s End of the World, The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, 30 second bunny theater; they’re all considered Internet classics.
So how does this help you, the small business owner? You gotta grab a piece of that market, my friend. Because if I’m out there watching silly videos, a good portion of your customer base is too. All it takes is one interesting video to go viral, and suddenly you’re all over the web. Now’s the time to get in, and we can help you out there.
What’s your favorite Internet video?
Those videos I mentioned are some of my personal favorites, but I’m more interested in hearing some of yours. What’s the one viral Internet video you simply must spread around and show to other people? Post it in a comment. If nothing else, it will certainly give me something new to watch.
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