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At Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization we know that knowledge is power. That's the reason we started this Internet marketing blog back in 2005. We know that the better informed our visitors are, the better the decisions they will make for their websites and their online businesses. We hope you enjoy your stay and find the news, tips and ideas contained within this blog useful.

November 10, 2008

Beanstalk Balances Their Carbon Emissions

Beanstalk SEO is committed to helping where we can and to this end we’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment while helping those in need. To date this has involved looking for ways to reduce our carbon emissions and help charitable organization.

Today we’ve added another level of engagement and that’s through the purchasing of carbon offsets. We can’t help but use power – such is the nature of being a computer company but what we can do is seek ways to reduce what we produce and purchase offsets for what we need to consume to help balance our effect on the world around us. We are committed to continuing to do so and would like to see our peers, clients and blog readers do the same.

If you have any questions about how to do this please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you make the world just that much better.

SEO news blog post by @ 1:31 pm




November 7, 2008

Free SEO For Charities – Press Release

The latest press release from Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. was released today announcing free SEO services for chairties and non-profit organizations. Here is the release:

November 6, 2008 — Top SEO firm Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of their free SEO for charities initiative. Every month a site will be selected from a group of submissions and the charity or non-profit selected will receive free SEO services and/or consulting.

“We have to realize how privileged we are and remember to appreciate what we have and share what we can,” said Beanstalk CEO Dave Davies. “Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our lives and the stresses we all have but when we take a moment to think, I mean really think about how blessed we are, sometimes you can’t help but be humbled. We are not a Fortune 500 company and we don’t need to be to make a difference. We can do our part in our way and hopefully leave the world a better place than we found it.”

In order to have your registered charity or non-profit organization considered you simply need to fill out their free charity SEO form. Once per month the Beanstalk owners and staff will choose from all applicants and select the winner.

The winner will be chosen based on a variety of factors. These include but are not limited to:

  • Which charity is most deserving.
  • Which charity can be helped the most.
  • Which charity has shown a strong desire to provide visitors with a good and informative experience on their website.
  • Which charity appeals to the Beanstalk team most.

On or around the 25th of each month a meeting will be held at Beanstalk and the winner will be informed and the services engaged. The services offered here will be those that both Beanstalk and the charity feel will provide the greatest possible benefit however they will be limited to a $1,500 value. Once every six months Beanstalk will be offering a $6,000+ package. Those who are selected for a $1,500 offering will be included in the considerations for the larger package.

All entries will be kept on file for six months so even if a charity isn’t selected today — they may still be selected down the road. If your charity isn’t selected within six months of applying, all charities are invited to apply again though Beanstalk asks that applications be limited to two per year.

For more information or to apply you can visit their free SEO for charities page. This is not the first charitable initiative undertaken by Beanstalk. For more information on their other efforts you can visit their main charity SEO page for further information.

SEO news blog post by @ 12:15 am




October 22, 2008

Looks out Apple iPhone here comes the Google Android

Since the release of the Apple’s iPhone they have pretty much sat in a class of their own winning both small business and Mac fan boys over. As always when a product gets a large market share there can be a lot of grumbling over the quality, and support of a product which the Apple iPhone has definitely see its share (and lawsuits). One of the biggest draw backs of the Apple Apple iPhone is its very closed sourced and secretive nature, and it’s application distribution system (iTunes). In fact in the past Apple has even gone as far as preventing companies from releasing training material on how to develop for the phone.

Now anyone in the SEO community has been hearing rumors of the Google Android Phone now since 2007, with the first model (HTC G1) recently hitting the market in the UK. Naturally you’d think that Google is a search engine, how can they produce a quality phone? That easy they don’t, essentially what they are creating is a Google Platform (Operating System) for handset manufacturers to integrate into their phones. For Google this is the best possible approach as all the non software costs are covered by the hardware manufacturers (other then reference designs), for Apple this is bad as it potentially will be competing against a multitude of handsets.

The next major question is how can Google’s handset platform possible compete against Apple when it has had the iPhone on the market long enough to have already released a second revision prior to Google’s initial offers? Easy they just have to make it more appealing, and that is exactly what they did yesterday. On October 21st, 2008 Dave Bort a Google software engineer wrote “Today is a big day for Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and the open-source community. All of the work that we’ve poured into the mobile platform is now officially available, for free, as the Android Open Source Project.” For more information here is the (formerly linked to: original post on

How exactly does releasing a phone platform as open source make it more competitive?

1. There is a lot of existing free software that has already been developed for Linux that will be easy to port to the Android as it is based on Linux already.

2. Linux has an extremely strong community of programmers, and has some of the best free development tools on the market (lots of programming languages, compilers, and libraries to build GUIs).

3. Linux developers, and open source proponents are WAY more fanatical then Apple Fan Boys. If you don’t believe this statement all you have to do is watch the movie Revolution OS to see the likes of Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, or Linus Torvalds.

4. Now that initial platform has been released to the general public there already will be developers sitting at home trying to improve on Google platform. Who doesn’t like free development on their product?

5. Within 12 months I would be surprised if there were any less then 1,000 free applications for the Google Android. Just try to see how many free applications there are for the Apple iPhone.

As for me I’ll probably wait for the platform to mature a bit first, but my next cellphone will definitely be based on the Google Android Platform. And I’m waiting with baited breath for all the SEO Applications that will be developed as Link Bait (Good free tools will always organically generate links). Not to mention that Firefox will most likely never be available on the Apple iPhone which already has dozens of SEO and Web Development addons. Essentially you can have a restrictive Apple iPhone, or the Google Android which is a true smartphone.

SEO news blog post by @ 11:45 am




October 19, 2008

Giving Away $250,000

Got a business? Want to grow your business? Looking for help?

I got an email from one Mr. Neil Patel earlier today and as it turns out – he’s looking to give away $250,000 to a few people with good ideas.

I won’t bother droning on here about the economy, what a great opportunity it is, etc. etc. Just visit his page with the details and find out if you apply. If you do and you’ve really got a great idea be sure to tell him you came from the Beanstalk site. Always good to win points with someone who likes giving away money. ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 10:47 pm




October 14, 2008

SEO’s Raise Over $2,500 For Breast Cancer

Below you will find Beanstalk’s most recent press release. It will be interesting reading for those of you who donated to sponsor our run for breast cancer research or who just care about other people. :)

SEO’s Raise Over $2,500 For Breast Cancer

Top SEO company Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. along with other SEO’s, clients and friends helped raise over $2,500 for breast cancer research. They did this through their participation in the CIBC Run For The Cure campaign.

Victoria, BC October 15, 2008 – Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. CEO Dave Davies and President Mary Davies participated in the CIBC Run For The Cure event to raise money for breast cancer research. Through seeking donations from other SEO’s as well as clients and friends their initial goal was $1,500.

“We were overwhelmed with the number of donations we received from our friends in the industry as well as from those who passed by our house, saw the sign in our yard inviting them to donate and who actually took the time to do so.” said Dave Davies of the fund raising.

The cause became especially important to Beanstalk when Mary Davies was informed that her cousin was fighting breast cancer. Their team in the run was Team Heather and all the staff of Beanstalk wish her every success in her fight against cancer.

Both Dave and Mary would like to extend a very special thanks to the following companies for their very generous donations:

Metro Hi Speed
The fine folks at Metro Hi Speed donated a very generous $500 to the cause. They also happen to provide the great Internet fax services that Beanstalk uses on a daily basis.

We Build Pages
You can always count on Jim Boykin and the We Build Pages team to back a great cause. They’ve done a lot for charity and for the SEO community as a whole.

WeDo Hosting Canada
And a HUGE thanks go out to the company where Dave Davies got his SEO start – WeDo Hosting Canada. Easily one of the best web hosting companies that Beanstalk has the pleasure of working with.

This is not the only charity event that Beanstalk is or will be involved in. They currently sponsor four children in El Salvador and will soon be offering discounts and even running periodic contests for registered non-profit charities for free SEO services. More details will be available on the contest and charity discounts on Beanstalk Charity SEO page.

Contact them today at 877-370-9750 for more information on their charity initiatives or their SEO services.

About Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc.

Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. is a leading SEO company. Located in Victoria, BC, Canada Beanstalk offers guaranteed SEO services, consulting, training and link building. They are a leader in organic search engine optimization and link building services.

From July 21 until the 25 they will be offering significantly reduced rates on their services.


Dave Davies, CEO
Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc.


SEO news blog post by @ 8:05 pm




October 6, 2008

Running For A Cure For Breast Cancer

CIBC run for the cure.On October 5, 2008 Beanstalk President (Mary Davies), CEO (Dave Davies) ran in the Run For The Cure – a run for a cure for breast cancer.

The issue is an important one and become even more important personally when Mary discovered that her cousin (Heather) was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

After calling on the SEO community, our clients and our friends (and even putting a table in front of our house inviting people to donate) we raised over $2,500. That’s over $1000 higher than our target.

A big thanks goes out to all who donated but a very special thanks goes out to the following donors who really stepped up and helped us raise as much as we did:

Top Donors:

Beanstalk SEO – $500
Figured we should probably donate. :)

Metro Hi Speed – $500
Mark Madson and the Metro Hi Speed team won HUGE points with us (not that they needed to – we use them for our internet fax services and their services are awesome). With the single largest donation, tied only with Beanstalk’s own – well, that’s just awesome.
Note: we’ve done business with this company.

WeBuildPages – $475
I’ve got to tip my hat big time to Jim Boykin over at He’s organized chirty events at SES and SMX, sponsors events at the conferences and now a great donation for breast cancer research. They also offer some solid SEO services and link building and they have my respect in that area as well.

WeDo Hosting – $275
Arguably the best web hosting in Canada, WeDo Hosting and their CEO Robert Gagnon generously sponsored the event with a $275 donation. Big thanks go out to Rob and the WeDo team that keeps our sites up-and-running. :)
Note: we’ve done business with this company.

Able Trophies – $100
Able Trophies is an awesome company to do business with. they sell a variety of corporate awards including crystal awards, glass, marble and more. Great service and support.
Note: we’ve done business with this company.

Bill Slawski – $100
The man who made me incredibly paranoid at SES San Jose 2007 simply by attending the session I was speaking at on Google patents (understand that he was a lawyer who went into design and search engine marketing in 1996). He’s now the Director of Search Marketing at KeyRelevance.

Kristine Schachinger – $60
Kristine is a great friend of Dave’s and of Beanstalk. She’s easily one of the best accessibility, usability and professional web design (formerly linked to: experts around. She easilly makes our list of HIGHLY recommended web designers and web development consultants.
Note: we’ve done business with this person.

Livery Stables – $50
A big thanks to Chris & Kerrie over at Livery Stables for this kind donation. While I don’t have a horses for sale, nor can I buy one (living in the city and all) I appreciate their support and kind gesture.
Note: we’ve done business with this company.

SEO news blog post by @ 2:04 pm




October 4, 2008

Last Day To Donate

Today is the last day to sponsor Beanstalk CEO Dave Davies and President Mary Davies as they run for breast cancer research.

The run begins tomorrow at 9am PST and so if you’d like to be included with the permanent listings on and to get included in the press release going out next week through PR Web – today’s the day. :)

Remember, it’s a good cause, it’s tax deductible and you’ll get a listing on our site as long as you fit the criteria noted on the page.

So get to it. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 2:20 pm




October 1, 2008

Competitor Analysis Article Published

The latest article by Beanstalk’s Dave Davies (yours truly) has been published today. It delves into areas of competitor analysis and keyword research that more of our readers likely haven’t thought of and that a large percentage wouldn’t even consider doing now that they have.

The article, titled “Savvy Competitor Analysis and Keyword Research Your Competitors Aren’t Doing” recommends some fairly unconventional things – but if you’re in big business and you really want to know what everyone around you is doing – they’re effective.

Enjoy. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 3:49 pm




September 23, 2008

Google Shuffle?

When I launch my browser (Firefox) it starts with 4 tabs. The first three are the major engines with “seo services” in the query just so I can keep close tabs on how we’re doing. The 4th is another Google datacenter with the same information. Yes, I’m that obsessed. It also gives me a close watch on what’s going on at Google – I can constantly see any time a minor adjustment is underway.

When I walked in the door this morning, our Director of SEO Services Daryl Quenet asked me if I’d seen the results and who was up today. He was getting a different set of results than I had gotten just a short while earlier. After searching other phrases it became pretty clear – there’s a minor update underway. If fact, we have one client that in the duration of a call was in position 3, then 22, then 13 and then 6 (and it was about a 5 minute call).

In the results for the competition for “seo services” I’ve admittedly been a bit disheartened with who we’re competing against lately. As I’ve noted previously on our blog, there was once a time when we were up against WeBuildPages for the #1 spot. That isn’t the case anymore and unfortunately, a lot of the sites now beating WeBuild have what I would consider to be “less that ideal” link strategies. To me, I’d almost rather be #2 in a solid competition against worthy opponents than #1 in a competition against sites that have sloughs of footer links and blogrolls. Basically, I’d rather be up against “real” linking strategies.

Unfortunately, it appears that the newer algorithm (and it’s been this way for a while now) is favoring link strategies that go exactly against the best practices. I’m not going to name names here (you can check the backlinks of our competitors (and us too if you like) to find out who’s doing what – on maybe spend your time researching your own industry) but here’s some of what we’re seeing get results that they shouldn’t be:

Paid Links:
Ugh. There are numerous competitors out there who have bought links and are reaping the benefits. No matter what Matt and crew might say over at chez Google – they’re just not as good at devaluing them as we’re being told. One of the sites I was looking into has many paid links in obvious locations on irrelevant sites and is doing quite well with them. Now, I’m not saying go out and get yourself some paid links – it’s always a risky venture but this is definitely the area of biggest annoyance to me as we have no paid links simply because we’re not willing to risk our rankings and to watch sites climb into the top 10 with them, even after being reported, is annoying to those of us that have secured legitimate links with great effort and is hurting those that they beat out.

Links On Client Sites:
Alright, admittedly this is a tactic that I don’t love but I can’t really argue it. We tend not to put links on client sites. I personally find it to be in poor form to charge a client and then take a link from them HOWEVER there is a legitimate claim that this is advertising and giving credit where it’s due.

Regardless of what side of the equation you’re on in that debate though, should these really count as backlinks? They’re not links given by the site owner as a vote, they’re default links put there by the party that will benefit. Google needs to find a way to discount these links much better than they are right now.

Run Of Site Links:
This is an easy one. If a link appears on every page of a site – it shouldn’t count. If it’s there for traffic, great but I can’t think of a single reason why a run-of-site link, any run-of-site link, should be legitimately counted as a vote. Even if the link is to a parent company – the link is not so much a vote as a disclaimer and should be treated as such.

This one might come right after paid links in my list of annoying links that shouldn’t, but do, seem to be working right now. One of the sites I’ve found has that majority of their links coming from a counter that links with an image to their site. From what I can see, they don’t even offer the counter on their site and thus – they likely (though not necessarily) have paid to have their link put in by the counter creator as a “sponsor”.

In this case we have a paid link combined with a low quality, non-anchor text link (though the images to have alt tags) that it effective. This obviously shouldn’t be the case if what we’re trying to count are real, quality, vote-given links.

And So …
So what’s the purpose of this rant? Well, I know that people from Google visit our blog, I can see them in our stats and so my hope is that one of them will read this blog, take a look at how they’re counting backlinks and give credit where it’s due – to links worked for and earned by either providing valuable information, providing a valuable resource, or other such “tactics” that actually reflect a vote from one site to another rather than counting a default link with low value based on Google’s own guidelines and articulated philosophy towards the subject.

And just to help things along I’m going to give a link to WeBuildPages for SEO services just to give them a boost. Now they just need to get their onsite optimization in place and perhaps we’ll once again be up against companies that should be in the top ten. ;)

A Warning:
Now some of you may be thinking, “Hey, these tactics are working so let’s do it !!!” If that’s your mentality then I warn you to do so at your own risk. Google is trying to get a better value system in place for links and eventually they will succeed. If you’re looking to only rank briefly then you might stand a chance but if what you want it to build a quality site that will withstand the ebb-and-flow of the algorithm over time (and I hope you are) then these tactics will eventually get caught and downward your site will tumble.

We’re starting to see a very little bit of this in some cases (depending on which set of results we’re seeing right now Google settles on) but not enough. My hope is that Google will be able to pick these links up, give them the credit they deserve (none in most cases) and let the true links acquired in mine and other industries count as they should.

SEO news blog post by @ 12:40 pm




September 22, 2008

All I’m Going To Say Is …

I could write a long blog post, in fact – today it’s going to be over 1000 words. That includes the fact that it has an image and that image is, of course, worth 1000 words.

I happened to be looking through some news on Beanstalk (good to check how people are talking about you periodically) and found one that pointed to a past blog post I wrote on PageRank and a discussion I got into on Sphinn about it). But it’s not the discussion that I found humorous this evening – it’s the AdSense.

The full post (which you can read here if you’re so inclined) was on a PageRank debate. Here’s an image of what I saw as far as AdSense on the page.

Take a peek at those AdSense ads.

All I’m going to say is, relevancy anyone?

SEO news blog post by @ 11:42 pm




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