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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.


July 30, 2008

“Stuck” In Whistler

Not entirely SEO-related (forgive me – I’m on vacation) but I’ve been looking out my window onto some of the main pubs and through-fares around Whistler and it’s been pretty quiet. Now, I expected it to be a little calmer than normal with the end to the Pemberton Music Festival the day I was arriving but I figured it would pick up as the week went on.

Rock slide en route to Whistler, BC.Separating myself from pretty much all things news-related that aren’t mission critical client issues I didn’t even realize the major events that were happening around me. In chatting with a few “locals” (is anyone actually FROM Whistler) I discovered that there was a massive rock slide and people can’t get in or out. :)

And so I sit here, “stuck” in Whistler, BC. Stuck in the awesome lodgings provided me by my friend Bryan from Whistler Retreats. Of course, I wasn’t planning on leaving until Sunday however it appears that we may be delayed by a day or two there. I’ll keep you posted (and more to the point – our clients) as to whether my return will be delayed.

Meanwhile – back to relaxing, mountain biking and strolling through the village. :)

The picture copyright of the CBC and full story can be viewed on their website (link removed – resource no longer exists.)

SEO news blog post by @ 11:32 pm

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Cuil New Look For Beanstalk Staff

As a lot of people have heard the ex-Googlers at Cuil have launch their “Efficient Google Killer”, which seems to have become the laughing stock of the SEO Community for terrible results and matching up images with search results that don’t belong to the same website. Today out of curiosity I thought I would “Cuil” my own name and see what kind of results came up, and apparently I resemble a younger Ben Stiller from the 70s with a perm like mullet.
And if you haven’t guessed Dave is the taller less intimidating one. Here is a close up showing my better side and the Beanstalk URL, if you visit this page there aren’t any actual images in the content.
On a side note Cuil however does return 1,898 results vs Google’s 923 results for the term “Daryl Quenet”.

Update:
One of our Older Readers has told me that this is Hall and Oats, and after Googling for them I found the image is actually the CD Cover from their “The Very Best Of Hall & Oates

SEO news blog post by @ 1:55 pm

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July 25, 2008

Off To SES San Jose

Once again I’ve been given the great opportunity to speak at SES San Jose. This SES is by far my favorite. New York is great, don’t get me wrong but there’s something about being a geek in Silicon Valley that’s just awesome.

This year I’ll be speaking on an extremely important topic and that’s Net Neutrality. And best of all, I’ll be on stage with my WebmasterRadio.fm co-host Jim Hedger from Metamend and being moderated by the lovely Cindy Krum from Blue Moon Works. You can read more about the session here (Note: link removed as the page no longer exists).

On top of that I’ll be meeting up with two very interesting clients and having a meeting with Richard Stokes from AdGooroo. Hopefully I can sneak an interview with him in there.

I hope to see many of you there. If you are – feel free to say hi. if I’m at the Google Dance – you might have to say “hi” again the next day. ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 8:56 pm

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July 18, 2008

Rand Explains PageRank

Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz takes some time to explain PageRank as it was when it first came about vs how it is today. Admittedly, it’s greatly simplified in this video BUT it’s probably the most easy-to-understand explanation I’ve heard to date and covers the changes in the system well. For those of us watch the PageRank on our homepage and internal pages it we’ve likely witnessed a lot of what he’s taking about.

To candy-coat it even more, Rand covered the explanation as part of his Whiteboard Friday series so you don’t even have to read. :) Here’s the video:
http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1360917&server=www.vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
SEOmoz Whiteboard Friday-Has Pagerank Changed? (visit for the comments) from Scott Willoughby on Vimeo.

SEO news blog post by @ 1:31 pm

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July 17, 2008

A New Article

Inspired by a combination of an excellent research paper from Richard Stokes of AdGooroo, Google’s Q2 earnings report and the recent happenings in the now getting tiring story of Yahoo! and Microsoft – the most recent article by Beanstalk’s Dave Davies is out today. Titled, “The Search Landscape Reflected In Paid Results” it discussed some of the recent changes, how they’re affecting the search engines themselves and what we can expect to see in the paid and organic results because of this.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

SEO news blog post by @ 8:15 pm

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July 14, 2008

Beanstalk’s Most Recent Press Release

Beanstalk has changed it’s name. A slight change but a change nonetheless – Beanstalk is now formally known as Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. as opposed to Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning, Inc. Here is the press release that has gone out with this announcement:

Top Search Engine Optimization Firm Changes Its Name

Top SEO company Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning, Inc. has formally changed it’s name to Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. This change reflects adjustments in the popularity of specific terms used to identify the industry itself.

Victoria, BC July 15, 2008 — In an effort to further enhance their brand identity, Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning, Inc. has formally changed its name to Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. As business owners have become more educated and familiar with the search engine marketing industry the terminology used to describe it has become more specific. Beanstalk has changed their name to reflect this adjustment in visitor behavior.

“The world of online marketing is changing,” says Beanstalk, CEO Dave Davies, “and we have to change with it. When the company was first founded back in 2004 – the terms used to describe the services we offer were varied. As the industry has evolved and consumers better informed and educated the terms used have become more solidified. A name reflects who you are – and our name needs to reflect what consumers identify with in our industry.”

When asked about the name change in relation to the optimization of their own site Dave chuckled, “Of course we can’t ignore the effects of having the ability to more easily work on some of the top keywords in our industry. That said, we already rank very well for “seo services” which is and will continue to be our primary focus. In this case, the ability to target new, more highly searched phrases than “search engine positioning” is an added bonus but not our primary motivation. Branding is the key in our current marketing efforts and associating our company with some of the top words used to describe our industry is a big part of that effort.”

The change is now reflected across the Beanstalk site, “with the exception being our SEO blog“, Dave points out. “If we wrote as Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning, Inc. in a post two years ago then it will remain that way in that post. All new posts will of course reflect the new name.”

The change will not affect clients or the services offered by Beanstalk. They will continue to offer guaranteed SEO services to their clients as well as consulting, training and link building. Sticking with their long-held beliefs, they will not be expanding services into other search engine marketing areas such as pay-per-click. “It has been and hopefully continues to be clear from our name,” begins Dave when asked about adding new services, “that what we do is organic search engine optimization. The search marketing industry is a huge one and I personally believe that our clients are better served if we provide excellence in our area and refer them to others for other areas. When we have clients who want pay-per-click or social media marketing we send them to firms that specialize in just that. That always has been and will continue to be our philosophy so no, we won’t be adding in any new services. Heck, there’s enough going on in the organic realm to keep 10 of me busy – I’ll leave paid search or social media to those who love it as much as I love the organic side rather than be second best (or worse) at all of them.”

About Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc.

Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. is a leading SEO company. Located in Victoria, BC, Canada Beanstalk offers it’s services worldwide with the majority of it’s client base located in the continental United States.

Dave Davies is the CEO of Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. Dave co-authored the second version of the Search Engine Marketing Kit for SitePoint.com, is the co-host of a weekly radio show on Search Engine Optimization on WebmasterRadio.fm and has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of subjects related to organic search engine optimization.

Contact

Dave Davies, CEO
Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc.
http://www.beanstalk-inc.com/
250-370-9750

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SEO news blog post by @ 5:55 pm

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July 9, 2008

Google Keywords & A Test Of Links & Webmaster Radio

Google Keywords

Google has just started showing the estimated monthly search numbers in their keyword suggestion tool. For the first time in a long while we’re now able to see the estimated search numbers on the engine who’s results we most want to see the results of.

As a word of warning, after using it and comparing the numbers with the click through volume for a number of phrases, the number appear to be a bit high – that’s because it defaults to Broad Match but you can select Exact Match from the drop-down and get the the numbers you’re looking for.

You’ll find this new feature added to the Google tool here.

A Test Of Links

Also, there was an interesting test run by Johannes Beusand published on the MarketingFan.com site regarding the value of multiple links to a single page on residing on a single page of a website. He basically strives to answer the question, if there are two or more links on a single page of a site and they point to a single page on another site – how are they treated?

I’m not going to be mean and note everything from the site here and steal their traffic. :) You’ll find the link to this interesting test here.

Webmaster Radio

And today on Webmaster Radio Jim Hedger and I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Ryan – the man behind SES. Kevin discussed the show, the organizing of it, and some of the great sessions that’ll be held in San Jose.

After that (and some ranting by both Jim and myself about the stupid fees we Canadians are charged for cell phones and specifically web usage on them) we had on Dave Szetela from Clix Marketing discussing the recent changes Google has made to the quality scores for it’s AdWords advertisers.

Again, I could repeat the discussion but it was based on a couple posts covered elsewhere here and here.

SEO news blog post by @ 3:09 pm

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Google Keywords & A Test Of Links & Webmaster Radio

Google Keywords

Google has just started showing the estimated monthly search numbers in their keyword suggestion tool. For the first time in a long while we’re now able to see the estimated search numbers on the engine who’s results we most want to see the results of.

As a word of warning, after using it and comparing the numbers with the click through volume for a number of phrases, the number appear to be a bit high – that’s because it defaults to Broad Match but you can select Exact Match from the drop-down and get the the numbers you’re looking for.

You’ll find this new feature added to the Google tool here.

A Test Of Links

Also, there was an interesting test run by Johannes Beusand published on the MarketingFan.com site regarding the value of multiple links to a single page on residing on a single page of a website. He basically strives to answer the question, if there are two or more links on a single page of a site and they point to a single page on another site – how are they treated?

I’m not going to be mean and note everything from the site here and steal their traffic. :) You’ll find the link to this interesting test here.

Webmaster Radio

And today on Webmaster Radio Jim Hedger and I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Ryan – the man behind SES. Kevin discussed the show, the organizing of it, and some of the great sessions that’ll be held in San Jose.

After that (and some ranting by both Jim and myself about the stupid fees we Canadians are charged for cell phones and specifically web usage on them) we had on Dave Szetela from Clix Marketing discussing the recent changes Google has made to the quality scores for it’s AdWords advertisers.

Again, I could repeat the discussion but it was based on a couple posts covered elsewhere here and here.

SEO news blog post by @ 3:09 pm

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July 8, 2008

Jason Gambert – Oh Yes, We Trust You

Well, the story continues. Back in April we reported on the attempt to trademark the term “SEO” by one Mr. Jason Gambert. If you’re interested in the story, Jim Hedger and I also reported on the story on Webmaster Radio with our guest Sarah Bird from SEOmoz. You can listen to the podcast here.

Well the story gets even worse.

Jason has now been busted trying to manipulate Wikipedia to back his claims. He’s now been banned from editing Wikipedia at all. and this is the guy that’s wanting to trademark SEO just for the good of the community.

I won’t bother repeating the story I read to find out this info. You can read the details about what’s going on now the arteworks.biz site and you can also review the back-and-forths between Wikipedia admins and Jason here.

SEO news blog post by @ 3:33 pm

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July 4, 2008

Happy July 4th !!!

While we may be tucked away up here in Canada, the staff of Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. would like to wish our American friends and clients (and especially those of you who fall into both categories) a very happy July 4th long weekend.

SEO news blog post by @ 9:42 pm

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