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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.


December 29, 2011

SOPA Sabotage

From the same band that brought us “Fight for Your Right” comes many great themes for opposing SOPA.

Sabotage


In a post-SOPA world images and music with questionable copyrights will be tickets for take downs, financial seizure, and other under handed attacks on popular websites.

You think the legal ho-ha over patents is extremely petty and wasteful? Picture how bad the internet will be when user posted content can get your entire organization shut down instantly?

Here’s an example, say I decide to post something on our blog that’s not SOPA-safe. The competition takes note of it, and the instant I say something the competition doesn’t like, they complain about the post, our DNS is yanked, our accounts are frozen, and THEN we get the complaint to remove the content.

Yeah that’s not going to work, look at Germany if you want to see an example of what a SOPA-like environment is like.

Here’s a SOPA-like example:
Retired, Computerless Woman, forced by courts to pay fine for pirating hooligan movie

Even little things, like a picture of an awesome band, and a ~10 sec clip of their music would become ‘frightening’ if SOPA passed. Such uses are fine right now as we’d find out right away if a rights holder cares, and we’d take it down without a fuss. Post SOPA would be completely different, and fear of take-downs would absolutely kill user-submissions because each post would need to be checked for violations.

Tom’s Hardware also posted today with similar concerns to what we have in regards to immoral and unwarranted take-downs of sites over user-generated content. I really do like the fact that they had no qualms explaining exactly how pirates will work around SOPA DNS blocks, how SOPA won’t be effective at it’s main purpose, and is only going to be abused.

The names of companies opposed to SOPA is huge and growing, with supporters like GoDaddy changing it’s stance as the public backlash forces them to step back from a supporting role. In fact today GoDaddy even took the time to share a copy of the remaining supports of the bill, with it’s name missing from the list.

This has even more people freaking out about GoDaddy because:

Soaking your neighbours in kerosene has never been the wisest way to try and douse your own fire…
Eating popcorn

It’s no wonder GoDaddy reacted to the anti-SOPA movement; One report had pegged the losses for GoDaddy at over 70,000 domains in a single day last week, and today (Dec 29th) is the official ‘boycott GoDaddy’ day over on Reddit.

Imgur also stepped up and announced that they are working on leaving GoDaddy as well, but there’s speculation over how people would react if GoDaddy was to ‘make good’ on it’s position by actually supporting the anti-SOPA movement instead of merely dropping it’s support for the bill.

Only time will tell but I really am starting to worry about all the folks saying that SOPA is ‘likely’ to pass!? That just seems so absurd to me, but experts are hard to ignore, and I’m no political watch dog.

UPDATE: Okay I knew I was breaking the cardinal rule of auto-play and I knew it was for a good cause, but I couldn’t let it stick for more than a day. The clip’s still there you just have to hit play. ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 3:51 pm


 

 

December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays From Beanstalk *<{}:o) }}

Merry Christmas image.

We at Beanstalk would like to thank all our clients, blog and article readers and supporters for another fantastic year.  As we head into the holidays, it’s a fantastic time to reflect back on the past year and be grateful for being part of a wonderful community and for the clients that have allowed us to continue to do the work we love, for people we love to do it for.  We wish you and yours all the very best this holiday season and hopes for a very prosperous new year.

For all our clients and those wishing to contact us, we will have special hours of operation over the holidays.  They are:

December 22nd – closing at 1PM for our staff Christmas party
December 23rd – closed
December 24th – closed
December 25th – closed
December 26th – closed
December 27th – open and ready to serve you

If you are a client and there is an urgent need to contact us over the holidays the email emergency (at) beanstalk-inc.com is where to direct your emails to insure they don’t get mixed in with others.  This email will be checked periodically over the break however during this time an emergency will be defined as a crucial event such as a site being down or other major issue.  Unfortunately we won’t be able to respond to all casual questions.  We’ll all be spending time with our families and loved ones and hope you are too. :)

So once again … from all of us at Beanstalk to all of you: Happy Holidays.  Now stop surfing the web and get to the festivities. :)

Special Thanks:  To Gemini Computers and Jim Boykin and his Internet Marketing Ninjas for the kind thoughts and appreciated holiday gifts.

SEO news blog post by @ 12:05 pm


 

 

December 21, 2011

Webcology Year In Review

For those interested in what some of the top minds of SEO, SEM, Mobile Marketing and Social Media have to say about 2011 and maybe more importantly – what they see coming in 2012 then Thursday’s Webcology is a must listen.  Hosted on WebmasterRadio.fm, Jim Hedger and I will be hosting 2 separate round-tables with 5 guests each over 2 hours covering everything from Panda to personalization; mobile growth to patent applications.  It’s going to be a fast-paced show with something for everyone.

The show will be airing live from 2PM EST until 4PM EST on Thursday December 22nd.  If you catch it live you’ll have a chance to join the chat room and ask questions of your own but if you miss it you still have an opportunity to download the podcast a couple days later.  I don’t often focus this blog on promoting the radio show I co-host but with the lineup we have including SEOmoz’s Rand Fishkin, Search Engine Watch’s Jonathan Allen and Mike Grehan, search engine patent guru Bill Slawski and many more talented and entertaining Internet Marketing experts it’s definitely worth letting our valued blog visitors know about it. And if you’re worried it might just be a quiet discussion, Terry Van Horne is joining us to insure that doesn’t happen.  Perhaps I’ll ask him a question or two about his feelings about Schema.org (if you listen to the show … you’ll quickly get why this is funny). :)

So tune in tomorrow at 2PM EST at http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/webcology/, be sure to join the chat room to let us know your thoughts and enjoy.

SEO news blog post by @ 3:32 pm


 

 

December 20, 2011

Panda’s take on Popular vs. Productive

I’ve seen a few SEO blog posts recently on post-panda content concerns that unsurprisingly contradict each other.

The “popular” camp seem to feel the following is true:

- Don’t post anything off topic
- Don’t post anything that won’t be a hit
- If you post something that fails, pull it
- If you can’t pull a post, fake the popularity

So what that means is pulling your punches until you have a post that’s really going to draw attention to your blog.
The SEO logic is that while regular content creates a positive metric, anyone can produce regular content and in fact loads of unpopular content could become a negative ranking factor.

The “productive” camp follow these golden rules:

- Don’t post content that isn’t unique
- Don’t spin content to create unique content
- Keep keyword densities high
- Keep a low ratio of links in proportion to images/text

This group spend all their time creating content and don’t spend time worried about how popular every post will be.

The SEO logic with “producers” is that the Panda update wants to see regular fresh content publications without duplication of existing content, only ‘really bad’ content can harm this ranking factor.

Well I hate to be a pacifist, but both sides are correct! A great strategy would be to listen to BOTH sides.

  • If every post on your blog gets 300+ links on the day it’s posted, that’s not going to look organic
  • If your blog gets one post, every single day, and nobody links to them, that’s not organic either

So post regularly, but don’t sweat it if you miss one day. If you are having a slow day for topics, you should try to go find some discussions where you can generate interest/back-links to your existing posts. At worst you’ll find some topics that are far more interesting that what you’ve been blogging about and you’ll get something fresh to discuss.

A post in draft, waiting for perfection, won’t do you much good if it never gets published. :)

Those of you shocked to see us on SEO blog topics right now can rest assured we’re struggling to stay on topic.

Oh the SOPA debate is frightful,
But MAFIAAFire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no position to SEO,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn’t show signs of shoop’ing,
I’ve got a report showing keywords are ranking,
And the competition’s phrases are way down low,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally reach page one,
How I’ll hate going on the phone!
But if you’ll order via email,
It will make it to your home without fail.

The lyric is slowly ending,
And, my dear, we’re badly rhym-ing,
But as long as you let me SEO,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

SEO news blog post by @ 12:05 pm


 

 

December 19, 2011

No “SOPA Fight” Ruling Until New Year?

As a follow up to our ongoing coverage of the SOPA debate, It looks as though the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will postpone any ruling son the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) until after the Congress holiday break.

sopa fight

Texas Republican Representative Lamar Smith stated on Friday that he would consider a hearing or a classified briefing on the bill’s potential impact on cyber-security.

The new bill has raised concerns from over 80 Internet engineers and cyber-security experts as it would provide ISPs and domain name registrars the ability to block the domain names of foreign websites accused of copyright infringement.

Several opponents of the bill that are on the Judiciary Committee include Republicans Chaffetz, Darrell Issa of California and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, as well as Democrats Zoe Lofgren of California and Jared Polis of Colorado.

Chaffetz stated "We have deep concerns about what this will do to cyber security," and that, "I think it would be dangerous for members on this committee to vote on final passage of this bill without having at least one hearing and some clarification" on the security impact.

Virginia Republican, Bob Goodlatte, said the right for copyright holders to seek court orders is a "key provision" of SOPA. "If you are not going to allow this legal relief, you are severely damaging the bill," he said.

If passed, the new bill would give the U.S. Department of Justice significant powers to target foreign copyright infringements. Sensenbrenner said. "Enforcement should be a law enforcement function in this area," he said. "We don’t give people very many opportunities to sue everybody in the world when law enforcement doesn’t do what they want them to do."

The bill would also allow the DOJ to seek similar court orders targeting ad networks and payment processors. The DOJ could also use this bill to seek court orders barring search engines from linking to allegedly infringing sites, requiring domain name registrars to take down the websites and requiring Internet service providers to block subscriber access to the sites.

By the time I finished this post, I came across another post that stated the "SOPA has NOT been postponed to 2012! The Committee members who support SOPA quietly changed the hearing date to the 21st, trying to trick the American people into thinking it was over for the year. This is dirty politics and should be illegal. Fight back. Let them know this is not over."

SEO news blog post by @ 11:09 am

Categories:Internet Law

 

 

December 16, 2011

TGIF – 301 Me to your leader

**UPDATE**
SOPA is on the back burner, for now, due to overwhelming protest and concern from public!
SOPA is Dead
*YAY!*

Not my turn for a full post, I’m cheating because it’s Friday..

Sopa Stinks!

(..and SOPA does stink. P-U!)
Just wanted to end the week with a predictable poke at SOPA...
Last I looked they were in recess but I’ll be checking later on and I think Dave will be making a full post on SOPA soon!

We don’t want to totally sidetrack the SEO topics, but trust us when we say that the passing of this bill will effect everyone in a big way, from the big search engine optimizers to the little guy running an ad driven info portal.

Till then, have a great weekend!
If you’re a man after my own heart, this would be a good time to go start your XMas shopping. ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 10:10 am


 

 

December 15, 2011

We’d feel dirty not posting about SOPA today..

This is the day folks, the bill is in Congress as I type and here’s some good spots to follow the proceedings closely:
Dirty Bar of Soap
EFF Twitter Feed
Video Webcast
Justin.tv re-broadcast of the live feed

Wondering what all the fuss is about?
Here’s a great read:
Wikipedia -> Stop Online Piracy Act

Who supports SOPA?
Domino Project’s SOPA Supporter List

What sort of organizations are opposed to SOPA?. It was such a bad move that Wikipedia was publicly contemplating a blackout of the service just to make it clear how bad the bill is!

There’s also a few very active/current discussions over on Reddit in the r/technology section that give a good ‘nerds eye view’ of the bill reading.

Wonder why Google was opposed to the bill? Here’s a humorous take on the essence of their fears:
Mockery of SOPAs effect on Google in 2012

If I had to personally sum everything up into a TL;DR I would have to go with:

“Artist and labour groups who don’t have a nerdy understanding of how the internet works and how to approach piracy are joining with other anti-piracy groups to fast-track an ill-considered and potentially dangerous bill.

While most folks don’t understand the internet enough to argue the bill as experts the general reaction today has been “we are rushing something we don’t understand and we can’t proceed”.

With any luck that’ exactly how bill H.R.3261 will end, some potential, but not ready. *fingers crossed*

SEO news blog post by @ 10:42 am


 

 

December 14, 2011

A New Google Places Bug

There seems to be a lot of discussion regarding an issue with missing photos on many Google Places pages. A thread on the Google Places Help forum has received several threads in which business owners are stating that they are unable to update any images on for their Places accounts.

google bug

From the forum threads, it appears that the main issue is that you quite simply cannot add new images when the image source comes from a third party site. Other reports state that Google Places images that were upload years ago seem to be missing as well. Certainly this is a concern for businesses that rely on Google Places for a large portion of their online presence.

google places

In the Google Places help thread, Google employee, Vanessa Gene responded to concerns with the following comment:

We know you’re having trouble, and we’re working on it – but in the mean time, if you’re having trouble uploading your photos via the Places dashboard, use the photo upload tool via the listing itself, and manage them via your Picasa web album. – Vanessa

SEO news blog post by @ 10:55 am

Categories:Google

 

 

December 12, 2011

A Quantum Leap Forward: The World’s First Programmable Quantum Photonic Processor

A team of scientists at the University of Bristol, England have developed the world’s first re-programmable, multi-purpose quantum photonic chip that relies upon quantum entanglement to perform complex calculations.

quantum leap

The new quantum chip uses multiple waveguides channels made form standard silicon dioxide and eight electrodes that enable the silicon chip to repeatedly entangle photons. The electrodes can then be programmed to produce different quantum states. These in turn produce two qubits that can be used to perform quantum computing.

waveguide channels

In most regards the quantum processor is fundamentally similar to a very basic electronic chip, except that it utilizes light and for the first time brings the possibility of quantum computing to homes and mobile computers.

quantum programmable chip

In quantum computing, a qubit or quantum bit is a unit of quantum information the quantum analogue of the classical bit with additional dimensions associated to the quantum properties of a physical atom.
The physical construction of a quantum computer is itself an arrangement of entangled atoms, and the qubit represents both the state memory and the state of entanglement in a system. A quantum computation is performed by initializing a system of qubits with a quantum algorithm -"initialization" here referring to some advanced physical process that puts the system into an entangled state

This is an improvement over the Rainier 128-qubit chipset that was used for the "D-Wave One" computer in May of this year. Unlike the D-Wave, which was is described as the world’s first commercial quantum computer, is much smaller begin only 70mm (2.7 in) by 3mm (.118 in) making it small enough to fit in most desktop computer systems available today.

The process of quantum annealing allows scientists and researchers to observe what’s actually going on. Historically, the problem with quantum computing is that observing the result is impossible — to observe a quantum state is to destroy it — which makes it rather hard to prove that qubits are actually performing as they should. D-Wave has pioneered a process that allows for quick, rapid “snapshotting” of Rainier’s current state, which then become the frames of a movie. By watching the result, D-Wave can finally peer inside the quantum black box and begin to see whether quantum computing can deliver mathematically-provable results.
Schrodiner's Equation
quantum interference model

As the new technology is still in its infancy, it is difficult to predict the possible applications of quantum computing. It is generally believed that quantum entanglement can be used for very effective encryption and should allow for much fast computation of very complex calculations, such as those associated with biological processes and weather systems. Another promising application of quantum computing is the fact that experiments that required months to setup and implement now only take mere seconds to run. Preliminary research conducted by Google suggests that the use of qubit may be very adaptable for use in pattern recognition systems.

SEO news blog post by @ 1:00 pm

Categories:Technology

 

 

December 9, 2011

The last USB flash drive you’ll ever lose..

Do you have a general distrust of the local area network? Store all your SEO research, metrics, stats, etc.. on a USB flash drive and end up lending it to mischievious co-workers? So you know what it’s like to lose a flash drive to someone’s pocket?

Well those days are over my friends, the chicken foot USB drive is both comical and functional:
Chicken Foot USB Drive
Not only is it IMPOSSIBLE to miss it’s presence protruding from a PC, but it’s also a good laugh when people do a double take wondering why there’s a chicken jammed head-first into your PC.

Plus if someone pockets the drive, the odds of it making a trip through the laundry are much slimmer than a traditional USB flash drive.

You can’t put a price on this kind of functionality folks!

After going through a bucket of pens I’ve become very wise to the powers of the co-worker pockets.

“You want to borrow a pen to go over a webmaster tools checklist? Sure!”
Want to borrow my pen?

Have a great weekend.

SEO news blog post by @ 10:55 am


 

 

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