Archive for March, 2011

Sounds that create mental imageryHolophonic sounds are supposed to use interference wave-dynamics to create a truly 3D view of auditory space.  Check out the sample below (using headphones).

Holophonic Sounds: Tricking your mind to see alternate realities. [VIDEO].

So, what do you think?  Is this a fraud?

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At the top of a list of articles that I’m pleased with, are the ones that made it to the first page of Google.

Top Articles are on the First Page of Google

One thing that I’ve learned recently is that when it comes to ranking on search engines, you really had best be on the front page.  Google users have changed their search patterns. For them, the top articles they’re likely to click-through and read are going to be on the front page of Google.

Top (Traffic) Articles are not on Deeper Pages of Google

No longer do they drill down to the second, third, fourth and fifth pages of results (which for everything there are usually millions of some kind of results).  Though this may happen occasionally, what is incredibly more likely to happen is for them to simply go back to the search box and refine their search.  (I know that’s what I do.)

My “Top” Articles on Google

Yes, this leaves me excited!  That’s how I felt to discover some of my posts were on the top page of Google.  These articles were ones I’d just put out there, with no real intention (usually) that they’d end up on the front page of Google. Many bloggers have number one positions, and a lot more traffic, but for me, this is a fun start.

At any rate, I’m happy to share that a number of articles from have actually become “top articles on Google” (at least being on the front page of search).


Today’s Top Articles on Google (Mar.06/2011)

As of the time of the writing of this article, (and these always change) the following articles were ranked on the first page of Google for relevant search terms!  Here are some, separated by categories.

Keyword optimization (making sure I was conscious about finding a niche with openness to certain keywords — i.e. no strong competing sites with keyword-based traction; containing those words in that specific arrangement) was my only real tool of optimization.  That and outbound links, though I consider that a subset of the larger tactic, since being aware of the visible text of your links is fairly significant, I understand.

With each article/webpage, I note whether or not I spent time doing that kind of optimization, or just wrote it “off the cuff” and let it fly, I note at the end of each entry.


Sectional Pages on the Front Page of Google

  1. New Technology  The home-page of this website—which you should expect to rank on the first (top) page for its own name.  Now, granted, this is not technically an article, but I’m happy it’s on the first page of Google.  Search Terms:new technology geek, “new technology geek” [Yes, this is a “first result” top listing, though this shouldn’t really count as a “top article on Google.”]  (Not optimized at all.)
  2. Recent Trends Category Page which, though it’s not really an article, still comes out on the top/front page of Google for this search.  The reason being is that near the top of this page is the following article: Let Us Stick Figure Your Story which is a short review/explanation of what the Splainers site is, was a surprising hit over top of other links out there.  Search terms:

Notable Sites and/or Recommendations on the Front Page of Google

  1. (see above)   Search terms: (Not optimized.)
  2. Qwerty to Dvorak Converter: If you got your keyboard stuck in a different keyset input mode, and you already typed a bunch of text, how can you save yourself the time of retyping it?  (Recommending an online converter/translator site.)  Search terms: qwerty to dvorak, qwerty to dvorak converter, dvorak to qwerty converter, etc.  (Maybe optimized?)
  3. Several Sources for Free apps for the Mac: The app store and a number of freeware and shareware lists and sources online.  I’m really geeked about making this a “top” (front page) article on Google since, despite a lack of research on my part, I suspect this is a fairly commonly searched term.  We’ll see.  Search terms: free apps for the mac (Optimized)

How-To Articles on the First Page of Google

  1. How to Freeze Panes in Excel 2008: This is a really simple article describing how to fix a particular Excel problem with “freezing panes”  (maintaining visibility on the first one or more rows and/or columns).  Search terms: freeze panes in excel, excel freeze panes, etc. (Optimized?  Probably not optimized—one good note is that I made sure to include in the title and meta-keyword [tags] the version and operating environment so that people would be more likely to find this if it was exactly what they were looking for.)
  2. How to Set Your YouTube Thumbnail: The basic quarters (25%, 50%, 75%) rule, as described elsewhere, with insight on the wiggle-variability of where thumbnail frames actually show up. Search terms: how to set your youtube thumbnail, youtube thumbnail video how, etc. (Optimized, I think.)

Stories and Articles (Informational) on the First Page of Google

  1. JC Penny’s Google Black Hat Tryst: At the recommendation of Girbe E. from the Film Farm, I checked out the story of how JC Penny appears to have used some “black hat” techniques to get all sorts of their products to be top articles on Google’s front page(s) of search results.  Though a number of professional news outlets covered this, apparently it wasn’t all that many, and this one got to be on the front page too.  Search terms: JC Penny and Google, (Optimized unintentionally.)  Perhaps losing traction.
  2. Who’s Afraid of Duplicate Content?: Wow. This short anecdote which mentions Google’s algorithm change and how a bad example might’ve hurt someone else’s rankings….Well, this one blew my socks off getting on the first page of Google (which it seems to be slowly edging off.)  Search terms: duplicate content [Maybe it was just freshness—but it’s neat to have landed on the front page of Google for a two-word search string. (Not exactly long tail!)], Google algorithm change and Duplicate Content, etc.


First Page Traffic Breakdown

What I’ve heard is that the distribution between traffic from Google search results gives the web-page that ranks at the top in natural search about 35% of the total web-traffic available on that search.  The rest goes to the remainder of the articles found on the first page of search, and subsequent Google pages do not rank at all.


My Next Goal

Now, if only I get the top search result for articles written here.  That’ll be my next goal—getting some articles in the top result on relevant front pages for a particular subject or search keywords.

Free applications (apps) for the Macintosh have become very popular, as have paid ones.  I even know someone who cut themselves free from a high paying international job to develop apps for Macintosh devices.

Though I haven’t vetted every single one of these freeware applications, and can’t claim that they are bug-free, these are some sources that you can get your Macintosh desktop/laptop applications.


Apple – App Store – Buy, download, and install apps made for Mac

Apple itself does host some free apps for Mac computers, apparently.  Just as there’s an app-store for mobile Apple products, like the iPhone and iPad, there is an application download center run by Apple for Macintosh desktops/laptops.

Apparently, this is an easy download situation: all you have to do is run “Software Update” from your Apple menu. I have not been able to get this one to work, but my computer security, neo-Apple afficianodo older brother tells me that not only is this a great place to get free apps (and paid apps), but also free eBooks (hundreds of them, actually) and, I think, other great stuff as well.


Fifty Must Have Open Source Apps for the Mac

There’s some great little free apps on this website, such as a step-rhythm dance-revolution type game, a comic book viewer, free project management software, several browsers…and more!

I came across this site of Macintosh programs in a Google search, but I’m posting because the second time I found it (yes, I found it several times) it was actually linking to this blog: particularly our blog article on NeoOffice.  Now that I look back on this free apps site, I’m not sure how it was linking to my site, but if I recall correctly, it was inexplicably sending me traffic.

The great bottom line is that for all these Mac apps; they are all free!


100 Free Useful Mac Applications

Some of these apparently are not free—but include some shareware / free-trial (then pay) programs.  Here’s how they describe this list:

If you’ve just got yourself a new Mac and totally clueless what to install, this article is for you.

Despite being a site by apparently non-English speakers (at least not as their first language), it seems still pretty easy to understand.


Some Site With A Funny Name

The first place I heard about a site of Macintosh applications (that were all free, I believe.) was quite some time ago.  A video-editor friend of mine told me about it, and I can’t for the life of me remember what that free app website for the Mac was called. This free-apps-for-the-Mac website  was a central hosting place (that seemed fairly official) for all new software applications that were free and came across as the undisputed ruler of all Mac freeware.

It had a funny name like “squish” or “soggy” or something, short, but I guess insufficiently relevant to remember.  The name might have been an adjective something to do with texture or consistency, one word, and nothing to do explicitly with Mac freeware.

Too bad for that Mac free app site—but can anyone remember what it’s called?    If someone can write in and tell me, let me know.

Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware!

I have to be honest, I really haven’t tried most of these apps.  No guarantee or vouchsafe of the quality, reliability, or even safety of any of these.  Malware is out there, so use discretion and your better judgement.  You get what you pay for, right?

Well, sometimes you get more—often you do, but be careful.  As Mac’s become more popular, I’m sure that viruses and malware for them, will also propagate.

Passive solar design is something that some people close to me are looking at for a new home.

Homes constructed as passive solar design use the natural movement of heat and air to maintain comfortable temperatures, operating with little or no mechanical assistance.

via Home Construction – Passive Solar Design.

Basically, passive solar uses the sun to heat a home, using things like “thermal mass” (large amounts of brick, or water, or some such) to catch heat which can then radiate, convect or conduct out) and then heat the surrounding interior.

The article here does a great job of outline this, and other essential components of passive solar design.

There’s a lot more to be said about this, but it’s definitely a greener, more off-grid solution for the future: a great thing if there’s a solar storm!

Job-hunting is beginning to involve more and more online aspects.  Traditional internet job-hunting aspects, from finding ads online, to using online services, are being over-shadowed by the power of social media, LinkedIn and your Google-quotient.  It seems that more and more, what people can find about you online has more authenticity and relevance than what anybody else can say about you.

This article just confirms that.

If you don’t have an online presence, you won’t appear to be relevant and you will be passed over for more savvy applicants that have visibility. You need to be creative in your job search by developing your own product, eBook, viral video, or personal advertisement.

via 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years – Dan Schawbel – Personal Branding – Forbes.

I recommend that you find a way to leverage social media and the internet in your own job-search.


Yup.  Building your community online takes some practical effort, and a little knowhow.  Matt Mullenweg describes how…not to go about building an online community.

6 Steps to Kill Your Community — Matt Mullenweg.

I saw this yesterday: Matt Bailey talks about web traffic analysis.

YouTube – Marketing Talks at Google presents Matt Bailey.

He suggests moving up the ladder from data to information to knowledge, by using segmentation and human understanding, along with a good dose of further raw data.

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