Category Archives: Opinion

How to Count Backlinks

For the past couple of years I’ve been farming out link-building work for my clients, to several companies that have specialized in article marketing. Is Article Marketing for Link-Building Dead? However, the recent Panda updates seem to have resulted in … Continue reading

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On Maybe Losing our Broadbent Post Office

The US Post Office in Broadbent, Oregon, where we get our mail here on the ranch, is on a short list of 46 post offices that are likely to be closed in Oregon within the next few months. Apparently there … Continue reading

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Old Friends, Not Being on Facebook, and the History of the Telephone

Over the last few days I connected with an old friend on Facebook; a woman I hadn’t heard from in 35 years. I knew her when she was a vibrant young woman. She was married during the 70’s to a … Continue reading

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Solar Power Plus Radio Equals Rural Internet Connection

Our Solar-Powered Radio Internet Connection On June 28, 2011, my internet service provider (ISP) went out of business. One minute I was surfing the web at about 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second – a fairly fast internet speed — at … Continue reading

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Good Link Building Tips

Good search engine rankings (especially at Google) depend mainly on two things: Having plenty of good text content that Google can index. Google doesn’t really index pictures well, or flash, or javascript, or videos. Google can’t pick the text out … Continue reading

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Intelligence. What is it?

I’m reading the book Scientology, a New Slant on Life, for the first time in 30 years. This book, by L. Ron Hubbard, was recently re-released, with typographical and other errors cleaned up; all the basic books of Scientology were … Continue reading

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What You Say Can Leave a Lasting Impression

Today is the 61st anniversary of the publication of Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health, by L. Ron Hubbard. When I first picked up a copy of Dianetics on display at the Greyhound Bus terminal in Medford, Oregon, in … Continue reading

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Democracy in the Middle East

I just read Ken Blackwell’s essay called “Purple Fingers Aren’t Enough”. He has given eloquent voice to the thoughts running around in many of our heads as we watched the revolution succeed in Egypt. In effect, most of what he … Continue reading

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Connie Willis quote about regret

I sometimes wondered if it were the best way to spend my youth — shouldn’t I be out making a fortune, or writing books, or just sailing around the world or something? Continue reading

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SEO Audits | A Good Overview from Adam Audette

“SEO is both an art and a science.” The science is in the DATA — what you see when you look at the inner workings of the site. The ART is in knowing what that data MEANS, and the way that one uses that data to achieve higher rankings Continue reading

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