This is the first flight I’ve ever been on that has wifi access, which is pretty cool. In years past I’ve been traveling exclusively on Continental and they are still in the dark ages when it comes to having Internet on the plane. It’s been over a year since I’ve flown with them, but as far as I know they still don’t have it. It seems like most of the other major carriers have installed wifi, which makes traveling so much more enjoyable. For people like me who have a hard time staying “unplugged” it helps even more. Anyway, today I’m heading back to Dallas from Philly and this American Airlines flight has wifi.
If it feels like it’s been ages since I posted to my blog, that’s because it has! My last post was in early December and since then a lot has been going on in my life. I’ve obviously been really busy with work, which never seems to change, but there has been a string of people visiting us and then some traveling too. The reality is setting in now that this is going to be a really long post to catch up on everything….
Google News Update
Since the last post I made was about getting accepted into Google News I think it’s fitting to lead off with that… Since getting accepted into Google News in early December we’ve been posting about 3-5 news articles per day Monday – Friday and then a couple over the weekend too. The traffic results are simply stunning. I predicted a traffic increase of 2x-3x once we got accepted, but it’s been more like 5x or even 10x on some days. Some individual articles have brought upwards of 10,000 unique visors in the 48 hours Google News was giving that article exposure. The image below is from Google Analytics and shows the impact Google News has had. The dips are the weekends and / or holidays.
The next thing I wanted to update everyone on is the progress we’ve been making in terms of SEO across our sites. I feel like we’re right on track, or even ahead of the game in some instances. Remember, we’re going after some pretty competitive terms, so we have a 12-18 month outlook for a lot of these terms. Here are some examples of some of the rankings we’ve been able to achieve:
IRA.com – “Rollover IRA” – 1st page, 2nd position
IRA.com – “Open An IRA” – 1st page, 9th position
IRA.com – “IRA” – 1st page, 4th position
OnlineDegree.com – “Online Degree” – 2nd page, 1st position
OnlineStorage.com – “Online Storage” – 1st page, 6th position
OnlineStorage.com – “Best Online Storage” – 1st page, 2nd position
GraphicDesign.com – “Graphic Design” – 1st page, 7th position
A trip to Hawaii
One of the reasons I’ve been absent from blogging is because of some traveling I’ve been doing. My wife and I went to Hawaii from Jan 3 – 15th and the weeks before that were kind of crazy with work. I wanted to take as much time off in Hawaii as possible, so that didn’t leave time for much else. I did a pretty good job taking off the first week we were in Hawaii, but the second week it was a little work and play. Overall it was a really great trip. It was my first time to Maui, but my 7th trip to Hawaii overall. It’s by far my favorite place on Earth and if I had it my way I would be living there. I love the warm weather and the water – it’s a perfect combination. The issue is I’m married and my wife is against being a 12 hour plane ride from family on the east coast.
I could write a 1,000 word post about this trip alone, but this post is already getting too long. In a nutshell, it was a really fun trip packed with SCUBA diving, sightseeing, hiking, swimming, diving off cliffs, swimming to waterfalls, snorkeling, boating, lots of good eating, etc etc. There are some pictures below, but they are only a small sample of the 1000’s we took. None of them do any justice of just how pretty this place is.
A Trip to Philly
I spent the past week in Philly with a good friend of mine / business partner going over various Terran Marketing projects. It was a very fun & productive week. My friend lives right in the middle of the action in downtown Philly near Washington Square. It’s a great location that makes it easy to walk pretty much everywhere; I estimate that we did over 12 miles of walking in the 7 days I was there. It was pretty cool seeing Independence Hall, Reading Terminal, a 76ers game, the Italian Market, and much more – not to mention all the food. I’m scared to weight myself when I get home, but I wouldn’t doubt that I gained 2-3lbs this week – even with all the walking.
In addition to the time in Philly I took one of the days to take a ride down to Atlantic City to visit my family. My grandma, uncle, aunt, and several cousins live in the area, so it was nice seeing them.
Finally, I also got to visit with another good friend of mine who lives just north of Baltimore. Since it’s only a 50 minute drive for him, he packed the family in the car and made a day out of it. It’s been close to two years since I’ve seen them, so it was a nice treat. My friend lost almost 50lbs since the last time I saw him (which I’m ulta proud of him for); it was such a big difference I didn’t recognize him at first. Not to mention his kids who grew almost 2 feet! One thing that sucks having friends scattered all over the county is stuff like this. Hopefully it won’t be almost 2 years before I see them again.