Exactly! Thanks AC - One of the most important life lessons I needed to grasp was "know when you don't know WTF you're talking about or doing" and "step away from the ____" whatever the ____ is that you are clueless about.
While I am no better than anyone else, given that I am human, I am more likely to use what we all to quickly label as "common" sense.
It's called "critical thinking" and most people do NOT use it.
I don't care how far we've come in educating the masses. The masses are still ludite-stupid in overwhelming ways. I've witnessed too many people educated, guided, cajoled, led, informed, encouraged and otherwise shown why they need to stop being stupid with their computer and internet habits.
And too many of them nod their heads, spit out yes, thank you, what would I do without you and blah blah blah when they're given that assistance.
Only to fall right back into stupid-land.
Stupidity can't be extricated from the masses.
But just for fun - let's take it further - when you're at work as an employee, why should you even be allowed to spend time with personal email? Save it for your break, on your own time, on your own connected device.
Even if the White House threatens veto, it's possible Congress is going to shove this crap down our throats.
I just got an email from California Senator Diane Feinstein:
"As Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I will shortly be introducing a bill on information sharing which allows sharing of cyber intrusion data with the government with full immunity. In this way we hope to encourage a major effort between the public and private sector to share data so that cyber intrusion can be prevented."
(emphasis added by me)
Holy crap. I swear these wealthy, corporate shill people need to be thrown out on their asses. FULL IMMUNITY.
So like wouldn't a "prestegious" university have fiduciary responsibility to perform due diligence when coming to an arrangement like this?
I mean it doesn't take a rocket scientist (I am pretty sure no rocket scientists sit on the board at WMU but I could be wrong) to do some basic Googling to discover the overwhelming volume of complaints about the hack law school...
So yeah I am betting on the belief someone got paid off to make this happen.
hahaha a rogue mercenary providing hired thug company named "Academi" because it's most likely to be disassociative of their verified and testified and acknowledged criminal activity. (They've paid out almost $50 million in "fines" (read that payoffs to the fed so they could continue operating and continue getting contract work from the fed)...
Thank God. For a quick second, I actually thought "now that Prenda is on its deathbed, we have to pray that either John Steele opens up Salt Marsh LLC, with Alan Money as attorney of record, or we're going to have a whole lot of popcorn end up in the trash given how so little was needed during the "12 minutes".
Now at least, Malibu Media had the forethought to take advantage of this opportunity and I for one only want to know how fast we can get this over to Judge Wright's court calendar.
I apologize for the derogatory unwarranted attacks I initially posted. They were uncalled for.
I do not apologize for pointing out valid legitimate truth regarding the information I found on your web site that is extremely outdated.
I do not apologize for taking pity on you for your belief that the only way to prove yourself is to conduct an SEO contest where you can put your entire team of employees to work on a wild joke of a success chase where I personally am just one single person, and where my time is more valuable than playing stupid "my dick is bigger than your dick" games.
And for the record, those "bullshit conferences" I speak at that you refer to in your attack on my reputation? Rand Fishkin, Jim Boykin and Matt Cutts routinely attend and speak at those same conferences.
Apparently you find yourself much more of an SEO expert than even those gentlemen as well.
By now you will have possibly actually read the email I sent you a short while ago.
I don't go around making claims about achievements the way you do, let alone achievements anyone can obviously check for themselves to see you don't have the rankings you claimed.
Instead, I choose to discuss achievements with prospective clients. In private. Because they're none of your business.
Unlike you, I don't go around in public proclaiming I'm one of the top four SEO experts in the world. While I definitely come across as an asshat from time to time in my ranting, I learned a long time ago that such arrogance is even more immature and foolish than my ranting about others who act like asshats.
In fact, personally, many years ago, I routinely went around filled with the type of arrogance you clearly have expressed repeatedly. And I don't know about you, however for me, in those days, it was a result of a severe lack of self esteem.
Puff up your chest as big as you wish. It's quite entertaining.
He's pissed I ignored his repeated direct emails demanding I accept his challenge to an SEO duel. And now he has to get double-pissed because he linked to a different person with my name - a guy who lives in Florida (I've never lived in florida) who owns a sign company (I've never owned a sign company) who has a C rating on the BBB.
It's like maybe Tom got advice from Charles, and now they're trying some sort of reverse Alan Cooper on my identity or something. :-)
You present your company as a professional services provider. Yet you have extremely outdated content on your site. Content that is misleading given that you are no longer ranking for the phrases referenced. Content that is outdated related to techniques and methods that have long since died in the world of SEO.
If you want to rant at me, and yet you can't even find the content on your own site, perhaps you've been too busy in work and life, and have left the site relegated to someone younger in the field than you. That's possible. Maybe you're too busy doing great work for actual clients to be bothered.
Whatever the reason, I simply pointed it out and drilled holes in the content your own site claims and puts out to the world.
I don't need to take your challenge. I have nothing in this to prove. My clients and prospective clients have all the access to all the real world data that shows I know what I'm doing.
Feel free to continue referring to the conferences I speak at the way you do. That's your right to do if you so choose. No skin off my back.
First of all, thank you for including my name in your article. Since you are highly skilled at your work, you did an OUTSTANDING job of linking to a BBB entry for someone else who happens to have the same name as me. I have never owned a sign company, nor have I ever lived in Florida.
Clearly you have invested many decades of time and effort in your work to have failed to even consider that possibility.
Maybe you really are that good at SEO. All of the references I made came directly from your site. Your site claimed top rankings organically for a variety of high value internet marketing phrases, not the one you are now waving on high. None of the ones your own site referenced bring your company up anywhere in the first five pages of results.
That was the basis for my position.
SO before you blow vomit all over your shoes again please. Consider investing that $100,000 in more education for yourself. Or actual SEO that would help you get those more difficult phrases back that you lost forever ago.
Just a suggestion. Because I am far from perfect - yet at least I actually did real research on you before I commented here, as opposed to your quick shooting blind rebuttal that had no basis in factual response to mine.
Oh - and just for giggles, on one page of their site:
"HTPcompany.com is #1 for SEO Company, Internet Marketing Company and #4 for Marketing Company. So I have some proof of what I am talking about. However I am always learning."
Of course, they DON'T rank for any of those. At all. So it's possible their hack craptastic, myopic bullshit methods might have worked years ago. You know - before Google actually began figuring out how to slap idiots like that down. But no longer.
And the final kicker in their scammy spammy bullshit?
Yeah A closing line on one of their pages:
"Please phone us to discuss advertising on 121,000 different web sites."
Talk about a bullshit hacktastic spam path to "SEO"! Epic.
Anyone who creates a crappy bullshit based article using a crappy blogspot post is not someone you should trust to do your SEO.
Anyone who claims "it is less expensive to hire a good SEO company to push down the negative and perhaps false articles and complaints" is full of shit and someone you shouldn't trust to do your SEO.
Anyone who's "SEO" site includes a claim "We rank on AOL" among their accolades is someone you shouldn't trust to do your SEO.
Anyone who touts big brands as proof that they are good at SEO is also waving a false flag of proof, since those big brands usually only need adjustments rather than full blown effort given that as a big brand they carry a LOT of built-in cache' regarding authority and trust already. So if all they do is claim a handful of big brands, while failing to specify WHAT they've done for them (especially since I know the ACTUAL company that provides SEO for at least one of the brands he claims they've worked with on their site), is someone you should probably shouldn't trust to do your SEO.
Anyone who claims "keyword density" as one of their services is someone you shouldn't trust to do your SEO.
Anyone who has a page URL that includes "pick_the_best_search_engine" and has a page title that includes "Best Search Engines, Company Reviews", but then just embeds videos from Google talking about how search engines work is someone you shouldn't trust to do your SEO.
Any company that suggests you should pay attention to the PageRank of sites (the TBPR variety) is someone you shouldn't trust to do your SEO.
Any company that suggests techniques to rank on AllTheWeb, Teoma and AltaVista is someone you should not trust to do your SEO.
Any company that says to use linkpartners.com and linksmanager.com is someone you should DEFINITELY not trust to do your SEO.
Any company that claims " Only an idiot would use Home as the anchor text of a text link." is someone you should not trust to do your SEO.
Any company who suggests there are times when you would "need a lot" when referring to reciprocal links is an outright hack company I wouldn't trust with a thousand foot pole.
In the case of a Carreon, the SEO effort required to successfully "push down" the negative content (to at least the 3rd page of results) and then be sure that effort will successfully KEEP it pushed down, is more likely to cost in the order of $250,000.
You may be able to push it down a couple notches for much less, but so what? if it's still on the 1st page of results, the very next article, or link or even just a few updated comments on an old entry are enough to bring them right back up at that level.