BIG Mike

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  1. I singled out that one comment, for two reasons - the first is that this has always been the prevalent thinking since the 1990's...the second is more complicated. DISCLAIMER: I haven't kept up with SEO for years and am just slowly working my way back into it, so take my comments below with a grain of salt. That said, if you stop and really think about it, every major change that Google has ever made was based on the fact that, "Everyone was doing it". Doesn't matter if it's SEO, Adwords, Adsense, etc., websites got hammered left and right because they were all doing the same (wrong) things. Google, rightfully so, looks at SEO with a view towards identifying anything that will artificially skew a webpage's ranking and they plan, develop and deploy an update accordingly. So here's what I see happening - someone figures out a technique for improving his or her rank. The next thing you know, it's being discussed on forums, sold as ebooks, etc. Pretty soon, a lot of folks are using the technique, happily ranking better and better...until the hammer falls. Once a threshold number of webpages start ranking improperly, Google goes to work - I'm sure the old timers here have seen it again and again. My only real point here is that if you're doing things because everyone else is, you might be setting yourself up for failure. Despite what I mentioned above, this is really more of a design element that's become popular and speaks more to better site navigation than anything else. The real key is #4 you mentioned - unique, valuable content. ^^ Exactly...and interestingly enough, it goes to show you how Google reacts when enough sites start exploiting loopholes for SEO. Noob or not, it's good advice
  2. I just use the default letter spacing for most of the text, but will use an assortment of 1pt to 5pt in titles/subtitles depending on what I'm trying to do. For line spacing I use 1.15 to 1.50, again depending on what I'm trying to do - 1.15 is readable, but for us geezers, 1.50 is better. 1.50 works well if you're trying to bulk up a page a little bit, which I sometimes do because I'm anal retentive, LOL.
  3. To me, Verdana doesn't look good at less than 11pt and for PDF's I prefer 12pt for most text. For Titles, Subtitles, etc., I might go to 14pt or 16pt, but not that large for everything. Bear in mind that it's easy to zoom in and out with PDF's (as well as other documents), so you don't really need to guess at it - as long as the document looks good at 100%, leave the rest up to the user to adjust to his or her needs. I will say this - I absolutely hate opening up a PDF where the author used huge font sizes and I end up having to zoom out more and more to see more than a few sentences.
  4. Looks like someone took a 2009 course on SEO and thought it still applies today, LOL...
  5. For PDF's, I've always preferred Verdana or Tahoma (12pt minimum) as it's clean and easy to read. Georgia is also a nice font to use (and I have), but I prefer clarity to stylishness. I don't like Arial, but not for any particular reason that affects what you're asking...Microsoft used it a lot in the old days and I guess I'm just tired of looking at it.
  6. I don't disagree at all with what you're saying, especially now that you've gone to all that trouble to support the context of your argument. I simply responded to your broad [incorrect] claim that: You mentioned plurality: But you're talking about plurality in the context of your own argument, I'm still taking about majority. You quoted Wikipedia, and if you read the definition carefully, you'll find the majority does not need to be more than half. Additionally, a plurality can be a majority depending on context. Now you're saying that Webster's thinks MY definition is obsolete, but it's the same definition your earlier post used from Wikipedia to prove your point. Incidentally, it's not MY definition - it's one of the accepted definitions of Majority. Why is it trumped by 3A? Because it's listed first? It isn't trumped by anything and 4 (the group or political party having the greater number of votes) absolutely is relevant to this discussion because there are not just two political parties. And yet we don't refer to them as pluralities. That's all you originally had to say
  7. Probably just me, but the author seemed like it was all the UK throughout the article, which was clearly not true. I was just surprised at the lack of objectivity in the article, which is a cornerstone of solid reporting.
  8. In Websters, look at 3C and 4 - you'll see I'm right
  9. I think if you go look it up in online dictionaries you'll find it's the greater part. Yes, more than half is always the majority, but the "Greater Part" isn't a plurality
  10. Did anyone else reading the article find it weirdly UK-centric? Here's the original article from Cambridge University: I wouldn't get too hung up on the idea that dinosaurs first appeared in the UK, LOL.
  11. Actually, the majority is the highest number or ranking in a group
  12. Business owners don't necessarily flock directly to others in their industry, but rather join professional organizations that pull them together into a peer network. Offline, I've been a member of many different organizations like this, to meet, share knowledge, etc. These have all been around for a long time and you'll find them in any field or discipline whether it's professional, skilled trade or just basic retail business. What I have never (and would never do) would guest post on a competitor's (a peer) blog to help them promote their business. In this respect, I agree with Mike F. in terms of just who they should be reaching out to - non-competing partners in the same industry. That said, what I absolutely would do (and have done) is publish in the organization's newsletter, magazine, etc., in the past when these were print media. These days, you can find the same things online and publish to them and/or comment on them. More importantly, those links will carry far more credibility and potential traffic than individual blogs that some, but not all business owners have. Just for clarification, I haven't done this online so can't provide any hard data, but do read a lot of professional journals online and they all welcome publishing from industry professionals.
  13. Not sure if it's fake news or not - there was an article in the Harvard Gazette related to this and one that will be published in Science Magazine soon, but it's mostly related to the research being done...not a leap into human trials.
  14. You're right, but I think it depends on your overall goals. When I was doing it, it wasn't so much the money, but something fun to do and keep myself occupied. I was already pursuing my professional career and making a fortune, and I pretty much lived rent free for nearly 20 years in the bargain. Well, for me at least, it was 20 to 30 years clue at all today about the housing market.
  15. Like your other thread on networking, I think that connecting with the right individuals is critical for your JV to avoid being inundated with too many clients, at least right away. Why not start right here in this forum? From what I've seen, there are some awesome people here worth networking with that could probably be mutually beneficial. Before you ask, I've been out of the loop for a while now online, so don't have any prospects to offer up but of course should I encounter anyone looking for this, I wouldn't have a problem referring them to you. No commission necessary