I have been a huge fan of Naked Juice for decades.
I have bought probably tens of thousands of dollars of their products and consumed them over the past decades.
They even worked with me to help the San Diego firefighters when the City of San Diego could not supply the firefighters with enough food the first few days of the big fires. For this they are still appreciated.
I have promoted them.
I had not seen Naked Juice around as much as I used to the past year.
I had thought they just were not selling as well.
According to multiple reports in the news, Naked Juice got popped by mislabeling their juices.
They were using additives as sweeteners and bulking agents that are genetically modified, and made in factories.
I feel betrayed. Not cool.
Another one of my allies that I have done deals with Whole Foods has been selling this stuff for decades. This tarnishes their reputation. Whole Foods is one of the most ethical companies in the U.S., and have saved an untold number of lives. I have known many of their executives. The guys at the top of Whole Foods are there for real to do good for the planet. One of their executives from Follow Your Heart, has been living what they say for almost half a century now.
Many of us spend an enormous amount of time and energy to put the healthiest things possible into our bodies.
The exact items they are reported to have used were Archer Daniels Midland’s Fibersol-2 (“a soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent”), fructooligosaccharides (an alternative sweetener), and genetically modified soy.
I am hitting 50 years old in a few months, and have more energy, enthusiasm and am more mentally quick than most 25 year olds I know.
Not a small part of this is due to my eating very clean food since I was 16 years old.
Virtually no artificial flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives. I eat organic when possible, and take the best vitamins I can find.
I don’t drink, and I don’t take drugs.
Do not mess with my food supply.
If a company wants to make crap and sell poor health to the masses, that is their choice, and the choice of those who buy them.
But you best label your products accurately. If you tell me it is made with fruit and fruit juice it better be.
If Gypsy Boots were still alive right now he would throw a football right through your window.
Next week we will be doing our thing at Leadscon.
If you follow what I do, you will know that after Shoemoney’s Elite retreat, and our own thinktank, Leadscon is one of the absolute best events of the year. If you haven’t been before I highly recommend it. It was started by a friend of mine named Jay Weintraub. Jay hit the nail on the head in terms of figuring out a niche to build an internet conference around.
The guys who go to Leadscon are for the most part serious about what they do. Leadgen is not a hope and pray method of marketing, but a very measurable game where most of the people know their numbers.
You would be shocked at how many large companies I work with who really don’t know what a visitor is worth, what a lead is worth, or even what the long term value of a sale is. The guys at Leadscon have this data down cold.
Leadscon is now being headed up by Cory Smith whose company, Access Intel purchased Leadscon. This is their first year running it, and Jay is still heavily involved. I expect it to be a great show and I am excited to go next week.
One of my favorite subjects is how much some people complain about small things, while others laugh about things that would make most cry.
There are hundreds of sayings about the difference attitude makes, but there are a handful of people you meet who live them.
Last year I ran into a guy in San Francisco, who does web design, and internet marketing. That’s not so uncommon, right? But what about the fact the guy is blind. I mean like with a dog guiding him around the nightclub in San Francisco blind? Not being able to see other than very up close and doing webdesign takes some real cajones, and Jason has them I am impressed.
In my interactions with Jason, he has been nothing short of professional, and a great guy to chat with.
I asked Jason to write a little something for my readers, and here it is:
Some of you may have heard of marketers like Adil Amarsi, Viv Craske, Paul Barrs and Kris Whitehead. These are just a few of the people I either have worked with or am working with. You see I take pride in the work I do for my clients. I take special care to ensure each client get what they want and have paid for. It truly makes me happy when I receive testimonials like the one below.
“Jason is a breath of fresh air when it comes to working with web development. Not only is he an expert in his field, he is punctual and polite, as well as willing to communicate in a non-technical way to really connect with his client’s. I recommend Jason with upmost enthusiasm, because he produces results…on time, and on budget, period.”
The one thing that makes me unique against a sea of developers is that I am legally blind. Yep, I was born with and diagnosed at six months old with optic nerve hypoplasia – under developed optic nerves. The best way I can explain it is as follows. What someone with normal 20/20 sight can see at 400 ft, I can see the same thing from about 20 feet away. Where most can focus in on something far away that’s virtually impossible for me unassisted. My vision works best up close, and thanks to a macbook and software like Adobe CS and web based software like WordPress I’m able to easily create beautiful works of art geared toward my clients businesses.
From an early age of 8 I knew that I was going to have my hands deep in some form of programming. Initially it was games and over the years that dream has transformed into web development thanks to an aunt of mine. She suggested I take a look at a continuing education class for web development. After more classes on the subject and several jobs I had made the decision once and for all that I’d work for myself!
The time for me to strike out on my own was after I had a job as a deli clerk. Over worked and underpaid I would work tirelessly after the day was done and on days off. Finally after realizing that it was pointless to be building websites if people couldn’t see them, I decided to delve into IM.
Since then I have been on a mission to work with the worlds leading marketers and everyone in between. For my portfolio and more testimonials like the one above visit http://jasonbakerwebconsultant.com Will you be the next marketing genius I work with? Well, we won’t know unless you set up an appointment with me.
Click this link to schedule your 30 min appointment now…
A whole new level of egregious link spam/removal has begun.
We are in the midst of removing a penalty from an important site, and I took a sample of the bad links to look at myself for a little quality control. I cam across a site listed below called, gimmewealth.com. This of course is a funny name, but with a sting when you figure out what they are doing.
The site I am working on had hired an Indian firm to build links for them. The client at the time thought they were writing articles, and then posting them in different places as a way of getting links. The client had no idea that there was anything wrong with this at all.
So we are helping them to remove these links, so that they may get the penalty removed.
This site shown below may have been a link built by the Indian company, or possibly was something even more evil which I will explain below.
Google has told us that bad links should be removed. When you search for bad links, you come across pages like this.
This bad link page, which is a pile of crap to start with, has actually put an automated payment system in place to have you pay them to remove the link.
They are smart in that they set the cost at a point, where most people will actually pay it.
Now here is the question?
Did the links on this site end up there because of Indian and other shady SEO companies building the links? Or did this company build this site, and put the crappy links on their site along with the paypal button as an entire business concept of it’s own.
Step 1 – Build a Crappy Site
Step 2 – Build Crappy Links to your site from porn, gambling and pharmaceutical sites.
Step 3 – Link out to millions of legitimate websites.
Step 4 – Put an automated button for people to pay to have your link removed.
Bad Luck? Or Evil Genius?
Sean Rasmussen (The name listed as owner of this domain), if you see this post, please comment so we can hear the whole story?
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Open Letter To SEO Community + NDA talk at Wynn Casino This Week.
“Link Building That Won’t Get You Penalized”. The number one thing on the mind of Pubcon Attendees per our newest survey. READ ALL OF BELOW
NDA talk, discussion, and private party at my suite at the Wynn on this subject below, but please read all of this first.
Matt Cutts has said for almost a decade (this is me paraphrasing) that he wants quality, white hat, links from sites with a real gate keeper evaluating the links.
Every bit of research we have done the past year, confirms that the number one factor Google is still using to rank a site, are the number of unique domains of real websites that link in to a page.
Google is demanding white hat links or they are spinning your site into outer space.
Our fortune 500 clients are demanding white hat link building.
We have been working our tails off this past few years, and especially the past 3 months developing enterprise level software and methods for doing this.
Also, some people in this industry are Matt Cutts and Google haters, while they make their living off of this company.
I personally am grateful for the friendship and help that Matt has given me, and for the work that Google does. Google never asked me to spend the past 8 years figuring out how they rank sites. The didn’t ask me to make software to reverse engineer what they are doing. That is my choice.
If Matt Cutts or Google decides to change the algorithm, or stop giving me keyword data, god bless them. That is their choice. Google has made my and my clients sites tens of millions of dollars. I thank them for this. But Google owes me nothing.
In our surveys over the past weeks, in our discussions with our large clients, with talks with the agencies that work for these big sites, and in our own minds for our own sites, the major focus at this second is how to build links that won’t get your site penalized.
I am putting together an NDA talk and private party on this exact subject, link building that won’t get you penalized, so we can stay on top of what is new.
We have our own enterprise level link building techniques that are working great and we want to compare notes with others to see what is working well for them.
I am going to spring for the penthouse at the Wynn, food and drinks.
Please fill out the survey to help us figure out the what and when on this, and apply for an invitation.
Survey and Invitation Request.
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I have cleverly planned a little upscale networking for you, and all
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Also, this past year we have dedicated ourselves to reverse engineering Google’s
algorithm. We made a ton of money for our own and clients sites this past year.
I am going to be sharing at my invite only back room talk during Pubcon.
Also, if you care at all about high quality, white hat link building. I will just say this bluntly.
We rock it. We have new techniques that are just killing it right now. We have been doing this
over the past year for fortune 500 and large website clients.
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We have been putting out facebook ads, emails, blog posts and more to promote
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We need a few more sponsors.
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If you don’t get this, when you go to Google Analytics, which is Google’s tool for seeing what is happening on your website, they up to now have shown you a great degree of what keyword people were searching for when they came to your site.
Those of us in the Google ranking, and Google penalty removal business, use this data as indicators as to how Google is ranking our sites for different keywords. In fact it has been extremely useful for me to figure out exactly what is causing the penalty.
Google has decided to hide all of this data from webmasters, and now webmasters are whining about it.
My good buddy and secret weapon Dan and I have a basic philosophy which is the harder and more expensive something is to figure out or get past, the better for us.
It is like having a 20,000 foot cliff below our front porch. Only the strong and the smart are going to make it there. Most people are tremendously lazy. If there is any barrier to entry at all, then they are not even going to try to get in. That leaves plenty of room at the top for those smart enough, and willing to work 16 hour days to get to places where the masses, and even the leaders of the masses will never see.
We just got through doing a sideways reverse engineering of a big piece of google. By this I mean we took a way Google is looking at sites, and then came in from the side, worked our way through the webbing, and found an amazing new way to build links that are Google compliant, Google loved, and will get sites to rank even better than we have for cheaper. To do this took 2 months of research on top of what we have been dong for years. Then once I had the idea, I spent three 16 hour days writing up the specs for the programmer, who then banged out version 1 for me.
How many people are going to go through that much work? Not many.
So every time Google makes it harder for SEO’s to get sites to rank well in Google, I give Google another round of applause.
I know as the challenges get tougher, I will work harder and smarter that I ever have before.
As Google tightens its noose against crappy links, and crappy writing, and sloppy lazy analysis, we just keep pulling further ahead.
I will tell you one more secret.
Not drinking and taking good care of oneself goes an awful long way in being able to work hard, and well, for decades at a time
Making it a bit tougher for us Google ranking folks Google?
As most of you know, we have been working flat out the past few years helping very large sites and our own large sites rank well in Google. A big part of this has become getting rid of the penalties.
As a result we have a large research team and some amazing white hat link building teams literally working around the clock these days. The sun never sets on the empire as they say.
Today there is an interesting new twist. Google is actually telling you flat out if you have a manual penalty. For some webmasters they got a notice from Google, it disappeared, and then they never saw it again.
Today in Google Webmaster tools showed up a button under Search Traffic, Manual Actions. It then tells you if you have a manual action and some details about it. Most often if you have one, it is going to be about unnatural link warnings, although I am sure there are others.
If you click on it you get Manual Actions, Site Wide Matches, and Partial Matches.
The Site Wide Matches will probably shake out to be more Panda related penalties, and the Partial Matches more Penguin stuff.
I applaud Google for being a little more transparent at this.
I once asked Matt Cutts a question in front of a few hundred webmasters, a bit tongue in cheek but also seriously, if Google was asking webmasters to be entirely transparent in what they were doing, when could we expect the same from Google? This is a step in the right direction.
If you have one of these penalties on a significant site and want to chat, email me at dk (at) purposeinc.com
As you probably know, we do public relations work for public figures and public companies. In other words, we do link building for reputation management purposes. I know how important it is for a company to maintain a good public impression, so I do not write blog posts like this lightly.
It is a bit of a long read, and I will be updating this in segments as the story unfolds.
I will make every attempt to be factual, and if you spot anything that seems unspecific or non-factual, please call me on it in the comments so I can correct it. For me personally, this was a big deal.
Before the last few months I have used hostgator, mostly without any problems.
On March 11, 2013 I received the below email from hostgator,
Please read this email in its entirety, as it contains very important information regarding your HostGator dedicated server, IP address: 184.108.40.206, and the impending mandatory maintenance and migration that will be occurring within 48 hours.
Your dedicated server(s) are being migrated onto brand new, upgraded hardware. We plan to facilitate this migration both as quickly and easily as possible, but also want to assure you that your total satisfaction with this migration is our primary objective. We will keep you updated via email throughout this entire migration.
Please be aware that there may be small amounts of downtime and that this process does require a change of IP address and nameservers, as such it is vital that you take action in regard to the DNS settings once the actual data migration has been completed.
As mentioned, there are several automatic upgrades involved in this migration:
– All servers will now have a RAID1 hard disk configuration. In brief, a RAID1 is two disks containing exact copies of the data (a mirror) which allows for increased read speeds for faster delivery of requested data. Data can be read from both disks independently or in tandem, which also provides redundancy in the event of a disk failure.
– All servers also feature an optional Rescue & Hardware Monitoring KVM layer (which is included by default) allowing HostGator to monitor the server for any potential hardware failures and proactively resolve these issues before they result in any downtime and/or possible data loss.
– All servers will contain quad-core processors with hyper-threading enabled, which allows the for the processor to effectively share the workload at any given moment between cores resulting in the parallelization of computational processes, or simply put: increased speed.
– All servers are pre-configured to allow for the attachment of off-server SAN (Storage Area Network) backup solutions, allowing for increased flexibility and control over your backups.
At this time, there are no changes needed to be made on your part. We’ll contact you with another update, within 48 hours, once the migration process has started. When the migration has completed we will forward the traffic from the old server to the new server and we will send you another update which will contain specific details regarding the necessary DNS changes.
At that time our business was, and still is undergoing massive growth, and my time has been very, very focused on building the business.
I then emailed them the following email on 3/11/2013
There was a failure of the server a few months ago, that was fixed.
In the process this gallery went down.
Before you move it over, can you guys get this fixed as well?
Just wait till you read what happened next….
About 5 years ago I sat at a crappy coffee shop in the Stratosphere hotel with Shoemoney.
It was when we were first becoming good friends, and he was really opening up to me.
It will always be one of the most remarkable and influential discussions I have ever had.
Honestly it was more like a lecture. Good enough content to have at any major conference as the Keynote,
but with information that few people will ever know.
It was really the true history of internet marketing. Fascinating stuff, that still blows my mind when I think about it.
Jeremy must have talked for about 4 hours that day before he was done. I was incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear what he said.
He pointed out that for most of us, (The out of the box, entrepreneurial, internet marketing rebels), at some point they find a niche where they can make money. From his stories it sounded like most of them found that niche within a short period of time.
I on the other hand have built slowly.
One of the reasons I think is that I built a very, very strong base for myself in this industry.
I literally spent half a decade meeting everyone I possibly could in all of the related industries.
2. Affiliate Marketing
3. The “startup” crowd.
4. WordPress guys
5. Facebook Advertising People
6. PPC people.
7. Media Buy crowd.
9 Local Advertising Experts
10. Reputation Management guys.
11. Lead Generators
12. The info marketing world.
and probably more that I am forgetting.
I had some good early success in link baiting that Matt Cutts wrote about, and have had ongoing requests for my help in that are, as well as requests in every one of the industries mentioned.
I have built my skill set, so I am competent in every one of the areas mentioned.
I just can’t tell you how helpful it is to know how to do all of it online.
In the past two years we have developed three strong link building strategies that are white hat, and Google Compliant, that can develop links in high volume.
We did this because we had one client who really needed this. As we got better and better, we started picking up more and more clients.
At this point, we are very, very busy, and are turning down clients regularly. We now have a very specific client profile we look for, where we can help them the most, and they can help us the most.
Personally I have an breathtakingly amazing girlfriend named Shannon and have acquired the rights to play mermaid with, make stuffed animals with, and create various animal shaped pancakes with her two daughters. The exact title of my new position with the two daughters is still a matter of discussion. It is tremendously fulfilling, and challenging. When you are trying to get two kids to understand the importance of the ones vs. the tens column, and the fact that atoms are made of electrons protons and neutrons, and that nothing else is going to make sense at school until we get this part down, being a world famous internet marketer who helped facebook does not impress them very much.
I spend a bit more time in the Malibu area with Shannon now, and a bit less time in the La Jolla area. I still am seeing patients, but much, much less.
I had a brief brush with death in October, that by December was totally gone. I have a very poetic description of it, but may never release it. If you see me in person don’t be shy about asking about it, it is a great and actually funny story
My mind is clearer, and I am more fulfilled than I have ever been in my life.
I have been skateboarding a ton, and hitting skateparks.
I have the most aesthetic beautiful life I ever could have hoped for.
I hope that catches you up a bit.
Business is so good, I am a bit reluctant to have as big of a thinktank this year.
I am guessing it is going to be a very, very, very small event, making it even more of a mystery than it has ever been.
I am excited summer is coming, and about to get a new board.