‘We came out and played with some fire’ B52s learn from, look to build from loss

first_imgSometimes a loss a says a whole lot more about a team than a win does.After loosing 12-1 in their series opener on the road against the Healdsburg Prune Packers on Saturday, the B52s responded with a much better outing on Sunday and pushed the Prune Packers into extra innings, eventually loosing 4-3 in 10 frames.It was a loss which B52s’ head coach Scott St. John said described as a moment in which his club showed perhaps as much promise going forward as it had in any win this season.“After …last_img

Is This Any Way to Learn About the Origin of Life?

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Pollute, freeze, zap.  Goal: “to better understand how life arose on Earth.”With pride instead of shame, Science Daily promoted the idea that modern scientists in high-tech labs, brewing organic molecules on ice and zapping them with lasers, are poised to announce to the world “How Life Arose On Earth.”  They can’t be faulted with inventing the story, because it came right out of a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory that was promptly picked up the NASA astrobiology publicity crew at NASA-Ames in their Astrobiology Magazine.The convoluted tale goes something like this:In a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, the research team provides the first direct look at the organic chemistry that takes place on icy particles in the frigid reaches of our solar system, and in the even chillier places between stars. Scientists think that the basic ingredients of life, including water and organics, began their journey to Earth on these lonesome ice particles. The ice and organics would have found their way into comets and asteroids, which then fell to Earth, delivering “prebiotic” ingredients that could have jump-started life.The number of personifications in that story is astonishing: carbon soot molecules “found their way” onto comets, which fell to earth “delivering” ingredients that could have “jump-started life.”  While true that organic (carbon-based) molecules have been found in comets and meteorites and interstellar dust, they are as far from life as alphabet letters from software.The remainder of the scenario provides neither necessary nor sufficient conditions for life.  It also contradicts all the other scenarios from many others in the origin-of-life field about where the molecules came from (e.g., volcanoes, deep sea vents, shallow pools); only a minority consider special delivery from space a valid option.  Nevertheless, that paragraph was followed by an understatement of the year, spun as a float in the scientific parade of progress:The various steps needed to go from icy organics to slime molds are not clear, but the new findings help explain how the process works.What is the empirical basis, if any, for the experiments?  The “organic molecules” hyped are nothing more than poisons:The organics looked at in the study are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs for short. These carbon-rich molecules can be found on Earth as combustion products: for example, in barbecue pits, candle soot and even streaming out of the tail pipe of your car.PAHs were described as “strong, stubborn molecules” later in the press release.  It appears they are doing their best not to come alive, but by zapping them with lasers, the evolutionists coaxed some of them to break up and become other non-living carbon molecules.  The article never did get around to explaining what any of this has to do with the origin of life.NASA-JPL and NASA-Ames are well known for pushing the poison-to-life myth – a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.  What have they learned in the 60 years since MIller and Urey entranced the logically illiterate with visions of Frankenstein sparks creating the “building blocks of life” in a completely unrealistic apparatus with unrealistic ingredients leading to irrelevant products? (5/02/2003)  Nothing!  How much more time do these modern alchemists deserve to be on the public dole?If you don’t believe it, listen to Robert Hazen wax eloquent about the vision in the Teaching Company’s lecture series, “Origins of Life.”  Hazen’s skill as a teacher and his enthusiasm for the subject cannot rescue him from the obvious conclusion after the last lecture that evolutionists remain absolutely clueless how life got here.  He describes several competing groups whose theories each falsify one another, none of them confirming one another.  A circular firing squad does not lead to progress.What the purveyors of the OOL follies consistently fail to address in their haste to find the “building blocks” is the specified complexity these ingredients must produce.  To visualize the problem, imagine jetliners dropping tons and tons of children’s ABC blocks into a hurricane.  Building blocks (a misleading phrase pregnant with personification) are nothing without a builder.  A builder can take a pile of building blocks and make something meaningful out of them.  Random chance and natural law cannot.  The meaning (semantics) of a sentence made out of ABC blocks is not inherent in the blocks; the sentence could just as well be written with chalk or with electrons on a cathode-ray tube.  Without semantics, all this effort zapping icy soot with lasers is quite literally MEANINGLESS.In the new book The Magician’s Twin about C. S. Lewis’s ideas on evolution (highly recommended; you can download chapter 7 for free), Lewis comments on the logic of causes.  He argues that the cause for a railroad train like England’s Rocket requires a greater cause than itself: “You have to go outside the sequence of engines, into the world of men, to find the real originator of the Rocket. Is it not equally reasonable to look outside Nature for the real Originator of the natural order?”  As applied to OOL, one has to look not at the ingredients of life, but for the superior cause outside the ingredients that organized them into life.  Otherwise, one has explained nothing at all – except the ability of human minds to use their intelligently-designed bodies to zap ice with intelligently-designed lasers.last_img read more

2018 Corn Silage Cab Cam – Sugarcreek Harvesting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Just as the weather is not doing any favors for farmers wanting to get their 2018 corn and soybean crop in, silage harvest is lagging in Ohio. In his very first corn silage Cab Cam, presented by Fennig Equipment, Ty hops in with Derrick Regula and Brendon Miller with Sugarcreek Harvesting in Licking County to see how things have gone with silage this year and what a delayed finish means for quality.last_img

SEO Webinar Questions Answered

first_img blog directories WebsiteGrader to find out how many pages of your website Google has indexed. , for updated information for 2011!   Editor’s note: Check out our new ebook, Introduction to Search Engine Optimization Have any more questions?  Leave a comment! webinar . Last week we held a webinar on the basics of Introduction to Search Engine Optimization . An Introductory Guide to Paid Search with answers and links to more information. .  vs. Search engines will index content as long as they can access it – if you have content behind a secure login page, search engines see that as a dead end and will not be able to index that content. That content does not help you in terms of SEO. How does using flash on a website affect SEO? Click here to download organic search Is it better to use a subdirectory instead of a subdomain for blogs or verticals? What are some good tips for building inbound links? Should I try to get reciprocal links? . Furthermore, do not use hidden content as a way of tricking search engines into indexing your website for keywords not naturally used on the page. In general, on-page SEO techniques such as these do not weigh in as much as off-page SEO factors. where you can build links to your website. . This is because search engines see the entire flash presentation as one big image and it can’t index all the content that, though visible to humans, is not visible by search engines. marketing campaigns. First you should understand why SEO is better than PPC as a long term strategy, and when and how to launch a PPC campaign. Check out our ebooks, The quick answer is that flash is bad for SEO.  In a previous post, we dubbed using flash for your entire website as the #1 There is a bit of a debate about whether or not this matters anymore. In general, either is fine – as long as you own and control each of your website URLs. There’s a bit more about using a subdomain or subdirectory in our previous post on Launching a Business Blog ebook, and check out our search engine ranking Inbound links are definitely key to ranking well in search engine results. Check out our . Originally published May 20, 2008 10:29:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Using frames is almost as bad as building your website in flash because with frames, too, search engines cannot index your content.  Any content displayed within a frame on a website cannot be crawled or indexed by search engines. page for all our archived presentations.)center_img How important is Google PageRank in determining position in Google search results (organic and PPC)? Hidden tags or content do not have much influence in terms of your An Introductory Guide to Paid Search Introduction to Search Engine Optimization ebook We had to pack a lot of info into this short one-hour webinar so unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to answer all of the questions we received.  Here are some of your top questions from last week’s SEO free SEO tool and How do you balance your PPC campaigns with your organic SEO campaign?  How do you get started and evaluate the value of a PPC campaign versus your organic SEO efforts? Search engines like fresh content and more of it.  Search engine web crawlers will visit your site periodically and look for new content to index. The more (unique) pages you have, the more content for the search engines to index, which helps you rank better. Learn more from our SEO Resources for link-building tips. Steer clear of link-building opportunities that involve reciprocal links – this is a known black hat technique.  For more, read our previous post, , for more information. Most Egregious SEO Mistake Topics: What is the right number of keywords to target for a given website page?  What is too many?  Too few? Generally, you want to target 3-5 keywords per page of your site, so the total number of keywords you target depends on the number of pages of your site.  Blog articles are also great opportunities to target long-tail keywords not otherwise on your site.  Here are some more detailed keyword tips as part of our ongoing HubSpot webinar series. (If you missed any of our webinars, be sure to check out our paid search If my website uses frames, will search engines be able to see all of my content? Google PageRank is a measure of Google’s understanding of your website’s quality.  PageRank is calculated based on a number of different factors (inbound links playing a huge role) and is one key in how you rank in search engine results.  Read more in our ebook, How do password-protected sites or content behind login forms do in terms of SEO? marketing webinars What is the impact of hidden tags or hidden content on your site (visible in the code of the site but invisible to humans)? There is a lot we could say about . It is no longer necessary to formally submit your site to search engines – they will naturally find and index your site. Directories can make for good linkbuilding opportunities, but be selective – don’t submit your site to low-quality directories that are more link-farms than high quality resources. Here is a list, for example, of some high quality Introduction to Search Engine Optimization Silly Rabbit, Tricks are for Black Hat SEOs Is it important to submit your site to search engines and directories online? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) How does the number of pages on your website affect your ranking in search engines? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Keyword Optimization: The Cure for Search Overload Syndrome

first_img search engine optimization for lead generation kit “I’d recommend that you step back from trying to find keywords for the product you sell, and ask yourself, ‘What content will attract my buyer?'” Conduct Keyword Research Fran Murdy and . You can use KeywordDiscovery Download our . That will guide you in the right direction and help you produce searchable content. “Keyword research is the beginning and end game for a well optimized site,” Anthony Howard wrote Business owner in the liquor industry One way to do this is to target the people who are already searching for you. There is somebody out there who is looking up your brand online or is actively interested in your industry- or location-specific niche. suggested Use Keyword Discovery Resources Keyword Grader For instance, if you run a bed and breakfast in the village of Cataumet on Cape Cod, your low-hanging fruit would be “bed breakfast Cataumet.” There aren’t many bed and breakfasts in Cataumet, so the competition to rank for this keyword will be low. Originally published Jul 17, 2009 8:24:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Experiment With Pay Per ClickIn some cases, PPC campaigns can be a good way to build relevant traffic quickly. It can also help you determine which keywords will generate leads before you spend the time and effort trying to rank for them organically through SEO. Of course, PPC is an expensive long-term marketing strategy. is our favorite, but you could also try Image Credit: carobe . Soon afterward, fellow marketers offered their suggestions for a good keyword optimization strategy: forum discussion The more tools for keyword suggestions you use, the richer your set of ideas will be. HubSpot’s in the forum discussion. Brainstorm ideas and create a list of action-oriented keywords appealing to your target audience. Offer the most relevant content for your buyer persona. Microsoft’s Bing suggestedthat we suffer from search overload syndrome. If that’s true, marketers have a lot of work ahead of them in terms of keyword optimization. Topics: InboundMarketing.com Pete Caputa to explore your competitors’ strategy and monitor a word’s average volume of searches. SEO for Lead Generation Kit Wordtracker Keyword Optimization SemRush Learn more about how you can optimize your site to get found online in search engines to generate more leads for your business. Measure Keyword PerformanceOnce you have started using certain keyword phrases, don’t stop measuring their performance. Web 2.0 is more real-time than ever and enables quick changes in organic search and trending topics. Trackthe keywords driving actual traffic and leads to your site and keep producing relevant content. Filter out the unsuccessful ones and adjust your keyword selectionaccordingly. Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit recently got a preview of that work. “I’m in desperate need of help to find keywords for my business,” wrote Fran in a on . Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Stories of the Week: Get the Ball Rolling

first_img Why Blogging is Like the Wizard of Oz… social media engagement Always have a plan. 3.  5. Present: InboundMarketing.com Jennifer’s guest post on Brian Solis’ blog discusses how the true experts out there can differentiate themselves from the wannabes and prove themselves worthy, specifically by offering proof of experience and demonstrated results (e.g. case studies), demonstrating business leadership (not necessarily thought leadership) and making themselves visible online through promotion and personal branding.  get the ball rolling If you make an offer, you better have something worth offering, and it better be awesome. Originally published Oct 9, 2009 7:00:00 AM, updated July 18 2013 that maybe their five-star rating system isn’t really the best way to vote on videos. Starting Your Social Media Case ChrisBrogan.com to learn how to get your company started with social media. TechCrunch MG Siegler describe a “try before you buy” pilot that tests these methods find a case study that matches the organization’s interests on Outline Problogger Photo by Jonny Keelty Lesson: As with any other new initiative, making your boss or organization believe that the company would benefit from Lucky for you, in this week’s top inbound marketing story on Wired, , Chris Brogan offers a nice little outlined plan to help you Social Media Consultants: A Call to Action Starting to feel slightly overwhelmed by the number of tweeps you’re following?  (The average Twitter user follows 100.)  Looks like Twitter is finally coming out with a tool to help get you organized.  lists are definitely a much needed and natural enhancement.   Do your homework: YouTube’s recent revelation Do you consider yourself a ‘social media consultant’?  If so, you’re one of the many out there.  So if you’re actually legit, how do you separate yourself from all the so-called fakers out there?  Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing. may take some convincing.  Author: 1. YouTube Comes to a 5-Star Realization: Its Ratings are Useless : highlight the main goal, approach, resources/tools required, cost, etc. Taming Twitter Overload: ‘Lists’ to the Rescue Using an incredibly interesting Dorothy-Wizard of Oz analogy, Kelly’s post introduces the idea of the Red Shoes Blogger, which she admittedly made up.  …  Author: Lesson: of Lesson: Author: map out what people are saying about you, your competitors, the space, and where they are  John C Abell 4.  Lesson: on Stay aware of new features and tools to help manage Web information overload. Suggest: Download the free webinar comments on PR 2.0 Research: With most ratings coming in at either a five (best) or a one (worst), it looks as though votes are only representative of viewers who absolutely love or hate videos.  YouTube’s proposed solution, a thumbs up/thumbs down voting system, may make a better solution.  Jennifer Leggio organize a brief meeting for management to listen to these parts before they provide feedback Twitter is currently trying out a way to sub-categorize the people you follow into lists to help you systematically organize and recommend feeds you follow.  While right now the new feature is being tested by a select few, it is expected to be be rolled out to the public relatively soon.  As put by Author: Kelly’s Red Shoes Blogger isn’t someone who pulls out all the stops promoting some measly little piece of content that no one cares about and has no message.  No.  A Red Shoes Blogger has a mission, something to offer.  Kelly’s post encourages us, (as content creators, bloggers, what have you) to avoid turn-key blogging and execution unsparked by ideas by creating remarkable content. “Please.” of Wired.com Author: Crowdsourcing tactics may need modification. Use results and experience to legitimize your personal brand. Lesson: TechCrunch Kelly Diels Crowdsourcing has become a common problem solving tactic by many, but does it always work?  This article published by on Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss Chris Brogan Chris Brogan’s plan to convince your boss to consider social media includes five simple steps: 2.  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Zappos.com’s $1.6M Mistake That Boosted its Brand

first_img , ran into a technical glitch that priced everything on the site at $49.95 or under for several hours on Sunday morning. Items that ranged up to thousands of dollars could be bought at $49.95. over the weekend that cost them $1.6 million but ultimately used the blunder to boost their brand image. honored popular shoe site Webinar – PR 2.0 for Marketers: Why Social Media Participation Matters What can marketers and business owners learn from this? of building honest relationships with their customers, Zappos.com held up their end of their promise to deliver phenomenal service. Instead of allowing the media to criticize the mistake, they used the press to display their commitment to consumers. The free publicity helped generate buzz for Zappos, secured its reputation for stellar customer service, and greatly increased the reach of 6pm.com across the web. that embraces exceptional customer service and successful use of social media, made an to learn how inbound marketing and PR can be combined for results. stated, “While we’re sure this was a great deal for customers, it was inadvertent, and we took a big loss (over $1.6 million – ouch) selling so many items so far under cost. However, it was our mistake. We will be honoring all purchases that took place on 6pm.com during our mess up.” When Zappos.com realized the mistake, they shut down the site to fix the problem and restore the original prices. But here’s the best part: the company Aaron Magness from Zappos.com Topics: core valuecenter_img expensive mistake Want to learn more about how creating remarkable content can lead to PR coverage and lead generation? Staying consistent with their 6pm.com the prices they mistakenly sold the products at.  Originally published May 24, 2010 2:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Download the free webinar Zappos.com, the For many businesses, it is important to remember that social media and traditional media can play a huge role in generating buzz for your company and impacting your brand image. Taking advantage of PR, even in bad situations, can help your company shine amongst your competition. By flipping an unfortunate incident on its head, your company will not only gain credibility for admitting its mistake but also receive customer trust for handling the situation in a transparent and honest way. So what happened? Zappos.com’s sister site, Brand Management Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

23 Awesome SEO Blogs Everyone Should Read

first_img Topics: Search engine optimization (SEO) standards are constantly changing. Like social media, email marketing, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), search engines are improving the way in which they deliver results to users every day.To do this, they’re focusing on things like localization, page authority, click-through rate, and even searches that come from voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Access Now: 22 SEO Myths to Leave Behind This YearAs a marketer, it is critical to keep up with all of this news. Here’s our reading list of the best SEO blogs on the internet today to help you become a better marketer.19 of the Best SEO Blogs on the Internet Today1. The Moz Blog Moz has become the gold standard for SEO solutions and how-to articles. The Moz Blog’s team of contributors offers an article per day to help expand your knowledge of search marketing.2. Neil PatelNeil Patel and his team of talented marketers break marketing news from every end of the spectrum — SEO being one of them. And their videos are just as intriguing as their blog posts.3. Search Engine LandSearch Engine Land is one of the best search engine blogs for in-depth news and analysis of the search marketing industry.4. Search Engine Journal From link building to the latest algorithm changes from Google, Search Engine Journal covers news and tactics related to the search engine marketing industry.5. Search Engine Roundtable For detailed discussion and explanations of the fine details of search engine marketing, Search Engine Roundtable has you covered.6. SEMrush BlogSEMrush’s blog is on the cutting edge of today’s SEO trends, offering advice on SEO through a variety of lenses — from app development, to social media, to voice search.7. SEO Book For reviews of the newest SEO tools to analysis of search engine changes, check out SEO Book.8. Tubular InsightsTubular Insights is a resource for marketers looking to learn more about online video’s impact on search engine marketing.9. Yoast Yoast is a training and website integration for those who want to learn how to optimize their website. Its blog covers tactics for improving SEO as well as user experience.10. Biznology This blog discusses many SEO-related issues, but has recently focused on content marketing and its connection to SEO.11. DailySEOBlogAre you a fan of sites that provide a tip per day? This might be the blog for you, offering tips and tricks to help support your search engine optimization strategy.12. Distilled Blog The team at Distilled provides insights and musings across digital marketing, using SEO as the vehicle for that conversation.13. GeoLocalSEO If local and mobile search is your interest, the GeoLocalSEO blog is a resource you should check out for tips and tricks related to the local and mobile search industry.14. Google Webmaster Central BlogWhen working in the search marketing industry, you must know what the search engines are doing. Google’s Webmaster Blog gives search marketers insights into the changes and updates to Google.15. John Battelle’s Search Blog A co-founder of WIRED Magazine and a search engine marketing pioneer, Battelle’s musings cover search and much more.16. Content Marketing InstituteContent marketing is critical to SEO success. The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) is a hub for content marketers to learn and share insight on SEO, storytelling, social media, and more.17. SEO Copywriting Copy is a critical part of SEO success. This blog goes into more detail than most about the best practices of SEO copywriting.18. Search Engine Watch This multi-author blog was recommended by several readers and covers a wide variety of search marketing issues.19. SEO by the SeaFounded by longtime marketer Bill Slawski, this SEO outlet digs deep into search engines’ own records to give you some of the meatiest news and analysis on the latest ranking criteria.Find a headline you like? Bookmark a few of these blogs and get out ahead of your industry — your content is counting on you. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack SEO Originally published Sep 19, 2018 8:00:00 PM, updated October 30 2019last_img read more