A Century Later, T. rex Is Still a Puzzle

first_imgNature takes a look at the most famous dinosaur 108 years after its discovery and asks some questions only evolutionists would ask, ignoring questions creationists are asking.In “Paleontology: the truth about T. rex,” Brian Switek in Nature presents as many puzzles as truths.  “Even one of the best known dinosaurs has kept some secrets,” the article begins. “Here is what palaeontologists most want to know about the famous tyrant.”  The article includes an infographic and various historical anecdotes, but the puzzles he refers to are these:Where did they come from?  “The dinosaur’s evolutionary origins, for example, are still a mystery.”  The monster’s “fuzzy origins” are not clear in the fossil record.  “The key parts of the story are missing,” Switek says, after describing historical changes in how to classify them.  Short answer: more fossils are needed to answer this question, even though earlier he boasted that we have lots of fossils of this species.  Stephen Brusatte (U of Edinburgh) said, “It’s rare to have so many good fossils of one dinosaur, so we can actually ask questions about T. rex — such as how it grew, what it ate and how it moved — that we can’t for other dinosaurs.“What did they look like as juveniles?  Was Nanotyrannus a juvenile T. rex?  The debate goes on.  Once again, as Lawrence Witmer states, “The solution may reside in the tired plea for more fossils.“Did they have feathers?  Here, Switek takes a swipe at artists who are too eager to link them with birds.  He presents this quote by Thomas Carr (Carthage College, Wisconsin): “There is no empirical evidence that tyrannosaurids had feathers,” Carr says, “and artists have no business decking them out with plumage until the day comes when a tyrannosaurid is found with feathers.”Why did they have such short arms?  Switek quotes a paleontologist who denies that the arms were vestigial.  They still retained substantial musculature, for instance, indicating that T. rex used them.  But how did they use them, and for what purpose?  As for the suggestion they were decked out with feathers for display, see #3 above.Switek said nothing about the question that most interests creationists: how can evolutionists believe that the soft tissue and blood vessels found in T. rex bones is over 65 million years old?  They believe that is one of the most spectacular discoveries about dinosaurs of all time, but it was completely ignored in this article.  Creationists couldn’t care less about their “evolutionary origins,” the first question on Switek’s list.In other dinosaur news, Nature reported that a high school student from Claremont, California found the most complete skeleton yet of Parasaurolophus, a trumpet-headed duckbill dinosaur, including skin traces in southern Utah.  Kevin Terris was a lucky young man:“It’s a truly remarkable specimen of a rare and iconic dinosaur,” says David Evans, a palaeontologist at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. “It demonstrates that Parasaurolophus underwent radical changes in skull shape from hatchling to adult, but it started in a fundamentally similar anatomical place as other closely related species.”The article includes a 15-second video clip of a 3-D artist rendering.  All the data about “Dinosaur Joe” has been made freely available online.  ““If someone wants to 3D print the entire skeleton, they can” (see 10/21/13 entry about 3-D printing).Everyone is intrigued by dinosaurs, but the questions people ask are often reflections of their world view.  We should follow the evidence where it leads, not assume an evolutionary ideology to fit data into a predetermined picture (5/03/13).  Creationists must do that, too, but look: the lack of ancestors, lack of feathers, and the presence of soft tissue should motivate honest paleontologists to reconsider the evolutionary stories usually told, and ask whether these fossils might really be young.  Why are so many found in the “dinosaur death pose” suggestive of drowning?  Why are so many jumbled into fossil graveyards mixed in with marine fossils?  Evolutionists don’t ask those questions because their eyes are focused on fitting the bones into a millions-of-years, slow-and-gradual, evolutionary-progress picture.  If the shoe fits, wear it; if it doesn’t, give it the boot and get new shoes. (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How To Remove Instagram Filters

first_imgkelly schwarze Tags:#web#Web Culture (Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at GeekSugar.com.) Have you ever been hit by filtered photo regret? You took a memorable photo, but a hasty filter decision left you with an image too vintage and dreamlike. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Normalize app for iOS ($1) lets you revert your once-oversaturated photos back to their original levels.Take back the natural look of vacation photos with a quick run through the app. Even handier is that Normalize also doubles as a run-of-the-mill photo enhancer, so when a picture comes out too dark or the white balance is off, the app works double duty to transform the image.Are there any Instagrammed or filtered photos you’d like to revisit in their original state?More from GeekSugar:Foreign Finds: 6 Cool Apps Created OverseasAre You Fed Up With Your Ereader?The Lowdown On Downloading PodcastsThe Geek’s Complete Guide To Fall TVBalancing Act: 8 Apps For Work-Life Harmony A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Kobe Paras stars for PH in Day 2 of Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgParas, along with teammates Kiefer Ravena, JR Quiñahan and Jeron Teng hope to bounce back against No. 2 Slovenia early Wednesday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paras flashed a complete offensive game and had several highlights as well, including a pair of nifty behind the back moves on his way to the bucket.The versatile forward, however, was slowed down by France in the second game where he only scored three points. The Philippines lost, 22-11.READ: Host France whips Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World CupADVERTISEMENT View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Kobe Paras put on a show in his first two games for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celiz, Mangahas lead Zark’s to its 1st win in PBA D-Leaguecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 19-year-old Paras, one of the youngest players in the tournament, but showed he can hang with the big boys.The 6-foot-6 Paras led the 18th seed Philippines to a 21-15 upset of No. 7 Romania in the opening game with 12 points, most of which came during a 9-2 run inside the last two minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Paras, Ravena lead PH over Romania in Fiba 3×3 World Cup opener Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

No Website Is An Island: Why and How To Link To Others

first_imgIf you’ve read even a little about search engine optimization (SEO), you probably know that one of the single most important factors used to determine your search ranking is the number and “power” of other pages that link to yours.  The more links the better, and the more “powerful” those links, the better.  Much of SEO is centered around getting lots of good links in to your website. their control the anchor text.  As such, this gives Google an external point of validation around the site content of the external site.  Giving the site a link is a “vote” for that site – and the anchor text you use is a “contextual vote” that helps Google reaffirm the theme of that website. Why And How You Should Give Outbound Links you Google Loves Links:  As we already know, links make the (Internet) world go round.  Without links, the Internet doesn’t make much sense.  Links are also the cornerstone of Google’s PageRank algorithm.  If you haven’t done so already, I’d suggest taking a peek at “ Right way:  We’ve got a previous article on SB2 that talks about how to how you should provide links out to others. out ”.  So, it would stand to reason that since links are so important to Google, it would encourage people to create links (and conversely, discourage websites from not having any links out at all).  The argument is that Google incents behavior that helps it deliver better results to its users.  Nothing is more important than links between related websites to make this happen.  So, I would argue that if your website is overly frugal with outbound links, Google doesn’t like it as much as if you had at least a few strategic links that helps Google help its users.  My advice:  Don’t try to be an island – share some link love. The Importance Of Google PageRank much Link Building search rankings, it will help with your own search engine optimization efforts as well.  And, as long as you’re going to go to the trouble of linking out, take an extra minute and make sure you do it the right way by using the right anchor text for the link.  The sites that you link to will be appreciative and it helps the right circulation of positive search engine karma. to is an important factor in training Google so it can establish context. better (and right) way to do this: The second way is much better than the first for multiple reasons.  First, the link is easier for readers to click on (and know that it’s a link).  But, more important is the fact that we now have the anchor text as “improve your organic search results on Google”.  When the search engine spiders “see” this link, they factor in the anchor text when determining what the target page is about.  The reason that the anchor text is important (vs. the page title that the original article itself has) is that generally when you are linking to external (third-party) sites, Training Google Via Links:  In addition to helping Google out by powering it’s PageRank algorithm, links are also a great “signal” for you to send to Google as to what topics your site is related to.  As you might suspect, if you link out to an interesting article or two on a key topic of interest to your business, Google uses this as one more way to “figure out” what your site is about.  So, in addition to whatever content you have on your page, the content you link Linking The Topics: But, that’s not what this article is about.  This one’s about why and In summary, I strongly advocate making sure that you provide links out to related websites to yours.  It not only helps others by helping them improve to read that article.  here Right Way:  When providing links out to other sites, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.  Let’s first take a look at the wrong (but unfortunately very common) way that people link.   Though none of this should be particularly controversial, if you disagree with any of these points or have some additional thoughts to share, please leave them in the comments.  I’m also happy to answer any questions too. .   See what I did there.  The word “here” is what is known as the “anchor text” for the link.  It is critically important to the search engines when they look at links.  By just making the word “here” a hyperlink, I’m giving Google very little help in terms of hints as to what I think the page I’m linking to is about.  Instead, here is a improve your organic search results on Google Wrong way:  We’ve got a previous article on SB2 that talks about how to improve your organic search results on Google.  You can click Originally published Jan 2, 2007 4:29:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 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

Did You Graduate From Link Building High School Yet?

first_img Topics: Link Building Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Sep 30, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 In a recent blog post discussing the importance of link building for search engine optimization, I asked people to share how they build links to their website. I recommend you go read the responses. I also recommend you read that article so you know how to construct inbound links so your business can rank higher in search engines for your target keywords.Link building is not easy. And it’s not that intuitive until you do it. There are also many different techniques and methods that will have varied results. Below is how I recommend clients start and master link building. I tell people that there are 4 Levels of Link Building Excellence. And it usually takes 4 years to master it – just like high school:9th Grade: Links You Can Build Yourself That Require Little Time InvestmentBefore I get into this, I’d like to stress that you should have a really good keyword strategy and make sure you’ve optimized each page on your site around a different keyword phrase. Any link you’re building should be designed to help a specific page rank high in the search engines for a specific keyword.That said, the first set of links that every business should get are the ones that don’t require anyone else’s help. There are lots of business directories out there where you can just submit your URL, company name, and a description of your business. Some of them require approval. Some of them require a fee. Yahoo’s directory, Joe Ant, Aboutus.org are some of the ones you should do right away.In this class of Level I links, there are also many social media sites where you can simply build links to your site. Most of these no longer pass SEO credit, but they’re still good links to get, assuming your target audience visits the site or these sites rank high for your keywords already. It’s arguable that you should hire someone to do (or start) this stuff for you. It’s low level work that generates low level returns. Just make sure that you don’t hire a firm that will get you 1,000 links for < $1,000 dollars. If it's too good to be true, it is.10th Grade: Links You Build Yourself that Require EffortBefore I get into this level, I'd like to stress that launching a business blog should be done before doing this. Without having a blog on your site with lots of good, well-optimized content, you don't really have anything to link to. That said, there are two very common link building techniques that work well that don't require you to be a "thought leader". Yet. These activities require a bit more time investment and a small financial investment. They are article marketing and press release optimization. With both of these methods, you have to create relevant content that will appeal to your market. So, it requires more time than Level I. Also, the process of getting your articles syndicated and your press releases submitted and picked up - takes effort. You might consider hiring a wired pr firm or a strong SEO firm to do some of this stuff for you. If done correctly, both of these methods can significantly increase the links to your site. Also, if you write your articles and press releases with a keyword strategy in mind, and with links that support your keyword strategy, it can significantly increase your rankings for specific keyword terms. Run your press releases and your articles through press release grader to determine whether they're going to help.11th Grade: Links You Network For that Require a Significant Time Investment This part of link building is kind of like sales. Cold calling can be done effectively with persistence. But, networking, getting referrals, giving first, the law of attraction, etc is a better way of getting new clients.Link building is the same way.  If you're more of a cold caller type, and there are lots of potential places you can get a link, you might consider just creating a list of webmasters and asking them for a link. If you're a natural networker and you're in this for the long haul, I'd recommend being a bit more patient. Apply your persistence and spend your time building relationships.No matter what route you take, the goal of this level is to make yourself visible among people interested in the same topics as you. This process is a bit self promotional. But, you must promote yourself in a way that you're adding value. You master this level by acting like a resource for people in your industry. How do you do this? It's all about networking and building meaningful relationships. The first step is reading other people's blogs. Then, commenting on them. Then, eventually starting a relationship where you're communicating 1-on-1 with them. I recommend you take the leap from reader to 1:1 with a blogger, by pointing them in the direction of other people's content that might be interesting to them.  In the non-marketing world, this usually happens through email. In the marketing world, this usually happens through Twitter. If you're techy, this might happen through Delicious. If you use StumbleUpon or Digg, those are great platforms to share things with peers. Even google reader lets you do this kind of networking. But, it can certainly happen through any social networking platform or system that enables 1:1 communication. From a link building perspective, the ultimate goal of this level is to get invited to write a guest article for other people's blogs or website. For example, I wrote an article about inbound lead generation for Aaron Ross not too long ago. In the article, I linked to relevant resources on my blog and the HubSpot blog and site. These are great links from an authoritative  source. Aaron reaches our target market sending relevant traffic. These links also help us rank for our target keywords.During this process, you're also building up a group of people that will most likely begin following you...Seniors Rule! (12th Grade): Links Other People Give You Because You Create Remarkable Content.  This level is like the last month or two in high school when you've already passed midterms and you've been accepted to the college of your choice. You've done the hard work already. Now, it's time to go to parties and enjoy being the carefree big man on campus.You don't necessarily halt the activities above. But, you spend more of your time just creating remarkable content.  (And some link bait.)At HubSpot, we do some guest articles once in a while and we optimize our press releases. But, mostly we just put time into churning out content on our blog and producing other online marketing resources like webinars and white papers. Some of you seem to think this stuff is pretty remarkable. As a result, it generally creates great conversations in our comments, strong attendance at our webinars and lots of white paper downloads. And regularly, people link to our webinar announcements and blog articles of their own accord. This doesn't start happening overnight, unless you're already famous. We have a lot of advantages at HubSpot. Website Grader's success, funding in the bank, successful clients, smart founders who started blogging before they had a product and now... a lot of employees who contributor to the blog, a strong social media following, etc. But, we did it in < 2 years. If you're a small business and you follow the path above, there's no reason why you can't stake your claim on the web. Link building is an important part of that. Hopefully, this post demystifies the process a bit and gives you a roadmap to get started. The biggest mistake that newbie internet marketers make is thinking that creating great content on their blog will be all it takes to be successful internet marketers. My biggest frustration is when newbie bloggers pack up shop after just a month of writing because the blog doesn't have an immediate impact on their search traffic and lead volume. At the end of the day, if you publish great content on the web AND connect, relate and build relationships with other humans, really good links will come naturally. Until then, put in some homework and earn your way through link building high school. Photo by CarbonNYClast_img read more

Best Marketing Practices? Think “Blog,” “Website” and “SEO”

first_imgWhat are the best and worst marketing programs businesses have performed in the past year to drive sales leads? For our “State of Inbound Marketing”  report, we asked respondents for their top best and worst marketing programs they’ve done to drive leads and sales over the past year. Represented below are their answers in a word cloud, which we created with a very cool tool called Wordle.  The word cloud sizes words based on how often they are referenced in a given set of information.The first word cloud represents the best marketing efforts of the past year, respondents frequently cited “blogs,” “SEO,” “websites,” “campaigns” and “social media” in their answers.The second word cloud represents the worst marketing practices in the past year.  The biggest words here are “direct mail,” “trade shows,” “email,” and “telemarketing.” There’s a lot of content overlap between both of the clouds, but looking at the largest words on each really drives home the big picture.Inbound Marketing Kit Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. Download our inbound marketing kit.   SEO Topics: Originally published Feb 3, 2009 8:17:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 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

5 Ways Sales People Can Use Twitter

first_img 5 Ways Sales People Can Use Twitter brand building While email and phone might be your most common means of communicating with your customers, these become useless when your contacts change jobs. Using social networks like Twitter is a great way to stay in touch as your contacts move to new companies. And, new jobs can present new business opportunities for additional sales from your existing contact. We’ve experienced this a number of times, with a few repeat HubSpot customers who purchased the software each time they moved to a new company. Stay aware of big (or small) changes in your lead’s industry by checking into Twitter! For example, hear that your lead’s  competitor made an announcement but don’t know the details? Calling every day at 9 am might not be the most effective way of reaching your lead. If they’re on Twitter, you can get the inside scoop of when they’re traveling on business, or in meetings, or actually at their desk available to take a call. Not that this guarantees your lead will answer the phone, but you can bet that your chances go up if they’re actually at their desk. lead generation doug88888 We can – and do – go on and on about ,  how marketers can use Twitter 3. Find the Best Time to Contact Your Lead Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Originally published Oct 21, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 for the competitor’s name to find out if anything is indeed going on. Twitter’s real time updates are great for getting wind of big news before it’s even published across the web. Before calling up your lead, do some research – both on their website and on Twitter. Find out what their employees and their customers are saying about them so that you can start off a warmer call and show that you better understand their company and their needs. 4. Get Feedback on Your Pitch Topics: Download the free webinar used that feedback to actually improve our pitch going forward. 2. Stay Plugged in to Industry News for PR, thought leadership and  Twitter Marketing , and more. But a recent conversation I had with one of our very own awesome sales people made me realize all the ways sales people can use Twitter as part of their jobs as well. 5. Stay Connected When Customers Change Jobs Search on Twitter The best way to get honest feedback about your pitch is to find out what your lead says about you after they get off the phone with you. What do they say when they turn around to their friends and colleagues? Twitter gives you the opportunity to “listen in” on this conversation. In fact, we did just that recently and for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. 1. Research Companies Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR Photo by Have any other ideas or experiences of sales people using Twitter? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 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

Why You Get No Love From Google’s Spiders [cartoon]

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 17, 2009 3:55:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 SEO Topics: Search Engine Optimization Kit Getting No Love From Google? Learn more about how you can optimize your site to rank higher in search engines so you get found by more qualified prospects. Download our search engine optimization kit. last_img