I used to be a big fan of Alexa, in fact I still am for some niches – If you’re researching 2 sites that are targetted to SEOs or users interested in Internet marketing/search engine rankings, Alexa data will be quite accurate for US, UK and India but when it comes to non-technical industries, for example shoes, handbags or perfumes – Alexa is pretty useless.
Alexa has launched its own little keyword tool, which they should expand over time. This tool lists keywords that drive traffic to a site from search engines (data is gathered from users that use Alexa Toolbar). So I went ahead and checked Wikipedia’s keywords and I wasn’t surprised to find “SEO” as the second most “traffic driving” keyword for Wikipedia. Reason for this is that a high percentage of SEOs or Internet Marketing experts around the world either have the Alexa toolbar installed (to check Alexa rankings of websites) or have a Firefox Addon that shows Alexa rank. Either way, maximum data received by Alexa is from people who have web related jobs and therefore is highly skewed.
Alexa will continue being in my arsenal of tools, but expecting Alexa to deliver correct traffic rankings and keywords for websites that are not related to SEO, web design etc, is not something I can bank upon.
Google Talk days are over. For all you Gtalk addicts – You abandoned MSN messenger first, then you quit Yahoo chat. Now its time to welcome Google Wave. It is awesome and it’s here to give Twitter and Facebook a hard time, although it is very well integrated with Twitter.
I’m not really talking about Google Wave replacing Facebook or Twitter. The question I have is, with such dynamic integration with Twitter, Facebook and other API based services, will you even need to log into Twitter via Twitter.com ever again to access anything? Already, with Twitter applications, I hardly ever use Twitter.com’s web interface to update my Tweets, its always some application.
Although Google Wave is coming out in a browser-only version, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll have hundreds if not thousands of applications developed around Google Wave. With the failure (or what they call a failure at Google) of Orkut and Google Friend Connect, this is Google’s attempt to regain a slice of the communication market.
I am interested in how it will integrate with Google search and other search engines and how it will affect Internet Marketing and SEO for businesses in days to come. That will probably be the deciding factor whether Google Wave replaces Twitter for businesses.
In a nutshell – Google Wave is a multi-stream communication system that integrates with Twitter, Facebook and other applications for seemless communication, conferencing, emailing and media sharing.
Only Google Wave’s public launch will tell if I’ll ever need to log on to Twitter or Google Talk again.
Check out these videos to find out more about Google Wave and what makes it extra special..
This is a little true incident that made my day and possibly, will help my business in a big way, going forward.
I have been planning to set up my own online business and have been inundated with ideas over a long time. Nothing seemed to strike the right balance until I decided to go full throttle with this idea I call Z. Times are bad, and because of recession (especially in the UK), I have been struggling to find work for my company. I thought this was the best time to actually give my business idea Z a good shot.
One fine day, I decided to look for some help for my idea online so went on and Googled for “Entrepreneur support in London”. VentureGiant.com came up. I found a brilliant web site focused on finding investors for entrepreneurs – a unique platform where investors and entrepreneurs meet, entrepreneurs pitch with details of their business or business idea, investment required, return and other details like time required to break even, projections, industry etc and the facility to upload a video explaining the idea.
I immediately signed up and uploaded details of Z – my business idea that I knew will do amazingly well. I uploaded cash projections, investment required and other details that I thought were important to attract angel investors.
A couple of days later, I got my first enquiry from an Investor. But this was where I was stuck. VentureGiant.com demanded I pay 100GBP to view investor details and to be able to contact the investor. At this stage I wrote an email to VentureGiant.com explaining my cash situation. With hardly any money in the account, it was impossible to shell out that 100 quid for a “possible” enquiry.
Mr Tim Lancaster, Business Development Manager from VentureGiant.com replied back with a supportive email. I explained the scenario and proposed to pay if I find a suitable investor. The call to action was forwarded by Tim to Managing Director Mr Rishi Anand. Tim emailed me back saying “Mr Rishi Anand” will pay for you. “Wow! ” I thought, these guys are serious about finding me an investor.
I was quite surprised to be honest. Most of the other websites are hardly useful, and are aimed at making money, but VentureGiant.com is one site that actually believes in and tries hard to connect Entrepreneurs and Investors.
Although that particular enquiry didn’t convert into an investor, there was incredible knowledge gained.
I am very impressed with the team at VentureGiant.com – Mr Rishi Anand, Mr Tim Lancaster and others who are working to make the two ends meet. I wish them good luck with their venture. Thanks again guys, if you ever come to read this..
Have a business idea that you think Rocks?
Is the only thing holding you back money or investment?
Are you willing to share a pie of your business in return for cash to start or run your business?
All Yes’ ?
Go to VentureGiant.com from UK/US or VentureGiant.co.in from India.All the best!
Tragedy struck fishing vessel Katmai in October 2008
FV (for Fishing Vessel) Katmai Ship was a fishing boat that operated commercially. Last year, in October it sank a few miles west of the Adak Island in the Aleutians. During its sinking, the Katmai was playing host to a film shooting and tragically 7 of the 11 crewmen onboard were killed. It wasn’t the first to face disaster. 4 other fishing vessels like the Katmai have sunk in Alaskan waters in the last 10 years, one being Artic Rose, where all 15 crew members will killed.
What’s so special about Discovery’s Deadliest Catch Season 5?
Team Discovery Channel have been there during the search and rescue operation and they’ve got amazing, raw footage to show me. It’s season 5 of “Deadliest Catch” on Discovery and I ain’t missing it.
I am still not sure if they actually found the live sinking footage, but it is definitely worth watching and waiting for. Any other questions, lemmi know.
Have a look at the following blogs for more on Katmai sinking and Discovery’s Deadliest Catch.