Google Drive and My Files

April 24th, 2012

Google Drive Terms of Service Screen Shot

Google just launched their new service called Drive.  There’s a million articles around the web about it so if you want to find out the details search it up.  I was thinking of giving it a go with my files, as you all know I currently use Dropbox, but I started to hear and read about the terms of service.  “Worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create, … such content”.  Ouch!  And if I quit using the service? Ouch again!

I think I’ll be keeping Dropbox but it’ll be fun to try out Google Drive.  If you decide to sign up with Dropbox then get some free extra space (for you and me) with my link.

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    29 Prime (Also called ReliablePlaces.com) and the Google 411 / Google Places Listing Phone Calls

    March 2nd, 2012

    29 Prime Scam

    For the past year I’ve been receiving calls from an automated message from 29 Prime (I know it’s them specifically and not a affiliate as I talk to the representatives each time they call me) asking me to “Press 1 to update your free Google 411 listing”.  Since I know there is no Google 411 listing anywhere (proof = http://lmgtfy.com/?q=google+411) and  I’m always curious to what they are trying to sell so I press 1 to talk to a representative.  In the past year of getting these calls (around 1-5 per week) I’ve heard so many promises about rankings but many representatives that can’t answer questions.   I’ve even been mysteriously disconnected when I start to ask the hard questions about what would actually be done.  When I try to call back the number it never connects to the company.  It seems very elusive in my opinion.  The website says they have a “Do not call list” but guess what… my number has been on it for 9 months now and I still keep getting calls which I’ve verified as 29 Prime with the representative that answers.

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    Read what Google really says about SEO companies:

    “Be wary of SEO firms and web consultants or agencies that send you email out of the blue”
    “No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google.
    “Be careful if a company is secretive or won’t clearly explain what they intend to do.

    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35291

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    Here’s a list of the phone numbers that I personally have been called from and I’ve tried to call back:

    859-740-2334
    619-704-2766
    503-468-5227
    915-996-2895
    405-283-8500
    949-797-7199

    As I suggest with all people that have been called out of the blue, read the reviews from others that have used that companies service.  Many of the reviews seem false (but I can’t be sure) but I do know from just my little blog here that people are posing as customers that really aren’t.  I have the emails and comment ip address’s to prove this.

    Here’s a couple places where I found reviews:

    http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/9159962895
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/29-prime-newport-beach-2
    http://complaintwire.org/complaint/eqQBAAAAAAA/29prime-com-or-29-prime-scam-fraudulent (includes information about their previous companies and scams)
    http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/29-prime.aspx

    If you’re looking for search engine optimization then go with a company that has good, real reviews, satisfied clients (ask for a list and contact them to see what they say), that can answer the tough questions about what is happening, and that is being transparent with what it is doing…

    Get in touch with my company www.delusionaldesigns.com if you’re looking for web design or search engine optimization.

     

    UPDATE AND EDIT —– 5/13/12

    I received a letter today (5/13/12) asking me to cease and desist internet defamation of a certain company.   I’ve edited my post to make sure that all of my statements and opinions are fact that actually happened to me.  I must disclose that I’ve never used their services so I can’t comment on them.  My issue isn’t their service but the way of robotically calling phone numbers that are either purchased or scrapped from web sites.  The representative’s I’ve talked to told me they “got my phone number from my website that isn’t ranking highly”.

    I must state that I never encourage or promote any defamatory statements and all comments on my blog.  All comments belong to and are owned fully by the person making thecomment.  Just the same as Google, Yelp, and a million other review based web sites around the internet.  Here is a link to exactly what a defamatory statment is – http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/what-defamatory-statement#perSe. As stated above all of these statements and opinions made by me are fact thus not defamatory at all.  Also another good read on substantial truth – http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/substantial-truth

    ANOTHER UPDATE —— 5/13/12 —-

    I just got off the phone with a representative there (after three calls from me which two were dropped and the third was just a message to get back to me).  I told them I had received the Cease and Desist letter that they sent and I had revised all of my reviews and postings to make sure that everything I said was FACT.   The original post was opinion based which I’ve willingly now changed to all fact based.

    UPDATE —- 3/13/2013 —

    503-208-7620 –  Another company called Cyber Center or MyCyberCenter.com (their on page SEO sucks!) doing the same robo calling tactics as 29Prime.  This is a local number to Oregon (my current location) so it’s obvious they are targeting this geographic area.  I assume it must be profitable… at least for a little while until they get busted robo calling people over and over again.  The representatives I talked to were friendly though but they wouldn’t clearly answer my question about “Are you actually employed by Google?” since their opening pitch was all about being a Google Places Specialist.  Hint Hint… It’s called Google+ Local now.

    UPDATE —- 3/21/2013

    206-445-6301 – Another company called Our Local Listings (no website to be found?!?) called today.  I talked to two reps which guaranteed me they could rank me for any keywords I’d like.  I was skeptical so I asked for sure if they could rank me for “Portland SEO” and “Portland Web Design”.  Both of those terms are extremely competitive (which I know).   The first rep. transferred my call to another rep. without telling me.  The second rep. asked to forward me to a manager because I surprised him by telling him that both of those terms are not local search terms (Google’s 7 pack with the side map are known as local search results) so they would be much harder to rank for.  While waiting for my call to be forwarded it mysteriously was disconnected.  That’s convenient.  I tried to give a call back at the same number but it’s just a recording stating they have to have an automatic removal from their calling list to comply with FCC regulations… sounds sketchy to me.  I would think that most reputable businesses wouldn’t have this type of recording on any kind of phone line.

    UPDATE —- 5/16/2013

    503-928-4933 – Another company that is robo calling phone numbers.  They use an Oregon phone number (probably because I’m more likely to answer) but are a California company?!?  From what I see on their web site – http://www.localseosuccess.com is owned by another company, Innovative Holdings, INC and that they have another company doing (maybe the same company) their SEO for them called Victory SEM.   I’m not sure of the quality of their service but they are making it sound like they are working for Google when they robo-call me.  No thanks!

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      Do follow blog

      January 24th, 2012

      Do Follow Blog

      I’ve decided to make my blog here DoFollow.  I moderate every comment and run Askimet anyway so I feel this is a good move.  It’ll encourage more comments which is something I’d be happy to have.

      Think going DoFollow isn’t a good idea?  Why?
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        Good job Big G

        September 15th, 2011

        I recently found my Google places account suspended! “Ouch”, I thought at first. There’s no explanation or anything of the sorts. It’s just a “you’re suspended and you should read the rules before reapplying for your account back” type of deal. But I already knew what I did. I know the rules. I knew I was breaking them. Why would I do that? It’s sad to say but it’s because everyone is (or was). I believe my offense (it’s not confirmed yet) was adding keywords at the end of the place’s business name. It’s smart that they don’t want that happening because it’ll get out of hand and it’s not accurate. It makes sense though to me that people would exploit this until being caught. I congratulate the big G for enforcing the rules and making a nicely organized list of business’s. There’s too many other ones out there that suck.

        When no one seemed to be enforcing the rules for this what else are you going to do to get to the top of the 7 pack (local results) when everyone else is? So I knew I wasn’t in the right here but what are you going to do in this dog eat dog world… sometimes the nice guys finish last.

        As for my listing (Azunga is the only one in that places page account for that account that was suspended) that got suspended it actually never comes up on the local results anyway… I’ve realized and through my testing that web design, web development, and many other computer related services aren’t considered local search terms. That’s even if you include the local town or city name ie. “portland web design” the search isn’t counted as a local search and the normal, more global, search results page comes up. That surprises me a bit because in my experience people prefer to go local with their web / computer needs as a face to face meeting is just so much easier… we’ll see if the Big G changes that anytime soon.

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          New G Analytics

          April 16th, 2011

          The new face lifted version of Google Analytics is out.  I can’t say yet how much I like it or don’t as it’s still early on but here’s my initial reaction.

          New Google Analytics View

          My first impressions are that I don’t care for it.  But it has to be pointed out that I have that feeling because I’m familiar with the old analytics.  I liked the compact overview of the listing of my sites and a quickly viewable percentage change in the last month (or week/year).  This new view has the sites less compacted and a lot of scrolling has to be done to get to where you want to be at.  I know, I know, there’s a search function but I’m more likely to scroll and not leave the mouse for the keyboard to find the site listing I’m looking for.  I’m sure the big G has done analytics on it’s analytics which I can only assume that shows most people using analytics probably have one site they are tracking.  I’m in the rare scenario of having 50+ analytics accounts which I watch and manage on a daily/weekly basis!

          I can say that for my scenario of having multiple sites on one account, I’m glad that my clients sitting over my shoulder at my desk / computer don’t see my other clients stats.  Since I manage 50+ analytics sites there’s many sites that are seasonal, that don’t get any of my services to boost their traffic, are down for various reasons (redesigns, new sites, and clients whom don’t like to pay bills and have had their site shut down), or they aren’t paying attention to their website that have negative growth shown.  That doesn’t look that great when a client quickly sees a glimpse of the overview with red lettering (indicating a drop) on any of the accounts.  Since I’m completely open with all my clients I can explain as to what’s happening but if they don’t ask and just assume then you never know what they are thinking…

          So over all this is a pretty basic review of the new analytics version but it’s still fresh and I haven’t had too much time to get to know her 🙂  Check back with me as I write more about my feelings on the new look of this ever so important tool that any and every website should use.

          How do you feel about the new look?  Like it or hate it?

          EDIT:

          As I play around with Analytics it’s obvious many things are missing.  The biggest to me is the percent differences between dates ie. last day/week/month/year (d/w/m/y) compared to this current d/w/m/y in percentage reporting.  But I’ve found the answer… it’s coming.  Read here

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