SEO consultants don’t spam

July 3rd, 2013

I was pretty amused to see this in the ol’ inbox:

Hi, my name is Darin Elliott and I am an Online Strategist.

I’ve been tracking the success of while doing some research on your industry—I’m very impressed with your company, but there are some real opportunities for growth that you currently are missing.

Are you interested in several proven strategies to use content and social media to drive relevant traffic to your site? In 20 minutes I can show you how to fuel your brand and generate more revenue from search engines and social networks.

This is a $2,500 value free of charge.

I’d like to follow up about this with a quick phone call. Can I call you this week to discuss your campaign?

Thank you

Best regards,

Darin Elliott

2527 Coventry Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70814.

If you were a really good SEO consultant, you’d just pump up your own results for “SEO consultant” instead of spamming me and offering to (presumably) spam mine.

It looks like he’s trawling for the easy pickings: people who have invested literally no time in promoting older domains.

Older domains, you say? Those could be useful for an SEO consultant, if they linked to something else. Those older pages get higher rank in the search engines.

I bet the “contract” for these services involves linking back to this SEO consultant’s homepage.

Then the only question is, “Who’s getting the SEO out of this deal?” The SEO consultant’s client, or the SEO consultant? Probably the latter, but the former’s going to write the check.

Another reason to never, ever deal with spammers and those who hire them.

Owen Plant soliciting pre-release funding for new album

May 15th, 2013

436016_1368562915.1687Owen’s going to release his new Cd, “Bears Repeating,” in the near future. To do it, he needs funds. You can go to his funding page and make a donation in exchange for a copy of the album in the future. Donations range from $20 upward and offer you other goodies when it’s all ready.

Owen Plant launches new YouTube, spiff tunes

March 16th, 2013

As many of you know, my buddy Owen Plant from the old days has launched his musical career. He’s got a new YouTube channel, new songs and a new logo and needs your help to check them all out.

Owen Plant on YouTube

Steve Noxon launches Purple House, LLC a brand-centric graphic design firm

October 23rd, 2012

Purple House, LLC — a brand-conscious design firm

Detroit graphic artist Steve Noxon has launched his new design firm, Purple House, LLC. Specializing in branding and enhancing brand value while providing branded identity in design, the firm gathers talented and experienced graphic designers and uses them to study a client’s brand strategy in order to begin the brand-conscious design process. The result is graphic design that not only visually supports the brand, but seems a natural extension of it.

Steve is an art director and graphic designer with a great deal of experience in high-profile projects. Where he shines is in practical and visually compelling results for his clients. Steve has the skills to make projects beautiful and interfaces excellent. It’s not just diligent attention to detail — lots of designers can do that — but the ability to integrate all of those details into a single functional entity, like a language.

I’ve known Steve for over a decade. His style of graphic design straddles the line between product design and visual art. It reminds me of the work of Steve Jobs, who while no longer with us, lives on through a legacy of revolutionary streamlined product design. That legacy is the idea that design should be like a language, as simple as possible, and every aspect should work with every other toward an overall experience that is not just functional, but pleasant. I’ve seen Steve Noxon do this to interfaces which started out jumbled and ended up like an iPod: simple, intuitive and a joy to use.

He is also a master of branded visual design. He will study a client and their business, talk to their employees and clients, and walk away with a thorough understanding of what they do and how they must present it to succeed. He comes back with sharp designs that are both simple and precisely targeted to the client’s need. It’s no surprise that a collaboration like Purple House is turning heads on both coasts.

It’s going to be great to watch Steve and Purple House, LLC, as this new firm thrives in the up-and-coming market of branded design.

Owen Plant live, free webcast

September 4th, 2012

Click here on Thursday, September 6, for a live performance by Owen Plant and friends.

Owen Plant – Beach Busker

August 8th, 2012

Owen Plant has a new album called Beach Busker. If you like a Cat Stevens/Peter Tosh/Ben Harper mashup with a touch of cerebral mysticism, check it out.

Mark Rice/Carter Wallace “Focus on Food” radio show

July 26th, 2012

An old buddy and mentor, Mark Rice, and his friend, Carter Wallace, have had a radio show on KPFK, the Pacifica station in Los Angeles.

Their topic is food, specifically sustainable local gardening. With minimal resources and an amazing community they have built up a following. Among our guests have been Dr. Vandana Shiva, Raj Patal, and numerous local heroes championing local sustainably grown food.

The show airs during the summer at 3 p.m. PST on KPFK 90.7 or online.

Check them out. Mark Rice is one of the more inspirational people I’ve met, and if he’s put his mind to food, he’s surely reforming it to a better place.

Suzy Reedstrom

July 18th, 2012

You’re going to need kleenex — a story of great fears faced, and triumph pulled from the jaws of disaster:

On my first day of chemo, just as I was finishing, I heard the sound of a loud, ringing bell and the cheers and applause echoing through the halls. “What is that?” I asked the nurse. Smiling, she told me, “Someone’s just completed their last round of chemo, when that happens we have a celebration and you ring the bell. When you finish, you too will ring the bell.”

This is the lady who officiated at our wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony. She is a beautiful person, in the homegrown and authentic way. I am glad she’s still with us and celebrate her triumph with a raised mug of green tea.

Owen Plant releasing new CD

May 15th, 2012

Talented and intelligent folk/reggae musician Owen Plant is releasing a brand new CD, that he’s been pouring his heart and soul into. He promised it will have a “kinda a mellow folky sound perfect for Summer.”

If you want to help him visualize his dream, you can reserve a copy with a donation to cover production costs.

Also this summer…

Owen will be on the Vans Warped Tour. Come see him on the Acoustic basement Stage from July 5 ’til August 5, winding through the USA and Canada.

Jason Lamport DJ mix

March 9th, 2012

I’ve made available a mix by Jason Lamport, which you can and should download here.

This style of music — mixing together different tracks to create a continuous ambient experience — was popular in the middle 1990s and is still practiced by diehards. In particular, I’d like to thank Lara Schneider for her contributions, and Shepherd Griffin for providing the archive. You can listen to Lara’s music on that page; I recommend this hymn to the dark goddess.