Author: Michael Kwan

Search Engine Optimization Glossary

The following post is sponsored by Apogee Search There’s been a backlash lately about sponsored posts, and while I have no problem with them so long as proper disclosure is made at some point, there is a growing contingent that wants to know up front whether a post is sponsored or not. There are even those who are against sponsored posts altogether, but you’ve got to face it: affiliate marketing and paid posts are the wave of the future, as they can easily make a blogger — big or small — much more money than Google Adsense. Anyways, today I’m going to take a look at Search Engine Optimization (SEO). As a freelance writer, part of my business is search engine optimization, not only for my own website and blog, but also for my clients and customers. Even work that is not specifically SEO-oriented, like news I write for Mobile Magazine, has a significant SEO element to it. After all, search engines are one of the greatest sources of traffic. If you’re new to the search engine optimization game, it can be pretty darn daunting. There are countless terms and phrases out there that would make no sense to the uninitiated, just as the concept of “email”, “IM”, and “blogging” would be foreign to anyone who has never encountered a computer. Luckily, Apogee has an excellent search engine marketing...

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Give me rice or give me death

When I logged into the WordPress admin tool this morning, I discovered that some blog called Nice4Rice linked to me. Upon further inspection, it wasn’t just a backlink, it was a full featured article showcasing yours truly. Without even asking for it, Spud Oregon — known to his mother as Nick Ramsay — reviewed my blog. Ramsay is a British blogger who is currently in Japan teaching English. Unlike most other blogs that I visit on a regular basis, such as John Chow dot Com and Kumiko’s Cash Quest, Nice4Rice does something completely different. Sure, he does talk about...

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Little Nicholas is turning two

Among all my cousins, only one has actually gone on to have a child so far. Edmond, Quincy’s younger brother, is the proud father of Nicholas, who is turning two years old on April 2nd. We went out for dinner (at Rich Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver) on Saturday night to celebrate the occasion a little early, because Tina, Edmond’s wife, is due with their second child any day now. As such, we wanted to make sure that Nicholas got himself a proper celebration that wouldn’t be “interrupted” with Tina going into labour. Susanne helped me pick out a couple of presents for little Nicholas, and while I’m not entirely sure whether he’ll like the gifts themselves, I know for a fact that he likes tearing the wrapping paper off of the presents. In fact, he refused to sit in his booster seat until we gave him the gifts to rip apart. The first birthday present, not depicted, is an Elmo bedtime storybook that comes with an integrated lullaby music player. The second present, shown in the video below, is Thomas The Tank Engine Right on Time. It’s a book with those buttons on the side that make sounds when pressed. Nicholas is adorable now, but it’ll be interesting how terrible his twos will be. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy his cuteness.   Did you catch his “Wow”?...

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Jeremy Clarkson: Oops, my bad!

Top Gear is easily one of the most popular automotive enthusiast shows on the planet and it’s all because of that stupid Jeremy Clarkson that I’m probably going to get kicked in the chest by Ed Lau a la Frank Miller’s 300. Earlier, Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear responded to the question of whether Top Gear would be back for another season by simply saying, “It won’t be.” This put the blogosphere into a headspin, Beyond the Rhetoric and Leftlane News included. Well, turns out that Clarkson’s quote was taken a little out of context. What he meant is that they won’t be doing a summer special because they’re still working out some kinks. More specifically, the lease to the airfield where they test the vehicles has run out and they need to sign a new one. Jalopnik somehow got a hold of Clarkson, who now says: Everyone seems to think the programme is finished or that I’ve left. Well, sorry to disappoint you all but it isn’t and I haven’t. Top Gear… will be back in the autumn. Thank goodness. Ed, you can kick me in the chest the next time I go to dot com...

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Vancouver is 23 degrees below zero?

Something went wonky with my Google personalized homepage last night, because it was telling me that the temperature in Vancouver was 23 degrees Celsius below zero. That’s minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit, for any Americans in the audience. I’m not sure where it pulled this clearly incorrect information from, because when I click on “Vancouver” on that page, it simply redirects me to a Google search for Vancouver weather. The Weather Network was reporting a current temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (above zero). Weird...

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Canucks vs. Flames – March 31

Just helping out a friend (and I want to test out the new AuctionAds (aff) URL converter feature). He has a pair of tickets for sale for the Vancouver Canucks hockey game on March 31st versus the Calgary Flames. This is a home game for the Canucks at GM Place. He put the seats up on eBay and the auction ends in about seven hours. Happy bidding. Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames March 31 2...

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Video: A spider in the toilet

I’ll let you figure out how the spider got itself in the toilet, but it’s always interesting to see our little arachnid swimming around in a pool of water…. it just so happens that the pool of water is also where we, er, do our...

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“This is blasphemy… this is madness…” “Madness? THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!” Easily one of the most highly anticipated movies this year is 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name. This is the same guy that brought us Sin City, a gloriously artistic look at a city, well, dipped in sin. They went with the same shooting style for 300, with all the scenes taking place against a blue screen, letting the computers fill in the backgrounds after the fact. It is highly stylized and a little full of itself. There are a lot of dull...

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Meet the stars of Transformers the Movie

Transformers the Movie (live action, not the classic cartoon movie) is just around the corner. Although I know that they have completely bastardized the series by changing several key elements, I’m still very excited. Maybe not “300” excited, but at least “Spider-Man 3” excited. We’ve been taunted by teaser trailers, presented with spy pics from the set, and teased for our undying love of transforming robot-car things. After all of that, they’ve finally got the cast, so to speak, together for a group shot. In the above picture, you see the following: Optimus Prime, depicted as an 18-wheeling big...

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Kumiko Suzuki makes money online

Either the concept of making money online is quickly gaining in popularity, or I’ve recently found myself in the company of many like-minded individuals, all of whom are blogging and attempting to make money online. One such person is Kumiko Suzuki. Although she currently lives in Tokyo, she was born in New York, so her English is very good, decidedly better than the more successful root of all evil John Chow. The first thing you’ll notice about Suzuki’s blog — affectionately known as Kumiko’s Cash Quest — is that it is very pink. Like very, very pink. Every banner, every bit of linked text, even her Google Adsense ads are pink. I wouldn’t have opted for that particular color scheme myself, but then again, I’m not a girl. Although it is technically a Blogger/Blogspot blog, Kumiko’s Cash Quest looks nothing like it. It looks instead like a completely customized site: there is no Blogspot banner at the top. I’m not a fan of the three column layout as it makes the blog look too “busy.” The left column could be eliminated quite easily, merging into the right column. At this time, her main source of blogging income is through Adsense, though she does make a significant amount of dough for referring people to Friendfinder. The two other monetization methods haven’t been nearly as successful: myLot and SlashMySearch. But she...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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