9/11 Memorial Museum & Ground Zero Museum Workshop: A Modern Day David & Goliath

My recent trip to NYC landed me in a small yet poignant 9/11 Museum that sits in the shadow of the future museum being built at Ground Zero. Yes, tucked away on the 2nd floor of a commercial building is the highly rated 9/11 Museum known as the “Ground Zero Museum Workshop” in NYC’s Meatpacking District – as it watches the sun slowly rise on a superpower called the “9/11 Memorial & Museum” in lower Manhattan at the former World Trade Center site.

At the helm of the Museum Workshop, known worldwide as the “Biggest LITTLE Museum in New York” is Gary Suson, 32, who served as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association. Appointed by former UFA Manhattan Trustee Rudy Sanfilippo and overseen by former FDNY Chief of Department Daniel Nigro, Suson spent seven months, 19 hours per day documenting every possible scenario that could play out on a daily basis at Ground Zero for no pay and ordered to keep his existence a secret to all media. After falling ill in 2002 with pulmonary injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he was designated as disabled by the US Department of Justice 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund. Suson, fearing a shortened life, took some of his funds and opened the tiny museum. I spoke with him for a few minutes. “I wanted to make sure the stories would be preserved in case anything ever happened to me,“ says Suson. In just a few years the museum has gained a cult-like following after rising to the #1 Most Highest Rated Attraction in NYC in the Summer of 2011 on Trip Advisor. “We never thought we’d make it to #1 and beat out all the behemoths” says Suson. “I simply wanted to share the stories and our experiences at Ground Zero with the masses. The response was incredible. People have a need to know.” In Biblical terms, Gary Suson is David. Enter Goliath.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a billion dollar, 800lb. gorilla with super-sized individual salaries that are larger than the highest grossing year that Ground Zero Museum Workshop has on record. There are many advantages to a large museum while at the same time some cons, the foremost being the lack of “personal attention” that say, the Museum Workshop can offer. Slated to open in the Spring of 2014, the 9/11 Memorial has been in talks to secure Mr. Suson’s image collection, dubbed “Rare Photos” by the New York Times. With the international following that Suson’s notorious images have, it stands to reason that the Memorial Museum would want to gobble up anything and everything standing in it’s path to ultimate success. That includes Gary Suson, an FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief and one of only two photographer’s in the world with unfettered access to Ground Zero in 2001-2. Photographer Joel Meyerowitz also had access to the WTC site but focused his lens on the landscaping changes of Ground Zero. Suson ‘lived’ at the World Trade Center site for half a year, in the process becoming close with the FDNY recovery teams and supervisors, leading to his being granted permission to shoot the most sensitive of moments. When asked about his talks with the Memorial, Suson kept quiet, saying the negotiations were of  ”a private nature.”

I am under the impression that the future 9/11 Memorial Museum may lack the personal touch that Suson’s Museum Workshop has: there supposedly will be no audio tours and very few chairs, designed for “speed” in shuffling the millions of guests in and out at light speed. Anything less would probably cause a traffic jam as well as frustrated lines of would-be visitors awaiting a chance to see the “Last Beam” – the “WTC Cross” – and the survivor’s staircase. These big-ticket artifacts will certainly be a draw for gawkers looking to see iconic items of the “Recovery.” Up in the Meatpacking District, Gary Suson’s Museum is held together with scotch tape, a small budget and a lot of heart. Far removed from Ground Zero, it doesn’t have the advantage of “being there” at the WTC site. With a total staff of just 5 very energetic and passionate ladies, daily tours max out at 28 guests with two to three tours per day. According to Suson, who was given a private, underground tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, “Our museum is roughly the size of the ladies bathroom at the Memorial.” Ground Zero Museum Workshop does boast the largest piece of World Trade Center window glass in existence, on loan to the Museum from a loyal WTC Recovery worker. Also on display is a small piece of American Airline’s flight 11, also on loan. The other small artifacts on display are ones that actually appear in Suson’s images and were removed with permission of a supervisory officer, FDNY Lt. Brian Bonsignore of the GPS Unit. What will ultimately separate the two museums is the personal touch and intimacy, or lack thereof. In terms of the 9/11 experience, will visitors want a cliché, large, commercial museum space and prefer the extra elbow room and sheer size or will they prefer a tiny museum with an attentive staff and less “wow” factor? Says Suson, “We are prepared for the worst. If there is a demand for our museum to stay open in 2014, then so be it.” So far in fiscal year 2013, Suson is unsalaried at GZMW. What extra money they get each month, they donate to the FDNY Foundation for the Children of Fallen Firefighters and to the Firefighter Ralph Geidel Fund, paying off the dental work of a cancer stricken firefighter who lost most his teeth from chemo. Ground Zero Museum Workshop has the support of numerous 9/11 families. Retired FDNY Lt. Paul Geidel was at GZMW the day I was there, visiting from Las Vegas. Mr. Geidel lost his son, firefighter Gary Geidel of FDNY Rescue-1 on 9/11. Says Geidel about Suson’s museum, “It’s a beautiful and tastefully designed museum that preserves the memory of those lost while educating the public about our Recovery work at Ground Zero. Mr. Suson’s museum has helped my other son Ralph out with his post-cancer medical bills and my family is most appreciative. I see no reason why the two museums can’t co-exist.” Suson authored the Barnes & Noble photography book, “Requiem: Images of Ground Zero” which he uses in part to raise money for charity. The book is currently sold at the 9/11 Memorial and neighboring St. Paul’s Chapel.

With the vast and diverse image collection that Suson possesses, along with his following, it stands to reason the 9/11 Memorial could make a small fortune on merchandising by gobbling him up. The Wall Street-like salaries of those in charge at the 9/11 Memorial has been called into question by the New York media, as well as the fact that all monies brought in will not go to charity but instead towards running the Memorial. In all fairness, the salaries being commanded by the folks at 911MM are the same as other large Museums around the USA. A small controversy has also formed over the $25 suggested admission fees at the 9/11 Memorial, which Suson’s Museum already charges for a two-hour guided tour.  Says Suson, “Our museum and their museum are private ventures. Neither is the “Official Museum” in theory. If you don’t charge an admission fee, the Museum cannot sustain itself as a place of education & remembrance and will close. It’s simple. The act of remembering those lost on 9/11 costs money. It’s either that or we close the doors and forget. I always stand in amazement when someone claims that charging $25 per person is making money off of 9/11. No, its not making money off of 9/11 – that is a grade school mentality – but rather it is making sure people don’t forget. Museums are a public service and all businesses, whether for profit or non-profit cost money to operate. If you don’t charge admission, you close. Period.” When asked what he thinks of the Memorial Museum, Suson stated, “From what I have seen it is wonderfully designed, a class act and will be well received. In my estimates, it will be the busiest museum in the world.” Time will tell if GZMW can sustain the opening of a gargantuan museum. In the most humble of ways, David (Gary Suson) is not looking to slay Goliath (9/11 Memorial), but rather simply co-exist in the same Big Apple with him and possibly even collaborate. The two museums joining talents makes sense if the goal is to tell the full and accurate story of Ground Zero. See both Museums at www.911Memorial.org and www.groundzeromuseumworkshop.com

The Craigslist personals email harvest season is over! [How to harvest email addresses on Craigslist personals]

A job I had recently was working with a guy that would buy harvested email contacts for singles looking on Craigslist. I would get paid $1.75 for every good email lead and $3.00 of every phone number I could produce. This is one of my highest earning adcopy producers. This one produced over 80,000 leads

Thank you for reading my post… before you start to read my post, a reader from my last creative dating post commented to me – “it might help to point out that I make a living as a creative writer.” Now that I have moved to a small town in Insert town here, this mightbe even more of an issue. Because even more people may not get my brand of humor. Other feedback that I have received, is that women are intimated to respond to posting like this. But more than anything I am looking to meet new friends and if something amazing happens that would be very cool. I have a really unique creative personality, I am a very low pressure guy, I too am looking for someone special. Thanks for taking the time to read. enjoy my posting

Here I go again with another dating fucking sucks post again…

I am now convinced every sick-mutherfucker on earth surfs the craigslist personals, I was hanging at a friends house and went to Craigslist on her computer (*not really being nosy)  and I could see that the singles area on Craigslist link has been visited. Then it hit me!!! Everyone in the world is a sick-fucker just like myself. Craigslist is how everyone meets, but no-one ever wants to admit-it, this is so fucking gross. By posting ourselves online we have all been reduced to lawn equipment.

I know normal people read these online dating listings also… Because I was normal once, I can remember about 15 years ago reading the newspaper at Mc Donald’s, while I am eating my Mc Pile of shit. I love the classified section, I’m not really sure what it is. But being a little older everything has changed, forget the stupid sports.I personally love to read the used cars, free pets, rideshare, missed connections… but my point is, even before abruptly becoming single again, I would read the singles thread on craigslist, what a fascinating category… Someone throwing caution to the wind, post a ad in hopes of landing a date, it seems so crazy when you think about it. But what is sad, from my limited dating experience it seems the older we get the less likely we are to really find someone normal.

The response I am trying to trigger is the “normal one” that is – perhaps a normal person surfing this and think to herself, …”is this fucking shit even real?” No, we have reduced ourselves to lawn equipment… 🙂

So how would I describe myself? Mr toad’s wild ride – white, 6”4’, fit, late 30’s I don’t fuck on the first night, that would be considered risky behavior. If my post shocks you, run away! I don’t want your acceptance, I want someone looking for something special, someone looking to uncover a true experience, someone unique. At first you might find I am hard to talk to, I am closed off and very shy when you first meet me.

Other fun-Facts about myself

  • I have all my teeth
  • good head of hair
  • I have blue eyes
  • I am tall
  • I am here in Insert town here, taking care of my 88 year old grandma
  • I dont own a TV, but I have 4 computers
  • I have written 3 books
  • I love love love animals and plants
  • you should not feed me milk
  • I don’t play video games
  • I piss on the seat like most guys
  • I don’t like horror movies, whadda fake bull shit
  • I love to hold hands
  • I like to be ran at least an hour a day
  • I have not had a job in 15 years
  • I have a criminal history  <-I’m proud of that
  • I am 40
  • My kids are over 18
  • I might cook you dinner, have some coffee, stay up till 4 am, and sleep all day.
  • I have 13 years of education, over and above high school.
  • I don’t drink, love a little pot
  • *se habla espanol, but I am not Mexican
  • I love to take baths, because I get dizzy when I jerk-off standing up
  • AND yes! I really make a living as a semi-well known writer, I’m not rich, but I am rich in spirit.

*The picture thing is so uncomfortable, now that I have moved to this small town in Insert town here, I can’t post a photo of myself because not only am I afraid of being recognized on the street, I am worried my friends will find it on craigslist and post my dating ad on facebook, then everyone will know I too am looking for new lawn equipment and this is already humiliating enough.

Just a fun fact: it seems nurses like to use the CL personal service.

If you don’t send a picture of yourself, I will not reply. If you don’t want to send a picture first, then get yourown posting. And besides, if you send me an email trying to bait me into talking to you without a pic, then that would mean you are getting what you want and I can’t allow that to happen.  🙂 If you have a comment, rude or nice I will always politely respond. Thank you for reading and have a safe journey in life

Make sure to get your full head in-front of the shotgun.. thank you for calling!

Craigslist recently implemented changes that prohibited you from directly getting the email address from a response.


I sold my eBay sellers account on eBay

I sold my eBay sellers account on eBay. Susan a friend of mine at the time had this idea.

To make a website along the lines of my blog and post/sell items garage sale style kinda-like eBay. At the time I thought that was a ridiculously bad idea; little did I know or could fully understand the true genius behind this and how good of an idea this really was.

About a year before that I had more or less quit selling on eBay (about 5-6 years ago) but my friends Jeff and Susan were still selling on eBay and going very strong. I would checkout what they were doing and thought to myself, how are they making any money? I thought to myself eBay had really jumped the shark.

So recently (2013) when I sold a few items I had laying around the house and the cost to do this was upwards of 25% plus Paypal fees I knew my eBay sellers account usefulness was over. So I decided to sell my eBay sellers account.

I had already been familiar with people selling eBay and Paypal accounts from the website PayPal sucks. Dealing with eBay and PayPal for over 12 plus years I have had some interesting experiences and some priceless information that has helped me in my personal web business. eBay is only a website and comes up with some wild resolutions,  so if your going to sell on eBay then you are at the mercy of their terms and condition’s.

My experience with eBay has been when it comes down to-it eBay rules whatever favors their position; so you need to be prepared for the worst in any situation. Because you don’t know who your dealing with and quite frankly neither does eBay. I guess the only thing I can say in defense of eBay, they really have no playbook for dealing with millions of transactions in a free-trade environment.

I may have been one of the few sellers to see eBay at it’s best and it’s worst. eBay started to implement changes that really started to hurt sellers. The Power Seller exodus and start a website> http://www.powersellersunite.com/ Unfavorable terms, high fees, feedback restrictions made seller run for the hills.

These days the research I uncovered is that sellers now have to really jump over hurdles to sell online witch really seems silly, because anyone can start selling online with their own website for like $10 dollar investment and no barrier, and completely bypass eBay. I think people forget after-all eBay and Paypal are really only a website that started by selling Beanie Baby’s, without sellers and buyers, they have nothing.

Because my account was started 12 years ago and I had 100% positive feedback with 475 consumer reviews  I had establish myself for such along time I had no limits on my sellers account.

Why I sold so cheap – I sold my eBay sellers account for $1500 to (*I know this is cheap) a guy that had a good establish history. I had many offers on my eBay account, my PayPal account and even my Bank account! I had offers up to 3000+ but mostly from people with 10 feedback, or low or bad feedback, this was a concern for me. I didn’t want for this transaction togo bad on me. The info I had on selling my eBay sellers account was only what I could find published on the web and viewing what past sellers accounts sold for and that was poor at best. So I had no clue how this would turnout.

My Account SOLD! It really stated to hit me when it sold, holyshit! I put my hart and soul into my account, over the years I did my best to be a good eBayer. My motto was: I never wanted to take someones money, if they were not happy. Besides, I personally never wanted to pay for something that was miss-represented. Buying online is hard enough, alot goes into buying, mailing and waiting for the item. So I got the payment and the first thing I did was run to the bank and take out the maximum amount of money I could from my Paypal account. I started looking at my account, and stated to get worried, besides this was all my work. I have not updated my info in some time, after dealing with eBay it just became to big of risk giving them too much info, just was too much exposure, my credit card had expired, the address was 4 years old so I really had no exposure. My biggest fear was eBay shuts it down, the guy does a charge back and I am out the account, the money and left holding my dick.

What would I have done different? Because the buyer is buying my sellers account I would say the buyer has to pay the final value fee for the auction for the seller’s account. eBay has really become a different market, you can no longer sell things with thin margins.

So what happened? The transaction really went flawlessly, I was flat amazed, the seller and I got on the phone in a 3 way call with eBay support, and they made the transfer. The eBay phone support had no issue with the transfer

How to Create A Search Engine Friendly Website Design

There are some basic rules that you need to follow if you want to create web pages that are search engine friendly. You will need to keep these in mind when you are designing your website. If you are having a web designer do the work for you then you can pass these details on.

What about Frames?

Frames are a big no go area. Most spiders are not able to handle frames. If you do have to use them, which you shouldn’t, you will also have to create a NO FRAMES version of your website if you want spiders to crawl it.

Can I Use Flash, QuickTime, Plug-Ins etc?

Search engines are able to read and index flash websites so this is good. You shouldn’t however design your whole website in flash because it will be too hard to implement SEO techniques properly and if any issues arise, they will be very hard to resolve. A small amount of flash is fine as are small amounts of movies and other plugins. Remember flash, movies, audio, etc., are used for your human visitors and not the spiders anyway.

What about JavaScript?

If you use JavaScript on your website then you should know that it is invisible to some of the search engines as they can’t read it.

Are Image Maps Useful?

Image maps may seem like a great idea when designing your website but it is worth noting that not all the search engines follow them. Another downside to image maps is that you can’t include anchor text so I would advice using an alternative navigational design.

Do I Need To Validate My HTML?

Validating your HTML is a great way to check for errors in your code. There are a lot of times when you will get insignificant errors but on occasions you may find that you have forgotten to close tags or something else that will cause problems when spiders are indexing your website. The rule goes that you should always check you HTML and fix and errors you get.

Blueprint for Reaching Viral Status

I just came off a three day acid fueled bender and somewhere, in an otherworldly kaleidoscope involving fat smoking Indonesian babies and dancing Care Bears receiving blow jobs, the universe opened wide, giant legs spread, revealing a sure-fire blueprint for going viral. You’re probably thinking the sink-hole between the giant legs contained any number of super-strains of STD’s and, that’s one way to go viral but the virus I’m talking about is the kind Simon Cowell shits between takes on the set of X-Factor, not
viral like H1N1 or the bird flu—viral like a retard on youtube sucking his own cock, Daniel Tosh style. No real talent is required for this type of viral success. Here’s the super top-secret formula straight from the Acid Gods themselves:

Be a complete douche bag. You can’t go viral being an ordinary douche, you’ve got to be a douchebag milkshake. Anyone that would let their fat Indonesian baby chain smoke AND film it is not an ordinary douche but the kind of complete douche that goes viral. I could give you a million examples here but you know what kind of douche you are which leads us to #2.

2. Show your Ass. Not literally (nobody really wants to see your fat, cottage cheese, hair covered ass), I’m saying, if you find yourself naked break dancing in a crowd, don’t be afraid to grab that guy’s cock and jerk it for all its worth—that’s viral shit! See #1 above, be a complete douchebag.

3. Become oblivious to cameras or just be stupid. Let’s face it, most people freeze up when they know they’re being filmed. The secret to overcoming this flaw in the human condition is retarded conditioning. Have someone follow you with a camera all the time and be ready to act entirely stupid—jump off that building! Do a back-flip when you weigh 400 pounds. Come on, just do it!

4. If at first you don’t succeed, try harder. Viral status is part luck but preparedness and persistence is ninety percent of luck. The first time you fuck your own ass might go unnoticed. Who really knows what sick fuck shit people will click on? You have to always push the envelope, be a douchebag, show your ass and be retarded. Now, go make your youtube video bitches.

Get some real sick fuck ideas for your viral video from Dirk McFergus at Highkublog.com

Can’t sell your used RV? I can help!!!

Having a hard time selling your used RV in today’s market? Today is your lucky day!! I think I may be able to help you out and unlike other websites the information posted on my website is 100% free.

Something you may not be aware of, but there is a small niche market, currently in Williston, North Dakota, that may allow you to sell your used RV for 2 times up to 5 times what your used RV is currently worth in this sagging market.

Wages are high and the lack of affordable housing is making hard for people moving to the area. With people sleeping at Wal-Mart and some are even camping on the side of the road in tents and sleeping bags. Williston, North Dakota, is the modern day gold rush!

Why?

In the town of Williston, N.D., America’s newest oil boomtown, more than 6,000 job seekers have come from every corner of the country looking for work. Yet, oil companies and other developers haven’t been able to build housing units fast enough.

In the past year, only about 2,000 new housing units have been built, leaving many workers out in the cold.

Another fun fact to support the idea is, local hotels are charging upwards of $6,000 a month and are booked till next year.

Newer arrivals who can’t find vacant hotel rooms or apartments, sleep in their cars, or in sleeping bags on spare patches of grass along the highway. The luckier ones nab a spot in one of the dozens of dorm-like facilities, known as “man camps,” that the oil companies have built to house their workers.

Important point – This market might only support RV’s in the price range $1000-$10,000.00. Many of the employees salaries are $4,500.00-$12,000.00 a month. Even fast food workers are making as much as$15.00 hour.

Something else that just crossed my mind while I was writing this –You may not be able to sell higher priced RV’s, BUT!!! You might be able to rent your RV for a thousand a month or something.

Quotes in this article taken from Yahoo Finance – to read the full article posted on Yahoo

CNN money oil boomtown article here

Thanksgiving dinner is on ScottRAsher.com this year!!!

This year Scott is feeding your family Thanksgiving Dinner for free!

This is all you need to get your free Thanksgiving dinner!

I want the family Thanksgiving recipes. Transfer your popular Thanksgiving family recipes into Word format and add them to a CD, and then meet me at the grocery store. In exchange I will buy your family Thanksgiving dinner this year!

Legal Disclaimer

  • Thanksgiving recipes must be yours.
  • I will gladly give credit to granny or mom. Must provide name.
  • Family recipes will be published on my website here on my Thanksgiving blog: http://turkeydinner.scottrasher.com/
  • 10 recipes or less gets $50.00 of food.
  • 20 or more recipes gets $100.00 of food.
  • Thanksgiving recipes must be related to a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Please note: All recipes will be checked with copyscapes: http://www.copyscape.com/

Just make sure to thank God first of-course, then thank Scott!

A report released by the American Farm Bureau Federation said the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 is $44.61, up $2.35 from last year’s average of $42.26. That’s a 6 percent increase.

How to do it yourself reputation defender

I make a living on the web, doing web design and search engine optimization. You don’t have to hire a Reputation Defender or anyone for that matter to defend your reputation online. I will give you some simple tips and talk about what happens when someone talk negative about you online. I am sure this post will be updated many times over the next few months.

According to research – the average person who has a bad-service experience tells at least nine others about it and 13% of complaints relate their experience to more than 20 other people. In comparison, people who receive silent service only tell three or four others about it. These days on the World Wide Web a negative comment posted on Facebook for example can reach thousands of people in a very short amount of time.

So what does a “Reputation Defender” do?

Well simply put – They add positive content to drown out the negative or offending content or post. So when people search for information about your company, they will only find good comments. Most people are not sure how to find negative information about you or your company. And as it turns-out, most people don’t look that hard. As silly as it sounds, most people don’t look past the first few pages.

SEO expert or “Reputation Defender”

These are basically the same thing; a “Reputation Defender” is just a SEO expert that is adding search friendly content that people can easily find verses the negative content posted about you.

By taking good comments posted about you or your company around the web, and re-posting them.

Is all negative information bad?

No – In fact depending how it was posted or where it was posted, it maybe even good or helping you. Business rating websites like Angie’s List, are big business! People do read. But – depending on the type of comment or post, believe it or not this could be helping your websites page rank!

Negative posts on the web are most damaging to smaller companies and individuals, than the larger companies. Companies like Wal-Mart and Home Depot have thousands of comments good and bad posted all over the web.

How to get a negative post written about you or your company removed from a blog?

First thing to keep in mind not all bad things posted about you or your company is bad. The other thing to keep in mind, some websites will-not remove your negative comment. But here are some simple tips that may help.

1.) Ask the website or blog owner to have it removed.

2.) Send a demand letter – It may be worth your time to spend a 100 bucks or so having an attorney draft a letter to scare them into removing the offending content. But it is important to point out, this really is a empty threat.

3.) Fix it! If you think about the effects of a negative or damaging post about you or your company live for life for everyone to read, you may want to extend some type of concession to settle the matter for removal of the post.

Getting a removed from Ripoff Report

Some Reputation Defenders services say they can remove you, but for the most part this is simply untrue.

If you are looking to get off Ripoff Report the best help I can give you is to have you – read this here

Personal Reputation Defender Tips

1.) Buy your own Domain Name – And you can post whatever you want people to read about you. The search engine will give preference to the keywords used in the search. Just a side note to this, you should own you’re the domain name of your name.

If you are looking to block potential problems in the future, you may want to buy domains like “yourcompanynamesuck.com”

Company Reputation Defender Tips

It is best to lay the framework to proactively defend negative post and info about your company

1.) Start a “Like” page

2.) Do your best to resolve customer complaints.

3.) Make it easy for customers to complain to you, not on the web.

So what do you do?

It is best  to do nothing. People are going to do whatever they want, so sit back and embrace the horror.

On a personal note: I know things posted about you or your company feels insulting and hard for you to get over. But the bottom line is, who really cares. You haven’t made it on the web till someone hates you, and only you can give life to these comments or post about you or your company and if you’re looking for an upside to all this, in 100 years who’s going to fucking care anyway. Personally I would give my right-arm for someone to post some negative shit about me. So knock yourself out.

Things Scott has complained about.

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Why do I write about the negative experiences I have with companies? 

I think it is important for people to get good information about the company they are dealing with. These days your money is really important, and businesses are becoming less consumer friendly an some are just talking advantage and misleading people. This make me mad.

Want to complain?

The best way to complain has got to be Twitter.

Google Real-Time Search in Action – Search Results Fast

I decided to do a little test to see just how well Google Real-Time search might work. It turns out it works pretty well for a blog post. Here’s what I did, I made a blog post about snow on I-90 in Coeur d’Alene. As soon as it was posted, I did a Google search for the terms “I-90 Snow at Coeur d’Alene”, switched the results options from “Any time” (default setting) to “Latest.” If you want specific instructions on how to use Google Real-Time search, read here. Surprise! Here’s what Google Real-Time search results served up:

Implications? Well, imagine you’re traveling through Coeur d’Alene this morning and you’d like to know what the weather is like on the I-90. If you used Google Real-Time search function, you’d have my weather report or anyone else who bothered to get out in the snow to take a picture of it.

It seems as if Google’s new real time search feature might put the right information in the hands of someone searching on topics that are time specific. It could also be that most of the search results will be irrelevant or spam.

For bloggers, or anyone regularly updating content, it’s an opportunity to bring time/date specific information to readers requiring such information. I just thought it was pretty cool that my blog post was available as a google search result within one minute of posting. I’m sure there will be much debate in the internet community regarding the relevancy of such searching.

How do you feel about Google real-time search?

How to Analyze Keyword Density

Hopefully you enjoyed my article on How to Write a Good Internet Article and are practicing your skill in writing keyword dense articles. This article will describe how to analyze the density of your internet articles, blog posts or web content.

How to Analyze Key Word Density
Anyone writing content for the internet should be concerned with keyword density. Internet writing differs from other media in how readers find you. If you’re writing for print, key word density is of little or no importance. Keyword density is applicable in internet writing because it is a factor in how search engines determine what is relevant to a user’s search. Unless your readers are coming to your site directly (ie. you’re famous and have a built in readership) or they are referred by another site, your readers find you from a search engine. There are other factors search engines use in ranking your page as relevant to a user’s search but clearly, the key words in your article are a huge factor on relevance. If your goal is to write an internet article that is discovered by searchers, you need to analyze your keyword density.

For demonstration purposes, I’m going to show you how I analyzed the keyword density on my recent article about writing good internet articles. I chose the title to capture anyone who inputs the search, how to write a good internet article. But let’s face it, I really want anyone who uses the terms internet article used together in their search so I’ll show you how to analyze these key words.

If you drafted your internet article as I proposed, you have a natural keyword density. I pulled up a tool to analyze text for density found here. I copied and pasted my text into the text box on their site, chose the terms internet article to analyze and let it do its thing. Here’s what it returned to me:

Now, this is a tool that tells me the density of my keywords “internet article”, just from the text without any analysis of my meta-data is 4.4%. I’m typically shooting for 5 percent but I don’t ever want my article to sound like spam so I’ll accept 4.4%. The nice thing about this site I’m using here is you can change the text in the box, add more keywords and re-analyze your keyword density. A brilliant idea if you think you might not have written them densely enough on your first draft. Happy with the keyword density of my article I added my meta-data, a custom description, a custom excerpt, key words and tags. So let’s look at what my key word density is after this little extra (which by the way is super simple if you’re using WordPress.) I go to another site for this analysis here.

I ask it to go to my post and analyze the keywords “internet article” including the meta-data and here’s what it showed me:

Screen shot of keyword density analysis

I’m not even going to try to explain what all of this means – it’s a science all it’s own and the two sites I’ve used for demonstration purposes are not the only services available for keyword density analysis – they just happened to rank high on google so they get some free advertisement here. I’m just happy that overall, after analyzing the article, the terms “internet article” was used 44 times and has a density percentage of 4.5%. That is in my books, a key word rich internet article and it doesn’t sound like spam.

If you’re writing for sites like eHow, associated content, hub stubs, or just want to have more traffic to your website or blog, I hope this article on analyzing keyword density has been helpful. As usual, you are free to use this free internet article any way you see fit, just don’t forget to link back. Good luck driving massive traffic to your site with keyword rich internet articles.

A Simple Formula to Evaluate the Value of Your Time

An all to familiar scene is playing out at my house.  My wife is searching craigslist for a job.  I’m working on our other computer.  She says, “what are you doing?”

“I’m working,” I say.  “Are you making any money?” she asks.  “Yes.”  “At this moment?”  “Not at this moment, no.”  “When?”  “Really soon, I promise, my love.”  The dog jumps on my lap, her paws land on my keyboard inserting random characters in my blog post.  If she could talk, she’d be saying, “play with me Daddy – you never want to play with me anymore.”  I could sit with my wife and try to explain the thoughts that are going through my head about money and work and the value of time but she’s knows that we need money now and that’s one of the many things I love about her.  She can focus and bring money in the door right now.  I’m entirely in a philosophical debate in my mind.  In that internal debate, I reach a mathematical formula to determine how to evaluate any monetary pursuit according to a value of one’s time.  I had to make some assumptions in order to arrive at this formula.

First assumption:  Any money earned (unless it’s gifted, inherited or compounded interest) is the result of converting a sales pitch.  I hear the first nay-sayer now:  But I have a job!  I’m not making a sales pitch. Landing a job required a big sales pitch and there’s a continual pitch made each and every hour worked.  A job is a 100% conversion rate of every hour worked.

Second assumption:  The percentage of conversion is an estimate based upon past performance.  If you’ve made a thousand sales pitches and had one hundred sales, the percentage of conversion is ten percent.  A percentage of conversion can be increased or decreased based upon the skills of the person presenting the pitch.

Third assumption:  Time is the most precious of human possessions therefore something that can be done using less of one’s time is inherently better than another.

With these assumptions, here’s the formula:

E = P x C  x e/ T = V

E= earnings

P = number of pitches

C = percentage of conversion

e = earning per conversion

T = total time investment

V = value of time invested

If you’re analyzing the value of time for a job, that’s easy.  If you make $15 an hour, V, the value of your time is $15.  There are only two variables that you can increase to increase your earnings, how many hours you work and the rate of your pay.

Let’s look at this formula with a different kind of opportunity – appointment setting, for instance.  Assume an insurance agent offers you $5 for every appointment that you set and you’re told previous appointment setters average ten appointments per one hundred calls.  You’re also told that most appointment setters work 6 hours a day, five days a week and earn an average of $500 weekly.  Assuming these are good estimates, here’s the formula at work:

$500 = 1000 x .10 x 5 / 48 = $10.42  To make $500 a week, you have to make 1000 sales calls, close ten percent of the sales at $5 per closing divided by the total hours worked, 48, for a value of $10.42 per hour.  If you want to earn more, you can increase the amount of pitches (which increases your time), the earning per conversion (ask for $10 per appointment) and/or increase the conversion percentage which would naturally occur as you perfect your sales pitch. While, this might not have been the best example, at least there are more variables you can control than with a job.

For me, the formula becomes infinitely more fascinating when dealing with the sale of intellectual property.  The creation of intellectual property; music, a photograph, a brand, a book, a website is time intensive to create but what makes it different from the above examples is, when it’s completed you’ve got the potential for your pitches to run an indefinite period of time and the amount of time required to maintain decreases significantly.  Residual and passive income is the boon of the successful marketing of intellectual property.

The hard thing to explain to my wife (and I know she already gets it without my explanation) is that I’m either creating some intellectual property, increasing the number of sales pitches I’m making, crafting pitches for a higher percentage of conversion, or increasing the earning per conversion.  This is difficult to explain when you should be working a job.  The final factor which I cannot seem to express mathematically is whether you enjoy your total time spent.   I’m not sure what E has to be to not enjoy what you’re doing – I guess that depends on just how much E you think you need.

The benifits of selling your website on Flippa vs. eBay.

Recently – Selling websites on the web has become very problematic. “Just-how-much” is a website worth these days? I personally build websites and then turn-around and sell them to people that want to be in business on the web. This is a very tricky market, to sell your website you need to reach real buyers. I have sold websites on eBay, but I have only listed websites for sale on Flippa, never actually sold any. I will share my experience and what I think are the pros-and-cons of selling websites on eBay versus Flippa and give you some valuable tips for saving money and getting even more money for your website!

I was reading is article I found – I think it was the USA Today, it said any website or domain name in 5 years could be worth 500x times what it’s worth right now.

The number one problem you face when looking to get a good price for your website, is the mound of horse-shit scam websites that promise large returns for no investment. This is what buyers that are looking to buy websites have to wade though when looking to buy. Stupid and ridiculous domains priced for 1 million, affiliate websites scams, all kind of scams.

The other problem – It is difficult to sell a website to just anyone, most people are a little intimated or simply have no idea what they are even looking at. I don’t think either eBay or Flippa really offer the “optimal selling experience” for selling websites. Ideally  you want to list your website where you will attract the most potential buyers. Buyer beware!

Flippa – They boast making something like 10 million in sales, to be honest I found this very hard to believe. I didn’t feel like that many of the listings on Flippa ended in a actual sale of the website. All I seen was a bunch of junk websites and maybe 2-10 real offerings. The websites I listed on Flippa, I feel really didn’t attract much attention. …and it was over priced, but again when I listed my sites for sale it was about 12 months ago. 😉 Last I heard it was even higher now, with some “success fee” bullshit. read more about dat chit

eBay – has the traffic and the following, brought you lots and lots of potential buyers, also you can list the website for sale in the niche category you are looking to target. Example: Remote Control Cars. I think eBay brings a stronger buyer base to the table than Flippa does, and at a reasonable cost.

*** SCOTTY – FUN FACT***: You can also buy traffic for your listing, or what you could do instead – Make a single sales page with blogger, or even a page on the website that your selling, then set up AdWords account and bid on keywords against Flippa, targeting keywords like; buy websites, website investments, website business, web business. This will allow you to go-directly to the horses mouth for real website buyers not just a bunch of lookie-losers.

*This is also a good way of selling your website, with less chance of your site being copied by a fake-buyer.

I had my best results selling website – When I self-marketed the website, I was WAYYYY more effective. Or you can look at it this way… The few hundred bucks that you would pay for the “success fee” for selling your website on Flippa, can be used to get more targeted clicks from AdWords, and you might even save a few bucks!

RECOMMEND: Craigslist, AdWords.

*This is how I selling my websites now: http://scottrasher.com/domains-for-sale/

These days I really don’t spend time selling websites, I spend more of my time blogging about stupid shit like this. But I found posting websites for sale on blogs or free classifieds like Craigslist and self marketing, was by-far the best way to sell your websites.

Selling websites FAQ:

Most people buying website don’t have any idea what they are buying.

What you need to guard against is being robed for your intellectual property.

You are not covered under Paypal terms in a transactions a tangible product in not present. Example: files, websites, domains

Fun Facts:

I have sold about 50 websites on eBay and about 100 total.

Other places you can sell your website:

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How to Write a Good Internet Article

How to Write a Good Internet Article

There are many reasons you might want to write a good internet article. You need good web content, you are writing for an employer or you write freelance internet articles. Since content is still King, skills in writing good internet articles are a premium.

First, let’s distinguish between an internet article and a blog post. Let’s create definitions.

A blog post is any combination of image and/or text that is uploaded to a weblog and cataloged by date, category, tag or other fashion. A blog post may be personal, random, from an RSS feed, humorous, boring, nonsensical, blasphemous, heretical or otherwise. A blog post can, but is not always an internet article.

An internet article is typically a well written (although I’ve seen many claiming to be an internet article that was not well written), keyword rich essay on a specific topic, intended to inform and entertain readers seeking information on that topic. The hallmark of a good internet article is a logical structure that leads the reader to accept the conclusion the writer proposed. It should be persuasive.

Like any style of writing, there are forms which can be practiced and with continued use, will lead to better results. During law school, I learned a form of persuasive writing which I have adapted to writing internet articles. Here’s my formula:

1. Issue
What are you writing about? Why should the reader care? This requires a clear and concise statement.

2. Research
What have you discovered about the topic? You need to state what you’ve found and imply or state your qualifications to write about the subject. Nobody cares about your brother’s opinion on whether we landed on the moon in 1969. Why does your opinion matter to the reader?

3. Analysis
Here you begin to take the logical steps that will lead the reader to your proposed conclusion. You began with the conclusion in mind when you started or you wouldn’t be writing an internet article in the first place. Show the reader why she should believe in your conclusion.

4. Conclusion – you precisely restate the idea that you wanted the reader to accept – usually the title of your article.

You can observe the application of my internet article formula in this very article.

1. The title is a clear and concise statement of the topic – how to write an internet article.
2. I define what an internet article is, why the reader should care and what I know about the topic.
3. I offered the reader a theory – a rationale – a practice that can lead, in my opinion to the conclusion I propose which is how to write a better internet article.
4. The conclusion is following.

Writing in a form such as this maximizes your keyword density without sounding unnaturally repetitive. I’m sure you’ve seen articles where the use of key words seemed ridiculous and you probably concluded it was spam. A good internet article does not leave the greasy after taste associated with spam. Rather a good internet article leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling like perhaps the internet isn’t such a bad place after all. A good internet article reminds you why the internet was invented in the first place – to freely exchange ideas – not just to look at porn and sell hair growth products. Ironically, a good internet article will sell things but that’s not its true purpose. It should simply give the reader the answer to the question they were looking for when they searched for it and hopefully you didn’t bore them away from your website.

Writing a good internet article is easy when you have a good idea and a form to follow. I hope this internet article is of assistance to you in your internet article writing endeavors.

That was the conclusion to the article but you’ll want to see my next free internet article where we dissect the keyword density of this very article. Stay tuned!

As always, our free internet articles are open for you to put on your website. Customize, quote or just copy and paste them but don’t forget to link back. Good luck driving massive traffic to your website.