Beer Thirty in Columbus OH

Since moving to the Columbus area, I’ve practically been a hermit, rarely venturing out. I live and work on the outskirts of Columbus, rarely needing to travel inside the I270 circular. There are a number of really great neighborhoods within the I270 ring, like Upper Arlington, Clintonville and the Short North, but to me and my limited travels, I jokingly call anything within I270 “downtown”. On the occasion that I have driven through “downtown” I’ve noticed a number of bars that would be quite interesting to visit:

Betty’s Bar
435 W Nationwide Boulevard

Phil & Young’s Tavern
1455 Harrisburg Pike

Amicon Grill
1168 Chambers Road

Claddagh Pubs Of Polaris, LLC
8745 Sancus Boulevard

Ok so the last one is not downtown, but I pass by it all the time and yet have never gone inside, which is really quite odd, since I used to frequent an Irish bar in London (a lot!) before moving here.

There are so many really cool bars and taverns in Columbus. I probably won’t get to sample them all, but I’d love to step into a few of them, sample their food and beverages and perhaps record my visit with a photo.

What other bars and taverns in Columbus should be on my list?

Memorial Day 2011

On Memorial Day, the Rotary club here in Westerville, along with volunteers from many other organizations planted 2,500 flags, into what is called the Field of Heroes. It pays tribute to the sacrifices given by the many people in harms way, in order to protect our rights and freedoms. I missed photo opportunities in previous years for various reasons, but was adamant that I was going to capture the field this year.

On Monday morning I arrived at the field around 5.40am which gave me just enough time to scout for some good locations before the beautiful sunrise hit. From the weather forecast I knew there were going to be some clouds in the sky so I hoping for some crepuscular rays (aka God Rays). Below is one of the images I captured and processed into an HDR image from 5 separate frames.

Field of Heroes - Memorial Day 2011

Thank you to the Yahoo Editor who chose this image to appear in the Memorial Day gallery on Flickr alongside other wonderful images.

Redirects in the Real World

Photo Credit: TheCullinaryGeek

A couple of weeks ago I decided to go out for a meal with my wife, we dropped the kids off and headed out to one of our favorite Italian restaurants. As we pulled into the parking lot we immediately knew something was wrong. The lot was empty! This is a well known, family owned, independent restaurant which is always buzzing. I walked up to the front door and peered in. All dark. I scanned the door and windows for an indication of what was going on. Nothing, just the standard postings of the menu and list of business hours.

I trudged back to the car and discussed it with my wife. We made a quick decision and ate at a different place a couple of miles down the road.

The next day, my wife was researching the restaurant and told me that they’d moved a block down the road. My mind was racing: “Why didn’t they post a permanent redirect to the new location?” It seemed like such an obvious solution.

People forget to post redirects to new locations even in real life. In this case, it would have only taken a few minutes to post the new address on a piece of office paper and tape it to the door. They lost my business, reluctantly to another restaurant that day, but we’ll be visiting them again at their new location, at which point I will adjust my mental bookmark.

2011 Spring Clean

It’s been so long since I really did much with this site, so I thought it was time to give it a spring cleaning. I chose a nicely coded wordpress theme and made a few minor adjustments. Unfortunately this site hasn’t received much attention since I’ve been in ‘head down’ mode for the past couple of years.

Enjoy the new theme and feel to drop me a line if you see something broken, missing or quirky.

My Mustache Brings all the Girls to the Yard

This November I shaved my goatee and grew a mustache (aka mo) much to my wife’s disdain. It was part of a worldwide event known as Movember which aims to raise awareness of common male forms of cancers, such as testicular and prostate. Susan G. Komen does a great job of raising awareness for breast cancer, but to date I haven’t come across a male alternative that’s quite as prolific.

Mike Halvorsen suggested that the men in the office grow mustaches to help promote and further the cause. While some men were a little hesitant, I plowed full ahead into mustachery madness. When I announced to my wife that I was removing my goatee and starting to grow a mustache she was a little surprised. But when I put it to her that a man’s mustache is like a pink ribbon, she let it go, with the proviso that it also goes at the end of the month.

When I was growing up in the ’70s and ’80s manly men all wore mustaches, it was just something you had to do, there simply was no choice in your style of facial hair. It was a foregone conclusion that by the time you reached your teens you would stare at your top lip in the mirror for at least an hour each day trying to coax out a fine, whispy mustache, because only then would you be considered a real man.

So back to our mustachery endeavors in the office, we had about a dozen finely groomed Manta men touting all shapes, sizes and styles of masculinity. Our group raised $415 which was awesome, especially considering that our company matched that donation.

So on to next year and I hope we can entice more Manta staff and other organizations to grow a mustache in the name of promoting cancer awareness. It’s now December and I’m once again clean shaven. My wife is happy that my mustache is gone, even though it will be back again next year, to hopefully raise even mo money.

Optimize for Search Engines or Users?

Over the years a lot of SEOs have gone back and forth over this legendary question:

“Do you optimize for search engines or users?”

From my SEO point of view, it’s a ridiculous question.

We like to ask leading questions, and this either or type question is extremely prevalent in our daily lives:

  • Do you take the red pill or the blue pill?
  • Do you cut the red or green wire?
  • Do we go left or right?
  • Nikon or Canon?
  • Chevy or Ford?
  • Pepsi or Coke?

From an SEO point of view, can you see what’s wrong with all of these questions? They’re written to suggest that you only have two choices, when in fact a creative SEO will be able to come up with a lot more than two answers. SEO is usually not constrained by physical limitations of the real world, as in the questions above.

The most obvious answer to the question is that you optimize for both. The two choices given in the question are not necessarily mutually exclusive, that assumption is inferred by the question. Challenge your assumptions!

Other answers could be:
1) Test and see which wins
2) Take sections of your site and focus each section on either engines or users.
3) Create a similar site and write it the other way, then refer to #1.

You see, even with a question that started off with what appeared to be only two possible answers, within a few seconds, we’ve expanded to many more possibilities. With some more creativity, you can probably come up with a larger selection.

So next time you’re asked a leading question, take a moment, challenge your assumptions, then deliver your creative SEO answer.

List of Pubcon 2009 Speakers twitter ids

I happened to be looking through the Pubcon 2009 conference binder looking for one of the speakers so I could find their twitter ID. Then I thought, hmmm, perhaps there might be other people also doing the same thing. So here’s the list of Pubcon 2009 speakers in alphabetical order by last name, with their titles, companies with link and twitter ids, where I could find them. Let me know if there are any edits, additions etc.

Reem Abeidoh
Social Media Strategist, Outrider
@rabeidoh

Tony Adam
SEO Manager, Yahoo!
@tonyadam

Bryan Allison
VP Marketing, Vegas.com

Glenn Alsup
President, Viewmark

Peter Arceo
Executive Director of Casino Marketing, Las Vegas Hilton
@peterarceo

Elizabeth Archambault
Freelance Affiliate Marketer, Wedding-Resources

Jeff Arena
Sr Product Manager, Yahoo!
@jeffarena

Tim Ash
CEO, SiteTuners.com
@Tim_ash

George Aspland
Founder & President, eVision, LLC

William Atchison
Founder, Crawl Wall

Andy Atkins-Krueger
Managing Director, Web Certain Europe Ltd
@WebCertain_DE

Jake Baillie
Managing Director, STN Labs

Loren Baker
Editor, Search Engine Journal
@LorenBaker

Jim Banks
CEO, Global Direct Media
@jimbanks

Alexander Barbara
Founder, EasyTweets
@AYB

Frank Bauer
Chief Mechanic, Web Tuning Garage
@webtuning

Andy Beal
Internet Marketing Consultant, Marketing Pilgrim LLC
@Andybeal

Alex Bennert
In-house SEO, Wall Street Journal
@SEOsylph

Jay Berkowitz
CEO, Ten Golden Rules
@jayBerkowitz

James Birch
Owner, JEBCommerce

Daniel Boberg
Managing Director, Sales Technology, Yahoo! Search

Paul Boisvert
Lead Product Manager, Yahoo! Merchant Solutions

Michael Bonfils
International Managing Director, SEM International

Greg Boser
President, WebGuerrilla LLC
@GregBoser

Guillaume Bouchard
CEO, NVI
@GuillaumeSEO

Jessica L Bowman
Founder & President, SEOinhouse.com

Jim Boykin
CEO, We Build Pages
@jimboykin

Brian Breslin
CEO, Infinimedia, Inc
@brianbreslin

Scott Brinker
President & CTO, ion interactive, inc

Bob Brisco
CEO, Internet Brands
@bobbrisco

Nathan Buggia
Live Search Webmaster Central, Lead Program Manager, Bing.com

Pete Burgeson
Director of Marketing, crowdSPRING

Lisa Buyer
President/CEO The Buyer Group
@lisabuyer

Charles Calabrese
Product Manager, buy.at Affiliate Network

Laura Callow
Senior Search Marketing Manager, Intuit Global BUsiness Division
@lauracallow

John Carcutt
SEO Manager, MediaWhiz
@JohnCarcutt

Brian Carter
Director of Search Marketing, SEO and Social Media, Fuel Interactive
@brianCarter

Brian Chappell
Sr. Social Search Strategist, Ignite Social Media
@BRIANCHAPPELL

Robert Charlton
SEO Consultant, CharltonSEO
@robert_charlton

Christine Churchill
President, KeyRelevance
@KeyRelevance

Bruce Clay
President, Bruce Clay, Inc
@BruceClayInc

Darrin Clement
Founder & CEO, Maponics
@Maponics

Lawrence Coburn
President, RateItAll, Inc.
@lawrencecoburn

Shawn Collins
Co-Founder, Affiliate Summit
@affiliatetip

Brian Combs
Principal, ionadas local
@brianpcombs

Ray ‘Catfish’ Comstock
Senior Search Strategist, BusinessOnLine
@SEOCatfish

Jason Cooper
Director, Value Added Services, Efficient Frontier
@jason_cooper

Matt Craine
VP of Online Media, Catalogs.com
@mattcraine

Curtis R. Curtis
CSMO, RankSense
@curtisRcurtis

Matt Cutts
Software Engineer, Google, Inc.
@mattcutts

Ziv Dascalu
Founder, WiseImpact

Stoney deGeyter
President, Pole Position Marketing
@stoneyD

Roger B. Dooley
VP of Digital Marketing, Hobsons U.S.
@rogerdooley

Michael Dorausch
President & Founder, Planet Chiropractic
@chiropractic

Alison Driscoll
Interactive Copywriter/Social Media Strategist
@alisond

Rhea Drysdale
Co-founder and COO Outspoken Media
@rhea

Tony Economou
President, Citires
@citires

Allison Fabella
SEO Manager, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
@alli12

Joe Fernandez
Founder/CEO, Klout
@joefernandez

Brandie Feuer
Director of Interactive Marketing, Planet Hollywood

Rand Fishkin
CEO & Co-Founder, SEOMoz
@randfish

Vanessa Fox
Founder, Nine By Blue
@VanessaFox

Todd Friesen
Vice President of Search, Position Technologies
@Oilman

Giovanni Gallucci
social media ninja, giovanni gallucci
@giovanni

Karen Garcia
Partner & Co-Founder, GTO Management
@karengarcia

Brad Geddes
Founder, bgTheory.com
@bgtheory

Nick Genevish
Online Marketing Manager, Smart Destinations, Inc
@SMARTaffiliates

Ethan Giffin
CEO & Founder, Groove Commerce
@opie

Brad Goldberg
Vice President of Marketing, Luxor

Chris Goward
CEO, WiderFunnel Marketing Optimization
@Chrisgoward

Michael Gray
President, Atlas Web Service
@graywolf

Bill Hartzer
Search Engine Optimization Manager, Vizion Interactive
@bhartzer

Scott Hendison
CEO & President, Search Commander
@shendison

Jon Henshaw
Product Manager, Raven Internet Marketing Tools
@ravenjon

Rae Hoffman
CEO, Outspoken Media
@SugarRae

Chris Hooley
Owner, MCP Media
@ChrisHooley

Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos
@Zappos

Ben Huh
CEO, Pet Holdings, Inc
@benHUH

Kenny Hyder
Founder, Rockstar Consultants
@kennyhyder

Dimitry Ioffe
CEO & Co-Founder, Visionaire Group
@dimitryioffe

Mark Jackson
President / CEO, VIZION Interactive, Inc.
@MarkJackson

Sean Jackson
CEO/Creator, Ecordia
@Ecordia

Nelson James
Vice President, SEO.com
@nelsonjames

Adam Jewell
Search Engine Marketing Specialist, NetPlus Marketing Inc.
@adamjewell

Dixon Jones
Managing Director, Receptional LTD
@Receptional

Ken Jurina
President, Epiar Inc
@kenjurina

Alan K’necht
Founder & President, K’nechtology Inc.
@aknecht

Rebecca Kelley
Director of Social Media, 10e20
@RebeccaKelley

Jon Kelly
President, SureHits
@jonkelly

Todd Keup
CEO, Magnifisites

David Klein
CEO, Purpose Inc
@purposeinc

Topher Kohan
SEO Coordinator, CNN.com
@Topheratl

Chris Kramer
CO-Founder & Media Director Affiliate Benchmarks / NETexponent
@chrismkramer

Aaron Kronis
Director of SEO, Wpromote Inc.
@Kronis

Philippe Lang
Senior Vice President, Small Business, LivePerson

Joe Laratro
President, Tandem Interactive
@jlaratro

John Lawlor
Founder and Head Coach, WebPhotoCoach.com
@johntlawlor

Jennifer Laycock
Director of Marketing/Editor SiteLogic/Search Engine Guide
@jenniferlaycock

William Leake
CEO, Apogee Search
@Marketing_Bill

Kevin Lee
Executive Chairman, Didit.com
@Kevin_lee_QED

Stephanie Leffler
CEO, Juggle.com
@juggleonline

Jeffrey Libert
CEO, DirectoryCompany.com

Stephanie Lichtenstein
Affiliate Program Manager, Andy Rodriguez Consulting
@microsteph

Lewis Lin
Group Product Manager, adCenter, Microsoft Advertising

Laura Lippay
Director of Technical Marketing, Yahoo!
@lauralippay

Heather Lloyd-Martin
President and CEO, SuccessWorks

Misty Locke
Co-Founder and President, Range Online Media

Joanna Lord
CMO, YourJobStop
@JOANNALORD

Ian Lurie
CEO, Portent Interactive
@JOANNALORD

Phil Maher
Founder, Intuitive Investments

Todd Malicoat
Independant Marketing Consultant, Meta4creations, LLC
@stuntdubl

Gregory Markel
Owner, Infusecreative
@gregorymarkel

John Marshall
CTO, Founder, Market Motive
@johnmhome

Will Martin-Gill
Director, Internet marketing, eBay

Michael Martin
SEO Director of Project Management, Internet Marketing Inc
@GoogleAndBlog

Brian Massey
Conversion Scientist, ConversionScientist.com
@bmassey

Shari McConahay
Co-Owner & Director of Marketing, Extreme Halloween, Inc
@ShariMcConahay

Michael McDonald
Managing Editor, iEntry Inc
@MMcdonald

Janet Driscoll Miller
President & CEO, Search Mojo
@janetdmiller

David Mink
Co-Owner/Chief Legal Counsel, Dream Systems Media
@dmmink

Melanie Mitchell
SVP of Search Strategy, Digitas
@MelanieMitchell

Roger Montti
Founder and Owner, Martinibuster.com
@martinibuster

Joseph Morin
CEO, Storybids
@josephmorin

Kate Morris
Founding Demon, Marketing Demons
@KateMorris

Ulli Muenker
Search Marketing Manager, BusinessWeek

Gillian Muessig
President, SEOmoz, Inc
@Seomom

David Naffziger
President & CEO, BrandVerity, Inc
@davenaff

Ash Nallawalla
Traffic Manager, Yellow Pages Sensis Pty Ltd
@ashnallawalla

Ricci Neer
Principal, Rock Star Media, LLC
@Riccineer

Krista Neher
CEO, BootCampDigital
@Kristaneher
@bootcampdigital

Steve O’Brien
VP, Sales & Marketing, Click Forensics

Lee Odden
CEO, TopRank Online Marketing
@leeOdden

David Ogletree
Owner, SEO Fox
@ogletree

Elisabeth Osmeloski
Managing Editor, Search Engine Land
@elisabethos

Craig Paddock
Managing Partner, Boost Search Marketing

Jeremy Palmer
President, Quit Your Day Job
@quityourdayjob

Michael Perhaes
Assistant Vice President of Marketing, MGM Grand
@perhaes

Dan Perry
SEO Manager, Turner Broadcasting
@danperry

Randy Petersen
Founder, Flyertalk.com
@ranflyer

Lisa Picarille
Online Marketing Consultant, LisaPicarille.com
@LISAP

Victor Pitts
Vice President – Sales & Client Services, Moniker Online Services, LLC
@heyvic

Scott Polk
Director of Operations, Search & Social Media
@scottpolk

Taylor Pratt
Senior Search Specialist, nFusion
@pratt

Durk Price
President, eAccountableOPM
@eaccountableopm

Will Price
CEO, Widgetbox
@Widgetbox

Adam Proehl
Managing Partner, NordicClick Interactive
@adamproehl

Lou Ragg
Executive Director of Internet Operations and Marketing, MGM MIRAGE
@louragg

Wil Reynolds
Founder, SEER Interactive
@WilReynolds

Lisa Riolo
Consultant, LisaRiolo.com
@lisariolo

Mark Robertson
Founder, ReelSEO.com
@MarkRRobertson

Shawn Rorick
Chairman, Las Vegas Interactive Marketing Association
@shawnrorick

Dave Roth
Director of Search Engine Marketing, Yahoo!

Kevin Ryan
Chief Marketing Officer, WebVisible, Inc
@kevinmryan

Jill Sampey
Director of Search Marketing, Blast Radius
@uberjill

Kristine Schachinger
CEO, SitesWithoutWalls.com
@schachin

Steve Schaffer
Publisher, Offers.com
@SteveSchaffer

Paul Schroader
President, PS Web Solutions
@pswebs

Barry Schwartz
President, RustyBrick, Inc
@Rustybrick

David Schwartz
Sr. Director of Marketing, Authorize.net, a CyberSource solution

Jay Schwartz
Founder & President, IdeaWork Studios

Ralf Schwoebel
Founder & CEO, Tradebit, Inc
@trabit

Jay Sears
SVP, Strategic Products and Business Development, ContextWeb
@JaySears

Chris Shaver
CEO, BookingWiz.com
@bookingwiz

Aaron Shear
Director of SEO with Shopping.com an eBay Company

Carolyn Shelby
Web Experience Manager, United Way of Metro Chicago
@cshel

Matt Siltala
Owner/Chief Media Officer, Dream Systems Media
@Matt_Siltala

Seth Silver
President & CEO, Social Control
@wecontrol

Marshall D. Simmonds
Chief Search Strategist, New York Times Company/About.com
@mdsimmonds

Rob Snell
Managing Partner, Gun Dog Supply
@RobSnell

David Snyder
Co-Founder, Search and Social, LLC
@DaveSnyder

Patrizio Spagnoletto
Sr. Director of Marketing, Yahoo! Search Marketing

Michael Stebbins
CEO, Founder, Market Motive
@Michaelstebbins

Stoyan Stefanov
Senior Yahoo! Technical, Yahoo!
@Stoyanstefanov

Joe Stepniewski
Co-Founder, Skimlinks
@DIGIJOE

Pat Strader
Founder & Managing Partner, Matterhorn Marketing
@matterhornpat

Scott Stratten
President, Un-Marketing
@UNmarketing

Michael Streko
Co-Founder / CEO, KnowEm LLC
@Streko

Jessie Stricchiola
Founder & CEO, Alchemist Media, Inc
@itstricchi

Adam Sussman
Director of Business Development, Best of the Web

David Szetela
Clix Marketing
@Szetela

Brett Tabke
CEO, Webmastereworld.com
@BTabke

Erika Tabke
CEO, Requiet.com
@etabke

Anna Talerico
Executive Vice President, ion interactive inc
@AnnaTalerico

Jeff Tirey
VP of Products, Mongoose Metrics
@tireytv

Matt Tuens
Founder & CEO, AcuVox
@MatthewTuens

Cindy Turrietta
Co-Host, Founder, eMarketing Talkshow
@eMTS

Ted Ulle
Senior Search Analyst, Converseon, Inc
@tedulle

Lauren Vaccarello
Director of Publishing, Forex Capital Markets LLC

Frederick Vallaeys
SR. Product Specialist for AdWords, Google
@fvallaeys

Tanya Vaughan
Internet Marketing Consultant, Vaughan Marketing

Aj Vernet
Senior Vice President, Digital Broadcast Group
@sfnative20

Aris Vlasakakis
Principal, Rank Focus LLC

David Wachs
Founder & President, Cellit Marketing
@cellit

Wister Walcott
Co-Founder & VP of Products, Marin Software
@t_wister

Lyndsay Walker
Director of Online Marketing, Canada’s Web Shop
@lyndseo

David Wallace
CEO, SearchRank
@DavidWallace

Aaron Wall
Author, SEO Book
@aaronwall

Clarke Walton
Founder, Walton Law Firm
@WaltonWebLaw

Amanda Watlington
Ph.D, Searching For Profit
@amandaw

Marty Weintraub
President, aimClear
@aimclear

Jiyan Wei
Product Manager, Vocus
@PRweb

Dave Werth
CEO & Founder, IDEAS Design Inc

Jerry West
President, SEORevolution
@Jwest5150

Jill Whalen
CEO, High Rankings
@Jillwhalen

Derrick Wheeler
Senior Search Engine Optimization Architect, Microsoft
@DerrickWheeler

Karen White
Vice President of Marketing, SquirtGun Media Group

Warren Whitlock
Social Media Strategist, BestSellerAuthors.com
@WARRENWHITLOCK

Deborah Wilcox
Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Chris Winfield
President, 10e20, LLC
@Chriswinfield

Kirby Winfield
Chief Revenue Officer, Mpire (WidgetBucks)
@kirbywinfield

Dustin Woodard
SEO Consultant, SEO Naturale
@webconnoisseur

Tony Wright
CEO/Founder WrightIMC
@tonynwright

Chris Zaharias
VP SearchCenter, Omniture
@SearchQuant

Vanessa Zamora
Video Producer, WebmasterWorld, Inc
@msvanzam

Dan Zarrella
Viral Marketing Scientist, Hubspot.com
@DanZarrella

Richard Zwicky
CEO, Enquisite
@Rzwicky

Free SEO Review

Manta.com is starting to build some community tools to help Manta members connect with each other. Since I’m part of this project I’m trying to get some new people involved to give me feedback on the site’s features.

So to show my appreciation, I’d like to offer one hour of my SEO consulting services to anyone who signs up on Manta.com and adds me as a business contact, between now and August 31st. Once we’ve connected, just send me a private message on Manta with some feedback and your website address and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive one hour of free SEO consulting by me.

Register on Manta, then visit my profile page to add me as a contact.

The winner will be drawn and announced here on Tuesday September 1st 2009.

The SEO review will be a multipage document pointing out major problem areas and recommendations to correct/enhance them.

Below is a graph showing organic traffic from Google:

The red arrow shows when I started working on Manta.com.

New Android Cupcake user-agent

It looks like the user-agent recently changed from:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 1.1; en-us; dream) AppleWebKit/525.10+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0.4 Mobile Safari/523.12.2

To:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 1.5; en-us; T-Mobile G1 Build/CRB43) AppleWebKit/528.5+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.2 Mobile Safari/525.20.1