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Words of Wisdom

Can anyone guess who said this? Please comment and take a shot at it:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings
but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We
spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger
houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have
more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more
experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too
tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk
too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years
to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and
back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We
conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things,
but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the
atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan
more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We
build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies
than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and
small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are
the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken
homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do
everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is
much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when
technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can
choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is
the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a

Remember, to say, ‘ I love you ‘ to your partner and your loved ones,
but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it
comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person
will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the
precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
moments that take our breath away.

Building Great Links

Link Building is always a topic of conversation for anyone in the world of Internet Marketing. People who push only organic SEO tend to be quite focused on the overall process of building masses of links with target anchor text on sites which may pass link juice.

Personally that’s a narrow minded point of view that really limits your overall link building goals. The reality of the situation is that links drive traffic, reputation, new visitors and potentially new customers. A well thought out online promotional program will assist you in your organic SEO link building efforts. But you need to have a holistic view of link building.

We build links to achieve a number of goals:

  1. Promote the site. We produce great content and we want the world to know about it.
  2. Highlight other sites we think are great. We do this by commenting on articles we love, participating in discussions.
  3. We are promoting a contest or promotion based around a product. This could be considered link baiting but it’s also showing people how creative and fun we might. When I was Director of Internet Marketing for BetUS we had alot of fun with this great link bait program – it was flattering that Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz thought it was genius marketing. We had fun doing it and it was very successful.
  4. We are building links to increase our search rankings. When I was at Bodog we built links for SEO specifically but tracked it with Clicktracks and optimized from there – times were very different but it was (and is) an effective tactic – it certainly worked there. Check out the case study on Lyris.
  5. We are participating in a community such as StumbleUpon, Facebook and Twitter. This isn’t for the purpose of building links directly. It’s promoting our product, service or just talking to people. We generate content, talk to people and they shockingly enough they may link to us directly but that’s not the initial goal (we don’t whack people over the head).

I just finished watching Rand Fishkin’s Whiteboard Friday on the same subject. I strongly suggest you check it out:


What other link building tactics do you use now? Let me know what you think of my take on link building awesomeness. Have a great Friday the 13th!


Dan Nedelko

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Defending George Bush

Ari Fliescher went at it with Chris Matthews yesterday. I think Chris Matthews is right, 9/11 did happen on George Bush‘s watch and for Ari to say Matthews should be ashamed to point that out is ridiculous. The fact is the biggest terrorist attack in US history did happen on Bush’s watch and there are numerous additional facts showing that the Bush Administration failed horribly in ignoring consistent and persistent warnings about an imminent attack.

The deregulation of Wall Street which admittedly began under Bill Clinton was accelerated by the Bush administration which is one of the major factors in the global economic crisis – which I think is going to be a long and deep recession.

Ari Fliescher does make some good points and some stupid points.


If the US gets attacked on Barack Obama‘s watch then yeah you would be able and justified to say that! That’s an idiotic statement by Ari Fliescher. This is a great back and forth!

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Barney Frank versus Bill O’Reilly

I guess Barney Frank is not taking any crap from Bill O’Reilly which is awesome. This is how I look at this situation. Bill O’Reilly is not only a thug highlighting his lack of intelligence through bullying, he is an utter and complete disgrace to his profession. I would not even bring down the profession of Journalism by implying that he is a journalist, the way this utter and complete moron bring down fundamental principles of reasoned debate.

Dear Bill,

In order to give an individual with an alternate point of view a chance to speak you need to shut up. You violate everything that makes open systems of political speech and expression the amazing system they are.

You cover yourself in patriotic self centered ego driven media sensationalism and fundamentally have no common decency or respect for the alternate views and opinions of others.

You violate everything your country and your profession are supposed to stand for, degenerating to your level any further is just the thing you want people to do.

It’s sad, it’s classless and you are nothing more than a demagogue.

I have personally run into two people in my life like you personally. One of whom I’ve written about here, the other is not even worth discussing. Have a look and tell me what you think:


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John Roberts aka JD Roberts

You probably now know him as John Roberts the CNN Anchor, and previously as the CBS White House Correspondent but if you’re Canadian maybe you remember him as JD Roberts Muchmusic VJ extraordinaire. Even though that was 20 years ago it’s hilarious to see him with the stylin’ mullet cut. That was short lived and as soon as he joined CityTV in Toronto that was quickly cut off.

On behalf of all Canadians I am begging: John Roberts bring back the mullet!

Seriously though John Roberts is another in a long line of Canadians who have made us proud by becoming a fixture in American broadcast journalism. But seriously John, the mullet was classic.

Check these out:

The Muchmusic Pepsi Power Hour!


On CityTV – JD Roberts graduates to the real newsroom:


Wow – is this John Roberts? It’s pretty amazing to have seen one person’s entire career and in fact what is effectively a transformation:


So then John Roberts moves from CBS to CNN:


Finally John Roberts is the best anchor on CNN. Look at how he handles the idiotic right wing Laura Ingram:

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