Learning and sharing about SEO

One of the first things I learned is just because you put up a website, Google, doesn’t know it’s there. You HAVE to link to it from somewhere.

See if you can guess what this post is about?? Give up?

It’s about linking, silly! There’s a lot I’m learning right now.

I figure the best way to learn something is to teach it to others.

While I’m not suggesting this blog will teach you much, it will share some thoughts with you. And if you follow along, or ever join the conversation, we might be able to learn something together ;-)

One thing I’m testing out today is to see if you can link more than one site in the same post. Well, not just link them because of course you can do that. But will Google Index them? I’m not sure how I’ll know for sure, but it will be fun to try. I’ve been playing around with a couple of other ideas on my main blog at Networked Inc. You can skip the post about my dad  and playing too small and go to ones talking about “Microsites“. I think there are three of them. Maybe even more.

So far we’ve made three sites for our Metro Detroit Area Office Furniture Dealer client. The goal is to get them to optimize for the combination of words: office furniture sales in Metro Detroit. So click that to see one of the sites.

Another one of our clients sells cars. Specifically all Chryslers as well as Buicks and GMCs in the Detroit area. He recently decided he wants to offer Employee Pricing to Grand Rapids residents. So we built a microsite about it. It’s kind of cool.

We are also working with a friend of mine who makes and sells awards and trophies. We really want to focus on the Corporate Awards and Recognition piece and did a site about that. Take a look. This has been a very interesting learning experience. I will keep reporting on it on my main blog. Take a look if you’re so inclined. Feel free to let me know what you think. I’d be happy to chat with you!!

Be connected-

Terry Bean

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3 Ways to enjoy TEDx Detroit on 10/26/2012

The more we focus on good ideas coming out of Detroit the more they will happen.

Tomorrow is going to be a day full of the passion, energy and creative genius that is represented throughout our area. Normally I would tell you that you don’t want to miss it but I already know you will. At least live anyway and we are really bummed about that.

We’ve made the right moves to make sure we put ourselves back in the good graces of the powers of TEDx and are looking forward to another huge event next year. In the meantime here are 3 quick ways to get your fix of positive ideas worth spreading from Detroit.

Big thanks to our friends at Powerstream who are stepping up huge at the last minute to assure many more people can view it on this stream. As I write this I realize that we didn’t “enhance the gigs (GBs)’ coming out of the GEM so I hope the stream holds up.

If it doesn’t, you can most certainly follow along on Twitter using #TEDxDetroit and don’t forget to share a little #313Dlove. Our friends Derek Mehreban, his team at Ingenix and Heather Coleman-Voss will be tweeting away.

Join us for Apres X at 6 pm where we put the TED in the DET. The energy experienced during a day of TED talks is infectious. We would be able to light all 3 casinos for a year and the ideas shared will have attendees lit up like they just hit the jackpot. You can soak up this good juju by joining us at 6 pm at the GEM and hear past presenters, musical acts and celebrate with stories of the day.

October 26 will be another great day in Detroit and we hope you’ll be joining us however you can. A great place to start would be thanking our production team and sponsors for this years event.

Be connected-

Terry Bean

Ever wonder why I sign off with Be connected? Watch my 2009 TEDx Detroit talk called 6 degrees of connectedness.

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Bustup

Wanna have a lot of fun “networking” with good people while doing good in our community? Join us for a Bustup!

With #backchannel of Channel 7 on August 11, 2012

What: BUSTUP
When: October, 13 2012 Starts at 9. The busting will go until 4.
Who: Motor City BlightBusters + Motor City Connect + 313Dlove + Prudential + everyone else we can get
Where: Northwest Detroit near Grand River and Lahser (we will meet at Motor City Java House 17336 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219)
Why: We will transform the energy in our city and help with the building of Farmville Detroit.
More info: Our event Facebook page

What is a Bustup? You may be familiar with the term “tweetup”- when people on twitter get together in real life to meet. A Bustup is a tweetup with a specific purpose…to tear down a dilapidated house.

For the past 5 years, Motor City Connect (large Detroit based networking group) has partnered with Motor City Blight Busters (24 year old non-profit near Brightmoor) to remove negative energy from Northwest Detroit. We do this typically by knocking down a dilapidated house or 3 and cleaning up the area near Grand River and Lahser. It’s been a wonderful experience and 90% of the people who attend can’t wait to come back.

Take a look at THIS VIDEO OF A HOUSE BEING BUSTED UP and THIS VIDEO OF IT BEING PULLED OVER. Both of these videos were taken when the #backchannel of Channel 7 joined us in August, 2012.

We are looking for sponsors to help make this a fun, family friendly event and to start a lasting legacy for our Detroit while raising some some much needed funds for Blightbusters. I would be happy to discuss details on sponsorship with the appropriate parties.

Here is a list of what you may want to bring the day of:

Old clothes you don’t care about
Comfortable, yet sturdy shoes
Gloves (please bring extra pair(s) to donate to them if you can
Large trash bags (again, please bring some to leave)
Masks (sometimes the dust really flies)
Additional items that would make their day great- Axes, Sledgehammers, Large trash containers.
We will provide food and beverages for the day

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

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Believe there is a positive change in Detroit

Detroit is ready for change. Not just the tiny incremental change that no one notices, but the type that defies logic and makes them the comeback story of the decade.

The timing is right. This place is right. The energy is right. The only challenge is the mindset of many in AND around the city is way wrong.

The good news is that is totally ready to be changed too. And change it will. Fast. It’s a shockingly small number of people who need to be receptive to the idea of change before we can actually experience change in the collective consciousness of the Detroit area.

Once a change in our collective consciousness happens real change becomes possible. 313Dlove is a movement to make that change happen faster.

We will enroll Detroit’s faith based community. We will enroll the local media. We will enroll business professionals of every color, faith and ethnicity. The bottom line is everyone needs to come to this message (read truth) through whatever way is most familiar to them. And the truth is this:

Detroit has had a rotten go of it since 1967. Sure there have been moments of triumph but nothing like the years before and certainly not like what lies ahead.

The key to Detroit’s forward progress is to fully forgive ALL past transgressions by everyone and move forward from right NOW.

The moment a fraction of our areas total populations believes we can, we will begin to be totally reborn as one race: HUMAN in one neighborhood: THE ONEDERFUL DETROIT REGION (aka The entire old 313 area code as it existed before 810 began in 1993) embracing one religion: LOVE.

We are connected to enough people ready for change whose energy will create the change we seek. It’s time to begin coming together to live out our city’s 207 year old motto:

We hope for better things. Out of the ashes we will rise again.

This city is about to be set ablaze with love. It will be the best fire our area has ever experienced. It’s amazing what we will see once the flames settle down. We will no longer look at one another only with our eyes which can deceive but simply our hearts which will allow us to believe.

Our shared belief in a better future is precisely what will make it possible. And as I’ve been saying for a number of years: “As Detroit goes, so does the rest of the country”. I think it’s about time the word “country” gets changed to “World”.

Will you join us in the 313Dlove movement? You can help us RIGHT NOW by DONATING to a project you believe in.

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Pleased to announce my new Detroit focused non-profit: 313Dlove

If you would have asked me in April when will the site be ready I would have told you June 1st. Had you asked me last week, I would have told you that it will never really be ready.

The good news is it’s ready enough to start spreading the Love for Detroit that needs to be shared. You can click the link to see the 313Dlove website.

You have to have a home base on the web and we will have a totally kickass one in the coming months. In the meantime, I think our Facebook Page and Twitter account will be more active,

I do love my vision for what the 313Dlove.com website will become and I’m glad it’s out today instead of waiting for the “Big Reveal” (looks like I’ll have to create a post with that title and list the product specs).

As I write this I think I should have spent more time documenting this process and sharing it here. It’s wild how fast time goes by.

Sometimes I feel like I should take the Doogie Howser approach and share a daily diary. It would be interesting to track that much of the organization’s impact. Seems like it may be more fun to let others write and share about that and I’ll just simply focus on making it happen.

Are you wondering what you can do to make sure this becomes a reality?

Simply sharing this post and or the facebook page would be a great start. Sharing the website would be great too.

Thanks so much for being a part of the change we all want to see in the D.

Be connected-

Terry Bean

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Authenticity vs. Getting It Done- A case for the social media call center

When I started delivering the “9 Hard Fast Rules of Social Media” in 2008 Rule # 4 had a whole series on “Be Attitudes”. There were 9 of them like: “Be Engaging”, “Be Interested”. “Be Interesting”. “Be Helpful” and a few others. The one I really want to focus on today is “Be Authentic”.

Social Media has long been about putting yourself out there and either starting or becoming a part of the conversation. Authenticity is a key as it really helps people connect with you. Enlightened individuals certainly understand and have knowledge of their authentic self. Those on the path toward enlightenment have a pretty good sense of their authenticity too. People who are less concerned with “who they are” tend to have a lower sense of self. That’s okay because this post really isn’t about people, It’s about companies.

In business we are just starting to wake up to the importance of “corporate culture”. Your company’s culture is its’ identity. Just like in individuals, the identity is what drives authenticity.

When I say businesses are just “waking up” to this idea, I’m also saying that MOST have little idea as to what their culture really is. As such, they take on the identity of their leader at best, have a blend of identities or have an identity that is chaotic on the flip side. Authenticity from a business with multiple identities is similar to expecting consistency when following a twitter stream of someone suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. It’s not gonna happen.

And time marches on.

How many businesses have been contemplating “getting into social media”? They’ve sent people to classes. Signed up for webinars. Hired younger people based on their answers to questions geared around social media and they’re still not doing it. Why? Because of three simple reasons:

1. They don’t have the understanding of how to merge these tools with their business objectives.

2. They don’t have the right people (a reflection of 1)

3. They don’t have the time

And time, marches on.

Those three reasons can be enough to have kept you from starting, but should they keep you on the sideline? No chance. Here’s the truth, getting started in social media is far more important than getting it right. If you don’t have the knowledge, people and or time, then maybe it’s time to look for a company who does.

We built a social media call center to not only take away the excuses of not being involved but to make it so easy for you to jump in that you can’t imagine waiting another second. Go ahead and click on the uNetworked description of Social Media Call Center to learn more about what we would like to do for you. If you like what you see, give us a call so we can discuss how to get started.

Rule #1 in the “9 Hard Fast Rules of Social Media” has always been: “Ready. Fire.Aim“. Getting it done today is far more important than being authentic tomorrow, or whenever you get around to it.

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An intro to what’s next with #313Dlove

313Dlove- An event to transform Detroit for good and forever

On March 13, 2012 the hashtag #313Dlove trended worldwide at 3:21 EST. The idea on that day was simple: Get a bunch of people to share stories focused on what they love about the D. Opening the world’s eyes to what’s great about the Motor City was the easy part. Now the fun begins.

The 313Dlove campaign is more than just talking about what we love, it’s about proving that love and making a difference that we can all be proud of. The overarching vision is this: Change the energy in our city by empowering its people while removing the blight that exists within the city’s limits.

WE have the ability to wipe out two of the biggest challenges our city faces with one big movement.

Challenge one is we have many people on unemployment (or not and are “hustling” to make a living) who are capable of doing much more than collecting a check. The fact is that people who are working toward a common good and earning a wage doing so feel better about themselves and their community. It is a disservice to these individuals to not let them improve their esteem by earning their way. Additionally, the renewed sense of self comes with economic advantages the least of which is an increase in the city’s tax base.

Challenge two is we have WAY TOO MANY dilapidated houses and buildings. Not only are they an eyesore, they breed negativity. It’s bad for the housing market. It’s bad for the safety of residents. And it’s bad for the children who have to see this in their neighborhood as they walk past on their way to school. How can you focus on getting a quality education when you’re fearful to walk down your own block?

The 313Dlove campaign is about providing an opportunity for individuals to get back to work while feeling good about making a difference in our community.

Our goal is to work with the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, the local foundations and area business leaders to create a plan to hire several “demolition crews” who can work together to remove the blight. Funds will need to be raised to cover the costs of demolition and payroll for the employees. We will also work with suburban groups, associations, churches and businesses to bring “volunteer” demolition crews to work together to remove the blight. Plans will also include ways to “rebuild” what is needed on empty lots.

We are currently enrolling leaders to help make this effort a reality. Our plan is to work closely with John George of Motor City Blightbusters as he and his teams are experts in removing blight. They can teach teams how to do this work safely and efficiently. We are also looking to partner with the Detroit area faith based community as we believe they will be best suited to share the message that enrolls Detroit citizens into action. Several other church groups and service organizations have committed to take part in this action.

A website that includes a calendar of the day’s demolitions is being developed. Groups and individuals can see what kind of work is going on and where it will happen and can RSVP to attend. We will also include other worthy projects that can be showcased and voted on to see which “areas of demand” should receive funding.

This is a monumental task and will require several volunteers and employees. The tagline for this project is “All day. Every day” because that’s the amount of effort that this will take to pull off.

A strong and united Detroit is something we all benefit from and need to support together.

Says be sure to check out uNetworked for future updates on when the campaign will officially launch.

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Excited to announce my new business website: uNetworked.com

I’ve long joked that if you ask 10 people what Terry Bean does you will likely get 9 different answers. Hopefully our new website for uNetworked clears up some of the confusion.

I’m still going to speak and coachsult (and you can find details of that here on this site) but when I’m doing that I will be focusing on creating Disruptive Marketing solutions for our clients. I have partnered with one of the best technologists I know, Mike McClintock so we can leverage technology (we specialize in Agile development) and relationships to create real, measurable value for our clients.

We create more than just websites. We create digital experiences that our clients’ prospects and customers will love. We take the time to listen to our customers so we can understand who their target audience is and build technology that will resonate with them. We also understand how Google works well enough to make sure that when your prospects are searching online for you that you show up on page 1.

Understanding the psychology of people and the importance of metrics is what assures our successful campaigns. Another very cool thing about our company is we post our Pricing right on our website so you don’t have to ever wonder about the cost.

Feel free to click on IDEAS to see some of the big ones we’ve delivered so far. Be sure to check back often because this site is BRAND SPANKING NEW and more stuff will be added soon. And we’re quite sure you will love the IONS of digital marketing dominance that we’ve shared too.

If you’re looking for a new web presence, complete with social media, SEO and measurable results, be sure to contact us.

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Want to hire the best speaker in Detroit?

If your event has a presentation component you certainly should be. What criteria will you use to select them?

Of course you’d want them to keep your audience engaged while delivering a memorable message that’s on point. Even better if your audience is able to enjoy the ideas while they are being shared and be excited to implement many of them upon departure.

My name is Terry Bean and I like to make up my own words and deliver inspiredutaining presentations. I’ve been blessed to deliver over 100 presentations to thousands of fully engaged participants and about 17 bored ones so far.

I’ve shared the stage with some of the world’s best presenters Bob Burg, John Assaraf, Chris Brogan and many of them are right here in Detroit: Josh Linkner, Shawne Duperon, Michael Angelo Caruso and Charlie Wollborg.

While I may not be the exact speaker you seek I would be happy to talk about your event and help you find the best speaker for you. After all, life is too short to have lousy speakers.

Be connected-

Bean

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The power in the numbers 1 and 3 for Detroit

The following is a result of thoughts on creating a #313Dlove campaign. You can see the first video uploaded 3/12/12 here.

The 2014 image

Many of us grew up with 313 as our area code. Over the years more numbers were layered on in an effort to keep us better connected. Instead they just added more lines of separation that between people who had been disconnected enough.

It’s important that we Detroiters recognize the strengths of the 1 and the 3 and how they apply to us. In an effort to do this quickly I am simply pasting the latest specific knowledge I have gained in the field of numerology (Numerology is the study of numbers that helps determine and reflect a persons characteristics, talents, motivations and path in life). It’s one thing to recognize the power of these numbers as they pertain to our area code. It’s doubly impressive when those numbers are the calendar date. And in 2014, we get the added power of this being Detroit’s 313th birthday.

Here is what the numbers 1 and 3 mean:

As a 3 Life Path, you possess great talent in creativity and self-expression. Many writers, poets, actors and musicians are born under the 3 Life Path. You are witty, possess a gift for gab and savor the limelight.

A 1 Life Path means you are a born leader. You insist on your right to make up your own mind, and you demand freedom of thought and action. You have drive and determination. You don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way once you are committed to your goal.

I only shared the first 3 sentences for each and the site this is being pulled from is here: http://www.ofesite.com/spirit/numerology/path1.htm

Recognize that the more we live our life path the more it opens it up to us. On March 13, we in Detroit have a once in a year opportunity to lift our energy sky high by playing to our numerical strengths. And at 3:13 p.m., let’s the show the world how we feel about us and tag it #313Dlove

Our area is filled with leaders and those who are doubly creativity. It’s high time we focus on this as our truth and let our recent past go.

Imagine how we can use the power of numbers and new thoughts to transform our area. That is what #313Dlove has been about since day 1. Super excited to have so many people share in this idea.

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