18 Jan 2012

Internet Blackout Day – Stop SOPA / PIPA Laws – Web Protest – January 18, 2012

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Internet Blackout Day – Stop SOPA – Stop PIPA – The warning became a reality on the Internet this 1/18/2012

Major companies decided to “blackout” their website services today – January 18, 2012 –  in protest of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) bills that are still pending in congress. These bills are considered in direct volition of constitutional rights of “freedom of speech” and innovation. This will go down as the largest online protest in history.

PIPA – PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act)

SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act

Where both SOPA and PIPA are proposed to help law enforcement to fight online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods, there both negative and positive consequences of these laws going in force. They stop target websites from using copyrighted content, and this is great, but they would hold social networks like Facebook, Google+ and many other social sites accountable for what users post onto their networks. Additionally, these pending bills would also hold your website or blog accountable for linking to sites that are using copyrighted content. This would make you liable whether knowing another website has copyrighted content or not. For the most part, it is almost impossible to know whether a website is using copyrighted articles, images, etc, or not. Plus, we all link to social sites like Facebook and Twitter, in addition to other websites we link to for clients, resources and information for our website readers. This SOPA / PIPA law would permit the government to block websites that they deem in violation; even if just a single piece of copyrighted material.

This could mean blog comments that are not well moderated; your linking to a site that sell products like Gucci purses, Nike shoes, etc that you did not know were counterfeit goods; web images that you purchased from what you thought was a reliable sources; and so on. If these bills are passed, it could even open doors for a black hat seo to knock your site of the face of the net by linking you to and from violating sites!

Those opposed to PIPA / SOPA state that these bills affect freedom of speech because they could limit what is shared on websites and blogs. For example, a site that posts about government policies or snapshots of images / documents – Wikileaks is a good example of posting government documents – these laws would require Google and other search engines to block that site from their indexes due to what the government considers copyrighted content. This could include quotes from the PIPA / SOPA bills in opinionated blog posts or the Constitution written on websites for students. Could you imagine how the Internet would be if you could not access all of the information that you need to learn, write college papers, share common business information … or have the ability to voice an opinion about them. These are just a few examples of how these laws would affect “Freedom of speech”.

Major websites that have decided to go on strike and protest though this Internet Blackout Day include the English version of Wikipedia. When trying to access this website, we briefly access the intended page and then are redirected to a splash page where users can put in their zip code to email or call their local senators to oppose these bills. Google.com put up a big black box in front of their logo / doodle in protest of PIPA / SOPA.  Mozilla Firefox placed “stop censorship” text in front of their logo and had a link to send visitors to the stop the SOPA & PIPA bills petition page. Cragislist also used blackout pages and is urging visitors to contact their local senators. Reddit social bookmarking site is blacking out their website from 8am to 8pm. WordPress and MANY other locally owned websites are taking their part in opposing SOPA & PIPA.

There are some supporters of these SOPA & PIPA bills.  CNN, NBC, Motion Picture Association of America and many other media companies support PIPA & SOPA because they claim it would help stop their content from being displayed on the internet. This is understandable, though would certainly affect some of your favorite Youtube Channels with videos that have CNN or NBC show playing in the background. They could get jail time and fines even if the video is of their child dancing to the credits of their favorite movie and nothing to do with NBC.

As with anything in life and in this world wide web that we have come to depend on for learning, entertainment and business, there should be precaution for safety, livelihood, personal belongings, etc. We do have those Internet regulating entities like ICANN, InterNIC, PFIR, etc. that help keep things in order in certain areas, though there is no governing body for the Internet. It really is kind of “late in the game” for any “body” / control where there has been free reign. You will see all who agree as your are surfing blogs, Twitter trend followers all the way up to major corporations participating in this Internet Blackout Day.

To learn more about SOPA and PIPA please visit Wikipedia:
PIPA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act
SOPA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

UPDATE: January 30, 2012 congress stated that they are holding off on the decisions of PIPA & SOPA as a result of the Internet Blackout Day. It is not too late to sign the STOP SOPA / PIPA petition for when they are ready to decide on these laws.

01 Jan 2012

Happy 2012 New Year

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Happy 2012 from the Tampa SEO Internet Marketing specialists

Happy 2012 New Year – Tampa SEO Internet Marketing

2011 was quite a busy year … So busy that we had to stop, maintain and build throughout 2012. We are welcoming growth and relations in the 2012 New Year. We are back with a ton of new information and unique strategies to help you with Internet Business. Please make sure to Subscribe to our blog and follow throughout the 2012 year!

Happy New Year Tampa Bay Business Owners!!!

It’s going to be such a competitive one for sure …

01 Sep 2011

Google +1 Button Explained For Tampa Business Owners

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What Is Google Plus (Google +) ?

There has been the promise of an innovative Social Search Engine since the day that Matt Cutts announced Google Caffeine back in 2008. Internet professionals have been eagerly waiting for this “Social Search Engine” to become a reality by following suit as Matt Cutts introduced the next products – Google Profile, Google Wave, Google Buzz – as their next innovative products. Google Profiles was exciting as it meant we were on our way towards that social search goal; Google Wave was one most lost interest in unless for team usage; Google Buzz ended up a disappointment to the point that many did not start using their Plus accounts until there was rumor that Google + would contribute to their overall search engine rankings. Whether this is true or not is best left for another blog post, but one has to presume that Google is making such changes for a reason that is relative to your success in their search engine.

Google Plus (Google +) is a new addition to their suite of product. The following Google video how the Google +1 button is a feature designed to help users share information with others by clicking on a +1 (plus one) button found on websites, blogs, youtube and numerous other web resources. The Google plus one button looks like this:

Click The Google +1 / Google Plus One Button Below …

You can stay up to date with our Tampa SEO Internet Marketing blog by clicking the Google +1 button above. Add this to your website / blog to have the same connection with your customers and companies that you want to join you. UPDATE 11/2011 – In addition to this small though powerful feature, the Google + Brand pages provide you with a solid presence at the social search engine’s network. Make sure to check out our blog post on the Google Brand Pages, too. These are similar to Facebook pages, but provide MUCH more advantage for Tampa Business Owners that are concerned about their SEO, Social Media and Brand Awareness.

As with any new web trend, Google users are still catching on to Google Plus and it is possible that you will see this little Google + icon all over the Internet as the program continues to unravel. The reality that the buzz is circulating amoung Google users because they have immediate access to it where avid AOL, Yahoo, Bing users are not as likely to know what the little +1 button means nor inclinded to follow through after clicking because they do not have Google or Gmail accounts.

01 Jan 2011

Happy 2011 New Year – Tampa SEO, Internet Marketing & Social Media

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Happy New Year – Tampa Bay Business Owners – Get help with SEO, Social Media and 2011 Internet Marketing goals!

As the 2010 year came to an end, we could not help discussing the challenges of major industry changes as well as the progress that clients have made from their 2010 Social Media, Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing strategies. It is awesome to transition into the 2011 new year without loosing focus on both where we have come from and what was achieved in a short amount of time. This is how we should all end and then prepare for a new year, though do not move forward complacent in this area. Read more

15 Dec 2010

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Make Improvements, Retain SEO Rankings and Increase Online Brand Awareness w/ Website Maintenance Services

As you prepare for the 2011 New Year, think about how you can loosen up your marketing budget to include blog / website maintenance services. With all of the changes in technology and seo, web maintenance will only benefit your business as the 2011 year progresses. Learn the advantages to retaining blog / website maintenances services NO MATTER WHAT … Build! Retain! Secure! Read more

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