World Cup Review – Gaming

THE TOURNAMENT: Amongst the tears of joy in Africa’s first World Cup there were, of course, moments of great sadness. Who can forget France’s complete self-destruction and early elimination? But anyway, back to the moments of sadness; England’s disallowed goal, which would definitely have lead to an amazing comeback and eventual World Cup Triumph for the three lions, North Korea’s capitulation at the hands of shallow capitalist materialism or Cristiano Ronaldo, as it’s often called.

 

The elimination of a number of big teams made for a profitable World Cup for many bookmakers but did this make for an entertaining one for the fans. And does anyone care? Well yes. No but does anyone really care?

The tournament was undoubtedly the worst in the history of football plagued by cheating, bad refereeing and petty violence ( I am struggling to see how this differs from every other competition in the history of football) so we have delved deep into the EGC archives, by glancing at youtube for a few minutes and brought you the tournament low points.

BRONZE: Kader Keita (IVORY COAST).
SILVER: Daniele De Rossi (ITALY).
GOLD: It has to be Lampard’s disallowed goal.

THE FINAL: Justice was done. Amazingly, I began the game supporting Netherlands and at half time I had completely changed my viewpoint.

So, what can we take away with us from this dreary wasted month? What have we learnt from this celebration of the beautiful game? Here is EGC’s top 5 things to take away from WC 2010:

1) We learnt that a vuvuzela is just an annoying plastic tube
2) We learnt that Eboue speaks fluent Korean
3) We learnt the secret diet behind German success
4) We learnt that we should always follow the predictions of an octopus and not the eGaming Consulting team
5) Tiki taka beats the old traditional martial arts

I know many of you are thinking.. what about the fact that Sepp Blatter is muppet! Well, we didn’t learn that during this World Cup, we have known it for a long, long time.

NOW, can someone please sort this sham of a sport out! Maybe put some younger people in charge who are actually interested in the game and not just interested in swelling bank balances and free lunches, maybe some ex-footballers for example… oh, who am I kidding?

More info which you can see here

Getting Your Blog Gased Up

Keeping up on this blog entry stuff can be a little tough. You have to realize that this blog is not the center of my attention right now. I have focused the majority of my attention on my HUGE directory project. I have been keeping up with my posts so far and that was my initial goal. Although I have slowly kept the level of posts up I have been reluctant to stick any links out there.

With this in mind I still get a decent amount of readers considering the blog is under a month old. Another thing that surprised me is the amount of feed subscribers I have. To everyone that has stuck with me, I appreciate it. My goal is to provide you with good information but before I get into the good stuff I need to do a little blog comment link building. That’s next on my list.

I have a few blogs I like to visit on a regular basis and I plan on commenting where I feel that I can be of use. By doing this I’m trying to attract like minded readers, not only building links but building readership. Not that there is anything wrong with just building links but by searching for like minded people I will have a better chance of building a readership. At the moment that’s what this blog is all about. After the blog ages a bit I will have to map out more of a link building strategy. Let’s face it, if you have no links you have no traffic.

Right now my focus for this blog is quality content. Let’s start the blog commenting experiment and see what happens with the readership level.

 

 

Domain Investors Beware!

This is a post that I was going to do a few days back but I just didn’t know how to approach it (before the Snapnames buyout). I was doing a post on how domain names are online real estate and I was going to try and explain why the big domain name backorder companies need to either sell off now or diversify within the next few years. I’m a true psychic, right. Snapnames saw the numbers here and Oversee.net saw an opportunity to grow. The question is what kind of deal was struck? I would really like to know more.

 

Oversee.net owns domainsponsor.com which could be a good business match for Snapnames.com if it’s done right. The problem with Snapnames.com is that they get most of their good domains from the aged and large domain registrars like Network Solutions and Register.com. So how does Oversee.net plan to address these issues? They say that “Snapnames will continue to operate the firm, which will remain in Portland, Oregon” but in reality they can do whatever they see fit. If they choose to close Snapnames down to the public there are going to be a lot of upset domain investors. There is just a lack of great domain names to be had at a good price. This is because there are only so many dot coms available. This is only a problem for those of us that need a good domain as the domain investors that already have a good portfolio will be happy campers.

Years ago when domain names were being bought up by all types of people, registrars were pushing ten year registration periods. Although the ten year registration periods were good for both parties, the one thing the registrars did not push was automatic renewal. Lots of people who bought up domain names then are now seeing (or not seeing) them expire because they forgot to renew their domains. A lot can happen in ten years. The companies that registered these domains went out of business and the individuals have all too often changed their email addresses from those listed in the database. This topic made mainstream news a while back and more people have picked up on the fact that their domains they bought years ago will be gone unless they do something about this.

The other problem is, the good domains are all but gone. Just in the past year I’ve noticed a difference in the quality of domain names expiring. The domain industry is so competitive and there are a lot of hungry business people out there. Mainstream businesses have started to come around to the fact that a great domain is a very valuable tool in online commerce and have started to play the game as well. Plus, in the next five or so years most if not all of the good domains will already be had by investors that have backordered and are sitting on these domains. Where does that leave the average guy? Most likely you will have to pay a good deal for a great domain name because the high prices will not go away any time soon. With a domain investment company like Oversee.net at the wheel of the largest domain backorder company in the world should you be worried?

Keywords 101

One of my goals for this blog was to rank for the search term Business Blogger. By accomplishing this I will at least be at the top of Google if someone were to remember my blog and go looking for me. Well I am happy to announce that I am on the first page of the serps for the search phrase business blogger. I have been fluctuating between three spots depending on how many pages Google decides to index for me that day. I’m just happy I’m not in the sandbox. I talked earlier about internal linking and how important it was to link to your posts internally. If you don’t currently make a habit of this you should start.

 

 

I started out unranked then I found myself on page four of the serps. By using the internal linking strategy for my term I quickly went to page two. It’s not like “Business Blogger” is a highly sought after search term and that’s why it’s so easy to pull rank, but I’m just trying to point out some basic SEO principles that most bloggers don’t take the time or may not know how to use.

I then adjusted the title tag, taking me from page two to page one in the serps. Until today I had intentionally left the “keywords” and “description” meta tags along with the link title tags in my posts blank to see what type of results adjusting them may have on my Google ranking. I will keep you posted.

Be sure to keep in mind that this is a very new blog. Even for a new blog you can see how these small tweaks can change the serps for a particular keyword phrase. For those bloggers out there with established blogs and tons of content, a little tweaking will get you some great results on the road to improving your serps. Lets see if these new tweaks manufacture any results.