What Google Search and the Apollo Moon Mission Have in Common

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As Neil Armstrong’s death has been on the news and on our minds lately, Google discussed how computing has advanced so much since those early days of space flight.

The Apollo Guidance Computer on board the lunar module executed instructions at a speed around 40 KHz (or 0.00004 GHz)—about 100,000 times slower than a top-of-the-line laptop today.

Google compared a Google Search to the Apollo Moon Mission and discovered that it takes about the same amount of computing to answer one Google Search query as all the computing completed, in flight and on the ground, for the entire Apollo program.

This means that when you enter one search query into Google, you set into motion as much computing as it took to send Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts to the moon—that’s all the computing done on the whole 11-year, 17 mission Apollo program. You could also say Google searches use the computing power of 100 billion Apollo missions since Google handles 100 billion searches each month. 

We at Fahrenheit know that without the advancements in computers since that moon landing, we wouldn’t be a company today. Contact us today if you would like to navigate to the top of powerful Google and see how we can help you convert clicks into solid customers.

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Hitting the Guest Blogging Wall

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Hitting the Guest Blogging Wall

If you haven’t already seen Carson Ward’s latest post on the SEOmoz blog, go check it out. In my opinion, Carson’s take on the guest blogging bubble is dead-on. Guest blogging shouldn’t be your only link building strategy but rather a formidable tool in your arsenal, used sparingly and only when the occasion is right.

Last spring, when I was still an intern, I was assigned the task of starting guest blogging campaigns for our clients. At first, we had some pretty exciting successes. Using MyBlogGuest.com, we found a pet blog in the U.K. with a decent page rank, contacted the owner and wrote a post for one of our clients. Now I know a “pet blog in the U.K.” isn’t exactly the most thrilling link out there. But for a first try, the result was pretty encouraging.

Over the next two months, I wrote about two guests posts per week for our clients. Mostly, we hit low ranking sites from MyBlogGuest—green living blogs, travel blogs, blogs about health, wellness, etc. After getting the hang of it, however, I wanted to up our game and go after some bigger fish. In particular, I wanted to start posting on law blogs, which would have returned great links for our personal injury attorneys.

And that’s when I hit the wall.

I discovered that guest blogging (at least the way we tried it) is only feasible up to a certain point. I discovered that I don’t actually know enough about the comings and goings of the legal world to write for a respected legal blog. The same goes for the real estate market and dentistry. While I could post on a number of low-level blogs, catching the big fish wasn’t possible.

Or if it was possible, I certainly didn’t have time for it. Maybe if I had retired to a deserted corner of the office for a week with three text books on tort reform, one legal dictionary and my own personal coffee machine, I would’ve been able to post something about medical malpractice. But given that I was also responsible for keeping up four client blogs, I just simply didn’t have the time (or the willpower) for such an undertaking.

What I Learned

That isn’t to say that my efforts were entirely in vain. We did produce some good links out of our guest blogging experience. But posting on the big sites was next to impossible. Only a true expert in the field can produce the caliber of content that great sites want to see. I guess it goes to reinforce the old SEO adage that “content is king.”

I haven’t been doing much guest blogging lately, but if I started again, I’d definitely approach it in a different manner. I believe that guest blogging ought to be something left to the experts. For those of us in the SEO industry, our job should be to find the guest blogging opportunities. The actual writing should be done by those who know (and I mean really know) what they’re writing about. That’s not me, that’s the client.

Of course not every client has time to write a guest post. But for those who do, the tactic can be extremely helpful for website rankings and professional networking. And if it’s done right, guest blogging can also be a great deal of fun. After all, who doesn’t like to share what they know?

 


About the Author: Brian Gumz is a content writer for Fahrenheit Marketing, a web marketing firm based in Austin, Texas. 

 


The Error 404 Funnies

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We’ve all seen them. They pop up whenever we type in a web address incorrectly or have a broken link on a site. Hitting the Error 404 page can cause the confused and annoyed visitor to bounce immediately.

But through customized Error 404 pages, you can keep your visitors engaged and informed that maybe they just need to try again, or contact the company if the problem persists. It’s a nice perk to have an Error 404 page that glues visitors to your site—and perhaps even keeps them entertained.

Once your company’s website is designed by Fahrenheit Marketing, you can be sure that your visitors will never want to leave it, no matter if they hit an Error 404 page or not. To learn more about our customer converting website designs, you should contact Fahrenheit Marketing today.


The Google Doodle Story

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If you love Google search as much as we do, you may have noticed the recent flurry of Google doodles during the Olympics. Every day highlighted a different sport, from Archery on July 28th to Rhythm Gymnastics on August 10th. A few of the best, such as Soccer, Basketball and Slalom Canoe were even interactive.

All the doodling from the Google team got us wondering how the Google doodle got started. And who exactly is doodling these days?

Turns out that the doodle originated in 1998, when Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin toyed with the logo to indicate that they were headed to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. They placed a stick figure behind the 2nd “o” in the word Google and thus the doodle was born.

In 2000, the founders asked Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to design a doodle for Bastille Day. The doodle was so successful that Hwang was promoted to chief doodler and is still with the company today.

These days it isn’t interns handling the Google doodle. Instead it’s a team of illustrators and engineers who occasionally work with guest artists. Recently, Google also sponsored a contest for school-aged kids to design a doodle. Judges of the contest included singers Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks.

Think you have a great idea for a Google doodle? The doodle team takes submissions at the email address proposals@google.com.

Below we’ve included a few of our favorite doodles from the past year. Do you have any favorites? Share your favorite Google doodles on our Facebook page.

Here at Fahrenheit Marketing, we may not be doodle experts but, we do know a thing or two about getting your page to the top of Google. If you’re interested in learning more about our SEO services, contact our office today.


Fahrenheit Marketing Named One of the 10 Best SEO Agency Websites

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Home page for Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin online marketing firmAustin, Texas, August 13, 2012—

SERPs.com named the website for Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design firm, one of the 10 best SEO agency websites.

SERPs analyzed more than 400 SEO websites across the United States’ largest markets and chose Fahrenheit Marketing to make the cut into the selective top 10.

According to the SERPs blog post announcing the top 10, the voters were swayed by user-friendly design and ease of communication, in addition to Fahrenheit Marketing’s portfolio and credentials.

Fahrenheit Marketing recently relaunched its website after hours of intensive work from Austin web designers, web developers and content writers. The goal of the site was to function as the agency’s portfolio piece to help potential clients see what the agency can do for its clients.

“It’s encouraging to see that our hard work was noticed on the national stage,” Fahrenheit Marketing CEO Ricardo Casas said. “We’re an Internet marketing firm, and web design and online user experience are huge components of that. We take a lot of pride in being able to design websites that are both beautiful and functional for our clients.”

Fahrenheit Marketing aims to create websites for its clients that lead to conversions by mixing professional design with an intuitive user experience.

About Fahrenheit Marketing

Fahrenheit Marketing is an Internet marketing firm in Austin, Texas. Since 2008, it has provided a full range of marketing capabilities, from search engine optimization to call tracking and conversion management for a variety of clients.

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