Saturday, December 17, 2011

SEO Optimization

I created a website for my personal use over here:

I originally thought I would make it into a photography site that would feature my pictures, but instead, it's turned into a "geology of the Seattle area" blog. I guess I needed an outlet to talk about rocks? Actually, it's because I don't know of any Seattle specific geology blogs and just decided to go with what I know.

Why am I sharing it here? Well, I've had this site for a lot longer than that one, and most of you read this site. And, I started doing some reading on something called SEO, or "Search Engine Optimization". Because I have more readers here, I thought I'd send you there to drum up some hits to "improve" my SEO.

What is it? Basically, it's the bag of tricks websites (and their webmasters) use to get their site higher up on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. The easiest way to get people to your site is to post links elsewhere on the internet, or have other websites post links on their site for you. It's in your best interest to be very popular on the internet so that people post links about you...which moves your site up on the Google search results. Unfortunately, some people do this in not-so-nice ways, like leaving spam comments on your site so that other people will view them and click through to them.

But I'm doing this in a nice way. Come visit my other site if you're at all interested in Seattle geology (and the occasional photo). And to reward you for reading all of this, here's a couple of pictures of our favorite boy!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Anthony and Declan

These guys have been best friends since they were a few months old. I can't believe it's been almost seven years!

Anthony goes to the Pacific Science Center

We went back in November with our good friends, Laura, Carl, and Declan. Anthony had a fantastic time!

Notice, for all of you gearheads, the picture of Anthony with the differential. He was really trying to figure out how it worked...