3 years and I still wont shut up
Well its that time again
a blogging anniversary. If youve ever wondered about the screwed up domain name (HuoMah = FireHorse) be sure to see last years post
Weve now logged more than 450 posts (yea slowed down a bit) and over 1600 comments (and thousands of spam ones deleted). Over the last year we had more than 85 000 visitors and 130 000 page views (not including the Dojo). We also had more than 2 dozen fine folks as guest riders on the Trail to bring new life to my tired old banter.
What is most interesting at the end of the day is the fact that people actually enjoy some of the geekier stuff and come back for more. Ive done less ranting and more musing and digging than in the past on the urging of my SOSG mate, more focus on IR was the call of the day since early 09.
WebMaster Radio Virginia was kind enough to have me on to chat about personalized search and re-rankings (give it a listen) it was a ton o fun to do!
Guest Riders we started having guest riders in the form of posters and interviewees and have had more than 2 dozen peeps on the Trail the last year.
SEO Dojo another fun development is the (slowly) progressing SEO Dojo and all the GREAT members we have there and our Patent and Research paper library.
SEO Geeks Newsletter with prodding and help from friends I also started a SEO newsletter which now boasts more than 600 hard core search obsessed peeps (feedback has been wonderous!)
Won a SEMMY I thought winning a SEMMY (for ranting) was kinda cool as well. When you go up against Michael and Rae and manage to win its a definite compliment to this cranky ol search geek
Considering this blog was originally just musings and answers to common topics I encountered, it has had some great growth over the last 3 years
and a big thanks should go out to all that have been supportive over that time.
The usual suspects I was fortunate to get some industry love from some of my fav publications including Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, SEO Book, Search Engine Watch, SEOmoz, Search Engine Roundtable (and of course many hot stories on Sphinn). I really do appreciate all the support from some of the best in the biz! Other notables included;
Web Pro News the good folks at WPN (and properties) asked to syndicate my content which was awfully nice and I enjoyed the compliment
Media Post Laurie at Media Post has asked me to pose as an authority on more than one occasion as you can see its fun that they care for my ramblings.
And of course a massive thanks out to all the Twits, Stumbers, Sphinners and other socialites that have also brought many a new face by the blog
Google social profiling coverage of a set of patents dubbed FriendRank
Search geeks guide to ranking factors a look at the various methods/signals search engines use to rank webpages.
Google Analytics for SEO part I, part II and part II series looking at using advanced segments and custom reporting
Hunting for paid links a guest post from my pal CJ on how search engines find paid links.
SEO implications of page segmentation a look at how modern search engines may soon be using page segmentation and what it means to SEOs.
SEO Higher Learning the mother of all IR resource posts; a great way to start 2009.
Tin foil hat alert; Google personalization ever wondered how far all of this personalization could get? A possible future
The final word on bounce rates as a ranking signal my definitive rant about implicit user feedback and search rankings.
Its a safe bet that the Trail will continue to be active with more uber search geekiness and plenty of new guest riders to keep it interesting. While there isnt as much ranting going on a there once was, surely something in this whacky industry will get me going at some point as well.
Thanks again to all the fine folks that have supported us, the thousands that promoted the trail and of course the MANY wonderful peeps I have encountered over the years, (easily the best part o blogging).
Cya next year
same time, same place mkay?