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Lee Odden

Frozen Sunrise Lake Minnetonka

Lee Odden     TopRank Agency News

The great thing about winter in Minnesota when you’re in a computer/indoors intensive profession, is that there aren’t as many distractions to go outside. Compared to all the snow and ice, back link analysis and code optimization seems pretty appealing.

I’m not sure how many of our readers are in warm climates, but I thought I’d share a few chilly Minnesota photos from today:

Frozen Morning on Lake Minnetonka
Lake Minnetonka on the way into the office in the am. I really shouldn’t be taking pictures and driving at the same time. :)

Ice Houses on Lake Minnetonka
The two ice fishing houses on the lake outside our office. Besides the satellite TV, they’re probably outfitted with an easy chair, refrigerator, card table, hot plate and wireless internet. Oh, and probably a small fishing rod – you never can tell.

Lee Odden

Pubcon Session: Blogger Reporter Panel

Blogger Reporter Panel
If someone has a better photo, please link in the comments

On day three, the last day of sessions at WebmasterWorld Pubcon here in Vegas, I participated on a panel called, “Search and Blogging Reporters Forum” with Rand Fishkin and Andy Beal.

Mike McDonald
Moderation duties handled by Mike McDonald. Basically, it was a round table-style discussion about blogging in the SEO industry as well as blogging as a marketing tool. There were some good points about using blogs as a public relations tool as well as some debate about hosting team blogs separately or all under the company domain name.

Rand Fishkin
There was some nice back and forth with Andy and Rand plus great questions from Mike and the audience.

Celebrity Audience: Bill, Lisa, Jane, Tamar

Lee Odden

10,000 Subscribers

When I looked at our Feedburner chicklet this morning I noticed what must have been a joke: 9999.

What are the odds of that happening? I jokingly posted to Twitter that someone at Feedburner must have been messing with me and David Petherick of Digital Biographer sent me a direct message on Twitter that he had just subscribed to put it over the edge at 10,000. Thanks David!

BTW, if you’re interested in social networking/social media check out his site. Lots of good info there.

Hopefully what Jolina, Mike and I are posting from SES and Pubcon warrants continued growth of our subscriber numbers. The numbers reported by Feedburner for a variety of reasons fluctuate up and down, so tomorrow we could be back at 9500. Or it could be 10,200. :)

Lee Odden

Speaking Publicly About Online Marketing

They say you should face your greatest fears head on and public speaking has been one of mine since I was a kid. Being shy didn’t help during those school speech assignments one bit. Anyone with me on that one?

Having worked in the search marketing/web dev business since 1997, it was only 2 years ago or so that I began to speak at events about SEO, marketing with blogs and online public relations. I think there were 3 speaking events that first year. This year it looks like 16 and there are already 8 events booked for 2008. Things can change quickly in internet time.

Lee Odden

TopRank Halloween Costumes

Lee Odden     TopRank Agency News

Several TopRank employees wore costumes for Halloween today and here are a few photos:

Amie Krone - TopRank
Princess Amie Krone – Operations

Tabitha Anderson - TopRank
Beer Maiden Tabitha Anderson – Public Relations

Jeff Nolan - TopRank
Hockey Dude Jeff Nolan – SEO

Thomas McMahon - TopRank
Black Eyed Pea Thomas McMahon – SEO/Blog/Email

See, it’s not all work at TopRank – some fun is allowed from time to time.  :)

Happy Halloween!

Lee Odden

Speaking Events for Remainder of 2007

The big year of 2007 is winding down and there are more than a few conferences coming up. It’s been a busy year for TopRank speaking events with our involvement in the search, direct marketing and public relations industries. Here are our remaining speaking events this year. We hope to see you there:

Nov 1, 2007Bulldog Reporter’s PR University – Teleconference
“Boosting Web Traffic: Best New Ways PR Can Supercharge Websites to Drive Investors, Journalists and Customers to Visit Online”

Nov 30, 2007Advanced PR Technology Conference – San Francisco, CA
“Press Release Optimization” and “Corporate Site SEO”

Dec 4-7, 2007WebmasterWorld Pubcon – Las Vegas, NV
“Public Relations” and “SEO Blogger Panel”

Lee Odden

Serendipity of Web Awards, Cirque du Soleil and Upcoming Speaking Gigs

This week will be some light blogging for me as I’ll be on vacation for the rest of the week. We decided it would be a Cirque du Soleil – fest so where better to go for that than Las Vegas? We’ll see 3 of the Cirque shows there so hopefully it will satisfy any urges for peculiar French inspired circus acts for a while.

While in Las Vegas it’s possible, but unlikely, we’ll run into some of the search marketers speaking at the conference. In fact, there’s one session on link building with Stephan Spencer and Eric Ward who I am speaking on the same topic with at the DMA07 show “Desperately Seeking Links” in Chicago Oct 16. Other SEMs on the linking panel include Neil Patel from ACS and Rebecca Kelley from SEOmoz.

Lee Odden

TopRank on TV – SES Coverage on NBC11


Local NBC affiliate NBC11 covering Silicon Valley stopped by the Search Engine Strategies conference yesterday. I happened to be at the right place at the right time and news reporter Scott Budman asked if I would do a quick interview.

Lee Odden on NBC11

My pal Loren Baker from Search Engine Journal was nearby during the interview so I gave him my camera and he took a few shots:

Lee Odden

It went pretty quickly and I didn’t think a lot of it afterwards until several people mentioned to me that they say me on TV during the evening news. I haven’t found an online version of the clip, but did get one forwarded to me that I could download but not share. :(

TopRank Online Marketing

On The Way To SES San Jose

Hello Online Marketing Blog readers! My name is Mike Yanke and I am an Account Manager with TopRank Online Marketing.

Regular readers may know me as the guy who won the TopRank challenge with the blog post on Stephen Colbert’s marketing strategy, “Fish Wavers & Bridge Namers – How the “Greatest Living American” Reaches Unique Groups by Creating Unique Groups”. Regular lookers may know me as the guy who looks a bit like Brad Pitt in his sunglasses.

(Note from Lee: Everyone who meets Mike at SES, get a photo with him wearing sunglasses and post it on your blog with a link to this post. I will link back to you in a round up post!)

Lee Odden

New TopRank Site Designs

Layout 2

Our emphasis on TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has meant less attention to our company web site. However, as much of an asset the blog is, we simply could not go on any longer with a company web site designed by a non-designer (me) six years ago. I’m surprised more people have not made fun of how bad our current site is.

After careful consideration of our company goals, objectives, messaging and target audience, we’ve finally initiated a new site for TopRank Online Marketing. This site not only presents a new design, but an up to date perspective on TopRank’s holistic approach to marketing online combining SEO, paid search, social media, email marketing and social media. Other content and features include: videos, a small number of podcasts, a blog powered media room, articles, site search, email newsletter, white papers and case studies as well a significantly improved site architecture for improved user and search engine interaction.

Lee Odden

Winner of the TopRank Challenge

I am happy to announce the winner of last week’s TopRank Challenge blog post contest with his nod to Stephen Colbert, “Fish Wavers & Bridge Namers – How the  Greatest Living American Reaches Unique Groups by Creating Unique Groups“. Congratulations goes to Mike with over 55% of the vote!

Mike’s winnings include a small cash award as well as his choice of upcoming Search Engine Strategies conferences.

Great job Mike for making the cut and thank you to all the TopRank team members that submitted articles to the contest.

Lee Odden

TopRank Challenge

Inspired by Marketing Pilgrim’s past Scholarship contests (which resulted in this handy free e-book) where participants submit articles to be voted on, we decided to do something similar, but internally here at TopRank. An invitation to participate in a contest was sent to the team 2 weeks ago and 8 decided to take up the offer. Each participant has since submitted an article to Susan Misukanis and myself on a topic of their choice or from a list of suggested topics.

Susan and I have scored each entry for: relevance to audience, objective reasoning, accuracy and style, revealing the top 3 scoring articles.