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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Content Spam Remix

With all this talk about remixes, Jeremy's mulled it over and Wired did a nice piece on it this month as well... it's got me thinking. IMHO Remixing is media spam. Let me explain before you tell me to shut up.

Using other people's creative works to produce your own creative work is the essence of remixing. When done right the results are amazing and can be found in all forms of media. From dangermouse to Tarantino, we're all familiar with the results of good remixes. But I see another form of remixing most people don't understand and may not agree with me on. I think seo spammers are remix artists of sorts, at least these days anyway.

One of the biggest areas of search engine optimization spam nowadays is content spamming. Taking content from other sites [on of the most well known examples is the displaying of search results that have been screenscraped from google or yahoo] on sites for purposes of ranking well. The other main area of content spam is software like ArticleBot [www.articlebot.com - not willing to place a real link to their site]. Articlebot will take any paragraph or piece of content and rearrange [remix] the words and then spammers create doorway pages with this content and it's virtually undetectable by the major search engines.

I'd like to encourage those of you who have your own thoughts on this to write your own pieces about content remixing and post them to your blogs. Send me the links and I'll aggregate them here in a later post. I want to hear Barry Schwartz and I'm in need of a good SearchViews fix and think this topic is right up their alley. That's right Erin Bradley, I'm calling you out on this one, let's see watcha got, aight!

Content Spam Remix By Jason Dowdell at 01:23 PM
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Starbucks Ice Cream Social WooHoo!

So Starbucks is having a nationwide ice cream social. From their ad...

It's an Ice Cream Social! On June 29 a Starbucks near you will be sharing a complimentary serving of our cold, creamy Starbucks Ice Cream...


Thanks Alex, I hope you guys enjoy it!

Starbucks Ice Cream Social WooHoo! By Jason Dowdell at 12:30 PM
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Congrats To Tig And MarketingVox

On the plane yesterday I was reading the new Wired mag that arrived at my house the previous day. I don't have it on me so I can't quote the page but towards the back I read a quote that was pulled from my buddy Tig's site MarketingVox. I couldn't believe it. I mean, he just won the Marketing Sherpa award for best marketing blog and a week later mvox is in Wired, schweet!

Congrats Tig, you deserve it.

Congrats To Tig And MarketingVox By Jason Dowdell at 12:19 PM
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Blogging From CFUnited

So I'm at the CFUnited ColdFusion conference in Washington D.C. I got in yesterday and hooked up with the boys from CFDynamics. It's always funny to finally meet people in person for the first time after working with them online for a number of years. I had a mental picture of Jason Egan being a scronny guy like me because he's always so soft-spoken. But then I met him and realized he's an ox. I mean he's a pretty big dude, my mental picture was so wrong. I also finally met Rob Thrasher and Pete Freitag from ActivSoftware for the first time in person last night. Pete could pass as my brother. He looks like every one of my brothers and is just as quiet in person as he is online and on the phone.

Couple Conference Updates
Heard the Macromedia keynote this morning where they announced they have an active relationship with the CFEclipse folks which is quite timely for me. Because now I'm using a mac for my laptop [that's right, I said a mac and it rocks!] instead of the piece of crap Dell I had before and you can't get Homesite for the Mac. The only decent code editor is eclipse and now Macromedia is backing the project and should be making it more friendly with features like RDS. They didn't admit they're going to put RDS in it but Ben Forta did admit that it's the number 1 request from current CFEclipse users and I think we can all do that math.

I was a little peeved when I came downstairs this am because there weren't any complimentary sodas to be had. There is coffee but I just wasn't in the mood for java this am, ColdFusion was really pushing it. [joke for cf developers, most of you won't get it so don't try]

After the keynote [seemed like it went on for hours] I went to the expo hall and hooked up with the CFDynamics folks again and after 20 minutes of trying I finally got online. So here I am.

I'll have more updates and information a bit later.

Blogging From CFUnited By Jason Dowdell at 11:57 AM
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