Reclaiming My Digital Images in Google

Mar 3rd, 2010 | Filed under Computers and Internet, Work

Building  a successful website these days  is a very difficult task, this is not 1995 anymore and promoting your products against the 5 billion or so other web-pages out there is a time consuming and often painful effort.

When I first started my website, I wanted very badly to promote my items, and one of the best ways to do this is to submit your products to auction websites such as EBay.

The nice thing about an established website such as EBay is search engines like Google already know who they are and love them. Anything posted on EBay will end up quite quickly on the first page of search engine results. I love  EBay, I have nothing bad to say, just a warning about what I found out recently with letting other websites show your images, and Google Indexing.

EBay allows a seller of a product one free picture with their posting, and unlimited self hosted images. So I like many others used my free image and then used a bunch of my own images I loading strait from my website.

The problem is that my images had not yet been indexed by Google, but once put on E-Bay, they are indexed very quickly. Google for some reason then identifies those images as belonging to E-Bay, not to your website. This means when a user does an Image search on Google for your item, and they click on your Image, they are brought to EBay’s site instead of being brought to yours.

What I would suggest, for start ups to combat this problem is to make a separate folder for images to be used online by other companies, Google can then index both your website image and the one that they feel belongs to EBay.

After taking my images off all the auction websites recently, Google now identifies that those images belong to me. I recently went from one page of image search results  on Google to approximately ten pages.

The customer traffic has increased by more than triple from image searches since I reclaimed all the images as my own.

Mr Jihad T-Shirt – Bearded Bombed and Ready to Blow

Feb 28th, 2010 | Filed under Shirts
Crazy Mr Jihad Shirt

Mr Jihad Shirt Bearded Bombed and Ready to Blow - Click Image $19.99 USD

For too many years now little western children have grown up laughing at Mr Messy. Little Miss Naughty has been used as an example of what not to do, and Little Miss Bad has been seen as a cute joke.

Generally all of the Little People have not been taken seriously by the people of the west.

Now we will give you one Mister character you will not be able to make jokes about, here comes Mr. Jihad.

Yes that is right Infidels we have added a new soldier to our arsenal of little people, and you will have to take it very seriously,  Mr Jihad is on his way.

Lets see you laugh at that !

* Note: Not recommended for airports.

Ching Chong Chai – Rock Paper Scissors to the Death – Funny Shirt

Feb 20th, 2010 | Filed under Shirts

As kids we occasionally played the game Rock Paper Scissors amongst ourselves. It was a decent way to spend short periods of time, and settle our disagreements.

Rock Paper Scissors to the Death Shirt

Rock Paper Scissors to The Death - Click on t-shirt image $17.99 USD

When rock beat scissors, scissors beat paper, or paper beat rock, as children we would laugh and simply try again. This was something that we did almost daily, and no harm ever came from it.

Often however as we grow up, the things that are so simple as children become much more complicated.

As adults the true nature of our actions become apparent to us. Our decisions much more vital.

Rock, Paper or Scissors… which to choose.

Rock Paper Scissors is  in actual proven fact by some guys in Tuktoyaktuk, using seals,  just another way of  acting out our predator within, our evil internal spirit that is always just waiting under our happy, shiny external presence we try and hide from others.

This image shows you the evil that can be done by adults that play children’s games.

The two gangsters incant the game using Chinese so as to have more kung fu or Jedi like abilities, “Ching Chong Chai”

Do not try this at home.

Bill Gates, Ideas to Save the World : Innovating to zero! Video

Feb 19th, 2010 | Filed under Interesting, Opinions and Perspectives, Video, Work

This is another important video from TED, it is nice to see someone like Bill Gates, out there helping the world, you know Bill right?

He is a pretty smart guy right? Mabey he should be listened to.

Bill Gates on Energy.

Beach Beyond The Guide Books

Feb 18th, 2010 | Filed under Opinions and Perspectives, Travel
A Little Bit of Asian Heaven

My Hidden Beautiful Secluded Island Beach Near Cambodia

I have just spent the last two days traveling in South East Asia  by buses, trucks, then boats, 4×4 and finally hiking, to a nice island beach very near the Cambodian border. I would like to be more specific but unfortunately, paradise found and shared with the general public soon becomes paradise lost.

This location is not for everyone, the only accommodation available, are simple wooden huts, featuring only a mosquito net and a bed. There are no bathrooms or showers in the rooms, no electricity, no Internet connections, and unfortunately no place to plug in and charge up my laptop. Still though the view is nice for $8 US per night.

I came here to write, but as the power remaining clock ticks away on my laptop, now at 51 minutes, I realize I probably won’t be able to write very much.

This place is not yet in the Lonely Planet, and although Google Earth does of course show the location. You can not find it yet by name.

I would encourage anyone traveling, to try and really  get away from it all sometimes, to far out and away locations like this. I have sometimes been the only person at a place that you might think was the most amazing place in the world.

In order to find a place like this of course you will need to know where to go. The best way is to get a Lonely Planet guide book, and start looking for areas where it seems the road has stopped and no locations are listed beyond it.This is your launching off point. Almost always the “last” hotels will have a small tourist centre, offering boat rides, 4×4 or safari tours that will take you beyond the guide books.

View From The Beach.

No Need For Umbrellas When You Have Trees.

These are not the secluded place a travel agent would offer, these are truly secluded places, far beyond the newspapers and or most television shows. They have no phone lines, or cell phones or Internet connections to even make a booking if you wished to.

You must bring backpacks, not suitcases, with everything you need, and only what you need, often hiking is involved, and suitcases are just not very good on long dirt hikes. If you are really feeling adventurous bring a tent. I would also recommend bringing a knife, lighter, some flashlights, and medical supplies.

This particular beach is not quite as secluded as some places I have been, for instance one time I lived for just over a week with just my girlfriend, on a tropical island with nothing more than a tent, hammocks, matches and some fishing line. Thankfully the fishing boat did not forget to pick us up, as our cell phones were out of range to call for any help. I wouldn’t encourage any risk taking whatsoever if you are in completely secluded a place like that, minor injuries can actually kill you if you are not careful before your week or so is up.

I found out from experience, I enjoy having things like restaurants to serve me when I vacation, so I don’t generally get really lost too much these days, besides meeting at least a few other travelers each day is often the best part of the trip.