New Website: MyHeartDoc.org

I launched a new website last week: MyHeartDoc.org, a website for the Heart & Vascular Institute of Florida in Davenport, FL.  The main feature of the site is the extensive documentation of heart conditions, symptoms, tests and procedures.  I coded in a custom design and layout for the doctor and turned it around in a few weeks as a rush job.

Features include:

  1. WordPress platform
  2. Completely customized layout and theme
  3. Front page slider
  4. Customized loop/page layouts

Facebook’s Growth in 2011

Here’s an interesting infographic from SocialBakers.com on the growth of Facebook profiles and pages in 2011.  Facebook added more than 200 million users last year, growing 37%.  The age groups that made the biggest percentage gains are 16-17 year olds and those over 65, both experiencing 52% growth.    The graphic also tracks the Top 10 Countries, Top 10 Brand Pages, Top 10 Public Figures, and Top 10 Places for Check Ins.

Check it out below:

The History of Google Places from David Mihm

David Mihm has put together a detailed infographic of the history of Google Places, from its beginning in March of 2004 as Google Local to the creation of the Google Place Page in October 2009 and the final re-branding of business listings to Google Places.  In the timeline he also includes significant personnel changes at Google, product changes, changes to the look of Local/Maps/Places, news and the launch of other local/mobile products.

I’ve been working in Local Search on a daily basis since June of 2008 and consider myself an expert in the field.  Even so, I’m still amazed by the changes and growth in that amount of time.  I keep abreast of the news and blog about it here, but seeing it all in one place is very cool.  As always, David Mihm has done a great job.

Here’s a small version of the graphic.  For a full-sized version, click on it to go to the source:

New Website Launched: Liesels.com

We just launched another new website today: Liesels.com.  In development since the end of August, it’s the single most complicated website that I’ve ever worked on.  It’s an eCommerce website selling lingerie, bras, panties, swimwear, club clothing and costumes.  The website is live as of today, but orders won’t be able to be placed until Monday, January 2, 2012.

Features include:

  1. LemonStand eCommerce Platform
  2. Completely customized shopping cart, graphics and menus.
  3. Product image magnification
  4. Customized “Product Options” and “Related Products”
  5. Social Media integrated onto every page
  6. Custom Header and Shopping Cart/Bag Style and Layout
  7. Custom pages for: Category, Sub-Product, Category-All, and Product

I’m especially proud of this one after all the work that I put into it.  Please come check it out.

New Website Launched Today: JaPaul Scape

We just launched a new website today: JaPaulScape.com.  James Payne “JaPaul”, is the owner of a landscaping business in St Petersburg that specializes in landscape design, sod, lawn maintenance for residential and commercial clients.  He has beautiful designs at affordable prices and also offers monthly contracts.

The new site was built in WordPress using the Builder Theme from iThemes.  It’s features include:

  • Multi-page site built in WordPress
  • Customer CMS login
  • Custom background
  • Completely customized social buttons to social profiles
    • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ Page, MySpace, LinkedIn, Picasa, Blogger, Yelp, Better Business Bureau, MerchantCircle and more
  • Social sharing on every page and post
  • Custom Blog page
  • PayPal Payment Option
  • SEO Optimization
  • Simple Gallery Page

Check it out at: JaPaulScape.com

.xxx Domains Available as of Today

As the title of the post says, as of today domains ending in .xxx are available for sale to the general public as of today.

Here’s an article on the impact of the new domains.

They’re more expensive than regular domains, starting at $80 per domain name, and can only be purchased from approved registrars.  The higher cost comes from add-ons that are automatically built into them: automatic daily virus scanning and other security features that are built into them.

Most businesses aren’t interested in building an adult-themed website, but many companies are buying the relevant domain for their business to tie them up and avoid someone purchasing “yourcompany.xxx” and forwarding it to a porn site.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Internet Adventure!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from The Internet Adventure. Please make sure to patronize local businesses this Small Business Saturday!

My family and I just got done watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and now we’re going to try to make 2 different Thanksgiving lunch/dinners!

Be safe everyone and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Limited Time Offer – Professional Video Production at an Affordable Price

I’ve been brain storming with Jim Webb of The Webb Works Video Productions over the past few months. We’ve been discussing ways to cross-promote our business services. The Webb Works is a local full-service video production company focusing on business to business video productions.  Jim has more than 30 years of professional experience, most of that time as a photojournalist for local news.  He’s used to shooting video, editing it together and producing a story the same day.  I’ve never met anyone in the video business as fast and professional as Jim Webb.

Here’s a video that we did together for my business:

Online video is the most efficient and effective way of getting your message across.  However, most businesses believe that having a professional video made is out of their budget and out of reach.  They try to cut corners by shooting it themselves and having their nephew edit something together to put online.  What results would you expect when an amateur tries to perform your professional service?  How many times has someone brought you a mess to fix and what do you tell them?

The professional services that The Webb Works offers includes:

  • Real HD Cameras
    • Panasonic AG-HMC 150 HD Camcorders
    • 2nd cameras available
    • Professional still cameras
  • Professional Sound Equipment (Studio and On Location)
    • Microphones, booms, wireless mikes, etc.
  • A Full Lighting Kit (Studio and On Location)
    • 3 Professional Lights (Key lights, fill lights, back lights)
    • Stands, Reflectors, Barn Doors, Soft Boxes
    • Portable Lights
  • Studio and Location Shooting
  • Green Screen (Studio and On Location)
  • Teleprompter (Studio and On Location)
  • Professional Editing with Graphics, Animation and Sound
  • Quick and Realistic Delivery Time
  • Receive your videos on DVDs, USB Drive, External Drive, or upload to internet

Professional video, done right, is expensive if you have to cover the full cost of a production.  The service we’re offering would normally cost $1,000/day or $650/half-day.  After putting our heads together, we’ve come up with a way to offer you a professional video production at an affordable price.  It boils down to economy of scale:  Setting up one time and having four or more people take advantage of the offer in a day.

Until the end of December 2011, when four or more people are scheduled for one day, they will receive:

  1. 1 hour of production time in studio
  2. Up to 2 minutes of completed video
  3. Professional cameras, sound and lighting
  4. Up to 2 people, waist-up video shoot
  5. Your logo on video
  6. Your contact information in the video
  7. Delivery of completed video in 2 business days
  8. Cost of basic package: $150

Additional services available at an extra charge include:

  • Teleprompter
  • Green screen
  • Editing
  • Makeup Artist
  • Graphics
  • Shooting at your location
  • Multiple cameras

This offer is perfect for: commercials, video for your website, recording your “elevator speech”, promotional videos, personal holiday greetings to customers or loved ones across the country or the world.

To take advantage of this limited time offer, please fill out my contact form, email me at: chris@the-internet-adventure.com or call me at: (813) 421-2751.

End of the Year Tune Ups

With the release of Google+ Pages for Business and the end of the year coming, I’ve been going through my customers’ online listings at all the search engines and directories.  This includes the big search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing), top-level providers (InfoGroup, Localeze and Acxiom), smaller directories and review sites (Yelp, hotfrog, Manta, etc.), and local area directories (Go Local Tampa Bay, TBO Directory, etc.).  I’m making sure that all the listings are claimed and that information is up to date, consistent and accurate.

It’s a big task, even for a professional like me, and I thought, “This is the perfect year-end/holiday service for businesses.”

Save yourself some time and frustration.  If you haven’t reviewed your local internet presence, or if you haven’t even claimed all of your online listings, let me do it for you.  The details are here:


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Google+ Pages Now Available For Everyone

Yesterday Google announced that Google+ Pages for Business were available to a limited amount of users.  They quickly, within hours, followed that up by opening up the ability to create Google+ Pages to everyone.  I’m in the middle of creating them for all my current customers and I like them quite a bit.

What’s really exciting for me is the built-in functionality for Local Search Marketing.  When you create a Page, you choose whether you’re making the page for a Local Business or Place, a Product or Brand, a Company/Institution/Organization, Arts/Entertainment/Sports, or Other.  If you select a Local Business/Place the form asks for the phone number and looks for the business information and auto-fills the information for that location if its available.

When you’re done creating the page, your Google+ identity is switched over so that you’re acting as the Page.  You can switch back to your own profile at any time.  When you’re logged in as the Page, any actions you make are shown as coming from the page: posts, pictures, videos, updates, etc.

The functionality is similar to Facebook Pages, but they’re making a real effort to integrate the Google suite of products.  I’ve already noticed that if you add a link to a Picasa album (Google’s photo album product) the images in the album are displayed in an album view.

Another cool feature is the ability to “Start a hangout”, a video conference that anyone in your circles can join, a great tool for virtual meetings with customers or webinars.

They’ve already announced that multi-admin support, ownership transfer and analytics are on their way and I can’t wait to see that functionality included.