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Archive for Dezember, 2007

Who´s the King?

Looking for a good deed at the end of 2007? Why don´t you head over to SEJ and vote for my friend Joost at the Search Blog Awards 2007?
His really cool Robots Meta PlugIn has been nominated as best SEO plugIn for WordPress – great job!
I think some votes for far away germany would be highly appreciated over at SEJ!

Oh, and while you´re at it another tip -> Search Engine Roundtable is also up for an award – I know they get my vote! SER is always one of the first things I go to in the morning – Barry really does an incredible job over there! That´s why he should also win the „Most Giving Search Blogger“ award – honour to whom honour is due guys – there´s definetly no one else in this category even coming close to what Barry´s doing to the searchmarketing industry!

Some more inspirations? I´d go with Philip´s awesome Blogoscoped for „Best Google Blog Not Owned by Google„, Bill for „Best Search Engine Research Blog“ (again, no one else even coming close to Bill´s incredible Blog!), Patrick for „Breakout Blog of 2007“ (great to have met you in Vegas Patrick – fun times!) and last but not least my good friend Jeremy´s Photojournal for „Best Search Conference Coverage in Photos“ (altough I gotta say, I just love Rebecca´s Comics!)…

And now -> Go Vote! 🙂

I should have thought this through…

I just spit my coffee all over the keyboard – what a mess…

Bond Comic
Found over at

It´s been a great year!

3 more days till 2008, and I really gotta say -> I will miss 2007! 2007 has been an incredible year for me! It´s been the most successful year I ever had, earning a shitload of money while having lots and lots of fun!
Let´s recap a little…

2007 kicked off with Affiliate Summit Las Vegas (which I probably won´t be attending next year…) and a trip to San Diego visiting Shawn of Digitalpoint Forums – great times!

In February our little seoFM Baby finally aired for the first time on Webmasterradio.FM! Quite exciting, although there´re still some difficulties here and there I think it was the right move for us – and if everything would be smooth it just wouldn´t be the Webmasters on the Roof 🙂
Then I wrote one of the only SEO related posts (and even in german), which made quite some buzz around the german SEO blogosphere -> How to Start?

In March I went to Googleplex Hamburg to speak at their weekly „Tech Talk“ – that was actually the first time, that an SEO was invited to speak there, which was really an honour for me!

The next huge honour was to be invited to contribute to Rand Fishkins Search Engine Ranking Factors 2.0 – incredible to be a part of this SEO article milestone! I also went to SES New York again this year, but the highlight was definetly when I visited Pepperjam in Wilkes-Barre, PA for the first time (which was quite a pain in the ass with the rental car I had…). Uh, and ever wondered who would play some of the german SEO legends in a movie? Check out my SEO Lookalikes 🙂

In May I traveled to Amsterdam for the Casino Affiliate Convention, where I spoke on a panel with JasonD and Bob Rains – definetly one of the best panels this year! Amsterdam was also the venue of the first eternal fight between BlackHat and WhiteHat SEO -> and I got my ass kicked
Unfortunatly I had to bail my friends in Amsterdam after just one day, to fly to PubCon Hannover, which has been great – like always! And right after that I went to Baden-Baden, to watch our Wonderful Day race at the spring festival Iffezheim. I gotta admit, I´m quite hooked up to horse-racing now.

June was probably one of the best month overall, not just because I now was officially considered a google friend – no – it was because of CJU Europe in London, where I received the “Outstanding Personal Contribution to Affiliate Marketing” as a Publisher Award. Being the first german to get awarded this prestigious award has really been my highlight of 2007!

1st of July I departed for Las Vegas – the beginning of a 2 month trip to the U.S.! I played in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, and even didn´t do that bad – which officially made poker my personal „second life“ (the „real“ secondLife sucks anyways…). I also celebrated my 30th birthday, improving me to mediadonis3.0 🙂
And since it´s vegas, I also celebrated a lot – for example with King Pepper Kris & his drunken posse at his bachelor party at famous TAO (don´t miss this video!)

Still in Vegas, I seized the opportunity to visit the DefCon Conference for the first time – great stuff!
From Vegas I went to Pennsylvania to Kris´ wedding, which has also been a definite highlight this year! I stayed one more week at the Pepperplex, and then flew with the Pepperjam Crew to SES San Jose, which is always THE event in the search industry, and it lived up to it´s expectations once again!

September is always just about one event -> the Oktoberfest! A lot of training & practice in eary september, and then 2 weeks of serious drinking… 🙂
My good friend Anna got elected Wiesn Playmate, and was that months´ Playboy centerfold – opening us the doors to some serious oktoberfest partys! But the best partys where once again by Google, who invited me 2 times to Google Oktoberfest – definetly the most excessive partys 🙂

Thanks to Zanox I visited Barcelona for the first time, meeting up with Kris and Mike from Pepperjam for the 1st Global Alliance Summit – what a great event! Kris even visited me in munich 2 days later, before we both flew to London for A4U London. A4U was really the biggest surprise for me this year – I didn´t expect that much, but it turned out to be one of the best conferences I went to this year! I also met Joost for the first time – what a great dude!

November started of with web2.0expo in Berlin, where I got to know 2 really cool googlers – I´m still a little pissed my presentation is available to everybody, and not just conference attendees, although I´m quite amazed it already got viewed over 3.800 times (!) and downloaded 721 times!!
I also bought a new horse, and a new car in november – whroom whrooom 🙂

Well, it´s still december, but the highlight this month has definetly been PubCon Las Vegas. Oh, and the christmas affiliate-craze of course 🙂

10 conferences, 4 month abroad and 1 new car – what a great year 🙂

A special thanks goes to Commission Junction, who really helped me a lot this year earning a shitload of money. To my congenial partner in crime FridayNite for making Webmasters on the Roof what it is today. To the 9 guys in the BlackHat Skype Chat for making sitting in front of a computer all day at least a little social…
Jesus, I´m really getting sentimental now – so I better stop 🙂

Have a great start into the new year guys! Let´s make it a great 2008!

Happy Holidays!

… from me and little Annika!

Annika Weihnachten 2007

A quick thank you for all the presents!

Just want to say a quick thank you for everybody, that´s been sending me christmas presents this year – so much stuff!!

First of all Commission Junction for the great 500 euro (!) donation to an grammar school in ethiopia – great idea, to rather donate something!

Two affiliate programs (which I would like to remain anonymous…) for the Playstation 3 (sorry, I already got one, but my brother-in-law will be happy :-)), and the new iPod touch.

Arcor for the great bottles of wine!

Marcel of FinanceScout24 for the great bottle of grappa!

ImmoWelt for the little gift package.

EverestPoker for the really great wine and delicacies box!

Karsten for the big box of gingerbread!

Quisma for the funny USB christmas tree!

Karstadt and Tchibo for one pokercase each (now I got 6 of them :-))

nonstopConsulting for the swarovski earphones!

My good old friend Bernd of for the really great picture for my new appartment!

Btw. some postal service called me about a package from Zanox, who apparently used my old adress… haven´t received that package yet… I hope it wasn´t that valuable?!

Oh, and a big thanks to Inga of Jochen Schweitzer for a whopping 3 presents – I seem to have won quite a lot of the days 🙂

Thanks again to everybody – it´s really great to get something for christmas from someone you already get so much affiliate-commissions from 🙂

I wish all of you guys a merry christmas and happy holidays!!

Google Eisfussball Cup

Google Germany Big Boss Christian Baudis called out for some fearless warriors, for a little soccer match in munichs english garden today – great times!!
And while we were waiting for the people to arrive, we invented a new sport -> Eisfussball – or english „Ice Soccer“, which is basically soccer on ice (no, not in tights… but with spikes :-)) …
We really want to make a sport out of it – a Google / BlackHat WhiteHat SEO sports association – who would have thought? 🙂

Here´s a little practice video we shot today -> me (yeah, the fat looking dude, that moves like a pregnant ballerina…) vs. Google´s very own Patrick, let me entertain you, Warnking:

Join the official Eisfussball League (soon over at, and maybe you can be a part of the german national eisfussball team soon:

Eisfussball Nationalmannschaft

Give me your chips!

Just found this picture over at DK´s PurposeINC SEO Poker Tournament Website – a little hint for any of you guys trying to figure out who´s Player Nr.42 in those nice looking lederhosens is 🙂

Las Vegas in Lederhosens

I love winning chips (especially yours´ Mr. Prince :-))
I should make sure to use that picture over at my poker blog!

Jetzt schon schnell zugreifen!

Heute schon nach ner Waschmaschine gesucht?
so so… bis zum 22.09. gibt es also Aktionspreise bei Karstadt – tolle Sache 🙂

UPDATE: 4 Stunden später gefixt… nice 🙂 – Dank an Andi, der´s als erster gesehen hat!

Pflicht-Firefox Erweiterung für jeden SEO!

Sorry, this post is in german, since it got already enough coverage in english, and I want to promote it a little in germany!

Mein guter Freund und Coder-Gott Joost hat ein neues Firefox-Plugin veröffentlicht -> SEO Link Analysis

Ein wirkliches Muss für jeden SEO, denn das PlugIn ist einfach nur geil!
Was es genau macht? Ich zeig es euch…

Wenn Ihr euch z.B. im Yahoo Siteexplorer die Backlinks eurer Seite (oder auch die eines eurer Konkurrenten) anschaut, feeded das PlugIn automatisch Information ein, wie z.B.:

  • Pagerank der Seite
  • Ob der Link auf der Seite noch existiert
  • Ob der Link als nofollow gekennzeichnet ist
  • Anchor-Text des Links

Seht selbst:

Yahoo Siteexplorer

Das Tool funktioniert ebenfalls in Google Webmaster Central – hier als Beispiel die Backlinks vom JOBlog:

Google Webmaster Central

Wie gesagt, nur das PlugIn im Firefox installieren – und schon werden die Infos auf den entsprechenden Seiten automatisch angezeigt!
Wirklich ein saustarkes Tool für den täglichen Gebrauch! Klasse Arbeit Joost!

Mediadonis goes WhiteHat

After having torched basically all of my bad stuff the last couple of month, Matt points out my recent conversion to white-hat SEO by pointing to my new white hat… 🙂

PubCon Las Vegas 2007 - Pic 3

PubCon has really been a blast – I had so much fun hanging around with my friends, party and playing cards (I actually won around 4.000 to 5.000 dollars overall :-)). Can´t wait for SES New York!
Here´re some more random pictures from pubcon

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Me, lovely CShel and Brian, don´t call me Baldwin, Prince

PubCon Las Vegas 2007 - Pic 5
My german PubCon Entourage – Michael of CJ Germany, Mani and Christoph

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Me and Dick Masterson of

PubCon Las Vegas 2007 - Pic 7
My fellow Canadian and SEORockstar Todd, Oilman, Friesen

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Me, SEORockstar 2 Webguerilla and Poker´s mad genius Frank

and there´s more…

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PubCon Las Vegas 2007 - Pic 12

I gotta do some quick shoutouts ->
– Thanks to Todd for the awesome tickets for Penn&Teller
– Andy of BuddyTV – was a blast playing poker with you!
– Ben & Erik from ICanHasCheezburger
Patrick Sexton – great to have finally met you!