Yeay -> 2008 is almost over, and all I can think about is my 2-week trip to the Bahamas, and the 10.000 dollar buy-in EPT Bahamas – Carribean Adventure poker tournament. Cross your fingers for me – I really can use every support I can get, against this highly competitive field!
When I come home, it´s almost time for our Webmasters on the Roof Hörertreffen! Can´t wait for this party to happen – it´s gonna rock big time!
Right after that I´m off to London for CAP London – go CAP! Then it´s time for “Mit Affiliate geht´s bergab” – the Affiliates on snow superevent by the Affiliate-Eventmasters Jens & Markus! Unfortunatly probably the only time I´ll be able to be standing on my snowboard this year, since I´ll be flying off to Rio de Janeiro for SEO de Janeiro a few days later. Pretty busy first two months of 2009…
Regarding 2009, I just wanna make 3 quick SEOish predictions:
1) Eric Schmidt will be leaving Google
2) Google will drop pagerank from their toolbar (just another perfect way to combat link-buying & -selling)
3) SEO will get uber-competitive. In these financially crucial times, SEO (and therefore “free traffic“) will be on everybody´s mind. But you´ll also see a lot of even big companies turn to the wrong techniques and / or listen to the wrong SEO consultants. It´s incredible how many companies just don´t know what they´re doing, and rely on shady SEO techniques to artificially boost their rankings. But the worst part is -> they just really don´t know what they´re doing, and therefore don´t even know that there´s something wrong…
And now the real worst part -> there´re so many companies out there, who just give a fuck about their clients, and who will just blatantly buy crappy links (maybe even from russia *hint*) or shoot links from their own “link network” (I truly hate that word!). That´s not how SEO is supposed to be done, and it´s pretty disrespectful to a client´s domain! But what are these companies supposed to do? Quality work and solid link ninja´ing seems almost impossible, when you´re only trying to amass new clients, and don´t got the equivalent workforce for all those sheep…
Uh, btw. Michael also got some pretty funny SEO predictions for 2009 – check it out! And while you´re at it, take a look at these little known link opportunities for 2009, or better -> the discussion going on on Sphinn (thanks Bas!).
Oh well, it´ll be a great new year 2009!
And now for something completly different – I got the new 15 inch MacBook Pro on monday – yeay
I finally decided to trash my Sony Vaio (Z series), which was my “working laptop” on longer trips. I just love the new MacBook Pro – it´s just awesome!! So now I got 3 laptops I´m actually using -> my MacBook Pro for long trips, my MacBook Air for short trips (like my “just surfing the web” laptop) and my little Sony Vaio UX, I´m actually not using a lot, but I just had to buy due to my heavy addiction to pretty gadgets
(yes, I also still use my Alienware desktop PC – it´s still my “main” computer I´m using, the laptops are really just for travelling, which I do excessively, and working outside in the summer)
Please also note the ultra cool A4UExpo coffee mug – can´t wait for A4UExpo Amsterdam!