Thursday, November 11, 2010

High stakes for Pacquiao, Margarito

ARLINGTON, Texas — Manny Pacquiao, the pound-pound-for-pound king, and the controversial Antonio Margarito are fighting for different stakes. One fights for history. One for redemption.

Pacquiao had hoped to be in the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr. defending his welterweight title, but Mayweather refused to fight him and is, as he says, “on vacation,” while also now fighting a variety of criminal charges stemming from alleged domestic dispute in September.

So while Mayweather’s next fight will be in the courtroom, Pacquiao has moved on with his career and is moving on up in weight yet again as he seeks a vacant junior middleweight belt when he and Margarito meet Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET, $54.95) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in front of a crowd that could draw 70,000, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said at Wednesday’s final news conference. That would be a record for an American indoor fight.

If Pacquiao wins, he would claim a title in a record-extending eighth weight class, which, even in this era of title proliferation, is still eye-catching.

“It would be an eighth title, which nobody else has ever done, but Manny Pacquiao is a different kind of athlete,” said Arum, who also promotes Margarito. “He’s very special and the type of accomplishments he has shouldn’t really surprise anybody.

While Margarito, a former two-time welterweight titleholder, will also be looking to win a vacant junior middleweight belt, he will be seeking a measure of redemption following the well-publicized hand-wrap scandal he was at the center of when he attempted to enter the ring with loaded hand wraps before his welterweight title fight with Shane Mosley in Los Angeles in January 2009.

Margarito had his license revoked and his once-solid reputation went into the toilet. He was not allowed to fight in the United States and only after California rejected his plea for a return of his license did Texas regulators give him one in September. It was a controversial move, but it paved the way for his fight with Pacquiao, which will be contested at a contract limit of 150 pounds even though the limit for junior middleweights is 154 pounds.

“Antonio knows he needs to win the fight. He’s hoping he’s going to redeem himself with the victory,” said Sergio Diaz, Margarito’s co-manager. “But at the same time he says he doesn’t really think he’ll get the credit he had before [the scandal]. He thinks if he wins there will be people who will say, ‘Well, he got lucky. Maybe it was the weight and Manny was too small and Margarito was too big.’ I feel, and he feels, he will carry this scandal the rest of his life.

“But I do believe it’s going to diminish and you’ll hear about it here and there and every time he fights it’s always going to be written about and spoken about. It’s going to always be there. It’s tough to accept it.”

So while Margarito aims to resurrect his reputation as best as he can, Pacquiao goes for more history. He’s used to it.

From flyweight to welterweight, where he currently holds an alphabet title, Pacquiao has roared up the weight classes like nobody in boxing history. He set the mark of winning titles in seven divisions when he knocked out Miguel Cotto in the 12th round last November to win a welterweight belt.

After one defense, a near shutout of Joshua Clottey at Jerry Jones’ $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in March, Pacquiao is moving up in weight yet again to fight for the belt vacated earlier this year by Sergio Martinez, who went on to win the middleweight championship.

Pacquiao has never bragged about his run of titles. Instead, he has remained humble about his accomplishments and the possibility of adding another.

The Filipino icon — elected to congress in his home country earlier this year — showed little emotion when asked about the prospects of claiming another title.

“This is why I do my best in training this time,” Pacquiao said. “This is going to be another record in boxing and I have to be in great condition to win. We consider this a very important fight in my whole career.”

“All the people around him have made it into a big deal, but Manny has not,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. “[Trainer] Freddie [Roach] is excited. [Adviser] Michael Koncz is excited. All the other guys around him are excited about it. Manny never even mentions it except when he’s asked.”

Arum knows a thing or two about fighters moving up the scales to win titles in multiple divisions. Besides promoting Pacquiao, he promoted Oscar De La Hoya for most of his career, during which he won belts in six weight classes before Pacquiao pummeled him into retirement.

Arum also promoted such fighters as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Alexis Arguello, who all won titles in multiple divisions.

He won’t be surprised if Pacquiao gets No. 8.

“Who would believe that after the first fight with Erik Morales [Pacquiao's last defeat in 2005] that he would be here in this kind of fight and be a congressman in the Philippines,” Arum said. “Who would believe that he would come to Nevada [on a last-minute campaign appearance] and help win an election for the majority leader [Harry Reid] of the United States Senate? If I said things like that before he really did them you’d have said it was just typical Arum bull—-. So nothing he does surprises me, including if he wins an eighth title.”

Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, however, has no problem bragging about the fighter he hooked up with in 2001 and helped lead to six of his titles.

“Manny’s a freak, let’s face it,” Roach said. “We’re not going to see another Manny Pacquiao in our lifetime. He’s a once in a lifetime deal. If you get four world titles it’s a big deal. One is hard enough. To win eight is unheard of. He continues to amaze me.”

Roach was a well-known trainer even before Pacquiao came into his Hollywood, Calif., gym for the first time but with Pacquiao has his star pupil, Roach has reached a new level of fame.

So, of course, he’s excited about the opportunity to be part of an eighth title.

“I feel great about it,” Roach said. “It’s a record that will stand for a long, long time. He’s the history books and he’s changed my life. Having Manny in my life has made me better and made me a better life. One day he walks into my gym as a 122-pounder. He breaks [Lehlo] Ledwaba’s nose in the first round and knocks him out [in the sixth round]. The rest is history. Who would think we’d be here going for an eighth title?”

Margarito is happy just to be getting a chance to fight a major fight, one for which he’ll make at least $3 million, a figure likely to more than double if the pay-per-view performs well.

He has maintained all along that it was his former trainer, Javier Capetillo, who put the illegal pads in his hand wraps before they were discovered in the moments before he went to the ring for his knockout loss to Mosley.

After serving his year license revocation, Margarito did have a fight in Mexico in May under the guidance of new trainer Robert Garcia, a former junior lightweight titlist. Margarito did not look particularly good after such a long layoff as he outpointed the obscure Roberto Garcia [no relation to his trainer].

Then came the battle to get a license. Nevada tabled his request and told him to go to California first. California then denied him. Finally, Texas gave him one.

“I try not to dwell on the negative,” Margarito said. “I know people will ask the questions and I have to answer the questions and I have no problem with them. To me, all I am concentrating right now is on the fight. I know it is going to be asked, but, for me, I have to concentrate on the fight. Everything is in the past and I can’t wait until [Saturday].

“I thank God for getting this opportunity. Of course, Bob Arum has been behind me the whole time and I thank him too. I know it is a great opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of it. I know how hard it was to make the fight real and I’m very happy that it’s finally here.”

Thursday, May 13, 2010

55 SEO Interview Questions

Interviewing and hiring SEOs has been on my mind recently as my team has been actively looking to expand. Such thoughts are part of what prompted me to update and re-publish an old post of mine on why a career in SEO may be a bad move. I'm not sure that all of the people that read my article also read my counter argument on why a career in SEO can also be a good move, but it certainly inspired some discussion, mostly disagreement. If you're inclined to pursue an SEO career either in-house or at an agency, one of the most important obstacles you'll need to get through is the barrage of interview questions that will be thrown at you.

About a third of these 55 interview questions are ones I thought of. The rest I picked from various postings around the web from people I think are worthy of attention. Credits are at the bottom.

Technical / Tactics

Every SEO prefers certain tactics over others, but familiarity with many could indicate a deeper understanding of the industry. And while every SEO doesn't need to have a web developer background, having such skills can help set someone apart from the crowd.

  1. Give me a description of your general SEO experience.
  2. Can you write HTML code by hand?
  3. Could you briefly explain the PageRank algorithm?
  4. How you created any SEO tools either from scratch or pieced together from others?
  5. What do you think of PageRank?
  6. What do you think of using XML sitemaps?
  7. What are your thoughts on the direction of Web 2.0 technologies with regards to SEO?
  8. What SEO tools do you regularly use?
  9. Under what circumstances would you look to exclude pages from search engines using robots.txt vs meta robots tag?
  10. What areas do you think are currently the most important in organically ranking a site?
  11. Do you have experience in copywriting and can you provide some writing samples?
  12. Have you ever had something you've written reach the front-page of Digg? Sphinn? Or be Stumbled?
  13. Explain to me what META tags matter in today's world.
  14. Explain various steps that you would take to optimize a website?
  15. If the company whose site you've been working for has decided to move all of its content to a new domain, what steps would you take?
  16. Rate from 1 to 10, tell me the most important "on page" elements
  17. Review the code of past clients/company websites where SEO was performed.
  18. What do you think about link buying?
  19. What is Latent Semantic Analysis (LSI Indexing)?
  20. What is Phrase Based Indexing and Retrieval and what roles does it play?
  21. What is the difference between SEO and SEM?
  22. What kind of strategies do you normally implement for back links?
  23. What role does social media play in an SEO strategy?
  24. What things wouldn't you to do increase rankings because the risk of penalty is too high?
  25. What's the difference between PageRank and Toolbar PageRank?
  26. Why might you want to use nofollow on an internal link?


A big part of SEO involves assessing the effectiveness of a campaign both relative to past performance as well as to competing sites.

  1. Are you familiar with web analytics and what packages are your familiar with?
  2. From an analytics perspective, what is different between a user from organic search results vs. a type-in user?
  3. How do you distinguish the results of your search optimization work from a seasonal change in traffic patterns?
  4. How do you evaluate whether an SEO campaign is working?
  5. What does competitive analysis mean to you and what techniques do you use?
  6. If you've done 6 months of SEO for a site and yet there haven't been any improvements, how would you go about diagnosing the problem?
  7. How many target keywords should a site have?
  8. How do *you* help a customer decide how to their budget between organic SEO and pay-per-click SEM?
  9. You hear a rumor that Google is weighting the HTML LAYER tag very heavily in ranking the relevance of its results - how does this affect your work?
  10. Why does Google rank Wikipedia for so many topics?

Industry Involvement

Is SEO just a job to pay the bills? Nothing wrong with that, but some senior positions can benefit from more enthusiasm and interest that can be measured by work done outside of the office.

  1. If salary and location were not an issue, who would you work for?
  2. In Google Lore - what are 'Hilltop', 'Florida' and 'Big Daddy'?
  3. Have you attended any search related conferences?
  4. Google search on this candidates name, (if you cannot find them, that's a red flag).
  5. Do you currently do SEO on your own sites? Do you operate any blogs? Do you currently do any freelance work and do you plan on continuing it?
  6. Of the well-known SEOs, who are you not likely to pay attention to?
  7. What are some challenges facing the SEO industry?
  8. What industry sites, blogs, and forums do you regularly read?
  9. Who are the two key people - who started Google?
  10. Who is Matt Cutts?
  11. If you were bidding on a contract, what competitor would you most worry about?


These questions are more about how an answer is given rather than the actual answer. They often scare interviewees, but with no wrong answer they're actually a good opportunity to shine.

  1. Tell me your biggest failure in an SEO project
  2. What areas of SEO do you most enjoy?
  3. In what areas of SEO are you strongest?
  4. In what areas of SEO are you weakest?
  5. How do you handle a client who does not implement your SEO recommendations?
  6. Can you get "xyz"? company listed for the keyword "Google"? in the first page?
  7. What do you think is different about working for an SEO agency vs. doing SEO in-house?
  8. Why are you moving from your current position and/or leaving any current projects?

Thursday, February 11, 2010


The following topics will be covered:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Social networks submissions
  • Paid advertisement methods
  • Other methods

Search Engine Optimization

The process of a real Search Engine Optimization can be really long and complicated one. Still, we will mention some essential tips that should help you to attract more traffic to your website from organic search queries.

First, you should make sure that your website is well indexed by the search engines. You can “help” them by creating a SiteMap of your website and submit your website via different search engines. To create a sitemap you can use some free services available on the Internet. For example, the following website provides a free SiteMap generator which will include up to 500 pages of your website —

As soon as you have your SiteMap generated, you should place it under the root of your domain name in order to be accessible via http://your-domain.tld/sitemap.xml. It is a good idea to submit your website to different search engines. You can use the following links to submit your website:

You may also register your website to the Google WebMaster tools ( where you will be able to submit your SiteMap as well.

Additionally, you can order a SiteMap generation and submission as an extra professional service via your TMDHosting Customer area -> extra professional services.

Every website, which is running for a good search engine ranking should have a good sitemap, in addition to its search engine optimization. By purchasing this service, you ensure that all crawling search engines (including Google, Yahoo, etc.) will be informed of your website’s content in terms of links and other hierarchy. You also will be allowed to include additional information about each URL, such as when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site much more intelligently, which automatically improves your search engine rankings. The better rankings, the bigger revenue and more visitors you get to your website.

Another thing that you should consider is to create SEO-friendly content for your website. For example, you should do your best to title your articles as close as possible to the natural (organic) terms that a person would use if it is looking for your content. Additionally, you should make sure that your pages have title tag, meta description tags and meta keywords tags which will definitely increase your content visibility in the search engines.

For more detailed and additional information you may refer to the Google Webmasters section where different aspects of website optimization are explained.

You can also take advantage of our professional SEO optimization services which includes:

  • Meta tags optimization
  • Meta description optimization
  • Manual Submission to the biggest Search Engines(Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc)
  • Manual Social Networks Submission
  • 500 USA Targeted Visits
  • Traffic Boost Program
  • Sitemap attachment
  • Googlebot one time invitation

With this exclusive service, you will have the opportunity to allow our search engine optimization specialists to analyze your website’s content and advise the most appropriate solution for boosting your website’s search engines ranking. The better ranking, the more visitors you will be getting to your website. This service can be ordered via your customer area with TMDHosting -> extra professional services.

Social networks submissions

Different social networks can be a great source of referral traffic to your website. You can both provide a way for your visitors to submit your articles and products to different social networks and submit your content on your own.

One of the most popular way to provide your visitors with the option to submit your website through different social networks is the Bookmark This button. It provides a huge list of different websites where your website can be submitted. You can obtain your AddThis/BookMark button from the following website:

On the other hand, you can submit your articles and products to networks such as:

and many others which are available in the Bookmark This tool. Furthermore, you can create pages of your website or submit it in different social networks. Create social profile pages at squidoo, hubpages, bumpzee, twitter, facebook, etc. on which you put the same content or links to your website. Creating such profiles takes a couple of minutes and so is updating them with links to your website. You may refer to the following list for example:

Paid advertisement methods

Paid advertisement is another method to increase your website traffic. One of the most popular ways to advertise your website is the Google pay-per-click program. You can read more about the Google AdWords advertisement programs on their official website.

Additionally, you can use banner advertisement method. You can find different websites which has relevant content to your topics and contact the webmaster for any opportunities to place a banner on their website. Most websites usually have an advertisement section where you can check the fees and the expected traffic referral rate based on the website statistics.

Other methods

Set up a blog and post articles about your website. With each post you make give a link to your site which you can then submit to social bookmarking sites. Search engines love blogs as they have real content and are very often updated. Moreover, whenever you write for your blog you need to use all the strong keywords you are aware of connected with your website and product/ service. Be very careful with the articles you write as those can be used to demonstrate your knowledge and improve credibility in your area of business. On the other hand, articles can be submitted to optimized article directories. Someone visiting those directories and reading your articles will be impressed by your knowledge and expertise and will click through to your website via a link at the bottom of the article. So, make a blog for your website and give interesting articles to your visitors to read – you can be sure they will be coming back for more raising your website’s traffic.

Comment on other people blogs posting meaningful comments. Be sure you post in blogs which allow links back to your website. Do not forget to read the post correctly before making original comments. Otherwise you could be accused of spamming.

Join forums and discussion sites relevant to your theme. Read the topics that you feel closest to and try to participate in the discussion and don’t do it in a commercial way. At the end of each post place a signature link that will help the concerned people find your site.

Create videos about your company/product and share them on YouTube and other video sharing websites is also a great way to increase your site traffic. As YouTube is a great advertising venue, such videos will help you promote your business and services easily. Once you have your videos and upload them, do not forget to give them correct titles and description. A good title is catchy and interesting or includes keywords that will help people remember it or find it via the search engines. You can also promote your videos on social networks and sites like Stumble upon, Digg and Hubpages which are the best ones to use in this case. Include a link to your site in the description or any other additional information that could catch the attention of ones watching the videos and helps them remember them easily

We hope that the provided information will help you successfully promote your site for free over the cyberspace. Give it a try – your efforts and promotions are most likely to pay off soon.

Monday, February 1, 2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


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This post is just to claim my blog at Technorati.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The new mission of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in the Philippines has gotten off to a big start — big and tall — climaxed by the "Triple Grand Celebration" at Divine Mercy Hills in the city El Salvador, Mindanao.

From Sept. 5-7, several hundred people attended the triduum. The celebration culminated on Sept. 8, when more than 20,000 pilgrims journeyed to Divine Mercy Hills before dawn for (1) the dedication and blessing of a 50-foot Divine Mercy statue, (2) the formal turnover of the statue to the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, and (3) to celebrate the Blessed Mother's birthday.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

How to get 2000+ Quality Link Per Day

Here is how to get 2000+ back link per day…

1. Create 2 new Article from 250 – 350 word is fine or if you have collection of PLR articles in your hard drive then use them here…

2. Search for 15 free blog hosting sites, such, blogger, livejournal, hubpages, yahoo360, squidoo, and other free blog hosting sites.

3. Create account blog to each of the 15 free blog hosting sites, and post 2 your two article including 3 links to your site/sites.

4. After Creating all your 15 blogs, get all the RSS Feeds of those 15 new blogs you created.

5. Submit all those rss feeds to the top 25 rss feed directories, like , millionrss,, feedagg, feedage, and other known rss feed directories.

When this task completed you surely have 2000+ back link to you site/s.

How does that happened?

15 Blogs X 2 Post X 3 links each = 90 Links
15 Blogs X 2 Post X 3 Links each X 25 RSS Feed directory = 2,250

Dick Gordon 2010