I wanted to share a very cool new tool for those of you looking for a quick way to share a custom profile of yourself or your business. The service is called About.me. It’s a free service that allows you to upload a full website size picture (max 1680×1050) along with a bio and links to any websites that you may own or social media tools that you use. You also get instant analytical data in a nicely designed dashboard when you log into your account.
About.me has nicely integrated many of the social media services right into your profile page so anyone can follow along anything that you’re sharing publicly. Here’s a list of those services that you can have on your profile:
and a link to your website
Not only is this a great service which includes so many integrated features but you’re creating backlinks to your personal/business website that should help with search engine optimization.
What’s interesting is that About.me went live publicly for 5 days before the company was bought out by AOL, which hints that the service is going to be around for the long haul. If you’d like to see more samples of others who’ve signed up for About.me just check out their featured directory.
We’re getting ready to roll at GetListed.org‘s Local University in Denver, CO. Should be a great panel of experts speaking today on a wide range of topics including:
Social Media and much much more.
Stay tuned for more updates throughout the conference.
We have a great turn out for the event, gonna be a packed room. If anyone’s looking for me I’m on the far right wall in the blue shirt and vest. Sorry for any grammar mistakes, writing on the fly here.
(1:15pm) Aaron Weiche of Five Technology is going to kick it off by talking about Search Engines and a brief overview of how they work, what they can do for you and understanding the concepts of ranking better in results.
(1:35pm) Mike Blumenthal is up next and talking about how Google Local works and how to better your ranking results within Local Search Results.
Quick question and answer portion of the conference from some of the panel members. Lots of great questions that I’m sure will apply to many small business owners. Such great info being shared at Local University today.
(3:15pm) David Mihm of GetListed.org is now going over the Web Pitfalls that you should avoid. He’s giving great advice on many areas of web including domains, local listings, social media, keyword research and much more.
(3:20pm) Mary Bowling of seOverFlow is giving great advice, tips & tricks on how to better your website optimization.
I can’t stress how valuable the information is at these Local University events. If you’re a small business owner and are looking to have a better web presence or are looking to rank better within search engines you should really attend one of these conferences. You’ll take away so much information that’ll only help you make your presence so much better. Check and see if a Local University event is coming to your city.
(3:45pm) Matt McGee is now giving a great breakdown on all areas of social media. “Trust is the #1 factor in long-term success, online and offline.” Matt blogs on a regular basis at Small Business Search Marketing, if you haven’t checked out his website you need to follow the above link.
(4:21pm) David Mihm is the final presenter for this event and he’s going over the Do-It-Yourself No-Brainers for your website. Some great points on how you should be optimizing your website, blog suggestions, Social Trends and Google Analytics.
My wife and I were in Costa Rica over the past two weeks for our honeymoon and we had the opportunity to go on a few outdoor excursions with two very highly recommended companies…Wave Expeditions and Sky Adventures. Needless to say these two companies were fantastic, very professional and they just flat out love their jobs.
With so many different excursions to experience we decided to try the following:
My favorite excursion that we tried was Zip Lining. I had always wanted to do it and finally I got the chance with Sky Adventures. These lines were about as extreme as you can get. They have 8 different runs that you go on that work their way down the mountains of Costa Rica. The longest and highest line was hundreds of feet high and about 1/2 mile long, we also got up to speeds of about 55 mph. We had one of our guides take a video of the run with our camera after we had all gone across (see below). Our guide went across with a boy who was a little nervous about going alone. You can see the active Arenal Volcano in the video as well. At the end of the trek across you’ll notice my wife and I in the back of the group waving at the camera. You must try zip lining if you’re ever in Costa Rica, it’s absolutely amazing.
The second excursion we tried was Canyoning (repelled) down 5 different waterfalls and 1 dry (rock) wall. All repels were at least 80ft high with the highest being around 125ft and of course it had to be the first one. We would’ve be lying if we said we weren’t nervous but after the first time down we really couldn’t wait for the next repel. Transportation, lunch and snacks were also included in the expedition. I highly recommend anyone to try this even if you have a slight fear of heights. Make sure to bring your cameras because they do have dry bags for them to go in. We made the assumption that ours would get wet and left it at home.
The final excursion on our list was White Water Rafting. We actually did this and canyoning as a 2 part excursion package with Wave Expeditions. All I can say about this adventure is “fricken fantastic!” My wife and I had always wanted to try rafting and I am so glad we did it. We tried a class 3 river that’s on a scale of 5 with 5 being the hardest. The whole run lasted about 2 hours with a short break in the middle for lunch. It also had rained a lot the previous couple of days so our guide said the rapids were probably ranked at about 3.5-4 with the higher water levels. Not only was this a crazy fun ride it was also a great workout, you paddle constantly even in the middle of huge rapids. This is an absolute must try for anyone.
We had an amazing time and Costa Rica is truly a fantastic place to visit. I’ve included some pictures from our adventures below to give you an idea of the excitement we had. Enjoy.