John McKown's Blog

Internet Professional - Family Man - Motorcyclist - Living in Parker, Colorado

Why I moved to Colorado

I just posted a long article about my decision to move to Colorado.  Even though my wife and I moved here in 2013, I still get a lot of questions about why I moved away from Delaware. You can see the full (LONG) article here: http://johnmckown.com/why-i-moved-to-colorado, which explains our move in detail.  ...


Is Twitter even relevant anymore?

I have often wondered if Twitter is slowing down and losing relevance. It sure feels that way. Now we have this article from the New York Times, describing how the SEC was investigating Twitter because they stopped reporting on user engagement. Basically, they stopped reporting on how many times someone read other people's Twitter accounts. The trend with the numbers must have been d ...


Bought a new motorcycle - a 2015 Yamaha R1!

If you aren't into motorcycles, then you just won't understand. If you ARE into motorcycles, then you already know what this motorcycle is. Its Yamaha's new superbike that includes MotoGP technology that you can drive on the road.  No, I am not made of money. I actually sold two other motorcycles to buy this one. It was worth it. The engine is a 1000cc 200hp 4 cyli ...


The City of Santa Fe paid over $233,000 to leave CivicPlus

A recent newspaper article from the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico exposed the true cost of using CivicPlus to build and host a large municipal website, and also the enormous cost of trying to replace a CivicPlus website with a "roll-your-own" solution using open-source software and custom programming from scratch. The result was one whopper of a bill ($233,800) for the ...


10 Ways to Hack Your Chamber of Commerce for Results

In this article, I will explain how you can save your business time, money, and frustration in dealing with your local chambers of commerce so that you get the most out of what they have to offer, while limiting your exposure to them. I am sharing some of the secrets of how chambers work so that you can use them to make informed decisions and better your business. Some Background I have built a ...


The Long Tail - A Secret Behind SEO Dominance

Here is one of the plays that comes right out of my Search Engine Optimization (SEO) playbook. This tip should make you more money with your website, but it also unfortunately takes more work for you to implement. This technique is one of the tips that high performance website owners use to dominate Google. What is the "The Long Tail"? The Long Tail has a detailed definition at Wikipedia, whi ...


SEO Tips - Register your domain name for 3+ years

A prospective customer came in to see me today, and right away I found several things in their website that were holding them back from better search engine results and sales. One of the first things that I do when I evaluate a website is to look at the domain name registration of the domain name. The most glaring thing I found right away was that their domain name was about to expire in TWO MONTH ...


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