In Memorium – Hannah McLellan Campbell

When I first started “Ianism” years ago, way back in 2001, it was just a place to vent, to debate, (oh there were some good debates, for sure – and as a result of, I made some very good friends). on politics, logic, life, sharing life, experiencing life, and looking at ways to look at things even I often had not looked at before.

I shut this thing down after I met a woman.. who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And through her, I met another awesome lady – “Nanny” she is called by many, “Mom” by many but not as much, and was a friend to tons of people. Hannah “Nanny” Cambell touched my heart the very first time I met her.

I am blessed to brag that I visited her more than once, and have shared letters with her, but I also have regrets – I wish I had carried through with her wishes that I find a way to bring her buttermilk and Merragh (commonly called “white pudding’) – but I did not.

Mrs. Hannah “Nanny” Campbell was a beautiful lady. It was my intent to call.. send her letters… and stay in touch with her, until last week when I so sadly discovered she had passed away.

I regret so much, that I did not get her buttermilk, white pudding, or more time chasing toads, and whatever else she loved.  I regret she never met Beans, the Boston Terrier she should have met.

I know that Hannah “Nanny” Campbell, nee McLellan, was loved by everyone that knew her. I knew her, ergo I loved her too. She treated me with the utmost of respect, and I think there was a delight on both sides; I know she loved it when we toasted each other with that glass of buttermilk when we did!  My regret is that I did not know her longer. My deeper regret is that I did not do more after meeting her and then visiting with her again, and telling her I would try to get her more buttermilk, Merragh.. but it wasn’t the buttermilk or merragh.. and I’m not sure how to explain.

All I know at this time, for the past couple of weeks, suspecting she might be not in great health. and then discovering she had passed away, I am very saddened.. saddened by the loss of such a beautiful lady  – and saddened by the fact that I lost by not getting to know her even more deeply and better.  It was about 18 months ago, I held her hand, and accompanied her while we walked, and she laughed and smiled. Some of her steps that she took were painful, yet she did not complain, and I was totally honoured that she put her trust in me and did not doubt me.

My sons will know about you “Nanny.” I have my special memories written down… yes, others might have far more quantity of memories… just goes to show you special you were, but at the same time, the few that I have, they meant a lot to me, and I will never forget… and I am so sorry.. so very regretful, that I did not find a way to bring you or send you more buttermilk and Merragh.

I know there were people that loved you all your life.. or .. all their life… the time I got to know you was so much shorter than all of that.  And yet, I must tell you that you in that short time, made a massive impression on me… and I am only so sorry I could not live up to what you had hoped for.. just some buttermilk and Merragh..

A life lesson.. do the lessons  ever stop? I suppose.

But in your memory.. here is a photo I love.. there is another one if I can find it of you and I with the buttermilk, but for now, my joy and happiness at your joy and happiness.. just a toad.. but in your wisdom, in your life, there is no such thing as “just a toad.”

Love your wisdom, Nanny.




Building A Site Around Youtube Videos?

Recently, I came across a product for sale with some interesting sales copy, promising all sorts of benefits to someone who wanted to create a website and monetize it.  Part of the “feature” of this product was the ability to use keywords, and populate a website with lists of Youtube videos including the descriptions that were provided by the Youtube video uploader.

While there is nothing wrong with embedding a youtube video in a blog post or website article, you most definitely could get into some bad books with Google if you have a big part of your website that simply “scrapes” or “harvests” Youtube videos. The particular product sales copy that I saw referred to it as “harvesting.”

It’s unfortunate that so many people get taken advantage of with such products, especially when they are marketed in such a way as to make the reader believe that creating a website with lots of good content that will get picked up by the search engines, and then rank highly. It is simply not true. Life – and search engines – don’t work that way.  And Google especially does not like you “scraping” content from other places, and using that as a big part of your site. It’s not original, it adds no new value, and you simply will not maintain any great search engine rankings with this kind of endeavor.

Indeed, it is quite possible that Google and other search engines will de-list you from their index if you engage in such a thing.  I’d highly recommend that if you’ve bought a product that teaches you to build a website in this manner, that you request a refund asap.

Be careful what you buy. Be careful about believing hyped up sales copy letters (or hyped up sales videos) that seem to promise you the moon with the click of a button. You are absolutely not going to get high rankings from google with a few clicks of a website creation product or software. It just does not happen that way.

Hopefully, if you’ve hired an SEO firm, this is not something they’ve recommended that you do for your on-site search engine optimization!

There is so much confusion and utter nonsense out in the SEO world about video and how it will help your website’s search engine rankings – most of the information is completely and utterly false. Don’t get me wrong; video can be helpful in driving traffic to your website – but sticking up a few videos on Youtube probably won’t have much effect on your website’s search engine rankings, if that is all you are doing.

And definitely, there is no “one click” solution that will suddenly see you ranking on Page 1 – especially not any “solution” where the major component is scraping or harvesting content from other sites. That will just see you waste time and money.



Another Illegitimate Dishonest SEO Person

You know, I don’t really like outing people. In fact, I admire people that go an extra mile in order to try to provide a valuable service – even new people or new businesses. If they are legitimate. Unfortunately, there are so many so called SEO specialists and businesses cropping up that obviously have very little experience (maybe they just took a 9.99 course on SEO or something that teaches a bunch of crap), and they are sending you emails and making absurd claims and actually are lying!

Here’s an email I received this evening – normally I don’t respond, but you can read my response below:

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I thought you might like to know some of the reasons why you are not getting enough Social Media and Organic search engine traffic for

1.Your website is not ranking top in Google organic search for many competitive keyword phrases.

2. Your website profile is not available in most of the Social Media Websites.

3. Your site has 16 Google back links, this can be improved further.

There are many additional improvements that could be made to your website, and if you would like to learn about them, and are curious to know what our working together would involve, then I would be glad to provide you with a detailed analysis in the form of a *WEBSITE AUDIT REPORT for FREE*.

Our clients consistently tell us that their customers find them because they are at the top of the Google search rankings. Being at the top left of Google (#1- #3 organic positions) is the best thing you can do for your company’s website traffic and online reputation.

Sounds interesting? Feel free to email us or alternatively you can provide me with your phone number and the best time to call you.


Best Regards,

*Maria Wilson*

*SEO Consultant*

(301) 859-4332


PS1*: This is onetime email and you may ask us to REMOVE you from our mailing list.

*PS2*: I found your site from online advertising but did not click.

*PS3*: We operate 24 x7. I will be happy to send y  weare different from others?, and Why should you choose us? on receiving a response from you.


Here’s my response to Maria Wilson:

You are a liar. I am going to expose your lies.

1. My website IS ranking for many competitive keyword phrases.

2. My website is available in Social Media websites.

3. I have indeed, over 10,000 backlinks according to Google Webmaster Tools.
Not sure which outdated tool you are using to determine backlinks, but it is
quite dubious indeed.

4. You did not find my website through advertising. I don’t advertise. Big lie
there, Maria.

So, now that your credibility is shot, what’s next?  I’m posting this to my
blog as well.




Some, if not all, of these people need to be exposed for what they are. Fraudulent charlatans. Maria Wilson, SEO Consultant, emailed me and made certain claims that were untruthful and indeed, outright lies.

Perhaps I’ll phone her tomorrow and see what else she has to say for herself. I’ll let you know if I do.

Anyhow the lesson is this: Examine these types of emails carefully. If you do need SEO, be sure to find someone who has been doing this for years, not someone who just recently took a course and suddenly have pronounced themself as a “SEO Consultant.”


So I called the number, (301) 859-4332. A woman that could barely speak English answered the phone. She claimed to be Maria Wilson. I’m curious how many women in India are named Maria Wilson. As I began to ask questions she advised she was going to pass me over to a colleague.

When I asked where they were located, I was told they were located in India, with an office in New York. She was unable to answer my questions about the total number of backlinks, indeed, trying to suggest that the google search switch “link:” was the only way to know this.

She asked me what keywords I wanted to be ranked for. Instead, I replied to her, “Well, in your email to me, you wrote that ‘Your website is not ranking top in Google organic search for many competitive keyword phrases.’ so perhaps you could tell me what I should be ranked on, but am not!”

So, I’m to get a free report shortly, apparently.



SEO Courses – Are They What They Claim To Be?

I had meant to post this several days ago, but in my part of the world, there is a nasty virus going around, and I managed to catch it!  It has not been pleasant sipping Neo Citran and hoping there is some truth to claims that Oil of Oregano helps to drive away cold and flu viruses. If there is any truth to it, this must be one powerful virus!

From time to time, I’ll pick up the odd “course” on SEO that someone is offering, just to see if there are any nuggets of information or interesting experimental data that I can use.

Some days ago, an email arrived in my inbox with a link to a course that promised to teach me how to find thousands of free back links that were easy and would propel any website I owned to the first page of Google.

The price was cheap, so I thought I’d see if there was anything new to be learned and bought it.

All I can say is that I feel sorry for business and website owners that buy into these programs, believing they are getting value, and that their time studying these courses – and then putting what the course says into practice, will actually get them crushing their competitors.

The course was simply a rehash of what a few others have claimed, and included ideas that are actually against the terms and services of some websites! I really doubt the authors of this course had even tried out their own methods and tested them.  As well, their idea for using free press release services for getting back links was laughable – just about all the free press release services they provided as a resource do NOT give you the ability to provide backlinks in the press release!

It really bewilders me at times to come across these so called “courses” and see what they are teaching, and realize that there are people out there who are hanging their hopes on learning something, willing to pay for the education, believe they are being taught by an “expert” – and I know for a fact, they are going to be bitterly disappointed.

I’ve often thought about putting together a course or book myself. SEO that actually works. No hype. No crap. No theory. Just stuff that works. The fact of the matter is you need a holistic approach to SEO. There is no one method that is going to get you ongoing high search engine rankings. In some cases, you need to combine what works for local search with what works for organic search, in order to rank well in both.

The problem with writing a book or putting together a course is that I’d rather do the stuff than teach it!

But I’m still thinking about it. We’ll see.