Just who is the Roger Scimé guy?

Why Roger Scime?

Roger Scime
Roger Scime

I recently filled out an online job application, and in one of the fields it asked for information about me—about Roger Scime.

Well, I’m originally from New York (Long Island) and have lived in Nevada, via Chicago and Los Angeles, since 1980. Before moving to Reno in 2001, I lived in Las Vegas, where I had dual personae as a professional musician and founder/owner of a website company. Roger Scime: Right-brain, left-brain conundrum.

Roger Scime, writing and other jobs

I’ve always loved to write, both fiction and non-fiction, and although I have little regard for my own scribbles, have managed to convince enough people that my writing is valuable enough that I have been able to make a nice living at it at one time or another. Continue reading Just who is the Roger Scimé guy?

In SEO high-quality content counts

High-quality content impacts SEOA few years ago I came across Stone Temple Consulting‘s  Eric Enge interview of Google’s Matt Cutts that dealt with the overriding importance of a website’s having  high-quality content.

During the course of the interview, Eric used an an example he’d employed in some of his SEO presentations, having to do with a person typing “frogs” into Google’s search box and how low-quality sites often failed to deliver the information the searcher was actually looking for.

In Eric’s example, while the text on the pages was technically non-duplicative, the content—the meat—wasn’t. It wasn’t new, it wasn’t original or authoritative. The content on the page added absolutely no value to what the user was seeking. It wasn’t high-quality content, just a regurgitation of what other sites had offered elsewhere. In other words, it could have been written by a monkey with a thesaurus!

Those other sites are not bringing additional value. While they’re not duplicates they bring nothing new to the table. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with what these people have done, but they should not expect this type of content to rank.

Not high-quality content . . .

Here’s Eric’s first example:

Here is some info on frogs:

Frogs are green
Frogs live in water
Frogs like to jump
Frogs are not toads

Thanks for reading our article on frogs

The keyword (as you can easily ascertain) is—of course—”frogs.” Not exactly high-quality content, is it?

Now, here’s a example of how someone might have taken the above and fleshed it out, so as to not receive a duplicate-content penalty.

Eric’s second example:

Frogs are interesting creatures, partly because they are green. Many people do not realize that they are not toads. Frogs like to jump and live in water.

But, frankly, the content is entirely duplicative. The text may be somewhat different, but the content is precisely the same and adds absolutely no value to a searcher’s understanding of frogs.

High-quality content might contain . . .

A post containing high-quality content might have added information about frogs’ different pigmentation (green,) how one differentiates between frogs and toads, how and why they jump, and the types of water features in which they live.

Read the entire interview.

Leave birthright citizenship alone!

THE US CONSTITUTIONDonald Trump,  Gov. Scott Walker,  Gov. Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul (so far) don’t believe that children born in the United States are automatically citizens of the United States. In other words, they are in favor of either “revisiting” or repealing the “birthright citizenship” provisions of the XIV Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Donald Trump, from today’s Huffington Post.

 What happens is [Mexicans], they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby — [the lawyers are] saying it’s not going to hold up in court.

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I don’t think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers — and I know some will disagree — but many of them agree with me and you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship.

Continue reading Leave birthright citizenship alone!

Cary Tennis is still giving amazing advice . . .

Cary Tennis, Writer
The Thinker

A while back I posted a review of Cary Tennis’s book, Since You Asked, a compilation of his columns that appeared in (on?) Salon.com from 2001-2013.

While Cary no longer writes for Salon, he continues to offer the sanest, most insightful, and empathetic advice online or offline — anywhere—on his own website.

Cary also conducts regular writing workshops, a few of which I have been lucky enough to attend. He also hosts some pretty cool jam sessions.