Archive | August, 2006

Summer Breeze

Posted on 13 August 2006 by SonHouse

I’ve played guitar and bass for the better part of the last 25 years. A good friend of mine lives here in Austin so we get together every now and then and record some music and just jam a bit. So he calls me one day and asks if I remember the band Seals and Crofts, you know the guys who sang the tunes, Summer Breeze and Get Closer. They are on most 70’s compilation cd’s available. Well, it ends up that one of the guys in that band, Dash Crofts, lives in the Austin area and is a member of the same religion, bahai, that my buddy practices.


Every year, the bahai community has a regional gathering here in Austin, that goes on for a few days with speakers etc. They also provide entertainment on the last night of the conference and were trying to get Dash Crofts to perform. My friend was in charge of contacting him to set it all up. He managed to get Dash to commit to the concert and had to meet with him early on to show Dash he could play. It ends up, they needed a bass player to fill in so my friend got me involved at that point.


I spent the next few weeks practicing all the tunes on their greatest hits album, including all the hits, like Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl, Get Closer, etc. We then had a few rehersals at my house, which was very cool indeed. Dash came over, shades and all, and we set up the equipment in the living room and played all the tunes that made him famous in the 70’s. He plays a mandolin, the same one actually that he recorded all those hits with, so the sound was really good and the vocal harmonies were tight.


We played the concert on a Friday night in February to a good size crowd at the bahai conference. Things went so well, Dash even asked us to possibly tour with him sometime.


It was a very cool experience for me and I look forward to jammin’ with him down the road. Here are a few pics.


Me practicing a bit…


Dash Crofts, in the green shirt, me in the back on the bass and my buddy on guitar.


My cat, Tomas, on my bass amp….

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Dash and my buddy jammin’ to Diamond Girl.


Me and Dash after the concert.


Jim Seals and Dash Crofts in 1969.

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Get Back

Posted on 11 August 2006 by SonHouse

Ok, I’m a kind of new to the game, having only been following SE trends for the last few months.  I’ve been doing SEO stuff for years, but never really followed the industry, just focused on a few sites and left it at that.  I’ve finally realized that there are others like me out there and have become very interested in getting involved more in the industry. 

I couldn’t go to San Jose this year, due to budget constraints and the fact that I have another job 🙁 but I do plan on going next year if all goes well.

So I’m eager to read what everyone has to say about the conference, the blogs have been pretty sparse this last week due to the show, and I’m kind of going through withdrawals here, so please, all you SEO’s out there, get home safely and start posting.  I look forward to reading and hearing what everyone has to say…..

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Posted on 11 August 2006 by SonHouse

Well, I’ve decided to build an entire new website built around a niche that I am very familiar with.  The site is only about 12 pages or so, and I’ve built the pages using everything I know about SEO to date, only the white hat stuff mind you.  My goal here is 3 fold:

1.  Try and find out how long it will take to get indexed in the 3 majors and see if I can maintain my spot in the SERPS

2.  See how long it will take to establish strong back link support.

3.  Make a few bucks along the way using adsense and YPN.

My keyword list is very targeted to the niche and only about 50 words long.

The site is up and running and I’m using analytics to track things.  Also, I’ve put together a few cpc campaigns in adwords and yahoo search to drive some initial traffic, nothing too daring, just something to get the ball rolling.  Also, I’ve submitted the site to some directories and have included a link page to ecourage people to link to my site.

We’ll see how it goes….

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