October 14, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
This week’s edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal brings with it more proof that Burbank, California-based Submit Express is one of the top search engine marketing firms in the industry. The paper has ranked the company at No. 6 in its 2010 Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing Firms List. It’s validation that the cutting-edge services provided by the company to clients all over the world resonates with return business.
Submit Express provides search engine marketing services ranging from PPC campaigns to search engine optimization. The company’s iClimber brand also provides social media marketing services along with content writing. Submit Express also is a leader in reputation management, using a variety of tactics to help brands counteract negative online postings.
The recognition from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal validates the hard work we’ve put into every one of our clients. We are continually striving to bring new tactics to help our clients improve their online marketing campaigns, and we look forward to continuing our growth.
October 11, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
BURBANK, CA – October 11, 2010 – Leading search engine marketing company Submit Express reported on that the web server hosting their website submitexpress.com, iclimber.com and several other websites was hacked on October 4. Some of the other sites affected were armenian.com, autocrust.com, michaeljacksonforum.com and realestateandmortgageinfo.net.
“Our remote backup server was able to come online once the hack was automatically detected, limiting the impact to our home page to five minutes,” said Submit Express President and CEO Pierre Zarokian. “However, other sites that were impacted had to be restored manually by their owners after notification. Judging by the message left by the hacker, he or she appears to be Muslim, and we aren’t sure if the sites were specifically targeted or if this was a random attack.”
The hacker was able to re-enter the sites four times after they were originally fixed, either through his original method of entry or through a script he installed during his original attack. While the IP address used in the attack is from the Gulf state of Qatar, it’s not known if the attack originated from there or if proxy servers were used.
“The good news is that the hacker failed to remove our databases and the majority of our site files,” Zarokian said. “Instead, it appears that the index page within each folder was removed, with any files containing names starting with the words “index,” “home,” “main” or “default” being impacted. These files were replaced with a graphic image shown below. Any file starting with word “log” was also completely removed.
“We suspect the hacker access our server through a security hole in WordPress, but we are still investigating the exact method of the attack.”
Known for his the handle “BOFAISAL” with the email address of email@example.com, the hacker has claimed responsibility for many website attacked in recent months. A Google search shows more than 1,000 results for the phrase “BOFAISAL hacked” and 700 results for his email address. Please contact Submit Express through our contact page if you have any information on these attacks.
“We are updating all older and potentially vulnerable versions of WordPress blogs on our server,” Zarokian said. “We recommend that all WordPress blog owners do the same and upgrade their blogs to the latest version.”
Below are the two different messages and images he posted during the recent attacks:
November 20, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
It’s a widely known fact that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Not quite as widely known, but still a fact is this: if you have no cash in Vegas, you stay in Vegas.
This is the position I found myself in when I attended PubCon, a conference for online marketers. I could only take out $80 a day in cash due to a mix up at the bank. Also, another mix up had depleted all of my credit without me knowing.
What was a girl to do?
“You could become a link prostitute,” one search engine marketer volunteered at the bar. “Sell links from your website to make mad dollars.”
Some online marketers buy links to their website to help them rank higher on search engines – but none will admit to doing it. It’s a bad idea.
But desperate times call for desperate measures.
I take you through the steps of degenerating into a link prostitute while living it up in two luxury hotels in Vegas.
I arrived at Palms Place late at night on Monday and couldn’t believe my amazing room and warm reception. I stayed in a gorgeous studio with black hardwood floors, a mammoth king-sized bed, a sleek well laid out washroom, and a fully functioning kitchen.
The room also came equipped with a sitting area, comfy sectional couch, and an amazing view of the mountains and the Strip, which I used to make new friends who were staying at a not-quite-as-stunning hotel down the street.
One thing that everyone needs to know about Vegas is that you need cash to get around. Most cabs don’t accept credit cards. I tried to take out some money as I was leaving late for my first day of the conference.
“Insufficient Funds”, the machine said.
Palms Place is not the sort of outfit that caters to folks with insufficient funds. Did I sleep walk to the craps tables, conveniently placed at Palms Resort and Casino just down the way? I broke out into a nervous sweat.
The hotel staff let me use their front desk computer – which was great customer service by the way. I learned that the bank machine was stupid, that I had more than sufficient funds, I just couldn’t access them. Again, the staff went out of their way to flag down the only cab in Las Vegas that accepts credit cards. I made the conference on time.
Learning You Have More in Common with the Thieves Than you Thought
The next morning, I called my lovely bank to ask them what the %&@*! was going on. They had reset my daily withdrawal limit so that I could only take out $80 cash, they explained, because they felt that my card had been compromised in May 2009.
Could they raise my limit for the duration of my stay?
“No. The thieves might have greater access to your account if we do that,” the lady said.
Well, at least I had something in common with my frenemies in debit card fraud: neither of us could access large sums of cash from my account. How comforting.
Encore at the Wynn
One plus about working for Kiwi Collection is that you get to move around every couple of days and experience the best hotels in a given area. Using my allotted $80 USD, I zipped from the conference center to Palms Place, and then over to Encore at the Wynn, one of the newest (and most gorgeous) hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
Encore is a sister property to the Vegas landmark Wynn Las Vegas. It opened in December 2008.
I entered the complex at the Wynn Las Vegas. As it turned out, I couldn’t check in to Encore from there, and had to meander through the elaborate red-carpeted halls, lined with shops, casino areas and restaurants (poor me!).
My suite had a comfy king-sized bed and separate sitting area, a great view of the strip and a big desk for post-conference work. My favourite thing about the room was the bathtub, which I made immediate use of.
I had the Grilled Jidori Chicken at Society Café at the hotel. And, over a glass of sweet Riesling, all of my cash-strapped stress was melting away…at least until it came time to pay.
“This credit card is declined,” the barman said. “Can I put this meal to your room?”
He didn’t seem rattled – and even believed me when I explained that I was “surprised” and “shocked” and that there “must be some mistake”. This is Vegas after all: after five days, most people’s credit cards don’t work.
Sparing the boring details – my credit card disaster was the product of yet another “misunderstanding” that would need to be sorted out once I arrived back home in Vancouver. If I could get back to Vancouver, that is.
Meeting Your Inner Degenerate
I used my remaining $20 American to hitch a ride to the networking event held by Pubcon. Since I wouldn’t be able to buy anything there (ie. booze), I figured it would be safe to go in my frazzled state. Also, I was looking forward to getting in my exercise, walking the 10 or so miles back to Encore at the Wynn when the festivities were over since I now had no cash or credit.
I was met by a hundred or so friendly online marketers all of whom had lots of suggestions on how to make a quick buck. They all agreed that with this crowd, the most valuable thing I could sell would be links from my website. This would allow me to return to Vancouver, where I could shake my fist at my bank in person.
Michael Bonfils of SEM International – a company that specializes in international online marketing strategies, chose to buy me a beer instead of buying my links, promising that it would make me feel better.
Jill Sampey of Blast Radius was also sympathetic, and offered to feed me tequila shots when she realized my night had gone awry.
My new friends Alon from Israel, and Allen Horwitz and Pierre Zarokian from Submit Express, an SEO Company, provided much assistance in finding a cash machine at three minutes to midnight so I could withdraw my $80 allowance for the day.
One chap would only agree to buy my links if I would sell 500 of them for $5.
I wasn’t prepared to go that cheap.
But then I saw him, from across the room. It was Danny Dover – a young up and coming SEO who surely wouldn’t know any better than to buy my crap links for cash. Why I thought this, I don’t know. In reality, this young grasshopper works at the famous company SEOMoz and has just finished writing an excellent Internet Marketing book all about doing search marketing the “right way” and not needing to resort to buying links from link prostitutes like me.
After talking at this poor man for about an hour, he decided to feed me more shots (probably to make me shut up). That’s when my inner degenerate made a guest appearance.
The rest is a blur of generous Americans offering me money not to link to them and blackjack dealers getting angry at me for stumbling through their “working area” at 4 a.m. Thankfully, my new best friends Michael and Danny led me back to Encore at the Wynn, since I no longer had motor skills and was easily distracted by shiny objects.
The good people at Encore took pity on me, and allowed me to check out late. I spent the day with the blinds closed, contemplating what I had done, and working on materials for my friends back at the office.
At the end of my time in Vegas, I realized that being a link prostitute was just not the career for me. I was lousy at it. Also, I wouldn’t be able to tell my mother what I was doing at night.
However, I did learn a lot about how fun and friendly Las Vegans can be (even if you have no money), and that I was good at getting free tequila, business cards and cab rides.
And if that doesn’t make for a great trip to Sin City, what does?
Story submitted By: Melissa Mewdell from Kiwi Collection
Danny Dover is the author of Search Engine Optimization Secrets.
No parts of this story may be copied or duplicated without permission from the author.
November 17, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
Social media continues to move mainstream, with social media terms entering the common lexicon. This point was driven home on Tuesday, as CNN.com reports that the New Oxford American Dictionary has named “unfriend” as its Word of the Year, beating out a field heavy with technology-based terms such as “netbook,” “hashtag” and “sexting.”
“It has both currency and potential longevity,” said Christine Lindberg, a language researcher for Oxford’s U.S. dictionary program. “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year.”
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “unfriend” as a verb that means to “remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”
As you might expect, news of the honor awarded to the word “unfriend” spread quickly across social media sites, and not all of it was positive. Many people were upset that the New Oxford American Dictionary selected “unfriend” and not the similar term “defriend.”
“Frustrated that ‘unfriend’ is the word of the year. It’s definitely ‘defriend’ when referencing Facebook,” one Twitter user wrote, adding the hashtag #dictionaryfail.
August 20, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
A new company has made it possible for users to verify if someone’s online profile is genuine, reports TechCrunch. The new startup, CheckedProfile, launches today and allows users to check profiles on site such as Twitter, Facebook, and more importantly, dating sites.
According to the CheckedProfile Web site, the first step is to upload a picture that you would like the company to verify as being really you. Next, the company will provide you with a custom identifier. Customers are then asked to write the identifier on a sheet of paper and take a photograph of themselves holding the page with the identifier. Once the new photo has been uploaded, CheckedProfile will verify that the person in both images in the same. If proven to be genuine, the company will provide the user with a new verified photograph, which can be used on all of the popular social networking Web sites.
Although the service is free for women and children, it costs $1.99 for men. And it doesn’t come without its skeptics. Mike Butcher of TechCrunch writes “CheckedProfile claims it has patented this whole process – although to be honest it sounds pretty replicable. And what I don’t get is why they can’t apply a facial recognition technology to this process or perhaps crowd-source it – because having humans checking profile does not scale.”
However, founder of the new startup Ben Way told Butcher the company has “an incredibly efficient back end” that takes on average 20 seconds to verify a photo, and that other facial recognition technologies are not up to the job yet.”