Image Freedom Takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

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It’s hard to have missed at least a couple of videos from the ALS Challenge. I’ll be honest, when I saw the videos I didn’t know what ALS was, I was aware of Lou Gehrig’s Disease which ALS is often called, but it wasn’t until the ALS Challenge started making the rounds that I took the time to learn more. That was the goal from the start – awareness and fundraising.

On August 18th I was challenged by my good friend Andrew Shaddox, and on top of donating $100 for each of the Image Freedom team members, we’ve also created our own video to meet the challenge.

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We Ain’t Never Had A Friend Like Him

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We didn’t. We think we did, we believe we did, we couldn’t think of Robin Williams without smiling, without laughing. Words like “Genie” and “Doubtfire” immediately come to mind. Movies like Good Will Hunting and Patch Adams that made us laugh and cry. Robin Williams stayed with you, but he was that close wonderful friend we didn’t actually have.

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I’m sad, and I’m angry, and I’m selfish. When I heard that he’d passed away I was numb, and when I’d learned that he’s likely committed suicide I was and probably still am in denial. Robin Williams wouldn’t do that to us. But that’s selfish, that’s his legacy talking, that’s the characters that he represented and the emotions that he made us feel creating a false person we never even met, but feel like he’s family.

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Google’s “Pigeon” Makes a Mess

This week a Google update to their Local Search Results has caused quite a flutter. The Google Pigeon update has had a very visible impact on local map rankings. Some businesses who weren’t provided with local results, such as ourselves in the SEO industry, suddenly have a “7 pack” of map results again, while industries like realtors find themselves with all of their local results completely removed from Google’s first page.

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According to an article on Search Engine Land, Google has stated that they will not be making an announcement about this “Pigeon” update and that the name “Pigeon” was created because Google has not selected a name internally like they did in the past with Google Penguin or Panda. This may be because they wanted this to go under the radar, but I’m not sure how you can go under the radar when you’re impacting so many results.

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Live, Blog & Prosper

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These first few months of 2014 have been pretty full here at the house of Freedom, from taking on a new silent partner to doing work with some amazing names, both local and not so local. It’s easy to sit back and say “How did I get here?” and I wanted to write a quick post as a reminder of the importance (and value) of blogging.

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As SEOs we joke that B.L.O.G. stands for Better Listings On Google, but it goes so much farther than that. So much of our growth as a team here has been because of blog posts, from the obvious where we gained new clients because of a blog we wrote, to new relationships we fostered because of something either someone else wrote, or one of our own posts about our friends. Blogging is a great way to make new connections and from a purely selfish standpoint acts as a conduit to share all that passion we all have inside.

Brad Takei, Matthew Egan & George Takei

I was attending a panel from George Takei at the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention last weekend, and he was rocking the “Live Long and Prosper” hand gesture, and George being the Social Media icon that he has become, it occurred to me that “Live, BLOG & Prosper” was probably a more accurate motto for us as internet geeks.

So Live, Blog & Prosper! You never know to what frontiers it might take you.

Shut Up and Do It: EVERYONE is Insecure

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This past weekend was the first Alamo City ComicCon, San Antonio’s largest Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention yet, and it was HUGE. A good friend of mine, Julieann Chassey, had invited me to be a celebrity handler, taking money, keeping tally of autographs, and helping the guests get to and from their convention booths.

Alamo City ComicCon

Babysit celebrities? How could I say no?!

I’d done this kind of thing before, working as a handler for the Shrine Con in Los Angeles back when I was 17, had the chance to work security for the likes of Christian Bale (pre-Batman) and Stan Lee. It was a 17-year-old’s dream. I had no idea what was in store for me this weekend, and I’m thrilled to say it was a once in a lifetime moment, a thirty six hour sleepless moment, but hey, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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