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Adriel Michaud
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Annoying.
Nothing is safe online. Not even Google. Anyone who checks their Analytics regularly has probably noticed the annoying referrer spam: websites that aren’t actually sending visitors to your website, but instead trigger fake pageviews that pretend their website is a great source of traffic. In many cases, they’re bots trying to get you to visit their website …
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+Jennifer M Referral spam or event spam? I've seen tons of referral spam, this is the first time I've seen it in events.
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This PPC ad from Samsung made the homepage of Reddit today: http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/345hrk/nice_try_samsung/

Great example of how a creative ad can drive earned media and organic visibility.
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And now for something completely different: Standing Desks!
Does your back ache at the end of the work day? Do you find it difficult to maintain correct back posture and suffer as a result? You may want to consider using a standing desk. At Top Draw, we have five people who are at standing desks full-time. Using a standing desk has a few benefits: …
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My feet are sore at the end of the day, but my back is top notch. It's also made 3 hour socials where I might be standing the whole time a real breeze.
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If you missed my talk on YouTube at Social Media Breakfast Edmonton, here's the video!
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In this short blog post, we discuss three effective online call tracking options for lead generation.
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What are the odds of half the backlight going out on one monitor, replacing it, and after 1 day of use, having backlights on the same side go out again?
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It's just getting worse guys. Here's something I found today.
Nothing is safe online. Not even Google. Anyone who checks their Analytics regularly has probably noticed the annoying referrer spam: websites that aren’t actually sending visitors to your website, but instead trigger fake pageviews that pretend their website is a great source of traffic. In many cases, they’re bots trying to get you to visit their website …
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+Aleksandrs Pasters Hi - there are 2 types of spam and they need to be addressed separately.

Referral spam - these are genuine visits to the website in order to spam. They will not be blocked by the valid hostname filter but you can set up GA filters or block with .htaccess.

Ghost spam - these directly spam the GA account, there is no real visit to the website. You can block these with GA filters but it is like trying to capture smoke in your hands as they morph daily to different names and different methods. The only long-term solution is to set up a GA filter to only allow a valid hostname. 
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We reported late last year that the Chinese Canon clone-maker Yongnuo was planning to launch a new 35mm f/2 lens for Canon EF cameras. The lens has now arr
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I think it's time for Google to ban the bots.

Start domain matching bots that are hammering large swaths of Analytics profiles, and start outright banning them from the service and removing them from all traffic stats.

What they're doing constitutes abuse of the system and is hurting use of the Analytics product for customers who haven't implemented one of the filtering methods.

If all Analytics profiles removed all traffic from semault, buttons for website, and other spam junk, it'd very quickly kill this tactic for them.
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It's time for GA to have a Spam folder like Gmail...  :-))
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Our newly redesigned website is up!
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Director of SEO, Partner
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Google Analytics Individual Qualified, Google Adwords Qualified, SEO, PPC
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  • Top Draw
    Director of SEO, Partner, 2009 - present
  • Matrikon
    Online Marketing, 2005 - 2009
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That SEO guy at Top Draw
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Partner and Director of SEO at Top Draw
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I speak Chinese, sling SEO and Analytics with abandon
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Very spicy for some dishes, which was great.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
Understaffed, super slow for lunch. Food came out dry.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
The shrimp skewers are ridiculously ample. Excellent food and very professional service.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Fantastic Pho noodles, very inexpensive and super quick!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Not particularly challenging, but that's not a bad thing if you're just starting out or need to shake off some rust. Distance to the green on most holes is pretty short and easy enough to hit. Dragon's Head is a decent choice if you're looking to take out the family or go out for a relaxing game of golf. Like most golf courses in Edmonton, remember the mosquito spray.
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reviewed in the last week
Ordered some match 22LR yesterday at noon-ish, got it today at noon. Amazing service.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The new decor and renovations looked good, but I had undercooked fish in my chow mein, and the service was not up to snuff. Had to wander into the kitchen to get someone's attention that we were there.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago