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Curtis Jacob
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Attended Pensacola Christian College
Lives in Rock Rapids, Iowa
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I was able to meet the first of what I imagine will be several potential candidates for the 2016 Presidential campaign.  Meeting potential candidates like +Scott Walker in person helps you get a better feel for their true personality, beliefs, and strength.  
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Yes, authority still matters.  It did before G+'s attempt at rel-author implementation and it still continues afterwards.  A good reminder to those that are questioning the extra work in making things more personable by +Eric Enge
 
Does Author Authority Still Matter?

My latest article in +Search Engine Land takes on this topic. Bottom line is that Google may not be looking at rel=author tags, and they may not be evaluating author authority as a ranking factor, BUT, establishing author authority is still a big deal.

Check out the full story here!

http://searchengineland.com/authorship-dead-long-live-authorship-217209
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When it comes to creating a new website, please do not cut corners.  The little things tend to be the most important in the long run.  
 
The larger a project, the more often people look to shorten the time needed to produce the final outcome.  Unfortunately, this many times leads to corners being cut that really shouldn't be.  +Dave Ver Meer talks about three of these corners that should actually have extra time put to them instead of being cut. 
Avoid the temptation to cut corners on your website. They could mean the difference between converting a visitor to a new customer—or not.
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I am thankful for the opportunity to have spoken at this year's Trendigital Summit with +Amanda Oberg.  For those that did attend, did you make it into the recap video?
 
Didn't catch us at Trendigital this year? Watch our recap video of the day!  And for those that did attend, can you find yourself in the video?

A big thank you to each of the speakers this year:  +Paul Ten Haken, +Sarah Rhea Werner, +Chris Prendergast, +Mark Henderson,  +Amanda Oberg, +Curtis Jacob, +Matt Sage, +Korena Keys, Scott Petersen, +Thad Clabaugh,  Matt Holsen, Karen Sherman, +David Quinalty, and +Sarah DeVries.
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Great article from +Marcus Sheridan.  Life isn't fair.  And you can never make it truly fair, no matter how hard you try.  So get over it and work your hardest to succeed with what you have.  
These days, many people are concerned that the best “content” will get lost in the noise. Well, they’re right, but that’s the way it has always been.
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I was honored to be able to present alongside +Amanda Oberg at Trendigital this year.  Trendigital has grown over the last couple years and is now one of the best digital marketing conferences in the mid-west if not in the entire country.
 
The 2015 Trendigital Summit has come and gone.  +Kristina Johnson shares some stats from the event and comments from those that attended.  
Over 300 people joined us for the 2015 Trendigital Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn for a day of digital learning.
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It was a great presentation, Curtis. Can hardly wait for next year.
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No matter what part of the political spectrum one is on, it is always nice to see a politician get out of Washington and visit the home turf, asking questions, listening, and visiting with those that put them in Washington.  Today it was an honor to work for a company that hosted such an event.  

Although I live in Iowa, I work in South Dakota, and whether that were the case or not, I still have a vested interest in national topics, especially the one talked about in the round table for this event.  
Rep. Kristi Noem talks to local business leaders about the impact the Health Insurance Tax will have on them and their employees.
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Presidential campaign season is underway (well, it really started over a year ago when I got my first phone poll here in Iowa) and I got another poll call just last Thursday.  I am not sure who was behind the poll, but I would guess it was one of the potential Republican candidates or related groups.    What is most interesting, is that of all the people from which I could choose in the poll, the very first one to announce today was not on the list.  

Although some hate the long presidential election cycle, I rather enjoy it most of the time.  Sure, it is extremely long and seems to get longer every time around, but living in Iowa gives one an opportunity many do not have: meeting many of the candidates in person.  

Anyway, this is my warning post to all those that hate politics.  Just as I did 4 years ago, I plan to give updates on all the mailings, phone calls, and personal meetings with candidates as they happen.  Things will still be "slow" over the next few months; but the last three months of this year, leading up to next year's Iowa Caucuses will become very active.  I know not everyone has the opportunity to meet the candidates first hand or see the extremely dirty tactics some candidates (or their "un-associated" groups) use on a daily basis.  I hope to share my daily interactions with the candidates' mailings, phone calls, and campaign appearances.

Let the long process begin with this announcement from Ted Cruz....
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The reason these are so hard, makes me sad for the state of our world.
 
This game is way addictive and fun - Google Family Feud based on Google Auto Suggest.  
There is a new addictive search game out there now at googlefeud.com that is basically the game of Family Feud but based on Google Auto Suggestions. You are able to pick a category and the game gives
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Google AdWords Fundamentals: Check
Google AdWords Search: Check
Google AdWords Display: Check
Google AdWords Video: Check
Google Shopping: Check
Google Analytics: Check

Some would rejoice when you have finally gotten certified in each of the +Google Ads and  +Google Analytics tests available from +Google Partners.  Unfortunately, all I can think about right now, is all that time I need to spend retaking the tests when the certifications expire.  
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We are in need of an experienced Web Developer. And we mean business. In fact, we'll pay you $2,000 to refer us the right person. Yep, simply refer us a developer candidate, have them specifically mention you when they apply, and if we hire them and they stay on board for 90 days, we'll cut you a check for $2,000. Simple as that. NOW, START SHARING THIS WITH ALL YOUR DEVELOPER FRIENDS!
Click Rain is in need of a Web Developer to join our growing team, and it could mean $2,000 for you.
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Can anyone give forth an endless supply of amazingly witty lines that create a story that makes an excellent point as well as Mike Rowe?  He has the perfect answer for all this Howard Dean / Gov. Walker nonsense.
Off The Wall Kyle Smith writes... Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was "unknowledgeable."...
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AdWords, Search Engine Optimization, Analytics, Google+
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  • Click Rain
    Online Marketing Strategist, 2012 - present
  • Sioux Falls Softball
    ASA Slow Pitch Softball Umpire, 2012 - 2014
  • Alpha Omega Publications
    PPC, Analytics, and SEO Specialist, 2005 - 2012
  • West Gate Baptist Church
    Marketing, Web Engineer, Teaching, 2004 - 2005
  • Accelerated Christian Education
    Audio/Video Technician, 2003 - 2004
  • PRG Promotions, Inc.
    Web Engineer, 2002 - 2003
  • City of Zanesville
    ASA Slow Pitch Softball Umpire, 1995 - 2005
  • State of Ohio - Dillon State Park
    Camp Store Clerk, 2001 - 2002
  • Corbett/Mock Cabinet Co.
    Office Manager, 2000 - 2000
  • Shaw Video Communications
    Videographer, 1998 - 2000
  • City of Zanesville
    Lunch Coordinator, 1998 - 1998
  • City of Zanesville
    Food Monitor, 1997 - 1997
  • City of Zanesville
    Playground Leader, 1995 - 1996
  • A Beka Video
    QC Operator, 1994 - 1998
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Rock Rapids, Iowa
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Tampa, Florida - Largo, Florida - Zanesville, Ohio
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Gray only exists because we have not taken the time to determine the black and white of the situation.
Introduction

I was born in 1975 on the edge of the Appalachian region in the small city of Zanesville, Ohio. I went to both a Private K-12 School and a Private College.

I graduated with a degree in Communications of which I had a concentration in Broadcasting and a Minor in History.

I have lived in large (Tampa, FL), small (Zanesville, OH), and rural (Rock Rapids, IA) areas and visited 45 states and two Canadian provinces.

I enjoy various hobbies, such as collecting GI Joe ARAH figures and comic books, web design/codingHardy Boys Casefiles, and playing and umpiring softball.

I married Gwendolyn (Fluker) Jacob on Saturday, January 8, 2005. Tasha G. Jacob was born a month early on Saturday, October 1, 2005. Connor W. Jacob was born almost two months early on May 13, 2010.

I am currently involved in marketing in the area of website analytics, seo, ppc, and social media. I have been Google AdWords and Analytics Qualified

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  • Pensacola Christian College
    Communications/Broadcasting, 1994 - 1998
  • Zanesville Christian School
    K-12 - High School Diploma, 1981 - 1994
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