Sunday, July 27, 2008

Have you tried Knol yet?

Today I'm trying out Google's newest adventure, Knol, and setting up my bio. Let me know if you are are Knol and I'll make sure to comment on your bio.

Steve Dalton

Northwest Indiana Blogger and Corporate consultant working with clients on strategic planning, SEO, business development, and training

Alternative titles: Daltonsbriefs

I also started an article on Northwest Indiana, which I'd love to see us all fill with solid info and photos. Early reports are that Google searches are really favoring the Knol platform.

Friday, July 25, 2008

NW Indiana Municipal Consultant

I am working with Cender and Company in Merrillville, to build an online presence from scratch.

From zero searchability, no website, no online presence ... with a goal to attain number one in our targeted search terms within 90 days, publish an interactive site, and obtain our first client. It's a goal!

I'm setting up some content specific blogs, no ads for now, to drive SEO and traffic to the site that won't even be up for another 30 days. Sound backward?

Cender and Company - Municipal Finance and Planning Consultant on wordpress

Cender and Company - Indiana cities and towns bond and fiscal consultant on blogger

I'll add in some widgets and features, but for now content is king! Subscribe if you get a chance today so you can follow along with the experiment.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The NW Indiana Blogger Flop

Well, all in all, the meeting was a bust.

Only three of us showed, and we were already on the same page for the rollout.

I have sent emails to some of you, and feel free to leave comments here if you want, when would work for a meeting that everyone, or a lot more than 3 people, could attend?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Northwest Indiana Bloggers to meet

NW Indiana Bloggers Meeting

I know many of you have already put this meeting on your schedules for tomorrow:

6 p.m. at On Site Computers in Crown Point
Northwest Indiana Bloggers

First time, that I know of at least, that bloggers from multiple niches are getting together to discuss ways to work together. The owners of will also be there to propose that we write on their site too, to increase traffic and conversations about our Region.

If you can make it, it would be great to meet in person.

Monday, July 14, 2008 and NW Indiana

Recently I was able to spend some time with the owners of the long-heralded NW Indiana site, and talk about web 2.0 for our Region.

I'd love to grab some input from the rest of you who frequent NW Indiana blogs and sites about the Region. I'd like to see a strong portal for NW Indiana bloggers, one where we can write and comment and build visibility together. I'd like to see a whole host of great features and services ...

I'll keep the rest to myself for now, what would you like to see?

One site that I really like and have always admired as geographically ground-breaking is and was The Rain City Guide in Seattle. Now of course Seattle boast a high level of internet savvy and technology is second nature to many of the professionals there. But as all things go, the midwest eventually follows. The Rain City Guide initially featured almost exclusively real estate posts from tech savvy real estate professionals. Obviously some used the site to gain business, notoreity, and even launched their own successful blogs.

Free blog, great searchability rankings on google, keyword stuffed naturally because the site is all about the community, networking with other web savvy entrepreneurs, and obviously the friendships that ensued.

Do we need something similar in NW Indiana? More? What could we really use to launch to the next level here?