World Cup Fever Is Upon Us

Yep, in just a few more days we’re going to be hit by the World Cup Fever. This happens every year and every year it’s held in a different country. Just like the Olympics is. Unlike the Olympics though it only involves one sport! Of course that sport is soccer, even though most Europeans and the Poms refer to it as football. Probably because they don’t actually offer real football as a sport.  :tongue_laugh_ee:

This year, Fifa’s World Cup is to be held in Brazil. Now, it’s not unusual for some sort of violence to erupt around a soccer game but this usually happens around the spectators and not on the field as happened during one amateur soccer game in Brazil last year.

As you will read in this article from the Daily Mail it occurred on June 30th 2013 at Pius XII stadium in Maranhao, northeastern Brazil. Apparently when the referee expelled one of the players, Josemir Santos Abreu aged 31. Not happy with the decision Josemir pushed the 20 year old referee, Otavio Jordao da Silva, to the ground. When he got up Otavio stabbed Josemir in the chest. He died on the way to the hospital.

Players and fans then rush the referee tying him up and eventually killing him. He was sicklestabbed with his own knife and then, get this, someone cut his head off using a sickle! OK,  the referee carrying a knife is one thing but who in hell would bring a sickle to a soccer game?

Let’s hope something like this doesn’t happen in the 2014 World Cup!

World Cup Iron Man

On a lighter note, this years World Cup is going to be open by Brazil’s very own Iron Man! Let me tell you though Brazil’s Iron man looks nothing like the Iron Man we’re all accustomed to. Also, unlike Tony Stark, the man wearing the suit is a paraplegic.

The futuristic exoskeleton was designed by Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis who used the help of a team of 156 scientists from around the world to bring the ‘Iron Man’ suit to a reality. world cup iron man

What is unique about this suit is that the paraplegics own brain will be controlling it! So, on Thursday 12th 2014 in San Paolo Brazil and unknown paraplegic will start the 2014 World Cup with the first kick of the match.

Seeing how the World Cup is so popular it’s only natural that I use my latest niche blog to capitalise on it. So far I’ve written two posts, World Cup And Responsible Gambling and the Double Chance Bet? What Is A Double Chance Bet

So, tell me, are you a World Cup fan and will you be placing any bets this year?

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The Irish Cop Friday Funnies #118

Hey guys, did you see last weeks Saturday’s Friday Funnies. Yep, I didn’t have time to post it on Friday so I posted it on Saturday instead. I know i’m biased but I reckon it was pretty bloody funny. If you haven’t read it yet you should head on over and give it a read.

As it happens that particular Friday Funnies was full of Irish jokes. I wasn’t planning on writing another Irish joke so close to the last one but I couldn’t help myself when I got this one in the mail. It is ROLF hilarious! :lol_tb:  

The Irish Cop

A London lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by an Irish cop. He thinks that he is much smarter than any cop because he is a lawyer from LONDON, and is certain that he has a better education then any Irish cop. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the cop’s expense!

The Irish cop says,”License and registration, please.”

The London Lawyer says, “What for?”

The Irish cop says, “Ye didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.”

The London Lawyer says, “I slowed down, and no one was coming.”

The Irish cop says, “Ye still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration, please, sir.”

The London Lawyer says, “What’s the bloody difference?”

The Irish cop says, “The difference is, the sign says stop, not slow down, so, ye havte come to a complete stop, that’s the law. License and registration, please!”

The London Lawyer says, “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.”

The Irish cop says, “Sounds fair enough, please exit your vehicle, sir.” Read the rest of this entry

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External links are very important for many reasons, SEO not being the least of them. Something I don’t do nearly enough is link to other bloggers. I know I should but I don’t because I don’t have the time to do it properly. There are many really good reasons why we as bloggers should link to not only our fellow bloggers but to any relevant site that adds value to our post. 

The Importance Of External Links

Even though this fact has been out since February of this year I’ve only just come about it today. It was a video of Matt Cutts answers the following question.

Hi Matt, does the big G have a version of the search engine that totally excludes any backlink relevance? I’m wondering what search would look like and am curious to try it out.

Matt Cutts And External Links

We don’t have a version like that that is exposed to the public, but we have run experiments like that internally, and the quality looks much, much worse, It turns out backlinks, even though there’s some noise, and certainly a lot of spam, for the most part are still a really, really big win in terms of quality for search results.”

“We’ve played around with the idea of turning off back link relevance, and at least for now, backlink relevance still really helps in terms of making sure we return the best, most relevant, most topical set of search results.

Now I know Matt is talking about backlinks but as far as I’m concerned backlinks and external links are the same thing. They’re both pointing from one site to another. Without external links search engines would find it extremely difficult to find relevant information for  it’s myriad of users.  Google is trying to find a way of doing it but so far is failing.

external links

That is why linking to other bloggers, especially if it adds value to your blog is a great for SEO. Google needs and wants to know what you think is important and relevant because if it’s important to you it’s probably important to others as well.

That’s also why Google hates paid posts. Links within paid posts have little or no value, especially if the link has nothing to do with your post and is only there to fool the search engines.

That’s also why Google now looks less favourably on guest posts as it once used to. There are too many people out there writing guest posts for the sole reason to get links back to a particular site.

Remember how at the beginning of the post I said the reason I don’t link to other bloggers is because I don’t have the time to do it properly? This means that it takes time to find relevant sites to link to. You can’t just link to any site. As far as Google is concerned that is a waste of it’s time. If it’s going to follow a link then it should be adding something to the post not just sending it off on and irrelevant tangent.

Are you taking the time to make sure your external links are relevant to your post?

 

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