Archive for May, 2006

My Adventures in Pittsburgh

Posted by Simon Leung in Google, Travel, Updates on May 24th, 2006 | No Comments

Greetings from the William Penn Omni Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA!

I’m in town with a colleague for only a couple of days for a few client visits. We completed our first presentation earlier this morning, presenting information that will help them and giving them insight on how to better achieve their advertising goals.

This is my first time in Pittsburgh and it’s a great little town. Unfortunately, neither my colleague nor myself are familiar with the area, and we spent a lot of time roaming around places that do not appear to be popular hangouts on these few nights…

We arrived last night and took our Enterprise rental car out for a spin. The first thing we noticed when we got on the road is that it’s very green over here! There are plants, trees and bushes everywhere – this must be where a lot of the oxygen comes from!

After dropping off the car at the valet and checking in, we decided to walk around downtown to find a place to dine. It was around 9PM, and it was a ghost town! We walked around and around and not a single restaurant was open. I had to call another one of my good friends at Google who was originally from Pittsburgh to get some tips on where to go.

Most of the places he recommended around our part of town were also closed. The place we really wanted to try was an Italian restaurant called Palazzo on 6th Street. It was a little adventurous to find and when we got there, it was closed as well! But luckily, there was an open restuarant called Six Penn right next to it. Although it looked like they were about to close and only had a fixed menu at the time, they kindly seated us and the food turned out to be decent, so we were happy.

Our adventure continued this morning as I got out of bed at 4AM my time. I then looked over my preso material one last time and my colleague and I killed some time at the local Starbucks. About 40 minutes prior to the time we were supposed to be at our client’s office, we went to the valet to get our car.

We were waiting there for a while for the car. About 10 minutes later, the valet guy walked back calmly and said that he needed to grab some jumper cables. My colleague and I stared at each other in awe. Another 20 minutes or so came by, and he came back and confirmed that he couldn’t start the car. Just great…

There wasn’t enough time to deal with it at that point, so we cabbed it to our client meeting.

The meeting itself went very well. We spent a little over an hour going over the specifics of their account and discussed ways to increase their performance even more. It was definitely very productive and we walked away with a new game plan for the campaign.

Our client was kind enough to give us a ride back to our hotel after the meeting. We then called Enterprise to try to get the issue taken care of.

Their customer service was lacking – long hold times and requesting to call us back, but often either did not or took hours to do.

In the meantime, we took the train to over to a cool little spot called Station Square. There are some very nice attractions for sure. This is also the location most locals we talked to recommended for night life. However, during the day, there was almost no soul in sight. We ended up dining at a spot called Bar Louie, which was also pretty decent.

Afterwards, we went back to our hotel rooms for some rest. My colleague took the initiative to take care of the car rental issue. She later said that AAA actually came and was able to start the car. So, we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that the car will start tomorrow morning!

Dinner time rolled around and we went back to Palazzo, since it was highly recommended by our friend. The food was indeed superb! We had some calamari for the table and I had the penne pasta with tomato basil and tomato cream sauce with meatballs. It was good stuff!

Afterwards, we took the train back to Station Square to experience the nightlife that the locals speak of. We must’ve came on the wrong night because there was absolutely nothing going on there!

Yes, again, it was completely dead. We ended up hanging out at a bar called Buckhead Saloon and was served by an awesome bartender named Jenna. Jenna was so nice, friendly and helpful and made an otherwise boring night a wonderful experience on our final evening in Pittsburgh.

There’s one last client meeting tomorrow and I head back home in the evening. But before we leave, we need to go to Primanti Bros and try some of the famous Pittsburgh sandwiches we’ve been hearing about!

Overall, it’s been a great experience. I’m also looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting because it is supposed to be a little more challenging. The clients are more advanced and have bigger goals.

Although it will be a challenge, it will be great practice for me as I prepare for my Internet Marketing business – which is coming up in a few short months!

So brace yourself, because the tiger is about to be unleashed…

#1 on MSN!

Posted by Simon Leung in SEO, Updates on May 18th, 2006 | No Comments

Recently, I did a search on some of the keyword terms I was targeting for laughs and giggles and was shocked but pleasantly surprised nonetheless at the search results - #1 on MSN.com!

Now, I know what you are thinking…

MSN? But that’s the wrong search engine, my friend!

Believe me, I know. But hey, I’m not a Search Engine Optimization Expert by trade (I’m an AdWords Optimization Expert =), so I think getting the top spot on one of the hottest Internet companies of today is nothing to sneeze at!

As well, I don’t think I can compete for the top spots against the real SEO experts of the world who’ve been doing this line of work full-time for the past 5 to 10 years.

Besides, I really don’t think that my #1 ranks will last. Algorithms change all the time, and MSN will become more and more competitive, just like how Google and Yahoo are nowadays.

For this reason, I’ve taken a screenshot of my top search results below, not just to prove that it did happen at one point in time, but to also live in the past and celebrate the days when my sites were #1! ;)

Click on the thumbnails for full-size images…

Simon Leung

#1 of 139,363 results on ’simon leung’ for http://www.simonleung.com

Simon Leung

#1 of 313,969 results on ‘adwords optimization’ for http://www.adwordsoptimization.com

Simon Leung

#1 of 481 results on ‘buzzmein’ for http://www.buzzmein.com

Simon Leung

#1 of 227,404 results on ‘little marketer’ for http://www.littlemarketer.com

Simon Leung

#1 of 1,095,031 results on ‘internet marketing power blog’ for http://www.simonleung.com

My Weekend in San Antonio

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Seminars, Travel, Updates on May 11th, 2006 | No Comments

This past weekend at the MasterListBuilder FUN Shop in San Antonio was an eye-opening experience for me. The opportunity to meet and speak with today’s most successful Internet Marketers completely blew my mind.

I mean, these are the guys that I’ve seen all across the Internet! I subscribe to their lists and receive more emails from them than I do from my own family and friends!

It was one thing simply talking to these amazing marketers, but it’s another to hear from them how much potential I have, and yet another for several of them to actually want to work with me!

Two notes on that…

Firstly, I’m currently working at a job in which, at times, I can’t help but feel like I’m under-utilized and under-valued. There are many qualifications and accomplishments that divide me from just anyone working in AdWords, but we’re not going to go into all that right now. Bottom line – I’ve finally found a group of friends and business partners whom I feel can appreciate more what I can contribute.

Secondly, the Internet Marketers I met, I’ve looked up to for years. These guys receive up to 100s of JV proposals on a daily basis. And here they are, proposing to work with ME. How incredible is that?!

One of the most amazing experiences of the entire weekend occurred on the very last night of the FUN Shop. We had just wrapped up a late night session, and a group of us were simply chatting in the lobby of the hotel. After everyone else had left, Joel Christopher and I had the opportunity to speak 1-on-1.

It was incredible! Joel gave me a whole new perspective on life, both personally and professionally. He gave me all kinds of advice about choices in life and how everything happens for a reason. I gave it some thought and everything instantly fell into place.

Soon after, who comes down the elevator for some fresh air but Mike Filsaime from MikeFilsaime.com himself! He was one of the speakers at the event and very well-known and respected among the Internet Marketing community. Throughout the weekend, I had spoken to him briefly here and there, but was often intimidated to continue speaking with him for a longer period of time because I didn’t want to interrupt him while he was working, prepping or taking a break.

To say the least, Mike was so down to earth and a hell of a guy. He had quite the inspirational stories to share and spoke to many more things that confirmed that everything indeed does happen for a reason, and the 3 of us were there at that exact time to deliver me a very important message about my future. It was very eerie, to say the least, but the uncanny coincidences leave me no other choice but to believe.

It was an astonishing experience, and we just stood there, in the lobby, chatting it up until 4am. What an HONOR! It’s definitely something I will never forget nor take for granted. I have a plan now, and I plan to deliver.

Joel Christopher, MasterListBuilder.com

Terry Dean, MyMarketingCoach.com

Jason Oman, JasonOman.com

The Expert Panel: Joel Christopher, Terry Dean, Socrates Socratous, Jason Oman, Glen Hopkins, Reed Floren, Mike Filsaime, Chuck Daniel, Tom Beal, Gary Ambrose

MasterListBuilder FUN Shop

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Seminars, Travel, Updates on May 5th, 2006 | No Comments

Hello from San Antonio and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Man, oh man, oh man! It has been an INCREDIBLE couple of days of action-packed sessions!

It’s almost 1:30AM and I just finished speaking with Jason Oman, #1 Best-Selling author of Conversations with Millionaires from www.jasonoman.com. WOW!!

We had the chance to chat for 2 hours over dinner as well as another 3 or so hours after the last session and came up with some really cool ideas.

Oh and guess what? We’re already talking about doing a JV together. HOLY CRAP!!!

Do you know what this means? Working with someone with that kind of credibility? If I didn’t see the potential earlier in the night, Jason sure did a damn good job presenting the vision to me.

Man, I wish I had started going to Internet Marketing seminars earlier. But then again, it also depends on the people who attends as well, and also the people you get the chance to meet.

In addition to Jason Oman, there was also a large guru presence in the forms of Terry Dean, Mike Filsaime, Gary Ambrose, Adam Gingsberg, and of course, the MasterListBuilder himself, Joel Christopher.

Talk about a great event! I wrote so many pages of notes that my wrists hurt when I type!

And we’re not even half way done yet…

It’s going to start getting good tomorrow as we dive into some of the more advanced strategies. Boy, am I looking forward to that!

Well, I should go to bed since I need to be up in just a few hours for the morning session. I’ve been up since 6am San Antonio time (4am my time!) and tomorrow’s going to be another big day!

Will post up some pics as soon as I get the chance to upload them…