Issues with routing through AboveNet to GoDaddy’s hosting


Successful traceroute:


Tracing route to []
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This is where it stops when it isn’t working.  It has been off and on for the past hour or so.  It usually only works a few minutes at a time..

13     *        *        *     Request timed out.
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Ideas from fro

I’ve been running the – Learn Hindi site for over 4 years now.  I am constantly on the look out for ideas to incorporate.  I have quite a list, probably enough to keep going for a long time.  But today I get an email from ArabicPod announcing that they have a new lesson: #432 Favorite Flower:


Clicking on the link takes you to the lesson on the site:


You can not do anything other than vote on the lesson without signing up.  Also, they have a random word on the right:


This would be an easy thing to do on to add a random word to the right.  It would be a good compliment to the master 4 Hindi words a day tool.   I was thinking of adding a random vocabulary question to the side as well.  Also, maybe other languages exercises as well.

Also from the list of lessons page: there is this link:


Clicking on that gives you a list of countries and people that have Skype Ids:


Clicking on “View all Users” gives:


The one improvement would be if it could show their Skype status.  But I think this is only possible if the person allows for you to be on their friends list. 

Ideas that I want to implement:

  1. Add random word to the left side
  2. Add random vocabulary quiz
  3. Add random question quiz (take the questions associated with the lessons and allow for people to answer them.  It can direct them to the episode with the answer.)
  4. Add “Skype ID” to user’s profile
  5. Add a view that will let visitors see members based upon the presence of the SkypID.

Nurturing Leads

Email from Clate Mask, CEO of Inusionsoft, points out “it takes seven touches before a lead is ready to buy”. 

What is a touch?  Any type of contact including an email, instant message, phone call, mailing, directed tweet, directed Facebook message, or inLink mail.

How to touch without offending?  Clate suggests “putting yourself in your prospects’ shoes to determine what’s important to them. Then create content that educates and builds trust. Using this content, you can create campaigns that move prospects progressively towards the sale.”

Ask yourself why you got that first touch?  If you are a language learning site like then that first touch could be for a variety of reasons.  If the person is going to India in a few weeksand wants to learn just a few basic phrases, then it is a matter of giving them those phrases and information to help immediately to help with the trip.  The interaction with these people will be different than the husband that has married a Hindi speaker and has no immediate needs but a long term interest.  With the first, it must be an intense, focused interaction.  With the later, it will be a more diffused, long term interaction.

If you are a home inspector like Texas Certified Home Inspection then you could be a home owner wanting to get the home inspected in preparation of selling.  Or perhaps you are a home buyer wanting to get a home inspector.  These people want immediate information, and will probably want to be left alone after completing the sell.  However, some of the people looking for a home inspector might be real estate agents and will want to develop a longer term relationship.  Or perhaps a home owner interested in tips on maintaining a home.  These lend themselves to a longer more involved relationship.

But lets say you are an online woman’s magazine like Woman’s In Site.    A sale looks very different than for the home inspector.  A sale would be a repeat visit, more page views, signing up for the email list.  At least that would be the public sale.  The other side would be potential advertisers who see value in the audience and in the brand.

The key to getting that sale is to maintain contact through multiple “touches”.  The key to touches being welcomed verses avoided is to understand the context of the initial touch.  How to do that is the key.

What options do you have available?  First, where did the touch come from?  If it came from another website, that might provide clues.  What was the first part of your site that they accessed?  Where did they go next?  There are tools that will help you determine this.  Google is constantly doing this by tailoring their Ad Words based upon the content of the site and the information it gathers about the user.

Another option is to ask.  “How can I help you?”  “What are you looking for?”  “Why are you here?” can be answered through a survey.

Know why people are coming to your site.  Know which ones would welcome further contact and which ones would rather you left them alone.  And may you have the wisdom to know the difference.

ZocDoc–find a doctor and book an appointment

Just found a service called ZocDoc.  Put in a location, search for doctors, see available appointments, and schedule an appointment.  It looks really great.




Google Chrome Extension to track Daily Trends


How does it work?

click on: the icon on the top part of the browser:


And down pops a list retrieved from Google Trends:


Where to get it?


Daylight savings 2011


On November 6th residents of the US will need to set their clocks 1 hour back.  Why are people searching for this today?

Let’s take a look at the news:


Why is it on the top 20 list?  Bridget over at says:

Are you starting to get that niggling feeling that it’s time to “fall back” and you can’t remember when?  Beginning to suspect you’ll show up to work one monday and realize you’re an hour early?  Dying to know when you get that extra hour of sleep you start counting down to somewhere around July?

You’re not alone… googling, “Daylight Saving’s Time” has become something of a national hobby.

Read rest of the article

Yes it is getting darker quicker.  And you are going to have to wait until November to see the time change.

What is Zanesville?


Actually it should be, where is Zanesville.  The answer is in Ohio.  Why are people searching for it?  Well, some exotic animals (wolf, grizzly bear, mountain lion, and others) were left out loose.   How often do you see this?


Google News:,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=a7d5b7030ebfa2c5&biw=1280&bih=963


This is one of those local news stories that grab national attention.  If you were a blogger or a news site in Zanesville and you wrote a blog post about this today, then you could be the center of national attention.  You could have links to your site from many national sites, and you would have more traffic than you know what to do with.

A friend of mine has a Real Estate site, and he wrote an article about a local plane crash.  He was one of the only sources for information about this.  If you have a local event happen, you might want to piggyback on it by posting a little information about it.

Who is CJ Wilson?


Baseball player: ( John "C. J." Wilson (born November 18, 1980, in Newport Beach, California) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers.

Looking at the Wikipedia History, you get a sense for what has changed:


Google News:


Violetatrmgv Violeta Lambey
CJ Wilson is the coolest guy at the World Series cjwilson

TylerKepner Tyler Kepner
You’re CJ Wilson. You’re 17, working at the mall, and you see Jim Palmer. What do you do? @davidwaldstein tells us.

januaranas januar anas CJ Wilson Gets the Opportunity to Show that He is an Ace: Fan’s View