Former Marine, Robby Dinero, kicks out Orchard Park, New York sheriff deputies for illegally entering his business after hours without a warrant. The officers know they are in violation of the law, so they leave. One can cower to bogus authority or you can STAND UP TO POWER.
A native of WNY, Robby Dinero spent 14 years serving as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He developed his leadership, coaching, and training skills leading units ranging in size from 40 to 400 Marines. He has instructed, advised, and mentored at every level, including general officers in charge of thousands of personnel. From his time leading platoon level attacks to command company-level operations, and his time planning and executing the transfer of authority between over 15,000 British, Iraqi, and American forces and hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment the breadth and width of his experience allows him to help your leaders excel executing at the operational and strategic level. His personal decorations include 2 Combat Action Ribbons, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star.
In 2012 Robby moved back to WNY and started a successful athletic training facility, Athletes Unleashed, Inc. CrossFit AU, in Orchard Park, NY. Unleashed Academy was a natural offshoot of his time leading and mentoring Marines and his role as a coach developing athletes from all backgrounds. Robby is married to his wife Jennifer. They have 4 children, Olivia, Victor, Rocco, and Rex.
Quick fix to restore or reset your Apple TV … TRY THIS BEFORE Using the Procedure Below because restoring your Apple TV using iTunes takes a while. So, if you can load the normal interface menu, but nothing happens when you try to use your remote control, it is possible your remote has become unpaired from the Apple TV, so hold the remote close to the main unit and press and hold the menu button and the left side of the ring button above for about 6 seconds. You’ll see the indicator light flash at first, then stop. While you continue to hold down both buttons, after about 5 seconds the light will start flashing again. As you continue to hold, if you are fortunate, a little broken link icon (two opposing leaning ovals opposite of each other) will pop up in the top left hand corner of your screen. Viola, you’ll now be able to move through the menu with your remote control again. If so, you’ve dodged a bullet.
Before performing the above procedure, you should be able to at least get your Apple TV interface to display on your TV if you simply unplug the power cord on the back of your main unit for a few seconds, then plug it back in. This will force a restart of your Apple TV. First, you’ll see the Apple logo appear when you first plug it back in, then the screen will go dark and a swirling circle will appear as the interface reloads. Finally, it may display a couple of selections, like Movies and Settings in two boxes. No need to select one, just let the program continue to load until the full interface is displayed. With the unresponsive Apple TV interface menu displaying on your TV, then perform actions I described in the first paragraph (press on hold the Menu and left side of the ring button at the 9 pm position and wait more than 5 or 6 seconds until the remote icon displays in the top left corner of your TV screen. After you see the broken link icon, you can let go of both buttons). You should be able to move the selector throughout the whole interface as normal.
If this doesn’t work, you could try simultaneously pressing the Menu button and the right side of the ring. Most have success by pushing the left side of the ring.
If the above fast fix doesn’t work for you, then you can do a complete restoration to the default factory settings as described below.
I had my Apple TV 3rd Generation for about a month and a half when it completely froze. I thought it completely bricked. I was frustrated and the last thing I wanted to do was to send it back even though it has a 90 day warranty. I knew it would be 2 weeks before I’d get to enjoy it again and I use it every night in my bedroom before I go to sleep and right after I wake up, so I wanted to fix it from home.
The whole process took me about an hour. I had everything I needed except a micro usb connector. I had several mini usb cables, but none were micro. They are close to the same size, but the micro usb connector is definitely smaller and it has more of an oval shape, whereas the mini has a couple of angled sides at the smaller ends. Trust me, they won’t fit.
I zipped up to Radio Shack and purchased a Micro USB adaptor for full retail. It set me back $14.95 + tax. The full USB to Micro USB cable was $19.95. I opted for just the adaptor. I snapped it on my Standard USB to Mini USB cable on top of the mini end. It fit perfectly.
Mini USB vs Micro USB
Now you have your Standard USB to Micro USB cable ready to go. Make sure you update to the latest version of iTunes before you get started. Then, close it before you hook up the Apple TV to your computer. The Apple instructions said it might not detect your Apple TV as a device on the left side of the iTunes program if you start the process of resetting it with iTunes open.
Now, hook up the usb to micro usb cable from your computer to the Apple TV on the back of the unit. You’ll find the place to plug-in your micro usb connector right below the HDMI plugin.
My iTunes program opened automatically, about a minute later. It discovered the Apple TV as a device without any action on my part. You can see that in the left column of the iTunes program. It brought up a page in the content area that displayed a picture of an Apple TV and offered a button that said: “restore”. The description next to it said: “If you are experiencing problems with your Apple TV, you can restore it to its original settings by clicking restore”. I did.
I did this on a PC with Windows 7 as my operating system, but I’m sure the process on a Mac is similar.
I got 3 pop-up windows saying it was installing drivers. I ignored them and let it install all of them completely.
From there, you just follow the instructions that come up and viola, your Apple TV is restored to factory default settings.
I go through step by step how to restore and reset your Apple TV 2nd and 3rd Gen on the video. It’s very detailed so that even those fearful of technology can follow my instructions. I know it’s long, but I wanted to help even a technophobe, so thanks for your patience.
Now, go back to your television and hook up your Apple TV to the HDMI cable and then the power cord.
The restoration deletes all your previous settings like your language preference. You’ll need to enter all those. You’ll also need to re-enter all the IDs and passcodes to the services you’ve subscribed to, like Netflix and Hulu or you won’t have access to them. Keep them handy for next time you have to do this.
My remote control just worked. I didn’t have to go through a sync.
The good news is, after I restored my Apple TV to the factory settings, it worked better with less quirkiness. This makes me think I installed a later version that had less bugs. Seeing this, I was glad I had chosen to reset it, because now it works even better. I believe it updates to the latest firmware as well.
Google Poops on SEO Industry & Violates Your Privacy
Google is now attacking a link building strategy that incorporates using paid blog networks where one writes one article then submits it to a service that posts that article with the embedded backlinks to hundreds or even thousands of sites in their proprietary blog network. Google admits most of their new penalties are using manual research and algorithm overrides in order to deindex or penalize sites using the service. Of course, they are deindexing the sites that sell such services.
Google is sending out warnings that go something like this:
Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.YourAccusedSite.com/,
We’ve detected that some of your site’s pages may be using techniques that are outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes.
We encourage you to make changes to your site so that it meets our quality guidelines. Once you’ve made these changes, please submit your site for reconsideration in Google’s search results.
If you find unnatural links to your site that you are unable to control or remove, please provide the details in your reconsideration request.
If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.
Google Search Quality Team
I think Google has a hard row to hoe in front of them with this Big Brother with a big stick assault on webmasters. It’s clear what they are doing is signing up for these services, then finding out where those sites are in the network, then with their trojan horse technique, they are deindexing those sites from a manually generated list. They are hoping that they only have to do this to a few sites, then others will stop the practice out of fear it will happen to them, thus creating an example of them and getting others to take down their sites. So the snowball effect will kill the practice and the industry.
The biggest flaw in this monopolistic Google attack is that all you have to do to destroy your competition is to submit an article to one of these blog networks containing backlinks to your competitor’s site and viola your competitor is penalized or deindexed without doing anything against Google’s policies. Therefore, I think there is going to be a backlash for Google’s reckless deindexing of people’s sites.
Google penalizes you for doing exactly what they do; in fact, they are hurting you for emulating their business model. Google survives on their paid backlinks network called Google AdWords, so Google is hypocritical trying to hurt the little guy while doing the exact same thing they are accusing others of. Google is notorious for surrounding organic search with their paid links network. They even try to make the paid AdWords links appear like part of the regular organic search by putting those paid links at the top of the page in line with the natural search below it. This wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t a monopoly, but I get 95% of my search traffic from Google. This makes me want to fan the flame to any alternative sources of traffic like other search engines and social media.
Even though Google makes subtle changes in their paid search links above the natural search, many of my clients are fooled by them thinking those ads are part of the natural search. Even though I have gotten their site to position one on page one, the client still points out that Google’s paid links network is outranking their number one spot.
Google has been caught buying paid links to artificially boost their own websites in a Google search. Then, to add salt to the wound, they said they would penalize the rogue group at Google for doing so, but the self-imposed penalty only lasted for a brief 60 days.
Other invasions of privacy are standard practice for Google even though they are in violation of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they don’t care, for them, they use those sacred documents for toilet paper. In fact, they’ve submitted a patent to secretly listen to all your cell phone calls to learn your likes and dislikes to target you for ads for even more profits. This is clearly a violation of many laws, but what does Google care, privacy is a joke at Google. Their closeness to American Intelligence agencies is alarming as well. God only knows how much information they sell to the government. This revolving door relationship may be the reason Google is able to skate the law.
Big G can throw billions of dollars into their legal department to ensure their violations can proliferate without restraint. Even Congress and the governments of other countries were appalled when it was revealed that Google was going around the world collecting personal data from your wi-fi signal at your house. When caught, they said it was an accident…sure. So far, the courts have only fined them $25,000 for this but not for stealing your data, but for their delays in responding to the court’s inquiries.
For a long time, Google ran ads across the bottom of copyrighted music videos and movies to make a profit off of other people’s’ talent without paying them a dime in royalties on their YouTube site.
Google tracks your searches even when you leave Google sites and they save that history which can be used against you in court. Some people refer to this as the Google Supercookie. In fact, the previous CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, admits it in a CNBC interview and says you should never search for anything that might cause a red flag. Of course, the excuse to invade your privacy is coupled with the trite phrase, ‘what difference does it make if you have nothing to hide’, but who is Google to decide when they violate everything they condemn their users for?
Here is the previous CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, warning people that they save everything you do and are willing to share that information with the government because of the Patriot Act:
I think in the end, Google will back off hurting sites that they allege using paid blog networks for link building because it’s too easy to destroy your competition beyond their control by using blog networks to build links to your competitor’s sites. After this rash practice develops enough backlash, they will only penalize or deindex the sites selling those services.
On a good note, Google has revealed that they have a weakness in their algorithm that can’t automatically detect and filter links in a blog network without sending an employee in to manually pick apart these networks. Secondly, they revealed that they consider these links powerful enough in SEO optimization to go after them in this unprecedented way, so links integrated into ample content are likely very powerful to boost the ranking of a site that one links to. It may serve you well to create your own private blog network since they’ve made it obvious that those links are valuable for SEO.
After posting this article on my blog, I noticed a lot of people are finding it by performing a search that asks, ‘does it hurt your site if you link to a deindexed site.’ In the past, you could never be penalized by links you can’t control like off-site links pointing to your site, but it’s always been part of the algorithm to be filtered for linking to sites like link farms from your site to theirs, so yes, I think you could potentially be penalized for linking to sites that Google says is against their terms of service. The reason Google has created this possible penalty is that you are in complete control of what you link to from your site, but not sites that link to you. This is yet another example of how they’ve violated their own policy. I do not know how far they will push this new attack as it goes against everything they’ve ever promoted about search and SEO. They are now throwing out the baby with the bathwater and discrediting their company. Google constantly violates policies they imprison their users with because they have taken the stance of a malevolent dictator. They justify their hypocrisy knowing they have a monopoly on search and that it serves people well when they can return results that help them find what you are looking for efficiently. It’s clear they believe in the Machiavellian principle that the end justifies the means.
Google has become an illegal monopoly in market share and now with the obvious telltale of all, they are taking their domination in the marketplace and using their power to destroy competitor’s businesses. The only paid links they want you to buy are theirs and now they are deliberately destroying people’s livelihood that own blog networks by deindexing them and killing their search traffic for doing the same thing they do. They do it under the guise of advertising, but either way, they control the traffic and give it to whoever they want, and on the flip side, they take it away to boost their own profits. Just ask the owners of BuildMyRank.com, SEO Link Monster, SEO Nitro because Google destroyed their business by deindexing their sites. Their businesses were destroyed overnight. Google even demands that they confess their sins to Google in a letter exactly like the Catholic church does in confession before you can be forgiven by the Google God. Google is a jealous God that will spend billions to kill other competitors. Can you say Congressional hearings? Can you say multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit?
Google has exposed themselves to even more legal action by creating a system where you can obey the Google Bible Commandments to the letter, then have a competitor build links from one of Google’s forbidden sites and get them deindexed. So the innocent are screwed and Google’s stand is that it’s just necessary collateral damage for the greater good.
All the above is my opinion and I’ve never been a fan of paid blog networks for SEO. I have been aggressive in explaining the negatives of Google because they never stop trying to lord their monopoly over us all for control and profit. Google has become the central nervous system for a Big Brother Orwellian nightmare.
SEO has been around for more than a decade and as of this post, not one SEO Expert in the world encourages you to build back links to your sitemap. Let me be the first.
Sitemaps were developed to aid in the navigation of sites and to assure that Google and other search engines would index your whole site and even though sitemaps are widespread, SEO consultants overlook them for link building. Brad Fallon gave me my original foundation in SEO and there were a couple of things he said in his “Stomping the Search Engines” 8 hour audio course that I never forgot:
1. “Most SEO is snake oil”.
2. My SEO course gives you my latest knowledge of current best practices, but the Google algorithm changes constantly so I wish to equip listeners with the knowledge on how they can test and stay current with the changes to the algorithm.
I still remember Brad’s word in my head because I listened to his 8 hour course at least 60 times. I will read any SEO consultant’s latest blog post on SEO trends to stretch myself with new ideas, but I test all their so-called secrets in the trenches. I don’t get paid for a black box, I get paid for results.
Even though I’ve never read any advice to build backwards links to your sitemap, I do it all the time. I even build back links to my rss and atom feeds for my posts and comments. Why? Because Google indexes them.
I did a search before I pubished this post and SEOs say you’re an idiot to think building backlinks to your sitemap makes any sense other than to get your pages indexed. I’m proud to go against every SEO expert in the world, because I’ve tested this exotic link building practice and it works.
I also build links to pages which SEOs say not to, like your contact page and your disclosure pages and privacy policies. I find that deep links from any page if it has a link back to your home page is a good idea. If you are worried about losing page rank on your money pages, then use a technique that Leslie Rohde coined called Page Rank Sculpting, Page Rank Shaping or Link Sculpting where you add the no follow tag to links going to pages where you don’t want Page Rank leak.
By using Leslie Rohde’s dynamic linking of internal pages, you can get a big boost in ranking because Google counts on site links as well as off site links.
Link building to your site map or rss feeds does not give you dramatic page rank boosts, but all things being equal, it can give you an edge against a competitor’s site. One of the primary services I offer is Online Reputation Management where I push the negative links in a Google search off of the first several pages and replace it with content you or your company is comfortable with, and in doing so, I often need an edge over other sites, so little things like building links to sitemaps and rss feeds can make a critical difference.
There is a small percentage of SEO consultants that will recommend you list your feeds with anchor text in RSS directories, but you never hear them encouraging you to create regular anchor text links to your feed urls. Even if you don’t get a direct boost in the rankings by building direct links to your RSS feeds, you will get targeted traffic which indirectly gives you more incoming traffic and it builds page reputation. The Google algorithm now counts page traffic and bounce rate in their ranking. At the time of this post, I have no indication that it is a major factor, but I have evidence that it is at least a minor factor.
As a guy that builds thousands of links before I have had my first cup of morning coffee, exotic link building to these taboo pages is a standard practice for me. If you only have limited resources, then I’d stick to traditional SEO because you’ll get more bang for your buck. However, when you’re going head to head with the best of the best, then I’d do it for the edge it gives you. If you are worried about leaking Page Rank from your primary pages, then make sure you link to the forbidden pages with the no follow attribute. Then, when you link out from the dead zone pages to your money pages, do it with a do follow tag.
Today, I did a Google search for my name on page 2 of the SERP in position 7, my sitemap for GlenWoodfin.com is right there staring me in the face: https://www.glenwoodfin.com/sitemap.xml. If Google indexes the link, do you really think it doesn’t count for ranking? Quit following the so-called SEO experts…think for yourself (see photo below).
Sitemap SEO: Link Building to Your Sitemap
A couple of years ago, I was in the dark about RSS feeds, they were a bit of a mystery, so I read everything I could get my hands on about xml feeds. Many attribute magical qualities to RSS feeds. They talk about them like they are similar to Super Balls that ricochet all over the Internet like a virus, but what is the truth? Their primary function is twofold:
1. To notify the search engines that new content has been published and is ready for indexing
2. Those with RSS readers will receive the content automatically through a push system so they don’t have to return to your site to see if you’ve updated it with fresh content. If you have subscribed to a site’s feed, the content will automatically appear in your RSS aggregator. With spam filters on overdrive using email, this has been proven to be a more reliable methods of delivering content. Once you’ve subscribed to a feed, the content will be delivered with 100% success.
Where do feeds get their reputation to hold magical qualities? Their 3rd power is in syndication. I speculate that after feeds began to proliferate, creative webmasters and marketers saw that they could amplify their content distribution with RSS. Many auto bloggers and scrapers search for feeds 24/7 using keywords to grab content from feeds and publish your content on their sites on autopilot. Therefore, if you have back links in your content, one hopes to gain back links on autopilot and also get traffic from the funnel created. Does this technique work for an SEO boost? Yes, to an extent. There is no Google algorithm penalty for duplicate content on other people’s sites regardless of what all the phony SEO experts clam, but their value is diminished by Google detecting it and moving many of those links into the supplemental index. Those links absolutely will not hurt your site’s ranking but their link juice is mitigated. Up to the Panda Update in February of 2011, it was a proven method to get a boost in rankings. It still works to some extent, but it’s not nearly as powerful of a technique as it was pre-Panda. In fact, the creation of Google’s supplemental indexing of duplicate content much earlier clipped the wings of using feeds for link building a long time before Panda came along.
You will get more traffic through content syndication, which will give you a small boost in rankings. I’ve published press releases and have had literally thousands of other sites publish my content on their sites either word for word or as a truncated summary on their sites. Some of the web sites will carry your active hypertext links on their sites while many others will post your content because many strip out your links, leaving the only benefit of a boost in traffic if people see the content on someone else’s site then come over to your site if they find the content attractive. There is also the hope that others will come to your site and find other things to crow about and give you the credit through new back links. In order for this phenomenon to kick in, your content will need to be good, the syndication alone won’t assure that.
How do I know for a fact that the other SEO experts are wrong about this aspect of duplicate content? A local Volkswagen Audi dealership brought me in for a marketing consultation and they gave me some powerful ammunition to reel in new clients from beyond their local market by guaranteeing the lowest price in 3 states: South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. I put up identical blog content on about 50 sites while changing only a few small items: the keywords in the domain names, the title, description and keyword meta tags and the H1 tags. Everything else was cookie cutter exact duplicate content. Each of the sites soared to the top of the search engines in their respective locations as I created sites for every major city in all 3 states. The campaign worked well until the dealerships in those cities whined to the regional franchise managers. In fact, many of them were downright outraged that we were able to go head to head with them without having to have a brick and mortar facility in those remote cities. We offered the guaranteed lowest price plus free delivery to their door, or if they were willing to pick up the vehicle in person, we’d put them up in our city’s finest hotel and take them out to dinner for a romantic get-a-way. How could they lose? I am taking down all of those sites as I write this, but the campaign worked for the whole of 2011.
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