“I knew I’d arrived when I saw people dressing up on Halloween as my character.” ~Jane Badler
Saturday my family and I went to a Halloween party/dinner. However, at 1pm we were still having troubles trying to decide what to go as. A few web searches showed that there are some ambitious and creative people out there when it comes to Halloween costumes.
This got me thinking, and I started typing in Internet marketing costumes ideas. I was surprised (and probably shouldn’t have been) to see that marketing geeks truly show their love for their industry come Halloween. Below are the top family friendly costumes I found that will bring out the web geeky kid in all of us.
Have a great Halloween! ~Paul W
P.S. Lindsey and I ended up going as a Priest and Devil. I hope with a year advance notice I may be able to talk my wife into one of these costumes Ü.
Bing (the best picture I could find)
Matt Cutts (or the negative space of Matt)
Black Hat SEO
White Hat SEO
Larry the Twitter Bird
Twitter Fail Whale
The Panda Update
Here are 10 more ideas that I couldn’t find images for but would make great costumes.
Bing – I know I have MicroHoo as the Bing picture above, but I was genuinely surprised to see the lack of costumes for bing. I am guessing we will see more next year.
Robots.txt – I am not sure how you can make this look different from a regular robot costume, but maybe someone can turn a filing cabinet into a robot and say it is a Robot text “file.”
Internet Explorer – Personally, I am not surprised that I couldn’t find any images for Internet Exploder.
WordPress – Being a huge fan boy for wordpress I can see my self being this next year.
Safari Browser – For those Mac lovers out there, pull yourself away from the iPhone costumes and use that Mac creativity to display a Safari browser costume.
Squidoo – A gaint squid!
Google Sandbox – I can see this being a really easy costume. Get a large kitty litter box, cut a hole in it big enough to get around you and fill up with sand. Finally, print off the Google logo and put it into the sandbox.
Roger MozBot – Someone NEEDS to do this costume!
301 Redirect – Another easy costume. Just get a traffic sign and paint 301 redirect on it with a U-turn symbol.
Unique C Blocks – Not really sure how to do this one but the true geeks of us would really appreciate it.
Blah, blah, blah, everyone is doing it. The web is littered with unoriginality. Find what makes you unique and stay with it. Vow to be unique. Example:3 Doors Down—A True SEO Music Video Ü
2. Blog imperfectly
Give yourself a time limit when writing a post and then publish it when you hit the deadline. Published imperfection is progress. Unpublished perfection is worthless. Vow to have flaws. Example: My Imperfect Plan
3. Blog the future
Anyone can tear apart the past. Look into the future and take a chance on what might not be. Not only does it help you look for possible opportunities, but it also gives your blog unique perspective. Vow to guess the future. Example: The Day Search Engines Died!
1. Be unique 2. Give more than you take 3. Do one task at a time 4. Find and resolve problems 4. Access others' knowledge 5. Listen to feedback 6. Learn to be inquisitive 7. Test, test, test 7. Distinguish sense from nonsense 8. Grow from mistakes 9. Accept change as inevitable 10. Befriend your competition 11. Study different industries 12. Learn to build not game 13. Understand the motivation of emotion 14. Work for yourself 15. Build loyalty 16. Don't fear failure 17. Study the past, critique the future 18. Ignite users' curiosity 19. Allow creativity to flourish 20. Never give up
Top Search Marketing Mistakes
* Mistaking CTR for Conversion * Not using negative keywords * Unoptimized landing pages * Using all default settings * Ignoring tracking results * Not using Geo-Targeting * Not using Day Parting * Not proofreading your ads * Only using Broad Match * Giving up too soon
* Unoptimized title tags * Poor content * Slow site speed * Ignoring social media * Forgetting about conversion * Not staying current on SEO changes * Using splash pages * Overuse of Ajax * An unbalanced backlink profile * Ignoring site structure