SEO Keyword Research

3 Things to Remember When Researching Keywords
1.) Make sure the keywords have enough search results
2.) Seems like a “no brainer,” but make sure keywords are all relevant to the company/site
3.) Determine the level of competition that is already in place for the keywords you are choosing.


Season Win Total Projections for Cubs, White Sox

According to, and the news release they just posted here, the season win total projects for the Chicago baseball teams are as follows:

Cubs: 73

White Sox: 80.5

This means, according to Vegas, the Cubs are projected to win around 73 games, and the White Sox 80/81, based on a 162 game MLB season. Taking the over on either side would mean you project the Cubs to win more than 73 games, and the White Sox more than 80 games.

Cubs’ Brett Jackson Named One of Five National Leaguers to Watch This Spring by Baseball Prospectus

Having spent one summer doing PR and sports reporting work for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League, I have a strange affection for those former college ball players that came through the Cape League system, and are now making their way to the Major League ranks (especially those in summer 2008).

I guess you could say that I root for these guys as if they might remember me from one of our brief, post-game interviews in the summer of 2008. Although he didn’t play for Bourne, current Chicago Cub, Brett Jackson, always caught my attention. A long, lean center-fielder from Cal-Berkeley, the kid could do a little bit of everything – hit for power, steal bases, and draw walks, etc.

Since I currently live in the backyard of Wrigley Field, I was excited to see how quickly Jackson was sprinting through the Minor Leagues. Soon, I hoped, he would be the starting center-fielder of the Cubs. Unfortunately, Brett struggled in Triple-A and alarmingly, his strikeout percentage climbed. It looked as though Brett would not even make the Cubs Opening Day 2013 roster, let alone be their starting center-fielder.

Though we may not learn much from players’ statistics in spring training, I was delighted to see Jackson named as one of “Five to Watch in Spring Training (NL)” on Baseball Prospectus this morning.

He was highlighted not for “being in the best shape of his life,” “being in the worst shape of his life,” or anything similar to those silly headlines that fill our twitter feeds during spring training, but rather for the fact that he has decided to work with Dale Sveum and Cubs’ hitting coach James Rowson to re-work his swing. If that revamped swing can increase Jackson’s contact rate and decrease his strikeout percentage, we just may, after all, see Jackson roaming among through the ivy and battling the sun in Wrigley this season.

I mean, one can hope, right? After all, hope springs eternal – the same hope that have kept Cubs fans believing, time after time, that “This is Our Year.”

Phillies Announce Ace Halladay Will Not Be Opening Day 2013 Starter

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced their ace, Roy Halladay, will not be their opening day starter in 2013. Which begs the question: Should the honors go to Cliff Lee? Or long-time Phillie, Cole Hamels?

I suppose that is an excellent problem to have, having three legitimate No. 1’s on a staff, and then having to choose who is actually No. 1.

Based on the projection numbers for the Phillies three outfielders, I have to imagine they will need No. 1-like performances from Halladay, Hamels and Lee, if they expect to contend in the National League East this season.

Below, from the Phillies Official Twitter Account, we see that not only is it not always sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s not even always sunny in Clearwater, Florida. Sunshine state? Not so much in February.

Phillies Spring Training, Phillies 2013

Ice in Clearwater, Florida at Phillies Spring Training

Yes, that is ICE you are seeing on the edge of the dugout.

Here We Have A Bucket O’ Balls …

…At Chicago Cubs early (just pitchers and catchers) spring training. Why sportswriters, like Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, feel the need to take pictures of inanimate objects, I’ll never quite understand. That being said, I’ll also never understand why I click on them. What I do know, however, is that the site of this fresh bucket o’ balls has me excited for baseball and the boys of summer.

Bucket O' Balls

Bucket O’ Balls

All sexual innuendos aside, isn’t a bucket of balls kinda exciting? So many fun activities can be conducted with a whole bucket o’ balls. The possibilities are almost endless.

Knock one out of the park? Who cares? Not you – you’ve got a whole bucket!

Too fat and lazy to go and grab that one obnoxious ball that went foul? JUST REACH INTO THE BUCKET AND BOOM, PROBLEM SOLVED.



perhaps I’ve had too much caffeine