Smelly Guitars, Shady Deals & More

It’s time for some short random thoughts and amusing findings from the internet… 

What happened here?

My friend sent me an ebay listing for a new, but relic’d guitar. This is the one:

I know a tiny bit about Nash and they make good quality stuff if my memory serves me right, but holy shit man. Imagine this were a real 60’s guitar in this condition. Who the hell owned that thing? I picture Andre the Giant taking his shirt off post-match and playing Fleetwood Mac songs on this thing. It would have to be someone that large and sweaty. Even knowing this is not “real” wear and tear, I would probably soak this thing in alcohol before playing it. It looks like it would smell like a nascar race in August. read more

The David Bowie Memorial Playlist

I don’t have a pre-written memorial for Bowie. I don’t have any personal stories that would be interesting to anyone else. But one of the greatest musicians/songwriters/artists/performers of the last hundred years just died and the best thing I can think of is sharing a handful of the iconic moments from his career (in roughly chronological order).

We’ll all miss you.

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GE & Jay Complain About Innovation and Bad Gear Reviews

Everyone is away from the office so distraction levels are running high. Time for another email exchange that is waaaay too long.

Jay: I was thinking of what amazing things we can expect from all our favorite guitar companies in 2016. Here’s the list I’ve got so far.

Gibson: Selling the same guitars as 2015 but with all new model names
Ibanez: 3 new colors, 15% price increase
Dean: Slutty models holding guitars!
Fender: 25% price increase
G&L: Copying Fender while crapping on them, again
Washburn: Still a company!
Ernie Ball/Music Man: Sterling Ball will personally punch you in the nuts for buying a guitar read more

#FreeAdvice: Quick Wins in SEO?

Q: Is there anything I can do to get SEO results quickly? Fad diets, same day shipping and DVR have all fed into society’s obsession with instant gratification, quick fixes and immediate results. Search engine optimization is definitely not immune to that mindset, but the reality is consistent growth is the way to go. However, […]

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Reflecting on 2019 for Transistor

As a company in the marketing industry, I know we’re supposed to take this time to predict what trends will die or change games in 2020. But there’s already hundreds of millions of options for that elsewhere. So I’d rather take this time to get into the more human stuff of what the heck happened […]

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#FreeAdvice: How to Optimize for a Featured Snippet?

Google’s search engine results page (SERP) is always evolving. We’ve seen the introduction of advertisements, local results, the knowledge graph, and the coveted featured snippet. The featured snippet (also called a quick answer or answer box) is in position 0 above all other organic results. Not only is the featured snippet first on the page […]

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Before you hire someone to do SEO for your small business

This is a pretty common scenario: Small companies that either just open up shop or are just now taking things online will at some point think they need SEO help. From there they: Search for a how-to guide and get overwhelmed.  Email or call a few places and if they even get an answer, are […]

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#FreeAdvice November 2019: Entities for SEO

Q. I’ve been hearing about entities lately and have no idea what it means. Help! The thing about entities is they’ve been around forever. We just haven’t always done a good job associating them with search, or at least not using that name. The word came into the SEO sphere back in 2013 when the […]

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Then There Were Four

Transistor is Growing  We’ve added another face to the Transistor team! Meet Matt Buehler – Search Marketing Analyst.  Matt is an exciting addition to our team. He is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a degree in Marketing and a specialization in Digital Marketing. His previous internships have provided him […]

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#FreeAdvice October 2019: Tracking

Q. How do I keep track of changes that skew my Google Analytics numbers? A. We’ve all had these moments, you’re doing your monthly reporting (if you’re not doing monthly reporting, finish reading this, then drop everything else and start doing monthly reporting) and see something like this: Panic sets in. You thought things were […]

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