Our Beautiful Miracle, Gracie Lee Ann Strader

On November 7, 2014, God’s greatest miracle was given to Sherri and I, our beautiful 8.5 pound baby girl, Gracie Lee Ann Strader. Words simply cannot express the joy that she has brought to our lives. I couldn’t be more proud of her and so glad God sent a little bit of heaven into our lives.

Merry Christmas from Gracie, Sherri and David!

How to Set Up Your Google Plus Custom URL & Be Cool Like Me

Woot! Recieved an email from Google just a few minutes ago asking if I’d like to customize my Google+ profile URL – well, of course I would Google! Here’s what it looks like:

My Custom Google+ URL

The question you have is…

“How do I get a custom G+ URL?”

Simple, you’ll need to have a profile photo uploaded, at least 10 followers and an account over 30 days old. Once this is complete, just wait for your turn and watch your email for an invite that looks simular to this:

Google+ Custom URL Email


Click on “Get URL”, make your desired selection and you’re done! You CAN request a differnet URL than the suggested one but Google does require you to submit your request, complete with a valid reason for the change and a 2-3 day wait before that’ll happen – I just went with the proposed version.

While I don’t use Google+ often, I’m pretty excited to finally have a custom Google+ URL.

The Gamer in Me Just Rejoiced: ASUS GTX 660 Just Fixed My PC Problem

The geeky, gamer side of me just rejoiced in the fact that I fixed an in-game problem I was having with my new PC. Let me explain…


The Problem:

I just started playing Guild Wars 2 and had an older system that was actually running it decently enough to play (around 25-30 FPS on average). My father and step-mother gave me a newer system they were using that had a faster CPU/Motherboard, double the memory, same video card and improved cooling yet the game was very choppy and nearly unplayable.

I was (and honestly still am) at a loss for words.

A few friends suggested I upgrade my CPU and motherboard since it is nearly 2 years old but my argument was always 1) this is double the PC my old one was and 2) the old PC ran Guild Wars 2 better 3) I have no clue why and this simply does not make sense.

My new build:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz
  • MSI 870A-G54
  • 120GB SSD
  • 500 GB Raptor
  • Galaxy 470 1280MB DDR5 (old video card)

Again, upgraded EVERYTHING outside of my video card.


My Solution:

In short, I went and picked up a new ASUS GeForce 660 video card, installed it and had instantly better frame rates, NO choppy visuals AT ALL (even in town) and amazing graphics all set on High. I’m currently getting 40+ FPS in battles, cities and 360 degree swings.

Several people at Fry’s Electronics recommended I first try upgrading the video card so I picked this monster up and they were right, I’m getting amazing graphics playing Guild Wars 2 using the same AMD 955 CPU but with an upgraded graphics card. It was the fix.

This is not to say that upgrading my CPU & motherboard wouldn’t get me even better graphics and FPS but to be honest, I’m completely satisfied and didn’t have to spend $250+ to fix the problem.


Say Goodbye to SEOmoz & Hello to Moz!

SEOmoz now MozSEOmoz has rebranded itself to Moz and announced some exciting new software “Moz Analytics” that is definitely peaking my interest.

Rand was very transparent on the reasons “why” they are retiring the old brand which all make a lot of sense to me: 1) “SEO”moz is no longer authentic & true to their core services (software) 2) “SEO” sadly has associations with spam or manipulation 3) they want to reach reach people outside of just SEO 4) SEOmoz name has strong branding connection to their historical consulting business which they stopped many years ago and lastly 5) the rebrand is a marketing move.

But none of that is important if the new software isn’t epic but the good news is that it looks amazing!

Moz Analytics Dashboard

Some of the key features include:

  • All-in-one dashboard to measure traffic growth, web mentions, authority, links, brand mentions and social metrics
  • Social metrics: View weekly growth across all social channels, track new followers, uncover what content invites the most retweets, replies and mentions on Twitter and Facebook (screenshots do not include G+) and lastly, quick view of your most engaging posts
  • Links: Appears to be a lot of the same data presented beautifully but the Link Opportunity piece does look promising which claims to show where you’ve been mentioned without a link so you can reach out to make a new connection (link)
  • Mentions: Monitor your brand, your competitors and your industry. Looks to be some cool tools for reputation management.
  • Lastly, Rand did mention that with the acquisition of GetListed and with the help of David Mihm, they have a squad of folks working on a product for local marketers. They hope to launch this by the end of 2013.

Take a gander at the tour they released and look out for a beta invite Pro users.