Monday, February 28, 2011

Tricked out Traeger Pellet Grill

Arthur H. is the perfect choice to be the first winner in the Show Us Your Grate Moments in Grilling Contest.   His thread had me salivating and really showed how GrillGrates had enabled him to get to 650F at the grill surface.  From a pellet grill!  The steak photos were fabulous and had me calling our first winner!  Art, aka Savannahsmoker choose a Streaming Grill Brush from Grate Chef as his prize and has since sent some fantastic pictures.

I was ashamed when I saw his Valentines meal setting.  He's been married a little longer than me.   Click here to see the full album of how Art tricked out his Traeger and his Valentine photos.  Art loves his Traeger, photography, good food, and his wife.  What a formula!

Many more winners to come!  Show us Your Grate Moments in Grilling and Win!

Thanks Art!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

BLOG Interuption: Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal

Letter to the editor, Wall Street Journal Feb 27

GOOGLE Algorithms Won’t Stop the Gaming of the System only People Can

Google Revamps to Fight Cheaters (WSJ 2/26/11) gave me hope, but when I read that all Google is doing is modifying their Algorithms I realized that they don’t really want to clean up search. Taking the low road is more profitable.  Trying to stop the gaming of the system by real companies like JC Penny and is not even the core issue.  It’s the bogus shopping sites and content mills that steal original content and hawk products via the accomplices at Amazon.  Google and Amazon have enabled this gaming of the system and profited magnificently from it.  Companies bid up search words, SEO becomes a huge industry and Amazon cleans up by providing commissions to pirates.

If Google truly wants to clean up their search and make page 1 relevant again here’s how to do it in 90 days:
  1. Staff a group of entry-level interns into a department to root out and black list content and information piracy.
  2. Create a system for legitimate companies to submit to Google content pirates and sites that create neighboring urls to divert traffic. It will take a new hire 5 minutes to know that is ripping off my company  Weber (the king of grills) would have a list 2 pages deep of leaches drafting on their brand! 
  3. Contact the offending firms and the reporting firm of your decision and allow rebuttal. 

An algorithm can’t do that and I doubt Google will either.  Fortunately the market is sending loud signals to Google themselves to stop gaming the system by enabling and rewarding pirates to steal content, divert traffic, and reap commissions from affiliate sites such as Amazon.  I’ve always viewed Google as a high road company, but now that my livelihood depends on ‘being found’ on the Internet my perspective is a lot different. It truly is Somalia in cyberspace and the pirates are everywhere, and they could be banished in a few clicks. 

We now return to Great Grilling with GrillGrates!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Grate Moments in Grilling Contest!

Who better to show and tell why GrillGrates grill food better than YOU The GrillGrate customer!   We want to include your best moments at your grill in new videos we're creating featuring sizzling footage right down the food chain of grilling: Hamburgers, Steaks, Chicken, Brats and Dogs, Fish & Game and more.  Show and tell us why GrillGrates grill food better . Attach pictures, recipes, grate stories and video clips. 

Grate Prizes for Sizzling Footage and Photos!
We're giving away some grate prizes for all photos and footage that makes our videos!
Show us YOUR Grate Moments in Grilling!   We're especially interested in short video clips (less than 30 seconds).
Stay up to date and see the entries on the GrillGrate Facebook Page

First up is grilling perfect hamburgers.  Help us finish this video with your sizzling footage and photos of grilling grate hamburgers.