Amazon Cloud Drive – The Good and the room for improvement

Amazon Cloud Drive did not get a thumbs up review from me last year. Yet it had one redeeming quality and that was the unlimited music storage when you purchased the 20 gig plan at $20 a year.  Frankly that was enough for me to sign up . However I have more than a trig of personal files that I would like to back up.

After backing up most of my music there was little reason for me to deal with the Amazon Cloud Drive.

In late July, I forget it what it was that I was doing on Amazon with my iPad. But I got an advisement. This is the point where I click accept without actually reading what the heck I just signed up for. The option of improving the quality of some of my mp3’s was irresistible.

Before I continue on my second review of the Amazon Cloud Drive, it’s time for a disclaimer:

While I may not be able at this time to make a commission off of the Amazon Cloud Drive, every time I mention Amazon Cloud Drive there is a link.  In short you buy from one of those links I get paid a commission.  Which means I don’t hate affiliate programs, nor unlike the people I rail against will I tell you to buy a product simply to make a profit.  I actually use what I review.

Oh joy Benjamin is going to do a post on Amazon Cloud Drive, what does this have to do with hosting?

In short I bring up the Amazon Cloud Drive because I am going to recommend it.  As I think that it is now a viable back up option. With some bugs that I will discuss further in.  If you have hosting, I think it is vital to consider this or some other option for backing up your site. Seriously do not expect any pity from me because your host lost your data.  As I personally think anyone that leaves their backups to their host are asking for the worse case scenario.  Which is all/part of your data is lost to oblivion.

The most your host is liable for is a month of what you paid them.  Seriously read your terms of service, I have yet to find a host that does not have a limit on responsibility in the terms of service, most cases they take no liability for data lose.

So please if your data is valuable do yourself a favor and back up your data. This is one option and in a post next month I will outline some others which of course will have affiliate links. Also if you don’t believe me on the liability read your hosting provider’s terms of service.

Amazon Cloud Drive is now a reasonable back up option

The big problem with the Amazon Cloud Drive last year was the inability to import folders. I was told that I can create folders than import the items. That would have taken a long time, making the use of Amazon Cloud Drive ineffective. Seriously it would have taken me a month to recreate every folder.

That has changed the Amazon Cloud Drive now imports folders with a desktop application that has a window you drag and drop your files to. The other nice thing about it is that you can restart your computer and it will start out where it left off. You can also pause if needed. Which I have had to do as I have to upload other files to clients sites. Currently I am in the progress of uploading my pictures, should be done in another week.  At which point I upgrade to the next Amazon Cloud Drive plan.  I should be up to a trig by December (I am taking every prorated advantage I can get).

Other than Music there was not much reason to get a Amazon Cloud Drive account beyond the $20 a year plan.  Now it is no longer unlimited, but more details on my post tomorrow.   But for $5 more a year I get 50 gigs as opposed to 20 gigs at $20 a year.

Reasons to get the Amazon Cloud Drive

  • You get 5 gigabytes for free
  • Desktop Application that uploads (or downloads your files in the background).
  • Uploads files and folders
  • Right clicking on files and folders from your pc provides the option to upload.

What is missing from the Amazon Cloud Drive?

I think the biggest thing missing from the Amazon Cloud Drive is file synching.  After all some of my files get updated, or I add more files to folders.  I am pretty prolific at taking pictures, and probable worse so since I went from the iPad to iPad 3. This is something I would be more than willing to pay extra for especially when I start using this for bigger files.

  • File synching
  • Back up scheduling
  • Option to list some folders/files that go through multiple changes to have multiple backups if file synching was implemented.
  • The ability to access Amazon Cloud Drive files by Amazon Kindle Fire, iPad and other tablets. (yes I know that this can be done through the browser).
  • Space beyond 1 trig byte
  • Server to Amazon Cloud Drive back ups (which would be far faster than from PC to cloud drive).

The Amazon Cloud Drive is a good option especially if your sites back up is less than 5 gigs. – in re-review Part 3: You look for pros, hacks look for you claims to be a top expert. After all this is on their front page “Home to the latest and greatest Internet Marketing Strategies in North America”.

I am going to boldly say no, they don’t know as much as they claim. From the facts in my last post, I think it is safe to say knows less than me. If you need proof that I know more than they do just search for “”. Yet while knowing more than they do, I would not trust my skills to keep a roof over my head. I realize its harder to prove lack of qualifications, so this is the point where I ask you to take my word for it I am a SEO noob.

I would go so far as to say they create an illusion to match their own propaganda. This week I got to look at a pamphlet where they tell you 15 things to beware of with other SEO companies. I don’t have time to go through their full list to tell you how they can be graded.  But I can tell you they failed one point and that is “3. Vague & Immeasurable Services”.

Every award every testimonial lacks any tractable data. Clearly there should be domains to look at to see how they are doing. What I have seen and confirm belongs to a testimonial was what was left by a troll for, and the Alexa score was over 16 million. Nothing not even’s site can measure up to this site. Any reputable SEO company should have traffic stats that would make look pathetic.

Why is a Seo organization like being reviewed on a site that is about fake hosting review sites?

The key word here is spam. harvested my email in a way I had never encountered before.  They came through this site’s contact form, and the moment I replied to them, they considered me opted in. After they started spamming me, I contacted them and told them to remove me from their list or face a complaint to netfirms (which they are no longer with), and a post on this blog. I made it clear I had not opted in. I got a happy email from Zamir of where I was told I was removed………… And that I had opted in.

Ok so either I am lying or is lying…..

Here is the email sent me.

Janice Jacobsen via 
to me 

To: Webmaster

Janice Jacobsen

I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love
to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world,
I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates
are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I
start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your
site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you
have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way

Sent from (ip address):
Date/Time: July 21, 2010 8:33 am
Coming from (referer):
Using (user agent): Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US;
rv: Gecko/20100713 Firefox/3.6.7 GTB7.

How do I know it was

Because they were the only people I asked who they were. At this point I was a bit naïve and probable should not have replied to the email: But this had been my third month, and I had not had a lot of emails coming in at the time. I made sure to respond to everyone.  A few weeks after I replied I got this email from

Where said my comment was: “your website is?” Which was In July 2010 not August.  Out of 20 people that contacted me on my forum between July and August that was the only one I asked who their website was. Which can see there were other people that were contacted through a gmail account or account.

But this is another key in the puzzle because Zamir admitted in his email to me that was going through a third party to get emails. But I  think this was the point they were starting up. After all started their social media in September 2010. I had a few pieces of their spam come in before I finale had enough in April of last year and made the demands of removing my email.

Why would I be interested in’s services?

My own traffic score beats and all of what I do is organic. Not to mention I have friends with a proven track record when it comes to SEO, yeah they are not cheap though generally my weak skills seems to egg them on to help for free just because sometimes I frustrate them. But still even if the price is high and I get what I was expecting, why try some one that harvested my email? Besides I get a friend discount, and I would be sad if they picked someone else to do their graphic work.  So why try an unknown like

Then there is the spam I was sent by, something about my competition out doing me or something.  I have competition? Never mind this is not a highly profitable niche (I.e. exposing fake hosting review sites). Last month I made $123, which by no means covers the operational costs for this site. Seriously is a money pit, and this site is nearing in its 5th year. I have even had people offering to buy it off me (Well this is a keyword rich site). Obviously there is something more than money that motivates me to keep this site going.  The only posts that make money are the ones for items like the Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the iPad 3. Next week will be the last of my off topic product reviews, as I should have my personal site up so that will kill the profitability of this site.

Part of my proof that is not a professional company is how they find customers. got my email by going through my contact form waiting for an email from me to hit their in box. With other people was harvesting contact details through social media. Not just email accounts, but cell phone numbers and other details. I get contacting a company and soliciting your business. I have done that myself. But what I don’t do is throw the contact information into a mailing list, especially when the other side tells me they are not interested.

What started this latest string of posts on was someone had their email accessible to everyone for the purpose of bringing in new clients with places like LinkedIn. Like anyone that has a website like *domain removed upon owners request*, the idea of getting more traffic was appealing. He started get emails glorifying the company and than ones with warning of the dangers of the other companies:


But my friend here decided to not stay on the designated route and went off trail. He decided to see what search engines had to say. How do I know does not want possible customers to go elsewhere. Because one of the emails from my new friend that inspired me to do these posts. Like this one I posted from Zamir.  That last email from Zamir of to my friend who decided to see if could to repair the situation. I dare say it was desperate.

Google penguin reshuffled rankings recently , however you will see that site moved off fairly soon.

They are also being legally served as we speak.

We recently were rated #1 SEO Company

None of the negative comments are from any real clients.   As you can see our BBB rating is A.     The internet allows anyone to post anything unfortunately.   We get things moved off very fast, but when google makes a change things can pop back up temporarily.

Feel free to check our case studies and testimonials to see how effective we are.  We also have over 300 SEO firms who outsource all their work to us.


My thoughts on this last emai from Zamir of

  • Google Penguin was implemented April 24, 2012, not sure how that was recently
  • has had til this week had two results on the first page for the results on “” among others. Now its four results right under’s own site. Tomorrow it should five right under including this post.
  • As for being legally served, I have not told a single lie and I am at the top of their search engine results because I know more about SEO than they do.
  • As for, in short this is a company that is practically selling links on to their page rank 7 site. They assure me they are only in this for companies to post their press relations and nothing else. They did not issue an award. did, and now the link to that award does not work.
  • As for negative comments, most of those are coming from people that have been spammed and had their emails harvested via social media and like mine was from my contact form.
  • BBB record amazingly for a company that deals with thousands has a clean record. Anyone with thousands of customers is going to have a few complaints after all there is that old motto “You can’t please all the people all of the time”.
  • According to video by, has methods for dealing with those comments that anyone can post.
  • Exactly how long is it supposed to take for to remove, apparently fast is longer than 72 hours. Over 1.3 years has appeared under the search engine results for consistently since the day of the first post on
  • If 300 seo companies outsource to, why does Zamir have to handle spam and sales inquiries? After all has 450 – 500 SEO experts.

I am planning on this being the last post unless Zamir from wants to push the subject. – in re-review Part 2: Proof is in the details is one of those companies that rely on people to look no further than what they post.  Which is why claims:

Home to the latest and greatest Internet Marketing Strategies in North America, Mindshark Marketing gives you access to state-of-the-art service solutions. Hands down, Mindshark Marketing knows more about Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization than anyone else—it’s part of our DNA— and we live and breathe it each and every day with a passion. We are a confident, direct and engaging Service Company which delivers honest, independent Internet Marketing consulting and solutions for businesses of all size—with no hidden agenda. This is Integrity Selling— the Mindshark promise.

Or better yet when my friend saw behind the scenes what said next:

Feel free to check our case studies and testimonials to see how effective we are. 

The big problem with those testimonials is there are no websites. I think I figure out who two of them might be.

Don Lavigne Healthsoft Solutions

Alexa Score of 9,808,327


Haroon Mirza Director of Business Development Cognovision Inc

Alexa score of 3,058,355

They have really high Alexa scores that must be good right? Actually lower is good. Really low is even better. and Alexa

For those that do not understand what Alexa is, they keep track of websites and where they rank in traffic. Each site has a number with them.  That number indicated who has the most traffic, and that number is 1.  I think the highest I have seen is 18 – 20 million.  No data is assigned to those with no traffic at all. Practically buying a domain puts you it in the 18 – 20 million area range, perhaps because someone decided to look at the place holder.

But who is number 1, is it has rank 1

But let’s look at a few other sites. is 4 is 10 is 55 is 66 is 89 is 1,050 is 129,240 (Last night it was 130,691)

So what is’s Alexa score?

Yes is almost 5 times lower than

Last year when I did my post’s rank was  387,496 I forget what mine was and I did not post it, but I had stated’s was double mine. I think mine was at 180,000 defiantly my score has improved since then. By February 12, 2012 their score was at  809,927.

But there are more sites to look at, like those people saying such good things about  in the comments for Their score is 16,014,054, it was 4,201,186 in February of this year (back then I stated they should ask for their money back).  But this was the only site to posted out of the 6 people claiming to be happy customers of Two of those commenters had ips in a very close range. What they did not seem to realize is’s trolling was only aiding this site’s position on the term “” by adding comments and reasons for me and others to add more content.

All this trolling from has me asking how old are they really?

For me they can’t be any older than their domain. After all what kind of online service company was online before their domain, unless of course they were on another domain.  No one has offered me another domain operated under.

As you can see was not even a year old when I did my first post. But these are the claims: troll 1We have been using Mindshark SEO and blogging services for 2 years now with quite a bit of success. troll 2 We have also used their services for several years. troll 3 We have been using Mindshark for 3 years, not 2 so i can definately confirm that they have been around for several years.

But here is a fact of when registed the following:

  • Twiter September 23, 2010
  • Facebook September 9, 2010
  • YouTube Dec 16, 2010
  • BBB September 23, 2010
  • Registered Domain February 2, 2010

As I mentioned before the Better Business Bureau does not check start dates or ask for any paper work to confirm it. They ask for it over the phone. For a SEO company I think it is safe to say that officially started in September 2010 based on the registration  of Social Media.

So what killed the trolling?

To be honest I am a really losing focus on all of the numbers so I am going to use what a friend of mine posted In short one of those SEO expert friends of mine did not take kindly to the insults I got so they decided to pick apart piece by piece. I redacted 30% of it. Ultimately what she said ended all further trolling by

Linda’s comment February 12, 2012 on

Based on what you said, your own knowledge of SEO is so bad that you don’t realize that every time you comment on someone’s blog (whether it’s this one or anybody else’s) and the only thing you’re doing is giving that blog a boost in the SERPS. Google LOVES multiple, relevant, legitimate comments.

Say whatever you want, but you can’t ignore public facts.

1) has a piss-poor Alexa score. 809,927 Global rank. That means that 809,926 sites rank better than

2) Low-quality backlinks (only 1 .edu backlink) and no .gov backlinks. LOL

3) Referring domains/backlinks: has 3,706 referring domains, but only one-third of these backklinks (1,273) are on unique domains…. and of those domains, only 654 of these are unique IPs.


4) has a PageRank of 3 — again, a total joke for a self-proclaimed SEO firm like If you want PR3, all it takes is a few PR5 links and a couple PR7 links combined with good quality content. If you’re hiring a SEO firm and that firm/site has less than PR5, RUN — don’t walk — away from that SEO company.

5) has only 224 indexed pages in Google — again, a total joke for a self-proclaimed SEO “professional”.

6)’s Domain Authority? 57. — again a joke. I have automated blogs with PR5 and 20K indexed pages which do better than, SEO-wise.

7) Total organic keywords for 11 — again a joke. Here’s the proof:

8) When I Google “”, this site ( comes up on the same page. Whether I am logged into Google or not. WHY would anyone want to hire if they can’t even populate the first page of the search results with non-negative results? Even the most mediocre SEO firms are capable of this.

9) Worse of all: has a history of using comment spam. Doubt me? Go through their backlinks. Comment spamming is the absolute WORST SEO offense. It’s amateurish. It’s stupid. It’s harmful to your website…. Yet is comment spamming other blogs. What a joke.

If is capable of doing what they claim they can do, then why haven’t they done it for themselves? One would think that a site that claims to have “4000+ Clients” and hundreds of resellers could do a lot better… A LOT better.

Bottomline: is an apparent fraud based solely on current PUBLIC facts and evidence. If you think otherwise and/or you are a client of, either you’ve been sold a bill of goods by — or you work for and you’re trying to perform some ill-directed damage control.

So what about the BBB and that Award that Zamir of Mindshark posted?

As I stated before all the awards have no domain behind them, I think I found 2, and then there is the single one shared on this blog. All of them have an Alexa score in the millions. Which can be obtain without any SEO expertise at all.

This site has demonstrated how a many review sites are just a front for affiliates. But I can’t begin to figure out how won an award.  Because based off everything I have posted this is a company to avoid.

As for the BBB, at best I can figure is that customers may not know what to look for. But even without complaints the BBB is not the number one source for figuring out if a company is good or bad. For that matter their site is really decades behind where they should be. Plus they have an interest in collecting memberships. Plus there is crap like this: However claims of a large customer base, while having zero complaints is a warning sign up its own. I have yet to meet any company with a large costumer base that has yet to run into someone that just can not be pleased.

However has 5 complaints at

Next post will cover’s harvesting and spamming. – in re-review Part 1: Did 450 SEO experts hide my thoughts? finds its way on because of someone whose email had been harvested by More about and their email harvesting in an upcoming post. I think yesterday this blog experienced one of its finer moments , a moment that I am very proud of and that was the point where someone did not take’s or my word (really I mean me to) in regards to what the truth was and actually kicked the tires. By kick the tires I mean check the search engine results for “”, to see if I was able to outdo them in a game of SEO. After all they are an SEO company, and I am someone that literally was poke with a stick to know what I know about seo (true story).  So if anyone that should have control of their site’s search engine stats it would be a SEO company right? is also a reputation management company with 450 SEO experts, so I will not show up on the first 10 page or even 100 pages of search engine results for just the term “” right?

Here is the First Post:

Here is the Second Post:

And what most might not know is I was supposed to do a third.

 It has been a year and four months since I wrote my two posts on, I should not be anywhere to be found on Bing, Google, and Yahoo right?


On Bing, is on the first page 2nd and 3rd result right under’s own site.

On Google, is on the first page 2nd and 3rd result right under’s own site.

On Yahoo is on the first page as the 8th and 9th result when searching for

Honestly its been a while since I checked to see where I was on Google with though over the last year it has always been the same spot, and until last night I had no idea where I was with Bing and Yahoo.

You might also notice is on the first page for Bing and Google results as well.

Why does it matter where is on’s search engine results?

If I can’t make it clear enough, I am no SEO expert. Seriously I am bumbling my way through the internet any one that was serious about this sites traffic would have had it well beyond the Alexa score it sits at today:


Seriously part of that whole ADD problem I suffer is I have trouble concentrating.  Most of that SEO knowledge I have was a result of being bullied by friends.  Never mind a friend still comes in and puts in most of the keywords missing in my blog.  I even gets emails from other friends in the industry after I do a posts where I am asked “why oh why did you pick that as the title, its not seo friendly”.

Not to mention while I compose this post it is raining outside, and it is hard for me to stay inside and finish this as rainy days are rare in the Sonoran Desert.  I do enjoy being outside in the rain. But we were not talking about the weather here right? Not to mention is there a new episode of Futurama on tonight?  Oh and I get to find out what happened to Perry on Phineas & Ferb this Friday ……… No really I forgot what we were talking about. Oh yes we were talking about, and someone kicked the tires (they checked what Google said about

But I think the bigger deal is, if I can get on the top page of’s search engine results, anyone can.

This is what the confident from yesterday had to say to

After reading the conversation you had with Benjamin and all the reviews I’ve read about your company, I’ve changed my mind about hiring you. Internet Reputation is one of your specialties, so why is it you can’t do it for yourselves???

Its  a good thing I don’t do what I normally do when reading email. Which is leaning back while balancing on one wheel. Its no wonder I go through a lot of office chairs. But I am sure what I would read next would have had me fall out of my chair.’s response

Google penguin reshuffled rankings recently , however you will see that site moved off fairly soon.

They are also being legally served as we speak.

We recently were rated #1 SEO Company

None of the negative comments are from any real clients.   As you can see our BBB rating is A.     The internet allows anyone to post anything unfortunately.   We get things moved off very fast, but when google makes a change things can pop back up temporarily.

Feel free to check our case studies and testimonials to see how effective we are.  We also have over 300 SEO firms who outsource all their work to us.


First off can’t just have a Google sea lion chase off the Google Penguin? Or perhaps throw Google Penguin a Google Krill?  What the heck is a Google Penguin?

Ok perhaps I don’t get the whole gist of this (because it seems a little boring), but it seems it is for getting rid of crap in search engines. But I can assure, this site has always been in the same spot for search engine results for Google, after all Yahoo and Bing back me up here. I know this because every time a troll posted on my blog (person either claiming to be a satisfied customer  that gives me a domain with an seo score as bad as freshly bought domain or not willing to provide one) I checked in some cases posted the Alexa score. On those trolls, that is the next post. is legally serving me or Google?

If it’s me, perhaps can contact that anonymous person and they can unite against me?

Than I can pretend to be like one of those super heroes with a league of super villains.  Ok I kid, which brings me back to this whole point, has 450 SEO experts. This should be something that could use in their testimonial “we were able to handle a guy who gets distracted by rocks, imagine what we could do for you”. But if I am going to be served what about

But as for the internet allowing anyone to post anything, I know this great site and they helped a girl who had nude photos of herself that were posted online and she wanted to hide them, and that company told her she could go online and sound like an expert to get rid of the ……. Oh wait that was

As for the BBB, that will be in Part 2 as well as the reviews, which I would like to point out don’t have any sites attached on the ones speaking kudos for I also plan to cover’s seo from last year to this year. As for PRweb and all this stuff mailed my friend, that will be Part 3 unless of course I get distracted.

As always is welcome to post their own thoughts.