Last night the HOG Twitter account recorded its 3,000th follower!
Promptly after announcing that on Twitter, some joker unfollowed and put it back to 2,999. That’s my kind of humor for sure.
If you haven’t already, give the Hooked On Golf Blog Twitter a follow:
Give my personal Twitter a follow as well. That one is up over 4,200 followers:
The wife has fallen in love and become obsessed with a new house. Quite frankly, on a blogger’s budget the only new house we could realistically look at right now would be a toy house for the 2-year old. She wants the house so bad she has actually APPROVED the $20 entry free to enter the Draft Kings Million Dollar Masters fantasy golf tournament. I know a little about golf, so what the hell. Here goes $20.
I set up an affiliate account with Draft Kings. If you want to try and win the million, click the image or link above and sign up. That way if I don’t win the million, I’ll make four cents commission and be closer to my retirement in 138,083 years.
First Tee- Pebble Beach
I’m getting so many contribution offers here it is mind blowing. On a daily basis I receive 5-10 “offers” from “writers” who have “been reading my blog for years” who want to contribute fantastic content my readers are going to love! There are so many generous people out there! I’m so humbled and thankful. I’m sure the only reason they want to write for HOG is because it is such a well respected golf site, full of great and useful content. I’m sure their only motivation is “exposure” and “contributing.” So exciting! I’m absolutely positive that great content will happen to have an outgoing link or two, you know, in exchange for the great article! Yay! No problem.
Yeah, how dumb do you think I am?
Most of these writers have amazingly and coincidentally penned 100% perfect search engine optimized content, keyword rich in the subject of their expertise. That subject isn’t necessarily golf. It could be cosmetics, online gambling, mortgages, erectile dysfunction.
Obviously Google’s latest algorithms are setup to favor links which come from site articles, rather than advertisements or banners. As a result, I get a flood of “offers” of this great, SEO bait.
Typically I respond with a nice one or two sentence note, “thanks for the kind offer, but I do all my own writing. Good luck.” But it is getting so out of hand that I’ve decided to write this post and send all the would-be HOG contributors here to read it.
How about you buy me a round of golf at Pebble Beach in exchange for this article? Here’s the skinny…
I’ve decided that I can be bought. If you want to place one of these articles let’s first call it what it is, a PAID advertisement or advertorial. If any of these “generous” writers are willing to pony up what it will cost me to play a round of golf at Pebble Beach ($500), I’ll happily post their piece, and even let them put that outgoing link in with a “do-follow.” If you don’t know what a do-follow is, no matter. The link will be valid for one year and after that the article will be deleted, or can be renewed for another round at Pebble!
If you are one of the few real writers, simply looking for a real outlet to publish your work and you don’t have the cash to buy me a round at Pebble:
“Thanks for the kind offer, but I do all my own writing. Good luck.”
Here’s a first look at a new $189 (retail) $173 (street) golf laser rangefinder by the company ScoreBand. I reviewed a ScoreBand product a couple of years ago, a small wrist watch style golf score keeper. Yesterday I did my first round of testing the new ScoreBand PULSE Compact Golf Laser Rangefinder and I was quite impressed.
ScoreBand Laser Rangefinder – click to buy
Though it was only my first round with the unit, I found it to be nice and compact and easy to use. The yardages locked in quickly and were consistent, unlike other lasers I’ve tested. A friend in my group was using a Leupold laser rangefinder and the yardages from the Pulse were always within one yard of that unit, which cost him $499.
I’m still testing but so far I dig this unit. Stay tuned for my full review soon.
I can’t wait to see how the new 3Bays GSA (Golf Swing Analyzer) Pro handles my dual chicken wing granny over the top epileptic seizure massive weight shift outside in but clubface square mega steep golfer’s elbow causing golf swing. The GSA Pro is a device that attaches to the end of the golf grip and through bluetooth sends swing information to a smartphone or tablet. That information is then used to show swing data which is useful for the golfer.
3Bays GSA Pro Golf Swing Analyzer
Below is a pic from 3Bays showing some of the data as it is displayed in the app:
It is awesome to see where technology has gone with regards to things like this. 10 years ago a swing analyzer might have cost $30,000. Now a better system is under $199!
I’ll be starting up my review process soon. Stay tuned for the full article.