Travel through time with a mouse click

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Ain't nothing but a G-thang

G thangWhen I market my business I am way more into the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) factor of online marketing. I love Search Engine Optimization. I know that Google runs the world and we all go to the G when we are searching for... well... anything. You want to know what the hell Brexit was... Google it. You want to know who won the World Series in 1973... Google it. You want to jump on and try the next roasted chili pepper and lemon juice enema cleanse (you sicko)... that's right... Google it baby. You can find anything you want on Google, which has left us with one sad reality... we have all lost the ability to speak out of our asses. Google is the ultimate BS analyzer. 10 years ago, before the dawn of smart phones and Google at your fingertips, you could go to a party and pretend you knew something. You could spout off sports facts, or stock market tips or whatever and no one could really go against you. They might sense you are a little off, but they had no immediate proof unless they were a fountain of knowledge themselves. Now, in 2016, bam... you whip out that iPhone (#neverAndroid), punch in your search criteria in Google (because you downloaded the Google App to spite Steve Jobs and Tim Cook) and Google check any facts flowing from the mouths of anyone around you. It is knowledge at it's best. You are all now oracles.


Quantum Leap through the world with Google

Quantum Leap

Yes, you too can be like Scott Bakula!!!! Google is the hive mind of the Universe. Google literally gives you the ability to travel through time. Yes... LITERALLY. OK ... stay with me now and I promise my crazy time travel statement isn't completely nuts, it is founded in geniusness (and yes, that is not a word but this is a blog, not a Wikipedia entry and it's my blog and its more interesting to speak like I am in run on sentences with loose to weak punctuation). Now, I ask you ... do you remember Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure? (again stay with me). If you do not remember Bill & Ted's excellent Adventure than I will cry a tear of sadness for you because despite it's complete buffoonery, it is epically awesome. At least it was through my 10 year old eyes when it came out. Basically the premise was that these two dropout loser stoners got a time machine (an old phone booth) that let them go through time, gather a bunch of historical figures, present them in the present day during a history report, and then they save the world. I bet you can't believe it won the best picture Oscar in 1989 can you? (Come on... Google that answer... I bet you're dying to do it like I just said that at a party and you want to prove me wrong... come on... I'll do it for you... Here you go). 


Yes, I am sarcastic, it was Rainman. For those of you that I have not lost yet, this is why and how you can travel through time with Google. You see in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure there was a scene where they realized that they could manipulate their current present day by simply planning on going back in time and leaving things for themselves that would help them out. They went back in time, left objects for themselves, so when the present day happened for them in their current state of consciousness they had exactly what they needed in order to seize the moment and achieve what they needed to achieve. As your mind explodes with the sudden rush of immense stupidity let's bring it back real quick and move forward. Yes, this premise is ridiculous, but it is very amusing and entertaining. It might shock you to believe this was not a documentary, it was a comedy and meant to be ridiculous and funny as to entertain the masses much like a 1989 Jester of the court. Even more mind boggling is you too can now unravel your present day very much in the same was as Bill and Ted did with their phone booth. To see the exact clip I speak of from this epic cinematic masterpiece that is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure please watch below and relish in this beautiful moment you have witnessed.



Google is your time traveling phone booth

bill and ted

Flash to the future or present day in 2016. You, without the power of a time traveling phone booth, can literally travel through time and have what you need at your finger tips just by thinking it exactly like Bill & Ted did. THIS IS A FACT!!! I will prove it... Right now my DCP-L25400W Brother Laser Printer is running out of toner. I would like to post something out to the world about how to bypass the toner sensor since we all know it is rigged. I am going to post this question on forums in order to get the answers from all these other people in the world just so I can figure this out. Maybe I need a week or a month, but eventually I will possess this knowledge and fight the man. Now, if I had the time traveling phone booth I could go back a month, post it, and then now in my present day I would have the knowledge that I am seeking. Yet, the world is such a big place, that someone already has done this for me and all I need to do is Google it... and you can find your answer here, and also here, and also here. Hence, Google is your time machine, it is your time traveling phone booth. The G is all powerful. Hail Google!


Social Media Connects us all

social media puzzle

Maybe you agree with my analogy or maybe you don't, but the power of the Google search engine is something we all have experienced and want to harness badly. That is the power of SEO, it allows you to harness Google's awesomeness. Now, since the explosion of social media it has become incredibly important. Social Media is the most important thing that has happened to marketing since the creation of the internet itself and the creation of Google. With a simple "#" or hashtag you can connect with so many people through the interwoven hashtag fabric and topics across the globe. 


Unfortunately, I am somewhat handicapped when it comes to social media. I am now 37, and I am starting to feel like that old person who told me to "turn that racket down" or couldn't grasp the concept of a VCR. I grew up in the age when search engines sucked (Alta Vista, Lycos, who cares...). Then in college a fraternity brother of mine showed me Google and it was changed everything. You typed in what you wanted to find and you actually found it. I was shocked. I couldn't believe someone had created it. So I grew up still with that concept. By the time Apple and Steve Jobs launched the App store, which defined social media as we know it today, I was getting ready to turn 30 and I instantly blew it off thinking it would be the next MySpace. To my dismay Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc... became the biggest platforms outside of Google on this planet. So now, here I am, 37 and with a feeble knowledge of Social Media wishing I could just hire a millennial to manage it for me and make me cool. Please make me cool.


My Social Media Success Story

Alas, even though my social media presence is weak, and I kinda feel like Dr. Evil trying to be hip... 




I have actually had some success (golf clap please). You see, I started my Twitter account just a little bit ago (yeah that's right, help a brother out and click and follow), and I put a few Tweets out about my products and loan programs and everything. I loaded it up with hashtags like #privatemoney and #hardmoney and all kinds of cool things. I had the usual delusions of grandeur like there was a horde of salivating home buyers out there all needing my services aimlessly clicking on #privatemoney just waiting for my services to enlighten their lives and burden their over-bloated budgets. So I tapped the little birdy on my screen and sent it off into the information super highway of our existence. I listened for the notifications to go off, but alas, all I heard was the deafening sorrow of silence. Until, one hit. I was followed by an investor. Crazy huh? I clicked on the investor, I found his information, and now this one single solitary group is one of the groups I use to supply clients with Private Money. Kind a cool right? So it works. Social Media works. I sent out a Tweet, got a follow, and now I have an avenue I never had before. All I had to do was do it.


The conclusion I have taken away from all of this is that you need to build roads. Whether the roads are blog posts on Active Rain, or private blogs you own, you need to build the roads. Maybe the roads are articles or SEO optimized tier 2 links trying to bolster your tier 1 links. The roads can even be social media postings with lots of #hashtags. You can put Las Vegas in the middle of the desert, but if you don't build roads to it no one is going to find it and no one is going to go there. You might have the "Las Vegas" of websites, but if you don't build the roads all you got is desert and a big ass electric bill. Build all kinds of roads. Promote everything you do. Blast it out there and keep on building. Utilzie social media even if you are as clueless as I am with it. It's gonna be worth it in the long run!


About the Author:

Steve Snyder continues to provide private money and jv opportunities for countless property buyers and sellers in excess of 12 years now. Steve Snyder runs the company and provides excellent services for the people around him.


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Comments (22)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Amazing the places we can travel to when we jump on the Google train. 

Thanks Steve!

Jul 10, 2016 03:37 PM
Steve Snyder - Los Angeles, CA
310-948-8585 |100% LTV | Stated | Private Money

Bob Crane ... anytime Bob.

Jul 10, 2016 03:43 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Dude, most triumphant post with righteous video clips.  Not a bogus part about it!


One of my favorite movies of all time and one I regularly quote here.

Personally I've always been of the mindset that we travel through time every day, just in one direction.  The real trick is to control the direction.



Hey Steve, don't forget to wind your watch!   (talk about something kids of today have no clue about)

Jul 11, 2016 04:37 AM
Steve Snyder

Glad you liekd it man. Thanks for the love. That movie is hillarious.


Winding watches ... we're getting old man. haha

Jul 11, 2016 05:00 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

This is a very solid post. 

Yet, I'd say G is like a large big dumpster that is storing everything seems forever.

Jul 11, 2016 06:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Steve Snyder ,

Love this post!! Love the video clips but more importantly the message you re getting out there! Get on the train and utilize social media even if you don't get it or you'll be left on the train platform wondering how you missed it!!

Jul 11, 2016 09:48 PM
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Congrats Steve Snyder on your success story,  I love the videos.  I also feel like I am trying to be hip with my social media presence. 

Jul 12, 2016 01:40 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Steve, whatever you do, don't hire out... I hope you are one of those "newbies" who will stick with ActiveRain.  It might not bring the instant results you want, but with reading and learning here over time I promise a payoff of the phone ringing.  And I love your style of writing.  I'm a smiggin older than you, well... okay I was already a parent when you were 10 and watching that movie, so maybe a smiggin is an understatment.  Enjoyed your post and will be following for future great stuff you write.  

PS- my husband and I recently watched that movie again.  Still funny.

Jul 14, 2016 01:37 AM
Steve Snyder

I gotta watch that movie again ... it's been too long.

Jul 14, 2016 01:38 AM
Mike Bjork
Evolve Bank & Trust - Redondo Beach, CA

Great analogy.  Definitely, once you build it, then it will come over time.  Just like anything, it's best to have a plan to building it.  Good luck!


Jul 14, 2016 02:01 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

At 37, you are way too young to consider yourself too old to grasp social media.  I'm no expert, but if I can, you can.

Jul 14, 2016 02:06 AM
Steve Snyder

You're right, but it's funny to make fun of oneself I feel.

Jul 15, 2016 02:35 AM
Scott Thompson
Columbia Mortgage Plus - Blue Springs, MO
Commerical Finance - Blue Springs, MO

Jesus Christ can you put paragraphs in the next one?

Jul 14, 2016 03:23 AM
Steve Snyder

What? There are plenty of paragraphs. 

Jul 15, 2016 02:49 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The laser toner is a gimmick.  When it says empty soon I opened the top with a hot iron melted into top it is 75% full. Way past it says it needs replacement it is 1/2 full.  People sell you an ic chip to act as it was a new cartridge.

HP made millions if not billions of dollars of printer and raised the toner and ink jet cartridges.  I wish HP will make something that will last as original owners. HP35 is a powerful calculator beats other appls.


Jul 14, 2016 05:31 AM
Steve Snyder

It seems criminal ya know?

Jul 15, 2016 02:49 AM
Thomas McCombs

I have been susecting that. How did you get the cartridge to keep on working?

Jul 20, 2016 10:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Steve- I'm still trying to grasp the notion that you are 37 and feel old!  I love this post and am a Google lover.  Your analogy using Las Vegas and the roads that are needed to get there is perfect!!!!   Well done.

Jul 14, 2016 09:48 AM
Steve Snyder

Oh I don't think I'm old. I am 37 and look 25 ... I just like to play when i write

Jul 15, 2016 02:50 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Dude!!! Google is the Bomb!!  That was one of the best posts I have seen in a while. I have kids who I watched Bill & Ted with! Excellent!

Jul 14, 2016 12:02 PM
Steve Snyder

Glad you liked it! Thanks, Dana.

Jul 15, 2016 02:50 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Well Steve, I have more than a few years on you, and know I'll never be cool. That said, I love being able to say to my Droid, "OK Google...tell me " and getting an answer that makes sense.

Jul 14, 2016 01:20 PM
Rochelle Kretchmar
GenEquity Mortgage - Lewisville, TX
Simply Irresistible Staging

I really enjoyed this.  You are right we have all the tools we need to access what we need for the future.

My suggestion use Google to help you succeed in the Instant media world... LOL!  It seems quite daunting, but in actuality very simple.  It just takes repetative committment, kind of like winding a watch daily... instead of the watch winding, add post, pictures, tweets here and there daily and before you know it - you will have succeeded.  Best of luck to you. 

Jul 15, 2016 12:34 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A fabulous post, long but worth the read.  I never saw the movie, but I now have it on my list for my husband and I to watch.  I agree with your analogy and it's true - Google is the bomb!  Looking forward to many more posts on ActiveRain!  Hope you will be here a long time!  We have much to share and much to learn!  This is the place!

Jul 15, 2016 10:03 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Steve Snyder - now if you feel that you are old at 37....I don't know what to say about me...

Jul 15, 2016 03:50 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent!  No pun intended :)  Seriously, if you can tweet, blog or whatever and get a new client to work with that lands you more business, do it!  I do understand that mind lapse that can happen when you are in a different field, not focused on SEO.  I've been into computers since they were invented and when the bank "computer" took up an entire room in 1977!  Even with that knowledge, a break from '91 - '95 proved dramatic changes.  Windows was created and so on.  

Jul 16, 2016 04:50 AM
Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Excellent ideas in your post. 

I went blind trying to read it but so far it is worth it, even tho I will have to give my tired old eyes time to recover before I can finish it. 


Jul 20, 2016 10:58 PM