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Tickifieds Top Events Week 9, 2012

Duke BasketballAlthough March is still a few days away, college basketball is really starting to dominate events for week 9 of 2012 (February 27th through March 4th).  Most NCAA teams are wrapping up their regular season this week and preparing for the conference tournaments with big games against some heated rivals.

In this week’s top event we see #4 Duke Blue Devils matched up against #6  North Carolina Tarheels.  Both teams are tied with 25-4 records (12-2 in the ACC) and the winner will get the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament.  Also likely on the line is a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Barring a complete collapse by the winner of this game in the ACC Tourney, the top ACC team will like earn a #1 seed in on of the NCAA Regionals.

Aside from the big ACC game, top events this week include some key SEC and Big 10 matchups and so big time concerts.  So with further delay, here are your top 10 events this week!

Top Events 2012 Week 7 (2/27/2012 to 3/4/2012)

1.  Duke vs North Carolina Basketball 3/3/2012 Cameron Indoor Stadium

ACC college basketball fans have the matchup they have been waiting for all season.  The Cameron Crazies at Cameron Indoor Arena will be rocking for this game!

2.  Michigan State vs Ohio State Basketball 3/4/2012 Breslin Center

Although Michigan State already has the 2012 Big 10 Championship wrapped up, the #10 Ohio State Buckeyes will be looking to make a statement against the #5 Spartans.  A convincing win and MSU might have a shot at a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

3.  Florida vs Kentucky Basketball 3/4/2012 Oconnell Center

The #16 Florida Gators will be looking to improve their NCAA Tournament seed by beating the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Last time these two teams met, the Gators got smoked by 20 points!

4.  Van Halen 3/3/2012  Mohegan Sun Arena

David Lee Roth is back with Van Halen and tickets to their show in Uncasville sold out extremely quickly.  With their massive 2012 tour underway, expect Van Halen to be frequent members of the top 10 club.

5.  Eric Church 3/3/2012 Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

Country crooner Eric Church is one of the hottest country musicians currently on tour.  His party songs like “Homeboy”, “Smoke a little Smoke”, and “Drink in my hand” are sure to be hit during his live performances.

6.  Bruce Hornsby 3/2/2012 Smothers Theatre

Most people think of Bruce Hornsby as a 80’s pop icon but his true fans know his as the musical genius he is.  Aside from his hit albums with The Range, he also was a key member of the Grateful Dead from 1988 until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.

7.  Luke Bryan 3/2/2012 Forrest County Multi Purpose Center

Luke Bryan is probably most famous for his campy “Rain is a Good Thing” song but this country musician has blossomed into a true country music star with his latest album “Tailgates and Tanlines”.

8  Red Hot Chili Peppers 2/29/2012 San Diego Sports Arena

Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and the gang are back together selling out shows across the country.  Their show in their homestate is garnering quite a bit of attention.

9.  International Friendly: Chile vs. Ghana 2/29/2012 PPL Park

With the World Cup coming this summer, many international teams are scheduling in some “Friendlies” here on US soil.  Soccer seems to be gaining traction with fans in America of late so expect to see plenty of these type of games making the top 10 list in the future.

10.  The Black Keys 3/4/2012 Schottenstein Center

The Black Keys are turning out to be one of the biggest rock bands on this generation.  If generation X was during the 90’s, what generation are we up to now?

This top 10 list is compiled from data from our partner website Tickifieds.  Events are ranked by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.

Top Events Week 5, 2012

Jeff Dunham Shows 2012Have any exciting plans this week?  If not, you might want to check your calender as we have another week filled with some top notch entertainment.  Although football  is on hiatus for a few weeks until Super Bowl XLVI takes place, there is still plenty of concert, theater, and sporting events to tickle just about anyone’s fancy.

Tops on the list this week is comedian Jeff Dunham’s show on Thursday night January 26th and the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Jeff Dunham is one of the highest grossing comedians currently performing- only Jerry Seinfeld has earned more since 2008.  Dunham is largely responsible for bringing back the art of ventriloquism (think fellow ventriloquist and Las Vegas staple Terry Fator).

The rest of the top 10 is filled with country music and sports which is no surprise to our regular readers.  So without further delay, here are the top 10 events this week!

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/23/2012 to 1/29/2012)

1.  Jeff Dunham 1/26/2012 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

Ventriloquism is alive and well thanks to funny man Jeff Dunham.  His show this week is New Orleans is one of the toughest tickets around!

2.  Bill Cosby 1/28/2012 Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR

Although Bill Cosby has been out of the spotlight for quite some time, he is still as popular as ever thanks to syndicated cable television.  Oregon is becoming quite the hub of comedy!

3.  Rascal Flatts 1/27/2012 Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI

Country music icons Rascal Flatts are still selling plenty of tickets despite the fact that they are seemingly always on tour.  There most recent “Thaw out 2012″ is one of the hghest grossing of 2012 thus far.

4.  Miranda Lambert 1/27/2012 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

Miranda Lambert has been a frequent visitor to the top events this week.  While I can’t say  I love listening to her music, I can say she is pleasing on the eyes.

5.  LSU vs Kentucky Basketball 1/29/2012 Baton Rougue, LA

The LSU Tigers will get a crack at the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats.  Although LSU is not particularly good this season sitting at 12-7, the Pete Maravich Assembly Center will be rocking for this SEC match-up.

6.  AMA Supercross 1/28/2012 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA

The AMA Supercross is certainly becoming more and more popular by the day and is certainly one of the most underrated events in the event ticket market.

7.  Brad Paisley 1/27/2012 Maverik Center, Salt Lake, UT

Country music legend Brad Paisley is kicking strong with his 2012 Camobunga tour.  His show in Salt Lake is generating quite a bit of buzz and we are seeing large volumes of tickets trading hands.

8.  Monster Jam 1/28/2012 Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday….errr  Saturday, Saturday, Saturday…the Monster Truck Jam is coming to Orlando.

9.  Mexico Vs. Venezuela Soccer 1/25/2012 Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX

Although I think watching soccer is about as much fun as watching paint dry, it sure seems to finally be catching on in the U.S.  International soccer matches such as this have been selling out large venues like Reliant Stadium for the past few years.

10.  Duke vs Maryland Basketball 1/25/2012 Durham, NC

The Duke Blue Devil – Maryland Terp rivalry is alive and well.  Tickets to Duke games are always tough to get and extremely expensive.

This top 10 list is compiled from data from our partner website Tickifieds.  Events are ranked by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.

Top Events Week 3, 2012

miranda lambert concert ticketsIt’s Monday and that means it’s time to break down what is happening in the event ticket industry this week. Now that the College football season is over we are starting to see NBA, NHL, NFL, college basketball and even a few concerts sneak into the top 10 events this week (January 10th through January 16th, 2012).  We have quite a surprise this week as Miranda Lambert’s sold out concert in LaCrosse Wisconsin comes in at #1.  This is the country music vixen’s first appearance in our top 10 list.  However, country music events are no stranger to the list as Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Toby Keith are frequently listed.

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/10/2012 to 1/16/2012)

1. Miranda Lambert LaCrosse, WI 1/13/2012

Miranda Lambert’s 2012 “On Fire” tour is certainly, well…. on fire.  Country music is big in the northwoods of Wisconsin and Miranda Lambert is about as big as a country music star as there is today.

2. Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets 1/10/2012

The defending Stanley Cup champions are picking up where they left off last season.  Bostonians love their hockey so it’s no wonder this game comes in at #2.

3. Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls 1/13/2012

Two of the best teams in the NBA Eastern conference will meet Friday night.  After some incredible triple overtime playoff games in the past, these teams are known to get a little physical – remember Rajon Rondo’s hissy fits?

4.  New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos AFC Divisional Playoffs 1/14/2012

Tebow mania is in fully swing after the Broncos stunning victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  This one has drama written all over it:  Tebow vs Brady (Round 2).

5.  Monster Jam Alamodome San Antonio, TX 1/15/2012

Who doesn’t love Monster Trucks?  Texans certainly do…

6. Rebelution Best Buy Theater in New York 1/13/2012

If you haven’t heard of Rebelution before your not alone.  However, this indie reggae band from Santa Monica is making waves with the college crowd and is certainly a band to watch in 2012.

7.  San Francisco 49ers vs New Orleans Saints NFC Divisional Playoffs 1/14/2012

The San Francisco 49ers had an impressive season and earn the #2 seed.  However, the New Orleans Saints are surging and are the odds-on favorite.  The 49ers haven’t been in the playoffs in a while so ticket demand is especially high.

8.  Celine Dion Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, NV 1/15/2012

This one continues to be a mystery to me…I have no idea who would pay that much money to hear Celine Dion squeal.

9.  Rascal Flatts and Sara Evans Charleston, WV 1/12/2012

The Rascal Flatts are teaming up with Sara Evans for a sold out show in Charleston West Virginia.  Should be an incredible show!

10.  Duke Blue Devils vs Virginia Cavaliers Basketball Durham, NC 1/12/2012

The #8 ranked Duke Blue Devils have a big matchup against the #16 Virginia Cavaliers.  The Cavs are currently leading the ACC and Duke will need a big win.  Should be a rockin’ time at Cameron Indoor Stadium!

This top 10 list is compiled from data from our partner website Tickifieds.  Events are ranked by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.

Tickifieds.com 2011-2012 College Basketball Rankings

Fab Melo of Syracuse University

The Syracuse Orange can be legitimate National Championship contenders if Fab Melo can live up to his enormous potential.

With the NBA Labor dispute threatening professional basketball, fans of the sport across the country are anxiously awaiting the start of the NCAA season.   Although it seems strange talking college hoops in October, Midnight Madness has already officially kicked off the start of the 2011-2012 College Basketball season across many college campuses. These first days of practice typically include a raucous pep rally featuring cheerleaders, loud music, and a slam dunk contest.  While this is mainly a publicity stunt, it also mean teams may officially begin practices for games which begin in early November.  With only a few week left until tip off, we have come up with rankings for the upcoming season.  Below are the Tickifieds.com Preseason Top 25 College Basketball teams.

1.  North Carolina Tarheels

The Tarheels are probably the most talented team in the nation as they will be returning several stars from last season.  Point guard Kendall Marshall should benefit by beginning the season as a starter.  Throw in freshman 5-star prospects James McAdoo and PJ Hairston to the front court and North Carolina could be scary good.

2.  Kentucky Wildcats

Perhaps no one recruited a better freshman class than John Calipari.  The Wildcats will feature four 5-star prospects including Anthony Davis, Mike Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer. If the fantastic freshman can gel with veterans Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb, the could be one of the best college basketball teams in UK history.  Until we  see them in action, we have to put them at #2.

3.  The Ohio State Buckeyes

College Player of the Year Jared Sullinger will be back for his sophomore year and has the Buckeyes in contention for a national title.  Although Ohio State doesn’t have the depth of UNC or Kentucky, they will be returning Aaron Craft and William Buford to go along with another solid recruiting class.

4.  Syracuse Orange

We are going to go out on a bit of a limb and project Syracuse at #4.  This young and talented team has an impressive backcourt trio with Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters.  If Fab Melo and Freshman Rakeem Christmas develop to their potential they could be real scary.

5.  Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils lost a lot of talent from last year but, as usual, have quickly reloaded with incoming freshman Austin Rivers, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins set to take over.  They may take a while to get things going but there certainly will not be a lack of talent.

6.  Vanderbilt Commodores

After bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round, Vandy will be looking for revenge.  With arguably one of the most experienced teams in the nation the Commodores should be strong with  Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli all returning.

7.  Memphis Tigers

Memphis made some noise last year but their inexperience showed last season.  With more experience under their belt, Josh Pastner’s squad could finally get to a Final Four with a nice mix of returning players and some exciting freshman.

8.  Louisville Cardinals

Although the Cardinals lost guard Preston Knowles, just about everyone else will be back.  Lousiville will also add 2 top 35 recruits in Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear.

9.  Florida Gators

The Gators certainly lost some frontcourt depth from last year but they return 2 of the most unappreciated guards in the country Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton.  If transfer Mike Rosario and 5-star recruit Brad Beal live up to potential, Florida could battle Kentucky and Vanderbilt for the SEC title.

10.  Pittsburgh Panthers

The Panthers are a bit of a sleeper pick but any team with Ashton Gibbs certainly has a shot.  Pittsburgh has solid chemistry with lots of returning players and a very nice recruiting class.  This team could get out of the gates quickly.

The rest of the top 25….

11.  Connecticut Huskies

12. Baylor Bears

13. Kansas Jayhawks

14.  Wisconsin Badgers

15.  Xavier Musketeers

16.  Alabama Crimson Tide

17.  Arizona Wildcats

18. Michigan Wolverines

19.  Texas A&M Aggies

20.  UCLA Bruins

21.  Marquette Golden Eagles

22. Cincinnati Bearcats

23. Gonzaga Bulldogs

24. California Golden Bears

25.  Missouri Tigers

SEO For Your Ticket Ads

Many Tickifieds users are surprised to learn that roughly 85% of our traffic comes from the search engines (primarily Google).  As such, it is extremely important to optimize your ticket ads for these search engines while maintaining usefulness to the prospective ticket buyer.   In this article we will fill you in on how we do SEO for Free Ticket Classifieds and provide some tips on how to best take advantage of the work we already do for you.

One of the main reasons for our high rankings in the search engines is how we promote each ticket ad placed on our site.  When a user submits a ticket ad, the ad is syndicated to various blogs and social media outlets via our RSS Feeds.  The syndication of these ads ensures that the search engines notice and quickly index these ads and include them in their respective search results.  The individual ranking of each ad in the search engines depends on many things (e.g. the competitiveness of the keywords, when the ad is posted, etc.).  However, the ranking of each ad is largely dictated by the uniqueness of the ad.  The more unique the ad is, the more likely it is to be syndicated by other sources- search engines recognize this and rank ads higher that have more backlinks and have generated more buzz.

Now that you have an idea on why our ads rank so well in the search engines, what can you do to maximize the power of Tickifieds?  Well, it’s very simple- create unique ads!  The 3 most important areas to focus your creative juices on are the Ad Title, Description, and Keywords.  Ad Title is probably the most difficult to be unique with as there are only so many ways to creatively list, “Duke vs Michigan State Basketball Tickets”.  If the particular event is not extremely popular or you only plan on listing 1 ad for the event, you probably do not need to worry much about it.  However, if the event is popular and you plan on listing multiple sets of tickets for this event, then you want to ensure each ad you post has a unique title.  So, for the above example, try some of the following:

  • Duke vs Michigan State Basketball Tickets
  • Duke vs Michigan State Basketball Tickets 12/1
  • Duke Basketball Tickets 12/1
  • Michigan State @ Duke Basketball Tickets
  • Michigan State @ Duke Basketball Tickets 12/1
  • Cheap Duke vs Michigan State Tickets
  • Discount Duke vs Michigan State Tickets
  • For Sale: Duke vs Michigan State Tickets
  • Buy Cheap Duke – Michigan State Tickets 12/1

Hopefully, by now, you see the point.  You can easily create unique titles by including or excluding additional information and also by rearranging them.  Remember, duplicate title are not only bad SEO but also against our Terms of Use.

In addition to mixing up the titles you should also always include a unique description of the tickets listed for sale.  All too often we see people simply copying and pasting the generic ticket listing information with a link to their website at the bottom like the below example.

Michigan State at Duke – Basketball Tickets
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 9:30PM
Buy them at: Discount Duke Basketball Tickets

And much better example is:

Get tickets to the BIG Michigan State Spartan at Duke Blue Devils Basketball Tickets game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina – Wednesday, December 1, 2010 9:30PM. These are nice seats in section 11 row P. See the top 2 teams in the Nation battle it our for that elusive #1 ranking!! This is a game not to be missed!

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In the second example you can clearly see the additional information creates a much more unique ad that adds value not only in the eyes of the search engines but also the customer.

Finally as icing on the cake, you need to make sure your ad keywords are also unique.  Add as many of the details from your unique title and unique description to further make your ad stand out from the rest.  If you included “Cheap” or “Discount” in your title and/or description, add it to your keywords as well.

Last, and certainly not least, it’s important to keep in mind that as unique as you can make each ad following these simple tips, you can never avoid repeating keywords.  That is why we recommend never posting more than a few ads for a particular performance or event consecutively.  Even if you are posting 1 ad for each Duke Blue Devils basketball game you still would be repeating the “Duke Blue Devils” keyword 30+ times.  This only serves to dilute the importance of that keyword and the search engines and syndication sites will begin to think your ads are spam.  Often times this can result in your ads not being indexed and thus not ranking high in the search results.