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Monday, October 31, 2005

Do It Yourself SEO

Excerpt #2 from Responder.com

Can I do this myself?


As you can see, effective search engine promotion can be very time-consuming. Most top-ranked sites have full-time professionals who ensure they remain on top and stay that way. Others hire professional agencies to perform their search engine promotion efforts.

With all the time, effort and information to learn, can I really do this myself? The answer is yes, but you will have to work hard at it initially.

The key to getting into search engines is trial and error. What works today may or may not work tomorrow. Nothing remains constant. This is good and bad. Good because it keeps deceptive sites using shady techniques on their toes and increases the quality of the search results. And its bad because it keeps the rest of us constantly on our toes.

There are resources for the individual site owner who wishes to perform their own Web site promotion. First, we would recommend visiting the Search Engine Forums , becoming a member, read everyones ideas and ask some questions.

There's plenty of other resources for the aspiring search engine promoter. Keep in mind that search engine promotion is a constantly changing field. To keep ahead of the game requires a diligent effort and plenty of research.

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Getting Into Search Directories

This is an excerpt from an advice directory on Responders.com...
I hope you find it useful, I did.

How do I get into search directories?

Getting a top listing in search directories--especially Yahoo!--is essential to successful search engine promotion of your Web site. Here's some tips on preparing your site for submittal to search directories.

Pre-Submittal Tips:
Search directories are much more picky about the sites they choose to accept or reject. Remember: a person will physically visit your site and judge its content. For that reason, you must have a clean and intuitive site design coupled with high-quality information.
Spend some time looking at the other sites currently listed in the category you're looking at. What does your site offer that the current sites do not? How will you benefit the directory by being listed there?
Do a site clean-up. Make sure you're page titles aren't outrageously long, stuffed with keywords or worse than that, stuffed with garbage keywords like "Pamela Anderson or Pokemon". This is a sure-fire way to not get into the index or get banned. Make sure your META keywords and description tags contain accurate information.
Submission Tips:
Yahoo
Commercial sites must use the Business Express submission at a cost of $199. This provides "Guaranteed and expedited consideration of your site within 7 business days." learn more
All other sites may use the Business Express if they wish, but can also use the free submission. learn more
If you use the free submission, do not re-submit your site more than once every three weeks until it's accepted. Be very careful when choosing your site's title and description. The title should be your company or Web site name. Be sure to make the description short (two sentences max), readable and contain your most important keyword(s).
Looksmart
All sites have the option of Express Submit at a cost of $199 or Basic Submit. Express Submit guarantees that you "Get your submission reviewed within two business days." learn more
All sites submitted to the Looksmart directory have the opportunity of "suggesting" their title and description. Looksmart editors tend to greatly modify the suggested description, even with an Express Submit. If accepted, your description will most likely be very different from the one you submitted. They will also assign your site a specific weight depending on how relevant they feel your site is.
Open Directory
All sites are submitted to a volunteer category editor who reviews, edits and accepts or rejects your site's listing. Do not re-submit your site more than once a month until listed--category editors do not appreciate multiple, mass submissions.

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What are Meta Tags?

Third and last installment from Responders.com advice: (it helps to have a knowledge of HTML)

When creating an HTML page, there's a section at the top of the code called the HEAD area. This section starts with and ends with . within this section are the TITLE and all META tags. The most useful META tags are the description and keywords tags.

META Description -- Use the META description to enter a 2 sentence, keyword-rich explanation of what your Web site or business contains or does. Keep this as short as possible while still providing a quality description.
Use this format: < content="enter your description here" name="description">

META Keywords -- Use the META keywords to enter multiple keywords, typically seperated by commas. Keep this to a maximum of 150 characters. Again, do not enter too many keywords or use irrelevant keywords (ie. pamela anderson or pokemon) just to get traffic!
Use this format: < content="enter your keywords here" name="keywords">

Be sure to add a proper page title that includes your top keyword(s) and possibly your company or sitename.

Here's a good example:

What do search engines look for?

Search engines look for quality text content. As stated above, the search engines can't read your graphics, flash presentations or dynamic content. However, they typically do index most of the text on your pages. Write, write and write again! The key to top search engine placement is good quality text information.

Be sure to include detailed explanations while tasefully repeating important keywords to achieve the correct keyword density. Of utmost importance is to create a keyword-rich Web site without offending your visitors or setting off any red flags with the search engines.

Once again, do not just keep repeating keywords for keywords sake. Repeat them just enough to increase your relevancy without sounding unprofessional to your site visitors. THIS IS A FINE LINE!

Because creating a keyword-rich Web site can be very difficult, it may be beneficial to hire a professional to optimize your Web site for you. There are many professional services that will analyze your Web site and help you make it search engine friendly.

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Distribution

Distribution is probably the hardest part of trying to get the word out about your site.
There are MILLIONS of sites to compete against for readership. They all have a message or something to sell. You have to find your niche.

If you use Blogger, you will default to Atom.xml. It is not compatible with most RSS Feeds. You can choose to use Blogger's RSS, but once you make the choice that's it, you can't change later.
You can choose to be listed to Weblog.com for blog distribution (you'll never find it if you look on their site). They spread it to other blogsites.
List your site to as many Feeders as you can find.

Some Blog Feeders I like are:

Blogcatalog.com
BlogTopSites.com
Popdex.com
Blogwise.com.

Some RSS feeders that accept the Atom.xml are:

FeedBurner.com (my favorite)
Feedster.com
Postami.com
2RSS.com (my least favorite)

If you use Feedburner.com you can list your site on most RSS Feeds with the link they give you once you list with them.
A good place to look for RSS Feeders for listing is RSSNetwork.com

These are only a few of the Feeder Sites I have found, there are plenty more if you look for them.

Let me know how you make out if you try any of my suggestions.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Tracking

Tracking is not something you want to do manually. You have to find a program to do it for you. Whether you have to track internally and/or externally, you have many choices.

If you use AdSense, they track sales through their system, which is very reliable.
If you have any Affiliate sites, they also track for you.
The more you have of these type services, the more you have to keep statistics of your own.

There are a few programs that still need manual input from you, or you will have to give them access to some of your accounts or passwords. This you DO NOT really want to do... So far I haven't found one I trust enough to purchase.

The Other type of tracking, is for RSS & Blog Feeds. These are provided by each individual service. Some will send information on Aggregates and Readers directly to an E-Mail address you provide. Some you will have to log in manually to get your stats. Still others offer no statistics at all, YOU will have to determine which type service to use.

Two of the Best RSS feeders I found are FeedBurner.com and CompleteRSS.
So far the Best for Blog Feeds are Technorati.com and BlogCatalog.com

You can check out some of the Sponsored Links in the sidebar to get an idea of what's out there.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Advertisements

It is totally up to you whether to include advertisements on your page or not. After all, it's about what you have to show, your products, etc.

The idea is to generate additional income by including ad's that are pertinent to your site. You can get something such as AdSense, which is provided by Google through Blogger. Choices range from Plain Text to various size Banner Ads. They use a Key Word Search to best fit ads to your site, and you can exclude competitors from the listing.

You could also use an affiliate you trust, putting links within your text or Banner Ads anywhere on your site.

These type of advertisements usually pay per click, and/or if someone actually signs up for the product. These services are mostly free, hoping your page will also draw potential customers to them.

Just remember to use these advertisements to your advantage, place them where people will click on them. One secret I have is when you put the link on your page, make sure it gets opened in a SEPARATE WINDOW. That way the customer never really leaves your page!
Good Luck!

Comments and suggestions are much appreciated. (Sorry, I had to add word verification)

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Referrals

I think referrals are a very important tool in trying to get the word out about your site.
Use places you have visited yourself and thought that's a good idea, I would like to use that myself.

I always send an E-mail to the Administrator/Author of the site for permission to add them to my favorites. You will also want to ask them to reciprocate. Although, if you feel they will add some good content, reciprocation is not manditory.

Remember, information is one of the key components, so refer your readers (customers) to related sites. They will appreciate it, and return to your page again and again. (No, you don't have to refer them to competitors.)

Good Luck!

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Information

Information is KEY to explaining what you are selling. If you are pitching something TANGIBLE, try to use PICTURES of the products. IDEAS are more difficult to sell, you must do it with WORDS.

Either way you need to be to SUCCINCT. Do not explain every little thing, people's attention span is too short. Only give them what is needed to get their attention.

Once you have a response from them... E-mail, forms, phone contact... you have time to go into more detail. Make sure you have YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION on the page where it can be easily accessed. ALWAYS include your contact information on ALL of your correspondence.
These may sound elimentary, but they are important.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Layout

To present your ideas, products, and services you have to remember that these should come first on your page. Whatever you are selling should even be before your Company Name. Remember, the person viewing already knows who you are, that's how they got there in the first place.

They are there to see what you offer that others do not. They want to know what is special about your product or service. They want the best price.
SHOW THEM...
Put this information AT THE TOP...

In this respect, internet sales are no different than print. You only have a short time to present your information, there are a lot of other companies selling the same thing.
Be the ONE they BUY FROM and COME BACK TO... Offer special services, customer service, etc.

Good Luck!

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, you can either use the comment link below, or use the Information Request Form on the left.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Design

When you decide which design fits your style, (light and fluffy, down to earth, scribe, etc.) you will have to take the type of business you have (or are starting) into consideration. Eg. If you have a plumming business you may want something more "down to earth". As opposed to a background with clouds in the sky.

Most Blog programs have pre-determined choices or templates you can use included in your subscription. If you opt for a Web Page Designer, you will probably have to pay for their services, or at least download a program to do it yourself.

Either way, it is important to find something that will portray the idea of what you are trying to sell (even if it an idea).

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Monday, October 24, 2005

There are some basic steps you must attend to before posting a Blog or WebPage.

1. Design... (what best fits the style you want to portray)
2. Layout... (presenting your ideas, products, services)
3. Information... (give pertinent information, don't stray)
4. Referrals... (your readers will appreciate it)
5. Advertisements... (for additional income)
6. Tracking... (there are many services available at little or no cost)
7. Distribution... (anything from word of mouth to RSS feeds)

These are but a few of the steps needed to begin a Work at Home Business on the Internet.
We will explore other options together in the days to come.
If you have any questions or ideas, please leave a comment or E-mail me at mcbsconsulting@hotmail.com

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

As you may or may not have noticed, I did add Related Links to the sidebar. I will make sure all the links are Work at Home, Internet, Computer, etc. type links.
I have also added an E-Book link, which will be informative and useful. Any changes I have made are meant to improve my site and enhance your options in finding the best way to succeed.
Hopefully, you take advantage of some features I have presented...
(Next week we will explore enhancing your Web page or Blog)

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Working at Home... Easy?

Anyone that tells you Working at Home is easy and only takes a couple of hours a week, only told you half the truth. It is easy, no commute, no waiting for the bus in the rain, no traffic, etc.

BUT... If you want to succeed, especially in the beginning, you will have to put in A LOT more than a COUPLE HOURS.

It's no different than starting ANY BUSINESS. It takes HARD WORK. It takes a PLAN. It takes DEDICATION. It takes YOU.

Forget all the Ads that promote "Make $1000 your first week" or "Would you like to make SIX FIGURES your first year?". You have a better chance at winning the Lottery. Working at Home may even set you back a few dollars in the beginning.

I'm not trying to push you away from Self Employment, but you need to evaluate all aspects of Working at Home.

If you still have the DESIRE and DEDICATION, you can SUCCEED.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

I have added a new feature to help people that are interested in Working at Home.
<---- In the sidebar, you will notice...My Favorite Blogs...all are related to the Internet, Working at Home, or related subjects.
I will add new blogs as I come across them in an effort to improve my site.
Another enhancement I intend to add is Related Web Sites, look for them at a future date.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Unfortunately, I missed posting yesterday. I try to post something everyday, myself, not with one of the automatic posting programs available.
I did get a comment from a REAL PERSON, (they will know who they are when they visit again).
I'm going to try ProBlogger.com as suggested, and different search engines as well. I still don't have any results from Yahoo, I do know it will take some time.
While Working at Home it is easy to get distracted. One way to get around that is to remove as many distractions as possible eg. TV, radio, CD's , what ever takes you away from the task at hand. Consentrate on the work that has to be done in order to accomplish your objective, Making Money at Home.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I did try out FeedBurner as was suggested by someone on the Work at Home Forum. It is easy to set up, but you are supposed to supply your own subscribers... This is something I wanted an RSS feed for, to get people to visit my site.
They do have some RSS feeds that read their subscriber posts, but I still don't know which ones.
I did put a link on Yahoo's browser, but it will take some time to see any results, if at all.
You can't put FeedBurner's link on some feeds as given. I will try to find a way and post it...
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Monday, October 17, 2005

I found a new place (for me) to get information. I have visited the Work at Home Forum a few times already, it is a forum for all types of work at home advice. It seems to be all real people, not a bunch of advertisers trying to sell you something. It is free, and the advice is usually informative. They don't allow a lot of links, too much chance of SPAM Types. They do, however, put your sign in link at the bottom of your post. If you need free advice, or have some to give, try there...here is their link. http://www.work-at-home-forum.com ...
As usual, please leave a comment (real people only).

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

I KNOW IT'S SUNDAY...but my home team has a bye week...
Usually, I will take Sunday off for football. But I had an idea that if I changed the name of my Blog slightly, by adding Working at Home, it might give a better quick view of what it's all about.
Since I have started working at home, not just self-employed, I found that if an idea pops in my mind I can make it happen right away.
There is always something that you think of to help your business and if you don't write it down, you forget. Since my Home Office is right here, I can implement an idea right away.
If you have an idea that may help in my endeavor to Work at Home, use the comments field below. REAL PEOPLE ONLY, NO COMPUTER GENERATED JUNK...
(I know, I can block it, but I don't like the idea of having to prove I'm human by filling out that sign in thing).
Thanks for any REAL Comments...

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Working on a Saturday...You do what you have to do in order to succeed.
Today I'm trying to find a better way to get my Blog seen. I have posted on /atom feeds, and found I need KEY WORDS to lead people interested in Working at Home to my site.
There doesn't seem to be any way on Blogspot, but when you sign up for some of the Blog Feeds, they do include key words, but only on their site.
Another reason to go to RSS...
By the way, do you like the additions to the Side Bar? (I don't get paid for them, but do get exposure)

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Another Friday, and I appreciate the comments some of you have made.
The next big step is getting this posted on the Internet itself, not just Blog sites. I already have /atom.xml but according to some of the research I have done the real feed is RSS to get wider coverage.
I did get a free progam (30 day trial) for posting, but blogspot.com already has /atom, and now I need to find a way to actually have my post listed to RSS feeds.
Any suggestions???
I'll let you know how I make out.
Also, please try any of the WORK at HOME Links, or my new Google search bar.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

I know this is the second post for today, but I made a change to my template and wanted to see the change.
Hopefully, you won't really notice. That's how I'll tell if it's any good.

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Today is a good day, I'm finding new ways to promote my blog.
That may not sound like much, but if you're trying to get a Home Business going, it helps a lot to learn as much as possible.
Use the HELP button on your blog server, they will give you information on setup and all the incidentals that you need to spread your idea.
Don't forget to at least try to keep on a schedule, (I got sidetracked looking up something, which is why this is late today) but if you learn something, then all the better.
Hope you like the new additions.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

So far the grand experiment is taking a little longer than I thought it would. Working at home DOES take a little effort...
Even with everyting I said about keeping a schedule, etc. PATIENCE is the virtue that eludes most upstarts.
To be a SELF-STARTER you must be DETERMINED to SUCCEED. Make a game plan and stick to it, no matter how much effort it takes (if sounds like I'm trying to convince myself; I AM). You too, must convince yourself. You are the one that will benifit from your efforts.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I like the idea of working at home, but if I don't WORK HARD, I know I would have to work for someone else (that's something I'm not willing to do).
So, I get up in the morning, follow a schedule, and try to keep REGULAR HOURS.
The great thing is, I MAKE MY OWN SCHEDULE...
If there is something I think is important, I make it a priority, not someone else.
When I want something done, it gets done. I SET MY PRIORITIES.
If YOU want the same FREEDOM...

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Working at Home, sure it's a way to be independent, but it takes a lot of dedication. You have to make sure you treat it like a real job. Don't get into an attitude of I'll get around to it later, that's the BEST way to FAIL...
If you really want to succed, remember, it's YOUR BUSINESS. Treat it as such, keep a schedule, keep regular hours, don't fall into bad habits.
If you do finally succed, make lots of money, then you may have the time to do all those things you dream of...
Until then, WORK HARD!!!

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Friday, October 07, 2005

TGIF... another day, another dollar...
If you have any questions regarding your PC, or how to make money at home, contact me at MCBS Consulting...

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Second day of posting, and I'm waiting for anyone to Comment.
I went to MagMoney.com & became an affilitate, there I found out that I can work from home on my computer through their programs.
If you would like to try this and make money from home, Contact me...

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

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There is a way to improve yourself...Work online...Make money...Find the Freedom you want
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Weekly Helpful Reads

Week 10... 6/18/06 Ara Pehlivanian, ME "Liz" Strauss, Ben Yoskovitz, Aaron Brazell

Week 9... 6/11/06 Andrew Garrett, Arron Brazell, Mary Schneider, C.J.Haden

Week 8... 6/4/06 Girls of Girlspoke, Jesse Skinner, Seth Godin, Matt, Me

Week 7... 5/28/06 Jessica Dyer, Darren Rowse, Aaron Brazell, Mark Kingdon, Rachel Cunliff

Week 6... 5/21/06 Gerry McGovern, Arron Brazell, Darren Rowse, Liz Strauss

Week 5... 5/14/06 DavidC, Paul Stamatiou, Darren Rowse, Martin Neuman, Lyman Reed, Steve Remington

Week 4... 5/7/06 Kathy Sierra, Liz Strauss, Darren Rowse, Dominic Foster, Steve Pavlina

Week 3... 4/30/06 Darren Rowse, Andrew McLellan, DavidC, Mike Sigers, Brian Clark

Week 2... 4/23/06 DavidC, Jill Hart, Darren Rowse, Liz Strauss

Week 1... 4/16/06 Wayne Hurlbert, Graywolf, Liz Strauss, JenSense, Daniel Rubin

Today's Good Reads... 3/22/06 (the first before the series)

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ME "Liz" Strauss of Successful Blog... Liz on what she thinks about nothing and something.

Vishal P. Rao of the Work at Home Forum... Explains SEO for beginnners.

Jesse Skinner of The Future of the Web... Writes his thoughts about Working at Home on the Internet.

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SEO

Meta Tags... Using Meta Tags is important for circulation of your site. I did post some things regarding this subject a couple of weeks ago (below), but a few things were missing.

Getting Into Search Directories... Excerpt #1 from Responders.com

Do It Yourself SEO... Excerpt #2 from Responders.com

What are Meta Tags? ... Excerpt #3 from Responders.com (last in the series).

Spreading the Word... When self doubt hits.

Tweaking Meta Data.. Ways I found to improve on the standard blogger format.

Using Meta Tags... Q&A using Meta Tags.

Page Ranking... Something I have fretted over long and hard the past few months is Page Ranking.

Google Sitemaps and Blogger... How Sitemaps works with Blogger.

Google Sitemaps and Blogger II... Follow-up post on previous observation.

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Interviews

ME "Liz" Strauss of Successful Blog... An insight into Liz's work at home experience.

Darren Rowse of ProBlogger... What Darren's work at home life is like.

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Work at Home

Attracting the Non-Techi to Your Site... Ways to let non-techi's know how to find you.

Some Overlooked Home Business Considerations... Things you don't think about.

Working at Home...Easy? ... In the beginning, I found out.

The Best Laid Plans... Use your game plan.

Your Ideal Home Office... Excerpt from the owner of the Work at Home Forum.

My Typical Work at Home Day... A day in the life.

Network Marketing/MLM... Short thought about MLM.

Turn a Negative into a Positive... One experience of working at home.

Working at Home More Popular than Ever... It keeps growing.

Work at Home Pitfalls... Some things to watch out for.

Battling Writers Block... How do you deal with it?

Working Off-line is Important Too... Some things that have to be done off-line.

Procrastination Doesn't Work at Home... Don't let procrastination get in the way.

How to Get a Headache... A Funny.

Snapshot of Working at Home... A poll of how people are when working at home.

Don't Be Fooled... Two different aspects of the same question.

My Trek to Working at Home... How it started for me.

The Dreams and Realities of Working at Home... The reality hits home.

Refresh Your Mind... Reflection on a nice day.

Overcoming Isolation... Something we all run into sometimes.

Feeling Guilty for Taking Time Off... Dealing with the guilt of taking time for yourself.

Prepare for Disaster... Be prepared for anything.

To Share Space or Not to Share Space... A look into couples working at home together.

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Websites

Domain Names and Hosting... A list of Domain and Web Hosting Services.

Blog vs Website... The difference between the two.

Website Enhancement... Suggestions to enhance your website.

Intra-Links... How to handle links within your domain.

Page Ranking... Something I have fretted over long and hard the past few months is Page Ranking.

The Vast Void... When you are surfing the Internet for some particular information, there is an Over Abundance of Information.

Page View Stastics... Looking at page view and search engines.

Stat Counter Comparison... List of different Stat Counters.

Webpage and Blog Clutter... How do you know when you go too far in trying to present a useful but pleasant site?

Using Ads on Your Blog or Website... Types of Ads you can use.

Critique of My Website... I ask Jesse Skinner for his assessment of my website.

Conform or Change... Asking myself which way to go with my sites.

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Stastics

Importance of Statistics... What is the most important statistic?

Comparison of Poll Results... Between My Blog and Website.

Can I be Too Involved with Statistics? ... I question myself, a good question to ask yourself.

Stat Counter Comparison... List of different Stat Counters

Page View Statistics... Something I found out by accident.

WWW theworld.com... Where did they all come from?

Page Ranking... Something I have fretted over long and hard the past few months is Page Ranking.

Drop in Statistics... Something you Must be Aware of when you decide to change something regarding the Name of your Blog.

Some AdSense Stats... Poll results on how people do with AdSense.

Chitika Audit... Questions on how they do their audit.

International Flavor... Liz Strauss' and My comparison of where our readers come from.

Page Views vs Unique Hits vs Return Visits... Why each of these statistics are important.

Stats as a Trend Spotter... Seeing outside trends through your statistics.

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Scams and Legitimate

Scam or Legit... Some Good and Bad companies on the internet.

MagMoney Shutting Down... My perception before finding out how many people got ripped off.

Update: Sean Gum & Ronald Curtis Jr... My post after finding out how many people got ripped off.

Don't Be Fooled... Thoughts regarding Scams.

Paying for Opportunity... A subject that keeps coming up in all the Work at Home Forums, is the question... "Is this company real or a scam?"

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Organization

The Best Laid Plans... Older post on having a game plan.

Your Ideal Home Office... Excerpt from Work at Home Forum.

Working Off-line is Important Too... Observations on what needs to be done off-line.

Help Me Get Organized... Thinking about adding a category list to your blog?

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Linking

Link Exchange Request... Link exchanges are a good way to get exposure for your site.

Misperceptions Dealing with Requests... Follow-up of previous post on link requests.

Intra-links... Most things that you have to deal with running a Blog or Website have many different approaches.

Weblog Empire Link Exchange... About a new forum.

I'm an Official SOB... One of the benefits of linking.

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Keywords

Keywords and Old Posts... One way of attracting readers to your site is by using Keywords in the Titles of your posts. Another is using them within your content.

Watch Your Keywords... While going over some of the articles I use for research, I came across something I found both amusing and disturbing.

What are Meta Tags? ... Keywords are an important part of all SEO.

Meta Tags... How I made them work for me.

Tweaking Meta Data... The main reason for you to Tweak your Meta Data at all is for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Content is King... Using Content is as important as Keywords.

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Google

Getting into Search Directories... This is an excerpt from an advice directory on Responders.com...I hope you find it useful, I did.

US Government wants Google's Search Records... My opinion.

Google and AOL Get Married... I'm sure you already heard about the Wedding. Google sold 5% of itself to AOL.

Page Ranking... Something I have fretted over long and hard the past few months is Page Ranking.

The Vast Void... When you are surfing the Internet for some particular information, there is an Over Abundance of Information.

Google Sitemaps and Blogger... About the interaction of Google Sitemaps and Blogger.

Google Sitemaps and Blogger II... Follow-up findings.

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Blogging

Blogging Platforms... List of various platforms with links.

Blog Submission Sites... List of Submission sites with links.

Stat Counter Comparison... I decided to take a look at the way my page view and statistics counter faired compared with other products.

Blog vs Website... What's the difference?

Naive, Inexperienced or Just Plain Stupid... Some of my experiences.

Posting Frequency... There are almost as many answers to that question as there are people who use the Internet for Business.

Using Ads on your Blog or Website... Suggestions and some advertiser types.

Webpage and Blog Clutter... Don't over do it.

How to put a Category List on Blogger Blogs... As far as I know this is the only way.

Watch Your Keywords... Case study on what not to do.

Keywords and Old Posts... Attracting readers to older posts.

The Lost Art of Editing Yourself... One of my pet peeves is reading posts on sites written by professionals that couldn't pass a 5th grade English test.

Google Sitemaps and Blogger... How they interact (with link to follow-up post).

Importance of Content... When trying to sell a product on the internet, keywords and pictures are an important part of the process.

The Importance of Statistics... Anyone who runs a business of any sort on the internet, has to depend on statistics in order to get an idea of how well their page(s) are doing.

Overcoming Isolation... Something that creeps up on anyone who works at home is the problem of isolation.

Tweaking Your Template... Ways to improve the look of your blog.

How Not To... It lists 9 Ways to Screw up Your Professional Blog.

The Future of Blogging... Response to an E-Mail from a reader.

(more...) in Blogger... How to implement the "more" function in Blogger.

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Basics

Design... It is important to find something that will portray the idea of what you are trying to sell (even if it an idea).

Layout... To present your ideas, products, and services you have to remember that these should come first on your page.

Information... Information is KEY to explaining what you are selling.

Referrals... Referrals are a very important tool in trying to get the word out.

Advertisements... The idea is to generate additional income by including ad's that are pertinent to your site.

Tracking... Whether you have to track internally and/or externally, you have many choices.

Track Backs... The usefulness of trackbacks.

Distribution... Distribution is probably the hardest part of trying to get the word out about your site.

The Importance of Content... When trying to sell a product on the internet, keywords and pictures are an important part of the process.

Importance of Statistics... Anyone who runs a business of any sort on the internet, has to depend on statistics in order to get an idea of how well their page(s) are doing.

Networking... Suggestions on how to network.

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Attitude

Feeling Guilty for Taking Time Off... I thought about just taking the day off today. The first really nice day in a couple of weeks.

Overcoming Isolation... Something that creeps up on anyone who works at home is the problem of isolation.

Naive, Inexperienced or Just Plain Stupid?... I was naive, inexperienced, OK, just plain stupid in my expectations. I'm not going to link to them, instead I'll just Show You. They are short enough.

It Has to Start Somewhere... There are many types of people who work at home, and there are even more that want to work at home but can't find a way to do it.

Refresh Your Mind... On a beautiful day like today (75 degrees F), I like to sit outside on the patio and go over my old writings, thoughts, designs and ideas.

How to Get a Headache... A funny on a day I couldn't think.

Battling Writers Block... I have gotten E-mails and comments asking me how I can continue to write interesting and relevant articles every day. Actually, I continually fight writers block.

Be Original... When I read the Blogs from my list of favorites, I sometimes end up seeing variations of the same basic topic bandied about like it is some kind of petcock in a game of Badmitton.

Turn a Negative into a Positive... When I first sat down to write a post for today, I had every intention of writing something inspiring.

Patience...Something I have learned over time (Blogging in particular) is that "all good things come to those who wait".

Respect Your Customers (Readers) ... Comparison of 2 different attitudes.

Help Save Internet Neutrality... Some Bloggers endeavors to save the Internet from the Phone and Cable companies, and Congress.

Writing to Fight Apathy... Write about what you don't want to deal with, or How I fight apathy.

Be Professional... A look into how to deal with customers.

Distractions While Working at Home... How to handle those nasty distractions.

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Advertising

Using Ads on Your Blog or Website... Some people overlook an obvious source of income. Ads on their site.

Ad Placement... After you make the decision on which Ad Type and Advertisers to use, you have another decision to make. Where do you put them?

Consider Ad Types... Ad Placement may not be the most important thing to consider when you choose an Ad for your site. You must make sure they fit your page and style.

Getting Rid of Ads, Just Ads Webpage... A short story of failure.

Some AdSense Stats... Results of a Poll on AdSense Stats.

Ads, Good or Bad... Short debate about Ads on a Blog.

Links on the Ads, Just Ads Page... Another thing NOT to DO.

Chitika Audit... Some responses to Chitika's last audit.

Chitika vs AdSense vs ClickBank... My early results with these Advertisers.

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Forums

Forum List... A list of forums I frequent.

Weblog Empire Link Exchange... When I found a way to get link exchanges.

Building Readership... Different ways to increase readership.

Networking... Ways to spread information about your site.

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Reviews

HaloScan on Blogger... My Review

Critique of My Website... Review recommendations by Jesse Skinner.

My Dilemma... Problems with Verizon DSL. (part 1)

It's Finally Over... Resolving Driver problems with Actiontec gt704wg. (part 2)

Stat Counter Comparison... A short look at different Statistics Services

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