How to Create a Business Blog You Can Be Proud Of

29th July 2015 by No Comments

by: Wendy Suto

It is incredibly easy to set up a great business blog. Once you set up a blog, you will see that it has a ton of benefits when used the right way. You can drive traffic to your Website, get more sales leads, earn the trust of your customers or target audience and enhance your company’s reputation online all with the help of corporate blogging.

If you are unsure of how to set up a business blog, here are 6 simple steps for setting up a blog the correct way and adding information that will gain new readers and keep them coming back for more.

1. First you need to pick a blogging service. WordPress and Blogger seem to be among the most popular blogging services; however there are plenty of free ones out there to choose from. With WordPress you can have a free or paid blog. With the paid blog you get more services and your own URL that doesn’t include “” attached to it. For SEO purposes it’s better to host the blog on your main site, meaning leaving the blog in its original domain ( won’t get you the SEO benefits that will drastically help your business. However, this means shoveling out some cash for your blog and if you aren’t prepared to do so, you can always upgrade it to a paid blog later down the road.

2. Set up your blog. Once you choose a service, setting up your blog is easy. Make sure it has a title, description, and relevant photo. Use keywords in your title and description to increase natural SEO. You do not need to put your business’s logo on your blog. Some sites have blogs that totally stand alone from their Websites but use the ad space on the blog to feature only their products. It’s up to you whether you want to make it obvious that your company owns the blog or if you want to gain loyal readers based on the information then try to entice them with eye-catching ads and occasional links back to your original Website.

3. Think about your audience. It’s very important to figure out who your ideal target audience is, and what kind of information they would want to see. Set the foundation of your business blog from the beginning so it seems organized and doesn’t go off track down the road. Do you want your blog to be totally informational with no mention of your products? Or do you want to feature some products on your blog mixed with information, breaking news and other tips and trends that deal with the industry? It is okay to do a mix of product features along with breaking news as long as you aren’t only using your blogs for advertising purposes. Your audience isn’t coming to your blog to learn about your products. They want information that will help them, educate them and interest them. They want breaking news, tips, reviews, event details and the like, with an occasional product feature or launch information.

4. Figure out your voice. This goes hand in hand with establishing your target audience. Once you figure out your audience you must figure out what voice that audience will appreciate. If your audience members are teenagers you’ll speak to them in a different tone than if your audience members are senior citizens. No matter who your audience is, make sure to speak to them in a personal, more casual tone so they feel like they are interacting with a human, not a company.

5. Brainstorm keywords related to your business. Concentrate on long tail keyword phrases (3-4 words long) in order to target your audience’s searches more effectively. It’s better to choose some slightly more obscure keywords that are highly relevant to your business so your blog has a better chance of showing up in search results. Make a list then try typing them into the Google Wonder Wheel for more ideas.

6. Have a variety of authors who contribute. Blog posts are more interesting when they are coming from different perspectives. Even if it’s mainly just you writing the business blog, try to get a guest writer in a few times a month to spice things up. Whether there’s just one or a few people contributing to the blog, make sure you feature an “about us” section so people can put a face to the posts. This will increase the personal experience of each blog visit and help encourage trust and loyalty in your company.

Wendy Suto, President and CEO of Search Circus, specializes in search engine optimization and search engine marketing including business blogging for over 10 years. Certified in SEO, Wendy Suto only follows natural and organic search engine optimization guidelines with proven results.

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Lifestyle and Breast Cancer

22nd July 2015 by No Comments

by: Mai Brooks

Although all of the genetic and environmental factors are important to consider, the overwhelming evidence is that breast cancer is related to lifestyle. The following paragraphs outline the negative impact and positive impact on breast cancer of several common lifestyle related issues.

Post-menopausal Obesity Increases Risk: Despite the evidence on the protective effect of pre-menopausal obesity on pre-menopausal breast cancer, the evidence that obesity increases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer is very clear and not debatable. Some have suggested that tumors are harder to find by physical exam and mammography in obese women. This theory has largely been disproved in studies looking at mammography sensitivity and specificity, as well as studies looking at breast exam diagnosis in obese patients. If the correlation between obesity and cancer mortality is entirely causal, some scientists even estimate that an overweight condition and/or obesity now may account for one in seven of cancer deaths in men and one in five in women in the US.

High Fat Diet and Breast Cancer: Although breast cancer publications and the media have promulgated the idea that a low fat diet reduces cancer risk, most clinical trials have not successfully demonstrated this direct beneficial effect. There have been several methodological explanations for this failure. However, the reverse observation that a high fat diet increases breast cancer risk remains solid. For example, a large study funded by the National Institute of Health looked at 188,736 postmenopausal women and fat intake, based on both “food frequency questionnaires” and “24-hour dietary recall questionnaires”. With the food frequency questionnaires, researchers found that women who got 40% of their calories from fat had about a 15% increased risk of developing breast cancer compared with women who got 20% of their calories from fat. With the “24-hour dietary recall questionaire”, they found a 32% increased risk of breast cancer among women with a high level of fat in their diet.

Alcohol: Based on scientific evidence, exposure to alcohol is associated with increased breast cancer risk in a dose-dependent fashion. Even less than one drink/day on a daily basis can be associated with up to a 30% increase in breast cancer mortality among postmenopausal women compared to non-drinkers. The risk may increase by 7% for each drink per day. Studies have shown that stopping alcohol use may reverse this risk.

Exercise: Exercise has been consistently linked with reduced breast cancer risk. A regimen of approximately 30 minutes per day of moderate-intensity exercise should be adequate, and perhaps even one to two hours per week is enough to be helpful. It appears that longer duration and greater intensity of activity may bring even more health benefits.

Supplements: Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamins and mineral supplements. Recent large studies, however, have demonstrated that these pills and capsules do not decrease the risk of many types of cancer. One explanation is that as long as one is not deficient of any particular vitamin or mineral, ingestion of super-normal levels of supplements does not help. Many women have low levels of vitamin D, and some data have shown that increasing its level (whether in a pill or by sun exposure) can protect somewhat against future breast cancer. In our opinion, botanical dietary supplements derived from green tea extracts represent a potentially widely available method for reducing the risk of breast cancer. Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and its ingestion in reasonable doses is considered safe. Many population observation reports have shown that green tea may decrease the risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Mai Brooks is a surgical oncologist/general surgeon, with expertise in early detection and prevention of cancer. More at, and

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How Do I Start My Own Internet Business? Step By Step Instructions

23rd June 2015 by No Comments

by: Jeff Schuman

One of the most common questions I get is how do I get started with my own business on the Internet? This is a really a question so let me tell you how I recommend people get started today.

1. Understand that you are starting an Internet business. This means you need a few basic things when you first start out.

- Plan on setting up your own hosting account. For this I recommend Host Gator. It will cost you around $10 a month.

- Buy your domain names at Godaddy and then transfer the nameservers to your Host Gator account. They can help you with this. Buy a .com, .net, or .org domain name for around $12.

- You will need an autoresponder to build a mailing list.. For this I use Aweber and it runs about $20 a month.

- You need products to sell. The best way to do this is to join affiliate marketing programs which is free to do. Join ClickBank, Amazon, Google Adsense, and Commission Junction. This will give you plenty of products to promote.

2. Set up a website by using a WordPress Blog. Use the Fantastico program that you will find in your Host Gator members area.

WordPress offers plenty of free themes to choose from. These come in different formats and colors to match what you are trying to do with your Internet business. Plus you can customize them and make changes in the future if you need to.

3. Hang out in discussion forums for free training. The best online is the Warrior Forum. You can see exactly what people are doing to make money on the Internet. You can also ask questions and receive plenty of help for free.

4. Join a paid membership training site. Depending on the site you join these are an excellent source of additional coaching for a low monthly fee. In my opinion 2 of the best are The Affiliate Power Group and

With the Affiliate Power Group you get personal attention from full-time Internet marketers who will help you build an affiliate business from the ground up. It runs around $40 amonth and they have a $1 trial offer.

The Blog Blueprint system offers the ultimate money making system for creating an Internet and blogging business on autopilot. It costs $67 for their system and they offer a membership for $67 a month.

You can check it out for 7 days for $7. You will learn exactly how to build a full time Internet business using auto blogging.

Both of these programs provide excellent customer service. They also have a private discussion forum with all kinds of excellent tips on starting and building your own Internet business with affiliate marketing and blogging.

I am a big believer in investing in education. It will save you a lot of headaches and you will become successful quicker than trying to do it all on your own.

If you are wondering how to start your own Internet business these tips will help. It is important to host your own websites. Do not settle for free hosting or blogging platforms that can be canceled by the hosting company for any reason.

Give serious consideration to joining a paid membership training site. You will get plenty of help for a reasonable price. This allows you to avoid unnecessary mistakes and get your Internet business profitable faster than trying to do everything through trial and error.

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The 9 Biggest Challenges to Scheduling YOUR Machine Shop and Why Most Schedules are Dead on Arrival!

10th June 2015 by No Comments

by: Dr Lisa Lang

I recently surveyed 1,500 NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) machine shop owners about the biggest challenges they face when trying to schedule their shop. And then I spent countless hours going through the data.

I learned a lot and I really felt your pain. But by sharing my findings with you, my hope, is that you will learn a lot as well and maybe we can ease some of that pain.

The 9 Biggest Challenges …

Based on my survey (and from many of my clients and those I meet while Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s Global Marketing Director) I can say this… you are not alone. With all the responses I received, I could categorize ALL of them into 9 challenges. So let’s go through each category …

1. Clients change their mind

Customers often want to make changes after they have placed their order. They want to change their quantity, change the scope, change the design, cancel, or ask you to give priority to another one of the jobs.

In addition, customers often have emergency needs. And big or important customers always seem to pick the time when you’re booked solid for 3 weeks to call and request that you slip their job in this week so that they can meet a commitment to their customer.

So, we break a setup, we jump through hoops and do what we need to do to keep the customer happy. But we are now late on another customer’s job. And now the schedule is out of date.

And sometimes, they don’t want to make a change, but they want to check in with you to make sure your going to finish their job on-time.

And, we hate answering the phone.

2. Vendors are not always reliable

Raw material suppliers, particularly for less common materials, can extend or vary their lead-times and then still don’t always deliver when promised.

In addition, outside process vendors like platers, heat-treaters, welders, and the like also have a hard time meeting their original commitment. And the amount of time they end up taking varies based on the load on their facility so you can’t even begin to predict.

So as soon as one of our vendors misses their commitment, our schedule is out of date, and we now may be late. And when it finally shows up, we find ourselves breaking a setup and expediting because THAT customer just called.

And, these guys seem to schedule based on who’s screaming the loudest, so we need to call and scream on a regular basis for any important jobs. This isn’t very productive work, but it’s necessary.

3. Our mix can vary wildly and so our constraint moves

It seems that the nature of a machine shop is that your mix is going to change, and due to that your constraint (your Herbie) is going to move. And, it’s hard to improve a moving target and improving everywhere is just plain unaffordable.

Machine shops can range in the amount of repeat work they do. And the more custom work they do, the more the mix can change day-to-day or week-to-week. And sometimes “the mix gods” are good to us, but sometimes they’re not and we don’t ship on-time.

But shops that do a large amount of repeat or make to stock work don’t have it any easier — they are trying to balance against an unknown and ever changing forecast. And when the forecast is wrong, we need to break setups and expedite.

4. My employees do not always have the right skill and their discipline is lacking

Machine shops universally seem to lack skills amongst their employees. Certain people have to run certain jobs. Not everyone can do a setup, or not everyone can do certain setups. I’ve heard some owners refer to their less skilled labor as button pushers or part changers.

This means that the skilled people always have a backlog of work while we chase around and find something the button pushers can’t screw up. And finding the time to cross train is difficult.

And in addition to these skill issues, people don’t always show up on time or at all. Or they show up, but you wish their attitude would have stayed home…getting buy-in is difficult at best.

5. My processes are not reliable

Even jobs that repeat can have large differences in set up and run times depending on who is running it or what machine it runs on. But even if we can get the same guy and the same machine each time, stuff happens — tools break, fixtures don’t work, machines or tools aren’t calibrated, etc.

And then we win a new job, one we have not run before. And, of course, it doesn’t run anything like what we planned or based our pricing on. Stuff happens.

Our front office or pre-manufacturing processes are not much better. This means that some of the time we don’t always have what we need to run the job — the raw material, the design, the order into the system, the programming done, etc.

And when stuff happens (or more correctly when variability happens) we are in jeopardy of delivering late, which causes us to expedite, which means our schedule is out of date.

6. Machines break down

Of course, on occasion, machines break down. It’s difficult to schedule maintenance when you’re always behind schedule. And it seems to happen when we’re slammed. And then our schedule is out of date, we are in jeopardy of delivering later, and so we again expedite. (We’re getting pretty good at this fire fighting and expediting.)

7. Quality is not near perfect

Quality isn’t always perfect. Sometimes we struggle to make it right the first time or don’t catch a mistake until further processing has been done. Regardless of whether we spend time doing rework due to an unpredictable downstream activity or an unsuccessful tool tryout the result is we are in jeopardy of missing our due date, which causes us to expedite, and now the schedule is out of date.

8. Our data is not readily available nor accurate nor communicated

It is difficult to predict the load on our facility relative to our capacity — our reports and existing software don’t help or they are more trouble than they are worth. Our estimates for set-up and job run times are not accurate. This combined with all the items above make it difficult to provide due dates that we can hit 99+ on-time performance and reduce lead-times. But nevertheless, we do try to improve. The problem is that we focus on improving one or a couple of the above challenges and we diminish them some — but we don’t have any substantial impact on our on-time delivery performance or reducing our lead-times.

What if we had a Paradise Plant?

If we have correctly identified all the major causes for the difficulty in managing production, then it means that if we could address each one that the shop would be relatively easy to manage. The schedule would not change, we would not need to expedite, and we could be on-time, all the time.

Do you agree that, if:

1. clients never change their mind,

2. and vendors always supply whatever we ask for, on time,

3. and our mix stayed constant and our constraint did not move,

4. and people are excellently trained and disciplined,

5. and all processes are reliable,

6. and machines never break down,

7. and quality is superb,

8. and data is readily available, accurate, and communicated,

9. and communication is good,


” Managing production would be a piece of cake?

This seems logical. So I tried it. Now, I could not find a real Paradise Plant, but I did find a simulated one. And I gave the simulator to some very good schedulers. The simulator didn’t think for them, it didn’t make any decisions, it only executed the decisions they made.

The simulator presents a relatively simple operation — considerably fewer resources and products than what you have to manage in your real operation. And there is NO variability or skill issues. All of the challenges listed above are gone.

We went over how the simulator works – how to order material, how to set up a machine, what the orders are, the exact routing’s for each product, exactly how long each process is, etc.

The simulator could be frozen and the participants had as much time as they wanted to carefully plan and execute. They also did a short trial to make sure that they weren’t hindered by the software. This should be a piece of cake right?

What Happened in Paradise?

We asked each participate how they did and what their results were. NONE of the participants shipped all their orders — meaning they were NOT 100% on-time. And it wasn’t because of lack of capacity.

In addition, they reported that their well planned, detailed schedule was only good for about the first 2 days. After that they were running by the seat of their pants making a lot of course corrections.

How can it be that when all the challenges are removed, we are still left with the same 3 undesirable effects /problems?

1. Not all customers’ orders are shipped on time.

2. Original plans have a very limited life or are dead on arrival.

3. There are a lot of course corrections and expediting

This means that the list of challenges we collected are not THE major cause of the above three items because they occurred even after we removed these challenges. So it must be that we have not yet identified the true cause for these negative effects.


So a better ERP, customers who don’t change their mind, higher skilled labor, a constant constraint, a constant mix, and so on wouldn’t completely solve the 3 problems.

But working on one or a few of these challenges is typically what we do. We hire a Lean consultant to help reduce our set-ups or to better organize our work space — and we do reduce our set-up time and we are better organized, but did we substantially improve our DDP, reduce the number of times we need to break setups or reduce our lead-times? The answer is typically no, not substantially.

Are you tired of spending money on consultants, programs, and software that don’t substantially improve what matters? I know I was, that’s why we developed the Velocity Scheduling System. (more on that later)

In my next release of material, I want to share with you how we were all taught to design and run a machine shop. And how by doing exactly what we were taught (conventional wisdom) WE create a situation where the 9 challenges will live and prosper.

Let me say that again – if we do what everyone does and run our shop exactly how we were taught, we ARE going to be dealing with these challenges.

But, there is hope …

Those same schedulers (who did the Paradise Plant simulation) were taught the Velocity Scheduling System. And this time they completed all the orders on time. And after that, they went back to their real life plants and applied what they learned to their much more complex environment.

Their results? Substantially better DDP, substantially reduced lead-times (velocity through their shop increased) and much easier scheduling with much less chaos.

But before we jump to the solution, let’s make sure we understand why we do things the way we do them today. We also need to understand why these conventional actions are wrong – otherwise we might slip back.

So now, I’m working on a new video for you. I’m going to explain what we were taught to do and why, and how by following conventional wisdom, we end up with the challenges outlined in this special report. And more importantly, we end up with much less than perfect DDP, longer lead-times than we’d like, and much more chaos (expediting, fire fighting, and re-scheduling).

So look for my release of this video and while you’re waiting, please leave me comments about this special report. I WANT to hear from you!!

To leave your comments return to the blog where you downloaded the special report:


“Dr Lisa” Lang

Dr Lisa Lang, President of the Science of Business, has served as the Global Marketing Director for Dr Eli Goldratt, father of Theory of Constraints and author of The Goal. Dr Lisa is one of the few TOCICO certified experts in TOC worldwide. In addition, Dr Lisa specializes in job shops (highly customized environments) and applying TOC to sales and marketing, having developed the Mafia Offer Boot Camp and Velocity Scheduling System.

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Twitter Tools: The Definitive List of the Best Twitter Tools Ever

27th May 2015 by No Comments

by: Ezequiel Camussion

A few months ago, people were starting to talk about Twitter. Now, Twitter is no secret; it’s THE marketing tool everyone is talking about. If you are not using Twitter to promote your business, you are out of your mind.

If there’s something that gets me more excited than Twitter is the ability to increase Twitter’s potential by using tools. But let me give you a word of caution: once you try these Twitter tools, there’s no way back. You’ll become a Twitter genius and get more exposure for your business than you’ve ever thought possible. If you are OK with that, read on.


This tool allows you to search Twitter users and sorts the results by user rank. This is a great way to find tweets about a specific topic.

As you probably know, tweets can be as long as 140 characters. This URL-shortening service is perfect to keep the URLs short and have more space to write your tweets.


They call themselves “The Twitter Yellow Pages”. Pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it?

Friend or Follow

This is a great tool to find out who you are following that is not following you back and who is following you that you are not following.


This tool allows you to see in a graphic how your Twitter followers increase or decrease over time. TweetStats is another cool tool that performs the same task.

Twitter for WordPress

Twitter for WordPress displays yours latest tweets in your WordPress blog.

Twitter Widget for WordPress

This widget is placed in the sidebar of your WordPress blog and shows your latest Twitter updates.


TwitBin is a Firefox extension that allows you to keep up with all of your Twitter conversations right from your browser sidebar.

Just Tweet It

Another amazing Twitter directory. Find other Twitter users and list yourself so others can find you.


This service allows you to tweet by email. Really cool.


This one sends you regular emails with the latest updates of the people you are following on Twitter.

Who Should I Follow?

Very interesting tool that suggests Twitter users for you to follow, based on the profiles that you are currently following.

Twitter Search Feature

It used to be called Summize but now Twitter bought it. As its name reveals it, Twitter Search Feature allows you to search through the last tweets to find users that are posting a given keyword. TwitterMent is another great Twitter search engine.

Although not a specific Twitter tool, is one of the coolest applications out there. It allows you to update your status in more than 40 social networking sites at once. You have to check this one out.


Qwitter is a tool that sends you an email when people stop following you. But what makes this tool amazing is the fact that they also tell you what of your tweets made them stop following you.


If you are like me, you want to keep your followers updated but you’d rather tweet several messages at once and choose when they should be posted. This is exactly what this tool is for.

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Natural Stone Tiles Reviewed

23rd May 2015 by No Comments

by: Gardening Man

Interest in all the Natural Stone Tiles continues to escalate, for example limestone, marble, and granite. This family of natural materials requires thorough understanding, laying by a professional tiler and an adequate care and maintenance program. Having said that, it is no exaggeration to say that ceramic tile manufacturers worldwide have become passionate about replicating the look of Natural Stone Tiles. There are ceramic tiles that look like timber, slate, marble, granite and in some cases the effect is so realistic you have to bend down and actually feel the material. That is interesting, because no matter which way you look at it, nobody really spends a lot of time feeling carpet or vinyl, but tile, in whatever form, invites consumers to touch it. It is as if that will impart a better understanding of its aesthetic possibilities or true potential.

Natural Stone cannot be truly imitated. No two pieces are really the same and it is important to recognise that it is necessary to exhibit as much care in material selection at the installation stage as it is at the point of purchase.

It is important to note that maintenance is a key issue, but in spite of potential difficulties, the Natural Stone Tile family offers magnificent potential for the creation of a floor or wall finish that will remain durable and aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime.


Rock that is mainly made of calcite, a mineral form of calcium carbonate, is known as limestone. It forms when the carbonate crystallises out of solution. This can evolve in many different ways, leaving behind a different kind of limestone every time.

Most limestone is typically grey; however, almost every other colour has been found over time.

Limestone can form almost completely without the presence of acid from organisms. It is simply forced out of solution, by evaporation. More often, though, limestone is formed by the work of organisms, such as aquatic ones.

Limestone makes an excellent building material because it can be easily worked. It can even be used for the purification of waste water and gases! Most limestone tends to be of fairly uniform tonality but, as always, the exception confirms the rule – some limestones have strong markings, such as blotches or strong veins.


Marble is a metamorphic rock, formed when limestone is subjected to enormous forces inside the earth’s crust. This process, called re-crystallization, causes changes in texture and composition. Fossilized materials, along with carbonates, form large, coarse grains of calcite. Any impurities present affect the mineral composition and the colour of the marble that forms.

Marble is found in many countries and in all corners of the globe.Today, the quarrying and production of marble is a very involved and highly automated process using a variety of purpose -built machines. Nevertheless, the human eye remains the crucial factor when evaluating and classifying the product.

Marble has long been valued for its beauty and strength; it was and still is widely used in buildings, monuments and sculptures. Even the ancient Greeks used marble for just this purpose; and who has not heard of Michelangelo, the undisputed master from Carrara who used marble for his statues?


Granite is classified as an igneous rock. It is formed when hot magma from the earth’s core cools very slowly and crystallizes. The mineral grains that are formed are large enough to be clearly distinguishable; interlocked like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. This is what makes Granite very strong and durable – ideal for building and construction.

Granitic rock makes up a large part of every continent on this earth. Its main mineral ingredients – quartz, alkali and plagioclase feldspar, hornblende and biotite mica will – determine (by and large) its colour.

On rare occasions, such as volcanic eruptions, the granitic magma cools too quickly to form large crystals. The resulting rock, called rhyolite, has the same mineral composition as granite but is fine grained.

Granite is a popular material for surfaces subject to many and varied impacts, such as kitchen benches and vanities, steps and floors in ‘high traffic’ areas. Some granites have a quite spectacular appearance and are used for their visual impact, such as on facades.

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5 Reasons You Should Go With a Paid Hosting Account Rather Than Free Blog Platforms

21st May 2015 by No Comments

by: James Druman

Whether you’re setting up your own website or outsourcing design, you might be pondering over the issue of whether or not you should buy web hosting or just take advantage of a completely free option, like (as opposed to .org) or Blogger. It is a good question, and it’s worth asking. It really depends on what you are doing with your site and how you want to position yourself, but many internet marketers (myself included) will tell you that there are substantial advantages to hosting a site on your own paid hosting account.

So today, I want to look at five great reasons to buy web hosting instead of going the 100% free route.

1. You Get Better Support

For one thing, when you pay for hosting, you tend to get better support. This isn’t always true, but in many cases, when you are a paying customer, that means the company has a vested interest in keeping you happy. With top webhosts like HostGator, for instance, this means 24/7 live support any time you need it and a vast collection of video tutorials to help you with your account.

2. You Maintain Control

Many companies that allow you to host their site have certain restrictions on what you can and can’t do. We’ll talk about a major one of these in a minute, but these restrictions can even change at times. They will usually notify you in some manner, but if you don’t follow their blog or read every email they send you, then you can be in danger of losing your site at any time just because you didn’t properly understand the TOS.

I don’t know about you, but when my money is on the line, I like to maintain as much control over these things as I can. I want to be able to decide what I can say or do on my own website, and I surely am not comfortable with someone else having the ability to pull the plug and take all my content off the web so that I lose it forever.

3. No Restrictions on Monetization

One of the major ways many of these free hosting options restrict your site is by not allowing you to monetize. Sorry, but that’s a deal killer for me.

The same may not apply to you. You might be setting up a site to get your hobby online, and that’s perfectly okay. But if at some point you decide to start promoting a great product you come across or even throw up a little Adsense just so you can make a few cents off the effort you put in to bring your ideas to the world, it sure would be nice to have that option.

As an aside, Blogger, in particular, does allow you to monetize, but all the other reasons on this list still make that a no-go for me.

4. Search Engine Rankings

This one I’m not totally sold on, but many internet marketers believe that a site hosted on WordPress or Blogger’s free hosting platforms will not do as well in Google rankings. This may or may not be true, and again, I’m not so convinced. But, having said that, I do know Google is always doing more to their algorithms to get the best information out of the pile, and there is a chance that someday they will decide that includes giving more points to sites hosted on their own server.

Again, it’s about having control, and the last thing you want is to put all that energy into ranking your site and see it plummet due to a change in Google.

5. It Looks More Professional

Finally, the most important reason for many, even if they don’t believe these sites are harder to rank…When you host your site with instead of using on your own account, your domain name would have the .wordpress handle at the end. In other words, instead of it being, it would be, and let’s face it—that just doesn’t look as professional.

I personally believe that if you take your business, or even your hobby, seriously and want others to do the same, you need to ditch that .wordpress or .blogspot handle. Period. So for all these reasons, and more, the majority of professional webmasters choose to buy web hosting instead of going the strictly free route, and I agree it makes much better business sense. Again, it really comes down to what you’re trying to accomplish online. So first, sit down and make that decision for yourself, and once you’ve determined that you can come to an educated conclusion whether your own servers are the best option for you as well.

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Internet Marketing – FREE Blogs To Boost Internet Marketing Sales

20th May 2015 by No Comments

by: Jeffrey Wyrick

Wikipedia further goes on to say that many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) and are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts.


Recent research about internet marketing strategies shows that one of the most commonly used tools for increasing website traffic is the blog or “web log”. The reason that people are responding more to this form of internet marketing is that they have a unique opportunity to interact with other like minded people, not only the person that is promoting the product or service, but also other people who are willing to give their unbiased opinions.


What I mean by this is that the companies that are setting up internet marketing campaigns have learned that they can increase their search engine ranking by setting up a blog on HIGH PR FREE BLOG WEBSITES like the ones shown below.

* PR 8 – WordPress (dot) com

* PR 6 – Joomla (dot) com

* PR 6 – Blog (dot) com

* PR 6 – Blogspot (dot) com

* PR 4 – Bloggit (dot) com


Seeing this HIGH DEMAND in internet marketing search engines and social networks wanted to get in on the fun. Using these other FREE WEBSITES to market your own service, products or affiliate programs is HOT HOT HOT ! ! !

* PR 7 – 360.Yahoo (dot) com

* PR 8 – MySpace (dot) com

* PR 8 – Facebook (dot) com

* PR 7 – Squidoo (dot) com

* PR 6 – Tagged (dot) com


You’re probably sitting there wondering WHY all of these HEAVY TRAFFIC websites are doing so well and WHY is it that people are now using these FREE blog websites for their internet marketing campaigns. The answer is much simpler than it might seem at first when you look at it. We start with the well known fact that CONTENT IS KING and the search engines LOVE websites that provide fresh relevant keyword or keyword phrase rich content.

With blog posters all over the world posting and doing internet marketing on these FREE blog websites, FREE search engine landing pages and FREE social networking websites the search engines are eating up all this HOT FRESH NEW CONTENT that is being delivered by internet marketing teams who are making hundreds of posts to these websites every day.


In short what this means is that when you are able to set up your internet marketing campaign on these HIGH PR websites you are automatically going to get indexed by the search engines. The reason for this is that when the search engine queries the main blog or social network website (such as Squidoo) it finds relevant content that leads it to a link that might say…..

“Click Here – To Follow Your Internet Marketing Dreams”

The search engines will follow this link to your main website and automatically spider YOUR WEBSITE searching for relevant keywords and keyword phrases that million and millions of online users are searching for every day. This is a little different than the traditional link exchange programs used in early Web 1.0 internet marketing strategies where you would get reciprocating back links from random websites that more often than not didn’t have any relevant content to offer the search engines.

Now you have websites with HIGH PR / PAGE RANKING linking directly to your website, best of all these websites offer relevant content that the search engines can index for their own viewers future searches. This method of internet marketing will bring in more traffic to your website and ultimately it should increase the number of sales made each day.


Now for a nice finishing touch. Go to your favorite search engine and type in “swicki by eurekster”. I get the best results when I go to Google and MSN to run this search. Now using this SWICKI tool you will create two incredibly powerful internet marketing SEARCH TOOLS, one that will search your main website from your blogs, the other one will search your blogs from your main website. Remember these blogging and social network websites have HIGH PR / PAGE RANK and now you have just set up multiple keyword and keyword phrase rich reciprocating link with them!

Another thing that will help you bring in even more traffic using your keyword and keyword phrase rich blogs is to use social bookmarking tools that are also provided FREE by companies such as StubleUpon, or Digg. The search engines love social bookmarking websites because they establish the popularity of the website. Using this internet marketing strategy will help to increase your own websites PR / PAGE RANK as more and more people choose to bookmark your blog.


As you finish things up the link or links at the bottom of your internet marketing blog post will then lead the viewer back to your main website. You have now established yourself as an expert. Over the course of just a few short weeks, or in some cases even as fast as a few short days, people will begin to respond to your posts. As time goes on more and more people will want to link to your FREE blog if it’s set up correctly.

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Facebook Marketing For MLM

19th May 2015 by No Comments

by: Narelle Yeates

Probably the most popular form of internet marketing today, more and more people are beginning to use social media marketing to spread the word about their products and services, and get leads for their business. But as with any marketing strategy, there is a right and wrong way. How you use this technology will greatly impact on what results you will achieve. In this article I will only be focusing on how to get leads for your MLM business.

The first thing you will want to do is build a list. To do this you need to get a whole lot of people to add you as a friend. If you don’t want to start with people you know, search for groups on internet marketing and network marketing or even find people who are in specific company groups like the company you are in. Research other companies and look up their fan pages too.

You want to attract others in MLM. This is the best kind of list to have because all your leads will already be familiar with the concept of MLM and probably already be joined with a company. This is a good thing though because somebody has already done all the leg work for you convincing them that MLM is a good business model. Now all you need to do is show them that you are a great leader and expert in your field.

You should try to add about 50 people per day. When you are sending the friend request, write something in the message box to make it more personal like, “hi there, I see you are in (XY Company), so am I, lets connect and share our ideas.”

Soon you will start to see your friend requests get accepted, so start getting to know your new friends. Create a friend list so you can shoot out messages to everyone on the list at once if necessary, but the best way is to talk to each person individually on a more personal level so they begin to trust you. Find out what company they are in, what strategies they are using to promote their business and how it is going for them. You may find they are unhappy with their current company and be looking into other opportunities.

You can show them how you can help them become successful in their business (or yours.) Most people in MLM struggle to be successful because they run out of people to join their business, or worse, they never really get off the ground at all for lack of support from their upline. This is where you will need to shine. Don’t just pitch your business to your prospects straight up, wait until you have established some kind of relationship first. If you show people that you are a great leader they will be asking you what you’re into and join you no matter what.

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Pilates And Winsor Pilates

13th May 2015 by No Comments

by: Steven Giles

The idea of Pilates and its controlled movements to tone certain body areas and maximize your inner core while using your mind to help you identify key body points was first invented by Joseph Pilates. This has become much more than that in past years and one such method is called Winsor Pilates. Invented by Mari Winsor and is based off Joseph Pilates original movements with the goal of overall weight loss through body sculpting, toning abs, and strengthening back muscles, bones, and ligaments.

Achieving maximum flexibility is part of any Pilates regiment and Winsor Pilates is no exception. As the Winsor rules states, “let’s get moving, sculpt, and lost weight.” Before beginning Winsor Pilates, make sure you are being guided by a certified instructor, have purchased DVDs, or have found an online website dedicated to teaching the subject.

Mari Winsor has developed movements in her routine that focuses on your abs, chest, exercise ball workouts, upper body, back and leg muscles and even a good prenatal Winsor Pilates workout is offered. Body toning continues to be the most popular requested result for Winsor Pilates. Trimming and shaping or “dynamic sequencing,” is a Winsor Pilates quest for almost anyone who is interested in these techniques.

In accordance with Pilates basics, Winsor Pilates not only strengthens your core body but also focuses on toning and sculpting your body back to its youthful flexibility. Every form of Pilates, with the recommended DVDs by a certified instructor, including Winsor Pilates can be performed in a group atmosphere or in the privacy of your own home. It is a convenient exercise regiment for the busy person.

Winsor Pilates also encourages floor work on mats as well as working with a sculpting circle, a piece of equipment designed to ensure more resistance during your workout. While specific muscle groups are targeted in Winsor Pilates, each exercise is performed in a selected and recommended order to achieve the best and fastest results. In Winsor Pilates, routines are outlined and followed in sequence instead of random Pilates exercises used in other Pilates styles.

Winsor Pilates is great for people who are suffering from back pain or people looking for specific area relief. The movements are not considered aerobic on any level and doctors and physical therapists often use Winsor Pilates movements targeted towards muscles, ligaments and joint flexibility to help improve affected areas while toning.

As one back pain sufferer put it after beginning a Winsor Pilates routine, “I feel I have the flexibility back I had as a cheerleader in high school.” That’s quite an improvement for people with back injuries from poor posture or injuries. By focusing on the muscles that need to be rejuvenated, Winsor Pilates can be a successful way to relieve pain while strengthening muscles for optimal performance.

All Pilates workouts, including Winsor Pilates, especially when geared at people trying to regain strength in core muscles, should be outlined and overseen by an experienced professional. You can find specialists on the Internet, through online DVDs and through in-class instruction. There is simply no better way to increase movement and performance to certain core areas than Winsor Pilates and with the right techniques, you too will enjoy the rewards that this can bring.

Steven Giles is a 55 year old former accountant who has been suffering from back pain for several years and has found that Pilates provides relief from this. He lives in Greater Manchester in the North-West of England.

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