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Getting Your Site Seen By Search Engines #a #business #plan

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Getting Your Site Seen By Search Engines

By Karyn Greenstreet

copyright © 2007-2012, by Karyn Greenstreet. All rights reserved.

When people search for you on Google, does your site show up on page 1 — or on page 20 — of the search engine results?

Since 84% of internet traffic goes through search engines, being ranked highly by search engines will send you a huge number of prospective customers.

Are search engines sending you enough traffic to build your business?

For instance, for the phrase mastermind group (which I rank #1), Google sends me 23,000 visitors per year. For the phrase small business coaching (which I also rank on page 1), Google sends me over 10,000 visitors per year. Just those two search phrases alone send 30,000 NEW visitors to my site each year.

What if you could do the same for the keywords you want to target?

Optimizing your site to get it ranked highly on the search engines can be a complicated subject. To simplify things, it’s helpful to first understand how search engines add sites to their database. Then we’ll cover some tips that you can put on your own website that will help you to get listed on search engines and get a higher ranking.

The Major Search Players

Let’s start off with the major search engines, the ones that most people use. Google is the most widely used search engine, getting between 55-65% of all searches. Yahoo Search and Microsoft Bing lag far behind with a total of 15-20% each.

While there are thousands of search engines, it’s always a good idea to start with submitting your website to the three largest. Why? Because 95% of all searches go through either Google, Yahoo or Bing.

How Search Engines Read Your Site

Search engines send out crawlers to index your site’s contents. Crawlers follow the links found on your site and enter your site into their search database based on text they find on your pages. This text is either found on your public pages, or the text keywords found in behind-the-scenes tags.

The amount of your keywords found on your page, the more weight it has with the search engines and the higher your ranking. But in case you think you can load your page with keywords in order to fool the search engine, think again. Search engines are smart and you can be penalized for keyword stuffing on your website.

How Search Engines Index and Rank Your Site

Search engines use several techniques to determine which category your site belongs in and which keywords people will use to find your site when using the search engine. Google says they use over 200 parameters ( signals they call them) to categorize and rank a website.

When submitting your site to search engines, they will ask you for your URL (website address). Then they will crawl your site, checking to see which keywords and ideas are most important from your site. And remember, you will be penalized for spamming your keywords and rank LOWER because of it. Also it’s important to note that search engines can not read the text in graphics, so if you are using a graphic-based navigation or have your keywords on a graphic next to your logo, the search engine will not notice it unless you use ALT tags.

Some search engines will rank your site based on your title, description and keywords that are supplied behind-the-scenes in special coding called tags. While not every search engine will read tags, it certainly can’t hurt to use them.

Again, there are rules: your Title tag shouldn’t be more than 100 characters, and your Description tag shouldn’t be more than 250 characters. They can be longer, but Google only shows the first 60 characters of your Title tag, and the first 160 of your Description tag in search results (if it shows your Description tag at all).

Google says that they don’t read Keyword meta tags at all. Google’s Matt Cutts says that Google definitely reads your Description tag as well. (Matt Cutts also says that Google does NOT use the keyword meta tag to help determine rank in the same video above.)

Submitting Your Site to Search Engines

Once your site is primed and ready for the search engines, then you have to submit it to them.

For Google, you can submit it here:

For Bing, you can submit it here:

Because Yahoo uses Bing’s search engine, you don’t need to submit it separately to Yahoo.

Use Google’s Webmaster Tools and Bing’s Webmaster Tools to see the status of your submission, any errors the search engines found when crawling your site, and some great statistics about the speed of your site.

Preparing your site for submission to search engines can feel like a daunting task. With these tips in mind, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration when it comes time to submitting your site and rank higher in search results.

See you on the Internet!

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Karyn Greenstreet is a small business coach and consultant. She shares tips, techniques and strategies with self-employed people to increase revenue and reach, create a clear business vision and plan, and implement it without feeling overwhelmed. Visit her website at www.PassionForBusiness.com

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Unlimited email addresses

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Because we offer what is known as a shared architecture, our customers share both the hardware and the “pipes” we use to transmit data across the web, so we do monitor bandwidth to ensure optimum performance for our customers. Again, we are able to support more than 99.5% of customers with no issues at all. However, in some wonderful cases, customers become so successful that their traffic and data transfer outgrow our shared architecture. When that happens, we work with the customer to identify scalable solutions, such as our Virtual Private Servers.

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Building Signs: Hanging, Site & Directional Signage by Signarama #business #administration #jobs

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Building signs are any type of sign that a business uses to display the company name or logo on the building. Whether the sign is comprised of dimensional letters, a sandblasted sign face, a vinyl sign face, a lightbox, or a set of channel letters they all work to serve a common purpose to showcase or identify the business to their existing and potential clients. First impressions are key so why not contact your local Signarama location today to start your building sign project!

Material Type and Sizes:

  • Sizes vary depending on application and viewing distance. Signs can range from 2-3 ft across to 40ft or more
  • Aluminum, brass, acrylic, channel letters, and lightboxes

Use, Longevity UV Stability:

  • Permanent Outdoor
  • Professionally promotes business location

Applications:

  • Store front Sign
  • Business Sign
  • Office Front Sign
  • Industrial Park/Warehouse Sign

Life Expectancy:

  • Outdoor 5+ years
  • Note: There is no guarantee of life expectancy as climate conditions vary




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Four Point Insurance Inspections by Kross Inspectors #four #point, #wind #mitigation, #home #inspection, #real

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Four Point Insurance Inspections

Update from Citizens Insurance Effective 9/1/2012:

As the leader of the Home Inspection Industry in Florida, Kross Inspectors has performed thousands of Four Point Inspections which have been accepted by Citizens Insurance and many other Insurance companies when underwriting older homes. In this article, we will briefly review the requirements issued by Citizens Insurance for ALL new policy issues effective 9/1/2012 (these requirements will go into effect for renewing policies on 10/1/2012):

  • A Four Point Insurance Inspection MUST be submitted with all applications for homes more than 30 years old (Previously this requirement was for homes more than 50 years old.)
  • Updated Plumbing Rules; properties with the following conditions ARE NOT eligible for coverage with Citizens Insurance: Signs of active leaks or unrepaired water damage, plumbing systems not in good working order, and the presence of polybutylene plumbing.
  • Updated Electrical Rules: Requirements for remediation of aluminum branch circuit wiring have been added. Electrical service of less than 100 amps are NOT eligible for coverage (exceptions may be made for mobile homes under certain circumstances and additional review by an electrician).

HISTORY OF THE FOUR POINT INSURANCE INSPECTION:

The Four Point Insurance Inspection was created after Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992. It is performed on behalf of the insurance companies and, typically, as a requirement for the insurer offering insurance to the new homeowner. After recent year’s barrage of hurricanes in Florida, the Four Point Insurance Inspection has taken on added importance. As insurance companies are beginning to see the benefit of the inspection, the program is spreading to other areas of the country. The benefit to the insurance company is, obviously, reduced loss risk on homeowners insurance policies. This is an area of business that has, for many years, been a money loser for insurance companies.

In 2002, the Florida Legislature passed a law that combined the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association (FRPCJUA) and the Florida Windstorm Underwriting Association (FWUA). This resulted in the creation of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens), which more efficiently and effectively provides insurance to, and serves the needs of, homeowners in high risk areas and others who cannot find coverage in the open, private insurance market. It is funded by premiums paid by the insured and from other insurance companies paying into the program to reduce their overall losses.

The Four Point Insurance Inspection consists of a visual survey of the following four primary components:


  1. Roof
  2. Electrical
  3. HVAC System
  4. Plumbing

The insurance companies are expecting the condition of the components listed above to be working as intended within the manufacturer’s specifications. The criteria used to judge the components include:


  • Current operating conditions
  • Scheduled maintenance requirements
  • Expected service life

Not all insurance companies require a Four Point Insurance Inspection and most typically only require it of homes older than 20 years upon issuance or renewal of a homeowner’s insurance policy. Please consult with your Insurance Agent prior to ordering a Four Point Insurance Inspection.

Appointments available with only 24 hours notice. Please call (877) 496-4662 (staff available daily from 8am-8pm).

You may also complete the short form below to schedule your Four Point Insurance Inspection.





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Oracle Storage Guy: Data Domain deduplication plus RMAN incremental backup saves space and time

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Data Domain deduplication plus RMAN incremental backup saves space and time

Bruce Clarke, my good friend and former boss, and I have have been collaborating recently on RMAN backup to Data Domain deduplication storage arrays. In the process I have learned from Bruce (who I gratefully acknowledge for the technical content of this post, including the scripts shown below) about a very valuable approach to RMAN backup.

Most DBAs do full RMAN backups of all databases which are small enough to fit into a backup window. Full backups have several advantages:

  1. They are very simple to run.
  2. They optimize the restore operation, as no redundant blocks need to be applied.
  3. They reduce dependencies in terms of the number of backup pieces that need to be cataloged and maintained in order to do a given restore, thereby reducing risk.

However, fulls have two strong disadvantages:

  1. They waste space since the entire database s content is stored in each full backup.
  2. They are time-consuming to run, because all active blocks in the database must be transferred to the backup target.

The first disadvantage is neatly avoided by the use of a deduplication array, such as Data Domain. My recent testing indicates that this is certainly true. More on this in a later post.

The second disadvantage is unavoidable at present. (Future developments in the area of source-based deduplication on the Data Domain side may mitigate this later on, but I will ignore that for now.) For most DBAs, the trade-off is acceptable as long as the full backup can fit into the available backup window. This is somewhat of a moving target as well, since recent developments in the area of storage networking (such as 10 GbE) have made the bandwidth increase, thereby increasing the size of the database that can fit into a backup window.

Unfortunately, the size of the typical database is also exploding as we all know. Thus, the issue remains: For a very significant number of large databases, the full backup cannot fit into the backup window. For these databases, the DBA has no real choice: He or she must use RMAN incremental backup.

Incremental backup (absent incremental update, which I will discuss later) provides the DBA with the option to only back up blocks which have been updated since the last backup. This provides a dramatic savings in terms of backup time, but with a significant manageability cost:

  1. The number of backup pieces which must be cataloged and maintained increases significantly, making the dependencies greater, and thus increases the risk of a failed restore.
  2. The restore time increases, as blocks must be restored multiple times, as the same block may be updated many times and thus stored in separate incremental backups.

Because of these issues, Oracle introduced incremental update for RMAN with 10g. There is an excellent article on the way this feature works in the Oracle documentation on OTN. Effectively, incremental update applies the incremental backup to the previous full backup. This neatly solves all of the issues of RMAN backup, except one: Instead of having a set of full backups, you end up with a single rolling full backup. In other words, once you apply the incremental backup to the previous full backup, you no longer have that previous full backup. Instead, you have a new full backup as of the point in time when you took the incremental backup.

This issue can be solved, obviously, by making a copy of the full backup prior to the incremental update operation. However, making this copy is time consuming, causes I/O, and takes up space.

Enter Bruce s solution: By using the Data Domain fast copy feature, you can make a copy of the previous full backup very quickly, and with no additional space. Further, the blocks which will be applied to the full backup copy have already been stored on the Data Domain in the incremental backup. Thus, they take up very little space as well. The end result is tantamount to RMAN backup nirvana:

  1. You can take your backups in a fraction of the time it would require to do a full backup.
  2. At the end of the process, you have a set of full backups for each time you run your RMAN backup.
  3. All backups are fully deduplicated, thus saving you lots of space.
  4. Restore operations are optimized as there are no dependencies other than a single full backup, and thus no redundant blocks to apply.

The scripts to accomplish this are below. The caveats all apply: This is provided as is with no warranty or support obligations. You are on your own in terms of all that. However, the solution does work, and you should definitely give it a try. Also, note that this is Data Domain copyrighted material. However, I have received permission from Bruce Clarke, the author of this script, to publish it here.

Example script for weekly backups

This was created and tested on Sun Solaris so slight changes for other platforms might be required.

Perl script that provides a date string three weeks out

This script is called by the weekly full script shown above. The actual desired retention should be altered here or else the script parameterized and the desired retention passed as an argument.

#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use DateTime;
my $dt2 = DateTime- today();
# get today s date $dt2- add (weeks = 3);
print ($dt2- year(),$dt2- month(),$dt2- day(), \n );

Interpreting the results

Below are some space reporting results from the Data Domain system used in the development of the script shown above. The first output was taken before the script was invoked with the “incremental” option and the second after it completed. Please note that the database was open but undergoing little change, so a significant amount of the incremental backup storage was consumed in backing up the handful of archive logfiles that had been created. Nonetheless, the report shows that 4.5GB of additional data was introduced to the Data Domain but only an additional 16MB of space has been consumed.





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Entheos Templates #web #templates, #website #templates, #web #site #templates, #flash #website #templates, #ecommerce #website

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Our awesome templates include responsive web templates, HTML5, CSS & jQuery website templates, single page website templates, Flash templates, ecommerce website templates, wordpress themes, Joomla templates, Facebook templates and more! Our templates include the source files so it can be customized completely. Our latest templates are on the cutting edge of web design and technology and include amazing features like homepage intro slideshow animations powered by jQuery, drop down menus, custom fonts, full screen background images, contact us forms, google maps, social networking icons, rollover effects, photo galleries and more! Click on the Live Demo button in the preview page to see all the cool features live online.

Just think about the purpose for which you are building your site.

We have a large variety of templates – over 40,000 templates that match your needs for:

To further refine your search, think about the following:

Do you plan to sell products online?

Do you have a lot of content for your site? Photos, text, video and more?

Content Management Systems like Joomla. Drupal. WordPress are excellent to manage all the content on your website, from photos to video to text and multimedia. These CMS and blog Templates are great for newsmagazines, photographers, writers, designers and bloggers.

Do you need extra features like a photo gallery or a blog?

Many of our templates come with additional features which enhance the visitor s experience like a full screen slideshow, photo and video gallery,blog and more. even an online shop!

Do you have the software and skills required for customizing the template?

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If you need more advice on selecting the correct website template for your website, contact Entheos right away!




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Windows XP: Set up and Use Automated System Recovery in Windows XP #windows, #xp,

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How to Set up and Use Automated System Recovery in Windows XP

Windows XP’s Automated System Recovery (ASR) is an extension to the conventional backup-and-restore. It provides a framework for saving and recovering the Windows XP operating state, in the event of a catastrophic system or hardware failure. Windows XP ASR recovers the target system in a two-step process. The first step, termed the boot recovery process, requires a new copy of Windows XP to be temporarily installed on the target system using the original distribution media. The second step, called the OS restore process, restores the files of a previously saved Windows XP installation using a backup-and-restore application (this will delete/overwrite some of the files installed by the boot recovery process).

Note: Users of Windows XP Home are out of luck: ASR is not available on their system. While mentions of this feature do exist in the backup utility of Windows XP Home, ASR is only functional in Windows XP Professional. Please click here for some other options.

ASR Backup

The backup portion of ASR is accomplished through the ASR Wizard located in Backup. The wizard backs up the system state, system services, and all disks associated with the operating system components. It also creates a file containing information about the backup, the disk configurations (including basic and dynamic volumes) and how to accomplish a restore.

To start the process, click Backup under All Programs Accessories System Tools.

By default, backup will start in Wizard mode. In this case it’s easier to start in the Advanced Mode. To do so, just click the link Advanced Mode.

On the Welcome tab, click Automated System Recovery Wizard. This will start the Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard.

The wizard will prompt you for a location and name for the media to store the backup file.

By default drive A:\ will be selected, but for obvious reasons this isn’t a good choice. You want to change the location to another disk-location. The backup will typically be around 1.5-2.0GB (but could be more, depending on the amount of software installed), and since Microsoft’s backup won’t span a backup across multiple CDs, you’d have to find another media to store this backup on. You could use anything from ZIP or Jazz drives, to a second hard disk drive, either internal or external. Please note: you can’t save the backup to the system drive (usually drive C:\), since this drive will be formatted when you do an ASR restore.

When you have selected the location and name for the backup, press Finish to end the Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard. When you do this, backup will create a list of all the files to backup, and then continue with the backup process

ASR only makes a backup of your files on your System drive (usually drive C:\). If you use other hard drives, you will need to make a separate backup of your documents files to make a complete recovery after disaster!

Once the disk-backup is done, ASR will prompt you for a blank, 1.44MB, formatted floppy disk to store some recovery data.

When ready, label the diskette. Pressing OK ends the backup portion of ASR

You will need to keep your ASR backup up-to-date. If you make any changes to your OS, you’ll need to make a new ASR backup. When installing updates from Microsoft, most will prompt you to make a new ASR backup after installing the update.

ASR Restore

ASR will read the disk configurations from the file that it saved on the ASR diskette and restore all of the disk signatures, volumes and partitions on, at a minimum, the disks required to start the computer (It will attempt to restore all of the disk configurations, but under some circumstances, it might not be able to).

To use Automated System Recovery to recover after a system failure, you need to have the following items before you begin the procedure:

  1. Your Automated System Recovery floppy disk
  2. Your previously created backup
  3. Your original operating system CD

You should only use the ASR backup to restore your system if all other methods to start your Windows XP system have failed. Your system drive (usually drive C:\) will be formatted and you will lose any information that was not backed up recently!

To start the restore process, insert the original Windows XP CD in your system’s CD-ROM drive, and reboot your computer (make sure that the option is set in your computer’s BIOS to boot from CD-ROM. Check your computer’s or motherboard’s manual on how to do this). Usually you’ll get a message to Press any key to boot from CD.

Once Windows Setup starts, you’ll be prompted with the following text at the bottom of the screen: Press F2 to run Automated System Recovery (ASR). so be prepared to hit F2 as soon as you see this.

Next you will be prompted to insert the Windows Automated System Recovery Disk into the floppy drive. Insert the disk, and press any key.

The ASR process will be started, and without any further prompts, your system drive will be formatted, after which setup will start copying its files to the hard disk.

When ready, the system will prompt you to remove any floppy from the floppy drive, and will reboot the system automatically (this time do not press any key to boot from the CD-ROM!).

Windows setup will now continue much like a normal Windows setup would, but it will not do a complete installation.

After a few minutes, the Automated System Recovery Wizard will start. After 90 seconds it will automatically continue, if you want to speed this up, just press the Next button.

Next the ASR wizard will ask you for the location of your backup file. By default it will list the location you saved the backup to previously, but if you since moved it to a different drive, you can use the Browse button to point to the new location.

This will close the ASR wizard, after which backup is used to restore the previous backup of your system drive. After the restore phase is completed, your system will be rebooted, and you’ll have it back in the same state as of the time when you created the ASR backup.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles Relating to Automated System Recovery





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Getting Your Site Seen By Search Engines #sba #grants

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Getting Your Site Seen By Search Engines

By Karyn Greenstreet

copyright © 2007-2012, by Karyn Greenstreet. All rights reserved.

When people search for you on Google, does your site show up on page 1 — or on page 20 — of the search engine results?

Since 84% of internet traffic goes through search engines, being ranked highly by search engines will send you a huge number of prospective customers.

Are search engines sending you enough traffic to build your business?

For instance, for the phrase mastermind group (which I rank #1), Google sends me 23,000 visitors per year. For the phrase small business coaching (which I also rank on page 1), Google sends me over 10,000 visitors per year. Just those two search phrases alone send 30,000 NEW visitors to my site each year.

What if you could do the same for the keywords you want to target?

Optimizing your site to get it ranked highly on the search engines can be a complicated subject. To simplify things, it’s helpful to first understand how search engines add sites to their database. Then we’ll cover some tips that you can put on your own website that will help you to get listed on search engines and get a higher ranking.

The Major Search Players

Let’s start off with the major search engines, the ones that most people use. Google is the most widely used search engine, getting between 55-65% of all searches. Yahoo Search and Microsoft Bing lag far behind with a total of 15-20% each.

While there are thousands of search engines, it’s always a good idea to start with submitting your website to the three largest. Why? Because 95% of all searches go through either Google, Yahoo or Bing.

How Search Engines Read Your Site

Search engines send out crawlers to index your site’s contents. Crawlers follow the links found on your site and enter your site into their search database based on text they find on your pages. This text is either found on your public pages, or the text keywords found in behind-the-scenes tags.

The amount of your keywords found on your page, the more weight it has with the search engines and the higher your ranking. But in case you think you can load your page with keywords in order to fool the search engine, think again. Search engines are smart and you can be penalized for keyword stuffing on your website.

How Search Engines Index and Rank Your Site

Search engines use several techniques to determine which category your site belongs in and which keywords people will use to find your site when using the search engine. Google says they use over 200 parameters ( signals they call them) to categorize and rank a website.

When submitting your site to search engines, they will ask you for your URL (website address). Then they will crawl your site, checking to see which keywords and ideas are most important from your site. And remember, you will be penalized for spamming your keywords and rank LOWER because of it. Also it’s important to note that search engines can not read the text in graphics, so if you are using a graphic-based navigation or have your keywords on a graphic next to your logo, the search engine will not notice it unless you use ALT tags.

Some search engines will rank your site based on your title, description and keywords that are supplied behind-the-scenes in special coding called tags. While not every search engine will read tags, it certainly can’t hurt to use them.

Again, there are rules: your Title tag shouldn’t be more than 100 characters, and your Description tag shouldn’t be more than 250 characters. They can be longer, but Google only shows the first 60 characters of your Title tag, and the first 160 of your Description tag in search results (if it shows your Description tag at all).

Google says that they don’t read Keyword meta tags at all. Google’s Matt Cutts says that Google definitely reads your Description tag as well. (Matt Cutts also says that Google does NOT use the keyword meta tag to help determine rank in the same video above.)

Submitting Your Site to Search Engines

Once your site is primed and ready for the search engines, then you have to submit it to them.

For Google, you can submit it here:

For Bing, you can submit it here:

Because Yahoo uses Bing’s search engine, you don’t need to submit it separately to Yahoo.

Use Google’s Webmaster Tools and Bing’s Webmaster Tools to see the status of your submission, any errors the search engines found when crawling your site, and some great statistics about the speed of your site.

Preparing your site for submission to search engines can feel like a daunting task. With these tips in mind, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration when it comes time to submitting your site and rank higher in search results.

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Karyn Greenstreet is a small business coach and consultant. She shares tips, techniques and strategies with self-employed people to increase revenue and reach, create a clear business vision and plan, and implement it without feeling overwhelmed. Visit her website at www.PassionForBusiness.com

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