How to Build Link Popularity Naturally

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Technology

how to build link popularityThere is a huge market for links in the webmaster community, but true link popularity can’t be bought. Incoming links can be purchased, but those must mix with authentic links from quality websites to give your website true link popularity.

Link Popularity

You are likely wondering, what is link popularity? The answer is simple enough. Link popularity is a measure of how popular and purposeful your website is based on the number of other quality websites that link to it. The more websites that include a link to your site, the better your site looks.

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Incoming links are a sign that your website has something to say and is worth visiting. The more reputable the other websites are that link to yours the more important your site looks in search engines. Link popularity is just one of many factors that the major search engines consider when placing websites in their servers and on search result pages.

Build Link Popularity

There are many ways to build link popularity, but many webmasters try and skip the more authentic means and buy links instead. Paid links are frowned upon by major search engines, so it is far better to generate authentic links rather than buying one. You can use the following methods to build your own link popularity.

Submit your Website to Directories

By submitting your website to popular and well respected directories, you’ll automatically be gaining links back to your pages.

Use Article Marketing

Article marketing consists of writing articles for article directories or other sites and including a link back to your site as part of the article. As the articles are picked up on other websites, your link spread throughout the internet community. A solid article marketing campaign with quality articles likely to interest others in your niche can generate hundreds of links.

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Use a Press Release

When you have something major to report, a press release will announce your event to the world via distribution and media outlets. As other websites pick up the news covered in your report, your link, which is naturally included in the release, is spread across the internet.

Build Your Own Popularity

Spend some time getting to know others in your webmaster community. If you know many other people and they know you and your site, it will grow naturally by word of mouth.

Participate in Forums

Webmaster and niche forums are an excellent place to advertise your website. Throw a link in your signature and you might gain a link from the site if it is not designated “no follow,” but other forum members will see your signature and visit your site hopefully earning you a natural link form their sites.

Promote You Site

Internet marketing is all about marketing. The more people you have visiting your website on a daily basis, the more people are likely to bookmark or link to your site from other places. Promote your site in as many ways as you can to get your name out there and start getting traffic. With a consistent campaign, traffic will grow and so will your link popularity.

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How To Get Your Spouse to Change a Bad Habit

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to change a spouseIt’s been said many times – you can’t change a person. But for some reason, we keep on thinking we’ll fix someone after we marry him or her. You might not be able to change a whole person, but you might have luck changing a habit or two. Here’s how to get your spouse to change a bad habit.

Surrender

The first step in changing someone else’s habit is to surrender to it. You can’t actually force your spouse to change. Even if you find a way to bribe or blackmail him into changing, he will resent you and eventually that anger will undermine the change and add a negative aspect to the relationship.

You can’t force change, but you can encourage, guide and – best of all – make him think it’s exactly what he wants to do. So surrender the nagging, the complaining, the blackmail and the false guilt. All it will earn you is an irritated spouse determined to continue his bad habit not out of need, but simply because it’s so obvious you’re trying to make him stop.

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Praise and Rewards

The next step to changing your spouse’s bad habit is to praise his good ones. Find positive things related to tasks that are essentially the opposite of the bad one. Find ways to praise and reward him not doing the bad habit in a way that isn’t threatening or even obvious.

For example, if you husband smokes but you want him to stop, after he showers, throw your arms around him and sniff him appreciatively. Tell him how sexy he smells after a shower and how much it turns you on. You might even fool around a little bit (or a lot.) Make a comment or two about how much you love it when he smells this clean and how much you love kissing him when his mouth is so fresh.

Then leave it alone. You’ve made your point. Unless you have a very dense spouse, he’ll realize that smelling (and tasting) clean is good, but smelling like smoke is bad. If you rewarded him in an exiting way that speaks to men (as is a way that doesn’t require clothing), he’ll most likely try to smell nice as often as possible. Just be sure to maintain the rewards.

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Consistency

The praise and rewards system doesn’t work if you are nagging at the same time or reward good behavior only once. Find every opportunity to reward him for not smelling like smoke, tasting like cigarettes, and casually mention how you’ve noticed he’s cut down lately and how sexy it is that he’s tough to fight that addiction. Sure it’s all a mind game, but what in marriage isn’t? The more consistent reward and praise he gets, the more encouraged he will be to eliminate the bad behavior.

Be Patient

Finally, be patient. Habits aren’t easy to give up. To be truly effective your reward system must be subtle and consistent. Telling him flat out that you will let him have that new boat he’s been eyeballing if he quits isn’t a reward – its bribery. Don’t mention your plan to him or make it obvious what you are doing.

Personal rewards and praise take time to act. They are usually gradual so you must continue to be persistent. Also, don’t give up the reward system when the bad behavior is eliminated. By the time the bad behavior is completely eliminated, you should be almost constantly rewarding your spouse, and if you chose your reward and praise system well, you should be getting more than a few rewards of your own.

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How To Find a Family Dentist

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Health & Fitness

how to find a family dentistMost parents consider the family doctor of the utmost importance, and he certainly is. You wouldn’t trust your children’s health to just anyone. But many parents fail to plan ahead regarding their children’s dentistry. Often, it is not until you need an emergency dentist that you even consider who might be best to do oral surgery on your toddler’s mouth or if you trust the dentist who cleans your teeth to do an invasive root canal.

Consider Your Dental Insurance

The first step to finding a family dentist may be your dental insurance. Some dental plans require you use a certain provider or give you a list of preferred providers. If this is the case with your dental insurance, you have much less investigation to do. If you dislike your preferred dentists, you might consider changing insurance packages or buying independent dental insurance.

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Make an Appointment

Your next step is to make an appointment. You can make an appointment to meet and discuss your family’s needs, or you can just ahead and make an appointment for a cleaning. The dentist’s chair side manner is most telling about his services, so you’ll want to take him for a test drive before taking your child to see him.

While the gentleness of the procedures is important, so are the type of office environment and attitudes of the employees. Most children are hesitant if not down right terrified of the dentist so you want you dentist to be understanding of this concern and even to have planned for it with a basket of toys or magazines geared directly at children.

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Test Drive the Dentist

If you were comfortable during your own appointment, go ahead and make an appointment for a consultation for your child. If your child seems comfortable, you may go ahead with a routine cleaning just to let her experience and familiarize herself with the dentist, or if you sense the dentist is a bad fit for your children, you can end the consultation and move on to the next possibility.

Get Input

With so many dentists available, your best bet to finding a good family dentist may be to ask friends and families to recommend a dentist their family is comfortable with. Then, armed with a few recommendations, give each dentist an interview or let him do a cleaning to see if you agree that he is the dentist for your family.

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How to Play with a Baby

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Family & Parenting

how to play with a babyBabies go through many developmental stages in the first year. There are different ways to play with these babies at all of these various stages. Baby toys are fun for both parents and babies, but you don’t always need toys to play with your baby. Here is how to play with your baby at almost any age without the assistance of toys or games.

Making Baby Faces

At her earliest stages, your baby needs to learn faces and facial expressions. So prop her on your knees or lie over her on your bed or a blanket. Then just make faces at her. Smile, make a big O with your mouth, stick out your tongue, etc… Not only will she be amused and fascinated, you might also be rewarded with a returned smile.

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Playing Peek-a-Boo

Object permanence is another major developmental milestone for babies. Fortunately, there is a great way to play that helps baby learn it and enjoy it. Peek-a-boo! Hold a blanket, washcloth or burp cloth in front of your face. Then, say something along the lines of, “Where’s Mommy?” Pull the blanket away, smile at your baby and say, “Peek-a-boo!” This is a game that young babies enjoy as well as toddlers.

Baby Tours

Babies of all ages like to look at things and take tours. Very young babies can be fascinated by taking a guided tour of the backyard or looking at all the pictures on the walls. Older babies love to look at nature and interesting objects, and who better to guide them through their discoveries than you! Take your baby new places, hold her up to see, and explain to her what everything is. She might not be able to talk yet, but she is storing up the words and closeness.

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Talking and Singing

Most babies simply love the sound of their parents’ voices. So one of their favorite games is simply talking and singing. Talking to your newborn or infant is stimulating. Older babies enjoy songs with hand motions and funny rhymes or activities. The more you talk and sing to your baby, the better exposure she is getting to language skills. And of course, she is interacting with you in a fun way, which she loves.

Playing Airplane

Older babies love to play airplane. Lay on your back with your knees in the air like a dying bug. Place your baby tummy down on your legs so that her head is by your knees and she is looking at your face. Grab her sides or her arms (depending on age), raise your legs up to a level position and let her “fly.” Move your legs gently to simulate flight, but be sure to hold on tight as your baby can jerk suddenly and fall.

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How to Feed a Baby

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Family & Parenting

how do I feed a babyConsidering babies are said to only “eat, sleep, and poop,” they certainly manage to make the eating portion of their existence complicated. Here is how to feed your baby by age:

Months 0-4

Babies need only breast milk or formula through month four. Contrary to popular belief, solids or cereal will not help your baby sleep better, but they can mess up her sensitive stomach.

Months 4-6

Some babies are ready to begin solid foods at four months. Signs of readiness include being able to sit assisted, excellent head control, showing marked interest in the food you eat, and not being satisfied after 24-32 ounces of milk or formula each day. Speak with your pediatrician about the right time to start solids as every child is different and many now feel that waiting until six months is the best option.

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When you do offer your baby solids for the first time, use a soft tipped baby spoon to protect her gums. You can offer essentially any baby food, but rice cereal is usually the first choice as it presents little chance of allergies and is mixed with familiar milk or formula. Feed a tiny bit and wait for it to come back out thanks to the tongue thrust reflex. This reflex will go away shortly.

Months 6-8

After you have introduced cereal, continue to introduce other grains such as barley and oatmeal, then fruits and vegetables. Wait 3-5 days after each new food to be sure no allergic reaction is present. Most parents wait to introduce citrus and strawberries as these have high rates of allergic reactions in many children. You should also begin offering your baby a cup at this age, and she is also most likely ready to chew on a biscuit or piece of toast that she can grip with her fist.

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Months 8-10

You can now introduce dairy and protein foods. Proteins include beans, meats and yogurt. Dairy products should be full fat yogurts, cottage cheese and other soft cheese your baby can gum up. Your baby is now developing the pincher grip which allows her to pick up individual bites and put them in her mouth. You should greatly encourage this self feeding, but watch her very carefully as she learns to chew and swallow properly.

Month 10-12

Gradually encourage greater use of the cup, spoon and self feeding of finger foods. By her first birthday, your baby should be eating the same table foods that you are eating at every meal.

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How To Learn a Foreign Language

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Education & Reading / Writing

how to learn a foreign language
You can enjoy greater personal power in a foreign country when you speak the language. Without leaving your own home town, you can enter into the literature and culture of another country when you can read a foreign language. You will feel greatly empowered asking for directions, inquiring about places to visit, and making new friends and acquaintances in the language of your host country. You will also expand your business and employment opportunities.

Anyone Can Learn a New Language

Like many complex skills, learning a foreign language is much more a matter of daily effort than ability. In fact, scientists that study the human brain have discovered that parts of it are specialized for learning and using language. Except for a few people in special circumstances, virtually every adult human speaks at least one language.

Learning a New Language: Basic Principles

The most important principle to learning a new language is regular use. It is much easier to learn a spoken, living language than a "dead" language. You can study a foreign language in many ways and the more the better, but the best way is by immersion. Practice with native speakers as often as possible. If you can’t find native speakers, then find others who are trying to learn like you. Your local university or college may have a language house, such as a Spanish House, a French House, or a Russian House. If you attend the school, you can ask about living there. If you don’t, you may still be allowed to visit and practice the language with the residents. The internet also provides access to groups for people who want to practice a foreign language. Check newsgroups, Yahoo Groups, or MSN groups. You can practice listening to the language by watching a film or DVD in that language. Foreign films are also a great way to learn more about the culture that speaks your chosen language.

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Foreign Language Study Material

In addition to practice, you need to have a source of study material.  The source can be a textbook or one of many language-learning books sold in bookstores and online.  If you take a course at a school, the textbook will be designated by the instructor.  You may also choose to hire a native speaker who will teach you one on one.  It is also possible to find language courses taught online, although these may not be able to replace hearing a native or proficient speaker live in person.  Your local library has many language learning books that you can use for free.  The great importance of study material is a progressive guide that leads you from most basic concepts to more advanced skills in a language.

Speaking a Foreign Language

A French instructor once said about participation in her class: “It’s okay to lie, as long as you’re grammatically correct.”  This is probably not a good idea in most situations, but it works great as practice in the right setting.  Whenever possible, learn about words and sayings that have to do with your own interests.  If you like sports, learn the words for ‘team,’ ‘ball,’ ‘player,’ ‘score’ and so forth.  If you like cooking, learn the words for cooking.  This is also a good idea for any field of business you would like to undertake in the chosen language.  Practice conversing in the language about the subject that interests you.

Read a Foreign Language

In addition to spoken language, you can practice reading the language.  Beginning books can be found that will allow you to cut your teeth on the new language.  As you become more advanced, you should try more difficult reading materials.  Many bookstores and larger libraries offer newspapers and magazines in foreign languages.  If your chosen language is written with a non-Roman alphabet, like Greek, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese (characters), you will need to devote a good deal of effort to learn the writing system which will include a good deal of writing it.  It is possible, however, to learn to speak a language without learning the writing system.  For example, many people learn to speak Chinese and write it in pinyin which simply adopts the same alphabet as the English language (Roman Alphabet) to spell Chinese words.

FEEDBACK:

Feedback enables you measure your progress and correct any errors in pronunciation or grammar that you make.  Formal instruction in a class or a private tutor will provide you with feedback.  You can also examine your own progress by quizzing yourself with tests in books.  If you wish to improve your pronunciation, you can even record your own voice and play it back to yourself.  Listening to a recording of your voice allows you to focus on what you hear more than when you hear yourself as you speak.

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VERBAL and WRITTEN:

Verbal
Speaking, understanding, and otherwise conversing in the language are all skills that pertain to the verbal area.  Most people find the passive ability to understand a language easier than speaking it, although this is not always so.  Typically, your passive vocabulary is much broader than your active vocabulary in any given language.  In other words, you understand far more words than you actually use to express yourself.

Written
Reading and writing the language are both skills involving the writing system.  Reading is the passive aspect, while writing is the active aspect.  Again, reading is easier than writing the language.  A good way to practice spelling and your ability to hear the language along with writing is to do a ‘dictation.’  For this activity, you write down what you hear in the appropriate language.  High School and college courses often use this technique.

BASIC PARTS OF A LANGUAGE:
This is very simplified and applies to all languages.  Of course, some languages do not have a writing system.

  • Pronunciation (Phonology):
  • Words (Vocabulary)
  • Word Forms (Morphology)
  • Grammar (Syntax)
  • Spelling (Writing System)

Pronunciation is the way you use your mouth to speak the language.  Hearing is an important component with pronunciation.  A foreign language will have some sounds that are familiar to you and quite few that are unfamiliar.  German has rounded vowels made in the front of the mouth that don’t sound anything like English.  Arabic has different forms of ‘s,’ ‘d,’ and ‘th’ that require learning a new pronunciation skill.  Chinese has tones. Remember, the distance between two languages is the same in both directions.  The English ‘th’ sound is a breeze for most Arabic speakers but challenging for speakers of German.  Become familiar with all the sounds of the given language and realize that some will take ongoing practice to say correctly.

Words are the building blocks of a sentence.  Most people find learning lists of words boring.  There are words basic to any language that you need to learn.  For example, it is impossible to speak standard English without words such as ‘I,’ ‘and,’ ‘to,’ ‘the,’ and ‘a.’

Word Forms are the ways in which words are made in the language.   This is how pieces of words are put together. 

Grammar is rules for putting words together to express the language.  Many people find grammar a challenge.  Like arithmetic, grammar builds upon basic skills.  Speaking a language is a particularly good way to help learn proper grammar. 

Spelling or more properly, the writing system, is the way the language is written or printed.  Some languages do not have a writing system at all.  These languages are generally not spoken by a large group of people. 

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How to Increase Sales

July 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Business & Finance

increase business salesOnce your business is established, your goal should be to increase profits. There are two ways to do this. The first is to increase prices and reduce costs, and the other is to simple make more sales at your current levels of price and expense. Many find that combining the two strategies is the most effective way of making more money, but increasing sales is often the trickier of the two tactics.

Increase Advertising

If you’ve been getting by on drop-ins and word of mouth, you need to boost your advertising and attract new customers. Fliers, leaflets, articles, signs, new display systems and signage are all simple ways to make your presence more noticeable in your local area, and if you’re working on a website optimizing that website for search engine traffic or using other online advertisements will help to generate business as well.

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Smarter Marketing

If you’ve been advertising, are you wasting money on markets that aren’t converting to sales? For example, if you’re including a flier in a mail out that goes to all area homes, is the flier bringing in new business. Mail outs such as these are terrific ways to bring in customers for retail establishments or services geared to families or individuals, but if you’re targeting students or small businesses, your fliers are likely a waste of time and money.

Rather than putting your flier in the mail, if you want to attack students to your business, pay a student to place the fliers on windshields and on bulletin boards on a local college campus. Advertise in publications these students read and offer free items or services these students might enjoy. College students love free items, and drawing them in with a freebie is an age old method of marketing. Narrow your marketing focus to ensure your dollars are being spent on advertising that reaches the right people.

Increase Each Buy

You don’t need to increase customers if you can simply entice your current customers to buy more. Well designed point of sale displays will offer customers more options at checkout or as they browse. Grocery stores and clothing stores have this down to a science. As you wait in line at the grocery store, you grab a pack of gum and a magazine you want to finish. In your establishment, you might put ink cartridges or other small items that people tend to forget they need directly by the register. Have cashiers offer the items to customers as they ring up the total.

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Another way to increase individual sales is to put related items near each other. While it might make more sense to keep all the pens together on one aisle and paper on another, setting up a small display of pens next to the paper and notebooks will often remind customers that they are running low on pens and encourage a few items into the basket.

You can increase buys online as well by offering related items as items are added to a shopping cart and offering a “special” offer during check-out.

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