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The Keyword Academy Offers Tools & Training For Niche Selection

by srpatterson on Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:48 PM

Niche Refinery

The Keyword Academy Offers Tools & Training For Niche Selection

If you are a premium subscriber of The Keyword Academy, you get a number of tools including the PostRunner Guest Posting tool that I mentioned in an earlier post. Another nice tool available to subscribers is the Niche Refinery. The Niche Refinery along with the sites webinar materials offer the tools and training to select a niche that can make you money and draw in traffic.

Improving Computer Performance With Glary Utilities

by srpatterson on Thursday, April 1, 2010 7:36 PM

glary utilities

Improving Computer Performance With Glary Utilities

There are plenty of ways to make sure that your computer is running at its peak performance. Having software that improves the way your computer operates, can have a big impact on the speed of your operating system. For Windows users, Glary Utilities is a great and free tool that will help to keep your computer running at its best.

Glary Utilities works for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and is 100% free. It is rated as one of the top most downloaded System Utilities on Downloads.com.

This great and simple to use application includes utilities to improve your system's performance and to protect your privacy. The interface is very simple and user friendly, with only requiring a couple of clicks to run scans. These scans will check files on your computer, unclutter them, free up disk space, fix broken shortcuts, and more.

The registry cleaner that comes with Glary Utilities is a great tool for anyone who is looking to improve their computer performance and wanting to fix registry problems. It allows you to scan, remove, and backup registry entries. You can also use "Track Eraser" which allows you to remove all of your online and Windows traces, although it only supports Internet Explorer. The Track Eraser is a great way to keep your privacy secure.

Glary Utilities includes a lot of other useful tools such as Registry Defrag, Uninstall Manager, Startup Manager, Memory Optimizer, File Shredder, File Encrypter, File Splitter & Joiner, Process Manager, and many more!

If you are interested in this freeware and would like to improve your computer's performance, please visit http://www.glaryutilities.com/

Placing and Receiving Guests Posts

by srpatterson on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:58 PM


Placing and Receiving Guests Posts

Getting back links to your site is one of the most important SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tasks, or so you may have heard. And a popular way to get quality back links is to guest post on blogs other than your own. You can find a blog that is more popular than yours, contact the owner of the blog in any number of ways, write some good quality content, and deliver the content with a number of links to the blog owner. Sometimes some negotiation is required to determine the content you will write for the site. And sometimes the blog owner will not be interested in placing guest posts on their site.

Two services are now available to assist bloggers in placing guest posts and in obtaining guest posts. Cathy Stucker operates the Blogger Linkup which is a daily email comprised of available guest posts and sites looking for guest posts. The service is fairly hands-off as you will need to contact the site owners listed and handle the normal guest posting details described above. Getting your information into the email newsletter can be accomplished through Cathy’s website. It’s nice to have a service that takes you one step closer to completing a guest post like this one.

If you are looking for a service that nearly completes the entire guest posting process for you, than The Keyword Academy’s Guest Posting System is what you are looking for. You will need to join the sites Pro membership group to use the service, but your first month costs only one dollar while subsequent months are close to thirty dollars. This service works with Wordpress blogs to collect guest posts, check them for several important qualities, distribute them, and approve them. You can be a site publishing guests posts by installing a plug-in or you can be a guest poster, by adding content to their custom interface. Take a look at their documentation for more details.

Either service, or both services are great to use just make sure you double-check the content before you publish it and produce good content if you are going to be a guest poster.

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Buzzom Offers Featured User Options

by srpatterson on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:42 AM


Buzzom Offers Featured User Options

A favorite Twitter tool of my from Buzzom called TwitIn now offers Featured User options to increase your Twitter followers. Hundreds of users a day log into Buzzom to manage and grow their Twitter accounts. Why not be featured on one of their pages for a low costs. You can purchase a sidebar ad for your Twitter account and have new followers daily. Prices range from $10 to $100 depending on the number of impression you seek.

One of the popular features within TwitIn is the Grow feature. Which provides a list of Twitter accounts that are likely to follow you back when you follow them. Your interests and location are considered in addition to the accounts follow to following ratio. Last week I noticed at the top of the list, 2 ‘Featured Users’. This is when I discovered this great new way to grow your follow list. You can pay between $10 and $100 for the number of times you want to appear at the top of the list.

This second feature is great if you have an account that you do not want to auto-follow users but you want to grow your followers. Hopefully the Twitter accounts will not un-follow you when you do not follow them back. This requires some small testing, but there will be many users that do not flush you from their follow list. I purchased 2,500 impressions for $20 to see what kind of results I could secure. My long-term goal is to pay for the new followers through an increased SponsoredTweet payout and improve traffic to my websites simultaneously.

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Adding Site Feeds to Google Buzz

by srpatterson on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 7:52 PM

Adding Site Feeds to Google Buzz

One of the more popular features of Twitter is the ability through their API to post at intervals or when an RSS feed is updated a tweet to Twitter automatically. So blog owners don’t have to worry about tweeting their new blog entries cause it is done automatically from a service like TwitterFeed.com.

With Google Buzz being the latest micro blogging platform, everyone wants the same features as Twitter from Google. Of course Google doesn’t want some of the features that it deems to be problematic, but it does allow you to post your RSS feed automatically to your Buzz account whenever a new post is available. Just how do you get Buzz to connect to your site or sites?

There are a number of posts about adding a an XFN tag to the site or a rel=me tag when you link back to your site from Google. But all this seemed silly to me because the sites aren’t profiles of me, they are just blogs that I work on occasionally about topics that I enjoy. Then I discovered the simple way to connect a site.

Go to the Webmaster Tools portal within your Google account and add the site you want to connect to within Buzz. Verify the site by adding a file or a meta tag to the header of the home page. Then return to GMail, Click on Buzz, and Click on connected sites. The new sites will now be available for connection. Your latest post will appear within Buzz and new posts will automatically be posted.

Now if only I could figure out how to get more followers of my Google Buzz without a public interface.

Blog Carnivals for Good Backlinks

by srpatterson on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 2:26 PM


Blog Carnivals for Good Backlinks

If you haven’t been a part of or hosted a blog carnival but are looking for good back links, you should consider becoming a member of BlogCarnival.com and participating. Blog Carnival runs daily carnivals of articles from around the Internet on various topics. You can submit your own articles to the carnivals and gain important back links to your site. Each carnival operator has the discretion to only include the articles they see fit, so your article must be good and your description must be relevant to get mentioned.

I run two blog carnivals currently on a bi-weekly basis and receive between 15-20 articles each edition. I generally post all articles as the sites do not carry much page rank weight. But sites with high page ranks are that much more sought after and tend to be more selective for their carnivals.

Today the categories included family, wedding flowers, fashion, homeschooling, taxes, and evolution. The taxes blog carnival was posted on a blog with a page rank of five which gives you a direct PG5 link while the post remains on the front page. I like to sort the carnivals by categories and then by the date of the next carnival posting. This way my articles are submitted to relevant carnivals that will be appearing soon.

Best of luck with your link building and begin running a blog carnival to give back to the community.

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LinkMarket - The Link Exchnage Network

by srpatterson on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:23 PM

LinkMarket – The Link Exchnage Network

I was receiving many varied request to exchange links with webmasters on a number of different sites. I began to search for a network where I could do all my link exchanges without having to email individual site owners. LinkMarket.com came up in the search results from Google and I have been working with them since that time.

Using the ASP.Net Ajax Accordion

by srpatterson on Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:32 PM


Using the ASP.Net Ajax Accordion

It was suggested that we utilize the Ajax Accordion control in a recent project and although the software is easy to install finding decent documentation on a quick solution was not as simple. I did finally stumble upon a couple of examples and modified the code from them to come up with an easy way to implement an image based menu with the accordion style navigation.

The first thing to do is register the Ajax Control Kit in the page header.

<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="ajaxToolkit"%>

Place the Script Manage on the page itself or on the Master Page.Placing the Script Manager on the Master Page worked well in our case as multiple pages used Ajax .

    "ScriptManager1" runat="server">
            

The main body of code contains the Accordion definition, a Panes area, an Accordion Pane definition, a Header, a Content area, and closing tags. The unique thing that we did was to place an asp image object within the header group instead of text. Our content area also contained a user control but the links of the menu could have been created directly on the page just as well.

    "Accordion1" runat="server" FadeTransitions="True" 
    SelectedIndex="0" TransitionDuration="100"  HeaderCssClass="accordionHeader" 
    ContentCssClass="accordionContent" AutoSize="None" ToolTip="Something">
     
    "AccordionPane5" runat="server">
    
"server" AlternateText="Some Text" ImageUrl="~/Images/Menu1.png" />
... ... Links to Menu items. ...

Maximize Your Promotional Efforts by Sending Out Press Releases

by srpatterson on Friday, January 29, 2010 12:59 PM


Maximize Your Promotional Efforts by Sending Out Press Releases

If you want your target market to become updated about what’s happening in your business, often you have to broadcast it to the general public. Writing and sending out press releases is one of the best ways to gain massive exposure for your website.

What is a Press Release? A press release is nothing more than an announcement. You can see lots of them in the online and offline business world. If you run an online marketing business, then it naturally follows that you should write press releases for Internet readers. All you do is to share any exciting development or update you have in your business. By spreading...

How to Use Signature Texts Properly For Free Advertising

by srpatterson on Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:03 AM


How to Use Signature Texts Properly For Free Advertising The signature line of your email or forum profile has more purposes than simply writing your name on it. Some people simply avoid using the signature line, not knowing how much business and future profits it can give them. If you are a serious home based online entrepreneur, do not ignore the massive potential of your signature text.

In grade school, teacher taught you how to write letters. You probably remember how important it is to include a salutation at the end of any letter. In the Internet world, this salutation can very well be your signature line. If you haven't been utilizing this, you're probably missing out on a lot of free...

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