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6 Quick Tips to Turn Biggest Online Time Wasters into Productivity Tools

by srpatterson on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 1:14 PM

Timewasters are always present in every workplace. Today, our modern timewasters are the online ones. However, instead of letting these biggest timewasters distract our work performance, we can turn them into powerful productivity tools.

Below are a few of the biggest online time wasters along with some suggestions on how to turn them into productivity tools.

3 Reasons Why Online Faxing Services Will Benefit Your Home Business

by srpatterson on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:40 PM

In today's economy it is becoming increasingly popular for people to run their businesses from their homes. This is perhaps not surprising considering the many savings and lower overhead expenses that home businesses make possible. However, running a business from your house poses the question of what kind of technology is needed in your home to run your business successfully. Most people would agree that one of the basics is a fax number and a means of accessing a fax service. Today more and more home business owners are concluding that online faxing services are the best way to meet their faxing needs. This means using your Internet connection to send faxes as email attachments (such as PDF) or by other formats through an online fax account. Here are three of the major reasons why it is becoming increasingly common for home business owners to choose online faxing services over the traditional office fax machine :

The Practical Side of Web Design

by srpatterson on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:21 AM
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Making a website usually isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but there are a lot of things to keep in mind if you want an effective website that is able to convert visitors and easily ranking in the search engines. This will require you to actually look at your website like a visitor and be willing to make changes so you can have the best website possible. Consider the following items;

Reducing Small Business Blues

by srpatterson on Monday, January 9, 2012 11:59 AM
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Sometimes when people ask me what I do for a living I’m tempted to simply say “everything”.  Anybody who starts out on the rocky, but rewarding, road to self-employment will know the feeling.  Whether you simply work for yourself or run a small business your ‘core’ work is usually only the start of it.  For those working alone the list, apart from the actual job, usually includes being the cleaning staff, the secretary, the HR manager, the catering staff and your own accountant.  Most of these jobs I’m relatively comfortable with, apart from the last, which has a tendency to make my blood run cold.  I’m a writer and I love words, but numbers and I have had a long and bitter relationship which stretches back into the distant past when I was always last in the class to learn each of my times tables.  But keeping up with accounts is crucial, not only for the obvious reason – cash flow – but depending on the size of company you run, for VAT, tax and payroll purposes.  The latter being a particular focus of attention as far as your staff are concerned.  Well presented, accurate accounts can be valuable in other areas of business life too – from your client’s perspective professionally presented invoices are an indication of your attitude and from a bank’s point of view accurate, understandable accounts speak volumes. 

Students Save Time With Calendar Apps

by srpatterson on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:43 PM

How many times have you been told that the best way to get organized is to use a calendar?  It's good advice, but do you actually know anyone who still carries a paper calendar?  Your smartphone probably has a calendar already installed on it, but additional calendar apps are available that can help you sort and sync your schedule to make you more productive.

Calendar apps are a great tool to for students studying at business school, law school, criminal justice school or other any other schools or colleges.  They efficiently organize class schedules, homework, and any other relating tasks. Try out these calendar apps to help you juggle work, school, and your social activities to ensure you'll never miss another appointment.

10 Ways to Source Great Sales Leads

by srpatterson on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:37 PM


The sale always begins with a sales lead. Looking for more sales leads is a critical component of any sales professional's job. Without sales leads, you have no new potential customers to market your product or service to. Following are 10 ways to source great sales leads, to help you start your sales process off right:

Is Keyword Density Still Important For On Page SEO

by srpatterson on Monday, December 19, 2011 9:07 AM
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To answer the question posed in the title, yes and no. Yes, keyword density does still matter but no, it is not as important as it used to be, and in some cases, keyword density is far less important than many of the other factors which go into determining page rank. In situations such as sites which are in relatively sparsely populated niche markets where the level of competition is low, having a somewhat higher keyword density (without overdoing it) can make a bit of a difference.

Using Link Building/Relationship Management Software Pros/Cons

by srpatterson on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 1:19 PM
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If you have spent any amount of time in the link building world, you will note that it takes some serious time to really rally up and start gaining some momentum in the search engines and start to see things pick in terms of where you are ranking in the SERPs.

This is especially true with very competitive keyword phrases. Jumping from page three to page two, and from page two to page one can be very tough in a competitive niche - even when you are link building at a very high scale (however jumping from - say - page eleven to page eight is considerably easier).

Link building and Relationship management (sometimes public relations is a part of it) software is supposed to help you keep track of these relationships. With it, you are able to build a humungous database of contacts, and you are able to keep track of where all your links are coming from.

In an article I have previously written on this website, I describe the benefits of using a system like this. The particular software I was talking about in this case was called Buzzstream, and you can find that article here.

5 Tips for Maximizing Your Experience with Website Designers in Portland, Oregon

by srpatterson on Monday, December 5, 2011 7:39 PM
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If you’re looking to get a website created for your business, finding the sweetest website design in Portland might be more difficult than one would think. But even if you’re able to find the best designer for your needs, you still have some work of your own to do.

With that said, there is definitely a way for you to maximize the effort you put in conceptualizing your design while you look for the right web designer or web design company.

In this article, we will tackle 5 simple tips for maximizing your effort once you finally have the right website designers in Portland, Oregon on board.

Klout, A New Site You Should Be Aware Of

by srpatterson on Monday, November 28, 2011 1:05 PM
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Have you heard of Klout? If you are a business, or a just a student―it's best to keep your knowledge of different social and business sites up to date. Klout is a start up business founded by two friends in 2008.

The main goal of Klout is to measure the influence that you have (or a company) around the web. There is a score from 1 to 100 based on how well you (or a company) can call people to action. In a nutshell, it is a “credit score” that makes your life better. Instead of looking at who is following you, or how many friends you have, Klout looks at what you do. It looks at your retweets, comments, likes, and how it influences other people. Right now, they only focus on Facebook and Twitter.