Posted on 10th January 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
The end of the fiscal year for most businesses is coming to an end so planning for next year has already begun. Those companies that still have money left in their capital budget may be looking to purchase larger commercial items to take advantage of the tax breaks in 2012. With the government in debate on current tax cuts and increases in order to avoid the “fiscal cliff” some businesses are buying now in order to make sure that they get their tax breaks on capital equipment. Large machinery could be at the top of that list like Bobcats from commercial equipment kentucky specialists The Yard Park. They offer both rental and purchases for big name manufacturers like Husqvarna, Toro, Bobcat, or Wacker Neuson.
The new year will bring about some great opportunities and in our area we are already seeing major construction projects going up. One nice incentive for businesses is that even if they are not going to pay cash for equipment there is some cheap money out their to borrow and the interest rates on business loans are still at competitive rates.
Posted on 10th January 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
Since the first doors opened up for businesses online to begin selling merchandise, all the way to our present day, one thing has remained a constant. Shoppers want to pay the lowest prices possible on everything from electronics to humidifiers . The trick to finding the lowest prices online is knowing where to go. After you have shopped for awhile online, you discover which places offer the best prices. You meet up with family and friends and compare notes and get more advice on where to look for the best online bargains. However, you may still be missing out on places that offer the exact items you’re buying which comes with a cheaper price tag.
This is where ShopWiki comes in and saves the day. They do a great job at connecting shoppers online to the retailers that offer the products they are looking to buy that day. Their services is more like a search engine than any online store. They search all over the Internet finding anything and everything that a shopper would buy online. I wanted to test this out for myself, so I decided to do a search on “carpet cleaners” and to find some great information on advantages and disadvantages of the various types of cleaners. There were several places that were offering steam cleaners for sale and many were less than what you pay in the store.Lots of people have never heard of ShopWiki or even aware that a service like this exists on the World Wide Web. It’s a very helpful and useful website for just locating specific items. It’s an added bonus when you get to see which websites are selling your items at the cheapest prices.
Posted on 10th January 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
If you own a color printer you know that the most expensive item is the ink or toner. Luckily today you can find cost effective toner and ink online through various companies. For printers like the Dell 5110cn color printer you can a lot of money by just doing a little research. This 35 PPM printer is an excellent solution for those looking to add a networked color printer to their system. The great thing about laser printers like the Dell 5110cn is that your toner are 4 separate colors. So if you run out of cyan you do not have throw away the entire cartridge like you would for an ink jet printer. By finding great deals on the toner your cost per copy can be well below what you pay to have copies printed off site and the money you would save on labor will add up as well.
Managed servers provide more options for the user looking to benefit from support and consultation from trained professionals. Often businesses fall prey to thinking they are able to provide the optimum environment necessary for data storage; however with a managed server, no longer will you worry because there is certified staff that handles the maintenance of your server for you. Many companies that provide managed server services offer state-of-the-art facilities and constant monitoring to provide peace of mind, so that your business is free to focus on the bottom line: strategic planning for profits. Managed servers are the premium choice when you want to be sure that your server is secure and running at maximum capacity. If your company is eager to take the next step, trust a managed server provider to guide your company to success.
I really never gave too much thought about those home security signs and wondered why someone would even want to put up one in the first place. I assumed it was an employee of the company or some big manager or boss that was advertising for the security place they worked for. Later on as I saw more and more of these signs, I realized it was really customers for these security companies. I figured these companies must have great customer service; since so many home owners were helping to advertise for them, by placing signs in front of their homes. Now it makes me wonder if the signs are better than the actual security systems that get installed. You first have to think like a criminal and figure out ways that you would prefer to break-in other people’s homes and what types of systems you would worry about the most. We often think about the bad guys breaking in at night and this is actually false. Most of your crimes that are centered around the home actually take place during the day. Many house wive are carrying pepper spray to provide a first line defense when they are home alone. The typical family that has a husband, wife, and kids will likely have day jobs and school, so it’s the daytime your home needs the most security. I would choose the day for those reasons and also you have more lighting during the daylight hours and no need to carry any flashlights or lighting equipment.
Now that the November 2012 updates have taken place there are more blog and website owners trying to figure out exactly how to improve their content and links in order to stay in the good graces of google. The changes have been made in large part to provide a more user friendly experience for end users and eliminate spam sites that were made soley for the purpose of gaming the system. I found this cool infographic below that shows the differences in the Panda VS Penguin updates and their impact on the search engine traffic. You can find different opinions on what it now takes to get and maintain Top rankings in Google and the other search engines. More is being written about Authorship and having more of an impact on the sites and content you create. I will be creating a new post based on the articles that I have been reading to help you understand the changes and the things you can do to today to start increasing your authority. It ultimately comes down to creating a unique experience for your visitors and offering them something of value so that they will staay on your site and then come back on a regular basis. You can find articles where they talk about current SEO for 2012 being dead:
” “SEO” means Search Engine Optimization.
There is internal and external SEO. Internal makes up about 15% of the process (I’m told it may be much higher now) and it means to design your site so it follows the best practices proven to rank high on Google. External SEO used to mean to write articles, press releases, blogs, comments, and content with embedded keyword “backlinks” to your site. Now it is changing fast to include social media strategies.
SEO has been traditionally divided into “white hat” or “black hat.” Black Hat is the obvious villainous practice of gaming the system by doing things to raise rankings that Google doesn’t want, and White Hat is just more subtle.
But what does Google want? They want relevant, real content on the internet that people want to read and tell other people about. If Google doesn’t bring you the most relevant content when you search they aren’t doing their job. ” Read more from Ken Crogue at Forbes.com…
I have been demoing several SEO software tools promoting Top 10 Google rankings and wanted to provide some of my insight here. The first one is iBusiness Promoter which has different components on rankings, links, and optimizing your blog or website. You can download a Complete SEO free trial here.
Enter your URL that you are wanting to improve rankings and search engine visibility
Use their keyword suggestion tool to get laser focus on the markets that you should be targeting
Find their suggestions on blog optimization on what to do now in order to start getting ranked for your keywords
Rank tracker lets you see what keywords are tracking and which ones are a dead end
Get high quality backlinks that are Panda compliant and are in line with current (Novemeber 2012) updates
Lastly you can input the URL’s of your competitors and see what they are doing in order to get to the top of the search engines
Final word on iBusiness Promoter SEO software!!! Do not let this replace great content and remember that while these tools can help you accelerate your rankings there is no substitute for creating a site for your customers. Do not simply create pages and content with Search engines in mind. Always start with the customer in mind and any future updates can only benefit all your efforts
Promoting your business, company or just a product or service you might be involved with can be done effectively with postcards. Personal or online brochures are a great way to get the word out about your business and can be an effective marketing tool to have on your side. Do you think your competitors are using brochures or postcards to promote their business? You can customize your print brochure at UPrinting in a matter minutes and customize it with details about your business or a special promotion that you are running. Many companies haven’t even thought about the idea and here is your chance to get a leg up on them. You always want your company or business model to look professional and these customized business brochures are a great way to do just that. They are a marketing tool that gives your business that professional look and feel to it, so people can see your business with a tasteful short description.
You can get your own business brochures starting at $24.99 for 50 and the in as little as one day with rush delivery. These postcards are sure to drive more sales your way and it’s a great way to market your business to targeted customers. You can also receive matching envelopes with your postcards; that also makes a nice touch. Finding companies online take care of your postcards, they can target the market for you, so you are getting the attention of customers interested in your business. At Uprinting.com they have made it easy for any size business to create and customize their own business brochures or postcards. You first just select the style (standard or oversized). The second step is the design process, where you can use a template to design your postcard; you can also upload a design. The choice is up to you when it comes to the way you want your postcards to look. These cheap postcards will pay for themselves in no time and you will soon be enjoying more sales for your business.
Posted on 9th January 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
The newest advertising agencies that are competing online are the ones that started there. That Ad Agency, where there existence started on the web so they know and understand the channels and various models that work. Through their experience and tools they can help you gain the traction that you need in order to enhance your brand both organically and through the search engines. A true advertising agency can also help you synch up your online advertising to make sure that your keywords are landing within your specific target market. This provides you with a comprehensive tracking mechanism to see which ads are being clicked through, and which ones are not matching up with your target campaigns. You can even target your audience with ads based on domain, day of the weeks, and browsers.
In the world of online blogging you will find multiple writings about how to successfully gain new readers and improve your SEO position. There are very few blogs about some of the basic building blocks that can make or break your entire blog. One of the key foundations that any good blog needs is fast reliable webhosting. We learned this very early on as we started to build various channels and really started to learn more about the power of blogging and how to best support our sites. You can find high end servers that can run $500 a month and beyond or you can find cheap hosting for under $100 a year. The key is to understand what you need at that moment and how fast do you anticipate your site will grow.
Many bloggers will cut their teeth on some of the free services like blogger.com but come to realize that while it is a great deal the ability to scale your site and really customize your templates can be limiting. Many of the hosting companies got this ideal early and saw the explosion in blogging so they started to advertise their blog hosting capabilities on hosting sites like Ultra Website Hosting with Litespeed hosting.We can say that we have tried a few different companies and the traffic and uptime can vary greatly between hosts. A few things to ask or explore before settling on a host are:
Can they scale up your server in the event you start getting more traffic than you had anticipated?
What do they do if there is a spike in traffic that may put a heavier load on their servers? Some will shut your account down while others will work with you to find a better solution.
What type of up time do they guarantee?
Lastly, if this is shared plan how many sites do they usually host on one server.
Keep a few of these points in mind and you will find that your blogging will be less frustrating and allow you top focus more on developing your content and customers.
Posted on 8th January 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
Contributed by Milford Woods
A digital video recorder is an amazing tool which allows us to digitally record television programs that air on our standard receivers. This is much better than what we used to have in the old days, this device called a VCR, which involved the use of bulky, cumbersome tapes that we would stuff into the machine, then force us to jump through a number of hoops and solve complex algorithms for the sole purpose of setting the clock to the appropriate time. In fact, you need doctorate in mathematics just to program a VCR, and often times you would have to call the local mathematics doctor to come to your house and program your VCR for you. This was fine if the mathematics doctor was a smoking hot woman, but alas many people who pursue the field of mathematics are frumpy and unattractive.
A DVR solves this issue by making recording as simple as pushing a button. You simply press and let the machine work its wizardry. No more negotiating times and dates, no more having a stack of dust covered VHS tapes in your living room, unable to discern which of those is pornography. Instead, all that data gets stored on a hard drive, which then can be played back at an individual’s leisure. A DVR typically comes standard with your satellite TV subscription from http://www.directstartv.com/directv_equipment/directv_dvr/directv_dvr_tips_and_tricks.html.
Posted on 8th January 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
The numbers on new housing starts came out just recently and the trend was good. For areas like South Carolina and the Eastern states that have been hit hard by the economic downturn this is a breath of fresh air. Seasoned real estate agents like Karen Korner in Charleston, South Carolina can bring her wealth of knowledge and tenure in the industry to help you sell or buy your next home. She is a licensed Charleston realtor with over 20 years in the Charleston area and over 30 years in the real estate business. She has helped families find their dream home and deals directly with each of her customers. In this market you need someone that will represent you and your needs and someone who knows the market to find the right home for you.