Ever since Alta Vista, Lycos, HotBot, Infoseek and the other early search engines came on the scene I've always tried to think about the 'vocabulary' and 'vernacular' that someone would use to find me, my website, my clients website or pretty much anything on the web.
Not to upset my graphic design friends but words are more important than images when it comes to what 'brings' a visitor to a website. Of course, once they get there they have to have the 'Works' - and most importantly… Read More
Added by Pat Howlett on October 30, 2008 at 6:30pm —
Belief is not enough to achieve the results that most of us desire when it comes to our personal and professional lives. How many of us have had a great idea and said that it would probably work, but did nothing with that idea? Then we latter see that someone else had that idea, ran with it and achieved a high level of success that we could have had for ourselves. The idea that things will take care of themselves is simply a false notion. We may believe that we live a great neighborhood where… Read More
Added by Jim McNeely on October 30, 2008 at 7:14am —
I recently read an email from a friend of mine who was returning from a third world country. Something that she "said" struck me. She mentioned that she had lost her cell phone and felt that she was "once again" having to learn a lesson about "attachment".
It kept coming back to me and I couldn't help but wonder, "is that the lesson, or is it something else? Is attachment a bad thing?"
Maybe the lesson is about gratitude. Maybe we "lose" things because we need to be reminded to… Read More
Added by Heather O'Sullivan (HeatherO) on October 29, 2008 at 5:53pm —
A few days ago, several family members were leaving to go on a cruise. It was to be THE vacation, and everyone was excited. One of the family members going along was the grandmother to my cousin. At 80 or so, she was stable, but not as spry as everyone else. She took the slightest misstep coming down the few concrete stairs in the garage, and fell down. She landed flat on her back, her head smacking the concrete floor. She was conscious for about 60 seconds, and then fell into a coma from… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 29, 2008 at 11:08am —
Register to Vote (most places have your name in the system and during the day can go fast):
A few links for information on… Read More
Added by Martin Brossman on October 27, 2008 at 9:40pm —
As I read the news and follow the tradegy of the death of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew I find myself saddened because I know that the world has so much more potential then what it exhibits during it's darkest and most somber times. I have often contemplated what would drive someone to snuff out the potential of another human being. Many answers have been given, but none seem rational when cooler heads prevail. When people become strickened with fear or feel threatened,… Read More
Added by Jim McNeely on October 27, 2008 at 8:48pm —
Decided I'd write about Leslie while she was away on a Cruise doing exactly what she try’s to help everyone she works with do...
"Living life to it's fullest - doing exactly what you were meant to do."
that’s my quote about her, taken from the conversations we've shared.
After the 1st couple minutes of meeting Leslie one immediately knows that she is meant to work with people; helping them become better leaders, chart and achieve their goals, live an abundant life… Read More
Added by Pat Howlett on October 20, 2008 at 10:30am —
My latest podcast is Selling a Business an interview with Jeff Snell.
Got to this link to hear it: http://inquireonline.info/sales/selling-a-business
Or to this link to hear it and all the podcast of Inquire On-Line:… Read More
Added by Martin Brossman on October 19, 2008 at 10:45am —
Professional Networking on the Web By Anora McGaha,
"WAKE COUNTY, N.C.
There's a new group in town, for online networking; one that really helps people apply the tools of online social networking to daily business. Professional Networking on the Web. What do you know about that?
A few of you have been doing this for years, and this may or may not appeal. Maybe you like to share what you know, then you might like to participate. But for most of… Read More
Added by Martin Brossman on October 16, 2008 at 7:30pm —
After a two-month escrow, with its typical ups and downs (and a couple of dropped balls that almost caused us to lose the contract), we closed on our new home this Monday. The joys of being a homeowner have already come with the tradeoff--the bills are piling up. New deposits, forced reflooring expenses, replacing the water heater, exterminator appointments, prepping this home for move-in while packing up the old and fitting in two business trips and working on two businesses...all in the next… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 15, 2008 at 11:00am —
Anyone who spends time on inSide919 or our other emerging Micro Networks, realizes pretty quickly that I spend a bit of time doing this and that I have a real passion for it, so it does not end up being 'work'.
There are real benefits that go with creating this network. I get to meet - and get to know a much larger group of people than I'd ever meet via any other forum. I don't think that there is a 'need or want' that I could have for myself, my family or business that I could not… Read More
Added by Pat Howlett on October 14, 2008 at 11:00am —
Looking at what is happening in the world, whether regarding Wall Street, real estate or the upcoming elections, can feel very scary. With all the change going on, it’s important to remember that change is always an opportunity for growth, no matter how uncomfortable it might be while occurring. As the economy gets tighter, our own impulse to get organized and declutter gets stronger... We feel a need to do more with less. We feel a need to get a better grasp on our bank accounts and vital… Read More
Added by Emily Parks on October 14, 2008 at 11:00am —
Think about your friendships with your closest friends. Chances are, the two of you are not exactly the same people you were when you met years ago. And yet, your friendship has grown, usually stronger, no?
When it comes to your business, the buck typically starts and stops with you. So a lot of who you are will show up in your business: its brand, strategy, growth, mistakes, direction.
It's only natural that you'll meet with unexpected situations, some of which could turn… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 10, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Vigor Creative just finished redesigning our website, and it looks great! Please stop by for a visit:
Added by Christina Thompson on October 8, 2008 at 5:00pm —
The success of videos posted at your Web site or YouTube depends in no small part on the quality of execution, and those made in-house are most vulnerable to amateurish production values. Not to worry: In a guest post at the HubSpot blog, Catie Foertsch offers her best tips for giving your DIY videos a professional look:
Start with a script. Foertsch advises against improvisation for a very simple reason: "[Y]ou'll turn on the camera and find yourself tongue-tied as you try to think… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 8, 2008 at 12:00pm —
As it becomes easier than ever to produce and distribute online videos, you probably see how the medium can serve as a key marketing tool. And in a guest post at HubSpot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog, Eric Guerin explains how to give your DIY efforts the competitive edge:
Start with a plan. Don't approach the project haphazardly—treat it like a traditional marketing campaign, and remember to track your video's effectiveness with tools like TubeMogul.
Hit 'em with your… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 7, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Running a small business can be a risky endeavor, but you don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to marketing. Taken from The Reach Group's Free Agent Formula—created by Cheri Hanson, Lisa Johnson and Cassie Pruett—here are the top five mistakes made by entrepreneurs:
Creating a business that follows money instead of your strengths. Without a passion for your product or service, you're already at a disadvantage. Says Hanson: "If you're unhappy or out of sync with your natural… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 6, 2008 at 12:00pm —
On Sunday, my husband and I spent the afternoon revising a book proposal that we are sending to a publisher in New York. The weather was so gorgeous that we broke out a bottle of wine and sat on the back porch to read the entire fifty-page book proposal aloud to each other including headings, subheadings and footnotes. While my husband read from his computer, I read from a hard copy attached to a clipboard, and we would switch reading after each section or a few paragraphs.
Why would… Read More
Added by Megan Cutter on October 6, 2008 at 5:00am —
As we were at lunch today, we noticed our waitress spent more time on her cell phone than she did with her customers.
Now, an emergency is an emergency, and I would never fault someone whose serviced suffered a bit due to a bona fide issue.
But surely we haven't become SO complacent that we just accept non-service?
At what point did it become alright to take phone calls from friends in the middle of a transaction? At what point was it acceptable to no longer… Read More
Added by Michelle Gower-WordPress Mentor on October 4, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Let me first say that I don't consider what I do as an "Alternative Healthcare" modality, but it is outside of the mainstream of recent tradition so I just have to cope with it.
As a chiropractor I have been interested to follow economic trends and their influence of alternative healthcare spending. I recently heard a statistic that vacation spending over this past summer in eastern North Carolina was down by 40%. (My guess is that this is pretty accurate.) On the same day, I heard about… Read More
Added by George Ellwanger, DC on October 3, 2008 at 10:01am —