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A free domain name?

Register.com sent me and unsolicited email about free domain registeration that they are giving away till 3/25/08. I thought it looked like an interesting deal so I headed over to the site to read the find print. It is actually free for 1 year from the date of registration (you will need to buy your own hosting plan separate from the domain if you wish to use it), the catch is that they want your credit card information on the account so that when the free year is up they can charge you for a second year and so on. They charge $35.00 for 1 year domain registration!! What a rip off! I actually do not recommend register.com's hosting plans to anyone who wishes to have control over their site/ SEO. I...

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Choosing a webhost is now easier!

Many readers have inquired about website hosting plans and services. There are a number of options to choose from and often times the choices can seem overwhelming. I have found another helpful resource for those shopping for web services. If you visit http://www.webhostingchoice.com you will find a very easy to use tool that allows you to search for plans and services that fit your needs. I believe this tool is helpful and will save time with it’s side by side comparisons of services within your search range. If you are looking for information on a number of hosts and services and would like to see them all in one place you would benefit from following the link posted above. Also, if you are new to site building or if this is...

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Blog marketing idea- blogger business cards

I just found a great deal for bloggers who wish to market their blogs outside the realm of the internet. You can get 100 FREE business cards, you just pay the shipping cost! These blogger business cards are a great way to market your blog in the "real world"! On ooprint.com you can design your blog business card with their user friendly site, the blogger specific templates allow you to list your blogs main keywords & tags on the business card along with your preferred contact info. If you are looking for ways to grow your blogs readership real world marketing through blogger business cards is a great idea that you may want to look in to!...

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Payperpost, Google, page rank, paid links and the debate.

Did you know that many bloggers who get paid to blog are suffering from dramatic page rank drops? Do you know why? It is because of Google's rules about "passing page rank" through paid links. Payperpost is a great way for bloggers to get paid for writing but questions have been raised about whether or not they are asking you to break google's "passing page rank" rules. Some payperpost writers claim that using "rel=nofollow" in the html for sponsored links is against the payperpost terms of service. Not using it will surely impact your page rank and may even get your sites removed from google so what decision will you make? Which one is more ethical? Are you looking to make money or to provide helpful content to web users,...

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So you have a blog and a dream, how do you get there?

With any goal or dream perseverance and determination are key. You can do anything you want to if you set your mind to but you also have to take steps every day to get to where you want to be. Everyone has dreams and goals but many people become caught up and forget to take those small steps everyday towards attaining your goal. You have your blog and your content but it's not quite performing the way you had hoped, do you want to make your blog more profitable or valuable? In order to do this you need people to read what you publish and you need to improve your page rank and get into the search engines. The higher your page rank is and the more readers you have the...

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Does your business need a fresh perspective?

Ever heard the phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Do you believe it? I sure hope not because in business and in life it is so important to try new things and to take a new perspective every once in a while. Learning “new tricks” is essential to success, it keeps us ahead of the game and it pushes us to learn and grow. If you never try anything new you will always get the same old results! If your business or life is not where you want it consider getting a different perspective from an ActionCOACH. The mentors/ coaches are positive and successful people who can help you achieve your goals! See a mentor or coach about your concerns or goals, you can learn new ideas and...

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Accouting Program for Small Business Owners

Small business & hobby business owners often have a hard time with accounting software. Small companies often do not have the money to buy expensive accounting software and often times they don't even really need all the bells and whistles that the expensive programs offer. Small business owners care about bookkeeping but often times have a hard time finding a tool that will help them take care of business. Today I learned about a rather unique company that takes a different approach altogether. They offer a web based accounting program that does the basics in small business accounting. It's called LessAccounting.com. The idea they have is to offer accounting solutions that get out of your way and let you run your business. I went over to the site and created a free...

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Great custom signs for business owners

I was looking around the web today and I found this site that makes custom signs, magnets, bumper stickers and banners for businesses. Visit: http://www.buildasign.com/ I like the site because you can design your sign right there online much like VistaPrint allows you to! I enjoyed checking out the magnetic car signs/car bumper stickers page and am playing with a design right now to have printed through them for my own business (Custom Gifts by Talina). I don't see prices listed on the site so I get the impression you have to create your design before you can get size and price information. However, this is the most user friendly site I have found and it makes creating your own sign, banner, bumper sticker, etc a snap! This is way quicker and...

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Craft Show Tables & Booths

This last weekend I did my first outdoor 2 day craft show at the 3rd annual Slide Rock Apple Festival. Taking on outdoor events meant I had to make some investments in equipment and supplies that would make my space look good. We bought an EZ-Up Instant Shelter to protect ourselves and the products from the elements. We had some problems with the EZ-Up but I'll talk about that in another post. Anyway, I am trying to find some ways to make my booth a bit more inviting and eye catching. Yes, that is my booth in the photo...

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Sometimes you are just disposable to them

So, I was hired on at a local golf club. A friend referred me and I got the job. This friend was also my boss, I was hired to be a catering manager under her. Well today she called me in and the essentially fired me, they felt it was best we went our separate ways.. I feel shocked and betrayed. Nothing specific happened, just hard times in general. People don't like change and I was there to change things...

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A New Chapter Begins!!!

Today is the beginning of a new chapter with my business!! I have the state and city business licenses and the tax id applications ready to be mailed back to the appropriate people.. That means I am an official business! I am also taking all my prepared product over to my new permanent location @ the Flagstaff Swap Meet to get things set up. I joined a co-op organization that makes it possible to display and sell your work without having to pay excessive & costly craft show fees and without having to spend tons of time working various craft booths. I am excited and stressed at the same time. This weekend is The Cupid’s Craft Show at the Flagstaff Swap Meet and I am worried that I do not have enough...

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Reviews on website hosting companies…

My website (Custom Gifts By Talina) went live in November 2005. Over the course of the last few months I have experienced many site building mistakes and frustrations. I am taking search engine optimization classes and chatting with several other small business owners on various groups (AZ Craft Biz Connection & QFLEA) to learn more about website building and marketing. I originally purchased service for 1 year with what I now know as a very bad hosting company (register.com). I learned I was not able to control my site construction as much as I needed and was not helped when I went to them to remedy this. Their "website now" service was not good for SEO and they were very unhelpful and basically refused to let me build my own...

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