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Monday, January 13, 2014

Choosing Real Estate Over Stocks

A lot of people start each day waking up earlier than they want to, and then they drive further than they want to drive and work all day at a job they do not particularly enjoy, around people they do not particularly like; at the same time, however, many of these people have a desire to quit this job and change up their lifestyle - finding a way to instead work for their own self, from the comfort of their own home - and nevertheless fail to ever take the necessary steps.

One of the big things that stands in the way of people taking the leap of faith required for them to quit their job and go out on their own is the fact that "making their money work for them" - instead of "working for their money" - can be an intimidating proposition, and this is especially true when it comes to investing, where the risks are heightened because of the chance you might lose the money you risk.

If you have an interest in starting a life of your own, however, you should realize that it is entirely possible to do so - and when you take the right approach to investing in real estate, you will actually be able to make good money in the short term and great money in the long term, while also protecting your money from risk.

If you are interested in making great money on your own, the best thing for you to do is start looking closely at the ins and outs of rental real estate; the simple truth is, when you invest in the right sorts of rental properties (most particularly multi-family dwellings), you will be able to make truly great money, and will be able to move toward the life of your dreams.

Taking a leap into the unknown can be a bit frightening - but in all actuality, this is a whole lot less scary than reaching the end of your life and feeling like you wasted it; take the time to start learning about things you can do to make money on your own - then get out there, and start doing it!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Using The Buying Cycle To Your Advantage

If you have a small business website, or if you have started a site for search engine marketing, you will likely be using search engine optimization in order to target people who are searching for the product or service available on your site; while this is a great start to driving traffic your way and making money as a result, you should also realize that there are a few more things you should pay attention to in order to make sure this traffic turns into sales - namely, the way the buying cycle works these days.

There is a high percentage of consumers who will head to the Internet these days when there is a product they are thinking about buying (especially a product that will cost a decent chunk of money - which is where your focus should be, especially if you are a search engine marketer), and when they go online, the first thing these people are likely to do is compare the specs on different products; while it is fine to bring traffic your way at this point, one thing you should also realize is that you are unlikely to convert this particular traffic into profits!

The reason you are going to have a hard time turning this traffic into profits is because most people will move from this point to A) asking friends (perhaps on Twitter and facebook) for opinions on the products they have looked at, and B) looking up reviews of these products; this is another big spot in the buying cycle that a lot of people target on their sites, but it is not a big part of the buying cycle for actual sales!

Finally, you are going to arrive at the end of the buying cycle, when consumers will be searching keywords such as "best deals on" the particular product, or "best prices on" the product in question; because this is the part of the buying cycle when the most sales are going to be made, this is the part of the buying cycle you will want to aim to target in your keyword approach, as this will bring you the highest conversion rate!
If you want to make money on your website, bringing lots of traffic your way will be important, but another aspect that will be just important is converting this traffic into sales - and when you understand the buying cycle, you will be well on your way to doing this!

Writing An Effective Press Release

A press release is one of the best ways for you to spread the word about your business, but as with just about any efforts intended to promote your business, a press release will not do you much good unless you take the proper approach; there are a lot of things that go into taking the proper approach - and the proper approach for you may be different from the proper approach for others, depending on a variety of factors - but there are also some basic things that will be important for any press release.

The title of your press release will be the first thing that you should be paying attention to, as this will be the first thing people see when deciding whether or not to read your press release, and it will determine the search engine searches in which you show up; make sure your title focuses on keywords that are relevant to your business, and make sure it is designed to catch the attention of those who see it.

Another area where you will want to make sure you are focusing on keywords is in the anchor text included in your press release; the anchor text, of course, is the text within your content that you turn into a link that points to your site, and when this anchor text focuses on keywords, it will help the search engine ranking of your site as well!

And finally, make sure that any quotes you include within the text of your press release are both descriptive and specific, rather than being something generic; the quote can be a big selling point of a press release, but it can also be ineffective if you do not take the right approach!

In order to ensure that your press release will have a maximum impact, there will still be a number of other things you will need to make sure you are doing, but these tips will get you started on the road to success with the press releases you create!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Turning A Mistake At Work Into A Positive

It is not any fun to make a mistake at work, but if you spend as much time at work as most people spend, mistakes are often inevitable whether you want to make them or not - and while mistakes at work can certainly be a source of frustration, they can also be turned into a positive; by simply understanding a few small things you should do when you make a mistake at work, you can make these mistakes a lot less terrible!

Before you do anything to try to turn the mistake into a positive for yourself, you should take whatever steps you can to correct the mistake; a lot of people will make a mistake at work, get upset about it, and then try to figure out how they can do better next time, but they miss the all-important step in the middle of figuring out what they can do to clean up the mess created by the mistake!

Once you have taken these necessary steps to clean up the mistake itself, it will be time to start turning the mistake into a positive as best you can, and the first step to this is identifying what caused the mistake in the first place; once you have a clear picture of what caused the mistake to occur, you will be better equipped to avoid the mistake next time around.

And lastly, become aware of the fact that you may have to "face the music" as a result of your mistake, and when this happens, it is easy to make excuses or to shift blame elsewhere, but instead of doing these things, get in the habit of taking whatever correction you must take, then move on from the mistake - proving with your actions and with your performance that you have turned things around!

It is inevitable that you will make a mistake at work at one point or another, no matter how hard you may work to do a perfect job - and regardless of whether the mistake is major or minor, make sure you are keeping these tips in mind to know how to turn that mistake into a positive when it occurs!

Friday, January 10, 2014

How To Keep Conversations Short

It is often said that time is money; even if you disagree with this, you surely feel that time is an important asset. Regardless of whether someone believes time to be money or leisure or fun, one thing remains constant: time is important. And even though figuring out "how to keep conversations short" might seem like a funny thing to look at, it is also apparent to most people that there are some conversations they would rather end quickly. And if you learn how to end these conversations quickly - regardless of whether they take the shape of conversations with coworkers, neighbors, or strangers - you will have more time to yourself and the things you want to do.

Be polite: The best thing you can do, when aiming to end a conversation quickly, is to summon every ounce of politeness you can muster. If you are rude to someone when trying to end a conversation quickly, you may find that the conversation actually ends up dragging on longer. On the other hand, your counterpart will leave the conversation feeling fulfilled if you are polite and friendly throughout - which makes it much easier to end the conversation.

Recognize what people want to talk about: Even though conversation is intended to be a back-and-forth exchange between two people, most people truly are most enamored when they are talking about their own self. Turn every question the other person asks back to them if you are trying to keep a conversation short, as they will feel all right exiting the conversation as soon as they have told you all the things they want to tell you.

Know how to graciously finish: Too many people make the mistake of making excuses when they are trying to leave a conversation, and these excuses feel like exactly that: excuses! Instead, you should always end a conversation the same way when you are trying to keep things short: simply tell the person that it was great talking to them, and that you look forward to catching up again!

If you follow these tips, you will be able to consistently keep conversations short when you need to; and what's more, you will do so in such a way that your conversational counterpart always feels fulfilled!

A Look At Three Ways To Increase Your Online Presence

One thing that will be extremely important if you have a business of your own will be that you are able to learn how to maximize all the great benefits offered by the Internet; after all, the Internet can be a great way for you to connect with your current customers, and can be a great way for you to gain new customers without spending a dime on advertising, but if you are not taking the proper steps to get the most out of your online presence, you will fail to capitalize on all the benefits the Internet has to offer!

In order to make the most out of the Internet for your business, the first thing you will want to do is make sure you have a website; if you already have a website for your business, this might seem like an elementary need, but there are many small businesses out there wondering why they are not succeeding, and they have not even taken the time to build a website!

After you have built a website for your business, you will want to make sure you are not just blindly adding content to this site, but are instead taking the time to learn as much as you can about the principles of search engine optimization, and are using these principles in order to ensure that you are showing up highly in search engine searches - as this will go a long way in helping you to gain new customers through the Internet.

And finally, make sure you understand the fact that social media (that is, such tools as Twitter, facebook, and LinkedIn) will be hugely beneficial in allowing you to connect with your customers and your potential customers; create an active presence on these sites, and you will be able to enjoy all the benefits that come as a result!

There are a lot of things that go into building a successful business, but when you take these steps to get the most out of the Internet, you will be that much closer to achieving success yourself!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

How To Write A Job Resume That Works

The job resume you send out to the prospective employers for whom you feel you might be a match will be one of your greatest tools when you are looking to land a job, but one thing you will need to realize, when you are sending out a resume, is that there will be a lot of competition for any job for which you are applying, and in order to rise to the top amongst this competition, your resume will need to do more than simply list the jobs you have worked at before and the education you have accumulated, but will instead need to function as a tool that "sells" you to this employer!

The formatting of their resume is one thing that a lot of people neglect, as they never think about the fact that the way their resume looks will make a big difference in the way their resume is perceived; rather than simply using a "resume template" in Microsoft Word, look around for some creative ideas of how to make your resume stand out, and even consider hiring a resume expert who can help you to craft and create the perfect-looking resume.

Of course, once the prospective employer has given your resume a serious look based on the visual appeal of the resume itself, you will also want to give them something on which they can hang their hat by listing more than just your previous work, but by also listing your strengths and making it apparent that you just might be the right person for the job opening they have - creating a call to action with your resume, instead of simply giving them a dull piece of paper to read!

And finally, realize that just because you have come up with a great resume does not mean this is the resume you need to send out to each place to which you apply; if you are applying for a number of jobs, tailor your resume a bit to make sure it fits for each particular job, as this will increase the likelihood that you will appeal to one of them.

Getting hired can be difficult, but when you know how to craft a resume that works, it can be a whole lot easier - and by keeping these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to crafting a resume that works!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Writing A Job Resume That Stands Out

Your job resume will be the first part of you that a prospective employer will ever see. With the economy and unemployment being what they are these days, you will find yourself competing against plenty of applicants when searching for a job. Due to this, you must understand the ways by which you can make your job resume stand out. Of course, on the surface, it might seem like the only thing you can really do is list your previous jobs and hope for the best. But in so doing, you will be limiting yourself greatly. Instead, you should write a resume that causes a prospective employer to feel like they have to call you; you can do this by learning to make your resume stand out.

When writing your resume, it is extremely important to consider its design. This might seem like an odd place to begin - after all, you are applying for a job, not applying to be a document designer - but you have to consider the prospective employer's perspective. The person reading your resume has likely been at their desk for hours, poring over a huge pile of resumes. Studies have shown that the initial look at a resume lasts about 15-20 seconds. You will not make tired eyes feel kind toward you if you fill the resume with small font and big, blockish paragraphs. Instead, you should aim to design your resume in such a way that it sports clear headings and lots of white space. When tired eyes come across such a resume, it will seem like an inviting escape; you might even get them to spend more than 15-20 seconds on their first glance!

The next thing to consider is the qualifications and accomplishments section, which will go a long way in setting you apart from other applicants. Never fabricate this section, but make sure you dig deep to uncover things that might not have popped into your mind right away. Think about everything that might lead a prospective employer to pick up the phone and give you a call, and include all of it in this section!

Finally, the section of your resume where you list your qualifications will be a big selling point. This is where you set yourself head and shoulders above your competition. This section should be thought of as an advertisement; you should use this section to convince the prospective employer of all the reasons why they should "buy" you.

Job hunting can become a whole lot easier, even in these uncertain times, when you know the steps necessary to make your resume stand out.

Exploring Three SEO Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

When you are working on search engine optimization within the content of your website, paying attention to all the little things you can do that will help will be one thing that will be important; while most of your competition will be paying attention to the big things, adding these little things to your repertoire of SEO tricks will go a long way in setting your site apart - and bringing you extra traffic as a result.

One thing that you need to realize is your site will probably rank a lot more highly if search engines are "crawling" your site on a regular basis, and search engines are unlikely to crawl your site on a regular basis if you are never adding new content; if your site does not "have a reason" to add new content at least three times per week, consider adding a blog section to your site, and update this at least three days a week in order to increase your crawl frequency.

Another thing that will help your site is for you to share link juice with yourself; typically, when you think of link juice, you will think of the links you are giving to other sites, and the links they are giving to you, but you can also spread link juice throughout your own site - linking to certain posts or sections throughout your site.

And finally, remember that writing off-site articles, and submitting these articles to article databases, is a big key to SEO success: one of the benefits of this is that you will create an opportunity to gain new traffic through people clicking on the links in these articles, and another benefit is that you will increase your search engine ranking through the backlinks these articles create.

Regardless of whether you have a website as a means to promote your business or as a means to hopefully make money on its own, make sure you are always keeping your eyes open for the "little things" your competitors are missing - and take advantage of these as a way to gain an edge in the long run.