Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Boost Your Traffic and Profits with Content

Are you aware of how vitally important and valuable CONTENT is toyour online business? In fact, content can do more to build yourbusiness and profit*s than just about any other resource orservice available. Following is a list of 5 key ways that content can help buildyour traffic, subscribers, and customers starting today!... 1. Boost your search engine ranking and daily visitor count byposting keyword rich articles and content on your web-site. Forexample, if your business involves offering products andservices related to fitness, posting fitness related articlesand content will attract unlimite*d prospective customers on aregular basis! 2. Generate double or even triple the number of newslettersubscribers you do currently, simply by offering content in theform of "special reports" or manuals as bonuses forsubscribing to your publication. People love freebies, so givethem what they want and watch as your results increase! 3. Create an automated cashflow by using content to formulatemulti-part email training courses with related web-site oraffiliate links "sprinkled" throughout each course. Use anautoresponder service to automate the delivery of your trainingcourse (such as a 5 part training course delivered over a 5 dayperiod). Training courses can also serve as excellent bonus offers foryour prospective newsletter subscribers. 4. One of the most important keys to a successful onlinebusiness is not JUST having a list of mailing list or newslettersubscribers... It's about building a trusting relationship withyour subscribers (ie, "cultivating" your list)... By sending informative articles (content) to your list on aregular basis you will establish yourself as an expert on yourtopic of business, as well as gain the trust of your subscribersover time. As a result, your subscribers will be EAGER to takeadvantage of your "paid" product and service offers. (Justmake sure that you NEVER take advantage of the relationship youdevelop with your list by offering products or services of poorquality just to make a quick buck!) If there is one "constant" in Internet marketing, it's this:A cultivated list of subscribers is as good as money in thebank. Write that down and never forget it! 5. Another excellent way to generate no cos*t traffic is bysubmitting ready-made articles to "content hungry" web-siteand newsletter publishers with your "resource box" attached. Aresource box is nothing more than a little 3-6 line "bio" aboutyou and/or your web-site - including a link to your site (or eveninstructions on how to subscribe to your newsletter)... When submitting or offering your article(s) for reprintpurposes, just make sure to specify that each article is to bereprinted "as is" with your resource box attached. ...Even one article can go a LONG way towards generating no cos*ttraffic and visitors for you. Just imagine your article beingsent out to a newsletter subscriber base of 100,000 individuals- many of whom will be reading YOUR included resource box andclicking on your URL to learn more about what you have to offer!Well there you have it, 5 sure ways to build your onlinebusiness exponentially with the help of articles and content...With the declining effectiveness of many of the onlineadvertising methods that we've relied on in past years, contentis only strengthening its position as the ultimate KEY togenerating unlimite*d traffic, subscribers, and customers!

Developing your Child's brain

Have you ever wondered why toys for babies tend to have so many bells, whistlesand lights? Or why they have so many different textures, and materials and colors?It's almost as if we want to provide young babies with a whole world of stimulation and we can't quite get it to them fast enough.Play gyms or activity gyms as they are sometimes called tend to be a firm favorite with babies from newborn up to about 12 months. These play gyms and activity nests mostly comein the form of comfortable, quilted or softly padded playmats, sometimes raised at the edges with a space in the middle for baby (like a ring doughnut).And these play gyms can be either brightly colored or in soft, pastel shades.But don't be fooled by thinking they are just snug and comfy resting places forbabies to fall asleep in!These activity gyms can provide a plethora of visual, audio and tactile stimulationfor fast developing young inquisitive minds.Often decorated with well known and lovable characters, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eyore, or farm and zoo animals as well, they can consist of detachable, hanging parts for small babies to try to grasp. They tend to have parts that are crinkly, soft, scrunchy textures for baby to touch, squeeze and stroke. Some come with bright twinklinglights and bells and others make funny sounds, or musical sounds, and some even do both.You will often find mirrors attached to these activity gyms, so that your babygets to find and see its own reflection, often providing hours of fun for babies and carers alike. All of this is extremely important for developing young minds.Babies are like a sponge, they are ready to absorb whatever information they can - and boy - they can't grasp it fast enough! A lot of new research points to the first three years of life as being critical to a baby'sdeveloping brain. It is a known fact that during this period, not only does the brain triplein weight but it also establishes thousands of billions of nerve connections. Astonishingly, at the age of three, a young child has twice as many nerve connections as many adults. Therefore,in your role as a parent, or primary care giver, it is of paramount importance that you recognizethis and understand just how much development is taking place inside your young baby's brain from birth until the age of three.At birth, children have most of the neurons (brain cells) they need for a lifetime however, these brain cells are not yet linked (or "wired") together to form the complex networks that are requiredfor mature thought processes to take place. And what happens is that in the early years, young children's brain cells form these connections, or synapses as they are commonly called, very very rapidly. One of the crucial ingredients to aiding these connections to form, is experience, and repetition. In a word, the more times you repeat something new, like showing a baby how to scrunch up a ball, the quicker these connections are formed. Therefore, it naturally follows that the more positive interaction you give an infant or toddler, the more you are helping to stimulate young brains. This stimulation causes new connections to form neural pathways and strengthens existing ones. Playing with activity gyms, with allthe bells and whistles that they offer or reading to a child, anything which allows a child to have positive, interactive processes, will aid your child's brain development.So, as you lovingly sit and watch your young baby laughing and gurgling on the play mat or under the activity gym - do not underestimate the power of the changes taking place in the brain, all enriching an inquisitive mind and arming it with a plethora of knowledge andunderstanding for years to come.

Monday, May 19, 2008

How to start an Online Business

Starting a Small business

Planning on starting a small business would be more effective if you have gone over several ideas. It will take you some time to go through several small business ideas before finally landing on one. Choosing the right idea will benefit you greatly especially if you don’t have a background in entrepreneurship. A small business does not have to be a full-time job especially at first. Some people start a small business out of a hobby and when it grows, that’s when they quit their day job and go full blast.
As previously mentioned, not quitting your day job is in fact a great thing for you as you start your small business. As the name implies, a small business won’t let you earn enough money to cover your bills immediately. It takes time. So having a job to keep the money coming in, is a great help. You should not expect to make a profit as soon as you start. You have to keep in mind that starting and gaining traction will be slow at first. You will need to buy your resources or materials, probably rent a place, advertise and market your products or services. Then after a while, when you are able to cover your expenses, that’s the time you can think about leaving your paid employment.
You should try to think of several small business ideas that can fit your personality and lifestyle. It should be something that’s attainable and something that you are passionate about. Most small businesses grow from hobbies of the owners. If you opt for something that you really love doing or something that interests you the most, that’s when you come up with the best results and useful products or services. That’s when people start noticing you and that’s when you start building a name. Thus, a good idea of starting up a small business is to go for an industry or field that you love the most.
On the other hand, if you think you are not the creative type of person who can create something for a small business, a better idea would be to buy a franchise. If you can’t build or manufacture something unique, then selling another manufacturer’s products or services might be better for you. The franchisor will guide you when you are setting up your franchise business. If you think that starting up a small business involves an original idea, or a new product, then franchising has just proven you wrong. In fact, another business that does not have to be completely new is the food business. What is more established than selling food, yet people are entering the business daily and making their fortune from it.
Another great small business idea is perhaps opening a small coffee shop or pastry shop. All you need to do is to consider how your customers will accept your product and your service. What are they looking for? Is it a cheap price? Is it the tasty pretzels or donuts that you are offering? Is it the promo you have every early morning? All you need to do is to find the right niche for your small business and find what out what people want that can’t get now, and you have found your business.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Creativity - Unleash Its Power In Your Business And In Your Life

Unlock your brains - 5 keys to creative mindset

With the world moving at such a rapid pace, and technology becoming obsolete in a matter of weeks, now more than ever is the time for us to stretch our creative skills and mindset.
A creative mindset is not the same as an artistic skill; creativity is the mental phenomenon of getting ideas and finding solutions. It comes out of the blue, some say is divinely guided. If you've ever had a great idea, you know what the exhilaration feels like.
Holding a creative mindset is key, especially in this era of rapid change and growth. Here are 5 things you can start doing today to move your mindset over to the side of creativity and unlimited possibility. When you open your mind to innovation and spontaneity, they'll become your daily companions and reward you both in business and in life.
1. Practice gratitude daily
Oprah Winfrey, no slouch in the success department, credits her daily gratitude list as one of her secrets to success. If you're ready to write this off as a fluffy self-help indulgence, then think again. Shifting to a mindset of gratitude opens your eyes to look for new things, namely the good in your everyday surroundings. It's problem solving at its best- imagine being stranded with a flat tire in the rain and you suddenly ask yourself what you could POSSIBLY be grateful for. Suddenly, everyday items become lifesavers and the simple fact that you're safe and alive floats to the heart of your awareness.
2. Add a big dose of appreciation
Appreciation is the next step in the gratitude process. It's when you open your heart to the greatness of someone or something. I advise my audiences to find something homely or ugly and find things to appreciate about it. Whether it's the fact that someone bothered to make it, or that the colors are pleasing to someone somewhere, EVERYTHING has at least a tiny bit to appreciate about it. This creative exercise stretches into all aspects of business and life. Try it and see!
3. Take time out
Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was not discovered when he was crunching numbers. He claimed it dropped into his head while he was listening to music. Working through a problem is not the best way to find a creative solution. Trust that the answers are coming to you; sitting in a workspace isn't necessarily the best place for that to happen. Get up, get out, and maybe your big break is outside waiting for you.
4. Zap your limiting beliefs
A limiting belief is anyplace in life where you throw your hands up in the air and exclaim, "That's just the way things are!" You may hold the belief that your expertise is of no use to the world, or that you have nothing valid to contribute to the masses. You may hold the belief that you aren't ready for something or that you need permission to stride to your next level of accomplishment. Put those beliefs aside, recognize them as illusions and watch things take off for you. This will unlock your creative blocks for sure.
5. Surround yourself with winners
I advise all of my clients to create a "Personal Board of Directors", people who serve as advisors, brainstorm partners, and mentors. A member of your personal board must be someone you trust, respect, and who holds your best interests in mind. (I call them your cheerleaders). Now that you've activated your creativity, you'll need good people to run these great ideas past.
The creative mindset rewards you greatly in both business and in life. It exercises your brain, invites new ideas and possibilities, and helps you come up with original, fresh ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. Invite creativity to become your daily companion and watch the opportunities unfold before you.

How to Create The life that is right for you

Creativity isn't just about writing stories, painting pictures, composing music and all of the other recognised creative acts from cooking to architecture and film making to video game design.
The biggest creative project of your life IS your life.
You create yourself, moment by moment, day by day, experience by experience, and become the person you want to become. Right?
Well, it's not always quite that easy. Any number of other factors play a part in what seems like a grand conspiracy to steer you off course from your true path as often and as dramatically as possible.
There's one underlying fact though that never changes. It's the secret to why your creative life is always yours to make of it what you wish.
That secret is "choice".
Though often it may not feel like it, you have the choice in how you react to situations. You have the choice in what you do with your time. You have the choice in how creative you want to be. You have the choice in the person you want to be.
It's never too late to reclaim this power of choice, and here's a powerful technique you can use to get you started:
Reclaiming Your Choice
Think of one or two situations or areas in your life where you feel you're not where you want to be, or you're not in control of where you're heading. Then, take the first area and write out a statement in the following form:
Instead of (situation now) I will (ideal situation).
Insert the situation as it stands now in the first part, and the situation how you'd like it to be in the second part. Here are a couple of examples:
Instead of feeling I have no time to create, I will feel like I'm spending a minimum amount of time every day on the creative projects I enjoy.
Instead of fearing how each project will turn out, I will approach every new venture with confidence and passion, and create the best I can.
Instead of feeling I have no ideas, I will have a steady flow of new ideas and be able to develop them to their fullest potential.
Then when you have a few, pick just one statement. Ask yourself what action you can choose to take to move you closer to how you want to be. Use this kind of format, write it down:
3 steps I could take towards this in the next 48 hours are:
The final step is where you're going to put your words into action. Pick one of the 3 steps you've written, and commit to taking it. Today. Right now.
Just the process of writing out these kind of statements reconnects you with the fact that you have a choice in where you're heading and who you are.
Use this exercise as often as you need to, to stay in touch with the power of choice, and to create the life that's right for YOU.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Are you married or about?

5 great ideas for wedding favours
As a bride and groom enter the planning phase of their walk down the aisle, there are plenty of details to settle on that deal with the reception and other aspects of matrimony. While selecting the cake, making floral decisions, and deciding on a theme are important, choosing the right wedding favors is an aspect that adds the finishing touches for both the newly married couple and their family and friends in attendance.
It is through wedding favors that a special keepsake or memory-filled item is taken home to serve as a reminder of the beautiful ceremony and precious union of two people. Below you will find five approaches on how to select wedding favors that not only perfectly match matrimonial themes, but also infuse a personal style that complements both the bride and groom.
1) Say It With Chocolate
When choosing wedding favors, you can't go wrong with candy items. Today, any shape, style, or subject wedding favors can be fashioned into chocolate keepsake. Depending on the theme of your wedding, the possibilities are limitless to only what the imagination may conjure. A few ideas may include chocolate flip-flops for a beach-themed wedding, decorative flowers to match the chosen floral arrangement, or delicious treats displaying the name of bride and groom. There truly is no limit to the kind of molds a pastry chef may create for designer chocolate.
2) Toys, Toys and Toys
It doesn’t matter how old the attendees are, wedding favors as toys are fun keepsakes that allow bride and groom to personalize an array of possibilities. Some of the items that have found their way to a range of reception tables include kazoos, yo-yos, carved wooden items, and the very popular bobblehead doll.
3) Nothing Wrong With Tradition
Traditionally, wedding favors have included the well-known arrangement of five white or multi-colored Jordan almonds nestled in a simple favor container. Some couples opt for small boxes of chocolate hearts, truffles, or other sweet treats. While some couples look at this approach as boring, there is nothing wrong with siding with tradition. Today, more and more of these types of wedding favors now display an upgrade. Decorating the outside of a candy box with a photo of the newlyweds, or placing Jordan almonds in non-conventional packaging (such as personalized champagne glasses) are just some of the ways to embrace tradition.
4) For the Environmentally Conscious
While choosing wedding favors made from recycled materials helps newlyweds do their part to save the environment, there are other ways to make a more profound impression on guests. A few ideas to consider include sending family and friends home with flower bulbs or baby trees that they may repopulate the world with natural beauty in honor of your wedding.
5) Personalization is Key
To make sure guests remember one of the most special days in your life, you may select from a wide range of personalized wedding favors that allow brides and grooms to express themselves in a multitude of fun and fresh ways. Commonly personalized wedding favors may include matchbooks and mugs showcasing names and dates, but today, a new world of personalization is possible. Try considering embroidered pillows, silver picture frames, Visa gift cards, over-sized beach towels, and T-shirts ("I went to the Smith and Baker wedding and all I got was this lousy T-shirt").

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Tips On how to Get your ex-Girl friend back

Get together again

Getting back your girlfriend after a fight or breakup can be a daunting task. Before you go for it you probably need to ask yourself a few questions. Most important, do you want her back because you truly love her for who she is or because you would be ashamed to be seen by your friends without your 'trophy'? Was your relationship a positive one, where common ideals and goals were shared or did the relationship consist mostly of fights and disagreements?
If you believe you and your girlfriend have something special and you know deep down that she is the love of your life, then you owe it to yourself and her to make an honest attempt at getting her back. If this is the case don't sit and stew and let your mind play through 'what if' or 'if only I had done that' senarios - this is just not constructive.
You may be going through all sorts of emotions; anger, regret, fear and longing. That's ok, it's normal. Realize though, all the back and forth only wears you out. Make a decision to let her go or get her back - that's it!
If you decide to get her back, then you must decide how. You can go the direct, honest and heartfelt route, (and this is what worked for me), If that's all it takes consider yourself lucky. Just tell her you love her and want her back and that you are willing to work at the relationship. If you feel you made a mistake you must be willing to ask for forgiveness, if you feel she was the one who screwed-up, you must be willing to forgive and not dwell on past insults or grievances.
If you want to be more manipulative - and you know she's jealous, just her seeing you with an attractive lady could be enough to send her running back to you. You know your lady and if you feel that will work, go for it - just realize - that it may backfire.
Getting back your girlfriend can be tough, and friends may not always be supportive. If you are truly serious about getting your ex-girlfriend back, let me recommend a complete program that is designed for people in your exact situation, it's a great resource for keeping your most valuable relationship healthy. To discover more - visit my site in the "About the Author" section. I wish you the strength and wisdom to get your ex girlfriend back - and keep her by your side.