Secret Of Using Blogs To Drive Traffic To Your Home Business Site

One of the main benefits of creating a blog is that you can use it to drive traffic to your home business web site or your offline home business. And the key to doing this is to make sure that your target audience can find your blog as easily as possible.

This means you need to do whatever you can to get your blog ranked as high in the search engines as possible, and make sure that the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN know when you have updated your blog so they can visit it and “index” your latest blog post–ensuring it appears in their search results.

Since Google is the largest and most powerful search engine for generating traffic to your home business blog, you will probably want to focus a great deal of your attention here.

Fortunately, there is one particular strategy you can use to make sure Google knows exactly when you have added new content, so that it can visit your home business blog and index your latest post… which enables people searching the internet to find your blog.

Only when Google has visited and indexed your new blog content will that content show up in Google’s search engine. Any by telling Google to come and visit your blog, you will get your latest content into the search engine much faster– potentially by weeks or even months–than if you wait for them to find it.

We’ll use our home business site ([http://homebusinessnow.blogspot.com]) to illustrate the step-by-step process you need to follow to use this strategy effectively.

Your first step is to submit your blog to Google. Your home business blot must be submitted to a search engine to speed up the process of getting listed in Google’s search results. To do this, go to Goolge and when the URL shows up, add the following without the quotes to Google’s address “addurl”. Hit “enter” and on the next page enter the URL of your blog and a brief description and submit and you are done!

Now wait a few days (you can add more than one URL if you have several blogs running) to check if your blog has been visited by Google. To verify if your home business blog has been added go to Google’s search engine just type Google (dot) com into your browser window. When that page opens enter “cache: followed by the URL of your blog site. If your blog has been visited by Google, you will see the date of the visit at the top of your blog page plus a “cached” (saved) version of the page on that particular date.

You can double-check your listing status in Google by searching for a unique string of words in one your blog posts as if you were an internet surfer looking for information. As an example, enter the following words with the quotes, “make money with a home business” and you’ll see our main site come up. At the time of this writing, our site was ranked #2.

Your blog will appear in the search results if Google has visited and indexed it.

End of the Year – Time to Set Goals and Clear the Cache for Online Article Writers

As the most prolific online article writer in the history of mankind, I have often been asked when is enough? When will you stop writing articles, well right now, writing articles is my default setting and it is set at about 10-50 articles per day, depending on whatever else is going on in my life. Still, those who ask these questions have my best interests in mind. And 2008 is here now and so I have to discharge some of the articles that I have not written yet and put off so far.

There is no sense in denying the fact that these article titles below are just never going to happen. It’s not that I can’t write these articles, I easily could, but I want to keep writing fun and do not wish to force myself to write them. However, they are indeed, articles that the public needs and so I am offering these article titles to you, as maybe you might have something to say on these subjects and may wish to turn keyboard to screen and get them done on your own accord. Below are the articles, I am not going to write:

  1. 2008 Laptop Battery Software – Know Exactly How Much Time You Have When You Start Your Computer
  2. 2008 Solar Powered Wheelchairs – What About Solar Powered Cars?
  3. The Collective is Dangerous – It Wants to Steal Your Identity, Ego and Self – Do Not Submit
  4. 2008 Cell Phone Records to Find Influenza Outbreaks
  5. 2008 Foreclosures Increasing by 1% – Increases Crime by Two and a Third Percent
  6. In 2008 I Want a WiFi Skateboard with an iPod and iPhone Option – And I Want it Now!
  7. Trusting the Terrible Toxicity of Transferring Terabytes that Transcend your Terminal in 2008
  8. In 2008 – The Religion of Collectivism is the Most Dangerous of All Known Movements
  9. Stocking the Shelves in the Middle of the Night Stoned Out of their Mind Until 2009
  10. In 2008 Do a Little Less Talking, a Little More Walking and a Few Less Excuses – You’ll Be Fine
  11. 2008 Bingo Behavior and Competitive Chaos – The Secret Side of Senior Citizens
  12. She Despised People with Egos – I Worry About People Without
  13. Community business lack of integrity gets around fast, on the internet scum can last for years.
  14. In 2008 Your Personality is Great use it with Honor and Without Debate!
  15. Recession Proofing a Nation Using Franchising, Small Business Solutions and Entrepreneurial Training in 2008
  16. If the Mass Mobs Screws Up Everything in 2008 – Why Are We Rushing to Collective Idiocy?
  17. Are You Pulling Strings, Influencing Puppets or Leading the Field – Concentrate in 2008
  18. Why Are You Trying to Convince Me That I am Not Open Minded – Look in Your Own Mirror
  19. 2008 Grassroots Political Campaigns – Don’t Forget Bingo Night – Bring Prizes!
  20. UGVs and ROVs to Fight Fires Remotely – The Future is Here
  21. Futurist Website or Just the Latest Current Technologies and Innovations in Science?
  22. Is the Young Policeman’s Ego Getting them Into Trouble with the Collective Citizen’s Perception?
  23. How Can We Make the Human Collective Computer Smarter than all Humans and All Computers?
  24. Hiding From Yourself – The Easiest Person to Avoid
  25. Collective Intelligence or Collective Stupidity?
  26. The Difference Between a Story, Work, Piece, Article, Column, Book, Editorial and Novel
  27. You Should Fear Those Who Fear You Most of All
  28. Individual to Collective – If I am Not Important, then Stop Asking Me Questions and Bothering Me
  29. Writers On Strike for More Money Spend their Days Off Writing for Free
  30. A Dead Zone is Not a Place Where Paris Hilton’s Cell Phone Doesn’t Work
  31. 2008 Oil Change and Fast Lube Industry – Challenges Ahead
  32. What if US Consumers are Paying $4 per gallon in 2008
  33. Was Your Small Business Less profitable in 2007 or 2006 – What About 2008?
  34. 2008 Oil Change and Fast Lube – State of Industry Predictions
  35. 2008 Auto Industry and Related predictions
  36. Lack of Respect Does Not = Hate – Just Like Tolerance Does Not Equal Acceptance
  37. God Bless the Weather, Tropical Storms, Global Warming and the TV Ratings
  38. The Universe is All in Your Eyes – What an Organic Engineering Marvel?
  39. Big Bang Believers Need to Re-Think Reality in Relation to this Dimensional Realm
  40. Who Do You Think You Are – Human or Something?
  41. Steroids for the Brain – It is Already a Huge Problem
  42. Trying to Sell Real Estate in a Buyers Market
  43. Could The US Army Hit the Skids Due to a Budget Crisis?
  44. UN Chief Needs to Resign; He Says Confront Global Warming or Face in Oblivion?
  45. It’s the End of Advertising as We Know It – And I Feel Fine!

Now that my friends is consolidation and getting rid of the baggage so you can lighten your load and be ready to take off in the new year. I want you to think about this for a moment, what do you have on your plate that you know you will never do in 2008? Maybe it’s time you cleared your plate and set a new course for the future.

How to Grow Your Lawn Care Business During Cold Months, Beyond Adding the Obvious Services

It’s cold in many areas of the country. Temperatures are steadily falling in many states, but that does not mean your business profits have to go down as a lawn maintenance company. One of the most effective ways to grow your lawn care business during the fall and winter months is to add new services.

Goal: Healthy Bottom Line

During the winter months, many lawn maintenance companies market the obvious services such as blowing leaves, mulching, aerating, pruning, and similar services. These are needed services that most lawn care companies tout and bank on to assist in a healthier bottom line.

Grow Your Lawn Maintenance Business by Working with Foreclosures

But to exponentially grow your lawn maintenance business during slower months, you can capitalize off a needed service that has cropped up as a result of the astronomical number of foreclosures on the market: foreclosure cleanup. Foreclosure cleanup businesses generally handle a plethora of services which can include the following: debris removal, interior and exterior cleaning, lawn mowing, trimming, tree removal, roof repair, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, window boarding, door boarding, lock changing, inspections, carpet cleaning, laying and carpet removal, painting, minor repairs, and the like.

Work On HUD Homes

In many scenarios, the homes needing foreclosure cleanup services are HUD homes and often the work is given to smaller companies by foreclosure realtors or larger property preservation companies working as an extension of HUD’s M&M Contractors (“Management and Marketing” Contractors).

Choose Services that Work with Your Business

Though foreclosure cleaning businesses can offer a plethora of services, as a lawn maintenance business, you can choose to add foreclosure cleanup services that fall in line with the services you already offer in your business. For example, you can offer lawn and exterior debris removal such as the removal of limbs, fallen trees and piled up junk such as bicycles, swing sets, grills, etc., from homes that have been abandoned or are in the foreclosure or pre-foreclosure state.

Put Truck and Trailer to Work

As a lawn maintenance company, you likely already have a truck and/or a trailer you can use to pick up exterior debris and haul to the junk yard. You probably already have a saw, large bags, needed gloves and face masks and a small crew. Use them to get a foot in the foreclosure cleanup industry in your area.

You can also choose to offer drive way and exterior pressure washing. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can easily rent one at The Home Depot or a similar rental outlet. Throw it on your truck and offer this service as part of your foreclosure cleanup cache of services during the cold months so you can profit during what is traditionally a slow time for lawn care businesses.

If you are equipped, you can also offer snow removal (consider partnering with a like company) and interior trash-outs. Remember, you likely already have a truck and you are familiar with the real estate contracting industry as a lawn maintenance company; so why not buy some cleaning supplies, hire qualified interior cleaners and put some miles on that truck in the winter months by offering foreclosure cleanup services.

Using Equipment You Already Have On-hand

The trick in adding basic foreclosure cleanup services to your lawn care business is to keep in mind the equipment you already have on hand. Take inventory of the tools, equipment and supplies you already have, research the foreclosure cleanup industry, and get creative on how you can maximum equipment inventory in your area in the fall and winter months.

Check Your Business Insurance and Licensing

You will want to contact your insurance agent to make sure your existing coverage is ample to cover the new foreclosure cleanup services you want to add to your lawn maintenance business. Also, give a quick call to your governing business license office (i.e., in some areas, the County Clerk) to make sure your current business license is ample to offer foreclosure cleanup services.

Get a Quick Start

To get started quickly, pick up some new car magnets from your local print shop or online printer (less than $30 bucks in most cases!), order some new business cards (you can find free business cards online), find a list of Realtors in your area (go to your multiple listing service) and start contacting them announcing the new aspect you’ve added to your lawn maintenance company’s cache of business services.

Good luck with your lawn maintenance business as you venture into the world of foreclosure cleanup!