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.

Small Business SEO Checklist

In 2005 there were 11.5 billion web pages that could be publicly index able by the web. There is an over abundance of information and your browser gives you access to all this information, and to the say the least there is going to be a multitude of so-called experts on any subject and SEO is no different.

There are some SEO best practices that stand the test of time, and regardless of the ongoing debate there are some basics that you need to check off before you start going any further with higher level SEO strategies. You may hear terms like, personalized search, or link building, but before you start getting lost down the rabbit hole please have these items checked off on your list and have these best practices on your tool belt.

Everything Starts with the Key Word

You could know everything there is about SEO, you could have a greatest web designers in the world and have an entire multi-million dollar infrastructure built around your business but in the SEO world if you don’t have the key words that you want associated with your business and eventually ranking for your website it’s similar to having a Ferrari without ever filling the tank with gas and taking it out of the garage to take it for a spin.

You are going to need key words, and you are going to have to find good ones. Good key words, in the SEO world, can be described as key words that are searched for allot but don’t have allot of competition. Eg., the keyword “real estate” is searched for quite a bit but is it realistic to go after such a key word that is very competitive? No.

So do some due diligence and use some free tools on the web to find the keywords that you think will be a good fit. As a general rule of thumb the more niche the better. Yeah, “Red Widgets” may be a great key word with good search volume, but “Red Widgets San Diego” would be allot easier to rank and it is geographically specific to your area so there is a higher chance you will close the deal if it’s a local customer versus somebody who’s calling your from Whistler, BC.

Search Engine Spiders Eat Text

This may seem like Chinese to you but this phrase will make sense if you know how a search engine works. The only way a search engine is going to find your site is with their search engine spider which crawls the web and sends back all the text it’s crawled and it caches it on their servers.

To make sure that your site is cached for the right key word you must tag your HTML appropriately with the level of importance as follows.

  1. Title
  2. h1
  3. h2
  4. first key words of your paragraph
  5. meta description
  6. meta keywords
  7. alt tags for images
  8. actual text on web page

New Content

One very important aspect of a web site that search engines weigh in heavily with their rankings is the updating of content and the indexing of new content. That’s why it’s always recommended that you have a blog on your website that is updated daily with new posts.

If it looks like your site is being outfitted with fresh content on a daily basis that offers more information on your service, brand or product to searchers so Google, or Yahoo! will consider that when ranking their search results for certain keywords.

Submit Your Sitemap

It’s important to have content on your website that is useful to the visitors to your site, but it’s also important for the content to be easily to navigate through. So build a sitemap, make it easy, readable and submit it to Google Webmasters.

Get in the Habit of Linking

Links are basically the scaffolding of the world wide web, they hold all the information together organically with out having a central nervous system, or data center. The web just IS, it’s a force of nature, and an ever expanding organism and the more links your have linking to your website the more scaffolding you have holding up your site, the more relevant you become for certain subjects.

Turn Your Hobby Into a Business With These 5 Steps

You are probably thinking that an economic downturn is not the best time to be thinking about turning your hobby into a profitable business. Think again. This can be one of the smartest moves you can make – if you take the time to plan ahead and give yourself the best chance possible of success.

Here are 5 tips that you can follow to turn your dream into a plan of action.

1. Write a business plan

This is a requirement for any business that will be seeking funding from other people but there is an even better reason for writing a detailed and comprehensive business plan. When you are forced to write your ideas for others to read it tends to focus your thinking, make you seek better proofs for your assumptions, and sharpen your description of the actions that you will be taking. You can find some good business plan models online but the basic requirements are that your business plan should define your business, the products and services that you’ll be offering, how you will distinguish yourself from your competition, and your proposed operating procedures.

2. Consider a corporation or an LLC

If you do not have the time or the inclination to research the best form of business organization for your company then get the advice that you need from an accountant that specializes in business tax returns. Corporations and LLC’s help to protect your personal assets from your business debts and liabilities but there are certain tax advantages to formal business organizations that are simply not available to sole proprietorships. The Inc. or LLC after your business name also adds credibility and cache with customers and business partners.

3. Get the business licenses, permits, and tax identification numbers that you’ll need

Every business other than a sole proprietorship requires a federal tax identification number and every business that hires employees will require one also. Depending on the nature of your business activities and state and local requirements your business may need a particular license or any variety of permits. Do your own research on this or consult with a local attorney who is familiar with other businesses like yours.

4. Open a business checking account

Even if you decide to operate as a sole proprietorship you will still want to open a separate checking account for the business. It’s always a bad idea to mix personal and business income and expenses. For one thing, commingling accounts makes it a nightmare to separate them back out at tax time, and two, you will lose the ability to manage your business finances because you’ll quickly lose track of its actual income and expenses.

5. Create your brand and start promoting

If you do all your business locally then get business cards and a letterhead that will distinguish your business. Develop your business persona and promote it throughout the community. People do business with people that they trust and they like. If your business will be online or with remote customers the same rules apply. Deliver what you promised, and make everybody feel that they are getting their money’s worth from you and more.