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Litter Cleaning For Cats

Almost everyone, adults and kids alike have a natural fondness for cats. They are loving, quiet, and very playful pets that can provide you with years of entertainment. Although most of us have a fondness for cats, that fondness can rapidly diminish when it comes to the litter box. Even the most hardened cat lover may get tired of litter box duty, especially when it comes down to scooping 'you know what' from the litter box.

Cats are very intelligent, instinctively knowing how they should use the litter box. After the cat has finished using the litter box, someone in the family will need to scoop the waste from the litter box. This can be a very dirty and somewhat smelly job, one that is often overlooked during the day when the workload gets heavy. Cleaning up the litter box doesn't take but a few minutes, although most would prefer not to do it at all. Although the litter box will need to be scooped out daily, it will also need to be changed once a week as well, by throwing the current bag out and replacing the box with a new bag and fresh litter.

Those who don't like to scoop out the litter box should invest in one of the best inventions ever - the self cleaning litter box. These litter boxes are easy to use, and will keep the area clean. After the cat has used it, the self cleaning litter box will automatically clean the litter either by sifting or using a device that resembles a rake.

Self cleaning boxes that use shifting will often times have a round design. Once the cat leaves the covered box, the dome on top will revolve for the box to clean. The litter in the box will be shifted with the waste being put below the litter where it is discarded. Once the waste is properly disposed of, the litter will be returned to its normal position in the box for the cat to use again.

Boxes that have raking systems will often times sport a rectangular design. Once the cat leaves the box, the rake will automatically come out and clean the litter. The rake will clean all of the litter in the box, including the clumps of waste as well. Rakes are popular, although the shifting litter boxes are by far more popular and more common.

Those who are often times away from home could greatly benefit from a self cleaning litter box. They are great to have for cats that spend a lot of time by themselves, as they virtually eliminate any scooping of litter on your part. You can find them at your local pet or department store, even online as well. They are very affordable - and ideal for anyone who doesn't like scooping waste from their litter box.


How to Ensure Perfectly Clean Laundry With Steam Washing Machines

With the Industrial revolution that took Great Britain by storm in the 18th century, it was perhaps the first time when steam machines became highly popular. The invention of steam engine gave momentum to the industrial revolution that spread over other parts of the globe. The process of washing clothes was predominantly restricted to manual labour until the emergence of the industrial revolution in the early 20th century. Till few years back steam was used to wash clothes instead of water, adding a new outlook to the progressive alterations in the technology. This as a result gave rise to the invention of steam washing machines. Nevertheless, the utility worth of steam was acknowledged two centuries ago, the effectiveness of this washing procedure was only recognised in the past few years. It has been found that steam can be powerful medium to clean laundry, and even more effective than water.

In the recent times, the reputed home appliances manufacturers offer different models of steam based washing machines. These steam washers have now become the favourite choice of consumers for different reasons. The prime reason for its high popularity is due to the fact that steam performs better than water to wash clothing. This process can help consumers to preserve water which has become an outstanding theme in the perspective of recent concern for green environment. The fact that steam can reach temperatures higher than the boiling point of water is a vital characteristic that makes it highly capable of cleaning laundry more effectively than water. With such capability steam is considered as better cleaning medium. It can penetrate deep inside and remove most stubborn dirt from fabric, even tender and delicate fabrics. It is used for moistening stained spots and removes dirt without causing damage to the fabric.

The innovative and cool ranges of washing machines come packed with novel features as well. Some of the models of washers are equipped with pressure cleaning system where steam is injected into the wash tubs after the washing cycle has completed thereby killing bacteria if any on the fabric. This option can be utilised when cleaning clothes at low temperatures. For all those parents of newly born this can be great feature as it will ensure complete assurance of sanitisation and make the garments safe for sensitive baby skin.

Sometimes it might not be necessary to have thorough wash for used laundry. As deodorants are sprayed on clothing to give it new superfluous wash, in the same manner, clothes can be refreshed with high pressure steam to give the favourite garments a fresh and quick facelift. In just few minutes odour of smoke and cooking vapours can be effectively washed off the clothes, to make them ready to wear again.

The latest models of washing machines come with advanced sensors. This sensor technology has been incorporated into the washers to automatically adjust the washing cycle according to the amount of load, and inject high pressure steam onto the laundry during the wash cycle when required, thereby saving about 30 percent of washing time, and reducing the consumption of water.

For those who give preference to aesthetics more than technology, they should be assured that not all washing machines are manufactured equal. They should welcome the latest inventions that take the best care of their favourite clothes and helps to ensure that they take pride in them for years.


Dry Cleaning Secrets Revealed: At-home Professional Dry Cleaning

Many people have an issue with the price of professional dry cleaning. This fact alone has led many to seek out different, less expensive methods such as home dry cleaning treatments. While they provide a cheaper alternative to professional dry cleaning, many remain skeptical as to how effective they really are.

The Process

Regardless of its name, dry cleaning uses perchloroethylene to remove soil and stains from fabric. It is able to dissolve greases and oils and prevents shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion. The process begins with the pretreatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. The garments are then loaded into a machine and washed with perchloroethylene, then pressed and packaged.

Two types of home dry cleaning products exist: with a dryer bag (i.e. Dryel) and without a dryer bag (i.e. Dry Cleaner's Secret). Both processes begin with removing spots with the provided spot remover before either placing the garments into either the dryer bag or directly into the dryer along with the cleaning cloth, depending on the product. When the garments come out of the dryer they are wrinkle-free and typically require no other treatment.

Benefits and Drawbacks

Professional dry cleaning has obvious benefits, obvious drawbacks, and less obvious drawbacks that need to be brought to light.

When you bring your clothes to a professional dry cleaner, you can typically expect nothing less than perfect. Your clothes will most likely be clean and stain-free, and all the wrinkles pressed out. The entire process is more precise and thorough than the alternative at-home dry cleaning methods. You get what you pay for. Speaking of which, the cost of professional dry cleaning is a major drawback. It's expensive, with prices ranging from nearly four dollars to over twenty dollars, depending on the size of the garment, the fabric and the amount of treatment needed.

A little known fact about the process of professional dry cleaning is that the chemical perchloroethylene poses health risks to both the people handling the garments while they are being cleaned, and the customers who wear the clothes afterward.

Home dry-cleaning is a cheaper alternative. It costs less than fifty cents per garment to dry clean at home if everything is done correctly. It also freshens and removes wrinkles in one simple process without the use of harmful chemicals. The biggest drawback is that home dry cleaning kits cannot remove stains that are larger than a dime and sometimes need to be touched-up after the first cycle.

The Verdict

The truth of the matter is that deciding between professional dry cleaning and home dry cleaning is a matter preference, budget, and necessity. If you have heavy or large stains, professionals can do the best job, but if you know that your local dry cleaner uses chemicals that may be harmful to your health then you might want to avoid using their service. If you have smaller stains or simply need to refresh a piece of clothing, then home dry cleaning is your best bet.

~Ben Anton


5 Quick and Easy Home Organization Tips

You can get your home organized easily by just taking a few small steps every day. Getting your house organized does not have to be overwhelming. These five home organization tips show you how to get organized in just a few minutes every day. Doing every one of these daily should not take you more than 15 minutes each time.

1. File 10 pieces of paper every day.

Now if more than 10 pieces of paper that have to be filed come into your home every day, you'll need to up this number. One of the biggest challenges in home organization is finding a place for the paper that comes into your home. You would be surprised by what a big difference it makes to take this small step daily. It will help that overflowing "to-be-filed" tray slowly shrink down and help you feel like your home is getting organized.

2. Toss one thing from your kitchen that you do not use.

Your regular everyday trash does not count here. It has to be something that has been hanging around your kitchen for a long time and is something that you know you do not use. I have included this home organization tip as a daily one because the kitchen is one of those places in the home that tends to collect things. Gadgets, spices and that great item that was on sale for such a good deal but is something that your family will never actually eat. If you do not use it or do not like it, toss it out or donate it. It is just hindering you in your home organization journey.

3. Find a permanent home for one thing in your house.

If you're like many people, getting your house organized has seemed like a big job because nothing in your home seems to "live" in one spot. Your kids' toys end up in the living room, kitchen, bedroom and sometimes even in your bed. One of the best ways to get your home organized is by just giving every item in your home a place where it "lives." Every day find a place for an item in your home that is currently homeless. And if you want to keep your home organized, then make sure that everyone in your home knows where that item's home now is.

4. Toss one item of clothing from your closet.

The closet is one of those places that seem to defy all home organization attempts. Often because there is simply too many clothes for the space. The absolute best piece of home organizing advice I can give you here is this: downsize. Every day take one thing from your closet that either no longer fits you or that you know you would not be caught dead in anyway.

5. Organize one drawer or shelf.

For this particular home organization tip, I suggest that you start small. Start off by organizing a small drawer. If you have small drawers in your bathroom, that is a great place to start. Now when you find one shelf or drawer in your home to organize, make sure that you actually organize it. Take everything out, toss what you do not need anymore and put back the things you do need in some sort of orderly fashion that makes sense for you. There will be areas where you will want to rethink how that whole area of your home is organized. Going through the drawers and shelves of that area individually will help you know what you have in that area and will help you get that part of your home organized more easily when you are ready to tackle that project later on.


The Benefits of High Efficiency Washing Machines

Being green is all the rage these days and with good cause. Conserving energy and water is a great way to help the environment. Best of all, these energy efficient washers have the added benefit of saving you money over time. There are lots of front load washers on the market today, and for those looking for a more traditional top loader, there are still options available.

High efficiency (HE) washing machines are available from trusted manufacturers such as Maytag, Kenmore, Whirlpool, GE and Fisher Paykel. Many models are available in a rainbow of colors to suit the décor of any household, particularly if the machine will be in a high visibility area such as the kitchen. Whether you are looking for a front load washer or a more traditional top load configuration, there are many options to choose from with a variety of capacities to suit your laundry needs.

There are several physical feature benefits of high efficiency washers. In front load models, there is a compartment for adding HE detergent, fabric softener and bleach. Top loaders generally have more traditional receptacles for these liquids. High efficiency top load washers will generally not have an agitator in the tub. The tub movement and the water, which jets to tumble the laundry, agitate the clothes. No agitator means less wear on your clothing, saving you the cost of replacing worn or torn items.

High efficiency washers must use high efficiency laundry detergent. HE detergent is available in both liquid and powder form. The difference between regular laundry detergent and HE detergent is that you use less high efficiency laundry soap and it suds less and rinses better. Because laundry soap tends not to dissolve properly in very cold water, many machines are calibrated to ensure that the water on the cold cycle is at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Look for the HE symbol on detergent packages.

HE washers are designed to use a minimal amount of water with each cycle. This, combined with the fact that they spin clothes much better than regular washers, means less drying time and greater energy savings. In the U.S., high efficiency washers are Energy Star compliant and your electric and water bills will noticeably drop, offsetting the slightly higher price of your washer over time. Some power companies also offer rebates when you upgrade to a high efficiency model, making HE washers even more affordable. In late 2009 or early 2010, states will also be offering consumers rebates on Energy Star compliant washers purchased once the program is in effect.

As you can see, high efficiency washers are a must when it comes to being environmentally conscious and saving money. An HE washer, over its lifetime, will pay for itself in energy and water savings. These washers also are much gentler on your clothing and decrease your dry cycle, reducing your costs even further. If you are in the market for a new washing machine, a high efficiency washer should be your first choice.


How to Clean Wood Furniture

If you're looking at your furniture and wondering why you ever bought it in the first place, it may just be in dire need of a good cleaning. Even if you dust your wood furniture regularly, the cleaning products you use, especially polish and waxes, can build up over time, causing a once beautiful grain to become muddy and dull looking.

Unfortunately, using even more cleaning products won't restore the wood to the glorious look that caused you to buy it in the first place. Instead, you need to give it a thorough cleaning using products that will strip off the oils, grime, waxes and dirt that have collected over the years. The first thing you should know is that every piece of wood furniture can have different cleaning requirements. So you really want to find the manufacturer's original cleaning instructions or look online to see if there's a copy there.

If you really want to get the dirt out and restore the luster, avoid commercial wood soaps. They really aren't strong enough to remove the grime that has built up. The best product out there also is less costly than commercial products. In a clean jar, create a mixture that's one part turpentine, one part vinegar and two parts linseed oil. It' OK if you make too much. Just don't make too little for the project at hand.

After stirring this mixture up, it's time to get down to the cleaning. Make sure you do this outdoors or in a well ventilated place. Turpentine fumes can really make you sick if you're not letting them vent properly. Lay down some drop cloths to catch any of the mixture that drips. This is another reason why you probably want to go outside when you're planning to clean wood furniture. Before you do the whole piece of furniture, you'll want to apply the mixture to a part that doesn't show. It's always best to test so you know what the results of your hard work will be. In some cases, especially with older furniture, a good cleaning can substantially lighten the wood. You may discover that you actually like it dirty.

If everything looks good to you, dip some fine steel wool into the mixture. Use small circular strokes to scrub the wood lightly. As you finish each section, wipe it off with a clean rag. You'll be amazed at how much dirt comes off.
Be sure you clean wood furniture a little at a time. You don't want the mixture to dry out. Continue cleaning the furniture until it has a uniform appearance. Dispose of the mix and any rags safely. Turpentine is highly flammable so treat it with respect. Now that your wood furniture is clean, you want to keep it maintained. You should regularly dust your furnishings, but don't be tempted to pour on more polish or wax. Instead, use some furniture oil and rub it into the wood to nurture it and keep it from cracking or becoming brittle.

If you notice water stains in the furniture, you can try laying a cloth over the spot and placing a warm iron over it. Or rub in some lemon oil and see if that does the trick. This also works for stains from cosmetics, medicines or alcohol, by the way. Burns can be removed with a powdered pumice/linseed oil paste. Rub it into the burn and keep repeating this until the burn is gone. Spilled milk can be removed by using a cloth that has been dipped into ammonia or silver polish. Be sure to wipe the area with a clean cloth when you're through. Whatever you do, treat your wood lovingly once you've taken the time to give it a deep cleaning. Resist the temptation to lavish it with Pledge or other commercial waxes or polishes and your love affair with your wood furniture should last a long time.


Keyword Selection And SEO

Keyword selection and search engine optimization are important tools in producing and running a successful website. Before we continue talking about keyword selection and search engine optimization, I would like to make sure that we all understand what the terminology is saying.

Keywords are the words chosen by you to define your site. They are the words that you hope to rank well for in Google. So, for example, if you want to have a website selling 'fashion' - 'fashion, fashionable, high fashion, haute couture' might become your keywords (more on this later).

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is concerned with presenting your work - the web site and any text associated with it - in such a manner that search engines find it easy to crawl and index, which enables surfers to find you on the Internet.

Let's use Google as an example of a search engine - after all, it is the largest, most used and so most important. Google wants to supply its users with the best results - that is, most relevant results - that it can for every keyword entered, in order to improve customer satisfaction.

Therefore it has built up an enormous database of which keywords appear on which sites. Then 'all' has to do is rank the sites by popularity and, in theory, the most relevant websites should pop up for every keyword typed in.

Now there is you, or me, with our dreams of a website on fashion. If you make 'fashion' your keyword, you will be taking on the colossal fashion houses and colossal department stores with their huge budgets and gigantic websites head to head. Who do you imagine is going to win?

It is a no-brainer. You will never even get to page 20 in Google search results. In short, you will have no business. But what if you used a long-tail keyword (LTKW) and focused your website? Say, use the LTKW 'fashionable plus size black dresses' and construct a web site on that. It might be a keyword that no one else has thought of.

This is why keyword selection is important and there are numerous books and articles written about it. It is a precise job, a bit of a slog, but some individuals, like me, actually enjoy it. Or you could automate the task.

So, that is the first stage: finding relevant keywords to your business so that you have a opportunity of being listed on the first page of Google for that keyword. The second stage is constructing your website search engine friendly so that Google can crawl it and index it for your keywords.

If you do not do this properly, Google's spiders will crawl off onto another web site and it might be a while before they come back, which leaves your web site in still water.

This article is too short to go into this huge subject in any worthwhile way, but I will attempt to give you the most relevant pointers.

Keep your website focused on a small assortment of products and define and use keywords for every item, but do not over use them. Do not repeat a keyword phrase simply for the sake of it.

Make your internal links simple to find by using nav bars, menus and sitemaps.

Do not have loads of external links for your visitors to go off to, make your site interesting enough for surfers and spiders to want to remain there.


Your First Blog Entry

The content of your blog is an important element in attracting visitors and attracting your target audience. Posting your first article or item is a great moment in your blogging career. Fortunately, there are a few basic guidelines, which can make your articles more interesting to your audience, adored by the search engines and liked by the world of bloggers.

Publishing Effective Content: Before you start to write something on your blog, you should already know who your target audience is and what they want from a blog. If you consider that these factors are irrelevant for your blog, because your blog is not at all business oriented, you must realize that if you want readers to keep coming back, then these factors really are very important.

Always bear in mind that where there are readers there is something interesting to read. The only reason why people read is because they want something. If you really want to achieve some kind of readership, you must strive to make your content interesting and actually relevant to what your readers want to learn about.

Firstly, keep in mind that communication is the key to this. Moreover, your post must be authentic. When you publish your content, you must also let your true self show. Blogs are very personal by nature and how you communicate is the key to being personal. The fact that each blog is unique because each writer is unique is enough for you to not have to worry about blog entries being similar. Bare in mind that whatever topic you are blogging on, you must incorporate your personality into your article.

In order to create a loyal target readership, it is vital for them to trust you and relate to you. It does not necessarily mean that they must know your personal details, but you have to connect with your readership in an authentic way. After establishing your communication with your audience, the content must also be credible. The blog must have authenticity even though credibility takes long time to build.

The moment you begin publishing your content, which is, of course, of high value and usefulness to the readers, you will also start establishing your authority on that subject. There will come a time when your readers will ask you for advice or look for your opinion. This is the time when you have achieved some kind of rapport and you must use this to build your reputation as an expert and a blogger.

Blogger's Block: Blogging is writing but just uses a different medium. There are several ways to fight blogger's block. Always keep in mind that your blog is there to serve you and not to scare you. You do not have to go in for blogging because you have prolific writing skills or a journalism degree. The fact is that you have something to say and you want others to hear. However, if you are feeling stuck on an idea, there are several suggestions that you can apply when trying to create content for your blog.

You could try visiting other peoples' blogs for ideas. Visit those blogs that interest you and pick ideas and topics from those blogs that might be worth blogging about on your own blog but bear in mind the relevance of the topic to your readership. You can also use syndicated updates. You do this by subscribing to news services , which let you enter a few keywords. Anything relevant to those keywords is then sent to you automatically on a daily basis. Yahoo and Google, amongst others, offer such services This is most useful for bloggers.


Improve Your Business Website Content

Truth be told, with the advent of blogs and the easy access for obtaining websites, it seems that everyone has the ability to write website text...but sometimes people lack the "ability" to write effective, fluid website text.

Speaking specifically about business or company websites, it appears that there are more and more grammar and spelling errors within website content. Having careless website text will give off an unprofessional impression to prospective customers, as it would make it look like your company doesn't care about quality or how your message comes across to others.

Most mistakes that arise and are prevalent in website content aren't simply spelling errors (although with the luxury of the spell check feature, it boggles the mind how this still occurs). Many textual errors are based in a lackadaisical approach to creating the content. While reading professional websites for various careers such as lawyers, doctors, car dealerships, and so forth, you can get the feeling that some of them just want to get the information out, no matter how it reads.

When creating text for your company website, you have to keep in mind your audience: the potential customer. Many times, your site is the first impression for an individual of your company. Can you afford to confuse a reader or leave a bad taste in their mouth by having complicated, imprecise written communication or error-laden copy?

With so many choices for customers on the Web, don't prohibit your value right off the bat with vague calls to action or sloppy grammar. It doesn't matter that your website has the clearest pictures, the most stylish logo, or the fanciest Flash design if what you're marketing (i.e., your service or brand) isn't communicated competently.

The solution to improving your site content is to take time to draft out your text, write down ideas and goals with consideration, and proofread your copy writing after you finish. Don't underestimate your potential customers; they can tell if you're website is aiming to provide a valuable service or is simply out to make a quick dollar by the tone and quality of your writing.

If possible, have someone else within your company read over your site's copy and allow them to give their impression of its style and accuracy. For those within an industry where you feel your company's writing or editing skills aren't up to snuff, it might be best hire a professional to help finalize your website text. Even authors, novelists, and journalists need an editor for their writing. Utilize the sources available to your company to sharpen up your website's written content. It will pay off in the end.


Why Your Marketing Plan Should Include A Blog

Blogging is a great way for a business to effectively market their product or service without spending a lot of money. There are many benefits of business blogging. Businesses that keep up with a blog can introduce their products or services to consumers and can better communicate their customers. In addition, businesses that blog can understand what their customers want and serve them better.

A blog, sometimes called Weblog, is defined as a web page that serves as a journal or diary for individuals. Most blog writers update their blog on a regular basis and writers often share what most interests them. Individuals are not the only ones that have found blogging beneficial. Businesses have learned that this new way to communicate is a good marketing tool for their products and services.

Every company should consider have a regular blog for their businesses. Larger businesses may opt to hire a several special writers with certain areas of expertise to update their blog. A smaller company may have one writer that can effectively write about their product. The idea of blogging for any size business is to get the word out to readers. A reader who frequents a certain blog is more likely to share the blog with others. Also, blogging is a great marketing tool because it allows consumers to be better informed.

When a business chooses to blog, it allows them to introduce their product or service to consumers. Keywords and search engines help consumers quickly find the blog they are looking for with ease. For example, if a company specializes in making handmade jewelry and keeps a blog that is on a search engine, then that search engine would list their blog on a search. Blogging allows customers to research the product they are looking for with ease.

Companies that keep a regular can also use their blog to communicate with their readers and customers. There are many features that a blog site can offer that will allow a reader to enter comments and contact the writer. Companies that encourage their readers to leave comments can take the comments and improve their services and products. In addition, companies can email their customers back and let them know that they are interested in what they have to say. In addition, a company that uses blogging to market their service or product should always rely on an experienced writer to update the blog. Business blogs should be polished and easy to read.

Another good reason why businesses and companies should include a blog in their marketing plan is because a blog provides a unique way to understand what customers want. Companies that are in tuned with their customer's needs and wishes can better serve them. Keeping an updated blog will initiate more customer communication that can help a company know right away how to improve. Blogs provide good public relations and are generally much cheaper to maintain than a regular web site. Also, a business that keeps a blog can reach out to other complimenting companies and link those blog sites together. This will help build readership and customers.

When setting up a blog for business purposes it is important to look for a blog-hosting site that can offer the right kind of features. Most businesses will use a site that can offer them more search engines and options to add links and URLs on their page. Free blog sites may not have the capabilities to offer as many features as the ones that charge a monthly fee. The search engine option is very important for a company that keeps a blog. This will ensure that readers can easily locate the company's blog page. Also, a company setting up a blog should always keep the links and contact information within the blog current. A customer will not want to continue using a blog page that is full of broken links or outdated contact information. If a company relies on their customers to read the blog, then those customers will always rely on the company to make their blog experience a positive one.

Blogging can be a great marketing tool for any size business. It is important for businesses to realize that blogs are not a passing fad, but a unique way to interact with customers and gain recognition in a particular field.


How To Decide Between Free Web Hosting And Paid Web Hosting For Your Blog

There are many choices for web hosting companies available and for blogging there are many free choices offered as well. The question that comes to mind to me is, "Is free webhosting cheap?" What I mean by that is what is it going to cost me in terms of functionality and accessibility. Let's take a look at some of the comparisons between free web hosting and paid web hosting.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of years then you know that blogging has become a formidable force on the internet and has allowed many people to get an online presence that may otherwise have been unable to do so. Many of these people are making their living by blogging and some like Jason Calcanis have become wealthy from it. Jason built a network of blogs over about eighteen months and sold them to AOL for nearly $30 million! That's a pretty good ROI. Anyway, I digress, back to our discussion on web hosting.

If you have decided that you want to operate a blog your next choice will probably be what blogging platform or software you want to use to accomplish you blogging. Relax, it's easy. Most of the blogging software out there today is open source which means it's, you guessed it, free! In this instance free is not a bad thing, I use Wordpress almost exclusively, it is free and has more options that I care to learn or use. There are other blogging software options available, but I won't go into them here because this article is about web hosting.

As far as web hosting for your blog you can choose free web hosting or paid so let's take a closer look at our choices. First off, you can choose Blogger which is owned by Google. Blogger is a good program especially for beginning bloggers because it is easy to use, it is web based, and the price is right. It's free. With that said however, if your intention is to blog professionally and possibly run a large number of blogs with automated content then Blogger is not for you. I have seen Google shut down many blogs because they considered them to be spam. If you want control over your own destiny then you want to use paid web hosting and have your blogs on your own server, or at least a shared server.

Still in the realm of free web hosting you also have a fairly new option from Wordpress who now offers a free web hosting for Wordpress blogs at their .com site as opposed to the .org site where you get the software and plug ins. The problem is that like Google, they are very restrictive with what you can put on your blogs and how you update them.

Another big issue with free web hosting is that you will usually have to display advertising of some sort which "pays" for your web hosting. This is great for the web hosting companies because it gives them tons of virtual real estate out there with their name on it, not so great for you. If you are blogging professionally, and if you are trying to make money for it then you are blogging professionally, you do not want any distractions on your site that leads visitors away from your site unless you are being paid for it like you do when someone clicks on an Adsense ad or affiliate banner.

My recommendation is that you pay for your own hosting because it gives you a wealth of choices, much more storage space, and takes almost all restrictions off of you within reason. There are still some web hosting companies that will not allow you to host gambling or porno blogs but other than that you are pretty open. Paid web hosting is not that expensive. You can get an account that will host as many blogs as most people will want to deal with a few bucks a month. So for the cost of a domain name and your hosting you will probably be around $100 a year. That is a pretty cheap investment for something that enables you to plug into all the ways of earning money on the net.


The Wild Ride of Online Marketing

To paraphrase Bill Gates, any business that does not have an internet presence is not going to be in business for long. There was a time when brick and mortar businesses could stand up for themselves with a little print advertising to help draw in customers.

That time has passed as the competitive world of business is spread out from serving a single community to being able to ship products anywhere in the world. As the internet has become the most popular place to search for a business consumers can conduct all the research about a product and do their comparison shopping at one time and locate the exact product that they are looking for at the best price available to them.

The internet truly is a modern marvel where every company has the need for business internet marketing. In the early days of the world wide web businesses could throw together a website, host it on the internet and forget about it, but as the internet has grown and matured web surfers have come to rely on updated and accurate information about businesses that keep the surfers coming back to revisit sites that are popular.

Strategies for developing advertising business internet marketing plans go far beyond simple website hosting. Site architecture, site mapping, keyword integration and content relevance all form the basic strategy for business internet marketing that is then enhanced to include page links to related industry sites and the constant task of submitting relevant articles about the business to reliable online publishing sources.

Beyond these business internet marketing tactics, advertising a business with internet marketing involves the steady consistency of adding supplemental web content and updates to the business website. Paid online advertising business internet marketing campaigns add to comprehensive business internet marketing plans by paying for placement in search engine results pages for relevant keyword searches that are associated with a businesses website and offerings.

Rounding out the online media mix is the element of social business internet marketing that utilizes word of mouth marketing to spread the word about a business through what is referred to as viral marketing. Viral or social business internet marketing ties back to the business website through links and is popularized among blog sites and digital video sites where internet users can go to view an array of product tie in videos that are noncommercial in appearance or appeal to social web surfers.

The success of business internet marketing is an oxymoron to traditional offline marketing strategies, however creating advertising business internet marketing takes as much if not more strategic planning and calculated execution to work effectively and to skyrocket the online business sales.


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