The more we do, can be a thing…

20120504-062238.jpg Every day we get we wake, get out of bed. Just like billions of other people around the world. What makes us different, unique? That is something you have to find in yourself . By your spiritual practice or through looking inward. As it becomes clear you need to act, make a move, start down that path. Then make course correction along the way. Almost every morning I wake up make time for myself and the write the next post. If you read back you will see how I have been fining my focus. No matter hard we try to put on a face, we are all learning every day. Sometime we don't want to hear or see it, but it is there. Right in front of us. If we just open our eyes, take the time to smell the flowers. We will find that path for us. When it comes to Internet Marketing, SEO/SEM. We need to find our path there also. Look at your work/business see what parts of it you Love find a way to talk about it. Like you are talking to friends. It is OK to make mistakes, that is life. Own up to them and move on. If you want to make a change in the life of you internet presence you just need to start. Start looking at the stats on your website, Facebook, LinkedIn, what are people doing on you site, what are they reading? How do you use what you feel passion about to change people's lives? Take some time right now. Think about it. Close your eyes make a difference. If we all work each day to be our best self the world will be a better place. Thanks for letting me in to your life. Have a peaceful day.

My meeting with Anna

Today we went to Rubi’s in GB and set up Anna’s site it is very cool. Now I am showing her how the iPhone WordPress works

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A word about keywords

Sunflowers for Graymatterhost.com  Keywords:  you have heard a lot about their importance and you might have read that Google is not using keywords any more. That is not true.  They are pulling the keywords from your content not the meta data.

So it comes down to writing good content that everyone will want to read and having the best keywords as a part of that content.  For example if you add a question to your content like "What is a good keyword?" then someone searches and asks that question Google will bring back all the places on the web that answer that question or are an exact match to that phase.

Which means if you have a good set up FAQs on your site you might come up if someone asks those questions.  Now you can't spend all of your time looking for the questions people ask so just use the ones that you are asked each day in your business.

That is were testimonials come in, also use them to build confidence and add to them by explaining what you did for each client.  That way it is a double hit.  You get to tell everyone what your clients are saying about you and you get to put the keyword people are searching.

In the next post we will talk about where to find good keywords and how to know you are using the words that are searched the most of the web.

This is a post from my iPad

Yes it is true that I posted this from my iPad. Well I have a new client that needs to post from her iPad. That is true she only has a iPad and does everything she needs on it. The. Picture thing is going to be something to workout. I am working on that now. As you know flash does not work on the iPad so I can’t use my mail gallery plugin nextgen galleries. We have to find something else.
Is if you have an suggestions please let me know what you are using to work with pictures on the web or how you make it work.

Thats all for now talk to you next time

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So I can post a picture from my iPad. Cool!

Google Changes the Rules on Search and Ranking

When I started writing this posting the world was different. Back in the day (two weeks ago) you could find a good news article or blog post, add some comment and you had great Content. Google is now giving original content a higher ranking than comments on articles or reused articles. This puts more pressure on websites that want to stay on top to create more original content.

The Question: How do I do this?

Google Search Changes

Google has changed the rules once again. They do it from time to time to keep the search relevant. From the web-user side it is a step forward – you get up-to-date information and the best, most relevant search results ever. If you want to get something on Google it now takes minutes not weeks. It sounds like a good idea to manage your own web site. Depending on your industry, you might need to post every week to stay on top of the rankings, or you might just need to post once or twice a month. It just depends on your industry, are your cohorts and competitors using the internet or not? (Construction not so much; retail stores more so.) Now ask yourself, what business am I in? Not the website management business.

We have learned over the past five years that many clients like the idea of updating their own sites; but then find that it takes more time than is feasible for busy owners. After all you should be spending your time running your business! We have developed a plan to assist you in optimizing your website; Colleen Henry has joined our team and is available to manage your web site. She has a background in PR and Marketing to help you get the word out about your business or non-profit organization.

One thing is sure, if you don't update your site on a regular basis you will drop in the rankings. You must create more content for the Google machine to digest. Allow us to assist in this process! Take peace in knowing we are here to help.

 

Google Ranking Changes

Along with the instant indexing of pages, Google is not rating news aggregation sites as high as sites that have original content. It is not good enough to just have the keywords and meta tags. If you want to rank higher you need to have back-links and original content, which along with being posted on your site, is announced on your Facebook page and Twitter feed all at the same time. It is now an Internet Presence. Not just a web site.

Internet Safety

Part I – Information on the table

Ryan Halligan
Frontline – Growing up Online on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2owK4tpMUrk&feature=related

Tyler Clementi – NY Timeis
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/weekinreview/03schwartz.html

Phoebe Prince – Good Morning America
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/girls-teen-suicide-calls-attention-cyberbullying/story?id=9685026

Netsmartz
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
Teens- real life stories
    Cyberbullying – Broken Friendship/ You Can’t Take it Back
Teens Talk Back
    Offline Consequences
    Social Networking
    Gaming

Slap that Ho Game
http://www.aeonity.com/ab/games/simulation/slap-that-ho.php

Tip Sheets
    Sexting

Part II – Communicating with Your Teen
    Steve’s child development document
    Internet Safety Guidelines/Agreement

Part III – Parental controls – software etc.

Part IV – Question and Answer

 

 

Middle School Adolescents

What to Expect…

  • Puberty – Sooner or later, it comes.  Some kids mature early, some late.  Hormones.  Girls – breast development, menstruation.  Boys – body hair, change of voice.  
  • Body image – This becomes very important.  Cultural/media images and expectations bombard kids.
  • Authority – Children start to pull away from us old timers.  Less idealized view of parents.
  • Peers – They are increasingly important.  Bullying and cliques can increase.
  • “Finding their Tribe” – Children are looking for belonging and meaning.  “Where do I fit in”?  Identity outside of the family.  Social groups, rejection, popularity.  
  • Risk taking – Exposure to risk-taking activities increases.  Smoking, drugs, sexual experimentation.   
  • Inconsistent judgment – Thinking and judgment are at times brilliant and at times… not!
  • Personality changes – Introspection, egocentrism, self-consciousness, moodiness.

What Adults Can Do To Be Helpful…

  • Have an open, honest, supportive relationship with your child.
  • Be a good role model – lifestyle, values.
  • Body image – Encourage good nutrition, healthy snacks, activity.
  • Authority – Give your child opportunities to stay connected AND opportunities to spread his/her wings.  Expectations, responsibility, limit-setting.
  • Risk-taking – Must monitor your child’s activities in a way he/she can accept.  Discuss this with him/her.  Plan with him/her.
  • Bullying and cliques – set expectations.  Discuss right and wrong but not judgmentally – moral development.  Bring issues into group discussions in school.
  • Pay attention to how you communicate with your child.  Make sure your child is heard, that he/she knows you take him/her seriously, that you can compromise or change your mind if he/she convinces you.

Internet Safety Guidelines for Parents

  • Develop clear rules for Internet use for your child. Include discussion of all computers, i.e. not only home computers, but also computers in public places, cell phones and other devices that can access the Internet.
  • Talk to children about safe use, including the following:
  • Never meeting with anyone they have met online
  • Never responding to material that makes them feel uncomfortable or that is offensive, such as sexual material, threatening or violent material
  • Never giving out personal, identifying information
  • Talk to children about areas of risk, such as child pornography and cyber-bullying. Make sure children know what to do when encountering these topics…Leave the computer and tell you or another trusted adult.
  • Make sure children know what to do when encountering material that makes them uncomfortable or frightened…. Leave the computer and tell you or another adult they trust.
  • Always keep computers with Internet access in common areas, not in bedrooms or other areas that allow unmonitored use.
  • Be informed about Internet use, risks and safeguards available to parents onsider software products, such as filters and blockers, that will help preserve a safe environment for Internet use.

Developed by Steve Hoff and Bob O’Haver 2/10

Internet Safety Agreement for Middle and High School Students

  • I will discuss Internet use rules with my parents and I pledge to follow those rules.
  • I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  • I will always use the Internet responsibly and safely. I will respect others and expect that those I communicate with respect me.
  • I will not give out personal information such as my full name, address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
  • I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mom or dad along.
  • I will not send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  • I will not respond to any messages that are mean or make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.