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Off Topic Forum / Finally, back from the dark ages...
« on: September 03, 2013, 07:51:19 PM »
We've been moving & a whole lot has been going on in my neck of the woods. Been offline for a few weeks.

Have internet again at last & it's cable--Woo Hoo!!!
No more satellite  :::td

I have to install some software on this computer to continue with the monthly catalog updates & I'll get that going pronto.

p.s. My Mom had a series of catastrophic strokes and her condition is deteriorating daily. At first she was able to write & speak a little but now she can't. She has to be taken care of 'round the clock in a nursing facility & has a feeding tube since she's unable to swallow. Her digestive system has become paralyzed though so she's not absorbing much nutrition. She's not going to get better, she's merely surviving and suffering horribly until she takes her last breath. There's no way to know when that will be, but I'm convinced it won't be much longer.

Please pray for her comfort, both physically & spiritually.

Thank you my friends.

Off Topic Forum / Have you been watching "Under the Dome"?
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:44:55 PM »
I'm not a TV watcher myself but this miniseries has me hooked!
I catch it on Fridays through Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Anybody else been watching it too?

Off Topic Forum / Quirks & Confessions
« on: July 10, 2013, 01:10:02 AM »
I'm bored so I thought I'd start a fun thread (hopefully, that is).

Name about 10 things that you feel make you unique, or that are somewhat embarrassing to you.

C'mon, go ahead & share! Just not too personal though. :-)

I'll start off with my list...

Hard as I tried, and others tried to teach me, I couldn't get the hang of tying my own shoes correctly until I was 12. I'd get frustrated and just shove them down into my shoes.

Even now I'm still afraid of the dark.

I have to have a fan going at all times when I'm indoors. Otherwise, I get dizzy and nauseous.

I'm painfully envious of people who are visually artistic.

I'm the youngest of 6 kids, the oldest of 4, and an only child.

The smell of marijuana burning enrages me. I hate the stuff!

My eyes change color with my mood, ranging from Olive Green to Turquoise.

I used to be deathly afraid of cats. Now I have 11 of them.

I hate, and I mean really hate, to have my picture taken. As a matter of fact, very few photos of me exist & that's only because I was pretty much forced, was participating in family photos, or somebody took a sneaky candid shot.

Marketing Talk / Anatomy of a Winning Local Site :: Part 1
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:39:46 AM »
Types of Content You’ll Want for Your Local Site

While it’s quite possible to build a local directory and set it up to run relatively hands-free, if you really want to make a go of it you need to become more journalistic in your approach.

In order to truly “kill it” with a local site you need to present your target audience with plenty of local content. That seems to make sense doesn’t it?

To get a basic idea of what you need to offer your visitors just visit a local newspaper’s website. Then, go well above and beyond what they have.

The idea isn’t to emulate them per se, because their basic mission is to serve up local news. Quite often they try to cram in too much to beef up their website and wind up doing their readers a great disservice.

So, the secret is to do what they’re trying to do, and do it the right way. Leave the local news to the newspapers as much as possible & go for the local magazine model instead.

Some of the types of content you’ll want to concentrate on are:

Local Events

Go beyond just listings & dates. Dig in and get some history and other info.

If there’s a band playing at the corner bar or coffee house you can bet they’d love to have all the publicity they can get. Interview the band members. What’s their story? See if you can sit in on a rehearsal so you can write a review.

Interviews with local personalities or interesting Average Joes & Janes.

Again, write a magazine style article about them.

Feature a few of Grandma Gurty’s recipes and get some stories or anecdotes to go with them. Definitely toss in photos of the dishes & videos of the preparation.


Sure, give the local showtimes, embed some trailers, and put up RSS feeds of reviews.

You could also go a step further and head down to the theater and talk briefly with some local people who just saw Die Hard (enter sequel # here) while it’s fresh in their mind.


Is there an outstanding student or teacher who only received a casual mention in the newspaper? Or, who got no mention at all but truly deserves some recognition? You can be the one to give them their 15 minutes of fame.


Go above and beyond the basic facts. Be empathetic (or at least sympathetic) and offer families & friends the opportunity to remember their loved one publicly as they wish.


But of course!

Let people list their yard sales and all the great stuff along with a Google map without worrying about the charge per word.

Typical listings yes, but also see if you can get some local companies to let you know first hand when they have openings so you can feature them prominently.


Here’s where you can really go all out. There are several national coupon sites where you can sign up as an affiliate. Run the coupons but also get with the local grocery stores about posting their specials on your site. Help visitors maximize their savings by linking the Macaroni & Cheese coupon to the Piggly Wiggly “on sale” of the same.

Beg if you have to in the beginning, but get the local merchants to put printable coupons on your site. Once you’re established you can charge for giving them the privilege. Offer design service because many don’t have time or know how to make their own. These can be sprinkled in with the Business Listings or you could have a section dedicated to local merchant coupons.

Business Listings

You can certainly get away with just offering listings, but if you’re clever you’ll find ways to make even this section come alive.

This isn't all, but plenty for openers.

Some people swear by Name Cheap.
I don't have an opinion on them good or bad because I've always used GoDaddy, and here's why...

They always have fresh coupon codes available. Always.
You just have to know how to find them.

It's easy and only takes a few minutes.

More often than not I get them for .99 or $2.95.
Occasionally  I have to settle for $5.95 or $7.95 but that's the exception rather than the rule.

Here's how I consistently find some really good ones:

Search Google for Godaddy plus the month & year. Example "Godaddy June 2013".
Then, under the search bar click Search Tools.
Choose Past hour from the drop-down that initially reads Any Time.

Open several in a new tab or window.
Go through and try various codes.
If you can't find one that works, change the time to Past 24 hours.
Rarely will you have to venture beyond this time frame.

Don't bother going past page 2 of the results.
If there are any good ones, they'll almost always be on page one in the top 5 results.

Check the GoDaddy Facebook page too.


Marketing Talk / It LIVES!!! Mwaa Haa Haa!
« on: June 14, 2013, 08:10:48 PM »
 :music: :dance: I gots to party hard this weekend!  :dance: :music:

...2 bottles of soda pop instead of just 1  ;)

Um, remember my old site, my baby, that I've talked about so fondly and incessantly?

Well, I've been rebuilding on a very similar domain ( in hopes of getting back in the groove.

Well, guess what?

I'm getting the domain back and it will continue to be a WomensForum Partner site!

 8)9 All that domain age (11 years)
 8)9 All that semi-decent page rank
 8)9 All those hundreds of hard-earned high class backlinks
 8)9 All that residual traffic
 8)9 And all that Adsense/Advertising income are MINE ALL MINE!

 ;C :dollar: ;C :dollar: ;C

See, ya just can't 'cause ya never know what's around the corner, so, DON'T EVER GIVE UP!!!

Off Topic Forum / Source Code Goldmine 13 Contest to win it
« on: June 13, 2013, 02:56:14 AM »
There's going to be another SCGM starting August 13, 2013

Jeremy's running a contest--10 people win it free.

Contest Rules


The Freebie Forum / Video: Quick mini-affiliate shop on the fly
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:22:06 AM »

Find out more about the SellFire Plugin

ps. Not great quality, sorry. Video just isn't one of my strong points.  ;;:B

Technical Assistance / My WP admin strip isn't working???
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:43:35 PM »
Hmmm, never had this problem.

I'm talking about the bar at the top when you're viewing the site when logged in.
It's not the theme because I've used this theme before with no problems.
Not the plugins because they're the same ones I always use.

Show toolbar is checked in my profile.


Off Topic Forum / THIS, is lazy...
« on: June 10, 2013, 05:35:00 PM »


If you've never listened to Phil Valentine, you're missing out on some great conservative talk radio.

Off Topic Forum / Quite an offer!
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:25:42 PM »
We went to see the latest Start Trek movie last night ("Into Darkness", great flick if you like ST btw.) and couldn't help but notice the sign at Pearle Vision across the street...

2 for 1 special
Eye Exam

Wow, they'll check both eyes!

 :thinking: If you're a Cyclops does that mean you can bring a friend??

Of course they're talking about frames or pairs of eyeglasses but you can't help but giggle at the wording.


Marketing Talk / Getting Traffic & Ranking in the Search Engines
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:05:25 PM »
If you want organic traffic, shift your focus from trying to rank for "keywords" and go for "longtail key phrases"

The only thing is, it's hard (sometimes impossible) at the outset to know just what those long-tail key phrases should be. For bloggers it's most likely article titles.

Pay close attention to how people word their questions on various forums, Yahoo Answers, comments on your own & similar blogs, etc.
What they type in the search box will be quite similar.

* Make it your strategy to write content which mirrors the wording.

* Submit updated sitemaps regularly.

* Monitor continually what brings visitors to your site. Over time you can begin to get a picture of what's working for you and what isn't.


Our local movie theater's website isn't quite user friendly.

It would seem that either they've been too cheap to hire a professional or don't care about appearance. Still, I'd love to try & win their business and redesign a site they couldn't help but be proud of.

The thing is, how do you approach someone like this without offending them?

I feel that I'm fairly good at being tactful, but something like this is a real head-scratcher.

I wonder if it's worth the effort to do a mock-up of what their site could look like both on desktop computers & mobile devices. Maybe that would do the talking for me??

Any ideas?


The Freebie Forum / Hangout Graphics Creator
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:20:03 PM »
I forgot I had this bookmarked to share until Jim Patterson put in a request for the Hangout Plugin.

Sorry for holding out on you


Technical Assistance / Craigslist help please
« on: May 29, 2013, 05:04:06 PM »
This is an excerpt from a client needing help posting ads.
I really don't use Craigslist from a posting standpoint so I have no clue what they're talking about.

ads keep getting bounced or ghosted[/size][/font]

Any suggestions on what could cause this or what to do about it?


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