Wall Street to Main Street: News, Views and Commentary

It’s Monday June 19, 2006, and it’s the first day of the trading week and it should be an interesting one. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has taken the bull by the horns as they struck a multiyear deal with PBS TV Stations to carry a wide array of PBS programming on the new Verizon TV Business. The lines are getting thinner and the war between phone companies and cable operators will begin to heat up this summer.

On the heels of that, the new FCC rules that would loosen the noose on major phone companies have been upheld by the U.S. Appeals court. Basically the large phone companies will not have to provide access to their networks in the residential arena. So smaller phone companies that are trying to grab market share from companies like AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon will have a tough time of it as the major carriers own the infrastructure that allows for service to a majority of the residential areas through out the country.

Political Front

In the Saddam Hussein trial prosecutors      cania-consulting    are pushing for the death penalty for Saddam Hussein and three of his former aides for crimes against humanity following a 1982 crackdown on Shi’ites in which hundreds were killed and tortured. So Hussein will rant and rave until the gavel comes down and his fate is sealed.

North Korea plans on testing a missile launch that, fully fueled, could reach as far as Alaska. So both the United States and Japan have warned North Korea against the launch. North Korea is taking advantage of the worlds attention that is diverted to Iraq and Iran to run this test. So this is a developing story.

Here in New York, city lawmakers are coming down hard on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to cut anti-terror funding. This comes on the heels of a report that came out over the weekend that showed that al-Qaida had a plan to attack the NYC subway system in 2003.

Tid Bits

To combat the mighty Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERICY) Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens (NYSE:SI) have both agreed to a joint venture that will merge their mobile network operations, creating a $20 billion entity. Now the new venture will be called Nokia Siemens Networks and is still subject to regulatory approval, but if this should go through two things will certainly happen, one is that Ericsson will be given a run for their money and two , close to 10,000 jobs will be eliminated. That is the casualty of this mobile network war. It is a smart move for both companies, as the mobile arena is getting tighter. So expect for these stocks to trade higher on this news.

After months of Intel Corp (NASDAQ: INTC) creating historic lows in its trading history. UBS sees value in the company. The upgraded the stock from a Neutral to a Buy and gave the stock a target price of $23 and that is up from $21.Now the question is will the Institutional money begin to flow back into Intel or will the UBS upgrade just entice individual investors to jump on board. The stock closed at $18.30 on Friday.

Now lets take a look at the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) front, last week Bill Gates stated that he will be stepping down from the Day to Day duties of Microsoft. Now this is definitely getting mixed reactions as he was the visionary behind the company and at one point in time gave a helping hand to Apple Computer (NASDAQ: AAPL) when the company was down on its luck. But times do change, Microsoft, once being a vibrant young company that dared to be different, topping the one time juggernaut IBM (NYSE: IBM) seem to have gotten too big to have that burning desire and vision. With Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) looking to grab software market share from Mr. Softie by giving people what they want but for free seems to be just another nail being driven into the coffin of Microsoft. Now don’t count them out just yet, Mr. Softie is coming out with guns blazing against Apple’s iPod success by launching its own MP3 player. Some think that its late in the game but technology is constantly changing so they still may have a shot, but 10 years or so ago would Mr. Softie have waited so long to be at the forefront of an evolution?, all that we can do at this point is wait and see what the reaction will be to the new product line, the shift in management and whether the software giant will consider splitting the company at some point down the road.

Movers and Shakers

Some major movers in yesterdays trading session included Focus Media Holdings (NASDAQ: FMCN) , we mentioned Focus Media when it hit a ceiling of $68 three times in a row and sent out an alert that it could pull back into the $51 range, which it did. We also alerted our readers that once it found a bottom that their next trip up to $68 would be fierce and create a base in that level. The stock traded up $6.28 on Friday to close at $60.78, the momentum has been building up in the company and you should see it try to reach that ceiling this week. We also mentioned that their United States based mirror image is a small little known company by the name of Impart Media Group (OTCBB: IMMGE), for those that have taken steps in researching and getting involved in the company should listen in on their analyst/investor conference call that is set up for this Thursday. Take a look at their latest press release for call-in details.

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) made nice movement on Friday, trading up $4.69 to close at $44.31. The company announced about a week ago that they have upped their stake in a ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Alaska offshore project called Cosmopolitan Unit, from 10% to 50%. So the stock moved up along with several other Natural Gas companies but investors had time this weekend to ponder many things that happened in the previous week and Pioneer Natural may be one of them.

Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) made moves on the upside on Friday after reports surfaced that the New York based Polo was on the road to striking a deal with JC Penney (NYSE: JCP) in the form of an exclusive partnership. This would give a big boost to Polo and definitely add to JC Penney’s bottom line. Polo closed up $2.30 to close at $57.00 on Friday.

Other stocks that made nice moves on Thursday include Martek Biosciences (NASDAQ: MATK) which traded up $2.77 to close at $29.48, Cigna (NYSE: CI) traded up $2.25 to close at $93.45, Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) traded up $2.21 to close at $30.64, Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) traded up $1.71 to close at $67.39 and New Century Financial (NYSE: NEW) traded up $1.69 to close at $47.00.

Neurocrine (NASDAQ: NBIX) traded down on heavy volume on Friday, the stock tumbled $4.19 to close at $15.18 after stating that the company may have to supply the FDA with additional safety data to get the approval from them. This could lead to big delays, as they will undoubtedly need to conduct further clinical studies to get the FDA the information that they need.

After OmniVision Tech (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced great numbers analyst had a chance to review their quartley earnings and question the quality of those earnings. Analyst at both Piper Jaffray and Needham & Co questioned that as well as the company’s outlook. So this drove the stock down $3.37 to close at $23.44 on Friday, this was on over 14 million shares traded. Their average volume has been approximately 1.8 million. So once the bleeding stops OmniVision may require a second look.

Under Ten

Some stocks that made moves on the upside under ten bucks include Britesmile (NASDAQ: BSML) for some odd reason closed up 90 cents to close at $3.23 on Friday. Initially the stock gained lots of interest on the heels of a fluff bid from one of their private competitors, which Britesmile graciously turned down. So you can expect the stock to slip back a bit over the coming days after the bump up last week. But who knows perhaps the fluff bid for the company may be backed up by a solid financial group, but that may not be likely just yet.

Orthovita (NASDAQ: VITA) traded up 41 cents on Friday when word got out that the Food and Drug Administration approved its product for controlling bleeding during surgeries. Now this may also pull back a bit even though the run wasn’t tremendous it did hit a new 52 week high, which could cause for a pullback.

Wet Seal (NASDAQ: WTSLA) received an upgrade by Matrix Research from a Sell to A Hold, this morning and it should be a welcome upgrade which could give boost to investor confidence in Wet Seal. So look for a tad bit of movement in this one today.

Other stocks that moved higher yesterday under ten bucks included Catalyst Semiconductor (NASDAQ: CATS) which traded up 27 cents to close at $3.89, Memry corp (AMEX: MRY) traded up 23 cents to close at $2.90, Great Basin Gold (AMEX: GBN) traded up 20 cents to close at $1.85 and Novavax (NASDAQ: NVAX) traded up 19 cents to close at $4.71 on Friday.

Analyst Upgrades/Downgrades

Recent Analyst upgrades include aQuantive (NASDAQ: AQNT) was upgraded to a Buy from a Neutral by Merriman, Curhan Ford & Co and to an Outperform from a Market Perform by Piper Jaffray, Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) was upgraded to an Outperform from an In-Line by Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) was upgraded to an Overweight from an Equal Weight by Lehman Brothers, Vulcan Marterials (NYSE: VMC) was upgraded to an Outperform from an Inline by Goldman Sachs and Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: MNST) was upgraded to a n Overweight from an Equal-Weight by Morgan Stanley.

Recent Analyst downgrades include Petsmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was downgraded to a Neutral from an Outperform by Credit Suisse, and Michaels Stores (NYSE: MIK) was downgraded to a Peer Perform from an Outperform by Thomas Weisel Partners.

Recent analyst coverage initiations include Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE: VSH) which was initiated with a Hold rating and a $16.50 price target by Citigroup Investment Research, Novacea Inc (NASDAQ: NOVC) was initiated with an Outperform rating by Cowen 7 Co, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) was initiated with an Outperform rating and a $30 price target by Credit Suisse, RH Donnelley (NYSE: RHD) was initiated with an Overweight rating and a $64 price target by Lehman Brothers, the stock closed at $51.55 on Friday and Allscripts Healthcare Solution (NASDAQ: MDRX) was initiated with a Neutral rating by UBS.

FURIOUS FIVE

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Is a Muzzle Right For Your Dog? Advice For Pet Grooming

Home pet grooming can be a harrowing experience for both animal and owner. The activity stresses out some dogs and cats and, as such, they behave differently when they are getting a bath or having their nails clipped. They may snip or bite at the pet groomer even if they familiar with the human grooming them. A loving, docile pet can become all teeth and nails if they do not want to be groomed. The best, most humane way to protect both human and animal during pet grooming is to use a muzzle.  sieumarketing   Though some people think that a muzzle is cruel, it can keep the animal restrained and stop them from possibly doing harm.

A muzzle fits around the dog’s mouth and is secured around the back of the head with ties or straps. Pet grooming experts agree that the animal feels no discomfort when wearing the muzzle. It leaves enough room for the pet to breathe and at the same time restricts the animal from biting. Muzzles are made in many different sizes. Even small dogs with tiny mouths can inflict a nasty wound. There are no muzzles for cats but there are “head bag” contraptions that fit over the entire head, restricting biting. Pet grooming experts say that the bag is thin enough for the cat to breathe, but will keep the animal from biting the groomer.

There are many styles of muzzles the home pet groomer or pet grooming expert can use. The most popular one is called the softie. The softie is made of a pliable, soft, but resistant material that gives your dog the ultimate comfort as they are being groomed. The DuPont fabric is tear-resistant and durable, able to hold up during any pet grooming experience. It is stain resistant and can be machine washed. If you are grooming several dogs in succession, it is wise to wash the softie between dogs or to use another muzzle so diseases or bacteria will not be passed on.

There are several sizes of softies even for little breeds like Yorkies or Chihuahuas. Pet grooming experts do emphasize to not keep the muzzle on for an extended period of time. The muzzle could interfere with the animal’s natural cooling system.

The softie should not be used with overly aggressive dogs. When grooming an animal known to bite or attack, a leather muzzle is best. The leather will have enough strength to restrain the dog’s jaws and keep the groomer from getting bit, while having adequate space for the dog to pant and cool down. Besides pet grooming, these muzzles can be used during walks. They will warn passers-by that the dog is not friendly while protecting the public from a dog who doesn’t get along well with strangers. The drawback of the muzzle is that if your animal is attacked by another, it will have no way to defend itself.

Whether you are pet grooming or just worried about the disposition of your animal, the muzzle will protect you and your pet. Remember to look into multiple muzzling options before settling on any one model – find out what variety works best for your pet.

Jonathan Hook own Bow Meow Pet Care Centre in North Bay, Ontario. Much more information about dog care and general pet care is available

Men and women should know that Sirdar is a famous brand when it comes to knitting patterns, and yarns. This brand is well known for quality yarns for hand knitting. It has a mark in creating wonderful, new fashion yarns and colours every season. Along with other brands Sirdar has extensive range including yarns for baby, classic, and fashion knitting. These fashion knitting range of yarn weights from 2 Ply to super chunky. Informatively a wide array of fibers are used from classic wools, mohairs, alpacas, silks, cottons to newest favourites such as knitters, soya and bamboo. Women always check the quality, reliability, durability, yarn weight, ball weight, and their affordability. All these are important aspects of purchasing knitting patterns and yarns available for all ages in the market. You can avail knitting patterns and yarns of Sirdar for babies which are incredibly versatile and comes in handy 25g balls, can say a perfect size for all the little toy knits.

Buyers can find latest trends of Sirdar knitting patterns and yarns having fantastic collection of 19 fun shades, and these colors are introduced for knitting toy designs with the inclusion of some funky colours creating exciting dolls clothes and perfect flesh tone too. Especially this brand is famous among ladies as they like Big Softie which is an incredibly soft and lightweight super chunky yarn, with a fashionable loose twist construction which is once again incredibly easy to knit on 10mm needles. Also found that its products are quite beneficial for babies, and is also perfect yarn for beginners and for knitters who want a really quick and amazing results. Moreover Big Softie also knits all the Denim Ultra designs to reach every level of customers. Some of the examples of knitting designs of Sirdar are Baby Bonus 4 Ply, Baby Bonus DK, Baby Bonus Lustre DK, Big Softie Super Chunky, Bonus Aran etc.

 

Affiliate Marketing For Softies

Everyone wants to make money online from home without the need to be a technical expert. Acronyms like HTML, FTP and the stomach churning SEO strike terror into the hearts of all internet ‘wannabies’.

Add to this the pressure of creating your own product, website and marketing campaign and your average newbie will be thinking that the 9 to 5 treadmill isn’t so bad after all.

It’s all very well for gurus to suggest sub contracting all of this stuff, using sites like elance,  sieumarketing   however the very reason many are attempting to sell online is that they need more income and quickly ! Spending a pile of money outsourcing before earning any is a little like giving a drowning man a do-it-yourself lifeboat kit.

In order to speed up the money making process, ‘affiliate’ marketing – selling someone else’s existing, successful product – has obvious appeal. No product to develop, this has already been done for you. The product creator might also supply a whole raft of goodies from promotional graphics, sales copy and perhaps a ready-to-go email campaign.

Then, as importantly, what you don’t get involved in. Handling complaints and queries, returns as well as after sales support. Most important of all, the time, effort and cost of product creation. Furthermore if you choose wisely from an affiliate agency like Clickbank, you know, in advance, that you are promoting an already in-demand product. Your own creation, despite lots of research and market surveys, might still bomb.

Any downside to affiliate marketing ?

Well it isn’t your product, which means that not only do you not keep all of the sales income but you cannot modify it. With your own creation you could turn it into an audio or video product, make it part of a larger package or split it up into smaller, less expensive units. Talking of sales, I will not handle any affiliate product that pays less than a 50% commission or $40 (£20) per sale.

All things considered I believe that affiliate marketing should be the second stage in any ones online business; the first being eBay for reasons I have explained, at length, elsewhere.

‘What is the easiest, quickest and least painful way of getting into affiliate marketing ?’

You see I contend that speed of results and ease of execution to be crucial. It is understandable for a back bedroom internet empire builder to become easily discouraged. Working alone on what, at times, seems am impossible mission is only bearable if some sort of success, no matter how small, is achieved reasonable quickly. This is the spur needed to carry on. Weeks of work followed by yet another expensive failure leads, all too often, to the towel being thrown In.

So what is the least complicated affiliate program known to man ? – An eBay one !

eBay have the products ( at least 60,000,000 at any one time ), one of the worlds largest websites and customers logging on to buy !

The final piece of the jigsaw, therefore, is to establish what is the best eBay affiliate program available. After much research I believe the BANS – Build A Niche Store – to be head and shoulders above the rest for lots of reasons.

If you recall I suggested that affiliate marketing should be the next stage following a spell of selling on eBay, so what could be a more natural choice than to become an eBay affiliate ?

Click through to the BANS site to find out how you choose your niche, build a website, link it to eBay, display the relevant ‘live’ listings, promote the site, collect your cut of the eBay listings fee then move onto your next site. I just wish to highlight what makes BANS so different.

Before you buy you can check out dozens, if not hundreds, of live, successful BANS produced sites, visit today’s forum – live and check out their huge list of glowing testimonials. Their after sales back up is second to none and their commitment to helping you achieve success cannot be faltered.

With am almost inexhaustible choice of niche sites for you to create, making money online from the comfort of your own home and establish a real business.

A combination of the power of eBay coupled with the limitless help by the BANS people to get your eBay-linked site up, running and profitable is a formidable team.

You owe it to yourself to check out this inexpensive opportunity without delay – it even has an eight week money back guarantee!

Please click through to [http://www.banswithbonus.com] to find out more about the amazing ‘BANS’ program and should you decide to make money online from your home by using this proven system, I will give you a copy of my book ‘Ebay My Way’ with my compliments as well as my free weekly newsletter.

 

Italian Mastiff – Is This Big Dog Actually a Softie?

Sharing the traits of the Mastiff breed, the Italian Mastiff can seem very intimidating with its large body build and its rugged appearance. Don’t let appearances fool you though, as this dog is among the most sensitive mastiffs that you’ll be able to meet. Known for their intelligence, even-mindedness, endurance, and agility, these dogs make the best watchdogs to guard your family and your home.

As a protector, it has enough strength to guard their masters even from even wild boars and bears.  ソフト闇金   In this aspect, the Italian mastiff will not let you down as its protective instincts make it extremely wary of strangers and other animals. However, it will not go out of its way to pick fights with dogs and other animals. In the presence of its master they can learn to relax their defensive stance if they perceive that their master is not threatened. With enough training, they can be submissive and very accommodating to other family members, even children.

Somewhat betraying their intimidating build, Italian mastiffs actually possess a gentle demeanor, and are very tolerant and patient with kids. They also tend to be very protective of women and children, regardless of their gender.

The Italian mastiff’s ability to notice small changes to their environment shows just how much sensitivity this dog breed has. As such, they might react negatively whenever you rearrange your furniture at home.

You should also be prepared to give your dog a lot of attention, because the Italian mastiff is one breed that needs to be given much affection by its master. It must not feel ignored or unwanted or else it will suffer. When training it, be sure to avoid scolding it too much or it will be very upset!

Still, Italian mastiffs are very easy to train so you shouldn’t have much trouble with your pet at all. In exchange for your attention and the love that you shower on it, you will be rewarded with the companionship of a dog that is very affectionate and would want nothing more than to be with you as much as it can.

Steve Blake has got a mastiff obsession and would like to share it with you. You can discover a ton more about Italian Mastiffs watchdog.html] and load of mastiff advice by checking out Steve’s site at

Everyone wants to make money online from home without the need to be a technical expert. Acronyms like HTML, FTP and the stomach churning SEO strike terror into the hearts of all internet ‘wannabies’.

Add to this the pressure of creating your own product, website and marketing campaign and your average newbie will be thinking that the 9 to 5 treadmill isn’t so bad after all.

It’s all very well for gurus to suggest sub contracting all of this stuff, using sites like elance, however the very reason many are attempting to sell online is that they need more income and quickly ! Spending a pile of money outsourcing before earning any is a little like giving a drowning man a do-it-yourself lifeboat kit.

In order to speed up the money making process, ‘affiliate’ marketing – selling someone else’s existing, successful product – has obvious appeal. No product to develop, this has already been done for you. The product creator might also supply a whole raft of goodies from promotional graphics, sales copy and perhaps a ready-to-go email campaign.

Then, as importantly, what you don’t get involved in. Handling complaints and queries, returns as well as after sales support. Most important of all, the time, effort and cost of product creation. Furthermore if you choose wisely from an affiliate agency like Clickbank, you know, in advance, that you are promoting an already in-demand product. Your own creation, despite lots of research and market surveys, might still bomb.

Any downside to affiliate marketing ?

Well it isn’t your product, which means that not only do you not keep all of the sales income but you cannot modify it. With your own creation you could turn it into an audio or video product, make it part of a larger package or split it up into smaller, less expensive units. Talking of sales, I will not handle any affiliate product that pays less than a 50% commission or $40 (£20) per sale.

All things considered I believe that affiliate marketing should be the second stage in any ones online business; the first being eBay for reasons I have explained, at length, elsewhere.

 

Optimize Your Small Businesses and Get Local SEO Results

Local search engine optimization (SEO) can be far more beneficial to small business owners than global SEO. Small businesses tend to thrive more on local following and patronage than anything else so ensuring that a small business is easily located and appropriately marketed to its surrounding areas is important. Here are some important steps for a small business to take online to ensure it succeeds in the local market:

Step 1: First step is to list your small  SEO Veluwe   business with Google Places, Yahoo! Local, and Bing Local. Training videos, tools, and tips are also offered by these search engines here to assist in making the best use of a listing. Some great tools these search engines offer include maps, driving directions, click tracking, and impression tracking.

Step 2: Assigning categories to a business listing is critical after the business has been registered. Also, editing the listing to include as much information as possible (hours, payment types taken, email address, web address, videos, photo’s, and even coupons) is recommended. Viewers love to be able to see all pertinent information in one place.

Step 3: Verifying the business listing is an important step to follow after listing the business. Search engines like Google will pull information pertaining to a business (address, phone, fax, etc.) from business aggregators, and it isn’t always correct. This is why it’s important to verify the information listed under a business name and correct it if needed. Making sure the address is listed in the same format is also important here, i.e. 123 Main Street should not also be listed as 123 Main St.

Step 4: Websites like Yelp and Merchant Circle have been created so consumers can see other consumer’s ratings and learn about their experiences with companies. It is important to ensure a small business is listed on websites like these in order to maximize exposure and drive traffic. Small businesses should encourage their customers to go online and rate and review them.

Step 5: The Better Business Bureau (BBB) history and rating assigned to a small business can be a key deciding factor in someone doing business with that company or not. Small businesses should be sure to register with the BBB and continuously supply great service and/or product to achieve the coveted A+ rating and maintain it.

Bonus Tip: When dealing with owning a local business that caters mostly to local consumers, it is a good idea to try and incorporate the business location in with the business name when choosing the website URL. This can greatly improve the speed and effectiveness of a business’ rankings within the search engines because the business will come up when the location is typed in (city, state, neighborhood, area) and also when the business name is typed in. For instance, for a business located in San Jose called ‘Noodle Surprise’ it is better to choose the URL ‘SanJoseNoodleSurprise.Com’ than just ‘NoodleSurprise.Com’.

Jeremy Miller is the owner of Bugon Website Services and is a firm believer in not only offering superior search engine optimization and internet marketing services, but also providing website owners with valuable relevant information to help them efficiently and effectively market their website on the worldwide web! If you have a small business and have not marketed to the top local sites on the worldwide web, you are missing out on a huge market that your business could penetrate. Check out our local online business listings service today to see how we can get your website submitted professionally to the top 20 local online business sources!

 

Increasing Business Positioning Online Via Effective SEO Methods

Have you ever heard the quote, “You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.” This is the superlative for today’s business economy. Nowadays, even if companies world-wide are cutting costs, they are still looking for creative, high-impact immerging and reliable marketing strategies. When it comes to making the most of marketing dollars, the rules of the marketing game have changed forever. Regardless of whether you are a corporate conglomerate or a SEO Rijnland small business that’s just getting started-the internet cannot be ignored as a powerful resource and marketing tool.

In fact, according to a recent survey about marketing budgets for 2009 and 2010, conducted by btobonline.com, a magazine for marketing strategist published by Crain communications Inc, almost 43% of the 500 companies that participated said that their budgets in 2009 went down by a significant margin over this year. However, despite the decreases, 65% said that their online marketing budget was increasing this year, which shows the shift of marketing budgets from the more traditional methods over to an online medium.

“We are seeing an ongoing secular shift from traditional to online media, as marketers recognize that ad dollars invested in interactive media are effective at influencing consumers and delivering measurable results,” said Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. “In this uncertain economy, where marketers know they need to do more with less, interactive advertising provides the tools for them to build deep, engaging relationships with consumers-the experience marketers’ gain from this will deliver dividends, especially after the economy turns around.”

However, it is more than just online advertising that drives traffic to a site or makes up an online marketing campaign. Troy Bohlke states that things have evolved. “Now a marketing campaign doesn’t just focus on advertising. You have to focus in search engines, social marketing, blogging, article marketing, link connections, etc.,” Bohlke says. “All of these play a vital role in determining a marketing campaigns’ effectiveness.”

While the answer may vary slightly depending upon the size of the ad budget, the Forbes 2009 Ad Effectiveness Survey says marketers of all sizes should start with search engine optimization (SEO). According to this survey, 48% percent of marketers said that SEO was the best method for generating conversions online. More than one-half of marketers with budgets over $1 million also agreed. In fact, in 2007 only 19% utilized SEO as part of their online strategies, and as of 2009 now 39% of businesses are including it. Email and e-newsletter marketing (46%), and pay-per-click/search marketing (32%) were also ranked as important tools in conversion, as seen in the Forbes Survey.

What is Search Engine Optimization? It is the science of increasing traffic to your Web site by improving the internal and external factors influencing ranking in search results. It is mostly technical in nature and includes Web programming expertise combined with business, persuasion, sales and a love for competitive puzzle-solving.

SEO marketing is the instrumental key to promote your company’s visibility, credibility and sales. In fact, it has been said that a business serious about success cannot afford not to do it. The question is how? And who will do it for you in an effective way, but also in a cost effective way?

If you do all this right, you will have a website capable of maintaining desired revenue goals, while achieving high rankings in the organic sections of search engine results pages. Creating a website does not just involve technical skills, or copywriting, or links, or search engine submission, it involves an intricate blend of more than 200 variables woven into the fabric of a website.

Bill Gates once said, “The Internet will help achieve friction-free capitalism by putting buyer and seller in direct contact, and providing more information to both about each other.”

Troy Bohlke with the exact same train of thought states that, “Considering that 8 out of 10 consumers these days find the companies they eventually do business with online, there is so much work to be done on driving victors to the site and then converting them to consumers. Our firm is 100% directed to this,” explains Bohlke. “Especially if SEO is changing on a daily basis, then companies need to rely on someone who is dedicated to SEO.”

Bohlke, president of 10 Day Publicity, shares his experience as it relates to SEO, “All I wanted to know is whether or not I could increase my business positioning on the internet and how much it costs. I must have interviewed a half a dozen SEO companies before I was introduced to some experts. I was seeing these guys all over the internet in all the right places,” Bohlke explains. “I was marketed to effectively and I knew it was what I was looking for.”

 

The amount of fun you can have in a Mexico City Vacation is impressive!

Let me color your vacations!

Across Mexico, in villages and cities, in mountains, tropical coasts, and jungle settings, enchanting surprises await travelers.

Mexico covers an area of 1,964,375 sq. km. and comprises 32 states. With its wide surface Mexico offers endless sceneries! Explore the multitude of heavenly landscapes during your Mexico vacations! The Mexico travel destinations range from honey-kissed beaches to the cultural experiences and an assortment of attractions can be found F1 Coureur Fernando Alonso promising a travel to Mexico full of relaxation to non-stop adventures.

Mexico fascinates the whole universe! No no no… It is not what you think… I don’t pretend to know everything about Mexico… I believe that no one knows everything about Mexico… but I know enough and based on my experiences I have decided to write “The best of the best of the Mexico”.

I can begin telling you witch is the best and most beautiful Mexico beach, considering families, water sports lovers, romantic couples honeymoon etc…

Without any doubt, the Mexico beaches on the Caribbean Sea are the most charming, at all! Many of them are stunning, but the Tulum beach appeals even the most demanding tourists. Soft white talcum powder sand to walk, the sound of the wind among the palm trees, the turquoise, the dark blue and the green blue water that blend in to the weaves caressing the beach of Tulum. The archaeological ruins are in a spectacular setting, on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The town of Tulum has some budget options for accommodation as well as some nice ecotourism cabanas to rent along the beach. Tulum is for ecotourism, romance and seclusion seekers.

Speaking about this part of Mexico, we just can’t ignore the Riviera Maya! The Riviera Maya is the “ace in the hole” of Mexico! If you are looking for loads of scenic beauty, the Riviera Maya has it all. Its pleasant climate and lovely beauty make it a perfect vacation and travel destination for everything you are looking for! Yes, it is a multiple vacation destination because, beyond the myriad of tourist attractions, the Riviera Maya includes; Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum. Cancun is famous for its nightlife and it’s consider the “Water Sports Capital” (ideal for spring breaker and luxury travel seeker), Isla Mujeres for getaways, Puerto Morelos for its comfortable and intimate accommodations, Playa del Carmen for its family friendly hotels and all inclusive resorts set on wonderful beaches, Puerto Aventuras for romance, Cozumel and Akumal for divers, and Tulum… well … you know!

Playa del Carmen, the heart of the Mayan Riviera is the ideal vacation spot for families! Just a few minutes from Xcaret (a wonderful theme park that offers a little bit of the all Mexico Country) Playa del Carmen has all the recreation services for Family Fun. You will find that sitting on the beach while the kids frolic in the calm and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea seems too good to be true… but here it happened!

 

 

 

 

The Origin and Evolving Process of Taxi Services

Have you ever wondered why people refer to cab services by the name taxi services? Have you ever wondered why they refer to the cabs as taxis? Have you ever wondered why most of the taxis in many countries are painted yellow?

Taxi services are dated back to the seventeenth century in Paris and London. People back then started using the hackney carriage services that were drawn by horses. People hired the horse ride to get to far destinations. From this idea came the concept of taxi service in the later years. You might be asking why then did they decide to call them taxi?

The name taxi originated from a French word coined by the first man to import cabs, Harry Allen of New York. He referred to them as taximeter cabriolet. Cabriolet was a French word used to mean a carriage. The taximeter was a mechanical device that was used to    Taxi tarieven Duiven   calculate the fare that a passenger would have to pay for using the transport. So the prefix taxi- in the name taximeter came from the Latin word taxa which meant charge or tax charged for a service. The name taxi is a short form of taximeter carriage. Allen realized that the yellow color would assist in recognizing the taxi cab from afar and painted the taxis yellow.

During the first Battle of the Marne in 1974 when the Birmingham pub bombings took place, the fire officer requested the taxi operators association to transport wounded people to the nearest hospital which was Birmingham Accident Hospital. Up to date taxis are beneficial in emergency cases, like when one wants to catch a flight urgently. If you use a car of your own you will need to make arrangements for a parking place, worry about security etc which can easily be avoided if you take a taxi instead.

Recently while going to my workplace in the morning, I got trapped in a traffic jam for over 30 minutes. I thought of how much I was spending on fuel while using my car while going to work. With engine running for over 30 minutes without moving an inch just waiting for a little chance for me to remove my foot from the brake pedal and the clutch and press on the accelerator, I started calculating the cost of using my car against using a taxi. The fuel cost, the tear and wear cost, parking fee all sliced down. After leaving for home later that evening, I took an ultimate decision to use a hybrid taxi to my workplace daily.

If most of us used taxi to go to work and to other places where taxi services are available, it would also cut on the CO2 emitted in the atmosphere because fewer cars will be used and therefore lesser amount of CO2 will be produced. The traffic jam reduces by far if most people used the cabs.

Traveling from the Marco Polo Airport in Italy to Venice can only be convenient enough if one uses the water taxi for quick services. They make it convenient because having to wait until the water buses are full may take a long time.

Using a Taxi Service for transportation is the most appropriate way to travel. Taxi Cabs are most useful when you need quick and safe transportation.

Abraham of the Bible: The Father to Many

According to the Bible, Abraham of the Bible was initially named Abram and married to Sara. This father to many was sent from his homeland to go to the land of Canaan where he would take possession and thus became known as the father of Israel. The only thing God told him was ‘pack your things and go to a land that I will show you.’ Now how can anyone even begin to understand the things that were going through this man’s mind when he was asked make this move? In Canaan, a momentous covenant was made between Abraham and the Lord and its significant changed the destiny of his descendants Sarah zakenvrouw .

In the covenant God was to be recognized as Lord and Abraham in return would be given all the land which would be passed from one generation to another. He also promised that through his offspring, all the nations would be blessed for all eternity. This must have been a very calm man; he didn’t seem to hesitate much to Gods instructions but righteously believed in this covenant. His purpose was revealed as the vehicle of blessing to all mankind, but his concern grew since he had not produced any off spring.

Only when he was 100 years old and his wife Sara was 90 years old, did God promise him a son who was named Isaac. Talk about patience and this is it. A life changing challenge comes upon this great man, when God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son. That seemed a little over the top but God had a plan for this, He wanted to see if this test of faith was a virtue held by the father of nations. As Abraham in the Bible, we will constantly have to wait in hope and faith for God to come through for us irrespective of our circumstances.

 

 

The Blessings Of Abraham And The Holy Spirit Are Yours This Year

A New Year, a new month, a new beginning full of testimonies! God is set to change your story and take you higher in life. However, you need to engage the provisions made available for you. And this includes the blessings of Abraham and the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

– Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJV).

Introduction

I thank God, the Faithful One, who kept us all through last year and caused us to see this New Year. Truly, last year sent many to their early graves but the Lord exempted us. And for that, I say glory to God!

Also, our Father brought us into this New Year, not to abandon us or forsake us, but to bless us. For the path of the just shines brighter and brighter by the day. However, for this year to yield her increase to you, you must understand the provisions made available to you in redemption.

Redemption From The Curse Of Law

It’s wonderful that not long after the celebration of the birth of Christ, we have the New Year. This gives us the opportunity to connect with the Lord who is able to bring about peace and joy in our lives.

Truly, the curse of the law is ravaging the lives of those living in disobedience. However, Christ redeemed you from the curse of the law. And in its place now, you have access to the blessings of Abraham and the promise of the Holy Spirit. So, when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, these blessings become yours to enjoy. And you need these two blessings of redemption to excel this New Year.

The Blessings Of Abraham

God swore a blessing on Abraham, which Christ made available to us in redemption. And when you believe in these blessings and appropriate them in your life through your declarations, they will become a reality in your life.

According to Genesis 12:1-3,

The blessings of Abraham include:

Posterity
Blessings
Greatness
Channel of blessings to others
Blessings upon those who bless him
Curses upon those who curse him
Redemption of mankind through his lineage
Therefore, appropriating the blessings of Abraham in your life causes these blessings to manifest in your life. However, the last blessing will  Abraham Gamer not be repeated, for Jesus has come and redeemed mankind already.
The Promise Of The Holy Spirit

This is the second blessing you get when you receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. And you need Him to succeed this New Year. For He is the guarantee of your inheritance in Christ. And He is the one who will help to establish the word of God (the blessings of Abraham) in your life. This He will do by, among other things, guiding you into all truth. And the truth includes steps to take to actualize Abraham’s blessings in your life. Therefore, it is wise to seriously partner with the Holy Spirit this New Year.