How To Handle The Google Penguin Update

Google Penguin UpdateEverybody right now is talking about the recent Google Penguin updates. This is a huge blow to the search engine optimization world and people have been waiting for this to come for over a year now. What we thought was going to be a very large update that is a complete rewrite, instead, is a relatively benign update that really is doing nothing in the search engine results. Fortunately, as most other SBI subscribers have noticed, traffic is actually increasing.

I was predicting that the update would be much smaller than people were hoping for, however, this was a bit more than anyone really expected at all. It only affected less than 1% of English search results in the Google search engine. This is a much smaller percentage than we would have expected to see considering the previous penguin updates have been pretty big and have impacted many websites with many different search results.

Who Was Hit By Penguin 3.0?

The main people who were headed were people who use private blog networks. These private blog networks have been getting hammered this year because more and more people are using them and Google would like nothing more than to see them go away. In fact, private blog networks were actually doing pretty poorly before the Google Penguin update you can came out. This is just one more reason why people should focus on building quality websites instead of low-quality websites that are only designed for search engines. You are not able to black hat yourself into high rankings for a long period of time. Sure, maybe sometimes it works, but in most cases it is only going to work for a short period of time.

So the main people who were hit by this latest Google Penguin updates are those who were involved with link building schemes and black hat methods that Google has been warning you should not be partaking in any way. I know a lot of people will tell me that this is bogus but it is the truth that the black hat world does not want you to know about.

This Shouldn’t Even Be Called Penguin 3.0!

There are certain people who blog about Google algorithm changes who take it upon themselves to name these algorithm updates. One of those people decided that this should be called Google Penguin 3.0 even though it should not be called that. This was not a rewrite of the Google Penguin algorithm and therefore should not be called the Google Penguin 3.0 update because that hasn’t occurred yet. What is going to happen when Google performs the full rewrite which probably is not that far away? Are we just going to call that Penguin 4.0?

The weird thing about this update is Google never even confirmed they were doing an update until after they were pressed by certain bloggers. It makes me wonder if a refresh really even happened or if they are just testing because we have been getting lots of conflicting information about what is going on.

Google Penguin Is Still Rolling

While we first received information from Google that said the Google Penguin update was finish rolling out within the first three or four days, that was quickly recanted and now they are saying it will be rolling out for the next few weeks. I am not sure why there is such a large amounts of disagreements and false information being thrown around by Google themselves but it makes you wonder if the loss of Matt Cutts is taking its toll on the Google search and spam teams. He has been on an extended leave and there is a lot of rumor that he will never be returning to Google and that this extended absence is just a cover so that there is not too much fuss. We can all agree that his career has been an utter failure due to the search results getting worse and quality over time and so maybe this is for the best in the long term but so far that is not showing.

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How Perseverance Grows Online Businesses

PerseveranceThe top online businesses are established by those who are highly motivated and passionate about their businesses. If our passion for what we are doing fuels the motivation to do it, then we will find that nothing will get in the way of accomplishing the task because our motivation (continual movement towards) is driving an essential character trait of successful people – perseverance.

You or someone in your business must maintain a large reserve of the God given ingredient of perseverance which is driven by the motivation to get the job done. Too many opportunities will present themselves, especially in the early stages of the new venture to survive long without it. In your effort to build top online businesses realize that challenges will come up almost daily and a measure of perseverance is definitely required to win the race.

Perseverance, like motivation is not a commodity to be purchased in a seminar or by reading a book. Rather, it is a derivative of motivation inspired by passion. It is the by-product of truly believing in yourself and the business in which you have chosen to invest yourself. The easiest course of action when things get tough, with one problem on top of another, and your plans simply are not finding any fruition, is to throw in the proverbial towel. This is against all the rules for those who build top online businesses. Those who are committed to the success of the business simply do not stop. You will not find this option in the book of success stories of the top online businesses. But how can one not quit when everything is going the wrong way?

Perseverance is the only answer and this unusual quality abounds only when you are truly motivated which means you are passionate about the business, which is the result of truly believing in the very core of your being that what you are pursuing is quintessential to life itself.

Back to the Basics of Concentration

Now that we have laid the foundations for the principle of concentration, we are ready within the context of building top online businesses to employ this deeply ingrained character quality.

The principle of concentrating your efforts and energies in a narrowly focused course of action is not new. It is, however, difficult to accomplish with so many tasks and projects calling for your attention. It is also one reason that many businesses fail as the owner, in particular, is not able to get a handle on what’s important and essential to starting and operating the business. The parallel concepts of: Establishing Priorities; Setting Goals and Eliminating distractions play an important role in the concept of concentration.

To concentrate in a given area with all your energy and resources focused in one particular area does not mean doing only one thing. It does, though, mean doing only one thing at a time and when doing that which has been identified as essential, also eliminating any distractions from becoming overbearing so as to derail your focused efforts. This one idea when harnessed and used effectively is one of the most powerful secrets of success. “Movers and shakers” are people who may not realize they operate by this principle. However, in every case you will find those who are writing the books, designing the systems, making the sales, building top online businesses, are people who have learned to leverage their own resources. They have a narrowly focused intensity of what must be done now.

As a magnifying glass is aligned in the ray of the suns’ light to burn a hole so it is that great accomplishments are borne out of narrowly focused, properly aligned, resources and energy.The great accomplishments America has made toward space travel came after President Kennedy provided clear direction for the resources of engineering, politics and money to be allocated and poured into the space program. He set a goal, provided the resources and kept the political distractions from clouding the purpose and intent of the program.

Success can, of course, be achieved without a heavy duty understanding and focus on the principle of concentration but the timetable will definitely be extended. Most small business people cannot afford the luxury of a broad brush approach which lacks focused use of the limited resources of time, talent, abilities and money. This is especially significant in the fast moving world of building top online businesses.

But How Do l Know What’s Most Important – What to Focus on?

You know. Knowing what to do is not the problem for most small business owners. The choices are not all that great. The options are generally limited. It is the doing of it that cries out for action. Often the hardest things, or the most difficult tasks or the most unpleasant projects are left lacking. The challenge is not in knowing what you are best at, or what must be done or what project must be given your full attention. The challenge is setting it as an absolute priority, and then doing it!

Now this may not mean that it is for you, the owner, to do, but it is for you to see to it that it gets done. It may mean as it did for President Kennedy, that you become immersed in the need far enough and long enough to understand what needs to be done, provide your total commitment to it for a time, roll up your sleeves and get along side of those who will be carrying on the project and provide your wholehearted support.

Nothing will stop you from doing what needs to be done and no distraction attempting to throw you off track will be able to achieve its goal. You’re committed to becoming one of the top online businesses and you know what needs to be done. Doing it is the only thing the motivated leader knows. She will persevere through whatever challenges and will complete the task needed to bring her business to the top no matter what comes her way. This focused intensity with the right resources, people and products will allow you to build top online businesses producing great value and high returns for your efforts.

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Teens: How To Get Your First Job

How Teens Can Get A JobAre you tired of relying on Mom and Dad for spending money? Do you want some financial independence – to save for your first car or those coveted concert tickets? Did you recently move out on your own? Whatever your motivation, you want to get your first job. But you don’t have any experience….or do you?

Maybe you aren’t as inexperienced as you think.

Did you ever babysit? Do volunteer work? Help out a parent at their job? Even if you answered no to all of the above, you can still get your first job.

Let’s see how it’s done

Make sure you dress nice. You don’t have to wear a suit, but guys should be in a nice shirt and slacks, girls should do the same, or wear a skirt and top. Showing up in ripped jeans and a Fall Out Boy concert T is not your best option.

If you are applying for a fast-food or retail job, you will have to fill out an application. On that application, you will be asked some or all of the following:

Your identifying information, including social security number, address, contact telephone number and school phone number. If you’re hired, the employer will need this information for taxes and other paperwork.

Questions about military service, grade-level and other personal information. Some will apply to you, some won’t. As long as you answer honestly, you’re fine. Do not lie and do not exaggerate. Both can keep you from getting hired, or get you fired if you’re caught.

Your available hours. If you are in school, make sure you allow time for homework and any after-school activities. Most fast-food or retail establishments will be flexible. However, if you can only work one hour a day, three days a week, don’t expect them to be that flexible.

Past work experience. If you have none, don’t worry about it. For the time being, list volunteer work you have done. Or babysitting. The whole point is to show your level of maturity and responsibility.

Hot tip: When you turn in the application, be sure to shake the person’s hand firmly, look them in the eye and smile. This projects confidence and maturity. They will remember you.

If you are applying for an entry level position that is not fast-food or retail oriented, you will need a resume.

After you turn in your application or submit your resume, you then wait to be called for an interview.

Some places might interview you right away. If that is the case, go here.

Other employers will call you in after they get a chance to review your application and verify some or all of the information. Remember what I said about not lying, right? This is why.

Congratulations, you’ve taken a huge first step toward your first job. Now, on to the interview!

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How To Make Your Career Change Stress Free

Career ChangeTired of what you’re doing? Afraid it will be too great a challenge? It doesn’t have to be.

A few simple tips can help your career change be a smooth transition.

Career Change Tip 1:

Get some experience in your new field.

This may sound strange, but the best way to get a comparable position in your new field is to get experience doing the work. How?

Volunteer

Volunteer to help out at a place that is in your new field of work. If you are moving from administrative work to mechanic work, for instance, ask to help out at your local auto repair place. You can clean tools, fetch parts, whatever is needed.

Freelance

This works especially well in fields such as writing and graphic design, but it’s not exclusive to these fields. Go back to the auto mechanic career, for instance. You can do work for friends and neighbors on the side, while still maintaining your full-time job.

Work Part-Time

Similar to volunteering, except with pay, you could get a part-time job at a place where you can gain the experience you need to move into your chosen new field. You might be able to work Saturdays at the auto mechanic’s shop, for instance.

Tip 2:

Use your current career

Does your current career offer any skills that transfer into your new field? If so, make use of these. For instance, you can craft a resume around the transferable skills instead of around your work history. You can also use these skills to get your first position in your new field.

How so? Let’s look again at the secretary turned auto mechanic. Perhaps this person could get a job doing administrative work at a mechanic’s shop, with the understanding that he or she would be the first choice if a mechanic position came available.

Tip 3:

Network, network, network

This does not mean attending every dinner party that might include people you want to know. It means making the most of your existing relationships and actively building new ones.

If you meet someone in your new chosen field, ask them about their work. But also show interest in them as a person. Get to know the person and build a relationship.

Don’t hide that you are trying to get into their line of work. Simply don’t make it the only topic of conversation.

With your existing network:

  • family
  • friends
  • co-workers
  • former classmates

-let it be known that you are looking for work in a new field. Ask them to let you know if they hear of any positions coming available.

Tip 4:

Find a mentor

Similar and somewhat related to networking, finding a mentor is a great way to learn more about the details of your new career field.

An added benefit of having a mentor is having someone who might be able to open doors for you through their own network or by offering to provide letters of recommendation.

To find a mentor, all you have to do is contact someone who does what you want to be doing. Ask the person to mentor you and explain what you are hoping to accomplish.

If you find someone to mentor you, be sure to make the most of the opportunity. Ask questions. Do any and all tasks they suggest.

On the flip side, also respect your mentor’s time. If you agree to meet, be early instead of late. Don’t expect this person to be at your beck and call. Odds are he or she is busy with their own career and is doing this for you out of kindness. Never forget that it is a favor, not a requirement.

These tips for making your career change a smooth one are but the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to fine tune your resume and cover letter. And brush up on your interview skills.

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Best Free Web Hosting & Web Hosting Services

Best Free Web HostingThere are many free web hosting services available and it’s almost as simple as registering to get your website up and running.

Not all free web site hosts are reliable though, and almost non of them have any good customer support.

Free hosting is recommended for people who need a website immediately, but do not need much support and not many extra features such as PHP or MySQL – but there is a good free web host with these features if you need them, see below.

If you do need a free web site host that supports PHP or MySQL, look into AwardSpace.

Totally Free Web Hosting with cPanel and No Ads

I could not find a good free web hosting company with cPanel. There was one though, but so many customers have had bad experiences with them, so I just can not recommend them.

AwardSpace.com is a good free web host (and from my research they are for sure one of the best free web hosting companies around). They have paid options too, but I do not recommend the paid options they have though. Some customers had a good experience when they used the free plan, but when they switched to paid, they started having problems.

AwardSpace does not have a cPanel, but their control panel is very much like a cPanel.

Ok… so which one is the best free web hosting company?

Well, actually in my opinion it is the free web site hosting provider I talked about above, AwardSpace Web Hosting.Free Web Hosting Most customers have been happy with them. They also offer quite a lot for no cost. And there are not many other free web hosts that don’t place ads and banners on the websites you build with them.

Webs.com is another quite good free web host – it is great for beginners. For those not so new at this, go for AwardSpace.

Webs almost does not have any support system (or the one they have is not helpful at all), so you should not be the kind of person who needs to ask support a lot – if you go for Webs.

Most free web hosts have some issues. The best ones out of all are still the two I talked about above. Here are some more details on them:

Free web hosting no ads.

AwardSpace Web HostingFree Web Hosting is a web site hosting company with whom you can make your own website with,
for free and there will be no ads on your website. In my opinion they have the best free web hosting available (but it does NOT mean its perfect!).

If you want better web hosting, don’t use the paid option of AwardSpace, instead go with any of the really good cheap web hosting companies I have listed on this page: Best Cheap Web Hosting

Best For Beginners

Before I discovered SBI which is a paid web host and small business software, I used Webs to build some of my websites.

With Webs you can create personal websites, business websites or organization websites for free. They have very easy website building tools. And you can choose the best fitting template out of the 300 available. Webs fits those who have no clue what MySQL and FTP means.

To make money, Webs and many other free website hosting companies, place Google ads on the websites that their users create. But the ads normally blend into the theme of the websites pretty well, and should not be that much of a distraction to your visitors.

If you would use paid hosting, you could get your own Google Ad code from Google Adsense and place it on the pages of your website, and that way when someone would click on your ads, you would earn money.

Free eCommerce Web Hosting With Webs

With Webs you can also set up your own web store and charge your customers by Google Checkout or PayPal. So if you are looking for free eCommerce web hosting, Webs.com could for sure be something for you.

By the way, did you know that Webs has over 25 million users?

You can try Webs.com by clicking here.

I never had any problems with the websites I hosted with Webs.

But I did not have to contact support, so I can not say they have good support. In fact, I have heard their support is really bad. But I was satisfied with them when I was using them though.

It is only now when I am building websites for a living, that I have switched to a paid host. Because honestly, if you want to earn money by building and maintaining your own websites, a free web host just won’t do.

Free Unlimited Web Hosting cPanel No Ads – PHP and MySQL

There are some web hosts out there that offers PHP, MySQL support and cPanel, but I have not found any of them to be the best free web host.

AwardSpace has most of the features those other free web hosts have, but their control panel is not a cPanel, but amazingly similar.

Free Unlimited Web Hosting

CWahi

www.cwahi.net

Short CWahi web host review or summary: CWahi is also a small but good free web hosting provider. You can can place your own ads on your CWahi website. CWahi offers unlimited space and transfer and unlimited email storage. Unlimited does not always mean what users think though, because there are always other restrictions, like how much server memory one single account is allowed to use up. It is like that with all shared web hosts.

Best Free Web Hosting for Forums

Webs

Webs.com is a good web hosting option if you are looking to build an online discussion forum.

Best Free Web Hosting for Blogs

WordPress

If you want to start blogging, WordPress is probably your best bet. My sister has a blog hosted by WordPress and she says it was very easy to set up.

But if you want to start and online business, WordPress might not be such a good choice though. Read more about that by clicking here.

Free Reseller Hosting

Resellers Panel

Resellers Panel has a free reseller program that I would recommend if you are looking for free reseller hosting. You can use their program to sell lots of different types of hosting packages and you can of course set your own prices.

Other Free Web Hosting Services

There are many different free hosting providers out there, but they usually come with stricter restrictions than paid hosting. Your bandwidth, file transfer size and storage size will normally be smaller than with a paid host. The customer support that the free web hosting services have is also not always reliable, so keep that in mind.

It is not easy for a web hosting provider to get the title best free website hosting. Many free web hosting providers get bad reviews from frustrated users.

For example Doteasy. It is another free web hosting service/provider that offers 100 MB of space and a 1 GB of bandwidth.

Their set up is easy and on the whole they have a good web hosting package. Many use them for free business web hosting – a place online where they can present their company and services.

But unfortunately Doteasy has a reputation of having poor customer service and some people have also recently reported more downtime than before…

So do your research on the free web host you are considering, before signing up. And if you are really serious about building websites (for business or for earning money), free is definitely not for you.

After graduating from the best free web hosting you could find, you will enter the world of paid hosting. It will be a huge difference with many popular webmaster tools such as cPanel, PHP, MyAdmin, Fantastico, one-click installations of popular website software, PHP, MySQL, ASP, and many more – depending on if you choose a Windows or Linux web site hosting plan. You also have the freedom to have your own domain name and you can set up custom email addresses ending in your “@domain.com” name.

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