How DO You Do It?

Stay on top of your industry, that is. If you’re a business professional in any category and you’re not using Google Reader or some lesser tool to monitor newsfeeds, I’m very concerned about your future. Whoa. What did you say, Todd? I said, I’m very concerned about your future!

You see, unless you’re working on a production line somewhere making widgets for an hourly wage [not that there’s anything wrong with that — I’ve done it myself] your growth and advancement in business and in life [see this if you don’t believe me] depends on your ongoing professional development and that depends in large part upon your ability to aggregate, manage, and leverage relevant information

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What are your favorite Firefox addons?

Here are mine [hint — you’ll want to right click on these images and view them in another tab so that they’re legible!]…

What are YOUR favorites?

Getting started with SEO

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One of the main benefits of adding a blog to your website is the lift it gives your site — blogging rocks at generating traffic! Why? Because frequent posting feeds search engines which measure value of a site in part by how frequently it’s updated. Each post you create can also be loaded with metadata for the search engines which will help people to find you. This morning I stumbled across this document from Google that will give you some additional ideas as to how to get your site up to speed search engine-wise…

“Webmasters often ask us at conferences or in the Webmaster Help Group, “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website’s performance in Google?” There are lots of possible answers to this question, and a wealth of search engine optimization information on the web, so much that it can be intimidating for newer webmasters or those unfamiliar with the topic. We thought it’d be useful to create a compact guide that lists some best practices that teams within Google and external webmasters alike can follow that could improve their sites’ crawlability and indexing.

Our Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide covers around a dozen common areas that webmasters might consider optimizing. We felt that these areas (like improving title and description meta tags, URL structure, site navigation, content creation, anchor text, and more) would apply to webmasters of all experience levels and sites of all sizes and types. Throughout the guide, we also worked in many illustrations, pitfalls to avoid, and links to other resources that help expand our explanation of the topics. We plan on updating the guide at regular intervals with new optimization suggestions and to keep the technical advice current.

So, the next time we get the question, “I’m new to SEO, how do I improve my site?”, we can say, “Well, here’s a list of best practices that we use inside Google that you might want to check out.”” Source: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Google’s SEO Starter Guide

Want to know how you’re doing seo-wise right now? Head over to HubSpot’s website grader and test your site. If it needs improvement [and most sites do — including this one! ;-)] download Google’s pdf and start chipping away at improving your SEO today…

How Would You Like Your Graphic Design?

Same applies to websites or almost any other type of technical work. If you’ve heard me speak, I’m always talking about “good, fast, and cheap” tools. There are a few — like Google Apps for Business — that are all three! Comment, call or use the contact form to connect so we can talk about how this applies to your business…

Google Apps for Business Holiday Special

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For the holidays, we extended a special offer to Google Apps customers who upgrade to Google Apps for Business before the end of the year. As a Google Apps Authorized Reseller, my customers can take advantage of this offer as well. Get an additional 15% off the first year for any US-based Google Apps customer who upgrades from the free version to Google Apps for Business by December 31, 2010. Comment, call or use the contact form to connect so we can talk about how this applies to your business. e1evation, llc is the premier provider of Google Apps for Business in Northeast Wisconsin…

Save time with efficient searches

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What one website do you visit the most? Hands down, it’s bound to be an Internet search engine. From the SUCCESS 27 Resources for Success, learn how to effectively use a search engine to maximize your search results, and ultimately, save time. To help increase your online productivity, Google offers these helpful search shortcuts at google.com/help/cheatsheet.html.

Using Double Quotes: Use double quotes to search a phrase in its exact word order (“SUCCESS magazine”). Using a plus sign between words (SUCCESS+magazine) is synonymous with using double quotes.

Search Within a Site: Search within The New York Times for SUCCESS by typing site: nytimes.com or search anywhere that The New York Times has mentioned SUCCESS by typing (SUCCESS site: New York Times). Read more of this post

Have you tried Alltop?

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It’s an online magazine rack with many of the world’s top sources gathered together by category. It’s an excellent place to shop for great content for Google Reader, too!