A New Way To Chat With Friends: Paltalk Video Chat

September 6th, 2010

Paltalk: Our Flagship Product

Paltalk, downloadable software, gives you the most functionality and flexability. Paltalk can be minimized on your computer to run in the background and only alert you when you have a message.

Paltalk gives you:
Access to thousands of video chat rooms
SuperIM: free video calls with up to 10 people
SuperIM URL: free, customizable URL where friends and family can reach you directly from their browser
Access to all your chat buddies:
Our community of over 4 million members. Meet friendly people in your area or people around the world with similar interests.

Paltalk Express – Paltalk from your browser, perfect for Macs!

Paltalk Express is a great alternative for Mac users and anyone behind a firewall. Paltalk Express offers almost all the same features as Paltalk (access to all Paltalk’s video chat rooms and SuperIM), but room owners and admins will want to download Paltalk for enhanced room moderation tools.

Paltalk Mobile

Paltalk Mobile lets you keep in touch with your Paltalk pals while you’re on the go. IIM with your Pals, send pictures and more.
Check out Paltalk for Blackberry and iPhone. Android coming soon.

Tools for your site or blog

Video Chat Widget
Place the Paltalk Video Chat Widget on your site or favorite social network (Facebook, Twitter, Del.icio.us, Stumbleupon, Digg, etc.) and give visitors a window into your chat room. Widget viewers can watch and listen to the room and join the conversation seamlessly.

Embeddable room
Perfect for those interested in a more robust offering than the Video Chat Widget, embed your Video Chat Room on any website, blog or social network. Engage your audience, make your site more sticky and earn money each time a member you referred subscribes through our revenue share program.

The world’s favourite place to find or make unique T-shirts and gifts

September 6th, 2010

Long story, short.

Wanna see where we’ve been? And maybe get a glimpse of where we’re headed? If so, your ride’s here. Just click to watch this quick video, aptly titled “Our Story.”

You. You. You. It’s always about you. Here at CafePress, it’s all about you and your passions. In a nutshell, we’re the world’s best destination for expressing yourself through merchandise. From your favorite T-shirt and hoodie, to the tote bag over your shoulder and bumper sticker on your car, we’re here to let you express your interests. And what makes our products so unique, and so expressive, is that we don’t create the designs on them. Our community of designers do – all through millions of shops we help them run. Shop the world’s largest collection of user-designed products. With a community of 6.5 million users, and over 11 million unique visits each month, CafePress is where folks from all walks of life gather online to create, sell and buy “print on-demand” products. Each design speaks to what people are most passionate about. It may be a political cause, a to-die-for film, an obsessive hobby, a funny (or flirty) thought, whatever…

And if you can’t find what you want, simply create your own design. Just upload an image (or use our easy design tools for many products), and we’ll print it for you — whether you want 1 or 1,000. Also check out CafePress Groups. It’s the easy way to gear up the gang for family reunions, ballgames, bachelorette parties, or any event you’re heading off too.

Set up a shop (it’s free), then share away.

CafePress is for people who love sharing their passions with others. You’ll find individual designers with shops of all sizes, as well as corporate stores like Snoopy, E! Online, Stand Up To Cancer and more. With no upfront costs or inventory risk (we also take care of those thorny details of doing business online, so you can concentrate on sharing what’s important to you), CafePress designers use their shops to connect with a world of members and other online shoppers. All while taking advantage of the latest developments in on-demand printing.

Uniting and rewarding self-expression since 1999, CafePress is a privately-owned, profitable company based in San Mateo, California.

A quick snapshot of life at CafePress:

•The CafePress.com web site averages 11 million unique visits per month
•Approximately 2000 new, independent shops join the CafePress.com network each day
•Roughly 45,000 new, unique products are added each day
•Our users have created a catalog of over 250 million unique products

Web Hosting Review: Godaddy

September 6th, 2010

GoDaddy.com is the world’s largest domain name registrar and is the flagship company of The Go Daddy Group, Inc.

The Go Daddy Group of companies also includes Wild West Domains, Inc., a reseller of domains and domain-related products and services; Domains By Proxy, a private registration service; Starfield Technologies, a research and development affiliate; and Blue Razor Domains, a membership-based discount registrar.

As an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, Go Daddy has more names under management than any other registrar, offers products at prices up to 70% less than the competition and supports them all with world-class 24/7 live customer service.

We develop our technology in-house, and do not outsource our support operations. This enables us to provide better support and ensure the most advanced and competitively-priced products and services available today.

Founded by Bob Parsons in 1997, The Go Daddy Group has grown to include more than 43 million domains under management. We offer a complete product line, including comprehensive hosting solutions, Web site creation tools, Secure SSL certificates, personalized email with spam and anti-phishing filtering, e-commerce tools and more.

Go Daddy is widely recognized for its success, having been ranked #8 on the 2004 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies; #20 on the 2005 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 (growing 8,274 percent!); and having won the CNET Editor’s Choice award in 2001, the Name Intelligence Largest Net Gain Award in 2002, 2003 and 2005; the Name Intelligence Users’ Choice Award in 2005 as well as the #1 Best Overall Registrar in 2003. Go Daddy also won the Arizona Corporate Excellence Award for fastest growing privately-held company in 2003 and Most Innovative Large Company in 2004.


Go Daddy has become the world’s #1 choice for domains by providing innovative, competitively-priced products, delivering the highest quality customer service, and by always appreciating and listening to its customers!

All Plans Include:

24×7 FTP access
World-Class Data CentersDaily Backups
Best-of-Breed Routers, Firewalls and Servers
Web site statistics
FREE Email Addresses
Google® Webmaster Tools
Ad Credits from MySpace®, Google® and Facebook®
Fotolia® Photo Credits
Key Technical Features

Customer Reviews:

“I know that GoDaddy.com hosting isn’t going to let me down,” says Cochrane. “I’m never worried about having enough bandwidth or disk space, and the 99.9% uptime guarantee means my site is always going to be live without interruption for my readers.”

“I have 3 sites hosted by GoDaddy.com and would never use anyone else. Your customer service and support is outstanding.”

 Awards and Honors:

There’s nothing more rewarding than having millions of happy Go Daddy customers, but it’s still nice to know our hard work and dedication are appreciated by those who know our business inside and out. Here are some of our noted industry awards and honors. 

 2010 Honorable Mention, Alfred P. Sloan Award
Go Daddy is once again an Alfred P. Sloan Award recipient – honored for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

The prestigious ranking means Go Daddy is in the top 20% of U.S. employers in terms of flexible work programs, policies and culture. Go Daddy has earned the Alfred P. Sloan ranking four out of five years. The national award is part of the When Work Works national project on workplace effectiveness and workplace flexibility.  
 
 Inc. 500/5000, 2004 – 2010
For a seventh consecutive year, The Go Daddy Group, Inc. is listed on Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500/5000″ list. The list is comprised of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies.  
 
 Domain Pioneer Award – 25th Anniversary .com
Go Daddy, the leader in domain name registration, now holds the honor of “Domain Pioneer.” The award came during the 25th Anniversary of .com Gala. The presenters acknowledged Go Daddy for its integral role in shaping the .com domain and providing .com domain names to millions of registrants worldwide.  
 
 2010 AZCentral.com Best Awards
2010 Best Readers Choice Awards
Best Employee Perks: Go Daddy
Best Employer (1,000+ employees): Go Daddy

The readers have spoken again, voting Go Daddy as a winner in the Best Employer and Best Employee Perks categories. Reasons include: Go Daddy’s multimillion-dollar holiday party, held the past few years at Chase Field, full-time employees get 100 percent of their medical and dental premiums paid, three weeks’ vacation the first year, eight paid holidays and a match of up to $5,000 on their 401(k) contributions. Top performers regularly get to spin the prize wheel and win anything from cash to mortgage payments. Go Daddy’s dress code definitely leans toward T-shirts and jeans, instead of suits and ties.  
 
 2010 Finalist, BBB of Greater Arizona Business Ethics Awards
Go Daddy ranked as one of three finalists in the BBB of Great Arizona Business Ethics Awards. BBB’s Board of Directors and Foundation established the BBB Business Ethics Awards to recognize those firms whose business practices and related activities exemplify the BBB’s mission and principles, and to ensure the marketplace remains fair and honorable.  
 
 Domain Name Wire — Best Registrar Award — 2010
Go Daddy was voted “Best Registrar” in the Domain Name Wire annual survey for a fifth consecutive year. According to the survey results, Go Daddy won the award with 41% of the votes.  
 
 ”Best Places to Work in the Valley” 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009
For the sixth consecutive year, Go Daddy is ranked as one of the Valley’s Best Places to Work. The award recognizes top employers in the Phoenix-metro area. These results are based 100% on employee surveys.  
 
 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 – 2009
Technology Fast 500 recognizes innovative companies that have broken barriers to success and defied the odds with their remarkable five-year revenue growth (2004-2008). For a fourth year, Deloitte has ranked Go Daddy as one of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.  
 
 Commission Junction – 2009 People’s Choice Advertiser
Go Daddy has been named People’s Choice Advertiser from Commission Junction for the 2nd consecutive year. Award winners represent national and international brands, chosen for their outstanding network performance metrics.  

 2009 AZCentral.com Best Awards
2009 Best Readers Choice Awards
Best Employee Perks: Go Daddy

In an economy where people are lucky to have a job and especially to hold onto their benefits, employees at Go Daddy are fortunate. The growing Scottsdale company, which has become the world’s largest provider of Internet-domain names, offers massages, subsidized lunches and dinners, discounts, monthly team-building sessions and flexible working schedules.  
 
 2009 Best of the Best Award – Manufacturing & Technology
Go Daddy has been named the “Best of the Best” technology company by Ranking Arizona in the Manufacturing and Technology category. Winners are selected by other top-ranked businesses, a voting group comprised of 175 of Arizona’s No. 1 companies. The distinction represents the business community’s favorite companies, or the Best of the Best, in each of ten major industry categories.  
 
 Domain Name Wire – Best Registrar Award – 2009
Go Daddy is voted “Best Registrar” in the 2009 Domain Name Wire annual survey for the 4th consecutive year. According to the survey results, Go Daddy is popular amongst all types of domain owners.  
 
 Ranking Arizona 2009 – #1 Software Company
Go Daddy is listed as the #1 Software Company by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business 2009.

Go Daddy moved up from #9 in the 2008 Ranking Arizona.  
 
 Practical eCommerce — Most Popular shopping cart – 2009
Go Daddy Quick Shopping Cart for online vendors was rated “Most Popular shopping cart” in a 2009 survey by Practical eCommerce.  
 
 2009 Visual Studio Magazine Readers’ Choice Award – Best Web Hosting
Go Daddy has been honored with a Readers’ Choice Award in the ‘Web Hosting’ category.

“A product that earns a Visual Studio Magazine Readers’ Choice Award has earned the respect and loyalty, over time, of Visual Studio Magazine readers, some of the most demanding users on the planet. I commend all the Readers’ Choice Award winners. Visual Studio Magazine readers have put your product on top.” – Michael Desmond, Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief  
 
 Linux Journal – Favorite Linux -Friendly Web Hosting Company – 2008
Linux Journal Magazine readers voted GoDaddy.com as their “Favorite Linux-Friendly Web Hosting Company.” 
 
 Domain Name Wire – Best Registrar Award – 2008
Go Daddy is voted “Best Registrar” in the 2008 Domain Name Wire annual survey for the 3rd consecutive year. This time, Go Daddy earned more than half the votes. 
 
 Domainers Choice Award for Best Hosting Company – 2008
Domainers Choice Awards recognized Go Daddy as the ‘Best Hosting Company’ in the industry. Winners are chosen by people who are heavily involved in the domain name industry. 
 
 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, 2007
Go Daddy once again is recognized as one of the fastest growing, private or public, technology companies in North America based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth over five years (2002-2006). Deloitte, an accounting firm, has bestowed this honor on Go Daddy three previous years.  
 
 2007 “Most Innovative Company” ACE Award
Go Daddy was recognized with several honors from the 2007 Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards, including designation as the state’s “Most Innovative Company.” The ACE Awards contest is judged by top-ranking business leaders to recognize the significant impact of Arizona’s largest privately held companies on the community and the economy. In addition to being named a leader in innovation, Go Daddy also ranked number 2 on the ACE “25 Fastest-Growing” companies list and number 20 on the ACE “Top 50″ companies list.  
 
 2007 Name Intelligence “Users’ Choice” and “Largest Net Gain” Awards
Go Daddy won both the Users Choice and Largest Net Gain Awards from Name Intelligence for 2007. Go Daddy took the Users Choice Award for the third consecutive year and the Largest Net Gain for the seventh year in a row. The Users’ Choice honor is based largely on user feedback, plus important customer issues like pricing, service and ease of use. Go Daddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, maintains a satisfied and loyal customer base with affordable pricing and service that are second to none. Go Daddy won the Largest Net Gain for its continued pace of growth in overall domain registrations  
 
 2007 Arizona Business Leadership Award
Go Daddy and CEO Bob Parsons received the 2007 Arizona Business Leadership Award. The Arizona Business Leadership Association gives the annual award to the Arizona business that best exemplifies industry leadership, financial growth, ethical conduct, community service and business education. Go Daddy has proven it’s a powerhouse in the domain industry, amassing a larger portfolio than its next three competitors combined. Founder and CEO Parsons also makes large charitable contributions and acts as an industry watchdog on issues of importance to the Web, such as stopping Internet predators and phishing scams that can result in identity theft.  
 
 2007 Domain Name Wire Award for “Best Registrar”
Go Daddy was named the “Best Registrar” in the business for the second year in a row. Domain Name Wire, a news source for the domain industry, surveys computer users each year to determine the industry leader. In both 2006 and 2007, Go Daddy was the big winner. The company got a whopping 33 percent of the votes in 2007, about one-third of the entire group that voted, despite the fact that Go Daddy has hundreds of competitors. Go Daddy’s affordable prices, fantastic customer service and great security features were named factors in the decision.  
 
 Bob Parsons – Ed Dennison Business Leader of the Year, 2005
This prestigious award is presented to an individual who contributes to Arizona’s technology industry through sustained growth of their business and is announced at the annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in Arizona. 
 
 5-Star Rating, Review Place
Known as the “go to” source for consumers who shop online, Review Place has a staff of experts who review hundreds of products and services, recommending only quality companies and Web sites. In its comments, Review Place noted “Go Daddy is a bargain deal for an excellent service.”  
 
 Ranked #8, Inc. 500, 2004
Each year, Inc. Magazine publishes the Inc. 500, a list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. Of the privately held technology companies on the list, Go Daddy ranked #1.  
 
 Users’ Choice and Largest Net Gain, 2006, Name Intelligence
In 2006, for the second consecutive year, Go Daddy was awarded both the Users’ Choice award and the Largest Net Gain award from Name Intelligence. Go Daddy remains the world’s largest Internet domain name registrar, while still maintaining a satisfied and loyal customer base with pricing and service that are second to none.  
 
 Editor’s Choice Award – Discount Domains, CNET
“Go Daddy has been the fastest-growing registrar for several consecutive quarters. Why so popular? In a nutshell, price and service. If you intend to forward your domain’s Web traffic and email to existing Web sites and email boxes – Go Daddy offers the lowest price among ICANN-accredited registrars. The Go Daddy site is well-designed and customer friendly; the company provides a nice price upgrade path; and the support is decent, too. And let’s not ignore the David-vs.-Goliath angle; Go Daddy took Network Solutions to court for predatory marketing practices and won.” Source: CNET Networks, Inc. Editors’ Choice Awards.

DIY Home Repair and Painting Saves Money

March 19th, 2010

Many homeowners are on a tight budget. That doesn’t mean you can get the benefit of a better house, though, you only have to must study DIY home repair. You would rather prefer to do most of the repairs by yourself, than paying a few hundred dollars to some professional for the repair. DIY home painting, for example, is somewhat which can be carried out by just nearly anyone and can considerably alter a room with least amount.

DIY Home Painting

Painting is one of the simplest ways to improve your home. The apparatus is rather cheap and with only a few cans of paint; you can effortlessly turn a lifeless room into somewhat attractive, although you have zero knowledge.

The trick to successful DIY home painting is preparation. The exterirors you intend to paint will have to be even, spotless and parched. This takes some time, particularly if you are faced with a difficult wall, one covered in wallpaper, or peeling paint, for example, but it’s worth taking the time to do the job right.

Anyone can paint, but by carrying out a bit of research, you’ll understand the ways which make a room look done by specialists. If you really want it to look amazing, you need to take proper care. You must also be careful to guard windows, light switches and floors through masking tape and newspaper to keep cleaning later on to nominal.

Outside, a coat of house paint can really make your home stand out. Many times, homeowners forget the outer surface of their house because they can’t afford a skilled house painter and think that it would be very difficult. But, there are tricks and methods involved in the process of DIY painting and everyone can learn them, regardless of the type of texture your external walls have . If you possess stucco, then it’s going to be inexpensive to learn to use an air compressor to spray paint the house than it would be to hire specialists to carry out the task.

And if you can do it by yourself, there is absolutely no reason to let someone else do the job.

DIY Home Repair

Every homeowner knows that there are regular maintainence needed to a house. Simple problems like a clogged drain or a tight patio door, arise every now and then, and if you are hiring a professional to fix the problem, then you will have to shell out a huge sum everytime. As an alternative, put in some time into learning DIY home repair methods and you’ll be proficient to hoard quite a bit of money next time the toilet ceases working or the air ducts need cleaning.

But if you have the right kind of tools, you can mend the problem easily. It’s sensible to invest in a group of proper tools, as this can hoard you thousands of dollars in the future. If you have the perfect tools, you don’t have to call a professional to fix the squeaky window or a shaky stool or even a cabinet door which never shuts easily, as you can do it on your own. These are the entire things which can be carried out by a professional handyman, however why hire anybody else to come in and carry out a repair which you might carry out on your own in five minutes and without any charge or the rate of parts?

DIY home repair is more than just saving money, though. Many times no one is available to come over and fix whatever trouble you’ve come across. Now you don’t have to wait for a professional till Monday to unclog your clogged sink or fix your stuck patio door as you know how to do it by yourself or you even know from where to learn the techniques of repairing all these simple problems. You merely do the repair on your own and that’s that.

DIY home repair is a significant skill that everybody must possess. Though, you may not have ever tried some huge repairs, but even if you know how to change the plug of your electric appliance, it’s a great thing! DIY home painting is also an effective skill to comprise as specialized painters can be extremely costly. You don’t need to pay someone else to do these things when you can easily do them all yourself.

Tips For Buying Kitchen Furniture

January 10th, 2010

A modern kitchen furniture guide, this article aims to assist you with practical aspects of kitchen space and furniture before you make the move. To create a perfect balance of style and function, you must weigh all possibilities and start with some pragmatic details like,

• The size of your kitchen as it will determine the space
• The ideal furniture piece/s (Make a list)
• Personal taste and preference
• Practicality of the furniture in your home
• The space it will occupy when installed
• Colors and style
• Price

After you work over these practical details, next in line would be deciding on the best functional furniture that will fit in effortlessly and enhance the overall theme. Often, you will find different kitchen units like contemporary kitchen tables, bar furnitures, kitchen stool bars, tableware/dining accessories in different sizes and shapes to perfectly complement your unique lifestyle and home space.

As to the different furniture kinds, following are a few popular articles that make kitchen work more functional and effortless,

Baker’s Racks

Makes the most affordable piece of kitchen furniture adding style and storing space to your kitchen. Be it a modular or large kitchen, the baker’s rack and wine rack are popular as decorative racks and help in bestowing your kitchen with rustic charms. It is also used in combination to store wines, for wines need to be stored in a right position to keep the cork moist. Wooden racks are used sparingly, but wrought iron racks have gained popularity for its ornamental value that enhances most décor and themes.

Butcher’s Blocks

For modular kitchens, Butcher’s blocks come in handy for storing and chopping. Usually done in solid wood, it offers convenience and makes a cookware article that can also be used for storing a variety of things. These days you get so many designs that entail smart storage space all fitted in the design.

Kitchen Carts

Mobile kitchen carts are available in different styles and finish. The price will vary depending on the material you choose. Another useful kitchen furniture, you get carts in different sizes to almost fit into any kitchen area. You also get a combo of butcher clock(single/double) on cart that allows you multi functionality, and storage space large enough for any number of items

Kitchen Hutches

This piece of kitchen furniture needs space. So, look up to the available area you have before you decide. If space is not the constraint, hutches can be quite useful and act as a work center to provide storage space for dishes, cookbooks, glassware and other kitchen items. Watch out for the hardware used and finish closely. Hutches actually offer great storage solutions in different styles.

Kitchen Work Tables

Kitchen worktables make great utility furniture and are available in a wide selection. Because there are many from which to choose, there can be quite a price range as well. Work tables have a large variance in size, material from which it is constructed, and design. These factors work together to give a wide range of prices. Work tables can range in price from $130 up to $600.

Bar Furniture & Kitchen Bar Stools

You can find great bar and counter stools for almost any space. The combo includes wood and metal, with many different styles and finishes to choose from. Depending on the design you choose, a metal stool can give your bar a sleek, contemporary look, or bring a classic, wrought iron design into your home or business.

Tableware/Dining Accessories

Tableware and dining accessories are important for personalizing your dining room. There are so many varieties available and designer dining sets and tableware allow a great composure. Hand painted tableware are also great for they feel warm and come in a wide range to almost fit in any taste and budget. It is important to be sure to scan the price range of kitchen furniture pieces when beginning your search for the perfect piece of contemporary furniture for your kitchen.

Decking With Cedar Wood

December 25th, 2009

Cedar wood generally gives good look to the deck furniture. This gives an added attraction to Chairs and Tables and provides a natural feel. Deck Furniture made up of Cedar Wood looks elegant and sophisticated. Deck furniture using Cedar Wood requires less care through out its life. Cedar Wood has natural strength and durability. The weight strength ratio of Cedar Wood Deck Furniture is high. However, it is also light and is portable. Cedar, in a real sense is wonderful material for use in a number of building products, including decking lumber. Cedar is also softwood. Cedar deck is not only attractive with rustic beauty but has many natural elements that gives built in resistance. The Cedar oil provides the in-built insect resistance for Cedar. Cedar wood is resistant to all sorts of insects inclusive of but not limited to termites, fleas etc…

Red Cedar is mostly the preferred choice for deck furniture as it is reliable and more flexible and permeates with high resistance. Cedar decking is also corrosion free. Cedar Deck Furniture also has the advantage of easy workability to do any modification on the design. Other benefits like heat insulation, sound absorption give an added value to Cedar. Cedar wood is rich in color and this makes it ideal for use in deck furniture. Cedar platform deck is a wise solution to sloping sites problems. This deck connects livable area and the unused space. Terraced decks help us to step down from the house easily to the ground. This paves descent walking. Roof space deck furniture makes use small areas for several purposes. This is ideal when you are in need of space and the space thus saved can be utilized for some other purposes. This should be designed by taking into account safety measures such as rain escape and normal drain. Uphill sloping space using cedar decks can be made as clear outdoor area and helps to climb upper built property.

Any assistance required to access ground level or upper level can be done through cedar decking through properly designed stepping, footing and railings .A deck which quickly dries after dip in water is more durable than the one which stays damp. Cedar Furniture requires simple maintenance like water drain and removal of dry leaves and debris. Deck furniture market is increasing everyday. Patio Deck Furniture is used for relaxation and outdoor Patio would be the best choice for a time–off from your work. Patio Deck Furniture is also used in drawing rooms. Folding Deck Furniture is also very well placed and is used widely. Folding Deck Furniture also has an increasing market. Deck Furniture, especially, in summer gives good feel and makes you comfortable. Deck Furniture particularly with Cedar Wood reduces hyper tension and gives good relaxation. Deck Furniture viz., Chairs, Tables, Outdoor fixtures – slopes, steps, stairs, rails, roof tops with cedar wood is the preferred choice of the masses because of the benefits of cedar wood like dryness, weather resistant, termite proof, light weight, strong and durability. Deck Furniture must also be portable. Cedar made Deck furniture satisfies all your necessities and is also available at unbelievable prices!!!! So order your first cedar furniture set today!!

Tips To Stretch Your Back, Hip And Leg Flexibility

December 25th, 2009

How much time should you spend stretching? This is up to you. To do all the repetitions of all exercises in the following would take at least 30 minutes. It is encouraged to try all the stretches and then decide what works best for you. You may choose to do only a few exercises that seem most helpful for your back condition. Or you may decide to do fewer repetitions of each exercise. Or you may do everything. You are the best person to decide what works for you. The exercises do not all have to be done at once. You can do a little here and there over the course of your day. Here are some of the tips that you can consider to adopt.

1. Trunk Rotation

Lie on your back with your arms out to your sides. Bend your knees and either place your feet flat on the floor or pull your knees up toward your chest. Roll your legs to one side and then the other. Experiment with leg positions to find the one that is most comfortable for you. Move from side to side 20 times. Hold the last stretch to each side for 20 seconds while you relax and breathe easily.

2. Knees To Chest

While lying on your back, pull one leg at a time up to your chest. Then raise your knees and pull both toward your chest at the same time. Do 20 repetitions of each motion, holding the last repetition for 20 seconds.

3. Hamstring Stretch

Lie flat on your back in the neutral position. Keeping your left leg straight, bend your right leg, at a 90-degree angle so that the lower right leg is parallel to the ground. Clasp your hands behind your right knee, and begin to straighten your right leg. Do a gradual stretch three to five times, holding it for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat the stretch with the opposite leg.

4. Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel down on your right knee. Make sure that your upper body is straight and that your left leg is bent a 90-degree angle. Keeping your hips square and your upper body perpendicular to the ground, drive your hips forward. As you move forward, you should feel the stretch in your right hip. Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat three to five times. Repeat with the other leg.

5. Quadriceps Stretch

While standing, reach back and grab your right foot or ankle with your right hand. Pull your foot up toward your buttock to stretch the muscles on the front of your thigh. Keep your knee pointing down and next to the other knee. Be sure to stand up straight and avoid twisting. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat three to five times. Repeat with the opposite leg.

6. Calf Stretch

Stand with one foot in front of the other or with your feet together. Keep your toes pointing forward and your heels on the floor. Lean forward to feel a stretch at the back of your ankle and calf. Hold it for 20 to 30 seconds. Relax and repeat three to five times.

7. Gluteal Stretch

Lie on your back with both legs flat on the floor. Grab your knee and ankle with your hands and pull it toward the opposite shoulder. Hold it for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat three to five times. Repeat with the other leg.

How do you look after your bones?

December 25th, 2009

How do you look after your bones? Is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself!

Bone is living tissue; it is made and replenished every day. The peak age for bone mass is 20 years old. If your bone density is high at this age it will give you a greater protection of Osteoporosis in later life. As you age you will need to maintain your bone density and slow any loss with diet and exercises.

Developing healthy eating and getting adequate exercise early in life will ensure that your bone mass is maintained longer. Supplements of multivitamins, fresh juice of vegetables and fruits in season, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and include fish, nuts and dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, and goat’s milk.

Osteoporosis means brittle bones. It is when calcium is leached from the bones without any symptoms. Many people do not know that they have Osteoporosis until a fall or other accident causes a broken bone or bones. This accident would not result in any broken bones in younger people.

Osteoporosis can be very restrictive for the body. The figures show that 50% of women and 33% of men get broken bones due to falls or accidents. Men need to build strong bones as well, early in life. Women who take oestrogen before menopause will limit the loss of calcium from their bones. In both men and women the aging process will see a reduction of calcium. Therefore, the bones will become thinner with the possibility of Osteoporosis occurring when the bones become brittle.

What Are Some Of The Risk Factors?

Caffeine

Cigarette smoking

Inadequate calcium intake

Alcohol-more than two standard drinks a day

Physical inactivity

Medications-Corticosteroids

Vitamin D deficiency

Increasing age

Prolong absence of menstrual periods

Menopause before the age of 45

Family history

How to Strengthen Your Bones:

*Get sunlight as this provides the body with vitamin D

*Eat fish, egg yolks, yogurt, canned fish and nuts

*Do 30 minutes of exercise per day

*Include strength training

*Stop Smoking

*Limit caffeine and alcohol

By following an exercise plan and eating correctly you can slow down Osteoporosis as you age. It is most important to start this diet and exercise program early in life as this will strengthen and prolong the onset of thinning of the bones as much as possible. So looking after your bones will be taken care of.

SEO and marketing

December 25th, 2009

There is a considerable sized body of practitioners of SEO who see search engines as just another visitor to a site, and try to make the site as accessible to those visitors as to any other who would come to the pages. They often see the white hat/black hat dichotomy mentioned above as a false dilemma. The focus of their work is not primarily to rank the highest for certain terms in search engines, but rather to help site owners fulfill the business objectives of their sites. Indeed, ranking well for a few terms among the many possibilities does not guarantee more sales. A successful Internet marketing campaign may drive organic search results to pages, but it also may involve the use of paid advertising on search engines and other pages, building high quality web pages to engage and persuade, addressing technical issues that may keep search engines from crawling and indexing those sites, setting up analytics programs to enable site owners to measure their successes, and making sites accessible and usable.

SEOs may work in-house for an organization, or as consultants, and search engine optimization may be only part of their daily functions. Often their education of how search engines function comes from interacting and discussing the topics on forums, through blogs, at popular conferences and seminars, and by experimentation on their own sites. There are few college courses that cover online marketing from an ecommerce perspective that can keep up with the changes that the web sees on a daily basis.

SEO, as a marketing strategy, can often generate a good return. However, as the search engines are not paid for the traffic they send from organic search, the algorithms used can and do change, there are no guarantees of success, either in the short or long term. Due to this lack of guarantees and certainty, SEO is often compared to traditional Public Relations (PR), with PPC advertising closer to traditional advertising. Increased visitors is analogous to increased foot traffic in retail advertising. Increased traffic may be detrimental to success if the site is not prepared to handle the traffic or visitors are generally dissatisfied with what they find. In either case increased traffic does not guarantee increased sales or success.

While endeavoring to meet the guidelines posted by search engines can help build a solid foundation for success on the web, such efforts are only a start. SEO is potentially more effective when combined with a larger marketing campaign strategy. Despite SEO potential to respond to the latest changes in market trends, SEO alone is reactively following market trends instead of pro-actively leading market trends. Many see search engine marketing as a larger umbrella under which search engine optimization fits, but it’s possible that many who focused primarily on SEO in the past are incorporating more and more marketing ideas into their efforts, including public relations strategy and implementation, online display media buying, web site transition SEO, web trends data analysis, HTML E-mail campaigns, and business blog consulting making SEO firms more like an ad agency.

In addition, whilst SEO can be considered a marketing tactic unto itself, it’s often considered (in the view of industry experts) to be a single part of a greater whole.Marketing through other methods, such as viral, pay-per-click, new media marketing and other related means is by no means irrelevant, and indeed, can be crucial to maintaining a strong search engine rank. The part of SEO that simply insures content relevancy and attracts inbound link activity may be enhanced through broad target marketing methods such as print, broadcast and out-of-home advertising as well.

Google’s sophisticated ranking algorithms

December 25th, 2009

Google brought a new concept to evaluating web pages. This concept, called PageRank, has been important to the Google algorithm from the start. PageRank is an algorithm that weights a page’s importance based upon the incoming links. PageRank estimates the likelihood that a given page will be reached by a web user who randomly surfed the web, and followed links from one page to another. In effect, this means that some links are more valuable than others, as a higher PageRank page is more likely to be reached by the random surfer.

The PageRank algorithm proved very effective, and Google began to be perceived as serving the most relevant search results. On the back of strong word of mouth from programmers, Google became a popular search engine. Off-page factors weighted more heavily than on-page factors as Google identified the manipulation of off-page to be more difficult.

Despite being difficult to game, webmasters had already developed link building tools and schemes to influence the Inktomi search engine, and these methods proved similarly applicable to gaining PageRank. Many sites focused on exchanging, buying, and selling links, often on a massive scale. Inktomi, an earlier search engine using similar off-page factors, had forced webmasters to develop link building tools and schemes to influence searches; these same tools proved applicable to Google’s PageRank system. Thus an online industry spawned focused on selling links designed to improve PageRank and link popularity. To drive human site visitors, links from higher PageRank pages sell for more money.

A proxy for the PageRank metric is still displayed in the Google Toolbar, though the displayed value is rounded to the nearest integer, and the toolbar is believed to be updated less frequently than the value used internally by Google. In 2002 a Google spokesperson stated that PageRank is only one of more than 100 algorithms used in ranking pages, and that while the PageRank toolbar is interesting for users and webmasters, “the value to search engine optimization professionals is limited” because the value is only an approximation. Many experienced SEOs recommend ignoring the displayed PageRank.

Google — and other search engines — have, over the years, developed a wider range of off-site factors they use in their algorithms. The Internet was reaching a vast population of non-technical users who were often unable to use advanced querying techniques to reach the information they were seeking and the sheer volume and complexity of the indexed data was vastly different from that of the early days. Combined with increases in processing power, search engines have begun to develop predictive, semantic, linguistic and heuristic algorithms. Around the same time as the work that led to Google, IBM had begun work on the Clever Project, and Jon Kleinberg was developing the HITS algorithm.

As a search engine may use hundreds of factors in ranking the listings on its SERPs; the factors themselves and the weight each carries can change continually, and algorithms can differ widely, with a web page that ranks #1 in a particular search engine possibly ranking #200 in another search engine, or even on the same search engine a few days later.

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Ask.com do not disclose the algorithms they use to rank pages. Some SEOs have carried out controlled experiments to gauge the effects of different approaches to search optimization. Based on these experiments, often shared through online forums and blogs, professional SEOs attempt to form a consensus on what methods work best, although consensus is rarely, if ever, actually reached.

SEOs widely agree that the signals that influence a page’s rankings include:

Keywords in the title tag.
Keywords in links pointing to the page.
Keywords appearing in visible text.
Link popularity.
(PageRank for Google) of the page.
Keywords in Heading Tag H1,H2 and H3 Tags in webpage.
Linking from one page to inner pages.
Placing punch line at the top of page.

There are many other signals that may affect a page’s ranking, indicated in a number of patents held by various search engines, such as historical data.