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10 SEO Rules for Designer

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a vital component of any website. As a web designer or blogger, it’s important you understand how SEO works. Here are ten easy rules that will immediately improve the SEO on all of your web sites.
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Rule Zero: Do Not Cheat. Period.
If you walked into a room full of genius scientists with PHDs, do you think you could outsmart them all? No. Google has hundreds of rooms full of genius scientists with PHDs, and their job is to work 60 hours a week to make sure you can’t fool Google. You can’t outsmart them. Ever. Ignore any advice on trying to cheat the system and focus on making great web sites with great content, and your sites will show up fine in searches.

Rule One: Stick to Your Keywords
Pick a few keywords or phrases that describe your site. Use them, and words related to them, whenever it’s natural to do so. Repeating them uselessly is no good (rule Zero), use them in sentences, h…

Networking Etiquette

Everybody is doing it. At least, successful people are doing it. And “it” isn’t even a dirty word. “It” is Networking. Successful business people network for a variety of reasons.

Career networking is an excellent tool for finding and landing your next great job opportunity. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, 94% of new job finders cited networking as their primary mode of job search.

Networking is also used to build relationships with potential and existing clients and vendors. Let’s face it, people prefer to do business with and refer business to people they know and trust.

Think you don’t have to network because you are not looking for a new job and are not in sales? Think again. A recent poll by found that 48% of their readers believed that personal connections are the primary factor that most often leads to getting ahead in an organization. No matter how qualified you are, unless you have strong relationships with key players, your advancement opportun…

Overcoming Procrastination

When you face a difficult task, it can sometimes feel like you're trying to move a mountain.

The longer you stare up at the mountain, the more overwhelming your task seems. In this situation, it's very easy to start procrastinating by finding other things to do.

Procrastination is one of the major obstacles that you need to overcome in order to make your dreams a reality.

The secret to overcoming procrastination is to stop looking up at the mountain and start looking down at your wheel barrow.

Let me explain…

When you look at a complex task in its entirety, it is very easy to become paralysed by the sheer amount of work that you need to do. Your mind starts telling you that 'it's impossible' and you spiral downward into a sea of negativity.

The way to overcome this paralysis is to change your focus and stop thinking about the overall task you need to complete. Instead, just concentrate on something you know you can achieve.

Let's look at an example to see how …

Accelerate Your Progress

One of the most effective ways to accelerate your progress towards achieving an important goal is to identify your key metric.

Your key metric is the single activity that has the biggest impact on moving you towards achieving your goal.

For example, one of my main goals this year is to complete my PhD. When I recently reviewed this goal, I realised that the single activity that has the biggest impact on moving me towards achieving this goal is, 'sitting at my computer and typing my thesis'. My key metric for this goal therefore became 'Number of hours a day spent typing thesis'.

Here's another example. Imagine your goal was to make it to the next level of your network marketing business. In this case, your key metric might be, 'Number of hours a week spent presenting your business opportunity to new prospects'.

And one more example - If your goal was to lose 15kg, your key metric might be, 'Number of hours a week spent at the gym doing weight training …

The Key To Eliminating Your Problems

There is a big difference between solving a problem and eliminating a problem. This week I'd like to share with you a powerful strategy that will help you eliminate your problems for good.

Let me explain using a real world example.

Last week I visited my parents and found that my mum was looking for a phone bill that she needed to pay. She was frustrated because she couldn't find the bill anywhere. My dad and I joined in and soon we were all busy looking in drawers, cupboards, and old telephone books. Eventually, Mum found the bill in her handbag! - Problem solved right?

Well sort of…

It was true that the immediate problem had been solved, but I knew from experience that this was likely to happen again so I tried to think of a way to eliminate the problem for good.

In the case of lost bills, the system I set up for my parents was simple but effective. It consisted of a red folder, a green folder and a hole punch.

System To Eliminate The Problem Of Searching For Lost Bills


Dealing With Mistakes

We all make mistakes in life, however, different people deal with their mistakes in different ways.
Many people try hard to avoid mistakes but in fact, mistakes can often lead to valuable learning experiences if you approach them in the right way.
Here is a simple 3 step approach for dealing with mistakes.
Step 1: Admit that you made a mistake
First admit you made a mistake to yourself. Then, if there is someone else involved, admit you made a mistake to them and apologise. The words, "I made a mistake and I'm sorry" are a great first step to resolving a conflict.
Denying that you made a mistake does not solve anything and simply prolongs the negative energy associated with the situation.
Step 2: Identify the lesson that comes with your mistake
The good news is that every mistake comes with a built in lesson that can help you improve your life in the future. To find your hidden lesson ask yourself, "What can I learn from this situation?"
By finding the hidden …

The Golden Butterfly

There is a theory that states that the universe is so interconnected that a butterfly flapping its wings in San Francisco can create tiny changes in the atmosphere that grow and evolve to eventually create a tornado in China.
The same idea applies to us as we go about our day-to-day activities.
Consider these two scenarios:
Scenario #1: The Black Butterfly
Peter was feeling intimidated and out of his depth. He was about to go into a crucial client meeting and he was stressed. As he walked to the meeting room, he caught the eye of his manager Karen who was sitting at her desk. Karen's eyes instantly flicked down to her desk and Peter thought he saw her shake her head dismissively. His mood worsened.
He grabbed a cup of coffee and gulped it down, feeling his heart rate increase as the caffeine surged through his body. As the meeting began, Peter was defensive and confrontational. The client became annoyed. Peter retaliated with criticism of the client's proposal. The client ca…

Good Vibrations

Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing radios are?
These days we tend to take technological innovations for granted, but imagine showing someone from the middle ages a radio and explaining that you were able to receive a message from hundreds of miles away - through the air. No doubt they would think that the radio was a magical device which in fact it is!
This week I'd like to share with you a very important idea that can quite literally change your life if you truly take it on board.
You see, each of us operates our own personal radio station 24 hours a day and we are constantly broadcasting messages out into the world around us.
The messages we are broadcasting are the thoughts we think, and just like radio waves, our thoughts radiate out into the world and are picked up by people who are tuned into the frequency of the messages we are transmitting.
When you are thinking negative thoughts, you are sending out low frequency vibrations and these negative thoughts are p…

Superstars And Black holes

Have you ever noticed that there are two different types of people in the world?
Firstly there are the 'superstars'. Just like their celestial counterparts, superstars radiate warmth, love and positive energy.
You can recognise a superstar by the following characteristics:
They are positive
They speak well of the people around them
They smile and laugh easily
They accept compliments graciously
They encourage and support those around them
They have clear goals and enjoy the process of working towards them
They take action
Then there are the 'black holes' of the world. These are the people who seem to suck the life and light out of everything and everyone around them.
You can recognise a black hole by the following characteristics:
They generally have a negative view of the world
They regularly criticise others
They are quick to point out why other people's plans will never work
They rarely smile or laugh unless they are laughing at someone else
They often do not ha…

The Power Hour

Effective strategy that can instantly double your productivity and help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible.

Does the following scenario sound familiar?

It's 9.00am and you have a lot of work to do so you get started with the best of intentions. After you've been working for about 10 minutes, a little envelope appears on your computer screen. You open your email program just to check if it's anything important. It's an email from your best friend.

After reading the email and sending a quick reply, you get back to work. Five minutes later, you realize that you're thirsty so you get a drink and bump into a friend at the drink fountain.

As you get back to your desk the phone rings and you take the call. The caller asks you to email him a report, so you send off the report and notice that your friend has replied to your previous mail. You quickly type a reply to keep the conversation going.

Then your mobile phone beeps to indicate an incoming SMS. It's a…