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Happy Holiday

Hope everyone will spend a little time relaxing this long weekend.  Summer is officially over after this, how sad, now we wait for the long winter months to kick in!  Well, I hope you find time to enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

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Italian Chicken in Under 30 Minutes

ITALIAN CHICKEN 

Prep and Cook Time: under 30 min. 

Ingredients:

4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 lg. jar spaghetti sauce of choice

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper, garlic

Fettuccine noodles 

Directions:

Grease large casserole dish.  Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic.  Place flat in casserole dish. Bake for 20 minutes turning once. Pour spaghetti sauce over chicken and sprinkle generously with mozzarella cheese. Bake until bubbly and cheese has melted. Prepare noodles according to directions and serve chicken and sauce over noodles. Top with grated parmesan cheese.  

Rating: 5 of 5 stars.  Fast and easy.  You decide on your favorite jar sauce which means you can make this dish different everytime you make it.  The kids love spaghetti and this makes it twice as good.

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Pay Per Click vs Search Engine Optimization?

Pay Per Click (PPC) vs Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your small business

By: Joel Bellevue

PPC vs Search Engine Optimization

Two days ago I received an email from someone in my downline asking how she could gain more traffic to her website for free. She also asked how effective these free strategies would be, compared to paid advertising.

Well, this is a popular question posed by many in network marketing, affiliate marketing, or any type of similar business. We all know this is a numbers game, so the more targeted traffic you get to your website, the more you will convert, and the more money you will ultimately make. Let me start by answering the second question first.

Free marketing strategies I believe, are just as good as paid marketing, if not better. For example, when you are searching for information online, you go to Google and type in a phrase. The results you get back are divided into two parts, ORGANIC results and PAID Advertising. The organic Results are listed on the left hand side, listing 1-10 websites that Google felt best matched the phrase that you typed. On the far right you will see the PAiD ADVERTISING, which people PAY-PER-CLICK (PPC) to have their site advertised.

Now I dont know about you, but when I do searches online, I always look at the Organic Results first before even looking at the Paid Results, and most people do the same. So if you are wanting to get highly target traffic for free, you would want to get your website in the Organic Results. The problem is, in order to get your website ranked high, there are many things you must do, and it honestly can be time consuming. Things like Optimizing your
websites content, getting backlinks to your site, making sure you have the right keyword density, and many other things. Because of this many marketers choose to skip this hassle and simply opt to do Googles PAY PER CLICK marketing.

What is PAY PER CLICK marketing (PPC)? PPC is when you tell Google exactly how much you want to be charged every time your advertisement is clicked. The higher number that you set to be charged, the higher your website will be ranked. If you only request to be charged a very small amount, your Paid Advertising may not give you the results you desire. The benefit of PPC marketing is that it takes a very small amount of time to get up and running, but the flipside is, if you dont do your homework and choose the right keywords or charges, you could end up losing TONS of money…FAST! PPC is not something I advise new network marketers who dont have alot of experience.

I believe if you want to really make a long lasting impact marketing online, I suggest you learn as much as you can about SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION, so you can get your website ranked high in Googles organic listing. It can be frustrating and may take some time, but once you get there, you’ll reap the benefits of all your hard work. Trust me.

BUT, to all the network marketers who choose to skip this route (not recommended) there are several PPC networks, in addition to GOOGLE where you can pay out of pocket for advertising.

Once again, I advise everyone to do their research before jumping in head first. If you can find a balance between SEO and PPC, you’ll not only get more leads than your
competition, but you will grow your business faster than you thought possible.

There are many more ways to get free traffic, which I will get into more detail in later articles. You can also click my link below and learn how to start boosting your traffic and sales today!

If your home based business is not earning you THOUSANDS of dollars in residual income, each and every month, click the link below. Learn exactly what it takes to sky rocket your profits, WITHOUT having to cold call leads. www.livefreewithgbg.com

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Organizing Your Home Office

Michael has some great tips on how to organize your home office.  

Work at Home an Organized Approach

By: Michael Comeau

Many people are having success working from the comfort of their home. You still hear the horror stories where people jump into programs without doing any research and fall prey to the scam artists, but many are taking a more organized approach and having success doing so.

I felt it might be beneficial to put in writing some of the things you can do to setup your work at home endeavor in step-by-step approach. First lets talk about the items required for most programs. The following items should take care of most of you work at home needs:

* Computer
* Access to the Internet
* Printer
* Word Processor
* A separate e-mail address for your work at home endeavor

Now lets get to the next step. You want to ensure you do your research on any program that you may join. I know we all get excited about doing something new and want, no need, to start earning money right away, but patience needs to be exercised here. I recommend either using a website like mine, but not necessarily mine that has done some research for you or be prepared to put in the effort yourself. It’s very important that you do the research.

The next thing is to evaluate your work at home profile. What is that you may ask? It’s a term that I have used in many of my articles whereby you stop and ask yourself the following questions:

* What are your current skill sets?
* How much time do you have weekly to put into your new endeavor?
* What types of work at home programs fall within your comfort zone?
* What are your realistic income goals?

You can add to the above questions, but these are important ones. If for example you join a program that ask you to do some task that, you do not feel comfortable or have the skills sets to do, you will more than likely fail.

Work at home and home based businesses are not for everyone. Some people need that person standing over their shoulder to ensure they get their work done. Remember it’s called work at home and if you do not have the discipline to do the work you will not make any money. Don’t put yourself through it if that’s the case.

Next you will want to match any of the researched programs you find with your work at home profile. In the end you should have 2 – 3 programs, whereby you feel you can do the task required.

Join these programs, carefully reading the step-by-step instructions and begin your work at home job. Take your time so you get it right the first time. Work these 2 – 3 programs, exercising patience as it takes a little time to build up your work at home income. Many of the programs I have found offer an organized approach and show you how to avoid the common costly mistakes most people make.

Later you can focus on the programs you enjoy the most and start doing the things in life you enjoy most with the free time you have created for yourself. Give yourself a chance you deserve it. Please feel free to read both this article or one of my many others by visiting my link in the resource box below. I always enjoy getting emails pertaining to my articles or my site. Your feedback is important to me.

I wish you the very best.

 

Michael Comeau has been owner of many successful businesses over the years including his current online business which can be viewed at www.workfromhome4dollars.com/Article-Work-At-Home-An-Organized-Approach.php – You may also find more articles by Michael Comeau at www.workfromhome4dollars.com

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Garage Sale Tips

I thought this was perfect information as I am planning on having a garage sale in the next few weeks.

7 Garage Sale Tips You Must Have For Success

By: Marilyn Bohn

My daughter and her family are moving to a different state and they have several items they don’t want to take with them so they are having a garage sale. I just organized a two car garage and my client found so many duplicate, good, and unwanted items that she is having a garage sale. The reasons for a sale are many and varied. No matter why you are having a garage sale here are some tips for a successful sale:

1·Gather Your Inventory
Once you have decided on what you will sale be tough with yourself. Store your yard sale inventory in black plastic garbage bags or boxes with lids. No peeking! There is no appeal, no mercy and no second chance. The things in the bags or boxes are no longer junk or stuff, its inventory!

2·Set The Date
Choose your day, and plan a one-day sale. Have a strategy for sale’s end. Many charities will pick up all unsold items. Or set a time and after that time give everything away free, or charge a dime for everything. My daughter got a beautiful, in excellent condition queen size bed free at a garage sale. She didn’t even know after 3:00 everything was free, but they stuck to their decision and she benefited. Whatever you do, don’t let the survivors back in the house! If you can’t sell this stuff at a garage sale, why would you want it to clutter your home?

3·Advertise
You’ve sorted your stuff and scoped out the field. Now it’s time to play retailer. First rule: advertise, advertise, and advertise. Put an ad on Craig’s List or other local advertizing places.

The secret to a successful yard sale is foot traffic. The more folks who walk through your sale, the more you’ll sell. Lots of cars parked on your street tell yard-sale cruisers where to find you. If business is brisk, buyers won’t leave your premises without that lighted beer sign, for fear that someone else will snatch it right up. The more, the merrier; your muffin-tin change sorter will overflow.

Depending where in the country you live put an ad in the newspaper. Many local papers offer special garage sale rates or free signs to yard sale advertisers. Watch your wording. Mention furniture, baby items, garden tools or other desirable items you have to offer, but don’t waste your money on “miscellaneous”.

If you want to keep pre-dawn bargain hunters from banging on your door at 5 a.m., include the phrase “No early birds!” in your ad. A creative use of “Early birds pay double” will discourage all but the most fanatic; make them pay for the privilege.

Use your computer (or your kids) to make signs, lots of signs. Use neon poster board and deep-black markers. Make the directions BIG. If you can’t see your signs from a block away, neither can your customers. If you live tucked deep in a twisted spiral of subdivision streets, place sign at each and every corner between your house and the nearest main road. Make it easy for buyers to find you.

4·Preparation and Price
Assess your inventory. Does it look garage-sale drab? A little elbow grease can yield big bucks. Run dusty dishes and filmy glassware through the dishwasher. A quick spritz with automotive vinyl protectant makes small appliances and plastic items shine like new. Clean, fresh-smelling clothing hung on hangers commands a higher price than stained and rumpled items tossed into boxes.

Pay attention to packaging. Plastic food storage bags group children’s game pieces, display jewelry, and hold hardware bits and pieces.

Price every item. Yes, haggling is part of the yard sale scene, but for those with shyer natures, a price sticker saves a lot of energy. Buyers are more apt to buy when they know the price is in their ballpark. Use masking tape or small adhesive stickers to label your wares.

Bundling is an old retailer’s trick, and one well suited to the yard-sale seller. Abide by your area’s yard sale price guidelines. Yard sales have their own economy. The goal is to get rid of stuff. Your shoppers know the going prices as well as you do.

5·Set Up Shop
Make sure your site can be seen from the road, and plan to haul a few big items out front, for good measure. It’s best to work from a stripped site, so remove everything that’s not for sale from the driveway, garage or carport. If you can’t, drape the not-for-sale items with sheets or tarps.

Set out your wares. Tables, even a slab of plywood board resting on sawhorse, make it easy to browse. Hang clothing from ropes or chains attached to the ceiling. Display books, spines up, in shallow boxes for easy shopping. When possible, use signs to identify merchandise: full-size sheets, infants’ clothing. Lay a heavy-duty extension cord to operate radios and television, and test electrical appliances.

Remove anything that can be tripped over, including the dog, who should live elsewhere for the duration of the sale. Check the garage floor and driveway for slippery spots or hidden hazards. Tape down extension cords or cables.

Are you ready to make change? A muffin tin makes a good change holder. Be prepared with at least $20 in small bills and change. Or a big pocket apron works too or an old tackle box.

6·Ready, Set, Sell
Don’t sit there like a lump in a lawn chair! Get up and talk to people. Be excited and enthusiastic. Be bubbly and vivacious and share lots of information about that wonderful set of bed linens that you love and adore but no longer match your color scheme. Put your best foot forward.

Plan for at least two staffers for every yard sale, and more is better. One person acts as “background”, shuffling cash, keeping an active eye on everything. A cashier sits at the front with muffin tin or cash box. Leave the selling to the most enthusiastic salesperson.

Offer free lemonade or some drink, and give your children a taste of private enterprise, entrusting them with a donut concession. If people are eating, they’re staying–and if they’re staying, they’re buying. That’s the point!

7·When The Sale Is Over
Wrap up your sale when you said you would. A yard sale is a lot of work, and you’re still not finished. Dispose of the leftovers, either to the charity pick-up or by boxing and delivering the items yourself. Be considerate of your neighbors and next week’s yard sale enthusiasts. Remove all signs, and return your sale site to normal.

Then go count your proceeds–and take the family out to dinner. You’ve earned it!

Marilyn is a creative organizer who helps women, seniors and their families create space and end clutter in their homes and offices by setting up custom made systems.

Marilyn is a creative organizer who helps women, seniors & their families to create space and end clutter in homes and offices by setting up custom made systems. Visit her website www.marilynbohn.com for free organizing tips.

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