Friday, July 29, 2011

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Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement


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Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up


Is your web traffic irrelevant?
LinkGoogle’s new Panda platform now has people focused on their web traffic more than before. All website traffic is good traffic, right? Not always. Irrelevant web traffic can actually hurt your website. Basically, irrelevant web traffic is heavy or bulky traffic that goes to your site. Often, irrelevant traffic causes you to have a high bounce rate on your site. Some people actually prefer irrelevant traffic instead of relevant traffic because it means more visitors. However, in my opinion, relevant traffic is better because it means people are finding the information they want on your site and it’s of some value. Plus, you will have a lower bounce rate, which is great for search engine ranking.


Chapters in Life
Our lives are similar to books. On the outside, we have our hardcover that conceals our inner most thoughts and struggles, while revealing what we want others to believe our inner selves contain by the way we portray ourselves on the outside with images and words. Our lives have many chapters, with characters that come and go throughout our existence. We write our own chapters in life by choosing to open new doors and close others. The only difference between ourselves and books is that the chapters of our book, of our life, never ends.



Back to School Fiasco
In just a few short weeks, my kids will be heading back to school. I've officially survived my first summer vacation with 4 kids! When summer vacation first began, I was pretty much dreading it because I knew the kids would get bored quickly and drive each other and myself insane. But, to my surprise it has been quite the opposite...for the most part. Summer vacation has been much easier than I expected; however, I'm anxiously awaiting the start of the school year, mainly because they are so excited to go back. But then again, I'm also dreading it. I'm going to miss having them all home all day. It's going to be so quiet, and I don't know if I will be able to stand it. Plus, it's their first year going all day, and that's just a scary thought to me.



Has Google's Panda Platform Hurt Your Website?
You may not be aware, but a while back Google unleashed a new platform known as Panda. This new platform changes the way websites are indexed and ranked on the search engine. These new changes have caused numerous sites to fail in ranking on the 10 ten results of the search engine. It's essential your website maintains a high ranking to ensure your website remains visible. If you've noticed a decrease in your traffic or search engine ranking, it's most likely because your website no longer meets Google's requirements. Do you know if Google's Panda platform has hurt your website?



Are You Using Black Hat SEO Techniques?
Many people aren't aware there are black hat and white hat SEO techniques that can be used. However, if you use black hat techniques you may want to think twice. Black hat techniques are considered to be loathsome and a scam. While these techniques may produce great benefits, if caught, you can be banned from search engines. It's best to stick with honest, white hat techniques when optimizing content. Do you know if you're using black hat SEO?



Where's Your Support System?
The writing life isn't always easy. There are times you will doubt yourself and your abilities as a writer. There are times you will feel like you're in over your head with deadlines, and times you will wonder whether or not your choosing the correct path. You often have internal struggles about your writing career that no one else, except fellow writers, seem to understand. It's important to have a strong support system behind you to keep pushing you forward. I'm lucky because I have many people who stand behind me and my writing career.


What Motivates You?
The thing I love most about freelance writing, other than the fact it's writing, is that I can do it as I please, which fits my schedule perfectly as a work from home mother. I can work when my "mommy life" schedule permits and when I feel like it. Some days I just don't feel like working, and I have the luxury of taking the day off whenever I want without someone breathing down my neck. But, every so often, there are days I have to work, even when I don't want too. Often, when I HAVE to work, my motivation level dims because I'm a stubborn person, and I hate feeling forced to do things. However, there are certain things that boost my motivation and desire to work, even on days I don't want too.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Has Google's Panda Platform Hurt Your Website?


You may not be aware, but a while back Google unleashed a new platform known as Panda. This new platform changes the way websites are indexed and ranked on the search engine. These new changes have caused numerous sites to fail in ranking on the 10 ten results of the search engine. It's essential your website maintains a high ranking to ensure your website remains visible. If you've noticed a decrease in your traffic or search engine ranking, it's most likely because your website no longer meets Google's requirements. Do you know if Google's Panda platform has hurt your website?

Google's New Requirements
Google's new requirements enforce quality websites. If you don't have a quality website with valuable information, Google is going to index your site poorly. The quality of the content isn't the only change Google has made. Google is also looking at keywords, the use of links, the types of URL's used, and even the navigation and appearance of the website. It sounds like a lot, right? Basically, Google has enforced these new requirements to weed out the bad sites and highlight the good websites. So if you have a good website, you should have nothing to worry about...except if you don't meet Google's new requirements.

If you're not sure whether or not your site meets these new requirements, don't panic! If you know your site doesn't meet the requirements or you've noticed a change in your ranking and traffic, it's not too late. You can achieve that high ranking once again with a few changes.

If you're worried about how your website is performing after the new Panda platform, I can help. Check out the SEO/SEM services I offer or contact me today for further information.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up



Google+: The new social networking empire?
Recently, Google unveiled the new social networking site Google+. Finally, after a long wait, the new social network is available in a limited field. The functions Google+ has are very similar to Facebook’s functions, as far as the status stream and ability to share and view photos, videos and links, but Google+ has so much more.


Living a Parent's Worst Fear Part 1: Alix's Story
When you're pregnant with a child, you always have the fear something will be wrong with the baby when they are born. It's a normal fear to have despite everyone telling you it will be fine. You're just paranoid and the fear will ease as the pregnancy progresses. This is true in almost any pregnancy, but in my case, with my second child, even after the fear eased we faced this fear as a reality when my second son, Alix, was born.



5 Must Haves for Every Writer

If you want to have a successful writing career and make your writing life easier, there are a few must haves every writer needs. While you can survive without these simple things, they will certainly make your life much easier.




How Do You Measure Success?
Everyone views success differently. Some view it by the amount of money you make in life, the nice objects you have in your home or by how fulfilled your life is. There's not right or wrong way to measure success. Success can only be measured in life by the eyes of the beholder. What one person considers successful, may not be considered successful by another.



Boost Your Social Marketing Experience with Google+
Recently, Google unleashed their newest tool, a social networking site called Google+. Google+ is very similar to Facebook, but comes packed with other new features as well, which Facebook currently lacks. This new social networking site is believed to become the newest social networking empire, which means it's a must have for your social marketing.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up



The Truth about Book Reviews
Every author knows the value that great reviews can create for their book sales. Not only are reviews helpful for authors, but they’re good for potential consumer as well. Reviews often sway a consumer one way or another when it comes to purchasing a book.




Falling Off of the Face of the Planet
Last week, I fell off of the face of the planet. I disconnected myself from my computer and my work to catch up on some "me time," and more importantly some family time. Originally, I intended to only take off a day or two at the most, but it ended up being 6 days. It's funny because normally I can't even fathom the idea of doing nothing, but I really enjoyed doing nothing for once. Normally, I can't sit still unless I'm doing something, but I really enjoyed not worrying about emails, looming deadlines and social marketing. 6 days later, I decided it was time to get back to work before I made it a habit of doing nothing.


Writing Has Changed Me

I've noticed a few things about myself that have changed over the past few years since I began writing full time. I guess you can call them little quirks that have developed, which I'm not sure if they are a good or bad thing. I suppose they are just weird little issues that come along with the writing life.





Keep Your On-Site Traffic

A great way to decrease your on-site traffic and lose repeat site visitors is with the use of numerous site redirects. I will avoid a site at all cost if I'm constantly redirected to another site or web page for information. Once or twice is ok, but if every time I want information I'm sent somewhere else will cause me to stop using that site and find another one that fits my needs. Redirects may be good for link building, if done correctly, but they can hurt your site traffic because it makes your site difficult to navigate. People like things to be easy and a flood of redirects isn't easy and is simply annoying.


There are no fairy tale endings
As children and young adults we have this image in our heads about how perfect the adult world is going to be. We wait and wait to become adults so we can have our freedom, the adventurous life, the perfect career with the perfect home, and the perfect, healthy children who are the star pupils in school. We anticipate the perfect life we will live as soon as we just reach 18 years old, but once we finally get to that point we quickly realize there are no fairy tale endings in life as we had thought.


Book Review: Ask Me No Questions
This book is about a young girl, an ordinary young girl, who wants what all young girls want-- a perfect husband with the perfect family. It appears she will achieve her dream, but shortly after marriage she quickly realizes, her choice to marry may not have been so wise. She discovers the man she married isn't who he appeared to be, and is in fact, a danger to herself and her children.