Monday, May 15, 2017

What's In Your (Resiliency) Bank Account

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By Thomas Wojick
One thing you can count on is life being a mix of good times, bad times, joy, and sorrow. None of us can predict what tomorrow will bring.
Consider the tragedies our nation, communities, and families have experienced in the past years: 9/11; Katrina; Sandy Hook. The people affected by these unexpected events didn't plan for the pain and sorrow they would experience, and yet they had to find a way to make it through the day and each day thereafter.
What is it that gets us through tragedies and everyday adversities? It's not the size of our bank accounts, or our jobs, or our possessions; it's an entirely different resource more valuable than money, available to all of us, all of the time.
It is resiliency.
Resiliency springs from our innate desire for life. It helps us persist through the bad times until we regain our footing and are once again productive, positive, and hopeful. Although we all possess resiliency, the strength of our resilience only grows as much as we nurture it-by making daily deposits.
Think of a savings account. Every day life presents us with small and large challenges, all of which withdraw resiliency from our account. If we don't, in return, make deposits, we might find ourselves lacking the resiliency needed to keep our spark for life bright.
Here are a few ways, or daily deposits, you can make to your resiliency account. When you encounter an unexpected adversity, you'll be grateful to know your account is full.
Just say no to the negative voices:
There is a part of your brain that acts as a safety alert system designed to warn you of suspected danger. It also reminds you of past negative experiences, hoping to make sure you avoid similar experiences moving forward.
Sometimes, though, this makes us feel incapable of learning from the situation and trying again with confidence. Though your brain thinks it's doing you a service-trying to keep you from feeling pain again-know when to say "no" to negative talk.
Simply say, "Thanks for your concern, but I'm not going to listen to you for a while. I've got important work to do." Give yourself the room and permission you need for your positive voice, because it wants to help you heal. "This is a rough period I'm going through," you might say, "but I know I'll make it. I'll be stronger."
Build your circle of fans:
And I don't mean through social media. You need to build a close circle of friends that are honest, vulnerable, and helpful, and that participates in an equal give and take (of time, opinions, ideas, and so on). Nothing takes the place of face-to-face contact, either.
Make sure you add at least one of the following to your circle:
• Someone with whom you feel comfortable sharing your most honest thoughts feelings
• Someone who will give you a good kick in the behind if they see you're not taking the action needed to get to where you want to go.
• Someone who will listen and offer his or her honest perspective.
Push and be compassionate:
Moving through difficult times is never easy, and it is natural to want to retreat and avoid anything you think will be difficult, burdensome, or over stimulating. But resiliency doesn't mean retreat.
Whatever might be weighing you down, whatever roadblocks you see before you-push. Keep moving. Get thoughtful, creative, and simplistic in your approach. Take small steps, start over, or try another route. Whether or not you meet your end goal, you will have added a dose of resiliency to your account.
Most importantly, use this time to practice patience and compassion with yourself. You are as deserving of your own understanding and acceptance as anyone else.
Practice your smile:
In times of adversity or sorrow, it's easy to be overcome with pain and doubt, and to let these thoughts tinge our view of the world.
When you can, find things worth smiling about: a cute kitten, a joyful child, a funny comedy clip on television. Make it a point to point out what's nice in life, even if it's one small thing every day.
These small positive moments ultimately lead to positive changes in our thoughts and feelings. When smiling feels the hardest, that's when you need it the most.
That's when your deposits will be the largest, though they may seem small.
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By R Conte

For many the concept of Search Engine Optimization can be completely overwhelming. For the beginner especially, it helps to understand at least a little bit of how to do SEO.

There's no need to fear learning something new, like learning to do organic SEO for your business website. The phrase "organic SEO" simply refers to the practice of making your website more visible to the search engines, without having to pay them for advertising to do so. In the long run, it can only help you. In the short run, you can't really do much damage, especially if your website is not ranking anyway.

SEO is a strategy of cumulative techniques which directly affect how search engines like Google find, index, and rank your site. Unfortunately, there is no simple formula for improving the ranking and page placement of your site in a Google search. However, there are parameters which can be factored into the creation of the content you generate to improve the ranking of your site. When you create original content for your site you must always use these parameters to improve your page placement.

The operative word here is - always.

These are the parameters to keep in mind when creating fresh content:
1. Keyword in Title
2. Title Begins With keyword
3. Title Contains At Least 3 Words
4. Title Length does not exceed 66 characters
5. Permalink Contains Your Keyword
6. Meta Description Contains a Targeted Keyword (Meta Description is the short info blurb Google includes when placing your site on a search results page.)
7. Meta Description Contains up to 160 Characters - not more
8. Description starts with a Targeted Keyword
9. Meta Tags contain assorted Targeted Keywords
10. H1 Tag Contains the main Keyword (H1 = Heading 1, and H2, H3, etc. are similar.)
11. H1 Tag Starts With Your Keyword
12. H2 Tag Contains a different Targeted Keyword
13. H3 Tag Contains another Targeted Keyword
14. Your Post Content contains more than 300 words
15. Content has a Keyword Density of 2 - 3 uses of your Primary Targeted Keyword, placed at the beginning, middle, and end of your copy
16. First 100 Words contain your Primary Keyword
17. Last 100 Words contain your Primary Keyword
18. At least one Image with keyword in the alt tag
19. At least one external Anchor text link containing the keyword
20. At least one internal Anchor text link containing the keyword

These are the 20 most important parameters the search engines use to find, index, and rank your site. While it is true that adhering to a few of these parameters can be done manually, being able to do so thoroughly and consistently is best achieved through the use of an SEO Scoring System. (This can easily be done with a plug-in for your website.)

An SEO Scoring System should automatically evaluate the content you create, even as you create it. It should then give you an SEO Score, say 0-100%, based on your adherence to these factors. Your goal should be to always create content which scores in the 90% range. This is how you will be able to bring your site to the top of the page for Google searches for your chosen keywords.

In other words, if the keywords and phrases you have chosen are relevant to your site, this technique will improve your page placement with the search engines.

In addition to these factors, it is also helpful to use a Readability Check, perhaps based upon the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease Scoring System. This will evaluate the average grade level at which the reader will find your content easy to digest. (This post received a 7th grade score, for example, a good target area for online reading.)

SEO is a long-term strategy of content creation with strict adherence to the rules of optimization. There is no quick-and-easy formula for success. It is not difficult, but it does require commitment to the principles of creating quality content and the factors by which the search engines perform their task.

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