Monthly Archives: May 2010

Understanding Search Engines & SEO

Posted by Doug on May 28, 2010
Business / No Comments

Most of us use search engines on a daily basis. We search for the latest news and information, research locations for an affordable summer vacation, and dig up the latest gossip on celebrities. Search engines play an important role in our Internet immersed lives. Without them we would surely be lost. However, as much as we use them, most of us don’t really understand how they work or how they sort all of the information and websites available in cyberspace.

To begin search engines use automated programs with ‘spiders’ that ‘crawl’ over all of the websites, pages, and documents that exist on the Web. It is through this process that all of the information is stored and indexed in giant databases. The result is that when someone makes a query the search engine sorts through the database and displays the results that match. Using an algorithm , the search engine sorts the results and ranks them according to the calculation.

With this knowledge we can begin to understand how search engine optimization (SEO) works. In broad terms, SEO is understanding and influencing the ranking for a given site or search term; however, there is much more to it than that. When the spiders are crawling through the many hyperlinks and pages on the web, there are certain things that make it easier, or more difficult, to index. When you understand what slows down or blocks the spiders, you can work on using hyperlinks that the spiders can easily traverse; thus increasing the ranking. There are some SEO tool s now available that can provide reports on a websites ranking and visibility as well as identify problems and provide possible solutions.

As much as we use the Internet these days, it is important that we understand how it works. For it is then that we can use it to our greatest advantage.


Stock Market Tumble

Posted by Doug on May 12, 2010
Financial / 1 Comment

There was a crazy and scary crash that happened the other day. Jimmy Fallon had Jim Cramer on the show to explain what had happened and to talk a little bit about stocks, what to buy why to buy it, etc. For the most part it seems that the people who thought that the stock market really was crashing down around them, it wasn’t thankfully. He can explain it best though.

Maintaining a Good Landlord Tenant Relationship

Posted by Doug on May 07, 2010
Society / No Comments

Entering into a new rental agreement can be an exciting and scary time, both for the landlord and the tenant . It is the beginning of a long and sometimes difficult relationship, the tone for which is often set at that initial meeting. No matter which side of the paperwork you are on, it will take both of you to make the relationship and the agreement as pleasant and painless as possible.

One of the first things that both sides can do to make the relationship better from the start is to be informed of the laws, codes, and rights that the state mandates for rental agreements. While it is part of the landlord’s, or property manager’s, job to know these laws, it doesn’t hurt for the potential tenant to be aware of them as well. Not only will there be greater understanding when completing the rental agreement, but it will also help both sides keep their expectations in check.

The key to any good relationship is communication, and that includes the relationship between the landlord and tenant. The communication lines should be completely open when writing and signing the lease so that both sides understand and agree with it completely. When there is a problem or a dispute, both parties should be willing to talk it out and agree on a solution.

Regardless of the situation there will be times when you just don’t get along or can’t seem to get on the same page. This is why it is very important that you accepting of and get along with the person who will managing and overseeing the property because they are the ones you will be working and communicating with most of the time. If it is possible talk to family and friends about property managers they have used in the past and recommend. Every relationship requires work, but when it comes to your home you want the relationship to be as smooth as possible.