Let me start out by saying 90% of the SEO companies are out to scam you, so be careful. Here are some tip-offs that the company who is pitching you should be avoided:
1. They talk a lot about “meta-tags.” Sure, the description meta-tag is still important, as it’s used as a short description on the results page. Modern search engines are looking for good, relevant page content and link authority, NOT hidden content.
2. Reciprocal link exchanging is a central aspect of their strategy. Search engines, especially Google, consider excessive link exchanging to be a violation of their guidelines and will penalize you for it.
3. Submit to 300 search engines! There are only 3 or 4 that really matter, and it doesn’t take much time to submit to them. Submitting to the other 296 certainly won’t hurt, but it isn’t the key to making your website a success.
Things you should do:
1. Ask for references. Actually contact them and find out how successful their client relationships have been. Make sure improvement has been long-term. The danger of looking only at short-term success is that an unethical (black hat) SEO can get you huge short-term improvement, but get you banned in the long-term, long after they have your money in their bank!
2. Ask for guarantees. You are generally going to be paying a lot of money for and SEO service, so they should give you some kind of guaranteed position, or improvement in position.
The next in the series of scans I am posting from the Morrison Homes brochure I inherited is The Terrace House.
This model was available with 3 bedrooms, which sold for $25,600, carpeting included! The 4 bedroom version sold for $26,900. That’s only $1300 for another bedroom!
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A good friend of mine from back in my art class days has put his work up in a new Online Store. Please visit http://www.lawrenceruiz.com/onlinestore.html. Not expensive for signed, limited editions, so please visit, and if you like it, support a local artist by making a purchase!
My collection of broken electronics, discharged batteries and empty laser toner cartridges has been taking up more and more room lately, so I finally decided to dispose of the properly. I thought I would share my research.
Laser Toner Cartridges: I chose Office Depot in Dublin. You can bring in 3 cartridges per day and you’ll get a coupon for $3 for each one. I know they take HP cartridges,
6440 DUBLIN COURT
HOPYARD & I-58
DUBLIN, CA 94568
Here is the next in the series of scans I am posting from the Morrison Home Brochure featuring the Pleasanton Valley and Walnut Grove series of homes that were built and sold here in Pleasanton in 1966. We purchased a home of this model, The Country Home, a few months ago, and were given this brochure by the daughter of the previous owner, who bought the house new in 1966. This page is well worn, and in the worst condition of all in the brochure.
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