Why You Have A Slow PC

Spring Cleaning Your Computer System
Let me ask you a very simple question; is your PC running quick enough for you?
Or are you spending too many extra seconds or even minuets staring into cyber space waiting for the page to load? It can be very frustrating and cost you a lot of time.

So why is this happening to your system?
Well there are of course lots and lots of reasons why this could be happening, and although you might think that it is normal behaviour of which you have become so accustom to and have accepted for what it is. Be very aware that it is not normal to have a slow PC and a slow internet connection; you need to rectify it as soon as possible. Without meaning to worry people, you could have been the victim of a malicious system hack and be riddled with computer viruses.
Always be very cautious when downloading anything from the internet, even updating your system with familiar named resources can compromise a computers capacity to run smoothly.
So what must you do?

Firstly, and probably the most important thing to do is to have regular system backups in place. Ideally this should be done on a weekly basis or if you use your PC a lot then even daily. There are automation programs out there which will do this for you, should you ever forget. Personally I use Drop box for all my data files and HD Clone for backing up my hard drive, and these are free.
So with the backup in place it is time to see exactly why your computer is slow to start-up. It is a good idea to check through your ms-config file and take a look at the start-up tab to see what is running in the background when you start your PC. Basically here you can tick and un-tick exactly what you want running, but always keep things like your antivirus software ticked. Remember that the less you have ticked the quicker the computer will start. If within this index you do not recognise anything then un-tick it, this could be a key logging program. If in any doubt at all simply Google the name to see what it is and if it is necessary, this is the best and easiest way to find out if the program is suspect or not. Then still within ms-config check out the services tab and in the same way uncheck what you feel do not need or recognise, but again keep the antivirus ticked. Also here be careful not to un-tick any licences you have with things like Apple for instance, as this may stop them working properly. To save these settings click the apply button.
Another good idea is to check out how much memory is being used on your computer, we do this by checking through the task manager program built into your machine. In order to get the task manager up simple pres these three keys at the same time, ctrl, alt & delete and then choose the task manager key. Go to the performance page and check the memory on your system, you will see some green bars and four black and green graphs in the display.

The amount of memory being used must obviously be less than the physical amount of memory on your PC. If this is not the case the system will grind to a halt because you are using too much ram. This causes the hard drive to supplement the physical ram, which will slow everything down. The CPU usage should be fluctuating in small amounts between 10% and 30% anything higher than this could mean you have something like an anti-virus or defrag program running in the background, this is quite normal if the computer has just been switched on. If the CPU usage is still high after the machine has been on for a while then you will need to check out the processes tab. This tab will show what is using up your ram. You can end any process that is using too much ram by right clicking on it and selecting end process. Tread carefully here because you are looking for once again programs that look suspect and need to be removed from the computer. If after investigation you find an incriminating file then unfortunately the best and safest way to clean it up is to reinstall your operating system and choose the re format hard disk option. This is the reason for always backing your system up regularly, and running a good antivirus software program such as Kaspersky.
With regard to antivirus software, it is always a good idea to avoid the free online security packages; these will almost certainly slow your system down. Besides they are free for a reason, paid versions will do a whole lot more and not eat into the memory as much.
There are a few more ways to speed up your computer on a regular basis, for the less technical amongst us these are highlighted below.
It amazes me how few people regularly defragment there drives. Regardless of which Windows desktop operating system you use, make sure you either manually defragment or set the machine up to automatically defragment. The performance of your computer will drop considerably if this is not done. Usually, the built-in Windows defrag tool works fine.
Have you ever filled up a disk to 100%? If that disk contains both your operating system and your data files, your machine is going to come to a screeching halt. One of the first things people check on a machine that is running slowly is how much of the hard disk has been used. One of the tools I like is Ccleaner. It quickly clears out all temporary files for you and anything else you ask it to such as cookies, stored internet passwords. So I suggest that before you run the program check exactly what it will be cleaning up on your system. Ccleaner will also clean out your registry issues for you as an optional choice.
If you are using a Windows operating system you should definitely have an anti-malware, spyware program on your machine. I recommend using a program called Malware-bytes. Simply run the free quick scan and see what, if any, errors come up. You may or may not want to get rid of whatever the program finds; again do a Google search if you are at all unsure of what has been found to be malware.

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Looking For Success With Google Plus

Why is it that certain people get more engagement, obtain more followers, and on the whole are more successful on Google Plus than you?

Much of it has to do with they way they present and design their posts.

Allow me to explain how to perfectly present your Google Plus post with 7 components that, if executed properly can make your post look like they were written by a professional.

So exactly why should you care?

Let’s face it– the internet is plenty full of garbage. There’s more than enough bad content littering the digital space than we could possibly consume in a lifetime. If you want to make your ideas and creativity stand out you must take the time to do things with excellence.

On Google+, the audience there is highly engaged and they have a low tolerance for spam. So don’t expect to phone it in or put your Google plus activity on autopilot and get a good response. But when you take the time to put a little craftsmanship into your posts, it really pays off.

So here’s a few tips to make sure your posts stand out and get the proper attention they deserve.
1. Title

Start with a title, just like it were a blog post. If you’re posting a link to a blog post, just make it the title of that blog post. If you’re only making a casual Google+ post, give it a title anyways to give people a taste of what to expect.

Be sure to also use an asterisk (the * symbol) at the beginning and end of your title. Google plus will then make everything between the first and second asterisk bold. That’s how you get the bold title effect.

If you have a tagline, or maybe a second part to the headline, it adds a bit of extra flair to use underscores (the _ symbol) at the beginning and end of the sentence which will make the line italicised.
2. Summary

Take a few sentences to explain what you’re sharing. Tell people what it’s about. This isn’t Twitter, so don’t worry about it being less than 140 characters.

If you’re sharing a link to a blog post, this is where you want to hook the reader and give them a reason to click-through to the full article.

Don’t just tease though, because nobody likes a tease. Really share something from the article that would make it worth clicking through. Maybe share a few of the best points from the full article or a summarized bullet list.
3. Link

Give the reader a clear link to the article or blog post you want them to click-through. If you’re not sharing a link, then just ignore this step.

If you are sharing a link, it’s best to use a URL shortener like goo.gl, bit.ly or other similar service. Beyond just making it look prettier by not having a ridiculously long link in there, these services also allow you to track how many times that link was clicked on so you can measure your efforts.
4. Commentary

Share your thoughts or perspective. If you didn’t already do this in the second part, give your readers a taste of your perspective. Let your opinion or perspective shine so people can hear that this is more than you regurgitating someone elses’ content.
5. Engagement

Prompt people to respond in the comments. My favorite way to do this is to ask a question related to the article. Make it easy for them to engage with you by directing and sparking the conversation.
6. #hashtags

This is where you want to throw in any relevant hashtags related to your post. Make them specific, and don’t use too many because it can tend to make you look spammy.

Personally, I think you can always get away with three hashtags or less. If you need any more than that, you may be trying too hard.
7. Image

Every good content creator knows that a relevant image is important. Google+ posts are the same way. This is the first step in the Art of Writing Great Google+ Posts.

When you use a high quality image that is relevant to your post people are much more likely to read it, +1 and/or share it. This is important if you’re sharing a link to an article or blog post because all of these social signals will be directed right back to the link that you are sharing. (I discovered this during my Google+ experiments.)

Additionally, using a high quality image makes it likely for your post to go full stream. In case you are not familiar with that term, full stream refers to when a Google+ post is enlarged to cross over all of the columns in the stream. This makes getting noticed much easier.

Full stream on google plus

To increase your likelihood to go full stream, be sure to use a photo this is horizontally oriented as opposed to a vertically oriented.

If you manage to hit all these points, you will surely grab the attention of many more eyes. Stay consistent at creating this level of presentation in your posts and you will inevitably amass a legion of loyal followers who can’t get enough of your content!

One Last Thing

This Google plus formula has been proven time after time to get significant engagement for content. It’s not a magic formula that will give you over night success though. It’s simply a guideline for making your posts stand out amongst a sea of content.

Don’t feel like you have to keep the same format over and over again though, do some experimenting. Keep things fresh so that your readers don’t get bored.

Profitable Up-sell Strategies

10 Profitable Up-sell Strategies

As you know it can be very expensive to attract new
customers. You can cut down on those expenses
by “up-selling” to those new customers. For example,
let’s say you’re selling a computer with a 15″ monitor
for $1200. You tell people they can upgrade to a 17″
monitor for only $200 more. That’s up-selling! Your
goal is to get more money out of the first sale. Below
are ten up-selling strategies you can use to increase
your profits.

1. Deluxe Up-sell. You could sell a basic product and
tell people for a little more money they can receive the
deluxe edition.

2. Money Up-sell. You could offer people the rights
to sell the product they are buying from your business.
You could charge an extra $30 dollars to get the
reproduction rights.

3. Discount Up-sell. If you’re selling a product people
may order again in the future like shave gel, you could
offer them a second can of shave gel at a discount.

4. Time Up-sell. If you’re selling a product or service
people subscribe to, like a magazine, you could tell
them if they subscribe for two years instead of one,
they can receive it half off the cover price.

5. Quantity Up-sell. This is similar to the discount upsell.
The only difference is you increase the discount by
how many products they order. If they order 3 it’s a
10% discount, if they order 5 it’s a 15% discount.

6. Package Up-sell. When you’re selling a product you
could offer similar products in a package deal. Tell
the people the other products are cheaper with the
package deal versus purchasing them separately.

7. Affiliate Up-sell. When you’re selling a product you
could offer someone elses’ product as an up-sell. You
would have to make a commission on the product in
order to profit.

8. Free Up-sell. You could offer a free sample or trial
of your product (your first sale would be free) and
then tell people if they order the full version right now
they will get a discount.

9. Extra Up-sell. There are many things you could
charge extra for at the time of sale. It could be gift
wrapping, imprinting, custom designs, etc.

10. Extended Up-sell. If your product comes with a
warranty, you could ask people if they would like to
extend the warranty one more year for only $30.

In conclusion, you can use one or all these strategies
to increase your profits at the point of sale. Don’t be
afraid to use your imagination to come up with other
up-sell strategies.

Hot Ways To Sell Your Products

10 Hot Ways to Sell Your Products like Crazy

1. Turn your ad copy into a story or article. Your
visitors won’t be as hesitant to read your ad and
will become more interested in your product.

2. Give visitors a freebie for filling out your online
survey or they usually won’t. Surveys will give your
business valuable intelligence for your business

3. Enhance the power of your ad copy benefits by
using attention getting words, highlighting keywords,
using colour, bolding key phrases, underlining, etc.

4. Give your visitors tons of choices so they don’t
get the feeling of being controlled. Offer them a
variety of ways to order, contact you, navigate, etc.

5. Put yourself in your visitor’s shoes. Design your
site for them, not for yourself. Create your product
around your visitors not because you would buy it.

6. Get free advice from successful online business
owners. Participate in business chat rooms and
message boards to chat with them.

7. Use your free bonuses, to sell your products, to create urgency for
your visitors to buy. Only offer them for a limited
time with your main product.

8. Offer your customers extra add-on products at
the point of purchase. For example, if they are
buying an electronic toy try to sell batteries with it.

9. If you really want to sell your products then make your visitors feel good about themselves
by giving them compliments. If they feel good they
will also feel good about buying from your web site.

10. Add multiple profits to your web site. If you’re
selling business books try to sell business services,
courses and supplies too.

Tips to Increase Website Ranking and Traffic

It is worth knowing the basic principles to follow to increase website ranking and traffic.

Create a site with valuable content, products or services.
Place primary and secondary keywords within the first 25 words in your page content and spread them evenly throughout the document.
Research and use the right keywords/phrases to attract your target customers.
Use your keywords in the right fields and references within your web page. Like Title, META tags, Headers, etc.
Keep your site design simple so that your customers can navigate easily between web pages, find what they want and buy products and services.
Submit your web pages i.e. every web page and not just the home page, to the most popular search engines and directory services. Hire someone to do so, if required. Be sure this is a manual submission. Do not engage an automated submission service.
Keep track of changes in search engine algorithms and processes and accordingly modify your web pages so your search engine ranking remains high. Use online tools and utilities to keep track of how your website is doing.
Monitor your competitors and the top ranked websites to see what they are doing right in the way of design, navigation, content, keywords, etc.
Use reports and logs from your web hosting company to see where your traffic is coming from. Analyze your visitor location and their incoming sources whether search engines or links from other sites and the keywords they used to find you.
Make your customer visit easy and give them plenty of ways to remember you in the form of newsletters, free reports, reduction coupons etc.
Demonstrate your industry and product or service expertise by writing and submitting articles for your website or for article banks so you are perceived as an expert in your field.
When selling products online, use simple payment and shipment methods to make your customer’s experience fast and easy. When not sure, hire professionals. Though it may seem costly, but it is a lot less expensive than spending your money on a website which no one visits.

These tips are evergreen ways to increase your website ranking and traffic.

 

Social Bookmarking Made Easy

If you are any kind of marketer online then you should know by now the importance of social bookmarking.

Its not just about facebook likes and how many friends you have either.

I heard about SocialAdr from a friend of mine but was hesitant at first because it sounded too good to be true. She told me, “All you have to do is enter your bookmark details and other members submit your bookmarks to their accounts automatically. It literally takes 5 minutes to get setup.”

So I figured I might as well give it a try.

I signed up for the ‘Free’ account and found the Setup Wizard super easy to use. With the ‘Free’ account you have to setup all your own social bookmarking accounts (only once though) in order to get started. Next, I shared 5 other members’ bookmarks, which was as simple as clicking a single button. I had to do this first in order to earn “credits” which can then be spent when other members share my bookmarks. Then I added a couple of my own bookmarks and a short while later started receiving notification that they had been submitted to a list of social bookmarking services.

Wow. And this was just with the ‘Free’ account!

I was impressed.

It was clear to me that the paid accounts were worth it, so I upgraded to the ‘Lazy Linkaholic’ package (1.6 cents per backlink!). With the ‘Lazy’ account types you don’t have to do any sharing, all you do is enter your own bookmark details, it’s that easy.

It’s been about 2 weeks now and I’ve received thousands of backlinks on autopilot.

If you’re like me and know good value when you see it, you should definitely give SocialAdr a try right now for all your social bookmarking needs.

How important are Social Links.

Below are six reasons social links need to be an important part of your website marketing and SEO strategy.

1. Link building was always about social proofing.

Think about it – why did Google ever allow links to determine which websites ranked above all the others? The answer is simple: links were like “votes” for your website. The more votes you get, the better off you are. So SEO companies started building links (aka “votes”) manually. Then, Google — to counter all of the fake voting — figured out that some votes should count more than other votes. So SEO companies went around manufacturing websites with the best votes. And Google, finally, realized that SEO link building would never work long-term for ranking websites. So Google started penalizing websites with “fake votes” (which is basically anyone who pays a company to do SEO link building for them). Seeing a trend here? The idea behind links as a ranking factor is a very good idea, but since it’s become so easy to manipulate, Google has been forced to turn to social media channels which do the same thing but are much harder to manipulate. Link building was always about social proofing.

2. Social media allows you to “crowd source” your link building.

When you have a following on Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn, you create a team of fans who can share your content. That’s what social media is all about, folks — being social! (Imagine that.) So when you write a new blog post on your business blog, you can take that content and share it on Twitter and then get some of your followers to share your content. You can also get your website visitors to share pages of your site and your blog on social media by adding simple social buttons to allow people to quickly and easily “vote” for your content right there on your website. Sure, many of these people will never become your actual customers, but that’s not your objective here. Your objective is to build buzz and attention around your website.

3. Being social is the fastest way to multiply your presence online.

The problem with old school SEO link building is your always building “signs” to your website in places where nobody is looking. It’s something like buying a billboard in the desert. Social media, on the other hand, is a dynamic world of interaction and activity where things are constantly happening in real time. This is why it’s so crucial that you have a social media PRESENCE — not just social media accounts where you never or rarely post anything. You’ve got to be active, you’ve got to be social. This is the fastest way to multiply your online presence simply because it’s where everyone is. If you get in front of the right people (which is a matter of consistency, not luck) then you can build some buzz around your business and your website.

4. Social signals is a real thing.

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “social signals” floating around out there. Love it or hate it, this is a real thing. Google is definitely measuring your website’s “pulse rate” on social media channels. How often do you share content on social channels? How often do people visit your website for social channels? How many fans/followers do you have? Does your website have social sharing elements available for visitors? Social signals really is the new “link building” metric you should be concerned about and worried about. Forget about how many links you have — especially if you’re building fake links — and start worrying about the health of your social media presence.

5. Social links bring real traffic to your website.

95% (or more) of links from SEO link building never bring a single new visitor to your website. They just sit out there pointing to your site and not really doing anything else at all. This was the other major revelation Google had: They realized that by promoting links as a way to popularize your website, they were creating a web filled with spam and junk all designed to get more links (and only that). Most SEO companies build links on sites that will never bring you an actual customer. They’re just fabricating links to try and boost your search engine positions. Now that it doesn’t work, you’re basically throwing money down a drain every time you pay for link building. Social links, on the other hand, have the real potential to bring real people into your website AND into your social followers or social circles. This means at some point these people could very well turn into a customer or a content promoter for your business.

6. Google hates link building.

The bottom-line is link building doesn’t help your search engine rankings. In fact, it could hurt you far more than it will ever help you. Google has been very clear about this – stop building fake links to your website and start focusing on providing value and being of value within your marketplace. Social media is the very best place to achieve that goal online today.

So there you have it – 6 reasons social media needs to play an important role in your search engine rankings strategy. At the end of the day, search engine rankings are still very critical to your long-term success online. Don’t make the mistake of investing in shady, short-term practices and risk hurting your business long term.

So here is the clincher, if you are a website owner why not get your social links sorted for you with this cool wordpress plugin, go take a quick peep.

 

How to Generate Traffic Using Free Methods

In this post I will show you how to generate traffic using free methods only.

You have heard the saying, “it takes money to make money”, right?
But of course, with the versatility the internet offers, there are many ways you could find that could help optimise the potential of your site or business in generating traffic.

While there are ways to jump start your traffic flows, many sites don’t have the resources that others have to generate traffic for your site at all.
Well, you don’t have to spend a cent; all you need is the proper mindset and a lot of eagerness. You also must have the drive and perseverance to do hard work and research to generate more traffic for your site.

How sweet it is to have more traffic for your site without spending a single penny.
Now it’s a sure thing that many sites have articles that offer tips and guidelines in how to generate traffic using only free methods.
Because it is possible, you don’t need to speed a single penny, it may take time, to say honestly,
I’m not going to beat around the bush with you. You get better chances by paying for your ads, but at least you get a fighting chance with some of these free methods I’m about to tell you.

Take advantage of online forums and online communities. The great thing about forums and online communities is that you can target a certain group that fits the certain demographic that you are looking for.
You can discuss about lots of things about the niche that you represent or offer. Another great advantage is that you know what you are getting into and you will be prepared.

With online communities and forums you can build a reputation for your company. Show them what you are made of and wow them with your range of expertise about the subject, with that you can build a reputation and build trust with the people in your expertise and knowledge.

You can also make use of newsletters. Provide people with a catalogue of your products and interesting and entertaining articles. If you make it really interesting and entertaining, more people will sign up for your newsletter and recommend it to other people.
The more people who signs up for your newsletter, the more people there will be that will go to your site increasing your traffic generation.

Another great idea is trading links with other sites. You don’t have to spend a cent. All you have to do is reach an agreement with another webmaster. With exchanging links, the efforts both sites do will benefit both sites.
Traffic that goes to their site could potentially click on the link of your site and visit your site as well. This works well especially when both sites feature the same niche.

Write articles that could attract the attention of people that have an interest in your product. Try writing articles that will provide tips and guides to other aficionados. Writing articles that provide good service and knowledge to other people would provide the necessary mileage your traffic flow needs.

Many sites offer free submission and posting of your articles. When people find interest in your articles they have a good chance of following the track by finding out where the article originated. Include a link or a brief description of your company with the article and there’s a great probability that they will go to your site.

Write good content for your site. Many search engines track down the keywords and keyword phrases your site uses and how they are used. It is not a requirement that content should be done by a professional content writer. You could do your own but you have to make content for your site that is entertaining as well as informational. It should provide certain requirements as well as great quality.
Generally, internet users use search engines to find what they are looking for. Search engines in return use keyword searching in aiding their search results. With the right keywords, you could get high rankings in search engine results without the costs.

All of these methods and more will generate traffic to your site for free. All it takes is a bit of effort and extended man hours. Learn all you can about the methods depicted here and you will soon have a site with a great traffic flow without the usual costs that come with it.