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6 Sites to Help You Network Your Business!

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In addition to the business article written and posted on January 20, 2011 - "4 New Networking Tools for Your Business" - below are 6 additional websites to help you with networking your business even further:

1. Biznik.com
- Find out about local seminars and events. Join your local business community to connect and collaborate with nearby entrepreneurs.

2. Xing.com
- This is a great global site to search for business partners, contacts and professional opportunities.

3. Konnects.com
- This site lets you build a network among other start-up entrepreneurs and launch your own branded network when you're ready.

4. APSense.com
- Offer an affiliate marketing revenue stream by promoting products and sites on your business profile and get paid for referrals.

5. Marzar.com
- Connect with other business owners while you promote products and services in the marketplace.

6. GoBigNetwork.com
- A great community place to find funding, talent and expert advice.

Promote your business direct…

Traditional Huevos Rancheros!

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INGREDIENTS:

* 1½ cups pinto beans, soaked overnight and drained
* Canola oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped, plus 2 tbsp. minced, divided
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 tsp. ground cumin
* 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
* 2 serrano chiles, finely chopped
* 1 tbsp. lime juice
* Kosher salt
* 1/3 cup lard
* ½ lb. Mexican chorizo, casings removed
* 4 corn tortillas
* 8 large eggs
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 2 cups cooked white rice
* 1 avocado, sliced
* 2 cups shredded Monterey jack

PREPARATION:

In small pot, add beans and cover with water by 1 1/2 inches. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Sauté chopped onion until translucent, 7 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and chiles. Simmer salsa, partially covered, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice and salt, to taste; keep salsa warm. Preheat oven to 250°F. In skillet over medium-high heat, melt lard and sauté minced oni…

4 New Networking Tools for Your Business!

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Are you integrating social networking tools with your website(s)/blog(s)? Social media features are becoming necessary for business start-ups. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg are all must have accessories for building a marketing foundation to get the message across about your website(s)/blog(s).

Below, I will list 4 new networking tools to add too the above social media mix:

1. Google Friend Connect
- Still in a limited preview, this service lets you pick from a variety of social gadgets and build them into your website with no programming knowledge at all. Just copy and paste.

2. Yuku
- Customize your forums and attach them to your website. The ad-free upgrade starts at $6.00 dollars per month. Check them out today and start your own social community instantly.

3. Wetpaint
- Harness the power of user-generated content and engage your customers with this customizable social publishing and wiki solution. Generate buzz and gain comments to your site(s).

4. Ning
- Build your own social ne…

4 Tips to Get Your Business Growing!

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We all know that raising money to finance a business start-up is a challenge. In today's recession, it is nearly impossible. However, below I've listed "4 Tips to Get Your Business Growing!"

1. Borrow from family & friends
- Loans from family and friends is a great way to finance a start-up. Getting these private business loans are a win win situation. Often, they have an interest rate that's 2 percent to 3 percent lower than the market rate (which benefits you) and 1 percent to 2 percent higher than the high yield savings rate (which benefits them). Banks today are charging more for loans to you and paying lower interest to depositors.

2. Borrow from yourself
- Many entrepreneurs rely on their own savings for about 30-40 percent of their initial start-up funding. Make a budget and stick to it. Once your business generates enough revenue, pay yourself back.

3. Borrow online
- There are many web based small-business financing alternatives. OnDeckCapital is an onl…

How to Get Your Toddler to Drink Water!

Your toddler may like water right away. If that's not the case, you may need to teach your toddler to like water. It's worth the effort: Experts say water should be your child's drink of choice after cow's milk or breast milk.

One reason is that drinking more water might help prevent obesity. Connie Evers, a child nutritionist, registered dietitian, and author of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, says, "When children are constantly given sweet-tasting beverages, they learn to associate thirst with sweets." This may promote an unhealthy sweet tooth. She recommends teaching your toddler to associate thirst with water by making it the first drink you offer.

If your child needs more incentive to drink water, here are some tricks to try:

* Serve water in a special cup or a kid-sized "mini" water bottle
* Let your child drink through a special straw
* Serve water with a lot of ice
* Flavor your child's water with a slice of cucumber or a squeeze of lemo…

How to Generate Buzz About Your Business!

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When you're launching a new business, blog, product, you want to go viral with a buzz worthy campaign. Get people buzzing about your business. Buzz does not have to be expensive but it does require to be unique and stand out from the crowd.

Connect with your audience. Attract your target customers by finding them in the right place, at right time especially when they're receptive to your brand message.

Examine ways to place your product/service in the hands of consumers by influences such as social media, blogs that compliment your own blog niche, direct mailings, newsletters and video. Build buzz by actively implementing marketing strategies to all of the above.

Don't neglect traditional marketing. Write press releases, articles and network outside of the Internet arena for that added personal touch. Get involved with your community and offer your expertise.

Above all, make sure your buzz campaign makes sense for your business or brand. Be authentic or consumers will kno…

Let's Talk ABCs of SEO!

I get this question all the time from clients and people I work with. "Derek, what exactly is SEO, why do I need it and how does it work. More importantly, what specifically do I need to do about SEO?"

Well, let me explain it in very simple and easy to understand language so you can incorporate the right SEO strategy online for your business that will help you authentically build your list and get more clients.

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Simply put, SEO is the process of optimizing your website by improving the internal (behind-the-scenes web techy stuff) and the external (web content, pages, images, etc.) setup in order to increase traffic to your site from search engines like Google.

Why does my website need SEO?

The big commercial search engines - Google, Bing, AOL and Yahoo, drive a lot of web traffic. If your site cannot be easily found by search engines or your content cannot be put into their database, you miss out on an incredible opportunity available t…

How Can Twitter Improve Your SEO?

A powerful business article guest post written by Matt Hodgson on "How Can Twitter Improve Your SEO!"

What do you do when you come across a social media site with over 190 million users and 65 million daily posts? Turn it into a website promotion tool, that's what.

Twitter links are nofollow, but that doesn't mean that you can't use the social network for website promotion. On the one hand, many SEO experts say that Twitter isn't a ranking factor. However, Twitter pages directly influence Google's SERPs and thus may be a major force in search engine visibility.

Whether or not Twitter directly affects the SERPs, here are Twitter SEO tactics that are worth checking out.

The Twitter Website Traffic Benefit

After creating new posts on your blog or site, it only makes sense to tweet about it. You'll be surprised to find how many users search Twitter for useful information or tips. Moreover, you can't expect to receive millions of site visitors simply by…