How decided should You be when submitting your college applications?

Some year ago, I submitted my college applications, and I remember wondering often if I was sure enough of where I wanted to go to school. Now, my girl is beginning to think about applying to schools, and she’s feeling anxious because she’s really not sure where she wants to go still. But okay, she’s still got some months of high school to finish, though time seems to be flying.

Obviously, before turning in college applications, you have a nice variety of colleges to choose from. But once application due dates start hitting, your options will become much narrower. This can be a good thing, or it can be a bad thing, depending on how you want to look at it. But whichever way, it’s important to feel at least some level of certainty with the schools you chose to apply to.

You want each school you send an application to be a potential choice for you, not just some school you choose for the sake of choosing. Unless you, or rather your parents, have enough money to apply to schools simply for bragging rights, applying to schools on a whim is going to cost a lot of money (and time). Here are some ways of helping to feel good about your choices:
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Search Engine Marketing – How It Can Help Your Business

Search engine marketing is a way to gain more visibility and more traffic on the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and MSN by using contextual advertising, paid placements and paid inclusions.

Basically, search engine marketing can be done successfully in two ways; increasing visibility through search engine marketing (SEO) and getting online traffic via paid advertising such as PPC campaigns, banner ads and so on.

Search engine optimization is often carried out to improve the rank of a website on the major search engine, and to increase its online presence, which will automatically result in much more traffic to a site that is being optimized.

More traffic being driven to your professional website creation mans more potential buys and money for you!

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The art of storytelling in life, work and relationship

Even if you have a boring life, and spend all your time home alone, watching TV, and playing mafia wars, you still have something to share.  It may not be an exciting life, but it’s your life… it may seem less-than-ordinary, but it’s still unique in some way.  No two people on this earth are having the exact same experiences, thoughts, or feelings. Maybe similar at times, but not exact.

Your experiences are unique and, therefore, valuable.
There are lessons to be learned even in the dullest of circumstances.

Yet, time and time again we leave out what makes us most unique.  Our Stories.
When you leave out your story, all that’s left is generic advice.
How many articles should I read that tell me how to save money?  Does that tell me how I should write? How I should manage my time?  How I should set goals?  Or how I should market my business? (more…)

Social Media and Getting a Life!

Should I unplug now or later?

Social media has permeated every facet of my life. I stay connected with friends that I haven’t seen since high school or early college days (Facebook). I keep my writing skills sharp with this blog. I throw out fun witticisms to my friends while watching ballgames (Twitter) and network to find my next full-time employment (this blog and LinkedIn).

In my current capacity as a social media intern, I even use a little bit of all that to perform my job. Yep, there isn’t one facet of my life that social media doesn’t have a place.

Except the bathroom.

You read that right. The bathroom. I don’t take my laptop into the stall. I don’t carry my cell phone (in fact, I don’t have internet on my cell phone at all) to the shower. And I certainly don’t have a PC hooked-up next to the toilet.

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How Can You Support Your Friend’s New Blog

Since I started blogging I have been asked countless times by my non-blogging friends how they can help me.  My friends are sincere when they say they want to help, they just don’t know how to do it! To those of us who blog, or who work in social media this might seem like a no-brainer, but the average person doesn’t think in terms of page views, and bounce rates, so I thought a little translation would be appreciated!  Feel free to share this tip with any of your non-blogging friends so they can help you as well!

For bloggers, it’s all about traffic and that means page views.  If you’re a non-internet speaking person a page view is what occurs every single time you are online and click a website to open it.  If you stay on that site long enough for the entire page to load, you have given the website owner credit for a one-page view that day and one unique visitor (you!).

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Project and Product Management: not the same thing

Is it a project or a product manager that you need? This is not a question asked by the entrepreneurs because these terms are frequently mixed up and used for the same profiles. However, for those who are very well aware of product management, the difference is big.

Project vs Product Management

Project can be anything to deliver a result, a product or a service.

  • Project management is a set of tasks to ensure sure that the sought result is achieved with time and budget constraints in mind.
  • It is about managing resources and adjusting planning to deliver the project on time and on budget. Risk management is at the heart of the project management.
  • Risks related to delays in delivery, excess in budget, team management, task assignment, etc should be always in a project manager’s agenda.

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Those Good Doctors

We strongly support the role of able, licensed physicians. Unfortunately, many of them are not well informed nutritionally and do not know how to prescribe the makings of a sound lifestyle.  On the other hand, many worthy doctors are informed and vow that 90 percent of our ailments would go away if we simply did what we know we should do.

Yet somehow we do not do what we know we should do.  We pass off this advice, preferring immediate solutions over those which require a lifestyle change.  We hope that “a good night’s rest” helped along by a sleeping pill and a couple of aspirin will take care of the situation–now!

Many otherwise honest doctors are certain that in order for their practices to survive they must give most people a “quick fix.”  They know that we don’t want to face the consequences of our actions.  We will do it for our cars and our pets, but not for our bodies.

Most of us have better sense to challenge the law of gravity because if we jump from a cliff, we know that the results will be immediate disaster.  But since there is in most cases a delay in the natural laws of our bodies, it is easy for us to think, Never mind, it won’t happen to me.

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New project kick off

I’m super excited, after almost 3 months of hard work of my colleagues and I, our free GED online classes are ready for students. We cooperate with BestGEDClasses.org for the best results! The GED (General Education Development) program is aimed at helping adults improve their career options and giving them a chance to access higher education if they pass the GED exam. In the US there are around 40 million adults who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. Just take a look at this video where is explained how to get the diploma fast.

More than 500,000 people complete the GED exam every year. The new GED exam now consists of four sections: Language Arts (reading and writing combined), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Our GED prep classes allow online preparation and are free of charge, they consist of online lessons with audio and questions that check your comprehension of the topic that was mentioned in the lesson.

We also work on extensive guidelines for students about effective studying. I thought this subject can be also interested for you so here is a summary. Do you want to check your knowledge? Try these free GED Practice Tests by BestGEDClasses.org that we helped develop to get you all set for the GED, I can assure you it’s not that easy.

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Where creative ideas come from

This is probably the most frequent question that writers, innovators, and creative people get asked.  One of the most popular answers is ‘From Life’.  Some other answers are: dreams, television, conversations, walks, day dreaming, music, reading, and a whole lot more.  The answer varies from writer to writer and basically comes down to: From Life.

Mine come in dreams some of the time.  These ones are always interesting because I’ll find myself having a marathon of dreams for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.  Serial dreams, where the dream I had last night will pick up tonight as soon as I hit the dream realm.  One dream after another until the entire story-movie has been played out and I’ve jotted it down in my journal.

I don’t always recognize a dream as a story idea right away.  Sometimes it takes a couple of nights and a little pondering over my dream journal to figure it out.  Once it hits me, though, I’m off on a marathon and the clarity of the dream becomes technicolor with surround sound.  Pretty awesome.
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How To Launch An Ed-Tech Campaign

Brand Awareness campaigns help to get your brand and its products into the mind of potential consumers. In this post, I will explain how we help our client MyCareerTools.com, the educational portal, build strong relationships with people in order to create a great brand image that is synonymous with the morals and attributes that the company regards as important.

Creating a great brand awareness campaign is imperative especially in the technology and education (so-called Ed-tech)  where things are constantly changing and if the mark isn’t quite hit then a product launch could fall flat.  Here are four steps to take when creating a tech, edu or Ed-tech brand awareness campaign.

Make It Foolproof 

You need to make your products appeal to the people out there that may not instantly understand your solution. By catering to technology fans with the use of industry-specific language but also including everyone else with a more simplistic explanation you can widen your receptive audience. (more…)