Release Some Tension…Spend Some Time In Your Garden

Release Some Tension…Spend Some Time In Your Garden

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Gardening can be one of the most rewarding and relaxing hobbies that you can engage in.
Picture a beautiful spring day, the sweet smell of grass in the air and you get to go out and work the soil and prepare your garden. One of the fascinating things about gardening is that you can start with a small seed and grow anything you want.
Whether you’re interested in gardening to grow flowers, and plants, or fruit and vegetables, every gardener knows the excitement and satisfaction of seeing their work and effort pay off with a beautiful harvest. Not only are you producing nature’s products for yourself but from mid-summer through winter, dozens of plants share their berries with wild creatures, which in turn, helps wildlife build fat storage for winter survival.
Have you every seen an attractive garden and over in the corner there’a statue of a gnome? Well, according to legend, house and garden gnomes help with chores around the home, like sweeping the floor or planting. This is the reason many statues of gnomes hold hammers, axes, or shovels, or are pushing wheelbarrows. Find out more about these delightful garden creatures.
Whether you’re interested in flowers, and shrubs, or organic gardening, you’re sure to derive much relaxation and happiness from spending time in your own garden.… Read more

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All Along the Digital Watchtower

All Along the Digital Watchtower

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It’s no secret interactive (web-based) marketing has arrived. The IDC research group just released a study in late June of this year indicating 99.9% of a survey of executives and entrepreneurs said they currently conduct online marketing activities, or, are in the process of implementing or initiating some form of interactive marketing. The problem or challenge that many of these executives (marketing, management, etc.), and entrepreneurs (marketing, principals, etc.) have is how do they measure their online presence?
Most interactive marketing types, whether they are agencies working for/with clients or in-house personnel, typically just measure a company’s return for a specific process or period of time. Many never think to actively monitor what a company’s competitive position is vis-à-vis Search Engines or Directory Listings, the number of links they have pointing back to their web site or what type of “net buzz” is being generated (positive or negative) via the Usenet/Newsgroup community. In short, its digital warfare and the fog of war is obscuring the battle lines.
Entrepreneurial competitive intelligence sounds like a real mouthful, or much more than it is. Basically it’s using off-the-shelf tools (software or ASP services) to understand what your page 1-3 keyword rankings are versus:
your direct competitors via the top tier Search Engines (Google, AltaVista, Excite, AOL/NetFind, HotBot, Netscape, Magellan, Lycos, Web Crawler)
how and where your company is listed via the blue chip Directories (Yahoo, LookSmart, Open Directory)
what’s your link popularity (number of links pointing … Read more

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