Pelagic Research Services stays on ONC task

first_imgPelagic Research Services (PRS) will again provide ROV services for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). It will be part of the team aiding to continued work on ocean observatories for September 2020. Pelagic Research Services has just returned from a 16-day expedition supporting Ocean Networks Canada for the continuing “Wiring the Abyss” project. Equipped to perform heavy lift and fine scale manipulation of scientific instruments and sensors, PRS will also be providing subsea navigation services on this project, for both ROV tracking and precise instrument placement and recovery. With some days lost to weather, PRS had 11.5 available days to dive, completing 12 dives, with an average 11 hours off deck. “The work of ONC is vital to increasing both Canada’s and the world’s understanding of our ocean systems. PRS CEO and co-founder Edward Cassano, said: “ONC trusts PRS ability to achieve expedition objectives, which is demonstrated by our continued selection for this work.” All operational objectives completed other than those delayed due to weather.center_img PRS’ deep sea ROV system Odysseus is to mobilise on the Canadian Coast Guard ship John P. Tully for a 14-day expedition. Water depths for this project will include high-current, low-visibility environments off the Fraser River, as well as extensive operations at greater than 2200 metres in the hydrothermal vent fields. Using an integrated iXblue Inertial Navigation System coupled with a Nortek Doppler Velocity Log, PRS was able to achieve outstanding navigation results in the challenging marine environment of the Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents. This included deployment and recovery of multiple packages weighing over 2,000 pounds with complex instruments, while making dozens of connections at the Neptune observatory site. “The ROV system and team always work very well with the ONC team. The latest expedition in June resulted in little down time for maintenance and the new system upgrades to the vehicle were major operational time savers”, says Ian Kulin, director Marine Operations, ONC Working with the ship’s crew as well as the ONC team to ensure and maintain efficiency, PRS was able to deploy for 12-hour per day operations over the course of the 16-day operation, predominantly focused on deep sea. Wiring the Abyss project last_img read more

DRAW MADE FOR U14 GIRLS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgThe U14 Championship draw was made at the Naomh Conaill Club in Glenties today by the County U14 squad.The county players and management wish to thank the parents of the Naomh Conaill club for the food and hospitality today.The draw is as follows: Tuesday June 16A Championship QualifiersSt Eunan’s v Red HughsN Conaill v Buncrana Tuesday, June 23A Championship Quarter FinalsGlenfinn v St Eunan’s or Red HughsAodh Ruadh V N Conaill or BuncranaMoville v Termon Ardara v BundoranTuesday, June 30A Championship Semi-Finals (neutral venues)Glenfin/St Eunan’s/Red Hughs v Aodh Ruadh/N Conaill/Buncrana Moville/Termon v Ardara/BundoranB Championship Quarter Finals (June 16)Killybegs v UrrisMac Cumhails v MilfordSt Naul’s v Gaoth DobhairCloughaneely v CarndonaghB Championship Semi-finals (June 23 neutral venues)Killybegs/Urris v MacCumhaills/MilfordSt Naul’s/Gaoth Dobhair v Cloughaneely/CarndonaghC Championship Quarter finals (June 16)Four Masters v N Muire Fanad Gaels v Robert EmmetsGlenswilly v N ColumbaMuff v Na DunaibhC Championship Semi-finals (June 23 – neutral venues)Four Masters/N Muire v Fanad Gaels/Robert EmmetsGlenswilly/N Columba v Muff/ Na DunaibhD Championship semi-finals as drawn (June 16)Malin v ConvoyDungloe v Letterkenny GaelsDRAW MADE FOR U14 GIRLS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:championshipdonegaldrawLadies Footballu14last_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital introduce full capacity protocol once again

first_imgOnce again the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy this week.The hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients, many of whom remain in the ED, awaiting a bed.The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge. Other actions underway in the hospital to alleviate the waiting times for patients requiring hospital admission include additional reviews and deferral of elective non-urgent procedures.Hospital management say they regret the inconvenience and distress the long delays cause patients and their families.A spokesman said “The hospital prioritises those in most need of care and this unfortunately, may lead to delays for less urgent patients.“Patients who do not require emergency department care should contact their GP or GP out of hours service in the first instance.” Letterkenny Hospital introduce full capacity protocol once again was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEDLUH< busypatientslast_img read more

Giants hire Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Giants entered the offseason looking to make a splash and five weeks later, they’re hiring an executive who has a track record of creating waves.A source confirmed the Giants will hire Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations. The Giants announced Zaidi will officially be introduced Wednesday at 1 p.m. during a press conference at AT&T Park.“I am delighted to return to the Bay Area and to join one of the most storied …last_img

Air New Zealand Business Class Review

first_imgFor some, flying Business Class overseas is a common occurence, but for most of the population it’s a treat that happens seldom. No matter what category you fall into, you the customer are paying more for Business Class and naturally you expect a faultless and pleasant experience. I was excited to test the long haul Business Class product on Air New Zealand after hearing very positive reports from our website viewers. Could this airline really be “that good”? The moment I stepped on board and was greeted with a champagne, hot towel and personalised welcome I knew immediately that there was something different about this airline – they had an energy, an edge and I immediately liked what I saw. Whilst this review centres around Air New Zealand’s Business Premier Class, in the coming weeks we will also be presenting our review of Premium Economy and Economy to demonstrate why Air New Zealand is quite simply, world class. Customer serviceThere is no denying that Air New Zealand’s strength that sets them apart at “the pointy end of the plane” is their cabin crew. Whilst I was travelling as a guest of the airline the cabin crew had no idea I was reviewing the flight and the exemplary customer service I received was clearly received by every single passenger in that cabin. The crew are quite simply professional, passionate, helpful and friendly beyond belief. They like their jobs, they like the company they work for and they are proud of what they do and how they do it. One passenger summed it up perfectly when he said “I sometimes need to travel for work on another airline that has basically the same seat/bed, food and in flight entertainment but they don’t have the wonderfully consistent cabin crew that Air New Zealand has and they’re what make the experience special and make me come back time and time again”. The cabin crew are intuitive and know how to relate to a passenger and meet their needs without the passenger even having to ask. The crew knew I was exhausted on one leg and without even asking how I felt they suggested I should move to a spare seat further back so the noise of the galley wouldn’t bother me. They also picked up that another passenger drank a lot of water and they come around with water bottles before the current one was even empty. Wine glasses were never empty and LED candles were available to those dining together to create a “romantic restaurant in the sky”. I found it very amusing when the crew member delivered my fatty breakfast bacon roll with caramelised onions and said “ma’am – here is the low fat breakfast option you ordered”. The crew have personality, a sense of humour and a warmth about them that you just don’t encounter on every airline. You leave the flight feeling like you have made five or six new friends. Customer service can be so “hit and miss” in this industry but you don’t have to worry about that here, this airline epitomise exactly what Business Class service should be.Seats and CabinThe Business Class seats are arranged in a fishbone or herringbone configuration meaning every passenger has aisle access and privacy which is priceless when you are sleeping, it’s like having a private suite. Despite the industry wide advances in Business Class, some airlines still carry those ‘side by side’ business class seats with no privacy and poor aisle access which is ok when you are travelling with a loved one but when you’re sleeping next to a stranger making all sorts of snorting noises it’s just not pleasant. Having said that – for those that do want to sit together at meal times (or anytime in the flight) it’s absolutely no problem. At the end of every seat is an ottoman with a seatbelt so passengers can dine and wine together without interruption. The leather seat itself is 22 inches wide, has many reclining options and comes with a blanket, thick duvet and full sized pillow. There is an above average amount of storage space both next to the seat (under the TV), in the pop up arm rest and under the ottoman. When you are ready to lie down, the cabin crew will convert your seat within a minute to a fully flat 6 foot 6 inch bed. It is at this point that Air New Zealand shows one of its competitive edges in Business Class – a mattress. Yes – an almost inch thick mattress is laid over the converted seat to create arguably the most comfortable Business Class bed in the sky. It sounds so simple but the difference between two business class beds – one with a mattress and one without is quite amazing. The bed is wide and every side sleepers dream. The seat features a charging station so you can power laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices. There is an amenity kit at every seat containing an eye mask, ear plugs, hand moisturiser, lip balm, brightly coloured bed socks and an eye mask with an “are we there yet” or “beware I sleep walk” catchphrase on it .The cabin itself features mood lighting to create a suitable mood for the time of day or night. Immediately after the meal service is complete the lights in the cabin are dimmed. For night flights that are flying into daylight all passengers are asked to draw their window shades until the morning.Food and beveragesEvery seat has a food and drink menu as well as an extensive separate wine list. Not long after take-off drink orders are taken and tables are set. Once these were served passengers then had the difficult task of choosing a main and dessert from the  delicious options available for each course. The Air New Zealand staff are highly trained when it comes to food and beverage preparation, service and knowledge. Wines were recommended based on the meal and if you had any questions about the meal they knew the answers and if they didn’t they found out. Tables are lain with a crisp white linen table cloth and all meals are served on china with silverware (there’s not a piece of plastic in sight up here). The entree to Los Angeles was Prosciutto with preserved figs, bocconcini and green olive salsa and from the bakery I chose fresh bread with olive oil. For the main I ordered the Beef short rib with swede and parsnip mash and roasted shallots in balsamic and beetroot horseradish salsa . Dessert was a creamy cheesecake (or ice cream assortment) with a cheese platter to follow. Breakfast orders were taken as you woke up about 2 hours before landing. Fresh juices, tea and coffee are offered regularly and there are plenty of options in the bakery basket for those that want a light meal or an accompaniment to their main. Breakfast is served in two parts, firstly a fruit salad with compote and yoghurt as well as your selections from the bakery basket and cereal. After this is cleared the main breakfast meal is served I asked a few fellow passengers what they thought of their meals just to make sure there was consistency across the board and I received nothing but positive feedback. On late night flights Air New Zealand also offer a quick dine option so you can have something light to eat and go to sleep. I opted for this on the flight home from Los Angeles and it consisted of a soup with a fresh roll and small dessert. Most importantly it was as the name suggested, quick.For passengers that get hungry throughout the flight there is a help yourself snack bar or if you’re just too comfy to move from your bed simply ask the crew and they will give you all the options at your seat.In flight entertainmentEvery seat in Business Class is equipped with a 12.1 inch touchscreen TV. Air New Zealand provides an endless menu of TV shows, movies, documentaries and music which can be enjoyed gate to gate. All viewing is enhanced with a set of comfortable noise cancelling headphones. The TV is stowed in the side of the seat at takeoff and landing but can still be watched quite easily. After takeoff it simply pops out and can be watched whilst sitting, eating and lying down.Final wordAs I sat in my seat, eating my meal and observing the crew closely I felt proud seeing AirlineRatings.com ‘Airline Of The Year’ award winner in action. So often companies win awards and things go downhill thereafter but not here, in fact it just seems to keep getting better. I started to get worried as my plane touched down in Auckland after spending a total of 25 hours in Business class (with return flight) I still hadn’t found a fault. My fellow passengers couldn’t find a fault – every review needs a fault of some kind but still as I write this I simply cannot find one. Air New Zealand are actually “that good”.Read: Air New Zealand Premium Economy ReviewThe author was a guest of Air New Zealand Email: [email protected]: @shazpetersenlast_img read more

Military Caregiving eNewsletter – Subscribe Here!

first_imgInterested in staying up-to-date on the latest Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) professional development webinars and Military Caregiving educational opportunities? Subscribe to our monthly MFLN – Military Caregiving eNewsletter for more information on the learning network and concentration area. This monthly email newsletter provides professionals and military families with upcoming events as it relates to professional development opportunities and caregiver articles on health and wellness for your wounded service members.The eNewsletter also offers subscribers social media outlets to connect to our Military Caregiving channels such as, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.As previously mentioned, the eNewsletter is sent once a month to subscribers so as to not overload your inbox. However if at any time you want to unsubscribe, the system allows for an option to unsubscribe from the list serve.Subscribe, share, and get connected with us by going to: http://eepurl.com/-bKejlast_img read more

GoDaddy’s 16-Step Checkout: Brainless Marketing At Its Finest?

first_imgI’ve been a GoDaddy customer for a while. However, the only thing I’ve used them for is domain registrations (and even then, only a handful of the hundreds of domains I own are with GoDaddy). Now, if you’ve used GoDaddy much at all, you probably already know what I’m talking about regarding the tediousness of the checkout process. Whenever I go through it, I file it away with one or both of the following arguments/excuses as to why they do this to me: Accept the “Universal Terms of Service” (though if they’re universal, why did I need to accept two other things in Step #6)? Better yet, if I was signing away my first-born in step #6 anyways, why not go ahead and get me to check one more box for the Universal Terms of Service. [Note to self: Since these terms are “Universal”, I’ve likely forfeited the right to sell my domains when we inhabit Mars]. B) It must be working for them, or they wouldn’t do it. 3. 4. Login. No surprise. I took the screenshots out as it was just too painful to watch. Done! (With 19 more special offers and a checkbox for each as a last desperate attempt to sell me something). Read the “Secure Checkout” message which is a personal note and thank you from Bob Parsons (the CEO of GoDaddy). He’s explaining to me what a CAPTCHA is (you know, those annoying graphic messages that you have to read and type in the characters for). He also tells me that the reason they’re making me do this is to protect me and for my security. I thought that was what my username and password was for. My guess is that this is really to protect them from script-kiddies that have a GoDaddy account and do some automated thing like buy a bunch of domain names. Since GoDaddy has gone to all this trouble to design a complex checkout process, they don’t want folks building automated scripts that simply, um, register a domain name in one step. Agree to the Transfer Agreement and Domain Register Agreement. Too much legalese to read. I do like most humans do and just agree to the terms. Click on “Accept Account Change. Note that this is just a button in the upper right corner. There’s no indication (yet) of what I’m accepting. 6. 16 Gates of GoDaddy Checkout Hell Originally published Oct 11, 2007 12:57:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Skip by another offer to register a new doman name that is my name (dharmeshshah.name). I receive this exact same offer every time I transfer a domain name in. You’d think that eventually they’ll figure out that I don’t really care and am *never* going to buy this domain. Stop asking me. I have dharmesh.com already, and that’s good enough. Click on “Pending Account” changes. Not sure why this is a “pending account change”. I’m just transferring a domain in. I would think that enough people transfer domains around within GoDaddy that they could afford a link that just said “Approve Domain Transfer In”. 14. 5. Enter a Transaction ID and Security Code. This is two different sets of random tokens that I receive from the domain seller (that basically lets the system really know it’s me). Not a big deal, as long as you’ve received these two things and haven’t lost them. I’d argue that if the seller designated a specific account to transfer into, then this step should be unnecessary. Some may think I’m being overly naïve here. Granted I’m not a real marketing guy (and don’t play one on TV), but I have to believe that GoDaddy should be a wee bit smarter about how it segments it’s customers, how the checkout process should work for them, and base things a little bit on what the customer is actually trying to do. Sure, I can understand the motivation to “upsell” things, and they’re clearly more successful than I am. But, so is Amazon, who also has a lot to sell me, and it doesn’t take 16 steps to buy something from them. So, I know it can be done. 2. Skip by 22 offers to buy/upgrade a bunch of stuff (this is in addition to offers already shown on all pages). I’m not making this up. 22 different offers each with their own checkbox. I’d be curious to know how many people *actually* buy something from this page. I’m guessing non-zero, or they wouldn’t have it here. But, I’m also guessing that the “optimum” number of offers to show is not likely 22. I click Continue at the bottom. As it turns out, GoDaddy is a popular registrar and when I buy premium domains from others, they are often using GoDaddy. As such, instead of using my primary domain registrar (eNOM), I use my GoDaddy account because the transfer process (should) be easier. Click the Checkout button. Yes, it’s another Checkout button. Similar to what we saw in Step #10 Review my Shopping Cart (Note: I have not bought anything, I’m just transferring a domain in). I also have the ability to apply a promotional code — despite that my price is zero as this is just a transfer. I also have the ability to update my cart, though I can’t change any quantities or delete any items. Lots of unnecessary UI distractions giving me options that are either not relevant or not even options. Go to “My Account”. Could be a bit more obvious, but nevertheless, it works (and since I’d done it before, I knew where to go). 12. 13. 15. But, some recent experiences really irritated me well beyond the usual level of irritation I have with GoDaddy — and it got me to thinking. Is this brainless or brilliant marketing? I think brainless. Let me explain. 8. Review my billing and information and read the “Final Step: Confirm Your Order Amount” box (which buy the way, shows $0 since this is a domain transfer). Billing information not really necessary for this “zero cost transfer”, but am OK with this, as they’re likely trying to make sure things are accurate for domain renewals later. So, to set the stage for the list of steps below a few things you should know: I already have a GoDaddy account. I’m transferring a domain from *another* GoDaddy user. Both users have been on GoDaddy many times and have done transfers/exchanges many times. There was no cash trading hands at this point (so the checkout was a “zero dollar” checkout). 7. Click the Checkout button. This, at least, was obvious. 9. 11. Enter the CAPTCHA code (which thankfully is not as indecipherable as some of the ones I’ve seen) 16. 10. 1. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack A) I’m not the target audience. What do you think? If you were the head of marketing at GoDaddy would you change their checkout process?last_img read more

Did You Graduate From Link Building High School Yet?

first_img Topics: Link Building Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Sep 30, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 In a recent blog post discussing the importance of link building for search engine optimization, I asked people to share how they build links to their website. I recommend you go read the responses. I also recommend you read that article so you know how to construct inbound links so your business can rank higher in search engines for your target keywords.Link building is not easy. And it’s not that intuitive until you do it. There are also many different techniques and methods that will have varied results. Below is how I recommend clients start and master link building. I tell people that there are 4 Levels of Link Building Excellence. And it usually takes 4 years to master it – just like high school:9th Grade: Links You Can Build Yourself That Require Little Time InvestmentBefore I get into this, I’d like to stress that you should have a really good keyword strategy and make sure you’ve optimized each page on your site around a different keyword phrase. Any link you’re building should be designed to help a specific page rank high in the search engines for a specific keyword.That said, the first set of links that every business should get are the ones that don’t require anyone else’s help. There are lots of business directories out there where you can just submit your URL, company name, and a description of your business. Some of them require approval. Some of them require a fee. Yahoo’s directory, Joe Ant, Aboutus.org are some of the ones you should do right away.In this class of Level I links, there are also many social media sites where you can simply build links to your site. Most of these no longer pass SEO credit, but they’re still good links to get, assuming your target audience visits the site or these sites rank high for your keywords already. It’s arguable that you should hire someone to do (or start) this stuff for you. It’s low level work that generates low level returns. Just make sure that you don’t hire a firm that will get you 1,000 links for < $1,000 dollars. If it's too good to be true, it is.10th Grade: Links You Build Yourself that Require EffortBefore I get into this level, I'd like to stress that launching a business blog should be done before doing this. Without having a blog on your site with lots of good, well-optimized content, you don't really have anything to link to. That said, there are two very common link building techniques that work well that don't require you to be a "thought leader". Yet. These activities require a bit more time investment and a small financial investment. They are article marketing and press release optimization. With both of these methods, you have to create relevant content that will appeal to your market. So, it requires more time than Level I. Also, the process of getting your articles syndicated and your press releases submitted and picked up - takes effort. You might consider hiring a wired pr firm or a strong SEO firm to do some of this stuff for you. If done correctly, both of these methods can significantly increase the links to your site. Also, if you write your articles and press releases with a keyword strategy in mind, and with links that support your keyword strategy, it can significantly increase your rankings for specific keyword terms. Run your press releases and your articles through press release grader to determine whether they're going to help.11th Grade: Links You Network For that Require a Significant Time Investment This part of link building is kind of like sales. Cold calling can be done effectively with persistence. But, networking, getting referrals, giving first, the law of attraction, etc is a better way of getting new clients.Link building is the same way.  If you're more of a cold caller type, and there are lots of potential places you can get a link, you might consider just creating a list of webmasters and asking them for a link. If you're a natural networker and you're in this for the long haul, I'd recommend being a bit more patient. Apply your persistence and spend your time building relationships.No matter what route you take, the goal of this level is to make yourself visible among people interested in the same topics as you. This process is a bit self promotional. But, you must promote yourself in a way that you're adding value. You master this level by acting like a resource for people in your industry. How do you do this? It's all about networking and building meaningful relationships. The first step is reading other people's blogs. Then, commenting on them. Then, eventually starting a relationship where you're communicating 1-on-1 with them. I recommend you take the leap from reader to 1:1 with a blogger, by pointing them in the direction of other people's content that might be interesting to them.  In the non-marketing world, this usually happens through email. In the marketing world, this usually happens through Twitter. If you're techy, this might happen through Delicious. If you use StumbleUpon or Digg, those are great platforms to share things with peers. Even google reader lets you do this kind of networking. But, it can certainly happen through any social networking platform or system that enables 1:1 communication. From a link building perspective, the ultimate goal of this level is to get invited to write a guest article for other people's blogs or website. For example, I wrote an article about inbound lead generation for Aaron Ross not too long ago. In the article, I linked to relevant resources on my blog and the HubSpot blog and site. These are great links from an authoritative  source. Aaron reaches our target market sending relevant traffic. These links also help us rank for our target keywords.During this process, you're also building up a group of people that will most likely begin following you...Seniors Rule! (12th Grade): Links Other People Give You Because You Create Remarkable Content.  This level is like the last month or two in high school when you've already passed midterms and you've been accepted to the college of your choice. You've done the hard work already. Now, it's time to go to parties and enjoy being the carefree big man on campus.You don't necessarily halt the activities above. But, you spend more of your time just creating remarkable content.  (And some link bait.)At HubSpot, we do some guest articles once in a while and we optimize our press releases. But, mostly we just put time into churning out content on our blog and producing other online marketing resources like webinars and white papers. Some of you seem to think this stuff is pretty remarkable. As a result, it generally creates great conversations in our comments, strong attendance at our webinars and lots of white paper downloads. And regularly, people link to our webinar announcements and blog articles of their own accord. This doesn't start happening overnight, unless you're already famous. We have a lot of advantages at HubSpot. Website Grader's success, funding in the bank, successful clients, smart founders who started blogging before they had a product and now... a lot of employees who contributor to the blog, a strong social media following, etc. But, we did it in < 2 years. If you're a small business and you follow the path above, there's no reason why you can't stake your claim on the web. Link building is an important part of that. Hopefully, this post demystifies the process a bit and gives you a roadmap to get started. The biggest mistake that newbie internet marketers make is thinking that creating great content on their blog will be all it takes to be successful internet marketers. My biggest frustration is when newbie bloggers pack up shop after just a month of writing because the blog doesn't have an immediate impact on their search traffic and lead volume. At the end of the day, if you publish great content on the web AND connect, relate and build relationships with other humans, really good links will come naturally. Until then, put in some homework and earn your way through link building high school. Photo by CarbonNYClast_img read more

The Risky Business of Link Building with Link Directories

first_img SEO for Lead Generation and Link Building That is what Sean McVeywondered recently in a discussion forum on InboundMarketing.com. “I have seen many sites that promote software that distributes your links to directories,” he wrote. “Are these types of programs useful or considered spam?” Here are our top five marketing tips emerging from the forum post on link building with link directories: Niche Directories Can Be Useful — But Also a Waste of Time Yet, Toni noted, this practice can be very time-consuming. “Generally speaking, adding links to every small directory out there will be a waste of time,” he Secondly, Google’s webmaster guidelines Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Deceptive LinkBaiting Doesn’t Pay using these tactics.  Although link buildingdoesn’t seem as wild as Tom Cruise’s play in Risky Business, using link directories can be similarly risky for your online presence. As a proactive marketer, you want to both get many inbound links and keep your reputation intact. Can you accomplish this with link directories? Internet marketing professional Make the Long-Term Investment: Great Content suggested that submitting your site to niche directories might be a valid . link building report, you will see fields for DMOZ Directory, Yahoo! Directory and ZoomInfo. By submitting your site to these human reviewed directories you are optimizing your chances to get found on search engines. Human reviewed directories are trustworthy and do a good job of showing websites with valuable content. As Mike Volpe search engine optimization for lead generation kit What’s Good About Human Reviewed Directories Link Building Topics: , “Getting your company listed in a human reviewed directory is sort of like getting into a good college. It doesn’t mean you are smart, but it means a human looked at your application and thought you are smart.” , paid links can work well in the short term but do not represent a long-term marketing solution. It takes producing original content with ” Amazon . wrote link building for your blog. ” to be on top of search queries. link building Toni Aničić What’s Bad About Human Reviewed Directories technique since it helps increase your link popularity. Niche directories feature different categories that can suit your business. Such listings will help you find relevant content and get connected to your target audience. The main disadvantage of human reviewed directories is that they can be somewhat expensive and time-consuming. On Yahoo! Directory, for instance, you need to pay a $299.00 non-refundable fee in order to guarantee consideration of your site for inclusion within seven business days. Paying that much for just any directory is not a sustainable Pay-Per-Click  Image Credit: Originally published Jul 24, 2009 8:31:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 That is why, under off-page SEO on your Website Grader strategy. pages for users, not for search engines The most effective way to earn inbound links and keep your site’s reputation intact is by creating remarkable content and promoting it to target audiences. Similar to link building wrote Don’t bother with sneaky efforts to get unrelated links to your site.  Users will feel deceived when they arrive on your site in search of something else. Furthermore, these visitors are unlikely to make qualified leads or retainable customers. Learn more link building and optimization strategies so you can get found online in search engines and generate more leads for your business. Download our The free directories out there, unfortunately, can take too long to process your request. On DMOZ Directory, for instance, it can take volunteers months to respond to your request to get listed. However there are some good blog directories to submit your blog to if you’re serious about specifically advise against deceptive linkbaiting: “Don’t deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as ‘cloaking.'” Google detects such linking schemes and penalizes the wrongdoers who try dolast_img read more

5 Ways Sales People Can Use Twitter

first_img 5 Ways Sales People Can Use Twitter brand building While email and phone might be your most common means of communicating with your customers, these become useless when your contacts change jobs. Using social networks like Twitter is a great way to stay in touch as your contacts move to new companies. And, new jobs can present new business opportunities for additional sales from your existing contact. We’ve experienced this a number of times, with a few repeat HubSpot customers who purchased the software each time they moved to a new company. Stay aware of big (or small) changes in your lead’s industry by checking into Twitter! For example, hear that your lead’s  competitor made an announcement but don’t know the details? Calling every day at 9 am might not be the most effective way of reaching your lead. If they’re on Twitter, you can get the inside scoop of when they’re traveling on business, or in meetings, or actually at their desk available to take a call. Not that this guarantees your lead will answer the phone, but you can bet that your chances go up if they’re actually at their desk. lead generation doug88888 We can – and do – go on and on about ,  how marketers can use Twitter 3. Find the Best Time to Contact Your Lead Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Originally published Oct 21, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 for the competitor’s name to find out if anything is indeed going on. Twitter’s real time updates are great for getting wind of big news before it’s even published across the web. Before calling up your lead, do some research – both on their website and on Twitter. Find out what their employees and their customers are saying about them so that you can start off a warmer call and show that you better understand their company and their needs. 4. Get Feedback on Your Pitch Topics: Download the free webinar used that feedback to actually improve our pitch going forward. 2. Stay Plugged in to Industry News for PR, thought leadership and  Twitter Marketing , and more. But a recent conversation I had with one of our very own awesome sales people made me realize all the ways sales people can use Twitter as part of their jobs as well. 5. Stay Connected When Customers Change Jobs Search on Twitter The best way to get honest feedback about your pitch is to find out what your lead says about you after they get off the phone with you. What do they say when they turn around to their friends and colleagues? Twitter gives you the opportunity to “listen in” on this conversation. In fact, we did just that recently and for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. 1. Research Companies Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR Photo by Have any other ideas or experiences of sales people using Twitter? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more