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What are the best ways to optimize a web page for the search engines?

This is one question that a lot of people ask and it is one thing that you can test and change to help improve your search engine rankings. Today we’ll look at some the top recommendations for setting up your pages for keyword-targeting. Of course, there is no “perfect formula” but this should get you a pretty good start.

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Complacent Colorado: Now Thinking About Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity

Fires raging just west of Colorado Springs have really brought disaster preparedness to the forefront here. In Colorado Springs, we are pretty insulated from most disasters. We are too far inland for hurricanes and big earthquakes. We don’t get tornadoes like the mid-west. We get a little snow here, but it has been fifteen years since we had a decent blizzard so we Coloradoans get a little complacent about disasters and disaster preparedness.

As of today, the Waldo Canyon Fire has consumed nearly 6,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. While no homes or businesses have been destroyed (yet), entire cities and neighborhoods have been forced to evacuate. Highway 24 west of town has been shut for days and one of my employees lives on the other side of the roadblock. He was able to go 80 miles around the roadblock to get a hotel in town.

What if your business building was intact, but the police or fire department was going to keep you out of it for days or even weeks? Could you still serve your customers? Probably not, if you own a restaurant, retail store or hotel. Of course, that answer varies depending on what type of business you have and whether or not you have remote access.

Does your insurance cover a situation like this? Loss of Business Income Insurance does not typically cover your financial losses in this situation unless your structure is damaged which caused your losses. You may want to add this coverage if this is concern to you.

Picture Taken Yesterday from the Interstate Near My Home

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself and then document your answers as part of your business continuity plan.

What would you need to do in the first 24 hours, after 3 days, after one week? These answers will probably be different.

What are some likely scenarios? Start with these.

What are some extreme scenarios? Don’t leave these out, but certainly cover the likely ones first.

What documentation have you done of your business assets and IT infrastructure?

Do you have a process to contact your clients and your staff?

What would you tell your staff to do?

Who has access to your Business Continuity Plan if you are unavailable?

This is just a short list of questions to get you thinking. Remember, everything you do before a disaster strikes determines the likelihood of remaining in business after the disaster.

These homeowners were evacuated at 1:00 a.m. the night the fire started. What would you grab? What would you leave?

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Use Remote Geeks To Your Benefit

Most of us have a friend or family member that is a whiz at solving computer issues. Unfortunately, that person is not always available or nearby to give you the assistance that you need. Instead of lugging that computer down to your local PC shop to show them a problem, wouldn’t it be great to just be able to reproduce the problem you’re experiencing and then send that to your friend for them to look at when they’re available? With Windows 7, it’s incredibly easy to do this!

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Viva le Video Revolution

Web video is a medium that is quickly becoming more and more popular for business. Many businesses, however, do not take advantage of web video, despite its ease and convenience. Keep reading for some great ideas on using web video for your business.

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New IP v6

There has been a great deal of talk over the last few weeks about some big changes that are happening to the Internet: mainly, the transition to IPv6. Exactly what IPv6 means is still a mystery to most people. Luckily, we have a simple explanation that can help you to better understand it.

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Twitter Visualization

This article originally appeared on Mashable.  It provides some great information that we think you'll like! 

 

We’ve brought you a few roundups of some pretty cool Twitter visualization tools in the past, and now we’re back with five more for your Twitter-lovin’ pleasure.

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Rank Higher than Your Competitors

The next stop on our SEO Building Blocks series is keyword location.  Our first two lessons gave you the tools you needed to properly research keywords.  Now we'll look at the most important places for those keywords to go to improve your rankings.

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Fixing the Blue Screen of Death

When your computer misbehaves, it’s often challenging to put into words exactly what transpired with your computer. Many people tell support their system blue-screened when an application only hung. Others may say that their computer crashed, when it just froze up. So, what is the difference between all of these bad behaviors?

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