Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How To Properly Utilize Google Places

Google places is where you can manage your business listings in Google maps. You know when you look for a service in your area and you see the maps on top of all the other listings? If you look below I have attached an image that shows an example of a search result of map listings for the phrase "Pizza Atlanta GA" this is just an example to show you. I've highlighted the map listings in YELLOW.

I also want you to notice what I have highlighted in RED. Those are other sites that have reviews of their service. This is an important part in helping you get higher rankings in Google Maps. Google cross references these other sites to see if your business is a good business to list over all the other listings.

How To Optimize Your Google Listing

Whether your an internet marketer trying to help out your clients or you have your own local business. Here are some of the best practices when creating your listing. This is a very important part of your listing. You must fill out your listing with everything that you can. The more you input to your listing the more you will get out of it. 

  • Use keywords in title
  • Use keywords in category section
  • Upload Photos & Videos (keyword optimized)
  • Use a local phone number
  • Use a local address
  • Add Hours of Operation
  • Add payment options

 

How To Get Your Listing On The First Page

Now that you have your listing all set up we still have some work to do. Making your listing and optimizing it is not always enough to ensure that you appear on the first page. From my experience the two biggest factors that effect your results is CITATIONS and REVIEWS. The first part we are going to talk about is citations. Citations simply are other sites that have your address on them. They could be your website or other websites. The best practice is to have your business listed in as many directories as you possibly can. Here is a list of the Top Ten most important sites to have your business listed. 

To get more reviews you need to encourage your customers to leave feedback about your business via through the above websites or directly on your Google Maps listing. The sites I listed above most of them will not only give you a citation but allow your customers to leave feedback. You can write them or send them an email to take a few minutes to leave feedback for your business. [box type="note"]Here is a quick tip on how to get more citations. Add your business info on your own website and when you make blog comments, posts, or forum posts make sure to include your business info as well. In forums you can even use your info in the signature box. You can also make free blog accounts at places like Wordpress, Tumblr, and Blogger. There you can include your business info to get extra citations. [/box]

The Easier Solution!

Do you not want to go through all of that yourself? Does it seem like a complete headache to you? Well if you don't want to go through all of what I listed above you can hire me to do all of it for you! That's right I can do it for you. Why should you let me do it? Because I have gotten over 100 websites on the first page of Google for Maps and organic listings. Don't hesitate feel free to ask me your ?'s on my contact page. 

Original Post Here: How To Utilize Google Places

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lets Have Fun With Science: Portal 2 Review

Originally posted here: Lets Have Fun With Science: Portal 2 Review

First off I have to say Portal 2 was the most fun I have had playing a game in a long time. It seems most games that come out feel and play exactly the same with no real challenge. Portal 2 is not this kind of game.

At first I was a little skeptical of the game I remember playing the first Portal when I had Half Life 2 Which was an amazing game. What I really loved about this game is how it actually requires you to think about the different challenges that come your way. Using the Portal gun never gets old as it allows you to enter the ground at one point and then catapult you to the other side of the map through the other portal.

This game will make you laugh, feel like a genius and wish it would never end. If you have been skeptical of getting this game I highly recommend you get it. I have been playing video games for a very long time and this one will go down as one of my favorites. Check out the video which shows some game play.

I hope you enjoyed the video and no I did not make the video lol. So do yourself a favor and play this game I promise you will not regret it!

Get Portal 2

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Secret Behind Obama

Since I started working from home I have more time on my hands than I know what to do with! I found this film a little while back and it really made me start to think! I didn’t vote for Obama but as you will see in this movie is that he has lied and not kept any of his promises. Feel free to share your opinions in the Comments section.

The Secret Behind Obama

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How To Create Art On Your iPhone

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As I watch technology advance it’s allowing everyone to express their own individual creativity. I have been really enjoying creating my own works of art right on my iPhone 4. In this post I’m going to show you some really simple things you can use to create some really cool photos :)

Tools of The Trade:

ToonPaint

Camera+

 

Now that you have the right apps lets get started my opening the Camera+ App after you open the app make sure the camera is switched to the view were you can see yourself. Make sure your face takes up most of the frame so you can see more details on your face.  Now that you have your picture make sure to click the edit button in the lightbox menu and click the clarity setting. After that make sure you save the image back to your image gallery by clicking the save button.

Now that you have your new image that you took with Camera+ we need to load up the ToonPaint app and load the image. After you load the image we have to adjust the strokes. Feel free to play around to get the look that you want. Once you have the strokes to your liking switch over to the paint feature and select the Auto Color button. This will give a your picture a painting like style. Once you have done this save the image to your photo gallery so we can upload it back to the camera+ app.

Now once you have saved your image we are going to start the Camera+ app up again and upload your new ToonPaint photo into the app to apply effects to it. Once the app is open click the image in the bottom left not the camera button but the one that looks like a flower. From there you can select your new image you just created using ToonPaint. Once it has loaded click the edit button for your photo and go to the effects menu. From here you can see all the different effects you can use to make your photo look awesome :)

Alright now you’ve done it! You have created a work of art. Now let your creative juices flow and only you are your limit. Here is a final version of the picture :)

If you liked this make sure to share it with your friends :)

One Shot One Kill

These are some photos I edited of me when I was in Iraq serving with Scout Snipers.

Dream Journal 1

See the original on my site! http://lifeoflyman.com/dream-journal/dream-journal-1

Sent from my iPhone

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mobile Art On Your iPhone 4

You don't have to have a decked out computer to make awesome digital art. I created these pictures right on my iPhone 4. All you need is a few Apps and a creative mind set. Coming Soon I'll make some tutorials showing how you can make your own master pieces. Until then let me know what you think of these!

Friday, April 15, 2011

We Live In Dark Times

It seems there is a darkness that surrounds this world. It will consume you if you are not careful. It's power is suffocating. Only if you choose the light will you be saved.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Marketing Video

I really love making marketing videos. Video is a great way to capture your customers attention and make them take action.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Complicated Life


Taken at Calera,AL

What Do You Imagine?


Taken at New York City

Sacred Trees


Taken at Israel

Don't Stick Your Tongue At Me

Don't Stick Your Tongue At Me

Worse Than Coke-ain


Taken at Walmart

I Am Not Your Father

Dark Side.wav Listen on Posterous

Darth Vader finally came out today to speak the truth!

MISSING: Alligator Frog Contact If You See Him

I was walking my Alligator Frog in the park the other day and he broke loose and haven't seen him since. I don't have photos so I took this sketch. There will be an Award who can find him. 

Dragon_frog

Drunk Painting

So sometimes me and my girl like to paint while tipsy you should try it!