Archives for December 2005

Getting Immediate Traffic to your New Website

SEO is the best thing to do in order to bring loads of traffic to your new website, but it does not give immediate results. You will have wait till search engines index you properly and most important, give you good rankings. It is, in short, a long-term measure. So how do you bring immediate traffic to your website? Here are some tried and tested ways:

1. Immediate Traffic Without Spending a Dime

  1. The best thing to do is join related forums and start posting with your website address in your signature.
  2. The next best thing would be to hold a contest and submit it for free to contest directories. You can read more about holding and promoting contests in my previous post ‘Contests are great promotion tools for content sites

2. Immediate Traffic by Spending Some $$

  1. Start a contest as we talked about earlier in this post and this time, submit it to contest directories as ‘paid or featured listings’. That will be sure to drive in a lot of traffic.
  2. Start a Pay-per-click campaign at Google Adwords, Overture etc. by choosing keywords which cost less.
  3. Purchase ezine ads in ezines/newsletters related to your niche.

3. Immediate traffic by Spending a Fortune

  1. The first thing you should jump to, if you have the money in your pocket, is to set up a nice PPC campaign.
  2. Send out a paid Press Release (choose the $80 level and add a couple more $10 to add more value) at
  3. Purchase advertising on websites as well as ezines related to your niche.
  4. Spend some money on offline promotion.

Selling Advertising FAQ – Discount on Long Term Advertising & Payment Terms

I was asked this question to day by someone who needed help in dealing with a client interested in advertising on his website:

I have a client who want to advertise on a very long period on my website and would want to have discount for this. How do I handle that?

Now this is a question that every webmaster has had to face sometime or the other and if you are a new webmaster looking to sell private advertising on your website, you will soon be faced with this question.

My Answer
If an advertiser is looking for a 3-month advertising contract, go ahead and give him a discount. Something like 20-25 % off. This will entice him to advertise. And then make sure to give him a nice ad spot and work hard to get banner some clicks. If he receives clicks by advertising on your site, he will definitely advertise again.

This answer was followed by another question, addressing a related issue:

How i do handle the payment cause if he commits for 3 months for example should i have him pay advertising for 3 months right away or should i break it down in moths, what if he decides he doesn’t want to advertise with me after 2 months?

Once again, an important question, the answer to which is necessary for all webmasters to know. You wouldn’t want people to trick you by gaining a discount and not continuing the ad further.

My Answer
Regarding your question about payment, since you are giving him a discount, you need to know that a discount is a ‘Cash Discount’. You are giving him a discount only because he is choosing to pay for 3 months in advance. Get it? So it is very natural that he pays the entire amount (minus the discount) immediately. After all, this is the reason he is getting the discount in the first place.

Ideas for Displaying Christmas Wreaths

Ideas for Displaying Christmas Wreaths

Wreaths are not just for hanging on the doors. Get some ideas on how to use your wreaths to their fullest by displaying them in creative ways around the house.

1. Hang it up as a welcome wreath on the entrance door.
2. Hang it on any door in your house.
3. hang it vertically on any available wall.
4. Rest it vertically on your mantle and complete the mantlescape by adding a few candles.
5. Use miniature wreaths in place settings to set soup and porridge bowls upon.
6. Use miniature wreaths horizontally to stand your thick pillar candles on. Add a sprig of holly to complete the look.
7. Add mistletoe to your wreath and use it as a ‘kissing ring’.
8. Smaller, lighter wreaths can be hung on mirros and bedposts.
9. Wreaths made with scented, dried flowers can be used in place of potpourri. Dried Lavender and Rose Wreaths are fine examples of this.
10. An elegant wreath encircling candles make a simple, yet attractive table centerpiece. Set the wreath, candles and other decorations that go with is, on a tray to avoid messing up the table.

Your imagination and creativity will give you many more ideas for using and displaying wreaths.

Displaying one wreath on double front doors

A note for those making door wreaths. If you have a single front door, use a wire or straw wreath form in the size you prefer. If your home has double front doors and you want the effect of a single wreath that divides that at the center, use a plastic wreath form filled with florist foam and get it cut into two equal halves. Attach plant material to each half and attach each wreath half to each of the double doors. Use wire to suspend it from nails and also wire the bottom of each piece to the door knob to keep it stationery. The wreath will give the illusion of a single wreath without posing any problems when opening the door.

As a sidenote, I would like to mention that two smaller wreaths on each of the double doors also look extremely pretty.

Winter 2005-2006 Fashion Trends

Jazz up your style for the holidays with the latest fashion trends this winter season. Tweeds, fringes, beads, velvet and layers are in. I am summing up for you the highlights of this season’s fashion scenario.

Black is ‘in’
Whether Black is ‘in’ or ‘out’ is the main highlight of fashion trends every season. Great news for black-lovers, the color is back this season! And what’s more, it is not just limited to a basic black dress. You can choose to wear black in all shades and with layers and embellishments too.

Sweaters, Cardigans and Coats
Sweaters, Cardigans, Luxurious Cashmeres are all embellished for this holiday season. You will find great deals at many online stores for woollens with beaded, metallic and sequined embellishments. Check out my picks here.

Coats are in black, brown, military and metallic colors (J Lo has a nice metallic coat for this season).

Leather Boots
Leather boots, even knee-high are in fashion! So no more baring your feet in skimpy sandals in cold winters. Pair smart leather boots and sandals with your casuals and enjoy the winter.

Classic Blouses
Soft white and colored blouses are the look of the season. Pair one with smart trousers or tuck them inside fitted jackets.

Feminine Retro
Go for a feminine look with pretty skirts, beaded cardigans, sequined fitted blouses, layered tops and fussy prints. Dress up soft, elegant and feminine to get this season’s best look.

Words and Alphabets, paisleys, giant florals are some of the prints that will be the rage this season.

Hobo Bags, layered necklaces, prominent pieces of a single jewelry, wide rhinestone belts, boots and stylish caps will complete your look for this season.

Step into the Winter season and all those holiday parties in style this year!

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