Mmm, sunglasses

You know what I can’t get enough of? Women’s sunglasses. Seriously. I love sunglasses. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I could never wear them — unless I wanted to sacrifice the ability to see — until 2007, when I finally upgraded to contacts. Now I must have at least a dozen pairs, and that doesn’t include the few I lost, the few that broke and the one pair my mother lost in the Atlantic Ocean this summer.

Whenever I’m bored, I check out sunglasses. I’m big on sunglasses for winter, for summer and for specific occasions. Check these sexy ones out (thank you Kaenon.com). Santa, please bring them to me!

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Dec 2009
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SEO… what?

SEO stands for Seach Engine Optimization, and you’re going to want to get to know it intimately if you’re planning on marketing yourself online. Whether you have a product to sell, a service to sell, or you simply want to get the word out about who you are and what it is that you do, SEO is the way to go.

From Wikipedia:

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results as opposed to search engine marketing (SEM) which deals with paid inclusion.

SEO is all about taking a keyword or set of keywords, and putting it/them out there with links so that search engines eventually tie that keyword/those keywords into you. Let’s say I was interested in getting iblogalicious.com to rank high in search engines. I would need to pick keywords to represent my site, and associate iblogalicious.com URLs with them, and then get them linked on many other sites via organic, non-paid means. And with any luck, eventually iblogalicious.com might rank highly for any searches done using those keywords!

15
Dec 2009
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Why you should make your own WordPress theme

Now, right off the bat I know I’m being a huge hypocrite by recommending that you use your own WordPress theme, rather than a pre-made WordPress theme, but understand that I’m a very busy girl, and this blog is more for informative purposes. Now when it comes to personal blogs, custom, one of a kind themes are definitely the way to go.

Anyway, there are tons of pre-made WordPress themes out there, but with thousands of blogs being set up every day, and WordPress becoming more popular than ever, it should come to no one’s surprise that a pre-made WordPress theme is going to be seen repeatedly. Why bore your visitors with a bland presentation that looks as no effort was put into it? Take the time to research how to create your own theme, and then do your best to get one put together!

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Dec 2009
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Why you need Twitter

Twitter is a self-described micro-blogging service that definitely falls under the category of social networks, even if it approaches the whole social networking aspect a little differently than other types of social networks. While Facebook and MySpace are all about building massive profiles and connecting with others based on various interests, education, work, groups, etc., Twitter is all about microblogging — specifically, telling the world what you’re doing at any given moment. Just as you’d use Facebook to connect with high school friends, you’d use Twitter to tell people that you’re currently shopping for women’s sunglasses.

Twitter allows users to include one URL in their profiles; this URL is viewable whenever anyone views your profile (located at twitter.com/your_username_here). But you can also customize the background image and colors of your profile, meaning you could create a custom background image that lists any other blog, business or portfolio URLs that you’d like to get out there.

It’s easy to find people to follow on Twitter. And by using hashtags (#hashtag), you can easily get your updates listed under certain hashtag search results. Let’s say you’re discussing Obama. “Tag” it by adding #obama at the end of your update (called a tweet), and that update will be included in any search someone does for the hashtag #obama!

Twitter easily puts your message out there for millions of people to view. Individuals and companies all over the world are quickly seeing and harnessing the power of Twitter, and you should too!

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Dec 2009
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Too sick to blog

‘Tis the season for colds, sinus infections, strep throat, bronchitis and general upper respiratory infections that have a nasty habit of making you feel like absolute poo. I got my first cold of the season back in mid-November, and have been sick with one cold-type illness after another up until right now. In fact, as I type I keep having to sniff, because I have a runny nose. I have definitely noticed a decline in blogging as I’ve been sick. It’s hard to keep up with multiple blogs when you feel like death warmed over, and staring at the screen becomes a real hassle.

If you’re battling over the counter crap, allow me to recommend Tylenol Cough & Cold (both day and night variations!), Delsym (controls cough for twelve hours) and 4-Way Fast Acting Nasal Decongestant Spray. That stuff in particular is absolutely AWESOME in terms of how quickly and perfectly it unclogs nasal and sinus congestion!

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Dec 2009
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