Home Improvement Tips For Smart Homeowners

When making improvements to your home, often times small things can make a big difference. Below are six little tips that you may not have thought about, but could be quite helpful in your next home project.

1. Pick out a suitable height for wall outlets. Though most electricians place outlets 12 inches up the wall from the floor, many people find that height is not high enough to be convenient. As an alternative, consider whether 16 inches might be a better height for less bending, and to get the most out of power cord length for tabletop electric items such as lamps.

2. Use a stainless steel taping knife. Use a tool made out of this material for your sheetrock taping to minimize the amount of cleanup time that is needed after the project is done, and to limit any possibility of having rust forming on the knife, which will make it useless for future projects.

3. Recycle old electronics and appliances. Many electronics recycling establishments are popping up all over the nation and will take your out of date electric products for free disposal that is a lot more eco friendly than putting them in the trash to be put into the landfill. If they’re in working condition, see if a charitable organization will take them so that they can be used again for extended life before they’re recycled.

4. Be organized. Know about every major element, each step of the way through the remodeling process. This will help you to ensure that your contractors will all arrive on the right days for tasks to continue progressing. When your electrician arrives at the correct point, for example, it means that the building team won’t need to wait to put up the walls or ceiling.

5. Put in a dormer to turn your attic into livable space. By building a dormer or two into the attic space, a properly constructed attic will receive natural light and added height to make it a much more appealing room. This can give your home a whole new space like a home office, play room for the children, or even a guest bedroom.

6. Measure everything. There is no such thing as guessing or “eyeballing” a measurement when it comes to the perfect home renovation. More often than not, you’ll find that the way that something looked inside a huge store is quite different than the way that it will appear in your residence. You don’t want to end up getting a kitchen island that will consume every square inch of floor space, and returns are costly and time consuming.

It’s Easy To Buy The Perfect Gifts For Men With Extreme Adventures

It's a myth that buying gifts for men is hard. Just take a quick trip to the local department store or some other big shop and you can grab gifts for men in no time flat. In fact, it's very easy to buy ordinary gifts for men. Now comes the time for him to open the big gift. He does and what do you see on his face? Is it pure joy and anticipation or is he thinking "oh, same old thing." That's not the kind of reaction you were looking for, is it?

The real truth is that buying gifts for men is not hard, but buying GOOD gifts for men is hard. It really does not have to be. The way around this problem is to scratch off all those typical gifts off your list of gift ideas for men and replace them with unique adventures. Now you are moving beyond simply buying a gift to buying an experience. An experience is something that will last a lifetime since the memories of that special adventure will be etched in its memory forever.

Ok, so now you know the truth about buying good gifts for men and you agree that an adventure is the way to go. But what adventure? You have all sorts of options. If the person you are buying for is the type of man who likes to feel speed when he's behind the wheel of a car then the decision is easy. Go to your list of gift ideas for men and write down rally car driving experience. Below that write V8 supercar driving experience. If your guy is more the kind that wants to get his adventure on the high seas, pull out your list of gifts for men and jot down whitewater kayaking or jet boat riding experience. Or maybe your special someone is the type that prefers his excitation in the air. How about skydiving or parasailing. The point is when you buy gifts for men they do not have to be boring and ordinary. In fact, they can be absolutely spectacular.

All that's left now is to go to that list of gifts for men and make your final selection. Purchase the gift you have selected and wait for the fireworks when he opens his gift. If you can not decide which gift will be just right then you can still get him the gift of a lifetime. Just buy and open ended gift voucher and he can select the adventure that best suits his tastes. Either way, you have made his day.

No matter which man in your life you are buying for, adventure gifts for men are the perfect way to show him how much you care. They show real thought and a desire to get him something that he really wants. Somehow a necktie just does not stack up when compared to the adventure he's always dreamed of. Your gift will be the talk of the family as all the men in the family wish they were so lucky as to have someone who cares enough to purchase extreme gifts for men for them. So go ahead and splurge on your special man. You'll be glad you did.

How To Start An Internet Marketing Business The Right Way

Running your own Internet Marketing business is really the best way to make money in the world. You get to set your own hours. You can work from almost anywhere in the world. All of your efforts go towards your business and your success, rather than a large corporation's. You write your own paycheck. And I do not know of any business in the world where the start-up costs are so low (often as low as the cost of a monthly website fee), or the knowledge barrier is so small (in other trades, it can take YEARS to learn the basics).

The "problem" (and I only say it's a problem because it seems to discourage so many people) is that you have to treat your business like a business. Anyone can make a few dollars here and there online. But to get the kind of thousands-of-dollars-a-month success that lets you quit your day job and buy a larger house, you're going to have to put in some work upfront.

To illustrate what I'm talking about, let's look at a normal job: you go to work for a specified number of hours, and get paid a certain amount for those hours. If you're salaried, you get a certain amount per month or year no matter how much you work. Hopefully, if you do a good job you get a raise. In either case, you're guaranteed to make a certain amount within a specified time-frame.

With an Internet marketing business (as with any business) you have to do some things upfront: you have to set up a website and a few other tools, you have to promote your site or service, etc. This can take a bit of time before you see profits. The reason an Internet marketing business is the way to go is because (if you're doing things correctly) when you DO see the profit, you're going to be seeing a lot more of it. And because everything is semi-automated (the order-taking, often the delivery of goods, etc.) your business requires a LOT less time later on to sustain than an hourly job.

It's a actually a bit like growing a tree. To grow a tree you have to:

– Learn how to care for the tree you want to grow.

– Spend a little cash up front for some seeds or a sapling.

– Find a good place to plant your seeds or sapling. Make sure it's fertile ground and out of the shade of larger trees.

– Care for your tree as it grows. Keep it watered and fed.

– THEN, when it's bigger, harvest the fruit.

– Do minor upkeep on tree, keep harvesting fruit, plant new trees.

It's the same process with an Internet marketing business. Your sapling / seed is your business plan. and your basic tools such as a website, a mailing list, etc. Hunting for a good spot is your market research. Fertilizer and water are your promotional methods. And just like a tree, once it's up and running it requires a lot less care.

I'm not telling you all of this to discourage you. I just want you to understand that overnight profits are rare, and you can not count on them or you'll end up frustrated. And even overnight profits require planning. But if you're willing to do some basic set-up work and have the ability to focus and take action, you'll see more money than you could dream of an hourly or salaried job. Plus, being able to sleep in when you want is nice, too.

The three magic steps to making it all happen are:

– Step One: Learn how an internet marketing business works.

– Step Two: Make a plan for your business based on solid market research.

– Step Three: Follow through with the plan, one step at a time.

Just remember: shift your mental focus from "money right now" to "longterm, increasingly-large profits." You must treat your Internet marketing business like a business to be successful. And remember, take things one step at a time.

Shortcuts to Get Out of Sandbox in Search Engine Optimization SEO

Are there any shortcuts in SEO? Does it really need to take more than 3 months to get out of Google sandbox for new domains? Still there are a lot people arguing if there is a Sandbox. The answer would depend on the definition of what 'sandbox' means. If a 'sandbox' means the un-favorable situation which a new website would rank for competitive keywords, then 'sandbox' really exists.

In my SEO experience, a new website would not rank very well in its first level keywords. How does Google decide what are the first level keywords in a website? Google has a very smart calculation for this. If the keyword phrases are in your title tap, and also in your headline or even in your bold text, you are almost guaranteed Google would find out what your first level keyword phrases are. If you have some valuable links, you would probably rank well in your second level keyword phrases, but not the keywords you most desire. About half month after your first PageRank update, your ranking of your first level keyword phrases would gradually increase. And about another half month, the true value of your ranking positions in all keyword phrases would show. This process would take about 4 months in total. That's right! 3 month to wait for the first PageRank update, another month for graduate rankings increase.

That comes to the question-is there any shortcut to the sandbox situation? Yes, many people have tried, and it works. Go to some auction sites and buy an old domain name, the older the better. You have to be very careful that this old domain you are buying is not a banned site. If the domain has a PageRank which would be safe to buy. If the content of this old domain was doing something near your new website topic would be even better. Then, you 301 redirect the old website to your new website. About 3 weeks later, you are ranking as if you are a trusted old website. If you wonder how to do the 301 redirect, you can search for '301 redirect code', people teach you all that.

3 weeks compare to 4 months in the Sandbox is an amazing deal. If you are still thinking 3 weeks is a little too long, then you may build your website directly in this old domain. The disadvantage is that the old domain name may not be your favor. And the existing backlinks of this old domain may somehow look strange to Google because of the un-relevant contents and anchor text of the link page. You may be thinking-is it that same if I '301 redirect' the old domain to your new website? The backlinks of the old domain is still not relevant. Would it harm my new website? No, because the action of '301 redirect' is made in the old domain. Your new website does not need to do anything with this action. Remember Google in its official page saying that never hurts you!

If you still worry, you might think in this way: imagine if there is a competitor who would like to pull you down from the ranking, then your competitor '301 redirect' a web page with illegal content to your website. Do you think you would really be pull down? If this '301 redirect' would anyhow harm you, a lot of sites would not exist in this moment. '301 redirect' should not harm you anyhow.