I just wanted to let you guys know that I am changing hosting providers. You may recall from my post about what to look for in web hosting providers that I was hosting with hostgator. Up until recently they have been an excellent company. They got bought out and I’ve been hearing about people’s websites getting arbitrarily shut down. They even sent me an email about how I was draining resources and suggested I buy a more expensive hosting package. To their credit, they did help me fix a problem with my blog. However, I don’t like knowing that they could just shut me down if they feel like I’m using too much bandwidth or something like that. So I decided to try out a new company that I saw recommended on the Warrior Forum.
If you read my blog regularly, you will notice that I have not been posting on here that much. I’ve been trying to figure out what direction I want to take my business in. I get approached by people in my network with a lot of different opportunities and I have been in deep thought about what I need to focus on in the next few years. It was a toss up between network marketing or focusing on my writing and my crafts. After much deliberation (and having two people on Facebook refer writing clients to me), I have decided to quit doing network marketing for a while and to focus on my writing and my crafts. I don’t have anything against network marketing. I think it’s a great way to learn about sales and business. Right now, I just need to spend more time developing my own brand.
I’m happy to report that the CISPA bill is dead for now. It didn’t pass the Senate! Yay! So thank you for whatever you did to spread the word about this bill. This proves that we can use the Internet to make a difference. Now let’s keep our eyes open to make sure that they don’t try to pass anything else crazy.
You may notice the ribbon at the top corner of my website saying stop censorship. That pesky little bill is back. While we were all worried about the bomber in Boston, the CISPA bill that we all yelled and screamed about last year passed the House. Now it’s on its way to the Senate. Please take some time to click on the ribbon on my page and send a message to your Senator saying that you want them to vote against this bill. Basically what it will do is make it so that your private data is no longer private. Your data can be given over to the government without your knowledge and you will have very little recourse once it is handed over.
I want to announce the small business event hosted by The Edge Connection: The Business Forward Breakfast. It is tomorrow and if you can attend it, you should register and attend. I had a chance to catch up with Patricia Harris, CEO/Executive Director of The Edge Connection for an interview to give you some more information about The Edge Connection and the event.
Take it away Patricia.
Okay I know I said I wouldn’t stress out about Page Rank. However, I am concerned about the search engine position my blog gets. It used to be number one in Google. It’s still on the first page, just not in the first position anymore (for the term learn small business). I’m wondering if the update that affected exact match domains had anything to do with that. Well I guess I will combat that by writing more content. That means that I will TRY to post everyday. I think I may wind up posting at least three times a week. We shall see. Stay tuned to this blog for more small business training.
I’ve had a crazy week this week. My laptop went all wonky. I went to the store trying to get something that was advertised on the website, only to find out that the store wouldn’t sell what I was trying to buy to me (weird, I know). I had a client cancel an order even though I was just following FTC rules and Google guidelines. Was I upset by these things? Yes. Am I going to let this discourage me or ruin my day? No. You see I realize that things are not going to always go the way I want them to. I just learn from the incidents and keep it moving.
It is with much sadness that I announce the death of a blog. I was writing in another blog, Freelanceguideonline.com off an on. I decided to pull the plug on that blog so I could focus more attention on this one.
Okay I took a much longer holiday break than I intended to. I had a great time and I got a kick out of watching my kids play with their presents. Now it’s time to get back to business. The year isn’t over yet. You can still get some things accomplished before the 31st. Get out there and make it happen!
I know this is probably basic business knowledge for most of you, but I hope this helps someone out. I was minding my business thinking everything was fine when I checked my Paypal statement and found a transaction on there that I didn’t initiate. I thought that was odd. I went and checked everyone that I sent money to using Paypal and nothing was checked for auto payment. I looked at the lease for one of the bills I have and saw the clause stating that they can use any card I ever use for a payment if they have to collect a past due payment. Well I am here to tell you I’ve contacted the credit card companies and that won’t be a problem anymore, but I’m just trying to give you a friendly reminder not too be in such a hurry that you don’t take the time to read the WHOLE document before you sign it.