Monthly Archive: March 2017

What to Consider before Buying Property Investment Rental

Rental property can be an excellent way to bring in additional money as well as invest in an asset that is actually tangible; however, investing in rental property does involve more than just purchasing a property and watching the money roll in. Many people believe that the biggest hurdle they may face is obtaining the loan; however, this may be easier than they actually think. It is other issues which you may face along the way which should be considered before you actually take the step of purchasing rental property. 
First, always make sure you take the time to know exactly what you can afford. Many people make the mistake of overlooking this step, assuming that the rent will cover the mortgage payments. If you are not sure of exactly what kind of rent you can get before you purchase a property, you could find yourself in financial trouble later on. You should always research rental properties in your local area to understand the going rates for similar properties. Check the newspaper for information on going rental rates. It is also a good idea to check with your local landlord’s association for rental rate information. 
In addition, you need to take into consideration expenses which may come up along the way. Ideally, you should have a reserve fund established to tide you over in the event you experience emergency expenses or your property is vacant for a period of time. Before you commit to purchasing a property, make sure that you will be able to rent the property for at least an amount that will cover the mortgage as well as still have a sufficient amount left over to cover insurance premiums, maintenance costs, property taxes and income taxes. 
In addition, you need to give some thought and consideration to the type of property that will best suit you. You can find rental properties in many different sizes as well as types. Each of these different types can pull in different rental rates as well as attract different types of renters. So, giving thought to the property that best suits you is really an important step which should not be overlooked. 
For example, if you purchase a property that is near a college or university you are likely going to find that most, if not all, of your tenants are college students. While you may never have a vacancy, you may also find that you have a continual turnover, problems collecting rent and even possible damage to the property itself. 
In addition, property investors should make sure you understand your responsibilities as a landlord. Keep in mind that your obligations are typically regulated by the state in which the property is located. Some states have very little regulation while other states are highly regulated. If you fail to follow state regulations you could find yourself in for quite a bit of financial as well as legal trouble. It is always best to educate yourself ahead of time. 
Finally, make sure you consider how much insurance you will need to not only property the property in the event of damage or destruction but also to cover all liabilities as well. One liability claim can be enough to cause serious repercussions so this is not an issue where you want to take a short-cut. Remember that it is your responsibility as the landlord to provide liability insurance, not your tenant. If someone should slip and fall on your rental property then it will be you who is responsible, not the renter. 
Rental property investment property truly can be an excellent investment and income builder provided that you are prepared and understand what you should expect from the outset. Do not be afraid to seek help where you need it, especially from associations and from professionals such as attorneys. This is the hallmark that can often set a successful rental property investor apart from one who fails. 

SEO is a three letter word that everyone wished they dominated… but very few do.

After hearing about the success of others who have used SEO, millions of users flood the online world to get a piece of the Search Engine pie. They figure they can write a few blogs, sit back, and watch the traffic roll in.

The dream is to throw a few affiliate links in an article and fly out to  the bahamas. That’s the hope of most bloggers, and the promise from wannabe experts online.

You see these scam artists, within a blog post, hold a wad of cash in their hand promising you the world, and traffic, if you buy their course of how to get rich. After watching this you go crazy and start banging on the keyboard hoping to strike gold. It’s what I call, “blogging fever”.

A year rolls by, and you notice something. 10 visitors saw your site yesterday, and your PayPal account is as dry as the Sahara desert. You’re losing steam, and a hopeless feeling is taking over. What if the old days of SEO is dead? What if SEO doesn’t roll in like it use to?

Reality is kicking in.

The old way of SEO is dead. You can’t just write and expect the world to flood in tomorrow, next week, or even next year. You must work for it. Why? Google is flooded with articles to choose from, just as they planned. They can now offer the best to their users and dominate the world with the greatest results in the knowledge realm.

Good for them. Bad for you.

Or is it?

SEO is still a thing of the present and you can still get it. Only thing is, you’ve got to get the get rich stuff out of your head. It doesn’t exist. The greatest things come slowly, and that’s okay, because you’re a man/woman of valor and patience.

The next step is to understand the 11 truths about SEO. These 11 factors will help shape you into becoming an SEO machine. Let it help shape your attitude when you write your next article.

Don’t forget to download my SEO checklist that is based on the truths of this article. Download that here.

Here are 8 things to know when diving into SEO in 2016;

1. The SEO world is saturated

The heroes of 2008 won’t be the same as in 2016. We’re going to push a little harder and fight a little stronger for our traffic.

As SEO in 2016 becomes more saturated, it will be harder to find that free swift traffic. However, there is still some niches out there waiting to be unlocked.

In 2016 though, I would pretend as if SEO did not exist and simply write for people. I mean yes, optimize for SEO and have everything there for possible SEO triggering. After this though, don’t sweat if Google doesn’t pick you up, you can’t help what they decide to do. Depend more on your outreach and your personal efforts.

Writers have become famous before Google and they’ll become famous after Google (with or without it’s help). Never wish for success. Work for success.6 So if it comes, great! If SEO doesn’t come like you want it to, that’s okay too. That doesn’t determine where you’re going.

Wordpress graph for SEO in 2016

Over 1.5 million articles are published daily on WordPress alone. That’s very saturated and “hoping” for success won’t get you to the top.

2. Backlinks are harder to get as Google becomes stricter

Guest posting was the way of the future in 2008, but now it is the way of the past (for links at least).

Guest posting is not the best way to get links. It’s still good for traffic and relationship building, but Matt Cutts stated that guest posting was dead as far as he was concerned.

Blog comments isn’t the place to build links and neither is the bio section of a post. Google wants you to get links from places that is nearly impossible. Why so strict? They know if Huffington Post, Forbes, or even Jeff Bullas is linking to you, you have something of value to share.

The best kind of links are the hardest to get. However, if your friends are bloggers who love you like no tomorrow, then they’ll be more than glad to link to you. No blackhat SEO has to get involved in order to crush SEO successfully.

Connections dominate and always will dominate Google.

3. Design is everything in 2016

After reading the 160 page document Google released, it’s clear that design means more than ever before. They plan to have a “rater” come by and check out sites based on design.

If it looks spammy, you get a low score. If it looks professional, you get a high score.

Friendly user navigation is huge along with long amazing content. Every rater must read the 160 page document before becoming an official part of the team. Based on collected data among the raters, they will combine their ratings and calculate it with the algorithm already placed within Google’s system.

How will they scan every website out there? No idea. I assume they’ll focus on the top 3 results of major keywords and work down the list of keywords. They haven’t really stated though how’ll they do this. We’ll have to wait and see.

4. Longer is always better when full of actionable content

Content is huge as you know, and Google sees the word count within every post. They use this as a factor when ranking your site’s position.

Since Google can’t read, yet, they compare word count among others as one of the factors to determine expertise. Also readers love this, they see this as major effort on your part and see you as an expert when you do this. It definitely looks impressive when your content is long and full of actionable, fact based, and creative content.

As for the length of content, your 1000+ articles do best. The closer you get to 2,000-5,000 words the better. I understand that’s not possible at times, but those article that do reach this length end up doing well.

Buffer recommends 1,600 words based on a study performed on Medium.

Ideal word length for SEO in 2016

Hubspot wrote about this very topic, and they’re recommendation? Write until you’re done. Write until you feel like the article is complete.

I agree with that, but always have a goal. If your goal is 2,000 words, you really need to search yourself to make sure that there is absolutely nothing left to say. I agree the best blog posts are written with passion and burning knowledge. However, Google can’t read like we do, yet, and with that being said, they do go by content length.

I’ve seen within my personal studies, longer content almost always wins. Other things play a factor such as age, backlinks, bounce rate, load time etc. However, Google does see long content as a good thing. So just keep this mind.

5. Add lots of images within posts

It’s already proven that images say a lot of about the writer. Credibility many times is perceived by the look of the images. Investing in great artwork is worth the money and can set you apart when trying to gain trust from the reader. Every little thing counts when trying to get the reader to become an email subscriber.

Some great places to get images you can find here:

  • 99Designs
  • Creative Commons
  • Dribble

Image example for SEO in 2016

Here is me making blog titles look even better!

Great images affect many things also when it comes to SEO such as bounce rate.5

Bounce rate tells Google if the average user likes your content. If the bounce rate is high, you’re a poor writer, according to Google.1

Images however can help with this due to our love for images. It keeps us intrigue and fascinated. Since the beginning of time we have loved images as they are a thousand words to us.

Our minds “download” images as soon as we see them at speeds much faster than we read words. Within seconds we can determine how we feel about a blogger based on images alone.

Based on this we may stay or click on something else. So be choosy when selecting images.

Also, sprinkle them throughout the article, it shows Google you care for your users and want to help them with the subject you’re discussing.

To take this to the next level, try infographics.

Infographics work amazing

I had an SEO project I perform to test my skills. It was a niche site in the bug world. I wanted to see how hard it would be to rank a website with less competition. Not easy either!

No real blogs that I could partner with and these people are somewhat introverts! I was still able to gather some major links including Lifehacker! You can see here:

Visual headline example for SEO in 2016

My goal was to crush the insect identification world with my niche website. To help identify a bug within minutes. It could bring security to a young mother or a woman with spider-phobia.

So how did I get linked by Lifehacker and some bug blogs? It was easy.

An infographic. By creating an infographic even better than my “competition” I was able to land a powerhouse of a blog and gain a very valuable backlink. It brought credibility and I’m still bragging about it (like now!).

Here’s how I went about doing this:

  • Find an infographic that did well
  • Search the sites that used it
  • Make a better one
  • Reach out to the same blogs

That was my method and it worked. Once I landed on Lifehacker, I’ve been using that as my pride badge and people are featuring me on their site with my infographic.

6. Writing more than you promote doesn’t work anymore

The idea that Google is going to catch you and send you loads of traffic, just for writing another article, isn’t here anymore. It’s better to write 1 article and tell 100 people about it than to write a 100 articles and tell 1 person about it.4 That’s becoming the method of the latest success stories. Every piece of content is like a book to them, and their promoting each blog post like the pros.

If you really believe in your article, wouldn’t you be advertising it? The real reason most don’t do this is because all they see is sites like Mashable or Huffington Post publishing faster than we read them. That may work for them because they have promotion teams that do nothing but market their site. They can do that, but you can’t.

The only way to get serious SEO traffic today is by promoting and working for your links. Ask to replace dead links with a live link such as yours. Get involved within roundup post. Give lots of testimonials. Connect with bloggers who will talk about you.

If you’re not looking to promote like a boss, guest posting may be your thing. If you simply love to write, and not really dig into promotion, consider guest posting full speed. For every blog post you write for your site, you should consider writing 3-5 guest posts. This way you can be assured that new people are seeing your blog post every day.

The goal is to gain email subscribers.

7. The email list is huge for SEO

What if you had 50,000 readers waiting to see the moment you released an article. To read it, to talk about it, and to write about it. That’s like a dream come true.

That’s what an email list can do. So by building that email list, you’re increasing the chances of backlinks. Also mind you, this is THE best way in growing profits. You ask 50,000 people to buy something, and that product is a good one, you’re going to make money.

The email list helps your SEO, and SEO builds your email list. It’s an ongoing cycle that keeps growing, however, the end goal is to gain subscribers. That’s where the majority of energy should go, and that’s within the email list.

8. Keyword research is still huge

In the old days, you could keyword stuff your article and by repeating the word lots of times, you could very well rank. Well, those days are over, and I’m glad to see it too.

That definitely looked spammy when people did it. Some say keyword research is over also because of it. I understand we can’t take out keywords like we use to and rank as easily, but it doesn’t mean we should throw all of that away. Keyword research only reveals the demand of a topic and whose trying to tackle it. It can display where our energy should be, and how much time we should put in when trying to tackle each topic.

All of this is very useful and you should always let keyword research be a part of your blogging. If you’re looking to gain SEO traffic, you must find a gap you can fill. There is still weak articles out there that you can replace and completely dominate, it’s just going to take more energy.

Great tools to use to do this are Keyword Planner or Market Samurai.

Sum up

By reading this article, and letting this set the stage, you can create each blog post that has potential for SEO success. You’ve just got to have a realistic mindset and put on your strategy thinking cap. To write an article without a strategy plan is already a blog post waiting to fall flat. You’ve got to take this to the next level.

Guest Author: Luke Guy is THE SEO guy who isn’t your average dude who focuses on backlinks. Instead he focuses on connections and uses this ability to rank well among search engines while using his strategies. Luke loves getting emails from his fans and looks forward to them everyday. Consider contacting him anytime.

Not only should an individual get to comply with the set rules just for the sake

of it but also for the sake of retaining their clients and also attracting new ones. There are a lot of negative consequences as a result of failure to comply with the environmental issues. As a result of failure of use of ways that can help in minimizing the amount of energy that a company is spending, the production costs will end up increasing and subsequently the price of the products that the company is producing will also increase If there is a competitor who is producing the same type of products at a lower price, then you will end up losing a lot of clients and experiencing loses as a result. Also, another negative consequence is that a company can be ordered to close down in case it is polluting the environment and making it unsafe for human life and other creatures.

Getting To Know All About Environmental Compliance Environmental

compliance is a term that is well known in the construction, public service industries, automotive industries and also the manufacturing industries. Important to know about this law is that it has been set so as to ensure that every company, whether big or small has to know its impact on its surroundings and if they are not favorable ones, the company should consider changing its activities. One other essential thing to be aware of is that compliance with this environmental rule means that an individual or a firm will ensure that they get to decrease the amount of energy that they consume in their place, reduce or eliminate the production of environmental pollutants and also ensure that they use renewable sources of energy to carry out their activities. It is advisable that you get to consider hiring a company that has specialized in identifying areas in your company that need your attention so as to help you save on energy, and consequently money that you would have on additional sources of energy.

 you need to hire a professional who has a reputation for reliability. Although ability is a critical point

, so is your need for a contractor who is trustworthy. In the real world, there are a few dishonest plumbers who will try and look around your property when no one’s there to watch their work. This is but one of the most important reasons to be very careful when choosing a contractor. Reputable tradesmen just do what they have to do and leave as soon as their job is over.

This is a key criterion that may vary from one state to another

. Be sure to choose a company that is licensed to operate in your state. And don’t just take their word for it. Tell them you need proof.

Seeking recommendations does half the job. The other half covers more research and credential assessment. Do this over the phone or visit the plumber’s website. Know whether or not the contractor is insured so that you need not pay extra costs for any injuries or damages caused.

Abilities and Experience

 

Prior to hiring any contractor, investigate their skill level and experience first. There are so many ways of doing this, like reading or listening to reviews of people who have hired them in the past. Don’t be convinced by how many tanks they have installed if all you need is toilet installation. Most experienced plumbers can provide you a variety of services. If your need or issue is extraordinary, find a pro who has worked on a similar case before.

Choosing a Good Plumbing Contractor

 

It is usually hard to find a good plumbing professional, especially if you live in a busy city. This is because of the huge demand for plumbers and everyone wants to follow this promising career path.

If you’re on the lookout for a good plumber, look into the following points:

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