You run an ad spending $100.00. How could you possibly know how many people bought your product? If you don’t know your ROI on that particular campaign, how will you spend another $100.00 on it?
Simple is You have to track your advertising campaign. This is done by -
1. By keeping specific URL in that specific campaign Ex: www.yourdomain.com/ezinead.html
2. By giving ‘?source=campaign1′ tag to your URL Ex: www.yourdomain.com/product.html?source=ezinead
3. By using a Click tracking script http://www.scripts4webmasters.com/clicktracking/index. shtml
Click tracking script is a cgi/php script that gives you information about a click. The click may be on your website, emails, ezines, banners or anything.
If the click tracking script tells you the number of clicks it is not going to be useful to you. Because you can’t differentiate the people buying through your campaign links or your regular links.
So what a Click tracking script should tell you?
1. Tell the number of clicks to tell the click thru ratio:
By this you can optimize your ads. If a specified ad get low click thrus you can change the optimize it.
2. Tell the ip address of the visitor:
By this you can know which ad bringing you the sales. If a particular ip clicking on a specific link buys your product you can know that ad campaign’s ROI.
3. Tells the geographical distribution of the clicks:
This is useful when you want to know how many clicks coming from different countries. Like if you see ‘jp’ with ip address, you can know the visitor from Japan. But this is not possible in all cases.
4. Tell the date and time of clicks:
Some online enterpreneurs are more interested in sending promotional emails in the weekends. But I guess it is subject to their personal experiences. If you know that particular campaign gets lot of clicks in certain days, you can concentrate showing ads at that particular time.
You can know that which link exchange program or banner ad on web sites bring you the most clicks.
6. Clicks by time and date:
You are able to get the results by time and date. Like your click tracking script must provide daily stats seperately. This is useful to see which day you sales page gets most clicks.
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Colorado is a huge state. It also has the largest elk population in the world. This is where you want to hunt elk, in Colorado. Elk hunting Colorado is divided into units. Here is some to consider to hunt in.
Elk hunting Colorado in the northwest is called unit GMU3/301. This is west of Steamboat Springs to give you a better location. This unit gives great flexibility with family, work, and the weather for late season hunting. There is numerous public lands offered by the BLM or Bureau of Land Management.
They are accessible by service roads from the United States Forest Service. Also, county roads will intersect so it is easy not to get lost. You can use your limited license cow elk for December or unlimited either sex archery license along with a second and third rifle season.
If you are in the Denver area, another elk hunting Colorado unit is GMU 18. Kremmling is to the west and Hot Sulphur Springs will be to your southeast. This is a great elk hunting spot for the early season. High meadows and dark timber will need to be scouted and maps will be needed. But, you should bag one with no problem.
There is a place called the Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness Area. This is in Pitkin and Eagle counties. There is over two hundred and fifty square miles of public land for elk hunting Colorado. This unit is called GMU 47. In Colorado, this is one of the units that is least pressured. It is also considered an early season unit. Because of the limited access by horseback or foot along with the altitude, it will be an experience of a lifetime. It is great to hunt in the second rifle elk season.
One more unit to discuss is GMU 81. Elk hunting here in Colorado is one of the best in the state. It is located in the south central part and will be found west of US Hwy 285 all the way to the Continental Divide. Try the South San Juan Wilderness. You will have to walk, hike, and ride horses to get there. No vehicles will be allowed.
There are fir, spruce, and aspen forests with open parks, which is a perfect hunting ground for elk. In the summer, the elk will be found in the high country for feeding. You will find them at the lower elevations for fall and winter. Then, they will run and hide in the drainage that are very steep when hunting begins. Along with dark timbers to camouflage themselves.
There are many more units available to hunt elk in. Elk hunting Colorado will be the beginning of a new lifetime adventure.
Can’t get to MySpace from work because it’s blocked? Here’s something you can try.
Many of my friends are constantly searching for ways to get to MySpace from their workplace because they have been blocked. MySpace is the most commonly blocked web site on the net. I have recently introduced them all to proxy servers such as the one here.
A proxy server like this one can communicate with MySpace, or any other site and redirect everything back to you instead of your computer directly trying to access MySpace or whatever site you like. Thus allowing your computer to see pages at MySpace.com.
Unless your work has the proxy server address blocked, you usually can usually use this method. You can search on Google for “myspace proxy” and find a great deal of other proxy servers you can use as well.
Another method I have told people to use is to get a remote control account such as GoToMyPC account or a free LogMeIn account. Using such a service allows users to access their home computer from work.
The home computer then can be used to get to MySpace since your workplace can’t block the web sites your home computer visits. In addition to being able to view MySpace pages, the remote control software will allow you to access all the resources on your home PC as well.
Be sure not to let others know how to do these tricks. . The more people are aware of these things, the more likely administrators will catch on and find ways to shut them down.
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How many times have you watched a smoking hot woman walk by you and immediately you told yourself that you had absolutely no chance at all with her? If you are like most guys, then the answers is probably more times than you would like to actually admit. Beautiful women have a tendency to make average guys feel almost inferior and inadequate, and this is NOT how you want to, or should feel.
Discovering how to attract women is probably a lot easier than you might think it would be. I mean, you probably think that you have to either possess great looks, a lot of cash, or some super suave game in order to attract beautiful women. Of course, you would be WRONG if this is what you assume.
Here are some things that you want to know about how to attract women that will make you think twice about letting a beautiful woman walk by you without trying to attract her attention:
1. Most attractive women are already used to the jerks going after them, so you have a good chance just by being something DIFFERENT.
Notice that the word different is stressed, as if you try and mimic the behaviors of a classic jerk, then you are probably not going to make much of an impression on her. Women have two major complaints about men. One is that most of the guys that actually do hit on them are the jerks, and the other is that the nice guys just do nothing at all and act like they are intimidated by them. If you want to attract women, then you have to make an advance on her, and you will score some points just by NOT being one of those JERKS.
2. You have to master the mental game of attraction and it starts in YOUR mind.
One of the most overlooked, yet IMPORTANT, aspects of picking up and attracting women is that you need to have your mental game in check. If you have the impression that there are women that are out of your league, then this is especially TRUE. Being able to master the mental game is vital to your skills and your chances of attracting beautiful women. Don’t ignore it.
3. Women WANT to meet men.
This is another thing that most nice guys will kind of mess up in their minds. They feel like they might be bothering a woman by flirting with her or trying to get a conversation going. And you know what? Most women are really OPEN to meeting new guys, especially ones that have something interesting to say and that know how to flirt without coming off like a creep or an egotistical wanna be.
How would you like to become a MASTER at knowing how to attract beautiful women without having to come off like a total loser or a complete jerk?
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Enjoying a vacation on a cruise ship is quite unique and not like other types of vacation experiences you can enjoy.
Imagine – it’s a bright, sunny day and you’re on deck as you feel warm tropical breezes gently caress your face, your arms, your legs.
You look around and are mesmerized by the ocean and the captivating scenery of the coastline approaching off the ship’s bow.
You’re enjoying a Celebrity Cruise Line voyage.
And you’re very pleased because it certainly is living up to its reputation as one of the best rated cruise lines to travel on.
One of the adventures of cruising is awakening each morning at a new and exciting destination that you have the prospect of exploring.
And when you’re aboard, between ports of call, you can just relax and give in to the temptation of being pampered by their watchful staff.
Celebrity Cruise Line has become one of the best rated cruise lines because so many people who have been on a Celebrity cruise report that they truly had a once in a lifetime experience. They’ve said that they had taken a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
All Celebrity Cruise vacation packages are considered “all inclusive. “
This means that virtually everything you need for a marvelous vacation is included in the price of your ticket.
You’ll savor a wide variety of dishes that will tantalize and delight your taste buds.
And everything is there for you for the price of your ticket.
Taking a Celebrity cruise has been compared to staying at a luxury hotel
Only here your personal staff follows you as you travel the globe.
Each day you have the advantage of exploring a new location, or simply taking in the new view from aboard ship.
And best of all, after you’ve spent the day just wandering around and exploring the streets of your new destination, you get to go home to a staff that knows what you like and has prepared your quarters the way you want for a relaxing evening.
You have over 130 worldwide destinations to choose from with Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Cruise lines has received numerous travel industry awards and are usually top-rated by travel guides, so you can rest assured that you will have a great time anywhere you sail away with them.
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A web based time clock is just what it sounds like – a digital time clock that uses a web browser for employees to punch in and out. A web based time clock with sophisticated software for tracking employee payroll data gives businesses the ability to accomplish the task of time and attendance in a more accurate manner. These types of employee time management tools provide additional help in payroll processing, project allocation and employee job costing. In addition, time and attendance software is extremely user-friendly and very easy to navigate even for people with limited computer knowledge.
The term “time clock” is mostly used to describe devices that are designed to record employee payroll data, either mechanically or electronically. Mechanical card punching clocks are only capable of recording employee clock ins and outs. This data is then manually transferred to paper time sheets to be used for payroll purposes. Of course, manual time tracking has many loopholes and inefficiencies, the biggest of which is that it cannot control time theft and buddy punching. These inadequacies have led to the arrival of the web based time clock in the workplace.
Today, electronic time tracking systems have replaced manual time clocks and paper cards. New devices with proximity card readers, smart phone applications and real-time recording enable a business to accurately track employee payroll data. However, it’s time and attendance software that uses biometric fingerprint recognition for identifying employees that has really transformed the way businesses manage payroll. Automated time sheets created with just a few clicks have made these time tracking tools indispensable for small and medium enterprises. Plus, the evaluation of employee productivity, project timelines and payroll processing can all be managed and executed more efficiently with the help of a web based time clock.
The time and attendance software that accompanies these devices has proved to be invaluable in streamlining the business processes of an organization. The automated recording and processing of employee time and attendance data helps businesses optimize their resources and improve productivity at lower costs, thus saving time and money.
Another benefit of time and attendance software is reduced operational costs. Big corporations used to rely on human supervision alone for ensuring employee productivity, and to enforce time and attendance procedures. The additional man-hours needed for this supervision add greatly to the operational costs of any business, and reduce revenues. In addition, human supervision is not always the most effective in controlling time theft as there can be favoritism and biases among employees. A web based time clock that objectively records time and attendance is more cost effective and accurate in tracking employees’ time.
I have always believed that when there are two opposing viewpoints, and they are primarily centered around belief systems, that the truth is usually somewhere in the middle. Such is the case, I believe with this debate. On one hand you have those who primarily see marketing as merely the promoting, and in most cases pushing, a certain product, concept, or value onto an unwilling, or at least unprepared, consumer. On the other hand you have those who describe marketing as merely the process through which value is created for a consumer by various means of communication.
Who is right?
Well, I am going to plant myself firmly on the fence here, at least for the moment. I can see both sides of the argument. As a consumer I feel that sometimes I am being told that I want, or at least should want, certain things:
- Beer commercials promote a lifestyle that appears on the surface to be exciting and glamorous, something, at least superficially, that I may want;
- Sports related shoe commercials seem to promise me that I will perform better if I wear their shoes;
- While diet products suggest that by merely consuming them I will lose weight, be more attractive to the opposite sex, and get that promotion I have been wanting.
All of these point me to a want, or need, that I may have not realized I had.
Now I will jump off the fence.
The problem here lies in what we perceive marketing to be. One of the myths in the recent epic of marketing suggests marketing is nothing more than promoting, or advertising a product.
Marketing, however, is not synonymous with Advertising.
It is a communication process; in effect, almost an educational process for both the consumer and the organization.
My ‘need’, or want, to be a better athlete comes from within me. Nike is merely exploiting that desire.
Advertising is just one small piece of an entire process. To blame the whole marketing process for my ‘wanting’ to acquire a product or lifestyle, based on an advertisement, is ignoring the other processes involved in developing the whole concept.
Suggesting that my ‘needs’ are driven by advertising also takes personal responsibility out of the equation. I make the decision as to whether or not I am going to purchase the product, or pursue the lifestyle.
I am not forced by the advertising to do that. Nike, or any other organization, has simply done their homework, and determined that there is a desire for the image that their product represents.
James Stephenson is an IT and Business Consultant with over 25 year of experience.
His firm specializes in helping small to medium sized businesses use their information technology and business resources effectively.
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What is constructive feedback?
Constructive feedback is feedback that helps someone to improve. The feedback is given with the intention of helping someone to solve a problem or improve the way things are done.
The key here is your intent. Before you give constructive feedback to anyone ask yourself:
“What is the purpose of giving this feedback?”
If it isn’t to help the other person, then there is no reason to do it.
When should I give feedback?
When it matters! We all can improve in lots of different ways. However it is difficult to hear constructive feedback all of the time. Even if your staff member has lots of areas to improve on, only give feedback on a few areas in any one performance period.
Focus on what is really important. Your staff member is more likely to improve if you give them feedback in a couple of areas than if you give them a long list of things to change!
In the moment. For constructive feedback to work really well, it is important that you give feedback quickly. When you notice something, pull the person aside and focus their attention on what they are doing.
Don’t hover waiting for your staff member to do something wrong, but don’t wait until their quarterly performance review to tell them they could improve.
Often We shouldn’t be scared to highlight areas of improvement as often as it is needed. However, you should always be balancing your constrictive feedback with at least 4 xs as much positive feedback to that person.
Occasions when you might offer feedback could include:
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Although many Americans work in unskilled labor, the outlook for non-college graduates continues to grow bleak. Now, with the majority of unskilled and mildly skilled labor being outsourced, it is almost impossible to guarantee a stable income without some higher education.
According to the US Census Bureau, a college education almost certainly guarantees a higher income and overall lifetime net worth. American workers with bachelor’s degrees earn almost double those with only a high school diploma. The average college-educated US worker earns $51,206 per year, versus only $27,915 for a high school graduate. Those with college degrees also have higher employment rates than those with less education. Workers with advanced degrees are employed at a rate exceeding 86%. They have better job security, better retirement, and have an easier time finding employment.
Non-high school graduates, on the other hand, have a poor employment outlook. Only 52% of these workers are employed, and they retain an abysmal employment outlook throughout their lifetimes. And, if these workers find employment, their relative earnings never exceeds $25,000 per year. Even more alarming, when these workers become senior citizens, very few of them are working. At age 55, only 38% of high school drop-outs are employed. Contrast this with senior degreed workers, who are employed at a rate of 74%. Educated workers also choose to continue working past retirement age at a higher rate. At age 65, educated workers are employed at a rate of 25-33%, almost double the rate of uneducated workers.
Many of these unskilled workers will have a difficult time supporting themselves in their elder years. With Social Security in danger, the outlook for these employees is grim. In some states, such as Alabama and Louisiana, over half a million senior citizens live below the poverty level. These states also have some of the highest school drop-out rates. In eleven states, one student in every four does not graduate from high school. In Mississippi and Puerto Rico, the dropout rate is even higher, averaging 28%.
There is a clear connection between education and prosperity. An education is excellent insurance against financial hardship, and continuing education, especially in financial and computer literacy, is decidedly beneficial to both younger and older workers. Educated Americans make more money, have more job prospects and more job security than those without a college degree. Even a two-year degree has positive impact on future earnings and employment security. With Americans living longer, it pays to invest in a college degree.
Christine P Silva, BA, CRTP, lives in California with her husband, two children, and three spoiled cats. She earned her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University, and her advanced accounting certificate and California tax registration from Cosumnes River College.
If you happen to be like me and love making crafts, then you may find yourself with a drawer full of little craft supplies, with no organization. Things like ribbons, loose beads, jewelry findings, glue sticks, sequins, and scraps of decorative paper are things that can be hard to find a place for. A lot of craft supplies, like beads, come in tiny plastic bags that are stapled at the top. Once you open them, they are hard to keep closed again and things can fall out and get lost.
Not only can things get lost, but everything can become disorganized very quickly. When you sit down to do a craft project again, you may lack motivation since you can’t find anything, or waste a lot of time looking for supplies. If this sounds like you, then read on because I would like to share with you some helpful tips on organizing your craft supplies.
The first thing you need to do if you haven’t done so already is to designate a craft place to keep everything. The size of this space depends on how much you have. Perhaps a drawer in a dresser is enough room, or for those with larger collections you may need to designate a closet. Closets are wonderful spaces in which you can add several shelves within it to stack boxes of craft items. If a closet is unavailable, consider buying a dresser or bookshelf that will only be dedicated to storing your craft supplies.
Once you have your location, you will want to organize your supplies into different boxes. At home I use the clear plastic shoe boxes with removable lids, so that I can see the contents inside. Divide your craft supplies into categories. Using some labeling tape (or make some labels on your computer), clearly mark what is inside each shoe box. Here are examples of the boxes I have labeled in my own craft closet: ribbons and cords, glues and varnishes, paints, jewelry making items, felt and foam board, pipe cleaners, embroidery floss, hot glue gun and glue sticks, tissue paper and decoupage paper. . . and so on. Some items may need a different size box. For example, I use a shirt box for my felt and foam board pieces.
Paintbrushes and pipe cleaners can be stored in an empty coffee can or chip can. I keep all my scrap booking papers and templates in a portable hanging folder case. My scrap booking glue, scissors, markers, and stamps all fit nicely in a craft supply box (which resembles a fishing tackle box). I choose to have these items together and in portable since I don’t always scrapbook at home.
Small jars are perfect for keeping tiny craft items. Begin keeping your eyes open and saving all small jars when you finish with them in the kitchen. Baby food jars are great, but other condiments come in perfect size jars too. I’ve kept some small jars from gourmet mustard, sun dried tomatoes, and capers! These jars can keep safety pins, sequins, seed beads, jewelry findings, or anything small. The jars can then be stored within a shoe box. For easy finding, label the top of the jar lid with what is inside. I even tape the item to the lid (such as the sequin, or the safety pin) so I know exactly what is inside by just opening the box and looking at my jar lids. Craft stores also sell organizational supplies for your small items. The plastic compartmentalized boxes are great for storing beads.
Getting organized helps you by saving time when you do your next craft. You will know exactly what supplies you have on hand and when you are getting low on something. Plus your craft area will look great!
Karen Hunady is from Cleveland, Ohio and has enjoyed crafting her entire life. She created a craft website that has free craft projects for every season of the year. Each project has step by step instructions with lots of photos to help along the way. Please drop by for a visit at http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com