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So did you hear about the results from Mr.
Groundhog? He saw his shadow which means we have another
6 weeks of winter. Yuck! How scientific is an animal seeing
his shadow and on what basis does that mean the bad weather
is hear to stay for exactly 6 weeks? I mean who came up
with this one, and what was he smoking? (LOL) It's crazy
really, but it sure gets our attention.
My "Significant Other" has been
busy working on new floor plans for our house. We finally
have the insurance money from our house fire and need to
put things back together. Instead of replacing things as
they were we're going to do some additions as well and take
out the fireplace and put in a gas one. I wasn't too keen
on a gas fireplace as I really like bringing in the wood
and lighting it. Must be the Pyro in me, but Jim says we'll
worry for the rest of our lives that the house will catch
fire again from a real fireplace.(that's how it started
in the first place) The more I think about it I guess he's
right but gas doesn't thrill me. They just don't look like
they put out that much heat. And whatabout the smell? I
like the smell of wood burning and the crackle and pop sounds.
Oh well, I guess we have to do what we have to do. If you
have a gas fireplace and like it I'd love to hear your comments.
The weather's been pretty mild over the past
few days. We've actually had temps in the 50's which is
uncommonly strange for Ohio in Feb. Maybe that Groundhog
doesn't know what he was talking about after all.
My dog Dakota had to have emergency surgery
the other day for a "Strangulated Hernia". This
is the second one he has had in 7 weeks. The first one was
found when I took him in to have 3 lumps cut from his stomach
area which we thought might be cancerous, but luckily they
weren't. When I asked the Doctor why all of a sudden he
is getting these he blamed it on the neighbor's Akita which
tore him to shreds a few years ago. He thinks his intestinal
wall was punctured and weakened at that time. He is 9 years
old, but I do hope he's going to stick around awhile longer.
I love him to death and he's been a real trooper considering
the amount of surgery's he has had to bear in his lifetime.
He's my hero. He's recovering nicely.
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2) Feature Article
Why Every Small Business Owner Needs Two Websites
By John Jantsch
Every small business owner knows that they need a
website, right? Well the truth is what they really
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One website that is specific to their business,
product, service, name, etc. and...
another site that is an educational site specific
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So JoesBaitShop.com tells all about the various
lures and tackle you offer, even more about the
charter trips, and eventually how to buy.
CatchFishToday.com (your other site) however is
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Of course this site also has plenty (but not too
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Here's the deal. Online people don't go out searching
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...you know like what's the best hat to wear cod
Your second website gives them the answer and sends
them to your first site to go shopping.
It really doesn't matter what business you are in.
An investment banking firm can benefit from the
Here's the reason. The major search engines want to
index high quality information. A site about what
a person can buy from you doesn't make that cut but
a site with an article about how to cast in windy
In addition, search engines take a look at sites
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that. A high quality how to site about fishing
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The cost of putting up a website is so low these
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Think of it this way. You need one site that
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John Jantsch is a marketing consultant based in
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or at http://www.JohnJantsch.com
Copyright 2004 John Jantsch
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