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Weekly Newsletter - 2005-06-08

Hi Everyone,

Linda Buquet, one of our forum members, wrote a blog post that had some great advice that caught my eye and I wanted to share with you...

"...affiliates, SEO's and many work at home affiliate managers face isolation, even frustration at times and realize how hard it can be to stay self-motivated and on-track. If you want to stay on top of your game, associate with positive, like minded people - even on the forums. Hang out in upbeat forums with people who are focused on solutions - not problems. Forum negativity can really drag you down."

Great advice! You can follow this link for the rest of the post and to find the motivational resources Linda references at the end.

Have a great week!

Robert Clough

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How To Target Your Online Niche Markets
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The 70/30 Rule of Search
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Search Dominates New Advertising Spending
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Discussion Threads of the Week
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Significant Changes In Google Results: May 2005
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Out Of Link Building Ideas
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GoogleGuy's Bourbon
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Google Sitemaps Now Accepting Web Page Feeds
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Rant About ODP Bashing
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What Should Google Do About PR In The Toolbar?
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SEO in 10 Easy Steps
Cre8asite Forums - "Understand the business objectives of the site owner. This includes getting a grasp of what they want their web site to accomplish - sales of products, leads generated, and so on. It also includes getting a good sense of whom they believe their targeted audience is, what their unique selling proposition is, what type of impression they are trying to make upon their audience, and so on."

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Positioning With CSS For Rankings
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From the Small Business Ideas Forum...
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