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Don't give a bad first impression

Are you worried about spelling and grammar when you post blogs and ads?

Maybe you should be. 

Remember your teachers and mothers giving you "the look" when you made a mistake?

Well, many people are giving you that look, but since they're viewing it online, you can't see it, so you don't know it. Whenever you make a mistake in grammar, spelling, or punctuation, you're making someone cringe. You're giving the impression of either an inadequate education or a bad attitude.

Maybe you don't care, but if you do care, I have a solution for you. is up and running and ready to serve your needs. My editing and proofreading service can polish your blog post, website or article. I can help you make a stellar impression, getting smiles instead of "the look." Which would you rather have?

Click here to see how I can help you make a good first impression. I can edit and proofread your article, blog, post or any written document, and suggest how to better get your point across.

Be sure to visit the forum page to ask questions about this tricky English language.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Domain Names - Make Today Different

Do you find yourself doing the same thing day in and day out? Plugging away at your job, then coming home and plugging away at your online business. Plug, plug, plug; you feel like a plumber. And where is it getting you? Nowhere, if your online business website isn't making you memorable. Other people are just as tired when they get home, so they might not remember your website at all unless you do something to help them remember.

That's where we come in. At Winning Domain Names, we'll pick out a domain name that describes your business and corresponds to the popular searches, so people can find you. Then we'll design your website so once they have found you, they'll remember you.
It'll make them want to bookmark your site and come back to it. It will make you stand apart from all those lookalike websites.

So make today different by making someone else's day different. Help them to remember you by being memorable.

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I see people who come to Syndication Express, post a few blogs, then disappear. They don't read, let alone comment, on other people's blogs, but expect everyone else to read, comment and share their blogs so their ranking will go up.

This reminds me of an off-line networking system, sometimes known as the cocktail party. There's always one guy who comes in, starts talking and won't let anyone else talk. He assumes that everyone else should pay attention to what he has to say, since he is an expert in whatever subject is on the floor. He doesn't feel the need to listen to anyone else, because, after all, what possible information or advice could they have that he doesn't have already? He's the party bully. Eventually, we all "get his number" and avoid him whenever possible when he comes into the room. We don't really want to hear what he has to say, even if it has value, because we know he will not value anything we have to say; he won't even let us say it.

The online version of the party bully is the "post and run" person. He gives the impression that he doesn't value any ideas but his own. Eventually, no one reads his posts, and he wonders why. His rankings go down, and he wonders why. Like the party bully, he wonders why no one wants to talk to him, and he doesn't realize that no one wants to be talked at by him.

When you never read another's post but expect others to listen to you by reading your posts, you are doing a disservice to the concept of online community. We are in a sense a perpetual party where people can interact with each other. Someone with an inflated ego may think that nobody else has anything worthwhile to say, but it's not true here, just like it's not true in the offline world. After all, how can you grow if you never listen to others? If you don't hear others by reading their posts, how can you get to know them? How can you entertain new ideas if you never bother to read them?

My mom used to say we have two ears, two eyes and only one mouth, and they should be used in proportion. So listen more than you speak, and you'll be surprised what ideas can enter your head.

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momisms, part 3

Another chapter in the ongoing saga of being a mom. Sometimes my son will look at me and tell me not to bother saying it, because he knows what I'm going to say, and I tell him, consider it said. We always offer our kids advice about life in hopes they'll learn from our mistakes and not have to make them all themselves.

Let me know what your mom always told you!

1. Just do it!

2. If you've been given a talent, it's your responsibility to use it.

3. Find something you love to do, then figure out a way to get paid for it.

4. Be muti-faceted.

5. You don't have to have only one profession.

6. You can do without a ot of things for a while.

7. It takes 30 days to make or break a habit.

8. If it looks like a choo-choo and sounds like a choo-choo, it's probably not a parakeet.

9. Stand on your own two feet.

10. Your face will freeze like that.

11. Eat your vegetables.

12. R. H. I. P. - Rank has it's privileges. Moms always outrank kids and always will. (My version of "Because I said so."  I was in ROTC in high school. )

13. Go to your room.

14. It's not the end of the world.

15. Say "What can I learn from this?" instead of "Why me?"

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Momisms - Things Your Mother Told You

I'm glad you liked the first part of my book. Here's another installment for your viewing pleasure.

Things you mother told you: See how many sayings our moms had in common!

1. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

2. If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?

3. Money doesn't grow on trees.

4. You can do anything you set your mind to, and work hard enough.

5. I'm sure she had a good reason.

6. You have two ears, two eyes and only one mouth for a reason.

7. Leave the world a little better than you found it.

8. You can only change yourself.

9. Question everything.

10. Variety is the spice of life.

11. Wait until your father gets home.

12. Stand up straight.

13. I don't care who started it; I'm ending it.

14. Because I said so.

15. Don't make me pull this car over!

My mom would have liked our business, Winning Domain Names. Visit us here to see what we do.

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Low Vision Survival Guide: Clothes

I don't know about you, but even when I could see better I had trouble with navy and black. For one thing, black does not always match other blacks. There are brownish blacks, purplish blacks and really black blacks. Just try putting them together in bright sunshine. Navy has the same problem. Purplish navy, grayish navy, greenish navy- you see what I mean? A color which would look good with black doesn't always look good with navy, and you want to make sure you wear the navy suit or the black suit, not half and half.

Some of the confusion is caused by different light sources. A fluorescent light at the office will make some colors look different than sunlight, which can make things look different than when viewed with a regular incandescent light bulb. And those low pressure sodium lights in tunnels are downright weird. Having done research into various illumination sources, I can see why they put them there- low pressure sodium lamps cost a lot less to run than fluorescent lamps, which cost less than incandescent lamps. High-pressure fluorescent lamps that you see in parking lots have a golden color, lending a tint to everything. Different color lamps make the same thing look different. There's even a name for it- a metamer is a particular color that looks different under different lamps.

Well, enough physics. Once you have decided which clothes are likely to be confused, you need a way to tell them apart in the dim light of the closet. Of course, you can memorize which clothes match, but I'll show you an easier way.

Buy some tiny safety pins- the golden kind you get with price tags when there is no good spot to use the plastic tie gun. Next, find a spot to pin the pins - a size tag or along a hem works as long as you remember where.

Decide what code you will use. In my trouble with navy and black, I used a safety pin going up and down for black because it reminded me of a tree trunk. When the pin is sideways like the surface of the sea it is blue. You can use any code you like as long as you can remember it in the morning when you're half asleep and deciding what to wear. If the pin might irritate your skin, like the ones on the back of the neck, pin it on the reverse so only the tag touches your skin. You can easily flip the tag up to see the pins or even feel them through the tag.

Another trick I use in the closet is ordering the clothes by type and color. I've been told it shows I have too much spare time, but it does help. After putting the skirts, pants, no-sleeve tops, short-sleeved tops, long-sleeved tops, vests and jackets in their sections, I put white on the left, followed by black, then red, yellow, green, blue and purple like a rainbow. Light colors go to the left of dark colors, so light blue is to the left of dark blue. This way I don't have to use pins on everything (they irritate my skin) but can tell navy from black. Navy is to the right of the red/yellow/green and black is to the left. The hardest part about this is keeping it up over time. However, if you do it while putting the clean clothes away each time, it becomes second nature.

I do the same thing in my sweater drawers. Being in the North, I have tons of sweaters. The top drawer has white and black, and the others are in order on the way down. I currently have a problem with some sweaters in drawers and some on shelves, but when I get another chest of drawers I'll have that one licked.

If you stay organized, you can find what you want without having to see well. It may sound a bit extreme, but I've lost enough things to make it worth the trouble.

Feel free to contact me with questions. I've been living with low vision for a long time and have some tricks up my sleeve. I'm just as careful about my business Winning Domain Names, so I'd love to hear from you.

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OK, you have started an online marketing business selling a product or service. The company gave you a splash page for free! Hold on - let’s talk about splash pages. Open it up and take a good long look. You may see lots of moving words, large words, and large pictures. But look at the part that is unique to you: a little picture of you (maybe) and your name. Your name is probably in the smallest letter size of the whole page.

Now imagine the customer. Someone suggested this site or sent you a link. What does he see when the page opens up? The company’s name in huge letters across the top. Where is your name? In the corner or on the side. Which do you think our customer will remember? You got it- the company name. You see, the company doesn’t care if you get the business or if another representative gets it; their profit margin is the same.

How do you make sure your name makes the bigger impression? Use your own web page with your name at the top in big letters and your smiling face looking out at them!

How? We at Winning Domain Names specialize in selecting a fitting, eye-catching and easy-to-remember name for your web site. If none on our current list meets your needs, we will learn about your niche market and select one for you that describes your business exactly. We know how the search engines work, so we can select a domain name for you that will pop up when a prospective customer types in keywords.

We can also design and set up your web site to inform the customer of your capabilities so he can decide if it meets his needs. We’ll make sure your statements are phrased and spelled correctly so the customer understands your product or service. You want to make a good impression and this is your chance. We’ll put in a call to action so he can type in his email address to receive more information. We’ll make sure the information on your page is informative so the customer realizes you are knowledgeable in your field and a worthy associate.

We can help you with your standard emails to your customers, making sure you sound like the intelligent person you are. We can help you design and implement your advertising campaigns, designing banners and giving you advice on techniques to expose your business to the largest audience. In these and many other ways, we’ll help your web site shine brightly, showing prospective customers how well you can meet their needs and exceed their expectations.

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We’re looking forward to helping you achieve success!

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I'm not sure where I picked up this little clipping, but I have it on my fridge. I thought it might remind you of things your mom used to tell you, which I call Momisms.

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that don’t belong to you.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play some and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup. The roots go down and the leaves go up and nobody really knows how or why but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die and so do we.

And then remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

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Many people are turned off by blogs and texts with bad grammar and spelling. With the abundance of texting on smartphones and the new contractions created for it, the stigma of "bad grammar=low intelligence" is not as persuasive as before, yet it still remains. If you want to be taken seriously in the highly competitive world of network marketing, you need to be a cut above the rest. One way to do this is to use good spelling and good grammar. English is a very tricky language, so proper use of it will show your readers that you do your homework. This belief can transfer into increased trust of you and your product or service. In order to help my friends on Syndication Express, I offer my proofreading services for free for a limited time. Please take advantage of this offer. It will make you stand out from the crowd.

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Low Vision Survival Guide: Sharp Knives

Having been legally blind for eleven years now and still owning all my fingers, I thought I'd share some of my ideas to help others, not just the blind ones either, to keep their fingers and still use sharp knives.

Of course the name of the game is protection, without compromising performance whenever possible. If it gets too frustrating to use, the best safety gizmo stays in the drawer. Keeping your attention on what you're doing is important as well; start thinking about whether you turned the oven on and oops...

For storage, I found some Chicago Cutlery knives in 25th anniversary boxes a few years back. Chicago Cutlery is fine, but not as good as Wustof or Henckels. The box makes it easy to store those nasty little edges where I won't accidentally encounter them while digging in the drawer for something else. Before I got those, I made little scabbards for my knives out of cardboard and duct tape. Yep, give me a swiss army knife and duct tape and I can fix anything. Use the backs of those yellow paper pads, cut strips twice as wide as the knife and the same length as the knife. Tape the side and end and there you have it. When you put the knife in, place the sharp edge away from the taped side so the glue residue doesn't get on the blade.

For using knives, I have several pairs of gloves, but my favorite are yellow kevlar knitted gloves with little blue bumps on them. I'm not sure where to get them, but try W.W.Grainger. They are an industrial supply house that carries just about everything. I can assure you these gloves do not let a blade go through them. Points will go through, so you can get poked, but not sliced. I have another gray pair called Brass Knuckle, and they work great for opening jars, but I wouldn't trust them for knives. I have another brown pair that just say vegetable on each one that I haven't tried out yet. Any of these gloves go right into the washing machine so don't worry about getting them dirty. I throw them in the dryer too, and the bumps don't melt. I think the bumps are supposed to protect your hands from hot pans, which they don't do very well, but they do make it non-slip.

For cleaning, consistency is the key. Always put the knives in the same place, which should be different from where you put other stuff. I put my dirty sharp knives behind the faucet, with the blade facing the wall. If I have more than one dirty sharp knife, the other one goes up against the wall on the right side (which for me is the dirty side of the sink). Once I wash them, they go underneath the drying rack but on top of the mat. I put them under the part of the rack that sticks up so no dishes will bump them. Whatever place you choose for your knives will work as long as you make sure nothing else ever goes there. This way you train yourself to watch for knives when you go there.

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