I Can’t Live Without My Portable Charger

I’m going to change gears a little bit on this post, rather than my usual SEO topics. The great thing about working online doing SEO and working on this site is that I can do it from virtually anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection. But with the ability to be out of the house, another issue arises – keeping my batteries powered up.

I have had my current smartphone for a couple years now. I also am just about done with my two years of financing on it that I got from my cellular provider. Just like the old adage goes that as soon as your warranty is up on one of your appliances, that’s when you’ll start seeing some problems where you’ll need repairs, suddenly my battery life is not what it used to be.

Rather than spending hundreds of dollars again to get a new phone, I looked for options to keep my battery life while on the go without needing to find an outlet. Something that would fit in my pocket, or my briefcase, or stash easily in my car so I can keep my battery topped off whenever I’m out of the house or office.

I Love My Portable Battery Charger

I went looking online for a portable charger and was amazed by how many options are out there. What you end up getting all depends on what you’re looking for in a transportable battery charger. There are battery packs that are smaller and lightweight, small enough to fit in your pocket without much of a bulge, but you are sacrificing power. Others have a longer battery life and can replenish your phone’s battery many times over, but they are bigger and clunkier. Of course, the price for all these options ranges wildly as well.

What I ended up getting was something that I happened to see promoted for a discount on Amazon one day when I was reading about technology one day. The reviews seemed good enough and the price was right about what I was willing to spend. What I bought was a brand called Anker. I wasn’t familiar with them at the time, but reading more I found that they are one of the leading names in the portable charger niche.


I don’t recall the exact model that I got, but it was one step up from their smallest version. It isn’t small enough to stow away in my pocket, but it provides a lot longer battery life (and battery refilling power) than their lighter model. It feels like a brick in my hand and is strongly made. When fully charged, it can refuel my phone battery more than 2 times, so basically I’ve just tripled my battery life when I’m out of the house.

I ended up liking this brand so much that I bought my girlfriend one of these, and when I noticed that my phone and tablet weren’t charging as fast as they used to when plugging them into the wall with the manufacturer’s cords and wall adapters, I went back to Anker and bought a new wall adapter and super-charging cords (for my Android) and I’ve never had them charging so fast.

No longer do I have to worry about my battery dying on me, as long as I have my portable charger with me when I’m on the go. It’s a nice comfort to have and much more cost-efficient than buying a whole new phone.

Outsourcing Your SEO

Have you ever wondered why so many online business owners tend to outsource their important business-related tasks to other companies?  The outsourcing business has grown exponentially in the past decade and more and more people have realized the benefits of working with a company that has better skill and talent available than in-house teams. If you are someone who is just starting out for an online business, you don’t have to construct a full team from the ground up to make sure everything goes well with your business. Whatever skill you lack in your business, you can easily outsource it. For example, many businesses tend to struggle with search engine optimization.

SEO is everything related to internet marketing which uses complex techniques and methods to make sure that a website comes at the front page of Google and other search engines. But the problem is that there is so much competition on the internet that you simply can’t go wrong with SEO. So if you are new and you are trying to experiment with SEO, know that your efforts may not produce results because SEO is a tough field and requires a lot of experience and skill to pull off. In situations like this, outsourcing your search engine optimization is the best choice.

If you are not convinced, just sit down and think how much time and effort have you spent on SEO in the past month and what have been the results? Chances are that you’ll find a disappointing answer to this question because like mentioned above, SEO is not simple and easy as it sounds. So why not let someone else who is an expert in the field, like Dominate with SEO a Minnesota based agency, take care of the technical stuff while you work on the other prospects of your business such as planning ahead, design and development. Letting someone else handle the SEO of your website will save you hours and hours of time and frustration.

Another great thing about outsourcing SEO is that it is quite affordable when compared to making your team in-house. Hiring talent that is good for your business will likely cost you tons of money and you’ll keep increasing that cost as the time goes by. With an SEO company on the back, you can easily sign a contract with them to work for a long time under a fixed package. You won’t even have to hire talent anymore because the company you are working with likely will have their own talent available who can do the tasks like I talk about here.

Just be sure to be very communicative with the company you are working with because there will a distance gap between you and the company. This is because most outsourcing companies are based outside the United States because the talent is affordable and easily acquirable outside. But this doesn’t mean that the talent is not on par with the one you find inside your company. Good outsourcing companies may charge you a premium but they will give you a team that will surely produce results for you.

How SEO Can Help Your Local Business

If you run any kind of business that serves customers in your area locally, you’re missing out if your local SEO game isn’t up to snuff. Today I’ll tackle exactly what local SEO is and how it can help you grow your business by leaps and bounds.

What is Local SEO?

Whenever I need some help in online marketing, I’m lucky to have friends in the business who are at the top of the game when it comes to these kinds of things. I was talking to a friend recently who works at the best Madison WI SEO Company and really knows his stuff.

He was talking about how his SEO business has grown a lot through doing local SEO for a lot of clients. Basically, anybody who runs a business that serves customers in their general area can benefit from this kind of search engine optimization.

How does it work? Think of this as an example: if you had some plumbing issues at your house, what do you do? You don’t go to the yellow pages anymore. You go to Google and type in “plumber (city name)”. The people who show up at the top of the search results are the businesses that have optimized their local SEO.


What are the benefits of this? For one, it gives probably the highest return on investment of any kind of online marketing. If someone is Googling about needing a plumber, they are doing so because they need those services now. They aren’t looking it up for educational purposes. It can lead to an instant sale.

You are connecting the customer to what they are looking for, where they are looking for it, at the exact moment that they are needing it. As long as the services you provide are of quality and your pricing is in line with the customer’s expectation, you should have a new customer right away.

Another thing that it does is gives more credibility to your business. Being the top result for your particular service in your particular municipality signals to the reader that these guys are the top in the industry for that particular area. If you can’t be found anywhere in the Google search results, you are an afterthought (if even that), and the customer’s money will go elsewhere.

These things can all be handled by a professional at the search engine optimization game. They can work on the on-page and off-page factors of your site to make sure it is best set up to appear at the top of the search results, as well as get it in other business directories such as Yelp and other similar business sites.

If you are a business owner and you aren’t managing your local SEO presence, you are missing out on a lot of easy sales. I can’t overstate the importance of this. I hope these tips from Madison, Wisconsin have been helpful (click here for more tips from another industry expert), and I’d like to thank him for sharing some of his insights for my readers. Now get out there and dominate your niche!

Minneapolis Seo Shares Take on Digital Marketing

My quest to understand and implement SEO tactics continues!  Today I caught up with a company based in Minnesota, called Dominate with SEO Minneapolis MN.  This is part of a continued series where I’m going out and meeting with internet minds on the topic of generating more quality traffic from search engines like Yahoo!, Google, and Bing.

You may recall my last interview, where I made it clear I’m taking over this SEO world, and stopping at nothing to talk to every guru out there!

You may have heard a million of times that you need SEO. You receive emails, advertisements, phone calls and various other advertisements that speak to you about how important SEO is. But there is a very high chances that none of these companies are telling you why your business really requires SEO to excel. And of course that means it effects your decision to whether you really need SEO for your business and not.

To clear your doubts, we’ll share a couple of reasons why SEO is required for a business and why you should absolutely implement some sort of SEO in your business.

SEO means high return on investment

SEO is always considered as an investment because the money you spend on getting your SEO strategy up will always return that money in the end, provided the SEO has been done properly through legitimate channels. So in other words, avoid working with amateurs or one man team for your SEO. Always go for a company that has a good reputation in the SEO industry.

SEO works 100% of the time

If SEO is done through legitimate channels, there is no doubt that it won’t produce results. Proper SEO will always give you back something in return. Most of the times it significantly increases your traffic to relevant audience who are looking for services or goods that you have on display on your website. The more relevant the traffic, the better your sales become.

SEO doesn’t disappear

SEO is here to stay. Once you add it to your marketing strategy, it will never go out of fashion. SEO done today will stay with you for years to come and over time will only return you more and more of the investment you spent when you first got it.

Everyone is doing SEO

If you’re a business using website to conduct your services, then you are already aware of the fact that there is tons of competition already out there. The reason they are doing better than you is because they have invested a lot of money in SEO. Every single business that is serious about growing is using intensive SEO marketing strategy to make sure it remains on the top of rankings list. Rankings not only bring back more customers, it also increases the respect of a business amongst people and competition.

Learn Over the Shoulder at AffiliateU.com

Affiliate U, or “Affiliate University,” is a program offered by long time marketer Tim Schmidt.

Tim Schmidt AffiliateU.com
The man behind Affiliate U, Tim Schmidt.

He’s a seven figure earner in the Affiliate Marketing space and has a lot of neat projects he works out.

He stops at nothing in his new over the shoulder course that teaches every single aspect of what he does when he builds revenue streams.

You can read his affiliate marketing blog to see what he’s been up to lately.  It’s a good read and he shares quite a bit of his life with everyone out there to really make a connection with his audience.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

This essentially is the action of selling other people’s products by using a website and some links.  When you read product reviews online, sometimes they have an affiliation with a vendor or two, or three, or more, and they earn revenues from any clicks that they produce from their site that end up going to the vendor site and making a purchase.  A perfect example is ThingsMenBuy.com – Cool stuff for men.  This site earns a lot of commissions simply by linking to the products that the guys on the website review.  There is everything from fashion, to finance, to goofy things that you don’t need but will certainly find cool and entertaining.  The blog is written so first person that there are video reviews, like this one below, that are all over the site and on their official youtube page.  It’s quite  a hoot, and it’s a great example of how you can really just take an audience, captivate them, and show them products that they may or may not need, and help them make a buying decision. In some instances, they even give out coupon codes so people can really save money on things they purchase online.

You can also do affiliate marketing STRAIGHT from YouTUBE.  It’s a common trick that many people do, and you can just make video reviews and link people to websites right in the video description.

The ceiling is really high for anyone who is into affiliate marketing.  The industry is going to be $6.8 billion by 2020 according to many reports.  If you have the desire to create a website, and get pen to paper, connect with people, and just strive for greatness, then affiliate marketing could be a great career for you.