In a recent study, 72% of Americans expressed interest in starting their own online business. Are you one of those folks? If so, I have some valuable secrets to share with you.One of the first issues you will address as an online business owner is selecting your hosting company. A hosting company charges you a monthly or yearly fee in exchange for allowing the world to “see” your site online. You cannot create your online business without a hosting company. Choosing a hosting company can be extremely tricky and challenging to beginners and experts alike.During your search for a hosting company be sure each feature listed below is included. These features are crucial to running a successful online business. With growing technology you need a smart, efficient, low cost hosting program that delivers results. Do not pay extra for these features!Here are 6 must-have features that your hosting company should provide to you- for free!1) Complete Traffic Analysis- You need to know how your visitors are finding you. Many hosting companies provide a below par traffic analyzer. You should know what keywords yielded visitors, what search engines referred visitors, what websites referred visitors, how many unique visitors you receive each day/month, what country your visitors are from, what page your visitor entered/exited your site, how many times each page on your site was viewed and more.All of these traffic analysis features should come included in the cost of hosting.2) Search Engine Optimization- Each webpage of your online business should be optimized for search engines. You have a few choices for optimizing your pages: learn how to do it yourself, pay a professional or use your hosting company’s free optimizer tool.Learning how to optimize web pages is a long and boring process. If you are a serious online business owner, then you will not have time to learn the SEO (search engine submission) process.Paying a professional is expensive. There’s not much more to say about it!I’d save your time and money by allowing your hosting company’s tool to optimize pages for you. This feature is crucial to ranking well at search engines. This tool should be included in the final monthly or yearly hosting fee.3) Search Engine Submission- Your online business must be seen! There are 3 major search engines: Google, Yahoo and MSN. There are several smaller engines that are also worth mentioning. Every single page of your website should be submitted to all search engines.The problem here is time. Who has time to read through search engine submission guidelines? Again you have the option to pay a professional, do the process yourself, or have your hosting company do it for free.Your hosting company should automatically submit each and every webpage to all major search engines. It should submit each page upon its creation and upon making any changes. Your hosting company’s submission program should submit your site and pages within each search engine’s submission policies.This feature should be free and included in the monthly or yearly hosting fee!4) Newsletter- This one is often overlooked. There are many third party newsletter providers, but why pay the additional fee when your hosting company can provide the tool for no cost at all?Be sure the hosting company follows anti-SPAM guidelines, and be sure that you have the ability to create, edit and send emails to your list at your convenience. Lastly, you need to know the statistics of your mailings. You need to know how many people opened the email, how many emails were rejected, how may people, if any, reported you for Spamming, etc.5) RSS and Blogging Capability- This feature is blossoming as you read this article. The future of online businesses may very well rest in the hands of RSS and blogging. This tool allows people to keep in touch with your online business. Many people do not want to sign up for newsletters for fear of Spam. This is their answer.Many people know have RSS readers. Your site visitors should be able to sign up for your RSS feed or blog to keep in touch with updates, news, specials and more. This feature should be free from your hosting provider!6) Friendly, Business-Oriented Help Forums- There is a difference between a remote help desk and forums. These days forums are infested with cranky folks chasing the next black hat trick or trying to sell you a tool you do not need.Your hosting company should have free and friendly help forums where other online business owners can meet, network and discuss online business issues. This may seem like a feature you can overlook, but I urge you not to.Successful online business owners know the impact of fast, reliable help. There’s nothing worse than feeling alone and confused about online businesses. A forum filled with success-minded folks is a true gem.These 6 must-have tools and features should all be free. Each and every one has proved invaluable to my online business success. Should you have any questions or need assistance in selecting the proper hosting company for your online business, please feel free to contact me.Your success depends on you, your tools, and your budget! Nuture all three to the fullest and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Best of luck!Copyright 2006 Lynn VanDyke
Arm workouts for women are one of the hottest topics that I see women interested in. Of course, most women are interested in workouts to improve their legs and butt, but after that it has to be the arms.Hollywood has such an influence on how we view ourselves, regardless of whether we are male or female. The majority of the leading ladies all have incredible looking arms. Defined triceps are one of my wife’s biggest goals and it’s mostly from seeing some of the latest beauties on the big screen.Like most improvements to your body, your diet is most likely going to be more important than the actual arm workout that you do. Arm workouts for women or men are important to attain the look that you desire, although if you have too much fat covering your muscle, it won’t matter.Let’s assume that you have your diet in check and you are lean enough to see the muscle definition that makes your arms look so sexy. If you do, then the workout that you perform will make all of the difference.The arms consist mainly of two major muscles, the triceps and the biceps. I am going to discuss a few exercises that can be done at home with little equipment and can make up an effective arm workout for women.Tricep ExercisesThe triceps are the muscles that are on the back of the arm and this is the area that women usually want to tighten, especially as they get older.There are many different exercises to work the triceps, including anything that causes you to straighten your arm or push to extend your arm. Push ups, dips, tricep extensions, tricep pushdowns are all great exercise to work the triceps.1) Close Grip Push UpsA great way to train your triceps at home or even on vacation in a hotel is with close grip push ups. They are similar to regular push ups, except your hands are close together. If you have trouble performing these or standard push ups, try them with your knees touching, or even standing while pushing on a wall. The further away that you are from the wall, the more resistance there will be. Don’t be afraid to do these wall type of push ups at first until your strength increases. Once you do them consistently for a while, you will soon be able to do them from your knees, and then eventually full close grip push ups. Don’t worry where you start from, just know where you are headed. If you get to the point where you can do close grip push ups for reps and are lean enough, you will definitely have the sexy arms that any woman would love to have.2) Resistance Band Tricep ExtensionsTricep extensions are another great exercise and they work the triceps in a different way than what push ups do. You can buy resistance bands fairly cheap and use them at home with many different exercises. Get a band that has an amount of tension that you can comfortably do around ten reps with. You can stand on the center of the band and have one of the handles in each hand. Extend your arms up along side your head with the elbows pointing up and your arms bent. Keep your elbows up and do not move your arms at the shoulder joint. Extend you arms by straightening them at the elbows and keeping the shoulder joint locked. You should be able to feel the tension in your triceps or the back of the arm. Do your reps slowly and controlled at all times, pausing slightly at the top or lockout position.If you are doing both of these exercises, do the close grip push ups first while you are stronger and finish up with the tricep extensions.Bicep ExercisesThe biceps only make up around 1/3 of your total arm with the triceps being a much bigger muscle, but the bi’s are still an important part of the look that we are going after. Common bicep exercises are curls or any other pulling type of movement that causes your arm to bend.CurlsThere are many different types of curls that can be done including ones with barbells, dumbells, kettlebells, as well as resistance bands, and suspension training.The key to performing curls correctly regardless of what type you do is to keep your arms locked at the shoulder joint. Do not move your arms forward with the shoulders, only bend your arms and lift the weight with the biceps. Start with your arms hanging down at your sides and slowly lift the weight upwards by bending your arms, concentrating on keeping the tension on your biceps and off of your shoulders.Chin UpsLike push ups, chin ups are difficult for a lot of people to do, especially if you are attempting to do multiple sets and over ten reps per set. Like push ups, there are ways that you can start out slowly and eventually work your way up to regular chin ups. You can put your feet on a bench or something else sturdy and use your legs to assist you. Another great way to “cheat” is to use a resistance band and step in to the band while holding the ends with your hands. The tension of the band will assist you with the chin ups until you are strong enough to them with out help.Chin ups are difficult for many men and women, but the rewards are well worth it if you stick with them. If you are a women and can do close grip push ups and full unassisted chin ups for reps, your arms will look incredible! If they don’t and you can do the exercises mentioned above, then it can only be your diet that needs tweaked. That will be the subject of a future article though.Good luck and get to work. The only thing that stands between you and your dream body is focus and work ethic. Stay focused and work hard and the results will come, guaranteed. Give it a try, these few exercises make up some of the best arm workouts for women that I know of.