Search Engine Optimization Tips – On a Solo Entrepreneur’s Budget

Search engine optimization (SEO) poses many challenges for solo entrepreneurs. Professional search engine optimization services are often beyond the solo entrepreneur’s budget; but learning all the tools and tricks, not to mention the ever-changing “rules”, would take time most solo entrepreneurs don’t have. The following search engine optimization tips will help you focus your affordable small business SEO services activities effectively.

Search Engine Optimization Tips: Start with the Basics

  • Research your keyword phrases. What words would people use to find you? This is the most important SEO activity you’ll need to do, particularly for solo entrepreneurs. You’ll want to look for keyword phrases that are unique, not just single words. Google offers a great keyword tool that helps you find synonyms and compare which keyword phrases are searched for more often. If keyword research seems daunting, invest in a course that teaches you the basics.
  • But, don’t let keyword phrases dictate how you write. Write your copy for your audience, not the search engines! Make your copy relevant to your readers and easy to read, then see where you can incorporate keyword optimization. Hire a copywriter if you aren’t a naturally good writer; it may be expensive but is a high-return investment for solo entrepreneurs. Ultimately, search engines want to serve high quality content. If your readers love your website, search engines will too.

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My Guide to Understanding the Capital Gains Tax in Real Estate

Capital Gains can be both a burden and an asset when selling your home. Discover how.

In Dallas Fort Worth Real Estate as in any other business, investors are constantly looking for methods to reduce their tax impact on the bottom line. Real Estate has some interesting loopholes that benefit homeowners when it comes to the Capital Gains tax. Understanding what a Capital Gain is and why it is an asset to homeowners.

A Capital Gain is the value of a capital asset; such as your home, that gives it a higher worth than the price you originally paid. The gain however is not realized until the property is sold.

Capital gains can be both short-term, (one year or less) and long-term (more than one year). The rate at which your gains are calculated will be based on whether it is a long-term or short-term gain. Long-term Capital Gains are often calculated more favourably. Tax rates that apply to net capital gains is usually lower than tax rates on other sources of income.

Knowing what a capital gain is can be an asset during tax season. Capital gains on Real Estate are quite simple to grasp. As long as you are selling your primary residence; meaning a home you have lived in for a minimum of two years you can exclude up to $250,000 for a single individual, or $500,000 for a couple, of gains over the original purchase price of the home.

Knowing this basic information can save thousands of potential tax dollars. Following up with a professional accountant to clarify all of the details. Check your figures to maximize the potential tax savings with your capital gains. By utilizing your ability to sell a primary residence you are essentially becoming a magician, and making a portion of your taxes disappear.

3 Best drip coffee makers – My list

With the chilly winter days still in the loom, a pot of hot coffee is the first things that everyone of us would love to have in the morning. And to make the task easier, various models of coffee makers are available in the market.

But which one to choose?

Well, not to worry as here you will find a list of the best drip coffee makers that I have so far found in the market.

  1. Bonavita BV-1800 8cup coffee maker

I have given this coffee maker the first position because of its excellent flavored coffee. It brews just the perfect cup – hot, strong and delicious without any hint of plastic smell. This machine has also received the Certified Brewer Equipment Award from the Speciality Coffee Associations of America. This coffee maker can brew up to 8 cups of coffee in just 6 minutes.

The machine uses a very fine method for brewing.  It uses a 1400 watt heater to heat water, exactly up to the temperature of 205 Fahrenheit before distributing it evenly over the coffee beans. The showerhead used for this is designed so as to ensure perfect distribution over all the coffee beans. The beans are then left to saturate and release their oils and flavors into the water. This coffee maker is very simple to use and also comes with a two-year warranty.


  1. Technivorm Moccamaster KB 741

This is one of the most expensive coffee makers and also holds certification from the Speciality Coffee Associations of America and Europe. This coffee maker is handmade in the Netherlands and is a favorite among the coffee experts. It prepares the best quality brew, bringing out the real essence of the coffee beans.

I find this coffee maker more convenient to use mainly because it comes with a calibrated water container. This allows you to use the exact quantity of water required for the perfect brew. This machine is also very practical since it allows you to brew up to 10 cups in just under 5 minutes.


  1. Hamilton Beach Single Serve and 12-cup coffee maker

This coffee maker by Hamilton Beach comes in a design that looks great over kitchen counters. The main body is made of stainless steel, while the holding jug is made of clear see-through glass. The cleaning process is also very simple and hassle-free. This coffee maker allows the user to choose between the single-serve mode and the 12-cup mode. So you can even prepare coffee for all of your guests in a single batch. The machine can be pre-adjusted for strong and mild brewing and stops automatically after brewing. This coffee maker comes with a one year warranty.

The reason why I find this coffee maker more appealing is because of its pause and serve mode. It can be paused to dispense coffee while the brewing process is still on, and this is a great advantage to all the coffee addicts out there.