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SAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants made the decision to sign Jeff Samardzija in December, 2015, the organization forfeited the rights to the No. 18 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.Hindsight is always 20/20, but it doesn’t take perfect vision to see how the Giants could have benefitted from prioritizing their farm system.After watching veterans like Matt Cain and Jake Peavy break down, the Giants tried to extend their championship window with the additions of Samardzija and Johnny Cueto and took a …
TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children. Read more: Northern Cape building of new library
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6. Fix plumbing surprisesHere’s another thing I found. I’m not a plumbing expert, but I see a problem here. Imagine if that section of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks got clogged. Now imagine running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would make the turn? Probably not. We changed it out and offset the two. I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior bathroom wall and saw what it said on the kraft paper facing of the batts. Yeah. We have R-7.4 insulation in our walls (see Image #3, below). And the installation quality was Grade 3.This is actually a good thing, in a way, because it means I’ll get more of an energy-performance improvement than I thought I was going to get.4. Seal the air leaksYes, our 1970 condo is leaky. I knew about the big bathtub holes and other plumbing penetrations because I’ve seen them from the basement. I didn’t know that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that provided lots of air leakage pathways. Again, looking on the bright side, that means I’ll be able to make more improvement than I’d thought.I’ve done a blower-door test since putting the bathroom back together. Unfortunately, I can’t separate out the improvement due only to my bathroom work. The owners’ association had the whole floor sealed with spray foam insulation at the same time I was working on the bathroom. The net result is that our air leakage rate dropped 21%.5. Install an exhaust fan (or fix the duct)Did I mention that our condo was built in 1970? The master bath has a window, so naturally, it didn’t need an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I’ve got over a year of data on temperature and relative humidity in that bathroom without an exhaust fan. Now I’ve installed an exhaust fan and am collecting more data. Stay tuned for the results.But even if your bathroom already has a fan, I’d wager it doesn’t move enough air. The typical bath fan moves about half its rated air flow. If your bath fan isn’t accessible from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only way to get at the duct and fix it. What you see in that photo below is common for bath fan ducts: sagging flex duct that makes too many turns. (That’s not my new fan, by the way.) RELATED ARTICLESRemodel Project: BathroomAir Flow Pathways in a Leaky Exterior WallHow I Fixed My Leaky, Underinsulated Exterior WallCoping With Termites and Carpenter AntsBathroom Exhaust FansIs Your Ventilation System Working?Managing Lead Paint Hazards If your home is old enough for a bathroom renovation, you may want to go ahead and completely gut it. I remodeled my bathroom this year and began with a complete demolition. If I hadn’t, a number of problems would have been unavailable for repair… or even undiscovered.Here’s what I found when I opened up the walls and ceiling of my 1970 condo in the Atlanta, Georgia area.1. Repair termite damageWhen I opened up the exterior wall, I found termite damage in two places: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the bathtub side of the window (see Image #2, below) and the jack stud on the other side of the window. The good news is that the damage was done long ago.As long as I’ve lived here, the owners’ association has kept up with termite treatment and monitoring, but I understand there was a period when they didn’t. Hence the damage I found.2. Replace rotten subflooringIn addition to the termite-damaged wall, I also found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from getting too wet, and I suspected it because tiles had started popping up in that area.3. Make up for no or little insulationI knew we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs neighbor’s icemaker had a bad leak a few years ago, taking out half of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, too. I knew they had insulation because I’ve checked behind switch and receptacle plates. 7. Solve unknown mysteriesSeveral years ago we had to do some plumbing work for the tub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbers had the wall opened up, I asked them to put valves in on the hot and cold water lines so that if anyone had to work on that plumbing in the future, they wouldn’t have to turn off the water to the whole building.So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them and took the photo at right.I’d used that shower a few times over the years and always wondered why the pressure was so low. Now I understand. The plumbers installed the valves but then didn’t open them fully. Those red handles should be straight in line with the pipes. Nice!I also found that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, but the original ceiling was stippled. Fortunately, it wasn’t a popcorn ceiling, which could contain asbestos.And I discovered the original, hideous wallpaper. You can see it in all its glory in Image #5, below.If you’re remodeling a bathroom, there a lot of good reasons to go all the way and gut it completely. That’s what I’ve done.Let me end with a caveat. If your home was built before 1978, it probably has lead paint in it. If you’re doing the work as a homeowner, you’re not subject to the rules of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program, which applies to contractors, but you you should still work safely. Here are their lead guidelines for do-it-yourselfers. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
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The problem with using outbound marketing as a primary strategy today is that it is becoming less and less effective while remaining ever so expensive.Luckily for us, inbound marketing was born and has become the next best thing since sliced bread (If you’re a marketer or sales professional, I hope you’d agree!).Now we have content marketing, blogging, SEO, social media, and other ways to attract visitors and leads to our business instead of pushing out unwanted messages to our audience.But there’s a lot to inbound marketing that needs to be understood. After all, it’s constantly changing, and there’s a lot to learn!In addition to the great content we provide here on the HubSpot blog, we thought we would share with you some of our other favorite blogs on everything inbound marketing. So here is a list of 20 awesome inbound marketing blogs you should start reading today. And if you have any favorites that aren’t already on this list, please add them in the comments section. Happy reading!1. AdhereCreative Inbound Marketing & Brand Development BlogAdhere Creative’s marketing blog offers many great tips on how to get the marketing results you’re looking for by using content, blogging, branding, SEO, and more.2. At the Goal Line by In2CommunicationsAt the Goal Line offers thoughts and opinions on sales, marketing, social media, digital content, technology, and social business.3. Bluleadz Inbound Marketing BlogBlueLeadz focuses on everything marketing and more, including SEO, networking, lead generation, and web design.4. Brand & Capture by KunoCreativeThis blog includes topics on content marketing, social media, lead analysis, marketing analytics, branding, mobile marketing, website design — you name it!5. inBlurbs Inbound Marketing BlogThis inbound marketing blog covers all of inbound marketing including SEO, blogging, social media, landing pages, lead generation, and analytics.6. Internet Marketing and SEO Tips by PagetenderThe name of this blog speaks for itself. Go here to learn about the world of internet marketing.7. LyntonWeb Blog: Perspectives on the Social WebLynton’s blog offers some juicy content on blogging, CRM, design, email, Facebook, geolocation — and the list goes on and on!8. The Market8 BlogIf you’re a small business marketer, this blog is for you. It provides tons of thought leadership on marketing strategy, SEO, web design, social media, interactive media, inbound marketing, and creative design.9. MarketingSherpa BlogIf you’re not already familiar with MarketingSherpa, you should be (like right now). They are among the best at testing, research, and knowing what works in marketing.10. Momentum Search Marketing BlogComing to you from the UK is a great inbound marketing resource. It includes a very long laundry list of topics — practically everything you can think of!11. Optimize This by Find & ConvertAuthor, speaker, podcaster, and CEO of Find and Convert, Bernie Borges blogs about the intersection of search and social media, providing sound advice for success.12. Pollock Inbound Marketing BlogPollock offers this great blog for all your online lead generation and inbound marketing needs. Don’t miss a single post!13. PR20/20 BlogPR 20/20’s agency blog features inbound marketing and public relations trends, news, and resources.14. Spark Inbound Marketing BlogThis blog has a lot of great content on — you guessed it — inbound marketing!15. The Best B2B Marketing Blog by Precision Marketing GroupThe authors at Precision Marketing Group really know their stuff. This blog contains frequently updated content to hone your marketing skills and knowledge.16. The Inbound Marketing CompanyYou can’t call yourself The Inbound Marketing Company without having an awesome blog. Luckily, this company does. This blog, too, covers way too many inbound marketing topics to list.17. The Inbound Marketing Spot by Trust eMediaThis is a great source for social media, sales, search marketing, and more.18. WebMarCom BlogWebMarCom gives us news and updates about inbound marketing, lead generation, and the effective use of internet marketing.19. B2BBloggersJeremy Victor maintains an excellent blog here covering a variety of topics in B2B marketing and sales, including how to create a great presence as a business and encourage engagement.20. IMPACT Learning CenterThe IMPACT Learning Center shares high-level inbound marketing expertise and tools you need to grow your sales and your business.Which of these blogs are your favorites? What other blogs would you add to the list?Photo Credit: How can I recycle this Blog Examples Originally published Aug 18, 2011 1:00:00 PM, updated September 13 2016 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 29, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 Link Building In search engine optimization, inbound links are a marketer’s most powerful asset. Given that off-page SEO (as opposed to on-page SEO) accounts for the majority of a web page’s ability to rank for a particular keyword, building authoritative and relevant links into your website from external sites isn’t exactly something you should overlook in your SEO strategy.But while link-building is critical, it’s also tricky, considering giving an inbound link is the decision of the website linking to you, which isn’t something you have complete control over. Therefore, it’s one of those inbound marketing tactics that requires dedication and the realization that success won’t happen overnight. So how can you take control of something that is seemingly out of your hands? Don’t worry; you’re not totally out of luck.If you’re new to the concept of an inbound link, read this introductory article about inbound links before you move on. All set? Great! Now you’re ready to tackle 8 powerful link-building tactics to improve your business’ search engine optimization.Access 4 Essential Link-Building TipsLink-Building Tactics to Boost Off-Page SEO1. Submitting to Website Directories: This is one of the few link-building tactics you do have complete control over. That said, it’s also one of the tactics with the least SEO mojo. While inbound links from website directories may not have a ton of authority, the ease of submitting your website to them to jumpstart your link-building efforts makes it totally worth it, especially the free ones.2. Content Creation (Link Bait): Another link-building tactic you have complete control over is your ability to create remarkable content that others naturally want to link to. This type of content historically gets a bad rap as ‘link bait,’ which can be defined as content specifically created with the goal of generating attention and encouraging others to link to the website. But that doesn’t mean all ‘link bait’ content is bad. As long as the content you’re creating has value to your target audience, why wouldn’t you want others to link to it? Content that typically makes great link bait content are types that get shared a lot, including original data and research, infographics, viral videos, and content about controversial topics. A business blog is the perfect platform for this content.3. Networking & Building Relationships: While networking and relationship-building takes time, it’s a very effective way to keep your business and your content on the minds of people who might be interested in linking to you. Make a list of the bloggers in your industry who have authoritative and relevant websites. Then start building relationships with them. Follow and tweet with them on Twitter, and give them a little link love by linking to their content in your own blog articles. Once you’re on their radar, they may be more inclined to link back to you if you have content that’s relevant to their audience, too. Reciprocity is a beautiful thing!4. Optimizing Your Social Media Presence: Okay, we were admittedly a little bit sneaky with this one. Yes, many social media sites use ‘nofollow’ tags, meaning you don’t get any SEO juice from links on your social media profiles or links you share through your social media updates. But even though these links may not benefit your search engine rankings, they’re still links from an external source into your website. Plus, search engines are increasingly using social cues to identify authoritative websites and content. Use the links in your social media profiles wisely; point them to your website to direct viewers of your profiles back to your website. After all, isn’t the ultimate goal to get them there, regardless of how they found you?5. Asking (Politely): We’re not suggesting that you beg and bribe your way into generating inbound links. However, there are certain occasions when it’s okay to politely ask a fellow blogger to link back to you. For instance, say you got a great mention in a news article on a site with a good amount of authority. The website cited your data and mentioned your company’s name as the source, but where’s the link love? In these cases, it’s perfectly reasonable to politely email the author, thank them for mentioning your data, and ask them to please include a link back to your website as well. As a bonus, if you have a good relationship with this website owner or blogger (see tactic #3), you might even be able to leverage that relationship to request specific anchor text and the URL you want them to link back to. Chances are, they didn’t have your business’ specific SEO strategy in mind when they mentioned you, and they may be perfectly happy to grant your request.6. Submitting News Releases to Distribution Services: Although news releases can be a great way to get the word out about your company’s product news and other important updates, they also have great SEO benefits. Every time your release gets distributed by a wire service and syndicated on a website…BAM!…an inbound link. Even better is when a website picks up and covers the news you’re promoting in an article of their own, generating an even more valuable inbound link. While most news release distribution services charge for their services, there are a few free ones you can leverage, as well. To get the best bang for your buck, use news releases to share news about content you create that is particularly link bait-friendly, such as new data and original industry research reports you might release. 7. Leveraging Co-Marketing Partnerships and Initiatives: Partnerships and co-marketing opportunities can be a great way to generate inbound links. Generally, co-marketing initiatives are conducted with partners that sell products or services that aren’t competing with your own, but are complementary. Consider leveraging those relationships in your link building efforts. You link to them. They link to you. Everyone’s happy.8. Guest Blogging (External Content): We saved the best for last. Guest blogging is probably the most effective way to generate quality inbound links to your website. Yes, it requires more content creation on your part, but the results are lasting and powerful. Think about it: what business that understands the importance of inbound marketing isn’t trying to provide a steady flow of fresh content? If you were struggling to fill your blogging queue with valuable content, wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity to publish a guest post from a fellow qualified blogger? As a blog manager, they get fresh content with little effort. As a contributor, you get control over the anchor text and URLs for the keywords you’re targeting. Win-win! What are some other powerful link-building tactics you can use to boost your business’ off-page SEO?Image Credit: Sudhamshu Hebbar Topics: