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How to Claim or Publish your Yahoo local listing,

You would think this would be a simple 3 step process like bing or google however, following the instructions laid out by Yahoo! will bring you to one of several pages.

 

Claim Listing:

Following the claim listing instructions lands you on this page:

https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/merchantsubmit/claimlisting

Which errors out with a partially rendered error page.

 

Create listing:

Following the create listing instructions lands you on this page:

https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/dashboard/v2/apps/mylisting?bizid=##########

This page also loads a partially rendered error page in the inner window.

 

Solution:

You can simply go to https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/dashboard/mybusinesses to manage your business listings without issues.

 

Thoughts:

Why a large company like yahoo has such poor documentation on something so simple is beyond me. If someone from Yahoo! reads this please update your documentation and make use of some 301 redirects for all of these old non functioning business listing management pages.

HijackThis download

Hijack this is great tool for removing startup programs, from your system, cleaning up after a virus or just general upkeep of your pc.

Download: HijackThis.exe (379.50 kb)

How to setup VPN for mac/apple PCs

This is a quick guide on how to get a VNP up and running on a mac PC

  • From the main "Apple" menu choose "System Preferences" then "Network"
  • Now select "+" button, then use the "Interface" drop down to choose "VPN"
  • Use the "VPN Type" drop down to choose "PPTP" or "L2TP", you can also choose a name for this connection if you would like. Then choose "Create".
  • Choose the VPN from the list of option in the network connection window to complete the server address and account name
  • Choose "Authentication settings" to enter your credentials the choose "OK"
  • You can now click the connect button to connect to the VPN, and choose "Show CPN status" if you would like to appear on your menu bar.

 

Taking a step past general SEO campaigns: Organic Online Marketing (OOM)

When simple content and keyword changes just aren't enough then you know its time to step up your game for client acquisition. One could write a whole book in the process but lets just keep this simple.

Organic Online Marketing (OOM)

  1. The first step to proper OOM is to create valuable content for your website so search engines will index your online presence with specifically targeted language. With every new properly written article or content piece, you've increased your online presence and keyword quality scores.  
  2. In addition to quality content such as case studies, practice areas and how to pages; adding relevant photos and video will add additional value to your web presence. This is essential to help convey to your clients the professionalism and knowledge your company has on the topic, leading to a higher conversion of the potential clients that visit your online presence. 
  3. Clients now recognize the value in additional functionality; such as secure user areas for communication, helpdesk, FaQ, chat, online diagnostics, tools or other such features; over a "simple website" with a list of services and a form of contact. 

Call 507 536-9556 if you're looking to take your web presence to the next level and I will be happy to discuss with you how your web presence can rise to the top of this ever changing marketing venue. Our clients generally see a 7/1 ROI from marketing campaigns created and managed by us.


Shawn Hyde is the Owner of Area51.mn, a Minnesota based IT, Internet marketing and design firm founded in 1998.

Avocado Spicey Dip; Avocados, Red Bell Peppers, Olive Oil, Pepper, Tomatillo Salsa & Cheese.

The Hyde families favorite organic salsa dip that I make for them; avocados, Red Bell Peppers, Olive Oil, Pepper, Tomatillo salsa & cheese.

Quite possibly the worlds best chip dip :)

Instructions,

  • Mash one just ripe Avocado
  • Dice one red bell pepper
  • Add 1 Table spoon of olive oil
  • Add 1/2 cup of Tamatillo Salsa or make your own
    • Tomatillo's
    • Garlic
    • Onion
    • Chili peppers
    • jalapeno peppers
    • chopped fresh oregano
    • salt
    • ground cumin
    • water
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese of your choice

Tastes great with the yellow organic corn chips from Target.