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Saturday, April 14, 2018

What is Scribe?

What is Scribe?

-Scribe shows you the language searchers use before you begin to write. Once your content is created, Scribe reveals other profitable keywords.
-Scribe analyzes your natural, reader-focused content, and tells you how to gently tweak it to spoon feed search engines based on 15 SEO best practices.
-Scribe helps you build back links, crosslink the content within your own site, and identify influential social media users who want to share your stuff.
-Scribe increase targeted traffic!

Here's How Scribe Makes SEO Simple

-First, the Scribe keyword research tool tunes you into the right language before you write. Once your content is created, the Scribe keyword suggestion service shows you keyword phrases you might have missed.
-Second, Scribe analyzes your natural, reader-focused content, and tells you how to gently tweak it to spoon feed search engines based on 15 SEO best practices.
-Third, Scribe's link building tools help you build back links from other sites, crosslink the content within your own site, and identify influential social media users who want to share your stuff.

Writing Compelling Content

(1.) Create a feeling of involvement
You can see how people react to your content online. Every time you publish a post, you can track how many people visit that page directly and share it. What words can you use to help readers imagine themselves in your copy?
(2.) Be honest
We still talk about creating a sense of authenticity with online content, especially the content delivered over social media. Your customers are very smart, they're surrounded by advertising and marketing messages, and they can spot insincerity miles away.
(3.) Provide value and proof of value
Establishing an emotional connection with your product through a story is not enough. You need to find ways to prove value, especially when the capital investment you're requiring is substantial.
(4.) Create a sense of urgency
Your copy needs to lead somewhere for people to take the desired action. What do you want people to do? You want to give customers a reason to buy right after they read your copy. You do that by creating a sense of urgency in your call to action.........Read More......

Effective Writing

If writing content articles stress you out, keep in mind, writing is not just an end result, but also a process that helps you develop your ideas and think logically.

SEO As A Marketing Strategy

As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, what people search for, the actual search terms typed into search engines and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic. If a site isn't genuinely interesting and isn't worth remarking upon, it can be difficult to get links, attention and rankings.
Here Are Some Resources
-Branding Strategy Insider
-Brian (Brain) Solis
-Chris Brogan
-Copyblogger
-Neuromarketing
-SEOMoz
-Socal Triggers
-Social Media Examiner
-What Makes Them Click

SEO FAQ

Q: How long do I have to do SEO for?
A: SEO is not a set-it-and-forget-it kind of tool. It takes constant attention and action to keep your SEO relevant and working. Yes, SEO will build on itself over time, but that doesn't mean you get to 6 months and call it quits and hope your past work will carry you through. The Internet is expanding at an unbelievable rate, which means that every day there are more and more websites vying for the same amount of space. If you want to keep your site competitive and continue growing your online presence, you have to be prepared to strap in for the long haul. SEO isn't ever truly finished.
Q: What does SEO really do for my site?
A: SEO is much more than just getting your site to rank well in the search engines. Good SEO will also help build your brand presence online, help maintain (or fix) your brand's online reputation, drive traffic to your site and improve your conversion rate, establish your company as an industry leader or expert, help you connect with your customers and much more.
Q: Who should handle my site's SEO?
A: If you don't have the knowledge or experience to handle your site's SEO, then you have to decide between bringing in someone to handle your SEO in-house or outsourcing your SEO to an SEO company or consultant. If you want to keep it in-house, your SEO manager needs to be incorporated into your marketing department, not the web design/development or IT team. Everything that your marketing department does to promote you company can be leveraged for SEO. Your SEO manager needs to work with the marketing team to keep their efforts in line.
If you want to outsource your SEO, be sure to do so to a reputable, white hat SEO firm! They should be US based and speak English fluently. A lot of SEO focuses on creating and publishing content and you need someone who understands the US market. Any company or consultant who promises to have your site ranking number one in Google by the end of the month is probably a black hat SEO practitioner and should be avoided.
Q: How do I measure SEO success?
A: There are a few ways to tell if your SEO is doing well. First off, what kind of traffic growth are you seeing? Good SEO should produce additional traffic that steadily increases over time. Peaks and valleys isn't a good sign. You can also look at how well your site is ranking for your chosen keywords. Did your site jump from page 6 to page 3? That means your site is establishing a stronger trust factor with the search engines and is performing well. The biggest indication of SEO success is your conversion rate. Of the traffic that arrived to your site, what percentage of them converted? Each site has a different goal. It could be for someone to call the company, download a trial form of some software, signup for a newsletter, etc. A higher conversion rate means that more targéted traffic is being delivered to your site, a sign that your SEO is doing a good job of positioning your site.
These are by no means the only questions you may have when beginning your SEO process, but they are some of the most common. A lot of SEO is learning and adapting. If you are looking to handle your site's SEO by yourself, you might want to consider taking an SEO training session to learn the basics and answer more strategically minded questions.
About The Author
Nick Stamoulis is the President and Founder of Brick Marketing, an Internet marketing and SEO consulting firm in Boston, MA. With over 12 years of industry experience, Nick Stamoulis shares his knowledge by posting daily updates to his blog, the Search Engine Optimization Journal (or SEO Journal) and publishing the Brick Marketing SEO Newsletter. Contact Nick at 781-350-4365 or nick@brickmarketing.com

The History Behind The Purple Heart


The History Behind The Purple Heart
The Badge for Military Merit
The original Purple Heart award was instituted by George Washington in 1782 to reward troops for "unusual gallantry" and "extraordinary fidelity and essential service." The award was a purple cloth heart edged in silver braid, and was to be worn over the left breast of the uniform.   Only three awards are known to have been issued, of which two are known to exist today.
While the award of the Purple Heart was not authorized by the Navy until 1942, sailors and Marines who had been wounded prior to 1932 were eligible to apply for the medal.  While no numbers are available concerning the award to Navy and Marine personnel, approximately 12,000 sailors and Marines were wounded between the Civil War and the Nicaragua Campaign of 1932.
In the picture above
Navy Type I Purple Heart awarded to John W. Ant.  Note order of engraving is rank, name, branch.  Pfc Ant was killed in action on July 27, 1944 in Guam while serving with Co L, 3rd Bn., 22nd Marines, 1st Provisional Marine brigade when an enemy bullet struck a grenade he was carrying.  The body was determined to be non-recoverable
Frank Reinier of Zion, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Society Waukegan Chapter 323, center, talks to Alfred Clark of Waukegan who is the Commander of the North Chicago American Legion Post 397, left, and Clark's wife Donna, right, at the Veterans Tribute at Waukegan Township's Park Place Senior Center in Waukegan.

Education About The Purple Heart
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Business Co-ops

A cooperative Is A Business

A cooperative is a business. Co-ops range in size from small store-fronts to large Fortune 500 companies. In many ways, they're like any other business; but in several important ways they're unique and different.
Cooperatives-
Are owned and democratically controlled by their members-the people who use the co-op's services or buy its goods-not by outside investors; Co-op members elect their board of director from within the membership.
Return surplus revenues (income over expenses and investment) to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their "investment" or ownership share.
Are motivated not by profit, but by service-to meet their members' needs for affordable and high quality goods or services;
Exist solely to serve their members.
Pay taxes on income kept within the co-op for investment and reserves. Surplus revenues from the co-op are returned to individual members who pay taxes on that income.
Types of Cooperatives
Consumer Cooperatives-Consumer cooperatives are owned by the people who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative. They sell consumer goods such as food and outdoors equipment. They provide housing, electricity and telecommunications. And they offer financial (credit unions), healthcare, childcare and funeral services. Almost any consumer needs can be met by a cooperative.
Producer Cooperatives-Producer cooperatives are owned by people who produce similar types of products-by farmers who grow crops, raise cattle, milk cows, or by craftsmen and artisans. By banding together, they leverage greater bargaining power with buyers. They also combine resources to more effectively market and brand their products, improving the incomes of their members.
Worker Cooperatives-Worker cooperatives are owned and governed by the employees of the business. They operate in all sectors of the economy and provide workers with both employment and ownership opportunities. Examples include employee-owned food stores, processing companies, restaurants, taxicab companies, sewing companies, timber processors and light and heavy industry.
Purchasing/Shared Services Cooperatives-Purchasing and shared services cooperatives are owned and governed by independent business owners, small municipalities and, in some cases, state governments that band together to enhance their purchasing power, lowering their costs and improving their competitiveness and ability to provide quality services. They operate in all sectors of the economy.
Cooperative Principles
Cooperatives follow seven internationally recognized principles:
Voluntary and Open Membership
Democratic Member Control
Member Economic Participation
Autonomy and Independence
Education, Training and Information
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Concern for Community
Why Co-ops Form
Co-ops are formed by their members when the marketplace fails to provide needed goods or services at affordable prices and acceptable quality. Cooperatives empower people to improve their quality of life and enhance their economic opportunities through self-help. Throughout the world, cooperatives are providing co-op members with financial services, utilities, consumer goods, affordable housing, and other services that would otherwise not be available to them.
Serving Many Needs...
Cooperatives may be organized to provide just about any good or service such as:
Business services, such as personnel and benefits management and group purchasing of goods and services
Childcare
Credit and personal financial services
Employment
Equipment, hardware and farm supplies
Electricity, telephone, Internet and satellite and cable T.V. services
Food and food services
Funeral and memorial service planning
Health care
Health Insurance
Housing
Insurance
Legal and professional services
Marketing of agricultural and other products
For Everyone...
U.S. cooperatives serve some 120 million members, or 4 in 10 Americans. Worldwide, some 750,000 cooperatives serve 730 million members.

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Black Authors & Published Writers Directory

Black Authors & Published Writers Directory

Authors
Wanda Shiryl Miller-Berry Born in Boley, Oklahoma, a historically affluent African-American Township and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Miller-Berry is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and a graduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is also a Cushcity.com 2007 Best New Author Award Nominee, an honorary member of the 2006/2007 Manchester's Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women "Honors Edition" of the Registry and author of the novel, BUCK. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poems. Contact Wanda Shiryl Miller-Berry, 1000 NE 14th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117 Phone: (405) 525-9249 Fax: (405) 601-0774 E-mail: wandasb2002@cox.net Website: http://www.authorsden.com/wandasmillerberry."
Gwyneth Bolton The author was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. She currently lives in Syracuse, New York with her husband Cedric. She has a BA and an MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in English. She teaches classes in writing and women' s studies at the college level. Gwyneth Bolton, Post Office Box 9388, Carousel Center, Syracuse, New York 13290 E-mail: gwynethbolton@prodigy.net Website: http://www.gwynethbolton.com
Evelyn D. Hall Self-published author, residing in, Atlanta, Georgia. The author has published three books, Enter Eve's Poetic Paradise, Dontay's Poetic Playground and Dontay's Alphabet Book of Color. Contact Evelyn D. Hall, Post Office Box 1775, Mableton, Georgia 30126 E-mail: lilpoet2you@aol.com Website: http://www.poeticparadise.ipfox.com
Book Editors
Rakia A. Clark Editor. We do not publish science fiction or fantasy, nor poetry. Interested in literary and contemporary multicultural fiction, especially African American; nonfiction interest, including memoir, history, pop culture, and entertainment. For fiction, send cover letter, first three chapters, and synopsis (no more than five pages). For non-fiction, send cover letter/query, author's qualifications and connections relevant to the book's content and marketing, and summary or outline of the book's content. Rakia A. Clark, Dafina/Kensington/Penguin, Kensington Publishing Corp., 850 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10022 Phone: (877) 422-3665 E-mail: rclark@kensingtonbooks.com Website: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com.
Erroll McDonald Vice President and Executive Editor. Pantheon/Random Imprints. Interested in adult, fiction and non-fiction books. Mr. Erroll McDonald, Pantheon/Random Imprints, 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019 Phone: (212) 572-6030 E-mail: EMcDonald@randomhouse.com Website: http://www.randomhouse.biz
Dawn Davis Vice President and Executive Editor. Interested in general, non-fiction and fiction related to the Black experience. Contact Ms. Christina Morgan, Assistant, Amistad, HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022 Phone: (212) 207-7000 Website: http://www.harpercollins.com.
Magazine Editors
Algie deWitt Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of MAMi Magazine. Internationally distributed title, Mami Magazine. Algie deWitt, MAMi Magazine, 4408 Aberdeen Lane, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012 E-mail: algie@mamimagazine.com Website: http://www.mamimagazine.com.
Carla D. Bluitt Editor and Publisher of Say So! Magazine, a free Christian resource magazine with bi-monthly distribution in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area. Carla D. Bluitt, Say So! Magazine, 6030 Daybreak Circle, Suite A150/151, Clarksville, Maryland 21029 Phone: (301) 807-5445 E-mail: cbluitt@saysomagazine.com Website: http://www.saysomagazine.com
Nathasha Brooks-Harris Editor of Black Romance and Bronze Thrills magazines and the co-owner of Write On! Literary Consortium, a company that provides literary consulting services. Contact Ms. Natasha Brooks-Harris, 297 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215 E-mail: nabrooks@aol.com
Newspaper Editors
R. M. Perry Editor/Publisher. The Tennessee Tribune Newspaper, The Tennessee Tribune Building, 1501 Jefferson Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37208 E-mail: lperry8049@aol.com
Gina Johnson Smith Publisher of the Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario community News, Carson/South Bay Community News, and Las Vegas community News. Gina Johnson Smith, Smith Publishing & Media Group, #385 South Lemon Avenue, #E236, Walnut, California 91789 Phone: (909) 987-0433 E-mail: ginajohnsonsmith@sbcglobal.net
Roland S. Martin Nationally award winning journalist and syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, the founding editor of BlackAmericaweb.com and currently the executive editor of The Chicago Defender, is a frequent commentator on TV-One, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and Black Entertainment Television (BET). He is also the author of Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America. Contact Ms. Monique Smith, WVON 1690AM, 3350 South Kedzie, Chicago, Illinois 60623 Phone: (773) 247-6200 E-mail: roland@wvon.com Website: http://www.rolandsmartin.com.
Librarians
Mae L. Rodney Director. Dr. Mae L. Rodney, PhD, C. G. O'Kelly Library, Winston Salem University, Campus Box 19543, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27110 Phone: (336) 750-2440 E-mail: rodneyml@wssu.edu Website: http://www.wssu.edu/library/librarians/rodney.asp.
Cynthia Rollins Acquisitions librarian. Cynthia Rollins, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, New York 10037 Phone: (212) 491-2254 E-mail: crollins@nypl.org Website: http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html
Roberta V. Webb District Chief. Roberta V. Webb, Chicago Public Library, South District Office, 2107 West 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60643 Phone: (312) 747-0171 Fax: (312) 745-4974 E-mail: rwebb@chipublib.org
Magazines
Black and Single Magazine Bi-monthly magazine distributed in Houston. Circulation is 15,000. BSM provides a forum to promote intelligent discussion and understanding among the single community. The reader is the author/writer of the majority of the content in the magazine. We deal with many issues of importance, from health, physical or emotional, to trends in fashion and style, as well as finances. Lynn Jones, Black and Single Magazine, 1924 Calumet, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77004 Phone: (713) 522-1200 Fax: (713) 522-2808 E-mail: info@blackandsinglemag.com Website: http://www.blackandsinglemag.com
Black Noir Magazine TonyaSue Carther, Associate Editor. Contact Black Noir Magazine, 100 Park Avenue South, Suite 1600, New York, New York 10017 Phone: (201) 408-4306 E-mail: Gigone2112@cs.com Website: http://www.floanthonysblacknoir.com
Books2Mention Magazine Our mission is to provide our readers with knowledge about all genres in the literary world. B2M will feature articles on authors, conduct author interviews, provide book reviews, display newly released books and discuss up-coming. Contact Editorial Staff, Books2Mention Magazine, 2260 Talbot Ridge, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236 E-mail: Info@Books2Mention.com Website: http://www.Books2Mention.com
Photographers
Keith Saunders Marion Designs founder, Keith Saunders, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from American Intercontinental University, a private art school in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been in the design and photography industry for over 5 years. The company designs book covers, business cards, posters, postcards, marketing materials, and logo design. Several of our book covers have made the Essence best seller list and are featured on Black Expressions. Marion Designs has also performed work for top names such as Cingular wireless, AT&T, Simon & Schuster, Random House Publishing, Kensington publishing, La-Z-Boy furniture, Nissan automotive, Fox studios (Garfield movie promotions). Marion Designs, 225 Sunderland Way, Suite # U, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 Phone: (678) 641-8689 Phone: (678) 641-8689 E-mail: mariondesigns@bellsouth.net Website:http:// www.mariondesigns.com
Raymond Tyler Freelance Writer/Photographer, Essence Magazine, The Source, and Vibe magazines. Columnist, About Time, Black Men in America.com, and Literafeelya Magazine. Talk Show Host/Producer, Atlantic City Shines (Public Access Channel Two). Contact Mr. Raymond Tyler, Dark Seed Communications, 6701 Black Horse Pike, Suite A-4, EHT, New Jersey 08234 Phone: (609) 677-0168 E-mail: Darkseedac@aol.com
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CHOICEZ

story of Aginah Carter-Shabazz

the riveting story of Aginah Carter-Shabazz, one of Philadelphia's most prominent cosmetologists who learned the hard way about the high cost of pursuing the "fabulous" life. The moving memoir reveals lessons learned about the price women pay for love and making their man's choices their own. "Choices do matter"
Aginah masterfully weaves readers along her journey revealing her poor choices and how they impact her life. Throughout the memoir, Aginah learns and grows, but the lessons of her choices don't fully take hold until she reaches middle age. Throughout the memoir, Aginah learns and grows, but the lessons of her choices don’t fully take hold until she reaches middle age. Whether CHOICEZ will succeed in helping you to remove the layers of programming and conditioning that is needed for women to make better choices awaits the reader in the exciting climax of this motivational story? CHOICEZ- How They Impact Our Lives.http://www.youtube.com/thebookchoicez
This 60 minute teleseminar is a 'must-have' for any filmmaker looking to develop a strategy for making the most of their festival experience.
It answers questions such as:
Will playing the festival circuit help me reach my goals?
Is it okay to submit a rough cut?
What can I do to increase my chances of getting accepted?
Which festivals do acquisitions and distribution executives attend?
If I get accepted to a festival, how do I make the most of it?
Do I need a producer's rep?
Should I build a website?
What type of promotional materials do I need?
How do I get distributors and agents to attend my screening?
If I don't sell my film to a distributor, what are my options?
Here Are The Eight Secrets to Film Festival Success This Teleseminar Will Empower You With:
Have a strategy before you submit.
Put on your business cap once you're accepted.
Develop branded press and promotional materials.
Devise a strong pre-festival marketing plan.
Establish an online presence.
Assemble a strong team.
Stick to your game plan at the festival.
Have a well thoughtout exit strategy.

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African American Books

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Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass
Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass
This anthology comprises speeches by influential figures in the history of African-American culture and politics. Contents include the famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech by Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass' immortal "What, to the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?" Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s "I Have a Dream," Barack Obama, and many others.
 
African American Heritage Hymnal: 575 Hymns, Spirituals, and Gospel Songs
African American Heritage Hymnal: 575 Hymns, Spirituals, and Gospel Songs
Eight years of inspired work by a committee of more than 30 musicians and pastors, all leaders in African American worship and gospel music, have resulted in this compendium representing the common repertoire of African American churches across the United States. For the first time in an African American hymnal, traditional hymns and songs are notated to reflect performance practices found in the oral tradition of the black church in America. At a time when such traditions are falling victim to modern technology, this book strives to preserve this rich heritage for future generations. Presented are litanies for âFifty-Two Sundays of Worshipful Celebrationâ outlining an African American church year, including such special days as Martin Luther King Sunday, Eldersâ Day, Motherâs Day, and Menâs Day. Also included are 52 responsive scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments and an extensive index that includes scriptural and thematic cross-references.
 
Illustrated Treasury of African American Read-Aloud Stories: More than 40 of the World's Best-Loved Stories for Parent and Child to Share
Illustrated Treasury of African American Read-Aloud Stories: More than 40 of the World's Best-Loved Stories for Parent and Child to Share
African American Read-Aloud Stories is a classic collection including myths, fables, folk tales, fairy tales, tall tales, and much more. Stories include "Anansi Gets What He Deserves," "Timba," "The Dissatisfied Bird," "Why Hawks Kill Chickens," "The Wonderful Tar Baby," and more. It also includes African American songs, biographies of famous African Americans, and recollections of slavery. Thirty specially commissioned color illustrations by accomplished children's artists enhance reading enjoyment.
 
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
The second edition of this landmark anthology brings together the work of 120 writers in the most comprehensive collection of African American writing available. Representing over 250 years of writing in all genres, the second edition offers eleven major works in their entirety. Nine writers are newly included, among them Jupiter Hammon, Martin Delany, Caryl Phillips, Colson Whitehead, and Harryette Mullen. The anthology opens with a generous section of blues, spirituals, jazz, hip-hop, sermons, and speeches, many of which are brought to life on the expanded two-CD set, which includes vocal and instrumental pieces from ragtime to Motown, and twenty-four speeches, readings, and performances by powerful voices from Booker T. Washington to Rita Dove. With a general introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr., updated period introductions, head-notes, and bibliographies, "The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Second Edition, reflects the latest scholarship in this vibrant and varied literary tradition.