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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

First "Green" Loft building in Nevada

Nevada is getting its first residential green building. Green Valley lofts will be the first loft project in the city of Henderson, to have the LEED building rating as well as being Energy Star Certified. It will be located on the border of what is considered "green valley" in Henderson.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Don't discount directories

As the internet grows older, the way people use it is constantly changing. Back when the 'net was young, internet directories held huge sway. The granddaddy of them all is the DMOZ directory, which is still around. Having a list in DMOZ used to be crucial for a site. Now, social networking sites are all the rage. Sites like, Digg, Reddit, myspace are all being used by consumers to find information. So has the day of the directory finally gone? I don't think so.

Newer directories are changing with the times. They are now designed as search engine friendly, making it easier for search engines to crawl and index them. Directory pages are showing up in search results. Many directories are also branching out, including information along with links to other sites. A good example is friskall.com. It is search engine friendly, easy to navigate and also includes articles as well as links to other sites. Inclusion to friskall isn't guaranteed, all submissions are human approved to ensure only quality sites are listed.

Having listings in certain directories can certainly help drive traffic to your site. As web 2.0 evolves, I think we'll see greater importance placed on directory listings.


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Where are you at?

As social networks gain in popularity, I'm finding myself spread a little thin. It probably all started off with my Digg profile, Jade456. Then I jumped on Del.ici.ous with the same user name, Jade456. I started submitting some of my posts here and gained a few readers. I found mybloglog, and put up a profile there under Jade456 as well. Around the same time, I started playing with Squidoo and went a little nuts. I put up a "lens" on Las Vegas Real Estate, Henderson real estate, Las Vegas lofts, Las Vegas high rise condos, Boulder City real estate and Summerlin real estate. Jacqui and I are pretty active in the Las Vegas animal rescue scene and I try to contribute in everyway I can. I found a site called upcoming.org, which lets you post events in your area that are put out in an rss feed. Very handy for people to subscribe to, plus other users may find your event and attend. I put up a profile under Las Vegas Real Estate and just added my first event, a jewelry luncheon that benefits my favorite animal charity, Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary. Through a Squidoo lens I found a link to claimid.com. Basically it allows you to "claim" your name on the internet, help boost your site as a result to a query of your name. I put up a profile under lasvegasrealestate and started listing all of my various websites and profiles. The list is longer than I thought it would be! The other big social networking site I'm pretty active on is Activerain. Its fairly new, targeted towards realtors and related industries. Since its inception last year, it already has over 10,000 members and really isn't slowing down all that much. Jacqulyn has a profile under Las Vegas Real Estate and is currently ranked #1 for Nevada and Las Vegas. As a result, she also have a profile under Las Vegas real estate on their new sister site, localism.com.

Social networking is here to stay. In fact, it is an integral part of "web 2.0" and will be an important part of online marketing in the years to come. Advertisers are already taking notice and have begun to court these huge authority sites for advertising opportunities. How long will it last? Its hard to judge. As for participation and promotion of these networks, there are arguements for both sides.

On the one side, putting content and promoting your profile on a social network does have its drawbacks. Foremost, you don't control or own the site. The rules of use could change at any moment and then your just stuck. The agenda of the site itself could change or it could be sold to another company with its own rules and ideas. All of the arguements against are in the same vein. And they do have merit. Its absolutely correct.

However, on the other side can you afford not to participate? These sites are huge and rapidly becoming an authority in the eyes of the big three search engines. A high profile page on these sites can become a valuable backlink and even show up in the results for your keyword phrase. More and more consumers are active in these sites and a high profile page can give you excellent qualified traffic.

Whether or not its right for you is going to be your choice. If your current marketing plan is working for you, then don't fix what isn't broken. As for what is the right thing to do, we'll all just have to wait and see.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

High rise construction update

All of the cranes are now gone from the outside of Sky! The entire outside facade is complete. I'm thinking that residents should be moving in soon. Just down the street at Turnberry Towers, tower one is nearly completion. Tower two is now the same height as tower one, with about 6 more floors to go on the outside facade.

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