Is it Time to Remodel your Kitchen
If you’re thinking of a kitchen remodeling you should know a few things before you take the proverbial plunge. If you’re thinking of a major overhaul, know that it’s going to set you back about $43,862 and if you’re just thinking about a little touchup, be prepared to fork over $14,913.
I know what you’re thinking; my kitchen is dingy and grimy but I can’t afford that so I guess I’ll just stick with what I’ve got. Well what if you were told that the average kitchen remodeling has a payback of about 95%? So when it comes time to sell your place, you can rest assured that all the work you’ve put into that sparkling new kitchen will pay off big time. OK, so you’ve decided to go ahead and live without a kitchen for a few months. It’s completely worth it, but there are a few tips that can really help you get through the process and make you feel that the inconvenience was worth it.
You don’t have to be a contractor to know that a kitchen remodeling takes a tremendous amount of planning. The first thing you must do is decide on a budget and stick to it.
If you’re only looking to replace your cabinets and some appliances you’re going to want budget considerably less than if you’re looking for a major overhaul, that’s pretty obvious. But the key is to find a contractor that is willing to work within your budget and offer you solutions that fit within what you are looking to spend. Do not go with a contractor who tries to convince you that you need a job bigger than what you willing to spend. Stick to your guns and you’ll be a happy camper.
There are many different options that you can put into a kitchen remodeling. Are you looking for cabinets or drawers? Maybe you have enough space for an island with a stove and a breakfast bar? How about the material: granite, travertine, formica; all are great but each will give your kitchen a different feel. These are also questions that you should go over with your contractor and good contractor will make these often difficult decisions that much easier for you to agree on.
The ultimate goal is to create a kitchen that exudes warmth and hospitality. You want a place that can not only be a cathedral to all the wonderful dishes you plan on creating there but also a room that functions as the gathering place for the entire family. A kitchen remodeling can be a tiresome and frustrating experience but if you do your homework and focus on the details it can and should be one of the most rewarding experiences you can achieve within your home.
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Your First 3 Steps after Setting up WordPress.
How to setup, market and monetize your Tech BlogJan 30, 2010Nick MarshallYou’ve registered your domain, you have your web space and WordPress is installed. At this point there are 3 very simple steps you can take towards improving your blog with SEO– Permalinks, Feedburner and Google Analytics. If you are not sure what Permalinks are simple login to your blog’s wp-admin page and click the “Settings” option on the left sidebar. This will expand to show nearly a dozen options (and more once you install plugins), one of which will be Permalinks. Inside Permalinks there are 5 common settings : default, day and name, month and name, numeric, custom structure. The permalink is the way that your posts will be displayed in the address bar of your browser. I recommend that you switch to the “month and name” selection. By choosing this setting your readers will have a reference to when the post was created as well as a descriptive link to share with their friends. Not only that, but search engines love good hierarchy and description in posts so do yourself a favor and change from the Default Permalink Settings.
Next is Feedburner – if you’ve noticed an orange icon with 3 white arcs along the address bar of your browser you’ve witnessed RSS (Really Simple Syndication). If you’ve never heard or used RSS let me quickly explain what it is and why it’s important to your tech blog. In the past people focused on adding Bookmarks or simply remembering the URL for websites they frequent often. The problem with this method is that it is time consuming and if you want to follow dozens or even hundreds of sites it can just be downright overwhelming. RSS feeds are text excerpts of the latest articles published by websites or blogs and by using a RSS reader you can quickly monitor a large number of sites without opening a browser (unless of course you use a web based RSS reader like Google Reader). By default your WordPress Blog will have a RSS feed in the form of http://www.myblog.com/feed and promoting this feed will be your first step in building a following for your tech blog. Feedburner is a free service now owned by Google which transforms your RSS feed into a monetizing powerhouse. Not only will you be able to make money off your RSS feed, but Feedburner will allow Email subscriptions and provide you with analytic data on what links are being clicked in your feed and how many people are subscribed.
The final step is Google Analytics – a free tool from Google which allows you to track your visitors. Understanding what posts are popular and where your audience is located is essential in targeting the right products and advertisements to monetize your tech blog. When you visit google.com/analytics and sign up for a free account you will be given a Tracking Code which will need to be inserted into the Header of your WordPress template. This can be done very simply by visiting your wp-admin page and going to Appearance / Editor then selecting header.php. Once you’ve pasted the Tracking Code and saved the edit Google Analytics will begin tracking the sources of traffic to your website as well as general details about your visitors (location, browser, click tendency, bounce rate, etc). By setting up Google Analytics from the start you are giving yourself valuable data which you can use down the road to fine tune your tech blog.
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