Why content is still king effective seo tactics

It was a year ago that I attended my first search engine strategies conference. It was also at this conference that I became a speaker. Search Engine Strategies and PubCon are undoubtedly the two largest SEO/SEM conferences out there today so of course there’s huge attendance and lots of big industry names attending. There’s also a guy there who you may have heard of. His name is Barry Schwartz and he’s from Search Engine Round Table. I bring his name up because he’s found one of the best ways to not only build an ever expanding content base up, but also a way to build quality relevant links. And it’s so simple one begins to wonder why others don’t do it. Before I get into what he’s doing let me give you a little history. He started covering SES a few shows ago and would post summaries of the various seminars he attended at the SearchEngineWatch forum. His posts were some of the most read posts during the conference. He soon also began posting longer summaries at his own site. Also very well read by those of us who couldn’t attend the show. Now he’s become “the” reporter for the SES shows wherever they are. He even went into this one with a plan to cover as many of the sessions as possible, between himself and others known in the SEM industry. Some of the posts end up at the SEW forums but he also posts many on his own site. Step one – there’s that ongoing content development. You see, what the folks at SEO roundtable are doing is creating very long, but very detailed summaries of every seminar they attend. They then post these to their website daily or more often. Each post occupies it’s own static page, and most pages are well linked within the site. Step two – relevant quality links and lots of them Now here’s the great part. It is because of this coverage that people have come to realize that this site is the site to go to for SES coverage. Between this site and the SEW forums you can pretty much get your fill of SES in a very compact version. (Trust me for some of the sessions, a light summary is much better than sitting through 90 minutes of dry explanations of how ranking algorithms work :) ). And because people rely on these summaries of the show that they begin to refer others to them. Either through word of mouth or, more importantly, links. This is where the relevant quality links kick in. What is a link to an SEM site from another SEM site worth? What would you pay to have your competitors link to you with lots of one way links, many from high authority sites? Because of this article, they even have a link from here. Plus they get links from Searchenginewatch, in both the forums and the blog entries, not to mention other high profile industry sites. What’s link from Matt Cutt’s blog with a photo worth to this site? You see, this site is building its online reputation the way everyone needs to – by posting relevant timely information that others want to see. Then the others link to that content in a natural way. Let me put it to you another way – of the over 3,000 links this site has, how many do you suppose are from content? More specifically, how many are due to the site’s summaries of the various SES shows they’ve attended? Links may not be directly to the topics in question. In fact many are not. In fact, if you scan through the top 100 links or so listed in Google you see a virtual who’s who of the SEO industry. Let me point out a few of the more notable links: Links from Yahoo Search Blog, as well as the MSDN MSN search blog. Of course there’s many from Searchenginewatch, but also from other industry sites like searchviews. com, seomoz. com and searchenginejournal. com just to name a few. So what has the site accomplished by attending all the SES shows since late 2003? Well, they’ve built lots of good content which helps relay their authority status to engines like Google. Further, they’ve gotten lots of quality inbound links from high profile related sites that are also considered authorities. Plus they’ve also built a reputation for being the place to go to find out about SES which means increased traffic to the site. Not to mention that they’ve now probably got a well known brand. In other words, if someone doesn’t already know how to find the site, but they know the name of it, a the person will search on an engine like Google looking for the domain name. Even if it’s ranked #7 or 8 for the search term the site will get the click because the searcher is looking for that brand. How’s that for building quality content and links at the same time?



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Dodge buzz upcoming models

DaimlerChrysler’s Dodge division has certainly been making a name for itself over the past decade. No longer in the shadow of Chrysler or a carbon copy of Plymouth, Dodge has its own vehicles stamped with its own unique personality. The Charger is Dodge’s latest hot model; what can Dodge do for an encore? Read on for all the exciting details! Caliber – The compact Neon is dead and a replacement vehicle is waiting in the wings by the name of Caliber. Sporting Dodge’s signature crosshair grille, the Caliber resembles a Chrysler Pacifica but it is in the Chrysler PT Cruiser’s size range.

This five door wagon-like vehicle features jacked up wheel arches and a sloped roofline that tapers off to a rear hatch spoiler. On demand all wheel drive is expected to be one of the car’s options. Built on a Mitsubishi Lancer platform, the Caliber has been planned to go toe-to-toe with the VW Golf and Mazda 3. The Caliber is expected to debut in early 2006 as a 2007 model. Nitro – Dodge gets a small SUV, the Nitro which is a rebadged and slightly reworked Jeep Liberty.

As is customary with all contemporary Dodges, the Nitro sports the Dodge crosshair grille and unique wheel arches. Everything else about the Nitro is expected to be virtually the same as the Liberty including engine and transmission choices. The Nitro is expected to debut late in 2006. Charger Coupe – Okay, I am dreaming. So are a lot of other people who are just itching for Dodge to release a two door version of the awesome Charger. The word about Charger is this: half the people like the sedan and the other half are disappointed it wasn’t developed as a coupe. No confirmation has been made, but a coupe may show up in late 2007 joining with [not replacing] the current sedan.

Love Those Vans – Chrysler is nearing the end of the life cycle for the current crop of minivans which still outsells any competitor on the market. Stow ‘N Go has been such a popular hit that any redesign will be built around this nifty feature. Expect the newest rendition of the Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country to show up some time in 2008. So, there you have it. The division that at one time gave us the Aries K and Omni now features the Viper, Ram, Dakota, Durango, and a host of other exciting vehicles. Dodge fans are pinching themselves hoping that it isn’t all a dream. Well, it isn’t and the upcoming models promise to uphold Dodge's new found place in The Chrysler Group.



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Second annual packaging label conference

The Second PLGA Conference opened with a brief address by Dick Chesnut who predicted that after the millennium, because of rapid technological developments, two printing methods will begin to emerge and dominate the packaging and label field – digital printing and gravure, or a form of gravure. The two processes have similarities because of their digital nature from artwork to finished print and basic simplicity. Several presentations were made by package and label printers, recognized leaders in their product/market sectors, outlining their accomplishments as well as their views on the ‘perception’ problem that gravure has in the industry. Other sessions covered new press technology, prepress technology as well as advancements in inks and substrates. The open format type of meeting generated numerous exchanges between presenters, panellists and floor delegates on topics such as misconceptions by the package/label user about the process and the continued need for gravure to innovate lower cost systems. The conference was attended by a broad cross section of the industry, ranging from wide web printers to smaller narrow web firms. There were also several delegates who use competing processes and who attended the conference because they are considering adding gravure to their printing capability. The delegates suggested that future PLGA conferences continue to provide speakers who help clarify the issues creating misconceptions about gravure, highlight to advances in gravure technology that continues to make it the bench mark packaging/label printing process and perhaps even add speakers from other printing disciplines.

Another highlight was a presentation of plaques to each of the original twenty-two founding members of PLGA. Following this, new officers were elected including David Spence of Graphic Packaging as president, followed by a list of six directors and Bill Klein as the executive director for March 2000 also in Florida.



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Like it or not you have a score to settle part 1

Just when most people finish with school and can stop worrying about test scores, there’s a new kind of scoring that enters the picture. It’s called credit scoring. And, its impact on your financial future can mean more to you than a college degree. You may never know your precise credit score, but you need to know if you’re at risk! Credit Scoring ... Why It’s So Important: Ever wonder how a creditor decides whether to grant you credit? For years, creditors have been using credit scoring systems to determine if you’d be a good risk for credit cards and auto loans. More recently, credit scoring has been used to help creditors evaluate your ability to repay home mortgage loans. Precisely what is credit scoring? Credit scoring is a system creditors use to help determine whether to give you credit. Information about you and your credit experiences, such as bill-paying history, the number and type of accounts you have, late payments, collection actions, outstanding debt, and age of your accounts is collected from credit applications and your credit report. Using a statistical program, creditors compare this information to the credit performance of consumers with similar profiles. A credit scoring system awards points for each factor that helps predict who is most likely to repay a debt. Total number of points (credit score) helps predict how creditworthy you are; how likely it is that you will repay a loan and make payments when due. You may never know your precise credit score, but you need to know if you’re at risk! Why is credit scoring used? Credit scoring is based on real data and statistics, so it usually is more reliable than subjective or judgmental methods. It treats all applications objectively. Judgmental methods typically rely on criteria that are not systematically tested and can vary when applied by different individuals. To develop a model, a creditor selects a random sample of its customers (or a sample of similar customers if their sample is not large enough), and analyzes it statistically to identify characteristics that relate to creditworthiness. Then, each of these factors is assigned a weight based on how strong a predictor it is of who would be a good credit risk. Each creditor may use its own credit scoring model, different scoring models for different types of credit, or a generic model developed by a credit scoring company. How reliable is the credit scoring system? Credit scoring systems enable creditors to evaluate millions of applicants consistently and impartially on many different characteristics. But to be statistically valid, credit scoring systems must be based on a big enough sample. Remember that these systems generally very from creditor to creditor. Although you may think such a system is arbitrary or impersonal, it can help make decisions faster, more accurately, and more impartially than individuals when it is properly designed. In fact, many creditors design their systems so that, in marginal cases, applicants whose scores are not high enough to pass easily, or are low enough to fail absolutely are referred to a credit manager who decides whether the company or lender will extend credit. This may allow for discussion and negotiation between the credit manager and the consumer. What happens if you are denied credit or don’t get the terms you want? For the answer to that crucial question and how to improve your credit score, be sure to read Part II of “Like It Or Not, You Have A Score To Settle.”



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Account management how to manage accounts to maximize sales

Congratulations! You successfully sold one or more of your company's products or services to a business unit, department, or division of a large organization. Now your manager has tasked you with "account management". If you are not already familiar with account management, you are probably asking yourself the following questions: 1. What is "Account Management"? 2. What skills and talents are required to excel in Account Management? 3. What activities must be performed to maximize Account Management return on investment? Providing answers to these questions is the focus of this article. 1. What is Account Management? Account management is a synonym for ACCOUNT PENETRATION. Just because you have sold one product or service to one business entity within an organization doesn't mean your job is done. Think of all the additional opportunities that may exist in the account! For example: Does your company offer additional products or services that might be a "fit" for this customer? How many other business units, departments, divisions, and subsidiaries are potential prospects for your company's products and services? 2. Required Skills and Talents A critical talent for successful account management is the ability to build RELATIONSHIPS, as relationship selling is a very effective way to increase account penetration. Another critical skill/talent is ORGANIZATION. If you are going to manage large accounts effectively, you need to be willing and able to keep meticulous records. What kinds of records do you need to keep? Picture a three-dimensional spreadsheet in your mind. In the left-hand column is a list of every product and service that you could possibly sell to a customer. Across the top of the spreadsheet are all of the business units, departments, divisions, and other business entities that make up your account's entire organization. Behind each business entity is every contact you know within that business entity. Armed with this mental picture, ask yourself the following questions: * Which business entities are you doing business with? * Which business entities are you NOT doing business with? * Where are the various business entities located? * Which products and services does each business entity already purchase from you? * Which products and services are they NOT purchasing from you? * Who do you know in each business entity? * Which of these contacts have you already asked for referrals and testimonials? * What referrals and testimonials have they given you? 3. Required Activities Hopefully your organization has some type of CRM (Client Relationship Management) software application to help you keep track of your answers to these questions. If you don't have access to a corporate CRM system, here are some other options: * You can purchase a software package like ACT! or GoldMine * You can subscribe to an online service like salesforce. com * You can track information using a spreadsheet, database, or e-mail program Next, plan your tactics for increasing account penetration by considering the following questions: * What process will you use to regularly expose EACH of your contacts in the account to your company's ENTIRE PORTFOLIO of products and services? * Who can provide TESTIMONIALS that will help you win business in other business units, departments, or divisions in the account? Who can REFER you to new contacts in other business units, departments, or divisions in the account? Why is it necessary to repetitively expose your contacts to your company's entire portfolio of products and services? Because they forget! I can tell you from personal experience that there is nothing more frustrating than finding out a customer has placed a large order with another salesperson...and the only reason they didn’t give YOU the order was because they didn't know or remember that you could fill it! Is There More to Account Management? There can be, but activities focused on increasing account penetration make up the critical core. Account management does become more complex if a team of people is managing a regional, national, or global account, but most of the complexity pertains to coordinating the activities of the team members. Don't make account management more complex than it needs to be! The basic goal is to maximize account penetration. Look for opportunities to sell every product and service in your portfolio to every business entity in the account. Make maximum use of referrals and testimonials to help you initiate new relationships. Regularly remind all of your contacts of the full breadth of your portfolio of products and services. Be organized and keep meticulous records. If you do these things, you should be amply rewarded for your efforts!



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How to have the right limo service

For you to give an added touch to your special event, you should acquire the service of a limousine. In acquiring for limousine service, you should be alert and well-informed; you can do this by making sure that every details or information is taken into account. There are lots of factors that you need to take into account such the costs, rate per hour, limousine types, and so on. Actually, one of the vital parts to the success of your special event is the choice of transportation you make and by considering all the factors needed or accompanied with it. Absolutely, you want to make your special event perfect and run smoothly, so you want to make sure that everything is settled and planned. So it is advisable that you book a limousine service for your special event months before the specific date in order for you to choose the limousine type you want and can make sure that you will have the best services that you need. In booking earlier, you can also have the chance to discuss with the manager the amenities that you need and want for your limousine. Like for instance, if you are going for a long trip, definitely, you would want a flat television with DVD player in order for you to watch some movies while traveling. If you need the limousine for business affair such as meeting, you and your business partners can be given privacy screens that you can use for your meeting and discussion. It is really very important to let the limo company know your needs and wants in order for them to settle it for you. You have to make head count as well, this can help you determine the type and size of limousine that you need for the special event. In choosing limousine, you also have to consider the comfort that you and your passengers will have and the fun that they will get from the amenities that the limousine has. In order for you to choose the right type of limousine you need for your special event, you need to ask the limo company to give you the details and photos of limousines that they offer. It is also better to ask about the quotes of the rates that the limo company offers. Indeed, there are lots of limousine companies and each of them differs with their prices and rates. You can check out your yellow pages in finding the right limo company that can give you the best services that you want and need. You can contact several limo companies and compare each. You can also use the internet in finding the right limo company, you can check out few websites that offers limo service. Just make sure that the limo company is reliable enough to give you the best service with the right rate. As soon as you find the appropriate limo service, you need to talk about the details with the manager. You have to ask all the valuable information that you need. You need to inform the manager about the details of the special event such as the time, date of the event, pick up point, destination, and location and so on.



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Image does matter

January is always a good time to grab bargains so when I noticed that two well-known blind companies were advertising 35% off their blinds, I decided to give them a call… and it was an interesting experience. Company A This person turned up on time which in itself is a big bonus. She was dressed in a professional way and was very efficient in her manner. I knew what I wanted and all Mary had to do was measure up and provide the quote. She was extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with. I said to Mary to call me in a couple of days as I had also arranged for another company to quote. 'No problem', she said. "I'll ring you then"…and she did. Company B This sales rep. was totally different. He turns up 15 minutes early which is very unusual. I don't mind people arriving a few minutes earlier than the agreed time, but 15 minutes is a bit too early. He should have rung first to see if it was okay. John was obviously a smoker because the smell wafted through my front door before he walked in. That really put me off. Not only that he was unshaven and dressed in a sloppy manner. John looked like he just got out of bed, got dressed, had a cigarette and turned up at my house. Maybe I shouldn't have been so quick to judge him, however his image gave me the perception that the company must be very unprofessional to have people like this representing them. John had no sooner walked through the door, when his mobile phone rang. Instead of switching it off, he answered it and had a conversation for a couple of minutes with someone from his company. I thought this was rude. Wasn't it more important to focus his attention on this potential sale? He could have checked his phone when he left. John did measure up for the blinds and provided a quote which compared to Mary's one was $600 cheaper. It appeared he hadn't included one of the measurements therefore justifying why his quote was so much cheaper. However, I didn't bother ringing him to find out if this was why his price was much better than Mary's. I had already decided that if he's a slob then the company he works for probably supplies shoddy blinds. Whether that's true or not, doesn't matter because that's the perception I got about the company. What Image Do You and Your People Portray? Image is very important. We judge people on the way they look and behave. Do you dress appropriately for your role? Do your people? Is the image you portray professional? Does it instill confidence, trust, reliability? Image is not just about the physical aspect of a person. The environment you work and live in also says a lot about you. So does the vehicle you drive. For instance a cluttered environment gives the impression of chaos, disorganisation and sloppiness. Whereby a clean and tidy area portrays harmony and control. Terrific Timesaving Products Have you visited our online product catalogue? CLICK HERE Pack 1 For any one who seriously wants to get organised - The Getting Organised Program Only $99! [ORDER ONLINE] Pack 2 Small Business Program Ideal for all business owners. Only $225! [ORDER ONLINE] Points to Ponder Do you and your people dress appropriately? How is the telephone answered? Whoever answers the telephone can create a positive or negative impression to the caller. Is your environment clean and uncluttered or does it look like an earthquake zone? Take stock of the outside areas. Are they clean and inviting? Your signage. Sandwich boards, banners, car and shop signs are part of your image. Your car - is it clean on the outside and inside? Your home - is it clean and tidy on the inside and the outside? The Final Word So take stock today. Look at yourself first. If you're a manager, business owner or team leader assess your own people and the environment and see what can be improved, then take action. You only get one chance to make a great first impression. And it's that encounter which can make the difference between you gaining the business or losing it.



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Common meanings of cat behavior

Common Meanings Of Cat Behavior A lot of people think that cats work on their own agenda, not paying much attention to their owner – provided they have clean litter, food, and water. Cats can behave in odd manners at times, which can easily confuse their owners and make it really hard to determine what the cat wants. As much as cat behavior can be confusing, there are some ways that you can solve common cat behavior mysteries. A common behavior that almost all cats do is push their heads into any type of object that will allow them to do it. You’ve probably seen your cat do this before, probably against table legs, TV stands, or another object. This can be noticed more when you have other people who own animals or those with allergies over at your house. When a cat notices this, he will rub his head against the person. In doing so, he will put a touch of saliva on the individual. In a cat’s mind, he owns what he puts his saliva on. By putting his saliva on something, that object or person will have a familiar scent. Although this can be very annoying, you have to understand that other people in your home are seen as odd or weird to your cat. When a cat does this, he is simply trying to make the visitor belong. When he brushes up against them and puts his saliva on them, he is trying to put his scent on them – which in his mind will mean that they belong in his territory. Even though marking someone or something with saliva is beneficial to the cat, saliva is one of the most common forms of pet allergies. When someone wipes the saliva off of them, the scent will be gone and the cat will go back and attempt to do it again. Even though it may appear that cats target those with allergies, cats are actually just trying to make the visitor belong at the house. If the guest simply cannot take the saliva, allow the cat to rub himself on their pants leg a few times. Normally, this is all takes for a cat to leave the person alone. Those of you who an indoor cat should expect the cat to spend quite a bit of time lying near windows. During this time, you may hear your cat make very strange noises or weird movements. You shouldn’t fear though, as he is simply acting out his hunting instincts. Whether it’s another cat or object outside moving about, the cat will see it and simply go into his native hunting instinct. As most already know, cats love to play. They love to played with, especially with toys. They will pounce on things on occasion, which should always be expected. If you try to prevent this type of behavior, your cat will take a very negative approach and you’ll end up with a lot of broken things in your home. You can always play with your cat using a string, as he will love to chase the string around the room. The longer you own your cat, the more odd behavior you’ll see him exhibit. Cats behave in strange ways, although they always have a reason for behaving the way they do. If you can understand why your cat behaves like he does, you’ll have no problems keeping him healthy and happy. If you simply pay attention to your cat and the way he behaves at times – you’ll be able to understand him better than ever before. (word count 592)



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Taking ctrl 20 keyboard shortcuts

There may be times when it is simply inconvenient to use the click of your mouse for a specific command or even for an entire working session on your computer. Believe it or not, repeated clicking of the mouse can cause physical pain and nerve damage in hands, wrists, arms, shoulders or even the neck of some people. Minimize this risk by taking note of your computer habits and replacing some of the most frequently used mouse movements with simple, easy to learn, keyboard shortcuts. You can save time and hand movements by implementing these helpful “tricks”. No special keyboard is needed for the shortcuts described below. Because each program has its own unique shortcuts it would be impossible and a bit overwhelming to try to list them all here. I will attempt to demonstrate the most common shortcuts generally used in most Windows applications. FUNCTION KEYS -- Hitting the F1 key in any program will bring up the Help menu for that particular program. F7 will activate a spelling and grammar check. F10 activates the menu bar so that you can then type the corresponding underlined letter to drop down that menu list.

You can then use the up/down arrow keys to select the appropriate command and press Enter to activate it. Or, while holding down the Alt key, press the spacebar to activate the control menu to minimize, maximize or close out your active window. Again, type in the corresponding underlined letter to carry out the desired command. All this can be done without taking your hands off the keyboard and reaching for that mouse. HOME/END KEYS -- You can also navigate within any document or file by the use of your arrow keys and the “Home” and “End” keys. Pressing the Home key will bring you to the beginning of the line on which your cursor sits, while pressing the Home key while holding down Ctrl will bring your cursor back to the beginning of the entire document. Similarly, pressing the End key will take your cursor to the end of that line, while pressing Ctrl plus the End key will take you to the end of your entire document. Pressing your up and down arrow keys will take you either up or down one line, while pressing the left and right arrow keys will move your cursor one character to the right or left. CTRL KEY -- Now that you have found a way to navigate around your screen without using the mouse, here are a few more helpful shortcuts to try. The following are 2-key combination commands. While holding the Ctrl key down, press the following keys to carry out the commands.

(Note - do not press the “+” key – that is only instructing you to press the second key while still holding down the Ctrl key.) Ctrl + C… to copy file, folder or selected text Ctrl + X… will cut selected data (remove and place in memory) Ctrl + V… will paste that file, folder or text Ctrl + U… to activate the underline command (or turn it off) Ctrl + B…to activate the bold command (or turn it off) Ctrl + I…to activate the italic command (or turn it off) Ctrl + A…will select all Ctrl + P…to print document Ctrl + S…to save document Ctrl + O…to open a document Ctrl + L…left justifies selected text Ctrl + R…right justifies selected text Ctrl + E…centers selected text



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Using the propagation technique known as budding to grow beautiful ornamental trees

Flowering Dogwood trees can be easily grown from seed. However 99.9999% of the seedlings that sprout will be Cornus Florida, which is White Flowering Dogwood. It doesn’t matter if you collect the seeds from a White Dogwood or a Pink Dogwood, the seedlings are likely to be white. The only predictable way to grow a Pink Dogwood, Red Dogwood, or one of the beautiful Dogwoods with variegated leaves, is to bud or graft the desired variety onto a White Dogwood seedling. That’s why the botanical name for Pink Dogwood is Cornus Florida Rubra.

Cornus means Dogwood, Florida indicates White, Rubra indicates Red or Pink. Cornus Florida Rubra indicates Pink Dogwood grown on White Dogwood rootstock. Between budding and grafting, budding is the most common technique used in the nursery industry. Grafting is usually done in the late winter months when the plants are dormant.

When you graft a plant you remove a small branch (4 to 6 inches) from the desired variety, trim the end of the branch to expose the tissue under the bark and then trim a taper on the end. You then trim the seedling in such a way to match and receive the branch you are grafting on to it. Timing, temperature, and humidity are all critical to the success of the procedure, which is usually done in a greenhouse. Budding is much easier, and does not have to be done in a controlled environment. Most budding is done later in the summer when the bark on the seedling slips easily. That means that when a cut is made in the bark of the seedling it can be easily pulled away from the tissue layer under the bark. This tissue is known as the cambium layer. Here in the north Crabapples and other fruits are usually ready to bud around mid to late July, while Dogwoods are not ready until late August. Unlike grafting where you use a small branch to attach to the seedling, when you bud you insert a single bud under the bark. Budding is usually done down low on the seedling, very close to the soil. You can bud up higher, but any new growth that appears below that bud must be removed because it will be identical to the rootstock and not the desired variety.

The budding process is quite simple. Just clip a branch from the tree of the desired variety, this is known as a bud stick because it has many buds that can be used for budding. The buds can be found at the base of each leaf. Look closely where the leaf emerges from the branch and you will see a very small bud. In the fall when the tree goes dormant the leaf will fall off, and bud will remain. The following spring the bud will grow into a new branch.

When you slip that bud under the bark of a compatible seedling, it will grow the following spring just as if it were still on the parent plant, with all of the qualities of the desired variety. Almost all fruit bearing and ornamental trees are grown this way. Just make a “T” shaped cut in the bark of the seedling. A horizontal cut about ј” long, with a vertical downward cut about Ѕ” long. The two cuts should intersect at the top of the “T”. Don’t cut into the cambium tissue, just slice the bark and open it up slightly with your knife or razor blade. Now you are ready to remove the bud from the bud stick. First clip off and discard the leaf from the bud that you are about to remove. When you remove the leaf, leave the stem attached to the bud stick, just remove the leaf itself. The stem makes a nice little handle to hold on to. To remove the bud from the bud stick just cut into the bark and under the bud, it should pop off easily. Again, don’t cut into the cambium tissue, but make sure you are under the bark so you don’t damage the bud. Along with the bud you will have a small piece of bark shaped like a tiny banana peel, and the stem from the leaf. Visit this page for photos of this complete process: http:// freeplants. com/budding_fruit_trees_and_ornamental_plants. htm Holding the bud by its handle (the stem) slide it into the “T” shaped cut you made on the seedling. Make sure you put it in right side up. The stem and the leaf should protrude through the slit, and the stem should be pointing toward the sky at an angle. Push the bud all the way down into the slit by catching the bark, (not the bud) with the tip of your knife. Now cut a rubber band so that it is no longer a loop and wrap it around the seedling to close the opening so dirt, water, air, and insects can’t get in. Make a wrap below the bud, and a few wraps above the bud. Use a rubber band approx. ј” wide, and be careful not to wrap too close to the bud, nor too tight. You don’t want to strangle the seedling, it needs to be healthy and happy so the new bud will bond to the cambium layer. Leave the rubber band on until early spring, at which time you should remove it, and clip off the top of the seedling just above the bud. As the plant comes out of dormancy the bud will begin to grow into a new branch just as if it is still attached to the parent plant, except that now it is going to grow upright and form the stem of a tree. When this new growth reaches a height of 3 to 4 feet, clip the tip off, this will force it to start putting on lateral branches. Once these lateral branches are 18” long or so, you can remove all the growth from the stem below where the lateral branches start. Now the plant should look like a beautiful little tree. And that makes you the proud parent! With all of that said, today it is possible to grow Pink Dogwoods by rooting cuttings under intermittent mist, however, it is tricky, and my few attempts have failed. ??? Most nurseryman still bud them.



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Lungs the respiration necessity

The lungs are massive vessel-like organs in the chest cavity. They are the largest and most essential part of the respiration system. The air we breathe enters and exits our lungs through two passages; the bronchioles and the bronchi. Lungs' main responsibilty is to take oxygen from the atmosphere and transport it into the bloodstreem. It then excretes carbon dioxide from blood into the atmoshpere. This gas exchange happens through specialized cells that form many millions of thin-walled air sacs.

Some non-respiratory functions are also performed by the lungs. In single celled bacteria and other small organisms, the respiration process of gas exhange can happen through simple diffusion. In large organisms, however, this is impossible, because a very small amount of cells in large organisms are located close enough to the surface for diffusion to take place. Two major changes made it possible for all organisms to attain multicellularity. One being an efficient circulatory system to transport gases to and from all tissues in the body.

The other is a large respiratory system. The respiratory system centralizes the responsibilty of collecting oxygen from the atmosphere and brings it into the body, where it can be rapidly sent to tissues through the circulatory system. Lungs also have several jobs that do not include the respiratory function. A main job for the lungs is to protect the heart. They surround the heart and act as cushions to soften any blow that the heart may have to endure.

Without this padding, simply bumping into someone could be fatal. Another responsibilty of this organ is to influence the concentration of biologically active drugs and other substances which are used in medicine. Filtering out small blood clots formed in the systemic veins is another task performed by the lungs.



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Plenty of steroids for sale

Anabolic steroids belong to the class of medicinal drugs, which consists of artificially fabricated type of the male hormone ‘testosterone’. Steroids are advantageous, if used in right quantity for right purpose, during the right age. Steroids abuse can be harmful as well as disastrous. There is a wide variety of steroids available for sale both online as well as offline. Some common types of steroid for sale includes Clenbuterol, Cytomel, HCG, Nolvadex, Proviron, Testosterone Anadrol, Arimidex, Anavar, Winstrol, Cialis, Stenox, Clomid, Deca Durabolin, Equipoise, Sustanon, Accutane, Clomid, Nolvadex, Viagra, Silagra, Proviron, Caverject, Propecia, Evista, Dynabolon, Andriol, Enanthate, Arimidex, Thiomucase cream, and Winstrol Depot. There are numerous manufacturers that produce steroids for sale in their own countries and to export them to other countries. Today, the drug-making companies are openly producing lots of steroids for sale. These drugs are also supplied across international boundaries, which do not produce steroids for sale. While buying steroids online, you must check their quality as there are various Internet sites provide illegal or illicit steroids for sale. The illegitimate steroids for sale are not authorized by the food & drug agencies.

There are a number of cases when illegal sites deliver wrong or low quality steroids that can be hazardous for your health. There have been no severe rules to restrain steroids smuggling. There is a vast black market offering up illicit steroids for sale. The steroids for sale in black markets are completely fake and counterfeit. Steroids for sale are available legally, when you have proper prescription or recommendation of a medical practitioner.

Before purchasing steroids, you should make some research, which helps you in discovering the legitimate source offering steroids for sale. Always buy steroids from a liable source offering genuine/real steroids for sale. There is a need of some strict authority that put a control over illegality of steroids for sale. People are suggested to purchase steroids from legitimate and lawful druggists and only for positive usage.



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Use hoodia gordonii to solve weight problem

Being obese or overweight is a problem. So if you are obese or overweight, you have to solve it or do something right away, don’t let obesity ruin your lives. Obesity can give other illnesses or diseases that can harm your health, so do not neglect being obese or overweight. You have to do something about it before it actually ruins your life. Actually, obesity can change the way you relate with people due to lack of confidence and tend to be shy with the way you look. So due to this it can change the way you mingle with others and even with your loved ones. Certainly, you do not want your life to do destroy because of weight problem? Do not just lock yourself to your room and stop mingling with others, there are lots of things that you can do to solve it. Just start acting in order to solve your weight problem.

If you are looking for ways to solve your weight problem, definitely there are heaps available for you in the market. If you are searching for products that can aid you to lose weight effectively, you have to of course take time in searching for the right product that can certainly make you lose weight. Yes, there are plenty of products out there, but of course, do not simply buy one and use one without even checking it out some valuable details about the product. Maybe you have heard about hoodia gordonii. Yes, hoodia gordonii is a popular appetite suppressant which can make you lose weight effectively. Since this hoodia gordonii is a cactus-like plant which you can find in Kalahari Desert was been proven and tested to suppress hunger and thirst. Hoodia gordonii was found by scientists to have a miracle molecule which works by tricking the mind by signaling it that you are satisfied and full. The San people used this cactus-like plant for centuries in order to suppress their hunger particularly when they have to go out for long hunting. Yes, it is proven to be effective since it was used for long period of time.

If you are interested to purchase hoodia gordonii for your weight problem, you have to make sure you’re purchasing the real product. You have to check it out in order to prevent the fake ones, since fake products can harm your health. So be careful in looking and purchasing for one. There are ways in order to help you out find the real and genuine hoodia gordonii. You have to purchase hoodia gordonii with company or website that is reliable. Check out if they can give you the necessary information about the product. Information and details are important, so make sure that they are provided to you. Checking out certification can help you find out if the hooda gordonii product is real. You have to look at it before you actually purchase the product. These certifications can prove that the product is real and genuine.



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Sustanon 250 a four testosterone blend

Sustanon 250 is an oil-based injectable steroid. Sustanon 250 contains mixture of four esterized testosterone compounds, which include Testosterone Propionate (30 mg), Testosterone Phenylpropionate (60 mg), Testosterone Isocaproate (60 mg) and Testosterone Decanoate (100 mg). The testosterone mixtures remain active in the body for up to a month in order to provide an immediate effect. In the late 80’s and the mid 90’s, Sustanon 250 was highly adored testosterone version. Sustanon 250 has several testosterone esters with different action continuations. As soon as the esters enter the general circulation, they get hydrolyzed into the natural hormone testosterone. As with other testosterones, Sustanon 250 is an androgenic steroid with a distinct anabolic effect. Thus, weightlifters, bodybuilders, jocks, runners normally use Sustanon 250 to put on mass and size while escalating potency. The use of Sustanon 250 causes less water retention and estrogenic side effects, which is really helpful to muscle-builders suffering from gynecomastia.

This property of Sustanon 250 makes it a desirable steroid for jocks enthusiastic about cutting up or building a solid foundation of quality mass. Some of the side effects associated with Sustanon 250 are acne, disturbance of liver function, polycythaemia, hypertension, weight gain (in female-to-male transsexuals), water and sodium retention, oligospermia, decreased ejaculatory volume, priapism and other signs of excessive sexual stimulation. The Sustanon 250 side effects that appear in pre-pubertal boys include precocious sexual development, an increased frequency of erections, phallic enlargement and premature epiphyseal closure. Sustanon 250 can be used with caution in boys who have not yet reached puberty, elderly people, decreased kidney or liver function, heart problem, high blood pressure (hypertension), epilepsy, migranes, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, blood clotting disorders. Sustanon 250 can not be used in prostate cancer, breast cancer in men, kidney inflammation and high calcium amount. Sustanon 250 is not recommended for women.

Normally, Sustanon 250 can be taken intravasculary at least once a week that can be stretched up to 10 days. The quantity in muscle building and power lifting ranges from 250 mg every 14 days up to 1000 mg or more a day. A dose of 500 mg/week is enough for the majority of jocks, and can often be diluted to 250 mg/week by blending with an oral steroid. To gain mass rapidly, Sustanon 250 is often taken in conjunction with Deca Durabolin, Dianabol (D-bol) or Anadrol. Parabolan, Winstrol, Anavar or Primobolan Depot.



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The foods you eat determine your health

Somewhere caught up in your busy lifestyle, between your Palm Pilot or Blackberry, day planner, lap top, the kids sports, piano lessons, traffic, and household duties, being healthy got deleted from your agenda. Instead of planning and taking time to sit down to eat, you’re on the go, driving through fast food franchises eating combo meals, forgetting to eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, the quick and easy foods are loaded with carbohydrates, sodium, sugar and fats. Healthy eating will help you stay healthy. Here are a couple of tips for healthy eating so you don’t ignore your healthy: 1. Don’t skip breakfast. Eating in the morning will jump-start your metabolism, giving you energy to get you through the morning. Protein and carbohydrate in the morning is a great breakfast. Breakfast should be your largest meal for the day. 2. Reduce your intake of caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and is addictive. Caffeine will make you hungry. Carbonation prevents your body from absorbing nutrients. Both caffeine and carbonation will cause your body to be in a more acidic state. The best pH for your balance is more alkaline or slightly over 7.0 which is half way between total acidic and alkalinity. 3. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. I personally drink distilled water and avoid tap water at all costs. Filtered, purified, ionized and reverse osmosis water is also good. Think of water as cleansing the toxins out of your body. Water is water and water is not ice tea, coffee, Crystal light. 4. Eat your fruits and vegetables daily. A diet rich in dark green, orange, red and yellow choices are best. Your body likes variety which comes in all colors. Variety gives your body a greater amount of nutrients. The most overlooked benefit of eating raw vegetables in your diet is the benefits of the enzyme activity in raw vegetables. Eat at least 3 portions of raw vegetables a day. 5. Eat whole-grain products. Your best sources are whole-grain breads, cereals, rice and pasta. Stay away from enriched and white flour products. Read the label. Processed foods are not whole-grains. All the healthy nutrients have been stripped away from processed foods. 6. Cut the “bad” (saturated) fats and increase the “good” (unsaturated) fats. The bad fats include coconut and palm oil, butter, full-fat dairy products and animal fat. Eat the good fats that include olive, canola and corn oils. Read the label. Anything fat which is solid at room temperature is best to avoid. 7. Drink alcohol in moderation if at all. Alcohol has wasted calories and if consumed on a regular basis, adds unwanted pounds. Alcohol also increases your blood sugar levels which is unhealthy for your metabolism. Just try and make one change a week. Or continue to work on one of these tips until it becomes a part of your healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating takes some planning. It’s very difficult to eat healthy on the fly. Spend some time and plan your meals. It’s well worth the rewards. You are what you eat. If you are eating unhealthy, don’t expect to stay healthy for long. I believe it’s easier to stay healthy than to try to get healthy once your sick. With only a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in your daily eating habits. Use your mind – if you think healthy, you will eat healthy. Think of foods as fuel for your body. Eating healthy foods will produce a healthy body. For more information, motivation and tips on weight loss and healthy eating, go to http:// womensweightlosscoach. com



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A note from saint valentine a first person tale of this wonderful day

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings. Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars.

They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea.

He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous!

I certainly wasn't going to support that law! Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies -- secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers. One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death. I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love from your Valentine." I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A. D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that love can't be beaten!



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Joyful autumn rose growing

The autumn months of September and October are when roses perform at their peak. After faithfully following proper rose procedures up to this point, now -- at last -- you should begin to reap the rewards of full, vibrant, glorious blooms. Your work isn't quite done yet, however. Although autumn is the best growing time, it's also the time you must prepare your rose bushes for winter coming onslaught. Producing those beautiful blooms you are so proud of is hard work -- for your rose bushes, too. They need a lot of water to fuel the flowering process. Continue to water them deeply, as often as needed to maintain growth.

Watering daily is okay if you are showing them off, just be careful and observe closely so that you do not over-do the watering process. You want beautiful blooms, not drowned roots. Continue using water-soluble compost through the end of September. Consider a commercial bloom-boosting fertilizer. The large number in the middle of the formulation is your cue -- nitogen, PHOSPHORUS, potasium (potash). Black spot and mildew are dangerous because conditions for their growth are ideal, so keep up with a vigorous spraying program through the end of October. Stop all fertilizing by the end of October, to let your roses begin the hibernation process. You can continue to cut rose bouquets through October without causing any harm to the bushes.

To encourage rose hips to form, just remove the petals of the dead roses. Fall just happens to be the right time to start planning next year's garden. Order new flower catalogs for your research during the dark and dreary months of winter. This is my favorite part -- all fun and no work. To get your best selections possible, place your new roses order early.

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What is laminate flooring

Laminate flooring mimics the look of traditional woods while offering easy installation and lasting durability. At first glance, it can be difficult to spot the difference between hardwoods and laminate flooring. What appears to be a natural wood grain pattern is really a thin layer of decor paper (a photographic image) under a tough-as-nails protective film that is glued and pressed to a high-density backing board. Laminate Flooring comes in an array of wood effects as well as stone and ceramic effects. Laminate floorings main advantages are that it is easy to install, is very hardwearing and relatively inexpensive compared to real hardwood flooring.

Laminate flooring is a floating floor, which means it does not fasten directly to the sub-floor. Instead the planks are clicked together. This enables the floor to be fitted fast and with no real mess. Laminate flooring has been around in Europe for around 15 years and has seen massive growth in the past few years.

In 2004 over 750 million square meters of laminate flooring was sold worldwide this was an increase of 13% on the previous year. The biggest growth market is in the US with an impressive growth rate of 25%. What is laminate Flooring Made From? Laminate flooring is made up of four layers: 1. Overlay (wearlayer) 2. HPL (decroative paper + high strength paper) 3. Core layer 4. Stabilizing layer The bottom layer is the stabilizing layer; this is what gives the laminate floor its stability. It is made up of moisture resistant resins Above this there is the core layer; this is made up of high density fibreboard (H. D.F.). This is saturated in resins to make it extremely hard. Most manufactures also add a moisture resistant resin to the core. This is important as it helps keep the flooring protected against moisture penetrating the boards. On top of the core layer is added a high strength paper along with the decorative paper. It is this decorative paper which gives the laminate flooring its individual appearance, ranging from highly authentic wood reproduction, ceramic or stone designs. The top wear layer is provided by the melamine resin, a highly wear resistant material that makes laminate flooring so hard wearing. This top layer is very similar to the top layer on counter or kitchen work tops but is usually around 40% stronger. This makes the laminate flooring highly resistant to scratches, burns, dent’s, stains, etc. Most laminate floors today fit together with a click system with the most common being the UNICLIC system as used by Quick-Step. This is extremely easy and fast to fit. The ingenious UNICLIC-system has a special shape of tongue and groove. You simply place the tongue of one plank into the grove of another at an angle and press down. Their sophisticated and very accurate milled shape makes it possible to create a very tight connection during the installation. The floor can be walked on straight away.



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Checking for asbestos in your home

If you are concerned about asbestos exposure you are not alone. Many individuals wonder if they have been exposed, and if so, what they can do to help protect their health. If you think that you have been exposed to asbestos or are looking for ways to prevent an exposure, look no further. We will go over some of the health problems that arise from asbestos exposure, and what can be done to prevent them. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used for a variety of different applications. Many homes may have this material in their insulation, as it is a fire retardant. Once exposed, individuals can inhale the microscopic asbestos particles and take them into their lungs. Once there, the fibers can cause lung cancer. If prolonged exposure occurs, an individual can also develop cancer in the chest cavity and abdomen.

It is important to note that many individuals have experienced brief exposure and been just fine. The fine asbestos particles are difficult to see and get rid of, so it is common for them to remain in their air for long periods of time thus increasing the risk of cancer. Smokers are at an increased risk for side effects due to exposure. If you think that your home may have asbestos there are several places that you want to look. It is important to remember that products today do not contain the fiber, only things built in the 1970’s or earlier. - Steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts could be insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. If the fibers become damaged or are repaired improperly, they could lead to exposure. - Resilient floor tiles - the backing on many vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives could contain asbestos. Sanding the tiles or scraping them could release the fibers.

- Cement, millboard, and paper that were used as insulation around furnaces and wood burning stoves. Repairing or removing these appliances could stir up the fibers. - Door gaskets - in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. - Sound proofing or decorative material sprayed on walls and ceilings. Sanding, drilling or scraping the material could be harmful. - Cement roofing, shingles, and siding. This usually only cause a problem when sawed, drilled, or cut. If you think that you have asbestos in your home, don’t panic. If the material is good condition, you can leave it alone. It is only when these materials are disturbed that there is a problem. If you find a damaged area - discard it using asbestos gloves and a facial mask. Your local health or environmental officials will be able to walk you through the proper disposal procedure. Always check with them when beginning any remodeling job. Remember, the only way to find out if something contains asbestos is to look at it under a microscope. Enlist the help of a professional, and let them handle the details. They are trained in such removal procedures and can help ensure the safety of your family and loved ones.



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Integrating microsoft great plains accounting erp rms crm ecommerce lotus domino overview for developer

Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains has substantial market share among horizontal and vertical clientele in the USA, Canada (including French version for Quebec/Montreal), UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spanish speaking Latin and Central America, South Africa and Middle East. Nowadays ERP can not stay as it is off-the-shelf product – it requires integration with Legacy or newly implemented systems, such as CRM, Retail Management applications, custom in-house made business systems (transportation/cargo tracking, etc). The tendency is that if company uses Microsoft-driven computer park (Windows domain, SQL Servers, MS Exchange) the rest of the ERP/CRM applications are Windows-oriented. However you can have successful bridge between non-Microsoft ERP and Great Plains: Oracle, IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, DB2 or others), usually it involves Java/CORBA/EJB/JSP type of expertise. Microsoft RMS-Great Plains integration. There are few options – first one is to use standard integration, coming with MS RMS. It has Dexterity interface in Great Plains, does integration to single company at the time.

Doesn’t integration on SOP/AR level, however. Second option is to use integration, maintained by Alba Spectrum Technologies – it integrates unlimited number of stores, SOP/AR/POP, posts through Bank Reconciliation module and so allows to track Check Books/Credit Card balances. This integration also has Dexterity interface for Stores-GP Companies mapping and could work as nightly or real time SQL Server routine Microsoft CRM-Great Plains integration. This integration is maintained by Microsoft Business Solutions and allows you to synchronize SOP and Customers in Great Plains with Microsoft CRM Quotes and Orders. Microsoft CRM has open Microsoft CRM SDK and so you can customize and integrate Microsoft CRM at will, having C# or VB. Net in-house expertise. The above mentioned integration could be altered and tuned by programming MS BizTalk server (it can use either BizTalk runtime or regular license) Microsoft Great Plains as Back office for eCommerce web-site. Here we need to mention interesting thing, The product, created and dedicated to eCommerce developers – Great Plains eConnect is often considered as a bit expensive and licensing-restricting solution. If your company is ISV and implements eCommerce product, integrating to Great Plains – you would rather prefer set of open and simple stored procedures, moving data to and retrieving from Microsoft Great Plains Sales Order Processing (SOP) module Microsoft Great Plains integration with Oracle. Well – you can do it either from Oracle or from MS SQL Server side – in both cases you have linking tools and heterogeneous queries mechanisms Microsoft Great Plains integration with Lotus Notes/Domino. – If you want Great Plains documents lookup from Lotus – you typically use ODBC connection to MS SQL Server. You need to know Great Plains tables structure (Tools->Resource Description->Tables in Great Plains) Good luck in upgrading and if you have issues or concerns – we are here to help! If you want us to do the job - give us a call 1-866-528-0577, 1-630-961-5918! help@albaspectrum. com



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