How to Know If a Travel Agency is Reliable

Everyone needs to be extra careful these days, especially when choosing a company where you’ll entrust your money. And when it comes to choosing a travel agency, you really have to be very wise. After all you wouldn’t want to pay for nothing. You wouldn’t want to compromise anything. So, as traveler you should know how to identify a reliable travel agency where you’ll be booking your flights to.

But how would you know that a travel agency is reliable and not just bogus?

It may sound so unreal but truthfully there are bogus online travel companies which claim that they are credible and reliable. In fact there are several individuals who have been scammed by some of this bogus company. This is really frustrating! However there are also several ways how to stay away from these scammers.

• Always consider checking consumer reports – the INTERNET provides consumer reports in order to inform the public about the companies which truly operates and are not bogus. This report also provides details about the top most travel companies online. Consumer reports are certain and reliable. It provides lists of popular travel companies that you can have business with like booking your flights with them, etc.

• Check out online reviews – online reviews for reliable travel agencies are available and you can check it anytime. There are positive and negative reviews from the customers, however if the travel company rendered excellent service it will never receive negative review from the customer.

• Visit the travel company’s site – for reliability it would be best to visit the travel company’s site and check out the deals they have. If it mentioned deals at certain airlines, you can contact that airlines and inquire about it.

• Ask someone who has traveled a lot – if you are not convinced with what you have seen on the INTERNET, you can also ask someone you know who have traveled a lot. For sure he could provide all the info you need about reliable travel companies.

Blogging Tips to Increase Blog Traffic

8 Smart Tips To Get Your Blog Read

We all know that Content Marketing or writing and posting articles can get you huge volumes of traffic with virtually no advertising budget. But writing articles requires time and effort on your part to produce something of value for the reader. The following blogging tips will help you provide content that either educates or motivates and helps your readers to improve their own marketing skills. This is the best way to increase blog traffic. But don’t waste your time and energy on writing articles that no one sees. The way you ensure your posting is viewed is in the marketing or promotion of your articles. Some refer to this as “seeding.” I like to call it “promoting your content.”

It is important that you don’t overdo it or force the issue. The more things that happen “organically” the longer they will positively effect ranking and over time increase blog traffic. To get things started you will need a little extra effort, but if you are consistent traffic will grow and then you only need to maintain the exposure so that you continue to get exposure. Remember blogging tips can help you reach your goal of having a consistent flow of quality prospects to your funnel system. (MLM Lead System Pro – “Your Lead System”)

First, I will share blogging tips to consider and second, I will point out tools and strategies to increase blog traffic and get it seen by more people.

1) Good Grammar: When writing you must make sure your content is well written with good grammar, punctuation, and of course proper spelling. If needed, hire an editor to clean things up for you. Depending on the kind of editing involved, editors may be expensive but having clean and well-written articles will help your site get the credibility that it needs. Quality content not only will boost your search engine ranking, but will establish your site as a good place to get informed. This will result in returning visitors.

2) Grab Their Attention in the Title: When you entice someone and spur their curiosity you are already halfway to the finish line. Without overselling a claim, you can be clever to swoon them in. One way to work on this is to go online and look at article directories and see which ones catch your eye.

3) Keep things short and concise: You want it to be easy to read, long paragraphs can make your article difficult to read. Keep each paragraph short. 3-5 sentences is plenty. Sometimes I use a single sentence or even a couple of words to make my point. A paragraph can be that short and direct.

4) Make it welcoming to the eye: By using numbers, bullets, indentations, pictures, graphs and board framing you can make the article more interesting and hold the reader’s attention longer while being more effective in getting your point across or understood. A long running block of square matching paragraphs is boring! No one likes that. Make sure that you have a visual representation to accompany the topic or sub-categories. Without going overboard, this will make the article visually appealing to the site viewers.

5) Use headings, subtitles, and photos: Placing sub-titles to grab readers’ attention will make it easy for the reader to move from one point to the next which keeps the transition smooth and easy. It’s true, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Photos can help the reader visualize your message and intent.

6) Keep their interest beginning to end: Your opening paragraph should include real life experiences that the reader can relate to. Use good descriptions and metaphors to make your point. Graphic examples make it easy for them to imagine what you are talking about. Make the reading experience pleasurable and enjoyable for them.

7) Quote facts and figures when possible: When you include statics and specific facts to support your position, you add credibility to your articles and will be viewed as an expert or authority regarding your subject. Be careful not to make it too complex or formal so you maintain a light and easy read.

8) Consult an expert in your field or topic: It is always a good idea to quote “the expert” in the field as a resource in your articles. Quoting others will lend credibility and authority to your piece. You can also consider hiring industry experts to write the articles themselves, or even better yet, interview them. This can be a unique way to get great content while creating exposure and traffic for the interviewee and then perhaps no fee will be necessary.

As blogging and article marketing has become more of a tool to optimize ranking and get exposure, many now lack in content and are haphazardly done. Too many are sacrificing quality for quantity. This creates the opportunity for you to be a “breath of fresh air” supplying interesting and informative content that’s easy to read and understand. A blog written thoughtfully can quickly separate you from the crowd. So whatever your level of skill might be, complement it by either hiring professionals to write for you, or just be a second set of eyes to edit your copy to insure its integrity.

Now, I would like to point out some tools and strategy tips to get your article seen by more people!

5 Smart Tips To Get Your Blog Seen

1. Tweet: One of the quickest and most effective ways to get your link to a new blog post noticed and increase traffic is simply to tweet it. Tweeting a link is quick and easy to do – and your hope is that some of your followers will “re-tweet” it and expose it to even more than just your “follower base.” Therefore, it is important that you not only give people a reason to click on your link (sell the article), but make your tweet re-tweetable. Stay under 120 characters to leave space for followers to retweet.

2. Link to Facebook & LinkedIn: Status updates should go to all the social sites you are linked to. Some will even let you set up auto-connect. When you announce your new post on Facebook it automatically tweets all of your followers. You will find that different types of content will draw more or less traffic from different sites. But all you need is someone that has a large number of Friends or Followers to pick up your blog and then in seconds it is exposed to people you had no access to! You never know what impact sharing a link in these sites can have until you do it. And there’s add-ins you can install to automatically link your new post to many other social sites.

3. Use Video to Promote your Article: Yes, a quick 30 to 40 second video promoting your article and then posting it on YouTube will not only draw traffic from one of the most visited sites on the Internet, but will also create another link back to your article on your blog. This is great for the search engines. After you have the video posted and linked you can use software to automatically post to as many as 35 other video sharing sites linking back to your original article to increase blog traffic.

4. Pitch it to another Blogger or Twitter User: Keep a list of other bloggers that have similar audiences. When you produce something of real value and believe it will be helpful to their followers, shoot out a personal email offering them to post it. This is the same approach used with Tweeters, that if the content is something they want to re-tweet and you have a readymade list of these people, you can send out a personal note asking them to take a look and share. If the link is relevant to the Tweeter and the topic that you see them sharing on Twitter, then you might get a very welcome reception to your request. And of course, you will want to reciprocate if they make you aware of helpful quality posts to share with your group.

5. Make it easy for people to share: Once you implement the ideas above, you should be receiving some traffic to your blog, now maximize that by making it easy for them to share with others. The easiest way to do this is by the use of building social media buttons into your blog. There are numerous plug-ins that will do this for you. But I strongly recommend that you don’t overdo it! A few simply placed buttons or options are helpful. Too many just adds to the clutter and confusion of many sites I see. Again, be a refreshing change or option to your reader while still creating blog traffic.

Last but not least:

A. Be consistent. It is better to do a couple things well and consistently than to do a bunch of things haphazardly. The “tortoise” will always beat the “hare” when it comes to traffic building, search engine optimization, and flow of quality prospects to your funnel marketing system. (MLM Lead System Pro)

B. Remember it’s all about relationships. The more you connect with your readers and move them to “personal contact” the more they will trust you and want to follow your lead. This is so important to the steady growth of your business and ultimately the relationships that will result in like-minded people asking to partner with you in your primary business.

The Seven Best Philadelphia Restaurants

The following is the list of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. Some are there because of amazing ambiance; others make their mark for the quality of food.

Dante & Luigi’s
One of the oldest and most successful of Philadelphia restaurants, it was established in 1899. The Italian immigrants used to dine at Dante & Luigi’s a hundred years ago. With its sepia-tinted photos highlighted with sunlight that streams make the place come alive, eating here is a fascinating experience. You will hear most food enthusiast in Philadelphia talk excitedly about Dante & Luigi’s because it is simply the best place as far as ambiance is concerned, and its food and service are second to none.

Butcher and Singer
Easily one of the best steakhouses in the whole country. Stephen Starr’s dream, it has luxurious surroundings and the service is equal to, or better than, any. The staff doesn’t just serve; they set the tone of the dinner and spread merriment and joy. The food is simply delicious and top-quality, while the menu does justice to both modern gourmet elements and traditional American fare.

Le Bec-Fin
This might seem slightly garish and feel a bit high-brow, but it’s very welcoming and caters to a wide range of clientele. Its 20-foot high ceiling support large crystal chandeliers, and give this place has a rather bright, but grand ambiance. The waiters, dressed in black, show how perfection can be improved upon. Its classic French menu offers the best French cuisine you can imagine; it’s the best place as far as food is concerned.

Morimoto
Ultra-modern interior and ingenious lighting make this place perfect for families as well as couples. Chef Masaharu Morimoto creates high-end Japanese cuisine that fits perfectly with the ethereal atmosphere generated by the unusual surroundings. Easily one of the best Philadelphia restaurants serving non-American cuisine.

Ristorante Panorama
You cannot hope for better service than this; it’s flawless. It has a formal dining area and this is the right place for big occasions or important business meetings. Chef Rosario Romano creates fascinating classic Italian cuisine. The bar is well-furnished and has more than 800 wines; you can the rarest of all premium wines, or you could sample something good that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Sarcone’s
Compared to other established Philadelphia restaurants, Sarcone’s is a relatively new joint. It opened in 1997 and is now counted among the top restaurants in Philadelphia. It gives a great dining experience, but is not as pricey as the other top-notch restaurants, and it serves the freshest and most delicious food.

Union Trust Steakhouse
This is how you spell GRAND. One of the oldest and most traditional of all Philadelphia buildings, it has plush dining are with stunning decor that highlights the building’s earlier role as a bank. Not the place for dieting enthusiasts, everything comes big out here. The menu gives contemporary touch the tradition menu of steakhouses and will leave you licking our fingers.