Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How can I drive traffic to my website?

How can I drive traffic to my website?
 How to drive traffic to my site might be the question but the answers is much more complicated.

Increase Net Visitors , website visitors are a necessity for successful website. You can have the best website in the world but if nobody sees it what good is it? To gain website traffic there is a cost, not always  in money, but in time and returning favors you may say. The very first thing to look at is the topic of your website. Example: Home Repair, there are literally thousands of websites relating to home repair. If you are looking to to increase website traffic the only way to gain any amount of website traffic is to include the keywords in the text of your website that the targeted audience would be using in their browser. If my home repair website does not include roof repair in the text anywhere the search engines will bypass it and go to a website that does include these keywords. So understanding your target audience and what words they would use to find your website is the start to increasing your website traffic. 
  Now comes the part about favors, creating back links. These are links on other peoples websites that connect people from their website to yours. example http://sites.google.com/site/buildingafreesuccessfulwebsite/  By clicking that link it will take you to a different site that could be yours. Why would they do this? In return you would add a link to your website including their URL That way both sites gain importance increasing the chance of someone finding it. I have several websites that I use and anyone who back links mine gets a back link on to one of my websites depend on their topic as to which site they would go on. Where can you add a back link to your website without affecting the appearance of your website? Simple create a resource page and put the links there, it can be a simple page with nothing but back links. 
   How can you tell who has back linked to your website? Copy and paste your URL into the browser and it should show up. Once you have created the back link, use it. Quite simply go on their website, find your URL and click on it. The more clicks from more different sources will move you up the ladder. You can start by adding a  link to this site and gain your first back link.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Insulation Tips

Insulation tips for an old house

  Every year winter comes no matter if we like it or not, and with every winter comes the concerns over the expense to heat our homes. This especially true for those homeowners that own an old house in a cold region. The old saying "they don't build them like they used to." couldn't be any truer than when applied to house construction. The homes of today are built to need minimal maintenance while offering higher levels of comfort and reduced costs to heat.
  Before we get into the why and  how to save money on home heating we will first go over the cost and return on your investment. Yes insulating is an investment, just like when invest money what you spend today pays rewards down the road. The good thing about investing in the upgrading of the insulation of your home it never stops giving returns, as costs increase so do the savings.
  If you are paying $2000 to heat your house this year in 25 years your total heating costs will add up to $95,354 at a rate of inflation of 5%. By reducing your heating costs by 5% you will save $4686 over the same period. By reducing your heating costs by 20% you will save $19,070 over the same period.
  When dealing with old houses your present heating costs could well exceed $2000 and heating costs can be reduced by more than 20%. If you are presently paying $4000 a year to heat your home and could cut the costs by 40% your savings would total $76,283.
  Although all of these savings sound great they are not cheap and to reach the greater savings huge amounts of expenses go along with it. In fact quite often exceed the money you would have saved on your heating costs. An old house was not built with energy efficiency in mind. Many of the insulation ideas and products were not available at the time of construction. Old houses weren't built using house wrap, vapour barrier, energy efficient windows, energy efficient heating systems, and insulation could be almost anything or nothing at all.
  With all this in mind you need to analyze what you have and what you can improve on while keeping costs in mind. When remodeling or replacing components on your home you should always try to use energy efficient items even though the effectiveness of them may be minimal. Putting an energy efficient window in a tent isn't going to make it much warmer, the same applies for a poorly insulated house. Insulation alone will not make the you home energy efficient, it needs a means of stopping air movement through the insulation to allow it to reach it's maximum effectiveness.
  Fibreglass batt insulation is the most popular form of insulation due to the cost and ease of installation. It has an R-value of  3 to 4 per inch. For a 2x4 wall the rating will be R12 to R13. Without house wrap to prevent air movement this number is greatly reduced. A polyurethane rigid panel has an R-value of 7 to 8 per inch and will be effected a lot less by air movement. Because of it's higher R-value and the fact that it resists air movement it is good choice to use where possible. Spray foams have an R-value of  in range of 5 to 7 per inch. These are the basic products that you would use for most of your insulating problems.
  When insulating an old house especially if you are trying to live in at the same time it is impossible to do it as good as it can be done for it would require removing all the drywall or plaster to get down to bare studs, replacing all the doors and windows, covering the outside with polyurethane rigid panels ( foam-board ), adding house wrap, new siding, and insulating the entire inside walls and ceilings, adding vapour barrier, replacing the drywall, and than top all that off with an energy efficient heating system.
  It is important to understand how to insulate properly even if you don't plan to completely strip your house. You may decide to redo the siding and upgrade the doors and windows. If so add the foam board panels and house wrap at this time. It will be well worth the extra money spent. The increased property value will almost always offset the cost of  new siding, added exterior insulation,  doors and windows.If you are removing drywall you can build the wall out to allow for extra insulation. This is also a good time to look at having the walls spray foamed with a good commercial spray foam.
   These ideas are good but come with a high expense that does not always fit into budgets but should be kept in mind so they can be implemented during any major repair or remodeling project.
  There are a number of things that can be done to reduce heating costs that have minimal expense and will be instant returns. Most of these can be done with limited home repair experience and require very few tools to accomplish. You can start by caulking around doors and windows. Make sure you have both the frame and the glass sealed. Weatherstrip doors and windows to prevent leaks. You can remove interior trim from doors and windows and remove the old insulation and replace with spray foam. Most hardware stores sell it in small cans that can easily do the job. Insulate basement floor joists to prevent cooler air in the basement or crawl way from cooling your main floors. Older houses can have air leaks around plugs and light switches that can be sealed. The bottom of baseboards can be sealed if they are leaking air. This can usually be done by removing the quarter round and applying a little silicone.

  One last thing to consider while insulating and sealing air flow throughout  your home you may require additional ventilation.https://sites.google.com/site/archwayhomerepair/

Friday, November 26, 2010

The importance of installing quality doors and windows

The importance of installing quality doors and windows
 When it comes to installing doors and windows it is hard to choose with all the different types of doors and windows available in the market to choose from. While choosing from the wide varieties, make sure that you are installing  good quality doors and windows. You want windows that let air and light in, and operate  hassle free. There are several different types of doors and windows available to choose from and a wide variety of manufacturers. Beyond the looks, styles and operation is functionality is the real important part of choosing the right doors and windows. Do they seal against wind and rain ? Are they energy efficient? If they leak air and water it doesn't matter if the operate smoothly and look beautiful. How can you tell a quality window from a poor window? Certainly not by looking at it alone. Fortunately windows are rated even though most people don't know what the numbers mean so here is a window rating list that way you can compare the numbers as you shop.

Window Ratings

Max. Air Leakage Rate (m3/h)m-1
A1                 2.79     
A2                 1.65
A 3                 .55
Fixed             .25

Water Leakage Test Pressure Differential (Pa)
B1                 150
B2                 200
B3                 300
B4                 400
B5                 500
B6                 600
B7                 700
Wind Load Resistance Test Pressure (kPa)
C1                 150
C2                 200
C3                 300
C4                 400
C5                 500
 Make sure that the design you selected is compatible with your home. As there are many companies to choose from, you may find it difficult to select the most suitable and compatible one for your home. Installation of doors and windows is just as important as buying  quality doors and windows. Buying  high quality doors and windows and than having them installed poorly defeats the purpose of changing them in the first place. Many companies offer home renovation products and  with a wide variety of choices it pays to do a little homework.  I have never had a salesman tell me his product was crap, but I have bought my fair share on a salesman's word so be wary. So look for quality hardware products on your doors and windows, if they look poor chances are the rest of the window or door is of the same quality.https://sites.google.com/site/archwayhomerepair/