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Nov 052015

The best keynote speakers and trainers in the New Orleans areas belong to the National Speakers Association of New Orleans, also known as NSA New Orleans.

The goal of NSA New Orleans is to advance the art and business skills of experts who are hired to speak and present at conferences, conventions and corporate events.

This website serves as a resource to meeting planners who wish to hire expert speakers and trainers for conference keynote speeches, conference breakout sessions or training for corporate meetings and for individual companies. It is also a resource for members who are active professional speakers, as well as individuals who aspire to be a professional speaker and earn a living as a speaker who shares his or her expertise with audiences in New Orleans, across the United States and around the world.

Walter Bond CSP & CPAE who has taken the speaking business by storm is headed our way. After being on the speaking circuit for a short period of time Walter Bond has already graced the main stage at NSA. He is now making his rounds teaching at various NSA chapter events sharing his speaking secrets. Bond says it is all in the fundamentals. I learned in the NBA how to become a real pro. There is difference between a professional speaker and a professional who speaks and Bond aims to show us the difference. After this powerful session on the basics you will be ready to take your business to the next level.

You will learn powerful insights on:

For nearly two decades, Walter Bond has been a premiere expert on peak performance. Walters mastery in two different global industries has made him an authority on peak performance. Walter has delivered his entertaining and dynamic message to companies and associations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Clients include Accenture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Dwyer Group, Allianz, Amway, GNC, Hilton, Medtronic, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin and many national associations.

Walters passion for personal development has been anchored by his professional basketball career. Although a reserve throughout his college basketball career at the University of Minnesota, Bond miraculously enjoyed an eight year career while spending time as a shooting guard for teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. This is where he learned peak performance truths that he has also applied to a wildly successful speaking career.

Bonds college basketball career did not say NBA at all. Only hard work, dedication and commitment got him there. That mentality is what he wants to share with your audience. Whether its a new product launch, hitting sales goals, gelling as a team Bond is passionate about sharing his 31 Truths to Boost Peak Performance.

In 2013, Walter appeared as the host of The Food Networks show Giving You The Business. Walter was chosen over numerous candidates because of his infectious personality and franchise business experience. Episodes featured restaurants such as Saladworks, Famous Familia and Jersey Mikes.

Walters program is not just another session. Treat your audience to a memorable, impactful and educational experience. Walter is sure to make you look good.

Communication techniques to improve ones personal, financial, business and emotional life understanding the psychology of happiness.

40 years ago and over a half million consultations later has polished Glenn Michael Milliet into a communications expect sought often and respected throughout the beauty and fashion industry for developing, defining and refining the art of Happiness Selling through the use of time tested and power communication techniques.

Glenn Michael Milliet is now expanding his High Touch, High Energy, High Sales communication seminars for businesses and individuals that want and desire increased sales and long term happy client relationships.

In addition to How to be a Powerful Communicator, Glenns programs include:

Metrics can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by some of the key online marketing tools and give you tips on how to use it.

Kathryn Cariglino has been a pioneer in the world of women in business since starting her Womens Yellow Pages business in 1989. In 1993 she founded one of the earliest, continuously contracted SBA Womens Business Centers based in Mobile, Alabama. Now retired, she does marketing consulting and serves as the Authorized Local Expert for the Constant Contact Company. The name of her business reflects her own philosophy of life and business: Never Give Up!

I owe much of my success to NSA, and I am proud to serve as the New Orleans Chapter President this year. If you are interested in professional speaking, or marketing yourself as an expert, you cannot afford not to check out the National Speakers Association. Please come visit us and see for yourself. Kevin Gilheany

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Nov 022015

SEO vs PPC vs Social Media, Gorillas, Bunnies, Googles Brain, SEO Experts, and SEO Consultants

About 90% of the business owners I talk to have a story of paying money to an SEO Service Provider or another type of Internet Marketer and getting little to no results. This is often not just small amounts of money, but vast sums of money that resulted in zero dollars back in their pocket.

(To be fair, this is not just true for internet marketing. Did you know that Yellow Pages still charges LARGE amounts of money to have an ad in your phone book that will just make you a target of cold calls?)

I know of multiple businesses who paid thousands of dollars for Search Engine Optimization and didnt even sniff the first page of the search results. Ive seen businesses pay a small amount for basically empty services that provide no value this is very common. Ive seen people being promoted a whole list of services that actually does stuff, so it seems great on the surfacebut it doesnt result in any extra revenue into their pocket. There are so many ways to waste your money.

I hate to see this happen to anybody! It can actually take a business down by trapping cash flow that is critical to the business running. It really bothers me to see quality businesses providing a valuable service to their community go down in flames because they were dazzled into buying the latest goobledidad that would improve their online somethingorother or they bought SEO Services from a Dallas SEO Firm whoeither isnt able to take care of them or doesnt care enough to take care of them.

I totally understand why most business owners are highly skeptical of so called Dallas SEO Experts. You should be skeptical! You are getting calls, emails, snail mailings, texts, faxes, and carrier pigeons every week with different messages saying they have the latest technical solution for marketing your business online. The amount of conflicting messages is staggering. Also, if you are like most business owners or managers, youve gotten run over on the information super highway!

You have a lot to loseYour businessYour financial futureAll your hard workDown the drain. I understand.And I empathize with your situation. Dont let it happen to you.

Im a complete SEO Geek that wakes up thinking about SEO, goes to sleep thinking about SEO, thinks about SEO when my wife is talking to meI need to work on that last one.

Please, please, please, PLEASE read this short list to help protect yourself. Even if you dont end up contacting me or you only use this as a test to see if someone who is quoting you is legit, then thats great. Im happy. Ive saved some precious dollars from going from a business that provides a valuable service to a business that does not provide a valuable service.

This step is absolutely critical and needs to be thoroughly explored for all the opportunities available to your business. However, most people performing SEO look up the top 5-10 most searched terms and check this off as done. WRONG! This results in about 90%+ of businesses going after the same 20% of traffic out there. Its not that that traffic isnt valuable and shouldnt be targeted. No, its that you want to also target that other 80% of traffic that few, to no businesses are targeted. Im very good at ferreting out lots of valuable traffic that has low competition.

What is the point of ranking for something that no one is searching? Well, theres no point from a business standpoint.

I see many people that (at first) are ecstatic to get 1st page rankings for things no one is searching. Then, months down the line they do the math and figure out that no new business came through their doors and they think to themselves, But, but, but Im on the 1st page of Google! Well, your SEO Consultant failed to walk you through the 1st and most basic internet marketing exercise.

Google gives out search data freely. They tell you how many people are searching forwhatever you want. Now, the data they give is far from perfect (they hide the low volume traffic numbers, but thats well over 50% of the total traffic!), but its a great start. There needs to be some sort of evidence that your market is out there searching for your products or services.

Tip: Always ask if theyre giving you Broad Match Searches or Exact Match Searches. Exact match is much more conservative and can help you zero in on precise searches. Broad match search quantity includes searches for anything related to that search phrase. Exact match only gives results for that 1 specific search phrase.

Once youve found what your market is searching, its time to do some math. Wahoo! Math! I know, I know, you LOVE math. Well, at least you love the kind of math that prevents you from losing money and brings in more profit to your business! Any SEO Consultant worth his or her salt should help you make this evaluation.

Take a look at 3 different numbers to see if you should pursue Search Engine Optimization:

At the very least, if you were to rank #1 for all your search phrases, would you make substantially more than the costs of SEO? The answer is not simple, but from the 3 numbers above you can get a decent enough estimate. There are other factors like site conversion rate, lifetime value of a customer, etc, but 1st, do a reality check this way.

If youd only make $100 over the next 12 months by ranking #1 for everything, then SEO is probably not worth it for your business! However, if the numbers show that if you averaged ranking #3, you estimate making 10x the amount of money it would cost to do SEO, well then you have a winner.

If you didnt do step 1 (keyword research), then you cannot make this estimation.

Being able to make this calculation is why I dont like Social Media as much as SEO. Social media is unpredictable. Therefore, it is difficult to make even an estimated calculation.

There are a lot of services like Social Media that provide you with activity, but not measurable progress. This is one of the biggest forms of wasted capital in internet marketing that I see out there. A company sells you on all sorts of extra features that result in no extra business in your pocket.

You can do this calculation much more accurately with Pay Per Click (PPC). However, PPC is far more expensive than SEO and its costs have been increasing for business owners by as much 50%-150% per year! As low quality SEO providers get the boot from Googles algorthims, companies flee to PPC. Furthermore, youre not really building something that has powerful exponential growth built in like SEO.

Dont get me wrong PPC can be great if its profitable for your business. However, would you rather pay less or more for the same traffic?

SEO provides the best balance between predictability of results and cost. Usually. Contact me to find out.

Do they hate you? Do they know you exist? Do they like you?

You figure out what Google (and the other search engines) thinks of you by doing a full On Page and Off Page Analysis.

On Page Analysis consists of 4 major factors:

Thats not ALL there is to it, but it gives you a good 1,000 ft of where you are. The good news is that this is usually the easiest stuff to fix.

Off Page Analysis consists of 4 major factors:

Again, the rabbit hole goes deeper than those 4 factors, but you get the idea. The bad news is that this is very difficult for you to do yourself. Frankly, most SEO experts do a poor to mediocre job of this. And thats good news for me and my clients.

If youve setup visitor and ranking tracking software (there are many ways to skin this cat), then this is easy and invaluable information to capture.

If you havent stop reading right now and call me (469-438-8153) to help set this up ASAP.

At the very least you should have visitor tracking software because it is free and easy and you want a good set of historical data to analyze which you cant start capturing until youve installed the software.

With this information you can see what Google already thinks youre relevant to (if anything). Again, this is wonderful information to have. Start getting it or find an SEO Consultant to help you get it. Now.

Go put your website into Copyscape. Has someone online copied your content? Has the person you hired to create your site content copied it from elsewhere? Have you been naughty?

That site will tell you. Hopefully, you have no results. If you do, I highly recommend you take steps to fix it as quickly as possible.

The easiest way to fix it usually is to reword the content on your own site that is showing up as duplicated.

The Search Engines dont serve up the same content for the same search result. What they will usually do is pick 1 as the authority and ignore the other duplicates. Even if you created yours first, theres no guarantee that you will be picked as the authority.

You must know this before you start with an SEO project or else you may be trying to rank a page that Google thinks is just a copy of someone elses page out there! Dont waste your money by failing to (have your Dallas SEO Consultant) do this easy step.

(Quick note: There are OK ways to have duplicate content on your site that most people arent aware of because Googles duplicate content rules are often misunderstood. Duplicate content isnt automatically bad news for you! Call me to discuss if you get positive hits on Copyscape.)

Are you facing500 lb Gorillas that wont back down easily or cute little bunny rabbits that will scurry away at the first sign of danger. Where your site falls on the Gorilla-Bunny spectrum directly affects how much money youll need to spend and how long you will expect it to take results.

Dont let your SEO Consultant get away with the lazy technique of using competing pages as a competition metric. The competition that matters is on the 1st page. Who cares about the guys on page 100? Youre not competing with them at all.

Who would you rather play a pickup game of basketball against 5 Michael Jordans or 20 Little Ol Grannies? Easy choice. Id pull out my kids baby pictures of my kids and throw them at the Grannies. But, even if I didnt have pictures on hand, its still no contest!

Always, always, ALWAYS take a close look at the competition. If this step is not taken, then you have no idea how much money and/or how long it will take to meet your ranking and traffic goals.

If you dont you may realize 6 months in you are facing an army of angry Gorillas who see you trying to take their bananas while holding just a puny pocket knife!

Also, the competitiveness of the different search phrases for your market will affect your SEO priorities. Maybe search phrase 1 gets searched 2x more than search phrase 2, but is 10x more competitive. You will likely get a better ROI going after the 2nd one as a higher priority 1st.

Has your Consultant provided an action plan overview?

Now, Im not saying they have to give away the farm to you by outlining every little step they will take, but they do need to give you a general plan to work with and understand that there is a plan that is customized to your business situation.

The plan can change also as new information comes in. Thats OK too. The plan doesnt need to be perfect from today to year 2050

The plan aso doesnt have to be the same every month. In fact, it should not start off at full blast you need to slowly ramp up your link building. If your SEO Expert says were going to build 200 links for you every month from here to eternity, then you should consult with someone else! Your link building should not be the exact same thing every month that is not natural and Google notices that!

Do Googles Local SEO Listings show up in the search results for searches youre trying to target? Knowing whether the Local Listings show up is important because the way you rank in those is a little different from Organic SEO. Heres an example Dallas Local SEO search and what the Local Listings, Organic Listings, and Pay Per Click (PPC) Ads look like:

To summarize, you need Online Reviews, Citations, proper SEO for your listing (a lot like On Page Search Engine Optimization), and a good domain authority. If you want more details you can watch this video I made on Dallas Local SEO.

I want to conclude with a story that spells out truly how much money a business can burn to a crisp with marketing, but how it can turn around with the right steps taken.

I have a client who previously paid someone FULL TIME to do Search Engine Optimization for him. Guess what his results were? Nothing. Nada. No rankings anywhere.

$40k/year + benefits for no new business in the doorand hes not the only one who has had the same thing happen to him!

In less than 5 months I had the results for him you see to the right. >

Hes #2 for his top search phrase that were targeting and in the top 5 for 14+ search phrases that are actually getting searched.

He started off with no rankings at all.

AndHe didnt pay anywhere near $40k!

Folks, dont hire someone full time to do your SEO. Just dont do it. The only ones who will accept a position like that will not be very good!

I offer a Free Online Presence Analysis.

Heres what you should do right now to get the full value from your marketing dollars:

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Nov 022015

Im Damon Gochneaur, founder of Aspiro Digital Marketing Agency. My team and I have spent the past decade helping businesses get more out of their online presence and investing in the Dallas SEO community. From lead generation to eCommerce, B2B to B2C, Ive personally worked with companies of all sizes to get listed, get found, get traffic, get conversions and ultimately get a healthier bottom line. Are you looking to grow your business? Are you finally ready to commit to getting more from your website? Give me a call so we can figure out an actionable and attributable plan to increase your bottom line.

Im looking to help businesses grow their business, simple as that, to breathe new life into revenue streams. Digital Marketing isnt a magic bullet that solves all your businesses problems. SEO, PPC, Social Media Management & Email Marketing are all effective tools to help businesses grow, when the underlying business is solid and the product or service being offered is well positioned. Bottom line, nobody can fix a bad business. But if youre making fans and winning customers, I can help you find new prospects, new potential customers and get your message in front of them on the right channel.

Call me today so we can help grow your business.

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Nov 022015

Web design with your budget in mind

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We offer economicalweb design servicesfor Dallas area companies looking to take their business to the next level. Unlike many web design firms, our focus is not just designing your website and moving on to the next client. We understand that a well designed website is not just a business card, but must integrate with social media and let you keep contact with customers seamlessly. Our comprehensive web design approach will make your business stand out from the crowd. We also understand that without search engine traffic a website is essentially worthless. We have the expertise to design a site for you and bring you traffic from Dallas or anywhere else you need. We design our clients websites to be secure, easy to manage, and flexible to accommodate growth . So, whether you are looking for basic website design services or your site is ready to go and needs help rocketing to the top of the the search engines, we can help. Simply call us at 214-336-6337.

Many companies think that if they build a website customers will magically come. In reality, a website without SEO optimization is no different than a desert island. Search engine optimization is all about getting your website listed in the search engines, and most importantly getting your website to rank well for your industry specific keywords. For this, we offer SEO web design and optimization services to help you target your customers with keyword research. We focus on on-page and off-page optimization to make sure your business benefits fully from being online. And our techniques are panda and penguin safe.

Born and raised in Dallas, Joel Montfort, the owner, is proud of his roots in this city. He likes to build relationships with his web design clients and do business the old fashioned way, one handshake at a time. He has worked in Texas his entire life and understands how to get things done. Businesses are only as good as their word. Joel strives to make sure every client is satisfied with their web design services. After all, if you are happy then you will refer your friends and clients to us.

Just contact us at 214-336-6337 and we will work up a proposal and get your Dallas business started on the way to a successful on-line venture with a new web site design and SEO.

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Nov 022015

97 percent of consumers search for local businesses online (Google, 2011).

To attract todays consumers, you need to have an effective internet marketing strategy. Whether you need search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, online review management, or any other service, we will map out a unique online marketing strategy for your business needs.

We can consult you on how to keep your companys internet marketing plan up to date and make sure you maintain a online competitive advantage in your industry. We will happily meet with clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, and any of the surrounding DFW areas in person, and take clients outside of this area as internet marketing can be done remotely.

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Oct 232015

When a consumer searches online, you rely on your website to simultaneously rank high and get consumers to act (convert). Your website and online presence must be powerful enough to beat the competition in the search results, and persuade prospects in their purchasing decision. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) means managing your digital assets to meet these challenges.

TheeDesign is an award-winning SEO company that has been Raleigh-Durhams go-to web design and internet marketing agency for over 11 years. Our SEO experts are skilled in online marketing strategies for businesses ranging from Mom n Pop shops, to national chains, to worldwide enterprises.

75% of consumers dont make it past the first search engine results page (SERP). So if youre not being easily found, youre losing sales. But placing #1 or #2 in the page results isnt done by coincidence or sheer luck.

See some of the SEO services we implement to get your business found by relevant prospects and high-value customers:

Get found online when consumers search

Trump competitors in the search rankings

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Increase new business while maximizing ROI

TheeDesign partners with B2C and B2B organizations across multiple industries, seamlessly acting as an extension of their marketing team. See how we integrated SEO into the marketing plan for Childrens Campus to deliver results in a three month period.

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Oct 232015

Our Proven Strategies Will Help You Dominate Your Competition By Dominating Search Engines, Social Media & Mobile Users!

Hello Im Joseph Martin, owner of Raleigh SEOMarketing Agency in Raleigh, NC and I would love to work with you and your business. My company specializes in getting yourwebsite, videos, Facebook page, Yelp listing, and moreranked on the 1st page of Google. Search engine optimization isnt ouronly tool in the box though. We have the bestmarketing servicesmatched with proven strategies to get your business more leads, customers and sales!

Plain and simple when highly motivated and TARGETED customersareactively searchingfor your product or service, and your business is notranking in the top search results,youre losing a lot of business to your competition!!

Dominating the search engines means more traffic and leads for your business or even better, more customers, more sales and more profit. Imagine having multiple first page listings when your potential customers search for your product or service. See, customers have evolved all it takes is a quick Google search and potential customers could end up in the hands of your competitors if youre not at the top of the search results.

It means that if customers dont see your business when they are searching for your product or service, youre missing customersand missing sales. Let mehelp you by making sure your business is one of the first customers see. The primary goal I have is to make you more money than youre paying me; or in business terms, a positivereturn on investment (ROI). My team and I have this search engine marketing stuff down to a science. We know exactly how to optimize your website and get your business in front of your ideal customer, getting you results quickly. Thats something that other marketingagencies cant deliver.

As a potential client, I want you to know that Raleigh SEO Marketing Agency is the #1SEO Marketing agencyin Raleigh, N.C. maybe even the best in all of North Carolina. We have ranked countless businesses on the first page, and helped them grow their business. We can do the exact same for you!

Cost will vary depending on a threeprimary factors: Competition, Health andGoals. First we need to determine how much search engine competition your business has. Next we need to diagnose the current health of your website. And finally we need to discuss what your ultimate goals are. Knowing your business goals and budget willhelp us determine what is required. We can customize a plan for your business that will suit your specific needs.

More important than the cost is knowing that youll be working with an experienced agency that actually cares about getting you a positive return on your investment. We only take a limited number of clients, and only one client in a specific sector. This allows us toalways deliver maximum results. Hire us before your competition does!

Id love to discussyour business goals and show you how we can generate more traffic, leads, and sales for your company.

You can get started by completing the quote form.Ill get back to you right away! Joseph Raleigh SEO Marketing Agency

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Online SEO Training Program & Community : SEO

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Oct 182015

“Aaron Walls SEO Book is the best guide I have found for getting serious web visibility.” – Professor J. Michael Steele, The Wharton School — University of Pennsylvania

And now you can hire Aaron as your personal SEO coach for only $300 a month. A special opportunity for 1,000 webmasters to learn SEO directly from Aaron Wall & the SEO Book team!

But more importantly, ….

Inside our training program you’ll find hundreds of articles, advanced SEO tools, training videos, downloadable strategy guides, and other resources packed with practical tips to help you market your website, build viral buzz, capture top search engine rankings, improve website monetization, and increase conversion rates.

With our exclusive community forums you benefit from the experience and wisdom of hundreds of SEO professionals who have boosted the sales, profitability, and overall performance of thousands of websites. With search, when you increase traffic you increase profits. This is true for mom and pop websites and large corporations. The traffic scale is only limited by your ambitions and the quality of the information you consume.

Here’s a sample of some of the content and resources you gain immediate access to the moment you join:

Our resources are not based on blind theory. Everything we recommend comes from experience. We publish dozens of websites and have helped mom and pop websites outrank Fortune 500 companies. Some Fortune 500 companies have also relied on our services to achieve top rankings and add millions of dollars to their business.

Websites are like snowflakes – no two are alike. You, your business, and your website have competitive advantages and disadvantages in your market. Our service helps you exploit your strengths for profit.

We do not aim to be the Wal-Mart or McDonalds of the SEO world. While this is one of the most popular SEO sites, our customers enjoy a personal, high-quality service. We limit our site to 500 members to ensure we have the highest quality SEO community and each member’s questions get answered in our forums.

“You saved my site, seriously, I don’t know if this ever would have been solved otherwise – every SEO company I have been in touch with (50+) over the past six months was unable to identify the problem and you picked it apart in five seconds.

I’ll be recommending your site to everyone I know in this business! Thanks so much again Aaron, you saved my site” – Daniel E. from Toronto

Here are potential benefits and risks of various search engine marketing investment strategies

The sooner you invest in SEO the sooner you grow your businesses. Here are some likely search marketing investment experiences and potential outcomes:

Consider this: A good lawyer can cost $1,000 (or more) per month in retainer fees. A leading SEO will add much more value to your business than the average lawyer will. Having an SEO Book subscription is like having many leading SEO experts on retainer for only $300 a month.

When you add in coupons for $50 off listings, 35% off a BOTW listing, and 15% off domain names from BuyDomains, an SEO Book membership more than pays for itself the day you join.

Because of the site’s great value, many of our members have been with us since day 1.

I’ve been a paying member since day one. It’s been the best $2000 I’ve ever spent on SEO, SEM, Social Media and general business information.

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Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland …

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Oct 052015

Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Location Ireland Date 22May2015(2015-05-22) Results Votes Of total Yes 1,201,607 700162070000000000062.07% No 734,300 700137930000000000037.93% Valid votes 1,935,907 700199290000000000099.29% Invalid or blank votes 13,818 69997100000000000000.71% Total votes 1,949,725 100.00% Voter turnout 700160520000000000060.52% Electorate 3,221,681 Results by constituency How the electorate voted, by constituency. Proportion of the valid poll voting yes:












The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution is an amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, requires the state to provide for same-sex marriage. It was effected by the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Act 2015 (previously Bill No. 6 of 2015), which was approved at a referendum on 22 May 2015 by 62% of voters on a turnout of 61%.[1][2] This was the first time that a country legalised same-sex marriage through a popular vote.[3][4] The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on 29 August 2015.[5] The signing into law had been delayed to allow for two legal challenges regarding the conduct of the referendum. The Court of Appeal dismissed the petitions on 30 July 2015.[6]

The amendment inserted a new section 4 to Article 41 of the Constitution. The English text reads:

4. Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.

The Irish text reads:

4. Fadfaidh beirt, gan beann ar a ngnas, conradh psta a dhanamh de rir dl.

The text in Irish and English is intended to have the same meaning; in the event of a conflict, the Irish version takes precedence.[7][8]

The Irish text of the amendment as introduced was:[9]

4. Fadfaidh beirt, cib acu is fir n mn iad, conradh a dhanamh i leith psadh de rir dl.

Journalist Bruce Arnold argued against the bill in two articles in The Irish Times, one of which focused on alleged issues with the Irish text.[7][10] Arnold argued that the Irish text describes only same-sex couples, thus rendering opposite-sex marriage illegal.[7] Government sources pointed out the words impugned by Arnold (“beirt” and “cib acu is fir n mn”) are already used with similar intent elsewhere in the constitution.[11] Counterpoints from legal academics were that Arnold’s strict constructionist interpretation would be trumped by the doctrine of absurdity, and that failure to mention opposite-sex marriage would not make it illegal.[11] Some argued that the Irish text should nevertheless be changed to remove all doubts.[11] Enda Kenny announced on 10 March 2015 that such a change would be made.[12] Frances Fitzgerald moved the amendment in the Dil the following day.[13]

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan lost a case in the High Court in 2006 for the recognition by Ireland of their Canadian same-sex marriage.[14] The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 instituted civil partnership in Irish law. After the 2011 general election, the Fine Gael and Labour parties formed a coalition government, whose programme included the establishment of a Constitutional Convention to examine potential changes on specified issues, including “Provision for the legalisation of same-sex marriage”. The Convention considered the issue in May 2013 and voted to recommend that the state should be required, rather than merely permitted, to allow for same-sex marriage.[15] Its report was formally submitted in July and the government formally responded in December, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a referendum would be held “no later than mid-2015”.[16] All amendments to the Irish constitution must be approved by the people in a referendum before becoming law.

Some legal academics claimed that extending marriage to same-sex couples did not require a constitutional amendment and could have been accomplished by an ordinary Act of the Oireachtas.[17][18] Then-minister Shatter disagreed in November 2013, stating that there was “ample case law” to the effect that “marriage is understood as being between one man and one woman”.[19]

In January 2015, the wording of the proposed amendment was agreed at a special cabinet meeting and published in the press, and the bill was formally introduced in the Dil by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald.[20][21]

A separate Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was passed in April 2015. This included adoption rights for same-sex couples prior to the passing of the Act, single gay or lesbian people, or one of the partners in a same-sex couple could adopt, but joint adoption by both partners was not possible.[22] The general scheme of this bill was published for consultation in January 2014,[23] and in 2015 it was passed by the Dil on 12 March and the Seanad on 30 March.[24][25] The legislation is yet to come into force.

Simultaneous referendums were held on 22 May 2015, on the marriage bill and another constitutional amendment, to reduce the age of candidacy for the presidency.[26][27] Referendums need a simple majority of the votes cast to pass. A Dil by-election in CarlowKilkenny was held on the same day.[26]

According to the Referendum Commission, if the referendum is passed:[28]

The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 was debated in the Dil on 10 and 11 March 2015. Several deputies from different parties spoke in favour. The only speaker to oppose it was independent TD Mattie McGrath; it was passed without a division (i.e., by voice vote). It was then debated in the Seanad on 25 and 27 March. Votes were held on a number of proposed amendments, all of which were defeated, and the Bill was finally passed by 29 votes to three. Among those speaking in favour was Katherine Zappone, now a Senator. Those who voted against were Senators Rnn Mullen, Jim Walsh and Feargal Quinn; the opposition amendments were also supported by Senator Fidelma Healy Eames.[30]

All four main parties in the Dil support the bill: the governing Fine Gael and Labour, and the opposition Fianna Fil and Sinn Fin. Members of the Green Party, Anti-Austerity Alliance, People Before Profit Alliance and independents are also on record in support of the amendment.[31] “Yes Equality” is an umbrella campaign by Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Marriage Equality.[32]

Religious bodies in Ireland officially adopted stances that were either neutral or opposed to the referendum. The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is opposed to same-sex marriage, and has distributed a booklet to all parishes.[33][34] In February 2015, the Methodist Church in Ireland issued a statement supporting the traditional view of marriage as being between a man and woman.[35] In April 2015, a cross-denominational group issued a leaflet urging a No vote. Two bishops (one Roman Catholic and one Church of Ireland), and ministers and lay members of the Methodist, Presbyterian various Pentecostal churches signed and distributed the leaflet.[36] On 22 April 2015, the leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland issued a statement advocating a no vote, saying “the change proposed in the same-sex marriage referendum denies the rights of children and the natural responsibilities of a father and a mother in nurturing them”.[37] The Iona Institute, a mainly-Catholic religious think tank, also opposed the amendment.[38]

However, in February 2015, the Church of Ireland announced that it was not taking a stance on the referendum, but was urging its members to vote according to their conscience.[39][40] Two Church of Ireland bishops called for a Yes vote. Similarly, the Islamic Centre in Ireland issued a statement on 17 April stating that “As Muslims we must believe in equality and inclusiveness. People should not be discriminated for any reason. It is important to humanise people and not to de humanise. The Islamic tradition teaches to hate the sin but not the sinner. The attitude of some Muslims towards homosexuals is incompatible with the spirit of mercy and kindness in Islam. The Irish constitution guarantees all Irish citizens the freedom of conscience and Muslims must exercise this right when voting on 22nd May 2015.”[41]

A petition initiated by a number of religious groups including the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, the Irish Council of Imams, and the Galway branch of the Reformed Presbyterian Church on 15 April called for a “conscience clause”, which would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples in the provision of goods and services. In response, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The Government has made its decision very clear here in respect to the question that the people will be asked on the 22nd of May. That question of course is to give their approval, if they see fit and I hope they do, to allow for marriage in civil law irrespective of sexual orientation.” Brendan Howlin said “The one issue at the core of this referendum is equality under the Constitution and anything else is extraneous.”[42]

However, some religious-affiliated groups were in favour of the referendum. In January 2015, the Church of Ireland LGBT group Changing Attitude Ireland welcomed the publication of the wording of the Marriage Equality Referendum. Dr Richard OLeary, the organisation’s chair, said that marriage should be “available to couples without distinction as to their sex”, just as civil marriage “may be contracted by two persons without distinction as to their race or religion”.[39] On 7 May, at a Changing Attitude Ireland event, former Archdeacon of Dublin, Gordon Linney said “We are being given an opportunity on May 22 finally to show the gay community that we value them for who they are. We welcome them as they are fully into society and so give them the recognition they are entitled to and that those who are in stable relationships and wish to marry should be allowed to do so. Marriage is a civil contract. No church will be forced to solemnise any union it does not approve of.”[43]

Many business groups advocated for the passing of the referendum. On 16 April, Business for Yes Equality launched, with high-profile companies such as Twitter, eBay, Paypal and 150 Irish-based international and local companies joining.[44][45] Stephen McIntyre, MD of Twitter in Ireland, said “As I see it, this case has three key elements. First, people perform better in the long run when they can be themselves. Second, talent is attracted to organisations which demonstrate an appreciation for diversity, inclusiveness and equality. Finally, Irelands international reputation as a good place to do business will be enhanced by a Yes vote.”[46] Martin Shanahan, the head of IDA Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority, called for a Yes vote on 1 May, saying “A Yes vote on May 22 would tell the business world that Ireland is open, inclusive and welcomes diversity and that would be a very positive message to be sending internationally.”[47] He also said he believed that a No vote would send a negative signal to international businesses.[48]

Also on 1 May, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions announced its support for the Yes campaign with the launch of its “Trade unions for civil marriage equality” campaign.[49] Other trade unions and staff representative associations supporting a Yes vote include the Garda Representative Association, Mandate, and Ireland’s largest trade union, SIPTU.[50][51][52]

On 7 May, eBay CEO John Donahoe announced that the company was backing a Yes vote. Donahoe said that its position on equality issues such as same-sex marriage, in addition to being “the right thing to do”, also helps the company attract, retain and develop the right people.[53]

Other prominent groups to support the referendum included a coalition of Ireland’s main children’s charities called “BeLonG To Yes”. Constituent organisations include the ISPCC, Barnardo’s, Forige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point, EPIC and the National Youth Council of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Fergus Finlay said they had come together to call for a Yes vote in part because groups within the No campaign were “using children as pawns” and that every time he saw a poster calling for a No vote because “every child deserves a mother and father”, he saw “a sickening insult to the thousands of lone parents and children who love and care for each other in Ireland. The message is exploitative, hurtful and dishonest. What every child deserves is love, respect, safety. That can come from two parents of either sex, two parents of the same-sex, or a single parent.”[54][55] The Union of Students in Ireland launched its “Students for Marriage Equality” campaign in January together with its dedicated website,[56]

Amnesty International launched their ‘Lets Make History'[57] campaign for marriage equality on 22 March 2015 to thousands of people outside the historic General Post Office, Dublin.[58] Speakers included Colm O’Gorman, Pat Carey, Sabina Brennan, Gavin Brennan and Grace Dyas.

On 5 May, the “Yes for Health” campaign was launched by Liam Doran, general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and Kieran Ryan, CEO of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Speaking at the launch, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said that a No vote would be a “big step backwards” for the country, and that it would have an adverse effect on the mental health of members of the LGBT community.[59] The following day, the National Women’s Council of Ireland and launched their ‘Yes’ campaign. The launch was attended by representatives of various groups, including the Irish Feminist Network, Digi Women and the Association of Childcare Professionals.[60] On 7 May, the Law Society of Ireland announced its support for a Yes vote. Ken Murphy, the society’s Director General, said that the society was taking a public stance because marriage equality was an issue of fundamental human rights. The decision followed a report from the society’s human rights committee, which found that there there were 160 ways in which civil partnership, compared to civil marriage, was the lesser of the two unions.[61]

Some groups were also formed in opposition to the referendum. On 18 April, Mothers and Fathers Matter, formed in 2014 to oppose the Children and Family Relationships Bill, launched its No campaign.[62][63] First Families First, a group of three people headed by children’s and disabilities campaigner Kathy Sinnott, and fathers rights campaigner John Waters launched its campaign for a No vote on 1 May.[64] On 7 May, a new group called StandUp4Marriage launched. Its founder, Senator Jim Walsh said the launch was sparsely attended because people who want to vote no are afraid to speak out.[43]

The following organisations registered as “approved bodies” to monitor postal voting and vote counting: Comhar Crosta, Marriage Equality, Yes Equality Cork, Green Party, Mothers & Fathers Matter, Fianna Fil, Labour Party, BeLonG to Youth Services, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, GLEN Campaign for Marriage, National LGBT Federation, Sinn Fin, and Fine Gael.[65][66][67]

A 2014 poll showed that support was strongest among younger voters, and that Sinn Fin and Labour voters were somewhat more in favour than Fine Gael and Fianna Fil.[84][78][82]

Counting began at 09:00 IST on 23 May (08:00 UTC). Early tallies quickly began to indicate a victory for the Yes campaign, with Minister for State Aodhn Rordin declaring a “landslide” victory across Dublin only 8 minutes into counting.[88] Key figures in the No campaign, including David Quinn began conceeding defeat as early as 10:00, long ahead of any constituencies declaring their final count.[89]

Urban regions generally recorded higher approval ratings for the change. The highest Yes percentages were recorded in the Dublin Region with the all of the top ten by Yes vote percentage being in the region (with a total yes vote of 71% for the region), and all of the top 15 located in the Greater Dublin Area. Cork’s urban constituencies also ranked above the national average, as did Limerick city. Although the Donegal constituencies had been expected to return a No vote,[90] and indeed, of all constituencies reporting a majority Yes vote, the lowest margin was recorded in Donegal South-West where a Yes vote was carried by a margin of only 33 votes Roscommon-South Leitrim was the only constituency to return a majority No vote.

The national results were as follows:[1][91]












Dublin Castle, where the result of referendum was officially announced, was opened to the public for the duration of the count, with numbers limited to 2,000 at any one time. A carnival atmosphere prevailed all day after early count tallies indicated that the result would be a Yes. Celebrations and street parties took place at many venues in cities around Ireland, with Dublin celebrations centred between gay venues Pantibar and The George, and Dublin Castle.[93]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “With today’s Yes vote we have disclosed who we are a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people. The referendum was about inclusiveness and equality, about love and commitment being enshrined in the constitution. The people have spoken. They have said yes. Ireland thank you.”[94]

Tnaiste Joan Burton described Ireland as a “rainbow nation” and said “In Ireland, we are known as a nation of storytellers and today, the people have told quite some story. Together, the people of Ireland have struck a massive blow against discrimination as we extend the right of marriage to all our citizens.” Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health and Ireland’s first openly gay cabinet minister, said “It is a historic day for Ireland. We are the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and to do it through popular mandate. That makes us a beacon of equality and liberty to the rest of the world, so it’s a very proud day for the Irish people.”[94]

Michel Martin, Fianna Fil leader and Leader of the Opposition (but a supporter of the Yes side, like almost all the Government and Opposition deputies in Dil ireann), said “there is something in the DNA of Irish people that reacts to inequality”, adding “It is something that Irish people do not accept historically and I believe this ballot is a vote in favour of a more inclusive, equal and just society.”[95] However, Senator Averil Power resigned from Fianna Fil after the referendum, alleging that many of its TDs and Senators had refused to canvass or leaflet for a Yes vote, and that its low profile in the Yes campaign was “cynical and cowardly”.[96][97]

The leader of Sinn Fin, Gerry Adams, said “We have a new era of equality and that is a good day for Ireland.”[94]

Veteran gay and civil rights campaigner, Senator David Norris, who was one of the key figures in having homosexuality decriminalised, said “I think it’s wonderful. It’s a little bit late for me. As I said the other day, Ive spent so much time pushing the boat out that I forgot to jump on and now it’s out beyond the harbour on the high seas, but it’s very nice to look at.”[98]

Katherine Zappone, the first openly lesbian member of the Oireachtas, proposed remarrying her wife on air.[99]

Diarmuid Martin, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin told RT that the church needed a “reality check.” He said “I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution.” He added “I ask myself, most of these young people who voted yes are products of our Catholic school system for 12 years. I’m saying there’s a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the Church”[100]

The Church of Ireland issued a statement indicating that it “defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and the result of this referendum does not alter this.” The Archbishops and bishops also called for “a spirit of public generosity, both from those for whom the result of the referendum represents triumph, and from those for whom it signifies disaster”[101][102]

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland said it was “deeply disappointed and saddened that the Constitution will no longer reflect the historic and Christian view of marriage that it is exclusively between one man and one woman.”[103]

Under the Referendum Act 1994, the returning officer issued a provisional certificate of the referendum result to the Master of the High Court and published a notice in Iris Oifigiil, the official gazette.[1][119][120] Citizens have seven days in which to lodge a petition challenging the result.[121][120] If no petition is upheld, the provisional certificate is certified as final by the Master of the High Court and the bill is sent to the President of Ireland to be signed into law, thereby amending the constitution.[122][120] Two petitions against the marriage referendum were rejected in the High Court in June and the Court of Appeal in July, after which the bill was signed by President Michael D. Higgins on 29 August 2015.[5][123]

Two separate petitions were lodged within the time limit and considered in the High Court on 5 June 2015.[124] The petitioners, Gerry Walshe and Maurice J. Lyons, were lay litigants.[125] Walsh argued that political parties receiving state funding should have been prohibited from campaigning; that copies of the amendment should have been available at post offices; and that the secrecy of the ballot was compromised by serial numbers on ballot papers and CCTV cameras in some polling stations.[125] Lyons argued that the amendment is too vaguely worded and incompatible with the constitution’s Christian ethos and reference to “woman … in the home”; and also that non-voters should have been counted as no-voters.[126]Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court, dismissed both applications and awarded costs against the petitioners.[127][126] Walshe and Lyons appealed the decisions, and on 29 June the Court of Appeal scheduled hearings for 30 July.[128][129][130][131] On 30 July the court upheld the dismissals and the costs awards against both petitioners.[6] The remaining steps were as prescribed by the Referendum Act 1994: on 24 August the High Court’s Master formally notified the referendum returning officer Rona N Fhlanghaile that it had not accepted any petition; on 28 August N Fhlanghaile sent the final referendum certificate to the Taoiseach and President; on 29 August the President signing the amendment into law.[132][133][123]

Meanwhile, on 27 August, both Walshe and Lyons applied to the Supreme Court to overturn the Court of Appeal decision, although neither sought a stay on the Master or returning officer’s actions, and their applications did not prevent the bill being signed into law.[132] On 16 September, the Supreme Court refused leave to appeal, stating neither applicant had raised any points of substance.[134] The Supreme Court criticised the decision to finalise the referendum certificate before it had made its decision; however, the High Court on 23 September rejected a claim by Walshe that the certificate was therefore invalid.[133][135] The President’s office and the Department of the Environment also stated they had acted in accordance with the law.[123] The Master of the High Court said the problem arose because the Referendum Act 1994 did not take account of the Court of Appeal, created in 2014 under the Thirty-third Amendment of the Constitution.[132]

In March 2015, the Department of Justice published the general scheme of the Marriage Bill 2015, setting out the changes to be made to marriage law if the proposed amendment is enacted. These include removing the current legislative bar on same-sex couples marrying,[136] allowing foreign same-sex marriages to be registered in Ireland as marriages rather than as civil partnerships,[137] and dissolving a civil partnership if the partners marry each other.[138] Authorised solemnisers of marriage from religious groups would be allowed to refuse to officiate at same-sex ceremonies.[139][140] Lawyer Benedict Floinn felt the bill’s drafting should have been completed before the referendum, to minimise the lacuna during which statute law is out of step with the constitution.[141] The Gender Recognition Act 2015 requires a transgender person to be unmarried to recognise a change of legal sex;[142] the Marriage Bill intends to remove this restriction.[143][144]

The government hoped to have the Marriage Bill enacted before the Oireachtas’ summer adjournment, but the referendum petition hearings in the Court of Appeal delayed this.[128][129][145] The government intends to enact the Marriage Bill “as early as possible” after the Dil’s resumption on 22 September 2015.[146] The bill provides that applications for civil partnership pending when it comes into force can be converted into applications for marriage.[147][146][148] The Minister for Justice expects marriages under this provision to take place by November.[148][149] The bill was approved at a cabinet meeting on 16 September for publication the following day.[150]

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Bobs SEO, Las Vegas SEO Company, Affordable SEO Services

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Sep 232015

Las Vegas SEO Company

Bob’s SEO Co is a Las Vegas SEO firm in southern Nevada. We cater to the cost-conscience person who owns or operates a business that is in need of professional SEO services at prices that are lower than most. We realize that search engine optimization cost is an important factor of the decision making process when determining which firm to entrust your business’ livelyhood with. We take pride in the fact that we are competent enough to deliver results that rival (or exceed) larger SEO companies in the Vegas valley at a lower monthly investment.

If you own a website, then you must know the value of SEO. You can have the best website on the Web, full of information and full of products for potential customers to buy, but what good will that do if people dont even know your website exists? The best way to get massive traffic to your website is to position it on the first page of Google. And to make that happen, you need SEO, plain and simple. You need a real internet marketing expert to tweak and configure your website, so that it will rank high on the search results which will bring your Las Vegas business more sales and profits. It can be a frustrating feeling when your beautiful website cant get past the 10th page and yet, an ugly website is making tons of money because its on page 1. Fortunately for you, we are here to help.

With Bobs SEO, you get exactly what you want: more traffic to raise your business revenues.

With some Las Vegas area search engine marketing companies, what youll experience are grandiose promises and unrealistic expectations. So you pay them thousands of dollars believing that theyll make good on their word. What usually happens is that, eventually, you end up in the same (or worse) position you were in BEFORE you hired them in the first place! With us, youll never have to worry about this. Once you commit to us, we commit to you. We pride ourselves on delivering the “goods” and aren’t satisfied unless you are.

REMEMBER: Youre not just a client – youre a partner.

If you own a Las Vegas area business and choose us to be your SEO company, not only will we give you as much (or more) of what the higher priced guys do, but we’ll save you hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars while doing it. SEO is an investment. You invest dollars into it, and if you do it correctly you get an extremely high ROI (return on investment). Of course, the size of your investment is crucial. If you spend too much, then your risk is much higher. Our SEO plans are extremely affordable and our expert, professional SEO services will bring you results that meet or exceed your expectations.

Even though our expert SEO plans may cost less when compared to some other Vegas area agencies that offer SEO services, we are adept in using time-tested, proven strategies that work – plain and simple. We are not your run of the mill SEO agency. We live and breathe SEO, and we know what is needed to get your business website to the top. Just as we have done for many current and past clients.

Concerned about your online reputation? Negative search engine results showing up at the top of the page? We can help by getting those negative mentions of your business, brand or name pushed down in the search results so that there is much less likelyhood of anybody seeing them. Check out our reputation management page to learn more.

With Bobs SEO, you can expect only the best SEO methods and results. We use ethical techniques and our rates are affordable to fit with most any budget. By partnering with us, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Once you choose us, you can relax and sleep well knowing that you made the right choice. Call me for a complimentary consultation or follow me on twitter for the latest SEO news and tips!

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Insurance Made Easy in New Jersey | Liberty Insurance

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Sep 222015

For over 80 years, Liberty Insurance has been a customer-focused agency, dedicated to professional service, and true partners with our clients throughout Monmouth County and the state of New Jersey. As an independent agency full of caring and knowledgeable experts, we always strive to provide our customers with options for the various products that meet their unique insurance goals, as well as to provide impeccable service tailored to their specific needs. We are Liberty Insurance, and we are here to streamline the insurance process for you.

Liberty Insurance is dedicated to helping our clients insure their risks across all facets of their lives. With roots as a commercial insurance agency, we have grown and matured with our clients over the years. Our clients tell us that, like accountants and attorneys, we are one of their trusted business advisers. We also currently offer personal insurance products, financial services, retirement planning, and many other products and services that cater to the needs of our customers. As such a versatile and multi-faceted agency, we have experienced agents here to help you find the balance between your unique insurance needs and the coverages to meet them. By partnering with us, you will receive a package of protection that is tailored specifically to you, your family, and your business.

Our experienced, licensed professionals at Liberty Insurance counsel you, so you feel like youre talking with a trusted partner and friend, rather than a salesperson. We value you, understand your needs, and want the best for your future.

At Liberty Insurance, we believe in insurance as a process, rather than a niche. Our agents understand the insurance process may seem complicated and daunting, and we take the complex details and turn them into something manageable and even enjoyable for you as you find the coverage you need. As a client, you will receive the best counsel, advocacy, and service our agents can provide to make you feel safe and secure as you manage your risk.

Interested in learning more about partnering with Liberty Insurance? Call us today at (800) 940-1774, or fill out the online quote form, and we will be in touch with you. Lets get started managing your risk today!

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Miami SEO – Miami Search Engine Optimization

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Sep 172015

Choosing the right keyword isn’t as simple as guessing or copying your competitors keywords. As a matter of fact, it’s easy to choose the wrong keywords. Keywords which bring little to no search traffic per month. It’s not uncommon for companies to unknowingly waste months to several years pursuing worthless keywords.

When selecting keywords you need to strategically select keywords that generate the highest Search Volume per month. We help you identify the best target keywords for your specific industry based on aggregated data – not the opinion of a so-called guru. Why? Because Google and other search engines use algorithms based on data to deliver generate their results.

We provide all of our services based on best practice. We provide this valuable keyword research service as a courtesy when you request a Free report.

A backlink is an external web site that links to your site. Google is like an election, and sees a backlink as a vote for your site (Link Popularity). Generally, the more quality backlinks you have the better your site will rank.

A few key factors that will help you rank better:

First we provide Target Keyword Research and Competitive Analytics. Then we examine your web site and Optimize Semantic Site Structure, Title, Meta Description, Keyword Density, Content, and more.

Paid search marketing includes pay-per-click ads, contextual advertising and other media display advertising. With our professional experience, these sponsored results can dramatically increase your website exposure and sales.

Our experts can help you get the most out of E-mail Marketing. We design HTML email that renders consistently across email viewers. We also build and deploy Dedicated E-mail servers, provide Campaign Management and more.

Ongoing Link Building (Off Page) from Blogs, Social Media, Press Releases, Articles, Link Directories, Forums, Sponsorships, Business Partners, Suppliers, and other sources.

We Get You Likes. Generate a targeted following of fans for your business with a custom designed and professionally marketed Facebook page. Social media designed to deliver results and managed daily to give you more fans and interaction.

Has your reputation been damaged online? All it takes is (1) negative review to harm your business. We can help. Contact us today to discuss solutions to create and maintain a positive online reputation for your business.

You can create all the “quality content” you like. Unless you’re targeting a super niche keyword with zero competition, No one is going to find your site thru search engines. With no traffic coming to your site from search engines how will anyone see you have quality content worth linking to. If your site isn’t optimized, and doesn’t have quality backlinks, It won’t rank for competitive high traffic keywords against competitors that have decades of quality backlinks built.

Therefore you’d have to get traffic from resources other than search engines first. Perhaps you know or you are an expert viral marketer with connections to massive exposure resources. Even if you get massive traffic, websites are still unlikely link to you. How often have you built a link from your site to an external site you thought had “quality content?” Probably never. It takes hard work to get or convince quality sites to link to you. This is where we come in.

The experts here at visiblexposure miami know all about driving competitors bananas. We outrank millions of competitors for high search volume keywords on Google. Our strength is generating leads and opportunities for your business. Fill out our simple form or call us today, and see what we can do for your company. Searching for SEO or other marketing solutions? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you are starting out fresh, or need to overhaul an existing SEO strategy – our search engine optimization services incorporate all the tools you need for an effective campaign.

The reality is you cannot win this game overnight for organic listings. Google keeps a sophisticated algorithm in place for quality control purposes, and to keep businesses paying for Sponsored Listings (Google’s primary source of revenue). Page 1 organic listings for competitive keywords is reserved for Big Commercial Brands, and domains that have earned their way into Google’s trusted circle.

When you perform a search the first few listings are usually sponsored results. Sponsored Listings also appear on in a sidebar. Sponsored listings are usually a different background color with the words “Ads” or are indicated by small “Ad” icon. Advertisers bid against each other for prominent positions. Basically whoever is willing to pay the highest amount per click (PPC) get’s the top position.

Then you have Organic Listings. Organic Listings are generated by Google’s Search Algorithm to provide users with the most relevant results. Statistically, Organic Listings are more effective and have a higher conversion ratio.

If you’re budget allows it, it’s best to have both a Sponsored Listing and Organic Listing. If you need results right away, and you’re budget allows it, you should go with a Sponsored Listing. Overall, you’ll want to invest for the long term to reap the rewards that come with a high ranking Organic Listing.

It all depends on the competitiveness of your target keyword(s). It can take as little as a month to years. Google’s sophisticated algorithm adjusts results slowly and randomly. Google updates their algorithm regularly to prevent companies from gaming their system.

Older Domain, Optimized with Backlinks If you have an older domain (6 mo and older) and are already ranking in the 1st (2-10) pages, you’ve already broken the ice and have a stronger chance of ranking quicker. We can give you the extra push you need to get your site to the top. We can get positive results in as early as (1) month.

Older domain If you’re not ranking at all for your keyword, you may have some on site optimization issues that are harming you’re site from being indexed properly. We can correct this. You may not have any back links built to your site. Google is pretty much one big popularity contest, more so than high school, and back links are a vote for your reputation. Once your site is optimized, we can begin building back links. We can gain positive results in as early as (1-3) months.

Brand new domains typically have to “wait” longer before they can rank for keywords. It requires 3 – 6 months on average before you can expect to see positive results.

How many listing/competitors rank for your keyword is another factor. Are you up against (50,000) or (100,000,000)? When the competition is (50,000) or under (3) million you can expect promising results within (1-3) months. If you’re competing against (10) million or more you’ll need to battle for a year or longer. Especially if you’re starting from scratch. Starting from scratch, we’ve managed to move our client’s businesses on page (1) inside a year up against (70) million+ competitors.

If you require results now, and your budget allows it, you can buy your way to the top. The solution is to employ a Google AdWords Pay Per Click Campaign. You can have a sponsored listing for the 1st spot in as early as 1 day.

While Google Adwords seems D.I.Y., we strongly advise having an expert manage your campaign. It’s very easy to lose your shirt if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. We can assist you tackle your campaign, reach new customers effectively, and maximize ROI.

This is a common practice amongst Shady SEO companies that operate outbound sales rooms.

One example of how they scam you:

Shady SEO Company charges you say $300, then they spend $10 of that on a Google Sponsored Pay-Per-Click Listing. Then they say “look we got you on page 1.” Then your Pay-Per-Click listing drops after 1 or more clicks, and they pocket $290.

Blackhat, Whitehat and other colors are often used to describe the practices which SEO companies employ.

Blackhat usually refers to employing unscrupulous techniques for SEO. One of the oldest blackhat practices is keyword stuffing. Keywords are hidden in a page’s code that is not visible to users to trick the search engines.

Google is wise to these shady techniques nowadays, and using them will quickly get your site removed from results. Even today unqualified SEO companies employ these “ancient” techniques, and their clients suffer the consequences.

Some Blackhat SEO companies use risky automated backlink building software. Software capable of building thousands of links in no time at all. The software seeks out and spams blogs, forums, and just about any online form that you can insert a link into. Again Google has wised up to this behavior and will flag your site quickly for removal.

Whitehat is considered to be the honest Google approved method of getting your site to rank. At least that’s what self proclaimed whitehat companies believe.

Sounds pretty innocent, but at the end of the day, they are trying to manipulate the search engines. These so called whitehat techniques have gotten sites penalized severely as well.

In closing, It’s all blackhat because you are attempting to manipulate the search engines. There’s just varying degrees.

What’s the option for playing by the rules? Google claims all one simply has to do is create great content, and it will rank. That may work for super niche keywords, but it has yet to work for competitive search terms. Your best bet is to forget about hat colors, and have a healthy balance of several methods. Great content, excellent on page SEO, and quality backlinks.

So you see website is on page 1 for your target keyword, yet you are still not receiving any calls or emails? Chances are you aren’t on page one and your results are being skewed by Google’s default web history feature.

About web history Web history is a feature implemented by Google that personalizes users results based on their web activity. Sites you visit in a search are promoted to show up higher in the results the next time you search using the same keywords. While the intentions is good, it skews your results, and then you have no idea what a new user searching for the first time will see. The solution and a good practice is to disable web history.

Note: You have to do this each time you sign out of a Google account.

Solution 2: Use (2) browsers We recommend using Safari signed out with web history disabled for most web surfing. Then use Firefox at the same time signed in to manage AdWords and other Google products.

And there you have it. Now you can see search results the way the real world sees them. Now you can see where you actually rank and get an accurate view of the competitive playing field.

Your Web site is up and running, so how can you make yourself more visible to a more targeted audience? You can try using search engine marketing (SEM), or pay-per-click advertising. SEM is a paid service. It allows you to place online ads near top search results. With SEM, you are required to pay whenever your ad is clicked. For that reason, choosing the right keywords is vital. If your keywords are too broad, youll end up paying for clicks that dont result in transactions. If your keywords are too specific, you may not receive any clicks at all.

You’ve now completed and launched your website. Now it’s time to do some marketing to enhance your visitor rate.

If you’ve read any online marketing blogs or articles, you’ve probably heard of SEO. But do you understand what it is and what is does? Do you know why your website needs it and why it is one of the most effective methods of making your website more visible to your target audience? If your answers are no, then it’s time that you learn more about SEO.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is a method of preparing your website so that it provides high-quality content and attracts a larger volume of high-quality traffic. Although SEO strategies are always changing and offer no guarantee, the results of their application are often tremendously successful.

When optimizing your website, you should always use ethical “white hat” SEO techniques rather than “black hat” SEO techniques like keyword stuffing, using invisible text and creating fake pages that are not visible to users. Black hat techniques aim to manipulate search engine spiders on a short-term basis. They often backfire. Once search engines notice that your site uses black hat SEO techniques – and they will notice – your site will be banned permanently. Then, it will be almost impossible for anyone to find your site without first knowing your web address.

White hat practices, on the other hand, require the incorporation of highly informative and well-focused web content that is truly helpful to your target audience. These techniques make your website more accessible to search engine spiders, and they follow search engine guidelines. As a result, their benefits are long-term.

Studies show that the typical search engine user only views top-ranking search results. This means, they simply skim through, looking for relevant headlines and summaries. They rarely look beyond the first ten results, and they view subsequent results pages even less frequently.

Using search engine optimization will help your website rank higher in organic, or free, search engine results. And, as stated, a high rank in organic search results is important if you want your website to be seen.

Search engine optimization is not easily learned. The process entails many layers and the rules are always changing. In addition, periodic updates are necessary.

To save time and effort, many website owners hire SEO experts to optimize their sites. The initial cost of optimizing your site may seem high. However, you must keep in mind that the impact of optimization is powerful and lasting. So in the long run, SEO is generally less expensive than many offline and online marketing strategies.

After years of running successful adwords campaigns with conversion ratios averaging 40-80% we can tell you with confidence not to waste your time trying to build a landing page with a perfect quality score (10).

Google does not demonstrate an example page with a perfect quality score that you could build off of.

We wasted plenty of time trying to make a Landing page with a quality score of (10). It’s supposed to translate to lower costs per click. So we followed Google’s vague instructions as close as possible. Use your keyword for your campaign name, ad group, etc. Make a landing page relevant to your campaign, ad group, ad and keywords with proper use of html tags. We also followed advice around the web such as add privacy policy, terms of use, etc.

The highest we scored initially was always (7-8). And sometimes that score would be as low as (3) without changing much. We found if you edited the keyword (ignoring warnings of losing stats), and saved, your quality score would change back to (7).

Then we gave up, and ran (1) campaign, (1) group, (1) ad with a bunch of relevant keywords. We found that quality score fluctuated throughout the campaign. Within a few days some keywords had a quality score of (10) for no special reason. The savings was not significant. Then the score changed back to (7), and continued to fluctuate up and down randomly without anything else changing.

So once again. Don’t waste your time playing Google’s Mysterious Quality Score game. Concentrate on building a landing page that will convert traffic into sales. Then use a set of targeted keywords from (1) ad, and play around with different designs and ad copy until you find your sweet spot.

E-mail is a valuable, flexible, and immediate way to promote your business-whether you have an online business or a traditional bricks and mortar shop. But you need to be smart in how you approach e-mail promotions so that they will be effective in supporting your sales or communications goals. E-mail is best used when you want to update customers on a new product, a special offer or sale, or to tell them about an event. It is also an easy and inexpensive way to stay connected and communicate with customers which helps promote word of mouth referrals and eventually drive additional sales.

Here are ten tips and tricks for launching a smart, effective email campaign that will help you meet your goals:

Whether you have a Web-based business or local retail store, you can use these e-mail campaign tips to effectively boost sales, communicate with customers, and promote your business.

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SEO Miami | Miami SEO Company | Miami SEO Expert

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Sep 172015

Our Miami SEO Solutions = Revenue

There is a very important reason why you have arrived here and it has to do with your desire to drive qualified traffic to your website, receive more leads, increase inquiries and sales to improve your bottom line. Maybe you have already invested a great deal of time and money with a Local Miami SEO Company and you did not obtained the results you were looking for. There is a reason why we are Miami’s Navy Seals (or Local SEO Seals) as business owners continue to seek out our leading SEO Business Services because all of those cheap options they’ve tried have failed them; we get the call when everything else fails.

There is a vast amount of Local Miami SEO Businesses promising top placements on Google and some will even go to the extend as to promise number one spots on search engines. SEO requires professionals that understand and that abide by all of the Google Guidelines, not promises from fly-by-night SEO providers. With all of the SEO complexity and misinformation provided by low quality and uneducated sources, no wonder why business owners continue to feel frustrated. In our case, our existing customers will attest that our Miami Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaigns will give you more phone calls, website sign ups, and new leads. We will greatly increase your business online discovery for people who are ready tu buy.

Our Miami SEO Business Campaigns puts your website closer to your audience day by day, in a format that is impossible to ignore.

People Rank Websites, not Google. All other things being equal, a PageRank is acquired through valuable, localized and relevant content that people enjoy and share with their peers. As Miami’s Leading Local SEO Business, we know that websites rank because people pass along that website or particular page of a website with other people, not just because it has all of the technical SEO bells and whistles. PageRank is only one of over two hundred different ranking factors, it is not the final answer. At Z Networks Group we know very well that a website its literally by itself, a billboard in the middle of nowhere.

Adding and substracting SEO strategies, while it is fundamental, is not the only responsible factor for your website’s ranking and overall success. For your website to rank well, it must not only have a search engine’s website best practices, but also have useful and shareable content in a format that people understand and appreciate.You can have google’s own engineers code every web page of your site, but if its not user friendly, or if the information is not organized neatly – under logical categorization, your site is simply going to fail.

SEO is about Conditioning your Website for both Search Engines & Web Users alike.

As the Local Miami SEO Experts, we do not build links, we build businessess. There is so much more than just on-page and off-page SEO, link building, and meta tags etc. There are a great deal of local and nationwide SEO factors that we must implement on web pages to faciliate their indexing and categorization by google’s algorithms. The reality is that while we are able to implement all of the existing ranking factors, we also implement various other techniques that search engines repond very well to. There is really nothing magical happening here, its truly ardous work that demands trained individuals who trully have a keen obsession on understanding and abiding by the search engine’s guidelines, ranking factors — and that spend countless hours studying new innovative ways of breaking into the ranking spot light in the most ethical way. We know search engines and we understand how to use them to help our clients become profitable online.

If your business is not in the first page on Google Bing and Yahoo Search Engines, you are either loosing allot of business to your competitors or your business will simply fail. An organic search engine presence should be the foremost strategy when it comes to promoting a website or brand – and our Local Miami SEO Company services gives you just that and much more.The fact of the matter is that, if you are not showing up on peoples browsers when they search for what you have to offer, not only are you instead letting your competitors take advantage of that, youre also simply ignoring the great potential that your website can have to drive visitors, generate leads and even increase your sales exponentially.

A good-looking website does not communicate with your visitors through telepathy, it requires over 150 different coded items that search engines look for in your website, in order to understand your pages’ relevance to the user’s search term. As Local Miami SEO Experts, we understand that there is far more than basic changes to a site, we must place all of the required changes on your site so that it evolves and remains current and compliant to any existing algorithm.. Your must primarily speak user language, and provide all of the navigation and lead generation tools that people understand and find easy to use, otherwise your site will receive a very poor SEO grade. If your website can speak to the algorithms but not those browsing your site, it will get pushed further down the rabbit hole of search engine invisibility. The fundamental function of any Local SEO Firm is to balance the two, with a little more emphasis on one or the other depending on what your are trying to achieve.

We are a Local Miami SEO Company that gives your site the boost it needs to attrack the search engine’s attention and turn your visitors into paying customers.

As leading Miami SEO Experts in Florida, we truly understand that marketers and entrepreneurs who are serious about their online business or website cannot simply ignore search engine placements. For website owners being on the top of searches of search engines results is critical just as it is for any “mom-and-pop” home based businesses. As our Miami SEO Company and Internet Marketing solutions help in building not only a solid online reputation, but also facilitate the information for search engines to associate your brand with the searchers intent. We achieve those results page rankings, through scientific keyword analysis, analytics research on historical consumer behavioral patterns for your brand.

Even if your competition is sitting right next to you, you can still get an advantage by trying out our SEO Business Services. Every business is different, thinks different, and treat their customers differently. People have learned the hard way to look beyond cheap prices and empty promises. But if your website is struggling to secure a privileged, revenue-based position on the search results, then you need to focus on our Miami SEO Expert solutions and Professional SEO Miami strategies provided by a no nonsense, ROI driven Local Miami SEO Company.

Z Networks Group is a highly preferred Miami SEO Company that provides you with those niche-specific and collaborative Miami Search Engine Optimization solutions, which will help you, the business owner, create a successful lead generation and inbound marketing campaigns that bring you revenue. We don’t rank websites to pat ourselves on the back, we rank them to help our customers obtain substancial and measurable results on their return on investment.

The following is a graphical representation on some of the Good SEO as well as what kind of SEO to avoid at all cost.

Search Engines provide answers to billions of queries every day with relevant information so that users can make a decision. So, how a search engine prioritize which website is relevant to a query. Isnt it interesting? Yes, it is. If you are new to the topic of Miami SEO and want to improve your websites interaction both on mayor search engines (Google/Yahoo/Bing) and users, then approach our SEO Miami Company who will enlighten you with a niche specific Miami SEO Strategy and Miami SEO Competitive Analysis. As a reputed Miami Internet marketing solutions provider, our Miami SEO Service helps website owners gain results from organic engine results placement of various search engines and for multiple conversion-based and revenue-focused search terms and phrases.

Search Engines grade pages not websites, their algorithms dive in deep into each web page and grade it accodingly in order to position it in their search engine result pages. This happends every day of the year, and even more so after the release of a new search engine algorithm or algorithm update. Everyone knows that Google brings major traffic to websites compared to other search engines. But it doesn’t mean that you should ignore the small but highly qualifed traffic that Bing and Yahoo are able to provide. The traffic value difference between the search engine’s outside of Google is in the millions and not in the few thousand.

And so, our Miami SEO professionals choose to follow the guidelines of Googles, Bing and Yahoo different ranking algorithms for both local and nationwide organic search dominance. Moreover, Google keeps updating its algorithm to serve its users better and not to help your website rank higher. As an Elite Local Miami SEO Company, we love to stay up to date on industry related trends and cutting-edge web technology, but are also seriously obsessed with understanding and using Google algorithms to our clients advantage.

Regular web designs are gradually becoming a thing of past. Marketers and entrepreneurs are looking for fresh and innovative designs that are simple, clean, interactive, user friendly and capable of establishing communication with the visitors. They seek for designs that carry artistic value and stand out of the crowd. Furthermore, marketers and website owners now prefer to choose designs that have qualities or features that help in brand building and bring traffic through user experience.

Creating a design for website is like the job half done. Our experienced and professional designers check the loading speed of a website or webpage while designing every aspect of your site. They very well understand that poor loading speed of a website irritates visitors and severely hampers the SEO and user-experience. So, we take help of various tools and software to perform tests and measure the website loading time, uptime and response time.

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Zip codes: 14065.

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $96,237 (it was $66,800 in 2000)

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Ancestries: German (34.6%), English (15.7%), Irish (13.5%), Polish (10.5%), United States (7.4%), Italian (7.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 40.3 square miles.

Population density: 60 people per square mile (very low).

21 residents are foreign born

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Cheektowaga, NY (36.4 miles , pop. 79,988).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Buffalo, NY (38.7 miles , pop. 292,648).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (239.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Farmersville, NY (2.3 miles ), Arcade, NY (2.3 miles ), Delevan, NY (2.4 miles ), Centerville, NY (2.5 miles ), Lime Lake, NY (2.5 miles ), Yorkshire, NY (2.6 miles ), Lime Lake-Machias, NY (2.6 miles ), Machias, NY (2.9 miles ).

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Latitude: 42.47 N, Longitude: 78.36 W

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Freedom-area historical tornado activity is near New York state average. It is 63% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/24/1967, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.3 miles away from the Freedom town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 6/20/1969, a category F3 tornado 19.3 miles away from the town center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI – VII) earthquake occurred 124.6 miles away from the city center On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 155.7 miles away from Freedom center On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 227.1 miles away from the city center On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 271.6 miles away from the city center On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV – V) earthquake occurred 130.2 miles away from Freedom center On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 191.2 miles away from the city center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Power Outage: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

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4.18% of this county’s 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,141 average adjusted gross income)

5.04% of this county’s 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,902 average adjusted gross income)

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Jun 23, 2005 09:54 AM, Maple Grove Rd, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1 Apr 11, 2003 10:25 PM, Bixby Hill Road, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1 Apr 29, 1998 05:35 PM, Cr-90, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1 Aug 29, 1998 06:10 AM, Sr-98, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1

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The Best Definition of Singularity

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Sep 082015

The term Singularity has many definitions.

The everyday English definition of Singularity is a noun that designates the quality of being one of a kind, strange, unique, remarkable or unusual.

For a more specific definition of Singularity we can search The Wiktionary where we get the following five Singularity definitions:

1. the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual 2. a point where all parallel lines meet 3. a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value 4. (mathematics) the value or range of values of a function for which a derivative does not exist 5. (physics) a point or region in spacetime in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density; associated with Black Holes

What we are most interested in, however, is the definition of Singularity as a technological phenomenon — i.e. the Technological Singularity. Here we can also find a variety of subtly different interpretations of the definition of Singularity.

John von Neumann was quoted as saying that “the ever accelerating progress of technology … gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.” His definition of the Singularity was that the Singularity is the moment beyond which “technological progress will become incomprehensively rapid and complicated.”

Vernor Vinge introduced the term Technological Singularity in his science fiction novel Marooned in Realtime(1986) and later developed the concept in his essay the Coming Technological Singularity (1993). His definition of Singularity is widely known as the event horizon thesis and in essence says that trans or post-human minds will imply a weirder future than we can imagine:

“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended. […] I think it’s fair to call this event a singularity. It is a point where our models must be discarded and a new reality rules. As we move closer and closer to this point, it will loom vaster and vaster over human affairs till the notion becomes a commonplace. Yet when it finally happens it may still be a great surprise and a greater unknown.”

I.J. Good, who greatly influenced Vinge himself, never used the term Singularity itself. However, what Vinge called Singularity Good called intelligence explosion and by that he meant a positive feedback cycle within which minds will make technology to improve on minds which once started will rapidly surge upwards and create super-intelligence. This definition of Singularity is also known as the intelligence explosion hypothesis.

Ray Kurzweil is associated with the third and most popular interpretation of the Technological Singularity, often referred to as the accelerating change thesis. In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology Kurzweil defined the Technological Singularity as:

“… a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed. Although neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our lifes, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death itself.”

Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired Magazine

Singularity is the point at which “all the change in the last million years will be superseded by the change in the next five minutes.”

James Martin, a world-renowned leading futurist, computer scientist, author, lecturer and, among many other things, the largest donor in the history of Oxford University.

Singularity “is a break in human evolution that will be caused by the staggering speed of technological evolution.”


Since all of the above refer to the same broad occurrence, I will simply define the Technological Singularity as the event, or sequence of events, likely to occur at or after the birth of Artificial Intelligence. (especially when AI surpasses human intelligence)

If anything, it has to be clear that we really do not know what the Singularity is (or will be) so we are just using the term to show (or hide) our own ignorance.

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THE singularitiy, not the tech one. Not rated yet I am puzzled that THE singularity is barely mentioned on this site – the singularity before which time, space, matter and energy did not exist – (not

Singuarity or Chaos?Not rated yet Perhaps it will be the time when the number of recongized, recorded & real-time shared “patterns” will be so unfathomably large that all around “us” will

Singularity And The Infinite InvisibleNot rated yet The Universe continues to expand from its point of origin (Alpha point) since its inception at the Big Bang. As such, time itself expands along with it,

D’Count Lessismore of Moran-OvaNot rated yet D&D’s take on all this is: That super AI equals human irrelevance. The soon to come very few super power leaders will voraciously control

The third factor of intelligenceNot rated yet I am thinking of a new theory. At least to me it is new. I am thinking of the point when artificial intelligence is measured as equal or greater than human

The SarkhhoobadNot rated yet Singularity is best explained by the “sarkhoobad”, a mysterious phenomenon which if unraveled would shed light on many of the difficult to explain questions

bliss to ignorance ratioNot rated yet singularity transcends human comprehension as a linear event, therefore if it occurs we will be incapable of detecting its existence. time, place and

Albert Not rated yet I agree that human evolution is heading in this direction, namely trans humanism. Earth will probably experience another extinction event, so humans should

Time TravelNot rated yet I do not believe that there is much more to be done technologically (in a vastly more incomprehensible way) than what has already transpired with the exceptions

Ananda Jaisingh, VedantinNot rated yet Singularity means Brahman, satyam gyanam anantam, brahman as it is the source of all knowledge and therefore must be conscious, without limit or boundary,

Noone ScientistNot rated yet Singularity is the initial point which everthing that exist, has existed and will exist, is acted upon by the magic magnetic first particle of matter,

singularityNot rated yet We would not be able to recognise a singularity in a future sense, we would experience the now or the present event prior to the singularity,then pass

Mr. Ronald finn.Not rated yet Singularity is where everything meets you, no matter where you are or whatever you are doing it still relates to you and only you. A single direction without

Dr.Not rated yet A singularity is a point in the future where an intelligence explosion takes place.

Splitting of the SpeciesNot rated yet Single body, many minds vs many bodies single minds. Singularity? Iit means individualism while joining with many others in a single unit. Single does

Margie Call ) artistNot rated yet If because of exponential growth, and thoughts are things it seems to me everything would get so entangled that there will be a big bang that converts

Paul BennettNot rated yet In the “Electric Kool-aid Acid Test” it is ‘said’ that you are either “on the bus” or “off the bus” in the event of a technological singularity you will

George Anstadt MD FACPMNot rated yet the Singularity: When the relentless drive of DNA to survive commands a being with the power of artificial intelligence.

Good, Bad, WeirdNot rated yet The Singularity, as defined above, is an unknown unknown. That means this whole thing is a random event. In the future there is a point, which statistically

Continuation of the Human RaceNot rated yet The essence of what we call the human race has to be evolved into a form of transmittable energy that will transcend the limits of the observable universe.

The Universal Grand IllusionNot rated yet This will be the point when the self-absorbed intellectual elites reach the apex of the Ego, becoming convinced that we have fully digested the essence

human beingNot rated yet singularity is the moment when we have the capacity to understand all knowledge from the past and from the future in the present

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Sep 032015

the best part about bitcoins is that you get to watch libertarians slowly discover why financial regulations exist to begin with

Bitcoin (code: BTC, XBT[2]) is an Internet-based digital currency and payment network; it uses strong cryptography to prevent users from duplicating money. Bitcoin’s independence from the control of governments, corporations, or other centralized entities tends to appeal to libertarians, anarcho-capitalists, and technophiles.[3] At the same time, it also does not enjoy the security and protection which those large bodies can ostensibly provide, making it a volatile and often insecure asset.

Bitcoin was first proposed by a person known only by the apparent pseudonym of “Satoshi Nakamoto” in late 2008, at the height of the banking crisis.[4] The identity of him/her/them has been a continuing source of intrigue.[5]

The currency is designed to employ lots of computers to process and record transactions. The solution to this is “mining,” in which Bitcoin users run software to do all the necessary work.[6] Every time someone successfully proves they performed this work, they receive bitcoins in return. This provides an incentive to keep the currency running, but also attracts a lot of prospectors and speculators looking for easy money, and scammers who consider them suitably exploitable suckers.[7]

The currency’s only practical use case is purchasing illicit goods (e.g., drugs) and services (e.g., murder-for-hire).[8][9] There has so far been no other use case for which it is superior to existing channels.

In 2014, the cryptocurrency began a sharp decline after a principal exchange, Mt. Gox, shut down following three months of blatant market manipulation.[10][11] It was later revealed that an undiscovered “leak” in the company’s bitcoin wallet had rendered them insolvent in 2012, and virtually penniless by 2014.[12] Essentially, Bitcoin’s astronomical rise was the direct result of meaningless trades with fake money.[13]

It’s like a house on fire with freshly baked cookies inside.

The notable bit about Bitcoin is that it is intended to be entirely decentralised. The blockchain, the cryptographically-authenticated public ledger of every Bitcoin transaction ever, is reconciled by agreement of over 50% of all miners an attempt at a practical solution to the Byzantine Generals’ Problem[wp] in computer science.[15]

There is no central bank backing Bitcoin; previous virtual currencies, such as E-Gold, Flooz, Beenz, Lindens, or WoW gold have always had an organisation behind them. This lack of a monetary authority means that, were governments to try to do something about it, they would not have a central point of attack.[16] Bitcoin therefore presents a rare sandbox/universe-in-a-jar scenario for observing market interactions in a free banking[wp] system, as Austrian schoolers have always wanted this time in the context of post-industrial economies.

You can buy actual stuff with bitcoins! Mostly internet services, geek toys, phone sex,[17] illegal drugs[18] and, of course, pre-used Bitcoin mining hardware.[19] And actually useful things like beer and pizza.[20][21] To allow payment with a high-volatility currency like Bitcoin, it is common for merchants to price their goods in the local standard currency, but receive payment via Bitcoin converted at current market rates.[22]

Bitcoin has no intrinsic value (i.e., has no use-value), similar to the US dollar,[23] and could be a general currency if 300 million people similarly behaved as though it was one, i.e., would do work in exchange for it.[24] Its biggest problem as an exchange medium is that it is not widely accepted, and that trading is thus very thin indeed.

There is also the matter of built-in deflation: there is a strictly limited possible number of bitcoins, and the processing power to mine new ones goes up as more miners join.[25] Also, if your wallet file is deleted, your bitcoins are gone for good.

“Babbage” at The Economist took it seriously and found it quite interesting,[26] but has muted his praise over time.[27] Other economists have criticized the idea (to the point of calling it a scam), citing inherent design problems.[28][29][30][31][32]Paul Krugman initially refrained from poking fun at the concept, but considered it a reimplementation of the gold standard, with the economic problems that implies;[33] he’s since judged it as effectively just another right-wing affinity fraud, in which big libertarians prey upon smaller ones.[34] Warren Buffett has called it a “mirage.”[35] About 25% of the European Central Bank’s report on “Virtual Currency Schemes” is about Bitcoin,[36] and both the European Banking Authority and US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have warned about major consumer protection issues.[37][38]

The trouble with re-implementing the gold standard in the 21st century is that financial attacks, just like cryptographic attacks, don’t get less effective with time if you apply attacks evolved in a hundred years of Red Queen’s race against regulation, then remove the regulation, the subeconomy in question is utterly defenseless. As one quant on Hacker News outlined:[39]

And we can now see this in practice: the $1200/BTC peak in late 2013 was caused by the market manipulation known as “painting the tape”;[40] Mt. Gox in particular appears to have suffered chronic tape-painting.[41] Note that the “free market” completely failed to deal with fraud in this environment: all other exchanges were tracking Mt. Gox’s blatantly skewed prices.

Bitcoin relies on distributed consensus: the blockchain is what a majority of mining capacity says it is. Since mining is the “core of the Bitcoin protocol,” there is the possibility of what is termed a “51% attack,” where miners could consolidate into a cartel to exceed 50% of the mining power (yes, a de facto monopoly) and so could unilaterally ratify the entire blockchain to do things like double-spending confirmed transactions and preventing any new transactions or just ones they don’t like from happening while they’re in control (though they cannot take other people’s coins).[42][43] But this was considered unlikely because Bitcoin enthusiasts were highly distributed individualists.

This worked quite well early on. However, proof-of-work algorithms benefit from economies of scale,[wp] which leads to centralization directly. So as mining became more difficult and demanded more specialized resources, single mining “pools” became a substantial fraction of Bitcoin’s network hashrate. In June 2014, mining pool GHash reached 51%, leading to calls to use decentralized pooling options.[44] In 2015, nine mining pools control 75% of the hashpower.[45]

Economically, it would be foolish for, e.g., GHash to just kick over the board because they could cornering the market in an insubstantial good is only worth it while people trust the value of the insubstantial good but the actual problem is that the group with 51% of all mining capacity will be able to “undermine the rules of the currency itself.”[46] GHash quickly backed down to under 50% and claims it wants to fix the deeper problem,[47] but the economic incentives of “selfish mining” remain.

Cornell researchers have identified many more subtle attacks one can make even with less than 50%,[48] and it is worth noting that GHash had previously conducted a “49% attack” (a “Finney attack”[49]) wherein a large miner double-spends coins, just not with certainty against a gambling site.[50] They blamed this on a rogue employee, but this in itself shows that individuals can be motivated to trash a whole system for temporary personal gain. Again, real financial systems have government regulation for this specific threat.

So who’s doing the maths? The answer is the most powerful distributed computing project in the world.[51] While other distributed computing systems are investigating protein folding or sifting through radiotelescope data for signs of intelligent communication from the stars, bitcoins are being generated by people running hashing algorithms to process transactions on a poorly-traded virtual currency.

But it’s long past the point where you can do any decent amount of processing on a standard desktop system (or, as some less-than-ethical Bitcoiners have, sneaking processing code into Javascript on web pages, or simply deploying a Trojan on someone’s Windows box). Bitcoin miners quickly moved to the GPUs of video cards, then field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) specifically programmed for the algorithm, and now mining is done on ASICs based on said FPGAs. There are even companies selling Bitcoin mining rigs; their frequently-sketchy workmanship wouldn’t endear them to IT pros or the FTC, but they’re still better than some of the firetrap rigs that Bitcoiners have put together for themselves.[52] The many bizarre and frankly stupid cooling schemes are usually good for a laugh as well, including one Darwin Award applicant who poured a bucket of liquid nitrogen on the floor next to his rig to cool it.[53]

The irony of all this is that once hardware and power costs are factored in, it’s hard to make a profit from Bitcoin mining. Many more-savvy Bitcoiners filch their power from someone else and don’t factor in the equipment cost at all.

Bitcoin is also an environmental disaster, using on the order of 24 gigawatt-hours a day, literally wasted on calculating hashes. For comparison, the entire nation of Ireland runs about 72 GWh a day average.[54][55] The network cost per transaction (of any size) is around $20 of electricity.[56] (Thus, Bitcoin runs on libertarians externalising their costs to others.[57]) If only they’d based it on protein folding.[58]

The cryptography is robust, so many highly vocal internet libertarians think this is all that is needed, because they don’t understand people, know very little about economics, and apparently nothing of how reliable financial computing infrastructures are built real banks tend to use mainframes in highly redundant configurations, not AWS virtual servers without backups and generally show terrifying navet and incompetence. This then bites them in the arse when they discover that running a Magic: The Gathering Online card exchange site is insufficient experience to securely run a currency exchange,[59] or discover they have no backups.[60] Many were sufficiently nave as to fall for, not just a Ponzi scheme, but a Ponzi scheme that had already been tried in EVE Online’s in-game currency.[61] There are also people who understand this level of computer science, but still keep their wallet.dat file in plain text on a Windows box, ready for reaping by malware or a DDoS.[62][63][64] This is the sort of thing that gets bitcoins called “Dunning-Krugerrands.”[65]

The decentralised nature attracts libertarian extremists (go read any Bitcoin forum for more wacko libertarianism than you ever thought possible). There are Bitcoin advocates who are not annoying Randroid fools, but the ones who are tend to drown out all the others. It is unsurprising, then, that some business writers have accused them of cultish behaviour;[46][66] some proponents are simply aghast that anyone might not consider it valuable for services rendered.[67]

One of the otherwise-saner advocates is Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, who has put all his savings into bitcoins.[68] Though, he also details its problems.[69] He is a big fan of Bitcoin not as a general currency, but as a pure medium of exchange, substituting for PayPal or credit cards and changing back into a more popular currency at each end as the Visa/Mastercard/PayPal oligopoly’s willingness to block recipients they, the American government or fundamentalists don’t like, starts to become a practical problem.

Andrew Napolitano from Fox Business Network supports Bitcoin as well. In a move that may make many of his fans cry, Ron Paul does not.[70]

There are multiple Bitcoin “banks,” but most of this seems to revolve around doing things with bitcoins,[71] leading to accusations of cargo cult economics. And scams. There are lots of scammers in the Bitcoin community, who are punished by the harshest method imaginable: getting a “scammer” tag on the forum.

There is a Bitcoin exchange hack or collapse approximately every month. Leaving any money exposed on a Bitcoin exchange is, statistically, a terrible idea.

One Bitcoin exchange, Bitcoin-Central (now called Paymium), has achieved bank status in France.[72] Their aim is to supply an alternative to PayPal, and their central bank backing on balances only applies to accounts in euros rather than in bitcoins. On the other hand, other players in the Bitcoin field have had to suspend operations because US banks view companies involved with Bitcoin as too high risk to do business with,[73] or have had to suspend US dollar withdrawals for undisclosed reasons.[74]

Despite Western-oriented services being portrayed as synonymous with the Bitcoin “brand” Mt. Gox was still responsible for 90% of all Bitcoin transactions by the end of 2012,[75] so this isn’t entirely unwarranted Chinese exchanges actually overtook it in output before its collapse.[76] This presents another serious problem for the cryptocurrency moving forward: attempts by the US government to impose regulations post-Gox pale in comparison to recent pressure by Beijing to crack down on the Chinese market.[77] One incentive is off-the-books currency exchange: buy hardware and electricity in yuan, make it into bitcoins and sell the bitcoins for dollars.

In order to prop up the initial system, Bitcoin mining was designed to bribe early users with exponentially better rewards than latecomers could get for the same effort. To join the network at all, new users must give ever-increasing amounts of wealth to previous bitcoiners who are sitting around doing nothing. This effectively makes Bitcoin a pump-and-dump scheme wherein these early adopters, who have more bitcoins than anyone else ever will, hype it up so they can offload their bitcoins onto fools who think they’ll strike it rich as speculators. This means the system runs on opportunism, especially among people who like the idea of decentralized techno-money. This setup is defended as an acceptable trade-off and/or a fair reward for propping up the system.[79]

In the meantime, speculators and opportunists have remained Bitcoin’s main users: according to one 2012 study, only 22% of existing bitcoins were in circulation at all, there were a total of 75 active users/businesses with any kind of volume, one (unidentified) user owned a quarter of all bitcoins in existence, and one large owner was trying to hide their wealth accumulation by moving it around in thousands of smaller transactions.[80] Meanwhile, businesses, from family stores to multimillion-dollar corporations, have jumped onto Bitcoin to seem forward-looking and get a cut of the Bitcoin action.[81] But go on, dive in and get rich.

The real and overriding issue with Bitcoin is that it does practically nothing that isn’t already possible, while also introducing flaws of its own:

Whenever some of these objections are raised, the common Bitcoiner reply is to think about things from the merchant’s point of view that they pay less in fees (which isn’t necessarily true), or that they might get chargebacks (which can be defended against, and generally don’t happen to merchants who don’t actually scam people or rip them off). This ignores that most people don’t care, and the few that do see enough benefit and convenience from being able to get fraudulently taken money returned to them that it doesn’t actually bother them.

In practice, the only thing Bitcoin does better than conventional currencies and existing payment systems is to let libertarians buy illicit goods without having to go to the bad part of town and talk to minorities.

A number of copycat cryptocurrencies (“altcoins”) exist as a consequence of the Bitcoin experiment, only a few of which, such as Litecoin and Dogecoin, have achieved any notability. A few of these have significant distinctions from Bitcoin, such as Namecoin which is part of a decentralized “.bit” DNS project and Freicoin which incorporates demurrage to discourage speculative hoarding, but most of them are simple forks of the Bitcoin code. Since the media attention on Bitcoin in early 2013[91] a glut of such “coins” has flooded the market, with increasingly silly names like BBQcoin, Memecoin, Junkcoin, Sexcoin, and Shitcoin.[92] And don’t forget Coinye West.[93]

Dogecoin[94] gained some popularity on cuteness value and use for tipping on Reddit.[95] Unlike most altcoins, Dogecoin is slightly inflationary rather than deflationary.[96] Despite having similar get-rich hopes, Dogecoin fans are also notably less dickish than Bitcoin fans, though that’s not hard to achieve.

Many Bitcoin advocates really don’t like altcoins:[97] most of the value proposition of Bitcoin is the strictly limited quantity available, and they perceive altcoins as undermining their hodling, instead suggesting the way to resolve Bitcoin’s scaling problems without altcoins is with hypothetical add-ons such as sidechains.[98] (Though sidechain developers themselves are not so optimistic.[99]) They dismiss altcoins as scams (though they don’t regard the substantially-premined Bitcoin as one). However, there is no way for them to stop altcoins from being created.

To be fair, quite a lot of altcoins since the 2013 boom were blatant scams: make a coin, premine it, promise far-fetched features in BitcoinTalk’s altcoin forum,[100] get it onto an exchange, sell it for Bitcoins. USBCoin, for example, netted 150 BTC this way.[101] DafuqCoin compromised exchanges because nobody checked the code before running it.[102][103] And then there’s Ponzicoin, which, despite having Ponzi in the name, lasted a few months before being exposed, shockingly, as a Ponzi scheme. BitcoinTalk dealt with these coins firmly: it limited advertisement signature image dimensions.

In a gold rush, the money’s in selling shovels. Cash up front, please.

(Unless you’re Butterfly Labs, in which case the shovel-sellers are crooks too).

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