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Finding the Ideal SEO Company for your Business

When you are seeking to benefit from effective SEO services, one of the most important things you should do is to identify the right service provider. There are many people who provide SEO strategies which work well for large and small organizations online. Looking for these experts is never a hard task but it requires some know how. You have to understand what you are looking for in terms of the services offered so that you can narrow down your list of potential service providers.

To begin with, get to understand the track record of the best SEO agency you intend to hire. Find out if they have managed to maintain a good name over the years. Stay away from those companies which are very scandalous. To be on the safe side, work with a company with experience, a good track record and reputation to show their quality of service.

The other thing you should also consider when choosing an SEO company is the kind of experts who are available in that organization. Are the services offered by a qualified team of experts who have experience in implementing various SEO strategies? It is important to get to know this because SEO can be very technical and it will not be very effective if it is not handled by the right experts. Do not be shy to ask for proof of their certifications and level of qualification.

Additionally, you must ensure that the company offers reliable customer service. Most companies have numerous projects to work on concurrently but this is no reason to ignore any customer. All customers must be treated equally regardless of the complexity of their projects. The company must recognize the efforts of each client and work to ensure all their demands are met.

You need to know the kind of SEO services offered by that company. They should have a long list of strategies that suit different kinds of businesses. This is the only way you can be assured of getting all your SEO needs met by a single service provider. The company should offer directory submissions, back linking, article submission and other services which are part of SEO.

To conclude, it is never easy to identify the ideal service provider but you must try. Other factors like cost, turnaround time and quality of service rendered must also be given top priority. Make sure that you get the most ideal person to implement the right SEO strategies if you want this to really work for your business.

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Things to do in Chicago in February

It just snowed more in the last few days than in most months in Chicago, but it is good that it is out of the way because there is a lot to do in February in  Chicago (in addition to Valentine’s Day). We have a starter list of indoor and outdoor events this month and hope you have been able to dig out of snowmageddon.

1. Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) – In Chicago there is a great Chinese New Year parade through Chinatown that is free to attend. This year the parade is scheduled for February 6th at 1pm at On Wentworth from 24th Street to Cermak Road. Check out for all the details and directions. Happy Year 4709, the year of the Golden Rabbit. A calm year before 2012 which will be the year of the Dragon.

2. Chicago Auto Show – February 11-20 The Chicago Auto Show is one of my favorite events in Chicago. It is the nation’s largest auto show and it has something for everyone. Most people go to the Auto Show because they are looking to buy a car and want to see what is available without the pressure of salespeople around. It is also great if you just like cars and enjoy seeing the new innovative designs. This year electric cars and concepts are some of the big attractions. Tickets are $11 each ($7 for kids and seniors) and the event is still at McCormick Place, 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616. The show is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Go early to avoid the large crowds and get the best look at the cars. Why this is happening the same weekend as the Super Bowl is beyond me, if the organizers are reading this, move it a week later next year please, so people don’t have to choose between too many things happening on the same weekend.

2. Chicago Restaurant Week- February 18- 27th. Try some of the best food in Chicago from over 200 restaurants with special lower prix fixe menus just for the fest. This is a great way to discover a new favorite restaurant in your neighborhood or check out a place that everyone has been talking about lately. To find prices and the full list of participating restaurants check out The real deal is lunch for just $22 at some of the best restaurants in the city of Chicago.

3. Downers Grove Ice Festival- Theme: Love is in the Air, February 12-13, 2011. Don’t miss a family fun weekend filled with ice carving demonstrations (11am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday), as well as activities for all ages including a Magic Show by Ronald McDonald, appearance by Radio Disney Road Crew, $1 movie of “Happy Feet,” face painting and a Pancake Breakfast. Take in the decorative sculptures that will line the streets as you shop, dine and enjoy the Ice Festival. 

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New Homes For Sale Elgin, Oswego and Huntley Illinois

Finding New Homes for Sale has been more difficult than I thought.  We never thought we would be looking in Elgin, Oswego, Wauconda or Huntley, IL but we are.

We have been looking for a house to buy for the last 6 months and we haven’t found anything we like that we can afford in Naperville or Wheaton or Glen Ellyn. We have been looking at used homes because these areas of the Chicago Suburbshave all the land already built up.

It turns out that the only places you can find open land in the Chicago area to build a new home on, is the fringe of the suburbs. Some places with new developments that are really affordable we have found are from Town and Country Homes  (sign up for the open house at the link and get a $50 gift card for your time) in  Elgin, Huntley, Oswego and Wauconda.

The plusses of buying a house in Elgin or Oswego are that these are all new homes and you get choices about how you want your home built, what kind of lot you want and what details and finishes you have in your new home. They have luxury finishes and all the open floorplans, custom kitchens and square footage you might want with a growing family.

I have been looking at used homes for 6 monthsand I can honestly say that there is no choice and no good homes left on the market after the bubble burst sell-off.  Everything we have seen either is on a corner lot (no privacy in the back yard), has wood paneling (glued to wallboard, very hard to remove) or has no basement or is missing some other crucial qualifier for us.

We would like to build our own home and have to start looking out further west than Naperville and Wheaton. The things we would like in a new home would be a large kitchen/family room combo a large dining room for holidays and family events and a nice size master bedroom with good closet space.

We’re also a fan of white woodwork and white kitchens of which you can’t find inNaperville because it was mostly built up in the 1980′s when all oak all the time was popular.

The only negative to living in Elgin or Oswego is that not everyone works out there. Many of us work downtown or in other near-city suburbs and these towns are a long drive from work every day. Sometimes you can catch a Metra train like from Elgin but Oswego people have to go to Aurora to catch one.

We are pretty much ready to consider the long commute to save $150,000 on the price of a home and have a smaller mortgage to worry about. Plus we would get to choose more options on our home ourselves. It sounds like an extra 15-20 minute commute can get you a lot larger home that you are happy with for a very long time.

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