How to Build a High-Traffic Web Site (or Blog)

How to Build a High-Traffic Web Site (or Blog)

by Steve Pavlina (stevepavlina.com)
Since posting my 2005 traffic figures recently, I’ve received many questions about how I was able to start this web site from scratch and build its traffic to over 700,000 visitors per month (Jan 2006 projection) in about 15 months – without spending any money on marketing or promotion. Building a high-traffic web site was my intention from the very beginning, so I don’t think this result was accidental.

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My traffic-building strategy isn’t based on tricks or techniques that will go out of style. It’s mainly about providing genuine value and letting word of mouth do the rest. Sadly, this makes me something of a contrarian today, since I happen to disagree with much of what I’ve seen written about traffic-building elsewhere. I do virtually no marketing for this site at all. My visitors do it for me, not because I trick them into doing it but simply because they want to. KEEP READING TO LEARN THE TOP 10 WAYS TO BUILD HIGH TRAFFIC

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How to stop complaining

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by Steve Pavlina
Perhaps the most important step in quitting the habit of complaining is to disconnect the undesirable behavior from your identity. A common mistake chronic complainers make is to self-identify with the negative thoughts running through their minds. Such a person might admit, “I know I’m responsible for my thoughts, but I don’t know how to stop myself from thinking negatively so often.” That seems like a step in the right direction, and to a certain degree it is, but it’s also a trap. It’s good to take responsibility for your thoughts, but you don’t want to identify with those thoughts to the point you end up blaming yourself and feeling even worse.

A better statement might be, “I recognize these negative thoughts going through my mind. But those thoughts are not me. As I raise my awareness, I can replace those thoughts with positive alternatives.” You have the power to recondition your thoughts, but the trick is to keep your consciousness out of the quagmire of blame. Realize that while these thoughts are flowing through your mind, they are not you. You are the conscious conduit through which they flow. CONTINUE READING TO LEARN MORE!

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Rowing gets upgrades!

East Fork to get facility upgrades

May 22nd, 2014 Author: Administrator Filed Under: News
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer speaks at East Fork State Park Friday, May 16.
By Art Hunter

The state of Ohio will be investing $85 million on capital improvements to modernize the facilities in the state park system, and Clermont County is going to be a big beneficiary of that spending.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer was at East Fork State Park Friday, May 16 to announce ODNR’s capital improvement plans.

Among the improvements planned for East Fork will be a new beach house, which will include new bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, an observation, and outdoor vendor space, and new docks and pull-through campsites.

“The excitement our partners in the Clermont County Community have shown has led to an outstanding project for all the visitors to East Fork State Park, especially the rowing community,” Zehringer said. “To build a facility that creates a better experience for our visitors, while also providing an opportunity for our partners to secure future events that will benefit local businesses, was simply a project we could not pass up.”

Mark Calitri, executive director of the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said that the visitor’s bureau formed an alliance with the community, political, and business leaders who worked closely with Governor Kasich and Zehringer to secure this capital investment.

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Cincinnati East to host USRowing 2015 Club National Championships

Harsha Lake to be site of USRowing 2015 Club National Championships

April 4th, 2014 Author: Administrator Filed Under: News

The 2015 USRowing Club National Championships will be held July 15-19, 2015, on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park.

Clermont County Commissioners and the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced that the 2015 USRowing Club National Championships will be held July 15-19, 2015, on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park.

The race will be hosted by Clermont Crew, in partnership with USRowing. The Club Nationals has become one of the largest summer regattas nationwide, featuring five full days of racing and more than 1,500 crews from youth, collegiate, and adult teams nationwide.

The venue is no stranger to major national championship regattas. Harsha Lake was the home of the USRowing Youth National Championships from 1995-2010, hosted the National Collegiate Rowing Championships from 1983 -1996, and was for many years the home of the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships. Harsha Lake is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which operates East Fork State Park.

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East Fork to host USRowing Club Nationals

eastforkJuly 16th, 2015

The 2015 USRowing Club National Championships will take place at East Fork State Park on Harsha Lake from July 15-19.

By Chris Chaney
Sports Editor

For the second time this week, the collective eyeballs of an entire sport will focus on the Greater Cincinnati Area as the United States Rowing Association will hold the USRowing Club National Championships on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park from July 15-19.

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What is my purpose in life?

purpose- Mark CalitriBy Steve Pavlina: Personal Development for smart people
How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.
Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”
If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).
So how to discover your purpose in life?
Here’s what to do:
1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
2. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
3. Repeat step 2 until you write the answer that makes you cry.

This is your purpose. Now go and do something great!

Mark Calitri highly recommends Steve Pavlina!  He is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site stevepavlina. com and the book Personal Development for Smart People


I’m lost and can’t find a map!

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by Norman Conquest

Directionally challenged voters and political elite are lost and can’t find the road map. Republicans must take stock soon. Some obvious tactical lessons obtain: 1) A battle of each against all does not lead to glory; 2) primary elections place the most important decisions in the hands of the least informed. But I suggest starting with a strategic review, not tactics. We must have a goal, a positive goal, and learn from error, whereas negative goals now drive our process. Until we agree on a destination, we will never know what direction to go or when we get there. I suggest goals, let’s say, of defending life, liberty and property, rather than goals of chasing away brown people and punishing those with whom we disagree.

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.


At the intersection of life and business

by Mark Calitri

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What impact has your life had?

While driving on a two lane road recently, yellow flashing lights appeared ahead. It was a hearse was leading a funeral procession. I pulled over and prepared to respectfully wait and was shocked to see only two cars in the procession. The first question to pop in my head was “what kind of life did this person lead to have influenced or impacted the lives of only two people. “

Eventually we all meet our final fate. Here are some questions to help us focus our thoughts on what legacy we are leaving for our family, work, and community.

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Who stole Wonder Woman and who stole Evel Knievel?

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by Mark Calitri

Did you grow up in a time with great role models and heroes? A time when people and TV shows portrayed solid values and exemplified reaching higher levels and going farther than we dreamed possible. Did you grow up with Wonder Women and Evil Knievel, heroes who fought for truth, justice, and the American way? They stretched our imagination and spectacularly dared to achieve what was thought to be unachievable? Unfortunately today, polls show the most popular role models and heroes are the infamous celebrities such as the Kardashians and the former Bruce Jenner.

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The shiny red tomato

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By Mark Calitri

I’m excited to announce the grass is steadily growing at Clermont County’s newest sports park opening in 2016 at the Red Barn facility in Batavia. We are ready to begin hosting big time sporting events and welcoming thousands of athletes, their families, and the substantial amount of money they will spend in our county.

As part of the construction process the old sewage treatment facility needed to be torn down. While touring the sewage facility I noticed a tomato plant growing in the center of the drying bed, which is where the waste is recycled. On this plant was the largest shiniest red tomato I’ve ever seen. Right in the middle of the sewage something spectacular was thriving and growing.

The moral of the story – waste can makes great things grow and prosper. It’s during life’s toughest challenges and hardships that we are presented with the greatest opportunity for personal growth.

Every challenge we face presents us with an opportunity. We can accept negativity or reject it; we can use challenges to grow and improve ourselves. What challenges or “sewage” are you facing today and how can you turn that into a positive experience? Remember the shiny red tomato.

Mark Calitri is the President of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau and founder of Connect2win.