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Ever lose your desktop icons?

Author: Karen McGreevey

120px-PC_Desktop_Cluttered_with_IconsA month or so ago, I was just minding my own business (actually, I think I was messing around with updating my Malwarebytes software), when I noticed my Windows 7 Desktop Icons had disappeared. The outline of each icon was there; the colored graphic to the icon was missing.


After my initial panic, I dug out my trusty Google search feature and after some research, found instructions on how to rebuild the Windows 7 Icon Cache!


Now, maybe you’ve never been presented with an issue like this. But just so you have it on hand if you are faced with missing icons, here are the instructions I found to get them back:


1. Close all folder windows that are currently open.
2. Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe
3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process
4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
7. In the Command Prompt window, type each of the below commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:


CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
9. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.


Your icons should be as good as new!


(I must say that I was a bit apprehensive about what would happen here, even though I followed the instructions to a T.)


Source: Tom’s Hardware, Forum – Rebuilding your desktop icons


For insight on Window problems you might be faced with at some point, check out this book, Windows Tips, Tricks, and Secrets


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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons



OIVAC Early Bird Special

Author: Karen McGreevey

Check out the Early Bird2013-banner3Special presented by the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC) that’s srunning now until March 31.


The Convention itself takes place May 16-18.


The lineup of scheduled events and the latest in technology are sure to knock your socks off!


To get all the details and to register, click here.


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Eren Mckay, today’s guest blogger, shares her insight about using Keyword Research to build your niche website.


Okay, so you’ve decided to create a website and you’ve even chosen the niche that you want to go into but you don’t really know how to go about choosing the right keyword phrases. Here in this article I’ll be covering different aspects of keyword research to help you understand the uses for each one.
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Here are several ideas to help you put your writing into overdrive…


1. Subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds on various subjects that interest you most. Then, each day look through the feeds and choose some articles or titles that you will read thoroughly.


Jot down some of the key points from the feeds that might make a good article or blog post.


2. Check out some print magazines; perhaps you’ve seen them at your recent doctor’s visit. Or while you were in line at the grocery store. Choose one or two articles and make note of the main points.


3. Carry a camera or a PDA. Or take photos with your cellphone. Anything to help you record the places you’ve gone or the people you’ve met as you travel about.


4. Visit some of your favorite blogs and scan through the comments posted by others.


Or, find an online article that interested you. Make note of some of the comments left by readers, and record your take, pro or con, of an issue so you can give your readers your two cents.


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IVA Week

Author: Karen McGreevey

In case you haven’t seen any of the Tweets or the Facebook messages, or even LinkedIn comments, for that matter, I wanted to clue you in about the new event for Virtual Assistants, International Virtual Assistants Week, which will be held next year, the week of May 16-21, 2011.


The festivities will culminate with the last three days, May 19-21, at the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention. OIVAC.


If you haven’t already done so, click on over to IVA Week to get all the details.


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All you have to do is look around


If you’ve ever spent time in line at a grocery store, or waiting somewhere for a bus, or even a minute or two or 20, waiting for some announcement by your favorite speaker, you may have been the “victim of a wandering mind!”


So, put that wandering mind to use and see how many ideas you can come up with for an article–just by “surveying your surroundings.”


Recently, while I was waiting for one of those campaigners to speak, I decided that rather than listen to some of the TV analysts go on and on, I’d tune them out to write an article.


And this is is it!


In truth, it took a while to get to this point, though, since I spent a good part of the morning dangling from “writer’s block”. Perhaps you’ve experienced it, too. Like when you’ve really meant to write an article to add to your article store, but no matter how hard you try you’re stuck because you can’t come up with a topic.


So what do you do?


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Using Your Blog to Drum Up Business…

Author: Karen McGreevey

Blogs are a great way to market your business, but that’s not all! They are also an excellent way to handle pre-launch marketing for information products. Your blog posts can really get people interested in the new product you are getting ready to offer. When marketing your product, your objective is to create a demand and generate an interest.


Thus, your blog is a great way to accomplish this. You can write informally, and put all kinds of media applications in your blog. You can also optimize your blog to “get the attention” of additional outside traffic from a variety of sources.


You probably know by now that your blog can be used for a number of different purposes. On a personal level, you can use your blog to keep your friends and family updated on the things going on in your life. And on a business level, your blog becomes a powerful tool which can be used to optimize your content. Which in turn attracts business to your Web site and ultimately increases your sales. Read the rest of this entry »


Okay, that’s usually known as “The Fine Line between Love and Hate.”


But for purposes here, you, as a business owner “in the know” who takes advantage of Internet marketing, realize there is a fine line between “marketing” and “spam”.


And so, you orchestrate your marketing campaigns to get the maximum amount of exposure without running the risk of having your efforts being viewed as spam.


Message boards are ideal for Internet marketing


This is because these boards can provide you with access to a specialized target audience. For instance, if you are in the business of finding jobs for employees who wish to telecommute, you might find people who may be interested in your services if you join a message board that’s dedicated to working from home.


Also, as a frequent visitor to such boards, you can learn a great deal about the things that concern your target audience. In fact, when appropriate and in accordance with the board guidelines, you might even occasionally and discretely take the opportunity to post links to your Web site. Sometimes boards allow you to do this by letting you include your link in your signature line.


This is smart Internet marketing


However, if you opt to respond willy-nilly to each and every post with a link to your Web site even when your site is not relevant and your post isn’t either, and if you do not offer comments of value to other members, they are likely to view your posts as spam!


This is unfortunate on so many levels because because the members may decide to avoid your Web site, even as they “cut off their nose to spite their face” when in truth, they really do have a need for your services.


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Check out the “Done for You” Giveaway



We’re participating, and giving away our Article Submissions Services and our eBook Production Support Services. in a drawing.


You can register for the drawing between May 17 and June 7.


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My colleagues Linda Claire Puig and Kim Clausen have once again put together an outrageous event in which they and nearly 30 others — including me! — are giving away $250,000+ of done-for-you products and services!


In fact, I’m giving away Article Submissions Services and Ebook Production Support Services like I did last year!


The 2nd Annual “Done for You” Giveaway of the Century is NOT a giveaway of “how to’s” and other training but instead actual done-for-you products and services that you can use in your business but don’t have to create or do yourself.


The Giveaway goes from May 17-June 7, but you’ll want to get over there now to pre-register so that you don’t miss it!


Here’s JUST SOME of the stuff that’s being given away!


• Bookkeeping services
• Opt-in page creation
• Ready-to-deliver workshops & teleseminars
• Custom audio & video production
• Website headers
• A full custom website
• Custom-designed ezine templates
• Blog set-up
• Article submission services
• Intern program set-up, interviewing & hiring
• Autoresponder copy
• Affiliate program set-up
• Ready-to-go articles & article brochures
• Audio “logos”
• Newsletter service
• Bio makeovers


And lots more!


Pre-register now so you don’t miss it! I look forward to “seeing you” there this year!


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