Love at First Site: Giving Your

Written by Sam Serio

Website Visitorsrepparttar right Impression Think ofrepparttar 147869 people who visit your site as blind dates. When you openrepparttar 147870 door, your blind date usually knows whether they are attracted to you withinrepparttar 147871 first minute. How do they know? Easy. By how you look, what you say, and how you treat them. If you openrepparttar 147872 door wearingrepparttar 147873 same clothes you wore in 1987, say, "Wow, from my friend's description, I thought you would be a lot better looking," and sneeze in your dates face, not only will you never get a second date, your date will run for his/her life. The same rules apply to your website. When people do a search for something they want to buy, they usually have many sites to choose from. If yours does not impress them right offrepparttar 147874 bat, it takes about five seconds for them to find another that does show them what they want to see. There are plenty of other fish inrepparttar 147875 sea. You are just one among many. So what do people want to see, you ask? There are 3 standards of website excellence, and they arerepparttar 147876 same standards you would use to judge your blind date: 1. How it looks: If I visit two different websites withrepparttar 147877 purpose of buying something, and those two websites soldrepparttar 147878 exact same product atrepparttar 147879 exact same price, I would buy fromrepparttar 147880 site that looked better--the one whose design made me think, "Wow, these guys must be making good money if they can afford to hire a good graphic designer." The more money I thinkrepparttar 147881 business makes,repparttar 147882 more I will identify them with value and professionalism. The bottom line is, you need to make web design a priority. There are plenty of people out there who have graphic designer friends willing to design their website for next to nothing. Those people haverepparttar 147883 advantage because, even if they aren'trepparttar 147884 superior business, visitors will perceive them to be superior. If you don't have any connections with graphic designers willing to do you a favor, see if you can find a starving artist willing to designrepparttar 147885 layout of your site. If anyone has an eye for aesthetics and is willing to work cheap, it's a starving artist. Once you know what your site should look like, either you or a web designer can bringrepparttar 147886 artist's vision to life. Takerepparttar 147887 time to design something that represents your business or product well. Don't just throw up a website with gaudy wallpaper, out of focus pictures and graphics placed at random. Remember that first moment when you openrepparttar 147888 door to a blind date. Remember how much appearances count for in this world.

Emerald is May's Birthstone

Written by Sam Serio

If you're still young enough to remember your birthday, you probably also rememberrepparttar special birthstone assigned to it. But at your age, we bet you don't really knowrepparttar 147868 SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what powerrepparttar 147869 ancients felt would be bestowed about you by wearing it. May's Birthstone: Emerald Birthstone Properties: Symbolizes serenity and peace of mind. Alternative Birthstone: Sapphire Emerald isrepparttar 147870 birthstone for May and alsorepparttar 147871 anniversary gemstone forrepparttar 147872 20th and 35th years of marriage. Some people believe wearing an emerald brings wisdom, growth…patience. It is perhaps this last attribute that may explain why a gift of emerald for an anniversary -- or any occasion -- is symbolic of love and fidelity. All Eyes on Emeralds Emeralds were once prescribed for eye diseases becauserepparttar 147873 green color was believed to be soothing torepparttar 147874 eyes. Early stone cutters kept emeralds at their tables to gaze upon as a way to give their eyes a break. Even 21st Century color specialists agree that green is soothing, restful, and relaxing forrepparttar 147875 eyes. Today's versatile emeralds continue to be "easy onrepparttar 147876 eyes," used in earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other body adornment. The Color of Spring An emerald shines like green lightning, filling us withrepparttar 147877 same wonder asrepparttar 147878 civilizations that came before us. Ancient Egyptians mined emeralds inrepparttar 147879 eastern desert region 2,000 years before Cleopatra’s birth, yet today recent finds in North Carolina may provide a new source for quality emeralds inrepparttar 147880 U.S. Colombia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Russia are where most emeralds are mined inrepparttar 147881 21st Century.

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