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SEO -- The Value of File Names

  • Tuesday, June 1, 2010
  • Carolyn Kim
  • Insights

Saving Files for SEOIf you're like most of us, we upload files without really considering the name of the file. For example, our pictures are PIC 0231953.jpg or an audio file might be AAA108429.wav. It's an easy method for us to use and it is simple to make sense of on the user side.  We add text in for the file links that provide the actual title of what we mean instead of the obscure file name.

This method doesn't appear to cause any confusion. But what you might not realize is that by not naming the file ...

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Because Every Minute Counts

I was at a store register, when the sales lady asked what was written on my bracelet.

I told her it was a Bible verse - from the Psalms . . . one of my favorite books in the Bible. 

I was going to tell her how much comfort and encouragement the Psalms are to me, but I hesitated and the moment was gone.   She finished the transaction and wished me a good day.

It's said that every minute counts . . . and in this case, I wonder if a minute could have made an eternal impact.  

In a classic "Decision Minute" feature, Billy Graham ...

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A Father's Sacrifice

Sgt. Nathen Werner with NashWhile on Facebook the other day, I came across this photo of our nephew holding his newborn son.  My heart leapt.  What a precious reminder of life and those men and women serving in the armed forces fighting to protect it. 

It's also a stark reminder of the fathers (and mothers) who are sacrificing time with their families to serve our country.  And while this dad may be home to enjoy his first Father's Day, in October he's deployed again, this time to Afghanistan. 

Recognizing the challenges facing many military marriages, FamilyLife has created several resources to ...

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Memorial Day -- What Does It Mean To You?

  • Friday, May 28, 2010
  • Evelyn Gibson
  • Insights

Military GravesWhen I was a kid, Memorial Day was all about our city's parade.  And if you were a Girl Scout like I was, it meant marching in the parade.  And if you ever got to carry the flag--it was the best ever Memorial Day! 

This year I'll be singing the National Anthem to open the festivities honoring veterans of foreign wars at Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach, California.  And I'll be wearing my POW bracelet.  Remember those?  We wore them in the 70s with the name of a captured or lost soldier in Vietnam. 

I had Lt ...

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Instant Godliness?

Kiyong and CarolynOur society is all about instant gratification.

Need evidence? Just go to the grocery store! There are aisles upon aisles of instant noodles, microwave dinners and other pre-made meals.  We like the quick, efficient and hassle free solutions to our daily "problems."

I'm not bashing the innovations of our modern society or the convenience that comes with it. In fact, I quite enjoy it.  I take full advantage of microwave lasagna when I need a quick fix.  I am, however, asking whether or not I allow this philosophy of instant gratification to permeate into things that matter the most ...

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Giving Hope to Parents of Prodigals

Beyond the Call GraduateOnce the cap is launched in the air what are the hopes and fears of the graduate's parents?  Many parents beam with pride as their son or daughter embark on a journey marked with clear goals and a vision of how they will go beyond the call in contributing to their world.

Then there are the parents who pray and hold their breath as they see their child-turned-adult make unwise decision after unwise decision.  This was the case for the parents in this upcoming story listeners will hear on "Beyond the Call" with Ron Cline:

Peter could not wait ...

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