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For Sale! Asking $500 for this set of 4 tires. Here is a picture of the tires on my Jeep, and off. Rims are included. These were on a 99 Wrangler. 
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Tess shares some great thoughts about useful content for contractors!

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Beth and I on our 15th anniversary in Jamaica.
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I know this blog is about baking, but this is a great example of a "Tips" post. Its short, concise, and the tips are not things that most people know about making cookies, so it's likely to get shared, like this! 

For painters, think about things you do while painting that you probably wouldn't stumble upon, but had to be taught. Homeowners will love them, and you'll be showcasing what makes you a pro to prospective clients. 

Let's add some ideas, and we can all benefit. 

I'll go first. 
1. Cut in one wall at a time, especially on the last coat, so you don't get "flashing" difference in sheen, around the perimeter. 
2. Cut in first, and then roll tight to the wall to eliminate most of the brush texture. 
3. If you MUST tape a baseboard, for example, use a very thin bead of caulk to seal the edge of the tape, and don't get any more paint on the edge than is necessary, or it will leave a ridge when you pull the tape. 

Ok, any more you want to add? 

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Awesome quick read on creating a great post. Highly recommend reading this if you are in business and on Google.
Tip 10/50: Create A Mini Blog on Google+
Google+ posts are treated like web pages which are not only indexed in search results but accrue their own page rank, can attract links and can help drive traffic to your main website!

Did you know that Google+ allows you 100,000 characters for each post? This is easily enough to create well-argued articles on any topic and with a little formatting (more on this in a moment), which demand attention and engagement. After all, isn't this what we're all after?

The benefits of Google+ mini blogs (G+MB):
▶ Unlike your website blog, G+MBs are near-instantly indexed in Google meaning audiences searching for information can find you almost as soon as you hit the publish button
▶ Your G+MBs automatically create Authorship snippets (without having to implement any code) and arguably get preferential rankings in Google (more so for your followers)
▶ G+MBs are a great way to get more real-estate in Google. In addition to your website pages showing up, your posts will too meaning the likelihood of someone clicking your result is higher
▶ Your G+MBs get instant readers as they show up in your follower's streams instantly - instant audience
▶ Well-formatted and interesting mini-blogs tend to do favourably in engagement terms compared to link shares or basic text posts 
▶ People don't have to navigate away from Google+ to another website in order to read what you have to say. They can expand, read, absorb, share/comment/+1 and be on their way
▶ However there is a drawback when comparing G+MBs to posts on your own blog/website. Current formatting only allows bold, italic and strikethroughs - you cannot have different fonts or font sizes. Also, you cannot embed multiple rich content elements (videos, images etc) in the post itself. You can however assign one image/.gif or video to the post as an attachment. It is also difficult to brand your G+MBs as you would on your own blog.

OK, so back to formatting; +Dustin W. Stout has a brilliant post on his blog which describes the 7 key elements that make up a super-engaging Google+ post (in fact these #googleplus50 tips follow that exact anatomy so big thanks to Dustin!) Check it out here:

This is just one of many Google+ tips, you can find more tips like this from the #googleplus50 series here:


▶ If you want to expand on this with an additional point or idea, please comment below so others can learn from your awesomeness!

▶ Additionally, if you want to contribute tip I haven't yet covered in this series, please feel free to ping me and I will credit you if I use it!

#googleplustips   #G +MB #googleplus  

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+Peter From, thanks for putting this together! I have 69 followers right now, just started getting busy with Google+.
The UPCOMING STARS 2014 SPECIAL Circle –– Announcement Post


The last USC was a great success for everybody involved and many of you have contacted me to share your joy and gratitude. Thank you!
Now it's time to build the next Upcoming Stars Circle and this one will be a very special one, believe me. Just read on...

As I stated in the last announcement post, I find such talent here on Google+ every day but they hardly ever get the attention they deserve –– far from it actually. That is why I came up with the Upcoming Stars Circle two years ago –– to promote young and old talent and at the same time present you all with some great feeds.

For those of you not remembering the USC, it's one of the most shared and popular circles in the history of Google+, believe it or not. Many participants have received thousands of new followers and some of the people I helped promote in the USC now have more followers than I do! I love that! It speaks for the positiveness of this circle.

Now it's your turn to join the action. To celebrate 2014, I have decided to let anyone with less than 12500 followers join in. If you do qualify, then read the rules (or guidelines rather) on how to be a part of the USC.

The Rules/Guidelines (yeah, you remember, huh?):

1) Plus and comment this post to show that you want to participate (you must do that here on the original post). Please state how many followers you have in your comment. You also may tag friends of yours if they have less than 12500 followers. I'll add them too.

2) Reshare this post PUBLICLY to help promote your fellow G-plusians. That way YOU will receive more attention once the circle is released. If you do not reshare, I won't add you to the circle since this is a joint effort to promote new/old talent. YOU deserve to be reshared, right?
Let's show some Google+ love! :)

3) If you were in the last circle and want to be added to this one too, you must ask for inclusion again.

Have fun!

Release Date
I will release this circle in the first WEEK of 2014.

Have a great day everybody and enjoy your weekend!

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Rich Littlefield commented on a post on Blogger.
Nice job on the painting, we used to prep out metal window frames like that on DOT buildings in KY. Lots of taping, but then you get to shoot the whole thing in a day!
Great job on the blog, too.

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I know I'm bad at this, so I found this great reference, and I think I'm going to print and tape to the wall until I have them memorized.

#5 and #9 surprised me, which means I must have been doing them wrong all this time! 
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