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I ♥ Padmapper

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By Stephanie Peay

I have a twitter.com account and I’ve had so much fun engaging in the ongoing conversation there, and on several other social network sites. I felt a bit awkward on the site at first, but over time I learned so much about it, I met so many amazing people, and I became aware of some really amazing company’s products and services. Padmapper.com is one such service.

I’ve stated it in a tweet (a tweet is a message posted by a user on twitter.com) once, and it has become the title of this post now… I Heart Padmapper! I don’t know if there are other sites out there that do the same thing, but even if there are I love this site. If you don’t know about the service:

PadMapper is a web application that aims to make searching online for an apartment to rent less painful by letting you see where the apartments are on a big Google map, and using the filters located in the box on the lower left to eliminate listings that you’re not interested in.

With PadMapper, you can rule out every place on Craigslist and PadMapper’s other sources (Apartments.com, and tons of sources via Oodle) that doesn’t match your location criteria at a glance. After that, PadMapper tries to put most of the relevant information in front of you so you can quickly decide whether you want to investigate further.

(Source: http://www.padmapper.com)

This site isn’t just great if you’re looking for your next apartment or house rental. It’s a great source of local rental information for real estate investing market research. Thanks to this site you don’t have to scour through a bunch of classified ad sites to get this information. You can quickly see what the rental market is like by searching this site alone.

I’ve used it recently to do just that and it was SO helpful. At a glance, I was able to see how much the rents are in an area for a house I was looking at, just by entering the property’s address. Plus you have to admit they have a catchy name.

If you heart Padmapper, or you know of another site like it, please leave a comment on this post.

You could also show Padmapper some love by following them on twitter at @Padmapper. Tell them I sent you!

My Journey to Number 1 on Google.com

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I Am Not An Ecologist!

I remember a time, not to long ago, when I first searched my name in google. If you’re honest, you’ll admit that you do the same thing from time to time. It didn’t really matter to me at the time that I was basically no where to be found. I think there may have been a page with my name on it a few dozen pages in. (Yes I kept looking through more pages until I found something). It was a bit disappointing, but not a big deal. I did learn that there was another Stephanie Peay. Apparently, she is a well respected Ecologist in Britain. I was okay with her taking the top spot on all of the search engines, until the first time I saw a link to something about myself on the on the first page of Google.

It seems that Google like’s putting facebook profiles on the first page of search results for people, when that applies. There I was, my name and a link to my facebook profile, on page one of a Google search for my name. It was nice. I had my own space in the internet and Google actually recognized it! I must admit, from that point on I wasn’t so content with my Ecologist namesake taking up so much space. I think my LinkedIn profile was the next link to make it on the top page, followed by my twitter account. Ever since those links made it to the first page, and the link to my facebook profile made it to the number one spot, I was determined to take over the whole first page. I still have a long way to go, but it’s been a fun journey.

I’ve had the chance to connect with people from so many different area’s of my life on Facebook. I’m friends with sorority sisters, people I know from church, people that I knew from college, and I’ve even reconnected with people from as far back as middle school. I have quite a following on twitter and I even created a Google profile for myself that’s on the first page too. I haven’t done a whole lot to my LinkedIn profile yet, but it’s been nice to have a professional face on the web that’s been indexed by Google too.

I wish I could offer you sound, sage advice for how to take over the first page of Google, but I’m still learning just like you. I do know that Google seems to like social networking sites, videos, and pages that have been on the web for a long time tend to have a higher rank than those that don’t. Although “Stephanie 2.0” hasn’t graced the first page of Google, yet, blogs are also likely to appear on the first page of a search too.

The search engine’s algorithm seems to like content that’s updated on a regular basis. (That’s probably why so many social networking sites are ranked so high). Apparently, the search engine’s “spiders” crawl the internet on a regular basis looking for new content to index. Therefore, if you have a blog where you post new content on a regular basis, you’ll likely have another page that will make it to the top page of a search for your name. It also helps when you post comments on other people’s blogs. Those pages have appeared in the search terms for my name as well.

I haven’t mastered the art of getting business sites to the top of search results, but as soon as I figure that out I’ll let you know! However, the journey to put the world on  notice that there are other Stephanie Peay’s in the world, besides “The Ecologist” as I refer to her now, has been fun. I check Google every once in a while to see what appears on the first page and it’s fun to see that I’m truly making my mark. I hope this article helps you do the same.

Stephanie Peay

By the way… I have nothing against any of my namesakes. (Yes, there are others). Especially, Ecologist Stephanie Peay! You’re braver than I am. I couldn’t fathom a career working with crayfish, they look really creepy!!!

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October 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Today should be: Freebie “so you don’t have to labor as much” Day

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Labor Less and Have Fun on Labor Day

Earlier this weekend, I received an email from a real estate guru who was offering material that was supposed to ultimately  help me “labor less”. He was selling the material, and I wasn’t buying, so I tuned out and erased the message.

However, given that today is Labor day I do like the idea of providing people with resources that will make their lives, both professionally and personally, easier. So I’ve compiled this list of websites that I hope will provide solutions to your problems, save you time, give you new ideas, or entertain you.

You’ve already saved time by not waiting all day to see the links on my twitter page, good work! (But make sure you get back to my twitter page soon).  

Check out these links for the freebies:

I wish I could think of more links to give out! I’m sure I’ll post them, whenever I come across new sites, on my twitter or facebook pages so make sure you check in every once in awhile. 

Do you know of any other websites that offer services or products for free? Please add them by posting a comment, or leave a comment on the links I did provide! I’m looking forward to your feedback.

Oh yeah, by the way… I hope you enjoy your Labor Day!

~Stephanie~

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September 7, 2009 at 8:30 am