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What an Awesome Year

May 16, 2012

I’ve been a USU graduate for one year now, and I’ve loved it!  Ironically, I feel that I’ve doubled the amount which I’ve learned in this short year as I did while in college.  I’m looking forward to doubling it once more as I begin to enter the realms of more computer developmental areas!

 

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It’s been great

August 31, 2011

But I’m no longer going to be using this website – I’ve consolidated things and you can find it all at my new website.  See you there (click this link – Kirk Salisbury

Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to lowest on record

August 18, 2011

If you can read English, this is awesome news if you are looking to buy a home.  Heck, even if you are looking to sell your home – people might actually buy it!  I know that I’m looking to buy a home… read below.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has fallen to its lowest level on records dating to 1971.

The rate on the most popular mortgage dipped to 4.15 percent from 4.32 percent a week ago, Freddie Mac said Thursday. Its previous low of 4.17 percent was reached in November….

…Most homeowners are paying rates more than a full percentage point higher than the current average. The average rate on all outstanding mortgages is 5.3 percent, Freddie Mac said, citing data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

After previous recessions, housing accounted for 15 percent to 20 percent of overall economic growth. This time, in 2009 and 2010, housing contributed just 4 percent to the economy….

…Banks are also insisting on higher credit scores and larger down payments for first-time buyers. Many repeat buyers have too little equity invested in their homes to qualify for loans. Others are too nervous about the economy or their job security to invest in a home.

That finally means that homes in places say like, <a href=”http://orangecountycaliforniarealestate.com”&gt; Orange County </a>, will finally have housing that somebody could afford to make payments on.  Best news… EVER!  Ok, I guess it could get better, but people are only speculating that it will float here for about 6 – 9 months.

As I mentioned, I’m saving for a down payment.  I just need to make sure that I have a decent enough credit score, and enough money, or else I might miss my boat.  Woot!

That finally means that homes in places say like, Orange County, will finally have housing that somebody could afford to make payments on. Best news… EVER! Ok, I guess it could get better, but people are only speculating that it will float here for about 6 – 9 months.

As I mentioned, I’m saving for a down payment. I just need to make sure that I have a decent enough credit score, and enough money, or else I might miss my boat. Woot!

via ksl.com – Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to lowest on record.

Back to normal

August 16, 2011

Our nightmare host charade is over!  So life is back to normal.  Here’s what I learned – have a good back up plan.

And yes, we did have a good back up plan, but things could have gone much more smoothly.  We backed up our data, and then exported it, but for some reason it was so difficult.

To transfer from one host to another host we had to do it in several different phases.

The first phase was to transfer the websites that didn’t have any what we called “gobble-dee-gook” in the tables (this is what you will see in the myadminPHP).  That was nicely done for about half of the websites, but for the other ones, it didn’t seem to recognize or give permission to the users, so there was no way to log in and modify what we had already done.

The second phase was to start the FTP transfer – this was very time consuming, as every individual file had to be transferred, and there over one three hundred thousand files.   The time consuming part was that each directory (which we had to manually transfer) had so many files… it seemed to take about a half hour for every 6,000 files.

So we’re glad that’s behind us.  If you ever need help on doing that now, I’m an expert.  And let me say this, there was a lot more to it than what I wrote above, but that’s the most simplified version of it all.  You’d get bored if you had to read more.

Dreamhost = Nightmare Host

August 8, 2011

Recently my brother decided to explore different hosts, and he brought up Dreamhost as one of the options he is considering.  I warned him not to go there, just because things seemed to be slow with the sites that I have used on Dreamhost.  That’s as bad as I thought they got… but it gets much worse.

Last weekend all of our sites were kicked off and they sent us an e-mail saying that we violated their rules, that we do “Black Hat SEO practices” and that we use our sites as “scraper sites.”  Well Dreamhost, that isn’t true.  How long did you evaluate our sites to determine that they are legitimate?  We don’t use our sites as a means to another site, but we hope that people will stay on them long enough that our sites will generate business…

When we called them they said “there is nothing you can do.  The decision has been made.”  So now here we are, after receiving the worst, slowest hosting we could find, we are migrating our sites one by one off of Dreamhost onto other hosts we wish we could have had all along.  We’re not sad that we don’t have Dreamhost anymore, but we are irritated for all the extra work we have to do in the migration process.  And we’re not alone in our dislike, check out this urls.

“Why Dreamhost Sucks”

or how about their Better Business Bureau rating? F.

What I’d suggest?  Any other host.  I don’t have any complaints with Host Gator so far.

Phoenix Arizona – First Customer There

July 28, 2011

Things just continue to take off, and they take off at an ever more accelerated pace.  This one is going to be interesting because we are experimenting with the .info instead of a .com.  This might be something that is actually really beneficial to us, it seems to be doing really well so far!  So, here goes Phoenix Homes For Sale.

Also, this is the site header – looks good doesn’t it?

 

 

See Georgia Real Estate

July 8, 2011

I’ve been working for Boomerang Leads for about 2 months now, and it’s amazing to see how much the work is doing!  One client that I inherited is SeeGeorgiaRealEstate.com.  They cover all of the Atlanta Homes For Sale.  I’ve been optimizing the site to have the maximum amount of traffic possible.  In May, the site experience about 25,000 visitors – now the site is up to over 110,000 visitors each month.  That means that in just a short amount of time, visitors have increased by 400%.  This is phenomenal.  Keep in mind, that visitors are also repeat customers, and so they continue to help drive up those numbers.  But how about the fact that in April it generated roughly 50 leads, and in June we are up to 155 leads.

Keep the traffic coming!