Friday, January 28, 2011

How To Improve your ALEXA

How can you increase your Alexa rank? Alexa is a ranking system based on the level of traffic a website receives from people with the Alexa toolbar installed.And here's the tips for you.

You may want to increase your Alexa rank because advertisers, ad networker's use it as a gauge to determine the popularity of your blog. So if you are someone who is making money from advertising, you would definitely want to increase your alexa rank as it helps you bargain for an ad price. Sites like determines review price based on your Technorati rank and Alexa rank.

Increase Alexa Ranking

1. Download Alexa toolbar free. If you are using Firefox, I recommend you to use another plug-in called Search Status which not only displays the Alexa rank but it also shows page rank details, no follow links, meta tags, keyword density of a page etc. in this category you'll find more intuitive toolbar,you can manage your blog/site with this tool.also you can find some social media link button so you will helpfull if you are social community lovers such as Facebook or yahoo groups, this will manage your time than you must write any social address link in your search bar.

2. Put an Alexa rank widget on your blog. Each click will be counted as a visitor.
In this category Alexa will help to increase your rank in every single click to your blog will be counted as a visitor.Even your not opening your blog in full mode this will count as a visitor too. e.g your opened your blog in just 10 second this will counted.

3. Encourage your friends or colleagues to use Alexa toolbar. 
 Explain them to put the tracking system of the toolbar.Ask them to rate your Alexa website profile.with this tricks your site or blog will have a personality and trusted.This helpfull to promote your site and have colleague feedback. More readers will come if they seen you have trusted site with others.Good rating will increase you siterank easily

4. Try to get digg or stumbled. 
 This will bring massive amount of traffic to your site and contributes a lot to your Alexa rank. Traffic absolutely pointed to make your site popular and visible.More traffic more rank so get digg , stumble, social media, news site, groups and forum will brings you more traffic don't forget their popularity, they have thousand visitors daily.

5. Write content related to webmasters. This is because most of the webmasters use Alexa toolbar.

You may write and post articles related to SEO, webmaster tools. Webmasters always look for new tools and may revisit your website to gain access to the tools. Promote your articles on webmaster forums and social networking sites. Just keep in mind great article will bring more readers to your site, so making a good quality content is a must.

if you have trouble on how to writing article content,this small tips maybe helpfull.Do what you can do,if you love in gardening and know_how_to_do something about it, this "how_to" idea is your goldmine.

6. Buy links and banners from webmaster forums. A well displayed ad can bring lots of webmaster traffic to your site and boost your rank. But you need to have unique and good content on your blog to attract more and more visitors.

This cost not cheap! some easy tricks if your'e not yet using Google Adsense in your site, you can make your own banner to promote it in traffic media. you can signing as an free member on Trafficswarm, Easy Hits4u or another PTC Site.

Generate your credit by doing the job and convert it with your banner site or your link site this will brings you traffic. Trust me ,with this small tips you will have skill and experience to manage your site,it simply worth it when you spent 1 hour to go deeper in trafficswarm or Easyhits4u .This will blown your mind on marketing strategy,i know the marketers who failed and spend $100 daily to bought traffic and he got nothing, just traffic it self and no experience.

7. Write about Alexa and post in your blog.

Bloggers love to know about different ways of increasing their Alexa rank.This may eventually increase traffic and your rank. Just like what i say on top,Trusted site will brings more quality and loyal readers to your site.

8. You may try Alexa autosurfs for a new site or blog. They may work for new sites having almost zero Alexa rank. But they are not a long term solution.

In any conditions forums like Yahoogroups will helpfull to find more source about traffic,you can adding any questions too this will help .Using some old trick like put your linksite in your body email everytime you sent to your partner or friend will works. All you do is making a point that your link site is not an affiliate link, trust me they will open it!!

And that's how to improve your Alexa, any new tricks? come on, let me know it from you....

Budgeting and Financial Management

Budget is one of the very first topics in Personal Finance.

Many may think budget is about control expenses but the true meaning of budget is to PLAN AHEAD. Although they may mean the same thing but actually it will leave a very different psychological effect.

At one hand, one is focusing on 'expenses'. Controlling implicitly mean NOT to over spend it. This creates an internal conflict of "I want it but I can't have it". Whenever a control fails, its due to lack of discipline. The resolution is to control it better which is enforcing discipline. Enforcing discipline on a person who naturally does not have discipline is the internal conflict mentioned earlier.

On the other hand, PLAN AHEAD would simply imply "I want it and I will get it". This is more target oriented and positive minded. Whenever a plan didn't materialize, one would have to plan better; as in "how else can I get what I want". This may further enhance one's creativity.

To control or to plan ahead,
its your choice of words.

If budgeting is the beginning of personal finance, the other end would be Financial Management; as in fine tuning her very own portfolio.

At a personal finance level, financial management would typically focus on increasing cash flow and net worth. However, there are 1001 finance tools out there. So there is really no one single portfolio that suits all. Everyone will have his own skills and preferences.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tips for creating a free business listing in Google Places: Adding useful descriptions and relevant categories

(Cross-posted from LatLong)

With this blog post, we’re concluding our three part series about the Google Places quality guidelines. Today, we’ll discuss how to choose the best fitting categories for your business listing as well as how to provide a useful description. In case you missed the first two blog posts, you can find here the first post about business titles and here the second part about business types.

Adding useful descriptions

As a business owner, we encourage you to add a specific description of your business in the “description” field. This gives potential clients more information to understand what your business is about and see if your business matches what they are seeking. You can also use this field to provide further guidance about the location of your business which might be useful in some cases where it is hard to find, e.g. if the entrance of your business is only accessible via the rear.

Keep the description clean and concise, so it is helpful to users and catches their attention. A series of repeated keywords or categories may turn off potential customers, but a crisp and catchy summary of the services you offer help users determine if your business is right for them.

Choosing relevant categories

If you provide appropriate and accurate categories, we can better match your business listing to relevant user searches. We recommend choosing specific categories that describe the core of your business well instead of broad ones. A good way to find representative categories for your business is asking yourself the question “What is my business?” Be sure to capture what your business is as opposed to what it offers or sells - in that sense, “bakery” would be a good category as opposed to “cakes” or “bread”.

Also, do not include location information in the categories field. If you would like to provide such additional information about your business, you can use the description field and, if appropriate, the service areas feature.

You will be asked to choose at least one category from our standard list - just start typing in the categories field to see what is available via the auto-suggestions.

We recommend always choosing the best matching and most specific category for your business - for any specific category, Google will be able to automatically determine the more generic category as well. That means, if you are a Mexican restaurant, you should go for ‘Mexican Restaurant’ and not ‘Restaurant’ - Google then automatically knows that if you are a Mexican restaurant, you are also a restaurant.

You can provide up to five categories for your business listing. After picking a standard category, you can add up to four customized categories. To add another category, just click on ‘Add another category’ and an additional field will be triggered. Put only one category per entry field. Entering more than one category into a category field is not compliant with our quality guidelines and could result in your listing being suspended and not appearing in Google Places. In case you find it difficult to find an appropriate standard category to start with, just pick a category that fits best and add more specific custom categories. If you are uncertain about categorizing your business, you can also ask for advice in the Google Places help forum and discuss with other business owners.

We hope that this information helps you add a concise description and accurate categories to your business listing in Google Places. This gives potential clients more information to determine if your business matches what they are seeking. For further questions you can visit our Google Places help forum.

Posted by Sabine Borsay, Consumer Operations

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Google Boost: Now Appearing On Mobile Phones

(Cross-posted from LatLong)

Back in October we announced Google Boost, a new advertising solution to help local businesses connect with potential customers in their area. Today we are excited to announce that Boost ads can appear on Google Search results pages on Android and iPhone devices.

Consumers increasingly use mobile devices to search for products and services, and Boost will give advertisers the opportunity to reach these customers exactly when they are looking for local businesses on their phones. This feature will automatically take effect for current and future Boost advertisers.

In case you aren’t familiar with Boost, it’s Google's new advertising product that helps business owners quickly create an online advertising campaign that targets local customers. Using information from the business’s free Google Places listing, Boost automatically suggests and creates text ads that appear on Google Search and Google Maps results pages.

Google Boost is now available in all U.S. cities to select business types. To find out if your business is eligible, sign in to your Places account (or create a free one if you haven’t yet) and visit the Dashboard. If Boost is not currently available to your business, fill out this short form and we’ll notify you when it is.

Posted by Kiley McEvoy, Product Manager

Monday, January 24, 2011

Google Apps for Business now available for Verizon customers

[Cross-posted from the Google Enterprise Blog]

Editor's Note: We're excited that beginning today Google Apps for Business is available through Verizon. We've asked Monte Beck, Vice President of Small Business Marketing for Verizon to share more details.

At Verizon we make it easy for companies to get online and be productive in the office or while on the move. We do this by offering business owners a bundled solution of essential services to fit their particular needs.

Beginning today, our small- and medium-sized business customers will also be able to access the same applications that come with Google Apps for Business: Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Video, and more.

Most of Verizon’s service offerings are in the cloud and delivered to any business connected to the Internet with a click of the mouse. So it makes sense for us to offer Google Apps for Verizon to allow businesses to communicate and collaborate in the office or on the go.

Google Apps for Verizon – with three free user accounts – is available to business customers that subscribe to a bundle consisting of Verizon Internet service and either Verizon voice or TV service or both. Customers have the option to buy additional accounts. Also included is a domain name free for one year (i.e.

Other small business essentials provided in Verizon’s bundled solutions include an easy do-it-yourself “kit” to develop your business’ professional website, Internet security, online backup, and more. Most importantly, we offer WiFi access – a necessity today to quickly respond to customers and access programs and files while out of the office.

Verizon’s business bundled solutions are available in parts of 12 states (CA, CT, DE, FL, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TX, and VA) and Washington, D.C. Those who just need Apps can subscribe to Google Apps for Verizon for $3.99/user/month.

To better help and inform small businesses, my team also developed the Verizon Small Business Center, a one-stop online portal with free resources, industry news, expert advice delivered through free webinars, networking opportunities, discounts, and much more. In combining these free resources with cloud products and services, we’re helping small businesses gain a competitive edge. Even the smallest companies now have access to technology that’s being used by larger businesses at minimal cost.

Google Apps for Verizon helps Verizon’s business customers harness the power of the web in new and exciting ways.

Friday, January 21, 2011

What you should not do in self marketing with blogs

What you shouldn't do in self marketing blogs.

There is so many thing that you shouldn't do in self marketing blogs.Because, if you doing this you will not find successfull in your way to promoting and marketing product. Yesterday i have been told you on what you should do in self marketing blogs, and now you must check this for guide you to make a successfull self marketing from blogs.

1. Using free blog for marketing,
Maybe some marketers had a success story with it,but it takes more efforts,strategy,good keyword,luck and etc.This will not works for you! i repeat this will not works for you, why?

Marketing with blogs actually need more consistence and spending lot of time to maintain your strategy.Have you ever seen how many marketers fail to sells and marketing product because they use a free platform? Let see Amazon with thousand product and category. A success marketers using a self hosted blog to marketing the product. They can maintain the condition on the market and they had great keyword bidding because they can use domain as keywords.

Lets check and,do you think the buyers want to writes a long blog names to buy a gadget? sure they will choose and write it on Google search engine.Then how they will find your freeblogs? and buy something from you? none.

2. Not using SEO ?
Search Engine Optimization if i'm not wrong, how many keywords that you have? how many keywords that you use? do you know meta tags? Long tail keywords? no. Ok you must consider this, The number 1 site that shown in google search use SEO in their web/blogs.They use it to have better indexed by Google search engine. If you have marketing blogs in full markets then you have to use it if you wants to shown your blog in 1-10 place on Google Search Page 1. SEO is the key to have better index in search engine so why dont you try to use it?

3. Spending more for ads campaign?
Ads campaign is the valuable tricks to bring visitors and costumers to your marketing blogs.It still the best way if you have good keyword research. But for new marketers, you must have balance to use it,otherwise this tricks will burns your pocket like a hole.They key to use great campaign is keyword bidding and keyword research. This takes a time, but if you don't use SEO in your web this keyword will not work good and make your ads campaign useless.

i have seen many people failed, they broke and have debt problems because they don't have balance. Keep your cards safely for this.

4. Buy Traffic
If you had own blogs,Use SEO, and better ads campaign but you still don't have visitors, don't try to buy traffic! how can i have visitors? and buying my product? Traffic from Traffic generator is fake! you willl not have value on this. They just sending you traffic and no buying act. If you wants to have visitors and buy something for you then you must buying an email list, Because the money is in the list.

The easy way to make a list is from visitor that being subscribers in your web. And how you get the subscribers ? give them bonus reports,dirty little secrets ohh they loved to,blueprints,and Cash Prize. Buy an email opt in and email list builder, that will work good than you burn your pocket in crazy adscampaign... Aweber is good for this...

5. Banner,banner and banner  
if you had blogs, using SEO, have a lot visitor's, an email list, subscribers, great content, good landing page, pre selling page, but why they wont buy? Too much banner, great size of banner, too much button and no focus and straight line, Bang! you wont have a selling today.

Too much banner,uncategories link ads and another ads banner will blown away your visitors mind.Great landing page is,ABCD ! you can add banner that relevants to your product and linked to your affiliates.

DO not put too much banner ads,2 or 4 is enough. so the visitors can choose the right product and buy from you. if you had lot of affiliates link and dont have any site,dont have landing page ,all you had just an affiliate banner then you must check this.You can use you can put your affiliates banner and campaign them in free traffic generator like trafficswarm or, It will back up your affiliates and visitors to your affiliates link without spending a dime for it...

6.let it rolls
There is no magic cash moments,if you dont take more efforts on your work, then you will not being a succesfull marketers.There is no automatic, auto pilots, autocash without a pararel programs of softwares. Updating your marketing blogs is needed. Fresh content and new prize will hit a timebomb that your visitors love to. Winning a $100 prize to bring your friends here is the good programs, than you spend it on adwords in just 1 days. Justin Mitchie doing this and had great feedback from his visitors.

7. Only Single Blog?
Theres so many ways to had more value from a marketing blogs.If your blogs had a succesed level then you must take a long step of it.Double it,dont waste your time to brings more visitors better if you take a little time to double your revenue from another blogs.If you put for the fist marketing blogs then you must make,,or  Why not! new blogs .. new wife.. new cash!

Thats you shouldn't do in self marketing with blogs.

Our big gift for small businesses

To kick off 2011, we wanted to thank a few small businesses for taking the first step toward enhancing their online presence—and to provide additional resources for achieving this goal. So over the holiday season, we paid a surprise visit to five small businesses who recently started advertising their businesses online: Create A Cook and Twinkle Star in Massachusetts, Ramy’s Garage and Atlas Flooring in Texas, and Cloud 9 Frozen Yogurt in Georgia. These small businesses span several industries, but their founders share one common goal: to expand beyond their brick-and-mortar storefronts and into the world of e-commerce.

To help, we gave them each of them $100,000 in AdWords spend for 2011 as well as free consultations with AdWords representatives. Because we know online presence means more than just AdWords, we’ll also be providing them with web consultations, wireless service for the year as well as a few other little surprises. See footage from our surprise visit below:

We’re looking forward to making big investments in small businesses far beyond these lucky five. Small businesses have long benefited from Google products and services; now our hope is that all small business owners can have greater access to the tools and training they need to develop a cohesive strategy for doing more business online. We started last year by creating the Google Small Business Center and asking small business owners about their biggest wishes for 2011. We received an overwhelming response from business owners who, like the owners of these shops, want to do more business online in 2011.

The Google Small Business Team surprises Atlas Flooring in Texas.

We’re thrilled to help these five small business owners find online success in 2011 and we think we have a lot to learn from their experiences. We’ll check in on them from time to time and report on their successes as well as their growing pains.

In the meantime, check the Google Small Business Blog for updates, and if you’re a business owner, visit the Google Small Business Center for information on how you can bring your business online in 2011.

Posted by James Croom, Product Marketing Manager, Google Small Business Team

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Now available: Google Places with Hotpot for iPhone

[Cross-posted from the Hotpot Community blog]

We recently released Google Places with Hotpot in Google Maps for Android, and starting now, you can have that same great experience as an iPhone app. We realize the importance of finding places you’ll love while you’re out and about, no matter what mobile device you use. And Places with Hotpot not only helps you find places near where you are, it gives you the best places to go for you by personalizing your search results.

In case you aren’t familiar with Google Places, it lets you quickly search for places nearby and personalizes the results based on places you’ve rated. We get you started with a few popular search categories, but you can also tailor the list by adding your own favorite searches. This makes it fast and easy to find the best places for you with little fuss.

Use a default search category, save your own, or rate the nearest place quickly.

It can be pretty rewarding to discover a new place you love, but we also realize that there are some experiences you just can’t wait to share. So Places makes it super simple to rate a place with your iPhone while you’re there. Just fire up the app and hit “Rate now.” It will use your location to guess your current place and let you post a Hotpot review right from your phone. But it’s not just about getting to say what you think—the more you rate places, the more you’re sharing about your tastes and the more we can give you personally tailored recommendations.

Give your star rating and add optional details or a review so Hotpot knows your taste.

If you want to make things even tastier, just visit from your desktop computer. Here you can add friends to the mix and quickly rate all the places you already know. Once you’ve added friends, you’ll find your results seasoned not just with reviews from around the web and recommendations based on your own personal taste, but also with your friends’ opinions too.

Once you start rating and add friends, Places can give you personalized recommendations.

Get the Places app on your iPhone now by searching for Google Places in the App Store or going here.

This first version of Places is available for all iOS devices in English only. However, expect more features and improvements to roll out soon, including localization in many new languages. We’re hard at work to make Places with Hotpot more and more delicious.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Introducing Google Engage for Agencies in US and UK

[Cross-posted from the Agency Ad Solutions Blog]

Are you a US or UK based Webmaster? WebDesigner? SEO? Marketing Consultant? Freelancer? or offering web related services to Small Medium Businesses? then keep on reading...

At Google, we’re committed to the success of the digital economy and we believe that helping small business get online and thrive is fundamental to that success.

We recognize that many SMBs rely on freelancers and small agencies to create and manage their online presence as well as help them with their online marketing. To make the jobs of these agencies easier, we’ve launched a new training and incentives program called Google Engage for Agencies.

Google Engage participants will receive free access to educational resources dedicated for them and more incentives to grow their own and their clients’ businesses.

We hope Engage will help businesses that offer web services in attracting new clients and in adding value to existing clients. Check out Google Engage today and learn about the benefits the program can offer your business and the SMBs you support.

If you’re a webmaster, web-designer, digital agency, freelancer, SEO, IT consultant, or provide any other web services to US or UK based small businesses, you can apply to join the program starting today.

Please see links below for information on participation for US and UK-based agencies:
Google Engage for US Businesses
Google Engage for UK Businesses

Posted by: Alon Chen & Esra Guler, Product Marketing

Sunday, January 9, 2011

What you should do and don't,in self marketing with blogs

Well,in high competitions on marketing strategy anyone can be friends and enemy. Friends when they doing what you want to. Readers then being subscribers and become loyal buyers it can be a hardwork to do.

Enemy when your readers become spying on your affiliates programs and stole your hardwork, Bang! you  just lost your great opportunity by your own enemy.

There are some method that you can find on web to protect your hardwork. Many of them can be accessed by entering Google marketing index. I will tell you some easy tips to handle your website or blogs.

What you should do and don't,in self marketing with blogs.

For newbie it was so easy to maintain blogs with blogger (blogspot) and some of them use this free platform to make a self marketing blogs. Free and cheap that's the answer when you ask them why they use blogspot platform to enter the marketing loophole.

But, there's so many pros and cons to using this platform.When the Affiliate website or the owner need to use your own domain e.g. TLD (.com,.net,.us) they give up. So for the next investment better if you upgrading the platform to marketing your blogs.

Self hosting domain make a different view on marketing strategies. Believe me free platform is better only for biography and article writing its not good for selling and marketing community.

How you had a value readers that turn into loyal buyers by using blogspot?

And now what you should do in self marketing with blogs.

1. Buy host and domain!
This will helpfull if you wants to be a marketers.Let see if you still newbie, you can use your own domain.
Set your self hosted blog with 4 or 6 affiliates banner into it. You don't need to write a long tail post to hipnotise your readers and it very easy if you don't know how to write a killer articles. Just put it and the business will go on.

2. Choose the right affiliates for you
To choose the right affiliate marketing is so easy, the key is similar with your keywords and blog tittle.This is the golden key when you join affiliates with the right keywords, you will have a similar content and this will
attract more readers.

Some affiliates master will help too by giving you a promotion tool to use. Articles, Banners, Videos, Keywords research, and email marketing's tips and all you do is, use it to your value subscribers.

3. Stay away from hackers, copyscapes, spyers, from spamming.
This is not an easy works, you must take a time to focus on your web from this. A popular affiliate marketers will protecting they web from being target. You can tracking them by checking their ip when they suggest to be your fake subscribers,Using akismet on wordpress is help too, and don't forget to disable right clicks on your webs, protect your contents will minimize your next problems.

4. Design makes money
Ever heard something like this, Good design makes money. Sure you had to make your readers love to stay long and reading your contents. This will bring money if they being your loyal readers..

Here's the catch!

a) Make your site or blogs simple, easy to find, fast to loads and have great content as they need. Too much animations, flash, or too much big ads will slowing down your blog access.

b) 1 post per page, this will helps you to raise your Pagerank as long as you add sub menus, readers will have a faster load with this. Try linkwithin to shown your another post or content, or you can make a label clouds to mapping your blogs.

c) Use the simple themes design.
This is the things that you must consider to use, besides Keywords. Let see if you had great keywords but poor design, readers will think like this, oh man.. are you serious to selling this $650 gadget on blog like this?

5. Read and knowing how
Yup its simple just read and knowing how/what the readers need, there you go, you can sell anything to them. In this case you must straight to the point! don't let other affiliates stealing your readers if you had to bring them to your affiliate links, do something like this cloaks your affiliates link with no ads cloacker! you can find it on Google or viral marketing.

If they seen ads when they want to go to your affiliates links,bye-bye.. 50% of them will going to clicks the ads if they seen the similar of what they need. Remember Flash and fancy ads can hipnotised the readers eye.

You can read and knowing how by learning with the gurus or professional marketers.Coming to a seminar or trainings will open your cave mind plus you get more friends and more skills on how to manage your affiliates programs.

6. Traffic is the king
This is the power, the more traffic you got, the more subscribers and loyal buyer will buy from you. The question is how i can get the massive traffic to my website/blogs?

There's three way on how to bring traffic to your web.

        1. Buy it! you can buy traffic from traffic generators,PPC sites,PTC programs or Traffic sellers.But $100 for newbie is a hard cash, i don't suggest this for newbie, this will burns your pockets.

        2. Find it! you can find traffic source or traffic loophole on web by active in forums like social media, Facebook, Twitter and the easy tricks, jump in to a business web or news site,this quiet works.

7. Update your website or blogs regularly.
yeah, this affected with your Google Adsense Account. Google will check it, besides the page rank, indexes and inactivity of your blogs.

You must have a scheduled post or content to miss the banned from Google. A blogs with inactivity or no updates but have a lot of clicks will tagged as a fraudulent clicks! beware if you still wants general checks coming from Google, you can use article from Ezines 20-80% combining with your own contents is the easy way. Try your self to make a scheduled post or content to manage this...

shghh.. next time i will publish what you should not do,in self marketing with blogs..see you..

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hotpot Goes Barhopping

[Cross-posted from the Google Places Community Blog.]

Editor’s Note
: While we’re in Portland over the next few weeks, we wanted to bring some local flavor to the blog by asking writers who live in the area to contribute Hotpot-style city guides: recommendations on where to eat, where to shop, where to hang. Below, locally based writer Geoff Kleinman shares how Hotpot recommendations guided him through a night of Portland barhopping. Be sure to join the conversation in the comments below.

One of the things I love about
Hotpot is the way it uses my ratings and my friends' ratings to point me toward places that are the best match for me and my tastes. While I've discovered some great businesses in my Google searches using Hotpot from the comfort of my home’s desktop computer, I thought it would be fun to take Hotpot on the road using my Android phone, acting as my “person in the know” on a recent Portland barhop.

First stop: Irving Street Kitchen.

For the first stop, I wanted to find a place that was known both for its good food and good drinks.
Irving St. Kitchen was recommended to me on Hotpot because I had rated Beaker & Flask 5 stars and my Hotpot friends had rated Irving St. Kitchen highly.

Place page for Irving St. Kitchen had several Best Ever awards and most of them talked about the amazing drinks and bartenders such as Brandon Wise and Allison Webber. It seemed a perfect place to start our hop.

Allison Webber whips up something tasty.

When we arrived at Irving St. Kitchen and took a seat at the bar, Allison made us a few great classic cocktails. My favorite was a variation of the Negroni — a White Negroni that was flavorful, balanced and a perfect before-dinner drink.

White Negroni at Irving Street Kitchen.

Allison made some food recommendations including a beet salad with truffles, fresh salmon over lentils, and our favorite dish of the evening, a shrimp and crab fusion dish served over a savory bread pudding.

Shrimp, crab and bread pudding - True Fusion at Irving Street Kitchen.

We probably could have spent the entire evening sitting at Irving Street’s bar, but we were on a mission to hop with Hotpot. Using the
Rate Places widget for Android, we gave Irving St. Kitchen a glowing rating, then used the Android Places app to look for other bars nearby that friends had recommended. Clyde Common came right up. It was just down the street and recommended by our friend Jennifer Heigl on Hotpot.

Second stop: Clyde Common.

Checking out Clyde’s Place page, we read that the restaurant is the home bar for noted bartender and blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Several of the reviews referred to the barrel-aged cocktails, so when we sat at the bar we immediately ordered one.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler's famous barrel-aged cocktails.

Jeffrey wasn't behind the bar that night, but Andrew Volk was, and in addition to mixing up a few barrel-aged drinks for us, he also made an original Islay scotch cocktail that simply blew us away.

Andrew Volk works the Clyde Common bar.

Clyde Common is a little bit of a way station bar, and we found that our group grew a bit as we headed along to our next stop. This time around, instead of looking for a nearby bar, we wanted to see what would happen if we just asked the Places app to
search for the "best cocktails."

Third and final stop: Teardrop Lounge.

So far Google Places with Hotpot hadn't steered us wrong, and it was doing a great job of being the “person in the know.”
Teardrop Lounge came up on the list and it was just around the corner, so we made our way over. Many of the reviews on Teardrop’s Place page talked about its classic cocktails, so we sat at the bar and checked out the massive cocktail menu, which has close to 30 different drinks listed. A little daunted with the menu, we got help from bartender Brian Gilbert, who spent a lot of time with our group getting to know what kinds of things we drink.

Brian Gilbert helps us decide what drinks to order at Teardrop.

I ended up with a drink called “Unfinished Business,” which was served in a very cool antique glass with a huge block of ice.

One of Teardrop's many cocktail options, "Unfinished Business."

Having Hotpot recommendations as our guide for the evening took a lot of the guess work out of figuring out what to do and where to go. Even more helpful were the reviews and tips left by my Hotpot friends, so I knew exactly what to order.

Using Hotpot on your hops and crawls? Share your stories in the comments below.

Posted by
Geoff Kleinman. Geoff is the editor of, a national blog helping people figure out what to drink, and, helping people figure out what to do in Portland.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year !, New Color !

Happy New Year 2011 !!

I just happy with this new themes, New Year with New Colors ! New Haircut with New Look ohh.. awesome New Years to come..well after a long holiday i hope enjoying this early moths with full of brilliant ideas. So don't go anywhere ... 

Happy New Year for you.....