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Northern Ireland Articles – Read all about it!

This collection of Northern Ireland articles will let you discover more about this beautiful country.

Every author of these articles has something to say and their opinion to share.

I’m not going to hold back. I’m going to give you as much information as I can about travel, political opinion, tourism, money matters.

In fact, just about anything and everything related to Northern Ireland and even some stuff related to Ireland in general. I hope you find enough information and knowledge to make your trip to Northern Ireland a great pleasure and success.

Enjoy! And happy reading.

The Capital Of Northern Ireland – Visit Belfast

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and the second largest city in Ireland. It has an interesting history and is rich in culture which makes it a great fascination for many visitors to Ireland.

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The Big Wheel – Top Attraction At Belfast City Hall

Do you think the big wheel should stay or go? Is it good for Belfast? Have you been on the wheel recently?

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) wants to move the Big Wheel away from the City Hall.

The super spinning Wheel, a £60m tourist attraction, has been in the grounds of Belfast City Hall since October, 2007. It has a license to stay there until New Year’s Eve 2008.

World Tourist Attractions, who operate the giant Wheel in the City, have applied for a nine month extension to the license which would allow the wheel to stay until August 2009.

Belfast City councillors have backed a planning application to retain the famous landmark until August next year, but the NIEA thinks it should no longer be situated at the City Hall.

Would moving this top tourist attraction from the City Hall be a disaster for Belfast?

Would taking it away send out the wrong message about the city?

Has the highly successful attraction become an iconic symbol of the city’s resurgence after the ‘Troubles’.

Tell us what you think! Have you been to Belfast recently as a tourist? Did you ride above Belfast in one of the fancy carriages?

Leave your messages here.

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Making your site sticky. In Week 2 you’ll learn to build relationships with your visitors, so you can create a sticky site with consistent repeat traffic. You’ll learn about RSS feeds, contact forms, and e-zines. SBI provides all the tools you need to add these to your site without having to program them yourself. Want to offer your visitors a free newsletter? The whole subscription management service you need is included. You will also learn to effectively manage your online business. The lessons and business-building process continues with learning about search engines, adding images to your site, and checking your traffic stats (what to look for and how to use it to your advantage).

Making money. Day 10 is the biggie. Now you’ll turn your fledgling web site into an income-generating business. This is where you put up the ads, affiliate links, etc. based on the monetization mix you selected earlier. You won’t have much traffic yet, so the income will be minimal at first, but you’ll have what you need in place to start earning money as your traffic grows.

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Ongoing advice. SBI provides members-only discussion forums for every part of this process as well as direct customer support, so if you need additional help or guidance, it’s just a click away. Their customers are really into co-mentoring, almost to the point of giving each other virtual group hugs. For example, they have a “Submit Site for Review” forum, where you can post a link to your new site and request feedback from other SBIers. This way you can get some extra eyes on your business from people who are much further along than you. Since SBI sites tend to be very niche, most members won’t be competitors of yours, so they’re happy to help.

Hopefully it’s obvious by now that SBI is a lot more than just a self-publishing tool.

SBI is a great choice for someone who wants to build an income-generating online business in their spare time, but they don’t have the technical skills, the focus, or the willingness to do it on their own from scratch.It is not a get-rich-quick scheme! It takes time and effort to produce and add all the content to your web site. It is definately much easier if you have a passion for what you are writing about.The cool thing about building a profitable website is that once you’ve done it, it’s usually pretty easy to maintain, and it will still make you money even if you let it slide for a while. Say, you want to go on holiday or take a few months out to try something new.

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  • Auction Sellers
  • Students
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Check out the full list of case studies. There is sure to be something there to inspire you!Of course SBI includes a full money-back guarantee, so they assume the risk of proving themselves to you. The best part is that even if you request a refund, you still get to keep the domain name you registered, so that’s actually a better than money-back guarantee. You get a free domain name just for trying it.

If you have any questions about SBI or any other Sitesell product, don’t be afraid to ask! Remember, there is a no-risk money-back guarantee.

Thanks for reading, Mark McKnight

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