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Today's newsletter presents articles on C# programming, Web Business tips and landscaping, plus highlights articles from the website that were presented in July. Articles that may interest you include weightlifting. We hope you find the articles interesting and useable. Feel free to let us know what else you would like to see in the newsletter or articles that might interest you.

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C# Programming and ASP.Net Tips

Add a DataRow and a DataColumn to a DataTable
Here is a simple technique to add a datarow to a datatable.

/Instantiate a new DataTable object.
DataTable dt = new DataTable();
/Create a DataView and a DataRow object. DataView dv;
DataRow dr;
//Add two columns to the datatable
dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("Plants",Type.GetType("System.String")));
dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("Colors",Type.GetType("System.String")));
//Add some data to the DataTable by creating DataRows, adding information into each DataColumn and then adding the DataRow to the DataTable. First you want to create a new DataRow. You do this with the DataTable NewRow method.
dr = dt.NewRow();
dr[0] = "Coneflower"; dr[1] = "Purple";
dr[0] = "Clematis"; dr[1] = "Purple";
Now add the DataRow (dr) to the DataTable dt.Rows.Add(dr);
Now you are all set to add the DataTable to a DataGrid to display data to your users.

Web Business Tips

Are you getting the most from your SEO process? Every once in a while, I will check my web log files to see what search terms people are using to find my site. Most of my traffic comes from people that are searching a specific subject and sometimes a page of my site comes up near the top.

Some of my pages actually end up in the top ten of searches. To me that is very exciting. Now there are simple techniques you can use to increase your chances of getting to the top in searches by potential customers.

There are a couple of old direct mail terms called recency and frequency. In direct mail those terms relate to sending out additional sales brochures to people based on the number of times they purchased through direct mail and how soon after a purchase they bought again.

In search engine optimization those terms appear again based on keywords. How often are you using a keyword on your page? In a number of paragraphs on the page how many times did you use the keyword? Are the words relevant to the topic of the page?

Let's say you have a keyword combination of creamy peanut butter. Anytime a person does a search on that keyword combination you want your website to pop up in the number one position. Here are steps that will help.

Number 1 - Place the keyword combination in your keyword metatag.
Number 2 - Next place the keywords in your title.
Number 3 - Place that exact string "creamy peanut butter" in the first paragraph of your page and make that string BOLD
Number 4 - Use that keyword combination in the next paragraph. At least once.
Number 5 - You can skip a paragraph, but use it again a couple of times in the next two paragraphs.
Number 6 - Place an image on your page. The keywords should be in the alt tag.
Number 7 - Put some text referring to the image beside, above or below the image using the keyword.
Number 8 - After the image add at least 2 more paragraphs. Use your perfect keywords once in each paragraph.
Number 9 - In the last paragraph italicize the keywords.

This formula will help move you up in the search engine rankings. It will not guarantee you first place. There are too many factors involved to guarantee that scenario. The important points to remember. Recency, when did you last use the keywords? Frequency, how often are you using the keywords? And relevancy, how relevant are the words to the topic of the page?

A word of warning, don't try this with every keyword. That is a certain path to failure and exclusion from the search engines.

Landscape Tips

When did you last water your plants? In Illinois we are experiencing a severe drought. Many counties have asked for federal aid for drought relief. The corn is looking bad from a distance and looks worse up close. We welcome even brief bursts of rain.

If you have landscape plants they may not be surviving the heat. Sometimes you have to take time to water the plants. Many cities place watering bans on watering your lawn. But you still need to water specific plants and trees.

Those poor trees between the sidewalk and the road never seem to get the water they need. If you have neglected those trees, take a few moments to water each one, with a slow drip hose or a watering wand.

Ferns require a couple of waterings a week. Clematis need at least two good soakings. Russian sage and coneflowers only need watering when they begin to droop. New plants need special care that first summer until they become established. If you have planted properly, you have the plants needing water close together and those that can withstand drought conditions placed in groupings.

If you see the edges of leaves becoming brown, then you need to water. At this point those leaves may not recover this summer. But you have saved the roots and the plant will survive, if you catch their need for water soon enough. In this type of heat and dryness, you can skip a lawn fertilizing. You will just burn the yard.

Other articles from July…

Broadleaf Purple Coneflower

The large purple flowers of the Broadleaf Purple Coneflower stand out in the back of the garden. They prefer sunny areas in your garden. They grow from two to four feet tall and flower all summer.

Shasta Daisy

The bright yellow centers of the Shasta Daisy offset the white petals beautifully. They prefer sunny areas in your garden. They grow from one to three feet tall and make nice cut flowers.

Weightlifting Tips

Our weightlifting section is for learning proper conditioning techniques and to find out how to perform exercises. If you are in the process of becoming a bodybuilder, we just added a 4 day a week, 4 week workout schedule that will take you to the top form you can have. Here are some articles from July.

Lat Pull Down

The Lat Pull Down is a good back exercise and works the latissimus dorsi, trapezius, posterior deltoid, rhomboids, infraspinatus, and teres major. You can do the same exercise with a wide grip chin-up.

Dumbbell Raise

The Dumbbell Raise will work your shoulder muscles. It is a great shoulder workout that keeps the concentration on the middle deltoids. Article shows begin and end photos of the workout.

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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.

Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.

Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.

We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.

Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.

Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.

Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.

Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.

The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.

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