Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Checklist for New Canadian Immigrants

As newcomers to Canada, new immigrants have to do a few important things in order to ensure they start off on the right foot.

The first few days, weeks and months will bring about many challenges, but when you're prepared, it's much easier to deal with these challenges.

Some of the things that need to be taken care in terms of accessing government benefits and programs are listed below. Use this Newcomer's Checklist to help you navigate through the process:

  • Apply for your Permanent Resident (PR) card;
  • Apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card;
  • Apply for your Health Care card;
  • Open a bank account and apply for a credit card;
  • Apply for your Canadian driver's license;
  • Enroll your children in school (if applicable);
  • Validate your professional credentials.

Depending on which Canadian province or territory you are in, you will have to visit the appropriate website.

I've created a SQUIDOO web page in which you will find all the links you need as well as other important information to help you settle into this new life.

In case you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

Wishing you all the best and welcome to Canada! :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Article Marketing for Increased Blog Traffic

Getting quality web traffic to your website or blog is a work of art and can be quite challenging.

There are several tools available (paid and free). One of the effective ways to increase web traffic is through Article Marketing.

In Article Marketing the author submits short, original content articles to article directories and these articles are hosted free of cost on their high volume websites.

There are several article directories on the web, but the best one in terms of Alexa Rankings is They have been around for a few years now and have built top credibility and have high Google rankings.

Though Article Marketing is effective, it's not for everyone. I put together a SQUIDOO web page in which I discuss in detail its basic concept, its benefits and the top article directories.

It also includes a discussion if this tool is right for you and training videos. Hope you find it useful.

Wishing you much success!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spain are 2010 World Cup Soccer Champions

Wow, time flies so fast. I haven't made a blog post on this blog of mine in almost a month and wanted to just drop in to say "hi".

This past month or so has been a busy one with me being out of town and blogging away on my 2010 World Cup Soccer Blog providing video highlights and commentary after each match.

It was fun to follow, but like always, all good things come to and end. Overall, it was a great world cup tournament and I enjoyed every bit of it - watching the games, blogging on each match and interacting with soccer fans all around the world.

I was happy for Spain as it was the first time they won the World Cup Championship. They were resilient and persistent and with that fighting spirit, they were able to not only get to the top, but bring home the FIFA world cup...VIVA la Espana!

In dedication to the Spanish team and soccer fans all over the world, I created a special SQUIDOO lens on SPAIN'S ROAD TO THE 2010 WORLD CUP. It contains commentary of each match and video highlights.

I will be back posting on this blog soon - in the meantime, have yourself a wonderful week!