TaxWise install instructions

  1. Ensure you have the Efin and the registration number for the site.

  2. Uninstall prior versions of Taxwise.

  3. Install Taxwise 2006 from CD on “server” computer.

  4. Launch Taxwise 2006.

  5. Complete setup form as per manual and revisised page 27
    instructions.

  6. Go to support section to download update.  See email date Jan
    8 for details.

  7. Installl update.

  8. Restart TaxWise

  9. Download Ohio update.  See email dated Jan 11 for
    details.

  10. Set tax form defaults as per hand written revised
    instruction handout (pp. 32-41).

  11. Set print packet defaults also noted in hand written
    revised instruction handout (pg. 40).

  12. Set administrator password.

  13. If this is not a network install, the installation
    is complete.  Otherwise proceed.

  14. Ensure the C: drive is shared.  Open my
    computer.  Right click on the C: drive. 
    Select sharing.  Ensure “Share this folder”
    is selected.  Note the name of the share.

  15. Note the network name of this “server”. 
    Right click on my computer. Click the Network
    Identification tab.  Note the
    computer’s name and domain.

On each networked computer:

  1. Map a networked drive.  Open My computer.  From the Tools menu
    select Map Network Drive.  Map the shared drive (step 14) from the
    server (step 15) to the the “T:” drive.  Be sure to select reconnect at
    login.

  2. Open the T: drive.  Open the UTS06 folder.  Open the TWTech
    folder.  Double click on Setup.exe.

  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

  4. Assign the workstation a unique 3 digit number (e.g., 102, 103,104,
    etc.)

  5. Restart the workstation

  6. Launch TaxWise to confirm it is working.

Cross Posting and SEO

I was recently asked, “when you have multiple blogs, is posting the same article on 2 or 3 blogs ultimately going to hurt your SEO? I was just wondering if there was a good “rules” to live by you know of…”

In my mind every SEO question involves three analysis:

  1. Accessible – Does this make is easier for a search engine to find and index my content? e.g., content is publicly available in a standard format such as html, pdf or .doc. Flash is not accessible to search engines.
  2. Relevant/interesting – Does this clearly demonstrate my page is related to the targeted search(s)? Are people interested in my topic. Don’t write about Ford Escorts if your are trying to rank in searches for “bacon”. If people aren’t interested in your topic (i.e., they don’t search for it), it doesn’t matter if you rank well.
  3. PopularDoes this demonstrate that other people think I am relevant to the targeted search? This is essentially link popularity. The more links to your page the search engines find, the more popular your page. The more popular the page, the more likely it rises to the top of the search results.

These questions build on each other. Without satisfying #1 your content doesn’t make it into the search engines. Likewise #1 and #3 aren’t as effective unless #2 is satisfied.

Your question falls into the third analysis. Generally cross posting and redundant postings of blogs or other content doesn’t help your SEO effort. The search engines don’t like to index the same stuff over and over so they often ignore or discount redundant content.

Second, each link to your content boosts your popularity is the “eyes” of the search engines. Each link to your content is a vote for your content. Spreading these votes across many urls reduces your perceived popularity. It is akin to a political party putting five candidates in a presidential race. The party may get a majority of the votes but the votes are spread thin and the party loses the election.

In a very few cases, the potential benefit of reaching very different readers may outweigh the cost of cross posting.

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