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You're Reading Article Number 10,000 Published on Panama-Guide.com

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - How's that for a milestone? You are now reading the 10,000th article published on Panama-Guide.com. We have been operating continuously for more than five years now, since 27 August 2004, and we are now widely recognized as the best and most respected source of English language news in the Republic of Panama. What's our key to success? It's a very simple formula actually;
  • Speak Bluntly: Who has time to sugar-coat stuff. Sometimes the fastest and most efficient way to get the point across is to cut straight to the bone. We're not afraid to raise the "bullshit" flag when necessary. As a matter of fact, we excel at it. Caustic. Hard hitting. Direct. Precise and correct. Favorite Phrases? "Screw that!" and "Pound Sand" come to mind.

  • Seek The Truth: Our compass always points towards the truth. Sometimes we might get sidetracked for a little while by people who would try to snow us, but in the end the snow tends to melt under the hot lights and pretty soon the truth and facts emerge. It's critically important to always seek the truth. Our readers have to trust our ability to cut through the BS, to find out what's really going on, and to let them know the truth.

  • Dont' Be Afraid To Screw Up: We make mistakes all the time, through which we learn and grow. Today's scraped knees are tomorrow's scars to brag about. As long as the mistakes aren't fatal, they can always be seen as learning opportunities or teaching points. Take smart risks, all the time.

  • Keep It Simple, Stoopid: The story is about the news, not the author. Let the story tell itself. Follow the facts to the truth. Talk to all sides. Present those facts in a clear and easily understood format. Identify any potential spin or internal bias. Move on to the next story.

  • Be True To Yourself: I am a native of New York, retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant, husband, father, son, brother, friend, and neighbor. My personality is reflected in the words I write - as it should be. I don't stop to think all that much, it just flows.

  • Plan The Work, Work the Plan: Panama Guide was started under the concept of "if you build it, they will come." Now, as a result of a whole lot of tedious hard work, this website continues to grow and attract more readers every month. Maybe in five more years I'll be writing article number 20,000. Well, it probably won't take that long. There's a lot going on this week...

10,000 Thanks: Thank you all, to our wonderful dedicated Panama-Guide readers, who stop by every day to see what's been going on. Without you this website would be nothing. Thanks for voting with your mouse button and making us #1.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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My Apologies For The SQL Errors Today

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Those of you who might have tired to access the website today using the Chrome browser probably received an error message saying something like "An SQL Error has Occurred". Sorry about that. There was a plugin that's acting up, and once I figured out what was causing the problem and killed the plugin, it magically went away. Anyway, again, my apologies.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Latest Link Swapper - M&M Administrative Services

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Welcome aboard to our latest link swapper, M&M Administrative Services. From their website; "M&M Administrative Services is a young, energetic, multilingual team of mobile professionals from diverse backgrounds. We integrate 15 years of experience in business and office administration, account management, supply chain, and distribution with a modern business model and a "can do" attitude. We are in the business of making life easier and more efficient, so why not focus on enjoying your retirement or strengthening your organization’s core competencies? Let us handle the employment matters, contracts, accounting, bill payment, and more! We file with the relevant government agencies to ensure regulatory compliance." Basically, these guys will handle all of the administrative paperwork related to employees, contracts, bill paying, and regulatory compliance - why stand in line when they can do it for you? Anyway, we link to them, they link to us, it's all good... Got a website? Then you should take advantage of our long-standing link exchange program. The more, the merrier.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Website Traffic Report - End of September 2009

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Welcome to October 2009, representing the start of Fiscal Year 2010, or the fourth quarter of 2009, depending on how you look at things. With the end of September of course it's time for me to look at the levels of traffic to the website, as is my custom and habit. September was a good month, not great, but not bad either so I can't complain. In plain English, about 75,000 different people made about 164,000 visits to the website this month, and they looked at more than 1.7 million web pages of information. To be more precise, the actual numbers were -
  • Unique Visitors - 74,941 or 7.7% increase over Sept 2008 (Record - 87,616 in May 2009).

  • Visits To The Website - 164,351 or 10.1% increase over Sept 2008 This represents 2.19 visits per unique visitor. (Record - 173,845 in May 2009).

  • Page Views - 1,721,451 or 16.1% increase over Sept 2008. This represents 10.47 page views per visit to the website. (Record - 2,076,444 in May 2009).

  • Hits To The Server - 8,725,442 or 19.4% increase over Sept 2008. This represents 48.95 hits per visit to the website. (Record - 9,148,192 in May 2009.)

  • Bandwidth - 192.82 GB or 44.8% increase over Sept 2008. This represents 935.34 KB per visit to the website. (Record - 198.70 GB in August 2009).

Additional info and graphs follow... (more)

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What's 15.8 Million Page Views Between Friends?

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - During the entire year of 2008 we delivered a grand total of 15.8 million page views to our readers. That was our total for the year - not too shabby. This number is important to our advertisers because it represents how many times their logo has been delivered if they're advertising on our website. Think about it - how many times have you seen that Panama Realtor logo? A bunch, right? Well, that adds up, and it means we are doing our job for our clients. This morning I was looking at the end of month stats for September and noticed we have already delivered a total of 15.8 million page views thus far in 2009. And, the good news is there are still three more full months to go in the year. If our traffic levels remain the same as they have been during October, November, and December 2009, then we could finish the year with about 21 million page views total, which would represent an increase of 32.9% over last year. How about this for a new slogan - "You're the rat, we're the crack - Panama-Guide..." Nah, needs some work... Alright - Slogan Contest! Send your entries to don@panama-guide.com.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Hey - It's Sweeps Week! Tell Your Friends About Panama-Guide

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Man, the staff here at Panama-Guide.com just goes crazy when there's only a few days left at the end of the month. Traditionally we ask our wonderful and dedicated regular readers and fans to repay the favor just a little bit, and to send a link to www.panama-guide.com your friends and acquaintances, anyone who might be even remotely interested in hearing the latest news from Panama. Imagine my surprise when this afternoon one of our interns decided to strip down to her bikini and started hosing us all off with cold water - imagine the odds of that happening back in Mercer, Wisconsin. Well I can tell you that kind of thing happens with regularity around here, just about all the time. Once a month, at least. Like now. At the end of the month. You know, like when I try to find some dumb reason to put a picture of a girl in a bikini on the website in a blatant ploy to grab more traffic. Yikes - you've seen right through me... Hey! There goes a midget chasing an elephant in a bikini with a baseball bat. News at 11... (Photo Credit: KarlaSpice.com)

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Latest Link Swapper - The Eddy Doran Band

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - See? My fishing trips prove to be fruitful sometimes. Welcome aboard to our latest link swapper, the Eddy Doran Band. From their website: "The band features a Chicago style jazz/blues/funk keyboard-vocalist supported by a Costa Rican latin jazz bassist who funks it up with a groovy German jazzy blues rock drummer. The ultimate version of an INTERNATIONAL BAND! The Eddy Doran Band developed in Panama with the kind sponsorship of the Miramar Intercontinental Hotel who were looking for a new sound and entertainment concept for their hotel. The international flavor of the band represents the best combination of styles and quality geared to an international audience, underscoring a sense of peace and harmony the world can discover through the universal language of MUSIC and the arts..." And that's the way it works, you link to me, I link back to you, and you get some free publicity for practically nothing, nada, zip. What could be better? So, if you're got yourself a website and you're not swapping links with us, please consider participating in our long standing link exchange program. Just click on that link and follow the simple instructions. Easy, like pie...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Got A Website? Swapping Links with Panama-Guide?

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Recently a couple of people have submitted links to their websites, however when I checked the sites they were not linking back to Panama-Guide. At this point I only link to people who are linking back to me. If you have any kind of a website that either is about Panama or Panama-based, with English language content, then by all means please check out these guidelines for our long-standing link exchange program. It's pretty easy, really. Just add the link to us somewhere on your website, let me know where it is, and send me your info. That's it! together we can create a broad network of interconnected websites with English language content for the members of our community who live and work here.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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My Simple Tribute to 9/11

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Every year when this day comes around, I am reminded just how much this attack makes me want to hunt down and kill terrorists. I mean, to shoot them right in the face. I know, that's not politically correct, and I don't give a crap. This attack happened in my backyard. I take it personally. The terrorists wanted to instill fear but instead they had the opposite effect - they fomented courage. It doesn't matter who's in the White House - an election doesn't change the sentiments of the guys in uniform. Politics don't mean a damn thing on this day. Dry powder and a steady aim does. Never forget, and never forgive either. My two bits, for what it's worth.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Averaging more than 87,000 Unique Visitors Over Last Six Months

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There are some new potential advertisers considering Panama-Guide.com, so I took another look at the numbers for the past six months. I've noticed that when the economy is doing great, then traffic to the website excellent as well and we see rapid growth. Recently website traffic has still been growing, but not as much as in the past. I believe this is a reflection of the continuing global economic crisis, and fewer people are looking at Panama right now. But no matter, we've still been able to average more than 87,000 unique visitors per month over the past six months, March through August 2009.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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