WordPress is a great open-development community that encourages its users to innovate. But a few years ago, it started getting hard to keep up with those innovations. That's when the WordPress Plugin Repository was born (currently hosted at WP-plugins. org). The repository is a place where all WordPress plugins are pulled together and shared with the community of users. But more than that, it's a place where developers can go to see what's already out there, what they can base their new work on, and what needs to be improved. In addition to end-user utilities that anyone can download for their WordPress needs, there are plenty of development tools, including wiki-based version control and a bug tracker, that the WordPress development community is welcomed to use. Everything is licensed under GPL unless noted in the source, so almost everything is open. If you're new to the WordPress plugin repository but not to the WordPress support forums, you should login with your forum username and password; they are currently synced. If you have any problems, you should email the forum webmaster to ask what's going on. Only logged-in users may edit on the Repository, though everyone is welcome to view what's going on. What's Available on the WordPress Plugin Repository? The Repository is designed to be a complete, organized, efficient method of seeing what's in development and what has been developed for WordPress. As such, the core offerings here are the plugin directory and a robust version control mechanism. You can also use a special interface, downloadable for free, to work with the Repository more easily. The Repository is powered by Trac, a source control management and project management tool. Subversion is a wiki tool providing version control, and is also the source management tool WordPress is using today. Developers using this directory can host all their WordPress developments for free, even organizing teamwork through the WordPress Plugin Repository. By hosting here, they have high visibility, can easily manage their code and track bugs, and develop wiki-based documentation with end users more easily than they could ever do it by themselves. But developers without users are like stores without customers. WordPress users, too, are welcome to download plugins that are in alpha or beta form, or to download and use the plugins that are fully-functional but not integrated into WordPress yet. There are tools available for users to: • Browse plugins and themes available at the Repository • Download all desired plugins and themes from one stable location • Give their own feedback and suggestions to developers by using the tracker. • Help develop documentation and improvements by using the plugin's wiki page. • Know what's going on at all times by using RSS feeds. Anyone developing or looking for WordPress plugins and themes is encouraged to use this resource. An email will get you the hosting you need for your project, and just coming and looking around will tell you a lot about what's going on in the WordPress development world. What Plugins Are Available Right Now? While plugins are changing fast, a few core plugins are available and certainly worth the time they'll take to check out. The best ones right now include: Main Categories for WordPress allows you select "main" categories on your blog's navigation bar. This allows you to highlight the parts of your blog you find most important, while still displaying everything else. The WordPress DBManager manages your WordPress database so you don't have to. Instead of worrying about lost data, you can use this manager to optimize, back up, restore, delete backed up databases, and even run queries for specific data. WordPress Email allow you to send your blog entries to friends, enemies, or anyone you choose. WordPress PageNavi gives you advanced page navigation. WordPress Polls allows you to run the ever-popular polls and make the results public when you're ready. WordPress PostRatings allows you to have rating systems for your blog posts. WordPress PostViews lets you display for users and for yourself how many times a post has been viewed. WordPress Print will display for the user a printable version of any given WordPress blog post. WordPress RelativeDate displays a relative date beside your post or comment actual date. WordPress Stats displays WordPress statistics you want to brag about. WordPress UserOnline allows you to note which users are currently browsing your blogs WordPress Wap allows you to use a Wap-enabled cell phone to brows your WordPress blog entries from anywhere. Other projects that are in development include: • Joystick controls • RPMView • A WordPress XHTML validator • Tons of tools for Python, including MySQL tools • Recording level monitor • An admin themer • A post editor enhancement • Fix broken links • Palm usage manager There are always new things in development in the repository, like new themes and small fixes such as a way to make WordPress allow dashes. Even if you're not a developer or interested in expanding your blog beyond what it has now, it is a good idea to check out the Repository. It's certain that many of the plugins provided or in development today will eventually be incorporated into the newer upgrades of WordPress. By keeping an eye on the Repository, you'll know what new developments are around the corner – and by logging in and discussing them on the wiki logs, you'll be able to give your own input regarding how things ought to be done. While there are other places to find WordPress plugins, it's to be hoped that most people will use the Repository in the future, making life easier for everyone.
: If you were to open a convenience store, you would think long and hard about the store's location. It would not make much sense to open it in a remote area with few customers. When you start a website, every person with online access is a potential customer. Have you ever wondered how many people actually use the Internet? Is it a few hundred thousand, a few million or more? According to the Internet World Stats website, out of a total 6.5 billion people on the planet, about 1/6-th of them go online. That is a staggering 1 billion people! Obviously those who could potentially access your website is less than that since for example not everyone speaks the same language. If you are developing a website in English then you have access to at least 330 million people considering just North America. Of course there are many more English speaking countries so that number is much larger (link.) In addition, consider that there is still the other 5 billion of the population that does not have online access. Every year more people get access to the Internet as the infrastructure is improving worldwide while the cost of access is decreasing. It might be that growth in North America is slowing down but it is increasing rapidly in less developed countries (link.) I hope these numbers help you realize a couple of important points. First, if your website does not get much traffic at first don't give up. You just haven't reached all of your potential customers. This brings me to my second point. Marketing is important to success and I hope that you now understand why. In a later article, I will discuss how to properly market your website in order to drive traffic to it. For the time being just take some time to comprehend what a vast economy the Internet really is and the opportunities that exist therein.
About 550 million searches are conducted daily on the Internet, according to Internet watchdog Jupiter Research. While most searchers now know how to order books, reserve plane tickets or download the latest tunes from cyberspace, many consumers are less confident about the best way to find information about businesses and services close to home--such as pinpointing specialty shops in their neighborhood or finding a phone number for a local pet store that's known for pampering pooches. According to Yahoo! data, one in four Internet searches is local-specific. Only a handful of search engines are equipped to handle what is known as "local search." Local search differs from general search in that it lets people find business listings by searching within a specific city, neighborhood or zip code. This can greatly simplify the search process because it eliminates listings with similar names that are located in other parts of the U. S.-or the world. For example, if you're looking for the listing for a Chinese restaurant called Emerald Garden in a nearby city, a local search will only give you the information for the one you want-not a clutter of listings for restaurants with similar names that are located hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Today's local search gives you a much more personalized experience than just a link to the business' Web page. For example, if you search on "garden center" in your neighborhood, you'll see a list of the closest nurseries, with a map showing exactly where they are located. In addition, you'll see a list of categories featuring related businesses such as landscapers and greenhouses. You'll also see ratings and reviews of the business by customers sharing their experiences with the business. Yahoo! Local (local. yahoo) is one of the best and most popular local search engines online today. It allows you to: • Discover new corners of your neighborhood. If you're spending a day out around town, you can use Yahoo! Local to plan your itinerary. Find businesses you'll need to run errands at and check the business listings for hours and special considerations like sales or promotions. Yahoo! Local's integration with Yahoo! Maps means you'll be able to easily plot your destinations on a map, print multipoint driving directions and even plan your route based on traffic conditions, nearby ATMs or gas station locations. • Explore new communities. Yahoo! Local helps you find businesses and local points of interest when you're traveling to new cities. You can rely on local knowledge by tapping into local ratings and reviews before you make dinner reservations at a restaurant. You can also find out where to get your pants pressed, look up what's playing at local movie theaters and research virtually any other service you may need while on the road. • Fill your social calendar. Yahoo! Local's event listings make it easy to find out what is going on in your town. Impress your friends with knowledge about all upcoming concerts, festivals and shows in your city.
The Internet is very much an extension of your efforts to promote and brand yourself on a local level. You should not look at your Internet marketing campaign as something separate from your local marketing. It should connect to it and enhance it. Local print advertising space and media time are very expensive. You most likely don't have time to give complete descriptions of everything you can do or every product you sell. But if you can use that media to drive traffic to your web site, then you can provide them with a wealth of information. If you have a professional looking web site and use strong sales copy, you have a good shot at closing a sale. Think of your web site as your best salesman, who will take orders 24 hours a day...and who works for free. The Internet is definitely the new Yellow Pages. It is increasingly the way people find what they need. It's the way people conduct research on local businesses with whom they are considering doing business. You need to be represented. If you don't stake your claim online and take steps to capture traffic looking for your products or services, your competition will. Take it seriously. Get a web site up. But then take it a step further. Populate geo coordinate meta tages on your site so that people can generate directions and maps to your location. I can personally attest to doing business at particular retail locations simply because they were the only ones for which I could generate directions. Optimize your site for the search engines. Ideally, you will discuss optimization issues with the designer of your site before your site is built. But however you have to do it, get your site optimized for the right traffic for your business. Write articles. You've heard all this before - but that's because the classic self-promotion techniques like writing articles and books to establish credibility work. But still today, most people are too unmotivated or too unorganized to do these things. You can stand out in your field, and use the product of that action to create online promotional material. For example, you could publish a newsletter for your clients and others. You could then publish the newsletter articles to article directories online and use them to drive traffic to your site. Look for symbiotic ways to join your online and offline marketing efforts. Give patrons to retail locations a reason to leave their email address. Encourage prospects to visit your web site and join your email newsletter for free, valuable information. Think creatively. Implement aggressively. Measure results. And be systematic.
Many people enjoy reading a thought for the day. It's a popular and fun way to focus your mind on a significant slice of life that you might normally overlook. The thoughts expressed are typically profound or humorous or both. The enjoyment of a thought for the day comes when you recognize a familiar and entertaining aspect of human nature in the words you read. Internet sites that provide a daily thought have two primary ways of delivering their service. The first is to post a thought each day on a Web site. A user of the service must visit the site each day to collect their "thought." The second is to provide daily delivery to a person's email inbox. Users of this service receive their "thought" automatically. But is one method of delivery superior to the other? As with most things in life, the answer is, "It depends." Each method has its own set of pros and cons. We'll look at the pros and cons of each method, so you can decide which one will work best for you. For this comparison we will consider only those services that are no-cost. * Web Site Delivery - Pros * - There is generally no sign up. You just surf to the Web site each day to see the day's thought. - There is nothing to do stop the service. Just quit visiting the Web site when you no longer want the service. - Service can be on the spur of the moment. If you have a personality that resists habitual activities, you can collect your thought whenever you choose. - You control the variety. If, on a particular day you are not in the mood for the thoughts from a particular site, you can skip that day's service. * Web Site Delivery - Cons * - Visiting the Web site can be a hassle. It takes direct action on your part to go the Web site. This may mean finding the link in a long list of favorites/bookmarks in your browser. - Visiting the Web site can be a hassle (reason 2). Many providers of no-pay services on the Internet need a way to generate income to keep the site going. Retrieving your thought of the day may require you to wade through numerous ads and deal with pop-up/pop-under windows. - You may not get thoughts on a consistent basis. Many people who value a thought for the day do so because it helps them manage their stress or life focus. On a hectic day, when you probably most need a focusing thought, you may forget to surf to the Web site amid the flurry of that day's activities. * Email Delivery - Pros * - Delivery is consistent. Your daily thought will arrive in your inbox on busy days and relaxing days, regardless of whether or not you remember to collect it. - It's a piece of useful email that you can process quickly. It takes just a moment to read the email and extract what's useful. Of how many emails you receive is that true? - It's easy to pass along. If you find one of the thoughts receive particularly meaningful or entertaining, it's a simple matter to forward it to a friend. * Email Delivery - Cons * - You have to sign up for the service. Signing up can be a bit of a hassle, because the process to sign up may be complex. Unfortunately, complex sign ups have become commonplace because of the existence of spam. Fortunately, the complex sign ups go a long way to prevent spam. - You have to give some personal information. For example, you will be required to give your email address. Fortunately, the possibility of your email address being used for spam is becoming less of a concernpanies that provide email inboxes are becoming increasingly effective at preventing the illegitimate use of your email address. - Stopping the service requires action. If you want to cancel your subscription to the service, you will have to take specific action to unsubscribe. - The email may contain advertising. As with the Web site delivery method, providers of the service will often feel a need to have some way to generate income for their service. Fortunately, since the actual content -- the daily thought -- is so small, the provider of the service has real pressure to keep the amount of advertising to a minimum. So each method of delivery has some significant advantages and some important disadvantages. Think through the pros and cons of each method and decide which are the most value to you. Then, find one or more services you like and start spicing up your day with the energizing thoughts these services can provide.
Whenever I put forth on the Internet's numerous newsgroups, discussion fora and Websites a controversial view, an iconoclastic opinion, or a much-disputed thesis, the winning argument against my propositions starts with "everyone knows that ...". For a self-styled nonconformist medium, the Internet is the reification of herd mentality. Actually, it is founded on the rather explicit belief in the implicit wisdom of the masses. This particularly pernicious strong version of egalitarianism postulates that veracity, accuracy, and truth are emergent phenomena, the inevitable and, therefore, guaranteed outcome of multiple interactions between users. But the population of Internet users is not comprised of representative samples of experts in every discipline. Quite the contrary. The barriers to entry are so low that the Internet attracts those less gifted intellectually. It is a filter that lets in the stupid, the mentally ill, the charlatan and scammer, the very young, the bored, and the unqualified. It is far easier to publish a blog, for instance, than to write for the New York Times. Putting up a Website with all manner of spurious claims for knowledge or experience is easy compared to the peer review process that vets and culls scientific papers. One can ever "contribute" to an online "encyclopedia", the Wikipedia, without the slightest acquaintance the topic one is "editing". Consequently, the other day, I discovered, to my utter shock, that Eichmann changed his name, posthumously, to Otto. It used to be Karl Adolf, at least until he was executed in 1962. Granted, there are on the Internet isolated islands of academic merit, intellectually challenging and invigorating discourse, and true erudition or even scholarship. But they are mere islets in the tsunami of falsities, fatuity, and inanities that constitutes the bulk of User Generated Content (UGC). Which leads me to the second myth: that access is progress. Oceans of information are today at the fingertips of one and sundry. This is undisputed. The Internet is a vast storehouse of texts, images, audio recordings, and databases. But what matters is whether people make good use of this serendipitous cornucopia. A savage who finds himself amidst the collections of the Library of Congress is unlikely to benefit much. Alas, most people today are cultural savages, Internet users the more so. They are lost among the dazzling riches that surround them. Rather than admit to their inferiority and accept their need to learn and improve, they claim "equal status". It is a form of rampant pathological narcissism, a defense mechanism that is aimed to fend off the injury of admitting to one's inadequacies and limitations. Internet users have developed an ethos of anti-elitism. There are no experts, only opinions, There are no hard data, only poll results. Everyone is equally suited to contribute to any subject. Learning and scholarship are frowned on or even actively discouraged. The public's taste has completely substituted for good taste. Yardsticks, classics, science - have all been discarded. Study after study have demonstrated clearly the decline of functional literacy (the ability to read and understand labels, simple instructions, and very basic texts) even as literacy (in other words, repeated exposure to the alphabet) has increased dramatically all over the world. In other words: most people know how to read but precious few understand what they are reading. Yet, even the most illiterate, bolstered by the Internet's mob-rule, insist that their interpretation of the texts they do not comprehend is as potent and valid as anyone else's. When I was growing up in a slum in Israel, I devoutly believed that knowledge and education will set me free and catapult me from my miserable circumstances into a glamorous world of happy learning. But now, as an adult, I find myself in an alien universe where "culture" means merely sports and music, where science is decried as evil and feared by increasingly hostile and aggressive masses, and where irrationality in all its forms (religiosity, the occult, conspiracy theories) flourishes. The few real scholars and intellectuals left are on the retreat, back into the ivory towers of a century ago. Increasingly, their place is taken by self-taught "experts", narcissistic bloggers, wannabe "authors" and "auteurs", and partisan promoters of (often self-beneficial) "causes". Dismal results ensue: fads like environmentalism and alternative "medicine" spread malignantly and seek to silence dissidents, sometimes by violent means; the fare served by the media now consists exclusively of soap operas and reality TV shows; Reading is on terminal decline; with few exceptions, the "new media" are a hodgepodge of sectarian view and fabricated "news"; the few credible sources of reliable information have long been drowned in a cacophony of fakes and phonies. It is a sad mockery of the idea of progress. The more texts we make available online, the more research is published, the more books are written - the less educated people are, the more they rely on visuals and sounds rather than the written word, the more they seek to escape reality and be anesthetized rather than be challenged and provoked. Even the ever-sliming minority who do wish to be enlightened are inundated by a suffocating and unmanageable avalanche of indiscriminate data, comprised of both real and pseudo-science. There is no way to tell the two apart, so a "democracy of knowledge" reins where everyone is equally qualified and everything goes and is equally merited. This relativism is dooming the twenty-first century to become the beginning of a new "Dark Age", hopefully a mere interregnum between two periods of genuine enlightenment.
It should be common knowledge for most advertisers on the net that they should not use any of the three advertising tricks of bad pop-ups, spamming or tons of sneaky ads that disable a computer screen. However, many advertisers do not take this advice. People that you are targeting with advertisement to can get very annoyed, and even down right mad if you try these antics. Also, consider the financial cost if you are thinking about employing these tactics. In the end, it is not worth the headache and risk. Read on about why these forms of advertising will not work. A tight, well thought out marketing approach it the best way to promote your business. Do not think for one second that you will gain customers by using spam. Sending out bulk emails harvested from a spam list and then trying to forge where the email is sent from is tacky and deceitful. There are many federal laws against spamming and people can take it very seriously. They take it so seriously in fact that some advertisers went to court and the court forced them to pay a hefty fine for spamming email accounts. Shutting down someone’s email is not the way to gain business. Talk does fly at Internet speed, and your reputation will go down the tubes as word spreads about your annoying advertising. The use of spamming software is very sophisticated today. If you want to take a chance with it, it would not be a very good idea though. The likelihood that you will even get a few good customers out of it is almost nonexistent. People enjoy your asking them to join your network or buy your product in a legitimate way. Financially opening up to involving a third party is certainly asking for trouble. By using some else’s email and causing a lot of heartache for them will open a complex issue for you. The next form of advertising that will turn off a customer in a heartbeat is pop-ups. Today, there is not only the traditional pop-up but pop-under too. A barrage of pop-ups or quick pop-ups from under the screen will leave your customer insulted and angry. It does not matter how great your product is – do not do it. In addition, a new marketing software technique slides pop-ups across the customer’s screen. This might sound non-intrusive, but think about this – what if they are in the middle of reading some information about your site? That is not helpful to your cause. It can be especially bad if they were about to click to the order page. Loss profits are never good for your wallet. If you are going to use them pop-ups for goodness sake, learn the software, and more importantly learn a bit about the human psychology of advertising. Look around for information on how and why people buy on the Internet, and apply that to your advertising and marketing campaign use. Not only are spam emails, pop-ups and pop-under ads bad advertising techniques to use, but the tactic of high speed spawning is hideous and more than irritating to your potential customer. If you have ever thought about using it on a customer and have experienced it yourself, then go back and experience it again. You may have forgotten what it was like, although that is hard to see how you could forget it. A vicious attack on your customers’ browser button will not let the customer leave your site. Worse yet, they are forced to do an emergency shut down of their computer. Let us hope they have saved all information they were working on because ad after ad upon hundreds will over take their screen. Please do not use this software to try to increase your profits. I hope that you will avoid using any of these three tactics in your marketing campaign. Using them will not bring the money in at a faster rate – in fact, just the opposite may occur. Take the time to use good marketing strategies. Learn what people appreciate in the way of business practices. Also, use manners and courteous along with a little shrewdness in your marketing strategy. There are many ways to do it. By exercising patience and learning your way around the Internet, you can bring in many very happy customers and a lot of money for you.
I am here to bust a few myths about making it online as serious online business owners. Working online or earning an income from an online business is not impossible, if you’re expecting me to say that, you’re wrong. After all, I AM making money online and I would only be saying I am a big fat failure is I said that online businesses are load of….well, a bunch of lies. They’re not. It’s possible to find an income online, keep a family afloat, feed children, live luxurious lives online. With the growth of the Internet, anything is possible…so, why not making money? In fact, with just the Internet (albeit, a telephone line, a modem and a computer), you can literally not move anything aside from your fingers and make money every single month! And happily too. The only problem is that a lot of people are jumping into the online bandwagon expecting to make money the next week, the next month or the next three months. The ludicrous claims by unscrupulous netpreneurs who claims that they can help people may tons of money (along the lines of six figure incomes) instantly doesn’t help much either! Oh, I’ve had my fair share of mistakes. Took in and lapped everything up, swallowed hook, line and sinker a couple of times. I am sure there are many successful netpreneurs today who would admit that they fell for quite a few scams themselves before and LEARNT FROM IT. Well, here are a couple of online business facts for you to digest:- 1. There is no instant money on the Internet Now, think about it, on the Internet, everyone is faceless. You don’t know the seller, can’t see the seller, can’t even hear him/her and the only way you know that POSSIBLY someone human is behind all of this is the fact that your email was answered. As an online shopper, would you part with a single precious dime for anything that they say they can deliver without proof? Without testimony that this business is legitimate and won’t run away with your money the moment you click the ‘pay now’ button? Nothing. There’s absolutely nothing that guarantees you that the business is legitimate. There’s nothing to assure you that they’re send you whatever they say they’ll send you. So, it’s a business that is loosely based on trust, recommendations from others, honesty and professionalism. And believe you me, to build the kind of reputation for your online business will not take hours. It may take even years! 2. A website takes work With a website, yes, you have a shop online that many people from all around can visit and buy stuff from. But your domain name and the visibility of your website plays a huge role in the success of your online business. how do they find you if you don’t advertise – and free advertising is possible. The problem is doing it and waiting for IT to happen, to hit your website and to bring willing-top-pay customers to you. That’s where search engines come into play. You have work hard to helping search engines and directories index your website. Even when you’ve submitted your website URL to all the search engines you know, it’ll take months for them to even list your website. And then there’s the issue of ranking. There are millions upon millions of sites, what makes you think they would want to list YOUR website as the top 10 or top 30 websites for your favorite keywords? Getting to the top of search engines take work and some ingenious planning. While it’s possible, it takes time. 3. Recommend a friend online business Some viral marketing businesses DO work – this I have to say and they work pretty quickly too. But the fizzle out really quickly too. So, the moment you’ve made your money, like gambling, you have to look for a new one. Not much consistency and reliability there, is there? The wonderful thing about these viral marketing businesses is that if you want to make a huge chunk of money one time off to start a business or pay off a loan or something, you could try this one out. To feed your kids from month to month, you might want to find something more consistent.
Online directories are typically places you can list your business and website for others to see. These directories are broken into different categories for easier navigation. If someone is looking for a stereo site for example, they can simply go to the electronic section and see a list of every site that deals with stereos listed. After choosing which site to proceed to, the viewer then simply clicks on the link provided and is lead right to that particular site. Online directories offer areas for any type of business you could imagine. They are a place where people can quickly come to get names of businesses and websites. Thousands of web users utilize online directories each day, making them a popular option for website operators and business owners. If you are considering placing your site on an online directory, consider these three reasons why online directories could work for you. Exposure Website success has many elements involved. One of the most important elements however is exposure. If your website never gets any type of exposure, then it is unlikely that it will ever become successful. For people to visit your website, they must be informed that it exists. This is an easy task for a large corporation who can advertise on television or large billboards. It can be extremely difficult for the smaller business however. Online directories do however offer great exposure for your website and business. They allow you to post your information, such as your business name and website link, in places where people can actually look for you. Instead of you looking for people to invite to your site, they are basically searching you out. Just by placing your information in an online directory, your website traffic will increase dramatically. When you are putting your name and website out there, people are certainly more likely to find you. Online directories usually offer different levels of exposure as well. You can usually choose between different levels of advertising. For example, one choice might be to simply add your name and website link to the main directory. Another choice however might be to add your name and website link to the main page of the appropriate area of the directory or to add “bold” text to your ad. These options are all beneficial and can help you get even more exposure. Inexpensive One reason online directories might be the perfect solution for you is that they are relatively inexpensive. If you are a small business owner, chances are there is not a lot of room in your budget for advertising. Advertising however is one of the key elements to the success of a business. Many online directories will offer a basic listing for free. This is a great opportunity to allow businesses with no advertising budget to advertise. These listings are usually very simple and contain “no frills”, but they are useful indeed. You can always get your information added to several online directories for free and cover more ground than you thought possible. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to advertise online, online directories are a great option. Professionalism If you want your business and website to look as professional as possible, online directories can help. By simply placing your information in an online directory, you can look very professional in the eyes on consumers. Basically, when a consumer looks through an online directory, they consider every listing to be one of a professional business. Although this is not always the case, it certainly does not harm valid professional businesses to any degree. If you take the time to list your information, you are taking another step toward a higher level of professionalism. Therefore, online directories can help you develop or maintain the professionalism you seek. Choosing to post your information in an online directory should not be a difficult decision. As you can see, there are many reasons why online directories could work for you. No matter if you are looking for more exposure, an inexpensive option, or for a higher level of professionalism, online directories can help you achieve your goals. Just be sure to do a little research and find online directories that will offer you what you need. The more you can post within, the more traffic your website is likely to have. So, go ahead and post in as many as possible!
Until I tried it, the whole 2.0 thing seemed like a joke to me. But the switch between the Google, Yahoo, MSN search engine Web 1.0 war and the environment of Web 2.0 is drastic. For those of you who remember using a card catalog at the public library, the change is similar to the one you experienced using a computer to find a book for the first time. No endless cabinets of cards to hunt through. No misplaced cards that meant you wouldn't find the book you were looking for that day. Every book in the library accessible from one keyboard. In 2.0, knowledge is fast. It moves at the speed of the keyboard and web form. A story from New York hits the West Coast in the time it takes a web page to refresh. And when a network build on speed puts a premium on those sites and bloggers that can get information first, news hits even the gardening forums before it even reaches the cable news networks. This is drastic transition in the evolution of the speed of knowledge. With the invention of the printing press by Johann Guttenberg in 1440, the rate at which knowledge spread become quicker. Word of mouth was no longer the only way to receive news. Afterwards came mail, newspapers, television, and 24 hour cable news. Each a leap forward from the past form of media. Then came the internet. Within a few short years, knowledge was accessible from everywhere with a few clicks of the mouse. We can now store more information on our hard drives than we can find at the local library. Now, with web 2.0, the filter and wait time of search engines is taken out. Some might say that this cuts down on accuracy, but with time, I think it will improve accuracy. Search engines try to guesstimate what searchers want by applying an algorithm to what they type in the form. With the new animal, people are the algorithms. When I started building my library of musical tastes, I usually discovered new music through people that listened to the same type of music I listened to. If we both listened to Pink Floyd than I might take the chance and listen to some other music they suggested to me. This is a much more effective way to find new information than with an algorithm. Let people be your algorithm. Let links be distributed through the lateral route of tastes, themes, and interests rather than the direct route of search engines that require a user to know almost exactly what they want to find before they search. There is also a time element involved. Some search engine results are just old. They aren't what you are looking for. Some engines literally make sure links are aged before they are given the status they deserve. In 2.0, a hour is a long time and a month is a lifetime. When searching through tagged sites or feeds, a site may gain 100 links to it in an hour by taggers. A traditional search engine can't keep up with this. This type of link growth would have to be run through filters to check for spam or other tactics to artificially increase it's rank. And still, the baby gets thrown out with the bath water a multitude of times. Traditional search engines base all of their ranking systems on the votes of people who know how to build websites or at least post to forums. This is not very balanced. Sitting at the computer screen, you can assume all you want, but step out in the real world and just try to talk to anyone about HTML. Then you realize these are unheard internet votes. Tagging and other web 2.0 technologies have brought a little more balanced to the system, giving those, whose tech savvy stops at bidding on Ebay, the internet right to vote. And when I finally got the chance to check it out by spending the last few weeks in the stream of web 2.0, I realized my whole vision was a little short sided. Sitting in box, typing code all day can skew your version of the world. Judging the needs of an internet audience by the whims of an algorithmic internet program can skew this vision even more. Web 1.0 is Plato's cave, only shadows of the true internet traffic flow. As Web 2.0 technologies become more mainstream, the traditional search engine will have to adapt to a more democratic union between "internet land owners" and those who only surf but probably make up a greater part of internet users.
Need a book? The old way to buy it would be to go to a brick and mortars shop. But the new and improved way to buy that same book is to visit Amazon, one of today’s largest online retailers. In fact, Amazon is not only one of the most popular websites of the Internet, but it is also the place to go to shop and check out user reviews. Amazon began selling books and quickly expanded to include much, much more from electronics, kitchen appliances, toiletries and even clothing. By its own admission, “Amazon strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online.” With all Amazon has to offer, though, how do you wade through thousands and thousands of items, and online no less? And how do you determine whether or not you are getting the best deal? Thankfully, Amazon provides many ways for you to truly save money and get a deal, which I’ll discuss here. So, you’re looking for a digital camera and you’re overwhelmed with the various options and models. A good starting point to narrow your choice is your favorite search engine where you can look for a buying guide. After you have an idea of what you want to buy, go back to your search engine (I use Google) and enter "model name + review." Read a few independent reviews about the model you've selected and find out what other people are saying. What are the system's pros and cons? And, of course, Amazon has a very large and active user community where you can check out user reviews and ratings directly on their site. To also help you narrow down your choices, you can go to the appropriate Featured Store directly on Amazon, e. g. Electronics, and look up the “Top Sellers” for the particular product you’re interested in. Amazon also provides a page with “Today’s Deals” and “Outlet, Used & Refurbished” where you can often find great deals. And to ensure you’re getting the best price, make sure to check the many coupon / deal sites which will help you stack coupons and apply rebates. And here are some other easy ways to save when shopping on Amazon: Don’t forget to take advantage of Amazon’s standard offer of free shipping for applicable orders over $25. Does your purchase total $24.99? No worries, add some paperclips or sticky pads for a dollar or two and you’re set. Amazon also routinely offers coupon codes, like $25 off your purchase of $125 or more, or 5% off up to $100 on various purchases. When you are shopping on Amazon, make sure to scroll down and read the entire product page, as the coupon codes are often listed some where on the page. Amazon also offers a “Buy both and save” option on many complementary products. Not only does this option save you money on two products, but it almost always brings your total to at least $25, qualifying you for free shipping, and/or also reaches a coupon threshold so you can save even more! Look for this option on the product page, right under the product price and picture. And as I stated above, deal sites can be an invaluable resource for identifying rebates and even free with purchase offers that are often too good to pass up. So let's recap: 1. Amazon offers thousands and thousands of products. 2. Research the right model and options for YOUR needs. Use a buying guide. 3. Search for a review of the model you selected on a search engine or Amazon. Use "model name" + "review." 4. Find a good coupon / deal site to check for rebates, free with purchase offers and coupons. 5. Go to Amazon, select your model and double check for Amazon-specific coupons, free shipping and other options like “buy both and save.” 6. Apply your coupon at checkout. 7. Use the lowest priced shipping. Pat yourself on the back, because you have now saved BIG!
One doesn't have to dig very deep on the internet to find an adsense site. At its most basic level, an adsense site is a site which displays Google Adsense ads to earn money. The problem is that the majority of Adsense sites are trash – just content scraped off other sites that has been thrown together into a mish-mash that the webmaster calls a website. If you want to be highly successful in the Adsense site industry, you're going to have to do something drastically different. Following are several tips you can use to distinguish yourself from the crowd. 1 – Use a professional design Many adsense sites use a very basic, cheap looking template that they paste their content into. If you use a professional website design, people are more likely to place value and trust in your site. 2 – Use unique content Don't use recycled content. Take the time or money required to get your own unique articles and content written for your site. This will allow you to offer your readers content that they cannot get anywhere else, as well as give you better rankings in the search engines. 3 – Create a valuable resource The purpose of an Adsense site should not be just to get a visitor to come and click on the ads. It should be to get a visitor to come, and because the like you site so much, keep coming back again and again. That is how you can have a highly successful site – returning visitors. 4 – Use other monetization methods Adsense should not be your only source of income from a site. Sell a product, promote affiliate programs, sell banner ads, or sell text link ads on your site. This serves to diversify your income, as well as gives other content for your visitors to look at or click on.
The first mantra to a successful website is its download speed. According to a study, you have only 30 seconds to capture your visitor’s attention. Therefore, it is advised to make a website fast which is possible through minimum graphics, less/ no use of flash technology and well optimized site that results in quick download. The slow performance (taking too long to download pages) can lead to a loss of potential client and ultimately to your business. The second step to achieve success in your business is targeting your market. The visitor who visits your website has a specific goal or target in mind while surfing. Therefore, the website should be designed in way that matches the requirements or goals of your customer. The third step which is the stepping stone in the success of your business is Content. People are surfing the websites for the purpose of information not for pretty pictures or games. Your website should offer the visitors what they are looking for. If you provide their desired information then they not only visit your site but also recommend it to friends and relatives and connect well with your business. The fourth step which is between you and your success is a professional web design. In many cases, customers are introduced to the organization through website, which in case is like a personality of a company. If your site is not professionally designed and managed then it means you are re-directing your visitor to your competitor’s site. Therefore, always try to make the first encounter positive with professional web design. Search Engine Optimization is the important tool for the success of your site. Design your website in such a way that people can easily find your website thorough search engine as more than 80% users find their site through search engines. SEO makes the sites easy to search for users who do not know the website address. Update your website frequently; people visit the sites looking for plentiful and fresh information. If your website does not serve their purpose, they will not visit again. Ensure that your website content is fresh and up-to-date that gives them a reason to return and also share their experiences with you. The last but not the least step to a successful website is easy to learn and navigate the site. The visitor expects a consistent and easy site layout which is easy to remember. A potential customer will never waste his/her time to learn your website functions. Therefore, a website should be user-friendly and helps in easy navigation through the site.
You can earn a steady income from the Internet running an online business, as long as you’re willing and able to put the time, effort, and money that is required. You have seen all the hype in regards to easy riches, fast money don’t be fooled. Yet these get rich schemes are hard to ignore. But to be successful in starting a profitable online business you must remember “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” Let’s look at some of the disadvantages you may encounter when starting an online business. First as we mentioned there are a large amounts of hype and get rich schemes you need to sort out and avoid. An online business has risk involved just like any other business. You will work long hours starting an online business. To find what will work or what won’t and what opportunity may be real takes a large amount of time. Then the fact that many people start an online business and continue with their present occupation it can lead to some very long hours. Starting an online business you will find that it will constantly change. What you are doing well today may not work for you the next day. You have to constantly study and learn. This is another time consuming and sometimes frustrating process. Finding the right people to attract is a never ending process. When starting an online business you should be somewhat stubborn. Don’t give up easily and try another online business. You have a lot to learn and starting over does not change that you just end up at square one again. Starting an online business may not be as easy as some want to portray it as but it is not impossible. Many people every day start an online business that goes on to be profitable and fun. The advantages of starting an online business are many. It gives the regular person a chance to be a business owner with a minimum of start up costs. These costs are normally just a couple hundred dollars. It offers you more flexibility, since you do work at your computer you can pick the times you work. This could eventually lead to more free time since you may be able to automate a lot of your tasks. You have a product idea for your online business or want to see what your competition is doing? You can do so for little or no money on the Internet. Go to message boards and post your idea to get reactions, search the Internet for others who are doing the same thing. See what they may be doing correctly or for that matter incorrectly so you don’t do the same mistakes. By starting an online business you have potential customers everywhere since the Internet is world wide. It is always growing as everyday more people are getting online for the first time. You have the ability to provide many different products or services to reach the diverse audience. This will lead to an exciting time if you are one who excels in a changing environment. Starting an online business can be profitable. Some turn profit within a few months while it may take others longer as they experiment and test to find out exactly what will work for them and provide the income that they are interested in making. All this from the comfort of your home, it is easy to see why many have started an online business as a source of income.
If you have your online business up and running you may want to look at your bottom line and ask yourself if you’re making as much as you can. Think about where you want to be. Are you comfortable at your current level or do you want it to be more? If you think you should be doing more, then you may want to consider making some of the following changes. First, take a look at your website and sales letter. Is there anything that you can improve? You may want to consider investigating some sites that offer free content targeted at attracting customers and establishing your credibility. Some sites are merely one sales letter. There are many ways to set up a site. You need to think about what works for you. Some people like to have many smaller sites to generate business. They like that because they have no other content and it will focus concentration on the message. If necessary, hire someone to do the writing for you. A well written sales letter will pay for itself many times over. If you decide to change your sales letter, be sure to keep copies for reference along the way. This way you can compare against older letters to see what gets better results. If you want to reach potential customers, try a direct mailing. You can do this by sending postcards. Many people like to be contacted by way of mail. If you send anything by way of email it runs the risk of being overlooked. Although going online is a popular way to reach people, it isn’t the only way. There is a big world outside of the internet. If used effectively, you can get many people to read your message. Look at who you attract online. Are they repeat customers? Think of ways to compliment your products. If you have product additions, it’s always good to let your customers know. If they’re happy with one product, maybe they’ll be happy with another product that ties in with the first one. Perhaps you offer a service that might be of interest to someone. Let your customers know if you are available for work and other services. Offer them a discount or incentive to use you again. Repeat customers can make great referrals to others about your online business. With the wealth of information available, there’s always something new to learn. There might be something new out there that can significantly change your business for the better. Study some manuals that offer advice. Of course you wouldn’t have time to read all that are available, but you can focus on one or two of them. Study them then put the ideas to work and track their success. Widen your income opportunities. If you sell a home repair book for example, you may want to then sell blueprints or project plans for things like a deck or a utility shed. The idea is to find a natural connection. As with any business, forging alliances is key for success. Think about a new market to become jointly involved with. For instance, take a home repair book and then become a home loan or construction loan affiliate. Find another great target group that can benefit from your service or product. In order to grow your business, you’ll need to constantly scout for new ones while keeping the business you have. Sometimes slight changes or adjustments are needed to increase your income from your online business.