Category Archives: Internet

Five Ways to Bring New Visitors to Your WordPress Blog

By Jenny Rasmussen, Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nowadays, starting a blog and publishing your thoughts online is relatively easy to do. However, ensuring that your blog generates traffic and gathers new visitors is slightly more difficult. Follow these five tips to generate new visitors to your blog and increase your blog’s traffic.

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Participate in Online Communities Alongside your Target Audience

An easy way to generate new traffic to your blog is to participate in the online communities that your target audience is already participating in. In addition to forums and other websites, social media websites are a good way to let a large audience know about your blog. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon are all good sites to get involved with in order to generate newcomers to your blog. Remember, first determine the online community, read posts that have already been made and then join the conversation. It is important that your postings are not perceived as spam.

Target Your Content and Strategize

When trying to generate new traffic to your blog, it is also important to consider who your audience is so that you can target your information properly. It is also integral to consider how likely your audience is to share the blog. WordPress marketing course developer Tyler Herman shared that “Different groups need to identify with your content in order to pass it on, and in order for your blog to get shared by your current followers, it is necessary that they are high content distributors.” While targeting an audience that isn’t as prone to share content online isn’t necessary a bad thing, it does mean that it is less likely for your blog to spread.

Make Your Blog SEO Friendly

Taking advantage of search engines will also help generate new visitors to your blog. Considering Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will generate more traffic to your blog, as more people will be directed there from Internet searches. Blogs like WordPress have an SEO friendly platform already. SEO can significantly contribute to your blog’s traffic, and therefore to the overall success of your blog.

Install Analytics and Pay Close Attention to the Results

Analytic software or plugins can help you monitor your blog’s visitors. Installing this can help you see where visits originate, the number of new visitors and the number of returning visitors. Paying attention to these results can help you see how much new traffic your blog is generating, which can then help you alter your approach if need be.

Comment and Interact on Other People’s Blogs

Leaving a thought-provoking comment on someone else’s blog can also generate interest and result in new visitors to your blog. Intelligent comments can increase your own blog’s visibility. Importantly, be consistent with the name you’re using when you leave a comment and always leave your blog’s URL. Inconsistency here can actually be detrimental to blog traffic.

Keeping these five tips in mind will help get your blog noticed by new people. Consider using new platforms, installing analytics and making your voice more prominent in places such as other blogs and a variety of social media sites. Following these five tips will help generate new visitors and increase the success of your blog.

The Risks of Plastic Surgery

By WriterEvan, Wednesday, October 24, 2012

surgery The Risks of Plastic SurgeryThere’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. Although some people feel plastic surgery is an extreme form of beautification, or that it’s pure vanity, the truth is that we find all kinds of ways to improve the way we look, from makeup and hairspray to orthodontics to crazy diet and exercise regimens. So when you reach the limits of what you can do with over-the-counter products and you’ve exhausted your diet and exercise options, perhaps it’s time to consider plastic surgery as a way to look your best and boost your self-esteem. Of course, like any form of surgery there are risks, and this applies to procedures as simple as lunch-time Botox, all the way up to complex multi-procedural surgeries that include liposuction and augmentation, just for example. Here are a few that you should be aware of before you go under the knife.

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How to Create Fancy Emoticons

By WriterEvan, Thursday, October 18, 2012

emoticon eggs How to Create Fancy EmoticonsTechnology has given us endless ways to communicate with one another. In the last decade or two, the ways that we can connect with, speak to, and share messages with our fellow human beings has broadened to include a number of incredibly convenient and technologically advanced methods that many of us never thought we’d live to see. Videos and pictures can be created, captured, sent, and shared to devices that fit into the palms of our hands, and it’s never been easier to send and receive text messages and other sorts of communications. Now that communicating via text is something that just about anybody can do, there are more and more ways to enrich your communication. Gone are the days of simply telling someone you’re happy, or expressing your emotions with words — why tell someone, when you can show them? There are all sorts of applications available, and other ways to make fancy emoticons that will help you get your specialized message across, and we’re going to talk about some of the coolest ways to help liven up the way you communicate with the written word. Whether you just want to use an application, or you’re interested in emoticons that you can simply make with your keyboard, we’ll give you the best ways to make a splash with some clever emoticons that’ll brighten just about anyone’s day. Continue reading

5 Tips for Improving Your Wireless Internet Connection

By WriterEvan,

computer 5 Tips for Improving Your Wireless Internet ConnectionWireless Internet is an amazing thing, and many of us are beginning to rely upon it more and more. As the Internet continues to unite us in an increasing number of ways, the strength of our wireless signal at home becomes a thing of pretty serious importance. Not only have many of us begun to rely on our Internet connection for important things like our incomes and our entertainment consumption, but there are more devices using wireless Internet than ever before, as well. It’s not uncommon for one household to have more than one computer, smartphone, and/or tablet device connected to the wireless Internet, and signal strength can become a precious commodity. We’ll talk about five great ways that you can improve your home’s wireless Internet connection without spending a fortune. Continue reading

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Web Hosting Site for Your New Business

By Jenny Rasmussen, Monday, October 15, 2012

Your new business is off to a great start, but to keep it going strong you’re going to need a website. With so many web-hosting sites available now, how do you know which one is right for you? Read the five tips listed below to help you find a host for the best deal, and to help you find a web hosting company that can help you get started if this is your first time making a website!

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Decide What You Want From Your Website

A personal website will have very different requirements than if you’re making a professional website. If you’re writing blogs, travel sites or websites intended for friends and family then you can possibly get away with a free web host. However, if your intention is to create a site that will help your business make money, then you’re going to have to spend a bit of cash for proper web hosting and a decent design or template. Paying a webhost a small monthly fee ensures that your website will be free of advertisements and you’ll have more freedom with its design.

Make Sure the Site Will Teach You What You Don’t Know

If website making isn’t your forte, then be sure you choose a host that will guide you through the process and teach you what you need to know. If you’re going to need assistant with creating your website, make sure the host offers site builders or “cPanel” which will help you set up your site in only a few clicks. Alternatively, hosts with tech support will also be able to assist you. Sites like TopFiveAwards.com take the burden out of sorting through the best web hosting companies and offer tips on how to find the best ones, so be sure to leverage their expertise.

Test Their Speed and Tech Support System

If you’re going to rely on tech support, be sure to test the host’s tech support system before signing on with them. Call in and have some questions prepared. This way you’ll be able to see how their response time is, and whether you’re satisfied with their answers to your questions. Just as testing the tech support system is important, so is testing the speed of the host’s sites. If the sites take a long time to load, then you’re going to want to look into choosing an alternative web host.

Leave Room for Growth

Don’t create your site thinking it will remain this way; good websites will change, update and grow as your business grows. Therefore, be sure you purchase a plan that will give you the freedom to make changes. That being said, lots of web-hosting sites will offer you plans with far too much RAM. Don’t be fooled by the advertisement of huge package deals. If a host offers you 25GB of disk space, know that most business websites use only 1% of that. Most business websites don’t need more than 50MB of RAM, and if you’re a small business you could even consider shared hosting as the cheaper option.

Don’t Fall Into Annual Billing Traps!

If your concern is finding a decent price but it’s your first time starting out online – don’t fall into the yearly trap. Choose a host that will allow you to pay month by month. This will give you more flexibility to change hosts if you are dissatisfied with your initial host, and will also ensure you aren’t paying for hosting that you don’t end up using nine months down the road.

Choosing to create a website for your new business is a great idea. It will support your business and provide the public with easy access to your business. However, be sure to follow these tips to choose a host that will not only provide you with the support you need to create a site, but is also a great deal.

How The Internet has Changed Retail Sales Forever

By jessoaks, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The convenience that is afforded to the modern consumer by the ability to do their retail shopping on the Internet is a luxury that, now, we often overlook as standard practice. It is easy to forget that within most of our lifetimes, making purchases on the Internet was not an option, not even a consideration. The changes that the Internet has brought to the way retail business is conducted are permanent and unchanging, drastically altering the nature of the retail sales market both for companies and consumers. While these innovations will certainly continue to evolve, the technological revolution in retail sales as it stands is already remarkable.ecommerce 300x195 How The Internet has Changed Retail Sales Forever

This Isn’t A Competition, But I Win

It goes without saying that the Internet as a retail market provides, by far, a greater range of goods and services with a more simple form of price comparison than standard shopping ever has. With this in mind, consumers frequently turn to the Internet to make sure that their purchases are priced fairly, or to find the lowest possible cost for what they need. Websites like Expedia, Priceline and Kayak all exist to help the consumer travel at the best possible rate. Amazon.com helps buyers compare prices on almost any sort of home good or item they could possibly want. With options like this open to the public, it is obvious that consumers have become more cost-savvy.

Start Small, Think Big

Mom-and-pop businesses are better able to compete successfully in the online retail market thanks to their efforts at personal, one-on-one customer service as well as their use of email marketing, search engine optimization and web behavior analysis. With these technologies in hand, small business are not only able make themselves more desirable to consumers, but also do most of their business on the Web.

You Look Familiar. Have We Met?

The use of the Internet as a retail platform has given marketers a great deal more information about the consumers to whom they are selling. Although the average consumer is not aware of this, t

 

heir moves are being examined carefully by the people who wish to sell to them. When a consumer reads about and researches a product, the temporary files on their computer determine the kinds of ads they see. The predictive analysis used by CRM software keeps track of what consumers buy and research, choosing what to advertise to that specific consumer based on their preferences. One recent example of how analytic technology deduces information about consumers that caught many by surprise is the story of a Minneapolis teen whose pregnancy was announced to her family by the determinative analysis of her Target purchases and the subsequent nature of their advertising to her.

No More Monkey In The Middle

Retail supply chains have been largely condensed by the Internet. A traditional supply chain in the past had a vendor shipping to a warehouse, a warehouse shipping to a retail store and a customer coming to that retail store to make a purchase. With the retail store and occasionally the warehouse completely removed from the equation, the corporate supply chain is much shorter and more efficient, with the merchandise being shipped at little as possible from its point of production until it reaches the consumer.

No Crowds, No Parking Lots, Just Coffee and Pajamas

The way that the Internet has influenced, sculpted and changed the entire nature of the retail market is something that has affected the way our generation behaves as consumers and will be a fully permeated cultural aspect of generations to come. A child born today will never know what it is like to not have the option of purchasing products on the Internet, a fact which is sure to continue to change and enhance Internet retail sales for many years to come.

Jessica Oakley is advocate for improving internet speeds and writes for SBI.org a rural satellite internet provider

Top 5 Ways to Increase Warehouse Worker Productivity

By Chris K,

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If you are the manager of a warehouse, then you probably work with a crew of diverse employees on whom you depend to make your company succeed. But managing a workforce can be an overwhelming and stressful job duty, and that is why from time to time you need the help of professional warehouse consulting. A warehouse consultant can visit your work site, assess the conditions and the work flow, watch interactions between managers and workers, and make recommendations to improve overall work experience for everyone involved. Management holds a great deal of power in a warehouse, and that is why it is important that managers do not abused that power.

If you are a manager of a warehouse, then you can increase warehouse worker productivity in these five healthy ways. Follow our guide of quick tips for managers to make your workers happy and to let them know you respect them for their hard work on behalf of the company. You will see big returns when you begin treating your employees with respect and rewarding them for achieving specific company goals.

Here are the top five ways to increase warehouse worker productivity:

TIP #1: Communicate Clearly

Every company has set regulations for how work is to be conducted. But you cannot expect your employees to comply with company rules if they do not know them. That’s why as the manager you need to communicate clearly with your work force. Everyone needs boundaries, and the rules that your warehouse puts forth are designed to keep the employees safe and to keep them on task. When your workers know what is expected of them, they will respect you and know what kinds of goals they need to work toward in order to become excellent employees and to avoid getting penalized. Simply communicate clearly and with a friendly demeanor to your employees. Rules go a long way when they are delivered with respect.

TIP #2: Treat Your Employees with Respect

Always treat your employees with respect. They are going to return the respect when they feel like you are treating them like the human being that they are. Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully, and just because managers hold leadership positions does not mean they get to do whatever they want. Rather, as a manager one of your greatest duties is to model what it looks like to honor and value the humanity of your workforce.

TIP #3: Provide Updated Tools

The bottom line is that if you want to run an efficient warehouse, then you need the right equipment. Make sure your tools and equipment for your specific warehouse aims are updated and safe. Make sure all of your employees are highly trained and know exactly what they are going when they use specific tools and equipment.

TIP #4: Reward Employees

If you want to motivate workers to achieve new levels of productivity, you need to provide incentives for achieving company goals. Every good manager rewards workers for hard work and going above and beyond the call of duty. Find ways to reward your workers, either through verbal affirmation or actual gifts part of an employee incentive program.

TIP #5: Keep it Cool

If you want workers in your warehouse to work quickly and efficiently, then you need a warehouse that has good air conditioning. This not only makes your warehouse a safe place to work, but it makes it easier for your workers to breathe and to work. Provide access to lots of cool water, in addition.

Top 5 Ways to Improve the Usability of Your Website

By WriterEvan, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

users Top 5 Ways to Improve the Usability of Your WebsiteWhenever someone decides to start up a website, it’s usually to create a platform to let people know about who they are, what they do and to update readers and/or consumers on the latest information. So, being that a website is to inform people in this manor, wouldn’t it make sense that it should be as user-friendly as possible? After all, who is going to return to a website that is complicated to read or hard to navigate through?

That is the purpose of this article: To provide you with some tips and tools on how to make your own website more usable so that people will not just come once and skim it, but bookmark it as a “cyberspace staple” in their internet world. Continue reading

How to Avoid the Most Common Web Hosting Issues

By WriterEvan,

Server1 How to Avoid the Most Common Web Hosting IssuesFor those of us who never took a single computer science class in college, web hosting issues are the epitome of frustration. Nothing makes less sense than the technobabble that scrolls across your screen when your server isn’t working properly.

For the uninitiated, a web hosting service provides server space to client sites and makes those sites available on the World Wide Web. Depending on the arrangement with the hosting service, clients either own or lease space on the server. If you run your own business and that business has a website, chances are very good that you use a web hosting service to make your site visible to the public. Unless you also happen to have a crack on-site IT team, chances are also very good that you’ve been confounded at least once by a server or web host malfunction. Continue reading

How to Add Water Features Inside Your Home

By WriterEvan, Friday, September 14, 2012

water How to Add Water Features Inside Your HomeWhen it comes to home d├ęcor, many of us flounder with finding a cohesive sense of style. Although we are naturally drawn to certain colors, patterns, textures, and design styles, it can be difficult to pull it all together to create a unified look. But even beyond the outward appearance of our interior spaces, most of us want to create a home that has a certain feeling. And while the aesthetic you’re going for may include words like timeless, classic, beautiful, and modern, the truth is that you want to walk in the door after a hard day of work and feel like you’ve come home. You want your house to embody more than a fashionable style; you also want it to be comfortable, welcoming, and serene. And you want to be able to relax and forget your cares when you’re at home. But it takes more than cushy couches and peaceful pastels to make it happen. You need to target your other senses as well if you want to achieve total relaxation. Adding a water feature can greatly enhance this ideal.

But how do you go about selecting the right water feature for your interior? In truth, there are a couple of guidelines you’ll probably want to adhere to. The first thing to consider is the size of the piece you want to incorporate into your home, and it should sync up with the space you have available. So if you live in an apartment the size of a shoebox, you might to opt for a small, tabletop unit instead of installing a floor-to-ceiling drip system. But if you happen to have a rather large house that features an open floor plan, an architectural water wall that acts as the focus of an entire room could be in the cards; it just depends on your available space and the scope of the project you’re willing to undertake.

Of course, price will no doubt play a role, as well. And while many homeowners can easily create their own setup with a simple pool and pump system (most components can be purchased at the average hardware store) and then get crafty with the concealing aspects of the piece (tiered bowls, a rustic slab of stone, etc.), most people would rather purchase a ready-made water feature and have a professional install it. As the size and scope of the water feature increase, so will the price, so keep that in mind when you start shopping.

Another thing to consider is the placement of your feature. If you want it on a ground floor you can probably get away with a significant volume of water in a central basin or pool. But those who want to add water features to upper floors should opt for indoor wall fountains on a smaller scale or units that are meant to go on tables. This will help to avoid problems that could be caused by leakage or the weight of the water feature itself. And finally, don’t forget that you’re going to have to listen to this thing burbling, gurgling, or dripping all the time. It behooves you, therefor, to consider the type of sound that you find appealing so you can select a setup that provides for a soothing atmosphere.

How to Select a Web Hosting Service for Your Blog

By WriterEvan, Thursday, September 13, 2012

Server How to Select a Web Hosting Service for Your BlogIf you are new to the world of blogging but want to get involved and launch your own, the first thing you’ll need to figure out is which web hosting service you should use. It’s a packed marketplace with thousands of options, and if you don’t have any experience with programming and have never launched a website before it can be more than a little bit daunting to choose. The simple route is to pick a service that also will provide you with a CMS, or Content Management System. Services such as Blogger.com and Vox.com work this way, where you basically sign up, pay the monthly fee and they handle all of the domain organization and other nuts and bolts of back end setup. If you go with WordPress, one of the most popular options with bloggers, you’ll have a lot of the CMS support, but will have to set up the hosting separately. So with all of the different options out there, how do you select the right web hosting services for your blog? Continue reading

Top 5 Blogging Tips for Beginners

By WriterEvan,

laptop latte Top 5 Blogging Tips for BeginnersIf you’re just entering the world of blogging, it’s all too easy to become overwhelmed. After all, there are so many things you can focus on, so many directions to take the blog, and such a massive amount of competition out there it can be incredibly daunting. How do you compete for eyeballs with the millions of other blogs out there? What can you possibly do that’s new, different or in any way unique? Try not to get discouraged right out of the gate. You probably decided to start a blog because there’s something you are passionate about that you want to discuss in an open forum. And it doesn’t really need to be any more complicated than that. But if you’re in it for the long haul and want to set your site up for success, just follow these top five blogging tips for beginners. Continue reading