Due.com Review: It Really Is An Easy Way to Keep Track of Your Invoices


As a full-time writer who is consistently taking on different freelance opportunities, at different times, and from different businesses, managing invoices has always been a challenge. Because not all companies use one system, such as PayPal, all of the invoices you send manually or through different platforms can get confusing. If you run your own business then chances are you’re even more overwhelmed, which is why Due.com is such an exciting new tool to review.

It fills the gap in invoicing that the online industry is missing without having to charge you an arm and a leg. Check out the review below, improvements I think need to be made, and the verdict that talks about who can benefit most from this particular tool.

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Top 8 Personal Finance Blogs You Should be Reading


personal-financeLet’s face it: Personal finance isn’t necessarily the buzziest or most popular industry on the web. While some industries have an easy time creating viral videos, cool infographics, and other creative pieces of content, personal finance has a subject matter that is a little bit less exciting. Still, even so-called “boring” industries have reasons to start a blog. For starters, a blog is a great way to improve your SEO by helping you get indexed more often, thus showing up on a search engine results page (SERP) more frequently.

Fortunately for us, some personal finance companies have managed to create a blog with interesting and engaging content. If you’ve been searching for a blog to learn more about personal finance but can’t find anything quality, check out some of these options below.

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What’s Going to Change in SEO in 2014?


seo in 2014When it comes to the evolving SEO industry, we’ve all talked about what we wish will change, what changed in 2013 that will spill over into 2014, and what will become more important, but there is one big question that still needs to be asked: What are your predictions for the changes we’ll see in 2014?

Top SEO Changes We Will Likely See in 2014

Because Google is expected to make quite a few changes this upcoming year, it’s a good idea to make some realistic predictions so that you’re prepared. Below are some of the changes we will likely see in 2014:

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The Google Hummingbird Update and What It Means to Bloggers


hummingbirdThe Hummingbird update is a new Google algorithm update that was announced September 26 and, surprise surprise, it has marketers talking. Whenever Google makes a change it’s important for small businesses to understand what it means and how it will affect rankings. Panda and Penguin algorithm updates are the most popular and the most frequent, but this Hummingbird update seems to be the first of its kind. There is no Moz weather report to tell us when its coming and there are not countless articles telling us how to recover. For all intensive purposes, this is a scramble. [Read more…]

Google Bringing Street View to Mobile Browsers

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Although Apple might be scrambling to get some sort of mapping device on a mobile phone together, Google Maps arent faltering. One of the things that mobile users love most, especially the directionally challenged as my mom would say, is the ability to use Google maps. You never have to worry about printing out directions before you leave your house because you have your phone, and now things are about to get even better.

As of October 9 of this year, Google will bring street view to mobile browsers. Its not the most exciting news in the world, but its something that will make a difference in the long run for the mobile user as well as Google itself.

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How the Restaurant Industry Can Take Advantage of Blogging (And Why Its Not Yet Happening)


It is no secret that creating a website for your restaurant is crucial. More and more consumers are turning to the Internet to find information on a place to eat, and so most restaurant websites include pictures of the restaurant and the food, hours and location, contact information including links to social networking accounts, and of course the menu. However, there is one aspect of a company website that the restaurant industry seems to be missing: a blog.

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6 Million Requests Sent to Google to Remove Search Results


Stealing copyrighted content has been an ongoing issue since the beginning of Internet time. However unlike most Internet issues, this is one battle that seems to get grow further and further away from a solution. Despite Googles many attempts to make sure that content is not duplicated across the web, this August, 2012 turned up nearly 6 million URL search removal requests from Internet users.

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What Internet Marketers Can Learn from the 2012 Summer Olympics

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If the gymnastics and swimming werent enough to get you in the spirit of the Olympics, at least take a look at some of the many lessons the Olympics have brought to Internet marketers. Because the Olympics are so widely known, perhaps the most widely known brand of our time, they dont have to do as much marketing as your traditional company. However, the Olympics have sparked other companies to incorporate the games into their marketing strategies. In addition, the games themselves offer up some important teachings for those in the marketing industry. Consider a few of the lessons you can take away:

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Facebook Rolls Out New Enhanced Targeting Options


Targeting and social media go hand in hand because people are so willing to offer up personal information on social networking sites—Facebook being one of the most tempting. After all, your friends may want to know what your major is in school or where you’re currently working, and we can’t forget about the all important relationship status and birthday. This information doesn’t seem quite as necessary to share with your Twitter followers or your LinkedIn connections, but Facebook makes it easy to share this information. This information has been huge when it comes to advertisements, but what about targeting organic updates and posts?

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Choosing a Web Hosting Company: Five Things You Shouldn’t Let Pass You By

You know first-hand that managing a business is not easy. Fortunately there are ways to help while still keeping your business up and running—one of the biggest being web hosting. The way web hosting works is this: A web host stores all the pages of your company website onto one machine so that you have the space to store all of the videos and pictures you have displayed on your website. In other words, virtual hosting allows companies to put all of their data on a server that isn’t in the office building. According to Gary Eisenstein, author of In-House vs. Outsourcing Web Hosting, those who choose web hosting services can expect a 25 to 85 percent cost savings over in-house solutions. The chart below explains why web hosting is more attractive than an in-house server to business owners:


Web Hosting


In-House Hosting


  • Web hosts often have backup servers and service representatives in case something goes wrong

  • Only one single connection. If this connection goes down, your office email goes with it



  • You will not need an IT specialist in your office to work with the server. Web hosting takes care of this for you, adding extra security



  • IT staff will likely have access to everyone’s email, so you have to be able to trust them



  • Most sites automatically upgrade for you with no work on the part of the owner or manager



  • Needs constant upgrading


  • Services usually only cost about $4.00 to $12.00 per month

  • Equipment alone for a small to medium-sized business is about $10,000, not to mention hiring an IT specialist


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