December 1, 2013
Research published in Forbes found that only half of the new businesses that are started each year survive their first five years. Since getting a business off the ground and making it a success takes a lot of hard work, the last thing any business owner wants is for a threat to derail their success. However, the competitive nature of business means there are quite a few threats that can do just that. While there’s no way to completely eliminate those threats, the good news is there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your business from them. read more
November 21, 2013
After reading the recent article on making the most of our blogs, I started thinking about radio. It has the possibility of allowing even more people to interact with your blog and cultivate respect for it. Radio has been around for a long time but for 100 years it had a big problem. The communication was only one way. People listened in their homes and cars but there was always a separation between the speaker and the audience. People couldn’t connect with the speaker on a personal level and so they weren’t as engaged in the content. Internet broadcasting has solved that problem with services such as: read more
November 20, 2013
We’ve been programmed to follow traditional academic writing standards through most of our childhood and adult lives. There’s a time and place for an academic voice and the classic format: a thesis, a body with supporting information, and a conclusion.
Snore. Is this the best format for web reading? Definitely not! The Nielson Norman Group conducted research on how people read articles online, and it’s very different from how most of us read text on paper.
People tend to scan through web content, seeking out the most relevant information. If you’re going to be successful with online writing, you need to learn how to break out of the traditional. Here are five tips for how to do it. read more
November 15, 2013
Bloggers are the new poets, or so Paul Krugman claims in “Poetry and Blogging,” in which he compares bloggers’ propensity to use their blogs to build their reputation in order to acquire paid work like poets did with their poetry back in the Tudor court. I think Krugman is right, but not for the reason he proposes. He’s right in that poetry has always existed outside of capitalist structures that equate money with value, but he fails to acknowledge that it still lives there and that its population is starving. Poets rarely find a way to turn their poetic reputation into employment. Adjunct gigs are hardly what they used to be. More and more, I meet writers with advanced degrees in poetry pursuing jobs in SEO, and our poet skills serve us well. Perhaps poets are becoming the new bloggers, and the SEO industry could learn a few things from the practice of poetry. read more
November 14, 2013
Founded in 2009, Kickstarter is one of the world’s largest crowdfunding sites, with over 51,000 projects successfully funded, and nearly $900 million raised. It, like many other similar sites, has helped thousands of people make ideas or concepts a reality. Our sister site, ForeverGeek, covers exactly what you’d expect: geeky news from Doctor Who to cool gaming setups.
Last week, ForeverGeek launched its Kickstarter store, and here’s the basic idea:
While you may like to get in early and fund projects yourself, there is something to be said about being able to make purchases and receive the goods without waiting for the Kickstarter campaign to end, production to finish, and shipping to commence. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to look at Kickstarter to find cool projects that have been successfully funded and ready to ship their products. read more
October 29, 2013
Bloggers and gadgets go together. While you may not inherently be fixated on gadgets, at its most basic level, blogging requires you to make use of – at the very least – a computer. Of course, as things go, a blogger usually finds the need to have a mini arsenal – a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone.
While there are many affordable options, having several devices at your disposal can easily make a dent on your finances. It is thus a huge bonus any time a blogger can find ways to save on gadgets. Here are some ways you can ensure that you don’t have to spend more than you have to – whether on a new purchase or repairs. read more
October 18, 2013
Tough laptops are really just built for one reason – to withstand rougher environments that are not meant for most consumer electronics. This means they are built to take extremes of heat, cold, wind, shock and even that great killer of most electronic devices, water.
Now if you’re looking for a laptop that will go anywhere you want to go and take the thrills and spills of travel into exotic locations, or withstand the environment of a working jobsite, here are four top laptops that are built to take whatever the world will dish out.
October 10, 2013
Because blogging has become more mainstream, it’s not enough anymore for businesses to simply have a blog, publish some posts, and call it a day. Blogging has become its own unique cog in the overall branding and marketing machine, forcing companies and blog owners to additionally market their blog if they want to make it successful.
Marketing your blog and promoting the great content that you are focused on writing can help not only generate more blog traffic, but also get more referrals clicks to other pages of your website, especially if you are regularly linking to them within your blog posts (where appropriate). read more