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December 12, 2013

How to Choose A Graphic Designer

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Congratulations! You need a graphic designer — usually a sign that you’ve reached the point where what you’re doing now has an audience. Whether it’s a new website, a company brochure or a simple logo, you’re in the market for a graphic designer. But choosing a graphic designer can be a difficult, confusing or a nearly impossible process wherein you look at a portfolio of prior work and promise to pay for something that you’ve never seen, all with the hope that the designer captures your untold vision in perfect form. read more

December 9, 2013

Ecommerce web design – understanding what it takes

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There are different elements involved in the creation and development of anything that you wish to present to a target audience and ecommerce web design is no exception. Understanding them holistically as well as in some detail will help you provide inputs to your web designer. Should you want to do it yourself, this knowledge will be pretty handy to have.

Let us look at some of the main elements. read more

Should journalists help catch sources who commit crimes? Pierre Omidyar, Paul Carr, and Sarah Lacy debate

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Should journalists help catch sources who commit crimes? Pierre Omidyar, Paul Carr, and Sarah Lacy debate (via Pando Daily)

By David Holmes On December 8, 2013Last night, Paul Carr pointed to a tweet by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of a new investigative journalism outlet that employs Glenn Greenwald, that read, “Anybody who publishes stolen info should help catch the thief…


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December 6, 2013

How Listening to Music Can Make You a Better Blogger

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How listening to music can make you a better blogger

It’s a pretty common fact that many writers and bloggers listen to music while they are imposing their latest and greatest novels, short story, or blog post (it also helps conquer writer’s block). A 1993 study in literary journal nature stated that when the participants listened to a Mozart sonata, they scored higher on standardized tests of reasoning ability then participants to sat in silence. This allowed experts to reason that listening to music while completing a task that takes up abstract for spatial reasoning can positively influence work production. read more

December 4, 2013

Top Earning Blog Niches You Should Consider Mastering

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Anyone can start a blog. Practically anyone can earn money hiring himself out as a blogger/blog content writer. Earning good money by blogging – whether for yourself or as a blogger for someone else – is a totally different story, though. Blogs – and bloggers – are a dime a dozen, but it takes skill, talent, and a mastery of the topic to stand out.

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If you are a pro making a living out of writing, and you want your earnings to go up a notch, I suggest taking a look at these blog niches which will help you increase your worth. Of course, it goes without saying that you actually have to learn and exert effort before you can claim mastery and establish your authority in any niche. You can’t just spend a whole day on Wikipedia, and then go around proclaiming yourself as a guru!

If you are serious about making more money without being a hack, here are top earning blog niches that you might want to dive into. read more

December 2, 2013

Forget Snapchat and WhatsApp for a second – Kik is the dark horse of the Internet

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Forget Snapchat and WhatsApp for a second – Kik is the dark horse of the Internet (via Pando Daily)

By Hamish McKenzie On November 29, 2013Facebook and Google were both said to be trying to buy WhatsApp. Japan’s Line is mulling an IPO. China’s WeChat is becoming a threat to the country’s equivailent of PayPal. Snapchat turned down a $3 billion…


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December 1, 2013

The Most Effective Ways to Protect Your Business from Major Threats

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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

6 Audience Participation Tips For Your Next Broadcast

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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

5 Ways to Break Out of Stuffy Blog Writing

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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 18, 2013

Google Asks For Help Curbing Secret Surveillance

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Google Asks For Help Curbing Secret Surveillance (via slashdot)

Despite reports that National Security Agency (NSA) analysts complained that tapping datacenter feeds belonging to Google and Yahoo left them overwhelmed with data, the number of demands Google receives for information on end-users continues to rise…


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