10 Key Elements Your Website Needs for Google to Class You as High Quality

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Do you want to improve your reputation in the eyes of Google? Do you want to rank above your competitors in the search engine rankings?

Google ranks quality above all else so ensuring your website content is high quality is imperative for online success. But what exactly does high quality mean and how can you ensure the content on your site falls within that category?

Take a look at this infographic from QuickSprout which gives you 10 essential elements for high quality content.

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Study Highlights Potential Tax Burden Of Net Neutrality

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The Progressive Policy Institute released a study today claiming that President Obama’s net neutrality plan would result in billions of dollars in taxes levied onto the consumer from both Federal and local governments.

The study rests on the idea that if broadband were reclassified as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, the service “become[s] subject to both federal and state fees that apply to those services.” You can leaf through how the numbers are summed here, but the gist is that various fees and taxes would come into play if Title II were implemented, costing the consumer each month.

The total, yearly cost to consumers could reach $15 billion according to the institute.

Is the critique fair? As TechCrunch has noted in the past, the president’s proposal was light on policy details, so it is not clear if the White House has plans on how to deal with…

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SEO Basics: 4 Link Building Techniques Google Hates and What to Do Instead

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

If you’re just starting out with SEO you might be tempted by the many offers that guarantee first page rankings for less than £100.

The companies offering services like this will either get your site ranked for keywords that nobody searches for, or more likely be using questionable link building techniques that will land you with a Google penalty and removal from their index altogether.

To avoid getting sucked in by these offers take a look at this infographic which highlights the kind of link building techniques that Google hates and how you should be doing it instead.

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How to Protect Your Website Against a Negative SEO Attack from a Competitor

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

If you haven’t heard of negative SEO before it’s basically the opposite of SEO – so using techniques that lower a websites ranking on Google.

Unfortunately some businesses don’t know how to get ahead of their competitors the legitimate way, so they just try to blast them out of the rankings altogether by making it look like they are using spammy SEO techniques in the eyes of Google.

To protect your website from an unscrupulous competitor take a look at the tips in this infographic from Tech Magnate.

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6 Ways to Get on the Radar of Influential People in Your Industry

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

One of the best ways to get ahead in business is to get a good old foot up from somebody more influential than you. Whether it’s a share of a blog post or a shameless plug of your services the results can be massive and long lasting.

But how to you get someone more influential to do that for you? You could just be blunt and ask but you’ll probably achieve better results if you attempt to build a relationship with them first. For tips on how to get influential people in your industry to notice you take a look at this infographic from Twelveskip.

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24 Stats Showing How Your Website Design Affects Your Conversions and Profits

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Your website is your first (and sometimes your last) chance to create a good impression on your visitors and convert them into paying customers. With 94% of first impressions being design related it’s imperative your site has visual appeal.

The guys over at Superfast Business have created the infographic below with the stats to prove it. They show just how important the elements that make up your design are to the success of your website.

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16 Shocking Stats Showing Why You MUST Update Your Website Design Today

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

A recent survey has shown that 80% of consumers choose a product, service or company over a competitor because it had a better website. If your website is lagging behind your competitors, how much business does that mean you’re losing?

For that and more stats that highlight the importance of a modern, up to date website design take a look at this infographic from Visible Logic.

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10 Reasons You Must Blog Even if Nobody Reads Your Posts

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

So you setup a blog, wrote a few posts, hardly anybody read them or shared them, so you gave up? Whilst readers are hugely important to the success of any blog they aren’t the be all and end all.

Mark Shaefer has put together his 10 reasons why you should blog even if nobody reads your posts in the infographic below.

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13 Twitter Stats You Need to Know to Maximise the Effect of Your Tweets

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Did you know that tweets with one or two hashtags in generate a 21% increase in engagement than those with none? Or that tweets with more than two hashtags see a 17% drop?

Those stats are just a couple that the guys at Fusework Studios have put together in this handy infographic, which stats will make you change your strategy?

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20 Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Small Business Website

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

How successful is your business website? Are you generating lots of web traffic? Are you receiving enough sales and enquiries or are visitors taking one look at your site and leaving for one of your competitors instead?

The truth is no website is perfect and has a 100% conversion ratio so we can all find ways to improve something. The infographic below from WeddingWire offers 20 do’s and don’ts for you to start with.

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8 Step Action Plan to Help Your Business Make the Most of Twitter

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Is your business making the most out of Twitter? Are you looking for ways to fine tune your strategy and start building followers, engagement and referral traffic?

Take a look at this infographic from Sprout Social which includes an 8 step action plan designed to help your business get the most out of Twitter.

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Employment Nightmare for Legal Americans!! Affirmative Action is Discrimination


Of course, they would never admit it, for fear of being sued. But…don’t kid yourself…there is “age discrimination” and there is “race discrimination”…but not how you think. With affirmative action…all races EXCEPT for whites receive preferential treatment. Blacks, Spanish, and all other races are hired first.

Illegals and Foreigners are hired because the companies want a tax write off for hiring them. Affirmative Action should be ILLEGAL! It rewards the companies for NOT hiring Legal Americans.

Affirmative Action makes you hire people for their Color instead of their Character…and that is just IGNORANT…that is how our government ended up with such ignorant employees…that cannot be fired…even if they are lousy at their jobs!

And…that is exactly how we got the Disgraceful, Illegal, Marxist, Muslim Usurper that we have in our W.H.!! It ENRAGES me to hear that the University of Texas will continue to be allowed to use Affirmative Action!! So, the less qualified people with lower grades will be admitted JUST because of their “race”…and that is WRONG!

Arguments against Affirmative Action

The arguments against affirmative action begin with the idea that this practice is reverse discrimination – that it violates equal protection under the law, and that discriminating against the majority is just as bad as discriminating against the minority. Those against it argue that colleges are violating the principle of merit by engaging in affirmative action. Students aren’t always accepted on the basis of who is best qualified for the spot or position. They wonder if it s fair to accept students who are not up to the regular standards of the institution.

They argue that affirmative action benefits students who have not suffered from discrimination, burdening those who have not partaken in discrimination themselves. An institution also does not adjust the size and kind of compensation towards those who have suffered discrimination based on each individual. Many attacks against affirmative action are by unhappy students who had the grades and qualities of a student who should have been accepted but was blocked out by a minority member with lower grades.

Affirmative Action = Unequal protection

In a 2007 opinion Justice Roberts wrote: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

Thomas Sowell, an economist, points out that black education levels began rising, and poverty levels falling, as blacks started to move out of the South in the 1940s and 1950s. And even if Mr Bowen and Mr Bok are correct, and affirmative action did greatly benefit blacks in the first couple of generations after segregation, it does not follow that it should remain in place today, when most blacks at university are from middle- or upper-class families and many are recent immigrants never touched by pre-1960s discrimination. 

During oral arguments Sonia Sotomayor, a justice who has acknowledged that she benefited from affirmative action in her early career, said that the UT-Austin’s programme “sounds awfully like a quota to me”.

Such diversity programmes tend to benefit black and Hispanic applicants; unfortunately, they tend to penalize both whites and Asians.

source: The Economist, August 27, 2013

I think that the companies should be PENALIZED for hiring Illegals and Foreigners instead of Legal Americans who are out of work because of the Terrorist Usurper in our W.H. and all of his “job killing” policies and regulations. It serves to make me hate him even more!

You are really screwed if you are female, over fifty, and white! No one will convince me that it does not make a difference.  It does! It should not sway the decision to admit someone in college or in the hiring process. 

7 Brainstorming Techniques for When You Can’t Think of Anything to Blog About

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

If you run a blog one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is what to write about. For your blog to be successful you need to constant create content that your readers and followers will want to consume and share.

If you’re ever stuck and need to find some inspiration take a look at this infographic from Best Essay Help which gives you 7 brainstorming techniques guaranteed to get those creative juices flowing.

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15 Types of People Who Claim SEO is Dead and Why They Are Deluded

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Have you or anyone you know claimed SEO is dead? You’re all deluded!

That’s the message in this infographic from SEO Book which shows you the 15 types of people that are likely to claim SEO is dead, along with the reasons why the claim so.

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US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

Sally Tudor:

Just one more example of the actions of an out of control, corrupt, communist, demon-rat government!! 

Originally posted on Naked Security:

Mobile backdoor. Image courtesy of ShutterstockUS Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday urged tech companies not to lock police out of popular consumer gadgets, lest law enforcement’s efforts to nab kidnappers or child predators be stymied.

Holder spoke at a conference on child sexual abuse in Washington.

From his prepared remarks:

It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy.

When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children.

“It is worrisome,” he said, “to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.”

He didn’t mention Apple or Google by name, but that’s certainly the context, given that both companies in September announced new mobile phone encryption policies that sparked a number of protests from government officials.

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17 Key Tactics to Get Your Content Seen by the Right People

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

The key to the success of any content marketing strategy is getting your content in front of the right people. The ideal readers are those who will ultimately benefit from it (if it’s informational), those that will share it amongst their own social community or those who will link back to it from their own site.

If you want to increase your reach, backlinks and social shares take a look at this infographic from Crackerjack Scribe which gives you 17 key tactics to get your content seen by the right people.

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Family Computer Crimes

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  • September 7, 2012, 4:29 p.m. ET

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Is your teenager or grandchild putting your financial security at risk online?


While it can be handy to have a tech-savvy younger person in the house, it also can make your financial and personal information less secure. The best and latest antivirus software won’t help much if someone is downloading virus-laden computer games and fake iPad apps for “Fruit Ninja.”

Kids often know the technology better, but they aren’t necessarily more careful when they use it, experts say.

Privacy concerns also can be an issue. A 14-year-old might think nothing of posting on Facebook that his whole family is in Yosemite (hello, local burglars), or that his unemployed uncle was arrested for drunken driving (hello, potential employers). He also might be less concerned about identity theft or whether a crime syndicate…

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When Exposing A Crime Is Treated As Committing A Crime, You Are Ruled By CRIMINALS!

Whistleblowers are Heroes too

Amen to that! The Crooks are in charge of our Congress and W.H.!! The Whistleblowers should be rewarded for being brave enough to come forward with the truth about the corruption that exists. Most people are too afraid to come forward because they know what is at risk, and what the corrupt are capable of doing to them to shut them up. 

Yahoo Prevails in Secretive Surveillance Court Battle

Originally posted on pundit from another planet:


The public is getting a broader glimpse at the still-secretive world of government data collection

Yahoo said Thursday it won release of 1,500 pages of documents filed in a secretive surveillance court. It said the documents stem from an unsuccessful lawsuit it brought in 2008 challenging the government’s right to demand user information.Yahoo Headquarters

“At one point, the U.S. Government threatened the imposition of $250,000 in fines per day if we refused to comply.”

– Ron Bell, Yahoo’s lawyer

The company won a victory last year when portions of previously-closed documents were ordered public. As it noted Thursday, disclosures from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are “extremely rare.”

The documents are a public relations victory for Yahoo: They show it resisting orders to comply with the surveillance programs.

“Yahoo has not complied with the directives because of concerns that the directives require Yahoo to assist in conducting warrantless surveillance that is likely…

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If The Economy Is Recovering, Why Is The Labor Force Participation Rate At A 36 Year Low?

Originally posted on wchildblog:

Source: The Economic Collapse Blog, by Michael Snyder

Should we be concerned that the percentage of Americans that are either working or looking for work is the lowest that it has been in 36 years?  In August, an all-time record high 92,269,000 Americans 16 years of age and older did not “participate in the labor force”.  And when you throw in the people that are considered to be “in the labor force” but are not currently employed, that pushes the total of working age Americans that do not have jobs to well over 100 million.  Yes, it may be hard to believe, but there are more than 100 million working age Americans that are not employed right now.  Needless to say, this is not a sign of a healthy economy, and it is a huge reason why dependence on the government has soared to absolutely unprecedented levels.  When…

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99 Things to Tweet About Besides Yourself

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Are you tired of tweeting the same old sales stuff over and over again? Are you worried that you’re boring your followers and making them hit that unfollow button?

If so take a look at this infographic we’ve put together which gives you 99 things you can tweet about besides yourself.

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5 Killer Strategies to Help You Dominate Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Are you using Twitter, Facebook or YouTube to market your business? Want to use them to greater effect and dominate your niche?

Take a look at this infographic from Awareness Hub which gives you 5 strategies you should be using including increasing your reach and engagement along with how to generate leads and measure your performance.

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40 SEO Tools Guaranteed to Make Your Website Famous

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

SEO can be a very long and complex process. From ensuring your webpages are fully optimised for keywords to figuring out how your competitors rank above you, there is a plethora of information available and making sense of it is a challenge for even the most experienced in the industry.

To make your website the best it can be you will need the help of a number of tools, 40 of which are detailed in the infographic below from Annexcore.

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Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A search warrant commanding Microsoft to turn over certain customer email data that is currently stored overseas was unfrozen late this week. The company declined to comply.

In a statement, Microsoft said that it “will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal.” This protest act by Microsoft, arguing that domestic warrants should not be able to command access to data stored abroad, has picked up support from other technology companies.

Profits are at risk. Modern technology companies vend cloud-based services to a global user base — if any one country can use domestic warrants to command access to the data of all companies that are headquartered within its borders, regardless of where the information in question is physically stored, no company can protect the data of users who hail from other countries from its own government. That would harm the company’s ability to sell services to those…

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Making Redirects Permanent

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

On WordPress.com, you start with a standard WordPress.com domain name for your blog which looks something like this – example.wordpress.com. You then have the option of upgrading to a custom mapped domain such as example.com.

The good news is by setting example.com as your primary domain, all your visitors who try to access your old example.wordpress.com links automatically get redirected to the new domain.

But what about search engines and other services that access the old example.wordpress.com links ? Up until now, WordPress.com would send those services a 302 redirect which would tell them that a link had a new temporary home, and to go index that new link, but to not forget about the original one.

Today we have changed 302 redirects to 301 redirects. A 301 redirect tells search engines the new link has moved permanently, and they can discard the old links.

Why does…

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12 Hot Tips to Create a Formidable Content Marketing Strategy

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

What is the goal of your content marketing strategy? Do you simply want to generate links to improve your SEO or are you trying to establish yourself as an authority within your field?

No matter what type of content you’re sharing follow these awesome tips from Online Kickstart to ensure your content strategy generates the results you’re looking for.

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25 Powerful Tips Guaranteed to Increase the Conversion Rate of Your Website

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

What type of website do you have? Do you sell products directly from your site or are you simply trying to generate leads and sign-ups?

Whatever type of site you have you’ll find this infographic from QuickSprout extremely helpful. It shares some top tips on how to improve conversions on eCommerce, lead generation and user sign-up sites.

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Female Entrepreneurs Want To Inspire Young Girls With Miss Possible

Sally Tudor:

I think it is an excellent idea! Growing up in the sixties, girls had very few choices for careers. We were expected to be mothers, teachers, or nurses. We were never encouraged to be interested in or to apply ourselves to math or science.  We were told that girls were not good in math and science.  And…we positively were never encouraged to be doctors or lawyers or entrepreneurs. Today, little girls need to know that they can be whatever they want to be. 

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Looking around their engineering classes at the University of Illinois, Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves noticed something was missing — other girls.

And so like good engineers, they set out to solve that problem. The recent graduate and college senior invented Miss Possible, a doll and accompanying app aiming to spark an interest in math and science among young girls.

The Miss Possible dolls are based on real women who have been trailblazers in the fields of math and science. The first Miss Possible will be Marie Curie, the famed chemist and physicist who remains the only person to win the Nobel Prize in multiple science fields. In the app that will accompany the Miss Possible doll, girls can learn about the famous woman’s story, do hands-on activities with materials found around the house or play in-app games.

Miss Possible: Dolls to Inspire Girls Across Generations from Supriya Hobbs

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eCommerce SEO: 5 Essential Steps to Increase Website Visitors and Sales

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Do you own an eCommerce website? Does it make money or are you struggling with low traffic and product sales?

If you need help building a targeted website audience take a look at this infographic from Volusion which gives you a 5 step SEO process you should follow.

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What to Share on Social Media When You Haven’t Got a Clue

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

One of the most common things we hear when we talk to our web design clients about using social media is that they don’t know what they should be posting. Some just steer clear of setting up their accounts completely, others set them up and let them lie dormant.

If that sounds familiar and you need some guidance on what you should be sharing take a look at this infographic from Go-Gulf.

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10 Reasons Why Infographics Must be Part of Your Internet Marketing Strategy

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while you’ll know we love an infographic or two here. For us it provides a quick way to constantly create content our readers and followers will find helpful.

There are plenty of other reasons why you should be using them, 10 of which are highlighted in this infographic from Digital Marketing Phillipines.

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8 Awesome Types of Tweets That Guarantee More Engagement With Your Followers

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Are you using Twitter as a platform to market your business? Are you looking to generate more engagement with your followers?

Take a look at this infographic from The Media Octopus which gives you 8 types of tweets which will encourage lots of interaction and turn you into a Twitter Rockstar.

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5 Things You Must Do Before Publishing Your Blog Posts

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

So you’ve written a masterpiece and you cant wait for the world to see it? This one is definitely going viral right?

We read lots of blogs where the content is great but the authors have been so keen to get their post live that they’ve forgotten some really important stuff. Managing a successful blog is more than just creating awesome content.

The infographic below from Sushi Digital gives you 5 things you should be doing before you publish your blog posts.

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FBI, CIA Use Backdoor Searches To Warrentlessly Spy On Americans’ Communications

Originally posted on wchildblog:

from the but-of-course dept

The other shoe just dropped when it comes to how the federal government illegally spies on Americans. Last summer, the details of the NSA’s “backdoor searches” were revealed. This involved big collections of content and metadata (so, no, not “just metadata” as meaningless as that phrase is) that were collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). This is part of the program that the infamous PRISM effort operates under, and which allows the NSA to collect all sorts of content, including communications to, from or about a “target” — where a “target” can be incredibly loosely defined (i.e., it can include groups or machines or just about anything). The “backdoor searches” were a special loophole added in 2011 allowing the NSA to make use of “US person names and identifiers as query terms.” In…

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Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud. And More Fraud Is in the Works

Sally's Special Services:

Don’t believe the spin that you are unemployed because you are shiftless and prefer government handouts to work. The government does not want you to know that you are unemployed because the corporations off-shored American jobs to foreigners and because economic policy only serves the over-sized banks and the one percent.

Just as the jobs and inflation numbers are rigged and the financial markets are rigged, the corrupt Obama regime is now planning to rig US manufacturing and trade statistics in order to bury all evidence of off-shoring’s adverse impact on our economy.

The federal governments Economic Classification Policy Committee has come up with a proposal to redefine fact as fantasy in order to hide off-shoring’s contribution to the US trade deficit, artificially inflate the number of US manufacturing jobs, and redefine foreign-made manufactured products as US manufactured products.  For example, Apple iPhones made in China and sold in Europe would be reported as a US export of manufactured goods. Read Ben Beachy’s important report on this blatant statistical fraud in CounterPunch’s July 4th weekend edition:http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/04/we-didnt-offshore-manufacturing/

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Washington can’t stop lying.  Don’t be convinced by last Thursday’s job report that it is your fault if you don’t have a job. Those 288,000 jobs and 6.1% unemployment rate are more fiction than reality. 
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Most online accounts investigated by NSA belong to ordinary Internet users, report claims

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Conversations intercepted by the National Security Agency are far more likely to have taken place between ordinary Internet users than legally targeted terror suspects, according to a published report.

The Washington Post reported late Saturday that while some intercepted messages were a source of valuable intelligence, many more missives contained nothing more than intensely personal details of people’s lives, including more than 5,000 private photos. In most cases, the information was retained despite being marked as useless by NSA analysts.

Approximately 160,000 intercepted e-mail and instant message conversations and 7,900 related documents taken from more than 11,000 online accounts were provided to the Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The material was captured between 2009 and 2012, almost the entirety of President Barack Obama’s first term.

Read More: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/06/most-online-accounts-investigated-by-nsa-belong-to-ordinary-internet-users/

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LEAKED: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Links The NSA

Originally posted on Sally's Special Services:


“A Special Surveillance Chip”

According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese.

The backdoor is called “Trusted Computing,” developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group, founded a decade ago by the all-American tech companies AMD, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Wave Systems. Its core element is a chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and an operating system designed for it, such as Windows 8. Trusted Computing Group has developed the specifications…

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Your 11 Body Parts Trackers Can Scan

Originally posted on Plato on-line:

2706701983_dc3d66fb8a_b-worldtruthWith these hi-tech gizmos, we can say goodbye to our ID and privacy. Even ear scans will soon probably be more accurate than fingerprinting

‘Even after all that investment, scanners still aren’t particularly good at finding a particular face in the crowd, for example; variable lighting conditions and angles (not to mention hats) continue to confound the systems.

‘Eventually, the biometrics market — and the government enthusiasm for it — cooled off. The technological development has not. Corporate and academic labs are continuing to find new ways to ID people with more accuracy, and from further away. Here are 11 projects…’

Oldest Murder in US Probably Solved
It was pronounced murder because one of the duelers was cheated

‘William Kelso, Director of Archaeological Research and Interpretation for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, says new research points to a duel that took place in 1624 between George Harrison and Richard Stephens.

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Using Social Media Tracking Tools to Find Reviews on Products & Services

Originally posted on With Love, Veronique♥:

Research Before You Buy

If you’re anything like me, you like to do research on what you’re buying before whipping out your credit card.  Maybe I’m alone in this, or maybe this is the result of perfectionist tendencies combining with a shopaholic nature, but with the amount of information on the internet nowadays it seems almost silly not to.

Product reviews are generally quite easy to find (the average star rating and number of ratings on Amazon is usually a good place to start), but the same thing is sometimes difficult to say for reviews about services.  Yelp has recently been under a lot of fire regarding review filtering and supposedly using review manipulation to convince companies to purchase account upgrades.  Google Places, on the other hand, is conveniently integrated with Google’s search and map services, but the recent 2010 launch means that its database of reviews is…

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BandPage Connect Lets Musicians Keep Their Online Profiles In Sync, Starting With WordPress And 12 More

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It sucks being in a band. No, no, playing music and the groupies seem great, but updating all your web presences one by one with your new songs or videos must be a drag. BandPage Connect wants to make it as easy as Guitar Hero. The musician profile platform now lets you update your BandPage, and any site or app tapped into the Connect API auto-syncs, including WordPress and a dozen other launch partners.

Like a heavy metal band that lost its drummer in a fiery bus crash, it’s been a tough time for CEO J Sider’s startup. BandPage was killing it on Facebook for years, serving as the defacto music profile app because Facebook didn’t build one. 500,000 bands were using it stream their music, show off photos, and list tour dates on Facebook. It had 32 million monthly active users, putting it up there with Zynga as…

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Why Don’t You Love Me? (Arthur Van Slyke, Jr.)

I love this song! This is one of the websites that my client and buddy and I have been working on. I am so proud of him for all he has accomplished. This is one of the songs that he has written and sang. I am so proud of you buddy.

Cosmic Serenity Performs at The Scout Bar (1 of 2) – 5:9:2013

Published on Jun 11, 2013

Here’s a new original act for you to check out. They’re called Cosmic Serenity and we spotted them this evening at The Scout Bar in Clear Lake. The band is based out of Seabrook, Texas and fronted by guitarist/vocalist Trill Labo and harpist/vocalist Lucky Mojo.

The guys met up a jam that Trill was holding and have been performing ever since. The group has a lot of good songs with great melodies and thought provoking lyrics. Check out one of their songs right now on HMNTV. (5/9/2013)For more information on what’s happening musically in Houston and the surrounding towns, check out Music News magazine online at:http://www.houstonmusicnews.net

Cosmic Serenity – Radioactive (Cover) Scout Bar June 2013

I am so proud! My baby boy is the guy on the left playing the harmonica. He always loved music. I recorded him and his buddy, Bruce when they were ten playing in their own band. They were so cute! Maybe one day I will post it.

I took him to Gruene Hall for his 19th. birthday and we saw the Fabulous Thunderbirds. It was so much fun. He and I always loved music. It was great seeing them in person. I am so happy that he is doing something that he loves to do. Your mother is proud of all that you have accomplished. 

Digital Projects for Summer Web Workers

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Posted on 06.14.2013

Summer has arrived, but it’s not a time to relax. In fact, it should be quite the contrary when it comes to your digital efforts. 

Now is the perfect time to start all the projects that you didn’t have the opportunity to begin during the rest of the year. Here are a few general Web improvement ideas that will prove valuable to your ‘Net endeavors when site traffic picks up after the summer heat subsides.


Build a Link Prospect & Influencer List: There’s no replacement for traditional website-based links as means to improve search engine traffic, but it’s not always easy to acquire them in the quantity (or quality) that your brand deserves. The one mistake that most digital brands make is not spending a sufficient amount of time finding the right potential link prospects and investing in those relationships to ensure that someday they will pay off – and big – in the form of links. 

Take the summer months to identify websites that you believe would be beneficial to acquire a link from, noting how they currently link to other sites, and what you might need to do to earn one – be it contributing a guest post or just emailing the site owner. Go it alone and start by exploring LinkedIn, or check out one or two of the most popular SEO software solutions, which are equipped with features for this exact purpose. 

Getting new links is the fastest path to improved discoverability, but sometimes it’s necessary to clean up the link profile your site already has. The best way to do that (at least when it comes to Google), of course, is using the link disavow tool in Webmaster Tools. A quick side note: It seems that the best strategy when optimizing your link profile with the disavow tool is to block the entire site instead of individual links on pages. 

Internet professionals might also want to consider if they are being associated with the right search terms and phrases. If there’s doubt, the summer presents a perfect time to make over your keyword strategy

Simplify Share-ability: Social media is playing an increasingly important role in discoverability on the ‘Net these days (subscribers will have access to an informative article on this topic in our August issue, so make sure you’re subscribed to Website Magazine). 

Search engines have been quite open about their use of citations as ranking factors on search results. A great deal of effort (from listening and creative content development) is required to receive a citation (be it a like, a retweet or a +1) but those social affirmations don’t just happen on the networks themselves; often, they occur on the website and that presents an opportunity to help your brand increase awareness among key audiences. 

Many websites, however, seem to do the absolute minimum when it comes to profiling their social sharing features – relegating these now common website elements to sidebars or worse, to footers. These less-than-ideal placements put these valuable features virtually out of sight of visitors who could potentially share and grant a social citation. Take the summer months to audit your website’s social sharing efforts, focusing on the prominence and ease-of-use of the social sharing elements. 

Of course, sharing starts with you, so don’t miss Website Magazine’s Big List of Personal Branding Solutions.


Add a Knowledge Base: It’s not uncommon for Web workers and Internet pros to get lost in the day-day of their digital work managing customers and, of course, all the back-and-forth digital communication that comes with it. 

Customers need support – and they always will – but the savviest Internet professionals are actually turning off the business phone and shutting down their support-ticket systems in favor of offering users knowledge bases to help them help themselves in issue resolution. The approach could be a mash-up of a traditional frequently-asked question section with a weblog, and perhaps even some official tutorial videos or a forum. If Internet pros have these solutions in place, they’re more than half way there! All it takes is some forethought and planning about what issues users have, and how they will go about finding them on your digital property. 

Knowledge bases are an excellent project for the summer, but if you’re not yet a believer that it’s time to give up your help desk software just yet, check out WM’s 2013 Help Desk Comparison chart.  


Develop Acquisition Focused “Special” Content: Authority is a word that has been used with greater regularity over the years, but little has emerged about how search engines or social media sites actually define it, much less how you can go about acquiring it. It doesn’t need to be that complicated though. Authority is essentially a quality that indicates that you (or your brand) is an accepted, and more importantly respected, source of information. Authorities are typically extraordinary people (or companies) meaning that in order to become one, you need to be pretty special. For the most part, the way that happens today is to add value. Write a thought-provoking book/ebook or make a series of exceptional (informative or entertaining) videos. The point is that in order to be an authority, you not only have to do something bigger, but also better. Authority is another topic that Website Magazine will delve into in our upcoming September issue. (Did we mention you should subscribe to Website Magazine?)

Launch a Referral/Partner Program: Taking the time to write the next amazing, thought-provoking work isn’t for everyone – fortunately, there are some shortcuts. If you make great products (be they information or tangible goods) and you and your customers believe in them, another way to gain authority, or at least some additional awareness, is to launch a referral or partner program to help those loyal users spread the word. Explore solutions like Ambassador, InviteBox or Refer.ly, which offer trackable refer-a-friend functionality. Other options include gamification providers (e.g. Bunchball, Badgeville, etc.) to incentivize use, or even traditional affiliate networks to start rewarding brand loyalty. 


Redesign Everything: Design is a fluid, ever-changing and essential component of your Web success. It’s a real challenge to redesign with users (and their future expectations) in mind. This means you’ll need some time to think it through to ensure you make the right decisions. Fortunately for Website Magazine readers, our Design & Development channel routinely features a roundup of interesting articles, such as the recent ‘9 Rules of Portfolio Site Creation’, that can serve as terrific inspiration for your summer design projects. For example, you might want to give your 404 pages a worthy makeover, retool your menu designs, create some modal windows or better yet, optimize what’s behind the UI

The summer is a perfect time to reimagine your Web property, so don’t waste any more time; why not get started today? 

10 Social Sites You’re (Probably) Not Using But Should Be


The Web is full of social destinations where people come together to answer questions, discuss news and share interesting information with each other.

In fact, aside from the ’Net’s most popular social sites, like FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn and Pinterest, there are myriad smaller, alternative networks where people participate in conversations every day. Most businesses are missing these conversations (a.k.a. engagement opportunities), because they focus their resources on the larger, aforementioned social networks. And while it is important to maintain an active presence on popular sites like Facebook and Twitter, reaching out to audiences on smaller social networks can help a brand foster new relationships, generate traffic, and build authority and recognition within its niche.

However, in order to participate with smaller social networks, you must first find them, which is why Website Magazine has compiled a list of 10 social sites that you probably aren’t using but should be. Check them out below:


This question-and-answer platform recently released a video on its blog that reveals that in just a year, Quora has grown by more than three times across all metrics. Brands can take advantage of this growth by participating with the Quora service, via answering questions,

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asking questions and creating blogs on this platform.


Many people use StumbleUpon to kill time and discover new and interesting things, however, businesses can also leverage this platform to reach new prospects. The social network offers a Paid Discovery option, which allows businesses to deliver content to relevant traffic. Companies simply need to submit a URL and select targeting preferences in order to get their content put in front of a new audience that is actively seeking interesting content.


This video-based social network allows users to create, share and watch short video updates. The site has grown its audience with the help of celebrity users like the Kardashians. And even though there isn’t currently a specific place for business users yet, individuals can sign up for the service and create brand-related videos, which can also be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.


Businesses can find success on this photo-sharing site by posting share-worthy images and videos, as these will be more captivating than standard product images. For example, brands can show off behind-the-scenes images of their staffs or products being made as a way to better relate with customers.


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This platform describes itself as “the subject-based social network.” It connects users with the top social sources on subjects they care about. Brands can contact the company to request to have their content featured on Sulia or to advertise within specific channels


You may be using Klout already, however, it is important to know that this platform can be used for more than to just monitor your social influence. In fact, Klout recently launched Klout Experts, which is Q&A feature that allows users who are influential in a specific area to answer a frequently asked topic-related question. Then, when someone searches that question on Bing, the Klout Expert insights are displayed, which helps boost the expert’s visibility and authority.


Tribe is a social network that connects people with like-interests. While this platform shouldn’t be used to spam other users or push your brand/product, individuals can participate in conversations with this online community, as well as post information listings and events.


HARO, which stands for help a reporter out, is a service that helps reporters connect with sources. This social service is particularly useful for B2B businesses, who can sign up to be a source and answer relevant questions in the hopes of making it into a popular blogger’s next article.

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Many marketers target moms, as this customer segment is typically a household’s decision-maker. Luckily, there are many digital destinations to find moms chatting on the Web, including CafeMom. This momma-based social network is full of ladies discussing everyday events. So even if you don’t feel like participating in these mommy discussions (because you don’t want to come off as a spammer), this site is an inspiring place to come up with content ideas for blog posts and email newsletters based on the subjects moms care about.


Although Foursquare has been around for a while, many businesses have neglected this location-based social network for more popular platforms, like Facebook and Yelp. However, this social network’s business tools make it a valuable way to connect with customers and entice them into brick-and-mortar stores. In addition, Foursquare recently launched a business-specific mobile application that allows brand managers to post updates and monitor activity on the social network. 

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