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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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“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

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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

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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

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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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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.

IMPROVE DISCOVERABILITY

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.

REDUCE SUPPORT COSTS

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.  

GAIN AUTHORITY

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. 

MODERNIZE DESIGN

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

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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:

Quora

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.

StumbleUpon

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.

Keek

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.

Flickr

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.

Sulia

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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

Klout

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

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

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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CafeMom

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.

Foursquare

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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Ultimate list of WordPress resources

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Trill Labo and LuckyMoJo Serenity of the Cosmic Serenity Band At The Scout Bar

posted by Emma Wells14 hours ago via mobile Jun 10, 2013 4:10am  

My boy trill sounded awesome tonight wish my phone would’ve had a better quality on the voice but go see them yourself. Love u duffy. — with Trill Labo at Cosmic Serenity @ Scout Bar SUNDAY.

LuckyMoJo Serenity on the left (my son) and Trill Labo on the right. 

 Cats In Boots – Shot Gun Sally Lyrics 
Shotgun Sally’s gonna shoot ‘em up in my townS.O.S. she’s makin’ my life a messOh, yeahWest side, genocide, I’m movin’ to the east sideCome on Sally, you’re makin’ my life a wreckOh, such a wreck
You’re runnin’ down the alley with your shoes untiedShootin’ out on your way to a homicideWord’s hit the street and it’s givin’ me the bluesI won’t be your front page news
Oh, no, she’s out of controlLead balls swingin’ she’s makin’ my life a wreckOh, such a wreckShe’s cyanide silly, if I die, will she dig itOh, Sally you’re makin’ my life a wreckOh, oh, such a wreck
Well I ain’t been the same since they let you goGod only knows how you made paroleHow’d you get so bad, baby, let me guess
I bet it all started with your P.M.S.!Oh yeah!
Shoot ‘em up, SallyShotgun SallyOh, shoot ‘em up SallyAhh, Shotgun Sally!Hell hath no furyOh, no!Shoot ‘em up, SallyOh, Shotgun SallyShe’s out for blood
Woo!Shot!
Whoa Sally!Oh, you’re such a wreck
I’m callin’ 9-1-1 for emergencySally’s on the loose, it’s a DEFCON 3Army, Navy, Air Force, MarinesSomebody stop this curse of Eve
Shoot ‘em up, SallyShotgun SallyOh, shoot ‘em up SallyShotgun SallyOh! Oh!Shoot ‘em up, SallyOh, Shotgun SallyYeah, shoot ‘em up SallyAh, Shotgun Sally!Oh, woo!
Somebody get ‘er a Midol! 




We recommend also these song lyrics:JENNINGS, WAYLON – Sally Was A Good Old GirlDonna Summer – Sally Go ’round The RosesPentangle – Sally Go Round The RosesAndrea True Connection – Sally Can’t DanceJoJo – Mustang SallyShwayze – Sally Is A…Cats In Boots – Shot Gun SallyGrand Funk Railroad – SallyLou Reed – Sally Can’t DanceGracie Fields – SallyWings – Sally G.

Anonymous Texas/SAnonymous Street Crew: Hackers Wanted Full Document

Published on Mar 5, 2013Anonymous Texas/SAnonymous Street Crew: Hackers Wanted Full Documentary
Anonymous Texas: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anonym…Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/AnonymousTexas1SAnonymous Street Crew Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SAnonymousSt…Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SAnonymousCrew
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Hello.
We are Anonymous. Never mind what you have heard about us in the media. Create your own opinion. Find out your own facts. Look in to things, for yourself. The media would have you believe we are cyber terrorists. This could not be any more in accurate. Our actions have brought justice to this world. From Egypt to Libya. Now, we are here, San Antonio. 
Our goal is to make this community, state, and country, as a whole, a better place free from tyrant and corruption. The bad news is, our leaders are, not our knight in shining armor.The good news is that, together, as one, we can be our knights in shining armor.Together, we can be fearless of our unaccountable leaders. 
Along with feeding the homeless and less fortunate, Anonymous has been keeping a close watch on the investigation regarding the tazering and beating of Pierre Abernathy. 
Anonymous, would like you to join us in peaceful resistance as we speak out against such acts of cruelty and injustice. Together, as one, wecan make our community a much better, and safer, place.
We are the local collective of San Antonio’s Anonymous idea. We are here to share our information collected by our local citizens about issues happening in our community that we all know are wrong. We are here to tell the city of San Antonio that we will not stand for the unjust and corruptions. We are here and we will be heard. We the 99% are tired of the 1% corruption and greed.
We are SAnonymous Street CrewWe are Legion.We do not forgive.We do not forget.Expect Us San Antonio, Texas.
Anonymous message to SAnonymous Street Crew:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WNap…
Our message to San Antonio and Texas:http://pastebin.com/S2jvYLmu

How Web Pages Work

How Web Pages Work

by Marshall Brain



Creating a Simple Web Page

There are many ways to create Web pages. Hundreds of companies have
created tools to help with the process in one way or another. Our goal
here, however, is to understand how Web pages really work, rather than
have a tool hide the process from us. Therefore, we will use the
simplest tools possible — the ones already on your machine.

On your machine you have a program, or application, that can create simple text files. On Windows machines, this application is called Notepad. On a Macintosh, this program is called SimpleText.
If you cannot find these programs, it is also possible to use a basic
word processing program, like WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.

  • Note:
  • In a Windows 95/98 environment, click the Start button, click Programs, click Accessories and click Notepad.
  • In a Windows 3.1 environment, click Accessories (in the Program Manager) and click Notepad.
  • In a Macintosh environment, click Macintosh HD, click Applications and click SimpleText.

Once you have the proper program open on your screen, type (or cut-and-paste) the following HTML text into the window:

<html>
  <head>
    <title>My First Page</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    Hello there. This is my first page!
  </body>
</html>

Whether you put the tags and text side-by-side, row-by-row or
indented will not make a difference in how the text is displayed in a
browser window. Whether you use uppercase or lowercase letters within
your tags also does not make a difference.

Now you need to save
this file somewhere so that you can find it in a moment. Save it to the
desktop, or, better yet, to a directory that you set up to hold all of
the pages you are going to create. Save it to the filename first.html.

Next,
open the page in your Web browser (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer or
Netscape Navigator). All Web browsers have a way to open a file stored
on the local machine. In Internet Explorer and Netscape, select Open
File from the File menu at the top of the window. Open the file first.html. When you open it in your browser, it will look something like the image above.

Three things are identified in this figure:

  • You can see that the page has the title “My First Page.”
  • You can see that the page’s body contains the words “Hello there. This is my first page!”
  • You can see that the URL being displayed in the address window is C:WINDOWSDESKTOPfirst.html from the local hard disk, rather than the usual http://&#8230; that a URL would contain if we were receiving the page from a server on the Internet.

By looking at the HTML text that makes up your first page, you can see exactly how the page got its title and body.

Now that you have created and viewed your first Web page, you are
well on your way to becoming a Web page pro. The key to knowing
everything about how a Web page works is to learn more and more of the
HTML tags that let you customize your pages. You’ll also want to learn
about tools that can help you create tables, frames and graphics for
your pages. This Web page series will guide you through all of the
information you need.

Barriers to Engaging Web Design

Posted on 05.16.2013

For all intents and purposes, design is the most important part of a website when it comes to getting users to convert, and what matters more than that, right?

Unfortunately, even on the most thoughtfully designed websites, there can be extraneous circumstances that make the whole site, or just specific pages, less engaging for users than they ought to be, which can ultimately hurt the site’s overall ability to convert. Certainly, the bleakest of realities for Web professionals is to realize that one or more pages on their websites just aren’t living up to the stringent expectations of consumers.

There are a handful of possible reasons why your website’s design may be ineffective and not as engaging as you’d like it to be. To ensure that you don’t fall victim to one of these critical barriers to engaging and effective Web design, you should make sure that you’re aware of what they are to begin with.

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Posted on 05.16.2013
For all intents and purposes, design is probably the most important part of a website when it comes to getting users to convert, and what matters more than that, right?

Unfortunately, even on the most thoughtfully designed websites, there can be extraneous circumstances that make the whole site, or just specific pages, less engaging for users than they ought to be, which can ultimately hurt the site’s overall ability to convert. Certainly, the bleakest of realities for Web professionals is to realize that one or more pages on their websites just aren’t living up to consumers’ stringent expectations.

There are a handful of possible reasons why your website’s design may be ineffective and not as engaging as you’d like it to be. To ensure that you don’t fall victim to one of these critical barriers to engaging and effective Web design, be aware of what these roadblocks are to begin …

 

The 7 Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Blogs + One Reality Check

By | Feb 11, 2013 |
Posted in Apps · Blogging · Business · Design · Google · Marketing · SEO · Web · Web Design · WordPress

seoWordPress is a content management system that makes it easy to blog on your website. 48% of the top 100 blogs in the world happen to use WordPress. In fact, there were over 634 million websites in existence at the end of 2012, with 60 million of those sites being powered by WordPress. With all these blogs competing for attention online, making sure your content is optimized for search engines and distribution across the web is paramount! How will people see your new content these days without good SEO?

Fortunately, there are number of capable WordPress plugins that make it easy to optimize your blog posts, plus some interesting WordPress hacks we’ll discuss later.

First off though, what does “SEO” really mean in terms of how your content gets discovered by search engines and determined relevant for given search queries? Well a number of factors (over 200) go into calculating how Google ranks your site in a search query which include multiple SEO factors, content, PageRank, incoming links, speed and more. Google has provided some Webmaster Guidelines to help you with the design, creating quality content and other technical aspects to address for your site. Now once you’ve perfected your site layout and you’re ready to write a post, you’ll then want to optimize your article content for SEO which is where these plugins come in.

General Search Engine Optimization Guidelines for Content

wordpress seo plugin by yoast

WordPress SEO plugins typically give you control over setting meta data when creating a new post like the title and description. Here are 7 of the very best SEO plugins out there in the market:
 

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress › WordPress SEO by Yoast « WordPress PluginsConsidered by many to be top SEO plugin available, WordPress SEO by Yoast offers a broad range of features to help you take care of technical optimization aspects and to also write better content. The plugin forces you to choose a focus keyword when writing an article to populate it throughout the content. The robust list of features for this plugin include: snippet previews, page analysis, automatically optimizing and inserting meta tags, link elements, XML sitemaps, RSS optimization, breadcrumbs, editing your .htaccess and robots.txt file, social integration, import & export functionality, Google News SEO module and much more.

2. All-In-One SEO Pack

All in One SEO PackThe All-In-One SEO pack is another robust WordPress plugin with a host of SEO features for your site. It does the basic stuff like automatically optimizing titles for search engines and generating meta tags. The plugin also supports Google Analytics, custom post types, advanced canonical URLs, fine tuning page navigation links and has a built-in API to extend its functionality. The plugin also helps you avoid duplicate content found on most typical blogs, and is one of the only plugins to provide SEO integration for WP e-Commerce sites.
 

3. SEO Ultimate

seo ultimate plugin

The SEO Ultimate plugin is another all-in-one SEO plugin with some powerful features. The plugin gives you the ability to rewrite title tags, edit meta descriptions and help you use anchor text to create deeplinks. Some of the advanced functionality includes the rich snippet creator, author highlighter, link mask generator, canonicalizer, 404 monitor, permalink tweaker, slug optimizer and more.

seo ultimate screenshot

4. FV Simpler SEO Pack

FV All in One SEO PackThe folks over at foliovision are big WordPress enthusiasts and understand the importance of search engine optimization. It’s common knowledge among Internet marketers these days that keywords in meta data are basically ignored by search engines (due to lots of keyword stuffing previously in an attempt to trick them). So the FV Simpler SEO Pack looks to remove unwanted features from previous SEO Plugins, to minimize the effort of writers. They found that authors were often times confused having to enter both keyword tags and keywords in the meta description when creating a new post. So this plugin looks to make it easier to optimize sites with advanced functionality available but mostly hidden out of the way for simplicity and speed.

5. Scribe for WordPress

scribeScribe is a powerful SEO plugin that provides you with content marketing tools for research, optimization and interaction. Scribe gives you research tools to help discover topics that matter most to your intended audience. The step-by-step on-page optimization and content development guidance enable you to build a site with greater authority giving you a chance for better PageRank. Scribe also helps you identify authoritative social media users and high-ranking sites in your industry to connect with. What’s also great about Scribe is that it’s compatible with all the WordPress plugins mentioned above giving you some robust options to choose from (like SEO by Yoast + Scribe for example).

6. SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly ImagesSEO Friendly Images automatically adds proper alt and title attributes to all your images (according to the options you set) improving traffic from search engines. The ALT attribute plays a significant role with search engines by describing your images (otherwise unreadable) with some meaningful text. The TITLE tag plays a lesser role in SEO but is still important as this text provides tool-tips for your readers when they hover over an image. Not all WordPress themes insert ALT and TITLE text into your images automatically after inserting them into a post, making this issue a frequent SEO problem for websites.
 

7. Google XML sitemaps

Google XML SitemapsThe XML Sitemap plugin will generate a special XML sitemap that provides navigation for search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo to better index your blog. These sitemaps make it much easier for web crawlers to view the complete structure of your site to retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports auto generated pages by WordPress plus custom URL’s. But most importantly, this plugin notifies all the major search engines every time you create a new post!

This list outlines some popular plugin choices for WordPress SEO, but don’t get carried away and install each one. Every plugin adds additional code to your site which ultimately slows it down, so use a minimalist approach when it comes to adding plugins.

Custom SEO with No Plugin

Each of the SEO plugins mentioned have some nice features to enhance the SEO of your blog content, but not all these options are necessary which can then add unwanted overhead (extra code) and complexity to your site. You could consider customizing your WordPress site/theme to automatically set meta data for your posts like title and description, which is the primary automation of these SEO plugins. Your article title would be copied over to the meta title, and the first 160 characters of your content would populate the meta description (note: most search engines allow up to 160 characters within the description). These features can be easily added to your site by any competent WordPress developer. This is how we do it here at DashBurst, and we have custom feilds for meta title and description to manually overwrite if needed. As far as keyword optimization and other benefits those SEO plugins provided, they’re all pretty much extracurricular, and any best practices (like using keyword placement) can be enforced on your own without the need of an extra plugin slowing down your site. It might take some practice, but considering speed is a factor of SEO, do you have any performance to give up just for a few extra pointers when you create a post? Well if you’re not an experienced blogger or have little development resources, then that extra overhead may be worth it.

But WordPress plugins constantly change and go out-of-date, and aren’t always properly maintained with the new builds of WordPress. By adding only the basic needed functionality of a WordPress plugin directly into the theme of your site, you increase your sites performance and avoid other potential maintenance issues down the road. So the ultimate minimalist approach here for optimal performance and SEO would be to automate the meta data yourself (via your WordPress theme code) and just add the one light Google XML Sitemap plugin to take care of refreshing search engines after new posts.

So what SEO plugin strategy have you implemented on your WordPress blog?

Adding PayPal Buttons In GoDaddy Website

Date Submitted: 3-31-2010 by GoDaddy Contributor  San
Adding PayPal buttons in Website Tonight

To all those who have wanted PayPal options in Website Tonight, we have added the option to add Paypal ‘Buy Now’ and ‘Donate’ buttons. The idea is to enable and equip WebSite Tonight users to be able to sell products, services etc and also be able to accept donations using their PayPal accounts.

How to use PayPal Option in Website Tonight

1. Go to the Page Designer and click the ‘PayPal Button’ under the ‘Widgets’ icon on the page designer’s Insert menu. Alternatively, you can click on the ‘View All’ option on the page designer’s Insert menu. Then select ‘PayPal Button’ and click OK.

Paypal Insert Option

Paypal Insert Option Two

2. This will open the Paypal Button window as shown below:

Paypal Popin

3. Select the button type you want to create and enter the required details. See the examples below for creating a Buy Now button and a Donate button.

Paypal Popin with Buy Now

Paypal Popin with Donate

4. Click ‘OK’, this will add the selected button to your page.

5. Now, all you need to do is publish your website, and your website visitors will see ‘Buy now’, and ‘Donate’ buttons on your site.

Paypal Buttons on live site

Senate Halts CISPA … Temporarily At Least

Originally posted on YouViewed/Editorial:

‘Dead For Now:’ CISPA Halted In The Senate

 

 

 

 

” Privacy advocates can breathe a sigh of relief as the controversial US Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) appears to be all but dead in the water, with all signs pointing to it being shelved by the Senate.

The bill, which was purportedly designed to allow the federal government to share private user information with corporations in situations of a suspected cyber threat, was the source of widespread ire from privacy advocates.

According to US News & World Report, a representative of the Senate committee stated that, though CISPA seems to be dead for the time being, issues and key provisions from that bill may still re-emerge.

I think it’s dead for now,” says Michelle Richardson, legislative council with the ACLU. “CISPA is too controversial, it’s too expansive, it’s just not the same…

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Social Media: Age Doesn’t Matter

Originally posted on Scribbling in Heels 2.0:

Okay, yes it does. Just like every marketing and advertising strategy, you need to know where your audience is. You need to know where you’re targeting and what age groups are where. Given a recent study from the Pew Research Center, it’s safe to assume that if you’re targeting millenials, you’re going to find them on social media (83% of social media users fall in the 18-29 age range).

So when it comes to social media, you need to know your market. However, when it comes to who is crafting your strategy, there have been a flurry of ageist attack blogs and articles in the social media community from both ends of the spectrum, a particularly vicious one coming from Cathryn Sloane  who argued that every Social Media Manager should be under the age of 25 in July of last year. Other articles argue that you shouldn’t hand your social media…

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Spy Center Surrounded in Secrecy

Originally posted on Right Ring:

Surprise Visitors Are Unwelcome At The NSA’s Unfinished Utah Spy Center (Especially When They Take Photos)


Welcome to Orwell’s 1984

3/04/2013 — Forbes.com
Most people who visit Salt Lake City in the winter months are excited about taking advantage of the area’s storied slopes. While skiing was on my itinerary last week, I was more excited about an offbeat tourism opportunity in the area: I wanted to check out the construction site for “the country’s biggest spy center.”

An electrifying piece about domestic surveillance by national security writer James Bamford that appeared in Wired last year read like a travel brochure to me:

“In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors. Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in…

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