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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Website Buying Guide Checklist....

Can you really get a website even without knowing anything about code, and without paying a fortune? Find out.

The days when websites were primarily distinguished by their code are long gone. Nowadays, the web is a true publishing medium that favors well thought-out ideas. You can get a professional-looking website online in minutes with many website building services and software. But what should you look for? What are the features you really need and which are just clutter?

Content Editing

Some website authoring software packages only allow you to entire plain, unformatted text. Some of them allow you to entire HTML tags. Others provide a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) interface with options for font, links, and image insertion much like a word processor’s. Some will allow you to use more than one, or even all of these options so you have a choice on how you want to format your text.

Template Designs

Every website builder ever invented came with at least one or two templates for creating the graphical look of a website, so you don’t have to design the look of the site yourself. But some packages have very large libraries of templates, some have only a few. Some will let you mix and match elements of the design templates, while others will lock you in to one setup.

Ecommerce Functions

Many ready-to-go websites created by website builder software feature built-in shopping carts. Some even come with credit card processing. This is of course necessary if you’re going to be selling stuff direct online. But if you’re not going to be selling anything, ecommerce functionalities may just complicate the administration of the site and pad the price for the software or service.

Blogging Functions

Blogs are “web logs,” but blogging software involves more than just a simple online journal. Blogging technology allows you to send your new posts directly to subscribers via RSS, without them having to visit your site or receive an email from you. Still, unless you plan on updating your site regularly (at least once a month), your website’s blog will just gather cobwebs.

Email

Some hosted web authoring systems provide email accounts at no additional charge, while others do charge separately. Some web builder systems even come with modules for creating email newsletters.

Support

It is very likely that you will encounter a technical difficulty at some point while owning your website. Make sure you know in advance of paying whether the company provides only paid support, and if any included support is over email, a web ticketing system, or the telephone.

Photo and Image Management

For many, if not most, people who want personal websites, displaying pictures online is a primary motivation, if not the only motivation. If you want to display pictures on your website, make sure to choose a website builder system that makes it easy to upload and publish images.

Renting vs. Owning

You can buy website authoring software upfront for a flat fee, or you can “rent;” i.e., pay a company every month to use a hosted service. The choice is up to you, but remember that the hosted service will likely charge you much more in the end: averaging around $20/month, hosted the typical hosted website builder will cost you $240/year–far more than most desktop software.

In short, you don’t need to know how a website is coded to make one, any more than a book author needs to know about printing ink. Don’t burden yourself with learning how to do web design. Having fun with your website starts with choosing a website builder software that will make it fun.


Blogging Free Internet Marketing Method...




It’s been years since blogging has been practiced. But it’s just recently that it has been considered as one of the addicting fads. Many teenagers have resorted to blogging as an outlet for their emotions, a little online nook where they can blurt out whatever just bugs them or whatever makes them feel elated. Savvy marketers have discovered that blogging is one of the best Internet marketing methods that won’t cost you a cent. 

What exactly is blogging? Blog is the widely used term that refers to web log. Basically, a blog is an online journal. A blog could be set up to no cost at all, and can be used for just for the fun of it or for business reasons.

Blogging for your Internet business is one surefire way to boost the visibility of your products and services. Here are a few ways to boost your internet advertising with the help of a blog:

1. Make your clients or customers abreast on your website’s alterations. Your new products and affiliate websites could also be announced through your blog.

2. Keep track of your business objectives and plans through open writing. Your blog content can be easily stored through archives. What could be better than searchable information that could be easily accessed by anyone browsing the web, right?

3. Air your opinions, advice or reviews on specific services or products that are related to your business. Publishing is a very easy process with blogging. 

4. Include links that will fetch back links and subsequently improve your ranking on search engines. This could be better executed through putting well-written articles in your website. Affiliate links could also be included in your blog to earn more extra income.

5. Collect response through the ability of blogs to fetch comments from your blog readers. You can learn and improve your products and services through with the feedback from your readers.

6. Connect easily with other bloggers. When other bloggers notice that you have something good in your blog, they will put you in their favorite lists that will automatically link you to their blogs. 

So, how do you set up a blog? Here are some of the options you can make use of to take advantage of this fun way to advertise your Internet business.

Either you load a blogging software or let a blogging hosting service do it for you. Host services such as LiveJournal and Blogger.com are the most popular in this field. Those hosts will provide you with easy instructions on how to put up your blog.


The Teenage Blog Outbreak..



Blogs are the new buzzword in cyberspace. Anyone and everyone who uses the Internet now know about the concept of blogging. Though males and females, young and old alike are blogging away, it is the teenagers who have the briskness to use this new virtual platform to its maximum potential.

Having grown up using the computer and the Internet for a large number of their informational needs, these first-generation computer users are at ease when they convey their opinions, thoughts and feelings using the web technology. The use of various platforms of communication on the net comes extremely naturally to them. Unlike older writers who sometimes tend to experience moment of stagnation, the teens can be seen blogging effortlessly.

The rapid emergence of blogs can be attributed to the unequaled characteristic of the platform where teens can acquire a sense of satisfaction from expressing themselves while remaining anonymous if they want to. Teens create their own blogging space and invite friends, peers and even strangers to join in. This allows for them to receive the much-needed attention that many youngsters today want. But, one of the most frightful nightmares of a teen is the fear that a parent or a custodian will chance upon his or her blog.

Though teenagers can write with great alacrity on the blogging platforms, they have very little experience of writing beyond the Internet. This is primarily because publishers of magazines, journals and newspapers are extremely skeptical of publishing young writers. This discourages the youngsters and is probably throttling a major talent which is emerging.

Blogging has found acceptability among the youth since it allows them a forum wherein they can express themselves and showcase their talents without the restraining arms of the publisher. The large reach of this new-age phenomenon grants them the flexibility of using their technical skills to acquire attention and to gain a readership for their writing.

Blogging is also a medium by which people with similar interests and opinions can come together and share views. Discussions, arguments and debates can abet thought and can provide positive reinforcements to the teens of the world. This medium of self expression helps the teenagers to put their thoughts out there where someone will notice it. And given the busy schedules of most parents, it provides a much-needed release.



3 Ways To Make Money From Working At Home With Coastal Vacations And A Blog.....




Three popular ideas today, and not particularly in this order, are: working from home, running a travel business and blogging on the Internet. It’s no secret that as computers and the Internet grow in popularity, so do the numbers of people who leave their jobs daily round the world to work from home. And it’s also no secret that the travel industry is among those industries earning big bucks, as referenced by Coastal Vacation and others in the trillions of dollars category earners. Plus it’s no secret that blogging is a blockbuster idea, a new concept that took off at the end of the 1990′s. 

But look out when you combine all three of these big ideas together. They can sure pack a powerful punch! And here are three ways to turn this punch into profits…

1. Working at home, Coastal Vacation and blogging are all easy to do, quick to set up. No excuses. Just set up – and start selling! 

There is no huge learning curve with any of these ideas. You’re probably already online reading this, and at home, so hook up a blog in a jiff at a cheap place like http://GoDaddy.com for roughly $2.99 per month, unless you know how to set up and maintain a WordPress blog on your own hosting. Learn more about Coastal Vacations and ask how to get started with your own package, even if you go in on one with others in your family or other friends, etc. And voila, you’re up and running! 

2. Working at home, Coastal Vacation and blogging are all authentic. Get your ducks in a row, then start selling, start earning.

Who hasn’t had enough with hype, cheap products and services, and down right junk? Well you get none of that with this powerful trio. With more and more people working from home today than ever before, at-home status is no longer taboo in the business world. People have earned the right to work from home, even many trusted travel agents and sales representatives who earn a good living online from home posting to their blogs with helpful articles, full color product brochures, multi-media files like movies and more. Add your authentic materials and other info to your blog; testimonials, product info, personal bio, multi-media files, etc. and stand out from the crowd. 

3. Working at home, Coastal Vacation and blogging can all be marketed many ways as one solid package chock-full of benefits to make you more money. Use any number of these ways – - and more – - and start selling, start earning:

-With e-mail marketing. Send out brief e-mail messages to friends, prospects and website visitors with teasers or email sigs (signatures) that link to your blog. 

-With autoresponder series and a subscription to your blog. Invite people to subscribe to your blog and to autoresponder messages about your products and services so they’ll learn more and become customers, referring their friends and family, too.

-With surveys, RSS feeds and comments. Invite interaction by submitting your blog’s RSS feeds to RSS directories, and through surveys on your blog. Invite comments on blog posts, too. 

So give this powerful trio a try. Working at home, Coastal Vacation and blogging can help you with a powerful option to get ahead today.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Why Are Blogs So Popular? Here's Why From The Beginning...


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When trying to research when the blog began, you may come up a little short. While it is widely known the blog is one of the most popular forms of posting on the web, there is really not a lot of history to it. Some will argue that the first blogger came to us across the television screen. The hit show Doogie Howser, M.D. always included a few shots of the teenage doctor typing in his computer diary, which many see as the world’s first blog. While it is not exactly clear whet...


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When trying to research when the blog began, you may come up a little short. While it is widely known the blog is one of the most popular forms of posting on the web, there is really not a lot of history to it. Some will argue that the first blogger came to us across the television screen. The hit show Doogie Howser, M.D. always included a few shots of the teenage doctor typing in his computer diary, which many see as the world’s first blog. While it is not exactly clear whether Dr. Howser was posting his thoughts on his hard drive or the web, it is unlikely the character even knew what the word “blogger” meant. According to the history books, the word “weblog” was copy written by Jorn Barger in 1997. A list of others followed him in creating their own versions of the original weblog.

Although there is not much information on the beginning of the blog, there is a lot of information leading to the fact that the blog phenomenon is growing rapidly and is not likely to downsize anytime soon. Everyone is blogging these days. With sites offering free blog space, why wouldn’t they? Everyone wants a chance and a forum to express their thoughts, and a blog allows them to do just that. Expression is one of the most precious traits and it should be practiced often. With that being said, you are probably wondering what a blog is, if you don’t already know.

A blog, which is actually short for a weblog, is a lot like an online journal. It is a personal website (or posting space) that is updated frequently. With each posting, the blog is essentially updated. Blogs can include anything the blogger wants it to include. You can write about personal experiences, political views, gossip, books, television, or music. There are really no limits on what you can write about on your own blog. Today’s blogs are allowing bloggers to post photos or little profiles telling their readers more about themselves. Many blogs are so popular that readers will visit them each day in order to see what is new in the blogger’s life. These readers may or may not personally know the blogger, which makes the phenomenon that much more interesting and unexplainable.

The most notable thing about a blog is that it is the first online journal type that offers a place for reader comments. These comments can be helpful to the blog and draw interest to it, or they can be useless. Some advertisers are using blogs today to get their website link or product information out to more people. This can be annoying to bloggers, but the fact is that the advertisers are using other people’s blogs to advertise for free. Although it is annoying, you have to admit, it is a pretty smart idea on the advertising side of things.

It is assumed that blogs are so popular for two main reasons. The first reason is simply because everyone wants to be heard. By posting your opinions, views, or experiences on the web, you are essentially being heard by anyone who reads your post. With more and more people reading blogs, you can count on more and more people reading yours as well. Expressing your opinions allows you to be free from any stress they may cause when you keep them inside. A blog is a socially safe way to express your views without having to worry too much about a reaction from someone else.

The other main reason the blog is so popular is because due to amazing blogging software, it is so simple to do. When personal websites came onto the scene, everyone wanted one. The problem was that the good ones were very difficult to construct unless you had programming experience. Many people hired professionals to create their personal spaces. Blogs on the other hand, are very easy to create. Software allows you to post your thoughts in a typing box and the system automatically updates itself when you are done. It could not be any easier. Because of these two reasons, people absolutely love blogs. They love to post on their own blog and they love to read other blogs. The phenomenon is one that is so well loved it will likely continue to grow and grow.

Wealth Funnel System & Developmental Performance Consultants: Blogs


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Derrick Harper’s Wealth Funnel System (WFS) and Developmental Performance Consultants (DPC)Introduces You to the Wonderful World of Blogs.


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Wealth Funnel System, blogging, blog, blogs


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Derrick Harper’s Wealth Funnel System (WFS) and Developmental Performance Consultants (DPC)Introduces You to the Wonderful World of BLOGS


Boynton Beach, FL – May 6, 2008

I’m sure most of you have heard the words blog, blogger, or blogging.

If you are anything like me you have probably thought to yourself “I don’t have a clue what they are talking about!” Have you had that experience before?


If so, not to worry because we, at Developmental Performance Consultants along with Derrick Harper’s Wealth Funnel System of online marketing education, want to share with you some information and insight into the wonderful world of BLOGS and how you can utilize this web 2.0 technology platform to get your products/services and business more exposure on the world wide web.


What is a BLOG? Take the words “Web” + “log” = “Blog”.


A blog is, in the case for this article, textual in content and is an online interactive journal used to build relationships between you and your potential/existing clients.


There are a couple of Blog Platforms to get familiar with; “Hosted Blog Platforms” and “Stand Alone Blog Platforms”.


A few of the Hosted Blog Platforms DPC and WFS use are: Blogger, MySpace, and WordPress. They are Free, easy to use, simple to implement, and are indexed to the Search Engines rather quickly.



The other type of Blog Platform is the Stand Alone Platform and they include: WordPress (which is currently #1 out of the top 50 Blog Spots), and ProBlogger. These are both Free to post to however, there is a domain name fee, and a hosting fee you are responsible for.


One of the advantages of the Stand Alone Blog Platform is you can post the blogs directly on your company's website. You can also be a little more creative in the design of the Blog as opposed to the standard templates found with the Hosted Blog Platforms.



Derrick Harper & The Wealth Funnel System teach you to be the “Expert” on the products/services you offer by using blog platforms to get your personal branding online marketing campaign out to your clients. Remember, people are looking to you for the leadership skills along with your knowledge and education so you need as many avenues as possible to reach them.


We hope this education has given you an insight into the world of blogs and will be beneficial to you as continue to build your business and online personal branding marketing campaign.

Use Pictures For Best Effect With Your Blogs...




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So you have become a blogger. You have joined the legions of those keeping web logs and journals online. How do you make it fresh, though? How do you stand out and show the world that your blog is worth a read? Well there are a number of things you can do from optimizing your content to making sure you are consistent in your updates. However, consider the idea of adding pictures to your blog. A great deal of blog success can be had by making pictures a big part of what you ar...


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So you have become a blogger. You have joined the legions of those keeping web logs and journals online. How do you make it fresh, though? How do you stand out and show the world that your blog is worth a read? Well there are a number of things you can do from optimizing your content to making sure you are consistent in your updates. However, consider the idea of adding pictures to your blog. A great deal of blog success can be had by making pictures a big part of what you are doing on your journal. Post them, link to them, or do whatever you have to, but pictures can be the difference in your blog being simply a fun hobby or being a big success.

In order to understand why pictures are a part of blogging success, you should make sure that you understand what the world of blogging is all about. For the most part, blogs are often used to sell something. It can be a product or it can simply be your own ideas and readership. Either way, you want your blog to be read. So everything you do with your blog will likely be done as part of making it interesting to your designated audience, right? Keep that in mind as you put everything together.

Most any good blog is going to have a theme. Before you begin your blog you need to figure out what your theme is. Is it your life? Is it your philosophies? No matter what, there is no better way to make a point about your theme than with photos or pictures. Most any blog site has the tools for uploading pictures, so make sure you are using them. Potential readers will be able to see just what you are all about as soon as they see your blog page without having to read a lot to see whether or not they want to continue reading your page. When you have an instant impact with pictures it will be much easier for you to end up with a successful blog.

For many people, the blog is a tool they use to market a product and drive up sales or services they offer that go hand in hand with their blog. With good pictures and photos you can keep your products in front of your readers at all times. You can put images of the products along the side of your page or you can place them strategically through the blog site. In addition, you can then advertise without bombing your readers with your propaganda in the text. Nobody wants to read a bunch of ads, but if you post pictures, you can advertise without advertising all over your actual blog content. Either way, the photos and images will be added way of making your blog a success for you.

Another reason that pictures can be a big key to blog success is simply a matter of aesthetics. Images will make your blog look nicer and if it looks nicer it will then attract more readers. It all makes sense. I mean, would you want to publish a book with a boring blank cover? Of course you wouldn’t. The same goes for your blog. In essence, a well kept blog is like your online book and with good images you are making for a nice cover. They may say not to judge a book by its cover, but many do anyway so you might as well have a nice looking one just to be safe.

The truth is that whether you are talking about blogs, magazines, or television, we live in a society that is very visual. So when it comes to a good blog, readers expect to see pictures and images that will titillate them and keep them engaged in the information. So, the key is to keep your images fresh and consistent so that they help accentuate your points and support your themes and ideas. You can get your pictures and images from your own library of images and pictures you have taken on vacations, around your home, or even just in your town. You can also download free images that are available online, link to other blogs or even use other images if you are willing to pay the royalties. No matter what, though, the key to blogging success is very closely tied to the images and visual quality of your blog. Newspapers and magazines would not sell as well if they lacked images, and your blog will operate just the same way.