Top Graphic Designers on Twitter to Follow

Follow Top Graphic Designers on Twitter to Boost Your Career From North Onion, a sweet way to wake up on a Tuesday morning… We strongly encourage you to follow the feeds and visit the blogs of these top-tier artists, but offer a word of warning: featured Twitterbugs have a knack for finding projects so compelling that a person could be distracted from actual work for several hours at a time. Proceed carefully…. Agreed. There are certainly a great number of designers on that list. Btw – if you do plan on following me, please go for @nospec over @thecatat7. The NO!SPEC Campaign is where I spend most of my time these days as there just isn’t enough time to do it all. Thanks for the follow in advance. And a thanks goes to Rebecca Palmer for supporting the design industry. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the design … Continue reading

Helpful Tips For Corporate Blogging

Blogs are massive resources of information from both inside and outside companies. Businessmen survive the world of blogging because they know how and where to dig information while protecting their own secrets. Although blogging can be risky world for businesses, there are several helpful tips that can help bring success to corporate blogging. The Important of Training It is important to make sure the members of the communications team. In the past, this team was composed of a small group. However, with the advent of blogging, everyone who blogs at the company is spreading a specific message about the company. People who handle the blogging for the company must be trained to avoid any spill of unnecessary information. If by accident, important information regarding the company has been disclosed, this can put the company under the watchful eyes of the regulators. More so, inappropriate leaks can provide competitors with leverage … Continue reading

How to Profit From a Blog

Blogs can be for profit or non-profit but most bloggers blog for the purpose of making money. There may be some contents published to simply provide an outlet for voicing out the bloggers’ opinions and share their thoughts. However, the general population of bloggers has the intention of profiting financially. Fortunately, there are several methods of profiting from a blog and applying these methods can help you gain money. The Advertisements Selling space for advertisers is one of the most common ways to profit from a blog. Since blogs that have a considerable amount of traffic can make income with ad sales, make sure that you have a target audience. The reason why bloggers choose to sell advertising is that it is a passive form of income once the traffic has progressed. Although it takes work to look for advertisers and maintain the ads on the blog, those who can … Continue reading

Vuvuzela

A mind-numbing torture device made of cheap, brightly colored plastic. It resembles a horn but its pitch cannot be changed. It is being used during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I thought I heard an angry swarm of bumblebees, but it was the sound of vuvuzelas playing at the World Cup. Want to hear a Vuvuzela or perhaps use as a mobile ringtone, then click here to download mp3 sound file – vuvuzela01 Bookmark It Hide Sites

Affiliate Marketing Secrets

One of the easiest and fastest way to make money online, in through affiliate marketing. This is when you send visitors to someone else’s product sales page, they make the sale and deliver the product, and you get a percentage of the sale price as you commission (usually 50% or more for digital products). The benefits of this are You can get started almost immediately because you don’t have to create a product, write the sales page, design the website, develop marketing materials, or set up the ordering, billing & delivery system. You have almost no investment of time because you don’t have to do the customer support or deal with billing or technical issues. You have nearly zero risk because you already know the product sells. So if you send visitors you will get paid. Looking at these benefits, it’s clear that affiliate marketing is the way to go! … Continue reading

What Does it Take to Max Out Your Mafia Wars Position?

I’ll admit it, I have a guilty pleasure and its name is Mafia Wars. I sincerely doubt I’m alone in this regard, but that doesn’t make it any less silly. There are millions of other players out there right now who take this thing way more seriously than I ever will and that’s at least mildly comforting. So, when I stumbled upon a guide the other day that claimed to help you reach the top of the pile where all the elite mafias are sitting I was a little dubious. These guys pour hours of their life into the game. How can I be one of them without doing the same? It’s expensive, right? How it Works So, rather than wonder if I’d be forever at the bottom of the pile (I’m just a bit competitive after all), I decided to check out the guide and see exactly what it … Continue reading

Web 2.0 Collaboration Tool – Huddle

Ever need to share a file, manage your calendar, or daily tasks? What about having a brainstorm with people from multiple cities or countries? Wouldn’t it be nice to see people comments, discussions, or ideas on a project you have been working on? With Huddle you can do all of this and much more! Huddle is the leading Web 2.0 collaboration tool. With Huddle you can manage projects, upload files, and share documents with anyone, anywhere. Huddle is entirely web based so there’s nothing to download or install. Simply login and start working in your Huddle. Invite as many people as you need. Don’t ‘reply all’. Use Discussion forums to brainstorm ideas. Create and edit Word and Excel documents online. Store, share and manage your files 1GB+. Assign tasks, auto reminders and iCal integration. Whiteboards or wiki, share ideas, comments, etc. Document management automated versioning, audit trails and approval workflows. … Continue reading

Social Marketing vs Generic SEO – What’s The Difference?

There are many different methods of marketing your business website, on-line shop or e-commerce website, but for many business owners there seems to be a bit of confusion between what is considered generic back link building and what is a true social marketing campaign, and more to the point what is the aim of each marketing strategy? Different SEO and web marketing companies will of course employ different methodologies to promote a site and more often than not you get what you pay for so to speak. Equally there is bound to be a crossover in campaign strategies the debate of which could go on for months, but the purpose of this article is to highlight the key differences and aims of each type of campaign not what any single campaign should contain. Generic Search Engine Marketing Typically the aim of a generic search engine marketing campaign (SEM) is to … Continue reading

New Alice in Wonderland movie races to $116.1M opening

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton found a pile of money on the other side of the looking glass. “Alice in Wonderland,” their update on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” had a mammoth opening weekend of $116.1 million. Walt Disney’s 3D version of the popular children’s story written by Lewis Caroll is expected to break the record held by Warner Bros’ 300 which opened to $71 million in the year 2007. Though the movie has got mixed reviews it is popular with girls and young women. And moreover with US schools closing for spring break next the PG ratedmovie will get more viewers. A quarter of a century and still no signs of slowing down, Johnny Depp continues to create magic at the box-office with his latest Tim Burton collaboration, Alice in Wonderland which has smashed pretty much all the records to earn the distinction … Continue reading

Did you know that you could completely eliminate your power bill, by constructing a zero point magnetic power generator?

A Zero point magnetic power generator is basically a Free Energy Generator. It uses magnets, and magnetic force to induce perpetual motion. It runs by itself, indefinitely without stopping, thus creating completely free electrical energy, which can fully power your home for free. A Perpetual motion device refers to a machine that runs perpetually i.e. indefinitely, and produces a larger amount of energy than it consumes. Thus, it produces free energy indefinitely, runs by itself, without having to need a third-party device or resource to power it. The free energy devices have been suppressed by the corporate world, because such devices, would allow people to create their own energy for free, which would ultimately shut down the big energy corporations, because people won’t need to pay anymore for electricity to fill their pockets. Can this device be used to power a household? The magniwork free energy generator, can be efficiently … Continue reading

39 Tools for Marketing Your Small Busíness Online

Thousands of free online marketing tools clamor for attention, with new ones popping up every week it seems. You know you should be doing more to reach out to your customers, but just researching which tools to use can be a vast time investment, even if they don’t require a big financial outlay. Below is a compiled a list of the most popular (or most useful) low-cost or free small business marketing tools. You might be using some of them already, but you’re sure to find a couple that will round out your small business marketing toolkit nicely. And, if you’re just starting out marketing a new business online, this list may help point you in the right direction. Directories The Open Directory – A staple of the SEO crowd, this directory can be tricky to get into but well worth it for the link juice it passes along to … Continue reading

Can Secret Affiliate Income make you any money? Or is it just a SCAM?

l, lets get right into it and find out what exactly is this product. Secret Affiliate Income is created by Frank Michaels. In this product, he is revealing the secrets as an affiliate marketer that allowed him to “sack” his boss, and work from home just with a laptop and internet connection. Now, he would like to share his secrets only with limited number of people who are serious about making money online, as he does not wish to share with too many people and dilute the effectiveness of his methods. I’m not here to assassinate anyone, I’m only here to give an honest review of Secret Affiliate Income. The title itself made you leap out and grabbed your attention to it. With such a novel title, does it has the amount of information and substance for you? Yes, if you are all serious and worked up about your career … Continue reading

How to Level Up Quickly in Farmville

There are more and more people joining the ranks of FarmVille every day. No one can get enough of this game and there are plenty of reasons why. In FarmVille, you can get away from the noise and stress of everyday life. Just relax, plant some seeds, harvest some crops – not a bad way to spend an evening. And as you do this, you’ll naturally advance in levels over time. There may come a time, though, when you want to get a little more out of the game. Every time you move up a level, you unlock new seeds, decorations, and other discretionary items. This means that in order to get the most out of your FarmVille experience, you’ll have to level up quickly to unlock as many items and bonuses as you can. The Basics But how do you do this? There are several things to keep in … Continue reading

Bill Gates and GM

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on, because at a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated:’If General Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that gave 1,000 miles to the gallon.’ In response to Bill ‘ s comments, General Motors (GM) issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash… twice a day. Every time they re-painted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, … Continue reading

Highest definition picture ever taken of Cape Town – how we did it.

Virtual Africa presents: The highest definition picture ever taken of Cape Town. It might not look like much on first glance, but try the following and be ready to be blown away: click on the full screen button (bottom right) and then ZOOM !! Visit Virtual Tours South Africa to read more about how they have done this. Bookmark It Hide Sites

the HYPE framework

The HYPE framework is a collaborative visual framework developed in FDT and AS3 by Branden Hall and Joshua Davis. For the Flash junkies makes life so much easier when dealing with action script. HYPE is a creative coding framework built on top of ActionScript 3. A major goal of HYPE is to allow newcomers to Flash and ActionScript to creatively play and express themselves while they are learning how to program. To get started, the user needs only the most basic knowledge of programming – variables, conditionals, loops, and functions, for example. As the user learns more about programming they can extend HYPE and thus grow their skills, while at the same time inspiring the next generation. Now, that’s not to say HYPE is just for people who are new to programming. Instead, HYPE is for anyone, regardless of skill, who wants to play with code. Fundamentally, the point of … Continue reading

Top Ten Ways to Use Twitter for Marketing

Twitter is a micro-blogging site that asks you a basic question, “What are you doing?” It allows anyone with an account to write up to 140 characters in a text field as a means to update, comment, promote or communicate to others who are “following” you. When people follow you, they see what you’ve recently contributed when they login. They see your “tweets”, which are the messages you leave. Continue reading

Internet advertising 101

The key internet advertising terms explained Internet advertising offers various ways to reach your target audience in a more effective way. Here are some of the aspects of internet advertising to consider: Search engine optimisation, (SEO) People use search engines to find information on the internet. In order to generate traffic to your website, it is important to acquire a high ranking on the engine’s results page when relevant keywords are searched for. SEO is the part of internet advertising that takes into account how search engines work and what people search for, and then optimises the website, for example by improving the content, to achieve higher rankings. Pay per click (PPC) advertising Advertisers can also pay to have their links listed when users search for relevant keywords. These links are listed separately, usually on the right-hand side of the results page. When using the PPC model for internet advertising, the advertiser bids … Continue reading

9 Tips For Effective Website Content

Web readers may be a difficult bunch, they may take a while to digest information and they may need convincing of every single point you deliver but they are essential. They can become long term, loyal customers, as long as you give them what they want. Writing for the Internet is a different skill to writing for paper print or paper publications. Website readers digest smaller amounts of information in less time when compared to reading from paper. This means that website content needs to be very well organised, concise, well formatted, and appealing. Throw in the proper use of search engine keywords, a powerful Call To Action (CTA), your Unique Selling Proposition (USP), and the natural scepticism of web users and it’s easy to see why many website owners use professional content writers. 1 – Use An Inverted Pyramid Style Of Writing The inverted pyramid style of writing means … Continue reading

Enragement ring

A piece of jewelry, typically a ring, that is purchased for a girlfriend in an effort to make her happy after you have made her angry. A: Wow, your girlfriend is pretty pissed that you were out all night and didn’t call her. What are you going to do? B: Yeah, you’re right, she’s pretty mad. I might have to buy her an ‘enragement ring’ to smooth things over. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Afterclap

afterclap — That last person/people who keep(s) clapping after everyone else has stopped. normally parents, but it could be die-hard fans etc. *Large chorus of clapping” Mom: “Did you hear little Billy’s singing?” Aunt: “Yes his voice really stood out” *Mother and Aunt only ones clapping still* Bystander 1: “That afterclap is lame, their kid totally sucks, it was a choir of 200 kids!” Bystander 2: “Yeah afterclap kills a show sometimes..” Bookmark It Hide Sites

Top 50 Google Website Optimizer Tips on What to Test

Below is list of what to test from ‘Radically Improving your Conversion Rate’ using Google Website Optimizer at Search Engine Strategies New York 2009 in really no specific order because each site is different. If you are new to Google Website Optimizer check out our Top 7 Google Website Optimizer Tips before you start testing. Then use this list to generate ideas of what to test on your site using Google Website Optimizer. Put the best info and calls to action Above the FOLD (avoid false bottoms that make users think there isn’t any more content) Repeat your Call to Action throughout a long page Add a Form to the page to generate leads or even order your product Make Calls to Action contextual and specific to content of page versus generalized calls to action Call to Action Button Design (shape, style, size, color, white space, grouping, etc) Customer Centric … Continue reading

Digital Marketing Comes of Age – SEACOM is live!

SEACOM announced that its 1,28 Terabytes per second (Tb/s), 17,000km, submarine fibre optic cable system linking south and east Africa to global networks via India and Europe has been completed and commissioned. In a nutshell, Seacom will revolutionize the Internet in South Africa. The high-speed broadband system should enable government, business leaders and citizens to compete globally, drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Africa. What’s more, increasing Internet speeds and decreasing costs mean that now more than ever your company should be ready to plug in to the digital revolution… or risk falling behind your competitors. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Optimize Your Website with These Simple Tips – Think Links

As more and more marketing functions move to the web, businesses are at least starting to understand the requirements of ranking for keywords relevant to the business. Most however still don’t understand how Google and other search engines determine who gets top placements. The guidelines here will at least put you in position to achieve higher search engine ranks. Continue reading

Dick Magnet

The opposite of a chick magnet. Used to refer to anything or anyone who easily attracts guys. Also used with straight guys who easily attract gay guys (My personal favorite). “I’ve only been to a gay bar once” “Oh yeah? I bet you were a real dick magnet” Bookmark It Hide Sites

Knowledge is power: what are social media backlinks really worth?

One of the fastest ways to build backlinks is to register on social media sites with high PageRank: Facebook, Xing, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ecademy, Twitter etc. These sites allow you to set up a user profile with information about you and your company, including a link to your website. The only catch is that not all of these sites’ links are ‘do-follow’ – which means your site will not always receive the ‘link juice’. Continue reading

Google Chrome OS for PCs: Look Out Windows and OS X

It’s coming in the second half of 2010. Google is working on new software named Google Chrome OS, which will offer a cloud-based, OS experience around the browser. Google says the OS is open source and lightweight, allowing users super quick access to the web. They claim the OS will be virus free (the security architecture is entirely new), and run a newly-designed windowing system on top of a Linux kernel that will be compatible with x86 and ARM processors alike. Though they were quick to mention this was separate from Android, they also conceded there would be some overlap in concept and functionality between the two platforms. While the discussion of specific apps (and how they will work) was vague, Google made reference to a developer ecosystem that will be heavily web-based, and apps would be compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux (obviously). In a nutshell, it looks like … Continue reading