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  • Four tips for bloggers

    2016 - 01.19

    Blogging is more than just putting your thoughts down on paper. If you ever want your blog to gain some real traction, you need to consider a lot more factors. You need to think about how to:

    Expand your audience

    You will simple be wasting your time without a good blog following, to attract followers the key is mostly having really good content. This means original content, which ran require quite a bit of research and time to compile. Even though creating great content may take a huge amount of time, it’s usually worth the investment as it can attract more followers for  years to come.

     

    Connect & Engage your website visitors

    A great way to do this is offer your personal contact information, that means your email, twitter, facebook and phone number. If you don’t want to give out your personal phone # then consider a service like RingRoost or Google voice, see more here: https://www.ringroost.com/blog/google-voice-auto-attendant/

     

    Leverage social media

    Social media is your best friend in the blogosphere, with having a good handle on twitter, facebook, google+ and all the other up and  coming social websites, your blog really does not stand a chance.  So be sure to think about your social media strategy and presence before you start writing your next blog.

     

    Monetize

    If you can’t get anything out of your blog, then what is the point of having it? You spend a lot of time creating good content and should reap the benefits. There are a lots of good ways to monetize a blog, including affiliate links and sometimes sponsored brand adds. Consider what business you would promote naturally through your blog and consider reaching out to them to see how you could work together.

    Increasing your website visitors conversion rate

    2014 - 05.12

    One of the most challenging things that we face when marketing on the web is getting our website visitors to become customers. There are many tools we can use to help convert visitors to customers, including google analytics and other various monitoring tools. One of the most helpful areas in the way of conversion that we have found is simply making it easy for potential customers to get in touch with you. If a customer can’t get in touch, they won’t waste another second with your product. You are not investing in them, so why should they invent or trust in you?

    So to solve the problem, one of the new technologies we have tried is called click to call, this technology basically allows any website visitor to click a button on your website and make a call right in there browser to your phone. If you want to install your own click to call button, here is a great click2call tutorial on how to setup your own click2call button. Not only does this allow us marketers to track what channels have the highest  conversion rate, visitors can place calls for free from anywhere in the world.  It may seem like a pretty small barrier for a potential customer to pick up a phone and make a call, but that fact of the matter is making it just a little easier for your potential customers can be the difference that gives you the edge over you competition.

     

     

    Top ten way to learn to program

    2014 - 01.31

    Learning how to program is not as easy or as difficult as most people think. It does require time, dedication and good problem solving skills. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to become skilled enough to start writing original and functional applications or scripts. There are ten top ways to learn how to program in nearly any language.

    10. Programming Books
    Books are still one of the best ways to learn programming. There are thousands of books available covering every language from Java and C to PHP and Haskell. Books allow a person to learn at whatever speed is most appropriate. They also provide a reference for later when actually coding. The most effective books will come with a resource CD or online library that includes code examples and programming tools.

    9. Interactive Online Tutorials
    There are many interactive tutorials available online. These tutorials teach the basics of programming while also allowing users to manipulate code or variables. The advantage is that complex programming concepts are easier to learn through an interactive interface. The interactive elements immediately show how changes to the code affect the output of the program.

    8.Study and Modify Existing Application Code
    Another method is to study and modify existing application code. This can be done by installing the correct compiler and interactive development environment. Simple applications can teach the basic syntax of the language. Making changes to the code will show how applications operate. This method is good for individuals who enjoy hands-on learning and who have some rudimentary computer or programming knowledge.

    7. Internships
    An internship involves working alongside a professional programmer in a real-world environment. Some employers allow free internships while others offer paid internships. An internship will teach basic programming skills while also showing how programmers fit into a larger business or development structure.

    6. Games and Hobby Tools
    Several games and hobby tools can teach programming in languages like C, Java or Visual Basic. The games interpret the written code and show the results through avatars or other types of interesting output. Some hobby tools provide visual programming interfaces for electronics that make learning a language easier.

    5. Attend Workshops
    Many community centers and other locations offer programming workshops. Workshops usually focus exclusively on one language and one skill level. It is often possible to take consecutive workshops that gradually increase the complexity of the programming concepts taught.

    4. Join a Computer Club or Group
    Most cities and schools have a computer club or computer enthusiast group that attracts programmers. Joining these groups provides an immersive experience where different programmers can pass on knowledge and skills. An added benefit is that most groups will also teach about computer hardware.

    3. Find a Tutor or Mentor
    A tutor or mentor is a skilled programmer willing to give one-on-one lessons. A tutor can help to guide a person through the entire learning process from understanding the syntax to managing a large multi-file project. Tutors are a good option for people who want to learn programming fast.

    2. Free Online Courses
    Hundreds of free courses and videos are available online that can teach a person to program. These courses are usually divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. Some involve an interactive element where students can ask questions about the lesson. Watching several of these courses can teach a person simple programming skills in a short amount of time.

    1. Take Computer Science Classes
    Anyone who wants to pursue a career as a programmer should learn by enrolling in computer science classes in a college or university. Computer science classes provide the most in-depth coverage of all topics associated with programming from logic and design to language skills and project management. Students who complete a degree program can start working in the industry immediately.

    Setting Up Your First Website

    2014 - 01.31

    Setting up your first website is like an adventure into another dimension. You’ve been on thousands of websites, but you’ve never built one on your own. You could need the site for a blog that you run, for your small business or for a cause that you feel passionate about. Regardless of the purpose of the website, you can take a couple steps and ensure that the website you start is one that is perfectly-designed for you without driving you crazy at the same time.

    1. Find Your Space

    Many people start with a web hosting service and purchase their unique URL. Remember, you want to have a URL that makes sense and is easy to remember. This will help to ensure that people can find you when they are searching for you and remember the URL if it is referred to them or they read it in passing.

    2. Use Design Software

    There are plenty of website design platforms out there. Some are free or very cheap. They can show you how to begin pulling your site together or even offer themes that you can use to begin your site’s design. There are many choices for website owners concerning how they can make their website appear, but the website owner is able to use any images they own and create any of their art to make their website look beautiful.

    3. Invest In Security

    Security protocols for personal and business webpages vary. With some subscriptions to a hosting service, the website owner will get built-in security. However, there are other website hosts that offer very little or no security. With the amount of hacking that goes on in today’s economy, website owners large and small must invest in security software for their sites.

    The security software could range from a plugin that is downloaded into the site itself all the way to a security program that prevents access into the site itself without password clearance. Taking security seriously allows for website owners to ensure that they are never taken over by hackers.

    4. Personal E-Mail

    Finally, many people who have their own website tend to want to have a personal e-mail address, as well. With many web hosting subscriptions, there are e-mail hosting privileges that allow for the website owner to run their e-mail through their website. This is the best way to communicate with readers or customers because the name of the website is on the emails they get from you.

    With each of these steps, a new website owner can design a website that looks good, have a quality URL, is secure and is personalized to meet their needs. Websites can be built without a knowledge of coding and look professional and beautiful.