Monthly Archives: January 2010

Apple’s ipad or iflop???

Only time will tell if Apple’s iPad will be a success or an iFlop!

On January 27th Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s latest “IT” product, the iPad. Essentially the iPad “fills the gap” in between smartphones and laptops. One question remains to be answered, is there a need for a device to bridge the gap in between the two technologies? We’re not sure yet, but there is one thing we know, the iPad has some issues… below are 5 of the most glaring.

Are you planning on purchasing an iPad? Let us know.

1.) The Name
Numerous names were being thrown around in the months/weeks leading up to the release (iTablet, iSlate, iPad) but which name was Apple going to choose? I had grown accustomed to referring to the device as the iTablet, I could even see calling it the iSlate… but iPad never seemed quite right. Why would Apple want to name their new product something that sounds so familiar to the iPod? Some people are objecting to the name referring to it as the “iTampon“.

Talk about foresight, this Mad TV iPad skit aired several years ago… and easily became 10x funnier.

Apple I-Pad

2.) No Multitasking
Are you serious?… who thought this was a good idea? How can the iPad even compete with Netbooks if you can’t multitask? This means that if you’re writing a document you can’t listen to music, you can’t have TweetDeck open if you want to check your email, you can only do one thing at a time, which has always been a complaint with the iPhone.

3.) No Camera
Why is there no camera on the iPad, front or back? It’s got a microphone… but no camera. Look at the size of the case that surrounds the screen, there is ample space for a camera. The iPad should’ve at least came with a 3-megapixel camera built in. As it stands, this means no iChat/Skype chat for you. Good move Apple, good move!!!

4.) Huge Ridiculous Adapters
Want to access your camera or plug in something USB… well there’s an adapter for that, actually 2 separate adapters both excessively huge.

5.) Same Touch Keyboard
The iPad needed to revolutionize the keypad for touchscreen devices, make it easier to use. So what did we get… just a larger version of what we already had. It’ll be incredibly hard to type on, unless you’re lying flat with your knees holding the device up, or you buy the iPad Case (essentially a book cover).

BONUS: No Flash (We just couldn’t stop at 5)
Most of us are probably accustomed to Apple devices not being Flash compatible, but if Apple is truly wanting to compete with other Netbooks they need to remedy this. With a larger screen comes more responsibilities, i.e. you can’t just leave gigantic holes in the middle of webpages if you claim it to be “the best web experience you’ve ever had“.

The iPad is still in its infancy, so we’re sure that it’ll get better with time. Only time will tell if Apple’s iPad will be a success or an iFlop.

What are some other problems you see with the iPad? Leave us a comment.

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Six “best” SEO tips for your website.

Here is a list of six of the most important search engine ranking factors as voted for by 37 leaders in the world of organic search engine optimisation.

The original list was put together at SEOmoz by Rand Fishkin, CEO & Jeff Pollard, Web Developer back in April, 2007 as ‘Search Engine Ranking Factors V2’.

There were five categories of search engine ranking covered:
Keyword Use Factors | Page Attributes | Site/Domain Attributes | Inbound Link Attributes | Negative Crawling/Ranking Attributes

I’m not totally in agreement with the order of the list, personally ranking some factors differently than the 37 SEO experts, but overall there is no argument with the fact that applying Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques to these will help get your website better rankings.

This top six list takes the highest average scoring SEO ranking factors, with my comments attached. If you want to do the right things to develop a successful website you should take on board this advice.

No.1 SEO Tip

Keyword Use in Title Tag – Placing the targeted search term or phrase in the title tag of the web page’s HTML header.

Good titles help everyone. They help the search engine categorise your site, they help the searcher know what to expect from your page, thus helping to increase CTR (Click-Through Rate) and they get better SERPS (Search Engine Ranking Positions).

No.2 SEO Tip

Link Popularity within the Site’s Internal Link Structure – Refers to the number and importance of internal links pointing to the target page.

A good linking structure makes certain that important pages get enough emphasis in the same way good navigation structure on the web page helps visitors get around your site slickly.

No.3 SEO Tip

Global Link Popularity of Site – The overall link weight/authority as measured by links from any and all sites across the web.

Encourage people to link to your site by becoming an authority on your subject. In short, make a great website.

No.4 SEO Tip

Anchor Text of Inbound Link – These pieces affect Google’s weighting of links from external websites pointing to a page.

Absolutely, but difficult to control.

No.5 SEO Tip

Keyword Use in Body Text – Using the targeted search term in the visible, HTML text of the page

Yes, this is important, but do NOT, whatever you do, ‘spam’ the targeted keyword(s). Only use the keyword phrase throughout the page where it makes sense. Search engines are sophisticated beasties and will apply topic analysis to learn what is truly relevant.

No.6 SEO Tip

Age of Site – As measured from the launch of indexable content seen by the search engines.

With the concept of ‘authority’ weighing so heavily in search engines’ ranking factors these days, it is unsurprising that this factor featured in the top six. Of  course, the age of the site is not something you can do a great deal about, but perhaps it’s worth bearing in mind that your website should be considered a long-term project. Don’t just paste up a site and then leave it. It shouldbe regarded as an ongoing investment, not a one-off or single-quarter project. Retain the people, processes and budget to keep it working for your business after the initial implementation is complete.

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How your Internet speed can ‘slow your business down’

Businesses are being impeded by slow broadband, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

This follows a report by communications watchdog Ofcom, which reveals that more than 50 per cent of broadband users are receiving less than half the speed promised by providers.

Phil McCabe, spokesperson for the FPB, says: ‘Slow internet speed could be a reason for the low take-up of small businesses going online. For cost-effective marketing it’s imperative that business owners are embracing this technology. What we need are real measures to facilitate better access to the internet and quicker communication. At the moment, it’s completely uneven across the country.’

According to a survey by Mr Site, more than half of small businesses in the UK do not have an online presence.

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End of the Recession…

The end of the UK’s longest-ever recession has been confirmed when official figures were published.

Experts predict the beleaguered economy grew by 0.4% between October and December, ending a record six straight quarters of contraction.

During 18 months of recession brought on by the credit crunch and then financial crisis, public borrowing has ballooned to an estimated £178 billion while output has slumped 6%.

This far exceeds the recession of the early 1990s and is the worst slump since Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took office 30 years ago.

The data should reflect a slow recovery among services firms – accounting for more than two-thirds of the economy – as signalled by recent surveys. Manufacturers are also likely to have seen tentative growth, helped by the Government’s cash-for-bangers scrappage scheme, despite disappointing retail sales figures for December last week.

Official confirmation of recovery will mean that the UK is the last of the major G7 economies to leave recession.

Faint signs of green shoots may also ease the political pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who faces a general election within months.

But nerves remain over the strength of the recovery – in particular the threat of a “double-dip” recession as savage spending cuts loom and the Bank of England begins to move interest rates up from their current record low.

Economists had forecasted a return to growth in the third quarter of 2009, but were caught off-guard by a shock 0.4% decline in the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) first estimate, later revised upwards to a 0.2% fall. The first estimate is made with only around 40% of the data available, so there is “plenty of room for surprises” in today’s figures, according to Investec’s David Page.

While signs such as the first fall in unemployment for 18 months, and a gradual recovery in tax revenues are consistent with a return to growth, Mr Page added: “Official GDP estimates have been significantly revised in recent quarters. The last time a first estimate of GDP was left subsequently unrevised was the first quarter of 2007.”

There is hope for the economy and small businesses, because the end signifies the halt of a free fall and the beginning of progress. Although it should be noted that the progress might not be an instant one, but at least there are reason to smile based on the hope that the next few months should be better.

More to come on how the end of the crunch would help boost your business sales…

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How to Improve Your Get Paid to Write Articles

You may be unhappy with your get paid to write articles because they aren’t earning the money that you want. After awhile you can start getting discouraged & feeling like you are in rut. You will have a greater chance of success if you write for several different companies & produce a lot of quality content. To do this, you need to really like writing. Here is how to fall in love with writing, even article writing.

  1. Look at the history of writing. Many of the classical writers died penniless. Others wrote fantastic things but never had the means of getting their words out to thousands or millions of people, the way the internet affords us. It is a tough, aggravating, & unpredictable profession but it is better than so many other jobs.
  2. Write what you love. If you are writing for residual income, you may be basing your articles on keywords. If you are writing for a company, they probably give you the title & the topic. Either way, you can feel burnt out. Writing may feel more & more like a job. Keep a diary or personal blog that you don’t monetize in any way. This will keep your words fresh & you’ll be able to voice your opinion without the added pressure of having to pay bills with it.
  3. Before you start writing take a few seconds to close your eyes. Envision what you are about to write in your mind & make it as colorful & as imaginative as possible.
  4. Fall in love with words. You probably wanted to be a writer because you read something you loved. Stop writing long enough to read. Draw inspiration from other article writers. Pick up your favorite book or just play around with the poetry magnets on your fridge. Remember why you wanted to write in the first place.
  5. Learn from your mistakes. Carefully go through your writing & notice what adjectives you use a lot. There are probably a few that you use over & over such as great. Edit out these words to change things up.
  6. Expand your vocabulary. Get a thesaurus out & spice up your writing with new synonyms that make you smile.
  7. Take a break. You are probably working at your own pace & want/need to write as much as possible. Try switching up your work station by taking your laptop to a cafe or working outside.
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