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How to Use E-Books to Promote Your Website

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Advances in technology and the increasing number of online publishers have made it possible for anyone to become an author. You don’t have to jump through the hoops of traditional publishing, and you don’t have to invest a lot of money in traditional self-publishing. If you can write the book, you can format it, upload it, and make it for sale. If it’s popular enough, you might even make (a lot of) money on it.

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You don’t have to be an aspiring Stephen King to want to publish your own book. Businesses of all kinds can publish e-books not only to generate revenue, but also to promote their websites and create greater awareness of their brand. Here are just a few ways that you can use e-books to promote your website and your brand: Read more…

9 Ways to Utilize Google+ Communities for Branding and Marketing

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Search engine and social media marketing have become essential components of any business plan in the 21st century and chances are you are already utilizing social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to market your company or your blog.

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With everyone and their nephew diving headfirst into the social media marketing pool, it can seem daunting to rise above the deluge and effectively increase brand awareness, generate a following and build brand authority and trust.

Thus it has become vital that you get on the cutting-edge of the social media landscape, and take advantage of the latest developments before your competition and every other marketing imitator gets their foot in the door. Read more…

Top 30 Best Social Media Search Engines to Find People & Social Information

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Facebook introduced a semantic search engine called Graph Search in March 2013. It was the giant social media site’s biggest foray into online search. Most analysts said that the Facebook’s social search is not strong enough to challenge Google as the world’s dominant search engine, but it will certainly take away quite a sizeable search share from Google especially on the local information.

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Apart from social search, Facebook also collaborated with Microsoft’s Bing to provide web search results. In return, Bing includes certain Facebook results into their search results. However, when it comes to social search, your choices are not limited to Google, Facebook or Bing only. There are other powerful social network search engines out there helping you to find social profile of people, companies, groups, brands, as well as user-generated content such as comments, bookmarks, videos and news. Read more…

27 Real Estate Websites & Tools for Property Agents, Realtors & Brokers

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Being a successful real estate agent is not as difficult as you thought if you know how to fully utilize some powerful websites and tools available on the net. These real property online resources are very useful in helping you to reach prospects in your region, negotiate the best price for sellers and get the latest market info, trends and pricing data.

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Previously we’ve posted an article introducing some useful real estate sites and tools to assist home buyers finding the best bargains. Today, we would like to share a huge list of popular sites and powerful services for realtors instead. If you are looking to sell or rent your house, you can be your own agent by using below 27 tools to get the best deal! Read more…

Windows Phone 8 Store Now with 35,000 Apps and Still Counting

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Little needs to be stressed about the importance of apps, be it the personal computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone or smartphone, they have great utility and save lot of time. They also make things easy for users. In fact, apps have become such an integral part to computing experiences, that, an operating system’s success is getting closely linked to the range of apps it can support and how much is actually available in the open. That, Windows Phone 8 Store could muster in 35,000 apps to date and is still growing at an astonishing rate is something users should be happy about.

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Numbers are really encouraging, but there is a downside to the whole phenomenon, and the funniest thing is that most of these apps are nothing but a replication of each other. Read more…

Top Web Development Trends You Need to Checkout in 2013

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In this ever-changing virtual world, it has become mandatory for web developers to find out the latest and trendy ways to enhance the overall look of their websites. Web development, a decade ago, was just a simple static display, but now it has turned out to be more dynamic with the emergence of new technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and some other breakthrough in the field of web development. Earlier the trend was focusing on media capabilities but now the trend has totally shifted to better usability and aesthetics.

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Generally predictions are tough and when it comes to an industry which is changing with the blink of an eye, it is really going to be a challenging task. Well, we have now stepped into the New Year 2013 and why don’t we go out on a limb and make some predictions on web development trends for 2013? Certain things are arguable while others are irrefutable. Who knows what is going to be in and what is going to be out from the trend list 2013. The top web development trends that could make their way in 2013 are: Read more…

11 Real Estate Online Tools for Home Buyers and Property Sellers

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No matter you want to buy a new home, sell your old apartment or rent a room, can you do it without the help of the Internet? Sounds pretty tough right? Fortunately there are tons of resources on the web to help you dealing with anything related to real-estate, from home searching to renovation tips. Here we’ve gathered our favorite real-property online services where you can look for your dream home, determine the most strategic location, compare whether buying or renting, check your affordability, choose reliable agent or broker, find high ROI deals and many more.

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Don’t forget to share with us your favorite property site. Read more…

Coordinating Social Media and SEO Strategies for Effective Blog Promotion

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Social media, the online media platform that has turned the world of communication and mass media head over heels. From communication to advertising, from personal communication to mass communication, social media has forayed into almost every business vertical and sector. This has been the trend in the past ten years, and certainly will be so in the foreseeable future.

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At its current rate of gaining prominence, it could soon slay other traditional media forms such as print and broadcast media. The current social media revolution has been spurred on by increased access to and widespread usage of broadband Internet around the world. At this juncture, social media has become an irresistible force of the Internet world. Read more…

Top 17 Educational Sites to Help Your Kids Learn Faster

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These days Internet is not limited to adults, it’s also widely used by children for schoolwork, online games, and to search for information. Unfortunately, many kids easily get addicted to online games and video causing insufficient time to study. As parents, we should closely monitor our kids on how their time being spent on the web. We must not only keep them focused on learning but also avoid them from accessing inappropriate websites.

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Here we’ve rounded up some of the best educational websites for kids. They are very useful for developing children’s reading and writing skills, gain basic knowledge in any subject, play math, science related games and other learning. We hope these sites help to build a strong foundation for your kids’ future academic achievement. Read more…

12 Internal Link & Broken Link Checkers, Online Tools & WordPress Plugins

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Effective internal link strategy is useful for spreading link juice and building healthy site architecture. To achieve that, you should make sure that all the internal links on your site are working well. In other words, avoid broken links. If your site has too many broken links causing 404 error pages, not only it will have a negative impact on your site’s SEO rankings but also prompt visitors to leave your site.

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Fortunately there are a number of free online tools available on the web helping you to check the link status on your site and report if any broken links are detected. In today’s post, we’ve listed some of the best internal link checkers and broken link detectors helping you to build a user-friendly and SEO friendly website. Read more…

10 Best Free Interior Design Online Tools and Software

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What would you do when you plan to design your dream house and rooms? May be some of you will surf websites that talk about architecture, buy some interior design books or visit IKEA store to get some ideas and inspirations? Well they are all good planning before you start your renovation works or buying furniture. However, if you really serious about designing your home that suits your needs, wouldn’t it be great if you can plan virtually though home design tools?

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Today we would like to introduce you some helpful free tools to plan and design your home, rooms, kitchen, bathroom as well as office space, without requiring any prior knowledge. All these online apps and software allow you to drag and drop furniture, floorings, decors and finishes into your virtual room, in the style and color you like. Sounds interesting? Just give them a try and you’ll love them! Read more…

Top 12 Free Astronomy Software, Programs, and Online Tools

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Astronomy is a natural science that’s all about the earth and the universe. While it’s a broad research field driven by professional scientists around the world, it’s also a personal hobby of many who are interested in the study of celestial objects such as stars, moons, planets, nebulae and galaxies. Beside of using your naked eyes, binocular or telescope to obverse these fascinating sky objects, you can also make use of some astronomy software to help you access the mystery of space.

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Today we’ve compiled a list of astronomy software and online applications that help your work and hobby become more effective and interesting. These softwares are suitable to both professional and amateur astronomers and the best part is that they are all free to use! Read more…

Top 10 Coolest Movie and TV Spy Gadgets in History of Technology

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Spy movies and TV shows have been crowd favorites for a long time now. People love watching handsome men in suits fighting off the bad guys, flying helicopters, firing guns and most of all, using their cool gadgets. Since the 60s, there are many gadgets which have become popular after being used in a spy movie or show. Not only are they incredibly cool to look at, but they make you think why no one has ever bothered to design them for real.

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You can get cable to watch the movies and TV shows. You can also head to the cinema to watch your favorite spies in action. While there are hundreds of such gadgets to choose from, here are the top ten coolest movie and TV spy gadgets in the history of technology. Read more…

9 Online Tools to Create Custom Maps and Get Directions

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Thanks Google Maps for being one of the pioneers in the development of web-based mapping. It makes us realize the importance of online maps in our daily lives such as getting right direction to the destination, jogging, bike riding and travelling. With the advancement of the smartphone and tablet computers, finding location of destination becomes easier through GPS navigation and mapping apps.

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In today’s post, instead of teaching you tricks to effectively use Google Maps, we chose to introduce you 9 free tools that’ll help you to become an expert map-maker! With these web apps, you can easily plan a map for travelling, generate company location map or explain a route to someone. I hope you’ll find them helpful. Read more…

25 Ranking Signals Google Use to Rank Websites in Search Results

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Every year, Google makes hundreds of changes to its search algorithm with the aim of providing quality web pages to its users. The giant search engine also applies over 200 different signals to reward websites with quality contents by ranking them high in the search results. On the other side of the coin, Google penalizes low-quality websites by either lowering their search rankings or removing them off from the search results.

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Last year Google has rolled out its major algorithm change called “Panda”. While the update has improved rankings for a large number of high-quality sites, it has also identified low-quality sites and upgraded their rankings. Early this year, another algorithm update named “Penguin” was released to penalize websites that employ webspam techniques such as keyword stuffing, cloaking and link schemes.

Google has been emphasizing many times on its blog and help forum that we should make sure our sites comply with its quality guidelines and develop more unique, original and quality contents rather than focusing on any algorithm tweaks. Having said that, if we can step into Google’s mindset to find out how it has been looking for high-quality websites. That will certainly save us a lot of time and efforts. Below we’ve compiled a list of ranking signals and guidance that might be used by Google to determine how websites rank in the search results. Read more…