Website Backup

Backing up Your Website is so important, here is a guide on how to do it. So what would happen if you woke up tomorrow and your web host had accidentally deleted your website? It happened to me and you guessed it, I didn’t have my website backup done. That won’t ever happen to me again and I’m here to help you get prepared too.

imagesNightmare scenario. My entire business went down the drain with one mistake by my web host. It wasn’t even my fault, but I had to start my business from scratch because of that one mistake. I’m not alone either: 40% of small to medium businesses don’t back up their data.

If you have a website, today is the day to get your website backup plan straight.

Why is Website Backup so Important?

There are five reasons why you should back up your website:

1. It’s not your web host’s responsibility to make a website backup available to you.
A surprising number of web hosts don’t back up your website regularly. Of the few that do, most of them simply do so for their own protection and don’t make the files available to their customers.

2. Storing the original development site isn’t enough.
If you developed your site on a test server, or your local computer, you may think that’s enough to protect you. However, over time, websites are tweaked and changed and those changes often won’t be reflected in the original version. If you run a forum, blog or CRM system, much of your valuable content is uploaded by your users, and won’t exist in any other place than on your website.

3. You need to be ready to react quickly.
Having an up to date back up in place will allow you to get back online quickly after a mishap. There are many reasons why you need to get your website back online quickly including loss of income and potential SEO penalties (according to some sources).

4. Peace of mind.
Before I started backing up my websites, it was always on my mind that I needed to do something. It was my responsibility and I’d be letting a lot of people down if I lost the latest version of my site.

5. It’s your protection against viruses.
Web hosts don’t tend to proactively run virus and malware scanners against your website. Therefore, keeping a backup may be your easiest, and best protection; allowing you to turn back the clock after an attack. While this doesn’t prevent attacks, it does cure them when needed.

Website Backup Solutions

Now that you know why to back up, let’s look at how!

1. Manual backups.
Let’s start with the most low-tech method: manually FTPing your files to your local computer. The downsides however, are clear:

You have to remember to back up regularly.
It can take a long time to download a big website.
There’s no way to only download files that have changed (costing you time and bandwidth).
You must manually monitor the download to ensure that it has completed properly.
You need to create your own, logical way of managing and storing the backed-up files.
Should you choose to go down this route, let me give you some tips:

Set diary entries and reminders to back up your website and make an effort to never skip the task.
Don’t forget to back up your databases too.
Keep a logical folder structure with the date as the directory name.
Ensure that you back up to multiple hard drives, for maximum protection.

2. cPanel backups.
imagesWebsite Back up with cPanel is easy. But there are some pitfalls to avoid. Let’s start with a brief explanation of how to back up, if you are hosting on a server with the cPanel control panel installed:

Log into your cPanel control panel.
Click on the “Backup” icon.
Select “Generate / Download a Full Backup”.
Select “Home Directory” in “Backup Destination” and enter your email address, before clicking the “Generate Backup” button.
You’ll receive an email when the backup is ready.
But here’s the important thing: make sure you download the backup to your computer and keep it stored safely. You must remember to back up frequently and keep the backup files in a safe place. If your backups are stored on your server and your server goes down, you are essentially left without a backup.

3. Backing up to the cloud.
A cloud solution is the perfect place to keep a backup. It’s ever-expanding and with most systems, is backed up and fully redundant. Solutions for backing up to a cloud include:

Amazon S3: the grandmasterfunk of all cloud solutions. But getting your data onto S3 requires some thinking and will require installing server software, if you have access to do so (for example: CloudBerry Backup Server Edition for Windows users). Failing that, there are tools out there for many platforms, designed to get your data onto S3. For example, WordPress users who can’t install software on their server, may like to look into Backup Buddy, a WordPress plugin that backs up to Amazon S3.

Dropbox: while not intended to be used in this way, Dropbox makes for a suitable backup tool. WordPress users, in particular, may be interested in a third-party plugin that backs up the WordPress installation on a specified frequency.

Manual upload: even if you don’t plan on automating your backup workflow with S3, it acts as a secure, reliable place to store your manually-backed up files.

4. Rsync backup.
Rsync is a piece of software that allows you to copy files from one server to another. It’s clever because it will only transfer files (and even just parts of files) that have changed, saving you time and bandwidth.

Setting rsync up is not a straight-forward process, but if you have a second Linux server under your command, this offers a great way to backup your site incrementally.

If you do this, you’ll still need to back up your database. If you use a cron job to back up your database into the synced area of your directory structure, rsync will take care of the rest. If you have a MySQL database, the easiest way to back it up is to run a script called mysqldump. This is a free script which is often installed by default in Linux and Windows alongside mysql client tools.

5. Automated backup solutions.
Why manage the backups yourself when you can put the experts in control? There are a small number of managed backup services out there, including:

Backup Machine: a feature-rich backup solution founded by the writer of this article. Backup Machine offers free backups, plus automated daily website and database backups.

Codeguard: focusing their features on malware detection and alerts when your website is changed, CodeGuard offers manual and automatic website backups.

Dropmysite: a bare-bones website backup solution that, like the others, connects via FTP and downloads backups. However, this system does not incrementally back up the files; it simply re-downloads the entire website every time.

In Summary

With so many options, I’m sure it’s difficult to choose how to plan your website backup workflow. Therefore, we’ll finish up with some final closing tips to help you move on from here:

1. Choose something that fits your budget and timescale.
The full features of the automated solutions will cost a few dollars a month, but it’s important to weigh that up against the time and stress you’ll save over backing up yourself.

2. Decide on the best backup schedule.
If you have a database or any other dynamic element, ensure that you back up at least once a day. Otherwise, back up as often as your website changes. And, if possible, schedule your backups to happen at the quietest time of your website to avoid any disruption.

3. Check your backups regularly
Several surveys have shown that the biggest pitfalls people make with their backups is that they forget to check them. Ensure that your files aren’t corrupt and that your back up contains everything you need to do a full restore of your website.

There’s just one vital tip left to share …

4. Website Backup Do it now!
Disaster could strike at any time. Back up your website now and back it up every day. If a nightmare strikes, you’ll be ready to take control and get back online within minutes.

Want An Internet Marketing Business

Questions to ask yourself before starting your internet marketing business.

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  1. Why do I want my own internet marketing business? If you have no “why” then you will find this venture very difficult.
  2. What interests, talents, skills and strengths do I have that will assist me in running my new internet business? Write them down list them all and think of ways you can include them in your marketing. Work with people who have similar ideas to yours, you don’t have to do this alone.
  3. What are my strengths and weaknesses? Concentrate on what you are good at, outsource what you struggle with even if it costs money, speculate to accumulate.
  4. What skills do I need to learn to improve on to run my business effectively? Never be afraid to learn new things or ask for help, remember the only silly question is the one never asked.
  5. Do I enjoy challenges? This isn’t just aimed at business but includes everyday life too. Challenges are good for your progression and learning.
  6. Will I be doing work that is meaningful and really interests and excites me? When you do things you enjoy you will concentrate  better, and therefore do a good job, self motivation and enthusiasm is a key part here, get a kick out of what you do in your daily life and business.
  7. Do I really have a money making idea? Many people have ideas, but is it a money making idea? A good internet marketing business idea needs to address a problem, a need, a pain that people are faced with, give them the solution so they will buy from you. Research is vital here to see if you have the right money making idea to give you results.
  8. Who are my ideal target customers? It goes without saying all business needs customers to survive, top businesses know exactly what their customers desires, needs and wants are and how to give them the solution to their problem or search.
  9. Who are my competition? In order to stand out from the crowd you must find out everything possible about the competition indirectly and directly, especially if they are in the same niche as your business.
  10. What can I offer that my competition doesn’t? People buy from people they know, like and trust so you need something that will stand out above the rest. You need to become the market of choice in order to succeed and grow your internet business. You need to set your stall out in a way that you can compliment the competition and not see them as a rival, work with the competition and not against them, at times join forces with them. Compete against yourself only, strive to be the best you can be day by day.
  11. Have I established business goals? Setting goals is a very important part of any business plan, but that is only a small part of the picture, achieving goals is the most important thing. To do this you need to take small steps to accomplish your goals, break them down to make them easier to achieve.
  12. Am I a self starter? When it’s your business you are in control, you have no one to answer to, no one to tell when and how to do things, so perhaps this section should be titled, are you motivated! You need to get things done, having an internet marketing business is not easy there are so many distractions, do something meaningful, something you enjoy and complete the task in hand.

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Social Media Choices

The concepts behind social media networking is not anything new, we have always been looking for ways to connect, engage and network with one another but they have taken on an entirely new meaning as well as momentum in the digital age. Where we used to have handshakes, word-of-mouth referrals, and stamped letters, todays relationships are often begun and developed on LinkedIn, Google +, and Facebook.

That means savvy business owners have to know and use a variety of social platforms to stay relevant and up to date, not to mention take advantage of emerging opportunities. Below, you will find what I consider to be some the most important channels and tools you need to be aware of.

1.Twitter Twitter. Perhaps the simplest of all social media platforms, Twitter also just happens to be one of the most fun and interesting. Messages are limited to 140 characters or less, but that’s more than enough to post a link, share an image, or even trade thoughts with friends ect. Twitters interface is easy to learn and use, and setting up a new profile only takes a few minutes.

2.Facebook Facebook. Considered to be synonymous with “social media” by some, Facebook is the one site where you’re likely to find friends, colleagues, and relatives all floating around. Although Facebook is mainly centered around sharing photos, links, and quick thoughts of a personal nature, individuals can also show their support to brands or organisations by becoming fans.

3.LinkedIn LinkedIn. One of the only mainstream social media sites that’s actually geared towards business, LinkedIn is to cyberspace what networking groups once were to local business communities. It is great for meeting customers, getting in touch with vendors, recruiting new employees, and keeping up with the latest in business or industry news. If it matters to your company or career, you can probably do it on LinkedIn.

4. Image result for xing icon imageXing. Another professional networking and recruitment site, Xing has the global presence and focus that LinkedIn lacks. Although it can be mistaken for a job search portal, the site actually has a number of features and communities that make it easy to develop relationships with suppliers, colleagues and even thought leaders within industry.

5. imagesRenren. Literally translating into “everyone’s website,” Renren is China’s largest social platform. Hugely popular with the younger crowd, it works in a way similar to Facebook, allowing users to share quick thoughts, update their moods, connect with others, and add posts or ideas to a blog-like stream.

6. Google+Google+. Social media’s big up-and-comer has really arrived over the past few years. By combining the best of Facebook and Twitter into one site – and backing it by the power of the world’s largest search engine, Google has given users a social site that has a little something for everyone. You can add new content, highlight topics with hashtags, and even separate contacts into circles. And, a G+ profile only takes a few minutes to get set up.

7. Disqus. Disqus isn’t actually a social media platform so much as a social engagement platform, but it can definitely help you improve your social engagement. As a tool for commenting, managing feedback on your own website (or other Disqus-enabled websites), and managing spam/troll type messages, it’s invaluable. Advanced features allow for social monitoring and upvoting.

8. LinkedIn Pulse. Even though Pulse is technically a part of LinkedIn, it’s big and important enough to deserve its own entry. Serving as something between a blog and “best of” outlet, it’s the perfect medium sharing new ideas and keeping up on the thought leaders in your industry.

9. Snapchat. This surprisingly-addictive app gives you the ability to take a picture, add art and text if you’d like, and then send it to recipients for a set amount of time (after which the photo will delete itself and be removed from the company’s servers). Lots of fun, and potentially a good way to stay in touch with friends.

10. TumblrTumblr. This platform is different form many others in that it essentially hosts microblogs for its users. Individuals and companies, in turn, can fill their blogs with multimedia (like images and short video clips). The fast-paced nature of Tumblr makes it ideal for memes, GIF’s, and other forms of fun or viral content.

 

11.Pinterest Pinterest. Serving as a giant virtual idea and inspiration board, Pinterest has made a huge impact on social media in the last few years. Especially popular with women and the do-it-yourself crowd, it lets you share pictures, creative thoughts, or (especially) before-and-after pictures of projects that others can pin, save, or duplicate.

 

12. Twoo. This Belgian social network site is geared for the 25 and under crowd all over the world. Alongside normal social features like posts, updates, and photo sharing, it also boasts online games and chat features that make it popular with younger users who want to stay entertained while connecting with each other.

13. MyMFB. Created as a Muslim alternative to Facebook (it was previously called MillatFacebook), this site aims to connect the faith’s 1.5+ billion followers into a single social platform. While that might sound ambitious, it’s growing quickly and offers many of the same post, update, and sharing features as the original Facebook, and is already immensely popular in some parts of the world.

14. YouTube. As a video sharing service, YouTube has become so popular that its catalog of billions and billions of videos has become known as “the world’s second-largest search engine” in some circles. The site has everything from first-person product reviews to promotional clips and “how-two” instruction on virtually any topic or discipline. Users have the ability to share, rate, and comment on what they see.

15.Instagram Instagram. If you’re looking for a quick, convenient connection between the camera feature on your smart phone and all your social profiles, then Instagram is the answer. Not only will allow you to share via Twitter, Facebook, and the Instagram website, you can choose from a variety of photo filters and invite friends to comment on your photos or ideas.

16.Vine Vine. This site (also available as an app) offers users the chance to share and view brief video clips. While that theoretically offers a virtually endless range of uses, most of Vine’s content is entertainment-focused, with a heavy preference towards “viral” and “meme” clips that are easy to share.

17. WhatsApp. The WhatsApp concept is simple: send text-style messages to anyone else using the platform, but without paying data charges. That straightforward idea has already gathered more than 700 million fans, making the app the world’s most popular messaging platform.

18. VKontaktevk.com. Promoting itself as Europe’s largest social media site, vk.com is essentially the Russian version of Facebook, with the same kinds of profiles, messaging, and games you would expect. Like Facebook, vk.com allows users to enter both personal and professional information about themselves, and to follow or show support for organizations and businesses.

19. Meetup. Meetup is a perfectly-named platform, because it’s perfect for organizing local groups around specific interests. There are meetups centered on just about everything, from music to hobbies, and get-togethers are almost always open to newcomers. That makes it perfect for exploring an interest and making new friends at the same time.

20. Medium. If you’ve ever wished that social engagement could come with an ongoing, up- to-date “how to” manual written by the experts, Medium might be just what you’re looking for. With lots of helpful advice, tips, and articles, it can give you everything you need to start connecting like a pro.

Website Load Speed Matters

When it comes to your user’s site experience and position in search engines, your website load speed matters and is a vital factor.

runnigInternet users today expect a website to load as fast as possible. High quality content, inbound links and easy navigation are not enough to make your blog or website successful.  They really feel cheated by blogs that take a very long time to respond to their web requests.

 

Why speed matters

User experience:

It’s a well known fact if a website takes too long to load; a visitor is more likely to move on to other website (most likely competitors). With the increased internet speed, usage and accessibility, today’s users expect the fastest and most reliable online experience. Everyone has “very limited time” to surf the internet and no one likes to wait on a web page to load.

So, what’s the time limit for a visitor to wait for loading a web page? Previously it was considered that maximum waiting time should be less than seven seconds. But today, in the world of improved technology, users expect a web page (with simple content) to completely load within two seconds or less. And if a web page takes more than two seconds to load, chances are up to 40% of users may leave your site.

AdWords quality score:

Maybe you’re not aware of this, but the speed of your website can actually impact your Quality Score. Google knows very well that customers are likely to convert on a faster website, so they’ve put more emphasis on the landing page loading speed. If the performance of your landing page is dull, then your Quality Score will suffer.

Apart from this, Quality Score drives your CPC campaigns. It means faster loading speed can help you reduce your advertising costs. In short, faster page load speed results into higher quality score, and higher quality score leads to enhanced spending efficiency and more reach.

Organic rankings:

In 2010, Google announced that page load speed would be an important factor in determining the ranking of websites in search engine results. Google algorithm makes use of multiple factors to determine where to rank your website in search engine result pages. Some of these factors are evaluation of the legitimacy of the website itself (like number of quality inbound links and age of the domain name), while others are related to a webpage content itself (like title, description, text, URL etc.).

However, after the announcement of Google, it became crucial for website owners to improve their page load time. So if you care about getting ranked higher and more traffic from Google, you should improve your website website’s performance. Though fast load time isn’t a huge ranking factor, but it’s quite important.

Mobile users:

Generally, it is considered that mobile users have more patience than desktop users. The reason is that they use a slower internet connection. But in the present scenario, while the internet connection speed is very fast, page load time became an important factor for mobile users.

Therefore, website owners should keep in mind this factor while using tools to manage mobile versions of their websites. Also, designers and coders should create simple and lightweight mobile version of a website in order to avoid server overload and make sure that the website will load quickly on mobile devices.

Competitors cash in:

When a user clicks away from a web page on your site due to slow load speed, your competitors benefit from it. In traffic rush hours, 75% of online consumers move to a competitor’s site rather than having the patience to wait for a website to load. Hence, if your site is slow, you’re not only going to lose your visitors and money, but also indirectly handle your valuable customers over to your competitors.

 

Free tools to test your site’s speed

Google PageSpeed Insights:

Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool lets you test the performance of a web page both for desktop and mobile devices. It fetches the URL of a web page twice, once with a desktop user-agent, and once with a mobile user-agent. It measures how the page can boost its performance on: time to full page load and time to above-the-fold content load. After analyzing the content of a web page, it generates “consider fixing” and “should fix” type recommendations, which you can use to make your web page faster on all devices.

YSlow:

YSlow, developed by Yahoo, analyzes a web page and accordingly gives you suggestions to improve its performance. All the generated suggestions are based on a set of 23 web performance rules, which are defined by Yahoo’s Performance team. Additionally, it gives your web page a Grade that is based on one of three predefined rule set.

GTMetrix:

GTMetrix is another popular and effective website performance testing tool that helps you optimize your website’s speed and give your visitors an all-around improved experience. Using Google Page Speed and YSlow, it grades the performance of your site and makes actionable recommendations available to you. In addition, you can also set up monitored alerts and view your page load in a filmstrip view.

Pingdom:

Pingdom offers a wide range of website speed testing tools that enables you to monitor the performance of your website and provides invaluable insights to help you make it faster. Using Pingdom, you will be able to monitor individual files and requests on your site and can know the reasons which cause poor website performance. From page analysis to a performance grade, they provide quite useful information related to your website.

MaxCDN Tools:

MaxCDN recently released their set of testing tools through which you can test your website’s performance at 12 different locations around the globe. Performing Ping test, you can compare the ping speed of two domains and know how your site performs against your competitors. Finally, the HTTP Speed Test enables you compare the speed of first and last byte of two websites.

 

Quick tips to speed up your site

Upgrade your server:

The connectivity and speed of a website depends on the type of server being used for hosting. If your site is hosted on a shared hosting server, upgrade it to a VPS or dedicated server that allows your website having more server resources available. Hosting your website on a shared server may result in web pages being load slower.

Use a CDN (Content Delivery Network):

One of the best ways to decrease your website’s page speed is to host your media files on a content delivery network. Using a CDN, you can save up to 60% bandwidth and halve the number of requests made by your website. Some of the popular and reputed CDNs are MaxCDN, CloudFlare, and Amazon CloudFront.

Minimize HTTP requests:

According to Yahoo, up to 90% of the end-user response time is tied up in downloading the different components – like images, scripts, flash, style sheets etc. – of a web page. When someone land on your website, an HTTP request is made for each one of these components. The best practice for minimizing the number of HTTP requests is to eliminate all unnecessary things from your site.

Enable Gzip compression:

Nowadays, Gzip is the most used compression method that doesn’t only save bandwidth, but also speed up web page load time. A web page containing high quality content is often bigger than 100kb and this result in slower page load time. By compressing your website’s content, you can reduce the response size by about 70%. To check whether your site is Gzip enabled or not, you can use Gziptest.

Optimize images:

There are two important things that you should keep in mind while uploading images to your website: size and format. As large images take much longer than expected time to load, so it’s crucial to crop your images to the correct size before uploading. For the format of your images, .jpg and .png are best options. Use GIFs for small graphics, and also avoid using .bmp and .tiff formats.

Minify your HTML, CSS and JavaScript files:

WYSIWYG resources make building web pages easy for people, but they sometimes generate junk code that can slow down your website. To avoid slow loading time, you need to minify your files. To minify HTML, you can use chrome extension PageSpeed Insights to get the optimized version of your HTML code. To minify CSS, try cssmin.js and YUI Compressor. And to minify JavaScript, use JSMin and Closure Compiler.

Put scripts at the bottom:

If you want to get your content delivered to your visitors as fast as possible, it’s highly recommended to put scripts as close to the bottom of your page as possible. The reason behind this is simple: visitors would not like to see a blank page while the browser is busy in loading different script related files. Also, put your CSS at the top of your page since browsers would render the CSS file before rendering your page.

Minimize redirects:

Though sometimes it is necessary to redirect a visitor from one URL to another, but if you have a lot of redirects on your site, your site will suffer delay in page load. Redirections lead to additional HTTP requests, which increase web page load time. So minimize the number of redirects even though you have a responsive version of your web site.

Enable browser caching:

When a visitor lands on your site for the first time, different components (like HTML document, style sheets, JavaScript files and images) of your website are stored on his hard drive in a temporary storage, or cache. The next time when the user visits your site, the browser loads the web page from its local cache instead of sending another HTTP request to the server. So, it’s quite important to enable browser caching in order to enhance the performance of your website.

Monitor & improve:

One of the best ways to make your website super speedy is to monitor its performance on a regular basis and make necessary improvements accordingly. Furthermore, always run some quick tests especially when you make any changes in your website’s code or content to see the results.

 

Why You Have A Slow PC

Spring Cleaning Your Computer System
Let me ask you a very simple question; is your PC running quick enough for you?
Or are you spending too many extra seconds or even minuets staring into cyber space waiting for the page to load? It can be very frustrating and cost you a lot of time.

So why is this happening to your system?
Well there are of course lots and lots of reasons why this could be happening, and although you might think that it is normal behaviour of which you have become so accustom to and have accepted for what it is. Be very aware that it is not normal to have a slow PC and a slow internet connection; you need to rectify it as soon as possible. Without meaning to worry people, you could have been the victim of a malicious system hack and be riddled with computer viruses.
Always be very cautious when downloading anything from the internet, even updating your system with familiar named resources can compromise a computers capacity to run smoothly.
So what must you do?

Firstly, and probably the most important thing to do is to have regular system backups in place. Ideally this should be done on a weekly basis or if you use your PC a lot then even daily. There are automation programs out there which will do this for you, should you ever forget. Personally I use Drop box for all my data files and HD Clone for backing up my hard drive, and these are free.
So with the backup in place it is time to see exactly why your computer is slow to start-up. It is a good idea to check through your ms-config file and take a look at the start-up tab to see what is running in the background when you start your PC. Basically here you can tick and un-tick exactly what you want running, but always keep things like your antivirus software ticked. Remember that the less you have ticked the quicker the computer will start. If within this index you do not recognise anything then un-tick it, this could be a key logging program. If in any doubt at all simply Google the name to see what it is and if it is necessary, this is the best and easiest way to find out if the program is suspect or not. Then still within ms-config check out the services tab and in the same way uncheck what you feel do not need or recognise, but again keep the antivirus ticked. Also here be careful not to un-tick any licences you have with things like Apple for instance, as this may stop them working properly. To save these settings click the apply button.
Another good idea is to check out how much memory is being used on your computer, we do this by checking through the task manager program built into your machine. In order to get the task manager up simple pres these three keys at the same time, ctrl, alt & delete and then choose the task manager key. Go to the performance page and check the memory on your system, you will see some green bars and four black and green graphs in the display.

The amount of memory being used must obviously be less than the physical amount of memory on your PC. If this is not the case the system will grind to a halt because you are using too much ram. This causes the hard drive to supplement the physical ram, which will slow everything down. The CPU usage should be fluctuating in small amounts between 10% and 30% anything higher than this could mean you have something like an anti-virus or defrag program running in the background, this is quite normal if the computer has just been switched on. If the CPU usage is still high after the machine has been on for a while then you will need to check out the processes tab. This tab will show what is using up your ram. You can end any process that is using too much ram by right clicking on it and selecting end process. Tread carefully here because you are looking for once again programs that look suspect and need to be removed from the computer. If after investigation you find an incriminating file then unfortunately the best and safest way to clean it up is to reinstall your operating system and choose the re format hard disk option. This is the reason for always backing your system up regularly, and running a good antivirus software program such as Kaspersky.
With regard to antivirus software, it is always a good idea to avoid the free online security packages; these will almost certainly slow your system down. Besides they are free for a reason, paid versions will do a whole lot more and not eat into the memory as much.
There are a few more ways to speed up your computer on a regular basis, for the less technical amongst us these are highlighted below.
It amazes me how few people regularly defragment there drives. Regardless of which Windows desktop operating system you use, make sure you either manually defragment or set the machine up to automatically defragment. The performance of your computer will drop considerably if this is not done. Usually, the built-in Windows defrag tool works fine.
Have you ever filled up a disk to 100%? If that disk contains both your operating system and your data files, your machine is going to come to a screeching halt. One of the first things people check on a machine that is running slowly is how much of the hard disk has been used. One of the tools I like is Ccleaner. It quickly clears out all temporary files for you and anything else you ask it to such as cookies, stored internet passwords. So I suggest that before you run the program check exactly what it will be cleaning up on your system. Ccleaner will also clean out your registry issues for you as an optional choice.
If you are using a Windows operating system you should definitely have an anti-malware, spyware program on your machine. I recommend using a program called Malware-bytes. Simply run the free quick scan and see what, if any, errors come up. You may or may not want to get rid of whatever the program finds; again do a Google search if you are at all unsure of what has been found to be malware.

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Get RSS Right And Go Worldwide

In today’s Web 2.0 online environment, it’s almost impossible to land on a blog, newsletter or current website without seeing an invitation to get the webmaster’s information via RSS.

Subscribe to RSS feedIf you are one of the thousands of new Internet Marketers just dipping their toes in the fast-paced waters of the Internet, you might not understand the valuable uses for RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and how syndication can improve your sales and drive traffic to your offers. Believe me, you are not alone.

Every new process, or revamped old process, develops it own set of terminology and buzz words, so let’s take a look at some of the RSS terminology first.

  • Syndication:

Syndication, according to Wikipedia, means that you allow your website, or a portion of it, to be available for other sites to use. This usually means “…making web feeds available from your site, or blog, in order to provide other people with a summary of your website’s recently added content (for example, the latest news or forum posts).”

Different types of syndicated content can be found all over the Web, including newspapers, commercial websites, blogs or product offers from Internet Marketers. It has become a free and easy form of advertisement that increases targeted traffic and expands your site’s exposure across normally unreachable online platforms.

Web syndication by online marketers is removing the hesitancy web surfers have with providing personal information to invisible marketers, like name and email address for signing up to receive a newsletter. Those surfers expecting to subscribe to an RSS feed instead are growing in numbers and will soon be in the majority. Don’t ignore them!

RSS and Atom are the two main syndication formats.

  • RSS Feed:

To start with, an RSS feed notifies you when a web site or blog you are interested in has been updated. There are two kinds of RSS feeds, static and dynamic.

When you see the latest scores for your favorite team or are continually checking for bargain airline tickets for your vacation to Disney World, that information would be a static feed from a sports news media or an airline/ticket site.

Info from a dynamic feed would depend on your search terms to provide specific information to add to your data stream. A dynamic feed would be one from a website you are watching for new content or notices about new products. It would give you notice of the change on the website.

  • Feed Reader or News Aggregates:

Those two terms are merely names for the software that allows you to get the RSS feeds from websites or blogs that interest you and have it displayed so you can read it and use the information the way you want to use it.

  • The Big Question…What is RSS?

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a format for delivering regularly changing web content and is making it easier for you to stay informed by receiving the latest content from your sites of interest. You don’t have to visit each site individually and do not have to join each site’s newsletter by providing your private information.

More than several big name sites, like Yahoo News, the BBC News in the UK, the US government and more newspapers and other news media than you can shake a stick at, are providing free RSS news feeds for delivery to anyone. They are not doing that for no reason, but because they recognize the extended reach their message will have and the benefits that reach will return to them. Copy success!

Internet Marketers are starting to add an RSS feed to their websites and blogs. Look for a button or link that says “XML,” “RSS” or an invitation to “Syndicate This Site” if you want to start receiving their information via an RSS news feed.

Almost any information can be used to publicize updates to your website or blog… photos, summaries of your latest update or simply the title of your update with a link back to the original source.

RSS benefits both the readers and the publishers of the feed. When you update your blog post, add new content to your website or want to announce a new sales price or special bonus for your readers, they all will know immediately about the change or special offer and can decide if they want to visit your site or not.

Internet Marketers can reach a much wider audience for their products or services because web browsers are becoming much more likely to subscribe to an RSS feed and avoid the email clutter that clogs their inbox after subscribing to a few newsletters.

rss4 300x272 RSS Feed Explained All the benefits of RSS feeds are not restricted  to your subscribers, but have some powerful results when used as a marketing tool. When you use an RSS feed to market your products, you are attracting visitors and customers who are interested in your products and want to receive your information. This Win-Win process protects you from a spamming accusation.

The new techniques and requirements of using RSS to get your message circulating may still intimidate or confuse some of your customers. It is a good idea, for customer service, to offer both the RSS feed and email notification of your website, blog or product updates. You do not want to immediately exclude a set of customers who prefer one method over the other, regardless of the reason.

As a tool to increase targeted and focused traffic to your site, RSS feeds work great for this top-of-the-list marketing need. If the content update interests your reader, many will want to read the complete story on your website and will click the link to do just that. When that happens, they arrive at your website already interested in your product… marketing gold!

Getting comfortable with this vibrant and ever-changing Web 2.0 tool will expand your reach and increase your conversions. More and more people are switching to RSS feeds everyday to make their lives less cluttered and to put the information they receive in their own hands and not those of random marketers. Don’t ignore this grass roots movement… join it!

Now Add Facebook Features To Your Site!

Good news for the social media-minded business owner:

Facebook has made it easier to integrate its social functions into many websites. The Menlo Park-based social media giant released its own pre-made plug-in for popular website and blogging tool, WordPress.

With the new plug-in, called Facebook for WordPress, website owners can add Like, Subscribe, Send and Recommendations buttons easily onto not only pages, but also to photo albums and online stores — adding extra sharing and engagement options. One function called Social Publisher automatically posts new content on a website back to a company’s Facebook page. There are also Insights functions, which track how much activity occurs.

While dubbed “the official” Facebook plug-in for WordPress, this tool enters a crowded field of Facebook add-ons, including Facebook Connect, Facebook Tab Manager and Facebook Members.

Here are four reasons why a business might consider integrating Facebook features into its online experience:

1. It is easy to add.
Websites that run on WordPress should find the plug-in simple to download and to configure from the WordPress control panels. Options include color, size, and choosing which pages to place Facebook links on.

For sites that do not use WordPress, you can still add many of these features to your site. Visit developers.Facebook.com and choose from similar options. Facebook will then provide you with a few lines of code to copy and paste into the edit tools on the control pages of a website.

Related: 3 Ways to Supercharge Fan Engagement on Facebook

2. Gain new “friends.”
By adding a “Like” or “Share” button on a page or post, businesses are allowing customers and visitors to easily share content on their own Facebook walls. This feature can help spread a company’s message further, faster and helps information go viral.

Consider using Facebook’s commenting feature, too. It allows businesses to prevent anonymous disparagers and puts real names and faces to comments.

3. Access more detailed analytics.
The plug-in’s Insights feature can provide an added dimension to analytics for businesses. Firms already have access to Web log data for how many people visit their website and where they come from. But with Insights, businesses can tell how many visitors actually “Like” a page.

For example, posting a photo album that gets 100 views can be further analyzed by tracking which picture gets the most “Likes”. The data you collect from Insights can help you improve customer engagement with your site.

4. Keep your brand socially relevant.
The plug-in makes it about as simple as possible to place a well-known icon such as the Facebook “Like” button on a company page. With more and more socially-aware customers, this can help add extra credibility to a site.

Upgrading a website with Facebook apps can signal to potential customers that a company is worth being friends — and doing business — with.

Clickbank Marketplace

Today I want to introduce you to something that I, and many other Internet Marketers have found extremely useful and helpful within their online businesses, the Clickbank Marketplace.

If you are familiar with Clickbank.com or even if you are not but you want to make profits online, then you will want to check this out ASAP …

While I like Clickbank marketplace, they are limited to many restrictions to sell products or earn affiliate commissions.

Well, there is a GREAT NEW SERVICE now…

It is a new FREE marketplace where you can sell any product you want.

Your OWN product OR become an INSTANT Affiliate for ANY item in their HUGE marketplace.

It is called paydotcom.com!

Did I mention it is 100% FREE to Join!

This site is going to KILL all other marketplaces and I by now, almost EVERY SINGLE SERIOUS online marketer has an account with paydotcom.com

So get yours now and see how much they offer…

OH! – Also, they have their own affiliate program now that pays you COLD HARD cash just for sharing the site with people like I am doing with all of you.

They even give you cool tools like blog widgets and show you how to install them as well. If that’s not enough they even have an advertising program to help you get traffic to your site! Handy right?

If you want an ARMY of affiliates to sell your products for you, they also allow you to have Free placement in their marketplace!

Even better… If your product becomes one of the Top 25 products in its category in the marketplace (not that hard to do)…

…then you will get Free advertising on the Blog Widget which is syndicated on THOUSANDS of sites World Wide and get Millions of impressions per month.

So, what are you waiting for? In our opinion here at Helpful IM Solutions we dont just believe, we actually know that paydotcom.com is absolutely fantastic.

So what I suggest is get your FREE account registered right now, besides you have nothing to lose by doing so! It may not be free to join for ever, so go for it.

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