Responsive Web Design

Why Responsive Web Design Is The Hot Trend Right Now

There is a hot new trend called responsive web design that has taken hold of websites the world-over. The reasons for this trend should not come as a shock to anyone, however it’s importance may send a shiver down the spine of website owners without a responsive web design.

The image your business and blog portrays to your online audience is largely determined within the first 5 seconds – that is, the look and feel of your web design.

Your website’s design should not be judged solely on it’s look on a desktop monitor. Any good web designer knows to test their design in the top 4 web browsers and across multiple devices – laptop, phone and tablet. Test for speed, responsiveness and ease-of-use.

"74% of mobile visitors will abandon a site if it takes more than 5 seconds to load."

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Responsive Web Design

Designing a website that works across all devices has become a whole lot easier with responsive web design techniques and best practices. When done correctly, your website is optimized across multiple devices, including desktop, tablet and smartphone, all in one design.

The Shift To Mobile

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"There are 2.1 billion mobile-broadband subscriptions and growing rapidly."

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"45% of American adults have a smartphone, used by 90% of them to go online."

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"31% of smartphone owners use it to go online more often than computer or other device."

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"American consumers spend 1.4 hours per day surfing the web on a mobile device."

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If your website design looks horrible on a smartphone or tablet, you’re missing out on potential readers and customers.

What Makes A Design Responsive

Fluid Grids

One of the most obvious visual differences between a non-responsive and a fully responsive web design is the use of a grid system of “floating boxes”.

If you are reading Inscribd on a desktop, try re-size the window width of your browser. You will notice our responsive design re-sizes the width of the content panels and pushes the right-hand column below the content when space is further restricted.

This fluidity is the core ingredient in responsive web design.

Flexible Images

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Another neat trick in responsive web design is the re-sizing of images and also loading smaller, more optimized images to suit the display size.

Images can be sized dynamically to prevent them from displaying outside of their containing element.

5 Key Design Elements Of Every Website

1. The Masthead

At the very top of your website is the masthead. This section contains your logo and the navigation menu.

Your menu system also needs to be responsive to different widths. Drop-down menus need to function properly across all devices.

A common design trick is to have the menu overlay on top of the main content, showing the menu in the full screen size of the device. This makes for easier navigation on smartphones.

Generally, better designs keep the masthead small in height and very simple to use. This keeps the focus on your primary content.

2. Image Gallery or Featured Image

Unless your design is full text-based, it is more likely you will have an image gallery or a featured image to crown your blog articles or show off your product/service.

When using an image gallery, your slideshow also needs to be responsive and function on different devices. Make sure to test your plugin or scripts accordingly.

3. Primary Content

A headline should appear either above or below the image gallery/featured image. Make sure readers know what to expect to find in the primary content.

Read 3 Simple Ways To Increase Headline Click-Through Rates.

Your primary content area needs to be clear and uncluttered so that readers can focus on your content.

Make sure floating share buttons are not too intrusive, or that they only show up towards the bottom of your page.

4. Auxiliary Content

Below your primary content, it’s a good idea to offer readers some options of what to read next.

You can offer a list of recent articles, related products, or a form to encourage subscriptions to your newsletter.

5. Footer

The bottom of your website should not be ignored. The footer should hold important links to contact you, terms of service, and/or a quick sitemap of your website.

The footer should also provide a link that takes the reader back to the top of the page, just for convenience.

If you’re looking for pre-made responsive web design WordPress themes check out iThemes.

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49 Quotes On Success To Inspire Even The Laziest Slacker


Here at Inscribd, we love dishing out quotes on success, inspiration and motivation. All bloggers and entrepreneurs need a little pick-me-up once in a while, so instead of sinking time into Facebook or Youtube, read some quotes about success instead.

Quotes On Success

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"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out."John Wooden

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"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Bill Cosby

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"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."Les Brown

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"When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch."

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"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."Steve Jobs

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"As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big."Donald Trump

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"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."Albert Einstein

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"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."Booker T. Washington

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"Success depends upon preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure."Confucius

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"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."Napoleon Hill

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"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."Winston Churchill

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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Winston Churchill

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"If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it."Jonathan Winters

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"Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions."Tony Robbins

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"People are not lazy. They simply have important goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them."Tony Robbins

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"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."Vince Lombardi

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"People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily."Zig Ziglar

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"Action is the foundational key to all success."Pablo Picasso

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"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."David Brinkley

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"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."John Wayne

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"Screw it, Let’s do it!"Richard Branson

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"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."Vidal Sassoon

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"If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work."Thomas J Watson

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"Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier."Paula Nelson

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"I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing."Martha Stewart

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"Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together."Napoleon Hill

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Damn you, Napolean Hill! Why can’t I have no responsibility and big pay? Why!?

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"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."Bill Gates

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"Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed."Abraham Lincoln

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"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work."Vinnie Rege

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"Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you."Mark Cuban

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"If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete."Jack Welch

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"If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary."Jim Rohn

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"Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain."

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"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."Walt Disney

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"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."Albert Einstein

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"The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you."Bette Midler

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"I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down."Abraham Lincoln

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"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Thomas Edison

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"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."Bob Dylan

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"Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them."

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"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."Coco Chanel

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"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."Dr Seuss

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"Capital isn’t scarce; vision is."Sam Walton

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"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."Theodore Roosevelt

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"Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners."Robert Kiyosaki

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"A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all."Friedrich Nietzsche

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"Eighty percent of success is showing up."Woody Allen

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"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."Herman Melville

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"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."Robert F. Kennedy

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Change Direction

How To Change Domain Name Without Impacting SEO

When you find yourself in a situation where you are keen to change domain name for your website or blog, it can be unnerving to consider the impact it will have on your visitor or sales statistics.

There’s some technicalities to consider when changing domain names but the first question you should be asking yourself is “why”.

What is the purpose? Is it for better positioning in Google’s search results? Is it due to a re-branding of your business? Is it simply to have a shorter domain name for easier marketing?

Purpose of Changing Domain Name

Hopefully, you have a well thought-out vision with a goal to sticking with the new domain name for the long-term. If you need to change the domain name, do it once. Make a well-informed decision and stick with it.

Occasionally, I’ll have new customers arrive on my doorstep with an existing long arduous domain name, sometimes with oddly spelled words like a surname or technical terms. These customers go through the same issue day-after-day spelling out their long email addresses to their own customers or suppliers, such as [email protected]

Folks with long domains often want a change in domain name to shorten it. The above could become [email protected]

Also read: 7 Tricks To Grabbing The Best Domain Names

IMPORTANT: I am of the opinion that when you change domain name, the impact can either be devastating or neutral. There is not much upside, a part from offline traditional marketing with a shorter domain name.

SEO Impact On Domain Name Change

There is a lot of talk in SEO circles that having a target keyword in your domain name has a positive impact on your ranking in the search results. This is becoming less and less true every day.

I dare say, the impact will soon be negligible as discussed in Why Good Blog Names Unleash The Power Of Branding

If your reasons to change your domain name is purely for SEO purposes, I think the risk far outweighs the reward.

With that caveat out of the way, a domain name change may still be on the cards for you, and you do still need to think about SEO and your search engine rankings.

If you have a pre-existing website that is already ranking in the search engines, you’ll need to take the next steps carefully. Any missteps can have a devastating impact on your rankings, and therefore, your traffic – which obviously can result in a serious loss of income.

This is the risk I’m referring to.

Change Domain Name

Changing domain names is not as simple as going to your domain provider and asking them to change it. No. You have to purchase a new domain name. There’s no way around that.

After your purchase, make sure the domain name is delegated (or pointing) to your web host’s nameservers.

So you’ve chosen a new domain name from the likes of GoDaddy and have web hosting with a provider such as Blue Host. Now what?

1. Get A New Secondary Web Hosting Account Using The OLD Domain

“Hang on a second”, I hear you shout. “NEW web hosting account? For the OLD domain? Can’t I just rename my existing hosting and swap the domain name?”

I have a method to this madness, so just bear with me.

We are going to change the web hosting setup for the old domain and rename it to the new one – but not yet! There is some preparation to take care of.

“Seriously, why do i need to pay for another web hosting account?”, you’re still wondering.

If you have a pre-existing website, Google will have your old domain name in their index. If you simply swap the old web hosting account to the new domain without doing anything else, Google’s search results will send visitors to a non-existent page on the old domain (that is now not hosted because you swapped it).

This will absolutely kill ALL your incoming visitor traffic!

So this procedure may cost you a little bit extra to do it right. Don’t skimp a couple of dollars by ignoring this advice. If you want to RETAIN your search engine traffic, you MUST redirect traffic from the old domain to the new domain properly.

NOTE: If you use the same host for the old and secondary web hosting account, they may not allow hosting the same domain twice. In this case, set the secondary account for the old domain name to a temporary name, ie longolddomain2.com, which you can rename again later. (Re-read that if it doesn’t make sense.)

Let’s just call our new domain newdomain.com and the old domain longolddomain.com

2. Prepare .htaccess File With 301 Redirection

A “301 redirect” is a command that tells a server (or Google) to send visitors to another location, and to continue doing this permanently. The redirection is not temporary or once-off.

We can add a 301 redirect to a file called .htaccess that we place in the root folder of our newly created web hosting account for longolddomain.com.

The root folder is the main folder that holds the website files. Not a sub-folder. It might be called /public/www/ or /httpdocs/ or something similar.

Options +FollowSymLinks

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^longolddomain.com$

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://newdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Change where it says “longolddomain.com” and “newdomain.com” to your proper domains. Save this text file as “.htaccess” – that is, the file name actually starts with a period. Upload this file to your root folder.

Matt Cutts from Google goes deeper into this and I recommend watching his video:

3. Re-create Email Addresses

In your secondary web hosting account, you should also re-create all the same email addresses that you have on the old domain.

This will ensure that when you swap the other web hosting account to the new domain (and therefore swap the email addresses), you won’t lose any incoming emails.

Under the new web hosting account, setup each “old” email address as a redirection to the equivalent on the new domain.

For example, [email protected] -> [email protected]

4. Internal Linking

Your existing website will likely have links that point to the old domain name. You’ll need to update those.

If you’re running WordPress or any CMS that stores content in a database, there’s an easy way.

Save the database to your computer and open the file in a text editor. Do a “replace” where “find” is longolddomain.com and “replace with” is newdomain.com

Making The Big Change Of Domain Name

Once you are ready to make the big move, you’ll need to co-ordinate a few things to happen in a short period of time.

Ready? Set? Go! Oh wait… you may want to speak to your web host while doing this, since they can assist the process.

A. Upload the updated database or modified website files back to the original web hosting account – effectively replacing old with new.

B. Change domain name on the original web hosting account to newdomain.com. This would likely change the email addresses automatically as well.

C. If you had a temporary domain (ie longolddomain2.com) for the secondary web hosting account, change domain name on that one to longolddomain.com

D. Test, test, test.

Try go to pages on the old domain and make sure they redirect to the new domain and show the correct page (not an error).

Send an email (from a separate email address, such as Gmail) to the old email address and see if it turns up at the new email address.

How Long To Keep The Old Domain Running

This is a fair question with no fixed answer. You should keep the old domain running for the length of time you feel comfortable allowing for the transition.

You may want to consider how long it would reasonably take for customers to update their address books with your new email addresses.

In terms of search engine listings, I recommend giving Google at least 3 months to update your domain in their results. You’ll have to check this frequently by searching for yourself.

If your old domain is still showing up in the results, don’t cancel your old domain name just yet.

Hope this helps.

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3 Simple Ways To Increase Headline Click-Through Rates

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If you’re reading this, you’re among just 20% of readers who make it past the headline. This article refers to a study by Conductor, who looked in the behaviors of blog readers and how the headline has an impact on what articles get read, nad which are skipped over.

With over 250 million blogs on the internet, competing for reader’s attention is fierce and getting an edge any way possible can help your blog stand out above the rest.

I’ve written about How Copywriting Killer SEO Page Titles Destroy The Competition before and this new study cements the idea even further.

Types of Headlines

Conductor tested different headline types to determine which resonate with readers by analyzing a large sample set of headlines from multiple content sources including BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post.

They found there to be 5 main headline types:

– Normal (Ways Matcha Green Tea Burns Fat)
– Question (What are Ways Matcha Green Tea Burns Fat?)
– How to (How Matcha Green Tea Burns Fat
– Number (30 Ways Matcha Green Tea Burns Fat)
– Reader-Addressing (Ways Matcha Green Tea Burns Fat While You Sit At Your Desk)

Conductor showed respondents headlines written in each style for three different articles and asked them to select the headline that resonated most.

According to the findings, “number” headlines resonated the most by far.

overall headline preference

Overstating The Point

Conductor also tested a readers tolerance for superlatives in a headline. For example,

– 12 Ways to Catch a Fish (0 superlatives)
– 12 Best Ways to Catch a Fish (1 superlatives)
– 12 Best Ways Ever to Catch a Fish (2 superlatives)
– 12 Best Ways Ever to Catch The Perfect Fish (3 superlatives)
– 12 Best and Smartest Ways Ever to Catch The Perfect Fish (4 superlatives)

The results from the study showed that over half of readers preferred headlines with one or no superlatives.

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Interestingly, it seems you can go wild with superlatives and really overstate the point to get the message across. Being somewhere in the middle is no good.

Capitalization

Next, Conductor surveyed readers about their preference for headline capitalization.

– How to speed up your blog like a pro (lower case)
– HOW TO SPEED UP YOUR BLOG LIKE A PRO (all capitals)
– How To Speed Up Your Blog Like A Pro (sentence case)

The study found a clear preference for sentence case.

headline capitalization

The Study’s Conclusion

The best performing headlines are ones that explicitly state what the reader would get out of reading the article. The benefits.

Why do numbers in headlines work so well? It’s very specific and readers like to know exactly what they’re going to get for investing their time.

Contrast that with the least popular headline type, the question. This type of headline leaves some uncertainty for the reader, and uncertainty is certainly not best.

Remember, 80% of readers never make it past the headline, so craft your headline carefully and thoughtfully. It’s not just about SEO or being witty. Get the reader’s attention and be as explicit as possible about what your content will and will not do for them.

Although headlines should be *just* about SEO, you definitely should take search engines into account. It’s a fine balance between crafting a great headline and getting your target keyword in there.

The main thing to take away from the study is that the headline is at least as important as the article’s content, if not more so. If you can’t get reader’s attention to click through to your article, the content might as well not even exist.

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You know the scenario. You’ve just dropped your phone and in that microsecond after gravity takes hold and that awful thump rattles through your ears, images flash through your mind of a spiderweb of cracked glass, petrified to discover a cracked screen, making your phone all but useless, never able to run your finger lovingly across your dear phone’s screen ever again.

In the world of technology, problems exist to be overcome and glass manufacturers may have just cracked this problem wide open (pardon the pun).

You’ll find Corning’s Gorilla Glass version 2 in your iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy models and many notebook screens. As our phones get thinner, so too must the glass that used to protect the screens. As you make glass thinner, it become more brittle and prone to getting a cracked screen or shattering.

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Sapphire glass has recently emerged to compete with Gorilla Glass as the strongest glass cover for our precious screens, and Apple have used a sapphire lens on the iPhone 5 camera to prevent scratches from interfering with pictures and video.

Corning doesn’t plan make sapphire screens for smartphones. It’s new Gorilla Glass version 3 outclasses sapphire and Corning are keen to prove it.

Corning dismisses sapphire glass as the best solution,

"What would people say if a cover was invented that was about half the weight, used 99 percent less energy to make, provided brighter displays, and cost less than a tenth of sapphire? It so happens that Corning has already invented that cover, and it’s called Gorilla Glass."Jeffrey Evenson, Corning senior vice president

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While sapphire is admittedly harder to scratch than Gorilla Glass and a cracked screen is rarer, Corning claims that sapphire transmits 6% less light and produces optical distortions. Sapphire is also 67% heavier and more difficult to process the thinner it gets.

Jeffrey Evenson, Corning senior vice president, also claims Gorilla Glass can withstand three times the force needed to break sapphire, as seen in the video above.

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Sapphire glass proponent, GT Advanced, a company which manufacturers sapphire products claimed quite the opposite during Mobile World Congress 2013, stating its sapphire panels were three times stronger than Gorilla Glass, saving phones from a cracked screen more often. Perhaps it’s all just technicalities. Were they referring to the older Gorilla Glass version 2, or the new version?

Regardless of which glass is the better of the two, competition in the field can only be good for consumers and the protection of our smartphones.

Gorilla Glass 3 has been installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4, and will appear in Asus Ultrabooks.

Future versions of Gorilla Glass are being developed and refined to improve screen performance in direct sunlight, and also kill germs and bacteria.

Sapphire glass is commonly found in high-end luxury phones and watches where a cracked screen would be an expensive affair to replace.

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Bitcoin Cash

How To Buy And Sell Bitcoins For Cash Without The Regulatory Hurdles

 

Bitcoin, the digital currency of the Internet, is taking the world by storm. Due to the intense interest, various regulatory bodies around the world, especially in the US, are scrutinizing bitcoin more than ever. For those of you who want to know how to buy or sell bitcoins for cash, avoiding the major exchanges is a warranted course of action.

For readers unfamiliar with bitcoin, here’s a refresher:
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Bitcoin Is Money And Money Is Regulated

Due to fears of US regulation and strict laws regarding anti-money laundering, many of the big bitcoin exchanges like Mt Gox have faced severe issues when dealing with customers in the US. In fact, Mt Gox is not even a US company, they are based in Japan, however this has not stopped the US regulatory body FinCEN from all but crippling their business.

Mt Gox will prevail but not without sustaining serious damage to it’s reputation and trust in it’s business operations. All bitcoin exchanges are now considered to be ‘Money Services Business’ (MSB) under the law and need to register for a permit or licence to operate.

Bitcoin holders are looking for alternatives to buy and sell bitcoins for cash while avoiding any type of MSB exchange that might fall under regulatory laws.

To comply with these laws, exchanges also require customers to become “verified” – that is, you need to give away all your personal information to a faceless corporation.

The verification process can turn off a lot of people. This is not due to bitcoin holders taking part in illegal activity, but rather legitimate, law-abiding individuals who believe in liberty and freedom to sell digital 1’s and 0’s to people seeking to buy them.

How To Buy And Sell Bitcoins

New entrants to the bitcoin market and alternatives to exchanges such as LocalBitcoins allow people to buy and sell bitcoins directly with each other.

This one-to-one interaction takes the form of a personal trade, effectively bypassing regulatory hurdles faced by the big exchanges. LocalBitcoins is not an exchange. It’s a platform bringing like-minded people together to organise trading between themselves.

Up-to-date pricing can be seen in this widget:

When you first arrive at LocalBitcoins, you’ll see a well-presented list of people near your location who are selling or want to purchase bitcoins.

So, if you want to sell your bitcoins, have a look through the ‘Buy Bitcoins’ list and see what other traders have put up. You can get a good idea of the pricing and methods of payment they accept (usually cash or bank deposit).

When you are ready to jump on board, sign up, verify your email address and login. For added security, also enable 2-Factor Authentication.

Then click on ‘Wallet’ in the menu and you come to this screen.

how to sell bitcoins

For the protection of both buyers and sellers, your bitcoins are held in the LocalBitcoins wallet. This ensure that:

  1. You have bitcoins to sell, and
  2. The buyer only gets the bitcoins once payment is verified.

Your wallet address is unique to your account. You can send some bitcoins to that address for holding until you have a buyer. If you have a lot of bitcoins, don’t send them all at once.

Sell Bitcoins For Cash

Next, you’ll want to post an advertisement. Click on ‘Post A Trade’ in the menu.

buy bitcoins

Go through the options carefully, where you can nominate your local currency, location, payment method, etc.

Tick the Advanced checkbox.

selling bitcoins

Price Equation

The ‘Price equation’ field calculates the current exchange rate for bitcoins in real-time. For simplicity in this example, we’ll stick with the default Mt Gox USD exchange rate, denoted by ‘mtgoxusd’.

This equation lets you add any amount of profit on top of the current exchange rate. If you were to purchase bitcoins and then sell soon after, you could profit by trading in this manner.

In this example, the equation mtgoxusd*1.05 means “take the current exchange rate from Mt Gox in US Dollars and multiply that by 1.05”. That would be a 5% increase on the current exchange rate, where 1.25 would be 25% increase.

You’ll need to stay competitive with other sellers, so keep your profit margin less than 10%.

Let’s get a bit more advanced.

Sometimes, Mt Gox could be down and unreachable, so you could add another exchange into the equation:

max(mtgoxUSD,cbxUSD)*1.06

This formula takes the higher value of either Mt Gox or CampBX.

Bitcoin prices also fluctuate, so we want the formula to respond immediately to sudden increases in the exchange rate, but also gradually to drops in the exchange rate, using the 24 hour average:

max(max(mtgoxUSD,cbxUSD), USD_24h)*1.06

Publish your advertisement and wait for your first customer.

Buying bitcoins is just as easy as selling through LocalBitcoins, and with price fluctuations and a bit of patience, profits can be made by buying low, selling high.

When you know how to sell bitcoins for cash, it’s really a piece of cake.

*IMPORTANT* This article does not constitute financial advice and you are fully responsible for your own decisions.

Disclaimer: Links to 3rd party sites included within this article denoted with /go/ in the URL may result in commission being earned if you decide to make a purchase.

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8 Reasons Why The Best Small Business Accounting Software Is QuickBooks


8 Reasons Why The Best Small Business Accounting Software Is QuickBooks

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QuickBooks is arguably one of the best small business accounting software available today, used by over 4 million businesses worldwide.

Accounting is a fundamental component of every business, and also one that causes the most angst and confusion.

MYOB once was the market leader in accounting software installed on Windows PCs, but the trend to moving business tools online have sprung up many competitors and also alleviated many of the hardships associated with standalone accounting software.

QuickBooks Online is a reliable, fast and secure accounting software in the cloud that allows businesses to do their accounting from any computer, anywhere in the world.

There is a free trial of QuickBooks Online available here

Here’s how QuickBooks can help your business.

1. Easy to Use Small Business Accounting Software

QuickBooks has been developed for ease-of-use for non-experts. The software offers great flexibility, visually appealing charts and graphs, and saves a LOT of time by automating many of the previously manual tasks like data-entry.

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2. Tracking Online Transactions

Automating any business process not only saves you a lot of time, in the long run, it will save a lot of money too. Especially if you’ve been paying someone else to handle your books.

QuickBooks solves this by managing all transactions online, with the ability to link bank accounts and credit cards for full system tracking and collation.

You can freely do online banking and QuickBooks will automatically add any transaction to your accounting ledger and keep the books balanced.

You also have the ability to accept credit cards and receive payments online, all tracked and invoiced through the system.

3. Managing Payroll

QuickBooks Online takes on the lofty responsibility of paying your staff and yourself automatically and on schedule.

QuickBooks ensures that your employees will not face any delays in receiving their pay.

4. Tax Accounting

Remember when EOFY was the weirdest acronym you’ve ever heard? The End Of Financial Year is a busy time for tax accounting and can lead to a lot of back and forth with your accountant and cause plenty of headaches.

Because of the fact that QuickBooks Online tracks all your business transactions throughout the year, an enormous burden has been lifted for generating tax forms and submitting returns.

All tax preparations are done quickly, accurately and can be generated easily online.

If you pay sales taxes by the month, the system will show you ‘Sales Tax Payable’, making it easy to see how much amount you will have to pay.

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5. Access Anywhere Anytime

Fancy balancing your books from the beautiful beaches of Hawaii? The idea might seem like a dream (or a rather boring holiday!), but it’s entirely possible with QuickBooks Online.

Being able to access your accounts from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection makes QuickBooks one of the best small business accounting software packages.

Your data is securely stored in the cloud that is accessible from any computer via Internet. You can also install Apps on your smartphone to access your data and send out invoices.

6. Visually Appealing Reports

QuickBooks generates reports including profit and loss statements, accounts receivable and payable, and overall cash flow statistics and projections.

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Charts and graphs make your data easier to read and understand so that you can manage your business from a higher level of attention.

7. Easy Invoicing

Creating new invoices through QuickBooks is fast and simple. Applying payments received to invoices can be done manually or automatically when received via a linked bank account.

Additionally, QuickBooks keeps your customer informed with invoices emailed directly to them instantly. The savings on postage alone is well worth it, not to mention time and printing costs.

8. Pricing The Best Small Business Accounting Software

Before you buy any software that will potentially transform your business, wouldn’t it be nice to try it out first?

QuickBooks Online has a 30 day trial, so you have no risk or obligations to try it out for free.

Beginners can take advantage of paying by the month, or upgrade to discounted yearly rates once you feel comfortable to commit.

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Rating: 4 Star Rating: Recommended

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Blog Commitment

Do New Bloggers Need A Small Dose Of Reality?

If you’re here to read some quick and easy steps to getting visitors to your blog, I’m sorry to disappoint and I must bring you back to reality. There is no quick and easy solution. The likelihood of your blog posts going viral is close to zero. The probability your blog will be viewed by thousands of people in your first month online is also quite small.

These are realities all bloggers must face and it takes a strong person to stand tall and say “That’s fine. I’m in this for the long haul!”

I’m not intentionally trying to be negative, but believe me, these realities come from hard personal experience in the world of blogging

Commit To A Timeframe Before Building A Blog

Most people started a blog and think “I’ll give this a shot and see how it goes” without qualifying the length of time they’re willing to “giving it a shot”.

Will you dedicate one month or 12 months before giving it up?

Promise yourself that you will not give up before number of months.

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Why do I say months and not years? Because most bloggers don’t last a year. There I go again being negative, but I have evidence to go by.

In my day job as a web host, I see new websites popping up every day on my servers with bloggers who are bright-eyed and hopeful of a prosperous future online.

I tend to know when someone is committed to their blog. They pay for a full year of web hosting upfront and purchase a domain name

These bloggers have put their money where their mouth is and committed to 12 months of blogging. Frequently, those customers will renew their hosting again after the first year.

Compare this to a customer who’s paying for web hosting on a monthly basis. They tend to disappear before the year is out. The key difference here is the mindset of the customer – their initial commitment to seeing it through.

Give your blog enough time to grow and mature.

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What Is Enough Time For My Blog To Mature

The amount of time you’ll need to commit to your blog largely depends on the quantity of *quality* content you will produce on a weekly basis.

I have emphasized *quality* because it’s not just a matter of writing a quick 100 word post that has no value to your readers.

Another commitment you must make is this:

Promise yourself to write quality content consisting of at least number of words times per week.

The minimum number of words should be 300, but you may be happier committing to 800 words per post.

The minimum number of posts per week should be 1. Although, in reality, how much of a commitment is merely 1 post per week? Try commit to writing anywhere from 3 upwards.

If you fail to post consistently with quality content, your blog will fail to gain traction. Ah, I’m being negative again! I do apologize. But I have my reasons…

My point about posting quality content on a timely schedule comes down to giving the search engines (ie, Google) enough time to boost your blog post’s ranking, and thereby bring in more visitors. More content means more chances to be indexed in Google, where quality content gets higher rankings.

You see, although it’s not enough just committing to writing quality content, you also need to commit enough time for that content to be digested by Google and for your blog to become more trustworthy in Google’s eyes.

Blog Traffic Is the Killer Or Savior Of Your Blog

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Why do people give up their blog? Inevitably, it’s because no-one is reading it. All that hard work for what? 10 visitors a day!? Ouch.

You can see that there is a fair amount of commitment required and work involved in crafting your blog *before* you will even see significant traffic (visitors) to your blog.

Google will only rank your blog higher *after* you have done enough work, and only *after* Google has given your blog enough time to mature in order to gauge your commitment and trustworthiness.

So, this heading ‘Blog Traffic Is the Killer Or Savior Of Your Blog’ is the truest statement I can impress upon you. Traffic is everything when it comes to a blogger’s sanity.

Let’s put aside vanity, fame or making money from blogging. If your blog has no visitors, who could blame you if your commitment waivers? It’s only natural to look for social reinforcement to gauge how well you’re doing – that would be the number of blog readers.

The reality is that you may not see any social reinforcement in significant numbers for 6 months. Consider that when committing to your timeframe.

Treat Your Blog With Respect

If there’s anything else I can impress upon new bloggers and those who are starting fresh, it’s to treat your blog with respect. Visitors to your website will know instantly how much you care about your own blog by the look and quality of content.

Give your blog enough time to mature. Give your blog enough quality content.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is blogging success.

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Facebook Like Button

Increase Facebook Likes By Avoiding These Mistakes

 

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We all want to increase Facebook likes for our individual blog posts and also our Facebook page. Especially when you’re a creating a brand for yourself, it’s important to avoid certain mistakes, just as much as taking the right actions.

Include Facebook Like Box On Your Website

One of the right actions to take, and one of the most fundamental for marketing your blog on Facebook, is to make sure you have a like button on your blog or website.

increase facebook likes You can head over to the Facebook developer section here, and generate the code you’ll need.

From the above link, scroll down to find this box. Where you see the field “URL to Like”, enter your Facebook page address. That might be something like https://www.facebook.com/inscribd/

You can also choose whether or not to show faces alongside the Like button, and also customize the width of the area for the Like button.

Click on ‘Get Code’ and you’ll be given some options.

The easiest option is iframe

Copy the code given and paste it into the location of your blog or website where you want the Like button to appear.

Now that we have the fundamentals out of the way, there are some common mistakes marketers make when it comes to updating their Facebook page.

The good folks at Woobox have created the infographic below to show the primary reasons why Facebook users don’t engage with certain pages.

According to Woobox, over 80% of users “like” to see deals and promotions, and your page will be un-liked if you post too much, too often.

Check it out:

Increase Facebook Likes And Keep Readers Happy

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Some key points we can take away from this study is the following:

  • Ask your audience what they want to read,
  • Don’t post too often, and keep it relevant,
  • Give readers special promotions, discounts, coupons and freebies.

What turns you off from liking a Facebook page?

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