February 26, 2007

How-To Make Your Website User-Friendly

AVAILABLE NAVIGATION. Arrange your site in a way that your users will be able to navigate your site easily. Provide a menu in the same location in all your web pages so that users can go back or proceed to another page easily. If you send your readers to a detailed page of your article, make sure the detailed page will have a menu that goes back to your homepage, or other links of your website.

SIZE MATTERS. Make your font size readable. Usually font size 10-12 is the most comfortable size for many people. Having fonts too small easily scare your viewers away, if they cannot read your site, what is the point? Remember that not everyone knows how to change font settings, so always use the friendly-size fonts. Fonts too big, is just as frustrating as fonts too small. Big fonts, you will have a hard time finishing reading an article, because you can only see so much words at a time in the monitor.

CONTENTS MATTER. Keep your contents up-to-date. If you make an update in your site and know that you cannot update your site daily, monthly, I would highly suggest not put information like: last updated Jan 2004, when its already 2007. News are usually up-to-date, if a user will go to your site and the latest news you have is 2 years old, then it might be a sign that your site is not maintain.

OPTIMIZE GRAPHICS. Graphics are cool, but they also take more time to download online, and could create frustration among users that could prompt them to leave your site. Make sure that your graphics are web-friendly, have it fully optimized for short time download. Provide thumbnails of your photos and if users want to view bigger version, they can click individual photo to view the bigger version. That way, no big photos will need to be download in one single page.

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Introduction to Web Hosting

Web Hosting is the ability to store your digital data into a virtual memory storage like a computer server. A digital data includes but not limited to your saved computer files like photographies, digital documents, music files, movie files, etc. Your laptop or desktop computer have the ability to store all these digital files, so you are probably left with a question, why you need web hosting for?

Many personal computers like laptop and desktop are only accessible by their owners or by members within a company or home network. Although you can still make a website and have it stored in your own personal computer, but the problem is you are the only one who can see it. But if you want the whole world to see your website, you need to store your website files in a data server which is commonly refered as a web hosting.

Choosing the Right Domain Name

Having the right domain name for your website is like having the right tv commercial for your product. In other words, domain name matters. It carries the reputation of your company, business or organization. Domain name is just as important us the contents in your website. Domain name is just as important as a company logo. It carries your business reputation, your brand.

Here are some tips in choosing a domain name for your company, business:

1. If you have a legal business name that people already recognize you for, then it would be the best domain name you can use and register, provided its still available.

2. If you do not have business or company name yet, evaluate the type of products, services or information that you wish to offer online, then come up with different words related to your products, services, information and then choose whichever you think sounds great, words that speaks about what you offer, and words that are easy to remember. Try to come up with several different word combinations, because chances are some of the great sounding domain names you come up with are already taken.

3. Make your domain name as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Make it short, easy to remember, so that people who saw your domain name will be able to type your domain name from their head/memory and not worry about spelling like was it a letter e or i? u or o? The key to great domain name is easy to remember, easy to type. You want your domain name in such away that if you put a billboard advertising on a busy highway with a bunch of cars passing by everyday, drivers and passengers who will be able to read your billboard ads at a glace, will be able to remember your domain name, and will be able type it in their computer when they get home. To me, if the drivers who saw your ad at a glance, can remember your domain name by the time they get home or arrive in the office, then that is a great sign of a great domain name.

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Ways To Make Money Online

FIND A PRODUCT. I believe this is the best money-making venture you can possibly have online. Find a product to sell, sell it online, where you will have a really big chance to make it big. Ive been reading a lot of articles about website owners making millions per year by just their websites alone. What you need is the right product that clicks out there. Finding the right product is the key and will surely be the most challenging part of this venture. If you can think of product where the demand is high but the supply is low, then you might as well think of ways to sell them online because it is the easiest way to reach a wide audience without leaving your home and pay plane tickets to promote your product. Once you come up with a great product, there are several ways to market them online, have your own e-commerce website where people can order from your website, pay you via a merchant account, or money order.

INFORMATION WEBSITE. If you have particular expertise about something, you can possibly make your own website, write about it so that people can read and gather information about it through your website. You can make money using your own website through advertisings. Your website visitors stay and read in your website, researching, gather information, looking around, they see some related pay-per-click ads posted in your website, they click on it. If your site is really becoming very popular, you can even specify locations in your website where companies and other website owners rent and pay you for putting there ads in your website. Many big time websites also offers affiliate programs, where you place there ads into your site, and they pay you according to how many leads you bring from your website to their website.

FREELANCING. I would be interested to do this venture myself. But freelancing will surely requires particular skills like typing, graphics, programming, writing, etc. Companies nowadays often use the internet for search for freelancers and minimize the company cost of getting things done and working. So if you think you have skills and talent that companies need, and can do these type of work on your own without supervision, and can produce the required output, then freelancing is for you. Make companies happy, save them money, you get paid and then it will possibly lead to more works too.

SURVEYS. Its not very promising but based on my experience, there are SOME survey companies that truly pays for surveys. Some survey sites give you points depending on which survey, points are convertible to rewards or cash when you reach their minimum requirement to cash-in. There are also some more technical and specialize survey companies that offers $10 to $100 per survey, but they require highly techical knowledge to even answers any of their questions. If you try surveys, I would suggest you really study and research the company first if they are realiable and legitimate because there are so many scammers around too.

READING EMAILS. Not very promising. Im sure you can find better use of your time than than clicking emails and then get paid just a cent or two that takes so much of your valuable time each day, reading so many emails you are not interested sometimes, you get bored later on, then you will never reach their quota to claim what little bit of amount you accumulated for all those emails that you have read already, then all effort wasted. One email that pays you a cent or two, could easily take 5 to 20 minutes of your time. Do you think you could pay the electricity bill your computer consumes and your internet connection you use by doing it?

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Online Surveys That Pays

Online surveys have been going on for years since the popularity of the internet. You probably heard of it before, online surveys that pays you for your participation. There are infact some survey companies out there that offers online surveys and compensates you for your time and effort either by cash or by points that are convertible to cash, gift certificates, or product rewards. Please check out some of these companies that offers online surveys:

Light Speed Panel - points system convertible to cash. points earned has expiration date
Global Test Market - points system convertible to cash
Click IQ - points system which is redemmable when you reach the minimum points to cash out
Your 2 Cents
Harris Interactive - redemmable points system
View Point Forum
Survey Savvy - cash payment, you will know how much you get before you start the survey
Buzz Back

Note: Im NOT affiliated with any of the survey companies above. I do/did have/had survey experiences and got paid or rewarded for my time and effort by most of the survey companies above. I just want to share incase you want to want to join. Most of the above survey companies require free memberships to be a part of their panelist. Please be aware of scams out there who ask membership fee to join panel memberships, those are mostly scams. Legitimate survey companies require membership application but they do not ask membership fees, they usually compensate you for your time and effort.

Getting Rich

For the vast majority of us who have to start from the ground up, here are possible ways we can possibly get rich:

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Education is a very important power tool to get knowledge. What you know will surely mean more doors will open for you. Nobody was born as business people, as engineers, as doctors, as attorneys. They all sweat, study and work really hard to get where they are. They seeked knowledge, and knowledge gave them the opportunities to be richer.

THINK OUT OF THE BOX. There are billions of different products out there, but there will always hundreds or thousands of new products that come out every year, and others would just sigh, why I never thought of that...Some of your ideas might actually be the new invention of the century. No one else can really make things happen but you. If you believe its something that people could use or buy or need, then you will never really know unless you give it a try. Dont forget to patent your idea, so you will be protected.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS. Having a job and be employed is a great blessing in life. But not a lot of people are earning the big fat salaries. It is a real blessing to have a regular job but if you want to be rich, being employed does not give you a lot of control over how much you can really make a month, a lot of times its a paycheck by paycheck scenario. Most big players out there are the ones that run their own businesses like people who owns restaurants and stores, people who build housing developments and sell units, people who build factories and manufacture their own products and sell it to the world, etc...

FAMILY INHERITANCE. If you have a rich dad or mom, who runs a big time business, then there is a great chance that your parents will hand over their business or fortunes to you. A hand-over chance for you to run and continue what they work so hard for. Im not sure if this can still be considered rags to riches?

RICH IN LOVE. Not everyone on earth measures being rich by how much money you have or how many properties you own or how many businesses you run. There are people who consider themselves very rich and well-blessed because they are happy with love ones, family and friends who love them. So the true definition of richness, how rich you are, will all depends on each and everyone of us. How we define rich, richness will be different among each individuals.
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