Converting video to your iPod or iPhone

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Posted on 19th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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There are now convert DVDs that can be of great value.
At Alldigitalguide.com you can find a nice DVD to iPod Video Converter Review . iPod video converters which are now available.

Maximize your blog

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Posted on 18th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing


We recently started to write about using blogs to help increase your sites performance in the search engines. It is estimated that approx. 80% of all services being bought on the internet are found through search engines. So this is why it is so important to consult with and implement good and ethical Search Engine Optimization techniques. So what are some good examples. We have found that using blogs is one key and growing use of how you can increase your sites exposure and search engine position. You can see that blogs that have specific niche content like Miss Gullible can help separate your blog from the other millions that are created every month.

As you will read in almost every book, website, and ezine on increasing your internet exposure content is what the search engine spiders are looking for. For example creating a niche blog on avoiding online scams can create a buzz and drive unique visitors to your site. So when they do find your site how can you maximize your chances that you will be indexed quickly. You must also make sure that all of your pages on your site can be found as this will add value to your site. Indexing of multiple pages on your website will make you more attractive to search engines and help your customers to find products and services that you may not otherwise list on your main page. So if you have a personal blog that you use as a personal journal or have a passion about a particular subject like avoiding investment schemes on the internet that can really add value to your readers then forge ahead and you may one day find yourself on the top of the blogging world.

Build your strengths

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Posted on 18th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

I have read a few books on what it takes to become successful in business and selling. From Zig Ziglar to Kenneth Blanchard they all talk about the tools that are needed to close the deal or build relationships with customers. One of the more interesting books that we have read is Discover your Strengths. This very simple concept talks about selling to your strengths instead of trying to improve on your weaknesses. This was always the case when I first started out in sales management is that we would look for areas of improvement and then try and coach to those areas to make the person stronger. Through developing a persons strengths they will become better at what they do and be more passionate about what they love to do.

I am true believer in the basic point that you have to be passionate about what you sell or do or you are just wasting your time. So pick up a copy or download the book and listen to the principles. You can even take a Strengths finder assessment online that will help you find your true strengths.

The new yellow pages

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Posted on 17th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

I just recently got the new iPhone and love a lot of the features such as surfing the web, reading email, and texting. One of the best features is the ability to find businesses via the map feature and then you can see locations that are marked by pins based on your location. Then once you find the business that you are looking for you just click on the telephone number and it will dial the business. I was wondering with all the information that you need at your fingertips.What to do with your yellowpages other than use them as a doorstop. So to my surprise there is a website that deals with such a question. They list the top 10 things to do with your yellow pages and the one that I liked the best was the one that shows a car made of yellow pages.

Can you really sell online

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Posted on 17th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

 

One such site where you can aquired a free eBay auction template is at rogersemall.com. They provide a great resource on the do’s and dont’s of online selling. Start out small, and then grow your business from there. Don’t try and get to the $100K mark your first month, as it will take time to evaluate the market and see what items sell the best, and more importantly which items are more profitable. If you are selling 1000 purses a month, but only making $2 per item, you are spending a lot time for little pay off. Research and use those free resources, and who knows maybe one day you will be holding your own seminars

Coach for performance

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Posted on 16th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

All it takes one small change in the way you approach life or particular task in life to make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. While I was in sales I found myself getting in a rut, so a suggestion from my mentor was to write down a small goal that I wanted to achieve and put on my bathroom mirror so that I was sure to see it everyday. He told me not to make it too easy, but something that was attainable. It was shortly after that I approached my customers with more confidence and began to have the most successful year in my young career. A bio of a coach is one who pushes you to attain things that you would not normally think you could do. Business coaching is an art and those that can do it and inspires and motivate people have a gift. If you can impact and change just one persons life, then you have accomplished more than most people in this world today. All you need is the focus and will to succeed and your on the path to fulfilling your dreams.

Are you insured

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Posted on 16th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

With the elections starting to heat up many of the candidates are promising to fix our health care system and a few of the top candidates have mentioned socialized medicine. This has gotten may stirred up over what can be done to fix our health system. My vote would be less government and more competition. Our system while not perfect at least allows the market to help decide health insurance costs and keep prices in check. Many American are looking for ways to get better health care at a competitive cost. There are more and more sites that are offering a free health insurance quote to those that visit their site.

Sites like BUPA is one such site that offers not only free health insurance quotes but also disease state information for their customers. At their site you can find options for private health insurance where you can get different levels of coverage. You can find options that cover both inpatient and outpatient services and possibly coverage for a pre-existing condition. There are people available to talk to help you find the right coverage for you.

Proper web design for your online business

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Posted on 15th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

If have ever wondered how people make money by selling online through auction sites such as eBay you are not alone. There are hundreds of books and seminars that you can attend that will teach you the secret of the pros. What they don’t tell you is that the market is very competitive and if you are not careful you can invest a lot of money and not make a dime. You will pay these seminars several $100′s of dollars to learn stuff that you can get for free on the internet.

We have been researching various sites that cater to online ebay sellers to help create customized solutions. They provide a great resource on the do’s and dont’s of online selling. Start out small, and then grow your business from there. Don’t try and get to the $100K mark your first month, as it will take time to evaluate the market and see what items sell the best, and more importantly which items are more profitable. If you are selling 1000 purses a month, but only making $2 per item, you are spending a lot time for little pay off. Research and use those free resources, and who knows maybe one day you will be holding your own seminars.
Starting with a solid Web Design you can look like a big name company and start creating customer loyalty. I started selling odds and ends online a few years and thought I was going to make a serious business on it but found the inventory and pricing was so unpredictable that it was tough to see how much I was actually making. Trying to set up my online store I realized there was more to the solution than what I had at my disposal. If you are serious about selling online then you need to consult with experts in the field that can help with design and getting your website seen by the search engines and customers. Always look at multiple revenue streams that can help build your business. Again these revenue streams can be significant if you have the traffic. So I am still developing my business solution and slowly growing our customers through blogs and various other traffic sources.

Getting your blog seen

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Posted on 15th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

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Growing your blog can be a hard buy enjoyable task. There are more and more people coming online to start their own blogs to communicate with family, to use as an outlet, or to create their own presence online. Blogs are very easy to start and very inexpensive. If you can type on a keyboard then you can have your own outlet to the world for anyone to read and comment on. Many new bloggers need to understand that they are opening themselves up to the entire world and if they produce something that does not agree with the masses they may not like the feedback they receive through comments or other blog posts. Trying these blogs one can see the diversity on what you can do online.

Insurance Online

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Posted on 14th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

There are several things you need to consider when purchasing life insurance. There are two main types called term and whole life insurance. The type you choose will depend on your risk profile and if you are looking to provide an investment tool, or just get some insurance to protect your family in case of an accident. Term life will usually be cheaper and have a shorter term and have no residual value.

For whole Life insurance you can usually get a decent return so that your premiums will stay constant over the life of the policy. On some policies you can even use any net capital return to help reinvest and purchase more insurance coverage. Shopping for insurance is now easier than ever with sites like Insuranceportalonline.com to help you compare different policies and types of insurance.

Get your voice heard

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Posted on 14th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

Many artists are making the crossover to voiceovers to increase their income as well as increase their audience. Many singers are already trained in the technical and fundamental aspects of vocal technique, the leap to doing voiceovers is quite natural. At Voices.com they provide a venue where artists can upload their voice projects for such companies as NBC, Disney, and Apple computers. They are helping to provide the avenue where those seeking to get into voiceover work can connect with those seeking out individuals for certain projects.

Record your projects and create your account to be available for some major companies that are looking for individuals to complete various

BitDefender helping to protect your PC

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Posted on 13th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing |Technology

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bitdefender for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you own a PC or laptop then you have probably been the victim of a virus, malware, or phishing attack. Just recently Microsoft announced there was a patch needed for their Internet explorer browser that could potentially expose your computer to hackers allowing them to take control of your computer. Even the most popular social network sites have been the target of hacker and have used these sites to spread malicious viruses and malware to unsuspecting computers. Many of the software solutions that are avaiiable on the market today do an OK job of protecting your computer and personal information but there is always room for improvement. One of the negatives of having security tools installed on your PC is the speed you loose as these programs have to run in the background constantly monitoring for potential intruders. The Bitdefender Total Security has been ranked number one in antivirus technology and operates on it's own without having a popup every five minutes.

Right now you can enter to win a Dell computer that is already loaded with BitDefender. The rules are simple and can be found here. I have been hit by several viruses and the amount of work and frustration that it causes cannot be expressed in words. We also purchase a lot of things on the internet and with BitDefender Safepay you can now shop with more confidence knowing that your information is more secure and encrypted when you buy something online. They offer parental controls, social networking protection and more. With a more proactive solution that is working to help you avoid potential attacks and threats your online experience can be more enjoyable. 

 

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Avoid online job scams

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Posted on 13th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

The internet is a great tool for businesses to connect with customers and find potential new employees. Those that are seeking employment use the internet to find jobs if they become unemployed and are able to find opportunities by the type of experience they have and can offer. Unfortunately for millions there are also thousands of internet job scams that you have to watch out for. The typical ones are the work from home schemes that we all see when searching online for legitimate jobs. The big red flags is when they make outlandish claims on the type of money you can make by being your own boss by simple setting up a website or answering surveys. Some of the elaborate ones that appear to be legitimate are where you lead to believe you have a job with a reputable company and they then ask for a deposit for necessary background and drug testing. There are several things that are pointed out at the marcus evans training site to help you avoid a scam.

  • If you notice misspellings in the ad or offer letter
  • The company demands you send them your bank information prior to your start date
  • A request to send in a scanned copy of your driver licenses or social security card.

Now I do want to be clear that these tips primarily pertain to when you are applying for  a  job online and have not met the people or seen the company live. If you are solicited to apply for a job through an email then you will want to do your homework and try and contact the company directly.  Online scammers have gotten very good at replicating company webpages so it looks like you are on the actual company website. In most cases just look at the URL and if it looks weird and does start with the actual company name then it is more likely to be a scam. The job market is tight in many places so be careful when you are searching for an opportunity and make sure to do your homework before submitting any personal information.

10 things to help your small business grow

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Posted on 13th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging |Marketing

1. Let Someone Else Go First

If you’re a small business, you don’t want to be putting your money on a horse that may or may not have longevity. To top it off, solutions should already be tested out fully with someone else’s money and time. The key is to jump in at the very end of the early adopter phase.

2. Keep the Bottom Line in Mind

Every piece of technology you buy, should help you increase your bottom line somehow. Whether it’s through efficiency or through expanding services, it’s got be able to pay you back. Just because something is faster, the latest version, or prettier than what you currently own, doesn’t make it a good buying decision. You might even intimidate customers who have to learn the new systems.

3. Use Open Source

Open source technology can be comparable in features to private software packages. There is no support for open source, but there are also no licensing fees.

4. Set Up Social Networking and Forget It

It is important to have an account on Twitter and Facebook, amongst many other sites. The account is free and can generate massive attention and buzz for your offerings. However, you want to schedule your tweets and automate as much of this as possible to cut down on the time spent doing it.

5. Convert Paper to Digital

A paper newsletter put online can save you tons of money on paper and mailing costs. What you may not know is the same is true with coupons. You can convert those to electronic coupons and the customer can download them off your site, saving your distribution and printing costs.

6. Get full color brochures

Partner with established vendors like UPrinting. For your image and brand you want to have something tangible that you can handout and even mail out to customers that talk about your business and products. UPrinting business brochures printing solutions can help you get the quantity and price you need. So whether you are doing a small run to test the market or need a large run for growing sales you can get them done professionally and fast.

7. Cut Down on Travel Costs

You can set up VOIP lines and teleconferencing to avoid the expense of traveling when you have more than one business office or clients in different locations.

8. Read the Reviews

Before buying any piece of technology check the reviews it got. It will help you decide whether it’s going to work for you or not.

9. Automate Your Help and Customer Service Areas

Some of this can be done simply by putting up an FAQ online for the questions that most people ask, and thus cutting down on phone calls. Other times you may want to put in a help desk system.

10. Leverage the WWW

Use the free resources that are available to help network,Brand, and create loyal customers to compete with the bigger companies. The social networking frenzy is only growing and being able to create your spot in space will only help grow and retain your customers.

 

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SEO Toronto experts for your business

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Posted on 12th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Using highly ethical companies that know the various channels in social media and can use them and other tools to enhance your search ranking will not only get your goals achieved sooner but will help you focus on your primary targets of driving revenue. Cutting Edge Web is a SEO Toronto company that has continually created value helping small to large businesses bring their business online and growing their presence through various of online marketing channels. Through link building, pay per click, and organic search optimization techniques they can provide a well rounded approach to help you develop and implement your Marketing 2.0 plan.
People are using their smartphones to research and buy online more today and that number is growing. The smartphone has changed the way that people interact with their friends and family and now companies are trying to figure the best way to market to these consumers without being to intrusive. Whole new channels and solutions are being built by SEO/Web design companies and marketers  where  companies can target and reach a new set of customers wherever they are  at anytime of the day. SEO companies that can provide high end video services and integrated web design can add another dimension to your online branding campaign. So lets say someone is on their iPhone and  searching to purchase snow tires online you  can have your mobile site show up in their top search lists which can  help drive traffic to your site through specific mobile searches.  Companies like Cutting Edge Web understand the changing social landscape and can help your business leverage the technologies of SEO, video, and web design so that no matter where your customers are at you can keep them engaged and grow your brand presence and interaction.

In order to obtain top results on search engines through search engine optimization (SEO) and increasing your traffic flow, it is always a good idea to consult with an experienced online vendor who specializes in these services.  More targeted traffic means more sales. There are hundreds of SEO/ Advertising agency that have a single view on how to drive traffic and their sites are quite sophisticated, but you need results.

Migrating from Moajvi 2

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Posted on 12th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Mojavi Project

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By Tyler Tompkins

Note: This document will be changing frequently as I add more information, and rearrange to create a more logical order and progression of the said information.

* Prerequisites
* First Things First
* The Context
* Translating your Renderer
* View
* Actions
* Configuration
* References

Prerequisites

You should have a decent grasp of Mojavi2 and PHP5 before trying to upgrade to Mojavi3.

If you want a quick crash course of Mojavi 3, see Creating Your First Module 2.
First Things First

Before you begin transferring your applications over from Mojavi2, make sure whatever host you’re using supports PHP5. You can figure out if your host supports PHP5 by running

phpinfo();

Furthermore, you need to download and install the Mojavi3 package, which can be attained by going to this location.
The Context

Probably the most important new and powerful aspect of Mojavi3 is the Context object. Once I figured out what this thing did, I fell in love with it. Basically, it is a sort of catalyst/storage object that allows you to access:

* The $request object via getRequest()
* The $controller object via getController()
* The $user object via getUser()
* The Current Action/Module names via getModuleName() and getActionName()
* And finally the Current module’s directory

More or less, most classes that are exposed to the user/developer (you) are going to have a getContext() function, which will allow you to access this object. And with the recent addition of cascading calls, you can perform operations that you were unable to in php4, for example:

The Old Way:

$obj =& $request->getAttribute(‘myobj’);
$anotherobj =& $obj->doSomethingSpecial();
$anotherobj -> execute();

The New Way:

$this->getContext()->getRequest()->getAttribute(‘myobj’)->doSomethingSpecial()->execute();

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the best example, as it is rather lengthy, but you get my point, 1 line vs 3 lines, and no possible mistakes when dealing with large objects like copying them over without references, etc.

This subsection is to be continued….
Translating your Renderer

Mojavi2 used ‘renderers’ to translate the API of one templating system into a generic API that would easily allow a developer to switch out one templating system for another. For example, the Smarty templating engine uses $smarty->assign() to allow you to set a variable, while patTemplate, another templating system, uses $pat->addVar(). In Mojavi 2, you would then write or use an existing renderer, which you would then invoke to display your output.

Note: This was done typically through a filter, which would create the renderer object, then assign it to your $request via

$request->setAttribute(‘MyRenderer’,$rendererObj))

Mojavi3 uses largely the same methodology, but instead of getting the renderer directly from the $request object within each of your views, it simply extends the View class.

For example:

abstract class SmartyView extends View
{
…..

function __construct()
{
$this->engine = $this->getContext()->getRequest()->getAttribute(‘MySmartyObj’);
}

public function setAttribute($name, $value)
{
$this->engine->assign($name, $value);
}

…..
}

Note: the use of

$this->engine = $this->getContext()->getRequest()->getAttribute(‘MySmartyObj’);

was simply the best solution I could come up with for getting any object from within the view, you could also have done the following just as easily:

$this->engine = new Smarty();

View

The Mojavi3 View is mostly an abstract class, which provides a skeleton of functions to work with, thus providing the unified API as was achieved in Mojavi2 (It’s unified because you are forced to comply with the naming conventions implemented by the abstract class View.)

Now, instead of intitializing your Renderer object (as you would in Mojavi2) you simply extend View, and initialize that. Like shown above:

abstract class SmartyView extends View
{

is what our new View would look like. To put this new View type into action, we extend it when declaring views for our modules. For example:

class DoSomeActionSuccessView extends SmartyView
{

}

As you can see, this is much more fluid than pulling the renderer out of $request with every new View, it’s also a lot less code that you have to copy and paste, and thus less code to maintain. You may also have noticed that the naming scheme is different for the Views, instead of naming the file DoSomeActionView_success.class.php you would now name it DoSomeActionSuccessView.class.php, and name the class likewise(In Mojavi2 we just named our view classes DoSomeActionView, in Mojavi3 it’s DoSomeActionSuccessView replacing ‘Success’ with your application’s state).

This subsection is to be continued….
Actions

Actions in Mojavi3 are fairly similiar to those of Mojavi2, with a few enhancement and semantic tweaks here and there. Listed Below:

* When returning a VIEW_SUCCESS in Mojavi2, now return the View class constant corresponding to your application state, ie: View::Success, or View::Error
* When checking for view types supporting execution (getRequestMethods) instead of returning REQ_POST etc, return Request::Post etc.
* There is a new return type for getRequestMethods(), Request::All, which serves all request methods.
* The root Action class which all your actions extend now has a getContext() method, which allows you access to the context object.

Configuration

Mojavi3 configurations are done, by default, using .ini files. This simple and straightforward configuration makes configuring mojavi very easy. The base syntax of these ini files is as follows:

[SECTION]

; a comment…..
ConfigKey = “%MO_APP_DIR%/my/config/value”

Because some people might not like ini files, Mojavi3 was created in such a way that you could write your own configuration handlers. For example, if you wanted to use xml files to configure your mojavi, you could write a configuration handler, plug it in, and start using your custom configuration styles.

This subsection is to be continued….
References

To find out more about PHP5 in general go here: Where can I go to learn more?

Migration for Mojavi

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Posted on 11th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Mojavi Project

You should have a decent grasp of Mojavi2 and PHP5 before trying to upgrade to Mojavi3.

If you want a quick crash course of Mojavi 3, see Creating Your First Module 2.
First Things First

Before you begin transferring your applications over from Mojavi2, make sure whatever host you’re using supports PHP5. You can figure out if your host supports PHP5 by running

phpinfo();

Furthermore, you need to download and install the Mojavi3 package, which can be attained by going to this location.
The Context

Probably the most important new and powerful aspect of Mojavi3 is the Context object. Once I figured out what this thing did, I fell in love with it. Basically, it is a sort of catalyst/storage object that allows you to access:

* The $request object via getRequest()
* The $controller object via getController()
* The $user object via getUser()
* The Current Action/Module names via getModuleName() and getActionName()
* And finally the Current module’s directory

More or less, most classes that are exposed to the user/developer (you) are going to have a getContext() function, which will allow you to access quality management software. And with the recent addition of cascading calls, you can perform operations that you were unable to in php4, for example:

The Old Way:

$obj =& $request->getAttribute(’myobj’);
$anotherobj =& $obj->doSomethingSpecial();
$anotherobj -> execute();

Using Android Spy App

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Posted on 11th April 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

We use our cell phones to communicate just about everything we do in our life. From updating our facebook page with the latest dinner we just ate to tweeting about a funny looking dog that crossed our path. We can check in, share, and read the latest news all in our android phones and all this data can be revealing about a person. There has been speculation about the various sites and carriers keeping tabs on this information and putting to the test our privacy. For parents that have teenagers being able to know what they are talking about can be a double edge sword. I am all about giving them freedom to grow and learn, but with all the stories about kids using their cell phones for inappropriate pics, texts, and emails.
The big concern is teenagers texting and driving and while we tell our kids not to do it and put the phone away it still happens. There are various solutions like the Android Spy App that can help parents monitor their kids phone activity through texts, calls, and data. The key is to have the conversation with your kids about having this on their phone and if they are doing appropriate things with their phone there should be no issue. The app can be installed and runs silently in the background and can be set up to send updates at various intervals. You can log into an online account and view the data and have a conversation if what you see is not what you and your kids agree upon. Remember that a kids having a cell phone is a privilege and not a right.