Mobile Broadband – How different is it from home broadband?

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Posted on 29th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Broadband

broadbandThe home broadband can now be had from any part of the country

There are a wide array of mobile broadband deals in the market today that promise superfast broadband with high monthly allowances. To name a few, T Mobile broadband has an 18 month plan with a 7.2MB speed and 3GB usage limit which gives you a free USB modem stick along with Wi-Fi hotspot access for a monthly cost of £10. Orange has a mobile broadband package with a free laptop that comes with a speed of 3.6MB and a 3GB usage limit. 3 Mobile offers a mobile broadband package for £10 per month that offers 3.6MB speed along with a 1GB usage limit. Indeed, choosing the right mobile broadband deal is no joke, it requires quite a lot of research and consideration. As a user, it is also prudent to ensure that there are no hidden costs involved.

Broadband for gaming

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Posted on 28th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Broadband

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For a hardcore gamer, settling with the perfect broadband connection can be a daunting task. For, speed is more important than anything when you’re thrashing mummified aliens with hand grenades. Even a second’ s delay could cost you your reputation if you’re in a massively multiplayer online game or the game itself. A slow broadband connection can make the characters warp on the screen, spoiling the whole thing down to its roots! A slow connection could even let you end up restarting the game agonisingly from the first level.

broadbandgamingSo, how does a gamer get his hands on the perfect broadband deal there is? Firstly, he must decide if he wants a gamer-specific package. There are quite a few broadband packages designed specifically for gamers, like BE’s ‘Unlimited’ deal for instance. BE offers download speeds of up to 24Mb with free wireless router and static IP. The package also promises low latency along with fast download and upload speeds. Though gamer-specific packages can look attractive, a gamer must not blindly go for it. It is more than enough if he is equipped with a fast enough connection, preferably with speeds over 8Mb with a fairly high download limit.

Also, online gaming will require a low ping rate and low latency. Superfast broadband deals with speeds of up to 50Mb, for example make these possible. Virgin Media has such a deal currently and it may be well worth a consideration if you’re a hardcore gamer. Certain ISPs can be best suited for specific game consoles. Take the case of Orange broadband which is perfect for PS3 gaming. Remember, the keywords here is, a superfast connection, low ping rate and low latency.

Do not fall for a package merely because it is cheap. Also, packages offering unlimited download limits may also tend to slow down your speed in case you’re a heavy-downloader. So, being the backbone of an adrenaline-pumping gaming experience, a unlimited broadband connection must me chosen with a lot of research and thought, for the choice might well be the factor that determines your victory.

finding help through forums

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Posted on 27th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

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broadband_forumAs the access to US and UK broadband grows and providers continually add more capacity to their systems you  will see more and more broadband deals. Companies will be competing for your business and are even offering free laptops to obtain your connection. Sites like FaceBook, MySpace, and  LinkedIn are helping to expand wireless broadband as people are wanting to stay connected no matter where they and want the ability to chat and check up on their friends anywhere they are. As more and more companies increase their mobile UK broadband forums offers the customer will ultimately win. This is similar to what we saw with the phone companies back in the early 90’s when they started offering unlimited local and long distance calling. They saw that customers had more choices and with the internet and high speed access was growing they had to retain their customers.

Now broadband companies are offering free equipment and the actual connections devices called dongles to lure more and more customers to their offers.Many people are confused about the actual use of a dongle and you can find discussion on broadband forums to understand where the best deals can be found. Dongles are a piece of computer hardware that connects to a desktop or a laptop most often at the back of a computer to the parallel port. This little piece of hardware can work as a device to extend a connection from one piece of hardware to another or it can also work as a security measure that will have a separate code in order to allow the user to have access to certain applications. It allows devices to connect to the mobile internet without the need to be a near a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Lanyards:Function and marketing

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Posted on 26th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging

branding_blogWhen you think about developments in various areas is amazing to think about how a simple item such as the lanyard is used in so many facets of business and our personal lives. From id lanyards to lanyards used at theme parks to help you collect your favorite pins this item has taken on a life of its own. Our corporate headquarters has gone back and forth on the lanyard and retractable badge reels. The reels are typically worn on your belt or outside of your jacket and do make it easy if you are having to badge in and out of various buildings. The lanyard has become the choice among many of our employees because they are easier to wear outside your clothing and provide several advantages such as the ability to hold pens, and other photo ids that are easier to access. The lanyard has become so popular that many organizations and businesses are finding many different uses for them and here are some of the advantages:

1. For starters they are very inexpensive. Many businesses and conference planners purchase them in bulk because they know that are not kept for long periods of time and those that use them in conference know that they will be thrown away after the meeting. They are also becoming a popular items among sports teams and fans because they allow you to add your team spirit by sporting your favorite NFL or MLB team while keeping your id and keys together.

2. Companies and Organizations use them for identification because it is visible and can be seen from a greater distance. Many companies are now branding these simple lanyards to help identify their employees and to help build brand recognition and providing them as promotional products. This is because most people will leave their badges on when they leave work when they are stopping by the store on their way home. They are easily customized for special events and can be printed in a short time frame.

3. They are easy to use and unlike clips that will not damage your clothing. Even youngsters can use them for day camps and various sports camps. They can be hung up and are easier to keep track of than clip on id holders or badges that are just in holders.


CMS Software to maximize your customer experience

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Posted on 25th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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Those in the IT and programming field understand the value enterprise content management and what that can ultimately mean to an organization on the overall company vision and engagement with their external and internal customers. Through the open development of platforms like Mojavi this collaboration has enabled people from across the globe to contribute in developing a platform that can be used in various business and web functions in order to facilitate customer engagement.

customer managementWhen you have the Mojavi 3 source, it should come with this directory structure:

root
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|—config
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|—phing
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|—php_documentor
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|—source
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| |—mojavi
| |
| |—webapp
| |
| |—www
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|—sql

Here is a brief explination of each of the directories

* config – sample configuration files
* phing – phing scripts (learn more about phing here )
* php_documentor – templates for generating Mojavi API docs php Documentor website
* source – all the source files
* source/mojavi – the core Mojavi source
* source/webapp – your web application
* source/www – web accessible files
* sql – sql sample files

Installation Steps:
Moving the Mojavi Source

First, move the source/mojavi directory to a non web accessible location, preferrably the parent directory of your root web directory. On most installations this would be the parent directory of your public_html or www directory. On a Windows Apache, this would probably be the parent of the htdocs directory. Move the entire contents of the mojavi directory (including the mojavi folder)
Setting up the webapp

Move the source/webapp directory to a non web accessible location, preferrably the parent directory of your root web directory, which should now have a mojavi directory. Next, give your webapp/cache directory full write permissions. In unix you can type “chmod 777 cache”. On Windows you must go through your webserver to give it write permissions.

You must configure your webapp/config.php configuration file.

There are two lines you need to change

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to the mojavi library. This directory |
// | contains all the Mojavi packages. |
// +—————————————————————————+
define(‘MO_APP_DIR’, ‘/mojavi’);

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to your web application directory. This is |
// | where modules are stored. |
// +—————————————————————————+
define(‘MO_WEBAPP_DIR’, ‘/webapp’);

Replace DIRECTORY with the web directory. Under Linux, it may look like /home/username/. Under Windows (with Apache) it may look like c:/apache/

Here’s the final code

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to the mojavi library. This directory |
// | contains all the Mojavi packages. |
// +—————————————————————————+
define(‘MO_APP_DIR’, ‘/home/username/mojavi’);

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to your web application directory. This is |
// | where modules are stored. |
// +—————————————————————————+
define(‘MO_WEBAPP_DIR’, ‘/home/username/webapp’);

Final Step

Move the index.php file in the source/www directory to your root web directory (the public_html, www or htdocs directory). This file must be accessible from the web. Any location that is accessible via the web will do.

Now you need to configure your web directory’s index.php file that you just moved.

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to our webapp/config.php script. |
// +—————————————————————————+
require_once(‘INSERT PATH TO “webapp/config.php” HERE’);

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to the mojavi/mojavi.php script. |
// +—————————————————————————+
require_once(‘INSERT PATH TO “mojavi/mojavi.php” HERE’);

The same directory rules apply here as with the config.php file. Here’s the results

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to our webapp/config.php script. |
// +—————————————————————————+
require_once(‘/home/username/webapp/config.php’);

// +—————————————————————————+
// | An absolute filesystem path to the mojavi/mojavi.php script. |
// +—————————————————————————+
require_once(‘/home/username/mojavi/mojavi.php’);

Success

You’re done. Try accessing your index.php file from the web.

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Getting a good nights sleep

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Posted on 24th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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If you travel frequently and have to stay in hotels then you have probably had those late nights where it just seems impossible to get to sleep. I will often find myself watching TV and trying to get some rest for my meeting the following day with little impact. It is especially worse when I am traveling across different time zones and your body is unable to adjust because you may only be in that city for a day or two. So you try your best and hope that if you are unable to get that good nights rest that there is a coffee shop close by in order to get you going.

In my most recent travels I stayed in a hotel that offered a white noise machine as part of their package. I have heard about these devices that are able to produce subtle background noises like waterfalls or soft rushing waves in order to help you get a better nights sleep. I must say based on my stay and how well rested I was the next day it appeared to have worked quite well. So good in fact that apparently there was a thunderstorm that rolled through the area early in the morning and I did not hear a sound. While traveling on the road it can be tough to get to sleep because you are not in your own bed and having a sound machine that will play soft tones in order to help relax in order to get a better nights sleep is something that I may have to invest in.

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email marketing services to help grow your business

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Posted on 23rd September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

email marketingOne of the most effective ways to communicate with your customers is through permission based emai marketing. I say permission based because SPAM is against the law and most people will ignore the information anyway. If you read any websites, blogs, or marketing books one of the top ways that they talk about communicating with your customers is through email marketing services.

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Shopping Wiki Style

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Posted on 22nd September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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wikiA another new breakthrough from Apple who brought us the iPod, the iPhone and now the new MacBook laptop that is the thinnest notebook available. The commercials are impressive and looking at this laptop it is hard to believe that it is actually thin enough to fit into a mailing envelope. I have always been a PC guy and all the laptops that I have owned have been windows based. This may all have to change especially with as much traveling as I have to do lately the convenience that this new technology will bring will be great.

nikonThere are now dedicated sites likie Shopwiki UK.where you can find items like the Nikon Coolpix camera and thousands of other items to be compared.

Advanced shopping engine

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Posted on 21st September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing |Technology

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searchWe see the term every, but do we really understand what Wi-Fi is? It’s on the window at Starbucks, the box our laptop comes in and is a huge selling point for PS3 and Xbox, but do we really know what Wi-Fi is? Well simply put, Wi-Fi is the trade name for popular wireless technology used in home networks, mobile phones, video games and other electronic devices that require wireless networking. Wi-Fi technology is supported by personal computers, game consoles, printers and other peripherals which can operate wirelessly.Finding new games for the  Xbox 360. is now easier at site like shopwiki. You can find  Madden 10 from various vendors and able to choose the best price and shipping. The new Xbox 360 elite system is also available to those who are looking to upgrade their current Xbox system. There are hundreds of shopping and comparison sites but shopwiki.com does a nice job in providing a great selection of products and places online and in the store where you can buy your games and gadgets.

Spam Complaints

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Posted on 20th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Please note that if you have reached our site based on a email that you received we did not send it. There has been a breach somewhere within the server and someone is sending out emails using our email address and blog domain.  Rest assured that we are doing everything that we can to try and solve this issue ASAP. Commonly known as “domain spoofing” this does unfortunately happen all the time and we happen to be in the line of fire. Please leave a comment or just forward us the email with the headers that you receieved so that we can handle appropriately.

Here is brief explanation that we found:
Q. “I found out from returned “undelivered” email that those address does not exist in my lists–in the first place, I have never sent them”.

A. Many affected owners of email domain being spoofed are complaining of having their account being suspended for spamming and receiving “tons” of harassing hate mails marked as coming from them–which they have never sent and only found-out when they start receiving angry replies or returned undelivered bounce email.

The victims of these new from of harassment in which fake or boogie messages was sent-out posing as the original owner of the email address by spoofing, are usually done by dissatisfied or fired employees, competitors, pranksters, junk mailers, provocateurs or spammers trying to sell something–not that they want you to respond to the email but to click on a link in the message.

According to the FBI, spoofing is generally not illegal because no hacking is required, unless it involves a direct threat of violence or death and by using such tactic, know as email spoofing–they exploit the simplicity of Internet SMTP (simple mail transport protocol RFC 821).

Email can be spoofed by tweaking the settings on standard email client like; Eudora, Outlook Express, etc.

Games online

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Posted on 19th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

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zynga6Many of the players that are in the tournaments today get there by playing in an online casino tournament and getting their seat for free. Online gambling has taken off since the televised WSOP and more people are coming online to perfect their skills and have a shot at these million dollar tournaments. New sites like zynga.com where you can get Facebook poker chips for just signing up and then having your friends join you to chat and play Texas Hold’em Online casinos have been popping but only a few really offer any value. In our neighborhood we get together twice a month for a friendly game of poker where many of the games are jacks or better. Most of the time we spend on games such as Texas Hold em, and Omaha. As the poker craze has spread so has the fanatics in our neighborhood. I am sitting at the table and feel like I am playing with Phil Helmuth and “Jesus” ( nickname for a famous poker player) All the terms that were flying around were making me nervous, such as Drawing Dead, Gut Shot Straight.. This was supposed to be a friendly game!! I was able to locate a site for us novice and for the PROS as well, players that give a broad and detailed perspective on how to Play such poker games.

Finding an online casino to practice your skills for free or for those outside the US to earn money has gotten much easier. You can play Deuces Wild Video Poker if you get bored, but to improve your game you need to play lots of hands to understand the odds of the hand you are playing.I found the best info on Omaha, which is a very detailed version of Hold em. I can hardly wait to our next poker night with the fellas. I will be bringing heat along with a Big Blind Gut Shot Straight, so give me the river. (Poker Lingo) So if you are in the need for some simple advice on what these and other terms mean and how to play these games and other,please take a look at their site.

Which is The Most Effective Social Share Buttons for SEO?

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Posted on 18th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

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Which is The Most Effective Social Share Buttons for SEO?

 

Social signals are now being incorporated into search results, though currently, they may not be very strong signals, such as say, organic links.

SEO experts are suggesting that everything else being equal, a website with more ‘social love’ gets a higher search result position than one that is lacking in social love.

 

Having social media buttons on your website or blog, conveniently placed, increases the chances that people will use them, thus contributing to SEO.

 

The Most Important Social Share Button

The purpose of this post is to try and determine which social share button has the maximum impact on SEO from amongst Facebook likes shares, Tweets, LinkedIn shares and G+1s.

 

G+1

The Google +1 button seems to have maximum impact on SEO because being part of Google itself, Google bots can crawl and index all Google+ content. (There are some restrictions for Facebook and Twitter in this regard).

 

And with the launch of Google Search Plus Your World, content +1d by the searchers’ social connections is making it to the top of the SERP.

A Mashable article on the impact of Google+ on SEO cites that a Dutch company “SEO Effects” experienced 20% increase in its click-thru rate by getting 70 people to+1 their page.

Click here for experiment conducted by SEOMoz, where consistent +1s pushed the website rankings from #16 to #6.

 

Facebook Likes and Shares

SearchMetrics conducted an analysis of over 300,000 websites, to find out the common factors in the high ranking websites.

The analysis revealed that Facebook shares had a very high correlation with higher search ranking (surprisingly even higher than backlinks). Facebook likes, comments and Tweets also figured high for in the correlation graph (refer below).

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Facebook shares reveal highest degree of correlation with high search engine ranking.

 

Tweets

Matt Cutts of Google had earlier confirmed that authority of the tweeter is an important factor while considering the SEO value of tweets.

This point is illustrated in the SEOMoz case study where they experienced #4 ranking for the (highly competitive) term ‘beginner’s guide’ after their SEOMoz Beginners Guide url was retweeted by Smashing Magazine.

 

LinkedIn Shares

Not many people associate LinkedIn shares with significant SEO impact. Dan Zarella’s analysis of more than 25,000 websites showed that urls which were shared on LinkedIn had higher number of in bound links pointing to them (as compared to Facebook shares and Tweets)

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LinkedIn shares show highest correlation

 

And inbound links being a very strong SEO factor, we can conclude LinkedIn shares are strong social signals for SEO.

 

So What is the Conclusion

Obviously, there is no clear winner for the ‘Top Social Sharing Button for SEO’.  To use a cliché, each one is a winner in its own way.

And what you can do is have all of them (and others like PinIt, Digg etc) prominently and neatly arranged on your website.

This is a good article on how to add social sharing buttons on your website for maximum impact.

 

Which social sharing button has worked best for you? Do share in the comments section.

 

This post has been written by Yasir Khan, avid blogger and self confessed SEO-Social media enthusiast. Yasir is the Founder of Quantum SEO Labs.

Renewable energy

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Posted on 17th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Uncategorized

What a day for renewable energy. I just saw a great clip from Fox News on the electric motorcycle from Zero Motorcycle. This thing is like a 250, off road bike you would buy from Honda. It can go 0-60 in about 6 seconds. The founder said they were not interested in the scooter or basic transportation. They wanted something very fun and to match the market. You see, this is just the kind on ideas and innovation we need. So many potential customers still see renewables like electric motorcycles as boring, slow and just plain no fun. Not with these guys. It would take an hour of hardcore off road biking to deplete the battery. Whats more is that next month they will announce their street legal bike with a 3kw battery pack, with a 70mph top speed and great range. I cant wait for the news. Here we have a young entrepreneur who has solved the problem in battery life and power, and found a way to make a bike that more people will buy. The video did not go into the idea of saving gas though and the fact of less dependence on foreign oil or having consultants like those from Enigin available as a resource. I wish they would. But no matter, the fact that we can have this conversation is just amazing.

Server management

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Posted on 16th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology


The latest Systems management services are now available for most bloggers. There are new technologies to help provide server management for your piece of mind. You can purchase server monitoring for your blog

Scheduling online appointments

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Posted on 15th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

online-apptIf you are in sales you know that nothing can happen until you are in front of the customer. In most cases this will mean calling on that potential customer, scheduling the appointment, and then asking for the business.  I have been in sales for over 20 years and earlier in my career I would setup the appointment to see a potential customer and jot it down in my day planner and consider that good. In some instances you would travel to the customers location only to find out that they had forgotten or canceled and forgot to call. This was frustrating and a waste of time that I could have spent with other customers. Our business owners were constantly juggling the phone in order to set up key meetings and dates so that we would could function more efficiently as a team. That is why I was excited to blog about a new free online appointment scheduling software that enables you and your clients to view and makes appointments online.

I can’t imagine the amount of time and money that you will save if you are a small business owner or someone who relies on the face to face meeting with the customer in order to make your liviing. Having this free online tool that you can access from anywhere you have a internet connection is great. With so many sales professionals and business owners having the mobile technology being able to access an online scheduling tool is a huge advantage. Many people will schedule appointments through their Blackberry or MS Outlook but since your customers are unable to access this calendar if they change the time and date or cancel all together you will only be notified via a phone call. With this new free online appointment tool from checkappointments.com when you schedule the appointment both you and the customer receive reminders about the meeting. This will save you both a lot of time and hassle of trying to remember those meeting times and dates. With this free scheduling tool you can brand the site with yourname.checkappointments.com or use your company name instead. This will help create top of mind awareness that will give you an advantage over your competition.

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Finding the right hosting company

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Posted on 14th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Find your free blog and website web site hosting account.

There is a new web hosting comapny top hosting center. At Top Hosting center they are offering a select plan that is targeted to blogger who are looking to make a name for themselves. With their plan you pay a one time fee of $95 and this covers you for life adn this give you some great blog hosting features. This plan gives you 250 GB of disk space, 3000 GB of bandwidth ( enough room to help you handle all those new readers), unlimited MySQL databases, a free domain and you can host unlimited domains. Hurry and check them out today since this offer will go away when the 1000th Rudolph plan is sold. I should know since we recently moved this blog over to THC and the support and reliability has been awesome. I would challenge you to surf on over to their site and try their online live support. I was able to talk with Tom within 3 minutes on a Sunday. This was the closer for me to be able to get an answer to a question in less than five minutes even though I was not a customer at that point.

Internet marketing

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Posted on 13th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Webmasters can enhance their search engine marketing by teaming with experts to provide an easy to use process in which you easily create static pages. Even brick and mortar companies can benefit from specific internet marketing consulting. Partnering with the right company that can help you develop keywords and strategies around your core business can mean the difference between success and failure. Since over 80% of products that are found and purchased start at the search engines it is very important that your site is optimized to take advantage of the search engines.

Time to upgrade your cell phone

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Posted on 12th September 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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The technology in cell phones is changing so quickly that it can be difficult to compare cell phones just on various websites especially those of the actual wireless carriers.