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15Feb/131

6 Reasons Why Programming in C is Still a Great Choice

While Unix was the first operating system developed in C, it is still the most commonly used programming language for creating operating systems. Now Windows, OS X, and Linux are all written in C. But why? See below for some major reasons that the C programming language is going to be around for a while.1) C was the template for almost all of the most widely used high-level programming languages in use today. Also, the scripting languages PHP, Perl, and Python are all implemented in C.2) Since most high-level languages were developed in C, learning to program in C enables developers to understand and appreciate these high-level languages better.3) Creating an application in the C programming language allows the fastest execution and most control of the program, second only to Assembly language.4) C provides the most versatility and portability across different computer architectures while still maintaining the most control of the hardware of the machine it is being executed on.5) The operating systems that are built in C, which is most of them, almost always have C libraries built right into them. This means that it is much easier to find the libraries you need and execute your code at the lowest levels of the operating system. In other words, the programmer has awesome control of everything about the program.6) Other than normal personal computing platforms, C will run on many different types of devices like calculators, smart phones, and plenty of other computerized gadgets. Plus, C code is efficient enough to run extremely well within these tiny program spaces. This can't really be said of other high-level programming languages.

So, if you are thinking of learning a programming language, C is definitely be a terrific choice. If you need some tutorials to get you started you can visit appdevtutorials.com. So get online, choose a compiler, and get started!

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15Feb/130

Is your social media campaign not yielding any results? Find out why…

83% business owners said that social media marketing is crucial to their business, according to a report by Social media examiner 2012. Large numbers of people have already started the social media marketing initiatives to bond with their prospects, customers and influencers. But despite all efforts some businesses flop to fetch value to the organizations.

Here are a few reasons why a social media campaign falls flat:

  • No goals or targets Number of 'likes' or 'followers', don't define marketing goals. The idea should be, to engage with people who can influence your business. Engaging with the press, analyst,influential people of the industrywill eventually, get you leads for your business.
  • Hire a social media professional Many companies feel that they don't understand social media and hire a fresh graduate from college to be their company's voice. A graduate from college would not be as passionate as a member of the company about the company's offerings.
  • Pushing your services relentlessly You can lure people to follow or like your brand by giving them some discount coupons. But what after that? If your competitors offer higher discounts, your customers will start following them. So stop pushing for products and services ceaselessly. People hate to many ads so don't provoke them to unsubscribe you.
  • Inconsistent activity People tweet 20 times a day and then vanish for months. This is not a right approach for a successful social media campaign. It is not easy to build relationship with people who are only sporadically engaged.
  • No value input Don't over push a service and product and sound foolish. Speak only if you can add value to a conversation or have something valuable to share. Talking about the traffic or climatewouldn'tfetch you any good.
  • Follow different strategy for different products Each product and service should prepare a tailored social media strategy. Goods with high level of sensitive engagement require a different marketing strategy than various commercial products.

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7Feb/130

5 Ways to Build Trust in Your Brand

Do people trust your brand? If not, you may have trouble generating leads and increasing sales. A brand's credibility is one of the factors that prospects take into serious consideration when making a purchase decision. Establish a positive reputation and gain the trust of your target audience by implementing the following tips in your company's marketing plan.

1. Inbound Marketing

Inbound marketing, which is the process of bringing warm leads into your sales funnel rather than reaching out to cold prospects, can be a powerful tool for building credibility. An essential component of inbound marketing is the creation of various types of content, including blog posts, press releases, e-books, white papers, videos, and podcasts.

Reach out to your target audience and earn their trust by creating, optimizing, and distributing a variety of content that positions your brand as an authority. If prospective customers search for information about your industry online and come across your content on various websites and social media networks, they may perceive you as a thought leader in your industry and consequently, be compelled to do business with you.

2. Listen to Your Target Audience's Needs

Listen to your potential clients to get to know them better and then create content that aligns with their interests and meets their needs. If you do so, your target audience will be more engaged with your content and feel a stronger emotional connection to your brand.

You can find members of your target audience by exploring your competitors' social media profiles and blogs. You can also perform searches on social networks for your target keywords to encounter conversations that are relevant to your industry. Take note of interesting comments or conversations that you can turn into blog posts for your website or an influential blog in your industry.

3. Video Marketing

Videos enable you to connect with viewers on a personal level and reveal the human side of your company. Create video tutorials that educate your target audience regarding the use your products or services. You can also conduct video interviews with previous clients and upload the videos to the testimonial page of your website. Additionally, upload videos of your company at conferences and other business events. To make your videos more engaging and improve their look and feel, hire a professional video production company.

4. Reach out to Bloggers

While it might be difficult to achieve the same level of popularity as the most influential bloggers in your niche, you can befriend these bloggers so that they help you spread the word about your brand and drive traffic to your website. Some ways to build relationships with influential bloggers include interviewing them on your own blog, sharing their content with others, offering to write guest posts for their blog, offering to help them out in any way you can, and allowing them to try your products or services at no charge in exchange for a review or mention on their blog.

5. Create Case Studies

Turn your previous' clients success stories into unique case studies. In every case study that you create, discuss the problems the client faced before doing business with you, how the client found you, and how the client's situation changed after using your product or service. To make your case studies more credible, include pictures and a link to the client's website, if possible.

There is a strong likelihood that your prospects are facing the same or similar problems as your previous clients. Case studies enable your prospects to put themselves in your previous clients' shoes and persuade them that your products or services can help them achieve their desired results.

If you want to convert more potential customers into buyers, building your brand's credibility is critical. Prospects will evaluate your track record when deciding whether or not to make a purchase, so it's essential to establish a positive brand reputation.Contact Oculartoday to find out more about our creative marketing services and how they can enhance your reputation.

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7Feb/130

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Shared Web Hosting

When you have an idea for a website that will represent yourself, a brand or even your business, deciding on the type of web hosting you should pay for can seem confusing if you are not familiar with the entire experience of running a website. One option that is available for anyone looking to get a website up and running quickly is to opt for shared hosting.

What is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is web hosting that is shared between multiple clients and websites all on one server. Hosting providers that offer shared hosting often help to coordinate and manage all of the websites that are being hosted on one server as opposed to being required to rent an entire server of your own.

The Advantages of Shared Hosting

A major advantage of shared hosting is the cost reduction overall each month depending on the plan you have chosen and the type of hosting you need. Because you are sharing the server your website is hosted on with other users, the costs are split and drastically reduced. Additionally, many hosting providers who offer shared hosting also provide upkeep and maintenance on your website if you are unfamiliar with how to handle the back-end hosting aspect of the site yourself. Having your website maintained by professionals with shared hosting is a way to cut costs of working with a server administrator. Many shared web hosting companies provide quick installations of forums, CMS (content management systems) and additional third-party applications or software to easily implement for your own website when you want to get it launched as quickly as possible.

The Disadvantages of Using Shared Web Hosting

One disadvantage of utilizing shared web hosting is the potential speed issues you may encounter. When you load a webpage that is hosted with a shared group of clients, you are often sharing bandwidth from the entire server as well. Loading times for shared hosting websites are often much longer than if you were renting a private or dedicated server to host your website instead. You may also have less access to configuring your own server and managing the back-end of the website as well when you are using a shared host, as your server changes will effect anyone who is also running a website on the same server as you.You can find even more information on the type of hosting that is right for you and whether you should choose private or shared hosting by reviewing the services available from Fatcow Hosting. Reviewing all of the plans and types of shared web hosting options that are currently available to you will help you to make the right decision for the type of website you are planning to launch.

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21Jan/122

Remove “Powered by Opencart” from the footer

If you want to remove the "Powered by OpenCart" text in your footer, it's actually quite easy. You would need to FTP into your site, and browse the:

/catalog/language/english/common

directory. Once you are here, you will see a file called footer.tpl. All you need to do is to open this file, and edit the lines of code that say "Powered By OpenCart".

This is the code from OpenCart 1.5:

<div id="powered">Powered By <a href="http://www.opencart.com">OpenCart</a><br /> Your Store &copy; 2012</div>

You can simply change this to something like:

<div id="powered">Powered By <a href="http://www.theURLtomycoolwebsite.com">MyCoolWebsite</a><br /> Your Store &copy; 2012</div>

OpenCart asks for a donation if you do this.

Hope this helps!

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13Jan/120

MyBB Review – Worst forum spam of open source forums

MyBB has been around for a while, and offers free and open source forum software. MyBB goes up against some stiff competition such as SMF or Simple Machines Forum. MyBB is arguably the easiest to use and modify forum, but it's also the absolute worst in preventing forum spam.

There have been many reports from MyBB users that their forums are under attack by spammers specifically targeting MyBB forums because they know the forums are easy to exploit and overwhelm. MyBB out of the box has almost no forum spam prevention, not even CAPTCHA or random questions during registration.

I took the time to setup a MyBB forum, and have been running it for over 3 years. During that time I have gone through all of the MyBB updates (when you log into the admin, there is a handy little tool to let you know if you are running the latest version, and if not, what the latest version is). All of the updates were to fix some kind of exploit, but none of them were for preventing forum spam.

I have been noticing in my analytics that spammers are searching for "Powered by MyBB" when targeting my forum. They are specifically looking for a MyBB forum because they know their automated activities will be able to overwhelm most board owners and moderators.

If MyBB wants to be successful, they need to release MyBB 1.6 with at least the two basic forms of trying to catch spammers at the registration level: Captcha, and asking random questions. Right now, the only MyBB spam prevention is to send a random password to the user to check their email (which doesn't work), send a confirmation email (which also doesn't work), or just let them instantly be activated.

Also, the admin only lets you see 20 users at a time, so trying to do a mass ban is very time consuming.

If you are looking for a forum that helps you in the quest of having a great community with minimal spam, stay away from the MyBB 1.4 series.

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10Jan/1220

OpenCart Update – Daniel Kerr is at it again

We have been covering some updates on OpenCart, and while we mainly forgot about it, a few of our readers pointed out that Daniel Kerr, has been at it again on his forum. We've covered some of the reasons why we don't recommend OpenCart, but here are some quick snippets of Daniel having a little breakdown when users on his support forum are posting what they believe are bugs to the system.

this is down to your server not setup properly. my server works fine and so do many others.

this means its your fault!

one of my all time favorites:

its a permissions issue! with your server! nothing to do with opencart! you have not set the web user to have permission on this folder. are u stupied! opencart does not alter your session directory!

Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from Daniel.

there is not an sql injection problem you clown!

sql injection would mean you are actually injecting sql via the some unescaped variable.

the problem is (if there is one) a bug with mysql.

this threads like the blind leading the blind.

When releasing a product, you must expect that there are going to be lots of questions, some repetitive, some off the wall, and some that make no sense. However, the difference is in the customer service. For those who want their product to be used, such as PrestaShop for example, would never talk to their users like this. Those who want to push their users away, use the exact language above.

Of course, the choice is yours of which eCommerce platform you use, but do you want to be called "stupied" when asking a support question for OpenCart?

24Oct/110

PayPal is down: Failure of server APACHE bridge

For the past 30 minutes, paypalmanager.paypal.com has been down with the following error:

Failure of server APACHE bridge:
No backend server available for connection: timed out after 10 seconds or idempotent set to OFF.

This is extremely frustrating and not the first time PayPal has been down. PayPal is a multi billion dollar company, how can they let these things constantly happen?

Unable to process orders, check on orders, check on balances or anything during this time.

Hopefully square will be a good PayPal replacement so we have another similar option.

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21Oct/113

WL Marketing Review – Horrible RSS Feed Submission Service for your Blog

Recently, I tried the RSS Feed Submissions service offered by WL Marketing. The service seems great, and it's very cheap. What they do is take your blog's RSS feed, and submit it to 50 or 100 different RSS Feed sites. The goal here is that your RSS Feed gets syndicated by all of these sites, giving your blog more exposure and more traffic.

They offer two packages. One package is for $10, and they submit your RSS feed to 50 sites. They also offer one for $20 that they submit to 100 sites. They say completion takes about 15 days for 50 sites, and a month for 100 sites. It was faster for me, they were done within 1 day.

The good thing about WL Marketing is they also provide you with a detailed report showing each site that they submitted to, plus the directory in each site, so you can check it out for yourself.

So, how did it work out you ask?

Horrible! I was completely disappointed. No wonder this was done in one day instead of 1 month. I opted to pay $20 for the 100 sites, and the next day received a detailed report on what was done. About 30% of the sites on the list were 404. Of the rest of the 70%, I couldn't my feed on a single site. Some of them didn't even have categories on the site (a site error), so I'm not sure how they were even submitted.

I complained to WL Marketing and received a quick reply that they were sorry and were going to replace the broken links with new ones. A day later I received a new report, but it was just more of the same.

I will never use them again. I thought it would be hard to mess up RSS submissions, and thought it was a good service for a cheap price since doing it manually is very tedious. But WL Marketing makes money by not giving you what you paid for.

My first time using WL Marketing, and after this negative review, I will not be using them again.

17Oct/110

Are META keywords still important? Bing says Yes! Google Says No

META Keywords used to be all of the rage back in the day. It was a way to suggest to the search engines what your page is trying to rank for, or essentially, what your page is about. Over the years, Google and Yahoo announced that they are not paying attention to META keywords anymore, and many people stopped using them all together. However, some people still continued to use META keywords. Those who used it were mocked because they were essentially telling their competition what keywords they want to rank for, and what keywords are important to them.

However, with Bing being the new kid on the SEO block, they are now announcing that they are in fact using the META keywords to rank pages. Since Yahoo search is now powered by Bing, Yahoo search is using META keywords as well.

So if you are not using META keywords, I would suggest you start. Bing might not be a big player yet, but don't rule them out. Plus, they still have a lot of traffic, even if it is less than Google's. You still want to capitalize on that.

Go go META keywords! Welcome back!

17Oct/110

Google Panda 2.5.2 released October 13th – Verified by Matt Cutts

Did you notice a drop in Google traffic around October 13th? Matt Cutts tweeted that there was a confirmed Panda release on the night of 10/13. This release is called Panda 2.5.2

Many people noticed their site take an even bigger dive, some didn't notice a change at all, and others noticed they appear to have a new penalty.

I'm not too sure what was updated in this version of Panda, but probably a polish of the 2.5 release.

Why do I have a traffic drop after Panda 2.5.2?
I have heard from many people that 2.5.2 seems to be more major than minor. People complain they lost 40-60% of their traffic overnight. They also say their sites are 100% pure original content, original images, original everything, and they are not sure why they were singled out. If you know your site is a good site, and you received a traffic drop from Panda 2.5.2 or any version of Panda, I would look at your backlinks. When Panda rolls out, it devalues sites it deems to be of low value. When a site is devalued, it's outbound links give out less or no SEO value. Your site could have dropped in rank and traffic because many of your inbound links were devalued.

Another thing is many webmasters are getting more careful about their links, especially since Panda has been released. They are doing anything they can to ensure they are within Google's quality guidelines. Many of your links could have also been turned into a nofollow. Nofollow in addition to devalued inbound links would definitely cause you a traffic drop.

26Jul/110

Google +1 Improves Rankings – And now you can buy them!

Google has been quick to let people know that if you have your visitors click on the +1, it can help your rankings in Google. Google is tired of seeing Facebook Likes on all these pages, and while some people have said that having Facebook likes can be a direct correlation to higher rankings, it's simply not true. With Google's feverish hate for Facebook, the last thing it wants to do is to encourage people to click on Facebook likes and use Facebook in order to help gain rankings in Google. So what does Google do? They release a competitor to the famouse Facebook like called Google +1. By clicking on the +1 in the search results, or on web pages, you are essentially voting for that page, and therefore Google will rank pages higher based on user interaction. Great idea. Except this is already falling into the hands of spammers.

Introducing Plussem. This company is actually selling +1s! Not only do they sell them extremely cheap (50 for only $9.99), but they have some interesting ways of doing this so it looks natural. The company works with people who have unique Google accounts that are phone verified. Each +1 comes from a real person and not a bot, and the person maually goes to Google search, finds your URL, and clicks on +1. Since these are real people, they all have unique and distinct IP addresses. They don't all do it at once, so it gives it a more natural feel.

Here's a red flag though. Your site has no +1s. Then over a week it gets 50, and then no more +1s again after that. If I was Google, I would flag this as potential spam. This is going to be exploited by spammers, but it's a normal thing nowadays. Google will release rules and algorithms and spammers will just find ways around them.

Would be interesting to see if plussem gets banned. All Google needs to do is to have a spam team that creates an account, and looks at which sites bought this service and ban them. Easy way to get rid of spammers.

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12Jul/110

Twitter Town Hall – Obama says “Internets”

Obama. Oh man. I can't believe it when I saw this. I made immense fun of George Bush for saying "internets" and now Obama repeats the same thing during the Twitter town hall. Luckily, it was caught on video, so you can hear it for yourself:

I guess I shouldn't be so tough on the President, but this surely must have been a mistake, because afterwards he seems to have caught it and is trying to explain a bit of what he meant. Funny nonetheless. The difference here is Obama actually slipped where as George Bush to this day calls it "the internets".

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30Jun/110

Amazon Affiliate Program Pulling out of California? C’mon Jerry Brown!

I am an Amazon Affiliate, and have been for about two years. However, I have recently not been participating in the program simply because I do not have the time to maintain an affiliate storefront at this time. Since I'm signed up and located in California, I received this email today from Amazon saying that they are likely going to pull out of California if Jerry Brown (our governor) gets his way. He basically wants to tax all Amazon purchases made in CA even though Amazon doesn't actually reside physically in CA.

Notice of Contract Termination Due to Potential New California Law

Hello,

For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.

Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team

Please note that you must use this e-mail address to access your account in Associates Central or when contacting Associates Customer Service.

To manage your e-mail preferences, update your account settings.

Message Category: Notice of Contract Termination Due to Potential New California Law

© 2011 Amazon.com. All rights reserved. Amazon.com is a registered trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210, USA.

I'm not sure how to take this. Amazon is quick to pull out, but it's been doing this in various other states already. Could Amazon one day just not have an affiliate program if it becomes federal (or enough national) law that all eCommerce is taxed regardless of where your business is physically?

This is going to open up a can of worms... since every state has different tax rates, and even every county, it's going to be an eCommerce nightmare trying to keep up and charge people the right amount of tax.

Is international next?

Update- it's official... Amazon is pulling out of California. Thanks Jerry Brown.

Hello,

Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect your ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. As mentioned before, we are continuing to work on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.

Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team

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17Jun/110

How the human brain works – and quickly forgets

I was going through some old emails today, and found this email that came to me back in 2008, that was forwarded by a friend. Not sure who wrote it, or where it came from, but it's very true and in a way touching. Thought you might enjoy reading this.

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, 'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around.

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