If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you think a good logo is worth?
And if it’s worth anything, you can bet it will cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to create a logo.
This is a relatively small investment for something that may help catapult your business to success. But you don’t have to spend anything to make a good looking logo for your website.
Gimp is the freeway to a professional looking logo. You can do it yourself and it will cost nothing but your time.
If you’re interested in creating logos using Gimp, let me first introduce you to this program, then I will walk you through the basic steps.
Gimp is a free image editing software that runs on almost any computer and operating system.
This software can be used to retouch photos. It can be used to crop, re-size, or optimize images for use on the web.
Best of all it can be used to create custom text or graphic art.
I’ve used it for a number of edits on my own, and client projects.
It’s very effective in providing the features now considered standard for Graphic Software. If you don’t want to pay an outside person or company to do your logo, you will find this software very useful for creating professional looking artwork.
What kind of logo can you create?
In this guide I will show you how to create simple text logos using Gimp. You’ll learn how to
HTML5 is here and so is the long awaited Audio Tag. They said it would take a decade or more, but it’s quickly being adopted by popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
Although it’s not a W3C recommendation yet (at the time of this writing), there is enough support to start experimenting and developing websites and applications with the new elements. I’ll cover the HTML5 Audio Tag specifically in this article.
The plain Audio Tag looks like this:
This article is no longer useful. Craigslist has disallowed embedded images in their posts and this tracking method is obsolete.
I’ve made thousands of dollars from leads generated by CraigsList Ads. At first I didn’t care how much views my ads received. I only cared about who called me or clicked on my website’s link because I can easily monitor that.
With a bad economy, it became harder to generate the same amount of leads.
This is the point where conversion optimization becomes important. I knew the leads were still coming from classified ads. But I needed a way to
My big city is New York City. I’ve lived and worked here for the past 17 years. One thing I must throw out about city life is it’s very gritty.
There is on the other hand a method to the city life madness. Outsiders might find it overwhelming. But once you’ve established a footing, it seems we’re able to soar to new heights never before realized when living in a small town.
The pace is fast for sure. But the City also provides inspiration simply from observing it’s people. Some are the uber successful, while others are top of their field talents.
It makes me want to
What’s wrong with Flash SEO, is there remains indexing issues for search engines which damages visibility of a website. Flash is not Standards Compliant. Meaning the content is very hard for SE’s to follow in a structured order like HTML pages. Flash also uses mostly images where the content cannot be read by the search robots.
There’s more details about this issue. I will just list some resources because it has been covered thoroughly by others. I don’t want to just repeat what they said…so here goes:
Simple techniques for improving Flash SEO
What I want to cover is the simplest way to do SEO for Flash; Provide
One of my favorite features of a content management system is a drag to sort list. Something similar can be seen in systems like the widgets module in WordPress.
Before I realized it was there, a few clients have asked me to integrate these lists so they can better manage items for their website.
This is a relatively new dynamic web application feature that some sites may be using. I will show you how to implement one of these using simple techniques and tools.
First you will need
Too many people rush into the development of their website without any initial planning. It’s like expecting a business loan without a business plan.
But where do you begin? And especially when you have no previous experience setting up a website.
Well it’s very straight forward and not that complicated. It just like any other business. Planning is important. So I will offer some advice and insight on how to pre plan a website before development.
The first thing you need to consider is demand. What kind of demand is there for the product or service your website will be offering? This is called the market.
Rarely does a new company create a market for their product or service. Most enter an already established market where others have proven success. You will need to
Recently I was googling on link graph related keywords and noticed a pirated article with the same title as an SEOBook.com entry. To make matters worst, the entire article was republished with no attribution to the original creator.
Now I’m not going to call anyone out, because that’s not my job. But it got me thinking about syndication and how this contributes to article piracy on the internet.
A content reuse study recently released by the Fair Syndication Consortium, highlights the amount of abuse leveled at newspapers. In it they claim
One of the most important things you can do for your websites is to add an XML Sitemap. The sitemap tools listed below are all free, online based, software independent and tested by me to make sure they all work.
Best of all there is no sign up required to use any of these tools. Their features do vary. Some provide details of the scan, others allow over 500 urls to be included.
You might be writing constantly, but are you using some of the best WordPress plugins? These plugins have been tried, approved and used by many bloggers.
These applications add very useful features that enhance your blog. They can help provide a far better experience for your websites community.
Implementing any of these will offer great benefits to your sites visibility, functionality and credibility.
All in One SEO Pack. Incredibly useful for SEO. It allows you to had a custom title, description and keywords to your posts and pages. I use this and it helps me fine tune my content for the search engines. It also gives
A few years ago, I tried my hand at Drop Shipping. Drop Shipping means you have a supplier deliver a purchased product as if it came from you. This of course eliminates any need to stock inventory. And you as the merchant must make the purchase first before delivery .
So I tried this with eBay and the results were very good. I made a few thousand dollars before losing my eBay account. I must admit, I didn’t manage the account very well. There is more details to this, but I will spare you my failure because it is 100% my fault. This system used correctly can potentially make you a lot of money, and without spending any thing more than $25 to start.
The parts of the income machine
To start drop shipping, you need a few tools and services. One being a
For creative individuals, finding great solutions or ideas is often a challenge. Even if you solve math equations, write articles or design graphics, often we draw a blank. This is where we just don’t seem to process ideas to resolve a particular issue. This is called the mental block problem.
We are told that simple research and brain storming can give great ideas. And this is true to a certain degree. But to find those genius ideas, the ones that throw all other solutions out the door, is hard and frustrating.
But there is an old technique, used even by people like Einstein to come up with creative breakthroughs. I like to call it the light bulb method. This simple technique was researched by Dr Darren Lipnick of the Australian National University. In his research he found
I use all but one of the tools in this list for web application development. They help streamline most of my work as a web developer. This is PC based…so I’m not sure which will work on the Mac.
- Web Developer Tool Bar for FireFox
- Gimp – read our article on Gimp Logo Design
- Project Pier
- Open Office
- IE Tester
I’ve never really used subversion. I will try to explore it in the future.
I’ve built applications with Codignitor and it’s really easy to work with. The Web Developers tools bar is practically an extension of me, and the same for jEdit and FileZilla.
Use any of these tools? Please tell us about it.
When looking for a good IDE, some standard features demanded by other programmers must be considered.
But here’s the thing. You really don’t need an IDE. A regular notepad program can work fine for editing your codes.
An IDE offers advanced features to manage files and code. Use of an IDE is
Freelancers, CEO’s and Managers can greatly increase productivity with various outsourcing solutions. But, it’s important to remember this is real world coordination of people, production and money.
Therefore it’s vital that you know how to manage outsourcing and what services can help.
You will need
Make no mistake about it; These Online Marketing Techniques will be around for quiet a while.
I’ve been marketing online since 2002. Therefore I have a top down view of all the ways to promote a business online. I’ll cover some of the best options in this short, but sweet list.
1. Your own Affiliate Program. The reason this is number one IMO, is because almost all the other techniques bellow, your affiliates can do for you. Which will be hundreds or thousands of times more than you can do if you executed on these yourself. Even if you
How I became self employed
I’ve had a desire to be self employed since I was a kid. In 2002 I started a small business that really didn’t take off. But we made some deals and a few bucks. That really opened my eyes to the idea that I could, with hard work, be my own boss.
Although I did go back to a day job since starting my business, I never lost my burning desire to be independent or at least be at the head of my own company.
While building my business (very slowly I might add), I started
Are you interested in becoming an online Affiliate Marketer? Are you disappointed with the performance of other programs?
Then eBay Partner Network or Amazon Associates Program might be more beneficial to your business. I’ll do a basic comparison of these two services to determine how they differ from each other.
Amazon pioneered affiliate marketing online. They remain one of the most popular programs available today. But we have a contender; Ebay and their partner program. What sets these apart, especially the payout is an important consideration.
Determining the answer in many cases will come down to actual implementation and testing. But before you do that, lets look at how they stack up against
User Interface Design
refers to the production of the system Users
will interact with. This can be a website, a content management system, applications, software, wireless devices and more.
I will cover 5 common mistakes website developers make when designing the user’s system.
Although this topic is extensive with many advance principles, I will try to cover these mistakes generally when related to website design.
Principles for software and physical gadgets will not be touched on in this guide. And after identifying problem areas I will outline several