Free Software from Serif

Free Software is always a hit and miss opportunity, some are good some are a complete waste of your time.

Serif software is in the category of good free software and they have been making these titles for quite a few years, over 12 years, at least that is how long I’ve been using their software.

If you are looking for a program or suite of programs that you can use for home and/or small business then you might want to check them out. Watch the video below to get an idea of what to expect when you visit the Free Serif Software website, it is just a couple of minutes long.

The titles available are:

  • PagePlus: Desktop Publishing program with may good features
  • WebPlus: Web design program that is mainly template based
  • DrawPlus: A feature rich Drawing program using Vector based tools and layers with the ability to create 3d and animations and Text graphics
  • PhotoPlus: Photo Manipulation program that lets you use layers and effects similar to Gimp or Photoshop, just not as powerful
  • PanoramaPlus: Stitching Photos together to make panoramic scenes and 360 degree animations
  • MoviePlus: Video and DVD authoring program using multi-track editing, better than Windows(r) MovieMaker
  • Digital Scrapbooking: A Scrapbooking program with design templates or design your own layouts with the tools provided

These programs are Full Working Versions. Serif will require you to register the software with them to unlock it, not much to ask for fully functional programs.

Serif does want you to use the latest versions of their software, but the cost for them compared to something like Adobe programs is very reasonable, not that I am selling these for them, because I’m not.

Bottom line, if you are used to being offered crappy free software and cannot trust the suppliers of those types of programs, then maybe it would be worth a look at something like Free Serif Software.

I stated earlier that I’ve been buying their programs for over 12 years and they always have supplied the best deals compared to others in their field.

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Using Website Analytics For Mining Your Data

You can use Analytics or Insights or Statistics to find out how visitors are using your website. How they might be just hitting your website, taking a first look and clicking on the back button or just closing the page and NEVER returning.

Of course, your visitors may be loving what you made available for them to consume and in this case you really do want to know how they are consuming it.

Here is a quick slideshow to give you more of an understanding of just what is involved in accessing that information.

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If you are trying to figure out if your website is doing the job that you intended, then it is a good idea to get as much information about your sites and profiles as you can.
Most analytics software is available for free and easy enough to use even if you’ve never tried to use it before.
I use Google Analytics for my sites and then for sites like Facebook and LinkedIn there are the ones they supply, they are easy to see and understand and invaluable to your business.

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Using Your Smart Phone to Stay Organized Though Mobile Apps

For a long period of time, people have been carrying all sizes of books in the name of diaries. Though they were of great of help to the carrier in terms of organization, they were greatly cumbersome. Smart phones have completely changed the scenario as you no longer need to bother about carrying a diary with you all the time as these smart phones work like both personal computers and mobile phones.Use your smartphone to replace your diary

Your smart phone has all the contact information about your customers, friends and family members. You could even save files on the smart phone to work on them at a later time, or simply for backup so that you could recover them if your main personal computer crashes. In today’s busy world, this smart phone has applications that help you organize your life. Not only would you never miss an important business meeting with your smart phone, but you don’t have to miss a call while you are driving.

You could use the voice command option to make your phone do several tasks like answering a call while you are driving. For instance, if you are driving and want to make a call, you just tell the phone to look up the number in the phonebook and make that call. All you have to do is put on your Bluetooth headset and you are able to communicate with the other person. You can use this voice recognition feature to command your phone to do a number of other things like, looking up for something in the internet, switching profiles and even changing ringtone among others.

This is a great phone if you travel a lot as it lets you keep all your travel details properly organized. You only are you able to share your travel details with your friends and family easily, but you could even analyze your travel data and organize your flights in a better manner. This app does all this with less or sometimes no user intervention. An example of this app is Tripit, which is most appropriate for frequent travelers to stay organized.

This device is the best smart phone for those who have interest in the entertainment industry. You could use your smart phone to track all the latest news and gossip about the entertainment industry. It gives you information on the latest movie and music releases and information on any upcoming events and concerts. With this app, you cannot miss any important concert or release. An example of these great smart phone apps is the Flixter, an app that is guaranteed to keep you up-to-date, and organized for the upcoming events.

Your smart phone functions like an excellent personal assistant when it comes to remembering details of credit card payments, bills, etc. It has a great application to help you track all your bills and relevant payments along with the due dates. It also organizes this information in a way that you will easily understand. If you are looking for more information, then you can participate in any of the various forums, such as Community HTC One forum, HTC One X forum, HTC One XL forum, HTC One S forum, HTC One V forum or the HTC EVO 4G LTE forum.

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Web Hosting companies are not created equally

Your host is probably one of the most important parts of your online presence. But how many people choose to host their websites on a platform that just does not measure up to their expectations.

My guess is millions. What is the reason for the bad choice? Well, many folks just do not know what to shop for when they are wanting to put a website online.

Most likely, they are more concerned with getting a place online and trying to get traffic to that place that they never even give any thought to the hosting company. Never any consideration to what they will do for you and more importantly, what they just plain don’t do.

It was the same for me and not just on one occasion. I have been on the short end of the stick many times and always vowed never to get a crappy web host again, so why did I?

To be totally honest, it was just one factor that I was giving priority to and that was the cost. Sure, I was concerned with whether they were going to let me have enough space and bandwidth to host more than one site on there.
I was concerned with the fact that I needed an easy to use control panel like CPanel and that they supplied the code stuff like WordPress and shopping cart code that was easy to set-up.

So, what is so bad about looking at my choices in this way?
When your priority is: how much is it going to cost for a year’s hosting, then you are committing a big mistake. The reason being is this, there are several companies that will give you cheap hosting and not only that, they will supply an easy to administer dashboard like vDeck or CPanel, but they limit you in a lot of other ways, too many to list here.

That is why you should make your decision based on a number of factors and not letting cost be the priority in the final decision.

Here is a list of the Top 5 priorities for choosing a host that will be used to serve more than one domain, preferably more, and for being easy to the install scripts (WordPress, etc.) that could be a burden to install from just uploading by File Transfer Protocol (FTP):

  1. Reliability and uptime
  2. Bandwidth Allowance
  3. Unlimited SQL Databases
  4. Updated PHP processor module
  5. Trustworthy Help with chat and phone access

Please note that these are my own priorities which have been chosen after several years of cheap hosting companies taking advantage of the fact that some folks (like me) simply will not do the  required research into what it means to be a good web host. 

If you are just interested in getting a website up and running in minimal time with little fuss and you are not planning on getting any visitors other than the ones you tell to go there, then by all means get the one that costs the least and looks nice and shiny!

I am not going to recommend any host in this article because it would be useless without first knowing what your requirements are. Just remember, to save a lot of time (time=money) and bad feelings, it would serve you better to shop around and do some reading from trusted sources.

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Generating Inlinks

When your website is crawled by search engine spiders, they will calculate how much worth is assigned to each link. When the link building at issue is from a highly reputable website with an above average page rank it will carry more importance.

A key point to keep in mind when trying to gain links back to your website is that quality far out-performs quantity. Links from high ranking pages are worth significantly more than links off minor sites.

The few suggestions here will set you on the correct track to grow your site’s in-links.

The more links you create the more well known your website will probably be by the search engines. A website with a great reputation will feature high in the SERP (Search Engine Results Pages).

Think about the following:

Article writing: It is a fantastic way to raise backlinks. Through submitting articles to article directories which include Ezines–you trade your articles for good page ranking links. When readers appreciate your content and wish to publish it on their website they can, however they are required to maintain your link with your article.

Forums: Engaging with online forums is yet another great technique of building links back to your website. Nearly all forums will permit you to put in a signature box. In this particular box you must include a link pointing back at your website. The more you speak with people the more links you are going to generate. Attempt to post intriguing and relevant comments to make sure you are very well regarded and this will also boost the probability of people clicking on your link.

Blog Comments: More or less all blog sites have comment boxes offered at the bottom of every blog post. When making a comment you are going to normally be permitted to provide a link. As with forum posts, produce eye popping comments to enhance the likelihood of a link click.

Testimonials: Perhaps the latest product you have bought or a holiday you took. Provide your ideas and in return you will be provided with a link back to your website. Yet again the same does apply as the two items previously mentioned, appealing and worthy content will ensure your link receives much more visibility.

Try to build these methods in your SEO to optimize outcomes.

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Gaining A Higher Rank

Getting that ‘No. 1’ search engine ranking might be achieved using one way link building tactics.

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Popular, high traffic websites are thought to be reputable as well as truly great resources for helpful information. The search engine will spot links received from a lot of these websites to yours as being referrals. This link is basically informing the search engine that your website is ‘A-OK’ in the eyes of a highly ranked one.

Search engines are usually big on relevance and these kinds of links will radically enhance your online exposure because you are pals with the highly popular website.

Even though obtaining a link from a very popular website will help increase your traffic, you better make sure that the site that you’re receiving the link from is relevant to yours. In other words, if you happen to be a wedding cake baker, receiving a link from a wedding photographer who is quite popular would go a long way toward increasing your traffic.

Nonetheless, if you are the same wedding cake baker who was able to get a link from a popular automobile site, search engines may ultimately penalize you as there is no relevant link between the two subjects.

Another significant element about one-way link campaigns without hiring a link building firm.

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