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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Learn How To Remain Secure On-Line

Security has always been a persistent issue on internet. We are never sure about safety of our personal information. The security issue has advanced to a new level recently with lot of identity theft, fraud, hijacking and hacking activities being carried out frequently. One of the main reason for these activities are carelessness or ignorance of users. The bad guys out there want users to make some mistakes so that they get a chance to steal information and cause damages. In this article, we will cover such  security issues, what actually may cause them and suggest ways around such issues.
 

Unprotected networks

Unprotected networks are too prone to hijacking and information theft. Since the network does not work on encrypted  protocols, the hackers can easily invade your privacy and get into the system to read your incoming and outgoing data and your passwords. They can take a look at the devices and folders on the network if users do not configure their systems properly. Wireless networks mostly suffer from this problem of secured sessions.
 
There are many programs and applications for hijacking of unencrypted Facebook, Twitter, and even Amazon credentials from other users on the same Wi-Fi network. You might have heard of Firesheep, a Firefox add-on which can do that. More recently, there is FaceNiff - an Android application which can hijack of Facebook, Twitter or Amazon sessions very easy. It lets the hackers sniff from your computer and intercept credentials if you are on any unprotected network.
 
So, we should be concerned about the networks on which we work. We should always use the protected networks working on HTTPS Protocol. Next time you log on to a public Wi-Fi take care of security thing.
 

Suspicious Links

There are links all around - in emails, on websites that you use visit. All these links are not meant to be visited. Many  links make you do things that you would not even suspect about, such as - download malicious softwares, enter your credentials etc. Such softwares can attack your system. Entering your credentials at such places can get your accounts hacked.
A major problem with this is arises because of URL shortners. Many URL shortning services have come up because of services like Twitter and Facebook.
 
There are many ways to detect such links. For example -
 
  • Use Google Safe Browsing to scan any website for suspicious/malacious link. Use the link "http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=XYZ.com" to scan any link.
  • Use online link scanners -they list the scan report generated by AVG, PhisTank, Site Truth and Google Safe Browsing and other reliable sources to help us decide the overall report of the URL in question. For example - Online Link Scan.
  • Use any antivirus in your system which use antispam filter, scan web traffic etc. to protect you when you are working online.
  • Be careful of links on Facebook and Twitter which seems spammy. If you are suspicious of the link, do not click on them.
     
If you are in habit of clicking any links you see, take into account that you can land up in disturbing situation. Better think before you click.
 

Password Vulnerability

Quite often we are not careful about the passwords that we choose. Passwords must be created strong. The more obscure we choose a password, the tougher it will be to crack.
Here are some tips for creating safe passwords -
  • Do not use easy to guess and general terms for passwords (like your phone number, street name, pet's name etc.)
  • Pseudo-random alpha-numeric combination- Mix letters, numbers and symbols, and use alphabets with different cases.
  • Try not to use the same password for every site for which you create an account.
  • Do not hesitate to create a long password, but at the same time memorize it.
  • Try to change your password at regular intervals - say 90-100 days.
     

Role of Web Browser

Web browsers that you choose can help you shield your information from getting breached. Secure browsers lead you to have secured sessions. Certain tweaks in your browser can help you remain safe.
 
Browsers as Firefox and Google Chrome can be considered reliable as they provide many security features. They will warn you of possible threats. With Safe Browsing technology enabled in Chrome, it will show you a warning message before you visit a site that is suspected of containing malware or phishing. Firefox also shows such warning messages.
 
  • If you are suspicious of any information being used later then you can simply clear the browsing history.
  • Use antivirus which integrates with your browser to detect the threats on line (like- when you download any software).
  • Private Browsing in Firefox and Incognito mode in Chrome allow you to browse the Internet without saving any information about which sites and pages you’ve visited.
  • “Keep My Opt-Outs” Chrome extension and Do-not-track feature in Firefox help your browsing behavior not getting tracked by third party so it adds to your safety and privacy.
     
You can choose browser of your own choice. But be sure you get enough security feature (like the above discussed) from your browser.
 
The ways discuss here will surely help you to remain safe when you are online. It's you to make sure you take wise steps for your safety. After all safety is one's basic concern.
 
Do you use any other security measures? Do share them.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Best Tips To Write A Link Bait Post And Get Links For Your Site

One of the top tips given by the professional Bloggers of the world is to write a link Bait Post. Now this is something important to understand. Many of you might be aware of its functionality and importance; however the newcomers in the Blogging world need to know its significance.
 
Link bait is actually the content on your site to which other sites link by them when they find your content worth linking too. It’s different from driving traffic for your website because you don’t ask people to link to your site; in fact, they do so, only when they want to. It is true that usually, links are difficult to get. To make it clearer, with link bait, you bait your content and wait for it getting linked.
It’s worth mentioning here to avoid any misconception that although link baiting is something you are not controlling, however creating a link bait post is also not something that just happens by accident. It’s the result of your journey from thinking to write till you post it all.
 

What’s the point?

By now, you must have got an idea why to work on having link baits, and if not then, here is the answer. If your content grabs a good amount of link baits, it can help you in the following ways:-
You can literally grow your site overnight by generating countless social networking references like Twitter mentions, Facebook shares, inbound links, etc.
It creates more links to your site, which help you in the search engines. Furthermore, these links come to you themselves and you don’t have to beg for them.
It creates more links to your site, bringing more potential customers. This helps your site coming up high in the search engines.
It will all not only bring popularity to your website but also bring revenue you wouldn’t have expected.
 

1. Consider your Potential Readers

Following your niche, you have to be proactive in judging what your potential readers want from you and what they want to know. All you need is a good idea that matches up to your audiences’ expectations. And once you get that, you can then start working on your idea of writing. However, deciding what topics and keywords attract the most of your audience is simply easy. You can analyze that by your website’s statistics.
It has been seen that the Breaking news often falls in that category, but so does an amazing e-book. This is because people take keen interest in such topics to keep themselves updated and also refer it back if they found it worthy of linking.
 

2. Compose an Eye- Catchy Headline

The first thing that gives a summary of your content, you skills, and your knowledge is your Heading. Reader opens that link which is offering him the most resemblance in his required content and in your heading. Understand the power of an attractive, as well as appropriate heading, used as an identity for your content. And if you are wise enough to target link baits with link bait articles, you almost always want to start with the headline as it is the most important part of the work.
Always remember that you need to grab your audience with your headline and the easiest way to do that is to either phrase the headline as “Top X” list or “X Steps” or “How to X”. Studies have shown that such articles do very well as they are easily understood and viewed as being informative but easy to read.
Your headline should use the keywords you have assembled from the starting and should find a way to focus on conveying a message that the article both has the information they desire and doesn’t require too much effort to get it.

3. Write well framed and Strong Content

Great content always serves as link bait. Internet market is one of those Businesses where you always get reward for the great things you do. Be systematic here; treat these points as the priority that you need to give to your link bait posts. If you have chosen a right direction to write on, you have phrased the headline perfectly, then you just need to work on a powerful content writing now. Many authors consider this one as the most important one, which is wrong, a good content writing stands on third position for bait linking.
I have been advising in many of my posts that although it is useful to be a talented writer, it is more important to be to the point and knowledgeable. If you stick to topics you know well or have studied deeply, you can include what the reader needs and wants to know and do so with minimum words.

4. Include Graphics

Images are equally important as the content of an article is. Including one image, related to your topic is the critical point most of the times, however using more relevant images in your articles, (I repeat, relevant) is better. It is important to remember that the aim is to get the reader into the article, give them the information they want and get them out quickly so they can link to it. One might think why there is a need to include images in a post, and the answer to it is, that Images help posts to stand out in RSS readers and also give social networking sites, like Digg and Reddit, something to use for thumbnails when displaying links to them. In short, a good visual helps a post get noticed almost everywhere it travels. Don’t forget that the first impression of your post totally depends on the headline, as well as the graphics used, equally!
It’s not guaranteed that by doing all of the above stated things, you will definitely get links but, if you don’t do these things, the post will never get any! For sure! Try to be creative and adopt things that can boost up your productivity.

Tired of your website? Sell it and Earn Money with Flippa!

Everyone knows that you can earn money by selling advertisements on websites etc. right? But have you ever thought about whether you can sell an entire website? Well, yes you can! A website (or blog) is, after all, a business. And like any other business, it can be bought and sold as well for a profit!

For any business transactions, you need a marketplace to buy and sell items. Flippa is just such a marketplace. It is a Website and Domain flipping website (hence the name ‘Flippa”). In simple terms, you can buy or sell a website on this platform. Recently, flipping websites has become quite a lucrative business. You can buy a website, renovate it and sell it for a profit. Alternatively, you can sell your unwanted sites to earn some extra bucks.
 

Why would I want to sell my website?


Why
indeed? Well, there might be many reasons. Some people just get fed up writing articles daily or maintaining their sites. Although we advise anyone not to do this, since any kind of business needs hard work to get properly established. Giving up is not a solution. But if people are intent, then there’s nothing to be done about it. Such people should not just ‘abandon’ their sites. Better to sell off the fruit while its ripe, rather than to leave it to rot! And rotting here means losing traffic day by day.
There may be other personal or professional reasons for quitting a blog. For example, someone with a 9 to 5 job may find it very difficult to keep up with the daily maintenance of their site/blog. Time is an issue with most other people. Hence a lot of people quit blogging. Our advise to them is, make use of the hard work that you did! Sell your website for some money!
 
Generally, people are interested in buying websites that generate a revenue, or have a decent amount of quality content, or even a good traffic. You can’t just ‘create a blog and sell it’. Hard work and time must go into it if you want to earn a decent amount of money.
 

Setting up

This is a fairly simple process. First, you sign up using a valid email account. Next, fill out your information and upload a picture. This step is more important than you might think. Online profiles depict your personality. And your images (profile pictures) are your ambassadors to the online world! So use professional looking images. That way, it will have a good impression on your buyers (or sellers) and hence you will increase your chances of getting potential buyers.
Next, list your domain or website that you want to sell. Now is the time for the description. It should be short, concise and to the point. Remember to include information about yourself, your website, features, and what the buyer will get.
 

Things to remember…

Try to increase traffic and revenue – Before selling your website, try to squeeze maximum revenue and traffic from it. It’s all about traffic and revenue for the buyers. So concentrate on those areas first.
 
Provide traffic statistics – Buyers always want to verify whether a transaction will be worth their while. Hence you should provide statistics from more than 3 different angles; page-views, traffic sources, unique visitors etc. It’s a good idea to sign up with Google Analytics well before you want to sell your site (although not necessary). That way, buyers can get all the information they are looking for.
 
Don’t be a fake - The buyer will ultimately learn of any deceptions. So make none. Don’t show inflated statistics that don’t match up with earnings etc.
 
Choose a reasonable BIN price – This is a very important marketing step. Set a reasonable BIN (Buy It Now) price. A large price won’t attract bidders. A low BIN would not be profitable. So choose a reasonable price. Bidders can then come and bid more than the set price.
 
Interact – Last, but not the least, interact with your potential buyers. Talk to them and provide information about your website. It’s all about detail. The more you give, the higher the bidding will go!
 
You can also turn this into a real time business. Buy small websites, renovate them, drive some traffic and then sell them for a profit! It’s just like buyin a house, re-furnishing it, and selling it again. That way, you get extra profit, which may get your success story started!
 

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