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:: Blogging is a Dangerous Game

08/29/2006
I have heard many a blogger say that blogging fills a need. While blogging provides a humanizing effect on news and journaling, it also opens a window into personal lives. The details shared in blogs were once only available to a select group of friends, and while blogging has become common place, it has risks that should not be ignored.

Cyberstalking is a new phenomenon that allows anonymous online stalkers to prowl for victims. Online bloggers traditionally provide personal details about their lives. As a result, many women that blog are becoming victims. Most people are concerned about children on the Internet and set up rigorous posting guidelines for children, adolescents, and teenagers, but few adults heed the warnings and often do not consider that they too can be targeted.

Blogging is a Dangerous Game

:: Time Top 50 Websites

08/24/2006
TIME magazine has announced their Top 50 websites. Winners are separated into 9 categories, surprisingly there is not a technology or business category. Many of this year's choices are shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain, sites with cutting-edge tools to create, consume, share or discuss all manners of media, from blog posts to video clips.

:: Compelling Articles Make Great Content

08/21/2006
Articles are excellent tools to generate web traffic and product interest. Writing articles, may sound easy enough, but it is important that you write the proper types of articles to attract interested readers. Follow these simple steps to create compelling and interesting content.

Compelling Articles Make Great Content

:: Idea Cafe Launches Small Business Grant

08/17/2006
Idea Cafe, a top-rated online business center, is now taking applications for the Summer-Fall Idea Cafe Small Business Grant. Eligibiility for the $1000 cash grant is open to established small businesses and start-up companies demonstrating unusual entrepreneurial spirit and determination, and a willingness to "pay it forward" to help others.

Applicants must be an established small business or a start-up ready to get going. A full description of the grant can be found at http://www.ideacafe.com/.

:: How Great Products Got Their Names

08/16/2006
This blog details the history of some famous products and how they were named.


"Lego" is combination of the Danish "leg godt", which means to "play well." Lego also means "I put together" in Latin, but LEGO Group claims this is only a coincidence and the etymology of the word is entirely Danish.

:: Videos As A Sales Tool

08/15/2006
Well, it is not hard to figure out that if audio content and podcasts are popular, videos are hovering in the sidelines just waiting to take the lead. Videos are the rage on YouTube and webmasters are figuring out how to use them to drive traffic. Websites like videocasting station are jumping in while the competition is sparse. 2006 will be the year of video.

:: Web Templates for RSS Feeds

08/15/2006
Ok, we have all heard of subscription based website template directories. You pay a subscription fee and are able to download web templates, well FeedForAll has launched an rss2html template directory. What is that you might be asking? Well they have a script, rss2html that converts RSS feeds to HTML webpages. You can customize the layout of the feeds, or even better you can choose from more than 400 templates in the rss2html template directory.

:: SBA Podcasts

08/10/2006
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the arrival of podcasting for small business owners on a range of topics to help entrepreneurs on the road to starting a new business.

The SBA podcasts provide an introduction to various small business topics, and will deliver business information and advice for new and established entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting, expanding and financing a small business, as well as business protection. The current list of podcasts includes the following subjects:

* Is Entrepreneurship for You?
* The SBA Small Business Training Network -- Log On!
* Selecting a Business that Fits
* Disaster Preparedness for Business Owners
* Financing a Small Business

:: Reaching Verticals

08/08/2006
As a small businesses we have the advantage of being able to move quickly, we can also be very adaptable. Consider catering your message at a specific audience. These niche markets and verticals are often overlooked by large companies and small businesses can truly have an advantage when they understand a niche.

Just as we saw the emergence of topical and vertical web search engines and directories that cater to a specific audience we are now see vertical RSS and podcasting directories. These are some of the vertical engines that have launched in the course of the last few months:

Medical Feeds - an RSS directory dedicated to medical feeds.

Religious Podcasts - a podcast directory dedicated to podcasts that have a religious element.

Realty Feeds - an RSS directory to assist buyers in locating homes for sale.

Finance Investing - an RSS search engine and directory for finding financial related feeds.

Security Protection - a collection of security and alert feeds.

Videocasting Station - a more general directory, with the common theme that all content contains videos.

:: Interesting Thoughts About Link Love

08/04/2006
Bruce Clay's thoughts about "Link Love" differ from Robert Scobles.  (I like you Bruce I'll give you a link ;-)

You'd think if anyone would appreciate the value of a link it would superblogger Robert Scoble, but that's not the case. If you're cool enough to be well-ranked in Google or have no need for a last name, Scoble won't link to you. Why? Because you're already part of the "blogging elite" and he thinks you don't need the link-love.

I'm not 100 percent on board there. Linking is the geek way of life and the geeks own the Web. If you need proof of that click your way over to Digg or Technorati and take a look at what's going on. Geeks are running the show. They control your buzz, your traffic, your inbound links, and ultimately your search engine rankings. Telling a geek not to link is like asking them to cut their Internet use to just five hours a day. It's blasphemous.

:: The Internet A License for Libel

08/02/2006
From rants about the rich and famous to accusations about a corporation's shady practices, opinion is certainly well represented on the Web. Many people feel free to post comments anonymously, confident that the targets of their ire can't trace them through Internet service providers (ISPs).


In most cases, they're right. Laws governing the Internet generally protect ISPs more than they do companies or individuals that might be maligned. Comments that could be considered libel in newspapers or magazines often flow freely online.

The Internet A License for Libel

:: Entrepreneur of The Year Contest

08/02/2006
Think you've got what it takes to be our next Inc.'s next Entrepreneur of the Year?

Get started here by submitting your story. The entry process shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes -- if you've got a good story to tell.

Deadline: All entries must be received no later than September 15, 2006.

:: Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online

08/01/2006
There was once a time when you only had to worry about children when they were outside or not at home. Those times have changed. Strangers can now enter your home, without a key or coming through a door. How you may ask? These strangers enter your home using a keyboard. These strangers can befriend your children online.

Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online

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