:: Blogging is a Dangerous Game
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 --
* Selecting a Business that Fits
* Disaster Preparedness for Business Owners
* Financing a Small Business
:: Reaching Verticals
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
Medical Feeds - an RSS directory dedicated
to medical feeds.
Religious Podcasts - a podcast directory
dedicated to podcasts that have a religious
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
Security Protection - a collection
of security and alert feeds.
Videocasting Station - a more general
directory, with the common theme that all content
:: Interesting Thoughts
About Link Love
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
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
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
The Internet A License for Libel
:: Entrepreneur of
The Year Contest
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
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