:: Map Comparison
This site has a cool geocoding map comparison
of Virtual Earth and Google Maps. Simply enter
the address and compare the views. Centralized
zooming allows you control over both maps.
:: Tell The World
About Your Blog
Well, you've joined the others and have
created a blog. It is time to tell the world
about your online journal. Most blog services
generate an RSS feed. If your blogging software
does not create an RSS feed, consider using
software like FeedForAll to create an RSS feed. Like
blogs, RSS is growing in popularity and is a
great way to spread the word about a new blog.
Tell The World About Your Blog
:: Forbes Announces Best of
Forbes.com has announced their blog
picks in various categories.
This summer Forbes has trained their sights
on the rapidly growing world of blogs, also
known as the "blogosphere". They identify the
best blogs in categories ranging from Art and
Literary Blogs, to Small Business, Marketing,
Shopping and Music Blogs.
of Web According to Forbes
:: Google Scholar
Google has launched a beta version
of Google Scholar
What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically
for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed
papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts
and technical reports from all broad areas of
research. Use Google Scholar to find articles
from a wide variety of academic publishers,
professional societies, preprint repositories
and universities, as well as scholarly articles
available across the web.
How does Google Scholar work?
Just as with Google Web Search, Google Scholar
orders your search results by how relevant they
are to your query, so the most useful references
should appear at the top of the page. This relevance
ranking takes into account the full text of
each article as well as the articles author,
the publication in which the article appeared
and how often it has been cited in scholarly
literature. Google Scholar also automatically
analyzes and extracts citations and presents
them as separate results, even if the documents
they refer to are not online. This means your
search results may include citations of older
works and seminal articles that appear only
in books or other off line publications.
More on Google
:: Robin Good is Great!
Robin Good had a really great article for entrepreneurs interested
in achieving success. The article essentially
summarizes a series of articles that he has
written and shows the opportunities available
for a motivated individual. Its a really great
read. Hats off to you Robin!
Article How *Not* To Write A Business Plan
PlanWare Business Plan Tip: How NOT
to Write a Business Plan
Here are some suggestions to follow if you want
to write a truly dreadful business plan, or
to avoid if you wish to write a sound business
- Don't include a contents list, don't number
any pages and don't follow any consistent approach
for section heading etc.
- Do write the plan's summary before you write
the plan, or, better still, don't include any
- Do start the plan with a series of tables
showing your projections - the more detail and
tables the better.
- Don't summarize the projections - let the
reader figure out the full year totals and so
- If you include projected balance sheets, make
sure that they don't balance.
- Don't produce any separate cash flow forecasts,
just rename the P&L or income projections.
Planware's "Don't Plan"
:: Difficult to Believe - Cyber
Crime On The Decline
A downward turn in overall cyber crime
has hit its fourth year, said the 10th-annual
survey on computer crime released Thursday,
and average financial losses have tumbled by
more than half.
The yearly survey, which is conducted by the
Computer Security Institute (CSI) in coordination
with the FBI, found that the average dollar
amount pegged to a security breach fell by a
whopping 61 percent compared to 2004, when the
loss per polled company or government agency
was estimated at $526,000. In 2005, the amount
per respondent was only $203,000.
:: Zazzle Set to
Give Cafe Press Run
Zazzle.com a site for personalizing
gifts or creating small run personalized promotional
items, Zazzle is poised to give Cafe Press
a run for its money. The sites appear very similar
while Zazzle has negotiated an interesting relationships
with Disney that could push them ahead of the
well entrenched Cafe Press.
Of course the money from Google's backers won't
hurt their marketing either ;-)
:: Steady As She Goes For Small
Business IT Spending
Small businesses remain optimistic about
the near-term outlook for the economy, and this
is translating into solid expectations for IT
spending over the next few months.
Small-business owners expectations for the
economy bumped up in May compared with April,
according to the Small Business Optimism Index.
Expectations are slightly lower than they were
a year ago, but on average, small-business owners
expect GDP growth over the next year to be in
the 3.5 percent range, about where it is now
and above the long-term trend growth rate of
3.0 percent. The Small Business Optimism Index
is published monthly by the National Federation
of Independent Business, a 600,000-member small-business
advocacy group based in Washington.
:: Google's Growth
Prompts Privacy Concerns
Google is at once a powerful search
engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs
a blogging service, makes software to speed
Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital
library. And it is developing a payments service.
Although many Internet users eagerly await each
new technology from Google Inc., its rapid expansion
is also prompting concerns that the company
may know too much: what you read, where you
surf and travel, whom you write.
:: Small Business Blogging Coming
Into Its Own
Blogging is growing so fast it's hard
to get a handle on the numbers. Recently, BusinessWeek
estimated that there were nearly 9 million blogs
out there, a number that is growing at the rate
of a whopping 40,000 per day. Of course, the
majority of these are personal, not business-related,
but blogging is beginning to catch on in businesses
large and small as well. A survey of small business
owners by HP earlier this year found that 10
percent have included blogs as part of their
marketing plans, with an additional 16 percent
planning to invest in blogs over the next three
years. Those are interesting stats.
:: Search Ad Costs
Continue To Soar, Up 25% Since September
Online search terms across a broad array
of categories rose an average of 3 percent last
month to $1.72--from $1.67 in May, according
to the Fathom Online Keyword Price Index. Overall,
keyword prices were up approximately 25 percent
since last September, when Fathom began publishing
the index, which tracks average cost-per-click
rates in eight categories--cars, consumer retail,
consumer services, travel/hospitality, investing,
mortgages, broadband, and wireless. Keywords
related to wireless services jumped by 19 percent
to $1.19--the highest rate for such terms since
the index started.
:: Copyright Infringement
Dealing With Copyright or Trademark
Who, What and Where
Before reacting, it is important to do homework
and research the alleged content violator. Arm
yourself with information. Determining the who,
what and where will guide you in taking the
:: States Pushing
For Web Sales-Tax Collection
Momentum is building for level sales
taxes on Internet retail purchases, as 18 states
prepare to nudge online retailers to collect
taxes on items purchased over the Web.
In the wake of a meeting of the Streamlined
Sales Tax Project (SSTP) in Chicago last week,
tax representatives from states participating
in the effort have been encouraging retailers
to collect sales taxes.
:: Competition is Good, Copying
I've always been of the opinion that
competition is a good thing. It encourages all
of us to be better and make better products.
While it might be true that imitation
is the sincerest form of flattery, copying someone
else's work is simply wrong.
Copyright Infringements Article
:: Google Wins Typo
An Internet arbitrator has awarded Google
Inc. the rights to several Web site addresses
that relied on typographical errors to exploit
the online search engine's popularity so computer
viruses and other malicious software could be
unleashed on unsuspecting visitors.
:: Interesting Article - Why
NOT to Implement Voice Over IP
Why not to implement VOIP
Think VoIP is for everybody? Think again. There
are plenty of reasons why VoIP might not be
right for your network -- yet. Here are five
reasons to wait or hold off completely.
:: Being Watched
Really, really interesting article by
InternetWeek about how technology and privacy
are on a collision course.
Lots of readers had opinions on Microsoft
and Google licensing satellite pictures of Earth
and using them as part of their local-search
services. Both currently provide pictures that
show buildings and streets, but no ground-level
detail. However, Orbimage, which is supplying
pictures to Microsoft, says it plans to offer
high-resolution pictures in 2007 that would
let you count the manholes in Manhattan.
With that kind of detail, and the expectation
that many other Internet companies would start
using satellite-generated pictures, the idea
of having all those cameras pointed at us made
me feel uneasy. Some readers agreed, while others
didn't think it was a big deal. A few, however,
were even more paranoid.
Complete Article - Being Watched
:: Google Indexing Subscription
Google is testing a premium service
that will open up mainstream access to the "Deep
Web," allowing webmasters with restricted or
subscription content to let in Google and provide
the masses with free previews.
The service is being tested server-side with
a small number of sites that are under strict
confidentiality agreements. Premium content
will be indexed and tagged as paid, and will
be displayed in a special content area on the
right side of Google's search results underneath
the AdSense advertising links.
Some paid articles are "first click free" and
will appear within Google's "natural" aggregated
search results - if the participating publication
decides that the content should be accessible
when Google is the referrer.
:: Pay-Per-Click Definitions
Pay-Per-Click marketing has become an
online phenomenon, with marketers only paying
for traffic they receive. As Internet marketing
has evolved, pay-per-click is seen by many as
the middle ground between paying per impression
and paying per sale. Advertisers only pay when
they receive traffic that may or may not be
Pay Per Click Definitions Complete