Wikipedia Marketing

One of the most popular resources for many people today is Wikipedia. In fact, everyone, from ordinary schoolboys to even top scientists, use this online encyclopedia as a tool in their research. That’s why it is not surprising that you get to see Wikipedia results on top of the search pages of major search engines like Google and Yahoo.

And it is for this reason that more than one SEO company actually have attempted to try and use the site as a marketing tool. But as they soon find out, this isn’t really going to be easy. Many soon discovered that their articles get deleted as soon as they are discovered to be solely for marketing purposes only.

However, this does not mean that this strategy is a hopeless one. In fact, you can still be able to pull off this one easily. That is if you know how. Here are some important things that you need to consider when trying to market in Wikipedia.

The first thing that you need to understand here is the community itself. You see, since this one is an encyclopedia site, many people in and out of the community believe that this should be a place for resource materials and not for ads. Thus, it is understandable that they are very antagonistic against people who are trying to use the site for marketing.

And in order to use Wikipedia for this purpose, you actually need to become part of the community. Thus, it would be better if you read and understand first all the rules before attempting to post your articles. And this might sound a little bit weird and ironic, but in order for you to really show others that you are one with the community, you will actually have to fight off marketing attempts on the site yourself.

Another thing that you need to keep in mind when working in Wikipedia is that you need to interact with others. Thus, instead of solely focusing on your company’s articles, you might want to go out of your way and help others in editing other articles. Just remember that you are helping here to improve the articles and not to use them as additiomal marketing tools. Also, you should let others edit your articles, you will soon find out that if you do it this way, you will end up with a wikipedia articles that will actually be able to come up with articles that would last longer online.

As a last note, you also need to pay attention to the quallity of the of aticles that you are publishing here. One important rule that you need to follow closely is with regards to the sources for your articles. Make sure that all of the sources that you use for your articles are indeed credible. Also, as a handy reminder, never use anything coming from your company. These can easily be taken by other editors and writers in Wikipedia as original research and can be grounds for the deletion of your article.


Create old-school photographs with these Digital Tools

High-class cameras, electronic handy cams, and photo/sound editing applications were some of the digital tools that bring quality outputs to users. However, some of us were still searching for that device that will give us results similar to those cheap and old digital tools. Meaning, we don’t want something great, we’re seeking for imperfections. So if this is the case, we’ve provided some digital tools that will meet your interests.

First in line is the Hipstamatic. This is a device used to mimic an old school analog camera. With a variety of lenses, and film rolls providing virtual analog textures, Hipstamatic is a fun app that re-kindles nostalgia for those who had the opportunity to use a toy camera in their childhood. This digital tool makes a phenomenal job of replicating an analog camera’s rear side.

Hipstamatic iPhone is an application that brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras from the past. It filters images made with the device’s camera to make them look as though they were taken with an unreliable plastic camera.

Digital typefaces are handwriting, including idiosyncratic jots or messy scrawls in dashed-off marker or childlike crayon; users may strive to capture the quirks of the hand-painted signage at ease.

IZotope Vinyl is tool is a recording software; It is said to be the ultimate lo-fi weapon that uses 64 bit processing and advanced filtering, modeling and re-sampling to create authentic “vinyl” simulation, as if the audio was a record being played on a record player. Through this software, you can have complete control over the parameters of mechanical noise, electrical noise, dust, scratch, warp, or even the record player year.

The Geocities-izer is a tool designed to make any web site look like it was made by a 13 year-old in 1996. This tool instantly reworks any slick contemporary site into a jarring mess of loud colors and pointless animation reminiscent of an earlier and more individualized version of the Internet.

Users can also unperfect their images with the use of Holgamods. Holgamods cut down extreme-angle light reflecting into the lens and therefore reduces hardcore sun-flaring which results to nice effects.

Lensbaby is said to be the “hybrid love children of an old-fashioned bellows camera and an up-tight tilt-shift lens, producing photographs with the same soft, roughed-up look produced by a Holga.” The Lensbaby mounts on your camera in the same way as your other camera lenses. This tool allows you to control what is in focus in your photographs from left to right as well as back to front.

Silver Efex Pro, from Nik Software, is probably the most powerful tool for creating professional quality black and white images from your photographs.

The Vintage Video Maker (iPhone) is an application that makes any of your iPhone videos look like authentic old school movie from the 20’s, or like a groovy home video from the 60’s.

And the last digital tool in our list would be the Poladroid. Poladroid is a software that lets you easily create “high-resolution Polaroid-like pictures from your digital photos.”

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The Basic Web Design Principles

Nowadays, there are lots of fast-developing technologies growing. One of their intents is to provide fast and possible communication that can aid the people. When talking about communication technologies, the Internet or the web must be counted in. To propagate information, to connect people, and to share ideas are  some of the purposes of World Wide Web.

As noticed these days, the web had evolved already. Before there are limited websites, minimal contents, and less graphics. But today, the web reached the high levels and became more interactive. There are already high quality applications, and thousands of websites have been added. Definitely, the Internet had already provided good services to the public.

This is a fact: millions of people are knowledgeable in using the Internet. Each day, they surf the net and browse for specific topics. When they surf the web, the first thing that they’ll notice is the website’s design.

A web design is considered to be the ‘beauty’ of the site. It is the way a website is represented on the screen. The layout of the whole page, the colors, texts, graphics, and the placement of items are some of the things that should be considered when formulating a web design. The purpose of web design is to create a visual presentation of a website that is both appealing and functional to its users. It is in the powerful design principles and strong usability factors, that a website will be created to keep clients crave for more.

Thеrе are good tips that are advised to web designers in order for them to know if their design follows the basic of web design principles. Some of them regards the colors being used, the typography, and the power tools.

One of the most important aspects of a web design is the color. The background color of your website, the color of your header, the color of your text, headlines and sub-headlines etc. should be put into considerations. It is an important element of website designing. In Website designing, color is as critical as the design of graphics and layout. Colors does not only serve as an excellent way of improving web designs, it also makes a website more efficient and useful. So be sure to choose colors that are appealing to the human eyes and the content’s color must be readable as well.

Web design encompasses a lot of things, but one thing that many people ignore is typography. Typography is the use of right fonts and font sizes together resulting to a pleasant web document. Having a  good typography in a design will definitely make your site more usable.

Power tools also plays a significant role in a website’s design. Power tools are intended to provide other stuffs such as the page’s buttons and search boxes that can help surfers in their seek for information.

Once the the whole web site is done, you should also take note of the comments or feedback regarding your design. Because this will be a helpful way to improve your web designing skills.

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WHAT IS ADOBE PHOTOSHOP AND FIREWORKS? In order to design a web site, you should be proficient in using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fireworks. Adobe Photoshop is a graphic editing program suitable for photo editing and lay outing. Photoshop has ties with other Adobe software for media editing, animation, and authoring. Its settings include layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths and duotone.

While Adobe Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor. It is usually used as an alternative to photoshop. It helps web designers to rapidly create website prototypes and application interfaces. It is designed to integrate easily with other former Macromedia products.

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A Thing About Online Translators

More than a decade ago, all you can see in the web are pages in the internet which are written in English. Which was good really, since it was rather easy to understand everything. But, once the world got hold of the web, pages written in every national dialect soon entered the scene. Nowadays, you can even read pages written on every imaginable local dialect (even several totally different variations of English) online.

This, of course, does not mean that they are a bad idea. In fact, this is actually a very good idea, as it will greatly diversify the contents of the internet. However, there is just one catch. Those who can read even a single word in these languages will be pretty much on a dead end when they are trying to get information.

Luckily there is an easy solution, you can always resort to translators to do the job. And two of the most common translators used by many people for online reading is Google Translate and Yahoo!’s Babel Fish. As you can see from their names, these are provided by two of the most popular search engines that are being used by web surfers today.

Yahoo’s Babel Fish came in first, though it is not actually the first translator of its kind to be used for online pages. The technology behind Babel Fish was derived from an earlier translator called Systran, which was developed for military purposes, but is now being used by many commercial translators (including Bing Translator).

On the other hand, Google Translate was first released in the early 2000’s. Though it initially also used the Systran software used by other translators, like Babel Fish, Google soon developed its own language translation system. Today, Google Translate has the widest range of language translations available and is integrable onto several browsers like Firefox and Google’s own Chrome.

So we come to that all important question, which one is better to use? The Babel Fish provides a convenient translation for all those quick works. On the other hand, Google Translate/ offer a wider variety of language options, which allows you to move in from English, but also from other languages as well.

You also need to take note that these translators do have their limits. While the two will be able to give you a fairly accurate word for word translation, they will often not give you an exact translation. Exact in the sense that you will not get the actual meaning of the page as have been intended by the creator. But since these are good enough, you can still get it from there. It would also be a good idea to make use of both of them at the same time in order to compare them and get a more accurate translation.

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Items For Your Digital Toolbox

Working online can often be rather complicated. Thus, it definitely is a good idea if you have all the tools that you will need right at your fingertips. Luckily, there are plenty of this available online. Here are some nifty web tools that you should always have in your digital toolbox.

One of the most important aspects of an online business is conversion. After all this is the part where you will see whether the site is making money or not. And one of the tools that you will definitely find to be a lot of help here is Silverback. The software contains a wide variety of utilities that you can use to monitor the incoming traffic activitiy that your site recieves.

One good thing about Silverback is that it provides a detailed report of how a user goes around your site. It even goes on as much as to list down the actual clicks that the user have made in your site. This will be rather useful in determining which parts of your site is most visited. On the other hand, the biggest catch with this one is that it still only available to Mac users, so those who run other systems will have to find good alternatives that give the same capabilities like this one.

One good alternative here is Userfly. Being a free package, you will be able to enjoy a multipurpose monitoring software without having to shell out a lot of cash. What more, you will actually be able to play back the sessions of a specific user to study his preferences. The attractive interface will also make your analysis a little less stressful.

And if you are still having a hard time setting up your web site, these tools will greatly help you in easing up your workload. is one spectacular site where you can easily keep track of the work schedule of several projects. Since this one is online, you don’t have to worry about having to install additional software and you and your team will be able to access it from anywhere. Also, this one offers pretty much all of the capabilities of full pledged project management software, so you will be able to get all the tools that you will need.

And for those in the online business scene, Twitter has become one of the most indispensable marketing tools of today. Thus, anything that will make the most of the website will definitely be a welcome addition to any digital toolbox. Mr. Tweet is surely one of the items that you can add to your list of Twitter applications. This nifty little add on allows you to get a list of relevant followers, and it will actually recommend you to users who are in your field of target audience.

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Tips On Putting Up An E-Commerce Website

As the online business scene continues to grow, more and more people are now becoming engaged in developing their sites for business purposes. This has led to the study of web design being one of the most important things that those in e-commerce need to learn about.

And because of this, you have probably learned all the things that you need to know about how to write website code, as well as the perfect color combinations to get users’ attention. However, don’t be too enthusiastic just yet. These things are actually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to developing your site for e commerce purposes. Here are some of the tips that you can include in your inventory.

One of the most common elements being used for website design are tables. Being very easy to create and customize, HTML tables have become so common in site design that you can actually find one that is entirely made of them. However, one thing that you might want to take note is that, while it does offer many usability options, there are also several limitations for its use in web design.

One of this is that it is sometimes difficult to display on certain browsers. This make sites that used them, especially those that are made by nested tables, look very cluttered. One thing that you can do here to remedy the problem is by limiting your tables into certain areas only. You can also go for alternatives like div tags (which are more flexible) to create your site’s layout.

Another thing that many e-commerce sites have problems with is usability. Often, the site becomes too stuffed with new contents that it has become hard for customers to navigate. Here, you need to make sure that, even with the amount of listings available in your site, it would still be easy to move around and locate specific items. You can actually do this by providing a simple to use control panel for your users where they can input the details of the information they are looking for. You can also let them compare and contrast items while in the panel for more usability.

Lastly, in order to make sure that the continuous flow of customers and information would affect your site’s operation and stop customers from coming in, be sure to set up an extensible content management system. This will take care of organizing all the data that enters your site, including customer profiles and product sales. Be sure to check the system regularly to maintain it in good operating order.

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