Don’t Get Hacked: Password Lessons from the Flame Broiler

It lasted for over an hour and was so ugly that even their competitors were sending out empathetic Tweets.

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Burger King’s Twitter account had been hacked, and not only were the hackers sending their own racially-charged tweets about Burger King employees “crushing and sniffing Percocet in the bathroom,” but they also changed all the branding from BK to McDonalds. They even went so far as to promote McDonald’s new Fish McBites.

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So with this kind of nightmare playing out in real life in front of the whole world, we thought it was time to contribute a quick, legitimate  piece to the “how to come up with a great password that’s memorable and fun and makes you feel safe” articles that will be swirling around the ‘net...

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The Basics of SEO to Drive Traffic to your Blog or Website | Part 5 of 5 in a “get traffic” series

Get Traffic to your site with these SEO Tips

Every search engine has a basic set of rules they use in determining how to rank your blog or website.  Learn these rules and help the search engines find your content faster as well rank you higher because you are seen as valuable in terms of content for given keywords.  This is all SEO.  Wanna get started on learning these rules?

Actually, if you have been following this “get traffic” series, you already have a head start. We’ve been giving you social media tips, tips on engaging your audience, google service tips, and even a quick rundown of 20 methods to try for traffic...

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6 steps to success with your Affiliate Links

First time Affiliate?  Follow these 6 steps to success…

You got your Affiliate links and now what?  I’m assuming up to this point this may be your first time promoting an Affiliate Program and you understand basic HTML for installing your links.  Use the guide below to help you start making moolah with your new links. Or, if you’re considering Affiliate Marketing as a source for monetizing your blog the below steps let ya know what you’re getting into.  Buckle your seat belts!  (believe it or not, the ride can be more fun than you think!)

1. Decide where your links should direct.

The homepage is simple but for more targeted content and banners, you should ask your program manager to link to specific product pages or search results relevant to your site...

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Anatomy of a Weekly Email Newsletter

What makes a great Email Newsletter?

If you’re in Affiliate Marketing and operate a blog, chances are you have a weekly newsletter.  I’m a sucker for signing up for that newsletter as it’s just easier to be reminded of my favorite blogs and what they’re dishing out in my inbox.  Maybe I’m too much of a sucker, as I had to do some cleaning up of my inbox this week.  It’s interesting that the newsletters that made the cut all had similar characteristics.  If you’re thinking of revamping your current newsletter, or looking to begin the weekly delivery of your goodies-  then give these tips a look-see.  The anatomy of your newsletter is listed below…

It begins with the subject line

Make it compelling to your audience...

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Tagging As An Art Form


No name given, Tagged, February 27, 2011 via Flickr, Creative Commons License

Title tags, Alt tags, H1, H2, and meta descriptions. Have you had it with all of the terminology attached to SEO? Don’t worry about all of the technical junk, it’s all just smoke and mirrors anyway. The truth about SEO is that it works just like traditional stage magic and sleight of hand. Let’s start out with some simple definitions then work our way to what you all want to know – how to write tags that will get you a big ole gulp of Google juice. This art form involves taking a targeted keyword and sprinkling it throughout your tags without it seeming deliberate – and yes, it can be tricky, which is why most people who try it fail...

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Seven Copywriting Mistakes Businesses Can’t Afford To Make


Ahmed Bin-Baz, Copywriting, February 4, 2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons License

It is often assumed that writing business collateral takes very little actual talent. You just tell a little about the company, what they can do, and send the pages out to be discovered by the masses, right? Sort of. But there is a right and wrong way to write copy, and it seems as though a disproportionate number of businesses are doing it the wrong way. In fact, even advertising agencies are guilty of churning out stale, uninspired, or just plain bad copywriting.

One problem is that the differences between effective copy and ineffective copy can be subtle...

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How To Set Up An Email Address For Your Business



These days it is almost more important to have an email address for your business than a physical address. Setting up an email account for your business can be done a few different ways. The easiest way is to set up a free account. You can also choose to go through your domain provider or through your website hosting company. Whichever way you choose, your company will benefit from it.

Free Email

Popular services like Gmail, Yahoo, and offer several free options for your business email.  While these services do not provide a option, they do offer a cheap alternative for the small business on a budget and for those not quite ready to establish a full web presence...

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Search Engine Optimization or SEO… an Introduction

“Everybody’s talking at me. I don’t hear a word they’re saying. Only echoes in my mind.” Nilsson for the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy, 1969

When it comes to understanding the wonderful world of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), we can all feel like Joe Buck in “Midnight Cowboy.” However, when you break it down again and consider what it means, SEO is not all that difficult.

Here is a brief primer on what you need to know about SEO.

1. Content is King.

The major search engines like Yahoo, Bing, and Google interpret importance or relevance as popularity. The more traffic a site is getting, the more eyeballs are examining it, then the more valuable the information on that site must be. That is why having good content that attracts more visitors really is what matters most...

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Affiliate Getting Started, Series 1: Choosing An Affiliate Network

by Caroline, Domain Concierge

We’re assuming you already know what an Affiliate is and have a desire to start making money by promoting services/products in your niche on your blog. A quick way for locating Advertisers in your niche is through an Affiliate Network. Affiliate Networks act as intermediaries between you the Affiliate and the Advertiser. Affiliate Networks allow you to compare various offers from Advertisers and you can choose which offers to participate in and promote via your blog.

Soo’85How the heck do you choose an Affiliate Network? We thought had a few great suggestions for you to consider when selecting a network...

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Pro Tip: How to get rid of that pesky parking page.

When you register a domain with it automatically gets pointed to an ad supported parking page. The reason for this is simple: we make more money. In a business with margins as thin as they are in domain registration we look for additional revenue wherever we can find it as long as it makes sense to do so and it does not run afoul of best practices in our industry. Running DNS services for hundreds of thousands of domains is also not a cheap thing to do. The infrastructure costs no small amount of money and neither does the administrators time when dealing with DDOS attacks and general maintenance issues. I promise we are not trying to be shady, we have been running ad-supported parking pages forever. It is standard practice in the registrar world, and it is spelled out in our TOS...

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