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3 Alternative Crowdfunding Sites That Can Make Your Dream Come True

buy Kickstarter productsEveryone knows that crowdfunding works. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven that their models are successful, with countless funded projects. Kickstarter has reached such heights that spinoff sites have been launched, the ForeverGeek Kickstarter Store being one of them. This site aggregates projects that have met their funding goals and provides a platform for people to buy Kickstarter products by linking directly to the project sites.

While Kickstarter (and Indiegogo) has become the go-to platform for individuals and groups looking at crowdfunding to make their dreams come true, there are also some other crowdfunding sites that may be more helpful for certain projects. If you want an option aside from Kickstarter, here are three alternative crowdfunding sites to look at. Read More

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5 Awesome Blog Posts You Should Read

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Since the introduction of the World Wide Web, the internet has rapidly overtaken television, radio, and books as the number one most-used medium the world over. And the rise of blogging, in particular, facilitated a huge shift in the way that we create and receive news. It is no longer enough to simply report the news after it happens. Consumers now expect to receive news as it is happening, as well as a full analysis, video, images, and interactive features. But blogging has also become a useful tool for those who have interesting or unique thoughts to share with the world, voices that would otherwise have gone unheard. Read More

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Not Using Antivirus Software? Four Things Hackers Can Steal Without Protection

Antivirus SoftwareDo you bank online? Store personal photos behind secure programs such as Dropbox and Mega.co.nz? Do you keep tax documents on your computer? If you answered yes to any of those questions you really need to install an antivirus program.

For years I have heard people talk about how they don’t need that software because they only visit “trusted websites” that they have visited “for years without any problems.”

The truth is, there is no such thing as an 100% safe website or application these days. Ad networks can accidentally transmit viruses and malware through their platforms and opening the wrong email can throw your world into a whirlwind.

Rather than showcasing the protections offered by antivirus software, we will focus on the types of information hackers can steal when you leave yourself unprotected. Read More

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Infographic: Kickstarter vs Indiegogo

Infographic: Kickstarter vs Indiegogo (via Pando Daily)

By David Holmes On October 14, 2013A few weeks back, two developers, Jonathan Lau and Edward Junprung, claimed that successful Kickstarter campaigns have raised more than six times more money than Indiegogo campaigns. We need to take the findings…


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How to Use Memes and Add Value to Your Brand

How to Use Memes and Add Value to Your Brand (via http://paulschaecker.blogspot.nl)

By Adrienne Erin in Branding Technology A lot of Internet users are fascinated by, amused by and addicted to memes. It’s probably because memes are statements about our culture — images, phrases and videos that can spread ideas from person to person…


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Using “Shared Experiences” to Create More Valuable Content for Company Blogs

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 “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Many people today are constantly searching for purpose in life. Discontentment transcends age, gender, economic status and race. Fortunately, we are interdependent as a species. We thrive on affirmation and never hesitate to give advice. Such interactions don’t always lead to knowledge of the “ultimate goal”; but they do yield meaningful, shared experiences.

Answering a friend’s question.

Making a suggestion to a colleague.

Following the advice of a family member.

These are all great examples of shared experiences. Since technology has made communication much more convenient, idea and opinion sharing effectively found its way online. Capitalising on the human tendency for semantics, search engines are rapidly moving away from keyword-prompted results towards meaning-based answers to user queries. Read More

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How to Succeed as a Freelancer


freelancerSo maybe the Great Recession has been unkind to you, and you lost your full-time job and have been unable to find another. If you’re flexible and smart about it, you can look at this as a terrific opportunity, rather than a disaster.

If your talent lends itself to multiple purposes, then it might be time for you to join the next wave of employment – the freelancers. Not tied to one employer or one job only, freelancers can work when, where, and how they want. They can work only one gig, or multiple gigs. They can work part-time or full-time. And best of all, they call no one “boss” except themselves.

The Age of the Freelancer?

Freelancing in general and the amount of freelance writers is on the rise in the United States, with approximately 33% of workers today not tied to any one employer. Many are freelancing by necessity these days, but lots of people, including yours truly, are discovering a love of the freedom and flexibility that this kind of career offers. Read More

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Work and Play: Unleashing the Power of Gamification

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“Gamification is the process of using game thinking and mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” – Gabe Zicherman

People have an innate desire to play games, whether it’s a hardcore gamer playing Xbox through the night, a family gathering around a board game on a Sunday afternoon, or a stag party off for a weekend of hedonism in Las Vegas. Given the choice, and whether we realise it or not, we would probably choose playing games over most other activities. Gamification is a concept that has many applications in the business world, but particularly across digital media. It’s about applying game mechanics to non-gaming situations. Game mechanics. Big word. You’re probably telling yourself: “I’m no big shot game developer.” Well, you don’t have to be. You simply need to understand how the process works, and its impact on users. Read More

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Dumb Blogging Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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So you call yourself a blogger. Odds are you’ve discovered that the road to readers and advertisers is paved with good intentions. However, even those of us with the best intentions can make some dumb blogging mistakes.

Presumably you understand that crappy writing and bad grammar won’t get you far in the blogging world. We also assume you understand the value of proofreading everything before it goes live and utilizing behind-the-scenes tools such as tags and SEO. Beyond knowing the difference between their, there and they’re, and not slacking on the SEO there’s a few other ways to elevate your blog above the rest of the chatter.

Here’s our list of some common blog traps, as well as tips on how to mistake-proof your career as a pro blogger. Read More

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5 Solutions For Backing Up Your Blog

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If you’re like me you put your heart and soul into your blog and the last thing you want to see is a blank page when you load your domain. Unfortunately servers can fail and sometimes even your backup can leave something to be determined.

Thankfully there are some very simple solutions that can help you backup your website with very little technical knowledge and very little cost. From online backup services to simple USB drives here are five solutions for backing up your blog.

1. Choose A Backup Service

If you currently run your blog on WordPress as a self-hosted solution you can choose from various different backup services. The most popular of those services is VaultPress, a constant backup platform that is operated to WordPress creator Automattic. These services require only a simple plugin to activate and often provide one-click restore functions and constant blog monitoring.

VaultPress isn’t the only solution, there is also BackupBuddy, BlogVault and various others.  Read More

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