Category Archives: Reviews and Opinions

Reviews and thoughts about various topics, products, software, hardware, and other stuff.

How To Network Using Twitter

twitter corner How To Network Using TwitterYou have no doubt already heard of the social networking site Twitter, which, despite only having being around a relatively short period of time, is now one of the most popular sites on the whole of the Internet. Despite the opinions of many online marketers, who dismiss Twitter as nothing but a waste of time, it has proven to be a useful tool in the marketer’s toolbox for driving traffic and networking with fellow marketers, or people with similar interests.

When you’re just getting started on Twitter, things can seem hectic or confusing. To get yourself hooked up with some followers who have similar interests as you, think of a popular online community that you frequent and start following people you know there. If you are active in this online community, then people will start to notice you and follow you as well. Continue reading

The Evolution of Blogs

1115855 blog 150x150 The Evolution of BlogsBlogs are the hottest trend sweeping the Internet, but have you ever wondered how blogs originated? In what must indisputably seem as the dark ages before blogs, people looking the companionship of online communities were required to rely essentially on mailing lists and bulletin boards for communication. By the 1990s, forums had made their presence and allowed users to take part in discussion using ‘threads’, which were essentially areas of common interest. Continue reading

A Few Reasons Why You Should Be Using WordPress

wordpress logo stacked bg 150x145 A Few Reasons Why You Should Be Using WordpressTodays budding blogger has a wide range of blogging platforms to choose from. Squidoo, LiveJournal, WordPress, Blogspot, Ning, and many others all seem to boast similar features at face value. With all the available blogging platforms, deciding which will meet your blogging needs can be a daunting task. However, most professional bloggers name WordPress as their “blog of choice”.  The following are a few reason why you should be using WordPress. Continue reading

Xbox 360 – How To Avoid The Red Ring Of Death

184433 xbox with leds 150x150  Xbox 360   How To Avoid The Red Ring Of DeathThe red ring of death happens when you see three flashing red lights on the console. Maybe you want to prevent the red ring of death from happening to your new xbox.

Maybe you’ve had your xbox repaired and don’t want a repeat of the red ring of death. Whatever your situation, here are some simple measures that you can take to keep your xbox running perfectly. Continue reading

Go Bing Yourself Google

165838 bing day one 350 150x150 Go Bing Yourself GoogleMicrosoft’s new search engine, or decision engine as they call it in the advertising, Bing was launched last week with some fanfare.  In addition, Microsoft has started an aggressive marketing campaign to get people familiar with it.  I for one was excited about it and ready for it to launch as I’ve been reading more about it over the past few month. Originally called Kumo, the launch of Bing last week was somewhat of a surprised, but welcomed.  The following are some of my thoughts about Bing, it’s search, and how it compares to Google.

In addition, I must say that I’ve now changed all of my default searches to Bing as I felt I was getting more of the Internet in a better way, than I was getting with Google and their controlled net.  I look at Google now the way I looked at AOL ten years ago. If you want to search the full Internet you can’t do it on Google, as they have restricted, blocked, and penalized any site that they didn’t like. Continue reading

Waiting For Wolfy and Kumo Search Engines

istock 000001524388xsmall 150x150 Waiting For Wolfy and Kumo Search EnginesThere has been so much hype on both of these new search engines that it’s getting to be too much.  I’ve been hearing about them for almost a year now, and yet, we still wait. Both engines are expected to be released this month, but there has been no official announcement and both sites are still not functioning.  To take a step back, let’s explain what they are, and why the hype.

Kumo – http://kumo.com

This is Microsoft’s next attempt at beating Google. They are redoing their Live search, and adding more features, as well as re-branding it into Kumo. Continue reading

Does Flagged in Google Local Lead to a Loss of SERP Ranking

searches 150x150 Does Flagged in Google Local Lead to a Loss of SERP RankingI’ve been working on a project that has me trying to do bulk uploads on Google Local to get listed in tons of cities across the country. However, I was able to get one batch of a small quantity through, but ended up getting the next batches flagged, even though there were the exact same as the one that got through.

Now, I’ve read that getting flagged in their system is no big deal and to just make some adjustments and keep trying until you get your listing approved. Continue reading

Does Google Adsense Video Ads Make Money or Good Content?

images1 Does Google Adsense Video Ads Make Money or Good Content? Google Adsense announced earlier this year the beta of Google Video Ad Units.  There are several opportunities available and you can find out more about those on Google’s Adsense Video site.  However, I’ve been testing the Adsense for Video via Youtube on my fantasy sports blog to see if it would provide good content to keep visitors on my site longer, plus I’ve heard rumors that the eCPM is higher than their traditional ads.  I’ve been running the test for a couple of weeks and have made some observations about it, as well as took it off the site for now until I can better position the content by putting it more in line with the content on the page. Continue reading

MagicJack Product Review, Comparing Magic Jack to Skype

I’ve been seeing the commercials and ads all over images MagicJack Product Review, Comparing Magic Jack to Skype the Internet, TV, and yes my own blog, so I thought I should review this product and compare it to Skype to see which one is better.  The following is my MagicJack product review and comparing Magic Jack to Skype.

Pros and Cons of MagicJack Continue reading

How To Make A Tag Cloud Page on WordPress

Recently I wanted to make a tag cloud into a page and I went exploring for a couple of options.  I found several choices and try each of them, but each were not each to use and implement or required more plug-ins.  I didn’t want to install any additional plug-ins, but still wanted a to have one easy code to copy and paste into my page template that would generate a tag cloud on a page.  The following code is my own creation and seems to work great for WordPress and makes a generated tag cloud page without needing to know any additional code, make any other templates, or install any other plug-ins.

How To Make A Tag Cloud Page on WordPress:  No Additional plug-ins, templates, or code knowledge required. Continue reading