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March’s most interesting and important news

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My dear readers, this post will be the starting point of my monthly summaries of interesting and important news from all around the Web. I’ll be glad to see your comments, feedback or additions.

So, let’s start:

1. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 Final. It can be downloaded from here. Read more about the new features of IE8.

2. Gmail added new features to Labs:

3. Microsoft launched The WorldWide Telescope Web Client Alpha to let you explore the univerce from within your browser. Web Client requires Microsoft Silverlight to be installed on your computer. It has less features than Windows client, but it’s still a great innovation, and a probable competitor of Google Sky.

4. Google made improvements to search results pages:

  • More useful related searches is now can be found for every query.
  • Longer snippets (a few lines of text that describe found pages in search results) for long queries.

5. Twitter fans was fooled by BBspot’s “Twitter Premium Account” hoax.

6. Blizzard improved their popular Battle.net. The main change is a “centralized account system that will let players manage all of their Blizzard Entertainment games, including World of Warcraft and future games, in one place without having to remember multiple sets of login information.”

This is what the March was for Internet community. And now we’re waiting for April and its news and innovations.

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March 26, 2009 Posted by | internet, Web 2-0 | 3 Comments

Unusual traffic boosters

So much is written about traffic boosters and how to generate traffic for a website. There are techniques everyone knows about and almost everyone uses – keyword targeting, creating good content, link building, joining online communities, providing newsletters, etc. I’m tired to read about it, and you? All of these are so well-known that they became boring. It’s time to look for something new:

  • Making links attractive for visitors. Assuming you’ve found where to place links to your website – on your partner’s websites, on your blog, etc. – how will you make visitors click them? How will they attract the attention of your potential visitors? Usual textual links have minimal visibility and don’t excite interest. Pictures are much better – they attract attention and give an idea about what visitors can find by clicking the link. But moving pictures, like a slideshow, are even better. Moving objects are the first we see on a web page. That’s why creating a slideshow, even as small as a size of the smallest banner block on a sidebar, can make your link more visible and therefore more clickable. It’s better to make slideshows with built-in links. Also, different links can be assigned to different slides to drive traffic exactly to the web pages you need. Such slideshows can be easily created with the special software, for example, with the tool I’ve already recommended you – FlashSlider.

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  • Localization and geographical targeting. Do you know that English is spoken by only 35% of Internet users? Do you know that only ≈40% of queries on search engines are submitted in English? Do you know that search engines offer different results for the same queries depending on the user’s location? Websites to be displayed on the first page of search results are websites targeted for certain location. So, if your website is targeted globally, it can be ranked lower than websites with the similar content targeted for the place where the search query comes from. The first thing you can do is to translate a website at least to languages you know. The more languages, the better results. Language of the website is one of the main factors search engines take into account to determine its geographical belonging. The next is to make geographic targeting for a website, especially if it has a neutral top-level domain (e.g. com, org). Of course, if you really target globally, you shouldn’t exclude your potential visitors by setting local targeting, in this case you’d better to translate your website to different languages.
  • Traffic Programmer. A neat Firefox add-on: without registering and logging or providing any personal info, you become a member of web surfers network. You auto-surf other members’ websites, they surf yours generating the unique traffic for you. This is the simplest you can do. Unlikely to social networks, communities and bookmarking services, it doesn’t require much time and work from you. Everyone who has ever worked with social networks knows that to drive a real traffic from here, you have to spend hours every day. That’s why I like Traffic Programmer – it generates unique traffic with no efforts.

That’s the traffic generators I use. I’ll be glad to learn about yours in comments!

March 17, 2009 Posted by | search engines, traffic, Web 2-0, website promotion | , , , | 5 Comments

New Apple Ipod Touch!

This is a guest post by Jr Quiambao, an author of Animosity blog, a beginner blogger and a very friendly guy.

Here’s what you get:

* In New Ipod Touch:

Volume controls.
Volume buttons are built into the left side of iPod touch, giving you easy access to the most frequently used controls.

Longer battery life.
Now you can keep on rocking (and watching and playing) even longer. Improved battery life means iPod touch provides up to 36 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback — enough to watch three or four movies between charges.

Sleek new design.
iPod touch feels even better in your hand thanks to the stunningly thin, contoured enclosure made of polished stainless steel.

More ways to play.
With the App Store on iPod touch, hundreds of exciting games and innovative applications are just a tap away.

Built-in speaker.
A built-in speaker lets you hear the music, dialogue, and action without headphones, perfect for casual listening.

Rock ’n’ run with Nike+.
iPod touch offers built-in wireless support for Nike + iPod. All you need to do is insert a Nike + iPod sensor into your shoe and start running.

info from: http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/whatsnew.html

I prefer this All New Ipod Touch than the Apple Ipod Nano 4th Generation.
It’s much more way too cool than the latter, plus more accessories can be inserted like an external speakers with woof.
Appearance, new features, systems, etc., all are better than any other portable music & video gadgets!
All New Ipod Touch is far more better than any other.

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March 5, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets | Leave a comment

Interesting Software Bundle

save-moneyBeing in permanent search of interesting offers on the Web, I can’t miss the March offer of Flarium.com and want to share my find with you. This month they offer a bundle of FlashSlider – neat tool for flash slideshow making, and Watermarking – software for protecting digital images. I seem this bundle would be a happy choice for everyone who publishes digital pictures to the Web. Watermarking software adds watermarks to protect image copyrights that is very important when picture is shared on the Web to avoid its illegal use. FlashSlider turns images into an eye-catching and web-friendly swf slideshow which can be used for everything beginning from family photo album to business demonstration. Both softwares are extremely easy to use and suitable for all kinds of users.

So, hurry up not to miss the FlashSlider + Watermarking bundle at a discounted price.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Flash, Software | , , , , , , | 7 Comments