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How to Effectively Estimate Job Creation

September 30th, 2010

job-creation-presidents.jpgEstimating job creation requires looking at a variety of statistics and resources. The Recovery Act of 2009 is a good resource to help determine the different categories used to describe jobs. The best resources you can start with are government agencies that work to collect data on the economy. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide statistics that are indicators of the health of the economy from the past and the present.

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DVD Authoring Basics

September 29th, 2010

dvd-authoring.jpgConverting any form of media into DVD format that can be played in a DVD player is called DVD authoring. Software designed specifically for DVD authoring comes with encoders to give the user control over sound quality and video compression, and will typically be geared towards creating video rather than audio DVDs. A standard model DVD recorder also has basic DVD authoring capabilities, but with fixed layout and control menus to simplify the process for users who simply want to record television programs for later viewing.

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Loan Tips for Home Based Business Startups

September 28th, 2010

small-business-loans.jpgGetting a home-based business startup loan will require collecting evidence of your previous business experience. In most cases, you will be asked for a track record of success before anyone considers lending your business money. Therefore, you must prove your worth for obtaining the loan to start a home-based business. Begin by preparing documents that can be viewed by prospective investors. The two best options for a home-based business loan include peer-to-peer lending and venture capital firms because of accessibility online. Look on the Internet for listings and reviews of each to make your decision on which is best for your company.

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Financing a Small Business in Good Times and Bad

September 27th, 2010

small-business-finance.jpgScholars have debated theories about the psychology of entrepreneurship at least since the mid 1970s. They have sought to answer such questions as: what kind of person is most likely to start a new business? What personality traits enable success? These are good questions, but an important element is often neglected in such discussions: the business cycle. The right leader for a downturn is not necessarily the right leader for a period of expansion. Indeed, the penny pinching habits of mind necessary and appropriate for a downturn may well be a hindrance during an expansion.

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Great 21st Century Writers You Need to Read

September 26th, 2010

contemporary-literature-books.jpgThe 21st century may have only just started, but it is never too early to start making reading lists. Here are five contemporary literary authors you have probably never heard of, but will never forget once you read their work.

Magnus Mills:

Born in 1954 in Bristol, U.K. and raised in Birmingham, the works of Magnus Mills explore the themes of the routines of everyday life, the desire for freedom and independence, and the psychology of relationships involving punishment and reward. From 1979 to 1986, Mills worked for a company installing high-tensile fences. In 1986, he worked as a bus driver in London, something that was much repeated when he became a professional novelist only two years later though as a matter of fact, he was already a writer during this job, writing a column The Independent for the modest sum of £10,000.

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Chit Chat 1.4 for Facebook

September 25th, 2010

chit-chat-facebook.jpgChit Chat 1.4 is a utility designed to improve on the Facebook chat environment. Chit Chat for Facebook was started in August 2009 and appears to be gaining in popularity with approximately 10,000 new downloads each day. It is an instant messenger application for Facebook that works independently from a web browser. If you are familiar with the Facebook chat or have used any of the popular instant messenger platforms available, you will love this one for keeping tabs on your Facebook friends.

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Link Building: The Simplest Search Engine Optimization Method

September 24th, 2010

link-building-method.jpgHaving a website is only the first step in online business. The real challenge is to drive traffic to your website so that your business can run well. There are many things that you can do to drive traffic to your website. If you have large marketing budget, you can simply use PPC (Pay Per Click) ads or other similar advertising methods. But if you have very low budget or even no budget at all, you have to find a good way to promote your website at minimum cost.

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SEO Blogging Blunders

September 23rd, 2010

seo-blog.jpgWhether you are working with a search engine optimization consultant or negotiating the tangled web of SEO on your own, you have probably heard about the astounding value of blogging. The traditional buzz about blogging is that each blog can generate links back to your site. Most people who publish websites or offer SEO services for a living have figured out that quality links can improve your search engine ranking and drive additional traffic. Quality is the keyword there. Many people take this concept to the extreme and inundate blogs around the Internet with little snippets of text and some form of embedded link back to their sites. Is this beneficial or detrimental to your SEO efforts? Is blogging everything that it is cracked up to be?

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Survival Reality Shows: Entertainment or Education?

September 22nd, 2010

survivor-islands.jpgTelevision offers many different survival type reality programs. They claim that by watching the star of the show endure hardships and challenges, viewers can learn how to survive in the wilderness with few resources. These lessons are certainly entertaining, and most of the advice they offer is good. However, the average viewer should never attempt some of the techniques that are taught.

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SEO Scams: Webmasters Beware

September 21st, 2010

seo-scams.jpgThere are no short cuts when SEO is involved. Unfortunately, there are more advertisements for low cost SEO shortcuts than there are seconds in a day. Webmasters beware.

Search engine optimization or SEO has become a household term. If you have used the Internet to any significant degree, you have probably heard about SEO. Everyone is competing furiously for top positions in searches for their main keywords. The concept is that the higher you rank for a keyword, the better your website will do. If done correctly with the right keywords, this can be the case.

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Bad Credit Personal Loans: Associative Advantages

September 20th, 2010

personal-loans-bad-credit.jpgIf you have a less-than-stellar repayment history then it could be a reason of denial for any of the payday or regular traditional loans you want to apply for. In such a situation, you may have noticed that it is very difficult to find success with other options when you can’t get any help due to your bad credit history. You should consider paying off all of your bills at the limited time assigned to you or else it could become another reason for potential lenders to avoid granting you personal loans or other types of credit in the future.

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