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Who Needs Cyber Babble?

By Carl Weiss
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If you think that cell phone-speak is an arcane corruption of the English language, you will appreciate this article where we cover how cyber babble got its start and how it continues to proliferate online.  Ever since the first computer geeks started noodling around with computer code, there has been a disconnect between the way technical people communicate with one another and the Queen's English.  As different as the language was back in Shakespeare's day, to the present idiom, the question is one of whether cyber babble is just a flash in the pan, or whether it represents a true evolution in our mother tongue.  So, if you don’t know a SERP from an ALT tag, this is the article you’ll want to read.  OMG, LOL (Oh my God and Laugh Out Loud or Lots of Love depending on how you use it).

How to Get Fish to Jump in The Boat - A Social Media Analogy

By Hector Cisneros

Social Media Iceberg
Social Media Iceberg (Photo credit: Intersection Consulting)
Last week, a business broker friend said they had a client that could use my help with his Internet marketing and social media development. The broker gave me the client’s website address and contact information. As I do with all potential clients, I created an initial analysis of that business’ current search engine ranking, social media utilization, global presence, and market competitiveness to see if they could use my help.

CYBERGREED: How the Loss of Net Neutrality Would Rock Your World

Monopoly Tycoon
Monopoly Tycoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Carl Weiss

What is Net Neutrality and how could its loss rock the world as you know it?  Way back in 1995, when the Internet was young, the rules were established that guaranteed nobody could have undue influence over the speed at which information was disseminated.  What this meant for everyone online was that th big multinational conglomerates, which already had a stranglehold on the radio and TV airwaves wouldn't be allowed to monopolize cyberspace. So from 1995 to the present, the Internet had one speed limit for all.  Online businesses, both big and small could prosper.  However, recent events by a number of cable conglomerates are threatening the way in which we all surf the web -- and not for the better.  If you value your ability to work and play online, read this article in its entirety and learn what -- if anything -- you can do about it.  Ignorance will cost you the loss of net neutrality and increase the cost of accessing and using the Internet forever.

Blogging Secrets of the Pros

By Hector Cisneros

Blogging Readiness
Blogging Readiness (Photo credit: cambodia4kidsorg)
So people are saying need to blog to be successful on the Internet today. However, you’ve also heard it takes too long, and you feel you don’t have the skills nor the time to really make blogging work for  you. You may feel that it’s the right thing to do, but you really don’t know where to start.

The reality is, the best way to start blogging is to assess your skills, increase your knowledge of what tasks lie ahead, roll up your sleeves and dig in. To be honest, that’s how I started, but I also had an advantage. A mentor, Dr. Ivan Misner, took the time to teach me and many other Business Network International (BNI) professionals the blogging ropes. In this article, I’ll address the many complaints and excuses that business people make for not blogging. I’ll impart much of what I’ve learned during my own mentoring process and will pass on some of the techniques I discovered on my own.  If you’re ready to start learning the Blogging Secrets of the Pros, read on and get ready to discover the exciting life of writing prose.

Who Wears a Black Hat on the Wild, Wild Web?

By Carl Weiss

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If you’ve been working the Web for any length of time, then you know the search engines frown upon what is known as “Black Hat” techniques. This technology has been used to exploit search engine algorithms since the first ones appeared.  The reason black hatting used to be so popular was because it could move your website onto Page 1 in a hurry. 

What Does it Take to Go Global?

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By Carl Weiss

Going global is kind of like the weather.  Everyone talks about it, but almost nobody does anything about it.  The thought of going global mystifies many would-be international entrepreneurs. When you think  about this quandary in our Information Age, it’s kind of strange.  After all, we call it the “World Wide Web ” for a reason.  That’s because it’s the one medium that can put any company’s products and services in front of consumers worldwide.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is most small to mid-sized online businesses still limit their sales to their nation of origin.  Due to language and cultural differences, shipping regulations, customs requirements, tariffs and other red tape, many US companies restrict the size of their potential market. 

How Close is the US to Experiencing a Digital Pearl Harbor?

By Carl Weiss
December 7, 1941:  “A date which will live in infamy.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

U.S. Navy battleships at Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec...
U.S. Navy battleships at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 (l-r): USS West Virginia (BB-48) (sunk), USS Tennessee (BB-43) (damaged), and the USS Arizona (BB-39) (sunk). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Who can ever forget President Roosevelt’s utterance of those fateful words that propelled the United States headlong into World War II?  The Japanese sneak attack that spurred our reluctant country into jo
ining the expanding European and Asian conflict 73 years ago is not forgotten.  However, what has been lost during the intervening decades is that the US had actually known, through a series of intercepted and decoded diplomatic communiqu├ęs, that a Japanese attack was imminent. Yet the administration did little to take defensive action.