Monthly Archives: April 2009

What Is Rogue Anti-Virus Software and How the Heck Do You Get Rid of It?

 Rogue anti-virus programs usually appears in the form of a fake Windows warning on your computer system that reads something like, you have a specific number of viruses on your computer (usually in the hundreds) and that this software has detected those viruses. To get rid of these viruses, you’re prompted to buy the full-version of the antivirus software (which is really rogue antivirus software).

The good news is that you probably do not have a computer that is infested with hundreds of viruses as the rouge software claims. The bad news is that the rogue antivirus software itself is on your computer and you must remove it. Removal is hindered as rouge software can lock the control panel and the the Add/Remove Programs function to prevent you from removing it easily.

Rogue Anti-Virus Software Explained
By Vangie Beal, Last updated April 24, 2009

SEO Tips for New Web-Shop Owners

We talk to an SEO Web-design engineer to find out how to optimize your off-eBay Web shop for search engine traffic.

Nebergall believes there is a lot of SEO information out there that focuses only on backlinks and article writing, which is misleading.

“You have to bring Web site design and SEO together,” Nebergall said. “Just concentrating on one but not the other is like having a Ferrari with no engine. SEO Web-design engineering is all about finding the perfect balance between pretty and relevant.”

SEO Tips for New Web-Shop Owners
By Vangie Beal, April 23, 2009

Socialcast Adds to Expanding Field of Enterprise Social Networking

Social media networks and real-time communication tools like instant messaging and Twitter are used by millions; including employees who want to save time and share knowledge with geographically dispersed co-workers.

The problem is that consumer applications are not designed for the enterprise, and while employees are ready to bring them into the workplace, most are not compatible with their organization’s security and archiving policies.

One platform available to the enterprise is Socialcast—a secure real-time communications tool that puts the best features of consumer social networking and communication tools into a secure enterprise package that meets enterprise archiving needs.

Socialcast Adds to Expanding Field of Enterprise Social Networking
By Vangie Beal, April 21, 2009

Tools to Tweak Your Tweets

When it comes to social media services, Twitter is now up there in popularity with Facebook, blogs, Digg and YouTube. A microblogging service that wants you to provide the answer to “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less is used to post links to pages and Web content they like, to randomly update friends’ on what’s new, and also to market their own products and services via online tweets.

When you create your Twitter account, the site offers a basic update form box where you can send out your tweets. Outside of using Twitter’s own Web interface, there are a number of applications, clients, tools add-ons and helpers you can download to make tweeting a better, faster process. To help you sort out the best options for tweaking your Tweeter tactics, we take a look at several cool and useful Twitter tools including URL shrinks, Twitter clients and Twitter Web widgets to get you started.

Tools to Tweak Your Tweets
By Vangie Beal, Last updated April 17, 2009

Small Biz Tips: How to Start E-mail Marketing

It’s not rocket science, and it can reap big rewards for a small effort. One expert offers tips on how to kick off an e-mail marketing campaign to boost your bottom line.

E-mail marketing offers one of the best advertising returns for any business, according to research by the Direct Marketing Association. In 2008, e-mail marketing returned $45.06 for every dollar spent on it—but industry experts say that small businesses are slow to adopt e-mail marketing practices.

Steve Adams, vice president of marketing for Campaigner, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e-mail marketing company, believes that adoption rates by small businesses are low due to time constraints. Small business owners today are swamped and it can be a challenge to fit e-mail marketing into an already full schedule.

Another contributing factor, said Adams, is that small business owners can be intimidated by the phrase “e-mail marketing”, and they mistakenly believe they need to be a marketing expert to run e-mail campaigns.

Small Biz Tips: How to Start E-mail Marketing
By Vangie Beal, April 13, 2009

eBay Profile: Weaim2pleez Launches Off-eBay Web Shop

A successful eBay power seller outlines his strategy for maintaining both an eBay store and a separate e-tail shop.

Baxter says his Weaim2pleez eBay Store does nearly $13,000 in monthly sales but increased eBay fees have prompted him to try running his own retail store. Just recently Baxter launched his first off-eBay retail store, the Weaim2pleez Knife Shop.

The reasons for trying an off-eBay store were mainly due to increasing eBay fees. Baxter said, “I’m running close to $2,000 a month in eBay fees and I found that I could set-up a CoreCommerce shop with cart, for far less.”

eBay Profile: Weaim2pleez Launches Off-eBay Web Shop
By Vangie Beal, April 9, 2009

Cool Contests For Canadians

  • Win a $10,000 bathroom makeover from Glade. Open to Canadian residents, Weekly entry through to June 23, 2009.
  • Win one of ten Broil King Signet 20 gas grills. Open to Canadian residents through to July 3, 2009.
  • Win a $3,000 high energy Washer & dryer plus year supply of Purex. Canadian residents can enter daily through to May 22, 2009.

Check out the Canadian high-value contests here.