Reducing Load Time Through Image Optimization

July 21st, 2012

Reducing Load Time Through Image Optimization

Even though more and more Internet users switch to broadband every year, a large portion of the web’s population is still running on good old dial-up connections. It is therefore unwise to count them out of the equation when you’re designing your website, and a very major consideration we have to make for dial-up users is the loading time of your website.

Generally, all the text on your website will be loaded in a very short time even on a dial-up connection. The culprit of slow-loading sites is mainly large images on your website, and it is very important to strike a delicate balance between using just enough images to attract your users and not to bog down the overall loading time of your site.

You should also go to a greater length and optimize every image on your site to make sure it loads in the least time possible. What I really mean is to use image editing software to remove unnecessary information on your images, and thereby effectively reducing the file size of your image without affecting its appearance.

If you own Photoshop, it will be obvious to you that when you save an image as a JPEG file, a dialog box appears and lets you choose the “quality” of the JPEG image — normally a setting of 8 to 10 is good enough as it will preserve the quality of your image while saving it at a small file size. If you do not have Photoshop, there are many free image compressors online that you can download and use to reduce your image’s file size.

On the other hand, you can opt to save your images in PNG format to get the best quality at the least file size. You can also save your images in GIF format — the image editing software clips away all the color information not used in your image, hence giving you the smallest file size possible. However, saving in GIF format will often compromise the appearance of your image, so make your choice wisely!

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-10-15 23:04:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

When is Internet Marketing Worthwhile?

July 21st, 2012


When is Internet Marketing Worthwhile?

In general the answer to this question is always but the answer is much more involved. Sure Internet marketing is worthwhile but as with any type of marketing it is only worthwhile if it is done well. For example you can spend thousands of dollars on a television marketing campaign but if no one sees your commercials or your commercials do not reach your target audience and generate sales, the advertising was not worthwhile. So perhaps a more appropriate answer to this question would be that Internet marketing is worthwhile when it works. This is a rather vague statement but this article will investigate the issue further and explain how you can make Internet marketing work for your business.

One of the most basic principles of marketing is to make sure you reach your target audience. This is so important because your target audience is the people who are most likely going to be interested in purchasing your products or services. It is much easier to sell your products or services to those who already have an interest in the products and services you have to offer than it is to convince those who are not interested in your products or services at all. As an example consider a business who sells fishing rods. You will want to market your products to those who enjoy fishing either competitively or as a leisure activity because among this audience you are likely to find people who may be interested in purchasing a new fishing rod. It would make sense to place an advertisement for your business on a website selling bait and tackle or a website which organizes fishing trips in exotic locations. Conversely it would not make sense to place your advertisement on a website selling telescopes because you are not likely to reach a large target audience here. There may be some stargazers with an interest in fishing but your advertising dollars and efforts would be better spent placing advertisements with websites more closely related to your business.

Another factor to consider when purchasing advertising space on another Internet website is traffic the amount of traffic the other website receives. This is significant because you want to place your advertisement on a website which is closely related to your own and likely to attract a similar audience but you also want your advertisement to receive a large amount of attention. For this reason it is important for your advertisement to appear on a website which receives a great amount of traffic each month. This will help to ensure your business is getting a great deal of exposure through this advertising.

When it comes to Internet advertising, there is a fine line between great advertising and spam. Some business owners get carried away trying to get as much exposure as possible and can sometimes go overboard and wind up being considered spam. Internet users who see your advertisement in a couple of key locations will likely notice the advertisement and may be compelled to visit your website immediately or may keep your website in mind for future use. However, Internet users who see your advertisement everywhere they look are likely to view your advertisement as spam. This can be harmful because they are not likely to visit your website because they expect it to not be worthwhile.

In any Internet marketing campaign it is important to carefully monitor the results of your marketing efforts and make changes to your campaign as necessary. This is important because you want to make sure your marketing efforts are paying off and the best way to do this is to evaluate the results of your advertising carefully. One way to do this is to place specially coding in each one of your advertisements so you will know which advertisements are generating business for you and which ones are not. You can use this information to decide whether you should modify the ineffective website or stop running these advertisements. If you decide to modify them you will want to continue to monitor the results to determine whether or not the changes made the advertisements more effective.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-09-12 17:47:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Some Free Online Video Websites That Are Not Really Free

July 21st, 2012

Some Free Online Video Websites That Are Not Really Free

Are you an avid online shopper? If so, there is a good chance that you have come across a number of different deals and discounts online. Similar to those deals and discounts is the ability to obtain something online without paying a fee, those items, products, or services are commonly known as being free. Unfortunately, you will find that when it comes to being free, not all free things are actually free. One of those things is online video websites, not all of them are as free as you would think they would be.

Before examining online video websites that are classified as being free, you first must understand that you may have to pay a small fee to view their online videos. Most of the sites that are labeled free online video websites are free to join. Essentially, this means that you do not have to be considered a paid member just to join the site. By creating a free membership program, there are many online websites, including online video websites, that are able to claim that they operate and run a free program.

With most online video websites, you fill find a wide variety of free videos. These types of videos have been found on almost all types of video websites. Free videos are, in most cases, considered homemade videos. Homemade videos are made by internet users, just like you, who have little or no experience creating professional videos. Many of the free, homemade videos that you can find online include comedy skits, unprofessionally constructed music videos, how-to videos, and funny, but unscripted recordings.

The video types that you may have to pay for include popular television show reruns, professional music videos, celebrity interviews, children’s television shows, and much more. Most online video websites, if they charge for these types of videos charge only around two dollars for each video, sometimes even less. Google Video is one of those websites. Depending on the type of video website you are at, you can typically view this video more than once, after you pay for it.

While you may assume that it is a pain for pay for online videos, it is something that needs to be done. In fact, these small fees are, often times, the only legal way to watch your favorite television shows or music videos online. This is because the content is owned by another individual, often a television producer or a record label. With these types of video, most video owners need to receive reimbursement for their work; thus the payment. Unless permission is granted by the individual or company who owns the video rights, it technically illegal to have videos, whether they be music videos or television show reruns, available online free of charge.

In addition to legally viewing videos, you will also help to be generating income for someone else. For instance, if you purchase the right to download or view a popular music video, it is likely that the artist or group you are watching will receive a small amount of compensation for their work. This compensation is often what keeps the television, movie, and music industry going in full swing.

As previously mentioned, you may find it inconvenient to have to go through the process of buying an online video, but it will be worth it in the long run, often in more ways than one. You are encouraged to remember that the next time you go searching for an online video in an illegal matter.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-08-06 21:25:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

I Love Hot Air Balloon Ride!

July 21st, 2012

Do You Believe It?

21 years ago, there was a book called, “Do What You Love and The
Money Will Follow.”

Back then, I didn’t really believe it.

What if you loved to fish?
Golf?
Hot Air Ballooning?
Watch TV?
Read?

How was the average person going to make money doing those
things?

Remember, that was back in 1987.

For most people, “Do what you love and the money will follow,”
was complete baloney.

It simply wasn’t true.

Flash forward to today and the Internet, and now that statement
is just as true as can be.

I’ll prove it to you.

Go to Google and search for any those terms (Fishing, Golf, Hot air ballooning, Knitting, TV and Books) and I guarantee you’ll find tons of sites
on all of them.

I also guarantee that many of those site owners are making money.

Some of them are even making A LOT OF MONEY.

So what do you LOVE to do?

Whatever it is, if there are other people who love it, too, then
you can make money from it.

Lots of money.

If you know how.

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You can turn your passion or interest into a money making
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Originally posted 2008-07-11 20:34:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Can You Download Streaming Video?

July 21st, 2012

Can you Download Streaming Video?

The sad truth is that there is no way to download streaming video options. Many people are disappointed when they learn this, especially since there are so many places that will offer streaming videos to individuals. Sometimes, there are websites that will require a fee from members in order for them to view the videos that the site has to offer, but they will offer streaming videos on the website. Many people may think that they can download streaming video clips, but this is a misconception. Streaming video is not a medium. Rather, the medium is the video, but the method of how the video is offered to the general public is streaming. Streaming is something that is constantly being offered or played for anyone to view. Television stations that are on twenty four hours a day are streaming. Just because you turn your television on during the day does not mean you are recording, or downloading, the video. That is how streaming video works, and why the ability to download streaming video does not work.

However, there is an alternative solution to the problem people may be having when they want to download streaming video. There is software that they can purchase of download which would allow them to save the video or videos that they are seeing, which can save them money in the long run, especially if the individual is paying for a website that only offer streaming videos and they understand that they cannot ever actually download streaming video clips.

Many different websites will offer streaming videos, and others will offer videos of another types that you can actually download. However, these are not streaming videos and they will take longer to start up. This is because the information has to load before it can play, when the video is a download. However, when the video is a streaming video it starts right away and is connected immediately to the origin point. If a person is setting up their own website with videos on it, it will be very important that they know that they cannot offer to their customers that they would be able to download streaming video clips off of the website. This cannot be done and customers will be less likely to go to the site if that claim is made, since it is not possible and this will likely drive experienced website users away. However, streaming videos have their own benefits and are very quick and effective.

These benefits can be played up since they are very advantageous to a lot of people that are looking for effective and efficient videos from websites. Offering videos is often very nice for people that are looking for different mediums besides the written work on the internet through which they can learn information. The exchange of information is sometimes done faster through video, and the result can be that there is more of a connection between the individual and the topic in the story that they are learning about in the video, versus if it was written out. Sometimes images are just more powerful than words.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing services

Originally posted 2009-12-26 21:48:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Why Use A Dedicated Server?

July 21st, 2012

Why Use A Dedicated Server?

Why use a dedicated server? There are many reasons why you should choose to use a dedicated server. The most important reason is that you have full control of the server and no longer have to share space and bandwidth with other websites.

There are so many options to start an internet based business. According to a study done by UCLA, nearly 90 percent of Americans have access to the internet. In addition to business websites, people are using free internet servers to make their own internet pages.

There is a vast difference between an internet website and a web page. Most sites offer customers a free internet page. You can post photos of yourself and your family members and keep in touch with your friends across the internet. These pages are hosted by a server that may or may not put mandatory ads on your web page.

You can also find a web host server that will give you space for a free website. This can also be a good idea for a small website that is mostly used for social purposes. Some people use such websites as an online resume of sorts.

Online businesses, however usually want to have a lot of perks such as databases that allow forums and shopping carts so that customers can keep coming back. Databases take a lot of space. A free server will not be able to handle such a request; there would not be enough space. These businesses often, when they start out, seek a paid internet server to host their site. They pay a monthly or yearly fee and get assistance with the server operator when needed.

This can work well for small businesses. However, if a business really starts to grow, it makes more sense for it to host their own website. In essence, a dedicated website is a way to host your own website and your website only. The server is dedicated only to you and your online business.

How does this help you? For one thing, since you no longer have to share space with other users on the shared server, you have more space for your own website. You can add more pages and options for your customers.

You will also be able to use as much bandwidth as needed without sharing with other websites. The bandwidth of a server is what allows the traffic to the website. If too many people are trying to access several websites at once and the server cannot handle it, they may be turned away. No one with a serious internet business wants to turn away customers.

Although dedicated servers cost substantially more money than shared servers, they are a wise choice for growing internet business. In most cases you can save money by not only improving the options on your website, but allowing easier access for your customers so that they will not be turned away, therefore, making you more profits in your internet website business. A dedicated server is the only way a large internet business can grow.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-10-04 08:11:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How Autoresponders Work

July 21st, 2012




How Autoresponders Work

At some point in our Internet lives, a majority of us have received a message from an autoresponder. It could have been a short response letting you know that the individual is away, or an email thanking you for something that you have done. Perhaps it was even an email letting you know about upcoming products, or even an email letting you know that a message you tried to send couldn’t be delivered.

Each one of these messages is all but a different version of a useful program known as an autoresponder. Autoresponders are very useful tools, as they will automatically send out an answer to any email that they receive. The answer that they send out however, will all depend on the messages that you have the program set up with. Autoresponders are very flexible, and most will hold a variety of pre set messages.

The very first autoresponders were used with email providers or email transfer agents. Whenever an email you sent out couldn’t be delivered to the recipient, it would send you an automatic response letting you know that your mail couldn’t be delivered. Although these programs were somewhat helpful, they weren’t all that sophisticated.

Over the years, autoresponders have changed quite a bit, proving to be very useful with big companies and even Internet marketing. These days, autoresponders are used by businesses and companies to give immediate response and feedback to interested clients and subscribers. This could include a response about programs, information about pricing, specific details regarding a product, and even a time that someone from the company can get in touch with the client.

In the world of Internet marketing, staying in touch with clients is easier than ever with an autoresponder. They will save you a quite a bit of time, especially when you think about how long it would take you to personally send email responses to each and every email you get. If you run a business, you probably get hundreds of emails a day. An autoresponder can simplify your life, by sending out a preset message response to each and every email you receive.

You can set up an autoresponder using either one or two methods – an outsourced ASP model and server side model. When using an outsourced ASP model, the company wishing to use the autoresponder will their business model will contract through an outside provider. This outside provider will then give the company user access to a web based system, or control panel. From the control panel, the company or individual can set up the autoresponder, preset messages, and decide how the autoresponder will handle the many different types of emails. One of the best services we have found is www.Automatic-Responder.com their service is top notch. To use these types of services, the individual or company will have to pay the autoresponder provider a flat monthly fee.

Server side autoresponders are a bit different. Basically, they are programs that a company or individual installs themselves and runs it on their own computer or server. You can save money with these programs, as you don’t have to pay a provider to operate the autoresponder. Although server side autoresponders weren’t user friendly in the beginning, they have become easier and easier to operate over the years – and are now the most popular type of autoresponder.

In all actuality, autoresponders are great to have. They are very reliable, and can easily save you a lot of time. The way the different types work can be a bit perplexing, although most are easy to use and easy to implement into your website. If you own or operate an online business – an autoresponder is something you should never find yourself without.


Originally posted 2009-10-31 17:40:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Why You Should Not Document Illegal Activities with Online Video Websites

July 21st, 2012



Why You Should Not Document Illegal Activities with Online Video Websites

Each day, a large number of individuals make online videos. Online videos, in most cases, are displayed on online video websites. While online videos are fun to make and share with others, there are a number of things that you should be concerned about. One of those things is the use of illegal activities in your online videos.

As previously mentioned, online videos are most commonly hosted on online video websites. Online video websites are websites that allow internet users to view videos or make and upload their own. In most cases, this is done free of charge.  A number of popular online video websites, such as Google Video and YouTube, have restrictions in place. Those restrictions often prohibit the use of certain video material. While a large number of video sites do have restrictions, not all do. Even though you may be able to make a movie of whatever you want and post it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

It is becoming popular to document your “bad,” side online.  There are many individuals, especially high school students and college students, who are trying to impress others. Unfortunately, this often results in the documentation of dangerous or illegal activities.   While you may think that it is harmless to post a small video of you and your friends getting into a fight, vandalizing something, or using drugs or alcohol, there are a number of ramifications, many of which you probably never even thought about.

When documenting the use of drugs, underage drinking, vandalism, or anything else that is considered illegal, it is important to remember that you are committing a crime. Most police departments will not scour the internet in search of online photographs or videos, but they may come across your online videos on accident. While you may not be able to be arrested, most officers are actually required to see you in the act, you may raise suspicions. If you enjoy participating in illegal activities, such as underage drinking, there is a good chance that you will continue to participate in them. With suspicion arose, there is a good chance that you may be being watched by your local authorities.

In addition to the authorities, if you are student, whether you are a college student or a high school student, there is a good chance that you could be suspended from school.  Across the country, there have been numerous reports of school officials finding online content, including videos hosted on online video websites, that document illegal activities. These activities often included underage drinking, drug use, or threats against other students. In addition to be spoken to by your local police department, there is also the chance of school suspension or suspension for any school related activities, such as sports.

The possibility of being suspended from school and talked to by your local police department are things that could happen right away. Despite what you may think, your online video could come back to haunt you in a couple of years. Most online video websites will allow you to remove your video, if and when you choose to do so. However, it is likely that a large number of individuals have already seen it. Although they are not supposed, it is also possible that your video has been reproduced and redistributed throughout the internet.  If illegal activities were documented in your online video, there is a good chance that you could be terminated from your job, especially if your video was viewed by your employer. Also, there are a large number of employers who use the internet to research their new applicants. Your online video, especially if it documented the use or participation in illegal activities, could prevent you from getting that new job that you always dreamed about.

As much fun as you may think it would be to make a video of your next underage drinking party, you are advised against doing so. Perhaps, it is best to stay cautious. You can never tell who will be watching your video and what they will do about it.

James Nsien2

NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-08-06 21:11:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Choosing a Web Designer is Easy

July 21st, 2012

Making Money with Articles: Choosing a Web Designer is Easy

There are two important things to remember when looking for a web designer:

First, it is important to go with a freelancer if you are looking for a small and simple site. You can probably get one done for $30 to $50. There are many freelancing companies on the web that you can tap into to find the designer for you.

Second, it is important that you ask to see a few sample sites that the web designer has done and that you check any ratings that may be available for the designer. This may keep you from getting wrapped up in a project with someone who will not finish or cannot do the type of job that they claim they can do.

If you cannot put together your own website to host your articles on and you don’t want to pay the extra $7 to $12 dollars per month that it may cost to get a host that offers a What You See Is What You Get website builder, then your only other option is to hire a web designer. The good thing is that, if you are looking for a very basic 2-5 page site and you hire a freelancer rather than going with a web design company, then it will be relatively easy on your wallet.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-09-24 20:40:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What are Dedicated Servers?

July 21st, 2012

What are Dedicated Servers?

What are dedicated servers? A dedicated server is not someone who is attentive to you in a restaurant. When you hear the term “dedicated servers” online it usually refers to the type of web hosting provider for a website.

If you have started an internet website, you are probably aware that you need a host. There are several different types of web hosting available. You can get hosting through a free server. This is usually used by people who want to have a personal web page for friends and family. A free server will most likely put their own ads on your web page so that they can generate income.

There are also shared servers. A shared server is the logical choice of most businesses starting out on the website. Because internet hosting can cost hundreds of dollars per month, most small businesses choose a shared server so they do not have to invest so much money at the onset of their business.

A shared server can be a good option for a small internet business or a personal website. There is no reason for a personal website owner to have a dedicated server. A small business or personal website can keep costs down if they share the cost of hosting with other businesses.

However, if your business suddenly begins to take off, or you find that you want a lot more space for forums and shopping carts that your current shared server cannot give you, it may be time to look into getting a dedicated server.

Dedicated servers host only your website. This means that all of the space and bandwidth on the server is yours and yours alone. You do not have to share hosting with other businesses. You can generally make your website as large as you want and include databases such as shopping carts as well as forums, that normally take up quite a bit of space.

This also means that you have total control over the safety of your server and your website. You can add additional features that can make your site even more secure, to the benefit of both your customers as well as yourself.

Dedicated servers usually cost a lot more each month to maintain, but there are different sizes as well as services available for this type of web hosting. When perusing the different options when it comes to dedicated servers online, you can generally find everything from larger servers to budget dedicated servers.

Nothing can be worse for an internet business than the following:

- Customers not being able to access the website because there is not enough bandwidth, leading the customer to believe the website no longer exists.

- Customers not trusting the security of the website because last month their credit card information was lifted because the website was not secure.

- A severe limit on the website with regard to space that eventually costs you customers.

All of the above scenarios can be avoided by using dedicated servers instead of shared servers. Dedicated servers add space, bandwidth and security for internet business websites.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-09-29 18:21:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter