Archive for August, 2012

Why Guest Blogging Might Get Risky in the Future

Do you allow guest posts in your blog? Are you aware of any risks involved? For a long time, guest posting has been known to be a great way of generating top quality backlinks to your website. Additionally, it also allows the guest poster to get a lot of free traffic, a new readership and a new audience. In the online field, most good things start innocent but soon the bad guys get in, and Google has to inevitably slap a penalty.

The Risk

Guest blogs normally offer a great win-win solution to both the guest bloggers and the blogs they are submitting to. The guest bloggers get the free traffic while the blogs are able to get free content. Slowly, many blogs are starting to have more guest posts than original posts. This eventually has led to a whole new industry of guest bloggers.

Google has been pushing frequent updates cracking down on any unorthodox link building and SEO practices. Therefore, despite the fact that guest blogging started as something innocent, you should beware of the disadvantages below that could be risky to your blog:

1. Guest blogging allows for dofollow links from your blog to your guest bloggers’ websites. These links mean that you trust the websites you link to. In case you have a dofollow link that links to spammy pages, your site may get penalized by Google.

2. There are guest posters who may provide content that is not related to the niche of your blog. This could mess up with both your readers and Google.

3. Are you careful about the length of your guest posts? Very short posts or thin content could reduce your blog’s overall quality. This will also affect your rankings with both search engine bots and your blog readers.

4. While allowing for guest posts, be careful of duplicate content. Some guest bloggers may actually end up using their guest post content elsewhere on the internet. This will end up annoying any of your readers who will have had access to both contents. Remember that search engines also have low tolerance to duplicate content.

5. Your guest bloggers may not take your blog as seriously as you would. For this reason, they may end up submitting posts with an uncaring attitude and lack of attention to detail. Additionally, some writers may submit content that has either inaccurate or outdated information. In case such content gets past your editorial team, it will heavily lower the value of your blog.

6. There are guest bloggers who will write for you incomplete content in order to drive traffic to their blogs. This will force readers to go to their websites to get more information. This also ends up being a nuisance to your readers and lowers the quality of your pages.

Google’s Keen Eye

Google respects quality links in your articles. Recently, Google cracked down on paid text links and this resulted in some websites being heavily penalized or even being de-indexed in Google.

Sadly, guest blogging is heading in a similar direction; link buyers are now able to buy trusted links on top-ranking websites. Therefore, any website that is accepting guest posts has to be careful of the links they are accepting. Unfortunately, choosing to add nofollow links will only turn away guest posters and beat the purpose. Remember that Google is keenly watching and looking for ways to differentiate suspicious guest posting links from true editorial links.

Bottom Line

One big question that remains is whether you should accept guest posting on your blog or you shouldn’t. It is okay to accept them but first take your time to check out the author’s website. If it is not worth the link, then don’t accept it. Additionally, only accept posts that are accurate and likeable to both you and your readers.

Author Bio:
Rahul Makhija has been in the internet marketing industry for more than 6 years. For more information you can visit New York Web Design and Marketing. He is an expert on SEO & PPC tactics and in his free times likes to read and understand about human behavior.

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Snapshot strikes a pose on Steam

Snapshot is now available (surprisingly) on Steam. Retro Affect’s 2D puzzle-platformer has been in development for several years and stars a robot named Pic, who can change the environment around him by taking pictures and placing them in the environment. The creative game is also coming to the PS Vita and PS3 later this year.

Snapshot is the second project from Retro Affect ? the studio’s first effort was Depict1, a freeware game that came out of Global Game Jam 2010. Kyle Pulver, one of the members of Retro Affect, also recently launched his solo project Offspring Fling, a fun-yet-evil game about throwing babies around.

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Counter-Strike: GO Review

Counter Strike
Counter-Strike is one of those iconic games that is still played many years after its release. With the original mod for Half-Life coming out in 1999 and a divisive Source engine update in 2004, Counter-Strike remains one of the premiere competitive multiplayer FPS communities. Now, that community has been given the latest update: Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

If you’re not familiar with Counter-Strike, it’s a shooter in which two teams – terrorist and counter-terrorist – compete in quick-fire rounds to either eliminate the other team or complete objectives like rescuing hostages or blowing up bombs. The gunplay is demanding, with high recoil and high damage necessitating a quick and accurate trigger finger as well as good knowledge of the game’s most popular maps.

Global Offensive does little to change the winning formula, choosing instead to support the community with skill-based matchmaking, built-in leaderboards, awards and achievements that should foster that space between pro teams and casual players.

Global Offensive also adds official support for popular game mode Gun Game, where players have to earn kills with each weapon in the game to progress to the next, with the round ending when a player gets a kill with the golden knife. This mode is called Arms Race in GO, and there’s also a related mode called Demolition that mashes together the gun progression of Gun Game and the standard Bomb Defusal or Hostage Rescue scenarios of the main game to great effect.

Of course, with any engine upgrade comes improved graphics and sound; GO is no exception. The UI has also been improved and optimised for consoles, and not to the detriment of PC players.

Finally, the game includes a few new pieces of content that should make the game a little fresher for veterans of the series. There are eight new weapons, eight new maps and a few new equipment options, but equally notable is the decision to keep all of the most popular maps to allow for the classic matches we’ve come to expect from Counter-Strike.

At just $15 on Steam and similar prices on Xbox 360 and PS3, Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a brilliant update to a quality series. Whether you’ve never played Counter-Strike or it’s a big part of your gaming history, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of phone accessories.

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Samsung to ship first Windows Phone 8 in Q4

BERLIN: Samsung will ship its first Windows Phone 8 model in the fourth quarter, a company spokesman said, after the firm unexpectedly unveiling the device on the sidelines of Europe’s top consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

The South Korean firm has come under pressure to innovate after losing a US patent battle with Apple Inc.

A US federal jury last week found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Apple is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones, moving swiftly to turn legal victory into tangible business gain.

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Google starts new feature to remind friends’ b’day

NEW YORK: Google has started a new feature on to remind its users about the birthday of any of their Google+ friends.

The reminders will appear on Google.com instead of Google’s social networking site Google+.

In a Google+ blogpost, Google’s Irene Chung said “starting today (August 28), you’ll see a reminder on Google.com when someone in your circles has a birthday! From there it’s easy to share a fun message, photo, or video with the birthday gal or guy.”

Chung said at first birthday reminders would only be seen for people searching in English on Google.com.

“We’ll be rolling this feature out gradually over the next few days,” Chung said.

The feature can be seen on top right corner of the Google.com. The birthday notification comes with a “Say happy birthday” link where users can leave a message for their friends.

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Airtel ties up with Microsoft to sell Office 365

In a sign of the increasing role being played by telecom operators in the emerging cloud computing ecosystem, India’s largest telco Bharti Airtel has tied up with Microsoft to sell the software giant’s office productivity suite to small and medium businesses in India.

For Airtel, the partnership will help boost its intent to derive a larger portion of revenue from data services and for Microsoft, the tie-up will give it easy access to a large pool of potential customers in India who prefer to pay for software based on what they use instead of the traditional model of high upfront investment for licences.

Currently, data services (excluding SMS) accounts for only 4.3% of Airtel’s revenues of $7.5 billion. Telcos around the world, like Etisalat in Dubai and China Telecom in China, are looking at such partnerships to drive data revenues. Microsoft has also inked similar arrangements with AT&T, Verizon, Telstra in US and Australia.

“There are 30 million small and medium businesses in the country. About 10 million of them use PCs, which gives us a ready market for Microsoft’s Office 365 and other products,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO of Bharti Airtel.

As part of the contract, Microsoft will sell its Office 365 Software – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote – as a service, with the actual software hosted on from Bharti Airtel’s data centres.

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Point of Sale Software: How It’s Improved Over the Years

A POS system has come a long way from the trusty cash drawer that was opened with a lock and key. Today, new POS software technologies run rampant as more tools are introduced to support different business models.

The following are some of the most prominent advancements that have made POS software a huge help for businesses:

Tablet-Compatible Cash Drawers

Customers and employees want mobile POS systems technologies. In fact, 50% of customers surveyed in a recent Honeywell survey agreed that using a mobile POS station will save time; 43% believed that paperless receipts sent via e-mail were beneficial to both customers and businesses.

That’s why business owners should start thinking about POS system software such as iRegister. It’s a new POS tablet that can save small business owners a lot of money because they won’t need to purchase a complete POS system.

The register costs $999 and can be used stationary when docked at a cash drawer in conjunction with a keyboard and thermal receipt printer, similar to a traditional POS station. For added convenience, employees can remove the tablet from the docking station for mobile transactions, to reduce long lines, or print customer receipts away from the register.

Multi-Location Management

New point of sale software allows business owners with several retail locations to manage reports in real-time using one complete system. All customer transactions in multiple retail stores can be accessed with multi-level security encoding to control records, sales, and inventory without having to step foot in the actual store.

This type of on-site and off-site management will allow a business owner to track customer sales to improve day-to-day efficiency and productivity – regardless of the size of business.

POS E-Commerce Storefront

For retail stores that also sell products online, POS software now provides e-commerce solutions for all business types and sizes.

E-commerce POS software can be customized to meet a business’s unique needs, allowing brick-and-mortar retail stores to expand their reach to a larger customer demographic by selling products online. This type of streamlined POS software will enable a retail store to expedite customer orders placed online, while continuing to track inventory and sales for both in-store and Internet purchases.

Clearly, standard POS systems are raising the bar by introducing new, functional technologies that benefit a wide variety of business models. Whether you own a retail store, a restaurant, or a fast food chain, using an updated POS system will make it easier to expedite customer transactions to improve sales and step up your level of customer service.

Sylvia Rosen is an online writer who enjoys writing about the latest business technology trends.

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Review: WeeUp File Hosting

The WeeUp is a new service from HackingTag Security where you can store files. They don’t annoy the person by making him or her wait for some time. The person can instant download the files. Their is no need to register or give your details. You can upload files with one click. The WeeUp is currently in beta mode. The person can upload 4 files at one time.

URL: http://weeup.x10.mx/

Stars: 4/5

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Top 5 WordPress Themes for the Year 2012

The below mentioned are the collections of top word press themes of 2012. These themes have been gathered after doing an in depth research. Out of the top 100 themes, top 5 most popular themes have been chosen for the month of August 2012. These themes available in different types and style can be installed manually or by taking the help of the dedicated WordPress developers. The outsource php development companies can also be outsourced for the installation of themes respectively. These WordPress themes in fact can range from magazine themes, traditional themes to video themes, CMS themes and other responsive themes can be used according to specific applications and styles. So considering popularity and the core utility as the main factors, below mentioned are some of the selected themes which can be utilized to push your businesses to new heights.

 

#1.) Uber Premium WordPress Themes: Known amongst the responsive WordPress theme, this theme is genuinely developed for all those people who have an excellent penchant for creativity. It is basically ideal for designers, photographers, creative writers and story tellers. The features like homepage slider, custom background images for individual page, stylish Google Fonts, highly advance custom control  panels and smart functions many more alike are used in the best possible way to give an appealing feel and look to the on lookers.

 

Distinguishing Features :

 

  • ·Impressive Layout
  • ·Smooth Portfolio Filtering Animations
  • ·Custom Option Panel
  • ·Option to Set Your Colors
  • ·Ready Made Widget Side Bars
  • ·Liberty to Upload a Favicon

 

#2.)  Video Plus Premium WordPress Themes: This theme utilizes the video enriched links in the best possible way. With the help of this WordPress theme, you can create clean and professional designs integrated with the features like video thumbnails, a impressive featured slider on the home page, customized in built short codes and advance theme control panel and there many more features alike  still in the process  of development.

 

Features at Glance

 

  • ·Generates Automated Thumbnails
  • ·Empowered with Impressive Slider
  • ·Automated Thumbnail Management
  • ·Text/Image Logo Switcher
  • ·Better Advertisement Management
  • ·Systematized Management for Comments

 

 

#3.)  Splendid WordPress Themes

It  is amongst the modern stylized conceptualized theme from WordPress ZOOM. This premium  theme host of 3 layout options, custom homepage layout, personalized page templates and short code manager.

 

Features  Offerings Through This Theme:

  • ·Dedicated Section On The Home Page
  • ·Elegant Drop Down Menus
  • ·Three Layout Options For Posts and Pages
  • ·Synchronized Custom Management
  • ·Customized Background Support

#4.)  GridPort WordPress Themes: The GridPort word Press themes gives an excellent performance with the E commerce plugin. It has in fact the clean as well as the basic design that will help to keep complete focus on your services and products. The GridPort WordPress theme has some interesting functionalities and  they all together work smartly on all the devices.

Features of GridPort WordPress Themes:

  • ·Compatible With all the Mobile Phones
  • ·V-Grid Animation for Product Page Images
  • ·Pop-Out Shopping Cart
  • ·Works Well with E commerce Plugin
  • ·Creative Box Effect for all the Images, Galleries and Shopping Cart

#5.)  City  Desk  WordPress Themes: The city press Word Press themes share a close connection with the magazines and newspapers and can be utilized to create a smart navigation system for your blogs as well as the websites. The smart features ingrained  in this theme will help you to generate maximized traffic on the blogs and amplify the reach by many times.  If you are specifically owing some media house or entertainment businesses then City Desk Theme will work best for you. Its highly smart features are as follows:

Classified Layout Options in which you can choose templates according to your requirements

  • ·Two Types of Layout Options
  • ·Option to place an author badge
  • ·Compatible with all the Websites
  • ·Highly Proactive Media Management
  • ·Smoother Navigation

All together, the users from the 5 most popular themes can select  any one of them according to nature of businesses owned by them. All the 5 themes mentioned here are unique in every sense and they are assured to deliver clients with the expected results.

About the Author:

Chris Miller is a blogger and web developer for a leading Web Development Company. He provides concrete information about PHP web application development, .Net/Java apps development, software development & mobile applications development.

 

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Apple to unveil mini iPad in October

l mini iPad in October: Report
26 Aug, 2012, 2220 hrs IST, AFP
Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in Oct after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month
WASHINGTON: Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website reported on Sunday.

“First comes the latest iteration of the tech giant’s hugely popular smartphone, which will be unveiled at an as yet unannounced event on September 12,” the website said.

“Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on,” it said.

“That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches (20 centimeters), will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources say is currently scheduled for October.”

The 10-inch iPad has long dominated the tablet market, but faces a growing challenge from smaller models like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy.

Apple is expected to launch the miniature iPad later this year, with analysts saying it could allow the California-based company to again best its global rivals despite the death last year of visionary founder Steve Jobs.

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