Imagine … everyone wants a million connections, a million friends, and a million a month flowing in effortlessly. Many search for the magic bullet, secret tip, little know tidbit of knowledge, ultimate marketing plan that will overnight skyrocket them into the number one position on the internet. Fame and fortune can be yours, says the ad, just click here and give us your credit card and we will turn you into an instant success. Just follow our simple directions.
Why Use LinkedIn ? This is a question that is asked quite often. Some believe that LinkedIn is only for those looking for a job. Often people think they are too busy to take the time to create a good profile. On and on excuses go and why argue. Everyone gets to make their own choices. So lets take a look and why utilization of LinkedIn is such a valuable tool for today’s business people. Whether you are fully employed, secure and happy with your job, or a job seeker LinkedIn can help you. Whether you are an independent consultant, a Realtor, a plumber, a programmer, a health care professional, an actor or a recent graduate, LinkedIn is a tool to help further your career and those to whom you are connected.
Beware of the Scam Calls that come in telling you that they are from Microsoft and your computer is either infected, or about to crash. They have a story that tells you about how they are Microsoft and your computer has come up on their screens and blah blah blah. This is a complete and total scam. So please listen up.
WordPress can be anything you want it to be. This may seem like an odd statement, but as you look at WordPress sites around the world you can easily see that WordPress can be anything from a very advanced complex site to a basic blog, with all flavors in between. One of the big keys here is that you can have a WordPress site and begin posting information almost immediately and the site can grow as you do! WordPress is part of an Open Source Initiative software to build maintain and update websites. it is used by millions worldwide. WordPress powers, at last count, over 15% of the world’s websites. The software is free and open source and was first developed by Matthew Charles “Matt” Mullenweg. As Always, Charley
Why Use YELP ? you might ask as many have. Lets watch YELP as it enables you to share your insights so others will have an inside guide to places to visit and even places to not visit. My wife and I have used YELP all across the nation and have had stellar results in locating wonderful restaurants, parks, monuments, museums, and more. Often locating places we might never have known about, or even considered. This is a really wonderful experience. Sharing our experiences on YELP gives some of our experience to others.
YELP is an online urban city guide that allows people express their opinions about businesses and share those opinions with the world. Many use YELP to locate great restaurants or businesses based upon the reviews of others. Everyone can participate in sharing their knowledge about businesses, places, and locations where they have experiences.
Why Use Yelp ?
It is more than a good idea, it is a life enhancing reference to help make decisions the simply increase the quantity and quality of life’s adventures.
YELP.com is rated as the 137th busiest site in the world and the 30th busiest site in the United States. YELP Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Sometimes I feel like an evangelist when it comes to one’s LinkedIn Profile. It seems I tell the same story over and over, from slightly different angles, but is it the same story. For those who want the summary – Get your LinkedIn Profile in top notch shape. Clean it up as if your were going on that ultimate interview. Polish it until the shine is so deep it is a mirror. Your profile is your meal ticket. LinkedIn is where many recruiters go fishing. LinkedIn is where references are checked, Your LinkedIn Profile is where the rubber meets the road for jobs, referrals, and references. LinkedIn is the Human Resources Department of the future. This may sound a bit extreme for some, so lets look at real world claims an see what we can bring to light. Continue reading “Social Media 101 – Part 3 – Your LinkedIn Profile”
As software has been a sizable investment for many companies it is quite important that we address the open source software programs and their capabilities. Imagine being able to do all things required to run your home or business. Well you don’t have to imagine for long as the software is here and available now. The savings per PC are nice however, when you multiply the savings throughout an office the savings are huge.
Open Source Programs and Open License Software
Recommended Open Source Software
WordPress – for creating websites
Open Office – for word processing – spreadsheets – presentations – data bases
Today we’re going to look Social Media. Social media seems to be today’s buzz. The hottest newest marketing thing, but really it is something you been doing all along. You interact with people, you engage them, you talk with them – remember that phrase talk with them – you mix all that up and people do business with the people they trust. This is important. This is the way business has been done for a long time.
Now for the question that is always going to be asked. A question that is going to be asked and seems to be asked over and over again is What’s in it for me?
What’s in it for me?
I’m doing fine. If your business is great and you want to keep it just the way it is, then maybe you would be best to move along because you don’t need to change. Yes, for some businesses this can be totally ignored. That is a personal choice and small businesses, especially in smaller towns, or smaller markets just Continue reading “Social Media 101 – Part 2 – Fundamentals”
GIMP – Graphic Image Manipulation Program is the open source equivalent of Photoshop for Free. For most people GIMP can do everything, and I mean everything you need. From photo re-sizing, re-sampling, changing colors, removing red eye, cropping, layering, making collages, converting from one type to another, and so much more. With all those options available it can be a bit overwhelming, however driving the space shuttle would also be overwhelming. So, target whatever you want to do and learn a few controls and features at a time. As with any good software, a bit of training can go a long way. The people who say “I will play with it and figure it out” will have varied degrees of success. For best results I recommend training, with someone who knows GIMP, with the GIMP site and GIMP Quickies, or YOUTUBE training videos.