Magdaleno commits to Napa Valley

first_imgGio Magdaleno, a two-year varsity player and team captain last season for the Ferndale High boys’ basketball team, inked his name on a letter of intent to join the Napa Valley College Storm, Thursday afternoon at Ferndale High.“We are bringing Gio in because he is a good fit for our program. He’s a gym rat and he’s very passionate about the game,” Napa’s head coach Steve Ball said, a former South Fork player himself. “He’s the first Humboldt guy we’ve brought in since I’ve been here and we are …last_img read more

Mini budget 2016: quotes

first_imgManaging a tough balancing act, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered the mini budget on 26 October 2016. He addressed issues facing the economy, politics and the global outlook. Through it all, he emphasised that there was hope and that, working together, goals could be achieved.        Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 26 October 2016 in Cape Town. (Image: National Treasury, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberQuoting the likes of struggle stalwart Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, the current Pope Francis, former United Nations head Kofi Annan, American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 26 October 2016 in Cape Town.The minister delivered an overall message of hope, stressing that goals could be achieved through a collective effort. Gordhan balanced that message by acknowledging the realities of global and local politics and economics.On the inaugural MTBPS in 1997:The first MTBPS was tabled in December 1997 under the leadership of President Mandela. Its purpose was stated as follows: “It describes Government’s goals and objectives.“It explains the economic environment within which those objectives are being addressed, and projects the total level of resources that will be available.“It analyses the trade-offs and choices that the nation confronts in addressing its reconstruction and development priorities.“In keeping with our commitment to open, transparent and cooperative policy-making, it invites the nation to share with Government the important choices that must be made.”Our goals remain to promote social transformation and more inclusive economic growth, and to achieve a much better life and opportunities for all South Africans.On achieving a collective goal:Above all, it invites Parliament and the people of South Africa to engage with the policy choices and decisions we must take in pursuing the aspirations and goals of our Constitution and the National Development Plan.On reality:The economic environment this year is unusually difficult. We have also faced other extraordinary challenges.Slow economic growth means that employment has declined over the past year. Many businesses are in difficulties and households are struggling to make ends meet.On working together:Yet if each of us contributes to our shared goals, we can achieve greatness beyond our imaginings. There is a Pedi saying: Ditau tsa hloka seboka di shitwa ke nare ehlotsa, “lions that fail to work as a team will struggle to bring down even a limping buffalo”.On growth:Members of the House, there are many other programmes and policies which are vital for our growth. With careful attention to sustainability and inclusivity, they will contribute to employment and broadening of economic opportunities. Properly designed and implemented, they will contribute to black economic empowerment and to strengthening localisation and the growth of South African enterprises.On protests:Violent protests signal unresolved social challenges. They present immense challenges to the leadership of our higher education institutions, municipalities and community organisations. Highly stressful demands are made on our police and security personnel. Destruction of property diminishes the inheritance of our children.On social grants:Taking into account the rise in food prices this year, I am pleased to confirm that an additional increase of R10 a month has been made to social grants with effect from October.On recognition of debt management:In the international capital markets, we continue to succeed in raising debt despite the tough prevailing environment. South Africa was recently recognised as the “best sovereign debt management operations and issuer” in Sub Saharan Africa by the Global Markets Publication. Debt management initiatives over the past year have reduced government’s refinancing risks and were supported by investors across all the major financial centres in Asia, Europe and the United States. The World Bank has recently commended our debt management framework, indicating that South Africa is now “better positioned to absorb fiscal shocks going forward.”On hope:We are resilient, and we have sound foundations on which to build. But it is action, to bring clarity where uncertainties remain, to address organisational weaknesses, to bring closure to infrastructure transactions and to accelerate trade and investment – that brings hope. It’s up to us.On growth:The MTBPS revises our growth expectation for the South African economy to 0.5% for the 2016 calendar year, somewhat lower than the February estimates of 0.9%. For the current fiscal year, the revised growth estimate is 1.0%.On increasing funds towards higher education:Minister Nzimande has rightly emphasised that expanded opportunities in our universities cannot rely on government funding alone. Public expenditure on post-school education and training has in fact grown considerably faster than other budget allocations in recent years, and this will continue. At the heart of the issue is that access has expanded faster than resources. As a result, many students face financial hardships that undermine their ability to succeed academically.In addition to the R16-billion added to higher education funding in the February budget, we therefore propose:A further R9-billion for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme over the period ahead, raising its funding by over 18% a year.Over R8-billion to meet the costs of fee increases for students from households with incomes up to R600 000.On local governmentIn keeping with our commitment to transparency in the public finances, the National Treasury has launched a new local government budget data portal today, called “Municipal Money”. It provides citizens and other stakeholders with access to comparable, verified information on the financial performance of each municipality. It aims to promote transparency and citizen engagement by providing information about municipal spending in a simple, accessible format.On corruption:As Kofi Annan wrote in the foreword to the 2003 United National Convention Against Corruption:In promoting development and making the world a better place for all, we are called upon to reaffirm the importance of core values such as honesty, respect for the rule of law, accountability and transparency.On the National Development Plan:The National Development Plan requires more rapid growth, and clearly this is a pre-condition for achieving inclusive development and transformation. The MTBPS emphasises that low growth is not inevitable – if we take the right decisions, inclusive and more rapid progress can be achieved.On integrity and accountability:Those who are called upon to serve in public institutions have an added responsibility to work with integrity, honesty and accountability and to ensure that their efforts are directed towards the shared interests of all South Africans.Put simply, this means that public funds must not be diverted to private ends. All citizens are entitled to demand accountability and integrity from those who serve them.In conclusion:Adapting Nelson Mandela’s enduring words:…With freedom come responsibilities,…We dare not linger, for our long walk is not ended.last_img read more

What is a podcast and how do I use it?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Alas, we live in a digital world these days. Be it the smartphones in our pockets, the vehicles we drive, or the computers we depend on daily — digital is here and here to stay. Along with that are some exciting new forms of media.We here at Ohio Ag Net recently started a podcast ourselves talking the latest issues in agriculture, featuring those from all corners of the industry.Podcasts really are great ways to deliver information to more people across the internet, in addition to the more traditional form of broadcast communication. However, we realize not everyone is familiar with the world of podcasts. This blog will look to give a quick introduction on how to best utilize them.What is a podcast?A podcast is a piece of digital audio that’s distributed across the internet, available for downloading to a computer or mobile device. They can range in topic and length depending on the creator.Where can I find a podcast and how do I tune in?The foremost resource for listening to podcast is iTunes from Apple. In fact, the name ‘podcast’ comes from the fact that the media type was coined by Apple for its extremely popular iPods in the early 2000s.There are multiple ways to listen to various podcasts, but we recommend venturing to iTunes and their podcasting app. From there, search for Ohio Ag Net and find our podcast channel. Hitting the subscribe option will make sure you follow the podcast for each update in the future. A download feature is also available so they can be easily listened to when the phone or computer is not connected to the internet. With podcasts being on-demand forms of media, this means old episodes are always up for listening. If you’re late to the podcast scene, no worries — you can jump in from episode one or just start listening to the latest addition.For those without iPhones or Apple products on hand, popular smartphone apps for listening include Pocket Casts, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play Music. In addition to these apps, the Ohio Ag Net Podcast can easily be listened to on our website as well, posted every Wednesday evening.When do I listen?Easy answer — any time! Podcasts are made for flexibility and enjoyment for everyone everywhere. Listen in the cab of a tractor, the drive to work, or when you’re sitting at home. They’re on demand and, if downloaded to your listening device, ready at anytime, no matter the internet connection.But why?Podcasts range in size and scope from quick news updates that last five minutes, to longer, more in-depth audio documentaries that last a couple hours. It’s a big world and will take some time to find the best podcasts for your listening habits. Each podcast episode, no matter the “station” has its own typed out description so the searching listener can get a quick idea of what’s in store. Don’t like the description? No need to listen. Get out there and start looking!Keep in mind that some podcasts have an “E” beside their name. This means they are explicit in nature, containing adult language/content.Why should I listen to the Ohio Ag Net Podcast?Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal focuses much of our work on the broadcasting and writing of news stories, with opinion pieces from time to time. The format of podcasting allows the team to take a more relaxed approach to telling the story of agriculture, looking at the latest happenings across ag and the world in general. It’s a more informal look at the industry, and gives an in-depth look at a number of issues we cover throughout the year. The length usually varies from half an hour to an entire 60 minutes, depending on the topics covered each week. It’s a bit more personality mixed with fun and adventure, all wrapped around the stories in agriculture that matter.Overall, we continue to provide the same news coverage that we’re known for with the addition of our podcast. We hope you tune in and enjoy!last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: I Worked on the AOL Content Farm, Ceremonial Site Takedowns, Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1, and More…

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups ReadWrite Sponsors You Can Now Buy Up to 16 Terabytes of Storage from GoogleRolling Blackouts in Texas May Cause Trouble for the CloudA Home Where the Digital Wallpaper Changes When Grandma VisitsReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. 4 Reasons to Spring A Few Bucks For That Premium WordPress ThemeHow to Opt Out of Receiving the Yellow PagesAndroid Honeycomb: The First Few Apps For BusinessesReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My LifeATDHE Seized: How Site Takedowns Are CeremonialStep By Step, Google Docs Becoming the Mythical “GDrive”You Can Now Buy Up to 16 Terabytes of Storage from GoogleHow to Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 – Now, Untethered!More coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebDownload Our Latest Free Report: Engaging Online Communities The countless individual interactions people make online have introduced a new level of complexity in marketing. These “gestures” come in the form of likes in Facebook, replies in Twitter or subscriptions to blogs. Other gestures may be a link to a site or a check-in on a location-based network. Engaging Online Communities takes a look at how the modern enterprise must set up the right systems so it can keep track of the gestures that people make and perform analytics on the data. You can download and view Engaging Online Communitieshere.LocationFacebook Deals Launches in EuropeGoogle Adds 3 New Ways to Check In to Places, Including AutomaticallyMore Location coverage MobileEricsson Launches Mobile Banking System to Rival Western UnionIn Preparation for the iPhone, Verizon Plans to Throttle Its Heaviest Data UsersMore Mobile coverageInternet of ThingsLast Block of IPv4 Addresses AllocatedInternet of Things Innovators: ThingMagicMore Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. center_img The New Rules of the App StoreUpstage: A New App for Sharing iOS MockupsSamsung’s Galaxy Tab Sales Exaggerated, Negates Data from Android Market Share ReportEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: The violence, ongoing turmoil, and occasional triumphs in Egypt impacted our news coverage every day this past week. But it was Marshall Kirkpatrick’s tale of life on the AOL content farm that ended up as readers’ top choice in the week’s most popular stories. Verizon, and its plan to throttle high-data users in the wake of the new iPhone release was the top mobile post. In location news, Facebook Deals arrived in Europe. And Richard MacManus profiled a leading innovator in the Internet of Things. Read on to find out who, as well as more top stories.Top Stories of the Week Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRockStrategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Indian Entrepreneurs Are MaturingReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top 10 Most Popular Open Source Applications in the Enterprise (Maybe)Forget “Brand Conversations” on Social NetworksSalesforce.com Buys Google Apps Marketplace Favorite ManymoonReadWriteStartReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. Git Hacking: A Social Layer for GitHubThe Stanford Visualization Group Debuts Visual Tool for Cleaning Up DataA Free Visual Programming Language for Big DataReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

LaVar Ball on why son Lonzo is perfect for Lakers: ‘They really don’t have a leader’

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Team-wise, the Lakers are a better fit,” the outspoken patriarch said during CSN’s “Celtics Talk” podcast, as relayed by Bleacher Report.“They really don’t have a leader. Boston already went to the playoffs. They have a leader,” he said, pertaining to the Celtics who holds the first selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring an exclusive workout with the Lakers earlier this week, Lonzo said the same thing and described himself as “a leader and a point guard”  that would fill the team’s needs moving forward.READ: Lonzo Ball works out for Lakers, would love to be no. 2 pick 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cavs, Warriors will get physical as NBA Finals tension boils MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? NBA prospect Lonzo Ball speaks with the media after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on June 7, 2017 in El Segundo, California. Image: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPFollowing several conflicting reports regarding the Los Angeles Lakers’ interest with blue chip prospect Lonzo Ball, his father LaVar once again chimed in on why his son would be better off in Purple and Gold.With the Lakers picking second in the 2017 NBA Draft next week, June 22, LaVar described the former UCLA Bruin as the leader that the team desperately needs.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The father and son duo, meanwhile, hasn’t been shy at all on airing their preference to stay close to their home in California.“All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” LaVar told ESPN last February. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”It remains unclear whether Lonzo will indeed be a Laker or not, but all eyes will certainly be on him come next Thursday. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:Nike wants Lonzo Ball, but not for father’s asking price of $1BADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Champions Trophy: Virender Sehwag rips through opposition attacks

first_imgVirender Sehwag in actionAs the floodlights at the Premadasa Stadium were switched off one by one, Sourav Ganguly, captain of India, issued an order. “Everybody…” the Indian captain said over his shoulder to the assemblage of reporters, camera crew, ice officials, policemen and hangers-on, “everybody clap for Veeru.” Everybody clapped,Virender Sehwag in actionAs the floodlights at the Premadasa Stadium were switched off one by one, Sourav Ganguly, captain of India, issued an order. “Everybody…” the Indian captain said over his shoulder to the assemblage of reporters, camera crew, ice officials, policemen and hangers-on, “everybody clap for Veeru.”Everybody clapped but it seemed pitiful, inadequate. Maybe, a thunderclap would have been more fitting for Virender Sehwag, flayer of cricket balls and slayer of opposition hopes, small-town boy turned big-time bully.In the short game, the Indians today are not just a cricket team. With 10 wins in their past 13 matches they are a curious collective of artists and escape artists, builders and jailbreakers, locksmiths and lockpickers. Every time there’s a job to be done, there’s a man around who knows just how to do it. In Colombo it was Sehwag: a century and a 50 and a handy turn with the ball at the death that brought him two man-of-the-match awards and took his team into the final of the biggest tournament in cricket after the World Cup.Sehwag destroyed England in a matter of 90 minutes – this when chasing 270 to win. Then the Indians choked World No. 2 South Africa – or rather South Africa choked itself – in a semi-final that was all done until Herschelle Gibbs began to cramp and the Indians decided they hadn’t heard any fat lady sing. Not bad for a team Tony Greig described as playing “without a logo, sponsor or a fifth bowler”.What the team has instead is a core of young players who are getting used to the temperature of the international game. Sehwag, 23, is one of them, a player with talent that leaves his seniors goggle-eyed and a mindset that has survived and outlasted two breaks due to injury and even a diplomatic crisis (the Mike Denness affair).It is a mindset that began and ended with the catch-phrase band leaders use to open campus gigs: hit it. It’s one thing to crank out a few tunes in front of dopey teenagers, quite another to do so in an arena crammed with the paying public. The transition in this case has had to be made from being an attacking batsman bowlers believe will go after everything and give them a chance every ball, to a player who keeps bowlers nervy wondering when the latest round of punishment is due.SHOULDER TO SHOULDER: Sehwag has flowered under Ganguly (left)Sehwag’s gifts – balance and the eye to pick length early – allow him to play a high-risk, high-returns game, where boundary board and scoreboard keep clattering. His Ranji Trophy captain Vijay Dahiya of Delhi says, “He took the game he played at the domestic level to the international level, played the same strokes, dominates in the same way.”The ability to dominate and subdue can also give a young man an addiction to aggression. Sehwag’s buddies in the Indian team used to despair at how many one-day centuries he has let go as opener due to loose shots before scoring his second in Colombo. Now it has become a job of keeping that marvellous eye on the ball, the scoreboard-and the clock. “Earlier I had no responsibility. All I did was go out and hit shots. But now I need to stay at the wicket longer for India. The more I do, the better our chances of getting big scores.”None bigger in terms of occasion than his patient century as Test opener in Nottingham earlier in the summer; he was another in a long line of makeshift openers but has no time for the anxieties of the job: he would rather fuss over his batting, he says, not his batting position.Bishan Singh Bedi first saw Sehwag when he played for Jamia Millia Islamia, after enduring a daily 42-km round-trip bus commute starting at 4.30 a.m. To the burly old left-arm spinner, the chunky son of a flour-mill owner was ” an uncut diamond”.John Wright, the coach who speaks as softly as Sehwag does, recently had a quiet word that hit home. With a single half-century in his last 13 one-dayers, Sehwag was reminded that Sachin Tendulkar had sacrificed his opening slot in the one-day game for him –  a spot where he scored a century every three games. That if he could apply his mind for 40 overs, he would get a hundred and take his team past tall totals. That this was not any old batting spot. It was the seat of royalty itself in the Indian team, handed over by the king. Swapping places with Tendulkar was only the final act in their two-man drama. Sehwag’s nickname, Najafgarh ka Tendulkar, was bad enough but then the syndrome went potty, physical similarities highlighted by television gurus lining up slow-mo shots of the two side by side. But Sehwag is a sturdier sort, trying to return the respect given by his peers with big runs and treating the comparisons that follow like media manure. A deep-rooted common sense helps; asked for the nth time about the difference between Tendulkar and himself, Sehwag says, “Our bank balance.” advertisementadvertisementUnderneath that deadpan cheekiness is a nerveless competitor. Yuvraj Singh describes Sehwag as operating in two gears: “Either he’s bashing bowlers or he’s asleep. Fifth or neutral. Nothing else.” Away from the centre, Sehwag prefers neutral. He’s comfortable in his own skin and knows that a lack of English has cost him nothing more than a shoe contract. The marketing men told his agent that he wasn’t worthy of their shoes because “he can’t speak English and he is the kind of player who just hits or gets out”. Guess, who’s cringing now?The cautionary notices are already up: Viv Richards told INDIA TODAY, “He’s on fire. But it’s how he plays when the ball is in his ribs that will be the true test.” Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya says, “You can bat like this for one series, maybe two or three, but continuously, it’s going to be very tough.”This, however, is the man who has won a match for India with a broken thumb, and says he didn’t panic even when Jacques Kallis hit him for a six in first ball of the final over of the match against South Africa because he knew that one dot ball in the next five would take his team into the semi-final. The Indian team and Virender Sehwag, a batsman of expansive talent and supreme confidence, are discovering that rewards lie in wait if they keep the balance between the big picture and the smallest detail.-with Vivek Lawlast_img read more

5 Free Magazines Every Small Business Should Receive

first_img Originally published May 23, 2007 2:32:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Entrepreneurship I know this seems terribly old fashioned in this Web 2.0 era of blogging, but there’s still something nice about reading a great magazine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid reader of a number of blogs, and have been blogging myself for close to two years.  And I enjoy the conversations that blogs can create as well as the realtime stream of information the blogosphere provides.  But there’s something about thumbing through a colorful, glossy magazine with great content.. written by folks with professional editors at their disposal…ready, willing and able to fix bad grammar and other mistakes we tend to overlook… making it a little more challenging than it should be to read even the best blogs.  And as GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons once said,  people don’t curl up in front of a fire and read a nice blog.  And when you’re flying do you really print off a list of blog entries, or do you pick up an interesting magazine or two?  Before I hit the road I grab a handful of mags I enjoy so much I might even pay for them if I had to…..but I don’t.  Direct Direct is a magazine that bills itself as the information resource for direct marketers.  I’d have to say I agree, as it each month it comes packed with great stats, stories and best practices all around building, keeping and using customer lists.  It combines all this information into a slim 70 pages or so which makes it easy to carry around, and the articles are written in a way that entertains as well as informs.  And Ken Magill does a great job with his e-mail best practices articles.  Plus they have a nice companion website with tons of up to date info.Small Business Impact & Deliver magazinesI lumped these two together because they both are US Postal Service publications,  they are monthly mags that arrive at the same time, and together they amount to only 48 pages or thereabouts.  Small Business Impact covers a variety of subjects, challenges and other issues facing small businesses.  The articles are short, sweet and to the point cover everything from online marketing basics, to health care, to time management.  Just from an aesthetics standpoint, Deliver is really eye catching.  I find myself actually checking out the ads because they’re so good looking.  But going beyond its slick publishing, there are some great articles for those charged with marketing and brand building.  Articles include how today’s printing technology can impact customer relationships, and an interesting interview with Chris Anderson on how new media is forcing marketers to “keep it real”.    Streaming MediaI don’t even know how I started getting this but I’m glad I did.  This might not seem all that important to small businesses, but this magazine will prepare you for how people will be able to take in all kinds of content, and how you can use technology to put your company right in their faces, whether it be on a computer, TV, PDA, or whatever.  It comes monthly and weighs in at over 100 pages, but it’s an easy read.  This month’s issue had a good article on monetizing podcasts and video blogs, and another one on the television paradigm shift that had me thinking a bit.  Computer ShopperI used to get this about ten years ago but couldn’t take it anymore.  It was just too big and heavy to even attempt to read.  It must have gone on a diet or something because now it’s under a 100 pages.  And now I can’t wait to get it every month.  It gives me great reviews and coverage of products and services of which I need to at least be aware.  In many cases it helps me decide which way to go in terms of buying something.Now there are a ton of magazines out there you can get for free by giving up some contact information.  I probably get over 20 a month, but there’s no way I’m reading all of that stuff.  But the above mentioned and a few others (like 1to1, eWeek and BrandWeek) are easy to read, easy to carry and still packed with good information…and did I mention they are free?  You may want to check them out.  What freebies do you recommend? last_img read more

Executive Summary: Linkbuilding and SEO for the Internet Marketing Neophyte

first_img Topics: Link Building Links to your website are very important for Internet marketing and getting ranked higher in search engines for keywords related to your business.Benefits of links to your website:1) The right links can drive traffic to your site which can convert into leads.2) Links help search engines find all of the content on your site to index that content.3) The number and quality of links to your site help determine your Page Rank (basically a measure of how important Google thinks your website is) and your Page Rank helps determine your rank for many search terms.Tips on how to get links:1) Submit your site to web directories. Focus on the directories with the best brand and traffic. We have found the Yahoo! Directory and Business.com (both require an annual fee) to be effective, and also try to give the free open directory a shot. You can also try other, smaller and free or lower cost directories, but avoid any that seem really small or just don’t look valuable – remember that the quality of the site linking to you matters. A couple ideas are: www.joeant.com, www.worldhot.com, and www.splut.com.2) Communicate with others in your industry. Search around and find people who have useful sites related to your industry. Don’t start your conversation with “will you link to my website?”, but engage them in a business and intellectual conversation about something they recently wrote. Once you have established a relationship with them, then send them something you have published on your site and ask for their opinion. You’ll be surprised how many will link to your site.3) Create compelling tools and content. We have never promoted Website Grader very much. But because it is a really useful tool that people like, lots of people link to it. In fact, in under 3 months, we already had 800 links, and over 20,000 URLs had been graded on the website. Originally published May 9, 2007 12:36:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How @garyvee Builds Business Leverage Out of Passion

first_imgIf you’ve seen any  . He works in a family-owned wine store. He knows and loves wine. Gary doesn’t worry about polishing or positioning. He just communicates. Gary Vaynerchuk — How many other people drink their wine with Captain Crunch — or bacon? Gary is a departure from typical wine experts, and that makes him stand out. Today, small and large businesses use essentially the same tools, so businesses must differentiate themselves in the way they use their tools, and that means passion. Charlie King eats, sleeps and breathes golf. Duncan Page runs a business that has been in his family for more than a 100 years. Learn From Gary V Himself 1. He knows his subject  is dominated by the companies with the most creativity and passion. That means small business owners — guys like  Originally published Oct 20, 2009 8:14:00 AM, updated March 21 2013  and  leverage  — can compete with giant corporations, and win. Where, exactly, does this leverage come from? Charlie King HubSpot webinars It’s very popular around here because it captures one of the most important results businesses get from inbound marketing: Topics: 3. He tells a story.center_img inbound marketing 4. He’s a well-rounded inbound marketer. recent Today Show appearance A single theme ties together Gary’s various rants and raves: He’s trying to bring wine to the masses. So how can we learn from Gary’s success? I think four things are most important: . Duncan Page  is another great example of the way passion can change a business. The New Jersey video blogger and wine store owner has used the web and passion to generate over $60 million in revenue. If you’ve never seen Gary speak, this  He’s not just a video blogger. He’s on Twitter. He’s on Facebook. He blogs. And his site is optimized for search engines.  or presentations, chances are you’ve seen the image below. 5. He’s Unique Simple: Passion.  is a good place to start.  If you’d like to hear Gary V explain how he uses passion to create leverage, sign up for the  free webinar he’s offering as part of Inbound University next week. Traditional marketing was dominated by the companies with the biggest wallets;  2. He’s 110% authentic. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more