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The Lazy Webmaster’s Year Planner

The Lazy Webmaster’s Year Planner

New round here? Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed. Download Webmaster Calendar 2014/2015 (PDF) As a webmaster, you know there’s so much more involved in website maintenance than meets the eye. A successful webmaster’s to-do list is never ending. There’s marketing to be done: social media, guest blogging, sending email newsletters, and other regular tasks. [...]

Hacking Censorship: Countries Who Block Social Media

Hacking Censorship: Countries Who Block Social Media

Central to modern human experience is the free exchange of information throughout the world. Never has so much knowledge been at the fingertips of the average citizen, and while some stories that spread rapidly are fairly trivial, sometimes what’s being shared becomes deadly serious. The ability of a government to manage the information reaching its people is [...]

11 Eccentric Habits of Tech Geniuses

11 Eccentric Habits of Tech Geniuses

What would you do with your time if your self-indulgence was to run free, and money was no longer a consideration? History is filled with tales of successful people who were a little… quirky.  An entrepreneur’s ability to see brand new markets and opportunities takes a certain level of original thinking, and with that thinking comes unique [...]

How Much Does a Website Really Cost?

How Much Does a Website Really Cost?

Planning on starting a website? It’s true that a website can be free to start, but if you expect any kind of return for your efforts—whether it’s ad revenue, affiliate sales, or retail customers—the truth is you get what you pay for. What are all the hidden costs to starting a website, and how much can [...]

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Reddit

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Reddit

So you’ve moved beyond email, you’re a Google machine. You’ve seen most of Youtube, and every cat meme.  You’ve Yahoo’ed for years and while their news is fun, there must be a place for some real discussion. Where can you go to delve into topics, to make your online experience a touch less myopic?  Could [...]

Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

We’ve all heard of tech giants Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors). They seem to be at the forefront of all cutting edge software, their names and faces on every technology news article. While it might seem like these big names are running the show when it comes [...]

Is Bitcoin Mining a Modern Gold Rush?

Is Bitcoin Mining a Modern Gold Rush?

In 1848, a humble American carpenter named James W. Marshall caught sight of gold shimmering in a California river. By the next year, the news of plentiful gold had spread around the world, and hundreds of thousands of people rushed to California from almost every continent on earth. Dubbed “Forty-Niners” after the first year of the California Gold [...]

7 Secrets of Successful Affiliate Websites

7 Secrets of Successful Affiliate Websites

Affiliate marketing isn’t a new concept, but the rise of e-commerce since the ’90s has enabled it to grow into a huge industry worth billions in sales every year, with opportunities available in any niche or product you can imagine. Though there’s no lack of affiliate marketing “gurus” proclaiming how easy is it to make [...]

Looking Ahead: The Future of the Internet

Looking Ahead: The Future of the Internet

Technology is moving fast.  Fast like The Machine. Wearable technology and augmented reality are coming to a year near you. Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies are tipping into the mainstream. Internet-giving  balloons and delivery drones will soon be battling for air space. Dog translation hardware is close to reality. I’m not making this stuff up. In the [...]

The Battle for Net Neutrality

The Battle for Net Neutrality

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the latest appeals for network neutrality; a big win for broadband providers, and an ominous glimpse into a future where ISPs have even greater control over media and communications. The ISPs are winning. The Verge predicts things are going to get worse before they get better. But, [...]

Breaking News: The Internet Is Good For You

Breaking News: The Internet Is Good For You

Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negative qualities of internet usage: addiction, the deterioration of written language, strained eyes, lost work hours, etc. Plus, we are constantly reminded of online dangers such as hacking, viruses and identity theft. But did you know that the internet can actually be good for you? In this interactive [...]

Does Going Offline Make You Smarter?

Does Going Offline Make You Smarter?

Where are you right now? Hunched over your computer or smart phone? When was the last time you went offline? Though there are many benefits to “being online”; “offline” time is good for you, as well. I bet you’ve spent more time looking deeply into a display than you have looking at your surroundings and [...]

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Tech Cold War: Facebook vs. Google

Who is winning the tech cold war? Spending billions on apps and specialists, these tech giants are vying for control of the digital world. The new cold war isn’t about tanks, missiles or doomsday machines — it’s about commanding your attention (and maybe the stratosphere). There is always speculation and rumors of upcoming acquisitions for [...]

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Who’s Stealing eBooks?

Production and sales of eBooks increased rapidly in the last decade. Indie authors may have led the way, but  bestsellers (and their publishers) soon joined the eBook revolution. Publishers begot lawyers;  copyrights, DRM, and royalties soon followed. Who’s stealing eBooks, and who is paying? What’s the future for digital rights management, and how does this affect publishers and authors? Our [...]

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Marketing with Memes

If you’ve ever shared an image of the perpetually unlucky Bad Luck Brian or used Rick Astley’s immortal hit to trick a friend or loved one, you’ve employed a meme. While the word “meme” itself comes to us from Ancient Greek, the scientist Richard Dawkins gave the word its modern definition back in 1976, when [...]


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