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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Making Career in Marketing Consultancy

Marketing consultants are personnel that work behind the scenes to make a business venture successful. They execute ideas and schemes that drastically increase sales of services or products. The consultant examines marketing strategies of the competitors and helps clients to outdo them in competition. They also study consumer behavior and what influences them to purchase; based on these studies, marketing strategies are created to multiply trade. If you are considering a position as a marketing consultant, you can be assured of soaring income as well a demanding career.



Qualifications Of A Marketing Consultant

Generally, clients prefer persons in business consultancy to boast a four-year bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. Additionally, programs in finance, advertising, law and accounting are valuable. Internship experiences are also considered beneficial in this field. As a Marketing Consultant, some of the demanding skills you will need to possess are:

  • A mind that is highly innovative and creative

  • Excellent presentation and discussion skills

  • Knack to communicate influentially and confidently

  • Apt knowledge of the internet is becoming a highly sought-after skill.

  • Influential leadership qualities

  • Proficient writing skills

  • Fluency in a foreign language.

Marketing Consultants
Marketing consultants work directly with a business’s advertising sector or with clients themselves. Regular communication must be maintained in person, over the phone and/or through emails or video conferencing. You can choose to work in a conventional office setting or work from home. You may require travelling frequently to meet your clients.

Career With The Highest Income

By choosing a career as a Marketing Consultant , you can expect to tremendous earnings. Consultants who work with computer and technology-based industries make the maximum annual income. Education, experience and expertise also determine salary as does the size of the business or company. A professional consultant can earn up to a 6-digit salary per annum. The need for marketing consultants has never been so high. With the drop is advertising power of newspaper, radio and TV, companies are now looking to hire advisors who promise to offer pioneering strategies to turn spectators into buyers and exceed competitive opponents. For this reason, Marketing Consultants are regarded as the most-wanted personnel in the business world. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Granny Flat Builders provide Sydney customers with well-designed Granny Flats


GrannyFlat Builders provide Sydney customers with well-designed Granny Flats, Modular Kit Homes (granny flats), extension, studios and home offices, at very affordable prices. We build outstanding quality homes using the best-licensed tradesmen. This ensures we deliver your granny flat on time and on budget.

We provide 2 options for our clients -

1.  Our amazing and very affordable Kit homes which allow us to spend little time on site with little mess
2.  We also custom design and construct granny flats the traditional way on your site.
Granny Flat Builders have shown many clients how they can achieve a high rental return, which is greater than the cost of their property mortgage.
Contact us and we can help you by:
              Building a Granny Flat or modular kit home on your existing property, or
              Locate and offer you a suitable investment property for you to purchase and building a Granny Flat on



WE CREATE AND HELP INVESTORS FIND POSITIVELY GEARED PROPERTY IN SYDNEY.
Granny Flat Builders in conjunction with Pace Equity & Property Investments source residential investment properties for clients and build granny flats on them to achieve positively geared returns. We also construct on your existing property and manage the whole process for you.
Book a meeting with us at our office in Enfield or join us at our next FREE information evening.


OUR QUICK PROCESS

No need to worry or wonder where to start as we have done all the hard work for you.
             First we find you the right investment property that we can place a Granny Flat on it to achieve high yield returns or
we review your existing property and advice you where you can place a granny flat on your property.
              We manage the fast approval within 10 Days from submitting of drawings (NSW Comply and development policy)
              We provide all the services you need from design and architectural at affordable price
              We managing council or private certifier approvals
              Manage your construction program
              We can also assist you with finance for the property purchase and/or Granny Flat construction
              We also provide property management service and can find a tenant to rent your granny flat if its an investment property.
Book a time to visit us at our New Granny Flat show home in Colyton or view our Designs floor plans online and select from our diverse range of architectural design granny flats, kit homes, studios & multi-purpose rooms.

All our Granny flats have been designed to fit most properties in Sydney to ensure fast approval. Our Architect can also design a unique granny flat to fit your property and taste.

Be sure to ask us about our amazing modular kit homes for super fast installation and very affordable pricing.

Looking for best Granny Flat Builders . Eric Bernard is marketing manager of Granny Flats and provides details regarding this. Feel free to contact him.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tryst with Latest Mobile Trends


Need to compare mobile phones? How about a high end camera with all the features you've ever dreamt of? Good to be true? Well, for one thing, it is. With awesome twenty four bar seven internet connections, incredible speeds and high tech digital cameras, technology lies in your very palms. Yes, royalty has sure hit the stands. Masked as Nokia, Sony Erricson, Samsung mobile phones and plenty more, there’s huge competition in the mobile market today.

Appearance

Choices vary between bulky, heavy duty gadgets suited for men to sleek stylish handsets befitting beautiful ladies. People buy handsets to reveal their personality, status and style. Some consider it as a silent echo of their fashion statement as well. Whichever the case, the latest mobile phones available in the market are nothing close to lacking. Some new phones that have entered the market are Sony Erricson phones- the Xperia arc and Sony Ericsson Xperia play. Others include Samsung galaxy S2, Samsung galaxy Ace, Blackberry torch 9800, HTC desire S and the lot.              

Features Seen In Latest Mobile Phones

There are a host of new features to choose from when it comes to modern trendy handsets. Try a QWERTY keypad for easy typing. A sliding keypad handset or a touch screen would solve the requirement of larger displays. Larger screen displays are always recommended as these create a memorable TV/video viewing experience. Powerful cameras are an added advantage. With these mesmerizing gadgets, it is possible to zoom into the finer details of a picture, obtain clearer images and appreciate colors in a three dimensional perspective. Latest mobile phones are blessed with classy operating systems as well. Ensure your phone has explicit memory storage, RAM, CPU and ROM. Overall, use phones that are designed to satisfy your business needs while gratifying your entertainment needs as well. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holidays in New Zealand

Holidays in New Zealand


While New Zealand is a relatively young country, it has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage.

Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings.


A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.



PARKS & RESERVESMore than a third of New Zealand’s land area is contained within the boundaries of a park or reserve. These protected places are a chance to leave civilisation behind for a few hours or days.

SCENIC VIEWSThere’s often some exertion required to find a panorama, but the effort is totally worthwhile. In a country with as many mountain ranges and volcanoes as ours, huge views are part of the package.

WALKS & TRAILSOne thing that all travellers want to do in New Zealand is walk – through forests, up mountains, along riverbanks and around lakes. It’s the easiest way to get into the landscape.

NATIONAL PARKS & MARINE RESERVESThere are 14 spectacular national parks and more than 25 marine reserves preserving New Zealand's natural heritage. There's something rare and special about each one of them.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Granny Flats Kit Homes- Granny flat designs


We provide a Cost effective and affordable architectural Granny Flat Designs Service. This will allow you to build yourself, or use another contractor.
You will receive the following:
Site floor plans                   Elevations                       Electrical layout
Cross sections                   Kitchen Layouts              Bathroom Layouts

Granny Flat Builders Supply & Build Granny Flats & Kit homes in Sydney


Granny Flat Builders provide Sydney customers with well-designed Granny Flats,  Modular Kit Homes (granny flats), extension, studios and home offices, at very affordable prices. We build outstanding quality homes using the best licensed tradesmen. This ensures we deliver your granny flat on time and on budget.
We provide 2 options for our clients - 

1.  Our amazing and very affordable Kit homes which allow us to spend little time on site with little mess 

2.  We also custom design and construct granny flats the traditional way on your site.
Granny Flat Builders have shown many clients how they can achieve a high rental return, which is greater than the cost of their property mortgage.

Contact us and we can help you by:

Building a Granny Flat or modular kit home on your existing property, or

Locate and offer you a suitable investment property for you to purchase and building a Granny Flat 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NINE WORDS WOMEN USE


(1)   Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fire…
(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!
(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)
(6) That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here – This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ – that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’ . that will bring on a ‘whatever’).
(8) Whatever: Is a woman’s way of saying F– YOU!
(9) Don’t worry about it, I’ll do it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to # 3.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

THE PS3 RAPID FIRE CONTROLLER

The end all of PS3 rapid fire controllers. You never ever again need to get another Play Station 3 Controller! This PS3 Controller is equipped with 8 MODES, 5 pre-programmed settings, and 3 programmable settings. This Controller will have the R1, R2, and the "X" button all with rapid fire. You will be set to destroy at any level regardless of the game.

--Modes:
1- Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Killzone 2, Red Dead Redemption -Button 'R1'
2- Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Killzone 2, Red Dead Redemption -Button 'R2'
3- Call of Duty World At War -Button 'R1'
4- Call of Duty World At War -Button 'R2'
5- 1942 Fighters, God of War 3 -Button 'X'
6- User Programmable
7- User Programmable
8- User Programmable

The Light Up Shockstix are an incredible add on. They are clear X-Box thumb-sticks, to give you a more free-flowing and controlled feel, that light up and flash whenever the controller rumbles!!

*BUY NOW - http://ping.fm/9b5Mi

Xbox 360 Glossy Controller- Compatibility

The Theory is a rapid fire mod that turns all semi-auto guns into full-auto guns! It has 5 modes. The first 4 modes are preset to speeds that work perfect with the most popular games on the market. The last mode is a self-programmable mode so you can set your own speed. This is the design of the future, and the only controller modification on the market which is completely safe from all patches and updates. Additionally, this is the only controller modification that can boast about how it works with all present and future games.


The Paradox is a mod that gives all 3 round burst guns from the Call of Duty series Continuous Fire! This mod is known in the modding world as a jitter mod.


The Gravitation gives you all the abilities of the Theory controller plus the ability to do an evasive move in the Call of Duty series called the drop shot. By pressing the button we install in the controller, you will drop to the ground and shoot rapid fire at the same time.


The Quantum contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller plus a fast reload mod. This mod only works for the Call of Duty series. Here are the guns that this mod is compatible with:
In Black ops using mode 3:
Enfield
AUG
G11
Mpk5
PSG1
HK21 (mode 4)

MODERN WARFARE 2
Mode 1
M4A1
FUMAS
FAL
.44 MAGNUM
F2000
Mode 2
L86 LSW
Mode 3
P90


Clockwork contains the abilities of the Theory mod plus a mod that gives you the ability to always get perfect Active Reload in Gears of War. This is specific to all Gears of War games including the new Gears of War 3. Never miss the perfect reload again!
visit - http://einsteinmodz.com for more information.

Xbox 360 Glossy Controller

The shell of this controller is made of the highest quality machine paint, giving it that ultra high GLOSSY look at an insane low price.

The Light Up Shockstix are an incredible add on. They are clear X-Box thumb-sticks that light up and flash whenever the controller rumbles!!

Theory is the most advanced adjustable 5 mode rapid fire controller on the market. You have the option to choose from the 4 preset modes with a fifth mode that has 288 different speeds to ensure that you will never get capped now or in the future on any game!



Quantum contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with an amazing fast reload option. This mod works for all COD series games.


Paradox Paradox has a new and improved option that turns any three round burst gun from any COD game into a fully automatic weapon. This mod has been compared to the Jitter or Autoburst but surpasses them in every way!

Clockwork contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with a Special Gears of War perfect Active Reload. This is specific to all Gears of War games including the new Gears of War 3. Never miss the perfect reload again!

Gravitation contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with a sweet and quick drop shot perfect for the COD series. You will be able to not only drop shot at the touch of a button but have rapid fire all the way down and up at the touch of only "ONE" button.


You can choose which mod you want built in to your controller on the left.
Choose "I just want the controller" to get a controller without a mod!
To see the controller in action using the different style of mods, click on the mod name below.

To Buy contact - http://ping.fm/ASVKv

Friday, August 12, 2011

BattleField 3 Controller

BattleField 3 Controller
Will be back in stock and able to ship August 10th
This Premium edition Xbox 360 controller was designed for you to show off your style with that serious gaming attitude. This controller has an adjustable 5 mode rapid fire kit built in. You can add your style of rapid fire kits below.

We built this controller to match the look of BF3. It comes with Orange LEDs and Thumb-sticks already! The bullet buttons and the shotgun D-pad are also already added!

The Light Up Shockstix are an incredible add on. They are clear X-Box thumb-sticks that light up and flash whenever the controller rumbles!!
Preorder Design available on September 15 2011 and will be shipped on that date.
Theory is the most advanced adjustable 5 mode rapid fire controller on the market. You have the option to choose from the 4 preset modes with a fifth mode that has 288 different speeds to ensure that you will never get capped now or in the future on any game!



Quantum contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with an amazing fast reload option. This mod works for all COD series games.


Paradox contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with a new and improved option that turns any three round burst gun into a fully automatic weapon. This has been compared to the Jitter or Autoburst but surpasses them in every way.

Clockwork contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with a Special Gears of War perfect Active Reload. This is specific to all Gears of War games including the new Gears of War 3. Never miss the perfect reload again!

Gravitation contains all of the advantages of the Theory controller along with a sweet and quick drop shot perfect for the COD series. You will be able to not only drop shot at the touch of a button but have rapid fire all the way down and up at the touch of only "ONE" button.


You can choose which mod you want built in to your controller on the left.
Choose "I just want the controller" to get a controller without a mod!
To see the controller in action using the different style of mods, click on the mod name below.
http://ping.fm/5btjj

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Step-by-step creation of urllist.txt :

https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit. You can also authenticate your personal blog here. You must have yahoo id to submit your site map and authenticate your ownership later.

Step-by-step creation of urllist.txt :

1. Click on start > Run > Type notepad.
2. Paste all the url of your website want to be indexed in Yahoo.
3. Upload it at the root of your site directory.
4. Open the page https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/.
5. Add your web site or blog in "MY Site" and then click on "Add My Site" button.
6. Enter your user id and password and then click on login (Register for new yahoo id if you have no id on yahoo).
7. Click on Authenticate for your ownership.
8. To verify, Yahoo will suggest you to create a .html file and put string inside the file.
9. Upload this file in the root of your site directory and then click on Ready to Authenticate.
10. In the case of blog, use add Meta tag option. Add the meta tag in the head in your blog and then authenticate.

If you want more related help then visit this page http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/search/siteexplorer/.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Using Long Tail Keywords To Find Your Prospects


This can make a huge difference when it comes to selling products and services online, as well as with connecting with your prospects based on your niche topic. By always including these ‘long tail’ keywords in your article and blog post titles, as well as using them when you are on the social media sites, your prospects will have an easier time of finding you on the Internet.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Website Speed - Some important factors

We often come across where our site loads slow.... We get frustrated not knowing why site is loading slow. There are many reasons why site loads slow. As it is always said Prevention is Better then Cure we always need to take measures to prevent against our site from loading slow.

The very first step here is to determine how long our website takes to load. There are many tools available on net to check the speed of our website where we can see the speed of our site and also the information related to it.
Obviously internet connection is also responsible for website speed. So, what we can do is note down the file sizes.

We can check your website’s load time on the various website speed tool available.
Once you know the size of your website, and which elements are causing the greatest delay when loading the pages, you can start to optimize your website. Below are a list of tips which can help reduce load time.


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1.Removing blank space or whitespace.
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The line breaks and spaces greatly inflate the size of your files causing the site to load slow.
2.Link to external scripts.
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It is always good to place all scripts in external files.
3.Optimize images.
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Images usually results for a website’s slow response. Try optimizing your images by reducing the quality, opting for a different image format, or cropping/resizing.
4.Use CSS instead of tables.
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CSS enables websites to be built with shorter, simpler, and faster-loading code.
5.Tile your backgrounds.
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You can just try minimizing the dimensions and tile the image by using CSS.
6.Replace images with CSS.
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You can use CSS instead of images.ie for backgrounds, lines, and borders.
7.Optimize flash for smaller file size
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Flash documents are often very bulky,and require many seconds to download. You can just remove it and if you do not want to remove flash, consider finding ways to minimize the file size.
8.Minimize the number of images.
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The website can be slow due to a large number of images, in this case you just need to try removing some.
9.Minimize page content.
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You can try removing content of your website or dividing content of a page into multiple pages.
10. Avoid using redirects.
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Redirects are usually very slow.
11. Use a trailing slash.
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Whenever linking to folders make sure to use the trailing slash
12.Stop scaling images.
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Instead of using the attribute of height and width for scaling images, you can instead reduce the file size by resizing images. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

validation & verification


Verification is a Quality control process that is used to evaluate whether or not a product, service, or system complies with regulations, specifications, or conditions imposed at the start of a development phase. Verification can be in development, scale-up, or production. This is often an internal process.

Validation is a Quality assurance process of establishing evidence that provides a high degree of assurance that a product, service, or system accomplishes its intended requirements. This often involves acceptance of fitness for purpose with end users and other product stakeholders.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verification_and_validation

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Creating a press release for a campaign


Creating a press release for a campaign or assignment requires thought and preparation, without the core fundamentals your release may end up right in the trash folder of your recipients email.  A well-written press release can be an invaluable asset to your company and the success of the content within the release you're trying to help generate attention for.  Here are 7 mistakes most commonly made when writing a press release that you can easily avoid to become more successful at pushing your product, website or idea.

1.  Lack of proper research.  Spend the time to read and subscribe to press releases not only in the niche you work within, but from some of the larger and more successful companies in the world.  Look to see how they are laid out, worded and put together and pick the best parts from each to incorporate into your own releases.

2.  Don't assume anything.  Your reader may not know what it is they are getting, and since your goal is to have your reader generate buzz to their readers or media outlet, lay out the specifics for them.

3.  Don't belittle or talk down to anyone.  While number 2 says to be specific with what you are writing, don't write in a condescending manner, which almost always ends in a delete from the reader.  Assume they are not a total idiot.

4.  Don't oversell your product or service.  The purpose of a press release is to put it into the hands of those who have influence and a crowd to share it with.  They are not the ones who will be buying or using whatever is in the contents of your press release.  Don't try to make them the buyer, rather look at them as yourreseller and present the information in the same way you would teach a sales associate how to sell to a customer in a store.

5.  Don't over-write or bloat the release.  A press release is not an article, it's meant to be informative and easily digestible; keep the fluff to a minimum and focus on the details that pertain to the service or product

6.  Do write a clever subject line.  Log into your email and check the messages you have deleted but never opened.  Chances are the subject line didn't entice you to open it.  Be creative and to the point with the subject line, the difference here can be a success or total failure and most new press release writers skip the importance to this small but invaluable part of content delivery.

7.  Don't jump the gun with sending your release.  Wait until you have all the facts, specifics and proper information for the contents within, then send it.  Don't send the release announcing a forthcoming release, which will break the trust and relationship with the readers you have.  You're better off sitting on a release for a few days then sending it out missing crucial information.

These simple mistakes can all be easily avoided, in turn you will have a higher success rate across the board, from emails being opened to media outlets picking up your content.  As with all writing, reread, proof and then read it again to ensure it flows smoothly and covers the exact message across that is needed for each assignment.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Duplicate content and its issues.

There usually is a raging controversy amongst webmasters as to how Google and other search engines view and treat duplicate content issues.
Before we reveal the result of our in depth research, we must place "duplicate content" in proper perspective.

What is duplicate content?
Duplicate content is more or less identical content appearing on the same or different sites.
The definition above almost immediately throws up the fact that duplicate content is primarily of two types:

A) More or less identical content appearing on the same site
Google classifies these into two types-

1. Duplicate content, deceptive in origin and with malicious intent, on the same site.
Falling within this category, with a view to manipulating search engine rankings and web traffic to their advantage, some webmasters consciously duplicate content on their websites.

2. Unintentional duplicate content without any deceptive intent, on the same site.
This unintentionally occurs in some instances, for example
* Discussion forums that can generate both regular and stripped-down pages targeted at mobile devices
* Store items shown or linked via multiple distinct URLs
* Printer-only versions of web pages

What is Google and other search engines view and treatment of the scenario where more or less identical content appears on the same site?
Our in depth research has revealed the following:
Where as in the first scenario, the duplication is premeditated and with malicious intent or deceptive in origin, then Google frowns at this and will take steps to sanction such erring sites as their action constitutes a violation of Google's webmaster guidelines.
Such sanctions may include a complete removal from the Google index.
Where on the other hand and as in the second scenario, it arises unintentionally and without malicious intent, Google will not penalize such webmasters but rather take steps to index only one of the duplicated web pages it considers as ideal for such content.
The site's listing on the search engine result pages (SERP's) will therefore not be placed in the supplementary listing, as often touted.
Duplication as opposed to duplicate content may however indirectly influence this, if links to the webmaster's pages are split among the various versions, causing lower per-page PageRank.
Webmasters are therefore advised to proactively take steps to address duplicate content issues on their websites and ensure that visitors see the content they want them to.
The following steps can be taken to achieve this:
- Use 301 redirects. If for example you have restructured your site, you can use 301 redirect (permanent) to redirect visitors and spiders to the updated content.
- Use webmaster tools to indicate your preferred domain to Google and do the same to other search engines.
- Minimize similar content. If for example you have similar content on different web pages of your site, you can expand one reasonably, to distinct it from the other.
- Be consistent in your internal linking structure. Once you pick a particular format of writing URLs, then stick consistently to this.
- Ensure that within your sitemap file, you include the preferred version of your URLs.
- Understanding your content management system. For example, a blog may have the same content on the home page, a permalink page, a category page, and an archive page.
The following measures or steps to achieve this objective of proactively addressing duplicate content issues are however not recommended by Google.
- Blocking crawler access to the duplicates on your website. Whether with a robots.txt file or other methods, since without search engine bots being able to crawl these pages they cannot identify them as duplicates and will have to treat them as separate unique pages.
A more acceptable solution is to allow search engine bots to crawl these URLs, but mark them as duplicates by using the rel="canonical" link element, the URL parameter handling tool, or 301 redirects.
Where duplicate content leads to crawling too much of the webmasters' site, he can also adjust the crawl rate setting in Webmaster Tools.
B) More or less identical content appearing on different sites.
Again, this can be of two types
1. With malicious intent or deceptive from the origin
Again, as indicated above, such constitutes a violation of Google webmaster guidelines and Google will take necessary steps once notified, to sanction such erring webmasters.
This for example can apply to scrapers (misappropriating and republishing) of your site content.
With measures put in place by Google, they are unlikely to affect the originating webmaster's site rankings. However, where he particularly feels frustrated by the actions of such scrapers, he is at liberty to file a DMCA request to claim ownership of the content and request removal of the other site from Google's index.
2. In line with good practice e.g syndicated content
In this case, there is no contravention of Google webmaster guidelines and so no penalty results.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rumours about closure of Facebook spreads across Social Network

Rumours about closure of Facebook spreads across Social NetworkSophos has warned that more than one million Facebook users are believed to have fallen for a hoax claiming that the popular website will close its doors on March 15. A bogus news story, published by the "Weekly World News" said that Mark Zuckerberg had told that "managing Facebook has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness." In a panic, Facebook users have spread the story far and wide across the Internet. Although Facebook debunked the hoax via its Twitter account late on Sunday, users continue to pass the bogus messages onto their online friends.

The "Weekly World News" article went on to quote another company official, Avrat Humarthi, Vice-President of Technical Affairs at Facebook, as saying, "After March 15, the whole website shuts down. So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the Internet. You won't be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business."
I certainly wouldn't disagree that users would be wise to have their own backup of their photographs, rather than rely on Facebook, but it is nothing more than a scare to suggest to people that they have to do it before March15 because Facebook is going to close down," explained Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos. "There is an important lesson here: “Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, and think twice before you pass a story on to your friends."

Although a hoax is not as serious as malware worming its way between users and stealing information, it is still a nuisance, clogging up communications, increasing the overall level of spam and perhaps leading people to make decisions for the wrong reasons.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Facebook a $ 50 billion business now!

Digital Sky Technologies co-Founder Yuri Milner recruited analysts from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley to help him pick investments in startups such as Facebook Inc. and Zynga Game Network Inc.

Digital Sky paired with the New York-based securities firm to buy a $500 million stake that values Facebook at $50 billion, sources said. Groupon Inc., another Digital Sky-backed company, plans to take as much as $950 million in funding from a group that includes Digital Sky and Morgan Stanley, also based in New York."DST's investments in Facebook, Groupon and Zynga have done very well and I think Goldman and others are trying to take advantage of that," said Nick Beim, general partner at Matrix Partners, a venture capital firm based in New York.Digital Sky invested $200 million in Facebook in May 2009 at a valuation of $10 billion.

It has since increased its stake by purchasing common shares, including employee shares in a $100 million offer, according to two people familiar with the matter.At $50 billion, Facebook would exceed the valuation of Web portal Yahoo! Inc. and online commerce site EBay Inc. The valuation is 25 times Facebook's 2010 revenue, compared with 7 times sales for Google and 4.7 times for Netflix Inc.