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Free Screen Capture Software From TechSmith

Are you looking for a free piece of software to capture images on your desktop, or maybe to record a video of what you are doing or what you are seeing on your computer screen?

Well, TechSmith has the solution for you, and the best part is: It’s free!

They dubbed it the JingProject.

check out http://jingproject.com to get your free copy. And BTW if you love it, consider checking out other TechSmith’s products or buy one if you need any.

They are most well-known for their SnagIt screen capture software and another screen video capturing software called Camtasia.

I am using both software titles and let me tell you: They are the best in their class!

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WordPress 2.7 Integrated With Google Gears

The world’s most popular blogging platform WordPress has a new version, WordPress 2.7, codenamed “Coltrane” and it is available for download now at www.wordpress.org.

It is also integrated with Google Gears!

Google Gears is an open source project that enables more powerful web applications, by adding new features to your web browser:

  • Desktop – Let web applications interact Naturally with your desktop
  • Database – Store data locally in a fully-searchable database
  • WorkerPool – Run JavaScript in the background to improve performance

If you want to know more information about Google Gear, check out http://gears.google.com

There are many ways to track the traffic to the web site.

Some of them are free, some are paid services.

Why do you want to track your traffic?

The reason is simple:
So that you can know exactly where do most of the traffic to your web site or blog are coming from, and you will want to spend on your precious time on targetting and advertising on the places that are bringing you the most amount of traffic in order to give you the best, maximum results. Knowing your web site traffic statistics will allow you to capitalise on the best marketing strategies and drop those ineffective strategies after you have tested them out!

This is especially important if you are paying for your advertising and you want to make sure that you are stretching your often-limited advertising dollars to the maximum for best ROI results for your web site.

We will discuss about Google Analytics, a free traffic tracking service from Google that is available to all advertisers, publishers, and site owners.

Google Analytics helps you find out what keywords attract your most desirable prospects, what advertising copy pulled the most responses, and what landing pages and content make the most money for you.

It is easy to use for novice marketers, while delivering all of the capabilities that experienced web analytics professionals expect.

Google Analytics helps to track all online campaigns, from emails to keywords, regardless of search engine or referral source.

It also has all the features you would expect from a high-end analytics offering. It provides tightly integrated AdWords support as well, so you can view AdWords ROI metrics without having to import cost data or add keyword tracking codes.

I am using this for myself as well and I love it, especially when it gives me information about where my traffic are coming from so that I can focus my time on what has been working for me. The best part of it is that Google Analytics is FREE!!

You can sign up here for Google Analytics.

The implementation process is very simple:

Sign up for Google Analytics, give Google your web site address, and Google will give you a small piece of code which you can just copy and paste onto each of your web pages.

If your web site is running on a “template-based” structure (e.g. the world’s most popular blogging platform, WordPress), just copy it once into your main web page template and you are done!

BINGO! It’s super easy!

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100% Free SEO Software – TrafficTravis.com Review

Now you can boost your search engine rankings and snoop on Pay-Per-Click competitors with Traffic Travis!

Traffic Travis provides a huge complement of SEO research and page analysis tools, as well as a powerful host of PPC research and monitoring tools. Regardless of whether you’re building a website for search engine optimization or pay-per-click, Traffic Travis is an indispensable research tool: tracking your own site’s performance, and peeking under the hood of your competitors’ sites as well.

Take your market research, search engine optimization and PPC campaigns to a whole new level with this suite of professional tools.

Traffic Travis gives you a godlike perspective over all aspects of your SEO and PPC campaigns, so you can spot opportunities that others might miss!

Whether you’re an experienced internet marketer or a complete newbie, put Traffic Travis to work and your campaigns will thank you!

And do you want to know the best part? Traffic Travis is now FREE!

Some Great Reasons to Download Traffic Travis:

  • It’s FREE!
  • Astoundingly comprehensive collection of essential market research tools, all in one place!
  • Make sense of search engine and PPC information and spot hidden opportunities!
  • Learn from your competitors and save time and money by not making costly mistakes!
  • See the results of your SEO actions by running graphs and reports and track your sites, ads and positions.You can also spy on your competitors!

Some key features of TrafficTravis:

  • Keyword Finder
  • Page analysis
  • Backlinks to site
  • Graphs and reports
  • Top sites for keywords
  • Website’s keyword list
  • Most popular keywords

You can download your own copy here!

There is currently one social traffic generation strategy known as social bookmarking which is also very popular among Internet marketers.

To put it simply: Social bookmarking is a way for internet users to store, classify, share and search Internet bookmarks online.

In the past, everyone used to store their bookmarks on their own computers, for example, when you visit a web site that you like, you bookmark it via your browser on your desktop computer at home. Now, if you are away from home, there is no easy way you can retrieve your bookmark from your home desktop.

However, the availability of Internet and social bookmarking sites had changed this.

Now, you can easily go to any social bookmarking sites and put your bookmarks online on the servers of the social bookmarking sites which you are on. You do not have to rely or go to your home desktop to retrieve your stored bookmarks. With social bookmarking sites, you can retrieve your bookmarks anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the Internet. Not only that, you can even share your stored bookmarks with the world if you like.

A typical social bookmarking site not only allows you to put up your bookmarks online, it also let you decide if you want to keep your bookmarks private for own use, for public access, or for restricted access to your contacts only.

Some social bookmarking sites provide even more functionalities than merely storing and displaying your bookmarks online. However, this is not the scope of this blog post.

There are several ways in which you can generate free traffic to your web site via social bookmarking:

a) Create your bookmarks online and share with everyone else.
Particularly, bookmark the sites that you want others to know, then share them online for maximum exposure for your sites so that anyone who viewed your social bookmarking profiles on social bookmarking sites can see them and hopefully, to click on the links to your sites.

b) For some social bookmarking sites, whenever you bookmark a web site, your latest bookmark will appear on the home page of the social bookmarking site.
Or for other social bookmarking sites, your profile will be featured on the home page of the site whenever you just bookmarked a site.
All these bookmarking tasks actually expose your bookmarks to more Internet users online, which in a way will increase your site visibility online, and possibly additional traffic as well because they provide a link back to your web site.

c) If you have a web site or blog, you can also put some social bookmarking scripts or plugins onto them so that you can allow any of your visitors to easily social bookmark a page or blog post on your web site/blog to share with everyone else. This simple method of allowing others to share your contents online will also bring you more free traffic.

Here are some more time-saving tips for you:
–    If you are looking for a great social bookmarking script or plugin, you must try www.addthis.com. I spent a lot of my time looking and trying out many of such scripts and AddThis is the one of the best out there, with the easiest implementation among many others.
–    Another great resource will be www.onlywire.com. If you are using multiple social bookmarking services and you are tired of having multiple shortcuts to add a social bookmark, then OnlyWire will save your time by allowing you to send once to OnlyWire.com and it will auto-submit your social bookmark to many social bookmarking sites that it supports. (Note: Although OnlyWire saves you time, it does not work perfectly as some auto-submissions to some of the supported social bookmarking sites do not work properly)

It has also been said that when you social bookmark a web page, you are actually creating a backlink from those social bookmarking sites to your own web page, and this helps in your SEO marketing efforts for your web pages too.

Squidoo.com is one of the world’s most popular web site for people who want to build a web page about their passions. Based on current Alexa’s ranking, Squidoo.com is the top most visited web sites in the world.

On Squidoo, you can write about the books you like, how to set up a blog, how to be a better lover, or just to share your knowledge or interest online, or even to spread the word about the stuff you love by creating a lens.

Signing up with Squidoo is fast, free, and super easy. You can do it within 5 minutes.

Basically, you can write about anything that you are passionate about on Squidoo even if you are not a technical person or web designer. At the same time you can also choose to raise money for you or even charity at the same time!

You can do all these by creating a lens on Squidoo. A lens is what Squidoo calls it and it is nothing but just another web page that you can create on Squidoo without knowing HTML, just like how you can create a free blog on Google’s blogger.com

Many web site owners experienced great results using Squidoo because Google indexes Squidoo pages very fast. Many of these site owners had problems getting their keywords ranked on first page of Google for many years but within a relatively short period of using Squidoo, they get ranked on first page of Google for the keywords that they wanted!

I experienced this myself too when Squidoo was relatively new on the Internet. I was promoting an affiliate program and in my test campaign in trying out Squidoo, I realized that my Squidoo page had beaten the product owner on their own product keywords and my Squidoo page was on the first page of Google search results!

I repeated the same Google first page search results when I was doing another test campaign for another affiliate program which I was on. From then on, I realized that Squidoo is one great service to use if you are promoting something online.

However, recently, Squidoo made the news when they became the targets of spammers. Google then gave them the Google Slap.

This slap from Google was said to have affected how Squidoo pages will rank on Google search engines as well as drop in traffic to Squidoo site.

However, if you ask me, I will still think that Squidoo will make a good place for us to tap some traffic from as long as the lenses that you are creating on Squidoo is providing real value to your readers and Internet users.

Also, Squidoo will be very helpful for those who want to share their expertise or knowledge online but do not have the technical skills to do up a proper web page and marketing skills to drive traffic to their web pages.

If you are interested to see how a typical Squidoo page will look like, you can visit one of the Squidoo page that I have set up at www.squidoo.com/freesoftwareguy

This Squidoo page will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars every year because it shows you where to download free and legal anti-virus software, free anti-spyware, free personal firewall, free office productivity software, free html editors etc.

One of the web 2.0 strategy to generate free traffic to your web site is via stumbleupon.com.

From my own experiences of using StumbleUpon, and those from my various Internet Marketing groups and associates, the feedback for traffic coming from Stumbleupon.com has been quite good!

So, what is Stumbleupon.com? StumbleUpon is a new web 2.0 web site that helps you to discover new web sites! If you do not know what web site to surf when you are bored, you must go to Stumbleupon!

How does it work?

  • You can sign up for a free account with Stumbleupon.com and you will tell StumbleUpon during your sign-up process about what types of web sites or topics you will be interested in.
  • Upon successfully sign-up with Stumbleupon.com, you will install a Stumbleupon toolbar on your browser (FireFox or Internet Explorer etc)
  • When you are bored and you want to look for web sites to surf, just click on the “Stumble” button on your StumbleUpon toolbar, your browser will then load a web site in the category which you have indicated your interest in during your sign-up process. For example, if you have indicated that you like Self-Improvement web sites, whenever you click on the “Stumble” button, your browser will load a Self-Improvement related web site for you! So, no more thinking about what web sites to visit! Let StumbleUpon finds you a new web site!
  • With StumbleUpon.com, you can channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great web sites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon has millions of sites in its database, all submitted and recommended by other Stumblers.

Also, when you see a web site that you like, you can tell StumbleUpon that you like it via the StumbleUpon toolbar that you have already installed by clicking on the “I like it” button. If you dislike a web site that you saw, just tell StumbleUpon that you do not wish to see similar web sites again via the same toolbar! So essentially, StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better site recommendations for you.

Not only that, you can connect with friends and share your discoveries of great web sites and resources, meet online people that have similar interests, and check out what other people are discovering.

If you are still wondering how traffic comes to you when you use StumbleUpon, let me enlighten you:

1.       When any of the other Stumblers clicks on the “Stumble” button on their toolbar, StumbleUpon may send them to you and you get free traffic!

2.       When you create your StumbleUpon profile, people can view your profile. Any web sites that you have ‘stumbled upon with a thumb-up’ will also appear in your profile and anyone, including your friends or strangers, who view your profile will be able to view those sites that you have indicated that you like. StumbleUpon works on the basis of the power of recommendation. If everyone is recommending a web site on StumbleUpon, do you think you will go and have a look too?

Now, I have some tips for you to bring you more traffic via StumbleUpon:
a)      Visit your own web site and gave it a thumb-up

b)      Tell your friends about StumbleUpon.com and get them to sign up and give your web site a thumb-up as well. The more the better, remember the power of recommendation?

c)      Add your StumbleUpon friends into your StumbleUpon network of friends!

StumbleUpon has become one of the most popular web 2.0 traffic generation strategy for many Internet marketers because it is easy to use and it is free too!

One popular and time-tested strategy of getting free traffic to your web sites will be using online free classified ads that are available on the Internet. You can do your free ads posting on these sites for others to locate you.

Note that some classified ads sites will charge you for posting your ads, but you always have the option to choose one that is free to do your ads posting.

It is highly likely that you have heard of using free classified ads web sites to promote your products or services and you may be thinking whether this traditional, time-tested method will still work. From my own experiences as a business owner and Internet marketer, I can assure you that they still work if you do it correctly. I say this because I am still getting sales leads and even sales from those classified ads that I put online.

You may not know this but there are still many people who will go to online classified ads web sites to buy or sell something. Many buyers will go to such classified ads sites to look for good bargains and sometimes they do find one!

And if you are someone who has no experience selling anything online, online classified ads web sites will be an easy way to start because such sites tend to have more traffic as compared to a standalone site that you have just built up to sell something where you have no traffic! No traffic equals no buyers!

You may want to use some free classified ads sites before you invest in a paid one that may give you better results!

These are some of the popular online classified ads web sites:
www.craigslist.org
www.ablewise.com
www.usfreeads.com

Try this free traffic generation strategy today!

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MySpace.com is one extremely popular, social networking web site that you can use to ‘steal’ traffic from.

According to Alexa.com ranking, it is consistently ranked as one of the top most visited web site in the world! Now, how will you feel if a small section of traffic is being sent to your web site from MySpace.com every day?

Let me explain: MySpace.com is a social interaction/networking web site where people can get to know new friends, interact and connect with each other’s network of friends/associates/family members/business partners etc easily. You can set up a free profile on MySpace.com, view other MySpace.com members’ profiles online and connect to any of them if you like what you see on their profiles.

You can connect your personal profile to someone that you like, and with the person’s approval to add you as a friend or contact, you are able to see his/her network of friends. And likewise, your new friend who has added you will be able to see your own personal network of friends and associates as well.

MySpace.com also allows you to set up your blog, share your videos, music and photos etc online with everyone else.

Here are some ways that you can generate free traffic to your web site:

  • Set up a personal blog for yourself and attract others to read your blog
  • Post your comments on someone else’s blog and link back to your own web site/blog/profile
  • Upload videos to share with everyone online. Insert your link into your video post to drive back traffic to your own site
  • Find interesting videos, comment on them and provide a link back to your web site or give away something. Be as creative as you can be!
  • Find people that you like and add them as a friend. If they approve you as a friend, both of you can connect to each other’s network and this increases the exposure of your profile to more people online. This is a great way to build your network as well!
  • In the profile that you have created for yourself, write about yourself. What you do, what you are selling (if you are), what you are looking for, provide a link on your profile back to your web site. Tell the world about yourself. Think creative, you do not have to limit yourself to the usual things that people tend to write about them.

If you are thinking that MySpace.com is just for youngsters or people who have nothing to do to put up their personal profile, I am sorry but to tell you this: Reputable and highly successful people and businessmen like Anthony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf etc all have their own MySpace.com profiles! This is one great way for them to connect with their own clients and friends, as well as to reach out to more people online!

Besides MySpace.com, there are of course many social networking sites that appeared all over the Internet. Here is a list of some of the most popular social networking sites:

Facebook.com

Friendster.com

Hi5.com

Tagged.com

and the list goes on and on!

All these social networking sites work quite similarly to each other but some of them may have some features or functions that are unique to themselve. Feel free to take the time to explore and stick with the ones that you like the most!

MySpace.com is one extremely popular, social networking web site that you can use to ‘steal’ traffic from.

According to Alexa.com ranking, it is consistently ranked as one of the top most visited web site in the world! Now, how will you feel if a small section of traffic is being sent to your web site from MySpace.com every day?

Let me explain: MySpace.com is a social interaction/networking web site where people can get to know new friends, interact and connect with each other’s network of friends/associates/family members/business partners etc easily. You can set up a free profile on MySpace.com, view other MySpace.com members’ profiles online and connect to any of them if you like what you see on their profiles.

You can connect your personal profile to someone that you like, and with the person’s approval to add you as a friend or contact, you are able to see his/her network of friends. And likewise, your new friend who has added you will be able to see your own personal network of friends and associates as well.

MySpace.com also allows you to set up your blog, share your videos, music and photos etc online with everyone else.

Here are some ways that you can generate free traffic to your web site:

  • Set up a personal blog for yourself and attract others to read your blog
  • Post your comments on someone else’s blog and link back to your own web site/blog/profile
  • Upload videos to share with everyone online. Insert your link into your video post to drive back traffic to your own site
  • Find interesting videos, comment on them and provide a link back to your web site or give away something. Be as creative as you can be!
  • Find people that you like and add them as a friend. If they approve you as a friend, both of you can connect to each other’s network and this increases the exposure of your profile to more people online. This is a great way to build your network as well!
  • In the profile that you have created for yourself, write about yourself. What you do, what you are selling (if you are), what you are looking for, provide a link on your profile back to your web site. Tell the world about yourself. Think creative, you do not have to limit yourself to the usual things that people tend to write about them.

If you are thinking that MySpace.com is just for youngsters or people who have nothing to do to put up their personal profile, I am sorry but to tell you this: Reputable and highly successful people and businessmen like Anthony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf etc all have their own MySpace.com profiles! This is one great way for them to connect with their own clients and friends, as well as to reach out to more people online!

Besides MySpace.com, there are of course many social networking sites that appeared all over the Internet. Here is a list of some of the most popular social networking sites:

Facebook.com

Friendster.com

Hi5.com

Tagged.com

and the list goes on and on!

All these social networking sites work quite similarly to each other but some of them may have some features or functions that are unique to themselve. Feel free to take the time to explore and stick with the ones that you like the most!