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craigconnects.org 2.0 -- Better, Nerdier

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, many of you may know that I don't tend to change things that are working just fine. You may have noticed this from all the change that's happen...

Now You Can Emoji-fy Any URL

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.10.2015 | Technology

Fun fun fun!

10 Ways to Keep Your Visitors on Your Website Longer

Mui Tsun | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Mui Tsun

The real challenge is making your visitors stay on your website long enough to find out more about what you have to offer and, even better, come back for more. So, what makes people click the back button? What can you do to make your visitors stay beyond the first few seconds?

{Insert Listening Skills Here.}

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 06.02.2015 | Technology
Kali Kasprzyk

As owner of www.HostMamas.com, a web hosting and design firm, I have a lot of conversations surrounding the term "Consultants." But what exactly does ...

Site Stroke

Dean Opperman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology
Dean Opperman

I've done some imbecilic things in my life but nothing tops trying to build my own website without professional help. What I thought would be a fun weekend project made me go gray in places I didn't know I had hair.

Designing Something? Protect Your Trade Dress

Brad Reid | Posted 05.30.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Trade dress involves the overall nonfunctional appearance and design characteristics of items including such elements as shape, color, graphics, and packaging. Great trade dress can make an already good product sizzle. It is that important.

7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

7iber.com (Hiber, Arabic for ink) is running again after bowing to Jordan's licensing requirement and being blocked four times, but it hasn't veered from a mission to produce good, professional, and critical content.

This Holiday, Give Yourself the Gift of Health

Carol J. Carter | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol J. Carter

This holiday season, some people are facing health care decisions for themselves or a loved one. And for those not facing those decisions now, inevi...

How to Prep Your Website for the 2014 Holiday Season

Gabriel Shaoolian | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Gabriel Shaoolian

Whether you are a B2B or B2C business, the holidays are the most important times of year to make sure your website is performing as well as it can be so that you don't miss out on the estimated 72.4 billion dollars of sales that will be made this season.

How to Diagnose a Sudden Drop in Website Traffic

James Parsons | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
James Parsons

There are several possible explanations for a sudden drop in rankings, but more often than not, it is due to a Google penalty or due to poor SEO practices.

7iber, Jordan's Gutsy Media Platform

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.02.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It was blocked four times, going from dot.com, to dot.org, to dot.net, to dot.me, but 7iber (Hiber, or ink in Arabic, with an emphasis on the guttural "H") plans to continue fighting for the right to publish content it deems important in Jordan.

Want a Winning Website for Your Non-Profit?

Laura Packard | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Laura Packard

Say you have a successful long-established non-profit advocacy group. Or perhaps you just launched your political campaign or non-profit online. Now it's time for your organization to do a full website build (or rebuild)!

So You Want to Start An English-Language News Site?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Friends and acquaintances across the Middle East/North Africa region often ask for advice on matters related to journalism, media in general, ethics, and how to prepare young people for this very exciting and ever-changing field.

The Metric Of More

Paul Jarvis | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Paul Jarvis

I realize we're all trying to run our own creative businesses and that building an audience is important. But we beat ourselves up too often for not reaching enough people, especially when we're starting out.

10 Things I Learned From Building My First Blogsite

Angela Jamene | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Angela Jamene

Building my blogsite was, and continues to be, an adventure. I was genuinely surprised by how much I learned in the process. Here are 10 of my favorites.

Healthcare.gov and Social Media: Strange Bedfellows

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

While there's a compelling argument to be made for our government having health information on all Americans and certainly on its health care applicants, there are also surprisingly intrusive clauses that are built into HealthCare.gov's privacy policy that may outweigh any benefits.

The Obamacare Website, Version 1.1

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama administration just rolled out what could be called "version 1.1" of HealthCare.gov. After two months of nothing short of disaster, the White House is now confident that the website is ready for prime time. Mostly.

Why Your Company's Website Is Useless

James C. Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
James C. Gibson

For many companies today, there is a big disconnect from what their potential customers buying process is and how their website enables that buying process.

Help Wanted: Republicans Required to Fix Obamacare

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

In the end, all of the complaints won't change the past. The ACA was passed and Barack Obama was reelected. Even our nation's most sacred document has been updated 27 times. Are we really supposed to believe that the ACA is an all or nothing proposition?

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

An Open Letter to Cyberbullies

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

You, the faceless one, who hides behind empty words. You, the unhappy one, spreading your misery through harassment and humiliation. You, the angry one, trying to feel powerful by intimidating others with your hate. I refuse to let you hurt me.

FiftyThree Throws the Book at Creativity

Fueled | Posted 12.03.2013 | Technology
Fueled

Along with the launch of Book, FiftyThree have also designed a new landing page for Book, featuring an elegant new look. I recently spoke with Scott Olson, FiftyThree's front-end engineer, who took me behind the scenes of Book's landing page.

How a Nigerian Internet Start-up Grew Revenue from $250 to $1 Million in 3 Years

Tolu Ogunlesi | Posted 10.19.2013 | Small Business
Tolu Ogunlesi

In 2008 Abasiama Idaresit returned to Nigeria, after studying for a degree in Information Systems & Management at the London School of Economics. He h...

Common SEO Errors, Notices and Warnings

John Rampton | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
John Rampton

SEO can be a rather time consuming task, especially if you're relatively new to the process. Out of all the things that need fixing, a few stand out above the rest.

Innovations in Newspapers: Seashell Newsrooms, Floating Incubators

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Newspapers aren't dead and still have much to offer - in different shapes, sizes, and via various platforms - provided they think outside the box. En...