Month: July 2009

Pitching Your Freelance Writing Services

Many freelance writers, when they’re looking for work, send around their CV. This is a VERY ineffective tactic. Everyone’s busy. Who has time to read a CV, and then work out how they can use your talents? CVs, resumes, and blatant statements such as: Hi, I’m John Doe, and I’ve written blah, blah, blah… do you have work for me? John Doe (and Mary Jane), it’s YOUR job to find out what a company does, and how YOU can help the company to do it better, faster and cheaper.

Self Publishing Mistakes People Make

If you’re about to self-publish your first book, you can make a handful of mistakes that can mean the difference between a successful publishing venture and a total bomb. Careful planning and implementing your own common sense are two ingredients that can help guarantee your success. ew and experienced self published authors alike make this mistake over and over again. They focus too much on what they want to write and publish instead of finding out what their audience wants or needs. Don’t be self absorbed. Discover what your targeted reader wants or needs help with. Then write a book they read from front to back and tell all their friends about. They will love you for it and read everything you write. To top it off, your book will make you famous and sell beyond your wildest dreams. All because you put aside what you wanted to write and gave your audience what they wanted to read.

TechCrunch Posts Twitter’s Reality Show Pitch

The WWW is abuzz with news about a certain hacker named “Hacker Croll”, who gained access to confidential and corporate documents of Twitter and Twitter’s employees by hacking through e-mail accounts. The hacker went on to forward a zip file containing some 310 documents to TechCruch, the tech news site. In his e-mail to TechCrunch, the hacker claimed that he will soon be releasing the entire document set online to the public. While TechCrunch drew a flak from its visitors about the site’s decision to release certain documents on its website, it still went ahead with its plan.

Google Friend Connect Makes Websites More Social

Starting today, international website owners can grow their traffic with Google Friend Connect, a service that enables any site on the Web to easily provide social features for its visitors. Google Friend Connect lets any website instantly awaken and strengthen its community with just a simple snippet of code. Site owners only need to copy and paste the code into their site’s HTML to integrate tools from a members gadget that lets people join the site, to a comments gadget to facilitate dialog, or a recommendation gadget to see what parts of your site your visitors like most.

Why Social Bookmarking?

Social bookmarking systems are web-based services that allow users to bookmark all manner of web based resources, ‘tag’ those resources with meaningful keywords, and share their bookmarks with others. Ever since my PC Magazine days, I have been using social bookmarking tools such as Digg, Delicious, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Newsvine, and more. Social bookmarking is especially important if you want to promote your business online. You really need to get into the routine of bookmarking any new content that you create on as many of them as you can. Over the last few years, they have become a major and incomparable tool for companies to enhance their Internet presence.