The Culture Of Free In A Digital Universe

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Who among us does not like getting something for free? Whether times are tough or not most of us appreciate not paying for something we want or like.

The world wide web has taken this to new heights. There are all sorts of sites with all sorts of content which we access for free.

Music, Art, Entertainment, Books, Sports, Games … you name it. In fact, how many of you when faced with a pay-wall for premium content simply decide to go elsewhere? I know – I've done the same thing.

You probably have to really want the content to decide to pay for it, because in most cases you can get what you're after somewhere else for free.

But this "free" content does have a price. The creators of the content certainly incur expenses in order to produce the content. So, how is it that there's so much content available for "free"?

There are several dynamics at play. In most cases the owners of large web site operations are able to monetize the traffic they receive by selling advertising, which allows them to offer content for free.

If you're able to prove that you get millions of visits each day, advertisers find this valuable and are willing to pay for the privilege of being visible on the site. Or they pay for the clicks they receive on the ads displayed on the site.

In order to continue to receive millions of visits each day, these sites require new and interesting content all of the time. After all, if the sites you visit have the same thing each day, you probably will not frequent them very often. So, how do you solve the problem of acquiring new and interesting content continuously?

If you're a News site – you rely on reporters to develop and report on stories as part of the news cycle. This is a very expensive operation, after the reporters have to be paid for their efforts. Some News sites rely on pledges from their visitors to support their operations and conduct periodic fund raising campaigns to keep their operations going. Other sites are owned by larger organizations which consider it valuable to maintain a presence on the internet and can afford the news gathering effort although they still tend to sell advertising.

A number of the large social media sites discovered the best way to acquire new and interesting content continued was to allow their visitors to provide the content themselves.

Every photo, post, update, etc. is content provided for free by the visitors and then monetized by the sites. Now this may seem like a pretty fair arrangement in this context. The visitors (you and me) get a nice site with all sorts of fresh content, we're able to connect and share with friends, and they do not charge us anything. It's FREE! Yay us!

You may not think of yourself as a content creator – but broadly defined, when you upload photos, or post videos …

What Drives the Internet Marketing Industry?

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There are really few limits to what can be sold on the World Wide Web. Anything, from digital products to tangible goods to services promised, can be sold online.

But how to sell them? And how do you convince people to buy from you?

That, of course, is the key question.

While there are many techniques and tactics to selling your products to the global market that is the Internet, there is one thing all these methods have in common, …

…the sales page.

You can learn, and use, traffic generating strategies that generate thousands visitors each day, but what will those visitors do when they get there?

Will they do what you want them to do?

You direct them to a sales (or squeeze) page for the products and services you’re offering. This page has but one purpose, to persuade your visitors to do what you want them to do; whether that is to buy from you, to give you their e-mail address, to call you on the telephone or whatever else you want them to do.

On the Internet, discounting the use of video and audio, you only have what is on the screen to convince someone to do what you want them to do.

In “real life” you can personally answer questions and objections and you can establish a rapport with your prospects and customer, but online you are restricted to the screen and primarily the written word, to convince your prospect.

Most experts agree that Internet Marketing is a sales-page driven industry. The success of a product depends on the quality of the sales page

A bad, or even average, sales page can mean the death of a good product, but a great sales page can make even an average product a big success.

Therefore, successful online marketing is basically excellent persuasion skills using sales copy; the art of writing persuasive marketing materials is called copywriting and the people who do it are called copywriters.

Copywriting, particularly persuasive copywriting, is one of the primary skills that an entrepreneur should master if they want to be successful in their online business.

Alternately, many successful Internet Marketers leave this in the hands of professionals. There are thousands of copywriters who are providing their services on the Internet.

They have studied and trained and honed their craft and many of these online copywriters can produce high quality copywriting for you; just make sure they are marketing copywriters and that you get samples of their work and documented results of their successes.

The downside to using a professional is that the really good ones charge thousands of dollars for their services.

While that is a reasonable amount given the complexities of great copywriting and the value it can provide, it still may lie beyond the reach of the average entrepreneur’s budget.

Most online entrepreneurs will have to create many sales pages during for their online business lives.

Every product will need a sales page.

Every affiliate offer promoted should have …

Free Computer Furniture

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One can literally find hundreds of web sites trying to catch your attention with "free computer furniture" offers. What most of these web sites mean when they say "free" is only some part of the furniture is offered without you paying for it. In some cases it is the design that is free. So you do not get anything tangible. It is important that you check the entire advertisement or online resources despite to find out what exactly is being given free of cost.

Usually once one bulk purchases office furniture, dealers offer some kind of freebie along with their purchase. Most of the times medium to large workplaces require lots of computer tables, chairs and desks. This is more often the case in the modern PC dominated workplaces. This being the case, dealers are indulged in an intense competition to corner their share of the market. This intense competition results in them resorting to all sorts of gimmicks to catch your eyes. The free offers are a part of their promotional campaign to garner their share of the pie. One should not be misled by such claims. It is always better to visit the dealer in person. Have a detailed discussion with the salesperson and finding out what computer furniture is being sold and what will be offered free and along with what will be presented in a clear fashion. Asking the right questions is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when buying computer furniture. One can also get online quotes for computer furniture. All you need to do is to key in the relevant information, and your quote will be ready in a matter of minutes. Getting a quote prior to visiting a dealer is a good way of finding out what exactly is being offered free of cost. …

LCD Computer Monitor Buying Guide

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Sometimes buying new toys for yourself, your home, and your computer can be quite a daunting task. You want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, right? You also want to make sure that what you’re buying can put up with the task of being used, and handled daily. And you also want to make sure that there’s no quality defects, or that there’s no production or manufacturing problems that may lead to defects. Buying an LCD computer monitor is just another buying decision that you want to do well on. There are many aspects, and specifications of LCD computer monitors that you should pay very close attention to, because they determine how well your LCD monitor does a specific task, like playing a game or watching a movie, because not all computer monitors are made the same.

LCD Computer Monitor Specifications

Screen Size: This one is very important, I’m sure you can tell why. The bigger the screen size the more viewing area you have on your monitor, which equals a bigger screen for bigger movies, bigger games, and bigger web pages. Also bigger screen sizes support higher resolutions. LCD computer monitor size varies from 17 inches all the way up to 26 inches. A 26 inch LCD computer monitor is one nice piece of technology. However, the higher they go the more cash you’ll end up spending. Most computer users stick with 19″, 20″, and 22″ monitors. Right now these sizes are the sweet spots for the best bang for the buck. Currently, most monitor deals focus on these models.

Widescreen: Yes. Widescreen means that the computer monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:9, which has been growing in popularity over the last couple of years. Widescreen is better because it allows you to see the whole picture as it was intended in movies. It allows a wider viewing area which is very important, because on non-widescreen movies or 4:3 aspect ratio movies a large portion of the sides are cut off, and that can change a dramatic part of the movies into a not-so-dramatic part. With computers, widescreen allows you to have more sideways space for your applications, in overall computer usage it doesn’t really have any side effects, and it makes it look equally cool. Most LCD computer monitors nowadays are being sold in Widescreen aspect ratios, you have to specifically look for an LCD monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio anymore.

Native Resolution: The native resolution the maximum resolution that the monitor can display images natively. It’s the resolution that the monitor was built to have. If you use a resolution other than the native resolution the monitor will have stretch, and shrink the image to fit the specified resolution which results in quality and detail loss. The native resolution offers the best image quality over all other resolutions. Good native monitor resolutions include 1920×1080 (1080p HD), 1280×720 (720p HD), and 1680×1050.

Contrast Ratio: The contrast ratio is the range between …