When Home Becomes A Technology-Based Center of Education

Making the most of computer software often combines activities that take kids away from the keyboard. The best learning takes place when kids transfer knowledge they gain elsewhere to their work at the computer and vice versa. Consequently, there are an endless number of play activities you can launch at home that can enhance the knowledge that comes from the software.

For instance, those classic productivity tools – magic marks and construction paper offer a great beginning. A good way of starting young children on the computer and reinforcing their awareness of the keyboard is to help them make a map of the keyboard on a piece of brightly colored construction paper. Outline each row of keys on the keyboard in a different color with magic marker. Then make a guessing game out of finding the keys. Let your child point out the locations of the A key and the B key. You fill in the letters that guess correctly. This works best when near the actual computer keyboard where the kids can check their answers, and you can help point out the locations. When you've filled in the key outlines, post the keyboard map near the computer and be sure to write the lowercase letters next to the capitals. Children just learning the alphabet are often confused at finding only capital letters on the PC keyboard.

Another homemade game that helps with keyboarding skills is to have the kids match letter flashcards with picture flashcards (D for duck, G for girl) and then find the letter on the keyboard. Here again, construction paper and magic marks come in handy. You can make the flashcards instead of buying them. And if you have more than one child, you can turn this into a game-kids enjoy competition. Make a chart to post on the kitchen wall or refrigerator. Use adhesive stars or stickers of animals to reward the child when he or she guesses correctly.

You also can refer storytelling software to creative writing exercises. Start with the verbal by having your child speak stories out loud and then work your way over to the keyboard. Children sometimes stall when asked to type out their thoughts so it's best to prompt them through the story by first asking them questions about it. Prompt your children to describe the scene of the activity, what they saw, what they heard, who did what. and why it was funny. Then sit with them at the keyboard as they enter the tale.

Story-writing software generally lacks a spelling checker so stand by with a dictionary to help your child look up the proper spellings of words. Dictionaries and other paper reference books provide excellent off-keyboard learning opportunities. Keep the stories short, as if they're telling the experience in a letter to Grandma-so children do not get bored.

From the story-writing programs, such as Storybook Weaver, kids can graduate to word processors, such as The Learning Company's The Children's Writing and Publishing Center, which features drawings …

DSL Internet Connection

Disconnected again? Tired of missing phone calls because you spend too much time online with a dial up connection that moves slower than that snail crawling on the floor? There are plenty of people who know that feeling, and in a culture that values ​​speed and the ability to get things done quickly, it is no surprise that DSL Internet connections are becoming increasingly popular. DSL Internet connections are much faster and more reliable than basic dial up connections, and are much better than their dial up competitors. In fact, the competition between the two is not even close.

Without you live or work in a very remote and rural area, you should have the option of getting a much faster internet than dial up, especially through DSL Internet connections. If high-speed Internet services are available, your choice will be between DSL or cable modem services. Cable Internet is fairly self-explanatory to a lot of people, but you might be asking yourself, what are DSL Internet connections?

DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL uses a specialized technology to cram large amounts of data onto copper wires, which is how the direct Internet line can be opened without having to block off your phone. A DSL Internet connection can also sometimes be called an always on connection because it uses existing 2-wire copper telephone line connected to the promise and will not tie up your phone as a dial-up connection does. Since a DSL Internet connection is always on, you never have to dial up into an ISP or block off the phone line. There is not even a need to get a second phone line. The two main categories of DSL for home subscribers are called ADSL and SDSL.

What are the differences between the two? One is simply location. ADSL is generally the most common form of DSL Internet connection sold by Internet providers in not only the United States, but in most of North America in general. ADSL is a short abbreviation for the longer, more technical term of "asymmetric digital subscriber line." ADSL does require a special type of modem, so if you are looking around at possible DSL Internet connections, be sure that you have the right set up on your computer (or that the right modem can be added) before doing any purchasing.

SDSL is short for "symmetric digital subscriber line," and is much more common in Europe than in North America. This works much the same way as ADSL, but is more technological and does allow more data to be sent and received than an ADSL connection. SDSL is a DSL Internet connection that also requires a special modem.

Cable Internet is the main competitor to DSL. There are still a lot of arguments over which is faster, which is the better deal, which works best. There does not appear to be a clear winner between the two. While Cable Internet offers that are up to twice as fast as any DSL Internet …

Internet Marketing – Why People Google

Knowing why people Google is important basic knowledge. As an internet marketer, you're either interrupting their search process or entering into it. You're saying "Hey! Look at me! I've got the solution you've been looking for! In order to really get your prospect's attention, you need to know why they're doing what they're doing.

At base, people search for two reasons.

  • for entertainment
  • for information

You can make money out of both. I make money out of both. So, for thoroughness, let's look at both.

Entertainment Searchers

These are the millions who spend millions of hours surfing the internet and not looking at TV. These are the folks who hang out on MySpace or Facebook and interact with each other. They also download stuff – music, books. If you consider shopping a form of entertainment, then these are the people looking through Land's End's website looking at the shoes or sports coats.

Can you make money off these folks? You bet! The shoppers are obvious. My first successes were sites selling hard goods, instead of information products.

Plenty of internet marketers have made money off of MySpace. There's one guy who designed stuff for MySpace pages. I do not know a lot about his business, because MySpace is not something I do, but he's making a good living at it.

If you're considering reading a form of entertainment, which it is, then there are a ton of sites devoted to promoting authors and their books. These would have to be included among the sites making money off of the entertainment end of things.

Information Searchers

The other reason people use the internet is to find information. Although, most of my early success was with sites selling hard goods, I mainly work in information marketing, now.

Information marketing works like this

  • find a group of people with a problem
  • sell them the information they need to solve it.

How do you sell information? With information! There are a number of ways of doing this. Let's mention two

  • You can build an authority site (a site with lots of information about a topic) and use search engine optimization to get traffic. There are many ways to monetize that traffic.
  • You can offer information in other formats (articles?), Get traffic that way, then send that traffic to a squeeze page where you collect the name and email address.

The later is my current modus operandi. …

What Is Search-Engine Optimization? The Basics of SEO

Recently a long-time business associate of mine asked, “Why in the world are you doing SEO? You’re a writer.” I laughed at first but, after thinking about it, realized that some people in the advertising business (and other businesses) still don’t understand what search-engine optimization is all about.

SEO is, yes, mostly writing.

That’s because Google and other search engines are continually sifting through the text on your website in order to determine what your pages are about. It’s the main way they determine your SERP (search engine results page) rank. And ultimately the way your website is found in organic search results–organic, meaning the way a search engine naturally finds you, without you driving traffic to your site through web advertising or word-of-mouth, etc.

Great organic search results are vital to a business, as the attention span of consumers get shorter and shorter every day. Rarely will a consumer even venture to search page two in their quest to find a product or company online.

So, how does search-engine optimization begin? Well, with thorough research. That’s key. Keywords and keyphrases, to be exact. You have to be a bit of an experimental slooth to determine the optimal words to use on a website. Google and other sites offer keyword tools to help you learn which words people are actually searching for. You shouldn’t use the interesting, and possibly quirky, words you might coin. You want to use the terms and phrases people are actually searching for. Then, code those words into your website’s pages so search engines can find them. I’m simplifying the process, of course, because there’s a lot of strategy that goes into SEO, particularly in choosing keywords.

Now, back to the writing part. The thing Google (and other search engines) values most is your title. That’s the text at the very top of your page (possibly invisible), the text that is bookmarked and also appears in blue on a search engine results page. Therefore, you’ll want to incorporate your main keywords into this title, and place them first–even before your company name. Unless your company name is Coke or McDonald’s. Or some other well-known brand.

Next in importance is the “meta tag,” the black text underneath that blue title that tells searchers more about your site. Prioritize your most important keywords there, as well. Then, search engines will scan your website’s HTML text for those same keywords. They give most value to what’s coded as h1 (your main headline) then h2, h3, h4 (subheads), then the rest of your html copy. Note: the text on your site must be in HTML fonts, or they won’t be recognized.

Search engines also give good rank to pages that are updated often, which is why blogs and news can do well, and to backlinks, such as articles that link back to your site. All of which is writing. Yes, writing.

It surprises me when I see prominent businesses, especially advertising agencies, that use “Home” in the title of their …

How to Work With an SEO Company

Is your website not attracting the number of visitors that it should? Are you sure whether it has been properly optimized for the search engines? Do searches of keywords that are relevant to your website show up your website in the top list of search results? If you have answered in the negative to any of the above queries, then it is high time you had a discussion with the representative of an organization that specializes in search engine optimization.

However, just contacting their agent or visiting the company and telling the person in charge over there that you want your website search engine optimized is not enough. While the folks in such organizations are clever enough, there are certain things you need to tell them in order to make their task easy. Providing them with those details also ensures that your website is fine tuned as per your requirements. The specialists might suggest you to change certain keywords based on the content of your website and you should accept it.

First of all, make out a list of all the relevant keywords of your website. Ensure that they are not repeated too many times in the body copy, or else, your website will be shunned by the search engine for spamming. The main, secondary, and tertiary keywords should be included in the body of the text. The other jobs shall be taken care of by the SEO organization. They shall include your main keyword in the HTML of your website. Including images with relevant keywords also helps.

Suppose your website promotes shoes, you should include images of boots, sandals, etc. and use requisite HTML tags for them too. There is one big mistake that most people commit. They believe that, in order for a website to be successful and to rank high in the search engine results, the text in the index page should be search engine friendly. While this is correct, they should remember that humans will also visit their websites.

Hence the text in the index page should also be human friendly. Employ the services of a professional writer for all the text and ensure that they are familiar with the topic of your website. If you are planning to embed any video or audio on your website, you should inform the SEO organization that you plan to engage, about it.…

5 Do-It-Yourself SEO Techniques That Works!

Do you need to spend a bomb to hire self-proclaimed gurus to assist you with search engine optimization (SEO)? No! We all know the importance of SEO to our internet business. The following 5 Do-It-Yourself SEO techniques can save you money and yet improve your website's rankings! The saved monies can then be used to further promote your website through Google's Adwords, Pay Per Click programs etc. Let's get started.

1. Take a lot of time with developing your web site's content.

For most web sites, content is the key. When writing the content of your web pages, insert vital keywords which relate to the products and services that your company offers. Make it brief and concise, yet informative.

You might see that Internet users do not actually read a web site's content word-for-word.
They just skim through the text and concentrate on the articles that they need and the data which they find interesting. A 600-word article may be too boring or too long for a user to read. Keep your facts up-to-date so that users will visit your web site more often. Do not forget to include a lot of helpful links, articles and guides that users can forward to another user and add to your customer base.

2. Make the overall design user friendly.

In most cases, the rule the simpler, the better applications. Do not design your web site in an overly-complicated way that users will find it too "frightening" to browse through.
Adapt the design to your target market. If your target audience is of a youngger age, make sure that the colors and designs are funky, youthful and attention-grabbing. For a more mature audience, you can use subdued colors and have a more elegant theme and overall web site design.

3. Vary the keyword for each individual web page.

Think of every possible keywords or phrases that will apply to your products and services. Each user is different and may not needarily use the keyword that you expect them to type in the search bar. Search engines offer tools which will guide you through finding the correct keywords for search engine optimization.

4. Make sure that your hyperlinks are visible, accessible and informative.

Providing users with hyperlinks or HTML links which are useful and easy to find is yet another way to optimize your web site.

5. Learn how to lead traffic to your site.

Seek the advice of experts on this field if you do not know how to lead traffic to your site. Develop a plan and learn how to use the necessary tools pull traffic your way.

Gather all the statistical data that you can use to keep your web site on top of the search engines' list. Vary your web site's contents and keywords to adapt to the current trend. If there is a particular word or phrase that you have not used when searching for keywords, use it instead to lead more traffic your way. Be flexible enough to …

How To Increase Website Traffic

Internet marketing is one of the most difficult parts of online business. You must be willing to spend hours each day marketing your website making sure you are marketing more than your competition. The most valued commodity of an internet marketer is the ability to learn new internet marketing methods and ideas. This is what will keep you ahead of the rest of online business owners within your niche. If one hour of your marketing is better than ten hours of your competition then you will only need to market a tenth as much as your competitor. To begin learning internet marketing I recommend the major webmaster forums. The two forums that I have found very useful when trying to learn internet marketing include v7n.com/forums and digital point. When you begin learning internet marketing the two primary methods you should be concerned with include social marketing and search engine optimization.

To start optimizing a website you will need to learn about keywords. Keywords are what your audience will type into Google when looking for something. If you rank your website or blog well in Google for keywords which directly relate to your site the traffic that comes will be targeted which means they will want what you are selling making it much easier to make money online. You need to figure out which keywords are best for your site. Go to Google AdWords Keyword Tool and type in your websites title and some related keywords. This tool will bring up the traffic for each keyword and the traffic they generate monthly. The tool will also give you a list of related keywords and the amount of traffic they get. Look through the related keywords to find which ones are bringing in the most traffic. These are the keywords you should be optimizing your website for.

To begin optimizing your website you should place the keywords in the main places which search engines look closely at when trying to find what a website is about. These places include the URL, title, and all the headings. Place the keywords in these areas to let the search engines know what your site is about and what keywords to rank your website well for. Next it will be time to begin external search engine optimization.

This is when you use external resources to increase link popularity. Some of the basic places you should be using include free web directories, article directories, and link exchanges. For link exchanges check out linkmarket.net this is a free resource full of websites which would like to exchange links. Article marketing should take up the majority of your internet marketing campaign. To find article directories you can search Google for terms like "free content," "article directory," and "free articles." These are the directories that will be most beneficial to submit content to. …

Entertainment on the Internet – There Is Something for Everyone!

The Internet is an exciting place for entertainment. We can play Online games, Chat with friends and family, Can browse live news and interesting articles, Watch online movies, Do online shopping, Hear FM Radio’s and Podcasts, Watch Live Televisions, Get new friends through social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Twitter, Friendster etc. And in general, Internet provides a great range of entertainment.

Video sharing sites provide much more fun and entertainment. Those sites such as Google video, YouTube, Metacafe includes lot of funny, interesting and useful videos. Funny pranks and Comedy videos in those video sharing website shall be used a good stress relieving tools.

Watching online movies is another great entertainment in Internet. There are numerous websites providing online movies, some of them are free too and some charge a tiny payment. Online movies include all genres such as action, romance, drama etc.

Online games such as Yahoo Games, Pogo, iWin, Shockwave, and New grounds are all great pages containing thousands of free online games for users of all ages. These games are often Flash, Shockwave, or Java and can be easily played through your browser without having to download and install the game. There are stress relieving games to overcome everyday stress in business and personal life’s. Websites such as Bored.com, Funisland.com, and gamefunonline.com have lot of free online games, computer games and flash games. Not only that but we have tons of fun filled games.

Social networking site’s posses lot of fun and they are equipped with options like chatting, video and photo sharing, tagging, writing comments, updating status and lot more. Messenger services and VoIP service provide chatting and group conversation, which enables enhanced communication.

Listening to music is yet another great way of stress relieving and entertainment we can get on the internet. Lots of sites provide online music, covering almost all the languages available on the internet. Free internet radio stations, Live FM radios, Music libraries are the sources of music on Internet. We shall also hear music from online live concerts, video uploads etc.

We shall get more tips on stress management in websites regarding health benefits. There is a lot of websites provide guidance on meditation, yoga and tai-chi. These sites provide video tutorial on those Yoga, Meditation etc.

In general Internet is a great source of fun, entertainment provider. Internet is resourceful tool providing lot of entertainment. Internet acts as a great communication application.…

DISH Network HDTV Programming – HD Programs and Service Guide

Of the two major satellite TV providers – DISH Network and DIRECTV – DISH Network has the most HDTV (high definition TV) programming, and they're adding new HD programs to their service all the time. So what's on DISH Network HDTV? Let's find out …

DISH Network HDTV Packages

DISH Network currently offers four different HDTV packages. They are:

The Bronze package – 30 HD channels plus 75 regular satellite TV channels for $ 29.99 a month.

The Silver package – 30 HD channels plus 230 regular satellite TV channels, including 60 Sirius satellite radio channels for $ 39.99 a month. (Note: This package is $ 29.99 for the first 10 months only and $ 39.99 thereafter.)

Gold package – 30 HD channels plus 318 regular satellite TV channels, including 60 Sirius satellite radio channels for $ 49.99 a month.

Platinum package – 30 HD channels plus 350 regular satellite TV channels, including 60 Sirius satellite radio channels and 31 movie channels for $ 79.99 a month.

The DISH Network HD channels included in each package are: Animania HD, Discovery HD, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Equator HD, Film Fest, Food Network HD, FU, Gallery HD, Gameplay, Guy TV HD, HD News, HDNet, HDNet Movies, HGTV, Majestic HD, Monsters HD, National Geographic, Rave HD, Rush HD, TNT in HD, Treasure HD, Ultra HD, Universal HD, and World Cinema.

Additional HD channels include: CBS HDTV, HBO HDTV, Showtime HD, Starz HD, and Dish on Demand PPV in HD.

DISH Network Satellite TV System

When you order DISH Network satellite TV service you get a free dish and four free receivers. Installation is included with the package, and your installer will even show you how to operate your new system.

Bottom Line

With HDTV you get a much sharper more lifelike picture than you get with regular satellite TV. You also get a wide-screen picture, like you see in movie theaters, and Dolby Digital audio that adds even more realism to your viewing experience.

If you want the clearest picture and the best sound possible when you watch satellite TV, then a DISH Network HDTV programming package is what you're looking for. …

Top 6 Ways To Keep Your Gaming PC Cool

Gamers often face the problem of overheating when it comes to their gaming PC. There are many possible reasons for that such as overclocking, lack of proper cooling, and cheap quality of case fan.

Don’t worry. In this article, I am listing some of the important points and accessories that you can use to cool your gaming PC during long sessions of gaming.

1) Clean Your Computer: Do you know what keeps your computer cool? It is the fan inside it which optimize for different speed settings as per the temperature inside the CPU. Sometimes, a large amount of dust gets accumulated inside or near the fan resulting in slow speed or even damage. It is advisable to clean your computer once in a month to make sure your CPU fan function properly.

2) Upgrade the CPU Case Fan: The processor inside your gaming computer is the most sensitive and costly thing. It has the potential to get overheated every time you play resource-heavy games like CS Go. Gamers are often advised to use high-quality case fans when it comes to playing high-end games.

When you play high-end games in your gaming PC, the factory installed case fan doesn’t provide you appropriate cooling as compared to the optimized case fans sold by brands such as Noctua etc. Therefore, you absolutely need high-quality case fans to keep your CPU cool while gaming.

3) Stop Overclocking: When you push your computer components harder and faster than the limits they have intended to perform. In such case, Overclocking occurs and if done for longer periods, it leads to downgraded CPU performance. So, if you want to enjoy long hours of gaming, then you should avoid overclocking your CPU.

4) Power Supply Replacement: There is a large fan inside your computer power supply. This is where you can feel the heat coming out when you place your hand behind your computer.

If your gaming PC doesn’t have a case fan installed, then this is the only place where the heat can get out from your computer. There are strong chances for overheating if your power supply fan is not working properly. I would suggest replacing the PSU fan in such condition.

5) Install a CPU Water Cooling System: In high-end gaming PC, the amount of heat generation is so much that even a high-quality case fan is not enough to keep the CPU Cool. In that case, you will require a water cooling system which is more efficient and cools your CPU better.

If you are thinking about “Water in Computer”, don’t worry, the water is enclosed inside the sealed transfer system. A pump operated in cycles and provide cooling to all the CPU and computer parts. The most interesting part is you don’t have to be pro to install the water cooling system.

6) Install a Phase Change Unit: You can understand the concept of phase change unit as the working of a Refrigerator. It helps in …