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  • drdianehamilton 8:58 am on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Domain name, , , Twtter, Typosquatting, Uniform Resource Locator, ,   

    What is Typosquatting? When Misspelling is an Expensive Mistake 

    Typosquatting occurs when a website is created to prey on people who may have inadvertently typed in the wrong web address.  An example would be arifrance instead of airfrance.  Typosquatting is also referred to as URL hijacking, cybersquatting or brandjacking.

    The registration of misspelled domain names is illegal. Sites like Wikapedia and Twtter have been shut down and fined $156,000 each.  Mashable reported that sites like these “are popping up on the web to trick unsuspecting web users into clicking on fake ads that claim the user has won a prize. In the case of these two sites, to receive a prize, like an iPad, people were asked for their cellphone number. The site sent a text with a pin and more texts with survey questions. Each time a person responded to the survey questions via texts he or she was charged.”

    Alexa reported that some of the web’s most popular sites were typosquatted. Scambusters.org lists some helpful tips to identify typosquatting.  Some of the main uses for these sites include:

    • Revenue Generating
    • Transfer of Virus and/or Malware
    • Phishing Scams
    • Advertising Pay Per Click Scam

    USA Today reported that, “most typosquatting domains lead to a bot network, used to steal passwords and obtain personal information such as financial or banking records. Bot networks aren’t obvious and can involve millions of computers.”  According to TGdaily.com, it is a good idea to get into the habit of bookmarking your favorite sites to be sure that you are landing on the correct page. Sixty Four percent of the typosquatted sites are US-based.  Bendelman.org compiled a list of popular domains and their typosquatted sites to compare number of daily visitors.  Click here for that report.

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  • drdianehamilton 7:00 am on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Hardware, , , ResuMiniMe, , Uniform Resource Locator   

    Stand Out In Job Market with Mini Resume Cards 

    Combining a resume with a business card in a smart, easy to read fashion, is a great way to capture a future employer’s attention.  ResuMiniMe is a site that has done a nice job of creating such a card.  In just minutes, job-seekers can create a traditional-sized business card that promotes their strengths while serving as a nice ice-breaker for networking opportunities.  Prices start at $90 for 1000 cards.  Gift packages are available.  A free profile on LinkedIn is required. 

    They offer two style choices for the back of the card.  A traditional standard style that lists education and experience is one option.  Also offered is the option to include a QR code on the back.  For more information about using QR codes to find a job, click here. 

    The following are examples of the cards that can be created on this site.  The back of the card is shown vertically here for easy readability.

    Front (although not listed here, a phone number may be included):

    Back Traditional:

    Back QR Code Version:

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  • drdianehamilton 6:11 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Top Apps for 2011 

     
     

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    The list of apps that are available for iPads and other tablet devices can sometimes seem staggering.  Entrepreneur.com recently listed their 10 Must-Have Business Apps for 2011.  Most of these apps had to do with productivity.  For a more productivity apps click here.

    Hubspot had a more complete article titled The 25 Most Important Mobile Media Apps. This list is nice because it is broken down into financial tools, organizers/time savers, utilities, news/information, shopping, social, and productivity applications.

    One application that any mobile device should have is for reading QR codes. For more information about QR codes and their use, click here.

     
  • drdianehamilton 12:11 pm on May 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Business Cards, , , , , , , qrcode.kaywa.com, , , , Uniform Resource Locator, ,   

    Using QR Codes to Get a Job or Promote Your Business 

    You probably have seen QR codes and don’t even realize it.  Perhaps they were on a marketing ad or a flyer someone handed you.  You might have seen them on a promotional piece or on a poster at a local store.  It may have looked so under-stated that you probably passed right by it and didn’t give it a second thought.

    Start looking for them.  You’ll be surprised at how many places are using them.  What are they?  Think of them like a bar code that lists a lot more information and can direct you to specific websites.  Companies are creating these codes to be used with smartphone apps.  This is an example code that I created for my book, It’s Not You It’s Your Personality:

    It’s really simple to make one.  You can go to a site like Qurify.com and type in the information you want to be encoded.  It may be something as simple as a website address.  You can go to the Qurify site and type in your website URL address. If you don’t have a website, consider putting in your Linkedin profile page.   Click on the Qurify button and then download the image it creates as a jpeg file.  Now you can take this file and put it on your business cards, on your resume, or on any other information you create. 

    Anyone who has a QR Reader app on their phone can simply start the app on their phone and point it at your code.  When they do that, they will be directed on their phone to the URL address you entered on Qurify.  It couldn’t be easier. 

    This can really make you stand out from the rest in the job search.  Just having that code on your resume will make those that don’t know what it is, look into it why it is on your resume.  For those that do know what it is, they will appreciate how technologically you savvy are.

    If you have your own business and want to promote different parts of your website, these can be useful as well.  To show examples, I created several of these QR codes for Dr. Robert Spies’ plastic surgery site.  To see how they work, first download a free QR Reader app onto your smartphone.  Then open that app and point it at the codes listed below.

    This code directs you to information about facelifts:

    This code directs you to information about tummy tucks:

     This code directs you to information about breast augmentation:

     By having different QR codes like this, you can customize your marketing material to direct people to the appropriate websites.  For companies like a plastic surgery practice, this can be a very effective tool to target people that have a strong enough financial background to own a smartphone as well as those that are interested enough to point their phone at the code for more information.  It is a great tool to specifically target the appropriate population. 

    To find out more about how these codes work, check out information from the guys at how stuff works technology podcast. 

     
  • drdianehamilton 1:54 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , Quick Response Code, , Searchengineland, Uniform Resource Locator, , Wisegeek   

    QR Code: Why You Should Be Using It to Promote You, Your Business and Products 

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    QR Code or Quick Response Code is a two-dimension matrix code developed in the mid 90’s in Japan.  Businesses are drawn to it because it offers an improvement over barcodes.  Wisegeek explains, “QR Code contains data in both vertical and horizontal directions, whereas a bar code has only one direction of data, usually the vertical one. QR Code can also correspondingly hold more information. QR Code is easily digested by scanning equipment, and because it has potentially twice the amount of data as bar code, it can increase the effectiveness of such scanning. QR Code can handle alphanumeric character, symbol, binary, and other kinds of code. QR Code can hold up to 7,089 characters in a single symbol. ”

    QR Code has become increasingly popular with the use of cell phones.  I recommend checking out an article by Searchengineland.com to see some video demonstrations.  A code can easily be generated on sites like Kaywa.com.  If you are wondering if search engines like Google will be able to recognize them, “If you add them to your website, the search engines will see that your pages have changed, and that you are updating pages. The search engine will see a new image and index it accordingly. At some point soon, the search engines will likely recognize QR codes and possibly index the content in them.”

    There are several recommended uses for the QR Code but one that I found to be interesting was that you could add one to your business card.  People would then be able to scan your information directly into their cell phone contact database.

    Some other recommended uses may be to add them to media ads.  This simple little code could communicate product, contact, offer, and event information as well as coupons and social media links.

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  • drdianehamilton 12:28 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , HTML element, , New Job, , , , Technology Terminology, Uniform Resource Locator, , Wireless Application Protocol, , XML   

    55 Important Technology Terms You Should Know if You Are Starting a New Job 

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    Many people are starting new jobs right now.  Many of them are working with technology or using terminology that they may never have had to use in the past.  Managers and co-workers may toss around words that they assume people already know.  It is imported that people are prepared for this and be proactive in their learning effort.  The following is a list of some of the technology terms people should probably know. (For more terms, check out webopedia.com. That site contains a lot more “techy” terms than the average worker may not need to know, but their site is very comprehensive and a good resource to have.)

    Affiliate Marketing – A marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

    AOV – Average Order Value.

    Below and above the fold – Where an ad is displayed on the website and you have to scroll down to see the ad.

    Blog Roll – It is a list of links to blogs that a blogger likes.

    Bounce Rate – The percentage of initial visitors to a site who bounce away to a different site, rather than continuing on the current site.

    CES – Customer Effort Score.

    Cloud Computing – Sharing resources rather than having your own servers to do it. 

    CLV – Client Retention Rate.

    Container Tags – Used to affect a certain portion of your material. Container tags operate on the material between the opening tag < tag> and the closing tag </ tag>.

    Cookie – A message your web browser uses to identify you and remember information for each time the browser goes back to access the server that gave it the cookie/message.

    CPA – Cost per action – the publisher is taking most of the advertising risk, as their commissions are dependent on good conversion rates.

    CPC – Cost per click.  Advertisers pay for their ad when someone clicks on it.

    CRM – Customer Relationship Management – Managing a company’s relationships with customers and clients.

    CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility – Operating a business in a socially responsible and ethical manner to have a positive impact on society.

    CTR – Clickthrough Rate – A way of measurer success of an online advertising campaign. Take the number of people who clicked on an ad and divide by the number of times an ad was delivered (also known as impressions).

    CV – Curriculum Vitae – Used instead of a resume.  It is a written description of work and experience commonly used by professors and outside of the US.

    Data Feed – Users receive updated data from data sources.

    Day-Parting – Showing an ad at a specific time of the day.

    DM – Abbreviation for direct message.

    DMA – Designated Marketing Area (ties in with geo-targeting).

    Dongle – A mechanism like a hardware key that only authorized users can use software.

    DSPs – Demand-side Platform – DSPs centralized management of accounts and reporting and a central hub for handling data to help with the real-time bidding valuation.

    Ethernet – is a family of frame-based computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs).

    Forum – An online discussion group.

    HTML – Hyper Text Markup Language – Uses markup tags to describe web pages.

    IAB – Internet Advertising Bureau.

    iFrame – An HTML structure that allows another HTML document to be put into an HTML page – iFrames are set up as a window frame. 

    ISP – Internet Service Provider.

    Jitter – Flickering on a display screen.

    Modem – A device that modulates a signal so that you can receive data.

    Nanotechnology – The study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale.

    NPS – Net Promoter Score – Defines the loyalty of a customer relationship.

    OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer – Company manufacturers’ products are sold under the purchaser of that product’s brand name. The original company that manufactured the product is the OEM.

    PA – You may hear someone say “talk to my PA”, referring to their Personal Assistant.

    PC Suite – A software package used to establish an interface between Nokia mobile devices and computers that run Microsoft Windows operating system.

    PING – As in Ping me back – Used a variety of ways.  Usually means to instant message or email someone back.  The word ping in the technology world is actually short for Packet Internet Groper, a utility used to check for network areas. 

    Plog – A political blog.

    Quicktag – A button that inserts HTML in to your post.

    RTB – Real Time Bidding.

    ROAS – Return on Ad Spend.

    ROI – Return on Investment.

    Router – A device that decides where information should be forwarded.

    RSS – Real Simple Syndication – If you want to receive information from a specific website, you can click on the RSS feed button and have updates from that site show up on your RSS reader such as Google Reader.

    Sales Deck – Your sales presentation/slides you present to the customer.

    SEO – Search Engine Optimization – Improving the ability to be seen on a website by search engines.

    SEM – Search Engine Marketing – A form of marketing to promote a website through increasing visibility in search engine result pages (SERPs).

    Time Shifting – Refers to recording programming for later use.

    Toggle – Toggling means to switch from one setting to another. It implies there are only two settings.  Think of a light switch that clicks on or clicks off.

    Twaffic – Twitter traffic.

    Twishing – The act of sending a message to a Twitter user in an attempt to obtain his or her name and password. Think Tweeting and Fishing combined.

    URL – Uniform Resource Locator – The address of a file on the Internet.  Think – http://

    View Throughs (also known as Post-Impressions)  – If an ad on a site influenced consumers to search, then purchase a product,  the referrer gets credit for influencing the purchase behavior.

    WAP – Wireless Access Point – A device that allows wireless communication. It usually connects to a router.

    Wiki – A website that allows a lot of people to add to the content for collaboration.  Think – Wikipedia.

    XML – Extensible Markup Language.

    There are so many terms; it is hard to just pick 55.  Please feel free to respond and add any words that you feel are just as important to be aware of in today’s workforce.

     
  • drdianehamilton 7:57 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Are You Using Wooeb’s Interactive Search Engine Platform? 

    If you haven’t heard of Wooeb.com yet, you need to check out their site.  Wooeb is an interactive search engine platform.  Rather than having to wait for search engines to pick up your information, they put it all together in one place. 

    They did a nice job with with creating ads and banners.  This is an example of an ad they can create for you on their site.  You can also click on it to find out more about my book:  How to Reinvent Your Career.

    They also offer press releases that you can incorporate on your wooeb site.  To see my site, go to: http://wooeb.com/drdianehamilton

    Check out an article about the Top 5 Reasons Wooeb Boosts Your Online Presence by clicking here.  In that article they list the following benefits of using Wooeb:

    1.  Everything is in one place

    2.  You own your URL

    3.  It is accessible to everyone

    4.  Wooeb indexes search engines

    5.  Messages boards are included to discuss topics with others

     
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