Best Holiday Gifts 2013

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List Of The Best Holiday Gifts 2013

Check out the list of the best holiday gifts of 2013 according to CashSherpa.com.

1) Xbox One

It’s no surprise that the Xbox One made the list.

2) Playstation 4

It’s no surprise the Playstation 4 made our list. It came in at #2 because Xbox One has superior game titles at the moment.

3) Roku 3

If you haven’t heard of Roku you need to get one of these. It makes any TV in a smarter TV. Roku gives you lots of free apps along with paid apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime. We love these at CashSherpa.com!

4) Chrome Cast

At $35 you can’t go wrong with this purchase. Though Google’s Chrome Cast lacks basic apps and functionality is questionable it’s good enough for $35. If anything Chrome Cast is good for getting YouTube, unfortunately at the moment Roku does not support YouTube.

5) HTC One

HTC One is one of the best Android Smart Phones money can buy. The HTC One even comes with amazing sounding Beats Audio Speakers.

Top 15 Internet Marketing Trends 2013

Keeping Up With Internet Marketing in 2013

Marketing over the internet has grown in leaps and bounds just in the past few years, and 2013 promises to be no different. With Google Glasses coming out and possible the Apple Watch internet marketing is moving at light speed. In order to keep your internet business earning, you will need to keep up with the changes that are happening. Here are some of the areas of growth that you will have to keep updating in order to stay ahead in the online marketing area. The good news is when things get more and more fragmented as they are now you have more opportunities to specialize in marketing niches.

1) Website design – some people might think that maintaining a website simply means having an address and an interface which people can work with. Nowadays there are so many websites that are online, people actually have a choice when it comes to picking up sites to visit, and they go with what is more visually appealing. This comes with items such as ease of use and adaptability.

2) Visual comfort – you may think that this should go with item number 1, but this would deal more with how a person might see the site, and how easy it would be on the eyes. This is where the colors of your logo fit in, and how the psychology of colors would play with the way the site is designed (for example, red makes people hungry, supposedly, so it may go well with a site for food etc.)

3) Design innovations – there are always new ways to set up a website. Some designs are easy, while others are mind boggling. Now there’s a new thing called parallax design which makes the background move slower as compared to the foreground. It gives the site a certain type of perspective and makes the viewer think that he or she is looking into a window instead of just at a screen.

4) Mobile versions – I’m sure you have noticed by now that most people have either a smartphone or a tablet at hand, and most of the internet access passes through the mobile machine. Not all websites may be effective on a mobile, so two designs now have to be in place: for computer and for mobile. If you aren’t sure how to convert your site to mobile. Hire a contractor on Elance.com or Odesk.com.

5) Videos – It may be a sad thing, but reading is not something that the current generation really takes pleasure from. Of course the text is still important, but if there is no video that summarizes or adds information, then a huge percentage of your visitors may simply skip the website and go somewhere else. The fact is video converts. You need to add videos to YouTube, Vimeo, and others. You need to create video reviews of the products you are selling. If you need a good example of a site creating video content look at CNET’s videos. CNET has videos on everything and it’s a good site to model your videos after.

6) Internet Performance Enhancement – There are a lot of tools in the internet that offer you with leads, performance statistics and other items that would allow you to check on your subscribers and tweak your site for better performance. Look these up and figure out which would help you best, because they really do bring results. An example of performance tools include CrazyEgg.com which is eye tracking site with a free trial.

7) Paid Search – a lot of people struggle to get to the top of the search engine results, but there are some who identify the searches for their website, and then pay to have their website displayed on the right hand side of the search results. Slightly crude, also without the challenge of being the best site regarding that topic, but it gets your name on the map. Good sites to start your paid search campaigns on include Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook Ads, Twitter Ads, and Stumble Ads. When you create your advertising campaign be sure that you start with a low budget. Paid search can get expensive fast so start with a very low daily budget to test out your paid search campaigns. Paid search will continue as a tried and true marketing tool in 2013.

8) A world of screens – before, there was only the television. Then the personal computer came into play. Nowadays, there are different types of screens that can be utilized for marketing. Some television units even surf the internet! Consider the different screens that can see your marketing whenever you launch a campaign. It’s a nightmare right now because you have Windsocks, Adroid, Apple, Blackberry, tablets, hundreds of different mobile phones, automobile screens, Internet connected TVs, and more. Now you even have Google Glasses!

9) Social Media Information – Facebook has been a huge success, and it is not about the way people post. It’s about the way they share what they want and need. There are two ways to attack social media. Have them talk about you, which means you get recommended by your users. Or, tap into what is being talked about, and then adapt to what the people want and need. For example you sell cable service for example. Search Twitter for people frustrated with their cable service and message them with information that might solver their problem.

10) Social Media Referrals – advertising is one other reason why facebook has made such a huge earning, and they continue to dominate this business by improving the algorithms and knowing where it would be effective to leave certain advertisements. This is extremely useful for the internet marketer. To manage all these social media platforms I’d recommend using HootSuite where you can manage up to 5 social media accounts free.

11) Re-target people – people visit your website for a reason, and they leave without converting. That means they are interested, but they were not convinced. You see all this information in the cloud based tools that you could use (number 6). Then you can target these people and pop up every once in a while on their screens in order to convince them that you have what it takes to fill their needs.

12) Reaching Out Again – Some people sign up for your website, leave an e-mail address and then go inactive. A lot of them do it because they do not like what they see, while others just forget about your existence. Reach out to them, send a mail and ask for feedback. A lot of people come back to purchase because they find it nice that the marketer reached out to know more about what they want and need.

13) Using the best triad – Google, the search engine to beat at this point, has done a great job of keeping marketers on their toes. Due to the tweaks in their algorithm, the best triple threat way to get yourself on top of the charts is through great content, ethical social marketing, and a great PR program.

14) Giving credit where credit is due – you may have three or four programs running that redirect to your site. As a businessman, you would want to invest in what is effective and perhaps minimize what is not performing well. The tracking of each program’s performance may be a challenge though, so look up a good attribution measurement program to identify which is really useful for you.

15) Marketing for the Hispanics – even though there are a lot of people online all the time, studies have shown that the Hispanics spend more time online as compared to your average person. You may want to explore this market as they are also growing in population, and may be a very good customer base.

The internet marketing niche has grown, and there are now more than enough tools to make it into an effective business. The challenge is keeping up with what is present and making sure that you have a good strategy in place that would keep your business alive and earning.

comScore January 2013 Smartphone Subscriber Market Share: Infographic

comScore January 2013 Smartphone Subscriber Market Share: Infographic

The information of smartphone subscriber market share was released by comScore March 6, 2013. See the infographic below of 2013 smartphone subscriber share.

Smartphone Subscriber Market Share

Chelyabinsk Meteor Creates Bigger Reactions Than Expected

Chelyabinsk Meteor Creates Bigger Reactions Than Expected

February 15, Friday, was when a meteor flew over Russia and exploded over the Ural mountains, announcing itself by a flash of light which was quickly followed by a shock wave that broke windows and other glass items in the city of Chelyabinsk and hurt over 1,000 residents of the same city.  It also left a gaping hole in the frozen Chebarkul lake, and this has lead scientists to believe that a rock about 2 feet in diameter could be somewhere in the water.  Efforts to find the huge item have come up empty so far.

This particular event has prompted action from different people.  Collectors from around the world are now actively searching for people who were in the area and could have gotten pieces of the said space rock.  Suppliers have also popped up, saying that they have rock fragments and are willing to sell, with some going over ten thousand dollars apiece.  Authorities are actively cautioning online buyers though, saying that there is no guarantee that anyone can make to make sure that the rock purchased is not fake.

Scientists have gone up to the Ural Mountains in order to investigate the site where most of the meteorites could have fallen, and have turned up around fifty fragments of the space rock.  Studies have shown that it is 10% iron, and the rest of the composition is similar to other meteorites that have survived entry into earth’s atmosphere in the past.  With the fireball that was witnessed during the fall of the meteor though, some scientists believe that larger pieces may be out there waiting to be found.

Damage to the nearby city has been estimated to be over 30 million dollars, and the local government is hoping that half of the amount would be handled by the federal government in order to rehabilitate the area.  The city is an industrial city with a number of factories in its place, and it would be to everyone’s advantage if life in the area would go back to normal as soon as possible.

A lot of concern has been expressed by several governments, especially since estimates place the energy release of the event as 30 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.  People are relieved that none have been reported dead from the event, but what if a similar event happens in a widely populated area?  The death toll could be too great to imagine.

Some governments have stated that they are putting funding into early warning systems for occurrences of this nature.  Some scoff at the idea though due to the amount that is suggested.  An institution that is based in Moscow has suggested a 10 year program that would cost the country almost 2 billion dollars, and critics say that this amount would just allow for more corruption in the government, and that fixing the infrastructure in the country would be of a greater help to the people as compared to such an expensive device.

The European Space Agency spokesperson has announced that experts around Europe as well as Russia and the United States have been talking about ways to identify potential threats and avert them once found.  No definite announcements have been made regarding a master plan.

This event could be a wake up call for most, if not all people.  The possibility of an object from space just crashing down on the world has become real, and it can happen to any country at any time.  This is a problem that not individual countries will have to address.  A united world has to come up with the solution to make sure that each human is safe on the planet.

BigCommerce Updated 2013 Review by CashSherpa.com

BigCommerce Updated 2013 Review by CashSherpa.com

Started in 2009, BigCommerce has become one of the popular eCommerce platforms available online today. It offers plenty of built-in features that allow you to get your online business up and running in no time.

Features of BigCommerce:

Your website is secured – With BigCommerce, your eCommerce website is hosted remotely, on their high performance SAS 70 Type II certified servers. These servers are located in BigCommerce’s secured data center, which employs security measures such as firewalls and network redundancy to prevent hacker attacks. Furthermore, your whole website, including your orders, products, photos and customer record, is back up automatically multiple times a day.

Big Commerce Video Walk Through Review Demo:

Software is updated automatically – Since your website is hosted by BigCommerce, you don’t have to worry about keeping your software up-to-date. BigCommerce does it for you. Whenever a new feature comes out, your software is automatically updated.

Flexible Design – BigCommerce offers over 50 professionally designed, built-in store templates. None of these designs captures your fancy? No problem! BigCommerce lets you design your own website using the built-in WYSIWYG editor. You can also upload or create a logo for your website.

Use your own domain name – If you already have your own domain name, BigCommerce allows you to set up your eCommerce website using your own domain. You can even use a subdomain so that your eCommerce site is integrated into your existing website.

PCI compliant – BigCommerce is a PCI-compliant provider, which means that it meets all the requirements designed to ensure companies that process/store/transmit credit card information are doing so in a secure environment.  When you set up your online store with BigCommerce, your store is automatically PCI compliant.

Abandoned cart saver – Sometimes your customers add products to their shopping carts but never complete their orders. When this happens, BigCommerce’s abandoned cart saver, available to Gold/Platinum/Diamond users, sends a series of customizable emails to these potential customers to change their mind. You can even send them coupon code to further encourage them to complete their orders. According to statistics provided by BigCommerce, with the help of the abandoned cart saver, up to 15% of abandoned carts are saved!

Advanced SEO tools – The SEO experts at BigCommerce take care of all your SEO needs. You have access to all the pro-level SEO features that make it easy for you to build SEO-friendly websites. BigCommerce also automatically feeds your XML sitemap to Google so that your pages get indexed.

Unlimited options for your products – You can set up as many options as you like for your products. You can have different sizes, colors, shapes, etc. Each product option is treated as an individual product, which means that you can set up different SKUs and prices for these options. By doing this,you can easily keep track of the stock level, sales and profit of each product option.

BigCommerce: The easiest way to sell online!

Other features of BigCommerce include:

– Integrate your products with other online shopping sites such as Pricegrabber, Shopzilla, Yahoo Shopping, etc.

– Files are distributed to BigCommerce’s content delivery network, which means that they reside on servers all over the world. This decreases page load times for your customers, wherever they are.

– SSL support

– Fulltime site monitoring

Pricing of BigCommerce:

There are 5 levels of pricing available at BigCommerce.

– Bronze: For $24.95/month, you have 200MB of storage and can sell up to 100 products at your store.

– Silver: For $39.95/month, you have 300MB of storage and can sell up to 500 products at your store.

– Gold: For $79.95/month, you have 500MB of storage and can sell up to 1,000 products at your store.

– Platinum: For $149.95/month, you have 1GB of storage and can sell unlimited products at your store.

– Diamond: For $299.95/month, you have unlimited storage and can sell unlimited products.

You get 10% off if you pay yearly.

BigCommerce Video Commentary Review:

 

Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 Review & Rating: Here’s What You Need to Know

Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 Review & Rating: Here’s What You Need to Know

Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013, the new security suite from Webroot , contains new features and enhancements that improve its performance and user experience.  It not only works for PCs, but also Macs and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad and Andriod-based smartphones.

Features of Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013

Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 occupies only 700K of the user’s hard drive, which is a significantly smaller footprint than most, if not all, other antivirus software out there. To minimize its footprint, Webroot doesn’t keep its virus and malware signatures on the user’s hard drive. The signatures, updated constantly, are kept on the cloud. This approach allows it to scan for threats such as viruses and malware in less than 2 minutes. Also, unlike other antivirus software, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 doesn’t slow down the user’s computer with security patches and updates, as the signatures are updated on the cloud.

To minimize the usage of a computer’s system resource, Webroot’s realtime protection only checks files for threats when the user’s action might lead to the execution of a file. For example, opening a folder that contains malware will not trigger a realtime check. However, if you click on a file, the realtime protection will kick in.

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In addition, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 offers the vault feature, which allows users to store their usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other confidential information securely. When a user opens a password-protected website, Webroot SecureAnywhere 2013 automatically fills in the login credentials, which is very secure and convenient.

To protect the users’ privacy online, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 has a built-in Identity Shield feature. It prevents websites from tracking the users’ private information and also disallows programs access to their login credentials. Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 applies additional protections against secure websites. These additional protections include blocking key loggers, disallowing screen capture, protected clipboard data, etc.

Furthermore, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 allows users to back up their files online. It comes with 25GB of online space and additional space can be purchased. The files are stored on Webroot’s server and are encrypted to ensure security.
Other features of the Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 include:

– Firewall

– Social Network Protection

– Unsafe Link and Search Results Identification

Lab Testing

To check Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013’s ability to detect and handle real-world threats, many tests were done. One of these tests was performed by AV-Comparatives. The researchers at AV-Comparatives gather new threats on a daily basis and test how well an antivirus software protects against these new threats.

When Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 was pit against new files, either good or bad, that its database can’t identify right away, it switches itself to the monitoring mode and journals every single action taken by these programs. At the same time, it limits these programs’ access to sensitive files on the user’s computer. After a complete analysis of an unknown file, if Webroot determines that it is malicious, then it uses the journal to undo all the actions performed by the file and quarantines the threat. Unfortunately this process can take hours to finish and AV-Comparatives wasn’t happy about this test result at all.

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Pricing

The price of Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 depends on the length of the subscription.  For a one-year subscription, the price is $79.99 for up to 5 devices.  For a two-year subscription, the price is $129.99 for 5 devices.  If you opt for the 3-year subscription, the price is $179.99 for 5 devices, which comes to about $60.00 a year.

Rating & Review

Like the PCMag we agree Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 is worth the price. PCMag rates it 4.5 out of 5 stars. CashSherpa.com gives it the same review.

Video Review of Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013

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