Frank D

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  1. I've never attached much credence to Alexa stats personally, but if you want to know details like Alexa rank, you can install a Firefox add-on, called GoogAlexa. No phone number required.
  2. For sure, there are differences in payment preferences across various countries, but the swing from plastic cards to mobile payments is already under way. Even cardholders are getting used to contactless transactions which do away with the need for entering a PIN. In a society where just about everyone carries a smartphone, and with the emergence of systems like Apple Pay which currently allows smartphone users to pay without using their cards, it's not too much of a stretch to foresee a time when most retail transactions will be carried out by mobile apps - certainly up to particular value. Germany is unusual, at least in Europe, in preferring cash transactions - and being anti-credit in general - but even there, mobile payments are beginning to make inroads.
  3. Typically, debit card processing fees are lower than credit card charges - at least they used to be in the UK. And retailers can offset the fees by providing a cashback facility. But yes, I agree that the convenience of not needing to carry cash can be worth the cost. The Starbucks app is a forerunner of what we can expect to find everywhere. In fact, the mobile payments model will likely replace physical credit/debit cards in the not-too-distant future. Interesting to watch the established banks jostling for positioning in that market.
  4. The credit card companies charge retailers a fee for processing credit card transactions. That cost is reflected (along with other factors) in the prices we pay for goods. In that sense, we're all paying a price for using credit cards whether or not we pay any interest to the banks. Of course, buying on credit is now so integral to the economy, that standard retail prices will incorporate that transaction cost for all purchases, credit or not. However, it's still possible to find (mostly independent) retailers who are open to negotiation for cash purchases. Admittedly, that's a bit trickier online.
  5. Many people prefer to use PayPal for online purchases. And a PayPal business account can be useful for separating and organizing business expenditure. Also, even with bad credit, it's usually possible to get a prepaid card that fulfils the function of a credit card. So it's likely that anyone insisting on another method of payment would be doing so as a matter of principle.
  6. I agree. I haven't used a credit card in years, preferring debit or charge cards. I don't know if it's still the case, but credit card purchases used to be covered by the issuer's insurance policy - if so, that might be one benefit of using them. But I don't think it says anything about the status or credit worthiness of the buyer.
  7. Anyone else getting this message on login since the last Firefox update: "This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised"? (I'm also getting it at the "other place", so probably a browser issue.)
  8. Shay, I'm not sure whether you're thinking of hiring employees or outsourcing specific tasks. The internet makes it easier to do the latter, depending on your type of business, but both options carry their own set of issues. If you're hiring employees, you have a whole set of regulations to consider - I'm sure there are specific laws in your area that apply to employer/employee contracts. Maybe you're okay with that, or maybe you feel that the whole point of setting up an online business is to avoid as much red tape as possible. On the other hand, outsourcing calls for more careful or delicate management as well as a crystal clear idea of what you require from the freelancer because it's harder to oversee the daily progress of any task. The other consideration is you - more specifically, for what reason did you enter into the business in the first place? No doubt it's helping you satisfy a creative impulse, but are you looking to build an empire that can eventually be sold as an ongoing concern? Or do you see it as simply a means to provide you with a comfortable income? Your answers will indicate how you need to progress. If you can identify what part(s) of your business give it the USP - for example, your writing, your personality - it might be an idea to concentrate your efforts in those areas and delegate the more mundane or less critical roles to someone else. That's probably worth thinking about whatever your long-term plans are. Another option is to find a partner who's experienced in business administration and get them to manage all the areas you want to delegate, including the hiring and firing of employees/freelancers. If you have enough trust and confidence in that partner, it would free you to get on with what you truly enjoy while still moving your business forward.
  9. What is your favorite thing to write?

    (Shakes head and laughs)
  10. Turning Your Articles Into A Published Book

    Terra, I think there's a world of difference between compiling a book from articles written for one specific site, and a book drawn from a bunch of articles simply written on the same topic - my impression was that Ingie was referring to the latter situation. I'm sure he'll correct me if I've misunderstood. Articles or posts intended for one site will generally already have been edited to avoid obvious repetition. They'd also likely already have been organized under particular headings within the site. Under those circumstances, I can see the appeal of publishing a sort of "best of the blog" book, or perhaps a highlighted section. It would take much less editing than sifting through a large number of broadly related articles.
  11. Turning Your Articles Into A Published Book

    He said .."put the articles together in a book", so I thought it was worth making the point. In fact, I've seen marketers give that very advice several times. They call it an example of repurposing, like adding the articles to a blog or selling them as PLR products. But as you know, books need a bit more thought. Hastily and lazily thrown-together Kindle books were one reason Amazon cracked down on many would-be self-publishers.
  12. Turning Your Articles Into A Published Book

    Turning a bunch of related articles into a book was a piece of advice thrown around in the early days of online self-publishing, but I can't recall ever seeing it successfully accomplished. A book needs to be structured and logically planned out. If the articles weren't originally written as part of a cohesive whole, they'll either repeat chunks of info or fail to cover a particular aspect of the topic in sufficient detail. In any event, they'd be likely to need so much editing and shifting around that it would be easier to just start the book from scratch. If you're set on the book idea, it would probably be a better tactic to use the articles for base material as part of a comprehensive rewrite.
  13. Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2016

    I'll be keeping a close watch on the deals at Namecheap: https://www.namecheap.com/domain-hosting-ssl-deals/black-friday.aspx
  14. As Sal says, if the section also included discussion on current ad campaigns and branding issues, it could be worthwhile. Perhaps merge it with the Content Marketing section which doesn't seem to be getting much action at the moment. After all, current events, cultural happenings and anniversaries are great content prompters. They can also help kickstart a piece of copy. Plus, latching on to an anniversary or imminent event is a neat way to theme a promotion. There are plenty of online resources for finding out about forthcoming events. For instance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_anniversaries features a day-by-day list of historical anniversaries http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/notable-anniversaries-in-2016-batman-turns-50-lindsay-lohan-turns-30-more-1.11269661 focuses more on pop culture anniversaries, while http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/december.htm has a list of some rather off the wall occasions.
  15. Yes, topical advertising has always been effective, but these days a clever, witty and relevant ad has every chance of going viral and extending its reach. For example, this recent ad by Norwegian Airlines: