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PowerPoint on iPad and iPhone - Control PowerPoint and More on Any Screen - Electric Slide. Scaling startups « Chad Dickerson's blog. This blog post was also syndicated to Fast Company.

Scaling startups « Chad Dickerson's blog

The Scaling Startups panel I was on last week at Supernova generated a little coverage, but I wanted to go into a lot more detail than what I saw there, so it seems like a good time to jump back into blogging full-force. The panel abstract read: How can startups develop a distinctive culture, and sustain it as they grow? Are the characteristics that define today’s high potential technology startups the same as five or ten years ago? And does the current environment of low-cost infrastructure and open information sharing give new companies an advantage, or make it harder for them to maintain a competitive edge and reach critical mass? Coming from the engineering side, I’m very much a pragmatist about all of this since most of my time is spent on shipping products and the systems to support shipping products.

At Etsy, we’ve quadrupled our engineering team in the past year, so everything I write below is based on that experience. Hire well. Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs. The Internet Marketing Handbook. New to SEO?

The Internet Marketing Handbook

Need to polish up your knowledge? The Beginner's Guide to SEO has been read over 3 million times and provides comprehensive information you need to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? SEO is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. SEO isn't just about building search engine-friendly websites. This guide is designed to describe all areas of SEO—from finding the terms and phrases (keywords) that generate traffic to your website, to making your site friendly to search engines, to building links and marketing the unique value of your site.

Why does my website need SEO? The majority of web traffic is driven by the major commercial search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. Usability On The Cheap and Easy. Writing code?

Usability On The Cheap and Easy

That's the easy part. Getting your application in the hands of users, and creating applications that people actually want to use -- now that's the hard stuff. I've been a long time fan of Krug's book Don't Make Me Think. Not just because it's a quick, easy read (and it is!) -- but because it's the most concise and most approachable book I've ever found to teach the fundamental importance of usability.

Beyond getting people over the hurdle of at least paging through the Krug book, and perhaps begrudgingly conceding that this usability stuff matters, the next challenge is figuring out how to integrate usability testing into your project. 15 Valuable Usability PDFs You Never Heard Of. Here’s a list of 15 valuable Usability Papers in PDF form that you might not have heard of, but should know and can use: I thought I’d list a few helpful papers I use from time to time when going about my usability work.

15 Valuable Usability PDFs You Never Heard Of

Some of these you may have heard of, some not. I think you’ll find these very helpful from time to time. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, rather, it’s the list of the most thumb-worn papers I leaf through when needed. They are all free, and are publicly available. Google AdSense Optimization Tips - Presentation. AdSense Optimization Tips: With Google AdSense, one should never feel complacent because there’s always a chance to improve your AdSense earnings provided you are willing to experiment.

Google AdSense Optimization Tips - Presentation

I discussed a couple of “AdSense Optimization Tips” at the recently concluded WordCamp conference. The session was primarily focused at improving the performance of your Google ads though I did touch upon topics like “AdSense Alternatives” and “Getting direct advertisers”. You may also download the full presentation (PDF) for offline viewing. 1. Don’t Feel Shy – If you are seriously willing to monetize your website with AdSense, make sure that you place advertisements in prominent locations where visitors will notice the ads. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

The CPM of ad units will decrease as you come the page but that may not be the case with link units – they are small, text based, can fit in even small locations and perform brilliant. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content. How to Make Money With Google Adsense. Simply said...How To Blog. 40 Ways to Make Money on the Internet. I did a little bookmark scrub this morning and thought I would share the remaining content of my “Online Money” folder.

40 Ways to Make Money on the Internet

To warn you, there are certain things that I don’t like and never bookmark so:What’s NOT included: Taking Paid Surveys, Getting Paid to Surf the Internet, MLM, Contest Sites, “Buy my DVD, CD, Audiobook”, etc. What IS included: Things you can use to legitimately make money online – Everything from Getting Paid to review software to good ole’ Adsense. html? Aid=22817">Infolinks – Infolinks is probably the highest paying option for your in-text advertising. On DLM, you will see underlined links scattered throughout articles.