Category Archives: Web Candy

Reviews of cool web sites, useful tools, and awesome applications.

Contest: Win a Free Copy of Headway 1.5!

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Web Candy Listen up, folks! There’s a contest going on that you’re NOT going to want to miss! I discovered it while browsing around on Corey Freeman’s Headway Hacks website. Three lucky people are going to win a FREE copy of Headway 1.5! Not only that, but your site will be customized for you by a professional designer!! This is like the contest of the century. Not familiar with Headway? Check out the Headway 1.5 preview video below and be dazzled!

How to Enter the Contest

For full rules of entry and an entry form, go to the Contest page at Headway Hacks. The contest is being judged by the Headway developers themselves! Basically, for entry into the contest, you have to submit the answer to this question: What kind of Website would YOU build with Headway? The top 3 ideas will get their Websites created (using Headway) for FREE! This is so totally awesome! The contest ends December 10, 2009. And for crying out loud…check out Headway Hacks and hire Corey for Headway design and coaching! Let us know if you’re one of the winners so we can check out your Website. Good Luck!

Best Tools for Finding People to Follow on Twitter

Web Candy For this week’s Web Candy, I decided to research Twitter tools for finding people to follow. I could think of no better way to start than to contact web pioneer, and digital marketer and podcaster for the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, Aliza Sherman, for her suggestions. She offered the following:

MrTweet | “The one I use for finding people to follow is MrTweet although I don’t actively use it. When I do, I find nice matches. I find that I do get a lot of followers through it, too.” [There is a Firefox Plugin for MrTweet but when I installed it, it seemed to not be working correctly so I uninstalled it. However, Mr. Tweet is still in beta. The plugin looks cool, so I’ll try it again at a later time. -SQ]

Friend or Follow | “I’ve started using Friend or Follow actually to see who I follow who isn’t following me back to actually strategically unfollow people who I don’t really need to be following. There are some people who I will continue to follow who don’t follow me back such as celebrity types where I have no expectation of reciprocity or social media luminaries whose tweetstream is of interest to me.

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Resources for Your Small Business Start-Up

So far, September has been a pretty exiting month for us at Internet Business Mastery Academy. We’re getting to the “meat” of starting our businesses. There’s a lot to learn aboWeb Candyut choosing your business entity, legal mumbo-jumbo, accounting and taxes, naming your business…the list goes on and on. It’s all really exciting, but it can also be overwhelming at times if you don’t have a good starting point. One of the cool things about the  IBM Academy is that it gives us a step-by-step guide to keep us on track and moving in the right direction. It’s also a good place to find the resources we need at each step in the process. For your Web Candy this weekend, we want to pass along some of the resources we’ve been finding and using lately. Hopefully, you’ll find something here that will help you take your next step toward getting your business off the ground!

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Help for the Artistically Challenged

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If you’re working on starting a business – especially an internet business, there will come a time when you need some artistic creativity. Maybe you need to design an eye-catching website, create a logo, or even come up with a new business card design. The artwork you use says a lot about you. It’s part of your branding. It’s the image that will stick with your customers and become your identity in their minds. So, what do you do if you’re not the artistic type? Simple. Use someone else who is. Today’s web candy is all about helping you get some cool artwork without breaking the bank.

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Web Candy: How to Get Your Blog to 100,000 Visitors and Beyond

Web Candy I ran across the Free Money Finance blog a while back. It’s a great blog with super content about money and finance. But what really caught my attention was a specific series of posts that, at first, didn’t seem related to money or fiscal awareness. The title of the series is “How to Get Your Blog to 100,000 Visitors and Beyond”. If that title isn’t an attention-getter, I don’t know what is. The suggestions found in this post are essential to creating a blog and driving traffic to it. The series spans 22 blog posts that range from selecting a SEO-friendly domain name, to networking for greater exposure and many topics in between. There are a multitude of useful links across all the posts and each topic builds what is, to me, a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to build a traffic-friendly blog. Continue reading

Seth Godin on Standing Out

Web Candy This Web Candy comes to you complements of TED. For anyone trying to start a new business, whether as a work-from-home Internet business or a brick-and-mortar small business, you’re going to have to find a way to deliver the goods in a unique way that people notice. As Seth Godin points out, it doesn’t matter what you are selling, it doesn’t have to be completely new it only has to get the customer’s attention.

What does it take to create a product or service that will capture the attention of the people who are already interested in the niche that your product fills? Godin, in this 2003 TED talk, presents examples of people have done exactly that. It wasn’t that their products were so unique or innovative, it’s that they were presented in a remarkable way so that the people who cared about them took notice. This is excellent training ground for all entrepreneurs or anyone who is trying to get a business of any size going. Watch it and take notes (there may be a quiz later).

WASTED! Playing Online Games Instead of Working

Warning: Do Not Read This Post!

Web Candy If you are struggling to make progress on your goals; if you’re trying to start an online business or quit your job to be self-employed, you might be better off skipping today’s Web Candy. If you ever hope to be a successful entrepreneur or a work-from-home guru, I urge you to go get something done instead of reading this post!

Still with me? Okay, you’ve been warned.

I would like to report that no brain cells were harmed during the research for this web candy. However, that would be a lie. I’m not going to sugar coat this and tell you I never get sucked in by a clever game or any online time-wasting sites. That would be a lie. But I do want to warn you of a virus you can get while playing online games. This virus doesn’t affect your computer, if affects your mind. Continue reading