Archive for the ‘Geek Squad’ Category

obtain cisco certification online

Monday, March 10th, 2008

According to research I read this week at work, unemployment is up. With more people out of work and actively seeking new positions, the talent pool is that much deeper, so employers can truly cherry pick the right person for the job out of hundreds of qualified people. While you’re out of work, or even when you’re gainfully employed, don’t forget to keep brushing up on new skills and making sure your current certifications are up to date.

Having that new Cisco certification could be your ticket to a new job, or even a raise at your current employer. is a worldwide leader in IT and business training, offering training via the internet, their own centers, or even private facilities. That means if my company decides that all help desk analysts need to get up to speed on Oracle, can come right to our office to train all available staff, or set up the coursework online. They also offer Six Sigma training and certification, which is something several people on my team are involved in, and something I’m seeing more and more as a request for when hiring mid to senior level management.

More training and certifications can only help to broaden your scope as a valuable employee, and sites like can make it easy for you to become a hot commodity in today’s hiring environment.

no time for seo, hire a pro

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Since I started school in January, my free time has been in a decline. I used to be able to devote a little bit of time each day to working on my blogs – not just writing content, but adding new plugins, visiting new sites, signing up for new services, exchanging links, and the like. Well, with the free time, all of those things stopped. I barely have time to update with regular entries some days! I also hate wasting my time trying 100 different things if only one or two of those things is really going to work to bring in traffic and build links. This is no doubt why people hire a professional link building service to market their websites – lack of time, and lack of expertise! Pepperjam can provide you with a professional consultation that can ensure your site is search engine optimized and build links and traffic for you, so that your time is free to do what you need to do. In my case, it would be buying more pants from Old Navy – that silly story brought in a ton of traffic…and still is!

win a wii from charter high speed internet

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

If you’ve been jonesing for a Wii, but you’re too cheap to run out to Best Buy and snag one, have I got a deal for you – click Here for a Chance to Win a Nintendo® Wii™! Just register with your email address and a few other personal details for the chance to win:

  • Nintendo Wii console
  • Wii stand
  • 5 Sports games
  • 1 remote control
  • 1 Nnunchuk control
  • 1 sensor bar
  • 1 Wii AC adapter
  • 1 Wii AV cable

That’s a lot of Wii. “We” wouldn’t need anything else to play “Wii” if “we” won. HA! I slay myself.

So what’s the catch, right? There’s always a catch, and I know you’re wondering what it is. Charter would like for you to bid on the opportunity to receive Charter high speed internet…for life! You’ve got to live in the Charter service area to take advantage of that part of the deal, and the bidding starts at only $10. That in itself is a sweet deal – I pay $45 a month for my high speed internet, each month, year in and year out. I’d love to have it for life, without ever paying another penny – wouldn’t you?

get a free domain with hosting plan

Friday, February 29th, 2008

If you’ve been hosting your blog or Blogger, or Xanga, or even LiveJournal, and you’ve wanted to make the move to your own domain, but didn’t want to spend a lot of cash – I’ve got a deal for you! This website list all of the deals of the top web hosting companies, which gives you an easy way to compare features, prices, and offers all in one spot. You’ll find reviews on ten of the top web hosting companies, and all include standard features like:

  • Apache
  • Python
  • PHP 4 or 5
  • MySQL 4
  • Microsoft Front Page (wow, that’s a blast from my past!)
  • Email & Webmail
  • and more!

Use the provider list to easily find the features you need at the price you want. Some companies are even offering a free domain name when you purchase a web hosting plan, while others offer unlimited domain hosting or 1500 GB of space for your site! You can also read reviews on each of the companies listed, which often includes advice on how to get the best deal from the company, as well as special added features and bonus offers.

I’ve always said the best way to run your blog is on your own domain, and this is a great way to find what you need at a good price!

improving affiliate marketing

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

With Google giving pagerank, and taking it away, and in some cases, giving it back, it’s easy to see why bloggers are looking for other income streams these days. Paid blogging isn’t as easy as it used to be a year or so ago, and a big topic of discussion amongst bloggers I know is affiliate marketing. One blogging friend recently got into it, and she’s seen her sales increase monthly, with limited work on her end. It’s a set it and forget it kind of deal, where your income can increase exponentially with very little time required.

Affiliate marketing is growing and changing too, and Pepperjam Network is a new affiliate marketing network hoping to improve on what others have started. By addressing the problems with existing affiliate marketing sites, and working to protect brands while building partnerships, Pepperjam will grow quickly and grow towards the long term.

Pepperjam Announces Launch of Next Generation Affiliate Marketing Network

Pepperjam, a two-time Inc. Magazine fastest growing company and industry leading full-service internet marketing agency, today announced the launch of Pepperjam Network, a proprietary next generation affiliate marketing network.

If you are an advertiser or affiliate and would like to sign-up for Pepperjam Network please visit

“Pepperjam Network represents an evolution in affiliate marketing. The creation of Pepperjam Network represents eight years of research and development and the combined ideas, feedback, and intelligence of hundreds of affiliate marketers and advertisers. Pepperjam Network will forever change the face of affiliate marketing by putting power back in the hands of affiliates and advertisers to build long-term, profitable partnerships through better communication tools and transparency,” said Kristopher B. Jones, President & CEO of Pepperjam.

Among a variety of affiliate marketing enhancements, Pepperjam Network addresses the two primary shortcomings of other existing affiliate networks, namely (1) poor, unreliable communication tools and (2) lack of affiliate transparency. With Pepperjam Network, affiliates and advertisers can communicate in real-time via Pepperjam Chat™, thereby providing a reliable communication system to build stronger, more profitable partnerships. Pepperjam Network also provides advertisers with an unprecedented measure of affiliate transparency, which helps to establish trust, protect brand integrity, and lays the groundwork for open, long-term, profitable relationships.

Pepperjam Network also introduces pepperjamADS, which is a first-ever affiliate marketing widget that affiliates can use to serve customized contextual ads from one or multiple Pepperjam Network advertisers at the same time.

Pepperjam Network was designed to make the experience of affiliate marketing profitable and educational, with the goal of allowing affiliates and advertisers to truly understand and maximize the critical affiliate marketing channel.

Unlike the traditional networks, Pepperjam Network uses Web 2.0 technology to provide affiliates and advertisers with an easy-to-use, cutting-edge interface designed to facilitate and optimize the affiliate marketing process. For instance, Pepperjam Network offers industry leading source-level tracking and reporting – this robust technology is especially beneficial to search marketing and sophisticated super affiliates that want to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available to track commissions at the keyword level.

Here is just a sample of what many industry experts are saying about Pepperjam Network:

“Even after all these years using Commission Junction on the merchant and affiliate side, I still find it terribly clumsy to find what I want. With Pepperjam Network it is quick and easy. Pepperjam Network is what an affiliate network would look like if it were built from a wish list from both the affiliate and merchant perspective,” said Shawn Collins, Cofounder of Affiliate Summit.

“As both an advertiser and a affiliate, I am on the lookout for affiliate marketing systems that meet all our company’s needs. Pepperjam Network is without a doubt the most comprehensive, practical and useful affiliate marketing system I have seen to date. Pepperjam Network demonstrates that it is possible to combine style with substance in a network that provides site owners and advertisers with tools and resources to increase their bottom line,” said Joel Comm, New York Times Best-Selling author and CEO, InfoMedia, Inc.

About Pepperjam:

Pepperjam is an industry leading full-service internet marketing agency offering marketing services and advanced technology in the areas of pay-per-click, search-engine optimization, affiliate marketing, and online media planning and buying. The company was founded in 1999 by internet marketing expert, accomplished speaker, and published author Kristopher B. Jones. Pepperjam has received numerous awards and achievements, including recognition by Inc. Magazine for two consecutive years as one of the fastest growing privately-held businesses in the United States. Learn more at

audio ads

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

When I attended Blog World Expo back in November, I learned a lot about advertising on blogs and websites. Back in the day (1997 – 2001) I ran a website for moms that was somewhat successful, but 6 years ago on the internet might as well be considered the stone ages. Advertising has changed drastically since then, and one of the biggest changes (to me, anyway) is that more and more bloggers are building successful sites and making money online. (Example: me!)

One of the newest forms of blog advertising is so new, it’s not even available yet, but believe me, as soon as Pay-Per-Play opens for business, it’s going to make a splash. This 5 second audio ads plays to your visitors as they view your site, and the advertisers are a select bunch, like HBO, Taco Bell, and even Harley Davidson. Each visitor will only hear the ad once, and there’s no click through required, AND visitors stay at YOUR site – they’re not redirected somewhere else.

On top of the commissions you can earn for your visitors hearing the ad, you can currently sign up as a Pay-Per-Pay affiliate and each commissions off each new blogger / webmaster that signs up after hearing your pitch.

You’ve heard mine – why not give it a try? The site launches in February of 2008!

the great debate

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Almost 40 years ago, history was made, when the first televised Presidential debates were aired. Televisions were no longer a novelty item, and most American homes had a TV set, which enabled more than 60 million American viewers (and voters!) to tune in. A series of four debates was aired between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and it’s said that President Kennedy won the election because of his television presence. When compared to Nixon, Kennedy was obviously the better looking of the two, he was younger, he was fit, athletic looking, tanned, and well rested. By comparison, Nixon was ill, had lost weight, wore poor fitting clothing, and refused to wear makeup on television. When it came time to head to the polls, half of all votes said that the televised debates influenced their opinion, and 6% said they made their votes based solely on the televised debates.

I’ll admit to being influenced by how a candidate appeared on television as well. I was impressed by the charisma displayed by Bill Clinton, and how he was able to speak to young people as a peer, and not talk down to young voters. I watched him play the sax on late night TV, and I listened to someone on MTV ask him, “Boxers or briefs?” It was that impression he made on me, via the television, along with where he stood on the issues that gave him my vote in the first election I participated in.

Technology is one again changing how the American voters look at their candidates and the issues. At the Avot mV product site, you can select from a variety of entertaining video channels, among of which is a channel for politics. The site offers two channels, one for republican candidates, the other for democratic candidates, and is accessible from either the internet or your mobile phone. By visiting the Avot mV official blog you’ll learn more about this video delivery platform designed for mobile phones like my AT&T8525 and the iPhone, but in a nutshell, it gives you quick access to any web-based video. Downloads are quick, the quality is crisp, and the selection is wide and varied. The smart search capabilities will weed out what you’re not interested in and only provide you with the content you prefer, allowing you to create playlists and share favorites through an integrated messaging service. Visit the Avot mV corporate site to learn more about the new technology available and how it’s going to change things for the next forty years.

catalyst office launches

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

I broke yet another laptop this week. It just stopped working properly for the most part, so I spent a lot of time getting my files backed up coordinating with people to get back on track. At the same time, I had to meet with coworkers in other offices about some new processes I’m taking over, and trying to get that taken care of with a laptop operating at half speed…what a nightmare! I had a conference call with one coworker, only to realize that I no longer had the programs needed so that we could share a remote desktop. In the end, we cobbled together a solution that required her requesting remote assistance with me via Windows Messenger, and I was able to share her desktop. It frustrates me to no end when workarounds are needed like that due to working with Microsoft and Windows – all because we didn’t share the same programs between our two PC’s! Add to that the issues that our office has with users who need to remote in from somewhere off the network, users who need access to email when they are away from their computers, and everyone having a different IM platform – supporting all of this is a nightmare.

catalystWhen I heard about Catalyst launching recently, I was intrigued. This small business software combines all of the features and programs offered by Microsoft & Windows into one productivity suite that goes where you do. The web based email gives you the option to take your email with you, and since it doesn’t require a server, you save money on staff and support. Employees can easily share files (and it doesn’t require various drives to be mapped, like in my organization) and you can email files and documents from the file view, without going to your email. Employees can also have personal folders for private files. How about the instant messaging? Catalyst allows the system to be closed to employees only, so IM’s can’t be shared or sent to those outside the company. It’s also a great way to see who is in the office at a glance.

Because the whole suite is web based, it’s portable and easier to maintain – everyone has the same access to the same programs and features. Right now, Catalyst is offering a free trial of their program for 30 days, which will allow you to see what Catalyst can do for your small business. Visit the Catalyst launch blog for upcoming news and tips as well.

i love to stumble

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

How many times have I posted a link here and said that I found it while stumbling? A lot. For the uninformed, I don’t mean stumbling in the literal sense – I’m referring to the StumbleUpon toolbar, which is a great way to:

  • Promote your own articles, blog entries, and site
  • Waste time online when you’re bored
  • Find new and interesting things online

I’ve spent a lot of late nights hitting the Stumble button on my toolbar, so when I saw this quiz, I had to take it! I’m 73% addicted to StumbleUpon – what’s your score?

73%Are You Addicted to Stumbleupon?

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seach & win at

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

With Google acting all big brother-ish lately, I know of a lot of bloggers on the lookout for a new search engine. Why not check out one where you can win prizes with each search? I have to look up things every day, and it would be nice to be rewarded (instead of punished, a la Google) for using a search engine. That’s the concept behind – Search and Win! Current prizes include Amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards, and $2 bills! All you need to do is search with, and if you search at one of the random “win times” selected, you win! The best part? No registration needed!

Take that, Google!