Are you ready for SMX 2017!

Looking to understand and succeed in search marketing? The world’s largest search engine marketing conference, SMX East is taking place this October 24-26, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001. It’s a great show to attend, I will see you there if possible and the conference allows SEO/SEM specialists to take a deep dive into SEO and SEM tactics that tackle their search marketing challenges.

SMX is the only conference entirely devoted to search marketing and how search fits in the marketing mix. For more information go to: SMX East, NYC

The conference is produced and sponsored by Search Engine Land and Marketing Land.

See you there!

Eric

What happened to us?

Hello,

Its good to be back, we started off strong and went off in the wrong direction. We opened an office in Bridgeport, CT but struggled with keeping our offices open, train and right blog post. So we decided to make some changes and we will focus more on our blogging and web and print tutorials rather than on the day to day struggles at our office.

So sorry for the delay and we will keep you posted!

Eric

 

New ways to learn the skills that you need

Today’s learning is far different than when I went to school but I like the instant access the web has given us today for learning and grasping new technologies. With that in mind, there are now a number of websites that you can sign up on and learn programming languages or even take business courses. These new ways can even be a factor in developing a skilled workforce from within your organization.

The following ones are great for entrepreneurs, business owners, front and back office personnel:

  • Udemy – They provide online learning for a number of different things from the arts to the humanities and everything in between. As far as learning is concerned it seems to be the most well-rounded set of offerings available on the web to date for continuous learners and it includes both paid and free courses.
  • Codecademy – More focused on the programming languages used on the web, JavaScript, Python, Ruby and XHTML (HTML) and CSS. This is a great site since you do not have to buy any additional software and the site uses various learning techniques to help you learn to code, to date one of my favorites and free for the most part.
  • Udacity – Mostly programming courses, very structured and intense, this site is currently offering a very limited set of courses but very intense and definitely for those who want or yearn higher level learning, not just the standard web development stuff, comes with homework and quizzes.

These are great for learners of all ages and literacy levels:

  • Khan Academy – This is the granddaddy of the learning sites, Khan Academy site has one of the strongest communities available, it is free and the video lessons are used by brick and mortar schools all over the country. Lessons can be viewed on YouTube and iTunes alike and they can also be downloaded for later viewing using a Bit Torrent client. Their official Bit Torrent client is utorrent which can be downloaded for free (Check for system requirements, but as of this post, only available for windows). Mostly used by schools but math and knowledge of concepts will benefit you, no matter where you find yourself.
  • GCFLearnFree – This is probably one of the oldest ones on the web and probably still one of the most well-rounded ones in the whole bunch. The Goodwill Community Foundation, has one mission and that is to make people employable, so I give this site thumbs-up for their mission statement and the combination of text/images and videos makes this one of the most user-friendly sites for all ages as well as for most literacy levels available. This site also includes learning social media and can be viewed on mobile devices as well.

There are many other learning sites out there, some are worth a look others are not. Google or use the Bing search engine to seek out free learning sites and take a look at the different ones available, many follow similar styles of training others are almost nothing but text and images.

There are plenty of paid sites available which do offer good training but before you make the investment in time or money, check out the free ones first. What I learned is that online learning while good does not work for everyone, but before you make a monetary investment try it out for free first and that way you can determine if this type of learning works out best for you.

Keep in mind that if you are an employer, this could be a viable option for your employees. Many have laptops and can easily access these during their lunch hour. You can also set up rooms where after work they can log in and take courses to increase their productivity, increase their skill levels and help them to qualify for higher paying positions within your organization.

Sincerely,

Eric

 

Head First WordPress – Ideal Book for Creative & Business Bloggers

WordPress Publication

About a year ago I started a self-hosted WordPress site for my firm. The problem was that most of the books that I got were not very intuitive. I would fumble through the WordPress Documentation which in itself was written well but in a plain vanilla way. So it made retaining information hard since there was a lack of visuals and footnotes for references. Then came Head First WordPress which was a great book for a guy like me a business marketer/graphic designer who does not have a lot of experience working with CMS (Content Management Systems) or Blogging Software.

Head First WordPress is designed to help you learn concepts and ideas fast and shows you visually what you need to do. The book designed is intentional because the layout is designed to stimulate your mind into learning new concepts and retaining them as well. I enjoyed the book because as you see in my blog I was able to implement many of the concepts that I learned from my blog. In fact, this book is my WordPress Bible.

I would recommend this book for business people, creative people for anybody that really needs to learn WordPress easy and yet not be bored in learning a technical subject. I like the book because it was easy to grasp and it made learning fun especially with the visuals which help reinforce certain concepts that you need to understand when it comes to stylesheets and other HTML markup language. As a business marketer it just makes my job that much easier, as a graphic designer with a coding background, I am glad that I do not have to labor over code like I use to some years back. So if you need a good WordPress book, I say get the Head First WordPress from O’Reilly and learn how to be a WordPress rockstar!

The Head First Series is published and distributed by O’Reilly Media.