4 Signs Your Blog is Asking for a Penalty

For the most part, only search engine optimization (SEO) specialists know about Google penalties, but that shouldn’t be the case. If your website or blog practices “black hat tricks” (tricks that falsely improve your search engine result rankings), Google’s algorithms are almost always capable of catching them at some point. If they do, and it’s deemed intentional, then you can get slapped with a Google penalty. In the worst cases, this removes your site from that search engine’s results completely.

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There are many ways to avoid a penalty, but they all have to do with avoiding black hat tricks. Unfortunately, many unsuspecting bloggers hire a “black hat” SEO agency unaware that the tactics being used are illegal. Other times, a newbie developer practices these tricks themselves, not knowing that they’re “illegal.” Here are some of the biggest black hat strategies to avoid: [Read more →]


4 Things Big Data Can Do for You

There’s a lot of buzz about “big data” but the reality is that it’s nothing new. It’s simply an umbrella term for “information”, no matter where it comes from, that’s “big.” It can be information gleaned from a business’ social media site, focus group, census information, a list of emails that’s been paid for, etc. However, how big data is managed, organized and actually translated for use is what matters. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses let it collect dust on a virtual shelf until it’s useless.


Having the right database options is the foundation for well-managed data. When a company can’t collect and analyze data, it’s virtually useless. Plus, many businesses have much more access to big data than they think. They overlook information such as survey results and bounceback emails when they send out their newsletters. Take a look at what big data can really do, and it’ll light a fire under your motivation to garner it: [Read more →]


Geeks Creating Electronic Money

If you are still using paper money, you are light years behind the geeks who have taken electronic money to a whole new level. Only a real geek can appreciate the value of a form of currency that is little more than a collection of bits in cyberspace. These electronic coins, which go by various names, are in turn stored inside a virtual wallet. This makes electronically generated money beyond being light weight and convenient. It is a very different way of thinking about money, compared to how people used to think about money in the days when everyone had a clothesline and spent their evenings watching black and white television.


Though it may seem odd to you, and perhaps even a little hard to believe, more and more retail merchants online are accepting forms of electronic money–especially one mainstream electronic currency called bit coin. What started out as electronic coins used by online gamers in virtual worlds have actually become a form of real currency in the real world. Geeks like this type of currency, not only because it is easy to use online, but also because currencies like bitcoin, litecoin, and dogecoins, for example, are very difficult to trace. When you pay with these forms of currency, you are essentially anonymous. [Read more →]


Are You a Geek at Heart?

On the hit Disney cartoon series, Recess, Vince Lasalle is forced to come to grips with the fact that his big brother Chad is exhibiting all the classic signs of being a geek. Early on in geek culture, it was easy to tell if a person was trending towards being a geek. If you had tape on your black horn rimmed glasses, a pocket protector, and lacked a healthy tan, then chances are you were trending in the geek fashion.

Showing a tendency to be good at math and science, and sitting around all day programming your computer, rather than playing sports with the guys was another classic way to tell that people were entrenched in geek culture. As geek culture grew, suspenders became another fashion trend that helped identify with the geek movement. But, this has lead many to ask what it means to be a geek today. [Read more →]


K-Tech Keeps Growing

It’s obvious from the recent boom in Korean technology that the South Korean government’s programs to support technology. One needs look no further than LG and (naturally) Samsung for the ultimate in success stories, although there are many more, perhaps lesser known, examples- KakaoTalk and Line, while Japanese products, are owned by Naver, a South Korean company.

Last February, it was reported in the Wall Street Journal that the South Korean government is serious about supporting domestic startups as well:

The government has laid out a 15-year plan that includes measures to support startups from infancy to maturity. The project’s roots can be found in the election of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who entered office a year ago pledging to jump-start what she called the country’s “creative economy.” One of Ms. Park’s first acts was to create the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

A recent post on VentureBurn takes a closer look at how Korean startups have beat the odds:

In 1964, the country had a smaller GDP than the likes of Cameroon, Chad and Mauritania. Today, there are only 13 or 14 countries with larger economies. Not bad for a country with only around 50-million citizens and a relatively small amount of land to play with.

It did this, for the most part, through sheer, bloody-minded will power. Referred to as the Miracle on the Han River, Korea’s post-war economic boom came about through policies involving equitable land redistribution, rapid industrialisation and a focus on ensuring it had top quality exports to send out into the world. A large portion of that growth took place under military dictatorship, but people whose grandparents barely scraped by on small plots of lands now compete for high-level jobs at some of the world’s largest technology companies and car makers.


It’s certainly something the South Korean government should be applauded for; they’ve faced their own set of problems lately, what with accusations of mishandling of the Sewol Ferry Tragedy, and a million-won lawsuit being slapped against them by former comfort women, who blame them for forcing them into sexual slavery for the U.S. Military stationed in South Korea’s demilitarized zone.

In any case, the country has been one to watch for a while, and Korea’s tech-boom is definitely ongoing. TechInAsia recently named them “Asia’s Startup Hub”.

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