Don’t Produce a lot of Content but want to try Empire Avenue?

While it didn’t really bother me an idea that I was playing around with earlier was how daunting Empire Avenue can be if you’re not really a regular content producer, as your dividends seemingly come from your social interaction.  While this is true don’t panic if you want to try Empire Avenue but you are not really a producer of a lot of content that doesn’t mean you can’t do well.

Now yes you do need to produce some content, but you would be surprised what qualifies and what can be used to produce dividends.  So you only tweet 5 times a day, blog once a week and visit Facebook once in a blue moon it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Empire Avenue and try to meet new people.  The trick is just like the stock market good investments.  Now I am not going to confuse that I know what I am doing, because I don’t and to be honest this blog was written because it seemed like a good idea and they are my findings.  I have been quiet for the last week or so on my blog front, along with being somewhat estrange from my social media but I had been investing in a few people.  I found that even though I wasn’t producing my normal amount of content my yield was going up thus keeping share holders happy.

So in conclusion if you are a content producer and are just going through a dry patch or you are someone wanting to try out Empire Avenue but are worried that you don’t do enough in the social media world don’t worry, there is more than one way to skin a cat in Empire Avenue.

Push Mail Not Just for Blackberry

On my quest to find out more about push notifications mainly for email after looking at Blackberry as a phone.  Part of this was for battery life and it seemed as long as you’re not receiving notifications every second of the day it is better on battery life due to the fact your phone isn’t collecting data when there is no need to request data.

Now you’ll be pleased to learn that you can actually get push mail from most providers that I didn’t really know until I looked at the subject in more detail and unfortunately for me this was after I purchased my Blackberry.  Although that move I still stand by because Facebook and Twitter are also pushed on them not just email.  However back to the topic in hand, my money is that your email provider gives you push email you just don’t know it.  We all know that Google offer it along with Yahoo, but stop your own domain can give you push mail as well.

The trick is to find the right client that supports push mail.  As I have only had an Android and Blackberry the Android default mail client doesn’t other than the GMail application, but you can get a K9 Mail that does to instead of the Mail client included with Android.  The only other thing you will need is to use IMAP setting not POP.  It seems that IMAP has the ability to send out push notifications and keeps the connection alive but not using any data until it receives a new message.

So don’t feel like Blackberry are the only ones that offer push mail for other email addresses other than GMail and Yahoo because they aren’t all you need to do is use IMAP settings and a client that supports push technology.

The Importance of Relative Posts on your Blog

I must admit this isn’t something I had really thought about until using my latest Theme for my blog, however why are relative posts good for your blog.  Have you ever stopped and considered your end users, the fact that they are looking for a post on the net about something in particular and found that on your blog?  Well if they have found it on your blog the chances are you have other articles on this subject there too.

If your like me I can’t find one main area to blog about it is something that I do just to air my opinions on all different kind of things so I admit my blog can be all over the place.  That being said though everything is all tagged and categories so it’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The thing I realised about relative posts was that they offer something different, at the bottom of every post people can see similar articles that could interest them and not only that those links can be used to for search engines as well.

With Google’s new updates to their Panda software and the emphasis on content quality rather than popularity as much, you have to think that relative posts have to be a good thing because it is sending the spider to content that is hopefully relative to what it was going through and hopefully increasing the quality factor of the content.  That being said I could be wrong as I am no specialist.

In conclusion though for me relative posts are a must as they give your readers somewhere else to go on your blog after they have read what they wanted on a like-minded subject.  As the problem with any blog or website getting for that matter people just get the information they want and leave they don’t tend to explore the site as much, so by having this features your increasing your chance that they might stay on your site longer and therefore be a returning reader.

What are your views on this subject?

Empire Avenue Beginners Mistake

So I have been on Empire Avenue now for coming up 3 days and I have to say I probably still don’t really know enough about it.  The mistake I have been making though is buying and selling shares to quickly and not actually considering what I am doing and which are the best to keep.  Which is a mistake I guess quite a lot of people will make, they will see the price of their stock they have bought go up and think I could make profit here.

However the trick isn’t to get rid of the stock at a profit but consider the dividends you will get in the long run.  While I haven’t actually used the really stock market I should imagine from what I have heard about it and seen in films and books I have read Empire Avenue is very similar to the real thing.  You can buy and sell your shares at a profit however like the real thing is that where you going to make your money or is it going to be holding onto the shares and wait for the dividends to come.

The first thing is first I’d suggest holding onto stock for a few days after you’ve bought it just to see what happens, as I am still not 100% sure how it is completely worked out but dividends is calculated on your social interaction with people.  So if you hold onto the stock for a while you can see how that user interacts with their shareholders and how they use services like Twitter to see whether it is worth holding onto the shares.

If they are not interacting well on the site or places like Twitter it might be time to cut your losses, that being said you can try to inflate the share price by getting people to buy shares in the ones you want to get rid of in order to make a profit with the price and commission involved.  However you’re not likely to make too many friends doing that.

This was my first mistake on Empire Avenue and probably not going to be the last but thought I’d post it in the hope it will help others.

Also I am starting to come around to the idea because I have had conversations with two users over Twitter about Empire Avenue and other topics such as blogging so it has already really started to accomplish the aim I had for it and that was to get this blog out there a bit more.

Don’t forget you want to play why not join through me and earn us both extra eaves: empireavenue.com/?t=nq8dj8q2

 

Choosing the Right Platform for Your Content

In the world of the Internet it is actually getting harder to decide where to put your content and how.  There is no getting away from the likes of Youtube if your producing video content then that is the place to put it.  But what happens when you want to expand from the obvious like some big producers have and have your own space on the net.  You might not even produce video well the truth is you have quite a bit of choice but all have their advantages and disadvantages that don’t always fit the needs of the content your producing.

There are two main categories:

  1. Hosted Platforms
  2. Self Hosted

Hosted Platforms

The major hosted platforms are free and do not cost you anything, however they deemed more for personal use then for producing company or commercial sites.  The reason for this is because you have less control over the services and have to stick to their terms and conditions.  By having less control over the platform though also means that you do not need to know anything about coding on the internet and can easily get your blog or content up on the internet.

Blogger

Blogger this is Google’s offering to the hosted platforms and it is ideal solution for any blogger, however I would say I have used it and find it very limiting.  You could write your own templates and upload them but they would would look clunky and not that attractive.  That being said you can easily link your blog to your twitter accounts and with the Blogger Directory option meant that you had an already preloaded community to view your work if they were looking in the blogger directory.  Also being part of Google you have great ad integration, that being said you can only use Amazon and Google by default.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is similar to Blogger but it uses the blogging tool of choice being WordPress.  This does have a few more templates at its disposal then Blogger and more features available to it in the way of plugins, however like Blogger your limited to what WordPress allows you to do.  The one feature that I do like from this service though is if you use the tags properly it will link your work with others that have used the same tags which will generate more traffic to your blog.  It also boasts better Search Engine Optimisation as you can use plugins to produce meta data for your work where as blogger doesn’t have that directly.  I will say though I haven’t used this service as I use a self hosted WordPress blog that I will cover later on in this article.

Tumblr

Tumblr this service I openly admit I know very little about but from what I read it has a very good community and is basically the gap between Twitter and a blogging platfrom like WordPress and Blogger.  The platform seems to lend itself well towards pictures and bring people together, although this is what you want it doesn’t seem to lend itself well to text based material and could be considered a place for more gimmicky work as oppose to serious.

A quick note to add to all these services even if you purchase your own domain so that it doesn’t look like it is a sub domain it still technically is and this can hinder how quickly your content gets put on the net along with the fact all your hard work is actually helping the service get higher up the rankings.

Self Hosted Platforms

This option will cost you money indirectly as you will have to pay for your domain name and hosting, that being said if you want full control of what you publish and not rely on anyone else this is the way to go.  The two main content management systems in this area for me is Jommla and WordPress.org.

WordPress.org

This is the original offering for WordPress and what WordPress.com is based on so you will have the features that WordPress.com has but you will be able to do a lot more.  You will have the ability to add whatever plugins you want and develop a feel to your site that you want.  I must admit although WordPress is designed for a blog style you can make it work in a way of a Content Management System (CMS) with your own coding ability and the use of plugins.  So it is possible to make it work as a fully function site not just a blog.  That being said it is not designed really for that so it is quite difficult and you will need extensive knowledge.

Joomla

Joomla is one of the most complicated systems on this article however out of all the systems it is the one that is the robust and maybe shouldn’t be in this list because it is a complete site rather than just a blog.  There is a wide variety of sites that Joomla can lend itself to and has more built in out of the box than all the others, but like I say it takes a lot more to learn.

Conclusion

For personal use depending on what you want to achieve but if its a blog then you may as well try all 3 services Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress and see which one you prefer that being said though, if you start using a service and want to expand then WordPress is probably your better option.  The reason for this is that you’ll be able to host your own WordPress blog so you’d be able to export your articles and import them back into your own hosted blog really easy as they work on the same system.

However I must say if you want to produce something professional and have complete freedom over what goes on your site the answer for you is hosting your own solution and if your reading this article my suggestion would be your looking at a blog type of site which means your looking at WordPress, but if your not and wanting your site to have loads of different features then you are looking at a Joomla site.

Please comment and let me know your findings with services as I don’t confess to know everything and I haven’t used all the services however this is what I have found from personal experience and reading around the internet.

World of Warcraft Tanks and DPS the Truth

Now we have all been there whether it is as DPS or a Tank in World of Warcraft and the group gets wiped or the Tank really struggles to hold aggro.  Now yes it is annoying but having started as DPS Hunter and now slowly moving my way through Tank classes I have slow become to realise that the success of a Tank isn’t just down to the Tank itself.

Now if the Tank is struggling to hold aggro that could be down to the tank but the success of any team game which is what it comes down to when in a dungeon group is the ability to work as a team.  If all goes well then a DPS just needs to hit the enemy with everything including the kitchen sink but what happens if it isn’t going your way?

The truth is most of the time you will have people having a right go of the tank at this point I would urge you to stop and think, is the Tank keeping aggro off the healer?  If the answer is yes and it is only going onto the DPS, this is where the skill of being a DPS comes in start changing your rotation and see whether that makes a difference.  Not taking away anything from the DPS role but that is the main skill in playing that role in a raid or dungeon knowing when to back off and change your angle of attack.

This is just my way of thinking and how I would advice working as a group to complete a raid or dungeon.  How are your experiences? Let me know in a comment.

Are you using the right Social Network?

This is a subject that got me thinking when I was considering the use of Social Networks now why are in the digital age and how old we should be before we starting using such services like Facebook and Twitter just to mention the two in the news right now.

What is a Social Network?

Taken from Wikipedia

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes", which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network

With this definition it seems that a social network can involve anyone that has a vested interest in anything whether it be something like a friendship to just having something in common.  Both of which have their own merits, but with the internet knocking down geographical barriers and bring more and more people together do we really use the Social Network tools at our disposal properly?

The key answer to that is understand what each are trying to achieve and how we can best use them. 

Understanding the different Social Networks

Lets start with the Grandad which has be said is My Space now this was one of the first social network utility of the type we are discussing on the internet and it has been a great launch pad for music artists.  Although the amount of people now using it is declining with the success of Facebook, it does remain a good place to showcase your musical work, as the profile is more open then Facebook and others giving you the ability to leave certain stuff completely open and others not.

Bebo was the next one to come along and that got more into the spirit of the teens and keeping their profiles safe a secure more then My Space that being said all social networking tools have the capability to hide things away, Bebo attempted and succeeded on trying to do what Facebook is now.

Now for the Facebook, now it has to be said this in now people’s social hub of the internet and it is one of the best ways to keep in contact with old and new friends while keeping up to date with your favourite band or movie star.  It gives you the ability to connect with new people in a restricted way as you can post views on topics if they have their own walls so giving you the chance to extend your social network but at the same time keep your personal life personal.

Moving on to Twitter this is the most open out of all the social networks but it isn’t designed to be quite as personal the idea is that you can leave short updates of what you are doing or what is on your mind and it goes out into the cloud.  Like all the other social networks it has the capability to be private with its settings however it does go against the idea behind it.

So the low down and what this all means

At the moment with the way the internet is you really only have 2 main choices and that is Facebook and Twitter, I believe you can use these together to achieve your end goals but use them in different ways.

Twitter I started off using as a way to promote content on my sites, and then went on to using it everyday just to tweet about what I felt strongly about or what I was watching in my opinion twitter brings together what a Internet Age Social Network is.  The ability to share snippets of information with everyone and then finding like minded people where you can discuss these matters, and build a relationship this based on a common interest and or goal.

Facebook on the other hand is the other main contender because it offers so much more in the way of functionality but at the same time can be far more restrictive in the fact you have to know the individual to add them or share information with them.  Where as Twitter it goes out to anyone that wants to search for that particular topic.

Is one better than the other though the answer would be no, they all have their flaws and benefits its just understanding them in order to exploit these amazing tools to their best use.

Feel free to comment on your experiences with the social networks and how you think they are best used!

Professions in World of Warcraft

There are loads of guides out there that suggest that one profession is the better one and how to level them to their most efficient but on my latest venture into the the World of Warcraft something dawned on me.  That one person can have his or her views on professions and they might right for their server at that moment in time.

The beauty of World of Warcraft even though it is a fantasy game it is actually quite close to real life in some respects as it economy in this instance  does change according to the market and its demands.  For example my Warrior Tankstueey I decided to try glyph making and do inscription because we’ve all been there gone to get a glyph and its been like 200g.  Now think of the profit in that I thought to myself, however the glyph market is so up and down as it is something that needs people to start new characters or have new players come into the game.

I have seen in my recent trading of glyphs go from 200g although the way down to 3g hardly covering my costs in some cases where I have been lazy and bought the materials.  The only sure firer way to be successful in my opinion when it comes to making money with professions is to have two gathering professions as people will always need those items to make other stuff.

Don’t get too bogged down in making money as it is only a small part of the game. 

Low Level Warrior Tanking

Now this isn’t a very good start to the new time management however my new idea is a serious of articles to help you out with low level stuff in World of Warcraft because if your like me you will sit there when struggling with a certain part of the game you turn to Google. I have found however it being really useful that there are not many guides for low level you sit there wondering ok they are the moves you use at 80 to 85 but I don’t have them yet.  With that in mind I will aim to sum up everything you need for a new character in a new role.

Like any World of Warcraft character talent trees are important and by the time you are able to enter dungeons where you are going to be tanking for the first time you will have access to this feature of the game. The main thing here is getting the right tree, and as a Warrior Tank you will want to choose protection, and to be honest since the release of the Catalysm its not difficult to work out which tree you want because there are little icons to tell you what tree is specialised to what role.  The next job is where to allocate your points and the truth is, its whatever you think you character needs.  However I have found WOW Popular very useful as it shows the most popular talents,glyphs and gear for a character of whatever type.

So here is the Warrior Protection most popular page however I will point out that the first talent I’d make sure was full would be blood and thunder as this make sure that your rend will be spread with your thunderclap.

Rotation, now I must say that this is quite difficult because out of all the tanks the Warrior has the most diverse moves, however I have found that once you have charge on all stances of which you should be in Defensive whenever tanking. You are looking at charge, rend, thunderclap, then maybe shield slam followed by Heroic Strike.  After that you want to hit thunderclap again as it will refresh the rend and go along that pattern until you learn cleeve and then that will fit in between thunderclap and shield slam.

As for gear you are looking for anything with high amounts of strength and stamina as a Warrior tank holds threat by the amount of physical damage it does.

A little tip though is don’t be too disheartened when you loose aggro because it might not actually be your fault especially at lower levels as I have found when you have melee dps, e.g. paladins, druids and warriors.  Some times they have the wrong trinkets or buffs using and its not really your fault at all, if you find this happening just try your best to hold as much as you can and if all else fails keep your healer out of harms way.

P.S. At the moment anyway Tanks are needed a lot more then any other role so if people are on your back you can leave and they will have to wait longer for another run than you will.  Also remember its only a game so so what if you get wiped out especially when your only just learning the role.  Just remember to have fun.

Also feel free to comment and let me know your findings as I am no way an expert.

The Importance of Commenting on other Blogs

This is something that I really didn’t get if I’m honest for the first couple of years in blogging, because I was thinking to myself that blogging is just airing your views on something anyways so what use is it commenting on others blog?

One main reason for that view was the fact that majority of people that are really in to their blogging tend to use no follow, which means that search engines don’t follow links in comments thus making it so the search engine bot doesn’t move from their site to yours.  The no follow is good in some respects because the more links you have going from your site or blog means the less time the search engine has to stay on your site.  This also means that your not increasing your competitors rating so they end up going higher up in the search engine listings.  At this time of blogging if I’m honest I knew I was small time and thought I needed to some how increase my web presence using search engines, and maybe commenting wasn’t worth the time if they weren’t going to be followed links.

Second time around and fresh start in blogging I started to think what about comments there has to be something in the way everyone who’s anyone in blogging will tell you comments are important, so as I was producing content I was always thinking about comments, due to the fact blogging is fundamentally unless for news on a company or an actually news company opinion that maybe comments can be useful on other blogs. 

So I went over to Google and did a few blog searches about some of my reviews and a few other articles and left a few not many, but ones that I thought were valid points.  Putting my website address in as an attribute and then a direct link to the exact content relevant to the post.

What happened next was ok wasn’t really getting any following on links from search engines but people were visiting my site on the exact link I had posted, and luckily for me the author of that blog allowed my content link.  So if your serious about blogging and want to increase your presence on the net one of the most important thing and easiest to do is commenting.

So if your a blogger and have something relevant to any of my content please don’t hesitate to comment or any with a view for that matter.

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