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pixlr-website-banner Users of graphic art software constantly scour the world looking for alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. It is a sore point with many bloggers and web content creators, and rightly so. Adobe charge a lot for their software. One website is not. Pixlr has become the most used graphics website in the world, now ready to surpass even Photoshop Elements.

The website is easy and friendly to use. Choose what free version of software you want (we choose the free “advanced” version), and away you go! Don’t be surprised if you find the number of advanced special effects filters, color and text manipulation tools a bit too much. Despite the heavy functions included here, the software works perfectly and with no problems – all inside your browser window. If you find it tough as being your first venture into a can-do graphics editing package, then opt for the free “efficient” version on the main window. it is basic and easy as hell. We confess we love the “playful version.

Just for the smell of it, try opening the sample picture of the guy with the beard in the supplied photos and watch him in the photo developing fluid. Now drag (without clicking the mouse) across the “water” to see the rippling effect. The added filters that resemble Instragram effects are a welcome touch. But Pixlr does more. The best thing is to just play with it, and have fun. We think it’s the best and easiest way to learn. Pixlr is backed by Autocad, one of the biggest players in the 3d graphics software industry. The creator of Pixlr has a great blog, also viewable from the home site, well worth checking out.

Webonist takes pride in bringing good reviews and recommendations of good software. This software is excellent. And comes at the right price. Nothing.

Now that Google has joined 2 other large investors and put money into Viglink, everyone is wondering were they wrong for writing down Viglink’s future prospects? Viglink is an advertising affiliate just like Amazon Associates. Affiliates is a marketplace where advertisers and publishers and bloggers all combine to earn money on products either advertised or mentioned on websites or blogs.

People who shop on affiliates spend on average $7 more on goods than on just buying online in the ordinary way. Why is that? And how is it that households who buy via affiliates tend to have higher incomes? Whatever we can say – it seems that affiliates is a very profitable and viable business model online. It’s profitable enough to have Google invest in it.

Affiliate marketing and sales is a better way of growing a start up or SME business than advertising via the conventional route. Because the entire thing is automated, the business or person can instantly see what links are attracting customers, who is buying from where, and monitor the sales accordingly.

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How does a person, be they an author, artist, marketer, or business person – buy your idea or product over someone elses?

This is a question that dogs many people when they are writing features or articles for a client or for someone (even a large readership). It also happens to other kinds of people in other areas. But there is an answer to this. There is a way to make them buy yours over someone else’s efforts.

The secret is to not use the usual ” I am / we are better than the other guy” argument. This is the usual response, and frankly everyone has heard it before. It’s better to say this in such a way that you can easily back it up with facts and provable data. You should be able to easily illustrate your answer with information such as analytics, or comparative data. The information must always be based on something real and substantive.

Embrace social media. It is one of the best ways to get people to read what you are putting out into the world, and you are showing it across several of the top and most popular platforms. If you have a Twitter account for putting out announcements, make sure you are in Twellow and Listorious, and any other popular twitter directories. Likewise if you are serious about business matters, announce things via your LinkedIn account blog and groups you are a member of.

Getting more of a following can be as easy as just using simple joined-up thinking. Join your social media marketing strategies into the common social media platforms and overlap them. All the top social media allow feedback, a crucial medium to hear what others think of what you offer to the world. Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus all allow this. Even Pinterst allows it.

Many bloggers, including Webonist have always sounded our confidence in LinkedIn. it is a great network, and growing healthily. It means business, and listens to the business world. So it has its finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world of Business in a way that Facebook is not… at least not so much.

Facebook is catching up with LinkedIn. Many businesses are setting up Business pages and Community pages on the world’s largest social network. But setting up pages and hoping people will just magically arrive on them and engage is not enough. It is no guarantee.

Marketing and promotion are still needed for both Facebook and LinkedIn. But whereas facebook is primarily for ordinary people to just socialize, Linkedin is primarily a Business Network, and gets the business peprson there quicker; it is more focussed. It takes some effort to get the eyes you need to your pages on Facebook.

Yes, Facebook celebrated a big IPO Launch this week, but the share is slipping slightly. Facebook is not a 100% sure money-making social network. Its monetization comes from from disparate places. Many apps abound on Facebook. Meeting and playing socially is one thing. But advertising is not as apparent or well developed as say – Google Adsense. Even WordPress has “Word Ads“, just as Google also has “Adwords“.

If you were a business who wanted to deal with other businesses, you would choose LinkedIn. It is more business to business focussed, and also focussed towards professionals. I have discovered some Groups on Facebook that lie empty and not administered by anyone. Some wither on the vine. And some seem to replicate too many others. In LinkedIn, everyone is encouraged to not allow Groups to spam or overlap other groups too much. Facebook is witness to a lot of spam. Another benefit of LinkedIn from an SEO point of view is that if your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete, you automatically become indexed by the top search engines, like Google, Bing and Yahoo!

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Here is a question. How many of you have a LinkedIn account? Do you know that when you create a free profile on LinkedIn and it is 100% complete, and if you have a website link to your main site of interest, be it a Blog, a Hub Pages Profile, a website… you can add 2 extra features that will get you a whole lot of followers and fans.

Set up your Twitter link to your Twitter page – i.e. – http://www.twitter.com/yourname. Now add your Facebook page of interest. That should be http://www.facebook.com/yourname.

If you have a LinkedIn account and have completed your personal profile, it will be then indexed by Search Engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. LinkedIn has enormous status on the web and the link is very valuable. Having your Facebook and Twitter pages linked into your profile will get you indexed even more, and will get you more clicks for that respective content. And that is what getting traffic is all about. It’s not just about having a Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I am in several groups on Facebook that number into the hundreds, and have well over 2000 followers from 2 Twitter accounts. The average number of networked people looking at the groups I am in, over at LinkedIn runs to 3,500 people approximately. That is for each group. So if I post on average one entry per day in each group, how many people are watching me, reading me, following me and following the same niche (or niches) as I do – on LinkedIn?

Do the maths. Join LinkedIn today. It’s all free, and it’s all good.

One solid Facebook Tip: if you have a personal Facebook page for friends and laughs and sharing jokes etc, try instead to set up a proper Facebook page with just your main niche and keep it business-like. You will get more followers.

Yes, it is that time of year when we presumably stuff our faces with Large or Small Chocolate Eggs and make merry, and observe whatever wonderful cultural festivities come with this time. But if you had a wishlist for your Blog or Website – what would it be?

Chances are that everyone picks “More Traffic Please” and it’s not hard to see why. Everyone hankers for ever more followers and fans and readers to our respective blogs. But that depends on the Quality of the blog itself. There are many ways to get extra readers. I will enlarge on this in a future entry. But for now, I’d like to announce to all that a Webonist Newsletter is planned very soon,and is currently in production. It will be available as a free download in PDF Format.

Some intriguing new research has found a link between the amount of friends on your Facebook account and the degree to which you are a “socially disruptive” narcissist, and seems to confirm the conclusions of many apparent social media gurus.

The chances are that anyone who scores highly on something called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, and also tagged themselves more often and updated their news feeds more regularly. Most interesting. Naturally it helps that this research comes to us amid ever more evidence that young people are becoming ever more narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships. So does that image describe or define you? Is this how Social Media and Facebook defines us?

Narcissists apparently change their profile pictures more frequently and react more aggressively to criticisms made against them by others on Facebook. Researchers found a sense of “entitlement” amongst this group of Facebook users, which reinforced a sense of aggrandizement in them. Something called “grandiose exhibitionism” was cited as the reason why so many users on Facebook seem to act this way, saying that some people in this category had upward of 800 fans or followers.

Welcome to today’s Webonist. And what a day it is.

In a day that sees Google Launching pell mell into the fray over MPAA Lawsuits – Apple shifted 3 Million iPads in 3 days –  proving what a great money spinner they still are. Take that number of iPads and multiply by $499 (approx value of entry level iPad) – and you get over $1 Billion for 3 days worth of sales. Not bad for a Tablet PC.

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