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Seven Unique and Innovative Online Businesses

Seven Unique and Innovative Online Businesses

 

Are you looking for business inspiration? Are you trying to find a niche or an idea that you can turn into something real and successful? Here are seven unique and innovative online businesses that should help get your entrepreneurial brain ticking.

 

You never know, you might become the next Gary Dahl. His story starts way before the internet as we know it today, but it is proof that almost anything is possible. Dahl became a millionaire in 1975 with one of the most unusual business ideas ever imagined - he sold Pet Rocks.

 

No, let's rephrase that – he convinced people to buy rocks.

 

Selling on Etsy and Amazon

Selling on Etsy and Amazon

 

Selling on Etsy and selling on Amazon is an option that is lucrative for many businesses. It also presents opportunities if you’re thinking of starting a new business. But how do you do it right and become successful?

 

First, remember that lots of people before you have failed. You’re probably thinking right now: hey, hang on a minute – I came here for advice and inspiration – what’s all this talk about failure? But the fact that lots of people have failed on Amazon or Etsy is something your business can learn from. Here are the two most common mistakes:

 

Widgets You Can Add to Your Website

Widgets You Can Add to Your Website

 

A widget is a piece of code that you can add to your website to give it extra functionality. A widget can improve the experience of your website users, or it can give your website a feature that helps you grow your business. But what exactly can widgets do? The answer to that is fairly broad. You can get a widget for just about anything, many of which are cool but ultimately useless. Here are some useful widgets you can add to your website.

 

Marketing Your New Website

Marketing Your New Website

 

If you ask anyone involved in online marketing they will tell you that your work only begins once you finish building your new website. This is because the real challenge is getting people to visit your site. The internet is a busy place. And your competitors have deep pockets. But if you work hard, successfully marketing your new website is possible.

Google's Material Design - What is it?

Google's Material Design - What is it?

 

What is Google’s Material Design? After reading about the concept this is a question most people involved in Google are probably asking too. Almost everything about it is dripping with enough clichés and jargon to make your head spin. So, let’s start with the basics – Material Design is a new design concept and design language from Google.

 

The idea is to make online design more consistent, clean and user-friendly across all devices. Google is using it to create the new version of its operating system Android which they are releasing later in 2014. And the company is encouraging designers of software for tablets, mobile devices and computers to use Material Design.

 

How to Select the Right WP Theme

How to Select the Right WP Theme

 

A WordPress theme determines a lot of the functionality of your website, as well as the way it looks and behaves for your users. So it’s important to choose wisely. But how do you do this? There’s a huge selection of themes from a large number of providers. This article will cut through the noise to help you select the right theme.

The two things you need are focus and a sense of purpose. Almost everyone who has developed a website in WordPress has had the child-in-a-toy-shop experience when looking for a theme, i.e. they have no focus or sense of purpose.

 

The Difference between Web Design and Web Development

The Difference between Web Design and Web Development

 

What’s the difference between web design and web development? It’s an important question to understand, particularly if you’re planning on hiring someone to build a new website. And there is a significant difference, despite the fact that the terms are often used interchangeably.

 

To get an understanding of the difference let’s spend some time looking at one of the most beautiful cars that has ever been made. This is an unorthodox approach but it explains the difference in a simple way. So let’s have some fun (the car really is stunning!)

Should your site worry about a DDOS Attack?

Should your site worry about DDOS?

 

What is a DDOS attack? And more importantly, should you worry? These questions are increasingly being asked by SMEs and others who run small and medium-sized websites. But most of the DDOS attacks that you hear about affect the web’s largest websites, so why would someone want to attack you?

 

Let’s start by explaining what happens in a DDOS attack. They work by sending huge volumes of traffic to your website to overload your host. The traffic is not real though: it is bots, or automatic traffic. While this is happening real users cannot access your website. The attacks can last for hours or even days.

 

Internet Freedom and Your Website

Internet Freedom and Your Website

 

Doing business across the world has become easier because of the internet. Global corporations as well as smaller businesses can reach new markets. In fact it’s not unusual for small businesses, or even solo entrepreneurs, to have customers all over the world. One of the reasons why this is possible is because of the principle of internet freedom, i.e. you can theoretically access any website from anywhere in the world.

 

But internet freedoms are constantly changing which leaves the question: how will these changes affect your website?

 

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