Kids and Internet Rules

When my kids grow a little and they are going to start using the Internet, I am going to be very clear about the rules in place for the use of the Internet. I am going to explain to them who those rules are and I am also going to tell them that those rules are non-negotiable. I am going to be as clear about them as possible.

I believe that it is a good idea to set some sort of punishment for not obeying the Internet rules. One idea that comes to my mind here right now is temporarily preventing my kids from using the Internet for a certain amount of time.

Competitors

If you are thinking about starting an online business, then there are some things that you should keep in mind. One thing that is important is that you should be aware of your competitors. It might sound complicated, but it is actually not so bad. All you have to do is to do a Google search for various keywords that you are competing for. Such a search will reveal many of your competitors. What you should do next is scour their websites to gain as much information as possible. Compare the prices to see whether you can offer lower prices. Take a look at the website design to see whether your site design is as appealing.

What People Like About Blogging

Blogging has become an integral part of our culture, as there are millions of people who enjoy sharing their thoughts with others by blogging. There are many things which bloggers like about blogging, and here are some of them that I would like to list:

-Desire to have contact with others and being part of the blogging community. Everybody needs to identify himself somehow, and most people like being actively involved in a community.
-Desire to do something creative, something that will stay for a long time. People are generally creative beings. Being passive does not bring many people satisfaction. They have an irresistible desire to create something that they will be able to show and share with others.
-Desire to have a popular blog with a lot of traffic and high number of comments. Desire for popularity and fame are other characteristics of humans. What people want to achieve is to be known in the blogosphere as an experienced bloggers who publish quality content.
-Possibility of setting very specific goals and aiming at them. Do you want to have higher Alexa score? Set your realistic goals and try to achieve them. What is nice about blogging is that the more work you put in it, the better results you will obtain.

What is it that motivates you to blog?

Online Games

There are many interesting sites on the Internet and one of them are sites dedicated to games. On such websites there are often dozens of games that allow people to have some fun without spending any money. While you need to pay for Internet connection in order to have access to the Internet, the good news is that there are so many free things online that it can save you tons of money. Like I said, a good example of this are online games that allow users to enjoy a variety of genres such as arcade games, strategy games, puzzle games, adventure games, and more.

Web Extensions

Do you know what are the most popular Web extensions? The one’s that are used the most are ‘com’, ‘net’, ‘org’, ‘info’, and ‘biz’. The most popular websites on the Internet usually have a ‘com’ extension, but it also varies from website to website. There are no extensions that are inherently better than others. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the extension ‘com’ became the most popular in the world. This might change in the future once many other extensions will be released, but for now many Internet users associate websites with the ‘com’ extension. This website also has a ‘com’ extension, and perhaps that is why it is easy for visitors to remember the address. Overall, I would recommend that if you are not sure which extension to choose then decide on ‘com’ as it is the most known one. For those who do not surf the web that often it will be a lot easier to remember such a web address.

Things Bloggers Should Avoid Doing

There are a few things that in my opinion bloggers should avoid doing. Being a blogger is not as easy as some people think as a blogger needs to know what he is doing. Here are some tips that may help you be a better blogger:

-Make sure that you post on a regular basis. If your visitors will notice that there are no new posts for a few weeks then they may think that you stopped blogging. Ideally, try to post at least once per week.

-Try to decide what audience will be visiting your blog and cater to them. If you have a blog that, for example, caters to teenagers, then you can write about many topic that may be of interest to them.

-Lastly, make sure that your posts are high quality. Maybe ask your friends to read your posts and tell them to give you any advice. It is also important not to make too many typos or grammar errors, so that your blog appears as high quality as possible.

Not All Websites Are Suitable for Children

It is not a secret that not all websites on the Internet are suitable to be seen and visited by children. Children are some of the most vulnerable Internet users and they should be in my opinion supervised at all times while spending time surfing the Web.

There are even some unscrupulous people on the Internet preying on children hoping that they will fall victim to their elaborate scams. It is very easy to convince a child to do something bad like sharing the credit card details of his parents or even many other things that can be bad for the children. If you are a parent, I want you to be aware of that and I want to encourage you to supervise your kids at all times.

Small Niche Blogs Making Money

While the biggest reward of blogging is the fact that you can share your thoughts with the rest of the world, there are also other things that some people hope to achieve. Maintaining a blog can be quite expensive, especially if you spend money on promotion and web design. That is why making some money from your blog is often necessary to keep it online. Here are my thoughts about blogs targeting a small niche, and their ability to make money:

  • You have a small audience, because you just target a particular niche. This does not mean you will not have many visitors, but you need to keep this in mind. You have to focus in order to avoid writing off-topic posts.
  • There are not many affiliate programs to choose. On the other hand, those which will really fit into your site can give you a big profit. It is all about targeted advertising.
  • It might be harder to have other sites linking to you, so consider link exchanges with sites dealing with a similar topic. Such sites may be very pleased that you are suggesting a link exchange, as they probably do not receive such a request very often. On the other hand, sites dealing with very popular topics might have a lot of competition, and may not be that eager to agree to a link exchange.

The Internet and the English Language

It is not a secret that more and more people around the world use English as their second language. You do not have to be a statistic expert to know and see that. English is currently the most widely used language on the Internet as well, and recently even Asian internet users use it on a large scale. The Internet and its popularity have largely contributed to the broad use of English. People for hundreds of years have been looking for ways to communicate with each other, but could never find a way to do it. Not until now. Knowledge of English is also essential if you want to work online. Not knowing English in an English speaking world can be a huge disadvantage. The good news is that you can choose whether you want to learn English or not, as there are a lot more places offering English courses. It is really great to see the world coming together in unity, and Internet is a prime example of that. The opponents of Internet may not fully realize how much Internet has changed the world. It is easy to have friends from all over the world, or even meet your second half on the Internet.

Can a Child Compromise Your Security?

I keep hearing stories of parents whose children gave away their credit card details to some strangers on the Internet. Every time something like this happens, I try to imagine how it would be like if my children gave my credit details to somebody that I do not know. It seems that there are many malicious Internet users out there who would do anything to encourage your child or children to give away your personal details.

One advice is to teach your children to never give any personal information to anybody on the Internet. If your children want to use your credit card details to pay for an online game for example, supervise the transaction yourself.