Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to Print an Envelope?

I wanna save time writing the delivery address and return address on the envelope, plus I want it to look professional. So, I have done a research and found this helpful "How to Print an Envelope" Video Tutorial. 



I liked the fact that I was able to learn something about how to print an envelope. Now, my husband and I does not need to buy that stickers label anymore. And mailing letter or checks to Vendors would look professional now.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Communication: Is the Sign Arbitrary?

My second day of reading in the Introduction to Communication helped me understand in identifying if the symbol you see  is Arbitrary. 

I had to describe and comment on a sign that I noticed in the media (online, on TV, in advertising, in a book or newspaper or magazine, etc.). And answer questions:
Was the sign a symbol, an icon, an index, or some combination? What was the sign's signifier? What was its signified?

Semiotics Communication, Is the Sign Arbitrary?So I was in the middle of completing my online research for work and had trouble loading a particular webpage then I noticed a pop-up window with a “red shield”. The sign was a symbol because it has no direct connection to the referent; it could be a McAffee Virus Scan Shield. The signifier (elements of the red shield – color, shield, & the letter x in the shield).  It signified a warning to internet users that it is not safe to open the website; it may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server.

Not all internet users are knowledgeable or highly oriented about the world of internet and because of this lack of knowledge some signs found while browsing the net would imply different meanings to users. The “red shield” is arbitrary in such a way that other internet users such as kids would possibly look at it as a game button; it could be a logo used by an organization or to an event like The Salvation Army’s annual fund raising campaign. 

More questions I answered:

How would subjectivity, negotiation, and/or culture (all described in chapter 3) affect how you and other people might differently interpret the sign you discussed? What possible miscommunications (or other communication or interpretation problems) might come about as a result? How might these communication problems be prevented or minimized?--or could they be?

NEGOTIATION
As internet users learn the outcome of not receiving the sign’s message correctly, or as the sign appears on a webpage repeatedly while surfing the net, some of internet users would take part in learning the primary meaning of the sign.

CULTURE
The more the “red shield” appears to internet users while browsing the net, some internet users would take part in learning the message of the sign is trying to deliver, as a result of negotiation, I and other internet users would develop a common meaning to the sign. Or the more time an individual spends using the internet, the more chances of encountering the “red shield” sign which will eventually make you understand the message it’s trying to send.

COMMUNICATION PROBLEM
A communication problem may occur, for instance, when some internet users do not understand the message of the sign (red shield) created by webmasters/programmers to send a warning to the internet users.

PREVENT COMMUNICATION PROBLEM
For the example I illustrated, the message of the sign needs to be re-sent for internet users to understand the message. Or the webmasters/programmers need to say it loud in the context of re-designing the sign (clear & big; add words) to add more meaning.

Floating Social Media Buttons from ShareThis.com


I found a different style of a floating social media button 3 days ago from ShareThis, so I updated all my blogsites. But then today, I realized to switch back to my old floating social media buttons. So I have to note this one, in case in the future I wanna use this floating social media button style again. There more choices of styles available at ShareThis.com. You can register to that website and pick your Floating Social Media Button style.





Steps on how to add this style of a floating social media buttons on a blog page

- Go to Design > Layout
- Click Add A Gadget. (Header and Footer)

- In Add A Gadget window, select HTML/Javascript .
- Copy the code below and paste it inside the content box.
- Save the gadget.
- Click Save button on upper right corner.


Copy and Paste this Code on the Header Part:
<script type="text/javascript">var switchTo5x=true;</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://s.sharethis.com/loader.js"></script>


Copy and Paste this Code on the Footer Part:
<script>
var options={ "publisher": "6a52b69d-0907-4353-b10f-a86520f6e11a", "position": "left", "ad": { "visible": false, "openDelay": 5, "closeDelay": 0}};
var st_hover_widget = new sharethis.widgets.hoverbuttons(options);
</script>


Reference:
http://sharethis.com/publishers/get-sharing-tools


Friday, July 20, 2012

Communication: Sign's Signifier, What was it signified?

First day of reading of the Introduction to Communication. Asked me to answer the following question:

Describe and comment on a sign that you noticed in some "real world" aspect of your daily life (that is, not in the media) this week that you considered particularly interesting, troubling, or in any other way significant. Was the sign a symbol, an icon, an index, or some combination? What was the sign's signifier? What was its signified?

I went to a local shop in Helena and noticed a sign (a flyer) that caught my interest, “Money Tree”. 

The sign was a symbol that represents, as far as I can remember, an artificial tree with money leaves growing in a golden pot for a wedding reception gift.
The sign’s signifier was the written word “Money Tree”.

 

Out of my curiosity I walked towards where the sign was posted and behind it was a real miniature tree in a pot. 



Before long, I knew that it actually signified the name of a bonsai plant on which the shop/seller posted for shoppers to easily recognize its name or locate the Money Tree.

See I am learning. Now, I am starting to wonder all the signs I see on the road or wherever I go, what could those signs signify to other people. 



What is Communication?

One of the skills that I need to work on with is my communication skill. So I decided to read a book about Introduction to Communication.

Before reading the book, you need to define what is communication or answer the following questions:

Question 1: What would you say communication consists of? What are the various components or parts of a communication situation: What is involved, Who is involved, What they do, What happens, What their goals?

My Answer:
Communication consists of what you say, how you say it, why you say it, and body gestures. It involves expressing yourself & listening to one or more people's thoughts and emotions. Communication involves everyone around you and how they react to you and how deeply they understand the point you are trying to make. There goals will directly reflect the understanding of the subject and there personal or ethical beliefs of the subject.

Question 2: How is communication shaped or affected by the culture a person is a member of? Put another way, how does a person’s communication or communication style reflect his/her culture? 

My Answer:
People from different countries tend to communicate in slightly different ways, in such a way, that some people can be aggressive and intimidating to others; some people don't talk often or ask many questions based on misunderstandings and lack of understanding for cross cultural communication; some people communicate without games and manipulation and are considerate to others. Because of cultural differences people express themselves in different ways.

Question 3:  How would you define the discipline of Communication Studies? (Consider, for example, what it covers or studies.

My Answer:
It studies how people deliver verbal and non-verbal messages with people of all different situations, mindsets, and cultures and the impact of those messages on people's beliefs and understanding of the subject. It includes the study of communication in individuals, groups, organizations, media, and across culture.


Question 4:  Name as many communication sub-disciplines (areas of specialty) as you can.
 
My Answer: Communication of Family, Communication of Friends, International communication, group communication (classroom, office), media communication, political communication, religious communication

Question 5:  What are the goals or objectives of studying communication? That is, what do you believe scholars of communication hope to achieve or accomplish? What “tools” do you think a communication scholar needs to conduct research and communicate its findings?

My answer: To become a good communicator; to improve the skills of listening and the expression of thoughts and feelings; and to better understand the world we live in. Nowadays, with the advancement of technology, a communication scholar needs to conduct research on how to use the Internet, Media Relations, and Broadcasts & Videos effectively.

How about you? How would you define communication? What is Communication?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Add a floating social media buttons on your blog page.

This Floating Button Menu stays put even when the page is scrolled


Steps on how to add a floating social media buttons on a blog page

- Login to your Blogger account.
- Go to Design > Page Elements.
- Click Add A Gadget.
- In Add A Gadget window, select HTML/Javascript .
- Copy the code below and paste it inside the content box.
- Save the gadget.
- Drag the gadget and reposition it under Blog Posts gadget.
- Click Save button on upper right corner.




COPY THIS CODE

<!-- floating page sharers Start bloggersentral.com-->
<style>
#pageshare {position:fixed; bottom:15%; margin-left:-71px; float:left; border-radius:5px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px;background-color:#fff;padding:0 0 2px 0;z-index:10;}
#pageshare .sbutton {float:left;clear:both;margin:5px 5px 0 5px;}
.fb_share_count_top {width:48px !important;}
.fb_share_count_top, .fb_share_count_inner {-moz-border-radius:3px;-webkit-border-radius:3px;}
.FBConnectButton_Small, .FBConnectButton_RTL_Small {width:49px !important; -moz-border-radius:3px;/*bs-fsmsb*/-webkit-border-radius:3px;}
.FBConnectButton_Small .FBConnectButton_Text {padding:2px 2px 3px !important;-moz-border-radius:3px;-webkit-border-radius:3px;font-size:8px;}
</style>
<div id='pageshare' title="Get this from BloggerSentral.com">
<div class='sbutton' id='fb'>
<a name="fb_share" type="box_count" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php">Share</a><script src="http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share" type="text/javascript"></script>
</div>
<div class='sbutton' id='su'>
<script src="http://www.stumbleupon.com/hostedbadge.php?s=5"></script>
</div>
<div class='sbutton' id='digg' style='margin-left:3px;width:48px'>
<script src='http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js' type='text/javascript'></script>
<a class="DiggThisButton DiggMedium"></a>
</div>
<div class='sbutton' id='gb'>
<a class='google-buzz-button' data-button-style='normal-count' href='http://www.google.com/buzz/post' title='post on google buzz'>
<script src='http://www.google.com/buzz/api/button.js' type='text/javascript'></script>
</a></div>
<div class='sbutton' id='gplusone'>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>
<g:plusone size="tall"></g:plusone>
</a></div>
<div style="clear: both;font-size: 9px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://bloggerehow.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-add-floating-social-media.html">Add this</a></div>
</div>
<!-- floating page sharers End -->


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How to find backlinks using Google search?

Ways to get backlinks using Google search?

For example to find backlinks on blogspot website

Type all:
site:*,blogspot.com "russian women"

This will give u a result of all blogspot websites that contains "russian women" keyword.

- u can replace blogspot.com with any other website and russian women with other keywords

- make sure u have SEOquake installed in your firefox. SEOquake will show the page rank data of the site in the results page. So you will just open the websites or webpages with PR.

Try it!

HOW TO GET THE LINK VALUE?
The use of Website Auditor can help you get the link value. You can install it on your computer too.

Install the FREE version

After the installation. Run a report for the URL u found. then wait until it's finished.
Find the Page PR and Link Value columns. You can drag it close to Page column.

Tools Get PR of Website and Website’s Pages

SEO Status PageRank/Alexa Toolbar

SEO-QUAKE
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/seoquake-seo-extension

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Many ways of Getting Website Traffic


I had been doing a lot of reading and found out that there are abundant creative techniques to get traffic to your website. Some techniques are free and some will cost you money. If you want to maintain the website traffic, getting traffic is a continuous task and you must be constantly doing it. In fact, you can find hundreds of topics talking about ways of  “gettingwebsite traffic”. Such as:

He outlines the strategies and techniques that can be used to attract an enormous flood of visitors to a website. And he noted “what you do with these techniques is up to you. Because I don't know you, don't know your skills and – most important of all - don't know how persistent you'll be, I can't make any guarantees”.

It’s on PDF file which you can download for FREE, as he also noted “This report is free. If you paid for it, you've been robbed. Impress your friends, colleagues and customers by giving them a copy. This report must NOT be sold.”

1. Optimize your site for search engines
2. Frequently update the contents of your site
3. Take advantage of social bookmarking sites
4. Use your Twitter and Facebook accounts
5. Get links with other sites in your niche
6.  Use any chance to promote your site for free
7. Create a free product or service
8. Use viral content
9. Use offline promotion
10. Include your URL in your signature

This is a video clip which will show you the way to Get Traffic to Your Website. This will teach you how to get hyper targeted free traffic to your website for free and you will learn as well the fastest and easiest way to get traffic to your website. As he noted, "You can get traffic for free, you can gettraffic to your site by paying to Google Adwords, getting traffic to your website is not so much difficult if you have proper plan and you are acting on it."

Some will cost you money, and some won't. Below you'll find many legitimate ways (ranging from free to costly) to boost the number of visitors to your website. But if you don't have so much as a cent to spare, read How to Increase WebsiteTraffic for Free.