Increase Your Link Popularity – Increase Your Sales!

Increasing your link popularity can have tons of benefits. A high link popularity (and link relevancy) can make your website rank higher in search engine results and will allow more people to find your website. Over time, increasing your link popularity can also make your website’s page rank increase, making it seem more important to Google. This in turn means that Google will spider your website more quickly, and it will keep constant track of it.Increasing your link popularity earlier on in the game proves to be a good strategy for two reasons:1. The more quickly you submit links, the faster you will see an increase in traffic.
2. The increase in link popularity, by its very nature, is very time-consuming which therefore requires that you start with the process as early as possible.Suppose you start a website and would like to increase your incoming links quickly. You can try the following strategies, which can guarantee you a good return on your investment in the coming months:1. Sign up for the 3 way links service, which automatically links your website to your peers for a small monthly fee. The service becomes even more economical when you have multiple websites, you can add a total of 50 of your websites into the link database by using the 3 way links service.
2. Use a link submission software such as Directory Submitter to submit your links to the many link directories available for free online. However, try to submit with the higher PR directories first, because they get crawled really quickly, which means that your incoming link will be registered with Google more quickly.
3. Make a habit of commenting on other people’s blogs and add your link add the bottom of your comment. This strategy could easily be worth thousand of dollars in sales in the coming months or years.
4. Sign up for one or two high PR forums relating to your niche and work towards making sure people get acquainted with you. Prove to forum members that you have specialized knowledge in your field and provide a link to your website in your post signature. Once you have made yourself known and have started providing a valuable service, traffic to your website will increase quickly with little or no effort on your part.
5. Try software like Auto Social Poster to publish your blog or website contents to the countless news websites out there. ASP posts your single post to over 37 news websites, giving you instant 37 back-links for every single update you make to your website.Remember, increasing your link popularity cannot be done overnight; it takes time to implement and it works best when you work at it consistently everyday. Make a goal of adding at least 10 links a day and you will soon see a huge rush of traffic to your website.

Disruptive Technologies – Part 1: How Music Editors Are Related To Steam Engines

I am not into technologies, those that change so ever fast, and always. But I do observe technological trends, along which the development of scientific applications revolves.And of all trends, perhaps disruptive technologies are the defining path of industrial implications, a linear passage that technological progress almost invariably follows. Though the concept of “disruptive technologies” is only popularized in 1997 by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen in his best-seller “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, the phenomenon was already evidenced back in 1663, when Edward Somerset published designs for, and might have installed, a steam engine.As put forth by Clayton Christensen, disruptive technologies are initially low performers of poor profit margins, targeting only a minute sector of the market. However, they often develop faster than industry incumbents and eventually outpace the giants to capture significant market shares as their technologies, cheaper and more efficient, could better meet prevailing consumers’ demands.In this case, the steam engines effectively displaced horse power. The demand for steam engines was not initially high, due to the then unfamiliarity to the invention, and the ease of usage and availability of horses. However, as soon as economic activities intensified, and societies prospered, a niche market for steam engines quickly developed as people wanted modernity and faster transportation.One epitome of modern disruptive technologies is Napster, a free and easy music sharing program that allows users to distribute any piece of recording online. The disruptee here is conventional music producers. Napster relevantly identified the “non-market”, the few who wanted to share their own music recordings for little commercial purpose, and thus provided them with what they most wanted. Napster soon blossomed and even transformed the way the internet was utilized.Nevertheless, there are more concerns in the attempt to define disruptive technologies than simply the definition itself.One most commonly mistaken feature for disruptive technologies is sustaining technologies. While the former brings new technological innovation, the latter refers to “successive incremental improvements to performance” incorporated into existing products of market incumbents. Sustaining technologies could be radical, too; the new improvements could herald the demise of current states of production, like how music editor softwares convenience Napster users in music customization and sharing, thereby trumping over traditional whole-file transfers. The music editors are part of a sustaining technological to Napster, not a new disruptor. Thus, disruptive and sustaining technologies could thrive together, until the next wave of disruption comes.See how music editors are linked to steam engines? Not too close, but each represents one aspect of the twin engines that drive progressive technologies; disruptors breed sustainers, and sustainers feed disruptors.This character of sustaining technologies brings us to another perspective of disruptive technologies: they not only change the way people do business, but also initiate a fresh wave of follow-up technologies that propel the disruptive technology to success. Sometimes, sustaining technologies manage to carve out a niche market for its own even when the disruptive initiator has already shut down. Music editor and maker softwares continue to healthily thrive, despite Napster’s breakdown (though many other file sharing services are functioning by that time), with products like the AV Music Morpher Gold and Sound Forge 8.A disruptive technology is also different from a paradigm shift, which Thomas Kuhn used to describe “the process and result of a change in basic assumptions within the ruling theory of science”. In disruptive technologies, there are no assumptions, but only the rules of game of which the change is brought about by the behaviors of market incumbents and new entrants. They augment different markets that eventually merge. In Clayton Christensen’s words, newcomers to the industry almost invariably “crush the incumbents”.While researching on disruptive technologies, I came across this one simple line that could adequately capture what these technologies are about, “A technology that no one in business wants but that goes on to be a trillion-dollar industry.” Interesting how a brand new technology that seemingly bears little value could shake up an entire industry, isn’t it?You are probably asking, why then that no one wants it? Or how true is the money claim to these disruptive technologies? And if it is true, what are the implications to the business practice? How do market incumbents and new entrants behave?The scope of this article could only let me take the first question. Well, it is not that dominating companies are not visionary to see a disruption is coming. They can’t. A disruptive technology is inherently not attractive initially; no one could see how Napster could boom and lead to the thriving market of audio softwares like the music editors and mixers, except the disruptors themselves. Even if one manages to foresee it, the “Innovator’s Dilemma” is there to keep them from acting.And as the books show, technology has always evolved in waves of disruption.

Spread Trading Strategies Overview

A lot of traders have noticed the changes occuring in recent markets. Forex market had changed seriously, became unpredictable (even more so!) and chaotic, volatility and risks rising. Old, proven trading techniques that were profitable a few decades ago do not bring serious results. So, traders using outdated methods are often “defeated” by the market. In this situation, making profitable trades even under poor market conditions becomes as important as ever, preferably not threatening your deposit a lot, in contrast to the classical methods, which are sometimes very dangerous. In this article, we will talk about one of the following, modern and moderately safe ways spread trading.

To begin, let’s first consider what a spread is. A spread is considered as the difference between the value of two financial instruments’ baskets. Thus, a synthetic instrument (spread) is obtained and can be traded in the same way as a conventional financial asset, with the difference that when buying a spread a whole asset basket (first) is purchased with a simultaneous sale of the second one, and the sale of the spread is basically opening the opposite positions. The main idea in creating a spread is building a synthetic instrument that behaves as expected by its creator, e.g. fluctuating to some levels again and again. As a result, trading such a synthetic tool is usually much easier than usual, because (ideally) it’s just enough to buy and sell the spread on deviating from these mean values.

Here are the main spread trading strategies:

Pair trading;
Futures’ and currencies spreads;
Arbitrage portfolios and indexes.
1. Pair Trading

Pair trading is unique in a way that each instrument basket contains only one instrument. The simplest pair trading example can be as follows: one should find some assets associated with each other, having a large correlation, and make a spread out of these, ie calculate the difference between their prices based on assigned weighting coefficients. These assets will usually have a high probability of reverting to some mean value. Then it’s possible to trade it (the synthetical spread) the same way as a usual trading instrument, trying to buy low and sell high.

2. Futures’ and currencies spreads

Futures and Forex markets are very diverse – everyone can find and construct spread to trade for one’s liking. Here are the main ones:

Calendar spreads based on the same contract with different expiration dates. For example, spreads in May and October grain. But in practice, most often the closest expiration contracts are used for spread trading.
Intercommodity spreads , as an example, you can take gold and silver, or returning to the examples on grain corn. There’s truly a large variety of stable commodity pairs, some do even have their own name.
Intermarket spreads spreads, consisting of same assets traded on different exchanges (gold on Forex and CME or NYSE, for example).
Currency spreads purchase / sale of currency synthetic combinations.
3. Index \ arbitrage portfolio

This type of trade involves the creation of the spread between the indices and tools basket, “repeating” this index (most often just using some or all of index constinuent stocks/assets). There is a huge number of different indices on stock markets of the world, ETF funds and other “composite” instruments, so it’s a lot of room for creativity for spread creating – using different indices, instruments, weights, etc. So everything is in the trader’s power here!