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4 Great Questions to Ask to Make Sure Your Business Service Monitoring is Fit For Purpose

monitoringThousands of air passengers had to take off from Paris’s biggest airport without their bags on Friday because a computer error had caused security scanners to break down.

The authorities promised to send luggage on but were unable to say when this would happen.

The problem, which started at 5.00am, took hours to sort – it was not until 1.00pm that the breakdown was finally repaired and service restored, albeit at a slower pace than usual.

About 10% of the daily luggage that the airport handles was left on the ground, that’s between 8,000-10,000 bags grounded as their owners flew to far-flung destinations in hundreds of planes which took off before baggage-handlers could load their suitcases on to them.

Incidents like this always serve as a “call to action” for me.

Let’s be clear – the planes took off, with passengers on them and no-one’s safety was compromised. In other words, the main function of the airport and the airlines flying from it performed successfully. Yet 10% of passengers (or customers) asked to rate their experience, probably would not be satisfied.

Actually I think that the airport and its IT responded fairly well but you can always do better and it’s important that lessons are learned, not only for an organisation that suffers an IT fail, but for everyone whose service delivery is dependent on efficient IT performance.

High profile computer errors serve as a reminder to make sure that your systems are performing to the peak of your customers’ expectations and not just your main service delivery systems – check that your supporting infrastructure is working too. Metaphorically speaking you should check your IT estate is in a position to deliver your customers and their bags to their destination.

Virtually every service failure presents early symptoms that, if the right people know about them, can be prevented.

Furthermore, with business service monitoring in place you can spot these early symptoms instantly and automated remediation efforts can begin before a human hand even reaches a keyboard.

Complex trend and event analysis can quickly identify abnormal conditions and their potential for impacting user experiences, enabling prioritization based on business impact. Predictive analytics enable forecasts of future requirements, enabling organizations to avoid issues caused by insufficient capacity.

Often, customers complain less about a problem and more about lack of communication concerning what your organisation is doing about it. Charles De Gaulle efficiently handles about 80,000 bags a day but on this occasion they could not do that and they did not know when passengers would be reunited with their bags – efficient business service monitoring gives you better information to communicate to your customers and should an equivalent incident arise in your service delivery you’ll be able to relay to your customers when you expect resumption of “normal service”.

Put it on your “to-do” list this week. Ask yourself…

  1. How efficient is your business service monitoring?
  2. Are the right people alerted about when an IT problem occurs?
  3. Does your system start to automatically repair errors?
  4. Does your system provide information that you can pass on to your customer?

Organizations are facing new challenges that legacy monitoring tools are ill-equipped to handle, checking that your business service monitoring arrangements are fit for purpose will provide your business with a competitive advantage.

How 53r10u5ly Are Your Employees Taking Endpoint Security?

How 53r10u5ly Are Your Employees Taking Endpoint Security? 7 Top Password Tips For Them (And 1 For You)

security1The media had some fun in January with the story about how the word “password” had been replaced as the number one bad password by computer users but sadly not for something more secure…

… are you any more vigilant?

Did you see the story?

SplashData, a password management company based in Los Gatos, California, analysed files containing millions of stolen passwords that had been posted online during the previous year.

Last year’s top bad password (“password”) had apparently been replaced at number one by the sequence “123456”. I’m not kidding!

Just like last year the list was populated with easily guessed, obvious passwords.

The top 5 list was less than inspiring …

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

And finally …

5. qwerty

The fact that these are being used for things as important as online banking is bad enough – that your employees may be using them to access your organisations data and systems should be a source of great concern.

It’s time to remind your people of their responsibilities when it comes to the security of your data.


1 – AVOID birthdays and years of birth which are easy to guess with the help of easily accessed personal information.

2 – Use a mix of letters, numbers and characters – the more random the better! In fact …

3 – Often a random word can stick with users better than something that is relevant to you and is harder to guess. One football mad employee was hacked and sensitive company data was stolen because his password was football – could a hacker suss your password by running an eye over your Facebook or Twitter activity?

4 – Try a passphrase rather than a password can be great. “I_<3_p1ZZa” was a neat one that I saw recently.

5 – Change your password regularly. Most systems will prompt users to do this, but it’s a good discipline to change it yourself once in a while if not. The guy with the “I_<3_p1ZZa” passphrase changed it as soon as he’d shared it with me – if you think your password or passphrase has been compromised CHANGE IT!

6 – Get creative! One IT Project Manager I know has his 4 kids each pick a number 1-9 and then he creates an equation like “(1×3+7)/2=Five”. He changes it every week.

7 – DON’T use a system for generating your password. Once hackers work out “Ste@Facebook1975” they will soon figure out “Ste@Twitter1975”, “Ste@Ebay1975” and eventually easily access your business data using “Ste@ABCBank1975” etc.

All the above seven tips are based on actual experiences, you can probably come up with seven more tips based on yours. I would love hear them.

But while it is important that your team are compliant it’s crucial that you and your systems are too. There are commercial solutions that can really help.

Look, for example, at endpoint security to improve network protection. Requiring each computing device on a corporate network to comply with certain standards before network access is granted can secure endpoints like include PCs, laptops, smart phones, tablets and specialised equipment such as bar code readers or point of sale (POS) terminals.

Some things can be done today for free, others can be done at minimal cost (especially compared to the potential cost of a security breach).

The important thing is that you do something, talk to your team and explore what’s available commercially.

The Internet of Things – Is This the Back Door You Forgot to Lock?

internet-securityThe Internet of Things (IoT) is exciting. Appliances, machines and objects with electronics embedded in their DNA meaning that fridges can keep themselves stocked, production lines can be managed remotely and hostile dangerous environments can be safely monitored and controlled from a far. It’s a game changer.

It is also game changing in the way that your organisation has to think about IT security.

Ponemon Institute/Unisys surveyed 599 IT security executives from utility, oil and gas, alternative energy and manufacturing organisations in 13 countries, only 17% thought that their organisation had a “mature” level of cyber security. This is a worryingly low percentage, given that these are vulnerable sectors – 7 in 10 reported at least one security breach leading to loss of confidential information in the past year. Ask most IT security experts and they’ll probably tell you they expect to suffer a hacking attempt in the next two years.

Prior to IoT, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) revolution was probably the event that shook up internet security the most since those brothers in Lahore launched their BRAIN virus in 1986. With staff bringing in their own tablets and smartphones and connecting them to your network, IT security had to step up a gear. Your staff were using the device with which they access social media and whatever else they get up to online at home to access your company data. This was a potential minefield and most organisations reacted accordingly.

Before this it would have seemed inconceivable to allow your people to access the net from their desktop PC without appropriate protection, it followed naturally that when they brought in their own device it should be subject to the same robust protection. Somehow though, the “things” got overlooked.

Perhaps the Internet Of Things is a year or two ahead of its time, maybe you don’t think of things – your fridge, your oil-field equipment or your traffic lights – as vulnerable to attack. Whatever the reason across the planet right now key objects, systems and networks some of huge importance are accessing the net without adequate protection.

And for the hackers finding them is easier than ever.

In the last two years CNN Money, Forbes and CSO Online have all run editorial content on the web about search engine SHODAN which allows users to locate systems from traffic lights to security cameras, home heating systems to water park control systems, petrol stations, power grids and even nuclear power plants.

The only software many need to access them is a web browser and a worryingly large number of them are ranked as very vulnerable to attack – we’re talking usernames like “admin” and passwords like “password” or “1234” – makes you think twice about racing towards a green light next time you’re out for a drive doesn’t it?

Of course the main users of SHODAN are legitimate cybersecurity professionals, researchers and law enforcement officials but cybercriminals can also access the site and when you add those who do to the numbers of hackers who are using botnets to compromise systems without detection you start to get a picture for what the Internet of Things is up against.

In December 2014, The German Office for Information Security (BSI) reported a blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered “massive damage” after a cyber attack targeted the plant’s network. Attackers used spear-phishing emails – a campaign aimed at specific individuals in the company to trick them into opening messages – to steal logins giving them access to the mill’s control systems and once inside the system they were able to prevent a blast furnace shutting down as normal.

The most widely known example of an attack of this nature involved the Stuxnet worm, it damaged centrifuges being used by Iran in its programme for nuclear enrichment.

Steel mills, nuclear power plants. Online and hackable. Sobering!

Of course it makes sense that they’re computerised and remotely accessible, it allows you to streamline operations, maximise production and therefore profitability and you can process and analyse data in real time even automating response to problems. BUT in the same way that your physical nuclear power plant should have some kind of fence around it, your IoT connected networks have to be similarly protected against attack.

Insurers like Brit Insurance and Coalfire have started to offer policies that protect you from the consequences and business pain of a hack, but as always prevention is your best form of defence.

Your exposure may not be at the level of a nuclear power plant, but increasingly the trend is towards things in the physical dimension merging with the virtual and the benefits of IoT will be massive.

Now would be a good time to assess your protection and prepare your organisation, speak to your internet security provider today – before you end up on SHODAN.

Q: How Seriously Should You Take Internet Security?

it_security“How seriously should you take internet security?” a client asked me this week.

I thought for a second and answered, “More.”

Wherever you are on the security maturity spectrum, you can be sure that the bad guys are redoubling their efforts to breach your defences.

An indicator of this is the growing size of the market. In their study “Global Internet Security Market – Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 – 2020”, Big Market Research believe that the market will be worth $42.8 billion by the end of the decade – with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1% over that period – by my reckoning that equals £28,272,286,432. Not too shabby.

Most internet security is currently still delivered by software based solutions but over this period, in the same way that you can expect more organisations to move operationally to the cloud, so security will have be increasingly more cloud based too.

Time for a health check.

If you have not yet migrated to the cloud, ask yourself now “Will your current software based security hold you back?”. The answers will serve you well when you do move.

Another great question – “Will it protect you from threats as they evolve?”

When the first web based stores starting to trade, in order to protect your transactions, a lot of investment went into encryption and authentication protocols – emphasis was on the transmission of the data. All well and good.

But those developing early security measures could not have predicted the explosion in methods that ignored the transmission process altogether – targeting the device at either end of the transmission instead. They could not have foreseen the botnets or malware, the large-scale attacks that seek to wipe out entire infrastructure (like Stuxnet). Who knew that one day large scale unethical hacking attempts would be orchestrated or that sometimes they would be state sponsored? Who could have forecast PCs and mobile phones falling victim of ransom-ware, websites downed by distributed denial of services (DDoS)?

Indeed who foretold the spams, spyware, viruses, mobile worms infecting near-field communications devices (allowing criminals access to “wallet” accounts), the Citadel Trojan that allows much more targeted attacks and therefore exponentially potential greater financial gain for the criminal…and all of this is just off the top of my head … BUT who knew?!

If your security measures are still concentrated on the transmission of data it’s like driving your money to the store under armed guard only to fold the bank notes in to little paper airplanes and attempt to fly them though the letter box wearing a blind fold.

Most of the attention at the recent RSA cyber-security conference (attended by in the region of 28,000 threat analysts) was about securing the devices at either end of the transmission and not the transmission itself.

Writing about the recent weeklong get together, which was held in San Francisco, Brandon Bailey from Associated Press reports, “Hackers share information about software weaknesses in a variety of industries, quicker than companies can install “patches” to repair them.” One cyber security expert dramatically compared the threat and risk to the famous fault lines beneath the conference’s host city.

You can mitigate the risks.

Identity Management can secure sensitive applications and data, whether they are on premise or in the cloud by identifying users and controlling their access to resources according to the permissions associated with their trusted identity.

Identity management can also incorporate the automation of IT operations and corporate compliance of user provisioning, access management, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and password management.

With Business Service Monitoring (BSM) early symptoms of “the unusual” can be instantly identified and automated remediation efforts begin. Complex trend and event analysis quickly identifies abnormal conditions and their potential for impacting user experiences, enabling prioritization based on business impact.

A Managed Service approach that adapts to your business needs and the evolving landscape can provide best in class security solutions relevant to actual threats.

For businesses, the days of buying security off the shelf are probably coming to an end. The more bespoke your business and its IT and the more adept and targeted the criminal hackers get … the more bespoke and targeted your security will have to be.

IT Security Risks and Seven Ways To Prevent Them


In my last blog “Q: How Seriously Should You Take Internet Security? A: More”, which did exactly what it says on the tin, I recommended more bespoke and targeted security to prevent more targeted hacking attempts.

Then, as if to prove my point, the US government got hacked!

The US has said it faces a “dedicated adversary” and an “ever evolving threat” to its cyber security, don’t we all!

The comments, at a White House briefing on Friday, come after that major data breach that may have compromised the records of four million employees.

US officials have blamed China for the attack, the Chinese have denied any involvement – but who will you blame if such a thing were to happen to your company or organisation? Cybercriminals are a pretty faceless bunch but you need someone to point the finger at right? Well, and it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but in most hacking cases – the biggest culprit is the organisation that got hacked.

There are 34,529 known computer security incidents every day in the U.S. according to Timothy Francis, enterprise lead for cyber insurance at Travelers. Many of these (around 62%) are breaches of small and medium-sized businesses – now of course they don’t get the media spotlight in the way that a targeted attack on the government does.

With the smaller guys, blame is being pointed squarely at a lack of technological knowledge and sophistication of security in place – security and knowledge that apparently larger retailers and big companies have … but they still get hacked. In turn the security protocols in place at government level are vastly superior and more sophisticated to those larger retailers but as we have seen this last week or two – they too are not immune to a breach.

It is a serious issue worldwide, for the first time the UK has a minister whose remit is to oversee online security, Joanna Shields (Twitter : @joannashields) was appointed Minister for Internet Safety and Security and is promising innovation not regulation – a light touch approach. For your organisation a light touch approach is not enough.

According to Trustwave’s State of Risk Report in 2014, a majority of the 476 IT professionals surveyed about security weaknesses said their businesses had no or only a partial system in place to control and track sensitive data.

So, what can you do to better protect yourself and your customers’ sensitive data? questioned dozens of security and IT experts and identified six key risks:

Disgruntled Employees (or former employees for that matter!)
Careless or Uninformed Employees
Mobile Devices (BYOD)
Cloud Applications
Unpatched or Unpatchable Devices
Third-party Service Providers
The report quoted above is a good read – but what can you do about the risks today?

1 – Re-acquaint yourself with your IT estate. Is there a weak link? See Denis Webster’s blog The Internet of Things – Is This the Back Door You Forgot to Lock?. Is your software fully supported? For example, on 14th July this year (2015) Microsoft no longer provides support for Windows 2003, so if you’re using one of the 10 million physical Windows 2003 servers still in service you will not receive patches or updates. Getting to know your IT infrastructure – or having a trusted partner do this for you mitigates the risk of a cyber-attack through software becoming obsolete and no longer supported.

2 – Explore efficient Identity Management that can secure sensitive applications and data, whether they are on premise or in the cloud by identifying users and controlling their access to resources according to the permissions associated with their trusted identity.

3 – Look into Business Service Monitoring – Virtually every maliciously triggered service failure presents early symptoms that if the right people know about them can be prevented or locked down.

4 – Get Password savvy. It sounds obvious but they really are your first line of defence. See my previous blog How 53r10u5ly Are Your Employees Taking Endpoint Security? 7 Top Password Tips For Them (And 1 For You). Make sure that your employees use passwords that aren’t easily guessed with upper and lower case letters, and numbers and symbols! Encourage them to change it every month or so, or use a password management system to automate the process.

5 – Up Your Encryption Levels – Strong encryption is your best defence against cloud based attacks. The majority of breaches clearly show that too few organisations are using data level cloud encryption to protect sensitive data and that’s like leaving your back door unlocked.

6 – Don’t go it alone. Get a partner who is aware of current best in class security and the latest threats. Choose someone who will first get to know your business and its needs and identify specific risk areas within your organisation.

7 – Regular training and repeat, repeat, repeat the obvious. More often than not organisations who were hacked after an employee left his or her iPhone in the back of a cab have given some kind of warning to their staff about the responsibilities that come with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) but usually it was back at the start. You must continuously train and remind your staff of the risks – the hackers are getting better all the time – you must too!

Security breaches are always big news. Either literally when the US Government or Sony gets hacked and it leads the Six O’Clock News on the TV or just big news for your organisation or company when you are breached and have to deal with the disruption and loss of reputation that goes with it.

However, despite years of headline grabbing stories about distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, rogue employees and security leaks and, of course, the accompanying “talking head” security professionals that the media wheel out to say that businesses must get better at protecting their sensitive data, many are still unprepared or not as well protected as they could and should be against an increasing variety of security threats.

It could be you next time, do something today to make that less likely.

Contact Pangea to discover how we can help you to manage, secure, support and maximise productivity for every user, with any device, anywhere with solutions from the world’s leading remote desktop management, security and support vendors

Crowdfunding In 2017

Crowdfunding is More than Just Getting a Business Started

Imagine getting not only the funds to start-up your dream project, but seeing it adored by fans around the nation, or even worldwide. Today enterprising idea makers aren’t knocking door to door to pitch their inventions to investor groups and manufacturers. Nor are they shelling out their life savings to take a chance on their dream idea.

Crowdfunding is the modern way of turning an idea into a product. By crowdfunding, you not only get help starting your product launch with some funds, you gain a base of interested cult devotees. This garners the attention of investors and manufacturers who take notice of your results reaching a smaller audience of individual consumers. Crowdsourcing the funds to launch an idea does more than pay for it.

Create Buzz

To run a successful campaign on sites like SmashFund, Indiegogo, and Profunder means getting out there on social media. As people get excited about your video pitch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, they will share it with friends and help you create brand awareness before you even launch your business. This individualized approach to campaigning means you convince individual backers one by one, you gain a buzz of interest from everyday people who want to see your ideas come to action because you got their attention in your pitch.

It Gains a Loyal Following

People like to be part of a success story, especially for something they want. The same people that will share and promote your idea to friends are likely to be the ones who will invest at higher tiers for bigger rewards, such as a the prototypes, sometimes paying 30% more than the retail cost to get it first and get your ideas out in the world. These are the best fans to have because they will continue to celebrate in your product’s success and buy into your new ideas. Getting a crew of loyal early adopters and keeping their attention can be hard, so remember to appeal to what people will want out of your product and make your video pitch interesting.

Investors Take Notice

If you can show big stakes investors you gained a following of 100 or more people who already bought into your idea at the micro-investing level, you’re going to be taken seriously. Larger investors and firms want to see numbers that show you already carry an influence on the market. When they can already see success from you, their confidence you’ll earn a profit means they are more likely to throw support your way. Suddenly, funding a bigger product launch or a second run is an option you never had before.

If you’re looking to launch a dream idea into reality, start checking out SmashFund, IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, Microadventures, and more to see which site will work best for you. Some are very selective in the projects they sponsor while others will take any idea but require a fee from you to get started, Also expect to pay around 5% in fees to sites like Kickstarter for handling your funding. And remember, don’t be intimidated out there, this is one of the safest ways to launch a dream because you’re already testing the market before you put out capital of your own.

Cutting Timber To Lumber Using Custom Saw Systems


One doesn’t need to have a sawmill to conserve a tree (even though it’s definitely an enticing option). When you’ve finished it is easy to move the sawmill from the spot. The sawmill is virtually maintenance free, and it’ll work if you need it, for decades. It is simple to use a and easy to own. Portable sawmills are in fact quite affordable in comparison to commercial mills. First off, you can attempt to locate a local sawmill to bring it to and have them cut it.

There are some different matters you need to do in order to make cutting lumber only a little easier. Another process of milling lumber leads to quartersawn lumber. So at this time you could be asking, but what’s the easiest means to cut lumber from the logs. In case the lumber isn’t uniform it’ll be down-graded by the lumber inspector. The optimal/optimally lumber is close to the outside the log, thus we don’t need to waste the wood by taking too heavy of a slab. Lay down 3 individual pieces the amount of the longest lumber you will cut. You aren’t going to get as much lumber from the log with this system, but the loss is minimal.

Quartersawn oak is wholly awesome! Wood is among the simplest and durable materials found in nature, and may be used for a type of explanations. These woods are employed in the building industry for making home furniture. First off, you’ll need to await the wood to dry before you begin using it for projects. Welcome to the world of earning thin wood you simply don’t quite understand the way that it’ll come out. Plywood tends to splinter readily, even if you use a saw blade meant for plywood.

When it’s hollow, you’re likely to mill some exact expensive firewood. Various different parts of the mill can be observed inside this picture. It can be used in many ways. Portable mills and several of the tiny stationary mills continue to be equipped with circular saws. If you prefer to construct a similar mill, might be able to help guide you.

Should you be building a mill maybe there’s a small information here which you can use. The mill is truly only a guide, therefore you are only restricted by your ingenuity in regards to ways it can be used. All these mills use precisely the same actions to convert logs to lumber. Once you have a chainsaw mill you’ll never again purchase a board.

With the wisdom of how to prepare and run a mill, you’re going to be ripping logs before you are aware of it. It is best to mill logs once possible after the tree was felled. The log comes up to a level which makes it comfortable that you secure it to the sawmill. Furthermore, new logs must be rolled to the sawmill and, most importantly, you are in need of a coffee break now and then. The full logs and big burls are call for pricing.

There are rather few parts of perfect lumber. When the cut begins, it can be handy to install modest wedges in the kerf supporting the saw. For example, when any sawmill saws lumber, it is not all superior quality.

There are plenty of guys reselling wood on the net and about. Cants are logs which were squared off and are prepared for sawing into lumber. You need to get because many cants from the log as possible, as wide as possible on each cant.

Inventing a mean selling price for harvested lumber is practically impossible as there are so many variables. The higher end portable sawmill can take care of lots of work in a quick time. There are instances when you want to purchase lumber. It is a slow process so that you’re not likely to understand your wood move the instant you open a window. However, it will move past a period of weeks to coordinate with the typical conditions around it. 

There’s a selection of way to create boards from trees. One is to use a accu cut saw (the same lumber mills use). Consequently, if you believe you will be getting 10 wide boards from a log that’s 10 in diameter, think again. We will continue other ways in our next article, stay tuned. 

Can The Law Of Attraction Improve Your Online Success?

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What is the law of attraction?

The law is a shorthanded name for the law of attraction. This ancient law has been known and utilized by great leaders since the beginning of time.  Essentially, the law states that the dominate thoughts in your brain directly correlate to the results you receive in the real world. Let me explain that again, the way you think in your mind is directly related to the reality you create in your world.

Now, to many this may seem to far fetched to believe and most people brush this off as a conspiracy or new age quackery. Unfortunately, this basic concept is most than likely the most important piece of information you could ever receive, but the majority of people will never realize it. For those that do, the law of attraction is a blueprint for how to create abundance and wealth in your life with seemingly little effort.

The truth is that it will actually take less work to become rich than it will be live a mediocre life. For example, you could work everyday at a 9-5 job only using half your brain power, but in the end your wasting your time and energy and only receiving a very small result. On the other hand, if you internalized and practiced the law of attraction it will be hard at first, but eventually success and even money will flow into you with seemingly little effort. In fact, the more people understand the law and implement these principles into their life the quicker money will flow into you.

Furthermore, if people fail to implement proper thinking and affirmations into your life it will be nearly impossible to ever create substantial wealth or achieve your dreams. Think of it this way, the law of gravity is present in our lives 100% of the time. In the same vein, the law of attraction is always there, but most of us don’t have the knowledge and intellect to see how it’s effecting our day to day life.

How it helped me

When I got out of college I always knew I was going to do something special and big in my life. In a way I was ignorant, but I had a total certainty about me that I was going to succeed in whatever business venture I chose. This complete certainty was in me long before I learned about the law of attraction and how to manufacture certainty. Similar to dumb luck, I stumbled up on the law without having to be told it. As my business career grew, I found myself successfully starting company after company, and only afterword did I realize how I did it. Whenever I started a business venture, I would convey total confidence to everyone in my life including my staff.

The energy I was emitting into the world was 100% positive and everyone around me could feel it. The universe will usually give you what you want, and my confidence resonated with everyone in my life. My latest business venture involved opening a restaurant in an area that many people thought was never good enough to make a profit. In fact, I had many people in my own family tell me that it was a bad idea and I should just stick with what I know. At the time, I was a combination of ignorant and ambitious and by seemingly luck I created great success for myself.

In retrospect, there was no luck involved and instead the results I received were directly correlated with the thoughts going on in my mind. You see, I was 100% confident I would succeed on the inside, and because of that I did succeed. It was only when I learned about the law of attraction 5 years later that I began to piece together my success. It’s true, the dominate thoughts in your mind will eventually create the results you see on this planet. Remember, there is a lag time to this process and nothing happens overnight.

Most of us here are online innovators and creators. The law applies to all of us and can help any of us in our respective fields. It is not restricted to certain niches or careers which is why we are sharing it here. If you would like to see one of the better programs to help you increase the law of attraction in your life, I would try Bob Proctors Magic In Your Mind Program here:

I really hope this helps and be sure to leave your comments below.

How Online Search Has Changed In 2016

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How Online Search Has Changed

2016 will go down as one of the most exciting years for search engine optimization in the history of the internet. Never before have search results seen such a dramatic change in such a short period of time. For the last decade, Google has been tweaking their algorithm to try to deliver the best possible search results in the world. In the last decade they have began using a complex algorithm as well as artificial intelligence to understand their users better. One large portion of this involved actually building a profile on each searcher to better tailor results directly to them.

One thing that Google has struggled with is increasing the click through rate of their advertisements. This year they made a huge change by eliminating the side column ads and instead increasing the amount of in search ads that appear on the page. Instead of the typical one or two ads, Google now deploys up to 5 advertisements on the search results page prior to listing any of the organic search rankings. For many in the marketing field, this sent shock waves through the industry because many feared all the hard work they had put into organic rankings was for nothing. After much hype, the new ad update proved to be only slightly more effective than before and users quickly began skipping over ads and instead option for the organic listing. Google also tried changing the ad color to green, but users still for the most part ignored them.

2016 was also the first year we began to see the introduction and adoption of AMP or Accelerated Mobile Pages. This new format is set up to allow pre cached pages to almost instantly load on any mobile device. The purpose behind this change is use minimum data while still delivering content to the user. Plus, speed has become a critical part of the search engine algorithm and SEO company owners around the world are paying for high-speed hosting to keep pace.

Another big change that took place in 2016 is the slow but steady increase in voice search. Especially among the youth, voice search is starting to gain popularity and estimates predict that this trend will continue. Instead of typing on their phone, millennials prefer to do things the lazy way, so voice commands work great for them. As voice search gains in popularity internet markets will no doubt be frantically searching for a way to capitalize on this growing trend. The year of 2016 will also go down in history as the year video became the fastest growing content on the internet. Now that bandwidth speeds have increased, video streaming has really taken center state for the majority of internet users.

Studies estimate that the majority of content on the world wide web will be video based within the next 10 years and giant social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been working to capitalize on this growing trend. Facebook recently introduced Facebook Live where users can live stream anything they want to their friends list. Instagram has rolled out video and photo, as well as a new service called Instagram Stories which is a carbon copy of Snapchats “quick video” business model. In fact, this quick format model that Snapchat is the future because it allows people to get content out into the world quickly and effortlessly. Also, it’s important to remember that real time video streaming has been used successfully during large scale protests and news events. In fact, many predict the media will become absolute in a short period of time because they are no longer needed.

Technology has gotten to the point where anyone can stream something live to views so why would people need to only get their information from the news? The year 2016 will go down in the history books as one of the greatest years in the history of the internet.

To grow your business in 2016, you will need an internet marketing company! We personally found the company we use simply Googling “internet marketing Portland“. In your case, I would type “internet marketing” then what ever major city is near you. Then research the top 3 listings and go with your gut as to who you would rather work with.

We would like to thank Oregon Web Solutions for this article, you can get a hold of them at:

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