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  • Yahoo might be losing sleep over drop in earnings - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    that last year Yahoo laid off 2 400 employees during two separate rounds of cuts in its workforce Yahoo which was hoping to at least break even this quarter actually saw dismal revenue from its online advertising business Yahoo experienced a 13 drop in display advertising revenue a 10 decline in revenue from marketing services of owned and operated websites and a 3 drop in search advertising Granted things could turn around for Yahoo under its new President and CEO Carol A Bartz who was appointed to lead the search engine company in January During the first three months of this year it appears that Bartz is trying to right the ship by focusing on Yahoo s core areas its search engine innovative display advertising systems and underpinning technology So look for Yahoo to start selling those online services such as HotJobs that don t fit into these core areas But investors are more focused on the progress of the much talked about advertising partnership with Microsoft which they see as a way out of their troubles Bartz on the other hand while continuing talks with Microsoft is intent on positioning Yahoo s online brand advertising to enhance company growth While Yahoo is seeing negative earning results its main competitor Google reports a 10 net revenue growth for first quarter 2009 Yahoo has been taking a back seat to Google since it came onto the scene People who yahooed in the past quickly turned Google and all its bells and whistles into the leader in search engine providers Google s popularity will be tough to overcome especially since the term google is now being commonly used in the English language Adding to Yahoo s internal problems are the poor economic conditions which could lead to even more layoffs at Yahoo

    Original URL path: http://www.blogtrepreneur.com/yahoo-might-be-losing-sleep-over-drop-in-earnings/ (2016-04-26)
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  • From Rags to Riches - The Levi Roots Story - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    in the musical world and in 1998 he was nominated for Best Reggae Performer at the MOBO Music of Black Origin awards Throughout this time his interest in Caribbean Cuisine never waned In the early 1990 s he perfected the sauce that was used on the annual food stand that he and his family ran at the Notting Hill Carnival In 2006 they sold 4000 bottles of the sauce on this stall It was apparent by this time that in order to achieve his goals he would need to obtain funding and to this end he started to take the sauce to food trade shows He was spotted at one of these shows by a BBC researcher who asked him if he would like to appear on Dragons Den Levi wowed the panel and TV audiences alike with his unique musical pitch to the Dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh offered Levi 50 000 in return for a 40 stake in his business which he gladly accepted Since winning funding on this TV programme his business and brand has gone from strength to strength He still owns Reggae Reggae Sauce with Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh they are currently diversifying their range to include other sauces The sauce is now sold nationwide in the United Kingdom In some supermarkets the sauce has out sold the ketchup brand leader He opened his own restaurant and takeaway service in 2007 Papine Jerk Centre Lavender Hill London The fast food chain Subway started to sell the Reggae Reggae Chicken Sub in its UK outlets in 2008 He has brought out a cookbook Reggae Reggae Cookbook Collins 2008 He has made appearances on various TV programmes from Harry Hill s TV burp through to cooking programmes such as Ready Steady Cook and Market Kitchen

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  • The Google Workout - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    talking about is that Google keeps their algorithms so close to their chest and changes them so often that we really don t know How is it that a site which is not even in the first 10 pages can jump to page 1 overnight With over 150 000 000 sites on the web trying to get to the top it can often feel like you re on a treadmill and just like a regular workout there are certain things you need to be doing on a daily basis as part of your Google Regime Here is what your Google Workout should look like 1 Backlink Marketing 45 minutes Take an article you have written and market it via directories websites blog s Ezines Remember to create multiple variations of your article to avoid the duplicate content issue 2 Traffic Generation 45 minutes Social media is great for this exercise comments and getting involved with targeted online communities are great ways to get people onto your site Offering advice in forums contributing to social media networks and commenting on high page rank blogs are essential but don t confuse traffic generation with Backlinks When you re working on generating traffic you should be mingling with likeminded people and only working on sites which are specific to your niche 3 Updating Your Content 30 minutes Write something new on your site daily update a web page put in a blog post anything to create change If you want Google to take an interest in your website then you need to have interesting content and above all it needs to be unique 4 Reciprocal Links 30 minutes Every day try to find a website or blog to exchange links with Make sure that the partner site has similar traffic to your own

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  • Matthew Toren - 26/28 - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    and Other Mobile Devices We might have known that it would only be a matter of time before the ubiquitous Google AdSense machine started to tie in to the mobile applications market There has been a predictable explosion in interest for smartphone applications and it would seem that the sky is the limit Downloadable applications proliferate for Apple iPhone Continue reading Matthew Toren Blog Grow 11 The Top 3 Connecting With Friends Sites Social networking sites sprang to prominence in 2005 following the widespread acceptance of MySpace and then Facebook Whilst these big players continue to dominate in the arena of general social connectivity we have drilled down a little bit more to look at sites that specialize in connecting you with old friends We were surprised to Continue reading Matthew Toren Blog Grow 31 The Best WordPress Plugins for SEO and Marketing WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet WordPress has a wide variety of plugins that gives sites a much needed boost in the search rankings Plugins or add ons are software modules that add special features or services to a larger system These plugins are geared specifically for SEO Continue reading Matthew Toren Blog Grow 5 How To Make Your Office Greener There was a time when energy conservation climate change and global warming were all just buzz words Not anymore however as we are subject to alarming statistics that tell us in graphic detail what we have to show for our collective bad behavior over the decades No longer do we just pay lip service to Continue reading Matthew Toren Blog Grow 15 Put on Your Marketing Hat Strategic SEO Link Building That Works You can spend hundreds of hours hunting down ways to build links How does

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  • Is starting a business in France more appealing than the UK?
    th largest economy in the world is proving to be an attractive consideration for a growing number of British business owners Time cost of starting a business Contrary to popular belief relocating to France and registering a new business is deceptively simple particularly if you re going to be self employed The registration process takes on average 4 5 days in France compared to the 6 days in the UK You may need some assistance with opening a bank account where you ll need translations and a business plan but many of the bureaucratic hurdles to setting up a business have either been reduced or eliminated altogether Auto entrepreneurs For expats who are looking to start their own business there have been a number of changes made under French law that allows residents to set up as auto entrepreneurs Under the system an individual who sets up an enterprise with a turnover capped at 32 000 for services and 80 000 for trade is regarded as an auto entrepreneur Under the changes you will only pay taxes and other social contributions according to your turnover To put it simply if you don t sell anything you don t pay anything Quality of Life Although everyone is different France does seem to be more concerned with wellbeing than the UK The standard 35 hour working week is much more aligned with work life balance than the UK s 42 hours Admittedly both are a little way off from the 6 hour workday being tested in Sweden The sheer natural diversity of the country means it attracts individuals searching for different types of outdoor pursuits including skiing surfing Alpine climbing and walking The sunny climate and excellent way of life also attracts those who may have little interest in sport but just want to enjoy the good things in life Population France 66 03 million UK 64 01 million While the population of both countries is very similar the total area of the UK 243 610 sq km is relatively small when compared to that of France 640 427 sq km According to a recent BBC documentary 20 000 Brits a year are moving out of a very overcrowded UK in search of more elbow room just over the water The additional space is an alluring prospect not just for swinging the proverbial cat but has an understandable impact on the housing market Housing cost of living Nembeo is the world s largest database of user contributed data and statistical analysis relating to the cost of living in countries across the world According to their latest research the UK is a more expensive place to live than France particularly when it comes to rent that is on average 36 4 higher Consumer prices in the UK are 6 85 higher than France Groceries are 3 37 lower in France The average bill in a restaurant is 15 96 higher in the UK When comparing the cost of a mortgage as a percentage

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  • Turning A Hobby Into A Business - Blogtreprenuer
    shaped by genetics and early childhood 10 is determined by circumstances and the remaining 40 from how we react to circumstances It s over this last 40 that we thankfully have some control Taking control of your happiness by pursuing what you love invariably involves the dilemma many aspiring entrepreneurs make should you leave it as a hobby or give up your day job and go full time If you re currently mulling over this particular dilemma there may be a number of considerations that could help you reach the happiest of conclusions Turning you hobby into a business Teach what you know Whether it s cookery engineering or your prowess on social media there are always people willing to learn from those with experience Setting up online courses forums or even teaching in person are cost effective ways to get everything up and running without the need for heavy investment Find a niche Unless you ve come up with a truly innovative idea then it s likely you ll have competition Finding a niche will not only help differentiate your business but will give customers reassurance that you re trusted and credible within the niche It s also much easier to target specific audiences online without wasting valuable budget during the early stages Combine previous work experience with your hobby For example if your background is in publishing but you love cooking you could teach chefs on how they can get their cookbooks published A happy compromise between previous experience and your passion Research Business plan This is an area that s often overlooked but by doing the necessary due diligence you can save yourself a lot of time and effort in the long run Research Learn about any competitors how much they charge and how their offering differs to yours Think about every step you need to make and what you need to achieve each stage Have all the contacts and resources in place when you reach every individual step Pricing Not having a comprehensive understanding of costs revenue and profit margins is surprisingly common and a fundamental error that can have a major impact on the success of your business Have a clear idea of what your costs will be and how to price your product service time accordingly Spreadsheets are likely to become your friends Evaluation Most of the time our hobbies are fuelled by passion and with it comes emotion Evaluating your products or services from an objectionable point of view will help you to iron out any kinks that may have previously been missed Get views from friends family and any business contacts to have an unbiased appraisal of your idea Get help from experts Getting the advice from experts and those who have been through the process before can not only save time but can have a positive impact on revenue How to structure your business sole trader limited company etc has various implications on tax accounting and VAT Getting the appropriate expertise

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  • Latvia: A Rising Star - Blogtrepreneur
    increasingly stable financial image Last year the World Bank rated it 23 rd out of 189 countries and now the Latvian government is on the verge of experiencing an almost unheard of fiscal surplus Latvia s presidency of the Council of the European Union and its recent hosting of the European Capital of Culture the European Leaders Summit and the IT Digital Assembly in Riga has helped the country receive worldwide attention bringing with it an influx of foreign investors Here s just some of the reasons Latvia is attractive to the international entrepreneur community Strong export market Highly qualified multi lingual workforce Low costs Low tax Central location with great trade links Growing tech and startup community Strong banking system The UK s Prime Minister David Cameron is especially keen on continuing to forge links in Latvia with Britain investing 319 million in 2014 placing it in 10 th place as one of Latvia s largest investors And big businesses such as the UK s bioscience giant Grant Instruments the Dutch household goods manufacturer Brabantia and the US chemicals company Cabot have all chosen to establish bases in Latvia s capital Riga Transport links are currently high on the country s list of priorities to help encourage trade To complement the country s shipping ports a high speed route from the Polish border to central Lithuania has already started and phase two of the project will see it connect with Latvia s Riga and Estonia s capital Tallinn encompassing 455 miles altogether Riga airport is also undergoing major reconstruction with a second terminal being developed to cope with increased demand Latvia has also managed to accrue a stable banking system with Riga being viewed as a regional financial centre due to its 20 domestic banks and branches of eight

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  • Mental Refreshment for Entrepreneurs: 5 Ways to Recharge for Greater Productivity - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    your loved ones your full attention and allow your brain to shut off the stress of work and restore in peace For instance if your electronics free zone is the bedroom then you can actually sleep rather than gorging on a full season show release on Netflix Step Away From The Sidelines It s your turn for action Rather than wasting time on social media while your son finishes baseball practice volunteer as a coach or commit to helping him practice once a week Don t just stand by the fence watching your dog run the park Run with them If your significant other goes to a spin class every Saturday turn it into a couple s event Physical activity is the best way to recharge and it s more fun when shared with your loved ones Pitch A Tent And Soak Up The Goodness Of Mother Nature No hiding in a luxury camper allowed Find one of the best air mattresses for your weight and height pick up a sleeping bag and head out to a local camping site alone with the family or with someone special Keep it simple by roasting hot dogs making s mores and hiking Take pictures of the wildlife and hang them in your office so that you can remember that exhilarating feeling of refreshment that comes just after a night by the fire Create A Challenge And Then Rise To The Occasion Do something new but turn it into a challenge For instance cooking is a great way to relax and recharge but don t just pick a recipe out of a cookbook Allow your children to create a mystery box of ingredients for you or find a way to combine two recipes that seem at odds This engages your creative mind and

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