Langkah dalam Belajar Forex

Langkah dalam Belajar Forex
Langkah dalam Belajar Forex

Ikutilah langkah demi langkah dibawah ini. Supaya terdapat pemahaman yg benar sebaiknya ikuti perlangkah dengan urut dan pahami dulu makna yg disampaikan.

Langkah 1: Sekilas pandang?
Apakah Anda sama sekali belum tahu tentang forex? Sabar, sekilas saja, ada baiknya Anda baca artikel berikut.
Langkah 2: Apa yg membuat orang melirik Forex ?
Jelas keuntungan/uang, dengan forex Anda bisa jadi cepat kaya, ini yang nomer satu. Selain itu, nomer duanya, faktor fleksibilitas dalam waktu, modal, serta kemudahan infrastruktur, menjadikan forex semakin diminati. Dengan modal 1000$ saja bisa profit sd 100-200$, bahkan bisa lebih. Wah2, menarik sekali.

Langkah 3: Fakta dilapangan
Karena Anda tergiur, lalu Anda dengan semangat tinggi ingin secepatnya terjun di forex. Tapi, tunggu sebentar dulu, menurut laporan data statistik, hanya 10% saja yg bisa jadi kaya, sisanya gagal(naik turun, bahkan sampai dengan bangkrut) lho. Baca artikel dibawah ini.

Langkah 4: Dari Fakta, Forex itu Susah dan Beresiko
Melihat statistik lapangan, ternyata forex itu susah dan beresiko tinggi. Selain resiko uang/dana yg mungkin hilang, ada pula yg mungkin tak terasa adalah resiko kehilangan waktu. Bagaimana jika bertahun-tahun ternyata apa yg diperoleh segitu-gitu saja? Apa ini gak buang-buang waktu, pikiran, konsentrasi, dsb.

Langkah 5: Pertimbangkan
Dari potensi kaya(langkah 2) dan fakta + Susah + Resiko (langkah 3 dan 4) pertimbangkan dulu.... Jangan memaksa, dan lihat ke tipe/model personal Anda. Apakah saya model orang yg bisa menerima semua diatas.

Jika Anda berpikir 'coba dulu semua baru memutuskan', maka lanjutkan langkah berikutnya.
Jika Anda tidak cocok dengan resikonya, maka tutup halaman ini.
Jika Anda tertantang dan tertarik di forex, maka pastikan bahwa Anda serius serius serius belajar, kenapa? awas faktor resiko diatas Anda bisa masuk ke 90% golongan yg gagal. Jangan sampai ini terjadi pada diri Anda.

Langkah 6: Anda Ingin Menjadi Trader Forex Sukses
Jadi sekarang, mulailah belajar, belajar, belajar, dan berlatih.
Caranya:
Baca semua artikel pada sub Belajar Forex
Baca semua artikel pada sub Sekolah Forex
Khusus pada sub 'Sekolah Forex' ini materi pembelajaran disusun dengan terstruktur dan level berjenjang(TK,SD,SMP, dst) sehingga lebih mudah untuk diikuti.
Beberapa artikel memang sangat panjang dalam 1 halaman, seperti contohnya halaman yang Anda sedang baca sekarang, untuk itu jika sudah lelah jangan Anda paksakan, Anda bisa bookmark dulu halaman ini dan kunjungi lagi esok ketika Anda sudah refresh kembali.

Materi-materi yang sekiranya perlu Anda baca adalah: Pengenalan Forex, Dasar Analisa, Analisa Teknikal, dan Analisa Fundamental. Tentunya topik materi ini tidak mengikat, Anda bebas untuk mengeksplore yg lain. Tapi paling tidak untuk pertama Anda harus mengerti hal-hal tersebut.

Wah banyak sekali ya.! Anda merasa malas dan ribet? Jika Anda masih baru/newbie, maaf, bukan untuk underestimate, tapi sebaiknya Anda gak usah lirik forex lagi. Percuma saja, sudah terlihat tanda-tanda kekalahan dan kegagalan Anda. Daripada nanti Anda kehilangan uang dan menyesal, lebih baik, stop sekarang !!

Jadi, bersabarlah, dan luangkan waktu untuk belajar dulu. Suatu saat nanti Anda akan mengerti bahwa kesabaran dan disiplin adalah sesuatu yang tak ternilai harganya.

Apabila Anda ingin bertanya jawab atau konsultasi, Anda bisa menggunakan fasilitas tanya jawab gratis di seputarforex yaitu:
1. Rubrik tanya jawab
2. Forum seputarforex.net tanya jawab interaktif
semuanya gratis dan kami akan mencoba membantu sebaik mungkin

Langkah 7: Anda Telah Mengenal Dasar Analisa Forex
Sampai tahap ini seharusnya Anda telah terbayang bagaimana Anda bisa sekiranya meraih profit di forex, dengan ilmu analisa forex. Ilmu utama itu adalah Analisa Teknikal dan Fundamental. Apabila pemahaman Anda sekitar 40-50% dari hasil baca/belajar sebelumnya, maka lanjut ke langkah berikutnya. Apabila belum, perbanyak waktu belajar Anda dan pahami lebih banyak lagi.

Langkah 8: Belajar dengan Berlatih Demo
Baca judul dengan baik, belajar dan berlatih, artinya masih berlatih, belum ada uang disini. Caranya: Baca dan ikuti petunjuk pada artikel sub 'Berlatih Akun Demo'
Dengan fasilitas ini gunakan metatrader + akun demo untuk mengakselerasi proses pemahaman dan pembelajaran Anda akan analisa fundamental dan teknikal.
Bersamaan dengan itu hal penting yg berlu Anda tahu adalah tentang aplikasi metatrader. Baca, pahami, dan kuasai pula. Tentang metatrader bisa dilihat di sub belajar metatrader

Langkah 9: Mengetahui Sumber dan Resouce Untuk Acuan.
Dari pembelajaran diatas akan analisa, sekarang pasti Anda akan memerlukan sumber yg bisa dijadikan acuan untuk analisa Anda.

Langkah 10: Bagaimana Hasil Latihan Akun Demo Anda?
Tentunya sekarang ini Anda bisa mengukur dan melihat performa trading pribadi Anda lewat akun demo tersebut. Nah Gimana Hasil? O ya, sampai sekarang ini Anda sudah jalan/latihan berapa bulan? Baguskah profitnya? Konsisten?. Dari pengalaman-pengalaman, kebanyakan udah pada amblas tuch uang demo nya, lainnya, naik turun, pusing :)

Rekomendasi: Bagus, jadi Anda tahu kalau forex itu susah, dan biasa laa itu. Jadi, tetap lanjutkan belajar dan latihan Anda.

Langkah 11: Poin Penting, Psikologi Trading.
Anda menguasai diri Anda, maka Anda menguasai forex. Anda tidak bisa dan mubazir menyalahkan forex/pasar (maaf, Anda akan dibilang seorang sok pinter, tapi sebenarnya adalah seorang bodoh sejati). Semua tetap salah Anda sendiri, semakin cepat Anda terima hal ini, semakin baik. Jadi sekarang coba cari artikel-artikel tentang psikologi trading.

Langkah 12: Poin Penting, Money Management
Dalam psikologi trading ada hal-hal tentang emosi keserakahan, balas dendam, dsb. Hal ini pastinya akan menabrak konsep pengaturan dana Anda. Yg berujung pada ketahanan modal trading habis dan semrawut. Jadi sekarang cari artikel tentang money management, dan ingat ini adalah sangat-sangat penting sekali.

Langkah 13: Poin Penting, Trading Forex = Bisnis
Dalam bisnis, ada naik ada turun, perlu perawatan pengembangan, invosi, evaluasi, dan pembangungan secara terus menerus. Hal ini sama dengan trading forex, daripada Anda menjejar cap 'Trader Sukses' bagaimana jika melihat trading forex adalah sebagai perjalanan dimana dari langkah-ke langkah Anda terus mengalami peningkatan knowledge dan profit. Langkah perjalanan Anda semakin mantan dan konsisten.

Langkah 14: Rahasia Sistem Trading Pribadi
Anda telah mengetahui sebagian besar dasar analisa, cara, strategi, dsb, dsb. Jadi sekarang buatlah sistem trading Anda sendiri. Sistem trading ini adalah sistem trading unik yg pas buat Anda sendiri. Tentunya dalam tarap pembuatan Anda bisa baca sana-sini, bisa gabungkan sana-sini. Tapi ingat yg diperlukan adalah sistem trading yg sesuai dengan Anda. Cara logika analisa Anda, Emosi Anda, Kebatinan Anda, Waktu Anda, dsb.
Catatan: Apabila sekarang ini Anda ada kesempatan diajar langsung oleh seorang Master Forex Trader, Percayalah, tidak ada jaminan Anda juga akan menjadi seorang Master Forex Trader :) .. Jadi pahami sendiri maksud dari poin penting ini.

Langkah 15: Wah, Langkah/Angka sial nih, kok Saya masih gini-gini saja ? Performa akun demo saya payah.
Gampang, Santai Aja kalii :)..
Coba tutup dulu semua, bersantai, dan refreshing. Anda berlatih keras tiap hari(24jam) sama juga ada minusnya. Otak dan emosi Anda sumpek. Tidak ada yg mengharuskan Anda bisa sekarang, yg ada Anda sendiri yg gak sabaran.

Langkah 15: Proses Kreasi Sistem Trading.
Lho kok diulang lagi? Iya.. soalnya trading Anda masih payah. Jadi, Anda perlu banyak baca artikel2 forex di seputarforex :), Anda perlu googling artikel di internet, Anda perlu cari teman buat tanya jawab forum forex adalah salah satu sarana yg bagus.
Intinya: Peningkatan Knowledge + Penguasaan Diri + Latihan Intensif => Terciptanya Sistem Trading
Dimana inti diatas ini harus berjalan bersama-sama sekarang.

Langkah 16: Wow, 6-12 bulan ini akun demo saya profit dan konsisten
Wah, kejutan, selamat.... Tetapi tidak bisa dibilang Anda sudah jadi trader sukses. Anda sendirilah yg menilai.
Hanya, dengan bukti 12 bulan hasil yg bagus, tidak ada alasan lagi untuk menahan Anda untuk Terjun ke dunia forex trading real.

Langkah 17: Anda trading di akun real sekarang.
Beberapa poin penting disini:
  • Akun demo tak beresiko, Akun real uang Anda benar-benar bisa hilang. Jadi akan ada efek psikologis yg bisa mengacaukan. Jelaslah sekarang Anda lebih emosional, takut, dsb. Hal ini bisa membuat Anda tidak mengikuti sistem trading yg semula telah Anda ciptakan. Hati-hati untuk ini dan persiapkan.
  • Anda perlu belajar tentang broker forex, tapi kalau yg ini sih relatif mudah, intinya cuman bagaimana memilih broker forex yg baik, dan tepat untuk Anda. Bisa dibaca pada rubrik ini. 
Langkah 18 s/d Unlimitied : Terima Kasih, Dan Terserah Anda.
Sangatlah susah untuk menjabarkan secara berurut apabila Anda telah dalam tahap mastering/penguasaan trading. Bila ternyata sampai saat ini Anda ternyata telah mengikuti langkah2 diatas dengan baik dan urut, itupun jarang orang yg mau :)
Jadi terus gimana? mungkin saat ini Anda sudah lebih master dari kami, bisa jadi, mengapa tidak ? Jadi Anda lebih tahu langkah selanjutnya yg pasti lebih cocok untuk Anda pribadi.
Jika Anda ada waktu, ijinkan kami untuk memberikan contoh analogi kasus.
Saat pertama dan awal, seseorang ahli bela diri akan belajar ilmu. Jurus, fisik, pernafasan, tenaga dalam, dsb, dsb. Jurus bisa puluhan, fisik bisa bikin tubuh babak belur. Nah, ketika ada pertandingan, bagaimana ya kalau saat di lapangan ahli tersebut harus mengingat jenis jurus di kepala, sebelum dia menangkis serangan lawan. Bisa telat, bisa juga tidak, tergantung speed lawan :). Apa iya sih seperti jurus A harus lawan dengan jurus Z, jurus B lawan dengan jurus X, apa ada satu-satu rumusnya gitu. Bisa-bisa kena bogem duluan tuch sebelum inget jurusnya :)). Eh tapi ternyata latihan fisik Anda bagus, jadi kena bogem santai aja kali...

Suatu waktu Ahli beladiri ini ketemu lawan special dimana ternyata dia baru sadar kalau ada tenaga dalam sekuat itu. Nah setelah itu dia bertekad akan mencari cara untuk meningkatkan level tenaga dalamnya.. (ha2, kaya film/game aja)
Yach gitu dech, semoga Anda bisa dapat pencerahan, musti gimana urutan, musti apa yg dipelajari, tetap semua itu relatif...

Kalau kebetulan ada Master2 Forex yg menemukan Artikel ini, mohon kiranya berbagi tips, saran, ilmu, dsb. lewat kotak komentar dibawah ini.

Forex Conversions And Its Impact

Forex Conversions And Its Impact
Forex Conversions And Its Impact
Currency prices between countries change on a daily basis.  How does this impact on individuals, investors and corporations?  It affects the economy, imports, exports and travel, along with forex traders.

Corporations
Many corporations, particularly the larger multi-national companies, conduct business transactions in several currencies.  The companies often source their required raw materials from various global sources.  At the moment, US companies who obtain their raw materials from Europe will see their margins drop considerably as it will cost them more.  The same problem would be experienced by US companies who pay seconded employees in Euros.  Not only will the effect be on profits for the company, but it will affect the US market as regards equity valuations.  This could well see a dip in the stock prices due to the lower earning rate and future forecasts.

The other side of the coin will be observed with US companies who have a big presence in Europe and earn all their income in Euros.  If they make all their payments to employees and for expenses in US dollars, they will show a huge profit margin.

The reverse situation applies to big corporations based in Europe.  If these companies do most of their trade in Euros, but source their raw materials and employees from the US, they would see an increase in profits.  European companies that earn most of their income from the US, yet pay expenses in Euros will see a dip in their profit margin.

Travelers
Overseas travelers are affected by the changes in currency rates as they require foreign currency if they travel.  It is not possible for an American traveler to pay for goods or services in dollars if they are travelling in Europe.  This means that the traveler would have to exchange US dollars for Euros to enable him or her to survive in Europe.  If the foreign exchange rate is such that for one dollar you get 0.8 Euros, it would cost the American traveler so much more to holiday outside their country.

Foreign Investment
If you base the exchange rate on one dollar to 0.8 Euros, it would make sense for Europeans to invest in the US as they would be getting more dollars for their Euros.  This has happened in the past where foreign currencies against the dollar have traded at high levels.  It provided foreigners with the opportunity to invest in the US as it was cheaper for them to do so.  At this currency exchange rate, it would be unwise for Americans to invest in a foreign country with a high exchange trade rate.

If you are planning an overseas trip, you should keep up to date on the currency rate prior to booking as it may be more beneficial to change your destination, depending on the current rate. 
Corporations should keep up to date with the exchange rate as this will allow them to see if the currency they intend buying is experiencing shifts.  This will allow them the opportunity to either stock pile goods or delay purchase of raw materials at the higher cost, in the hope that the rate may swing to their favor.

HP TouchPad Review

HP TouchPad Review
HP TouchPad tablet (webOS)
I have used webOS (yes, the “w” is lowercase) since getting my Pre+ smartphone in February of 2010 and love it. webOS has always gotten great reviews from technology writers and reviewers, but Palm never marketed it correctly. HP bought Palm in April of 2010, mainly for webOS, and promised to go all out with the operating system. They just launched the Veer (a very small, but powerful, smartphone) and the TouchPad tablet and the Pre3 is on the way. They are heavily marketing webOS and the new devices and have even talked about using webOS on full computers. 

I bought the TouchPad on the early launch day, July 1st and love it! I had a chance to use one at HP's booth at ISTE11 and loved it. Having been a webOS user for the last 2 years, using the TouchPad required almost no learning curve. It’s a little thicker and heavier than the iPad2, but not noticeable to me (I’ve used an iPad2 before and held one at the Best Buy store and compared them). It’s black and nice and shiny, which shows finger prints, but HP includes a nice cloth to wipe off the fingerprints that every touchscreen device gets. Currently there is only a WiFi version, but 3G versions are planned. You can also tether the TouchPad to your smartphone. The suggested retail price is 16GB for $499.99 and 32GB for $599.99, but most retailers are offering deals or lower prices. If you already own a webOS phone, you can get a $50 rebate when you purchase a TouchPad. 


webOS is really easy to use and very intuitive, using cards (like windows or tabs) to do true multi-tasking. Setting up the device was a breeze, especially since it connected to my Palm (now HP) profile where my Pre+ data and settings was synced to and automatically brought in my apps and connections. The profile can be used on more than one device so a school could set up one profile to keep all of the devices set up the same. 



webOS and the TouchPad have some very cool features that make them very easy to use and very useful.
Technical Specs for the TouchPad: 
webOS 3.0
16GB or 32GB built in storage
1.6 lbs, 0.54” thick x 9.45” long x 7.48” wide
Display - 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 LCD capacitive touch (same as iPad2) - excellent viewing, even in sunlight
1.2GHz Snapdragon processor paired with 1GB of RAM
8-9 hours of battery life (continuous use - used mine on and off for three days without charging)
Micro USB port (for syncing files in USB drive mode or music using HP Play) and charging through the included charger (the Touchstone is a must-have accessory)
Front facing camera for video calls and video conferencing
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n radio, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR compatibility, a light sensor, accelerometer, compass, and gyro
Stereo speakers, headphone jack, power button, home button (can use gesture to get to home also), and volume buttons.
Virtual on-screen keyboard - easy to use, three sizes, and has a number row always visible.
There are thousands of apps for webOS and you can use the smartphone apps on the TouchPad. More apps come out every day. I can do everything I need to do. Amazon Kindle, QuickOffice, Facebook, Spaz (Twitter - similar to Tweetdeck), calendar, email, memos, Acrobat reader, Maps (Bing), Music, HP Movie Store, HP Play Music app, TapNote, Angry Birds, Pandora, Evernote, and much more. 
Web browser supports Flash - and it works great. A huge number of website still use Flash and the browser lets you view these sites (unlike the iPad and iOS). This is important to me because many of the educational sites I use and virtual labs are Flash based. It’s also cool to watch YouTube videos on the YouTube page just like on your computer. It also allows you to watch Discovery Education Streaming videos right in your browser.
Google works - all of the Google applications I use work great in the browser including Docs, Blogger and Google+. No need for any special apps. 
True Multi-tasking - webOS allows true multi-tasking using cards for each app (Iike a window). It’s extremely simple to view all open apps and select one or even close it using simple gestures. Apps run in the background just like on your PC. This makes it very easy to get work done and jump from app to app.


Synergy - syncs and brings together all your contacts from your email systems and even Facebook as well as your calendars. 
Box.net - 50GB of free storage on Box.net 
Messaging - natively supports Google Talk, AIM, Skype audio and video calls, Yahoo! Messenger and future third-party apps. TouchPad owners who also have a webOS smartphone can send and receive text messages from the application as well.
QuickOffice - view and edit office documents using QuickOffice. Links directly to Dropbox also. 
Accessories

case with cover that folds as a support (similar to the iPads)
Touchstone charger - very cool - wireless charging - simply set your TouchPad (or webOS phone) on the Touchstone and it starts charging using inductive charging technology. It also automatically displays different things based on your selection, such as a clock or your agenda. I have it set as a clock on my desk



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Wireless keyboard - connect via Bluetooth to the TouchPad. Set your TouchPad on the TouchStone charger and use the keyboard or bring the keyboard with you.


Email - allows multiple accounts, including Gmail and Exchange, and you can view all your inboxes together or separately. 
Print wirelessly to compatible HP Printers
Large developer base and homebrew community. HP embraces “jailbreaking” which isn’t actually needed - and homebrew developers. 
Notifications - notifications are unobtrusive and appear at the top of the screen. They do not interrupt what you are doing. Email, Facebook notifications, Twitter, and many other apps use the notification system.

Just Type - just type on the main screen and it will search your apps, contacts, web history and Google for what you are looking for. You can even start an email or open othe apps from it. 
Beats Audio - the TouchPad has Beats Audio which is a very impressive audio system. The built-in stereo speakers are excellent, but it sounds even better on your headphones. 
Entertainment - TV shows, movies, and more through Hulu, HBO on the Go and more. 
Connect to your webOS smartphone - the TouchPad can connect to your Veer or Pre3 (or other webOS smartphones) and you can access your text messages and even make phone calls on your TouchPad. Leave your phone on your charger and just use the TouchPad.
Touch to Share - just touch the Veer or Pre3 to the Touchpad and transfer what you were doing from one device to the other. For instance, you are looking up directions or information on your TouchPad and then want to head out the door and leave the TouchPad at home. Just touch the phone to the TouchPad and transfer the website over to the phone. 
Butler Service - free 90-day HP webOS Butler Service to help you setup and use your device. 

Educational Use:
webOS is easy to use and allows multitasking. The browser supports Flash and works great with Google and other web apps. The TouchPad is sturdy and well built. There are tons of apps. Updates are done over the air so you don’t need to plug it into a computer. It Works Like Nothing Else. I really is a great device for education. 

Best Resource for Everything webOS: Precentral.net - resources, reviews, tips, community forum, and much more. 

Conclusion - I love webOS and think it is truly the best mobile operating system around. The TouchPad is pretty awesome and allows me to do everything I need to do with a computer, whether work, school, or fun. I highly recommend it as a tablet and I highly recommend checking out the Veer and Pre3 as smartphones. (I wrote this article in Google Docs and then posted it on Blogger all from my TouchPad).

Check out this in-depth review of the TouchPad for more: http://www.precentral.net/review-hp-touchpad

Check out this series of articles about a person who is only using a TouchPad for everything (since his house was burglerized and his laptop and TV were stolen). http://www.precentral.net/life-webos-and-webos-only

HP cancelled the TouchPad within a couple of months of launch and put it on a fire sale. Those of us that purchased it at full price ($499 - $599) were able to get a refund for the difference. The 32GB version was on sale for $149 and the 16GB at $99. (They have also cancelled the Veer and Pre3 smart phones and are open-sourcing webOS).

Purchasers who already owned a Palm webOS phone also got a $50 rebate and $50 in free apps, so my 32GB TouchPad only had an effective cost of $50. Not bad for a pretty awesome device.

There are not a lot of apps for the TouchPad, but it can run webOS phone apps, which there were a few thousand of, has a browser that can view Flash, and has some great apps available.

It can do everything I want it to. RSS Reader, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Kindle app, office files with QuickOffice, web browsing, access all my Google apps, listen to music, and more. The Splashtop Remote Desktop app allows me to connect to my computer using my TouchPad and anything I could do on my computer, I can do on the TouchPad. This easily makes up for the lack of apps. I was watching Netflix on my TouchPad today and there is no app. I was using Splashtop Remote to access it on my computer. 

I've also installed Preware, which is rooting or jailbraking, but encouraged by HP/Palm, not restricted. With Preware, I've installed a bunch of homebrew apps and patches that have made the TouchPad even better by optimizing the OS and speeding up the processor (to 1.5 GHz). It also has a save and restore app so that if HP ever shuts down the Synergy system, webOS users are all set. 

I've used it in meetings and at conferences to take notes, access the internet and much more. I read books, watch movies, surf the web, access social networking, check my email, stay organized with my Google Tasks and Google Calendar (which are kept in sync with my Google account and on my Android smartphone), play some very cool games (including Angry Birds) and much more. 

So, even though the device was cancelled, there is very little app support, and HP is not doing much with the software (besides open sourcing it), it is a great device. webOS is awesome and still has the best multi-tasking and notifications (better than Android or iOS5) and between the available apps, web browser and Splashtop remote, it does everything I need it to do. 

SEO Tips to Website Rankings

SEO Tips to Website Rankings
The process of optimizing a site began in the mid-1990s. This is how the process goes like, the "spider" crawls on the web to collect all the pages, its numerous legs can get. Then, the search engine uses its algorithm (ranking formula) to establish the congruency of the pages that are gathered by the "web spider".

"SEO" is the all-important buzzword for webmasters and website owners. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is simply the process of perking up the website or web page's visibility in a search engine's search results, creating more traffic. Which means, when it appears higher and more frequent in the search list, then there is an equally high chance that it will get visitors. For marketing and business, the more the traffic a website can get, the more chances of having a lot of sales.

Doing SEO by yourself can be a complicated task, especially if it's your first time. However, there are SEO services available online that you can hire to help you optimize your website. SEO Submission services will assist you with boosting your web page high up in the search result. If you are eager to learn the process and do the optimization alone, below are the simple SEO tips to help you improve your web page's visibility:
  1. Blogging - One way of extending your network is through blogging. Make a blog and create good content that will engage people to follow you. Use free blog hosting like blogger, blog.com, and WordPress or buy a new domain and web host. WordPress websites are good search engine crowd-pullers. Use it to your advantage.
  2. Provide Quality and Interesting Content - Get more people to link to your site by adding excellent quality contents. Write something new. Make sure that the articles are unique and fresh which will give a reason for the readers to visit your website regularly.
  3. Keywords are the key - Get keywords or keyword phrases into your text and titles. You can also use it for excerpts, meta tags or meta descriptions. But use it with caution, though. Google may mark your post as spam if it contains too many keywords. Use it wisely.
  4. SEO Plugin - All in One SEO Plugin can be used to make your web pages and posts' titles as well as descriptions become friendlier to search engines and readers. Use the Scribe plugin to optimize your web page's content. It will give your content a score and help you improve it.
  5. Check your site's performance.Make sure it is in tip-top condition, so it loads fast. Remember that the types and number of plugins that you use could affect your site and can slow it down. Avoid using large images and files like flash, slide shows and gallery on your landing page. Minimalist web designs are more SEO friendly.
  6. Social Media Sharing -Tie your content up with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social sites and get an even better chance of creating traffic to your site. You can also share and upload your content to other web 2.0 network sharing like Scribd, and YouTube.
  7. Use Catchy Headlines -Make your permalink go with the title of your post. Avoid title which doesn't talk much about the article's content. Catchy headlines are also effective on dragging people onto reading your content.
  8. Use actual terms.When writing your articles make sure, you use the proper syntax, grammar and sentence structure. The articles should have a sense and convey appropriate context. Do not write content that is not relevant to your website's theme.
  9. Same goes for the image that you upload. Give your image a name and a title tag. Although your computer might initially call it DCS 369 upon uploading, you can always change it later.
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Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide - guest post

Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide - guest post
Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide
Introduction
What is Project Based Learning?
What is Biteslide?
Planning the project
The Entry Event 
Researching the project
Creating the project
Presenting the project
Conclusion

Introduction
In this article I shall give you a brief introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL) and show you how Biteslide can be used as an end-to-end technology solution for PBL projects. 

There is a dizzying number of EdTech tools on the market today. Some are good and will give you a significant return on your time investment, others aren’t so good, and will lead to wasted time and frustrated students. Using an end-to-end solution simplifies the integration of technology and keeps the focus where it should be, on the project.

What is Project Based Learning?
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching where students undertake extensive inquiry in response to real-world problems and challenges.

In response to a driving question, students create authentic products and presentations that are then delivered to a public audience.

PBL projects are designed to address the curriculum and also develop students' 21st century skills - creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

If you’re new to PBL, two of the best resources around are the Buck Institute For Education and Edutopia.

What is Biteslide?
Biteslide is a creative presentation tool for school projects.

Teachers use Biteslide to assign, manage, and give feedback on projects. Students create slidebooks - a creative form of self-expression combining images, video, and text. 

Biteslide works well across the curriculum and with students of all ages.
Now let’s see how Biteslide can be used used in each phase of a PBL project. 

Planning the project
Good planning is the key to running a successful PBL project. If you've never planned a PBL project before, here is a good place to get to grips with the basics. 

When planning your PBL project it’s a good idea to organise your planning into a series of project documents. Commonly these are a project form, project calendar, and project rubric. Thanks goes to Manor New Technology High School for sharing these excellent sample documents.

So, how can Biteslide help? Rather than having a static series of PDF documents stored on your school server, you can use Biteslide to create a slidebook of project documents.

This means your documents can be stored right within the project itself. They are accessible online, and can be easily copied into future projects. 

Once the plans are in place and the project launch date has arrived, it’s time to introduce the project to your students. 

The Entry Event
When introducing the new project to your students the aim is to activate their ‘Need To Know’. A simple handout just isn't going to cut the mustard. Starting with inspirational and motivational content sets the tone and will energise your students. 

A powerful way to activate your students’ need to know is to have an entry event. Entry events can be videos, discussions, or debates. Any format will work as long as it resonates with your students and makes them eager to learn more.

Slidebooks are a great tool to use at the heart of the entry event. During the planning phase of the project, use a slidebook to gather research and develop your entry event presentation. The slidebook format makes it easy for you to create a thought-provoking and interactive presentation as the centerpiece of the entry event. 

And when your slidebook is ready, you can present straight from the slidebook to your students. You can do this from any computer or interactive whiteboard. Slidebook presentations save you time repurposing content and also provide an interactive forum for your students after the entry event has finished. They are the perfect catalyst to activate your students’ need to know.

Researching the project
Typically the initial phase of a PBL project will involve some form research. It could be desk-based or out in the field. Students begin to develop their knowledge and gather the significant content for their project. 

As part of this process, they'll inevitably gather a wide range of assets that they'll need to organise for use in their final presentation. These could be quotes, photos, videos, diagrams, and much more. 

During the research phase, a slidebook is a brilliant way to scrapbook together images, videos, and text. Students can use their digital scrapbook to organise and re-organise their thoughts before putting together the final presentation.

Students can even collaborate on slidebooks and use them as a shared resource to gather and organise their research. And as Biteslide is entirely web-based, students can do this from anywhere they have an internet connection.

Biteslide has several simple, yet powerful, research tools built right into the slidebook. Students can drag and drop images straight from Google and Flickr, and even add videos from Youtube. And if they want to gather images as they are browsing the web, they can use the Nibbler bookmarklet. 

But to be honest, the best thing about researching a project with Biteslide is that it’s fun. The drag-and-drop interface and easy-to-use tools take the strain so your students stay energised and can keep their focus where it should be, on the research. 

Creating the project
Once students have gathered the resources they need to create their slidebook, it's time to synthesise the research and create the project narrative.

Biteslide's easy-to-use design tools mean that students all the way from K-12 can create stunning projects. Eye-catching extras (backgrounds, borders, and stickers) help students to bring their projects to life. 

During the creative process, a project’s slidebooks are open for teachers and other students in the class to view. This means that teachers and classmates (if you’ve enabled the feature) can give feedback during the project creation phase.

Making projects authentic is fundamental to Project Based Learning. This means involving people from the outside world. Biteslide can be used to invite outside parties into the project to comment and review as the slidebooks progress. This is a great way for students to hone their final presentation with authentic input from the outside world.

Presenting the project
A key milestone in a PBL project is the final presentation. As well as demonstrating what the students have learned and created, it provides focus and authenticity to the project.

Your students have used the slidebook to research, create, and now they can use it to present. A single button-click transforms the slidebook into presentation mode - an engaging showcase for your student’s work. 

Presenting in person is undoubtedly valuable, but slidebooks can also be shared on the web. Embedding slidebooks into blogs, websites, and virtual learning environments (e.g. Edmodo or Moodle) is an excellent way to share projects with both inside and outside the school walls. Other teachers and students as well as outside parties such as parents or industry experts can all be invited to view and give feedback on a project. 

Conclusion
We are living through a golden age of technology. Incredible new web tools for educators are appearing every day. Having choice is a good thing, but it also comes with two key challenges. Choosing the tools that meet your pedagogical needs and deploying the tools your chosen tools in the best way. 

There are no clear cut solutions to these challenges. Two good rules of thumb are to choose tools that are easy to use for both teachers and students, and keep the number of tools chosen to a minimum. As is often the case, keeping it simple is the key to success.

Sign Up For Your Free Biteslide Account Here

About the author
Seb Hardman is a EdTech entrepreneur passionate about making great digital products. He is a founder of Biteslide - the creative presentation tool for school projects.

Free Evernote Training Videos on YouTube

Free Evernote Training Videos on YouTube
Evernote is one of my favorite and most used apps. I use it for project management, task lists, meeting notes, reference notes, web clippings, personal tasks and more.

I just found out about some great training videos on YouTube that show you how to do different tasks in Evenrote. Check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/EvernoteScott?feature=watch
If you don't use Evernote, check it out. It's free, easy to use, and cross platform. I used it for lesson planning, lesson notes, class notes, student notes and logs, and more as a teacher. As a CIO I use it for meeting notes, project management, contacts, web clippings, research and much more.

Tips Increase Profits

Tips Increase Profits
In when you are faced with a customer pushing for a discount, It's very tempting to cave. But it's a dangerous step to take for your business for several reasons. Firstly, that customer will always assume you are going to offer a discount in the future. Don't think they will pay full price next time - you have just set a price limit in their mind. Secondly, word gets round very quickly these days and people will assume you will discount for everyone else too. Effectively you damage your brand and become seen as a cheap option rather than a value or quality one. Thirdly, someone else can always undercut you. Unless you are absolutely sure that your business model is so different that you can always offer dramatically cheaper than everyone else, your competitors can always undercut you. And if you are dramatically cheaper why on earth would you discount further?!

And last, but by no means least, you make it harder to make profit. It comes back to the fact that most businesses should be driven by profit not revenue. Think about the numbers. If you want to make 10k profit and make £100 on each product you need to sell 100 of them. Now, if you suddenly discount that product and lose £20 of your profit you need to sell 125 to make the same profit overall. Yes, you may lose a few sales by holding your nerve - but will you really sell 25% more if you discount. Unless you are really sure, don't discount.

Of course it can be hard to hold your nerve, especially if business is tough. But one of the reasons business might be tough is that you keep knocking down your prices. You need to be competitive and make sure you are clear on your offer - but constantly knocking down your prices is not the answer to your business problems.

If you absolutely must go down in price, find some clever ways to manage this. For example, explain how the product or service will change to reflect the change in pricing or throw in other products or services that cost you less as bonuses to hold the original price. Or reduce the price in exchange for some commitment on their part - higher volumes, longer term commitments, quick decisions and so on. Focus your discussions on value that people get for your product - for example better service, expertise or relationship. Don't fall into the trap of setting your business up as a cheap product offering - or your profits will suffer in the long term.

Take action now - hold your nerve on your price and find another solution.

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Tips Concentrate To Increase Profits

Tips Concentrate To Increase Profits
In difficult economic times people start to play safe in business. Often that means falling in line with every other business in your area or sector - copying their ideas, doing the same type of advertising or using the same suppliers. But the trouble with that approach is that it makes it almost impossible for customers to decide who to use or to build any loyalty to one particular business. Now, more than ever, you need to work out what makes you stand out from the crowd if you want to see profits that are different to everyone else.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:-
Concentrate on a smaller group

Focus on a specific, narrow group of customers rather than trying to please everyone. If your competitors are aiming for a large market group, go narrow but really specialise in understanding that group.

Make your service unique

Work out how your service can be different to everyone else and change your business model to support that. Think about how people interact with your business and how you can make that interaction different from your competitors. Think of how Innocent changed the language people used on their products to engage with customers in a different way. What is the equivalent for your business?

Know your USPs

Most businesses have heard of USPs (unique selling points) but in my experience very few can actually explain what theirs are. If you can't, you are in a weak position. It's not enough to have a list of six things that your competitors each share a few of. Really challenge yourself in terms of why you are unique.

Re-imagine

Think about your business in a completely different way. If you were from another sector how would you run it? If you were forced to throw out your current approach and start again what would you do differently? Sometimes we are all too close to see things differently, so you need to step back to find how to be unique.

Ask for ideas

Use your customers to ask them what you do that is the same as everyone else and what is different. You may be surprised that little things that you do not even think about are important and things that you think are critical may not be to your customers. What would they like to see you do that would make you stand out from the crowd?

Add value

Sadly, one of the easiest ways to stand out from the mass of competition is to add a load more value to your customers. Not enough businesses do it. How can you offer something more, give some expertise, reward loyalty or add value to their business so that you stand out from the pack?

Being unique and different does not need to be hard - but it can take some courage to turn away from everyone else who is doing the same thing. Just remember, if you don't you will get the same results that they get - and chances are they won't be enough for you.

Take action now and redevelop your USPs.

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Key Management Control Checklist for MWR Programs

Key Management Control Checklist for MWR Programs
These checklists are designed to help management assistance teams, garrison commanders, and garrison managers of nonappropriated fund activities identify weaknesses in banking operations. When banking operations are evaluated, the various banking practices and conditions at each garrison must be considered. The checklists focus on key operations and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Limited analysis of bank records will be needed to obtain initial "yes" or "no" answers. A "no" answer to a checklist question indicates a problem may exist in banking operations. When answers to several questions are "no," the potential for a
serious problem or problems increases significantly. Additional analyses may be needed to identify the causes of any problems found and to plan corrective actions. Plans should be aimed at both short- and long- range corrective actions.

LOCAL BANK ACCOUNTS

Requirements for establishing and documenting bank accounts may vary due to the availability of on-post banking facilities or the terms of overseas military banking contracts.

For example, OCONUS locations are not required to request collateral. However, OCONUS accounts must be documented by semiannual reports to IMWR-FM-B to make sure appropriate Federal insurance and collateral is obtained.

Therefore, when using these checklists, managers must become familiar with local banking requirements and apply the checklists as applicable.

1. Has the garrison received and made available to its managers current copies of pertinent regulatory guidance (AR 215-1 and DOD Instruction 1015.15) on the Central Banking
2. Has the garrison developed local guidance for establishing and monitoring bank agreements? If yes, does the guidance clearly identify and establish the:

- Individuals authorized to establish local bank accounts?
- Acquisition procedures to be used when establishing bank accounts?
- Maintenance of banking agreements and related documentation?
- Procedures for periodically reviewing and updating account documentation, including
signature cards?
- Managerial responsibilities for monitoring and analyzing banking operations?
- Procedures for coordinating with the garrison bank liaison officer?

ESTABLISHING ACCOUNTS
3. Does the garrison have a banking facility located on post? If yes:
- Did the garrison agreement provide for the bank to service nonappropriated fund instrumentalities? If yes:
- Were the types of accounts to be used and the service fees included in the agreement?
- Are all bank accounts for nonappropriated fund instrumentalities maintained at the on-post banking facility?
4. Are contract files maintained to cover bank account agreements for all nonappropriated fund instrumentalities? If yes, does the file include:
- A copy of the bank agreement(s)?
- A copy of the contracting authority issued by the garrison commander?
- A copy of the justification for not using the on-post bank, if using other financial institution.
- A cost and pricing analysis of the types of accounts offered by the on-post bank for the proposals submitted by the off-post banks?
- A review of the legal sufficiency of the bank agreement?
5. Based on the cost and pricing analysis, were the most advantageous banking services obtained?

6. Do fund managers/entity administrators or central accounting officers contact local bank officials periodically to determine if any new types of accounts or services are offered which would be more advantageous?

ACCOUNT DOCUMENTATION
7. Are there formal bank agreements to cover the bank accounts of all nonappropriated fund instrumentalities?

If no, is there documentation available (such as memorandums of agreement or signature cards) to show the type and terms of the accounts? Does account documentation:

- Identify the fund manager/entity administrator as the official fund custodian?
- If no, are personnel entering into the agreement or listed on signature cards identified as agents, acting in a fiduciary capacity, for the official fund custodian?
- List as having signature authority only those individuals currently assigned banking responsibilities?
- Restrict withdrawal of funds except for transfers to the central bank?

COLLATERAL

8. Did the central accounting office or fund manager/entity administrator submit DA Form 3830-R (Nonappropriated Fund Bank Balances) for the last reporting period (reporting periods end on 31 March and 30 September)?

If yes, review the DA Form 3830-R for the following:
- Did the actual balance reported in column (b) agree with the balance in bank statements?
- Was the estimated high balance for the next 6-month period shown in column (c) reasonably estimated (that is, was it based on an analysis of the prior 6 months' actual bank balances)?
- When estimates in column (c) were determined, were changes in mission or activities considered that could affect bank balances for the next 6 months?
- Was the amount of Federal insurance coverage for each official fund custodian calculated correctly (limited to $100,000 per bank) and recorded properly in column (d)?
- Were uninsured amounts (collateral requirements) correctly stated in column (e)?

9. Do bank statements show that daily bank balances were maintained below the amount of insurance and pledged collateral (if more than one checking or savings account is maintained, the total of the daily balances for each type of account for each fund custodian should be used)? If no:
- Was a revised DA Form 3830- R submitted to request increased collateral?
- Did the central accounting office or fund manager/entity administrator take action to transfer sufficient funds to ensure balances were covered by pledged collateral?

BANKING OPERATIONS

Responsibilities and duties for banking operations vary at the local level depending on how accounting services are provided or what the provisions of local bank agreements are. For example, at some installations a central accounting office on post furnishes accounting services. At other installations accounting services are furnished by a centralized accounting office. In overseas areas, such as Europe and Korea, bank agreements provide for a sweep account that accumulates funds from communities or areas, in one account for transfer to the central bank. Generally speaking, the accounting office will have signature authority for the local bank account(s).

Whenever possible and economically feasible, local banks provide information on collected account balances to a centrally contracted data collection service, which initiates a transfer of funds excess to a predetermined target balance. In those instances where the local financial institution cannot provide this service, the fund manager/entity administrator or accounting office personnel may have responsibility for telephoning deposit information to the data collection services.

Test Questions
DEPOSITS

1. Are activities depositing cash receipts daily or, for small activities, weekly (every 7 days) or whenever cash reaches $500?

2. Do activities provide deposit documentation within 2 days to the central accounting office?

3. Does the central accounting office monitor deposit documentation to make sure it is received promptly? If yes:

- Does the central accounting office notify the fund manager/entity administrator if documentation is not received? If yes:

- Does the fund manager/entity administrator follow up with activities to determine the cause for delays and ensure that corrective action is taken to promptly provide documentation to the central accounting office?

TRANSFERS
4. Are account balances being reported to the data collection service automatically?

If no:
- Does the central accounting office or fund manager/entity administrator monitor bank balances daily to determine fund transfers?

- Are funds transferred to the central bank daily?

- Is a log kept of all transfer requests, to include person calling, time called, and reference number provided as part of the transfer procedure, and any other pertinent information?

- Were account balances maintained only to cover required compensating balances and/or returned checks?

If yes:

- Is the central accounting office or fund manager/entity administrator verifying monthly that balance reporting is occurring regularly, and that there are no gaps in reporting of  more than 2 business days?

- Is the target balance adequate for returned items?

5. If excess funds were maintained in bank accounts, has an analysis been made to determine the amount of interest lost by not promptly transferring funds to the central bank?

RECONCILIATIONS
6. Are bank statements for all accounts issued as of the last working day of each month?

7. Are bank accounts reconciled with the general ledger monthly?

8. Are bank reconciliations made prior to the monthly closing of the books?

9. Based on the reconciliation, are adjustments researched and documented by a journal voucher?

10. Is the fund manager/entity administrator provided copies of bank reconciliations along with the monthly statements?

11. Are daily balances on the bank statements reviewed each month to make sure Federal insurance plus any pledged collateral was not exceeded?

12. If insurance plus pledged collateral was exceeded, was a revised DA Form 3830-R submitted as required by AR 215-1 and in accordance with DOD Instruction 1015.15?

SERVICE CHARGES
13. Does the bank provide a monthly analysis of the activity of each account (such as total transactions, service fees, interest earned)?

14. Are required compensating balances reviewed to ensure that they are not excessive? If yes, do reviews consider the following:

- Is interest or an earnings credit received on the compensating balance? If yes:

- Is the interest or earnings credit used to offset monthly service charges? If yes:

- When the interest or earnings credit is in excess of service charges, is the excess credited to the account? If no:

- Has an analysis been performed to determine how much interest has been lost and whether the compensating balance can be reduced? If yes:

- Was action taken to reduce the compensating balance?

15. If account balances are maintained only to cover returned checks, are the balances reviewed periodically against the amount of checks returned and kept to a minimum?

16. Are service charges analyzed to determine whether fees can be reduced? If yes, did the analysis consider reducing service charges by:

- Combining deposits for activities making multiple daily deposits (such as separate deposits for cash and checks, or deposits by department, activity or shift), thereby reducing fees charged for each deposit?

- Maintaining sufficient funds in the account to cover uncollected checks, thereby incurring no service charges?

- Closing bank accounts with deposits made up of checks or accounts with limited use (Civilian Welfare Fund is a good candidate) and sending deposits directly to the central bank, thereby eliminating account maintenance fees?

17. Is a copy of the bank account analysis statement for the months of March and September sent to the Family and MWR Command?

CENTRAL BANK ACCOUNTS
This checklist is designed to ensure effective controls for the preparation and processing of checks.

Test Questions

1. Are prenumbered checks used to withdraw funds from the central bank?

2. Are storage and controls for blank checks in accordance with procedures established in DFAS guidance?

3. If check-signing equipment is used, are the signature plates, key to the machine, and the machine itself properly protected in accordance with DFAS guidance?

4. Are duties for the administration of bank accounts properly separated so that a different individual performs each of the following steps:

- Authorizing payments?

- Preparing checks?

- Signing checks?

- Reconciling bank accounts?

5. Do signature cards show only those individuals currently assigned banking responsibilities?

6. Are procedures established to make sure signature cards show changes in personnel?

7. Are countersignatures required and used when:

- Checks issued by the fund manager/entity administrator exceed $2,500, or the level established by the fund/entity council as appropriate?

- Checks issued for expenditures by an IMCOM Region exceed $10,000?

- Checks issued exceed the signer's fidelity bonding coverage?

- Duties for the administration of checking accounts have not been properly separated?

The Rise of Conceptual Economy

The Rise of Conceptual Economy
In October, I wrote an article on "Creativity, Entrepreneurship and the emergence of conceptual economy". I often get asked by my clients what conceptual economy is and how it is going to affect their businesses. Obviously, the answer is not that simple. If you look at the history, Peter Drucker coined the term "Knowledge worker" in the '50s and what followed was the era of knowledge economy that still has strong relevance today. The understanding of knowledge workers enabled board rooms across the Western economy to manage the workers better.

We are in the middle of another major transformation. The rise of the conceptual workers and the conceptual economy is around the corner. This new form of economy will demand subject-matter experts, managers, executives and most importantly the entrepreneurs to think conceptually, to come up with creative solutions and to learn to think outside the box. In conceptual economy, an MD will have a 3D design background who designs a 3D model for an organ with deep understanding of medicine, surgery and other side-effects. This same doctor will also have gone to a business school, hence possesses sharp understanding of business acumen to run his practice.

The Art Center College of Design, the prestigious Design College in Pasadena has teamed up with a leading European Business School based out of France and started offering Art/Business degrees. 10 years ago, when I attended the Art Center, they didn't offer a single course on business. These are the changing times.

Today, more students are taking classes in multiple disciplines that best complement their interest. Caltechs and MITs of the world are encouraging and enrolling students with expertise and interest in the areas that reach beyond the disciplines that they apply for. As the conceptual economy matures, countries around the world are less defined by how much natural resources that they have, and more by their intellectual strength, creativity and ingenuity of people.