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timeforcake: Online tool, biz site tip & 5 links

ERIN PHEILspecial to the daily

Craiglook (www.CraigLook.com) acts as a simple remix/mashup of everyone’s-favorite-and-ever-so-popular-because-it’s-so-useful Craigslist.com. Craiglook helps make your Craigslist searches more efficient by allowing you to specify your search radius, enter your minimum and maximum prices, see how far away your results items are located, view sellers’ phone numbers without having to visit individual listings, and skim through the convenient image previews.

Make sure your company’s website doesn’t have ‘dead-end’ pages. Dead-end pages fail to give your visitors a sense of where they should be going next or what actions they should consider taking.Did you provide a useful overview of your company’s history on your site’s About Us page? Great! But don’t stop there. Tell visitors that, now they know more about your fantastic company, they should check out your list of services and products by clicking this link … or that they should now fill out your convenient online form to schedule an appointment with one of your brilliant associates. Don’t let your visitors read through a section of your site’s information and then wonder, “Okay, so … now what? Am I supposed to order this product? Do I have to call in for a consultation? Do they even have an office location near me?” Provide a bit of guidance and a gentle helping hand to show people around your site and encourage them to take the action(s) you want them to take.

1. http://tinyurl.com/ykjrmhf – This fun article shows “nine awesome uses for dead tech products.” These nine (sometimes goofy) DIY project examples were pulled from a new book called “62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer (and Other Discarded Electronics)” by Randy Sarafan.2. http://www.graffed.com – A simple, organized way to track changes in your body measurements over time. Weight change is more than just pounds; some men may be aiming for bigger arms while some women may be aiming for smaller thighs. Graffed.com lets you set a goal and then compare body measurements as they change over time through reports, interactive tools, and bar graphs.3. http://earth.google.com/ocean/showcase – “Dive into the ocean and discover who lives there – from a deep-sea octopus to humpback whales.” Listen to National Geographic ocean explorer, Sylvia Earle, narrate a fascinating tour through some of the best photos and videos contained within the amazing “Explore the Ocean” layer of Google Earth. While visiting Google’s Ocean Showcase you can also research underwater discoveries, dive deep down into the Great Lakes, check out popular surf spots, and even explore eerie shipwrecks. You’ll need to have the Google Earth plugin installed to experience all that the Ocean Showcase has to offer; if need be you can conveniently install it by clicking the big blue “Get the Google Earth Plugin Now” button that will be displayed in the center of the page upon your arrival. 4. http://www.mycelery.com – A service called Celery allows people to exchange e-mails (and even participate on Twitter and Facebook) without a computer or Internet access. All that’s needed is a fax machine. Any fax machine. Celery automatically prints incoming e-mails and instantly sends outgoing pen-and-paper messages as e-mail. Perfect for communicating with parents/grandparents who simply have no interest in learning how to use the Internet or e-mail. (And yep, there are still plenty of those out there.) Celery can even receive and print HTML-based e-mails as well as .jpgs, .gifs, .pngs, etc. Check out this short news segment on an 87-year-old grandma twittering with paper-and-pen using just her fax machine: http://tinyurl.c/yaa32qu.5. http://tinyurl.com/yzyxyw4 – Researching CRMs? Trying to determine which CRM would be the best fit for your company’s needs? Visit this link to receive a free report offering a side-by-side comparison that breaks down the top 15 CRMs in the industry. Compare pricing per user, service and support features, sales force automation features, and much more.eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.

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