A few weeks ago, we had the chance to cover some of the best condenser and dynamic microphones you can use for podcasting. Many broadcasters rely on dynamic mics such as the EV RE-20 or Heil PR-40 to record their programs. You are going to need an interface or mixer to connect those to your computer. Here are 4 accessories that help you record high quality audio using your dynamic microphone:

forte

Focusrite Forte: a high quality USB interface you can take advantage of to connect your microphone to your Mac or Windows using a USB cable. This has remote-controlled mic preamps with A-D / D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. It has a premium aluminum enclosure and is compact. [click to continue…]

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Sharing the information you know with others online is one of the best ways to build your reputation and grow your business. Many companies have started knowledge base sites to share information with their customers and prospects. You could always start your own with these 6 WordPress themes:

base

Base: it has a clean and professional design with three styles. The theme is ready for Retina displays. It supports audio, gallery, video, and image post formats. [click to continue…]

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Google+ is going to play a huge role on how Google ranks websites in the future. The sooner you get active on it, the better off your business will be. Google+ already had Communities, Hangouts, and plenty of tools for small businesses to use to improve their brand engagement. Adding Google+ Comments to your WordPress site can be a difference maker also. These 3 plugins enable you to add Google+ Comments to WordPress:

google+ Comments

Google+ Comments: a very good implementation of Google+ Comments for WordPress. It makes your comment section tabbed, so you can have Facebook and Disqus enabled. [click to continue…]

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Photoshop should not need any introduction. It is an awesome photo editor that lets you enhance your photos easily. Photoshop has gone through many changes in the past few years. These 5 cheat sheets show you how to use Photoshop CS6 like a pro:

PS CS6

PS CS6 Cheat Sheet: an elegant Photoshop CS6 cheat sheet by ZeroLag. It shows you how to use your keyboard to become a more productive PS CS6 user.

Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies: a complete cheat sheet for this photo suite. It covers commands and shortcuts. [click to continue…]

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Running a business online comes with its own unique challenges. Not any two businesses are alike. But there are tools that could help all small business owners run their businesses more smoothly online. Here are 6 powerful tools you don’t want to miss:

appsify

Appsify: allows you to create iOS apps more easily. It has an intuitive web interface you can use to build your app visually. [click to continue…]

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We have already covered some of the equipment you will need to build a professional podcast program. At the very least, you need to have a decent microphone to record higher quality audio. There is a good reason most pros go with XLR microphones. They give you more flexibility when the time comes to expand your operations. Connecting your XLR microphone to your computer is easy with a USB interface or mixer. Don’t want to invest a whole lot of money to get one of those? These 3 XLR to USB microphone adapters let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer using a USB cable:

shure

Shure X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter: an elegant solution for connecting your dynamic or condenser microphones to your computer. It has integrated pre-amp with microphone gain. [click to continue…]

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo are great sites for raising funds and supporting exciting products. They have their own rules and guidelines though. It is possible to create your own Kickstarter-type if you want to promote and raise funds for your ideas independently. Here are 5 ways to do just that:

crowd funding

Fundify: a WordPress theme that turns your site into a Kickstarter-type portal. It has an elegant design and 4+ custom widgets. It offers integration for PayPal Adaptive Payments.

appthemer

AppThemer Crowdfunding: don’t want to use the above theme? You could use this plugin and come up with your own theme to start a crowdfunding website. [click to continue…]

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Pinterest recently introduced an analytics tool for verified websites. It gives Pinterest users information about their site’s performance on Pinterest. Being active on Pinterest won’t necessarily draw a lot of attention to your site. You need to analyze the performance of your content and optimize your strategy accordingly. These 5 Pinterest analytics tools help you make better sense of your marketing efforts:

Pinterest Analytics

Pinterest Analytics: this tool is a no brainer. You need to verify your site before using this. Once there, this tool will show you the most repinned and shared stories on your website. [click to continue…]

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WordPress is quite business friendly. Many corporations and small businesses rely on this content management system to manage their online portals. WordPress is more than just for blogs though. You can use it to create job boards, support portals, events directories, and Knowledge Base sites. Here are 5 themes you can use to build those types of sites fast:

quality control

Quality Control: a dynamic theme that turns your website into a ticketing system. This is important for businesses with multiple products to support. It allows users to create tickets, assign statuses, and set priorities. The theme offers Git and SVN integration. [click to continue…]

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There was a time when starting an Internet radio station was too challenging and costly. Times have changed though. Beginners now have plenty of affordable options to start their own online radio station. If you are looking to start your own radio program, these 5 services are worth checking out:

sambroadcaster

Spacialnet: provides you with stream hosting solution. You can get started for as lows as $9/m for 30 concurrent listeners.

shoutcast

Shoutcast: should not need any introduction. This is a great place to start your research, especially if you are just getting started with online radio. [click to continue…]

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