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Google+ Hangouts is one of the most exciting features available in this community. It has something for everyone, whether we are talking about small businesses or individuals. As long as you are willing to show your face online and connect with your friends and customers, Hangouts could offer you a lot of value. These 4 tools help you get even more out of your Hangouts experience:

Hangout Canopy: an awesome Chrome extension that helps you keep up with the latest Hangouts on Google+. This aggregates all public hangouts to save you time.

Hype My Hangout: gives you an easy way to hype your Hangouts. Just provide all the relevant information, including date, and capture your video. [click to continue…]

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems among small business owners. Whether you need to run an e-commerce store or a blog for your small business, WordPress can handle the job. Having the right plugins gives you a better chance to run your website more smoothly. Here are 5 premium plugins that boost your WordPress site:

BackupBuddy: having to backup all your sites manually can take a lot of effort. This plugin automates the process. It provides support for Dropbox, Amazon cloud, and Rackspace storage.

WP Touch: a powerful plugin that makes your website iPhone, Android, and iPad friendly. It lets you monetize your site with ads too. [click to continue…]

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One of the best ways to connect with your leads and solidify your relationship with your customers is by providing them with valuable and relevant content to make their life easier. Doing video presentations from time to time on your products could work if you play your cards right. In order to prepare your presentations, you are going to need a decent recorder. These 5 screen recorders could help you with that:

Camtasia Studio: it does not need any introduction. It is one of the best screen recorders and video editors for small businesses. Camtasia is available for both Windows and Mac. With it, you can capture PowerPoint slides, software demos, webpages, and your screen and edit your videos. [click to continue…]

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In order to run a small business effectively and grow it, you are going to need to have to wear multiple hats. You can’t do everything by yourself either. Outsourcing some of your tasks is a good idea. Picking up some of these tools would help too:

SEOmoz: not a cheap solution by any means but if you want to be successful with your SEO efforts, you are going to need this tool. The site has plenty of tools and resources to keep you in top shape SEO-wise.

Sucuri: a web integrity monitoring service that keeps track of the changes happening on your website and helps you clean up attacked sites. [click to continue…]

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These days, more people are writing their own e-books to generate revenue and leads for their business. Thanks to the rise of various e-reading platforms, entrepreneurs have more ways to create and publish quality books faster. If you need help preparing and publishing your e-book, these 5 tools can help:

iBooks Author: Apple’s free application for e-books is quite stunning and more than helpful in enabling you to put together professional quality e-books in a shorter period of time. You can grab your copy from the Mac App Store. [click to continue…]

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All webmasters need to be concerned about keeping their websites secure against hack attacks. If business owners do not spend some time to make their websites harder to hack, they leave their venture open to a huge risk. Most small businesses use a CMS such as WordPress to manage their websites. WordPress is a pretty decent platform. But there are things you can do to make it more secure. These 5 security checklist plugins show you what you can do to keep WordPress secure and thwart some hack attacks too:

Security Ninja: performs over 25 security tests on your website to keep it protected against common hack attacks such as brute force tactics. It also tells you what it does so you won’t be in the dark. [click to continue…]

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The SEO industry has gone through many changes over the years. But the recent algorithm updates (Panda and Penguin) have forced many webmasters to take a close look at how they optimize their websites for search engines and build links for them. One of the best ways to gain quality links to your website is by publishing killer infographics.

Designing infographics from scratch is not easy if you don’t know anything about designing. We have already covered a few infographic designers that could develop killer designs for a fee. These 5 infographic tools let you create your own visuals regardless of your design skills:

infogr.am: a do it yourself infographic design tool anyone can use to put together attractive visuals. Just do the research and let this tool do the rest.

Visual.ly: not only has tools to help you create basic infographics, it gets you in touch with top infographic designers too. [click to continue…]

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We all digitize some of our most important documents at work. Unfortunately, scanners are not always portable or easy to carry around. There are portable scanners available on the market but you will have to pay a considerable amount of money to get your hands on a quality model. These 4 apps let you use your iPhone, iPad, or Android device as a scanner:

Scanner Pro: one of the best scanner apps on the market for iOS devices. It scans your documents and processes images smartly. You can protect your documents with passwords and send them to your Mac or PC easily. The app supports Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs. [click to continue…]

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As a webmaster, your goal should be to provide your visitors with the best content possible. Their experience on your site matters too. If your site is slow, it could turn them off. There are plenty of ways to speed up your website. The easiest way to do so is by reducing the average size of images used on it. These 5 image optimizers help you do that fast:

Smush It: a brilliant tool by Yahoo! that reduces the size of each image you provide it with. It is a lossless tool so your images won’t show a dramatic drop in quality.

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Creating websites and making money from them only from AdSense is not exactly a bulletproof business model. But many online marketers rely on AdSense to keep their businesses afloat. Google already has a sophisticated reporting system for the AdSense program. These 4 iOS and Android apps allow you to check your AdSense earnings on the go:

QuickAdSense: uses OAuth to authenticate with AdSense and show your revenue reports. It has an elegant interface too.

myRevenue AdSense App: shows your account statistics on your iPhone. It works in portrait and landscape modes. It is pretty fast too. [click to continue…]

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