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Are You Using Colors Correctly On Your Website?

Consider Your Colors Wisely
Websites often look at color for the sole purpose of triggering a response from visitors.  Of course, everyone has their favorite colors that they gravitate to whether they realize it or not.

However, a skilled web designer also understands how important color is for the site. Colors can signify all kinds of meanings that make users gravitate towards certain products and services found on your site.

Good color choices take careful planning, and when done correctly, they can influence how visitors interpret what they're seeing when they view your site.

Colors mean all types of things to people, but this guide gives you some insight into the ways colors are perceived and how to pick the right color palette for your web design.

The Power of Color in Business

Color will always have a powerful subconscious effect on humans. In every part of our lives, we view different colors. If it's cloudy outside, the world is grey to us, foreboding and somber. If it's sunny outside, the world is bright and effervescent. When you apply information about color to business, then you want to improve your business profile and marketing by using colors appropriately.

In website design, colors mean everything. Colors have several meanings, but it's hard to escape what they mean for businesses. Most businesses use red because it inspires people to take action. That's why so many call-to-action buttons and links on websites are red in color.

Across the spectrum, there are also different ways to partner one color with another so that they compliment and make your website easier on the eyes. People typically don't like to see sites that are of one bright color such as yellow or neon green. This tends to make visitors bounce off a site instead of looking for information.

The way you choose to incorporate color theory into your web design should be strategic but also match your brand. If you are just starting out with your brand, color choices typically start with your industry.

For example, industry-specific colors might be green for eco-tourism or cash savings. Purple may also apply to fashion or beauty. When you start to pick out the colors of your brand, it's important to pay attention to how those colors will reflect for your industry. While you don't want to pick the same colors as competitors, you want to be able to fit into your industry and evoke a response from users that won't be confused if you pick a strange color. For example, pink might be a difficult color to sell with power tools. 

The Colors of Walls

Did you know that the colors of a wall can change how a person feels temperature? Warm colors like red and yellow actually think a room is warmer just because of a color. Cool colors like light purple and blue often make people believe that a room is colder. Throughout history, businesses have been using this human psychology to save on heating and cooling costs while also giving people the notion that their coffee shop is the warmest in the winter because of orange walls.

Evoke a Response

Color also evokes emotions from people. People of different cultures often view colors very differently. For example, yellow might make you think of a sunflower, but it might make someone else think of a funeral since yellow can be a symbol of death. Everyone has personal proclivities for colors as well. You shouldn't base your color choices on avoiding what people don't like. Rather, you should make color choices based on what the emotional response that you are likely to receive from the majority of visitors.

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What Do Colors Mean

The color green has been linked in many studies to creativity. People generally like the color green, and it has a positive association with regrowth, rebirth, nature, purity and so forth. Sites that feature green may be eco-conscious. Others may just associate the color green with genius intelligence. By researching what colors mean, you can get a better idea of the responses to your website. Here are a few basic color meanings:

  • Red: Aggression, anger, rage
  • Purple: Feminine, lust, passion
  • Blue: Calmness, sadness, gentle
  • Pink: Feminine, happy
  • Black: Strength, foreboding

The way you use color is just as important as the color choices that you make. All websites benefit from a color palette that is predictable but also creative. You want to highlight certain parts of your site while also making sure that it has a unified feeling overall.

What Colors Encourage Visitors to Click 

Whether you want your visitors to click on an ad, read a story or just buy something, you likely have different links, buttons and check out buttons (check out the article on "Data Driven "Add To Cart Button" Information: Something To Consider" for more on the "add to cart button". What should the colors of these be?

There are five popular color choices used in web design that will bring your visitor's attention.
  1. Red: There's a reason Pinterest is red. Google also uses red for most of its buttons. Red is associate with anger, but it's also the color of love. This strong, dynamic color is guaranteed to get a response from visitors.
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  3. Orange: Amazon is famous for its love of orange. This warm, vibrant and energizing color is not as intense as red but has a lot of spunk. Orange is also considered aggressive.
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  5. Dark Blue: Blue tones are found everywhere online. It's also repetitive. However, blue can be changed with a nice palette. If you think of Facebook, the darker blue tones here have been shown to make people feel safe. If you want a customer to feel safe about clicking a link, a blue tone is the best way to go.
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  7. Green: Groupon uses the color green because it's both safe and promotes the idea of money savings. Green inspires optimism and creativity. Green works best with sites focused on eco-conscious products, recycling or even money saving.
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  9. Purple: It worked for Yahoo. Imagination, creativity, dignity, royalty, abundance and passion are all used to describe this versatile color. Most fashion, beauty and lingerie sites use some type of purple in their design. However, Yahoo uses it because its bright and noticeable in a crowd.
Is Monochromatic Considered Colorful?

Monochromatic websites also have their place in their sun. A monochromatic site incorporates the use of black, white and grey tones with tiny pops of color in some cases. The pops of color act as accents to the monochromatic style of the rest of the site.

People have an affinity for bold black. It's strong yet mysterious and modern. Black also evokes feelings of elegance and power. Grey is a rather neutral color that can be almost invisible but still promote feelings of peace. White is the ultimate cleaning power when you need to express openness, cleanliness and simplicity.

Monochromatic sites work for most industries, especially if you use the accent colors to benefit your audience. In addition, colors used with monochromatic designs should be bright and pop out at you. Orange, red, yellow and even neon green are great uses of this idea.

Colors in Mobile Design

Experimenting with color in mobile is a good thing. Obviously you want your site to be readable on all devices, which means that simple color palettes with bright pops of color tend to work very well for mobile. Color as accents is a popular trend as well because it allows your site to catch attention while mobile browsers look for information.

However, sites also use colors to make a statement. For example, they may have a background color that is completely red with white logos and text for a mobile version. Other sites just stick to making buttons a certain color on mobile as it makes them easier to find and click.

Color Trends

Then there are sites that break the rules. Some sites have a knack for breaking the rules and using new colors that people appreciate even if they are not traditional. One color trend is retro color themes. These color schemes feature yellows, browns and blues with some pops of red. However, what's most noticeable is that they lack any real "bright" pops of color. You won't see any neon colors on these websites.

How you use color for your business website can mean a great deal to getting visitors and keeping them coming back. While colors have different meanings around the world,it's more important to match your industry with colors or even to use a color as a way to think outside of the box when you need to.

There are some color choices that are better for accents as well. By taking a look at some color palettes and looking at your brand, your site will benefit immensely from a sound color theory that attracts attention for all the right reasons.

Have you ever thought about this?  Or have utilized the stats behind colors?

Written And Created By Christopher Pontine & Cynthia Adams
Image Credit: Rilind Hoxa

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Data Driven "Add To Cart Button" Information: Something To Consider

Your ecommerce store is very important to you right?  You take the time to design it and bring it to life too.  It's critical sometimes to know the smallest of details to help your traffic convert into sales such as what the "add to cart button" should look like?  Or at least see data driven information to recommend a certain design in regards to yours.  This graphic will highlight what the "Top 50 Ecommerce Stores" use.

Things Highlighted To Tweet And Share:

    • * 24% of the top 50 Ecommerce stores use the color blue- Tweet
    • * 64% of the top 50 Ecommerce Stores use rounded corners - Tweet
    • * The average size of the "add to cart button" is 144 X 34 pixels- Tweet
    • * Over half of the top 50 Ecommerce stores use the word "cart" instead of words such as "bag", "buy" or any other word that may fit properly.- Tweet
    •  * Most of the top 50 don't use an icon, yet the "cart" is the most popular icon- Tweet

Source:Volusion
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Need Website Funding? Check Out Peer To Peer Lending

Circle Saying Need MoneyIn the past year, there has been a lot of buzz on how peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is one of the best
alternative ways to invest. This method especially works if you are leery of the current stock market.

Those who suppose P2P lending say that it's a better way to get a good return on investment without getting deeper into a failing economy.

Before you decide to place stake in your index funds and head out for the nearest peer-to-peer lending site, you should take a closer look at the basics and study the two main sites for P2P investing.

What is Peer-To-Peer Lending

At its core, peer-to-peer lending is when one person loans money to another person to start a new business or even when you borrow from a friend to pay a down payment on a new car. You are either creating or taking the loan based on a relationship with the other person, which counts as much as a good credit rating.

Sometimes these loans to friends, family members or other individuals work out well, but in some cases, they do not. Peer-to-peer lending has funded many dreams, but they are also famous for breaking apart personal relationships.

However, modern peer-to-pending lending hooks in with online investing. It's actually a major business. Third-party websites allow matching between lenders and borrowers without the trouble of personal ties. These websites intend to make it an easy transaction for both parties that can be trusted.

There are two things to consider with peer-to-peer lending.

- Borrowers on P2P lending sites typically get better interest rates and fairer loan terms than if they got a loan from a commercial bank. Lending sites only work with borrowers if a credit score is above fair or over 630. The terms are still better than what you are offered at most banks and private investment firms.

- Lenders often get to know something about the borrower before lending out any funds, which builds more trust in the relationship. If the loan doesn't work out and investors lose money on the deal, it's not as personal as lending to a family member. You won't have to see your aunt at Thanksgiving and ask for the deposit on the hair salon back. There are also guidelines and rules in place to minimize the risk so that you can get your investment back on loans that go sour.

What Sites Offer Peer-to-Peer Lending

There are many of these third-party P2P lending sites, but only two of them have been around long enough to have a viable, trustworthy model.

- Prosper.com
- LendingClub.com

Tips for Prosper

Prosper is one of the older peer-to-peer lending sites on the web. While they may not have always been successful, they have built an original model and created an incredible avenue for investors and borrowers to fund projects and businesses.

They also have achieved record highs in issuing loans from 2013 to 2014. This success did come after mistakes were made in 2012, but they placed $20 million in funding and saw incredible growth to correct those mishaps.

If you are just getting started with peer-to-peer lending, Prosper is very easy-to-use whether you are a borrower or lender. The overall platform is based around its user experience. You will easily be able to set up an account, view your account summary, invest or borrow money with just a few clicks.

In addition, tools like Automated Quick Invest allow you to lend passively. You set up filters to auto-invest and let the website work out the rest. If you are a borrower, Prosper has a lower credit score requirement of 640 to get a loan.

However, this also means that some lenders may come in contact with riskier borrowers. Prosper actually allows for some loans to have an interest higher than 30 percent, which is nearly five percentage points higher than those you will find on Lending Club.

Overall, if you want to jump into peer-to-peer lending and want a simple answer, Prosper is the best platform. This site has more filters allowing you to pick and choose borrowers as an investor. Borrowers will enjoy the simplicity of applying for loans and finding investors as well.

Tips for Lending Club

Lending Club has done very well throughout its history in peer-to-peer lending. If you view the issued loans history for the site, Lending Club experienced incredible growth throughout 2013 and 2014.

In addition, the site was the second after Prosper to launch and has experienced great returns. In November 2012, Lending Club had issued $1 billion in loans and doubled that amount in issued loans eight months later.

For its success, Lending Club has some minor drawbacks. The process to find borrowers or investors is not as simple as it is with Prosper. The website definitely needs a reinvention. Lending Club doesn't have as many filters as Prosper, which makes it less simple to find investors or borrowers. The site mainly focuses on institutional partners and doesn't have enough options for retail investors. This means that private investors won't be able to use Lending Club as easily as Prosper for passive lending.

However, Lending Club has a better track record for strict loan requirements, which diminishes the risk for investors. A minimum credit score of 660 is required to borrow money on the site. There is also a stricter application process, which means that 90 percent of loans are not approved. However, the loans are better quality as well. The interest rates are lower, and investors are happier because they aren't receiving a lot of default loans.

Overall, if you want to lower your number of default loans, then it's better to go with Lending Club. If you are a borrower with a good credit score and history, then you may enjoy the loan terms that you find from investors on Lending Club as they won't have higher interest rates.

Verdict: What Site to Use for Peer-To-Peer Lending

For those borrowers and investors who think online P2P lending is the next thing, Lending Club and Prosper will be the best to start with. They both have a longer company history than any other peer-to-peer lending site, and they also have several tools to use that will make investing online very simple to understand.

Both platforms work wonderfully if you are looking to increase your portfolio or if you are a borrower trying to start a small business. One way to decide on a platform is to just to open an account on Lending Club or Prosper to get a feel for how it works. There is no risk to open an account and get your feet wet. It's the next step to diversifying your investments or ensuring the success of your small business. 

Have you tried, or plan on trying one of these options for funding your website venture?

Written And Published By Christopher Pontine And Cynthia Adams

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A Look Back At The Articles Written - Enjoy!!!!

I thought it would be nice to take a look back on all the articles written on Creating A Website Today and just reflect back.  Maybe you have ready many or just a few and it will give you some time to look through some helpful articles for your website ventures.  Enjoy!!!

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Creating A Powerful Ecommerce Store With Amazon (July 16, 2014)
Give Me 5 Minutes To Make Your Blog Title A Wee Stickier (May 9, 2014)
4 Easy Solutions To File Your Taxes Online (February 10, 2014)
8.5 Great Investment Choices For Your Website Business (January 25, 2014)
The Legal Side of a Photography Site (January 8, 2014)
And Your Done!!! Get Your Wordpress Blog Up In A Jiff!!! (December 19, 2013)
The Legal Side Of E-Commerce: What To Know (December 2, 2013)
Wordpress.org And Wordpress.com: Whats The Difference? (November 13, 2013)
What The Heck Is SEO? (November 9, 2013)
Importance Of A Good E-Commerce Shopping Cart (November 6, 2013)
Creating A Website With Website.com (November 2, 2013)
Creating A Website With Yola (October 28, 2013)
Why You Need a Secure Website (October 27, 2013)
Creating an E-Commerce Store With Go Daddy (October 21, 2013)
Creating A Dynamic Online Store with 3DCart (October 19, 2013)
Creating A Great Store With Big Cartel (October 17, 2013)
Creating A Photography Website With SmugMug (October 15, 2013)
Get Your Photography Site Going With Photoshelter (October 14, 2013)
Creating A Photography Site With Red Frame (October 14, 2013)
A Straight Approach: Designing Photo Sites with IM Creator (October 9, 2013)
A Quickie: iPage Makes Web Design Simple (October 7, 2013)
Easily Creating a Website With Bluehost (October 6, 2013)
Web Site Design 101 with 1&1 (September 12, 2013)
The Beauty of Drag and Drop: Seamless Web Design in Two Clicks (September 11, 2013)
Web Hosting 101: Know The Facts - Infographic Edition (August 23, 2013)
8 Great Features To Have For Your E-Commerce Site (August 16, 2013)
10 Power House Website Builders And More (July 30, 2013)
5 Great E-Commerce Website Builders And More (July 27, 2013)
Get Your Store On The Map with 1And1 (July 26, 2013)
1ShoppingCart Gets E-Commerce Done For You (July 24, 2013)
A Run Down Of Great Photography Website Building Articles (July 17, 2013)
5 Great Website Builders for Photographers And More (July 5, 2013)
Great Articles For Your e-Commerce Website Journey (July 2, 2013)
Some GREAT Sources For Inventory For Your e-Commerce Store (June 29, 2013)
Understand Your Website: Coding Resources (June 26, 2013)
Creating Your Website: Sometimes A Foot To Your Butt Helps (June 21, 2013)
All About e-Commerce: Where Curiosity Meets Money (June 11, 2013)
The Perks Of Using A e-Commerce Website Builder (June 10, 2013)
Creating Your E-Commerce Store With Yahoo Small Business (June 3, 2013)
Something for Nothing: Build a Free Site with Webs.com (May 30, 2013)
Getting To Know Your Basic Domain Extensions (May 10, 2013)
Creating a Sweet E-Commerce Website With Big Commerce (May 7, 2013)
Awesome Tools To Help You Select A Domain Name (April 18, 2013)
Know Your Google Reader Alternatives (April 10, 2013)
Costs for Your Website (March 25, 2013)
The Importance Of Finding A Niche For Your Website (March 11, 2013)
Creating Your Photography Site With Photo Merchant (February 9, 2013)
Creating That Eye Catching Photography Site With Squarespace (January 29, 2013)
Web Hosting 101: Know The Facts (January 21, 2013)
Domain 101: Basic Information You Need To Know (January 13, 2013)
Creating A E-Commerce Store With Volusion (January 8, 2013)
Shopify: Revolutionizing E-Commerce (December 24, 2012)
Building A Website Easily With Go Daddy (November 20, 2012)
The Perks of Using a Website Builder for Your Website (November 3, 2012)
Creating an Amazing Website with Wix (October 12, 2012)
Creating a Website with Fat Cow (October 6, 2012)
Wordpress Installation For Fat Cow (October 3, 2012)
Learn About Site Builder For Fat Cow (October 3, 2012)
Things To Consider Before Creating a Website (October 1, 2012)

Any thoughts?
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Creating A Powerful Ecommerce Store With Amazon

Growing a business online has taken some companies decades to do properly. Then, there's Amazon
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Amazon Is A Great Choice For Your Website
Webstore, which allows you to create a turnkey ecommerce store in just minutes. Amazon Webstore is an online store platform with tons of features and intuitive building interface that allows you to easily bring your store online and start selling.

The service is designed for small, medium and large businesses. With the 30-day trial, you can try out the service and use all of the features including thousands of templates and forms. It's certainly not free, but Webstore really allows you to create a secure online marketplace that looks professional and unique for your brand. There are some essential steps to getting your store completely online with Amazon Webstore.

Getting Started

Shop owners can sell from Webstore shops and on the Amazon Marketplace. If you aren't familiar with either of these, you should take some time to look at Amazon Webstore and selling on Amazon Marketplace to get a better idea of what you're getting into.

While it may sound like a great idea to become apart of the Amazon Marketplace, there are some drawbacks. For one, not everyone can sell what they want on Amazon, and there are a ton of restrictions. However, if you do choose to sell on your Webstore and Marketplace, you have a lower transaction fee since Amazon takes a small percentage of your profits. Currently, it's 2 percent.

It depends on your products if you will have a more difficult time of selling on Amazon. However, if you already sell on Amazon Marketplace or you know that your products won't be restricted, then selling on both channels may be beneficial.

Set Up An Account

To set up an account, you'll go to the Amazon Webstore products page and click "Get Started." You'll have to make a seller account on Amazon.com if you don't have one already. Once you create an account, you'll be able to select Webstore products from your dashboard and purchase your online store.

Amazon Webstore requires an email address to complete the first form. It also asks for your name and a password. After you create a password, Webstore will ask for some basic information. You'll need the contact information for your business as well as payment information to purchase the ecommerce software and start building.

In addition, Amazon Webstore has a verification process. Amazon verifies your business by calling the business number you provide or an alternative number that you will use with your Webstore. It's very important that you use the right number for your business when setting up your account in order to be verified and start selling.

In the final confirmation step, you must accept the Amazon terms and conditions. Once that is done, click "Complete Registration" in the right sidebar. After that, it takes several minutes to complete registration and set up your account.

Prepare Your Store Design

Amazon's Seller Central dashboard is where you can start managing your new online store. However, before you dive in and start posting your product information, you need product images, store logos, promotional images and other graphics to help your site have a branded look. These are things that Amazon Webstore won't create for you. You should also have your product descriptions written and UPC codes available to make the setup as quickly as possible.

Create Your Product Inventory

The beauty of Amazon Webstore is that you can upload an entire product inventory instantly. However, you need a UPC for every product that you list, but you can also just use the product name. The field will also work if you have Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN). If the products you are are adding can be found already on Amazon, then just try searching for it to find the ASIN or UPC when you are setting up the product inventory.

After that, you can enter the product information like SKU, price, quantity available and condition, which must be "new" since Amazon Webstore doesn't allow you to sell any used goods. In the next step of adding your inventory, you'll upload images and add product descriptions in the next section.

Adding Categories

Every online store makes it easier for product to be found by adding some categories. These categories allow you to organize products, which allows people to navigate your store and search for items quickly by typing in keywords. The method for creating categories on Amazon Webstore is simple.

To make a new category, you'll click on "Categories" under the "Store Design" tab and then click the gold "New" button. A button on this page also allows you to assign products for each category that you create.

Customizing Your Store

Amazon Webstore is meant to be very simple and quick, which helps beginners get a store up and running in a short time. If you do have more experience, you can do a little bit more with your template design and customize your store. However, you can still customize your store using the basic tools if you aren't an advanced user.

You can customize your Webstore using several different themes. These themes have different colors and layouts. There are limited theme options, but you can customize each theme using the tools on Amazon Seller Central. This allows you to change the text color, link color, cart colors and other parts of your site.

Fix Your Domain

The Amazon Webstore URL is quite long and has lots of hyphens. You don't want that for your store's online address. Most stores need a unique domain. There is a link on the main page of Seller Central under "Getting Started" that will allow you to customize your store's URL or web address.

You will first need to have registered a domain through GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Register.com or NameCheap.com. Then you can come back to the customize URL page and add your domain's unique URL. This means that your store's address will go from the extra long Amazon URL to "www.yourstore.com," which will be much less confusing for your visitors and yourself.

Make Lots of Money

After fixing your domain, you are ready to publish your store and start selling. Depending on the option that you picked in the first step, your products will now be published online and in the Amazon Marketplace. You may instantly start receiving orders, but it may take awhile for your store to get noticed if you haven't been selling on Amazon already. In this case, creating a marketing plan for your Amazon store would be the next step to make it more successful.

Amazon Webstore is a great service to use if you want to set up a quick ecommerce store. It's completely online, affordable and makes valuable use of your time so you don't have to spend weeks trying to set up a simple online store. Best of all, it integrates seamlessly with Amazon Marketplace if you want to sell directly to customers of Amazon.

Written And Published By Christopher E Pontine & Cnythia Adams
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Give Me 5 Minutes To Make Your Blog Title A Wee Stickier

With creating a website comes some things you need to think about sooner or later.  For me, it was later when it came to title of my articles, which is why I want to share some tips and ideas for you when your writing yours.

I hope you enjoy, and don't forget to chip in at the bottom : - )

1. Write the Headline First

While it can also be beneficial to wait and write the headline after the content, you can give yourself a clear focus and strategy by writing the headline first. This works best if you have a good idea of what your topic is but don't want to specifically write about.

You can clearly spin your content in a direction knowing what your headline is first as well. The headline also drives the topic of the post, so you always have something to tie in. You can also brainstorm content for your topic that matches the title.

Even if you don't know exactly what your headline should be, just throw some ideas down on paper and work with it. You'll start to form your content and then you can change it as you go.

2. The Quick Way to Write Eye-Catching Headlines

There are a few things that can help you come up with a headline fast. For one, you should always write a headline that targets the 30 percent of your readers who actually care and are interested in your products. These readers are the most likely to enjoy what they're reading about, and it will also give you a more specific focus. This 30 percent includes:

- People easily attracted to your site
- People who are likely to share your product
- Visitors who already find value in your product


You should also include the most desirable feature of your product in a headline. This is what makes the product unique and will stand out to your readers. If you can of your product's value point, then you know exactly what to write for a headline.

As you start thinking of different headlines, write them all down one-by-one. You can pick and choose the keywords that you like and describe the right features while also narrowing down what your content will be about.

3. Do Keywords Matter in Headlines?

Every SEO will tell you that keywords in the headline are the most important part of content marketing, but that's not always the case. Plenty of people have made an argument that it's about writing for humans and getting out of the "marketing speech" that seems to be everywhere.

However, keywords still matter. By doing keyword research and including one part of a keyword phrase in your headline, you can still create something interesting and different to draw in your readers. Keyword research is also helpful to understanding what people are looking for and spotting those rare keywords that give you ideas for an entire content series.

4. How To Headlines and Why They Work

What do people really want when they search for guidance online? They certainly aren't look for generic how-to guides. They really want to know that you know your stuff. If you want to write a how-to headline, you should make sure to be specific and include something interesting so that your article doesn't get lumped into the 30,000 other "How to Make a Pizza" articles. Some ways to switch this up include:

- "How to Make the Spiciest Pepperoni Pizza"
- "How to Throw a Pizza in the Air Like a Real Italian Chef"
- "How to Make a Homemade All-Meat Pizza That's Healthy"


These are just a few titles that spin off of the original and give your readers something interesting to think about before they even click on the headline.

5. List Posts Always Stand Out

List content will always be kind. Why's that? People are lazy. Well, it's the truth. People want to consume data online whether they know it or not. Reading a list is much easier than sorting out words in a pesky paragraph. That's why you should:

- Always vary your list headlines with different numbers. There's not always going to be "5 Ways to Do This or That." There could, you know, be "Four Ways to Do This or That."

- Try different language for what comes after the number. For example, instead of steps or ways, try mistakes, secrets, places, recipes or other fun language that will bring some life into your title.

- Turn your list into a question. For example, "Can You Guess 7 Things Pizza Chefs Love?" or "Do You Know the Three Types of Deadliest Cancers?"

- You can still do simple lists. Add a twist to make it your own like "Five Types of Juicers - What Makes the Juiciest Juice? or "Six Essential Vitamins - Why You Need Only One."

- When in doubt, give 'em something for nothing. For example, "Free App Offers 10 Coupons Every Hour" or "Free Downloads from 6 Different Popular Bands."

- Go big or go home. People really like long lists because they include something for everyone, so challenge yourself to find "!01 Ways to Eat Spinach Without Turning Green."


6. Try These Headline Formulas If all Else Fails

If you're not sure what to write for your headline, these formulas always seem to get hits. All you have to do is replace what's in the brackets with your own subject.

- Who Else Wants [Something Interesting Here]?
- The Secrets of [Successful Pick-Up Artists or something less evil]
- Here is a Method That Is [Totally Shocking] to [People Who Can't Be Shocked]
- Little Known Ways to [Make Kitties Purr]
- Get Rid of [Zombies] Once and For All
- Here's a Quick Way to [Get Your Dog to Pee Outside]
- Now You Can Have [Your Cake] and [Shove It In Someone's Face] Too
* Now You Can Quit Your Day Job and Still Make Money
* How You Can Make a Cat Purr Without Doing a Thing
- [Do a thing] like [someone or something incredible]
* Roar Like a Real Lion
* Blog Like Charlie Sheen is In Your House
- What Everyone Ought to Know About [KFC's Secret Formula]


These pretty much work all the time. Didn't you want to read the content underneath those headlines?

7. A Few Sure-Things for Headlines

Those formulas were so good you came back for more. Here are few more templates to make your headlines stand out.

- Give Me [Five Minutes] and I'll Give You [the Path to Mordor]
- If You Don't [Get to Da Choppa] Now, You'll [Probably Get Blown to Smithereens]
- The Lazy [Shopper's] Way to [Break Into Stores on Black Friday]
- Do You Recognize the [Number] Early Warning Signs of [Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome]
- See How Easily You Can [Make a Difference In Your Cat's Life By Feeding Him Every Time He Meows At You]
- You Don't Have to Be a [Morpheus] to [Find the One True Toilet Paper]
- Did You Make Any of These Mistakes?


Obviously, these titles are a little bit left field, but you can make them right by adding in your own keywords and subjects in between the brackets.

8. Be a Risk-Taker and Try These Headlines

Headline formulas give you some pretty good places to start from and even stand on their own in a sea of boring headlines. However, there are some headline formulas that stick out even more and may be a little bit risky. Are you up for the challenge?

a. Warning: [Something to Get Their Attention]

Warnings always make people stop and think. They want to know what it is they should be careful about especially if they are already reading your other posts that have given them some great advice and things to think about. Some examples with this headline formula include:

- Warning: If You Depend on Oxygen to Live, Start Driving a Smart Car
- Warning: Two Out of Every Three People Have an STD, Are You One of Them?
- Warning: Do You Recognize 3 Early Signs That You Have Cancer?

b. How [Something] Changed Me/Made Me/Gave Me [Something Good/Bad]

If you want to work in a personal story to your post, then use this title. These are some examples:

- How a Prank Made Me Think Twice About Toilet Paper
- How My TV Remote Took Over My Life
- How Moving to New York City Made Me Smell Better

c. Are You [Something]?


The question headline will always bring in some views. These are the best traits of this formula:

- Are You Excited for The Next iPhone Release?
- Are You Expecting a Raise That's Never Coming?

9. Headline Writing for Twitter Noobs

Twitter has become a place for headlines. It's short and sweet. It's the way people get their news without ever going further to actually read the news. However, a great Twitter headline will make them want to read. So what do you have to do to get that reward?

- Make the headline useful
- Make it urgent that they read your content
- Give some unique benefit in the headline
- Be specific in your headline approach
- Use hashtags that will get attention, but #don't #overdo #it.


Above all, people like to laugh even when they are searching for something serious. If you think about it, there are a "5 Secrets to Make #Cats Purr When You Sing."

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Written And Created By Christopher Pontine And Cynthia Adams

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4 Easy Solutions To File Your Taxes Online

Green circle with money symbolFiling taxes doesn't have to be stressful, time-consuming or rage-inducing. The digital age brought along some modern-day conveniences like filing your taxes online, but now with the mobile device boom, you can even file your taxes right from your phone.

These four sites make it incredibly easy to file your taxes. This guide goes through each of the top sites to file taxes online in 2014 and how each makes getting a correct return as simple as checking your email.





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Slay Thy Taxes With Ease - TaxSlayer.com

The competition for the top online tax preparation software is pretty steep, but TaxSlayer has been very aggressive and offers some genius incentives to customer who are looking to file this 2014 tax season. TaxSlayer provides a ton of advantages like low-cost state eFiling, easy-to-use tax software and affordable filing options for all kinds of IRS forms that you might need. You can file state, federal, amended, military and prior-year returns through TaxSlayer as well. There are a three editions of TaxSlayer including a free military edition, classic edition for $9.95 and premium edition for $29.95.

Pros

- TaxSlayer provides free state and federal tax returns for active duty military personnel, and the software is only $9.95 if you're a civilian.
- The interface is simple and bright colored. It's easy to answer each question and quite fast.

Cons


- No mobile version yet.


The classic version of TaxSlayer allows you to manage parts of your tax return easily like mortgage interest, property tax, childcare credits, itemized deductions and much more. The 1040EZ filing is a quick process and is quite accurate upon testing. The software checks for all kinds of errors and covers all subjects like your home, your work, dependents and other issues that will allow for credits and deductions that you have earned. A final error check is completed before you can file to ensure that you have entered everything correctly.

If you want to take a break, you can add a placeholder and jump back later to fill in missing information. All you have to do is fill in boxes as you go through the software. The type is legible and large, and the buttons are easy. You just click "Continue" when ready to move on to the next page. You can also speed up the process by importing information from a previous return saved on TaxSlayer.

If you do need assistance,you can also contact TaxSlayer customer support by phone or email. This works even for those who are filing with a free edition. However, there is a priority support option for premium users. The company is also very active on Twitter.

By using TaxSlayer, you can get your taxes filed correctly and ensure that there aren't any errors using their final check. The customer support is always available if you have a question or need guidance on what to file.

Get 'Er Done Turbo Style - TurboTax

Intuit's TurboTax has always been one of the top online tax preparation software companies. They offer free tax return filing and tons of features for those who purchase a premium version. You can also import data, which cuts down dramatically on data entry time if you run a business or work for yourself under 1099. You can important data from ItsDeductible and Mint, which are both owned by Intuit.

Pros

- Simple-to-use from desktop or mobile device.
- Anyone can use the software whether you know tax law or not.
- Federal returns are free to tile

Cons


- You can't import data unless you pay for premium service.


TurboTax is a household name. Even your grandmother has probably talked to you about the benefits of TurboTax. It's ranked at the top of most tax preparation software lists for a reason. Upon testing the software this year, TurboTax was easier to use and even more accurate than before.

However, premium features do have a lot more to offer. By paying for premium, you can import data from W-2s and 1099 forms with ease. The software has a guided interview style that makes it easy to answer questions and see what credits or deductions are being applied as you work through your tax return claim. TurboTax also shows you what the most beneficial return can be for your tax situation as you file.

While tax preparation software is always subject to user error, TurboTax goes a step further to try and eliminate all issues with the right questions. It also can find items that you overlooked. There aren't any math calculations required either. The software will do it all for you. The interface is extremely thoughtful and simple, and you can even use it on your mobile device.

If you have issues, you can always contact Intuit's online support center, which provides tons of information like answers to commonly asked and specialized questions as well as tax law guidance and customer service numbers in case you need to speak with someone.

Get Some Tax Return Action - TaxAct.com

If you know enough about what you're doing or have a simple return that you want to get done quickly, TaxAct is a cheap and accurate alternative. State eFiling is also affordable with TaxAct. You can prepare, eFile and print federal tax returns for free with TaxAct. The only thing you have to pay for is state eFile or if you want to import data from a previous return. You also have to pay extra to speak with someone in customer support.

Pros

- Free federal eFiling is simple.
- Low cost state eFiling is cheaper than competitors.
- Audit support makes it easy for businesses to file online.

Cons


- Telephone support is not free.
- Online tax help and support could be more extensive.


There are three editions for TaxAct including a free federal edition, Deluxe edition for $9.95 and Ultimate for $17.95. If you want to state file, you'll have to pay extra for both free and Deluxe versions. Ultimate includes one state and one federal filing. You can also download and install CD software that ranges up to $21.95. You can also file prior-year returns dating back to 2000.

TaxAct guide helps filers answer questions that relate to their tax status and makes it easy with over 2,500 tax tips to ensure that users have some help while preparing their tax return online. There's also a tax glossy that includes definitions for 300 tax terms. The questions allow TaxAct to have more accuracy and users get error checking, alerts and a refund/owed meter that helps them figure out what they will receive for their tax return. All in all, it's a great tax preparation software, but you may want more assistance if you're not familiar with filing taxes on your own.

Do It Right the First Time - HRBlock.com

When it comes to filing taxes, H&R Block is another household name. However, the company has been known more for its in-office consultations rather than its online tax preparation software in the past. In 2014, it's one of the top online tax preparation software to use. With many filing options, extensive guidance and high accuracy, it's a great option for those who are just starting out with tax filing and may not know as much as they need to get a correct return.

Pros

- H&R Block helps individuals and businesses get the most accurate tax returns.
- Federal and state filing, customer service and additional tools all included in price.

Cons


- Software is not free and does have a higher price than competitors at $27.95 up to $34.95.


Taxpayers will love the wide range of services that they receive with this software. Despite the price, it's worth the money if you need professional help understanding your taxes and want to get the most accurate return possible. They also have thousands of retail offices throughout the country, which makes it easy to get help with a problem if you run into a road block.

All types of filers can receive help with H&R Block as well. Whether you are self-employer, an investor or just a single parent trying to understand childcare credits, there are a ton of ways that H&R Block spells it all out for their users and provides guidance as you answer questions to ensure that your return is as accurate as possible.

It's also easy to receive your refund with H&R Block, which provides several disbursement options including direct deposit, check or a prepaid card deposit. You can also request a state refund anticipation check for a $13 fee, which is like a loan. The support is also the best with H&R Block, and it's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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