Be More Productive AND More Creative. It’s Skimming the News!

It’s August, everyone! And you know what that means–Summer is almost over! Hold your chin high though, and don’t start dreading the cold quite yet. There’s still a month of summer left! But in the midst of all this heat, there is still some important news in tech as well as suggestions on how to get more done online that we wanted to share with you. Be more productive AND more creative. The time is now!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Creating  Landing Page Content that Sticks via CopyBlogger
A landing page is incredibly important to the success of a blog, as the recent study Oreck conducted can attest to. But if you don’t know where to start, check out this amazing article on how to create a great landing page. It includes awesome tips like creating a ‘hook’ for the page, integrating specific details about what you’re talking about, and trying to understand your client.

8 WordPress blogs you should bookmark via Performancing
This is a collection of 8 awesome WordPress news-sources with tips that will rock your blog. If you use WordPress, you know the frustration that accompanies trying to manipulate WordPress into doing your bidding. These blogs are full of great plugins, tips, and widgets that you can use to optimize your WordPress performance!

10 Ways to Be a Rock Star Social Media Manager (and more productive online in general) via iMedia
Being more productive online often requires taking a step back and thinking of the bigger picture as a way to get more done. Learn more in this article that Skimlinks Marketing Director Aaron Weissman penned.

Senate blocks Cybersecurity Act via Zdnet
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has been blocked by the senate, despite security concerns regarding state and corporate secrets. The bill included provisions such as granting legal immunity for companies that would adhere to cyber guidelines. Furthermore, Barack Obama was in strong support of the bill, citing the national and economic devastation that could occur as a result of cyber terrorism. Meanwhile, the ACLU celebrated the passage of the bill, calling it a victory.

Facebook has more than 83 million illegitimate accounts via BBC
Facebook has reported some numbers on its 995 million population, and to no one’s surprise, there were large amount of fake or duplicated accounts! According to the numbers, 4.3% of the accounts online were duplicates, meaning that someone was operating both their real account and another one that wasn’t theirs. This begs the question; are your friends really your friends? Or is it not Facebook-official?

How to Solve the “Creativity Problem” and Stand Out in a Crowd  via Chris G
We all get stuck in the occasional creativity rut–sometimes the ideas just dry up and you want to throw in the towel. Don’t give up yet though! This article is full of fun tips on how to regain your blogging creativity so that you can be posting away in no time! As Chris G mentions, original and interesting content is rewarded.

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