3 top tips to prevent spam hacks on your company website

There's nothing worse than finding out your business website has been hacked and is being used to send out bulk emails, spam visitors, or spread malicious software.

If it hasn't happened to you, don't fall into the trap of thinking that this scenario is something that happens to other people. Spam hacks are absolutely rampant.

Fortunately, the business model of spammers requires them, more often than not, to automate their hacks to seek out vulnerable Web servers and sites, because they have to do things on a huge scale to turn a profit.

College course outline for Internet startups

Being an entrepreneur is something that should be encouraged and nurtured in everyone from an early age - especially in a country like the U.S. where the economy relies on small business.

Every school and university should offer a range of courses designed to empower young people to take an idea and turn it into a profitable enterprise, with confidence and competence.

Sadly, most educational institutes seem intent on sticking to dry, academic curricula that might teach young minds how to think, but don't prepare them for the harsh realities of the real world.

Business Opportunities (to create for yourself)

Isn't it frustrating that some people just seem to have that entrepreneurial knack - business opportunities just seem to go their way again and again?

Is it because some entrepreneurs are just luckier than others, or are they doing something that puts them in the path of opportunity more frequently than the average person?

How to survive without Google search traffic

Organic search traffic from Google is so valuable that many businesses come to rely on it as their primary source of income.

And while it may seem that the sun will never set on high converting organic traffic from the search giant, you might want to think about what would happen to your enterprise if the flow dried up.

I've experienced both the frustration and despair of losing Google traffic to an unknown and unexplained penalty (only large, important businesses get the information they need to recover in a matter of days or weeks), but have also seen how other companies have thrived without Google entirely.

What grumpy cat can teach you about creating a million dollar income

In case you haven't already heard, there's a little kitty out there with feline dwarfism that earns more than you do.

Grumpy cat, according to Wikipedia, seems to be raking in millions of dollars, and this might strike you as odd given how difficult it is to start a successful enterprise these days.

Why Google is bad for the economy

Think of the Internet economy as a farmer’s field full of little green plants. Each plant represents a business, and the stuff that makes them grow is traffic (just like rain makes real plants grow).

Now, imagine that in between the rain clouds and our fledgling plants, there is a huge funnel that collects the rain and pours it over the field. Let’s call this funnel Google.

Google’s job is to make sure that all the sprouts get a fair share of water (provided they are of good quality), and that any weeds that are harmful to the ecosystem aren’t watered. All day long Google funnels rain onto various different plants in order to help them grow.

3 best Fiverr gigs for online companies

Fiverr is an online marketplace offering a huge range of services (from the sublime to the ridiculous) that startups can utilize, for only five dollars.

If you're wondering what service could possibly offer any value for only $5, then you are in exactly the same boat I was.

Most of the services (called gigs) that are available on fiverr are probably not even worth the five bucks they charge. But, if you are willing to dig a bit deeper, there are a few gems that can save you a lot of time and money.

5 online startups for less than $20

If you are scratching your head thinking of ideas that won't cost a lot of money to start, then check out this list of ideas that need less than $20 to get started.

One of the great things about starting an online enterprise is that it is a lot faster and cheaper than setting up a traditional company.

But this is a double-edged sword because the easier something is, the more competition there is, and the harder it is to get noticed.

5 top (cheap or free) software alternatives

Are you looking to benefit from top small business software and services (from call centre to Web design to accounting) while avoiding the high costs associated with leading software solutions?

Often, where smallish companies are concerned, software can be a grudge purchase. It's an expense you don't need, but the software itself can help save time, effort and money - or even allow you to do your work.

Choosing the right software can be a tricky process because it isn't always easy to know which software is the best quality, offers the best value for money, or has all the features and functionality you need.

Share your startup ideas

Sharing your small business ideas by submitting them to SME Pals' ideas database could help a lot of entrepreneurs get their start.

Not only that, but by submitting an idea, complete with a business plan startup pack, you can make money.

SME Pals offers three ways to share ideas, and this article will highlight each one, and provide information, guidance and resources to help you get started.

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