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Manifesting Your Very Own Online Presence

A business can’t afford not to have a web presence nowadays. You’re not obligated to use the internet for personal reasons. There are many ways to keep in touch with your friends, and the internet is only one of them. As a business owner, however, being online is mandatory; every business needs to have a web presence. How large or complicated you want to make it is up to you, but it’s essential that your customers and prospects can look you up online. Whereas people once used phone books to find out who was offering what services, hardly anyone does this anymore. It’s far more likely today that someone will go online and use a search engine to find you.

If you have current customers, start building an email list with them. This is easy to do. You simply asked them to sign up for your email list while in the store to make a purchase. Many large establishments already have machines that take email addresses when they process the transaction. Once you have accomplished your goal of collecting email addresses, start sending them your offers. So if you’re having a sale, or if there is something relevant to share, send them one. Otherwise, don’t send it every day. When you send one e-mail, that one can be sent out multiple times to multiple people. It starts to spread very fast.

You need a Facebook page. People that waste their time, or the like to play games, are often associated with Facebook nowadays. Once upon a time this was true.

It is easy to publicly and directly talk to your customers online with Facebook. It certainly has come a long way. The best way to do online marketing is to have a Facebook page. This way, the more people that “like” you will actually bring free advertising to you. Always remember to add a link to your Facebook page from the website itself.

You can start taking and fulfilling orders online even if you run an online retail establishment. New customers will definitely come in, especially if you are trying to build an online presence. If you have customers, they could be used from outside the city or in a different area of the world. So if your website can take orders from all over the world, then you can have customers on a worldwide basis. This can do wonders for your profit margin. People will be sharing your URL, and talking about you, more so than ever before. This is why having a web presence for your business can be like magic.

It really doesn’t have to be too difficult to build up a web presence for your business. It will take hard work and time. To make sure that your web presence is as powerful as possible, you need to do a little bit every day. It’s all about doing the work, and getting into the swing of things, when it comes to building your web presence on the Internet. You just need to keep doing it. You should be happy with the results that you accomplish.

Amazon is selling a two-bay Netgear NAS box for less than $200 today

If you’re ready to beef up your home network, Amazon has a good deal on a two-bay network attached storage device. For $ 191.20, you can get Netgear’s ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay NAS. The sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday, Pacific time.

A NAS is basically really smart external storage that can be used to backup your family’s PCs, run a media server, or act as a regular file server. This particular device features a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports up to 16TB of storage as 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drives. It also has dual gigabit ethernet and a ready-made user interface for accessing files, and it comes with a three-year warranty on the chassis.

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This week in games: Divinity: Original Sin II adds playable undead, Sunless Skies hits early access

It’s the end of the week but not the end of the news, perhaps. This weekend is PAX Prime West up in Seattle, which means plenty of last-ditch efforts for publishers to stand out before heading into the crowded fall release calendar.

A live-action trailer, for instance? We’ve got one of those for Destiny 2 as it approaches its console release, plus Divinity: Original Sin II lets you play as a face-stealing skeleton, Sunless Skies hits early access, Vermintide secures a sequel, and more.

This is gaming news for August 28 to September 1.

So many sinners

Hard to believe Divinity: Original Sin II is only weeks away. It seems like just yesterday Chris Avellone was completely ruining (improving?) my first hands-on demo of the game. But it’s true—the isometric follow-up is due out on September 14, less than two weeks from now, and celebrated that milestone this week by revealing the final race players can take on: Undead.

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How to test your home internet connection speed

Testing your internet connection’s performance is a straightforward exercise. You don’t need any extra software—all you need is a computer with a web browser. But there are also a few things you can do to make sure you are getting the most accurate reading of your internet connection. Here’s what to do.

Get ready

For best results, you want to use a wired connection if at all possible; that way, you don’t have to worry about interference and performance fluctuations that can occur while you’re on Wi-Fi. If you have any other wired devices on your home network, plug your test computer directly into the modem so those don’t interfere in your testing.

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Hypothetical Half-Life 2: Episode 3 plot summary posted by ex-Valve writer Marc Laidlaw

Well, Half-Life 3 is finally here. Or is it Half-Life 2: Episode 3? Hard to say, but in any case, it arrived exactly as expected: A whispered surprise, traveling in the wee hours of the night by word of mouth alone. The only problem? There’s no game.

Instead, longtime Valve writer Marc Laidlaw (ex-Valve writer as of last year) seems to have posted the hypothetical plot to a never-going-to-be-made Episode 3 on his blog.

It’s thinly disguised as “Epistle 3,” and the character names and genders have been tweaked too. There’s Gertie Fremont and Elly Vaunt (now women), for instance, along with Alex Vaunt (now a man). This forms the basis of Laidlaw’s current deflection, which is that it’s “a genderswapped snapshot of a dream I had many years ago.” He also refers to it as “fanfic.” So take it with a heaping pound of salt. This may or may not have ever been the real Half-Life plan.

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