websites http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12449/all en-US Best Money Tips: Websites to Visit Before Spending Your Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-websites-to-visit-before-spending-your-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-websites-to-visit-before-spending-your-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/1y0JdcsSx8IR7Pi5XPT-Zrz4otXmxpcwqIN7RE_Zdhs/mtime:1409684461/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-laptop-home-487853863-small_0.jpg" alt="woman laptop home" title="woman laptop home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on websites to visit before spending your money, frugal ways to relax, and the path to purpose.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://caviarandquarters.com/10-ways-to-save-money-when-youre-clearly-going-to-spend-money/">7 Websites to Visit Before Spending Your Money</a> &mdash; Before you spend your money, check out Bargain Babe and Coupons.com. [Caviar &amp; Quarters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Ways-Relieve-Stress-31075809">Gimme a Break: 101 Frugal Ways to Relax</a> &mdash; Relax frugally by getting a good night's sleep or plan your next trip. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.jdroth.com/path-purpose/">The Path to Purpose</a> &mdash; Did you know that sometimes it's easier to find purpose in life by limiting your options? [More Than Money]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/how-to-start-an-emergency-fund/">How to Start an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; When starting an emergency fund, make savings automatic and re-evaluate your needs. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.myshinynickels.com/2014/03/25/so-you-want-to-retire-early-its-all-about-the-numbers/">So You Want to Retire Early? It's All About the Numbers</a> &mdash; Living smart by downsizing your home and learning DIY tricks can help you retire early. [mySHINYnickels]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lisavstheloans.com/2014/08/maintaining-friendships-on-a-budget/">Maintaining Friendships on a Budget</a> &mdash; Going on walks or runs are just a couple ways to maintain your friendships on a budget. [Lisa vs. The Loans]</p> <p><a href="http://www.noobtraveler.com/tips-on-making-traveling-to-a-new-city-smoother/">Tips on Making Traveling to a New City Smoother</a> &mdash; Using Yelp and Google Maps can make traveling to a new city go more smoothly. [Noob Traveler]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-instantly-make-a-house-feel-like-a-home">5 Ways to Instantly Make a House Feel Like a Home</a> &mdash; To make a house feel like a home, embrace your knick-knacks. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyreverse.net/2014/04/financial-literacy-protecting-your.html">Financial Literacy: Protecting Your Personal Information #Finlit</a> &mdash; Asking questions before you disclose your personal information can help you protect yourself from identity theft. [Money reVerse]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.wiredadvisor.com/10-costly-mistakes-advisors-make-on-twitter/">10 Costly Mistakes Advisors Make on Twitter</a> &mdash; If you are a financial advisor, don't make the mistake of retweeting too often or following everyone back on Twitter. [Wired Advisor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-websites-to-visit-before-spending-your-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-buy-one-get-one-free-is-usually-a-bad-deal">Why &quot;Buy One Get One Free&quot; Is Usually A Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-shouldnt-stress-too-much-about-spending-money">Why You Shouldn&#039;t Stress Too Much About Spending Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-financial-habits-just-bad">Are Your Financial Habits Just Bad?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-pricey-things-you-shouldnt-buy-and-what-to-get-instead">14 Pricey Things You Shouldn&#039;t Buy (And What to Get Instead)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips money shopping spending websites Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1195775 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Websites That Will Save You Tons of Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-websites-that-will-save-you-tons-of-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-websites-that-will-save-you-tons-of-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/L0dDKetqjKwz5QtQ9z_1EuObzVudbBX1KTjoLkkLz9Q/mtime:1408647639/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman-piggy-bank-80403574-small.jpg" alt="businesswoman piggy bank" title="businesswoman piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on websites that will save you money, fixing your finances, and tips to rule your tech.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Websites-Save-You-Money-35457232">40+ Incredible Websites That Will Save You Tons of Money</a> &mdash; Threadflip and NeighborGoods can help you save money. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablelifeblog.com/fix-finances/">Fix Your Finances</a> &mdash; When trying to fix your finances, focus on the big things first and take advantage of freebies from mother nature. [Sustainable Life Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/08/5-tips-to-rule-your-tech-instead-of-the-other-way-around/">5 Tips to Rule Your Tech, Instead of the Other Way Around</a> &mdash; To rule your technology, remember that it's there for your convenience. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.personalincome.org/10-best-countries-invest-real-estate/">The 10 Best Countries to Invest in Real Estate in 2014</a> &mdash; Did you know Panama and Singapore are among the best countries to invest in real estate in 2014? [Personal Income]</p> <p><a href="http://pocketofmoney.weebly.com/blog/saving-and-being-money-savvy-while-visiting">Saving and Being Money Savvy While Visiting</a> &mdash; Being flexible and planning ahead can help you save when you are traveling. [Pocket of Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.workingtolive.com/reason-okay-special/">The Reason It's Ok to Not Be Special</a> &mdash; Did you know that research has found propped up self-esteem can be counterproductive? [Working to Live Differently]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dividendninja.com/four-key-dividend-metrics-you-need-to-know/">Four Key Dividend Metrics You Need to Know</a> &mdash; Make sure you understand dividend payout ratios and profit margins [Dividend Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/17-real-world-questions-to-ask-a-prospective-nanny">17 Real World Questions to Ask a Prospective Nanny</a> &mdash; When interviewing prospective nannies, be sure to ask them how they discipline young children. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/where-can-i-buy-better-tea-1619090729">Where Can I Buy Better Tea?</a> &mdash; Learning the type of tea you like can help you buy better tea. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://katehorrell.com/897/ten-ways-great-landlord/">Ten Ways to Be a Great Landlord</a> &mdash; If you are a landlord, be a great one by asking your tenant's opinions and fixing broken stuff. [Kate Horrell]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-websites-that-will-save-you-tons-of-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-or-just-plain-wrong">Frugal... or just plain wrong?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-calls-you-can-make-now-to-save-hundreds-to-thousands-of-dollars">Five calls you can make now to save hundreds to thousands of dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-good-writing-skills-saves-and-earns-money">How good writing skills save and earn money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-start-living-on-less-today">10 Simple Ways to Start Living on Less Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips money saving websites Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1190509 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Free Tools To Increase Your Website Conversions http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/4-free-tools-to-increase-your-website-conversions <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/4-free-tools-to-increase-your-website-conversions" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/4-free-tools-to-increase-your-website-conversi...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/4-free-tools-to-increase-your-website-conversions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/VKfRJh6rAnu_BMO-Lt9buBVJMiuKtt5UZlhlykIYJ24/mtime:1323727078/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005620587Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Small business owners work hard these days to drive traffic to their websites. Whether via search engine optimization, traditional offline advertising methods or buying pay per click advertising on networks like Google AdWords and Bing AdCenter, the traffic you're getting to your website is costing you time and effort. But are you converting as many visitors <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/technology/article/how-sales-has-changed-in-the-information-age-1" target="_blank">into buyers or leads</a> as you could be?</p> <p>Increasing your website conversions may seem like a daunting task, but there are many tools available to help you do just that. Today I'd like to introduce you to four of them that you can use for free to help you increase sales and leads from the traffic you already have coming into your website.</p> <p><strong>Google Analytics</strong></p> <p>No matter how big or small your website is, analytics will give you intel you can't do without when looking to improve your conversions. It used to be that detailed analytics were expensive and out of reach for many small business owners. But <a href="http://www.google.com/analytics/" target="_blank">Google Analytics</a> changed that years ago when they released their analytics tracking for a price any small business owner could afford&mdash;free.</p> <p>Utilizing their <a href="http://www.google.com/support/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&amp;answer=55580" target="_blank">&quot;goals&quot; and &quot;funnels&quot; features</a> will give you an in-depth look at which pages of your website are creating conversions and drawing visitors further into the site&mdash;and which pages aren't. You can even create goals for specific links within a page to see which calls to action are converting and which need improvement.</p> <p>Google even offers tons of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/googleanalytics" target="_blank">free training videos</a> to help you use their service. If you're completely new to using Google Analytics, start with the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/profile?v=_qfG2d9etvk&amp;user=googleanalytics&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">&quot;Beginning Analytics: Interpreting and Acting on Your Data&quot;</a> video.</p> <p><strong>Clickdensity</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.clickdensity.com/SignUp.aspx" target="_blank">Clickdensity</a> helps you track how site visitors are interacting with your website. Which links on your site are getting clicked the most? Which links are being ignored? Are your users clicking on items that they expect to be linked but aren't? Through the use of Heat Maps, Click Maps and Hover Stats, Clickdensity can help give you insight into all of the above and more.</p> <p>For example, let's say you're featuring two products on your homepage. Through the use of the click tracking, you might identify that the second item is being clicked on more, even though it is below the first item and not as visible. Moving that more popular item above the less popular item could result in more clicks for that item&mdash;and more sales. Replacing the less popular item with another item entirely might also give your conversions a boost.</p> <p>The service requires you to add a few lines of code to whatever page on your website you wish to track and then shows you the results via an online dashboard. It has several paid pricing plans but does allow you to test one page on your site, up to 5,000 clicks, for free, under their <a href="http://www.clickdensity.com/SignUp.aspx" target="_blank">trial plan</a>.</p> <p><strong>Google Website Optimizer</strong></p> <p>Now that you have an idea of which pages are converting and which links people are clicking, it's time to start testing changes in hopes of getting better results. But how do you know for sure which changes have a positive effect and which produce a negative result? That's where A/B testing comes in. A/B testing allows you to serve up different versions of your page to your inbound visitors to see which one converts the best. For example, you may create two different versions of a page, each with one difference. One utilizes a red &quot;Request More Information&quot; button, while the other utilizes an orange one.</p> <p>By A/B testing (also called split testing) the page, you can make an educated decision on which color causes more requests with &quot;all other things being equal&quot; in regards to time of day, day of the week, etc. <a href="https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=websiteoptimizer&amp;continue=http://www.google.com/analytics/siteopt/%3Fhl%3Den&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Website Optimizer</a> allows you to do detailed A/B testing on your site for free.</p> <p>As with the Google Analytics tool, Google Website Optimizer offers <a href="http://www.google.com/websiteoptimizer/tutorials.html" target="_blank">video tutorials</a> to help you get the most out of their split testing tool, including entire seminars&mdash;for free&mdash;such as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNaKaPt71kQ" target="_blank">&quot;What Should I Test&quot;</a> to give you tons of ideas about things you can split test on your own website.</p> <p><strong>Userfly</strong></p> <p>There is perhaps no better way to test what is working on your website and what isn't than by watching people as they actually use it. Watching the movements of real users can give you insight that more &quot;mechanical&quot; tools may not. Do many users take a long time to fill out a specific section of your form? Maybe the verbiage is confusing them. Is there a specific point in your shopping cart where people are abandoning? User testing can let you pinpoint the exact point where visitors bail and help you identify what needs to be changed to fix the problem.</p> <p><a href="http://userfly.com/">Userfly</a> allows you to be a virtual &quot;fly on the wall&quot; as real visitors you don't know use your website. The service performs a screen-cast of what your users are doing while they're on the page&mdash;tracking where they move their mouse, where they click, what they type (except for passwords), and more. Their free plan allows you to record up to ten user sessions per month and stores the results of those sessions for 30 days. You can try out their <a href="http://userfly.com/demo" target="_blank">free demo here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Taking it one step further</strong></p> <p>In addition to utilizing the free tools above, I'd recommend that anyone interested in increasing their website conversions read what many consider to be &quot;the&quot; book on website usability&mdash;<a href="http://www.sensible.com/dmmt.html">Don't Make Me Think</a> by Steve Krug. It's simple and common sense approach can help you avoid big mistakes and home in on how to make simple improvements that can lead to big increases in conversions.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rae-hoffman-dolan">Rae Hoffman-Dolan</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/4-free-tools-to-increase-your-website-conversions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry">10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable, Cool Jewelry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-all-successful-freelancers-do">10 Things All Successful Freelancers Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fee-fighters-fighting-for-low-credit-card-processing-fees">Fee Fighters: Fighting for Low Credit Card Processing Fees</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center e-commerce google analytics online retail online sales small business user experience website conversions websites Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:30:48 +0000 Rae Hoffman-Dolan 792185 at http://www.wisebread.com Fly With a Little Help From Your Friends: Social Travel Planning http://www.wisebread.com/fly-with-a-little-help-from-your-friends-social-travel-planning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fly-with-a-little-help-from-your-friends-social-travel-planning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/KaHWM71rUMFLexJsPTKdevXeVPeBTKJjaKkxdLxoTfs/mtime:1317723799/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_trip.jpg" alt="Couple on a trip together" title="Couple on a trip together" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, my wife and I went to San Francisco for a week for a conference. We didn't know much about the city, and neither one of us had much time to research the area before we went.</p> <p>At the last minute, we remembered her cousin had lived in San Francisco for a few years, so we shot him an email asking for recommendations. Luckily, he responded with a list of about 20 must-do things while we were visiting the city, doing most of our planning for us. We went down the list and had an amazing time in San Francisco.</p> <p>Planning ahead for travel goes a long way towards making a vacation successful. It seems kind of strange that you have to work in order to have fun, but it definitely makes a difference. Planning ahead can:</p> <ul> <li>Save time &mdash; you don't end up waiting an hour or two for something</li> <li>Save money &mdash; you can buy ahead of time at a discount</li> <li>Grant access &mdash; planning can be the difference between whether you get tickets or not</li> </ul> <p>Not to mention that you've paid to travel there (airline tickets or gas) and taken time off work. So it makes sense to&nbsp;maximize your investment in your vacation by planning ahead. (See also: <a href="http://getcurrency.com/dining-travel/how-to-start-planning-for-holiday-travel">How to Start Planning for Holiday Travel</a>, via Currency)</p> <p>The trouble is, many of us don&rsquo;t make the time to hit the <a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/best-travel-websites/">travel sites</a> and plan out the trip, or we don&rsquo;t have access to good information about where we&rsquo;re going. But nowadays, you can rely on a virtual network to help give you travel advice and do your trip planning. Below are a few websites that make it easier for you to plan for vacation.</p> <h2>Gogobot</h2> <p><a href="http://www.Gogobot.com">Gogobot</a> is a social travel website that lets you ask questions about the best places to visit and stay during your trip. You can use Gogobot to pose a question to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and Gogobot network. Then they can answer with recommendations on everything from hotels to restaurants to tourist attractions.</p> <p>For example, a recent question on the site was &ldquo;What&rsquo;s the best vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco?&rdquo; If you don&rsquo;t have any specific questions to ask, you can also visit the &ldquo;Things To Do&rdquo; section for a city and see pictures of places other people have visited and their reviews. If we were headed to San Francisco for the first time again, we wouldn&rsquo;t have to rely on friends or family in the city for advice; now we could just checkout the city page on Gogobot.</p> <h2>Gtrot</h2> <p><a href="http://www.gtrot.com/">Gtrot</a> is similar in some ways to Gogobot, but it is different enough that you should check it out as well. It also uses your social network to help you plan your trip. The website suggests the best things where you&rsquo;re going based on your likes, friends check-ins, and events happening during your trip.</p> <p>Something else that Gtrot will do is to discover any deals in the places you&rsquo;re going for the time you&rsquo;ll be there. For example, if there&rsquo;s a Groupon for a restaurant that your friends like, Gtrot will let you know it&rsquo;s available and that you might want to check it out.</p> <h2>MyTab</h2> <p>After planning your trip with Gogobot and Gtrot, you could use the site <a href="http://mytab.co/">MyTab</a> to raise money to pay for your vacation. If you have a trip planned but don&rsquo;t have the funds to cover it, MyTab lets you ask your social network for contributions to your travels.</p> <p>For example, if your birthday was coming up and you had a place you really wanted to visit, you could suggest that people give money to your travel fund as birthday gifts. Any friends or family who wanted to contribute would use PayPal through MyTab to send you some money you could use towards an airplane ticket or hotel room. MyTab isn&rsquo;t just limited to individual users; it has also become popular as a way for raising money for group trips.</p> <p><em>I&rsquo;m sure there are other sites that can help you tap into the experiences of others to plan your trip. Which ones did I miss?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ben-edwards">Ben Edwards</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fly-with-a-little-help-from-your-friends-social-travel-planning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-airline-perks-from-yesteryear-that-seem-unbelievable-today">10 Airline Perks From Yesteryear That Seem Unbelievable Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-the-worlds-most-efficient-shower">How to Take the World&#039;s Most Efficient Shower</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-card-perks-beyond-points-and-miles">The Best Credit Card Perks Beyond Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel social networks trip planning websites Tue, 04 Oct 2011 10:00:54 +0000 Ben Edwards 724416 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Sites Every Car Owner Needs to Bookmark Now http://www.wisebread.com/6-sites-every-car-owner-needs-to-bookmark-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-sites-every-car-owner-needs-to-bookmark-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/SvPz8Jz_Ra7XNDms8xvXI-AmrAIRuA0Rwiw3_eeVmZM/mtime:1308219959/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/driving_a_car.jpg" alt="Woman driving a car" title="Woman driving a car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="149" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Owning a car is very convenient. From buying groceries to making weekend trips to IKEA, when you own a car, it&rsquo;s a lot easier to get it all done.</p> <p>One thing that does suck is when your car breaks down. Unless you&rsquo;re a car nut, how do you know if you&rsquo;re being scammed? Does a busted Johnson Rod really cost $1,400 to repair? Who knows. That&rsquo;s why so many car owners are at the mercy of unscrupulous mechanics around the country.</p> <p>But if you use these six sites, you&rsquo;ll be able to find someone you can trust and save some money in repairing and maintaining your car. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/disguise-your-stuff-to-prevent-car-break-ins">Disguise Your Stuff to Prevent Car Break-ins</a>)</p> <h2>Facebook</h2> <p>The first thing car owners need is a shop they can trust. You can&rsquo;t stay on top of maintenance and repairs if you don&rsquo;t have a mechanic to take the car to.</p> <p>What better place to start than <a href="http://www.facebook.com">Facebook</a>? Ask your friends and family who they trust and where they&rsquo;ve had good experiences.</p> <p>If a couple people mention the same place, then that&rsquo;s a great place to try.</p> <h2>Yelp</h2> <p>Facebook is a great starting point, but unless you have a million friends (sad trombone noise), the odds are you won&rsquo;t get a ton of feedback on a whole bunch of shops. What <a href="http://www.yelp.com">Yelp</a> does is bring some scale into the equation.</p> <p>Look up each place that&rsquo;s near you or was recommended on Facebook, and see what the rest of the world thinks of it. It&rsquo;s a lot easier to decide between a few places when one has an average of two stars and some horror stories versus another with solid reviews.</p> <h2>Angie&rsquo;s List</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve never used <a href="http://www.angieslist.com/">Angie&rsquo;s List</a> because they charge a membership fee, but I&rsquo;ve heard good things about them. They&rsquo;re kind of like Yelp in that they compile user reviews on different contractor services (including mechanics).</p> <p>If you want to be really thorough or if you&rsquo;re already a member, definitely check out all the shops you&rsquo;re considering on this site.</p> <h2>Repairpal</h2> <p><a href="http://www.repairpal.com">Repairpal</a> will take your make, model, zip code, and specific type of repair and spit out a range of what it might cost to get the repair done. They also break it down by parts and labor.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s like getting a second opinion in two minutes, and it&rsquo;s awesome.</p> <p>Granted, these are estimates. But they do take your location into account, so they shouldn&rsquo;t be too far off. The way they compile their data is <a href="http://repairpal.com/methodology">pretty thorough</a>, so this is a really good resource.</p> <p>If a shop&rsquo;s estimate is way off, ask them why and mention you&rsquo;ve gotten a second opinion...they may have a valid answer. And they may not...</p> <p>Another cool feature is that you can create an account and save all the information on your car. You can keep track of when your next oil change is due, any work done to the car, etc. Staying on top of your regular maintenance is HUGE if you want to save money by preventing bigger problems from developing.</p> <p>You can also try <a href="http://www.automd.com/">AutoMD</a> and <a href="http://www.driverside.com/">DriverSide</a> to get additional estimates on a repair.</p> <h2>Carmaker&rsquo;s Website</h2> <p>For one reason only &mdash; they&rsquo;ll usually have the car&rsquo;s manual available online. I know people <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/read-the-manual-stupid/">don&rsquo;t like reading manuals</a>, but I recently discovered something pretty interesting when it comes to cars &mdash; everything you need to know is in the manual.</p> <p>I was trying to figure out if some of the repairs the dealership had quoted me were B.S. or not, and everything I read pointed to one source &mdash; the manual.</p> <ul> <li>How often should I change the oil?</li> <li>Do I really need to change the air filter?</li> <li>What maintenance should I do at 90,000 miles?</li> </ul> <p>All this stuff is in the manual. Forget about what the &ldquo;experts&rdquo; say &mdash; don&rsquo;t you think the people that actually built the thing would know better?</p> <h2>iTunes/Android Market</h2> <p>Apps are cool. We love apps. So what better way to stay on top of your repairs and checkups?</p> <p>No one likes spending the time and money to get a car checked out when nothing obvious is wrong, but regular maintenance can keep your car running longer and better. So why not get all your car&rsquo;s information loaded up into an <a href="http://www.apple.com/itunes/">iPhone</a> or <a href="https://market.android.com/">Android</a> app? That way the app can tell you when to get the tires rotated, the oil changed, and all that good stuff.</p> <p>For the iPhone, I like <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/car-minder-plus-car-maintenance/id310809791?mt=8" target="_blank">Car Minder Plus</a>, and for Android <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zonewalker.acar&amp;feature=search_result" target="_blank">aCar</a> is a good free one &mdash; although I use <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.cooloy.OilChangeSchedulePro&amp;feature=search_result" target="_blank">Car Maintenance Reminder Pro</a> ($1.99).</p> <p>These six sites should help you find a place you can trust and stay on top of your regular maintenance. That alone should save you a fair amount of money and stress. For more ways to save, check out these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-slick-tools-to-save-money-on-car-repairs">six tools to save money on car repairs</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-sites-every-car-owner-needs-to-bookmark-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-change-the-bulb-just-remove-the-bumper-wait-what">To change the bulb, just remove the bumper. Wait, what? - UPDATED.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-the-truck-up-how-to-avoid-car-repair-rip-offs">Back the Truck Up: How to Avoid Car Repair Rip-Offs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers">Ask the Readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-to-ask-before-you-buy-a-used-car">5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">Remove Car Dents Quickly and Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation car repair maintenance mechanics websites Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:24:12 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 582091 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/__Zc07GvV1gWjKOifW9xaZxrLrqDIKifTvBwBWL3QrA/mtime:1305868465/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job_search_computers_0.jpg" alt="People on library computers" title="People on library computers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Searching for a job can be frustrating and overwhelming, but the resources below can help you ace your job search. Collectively, these 25 websites provide thousands of job postings, great networking opportunities, advice for resumes and interviews, and much more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h2>Local and National Job Listings</h2> <p>Whether you're looking to cast your net wide or you're searching for a niche position, these major job-search websites can help you out. Plus, most of them allow you to set up a profile and add your resume, meaning that potential employers can search for <em>you</em>.</p> <p><strong>1. <a href="http://indeed.com"><strong>Indeed</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A comprehensive job-listings aggregator and search engine, Indeed grabs listings from all over the internet and puts them in one place. You can search by job title and location, as well as upload your resume.</p> <p><strong>2. </strong><a href="http://www.monster.com/"><strong>Monster</strong></a> &ndash; One of the most popular job websites, Monster allows you to search by job title, skills or keywords, and location. You can also upload your resume for employers to peruse, get career advice, and sign up to receive emails from Monster with potential new job matches.</p> <p><strong>3. </strong><a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/"><strong>CareerBuilder</strong></a> &ndash; Another major site, CareerBuilder aggregates jobs from &quot;more than 9,000 Web sites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL.&quot; Job searchers can also post resumes, receive job recommendations, and peruse advice.</p> <p><strong>4. </strong><a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites"><strong>Craigslist</strong></a> &ndash; Good ol' Craigslist is still one of the best resources out there for local jobs. The site includes sections for both full-time work and freelance gigs. Craigslist can also be a good resource for finding paid volunteer positions, like medical studies.</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><a href="http://www.simplyhired.com"><strong>Simply&nbsp;Hired</strong></a> &ndash; This site promises a simple-but-effective job search, plus information on salaries and job trends in your area.</p> <p><strong>6. </strong><a href="http://www.linkup.com/"><strong>LinkUp</strong></a> &ndash; Where many of the above search tools only feature positions that employers have posted to those outside sites, LinkUp aggregates &quot;often unadvertised&quot; jobs posted on company websites.</p> <p><strong>7. </strong><a href="http://www.idealist.org/"><strong>Idealist</strong></a> &ndash; If you're trying to be the change you want to see in the world, Idealist is the job search engine for you. It only features job postings at non-profit organizations.</p> <p><strong>8. </strong><a href="http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/"><strong>USAJOBS</strong></a> &ndash; The U.S. Government's official site for Federal job listings nationwide.</p> <p><strong>9. </strong><a href="http://www.higheredjobs.com/"><strong>HigherEdJobs</strong></a> &ndash; This site allows you to search faculty, staff, and executive positions at a variety of colleges and universities.</p> <p><strong>10. </strong><a href="http://www.thegreenjobbank.com/"><strong>The Green Job Bank</strong></a> &ndash; Find eco-friendly jobs.</p> <h2>Freelance Job Marketplaces</h2> <p>These resources are great for both full-time freelancers and those looking to make some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-everyone-needs-side-income">side income</a>.</p> <p><strong>11. <a href="http://elance.com"><strong>Elance</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A large marketplace of freelancers and freelance employers, Elance lists gigs in areas including programming, design, writing, virtual assistants, internet research, and more. Elance's success as a marketplace is due to its escrow service, provider rating system, and global reach.</p> <p><strong>12. </strong><a href="http://crossloop.com"><strong>CrossLoop</strong></a> &ndash; CrossLoop is a remote desktop application <em>and</em> marketplace for finding PC help and/or getting paid to fix a PC problem. If you're a PC whiz, you can make money at the marketplace, where you can set your own rates and determine your own specific services. Helpers are rated by clients at the end of a job, so if you continually provide excellent help, your sales will snowball as the community comes to trust you.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>13. </strong><a href="http://freelanceswitch.com"><strong>FreelanceSwitch</strong></a> &ndash; The best blog around for freelancers. The FreelanceSwitch site also has a job board for freelancers and a lively forum. Gigs tend to be on web work like design, development, and writing.</p> <p><strong>14. </strong><a href="http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com"><strong>Freelance Writing Jobs</strong></a> &ndash; This site makes daily posts with both local and location-independent writing, editing, and proofreading gigs. The links are curated by real people, which means no scam posts here.</p> <p><strong>15. </strong><a href="http://online-writing-jobs.com/"><strong>Online Writing&nbsp;Jobs</strong></a> &ndash; An aggregator of Craigslist and other sites,&nbsp;Online Writing Jobs collects blogging, copywriting, and other related gigs in daily posts.</p> <p><strong>16. <a href="http://jobs.problogger.net"><strong>ProBlogger Job Board</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A great job board for professional blogging gigs run by uber-problogger Darren Rowse. If you want to find a blogging job, this is one of the best places to stop.</p> <p><strong>17. </strong><a href="http://weblogs.about.com"><strong>About.com Weblogs</strong></a> &ndash; Susan Gunelius, About.com Guide to Weblogs, regularly posts new blogging jobs to her forum.</p> <h2>Work-at-Home Resources</h2> <p>Working at home can be rewarding, alienating, joyful, and frustrating all at the same time. Use these resources to learn more about the work-at-home lifestyle and interact with other WAH folks.</p> <p><strong>18. <a href="http://sparkplugging.com"><strong>Sparkplugging</strong></a></strong> &ndash; This site provides resources for its community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, authors, work-at-home moms and dads, and other independent workers. Founder Wendy Piersall's passion for helping work-at-home folks and solo business owners really shines through on the site.</p> <p><strong>19. <a href="http://workathomesuccess.com"><strong>Work at Home Success</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A comprehensive site for people looking to work at home. WAHS has get-started guides, information on where to find work-at-home job listings, and a community of other work-at-home folks sharing tips and tricks. WAHS gives you the tools and know-how to earn a side income from home or to start your new work-at-home career.</p> <p><strong>20. </strong><a href="http://www.wahm.com/"><strong>WAHM</strong></a> &ndash; Standing for Work-at-Home Moms, WAHM has job listings, articles, and even recipes.</p> <h2>Networking Sites</h2> <p>Several great job opportunities come through personal connections and recommendations. Leverage yours with these networking sites.</p> <p><strong>21. </strong><a href="http://www.linkedin.com"><strong>LinkedIn</strong></a> &ndash; A social networking site created specifically for professional networking, LinkedIn allows you to use both personal and professional connections in your job search, receive recommendations from colleagues, and much more.</p> <p><strong>22.&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com"><strong>Facebook</strong></a> &ndash; Yeah, it's the place where you post pictures of your summer vacation and share kitten videos with your friends. But it's also increasingly a place where employers can check up on you, and you can make valuable employment connections. Only put things on Facebook that you're comfortable with an employer seeing, or else create different privacy settings for friends and the general public.</p> <h2>Resumes, Interviews, Potential Careers, and More Information</h2> <p>It doesn't do you much good to find the perfect job if your resume and interview skills aren't ready to impress. Make yourself look great with these resources, plus research what career paths might be right for you.</p> <p><strong>23. </strong><a href="http://jobsearch.about.com/"><strong>About.com Job Searching</strong></a> &ndash; About.com's job search site features everything from sample resumes to job-search advice to scores of potential interview questions.</p> <p><strong>24. </strong><a href="http://www.careeronestop.org/"><strong>CareerOneStop</strong></a> &ndash; Run by the U.S.&nbsp;Department of Labor, CareerOneStop includes information about all aspects of looking for and having a job, including education and training, applying for jobs, and to how to file for unemployment.</p> <p><strong>25. </strong><a href="http://www.bls.gov/oco/"><strong>Occupational Outlook Handbook</strong></a> &ndash; From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this annual publication provides information on training needed, expected salaries, and more for &quot;hundreds of different types of jobs.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012">Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/techniques-for-escaping-long-term-unemployment">Techniques for Escaping Long-Term Unemployment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-getting-tips-from-a-guy-whos-hired-500-people-in-the-past-5-years">8 Job-Getting Tips from a Guy Who&#039;s Hired 500 People in the Past 5 Years</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting changing jobs freelance jobs resumes unemployment websites Mon, 16 May 2011 10:24:13 +0000 Meg Favreau 533586 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Free Media Software for Your Windows PC http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/oZTSa8Dxr1fxlHb7M45Oop3OXNJ8PfDazZUkUE1jM20/mtime:1320453064/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5021980078_e558347f02_z.jpg" alt="man with laptop" title="man with laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the advantages of Apple computers is that they come with pre-installed software like Apple's iLife. iLife includes programs for managing digital photos, editing home movies, producing music, and making websites. The great news is that Windows users no longer have to be left out of the fun. There are free software programs available on the Internet in each of these categories. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own" title="Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a>)</p> <h3>Managing Digital Photos: Google's Picasa</h3> <p><a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Google's Picasa</a> includes many features similar to Apple's iPhoto. It locates photos on your computer and neatly organizes them by date. You can easily improve your photos with editing tools like red-eye elimination, cropping, straightening, or adjusting brightness. Once edits are complete, you're ready to share an album. Picasa makes it easy by syncing with Picasa Web Albums, Blogger accounts, or Facebook (with <a href="http://apps.facebook.com/picasauploader">a free plugin</a>). If you prefer video, you can turn your pictures into a movie slideshow, add background music, and automatically upload them to YouTube.</p> <h3>Editing Home Movies: Windows Live Movie Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker?os=other">Windows Live Movie Maker</a> is easier than ever to record digital videos thanks to camcorders, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/digital-camera-buying-guide" title="How to Buy a Digital Camera">cameras</a>, and cell phones. It helps you take those clips and turn them into impressive movies with titles, credits, background music, and animated transitions. It works similarly to Apple's iMovie. Windows Live Movie Maker displays your videos in a timeline format so you can easily view the frames that you want to edit. A preview screen immediately shows what the edited video looks like. Add the finishing touches by experimenting with dozens of preloaded transitions and visual effects. Then, quickly and easily publish your movie to the web with direct links to Facebook and YouTube.</p> <h3>Producing Your Own Music: Audacity</h3> <p><a href="http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/">Audacity</a> is not &ldquo;pretty&rdquo; software, but when you get past its rough appearance, you'll find it to be a simple tool for making high-quality recordings. Aspiring musicians will love it for fine-tuning tracks and combining multiple recordings into home-produced songs. For the more casual user, you'll find it useful for cutting your favorite song down to a 30-second ringtone or putting together a voice-over for a home movie. You start by recording from a microphone or importing an existing track. Audacity will give you a visual representation so you can edit it by selecting the portion of the audio you want to work with. You can delete sections you don't want, add in sound effects, or decrease static from your microphone. Expect to spend a little more time learning how to use it than you would with Apple's Garage Band, but with the money you'll save it should be well worth it.</p> <h3>Making a Website: Weebly</h3> <p><a href="http://www.weebly.com/">Weebly</a> is unlike the other iLife alternatives in that it's an online service. This means that you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/website-101-how-to-build-a-site-and-get-it-online" title="Website 101: How to Build a Site and Get It Online">build your website</a> by visiting and developing on weebly.com. There are many free alternatives for creating websites, but what separates Weebly is that each step is incredibly user-friendly, whether you are designing, building, or publishing. You start by selecting one of their website designs. Then, drag and drop the features you want from their toolbar onto your website. You can choose text areas, pictures, YouTube videos, maps, or many other items you're used to seeing on the Internet. When you're finished, just click &ldquo;publish&rdquo; and choose to either publish for free at &ldquo;yoursite.weebly.com&rdquo; or upgrade to something more traditional like &ldquo;www.yoursite.com.&rdquo; Weebly is even more cost-effective than Apple's iWeb, which requires you to have Apple's $99/year MobileMe service to take advantage of publishing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Mike Lammers. Mike is a &quot;tech guy&quot; striving to make technology easier to use. He's the founder of <a href="http://ohrizon.com/" target="_blank"><span>Ohrizon.com</span></a>, a website with the motto that &quot;every overpriced software has an affordable alternative.&quot; Read more by Mike:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/fixing-photos-with-gimp/">Fixing Photos With GIMP</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/openoffice-vs-microsoft-office/">OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/too-many-passwords/">Too Many Passwords?</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mike-lammers">Mike Lammers</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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