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5 Must-Have Analysis Tools for Online Business Own...

Running a business online requires that you understand what is happening in terms of traffic to your website. Whether your business is entirely based online, or whether you have an offline storefront and a website to complement it, you need an overview of who’s coming to your website.

Online business owners can garner a great deal of insight when they invest in the right analysis tools. If you have a website connected to your business, here are 5 must-have analysis tools:

1. Google Analytics

Google (GOOGL) offers a free analytics tool that can help you analyze traffic to your website. You can break it down by site visitors, and see whether most of your traffic is coming from new visitors, or returning visitors. It’s also possible to see locations of visitors, and get insight on how long visitors stay on your site, letting you know whether they are just showing up and leaving, or whether they poke around a little bit.

Google Analytics also offers demographic information, including age, gender, affinity, and more. That way, you ...

Unliked: How Facebook Wrecks Your Job Search

If you keep getting passed over for jobs, you might want to check your online image.

More employers than ever are using social media to find additional information on potential candidates, and they're not too impressed with what they see, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.

Overall, 43 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 39 percent last year and 36 percent in 2012. Additionally, 12 percent of employers plan to start researching candidates on social media, though they don't yet do so.

Among those who already use social media as part of their hiring process, 51 percent have found content that convinced them to reject a candidate, up from 43 percent last year and 34 percent in 2012.

Employers pass on candidates because of what they see on their social networking sites for a number of reasons. The most common include:

Job candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information. Job candidate posted information about drinking or using drugs. Job candidates bad-mouthed their previous companies or fellow employees. Job candidate had poor communication skills. Job candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc. Job candidate lied about his ...

10 Ways to Spark Creativity in the Workplace

Creativity isn't just for "creatives." Rather, it’s a mental tool prized by employers across all fields. Many believe it’s the key to business success, even if the word itself has become overused and blasé.

If you've been feeling uninspired recently, never fear: Research shows that creativity can be learned, just like any other skill. Everyone has this potential, but not everyone takes the time and effort to transform it from a potential into a strength.

SEE ALSO: Inspire Creativity at Work With All 5 of Your Senses

You can’t force yourself to be creative on demand, but you can try your hardest to coax it out of yourself and your colleagues. Check out these tips to spark creativity in the workplace.

1. Have a hobby —any hobby

You shouldn't expect to churn out good ideas if you've stopped growing the organ that comes up with them. Across all departments, exercise, art, music and other outside hobbies can vastly improve your creative abilities. You'll also carry over that creative energy to your work, which impacts the way you approach problem solving and ideation.

Investing in creative after-work activities with your team is also a ...

Should You Keep Your Salary Secret When Online Dat...

I reactivated my online dating profile a couple months ago.

For the most part, the pickings were bleak, but I was feeling giddy about my first date with a child psychiatrist. At 36, he was only a year younger than I am. We’d exchanged a few flirty text messages, and, judging by his photos, he was just my type—tall, fit and handsome, with that bald-head-and-beard look that makes me swoon.

Before we met for coffee, I checked his profile again to look for things we might talk about. I saw that he practices tai chi every day. (Good one. I’m in the middle of a 30-day Bikram yoga challenge.) He likes books on spirituality and healing practices. (Another score. I’m reading a book about mindfulness and depression.) But then, there was something that I hadn’t noticed before: He’d listed his salary as somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000. (Uh-oh. I’m a freelance writer and editor, and mine is … well, nowhere near that.)

My heart sank. There are some women who only date guys with salaries in the high six-figures, but I am not one of those women. Actually, my ...

Vodafone Privacy Disclosures Seen Spurring Rivals ...

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)’s sweeping disclosure of wiretapping on its network worldwide means technology and phone companies could follow by revealing how much access governments are seeking to phone calls, data and e-mails.

Deutsche Telekom AG, with 145 million wireless customers in Europe and the U.S., said it may increase disclosure after Vodafone last week released its law-enforcement transparency report, the most comprehensive by a global telecommunications carrier. Vodafone said 29 governments from Albania to the U.K. asked for access to its network or user data, with requests ranging from intercepting calls and messages to accessing data such as conversation and Web-browsing records.

The report underscores how the debate over personal data privacy has shifted one year after documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden shed new light on the extent of government spying. While companies like Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and phone-service providers were long seen as being the primary culprits, Snowden’s revelations gave companies the ammunition for laying blame with governments.

“They want to put the onus back on the government and say: ‘It’s not us,’” said Chetan Sharma, an independent wireless ...

Google+ Is Not Dead

In early 2011, Google launched Social Circles and we all wondered what they were and how they’d be used.

A couple of months later, Facebook hired Burson-Marsteller to create a whisper campaign against the search engine, in the hopes of dissuading enough people to not investigate Circles and stay with the social network.

Not bothered in the least, Google continued its quest to take over the world (and do no evil), and launched Google+ later that year.

Said to be a competitor to Facebook, it bombed.

But the folks at Google+ did not give up.

Though people did not shut down their Facebook accounts and flock to Google+ in droves, the search engine knew they were on to something and pivoted the business idea.

Rather than be a social network, they made Google+ the featured product.

To sign into any Google product (Gmail, Hangouts, analytics, YouTube, and more), you had to go through Google+.

To boot, any time you create new content and link to it through your Google+ account, the search engine gives you a little extra love in search rankings.

As their numbers began to rise, they introduced Google authorship and their plan for global domination was ...

5 Tools to Secure a ‘Bring-Your-Own-Device&#...

Smartphones and tablets are powerful productivity tools. Your small business may even count on them to help your employees stay connected and productive away from the office. Some businesses issue a company-owned smartphone to each employee, but employees might be better served by a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. BYOD isn't just cheaper and easier than the alternative; it can also make for happier, more productive employees.

But using personal smartphones for business can be risky. If you're not careful, adopting a BYOD policy could compromise sensitive company data. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to mitigate security risks. Here are five simple tools your company can use to keep its data safe and secure.

1. For email…

Office 365 (all mobile platforms)

Any old webmail service will do for personal use, but when running a business it pays to invest in a secure, business-class email service — especially if your company operates under a BYOD policy. But business-class email can be pricey, especially for a small business on a limited budget.

A subscription to Microsoft Office 365 includes secure email for your employees, with ActiveSync support for every major ...

10 Places Where Google Glass is Banned

Google Glass isn’t even readily available to the public yet and it’s already been banned in certain places. If you’re not keeping up with the times, I’m going to go into explaining what Google Glass or Google Glasses actually are.

Basically, Google Glass is like wearing a computer on your head and they fit like a normal pair of glasses. Yes, I’m being completely serious. It’s sort of like having your own HuD from a video game right in front of your face.

Google Glass works via voice commands and you can do some pretty sweet things with it. For instance, you can record video, take pictures, get directions, etc… Basically, you can do anything with Google Glass that you can do with your smart phone.

Even though Google Glass hasn’t officially been released to the public yet, it’s already been banned in certain places. A lot of concern has risen in regards to Google Glass and intrusion of privacy.

You have to keep in mind that with Google Glass; people could be recorded in public and never know it.

Due to these privacy concerns, Google Glass has already been banned in certain places.

Below, you will find a ...

YouTube comments will soon tie-in with Google+ and...

YouTube is refreshing the way that it’s handling comments on the video social network. Starting this week, it is implementing a modified version of the Google+ Comment platform to help make user feedback more meaningful and personalized to each individual.

In its current form, YouTube comments are organized in chronological order with the most recent surfaced to the top. It doesn’t matter how many up votes a comment received — it just became difficult to find comments from the creators and other key ones, especially when you look at the video channels of popular creators.

With the new commenting system, creators will notice that YouTube has shifted its core display away from recency and moved it in favor of ranking what’s meaningful to you. Some signals that are included are people who you know and/or interact with, social affinity, and random people who leave comments and have an engaged discussion.

Through its integration of Google+ Comments, YouTube is making it so postings on ...

Startup Addy: Build a URL for your real-world loca...

Growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Khaled Naim noticed something lacking in the city's infrastructure. Despite its well-developed economy and urban amenities, Dubai was plagued by poor city planning that led to a messy address system.

"The way they describe locations is, 'Turn left at the gas station after the third speed bump, pass the garbage can on your right,'" said Naim. "It doesn't lend itself very well to ordering things, whether its food delivery or e-commerce."

That's precisely the catalyst Naim, who recently received his degree from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, used to found Addy, a location startup that allows anyone anywhere in the world to create a custom address and assign it a URL. That virtual address can then be shared with anyone in the world, through SMS, email, or social networks.

The company is leaving behind its one-year private beta Monday -- which saw testing with local food trucks and event companies in the Stanford area and individuals and businesses in the UAE -- and opening to the public on the financial and development foundation built through the university's non-profit StartX accelerator. Underpinning its URL-based address system ...