Want A Change From Blogging?

tech-job-salaryI know many of us may love blogging, but may not be bringing in enough money to make a full-time job out of it.  I can certainly understand that and have struggled from time to time in order to pay my owns bills, but I have always picked up extra work when those slower times come. With such a need in mind, I wanted to put together a list of different tech jobs (as I’m a bit of a geek techie) and list off where the salaries are with them.  The great thing about these tech positions is that they do not necessarily require a regular degree. Many can be obtained through industry certification and can include ways to go about this at your own pace – allowing you to more quickly gain accreditation and a job.  Many of these jobs also occur on the best tech job list at USnews so you know they’re not going away soon.

Network Engineer: 
Engineers make anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000 per year depending upon how much experience they have and their credentials. Engineers typically design, implement and manage computer networks.

Network Administrator: 
Administrators make anywhere from $45,000 per year to $75,000 per year. Administrators typically work for Network Engineers and maintain a network once it’s up and running.

Network Security Engineer: 
They make $75,000 to $250,000. Do the same thing as a Network Engineer except they also understand what it takes to make a network secure. Many of these guys are certified hackers (also called certified penetration specialists) and can hack into most networks.

Application Developers: 
$50,000 to $150,000 per year. These are programmers that develop custom applications for companies and for websites.

Programmers: 
$50,000 to sky’s the limit. Use programming languages to build custom applications, web design and functionality, video game programming, etc…

Web Developers: 
$50,000 to sky’s the limit. Use programming skills to develop interactive websites that typically link to databases and internal custom developed business applications.

tech-levels-of-salaryThere are hundreds of positions available in the Information Technology industry. These were just a few.

Most companies want to see applicants with certifications. Certification are sometimes vendor specific such as Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer or specific credentials that provide evidence that you can perform a specific job function. Other companies want to see non-vendor-specific certifications like CompTIA A+ PC support (exams 220-801 & 220-802), Network+ Certified Network Administrator (exam N10-005 or N10-006), Security+ Exam SY0-401 and Linux+. While a high school diploma is a must, certifications are typically more valuable than a college degree.  The great thing here is that depending upon your tech knowledge already, it’s quite possible that you can take a course that has a Network+ or Security+ practice test and between the study course and actually practicing exact test questions and categories, you may be able to gain your certification extremely quick.

Video Production Services That Make the Difference in 2015

video production Maryland There’s no denying the power and reach of video in the world today. With an ever growing capability to stream more video into people’s homes and on their mobile devices the days of television reach only have come and gone. The surveys today show that most people are using an additional device when “watching” television, creating even more opportunity to reach people with video. For businesses, it is paramount to take advantage of the plethora of options available by which to reach people as well as to adopt efforts not only to share their business message via video, but also to help educate and inform others in order to build a strong following. Below are some of the most powerful video styles that are working in 2015.

Educational Sales Videos

It is important that you not only educate your potential customer or client about your product, but also help them realize their need, which your product fills, and the benefits that come about from having it filled. It is vital for companies to not become too “corporate” with their message, but rather that they reach their consumer on a tangible level where the need and benefit of the product can be seen. In addition, businesses should lead with value and give free information or education to the public. By doing so, you build a brand loyalty that will often lead to better engagement and further sales. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your video has to consist simply of product information or demonstration. Take the time to give your consumer real valuable material, even if it doesn’t directly link back to your product each time.

Training/ How-to Videos

How to videos have never been more popular or more useful. With the amount of online video watching continuing to grow year after year, more and more people now have access to online video, especially via mobile, and look to search for a video how to often faster than they do a written how to article. From the simplest actions to some of the most complication, putting together how to videos work for just about any process. And they don’t all need to be shot in a sterile environment with professional actors. While people want and need the information to be accurate, most consumers connect better with “real” people performing the particular activity.

Live Video

People love fresh information and the ability to partake in something that is currently happening. Even channels that simple review or commentate on live events are making an impact as people love the social engagement that they can offer as well as sharing the responses of people watching live events. Just because your business is not putting on a live event such as a conference or seminar or other type of event does not mean that you cannot still engage with your clients using other live events that are going on.

Webinars

While they have been around for many yea

rs, webinars still prove to be exceptionally successful. They offer the social engagement as well as the opportunity for a consumer to take part in the freshest information. Often these work best when bundled with educational or informational content that is based on fresh opportunities or trends in the market place. Don’t forget to repurpose the webinar video into an archived educational video after the webinar is done as it can continue to draw in new followers down the road, even after the live webinar has ended.

Content Aggregation

Don’t have your own unique content or news? News and entertainment companies have built their entire industry on this type of information sharing. The company themselves often do not have anything going on, but they share with you everything that is going on els

ewhere. You can do similar videos. Share with your consumer what the latest trends are, what the latest findings are, or discuss some of the most popular topics in your industry. There are several different methods you can use to aggregate the content as well as numerous places to gather it from. As a special note- grab some of the most popular topics and you can often garner some of that traffic from people that originally came in looking at the popular topics and you can then put your spin on it and perhaps build a relationship with new prospects.

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As you can see, video is far from dead and the need for businesses to utilize it is actually growing by leaps and bounds. It doesn’t matter if you’re producing the video on your iPhone in Kalamazoo or taking part in a full video production Maryland, you can utilize the above methods to reach more people and build a growing and more engaged list of consumers that you can market further to.

How to write the perfect blog post

blog1Writing blog posts can be time consuming and a little difficult. It’s easy to come up with ideas to write about, but maybe combining your great ideas with the logistics of writing a post can be hard. Here are a few types that may help you combine your great ideas with tricks and tips for you to write the best blog post.

First is having a killer headline or title. This is the first thing that people see. It will be what your readers will judge your entire post on. Having a good headline or title is make or break you. If you have a boring title no one will click on it and your article won’t get read, even if it has amazing information. Because this is the first thing that your readers will read, you need to make it sing!

Have sharing buttons. If you readers love your article or blog posts they will want to share it with their friends through different social media outlets. When you have social media buttons that let your readers share on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, pinterest, and even email, your readers will help promote your post to become viral.

Keep it short and sweet. Make your post short and sweet, you can do this by using lists, bullets, even short paragraphs. You need to get to the point and not fill your article or blog posts with fluff and unrelated information. A good rule of thumb is under 600 words

Use visials. A picture really does say 1000 words. Images not only are visually pleasing, but they help you get your point across more accurately.