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Create Website Banners The Easy Way

April 16th, 2014 by mission0ps

How to make a banner for your website?

I don’t know about you but personally when it comes to making website banners I am graphically challenged. Design and colour match is certainly not one of my best skills. That’s why I look for ideas that show me what graphics what fonts and what colours go together for maximum impact, that’s the job of a graphic designer however not everyone can afford to hire A graphic designer to make their banners.

That’s why I love Instant GraFX so much. It just makes things easy!

No need for me to get tangled up with Photoshop or Gimp. With the Instant GraFX online banner creator the process is going to be basically the same. The only difference is the amount of skill and time needed to create the banner. This posts will outline the simple but often confusing process of creating the perfect banner for your website.

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Modern Day PowerPoint Presentation Videos

April 24th, 2013 by mission0ps

It’s been almost 30 years since PowerPoint presentation videos, well I say video’s, but slides was more the case 30 years ago -and for a long time we’ve been content with the look of our powerpoints presentations …

But our audiences have had just about enough of bullet points – it’s time for an upgrade to PPT.

Video scribe has been on the horizon for a while now with some companies using it in their marketing campaigns with great effect. People just can’t help clicking on video animation when they land on your websites. The “problem” video scribe is the cost.

Previously you’d pay anywhere from $500 up for a 3 min infomercial video and that was way out of the reach of SME’s and individual entrepreneurial business owners. Animated video presentation in 2013 is nowhere near as expensive as it was a few years ago and that means that everyone – and I do mean everyone can have a advert,  infomercial or explainer video to assist in the capture of more leads to your business.

Modern Day PowerPoint Presentation

There’s are 2 alternatives to PowerPoint presentations that I want to bring to your attention, they are PowToon and Sparkol.

Powton is the easier of the 2 to master so we’ll talk about that first. Powtoon Animated Video Presentations Powtoon is an online presentation maker that creates video’s with the ease of drag and drop.

It’s such a simple piece of kit to use, I introduced my 11 year old daughter to PowToons for 3 minutes and she created her own little video with music in about 20 mins. It’s really easy to tell a story with PowToons.

Here’s one I made yesterday.

As you can see there area ton of options that you can play around with that will truly set you apart from the others. And the best part –  creating a presentation that lasts up to 5 mins long is totally free! Sign up for a free account and start creating …

PowToon A PowerPoint Presentation Upgrade

PowToon really is click simple – watch out for information on whiteboard video scribes coming next.

But if you can’t wait here’s a preview on my other weblog.

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Planning for Affiliate Success

September 18th, 2012 by mission0ps

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Why Plans are Vital – As you venture into the world of affiliate marketing, you might thing that planning isn’t as

We’ve all heard the phrase “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance” and this is doubly true if you are trying to establish yourself online. important as what you would do in a brick and mortar business. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Plans are important for one main reason: they help you keep your focus and they help build your credibility. Remember that there are thousands of people online who claim to be “Internet Experts”. But, all people cannot be experts, someone has to be mediocre. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Open Education Project: Pt1

May 12th, 2012 by mission0ps

If you take a minute to search Google for the term “Open Education Project” you might be surprised by the number of results you find, but then again, maybe not. The important thing is that I want to share the 411 that I have about one specific OEP. Have you been wondering if all the talk about increasing your income using the Internet is just hype?

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Rix FM Swedish Radio – Shame On You

October 11th, 2011 by mission0ps

My Rant about Rix Fm Swedish radio well in fact all Swedish radio stations I have a little complaint for you.

Now I’m no prude, far from it, but I think it’s a real shame that the program producers of Swedish radio allow tracks to be played that have such disgusting foul language in them.

I am forever turning off the radio in the car when I am with my 2 young children purely because the F*ck word is allowed to be aired! Read the rest of this entry »

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Investing In Gold A Popular Trend

October 10th, 2011 by mission0ps

Buy gold bullion barMany of the people investing in gold are not the traditional buttoned-up investment types of people either. These are people who have grown increasingly mistrustful of governments that continuously manipulate the value of paper money and interest rates.

They’ve become disenfranchised to some degree with rates of inflation, the idea of deflation, and trying to pay their bills and just get by. More and more of these people are searching online for the best place to buy gold bullion. Many of them are also interested in where to sell gold bullion as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Time in Norrkoping Sweden: The proof is in the Daffodils

April 11th, 2011 by mission0ps

For a few weeks now we have been wondering whether springtime in Norrkoping has finally arrived. A few were caught unawares as bright sunny days were followed with unexpected snowfall leaving the roads covered in 10cm of snow again. But this morning I “think” we can definitely say spring time in Norrkoping is finally here.

The proof is in the Daffodils.

As I walked down to the town centre I noticed for the first time Daffodils finally poking their heads up from what was once a blanket of snow, they looked as if they were in unison as the it was not the odd one or two showing themselves but an army of 100’s had Read the rest of this entry »

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Affiliate Marketing In Sweden

February 28th, 2011 by mission0ps

Affiliate marketing in SwedenAffiliate marketing in Sweden is something that is growing steadily but surely. If you are someone who doesn’t quite grasp the language fully in Sweden (like me) the chances of getting employed are almost zero.

Add the alarming fact that 25% of under 25 yr old are unemployed and it’s easy to see why there is a growing interest looking into affiliate ventures.

The concept of affiliate marketing is pretty simple people are always searching online these days for information and product reviews, let me give an example: Read the rest of this entry »

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Opportunity Knocks For Unfamiliar Sports

January 30th, 2011 by mission0ps

Kids Ice HockeyOne of the biggest bonuses that I have found in Sweden is that opportunity knocks for unfamiliar sports.

I say “unfamiliar” because you just wouldn’t have the chance to see the sports, let alone train and compete in some of the events and activities that are open for kids in Sweden.

As I write this post I am sitting watching yet another handball game! I certainly never watched a game of handball on ‘ Sport on Sunday’ To be completely honest I didn’t even know what handball was. Read the rest of this entry »

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Swedens Economy Is Pretty Hot: MSNBC

January 14th, 2011 by mission0ps

Sweden EconomyIts not often you hear that a country’s  economy is doing great especially in the climate we have at present …

So it’s great news to hear that Sweden can teach those “big boys” a few lessons in how to reduce the deficit.

Here are some startling facts about the Swedish Economy Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot Blossa Glögg, Christmas Trees and Happy Days

December 17th, 2010 by mission0ps

Yummy yum yum, one of the things that needs to be celebrated is the fact that it’s not even minus on the temperature gauge, and I am celebrating right now with blossa glögg 2010’s offering a saffron flavoured glögg.

I’ve been away in the UK for 5 weeks and was not looking forward to the thought of freezing my nuts off once in Sweden again, but I am really surprised at what the weather is doing in Sweden at the moment as I glance at my indoor outdoor thermometer it tells me that it’s a lovely 1.0 degrees  outside and that is (to say the least) a real shocker. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Indoor Outdoor Temperature Gauge Likes Me!

October 28th, 2010 by mission0ps

indoor outdoor temperature gauge After my last blog post about how horrible winter in Sweden 2010 was going to be I a sitting here at the kitchen table tapping away at my laptop thinking “umm a nice 10.9 degrees outside and 21.6 inside” :)

Don’t tell me they have it all wrong! Then again, I really do hope they do, as the worst winter in 1000 years does make me feel rather … well afraid, I do sooooo hate the thought of cold feet! Read the rest of this entry »

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Winter In Sweden 2010 – It’s Here

October 20th, 2010 by mission0ps

It’s here, winter in Sweden 2010 is NOW :( I know that many of you will be thinking yipee I love winters in Sweden I bet you are the ones with the really thick coats (like those 2 in the picture), and who have probably lived her for a few years.

But for me and those who have only had 1 winter in Sweden well the thoughts of average temperatures dropping to -20 and swapping out the wheels of the car and fitting ice tires etc; is more likely to produce frowns rather than smiles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Racism In Sweden – Does It Exist?

September 18th, 2010 by mission0ps

Racism in Sweden was something that I have not seen first hand. Yet why am I feeling very worried that soon enough it’s going to be big news?

One of the my memories when I first arrived in Sweden was how hospitable people were towards me,It seemed to not matter at all that I was a strange black face in town.

I just couldn’t believe that walking around Norrkoping town how comfortable I felt, I even shouted out in the car once “look there’s another black man” amazed that I wasn’t the only one,  that was 10 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Northampton Uniform – V – The Swedish Style

August 29th, 2010 by mission0ps

The UK UniformI always cringe when I see that Northampton uniform, almost embarrassed when I fly back and visit the UK. I feel, well a bit sorry when I look upon those folk who I see proudly donning  the Northampton uniform.

I got to thinking about this again whilst sitting in the local arcade, eating my chicken Kebab  and just people watching, 2 of my favourite pass times. I noticed that everyone had made an effort and looked really cool. Having said that, I must admit that I always want to shout out (and sometimes do) “Pull Your Trousers Up” I know it’s fashion but come on, tell me if it doesn’t look like those guys have phoo in their pants. Read the rest of this entry »

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Still No Job? Good Ways to Make Money Part Time

August 11th, 2010 by mission0ps

Good Ways to Make Money Part Time

By Tony B

I had a variety of part time jobs growing up, there were plenty to go around then. It’s not that way now, so what’s considered good ways to make money part time these days with businesses closing down on many high streets and people unwilling to part with their money let alone pay you part-time wages.

A lot of people are looking towards the internet as a way to get income part-time and even full-time for some too. There are many websites that offer work that you just need a computer and certain skills for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Smultronstallet Is it The Best Ice Cream In Sweden?

August 7th, 2010 by mission0ps

The best ice cream parlours, that’s what my mum wanted to go and visit, we had been to visit Smultronstallet before but the cue was far too long…

It’s in Soderkopping and I have never really seen anything like it, Ulis says that the folks in Sweden are the second largest ice cream consumers in the world! Umm well seems that she just may be right judging by what we saw yesterday.

It’s surely pretty famous this place we were at as even though we went pretty late in the day it was still a few mins wait to get 5 of the 150 or so seats. was it worth the wait? Read the rest of this entry »

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Now That Is Just Plain STUPID…

March 15th, 2010 by mission0ps

I have to say that the Swedes have impressed me with so many things, the few simple ones that spring to mind are:

  • A nursery placement for ALL children, a fantastic start for kids and their social skills
  • Snow tyres that simple idea that so many other country’s need to employ
  • Short hours for purchasing strong alcohol, I’m sure it stops loads of social behaviour issues

However I think that someone in authority has missed the plot on this one… Read the rest of this entry »

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Snow In Norrkoping – When Will It Melt?

March 14th, 2010 by mission0ps

The snow in Norrkoping is still here, I’m sure it is in your town too, today is 14th March 2010, and the question I want to set to you is when do you think it’s going melt?

I don’t think that it will dissipate until the end April maybe even the start of May 2010, a I being a pessimist or do you think that I am being optimistic. I hear that a few years ago it was still here in June! ( But I think they may have been making that up just to scare me)

I was so glad with the sun coming out in the daytime and thought yeah this is it. However the nights are still very cold and I think that it just ‘ying and yang’… I am able to see the pavement at least on the main streets and I even saw a little bit of grass on the central Read the rest of this entry »

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Melodifestival Again!

March 13th, 2010 by mission0ps

Here we go. It’s finally Melodifestival again! I’ve been waiting, as it seems, years for this. The spectacle that it is, is filling me with joy and I can’t stop smiling.

To start it off we have SLY STALLONE!!!??? Now there is a pretty plain explanation to this with guest star on stage this year, all the way from Hollywood is the magnificent DOLPH LUNDGREN. The guy has got humour and a lot of self distance. He’s been dancing, singing (well), presenting and done some acting. It’s been a real hit.

This night was no exception, to the sound of “Eye of the tiger” Dolph, his co presenters and the contestants walked in. Dolph was singing again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Norrkoping Police – Quickly Loosing Face

March 13th, 2010 by mission0ps

Norrkoping, in- fact the Swedish police in general have not got the best reputation from what I hear, stating that they have not got a lot of “experience” inn dealing with serious crime. Here are a few instances I know of:

1) The Local  Hells Angels “prospect club” was told by the Norrkoping police that they will be shut down by 1st Jan 2010 – but the news came through that they were granted full membership to the Hells Angels, which was a slap in the face to the local police force.

2) The leader of a criminal gang arrested in Norrkoping in eastern Sweden on drug charges walked free on Saturday when Norrkoping Police left him unattended in an exercise yard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snow Floods Swedens Rivers: NOT

February 19th, 2010 by mission0ps

Snow flooding after melting is something that I am sure that Sweden has a plan for I hope! There is such a lot of snow that I just don’t understand where all the water going to go when it finally melts…

It’s my first winter in Sweden and even though it has been beautiful now I would love to see the grass again. I remember what it’s like in the UK when we have a lot of rain and as unprepared as the UK is (even though it happens often) there is always a story of a village or three getting flooded out and folks homes being completely ruined.

How do you guys cope with the melt down ? Read the rest of this entry »

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Is It A Smart Move?

January 8th, 2010 by mission0ps

Now how typical is this tale?…

English boy meets Swedish girl, she is only in the UK for a few months over to get a taste of England she is working as an au-pair. They fall in love and have babies. A few years later she misses home and decides that she really wants to move back to Sweden.

Daddy as he is called now knows that it was almost inevitable. He packs in his nice job and heads out for Sweden too, after all he has seen Sweden on many occasions and the country is beautiful as are the people. He thinks “surely finding a job and a house won’t be as much of a task as it is in the UK will it? I’m sure that I’m making a smart move”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Those Busses Are Big!

October 16th, 2009 by mission0ps

bendybusWell those buses are big arn’t they!

I thought I better start as I am a dude with a lot to say about your Sweden through my eyes. This year I may as well share loads of my thoughts ;) …However I’m not going to pull any punches I’m just going to give you my opinion as the title says it’s your Sweden through my eyes.

What a strange post to start with I mean we have bendy buses (as I call them) in the UK but we do have a bit of a different take on when they will be used. I live in Norrkoping and I have to tell you that I’m often on the balcony having  ciggy and see the 117 cruise pass me, my first thoughts are “why on earth don’t you use smaller buses after peak time” I’m almost certain that it would be cheaper to put the folks who travel on the buses home in a cab as there is never any more than 3 people on a big bendy bus! Read the rest of this entry »

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