Archives for October 2009

Using Google's "Knol"

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Is there a topic that you are an expert in? Something that you’ve learned about, studied and now would like to share that knowledge with others? Maybe you want to learn more about a topic.

I’ve pointed out GuideSpot as an online learning spot. It’s a great site for sharing what you know. But did you know that Google also has a similar platform?

“Knol” (Google’s made up term for “a unit of knowledge”) has been around since 2007, and came out of beta in 2008.

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Knol makes it easy for you to write and share your knowledge with the world.

  • Ease of use
    All you need is an account, a name and a desire to write and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Control
    You specify the level of collaboration you want with the community. Your knol, your voice.
  • Community
    You can connect with other experts in your area of interest to share and grow knowledge.
  • Visibility
    We value and promote authorship. Great content will be visible on popular search engines.
  • Growth
    Sharing your knowledge with the world is rewarding for everyone.

Watch this video for tips on creating a Knol:

Some Knols to get you started:

Lightbulb Image courtesy of Jacci Howard Bear http://desktoppub.about.com/

Ask Deals: weed out the junk and find real savings

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Even though the economy is showing signs of improving, I think that all of us have realized the need to be smarter with our money. We’ve all seen too many people suffering from the consequences of careless spending and not enough saving.

The thing is, sometimes, it’s just hard to find the deals that are relevant to us. There are a lot of sites who post coupon and discount codes, and I love writing about them and sharing them with you. One common problem, however, tends to be the need to wade through a bunch of expired junk in order to get to the current deals.

Ask.com has launched Ask Deals to help remove that obstacle. Now, you have a place to find current and relevant deals. It does the searching and scanning and puts any current deals in one place, under organized categories.

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There are several ways to locate deals: by zip code/location, by category, by store, offers with only free shipping, offers expiring soon etc.

Each category also features a “deal of the day”, which you can sign up to have emailed to you daily.

It really is as simple as that. All of those savings will add up, so you can be prepared for a future rainy day.

Do you have a site that helps you save money? Share it with others in comments. I’ll highlight them all in a future post.