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Managing and Maximizing your Business Website

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It is a common feature in Nigeria to see businesses not having websites, the ones that have do not maintain them. Your business website is a representation of your entire business on the World Wide Web. It should reflect the status and stature of your organization, this is where vital information about your business can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time.
A good and well managed website gives your business a boost, integrity, wider reach, global recognition and patronage resulting in additional profit. It is a portal through which additional stream of income is added into your business, so you cannot afford to neglect it. With the recent trend in economy, putting your business online is quite profitable and affordable.
It is quite unfortunate that this very vital tool for business in modern economy is not taken seriously here in Nigeria. It is a regular occurrence where information cannot be easily accessed from websites of businesses, Organizations, Government establishments, Examination bodies, universities etc.
To show the importance of having a good and functional website, firms like Phillips consulting had at a time given award to business organizations that have good and functional web pages in Nigeria. Businesses that maintain their website properly will always be at the top, no doubt about that.
Because of how important this is to your business growth in that in most cases majority of your business could be done online, I am prompted here to show you how to manage and maximize your website even if you are not an expert in web development. You really need to know what your business website should do for you.
Design and Host your Website Properly
The overall functionality of a website depends on how it is designed and hosted. The design of a website should be simple and easy to navigate through. Visitors to the site should find it very easy to access your site as quickly as possible. It makes no meaning having a flashy website with all the ‘wow’ factors in place and still it cannot be easily accessed.
While considering the aesthetic qualities of your site, its functionality should be taken seriously too. The best technology should be used for sites with heavy pictures and graphics. The hosting plan and space for the site should be one that accommodates the number of web pages, pictures, graphics, payment solutions and other features the site will contain. A properly designed and hosted site loads easily and faster when accessed. An expert should be involved here to assist in proper designing and hosting of your business website.
Add Good Content to your Website
The content of your site should be taken seriously, this is what brings visitors to your business. Visitors to your site will need quality, regular, fresh, hot, in-depth and timeless information to keep them coming back for more. The number of visitors to your site determines how valuable your site and business will be. Good content also determines the depth the visitors will explore your site, the duration and frequency of their visit. Add quality content to your site because no one will want to visit a site that lacks good content. It is the regular eyeballs on your content that will add value to your website which will invariably impact on your business.
Update your Website Regularly
Many websites are left without being updated, it is not enough to have a website, the site should be updated regularly with fresh and current information about your business. A webmaster should be on hand to upload information on the site on a daily bases so that prospects wishing to do business with you can easily access your site from any where and get all the information they need even without coming to your office.
Maximize your Website
After you must have taken into cognizance all I have outlined above, it is now time for you to profit from your website. Like I said earlier, your website will bring additional business opportunities and income to you.
The main thing that brings value to your website is the number of people that visit your site, this is known as traffic. The number of eyeballs that pass through your site helps you achieve great online profit. Since traffic is what gives your site value, let us quickly look at simple and high leverage ways to drive traffic to it.
1. Embed your website address on your business card, letter-headed paper, all your advertising messages, and stickers. Also create a signature file to attach to every e-mail you send.
2. Use free online tools (like forums, free stuff sites, press release sites etc.) to promote your site.
3. Register your site with major search engines like Yahoo, Google, and MSN.
4. Advertise your website both online and offline using banner ads, classified ads, in-context links, e-zine ads, email rental lists, newspaper ads and other media.
Having got good traffic to your website, you can profit from it through:
The main product or service of your site: Using the e-marketing strategies earlier discussed in my previous articles, prospects will be attracted  to the main product or service which you offer. This is the product or service around which your business website is built. You will make additional income by selling your service or product online.
Affiliate Programs: An affiliate program is an online joint venture between a marketer and a company that wants to promote their product. This is one of the easiest ways to make extra profit from your website. All you need do is to check for products that are related to the concept of your business which your prospects will also need, join the affiliate program and sell their product on your website for a commission. There are several affiliate programs on the internet, a famous one is that of Amazon.com, where Amazon.com provides a link to your site. If someone clicks on the Amazon.com link and buys anything, you will receive a commission for that.
Advertising:
You will also increase the profitability of your business through the advertising revenue that comes from your website. This is achieved when the traffic on your site is reasonable enough. The eyeballs passing through your website now becomes asset which you rent to other businesses. you can;
-Place banner adverts of other businesses on your website and get paid for anyone who sees or clicks on the banner.
-Sell classified ad space and in-context link space on your site
-You can join the advertising program of Google known as Ad sense. Here, Google sends adverts to your website regularly through a code and pays you a certain amount of money per click or per search made on the adverts.
These simple steps of managing and maximizing your website when followed properly, will improve your business in no small measure. Expert advice can also be sought at any point in time.
To your business success!

 


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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