Tips for Young Tech Professionals

Are you a young tech professional in search of job? With the job market as tight as it is, you better be prepared and show yourself in the best light possible, but how? Well, have you Googled yourself lately? It is shocking to me to see how many people submit resumes with examples of their past work, but when I type their name into Google, nothing comes up.  This is baffling to me, especially in the internet age where anything you want to know about anything, is usually a click away. So, why is it that I cannot find anything about you to distinguish YOU from the rest of the crowd? Follow these tips for young tech professionals to get yourself found easier.

1. Create a LinkedIn account. This is the first step in getting your professional information out there. Put as much information as you can, you can even link your blog, twitter and social media accounts to it to, but only do this if you are posting information relative to your career/job market. And NO, drunken tweets from last nights party will not do.

2. Start a blog! If you are interested in computers, write about tech, if you are a marketer, write about marketing tips and tricks. It can be tough to come up with ideas, but once you do, it is easy. Make sure you tag your posts with relative keywords to help your posts come up in searches, and remember to spread your links via social media! Share, share, share!

3. Get active on all social media. It will help to bring your name up in searches for content relative to your industry. It will let the hiring directors know that you understand your industry and actually take interest in it.

4. Create an account or similar. These accounts are often free and easy to set up. They usually just pull in your information from LinkedIn, making it even easier. These profiles come up in search too. It is easy to browse through others profiles and even the basic accounts have analytics so you can see how many views your profile has received and where the clicks are coming from!

5. Create a web portfolio. Register a domain ( is a great way for it to get found in search) and get your website started. With so many free platforms out there it is easier than ever to do. Post examples of your work such as websites you have designed, examples of your writing skills, pictures you have taken, etc. Just make sure it’s relative and fun! Hiring directors want to see the real side of you, because let’s face it, I will most likely pick the fun, refreshing person over the boring person…

6. And last but not least, follow the directions when applying for the position you want! If the job posting says, “Submit your resume in PDF format,” do it! Because If you can’t follow easy directions like that, your resume is most likely going in the trash. Also, don’t just send out the same cover letter and resume to every job. Customize them to fit each position you are applying for.

Being a young professional seeking your first real job can be tough, but it is doable.  It just takes time and motivation. Nothing in life is easy.

Any other tips and tricks? Share them below!

2012 Website and Domain Name Maintenance Checklist

It is 2012 and with the new year, comes new responsibilities and goals.  Check out our checklist of maintenance items to make sure your domain and website start the year on a high note.

1. Update the copyright date on your website. Does it still say 2011? Time to update! You can even have it auto update to save yourself the time and frustration.

Use the following if your website is coded in PHP: (without the spaces)

 &Copy; Copyright < ? php echo date ( ' Y ' ) ; ? > Your Business Name or Site

Will result in:

© Copyright 2012 Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, LLC

If you don’t have PHP, you will need to use JavaScript. (without the spaces)

   Copyright &Copy; < s c r i p t type="text/java s c r i p t"> 
   document.write(new Date().getFullYear());
  < / s c r i p t >  Your Business Name or Site Name

2. Is your domain name set to expire soon? If you are unsure, take 5 minutes now and find out. If your domain name were to expire, it could end up being a very costly mistake.  If you are forgetful, why not just let it auto-renew to save yourself money and unnecessary frustration?

3. Update your domain contact information. Has your business moved recently, have you changed your email address, or even fired someone from your company that used to handle the companies domain? (tsk, tsk: keep your domains registered under your own name to avoid troubles down the road) Keeping your domain contact information current and updated is an easy step to take in protecting your domain and business.

4. Review your website copy. Is it all current? As tedious as it sounds, it needs to be done.  Content can easily get overlooked for months and years at a time! Keep your website copy current so your customers know what’s going on in the year 2012, not 2009.

5. Last but not least, review your website traffic via a tool like Google Analytics. Has your website seen a rise or drop in traffic lately? Compare traffic from month to month and year to year and brainstorm ways to try to increase traffic for the new year.  Running CPC campaigns? Check your ad copy and keywords to be sure that they are still relevant and that you are still targeting the right customers and sending them to the right webpages on your site.  Consider creating a new campaign and a few new ads to keep your content current and fresh.

Any other tips? Leave them below!

We Are Hiring! Seeking a Web Developer / Designer!

We are currently hiring a Web Developer / Designer for a Full-Time position in our Reno office. Know anyone? Pass this post along!

A qualified applicant must have knowledge and experience of the following technologies:

  • Design QA and UI Design
  • PHP, JQuery, CSS, HTML
  • Adapting existing designs for new projects and create new, fresh, user-friendly designs.
  • Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop
  • Experience with AJAX and JavaScript a PLUS

Are you right for this position? Send all resumes in pdf format to Please include links to online portfolios and examples of past/current projects.

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Our Stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Like Google, Ebay, Yahoo and countless other “founders” of the internet, No-IP takes a strong stand in opposition to the upcoming SOPA bill in the United States government.

This bill is intended to stop websites from sharing copyrighted materials on the Internet.  If passed, the bill would give our government the ability to shut down any website it deemed to be in violation of this.  This is not a typical take down, where the infringing media must be removed or a page must be deleted.  This would be a complete shutdown of an entire website.  A lot or people are comparing this bill to China’s great firewall and also comparing it to the way the Internet is censored in Iran.

We feel strongly that no good will come from the passage of this bill.  It will in effect change the way most of our favorite web sites operate.  We urge anyone reading this to call/email/fax their representatives and urge them to re-consider this bill.

Learn more about SOPA here:

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Top 4 Ways DNS Will Help You Survive the Holiday Season

1. Did wife trick you into a trip to the mall? Did you forget to DVR the football game? Login via your smart phone and record it!

2. Has your kid been begging you for the hottest toy of the season? Don’t get trampled at your local store the day before Christmas trying to get your shopping done (you waited that long, really?), order it easily online knowing that the website is hosted with reliable DNS! (well hopefully it is…) Now all you have to do is hope that UPS or FedEx is just as reliable ; )

3. Going out of town? Make sure your house (and all of your presents!) are safe while you are away by setting up a security camera and viewing it remotely!

4. Supposed to be back at work on Tuesday, but end up snowed in while visiting family across the country? Easily access all of your files and work from wherever you happen to be stuck! (Just as long as you have an internet connection)

What other cool ways can DNS help you survive the holiday season? Leave your comments below!

Is Your Site Ready For the Holiday Season Web Traffic?

As the holiday season fast approaches, you should really be thinking about your web traffic. With more and more people skipping the mall experience for online shopping, you need to make sure your site is running in tip top shape! Your bottom line will thank you later.

1. Do you manage your DNS internally? Do you have a backup hosting provider? If your primary host goes down, a second hosting provider can still divert your traffic to the right place. (Just make sure your offline settings are directed to a different IP address)

2. Monitor it! If your site goes out at 2 am, will you know immediately, or will you have to wait until 9 am when a customer finally calls in to ask whats up with your site? 5 minutes of downtime isn’t good, let alone hours! With server monitoring, you will get notifications the second something goes wrong with your site.

3. Failover support? What if your site does go down? So you are notified, but what will you do? If you have failover support, your traffic can be diverted to another IP address, web site or to a custom web page stored on our servers. When your server comes back up online, we will undo the failover settings and normal operations will continue. Your site and customers won’t miss a beat.

Any other tips for keeping your holiday traffic in check? Leave them below! Also, if you like this article, be sure to share it on Facebook and Twitter!

Have You Checked Your Website Traffic Lately?

Well, have you? With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, there is no better time than now to check your website traffic.

1. Login to your Google Analytics Account. Don’t have one? Shame on you! This is a free and essential tool for online marketers. Google Analytics will give you a ton of insight into how people find your products and website. I suggest you sign up now.

2. If you are using the new interface design, you want to click Traffic Sources on the left navigation then, Search, then Organic. In the old interface you will click Traffic Sources, All Traffic Sources, then click Google/Organic within the report.

Here you will see all of the traffic that is reaching your site via organic search.  This is a great way to get keyword ideas for your Adwords campaigns (you are running those too, right?) and general search query ideas so that you can target your customers and ads correctly. It will also show you negative keywords to bid on. Example: If you run a tennis shoe company, you would want to bid on keywords such as tennis shoes, running shoes, etc, but you wouldn’t want to come up in searches for horse shoes, so you would make horse shoes a negative keyword.

You can click over to the Google Webmaster Tools tab to see what exact queries your customers are using to find your site.  It will even tell you the keyword position, impressions and clicks. This is also a great way to track how your customers are finding your site.

Some of the most important stats are located on your dashboard when you login to Analytics.  These stats include impressions, clicks, time on site and bounce rate.  You can even click through to see which pages on your site have high/low bounce rates.  This can help you understand what content your users find useful and what pages they find not so useful.

Analytics is a great way to easily keep track of your website traffic.  There are tons of more useful reports and stats and I will delve a little deeper into some of them in the next few blogs, so stay tuned!

Questions or comments? Leave them below! What steps do you take to monitor your website traffic?

[SCAM] Beware of Southwest Airlines Facebook Scam

Another Facebook scam is running rampant.  At first glance, the page that can be seen here looks real.  The Southwest Airline logo and colors are present, as is Facebook Social Plugin with everyone gushing about how they love Southwest Airlines and thank you for the free tickets. The thing that people aren’t gushing about, is that the page and promotion are a total scam.

Upon Liking and Sharing the Southwest Airline promotion on your wall, you are prompted to enter all of your personal information, including mailing address and phone number.  It then tells you that you must participate in two other offers first, in order to receive your free tickets.

And this is where the fun ends.

Once you realize that you have fallen victim to the scam, you can quickly erase the shared link on your wall (to save your friends from falling victim too), but it’s too late for your personal information. It is now in the hands of scammers and criminals.

A friend of mine was the one who alerted me to this scam.  He had fallen victim to it himself.  (He is a tech guy and he can’t believe he fell for it) He said that 10 minutes after entering his information, he had already received 2 phone calls from scammers trying to enter him into another promotion. He quickly hung up.

So, please be careful out there! The Internet is a scary place, full of scam artists and criminals just waiting for you to slip up! Always double check the URL, don’t click links in emails, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Have you ever fallen victim to a scam like this? Leave your comments below!

[HOW TO] Set Up a Webcam to Watch Your Reef Tank From Anywhere

We just recently set up a Reef Tank in the office and wanted a cool way to check on it while we were away (we are total dorks, we know.) So, we decided to set up a webcam.  It was cheap and easy and with No-IP, you can check in online, even if you have one of those pesky dynamic IPs. Don’t have a fish tank to watch? The options are limitless! Monitor your front door, security for your office, your refrigerator, or anything!  Just make sure that you aren’t invading anyone’s privacy or breaking any of these laws.

1. Buy a webcam. You can find a cheap one online, we ordered ours from Amazon.

2. Place your camera where you would like it.  Our reef tank cam is attached with electrical tape to the side of the tank.  We also have other office cams that are mounted to the ceiling.

3. Have a dynamic IP? In order to see your webcam easily over the internet, you will need to create an account with us. You can check out this video if you need help getting started with us.

  1. Create an account from the homepage.
  2. After you fill out your credentials and receive your account verification email, log in to your new No-IP account.
  3. Create a username
  4. Click the hosts/redirects tab
  5. Create a new host- leave all of the information that is already clicked the same.
  6. Behind a router or firewall? You will have to forward your ports.  Take note: our documentation on port forwarding is limited due to the vast amounts of routers.  Please check out your routers support page for more information if you are lost.
  7. Download and install our dynamic update client. Our DUC will automatically keep track of your dynamic IP changes.
  8. Now, you just need to check to see if everything is working correctly.  You can go to to confirm that your ports are forwarded correctly and that you can view your reef camera from the web.

4. Once you have completed the above steps, it is time to log in to your camera via the host you created to see what your fish are up to! You just need to make sure the webcam’s software is launched and ready to accept internet connections.

5. Viola! A quick and easy way to set up a webcam on a dynamic IP address. Enjoy!

Questions or comments? Leave them below!

How to Save Yourself When Technology Bites the Dust

As we rely more heavily on technology, there are a few things that we can do so when it fails us, we don’t lose our entire lives with it.

1. Backup everything, twice. It doesn’t help to have a backup of all of your photos, documents, and music if your backup is only located in one place. Always have a backup of your backup in case your backup goes out. Oh and make sure it’s not connected to your computer. Store it somewhere that you can easily grab it if your house catches fire, etc.

2. The recent BlackBerry fiasco has brought email and SMS outages to the forefront.  What would happen if your email went down and you weren’t able to email your boss or friends? My advice is to have a second known email that you can access all of your important contacts (have it listed in your signature on your emails as a secondary email) via, so if your email ever is down, you have another way to send and receive.

3. My husband is pretty old school. He still has a black book with all of his contacts in it. Every time he takes it out to look up a number from an old friend it makes me laugh.  Until the day he went to the cell phone store and came back with a phone that had been wiped clean on accident by a “genius”. (he never backed it up, really?) He was ready to shoot the guy. If not for his little black book he would have been a pain in the butt getting all of his contacts back. So when in doubt, go old school and write important stuff down or at least have all of your contacts on your computer! (and back it up!)

4. Memorize at least two important phone numbers.  This will come in handy if you are ever lost or stranded and your cell phone battery is dead, or if you lost it.  What would happen if you tried to call someone to tell them you needed help, but didn’t know anyone’s number?

5. Keep a land line phone.  How ancient, right? But really, what happens if there is a storm or disaster and cell towers do not work? You can even go an extra step and make it a corded rotary landline phone (do those even exist anymore?!)

What other things can help you when dealing with technology? Leave your thoughts and comments below!