Who Would Rule the Web if Mobile Didn’t Exist? [Infographic]

Imagine a world without smartphones or tablets, where the only way to get online is through your laptop or desktop. How much would your life change?

Without mobile devices, our lives would be dramatically altered — as would the Internet. Now that mobile accounts for around 60% of total Internet traffic, we wondered what the web would be like if these devices somehow ceased to exist. Which websites would dominate, and which would lose all their visitors? We found the results of our research so fascinating that we couldn’t help but share them with you!

Here’s a closer look at what a typical month would be like without mobile Internet, and who would rule the web if mobile devices didn’t exist.

Interview: Brian Tracy, Author

We’re back with another interview as InterviewFX rolls on! This series brings you advice from authors, entrepreneurs, marketers, and other experts to help you manage your business and your online marketing a little bit better than before.

Today we focus on productivity as we talk to Brian Tracy, author of the best-selling time management book “Eat that Frog.” Check out what our Brian Tracy interview has to say about waking up early, making checklists, and getting things done.

How to Start Selling Online in an Hour or Less

So you’re ready to start an ecommerce business. You have the perfect company name, a marketing plan, and products to sell. The only thing you need is a website.

As it turns out, you need this last piece of the puzzle fast. If you don’t start moving some of your inventory soon, you’re going to lose money, and that’s that exactly the opposite of what you set out to do.

3950879219_811c3773c0_bIf you’re scrambling to find robust ecommerce options that can also be set up quickly, I have a few ideas you can try. There are several options that will give you the tools you need to start selling online in an extremely short amount of time… say an hour or less. In fact, many of these options will not only give you a functional storefront in the shortest amount of time possible, but also throw in gorgeous themes and extra options that you might not expect from your first online store.

Let’s take a look at a few fast ecommerce platforms that will allow you to sell online quickly: the handmade paradise that is Etsy, the free WooCommerce plugin for WordPress, and three simple hosted ecommerce solutions, BigCommerce, Shopify, and Volusion. Each option will come with a list of its perks, drawbacks, and any fees or pricing you should know about, all of which will help you pick the one that’s best so you can sell online now!

Ready to start your store? Let’s begin!

What is the Real Cost of Computer Viruses? [Infographic]

Getting a virus or piece of spyware on your computer can be downright annoying. If you’re lucky, it’s easy to fix, or your software of choice catches it before it gets out of hand. If you’re not so lucky, you’re probably one of the 16 million Americans who have had a “serious” vulnerability in the last two years.

Although you already know viruses and computer worms are a bother, what you may not know is just what they cost US households and workplaces each year. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what Americans spend on virus protection and removal, and what these vulnerabilities really cost in lost money, time, and labor. We’re also looking back at the five most expensive computer vulnerabilities of all time, and the financial impact they had not just on the US, but the world as a whole.

Keep reading to check out the infographic!

Watch the Internet in Real Time [Infographic]

The amount of data that is transmitted in a single second online is simply staggering. Currently, 24,000 gigabytes are uploaded to the Internet each and every second. However, according to a report from Cisco, we could expect to see this number climb higher very soon. By 2016, the amount of monthly Internet data is forecasted to reach 91 exabytes (or 100 billion gigabytes). Wow.

At WebFX, we’re fascinated with the Internet and everything in it. That’s why we decided to put together an infographic showing what happens each second on some of your favorite services, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pandora, reddit, and Yelp. Click here to watch the Internet in real time now!

Why No One’s Reading Most of Your Content (And How to Fix the Problem)

Between 2000 and 2013, the average attention span of a human being dropped from 12 seconds to 8. According to the same study, a typical office worker checks his or her email around 30 times per hour, while KPCB’s 2013 Internet trends report says that the average person checks their phone around 150 times per day.

Considering all these factors, why would it be any surprise that 17% of all pageviews on the Internet last 4 seconds or less? Competition for attention is fierce. The moment you think you have time to read a piece of content, research a topic, or do something as simple as shop online, distractions come up.

6667753991_c958d50c63_zThese distractions are what drive up your website’s bounce rate, reduce the amount of time visitors spend on your website, and keep potential customers or leads from absorbing most — if not all — of the content you worked so hard to produce. Whether it’s the need to get to work on a different task or an interruption that causes a visitor to say “I’ll come back and finish this later,” your blog posts, articles, and other pages are often never read to completion because our attention is so hard to earn in this busy, digital age.

So, most of your content is never getting read, and you may be missing out on leads because of it. How can you combat this problem? Here’s a closer look at how much of your website visitors are actually reading, and a few ways you can fix the attention problem.