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MySQL: Why It's Hot

MySQL is currently the third most in-demand skill on Elance, moving up three spots since October.  In the last 30 days alone over 1,200 MySQL projects were posted.

In case you're not familiar, here's some background:  MySQL is an open-source relational database management system with over 11 million installations worldwide.  When Facebook first launched, they used MySQL to manage all their data - and they still use it today.

Reach Your Target Audience With Social Media

You no doubt are thinking about leveraging Digg and StumbleUpon to reach your target audience, but have you heard of, or a vertically-oriented social media site like  The social media arena is rapidly changing, with new entrants and opportunities sprouting up, and so we asked Chris Bennett, an internet marketing expert and a friend of Elance, to discuss some of the newest and growing social media sites best suited for viral marketing … and more importantly, tell you how you can use these outlets to reach your audience. and are incredibly popular social media sites.  They can help you find your target audience and drive massive traffic to your website… but there are also other games in town.  Let's take a look at a few other social media sites you may want to consider as sources to drive traffic and build relevant links for your website:

Free Skill Tests Start Today

We are excited to announce that all skill tests are now free of charge.  That's right – Elance providers can take any one of 245 tests to highlight their qualifications and differentiate themselves at no charge.

We also recently added almost 70 new tests, including project management, financial reporting and Linux.

Why should you consider taking a skills test?

16 Must-Have Online Tools for Freelance Programmers

With the number of free plug-ins, toolbars, applications and other widgets ever increasing, you may wonder which ones are really worth your time.

As a freelance programmer, the last thing you have time to do is research online tools – so Elance did it for you. Check out our list of 16 online tools that may help you save time and increase quality.

25 Online Tools for Freelance Marketers

Effective marketing doesn’t happen by accident. Targeting the right customers and crafting a message that’s not only eye-catching but also creates sales is both an art and a science.

To help freelance marketers – actually, to help any small business or entrepreneur gather and analyze data, find up-to-date information, and develop new marketing ideas, we’ve put together the following list of online resources:

11 Ways to Market Your New Social Networking Website

“Build it and they will come?” Not anymore (if that was ever really true).

Chris Bennett - Guest Contributor

Just building a feature-filled social networking site with a sound infrastructure is only the start of your website journey. Don’t fret, though, because it’s an exciting journey: social networking sites are the most visited area of the Internet. According to recent statistics from, social networking actually accounts for 11% of all web visits.

Elance Buyers Share Outsourcing Tips


Experience is a great teacher – but gaining experience takes time. To get new buyers up to speed quickly, we asked buyers who post and award numerous Elance projects to share their wisdom.

The following are just some of the great tips we received for communicating with providers, evaluating bids, and managing the projects you award. Plus we’ve included some additional tips to help you succeed when hiring on demand.

How to Kick-Start Your Apple iPhone Application Project

Part 2 of 3

Continuing our three part series focused on the development of applications for the Apple iPhone, we asked Nick Dalton, iPhone SDK specialist, to give Elance buyers a few tips on how to scope and post an iPhone Application project. Here’s what he had to say:

The iPhone is an amazing device that invites creativity. If you’re an iPhone owner I’m sure you’ve said to yourself: ‘I wish I could do that on my iPhone, or I have a great idea for an iPhone application’.

25 Projects You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

If you're a small business owner with too much to do and not enough time to do it, think about hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help you with your work.

You will be amazed at the variety of work a VA can help you with - just browse our newest article, 25 Projects You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant, to learn how to work with a VA and help make your life easier and your business run more smoothly.  

100 Projects You Can Outsource

With over 150,000 projects posted last year, it’s not surprising that there is great variety in the types of projects that buyers and providers complete on Elance.

To help illustrate the diversity of skilled Elance providers and projects that you can successfully outsource, we compiled a list of 100 distinct Technology, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Legal, Research and Business Planning projects. Small businesses and individuals just like you are literally outsourcing these projects on Elance everyday – and you can too.


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