July 5th in Stuff by .

Many bloggers spend a lot of time in their office doing work. There is nothing wrong with that as long as they also take breaks and spend some time outside. Having a way to charge your gadgets when you are outside your home is ideal. These two solar products help with that:

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Device Charging Table: a solar table with an integrated solar cell that lets you power up your electronics outside your home. It has a 30-watt solar panel that absorbs sun’s energy and stores it in a rechargeable battery. [click to continue…]

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July 3rd in Blogging Tools by .

I have seen so many webmasters who simply do not take time to back up their data. Even if you host is offering a backup solution, you should still have a local copy of all your files just in case disaster happens. Storing your backup files in the cloud is not a bad idea either. Most of us don’t have time to remember to manually back up our sites every day. These two tools automate the process for you:

vaultpress

VaultPress: a powerful solution that saves you time when it comes to backing up and securing your WordPress sites. Its basic plans are very affordable but you get security and true disaster recovery with premium plans. [click to continue…]

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July 1st in Blogging Tips by .

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Having success on YouTube is not easy. Many superstars make it look easy but you will have to work very hard to build a large audience on YouTube. The community can be quite harsh on your videos if you are making glaring mistakes. Nobody is born a YouTube ninja. The more videos you make, the more you will learn from your mistakes. Here are 5 lessons I learned the hard way after one year of posting videos to YouTube:

  • Speak slowly: I am a fast talker. Always have been. That is fine when your friends are used to your style of talking. But talking at a fast pace when recording videos is not advisable. YouTubers will tell you when you are going too fast.
  • Get a good microphone: knowing how to talk the right way when recording video is one thing. You certainly don’t want to rely on a dirt cheap microphone to record your audio. Bad audio is a huge turnoff for YouTubers. [click to continue…]

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June 29th in Wordpress by .

Buffer should not need any introduction to those of you who have made a habit of scheduling your social posts ahead of time. Many folks rely on this service to send their updates to their favorite social network at the right time. WP to Buffer for WordPress happens to be a handy plugin that integrates Buffer with WordPress. You will be able to send your Buffer updates as soon as you publish your posts.

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June 27th in Blogging Tips by .

There is nothing more frustrating than working so hard to build a website only to find it hacked. If you have unsafe files on your server, that is exactly what’s going to happen. ConfigServer eXploit Scanner is a helpful solution that enables you to catch malicious files before they do any major damage. This script actively monitors all file uploads to make sure you are not dealing with malware or hacked files.

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June 25th in Blogging Tips by .

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In a perfect world, we all would be able to write about what we are passionate about without having to worry about making money on the side. That’s not the world we are living in. If your business is not making any money, sooner or later it will cease to exist. Blogs go through ups and downs all the time. If your revenue keeps dropping, you will have to find out the reasons and work hard to change your fortunes. Here are 5 things you may want to do if your blog is not making enough money anymore:

  • investigate: that’s the first thing you should be doing. I see too many bloggers who make drastic decisions as soon as they start to lose a bit of money. You are going to have a hard time making knowledgeable decisions when you act emotionally.
  • create paid products: relying on ads and affiliate offers to fund your business might work for a while. But affiliate programs come and go, so do advertisers. Your destiny will be in your own hands when you have premium products to offer people. [click to continue…]

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June 23rd in Wordpress by .

Crowdfunding websites have been around for a while. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are just a couple of sites entrepreneurs can use to raise funds for their ideas. You also can create your own crowdfunding site if you feel you have the resources to run those types of sites. CrowdPress is a WordPress theme that works well for these types of sites.

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June 21st in Blogging Tools by .

With Google Reader dying, one has to wonder which Google service is going next. Google Alerts are pretty useful for tracking your favorite topics. But they have not been exactly reliable. The good news is there are other solutions you can pick up to keep up with your favorite topics. TalkerWalker is one of those.

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June 19th in Social Media Marketing by .

Google+ is an amazing community to be a part of. It has been a huge privilege for me to be a part of it and meet so many great friends. Just like any other community, Google+ does have spammers and folks who work hard to ruin other people’s experiences on the site. The good news is you can mute annoying people and ban those who you don’t want to interact with at all. Unfortunately, some folks don’t know what they are doing could get them banned by other members. Here are a few reasons I personally ban people on Google+:

  • community spamming: this is a huge deal on Google+. So many people are sending unwanted community invitations and messages to other Google+ users. I personally mute those folks but a lot of Google+ers will ban you for doing that.
  • spamming with notifications: I personally share all my posts to my public stream. I do not notify people when I post new items. But there are some folks who do. Notifications are a turnoff especially when you receive them from people you don’t know or interact with at all. [click to continue…]

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June 17th in Podcasting by .

In order to produce the best audio work possible, you need to make sure you have the right equipment. Many of us rely on our computers to record audio. There is nothing wrong with that. But you may be able to get better recordings using a dedicated flash recorder. You can’t take your computer everywhere you go easily anyway. Here are 3 premium flash recorders that work when you are recording at home or when traveling:

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Zoom H4n Handy Portable Digital Recorder: a classic audio recorder with built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90 or 120 degree. You get four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics. The device can handle 24bit/96kHz recording. [click to continue…]

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