May 24th in Blogging Tips by Panah Rad .
Recording videos and audio podcast episodes outside your studio is going to bring its own challenges. You are going to have to deal with unwanted noises and other issues when recording in a room that is not acoustically treated. There are ways to get rid of your computer noise when recording your sessions though. Here are 5 ways to do just that:
Buy a quiet PC: there are places you can pick up computers optimized for studios. Their makers use foams and other material to reduce the noise coming out of the machines they sell. You could also replace your old computer’s fans with quiet ones to make it less noisy. It really comes down to how much money you have to spend on this. [click to continue…]
May 22nd in Blogging Tools by Panah Rad .
Many folks are making a good living publishing books to Amazon and other online e-book stores. As long as you have the talent for writing, there is no reason you should not pursue your dreams. You do need to track your sales and performance to make sure you are reaching your goals. NovelRank is a handy tool that tracks your sales rank and gives you an idea which months have been the best for you.
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May 20th in Wordpress by Panah Rad .
Micro job sites such as Fiverr have been around for a while. You could find talent to help with your projects or get some paid work on those. Creating micro job sites may not be a bad idea for businesses. The Pricerr Theme is a professional theme that turns your WordPress site into a job site.
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May 18th in Blogging Tips by Panah Rad .
In the past couple of years I have seen many bloggers recommend others to publish guests post to gain links back from popular sites. That is not a bad idea if you don’t go overboard with it. Recently I have seen many bloggers who have been forced to remove guests post due to their sites being penalized by Google. While I have written about the importance of building quality links, I have never been a fan of just publishing guest posts one after another on any of our sites. Here are a few reasons for that:
- quality writers are rare: Not every writer you find can write well. We simply don’t publish all the posts that people send us. No matter how new your website, you need to have some quality control or your brand will suffer.
- dishonest authors: we did publish a few guest posts in our blog network in the past. Unfortunately, some of those authors switched links on us or published the very same posts on other sites. Getting flagged for having duplicate content is never fun.
- maintaining our unique voice: publishing a couple of guests posts won’t take away from your blog or your voice that your visitors have gotten used to. But if you are publishing a couple of guests posts every day, that will dilute your presence. I have even seen bloggers who take weeks off and let guest posters do the writing for them. That’s not a great idea if you want your loyal readers to stay interested in your community. [click to continue…]
May 14th in Blogging Tools by Panah Rad .
Google Reader is dying. It is quite a huge deal for us bloggers. I don’t know about you but I have over 1200 feeds that I track with Google Reader. Unfortunately, Google is not going to keep Google Reader around past July 1, 2013. That does not mean RSS is completely dead. You will just have to find other ways to manage your feeds. Here are 4 tools you can use to manage your RSS feeds:
Great News: a desktop application that lets you save and organize your feeds on your computer. It is not perfect but it does what it promises. All your articles are stored locally, so you won’t lose any article. [click to continue…]
May 8th in Stuff by Panah Rad .
VPN services should not need any introduction to business users. They help you keep your privacy while browsing the Internet. It is true that many torrent downloaders are relying on VPN sites to avoid getting tracked. But there are many legitimate uses for VPN services. They are especially useful for business users who are constantly traveling.
Not all VPN services are the same. Some promise a lot and don’t deliver. Then there are some that are slow and have non-existent customer service. With these VPN services, you don’t have to worry about those issues:
BolehVPN: provides you with proxied servers and lets you surf anonymously. It is useful when you are using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Your activity is logged by these guys. [click to continue…]
May 6th in Blogging Tools by Panah Rad .
We all use images on our sites. Blog posts without any images are plain boring and tend to get less attention anyway. Some bloggers believe they can just include any image they find online in their posts. That can’t be further from the truth. Including copyrighted material on your site without giving credit or asking for permission could get you in trouble. That’s where Alamy comes into play. It helps you find royalty free and premium images for your site.
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