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Friday, September 2, 2016

Which is Better for Mobile Blogger ? Netbooks vs. Laptops

As a busy WebBlogger, your life constantly involves darting from place to place at break-neck speed, whilst trying to juggle your various streams of freelance work.
To accompany this mad mobile lifestyle (that only the bravest of people choose) you need a tool that can keep up the pace and never drag you down.

So, you go to the computer section of your favorite electronics outlet and you begin to wonder what equipment to purchase. What will best meet your needs?

You wonder, should I get a netbook, should I get a laptop, or something else?

In this post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons for selecting a laptop and a netbook.

About Netbooks

Netbooks–also known as ‘mini-laptops’–are small, lightweight and ultra-portable computers which have been growing in popularity. However, these useful modifications to the laptop do come at a cost. Let’s look at the pros and cons of selecting a netbook.

Netbook Pros

Here are some benefits to selecting a netbook:

They are small and lightweight. This is brilliant for those on the move constantly. Being able to whip it out anywhen and anywhere to type up those final notes or jot out a life plan, is essential for a freelancer of any type. Also, with the ability to shove it into a bag without anyone knowing it is there, you are protected from potential computer-thieves.

Long battery life. The average netbook has a longer battery life, ranging from anywhere between four to over ten hours. When constantly moving in an ever increasingly hectic freelancing lifestyle, knowing that you have the battery life to sustain you on the longest of train journeys, lectures and meetings gives you peace of mind. The irritating beep-beep of a dying battery will seldom be heard.

Money, money, money. Netbooks are noticeably cheaper than regular laptops. So, whilst you are out freelancing your backside off, you can be safe in the knowledge that you still have a chunk of change leftover, compared to your mate who bought a £2500, bright-light, whizz-machine.

    Now that we’ve examined the benefits of selecting a netbook, it’s time to look at some of the disadvantages.

    Netbook Cons

    Here are some disadvantages to selecting a netbook:

    Power. With a netbook you do not have a bright-light, whizz-machine. Netbooks are not as powerful as laptops. They can only handle so much information before their little internal processor screams bye-bye. Sure they cope with MS Office and browse the web pretty effectively, but if you’re a freelancer gamer, a netbook will not cope with this kind of information and should be avoided.

    Small keyboard buttons. It is a known fact that people have been getting taller throughout the ages. With great height comes great big hands. Due to their size, netbooks have tiny little buttons that big fingered guys and gals just won’t be able to type on. There would be a fair few documents written with a ‘dfdshjcvmbvl vkjdfds’ nature. However, major netbook companies are countering this by trying to incorporate full size keys into their newer machines.

    No Disk Drive. There is no disk drive in netbooks. If someone at a freelance networking event has something to show you on CD/DVD and you all confess to owning netbooks, the colleague’s little video or song will have to remain un-witnessed. Also, the ability to be in a meeting whilst watching a Buster Keaton film on DVD, is taken away.

    Now that we’ve discussed the pros and cons of netbooks it’s time to look at laptops.

    About Laptops

    And now we come to the laptop; the bigger brother of the little netbook. These machines have been around for near on 30 years with its ancestor rooted in the IBM 5100 – arguably the first commercial portable computer. Is there still a place for these machines in this day and age?

    Laptop Pros

    Here are some of the advantages of choosing a laptop:

    Larger screen. For those of you with small eyes who need those extra few million pixels to read articles and watch YouTube videos, a laptop is a must-have. With a larger screen you can have multiple files opened up simultaneously, and spread out across the screen, without the need to squint at what you are doing. Also, when people inevitably look over your shoulder to see what you’re up to, they don’t have to lean in so close and freak you out.

    Power. Laptops are far more powerful and can work with extremely complex programming that netbooks would whimper in a corner at. If you’re a freelancer in the field of multi-media, film, music etcetera, having that extra processing power allows you to work on projects that would be impossible on a netbook. There are also some office programs that are far too complex for netbooks to carry out.

    Larger hard-drives. Netbooks do have pretty decent hard-drive sizes, ranging from 60-160GB. However, laptops have huge mammoths containing more information than your own brain. Once more, a larger hard-drive will be dependent on the type of work you are conducting. If you edit HD music videos for a living whilst out and about, get a laptop: if you write little articles on Microsoft Works for a living, consider going elsewhere.

      Now that we’ve examined the advantages of laptops, it’s time to look at some of the disadvantages.

      Laptop Cons

      Here are some of the disadvantages of choosing a laptop:

      Size. Obvious one first: they are huge. Dragging a laptop around with you for hours on end, causes severe sores to the shoulders and back. If you are a constant mover-and-shaker in your line of work, then having the small netbook would be ideal. Then again if you are trying to get a work-out whilst darting from place to place, consider the laptop.

      Battery Life. The battery life is dire compared to a netbook. Imagine a Fiat 500 and a GT 40 heading towards London from Edinburgh; sure the GT 40 is the massive all powerful force cruising along, but it’ll be stopping every half hour for a fill up, whilst the little Fiat put-puts along happily. Another concern is that if you are in a meeting/lecture etcetera and your battery goes down to 3%, who’s the clown trying to find a power source whilst their laptop is screaming beep…beep…beep: you are.

      Money, Money, Money (again). Laptops are generally more expensive that netbooks. All the power comes at a price – like a GT  40 – and if you do not genuinely need the power, then a laptop just isn’t necessary. In this age of austerity in governments and individuals alike, aiming for that pricier option just sometimes isn’t the way.


        The laptop versus netbook debate is completely dependent on the line of work you are engaging in. If you are a freelance writer, constantly out and about, picking up stories, writing articles and sending them out on the web, then get the Net.

        But, if you are freelance rocket scientist (they might exist) then you might want a machine that can handle programs with greater magnitude. 

        In an ideal world, the best recommendation would be a netbook for the bulk of your work and a laptop for your super-happy fun-times. Then again, in an ideal world, you’d be a millionaire without the need to run round like a crazy person, picking up work left right and centre.  

        Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners

        Self-education and the embrace of lifelong learning is becoming a critical mindset to navigate our rapidly changing world. Lifelong learning can be a catalyst for earning more money in your career and it can be a gateway to self-employment. Fortunately, the Internet has made it easier than ever to find the right resources to spark your curiosity and learn what you need to know.

        In this post, You will find online courses and tools to master new skills, learn languages, find classic books, broaden your mind and interact with other lifelong learners.

        Online Courses:

        Take online courses from the world’s best Universities. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide video lectures, structured deadlines and interactive learning communities.

        Coursera – The largest course platform for free MOOCs . Founded by two former Stanford University professors.

        Udacity – Founded by Sebastian Thrun, the creator of the artificial intelligence system behind Google’s self-driving cars. Udacity’s focus is on free MOOCs for improving your knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines.

        EdX – A free MOOC platform developed through a partnership between Harvard, MIT and Berkeley. Expanding rapidly.

        MIT Open Courseware – This ambitious project launched over a decade ago by MIT makes the course materials used in virtually all of MIT’s courses available on the web for free.

        Khan Academy – Salman Khan’s pioneering online academy where you can learn just about any academic subject online for free.

        Saylor – Started by serial entrepreneurial and education futurist Michael Saylor. The Saylor Foundation is a non-profit that provides a free University education that includes written exams and University credits for most of your work.

        iTunes U – Apple’s iTunes University initiative makes it easy to take courses on your iPhone or iPad wherever you go.

        Canvas Network – An open learning network with a growing collection of free online courses. Sign up early for courses, they fill up fast.

        FutureLearn – The United Kingdom’s MOOC initiative has over 40 leading Universities offering free online courses.

        Udemy – The iTunes of learning new digital skills and training for your career.

          Lectures and Video Learning Websites:

          Get inspired by watching short lectures by the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and creators.

          TED – With its slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading” the TED Conference (stands for Technology, Education, Design)  features world’s leading academics, teachers and innovators in easily digestible 18-minute lectures.

          YouTube EDU – Google’s YouTube Education channel. Lots of great educational content, lectures and conference talks conveniently organized.

          Do Lectures – Inspiring talks from people who have set out to change the world.

          Solve For X – A forum established by Google to amplify technology-based solutions to radically challenge the world’s problems.

          Big Think – Short videos with important contemporary thinkers, entrepreneurs and scientists talking about their expertise.

          Fora.TV – Constantly expanding collection of videos from the world’s biggest conferences and events.

          @Google Talks – Innovator thinkers and doers visit Googleplex to give inspiring talks that are posted freely online by Google.

          RSA Animate – Engaging, hand-drawn videos that illustrate important issues in the world today.

          Creative Live – Live workshops taught by world class experts. Free if you mark the talks on your schedule and watch the live streams.

          Reddit Lectures – A busy Reddit community for the latest and greatest video lectures.

            Watch Streaming Documentaries:

            Watching documentaries is a great way to relax and learn new things.
            My Mind Expanding Documentaries List – A collection of thought-provoking documentaries that I have collected from across the web.

            My New 2016 Documentaries List – Watch the best new documentaries of 2016 from Vice, PBS Frontline and other streaming websites.

            My Education Documentaries List – Watch the best documentaries on education, creativity and technology.

            My Social Media Documentaries List – Watch documentaries about the rise of the new social media influencers.

              Digital Skills Portfolios:

              With so much informal learning now happening online, your credentials are less important than what you can do with your knowledge. These platforms are developing alternative forms of accreditation that are based on your practical skills and accomplishments.

              Degreed – Trying to jailbreak the college degree by helping your build a digital, lifelong diploma.

              Pathbrite – Collect, organize and share a lifetime of learning and achievement.

              Smarterer – Benchmark your skills and track what you’ve learned through online skill tests.

              Mozilla’s Open Badges – Get recognition for your skills and achievement by earning digital badges.

              LinkedIn – The professional social networking website has become the new social resume.

                Open Educational Resources:

                Access high-quality education textbooks, get your burning questions answered and explore a world of free digital self-education resources.

                Boundless – Disrupting the big textbook publishers by offering textbooks online, for free.

                Textbook Revolution – Free, open source textbooks if that’s how you want to learn.

                Open Textbooks – Browse college textbooks by subject, which are made freely available online.

                Scribd – Amazing library of digital documents on every imaginable subject.

                Slideshare – Learn new things and find information broken down to the essential bits in this incredible library of digital presentations.

                Creative Commons Education – An open source movement to 
                make educational content freely available online.

                Connexions – A global knowledge sharing community that breaks information down into small, easily-digestible chunks.

                Open Study – Ask. Answer. Understand. Get real-time study help in the world’s largest study group.

                Quora – My favorite question and answer community. Find expert and amateur advice on every imaginable topic.

                iTunes Podcasts – I highly recommend browsing the Podcasts on iTunes. So many incredible free audio shows at your fingertips.

                  DIY Education Communities:

                  Online communities where you can meet other lifelong learners and  build a mastermind community for your own self-education endeavors.

                  Uncollege – The Uncollege movement challenges the notion that you need to go to University to get an education. They provide inspiration and resources for alternative educational paths.

                  Zero Tuition College – A community of self-directed learners that provide mentoring to each other.

                  The Public School – A school with no curriculum. A framework for self-education and auto-didactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.

                  Meetup – Find interesting meetups and meet new people in your local area. Or start your own meetup, join a mastermind group or create a new learning community.

                  P2PU – An open education community for lifelong learning leveraging open source education materials, collaborative learning and an evolving system that gives learners recognition for their achievements.

                  Liberal Arts: Study The Classics

                  A great way to get inside the minds of civilization greatest thinkers is to read their books.

                  The Liberal Arts 4-Year Reading List – Study the essential classical books and educate yourself in the liberal arts by reading a book every 2 weeks for 4 years (or pick the ones that interest you the most). The first year covers Greek authors; the second year is from Roman, medieval, Renaissance periods; the third year is the books of the 17th and 18th centuries and the fourth year covers books from the 19th and 20th centuries.

                  The Classics – Free Ebooks Reading List – A collection of classic ebooks that you can read online for free.

                  A Lifetime’s Reading: The World’s 500 Greatest Books – Compiled by the prolific Philip Ward,  a librarian, scholar, editor and author of more than 50 books.

                  Great Books of the Western World – 161 books essential books of the West on Wikipedia.

                  The Western World’s 500 Greatest Books – An excellent collection of over 500 books from Western civilization with links to where you can read them on Project Gutenberg.

                  Great Literature of the Eastern World – I couldn’t find an equivalent book of Eastern books online but this book apparently covers the major works of prose, poetry and drama from China, India, Japan, Korea and the Middle East.

                  Classic Reader – Search and access an online library of 3800+ mostly classic books.

                  Planet Ebook – Read 80+ free classic books for free on your computer or mobile device.

                  Project Gutenberg – Read over 42,000 free books in the massive Project Gutenberg archive. Download many of them directly to Kindle or other mobile reading formats. Amazing resource for self-education.

                    Find and Share Amazing Books:

                    Discover new books that you can read online or find at your local library and connect with other people reading similar books.
                    1. Good Reads – A massive social network (recently acquired by Amazon) for discovering new books and sharing the books you love.
                    2. Book Yards – 1000s of more free ebooks easily browsable by author or category.
                    3. Read Print Library – A social network “where books and people meet”.
                    4. Library Thing – A community of 1.6 million book lovers. Meet and share stories with people who have similar taste or are reading the same books you are.

                    Self-Knowledge and Wisdom:

                    Educating the mind without awakening the heart is no education at all. Explore religious texts to develop your self-knowledge and awaken to the spiritual dimension that gives life meaning and richness.
                    1. Internet Sacred Text Archive – Read the sacred texts from the world’s major religions and other less institutionalized religions like Sufism, Gnosticism, Tantrism, Taoism, Shamanism and more.
                    2. Sacred Books of the East – Browse and read public domain copies of 50 of the most important books of Eastern philosophy and civilization.
                    3. Virtual Religious Index – Extensive link collection maintained by Rutgers University of websites with informative religious content. Categorized by religion as well as ancient religions, archaeology and philosophy.
                    4. Meta Religion – Internet project for educating people in a multidisciplinary view of the religion, spiritual and the world of esoteric phenomena.
                    5. Sacred Destinations – Places of great spiritual power around the world that you can explore and plan to visit one day.
                    6. Religion Facts – Get your religious questions answered on this site.
                    7. Spiritual Reality Power of Meditation – Freedom from compulsory thoughts is the gateway to wisdom and a true understanding of who you are. This YouTube video is one of the best introductions to meditation.

                    Education Depositories and Tools:

                    Some great digital tools for furthering your self-education and lifelong learning.
                    1. Learnist – Browse and create your own online learning collections. Lots of great content to enjoy.
                    2. MentorMob – Discover and create your own learning playlists. Similar to Learnist.
                    3. Kibin – A proof-reading and editing community that can help you improve your writing. You can either pay or proof-read other people’s work and get credit for it.
                    4. Library of Congress – The de facto national library of the United States of America and the largest library in the world. Most of it is accessible online.
                    5. BBC Learning – Huge collection of learning resources from the BBC. Find online courses, video clips and educational games.

                    Learn New Languages:

                    The best way to learn is to travel. To travel well, you’re probably going to want to learn the local languages. Here are the best ways to do it fast.
                    1. Duolingo – My favorite free language learning website. Totally gamified learning process where you can learn for free by translating content while you learn. Their iPhone app is great too.
                    2. Memrise – Innovative memorizing system for learning new languages.
                    3. Live Mocha – The largest language learning community online that I know of.
                    4. BBC Languages – Great language learning resources freely provided by the BBC.

                    Self-Education Toolbox:

                    Here are my favorite tools for managing my own self-education and creative projects. I prefer digital tools with seamless cloud-based syncing across computers and mobile devices.
                    1. Evernote – Outsource part of your brain to Evernote. Much more than just notes synced across all your devices. You can also take photos of pages or items and search them later with full text recognition, record voice memos, organized your research and collaborate seamlessly with colleagues on projects.
                    2. Feedly –  The best Google Reader alternative for grabbing RSS feeds from your favorite blogs. Syncs with iPhone, iPad and Android too.
                    3. Flipboard – Find interactive content from the web’s best sources and curate your own digital magazine of the websites, articles, videos and photos that inspire you.
                    4. Pocket – Save articles and information on websites you like to read later online or offline on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
                    5. Diigo – My favorite tool for organizing bookmarks by keyword, highlighting text online and posting sticky notes to read important things later. Accessible from any computer or mobile device.
                    6. Trello – An essential tool for keeping yourself organized and accountable with to-do lists, workflow and flexible deadlines. Also excellent for collaborative learning projects. In one glance, know what’s being worked on, who’s working on it and keep up-to-date with your colleagues progress with private Twitter-like social project stream. Great mobile support on iPhone, iPad and Android.
                    7. Google Apps – Free web-based email with Gmail, calendar to set reminders and schedule your life, and documents for collaborative study anytime, anywhere.
                    8. Toggl – Easy time and task tracking for your creative projects. Get an instant breakdown of which projects are consuming your time. For freelance business projects, Harvest has better invoicing and tax features.
                    9. MindMeister – Create mind maps for brainstorming and organizing where you creative ideas lead you.
                    10. Wunderlist – Create and share to-do lists and easily set reminders from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

                    Self-Discipline Tools:

                    Self-discipline rarely comes naturally so these digital tools are great for setting goals, accountability and tracking progress.
                    1. Cojourneo – A new app in beta-testing for setting goals and achieving them.
                    2. 43Things – A goal setting community with 3 million members.
                    3. Day Zero Project – Make lists of your goals and turn them into a challenge.
                    4. Everest App – An iPhone app that helps you achieve personal goals.
                    5. RescueTime – An excellent time management and productivity tool. See where you’re wasting your time and break the habit.
                    6. Pomodoro App – My favorite productivity tool. The scientifically-proven Pomodoro method breaks down your work or study projects into easily managed 25 minute chunks with 5 minute breaks in-between.

                    Recommended Reading:

                    All education is self-education, a good teacher can only point the way, we have to do the work. Interesting perspectives on how education is being revolutionized by the Internet and information abundance.
                    1. Weapons of Mass Instruction (John Taylor Gatto)
                    2. Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will (Dale J. Stephens)
                    3. The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late (Michael Ellsberg)
                    4. The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (Salman Khan)
                    5. Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree (Blake Boles)
                    6. DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Anya Kamenetz)
                    7. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (John Taylor Gatto)
                    8. Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better (John Holt)
                    9. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Chris Guillebeau)
                    10. Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Peter Gray)
                    11. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School (Neil Postman)
                    12. Stop Stealing Dreams: What Is School For? (Seth Godin)
                    13. Deschooling Society (Ivan Illich)
                    14. Teaching As A Subversive Activity (Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner)
                    15. Education and the Significance of Life (Jiddhu Krishnamurti)

                    Critical Thinking Resources:

                    If you’re going to follow the path of self-education these resources can help you sharpen your critical thinking skills.
                    1. Think Again: How to Reason and Argue – Improve your ability to assess arguments other people make and learn how to construct good arguments of your own.
                    2. Critical Thinking in Global Challenges – Interesting course that teaches you how to assess information and develop reasoned arguments in the context of global challenges facing our world.
                    3. Trivium Education – An excellent website dedicated to the Trivium, an ancient system of grammar, logic and rhetoric that provides the intellectual tools to establish clarity and consistency of personal thought. It used to be the cornerstone of a classical liberal education through the study of essential 7 liberal arts and sciences but it is now largely absent from schools.
                    4. Trivium Resources – An excellent collection of Trivium resources from online free thinking community Tragedy and Hope. I recommend starting with the 5-page summary of the Trivium method for critical thinking and creative problem solving.
                    5. The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric – The classic book by Sister Miriam Joseph that teaches the Trivium and how it can be used to improve your faculties of intelligence and reasoning.

                    More Lifelong Learning Resources:

                    1. Meta-Learning – 70 pages of the Meta-Learning section of Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Chef book.
                    2. Google World Wonders Project – Google brings to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
                    3. Google Art Project – Explore collections from art museums around the world with thousands of artworks photographed in extremely high resolution.
                    4. National Geographic Education – Cultivate your knowledge of the world’s geography and countries.

                    A big thank you goes to for the image at the top.

                    How do make domain/website popular?

                    First of all you have to make your website SEO friendly after that you need to figure out the bugs & errors in your website so that it can be improved. To make your website popular you need to update your website regularly with new content, information, knowledge and news. 

                    Although while doing this you have make your website a brand and go according to the guidelines given by Google. One more thing you need to be more assured of the website design as the responsive design and mobile-friendly websites are having more popularity then less-responsive sites. So, keep this thing also in mind.

                    The following recommendations are more common and don’t require that creativity as in case with content. 

                    General needs 
                    no typos and bugs on the site 

                    a web feed (RSS, Atom) for your visitors to stay updated 
                    one of the widgets of any social network 
                    Social icons 
                    call-to-action functionality like polls 

                    Minimal and simple style
                    More white space 
                    Large icons and short titles 
                    Background custom video or high quality image 
                    Top or side menu at fixed position 

                    Website optimization 
                    Apply appropriate meta tags 
                    titles is the most important part, descriptions are supportive 
                    Adjust URLs to be appropriate to site headings 
                    Use special characters (dashes would be great) for multiple words in URLs 
                    Don’t spread a high amount of backlinks in a short period of time 
                    Submit only natural backlinks 
                    Try to get to DMOZ 
                    Make sure that Sitemap.xml is not missing 
                    Use Google Analytic tool to track website traffic

                    There's many strategies to make a website popular, but generally all successful websites have a few things in common:

                    • Content. Useful, engaging content will keep users coming back to your site once they find it. It will also cause users to become advocates of your website and share it with their friends.
                    • Advertising. Whether it be online or offline, targeting advertising will let users know your website exists and build awareness.
                    • Good SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). SEO allows search engines to know what kind of content you have your site, and helps boost where in search results your site appears so users can find it. This has to do with how you build your site and how your tweak your content so it's more keyword targeted (apologies to any SEO experts who may have read that and winced at my oversimplification).

                    1) Optimize your site for search engines : Search engines have always been a major way to get traffic for free. That is why you need to do your homework and optimize your site so that it ranks well for the keywords you target. SEO is still the most powerful way to get traffic for free and you really need to invest some time and efforts in the optimization of your site. SEO is not that difficult and if you want to get familiar with it in a nutshell, check our SEO Tutorial. If you are too busy for that, you can start with the 15 Minute SEO article.  

                    ALSO READ :Best Way to Build Your Website

                    2) Frequently update the contents of your site : If you expected some shocking secrets revealed, you might be a bit disappointed. One of the first steps in getting traffic for free is trivial but vital – get great content and frequently update it. In terms of SEO, content is king. If your content is good and frequently updated you will not only build a loyal audience of recurring visitors, who will often come to see what is new, but search engines will also love your site.  

                    3) Take advantage of social bookmarking sites : Social bookmarking sites (especially the most popular among them) are another powerful way to get traffic for free. If you want to learn how to do it, check the How to get Traffic from Social Bookmarking sites article, where we have explained what to do if you want to get free traffic from sites such as Digg, Delicious, etc.  

                    4) Use your Twitter and Facebook accounts : Social networks are also a way to get traffic for free. If you are popular on networks, such as Twitter or Facebook, the traffic you get from there can easily surpass the traffic from Google and the other search engines. It is true that building a large network of targeted followers on Twitter and supporters on Facebook takes a lot of time and effort but generally the result is worth.  

                    5) Get links with other sites in your niche : Another way to get traffic for free is from other sites in your niche. Getting links with other sites in your niche is also good for SEO, especially if you manage to get links without the famous nofollow attribute. But even if the links are nofollow (i.e. they are useless for SEO), they still help to get traffic to your site. 

                    6) Use any chance to promote your site for free : Free promotion is always welcome, so don't neglect it. There are many ways to promote your site for free and some of the most popular ones include free classified ads, submissions to directories, inclusion in various listings, etc. It is true that not all free ways to promote your site work well but if you select the right places to promote your site for free, this can also result in tons of traffic. 

                    7) Create a free product or service : Content drives most traffic when you offer something useful. There are many types of useful content you can create and they largely depend on the niche of your site. You can have articles with tons of advice, or short tips but one of the most powerful ways to get traffic is to create a free product or service. When this product or service gets popular and people start visiting your site, chances are that they will visit the other sections of the site as well.  

                    8) Use viral content : Free products and services are great for getting free traffic to your site and one of the best varieties in this aspect is viral content. Viral content is called so because it distributes like a virus – i.e. when users like your content, they send it to their friends, post it on various sites, and promote it for free in many different ways.

                    9) Use offline promotion : Offline promotion is frequently forgotten but it is also a way to get traffic for free. Yes, computers are everywhere and many people spend more time online than offline but still life hasn't moved completely on the Web. Offline promotion is also very powerful and if you know how to use it, this can also bring you many visitors. Some of the traditional offline ways to promote your site include printing its URL on your company's business cards and souvenirs or sticking it on your company vehicles. You can also start selling T-shirts and other merchandise with your logo and this way make your brand more popular.  

                    10) Include your URL in your signature : URLs in forum signatures are also a way to get traffic for free. There are forums, which get millions of visitors a day and if you are a popular user on such a forum, you can use this to get traffic to your site.

                    Security tips for Web Bloggers to stay protect online

                    Nowadays, people access blogs for exchanging ideas with others. Bloggers retain their blogs and constantly update them either for financial benefits of just out of passion.
                    Worldwide Blogging is considered as a serious business by many people as for some it is the main source of income, while other bloggers just get some extra income out of it. Keeping this in mind and also the fact that blogs are considered being the 5th most trustworthy source of information that you can find on the internet, if you own a blog you should definitely consider any available options for protecting it.

                    Malware infection on blogsMalware infection is a common “harm” that can be caused to your blog, believe it or not, as cyber criminals are very creative in doing their malicious work. Some sources of infection for your blog can be:

                    • Your web hosting control panel
                    • Infected advertisement banners
                    • Breaking the administrator password
                    • Code injections in the blog’s HTML
                    • Plugins integrating with your blogging platform

                    Checking whether your blog is infectedWhen you created your blog, you may had thought that marketing and writing skills are all you needed to have. Well that would be wrong. A blog owner needs to know how to keep the blog data protected and which measures to take for staying protected against cyber-attacks. You can define whether your blog is infected by the presence of these symptoms:

                    • The appearance of your blog has changed and your content and graphics replaced by others (website defacement).
                    • Your blog’s visitors are prompted to download and install apps like Java or Flash player just upon their visit to the blog’s page.
                    • You receive an error message when you try to access the blog.
                    • You see banners about guns, drugs etc. appearing.
                    • Immediately when you try to access the blog you get redirected to another site (URL redirects).
                    • You receive notifications from your hosting providers about spam alerts coming from your site.
                    Here are 7 important tips for keeping your blog secure

                    1) Set strong passwords
                    Any accounts that are connected to your blog should have a strong password while you should avoid using the same password (despite its complexity) for all your accounts and apply 2 factor authentication. All the above should be combined with frequent password changes.

                    2) Control access to the blogYou should create a new administrator account and delete the existing default one as the cyber criminals tend to target these accounts. You also need to define the access rights for all the user accounts and delete those that belong to users to post irrelevant content.

                    3) Maintain an updated blogging platformBe sure to immediately apply any updates that are released for your platform as these will also close any recently discovered security holes.

                    4) Regularly backup your blogYour blog’s database needs to be regularly backed-up, so be sure to include this in your schedule. This can be done either with the use of a web hosting package (which includes automatic back-ups) or can be performed manually. At least 2 copies of the blog’s database should be retained.

                    5) Update your pluginsAlways keep your plugins updated as cyber criminals will use the vulnerabilities that exist for harming your blog and also delete any old plugins that you don’t use anymore.

                    6) Use only themes from trusted sourcesIf you plan to install a theme that was not obtained from a trusted source, just don’t as you risk of having malicious code installed on your website.

                    7) Protect your computer from malwareWhile ensuring your blog’s security is important, retaining a clean and safe computer, equipped with a good antivirus and a malware blocking tool is important too and of course always keeping it up to date by installing the latest application and security updates.

                    Best iPhone Tricks for run !Phone easy

                    Charge your phone faster with a single button press.
                    Tired of waiting for your phone to recharge? Well, there is a way to speed up the re-juicing process, and it's surprisingly simple — just engage Airplane mode. By knocking out all your phone's Wi-Fi-searching, data-draining communication skills, it takes the strain off your battery while it's being powered up. Not hugely, true — but if you're pressed for time and looking to eke out every bit of juice, that extra 4% you'll add in 30 minutes connected to the mains could make all the difference.

                    Shave seconds off of your searches. 
                    When it comes to finding out the latest league standings or proving a point, getting where you need to go on the internet is all about speed and precision — something missing when you're forced to knock out type-heavy web addresses. So save time by holding down the period icon while typing out an address to bring up a short-cut series of URL suffixes. From the classic (.com) to the less used (.edu, .ie), there are quick hit shortcuts for all.

                    Discover exactly what your phone knows about you. 
                    Slightly sinisterly, your iPhone is always gathering data on you in the background — be it the apps you're using the most, how much data you're churning through... or even, most creepily, where you are. To see what we mean, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. Here you can see not just where you've been, but how long you've spent in each place.

                    Replace a toolbox essential. 
                    You've probably filed away the Compass app alongside the Stocks and Find Friends apps in a folder entitled 'Crap I can't delete'. You should pull it back out, though — it's got a secret second function that will help with your DIY duties. No: not using your iPhone to hammer in nails (although it can — briefly — do that too). Instead, swiping left in the Compass app brings up a very useful level — a digital bubble gauge than can check if that shelf really is level. 

                    Lock your camera's focal point. 
                    We all know that tapping the screen while taking a photo will set the camera's point of focus, right? Good. Annoyingly though, every time you move the camera after picking a focal point, it disappears. Well, no more. Instead of just tapping the screen, press for a second or two until an 'AF Locked' box pops up. Now you can twist, turn and swing the thing around without losing focus.

                    Create custom vibrations. 
                    Ever wished you could tell who's calling just by how your phone feels buzzing against your leg? Now you can: In Contacts, select your person of choice and hit Edit. Here you'll see a Vibration option. Selecting this will give you plenty of options, including the Create New Vibration tool. Making your bespoke buzz is as simple as tapping the screen to the beat of your choice.

                    Correct Siri's pronunciation. 
                    Siri's a bit of a smug know-it-all — so  there's nothing better than calling it on its mistakes. Like when it mispronounces peoples' names like an ignorant American abroad. So if Siri says something wrong, just tell it. Following up a mistake by saying "That's not how you pronounce…" will see Siri ask for the correct pronunciation then let you check it's got things right. Because we all know it's Levi-O-sa, not Levi-o-SAR.

                    Close three apps at once. 
                    It's not just pictures and web pages that support multi-finger gestures. You can throw additional digits into clearing up your iPhone clutter too. If you need to shut multiple applications in a hurry — for totally innocent, not hiding anything, honest reasons — you can drag three fingers up on the multitasking menu to cull the clutter quicker. Which means your phone should be faster in even less time.

                    Set your music on a timer. 
                    Enjoy listening to a little soothing background music as you drift off to the Land of Nod? Then you're probably all too familiar with waking up at 3am to some unwanted tunes. Unless, of course, you set your music to turn off on a timer. In the Clock app, slide along to the Timer options. Here under the 'When Time Ends' tag, you can switch out the alarm option for a 'Stop Playing' tag. This will turn off the tunes, be it through Apple Music or Spotify, when the timer hits zero.

                    Take a photo without touching your phone. 
                    An oldie but a goodie iPhone hack is using your volume control buttons to capture a picture — thus saving  your meaty paw blocking the screen as you attempt to hit the touchscreen controls. But if you prefer to be even further removed from your photo-capturing shutter controls? Hitting the volume button on a pair of compatible, connected headphones will have the same effect.

                    Save your data allowance by limiting app access. 
                    You're just a third of the way through the month, and your 2GB data allowance is already starting to look a little stretched. You don't have to cut back on your on-the-go Netflix viewing though. Instead, select which apps get demoted to the Wi-Fi-only B-list. Go to Settings > Mobile Data where you can make the big decisions one app at a time.

                    Improve your battery life. 
                    Spotlight, Apple's connected quick-access for key data and services, is great for offering instant access to the latest breaking news, sports scores and social updates. But that much stuff going on in the background can eat your battery life whole. Unless you turn off Spotlight features for certain apps to eke out more life per charge, that is. "How?" we hear you cry? Just go Settings > General > Spotlight Search and limit what's pulling in data behind your back.

                    Improve your signal by knowing where to look for it. 
                    No need to hang out of a first floor window trying to discover where your iPhone's connection is best. Type *3001#12345#* into your iPhone's dialler and hit call to launch the hidden Field Mode tool. This sub-surface menu turns your bar chart-based signal indicator into a far more straightforward numerical-based signal signifier. Got a score of -50? Then you'll be enjoying HD video streams on the move. Down around -120, though, and you'll struggle to send a text. Just follow the numbers to better signals.

                    Find out exactly how long you've been waiting for a reply. 
                    We've all been there: endlessly rechecking our phones for a text reply, wondering how long it's been since we sent our message of love/ ransom demand. There's an easy way to find out, though - simply swipe in from the right-hand side of the screen when in a messaging thread, to show precise delivery times for every message sent and received. True: it's not as morale-beating as WhatsApp's blue ticks, but it will still give you a complex over why it's taking over 42 minutes for your other half to reply. Do affairs really take that long?

                    Share your family tree with Siri. 
                    Does referring to your parents by their given name make you feel awkward? Then teach Siri to know who you're chatting about. Ask Siri to call your dad and the digital PA should ask who your father is. Once a contact has been assigned to the parental moniker, every time you ask for pops moving forward, you'll be backed up by simple, fuss-free calling.

                    Swipe right to retreat. 
                    For iPhone-owning Android converts, living without a dedicated back button can be a difficult adjustment to make. While the iPhone might not have an ever-present command to put things in reverse, there is a simple way to head in the wrong direction. Within a number of apps — from Safari to Mail, via Messages — swiping from left to right on the screen will send you back to the previous page or menu.