This was rather frustrating. I just wiped my Asus Transformer 101 for the gazillioneth time and started over. I added my geekmom google account and them added google bookmarks from GooglePlay. I then started to install Instagram and received the following message:
error retrieving information from server rpc s-7 aec-7
Say what? I tried removing the cache from the apps, resetting the apps, restarting, etc. Everything possible without drastic measures. Nothing. It eventually reverted to a more generic error when I used the factory default GooglePlay App with an error of 101.
I had two more options: 1) remove everything and start over or 2) remove my google account.
I tried option 2 first. It worked. All I had to do was remove the google account and then add it back. I did try searching on google and found all of these ridiculous and unneeded hacks. It takes no more than a few seconds to readd your google account. If you always sync and backup your google, then you won’t have a problem.
So remember, before trashing everything try removing your GooglePlay app cache first. If this doesn’t work then you might need to just remove and readd your google account. If this doesn’t work then you will probably just have to reset your tablet. Any other options, please do list them in the comments :)
Why Tumblr is Better than WordPress
I will probably eat my words later once I have a few tumblr blogs banned, but I thought I would let you know why I’m liking tumblr better than WordPress.
What I like About Tumblr
It’s just easier to use. The dumbed down interface of “click on a format and insert your link” makes it a lot easier to use.
You rely on tumblr and not google for searches. I’ve had it with google. Ever since those chicks stole my name I had put my business on hold because google was not cooperating with me. Now I’m back and I’ve found tumblr to be much more forgiving when finding readers.
You can easily comment on other people’s posts and like them while getting new followers.
Did I mention is was easy? I find it is also faster than WordPress. I’m talking about the self-hosted WordPress. I don’t blog on the regular WordPress blog because of their lack of support for affiliate marketing.
It ranks high in Google. Yes it does! Both Tumblr and Blogger seem to rank high in google when you get followers. It’s a nice change since google has seemed to stop liking self-hosted WordPress blogs. Well, any WordPress blogs. I don’t see many WordPress hosted blogs up in google these days either. What’s up with that?
What Do I Not Like About Tumblr?
- Supposedly it isn’t affiliate marketing friendly. I guess we’ll find out about this.
- Way too much porn. I don’t have a problem with people getting their own porn, but does it have to be EVERYWHERE?
- You can’t comment without tumbling. What if I didn’t want to tumbl something? How do you leave a comment? I guess the whole point is to tumbl.
- Tumblr will supposedly delete your account without warning. WTF is that about? Maybe it would be better if tumblr allowed people to pay for affiliate placement blogs? It just seems like a pain to build a whole blog just to have it removed. Put an email capture on it, do something to get in contact with your customers just in case tumblr decides to go all nazi on you.
In this project I have tumblr blog that I use for political purposes. I find links about politics, law, politicians, etc. and post to the blog. Since I’m a Republican/Libertarian person most of it centers on conservative links and flaming the opposite side. Since this blog is also a hobby blog, I haven’t set parameters on what I want to do with this. This will change today. The current parameters are:
- Find all the links you can about politics.
- Post them on tumblr with a short commentary and keywords.
- Tumblr feeds a personal facebook timeline and a twitter account.
- Follow a few people per day.
- Tumbl other people’s blogs with commentary.
Now, this hasn’t been working out that great. The facebook people rarely visit the blog, they seem to just comment on the title or maybe they read the article and then come back to comment on facebook, I don’t know. Twitter seems to be about the same.
- I have gained only 8 followers in a few days. I seem to average only about 1 to 2 followers per day.
- I have posted 167 times.
- I only have about 20 notes. I don’t know if this is in a time frame or all together.
- I’ve started to post the links in related facebook groups, but that doesn’t seem to matter yet.
- My average google adsense hit seems to be 25 impressions per day with no clicks.
I will do the following daily to keep it up:
- Follow 200 tumblr blogs per day. This is hard to do when you niche, but it can be done. Unfollow and follow 200 per day again when I reach 5,000. I may or may not do this part.
- “Like” 200 tumblr blogs per day.
- Tumbl as many as necessary to get my point across. This blog isn’t about statistics, but my message. I’m more interested in alerting the nation than anything else.
I will keep you updated through the tag tumblr project 2 and let you know what happens. It’s more of a hobby blog, but we’ll see if it gains any momentum with what I’m doing. There is a google adsense link on it and I have earned a penny. LOL
I know, I know. People are going to say that Tumblr is not a good source of affiliate income because it is just a blog platform and tumblr deletes blogs with affiliate codes. This is not entirely true. I don’t know why tumblr deletes blogs. I know people who have had tumblr blogs removed after having close to 50K followers and no affiliate links at all. There seems to be no rhyme or reason why they do it.
- I’m going to do a test. It was recommended to me that I do the following:
- Create a tumblr blog in a specific niche.
- Add my own content.
- Like, not reblog, other people’s work.
- Follow 5000 people then unfollow and then follow 5,000 more
Supposedly, this is the formula to get more tumblr followers. I haven’t perfected this. The most tumblr followers I have is 600, but I never work on the blog. I’ll touch it maybe every 2 or 3 months and it’s pretty stagnant. I rarely get new followers. They say I can follow up to 200 blogs per day and follow up to 5,000 people. They also say I can only post and reblog up to 250 posts per day.
This is all speculation. This comes from tumblr bloggers on articles over 3 years old because Google has a nasty way of showing docs that are way too old in the horrible new search algorithms. It’s impossible to find anything on google right away these days so I just stopped using it.
I will update on my tumblr results through this blog, but on different posts. Search for the tag tumblr project 1 for any updates.
Sometimes you might not want your friends to see who your other friends are. This is especially important if you are a network marketer and you don’t want your friends to hit up on your friends for business. It’s real easy to do:
1. Open your timeline
2. Click on Friends
3. Click the Edit button at the top of the page.
4. Select Edit Privacy
5. Select Only Me in the “Who can see your friends list” section
Remember that mutual friends will still be visible to others.
Did you know that you can link to certain parts of a YouTube video where watchers can click and jump to any part of the video you specify? It’s not hard at all and makes it easier for your users to navigate through your video by adding a set of bookmarks or links in the description or anywhere you want to link your video. First, you need to watch your own video and make a note of the time to mark where to start. Then, make a link to the video and add the following syntax to the end of the link: #t=02m21s where #t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds.
For example, if you want a video to start at 2 minutes and 21 seconds when the user clicks on the link then just add #t=02m21s at the end of the YouTube URL. Take my video about social sharing your Instagram pictures on other social networks. If you didn’t care about sharing on Twitter or Facebook and you only cared about sharing on Pinterest, then the link would look similar to this:
Go ahead, click on it. You will see it opens a new window and specifically puts the video at 1 minute and 9 seconds where I begin talking about Pinterest.
Some people put this in their description like this:
1:09 Use Pinterest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvG3x_4J8jg#t=01m09s
So the user knows where to click to find Pinterest.
This can also be good for video gaming, hints, treasure hunt games, and all kinds of different social networking and Internet fun. Try it out and see if you can do it. It might make it a lot easier for your users to find information a lot faster.
I’ve been producing web content and working from home since 2001 running geekmom.net and several other blogs and services. Back then blogs were called content management sites or CMS systems until the name “blog” or b-log became popular. While I slowly built up a group of people because I was also working on other projects and not dedicated a lot of time to building my site, others came along and dominated the market. Huge voices like John Chow, Jeremy Shoemaker, and Ray Higdon to name a few.
When one of these content masters speak, I listen because they always have something important to teach me. Whether it is a concept I already know about or it is completely new, I walk away with information I can use every time. I think it is very important for you, whether you work from home in a network marketing group or if you’re running a blog and selling content, that you show up to this webinar and listen to what Ray Higdon has to say about content marketing on the web.
Now, building a blog isn’t difficult if you do it right. If you have a topic and you know how to write decent English then all you need to do is find some web hosting and a domain name to get started. Add on an affiliate program or two and be off! These speakers bring more to the table than just how to get your blog started. Not only do they offer expertise in building your blog, but they prove that you can be successful just like they are.
I challenge you to attend the seminar on Wednesday and listen to what Ray Higdon has to say. I think you will walk away with some very important information that will help grow your business or get started on a new online business with a lot of enthusiasm and determination. Whatever you take away from the webinar will spur you on to making money online. Register below and I’ll see you there!
It used to be that you only received a small portion of your referrals swagbucks, but for those familiar with swagbucks you will be happy to know they have changed it so the affiliate receives 10% for life. I don’t know if this is for only new signups or of if it is with all of your signups.
For those who do not know what swagbucks is, it is a program where you get rewards for doing tasks such as watching movies, rating sites and videos, and even doing web searches. You can trade your earnings called swagbucks in for giftcards from places like starbucks and amazon.com.
Click on swagbucks for more info.
First, I’m going to answer the most commonly asked question by marketers who aren’t familiar with social networking. What is a hashtag? A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by the UNIX hash symbol or more commonly known to others as the phone pound sign. The hashtag is used on certain social media for finding like phrases and/or words so people can easily find others with the same interests. The hashtag has become so popular that people also use it in phrases where it will never be used in social media and some people have even started to use it in normal sentences while speaking.
For this little exercise I’m going to just use either facebook or twitter as the example so you can familiarize yourself with why and how to use a hashtag.
Open either facebook or twitter and in the search field type #networkmarketing. Notice that it shows where other people have used the words network marketing in one big word with the hashtag. These might be great people to follow if you’re trying to learn more about the business side of network marketing or you’re looking for a product to buy or even people to prospect. Now type it without the hashtag. On twitter your results might be a little similar, but facebook goes a little crazy and adds tlds (top level domains) or other unwanted verbage to your text. By using the hashtag symbol both Twitter and Facebook know that you are using something specific.
It is also used by companies to promote products or to get a group of people together who are familiar with the phrase to start a trend. Phrases such as #LifeIsGood are used by people wanting to express how much fun their lives are. Sometimes people make up irrelevant ones that no one will ever search, but can be used to stress a point or be amusing.
The sky is the limit on what you can use for a hashtag. If you want to know what is popular on certain sites, you can find lists of popular hashtags:
For Instagram you can use: http://top-hashtags.com/instagram/
For Twitter, just look at the side bar of your twitter profile or visit http://www.hashtags.org/trending-on-twitter/
For facebook I haven’t found a reliable source because it just doesn’t seem that popular to hashtag your facebook items as of yet.
Should you use random hashtags that mean nothing to people? I guess it depends. If you’re trying to make a statement then I would say do it, but if you are trying to group like words together and your word or phrase is obscure then no one is going to find the keywords. Using hashtags is a growing trend that doesn’t seem like it is going to go away. If you are searching for prospects or customers it might benefit you to search for hashtags related to your products. People looking to lose weight might put #helpmeloseweight or #IAmSoFat just for fun. Search for #mlm or #NeedAJob to find more niche people. Get creative when searching.
How many times have you found yourself uploading photos to Google Drive or to your cell phone so you can share them with Instagram? Isn’t it a royal pain? I love using Instagram with cell phone pics, but I’m also into sharing images that I create or have saved on my pc. Uploading them to the phone is kind of a pain for me so I had to find a workaround.
I tried the emulator with Pokimenu, but it didn’t allow me to run a real Instagram session. I had to run it through a different app and I couldn’t upload or take pics with this app.
I then tried Bluestacks. This is totally amazing. It doesn’t seem to have a huge memory footprint and I haven’t crashed because of Bluestacks as of yet. I am able to actually run Instagram and upload photos from my machine.
I couldn’t get it to upload and publish pics from the webcam. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps the photo is just to big for Instagram to process? Also, when doing a video session on cam, the sound was distorted and also never completed the upload.
I think I will just probably use it to upload images I have modified through Fireworks or immediate uploads from social sites while working on the PC. I will continue to use my phone for images and videos of all the fun activities in my life.
If you try and it and you are able to figure out why it doesn’t upload the webcam pics and vidz then please comment here. I think it is just because of the file or pixel size.