We’re all using SwagBucks by now, right? At least I hope you would be using a search engine that makes you money for simply search and doing what you do every day. I bet that some of you even use that search engine in the upper right corner of your browser and you haven’t even changed it yet to support SwagBucks. Here’s how to do it to make sure you get the most out of your search:
- Click on the little icon representing your search engine. Right now it is most likely set to google or yahoo.
- Click on Manage Search Engines
- Click on Get More Search Engines
- Type SwagBucks in the Add Ons search window
- Click on Add to Firefox.
Once this is added, and you shouldn’t need to restart your browser, move it to the top of the list so it is your default search. Do this by following these steps:
- Click on the little search engine icon/logo in the search bar.
- Select Manage Search Engines.
- SwagBucks will be at the bottom. Scroll down and click on it.
- Click on Move Up until it moves all the way to the top of the list.
Remember, you must be logged into SwagBucks every time you use the search tool to get credit. I’m usually always logged in, but be sure to check.
Yes, it’s Thanksgiving again and like most Internet marketing moms I am thawing the turkey while writing up blog posts and doing some social networking. So how do I keep track of the 30 minutes when I need to change my turkey thawing water? I use the Free Countdown Timer the I downloaded from CNET. I can run multiple countdowns on this clock which is so helpful for cooking while I’m working. I can have all the oven timers go off at different times without worrying about burning anything.
Not only is it helpful with cooking, it is also helpful when timing web seminars on Google Hangouts and other web seminar meetings. It’s great for timing web video recordings and mp3′s. It’s good for timing contests during your seminars and managing your time while doing the seminar.
Imagine dividing your seminar topics into 4 different topics with a beginning, middle, and end helping you navigate when to switch topics and sections into your webinar. I run it on my second monitor while working in my webinar so I know when to change topics. I can also time cooking dinner during the seminars because hey, isn’t that what all of us Internet marketing moms do?
Download it and see if it works for you. I know it did for me.
If you join SwagBucks you can earn giftcards for places like amazon.com and starbucks just by searching the web. I know that I search the web a lot for research so it really does pay off. You can also watch videos, participate in searches, and do other activities.
I know Bing offers such a service, but as far as I know Bing does not have referral codes that give you even more money and the giftcards available on SwagBucks are 25 points cheaper than Bing–at least the ones I researched were.
If you’re ever caught off guard by a WordPress spammer who spams your blog with some kind of script, the easiest way to get rid of all the SPAM is to do it manually. I tried a few tools on a blog that was hijacked by a groups of unscrupulous 3rd world country spammers who had somehow hijacked the registration and set it to author. Within days I had about 8,000 new authors and about 25,000 spam posts. Aye yi yi!
I started to delete the posts first and then realized they’re just posting while I’m deleting and scheduling for the future. I tried a couple plugins to delete posts and authors in bulk, but the amount of authors and posts would just make the plugin spin until it timed out. It was easiest to go the manual route:
- Back up your database. Always.
- Transfer all known authors to an unused role like editor or subscriber. This depends on how many you need to save that are actual users so be careful not to delete the ones you want to save.
- Click on Users from the left menu.
- Click on Author.
- In the “Screen Options” tab at the top right, enter how many users to show on the screen. It will only go up to 999, which is too big for the system to handle anyway so pick around 400. I tried various numbers and 400 was the best one for me to work with.
- Go through all the authors page by page and any that have over 500 posts that are not regular authors delete them manually.
- Click on Delete All Posts so the posts from these authors are completely removed.
- Click on confirm deletion.
- Then go through the process again until all the authors with a lot of posts are gone. Now just focus on the rest and delete them in bulk in the same manner.
- Change your password and if necessary the default registration role.
That’s it. It was really easy once I got the process down. I was going to go through the backend and do it, but this wouldn’t have deleted the posts and the author at the same time. I really think the WordPress admin menu is the fastest and cleanest way to get it done.
I have been using this geekmom name for a long time for online business and one day several women got together and bought the domain I had been saving up to purchase. The domain was originally parked by a private party in 2000 so I bought geekmom.net in 2001. Then geekmom.com came available in 2010. Now, you have to understand that in 2005 I wasn’t at the place I wanted to be financially. I couldn’t come up with five grand for the domain and an attorney for the trademark so they bought it and, without even checking to see if someone else had been running a business under that name, they bought it and took my original idea and ran with it. Of course, they had more people they knew in the business and a publisher at wired.com to help them move it along.
So, here I am. I won’t change my name. I had it first and I like it. My business platform still caters to geekmoms and geekdads who want to run their own online business. I had the original blog in a phpWebSite/mysql platform before WordPress and Drupal ever came out and if you check the waybackwhen machine you’ll see it has been registered to me and has gone through many different looks.
The lesson here is always get your unique name trademarked and grab every single social network you can using your name so this doesn’t happen to you. You can use a service like tradmarkia or another to get registered.
I recently noticed that the Keyword to URL and it seems simple enough. It doesn’t have a lot of features like did, but I was able to get my site working in a pinch instead of searching for other available plugin options.plugin is no longer working on some of my sites upgraded to at least 3.6 so I had to find a new wordpress plugin to use. I just tried
The only feature this plugin uses is to only link the first occurrence of the keyword and that is a global feature for all the keywords. Because of the lack of features this will be a temporary solution for me until I find another one. If you are looking for something really simple, so far I have had no problems with the plugin. As always, use at your own risk.
Why would I use a plugin like this? Because I write a lot of blog posts on a daily basis and using a keyword to url plugin makes my life a lot easier. I don’t need to worry about linking certain words and getting the information out there. I don’t need to worry about creating links on every single post and I can just blanket a bunch out there. Of course, use it wisely and not in a way that will get you flagged on search engines and don’t make your posts look spammy.
Are you going to be one of the lucky winners to win a $549 pass to the Affiliate Summit West 2014? John Chow is holding a contest where only 10 lucky winners will win a ticket to the popular conference in Las Vegas and a T-Shirt that says “I’m with John Chow, Bitch!” which is totally worth it. What a great T!
You can enter by leaving a comment on the post about the affiliate summit, but you better hurry because he’ll be choosing a winner on October 19, 2013.
I know adding facebook plugins to WordPress blogs has been a real pain in the past, mostly because facebook constantly changes or the plugins don’t update with the new versions of WordPress. Here is one I found today that took me 2 seconds to install after I found my Facebook App ID. It’s been working well, too. It allows the comment box area at the bottom of the screen around the comments area and let’s the commenter add the comment to their Facebook wall if needed. It’s simply called Facebook Comments and can be installed right from the WordPress Plugin page or accessed from the plugin’s own website. To be sure you get the correct one, visit the website.
I haven’t added it to this blog yet, but it has been added to hahahapics.com – test it out there.
Download it here.
You love your job and care about your company. You see a clear need to improve your company’s web presence in order to keep up with the competition. Your boss however doesn’t want to hear about this search engine optimization stuff. He’s got different priorities that deal with “real” business opportunities and with budgets being so tight, he definitely doesn’t want to invest in something as unproven as SEO.
This is probably sounds familiar for many motivated, forward-thinking employees that work at more traditional companies. Your boss’ sentiment is understandable though. SEO is still a pretty vague concept for many people and hasn’t been part of doing business for all that long.
To help you strengthen your arguments the next time that you discuss SEO with your boss, we’ve rounded up a few possible reasons why your boss doesn’t care about SEO yet, and how you can change this.
There’s No Story
Data is not always easy to understand, especially when you’re not well versed in the subject matter. In order to explain the benefits of SEO to your boss, you need to create a story to go with your data to make the data easier to interpret.
Don’t just show your boss rankings and conversion rates, but tell him/her which important business KPIs this data drives. Show him/her the impact on sales, marketing costs, etc.
Are Competitors Doing It?
Depending on whether your competitors are using SEO or not, you can play this two ways. If your competitors are active in the SEO game, of course you need to get into it too. Show your boss – again creating a story around the data that you have – how your competitors are driving sales with SEO.
If your competitors are not using SEO at the moment, this is your opportunity. In order to gain that competitive edge, you need to develop your business in a way that your competitors are not. Leveraging SEO early can keep you ahead of your competitors. Also, if there’s no real SEO competition in your business, it will be easy and relatively cheap to get started and see quick results.
Your Boss Doesn’t See the Bigger Picture
SEO isn’t just about ranking higher in search engine results. Your boss might not know this though. You have to convince your boss that SEO can positively affect many aspects of your business. Increasing visibility, building up your brand name and authority and lowering costs of customer acquisition are all potential benefits of SEO.
There are many benefits to implementing SEO in a company. Put all together, these benefits create a much more compelling story to sell to your boss than if you just focus on rankings and conversions.
It’s time to create a great SEO story and start selling your boss on all the benefits of SEO. Can’t for the life of you convince him/her this is something the company should be investing in? Perhaps it is time to leave the ship and start your own business. That way you can do as much SEO as you want.
Zane Schwarzlose is an SEO for Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin based web design firm. His boss cares greatly about SEO.
Ah, celebrities. They’re there to entertain us whether that’s their intention or not. Sure, many celebrities get their notoriety from making a great movie, song or other creative performance, and then there are those who make a splash due to their poor grammar and spelling on social networks.
Most of today’s celebrities can be found communicating with their fans through social platforms such as Twitter. And yes, Twitter does limit your characters to 140, so some creativity is needed in order to get your point across, but that doesn’t excuse poor grammar and spelling. The following are just some examples of what today’s stars are messing up on Twitter.
Due to the 140-character limit, many Twitter users remove letters from words in order to make it fit, and while it’s one way to get your point across, it’s another way to irritate people who prefer correct grammar. It’s unclear whether or not Ms. Alicia Keys removed the “e” from “be” to save character space, but she then added an “s” to the word “help”, which didn’t make grammatical sense.
Spelling and grammar is one thing, but context is another. Wayne Rooney has a tendency to talk about random topics in one tweet, and they’re all separated by periods, which makes the tweet sound chunky. In the following tweet, Rooney lets us know that he:
1. Had a great day today (although he misspelled day)
2. Is back home chilling out
3. Has a funny son
4. Is going to bed.
Thanks for breaking all that down for us in 140 characters or less, Mr. Rooney.
Master P is an example of Alicia Keys and Wayne Rooney combined. In his tweets, Master P has a tendency to misspell words, and he is also known to discuss a variety of topics in one tweet. Unlike Rooney, though, Master P doesn’t separate his thoughts with periods, but with commas. And in order to save space, he doesn’t add a space after the comma, so his entire tweet runs together. Adding his own errors, he is also notorious for writing his tweets in all capital letters (which is the Internet equivalent to yelling). At least that keeps him from forgetting to capitalize the beginning of a new sentence.
While all three of these celebrities are different, they’re all notorious for making grammatical and spelling mistakes in their tweets. Some people don’t believe that using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation is important on Twitter, but it is. When your tweets are grammatically correct, it not only allows others to understand you completely and accurately, but it also doesn’t make you look like a fool.
Poor writing is not a matter of personal style and fame does not give individuals a special license to degrade language. Many will tell you that as long as one is understood it is all well but we know that standards in language specifically grammatical rules exist for a reason and serve to deliver clarity in content.
Recently Grammarly.com conducted research to determine the grammatical competence of celebrities. To our surprise celebrities of hispanic background scored quite high delivering a good number of grammatically correct tweets. You can see a really fun grammar infographic here.
Some people simply don’t have a thorough grasp on proper grammar and spelling, and that’s okay. There are plenty of tools available to help check your spelling and grammar. Should we use a grammar checker for small pieces of text? Absolutely.
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Becky Daniels is a full time English teacher. In her spare time she enjoys blogging about writing, teaching, and gardening.