How to Detect and Stop Web Content Theft

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You created a splendid blog or a business website, worked hard on it day and night, only to find one day that your exceptional content is being stolen and is used by content scrapers on their spammy websites. You get another shock when you see that these pages (with stolen content) are somehow ranking way higher than your original content pages on various search engines. Content theft is emerging as a major problem for web publishers, especially for the newbies who either are unaware of it or have no clue about how to deal with it. Believe it or not, it is just a matter of time before your website will fall victim to plagiarism. Dealing with content scrapers is not a cakewalk, but it's not rocket science either. By taking some preventive measures and by using the right kind of tools, you can detect content theft quite easily and can also deal with the culprits. Let's get started and see how to monitor and deter content theft in the best possible way. After going through this guide, you'll be able to tackle content scrapers, effectively.
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The Beginner's Guide to Twitter

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If you're new to microblogging, this detailed guide is going to help you kickstart the same on Twitter. The popularity of Twitter has made it synonymous to microblogging. Newbies often fail to understand the ins and outs of microblogging and therefore couldn't milk the platform they're using to its full extent. This guide is not only going to help you understand the fundamentals of microblogging but is also going to make you comfortable with Twitter usage. Here I must emphasize an important point that no matter which guide you're using, it takes some time before you master the art of microblogging. Existing Twitter users can also benefit from this guide by brushing up the basics, once again. We'll also discuss some of the best and popular Twitter tools one can try to easily use this platform. So, get ready with your computer and learn to tweet like a pro in no time. The guide itself is broadly divided into two distinct parts viz., general microblogging basics and Twitter usage tutorial. So, let's kickstart our Twitter journey.
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How to Build a Perfect Small Home Office

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Working from home is by no means an easy task. Believe it or not, distractions, when working from home are far greater than experienced in a typical office environment. That's why a professional working space at home is so vital for better productivity and success. Building a home office requires careful planning which involves a lot of key steps to get a preferred working environment. The following guide will help you in creating a perfect home office that'll match with your preferences and needs. Depending on your budget, you can select or omit the equipment and tools to build a custom home office. Home office equipment can be broadly divided into two categories viz., the absolute essentials and the optional ones. We'll mention the category of each one mentioned in this guide to help you take the right decision. Existing home offices can also benefit from this guide to further enhance and optimize their current set up. Let's get started and build our very own custom home office to take our business to the next level.
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The Ultimate Guide to Building Custom 404 Pages

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No matter which technology or software solution you're using to run your website, broken links are bound to pop up with the passage of time. And, the more broken links you have, the more your visitors suffer landing through these nonexistent links. That's where a custom 404 page plays a big role in retaining these visitors on the site and making them take the action you want them to take. Today, we're going to learn to create a custom 404 page for several popular web publishing platforms. We'll start with generic 404-page creation process for every platform which can be used as a base to build a highly customized version that meets your business needs. For some platforms, there are more than one ways to build a 404 page. While creating a custom 404 page, focus on diverting the visitor towards key destinations on your website instead of spending all your energy on creating a colorful and jazzy design. So, let's make sure the visitors' landing on our website through broken links are handled gracefully.
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10 Best Ways to Enhance and Improve Your Digital Photos

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No matter how you take a digital picture, there's always a room to enhance and optimize the captured shot. There are several simple and efficient ways to enhance a digital photograph. Today, we're going to look at some of the ways we can use to add life to our digital photos. You don't need to be a techie or a professional to apply these techniques for improving your pictures. It doesn't matter which device you've used for capturing the stills. You can easily transfer them to your desktop and can use the methodologies discussed below to enhance your digital photographs. Here I must remind you of keeping the backup of photos and using a copy of the same before applying the enhancement techniques. This way, you can ensure the original copies remain intact in case you inadvertently spoil a copy. So, here we go to check out some of the best, reliable and easy ways to transform and optimize our digital photos in no time. If you've not yet saved all of your photos on the computer which need to be enhanced, do it right now.
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4 Best and Free Email Hosting Services for Your Custom Domain

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No matter where you're hosting your website, custom domain email is one of the vital assets to ensure your target audience can easily connect with you. If you're web hosting plan doesn't include email hosting, using a free email address on your contact page can leave a bad impression about you and your business. Fortunately, there are several good email hosting solutions which can be used to get a custom domain email address. I've handpicked some of the free and popular services which can be used to power email communication using your custom domain name. The entire setup of configuring custom emails through these services just requires an addition of few host records. Thereafter, you can either manage your emails through a web interface or through one of the popular email applications. So, let's get started and check out some of the useful free email hosting services to enable the use of custom domain email addresses for our business website. Do check all of them to find the one which fits your business needs.
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Beginner's Guide to Building a Free Membership Site on WordPress

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There are tons of free and paid membership software out there which can be used to build different types of solutions on a WordPress site. If you're planning to build a simple and flexible membership (no paid subscriptions) site, this guide is written just for you. You can extend the steps given below to further customize your free membership site to add more features and functions. You don't need to be an expert programmer to make such a free membership site. All we need is the capability to copy-paste the relevant code at the appropriate places. Working (basic) knowledge of HTML and CSS can definitely help you in further customizing the site as per your preferences. Make sure you implement and practice this solution on a test site before applying it on a live website. You can easily convert this setup to be a paid membership system with premium add-ons in future. So, let's get started and make a brand new WordPress-powered membership site with multiple free levels using minimal tools and simple steps.
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25 Best and Easy Ways to Display Testimonials on a WordPress Site

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If you're running a WordPress-powered business website offering a great product or a service, clients' testimonials is one of the important elements to convince potential clients and partners. There are different ways to display such testimonials provided you have required technical expertise. In case you're technically challenged or doesn't have enough time to create such a section on your website, a dedicated plugin can do the job. An appealing testimonial section almost always includes various graphical elements with a copy to gain credibility. That's what various testimonial plugins can do for you without messing with the code. The following list of handpicked testimonial plugins is tested on a demo site. Each one of them comes with handy options to display custom testimonials on a WordPress website. Let's get started and check out the features of these plugins and see which one offers all the options and controls to create a stunning testimonial section with minimal efforts. Do try out one of these plugins.
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10 Android Emulators You Can Run on Your PC

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Android devices are available in almost every form whether you're using it as a smartphone or a tablet. But, savvy users often want to access Android features right on their desktop. An easy solution to this need is installing an Android emulator. These applications give you full-fledged Android experience without leaving the comfort of your PC's desktop. Users can install regular Android apps on these emulators to use various features and services offered through Android platform. These emulators generally come in bundled format and the installation is dead simple. I've selected some of the best and popular Android emulators which you can easily run and use on your Windows PC or a laptop. In case you do need want to use them further, uninstallation is also easy. But, as expected, you cannot make regular phone calls through these emulators as they are not running on a smartphone or a calling tablet. So, let's get started and see how we can easily run an Android OS emulator on a regular Windows PC.
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5 Easy Ways to Lock or Disable a Webcam

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Whether you're using a detachable webcam or using an integrated one, modern apps often make use of this popular peripheral device without your knowledge. This does sound scary but this is what happens when we're using numerous modern social applications which offer video calling or streaming as one of their features. How to ensure your webcam is not being used in a stealthy fashion by one of the installed apps without your knowledge? Unfortunately, there is no easy way to know it. A better option is to lock or disable your webcam when you're not using such apps. We'll look at some of the best and reliable ways to do so. From all the methods listed below, you can choose the best one that suits you and enables you to easily lock your webcam. I've tested each of these methodologies on my system and found them working without any issues. Once locked, the unlocking and re-enabling process is equally user-friendly whenever you want to reuse your webcam. So, let's learn how we can easily lock and disable our webcam.
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How to Connect and Sync Google Drive with Dropbox [Automated]

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If you're an avid user of popular cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, at times, you must have stored common data on both these platforms. Generally, we have to do it manually. But what if we connect both these accounts and sync the data on an automated basis? Sounds good? Well, there are several ways to do that and the good thing is that you don't need to be an expert techie to do that. Depending on your preference and workflow, you can choose one of these methodologies to easily connect and sync your Google Drive and Dropbox accounts. Needless to say, if you're syncing a large amount of data, you need to decent broadband connection to ensure updated copies are maintained seamlessly without any delay. I'll strongly advise you to try all the options listed below so that you can get a fair idea about which one is working in the best possible way. So, let's get started and automate syncing of our vital data across these two popular cloud storage services using one of the toolsets.
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The Ultimate SEO Guide for a Blogger (BlogSpot) Blog

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A lot has been written about search engine optimization but when it comes to implementing it on a specific web publishing platform, beginners or technically challenged often struggle to apply it correctly. If you've hosted your blog on Google's Blogger platform and want to tidy up its SEO settings, this guide is written just for you. Search engines regularly update and improve their algorithms to ensure the results are contextually correct. Exceptional content is the cornerstone of SEO efforts but without core on-page SEO, we may not be able to get a good presence on the search engines. Through this tutorial, we are going to learn about the key SEO settings one must apply to a typical blogger template for better SEO to gain more qualified traffic from organic sources. All you need is basic code copy pasting ability to apply these tips which give you a better blogger template enhanced with correct SEO settings. So let's get started and quickly check out this step-by-step SEO guide written specifically for blogger blogs and sites.
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17 Best Desktop Email Clients

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Native web-based email platforms are used by millions of users though some of us prefer an OS-specific native desktop application for the same. Generally, these applications support multiple email services and allow you to manage all your accounts from a single location. If you prefer the same, you can select one of these powerful applications to tame all your inboxes from a central hub. Most of the email clients have a beautiful interface and often supports plugins to extend the features and functions. Some of these email clients can run on all the popular desktop operating systems. All these email applications are secure and keep your login credentials in an encrypted form in a secure environment. I'll advise you to try each of these email clients along with the most popular extensions to see which one fits your needs. So, let's get started and quickly check out some of the most flexible and feature-packed desktop email client applications one can easily use for personal as well as for vital business email communication.
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15 Ways to Remote Control an Android Device

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Nowadays, different types of Android-powered gadgets are frequently used on a daily basis. If you're a proud owner of an Android device, at times you may have felt the need to access it remotely in different situations. That's where we need a robust, easy-to-use and a reliable mechanism to either get total control of the device or a way to get a partial control of select and important features. Thankfully, there are several apps, tools, and services that allow remote controlling of an Android device in an easy and seamless manner. We're going to look at some of the best remote accessing options available for Android devices. All these tools work seamlessly with almost every popular variant of Android running on a majority of devices and gadgets. These applications are ideal for professionals and frequent travelers who often need to access Android devices from a remote location. So, let's get started and check out these useful and powerful applications for managing our Android devices remotely from our PC or Mac.
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50+ Best Google Chrome Extensions for Everyone

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No modern web browser is complete without extensions to augment its behavior and to add new useful features. Google Chrome is no exception and supports a huge repository of extensions. It's very tempting to try these all of these extensions. Instead of trying out each one of them, it's better to use the best ones that aid in your daily browser-based activities. I've picked some of the best and popular Google Chrome extensions which are not only going to make you productive but will also help in enriching your general web browsing experience. You can pick select extensions from this list to complete your arsenal of tools to get more out of Google Chrome. The list is compiled taking popular extensions for all the common tasks and actions users may complete within a typical web browser. Some of the popular Google Chrome extensions included in this list are used by millions of users. So, let's get started and check out these flexible and powerful Google Chrome extensions for better Google Chrome browsing experience.
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How to Use Recipe Schema Markup on a Blogger (BlogSpot) Blog

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If you're running an inviting food blog on Google's Blogger platform, key SEO setup is vital for better presence on search engines. One such important setting is using a recipe schema markup to get rich snippets in the search results. Configuring it ensures that search engines can interpret key recipe data in an easy way and can display it in a nice formatted manner. The end result is more clicks and qualified traffic from search engines. But unfortunately, there is no plugin or widget for the same that facilitates easy implementation of the same. The following tutorial will help us in adding recipe schema markup on a food blog hosted on blogger platform. All you need is basic knowledge of HTML tags and CSS code with elementary skills of copy pasting the code at the right place. You can use this markup both on blogs using a custom domain as well as on the regular ones using a blogspot subdomain. So, let's make our food blog a better candidate for search engines to get an influx of hungry readers. Head over to blog's dashboard.
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30+ Best Ways to Display Your Portfolio or Work on a WordPress Site

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If you're a freelance professional offering different kinds of services, a good online portfolio is a must to convince the prospects for better conversion rate. Although one can custom code a portfolio from scratch, it's not easy to create one if you're technically challenged. That's where specific plugins made for creating portfolios can help you in a big way. If your business or freelance website is powered by WordPress, you can use these powerful portfolio plugins to create a stunning showcase of your work in no time. No matter which plugin you're using, make sure you highlight your best work to get the desired results. I've tested each of the plugins included in the list on a test blog to ensure you get the best ones from the lot. Following my methodology, use a dummy installation to build a copy of your portfolio before transferring the final result on the live website. So, let's get started and try out these flexible and user-friendly portfolio plugins made specifically for self-hosted WordPress websites and business blogs.
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How to Send and Receive Outlook and AOL Emails From a Gmail Account

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If Google's Gmail service is your primary email platform, you can use it as a central hub to manage other popular accounts as well. I'm using it for sending and receiving emails for Microsoft's Outlook and AOL mail service. The entire setup process is quite simple and is a one-time exercise. Once configured, your Gmail account not only periodically checks for new emails from these external accounts but also allows you to send emails from these external email addresses directly from within your Gmail inbox. Outgoing emails have no indication that they've been originated from a Gmail inbox. But, you have to make sure that whenever you change the password of your AOL or Outlook accounts, you have to reconfigure the settings within your Gmail inbox as well. It's one of the best strategies to save your time when you have to maintain multiple inboxes. So, open your Gmail account and get ready to tame all the three email platforms from within a single Gmail inbox. Credentials of both AOL and Outlook accounts are required.
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7 Free WordPress Courses for Absolute Beginners

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If you're just starting with WordPress or want to polish your skills to better manage your blog, it's important to learn the basics of this popular content management system. One can either read or purchase books for the same or can try to test each feature on a dummy blog. But how about free online WordPress courses to increase your knowledge about this powerful CMS? Almost each free WordPress course includes enough information to enable new users better perform day-to-day blogging and blog management tasks. These courses are primarily aimed for self-hosted WordPress bloggers though hosted platform WordPress bloggers can also take advantage of the curriculum. Most of the courses are in the form of videos so that one can easily grasp the concepts. After signing up for one of the courses, devote at least an hour a day and you'll be a better WordPress user within few weeks. So, here we go to check out these information packed WordPress courses made for beginners and intermediate level bloggers.
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25 Best Static Site Generators for Building Blazing Fast Websites

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No doubt, a content management system makes web publishing a breeze both for an expert and a layman. But, often site owners look for a simple and flexible solution for making a simple website. That's where static site generators come into play. Compared to a CMS-powered website, a static website is much faster putting less burden on server resources. This is a huge advantage which attracts a website owner. We'll look at some of the best static website generators, website owners can use to power their online abode. No matter what underlying server-side technology you intend to use, one can easily find a static site generator supporting that specific stack. You can easily test these generators on your local machine before using them in a production environment. Power users (technically sound) can easily extend and harness the full power of these site generators. So, let's check out each of these flexible and powerful static website generators one can use for powering their business or a personal website.
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How to Add a Contact Form on a WordPress Site (Without a Plugin)

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WordPress bloggers often try dozens of contact form plugins and still struggle to find a robust and reliable solution that works without any fail. Another common complaint is that the premium version of these plugins offers what they look for in a free version. How about a reliable and flexible solution that allows you to integrate a custom contact form on a WordPress site – without using any plugin? It's not the just the custom contact form, but you can also get a custom thank you page with automatic notifications right in your email inbox without spending a dime. We're going to use Google drive form which is not only free but also places no restrictions on customization and submissions. All you need is to copy and paste some code with little CSS customization to make it gel with your existing WordPress theme. I'll be using Twenty Fifteen theme throughout this tutorial though you can go ahead with any theme. Let's get our custom contact form working right now on our website without relying on a plugin.
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4 Best Grammar and Spell Check Applications for Professional Writers

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There are millions of writers working online delivering content for themselves or for their clients. A good writer is not necessarily an expert in the language he is writing in. What makes one – a better writer than others? It's the quality of copy he produces which is free of grammatical errors. No matter what editing application you're using, failing to proofread and correct the final copy may lead to poor results and annoyed clients. Fortunately, there are several extremely good and powerful grammar correcting applications one can use to refine and optimize written content. I use one of them to ensure I'm not introducing drastic errors in my copy, inadvertently. Depending on your exact needs and the way you write, you can select one or more tools listed below to easily churn out great content. Some of these apps are standalone desktop applications while others integrate with a web browser or with a content editor. Let's check out all these useful spell-checking applications one by one to augment our writing skills.
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Mastering Google Search (A Beginner's Guide)

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Some of my friends often wonder how I manage to know about almost anything under the sun when sitting in front of my laptop. When I told them that I use Google search engine to mine out relevant information, they just couldn't believe it. The reason was simple. Each one of them uses the same and still struggle to come up with the needed search results. In simple words, two people using Google search can end up with different information when searching for the same data. This popular search engine is immensely powerful and all you need is to learn how to use it like a ninja. Once you get hold of it, you can find out almost any information through it. We're going to learn some of the best and easy-to-learn tricks to get more out of our Google search results. This will enable you to solve day-to-day problems. You'll be surprised to know that it's more than just a search engine. So, let's get started and brush up some of the best Google search techniques. Open a new tab in your browser and let the beast come out.
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How to Lock and Protect Folders on Your Computer and Smartphone

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Whether you're working on a home computer or on a work computer in your office, sensitive and confidential information needs to be protected from unauthorized access. One simple way is to completely encrypt every single file you tag as important. A more convenient way is to lock the folder which contains sensitive files. Power users who're technically sound can use some of the hacky tricks to protect or hide select folders on their computers. But what about an average user who want to do the same? Here come the applications and tools made for easily locking and protecting any folder on a computer or smartphone. While using these applications, I'll strongly advise you to avoid playing with system folders and files as it may halt your system making it unusable. So, let's get started and see how we can easily lock our personal folders without using any complex steps in a few clicks. Before trying them out for the first time, I'll strongly advise you to take a backup of the target folder in question.
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12+ Unique and Easy Ways to Create Custom Dashboard for WordPress

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Administrators and web developers often look for ways to customize the default admin dashboard of WordPress. A customized version is generally made for clients who want a simple user interface without complex administration features. WordPress dashboard can be customized programmatically, but a plugin can do the same without messing the hands with code. We're going to see some of the best plugins that can help you easily customize WordPress dashboard within minutes. Each of these plugins can change different parts of the dashboard to give it an entirely new look. In other words, you can combine two or more plugins to get the required custom features and appearance of your WordPress dashboard. As always, I'll suggest you to try these plugins on a demo blog to avoid any mishap. Once you're satisfied with the changes, you can replicate it on the live blog installation. These plugins work seamlessly both on single and multisite WordPress installations. Let's check these useful plugins for making a custom dash.
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