How to Lose Your Twitter Followers

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Twitter logoTwitter is one of the most popular powerful micro-blogging services with a huge user base. A good percentage of Internet users are using this platform to network and connect with others to grow their business or cause. No matter which Twitter application you're using, a healthy growth of your followers entirely depends on how familiar you're with the micro-blogging principles. The following sections will identify and present those Twitter bad practices which can quickly dry up your followers count in no time. Whether you're a new user or already using Twitter for quite some time with no good results, these pointers can help you take precaution against unwanted micro-blogging actions. It's not just about retaining the followers but also about preventing your Twitter account to be marked as a source of spam. Once you start avoiding these bad practices, you'll notice a significant decrease in the unfollow rate, right from day one. Let's get started and see how to quickly ruin our Twitter followers count, without any fail.
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How to Create an eBook for Your Subscribers and Prospects

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Collection of booksWho doesn't love freebies? Business websites and professional bloggers often use various techniques to increase their subscriber or customer base through offering freebies in exchange for putting them inside the conversion funnel. Giving a free eBook along with a subscription is by far one of the most popular methods to attract prospects to your website. However, nothing can beat quality content to retain those subscriptions. Today, we're going to see how we can create such eBooks for our potential customers. No matter which tools or process you're using to create such an eBook, it takes some time and genuine effort to produce one. If you're creating it for the first time, be ready to follow the rinse and repeat process to create an alluring eBook bundle for the target audience. Depending on your budget, you can change the tools to create such an eBook. Remember, though you're giving away the book for free, it's only going to help you increase your followers or customers base, which essentially means more business and money.
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How to Keep Your Domain Name Safe

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Word cloud in blue lettersWeb publishers, sooner or later, purchase one or more custom domain names to run their websites and blogs. A top-level domain, not only adds a brand and identity to your website but is also recommended from SEO perspective. Generally, purchasing or selling a domain name is not a cumbersome process and one can own his desired name within few minutes. But, owning a domain name and keeping it secure from hackers are two completely different ball games. Often, negligence in properly maintaining a domain name leads to expiration or hijacking of the same. It can be a huge loss if your website is already receiving a decent volume of organic traffic. To avoid such catastrophic situation, one must be familiar with the basics of keeping a domain name safe. That's what this guide is all about. Investing some time in learning these vital domain management tricks is going to save you both time and money in the long run. Let's get started and master the art of domain name safety and management in an easy way. Here we go!
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Best RSS Feed Reader Apps for Every Platform

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Feedly feed readerWith the Internet expansion and with the advent of new web technologies, all content distribution techniques have seen several changes. But, the classic way to consume web content still stays strong and unchanged. Here, we're talking about consuming web content through an RSS feed reader application. Though email subscription is another popular way to read web content, nothing beats reading favorite posts and articles in a feed reader app. If you're already using one, the following list can help you choose a better alternative. And, if you're new to this, try out the feed reading applications mentioned below and select the best one that fits your needs. I've included both web-based versions and standalone desktop applications. Mobile users are not left behind because most feed readers have apps for smartphones and tablets. Whenever you start usage of a feed reader, start with curating a list of your favorite websites and grab RSS feed URL of each of these sites. Let's check out these powerful RSS feed reading applications.
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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Live Blogging

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World mapWith the explosion of the Internet and social media, live blogging is rapidly gaining popularity both among the broadcasters and the audience. It is generally done either through a specialized standalone software or through a plugin that integrates with an existing system. Today, we're going to learn the basics of live blogging. If you've never done it before, read this guide to get started, instantly. Businesses and all the individuals offering products and services and journalists can take advantage of live blogging to reach their target audience in real time. This guide also tabulates several tools and solutions to help you live blog with minimum hassle. Before we start, I must emphasize an important point. You, as a blogger must be extremely comfortable in the language you're going to use for live blogging because we don't get the chance to quickly edit or correct our updates. Another expert advice is to do few dummy live blogging sessions with your friends before attempting the real one to avoid any mishap and problem.
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Understanding the Science of Email Subscriber Acquisition and Retention

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Email iconAlmost every form of online marketing involves a strategy to capture leads or subscribers. It's one of the fundamental ways a blogger or a business website owner manages to sell his products and services. In the long term, subscribers may turn into your regular customers depending on the type of services and products you're offering through your website. Seasoned players use human psychology to build their subscribers base, at a rapid pace. It's an art that's mixed with technical know how to create an effective subscriber acquisition channel that's continuously optimized and tested to get the best possible results. If you're struggling to build a healthy email list, then this comprehensive guide is written just for you. No matter which email marketing solution you're using, the tips discussed below are equally applicable on all of them. Let's see some of the core principles and the best practices of acquiring email subscribers for our content, services, and products. Remember, it takes some time to master email list building routines.
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How to Get Direct Advertisements for Your Blog

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Dollar notesIn the beginning, nobody ever thought that blogs would transform from a personal diary to full-fledged money-making websites. Blog monetization strategies have undergone several transitions during these years and bloggers have tons of monetization options at their disposal. One of the options is running direct advertisements on the blog. Interestingly, a large number of bloggers does not use this option for many reasons. If you're a professional blogger, the following guide will help you master the basics of grabbing direct adverts. Remember, the more you'll be flexible in the beginning, the more will be the probability of your success. The methodologies discussed below are more or less applicable to almost every type of website regardless of the underlying platform, running it. In most cases, you'll need a self-hosted version of your blog to easily integrate direct ads at the desired places. Let's try to understand the dynamics of web-based direct advertising and the methods to grab such direct advertisement deals.
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2 Reliable Backup Strategies for Your WordPress Blog

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WordPress logo drowning in waterWordPress is a prime target for hackers due to its popularity as a content management system, across the web. A robust backup strategy is a must for every professional web publisher using WordPress as the underlying platform. This helps you recover quickly from an unwanted incident that may cost you time and money. There are several ways to backup a WordPress blog that directly affects your restoration strategy. If you're relying on a single backup option, probably you're making a big mistake. There should be at least two backup options so that if one of the options fails in an emergency, you always have a replacement to get back your website, online, as soon as possible. The methodologies discussed below should be first tried in a test environment before you start applying them on a production website. Once you gain confidence with these techniques, no matter the size of the website, you'll be able to keep it backed up, quite easily. So, let's get going and learn these two reliable WordPress backup solutions.
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How to Make Your Blog Photos Stand Apart From the Rest

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Man with a DSLR cameraAdding illustrations to a blog post is a very effective method to make it more attractive and readable for the visitors. A human eye is more sensitive to colors and pictures. No one likes to read long plain text articles. If you spice up your posts with relevant photos, you will observe a dramatic increase in your readership. But, adding eye-catching photos to the content requires some effort and experience. It's not just the relevancy of the photo but the added effects are what makes it an appealing addition to the content. You don't need to be a graphic design expert to add such effects to the photos. There are several online and offline tools for the same. This guide will not only make you familiar with different types of photo effects ideal for blog content but will also enlist some of the tools to make your job easier. If you're not used to adding photos to your content, initially, the process may look like a cumbersome exercise, but the results will astonish you. Let's see how to integrate customized photographs into our blog posts.
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Best Practices for Using WordPress Plugins on Professional Blogs

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WordPress bicycleWhether you're running a business blog or a personal blog, plugins are going to be an integral part of it and it's up to you how you select and manage them. About a week back, I received an email from a budding blogger asking about the number and types of plugins one should use on his blog. There's no simple answer to it. Depending on the type of blog, its goals, and the blogger's technical abilities - plugin usage strategies may deviate significantly in different circumstances. Almost every WordPress blog uses plugins to extend the functionality of this powerful content management system. They not only help you incorporate custom features but also save loads of your precious time. But, there's a dark side too that can leave your blog sluggish, broken or hacked due to improper or inappropriate use of these plugins. Fortunately, by following some simple guidelines we can get the most out of these awesome extensions without inducing any adverse effect on our blogs. So, let's get started and learn plugin usage basics.
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6 Things to Learn From Google Analytics Demo Account

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Web analytics statementWeb analytics is an integral part of online marketing. If you're already using Google Analytics, you must be already familiar with most of its commonly-used features. An average user generally never uses every feature of this powerful analytics platform. Long, boring, or cryptic product documentation is often not good enough to learn everything about it. Thankfully, for website owners, Google has provided a freely accessible demo Google Analytics account populated with real-world analytics data originating from the Google Merchandise Store. This is a perfect playground both for the newbies as well as for the seasoned players to learn all the Google Analytics features and functions in an interactive way. Let's explore this demo account and pay attention to some of the useful web analytics lessons to get most out of our own analytics data. Most points discussed below are more or less applicable to almost every popular web analytics suite. So, let's get started and squeeze out some juice from the Google Analytics demo account.
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How to Detect and Stop Web Content Theft

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Laptop on a wooden tableYou 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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Worldwide Twitter coverageIf 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 with 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 for 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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Laptop keyboard on a tableWorking 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 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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404 symbolNo 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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Red eye removal processNo 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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Zoho email clientNo 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 your web hosting plan doesn't include email hosting, using a free email address on your contact page can leave a bad impression on 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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Create blank page in WordPressThere 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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Testimonial plugin for WordPressIf 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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Bluestacks android emulatorAndroid 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 to 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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USB cableWhether 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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MultCloud cloud syncing applicationIf 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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Twitter photo card tweet exampleA 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 in 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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Nylas N1 email desktop clientNative 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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TeamViewer mobile device supportNowadays, 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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