How to Create and Schedule Custom Tasks on Windows 10

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Laptop on a tableIf you're an avid Windows user, you may have noticed that few essential and important applications like an antivirus automatically starts on the system boot up. These applications are configured as custom tasks to run automatically when a specific condition or conditions are met. As a regular Windows user, if you want to run select applications at certain conditions, you can create and schedule such custom tasks quite easily. The following guide will help you master the process of creating custom tasks on a Windows 10 PC. During the initial learning phase, use a simple application that runs for a short period of time and doesn't consume much system resources. Later on, you can easily experiment with the scheduling of full-fledged applications with complex startup trigger conditions. After getting familiar with the custom task creation process, resist the temptation of scheduling too many applications during the system boot up because it may put an additional burden on the PC and may slow down the computer, significantly.
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How to Install a Custom GDPR Cookie Notice on a Blog

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GDPR notice within a smartphoneEuropean Union's cookie law generally known as GDPR requires that every website receiving visitors from that very region must show a cookie notice on the webpage. This law also instructs the website owners to let the visitors choose if they're ok with the cookies used by the website or not. Now, every blogger who's not technically sound is not able to configure all this in an easy way. The following guide will help you implement a basic GDPR cookie notice system along with other important essentials to comply with the basic guidelines of the law. The entire setup can be done on a live blog without any issues. If you haven't yet installed such type of cookie notice system, I'll strongly advise you to configure it as soon as possible. Failing to do so can leave your blog vulnerable to receiving a legal notice from the European Commission. So, let's get started and configure a customized GDPR cookie notice system on our blog. While doing the setup, feel free to tweak and change the cookie notice as per your preferences.
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How to Lazy Load Disqus Comments on a Blogger Blog

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Disqus comments logo in blue colorHuge number of websites use Disqus commenting system to engage with their visitors. A good number of these sites run on a content management system having its own native comment system. Still, a large number of website owners ditch the platform's native solution in favor of Disqus. This step-by-step guide is specifically aimed at blogs running on Google's Blogger platform. The technique of lazy loading comments is used to speed up the page load times. This gives better browsing experience to the visitors using slower internet connections. It's also good for sites receiving a lot of comments on every page. The solution explained below works with IE9+ and all other modern web browsers. Implement this lazy loading technique on the weekends when the traffic is at its lowest. A basic knowledge of CSS coding can help you implement this technique in a much better way. Except that, you only need to copy-paste the code at the right places within the design template. Let's lazy-load Disqus system on our Blogger blog.
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18 Things to Do After Installing a New WordPress Blog

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To-do list on a wooden tableWordPress is an undisputed leader when it comes to choosing a content management system for the web publishers. Generally, it takes less than five minutes to install a new WordPress blog on almost any web server. But, the basic installation alone doesn't complete the essential blog setup necessary for running a secure and user-friendly website. Fortunately, configuring these basic yet extremely essential options is not that hard provided you know what to configure and how to configure. This comprehensive tutorial will give you a step-by-step walkthrough to apply all the critical and important settings after completing the initial installation process. If you're technically challenged, do not try to configure these settings on your own. Instead, hire an expert to do the same for you. Some of the generic configuration settings mentioned below can be applied to static HTML sites as well. So, let's get started and learn to configure a basic WordPress installation with all the essential settings to give the best experience to the visitors.
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10 Best Mobile Payment Apps for Android Smartphones

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Mobile payment appDigital payment is one of the prominent and easy-to-use methods to buy things both offline and online. There are a lot of ways to make these digital payments. Mobile payment app is one of the ways to pay online in a secure manner. The following list includes some of the most popular, trusted, and reliable payment apps available for Android smartphones. Each of these apps has a large user base with good ratings and reviews. I've also included a popular payment app specially created for European Union users. If for some reasons, you were reluctant to use such apps in the past, this is the time to once try one of these digital payment apps. Most of these apps are available for iOS users too. Whether you're using a custom Android build or using a standard version, these apps work seamlessly on all of them. I'll recommend trying out the shortlisted ones with small transactions before zeroing in for your preferred app. Let's check out some of the best apps built for Android platform to get our very own digital wallet.
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How to Reclaim and Free Up Disk Space on a Windows PC

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External hard drive modelThough hard drives are getting better and better with increased storage capacity, our use of the drive's storage space is getting higher too at the same time. If you're an avid PC user and are struggling to get enough free disk space for your applications and daily workflow, think before adding a new hard drive to the system. A better solution is to use few simple tricks to reclaim existing disk space. Fortunately, there are at least half a dozen different methods to free up disk space, quickly. Unless you're a big-time movie fan or an avid gamer, a mid-sized modern hard drive is good enough for most users. In case, you're using a low capacity older hard drive with a modern Windows operating system, sooner or later, you're going to face storage space issues. That's where this guide can assist you in retrieving the lost disk space in a few simple steps. Before using some of the methodologies discussed below, I'll strongly recommend taking a backup of your important files and directories. Let's get started and free up hard drive space.
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How to Make Your WordPress Blog Search Engine Friendly

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SEO basics graphicsThe success of a WordPress blog is dependent on several factors and search engine optimization is one of them. If you're struggling to attract organic traffic for your blog despite publishing quality content on a consistent basis, probably you're not paying attention to the SEO basics. Though this guide is aimed at self-hosted WordPress users, publishers and bloggers using other content management systems can also take advantage of the generic SEO advice included in this tutorial. After applying the WordPress SEO tweaks mentioned below, overnight results are not guaranteed. It takes time for search engine crawlers to reindex the blog and to reassess the SEO tweaks applied on the site. Some of these SEO hacks can be applied instantly while others are a bit time-consuming. Whatever is the case, application of these search engine optimization tips will positively affect your WordPress blog in the long run. Let's move ahead and make sure that our WordPress blog is correctly optimized for search engines and that too from the core.
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How to Configure HTTPS for a Custom Domain Blogger Blog

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Lock icon within a laptop screenIf you're running your blog on Google's Blogger platform, a free, reliable, and stable CMS is powering your online abode. If you want to add a bit more weight to the SEO score of your blog, a switch to the secure and encrypted HTTPS version is highly recommended. Initially, it may seem a quick and easy job, but, if done correctly, it may take some time to complete the entire process. To ease out the entire job, I've written this step-by-step guide. If you're not aware what HTTPS is and how it affects a website in a positive way, read this comprehensive explanation of the same. The two important things to keep in mind before initiating such processes is to take a backup and to do it on the weekends when the traffic is at its lowest. If your blog is old with a huge archive, be ready to flex your muscles to get things done in a timely manner. If you stuck during the switch, reverting back to non-HTTPS version is a quick and simple process. Let's switch our Blogger blog to the HTTPS version through this comprehensive guide.
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14 Essential Windows 10 Privacy Settings

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Handheld zooming lens in front of a windowPrivacy and security are major concerns for every Windows 10 user in this era of telemetry and data collection. Today, we'll address these privacy concerns and will learn how to protect our private data and information while using a Windows 10 computer. Almost all of the privacy tweaks and tricks mentioned in this guide can be implemented by technically challenged too. Though some of the important privacy settings should be tweaked at the time of installation, one can do that at a later stage too. Select privacy tweaks are absolutely essential (strongly recommended) while others can be skipped depending on your personal preferences. It's not just about hardening various privacy settings but much of your privacy and security also depends on how you use the applications and Internet in this connected world. In case, you don't feel comfortable with a specific privacy tweak, feel free to revert back to the original settings. Let's get started and adjust the privacy settings of our Windows 10 PC to minimize the personal data leakage.
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The Ultimate Guide to Setup and Use Feedburner

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A business plan sketch on a deskAlmost every web publisher and digital marketer holds a Google account. And, if you do so, you can take advantage of its stable, free, and reliable email subscription service called Feedburner to deliver your website's content right in the inbox of the subscribers. If you're new to this service, you can obviously learn everything about it through this guide. But, if you're already using Feedburner, you can still benefit from this guide by learning about some of its lesser known features or about some of the features you never knew existed. If your website generates an RSS feed, then you can easily use this service regardless of the underlying content management system used on the web server. If you simply want to deliver fresh and new blog posts to your subscribers, there's no reason to go for a premium (paid) service for the same. Feedburner can do it reliably with any issues at all. So, here we go to master Feedburner settings and configuration through a step-by-step tutorial. Open your Feedburner dash to kick-start the process.
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6 Ways to Add a Free Contact Form on Your Website

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A web contact form sketchNo matter the type of a website or a blog running on the internet, a contact page is one of the essential pages, a visitor can access and use if required. And, on this important page, a contact form is required to enable the visitors to send you their messages, in an easy way. Today, we're going to learn about some of the best options to easily integrate a contact form on a website and that too, for free. No matter the type of underlying web software (CMS or static HTML) powering a website, these flexible contact forms work seamlessly on each one of them, without any issues. Though website and blog owners using a content management system can opt for a plugin, using the solutions mentioned below can give them a light and fast contact form that consumes almost no server resources. You'll need elementary code copy-pasting skills to embed these contact forms on a website. This means, even a layman can do it quite easily. So, let's get started and learn how we can easily embed an easy-to-use contact form on the desired webpage.
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How to Secure Your WordPress Website or Blog

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A lock iconSecurity has always been one of the major issues for a self-hosted WordPress site. Hackers often look for vulnerable websites whose security can easily be breached to exercise their evil intentions. With every new version, the core engine of WordPress is getting more and more secure. Still, some extra steps and configuration are needed to harden its security to the maximum. There's no silver bullet that can give you a guarantee of complete protection from hackers, but we can definitely make sure they get a tough time while attempting any intrusion. The methodologies discussed below, if implemented correctly, can enhance the security of your WordPress site by many folds, when compared with the default state. It doesn't matter if you're tech-savvy or not, with little effort, one can easily configure the security tweaks mentioned in this guide. And, if you're running a business website powered by WordPress, its security is of prime importance. So, look no further and take measures to secure your WordPress site, right now.
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12 Best and Free Shopping Cart (eCommerce) Applications

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Empty shopping cartWith the explosion of online shopping across the globe, taking your service or product on the internet is always going to be a wise move. For that, you'll need an eCommerce-enabled website. If you're offering multiple products, a shopping cart feature should be part of your online store. To build a secure and user-friendly eCommerce website, you'll need a specialized software solution. Fortunately, there are several free and powerful shopping cart applications one can use to power his online store. I've carefully handpicked some of the eCommerce solutions most of which are standalone bundles capable of running independently without any reliance on a parent content management system. Though all of the listed eCommerce applications below are free-to-use you'll still need a web hosting server to run such type of software. If you're looking to create your very own online store, look no further and try out these popular shopping cart solutions to give a boost to your business. Try them initially in a private test environment.
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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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