Affiliate Links - to Cloak or Not to Cloak
Last Updated: October 10, 2015
Let's first get the question of what is link cloaking out of the way. Normally, an affiliate link is a cumbersome thing, and doesn't entice clicks. An Amazon affiliate link might look like the following little gem when a visitor hovers over the link's anchor text: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NIYJF6U/ref</a>=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00NIYJF6U&linkCode=as2&tag=lifeslargech-19&linkId=3ZZ7XLL7RCJS5FHH Rather than showing your site
What's in Your Computer?
Last Updated: October 8, 2015
I have lots of information on the computer - 6 or 7 terabytes! There are times I lose track of what I filed where, and times I forget having a resource saved at all! How do you keep track of all the bits and pieces? (Re) Introducing Google Desktop SearchThe good news is that Google Desktop Search (GDS) is free. The bad news is that it was discontinued by Google in September of 2011. But... wait for it... the good news is that you can still download and use the power of Google to search and inde
Amp Up Your Google Search!
Last Updated: October 7, 2015
You may be familiar with how to use Google to search. Some common search techniques include:Simply putting a word or words in the search field - Google will try to return links to pages that contain all those words.Putting those same words in "double quotes" - Google will try to return results with those exact words, and in that exact word order.Put a hyphen or minus sign before any word you do not want to have included in your search results. Google will delete results that contain that word.D
Want to be Helpful - But Feeling a Little Snarky?
Last Updated: October 4, 2015
The word "helpful" is self explanatory - but "snarky"? The Urban Dictionary defines snarky asA witty mannerism, personality, or behavior that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term. Snark is sometimes mistaken for a snotty or arrogant attitude. "Her snarky remarks had half the room on the floor laughing and the other half ready to walk out."Combining helpful and snarkyHave you ever wanted to help someone that's got a legitimate question or a problem,
Last Updated: October 2, 2015
Do you ever wonder if your site is down? Alternately, have you ever wondered if another site you're trying to access is down?Monitoring your site(s)You can monitor your site on an ongoing basis by using a service like http://uptimerobot.com which allows you to keep tabs on as many as 50 sites for free. It monitors the sites' status, alerting you by email when one of the sites goes down and when it comes back online. Uptimerobot also keeps track of your sites' response times. This is not the loa