Justin Germino (a.k.a. Dragon Blogger) knows his technology. He also knows what thrills kids at Christmas (having two sons, himself), as well as thrilling us bigger kids, when it comes to gadgets, games, and tech. Last year, I interviewed Justin for a holiday gift guide series and this year marks the second annual Dragon Blogger Technology Gift Guide, complete with Justin’s recommendations, based on a year of testing and reviewing these gadgets. Remember I mentioned he has two sons? All the more credibility for Justin who knows how to give the technology a run for the money, as well as keeping up on the news, the trends, and where the technology is projected to go in the future.
With the 140 character limitation of Twitter, it’s important that we shorten the links we share in order to save space, yet Bit.ly actually does more than just shorten links. Bitly allows you to edit the shortened links you create so that you can customize them and make them more appealing. You also get stats for all of the links you create with Bitly that keep track of the number of shares and clicks coming from Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Google is constantly innovating and updating the performance of their Google Chrome Browser. The changes seem to sneak up on us like a thief in the night at times catching us off guard an unaware. Quite often the updates to Google Chrome are very subtle and have little impact on our day to day web surfing experience. Then there are times when a more radical change comes along that gets our attention and not always in a good way. In the post I’ll share the secrets to stay on top of the changes on Google Chrome and make you a Power User in record time.
Blogging and Internet Marketing is a minefield! Here are some must have tools that will enable more effective attraction, engagement and conversion. When I started my own business helping others improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their sales and marketing I was confident in my ability to market to my audience, manage the sales process and ultimately sell my services. What I overlooked was that a large part of my business was being done online, and this was a fairly new concept to me. As it is to most of us!
I’m a long time fan and supporter of Scoop.it and quite honestly I think it’s the best content curation platform available on the web today. Scoop.it took the initiative to gather together a select group of people who they knew they could count on to provide honest and unselfish feedback. These folks are on top of their game when it comes to content curation and they are passionate and committed to surfacing the most relevant, useful ideas for the topics they care about most.
The explosive growth of podcasting, often referred to as the podcasting renaissance, is typically attributed to the increased use of iPhones and Android phones which make listening to podcasts more accessible to users across the globe. If you haven’t started podcasting yet, now is the time to get your show up and running on iTunes so you can reach whole new audience of listeners and grow your audience. But if you started a podcast already, you might be looking for some advice on how to get a bigger piece of the podcasting traffic pie.
Most website owners start with one website, one blog, and one site to call their own. A growing number of site owners need multiple domain hosting. Find a hosting company that will support multiple site hosting. While most hosting companies do offer multiple domain hosting, the service varies tremendously. Once you find a good hosting company, check to see what features and benefits they have for their services.
Whether you have been blogging for years or you’re just getting started, it makes sense to compare your options. There are dozens of blogging platforms worthy of your consideration. The one that you choose will depend on your preferences and what you want to accomplish. If you feel that you’re stuck in WordPress Land, use this guide to decide whether it makes sense for you to stay there or move to another platform.
Search engine friendly web hosting helps your website generate more traffic by making sure you stay up on the rankings in a search engine’s search results. But is this really true? When a new web-master decides to take the plunge and buy web hosting it is never an easy step to take but many never give search engine friendly hosting a second thought. Let me discuss website hosting and how it is vitally important to the success of your website when it comes to dominating the search results.
I’m taking a big leap of faith by assuming Google Analytics is your preferred arena for tracking your website data. Most users would be accustomed to the standard reporting dashboard in Google Analytics. A well structured analytics dashboard will answer a few imminent questions so you can determine your site’s performance. I switched to using a Google Analytics Custom Dashboard to easily access the website data I require in a quick manner plus the ease of reproducing these reports is helpful.
Ever want to try improving the conversion rate of your blog, but didn’t have the money to hire a designer, the time to figure it all out, or technical prowess to pull it off? Well, I’m happy to say those excuses are no longer valid ever since the Google Experiments feature was integrated into Google Analytics. If you’re not familiar with Google Experiments Lab already, it’s a program that allows you to serve different variations of your blog to different website visitors and measure the performance of those page variations against your goals (more email opt-ins, lower bounce rates) to see which version performs the best. Let me explain in simpler terms with a hypothetical example on how to setup Google Experiments.
When I first heard Google Reader was going, I was really upset. It wasn’t so much about reader itself, but about the possibility of losing the services that depend on it, like my Google Reader interface of choice – Feedly. As it turned out, there was no need to worry, because thanks to some behind the scenes tech wizardry involving cloning APIs, Feedly will still be around and working long after Google Reader is gone. I’ve been using Feedly for around five years and at this stage I can’t even remember how I found it – what I do know is that I love it.
Podcasting is not for everyone. Podcasting is long-format content marketing, which means the audience expects you to dive deeper into your area of expertise. Yet despite the many experts, gurus, rockstars and ninjas within the content marketing space moving their voice to the podcast format, podcasting will NOT work for everyone. I outlined seven reasons you should NOT start podcasting. This serves as a guide to excuse yourself from moving into the podcast format of content marketing.
About a month ago, I saw Justin of Dragon Blogger talking on Facebook about a new service he was using called Incapsula. I decided to sign up (it’s free) and give Incapsula a try. The best way to visualize Incapsula is to think of it as the “middle man”. Incapsula sits between your server and your reader, so instead of your user’s computer asking your server to deliver your blog’s pages directly, it asks Incapsula and then Incapsula talks to your server. In addition to protecting your server, Incapsula also gets rid of some of the server load.