07 December 2013

Measure Search Trends With The More Precise Topic Reports From Google



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Building on the support tools around Google Search, the company has improved Google Trends with new topic reports. The new topic reports aim to be more precise by taking into account the differences between similar search terms. Google’s own example demonstrates how analogous search terms can skew results on Google Trends. Looking up “rice” on Google Trends could mean either measuring search interest in Rice University or the rice you eat. Searching for a popular term like “Gwyneth Paltrow” also does not factor in the misspellings people might be using to search for the actress. The improved topic reports seek...


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Google Search For Android Can Now Help You Find Information With Your Installed Apps



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We use apps to search for information while on the move. It could be the Wikipedia app for tapping into encyclopedic information, IMDb for movies trivia, or recipes from Allthecooks. Google Search for Android now makes it easier by turning itself into the interface for all kinds of search results you used to perform with apps. The Google Search app uses an Open in App button to prompt you to open the right app for more detailed information. The feature is not unlike a search accelerator that saves you time with searches. When you search for a key term, Google...


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Instapaper Updates Chrome Extension With Highlighting, Inline Buttons



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Instapaper makes it easy to create and manage bookmarked articles that are synced across various devices, waiting for you to read those later. And if you are a Google Chrome user, then there’s good news as the Instapaper extension has got a major update with a bunch of new features. With the Chrome extension installed, you can not only bookmark a page but also highlight a key paragraph from it, for easy reference when you revisit the article. “Simply highlight a key chunk of text, right-click it and choose ‘Save to Instapaper’ from the right-click menu, and your selection will...


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Instapaper Updates Chrome Extension With Highlighting, Inline Buttons



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Instapaper makes it easy to create and manage bookmarked articles that are synced across various devices, waiting for you to read those later. And if you are a Google Chrome user, then there’s good news as the Instapaper extension has got a major update with a bunch of new features. With the Chrome extension installed, you can not only bookmark a page but also highlight a key paragraph from it, for easy reference when you revisit the article. “Simply highlight a key chunk of text, right-click it and choose ‘Save to Instapaper’ from the right-click menu, and your selection will...


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Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses Are More Global, User-Friendly



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Copyright law can be confusing. While infographics like this can help us to grasp it better, Creative Commons has been on a crusade to make it much easier for the average user to understand. And with the release of v4.0, licenses are becoming more internationally robust and user-friendly. “The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before,” Diane Peters of Creative Commons said in a blog post. Working with...


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11 Christmas Decorations You Can Easily Make From Recycled Materials



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The holidays. It’s time for family, time for friends, time for good food, and time for shopping. If once this time of the year inspired people to relax at home around the fire, today it puts people into a frenzy of consuming, consuming and… yep, consuming more. It’s not your fault, it’s just the way it goes in our culture. So yes, you may have to buy some gifts for your family, friends, and colleagues, but do you really have to buy new Christmas decorations every year? Of course, you can buy them once and then reuse the same ones...


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06 December 2013

5 Ways You Can Make And Mine Bitcoin Currency



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Have you heard of Bitcoins — the digital currency that has recently experienced a dramatic increase in value? Now estimated at over $1,200 per Bitcoin, the revolutionary and controversial method of payment has been making headlines around the world. There are plenty of reasons why you might want to start performing transactions using Bitcoins, but before you can even do that you’ll have to find a way to collect Bitcoins! Here are 5 different ways you can start earning yourself some Bitcoins. Investing Investing is the easiest way of accessing Bitcoins. This works in the same way as exchanges for...


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Medium 1.0 Redesigns The Reading And Writing Experience



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Launched last year by Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, Medium has been making waves as a writing platform. Now, it has got its first major update, pushing it to version 1. “With 1.0, we’ve redesigned the reading and writing experience to make your stories look better and have more impact. We’ve also changed how collections work to enable curation and improve discoverability,” Williams says. The team has made refinements to the typography, spacing, and responsiveness of the design, so that posts look better on all devices, PC and mobile. The big new addition is cover images, which lets...


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Patent Trolls, Android 4.4.1, Satoshi Nakamoto, Real Robocop [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, the U.S. takes on patent trolls, Android 4.4.1 arrives with added camera goodness, there’s a difference of opinion over Bitcoin, with China and America on opposing sides, the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is possibly revealed, Google gives you your Gmail data, Twitter comes to dumbphones via USSD, Any.do Cal arrives on Android, and the real-life Robocop makes its (his? hers?) debut. Patent Trolls Begone The first step in fighting back against patent trolls: http://t.co/Tz4k0gN5ph. But only the first step. — Paul Graham (@paulg) December 5, 2013 The United States House of Representatives has passed...


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Google Page Rank Update - December 2013



Looks like finally Google has rolled out the second Page Rank update for the year of 2013. This is a major update and I see a lot of fluctuations. Many sites have dropped their page rank in this update and some have boosted up.

If you don't know Page Rank is one of the major Google Algorithm which varies from 0 to 10 based upon the number of backlink's a site has. Higher the better.

Page Rank has lost its importance with time. I can clearly see the page rank algorithm has changed to a certain extent this time.



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Change Windows 8.1 Charms Bar Icons Using Charms Bar Customizer



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About two years ago, when Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released to the public, a Windows enthusiast had released a free tool called My WCP Charms Bar Customizer to fully customize the newly introduced Charms bar. The tool let users change the default search, share, devices, settings, and Windows logo icons in the Charms bar […]

Build A Custom Windows 8 Start Menu Using Toolbars



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Is the removal of the reliable, familiar and perhaps loved Windows Start Menu the most controversial thing in computing ever? When Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would be released without a Start button and accompanying menu, there seemed little sense in the decision. After all, Windows 7 was probably the most efficient version of the operating system yet, in terms of how quickly a user could switch from tapping the Start button to finding the file they needed or running their preferred task. To drop the vast number of possibilities that found a home in the Start Menu was an...


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Auto Awesome, Winter Special



This is beautiful and clever. Google+ added 2 auto awesome effects just in time for Christmas.



1) Twinkle: upload a new photo of something that sparkles (like a Christmas tree or a chandelier), and we'll gift you a version with lights that actually twinkle.



2) Snow: upload a new photo with snow to Google+, and we'll gift you a version with snow that’s actually falling.



Here are 2 examples:









Please note that this only works for new photos. Check the animations generated for other Google+ users: #AutoAwesomeTwinkle and #AutoAwesomeSnowGlobe.

Export Gmail and Google Calendar Data



Google Takeout now lets you export your calendars and it will soon add a similar feature for Gmail. The calendar exporting feature is not new - you could find it in the Google Calendar settings, but it's nice to see that Google Takeout gets more comprehensive and adds support for new services.



The Gmail exporting feature is completely new and it will be gradually released next month. It will let you download a big MBOX file you can import in mail clients like Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail. You can also use this feature to backup your Gmail messages and read them offline.






"You can download all of your mail and calendars or choose a subset of labels and calendars. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other Google data," informs Google.

05 December 2013

Become A Google Analytics Filtering Ninja With These Helpful Tips



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If you’re pulled over by a police officer for speeding, do you think it might matter whether or not you were driving through a school zone filled with kids, or whether you were driving on the Interstate? Having the whole story when it comes to judging a situation is critical, whether you’re talking about speeding with a car, or evaluating your website performance. Google Analytics remains the single most popular — and yes, the most powerful — tool at your disposal to get the whole story when it comes to who is visiting your website, how many people are visiting...


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Toeing The Line: 4 Things To Keep In Mind When Web Browsing At Work



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cyberslacking (n.) The act of avoiding work and/or other responsibilities by scouring the Internet in search of games or other non-work related amusements. Also known as goldbricking. We’ve all done it whether we were at work, at school, or elsewhere. The mindless busywork that comes as part of your job description catches up to you and you just need a moment of freedom — so you inconspicuously hover over that Firefox or Chrome icon… and click. Next thing you know, an hour flies by and you’re behind. Though white-collar workers like to adhere to the traditional 40-hour work week, not...


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An eye Opener Guide for Bloggers about Link Building




About Guest Author: Hi my name is Ravi Kumar. I am a blogger and can't see my existence without blogging. Normally I write on Topic like - Blogging, SEO, Web designing ,Technology, Earn Money Online etc. I just started blogging one year ago but it took almost a year to learn everything about blogging and now I can say that I have enough information about blogging. Since I faced some problem in the early stage of my blogging career, I don't want people to face the same. That's the reason why I write on blogging and other topics which can help blogger. Visit my blog Geteverything.org and also follow me on my social networks.

For many bloggers, Link building can be boring, Confusing and waste of time but still, It holds the key in SEO industry. If you are reading this Blog Post, You are either a Blogger or Webmaster. If I am right, You already know the importance of getting First page appearance in Google SERPs(Search Engine Result Pages). It would be interesting for you to know that, a good Link building strategy can bring your blog posts to the first Page of Google SERPs. As a result, You will get huge amount of Organic Traffic which will boost up your earnings. Most of the new bloggers are either not focusing on Link building or using wrong Link building strategies which harms them instead of helping. In this article, I will tell you about Correct and Powerful link building strategies which really works.



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The Old Google Contacts, No Longer Available



The old version of Google Contacts was available at www.google.com/contacts_v1, but now it redirects to the standard version. It was a much simpler site that worked better on a mobile phone or tablet.






You can still use the basic HTML Google Contacts available at https://mail.google.com/mail/h/?v=cl.



{ Thanks, +Katty Geltmeyer. }

NSA Tracking, Pony Passwords, Reversible USB, Santa Trackers [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, the NSA is tracking us all, the Pony Botnet snags 2 million passwords, next-gen USB is going to be reversible, Beats Music gets a launch date, Valve joins the Linux Foundation, the PopUp Archive is launched, and two Santa trackers — one powered by Google, the other by Bing — go into battle. The NSA Is Tracking Your Phone practically every other sentence in this piece detailing the nsa's massive location tracking program is devastating http://t.co/Jiaej52423 — matt (@mattbuchanan) December 4, 2013 The NSA is likely tracking the location of your phone, along with the...


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NSA Tracking, Pony Passwords, Reversible USB, Santa Trackers [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, the NSA is tracking us all, the Pony Botnet snags 2 million passwords, next-gen USB is going to be reversible, Beats Music gets a launch date, Valve joins the Linux Foundation, the PopUp Archive is launched, and two Santa trackers — one powered by Google, the other by Bing — go into battle. The NSA Is Tracking Your Phone practically every other sentence in this piece detailing the nsa's massive location tracking program is devastating http://t.co/Jiaej52423 — matt (@mattbuchanan) December 4, 2013 The NSA is likely tracking the location of your phone, along with the...


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WinReducer 8.1 Now Available For Download



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The developer behind WinReducer 8 has recently updated the program and it now officially supports the recently released Windows 8.1. For those who aren’t familiar with WinReducer, it’s a free software designed to help you customize Windows 8.1 setup ISO by integrating drivers, software, updates, new themes, and tweaks. Users who previously have used WinReducer […]

Facebook Updates Apps On Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone



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Facebook is making steady progress on Microsoft’s two main operating systems, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8. The social network recently introduced snap view and photo downloads on its Win 8.1 app, and has now pushed another update that brings better tagging and live tiles. The tiles are also the focus of an update on Facebook Beta for Windows Phone. Facebook for Windows 8.1 The Modern app for Facebook brings support for tagging, one of the main features of Facebook, letting you tag your friends in messages and photos. Additionally, when you add a new profile pic in Facebook, you...


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5 Types Of YouTube Videos That Need To Die




There are many great videos uploaded to YouTube each and every day. Which isn’t surprising when you consider that 100 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. That’s a lot of clips of cute cats and dumb dogs. But clips of cute cats and dumb dogs are welcomed, unlike some other types of videos which are either pointless, annoying, stupid, unnecessary, or all of the above. These are the genres of videos that no one should watch. They deserve to get zero views and zero comments, because they don’t deserve a place on the most popular video...


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How Do You Pick A Great Domain Name?



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Choosing the perfect domain name for your website is like choosing the perfect name for your first child. Sound over-dramatic? Well, considering you could spend longer growing that site than you would spend growing a child, it’s not. Yes, in the past here at MakeUseOf, we’ve discussed everything to do with building a website, everything from avoiding common SEO mistakes and launching a site using free website services, to launching an online store. We’ve also talked about domain names before, including how to use domain name search tools that might help, and how to make sure you get a good...


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04 December 2013

10 Online Resources For Bicycle Maintenance And Riding Skills



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How much do you know about repairing and maintaining your bike? How good of a rider do you think you are? Whether you’re just beginning to become a more avid cyclist (perhaps because you saw all those awesome biking videos), or you’ve been riding for a while, there is a lot to know. Just like there are things you can do to maintain your computer for free, there are things you can do to keep your bike in great shape too, so that when you’re out on a ride, you encounter fewer problems. The same applies to your own riding...


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Why These 7 Uses Of YouTube Could Be Better Than Kittens And Music



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YouTube is more than an alternative to “MTV”. Or loving cute cats without going through the hassle of actually owning one. There are many alternatives to YouTube and some you might even consider as better than YouTube itself, but there is none other that lays out the same buffet on the video-serving table. The visual smorgasbord of amazing YouTube channels seems like a never-ending stream. The ease and wide-reach of hosting videos on YouTube makes it an ideal medium for many novel uses. We explore some below. Some might be new…some might be familiar…but all show what can be done...


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Technophilia 91 Live From MakeUseOf



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This week on Technophilia, Justin is out of town, so Dave and James hold it down, along with the help of one of MakeUseOf’s big wigs, Dr. Jackson Chung. We talk about the biggest tech headlines of the week, as well as take part in plenty of other nonsense. This week’s show is brought to you by Bitdefender’s Clueful for iOS. It is the world’s first and only way to really understand how iOS apps treat user’s privacy. Installed apps are easy to analyze for understanding of the privacy-associated concerns that may affect you. Tech News Teachers Can Now Offer...


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Pop Up Archive Transcribes and Tags Sounds, Searches Historical Broadcasts



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Initially started as a project at University of California, Berkeley, Pop Up Archive is a new tool to help journalists, media, archivists, historians and others easily find and reuse sound. “As we launch Pop Up Archive publicly, our goal has grown much bigger. We want to make it easy for all storytellers to find and reuse recorded sound. Now, anyone can visit popuparchive.org to make audio findable through auto-transcription, auto-tagging, and easy-to-use sound management tools. We’re gathering thousands of hours of sounds from around the world, audio collections large and small — and they’re all waiting to be discovered,” says...


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Real Google Androids, UPS Drones, Free Office 365, Star Wars Selfies [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, Google starts building robots, sales of PCs are expected to fall sharply, Spotify woos artists, the PlayStation 4 hits the 2 million sold milestone, UPS tries to one-up Amazon, Office 365 is offered free to students, and Star Wars lands on Instagram with a Darth Vader selfie. Google Building Androids, For Real Andy Rubin emerges from the shadows with an army of robots. Sleep tight! http://t.co/FGabL6fNHd — Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) December 4, 2013 Google is developing its own army of robots, with Android founder Andy Rubin in charge of bringing this vision through to reality....


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Location Autocomplete in Google Calendar



When you enter a location for a Google Calendar event, Google now shows a list of suggestions. For example, if you type "Google H", one of the suggestions is "Google Headquarters". The nice thing is that Google also adds the address.






It's not clear how suggestions are ranked, but they're different from the Google Maps search suggestions. Nearby places are placed at the top of the list even if they're not that important.



{ Thanks, John Wilke. }

Short URLs in the New Google Maps



One of the cool things about the new Google Maps is that the URL is updated automatically when you navigate the map, so you can simply copy it from the address bar. Unfortunately, the URL is still huge and a short version is often useful.



Now you can get a short URL by clicking the gear icon at the bottom of the page, selecting "share and embed map" and checking "short URL". I think the short URL should be displayed by default, since the long version can be found in the address bar. "By using a short URL, you can squeeze a long Google Maps link into fewer characters to leave more room to say what's on your mind," explains Google.






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15 Ways To Turn Your Best Instagram Shots Into Gorgeous Gifts



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Instagram gifts? Who would want a thing like that? If that’s your thinking, it’s only because you have no idea what’s in store for you out there. Yes, it’s that time of the year again, and you’re racking your brain to find some original gifts. Instagram-based gifts may sound like the tackiest thing of earth, but by the time you’re through reading this, you’ll find the perfect gift for at least several family members, and maybe some Instagram-loving friends. This is not just magnets and prints we’re talking about. Turns out there’s almost nothing you can’t print your best Instagram...


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How To Build A Desktop Start Menu Replacement In Windows 8.1



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Are you tired of the Modern interface? Windows 8.1 allows you to boot to the desktop. If only the restored Start Button would launch a proper Start Menu! Well, it sort of can. Step 1: Boot To Desktop This is the thing Microsoft got right in Windows 8.1: you can finally boot to the desktop natively. To enable this feature, go to the desktop, right-click the taskbar and select Properties. In the Taskbar and Navigation properties window, switch to the Navigation tab and under Start screen, select the option “When I sign in or close all applications on a screen,...


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Chromecast Game



If you have a Chromecast and you want to try a new app that supports Google's dongle, install TicTacToe for Android or for iOS. It's a very simple game that requires 2 players and displays the results on your TV. You can install it on an Android phone or tablet, on an iPhone or iPad, but you need 2 devices to play the game.






While the game is pretty simple, it shows that Chromecast isn't just for streaming music and video. Once the Google Cast API is out of beta, you'll find a lot more interesting apps.



{ via Reddit }

03 December 2013

Create A Killer Website Analytics Dashboard With Google Core Reporting API



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If you had the choice between flying an airplane blindfolded or flying it with your eyes open, which would you prefer? The same holds true for running a website. Would you like to just publish a site and run it blindly, or would you like a full-featured, functional dashboard that shows you what’s going on with the site at all times? If you’re familiar with Google Analytics, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Google offers a powerful API called the Google Core Reporting API, which lets you tap into the numbers from your Google Analytics account. You can use...


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The 10 Best YouTube Channels For Automotive Enthusiasts



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Cars aren’t as cool as they used to be. Fewer teenagers are applying for a driver’s license every year (in the United States, at least) while European gearheads try to still have fun while dealing with emission taxes. While today’s best automobiles are truly the best ever made, getting into the hobby isn’t as easy as it used to be. Thankfully, YouTube can help. The Internet’s favorite video streaming site is brimming with excellent automotive channels that provide informative reviews, excellent head-to-head comparisons, and in some cases, a fair bit of humor. In many ways, these channels seem to provide...


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Teachers Can Now Offer Office 365 To Their Students For Free With Worldwide Launch Of Microsoft’s Student Advantage



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The worldwide launch of Microsoft’s Student Advantage program now allows teachers to offer Office 365 to their students for free. The initiative will allow teachers to help their students prepare for the technological demands of the modern workplace. The program was announced in October, and with the latest announcement on Microsoft’s blog, the Student Advantage program has been opened up to 35,000 schools and colleges worldwide. Students are uniquely placed to derive the benefits. If their educational institution signs up and uses a license for the Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus (for official use by staff and faculty),...


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Sites that Pay you for Writing Articles (Sponsored Posts)



Sponsored Posts are one of the most popular ways to make money from your blog.Though Google says that Sponsored Reviews or sponsored posts are against their webmaster guidelines, if done with care and a little common sense you can make good money.In this article I have listed some best sites to get sponsored reviews.


1.SponsoredReviews.com


One of the old yet very popular site to find advertisers and write sponsored posts on your blog for which you will be getting paid.


  • The bad thing about Sponsored Reviews is they keep 50% commission you generate from every sponsored post as they were acting as a mediator between you and the advertiser.

  • To get quick approval you must have good page rank and alexa rank.




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Boost Productivity With These Excellent Google Spreadsheet Scripts



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Did you know that the suite of products on Google Drive, especially Google Spreadsheet, can have their functionality extended by custom scripts? These scripts can dramatically improve your productivity while using Google Spreadsheet, and it’s relatively easy to alter existing scripts or even create your own! If you use a spreadsheet application to crunch data, then custom scripts could be the master key. Start rolling with these excellent Google Spreadsheet scripts and make use of your data in new ways. How To Use Scripts Before you begin drooling over the following Google Spreadsheet scripts, it’s important to know how to...


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Top 5 Online Subscriptions You Can Give As Gifts



With the ever increasing digitization of society, online subscriptions have become a valid form of gift-giving and they're often more fulfilling than a physical gift of same worth.

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Personalized Embedded Google Maps



Last week, Google announced that you can now embed maps in the new Google Maps interface. Just click the gear icon at the bottom of the page and select "embed map". You can pick from the 3 sizes that are available or click "custom size" to enter your favorite width and height.






The most interesting thing about the new embeds? "This map is built for you. When you view this map on your site, you'll see your saved places on the map. Your site's visitors won't see those saved places – they'll see a map built for them." This only happens if you see your profile icon in the top right corner of the map. You can star locations in an embedded map and they'll be saved to your Google account.






"You can embed a basic map, driving directions, or a local search into your website or blog from the new Google Maps," informs Google.

Google Santa Tracker



Google no longer offers the official Santa Tracker. Last year, NORAD partnered with Microsoft and Google launched its own service. Now the Google Santa Tracker is back with cool games and nifty features that help you get into the Christmas spirit.



"On Christmas Eve we'll be proudly showcasing a preview of Santa's dashboard -- the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey. We've received this special preview from one of Santa's many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa's dashboard - featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering - will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way. Our friendly elves have also invited you to explore Santa's village while Santa gets ready for his journey. So go ahead and explore his village, you might just find some fun activities and meet some interesting elves," informs Google.












{ via Adam Haberlach. }