Improving Your Blog’s Security

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Your blog’s security might not be something you think much about in the beginning. However, as its readership becomes greater and you start getting more interest, you could also become of interest to cyber-criminals. Here are some ways to up the security of your blog and stay happy.

 

Secure your password

 

The login password to your blog will be the first place hackers target. From here they may be able to tamper with content or even access financial details if your blog is monetised in any way. You’re your password complex and regularly change it. Sites such as WordPress may have extra plug-ins such as Captcha features that could strengthen your login process against cyber-criminals.

 

Back up your blog

 

Protect the content of your blog from any hacker that tries to wipe it by having all your posts backed up. One way to do this is store documents of each post on your computer as you write them. Another option is to install a special backup plug-in. Stay safe in the knowledge that your posts will stay secure.

 

Guard against copy and paste thieves

 

Fraudulent bloggers may try to steal your content and claim it as their own. This is becoming a growing problem on the internet as data – as there are no rights to protect some content, it can be difficult making a claim against this behaviour. One method of defence is to use a service such as Tynt. Every time a fraudster blogger copy and pastes your post and tries to publish it, their coped post will come up with a link to your website after it along these lines: copied content + read more at (yourblog).com. They can still steal your content, but at least you will get the credit.

 

Protect your home address

 

In some cases, you may require people to post to your address, for example if you accept letters or press releases for doing product reviews. Putting your home address online can be dangerous – old-fashioned burglars are using the internet more and more to find the home addresses of people that they think may be worth targeting. For this reason, it may be worth getting yourself a virtual mailbox with digital forwarding. Your mail will get sent to a remote location somewhere and then forwarded to you, protecting your home details from strangers.

 

Install a firewall

 

Most of us have firewalls installed on our computers, but how many of us protect our blogs too? Special firewall tools such as OSE Firewall can help fix this, scanning your blog for any malicious codes from hackers. They also have in-built anti-spam features, which can prevent spammy comments and third party promotions from flooding your blog. There are other firewall plug-ins that can further secure your blog if needs be, although only major bloggers should worry about these. Incorporate all the above security methods and your blog will be a fortress against cyber-crime.

 

10 Part Time Online Jobs For Stay at Home Parents

As technology progress, it gives us opportunities to work anywhere and anytime we want. This kind of opportunities are heaven sent from above especially for stay-at-home moms and dads.

If you’re a parent and you want to have more time for your kids but don’t want to compromise your livelihood, these are the jobs that will fit your situation.

Home based jobs from different outsourcing sites such as upwork, onlinejobsph, freelancer, and golance, keep on increasing in numbers. Now is the perfect time to learn and apply for these kind of jobs.

Once you get to know the ins and outs of this online job thing, you may want to find a business you can work out to put it on the next level. But for now, here’s 10 of the most common home based jobs you can apply for online not just part-time but full time basis as well.

1. Become a Virtual Assistant

For small and big business owners, virtual assistants are very helpful. Outsourcing talents from overseas reduces the operational cost and level of stress, and increases rate of productivity.

The main goal of every businesses is profit and therefore virtual assistants are perfect in many business operation. Philippines and India are two of the top countries where businesses outsource their manpower.

If you are organized, has good oral and written communication skills, computer literate, and flexible in work, you can consider virtual assistance as your online job.

2. English Tutor

There’s an increasing demand for English tutor in Asian countries such as Japan and Korea. This is the perfect time to showcase your English skills. If you got a good command of the English language, you can earn around Php 18,000 per month part time and for the full-time tutors, around Php 30,000 every month.

If you really want to become an English tutor, it would be best if you can take courses to get certifications so you can present yourself as a qualified tutor. This way, you can increase your value and professionalize your craft.

3. Digital Marketing

Digital marketers are individuals that promotes the business directly to customers or other to business. Most of the time, a digital marketer works with a team consisting of web developer, content writer, copy writer, and social media manager.

Here are some of the things you might want to add to your skillset in order to work as Digital Marketer:

  • Web Design/development
  • Google Tools
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Platforms

4. Data Entry Jobs

This is probably one of the most easiest online jobs you can apply for. You don’t necessarily need an educational background of bachelor’s degree. Even if you’re a high school student and computer literate, you’re in.

Data Entry is commonly offered in many online job sites. If you are proficient in spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel, have fast typing skills, detail oriented, you can apply for data entry jobs.

This job is typically volume based. Clients will only pay high rate for high volume works for it to become a stable source of income.

5. Web Design

You can start applying for web design jobs on the internet even if you’re still a student. If you’re knowledgeable regarding the latest trend in web designs and you know UI/UX, you can start at $3-6 per hour on upwork.com.

Most of the people now browse through their smartphones so skill in designing mobile ready websites is a must-have and a big plus. So start building your portfolio now and showcase it to your prospect clients to win more jobs.

6. Blogging

Many companies now realized the advantage of having a blog in their websites and so content writers are highly in-demand.

Companies that has blog section on their websites are able to bring more results compared to sites that don’t have blog sections. This is why most companies today hire bloggers to produce regular contents for their websites.

You can start it on a part time basis then you can make it your full time business later on. If you want to work as a blogger or content-writer, you might to learn the following skills:

  • Different writing styles
  • Research skills
  • Marketing Skills
  • SEO

7. Transcription

A transcriber is someone who writes down a recorded audio or video. Basically, you’ll just write down what somebody else is saying. If you want to pursue this kind of work, it is advisable that you go through several training.

In this type of job, you only need to invest in a good computer, foot pedal, quality headset, and reliable internet service provider.

8. Customer Service Representative

Many foreign businesses prefer Filipino Customer Service Representatives over other nationality because of the neutral English accent. If you’ve tried BPO industry before, you might want to bring your job in your home. The typical rate for CSR agents is usually $3-5 per hour.

Your rate may increase over time but for you to become a good customer service representative, you must be well versed in the following areas:

  • English Communication
  • Writing/Composing Emails
  • Chat support
  • Phone handling skills

9. Fiverr Gigs

Fiverr is a website where you can earn from doing just about anything you can think of. It’s as simple as talent equals money. The spectrum can go from normal, to weird, up to crazy.

As long as you’re creative enough, you can monetize almost anything you can think of in Fiverr. Everything starting from $5. You can add more options to earn more.

You can gigs related to graphics design. You can video yourself to do something, do a beat box for somebody, do video editing, fix websites, and many more. Your imagination is your limit.

10. Consultancy Service

If you’re into Legal, Medical, Financial, Fitness, or knowledgeable in any field, you can offer consultancy job online. Many people are seeking for guidance and assistance in many different field. You can have a part time income from offering your service.

There’s a lot of businesses today, worldwide, recognize how outsourcing online can help them improve the efficiency of their businesses.

For us typical people, we want to take advantage of this opportunity of being able to work from the comfort of our home and spend more time with our loved ones.

About the author:
Louren is the founder and the publisher of PowerPinoys.com where he writes about freelancing, entrepreneurship, business, blogging, and other topics related. A web developer who turned into full time blogger.

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Helpful Advice For Making Blogging Stress Free

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Blogging is by far one of the best jobs in the world. You can work from home, write about your passions, develop an audience, and even get paid for it. There are so many benefits to blogging that it’s hard to imagine a downside.

But blogging can become stressful. It’s not just writing you have to worry about. Bloggers also have to market themselves, create fresh content each day, keep their web page well maintained and much more. If the stress of blogging is starting to get to you, it’s time to make a change. There are many adjustments you can make in your blogging habits to put the fun back into blogging again.

 

Organize Your Time

 

Bloggers want their blog to be the best it can be. But if you spend too much time on it, you can soon become sick of it. Bloggers often spend hours researching ideas, writing blogs, editing pages, and checking their statistics. Because it’s often done from home, blogging can turn into a 24-hour job for hyper-productive bloggers.

If this is you, take a step back. Time management is important for reducing stress, and it also makes you more productive. Treat blogging like any other job. Set yourself work hours and give yourself a chance to get out of the house and pursue other activities.

 

Utilize Blogging Services

 

For most bloggers, the writing is the good part. But managing a website, attracting visitors, and sending out emails is not their idea of fun. That’s why many services are available to give you a helping hand.

Instead of slaving away at marketing your blog, contact an adwords management company. These services do the advertising work for you, so you can reach your desired audience without taking time out of your blogging.

You could also use the services of a website expert to design and maintain your homepage for you. Blogging software like WordPress also makes running your blog much easier.

 

Have Positive Interactions With Readers

 

Your readers are the ones who keep your blog running. Be sure to let your audience know you appreciate them.

Using social media is a good way to interact with your audience. You can have personal conversations with them about your shared interests. Social networks are also useful for developing a following. If anyone sends you negative comments you don’t want to deal with, you can always block them.

Also, consider allowing Guest Posts on your blog. Your readers will most likely be enthusiasts in whatever your blog is about. They can contribute articles that you can learn from and enjoy. Allowing user contribution also takes the stress out of having to create more fresh content yourself.

 

Stay Healthy

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Bloggers who work too hard can fall into the trap of neglecting their health. Too many hours a day spent hunched over in front of a keyboard can impact your body negatively.

 Be sure to practice Mindful Posture. Improving your posture when you sit and getting up to move around will prevent any spinal problems developing.

 Also, make time for physical activity. Going for a run or hitting the gym for an hour every morning will have significant benefits for your health. Exercising also boosts your creativity, so it’s the ideal way for bloggers to beat writer’s block!

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Keep Calm and Watch Movies

What movie made you fall in love with watching movies?

Art imitates life.  Oscar Wilde would probably pelt me with rotten tomatoes, as I’m not really in a philosophical mood right now, so I’ll just hastily say that this means that art is a depiction of what real life is about.

Movies, I’d like to think, are a form of art.  Movies are not so much about being a form of escape from reality, as they are about imitating life.  Life is about self-expression, and movies- as a form of art- provide an avenue for that.

I’m one who has always been a sucker for this form of art.  And the movie which started it all, which made me fall in love with watching movies, was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.  It warms my heart to this very day whenever I think about this sci-fi movie about a lonely boy who befriends an alien stranded on earth.

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Since E.T. has served as a springboard for my movie addiction, I knew that I simply must have an app which feeds this “cinematic hunger”, so to speak.  Lo and behold, I stumbled upon GMovies which they say is the “ultimate pocket app for your movie fix”- and for good reason!

GMovies, the first of its kind here in the Philippines, is a free app powered by Globe Telecom which acts as a one-stop shop for movie tickets.  Here, you can view showtimes, book the best seats, and buy movie tickets without breaking a sweat.  Long lines at the cinema ticket counter are now a thing of the past.

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You can fully enjoy the GMovies experience by following their social pages:
– GMovies on Facebook
– @GMoviesApp on Twitter
– @GMovies on Instagram
– GMovies on Youtube

Even with an unassuming movie like E.T., art does imitate life.  Although the existence of aliens is still debatable, what E.T. as a movie imitates about life is the poignant friendship the boy had with an alien. If that’s not what life is all about, I don’t know what is.

How about you?  What movie made you fall in love with watching movies?

 

20 Ways You Can Be the Best Friend Ever

The first time in my life when I felt like a celebrity was when I turned 18.  At my debut party, my closest friends from school surprised me with their a cappella rendition of James Taylor’s You’ve Got a Friend.  I thought that was really sweet, although I wanted to cringe from all the attention I wasn’t so used to getting.

So, this got me to thinking about how one can be a good friend.  The term BFF has become so popular these days that I wonder if we really know what it means to be somebody’s best friend.

Off the top of my head, here are 20 ways you can be the best friend ever:

  1.  Sing her a song for her birthday.  This could be any song in your vocal chord range.  Even You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story should work.
  2. Cheer her on at her pole dancing recital.   Supporting her just when she needs it speaks volumes.
  3. Tell her she looks fat.  Instead of sugarcoating things, be honest and tell her when her excess fat is bursting at the seams.  Better you tell her than somebody else, right?
  4. Correct her grammar.  A true friend wouldn’t want her friend to be embarrassed when in front of many people.  So while it’s just the two of you, go ahead and tactfully improve her flaws.
  5. Eat together.  There’s nothing like dining with your friend to bring you two closer.
  6. Drink together.  So if she unintentionally gets drunk, you’d be there to drag her puke-infested body home.
  7. Listen to her.   It helps ease the pain when you share the burden just by listening to your friend vent.
  8. Give her space.
  9. Don’t be jealous of her other friends.
  10. Be honest with her.  Never lie to your friend.
  11. Fix her hair.  If you have a knack for hairdressing, have a primping session with your friend.
  12. Be there when you say you will.
  13. Stand up for her.  Show her that you’ve got her back.
  14. Email or Skype regularly.  Bridge the gap from long-distance friendships by constantly communicating with your friend.
  15. Don’t flirt with her boyfriend.  Seriously.
  16. Don’t flirt with her husband.  Even more seriously.
  17. Do little things for her.  Offer to look after your single-mom-friend’s kid while she’s away doing errands.
  18. Laugh with her.  Share the silliest, foot-stomping jokes with her.
  19. Trust her.  Trust her with your darkest secrets.  Trust that she’ll also be there for you when you need her.
  20. A real friend calls.  Coincidentally, Globe Telecom has an ongoing promo which lets you make calls for cheap.  “With GoUnli20, it’s now easy to call without a need for a prefix and it’s just P20 for unli calls, 15mb of mobile surfing, and 20 texts to all networks! Kaya if you need a friend, don’t call me, I’ll call you!”

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Top 15 Single Mom Blogs of 2014

I love surprises.  Make no doubt about it, this came as a pleasant one.  This Pepperrific blog is part of this list:

I couldn’t be more grateful for this humble recognition.  It’s not everyday people get to notice you, right?  To think that for a while back, I had thoughts of quitting this blog.  Good thing, I didn’t.

Like an actress who has just won a Golden Globe award, I’d like to say thank you to Earnest Parenting for the award. Special thanks go to everybody who has been with me all through my blogging years.  I would never have achieved anything if not for those people who have relentlessly helped me with all the intricacies of blogging.   Now, this is the part where I surreptitiously wipe off a tear from the corner of my eye…

So, if anybody sees me doing cartwheels or suddenly breaking into song, you now know why.

 

The One Without a Witty Title

More than two weeks have gone by, and I still haven’t written a new post for this blog.  This is more than a simple case of writer’s block.

Just like a romance gone sour, I feel I have lost my passion to write.  The motivation to weave words into moving pieces has taken a one-way ticket to oblivion.  I’d much rather curl myself up in a corner and immerse myself in a book, or daydream the whole day while pigging out on greasy burgers and fries.

Could this be merely a phase?  I hope so.  It would be a shame to put all this hard work to waste.

Until I sort my goals out, I will be stuck in limbo, uncertain of what steps to take next.  I’m unsure of where I’m headed.

Now, this has just turned into an utterly boring blog post, devoid of any moral, social or emotional significance.

I’m pathetic.

Blogging Daddy Style

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Dads are just as excited about babies as us women, so why shouldn’t they share that joy with the world just like we do. Daddy style blogs have something for everyone; they are not just for the boys. They can offer great gift ideas, fun things to do for days out in the holidays or just an insight into life as a brand new dad. Here are just a few blogs that many of you might find interesting.

Didyoujustcallmedad.com is a brand new blog created by a brand new dad. Just had a baby in May, the author adds a lot of posts about, well, pretty much everything. There are posts about the baby, giveaways and offers that might be of interest to parents, and even an invite for guest bloggers. This is ideal for those parents- or anyone really- who wants to blog about family related stuff to try their hand at it before getting their own site. The site is still in its infancy but gets plenty of hits per month, and as the new baby grows, I am sure this blog will too.

Daddyscrubs.com has its own blog that covers so many things. There are celebrity pregnancies, tips for throwing a great child’s birthday party and product reviews. The site itself sells scrubs for dads, so if you do not want to visit a site that also sells stuff, then perhaps this one is not for you. If like me, you don’t mind to have a browse- after all you never know when you are going to run out of gift ideas for hubby- then pop over and check out this site. It’s really very good.

http://www.Theoutdoorsdad.com is definitely going to be one of my favourite dad blogs. It’s quite new so, at the moment, posts over there are limited, but it is the general idea behind the blog that appeals to me.  As the name suggests, theoutdoorsdad.com advocates spending more time outside as a family. Excellent idea, I think. Kids these days don’t have the same freedom we did when we were younger- when it was safer for us to play outside, wander off to the park and be away for hours with no parental supervision. My child will never know that type of freedom growing up and that is a shame. Theoutdoorsdad.com draws on his experiences of camping trips and days out with his family from when he was a child when he writes his posts, so this one is definitely on my watch list.

So, new dads, expectant dads or granddads, take a look around.  There are plenty of blogs to keep you interested, and mums, don’t feel like you’re missing out. Choose your favourites from the hundreds of thousands out there and subscribe. You’ll never know when those top tips on great days out, or the latest computer game review will work in your favour.

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Blog

If earning is your reason for blogging, then you must know how to improve and enhance your blog. This way, you could attract more clients to make you advertisement offers.

There are plenty of ways you can enhance your blogs. But the most important thing to remember in maintaining a blog site is to update it regularly by posting related topics and such. Aside from that, there are other factors to consider too. The following are things to take note of in improving your blog:

  1. Having your own logo is an advantage. Although not really necessary, this stuff gives your blog more impact. You can check out a free logo maker available online for your logo needs.
  2. A simple and clean blog design is also recommended. As with the logo, it is not necessary but this one is highly recommended, as a lot of spam-like blogs are created these days.  If your blog appears spammy, this will make advertisers think twice about advertising on your blog. So always keep your blog neat, nice and simply attractive.
  3. Post only related topics and articles with a content-rich quality. Unnecessary posts put your blog in a bad light. Although most advertisers don’t really care, it’s still good practice if you put only related topics on your blog.
  4. Avoid accepting non-related websites linking to your blog. For instance, if you have a parenting blog, don’t post adult ads there. That just doesn’t make sense.
  5. Use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This improves traffic to your website, especially if the topic you are promoting is very interesting and somehow helpful for netizens.
  6. Invest in having your own hosting plan and domain if you plan to earn from blogging. If you don’t have any idea what these are, you can check out some reviews or articles about them online.

There are still a lot of other factors to consider, but the ones mentioned above are highly recommended and are also proven to help those who would like to earn in the blogging field. So, if you are planning to start your own blog, always keep these pointers in mind.