Why You Should Avoid Hotlinking

Have you started using the new WordPress bookmarklet? It’s the “button” you add to your browser that basically turns the current webpage into a blog post. One of the new features is that it “suggests” embedding an image from that webpage … an image that doesn’t belong to you (in most cases).

Free Technology for Teachers defines hotlinking as “inserting a picture into a blog post through a URL rather than uploading the image file itself to your blog.” This is fine, if you own the picture. However, if you are bascially “stealing” someone else’s image, that’s when it becomes a problem.

So, don’t hotlink your images!

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Source: What is Hotlinking? – Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It | Free Technology for Teachers

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Turn Your Tablet into a Productivity-Boosting Second Screen

Want to learn “How to Turn Your Tablet into a Productivity-Boosting Second Screen“? Check out this Lifehacker article.

Tablets are great entertainment devices, but they aren’t always as useful for getting things done. If you want your tablet to be more than just a fun little toy, it’s really just a matter of the right apps, attitude, and configuration. Here’s how you can turn your tablet into a handy, productivity-boosting tool.

The short version:

  • Step One: Download Some Work-Friendly Apps.
  • Step Two: Create Useful Bookmarks and Shortcuts.
  • Step Three: Create a Productivity Page on Your Home Screen.
  • Step Four: Get Your Computer and Tablet Connected.

They have step-by-step directions and app recommendation. Check it out.

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Source: How to Turn Your Tablet into a Productivity-Boosting Second Screen

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Ways to Make Money With Your Blog

If you’re a blogger trying to monetize your blog, or just someone who’s considered trying on blogging as a source of income, then you need to check out ProBlogger’s latest post. It’s a comprehensive list of ideas on passive and active income sources for your blog. Definitely worth checking out.

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Source: The Full Blog Monetization Menu – 60+ Ways to Make Money With Your Blog: @ProBlogger

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Free Tools To Improve Your Marketing

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I’m always looking for great (free) tools to help me with online marketing. Here are a few that will interest the bloggers out there (found via LinkedIn):

Google Scholar.
From their website: “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. ”

Open Site Explorer (from Moz).
This tool lets you see which sites are linking to yours.

Blog Topic Generator (from HubSpot).
Lets you “fill in the fields with terms (preferably nouns) that you’d like to write about” so they can come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles for you to use. Very helpful.

There are other tools in the article that you might find interesting. These are just the ones I thought would be helpful to me.

Do you have others to recommend?

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SOURCE: 10 Free Digital Tools To Improve Your Marketing | LinkedIn

IMAGE SOURCE: KevinKing / Pixabay


Creating Mobile-Friendly Emails

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Email newsletters remain one of the most effective marketing tools available. As a blogger, it’s one of the tools I have on my “to do” list.

For those of us who want to be successful with our enewsletters, Copyblogger has recommendations on how to make your emails mobile-friendly. Here are just a few:

  • Compose short subject lines — this really should be self explanatory.
  • Use a single-column template and keep your email under 600 pixels wide — you want to make sure your email is viewable on any mobile device.
  • Use a large font size — also self-explanatory. Your email is going to be reduced in size already, don’t make it harder to read by making the font too small.
  • Avoid menu bars — have you ever tried to interact with a menu bar in an email (on your mobile device)? Not fun.
  • Don’t stack links — with the small size, it’s harder to click on a link when they are stacked on top of each other or in a series.

Read the full list at Copyblogger.

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SOURCE: 10 Essential Tips for Creating Mobile-Friendly Emails – Copyblogger

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Can I Use that Picture? (infographic)

I found this infographic via Lifehacker, shared by

Knowing the copyright laws for using images can be a bit tricky. Follow this series of questions to know if you can use a picture for your purposes or not.
TIP: click on the image to see the readable version.

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Privacy Checkup Is Now Live on Facebook

FacebookPrivacy Checkup Is Now Rolling Out | Facebook Newsroom

News from Facebook:

Today, we’re starting to roll out Privacy Checkup, which helps you review and control who you’re sharing with.

More info:


Recovering from Google manual penalties

2013.12 google-256-blackHas your site been “slapped” with a Google Penalty? Vertical Response has a great “how to” post on correcting the offending links and asking for reconsideration. Definitely something to bookmark, just in case you ever need it.

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SOURCE: Slapped with a Google Penalty? Here’s How to Bounce Back! | VR Marketing Blog.


Tips for a great profile pic

Need a new profile photo? Check out Lifehacker’s “Squinch Your Eyes (and Other Tips) for Likeable Profile Photos” to ensure that your photo is perfect for your personal brand.

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2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

FacebookLast year I posted a link to the Social Media Today’s Social Media Dimensions Cheat Sheet. I just found a 2014 updated list of dimensions posted at Constant Contact.

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SOURCE: 2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet || Constant Contact