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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 For Making Digital Portfolios

Edudemic pulled together a list of tools to use to create online digital porfolios.

Now that so much of what students create in school is in the digital realm, teachers have an opportunity to help students value their work more & longer.

The list includes Google Sites, Evenote (which I wouldn’t have thought of myself), and WordPress (which is my favorite). There are others. Check out the article.

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Source: 5 Free Tools For Making Digital Portfolios | Edudemic

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Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Better Photographer

Mastering my DSLR is one of my “to do” items. So I’m always looking for tips on how to get better. Here’s an article to bookmark and share: “20 Easy Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Picture Taking Master.”

Whether you are striving for more impressive Instagram-worthy shots on your smart phone, or you are a DSLR photographer in the making, these tricks will help lead you down the road of picture taking mastery.

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Source: 20 Easy Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Picture Taking Master

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Where To Submit Your Writing (as a blogger)

Want to guest blog and need some inspiration on where to submit your writing? The SITS Girls give us “8 Places To Submit Your Writing.”

Looking for more exposure for your blog? This list of places to submit your writing is a great way to get started. Includes paid and unpaid opportunities.

The list includes BlogHer, Herstories, and Buzzfeed.

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Source: 8 Places To Submit Your Writing

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Stock Photos: Gourmet Burgers

More photos taken in my personal project: to become a better photographer. I’m releasing these into public domain.

Click on the image to view the complete size. You are allowed to “borrow” these images to use under the following guidelines:

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Stock Photos: Bay Area Park

Click on the image to view the complete size. You are allowed to “borrow” these images to use under the following guidelines:

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Improve your LinkedIn profile

2013.12 linkedin-256-blackIs your LinkedIn profile complete? There are a few things you can do to improve it and get the best results from your account (via PR Daily).

Include a professional photo. Make sure that it represents you within the industry you work in.

Customize your public profile URL. If your name is still available, use that. If it’s not available, use a variation on your name that you will be able to use for years to come.

Add links to articles, blog posts, videos or work samples to your profile.This is a great way to ensure that your work and expertise is represented on the profile. I’d include things like Slideshare decks and even photos or screen shots of visual work you’ve done.

Update your “skills and endorsements” page. Make sure you do this frequently.

Update your status at least once a week and write via LinkedIn Publisher. This is one I have to do myself, using LinkedIn Publisher to add articles.

Their list is longer, you may want to check it out. Do you have any tips to add?

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SOURCE: 10 ways to make your LinkedIn profile the best it can be || PR Daily

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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

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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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