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Fiverr: Rise of the Micro Job Sites

Ok, so maybe we’re a little late to the game. But I have noticed quite a few of these micro job sites popping up all over. Generally, each “gig”, or job, is worth $5.

How it Works

  1. You go to a micro-job/gig site like Fiverr.com
  2. On the right hand side, there will be a list of categories containing various gigs. This is probably the best way to get familiar with the kinds of gigs offered on a site, as each one takes on a different niche job market.  Read More…

2050: It was called Facebook, and I was an Early Adopter

We all have Facebook…oh, you don’t? Good for you, rebel! Anyways, if you have Facebook it may be of interest to know whether or not you were an early adopter, fast follower, or a sheep in the herd. Whether FB is governing the world in 2050 or not, we’ll be talking about it to our grandkids the same way my grandfather brags about how he used a slinky in 1944, just one year after it was invented.

Facebook was launched in early 2004 at Harvard, and quickly was picked up by a majority of the student population. It then expanded to other top-notch East Coast schools, plus Stanford, and then steamrolled its way westward.

So the question is, with 1 billion active users today, where in the timeline did you jump in?  Read More…

How to Use Bitly

There comes a time where you have the most legit Tweet you could possibly imagine. Everything’s perfect; it’s catchy, easy to read, funny, and within the 140 character limit. However, you want to post the URL to that picture, but it would put you over the character limit. Enter, Bitly. This is how to use bitly.

How Does Bitly Work?

Bit.ly uses what’s called a 301 redirect. It’s the most efficient method for redirection. A great explanation of how redirects work was found at StackOverFlow. User, Abel, described the process as so:

No, they don’t use files. When you click on a [shortened] link, an HTTP request is sent to there server with the full URL, like http://bit.ly/duSk8wK (not a real one). They read the path part (here duSk8wK), which maps to their database. In the database, they find a description (sometimes), your name (sometimes) and the real URL. Then they issue a redirect, which is a HTTP 301 response and the target URL in the header.

This direct redirect is important. If you were to use files or first load HTML and then redirect, the browser would add TinyUrl to the history, which is not what you want. Also, the site that is redirected to, will see that referrer (the site that you originally come from) as being the site the TinyUrl link is on (i.e., twitter.com, or your own site, wherever the link is). This is just as important, so that site owners can see where people are coming from. This too, would not work if a page gets loaded that redirects.

How to Shorten a Link with Bitly

After signing up with Bit.ly, you should be redirected to your home dashboard. In the upper right, you’ll see a text field that looks like this:

how to use bitly

For manual link shortening, simply paste the original link in the text field and press enter. You will then be displayed the new bit.ly link, that can then be used for Twitter, Facebook, shits n giggles, etc.

WordPress–>Bit.ly–>Twitter

If you’re looking to promote your blog on Twitter, and want to do so automatically every time you publish a post, the following is for you:

  1. Go to your WordPress plugin page. Add new. Search for “WP to Twitter”. Install and activate. 
  2. (I’ll save configuration of other options for another post)
  3. If you scroll down, you’ll see a two input fields for Bit.ly’s services
Bitly options -- WP to Twitter

 

 

 

 

4. Go back to Bitly and your dashboard. Click your username at the top right, click Settings, then Advanced.

5. At the bottom, you’ll see “Legacy API Key”. I did it a while ago so I’m not sure what it says originally, but you’ll be pressing something like “Get my Key” or “Authorize”.

6. Once you have your API Key, you simply copy and paste it into the WP to Twitter config page and you’re done! Tweet away…

 

 

GoDaddy Coupon Codes

I wanted to write a quick post about something that’s helped me a lot in my internet endeavors. So if you’re like me, you purchase domain names. And if you’re like me, you use GoDaddy, despite their awful commercials. Regardless, there are a couple sites out there with pretty legit GoDaddy coupon codes. Here’s my list of the best:

  1. GoDaddy Coupon Codes
    — OK, so not the most aesthetically pleasing blogs. Shit, it ain’t Selfware. But, notwithstanding their sloppy design and upkeep, they do seem to stay very well updated on the latest GoDaddy Coupon Codes.
  2. GoDaddy Coupon Codes
    — A little more professional, more intuitive. Neat stats like average discount and also pretty decent social functions. Though, nothing quite says you’re cheap like a Facebook status of “JUST SAVED $0.30 on a 6.99 domain name!!! LOLZ”
  3. GoDaddy Coupon Codes
    — This site is if there’s a nuclear holocaust and all servers are down except this one. Still has some relatively updated codes, but use the first two if you’re serious about saving.

How to Enter GoDaddy Coupon Codes

Once you’ve browsed GoDaddy’s site and have found the domain you want. Simply click “Register” to begin the process. There should be about 4-5 steps, most all of them horse-pucky up-selling. If you manage to make it to the final checkout page, hold on for a second. You should see this in the middle-right of the page:
GoDaddy Coupon Code Checkout
Make sure you click “Enter Promo or Source Code” before you checkout. Simply copy/paste, and hit apply. You’ve officially saved marginal money.

“Is there an American male left who still goes to GoDaddy.com expecting to see a half-naked Danica Patrick? In a world filled with so much free Internet porn, why should we even care?” –Courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle

How to Setup Google Analytics

To setup Google Analytics, you first need your web site up and running. Check our quick guide for this, and also make sure you’ve got the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin installed.

Courtesy of Google Analytics

Also, if you haven’t signed up for a Google Account, do this now. There are too many weapons Google provides you, and they’re all for free and have a plethora of user documentation and tips.

Assuming you’ve logged into the homepage for Google Analytics, click on the Admin tab at the top right of your screen, which should take you to the Account Administration screen.

From here, click ‘+ New Account’ and proceed to enter basic details like the Name (nickname) for your account, and the URL. Once you click ‘Create Account’ you’ll be dropped off on a screen that has your Google Analytics ID (GAID), and some instructions on how to install it. At this point the ‘Tracking Status’ should say ‘Tracking Not Installed‘.

Yoast – our top recommendation for SEO plugins

Our suggestion is to use the Google Analytics for WordPress (by Yoast) plugin for your site to do this. Pull your GAID and then proceed into your WP Admin site and install the plugin if you don’t already have it. Once you install you’ll be asked to ‘select which Analytics profile to track’. Click ‘click here to authenticate with Google‘ and choose the correct email address.

Now you can select a drop down value for the correct profile (this is the Nickname you created in Google Analytics), and the corresponding GAID will populate in the next dropdown.

Or you can select a Manual entry and copy paste the GAID.

It takes up to 24 hours for Google to begin collecting data for your site, and it’s usually quicker. Let the analysis begin!

Best Fitness Trackers

Baby Pushups

Lloyd at ~2 years

One of the most annoying things about medical technology is how good it’s getting. It seems every day some new piece of research done with state-of-the-art technology tells us exactly how unhealthy we are. To no surprise, we have now been a putting quite a premium on our health and fitness. Here at SelfwareSource, we’re a big believer in using technology to help better yourself. Should you find a use for a pedometer or accelerometer, the following is our review of the best fitness trackers on the market.

Fuelband: Best Fitness Tracker


Nike+ FuelBand could just be the right gadget to kick you off the couch. This pedometer doesn’t just track calories, steps, and time; it uses motivational tactics to get you moving by measuring Nike Fuel – Nike’s measurement of activity. Set your goal and the FuelBand will determine your progress. It features a row of LEDs that changes from red to green as you get closer to the target, making it a pretty effective motivational device.

The beauty of FuelBand lies in its simplicity. It features single button scrolling with two rows of LEDs – a larger one for the readouts and a small one for the Nike Fuel tracker. Due to its circular design that snugly clings on to your wrist, it stays out of the way when you’re breaking a sweat. And it’s water resistant too! It has Bluetooth capability, and on one end of the device hides a USB connector enabling you to sync data to a computer to view your peaks and valleys. Its $149 price tag may be hefty for some, but if you need that extra motivational boost, the Nike+ FuelBand is your ideal tracker.

Technology: Three axis accelerometer or “oxygen kinetics
Price: $200

Fuelband Rating



Fitbit: Best Fitness Tracker


Fitbit Ultra is the smallest fitness tracker in the market today. Don’t let the size fool you though; it packs a lot of punch inside its compact, easy to carry exterior. Fitbit is a sophisticated gadget that effortlessly tracks steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled, and even stairs climbed! On top of that, it also tracks sleep, which is one of the most important factors in fitness.

This easy-to-wear gadget comes with a small base station that connects to a PC or MAC thru a USB cable. Or you can go wireless in transferring your data. Aside from having Android and iOS mobile apps that allow you to log workouts and meals, it also features engaging Web-based analytical tools in tracking your progress. One can log on Fitbit.com and benefit from a supportive community of friends or join public groups to broaden your knowledge on fitness. At a $99.95 price, Fitbit definitely ranks up there!

Technology: Accelerometer
Price: ~$100
 



Xtrail: Best Fitness Tracker

Turn your iPhone into your instant fitness manager that’s as easy as ready-set-go. Xtrail is a no-fuss GPS-enabled fitness tracker. Tap, tap, and you’re off. And you don’t need to buy a separate device, all you need to do is download the Xtrail app and you’re good to go.

Especially designed for runners and cyclists, Xtrail accurately measures the distance, speed, time, pace, calories, altitude, and climb, which is then displayed in clean, configurable widgets for easy viewing. Xtrail also features a detailed map and an interactive graph for more convenient performance analysis. And if you must brag, you can share it in Facebook, Twitter, or email via the popular GPX file format. Plus, this intuitive app retails at $4.99, which is a fantastic deal for the things it can do.

Technology: GPS
Price: $4.99
 



MOTOACTV: Best Fitness Tracker


To all the dedicated athletes and genuine gym rats who have been looking for the ultimate exercise companion, MOTOACTV is perfect for you. Featuring a very macho design of metal construction in all-black scheme with its water resistant and scratch-proof postage-stamp touch-screen, this gadget is in a league of its own. With 40 different kinds of exercise methods such as Running, Walking, Cycling, Elliptical, and Step Machine, as well as more exotic ones like Gymnastics, Snow Boarding, and even Yard Work, the MOTOACTV can handle any fitness task you throw at it.

The internal accelerometer of the MOTOACTV functions as its pedometer. Aside from being Android-powered, it utilizes GPS, Bluetooth, music and online analytics to optimize the workout experience. You can opt between WiFi and cellular connection in uploading your workout stats to its web portal to see how far you’ve come. Plus, it can even suggest playlist to further rev you up. And with $149.99, you’ll have a cutting-edge fitness tracker, a handy music device, and an Android powered watch all rolled into one. It’s like having your own personal trainer and DJ!

Technology: GPS
Price: ~$140



So whether or not you think that a fitness tracker is for you, these are our pics for the best fitness tracker. Overall, Nike Fuelband wins for us. But again, this technology is very new. One this is for sure though, fitness trackers are on the rise. The tech behind these gadgets will only get better, and you can bet Melvin and Lloyd will be reviewing them right here @Selfwaresource with little to no actual exercise done.

Guide: How do I Get a Server?

Ten years ago, no one asked that question, “how do i get a server”, simply because you didn’t need one. Storage requirements back then were limited to music files, maybe a few pictures, and that DVD you ripped that your wife can’t find out about. Other than that, Hotmail or some other e-mail storage sufficed. Fast forward to today; the age of megapixel images, HD video, and a few more of those special DVDs.

How do I get a server for file storage?

Let’s say you have a solid amount of random files that you just want stored somewhere else than your increasingly fragile laptop. DropBox is the way to go. Here’s the short of what DropBox does:

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computersphones and even the Dropbox website.

I think one of the coolest things about DropBox is the collaboration feature. Sure, these are your files, no one else needs to see them. But when you’re starting a project at the coffee house, and need to leave and pick it back up again at home, DropBox has you covered. Edit files from anywhere!

How do I get a server for blog hosting?

So you’re interested in letting the world know your thoughts? Bravo. One of the first steps you’ll need to do is get hosting. Here, you’re best bet will probably be shared-hosting. Here at SelfwareSource, we use InMotionHosting. They’re affordable, reliable, and have all the features a blogger would ever need.

  1. Go to InMotionHosting’s WordPress Hosting
  2. Choose from the available packages. **Newbies: all you need is the “Launch” package. The main difference between the three is e-commerce. Seeing as you suck at blogging still, you won’t be selling anything anytime soon.
  3. Next you will be asked whether you want to register a domain or add an existing one. For domain help, see previous post.
  4. After filling in your billing information, you will most likely be redirected to your cPanel
  5. Start Googling everything you don’t know about. That’s how we started. Click buttons, fill in fields; there’s very little you could do to critically damage a server when just starting out.
Questions? Post them in the comment box below and we’ll do our best to help you out.

 

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