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Welcome to part DOS of the Lazy Internet Marketer’s Guide to Productivity series!

This post is going to cover only a few productivity strategies but these are crucial to your success online- no matter what type of marketing you do. When you apply these simple guidelines, you actually GET STUFF DONE and as a result, see money flow into your bank account.

And when you DON’T apply these (or just ignorant of these concepts), you’re at the whim of every distraction and ” new shiny object” (*cough cough new WSOs*) that comes your way.

Let me ask you a quick question – when you first started this whole make money online thing, did you set an income goal?

For me, my first goal was to make $3k a month… and it took a few years to reach that goal. The turning point wasn’t when I discovered some new crazy traffic method. It was when I learned how to get FOCUSED and make the best use of my time. I think a lot of successful internet marketers out there will agree with me.

It’s a really rewarding feeling to actually reach the income goals you set out for yourself, especially if you’ve been struggling for a long time. On the other hand, when you’re not where you want to be financially, it’s kind weird and awkward when your friends and family ask you how your “internet thing” is going and you’re not sure how to answer.

Think about how great it would be to look at yourself in the mirror and say, YES I did it! I reached my financial goal! Instead of, oh man… another failed attempt.

This post is going to put you in that first category

Essential Productivity Habits Part Two

So last time we talked about to-do lists and flow state. The two additional productivity habits are the following

1. Workspace management – clear your workspace of ALL non essentials. Get rid of anything that doesn’t help you make money online. This means you need to throw away any food or drinks you have lying around, remove any books, magazines, pieces of paper you don’t need. Shoo away your cat.

My kitten Boo-Boo doing some SEO

Also, turn off your cell phone and TV. Exit out of Facebook and Gmail (block these websites if you have to). Shut the door and tell your family you not to bother you for the next X hours (personally I like working 3 hours in the morning when my minds the most fresh).

Jason Fladlien calls this your “profit hours” where you are COMPLETELY focused on tasks that will make you money.

Eliminating  all distractions and treating your desk as a sacred workspace conditions your brain to start taking your business seriously. It also helps you enter flow state, which I explained in part 1, allowing you to get all your tasks done as efficiently as possible.

2. Set deadlines for each task on your to-do list. Say that your tasks for the day is to write three 500 word articles, install a few plugins and build some backlinks to your homepage. After deciding which one is most important and prioritizing them, you need to set specific amount of time you’ll give yourself to complete each task.You can use either an online timer (http://www.e.ggtimer.com) or actual cooking timer. DO NOT use your cell phone!

This works because of something called Parkinson’s law, which states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

This means if you give yourself 2 hours to write a 500 word article, you’ll most likely take the whole 2 hours. If you give your self only 30 minutes, you’ll find a way to get it done in 30 minutes, without sacrificing any significant quality (of course, if we go too extreme, then there will be a bigger difference in quality). So by giving yourself a set deadline, you’ll subconsciously find a way to get it done in that time frame.

But what if you don’t?

Then, give yourself another time frame to finish the task, and set a more accurate time frame next time. You’ll find that by becoming aware of how long it takes you to complete certain tasks, you’ll naturally become faster at finishing them!

The 4 Laws of Internet Marketing Productivity

Here’s a quick recap of the principles we covered from the last blog post and this one…

1. To do list – every night, before you go to bed, make a to-do list. Group them together by things you MUST accomplish, things you can do if you have time and things to do in the near future.

2. Flow state – practice getting into flow state by setting aside a period where you work non-stop with no distractions for at least 30 minutes. Do not stop working and practice for at least 7 days.

3. Workspace management – get rid of anything that doesn’t help you make money online.

4. Set deadlines – Leverage Parkinson’s law by giving yourself realistic time frames to complete each tasks ahead of time.

Action Steps!

My last name ain’t Robbins but I’ll pretend it is for a second :p

Right now, STOP what you’re doing and complete these 2 things:

1, Print out these 4 items or write them down on a Post-it and put it somewhere you can see when you’re working. Look it constantly as a reminder of what you need to be doing in order to stay focused and productive.

2. Also, get another sticky note and write “is this the best use of my time?” and stick it on your computer monitor. Ask yourself this question and if this answer is no, look at your to-do list and switch over to what you need to get done.

Please take the time to do those things- they may sound trivial, but can mean the difference between success and failure!

Your Online Business is Your Baby

Remember that internet marketing is a BUSINESS and you need to treat it like one. If you’ve ever bought a WSO or any other IM product, you have a proven business model you can implement and make money with. The missing piece is just you taking action and staying disciplined and focused.

Your motivation will waiver from time to time and there will be times when you feel like you’ll throw up if you spin another article. But in the end it still comes down to taking action and commitment.

One thing I did that really helped me develop a tenacious resolve to reaching my income goal was making a big promise to my family. My family lives in China and visits from time to time. I made a promise to take them to Disneyland for a week next time they visit. Let’s not forget that Disney isn’t the cheapest amusement park in the US.

I made that promise that to my 13 year old little sister who’s never been to Disneyland in her life.

Wouldn’t it kind of suck if I didn’t keep my promise and let her down?

That’s what drives me to remain focused when I’m working every day and slowly chip away at my internet marketing projects.

Productivity + Focus = Acieving Your Financial Goals

Whewwww! Another post that ended up longer than I had originally intended. Don’t skip over the action steps just because it’s “boring mindset stuff” and not a step by step blueprint for making money (trust me, there will be plenty of future posts on that).

If you put these principles to use you’ll achieve your internet marketing goals– guaranteed! It doesn’t matter if you want to build a 6 figure online business or have a steady stream of passive income coming in, when you get focused and practice these productivity principles, you’ll also feel great about yourself and start succeeding in other areas of your life.

Also, keep in mind that you should only apply these productivity guidelines when you are working on your business (during your profit hours). I assume you’re already dedicating a chunk of time each day to internet marketing. That’s when you want to apply these things.

DO NOT try to be ultra productive during your FREE TIME, like when you’re reading your favorite blog for fum, otherwise you’ll turn some sort of a weird OCD productivity freak :p

Oxymoron?

Would you be surprised if after reading this blog post, you’ll be able to double or even triple your online productivity and make MORE money while having MORE free time by just applying a few simple tweaks?

In today’s fast-paced society, everyone’s looking for ways to become more productive. There are thousands of business books that teach time management strategies, productivity “hacks”, and so on.

As a result, time management and productivity gets wayyy overcomplicated. To the point where some people don’t want to learn these skills.  They fear it will take too much time or be too hard.

I remember reading a 342-page book titled “Master Your Workday Now!” The book basically boiled down to one core tactic: make a to-do list every day and prioritize into 3 categories – Must Get Done, Do if Time, and Due in +2 Weeks.

I wish I read the Cliff Notes version…

But ridiculously simple tips like this, as trivial as they sound, DO work to SKYROCKET both your effectiveness and efficiency.

How to Sell 500% More While Working 900% Less

Here’s an example from my personal experince.

It took me about 3 weeks to finish my very first WSO. 2 weeks of creating the product and 1 week of editing and copywriting before I finally launched it. To this day, it has made $750 in sales.

Fast forward to a few months later, when I was working on Squidoo Cash Storm. This was right after I started studying productivity and time management. It took me less than a DAY to create the product and another DAY to write the sales copy (working roughly 4-5 hours/day).

This WSO has sold over $3,700 in less than 2 weeks!

And it has received way more positive feedback and testimonials than my first one on Facebook marketing, proving that working LESS doesn’t result in loss of QUALITY. Also, working less doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll make less money.

Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Work smarter, not harder meme.

How can you work smarter? Here are 5 of the TOP productivity secrets that I now practice on a daily basis to get more work done in less time (and consequently, make more money ):

1. Boost Your Effectiveness With Simple To-Do Lists

I had to read a 342 page book to figure this one out. Now, you’re lucky enough to learn this in a few sentences:

Every day, have a “to do list” that you divide into 3 categories

  1. Must get done
  2. Do if time
  3. Due in the near future

Every evening, before going to bed (so your subconscious has time to work on them while you sleep), fill this out with tasks. Your “must get done” list should be reserved for a few actions that will make the biggest difference in your business or life. Try not to squeeze too many in this category.

Next, fill the “If time” category with tasks to do if you have spare time. These are things that can wait. ONLY start working on these once you finish everything under “Must get done”.

Under near future, list tasks that do not have to be completed for a few weeks. This serves to remind you that they exist so you can work on little chunks here and there.

Of course, your goal is to finish everything on the “Must Get Done” list. Pretend someone has a gun to your head and you MUST finish those tasks. Treat it that seriously.

It might take a while for you to figure out how many and what kind of tasks to put under what categories. As humans, each one of us secretly thinks we’re more awesome than everyone else and tend to overestimate how much we can really get done.

Play around with this system for a while until you get the hang of it (it doesn’t take long) and you’ll be surprise how much more EFFECTIVE- doing the things that get you closer to your goals- you’ll be.

2. Boost Your Efficiency By Accessing “Flow State”

Have you ever been so into something you totally lose yourself in it, forgetting about the outside world including your sense of time. That, my friend, is the wonderful, yet elusive state known as flow state.

Being in flow is like being “one with the universe” and can be described as a spiritual experience. It’s what the best copywriters experience when they sit down in front of their computers. It’s what Kobe Bryant experiences when he’s dribbling aggressively towards the basket, practically oblivious to 2 players closely guarding him.

Flow is also known as being “in the zone”.

In flow, it’s almost as if you’re not doing anything. Some other force is doing THROUGH you. As woo-woo as that sounds, it’s a pretty damn exciting experience.

Learning how to get in and out of flow is one of the most invaluable skills you can teach yourself as an internet marketer. Tasks that once were considered tedious- creating content, writing copy, answering emails, etc.- become effortless and even FUN when you’re in flow state.

Contrary to what you may think, you do not need mastery of a skill set in order to access flow state. It’s totally possible to train yourself to be able to access this amazing state of mind whenever you want.

The Secret to Always Being In the Zone

The secret is to set off some time every day and PRACTICE getting into uninterrupted states of flow. The two main keys are…

1. Practicing it

2. No interruptions

Training yourself this skillset is simple. But if you aren’t used to accessing flow state while working, it may take you a while to get used to it. The key is to set aside at least an hour each day and working NON-STOP, with zero distractions.

Learning Flow

Here’s how I used to “work” before I learned about flow state. Say I had to write a 500 word article…

  • Turn on Pandora (Avicii radio )
  • Pull up some research sites
  • Start writing my article, editing every sentence as I went along
  • Get stuck, feel frustrated
  • Check Facebook, see what my friends are up to
  • Realize it’s my friend’s birthday, send her a text
  • Remember that I’m writing an article and open up the document again
  • Get  stuck again for a few minutes, experience more frustration
  • Half ass the rest of the article

This process would often take more than AN HOUR! That RIDICULOUS for a 500 word article! Nowadays, you can easily outsource a 500 word article for 5 bucks. Here I was, thinking I was a young hot-shot internet entrepreneur when in reality I was working for less than minimum wage!

Studies have shown that when you’re focused on something and get interrupted, it takes roughly 15 minutes to get back to where you before. It also takes roughly 15 minutes to get into that focused state (flow state). Which is why it is absolutely CRUCIAL to eliminate ALL possible distractions.

When you start working, shut the door, turn off your cell phone, close your email, block Facebook and Twitter, don’t eat, etc. You might be thinking, “nah, I don’t need to go that hardcore. I have WILLPOWER!”

While you may have excellent self-discipline, simply taking all these actions to eliminate distractions has the side benefit of confirming to your subconscious that you TAKE YOUR BUSINESS seriously (lets face it- since we all get to “work from home”, we sometimes forget to treat internet marketing like a REAL job)

If you don’t have the habit of eliminating distractions while you work, make a commitment to just try it for the next week. Seriously. You will be AMAZED at how much more focused you become.

It Only Takes A Week…

It took me about only a week of eliminating distractions while working straight for 3 hours (with a 2 five minute breaks in between) to start experiencing flow on a regular basis. When I first tried this, I still got stuck, experienced writers block and experienced distracting impulses. But I would force myself to keep writing. No matter how unclear my ideas sounded or bad my grammar was. I could always edit later.

Great online timer – http://e.ggtimer.com/55minutes (you can set the time by changing the numbers after the slash)

Eventually, your brain gets trained write more and think less. Meaning your efficiency improves. The quality of your work might suffer a bit at first, but that’ll bounce back with practice.

And when you do hit flow the first few times, it feels AMAZING! I now actually ENJOY a lot of the tedious aspects of internet marketing that I couldn’t stand (I also meditate on a regular basis and that has helped A LOT- but that’s another post).

In the article example, I can now crank out about 4 (maybe 5 if I’m REALLY on) 500 articles done in an hour (I outsource most of my article writing, but do write some stuff myself if I need quality work).

I can get these suckers pumped out in 10-15 minutes max.

Increasing Efficiency by 400%

By simply training myself to work through distracting impulses for a week, I was able to quadruple my hourly pay rate- from $5 hour to $20 hour!

So this blog post went WAYYY longer than what I originally intended (flow state anyone? Heh). Stay tuned for part 2 of The Lazy Internet Marketer’s Guide to Being More Productive series.

And because this IS my first post on my new marketing blog, I’d REALLY appreciate your thoughts. Feel free to leave any questions, comments, concerns, death threats, etc.

If you have nothing to share, just leave a comment telling me I’m awesome

Social media engagement vs social media advertising. which brings more customers for your business in 2019?

The impact of social media on our lives is undisputed. According to a recent survey, over 70% of people who use the internet, are associated with some kind of social media or the other. Be it FB, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn are any other kind of social media for that matter, people like to spend on an average of three to four hours on a daily basis on their preferred social network. This social network is not only used to update their profile and tell them their whereabouts and present life trends, but it’s also used in decision making in most of the stuff that is bought online or even offline. Internet marketers eyes this social media engagement as a fabulous opportunity to convert this association of people with the social media into sales.

It is a psychological fact that what happens around us affects our subconscious mind. This subconscious mind plays a crucial role in decision making. This fundamental principle of psychology has been explored and exploited by internet marketers. They try to frame out a successful marketing campaign through the social networks.

Understanding the concept of contemporary SMA

Have you ever noticed that the ads that you see around Facebook, YT, Instagram, or any other social media, are somewhat closer to your requirements and interests? This is because a proper research is made on what all that has been searched by you over the last couple of days, weeks months or even years and these stats are recorded for evaluation. They are then analyzed by automated software and/or manual methods to conclude your requirements and the ads are shown accordingly. This technique has been quite successful in the last few years.

About Social Media Engagement

SME is a Sophisticated technique used by IM for generating leads and sales. A lesser known method that is being used under SME is using the social media profiles deliberately to churn out leads and speed up their sales. They appoint various uses (that actually are hidden marketers and promoters) in different kinds of social media and networking sites, who remains active on these social networks in a regular and normal manner. At the right time, they deliberately promote their products. As they are in your common friends list, they are well aware about your tastes, needs and whereabouts. At times they select a product or service and promote it sensibly in such a smart way that it looks natural and as they are aware of you and your taste, they will smartly try to sell it to you. This tactics has a very successful conversion rate for sales.

SMA Vs. SME – which one is going to fetch better results in 2019?

There is no doubt that both SMA and SME have enough options in their creative heads to trick the customer. At the end of the day, it is all about application. If IM are able to stick the chord of the customer at the right time, their marketing strategy is going to be a hit. Each and every marketing campaign requires a customized planning and its effectiveness lies in its proper and timely execution.

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They have no website builder either.

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In 2017, the company launched the AWS Lightsail service and started offering fixed resources hosting plans to webmasters. Although the price was initially high compare to that from other unmanaged hosting service providers, in the second half of 2018 the company lowered their prices by as much as 50%.

An instance of Lightsail can presently use as much as 8 CPUs, 640GB SSD space and 32GB of RAM. However, the base plan is limited to just a single core CPU, 20GB SSD space and 512MG of RAM.

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In terms of updates and innovation, SEO is one of the leaders on the web. Through regular algorithm changes, Google makes SEO a much more rewarding experience for those who own blogs and websites, and makes it much easier to deal with others who practice Black Hat SEO techniques. What it all means is that the SEO world was a very different one just a few years ago.

Let us look at the different ways in which SEO has been transformed during the past few years.

Emphasis on content

It was not so long ago when spammy content and keyword stuffing dominated the SEO world. There wasn’t much Google could do about it initially but it all changed with the introduction of the Panda updates. They allowed the search engine to dissuade people from keyword stuffing and gave way to a more meaningful and quality content.

By imposing penalty on keyword stuffing, Panda made the Internet a better place for all. It put emphasis on content quality over content quantity which led to a better user experience and rewarded the webmasters who paid more attention on the quality of their content. SEO was transformed into a quality content game and those who could produce the best pieces of writing became those who reaped the most benefits.

Local searches redefined

When 5 years ago the Pigeon update was first introduced, it completely changed the way in which local searches were conducted. What the update basically did is transfer authority from bad to well-optimized sites for local searches.

No more link scheming

Google no longer tolerates the use of links for manipulating search results. The reason for this is that link building, which was so strong some years ago, is now viewed as yet another Black Hat SEO technique. What link building was basically reduced to was natural link attraction and guest posting, making the last two the most viable options to increase your site’s authority.

Mobile first approach

One of the key points in Google’s innovation was the mobile first approach. The search engine basically enforced the site optimization for mobile devices. It now rewards those who have mobile-friendly websites at the expense of the rest.

A never-ending torrent of updates

The recent years have seen Google releasing a “river” of Penguin, Panda and Hummingbird updates. All those attracted great attention from optimizers as they were worried about how and to what extend these updates will affect their sites. Even a small update could affect a website or even potentially break one. It led to a degree of paranoia among site optimizers, which is not necessary a bad thing. For one, everyone is not paying more attention on site optimization.

Google has grown so much during the last few years that it is nearly unrecognizable from what it once was. In my opinion all these changes were for the good. They weren’t perfect but nonetheless have created a solid base on which more improvements could be introduced.

This is a video I made for the Passive Income Shortcut Members that covers…

  • Which type of niche you should get into when you’re first starting out
  • What are the 2 most profitable niche categories
  • The 16 “evergreen” niches that will always be profitable
  • How to dominate your niche if you’re NOT an expert
  • The fastest and most effective way to break into a niche and quickly become the “go-to” person in that niche

Enjoy!

Information Niches Over Product Niches

First start with information niches rather than product niches. Why? Information is easy, and many times free to create. You also can’t quantify the value of information, meaning you can charge a premium for your stuff by driving up the perceived value. Of course, you need to be providing quality information.

The Two Best Types of Niches

The two best types of niches are desperation niches and hobby niches. Desperation niches include people who are desperate for an immediate solution to their problems. These people are the easiest to sell to. However, they are in a worried and sometimes depressed state, so these customers may not be that fun to deal with.

Examples of evergreen desperation niches include:

  • Weight loss
  • Make more money
  • Freedom from debt
  • Fitness
  • Dating
  • Astrology
  • Parenting
  • Self defense

Hobby niches include people who are passionate about a hobby and willing to spend money on it- over and over again. Unlike the desperation niche, these people are more fun to have as customers.

Examples of evergreen hobby niches include:

  • Learning an instrument
  • Sports and athletics
  • Cooking
  • Guns
  • Video games
  • Cars
  • Home improvement
  • Pets

The 4 Key Niche Selection Criteria

These are 4 very important points you must consider and research before jumping into a new niche. If you can answer yes to the following questions, you have a very profitable niche on your hands:

1. Does your niche purchase products ALL year round?
2. Does your niche purchase multiple products?
3. Does your niche have an online hang out spot (forums, message boards, discussion and news groups)
4. Are there other online businesses already successfully serving that niche?

The last point is crucial because competition is a sign that the niche is profitable. Rather than view these other business as your direct competition, see them as already successful people who are serving your niche that you can model YOUR business after. Study what they’re doing and apply it to your business. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Leverage Yourself

The most obvious niche is one where you can leverage your knowledge and expertise.

If you can’t, then leverage another skill or talent you have. This is anything that comes easy to you, but others may find it difficult. For example, say that you love golf but you aren’t an expert by any means. However, you do have great communication skills. You One way to leverage that would be to interview successful golfers and make that the core of your business.

One of the biggest misconceptions about marketing is that you need to be an expert in your niche. That’s not true. You just need to deliver the information that your target audience wants in the most effective way possible.

Everyone (yes, even you) has something unique about them that they can leverage. If you can’t pin point your natural strengths, skills and talents, ask your friends and family. You may be surprised about what they’ll tell you!

Breaking Into A Niche

It’s difficult to break into an established niche at a surface level. You may need to drill deeper and start dominating sub-niches first.

What I mean is this: If you want to get into the dating advice niche, it would be difficult to compete if you focused on a topic that broad right away. Instead, start with something more narrow, such as dating advice for men over 40. Or even dating advice for Asian men over 40 if the market is really big.

Once you gain a following and become the “go-to” guy for your sub-niche, it’s much easier to go broader and market to a larger chunk of the niche.

It’s Time For YOU to Choose a Niche And Start Making Money

I just gave you the down-and-dirty guidelines to selecting a $100/day niche. There is no need to over-complicate things and mull over your choice for days and weeks. Just pick and go. You really can’t go wrong if you follow these guidelines, as I and thousands of other successful online marketers have followed these to create many profitable internet businesses.

After choosing a niche, it’s time to set up the rest of your $100/day online business.

With the evolution of web technologies, selecting a unique website building platform is a demanding process. A consumer takes into account numerous factors before he decides a tool for the creation of his site. From the structure and goals of the website to target the audience, knowledge about each element allows you in the selection of the best kit for website building. When you compare the available platforms and software, the consumer it is quite difficult to find out what is the best option: hosting providers or the online website builders.

The difference between the website builders and hosting providers
The critical differences between the two include technical issues. When it comes to talking about providing the hosting facilities and website services with the web server, both operate in the same manner. But the delivery of the services is entirely different.

EASE OF USE & TECHNICAL ASPECTS

WEBSITE BUILDERS:

The website builders were designed to make the building process easy. They do not need technical skills and allow consumers to create a unique website of any niche within some time. The principal benefits include:

  • Fast building process
  • Intuitive interface
  • Hosting and Domain
  • Technical support

SeLF-HOSTED:

Selecting the hosting providers may appear with multiple actions to make sure a different website operation. A consumer should make sure that all the platforms and technologies are consistent with the hosting providers. It involves the clear understanding and technical knowledge about the working of the system. Otherwise, it can result in performance and operating errors. If the users are professional in CSS editing or HTML, they can gain benefit from multiple opportunities of customization.

Winner: when it comes to talking about the easiness to use, the website builders are winners as it does not need specialized knowledge. They only require signing in, selecting a template and begin the editing.

HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU LAUNCH?

WEBSITE BUILDERS:

The time will take only two to three hours between signing in and publish a website when you choose for a website builder. A consumer needs to complete these steps before he clicks on the publish icon.

  • Logging in.
  • Selection of a free template from the available categories
  • Editing the platform and start customizing each page
  • Adding the content via the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Publishing the website.

The platform handles all the technical issues that you prefer to choose.

SELF-HOSTED:

The duration of the process is dependent on the knowledge and professional involvement of the user. If you are a professional website developer, it is demanding for you to handle designing, coding, testing, and designing. If you are a new user, there are fewer chances that you can reach the stage of your website publishing.
For this, you require hiring anyone that looks similar to the platforms such as WordPress. It means that it requires extra time and cost, it requires weeks and months in the completion of work.

Winner: apparently, the website builders offer a simple way, and a fast process in the creation of a website and publishing involves a few hours while the professional web designers appreciate the opportunities of customization that are delivered by the self-hosting options.

Although I have started the personal artist blog recently. It was not an easy task for me to regain, strength after losing a fully functional 2 years old running blog to a hacking attack.

Hackers attacked my hosting server. The blog was gone, and sadly I couldn’t cope up with the loss, you will find some of the mistakes I made as you read. Hope you don’t repeat them if you are new to blogging. But this event made me curious about hackers. And I fell in love with the breed.

How about you visit your blog, and all you see is a message left for you saying you are hacked. It happened to me once. I visited my website one day and found that my WordPress site hosted on Hostgator was hacked. Everything was gone, and the hackers left a message with creepy background sound? They are called wolf hackers.

I was shocked and as one more of my blog hosted with Hostgator was hacked too. Waghya survived although.

I quickly posted the screenshot shown above to my FB friends. Many of my friends were surprised by hearing the new. My father was terrified too and commented to enquire in to matter if it is dangerous.

This is the same question I was asking myself. Is it serious? Why did they do that? Are they cruel? Are the terrorists? Are they Criminals?

And I dived into google and youtube to find more and more about hackers. And what I saw was astonishing. And I fell in love with the breed. They have added a lot to my knowledge about internet business and personal development. Talks by Keren Elazari and Misha Glenny on TED came out to be an essential resource to understand the allegory of the hacking premise.

It’s not the information that wants to be free. It’s us!

-Keren Elazari

Hackers are intelligent :

Mine was not the only blog that got hacked that day. There were many from Hostgator. There is nothing on the internet that is not hacked, even the internet companies that provide anti-hacking securities to government and big corporation database. There are only two possibilities, You have been hacked, or you don’t know it. These bunch of people win against hundreds of programmers. They are omnipresent.

Forge Disclosure:

Hacking attacks are mostly made for content distribution. Yes, you might think I am advocating to hack Facebook or Youtube to distribute your content. But that is not the fact. The point is their way of distribution is unique in its own way. It socks!!! And grab your immediate attention. And that is what they need attention. I would have never paid attention to what they have to if they would have mailed me. But Scriptkiddies, a hacking group hacked into twitter account of Fox news and tweeted about President Obama been assassinated in the white house. Or Samy Kamkar hacked into MySpace servers to auto add a follower to his account. MySpace had to shut down the website to fix the problem. Samy created a fastest speeding virus of all time. What purpose does this solve? Karen Elazani stated in her Ted talk that hackers operate as an immune system to the society. They find an error in the system and urge huge corporations to fix them. Making their product better. This the very basis of development, identify and rectify. If there are no problems in the system, there will be solutions. Everything will be so static and what we call a tech revolution will lose its speed. They gave me a sense that what I had online is too fragile, and I need to do something about it. I learned a lot about security and backing up a website back then. They are shaping the society we live in. The message given on my blog was necessary to reach to people. Syrian issues Refugees are trying to find shelter still has its ripples all over the world. It’s impossible to get Aylan Kurdi’s images out of mind.

Propose is freedom:

These people have a very complicated relationship with government, media and public. They are much time thanked by companies and government to find a problem in their products. But they are never paid as their way of seeing the problem is not considered legal. They don’t do it for money. Hackers hack because they stand for something that is important and needs attention. Their way of doing things might not be conventional, but their purpose is. We leave a world where we are continuously monitored. The government has there eye to market the votes, and Corporate have their eyes on them so that the can market us their products effectively. It is although fair at a certain point, and they are doing their jobs. But Time comes when they try to control things, and Ideologically driven hackers come into the rescue. For instance in the Egyptian government once blocked all over Egypt to restrict information going out of the country. Telecomix groups helped to bypass the censorship, and further they also installed 300 dial-up modems so that people could use the internet. They believe in freedom of Information.

Good Hackers and Bad Hackers:

There is nothing good or bad! It’s just how we look at it. , in this case, not every hacker get a chance to build a million dollar company like Samy. Research has shown that most of the hackers started hacking because they wanted to hack some game server. It explains itself that most of this hackers were genius Kids, who hacked out of curiosity to access what they are obsessed with. These successful hacking attempt landed them in jails, custodians. Thanks to people who forget to thank them. And exposure to the system that acts against there innocent crimes put them in the company of people that are into dark things. It’s like fire meeting kerosene situation. A kid at a young age who is “angry for nothing” get a purpose to be angry at something, THE SYSTEM. And evil people take advantages of them to employee online, credit card frauds. Misha Glenny conveys that most of the hacker he has met said that they would like on good purpose if given a chance. I wondered they might be a proper help content distribution.

Organized and still unanimous:

Be the hacker a robin hood who keep good intentions that are bad in the eyes of the social system or a villain hacker who hacks for personal gain. There is one thing that strikes as it occurs. These guys have a vast network. It is well organized and managed. They influence media in masses, and still, we don’t know who they are. It is like Rihanna releasing a song, and we don’t know who Rihanna is. Management and big guys have a lot to learn from this.
Hence next time if insecurity about hacker crosses your mind, be assured that if someone wants to hack you. They have already. You don’t know the purpose. And if you have already been hacked like me and you know it, I would appreciate if you could share your experience an thought beneath. In the comment box.

I have worked in film industry for more than 10 years. I had put in lots of efforts to create the website that got hack. It didn’t only featured my portfolio but also had some unique animation. But I learned a lot. And continue to build my new website in foot forward to gain momentum as the artist.

Web hosting has become a highly competitive industry, with millions of new websites being created every year. This has led to a lot of new web hosting companies starting up in recent years that are offering bargain prices. In most cases, these cheap deals look good on the surface but rarely provide the reliability of service that can be had from some of the more established web hosting services available.

Even choosing between these more experienced web hosts can be difficult because of the different sorts of packages that they are offering. On top of that, deciding on which web host has the most reliable, user friendly service with all of the features that users need for the price that they want to pay is a time consuming, confusing task. To make the important details easier to see, we have looked at the top web hosting services available and chosen the three best for comparison.

There is more to a good web hosting package than just a low price, and the most cost effective service is one that works well and can be easily adapted to your individual needs. The comparison of these services has been based on the history of reliability of the service, how user friendly the website management systems are, and whether the packages offer real value for your money.

#1 BlueHost

The web hosting packages offered by BlueHost are easily the best being offered by any of these three companies. As the longest established of the three companies, BlueHost has a good service record, the best hardware available and a very user friendly content management system. With web hosting packages for both shared and reseller web hosting, BlueHost has a service that suits every level of internet use.

Unlike many of their competitors, BlueHost only offers one all inclusive shared web hosting package, with many features that are extras from other web hosts as a standard part of their deal. The first thing that makes BlueHost’s standard package stand out is that they allow users to have an unlimited number of domains, which is a perk that the other web hosts don’t include in their cheapest packages. BlueHost also gives new users a free domain name for the first year as well as unlimited e-mail addresses. BlueHost also allows users to have unlimited sub-domains and to park as many domains as they like. Unlimited disk space and bandwidth are also included as a standard part of BlueHost’s web hosting package.

BlueHost uses the popular cPanel website management system that makes it simple to create databases, set up e-mail accounts, check statistics and all of the other administrative tasks that are involved with running a website. It also allows users to install any of over 50 web design scripts onto their domain with just a few mouse clicks. There is also the option of using the free web design software that comes with every BlueHost web hosting package.

For businesses, it is important that their web hosting service includes the secure pages and shopping cart software that they will need to do business online. SSL certificates are usually an added extra with most web hosts, but at BlueHost they are included as a standard part of their basic package. Another useful feature that isn’t being offered by their competition is the multimedia support that is a part of BlueHost’s standard package.

BlueHost was established in 1996 and has since established a reputation for reliability that is backed up by excellent technical service and support provided by its in house customer service staff. Site backups are included as a courtesy and their network is backed up with an auxiliary power supply to ensure that your website won’t go offline. Blue Host fully stands behind its web hosting service and offers a 100% anytime money back guarantee. There is also $100 in Google credits included with every new web hosting account, and websites hosted by BlueHost are automatically submitted to the search engines for free.

It is because BlueHost includes all of the features as a standard part of their package that their competition are charging extra for, that it represents the best value for money web hosting package that is available. With deals from as low as $3.95 per month, BlueHost’s deals are considerably cheaper and more reliable than their competitors, making it the clear leader in the web hosting business today.

#2 HostGator

The web hosting service provided by HostGator runs a close second to BlueHost in several areas. HostGator offers a choice of three shared hosting packages, from their most basic hatchling plan, a slightly more expensive baby plan, to their top of the line business plan, ranging in price from $3.96 per month up to $10.36 per month for the fully featured package. HostGator also has Virtual Private Server (VPS) packages and dedicated servers for users that need more space or greater security. There is also a range of reseller packages available. All of this means that HostGator will certainly have a pricing package and a level of service that suits the needs of everyone.

While all of HostGator’s shared hosting plans have unlimited disk space and bandwidth, if you want more than one domain or want to use any of the advanced features it will be necessary to upgrade to a more expensive plan. When the cost of a domain is added to the price of HostGator’s basic package, it makes their service look much less cost effective.

HostGator is a very user friendly service and, like BlueHost, it uses cPanel to manage web hosting accounts. There is also an easy to use web site building tool that allows websites to be built using a wide variety of templates. HostGator’s version of cPanel also comes with an impressive set of SEO and analytical tools, so you can track the progress that you are making with your website. Inclusion in all of the major search engines is also included as a standard part of HostGator’s web hosting packages.

HostGator is known as a reliable web host that provides excellent, award winning service and technical support. They guarantee to maintain a 99.9% uptime for your website and include free backups as part of their service. HostGator also offers a 45 day money back guarantee to give new users a chance to make sure that they are satisfied with the service that they are getting. Additionally, HostGator is a green web hosting service and have invested in wind farms to offset their servers’ emissions.

Overall, HostGator offers an excellent web hosting service that is reliable and user friendly, but which is let down by the lack of features in its cheaper web hosting packages. As a service for hobby bloggers or other very small users where price is the deciding factor, HostGator may be the best option.

#3 Go Daddy

Go Daddy was established in 1997 and is managing more than 53 million domains on its servers, which are located in a variety of locations around the world. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Go Daddy has servers in Iowa, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and India, and employs over 3,000 people with 500 in-house technical staff.

Go Daddy has a three tiered shared hosting service, with their basic package starting at $4.24 per month and larger packages going up in price to $8.49 per month for their ultimate service. There are also a variety of reseller packages that start from $5.09 per month for 100 addresses and going up to $12.74 per month for 1000 domains. Go Daddy VPS services are also competitively priced with a choice of five packages. There is also a Cloud Hosting service that allows for flexible use of the web and which starts at less than 10 cents per hour.

On the technical side of the question, Go Daddy offers users less direct control over their website development and uses template based web design software as well as allowing installation of scripts like WordPress via its own control panel. This means that many of the features that you would expect to find in your web hosting management panel are not there, and instead Go Daddy offers the use of many of its design functions for a fee.

When the cost of buying many of the basic internet services that are commonly added to a website is considered, on top of the monthly fee for web hosting, Go Daddy isn’t offering a particularly cost effective solution for small users. The VPS and especially the cloud hosting services are much better than the competition, and overall the service and support is good enough to make Go Daddy well worth considering when you are starting a website.

Of these three web hosts, Go Daddy is offering the least user friendly service and the cheaper plans are restricted to a single e-mail address and only 150 GB of bandwidth. Go Daddy also restricts its basic users to a five page website with only 1 GB of disk space, which makes their service impractical for many websites. All of these factors place Go Daddy a distant third behind its two older competitors, however it is still ahead of other services we reviewed like Host Monster and Fat Cow hosting.

Having a website that echoes out your brand is usually one of the steps required for any successful business. However, if you don’t have the knowledge, skills and resources to develop your own site then you will have to outsource the whole job to the experts. The trick comes when you have to choose your web design company because a quick search on Google for web design will give you more than 1.2 million results. Therefore sieving through this list can be daunting since you don’t know where to start from. Here are 5 essential things that you should consider before giving out the job to a specific web design company;

Branding: The company’s portfolio

Can I see your portfolio? This should always be the first question to ask any web design company. Any great company will definitely have a portfolio of sites that they are willing to showcase. You should also ask what considerations were put in place when designing the site and the specific functionalities that the customer needed in their site. By doing so, you can be able to judge whether they did a good job at replicating the customer’s brand into the site.

Design details

The next thing you should concentrate on is the design capability of the company. Most sites have to be responsive in nature in order to attract more users. You should therefore know exactly what features the web design company can use in the design of your site. Don’t worry with the tonnes of hard words that can be thrown around, the good thing nowadays is that you can simply make quick research on the internet in order to judge whether those features will be helpful to your site.

Technical competency

Well by now you should know whether that company can indeed handle your brand online and whether their design patterns are consistent with emerging technologies. In technical competency you should be willing to ask what technologies the company are used to in developing their sites and their ease of use or modification. You should also ask about their support and what exactly they are willing to offer whenever anything goes wrong. It is always advisable to have a backend created as well that can give more functionality in editing the site on your own rather than having to stare at code (especially if you don’t have any knowledge).

Website ownership

It is also good to know the legal issues behind ownership of the website. Generally the copyright is held under the designer of the website but most companies will usually pass this off to their clients as part of the contract.

Costs

Once you have been able to settle all the design, technical and legal aspects of the site, the last crucial component is the cost. There are a lot of hidden costs when it comes to web design and especially during maintenance. You should therefore ask about the cost of development as well as subsequent modifications and support (and whether the latter comes with the original package).

If all of the above responses are satisfactory to you, then you should be in a position to make a good choice on the web designers you want to pick.

Is it better to have a degree, or is it better to be self-taught? Which is more important: a formal education or on-the-job experience? This is an often-debated topic within the computer science field. In this post, I want to mention the common arguments for and against getting a formal education.

Proof of Character

Please understand that I’m not saying that people with degrees have better character or anything like that. All I’m saying is that some employers will look at a résumé that includes a college degree and will think, “This candidate finishes what he starts” or “This candidate will be able to handle a long-term project.” This is similar to the way an employer may react when she sees that an applicant used to be in the military. The employer may assume, “This applicant is disciplined.” I’m not saying that it’s an accurate assessment; I’m just saying that some people will judge you based on your education. In this way, a college degree can work in your favor. Does that make it worth spending tens of thousands of dollars on tuition costs? Maybe, and maybe not.

Lacks Real-World Experience

If you decide to take the tradition 4-year college route, this means that you will likely be out of the work force for four years while you are getting your degree. Instead of adding entry level work to your résumé, you will be adding an education. Some employers will accept one as a substitution for the other, while others will demand that you have several years of experience, regardless of your education level, before they will hire you. On the other hand, some employers will not promote you unless you have a degree.

Extraneous Information

If you check out the course catalog for any bachelor’s degree, you will see a ton of courses that have nothing to do with computers. Even if you’re looking at a computer science degree, you will still need dozens of credits in general education subjects. You will end up taking advanced math courses, learning about computer networks, and maybe learning programming languages that you will never actually use. Some people view this as a waste of time and money because not all classes will directly translate to the workplace. Others view it as an opportunity to get a well-rounded education.

Outdated

Throughout the course of history, technology has changed—from the wheel to the written alphabet to computers as we know them today. The rate of growth in the computer science field is greater than in any other field.Because of this, computer science degrees can become outdated rather quickly. It’s true that this happens in other fields as well. If a doctor has been out of medical school for 30 years, he will need to catch himself up on new developments in the field. A teacher who has been teaching for decades will periodically need to learn about new methods of instruction and assessment. Likewise, after receiving a computer science degree, a person will need to be diligent about staying up to date on new technologies. Having a degree on your résumé, especially if you have been out of school for a while, is not proof that you have current knowledge.

Despite any of the arguments for and against formal education, there are opportunities for you either way. If you find that you are really not a school person, that’s okay. There are companies who will hire self-taught web designers. Just make sure that your skillset shines through. This means you will need to have a stellar résumé and an impressive portfolio.

3 Things you have to learn by yourself about freelance web designing.

As I’ve said before, I’m an independent web designer. I went to school specifically for web design, and it did a pretty good job of preparing me for the technical demands of my job. However, there were some things that school didn’t prepare me for, and those are the things I want to talk about today.

Competition

Sure, I know how to design a web page. I’ve been doing it for decades. But that doesn’t necessarily make it easy to get work. There are so many options out there for people who need a web designer. There are beginners out there who will design a web page for cheap because they are in the “building a portfolio” stage. There are websites with names like cheapwebdesign.com (That’s not a real website—yet.) who have prices I cannot compete with. I’ve had to learn to set myself apart in other ways. It’s kind of like being a custom quilt maker. Why would someone buy a $300 quilt from me when they can get something similar from Walmart for $30? I’ve got to price myself right, and I’ve got to make my work worth the price.

Difficult People

I’m sure you’ve heard this expression before: “I’d love the job if it weren’t for the people.” Web design is an overlap of two fields that we think of as being very solitary—art and computer science. Depending on where you choose to work, that may be somewhat true, but there’s always the client, and there’s sometimes also the supervisor. Even if you strike out on your own as a freelancer, you’re still doing work for someone. You’ve got to know how to communicate with people, even difficult, demanding people. I’ve posted before about the complaints that I get from clients. That is my least favorite part of the job, but it’s something that I’ve learned to deal with because I love what I do.

Balance

As an artist, you’re a free spirit. You don’t like to follow rules. You want to catch people’s eyes, astonish them, and make them feel something. What you don’t want to do is organize a task list and plan out your workweek in 30 minute increments. Am I right? I know, because I’m like you. When you turn web design into a career, you’ve got to learn to do the bigger picture, organizational things. There is value in the ability to stay on task. You’ve got to organize your electronic files and make sure they’re backed up. You’ve got to be a reliable employee; after all, the job market is tough for a web designer. Don’t think that you’re escaping this requirement by being a freelancer. That will put even more demands on you. You will need to be your own CFO, keeping track of invoicing and more.

I don’t say any of these things to scare you. Heck, if I wanted to scare you, I could’ve written about my beginnings in tech support. Talk about difficult people! But, I digress. The point of this post was to teach you some of the facets of this career that you may not have considered before. These things completely caught me off guard, and I’d like to preparemy readers for the possibilities.

I still firmly believe that web design is an incredible career. I am passionate about my work, and I get to create new art all of the time! There aren’t many careers with steady income for creative types like us, and I feel lucky to have tapped into this particular market. The technology of our time has created a necessity for us, and we should be grateful for that.

If you decide that you don’t want to go the freelance route at the moment, you will be trying to get a full time web design job. Here are some tips for getting said job:

1.     Tighten up your résumé and portfolio

When you’re going in for an interview, you’ve got to look good on paper. Consider this: there may be people behind the scenes who are helping to make the hiring decision. These people may never get to see your face or hear your carefully rehearsed story about how you dealt with a difficult customer in the past. In addition to being charming in person, you’ve got to be able to provide documentation of your experience. This is best done through a professional résumé and through a portfolio of your best work.

2.     Dress nicely, and be on your best behavior

I get that you’re a designer and an artist and that you don’t like to follow the conventions of society. Same here! However, if you want to land a job, you must consider putting on a blazer and some dress shoes. Your favorite DIY outfit is not going to impress most of the managers who are tasked with interviewing and hiring. On top of that, you should try to act as professional as possible. Keep the joking and crass remarks to a minimum. Once you’ve secured the job and proved your worth, you will be able to ease up a bit.

3.     Know what questions to ask

Research the company before you go to the interview. Get a handle on the company’s vision and mission statement. Usually, at the end of a job interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. This is not an opportunity for you to ask about compensation or benefits. I know it seems like the perfect time for these questions, but try to hold them inside! Instead, you should be asking questions about the company’s plans for expansion, their problems and potential solutions, and where they see themselves in the future. Ask about the team and about their vision of an ideal job candidate. Make sure they know that you are invested in them.

4.     Try some shameless self-promotion

I’m fairly certain that you don’t go around self-promoting yourself to everyone you meet. (If you do, I envy your courage and confidence.) An interview is one of the few times when it is completely acceptable for you to gush about your own accomplishments. You are expected to outline your amazing skillset and your uncanny ability to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Many interviewers will begin an interview by saying, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” This is the green light. From here on out, you will be telling the potential employer about your education, your experience, and everything else that makes you the best person for the job.

5.     Don’t forget the cherry on top

There’s one last step after you’ve finished the interview. You’ve got to send a thank you letter or email. If you ask your parents or grandparents, they will say to send a card in the mail. In my opinion, an email is even better. That way, you can perfectly time when your message will arrive. You will want to send your email within 24-48 hours of the interview. Be sure to thank them for the interview and to express your interest in the job. Make sure that you proofread your thank you letter very carefully. Send it to everyone who was involved in the interview. You never know who is involved in making the hiring decision. It’s better to include everyone.

Following these 5 pointers will help you get a full time job in web design. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the first job you interview for. You never know—you might be going up against the boss’s son. Keep working at it. You’ll get there.