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How to setup Ad Inserter WordPress Plugin

Advertising, TOOLS, WEBMASTER, WORDPRESS

Ad Inserter is one of the best and simple all in one free wordpress plugin for inserting Ads, Tracking codes in Header and Footer and more. A simple but powerful WordPress plugin that enables you to insert any HTML/Javascript/PHP code in posts or display it as a widget. It is perfect for displaying AdSense or Amazon ads at any position.

Here we’re going to explain how to setup Ad Inserter WordPress PluginSimply enter any ad or HTML/Javascript/PHP code and select where and how you want to display it. It supports up to 16 (or 64 in Pro) code blocks. Code block is any code (for example AdSense ad) that has to be inserted (displayed) at some position. Each code block can be configured to insert code at almost any position supported by WordPress.

Features

  • 16 code blocks (64 code blocks in Pro)
  • Syntax highlighting editor
  • Code preview with visual CSS editor
  • Automatically inserts ads in posts and pages
  • Insert before or after post
  • Insert before or after excerpt
  • Insert before or after content
  • Insert before or after paragraph
  • Insert before or after comments
  • Insert between posts on blog pages
  • Insert between comments
  • Insert at custom hook positions
  • Insert below <body> or above </body> tags
  • Insert custom fields
  • Individual exceptions for posts and pages
  • Support for ads on AMP pages
  • Ad rotation (works also with caching)
  • Manual insertion: widgets, shortcodes, PHP function call
  • Custom block alignments and styles
  • Desktop, tablet and phone server-side device detection
  • Sticky (fixed) positions (ads do not move when the page scrolls, Pro only)
  • Sticky (fixed) widgets (sidebar does not move when the page scrolls)
  • Clearance options to avoid insertion near images or headers
  • Options to disable insertion on Ajax calls, 404 error pages or in feeds
  • Client-side device detection (works with caching, 3 custom viewports, 6 in Pro)
  • Ad impression and click tracking (Pro only)
  • A/B testing (Pro only)
  • Custom CSS class name for wrapping divs to avoid ad blockers
  • PHP code processing
  • Banner code generator
  • Support for header and footer code
  • Support for insertion of Google Analytics, Piwik or any other web analytics code
  • Ad blocking detection – popup message, page redirection
  • Ad blocking detection actions – ad replacement, content protection (Pro only)
  • Ad blocking statistics
  • Black/White-list categories, tags, taxonomies, users, post types, post IDs, urls, url parameters, referers
  • Black/White-list IP addresses or countries (works also with caching, Pro only)
  • Multisite options to limit settings on the sites (Pro only)
  • Simple troubleshooting with many debugging functions
  • Import/Export block or plugin settings (Pro only)
  • Scheduling with fallback option (Pro only)
  • Country-level GEO targeting (Pro only, works also with caching, suport for MaxMind geolocation databases))
  • Visualization of inserted code blocks,
  • Visualization of available positions for automatic insertion
  • Visualization of HTML tags for easier ad placement between paragraphs
  • Clipboard support to easily copy code blocks or settings
  • Support via email (Pro only)

 

Below is a complete description of all the functions of the plugin.

Quick Start

Ad Inserter is completely free! You can install it from WordPress (Plugins / Add New / search for Ad Inserter). And if you need more than 16 code blocks, more than 3 viewports, multisite options, impression and click tracking, ad replacement when ad blocking is detected, country-level GEO targeting, scheduling or export/import of settings, you can upgrade to Ad Inserter Pro.

Check also some common settings. Please make sure you have also read troubleshooting section on the bottom of this page!

Few very important things you need to know in order to insert code and display some ad:

  • Each code block can be renamed. Click on the name to edit it.
  • Use code tools to enter or edit code
  • Enable and use at least one insertion option (Automatic Insertionmanual insertions Widget, Shortcode, PHP function call)
  • Enable insertion on at least one WordPress page type (Posts, Pages, Blog pages, Homepage, Category pages, Search Pages, Archive pages)
  • For Posts and Pages leave default blank selection value (no individual exceptions) unless you really know what are you doing (using individual exceptions)
  • If you don’t see inserted code block turn on debugging functionsLabel blocksShow positions for automatic insertion (Ad Inserter menu item in the WordPress toolbar on the top of every post/page)
  • If you are using AdSense you may get blank (empty) ad blocks.This might be because there is some error in the code (wrong IDs), your AdSense account is not fully approved yet, your website was not accepted or your AdSense account is banned.In most cases once Google approves your account you’ll get ads. You can also try Media net ads as good AdSense alternative for contextual ads.

Ad Inserter menu item in the WordPress admin toolbar on the top of every post/page contains debugging functions that can help you to label inserted blocks and visualize available positions for automatic insertion:

To show a list of all blocks click on the List button in the header row.

Code Editing

Ad Inserter can be configured to insert any code anywhere on the page. Each code with it’s settings is called a code block. Free Ad Inserter supports 16 code blocks, Ad Inserter Pro supports up to 96 code blocks (depending on the license type). The settings page is divided into tabs – 16 code blocks and general plugin settings. Black number means inactive code block (code is not inserted anywhere), red number means block is using automatic insertion, blue number means block is using manual insertion while violet number means block is using automatic and manual insertion.

Check Code Editing for detailed description of code editor, code tools, banner code generator, AdSense codes and ad rotation.

Settings

Each code block has 4 independent insertion options:

  • Automatic Insertion (before/after paragraph in all posts,…)
  • Widget (for widget positions)
  • Shortcode (for manual insertion in posts or pages)
  • PHP function call (to insert code blocks at any position in theme PHP files)

To rename code block click on the block name. To insert code block (and display ad) at some position you need to enable and use at least one insertion option.

Automatic Insertion

Automatic insertion means that the code block will be automatically inserted on all posts or pages according to the block settings. For each code block you can also define individual exceptions to prevent insertions on some posts or pages. There are at least two different ways to exclude posts or pages – check individual exceptions for more.

ad inserter automatic display

  • Disabled (no automatic insertion)
  • Insert Above Header (on all pages, after <body> tag, available when Output buffering is enabled – Generaloptions)
  • Insert Before Post (before post or posts on blog pages)
  • Insert Before Content (before post or page text)
  • Insert Before Paragraph (on posts, pages and blog pages)
  • Insert After Paragraph (on posts, pages and blog pages)
  • Insert After Content (after post or page text)
  • Insert After Post (after post or posts on blog pages)
  • Insert Before Excerpt (on blog pages)
  • Insert After Excerpt (on blog pages)
  • Insert Between Posts (on blog pages)
  • Insert Before Comments (on posts)
  • Insert Between Comments (on posts)
  • Insert After Comments (on posts)
  • Insert in page Footer (on all pages, before </body> tag)

For single posts or pages insertion position Before Post usually means position above the post/page title, for blog pages Before Post position means position above all the posts on the blog page.

For single posts or pages insertion position After Post means position below the post/page after all the content, for blog pages After Post position means position below all the posts on the blog page.

Before and after Excerpt positions are available on blog pages only if your theme uses standard WordPress excerpts. Otherwise you’ll have to modify theme files and use PHP function adinserter in order to insert ads between excerpts.

For more detailed setup click here

Get Ad Inserter Free WordPress Plugin here

Start Your Blog with Bluehost cheap and the best

BLOGGER, WEBMASTER, Website, WORDPRESS

For many, when they think of WordPress, they think “blog.” And while WordPress is one of the world’s largest blogging platforms, WordPress is also a complete content management system and is a great way to build many different types of websites. This article will show you how easy it can be to get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.

Choosing a Web Host

There are many hosting companies out there, but for a WordPress site, Bluehost should definitely be at the top of anyone’s list. Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress and has been the number-one recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years. There are many reasons why Bluehost is so highly recommended, but here are just a few:

  • Premium customer service, reliability and usability
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
  • Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
  • Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
  • No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.

And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!

To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below. It will speed up the process to think of a domain name you want to use and to have your credit card for payment ready to go before you get started.

Set Up Your Hosting Account

To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “Sign Up Now.”

How to Make a WordPress Website step-by-step

WEBSITE, WORDPRESS

WordPress is a number one best and simple web platform for the beginners who want to start a website for personal or business. Creating a website is as simple as creating Facebook nowadays. An easy step-by-step website setup guide written by web developers who have created hundreds of websites and helped thousands of others to create their own website.

A step by step tutorial – we start off with finding the right content management system, choosing a domain name, then the right web hosting service, adding the right themes, plugins and customizing your site’s appearance. By the time you are done with this how to make a WordPress website for beginners guide you’ll have a full fledged website ready to go!

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system (CMS) in simple terms, is a platform of sorts or a mechanism which permits you to create your content and publish it on a website. Let’s say that it is a coat hanger stand with the coat being your content.

It is software that is installed on your host’s server. Your host provider will likely have a one click installation process to help you get your CMS installed. Once it is installed, you can log in to your site as the admin and add photos, text and other content. You can use the content you’ve added to create blog posts and other forms of content like a product page or display a work portfolio on your website.

A CMS is way more than just a means to an end, you can install a theme which is a modified template to suit the specific niche and purpose of your site. With the template added, you can customize the appearance of your site. You can add plugins to add function to your site, for example a social sharing plugin to help spread the word about your site via social networks.

All of this and more can be accomplished with a Content Management System.

Which CMS is best for you?

An overwhelming majority of websites use WordPress. The other two options that lag way behind in comparison to WordPress (certainly in popularity) are Joomla and Drupal.

WordPress

The ideal option for someone who’s creating his or her first website. It has considerable scalability and works well with low and medium traffic websites. We receive 1.5 million views every month and we run WordPress, so that gives you an idea of what medium traffic constitutes if you were wondering. Even large websites such as TIME Magazine, CNN, TED, Techcrunch, NBC and others use WordPress to server millions of pageviews each day.

WordPress has a great number of points that can be made in favor of its use.

  • Easy To Install: Most hosting services have one click installation options for WordPress given the number of people who use it.
  • Strong Community & Open Source: It is free and used by a lot of people. There are a plethora of free themes and plugins that you can leverage for your site. Apart from the freebies, premium themes and plugins are cheap and come with excellent support services from their providers. If you ever have a doubt or a problem a simple Google search can answer your query. If fact, I’ll go so far as to say you’ll find the answer to your doubts answered by the first three results of a Google search. A strong community will aid in your WordPress initiation process should you ever encounter any hiccups. And you can always drop your comments here either Aigars or me will be sure to respond to the at the earliest opportunity.
  • Ideal For Non tech savvy online entrepreneurs: Most of the products associated with WordPress, such as themes and plugins are fairly straightforward and intuitive to use. Installing a Content Management System like WordPress is only the first step of the process, there is much more to website creation beyond that. Like WordPress which is easy to install and configure, the tools that you’ll require to make your website whole are easy to handle.

Two not so quite favorable things about WordPress

  • One drawback of WordPress, it may become unwieldy if your site grows far too large and receives an enormous amount of daily traffic. The cost of your hosting goes up. But we are talking about traffic in the order of millions here and it isn’t something you should let bother you for now.
  • Another potential problem is the quality of free plugins and themes. While most are good and have fairly high security standards, you’d should be wary of unknown third party plugins. WordPress is a secure platform out the box, but adding third party software while exercising poor judgement is a bad idea. That being said security vulnerabilities are generally fixed as soon as they are detected.
  • As you can see WordPress is by far the most popular content management system and is used by 65% CMS powered websites worldwide.The thing you need to know is all CMSs have one drawback or the other. And for a new web admin, WordPress is the best way to go! But I’ll talk about Drupal and Joomla, all the same. You should certainly be aware of them, should you decide to switch your CMS at a later point in time. And it will also tell you why perhaps Joomla and Drupal are not best suited to the needs of beginner.

    Drupal

    Unlike WordPress, Drupal is not too well suited for the technically inept or a first time website developer. Drupal is an open source CMS and is largely utilized by big corporations with vast websites and high traffic loads. It has its own customization possibilities with themes and plugins created to add value to Drupal sites. Drupal websites are a bit faster and little less taxing on the host’s server resources.

    But if you’re new to web development, it isn’t for you. Why? It is more complicated than it needs to be to meet your requirements. It is designed for complex, vast websites with high traffic loads, which your new website will not be to begin with. Given that, there is no need to add to the difficulty of the website creation process unnecessarily.  And besides, you can always switch to Drupal at a later date.

    Joomla

    Open source and free like the previous two platforms. It is a tad better than the other two when it comes to creating a community of users (like a small social network or tight knit community for your readers) and is far more amenable to creating social websites with a lot of interaction and engagement from users. It is easier to handle than Drupal and offers more than WordPress in terms of performance and tweakability.

    And again my reasons are the same for not recommending it for you, unnecessary complication that you do not need.

    WordPress – Probably the best option for you!

    If you are starting off with a new domain name with no traffic so to speak of, you are better off with WordPress. It is exceedingly easy to use, it is free and comes with an enormous number of premium quality free themes and plugins. The cost of hosting is low and many hosts provide for easy one click installation of WordPress. And since a growing percentage of online entrepreneurs do not know how to program in HTML, CSS and PHP, WordPress is the best choice as it offers excellent customizability even to WordPress newbies.

  • Now that you have chosen the best platform for your website you can proceed with the next step.

Before you choose a domain name, you’ll need be sure of the niche you’d like to concentrate on. Selecting a niche area to focus on, is an important task in and of itself. To create a revenue generating website it is critical that you research the target keyword pool and the niche it is derived from. For the time being, just make sure it is something you like and are genuinely passionate about. And ensure that you have reasonable expertise in the subject matter involved.

You can literally register any available (not registered yet) domain name but here is something I recommend:

  • Business website – If you are making a website for your business it would be best to choose a domain name that is your company name or brand. An example domain name would be YourComapanyName.com or YourBrandName.com
  • Personal website – If it is going to be your personal website it would be great to go with com
  • Hobby website – The sky’s the limit 🙂

Most popular domain names extensions (the end part of website address, like .com) are .com, .org, .net, but in recent years a huge amount of new domain extensions have been introduced (Wikipedia). Now you can register crazy domain names such as

YourCompanyName.pizza, YourCompanyName.green, or YourName.ninja.

However, for your first website I recommend to stick with .com, .net and .org. New domain extensions haven’t gone mainstream yet and might confuse your visitors. Even some social networks, services and apps have problems displaying these new domain names that’s why I advice to avoid them, at least for now.

Choosing The Right Domain Name

The next step in our process involves choosing a domain name. A domain name is basically the URL one types into a browser’s address bar to visit a particular website.

Getting the right domain name is crucial. A few things you need to keep in mind while considering domain name choices.

  • Short – Shorter names work better when it comes to remembrance and are easy to type as well.
  • Brandable – Remember your domain also runs to your brand, make sure it isn’t memorable for all the wrong reasons.
  • Memorable – People forget easily, come up with a name that first time visitors to your site are likely to remember.
  • Catchy – You want a domain name that rolls off the tongue and describes what you do.
  • Easy to type.
  • Includes keyword (optional) – Identify the right keywords or combination of keywords. The closer your domain name is to your site’s niche, the better for search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Niche specific (optional) – If you are writing a website about a specific niche check if there are popular abbreviations that you can use. For example, in WordPress there are many highly ranked websites with “wp” as part of their name. WPEngine.com, a managed hosting service for WordPress.

Funny domain name mistakes

Here are some domain names someone have registered without realizing what a huge mistake they have made:

  • Speedofart.com – Speed of Art
  • Choosespain.com – Choose Spain
  • Gotahoe.com – Go Tahoe

Hosting

You really have two options when it comes to hosting provider types recommended for WordPress newbies.

  • Shared Hosting
  • Managed WordPress Hosting

I do not recommend anything other than a shared hosting plan for first time webmasters. All other forms of hosting that you may have heard of like Virtual Private Hosting (requires reasonable technical know how), managed WordPress hosting (too costly) might not be the right choice for your first website. As your knowledge and business grows you might consider VPS or fully managed WordPress hosting but let’s leave that for another post.

Shared hosting is the way to go and later we can talk about upgrading your host. We’ve recommended two shared hosting services and have also added elaborate installation processes for WordPress with both of them. Both hosting providers offers domain registration and website hosting and that’s exactly what we need to create an awesome website.

NameCheap Host

To make WordPress installation process easier we have created a short video that will guide you through installation process.

Click here to visit NameCheap and proceed with your first website setup.

If you had some problems understanding setup process outlined in video you can follow steps below.

  1. Choose the right hosting page. I’d suggest the starter package. It offers plenty of speed, performance, functionality and storage for your first website. You can upgrade your hosting plan as your website grows>
  2. You will be prompted to choose a domain name as you can see in example below. Double check your domain name to avoid typos.
  3. And on the next screens, enter your personal information and credit card details. And complete payment.
  4. In Bluehost cPanel (administration panel), find a button which says Install WordPress
  5. Click on a green Install button to proceed with WordPress installation
  6. Now select if you want to use your website with or without “www.” at front of your website name (www.YourWebsite.com or YourWebsite.com). If you can’t decide you can leave it as is. It can be easily changed afterwards
  7. The details for the WordPress installation like email ID, username and password can be set. And tick all the necessary conditions under a licence agreement.
  8. And install.
  9. Once installation is complete you will see a clear message on top saying “Your Install is Complete!” and button saying “View Credentials”
  10. By clicking on that button you will be sent to a page where you will be able to find your newly installed WordPress login credentials.
  11. Now you can login on your website by clicking link that says YourWebsitName.com/wp-admin.

SiteGround

SiteGroud’s shared hosting plan has a similar, equally easy to use WordPress installation and domain registration process. The site asks you whether you have a domain name or need to register one, in our case since you are creating your first site you need to register a domain.

Following the domain registration you can follow this easy to use this three step tutorial for a guided WordPress installation. It is best to select “Get WordPress Preinstalled in this account” and you will not need to get your hands dirty. You’ll need to set admin email ID, username and password, you’re set!

Now that your domain is registered, hosting paid for and your WordPress installed. What’s next?

WordPress Admin Screens

  • Go to yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin.
  • Type in the username and password you previously entered during the WordPress installation process.

Your WordPress admin menu is available on the left side of the screen. Allowing your cursor to linger over them will open sub menus.

  • Dashboard
  • Posts
  • Media
  • Links
  • Pages
  • Comments
  • Appearance
  • Plugins
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings

That is a lot of stuff which you deal with. But I’ve promised to get your site up and running. So for the purposes of this post I will not be talking about Settings, Tools, Users or Your Dashboard.

I will talk about the rest of the menu options which are part of your WordPress menu. Let’s get started.

Customizing your site’s Appearance and activating a WordPress Theme

Themes (Appearances > Themes)

    1. Open Appearances > Themes. From here on have a look at the heading of each subsection if you have doubts with regards to accessing a particular part of the WordPress menu from the admin screen.

install-new-wordpress-theme

    1. And click on the “Add New” button on the top. And choose from one of the themes displayed or search for a specific theme. For a list of awesome free themes, you can check out this theme collection.

install-sparkling-theme

    1. Install a new theme that you fancy and activate it.

The next part involves customization of a theme. You can access this under from Appearance > Customize. You can do a number of things to your site’s appearance from here. But that’s not the crux of this post, a theme is sufficient to start a website.

Widgets (Appearances > Widgets)

Widgets are preset modules or pieces of code that add to a certain function which will prove useful for your website in some capacity or the other. Your sidebars, footers and headers can be loaded with widgets.

wordpress-widget-manager

As you can see in the above screenshot, there 6 widgets in the sidebar.  These widgets include a search bar, a recent posts widget, recent comments, archives, categories and meta. Then you can see 4 footer areas where you can add widgets just the same. The number of footer, header and sidebar areas available to you depends on the theme you are using.

Widgets are not plugins, but they are small chunks of code that add a bit of function. Sometimes it may help with navigation, sometimes with social media, you can even use to add HTML to a text widget which will function as coded to do so. So widgets are a very useful tool but you need to learn a bit about them before you can use them to the fullest.

Menus (Appearances > Menu)

Menus are an extremely important for any website. They offer a means to navigate your site and its content. After all, what’s the point in creating captivating content and if your visitor can not find it easily on your site. Bad menus and navigation can lead to a high bounce rate (the number of visitors as a percentage who leave your site after just viewing just one page).

You may have seen websites with menus on the top or the side and even at the bottom. We can do all of this.

You’d like to include pages like “About”, “Blog”, “Contact” and “Our Services” as part of your primary menu. Any page you’d like displayed on your menu can be added. The number of menus and their placement on your site depends on your WordPress theme.

You can add all the stuff that you see on the left to the menu ranging from pages to products as part of your menu. Again what you can include as part of the menu depends on your WordPress theme.

wordpress-menu-manager

A good menu,

  • Is concise and minimal.
  • It is a representation of all your site’s offerings.
  • Very intuitive to use and maneuver around your site.

Keep that in mind and you should be fine.

Background (Appearances > Background)

Many website choose to have plain single color background and I am big fan of that.

The Bigsweb blog has a plain white background and it keeps things simple. But the homepage of the site is pretty awesome with a purple background and our tagline.

Websites that are media heavy, examples would include photography sites or portfolio websites have great backgrounds. If you want your website to send across a powerful visual cue to your audience use a powerful background image. Else you can simply opt for a plain color which is appropriate for any blog that emphasizes readability.

A background should not be confused with a slider image which is basically a constantly changing image that moves across or your screen or changes with fancy animation.

Adding New Plugins (Plugins > Add New)

Plugins are a scripts or pieces of code written to perform a very specific function or set of functions on your website.

A simple example would be social sharing plugin, it helps share your content across different social platforms and helps get the word out that your content is awesome. Similarly, people have developed plugins for search engine optimization, security purposes, creating and maintaining a portfolio of images, to create contact forms, for caching the list is endless.

Adding Pages (Pages > Add New)

Pages on a website help divide your website into a requisite number of pieces to present the different sections of your site’s content. Pages are to themes like widgets are to plugins. With pages you can create specific template styles that can be called on command for different purposes that require the same or similar design. Pages are more than posts and are used for specific purposes on your site. You can create pages specifically to cater to the requirements of a Contact Us Page or perhaps create landing page.

add-new-page-wordpress

And you are greeted by a New Page, which you can now fill up. From this new screen, you can create a new page and assign page attributes.

If you either need to create a template that you’re likely to use often or need to recreate a section of your site for a specific purpose, creating a page is the way to go.

Comments (Access from WordPress menu)

Websites need readers to make them successful. Comments are a very powerful means to establish a great debate on your site and this only further adds value to your site. Hardly, one percent of the traffic that visits your site will ever comment. And that is assuming that the content is great to begin with. Driving interaction with passive readers on your site is difficult and takes time and effort.

A great post with a pre-existing comment history helps your site receive more comments. Aigars wrote an awesome post on BigsWeb a while back, yet till this day it still keeps receiving comments and continues to be a great source of traffic.

And remember, WordPress allows you to link your site when you comment on another person’s blog. And this may send visitors your way, if you play your cards right and make genuine attempts to offer something constructive. For this same reason, many people will leave their comments on your blog as well.

If I feel your content is great and a particular post that you’ve written is awesome, then I’ll almost jump at the chance to leave my comment first and best anyone else to first comment. Because I know eventually it will lead a few visitors back to my site.

Comments are a great way to build an awesome readership and a loyal following for your site.

Adding Content

Content is king may be a cliched line. But it is true now more so than ever before. There are many more websites now than there ever were before. You name a niche, any niche and it is bound to be saturated to the hilt with websites producing content about said niche. WordPress is a very profitable niche. Why? 50% of websites use it and many of them are new to WP. WordPress newbies and even intermediate level users require a few resources to help them get started up and make changes to their WordPress sites, not too dissimilar to the content on BigsWeb 😉 But a website like BigsWeb works well and generates revenue only when we offer value to our readers.

We publish a great number of articles on premium WordPress themes and should you choose to buy one of them after clicking on our links we receive a small commission on your purchase. But truth be told, our most popular and widely read articles aren’t the ones that describe premium WordPress themes or plugins, rather they are WordPress tutorials and posts dedicated to free themes, plugins and other WordPress related articles. Because it is only when we offer value to readers that our site grows.

So based on your site’s niche and your expertise,  you need to produce content that genuinely offers value to would be readers. If you intend to create your site purely for monetary purposes, it will not be successful in the long run. No wait a minute, it may still be profitable but certainly not as successful as it could have been had you tried to genuinely help your audiences.So focus on good content.

Pick your niche and offer great value to your readers. And watch your traffic grow steadily and if you are lucky, perhaps even go through the roof!

So how do you publish your content on WordPress? What are the formats available to you apart from just plain ol’ text?

Posts (Posts > Add New)

The beating heart of your site or most sites anyway. At the end of this tutorial when all’s said and done, you’ll be here to populate your site with posts. WordPress has a very easy to use posting mechanism and this one of the reasons, it is so popular.

You have two ways in which you can write your posts: one is the visual editor and the other is HTML editor. You can opt to use the visual editor to begin with, but you should know the HTML editor (referred to as text editor) is a very powerful tool to help you create the right formatting for your posts. The sooner you are comfortable with the text editor, the better of you will be. You may notice I am using the visual editor and truth be told, once I’ve added all the necessary formatting I prefer the visual editor.

add-blog-post-to-wordpress

The visual editor is very much similar to most text editors and permits you to add bold / italic effects to your text, change its font, add bulleted lists and numbered lists, align content differently and add hyperlinks. There is also a distraction free writing mode which gives you a fullscreen version of the editor.

Categories (Posts > Categories)

Categories are a means to divide your content. Categories are a big more important when your site publishes content on a number of issues. You can add categories from your Post editor or you can access it under Posts > Categories.

Now you can name the category to create one and then you can add a slug which is basically a URL add on of sorts for all your site’s posts on that specific category. For example, if I know that BigsWeb produces a lot of theme collection content, I can Google search BigsWeb + collections and the first search result link is – https://BigsWeb.com/wp/category/collections/ . With this I can view only the posts that have been published under the category, “Collections”.

So it is a very effective way to divide your site’s content and make finding stuff on your site much easier for a visitor.

Tags (Posts > Tags)

Tags are very similar to categories, except each post generally has its own set of tags. Tags are a tad more specific than categories but that apart they are the same and they aid in helping visitors find your content more easily.

Media (Media >Add New)

Media as in photos and videos are important to normal websites. They are even more so for media heavy websites. Adding media is easy with WordPress. You can either add media from Posts or you can add media directly to the media library.

You can add the image title, a caption, description to the image. But it is also important you also add the alt text which helps search engines identify your image. It is a small step in ensuring good search engine optimization.

There a lot of effects and stuff you can do to your imagery like make it pop up or use a lightbox with WordPress plugins. But that’s for another day.

Your Profile

Setting up your WordPress profile. This is rather easy to deal with. You can edit your profile from the “Edit Your Profile” on your WordPress admin screen on the top right hand corner. You can describe yourself and add the necessary social media links as well.

And to add a profile picture for your WordPress ID, you’ll need to get a Gravatar account. You’ll need an account from WordPress.com with which you can login to your site’s admin panel.

Just Start!

We have far too many inhibitions, starting stuff is one of them. It opens the door to failure.

Creating the website and generating revenue is no joke. It is hard work, sometimes seemingly unrewarding work.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be launching our “Getting Started With WordPress” post series to help you out.

And apart from that if you need anything else, do let us know in the comments below! Aigars and I will always be happy to help you out 🙂

Adf.ly make money with your site, blogger and social media

Advertising, Advertisment, MONEY MAKING, WEBMASTER

Adf.ly one new way of making money online is by posting links on social media and blogs. This company pays you to use their link shortening service.

Adfly is actually an extremely easy process. First you type in the link you would like to shorten. Adfly shortens the link for you and you place it on your blog or anywhere you would like. When people click on your link they’re redirected to a short ad and then brought to your desired URL. O and of course you get paid for it.

Different Ad Types

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There are three different types of ads that you can display through your links. One an interstitial ad that will open new page with full ad shows for 5 seconds. This ad shows no signs of the URL your linking to until the visitor clicks on skip ad on the top. The other ad option is banner ad. This option shows the URL of your link with the adfly banner across the top.

Website Entry Script

This ad is for websites and bloggers, If you have a website and wish to earn money when a visitor simply enters your site or blog.

How Much Will Adfly Pay You

There are two different rates of payment for the two different adfly banners. Of course the  interstitial ad pays the most because no sign of your link is visible and a full page advertisement is shown. The banner ad pays less and you can see the breakdown below.

Interstitial Ad: Pays up to $5.00 per 1000 views. or $.0005 a view

Banner Ad: I have seen these pay up to $3.00 per 1000 views or $.0003 a view

How To Get Paid By Adfly

One great thing about Adfly is they do offer some good ways to get paid. Adfly offers payments through PayPal, Payza, and Payoneer. Most of you will use PayPal which is my preference of the three.

Adfly has a minimum cash out amount of $5.00 for Paypal and Payza. If you choose to use Payoneer the minimum cash out amount is $10.00.

Signup for new account click the links below

Get start with Adfly and star making money sign up here

Earn money with Linkbucks free link shortening service

Advertising, Advertisment, MONEY MAKING, WEBMASTER

Earn money with Linkbucks free link shortening service for Adult and Non Adult sights that pay its users to share their shorten links. They have one of the best sponsorship deals with top advertisers that allow them to place ads when visitors are link to a page. And also content locker ad that allow viewers to complete a survey before they can proceed to their link destination, this is used mainly for downloading. Linkbucks has been doing business online for the past 9 years with a very high population of users with the average earnings of $100 per day.

There are four ways people can make money online with linkbuck, through intermission ads, content locker ads, top banner ads and side banner ads. Apart from these 4 ways, you can also make money with linkbucks referral program. If you refer people to use linkbuck you will earn a referral commissions for life.

Single Link:

Most Popular types is single link creating. In this option you should shrink your long URL to a short one using this feature.

Multiple Links

If you want to shrink many URLs in a one click you should use multiple links feature in Linkbucks.

Full Page Script

You also can use full page script from Linkbucks if you want make all of your website or blog URL to be a link from Linkbucks.

How much you can earn with Linkbucks

Like all the other this kind of site or paid URL shorter. Your earning will depend on the click you can get to your links. Besides this your earning from Linkbucks will also depends on from which country  you are getting the traffic for your links. If your click are from high rated country like: USA, Australia, Canada you can earn 1$ for 300 Clicks. But if your click are from low rated country like India you may need 1500- 2000 click for earn 1$.

linkbucks statistics

How to Withdraw Money From Linkbucks

Al present Linkbucks support 2 payment option. Which are:

  1. PayPal
  2. Payoneer

You can open an account by clicking the above links.

Note: Recently the have closed their service of withdraw using payza. They also trying to make more payment option available.

Instant Payment: One of unique feature of Linkbucks is their Instant payment option. They will make the payment anytime when you reached their minimum  payment threshold.

Good Pay Rate: Link bucks have good pay per click rate in comparison with the competitors.

Easy to Use: Link Bucks is really easy to use that anyone can use it without any trouble.

Low Minimum Payment Threshold: Linkbucks minimum payment Threshold is $10 with are low.

Get start with Linkbucks and start making money. Signup here

Earn Money from Clicksor Ad Network

Advertising, Advertisment, MONEY MAKING, WEBMASTER

Clicksor is an online contextual advertising network based in North York, Ontario. The network is launched by its mother company Yesup Ecommerce Solutions Inc., which was founded in 1999. Clicksor was ranked within the top 100 on Alexa in October 2008 and May 2009. Clicksor is popular amongst blogger who earns money from this ad network. Now-a-day clicksor announce a program for big publishers who have 30,000 visitors per day gains much better from clicksor. They approved only if you fulfill this traffic requirement. You can receive weekly payout of 500$ through this program. Higher fill rate and better cpc. Clicksor most popular for its advertisement through many formats of ads. You can set the minimum price for cpv,cpc,cpm and cpi ads. This helps increase in earnings. If someone comes to your site then he must clicks on the site so one pop up, also pop under and additionally clicks on layerify ads. This made atleast 3 ads per visitors. So 3 x 0.03 = 0.09 per visitor, made excellent ad network for bloggers.

Clicksor have different rate for different ad format

Clicksor offers better opportunities for every publishers to earn money as bloggers, premium publishers. Some of the important things about clicksor.

Clicksor_Logo Approval : Instant with customization of your ads.

Ads format : Serve more than 10+ ads formats.

Ads Rate : See above picture tell you regarding this.

Filler Rate : Fill rate depends on type of publishers you’r, 100% for premium publisher otherwise less fill rate.

Payout : Payout is net 15 basis minimum 50$ should be in your account. A new thing in clicksor have they suspend your account if your payout doesn’t reach 50$ within six months.

Payment methods : Payment can be done through paypal, check, wire transfer.

Referral Benefits : 10% commission from the clicksor.

Revenue from Ads : upto 60% revenue from the advertisers.

Clicksor

Earn Money Pop Under adnetwork – PopAds.Net

Advertising, Advertisment, MONEY MAKING, WEBMASTER

Popads is considered as the best pop under/up network. Popads has large number of advertisers and publishers which makes it a big network. The advantage and disadvantage of this network are given below.

Join us now and start bringing top quality visitors to your website as an advertiser or simply become a publisher and monetize your website’s traffic with high quality ads which appear as popunders. Our services are guaranteed to be fast, efficient and secure. There is no other ad network on the market that processes payment requests daily for publishers and there is no ad network on the market that can promote your website as efficient as we do for advertisers. It suitable for Indian, US, UK, CAN, AUS Traffic.

Commission Type: POP

Minimum Payment: $5

Payment Frequency: Request

Payment Method: Paypal, Alertpay, Wire Transfer
Country: US
Email: support@popads.net
PopAds.net - The Best Popunder Adnetwork

Make money with Adcash advertisement

Advertising, Advertisment, MONEY MAKING, WEBMASTER

Adcash is an high-performance-based advertising network make money with an international reach and it is a performance based international Ad network providing advertisers & publishers exclusive traffic monetization solutions, dynamic CPM payouts and top converting offers.  Adcash accept high CPM rates around the globe with major 70 following countries France, Germany, England, USA, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, The standard CPM rate average of an AdCash minimum cpm of 5.25$ to 13.27$. Including Asian Country consider India, Pakistan, China, Japanese.

Adcash best monetization in entertainment niche type of commercial website or blog site. Adcash offer dynamic CPM pricing rate of every ad format type like banners (skyscraper, square, medium rectangle, Leaderboard, footer, minivans, site-under,slide-in. CPM Rates are too high and also adcash accept not only ecpm but adcash also accept. Dynamic CPM, CPA , CPL, CPC.

 adcash advertisement
Adcash Details Network Type: 
CPM, CPA, CPL, CPC, Adcash Dynamic CPM
Ad types:Banner, Site-Under, Slide-in, Footer, Background, Minibans Ad formats/sizes: Check out the full list at: www.adcash.com/en/formats.php
Payment Methods:
PayPal, Bank Wire, Skrill (Moneybookers), Affiliway, WebMoney
Minimum Payment Threshold: 
€100
Payment frequency: NET 30 
Conflict with other programs and/or exclusivity: None
Requirements / Restrictions: No questionable content of any kind, properly constructed website with real content and multiple pages, active user base
Website URL: www.adcash.com

Best Configuration Guide for WordPress SEO by Yoast

MONEY MAKING, SEO, WEBMASTER

Everyone these days tries to rank their site’s content higher in Google Search results. There are marketing firms earning a good deal of revenue in relation to the most notorious digital term these days, “SEO”. In this post I will be explaining the different aspects of “On Page SEO”, how to deal with it in WordPress using one of the best free plugins: WordPress SEO by Yoast.

This is a series of tutorials, in the first one we will be configuring and understanding different sections of the WordPress SEO Plugin. Future tutorials in this series will be about different aspects of SEO, how to utilize your site’s Tags & Categories, the concept of rel='canonical', a practical example of an SEO optimized post, and finally some discussion about what else you need to do after having this plugin configured.

This tutorial will help you in optimizing your WordPress sites with the most popular aspects of On Page SEO. Today our goal is to configure this WordPress SEO plugin and to understand the meaning of each step.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users.

Why the plugin WordPress SEO By Yoast? I believe it is the best and most complete SEO plugin available for free, though not as easy as AIO SEO, but it comprises of certain vital SEO modules which are the results of the vast experience of Joost de Valk – An elite WordPress developer who developed this plugin.

First of all head over to your WordPress admin panel and install the plugin named WordPress SEO by Yoast (Go to Plugins > Add New > Search for WordPress SEO By Yoast > Install it > Then activate it). After activating the plugin, if you observe the left side menu, you will find a new panel introduced with the name SEO, just like the one in the image below.

SEO-Panel

When you click it you will be inside the Dashboard of the WordPress SEO plugin. Here you can take a tour or restore the default settings of this plugin in future. More over you will find Tracking and Security check boxes.

It allows the author of the plugin to track issues with the plugin if there are any, in future. If you are concerned about your privacy you should keep it unchecked.

This option, if checked, will disallow your Editors and Authors from redirecting a post to another URL, which is one of the capabilities of the plugin. Checking this will also forbid them from no-indexing your posts. If you don’t trust your Editors and Authors, this option should be checked.

These tools allow you to easily verify your site’s ownership by using the meta code provided by Google and Bing Webmaster tools. This option can also help you in verifying your site for Alexa (if you have their premium subscription). You can see I have filled in the Google Webmaster’s meta code.

Tip: Using Google & Bing Webmaster tools help you in understanding the behavior of your site (how much your site is linked, 404 errors, page speed etc).
Dashboard

After you are done with these configurations you can press the button saying “Save Settings“.

Then comes the Titles and Metas panel, this panel helps you in configuring the title, site wide metas, and cleaning up the head. Let’s see what the options are here and how to deal with them:

This option means that the WordPress SEO plugin needs to change the title tag of your installed theme, so that it can modify it as per your settings. This option should normally be ticked.

No-index subpages of archives: It should be checked as it helps your homepage to retain its importance, your Homepage is one of the most important parts of your blog.

Use meta keywords tag: I prefer to check it, as the Search Engines like Yahoo and Bing are known to give some importance to these meta keywords. These are the keywords around which your article is based.

Add noodp meta robots tag sitewide and Add noydir meta robots tag sitewide are used if your site is present in DMOZ or Yahoo Directory, sometimes Google prefers the description of your site from these directories, enabling these tags can help you remove this kind of error.

There is a theory that Google prefers a clean head. Most of the SEO Analysts suggest to keep your site’s head portion clean, the top most links which the Google bot reads get more importance. I don’t prefer hiding these links, as in RSD, WLW Manifest Links and shortlinks of your WordPress posts are helpful in a way like if you use Microsoft Live Editor to Publish your posts then hiding these links is not preferred. If you plan to clean up the head of your blog anyway, I would recommend you check the first three options and leave the RSS links option unchecked. Why? Because RSS links are read by certain plugins and can get you more subscribers. Some people say these RSS links are valuable assets for your blog. Enough said!

Titles-and-Metas1Done with Title and Metas? Press “Save Settings”

Click the Home tab inside the plugin and you will land on the page where all the settings of your Homepage can be found. These settings are kind of ‘set and forget’ settings. You can see the character limits in the image below, fill according to your domain name and niche.

Title: 70 Characters, can be Domain Name with Slogan. e.g. TheBookShop.com – Buy Books at Cheapest Rates

Description: 160 characters in which you will use your focused keyword once. e.g. If your site is for a book shop, you can include the term Buy Books here.

Meta keywords: Don’t spam this box, just put 5 to 6 keywords here, and you should put long tail keywords here, e.g. Download Books at Cheap Rates, Cheap priced Books Downloads etc.

After that, go to your profile page from the top right corner of the Admin Bar, fill in the Google+ URL of your profile and select your name from the users list at the Home Tab of the WordPress SEO plugin, so that your thumbnail is displayed with the exact domain name in Google’s Search. It is due to the rel="author" attribute that WordPress SEO adds this to the header with your profile link. This helps you get a good deal of exposure and more clicks. Make a Google+ page for your blog and add the URL in the box at the end, so that rel="publisher" can be added. These two rel attributes are important for your On Page SEO, and help your site rank better.

Homepage-Settings

After all these settings you need to click “Save Settings”.

Then click the Post Types tab where you will generically configure the On Page SEO elements for Posts, Pages and Media files.

The Help tab provides the details about these generic tags we are using here, but I recommend you do it the way it is done in the image below. Why? After experimenting for about three to five years, I have found these settings best. Of course, we are not going to no-index the posts, but if you tick the Meta Robots No-index then search engines won’t index your posts. Either you check the date snippet or not, if your theme supports the date tag then Google will include it in its search results. I find the date factor very important in On Page SEO, though you can find contrary suggestions about this factor from a lot of people.

Post-SEO
  • %%title%% Replaced with the title of the post/page.
  • %%focuskw%% Replaced with the post’s focus keyword.
  • %%tag%% Replaced with the current tag/tags.
  • %%category%% Replaced with the post categories (comma-separated).
  • %%excerpt%% Replaced with the post/page excerpt (or auto-generated if it does not exist).

Set the pages’ parameters as mentioned in the following image:

Pages-SEO
  • %%sitename%% The site’s name

If you want to index media files separately then you can uncheck the checked box against Meta Robots, and set it like the below image:

The WordPress SEO plugin allows you to configure the On Page SEO parameters for taxonomies like Categories, Tags, Formats and any Custom Taxonomies, if you have them.

Normally Categories are used to categorize the content into organized form, and tags are used to put more aliases for a single post. Right now our focus is towards the configuration of WordPress SEO by Yoast, so we will skip this discussion, but you will read some details about this in next tutorial of the series.

I don’t index both of them so that Search Engines should give most importance to my main article’s titles instead of Tags or their Categories. Here are the settings, if you see I have checked Meta Robots Nofollow so that the Google bot never indexes them.

Same goes for formats, I have checked no-index for them, you can index them if you want.

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I recommend you no-index as shown below, you should disable them to save yourself from a Content Duplication penalty.

Search and 404 pages can have the following template settings:

Formats-SEOSpecial-Pages-SEO

In the next tutorial we will configure the Social part, XML Sitemaps, Permalinks, Internal links, RSS, and will look into the robots.txt file. Do you have any questions regarding this tutorial? Let us know.

P.S. I tried my best to be as generic in approach as I could. You can find a lot of contradictory opinions about what I discussed, so to be clear once again, this is how I do things at my side, and I have been working with gigantic blogs and vast networks, these settings and configurations have proven to be great in my experience.

5 Tips to Stay Safe on Internet

COMPUTER TIPS, INTERNET, SAFTY TIPS, WEBSITE
As the Internet becomes an increasingly integral part of daily life, questions about privacy and security on the Internet are on the rise. Keeping your personal information, private data and finances safe can be difficult, but by following a few tips, you can avoid the vast majority of scams, spyware and privacy breaches.

Tip 1. Be Aware

The best tool to avoid spyware and stay safe on the Internet is your own brain. Free software with no potential upgrades or strings attached, websites that are covered in flashy ads, and free Wi-Fi in an unexpected place are all signs that something may be wrong, and ignoring that intuition can get you in trouble. By staying aware of what you are doing, and thinking about your security while you live your online life, you stand a better chance of avoiding potentially dangerous situations.

internet safetyTip 2: Check for website safety

The Internet can be dangerous because so many websites require your personal information to either log in to your account or to complete a transaction. Hackers, thieves and spyware programmers realize this and often try to intercept your information during these transactions, so make sure you are always dealing with secure websites and companies. First, only provide your information to reputable businesses, then ensure that the company’s website uses a Web address that starts with “https” and has a padlock symbol either in the address bar or at the bottom of the browser. This means that the site encrypts your information, making the data nearly useless to any thieves or hackers who may intercept the transmission.

Tip 3: Choose strong and varied passwords

For most people, a password is the strongest protection to ward off hackers and thieves, and yet so many choose passwords that are barely worth the time it takes to enter them. When creating a password, always use a mix of letters and numbers, and include a symbol if the website allows it. While more difficult to remember, this will make your password almost impossible to guess.

More importantly, you have to use different passwords for different websites. Think about how often you use the same username and password for many online accounts. Hackers specifically target low-security sites to gain access to large lists of usernames and corresponding passwords, knowing that many people use the same combination of credentials for things like online banking.

Additionally, take advantage of any two-factor authentication offered by these sites. This requires not only a password to log in, but a code that’s sent to a dedicated device or to your smartphone as an SMS message. This makes it very difficult for a third party to hack into your account.

Tip 4: What is spyware? How do I stop it?

Spyware probably poses the biggest threat to privacy and security on the Internet, yet so few people really know what it is or how it works. Put simply, spyware is any piece of software that records your actions or information without your knowledge. Some spyware is fairly benign, tracking browsing history and keeping the data it receives anonymous, while other spyware is specifically designed to get your online banking credentials so thieves can clean out your accounts.

Because it’s almost impossible to avoid spyware on your own, having anti-spware and antivirus programs running on your computer is a must. These programs will automatically scan any piece of incoming software for malicious signatures and block the installation if the program looks suspect. They’ll also scan existing files and monitor Internet traffic to ensure that spyware isn’t hiding somewhere on the machine and sending your information to some hacker’s terminal.

There are free anti-spyware programs out there, but you have to be careful when trying to save a buck or two — quite a few of these programs are really Trojan horses in disguise, looking to infect your machine instead of protect it. Instead, your best option is to go with an industry leader. These companies have no interest in scamming you, and are big enough to ensure that their databases are constantly updated as new threats emerge. The best options also offer a free trial, so you can see the anti-spyware program in action before paying some of your hard-earned cash.

Tip 5: It’s not all about spyware and scams

With all this talk about spyware, hackers and Internet security, it’s important to remember that most people with privacy issues on the Internet put themselves in that position. Think about social networking sites and just how much personal information you have posted there. If someone were trying to steal your identity and needed your father’s middle name or where you went to elementary school — two commonly used security questions — you need to think about how a thief could locate those facts. If you’re concerned about Internet privacy, you have to consider staying away from social networking sites, minimizing the information you put out there, or maximizing privacy settings on these sites.

Complete privacy and security on the Internet is a tough goal to reach, these tips will help you go a long way toward keeping yourself safe. Millions of people use the Internet, and thieves will inevitably go for easy targets. People who give even the smallest amount of thought to security and privacy, and take steps in that regard, will find themselves passed over as thieves search out greener pastures.

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Free Learning 48 Languages Online : Spanish, Chinese, English & More

EDUCATION, INTERNET, WEBSITE

Not many parents out there would be against their child Growing up bilingual. Did you know that the best time to learn another language is alongside the first language and that the brain at the age of <18 months is perfectly capable of processing more than one language without confusion?

What a great talent to add to your child’s repertoire with many bonuses such as  making them more culturally sociable both at home and abroad and making them more attractive in the work place later on in life. Furthermore, studies have now shown that bilingual children have increased attention and cognition abilities.

How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 40 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.

Free Learning  48 Languages Online

Arabic

  • Arabic for Global ExchangeWeb site
    • From Carnegie Mellon, a mini-course for individuals with no proficiency or extremely limited knowledge of Arabic language and culture who are about to begin study or work in an Arabic-speaking context.
  • Arabic Language Lessons Web Site
    • The US Peace Corps serves up 10 free lessons that will teach you the Arabic spoken in Jordan. The web site includes a useful transcript.
  • Arabic for Beginners 1 – YouTube Free
  • ArabicPod – iTunes Free
    • Includes mp3s and PDF transcripts.
  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Amharic – Web site
    • Lessons in dialogues, drills, exercises, and narratives. Includes samples of speech, explanations of basic language structures, and a variety of practical exercises. Two textbooks (PDF) and eleven audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Written Arabic – Web site
    • Spoken exercises in Arabic and the printed transcriptions. Four textbooks (PDF) and 31 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Levantine Arabic – Web site
    • Introduction to pronunciation. Textbook (PDF) and 19 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Saudi Arabic – Web site
    • Covers the urban Hijazi dialect. Textbook (PDF) and 51 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Comparative Arabic – Web site
    • From Eastern to Western Arabic, and Levantine-Egyptian comparative study. Two textbooks (PDF).
  • Survival Phrases Arabic – iTunes Free
    • Provides the essentials you’ll need to get around.
  • Written ArabicWeb Site
    • Presented by the Foreign Service Institute, this Modern Written Arabic course focuses on reading modern printed Arabic. It also provides information on the Arabic writing system.

Bookmark our free Arabic lessons section. Bambara

  • Bambara in MaliWeb Site
    • Lessons from the Peace Corps.

Bulgarian

  • Bulgarian Survival Phrases – iTunes Free – Feed
  • Foreign Service Institute BulgarianWeb site
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3).

Cambodian

  • Foreign Service Institute Basic CambodianWeb site
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 45 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Contemporary Cambodian – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and 60 audio lessons (MP3).

Catalan

  • One Minute Catalan iTunes FreeFeed
    • A good way to get going with a language still spoken by some 12 million people, many living in Northeast Spain.

Chinese

  • Real Chinese – Web Site
    • Presented by the BBC. A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series.
  • Beginner’s Chinese – iTunes Free
    • Introductory audio lessons provided by the Open University.
  • Chinese Course – Seton Hall
  • Chinese Basic – Web
    • A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Chinese. It focuses on listening and reading skill but it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing. Note that you can also download Intermediate Chinese here.
  • Chinese Learn Online – iTunes Free – Feed
    • A dialogue-based introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Load the lessons on your mp3 player and get up the Chinese curve.
  • Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk – iTunes Free –Feed
    • Weekly lessons in Mandarin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users..
  • Chinesepod.com iTunes Free – Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Mandarin on your own terms.
  • CSLPod – iTunes FreeFeed
    • Here, native Mandarin speakers teach you Chinese as a second language. Audio and transcripts are available on the website. The lessons also place an emphasis on understanding Chinese culture.
  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Cantonese – Web site
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach – Web site
    • Designed to give a practical command of spoken standard Chinese with nine situational modules. Each module consists of tapes (MP3), a student textbook (PDF), and a workbook. In addition to the core modules, there is a resource module and eight optional modules.
  • iMandarinPod.com – iTunes FreeFeed
    • This series of lessons teaches Chinese by talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China. More advanced than others.
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters – iTunes Free
    • Created by Emory University, this series of video lessons will help you draw several characters and numbers.
  • Mandarin in China – Web Site
    • Lessons courtesy of the US Peace Corps
  • News in Slow Chinese – iTunes FreeWeb Site
    • Designed for intermediate Mandarin speakers. Improve your language skills by listening to world news delivered in slowly spoken words.
  • Numbers and Radicals – iTunes Free
    • Emory University teaches you the proper form for writing numbers and radicals. In Video.
  • One Minute Mandarin – iTunes Free – Feed
    • A quick way to cover the very basics…
  • Popup Chinese – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Offers lessons for beginners and also students at intermediate and advanced levels. In addition to language lessons, Popup Chinese provides annotated short stories, HSK test prep materials and a variety of speaking and listening exercises. They broadcast out of Beijing, and all voice actors speak the standard northern dialect.
  • Survival Chinese – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.
  • World Learner Chinese – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Another in the mix of possibilities.

Czech

  • Foreign Service Institute Czech FastWeb site
    • Textbook (PDF) and twelve audio lessons (PDF).

Danish

  • Dare to Danish iTunes Free
    • This is not your usual series of language lessons. Here, a “dirty Dane” teaches you “stupid phrases and more.”
  • One Minute Danish iTunes FreeFeed
    • We get a lot of requests (believe it or not) for Danish. So here’s another useful primer created by the One Minute series.

Dutch

  • Laura Speaks Dutch – iTunes Free
    • Lessons that will help you travel to Holland. It’s worth checking out the accompanying web site.
  • Learn Dutch – iTunes Free
    • Culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.

English

  • Connect with English – Web
    • Featuring the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a journey across America, Connect With English offers 50 fifteen-minute video programs that will teach English as a second language to high school students, college students and adult learners. Produced by WGBH Boston.
  • The English We Speak – iTunes Free – Web Site – RSS
    • Each week, the BBC looks at phrases used in the English language.
  • American English Speech – Web
    •  The OLI American English Dialect course from Carnegie Mellon supplies the necessary reinforcement of dialectical structure, audio, production technique and phonetic representation for each sound.
  • 6 Minute English – iTunes Free – Downloads – Web Site – RSS
    • Learn and practice useful English with the BBC.
  • Better @ English – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Focuses on conversational English, with an emphasis on idioms and slang.
  • Business English – iTunes Free – RSS
    • Learn the English you will need to function effectively in an American business environment.
  • Effortless English – iTunes Free – Feed
    • It gets solid reviews.
  • English as a Second Language – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • A very well liked collection of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the collection.
  • English in the Real World – iTunes Free
    • The focus here is on the business world and things financial.
  • English for Spanish Speakers (’Por Fin Aprende Ingles’) – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Si usted haya asistido al menos a un curso de ingles, y usted necesita la oportunidad de escuchar al ingles y hablar el ingles, entonces ‘Por Fin Aprende Ingles’ es el podcast perfecto para usted. Presentado por Carla Staufert-Sauvier, una profesora de Mexico, y Jade Lindquist, una profesora de los EE UU.
  • ESL Business News – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • A weekly wrap of international business news read in slow, clear English. Listen to the broadcast and follow along in the accompanying script.
  • Film EnglishWeb
    • Site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in language learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. Recently won a British Council ELTons awards for Innovation in Teacher Resources.
  • Grammar Girl – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.
  • Speaking English – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • 100+ lessons focusing on English pronunciation and vocabulary.
  • Tu Ingles! – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • “Tu Ingles” is designed to help Spanish-speakers improve their ear for English. The weekly program features drills of verb conjugation, interviews, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speeches and other recorded spoken material from famous English speakers.

Farsi

  • Easy PersianWeb Site
    • Easy Persian offers online lessons in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Persian or Farsi as spoken in Iran. In addition to Persian language lessons, the site introduces contemporary Iranian poets with English translations of their poems. You’ll also find free Farsi/Persian software, Persian names with English translations, Farsi writing drills and much more.

Finnish

  • Foreign Service Institute Conversational FinnishWeb site
    • Transcripts of the Finnish dialogues with idiomatic English translations plus notes on structural pattern and explanations of essential points of grammar. A variety of exercises with instructions in English.
  • Special Finnish Web Site
    • For listeners with some command of Finnish YLE Radio Finland offers daily broadcasts in “Special Finnish”. The five minute broadcasts cover items of current interest. To ease understanding, we simplify the language and slow down the delivery. Some grammatical forms are not used at all. The level of Finnish used is planned to match the expected ability to understand Finnish shown by persons in Level Two Language Command (ofFinnish) as defined by the Council of Europe.”

French

  • French in Action – Free Web Site
    • Produced by Yale University, these video lessons uses the storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris to teach the language.
  • French 1 & French 2 from Carnegie Mellon – Web Site
    • The French courses are introductory, interactive video-based courses intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet.
  • Ma France – Web Site
    • The BBC offers 24 video lessons that will teach you French.
  • Easy French Poetry – iTunes Free – RSS
    • A French as a second language program, using poetry as a topic for discussion using everyday conversational French.
  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Course: Volume 1 – Web Site
    • The cours is designed to enable you to reach conversational proficiency. You learn how to control the French sound system by listening to the tapes and repeating each phrase. The dialogues present natural spoken French in a variety of contexts, such as, greeting people, registering at a hotel, getting a train ticket, and shopping.
  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Course: Phonology – Web Site
    • The Introduction to French Phonology course provides additional drills for those who wish to sound like a native speaker of the language. The course may be used beneficially at any stage of learning the language.
  • Foreign Service Institute French FastWeb site
    • Designed to familiarize you with situations encountered abroad, and to provide you with the language skills you need to cope effectively with those situations. Includes lessons for metropolitan and sub-Saharan French.
  • Foreign Service Institute French: Headstart for BelgiumWeb site
    • Textbook and culture notes (PDF) and sixteen audio lessons (PDF).
  • French for Beginners iTunes Free Feed
    • Fun, effective lessons for beginners. Provided by the French Ecole.
  • FrenchPod.com – iTunes Free – Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn French on your own terms. Lessons are accompanied by text expansion exercises and other tutoring aids.
  • Le Journal en français facile – iTunes Free – FeedWeb Site
    • Nightly news from RFI presented in slowly spoken French to assist you with your comprehension.
  • Learn French – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • A well-reviewed series of lessons for beginners and those who want to brush up on their French.
  • Learn French with Coffee Break French – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • The producers of the very popular Coffee Break Spanish now offer a program that will teach you French.
  • Learn French with Daily Lessons – iTunes Free – Feed
    • These lessons are brought to you by French teachers from Paris. They are best suited for those who already have some beginning French under their belts.
  • Native French Speech Podcast – iTunes – Web Site – RSS
    • Listen to interesting conversations between Native French speakers and learn about everyday life in France and cultural French topics
  • News in Slow French – iTunes Free – Web Site – RSS
    • Program discusses the Weekly News, French grammar, and French expressions in simplified French at a slow pace.
  • Talk French – Web Site
    • A lively introduction to French presented by the BBC.
  • The French Pod Class – iTunes Free
    • A very popular collection that teaches students the French language and different facets of French culture.
  • University of Texas: Francais interactif – iTunes FreeWeb Site – RSS
    • UT provides a series of interactive vocabulary lessons. Media can be downloaded from the site.

Bookmark our free French lessons section.

Gaelic

  • One Minute GaeliciTunes FreeFeed
    • Get a quick grounding in the basics…

German

  • Deutsch – warum nicht?
  • Mission Berlin – iTunes – Web – RSS
    •  Learn German through a mystery adventure. Created by Deutsche Welle.
  • Basic German Web
    •  A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of German. It focuses on listening and reading skill but it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing.
  • Radio D Series 1 iTunesSeries 2 iTunesSeries 1 RSS – Series 2 RSS
    • German for beginners: Paula and Philipp are Radio D reporters who have several mysterious cases to investigate. Join them as their research takes them across Germany — and learn German along the way! Created by Deutsche Welle.
  • Slowly Spoken News – iTunes – Feed
    • Deutsche Welle provides a nightly news broadcast in German that’s spoken slowly so that you can work on your comprehension.
  • Talk German Web Site
    • A lively introduction to German by the BBC. Presented in ten short parts.
  • Deutsch – Lernen – Text
    • 10 German lessons for total beginners and 24 German grammar lessons. No audio; text only.
  • Deutsch InteraktivWeb
    • 30-part self-study course in German. Features authentic videos, slideshows and audio texts that convey a vibrant picture of life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Created by Deutsche Welle.
  • Foreign Service Institute German Programmed IntroductionWeb site
    • The text (PDF) and tapes (MP3) present, in a programmed learning style, the structural features and vocabulary contained in the first six units of the FSI German Basic Course. Serves to accelerate the progress of students who subsequently move to the Basic Course.
  • Foreign Service Institute German Basic Course – Web site
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute German Fast – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and ten audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute German Headstart – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and fourteen audio lessons (MP3).
  • GermanPod 101 iTunes Free – RSS
    • Offers materials for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
  • German Podcast.de iTunes FreeWeb Site – RSS
  • GerGermanGrammar iTunes Free – FeedWeb Site
    • German grammar lessons aimed at American students.
  • Lernen Wir Deutsch iTunes Free – FeedWeb Site
    • Presented in video, these “vodcasts” get high marks for being not only educational but also very entertaining.
  • MyDailyPhrase.com iTunes FreeFeed
    • Learn German phrase by phrase over a course of 20 weeks. Lessons cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a German-speaking country. This series is put together by the same people created the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”
  • One Minute German iTunes Free – Feed
    • Presented by the Radio Lingua Network
  • Slow German iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Annik Rubens reads slowly and clearly from parts of her popular program, Sleepless in Munich (Schlaflos in Munchen).

Bookmark our free German lessons section.

Greek

  • Foreign Service Institute Greek Basic – Web site
    • Representative of the Kathomilumeni variety that is the “standard” speech of educated Greeks. Three textbooks (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Learning Greek iTunes Free Web Site
    • From the Hellenic American Union, these lessons will teach students Modern Greek. For those who already have some foundation in the language.
  • Ancient Greek IntroductionWeb Site

Hebrew

  • HebrewPod 101 iTunes Web Downloads Blog
    • A way to learn some quick Hebrew on the fly.
  • Elementary Hebrew iTunes Free
    • The audio and video files come from a course taught in a seminary.
  • Foreign Service Institute Hebrew Basic – Web site
    • One textbook (PDF) and 40 audio lessons (MP3).

Hindi

  • HindiPod 101iTunes
    • Learn Hindi with fun, interesting and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.
  • I Speak Hindi iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Coversessential words and phrases that you need for your trip to India. There are also Beginner Hindi lessons for those that want to seriously start to learn the language.
  • Learn Hindi from Bollywood Movies iTunes Free Feed
    • This looks like a fun approach to learning a language.
  • Namaste Dosti – Learn Hindi iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • There are few options when it comes to learning Hindi so the author decided to fill the void.
  • Hindi: An Active Introduction – Textbook
    • A short textbook by DN Sharma & James Stone on behalf of Foreign Service Institute (FSI).

Hungarian

  • Foreign Service Institute Hungarian – Web site
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3). Also includes a graded reader.
  • Let’s Learn Hungarian iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Learn with Steve or Gyorgyi, a native speaker.

Icelandic

  • Icelandic Online Web Site
    • Created by University of Iceland. The lessons use various media – text, flashcards, videos and so on. Lets you track your progress. Available up to expert level. (Requires registration.)
  • Viltu læra íslensku? Web site
    •  21 TV episodes of Icelandic lessons. Each episode deals with daily life and common situations in Iceland. Accompanying every episode is a thorough summary, explaining the subject of the episode. The episodes have Icelandic subtitles, making the dialog easier to follow.
  • A Beginners’ MP3 course in Modern IcelandicWeb Site
    • This is an experimental eight-hour beginners’ Icelandic course, based on Alaric’s experiences living in Iceland in 2010,

Indonesian

  • Learning Indonesian iTunes Free Feed
    • A complete online Indonesian course geared towards developing conversational fluency in the Indonesian Language.

Irish

Italian

  • Talk ItalianWeb Site
    • A lively introduction to Italian presented by the BBC.
  • Foreign Service Institute Italian Fast – Web site
    • Includes the original and updated courses, each with textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Italian Programmed Course – Web site
    • Textbook and instructor’s manual (PDF) and 18 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Italian Headstart – Web site
    • Textbook, glossary, culture notes (PDF) and 21 audio lessons (MP3).
  • ItalianPod.com iTunes Free Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Italian on your own terms.
  • LearnItalianPod.com iTunes Free Feed
    • A series of Italian language lessons that will get you up and running. I have personally used them and found them effective.
  • Let’s Speak Italian iTunes Free Feed
    • This collection will help you learn Italian in small, manageable 5-minute bites.
  • MyDailyPhrase.com iTunes Free
    • Learn Italian step by step over a course of 20 weeks. Lessons cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a Italian-speaking country. Created by the same people who put together the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”
  • Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full – Web – YouTube – iTunes –
    • MIT instructor Dr. Paola Rebusco uses cooking to help her students learn to speak Italian.

Bookmark our free Italian lessons section.

Japanese

  • Foreign Service Institute Japanese – Web site
    • Student guide, textbook, glossary, flashcards (PDF) and nine audio lessons (MP3).
  • JapanesePod101.com – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Over 100 quality lessons aimed at the beginner. Users give it high marks.
  • Kanji Characters – iTunes Free
    • Learn the proper form and stroke for several important Kanji characters. From Emory University.
  • Learn Japanese – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Japancast teaches Japanese using lessons from anime and everyday conversation.
  • Learn Japanese Symbols – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • These lessons teach students how to work with Japanese symbols, such as Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.
  • Let’s Speak Japanese Basic – YouTube
    • 26 video lessons produced by the Japan Foundation.
  • Let’s Learn Japanese Basic II – YouTube
    • 25 video lessons produced by the Japan Foundation.
  • Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed
    • Learn the must-know phrases for traveling in Japan.

Bookmark our free Japanese lessons section.

Korean

  • Foreign Service Institute Korean – Web site
    • Includes the original and updated courses, each with textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Korean Headstart – Web site
    • Textbook, cultural notes, and eight units of audio lessons (MP3).
  • KoreanClass101 – iTunes Free
    • Features daily audio lessons, video lessons, word of the day, etc.
  • Korean Langauge Adventure Web Site
    • These lessons have been developed in the theme of travel and adventure, allowing learners to take a virtual journey to Seoul and its nearby popular tourist destinations.
  • Korean Learning for Correction Pronunciation Web Site
  • Let’s Speak Korean Season 1 – YouTube
    • 130 video lessons produced by Arirang TV.
  • Let’s Speak Korean Season 3 – YouTube
    • 130 video lessons produced by Arirang TV.
  • Online Intermediate College KoreanWeb Site
  • Pathway to Korean: Beginning Spoken Korean from ZeroWeb Site
    • Created by the National East Asian Languages Resource Center at The Ohio State University.
  • Survival Phrases – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Gets the phrases that will get you by.
  • Talk to Me in KoreaniTunes FreeWeb Site
    • Korean learning made simple and easy. Quite possibly the most thorough, frequent, slick, and entertaining language-instruction podcast of any kind.
  • Traveler’s Korean Season 1 – YouTube
    • Six video lessons produced by Arirang TV.
  • Traveler’s Korean Season 2 – YouTube
    • 25 Six video lessons produced by Arirang TV.

Lao

  • Foreign Service Institute LaoWeb site
    • Basic textbook, reading textbook (PDF), and two parts of audio lessons (MP3).

Latin

  • Nightly News in Latin – Web Site
    • “Nuntii Latini – News in Latin – is a weekly review of world news in Classical Latin, the only international broadcast of its kind in the world, produced by YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
  • The London Latin Course – YouTube
    • Learn Latin from the ground up. This is a serial course, structured to bring you to a high level of Latin fluency. The pace is slow and unhurried. This course is suitable for all ability levels. Restored Classical Pronunciation.
  • Latin Introduction – Web

Lithuanian

Luxembourgish

  • One Minute Luxembourgish iTunes Free Feed
    • Another niche language covered by the Radio Lingua Network.

Maori

  • Toku Reo Web Site
    • Learn Maori, the language of New Zealand’s indigenous people. Although these lessons accompany a television programme that is currently running, the essential bits of the episodes are available to be watched right here on this site. The course starts at square 1. Site includes video lessons. Another useful site for learning the grammar can be found here.

Norwegian

  • Foreign Service Institute Norwegian Headstart – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and eight audio lessons (MP3).
  • One Minute Norwegian – iTunes Free – Feed
    • Learn Norwegian in minutes with the Radio Lingua Network.
  • Easy-to-Read Newspaper – Text
    • This is not audio, but it’s useful nonetheless. A newspaper that helps you learn Norwegian by using large fonts and basic language.
  • Norwegian on the WebWeb Site
    • Free introductory lessons from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Includes audio, video, and a downloadable textbook.

Polish

  • One Minute Polish – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Another helpful audio series provided by the Radio Lingua Network.

Portuguese

  • Brazilian PodClass – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
  • Brazilian Portuguese 101iTunes Video Free
    • 45 lessons by Semantica.
  • Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation – iTunes Free
    • Emory University presents audio & video for learning the Brazilian Portuguese alphabet.
  • Foreign Service Institute Portuguese Programmatic Course – Web site
    • Two volumes including textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute From Spanish to Portuguese – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and three audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Brazilian Portuguese Fast – Web site
    • Two volumes including textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Ta Falado: Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Spanish Speakers – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Created by the Texas Language Technology Center in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT-Austin.
  • Talk Portuguese – Web Site
    • A video introduction to the language in 11 short parts with audio clips for key phrases.

Romanian

Russian

  • A Spoonful of Russian iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Recommended by our readers.
  • A Taste of Russian iTunes Free Web Site
    • This “isn’t a boring Grammar course, it is a real chat on different topics which can be heard in everyday life. It is a chance to listen to the native speakers talking at home, at work, at the shop, at the party, etc.”
  • Business Russian Web
  • Everyday Russian iTunes Free
    • Everyday practice for Russian language learners of all levels.
  • Foreign Service Institute Russian Fast – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and eight audio lessons (MP3).
  • Russian GrammarYouTube
    • 50 free, short videos on topics in basic Russian grammar. Funded by a grant from the University of South Carolina, the videos were created by Curtis Ford, a senior instructor at the University.
  • Russian Literature iTunes Free Web Site
    • Also presented by UCLA, the lessons help users improve their comprehension and vocabulary by listening to excerpts from Tolstoy, Gogol, Chekhov and other Russian literary greats.
  • One Minute Russian iTunes Free Feed Web Site
  • Russian Essentials – Web 
    • A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Russian. Russian Essentials concentrates on basic language, with eight sections covering key spoken and written language.
  • Russian for Beginners 1Free YouTube Video
    • A series of instructive videos from Olga Viberg at Dalarna University.
  • RussianPod101 iTunes Free Web Site
    • Helps you learn Russian and Russian culture at your convenience.
  • Russian HandwritingWeb Site
    • Brown University provides animations showing how to write Russian letters by hand.

Bookmark our free Russian lessons section.

Serbo-Croatian

  • Foreign Service Institute Serbo-Croatian Basic – Web site
    • Includes two textbooks (PDF) and twelve audio lessons (MP3).

Sign Language

  • American Sign LanguageWeb Site
    • Lessons that will get you started with the sign language prevalent in North America.

Spanish

  • 5 Minute Spanish 1  – iTunes
    • Self-paced course from University of Arkansas offers a good introduction to Spanish for those who have never studied it before, or a good refresher for those who have. The course focuses almost exclusively on Spanish grammar.  If you would like to take a more well-rounded approach to learning Spanish, click here for David Nance’s Spanish textbook, available free for the iPad.
  • Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish Web Site
    • This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations and teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish.
  • Mi Vida Loca Web Site
    • An immersive video mystery set in Spain to help you learn simple Spanish. Created by the BBC.
  • Coffee Break Spanish iTunes Free – Web Site
    • Learn Spanish in a low-key, effective way. Currently the #2 overall favorite on iTunes Free.
  • Show Time Spanish – Tunes
    • Produced by the same folks who created Coffee Break Spanish, this podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners.
  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Course: Volume 1 –  Web Site – Web Site
    • This course in the Latin American dialect prepares students to function effectively in conversations. Pronunciation, inflection, and intonation are heavily stressed. Find related texts here.
  • Foreign Service Institute Spanish Programmatic – Web site
    • Two volumes including textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Spanish Basic – Web site
    • Four volumes including textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Spanish Headstart for Puerto Rico – Web site
    • Student text, glossary (PDF), and four modules of audio lessons (MP3) with self-evaluation quizzes.
  • Foreign Service Institute Spanish Headstart for Spain – Web site
    • Textbook and cultural notes (PDF) and four modules of audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Spanish Headstart for Latin America – Web site
    • Textbook (PDF) and fifteen audio lessons (MP3).
  • Finally Learn Spanish – Beyond the Basics iTunes Free – Feed
    • If you’ve had some Spanish classes and you need experience listening to and speaking the language, then Finally Learn Spanish has lessons for you.
  • Insta Spanish Lessons iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Weekly comprehension and grammar exercises for students of all levels. One of the more popular programs on iTunes.
  • Learn Spanish Survival Guide iTunes Free – Feed
    • If you’re planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, and if you don’t know the language, this will help get you up to speed.
  • Learn to Speak Spanish iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Learn to speak Spanish in just 15 minutes per day.
  • Medical Spanish for Healthcare Providers – Web Site
    • This site is presented as a free medical Spanish immersion, with vocabulary including greetings, history, examination, and everyday speech, all with translation and audio. It is designed to be helpful for a variety of medical personnel. Created by a general surgeon turned Spanish teacher.
  • Notes in Spanish iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Produced by Ben Curtis and Marina Diez, a husband-and-wife team out of Madrid, Spain. Ben is British and Marina is Spanish and they too have built quite a large following for their conversational Spanish lessons, (for beginners, intermediates and advanced students), which promise to teach listeners “real Spanish” the way it is actually spoken every day in Spain.
  • One Minute Spanish iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Covers the absolute basics of Spanish, focusing on the pronunciation used in most parts of Spain.
  • One Minute Latin American Spanish iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • Same as above but focuses on the Spanish spoked across South America.
  • Rojas Spanish Language iTunes Free – Feed
    • “No English is spoken here. These lessons are for the Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Speaker who would like to sharpen their Spanish skills. The fine points of the language will be presented and explored through a variety of topics to include; music, history, culture, food.”
  •  Spanish 1 – Free iTunes iOS CourseSpanish 2 – Free iTunes iOS CourseSpanish 3 – Free iTunes iOS Course
    • A self-paced Spanish course by David Nance at Arkansas.
  • SpanishPod iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Spanish on your own terms.

Bookmark our free Spanish lessons section.

Swahili

  • Foreign Service Institute SwahiliWeb site
    • Includes “Swahili: An Active Introduction” and basic course with textbook (PDF) 150 audio lessons (MP3).

Swedish

  • Foreign Service Institute Swedish Basic – Web site
    • Includes textbook (PDF) and sixteen audio lessons (MP3).
  • Klartext Feed Web site
    • News in easy-to-understand Swedish.
  • Learn Swedish with SwedishLingQ iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Our readers have been waiting for Swedish lessons to come along. Here it finally is.
  • Swedish Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • From the makers of the Survival Phrases series.

Tagalog

  • Viloria.com Pinoy iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Learn to speak Tagalog to give you the advantage when you travel to the Philippines.

Thai

  • Foreign Service Institute Thai – Web site
    • Textbooks (PDF) and 50 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Learn Thai: Free English Thai Audiolearning Course iTunes Video  Web Site
    • Apparently the lessons are good, but they’ve been having some technical problems and not all lessons are always available.
  • Thai Alphabet iTunes Free
    • Emory University presents flashcards for recognizing letters in the Thai alphabet.
  • Thai Survival Phrases – iTunes – Feed
    • Covers the basics.

Turkish

  • Foreign Service Institute Turkish – Web site
    • Textbooks (PDF) and 50 audio lessons (MP3).
  • One Minute TurkishiTunes
    • A quick primer.

Twi 

  • Introduction to the Twi Language Web Site
    • 17 audio lessons by the Peace Corps will get you started speaking Twi, one of the most widely spoken of the 70 languages in Ghana.

Ukrainian

  • Ukrainian – Web Site
    • More lessons from the US Peace Corps.

Urdu

  • Introduction to Urdu AlphabetiTunes Free
    • Emory University offers a quick primer on the Urdu alphabet and pronunciation.

Vietnamese

  • Foreign Service Institute Vietnamese – Web site
    • Included familiarization course and basic course with two volumes of textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • You get the gist from the title. Learn here some phrases that will help you survive in Vietnam.

Welsh

Yiddish

General How-To

  • GLOSS – Defense Language InstituteWeb Site
    • These lessons (6,000 in total) are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.  Reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities. GLOSS offers certificates providing documentation of work accomplished.
  • The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources Web Site
    • This website directory, which is part of the WWW Virtual Library System, features over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 37 international affairs categories. The site offers a great way to understand our changing world, but it also includes its own section of language learning resources, and it includes sections dedicated to Spanish, French and German.
  • Teach Yourself a Foreign Language iTunes Free
    • This program discusses how to go about learning a foreign language on your own. Some people liked it, some didn’t. Check it out and judge for yourself.

    Our collection of foreign language lessons has been featured in the New York Times, Princeton University’s Humanities Resource Center, and The New York Times again, and yet once again in The New York Times.

 

Download Wikipedia to Read Offline

EDUCATION, INTERNET, WEBSITE

Download Wikipedia content on your computer to read full Wikipedia offline for free wherever you are in the world. Wikipedia officially makes available free database dumps for personal use, thereby making it easy for interested readers to download the full Wikipedia content and browse it offline.

I am sure that many of us love to read the comprehensive information provided by Wikipedia, an authoritative resource on every topic compiled by voluntary editors and contributors. But downloading Wikipedia database dumps and processing them for reading is not as simple as it sounds, and specialised Wikipedia readers make the task easier. Simply download complete Wikipedia on your computer and its easy to spend reading time on your next long flight.

Download Kiwix Wikipedia reader

To get started, download the most popular Wikipedia reader Kiwix, an open source free software for reading web content offline and is specially recommended for reading Wikipedia content offline. First you can start by downloading the version of Kwix for your operating system like  Mac, Windows, Linux and more. I chose to download the Windows version on my computer.

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and here is what the start-up screen looks like.

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Download Wikipedia ZIM Files

Then you need to download the full Wikipedia .ZIM file which contains all the articles of Wikipedia to the particular date mentioned on the download files. ZIM files are an standardised open format to store wiki content for offline use.

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These files are frequently updated and right now I can see to English versions on the website. You can download an older version since 2010 which has 45,000 articles with pictures (3.7GB), or download the latest full version which contains all Wikipedia articles till January 2012, but contains no pictures to reduce the download size. I decided to download the latest January 2012 version, but it was a huge 9.7 GB download file! Pre-indexed ZIM files and the Kiwix Wikipedia reader are also available for combined download (9.2GB). You can download the bittorrent versions of these files also.

If those huge downloads seem too time-consuming for your broadband Internet connection, you can choose to download smaller versions of the Wikipedia which might be more useful to your needs like the simple English Wikipedia (730MB), 6000 child friendly Wikipedia articles (2.6GB), or the 30,000 best Wikipedia articles (2.3GB). They are available in the other section below the links.

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After you install the ZIM file, you can get started with the Kiwix Wikipedia reader.  I installed the simple English Wikipedia, a 730 MB download which came in under half an hour on an 8 MBps broadband connection.

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Read Wikipedia Offline

In Kiwix, Click Open File, load the ZIM file and the entire Wikipedia content loads instantly. The software will ask you to index all content for faster searching, and you should enable that option.

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Their screencast video shows you how you can use the Kiwix reader to browse Wikipedia articles offline, search for content and find your needed information quickly and easily.

I hope you download Wikipedia easily after using this tutorial and like me get ready to read Wikipedia offline on your laptop during the next long air travel, and make good use of your time and expand your knowledge.

Simple Wikipedia for Students

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Have you ever read the Simple English Wikipedia? It is different from the English Wikipedia you would normally visit. Wikipedia contains in depth authoritative articles on possibly every popular topic in the world, but sometimes it is difficult for children, students and people with poor English to comprehend.

Simple English Wikipedia

The Simple English Wikipedia is a subpart of the main Wikipedia itself and was designed specifically for the purpose of simplicity – and when you might just not need so much information.

Just compare this article about Javascript on Wikipedia and Simple Wikipedia. Notice the difference in length and complexity of article.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javascript

The main highlight is shorter sentences and more use of easier grammar. The use of basic English is encouraged here. Simple English Wikipedia is targeted for use by children, students, and people learning English. It helps them understand common topics of interest in an easy to understand language.

Right  now there are over 100K articles in the Simple English Wikipedia, compared to over 4.5 million articles in Wikipedia. Similar to Wikipedia, people can edit wiki pages to improve and create new pages on Simple English Wikipedia.

There are some amazing encyclopedia articles there which children will find easier to understand –  do give it a try.

Facebook Popup (Like Box Widget) for WP Sites

INTERNET, SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBMASTER, WEBSITE

There are many ways to prompt the viewers to request for like the site. One of the powerful method is Facebook Like request Facebook Popup Box widget.

Here’s a fantastic way to increase facebook likes for your blog or website.  Add this enticing widget to your site and a facebook like box will pop up with the lightbox effect when a user visits your page.  The facebook widget will show up on your page about 20 seconds after the page loads (but can be customized).  This is a surefire way to dramatically increase your likes.

Add Widget to Your Site

Add the following code anywhere in the body section of your template. Or simply click the “add to blogger” button for blogspot blogs.  For WordPress themes, Weebly templates, and Tumblr, you will need to manually copy and paste the script into your template.

Html code for Facebook Popup Box

How to Customize

Where to find the code?
If you’ve installed the widget by clicking “Add to Blogger” you’ll need to locate the code in order to make customizations. In order to find the html go to the blogger dashboard>Layout. Click “edit” on the “HTML/Javascript” gadget.

facebook like box widget

Enter your facebook username
Search for the line of code below and replace Big-Tips-Tricks with your own facebook page username. If you don’t have a username you can easily create your own here.

Change the 20 Second Time Delay
By default the widget pops up 20 seconds after the page finishes loading.  Search for the code below and change the number 20000 to a greater or lesser number.
1 second = 1000.  10 seconds = 10000. 60 seconds = 60000.

Popup every time the page loads 
By default, the like box widget only shows up the first time the user visits your page.  If you would like the facebook box to popup every time the page loads, then remove this line of code:



Display only when user visits your homepage
You can do this by surrounding the widget code with these conditional tags below. Go to Template Edit HTML. Now search for the </body> tag. Place the facebook popup widget right above this body tag.  Make sure to include the conditional tags below.



Having trouble seeing the facebook widget?

By default, this facebook like box widget is only displayed once every 30 days. You may need to delete your cookies if you would like to see it again.  Or check out the “How to Customize” section above, in order to display the widget every time a user visits your site.

Facebook Like request Floating Box for your website code

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Everyone who is having Blogs or Websites wants more Facebook likes but most of us don’t know how to get it. There are many ways to prompt the viewers to request for like the site. One of the powerful method is  Facebook Like request Floating Box widget. This tutorial will explain how to make it by step to step guides.

View Demo

You can see a demonstration of this facebook widget on the right side of this page. Hover over the facebook image with your mouse. A facebook like box should appear.

Add Widget to Your Site

facebook floating widget

Step 1
Add the following code anywhere in the body section of your template. Or simply click the “add to blogger” button for blogspot blogs.

Html code for Floating Box

Step 2
If the floating facbook widget is not working properly after step 1, then you need to add jquery to your site. Follow the instructions below.

  1.  Go to Design>Edit HTML
  2. Search for <head> and just below it paste the following JQuery code.

Html code for JQuery

How to Customize

Where to find the code?
In order to find the html go to the blogger dashboard>Layout. Click “edit” on the “HTML/Javascript” gadget.

Enter your facebook username
Search for the line of code below and replace Big-Tips-Tricks with your own facebook page username. If you don’t have a username you can easily create your own here.

facebook.com%2FBig-Tips-Tricks

Google Analytics Review – Is a must for monitoring sites

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Google Analytics is a one of the best tools to monitoring your sites on real time, gives us all the data we need surrounding our website (visits, pageviews, sources, conversions).

. If you’re a webmaster having a single or multi sites you should have Google Analytics linked to your sites to know what is going on your sites and how can you improve it. The best thing it is free and having all the features that is only available in the third party monitoring tools which are very expensive. Prior to the program being launched, webmasters often paid hefty monthly subscription fees to companies who provided the programming to track their statistics. Although this was a much needed service, it meant that some other entity had all your private and most important information surrounding your portfolio of websites. Admittedly, Google has your information, too, but they will collect it regardless. In fact, they probably already know what you are doing. And, not only is the service free, but it is comprehensive, providing very detailed stats and data.

Google Analytics Review

  • Google’s web analytics tool with massive reporting capability, rivaling paid web analytics solutions
  • Free for sites with up to 5 million page views per month or unlimited page views if your site is linked to an AdWords account
  • Data can be exported through Excel, CSV, PDF, email and tab delimited files

Key features

  • Website Reporting
  • Conversion goals
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Content Analytics
  • Dashboard

Not only does Google Analytics provide you with data pertaining to how many visitors have frequented your website, but fine tuned details are added as well. How long someone stays on your site, what pages they viewed and if they are a regular visitor are only some of the features that this powerful tool has incorporated. This is the basics of how popular your website is.

Detailed demographics of the visitors origin can help determine future content in order to appease to local visitors. For instance, if you wish to increase your German audience, then additional German content can be created to attract them. This information can be drilled down to the very city of the user’s ISP registration.

Audience Overview   Google Analytics

Technical information can be pulled using Google Analytics such as browser and operating system types. This can help you determine what systems are being used on your site and build to accommodate those users. You could also use this information to improve certain aspects of your site to optimize for those that are less frequent in order to entice those users to visit. This information can include screen resolution sizes to help you develop the site’s graphics and layout in order to optimize the experience.

Information regarding traffic sources can help you determine if certain marketing aspects are working as well as you hoped. This information could include those visitors who have clicked links on your YouTube channel to visit your site, various search engines as well as some RSS reader applications.

As this is a Google tool, Analytics links to all of your other Google services providing you with an ultimate experience from using only a single login. Adsense and Adword campaigns can also be tracked through the tool in order to help you keep an eye on finances both in and outgoing.

Dashboard View

This is a very cool personalized widget area you can have twelve different widgets to monitor each and every aspects of your sites performance and compare.

My Dashboard   Google Analytics 1

My Dashboard   Google Analytics 2

 

Google Analytics find it here

How to create Child Theme in WP

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It is a must to have a Child Theme for our all customized website themes. When we’re doing customization to our theme’s it is a best practice to do in the child theme why because if you are editing the CSS or PHP files directly in the original theme all your changes will be wiped when you update the theme. So the changes in your child theme untouched by the new updates thus save your precious time and effort make peace of mind.

So in this tutorial I am going to explain by step by step how to create child theme in very simple method.

1. The first thing we need to do is create a new folder in our themes directory to hold the child theme. You can do with using cPanel or via FTP. The themes directory is wp-content/themes.

It’s important to name the folder without any space in the name, and it’s common practive to use the name of the parent theme folder with “-child” added on the end.

So for this example, we’ll be calling our folder “twentythirteen-child”.

 child-theme-folder

2. In the child theme folder, create a file called style.css. This is the only file required to make a child theme.

The style sheet must start with the following lines:

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/*
Theme Name: Twenty Thirteen Child
Theme URI: http://wordpress.org/themes/twentythirteen
Description: Twenty Thirteen Child Theme
Author: WPMU
Author URI: http://wpmu.com
Template: twentythirteen
Version: 1.0.0
*/
@import url("../twentythirteen/style.css");
/* =Theme customization starts here
-------------------------------------------------------------- */

You can change each of the lines to suit your theme, but you must keep Theme Name and Template lines as well as the @import section. The template is the folder name of the parent theme, in this case twentythirteen.

3. Now we need to activate the child theme. Login to your WordPress site and go to Appearances > Themes. Find your child theme in the list of available themes and click “Activate”.

4. Your child theme should now be the active theme.

child-theme

Modifying Your Theme’s CSS

Our child theme works a treat and looks just like the parent theme because we’ve imported its CSS file.

If you want to modify the theme’s CSS, you can add any changes to the child theme’s CSS file below the @import line. All new CSS information is applied to your site after the original theme’s CSS is loaded, overwriting it.

Say we want to change the text in our theme so it is bubblegum pink. All we need to do is add a line to the child theme’s CSS file:

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/*
Theme Name: Twenty Thirteen Child
Theme URI: http://wordpress.org/themes/twentythirteen
Description: Twenty Thirteen Child Theme
Author: WPMU
Author URI: http://wpmu.com
Template: twentythirteen
Version: 1.0.0
*/
@import url("../twentythirteen/style.css");
/* =Theme customization starts here
-------------------------------------------------------------- */

p { color: #FFDFDD;}

This change to the child theme’s CSS overwrites the original CSS for the parent theme.

Now our site looks like this:

twenty-thirteen

Editing the functions.php File

The functions.php file is where a theme’s main functions are usually kept. If you need to add custom functions to your theme, you can do so by creating a new functions.php file within your child theme folder.

Unlike style.css, the functions.php file in a child theme does not override its counterpart from the parent. Instead, it is loaded in addition to – and right before – the parent theme’s functions.php.

You child theme’s functions.php file should start with a php opening tag and end with a php closing tag. You can add your functions in between.

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<?php

// Stick your php code in here

?>

Editing Other Theme Files

Unlike the functions.php file, the functions for your theme’s other PHP files aren’t imported automatically. Other PHP files are edited by replacing the file with a copy. The theme’s original file is then ignored and the new one is used instead.

For example, if you’re planning to make changes to Twenty Thirteen’s 404.php file, you would need to first make a copy of the old file and paste it into the child theme.

Once the file has been copied into the child theme, you can make any changes you like, safe in the knowledge you can revert back to the parent theme any time you want.

PayPal – Most Recognizable Online Banking Service

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paypalPayPal is nearly as universal as Google or Amazon. This online bank has developed a following for its secure and easy transactions online. However, PayPal also offers a savings and checking account of sorts. You can store money in the bank and with the ATM/debit card you can even earn rewards redeemable with PayPal accounts as you use the card. However, it is a very nontraditional checking account because it uses a checking card, but not checks. Also, PayPal is not a member FDIC, which means that the money you deposit in the account is not backed by the government. Many other online banking services are insured by the government so that if it fails, your deposits are protected up to $250,000.

When selecting an online banking service, PayPal is often the most recognizable name. Its accounts are accepted by virtually every online vendor and it is nearly synonymous with online shopping. When you are setting up an account with PayPal, you do not have to worry about any monthly minimums or deposits. There are no fees associated with the accounts, which makes it very simple to manage.

Just like other, more traditional banks, you can deposit funds in a variety of ways. Online transfers, checking information, money orders and direct deposits are all ways to get money into this online banking service.

After you sign up for the checking account, you will be able to request an ATM/debit card. This card functions much like other similar cards that are issued from other traditional banks. However, with the PayPal account, you can use your purchases to earn rewards redeemable with your online banking account. The rewards vary and can be adjusted depending on the account.

This internet-only bank does not offer any checks with their checking account. The debit and ATM card functions similar to other similar online banking services’ checking accounts, but the lack of checks could be distracting to some.

Depositing money and using a PayPal account as a place to store money is very simple. However, there are no interest-gaining options or any money-market investment options. You cannot diversify your investments because there are no advanced savings options. However, if you are looking for a place to store funds that can be used at almost any online shopping location quickly and easily, PayPal is one of the best and most attractive online banking services.

There’s no doubt that PayPal has one of the best reputations when it comes to secure online transactions. However, when you are looking to do any large investments or deposit large amounts of money, PayPal may not be the best choice. Most online banking services are insured through the federal government so that deposits up to $250,000 are protected. PayPal does not have that insurance and protection.

When you need customer assistance from PayPal, you can use a toll-free telephone number or email address. When we had questions and concerns, we were able to find quick answers from the customer service.

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Add an Facebook Pop-Up Box for Blogger blogs

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Add an Facebook Pop-Up Box for Blogger blogsFacebook is an platform of millions of users today, Facebook “LIKE” have become one of the powerful tool for webmasters to promote their blog or website. The logic is very simple, whenever a person likes a link, that link will get published on this Facebook wall and catches eyes of thousands of  his/her friends in a single moment and brings curiosity in them to click on your link. The tactic here is your link gets a chain connection and it will get disposed to thousands of users at a single moment so Facebook like can be preferred as an most powerful tool for bloggers. Today i will help you in implementing a Facebook like box with pop up feature on your blog apart from implementing a simple Facebook like Box, which can motivate max number of your viewers to like your blog on Facebook. Read more

Buy top level domains for $6 dollars with discount coupon

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Buy top level domains for $6 dollars with discount coupon

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Best Hosting Provider – Namecheap

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We have been using Namecheap for the last six year for our domain registration, and have found their user interface and range of services to be by far the best we have seen. We have recently looked into their web hosting services with surprising results. They are actually pretty good. Before we get onto the review, there are a few things we wanted to tell you about Namecheap. They have been around for around 16 years (since 2000). They claim to have nearly 1 million users, managing over 3 million domain names, and have repeatedly won awards and surveys for their domain registration services. Not only that, they are one of the cheapest around too. What’s more, you can easily pick up a Namecheap Coupon to bring the cost down even further.

Namecheap Hosting Plans

Namecheap offers three main shared hosting plans; Value, Professional and Ultimate.

Value Shared Hosting

Their value hosting has the following main specifications:

  • 25 GB disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • hosted domains
  • cPanel control panel
  • FREE email hosting

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  • 100 GB disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 26 hosted domains
  • cPanel control panel
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All the different hosting plans use the same hardware, so feel free to start off with the Value plan and upgrade as and when required. For most people with just a couple of sites, the Value plan should more than suffice.

Shared Hosting Features

Namecheap comes with all the main features that you might expect from a good quality web hosting provider.

cPanel Hosting

When looking for a host, having cPanel is one of our must haves. Not only is it an easy to use interface, but many hosts offer free cPanel to cPanel transfers for your site. This makes moving from one host to another super easy. Some hosting providers use their own interface to make it more difficult for you to move, and in some cases (GoDaddy) this has proven extremely successful. The wiser among us however, will always choose a host that uses cPanel.

Softaculous

This is another somewhat standard feature among web hosts these days, but then you will be surprised that a few hosts still don’t use it. It makes installing websites such as WordPress super easy, as well as over a 100 other popular applications. Highly recommended.

Reliable Servers

Now, every host you talk to will boast of high uptimes, and the latest technology hardware. For many this is just bluster, because if you dig a little deeper there are many places that will indicate whether hosts are having problems. Many of the cheaper hosts for example, will oversell their servers and will be subject to many micro-downtimes that can actually be extremely annoying. We are pleased to report though, that Namecheap has an incredibly good reputation in this regard, so you can be sure that their typical server (8 x Xeon CPUs, 24GB DDR3 ECC RAM and WD RAID 10 HDDs) is reliable. One of the reasons for their incredibly uptime is also their Cloud Technology (see below).

Cloud Technology

Like all good hosts, they use a customized version of software such as Linux to increase stability and add other functionality. In Namecheap’s case, they use a custom version of the Cloud Linux operating system, which reduces costs associated with cloud hosting as well as providing an optimized performance and uptime. Awesome.

Great Support

Now we have to be a bit honest here. Our experience with the speed of their support is not as good as other hosts, but the quality of the support when the ticket is responded to is pretty good. If you have a small simple query we highly recommend using their livechat, as this will significantly speed up the resolution of any issues.

Conclusion

Whilst we think there are some more innovative, and better hosting providers out there, we actually think Namecheap is a pretty good host, and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality hosting provider.

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Protect Yourself Online – Internet Safety Tips

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Protect Yourself Online - Internet Safety TipsInternet threats continue to pose a problem for anyone that surfs the Internet — and yes, that includes you reading the headline and thinking you know it all. In this article we will show you how to protect yourself using some “best practices” for safely surfing the Internet, all without spending a dime.

Background on Internet Threats

Anyone can throw around terms such as “spyware” and “viruses”, but what exactly are they? It helps to know before trying to figure out how best to avoid such problems. Here are the basics:

  • Malware: Short for “malicious software”. Resides and runs on a user’s computer without their consent or knowledge. Malware can be used as an all-inclusive term for viruses, spyware, keyloggers, worms, and Trojan horses, and other Internet threats.
  • Spyware: A type of malware that collects information about users, including personal information and habits (sites they visited). It can also trigger popups and install additional malware.
  • Virus: A type of malware that can replicate itself and infect other computers through a network or media (such as a flash drive). Viruses can do multiple harmful things to a user’s computer, such as taking it over and using it for malicious purposes.

Three Steps to Internet Safety

This guide will take you through three relatively simple steps to protect yourself on the Internet:

  1. Install Mozilla Firefox
  2. Install the McAfee Site Advisor tool
  3. Change your online habits

Step One: Install Mozilla Firefox

Yes, “Install Mozilla Firefox” may be clich; however, there is sound reasoning why this is a good piece of software. Let’s cut the marketing nonsense — here are the tangible things I like about Firefox:

  • Pop-up blocker: Pop-ups are perhaps the most annoying form of advertising, and Firefox takes care of them for you. It will let you know a pop-up was blocked in case you were expecting one.
  • Unsafe site warnings: If you go to a website that is fraudulent, untrusted, or has known security problems, Firefox will actually prevent the site from loading.
  • Integration with anti-virus software: Firefox works with your resident anti-virus program to scan downloaded files for security threats.
  • Automatic updates: Firefox automatically updates itself, so your defenses stay current.
  • Private browsing: Firefox normally remembers what websites you visited, however in private browsing mode (which is easy to toggle on and off), it will not remember anything you did. This feature is handy when logging into banking sites that you want to leave no trace of on your computer (or someone else’s). Private Browsing can be activated from the tools menu and clicking “Start Private Browsing”; do the same to turn it off:

Without further delay, follow this link to Mozilla’s official website and download Firefox for your computer.

Firefox is a small 8MB download. Click Download and thensave the file to your computer to a location you know (such as My Documents). Double-click the downloaded file and install Firefox with the default settings. Done? Great! Those familiar with Internet Explorer should be able to adapt to Firefox without much trouble — it gets natural after a day.

Step Two: Install the McAfee Site Advisor Tool


Certain websites are created with malicious intent; for example, some might try to infect your computer with malware and others might be fake phishing sites designed to steal your personal information. McAfee, a computer security company, has a Site Advisor tool that displays ratings next to links in search engines (such as Google and Yahoo), indicating whether or not the listed sites are safe (see here for thorough information on how it works). Site Advisor works with both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Simply download and then install McAfee Site Advisor using the default settings (leave everything as-is, though I recommend unchecking the option to install the unnecessary Yahoo toolbar).

Once installed, restart Firefox and test Site Advisor out. Make sure your default search provider is set to McAfee first — in the top right next to the search box, click the down arrow and select McAfee Secure Search:

Now search for something and check out the results page — each link has a little icon next to it that indicates whether the site is safe or not.

Green means good, yellow is caution, and red means unsafe/untrusted. A question mark indicates the site has not been scanned yet. As a rule of thumb, only click on the green links.

Below is an example of what search results look like after installing the Site Advisor tool:

And yes, NotebookReview.com is totally safe — but you knew that.

The Site Advisor tool is great to have when you are searching for things you do not usually search for (and thus might be unfamiliar with sites that come up). It never hurts to double-check. As always, use your judgment when clicking on links. If something is too good to be true, it is.

Step Three: Change Your Online HabitsProtect Yourself Online - Internet Safety Tips 2

The single greatest danger you face on the Internet is yourself. More specifically, there is no software that can compensate for your poor Internet safety habits.

Let’s start with how much critical information you willingly give away. This is the Internet — information posted online can be seen by almost anyone, and secure websites can be hacked. Even restricted pages such as your Facebook profile are not entirely safe — someone with access (such as your “friends”) could copy and paste the information to a Web page that isn’t truly private. The bottom line here is that you need to be extra careful with yourself on the Internet. Below are a few of the habits I see daily that present huge security risks to the users:

? Connecting to unsecured wireless networks: You know that coffee shop down the street that offers free Wi-Fi? That free Wi-Fi access could cost you a lot if it is unsecured (Windows will indicate whether a network is secured/unsecured when you try to connect). An unsecured connection is an open network that allows anyone to connect — information passed from your laptop to the wireless router and vice versa can be intercepted by people with the right tools since it is not encrypted. Additionally, network attacks can be made from other computers connected to the network.
Internet Safety Habit: Avoid unsecured Wi-Fi

? Accessing secure websites in public: Even on a secured network, remember that people can see what you type on your laptop screen. All it takes is one person to walk by with a camera phone and snap a picture of your online banking page. The same is true at your office, where all it takes is one nosy coworker poking over a cubicle wall or an unscrupulous network administrator spying on your workstation to snag your passwords.
Internet Safety Habit: Access secure websites only at home

? Saving personal information on shopping websites: Most shopping sites offer to save your credit card and address information for easier checkout in the future. While this is convenient for the few sites you shop at regularly, please do not opt to save info on every site you shop. Though the information is supposedly secured, successful hacking attempts have occurred in the past and personal data has been stolen. Also, there are too many stories of personal information getting “lost”.
Internet Safety Habit: Don’t save credit card numbers on shopping sites

? Posting personal information on social networking sites: I find it amusing that people post the details of their personal lives on social networking sites such as Facebook, give a platoon of their “friends” access, and then complain about privacy issues. Am I the only one that can see the issue here?
Internet Safety Habit: Only post information online you want everyone to see

? Keep your computer personal: Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox make it easy to store password and form information (such as names and addresses used in order forms). Anyone that opens the web browser on your computer can check your browsing history, visit your “secure” sites (like your Web-based email) and automatically log in as you because you opted to have the browser save your password. Avoid storing passwords, or better yet, password-protect your computer and lock it when not in use (press the Windows key and L to lock your computer). Make a second account on your computer for other people to use so your information is kept separate, and make sure that account is password-protected and not an administrator.
Internet Safety Habit: Never save passwords on any computer that you share

? Do not install software you do not explicitly want: Many software vendors try to sneak additional pieces of software on your system during the install process. For example, toolbars for your Internet browser, updater tools, and other unnecessary (and annoying) items. If you wanted those pieces of software, you would have installed them on your own.
Internet Safety Habit: Install as little software as possible


10 Tips to increase your Facebook Fans

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10 Tips to build your Facebook FansFacebook is one of the most powerful tools for all online marketers since it enables us to promote products and services by using highly targeted campaigns with relatively low cost. Either you are using ad campaigns or viral techniques, one of the main targets is to Increase your Facebook Fans of your pages.

In this article, we will provide 10 fast, ‘simple’ and creative ways to increase Facebook Fans and we will describe the first steps that one should take to creatively build a genuine fan base of truly engaged fans.

Firstly, we must consider why a Facebook Fan ‘likes’ a page. Except of ‘just for fun’, there can be an array of more or less obvious reasons like getting exclusive content or education, show support to friends, get coupons or special promos and discounts. Taking into account all these reasons we list the 10 following ‘miraculous’ ways:

1. Use applications

Free or paid, applications are the online marketing tools that will enhance your online Facebook Strategy. Either you create a coupon, an online streaming or contest application; the opportunities for Marketers are many and need to be investigated. There are literally thousands of applications that can help you improve your visibility. A great place to look is the website AppBistro.com.

2. Invite your email contacts-subscribers like your page

Just click ‘Build Audience’ and then ‘Invite friends’ in the Admin Panel of your Facebook Page. Each admin can immediately invite friends and instantly be supported by Facebook contacts. In the past it was also possible for simple users to invite their friends, but this functionality was disabled to fight spam and of course increase FB’s advertising revenues.

3. Organize campaigns

Creative posts around industry related subjects for a specific time period can be a dynamic way to attract new audience.

4.  Offer valuable quality content

Avoid auto-posting and emphasize mainly on personal creative inspired messages of added-value: tips, photos, videos etc.

5. Run a contest

As we discussed in a previous article, social media contests are a great way to gain visibility in social media channels and increase audience. Often organizing them involves lower costs than using paid ads.

6.  Facebook ads

This tool is similar to Adwords bidding vehicle nevertheless it allows you to serve much more targeted banners depending on the interests of the user. Thus it is worth to explore and invest on it as an advertising tool. Don’t forget though that Facebook is an image-driven network and thus the pictures that you will use on your campaigns will significantly affect your Click Through Rate.

7. Link to Twitter


Twitter and Facebook posts can be linked by using various applications. Connecting the two channels is usually a good move nevertheless you should not ignore your initial Twitter strategy and practice.

10 Tips to build your Facebook Fans likes8. Provide exclusive content for fans only

Providing exclusive content to the people that liked your page can help you increase your fan base. Coupons, exclusive offers, content for fans, special events, previews, and trials can become great incentives for your users.

9. Invite fans to tag your page like they tag on an image

As already discussed, Facebook is image-based and thus tagging your page on images related to your product/service is a clever way to increase your publicity.

10.  Add a large button linking from your website

As we mentioned several times in the past, adding social media buttons on strategic places on your website and blog is a basic but extremely effective way to enhance your target audience and convert your visitor into a follower/fan.

Following the above tips can help your increase your fan base, nevertheless one should not forget that listening to the feedback and comments of your users is an important and essential task:

True Engagement, personal immediate interaction and feedback are important in order to show and prove that YOU CARE.

Tips for Google Adwords PPC campaign

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Tips for Google Adwords PPC campaign

Google Adwords PPC campaign is very successful if you concentrate on some tips like Decision making and Planning.

Decision making

Identify the audiences, the goals considering the available budget and define what conversion means to your campaign:

  • Brand awareness
  • Sales
  • Registration
  • Just to inform

Planning



Adwords is a marketing tool which can be successful when used as a part of a general strategy and not as a stand alone action. A careful planning can help you avoid a full-size failure in the competitive environment of the search market. Adwords platform provides options to plan when, where, how as well as  the ad spend of your campaign.

Building the campaign

Build a theme based structure with separated ad groups for different categories of products. Separate ad groups, to enclose clear messages, describing what you are offering. Link your ads to a customized landing page containing relevant information  with a user friendly structure in order to interact.

Endorse your values in a clear message including all the information a user needs to respond to the call to action.

Users are always seeking answers to questions like:

  • What does the website offers?
  • Why should I click here?
  • Which are the benefits for me?

 Promoting the message



The path a message follows to reach the right audience using Google Adwords,  starts with a carefully selected and fine-tuned keyword list.

Write down  keyword lists with specified theme, use related phrases, synonyms, misspellings etc.
Tips:

  1. Use different keyword matching      options
  2. Define negative keywords to      filter the traffic and reduce the campaign cost
  3. Enable product extensions
  4. Enable various devices targeting
  5. Target both search and content network

 Action

Let`s say the message has reached the audience. Now the action begins.

During this stage you need to forget the term “audience” and focus to the client. The user’s experience in online business is a high priority. Pay attention to the landing page. The design should emphasise to user’s experience as a matter of usability and easy navigation that will drive to conversions and not a good impression for the design aesthetics

Customers are seeking profitable solutions to their needs, fast simple and easy. So all you have to do when a user is clicking on your ad is to make the conversion process as easy as possible.

Tips for Success

  • Use customized landing pages with easy navigation
  • Remove possible obstacles (i.e. too many clicks or too many forms to complete)
  • Make the user feel safe to interact
  • Just make it simple

Ongoing adjustments

  • Frequently monitor the campaign performance and adjust the bidding settings.
  • Eliminate the keywords that do not perform.
  • Try alternative ad text and/or different call to action.
  • Experiment with the landing page and monitor the performance using different layouts

Tips for Make Money with Blog Advertising

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 Increase Your Blog Advertising Success and Income

There is more to making money from your blog and to blog advertising success than publishing a few Google AdSense ads and calling it a day. Blog advertising success actually takes time, testing, and effort to find the right recipe that works for your blog audience and generates the highest income for you. Use the 10 tricks below to set up your blog so it can make the most money possible through advertising. Read more

WordPress – Why should you use?

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So what is WordPress and why is it raved about so much? We listed good reasons why you should be using it for your business or personal  website. AS the description on the main wordpress.org site says, WordPress is simply web software that creates beautiful websites or blogs. It started in 2003 and is now the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, and is used on over 60 million sites that are seen by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress is an Open Source project which means nobody ‘owns’ it. You are FREE to use it for anything, from your dog’s home page to a FTSE 100 web site without paying anyone a license fee.

You may hear about WordPress.com and WordPress.org  for which there are differences:

  • WordPress.com is hosted for free, but comes with limited functionality (you have to pay to upgrade to use this added functionality).
  • WordPress.org can either be hosted by yourself or if you don’t know how to do that, then a web designer will arrange your hosting (most likely all you’d pay is the cost of the domain name which is often $10 a year). This is the better choice as all the functionality of WordPress is available. The code can easily be ‘hacked’ and any adaptations easily made (see point 5 below).

With WordPress you can build a blog, a website, or both together as one.  It lets you create both pages and posts for your site and use the benefits that come with both.

WordPress is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that can be used for more than just blogging. It can store all your images, files, documents, links and easily retrieve and use them as you see fit.

It is designed and suited to publishing and changing content easily. You don’t have to have working knowledge of html or css to create a great looking site.

Using the functionality of WordPress (such as widgets, plugins, and themes) requires no code experience or expertise, as anything can be added, removed, and rearranged within the WordPress Administration panel.

So rather than having to rely and pay someone to update it for you, you can log on an have full access to do whatever you want – amend spelling mistakes, add and delete pages or posts, change the look and feel of your site. You name it, there will be a way to do it, and all within your control.

There are thousands of widgetsplugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine:

  • free design themes to give your site a completely different look at the click of a button
  • the ability to extend your website with logos, polls, newsletter sign-ups, contact forms, ratings or hundreds of other cool features
  • eCommerce shopping cart plugins can list products, services and digital downloads and take any means of electronic payment.

All tools are available without having to hire a web developer to install or set up and configure them.

There are hundreds of people all over the world working on WordPress to continually update and improve the way it works and what it offers.  The wordpress.org/support site is fantastic and features extensive forums as well as documentation on anything you can think of to do with WordPress.

There are also thousands of other support sites, blogs, forums, Twitter feeds, newsletters, videos, podcasts and more all focusing on top tips and tricks to get the most out of WordPress. Any help you need is literally just a Google search away!

You can of course makes an amazing site, but this is pointless unless it can be found easily through the many different search engines available. Luckily WordPress provides many excellent seo benefits and most are completely free. This includes guiding search engine crawlers through posts, pages, and categories, the ability to create permalinks, plus blogrolling, and pinging. There are also a large number of third party plugins and hacks which can be used for search engine optimization (SEO).

It really is. You shouldn’t be asking yourself  ‘why should I use WordPress’  for my site but really  ‘why shouldn’t I be using WordPress’!

I use it daily to create websites for friends, colleagues and customers, for both personal and business use.

All sites that I have created in WordPress have been perfect for their owners and have really impressed.

Know About – What is WordPress?

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WordPress is a self hosted blogging tool in the world. It provides you dashboard which helps you in uploading your contents or posts onto the webpage. Here, you will be provided by thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes accordance to your preferences. It is an easy way to set up your own blog. But thanks to the efforts of a large “open source”. The wordpress designs are based on the “themes”. Their are several kinds of themes available in the market which you can use according to your thoughts and imagination.

Most of the times people wanted to build there own blogs but they don’t know that how to build and from where to build there blogs.

Most of the people are not aware from wordpress.

What is wordpress?

Blogs and blog hostingplatforms abound on the internet. If you’re looking to start a basic blog with minimal features, you have your pick of several blog services. However, if you want to take blogging seriously, you’ll end up importing your entire blog to WordPress in the long run. It may be easier to just start with the service

While WordPress.org is a completely free posting service, its companion site, WordPress.com, is a blog hosting site. You still have the option of posting for free, yet you will more than likely want to upgrade or get a premium theme to take advantage of every feature WordPress has to offer. For years, every one of WordPress’s competitors has raised their standards to meet the services that this blog platform offers.

With WordPress and other blogs, you can amuse, inform, promote or rant to your heart’s content with ease. Whether you’re an experienced blogger or new to this electronic expression of your thoughts, you’ll find every feature you’d ever need from traffic tracking, widget addition and even spell check. As it has been for the past few years, WordPress still deserves the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for the best blog sites.

Design Tools

While WordPress is designed to be simple enough for non-coders, it does allow you to customize templates. There are many open source templates out there for you to choose from, or if you like (and you have knowledge of CSS), you can alter your own to fit your needs. If you’d prefer to stick to standard WordPress templates, you still have hundreds to choose from, so you won’t be limited in designing your blog. You can customize the templates with your own header image, font color, sidebar widgets, plugins and more. Once again, if you are new to blogging, you can go with a standard setup in your chosen theme and it will look great. WordPress leaves it up to your experience when it comes to appearance and customization.The posting box is easy to operate and can be used in either text or HTML mode. The standard text box operates a lot like a word processor with similar controls. For instance, there are buttons and fields that allow you to change fonts, increase font size, bold text, change text colors and perform many other standard formatting options. The WordPress posting box also has a spell check and a preview. You can easily add links, videos and images to each post. While it may be a non-issue, the images do need to be in .jpg format.

The HTML-based posting box is for people who both know HTML and prefer more exact control over their content. The WordPress apps fully support embedding video, podcast and music players in your blog by simply copying the embed code into the HTML viewing pane.

Another benefit of using WordPress is the wide variety of plugins and widgets that you can use on your blog. WordPress is very popular, so many people have created additional plugins to increase functionality. These widgets and plug-ins can be whatever you want them to be. You can add an archive list, add a list of your top posts on the sidebar and even show recent comments on the blog.

As you can see, WordPress does a good job of catering to people that need simplicity as well as those that prefer advanced options and functionality.

Feature Management

The problem with many blog sites is that they place ads on your blog posts to justify the fact that they’re providing a free service. WordPress allows you to place ads on your own site, but the only person benefiting would be you. You can run banner ads, Google ads or affiliate links in as many widgets as you like. For the clutter-free approach, you also have the option to leave the ads off entirely.

A feature we love about WordPress is the ability to moderate comments. You can choose to turn the comments off. However, if feedback is important to you, there are discussion settings available to allow you to see and approve every comment before it’s officially uploaded. We chose to let comments automatically be approved if the commenter was previously approved. These discussion settings give you a clear view of the spam that would overtake your comments section if you didn’t have strict settings.

Once you’ve posted a video or image into your blog, your media library will carry that file forever. This will help you if you reuse certain images or need to look for family pictures, such as if you run a “mommy blog.”

Promotion

WordPress.com sends your blog information to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines, and it allows readers to subscribe to RSS or Atom feeds. We found our sample blog on Google within a day.One of the most incredible features of WordPress is the quality of traffic stats available; especially considering it’s a free service. It keeps track of views for individual posts, both daily and all-time views, and overall page view numbers for your entire blog by day, week and month. There is also a list of the top referring sites, the top keywords that brought people to your blog and the links that people clicked on while visiting your blog. The average user looking to create a personal blog will probably only be concerned with how many people visit, but if you want to create a following or report on a particular industry, the other stats will prove quite useful in monitoring growth and finding out how people have found your blog.

WordPress has the edge over many blogging sites by allowing you to incorporate your website name without including the awkward “.wordpress.com” after. Owning your own site name does require you to pay services like bluehost.com or godaddy.com, but you can hardly find a better site creator than a simple WordPress template.

Help & Support

While you may never need to refer to any support channel while using a WordPress theme, the fact that there are several resources out there is good insurance. The help section directs you to a knowledgebase where you will deal with the majority of your problems, the dashboard. There are also expansive community forums, where there’s a good chance that others have run into the same problems as you.

You’ll also find troubleshooting tips and FAQs. If there’s one problem with WordPress, it’s that there are so many customization options that you may get overwhelmed. We found that the FAQs and the WordPress advice blog cleared up common problems.

Summary

If you want to eventually make money just by writing a personal or business blog, WordPress is the best place to start. They offer free blog hosting, but you will quickly be tempted into spending a few dollars more to get a premium theme or to host your own site using the WordPress dashboard. We highly recommend this blog service to new and experienced bloggers looking to maximize and capitalize on their site traffic.

PROS / The dashboard and design tools are crisp-looking and top of the line.

CONS / You will most likely want to buy a premium theme or host your own site, making the experience no longer free.

 VERDICT / WordPress provides hundreds of widgets and plug-ins but keeps the experience easy enough to run a professional-looking blog.

This wordpress tool can be used by your web browser, iphone and android also.

So try it today and enjoy!!
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