Category Archives: Quick Tips

Google Reader will soon be extinct What are the Alternatives?

Google Reader retires on the 1. July 2013

Google ReaderThis was the message today when I opened my Google Reader.

Over the last few month I have really enjoyed the benefits of using this application.

So I searched for alternatives.

There are a few options:

You can find a review for some of them in this post on on Continue reading Google Reader will soon be extinct What are the Alternatives?


Visual Editor and WordPress 3.5 Update

Updating to WordPress 3.5

Visual Editor in WordPressUpdating WordPress may not be one of the most favorite things we do.

I am so glad to have learned from Kimberly Castleberry how to do update WordPress safely.

First there is the backing up your WordPress. Then the deactivating of the plugins and making sure that they all work with the latest version.

When I finally hit the ‘update’ button I walked away from the screen and wished for the best.

When I came back the screen was mainly white with the words “No data received”. Great, the internet connection must have cut out again. Continue reading Visual Editor and WordPress 3.5 Update

How to set up your Twitter Header Photo

Twitter Header Photo Set up

Twitter ProfileTo upload or edit your Twitter Header click on you Name and then on “Edit your profile

Once you uploaded your Header image make sure you click ‘Save changes


Make sure your original photo is 1500×500 pixels

The video by Julie Lowe demonstrates this in more detail

Always up to date Social Media Image Sizes on Sprout Social has more information and tips about this.

I found the link above thanks to Kamal Bennani who shares his awe inspiring photography.

Have fun!

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Google alerts how to get them

Google alertsIn the free Google Alerts you can add up to a thousand queries

and set the frequency of how often you want to be notified.

This alert will then be sent to your email.

You can use this to find out:

  • ‘who’ is talking about you type “first last name” i.e. “Joe Blogs”
  • ‘what’ is being said about your website/blog i.e. “”
  • Keep up with news on any subject, i.e. “Relationship Marketing

You can set the Result type to:

  • Everything
  • Blogs
  • News
  • Videos
  • Discussions
  • Books

There is the choice of ‘only the best results‘ and ‘all results‘.

To find out more and/or get help you can go to Google Alerts Help

I am very grateful for having learned this today from Mari Smith in the recorded Relationship Marketing webinar.

Mari Smith’s book “The New Relationship Marketing: How to Build a Large, Loyal, Profitable Network Using the Social Web (affiliate link) has a lot of useful tips and is easy to read.

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Keyboard Shortcuts Save Time

Kitten on KeyboardDo you want to make your time on the Computer and Internet more efficient?

Keyboard shortcuts can help with that.

When you create a new blog post or content you can use the following:

Function Windows Mac Mouse
Copy Ctrl C Command C Right click select copy
Paste Ctrl V Command V Right click select paste
Cut Ctrl X Command X Right click select cut

The Key for Undo is Z

You can do the same with Bold (b), Underline(u) and Italic(i).

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

The Chrome Browser (it is free) seems to be a lot quicker and no jumbled format,

and once you filled in any form your details will be there to choose from as soon as you type the first letter. This means less typing.

Photo Credit: Kitten on Keyboard by Mr Thinktank

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Event Time Announcer

How to sent people Timezone info for Events

Event Time announcerA lot of times I got an email saying that the event is PST or some other Timezone.
In New Zealand we are not familiar with all these variations and sometimes it took me a while to find out when that time was for me.

Thanks to Mari Smith’s link to her free Webinar on Relationship Marketing.

I found out how to sent a link to people which sends them to the world clock with all the timezones specific to the time of the Event.

Here is how you can do this (for free):

Go to: Time and Date

Click on Word Clock and then click on Event Announcer

this will take you to the Set up page

Enter you time etc. and click ‘Show results’.

Here is an example of a ‘mock up’ event:

Time announcer results

This is one of the easiest way to know the time when the event is on anywhere in the world.
I hope this helps other people too.

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