RSS has made your life easier. With it, you don’t have to head to individual website you follow to check what their new posts are. You can check the latest news from NYTimes and simultaneously check what your favorite beauty blogger has shared for a week. It saves time, and it saves effort.

All you have to do is open one RSS feeds reader – there are many good ones out there. Our personal favorite was Google Reader, but sadly the service has been closed down by Google on 2013 because apparently, other people didn’t like it as much as we do.

But, well, back to the topic. Do you what else that can make your life even easier? Importing RSS feeds to your Outlook.

With it, you don’t even have to open RSS feeds reader. You can have your RSS feeds delivered to your Outlook inbox. Another time-saving and effort-saving cheat, even if only several seconds and clicks.

Here is how to do it. Despite how it looks, it’s actually pretty simple steps.

  1. Head to the website you want to subscribe
    When you’re there, find where the RSS button is. They’re usually on the widget, or on top of the page, or on the bottom, or around Follow Me section. If you can’t find it, however, you can just simply press CTRL+F to open search box and type RSS.
  2. Click the RSS button
    Now, click that RSS button. Some website only has one RSS option, but some websites provides options if you want to subscribe to all their post, or only certain post, or only at certain times, et cetera. Click the one you want, and the browser will take you to an RSS page. Usually it only contains code, but ignore it. All you need to do is copy the link in the address bar.
  3. Open Outlook
    Start you Ms. Outlook. Click File on the menu bar, then head to Account and Social Network Settings. Click the drop down menu and click Account Settings.
    A dialogue box will open. You’ll see several tabs on the box. Click the RSS Feed tabs.
  4. Add the New RSS Feeds
    On the RSS Feed tabs, find menu New… and click it. A new dialogue box will open. Now, you can paste the link of the RSS feeds you copied from your favorite website earlier on the field available.
    Then, click Add.
  5. Set your preference
    A new dialogue box for RSS Feeds Options will open. In this box, you can set your preference for the RSS Feeds.
    – In the General settings, you can rename the Feed name
    – In the Delivery Location settings, you can choose where you want your RSS feeds to be delivered on your computer
    – In the Download settings, you can choose whether you want automatic download if there is any enclosure on your RSS feed and whether you want to download the RSS feed as .html file
    – In the Update Limit settings, you can choose whether you want to limit the update based on the provider’s recommendation or not
    Once you’re okay with the setting, click OK
    Now you’ll be back on the Account Settings dialogue box. Your new RSS Fees will be listed, along with the status on the Last Updated On. Click OK.
  6. Receive the RSS
    Now, you can go back to your Outlook Home. Just click Home on the menu bar. Look at the left-side menu, and you’ll see a folder named RSS Feeds. Click on the folder, and you’ll get a list of the update.
    All you have to do to read the update is click on this, and the content will be displayed on the right side. Yep, as easy as that.
  7. Other options for the RSS feeds
    You can do much more than just read the update from the Outlook. You can head to the RSS menu in the ribbon. You can choose to do one of these:
    – Download the Content
    If the content has attachment or enclosure, you can download them immediately by clicking this menu. Or, you can simply download the content themselves, if you want to have them handy in your computer when you have no access to the internet.
    – Share this Feed
    If you think the content will benefit someone in your contact, click this menu. They will receive this content via their mail. No need to copy and paste the content in a separate new mail.
    – View Article
    If you’re not satisfied reading the content from your mail, you can head to the website by clicking this menu.
  8. Deleting the RSS Feeds
    Sometimes, just like everything in life, the content of the website you follow is no longer relevant for you. Maybe you move out of town and want to unsubscribe from the RSS feeds of your old town forum?
    You can head back to File > Account Settings just like when you add the RSS feeds.
    On the Account Settings dialogue box, you’ll find your RSS feeds on the list. Select the feeds you want to delete, and click Remove.
    Another box will pop up, asking if you’re sure you want to remove the feeds. Click OK.
    If you delete the RSS feeds this way, all the previous content you’ve downloaded will stay intact.
  9. Easier Options to Add and Delete RSS Feeds
    There is way easier option to add and delete RSS Feeds that involves less steps.
    You don’t even need to head to the File menu. On the Home, look at the menu of the left. Right click there, and click Add a New RSS Feeds and you’ll get directed to dialogue box where you can put the RSS feeds URL from your favorite website.
    Similarly, to delete the feeds, all you need to do is right click the folder in the left-side menu and click Delete Folder. However, this method will also delete all the previously downloaded content.

Do you know that video marketing is one of the trend in 2018?

Customers these days want short but useful content that is highly engaging and capable to tell a story. What can convey all of those better than a video?

More and more companies prefer to use video as their marketing tool. It’s more interesting and engaging than still images or long text or even the previous trend – infographic.

If you want to catch up to this trend, whether it’s for your product brand or personal brand, you’ll want to start providing video content in your website.

After you create the video, you’ll need a place to host it. We don’t recommend you to upload the video directly to your website. First, it wastes your space (if you have limited storage space, that is). Second, not every host is built to play video content, causing your customers to experience unpleasant experience while watching your video. They may get choppy and lagged video. Your message from the video won’t come across, and all your customers get from watching it will be mild irritation and frustration.

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YouTube Video for Your Website

If you want to add video content to your website, we recommend you to host it somewhere else. There are many websites that provide this service. From YouTube (that seems to be a household name already) to RapidShare, OpenLoad, Vimeo, and many others. From free to paid.

If you’re planning to share free video content, then your best option is YouTube. YouTube is free, easy-to-use, and currently is the more popular video-sharing platform.

On the other hand, if you’re planning to make paid video content, YouTube is not your option because it doesn’t provide the service. You can, however, choose to monetize your video. YouTube will put advertisement at the beginning (or in the middle, if your video is long) of your video and you’ll receive part of the revenue from it.

How to Embed YouTube Video for Your Website

We’ve said that one of the advantage of using YouTube is its user-friendliness.

To embed the video you’ve uploaded on YouTube, all you need to do is this:

  1. Visit your video in YouTube
  2. Under the video, you’ll see Share button. Click it and choose Embed
  3. You’ll see the link to embed the video
  4. Copy the link to your website post

And voila, your video is now embedded on your website! Your customers can now see the video from your website, without needing to copy the video link and paste it to the address bar and hit enter.

How to Resize YouTube Video for Your Website

Different website has different design. Sometimes, you’ll need to resize the YouTube video for your website to keep it looking clean and neat.

It used to be easy to resize YouTube video for your website. In the Step 3 from the above, you’ll see size option under the link to embed the video in a drop down menu. All you need to do is choose the size you want and the code will change according to the size you choose.

Since last year, however, it seems like YouTube has gotten rid of this size option. If you copy the embed link provided, you’ll get the default YouTube video size: 560 x 315, as you can see from this example code:

There are many users who seems to be confused with this change. Why did YouTube get rid this practical option? How can they resize the embed video without this option?

Turns out, YouTube doesn’t actually got rid of it. They just don’t show it as blatantly as before. But, you can still get embed link with different size.

All you need to do is to accessing the embed link from different mode.

  • If you want default YouTube size, you can just follow the steps above. You’ll get 560 x 315 video.
  • If you want medium sized video, you just have to right-click on the video while it’s playing (no need to click the Share button) and click Copy embed code. You’ll get 599 x 337 video. Below is the example code for embed video link.
  • If you want large sized video, play the video on Theater Mode, then right-click on the video while it’s playing and click Copy embed code. You’ll get 1349 x 480 video. Below is the example code for embed video link.
  • If you want HD video, play the video on Full Screen Mode, then right-click on the video while it’s playing and click Copy embed code. You’ll get 1366 x 768 video. Below is the example code for embed video link.

How to Resize YouTube Video for Your Website Manually

Of course, you can easily change the size manually from the embed code. However, not all size works as YouTube will obviously need to maintain the ration of the video. The most common sizes for video that usually works are these:

  • 320 x 240
  • 560 x 315
  • 640 x 360
  • 853 x 480
  • 1215 x 480
  • 1229 x 691
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080

So, there you have it, easy ways to resize YouTube video for your website, manually or not. Now you don’t have to panic anymore when you don’t see any resize option when copying the embed code of your video.

Gain more interest and visit from your customers to your website by adding video content. No matter what design your website has, you can easily resize YouTube video for it with this helpful guide.

Do you have any other way to resize YouTube video for your website?

Or do you have any other question about adding video content to your website? Share your thought on the comment section below.

It’s a question many digital marketer, blogger, and other that deals with SEO is dying to know the answer.

Back in the 2011 and few years after, keyword density seems like a magic formula for SEO. You have to know your keyword and you have to put it out there, as many as you can, to make your site relevant. Otherwise, search engine wouldn’t see what your post is actually talking about, and they wouldn’t bother recommend it to their user as well.
As time goes by, however, the competition become severe. Every day, many entities launched their own website and blog. All of them competing to be in the first page on search engine result. All of them want to apply the same keyword strategy.

And then, misusing happens. Some website think that repeating the same keyword 100 times in a 1000 words post will help search engine find them. You may want to find out the best diet routine for your body type and enter ‘body type diet’ in the search query and click the first link in the search result, only to find out that it’s really just an article that sells diet pill with ‘body type diet’ repeated 500 times without any information on how you can do that and what’s the health benefit and how it works whatsoever.

Back then, it probably worked. However, there are consequences. The post would likely sound forced and redundant. Worse, it sounds like spam, it screams like the website wants the visitor to be useful for them instead the other way around, and no one like to be used by anybody, especially not by a scam website.

That’s why, in recent years, people start to think less of keyword density, and prefer to focus on the other aspects of a post that would make them more visible for search engine, such as web quality and authority.

Is keyword density already obsolete?

Search engines realizes that competition in keyword density can ruin user’s experience while using their services, and has started voicing out their dislikes on this, as early as from 2014.

Google even started to give penalty to websites that over stuff their keyword. If your website got detected, Google may demote your website ranking, or remove it altogether from its search result. It’s disastrous.

Which means, over stuffing keyword these days will more likely put your website out of business rather than propel it to Google search result first page.

But is the concept of keyword density itself obsolete? We don’t think so.

First, keyword density one of the way to let search engine knows what your post is talking about. It helps them to match your post with query entered by people. If your post is talking about leather wallet, but you mention the word only once or twice, Google algorithm may decide that you haven’t covered the topic thoroughly, and rank your website lower than it should.

Second, keyword is also related to the quality of your blog post. If you want information about herbal tea, you’ll want to know that the post you’re reading is really talking about herbal tea, and not wandering too far to talk about something completely irrelevant. Putting keyword in post can help you to stay in the topic.

So, we believe that keyword density is not obsolete. Over stuffing keyword is.

Is there such thing as right keyword density per post?

Experts have split opinion on this. Some believe that keyword density is not relevant anymore for SEO, that one should not put too much effort on this aspect because it doesn’t really help, therefore it doesn’t matter how many keyword you put in your post.

Some other believe that keyword density still matters, although maybe not as much as people believe. However, you can’t just stop caring about it altogether. We happen to believe in this side of the debate.

Sure, it’s not the only one factor to rank your post up there in search engine, but if you can maximize your effort in all of the factors, then why not do it? It doesn’t take much to maximize the usefulness of your keyword in a post.

  • Keep the keyword density around 1.5%-4%
    Keyword density is defined as how many times you put your keyword in the post divided by overall words your post has.
    The interesting thing is, each website seems to have different ‘right keyword density’. Based on our experience handling different website, as well as talking to other website owners, there is no one number that defines ‘the right keyword density’.
    Some of our posts rank high when they have 1.5% keyword density. Our colleague’s post in different website ranks well when they keep the keyword density around 3-4%.
    However, putting more than 5% keyword density can put you at risk to be penalized by Google.
    So, our suggestion for you to know the right keyword density for your website is to experiment with density between 1.5-4%
  • Put the keyword in the right place
    You can still make a natural, readable post with 1.5-4% keyword density if you know where to put it right. We like to put our keyword in these position
    The title, because it’s the first thing your visitor will see
    The beginning of the post, again because it’s the part where you secure your reader
    -The end of the post, to wrap the post nicely and keep the post in the topic
    -Anchor text, because link to other relevant website makes your post more trustworthy

So, keyword density, we believe, is still relevant – if you know how to use it right. The key here is not to over stuff the keyword, make your post natural and useful to improve its quality, and to put the keyword in the right place.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the keyword density to find out the right number that works with your website. And do tell us the result of your experience in the comment section below. We can make a nice discussion out of it.

Facebook is great. It connects you to old friends and relatives that live faraway. It gets you to meet new people, maybe even potential date. Overall, just like its slogan, Facebook does connect people.

And Facebook has many features that makes connecting easy. Facebook chat is one of them. All you need to do is check whether the person you want to talk to is online, and with just one click you’re all connected.

The problem is, sometimes Facebook also connects you with people you want to avoid. Maybe it’s that one person you’ve already rejected that doesn’t seem to know when to stop pining. You go online and this person keeps sending you emoji and ‘what’s up?’ even if you’ve said to him to stop messaging you.

Maybe it’s your distant relative who happens to be an insurance agent and keeps bugging you to buy one of his plan, via Facebook Chat.

Another problem is, Facebook Chat automatically mark your message as read the moment you open them by putting timestamp beside the message, making the one contacting you know that you’ve read their message. And if you don’t want them to think that you’re rude by not replying, then you have one more problem on your hand.

Thankfully, there are ways to work around this little problem.

How to Read Messages and Remain Undetected on Facebook Chat via Smartphone

If you use Facebook in your phone, you can use the help of app. Usually, these app doesn’t take much space and are free, so it’s quite a good option for you.

For Android users, there are so many apps that can help you to be remained undetected while reading your message. Some of the most popular in Google PlayStore are Unseen For Facebook, No Last Seen, Unseen Messenger, Invisible Chat for Facebook, and many others. Read their details and reviews and decide which one you want. All of the apps we mentioned above have at least 4 out of 5 stars review.

For iOS user, you can download Unseen Messenger from Apple Store. Again, feel free to choose whatever you want after you read the apps detail and review. There is less choice for iOS user, but all that is available there works pretty well.

How to Read Messages and Remain Undetected on Facebook Chat via Desktop or Laptop

If you use Facebook in desktop or laptop, you can’t use app. But, depending on your browser, you can install some extension or add-ons that can help you with this.

For Google Chrome users, you can use Unseen For Facebook or Unseen – Chat Privacy. Get them from Chrome Web Store. Both of the extension currently have 4.5 out of 5 stars.

For Firefox users, you can use Unseen For Facebook or FB Unseen. Currently both also have 4.5 out of 5 stars point. You can get them by clicking Menu icon on Firefox (located at the upper right corner), then choose Add-On. In the search column, type Facebook Unseen.

Again, before installing any extension or add-on, read their details and reviews from other users. We believe all of those app and add-on we mentioned are valid, however you may have different opinion from us.

Other Alternatives to Remain Undetected

Maybe you don’t want to install 3rd party app, extension or add-on for security or privacy reasons. Sometimes, you just don’t want to sacrifice your precious space on your smartphone for new app. Sometimes, you don’t want your browser to get heavy with extension and add-on that is not absolutely necessary.

If you don’t want to install any apps, extensions or add-ons, no worry. There are some alternative methods, but they take a little more effort.

If you’re on your Android Phone

  • You can just read the message as usual, then click options, and choose to mark the message as unread.
  • You can open the message list, wait until all the message load, put your phone on airplane mode and read the message. After you finish, turn off the airplane mode.
  • When you received a message, usually there’s a notification on top of your screen. Drag the notification down, and you can read the message displayed there without actually checking the real message. However, if the message is pretty long, or if there are too many messages, your screen can’t show all of the message content.

If you’re on your iPhone

  • You can just read the message as usual, then click options, and choose to mark the message as unread.
  • You can open the message list, wait until all the message load, put your phone on airplane mode and read the message. After you finish, turn off the airplane mode.

If you’re on your PC or laptop

  • You can just read the message as usual, then click options, and choose to mark the message as unread
  • You can just open the message list (not the individual message) and hover your cursor over the message. You can read the message then, without opening the message and getting the read timestamp.
  • You can just let the message pops up and read the content, but don’t click anywhere inside the chat box. If you close the tab after that, the message will still remain unseen.

Now, you have various methods to avoid that person who is persistently trying to contact you via Facebook Chat, no matter if you access Facebook using whatever gadget or tools. Also, if one method doesn’t work, you can always use the alternative.

Which one you think works the best for you? Or maybe, do you have other tricks to work around this problem that we haven’t mentioned? Tell us in the comment below.

I don’t know about you, but I personally have a PC I use to work at home and a notebook I carry for mobile working. Having two computers used to be a hassle, because sometimes, if I forgot to back up my file on cloud storage on my PC, then I have no way to access that file on my notebook, and vice versa.

I even considered to get rid of my PC, but while it’s not really a practical gadget, I still prefer to work with it at home because it has better spec than my notebook. So I started looking if there is any way I can connect the two computer, and I found Remote Desktop Connection.

Remote Desktop Connection basically is a service that connects two different notebooks (or laptop) that has installed Chrome Browser.Using Chrome Browser however, I can now use remote desktop connection that gives me access to the files in my PC from my notebook, even though I’m not at home.

Is it secure?
The first question that pops up on my mind when I was considering this service is its security. Is it really okay to open the access to my PC and notebook just like that?

Three things convinces me of its security, though.

First, if you open the access for your computer to your other computer (like from my own PC to my own notebook), you will get to set your own six-digit PIN. The idea is simple, to open access, you’ll need to enter PIN, and as long you don’t give away my PIN to other people, then nobody can gain access to your computer.

Second, if you want to share temporary and limited access to other people (for example, if you need your friend to check on the document you’re working on), you’ll be given access code that you need to share to your friend. Your friend can only get the access after he or she entered the correct access code. For more security, this access code is temporary. After you close the connection, your friend can no longer access your computer unless you give him or her new access code.

Third, all of the data exchanged during the sharing session is encrypted using AES. It means, Google itself can’t peek on what’s inside your computer, even if you are using its service to connect multiple computer.

Two Types of Connections

I’ve mentioned briefly above, but Google’s Remote Desktop Connection currently offers two types of connection:

  1. Remote Assistance
    This service allows other people to get limited access to your PC. Limited here means screen-sharing, where you can share what is happening at your screen to other people of your choice. This is perfect for technical assistance.
  2. My Computer
    This service is the one that I need the most. With this service, I can access the hard disk of my PC from my notebook, and vice versa, instead of getting only the screen sharing.

How can I get this service?

It’s really simpler than you think. All you need to do is sign in into your Google Account in both of your devices.

Then, download Remote Desktop Connection app from Chrome Web Store and install it on both of your devices. Don’t forget to click Add when you’re prompted by Chrome.

Now, you can launch the app.

How to use this service?

After you launch the app, you’ll get asked to choose which one of the two types of the connection you want: Remote Assistance or My Computer.

If you choose Remote Assistance:

  •  Click Remote Assistance
  • A dialogue box will open with two choices: Share or Access
  • From the computer you want to share with your friend, click Share
  • Ask your friend to choose Access
  • Your dialogue box will show Access Code. Each new connection will give you new Access Code. Let your friend know this Access Code and enter it in his or her dialogue box
  • When the Access Code match, the connection will open. You will get a notification.
  • Under the notification, there is option to stop sharing when you’re done.

If you choose My Computer

  • Click My Computer
  • A dialogue box will open. Click Enable remote connection
  • Chrome will automatically download Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer
  • Install the software by following the instruction on screen
  • New dialogue box will open and you’ll get asked to create 6 digit PIN. Once done, click OK
  • Then, in Chrome Remote Desktop Host Preference, you’ll be asked to enter your PIN to enable the service. Enter PIN and click Enable
  • Repeat the process in each of the other computer you want to connect. The setup is finished.
  • Now, if you want to connect, open the Chrome Remote Desktop. Under the My Computer option, you will see a list of computers you’ve set up to be connected to each other. Click which one you want to connect, enter then PIN, and enjoy the shared connection.

You’ll get a notification that the computers are now connected. Under the notification, there is option to stop sharing when you’re done.

A little note to remember, both of the computers must be active for the connection to work. So before leaving one of the computers at home, make sure you’ve turn it on and set the power management to ensure the computer won’t sleep. If you forget this and the computer fall asleep, you’ll lost the connection.

So, what do you think? A simple yet secure feature that allows you to have two computers connected, giving you a power of two even when you only hold one in your hand. As for me, I personally think it’s both cool and useful.

The answer is, it’s probably the best marketing strategy for your blog. It’s not just good. It’s the best.

Many website or blog owners with commercial purpose usually has one goal for their blog: to be able to monetize their web and blog, either through advertisement or selling their own product or service. Whichever route they want to take, they’re going to need a lot of potential visitors that can be loyal customer base later.

There are many marketing strategy to do that. From applying real good SEO to ensure they can rank high on search engine result and getting organic visitors to using social media to boost popularity. One of the strategies is guest blogging.

Although the concept it old, guest blogging has been gaining popularity for the last few years, and there are reasons for that. Big companies such as Evernote and big name bloggers like Ekaterina Walter uses guest blogging to propel their digital presence.

Why you should do guest blogging?

Guest blogging, in rather crude words, essentially means you providing free content for other blog or website.

You must be wondering why you should do that, when you yourself are often struggling providing quality content of your own blog. What’s in it for you?

There are two main benefits for you to do guest blogging. First, guest blogging increase your authority. Second, guest blogging will gain you traffic, which you can then convert to generate lead and deal.

How guest blogging increase your authority

With the number of blogs and websites increasing every day, these days to be able to even have chance to stand out, you’ll want your website to be authority site. After all, when people are looking for information, they’ll head to those who are perceived as knowing their game. Authority makes people trust you, and trust is important to convert visitors into customers

How guest blogging increase your website exposure and bring back traffic

If you manage to make an effective guest post, people would want to check your website out. That’s important too. The wider you reach your audience, the more chance some of them get interested to become returning visitors, or even subscribers and customers.

How to start guest blogging?

After reading the benefit of guest blogging, I understand if you want to immediately jump to open your email and write some offers. But, before you start sending email to famous blog owners offering your expertise, you need to do several things.

First, do your research. What should you look for? Many things. First, you must look where you want to do your guest-blogging. Here is some criterion that will be helpful in deciding where you should guesting:

  • It is in your niche,or closely related to it
    The key here is to get the website visitors interested to visit your own website. Visitors who come to that website is clearly those that are interested in that niche, and will be more likely to see how your website may benefit them. If you’re writing blog about flowers, you’ll want to guest blog in a florist’s blog or gardening blog. Their visitors are more likely to be interested in checking your website compared to visitors of, say, automotive blog.
  • It has big-sized visitors and high engagement
    It’s important to guest blog in blog that is already successful. Check the website rank in Alexa or Technorati, visit their social media and see how many followers they have, and also check the average engagement for each of the blog post. Don’t guest post in blog that has few visitors if your target is to get traffic back to your website.

Second, after you pin your target website, make a research about the website and the post itself.

  • What is the most popular blog post all time in that website?
    Usually, website pin their most popular post on the home page, or even on the widget, because it helps to attract visitor’s attention to check out more post. However, some website doesn’t do this. Instead, you can use external service such as Open Site Explorer from Moz or Buzzsumo to check what post has the most inbound link and gets the most shares in social media.
    Now, read those posts carefully and take notes on why those post are well-liked. What is the type of the post? Experience-sharing, guide, listicles, or others? How long is the post? What are the topic? The result of this observation will help you during the writing process of the guest post later.
  • What is the style of the website?
    Who is the target audience for the website? Website targeted for young people are usually less formal, while website targeted for businessman and B2B usually wants to look professional. Using wrong tone and language will make your post unfit for the website where you are guesting.
  • Who is the owner of the website?
    Read her or his profile, follow her or him on social media. Deduce what she or he likes, what kind articles or blog post they love enough to share, what kind of topic they like, and so on. Say hi and introduce yourself. Share their post, or even better, reply with relevant content. Establishing contact with the owner makes you no longer a complete stranger to them, which may help when later you write your pitch.

Lastly, it’s time to offer the pitch. After you get clear and detailed idea about what kind of post you want to write, it’s time to pitch your idea to the blog owner. Here are some important rule to follow:

  • Keep it short. Don’t write more than a page of email. Your ability to convey your message clearly in efficient wording shows your ability in writing.
  • Show that you’ve done your research. Tell her or him that you know what the visitors of the website like and need, and what the website currently has not explored yet. Tell her or him how the topic you choose can be beneficial for the blog reader.
  • Show the title and the outline of your post. Title is important because it grabs reader’s attention for the first time, and one of the factor that make them want to click on the post or not. Make sure you already have a title on your head when you’re pitching. Next, show brief outline of the post to convince the blog owner that this plan of yours is solid.

Guest blogging does require effort, but it has been proven effective to bring exposure to both your personal branding and your website. Stronger personal branding and popularity can increase your authority, while exposure to website will clearly bring new influx of visitors.

Of course, this will work only if you’ve put high quality and useful content in your own website. Otherwise, those hard-earned visitors won’t be returning. So, are you convinced that guest blogging is good for your blog? Are you planning any guesting? Tell us in the comment below.

We all have our favorite browser. For example, I love using Firefox for my laptop – because it’s my first browser, and I just love it for some reason. However, I find out that I dislike using Firefox in my phone because somehow it makes my phone slower. So, I have to use Chrome on my Android.

My friend loves Chrome for his desktop, but on his iPhone, he can’t be bothered to install new browser other than Safari, because it works just fine.

It shouldn’t be a big deal, except sometimes you want to find a website that you have visited before and you can’t remember the name. Fortunately, you remember you have bookmarked it. Unfortunately, you’ve bookmarked it on your Firefox in desktop but currently you only have your phone with Chrome in hands.

You wish you can sync bookmarks across browsers then.

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Thankfully, you really can sync bookmarks across browsers

Most browsers can sync bookmarks across devices, but not across browsers. Of course, they do this to encourage loyalty from their users to consistently use their product in whatever devices they use.

So, if you want to sync bookmarks across browsers, you can’t just head to settings and check or uncheck some options. You have two choices at this point: manually import the bookmarks or use third-party app, extension or add-on.

Manually import bookmarks

Everything with the word manual always seems tedious. However, don’t be intimidated. It’s not that hard. The most popular web browser will have this option in their menu, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

In Chrome

  • Head to menu in the upper right corner and find Bookmark. Hover your cursor over the word to get extended menu, and click Import Bookmarks and Settings.
  • Dialogue box will open and you’ll get option to choose from what browser you want to import the bookmarks. Choose the browser and select which type of bookmark item you want to import. Finally, click Import.
  • You’ll see the imported bookmark under folder Imported from (the chosen browser) at the bookmark bar.

In Firefox

  • Head to upper right corner and find icon for History, Bookmarks, and others. Click the icon.
  • Find Bookmark and click to expand the menu.
  • Find Show All Bookmarks and click. Dialogue box will open.
  • Find Import and Backup menu from toolbar. Click to expand.
  • Find Import from another browser and click.
  • Dialogue box will open, choose the browser you want to import from, click Next
  • Choose the type of item you want to import, then click Next again until Firefox finishes importing.

In Safari

  • Safari requires you to save the bookmark from other browser in HTML format first. Open the other browser and head to menu, then find Bookmark menu.
  • In Chrome, click Manage Bookmark, then a dialogue box will open, showing a list of bookmark you’ve made. In the upper right side of the list, you will find icon for Organize. Click to expand the menu and choose Export to HTML. Save the HTML file.
  • In Firefox, click Show All Bookmarks and dialogue box will open. Find Import and Backup menu from toolbar. Click to expand the menu and choose Export to HTML. Save the HTML file.
  • Now, in Safari, choose File from menu bar. In the drop-down menu, choose Import from > Bookmark HTML File. Locate the saved HTML file from the previous export, and then click Import.
  • Refresh Safari and the newly imported bookmark should appear under your URL address bar.

See? Importing bookmarks manually isn’t as complicated as it sounds (except if you’re using Safari, maybe). However, what makes it complicated is that it isn’t the same as syncing, because you need to frequently import the bookmarks whenever you make a new one.

For easier life, you’ll want to automate the synchronization, and you can do it with the second method: using third party app, extension or add-on.

Sync bookmarks using third-party app

If you want to your browsers to automatically update themselves whenever you put new bookmark on one of them, you can try using third-party app.

One of the most popular app for this is Xmarks, which according a lot of users, has the most complete feature for syncing bookmarks across browser. Unfortunately, the company that manage Xmarks, LastPass, decided to shut down the service last May 1, 2018 to focus on their core product, online password manager.

However, Xmarks is not the only third-party app. There are still plenty of option for us. Some of the recommended app are as follows:

Many Xmarks user chooses EverSync to replace Xmarks due to its simplicity and familiarity. Currently, EverSync support Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

You can get EverSync from EverHelper website. You’ll be required to sign up for a free account, then you’ll get to download the app or extension installer.

During installation, you can choose your own preferences for the sync of the bookmarks, such as whether you want to merge current browser bookmarks with the other browser, or such. You will also get to choose whether to let the app sync automatically every 30 minutes or choose to do it whenever manually.

The downside of EverSync currently is that it doesn’t support Microsoft Edge yet. However, they may update it soon enough, so just watch out for this app.

Raindrop.io is another crowd favorite, with ability to sync from Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera, and across OS and devices as well. Raindrop.io also has interesting features such as auto suggested tags, thematic collections, bulk operations and more. The tag made it easier for you to search for certain bookmarks, and you can also share your bookmarked page to public.

To get this interesting app, all you need to do is to head to raindrop.io, sign up for free plan, then download and install the app.

Just like EverSync, the downside of this app is that it doesn’t support Ms. Edge yet.

So, which do you think is easier? Manually sync the bookmarks or use help from third-party app? Using third-party app clearly seem less a hassle, but if you want to be thorough and keep all the bookmarks manually, now you know how to do it.

Every job comes with risk. Being a blogger isn’t an exception. Have you ever experience any malfunction in your blog, ranging from small inconvenience like how some features suddenly won’t load to big mess up that makes you unable to even login to your dashboard?

If you haven’t, then you probably haven’t done blogging for a long time. That, or you are a very lucky person.
Because, corrupt file issue in blogging is real, and it can be both annoying and damaging, and it can happen to anybody. Both newbie and expert may experience this unpleasant trouble.

One of the most frequent suspect for this glitch is corrupt wp-config.php file. Thankfully, fixing this corrupted file doesn’t require years of experience or college degree in programming. With some effort and willingness to learn, you can fix this wp-config corrupt file issue by yourself.

Here, we will share how you can do the fixing trick in WordPress.

What is wp-config corrupt file issue?

In WordPress, all files that make your website is saved in database. Corrupt file means there is file (or files) in the database that is broken, making you unable to retrieve or write it. One of the core is saved in a file named wp-config.php. If this file is corrupt, then it can cause major inconvenience. For example, when you try to load a page on your blog, instead of getting a prettily designed page with quality content, you get error message with various wordings:

  • There was an error
  • Cannot establish database connection
  • Sorry, your request cannot be completed
    Of course, this disturb your business. You can’t get your customers and they can’t get what they want. But, worry no more, because here we’ve collected three solutions for you to fix wp-config corrupt file.

1st Solution: Restore from a Back Up

Whoever you ask first for the solution will always recommend to restore the site from previous back up. It’s because this solution is the easiest among the others. That’s the advantage of this solution. The disadvantage, of course, is that you need to already have the back up.

If you happen to read this article as preventive measure and your blog is not actually corrupted right now, then we advise you to back up your blog right now. There are WordPress plugins that provides easy back up such as BackupBuddy and UpdraftPlus. You can even find free backup plugin like BackWPUp.

Using plug in like this, all you need to do to back up is enter your dashboard, go to your plugin, and set the backup preference. When you encounter corrupt file at some point, just open the plugin and restore the setting to the latest back up point using several click.

But, what if you don’t have any back up ready to restore? Or what if the corrupt file preventing you from logging in and accessing your dashboard? Then, you’ll want to check the 2nd solution below.

2nd Solution: Fix the Database

For the 2nd and 3rd solution, you must already have FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client installed in your computer, since we’ll be using them to access the database for your WordPress. There are many FTP client available out there. The most popular are FileZilla and SmartFTP but feel free to use any FTP client you prefer.

Once you’ve set up the FTP client with your website, you’ll be able to access the database. Go to your website’s root directory, and find a file named wp-config.php. Right click on the file and choose option to View/Edit.

Now, your default text editor will open a page full of source code of your website. You’ll want to scroll down without changing anything until you hit the last line, usually read That’s all, stop editing. Happy blogging!

Above that last line, paste this code below:

define( ‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true );

Now, save and exit the text editor. Go to your browser and try to access your website by typing http://yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php. Of course, change yourwebsite with your own domain.

Press enter and WordPress will lead you to a page with two options: Repair Database and Repair and Optimize Database.

Click Repair Database and wait while the service is performed by WordPress. When the repair is finished, go back to your browser and access your blog as usual. This time, you’re supposed to be able to get your blog back.

Once the blog is alright, go back to the wp-config via FTP and remove the line you’ve previously added.

But… if this method still doesn’t work, then maybe you want to try the last chance.

3rd Solution: Replace the Core File

Again, this method will use FTP client active in your computer. It sounds rather scary to replace anything in the code-filled database we glimpsed earlier, but it really is not.

All you need to do is to head to WordPress.org and download the newest WordPress software. Unzip it to your computer and open it.

Now open the directory from FTP client. From it, find the location of WordPress root folder. Then, select all the files in your local directory and upload them. Some people suggest not to touch anything in wp-content folder however, in order to avoid losing all media you’ve previously uploaded into the device.

Finally, when the upload finished, then the core file in your database will be as newest as they can be, including the wp-config file that was previously corrupted.

There, now you don’t have to panic anymore if you encounter glitch during your career as a blogging. It’s perfectly natural to get once or twice with this annoying configuration problem, but they are many solutions for that, and we’ve covered three of the hardest trick above. So, sleep tight tonight, next time your website is acting up because of wp-config corrupt file, you’ll know exactly what action to take…