NextDoor or Alignable?

Which is best, which do you like best?

Here we will discuss the value and benefit of each to your business. At first blush, I’m guessing that Nextdoor will benefit service providers focused on homeowners and Alignable will be better for businesses who provide B2B services. I’ll be making a list and checking it twice, guessing that both networks turn out to be nice!

One More, For Fun

Here’s another embedded Tweet, for your reading pleasure.

Use it or lose it, applies to muscles and brains!

Before Windows 10, Clean Up

Maintenance tasks you can do for yourself, which will improve things on your computer, whether you do or don’t upgrade to Windows 10. Here are the first three:
1. Check for malware and clean up junk.
2. Download and run Ccleaner.
3. Run Disk Cleanup and be sure to clean system files.

1. Go to bleepingcomputer.com and download rkill, adwcleaner (AWC), and junkware removal tool (JRT). Run Rkill, to see if you have malware processes running. If it finds none, proceed with running JRT and AWC, in that order. If Rkill does find malware processes running, especially if it finds anything followed by (HEUR), you are going to need to do a bit more work to remove viruses, before you move on. The scope of this article will not cover virus removal tasks.

2. Go to filehippo.com and download Ccleaner. Install it and run it. Here’s an article that will help you with those details.

3. You can run Disk Cleanup (a built in windows utility) by simply pressing the Windows key and typing Disk Cleanup. Click OK and after the first pass, run it again and click on Clean up system files. This will take a few minutes to complete, so be patient.

File-Explorer-Fail-Windows-10If you are reading this last paragraph, please TAKE NOTE! There is no compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 10 and most people who provide computer support will tell you to wait. Several months from now, most of the bugs will have been found and squashed. If you have some time off around the holidays, that might be a good time to get this done. Or, if you are up for something a little scary, upgrade on Halloween!

Google Chrome is ending support for FITB

FITB (Fill In The Blank) – Google Chrome is ending support for NPAPI – this includes JAVA and Adobe Flash Player?Adobe Flash Player soon gone in Google Chrome

Recently, I wrote an article detailing the end of support for JAVA in Google Chrome.
http://www.rouzell.net/2015/05/04/do-you-need-java/

Now, I see Google Chrome is reporting that soon Adobe Flash Player (plugin) will be unsupported.  Adobe Flash Player crashes in Google Chrome
As often as I see Chrome reporting Flash has crashed, I’m almost happy with this development. However, I’m going to have to find some other method for playing the video content on my websites! So, I grow.

SumoMe Email List Building Tool

sumomeFinally, I’m on board with building a list. And, I have chosen SumoMe to help me do this. After years of hearing people say, “The money is in the list”, I’ve decided to go for it. For those of you who like to say, “It’s about time”, yes, I agree.

Go ahead and search: “How to Build an Email List” – with or without the quotes, you’ll have quite a bit to peruse. Heck, there’s even advice from Experian, and I quote:

One of a small business’s best marketing assets is a healthy email list. While proper management and use of your email file will drive revenue immensely, it is often a challenge to create the email list itself.

So, with phrases like, “best marketing assets” and “will drive revenue immensely”, you may have to agree, this is something worth doing. If you agree this may be a challenge for you, call or write!

So, how do we get started? Well, that’s where the big question lies. It depends on what you do, how you do it, and what you plan to share with your subscribers. Yes, it is also driven by which service you use to manage all of this electronic communications traffic.

You may already know some of the big names, like Constant Contact, MailChimp, or Aweber, or maybe even Infusionsoft. They all want to be your provider for email marketing. Each has its features, levels of complexity, and price. How to make that choice is beyond the scope of this article.

I’ve used three of the four (excluding Infusionsoft) in the past and in the present. Currently, I’m focused on MailChimp, for simplicity’s sake.

When I found SumoMe (by way of a successful Real Estate flipping website in San Antonio, where I did some SEO work), it was a pretty easy sale. Instructions on their website are very straightforward (if you know how to manage your website’s content) and it took about five minutes to install and configure the app. Of course, for me, that’s five minutes times a handful of sites, so I spent the first 20 minutes just dropping code into place. Today, I finally delved into some of the advanced features and other cool things you can do with this tool. It all comes down to one goal, which is to get somebody to give up an email address, so you can send them your stuff. For me, that’s going to be a newsletter, with snippets from my blog articles.

In the interest of brevity, I’m going to wrap this up here. But, you know you can always get in touch with me, if you need more help with email campaigns, newsletters, or a cool tool like SumoMe, to help you get more subscribers and build that list!

 

The Blank Slate

Images source: https://rubiscodisco.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/title.jpg

Image source: https://rubiscodisco.files.wordpress.com

Tabula rasa

This is where we begin to create. Every day, someone hovers his mouse over +New, then chooses, “Post”, in WordPress, and magically, a blank page appears.
The “Title” field is empty.
That yawning chasm of whiteness appears as the body of the post.
Undaunted, a writer reaches down deep, and creates something – useful, hopeful, insightful, boring, drab, or pointless. You decide.

This goes out as a salute to bloggers everywhere. Keep it up. Perseverance is paramount to success. Without your work, we are down by one.

My next post – which is what I sat down to do, before I had this little spark – will be about keyboard commands, as shown by Kim Komando and contrasted by how I show keyboard commands. It will be far less philosophical than this post, but I plan to make it useful, hopeful, insightful, boring, drab, or pointless, nonetheless.

Published: Jan 27, 2014 @ 18:43
Updated:  Sep 24, 2014 @ 06:37

Trending

Image from Hubspot Article on Pinterest

Image from Hubspot Article on Pinterest

How Can I Be Part Of What’s Trending?

Do you first have to find out what is trending?
If you have ideas on how to board that train, send details.

On the way, I found these things to share with you.

How do I see what’s trending on Facebook?
Trending isn’t available to everyone right now.

Facebook trying to figure it out….

Hashtags dot org – claims to know what’s trending on Twitter even before Twitter knows what’s trending.

Leave it to Google to make trending a customizable experience! – use the grid in the upper left corner to set the number of squares on your screen.

“Top Group Boards” from Pinterest has several trending topics – I’m still learning how to build boards and Pin winners.

LinkedIn offers no direct link to trends.

For Margaret:  To all who read to the end of this post; Thank You!
And, if you can send a few bucks, share this with hundreds of your friends and ask each of them to send me a few bucks, I’ll collect enough money to buy this gift for my wife.

Thanks, again.