19 Jul

Top 7 Google Chrome Extensions For Facebook

Google-Chrome-Extensions for Facebook

Everyday we spend most of our time on Facebook to stay updated about our friends, family and world news. Check out these Top 7 Google Chrome Extensions to make your experience on Facebook more enjoyable and friction-less.

Google-Chrome-Extensions for Facebook

1) Unsocialize: The Link Unsocializer

In the last few months, we have seen an increase in the number of social reader apps that asks for your install permission before you can read the articles. The permission grants access to your personal information & post on your Facebook timeline.
But with Unsocialize extension, you can bypass the install request with just a right-click menu option: “Unsocialize”, which will open the linked article in a new tab.
Highly recommended.
For firefox users – Unsocialiaze

2) FB Photo Zoom

The best way to view pictures on Facebook!
Just hover the mouse on any image and check out the larger images of photo albums on Facebook.
Highly recommended.

See Also: 8 Little Known Features of Facebook
10 Cool Facebook Tips and Tricks

3) Hide Facebook SideBar Ticker

Don’t like Sidebar Ticker?
Try this extension to remove it.

4) Revert FB Photo Viewer

Don’t like the new Theatre mode on Facebook to view photos. This extension will revert FB Photo Viewer to old version.

5) Facebook Notifications

Keep up with your family and friends, even when you are not on Facebook.

See Also: How To Remove Facebook Timeline
Top 10 Best Google Chrome Security Extensions

6) Pretty Facebook Chat

This extensions makes your Facebook chat pretty. Now enjoy Bigger size chat window with more animation and large number of emoticons to choose from.
Just love this.

7) Facebook Unseen

This extension protects your privacy by preventing your friends from knowing when you’ve “seen” their messages.

Update:

8 ) Time spend on Facebook

Find out how much time you spend on Facebook everyday.

15 Jul

Top 10 Best Google Chrome Security Extensions

google chrome security extensions

Security is one of the major concerns for all the users online. Your information is always vulnerable when you’re surfing the web. Check out these 10 Best Google Chrome Security Extensions to surf the web more safely.

google chrome security extensions

1) PasswordFail Extension

Many sites stores your passwords in clear text and not in encrypted form which is dangerous practice for your online security. This extension tells you about those websites.

2) AdBlock

This extension blocks ads on all web pages, Facebook, and YouTube.

3) Click&Clean

Click and Clean deletes all your browsing history, cookies, typed URLs, all traces of you being online activity to protect your privacy and security.

4) LastPass

LastPass is a free password manager & form filler. You just have to remember one master password to login into all websites.

5) BugMeNot Lite

This extension helps you to bypass when registration form is displayed by filling login & password fields automatically.

6) Keep My Opt-Outs

Keep My Opt-Outs from Google permanently opts your browser out of online ad personalization via cookies.
This extension is great for users who are not comfortable with personalization of the advertisements they see on the internet.

7) Safe & Secure Browsing – SSL Mode

Click SSL Mode and browse any website securely in HTTPS mode.

8 ) WOT

Web of Trust(WOT) shows you which sites people trust for safe surfing, shopping & searching on the internet.

See Also:
Top 10 Awesome Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers
Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for Amazing YouTube Experience
Top 5 Tools/Extensions To Expand Shortened URLs

9) AVG Threat Labs Site Safety

This extension helps you surf the web safely and informs you about the reputation of sites you visit.

10) Proxy2k – Fast SSL Online Web Proxy

Enjoy unrestricted and uncensored browsing without revealing your IP address with this proxy server.

10 Jul

How To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps

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After setting up your branded Email account with Google Apps, the next step is to change the URL where you can access your Email and other services in Google Apps. The default URL to access Google apps is www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com but today we will discuss how to change this control panel address into a short custom URL such as mail.yourdomain.com.

See Also: How To Set Up Google Mail For Your Domain

Google_Apps

Here is the Step By Step Tutorial To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps:

1) Login to your control panel in Google Apps – https://www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

2) Click on Settings tab and choose Email Settings.

3) Choose General settings of Email and click on “Change URL” in the web address row. The default address for users to access Email is at:
http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

4) Now choose the Custom URL i.e. mail.yourdomain.com and click on continue.

5) You will be asked to change the CNAME record with your domain host. This will connect the new URL of your web host’s control panel to Google servers.

Here is the process to change the CNAME record for Hostgator:

a) Log into your Control Panel of your Hostgator account.
b) Click on the Advanced DNS ZONE Editor icon under Domains Tab.
c) Select your domain
d) Go to “Add Record”. Select the record type as CNAME. Write Name as ‘Mail’, set TTL to 3600 and write ghs.googlehosted.com next to CNAME. ( If mail.yourdomain.com already exists, then edit these same settings in that record.)
e) Click Add Record.
f) And it is done! The settings may take up to 24 hours to come into effect.

6) Now get back to Google Apps page and finish the remaining easy steps.

Note: This tutorial will only change the URL to access Email. If you want to change URL for other services, then follow the same procedure and just choose the respective service(for which you want to change the URL) in the settings.

10 Jul

How To Set Up Google Mail For Your Domain

google mail for domain

After setting up your first website or blog, the next thing every webmaster wants to do is to set up a branded Email address ending with the domain name. It means that if your website address is www.yourdomain.com, then your branded Email address would look like yourname@yourdomain.com. In this tutorial, we will be using Google Apps to set up Gmail account for your own domain name. That means you can manage all your emails received at your website’s branded email address straight in your very own custom Gmail account.

google mail for domain

Here is the Step by Step Tutorial to Setup Google Email For Your Domain:

1) Go To Google Apps.

2) Click on Pricing and Choose Free service for Google apps. In the free service, you can set up Email for 10 users with a single domain name. If you want more user accounts, you can choose the business plan.
Update: Google Kills Free Version of Google Apps

3) Fill in all the details and submit it.

Google Apps Setup

4) Now a window will popup as shown in the picture above, Choose Express here and click on ‘Go Express’.

Google apps verify domain ownership

5) Now you need to verify your domain ownership. Click on Next and again next.

Set up gmail for your domain verification

6) Verify your domain ownership. Click on Alternate methods and choose HTML Tag(Recommended Method). Paste this Meta tag in the ‘Head section’ before the first ‘Body Section. Or if you’re using SEO Ultimate Plugin or SEO Plugin by Yoast, then just paste the Meta tag in the verification option given in these plugins.

See Also: Top 15 Must Have Plugins For Your new WordPress Blog

MX Records - Google Mail for Your Domain

7) Now to start receiving mails on your account, you need to change your domain’s MX records. An MX (mail exchanger) record tells a client which server receives mail sent to a domain name. To do that, Login to your hosting account. Find the MX records which are located in the Mail Server Configuration. Delete all existing MX entries. And enter the MX records shown in the picture above. Read more here.
Now Go to Google Apps, open “Setup” tab, click on “Set up Your Apps”, Open GMail, Click on Next and finish the steps.

8) Now you’re done. Login to www.gmail.com using your new username – yourname@yourdomain.com and password. You can also access your branded Email and other services of Google apps by visiting www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com. And if you want to change this control panel URL into a short custom URL such as mail.yourdomain.com. Read How To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps.

Need help?

I hope this Tutorial will help you to set up your personal branded Email address. Questions and suggestions are welcome. 🙂

05 Jul

iPhone 4S’s Siri vs Voice Search On Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

siri vs jelly bean

Google recently introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at it’s I/O keynote in San Francisco. One of the best features of Jelly Bean is Google’s new Voice search to compete with Apple’s Siri.

siri vs jelly bean

A Google fan, Jean-Louis Nguyen got all of the goodies that Google gave to developers and tested Google’s Voice and posed 47 actions (questions,etc) to the software.
Check out this video:

Siri vs Google Voice Search!

You will notice that performance of Google’s voice search coupled with Knowledge Graph is on par with Siri and sometimes even exceeds. And you can also do stuff like “Do a barrel roll” with Google’s voice search for more fun. But I am sure that Apple is going to improve Siri with their new iPhone update later this year.

So, what do you think? Do you think this can compete with Siri?
Let us know your thoughts in comments.

29 Jun

Learn SEO From Google’s Webmaster Academy ( Top 10 Videos )

Webmaster-Academy-Google

Last month, Google launched a new resource for small businesses – Webmaster Academy. The main goal of this resource is to teach small businesses the basics of how Google search works, how to rank your content higher in search results and how to improve your site performance overall.

Webmaster-Academy-Google

Google has updated the resource with many helpful videos. So, here’s the list of Top 10 videos for you to check out and learn more about Google search and Search Engine Optimization(SEO).
You can also download Google’s official Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide.

1) How Search Works

Do you know that the life span of a Google query is less then half second, and it involves quite a few steps before you see the most relevant results. In this video, Matt Cutts explains how Google crawls, indexes, & serves the web.

2) Make sure Google knows about your website

Find out if your website is in Google’s search results already or not, and if it is not, how to get it included.

3) How to influence or improve your site’s listings in Search

In this video, Matt Cutts discusses how Google creates search result snippets and how you can optimize your website for Google.

4) How to Create great content that performs really well in Google search results

In this video, Alexi Douvas from Google’s Search Quality Team discusses how to create great content and improve your organic traffic from Google.

5) Webspam Content Violations

In this video, Michael Wyszomierski from Search quality team talks about webspam content violations.

6) How to improve your ranking in Google search results if your website focuses on video or images

7) Use Sitemaps to help Google to find content on your website

Sitemaps help Google & other search engines discover content on your website so that relevant content can be served for relevant queries.

8 ) An Introduction to Google+

9) Link Your Google+ Profile to your content

What is Authorship Markup and its benefits.

10) How malicious parties can spam your website

28 Jun

Google Launches Nexus 7 Tablet With Android 4.1 For Rs. 11,000

google nexus 7 tablet

Search Engine Giant Google finally launched its Nexus 7 tablet running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) , at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco for Rs 11,000 ($199).

The Nexus 7 tablet is made by the Taiwanese company Asus and not by the Google’s own Motorola hardware unit.

google nexus 7 tablet

Specification and Features of Google Nexus 7 Tablet:

– Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean): It includes an all new intelligent new keyboard, voice search, offline voice typing support, accessibility improvements, Google Now and 18 new input languages.

– 7-inch (1280×800 Pixels) IPS display

– 10.45mm thick and weighs 0.7 pound

– 1.3 GHz Quad Core NvidiaTegra 3 Processor

– 1 GB RAM

– GeForce 12 core Graphics Processor

– Near Field communication (NFC)

– 1.2 MP front-facing camera

– 9 Hours of Video Playback

The Nexus 7 tablet can be ordered starting today on Google Play in US,Canada,Australia and UK and it will be available to ship from mid-July. But there is no information on the Indian launch date. The tablet will be available in two versions, 16 GB and 32 GB, priced at $199 and $249. You will also get free $25 credit for the Google Play store with the Nexus 7 tablet.

17 Jun

5 Best Google Adsense Alternatives 2012

best google adsense alternatives

Google Adsense is the best contextual advertising network in the online world today. Many bloggers are making thousands of dollars every month from Google Adsense. But the biggest problem lies in the fact that it is not very easy to get your account approve for Google Adsense and you can also get permanently banned for violating their TOS.

So today, I have compiled a list of 5 Best Advertising alternatives to Google Adsense. Though you won’t be able to make as much money as you can make from Adsense but at least you would be able to make some money online. And you can also try options like In-Text advertising or direct banner ads even if you’re using Adsense to increase your income.

best google adsense alternatives

A) CPC/PPC Advertising Options

In CPC(Cost Per Click) advertising, publishers are not paid for showing ads on their website. They are only paid when a user clicks on the ads(PPC).

Chitika: The best CPC/PPC Advertising alternative to Google Adsense. Ads are quite relevant to the content and CPC is also good.
Yahoo! Publisher Network
Clicksor ( In-Text,Banner and Popup Ads)
Bidvertiser

B) In-Text Advertising Options

In-text is that form of contextual advertising where specific keywords on a web-page are matched with advertising units.

Infolinks: The Best In-text advertisement option which also provides related tags ads and sponsored search results on your website. It is also PPC.
Kontera
Vibrant Media

c) Direct Banner Advertisements

In Direct Banner Advertisement, publishers can list their websites on various networks and advertisers can check its statistics and directly buy your banner ad spots. If you are getting good traffic on your website, you can even make more money via Direct banner ads than Google Adsense.

BuySellAds: BuySellAds is one of the best alternatives to Google Adsense. You will get a fixed payment from advertisers for showing their ads for one month on your blog. More traffic means you can sell ads at higher rate.
Adbrite: Another good direct ads option.

D) CPM Advertising Options

CPM means cost per Mile(or thousand). In CPM, users do not need to click on ads for you to earn money but it is calculated on the number of users who visited your website. But payment is low in CPM ads.

Tribalfusion: The best CPM advertising option but supports only top level domains with huge traffic.
Technorati Media
Burstmedia

See Also:
7 Best Services To Make Money on Twitter
Earn Money Online By Writing Sponsored Reviews
Earn Money By Writing Articles Online
How To Make Money With 100% Adsense Revenue sharing Websites

E) Other Advertising Options

Adnetwork: Show video ads and rich media ads on your website.
Paypopup: Show popup ads on your website.

Update:

F) In-Image Advertising Networks

You can also earn money by displaying ads on your images. All you need to do is to add a Javascript code or plugin in your blog and In-Image Advertising networks will start displaying small ads at the bottom of your images.
Some of the best networks are:

Luminate
GumGum

09 Jun

Google Released Algorithm Changes For May

Penguin update tips

 

Penguin update tips

Google released its big list of Algorithm changes for the month of May, 2012. This time Google made 39 changes to its algorithm. Key changes include improvements in the Penguin Algorithm to improve the signals & refresh the data used by the penguin algorithm. Apart from that, Google also introduced new sports features in their Search results, better detection of hacked pages, and much more.

See Also: 20 Tips To Survive Google Panda or Penguin Updates

Search algorithm 39 changes for the month of may

07 Jun

7 Free WordPress Plugins To Generate Sitemap For Your Blog

sitemap wordpress plugins

 

A Sitemap is a XML file which contains list of pages(URLs) of a website  along with additional metadata about each URL such as (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, & how crucial it is, in comparison to other URLs on the website) so that search engines can easily crawl your website. In short, A sitemap is a complete index of your website. Creating sitemap will help major search engines to better discover your website and show in search results. Read Google’s Guide To Sitemaps.

sitemap wordpress plugins

Check out 7 Free WordPress Plugins To Generate Sitemap For Your Blog Posts, Images, Video or Mobile Website:

1) Google XML Sitemaps

The most popular WordPress plugin to generate sitemap of your website. This plugin generate a special XML sitemap to help various search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing to better index your website or blog.
With this sitemap, it’s very easy for the search engine crawlers to see the complete structure of your website & retrieve it better in search results.
Apart from that, it also notifies various search engines every time you post something on your website.

2) Google XML Sitemap for Images

This plugin is developed by India’s First Professional blogger and legend in this field – Amit Agarwal. The Image Sitemap plugin will generate a sitemap for your WordPress blog with all the image URLs that are used in your posts & pages so that major search engines can discover images on your website easily.

3) Google XML Sitemap for Mobile

The Mobile Sitemap plugin will generate a sitemap for your WordPress blog with URLs that serve your mobile web content and helps in better indexing of mobile version of your website by search engines.

4) Google XML Sitemap for Videos

This plugin will generate an XML Sitemap for your WordPress website using all YouTube videos that you have embedded in your blog posts or pages. If the video that you have embedded has been removed from YouTube, that information in the sitemap file will also be ignored by search engine bots.

5) WP Archive-Sitemap Generator

It is another simple plugin that Generates Archives/Sitemap based on your posts & pages.

6) RPS Sitemap Generator

A simple and lightweight XML sitemap generator with Multisite awareness.

7) XML-Sitemaps

Generate XML, HTML, ROR or TEXT sitemaps of your website online.

03 Jun

How To Drive Huge Traffic To Your Website From Google

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Today, I will share few tools to find out trending topics/keywords online and you can drive huge traffic to your website from Google by writing around those topics or keywords.

increase website traffic

1) Google Trends

Google Trends helps you to find out Top searched keywords of a particular region within a particular time frame. You can choose any time frame between 2004 and present time. Visit www.google.com/trends to know trends of USA, www.google.co.in/trends for India and similarly other countries.
Visit http://trends.google.com/websites to find out Trends of specific websites and compare different websites.

2) Google Alerts

Google Alerts are regular, daily or weekly email updates of the latest relevant Google results (blog, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Just sign up for Google Alerts by Entering a search query you want to monitor. Here are some of the uses of Google Alerts:
– Monitor a news story
– Get the latest on any celebrity or your favorite sports team
– Monitor any topic online

3) Alexa What’s Hot

You can also find hot and popular topics online through Alexa. It shows all the popular pages trending online according to the Alexa Toolbar.

4) Trending Topics on Twitter

Twitter can also help you to find Trending topics. Read my recent post to know more about this – Top 5 Tools To Search/Browse Twitter By Hashtag.

In conclusion, you can easily increase your website traffic by writing on trending topics. But you need to be smart and write only original content around these topics if you want to drive huge traffic to your website from Google. For example – when London Olympics was around the corner, there were millions of searches everyday. So, I wrote few posts having main focus on the keyword “London Olympics” and received around 500 visits everyday on those posts for continuously two months. This process is also called “NewsJacking”, which means to capitalize on the popularity of a news story to amplify your sales and marketing success. The key to do “NewsJacking” successfully is to act fast on news stories and write detailed & original content.

23 May

Facebook Ads Vs Google Ads ( Infographic )

 

Facebook released its IPO last week and there’s been a lot of debate about the performance of Facebook ads since then. Two days before IPO, GM pulled its advertising campaigns from Facebook, saying that their paid advertisements had very little effect on the customers.
Though the social networking site is growing in popularity but the Click Through Rate was only .05% in 2010 compared to Google’s .4%.

In the first quarter of 2012, it is reported that advertising rates by Facebook increased by 40% while CTR fell by 8%.

Check out more details in this amazing Infographic by Wordstream:

facebook ads vs google ads