I'm doing something new. I'm blogging a “tip of the week” every week until you tell me to stop 🙂
Seriously, here's the first one. And it may seem a little “out of the ordinary” (aka, “strange”).
But it's a method I use OFTEN. Maybe 3-4 times a week. Maybe more.
Watch the video to see it in action.
This video shows you the easy way to print a Windows directory listing to a file.
(Subscribe to my channel when you get there. I just created it and will be filling it with a weekly tip, at the very least.)
I “print” to a text file whose contents I then paste into Microsoft Excel (or any other spreadsheet application), manipulate a little, sort, and then save.
But it's certainly not intuitive!
I use this when I want to use a file list in, say, bullet points in a sales letter.
Some other reasons you may want to print a Window folder to a text file:
Sometimes, technical support needs to know what's in a particular file. I hate typing out the contents of a folder. This works like a charm.
I have a specific use that you may not have…I use a program that will auto-populate filenames, file descriptions, etc. in a file import process. This is the beginning of that process. Saves me at least an hour every time I use it.
One more thing: One Minute Traffic is still available, cheap.
Get it here: https://internet-marketing-muscle.com/omft
This is already working for me and I see a TON of potential.
First week fully using OMFT: Over 1,300 views of my answers.
This is a question that pops up in EVERY conversation about WordPress:
What are the plugins you recommend?The list changes, of course, but here are the top 10 WordPress plugins I use in 2019 (and have been for a few years), in my order of importance:
#1 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Updraft Plus. This is the ultimate WordPress plugin for backups. It backs up your entire WP install, or your database, files, etc. individually. You can save your backups to your hard drive or to cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive (to name just two – there are many more).
It does full backups as well as incrementals.
This is a MUST-HAVE plugin!
#2 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Thrive Leads. Don't be like me. I spent years running websites that generated tons of traffic and didn't have a way to capture email subscribers.
And their forms are numerous, easy to use and modify, and super effective.
#3 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Thrive Architect. I don't know about you, but building landing and squeeze pages in WordPress kinda sucks.
Strike that. Totally sucks. There are alternatives, like Beaver Builder, that do similar, but Architect is drag-and-drop WYSIWYG easy. And it integrates seamlessly with Thrive Leads.
#4 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Wordfence. You need a firewall. Period. This is the best. There are free and premium versions. I'm cheap, so I use the free one.
#5 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Caching plugin. I recommend ANY of the top-rated caching plugins in the official WordPress directory. There are many to choose from and there is no clear choice, IMHO.
#6 Recommended WordPress Plugin
WP Compress. There are a few of these “smushing” plugins, too. This is the one I use. It typically compresses image files down to about 20 to 30 percent of their uncompressed sizes, with no apparent quality loss.
#7 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Google Analytics. You need a quick view of how your website traffic is coming along. This plugin allows you to see, at a glance, how much traffic is coming your way.
#8 Recommended WordPress Plugin
No Follow. Why the hell WordPress makes your links (inbound and outbound) “do follow” as the default, I will never understand. This plugin makes links external to your site not only “no follow” but also open in a new link (“target=_blank”).
Now, you can do that right in WordPress, but I often forget. So this helps with that.
#9 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Pretty Link Pro. This is a must-have for affiliate marketers. It cloaks affiliate links and makes 'em “pretty.” It also tracks the traffic you get from your links. There are some neat auto-text replacement capabilities, too.
For example, any time I type “Aweber” (without the quotes) in a blog post, Pretty Link inserts a hyperlink (up to a limit I set – so if I type Aweber 17 times it will only insert the hyperlink 2 times, for example).
#10 Recommended WordPress Plugin
Yoast SEO. Many themes now have some cool onsite SEO features. But most don't. This plugin helps me remember to use good titles and keywords, and reminds me to write a good meta description tag.
Plus, it generates good XML sitemaps that I can send to Google for indexing & ranking purposes.
By the way, in this post, I shared my top plugins back in 2009. Note that the list today is completely different from it.
Things change. Get used to it. For now, though, I consider the above plugins “must-have” for WordPress.
“Andy, one of the guys down in accounting told me people paid good money for doing stuff like that. He showed me this freelancing site where companies hired folks for voiceovers,” Sam said.
At first, he
didn’t think much of it. But then, Sam took a few days off from work to fly to
his hometown for a family reunion.
“I was back
in my old room at my parents’ house, looking at my dusty toy collection when I
had a moment of inspiration. I fired up my laptop and signed up for that site
Andy mentioned. In the next couple of hours, I booked my first client from doing
silly voices in the comfort of my bed.”
off after that, and Sam started getting more and more offers from other
clients. Pretty soon, he had to take more time off just to keep up with
great so far,” Sam shared. “This freelancing gig is helping me earn more than I
expected…and I get paid to geek out, which is pretty cool.”
Sam’s not sure if he should take the plunge and go full-time with his voice
work, but he’s glad he now has that option.
It's a brave new (old) world
Back when mankind began “working,” everybody was a freelancer. Everybody was an entrepreneur, looking out only for himself and his family.
But then when men began “working for a living,” folks began to lose their entrepreneurial spirit and became satisfied–indeed quite happy–with their life in the corporate world.
You had a job for thirty years, got plenty of vacation and sick time, your health and dental insurance were paid for by your employer, and you got a party and a gold watch when you retired. And you got a pension!
Nowadays, you won't get any of those perks. And you may just get a pink slip before you're done working.
And then what?
The first thing people think when comparing freelancing with a “traditional job” is the income stability (or lack thereof).
But that thought is a relic of the past.
Today, many people like the variety they get with a freelance gig. Plus, the pay is almost always better than with a 9-to-5 (aka, “W2”) job.
Of course, you may have to foot the insurance bill. And you won't get paid for vacations.
But you will get to decide when you want to work, who you want to work with, how much you will be paid, and what work you do.
millions of other independent contractors across the world enjoy the freedom
that comes with freelance work.
that, they’ve found that being their own boss is, in many ways, a more stable
form of livelihood.
thinking about ditching your day job and crossing over, here are some things
about freelancing you should consider.
this could be the safest way for you to leave the rat race and do your own
The game has changed
While baby boomers used to commute to work and clock in at the office, technology has completely transformed that business model.
not uncommon for people with different backgrounds and skill levels to get a
piece of the freelancing pie.
a mom of four, who juggles her blog and Pinterest page, looking after the kids
and getting the laundry done.
You’ll also find Tyrone, a third-year college student, running a side hustle by giving user experience reviews on websites and transcribing dialogue for subtitles used in videos.
With the advancement of web-based technologies and rise of freelancing sites, it’s leveled the playing field for those of us who want to skip the typical barriers that come with going to a brick-and-mortar office.
with an ever-changing schedule, freelancing lets them work on their
Not having a
company control their time means they decide when and where to put in their
Most of all, having a work schedule custom-built around their lives frees up their valuable time and gives them more opportunities to earn.
Often, flexibility = freedom.
traditional employment framework giving way to this new system, freelancing has
become a stable means of income more than ever.
There’s plenty of room for growth
of the biggest online job portals and professional networks, conducted some
studies on the future of the global freelancing job market in the next decade.
that in just the next two years or so, 43% of the working people in United States would
be freelancers. This trend is an indication of how professionals in the U.S.
and the rest of the world want more power over their work-life balance.
Not only that, rapid shifts in the economy have caused massive layoffs. Hell, I've been a part of three, all in the span of 9 years.
This also means fewer companies are offering retirement packages than before.
Strike that. None are.
On top of that, inflation is driving up basic living expenses, like transportation, food, and housing.
All of these
make it less appealing for younger (and even older) workers to invest their
time and talents in just one company – let alone commute to work.
everything going on right now, it’s created an environment where working as a
freelancer has become a practical choice.
Gig culture is in vogue
Drop by your
local Starbucks (or any other relatively packed coffee shop for that matter),
and chances are you’ll find a bunch of young, hip professionals furiously
working away on their laptops.
These freelancers are usually involved in some creative type of work. They could be in a wide range of fields, like entertainment, arts, design, or digital media.
And they’re all over, whether it’s in the U.S. (like Silicon Valley for instance), India, or London.
Workspaces are dedicated to freelancers all over the country. You can rent space for a few hours or all month, giving you access to conference rooms with teleconference possibilities.
World-changing ideas and innovations are a freelancer's main commodity, and stylish cafés and workspaces are their workplace of choice. They could be churning out the next big leap in technology – or spearheading a massive movement on social media.
isn’t just a passing hipster phase in the world economy. It’s another
indication of how freelancing is perceived in general, and why it’s here to
Freelancing site Upwork did a study called “Freelancing in America: 2016” which found that 79% of independent workers they surveyed preferred working gigs over steady employment with a single company.
In the last three years, that figure has surely risen.
of participants also believe that freelance work has become more mainstream
than in the past several years. Not only that, they’ve either charged more for
their work, or are planning to do so.
Best of all, most freelancers in the study assert that it’s actually safer to have more than one source of income instead of putting all their eggs in one basket.
This is something I preach a LOT: Diversify your income and, maybe more importantly, your income sources.