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  1. 100DegreesC

    Hosting

    Echoing what others have said, I would avoid GoDaddy and any host that is owned by EIG. I don't care how good HostGator might seem right now, EIG has a nearly perfect record of destroying hosting companies. For whatever reason, they are especially bad on the VPS and dedicated hosting lines of business. In fact, HostGator has had some pretty serious failures on that end in the last year or so. I think it was just last fall that a bunch of sites went down for like 8 days with HostGator. I know most people are only using shared hosting, so might feel a little safer. If you are using them, I would at least maintain a backup somewhere else. If they go down, all you have to do is point your nameservers at the other host and you will experience minimal downtime.
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    2018 - What Will You Do Differently?

    Update time: 1) I have definitely been more on top of my finances. Instead of spending money on some software, I'm just using a PnL spreadsheet I built. Started really basic and I just edited it and let it grow as I needed. It's been eye opening. On the outsourcing front, I have had 2 writers working consistently for me. The one recently has become a bit of a headache. Not sure what happened to her. She was great. Now she routinely misses deadlines. Excuse after excuse. I think I'm going to dump her soon. I've also been filling in gaps when needed with Textbroker. I only use the upper two quality levels on there and have been pleased with the results. I also found a pretty decent and inexpensive graphics person that takes care of simple things I need like graphics for blog posts, new pages, headers, etc. He basically takes stock photos and edits them. It's nothing mind-blowing, but its all I need. I ended up abandoning the YouTube idea. I have just been too busy and have not looked at it. I would still like to. I also need to get some better cam and sound recording equipment if I am going to go that route. Books I have done okay with. I have How to Win Friends and Influence People, Blink, and I tossed in The One Minute Manager since it is so short. Highly recommend all three if you have not read them. 2) I have largely stayed off Twitter and Facebook. I did start getting on Facebook a little more, but mostly because I joined a few IM and SEO groups that have been worthwhile. I stayed almost completely off most other forums until the past few weeks. I see that I did not miss much of anything there, and my assessment of WaFo was even more on than I realized. I have avoided news sites completely during the working day which has saved me a lot of wasted time getting emotionally entangled in dumb shit. I'm still staying informed, but nothing during the workday. And I am happy to say that I have kept my weekends mostly free of work.
  3. Has anyone heard of them going after any violators yet? Only thing I really needed to do was update some cookie info on privacy pages of a few sites that happen to get European traffic. I'm not targeting them, but it took all of about 20 minutes to do. Figured why not.
  4. 100DegreesC

    WF promoting Dan Lok

    Mike was referring to starting a thread here to discuss how things are run over there, and I agree with him about that. It's really not worth discussing here. Even if it was a well intentioned thread (it would most likely just turn into a bitch fest), a discussion here would change nothing going on there. There are still some worthwhile discussions there and some people worth listening to, though growing fewer and farther between by the day. It is worth visiting for that.
  5. 100DegreesC

    WF promoting Dan Lok

    The Rich Jerk. Yes. That is who he reminds me of a bit, but like you said he just doesn't pull the character off as well.
  6. Yeah I was checking some sites today because I wanted to see if they changed anything about the warning that will display since the announcement, but I don't see anything yet.
  7. I am taking some time over the holiday to catch up on old emails that I put aside. I came across a couple from WF promoting some program from Dan Lok. If you signup you get a free book from him. Something always seemed very off about that guy. I don't mind people who swear, but everything I've seen him do it is like he is purposely inserting swear words to seem cool. It's seems as if he has a reminder that goes off in his brain every 2 minutes telling him to swear. It just doesn't come off natural at all. Anyhow, is the book worth looking through or since this is something promoted by WF am I safe in assuming it's just another pile of shit?
  8. There are so many cool things you can do with Google Tag Manager. I use it on all my sites, but never had it take 4 hours to setup. Usually have it setup in less than 30 minutes, but it sounds like you are tracking a lot more than I have ever needed to.
  9. If you have not yet made the change to HTTPS, you still have a few days left. Starting in July Google Chrome will be displaying "Not secure" on any URL that is not using HTTPS. You can easily pickup free SSL certificates these days, so there is no reason not to use it.
  10. Thanks for this video. I just switched two sites this morning using Let's Encrypt like you did in the video. Took all of 30 minutes. I'm working on a 3rd one right now where the host doesn't support Let's Encrypt in cPanel. Trying to decide if I want to go through the manual installation with Let's Encrypt or just changes hosts. The site is on a HostGator account. They aren't what they used to be. I'll probably just migrate to another host for that site. It's funny. I lost it now, but I had found a customer support thread where they gave the feeling that they would never be supporting Let's Encrypt because they would rather sell a paid SSL certificate. Basically, they are banking on hoping that people think it is too hard to change hosts.
  11. The failed social media platform Google+ launched in June of 2011. It was more or less a clone of Facebook. It failed spectacularly, but did have some interesting features like Hangouts which has survived. With all the bad press going on right now about Facebook, I wonder if Google+ would have had a chance if it was launching today instead of 7 years ago. Would the discontent with Facebook grow louder if there was a viable alternative?
  12. 100DegreesC

    Monitoring Brand Mentions

    I am not sure you are going to find anything that is better than Google Alerts really. I would imagine most services out there are using Google in some form to do what they do.
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    2018 - What Will You Do Differently?

    This was a great thread last year. I definitely want to participate this year. 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? I know I'm echoing a few people from last year with this one, but I need to get on top of my business finances more. I don't think I'm terrible with money. I balance the checking accounts at the end of the month and pay all my bills. I'm good there, but I only have a vague estimate of what I have spent on different business items until the end of the year when it is time to take care of taxes. I've already been looking into options like Quicken and Quickbooks. I might just go with the basic option of using some sort of PnL spreadsheet. I need to do something though. I'm also looking at doing more outsourcing for tasks that take up a lot of my time, so that I can focus on my strengths relating to my business. I want to be more involved on the creative side of things and less on the technical side. I have already started interviewing a few potential workers on UpWork to have them ready to start in January. I want to start looking at doing more on YouTube to drive traffic to a few of my affiliate niches. It's such a vast platform, and I have not messed with creating a channel or videos much at all. It's time I start. Lastly, I'm planning on reading one book that relates to business each quarter. I'd like to say one a month, but that might be too ambitious. I'm starting with How to Win Friends and Influence People. I've heard numerous great things about it and have meant to read it for years. Just never got around to it. It's already on its way from Amazon. 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? I'm cutting out some distractions from my work time. I'm blocking Facebook and Twitter on my work computer. I have uninstalled Skype. I am also going to block a few forums that I used to visit a lot, including BHW and WaFo. You always had to kind of weed through some junk on those forums to find the good stuff, but it's getting to a point where the junk is just overwhelming. The new admin team at WaFo just really has no idea what they are doing. BHW, and a few other forums, have just lost too many of their good posters that participated regularly at one time. I don't know where they went, but the value is just not there for the time involved anymore. I'm thinking about blocking most news sites too. The political climate has made me visit them too often during the workday this past year. On the personal side, I'm going to stop working on weekends almost entirely. I feel like I work 6 or 7 days a week right now. That has to stop or I foresee myself ending up burnt out in the next few years.
  14. I would totally disagree with that. It's no different than basing your traffic off of any other source. Facebook, Twitter, AdWords, YouTube, any forum on the planet, etc. could all pretty much disappear almost overnight. Unless you are doing something dumb, the chances of you disappearing from Google is pretty slim in my opinion.
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    Bitcoin is Booming

    It might hit $20k by the end of today. Coinbase had it at $18.5k a few minutes ago and then the site crashed. Probably getting flooded with traffic right now.
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