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Three Massive Timesavers Using Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

So, if you like to churn out stuff as fast as you can, like me, and get tired of switching from keyboard to mouse/trackpad and back again all the time, here are three great (I would say “essential!”) keyboard shortcuts that work on Macs with Canadian (probably also American and British) English keyboard layouts that […]

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HOW-TO: Quickly add a file to your Kindle iOS App

Say you are working on the ebook of your dreams, and your agent sends you a draft copy of your work-in-progress so you can see what it looks like on your iPad. There are several methods for getting it into your Kindle App, but if you need to access your new .mobi (Kindle format) file […]

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How to Connect CustomPress Custom Post Types to Gravity Forms

So you want to create a system in your WordPress site where people (possibly only those with a selected registration level on your site, but that’s a separate topic) are able to fill out a form and submit a post for publication on your site. Say you want to: run a photo contest and let […]

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Media is Dead. Long Live Media!

The opinion in this article (also see link, below) is so obvious to me as to cause me to think, “Why even write about it?!” Who uses Yellow Pages anymore? Who watches commercial-laden TV at air time anymore? Who listens to ad-supported radio instead of iTunes Radio or Spotify? Who reads direct mail flyers? And […]

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Time to delete your “admin” login and beef up your passwords

Hey Everyone, If you have a WordPress installation, you’ve probably heard about the mega-attack some jokers (trolls) have coordinated via an army of about 90,000 bots, probably computers they’ve infected with undesirable code and now control. If you haven’t, you should know about it. There are a few great posts out there on what to […]

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Notes from “The Agatha Christie Code”

The Agatha Christie Code As seen on PBS, produced in 2005, saw airing in December 2012 Few facts: Burial place: St Mary’s Church, Chelsea, Oxfordshire 2.3 billion books published, second only to Shakespeare Agatha Mary Clarissa Mallowan, known as Agatha Christie Born 1890 Died 1976 Research analysts who led this project: Dr Richard Forsyth, Research […]

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Customers Who Stealth-Shop, and How Your Business Blog Can Reach Them

In this insightful piece, The Dumbest Excuse SMBs Use to Avoid Blogging, author Doug Rekenthaler argues that customers have turned the traditional buying process on its head, not entering the direct marketing process until the very last stages of their buying process. They avoid direct contact with the company or the sales person until they’ve […]

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Anonymous help from unseen strangers

After nearly twenty years online, I’m very happy to report that the early-days attitude of caring and sharing and helping complete strangers with their tech issues via online discussions and forums has not ended. Not even close. Besides an amazing weekend at WordCamp Vancouver 2012 and BuddyCamp Vancouver, with volunteer experts coming from around the […]

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Pick Me!

Hi Pat, I’ve been following your blog/email for ages now! I like your approach to your online work, and especially think I can learn a lot from your approach to affiliate marketing. Your explanation of what you do and how you do it (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/leadplayer-review/) was clear and simple, and transparent. I was interested to see […]

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The value of a good course

I recently encountered a puzzling challenge on a client’s WordPress site. They wanted to make a design change, and all the usual methods didn’t work. For example, one simple change they wanted was to have the date removed from their blog posts. They don’t write a lot of content, and very little of it is […]