Make That Change!

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In just a few hours, we will welcome 2014. Most people see the New Year as a shot at a new beginning. They would write down their new year’s resolution or goals for the year. They see it as the beginning of change.

Change is always good. It just shows us that there is something better waiting for us. It also indicates that we can improve our lives through time. Others may see m hesitant over change at first, but soon they will see how it can benefit them.

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All We Have Is Now

 

We have 24 hours in a day to complete several tasks. For some, that is more than enough, while others feel like the day is so short. People have different perspective of time.

Some people think they have all the time in the world to accomplish things, only to find out they don’t have much time left. Then the regret comes in as well as the should have, would have, and could have. But it is all gone. We have to start living in the moment and start to act now.

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Life Is About The Choice You Make Right Now

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to make it happen. Nobody can do it for you. If you want to live a happy life, that’s your choice. It’s all about who and what we want to be in our life, not what the circumstances dictate.

We need to put it by heart that whatever path we choose for ourselves is on us. We are responsible and we have a choice. The quote above says, “Life is about the choice you make right now. Don’t allow circumstances to lead you.”

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The Future Of Business Is Social

Image from Hubspot

Image from Hubspot

Connection matters to everyone. We resonate to others and we interact with them through our connection with them. We don’t just talk to the person next to us on a bus stop like he is our best friend. We break the ice, socialize, and build relationships.

When it comes to being an entrepreneur nowadays, we’ve already removed a stiff, uptight image of a suit. Entrepreneurs are becoming the most approachable and sociable people. Barry Libert even said, “The future of business is social.”

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The Most Effective Way To Do It Is To Do It

Success has no shortcuts. We all need to dedicate the time to work on it. It will not come instantly, but it will come.

The best way to accomplish a task is by doing it. There really is no other way. It won’t magically get done on it’s own. Amelia Earhart said, “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” If you want to succeed in your field, you have to do what it takes. This means working on your tasks that will lead you to your goal.

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5 Instagram No-No’s

instaWe love Instagram; we love all social media. But sometimes, some users ought to be booted out of the social media scene. As Internet marketers, our social media accounts act as both professional and personal outlets. Instagram is one of those accounts that show our personal side to our followers.

But we need to post responsibly still. I have come up with a list of Five Instagram No-No’s. Here they are:

  1. Flood the feed – Please just don’t do this. Sure you just can’t help but talk about a certain event on instagram, try and limit your posts. Nobody wants to see 10 photos of you as they scroll through their feed. Limit your posts with two or three in a day. Also, fewer posts can keep the interest of your followers.
  2. Overflowing hashtags – Remember to add the hashtags that are absolutely related to your photo. Also, refrain from using your hashtags as caption, like putting #HadTooMuchCoffeeSoNowImHighOnCaffeine along with a photo of your drink from Starbucks.  A good way to check your hashtag is if it’s longer than you’re caption, better not use it.
  3. Endless Amount of Selfies – So selfie was coined thanks to Instagram, but that’s not an excuse to flood your feed with it. Two or three selfies a week is a forgivable number. Also, be aware of the type of selfies you post. No R-rated selfies please.
  4. Excessively disturbing photos – Photos of your bloody open wound, just to show your injury or maybe some animal roadkills. Please don’t share them already.
  5. Highlighting your wealth – Being humble is admirable and will even impress your peers and followers. It’s good to value hard-earned money and refrain from being a show-off. You can still do product shots especially if you are doing reviews. Just be mindful of your captions and content.

Instagram is a great way to share images and market your website. It’s also a great avenue to engage with other digital influencers and your followers. Next time, you’ll post something on Instagram, be mindful of these no-no’s.

Be Great, Be Amazing!

 

Today, you will be great! Are you ready for it?

We want to succeed and we want to reach our goals. But you have to be ready and be prepared for it. You need to set a mindset that tells you that you are already great and you have succeeded. It’s just like what the quote above says, “Get ready to be strong, be great, be amazing.”

Our goals can seem scary, especially if they are so big. To remove the fear, you need to open up yourself to all the opportunities coming. Eliminate the negative and simply surrender to the great things.

When you embrace your goals, they become easier to achieve. For example, if you aim to be a great concert pianist, and you start training and just being one that’s when everything falls into place. You don’t just reach for your goals; you must also become them.

Attitude can do wonders on how we see our goals and our lives. Be optimistic, but most importantly be the person you envision to be. Change that mindset; start today!

Tips To Improve WordPress Security

186837530_5c00e230c1_zIt’s never fun to get your website hacked. So it’s better to have your website secured from the start.

WooThemes has some tips on how you can keep your website safe with the additional security measures discussed below:

First of is to use a secure hosting. According to WooThemes, “hosting vulnerabilities account for a huge percentage of WordPress sites being hacked.”

Before you decide on your webhosting, do your research. Don’t get the most affordable one. Look for an established company with a good record when it comes to strong security measures. Make sure that you get your money’s worth.

Second, keep updating. Each version WordPress releases, there are patches and fixes that would address several issues. If you don’t update to the latest WordPress version, you could leave your website prone to attacks.

Hackers usually target older versions of WordPress with known security issues, so it’s best to update your website the minute you see a “Please update now” message on your Dashboard notification area. The same goes to your themes and plugins. If you keep them up-to-date there is are less chances your website will get hacked.

Next is to strengthen your passwords. Avoid passwords like, ‘letmein’, ‘abc123’, or ‘password’. These are very common and you need to change them into more secure ones immediately. You can also use a password manager such as LastPass to help you.

When it comes to your username, don’t use “admin.” Imagine of you are using “admin” as your username and your password is not that strong, that makes your site vulnerable to malicious attacks. We recommend changing your username to something less obvious.

Lastly, limit your login attempts. This is very useful especially if a hacker or a bot attempts to attack and crack your website’s password. It will detect the number of failed login attempts from a single IP address; by limiting it, you can further secure your site.

Nothing beats added security to prevent attacks of your website. So consider these tips and prevent hackers from accessing your website.

Digital Filipino Presents: One Internet Day

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Digital Filipino held the first One Internet Day for Typhoon Haiyan affected families last Novermber 22, wherein international speakers were invited to share their expertise and raise donation pledges. They raised donations worth US$5350.90 on that day alone.

On December 20, they will do it again. One Internet Day will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Digital Filipino Club as well as encourage participants to help families affected by recent calamities in the country.

The webinar fundraising event will feature digital influencers sharing light on their respective expertise. For more information on how to join, visit this link. You can view the topics and speakers below. More topics will be added as the event nears.

 

9:00AM-10:00AM – Roy Aguila on Making Mobile Commerce Work

10:00AM-11:00AM – Stephani Caragos on Making Outsourcing Work for Service Providers in the Countryside

11:00AM-12:00PM – Randolph Novino on Trends in Mobile Phones and Tablets below the P10k Price Range

12:00PM-1:00PM – Lace Llanora on Social Media Marketing for the Holiday Season

2:00PM-3:00PM – Ria Tangco on Digital Marketing Trends for 2014

3:00PM – 4:00PM – Dustin Andaya on Sustaining an E-Commerce Business

4:00PM – 5:00PM – Gilmar Padua on Getting International and Local Outsourcing Projects as a Freelancer

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Jayjay Ferro on Making “Digital” work for SMEs and NGOs

6:00PM – 7:00PM – Ben Francia on Digital Marketing Tactics for Professionals

7:00PM – 8:00PM – Fleire Castro on What Works in Social Media Marketing

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Janette Toral on Filipino Online Purchasing and Internet Use Habits (E-Commerce Maturity Scorecard)

Tips On How To Speed Up The Blog Writing Process

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Blogging is not necessarily a fast process. We actually take time in coming up with awesome posts. What I will share won’t let you create 10 well-written and content-rich posts in an hour. It will however cut your time in creating relevant content.

First, create with a list before writing your blog. Just write down the main points and sub topics. They don’t need to be a whole sentence, maybe just some phrases or a word describing what you want to include in your post. You can further expand your point as you go on through your list.

Next is to get back on your Title, Introduction, and Conclusion. Finalize a title and write or edit your introduction and conclusion. Remember to include a call to action in your conclusion.

Lastly, create a routine and keep practicing. Sticking to a routine on how you write can help speed up the process of writing a blog post. But you should also keep practicing and just keep on writing. The more you write, the better you get at it, and you’d be able to master the process in the end.

 

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