Unemployed and looking for a job? Congratulations!

Congratulations on your new job! Think of it as contract work where you get paid when you are finish the job… which of course is to go shopping 7.5 hours a day for a new job! Make the most of this time to also learn and grow as a person and contribute by sharing what you learn with others. Many unlucky people feel that they are stuck in jobs they don’t like for years. This is a real opportunity for you to lead others by example. You got this! ūüôā Tip: Check your local library or book store for a … Continue reading

Finding a Photo’s License Using Google Images Search Tool

Have you ever come across the perfect photo and wanted to use it on your blog, website, social media post like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, report or print publication? Google Images has a very useful tool to search for an image and hopefully find out the type of copyright license attached to it. Searching for an image To search for an image, you will either need to get the address of the image on the web or you will need to have a¬†copy of it saved locally on your computer. If the image is located on a publicly accessible website … Continue reading

31 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Web Projects

Adding photos to your web page can be a great way to connect with visitors who are more visual and to make your website generally more appealing.¬†Here is a list of websites where you can find free stock photos for use on your web projects, in your e-learning courses, blog and social media posts and other types of publications including print. The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here. You will often find the best of what a photographer has to offer, the photos that have been touched up to perfection on commercial stock photo sites like … Continue reading

Setting Up a WordPress Website

Note: Originally published May 4, 2012 — updated August 28, 2016. Web Hosting Step 1. Get Web Hosting Sign up for Web Hosting, preferably with a company that offers a cPanel, Panelbox, 1-Click or Fantastico from a Web Hosting company such as HostPapa, Funio or HostGator (NOT GoDaddy!). If the company offers domain registration, simplify your life and take it. That way it will all be integrated and working for you. Otherwise, you can get domains from places like¬†GoDaddy (but not web hosting!), HostGator, or NameCheap.com. What’s the issue with¬†GoDaddy? Although they have a¬†great Domain registration service, their web hosting … Continue reading

The Power of Hello!

HELLO!¬†Do you say “Hello!” to strangers when walking down the street?¬†You can even be fancy and say “Good morning!” or “Good evening!”. Time and time again, I have seen the unfriendliest looking face turn warm and friendly using that one simple almost magical word. It’s like “please” and “thank you” Try it and be amazed.¬†When you get a strange look or people just ignore you, smile and know that you have given them something to think about… perhaps a glimmer of hope that the world need not be a hard and cruel place. It may not feel comfortable at first. … Continue reading

Building Your Mailing List by Offering Free Downloads in WordPress

Offering¬†a free eBook or other¬†digital download on your website is a great way to build your email mailing list which you can then¬†use for any number of business building purposes. Here¬†are a few ways you can do this using¬†Wordpress. Some of the things you will want to watch out for include preventing people from: Using a fake email address; and Sharing direct links to your freebee with the world. IMPORTANT: If you are going to add people to a mailing list when they sign-up to download your book or free chapter, you must comply with the¬†U.S. CAN-SPAM law. An even … Continue reading

How to Get a Custom URL for Your Facebook Timeline Page

When you create a Facebook page, you are automatically assigned a long and ugly URL made up of letters and numbers. Here are simple steps to¬†customize your Facebook address so that it is¬†short and sweet, not to mention easy to remember like http://www.facebook.com/michael.milette 5 Steps to Customize Your Facebook URL Login to your Facebook account Go to www.facebook.com/your.name to see if the address is available. With so many people on Facebook these days, you may need to be creative. Go back to your Facebook page and click on the gear in the upper right corner of the page and click … Continue reading

Get Google Verified Authorship for Your Website

Some people claim that getting getting Google Verified Authorship for your site can actually increase click throughs and even rakings. While I’m not sure about that, if there is even a chance that this is true, can you afford not to especially when it only takes about 5 minutes of your time? Here is how you can get Google to verify authorship of your site: Step 1: Add the following code to the header of your site: <link rel=”author” href=”https://plus.google.com/118443020258338946806/posts” /> Naturally you’ll want to change the link to point to your own page. For WordPress Sites: Some themes advanced … Continue reading

Bestest, fastest, easiest ways to proof your writing

If you write blogs, content for a website or even just status updates on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, readers of your content will consider this a reflection of who you are and the quality of your work. While this may or may not be important to you when your friends are reading your blurbs, what will you want your future employers or your loyal followers to think? Here are a few suggestions on ways you can improve the quality of your public writing. Get a Proofer or Copy editor Give a deadline for everything you … Continue reading

Is it a good idea to connect in advance with a person who will be interviewing you?

I think it is a great idea. In fact, I suggest connecting with people by telephone and even try to meet with them to learn about them, their projects and the company in advance even before applying for a job, even before sending them your resume! Think if it as a job shopping strategy. Start developing relationships from the moment you get a name. 80-90% of all jobs are never advertised. 80-90% of job seekers look for jobs online which is really ironic when you think about it. Social networking tools like LinkedIn can help you find the connections you … Continue reading