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    A Secret To Earning $50 per Click from Google AdSense

    There are two kinds of professionals in the world — the ones who just work hard, and the others who work hard and work smart. The greatest level of success comes to the people who find a balance between hard work and smart work. This is certainly true in the world of Internet marketing.

    As a blogger, you must be working day and night to produce great content, drive traffic and make money from ads.  But it is easy to overlook some of the simplest methods of increasing traffic and thus AdSense earnings by a significant amount.

    So – in today’s post I am sharing one of the simplest ways to improve traffic and increase your income!

    • Read: 10 great ways to increase AdSense CPC

    Benefits of using long tail and high CPC AdSense Keywords:

    Surely you are aware of the fact that the most targeted traffic your blog has, the more money you will make. Similarly, the more high-CPC keywords you are using, the more your AdSense earnings will increase over time.

    I have written about long tail keywords in the past and explained how these keywords help you to rank higher with search engines.  I have also explained how long tail keywords are easy to rank for and help you to get highly targeted organic traffic.

    Now suppose we could find a way to identify the perfect combination of long tail keywords that are also CPC AdSense keywords?  Sounds like a money-making combination, does it not?  Read on!

    Next, have a look at another great tool called SEMRUSH, which I am about to introduce to you.  SEMRUSH will assist you in identifying long tail, high CPC keywords literally within seconds!

    • Read: 6 awesome tools to find long tail keywords for any niche

    Using SEMRUSH to find profitable AdSense Keywords:

    SEMRUSH is one amazing tool and is a unique tool in terms of the amazing features it offers. I won’t go into a detailed explanation of this tool here because you can refer to my review article to learn all you need to know about using SEMRUSH. What I want do today is show you how you can use this tool to find profitable AdSense keywords.

    To get all you can from this excellent tool, I suggest you first compile the following tools:

    • Google Docs spreadsheet or any other tool you’re using to manage keywords.
    • SEMRUSH account. (Get complete 14-day free trial using this link)
    • List of high and medium authority blogs in your niche.

    Login to your SEMRUSH account, and type the name of the domain that you want to use for finding long tail high CPC keywords. For example, in this case I’m using Warrior forum.

    On the next page, click on organic keywords > Full list, and you will be shown a list of keywords that are driving traffic to the Warrior Forum.

    Organic high CPC Keywords

    Now, you simply need to sort the list by clicking on the CPC tab, and it will sort the list in order of high CPC keywords first.

    Interesting to note is the fact that the majority of high CPC AdSense keywords are usually long tail keywords. Indeed, some of them are as high as $300+ per click!

    Now begin copying the keywords which you think are most suitable for your blog. (I usually note most of the keywords on my content-planning Google document, and I use these notes later for structuring content on ShoutMeLoud or any other blog.)

    Continue to repeat the process for the other domains on the list, and by the time you have completed this exercise, you will have an extensive list of high-CPC AdSense keywords.

    Since you are already targeting niche-based long tail keywords, you are most likely to rank higher and drive traffic on those keywords. This is one of the simplest and fastest ways to skyrocket your AdSense earnings.

    Keep in mind that you need to make sure your keywords are driving traffic from countries like the United States. Otherwise, you are not maximizing your potential from this tip.

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    How To Hide Hard Drive Partition in Windows Using Command Prompt

    Everyone loves to hide their personal data in their Computer and If you are running Windows then you can use the Windows feature that helps you to hide your data like files and folders. But this is very old trick and most of the people aware about this trick and they can now see the hidden folder easily under the menu option provided by the Windows.

    In this case, How about hiding an entire drive in Windows? Sounds cool? Yes, using some simple and handy commands, You can easily hide hard drive partition in Windows using Command prompt. The Command Prompt in Windows is a very powerful tool to accomplish certain tasks that usually can’t be done unless you have a third-party tool.


    Step 1: Open my Computer and select the hard drive you want to hide (eg. E). Now click on start menu and search for CMD then click on it or simply press “Win+R” together and type here “CMD” then hit Enter to open prompted command screen.

    Step 2: In the Command Prompt, type “Diskpart” and hit enter key. Click Yes if you are prompted with UAC (User Account Control) dialog-box.

    Step 3: And then type “List Volume” and hit enter to see list of all drives.

    Step 4: Select the drive that you want to hide. To do this, type “Select Volume E” (here, E is the drive letter) or “Select Volume 3” (here 3 is the volume number).

    Step 5: To hide a drive, type “Remove Letter E“. Here, E is the drive letter than you want to hide.

    You are done. Close the Command Prompt.


    Step 1: Follow the procedure mentioned in step 1, 2, and 3.

    Step 2: Select the volume number for which you want to assign a drive letter and show in the explorer. Type “Select Volume 3” (here, 3 is the volume number) and hit Enter key.

    Step 3: Once selected, type “Assign Letter E” and hit Enter key to see the drive in explorer (replace E with the drive letter that you have previously removed).

    You are done. Close the Command Prompt.

    Hope this article helped you. If you have any further query or suggestions then please do comments in the comment sections and Don’t forget to share this article with your friends on social media.

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    How to Create a Phishing Page

    Phishing is an old and very effective technique used by Hackers to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

    Here in this article, You will learn How to create a Phishing page like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Gmail etc.

    Note: This article “How to Create a Phishing Page” is an educational purpose and Non of us are responsible for any illegal activity. Phishing is mostly used by Cyber Criminals but Learning about Phishing can help you to protect from phishing attacks or being a victim of any Hackers.


    The process of creating a basic phishing page is so simple and any user can make it without any technical knowledge but It may complicated for Advanced phishing page because it requires some technical knowledge. So let’s start to create a phishing page.

    Remember: We are creating here Facebook Phishing page but If you want to create other phishing page like Gmail, Twitter or LinkedIn etc then don’t worry because the Process is same for all.

    Step 1: Go to the Facebook official website (If you want to create other phishing page like Gmail, Twitter or other then visit their official website).

    Note: Don’t login or sign in to the website.

    After that right click on the website’s login page then click on “view source page” to view the source code behind this page.

    view source page

    Step 2: Copy complete source code into Notepad or any Text Editor.

    Note: I am using here Notepad Which is Windows default text editor.

    After that search for “action” keyword and To do that Press CTRL+F together in WordPad or your chosen Text editor.

    Facebook action

    You should see a line that looks like this: action=”https://www.facebook.com/login.php?login_attempt=1″

    Note: You may find many “action” keyword during search and It may be confusing to you but When It happens to you then simply search for “login.php

    Facebook login

    Step 3: Delete everything contained in the quotations and fill the quotes with “post.php“.

    Now it should read action=”post.php”.

    Facebook post

    Step 4: Save this file somewhere on your computer with the file name of “index.htm“.

    Note: Omit the final period from the filename. This is going to become your phishing page.

    Facebook Index

    Step 5: Next, Create a new notepad document with the name of “post.php“.

    Note: Omit the final period from the filename. Copy and paste the following code into this document, and remember to save it:

    header (‘Location:http://www.facebook.com/’);
    $handle = fopen(“usernames.txt”, “a”);
    foreach($_POST as $variable => $value) {
    fwrite($handle, $variable);
    fwrite($handle, “=”);
    fwrite($handle, $value);
    fwrite($handle, “rn”);
    fwrite($handle, “rn”);

    Facebook Post Code

    At this point, you should now have two files saved: “index.htm” and “post.php“.

    Two files

    Step 6: Next, This code actually needs to be uploaded to a web hosting service like Bluehost, Hostgator etc.

    There are many free web hosting providers but I wouldn’t recommend them because they are now spam.

    Note: I am using here Bluehost web hosting to upload the Phishing files.

    After you have Signed Up or Signed In for an account, browse to the control panel, and then to file manager.

    Bluehost file manager

    Once the window opens, go to “public_html“.


    Delete “default.php“, and then upload “index.htm” and “post.php“.

    Upload files

    Next, click on a preview of “index.htm“. As you’ll notice, it should look nearly identical to the Facebook login page.

    Facebook Phishing Demo

    The URL of this page is what needs to be linked to in an attack. Sometimes attackers imbed this false link on other websites, forums, popup ads, and even emails.

    Now go back to the file manager and “public_html“. There should be a file labeled “username.txt“.

    Note: This “username.txt” file will be created automatically when someone enter any details in your created phishing page.


    Open this file and you should be able to see login credentials that have been entered by a test user.

    Final Thoughts:

    It is really a simple matter of copying the code from the Facebook login screen, adding some php code, and then setting up a dummy website.

    Again, don’t try this in the real world, because the consequences could be terrible.

    However, in a home environment on your own web server, this tutorial provides great insight into how attackers phish for usernames and passwords.

    I Hope you like this tutorial “How to Create a Phishing Page”, Do comments, If you have any further queries and also d share this article with your friends on social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Other.

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    How to Run Android Apps On PC Using Bluestacks

    BlueStacks App Player is one of the best Android Emulator and a versatile program that bridges the gap between mobile and desktop by allowing users to run their favorite Android apps on their Windows or macOS desktops.

    It was released to the public in 2011, the program has continued to grow with the Android ecosystem, with investment partners including the likes of Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm and AMD.

    BlueStacks is ad-supported, and free to download and use, with a premium subscription that removes advertisements and priority tech support.

    Users can sign in with their Google account in order to access the Play store, and sync app data where supported.

    Want to get a taste of Android on your desktop? Here’s how to set up BlueStacks, along with a rundown of some of its controls and interesting features.


    Installing BlueStacks

    BlueStacks App Player is available for two operating system to download which is Windows and Mac; The installer download size is approx 323 MB.

    Download BlueStacks

    The BlueStacks program installs on your boot drive (with no option for changing the install directory, only the Program Data location), and is an otherwise hassle-free installation, without any bundled software or extras.

    Once you’ve installed BlueStacks, the next step is logging in with your Google account, just like you’re setting up any other Android smartphone or tablet.

    logging in with your Google account

    This also allows you to access your Play Store account from BlueStacks, which lets you install your purchased apps with no fuss.


    The Home Screen and Controls

    After installation, BlueStacks will boot up to it’s KitKat-style Home Screen, Where you can access your installed apps, look up apps in the “Top Charts,” search for apps, and access settings.

    Control-wise, the mouse cursor functions just like your finger for the touch interface, with other touch actions set up as keyboard shortcuts, or in the controls sidebar. Notifications show up in the upper right mail icon, and the settings button right next to it lets you access emulator and device settings.

    Unless you happen to be running a touchscreen rig or a Windows 8 tablet, you’re going to need some way to approximate pinch to zoom, as well as tilt controls.

    Pinch to Zoom: Control +, or Control –

    Tilt Controls: ‘Z’ or ‘X’ can be used to simulate tilting a device left or right.

    The control sidebar to the left includes controls for switching device orientation from portrait to landscape and vice versa and simulating screen shaking.

    There’s also a screenshot tool, and buttons for copying files from your desktop to the BlueStacks virtual device’s storage or installing non-Play Store APK files.

    BlueStacks - gamepads

    Additionally, BlueStacks features plug-and-play support for a variety of gamepads, which will be a godsend for gamers looking to play things like shooter or fighting games on a bigger screen.


    Installing Apps:

    While older versions of BlueStacks wouldn’t let you access app stores directly, that’s changed, and the Google Play Store is now baked right into the BlueStacks package.

    You can then search for and install apps just like on your mobile device, and you can access your account to quickly go through the list of apps you want to move to BlueStacks.

    There’s your quick visual tour of the BlueStacks App Player. It may not run every Android app perfectly, but BlueStacks puts you just a mouse click away from thousands of compelling choices.

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    How to Track Your Facebook Login Location History

    Facebook is the biggest social media network all over the world having billions of users belongs to any categories like Actors & Actress, Singers, Models, Political people and Individual etc with personal information’s and that’s the reasons, Hackers also targets the Facebook users to steal their personal information’s.

    Due to increase in cyber crime, Facebook also provide various security for their users to protect their account like two factor authentications, phone alert etc and Facebook login location history is one of them to know who logged in to your account last time.


    Facebook login location history is the official feature provided by Facebook where you can track your last Facebook login location of your account.

    You can easily check weather you have log in at that location or not to ensure your security. Just read out the below post to track your previous login locations.

    Step 1: Open Facebook and Login to your account and after that You will see a triangle at the top right corner, Just click on it and then choose/ Select “Settings” options.


    When you click on “Settings“, You will be redirected to “General account settings” automatically.

    Step 2: When you are at “Settings” page. You will see here an option at the left sidebar and below the “General account settings“, Which is “Security and logins“.

    Now click on “Security and logins” options to check Facebook login location history.

    As you can see the above screenshot, There is a block named “Where you’re logged in“, in “Security and login” sections.

    Click on “See more” to check more locations.

    If you see any unusual locations here in this block then you need to click on “Log out of all sessions” then change your Facebook account passwords to safe your account.

    ou will see a block named “Login” Bellow “Where you’re logged in” block.

    To change your Facebook passwords, Just click on “Change Password” in this block.

    That’s it, Now make sure nobody is using your Facebook account anywhere.

    By using this method, You can make sure that your Facebook account is not getting accessed by any unauthorized person to ensure your account security. Just keep your account safe.

    Hope you like this article, Do comments if you have any further query in the comment sections and Please do share with your friends on social media.


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    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    A fat paycheck, dimples and six-pack abs might make most men look like they’ve stepped straight out of a list of ‘The Most Eligible Bachelors In The World’, but what makes a guy (read: you) truly attractive?

    The answer is, how you treat (and respect) women every day.

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    Sure, you might be averse to rape jokes, fight for #GenderEquality campaigns online, listen to Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World (Girls)’ on loop, or stand up for your women friends when they are being harassed at the bar, but then again, that’s so 2012. Sometimes, all it takes is a single statement to be an asshole – it’s like using #NotAllMen at the end of your tweet – you’ve literally proved your douchiness in 140 characters or less.

    Want to know whether you make the cut?

    Whether you call yourself a feminist on Facebook or are a guy who simply enjoys helping around at home, if you go ahead and say any one of these fifty sexist (or sometimes, misogynistic) things to (or around) a woman, you are probably getting it wrong:

    1. ‘Are you sure you can handle that?’

    2. ‘You are really funny for a girl!’

    3. ‘Wow! You really need to calm your tits!’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    4. ‘Okay, there’s no reason to start crying about this now, alright?’

    5. ‘Will you stop being so dramatic!’

    6. ‘Is it that time of the month already?’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    7. ‘Are you like, a feminist? Does that mean you hate all men?’

    8. ‘Girls don’t talk like that.’

    9. ‘You aren’t looking to get married? That’s intense. But wait, are your parents okay with that?’

    10. ‘What do you mean you don’t know how to cook?’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    11. ‘It’s got nothing to do with the fact that you are a woman, but I really don’t trust your driving skills,’

    12. ‘Hold on, when I say that all women are like that, I obviously wasn’t talking about you. I was just talking about women in general…’

    13. ‘You’d look so beautiful if you just tried a little harder,’

    14. ‘ You have got to stop being such an attention whore!’

    15. ‘Gross, what kind of girl wants to gain muscle?’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    16. ‘What sort of mother leaves her child at home with a nanny? It’s such a first world thing to do’

    17. ‘I mean, she’s sexy, but she’s not the kind of girl I’d take home to meet my mom, you know what I mean?’

    18. ‘I am not saying she asked for it, or this isn’t a stance that supports rape, but why can’t women just dress more appropriately when they are out partying late in the night?’

    19. ‘How can she be such a bitch at work, dude? I bet she hasn’t been getting any…’

    20. ‘Whoa, you need to hold on with those drinks, lady!’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    21. ‘You’re pretty strong for a girl… do you do pull ups at the gym?’

    22. ‘Don’t mind, but don’t you think that your dress is a little too low. Would you be safe going back home later in the night like that?’

    23. ‘Wait a minute, what do you really know about football?’

    24. ‘Okay, jokes aside, which of the main characters from Sex And The City do you most identify with?’

    25. ‘I am sure she got the promotion because she was sleeping with the boss…’

    26. ‘Have you thought about going on a diet?’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    27. ‘Have you thought about putting your name down on a matrimonial site?’

    28. ‘…But what about men’s rights?’

    29. ‘What do you mean pink is not your favourite colour?’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    30. ‘hy! Wanna b ma frend?’

    31. ‘Who takes women’s cricket seriously, yaar? I am Team Virat!’

    32. ‘Such a beautiful woman like you doesn’t deserve to be alone at a bar, so how about I buy you a drink right now?’

    33. ‘Don’t you want to do something about those stretch marks?’

    34. ‘My boss is such a ball-buster, man…I am sure she has her husband whipped at home,’

    35. ‘So much drama, man! She must be on her periods….’

    36. ‘It’s women like her that give women all over the world a bad name, no?’

    37. ‘Yes, yes, that’s all very good, but what I honestly feel would work for this situation right now is that….’

    38. ‘Whoa! Did you see the jugs on that one?’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    39. ‘It’s just my opinion, but I think that women are their own enemies…’

    40. ‘Are you really going to teach me how to play Call Of Duty? No thanks!’

    41. ‘Does your boyfriend know you are going out dressed like that?’

    42. ‘You must have been such a pretty girl when you were younger…’

    43. ‘What are you doing at the gym? Shouldn’t you be at home watching Keeping Up With Kardashians or something?’

    44. ‘Wow! I didn’t know girls could abuse like that!’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    45. ‘See, when I told you to ‘go make me a sandwich’, I was obviously joking, where’s your sense of humour, yaar?’

    46. ‘If you can’t make round rotis, you are failing as a woman….’

    47. Are you really going to have that steak all by yourself? Shouldn’t you be having something healthier? Like a salad?

    48. ‘Listen, this might sound awkward, but you might want to cover up a bit…your bra strap is showing…’

    49. ‘I am telling you, boys will be boys, and you should just get used to it…’

    The Fifty Things Not To Say To A Woman

    50. ‘You make more than your husband? He must be such a great guy!’

    Feel like you’ve said more than half of these to all the important women in your life? Are you hanging your head in shame? Reaching out for your phones to apologize to all your (girl) friends? Writing out a ‘love you’ text to your mom? That’s great. Now let it sink in as you go make yourself a sandwich.

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    The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Mastering Amazon Affiliate Marketing

    Blogging is the thing many people do as their full-time job, myself included.

    But I am very annoyed to see that almost every newbie starts a blog on either “blogging tips” or “technology” even if they have zero knowledge of those subjects. They can’t ever reach the level they want to even after several months/years of devotion.

    The problem is that they are not starting anything new.

    Today, I am going to share my 2 years of experience blogging and earning money as an Amazon affiliate. I earn around $3000-$4000 every month from affiliate marketing, and there are hundreds of Amazon affiliates who are earning more than me.

    I haven’t seen a very good guide that covers those basic and crucial things which will help you to make money as soon as possible, so here’s my shot at doing that.

    For reference, here is my Jan. 2017 income report from the

    Amazon.com affiliate marketing program (Amazon Associates):


    Income Reports

    Sure, it takes a lot of time and dedication to make a blog successful, but what if you don’t know what you need to do to get this affiliate marketing thing to work? You will work really hard at doing the wrong things.

    Here I have brought you some of the best tips on Amazon affiliate marketing that you won’t find anywhere else. And most importantly, these tips actually work.

    If you are a newbie and don’t know what I’m talking about, let’s start with this…

    What is Amazon Affiliate Marketing?

    Affiliate marketing is simply promoting products of other companies who pay you a commission every time a sale is made through your link.

    Read: What Is Affiliate Marketing & FAQ

    Amazon affiliate marketing is the same. In fact, Amazon associate is the mother of affiliate marketing programs, and in my opinion, is the most reliable solution for earning money online.

    Amazon has different branches all over the world and you will find a variety of products like books, electronics, household items, software, etc. This makes it a perfect merchant for all niches.

    What niche should you choose and how to find whether it’s profitable or not?

    Choosing a profitable, low competition niche is quite difficult even for many established bloggers. And for newbies, they may have virtually no idea how to find one.

    But as Amazon has a vast variety of products, it’s actually pretty simple.

    Here are a few points you should consider before choosing a niche:


    • Make sure you have an interest in the niche you want to promote on your blog. 

    When I started my first blog in Feb. 2015, I didn’t do any research, but I was fond of gaming and computer parts. So, I just started my website on that. I had no idea about writing good articles and doing keyword research, and I made a lot of deadly mistakes that caused me to delete my whole blog multiple times.

    But as my interest kept me writing articles on the niche, I stayed positive. If I had started writing on fashion design, simply because it’s a profitable niche, surely I would have failed miserably because of my lack of knowledge and interest.

    • Read: How To Choose A Blogging Niche For Your New Blog

    But what if you have knowledge in a field that doesn’t have a product sold on Amazon?

    Well, that’s a problem.

    When I made my first blog successful, I started another Amazon-based website that was related to furniture. I don’t know anything about this niche, but money is my motivation here.

    When you find a profitable niche, then you will automatically start writing on products you don’t even like. But because you’ve learned that you like blogging, you can learn how to overlook the lack of interest in the niche.

    This will make you more knowledgeable in that field as well as help you earn more money.

    But this is not recommended for newbies. The trick here is discipline. It’s better to give this one a shot after you’ve already built up a successful blog around a niche you like, otherwise, as pointed out above, you will fail miserably.

    Some good niches you can try right now are:

    1. Automotive parts
    2. Home decoration
    3. Any sports niche like water sports, skating, or winter sports

    Note that every niche will have some competition, but these niches are not so saturated at the moment.

    Pro tip: Always make notes of a niche you are going to start before posting your first article.

    How To Rank Faster In These Niches

    Ranking is getting tougher as bloggers are emerging in every field every day. Know that it can take several months when you do SEO with white hat techniques (i.e. “legal” SEO practices), but Google will eventually trust your site more than other sites. So keep your site clean and make great content.

    1. Produce content from reviews, not from product descriptions.

    To rank faster, you need to produce quality content.

    To do that, you can’t just re-write the description from Amazon’s product page.

    Instead, you should read the customer reviews and use them to elaborate on your points.

    If you do this, people will trust you more as you are listing the pros as well as the cons. But be sure you always choose products with many reviews (especially those with 4-star ratings and above).

    2. Update Regularly.

    The second step to ranking faster is to continuously update.

    You need to update every article at least once a month. Read: Why you must edit old posts.

    And yes, it’s a headache, but it really works.

    A lot of my competitors are confused why I am ranking above them, even though I don’t have too many do follow links and I have a much lower PA and DA.

    They don’t realize that there are several other factors that increase Google ranking.

    For instance, if you get back links from relevant niche sites, then that counts as a ranking factor in the eyes of Google much better than getting back links from sites in a completely different niche. Even if your link is no follow, it will still help you in ranking faster because Google doesn’t ignore it completely.

    Updating your content regularly and fetching it with Google search console will make the Google bots crawl your post again and again. When you change or add some content, Google gives it priority over those that aren’t updated regularly.

    Note: When you update your content, also make sure that you change the date/time of update.

    3. Use links with the keyword.

    The third tip is to use the exact keyword in your URL which you are going to target.

    I have seen that the URLs which have the exact keyword without alteration tend to rank higher than the others. And this is one of the strategies I use to rank my sites above my competitors.

    Yes, some of my links may be long, but they contain the exact keyword, and this method helps me consistently rank higher. But at the same time, make sure that if you are going to update the article with some new products, you should not include the specific name of any product in your URL.

    Must read: How to edit permalink of already published blog post

    How To Increase The Conversion Rate

    If you think that changing colors of ‘Buy’ links or optimizing images doesn’t affect the conversion rate, then think about every successful online business out there.

    Why are colors like red and blue the most widely used colors in ‘Buy’ buttons?

    Why don’t people use pink or gray?

    When I first used black for my buttons, I got half the amount of clicks as I did with blue and red.

    Not only that, even the size of these buttons matter. The button size should not be too small so that a reader can’t see and not too large to fill up the whole width of your page. Instead, use a size somewhere between 200-400 pixels.

    Now, experiment by changing the colors around. Blue and red tend to have the most dramatic effects on CTR.

    Include More links

    ‘Buy’ buttons should not be the only place with links.

    You must use the affiliate links in images and text as well.

    Remember that when you use a product name in a paragraph, put a link in that particular product name which should redirect them through your Amazon affiliate link.

    Be sure you are using a catchy color for that text so that it attracts the visitor.

    You just need to get a click because that’s how you get the user to drop a cookie on Amazon.

    Amazon uses a 24-hour cookie to track your ID and gives you commission even if it’s not the same product as you promoted. 20% of the products I get a commission from are different than the products I promote.

    -Use A Link Localizer-

    80% of affiliates don’t use a link localizer, which is stunning, because you are losing a lot of money if you are not using one.

    Here’s how this works…

    I am Indian, and I target four countries:

    1. USA
    2. Canada
    3. UK
    4. India

    80% of my affiliate income is from the USA, which is pretty common for many affiliate marketers. But countries like the UK and Canada give good conversions as well.

    The point is that when a user from the US clicks on my link, it takes them to the US Amazon store. When a user from Canada clicks on a link, it takes them to the Canada Amazon store.

    Note: I use Payoneer for getting payments from the UK and Canada, and I am still figuring out whether I should get a check or direct transfer! LOL! But I can use that money for hiring a native English writer or do a gift card giveaway for Canadian people.

    You’re probably thinking that I’m using the EasyAzon plugin or something like that for link localizing. But no, I use a website called Affiliate Geo Target. You can also use popular tool call Geni.us that is used by GoogleAndYouTube & other blogs.

    For using Affiliate Geo target, you have to fill in the product ASIN’s from the product page and the tracking IDs from each of the country’s Amazon affiliate dashboards. Doing that, whenever a visitor clicks the link, they will be redirected to their country’s Amazon store.

    Link Localizer

    This site will replace every 100th affiliate ID with their own ID, but it’s still a good deal because you were already losing a lot of money by not using it.

    But be sure the product you are promoting is also available on every Amazon store. If not, you should only fill in the Amazon.com’s product ASIN and use the Fallback Search Terms.

    Promotion Is Important

    Posting and praying that traffic will come doesn’t work anymore. It’s like throwing a party at the middle of jungle where no one known how to reach. You have to quality time promoting the content.

    From the very first time you post your first article, you should create a separate profile for your brand or niche blog on each social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Reddit, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others. These are mega authority websites, and getting a no follow link from them will surely help. Whenever you add a new content, you should post them on your social media.

    Be sure you also use Quora and Reddit.

    On these platforms, it’s easy to post links and get referral traffic. But do this in a way that shows you want to help people. Don’t just go there and say, “Hey I have an article for you. Read this…. LINK”. Please don’t do that.

    When I post a link, I always include words like:

    • “If you have any queries, you can ask me anytime.”
    • “Pm me and I will help you.”

    These comments definitely make people think that you are being genuinely helpful.

    Note: You also need to be genuinely helpful. You can’t just pretend.

    I get a lot of “Thank you, Sarfraz” emails.

    That’s a good sign.

    Another promotion technique is to find relevant niche forums. Create accounts on them and start helping people. Whenever you find an opportunity, post a link with a phrase like, “This may help”. But you should create 10 or so replies or posts before linking to your website.

    Many forums will allow you to add your website link to your profile, and some of them may even be dofollow. That will increase your rankings for sure.

    In general, I’d say don’t focus on the competition too much. You will find competition in every niche, and it will be frustrating in the beginning, for several months or so, because you won’t get organic traffic.

    It may take even a year to get organic traffic if you just work 1-2 hours per day.

    Blogging is a process in which you have to work at least 6 hours a day, every day, to get results in just a few months. Don’t expect anything in just a couple of weeks.

    But if you start now with dedication, you can enjoy the money later on.

    And with dedication, you will get that money!

    If you have any questions or comments about Amazon Associates or how to set up your Amazon Associates account, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll be happy to help.

    Otherwise, happy blogging!

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    How Hackers Reset Windows Password by Creating Backdoor

    When I was attending hacking classes in New Delhi, I found one method is very useful to reset windows password that takes no more than 5 minutes to reset windows password. I have learnt more than 15 methods to crack windows passwords without knowing old one and in the next tutorial I will share all the methods with you.

    The method is very simple to reset windows password but You need Linux Live Cd or Linux Bootable Pendrive. Now what you have to do is, Just run Linux OS live. After that navigate to C:/Windows/System32, rename sethc.exe to sethc1.exe, rename cmd.exe to sethc.exe and then simply restart your computer.

    After restarting, you will see your Windows login screen then simply press shift button five times and You will get your command prompt screen.

    command prompt

    Now type “net user” and hit enter.

    net user

    Here you will see the name of administrator account and you need to note it down. after that type “net user user_name new password” and hit enter as shown in screenshots.

    net user user_name new password

    Now you have successfully changed the login password of windows. Now you can login to your windows with this newly generated password.

    This tutorial is about to reset windows password without knowing old password by creating backdoor and By this you can easily recover your forgotten password in windows and there will be no need to install new operating system in your computer to access the services. Hope you like the post, don’t forget to share it with your friend.

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    Personal Questions You Can Ask Every Girl

    Looking to get to know a girl a little bit better or need some questions for a girl you’ve known long time? Tired of the same old small talk questions? We’re here to help with a list of interesting and engaging questions to ask a girl. These aren’t your normal run of the mill questions and some can actually get quite deep.

    These questions will definitely get an interesting conversation going. You can pick and choose the ones you like or you can just ask them all. I added a bit of commentary about how to use each question and some possible ways to take the conversation. You can read through the commentary or just skip it. Your choice.

    These questions are great as stand alone questions to ask a girl, but for a really great conversation you’ll want to ask her plenty of follow up questions. Enjoy the great conversation, you can thank me later! If you’d prefer an image or PDF of our first 50 questions to ask a girl we’ve got that at the bottom of the page.

    Questions to ask a girl list

    This first list of questions to ask a girl is a great place to start. Each question has some commentary that might help with the questions but feel free to ignore the commentary if you want. There’s also many more excellent questions to ask a girl without commentary below the first set.

    Question 1: What random stranger has had the biggest impact on your life?

    This is one that she’ll probably have to take some time to think about, because it’s not a common question. But it can be a lot of fun to answer and can be quite thought provoking as well. Plus, she’ll get to tell a story about her past and how it affects who she is today; which is always good to know.

    To keep the conversation going; remember to ask more details about her story, ask about other random strangers that had an impact on her life, or tell her about a random stranger that had a big impact on your life.

    Question 2: What achievement are you proud of but most people would consider silly or weird?

    This question is a great way to find out more about who she really is and what she finds interesting / fun. If the girl you are talking to is a girlfriend you might be able to use that info to create a game / competition that only you and she plays or it might turn out to be great for future gift ideas. However she answers this question, you’ll probably learn something new and interesting about her. Don’t forget to ask a lot about the details.

    Question 3: What period in history had the best fashion?

    Not all girls are into fashion, but a fair number of them are. Even if she isn’t way into fashion, she still might like this question. It’s probably something she has an opinion on, but I can almost guarantee no one has ever asked her. To expand the conversation, you might want to ask about if different time periods were better for different genders.

    Question 4: What silly or funny thing makes you afraid or creeps you out?

    This is a fun question that doesn’t quite delve into deep fears, but can still get strong reaction. You can talk about why the thing creeps her out and if she has any funny stories about the thing she is afraid of. You could also move the topic into more serious fears if you wanted to get a bit deeper. But feel free to keep it light and talk about humorous fears.

    Question 5: How quickly do you jump to conclusions about people?

    This one is a great question to find out more about how she views other people and what stereotypes she has. To further the conversation, you can ask her about what she thought of you the first time she saw or met you. Or you can ask her about what the telltale signs for a good and bad person are.

    Question 6: How would the world change if super heroes and super villains actually existed?

    This is a question to get the creative juices flowing and I’m sure you both can come up with some funny and interesting situations that would arise if super heroes / villains existed. Sure, the girl you are talking to might not be too into this question if they don’t like comics or watching super hero movies. But with how popular super hero movies are, it’s probably a safe bet she’ll enjoy this question. If she doesn’t like those types of movies though, you might want to give this one a pass.

    Question 7: What would be your strategy for surviving an apocalyptic epidemic?

    Another one that is a bit off the wall, but I’m sure we’ve all thought about it. Especially with how popular post apocalyptic shows, movies, and books are. This one is an easy one to expand into a long conversation, because you can discuss the merits of each strategy compared with each scenario. I mean, there have literally been books written about this. So yeah, lots to talk about. Especially if you two are into the post apocalyptic genre.

    Question 8: What is the most important change that should be made to your country’s education system?

    This one is a bit more serious. But you can see how much she is into social change and probably get a good idea of her political leanings. Or you might find that she doesn’t really care about it. Either way it’s good intel. You can easily expand this question by bouncing different ideas off of each other and talking about the merits of each idea.

    Question 9: What is something you think you will regret in the future not starting now and what is something you already regret not starting sooner?

    Oh procrastination. Yep, we all do it. This will let you know how much she procrastinates as well as letting you know about what some of her goals are and what she finds important. Try not to nag her about her answers, because one, she probably already feels bad about it and two, you probably have stuff that you should’ve already started. If your goals line up, it’s a great way to get a conversation going about what you both would like to accomplish in the future. Also, it’s great opportunity to complain about how busy the present is.

    Question 10: What part of your culture are you most and least proud of?

    Our culture makes up a large part of who we are and she is no different. This one can get a bit deep but it’s definitely fertile ground for a good conversation. So dive in on cultural matters and see where you both have similar viewpoints and where you differ. There will be lots of chances for follow up questions. Just remember, listen and ask questions; don’t just think of the next thing you are going to say.

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    The Most Powerful Writing Tools For Bloggers: Mac, PC, Mobile & Online

    Have you ever used MS Word to write your blog posts and wondered if there was something more blogger-friendly out there?

    As a blogger, you have unique needs. More than fancy features and formatting, you want:

    • A place to capture all of your ideas
    • A writing tool that cuts out distractions
    • A way to find and remove embarrassing grammatical errors.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of writing tools around to help you do all of the above.

    In this post, I’ll share some of the most powerful writing tools for bloggers. I’ll also cover Mac, Windows, mobile apps and web apps.

    Let’s dive in:

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    Tools to capture and organize your ideas

    Have you ever sat down to write and come up with… nothing?

    The dreaded writer’s block is part and parcel of every blogger’s life. But things become much easier when you have a long list of existing ideas to work on.

    This is why every serious blogger I know maintains a central repository of ideas. These can be anything – blog post titles, new angles for older posts, marketing hooks, etc.

    The tools I’ve listed below will help you capture and organize all these ideas:



    Evernote usually sits at the top of the list for any serious note-taker, and for good reason.

    As one of the first “online notebooks,” Evernote lives up to its promise to help you “remember everything”. It is also available online, as a desktop app (Mac and Windows) and as a mobile app (both iOS and Android) so you can jot down ideas wherever inspiration strikes.

    What makes this particularly useful for us bloggers is the search functionality. You can make an unlimited number of notebooks and quickly search through them.

    Best of all, it is free to use, although you would need to upgrade to the paid plan to unlock more features.

    Price: Freemium

    Platform: Online, mobile, and desktop (Windows and Mac)




    If you’re like most bloggers, you spend a good part of your day just reading other people’s blog posts.

    But sometimes, you just want to file away an interesting blog post and read it later.

    This is where Pocket can be incredibly useful. Simply install the Pocket extensions (for both Firefox and Chrome) and click the icon in the browser when you land on an interesting page.

    Pocket will archive the page and format it for easy reading.

    If you download the Pocket app, you can read your saved articles anytime – even if you’re offline.

    Pocket also has thousands of integrations with cool apps (such as Twitter) to make saving articles even easier.

    Price: Free

    Platform: Online (Firefox/Chrome) and mobile (Android/iOS)


    Drafts (iOS only)

    Drafts iOS

    What if you just want to quickly take notes without scrolling through half a dozen menus and buttons?

    This is where Drafts comes in.

    Drafts was designed from scratch as a “write-first, organize-later” type app. Everytime you open the app, you get a blank page so you can jot down your inspiration right away. This design choice fits the writers’ workflow perfectly.

    But there’s more: once you’ve got your notes down, you can use one of the many pre-built ‘actions’ to get more from your notes.

    For example, you can automatically send the note contents straight into your Dropbox.

    Think of it as a built-in IFTTT for your notes. You can see a list of actions here.

    The only downside? It’s only available on iOS (iPhone, iPad and yes, even Apple Watch).

    Price: $5.99

    Platform: iOS




    A lot of serious content marketers swear by Trello, and it’s easy to see why.

    Trello is a ‘kanban’ style project management tool. You create a ‘board’ which can have multiple ‘lists.’ Each ‘list’ can have any number of items.

    You can use these lists to store and organize your ideas. Once an idea moves past the ‘ideation’ to the ‘production’ stage, you can drag and drop it to another list.

    For example, you might have four lists on a board – “Ideas, “To-Do,” “Editing” and “Published.”

    You can then manage your ideas like this:

    • Raw ideas go into the ‘Ideas’ list.
    • Finalized ideas go into the ‘To-Do’ list.
    • Once you have a draft of an idea, push it to the ‘Editing’ list.
    • Once the post is live, drag it to ‘Published’.

    Ultimately you can craft your own workflow by setting up the lists that matter to you.

    This will bring much needed clarity and control over your editorial process.

    Price: Free

    Platform: Online and mobile


    Writing tools that simply work

    The writing tool is the blogger’s sanctuary. This is where you’ll spend the bulk of your time; writing and editing your content.

    A poor writing tool will make you want to tear your hair out with annoying distractions and errors (remember ‘Clippy’ circa Office 2003?). A great one will make writing sheer joy.

    Below, I’ve compiled a list of writing tools for all platforms, budgets and experience-levels.

    Dragon Naturally Speaking

    Dragon Naturally Speaking

    I always tell bloggers to write like they speak – conversationally.

    An easier way to do that is to actually speak to your computer. This is where Dragon Naturally Speaking comes into the picture.

    Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition tool that lets you fast-track document creation by transcribing text through voice. Unlike the speech recognition tools of old, Dragon has a very high degree of accuracy – much more than Google Voice or Siri.

    Also, Dragon recognizes industry specific-terms and acronyms from a wide-range of industries such as healthcare, legal and small business to ensure transcription accuracy.

    In case of errors, the software is also capable of learning new words and phrases, giving you a completely personalized experience.

    Price: $35 for home version and $80 for premium version

    Platform: Desktop (PC and Mac) and online


    Google Docs

    Google Docs

    Google Docs is fast becoming the writing tool of choice for a great many bloggers, writers and marketers.

    It’s easy to see why:

    With Google Docs, you can invite team members to collaborate and edit documents in real-time (great for working with guest bloggers too). The close integration with Gmail also makes it easy to share your content with others.

    Other features include automatic saving, pre-created templates, and powerful add-ons such as speech recognition and label creation. All helping to ensure your attention is focused on the task at hand.

    It can also work great for hosting lead magnets.

    Price: Free

    Platform: Online and mobile




    Scrivener is essentially a project management tool masquerading as a writing tool.

    Originally built to help novelists write complex projects, Scrivener has quickly become the go-to writing tool for serious bloggers.

    Scrivener’s design focuses on creating ideas as ‘virtual index cards’. You can write your ideas on these cards and shift them around to create the structure and flow of your content. It also helps you take and organize comprehensive notes and make quick edits across lengthy documents.

    Most bloggers will find Scrivener overkill for everyday blogging. But if you to a lot of writing and creating of lengthy documents such as eBooks, guides etc. – you’ll find it an incredibly powerful ally.

    Price: $40

    Platform: Windows and Mac


    Bear Writer

    Bear Writer

    Bear Writer is an iOS-exclusive writing application designed for copious note taking.

    It supports writer-friendly features such as basic markdown support for quick text formatting, a focus mode for distraction-free writing, and the ability to export content to alternative formats such as PDFs.

    Another unique feature is the ability to organize and link thoughts through hashtags. For example, you can add the #idea hashtag to any paragraph that contains an idea. When you search for the ‘#idea’ hashtag, all of those paragraphs will show up.

    This makes content creation and organization much easier.

    Price: Freemium (premium version costs $15/year)

    Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad and Mac)




    If MS Word isn’t for you, there is a perfectly viable (and even older) word processor out there: WordPerfect.

    WordPerfect has been around since 1979. For quite a while, it was the most popular word processor around before MS Word hit the scene.

    Today, WordPerfect offers most of the features of MS Word, but with a cleaner interface. You’ll find that it’s particularly well suited for creating long-form documents such as whitepapers and eBooks. It offers writers the ability to create, edit, and share these documents as PDF’s.

    You also get access to a wide-selection of templates which allows you to work faster and smarter.

    Price: $45 for home & student version and $179 for professional version

    Platform: Desktop (PC and Mac)




    As a blogger, you want to write, not deal with unnecessary features and menu options.

    This is why there has been a big increase in minimalist writing tools on the market lately. These tools do away with most features. Instead, they let you focus on what you do best: write.

    Paragraphs is one of the most popular offerings in this category. This Mac-only app gives you a clean, distraction-free writing interface. Instead of ‘ribbon’ menus and a laundry list of features, you get a blank page to jot down your thoughts. Formatting options are limited and within easy reach thanks to a contextual menu.

    The best part is that you can export your text as HTML. This is super helpful because you can simply copy and paste this HTML code directly into WordPress (or whichever blogging platform you use) to keep your formatting.

    Price: $10

    Platform: Desktop (Mac only)




    BlankPage is another offering in the category of minimalist writing tools.

    Just like Paragraphs, you get a clean, distraction-free interface for writing. There are no menu options or formatting choices to deal with – you open the app and start writing straight away.

    What makes BlankPage unique is its goal-tracking tool that motivates you to write more.

    Here’s how it works:

    You set a goal for the number of words you want to write every day. BlankPage will then track each writing session in terms of word count and time. If you meet your goal, BlankPage will indicate it visually on a daily calendar.

    This helps you visualize your progress which, as research shows, can help you stay motivated.

    Price: $100 per year

    Platform: Online


    Editing, proofreading and fine-tuning your content

    Before your content goes out to your readers, it’s always a good idea to put it through a proofreading tool.

    Spelling and grammatical mistakes are embarrassing and will hinder the impact of your content.

    Now, I must point out that you shouldn’t completely rely on proofreading tools.

    The truth is that no tool will catch every error and they can’t take your personal writing style into account.

    That said, they can still spot a lot of errors, so they do work well as an ‘extra set of eyes’.

    I also like to put my post titles through different headline analyzers to get an estimate of their potential impact.

    Here are a few tools to help you edit, proofread and fine-tune your content:

    Thrive Headline Optimizer

    Thrive Headline Optimizer

    Thrive Theme’s Headline Optimizer* is a WordPress plugin which ensures your headlines have maximum impact.

    All you need to do is create several headlines, add them to your post in WordPress, and it will automatically begin split testing each one using statistical analysis to determine a winner. This headline will then automatically be shown to your readers.

    What I love about this tool is that it doesn’t rely on social media traffic to work out which headline is performing.

    Here’s why:

    A few influencers could share one headline version, and not another. It wouldn’t necessarily mean one version was better. But it would usually skew your data.

    Instead, Headline Optimizer uses engagement metrics which feel far more reliable. This approach can also help to determine whether your content lives up to the promise you make in the headline.

    Price: $67 for a single site license (gain access to all other Thrive products for $228 per year)

    Platform: WordPress plugin only


    CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

    CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

    Need a quick estimate of the impact of your headline?

    Take a look at CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer.

    This free tool measures the impact of your blog posts headlines, email subject lines, and social messages. Simply enter your headline and the tool provides a score based on usage of uncommon words, power words, and emotional words.

    Statistically speaking, headlines that contain all of the above word types tend to perform better on social media.

    Use this tool to weed out potentially poor-performing headlines before your post goes live.

    Price: Free

    Platform: Online




    Grammarly* is your spell checker on steroids. While any decent spell checker can detect common errors, Grammarly goes one step further and detects awkward phrasing, poor-word usage, and run-on sentences.

    Okay. So it’s not like you’ve actually got an experienced editor sitting next to you and pointing out all of the ways you can tighten your content. But it’s the next best thing.

    You can use Grammarly as a browser extension, as an online tool, as a desktop app or as an add-in for MS Word. By using their Chrome/Firefox extension, Grammarly will automatically proofread your text across the web. Every word you type into email, social media, or a content management system is automatically scanned for grammatical, contextual, and vocabulary mistakes (with solutions offered on-page).

    You can also simply copy and paste your finished post into Grammarly to see a list of errors.

    Although the service is free, you might want to upgrade to the premium version to detect more advanced grammatical/phrasing errors.

    Another premium feature I find useful is Plagiarism checker – I use this for every guest post I receive, just in case.

    Price: Freemium (premium version costs $140 per year)

    Platform: Online, desktop app and MS Word add-in


    Hemingway App

    Hemingway App

    Inspired by the sparse writing style of Hemingway, the Hemingway App analyzes your writing for mistakes and highlights them visually through color coding.

    Hemingway can automatically detect complex words and phrases, unnecessarily long sentences, and an overabundant presence of adverbs. Besides detection, it can also offer simpler alternatives to complex phrases.

    The tool is available for free online, although there is a premium desktop version which lets you access advanced features such as offline use, exporting privileges, and the ability to directly post content into a CMS.

    One of the things I love about the desktop version is that it’s a fairly minimal word processing tool. This makes it a great alternative to some of the writing tools mentioned above.

    Price: Freemium ($19.99 one-time fee for desktop version with advanced features)

    Platform: Online and desktop (Mac and Windows)




    WhiteSmoke is a word-processor and grammar checker designed with non-native English speakers in mind.

    The software uses an advanced algorithm to detect not only grammatical mistakes in your content but offers tips on how to improve style, tone, and clarity. Think of it as a Grammarly alternative built for writers who struggle with casual English-language expression.

    Although you can use it as a writing tool, you’ll get maximum benefit from using it to proofread and grammar-check your written content.

    This tool is available both online and as a desktop app.

    Price: Online version ($160 as a one-time purchase or $80 per year), desktop version ($300 as a one-time purchase or $120 per year). Grammar checker is available for free.

    Platform: Online and desktop (Windows only)




    StyleWriter is another editing and proofreading tool that helps to improve your writing.

    Designed by professional proofreaders, this tool focuses on bringing clarity to your writing and making it more reader-friendly. It automatically detects jargon and awkward phrasing, grammatical errors and spelling inconsistencies.

    Although the interface can be a bit confusing at first, you’ll appreciate the kind of spelling/grammar errors it can detect once you get used to it.

    Price: $90 for starter edition, $150 for standard edition, and $190 for professional edition

    Platform: Desktop (PC only)


    Wrapping it up

    As a blogger, words are one of your greatest assets.

    Having the right tools can ensure you never forget ideas and that your copy is optimized to drive engagement with your readers.

    Use this list as a starting point to discover your next favorite writing tools. Try them out at your own pace and see which ones fit your workflow and writing style.

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    Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know

    Many hardcore computer users might consider themselves above learning new tricks, but there are always new ways to sharpen your skills on the PC and we bet that you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn’t know before.

    We’ve compiled some of the most handy computer tricks you should be taking advantage of. The ultimate goal is to help you become more productive by shaving valuable seconds off your workflow. Of course, you can always pass along these tips to your not-so-savvy friends and family members to help them become better PC users as well.

    The original Tips & Tricks guide was published in 2013. We’ve since revised the article, pulled some tips that are no longer relevant, and added many more that we find to be must-haves on this list. The original guide was also very Windows-centric, and it continues to be to an extent, however we’ve added a lot of macOS equivalents and information relating to shortcuts generally used by desktop power users.

    General Tricks

    Bring back a closed tab We have dedicated a section to web browsing further down below, but this one is too useful to be missed. Accidentally closed a tab? Simply press Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the most recently closed tab and get back to what you were doing (Cmd + Shift + T on Macs).

    Window snapping and multiple monitor control Pressing the Windows Key + Arrow Keys will cause a window to quickly snap to each side of either monitor. Alternatively, hitting Shift + Windows Key + Arrows will cause the window to jump to the other monitor. While pressing Windows + P will allow you to quickly set up a second display or projector.

    As mentioned before, in macOS we favor leveraging the power of Mission Control to handle virtual desktops, switching between apps, and peaking at your desktop beautifully. Though Macs don’t support window snapping out of the box, a $0.99 app called Magnet comes highly recommended.

    Password-protect files A simple way to lock down access to certain files is to create an encrypted archive. Odds are you already have installed a copy of 7-Zip, WinRAR, or The Unarchiver (Mac) or some equivalent. Create a new archive, select to encrypt its contents and password protect them.

    Undo everywhere to fix those little mistakes Did you know you can undo almost any action? Ctrl + Z is the ultimate hot key, and for sure you knew about it already, however note that undo doesn’t just apply to typing. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can hit Ctrl + Z to bring it right back to where it was (Ctrl + Y will redo whatever you undid).

    YouTube keyboard shortcuts If you thought using the spacebar to pause a YouTube video was effective (except when focus is elsewhere and it doesn’t work), instead try using K for pausing, while J and L will step backward/forward 10 seconds. M works for mute. Super handy.

    Screenshot like you mean it Simply hitting print screen on your keyboard is the easiest way to capture a screenshot. But Windows and macOS provide several other ways to screenshot, many of which are better options. But then, there’s grabbing a screenshot and annotating. We love Monosnap for doing just that thanks to its simplicity, speed, and cross-platform support.

    Windows Power User Menu You can open a quick list of common power user destinations in Windows by right clicking the bottom left of the start button on Windows 8 and 10 which opens a context menu with shortcuts to power options, the event viewer, device manager and so on. This menu is also accessible by pressing the Windows key + X.

    Easily extract images from a Word (.docx) file Change the file name from .docx to .zip and open the file. The pictures will be in one of the directories.

    Find/delete large files wasting space A handy tool called Space Sniffer can be used to easily find which files and folders are taking up the most space on your drive. From there, you can delete them and open up a ton of storage space. Other Windows alternatives (free) include WinDirStat and TreeSize. On macOS you can use Finder or Siri to find large files with no third party app, but we like to use GrandPerspective.

    Delete the Windows.old folder. If you have plenty of free space and don’t mind the untidiness, you can simply ignore the folder and it should be deleted automatically 30 days after the update. But if you are strapped for storage space, you can use Windows’ own tools to remove it with ease.

    Command prompt here In the Windows File Explorer, type “cmd” into the address bar and it will open the command prompt in that directory.

    Reduce the number of programs running at startup If your PC is taking too long to boot, it’s probably because you have far too many programs running at startup. It’s easy to reduce these and it will make your PC launch noticeably faster. Make sure you research what you are turning off as some processes might be needed by third party programs you have installed.

    • Windows: Open the task manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and head to the startup tab to configure what programs you want to launch with your system.
    • Windows 7 and prior: Open run (Windows key + R) and enter msconfig to access a window with a similar startup section.
    • macOS: Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Select your user and click on the Login Items tab. You can remove or hide startup applications from here.

    Windows hidden “god mode” folder Windows offers a centralized Control Panel for all of the OS settings, making it easy for users to tweak everything from desktop background to setting up a VPN. To enter this mode, create a new folder with this exact name (copy and paste it): God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The folder icon will change to a Control Panel-style icon, and you will be able to jump in and change all kinds of settings.

    Typing Tricks

    Paste the plain text of what was copied When you copy text from any source, programs will usually include any formatting that comes with it. To paste this as plain text, press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of the standard Ctrl + V, and the system will paste unformatted text. This also works on Mac: Cmd + Shift + V.

    Note that many but not all programs follow this parameter, particularly Microsoft programs like Word or Outlook don’t, which is annoying. There are a few alternatives that go beyond copying and pasting in Notepad: 1) Ctrl + Alt + V will show a ‘paste special’ dialog box. 2) Ctrl + Spacebar will remove formatting in already pasted text. 3) Download Puretext and choose a hotkey to always paste plain text with it.

    Delete an entire word Instead of deleting a single letter, pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete the entire word behind the cursor. This makes deleting text quicker if you screw up a whole word.

    Move cursor to beginning of the next or previous word Moving the cursor around manually while typing is a great way to make your work take longer than it needs to. To speed up the process, move the cursor around with keyboard shortcuts. To move it to the beginning of the previous word, use Ctrl + Left Arrow. To move it to the beginning of the next word, use Ctrl + Right Arrow. In macOS you can accomplish the same using the Option key. To select words/paragraphs as you’re going, hold Shift + Ctrl + Arrow (up or down will select entire bodies of text).

    Making sub and superscript text If you need to make sub or superscript text (think exponents for superscript), press Ctrl + = for subscript and Ctrl + Shift + = for superscript.

    Use Windows’ character map to identify and create foreign symbols Search the Start menu for “character map” and you should find a utility that lets you copy every character imaginable and even provides an Alt + Numpad code for later use. For example, the euro sign (€) can be made with Alt + 0128.

    Keyboard Shortcuts

    Open the task manager directly If you want to bypass the interrupt that happens when pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and jump right to the task manager, hitting Ctrl + Shift + Esc will launch it directly.

    Use Spotlight Windows built-in search is not useless, but it certainly is unreliable and slow. macOS’ Spotlight on the other hand is brilliant. Hit Cmd + Spacebar to open an app by typing just the first 2-3 letters of its name, search for files, or even do calculations.

    Interrupt all processes Ctrl + Alt + Delete used to be a common PC shortcut, and one almost all power users are familiar with. The important thing to note is that it interrupts all processes, including the one that is bogging down your system, which can mean the difference between needing to restart or not. In macOS, you can also summon the Force Quit dialog box by using Cmd + Shift + Esc.

    Cycle through open windows Pressing Alt + Tab allows you to cycle through currently open windows (Alt + Shift + Tab will cycle backwards). This makes switching back and forth between running processes quick and painless. In macOS the shortcut is Cmd + Tab.

    Launch programs with your own hotkeys Right click the shortcut to any application in Windows, head into the properties and in the shortcut tab you should see a “shortcut key” field where you can type your preferred launch combo. Also of note, if you click the “advanced” options in the shortcut tab, you can set it to run as an Administrator, which is particularly useful for creating a shortcut to an elevated Command Prompt. This could be set to launch with the keys Ctrl + Alt + Numpad 1 for example.

    Close the current program Typing Alt + F4 will close the program that is running. This is useful as it saves you time mousing over the “X” and clicking. People will often use this as a joke, telling you to press Alt + F4 to fix a problem. Don’t fall for it unless you want to close what you are doing.

    Minimize all windows Sometimes you have a bunch of stuff running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows key + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. It should be noted that Windows + M offers similar functionality, but there is no undoing, so Windows + D is the more favorable approach. In macOS we favor leveraging the power of Mission Control to handle virtual desktops, switching between apps, and peaking at your desktop beautifully.

    You can use the menu key on a keyboard to right click Not every keyboard has the key (shown above), but many do. Pressing the button will right click whatever you have in focus/selected in Windows.

    Close the current window/tab Stick of moving all the way to that X button? Press Ctrl + W and the current window will close. (Don’t do it now, or you will miss the rest of the tricks!)

    Bring up the system information window This is so much quicker than digging this out the traditional way… Just press Windows + Pause/Break and the System Information panel will be ready to go. This might be the only use for the Pause/Break key you will ever find, so enjoy it!

    Use your keyboard to launch programs on the Windows taskbar Tapping the Windows key + the number that corresponds to the position of the program is a quick way to open them. For instance if Chrome were the second icon on your taskbar and that’s what you wanted to open, you’d hit Windows key + 2.

    Use your keyboard to navigate system tray icons Tapping the Windows key + B will automatically select the system tray area at which point you just have to highlight something with the arrow keys and hit enter to open it.

    Enable copy and paste in the Windows command prompt While you’re tinkering with the command prompt shortcut, if you right click it > head to Properties > Options > and check the box next to “QuickEdit mode” you will be able to select text with left click, copy with enter and paste with right click.

    Web Browsing Tricks

    Jump to address bar There are a number of ways to jump right to the address bar from anywhere in browser. Pressing Ctrl + L, F6, and Alt + D all accomplish this goal.

    Automatically add www. and .com to a URL You can shave off a couple of seconds typing in a URL by simply click Ctrl + Enter after you type the name of the site. Need .net instead of .com? Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead.

    Cycle through open tabs Pressing Ctrl + Tab while in a browser will flip between each one (Ctrl + Shift + Tab to go backwards). This can be much faster than moving the mouse and clicking on a tab. Ctrl + Num (1, 2, 3, 4, n..) will also take you to certain tab in that numeric order. Ctrl + 9 always brings you to the very last tab, even if it’s beyond the ninth one.

    Scroll through pages with the spacebar Tapping the spacebar on a website will scroll down in full page chunks and hitting shift + space will take you back up.

    Instant image search (Chrome only) If you hold down the “S” key and right click on an image, it will open an image search on a new tab.

    Use private browsing The uses for not having cookies and history saved are obvious for certain activities, you know, like shopping for gifts on a shared computer (of course!). Pressing Ctrl + Shift + N will launch a new private in Chrome, Ctrl + Shift + P will do it in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

    Convert your browser into a notepad Type this into the address bar and you can write notes. Alternatively, while not as fast. Use Google Keep or Gmail’s compose mail to write notes and have those saved on the cloud as you type and go.

    Icon-only bookmarks on your toolbar You can delete the name of your bookmarks leaving only the icon so they take up less space on the toolbar. In Chrome: right click the bookmark > edit > delete the name and save.

    Use the scroll wheel Put your middle mouse button to use by clicking on links to automatically open them in a new tab/window. Also if you use the scroll wheel button on a tab, it will close it.

    Copy links quicker Right click the link like usual but tap E on your keyboard to copy the link.

    Make content editable Bring up the console on Chrome or Firefox (right click, Inspect). On the console enter the command document.designMode = “on” that will let you edit any text on the screen.

    Zoom In, Reset Zoom Use the browser magnifier to adjust a website for more comfortable reading. Ctrl/Cmd + (plus/minus sign) does the trick. To reset to the default zoom level use Ctrl + 0.

    File Management Tricks

    Rename a file quickly Right-clicking and selecting rename is not very efficient. Instead press F2 while a file is selected to change its name. To alter the name of another file, type Tab without deselecting the current file. On Macs, hitting Enter will rename (which may sound counter-intuitive to Windows users) while Cmd + O is used to open.

    Cloud backup important files If you’re working on a critical project, make sure you aren’t backing up locally only. Services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or any of the other popular cloud storage solutions will do the legwork for you in the background. Of course, you can also throw the files on a thumb drive or external HDD to be extra safe, but backing up to the cloud can be done seamlessly.

    Rename files sequentially in Windows or Mac You actually don’t need to download any programs to perform a batch file rename. Instead, you can select all the files you want to change, right-click the first one in the list, select rename (or use F2), and type in the name. This will automatically change all the other files with the same root name with a suffix: (1), (2), and so on.

    On Mac, you can do something similar. Select the files, then right click and an option to rename the whole batch as a series will show up.

    Select multiple files using the keyboard To select a bunch of files using your keyboard, you can press Shift + Down Arrow to select a single file or Shift + Page Down to select a large group of files at one time. Ctrl + A will select everything.

    Right click drag files and folders in Windows And you’ll be presented with a context menu containing options to move, copy, zip or create a shortcut.

    Security Tips

    Lock your computer if you get up Sick of your “friends” going onto your computer at work or home and posting things on your Facebook/Twitter page on your behalf? It’s certainly an annoyance, but an easy one to prevent.

    Windows + L will lock your system right away, requiring a password (if you’ve set one) to log in again.

    On macOS use Cmd + Option + Power to log off. On the latest revision of macOS (High Sierra) a quicker option to simply lock the screen was added which works using the shortcut Cmd + Ctrl + Q.

    Scan suspicious files with VirusTotal If you’re worried about a file being infected, you can upload it to VirusTotal to have it checked by a few dozen antivirus engines from the cloud. Often times someone has already uploaded the same file, sparing you the wait.

    See who is logged on to your router Software such as Wireless Network Watcher makes this particularly easy and even has alarms for when someone new appears. You can also do this by logging into your router (common router IP addresses) and checking for a list of wireless clients which should display the name of the device, its currently assigned IP address and its MAC address.

    Permanently remove deleted data so software such as Recuva can’t undelete files/folders Open a command prompt and enter cipher /w:C: to wipe deleted files from your C: drive (change the letter to target a different drive or folder). If you need to go the extra mile and use a file shredder program, check out Eraser (Windows) and FileShredder (Mac).

    Read installers Even major programs can install toolbars and other unwanted pieces of software during installation. Take a few seconds to read each step to make sure you are not agreeing to install something other than the program you were actually seeking. Far too often people just push next over and over, and end up with a browser covered in various search bars that just aren’t needed. In the worst of scenarios, these can have nefarious intentions.

    Run programs on an infected PC Malware may prevent a computer from running certain programs. Changing the name of the .exe file can often override this. If that doesn’t work, changing the extension to .com is another useful alternative, and the program will still be able to run despite the extension change.

    Other Third-Party App Tricks

    Steam: Move games to another drive or partition Software such as Steam Mover used to be required for this process and although these third party solutions should still work, Steam now provides the ability to store games on multiple drives: Go to Steam > Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folders, make a new Steam library folder on the new drive, then right click on an already installed game in your Steam library > Properties > Local Files tab > Move install folder… > Choose the directory > Move folder.

    Repeat last command in Excel Pressing F4 in Excel repeats the last command. A great example we found on Reddit: if you select a cell and highlight it yellow, you can then highlight any other selected cells yellow by pressing F4.

    Use Windows’ Problem Steps Recorder This handy tool automatically records any mouse clicks and takes screenshots for you. If you need tech assistance with your computer, go to Start and search for “steps recorder“. Use the tool and by the time you are finished, you can send this information, neatly compiled automatically, to the person helping you with the issue. It will make the process of finding the problem much easier for them, which means you will be able to get your system up and running faster.

    VLC: Fix unsynced audio and subtitles In the popular media player VLC, if your audio loses sync with the video or subtitles, there is an easy way to fix this. Simply pressing J or K will move the audio forward or backwards. Similarly, to sync the subtitles you can press H or G.

    Expand your text to full page width in Microsoft Word We don’t see this feature used quite enough and by default Word leaves a lot of unused space toward the margins. Head to View > Zoom > and choose Text Width > OK. Now whatever you’re writing should fill out most of the Word page.

    Using these tips and tricks on a daily basis will most certainly make your time on the computer more enjoyable, or at least more practical.

    So, did you learn something that you didn’t know before?

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    Speed up a Windows 10 computer

    The Microsoft Windows 10 operating system is quite efficient and performs well using default settings. However, it is possible to speed up Windows 10 even more and improve its performance. Try one or more of the following options to speed up your Windows 10 computer, as well as help reduce or eliminate potential errors.

    Turn off shadowing and visual effects

    Windows 10 includes some appealing look and feel features to program windows, text, icons, and other areas. While it may look nice and even flashy, it comes at a cost. Those features, otherwise known as shadowing and visual effects, use up system resources, which can cause Windows to run slower.

    To turn off these resource draining features, follow the steps below.

    1. In the Search Windows text box, next to the Start button on the taskbar, type sysdm.cpl and press Enter.
    2. In the System Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
    3. On the Advanced tab, click the Settings button in the Performance section.
    4. In the Performance Options window, select the Adjust for best performanceoption, then click the OK button.

    Windows 10 Performance Options

    Tip: If you have picture files and like to see a thumbnail of that picture as the icon for the file, check the box for the Show thumbnails instead of icons option. Doing so will result in the Custom option being selected instead of the Adjust for best performance option, which is okay.

    Adjust Windows power settings

    Computers use power, that is no secret. However, how and where computers use power is something that most people are unaware of. By default, the Windows operating system often utilizes a power plan that can result in slower computer performance. If you have a desktop computer, or a laptop computer connected to a power adapter, you can adjust the power plan used by Windows and increase the computer’s performance.

    Note: If you have a laptop computer and are using the battery instead of the power adapter, it is recommended that you do not adjust the power plan. The battery can be drained much faster if you adjust the power plan to allow for higher performance in Windows.

    To view and adjust the power plan in Windows, follow the steps below.

    1. Open the Windows Control Panel.
    2. Find and click the Power Options utility.
    3. In the Power Options window, select the High performance power plan, then close the window.

    Windows power plan options

    If you want to adjust or the settings of the High performance power plan, click the Change plan settings link next to that power plan option. You can adjust two power settings in the Edit Plan Settings window, or click the Change advanced power settings link to further adjust the power plan settings.

    Run Windows System Maintenance

    Windows 10 has a built-in maintenance utility that can help find and fix issues in the operating system. It can also identify and run processes that can help improve computer performance.

    To access and use the Windows System Maintenance utility, follow the steps below.

    1. In the Search Windows text box, next to the Start button on the task bar, type system maintenance, then press Enter.
    2. In the Security and Maintenance window, click the Troubleshooting link towards the bottom of the window.
    3. In the Troubleshooting window, under the System and security section, click the Run maintenance tasks link.
    4. Click the Next button to run the Troubleshooter utility. If a message appears saying to run the Troubleshooter as an administrator, click the Try troubleshooting as an administrator option.

    Windows Troubleshooter

    1. If any errors or issues are found, or any suggestions are provided, follow the steps to fix the errors and issues, and implement the suggestions.

    Stop/remove TSRs and disable startup programs

    Programs and processes that run in the background, known as TSRs, use up memory on the computer and can cause the computer to run more slowly than it could. Some of these programs and processes are not essential to the operating of the computer and Windows operating system, and they can be turned off.

    To turn off and disable TSRs and other programs that startup with Windows, follow the steps provided on the web page linked below.

    • How to remove TSRs and startup programs

    If you are unsure which programs and processes to turn off and disable, visit the Should I Block It website linked below and search for the name of the process or program. The Should I Block It website can help you determine if the process or program is needed or not for correct computer, Windows, or other software operation.

    • Should I Block It?

    Clean the Windows registry

    The Windows registry stores lots of information about the operating system, software, and files. If there is bad information, incorrect shortcuts to programs, or other problems, it can cause the computer to run slow. Issues in the registry can also cause errors, including blue screen of death errors.

    Correcting problems in the registry can help to speed up a computer, allow it to run more efficiently, and eliminate errors. The registry is very complex and not something you want to fix manually, as it could cause even worse problems. Using a registry cleaner is a better option. Below are a couple registry cleaners that we recommend.

    • CCleaner – fixes many registry issues, and includes several additional tools to speed up a computer
    • EasyCleaner – a basic, but powerful registry cleaner
    • Glary Utilities – a powerful registry cleaner, and includes several additional tools to free up hard drive space and improve computer performance.
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