10minutemail – cool website to avoid spam

10minutemail – cool website to avoid spam

What is 10minutemail?

When was the last time when you wanted to check a service or download a free ebook from a website and you were not sure if it’s worth signing up and giving your email address to be spammed for the rest of your life?

We found a solution to some of the spam that hits your inbox: 10minutemail.com

10minutesmailThis website does exactly what the name says: 10 Minute Mail gives you a temporary email address that received mail that expires after 10 minutes (you can extend the expiring time by pressing a button and you’re getting another 10 minutes).

Unlike many other proxy email services, doesn’t get blocked, because they’re constantly changing their domain names

You can read all the emails that are sent to this address directly on the page without needing to login to any inbox.

You can also reply to the sender by clicking a button. In the past, you could even forward this email to your good current address, but this functionality is temporarily closed because of the abuse.

How do you use 10MinuteMail?

  • When you need an e-mail address to fill out an online form or registration, just open another window or tab and go to 10MinuteMail.com.
  • The e-mail address you see on the page is yours. You are the only person who can see that address.
  • You can copy it from the window, or just click on the icon that looks like two sheets of paper which will automatically copy the e-mail address to your clipboard. DO NOT CLOSE the 10MinuteMail.com window.
  • Then paste the e-mail address into the website you needed it for, complete the registration/form/whatever.
  • If the site sends you an e-mail, it should show up on the 10MinuteMail.com page, down on the page, under the Messages section. It may take a couple of minutes to arrive.
  • Once you see it there, just click on it, and you can read the e-mail. Then you can click on any links, or get any information you need.
  • When you are done, just close the 10MinuteMail.com window, or wait for the 10 minutes to expire. That’s it.

10MinuteMail FAQs

Do I need to sign up or provide any information to you?

Nope! Just hit the site and you have a private secure address ready and waiting for you. You don’t need to do ANYTHING else!

What happens to my e-mail after the 10 minutes is up?

After your e-mail address expires, all of your e-mail is deleted, and the address itself stops working a minute later.

What if I need more time?

If the e-mail you are waiting for still hasn’t arrived, you can click on the link that says Give me 10 More Minutes, which will reset the countdown timer.

What shouldn’t I use 10MinuteMail for?

If you trust the site, then it’s probably easiest to use your real e-mail address. Many people have lost accounts when they forgot the password, and had left their account e-mail as a long expired 10MinuteMail address.

Can you recover an e-mail I lost, or got sent after the 10 minutes were up?

I’m sorry but I can’t. The e-mails are never saved and I never have access to them.

Enjoy our pick for this week Cool Website Wednesday and please don’t spam! 🙂

Dorin – founder and web strategist for Upward Consulting

Best Way To Do A Video Conference – Zoom review

Best Way To Do A Video Conference – Zoom review

Best Way To Do A Video Conference – Zoom review

Do you want a secure, easy-to-use platform for messaging, audio and video conferencing and webinars? Use ZOOM!

What is Zoom?

Zoom.us offers communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.

Zoom market shareZoom is revolutionizing the ways teams collaborate. Whether you’re connecting multiple conference rooms or adding remote attendees. Meeting face-to-face is as simple as a single touch.

Zoom Video Communications is a company headquartered in San Jose, California, founded in 2011. Currently, it has just under 2000 employees.

Zoom is growing in popularity having a 10.5% market share (getting closer to Skype that has almost 15%). In March 2019 the company was valued just under $16 billion dollars.

How to use Zoom?

You do not need a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting, only the host is required to have an account to enable the scheduling of meetings.

You can access Zoom via the Zoom application on your desktop or from your smartphone.

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Zoom Features

Zoom is designed to help more than 700,000 businesses around the world bring their teams closer together with innovative communication and collaboration services. They’re recognised as being one of the best options on the market in terms of ease of use, stability, and video and audio quality. The main features of Zoom include:

  1. Meetings: The “Meetings” service is designed for collaboration, training, and technical support. It features whiteboarding, screen sharing, HD video and audio, and remote screen control features
  2. Video Webinar: For those who want to host a webinar online, the Zoom video webinar feature provides access for up to 100 interactive participants, with packages that allow for up to 100,000 view-only attendees. Sharing is simple with a single click, and there’s even dual-screen support
  3. Zoom Rooms: Zoom Rooms are Zoom’s collaboration offering, intended for everything from huddle rooms, to executive offices, and conference rooms. You can include remote participants, use one-touch meeting start features, etc.
  4. Business IM: Companies can stay connected with text, image, and audio file delivery over instant messaging communications. You can build groups, set presence status, and search through content for the files you need
  5. 323/SIP Connector: Bring your standards-based systems into the cloud with the Zoom connector features. This allows you to enable room systems from a range of vendors to communicate with your mobile, tablet, and desktop devices with a single touch
  6. Developer Platform: Finally, Zoom allows developers to create their own stack solutions with video, voice, and screen sharing APIs. Simply browse through the resources and join the community to submit requests for APIs

Zoom App – zoom is available to use on iOS and Android devices

Zoom Pricing

 There are 4 types of accounts:

  • Basic (Free)
  • Pro
  • Business / Enterprise
  • Education

 Basic: A basic user is a user without a paid license. A basic user can host meetings with up to 100 participants. If 3 or more participants join, the meeting will time out after 40 minutes.

Pro: A pro user is a paid account user who can host meetings with up to 100 participants. Pro users have these additional features available:

  • Customize Personal Meeting ID
  • Record to the Zoom cloud
  • Be an alternative host
  • Assign others to schedule and schedule on behalf of
  • Utilize account add-ons such as conference room connector
  • Be assigned user add-ons such as large meeting, webinar, or personal audio conference
  • Customize Personal Link, if on a business or education account

 Overall, the Zoom experience is intuitive and simple, perfect for when you want to evolve your communications strategy without a great deal of financial and time investment.

 Give it a try and let us know what you think. Or let us know in the comments what other productivity tools you use.

Dorin – web strategist for Upward Consulting

How To Save Articles To Read Later – Pocket review

How To Save Articles To Read Later – Pocket review

How To Save Articles To Read Later – Pocket review

Ever run across a great article you didn’t have time to read at that moment but wanted to remember to come back to later?

If you want to view later, put it in Pocket.

What is Pocket?

Pocket will allow you to store all the web articles that you didn’t have time to read (or the ones that you find interesting and want to review them later).

Pocket is a free app, that allows you to clip all the web pages and blog posts articles that you want to have a look on later and store them for offline browsing when you have the time.

How to use Pocket?  

Pocket Chrome extension

If you are in front of your computer or laptop, you can install a Chrome extension and every time you find something interesting while browsing the Internet, just click on the Pocket icon

 

Pocket add tabs

Once you save the page, you can assign any tags (to help you search it later).

 

Pocket App

Pocket has an IOs or Android app, so whatever articles you stored in your List, they will come up on your phone, so you can read it offline at your leisure.

Also, if the article has embedded rich content, like podcast or video, you can access that content from your phone as well.

You can use the Pocket app on your smartphone not just to read it, but to organise articles.

One great feature is “listen to article feature”, so you can use the app when you are in the gym training, or while running or commuting as it has a narrate feature, so you can listen to your article while doing other things.

Pocket Features

salve articles to read later using pocket

 

POCKET IS THE PLACE TO ABSORB GREAT CONTENT

Use Pocket to capture and curate your own content that comes at you all day long. Save the latest news, sports, blog articles and videos from any device, and any publisher or app.

SAVE FROM ANYWHERE

Save the latest news, magazine articles, stories, videos, recipes – anything you discover online or subscribe to, from any publisher like New York Times, The Guardian, BBC News, Google News, Buzzfeed, Twitter, Youtube, etc.

REST YOUR EYES. FIND YOUR FOCUS

Love long reads? Pocket’s typography and layout keep reading comfortable for longer stretches.

Love to read at night? Try our new dark and sepia themes to reduce visual stimulation before you sleep.

LISTEN TO ARTICLES

Probably this is my favourite feature of Pocket: the listen feature.

Pocket turns any news story, article, or blog post into a hands-free, eyes-free learning experience. Now you can enjoy the content that you saved while you are in the gym, while you cook, walk or drive.

READ EVERYWHERE

If it’s in your Pocket, it’s on your phone, laptop, tablet and computer – even when you’re offline.

Estimated reading times

Pocket also has an estimated reading times help you turn any time into quality time.

USE POCKET PREMIUM

You can also upgrade anytime to Pocket Premium for features like advanced search, unlimited highlights and automatic article backups.

Give it a try and let us know what you think. Or let us know in the comments what other productivity tools you use.

Dorin – web strategist for Upward Consulting

What is a Trello board?

What is a Trello board?

So what is Trello?

And why did I pick trello.com for Cool Website Wednesday?

trello

Trello is a productivity platform, a collaboration tool that allows you to group projects into boards. On each board (A), you can add cards (C), like we used to so with sticky notes.

Each Trello board have lists (B) that keep cards organised. You can use the lists to create workflows where cards are moved across lists, or you can use them to keep track of ideas and information. You can add any number of lists to a board as you please.

trello list

Cards are used to create tasks and ideas. On each card, you can add checklists, add comments, due dates, labels, attachments, embed videos, add links, etc. You can drag and drop them on different lists to show progress.

trello card

Team members

You can invite as many people to your board as you need. Just drag and drop people from your team to cards and everyone will see the same board. This is a great feature as everyone sees the whole picture all at once.

On each board, there is a menu (D) used to manage members, filter cards or enable Power-Ups.

Trello Power-Ups help teams meet their unique business needs through adaptable features and integrations with other tools like burn down charts, calendar, Slack, Google Drive and so much more.

How much Trello cost?

Trello pricing has a free option and three paid plans starting from $10 per month. The Individual plan is ideal for small teams that don’t need a lot of collaboration tools. The Business plan is ideal for small to medium-sized teams that work closely together.

Trello Pricing

Top Trello Alternatives

Top Trello alternatives are Monday.com, Mavenlink.com.

Popular Trello integrations

Here is a list of some of Trello’s popular integrations:

Give it a try and let us know what you think. Or let us know in the comments what other productivity tools you use.

Dorin – web strategist for Upward Consulting

Improve Your Blog Articles With The Hemingway App

Improve Your Blog Articles With The Hemingway App

Improve your blog articles with the Hemingway App

To rank your business online you need to write great content for your target audience. So it’s imperative that your blog articles go through a comprehensive review process.

Even the most seasoned writers need a second or third set of eyes to scan their work – even then, mistakes can still slip through the cracks.

A free tool like Hemingway is great for anyone who wants peace of mind before hitting publish.

What is Hemingway?

The Hemingway app is an online tool that focuses on improving the overall style of your writing.

Hemingway app it’s not as in-depth grammar checker like Grammarly, but, using a visual approach, is great to check the quality of the writing.

Simply paste your content into the app and you’ll get an analysis that highlights overly dense passages, unnecessary verbs and more.

What are the suggestions made by the Hemingway tool?

The tool has some colors marks with blue, for example, weak and hesitant language and it suggests to remove those words.

Hemingway App editor

  • Yellow Sentences: These sentences Hemingway identifies as lengthy or structurally Hemingway suggests to split or simplify yellow highlighted sentences.
  • Red Sentences: Hemingway feels these sentences meander and may confuse readers. Rework these sentences until the red highlight vanishes.
  • Purple Words: The chosen color here is an in-joke for writers. Purple words have a more suitable, simpler alternative. Hover over them to see Hemingway’s suggestion.
  • Blue Words: Blue words are adverbs or weak and hesitant language. Hemingway feels these should be omitted.
  • Green Phrases. These indicate the use of passive voice. While this may be appropriate in some contexts, the active voice is typically preferred.

How to use Hemingway editor?

There are two ways to use Hemingway editor: online (free) or as a desktop version (that has an one-time payment of $19.99)

When using the online editor, you can choose between one of two modes: Write and Edit.

“Write” is to use for distraction-free writing.

Once you finish writing, you can click the “Edit” button and you will get all the suggestions and analysis.

This consists of the following three sections:

  1. Formatting options at the top of the screen.
  2. Coloured highlights of your text in the centre of the screen, indicating the type of improvements Hemingway thinks you should make.
  3. A summary of Hemingway’s findings on the right hand of the screen.

Have you used Hemingway App before? Do you prefer it to the other options out there? Let us know in the comments if you know other tools that help you write great blog articles.

Dorin – web strategist for Upward Consulting

Reasons why you need a website: Anchor for your marketing

Reasons why you need a website: Anchor for your marketing

Having your own company is tough and a lot of small business owners run a lean operation. They watch very carefully on what they spend their money. So it’s easy to see why almost half of the small businesses don’t have a website.

Is a website a luxury item for your business and can you afford to live without?

 

In our opinion, the only way to start promoting a business is by building a professional website. We mention in a previous article that your website gives your business credibility. Let’s look at another reason why is important to have a website for your business.

The website is the anchor for your marketing

website is the anchor for marketing effortsBefore you print a business card or spend any money on advertising, you need to start your marketing by creating a website.

Your company’s website will be like an anchor for all of your advertising efforts. All your business details, all your services, all your products and promotions should be on your website first. Then you can create other marketing materials that drive customers to your website for additional information.

How many times did you search for a company online that you have done business with before just to find the address details, the opening hours or a number to call to make an appointment or get extra information.

I’m amazed that business owners spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy a fancy car for an image, but are reluctant to spend few thousands to get a professional website that people see every time online when they search for their business name.

Often your website is the first thing that people to see, not your fancy car. And first impressions count and they’re often impossible to erase.

A website is more than a giant public bulletin board where people can find things about you. A functional website can allow you to communicate with your customers. They can ask you questions, concerns, feedback, leave reviews and even give you suggestions about what services interest them more. This give you an option, as a business owner, to focus on how you can create more business value for them.

A professional website is a marketing tool that costs you ONE TIME and continues to pay you back. It allows you to get more clients, improves your marketing and puts your business online where anyone can find you 24/7.

Contact us if you need help with your website.

Dorin, your friendly online marketer
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Reasons why you need a website: Credibility

Reasons why you need a website: Credibility

Why do you need a website?

If you are a small business owner (or you’re just starting out), you may think there’ no benefit in having a website when you can do on Social Media. Or you may decide to save money and get a freebie and do it yourself. Or maybe you have an established business that has relied on word of mouth and think that you are doing quite well.

We are planning to write a series of articles about why your business needs a website so we don’t have a huge blog article.

So, let’s start with the 1st reason:

1. YOUR BUSINESS WILL GAIN CREDIBILITY

More and more people are searching online for things they want, for solutions to problems or for information about a restaurant, a business or a store. If you don’t have a website, potential customers will go to your competitors who do, especially if you are a home-based business.

Having a website will give you and your business credibility besides providing the information they are looking for. It says “I am here. I mean business and I am here to stay!”

I am still amazed that in 2018, almost half of businesses don’t have a website! The recent Telstra Small Business Intelligence report found that 83% or customers believe using a search engine is very important to search for a business and still more than half of small business owners decide to have one.

47% of customers under the age of 40 report using a search engine to find (or research) a small business at least once a day.

FIRST IMPRESSION COUNT

Let’s face it, we live in a word where we “Google” before we buy almost anything, review sites using Yelp and we “check-in” via Facebook. Beginning with your website, consumers are passing judgement and making a decision whether or not they will even call you (rather than visiting your store, restaurant or office).

They are likely to dismiss you entirely if they think that your website doesn’t reflect the kind of experience your business should offer.

NO WEBSITE MEANS LOSING BUSINESS

If you don’t have a website, you are missing opportunities for customers to identify who you are and if they want to spend money with you.

“Have a bad website is better to have a no website at all.”

Having a D.I.Y freebie website is better than having a website at all, but is it providing the professional image you desire for your brand?

Sometimes having a bad website can be worse sing it literally makes your business look bad.

child building websitesThat’s nothing less professional online than a website that looks that was design by a kid in his 5th grade as a school project! Businesses invest in flyers and other marketing materials and completely disregard the way the website looks.

Where you are a solo operator, or you have a team of 100 people, your website should appear as if you have a dedicated team to keep your online presence strong and noteworthy. For most small businesses, it is not necessary to update your website every day. However, having a professional website, that offers customers easy navigation, professional quality content and overall experience that engages them enough to do business with you is the key.

With careful planning, a functional website designed with your customers’ needs in mind can provide a professional image that your business needs to grab the attention of the visitors.

In our next article, we will cover more reasons why your business needs a website.

Until then, work on your online business presence! You contact us to do a free health check on your website to give you suggestions of what you can do to improve it.

Dorin, your friendly online marketer
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Use Pomodoro Technique to be more productive and more focused

Use Pomodoro Technique to be more productive and more focused

What is Pomodoro Technique?

 

pomodoro timerThe “Pomodoro technique” is a management methodology developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s. It a nutshell is focusing 25 minutes at a time on a single task in order to get the todo list’s jobs from done. Pomodoro means “tomato” in Italian and it was inspired from a tomato-shaped kitchen timer used by Francesco to track his time.

 

Why use Pomodoro?

 

Because already more than 2 million people have already used it to transform their lives, making them more focused and more productive.  This technique allows you to focus on one task at a time and not getting distracted by everything else that is happening in your life. Being focus rather than reactive.

 

How does it work?

#1. Split the tasks you work each day into short 25-minute parts (‘pomodoros’) and focus your attention on what needs to be done for only a task, manage distractions better. All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a kitchen timer.

If you are not alone in your office, maybe it will be disruptive to have a kitchen timer and you should consider an online version (or a mobile version). The online version that I use in my browser is: https://tomato-timer.com/

 

#2. While working on a longer task, between those ‘pomodoros’ use small 5 min breaks to help your ability to concentrate on the task.

The breaks allow you to return to the task with fresh eyes. And it also stops procrastination as you’re working in short bursts and stops the tasks feeling overwhelming.

It also helps you estimate the duration of the tasks that you want to get done. On my downloadable version of Pomodoro sheet you can see the Effort column. This will help me improve my estimates for future similar tasks.

It’s important to complete a Pomodoro before taking a break. Ideally, if you remember that you need to do something, stop for a second and add that task on the Pomodoro Sheet, and keep on working on the initial task. If you are forced to stop what you’re working on in the middle of the Pomodoro, you just don’t record it.

#3. After 4 Pomodors, you should take a longer break (10-30 minute).

#4. Repeat the process until the task is completed.

I also use a Priority method that I’ve got from Bryan Tracey’s book “Eat the frog!” to ensure that I will focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done.

Each task will get a letter A, B, C, D followed by a number (from 0-9) to know the order of the tasks that I need to work on.

 

“A” = very important (something you must do)

“B” – “important (something you should do)

“C” – nice to do (less important than A or B tasks)

“D” – “Delegate”

“E” – “eliminate” (whenever possible).

So, for example, an A0 task is more important than an A1 task and it has to be done first.

 

How to measure the Pomodoro technique?

 

If you want to use the template that I’ve develop, click the link to download it.

time managementOver to you

Do you use this technique? Or what other tools or best practices do you use to be more productive?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Dorin, your friendly online marketing specialist

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Why do you need to create landing pages for your business?

Why do you need to create landing pages for your business?

The short answer is we need landing pages because they help increase the conversion rates for different products or services that you try to promote on your website. But first, let’s see what a landing page is …

What are landing pages?

Landing pages are valuable marketing tools that can benefit your business. The reason of having a landing page is to provide people with a clear, direct call to action and to make it easy for them to buy your products, or subscribe to your list, or to contact you. Unlike other normal pages that sit on your website landing pages are great to educate your website visitors about your products or services and nurture them to act and press that CTA (call to action) button.

Landing pages help your business to focus on a specific goal!

 

Start with the goal in mind

Before you get started and ask your developer to build you a landing page you need to start with a goal in mind. Maybe you want to get more leads, so the purpose of your landing page might be to grow your list, or maybe you want to advertise a product or a service that you provide to your clients and you want to promote it and get more sales, whatever the case might be, start with the goal!

Choose your audience

If you want to get more conversion from people that visit your landing pages be mindful of who your audience is when you craft the content of the landing page. Instead of being too generic you might need to consider building multiple landing pages that target a specific portion of the audience.

Structure of the landing page

structure of a landing pageSame as a well-crafted email or a social media campaign, create the content of the landing page following the structure below:

Headline: create a headline that grabs the attention of your visitors and entices them to stay on the page. Your headline is the first thing your visitors see when they land on your page. Make a great first impression so they stay and read on.

Body: get rid of the fluff. Every work on your page that doesn’t represent your goal is a distraction that will dilute your message and reduce the conversion rate. Your message should be simple and to the point. Instil a sense of urgency in your copy so they can act right now.

Use beautiful images: Invest in great images that convey the message that you want to transmit in your landing page.

Call to Action (CTA): Have a clear CTA. Enhance the “look and feel” of your call to action to get more leads or more subscribers.

Footer: include your contact information in the footer, so customers can contact you if they have any questions.

Build trust with reviews

build trust with reviewsI believe that you read reviews when you by anything online, don’t you? If you do, you know how important are the online reviews.

85% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.

 

Take advantage of the positive feedback you’ve received from your existing clients by including their testimonials or their Google/Facebook reviews on your website.

Promote your landing page

Once you’ve designed and published your landing page, it’s time to start promoting it to your audience.  Share the landing page URL as frequently as you’d like. Drive traffic from your social media channels to your landing page. Also, you might want to include it into your email signature or upcoming email campaign. Be strategic and use it in other marketing channels to your advantage.

Have a plan for new customers and subscribers

Have a plan to nurture the people who clicked the CTA of the landing page. Stay in touch with new subscribers and returning customers and provide a personalised relevant content. Reward them for their action and treat them as VIP.

Keep the conversation going and introduce them to your business through automated welcome series of messages.

Landing pages are a great way to connect with your audience and drive conversion, more signups and more sales for your business.

Need help creating a landing page that can get more clicks, more signups and more sales for your business? Let’s have a chat!

Dorin, your friendly online marketer
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