November 23, 2014

Cloud Backup Made Easy

Cloud Storage? Yes, but which one?

I’m sure you’ve heard that advertising catch phrase “To the cloud”, but do you know exactly what cloud storage means and how it can be a benefit to you?

Cloud storage is a descriptive way of saying that your documents and files stored on your computer are uploaded to backup company’s hard disk. Essentially, the company you choose stores the files on their hard disk at another location anywhere in the world.

 Safety, Security and Peace of Mind

These files are accessible only by you and are encrypted (even if they somehow were accessed they would not be readable) and kept safe by the hosting company as part of your agreement with them.

I personally pay for backup storage with a well-known company. We have two computers to back up, so we have a plan for each. The cost is minimal considering the benefit of peace of mind knowing I can always get to my files. How does it work? The company you choose will have a program you can download that links to their service site.

You can choose options such as the time of day you want your files backed up, the locations of those files on your computer, and will have some sort of indicator to show when all the files have been saved. It’s a one-time setup for the program and the rest is automatic.

For us, we leave our computers on and our cloud backup occurs in the middle of the night when we are less likely to be using our computers. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your computer when the cloud backup is taking place. It’s just easier (in my opinion) to do it at that time in case there is any kind of slow down while backing up.

Top Ten Cloud Storage

If you’re looking for more information to use so that you feel you’re choosing the best cloud storage I suggest Top Ten Cloud Storage as a great place to start. They will answer frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), you can determine the plan that best fits your needs. Personally, I love a site that’s already done all the research for me and put all the answers on one site.

Top Ten Cloud Storage goes an extra mile by displaying testimonials by actual users of cloud storage hosts.  They also have a blog, a forum and a presence on Twitter and Facebook.

Is There Such A Thing As Too Socially Connected? Nope!

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Article first published as Is There Such a Thing as Too Socially Connected? Nope! on Technorati.

Facebook, Twitter and now Google+? Aare we just like dogs chasing our social networking tails?  Obviously, those three are just a very abbreviated example of all the ways to be socially connected, but have you ever considered just how “out there” in the social universe you really are?

In just the last week my friends and I on Facebook have been discussing how we spend so much time on keeping up socially online that we aren’t spending that time doing what would be more productive or valuable.  Have you kept track of how long it takes you to check into Facebook, read the updates from family, friends and business associates? Now, multiply that by all the other sites you check daily, or at least weekly.  We all know they’re referred to as “time wasters”, but are they really?  No matter what, when you submit a written word anywhere online that is a form of “social networking”.

Put Your Online Social Life On Auto Pilot

Can you put any of them on automatic pilot, so to speak?  My niche happens to be in the genealogy world.  Even there I find myself sharing links, promoting other genealogy blogs and tweeting with hashtags like #genealogy #history and most recently #SCGS11 for the Southern CA Genealogical Society 2011 Jamboree in Burbank this month.

Here’s what I do to keep in touch and yet not have to do anymore than hit the submit button.

On my iPentimento | Genealogy and History blog (WordPress self-hosted), when I post a new article it automatically is sent to Twitter which in turn also submits it to Facebook. It was as simple as giving permission to either site to perform that action.  This is built right into the WordPress backend.

Plugins on my blog enable me to add links to my own previous articles, as well as new products, blogs and share reviews.  Here are some of the plugins I use:

AddThis: An oldie, but a goodie because it makes it super easy for your reader to share your content with others. It’s also great to utilize for adding blog juice (SEO) to your site. AddThis

CMF Ads: I’m able to display other blog’s 125 X 125 link ads and they in turn host a link to mine. It’s kind of like a blogroll but with images. (Ben Barden) CMF Ads

CommentLuv: the big daddy of social commenting just launched a new version and it’s now possible to leave comments on CommentLuv enabled sites and no longer worry about getting ‘banned’ when the CL server isn’t able to pick up your feed. As a plus, CommentLuv just this week is now hosted by a new server that’s more efficient than ever. (Andy Bailey) CommentLuv

TwitterLink Comments: Another nifty social plugin by Andy Bailey but it’s purpose is to reward your commentor with a place to add their Twitter name. It’s a plugin to show a link to follow the comment author on twitter if they have entered in their username at least once in the comment form. TwitterLink Comments

Thank Me Later: Automatically sends a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. Thank Me Later

WordPress PlusOne This: New plugin by Dennis Hernandez it automatically adds Google’s PlusOne button to your posts. WordPress PlusOne This

The point here is that getting your presence out there in the online social world involves a little initial effort to adopt all the ways to initiate it, but once you do, it’s almost automatic.

 

 

 

 

EasyAzon WP Plugin Makes Earning A Snap

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I’ve just started using a new WordPress plugin called EasyAzon which, as you might have guessed, is for use with Amazon purchases.  One of the reasons I’ve adopted it is because I’m always looking for ways to integrate automatic monetization using this blog.  Also, one of the things I’ve noticed is that Kindle’s are really coming down in price and if you would like to buy one through my site it helps to promote this blog.

CLICK HERE

Check out EasyAzon today and let me know what you think!

Come And Get Your CommentLuv Here

 

We waited for years, months, weeks, days…and then it finally arrived: the new version of CommentLuv in all its social networking goodness.  If you have a WordPress blog you can get your version for free soon.  I’ve always been on the list for the early launch version and so I was thrilled to install it yesterday.  Andy Bailey has (again) given us (yes, it’s FREE) a premier blog plugin and this time with ‘extra sauce’. ;)

I am an affiliate, so this link to get the version 2.9 CommentLuv plugin is sponsored, but most generally I don’t post affiliate links here unless it’s something I use or in which I truly believe.  Or, if someone wants to pay me a gazillion bucks…

So, what’s so great about CommentLuv? It’s the links to your last 10 blog posts that CL grabs and you get to show them off on someone else’s blog!  OK, enough blabbing about this great plugin.  Just go watch the very short (2 min.) video and proceed to download at your leisure.

Just to let you know too, I have already installed Andy’s other newest plugin that shows up on my dashboard and displays who left a comment so I can go and visit their blog and do the same for them.  (Hint, hint) leave a little CommentLuv! :)

 

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