Ghost 4.0 launched with new design and features

Ghost’s 4.0 just launched on Product Hunt. I was inquisitive about the new design and features, so I went ahead and updated this blog from Ghost 3.0. I will do a more detailed review later, but here’s the first glimpse of Ghost 4.0: Updated editor The editor itself got a small design update, and looks … Read more

Debunking pagespeed myths

Website performance is an area with few experts and plenty of opinions. As a website owner trying to improve pagespeed, it’s common to receive conflicting “expert” opinions, and in some cases, even be told that it’s not necessary. I decided to create this guide with extensive Google documentation to be your true north in such … Read more

I made an online title case text converter

In the last year, I found myself using online title case text converters regularly. From blogging to writing ad copy, I would google “Titlecase” or “Title case converter,” then click on one of the first results and do my work. The problem was that all of them run ads that bring the following problems: 1. … Read more

Ahrefs webmaster tools, a free SEO tool for content creators

What Is Ahrefs webmaster tools? This is a rough first review of Ahrefs Webmaster Tools (or AWT), Ahrefs’ new free tool for webmasters and online content creators. AWT offers some free functionality for new Ahrefs users, that is meant to complement Google Search Console. Moreover, for existing Ahrefs users it opens to everyone parts of … Read more

Using Cloudflare Stream to serve fast, ad-free video content on your website

Video has become a popular channel for online entrepreneurs. With more and more online creators utilizing this medium, it was time for me to dive into video hosting and stream from a website marketing perspective. I am particularly interested in solutions for streaming content in your own websites where you own your content and your … Read more

Privacy-focused alternatives to Google analytics

For many website owners installing Google Analytics is the first thing we do when starting a new website. It’s understandable. GA is the industry standard, it’s robust, free to use, plays well with the Google ecosystem, and the level of insight it provides is essential for effective online marketing. My top reason for switching from … Read more

How to use Google’s pagespeed insights API with Python

There’s renewed interest in website performance in the last year or two. I think the trend started with Google announcing that Pagespeed is a ranking signal for both search and ads (quality score). If you know anything about how the SEO industry works, it’s pretty obvious what happened next. Everyone jumped on the trend-wagon of … Read more

The top 6 small business marketing podcasts in my library

You may wonder what’s different about my take on this topic since there are so many podcast lists out there! I personally subscribe and listen to the podcasts I recommend below. Although some of them I’d consider technical and better suited for marketers rather than business owners, I think that doing business today means doing … Read more

Google’s May 2020 core update

This post will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. What does this mean for website owners? Earlier this week, Google announced a broad core algorithm update. Google updates its search algorithm regularly (mostly goes unnoticed), but a few times per year, these updates are significant and usually result in noticeable losses or … Read more

How to use the Mozscape API with Python for guest blogging

In the last step of the guest blogging guide (Step 3: Clean up the list of potential publications by evaluating their domain metrics), we created a Google sheet where we listed the URLs of the potential guest blogging publications. Unfortunately, this leaves us with a lot of data to fill in for an initial evaluation. … Read more

My favorite open-source SEO software tools for Linux, Mac & PC

From Linux servers to Android phones, open-source software is a critical part of our internet infrastructure and personal computing experience. This very website runs on WordPress (an open-source publishing platform), Nginx (a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server), and Ubuntu Server (an open-source operating system). Since open source is an integral part of the internet and … Read more

Why are bitcoin fees so high and what to do about it

An unfortunate predicament for Bitcoin is that newcomers don’t have a technical background or invested time familiarizing themselves with the technology. Of course, why should they? Cryptocurrency is money, and people should be able to use it without understanding its inner workings. That was the case for some time, before cryptos skyrocketed in popularity and … Read more

A Bitcoin-payable API for checking HTTP status codes

How to use: To check the status code of a website run: An example: Important note: Don’t add “HTTP://” or “HTTPS://” at the beginning of the web address. Otherwise, you will break the operation. By default, this service uses the HTTP protocol. Then you will receive a JSON string in the form of a dictionary … Read more

A Map Service for Bitcoin-payable WiFi hotspots

Register your 21 bitcoin payable wifi hotspot or find one near you with wifiportal21 Index. Problem description If you are using the 21.co bitcoin computer and wifiportal21 to sell wifi minutes for bitcoin, or if you are somebody looking to purchase wifi minutes in exchange for bitcoin, then the obvious questions are: How do I … Read more

Get secure, memorable passwords in exchange for Bitcoin

What is a diceware password? Weak passwords are one of the most common flaws in computer security. And Diceware is probably the best method to create strong passwords that are easy to remember. Quoting wikipedia: Diceware is a method for creating passphrases, passwords, and other cryptographic variables using an ordinary dice as a hardware random … Read more

The five steps to a successful marketing campaign

1. Address specific business challenges The first step towards a successful social media or digital marketing campaign is to ensure that your campaign goals solve specific business challenges. Such challenges could increase your website traffic or the conversion of visitors to users. 2. Be consistent To create a strong digital identity, you need to develop … Read more

How micro-moments can affect mobile conversions

How micro-moments keep your social media mobile ads underperforming and 3 easy fixes to raise conversion between 7–14% What you need to know: 1. Mobile has changed the rules of user interaction Our relationship with our mobile phone is the polar opposite of the one we have with our laptop or desktop computer. While the … Read more

The 3 startup books in my list for black friday 2015

Black Friday could see you grab some incredible bargains and is almost with us, so that I will jump straight to the point. These are the 3 books on my list for this year’s Black Friday. If you are into startups or you are looking to buy something for a friend, these 3 books pack … Read more

Thoughts and data on the future of personal computing

For the last several years, geeks and visionaries, gurus, and industry specialists debate about the possibility of smartphones becoming the future of personal computing. A futile debate, in my opinion, as smartphones have already dominated personal computing. A study published in 2013 indicated that 79% of people 18–44 have their smartphones with them 22 hours … Read more

The lean startup problem

I suppose the first thing that comes to your mind after you read this title is that something is broken in the Lean Startup movement, and I believe that despite all the hype, that is inevitably true. For example, if you’ve read Steve Blank’s Startup Owner’s Manual, you would understand the depth of this endeavor: … Read more

What is this EU cookie law you keep hearing about?

Ew, days back, I found out that if you own a website, you must inform the visitors about your policy regarding the use of cookies. So from now own when you first visit my site, you will be prompted to either learn more about how I use cookies or agree with it and close the … Read more

The start of the startup investment circle

Someone could argue that startup events have inevitably become part of the startup investment cycle. Once you start building your own company, you will sooner or later realize the difference between building a startup or, for example, an SMB. Imagine the startup as a vehicle for growth Startups are companies designed for high growth rates, … Read more