How to Block Ads and Banners and Skip YouTube Video Commercials on any site?

Almost every site on the Internet nowadays has a dozen of ads and banners which are very annoying and distracting for most people. Also watching clips on YouTube is becoming a “Mission Impossible” because of all the video commercials being played in the at start and during play.

Luckily there is a great free plugin you can download for free and install on almost any browser, which will immediately make your life better and get you rid of those ads:

Adblock Plus

“Surf the web without annoying ads!”

How does it work?

Adblock Plus blocks annoying ads on the web. It can block other things, like tracking, as well. With more than 50 million users, it is the world’s most popular browser extension. Adblock Plus itself has no functionality, in the sense that it does not block anything until it is “told” what to do by its filter lists. These filter lists are essentially an extensive set of rules, which tell Adblock Plus which elements of websites to block.

Benefits for you:

  • Blocks banners, pop-ups and video ads – even on Facebook and YouTube
  • Unobtrusive ads aren’t being blocked in order to support websites (configurable)
  • Over 300 million users
  • It’s free and Open Source software!

Available at their website for:

Chrome

Firefox

Safari

Internet Explorer

Android

Opera

Yandex Browser

Go get it! Freedom is for everyone! ūüôā

SEO 2.0 = Social Engine Optimization

Driving traffic to your site can happen in many ways as 2 well known are organic traffic via Google or some other Search Engine or via Advertisement. Yet in the Era of Social we are now turning more and more into¬†Sharing Creatures, and as it’s said well:

“Sharing is Caring”

According to Wikipedia:

Social media optimization or as I name it Social Engine Optimization:

“… is becoming an increasingly important factor in search engine optimization, as search engines are increasingly utilizing the recommendations of users of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to rank pages in the search engine result pages. The implication is that when a webpage is shared or “liked” by a user on a social network, it counts as a “vote” for that webpage’s quality. Thus, search engines can use such votes accordingly to properly rank websites in search engine results pages. Furthermore, since it is more difficult to tip the scales or influence the search engines in this way, search engines are putting more stock into social search.”

So probably one of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog, website or e-shop is having lively Social Profiles in the big networks such as:

Facebook – the largest most popular Social Network where more than a billion users share and comment on all kinds of memes

Google+¬†– Google’s Social Network – a great place to share and read about smart topics

LinkedIn – the biggest Business Network that has the attention of most CEOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs and HRs

Twitter – a great way to popularize your articles, especially using #tags and goo.gl links with a + following to check statistics.

Perhaps there are many more networks worth using but I am really starting to like more and more Twitter because of its easy and direct contact with so many users! It definitely is my choice for SEO 2.0 for now.. ūüôā

Is WordPress the Best Solution for My Blog or Site?

The quick¬†answer is “Yes!” and here is why you should choose it:

Advantages of WordPress as a blogging system:

WordPress is an absolutely¬†free software¬†to use, it’s Open Source¬†and has an astounding track record and community support. More than¬†23% of all sites on the Internet¬†rely on WordPress.

WordPress is a very¬†friendly system, even for begginers.¬†It’s intuitive interface allows you to¬†deliver quickly the best results.

WordPress is like a LEGO constructor Рit is super extendable with variety of plugins and themes, a lot of them also free. You can create pretty much any kind of web application including: Blog, Corporate, E-commerce, Portfolio, Social Network, etc.

WordPress is SEO Friendly Рit supports meaningful URLs and organizes information into categories, tags and data types.

WordPress is very easily maintainable because it actually updates with one click or since recently automatically. It has a stable developer’s community¬†behind it and quickly adds new features compared to competition.

WordPress has also a good web security and you can add more plugins and techniques to enhance it.

WordPress can be easily optimized so it performs better Рthere are plugins that allow easily caching and PageSpeed optimization, required for better Google ranking (SERP).

WordPress has a¬†Media Library¬†that supports various media types and it’s a pretty easy¬†to upload and create¬†a gallery or a featured blog post or embed¬†a Video¬†clip.

And most modern premium themes you can buy for about $50 rely on integrated Page Builders that let you setup complex page layouts with a few clicks.

I can recommend from my experience as a WordPress Developer using premium themes and plugins because of their better quality and support in time.

You can browse among thousands of them on:

Theme Forest

Code Canyon

In terms of hosting the best solution you can go for is:

WP Engine

As they call it:

‚ÄúHassle-Free WordPress Hosting‚ÄĚ

Happy Blogging! ūüôā

4 Great Little Known Google Apps for Better Performance

Google makes amazing software and there are many services that you can use for free, although some remain not much known while very worthy trying..

Here are 4 free apps that I found recently that would help you in your everyday life and work!

Google Keep Google Keep

A great app for organizing your tasks into notes and TO DO lists from your browser. Allows setting reminders and has a free Android App (!)

Google Bookmarks Bookmarks

Browse and search trough¬†your Chrome bookmarks links and history – it’s organized by category.

Google Drawings Drawings

An online tool for creating¬†diagrams and flow charts – it’s very easy to create complex diagrams and share them after.

Google Presentations Slides

Another web tool for making presentations online – a nice alternative of MS Powerpoint which you can use to also share online presentations.

Should I use a hosted or self-hosted WordPress solution?

WordPress is the most popular Blogging platform on the Internet. It’s best hosted¬†on LAMP (Linux OS, Apache Server, MySQL DB, PHP)¬†and is free open source software¬†created¬†by the WordPress Foundation. It was¬†started in the far 2004 by¬†Matt Mullenweg and in 2010 WordPress was one of the most stable open source CMSs¬†and now¬†it’s even more powerful¬†and used by approximately¬†23% of all web sites on the Web.

WordPress is so powerfil that it’s surely¬†the best choice for creating most types of websites like:

  • typical¬†blogs
  • company¬†website
  • online store
  • educational site,
  • a portfolio creative site
  • social platform¬†or
  • multi language high traffic portal

There are many advantages WordPress has, some of which are:

  • Specialized Blogging¬†features
  • Friendly¬†Admin panel
  • Top class Premium¬†Themes¬†with Responsive design
  • Variety of¬†Plugins¬†that easily add¬†new features¬†‚Äď Free and Premium
  • SEO Friendly site

All that turns WordPress into a kind of LEGO constructor which empowers everyone to create great websites even with less tech skills and in short time!

So here are the main differences between a hosted and a self-hosted WordPress site?

Hosted Solution

The creators of WordPress provide a so called hosted solution called WordPress.com. This is the most popular blog hosting service provider for WordPress owned by Automattic made by the founder WordPress Matt Mullenweg and powered an altered version of it. It provides free blogging service for¬†registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and advertising.

This means that all hosting maintenance is managed by the service and the basic plan is free, and if you’d like extra features like a premium theme or custom domain name like yourname.com you have¬†to pay additionally for that. There are also some disadvantages:

РYou have limited use in terms of plugins Рyou cannot upload your own plugins

– You do not have access to the programming code and can only edit content via the Admin editor

– You cannot change theme’s colors and code unless you pay for this feature

There is a¬†VIP user membership where you get those¬†extra features like CSS editor, Domain Registration¬†and¬†mapping, No¬†Ads, URL¬†Redirection, Video Upload, and more storage and yet it still limited in some way. Probably what’s best is the WordPress.com have awesome hosting servers and are really fast.

Self-Hosted Solution

The free downloadable¬†version¬†of WordPress at WordPress.org is a ZIP archive file with all source¬†files, which you need a web hosting server to run on. For this reason you need to have a¬†Hosting service to install WordPress on and link¬†a domain of your choice to that account. You may need some¬†tech¬†skills or at least high level of knowledge about how web servers work. Also to customize the site’s look and feel you’d need a theme which you need to upload and setup layout together with necessary plugins. It may look¬†a little techy to do this if you are¬†a¬†non-technical person but here are the¬†advantages to¬†choose this option:

РYou have unlimited control over the your site and content and can easily tweak it

– You can install various themes and plugins, including premium to enhance functionality

– You pay just for the domain and hosting, but no other extra fee for additional features – it’s all your choice

You can choose¬†which option works better for you. Yet¬†in case you need¬†to have a more complex customization of your website it is required¬†to have a full access to the source¬†code, database and server settings. In this case¬†I’d recommend from my own experience as a Web Developer to use a Self-Hosted WordPress solution:

WPEngine – This is the¬†World’s Best Fully-Managed WordPress Hosting Platform and has a variety of advantages¬†and features for a self-hosted WordPress solution¬†which allow you to concentrate on your website and not server issue¬†solving. As they call it:

“Hassle-Free WordPress Hosting”

You can find thousands of them at:

Theme Forest

Code Canyon

Good luck with you new web site! ūüôā