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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Minimalistic Gmail Cheat Sheet

The Minimalistic Gmail Cheat Sheet

If you're a Gmail user and want to learn how to use Gmail easier, faster and using simple cheats then check out this infographic.

Before starting out and doing the shortcuts yourself, please do make sure that you've turned on the shortcuts, else the shortcuts will not work. The instruction on how to turn it on is included in the infographic, thanks to the creator of this infographic.


I love Gmail and that's why I am a Gmail user too. If you're not a Gmail user yet then register and check it out yourself. I've switched from Yahoo to Gmail and do not regret it so far.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Top 5 Tech Products That You Could’ve Bought During The SM #TechSale


I’m saying “could’ve” since as I am writing this, it’s already the last day of the tech sale. Sorry guys! I wasn’t able to give you a heads up with the sale but I did share about it on the fan page and my Facebook account. Also, I visited the mall just yesterday so it’s a bit too late to make you rush to the mall – is it?

Anyway, check out these top 5 tech products that you could’ve grab during the SM Cyberzone tech sale. No cash, but a BDO card holder? You could’ve still grab these items since (it seems that) the tech sale is more on offering you the tech products for installment with zero interest.

Smartphones

I’m not sure if the smartphone of Samsung is included in the tech sale since they’re separated from the crowd but surely, Acer had something great to offer you. One of the Acer’s smartphone that I was really attracted to is the Acer Liquid S1 that is only worth P8,000 plus. Check the little guy out!


What I really like about this little guy is the quality of the camera, and the Acer peepz says that the Samsung S5 is in this phone. I’ve been wanting to buy a new smartphone since my current phone, the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is not enough for my lifestyle and work – I only have Facebook, Instagram and Cymera app; nothing else. So being able to upgrade could’ve helped me a lot, not only in my work but also in blogging.

Tablets

Already have a smartphone but want a tablet? From Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Apple’s iPad tablets were there and it’s all up yours with an installment plan. I was able to check out the Asus Memo pad but I was more interested on the Asus Fonepad, but the Acer S1 won my heart over the tablets.


And oh, the tablets are on the table. Those are Asus tablets and fonepads, the girls are also bloggers in Cebu who are my friends.

And yes, the Apple iPad was there and I believe the iPad Air with 16GB memory is worth P15,000 plus. Also up for grabs for installment.

Laptop

With these days, it seems necessary to have a computer of your own and as an online worker, traveler and blogger, a new laptop for me could’ve been the greatest gift of the year since my current laptop seems want to retire.


Different laptop brands are available, from Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer were there, open for installment! The cheapest laptop I found was P15,000 but I totally forgot the brand. The high end ones, with 4GB Ram and 1TB HDD are there too for at least P30,000 to P40,000 (more or less).

Cameras

Lucky me, Canon offered a FREE cleaning for Canon DSLR users but because I have to use the camera for the event I didn’t have it cleaned.


But they have something to offer though other than that, but I don’t have the poster. What I know though is that when you buy a Canon DSLR they’ll be giving you another camera, a Canon point and shoot camera.

Printer

And of course, the printers are there and they’re mostly from HP. They’ve presented and offered their top printers for everyone to grab, again for cash or installment.


I've actually took a couple of videos during the tech sale but I'll make a separate post for that. I'll try to keep you guys updated with the latest deals though when I get the chance.

So how these tech products could've change my life if I was able to grab the chance? I work online, I almost do everything online and having all these top 5 products could totally help me not only in blogging but also with work. Sadly, don't have a BDO card and the cash so better luck next time, aight?

Get yours now at the SM Supermalls’ Cyber Month Tech Sale!! #31HappyCyberDays #EverythingForTheTechieInYou

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bloggers Tech Top 6 Camera Wish List

Bloggers Tech Top 6 Camera Wish List

I would like to admit something, I’m a camera addict. If I could collect all the cameras around the world, then I will. Right now, I own 2 cameras but carrying an additional one (1) DSLR camera owned by my brother – who lets me borrow it because I’m using it for my work as an Ambassador. Still these cameras (for me) is not enough to have, I want more!

The thing with technology these days is that, every now and then there are more technologies released that are better, upgraded and more ideal for me to have. So I end up not buying the item that I want, and wait for the new one – which is really expensive.

So today, let me share with you the top 5 cameras that I’ve been dying to have but impossible to have – unless I’ll become a millionaire. Check out these photo and video cameras that I think you might like too:

GoPro HERO

I’m not sure in your country, but here in the Philippines GoPro is really in demand and a lot of people to put their hands on it but it’s just way too expensive that I could totally buy a new laptop. As you might now, there are a lot of tourist destinations here and we’re actually rich in terms of great locations. Having a small, compact and great quality camera will be really useful here.

As a travel blogger (too), the GoPro HERO will be really useful for me. I’ve been wanting to take photos and videos of myself, friends or family underwater (since this is a waterproof camera too). Plus being able to take quality photos in small and easy to hide camera will be really great. There are a lot of thieves here, it’s hard to take street photos with a DSLR which might end up getting robbed.

There are a lot of GoPro Hero cameras released already, any will do for me but the latest will be really great which is again expensive for me. So, I think at least the GoPro Hero 3 will do! Still expensive but hey, I’ll try to have this one day - It’s just that cameras are not on top of my must buy list. Check out this video comparison between the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and the GoPro Hero 3 by RatedRR:




Samsung NX Mini

I believe the Samsung NX Mini is the latest camera released by Samsung that has WiFI and the feature I love most about it is that you can directly share all the photos you took to your smart phone, and that’s why they call it the smart camera.

It’s available in pink, white, black, mint green and brown. But if I’ll be able to buy one, I’ll surely buy the white one – I don’t know why but I like white and red ones, it’s decent and tough looking.

Check out their advertisement!


This camera will be really useful for me and the blog. It will be fast, easy and more fun for me on sharing the events, activities and capture every moment that I am at. Imagine how I’m in love with this camera. Check out this video review by Jims Review Room, if you want to go into details:




Canon EOS Rebel T5i

As I’ve mentioned, I really don’t have a DSLR camera that I really own and the Canon EOS Rebel T5i will be totally cool and ideal for me to have. With my part time job (as an Ambassador), blogger and as a person who loves taking photos, it will not only be a camera that I’ll have for fun but a camera that I can make a living – or help me with my job.

The DSLR camera that I am currently using is also a Canon, I’m pretty happy with Canon so far with the Canon 500D but then what I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t take videos. And that is why I have to carry an extra point and shoot camera that can take an HD video, which is my Sony Bloggie.

So anyway, if you’re looking for a DSLR camera for yourself then check out the Canon EOS Rebel T5i by TopLevelReviews and find out why I want to have it.


I believe that it’s a compact camera, not a professional camera but since I’m not planning to actually be a professional and that professional cameras are expensive, this DSLR camera will be great for my type.



Nikon 1 AW1

I’m an underwater camera lover, because I’ve been wanting to shoot underwater and that’s why I’m including the Nikon 1 AW1 on my wishlist. Why? Well, it has a professional DSLR look, it seem to take a decent video and photo and it’s shock proof (great for clumsy person like me), waterproof and dust proof.

Check out this video from Lexy Savvides of Cnet Australia who just throw it on the (errr.. somewhat kind of a) pond.




Canon Powershot D30

If I can’t have the GoPro Hero or Nikon 1 AW1, then the Canon Powershot D30 waterproof camera will be good for me. It seems it’s the waterproof camera with the deepest dive. And though I’m not a diver, I am planning to dive one day and having a camera that can go deeper with me and can stand it, then I’ll love to have the camera!

Here’s a video for the Canon Powershot D30 explained by Paxtons Camera Video Digital and showing off the camera. The video and photo seems to be decent enough, let me know what you think:




Panasonic HC-X920

The Panasonic HC-X920 is actually a camcorder, and if you were able to visit my travel blog I do shoot videos of places (mostly hotels) that I’ve been. I only have few videos on my YouTube account and that’s because it was just on the year 2013 that I have my first video cameras, or let’s just say my Sony camcorder and Sony Bloggie.

Interested? Check out this video camera test by Geoff Dean for the Panasonic HC-X920.


It's really clean, clear and the video looks so professional which is great for my blog.

But let's be realistic here, these cameras are way too expensive for me. I could only afford a camera around $500 and I have to save more than I am doing now which makes it impossible for me to get one. But, with the help of blogging and getting more projects online hopefully I'll be able to get my own DSLR camera. As of now, I'm juggling between these two (2):

Canon EOS Rebel T3

It's the cheapest DSLR camera of Canon, I believe it's also called the Canon EOS 1100 for other countries. It's a lot similar to the current camera that I am using and borrowing from my brother, which is the Canon EOS 450 but this one (the 1100) got the capability of taking HD videos - which is great.

What I love most is that it comes in red. I don't know what's with red, it is really attractive for me. The Bloggers Tech blog is red, my Son Vaio laptop was red and now this one too. And oh, check out this Canon 11000 or the Canon EOS Rebel T3 review by fellow Asian DigitalRev:



Nikon D5100

I believe as (now) a travel blogger and a wanna be travel photographer, having an ideal camera for a traveler is ideal for me. Light weight, easy to use and lots of functions and useful is superb! And that's how I found the Nikon D5100, it made me drool!

I was searching for the best camera for me and for the Nikon's side, I believe it's the Nikon D5100. Why, well I know I might be fooled and can be fooled but it's all because of this video (that I believe created by Nikon) wherein it showcases some best functions and features of the camera that will be great for me. Check this out!


I don't know what's with me and the stuff in red, the Bloggers Tech blog is red, my Sony Viao laptop was red, and these 2 cameras comes in red. Wooohoo!

If you notice, there’s no Sony camera on my wish list. That’s because I don’t like buying Sony products anymore, because I bought their Sony Vaio laptop and it just lasted less than a year and now my sister don’t want to give or buy me anything anymore. Blaming me for the quality, but I do admit that I do overuse my gadgets, especially the things that is really useful for me but most of the laptops I had lasted years and not months. So now, I’m avoiding on buying Sony product. Well, unless it’s a gift (LOL).

Still the Sony cameras I have are doing great so far, the Bloggie is okay and after a year of using it I’ll hopefully be able to share with you at least a short review. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to find ways to get an opportunity to get the latest cameras to be able to give you guys my personal review (since the videos above are not mine) but most likely I have to buy it myself.

I hope you enjoyed my picks for the top photo and video cameras on my wish list. I’ll try to make another wish list for mobile phones, hopefully soon here in Bloggers Tech blog.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Blogging 101: 5 Tips on Starting a Blog

Blogging 101 - 5 Tips on Starting a Blog

A lot of people (mostly my friends) are curious why I become or I am a blogger. I know, right? I mean, I know I'm not a great writer, my grammar is not even that good. But most of the foreigners find it okay since they could at least understand what I am trying to say.

I wanted to blog because I want to improve my English writing, since writing is part of my work as a SEO specialist. Plus, having my own website to practice or use the techniques I know is great. So I don’t have to test it all to my client’s website, and avoid risking my client’s reputation. So it’s basically just that, the benefits of being a blogger (like making money with blogging) is just a bonus.

So you want to start a blog?

I found this helpful infographic online that shares some tips on starting a blog. It’s best to check out the infographic before starting the blog, so you’ll know what you’re getting into.



Let’s discuss some tips on what’s on the infographic and let me tell (on my side) you why you should take these tips seriously.

The Niche

It’s best to know what niche you really want, what you can blog about, what you want to talk about. Ideally, it should be the niche that you love and/or know something about. Not necessarily that you know everything about it, since you could learn along with your readers.

Why it should be something that you’re passionate about? Because it takes work, and even in choosing a job it must be something we want to do or love, it’s also the same with blogging.

There will be times and those days (or months) that you’re so hyped and overloaded of ideas, that you have a lot to share – especially on your first months. But surely, there will be days that you ran out of topics to write. It’s sometimes hard to think or even write the topic, when you yourself is not interested. If you love the niche, it will be effortless for you when you write.

The Domain

There are a websites like Blogger and Wordpress that offer free domain. But it’s way too long and most of the advertisers and companies are not interested on blog like these. Most of the advertisers prefer blogs that have its own domain.

What do I mean? When you register a blog on Blogger.com, your domain or URL will be by default is YOURBLOGNAME.BLOGSPOT.COM and as you can see it’s way too long. That same goes to Wordpress, it will be YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com which is also too long. But when you purchase a domain name, it will be easier for your readers to remember your blog and will attract more advertisers like BloggersTech.com

Domain name can be as cheap as $1 if you’re in luck with domain sales. But if not, a .COM domain is $12 on GoDaddy and the cheapest domain I know is .INFO which is just $2 – for the first year.

Surely, in a year you’ll be able to really return your domain investment if that is you are consistent on updating your blog. But if you can’t afford or don’t want to invest on your blog with money yet, see if you’re able to make it through for the first a couple of months, then feel free to do so.

Updating the Blog

The problem with a lot of people who wants to blog or have started a blog is that updating their blog. Consistency is very much important. Updating your blog at least once a month but best if at least once a week is ideal. But a lot of blog owners are able to update their blog more than once a week, but most likely it’s because they have a lot of writers and/or their blog covers a lot of niche – events, news, etc.

If you can update your blog once a month, that’s great. If you can update it twice a month, that’s totally cool. But if you’re able to update it once a week, that’s awesome. Updating it more than once a week can be great, but there are some bloggers who worries that they might overload their readers with blog posts – since they’re usually subscribe to their RSS feeds.

The Content

Adding photos and videos on your post is ideal, since most of the website visitors skim through the post first and adding at least one photo can make it attractive for readers making them want to read it. Make sure to use the (HTML) header tags to make it more attractive and really nice to read.

Be Social

If you’re like my sister who blogs but don’t want anyone to read it, then why are you blogging? Promote and share your blog post on social media sites, create a twitter account and a fan page for your blog so that your readers can easily get updates from you.

Using the social media to promote your blog and all of your blog posts can help you drive instant traffic to your blog and get more readers – and hopefully make money.

These are basically my personal point of view on the tips from the infographic above. I do hope that I was able to help you decide if you should or should not be a blogger.

Got a question? Drop me an email and I’ll try to answer you through a blog post.

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