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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time Tracking for Consultants: Why It Is Important Why Time Tracking?

Time tracking has come a long way from clocking in with your timesheet when you come to work, and clocking out when you have finished your shift. With time tracking software, you can now keep a precise record of what you have done, when you have done it, and how long it has taken you. It will allow you to record exactly how long it takes you to complete a particular task. This information is important for several reasons, all of which are specific to the job you are completing. One of the most important jobs that absolutely needs to use time tracking, is law consulting.

Why is Time Tracking for Consultants so Important?

When you are a law consultant, you are paid to help with a particular aspect of a case. For example, if you can be considered an expert witness in something, you can be paid for your contribution to a case and the specialized information that you know that can help win a case. Essentially, you are getting paid for sharing what you know, and using that information to lead juries and judges to a particular judgment.

Time tracking becomes so important, because as a consultant, you are typically being paid by the hour. You cannot put a flat rate on your service, because you cannot determine who long it will take to complete a task at the beginning of a case. You may think it will take you ten hours to go through all of the information of a case and to present your information that you glean from it, but it may take twelve. And then of course you may need to testify to the information that you provide in a court of law, and that too becomes part of the hours that you must bill.

In order to maintain your productivity, and to ensure that you are getting paid the right amount for the amount of work that you are putting into something, time tracking for consultants is important. With time tracking software, you must be held accountable for your own actions and time, and your client must be accountable for paying you for that amount of time. You will record how long you work using the time tracker, and then share that with your clients in order to get a pay check.

But more importantly, you pace yourself on a case based on the time tracker. If you need to read through some paperwork, you can give yourself a set limit of time that you must have that reading completed by, and then work towards that. Time tracking software will allow you to create a time budget, a way to pace yourself during a long and busy work day, and ensure that you are completing all of the tasks that you need to in an efficient and effective way. Time tracking is the only way that consultants can truly be fairly compensated for the time and effort that they must put into a case.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

3 Different Ways to Gain Cheap Ink Cartridges

One of the first things that you will figure out whenever you take a look at printer ink cartridge prices is that they are pretty high. In some situations you can even end up faced with the situation in which buying a brand new printer is cheaper than the replacement cartridges. Printer companies will naturally sell their gadgets at low prices in order to eventually make a higher profit by selling the ink.

You obviously want to seriously consider the alternatives and the great thing is that we do have many you can take into account. The following will be the best choices you have at the moment.

3 Different Ways to Gain Cheap Ink Cartridges

Avoid The Brand Names

In every single industry, you pay more for the reputable brands. Brand names are respected but you do not necessarily need to buy something offered by the printer’s manufacturer. It is really easy to save money when you buy cheaper ink cartridges that are offered by another firm. In this case you completely avoid having to pay for the brand and you will be surprised to notice how much cash can be saved.

Buy Refill Kits

You most likely heard about the refill kits already. Most people are cautious and have misconceptions about them but you do have to seriously consider this opportunity. The only real problem is that this process can be messy. You will have kits that are really easy to use but it is really possible to end up with a mess. That is why you have to respect manufacturer instructions at all times.

We have access to many types of refill kits. Some will be refilled just like the work done at the manufacturer factory but others will include the continuous ink system, a device that will hook up to the cartridge.

Make sure that you learn all that you can about the cartridge that the printer uses. This is because there are complications that can appear. There are printer cartridges that will include a special chip. In the event that there is no ink inside the cartridge, the computer will receive a message. Chips normally do not reset if ink levels are high after the refill kit is used. In this situation you will need to use a chip resetter. Always learn about such facts before you buy the refill kit so that you are confident that it can be used.

Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

Various reputable cartridge stores like Printzone give you access to the opportunity of buying remanufactured ink cartridges. These are printer cartridges that were empty and that were then repackaged after being refilled by a professional. If this is an option that you choose, make sure that you learn all that you can about the reputation of the remanufacturer. This is much more important than you may initially think as you want to be confident that the work will be done properly.

Always think about the 3 options to get cheap ink cartridges since they help you to save hundreds every single year. You will appreciate these options.

Monday, October 26, 2015

6 Tips for Bloggers on Getting Sponsors for the Blog

January 2012 – My first blog, my travel blog was turning 1 year old, and I wanted to celebrate it because I survive for 1 year in blogging plus my blog is starting to get recognized – well, at least being a nominee.

So a month before that I started to send emails to different companies on sponsoring my first anniversary, and yes there was a sponsor – if I remember it right there were 2 of them.

Anyway, I’ve been asking businesses to sponsor my travel blog lately too, with this I’d like to share a couple of tips with everyone on how to convince or ask businesses to sponsor my blog.

But before anything else, please take note that I’m not claiming to be an expert on this. I just do this, and there are blogger friends who asked me how do I do it.

IT’S NOT EASY. It take days, or weeks to get a sponsor and my trip is near. But then, when someone do sponsor my blogs I am very thankful for their support that I make the most out of it.

6 Tips for Bloggers on Getting Sponsors for the Blog

Tip #1: Be Direct to the Point.

Don’t make your emails be too long that it may take their marketer or business owner to finish reading your email in 48 billion years. Make it as short as possible, but have everything they should know be stated in that email.

Tip #2: Stats DO matter, but not really that Important

When I started out I was crossing my fingers, even now that, that blog is 5 years old, got some awards, I’m still crossing my fingers. I was new back then, I’m older now, I still get NOs from time to time. So really, it’s not important to have a huge stat. You don’t need to be number 1 and famous to get sponsors. What’s important is my next tip…

Tip #3: What do they get from you?

What they want to know is, why they should sponsor you (what’s the event?), and what do they get in return. They don’t sponsor bloggers because you’re a blogger, they should get something in return, nothing’s free in this world dude….except for love, I think.

For me example, I do say that when they sponsor a stay at their hotel, I will do a blog post about their hotel, social media exposure, and there might be a video (if doable).

Tip #4: Deliver.

It doesn’t mean that they’re done sponsoring you, you don’t have any responsibilities to them anymore. That you don’t need to do what you’ve promised (from Tip #3).

Please note that when you don’t deliver, it’s not only you or your blog who’ll be damage or affected. All the bloggers are. There are businesses who do tell me that they’re crossing their fingers in sponsoring me and hoping I’d do what I said because there are a number of bloggers who don’t do what they claim to do – I end up getting a huge thanks from them after that.

An example of how I deliver.

So, please do. For the love of blogging, for the rest of the bloggers around the world, please deliver.
Note: When you do deliver, there’s a great possibility that your sponsor will share it on their social media accounts. Exposure for you! Plus, there are also some sponsors who do link to your post, another benefit from you!

Tip #5: Have a MEDIA KIT page.

Some people call it different, I do have that page but I don’t call it media kit. It’s also important to have it because since you have a short email, the media kit page on your blog will be a huge source and will have all the information that a sponsor will need. You can go explain as long as you want there, be detailed as you can too.

There are also times that someone you think ordinary or maybe one of your readers is actually a business owner. That will be a great time to showcase or show that you do accept invites and opportunities.

Please don’t forget to include the link to your media kit page to your email. Something like, “to find out more about the benefit on sponsoring my blog through this link: ”, this will be a great opportunity too to have your potential sponsor to check out your blog.

Tip #6: Give the sponsor time to think.

There are sponsors who’ll reply in a matter of days, or weeks even. They sometimes need an approval form the owner, or marketing side. So don’t email 20 potential sponsors in 1 day or in the first week, give them about 2 weeks to respond. Then email another batch again.

What happened to me when I emailed more than 10 of them in day 1 is that I get a lot of sponsors that I only have a day to spare.

Now, how do I know all this? Why I know this? Other than being a blogger myself, I’m a SEO specialist and my clients do consult me from time to time if it’s worth it to sponsor certain bloggers who ask them for sponsorships, and I want exposure.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Google Apps Standard - Free Version At Your Own Domain

Google Apps has been officially closed in the 2012. But you may still get it at your own domain with Google Apps - Free for 10/25/100 and even 1000 or 3000 users Standard Edition. You'll set your own domain as primary domain in Google Apps Admin and start using Google Apps on your domain for free for life time. From 1st October, 2015 there is option to change primary domain in Google Apps Free (Standard Edition). However, you can't add secondary domains, only domain alias is possible.

No more compromise with domain. You can now set your own domain as primary domain in Google Apps Free version. What you pay is just one time payment towards purchase of a Google Apps Standard (Free) Account. You will get the super admin credentials of Google Apps Free licenses; you can use it for free for lifetime. So, you don't need to pay any recurring fees for Google Apps. You can save huge $$$ every year. For example you can save $50 x 50 = $2500 on each year with a Free 50 Users Google Apps Free account. For details visit

The process of Google Apps setup on your own domain (set as primary domain) need about 10-15 minutes time. To get verified your domain you need to add a DNS TXT / CNAME Record at your domain DNS. You need to access to your domain Control Panel. You may use other alternative options / methods to very your domain ownership as well. It takes about an hour to get verified your domain with Google. But is most cases it takes just 5-10 minutes time. Then you need to set the MX records at your domain to enable email route through Google.

See about MX records values.

Until it’s not re-selling any Google products on custom domains (on domain alias or secondary domain) you are not violating the Google’s Terms of Service (ToS). When you get the ownership of Google Apps account on your own domain it's 100% legal. However, you need to be fully responsible for any violation of Google's after delivery of Google Apps admin credentials.

What's Get from Google Apps?
Professional email, online storage, shared calendars, video meetings and much more. An all-in-one suite to communicate, store and create.

Professional email: 
Get custom email (, 15 GB of storage for each email, Gmail spam protection, powerful search and integrated calendars.

Customize UI: 
Set your custom login URL, logo so it appears on the sign-in pages and in the applications themselves. Set your theme suite your organization.

Freedom to work from anywhere: 
Create, edit and share files on the go from your desktop, laptop, tablet, iPad or even from smartphones.

Store and share in the cloud:
Save work files in Drive, access them from any device and share them instantly with teammates. No more sending attachments or merging different versions.

For more details you visit

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