Tweaks for Geeks http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com Webmaster tips for blog promoting. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:51 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Here are all of the Latest iPhone 8 Rumours http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/here-are-all-of-the-latest-iphone-8-rumours/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/here-are-all-of-the-latest-iphone-8-rumours/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:51 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2489 Tweaks for Geeks
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Rumours surrounding Apple’s next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 8, are seriously starting to pick up momentum. After all, it was back in 2007, a good ten years ago, that Steve Jobs first unveiled the original iPhone that would change the smartphone market forever. Ten years later and everyone knows that Apple are going to really ...

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Rumours surrounding Apple’s next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 8, are seriously starting to pick up Image result for iphone 8 marques brownleemomentum. After all, it was back in 2007, a good ten years ago, that Steve Jobs first unveiled the original iPhone that would change the smartphone market forever. Ten years later and everyone knows that Apple are going to really step up their game, both to compete against the likes of Samsung, LG and OnePlus as well as celebrating the ten year aniversary of the iPhone.

With this, here are all of the latest and best rumours surrounding the release of the iPhone 8, with a comment about how likely this will happen.

  • Radical new design – In keeping with the likes of the Samsung S8 and LG G6, the iPhone 8 will adopt a radical new design to have a huge screen to front area ratio. This is achieved by removng the home button and having a screen that wraps around the top sensors of the front of the phone, as the above picture illustrates.
    • Will it happen? Definately. Apple has to get rid of the home button and increase the size of the screen, since this is the biggest trend for smartphones in 2017.
  • Wireless charging – The new iPhone will adopt wireless charging for the first time.
    • Will it happen? Possibly. Wireless charging is a technology that has been around for quite some time on Android smartphones, but has not really taken off as it should. Lacking charging speed and the added tech is needed inside phones to adopt wireless charging, many OEMs didn’t and don’t see the need for it (especially when the likes of OnePlus can nearly full charge a smartphone within half an hour). If Apple does implement wireless charging, you know they will get it right, though.
  • Glass body, front and back – The new iPhone will remove the aluminium feel of the iPhone 7 and replace it with glass, similar to what we saw on the iPhone 4 when it was released.
    • Will it happen? 50/50. The latest renders of how the iPhone will look seem to suggest that a glass body will suit the new radical design. However, it is perfectly possible for the iPhone 8 to look similar to the iPhone 7 from the back.
  • Fingerprint sensor on the back – With the removal of the home button on the front, there are rumours that the fingerprint will be moved to the back of the smartphone, much like LG and Samsung have done. As well as this, there are rumours of facial recognition software, just like with the Samsung S8, to provide quick unlocks from glancing at the front of the phone.
    • Will it happen? Probably not. Apple are not a company that will likely compromise features and that is exactly what would be happening if they moved the fingerprint to the back. It is more likely Apple will replace the fingerprint with facial recognition. However, there is a very slight possibility that Apple could have the embedded touch ID on the front of the smartphone, into the screen (but more likely to be released next year).

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Drop in Organic Traffic in August? Don’t Worry… http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/drop-in-organic-traffic-in-august-dont-worry/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/drop-in-organic-traffic-in-august-dont-worry/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:56 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2487 Tweaks for Geeks
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The traffic a website recieves throughout the year, of course, will never be the same. The traffic that your website recieves depends on many factors, with the main being SEO and the type of content you are publishing. For example, a tech blog will have booms in traffic around new tech releases as well as ...

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The traffic a website recieves throughout the year, of course, will never be the same. The traffic that your Related imagewebsite recieves depends on many factors, with the main being SEO and the type of content you are publishing. For example, a tech blog will have booms in traffic around new tech releases as well as Christmas, where people are researching good tech products to buy as presents. On the other hand, as website such as I own, PoemAnalysis.com, will gain most of its traffic between September through to June, which is the typical time that schools are open and researching analysing poetry (and also when most people are at a computer station).

For this reason, a drop in traffic can usually be explained with lots of logical reasoning behind it.

 

For the vast majority of websites, August will, no doubt, be the worse months for traffic. Therefore, if you are panicking about a drop in traffic for August, do not worry! It is typical that traffic dwindles in August because:

  • This is the month where people go on holiday the most and are away from the internet.
  • Summer tends to discourage people to stay online, since there are more things people can do when the weather is nicer.
  • Financially, many people struggle with the finances of August, which reduces the amount they spend, which reduces the amount advertisers spend out on advertising etc. the knock on affect, ultimately, results in a drop of traffic to websites.

With this, if you find that your traffic does not start to pick up towards mid-September, that is potentially when you should start worrying. However, until that point, it is completely normal to have an unexpected drop in traffic for August.

 

This concurrs with the thoughts of Ezoic about a drop in revenue per thousand visitors for advertising units. It is common for August to also be the worst month for websites generating revenue from the likes of PPC advertising, because of the following reasons:

  • Brand budget cycles
  • Advertising season changes

 

What can you do?

To be honest, you can’t do much to prepare for or reduce the effect of a traffic drop, even if you know about it coming such as you would do when August comes round.

However, this is in terms of SEO organic traffic drop to your website. For this reason, you might be inclined to try to counteract the drop of organic traffic through pumping resources into increasing other sources of traffic, such as social media and email marketing.

Therefore, it is not all doom and gloom. August is a paritcularly tight month for the majority of people and there are no exceptions to this for websites!

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Four Things to Do When You Publish New Content Online http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/four-things-to-do-when-you-publish-new-content-online/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/four-things-to-do-when-you-publish-new-content-online/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:49 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2481 Tweaks for Geeks
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For a blogger publishing content online, it can be quite easy to assume that once you have published the content for the world to see, that is it – there is nothing more you have to do. However, the reality is far from it. Truth of the matter is that there are some key things ...

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For a blogger publishing content online, it can be quite easy to assume that once you have published theImage result for publish content for the world to see, that is it – there is nothing more you have to do. However, the reality is far from it. Truth of the matter is that there are some key things you can do to make sure your content gets maximum exposure after you publish it on your website. With this, here are four things to do when you publish new content online.

 

Proofread

It’s a little cheeky to put this point in. However, there are still people on the internet that do not proof read the work they create before publishing it online. If you have just published your content and have forgotten to proof read it, now is a better time than ever to do just that.

 

SEO Check

This pointer is also a little cheeky but a necessity for content. It is important to the organic health and SEO of your content that you perform some fundamental SEO checks on it. If you have a SEO plugin for WordPress that does this, great. If not, make sure you have included:

  • A suitable meta title
  • A suitable meta description
  • A suitable slug for the article
  • Use headings, preferably 1-3
  • 100-200 paragraphs at a time
  • Include images, with titles, captions and alt text to them
  • Have articles/content of at least 1,000 words long
  • Have around 1-2 internal linking keywords per 500 words

From doing this, you will help the article rank higher on search engine results such as Google, increasing the organic traffic it recieves.

 

Share Socially

The first step after publishing your content is to make sure it is shared with all of the major social media platforms. This includes namely:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn (if applicable as a business)
  • Google +
  • Instagram (if applicable with an image)

From doing this, you will have expanded your content to become viral if it gets the right social shares on the platforms you share it with, acting as a catalyst to increasing the traffic to your content.

 

Check the Content on the Website

Just like you proof read the content before it is published, it is vital to make sure the content looks good once it is actually on your website – it is one thing to see your content in an editor and another to see it embedded into your website’s theme and template.

With this, you may find that some of the header’s are bold when they should not be. A typical error I find is that the spacing between paragraphs are either too large or too small – from checking the content on the website, you can erradicate such problems.

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3 Hidden Gem of WordPress Plugins to Use http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/3-hidden-gem-of-wordpress-plugins-to-use/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/3-hidden-gem-of-wordpress-plugins-to-use/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:11 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2479 Tweaks for Geeks
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WordPress is an open source blogging platform, used in its hundreds of thousands globally as the platform to run blogs and websites from. There are many reasons for this, with one of the main ones being that it is open sourced: anyone can create a theme and plugin for any WordPress user to use. With ...

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WordPress is an open source blogging platform, used in its hundreds of thousands globally as the Image result for wordpress pluginsplatform to run blogs and websites from. There are many reasons for this, with one of the main ones being that it is open sourced: anyone can create a theme and plugin for any WordPress user to use.

With this, it is absolutely brilliant in providing the exact functionality you want for your website. However, at the same time, it is sometimes difficult to know what you want and where to find it on the WordPress marketplace. With this, here are three hidden gems of WordPress plugins that once you start using them, you will find it hard to stop.

 

#1 Activity Log

The activity log is a way for the admin users of a WordPress website to see just exactly what every single member of the website does, when and where. You gain complete access to when all of your members signed, when they sign out and everything inbetween.

This might seem a bit over the top. However, if you are paying freelancers on an hourly rate, it is a good way to confirm how long their piece of work actually takes. As well as this, it also gives you a good idea as to what your team are up to and how they are interacting with the website – you never know that something might be happening you don’t like until you find out through this plugin…

 

#2 WP Time To Read

The WP Time To Read plugin by the guys at mythemeshop is a really useful plugin that can potentially change the stats of your website, for the better, overnight. It does this by showing a coloured bar at the top to signify how far down the page you are. This is good since it provides a visual way to see how long you have to read content which is better than having to look to the left to see the scroll box.

From doing this, it is possible for both the time on page and the pages/visit to increase, since they are quite linked to eachother.

 

#3 Amazon Link Localisation

The Amazon Link Localisation by Azon is a brilliant plugin that enables your affiliate links to Amazon change to the correct Amazon website based on the location of the web user. This is great for websites that gain traffic from a whole range of different countries where it is impossible to determine what country of origin you should choose for your Amazon affiliate links to profit from the most

In return, Azon changes the affiliate link to their own as payment for this service every now and then. However, do not let that turn you off the plugin since Azon changes to their own affiliate link rarely in the grand scheme of things so that, overall, you will still benefit from the plugin greatly.

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UK Introduce a 2040 Ban on Petrol and Diesel – Start of Electric Domination? http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/uk-introduce-a-2040-ban-on-petrol-and-diesel-start-of-electric-domination/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/uk-introduce-a-2040-ban-on-petrol-and-diesel-start-of-electric-domination/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:34 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2476 Tweaks for Geeks
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It’s been an interesting week in the United Kingdom as the government reveiled a ban on the sale of all new diesel and petrol engines by 2040. At it’s core, this means that after 2040, no car, lorry or vehicle could be sold if it is solely powered by petrol or diesel engines (hybrids that ...

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It’s been an interesting week in the United Kingdom as the government reveiled a ban on the sale of Image result for electric carsall new diesel and petrol engines by 2040. At it’s core, this means that after 2040, no car, lorry or vehicle could be sold if it is solely powered by petrol or diesel engines (hybrids that combine electric with diesel/petrol will still be allowed). It is a big decision by the UK goverment for which other countries may start to follow suit with. However, what does this decision really mean and is it the start of an electric dominated automotive market? Here is an analysis from the view point of an Automotive Engineer.

 

Is the ban needed?

The first question that needs to be raised if it is really needed, at all. 2040 is 23 years away. For technology, this is an absolute lifetime away. For example, 23 years ago, the year was 1994 and the internet was barely born. It is crazy to think how far we have come in the last 23 years so it is fair to say we will develop things far quicker in the next 23 years.

The point to this is that electric cars are already being produced. Tesla have just released the Model 3 for the mass market and there are already electric vehicles with great performance and great range, competiting directly with petrol and diesel engines. The Tesla P100D is probably the best of them all, with 300+ miles range and 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds.

Therefore, imagine how far electric cars will go in the next 5 years, let alone 10, 15, 20 or 23 years.

 

What does this mean for Petrol and Diesel engines?

Unfortunately, the future for petrol and, especially, diesel, does not look bright.

The ban is not related to carbon emissions from engines but more to do with the air quality that is reducing in cities due to petrol and diesel engines. Both types of engines produce a very harmful type of gas, NOx, which is pretty harmful to humans when inhaled. Therefore, eliminating petrol and diesels should remove the harmful gases from being concentrated in cities and towns, improving the overall air quality that we breathe.

However, diesels produce far more NOx than petrols, which begs the question why petrol have been made to look as bad as diesels. For this reason, I could potentially see the government being more leniant on petrols in due course, since it is diesels that have been the worse offenders, especially after the Volkswagon diesel scandal.

 

Ultimately, I think we can all agree that we are heading to electric cars. Some are out now and, if you have the money, are affordable. But, for the mass, petrol and diesels are still the best financial option.

This ban has concurred with the direction the market is heading. But, to be honest, the ban won’t accelerate or work as a catalyst towards the electric cars dominantion to the automotive sector, since this should happen way before 2040.

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4 Things to Include in Email Marketing http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/4-things-to-include-in-email-marketing/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/4-things-to-include-in-email-marketing/#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:00:38 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2473 Tweaks for Geeks
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Email marketing is something that has the potential to reallly push a website into success. But, at the same time, it seems to be something that is ‘optional’ to do and not a neccessity. I can understand this, to some extent. For example, is it more important to publish new, high quality content or to reach ...

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Email marketing is something that has the potential to reallly push a website into success. But, at the Image result for email marketingsame time, it seems to be something that is ‘optional’ to do and not a neccessity. I can understand this, to some extent. For example, is it more important to publish new, high quality content or to reach out and attract an audience to communicate through email? On the one hand, you gain an audience. But, on the other hand, articles with long term SEO probably do sound more attractive to gain traffic and make a success from.

Regardless of this, email marketing, when used correctly, can be devastingly effective to aid a website or business. With this, here are five things to include in emails you create to market to your audience and target market.

 

#1 Business address at the bottom

Including an address either for your business or your personal address (if you are not email marketing for a business) is a legal requirement for anyone that is marketing using email. Therefore, it needs to be included in this article since if you are not doing it, you could potentially get into trouble!

 

#2 Two or three page links at the bottom

As with the bottom of emails, you will tend to find things such as the business address and an unsubscribe button. Just above that, it is effective to include some buttons which allows the user to click onto key links to your website. For example, I have found it useful to include three links as buttons, at the bottom of emails, such as:

  • Contact
  • About
  • (whatever page you think is useful to the web user)

From adopting this, it pushes people to your website and key pages before they have the chance to scroll lower to see the unsubscribe button – we do not want the web user to see this so putting buttons above it to direct their attention away from unsubscribing can help to maintain your audience.

 

#3 A Beautiful image

Just like with pay per click advertising landing pages, it is a good idea to have an image on your email to split up the content and to keep the web user’s attention. After all, we can all understand that email marketing might be a bit tedious to the web user – it is a lot of content, potentially, to read.

Therefore, breaking this up with a different image for every email is one way of retaining the attention of the web user.

 

#4 An offer

If you want the web user to do something for you for free, you are going to have trouble achieving this: this applies to email marketing especially. For this reason, it is a good idea to offer something to the web user, to make them feel special, such as a unique discount code, a friendly mention or something that will benefit them. This will give the web user more reasons to stay updated with you by email.

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The Main Problem I Have with Blogger http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/the-main-problem-i-have-with-blogger/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/the-main-problem-i-have-with-blogger/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00:34 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2470 Tweaks for Geeks
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When it comes to blogging online, there are mainly two blogging platforms the vast majority of bloggers choose to use. They could go for WordPress which is an open source platform and very popular for businesses. The alternative is through Google’s free Blogger, allowing bloggers to create and run websites for free (excluding the price of ...

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When it comes to blogging online, there are mainly two blogging platforms the vast majority of bloggers Image result for bloggerchoose to use. They could go for WordPress which is an open source platform and very popular for businesses. The alternative is through Google’s free Blogger, allowing bloggers to create and run websites for free (excluding the price of registering a domain name). After having experience with both platforms, I have concluded that WordPress is the better platform and that you should always choose WordPress over Blogger (by that, I cannot think of a situation where Blogger is better than WordPress). With this, there are many reasons why WordPress is better than Blogger. However, I have one main problem with Blogger I would like to share with you.

 

Yes, Google’s Blogger is free and it is extremely easy to use. But, with this comes tradeoffs. As a blogger, you are likely to create a website that is going to be sellable to a market such as Flippa. Unless you are creating a personal blog, at some time or another, you could change your mind about running the website and selling it to a marketplace instead, for someone else to take over.

When it comes to the point of selling a website, Blogger really does not help sell your website. In fact, I would also say, for a website that I sold on the Blogger platform, if it was using the WordPress platform instead, it would have got at least double the price it sold for, easily.

So that is my biggest problem with Blogger – it doesn’t do well for your website’s valuation. But, why is this? Here are some possible reasons:

  • You don’t own/control the hosting – any content on a Blogger website is actually hosted by Google for free. This is great since it is cheap. But, it does also mean you don’t have control over your content as to where it is stored and the servers that run your website. Google is in complete control of that, which for new buyers of websites, they will not like.
  • Not easy to customize – there are websites out there which provide good Blogger themes to use. However, if you want to customize your website a little bit at a time, then it is pretty much impossible unless you are very good at HTML. WordPress, on the other hand, is an open platform so that anyone can create themes and plugins to improve and customize websites on the platform. New buyers of websites will like this more than Blogger.
  • Too ‘bloggery’ – although vague, a problem with Blogger is the fact that it is too much designed to help those looking to create personal blogs etc. If you want to run a business on Blogger, it looks very unprofessional to do so on the platform, almost like running a business using a scrap book rather than an Excel spreadsheet.

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How to Fix Battery Drainage on Android Smartphones http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/how-to-fix-battery-drainage-on-android-smartphones/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/how-to-fix-battery-drainage-on-android-smartphones/#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2468 Tweaks for Geeks
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As much as having all of the latest specs on a smartphone is something a lot of people like, it is something that is completely futile if your smartphone has no battery. This seems to be quite a big talking point for 2017 in the smartphone sector – trading off power and features for battery. ...

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As much as having all of the latest specs on a smartphone is something a lot of people like, it is Image result for battery drainage phonesomething that is completely futile if your smartphone has no battery. This seems to be quite a big talking point for 2017 in the smartphone sector – trading off power and features for battery.

For example, you could buy the Samsung S8 and have all of the latest features. However, the battery is quite small and the likelihood with a Samsung smartphone is that the battery won’t last more than a day after a year of use.

Whereas, you could buy a Moto Z Play or the OnePlus 5, which both last nearly two days now so will last over one day in a year’s time.

Whatever phone you have purchased, there are ways to increase it’s battery life – here are the main ways.

 

#1 Check what is draining the battery

Android has a useful feature which allows users to see just exactly what apps are draining the battery the most by going to settings and then battery.

From this, you should see some common battery killers at the top of the list, such as:

  • Screen
  • Android system
  • Wifi
  • Phone idle
  • Android OS

However, what you want to find are the most draining apps on your battery. From finding this, you can force stop them or, if you don’t use them that much, uninstall them altogether, to increase your smartphone’s battery life.

 

 

#2 Disable Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS where possible

Connectivity for a smartphone is great but will cost you battery. The biggest killer is GPS, followed by wifi and then bluetooth. Therefore, if you are not using any of the three at a point in time, to save battery, it is worth turning them off.

Regarding wifi, this applies to when you are not using the internet. If you are using the internet, then it is usually more efficient to use wifi than mobile networks (and will also use less data too on your phone plan).

 

 

#3 Charge to 85%

This is something that you probably have not heard that much online. However, the lithium ion batteries in smartphones, every time they are charged, reduce in life. The rate at which they reduce in life depends on the ‘life cycle’ that the battery goes through.

If you continually charge your phone from 0-100%, then the battery life would reduce very quickly, since you are pushing the battery to the limits. However, if you charge to around 85% and then charge it again when it reaches 15%, the life cycle the battery goes through is a lot kinder, prolonging the life of the battery in the long run.

Therefore, if your smartphone can do a day of use on 85%, it is worth only charging to that, so that in a year to come, your smartphone still has plentiful of life in it to cope lasting a day.

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4 Tips to Prevent Procrastination Whilst Blogging http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/4-tips-to-prevent-procrastination-whilst-blogging/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/4-tips-to-prevent-procrastination-whilst-blogging/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:48 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2465 Tweaks for Geeks
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When it comes to blogging and doing work online, the biggest problem many bloggers will have is the fact that they have so much available to them at their fingertip, whilst they try to complete all of their blogging activities. The internet is a brilliant thing. But, at the same time, it is the biggest reason for ...

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When it comes to blogging and doing work online, the biggest problem many bloggers will have is the fact tImage result for Procrastinationhat they have so much available to them at their fingertip, whilst they try to complete all of their blogging activities. The internet is a brilliant thing. But, at the same time, it is the biggest reason for procrastination. Learning to blog efficiently first means that you need to remove all forms of procrastination from your working life, since procrastination can cause even a ten minute task to take 4-5 times longer when self-employed and with the internet at your fingertips. For this reason, here are some tips to help stop yourself procrastinating as you try to blog.

 

 

#1 Reward Yourself for Work

One of the best ways to stop procrastination is through rewarding yourself once you have done part of the work (such as got to a certain milestone in the work) or all of the work. Little things even such as a bite out of a chocolate bar or a sip of your cup of tea can really be the motiviation to help you crack on with the work you have to do.

What is important with this tip, though, is the fact that the reward cannot be procrastination. If you open up to procrastination, it is harder to stop once you are doing it.

 

 

#2 List Your Procrastination

Understanding that you have a problem with procrastination is the first step. Once you have done this, it is a wise idea to list down the top five things you procrastinate over. For example, for myself, the list would look like:

  1. Facebook
  2. YouTube
  3. TV
  4. Playing smartphone games
  5. Social Media

Once you understand what your biggest procrastinations are, you can look to eliminate the whilst you are working.

 

 

#3 Keep Your Procrastinations Out of Reach

From identifying your procrastinations, the next step is to make it harder for yourself to perform the procrastination. From doing this, you will be reducing the temptation to procrastinate. For example, based on my above list:

  1. Go Incognito when blogging so if I wanted to go on Facebook, I would have to re-login manually.
  2. Hide the bookmark toolbar in my web browse so YouTube is not one click away.
  3. Make sure the TV remote is out of reach or, in the best situation, as far away from myself in the house.
  4. Turn my smartphone off and put it upstairs or away from myself.
  5. Incognito on web browser so I would have to login to get onto social media.

If I wanted to procrastinate, I still could. However, it would be a a lot harder which is usually enough to put me off wanting to procrastinate.

 

#4 Stay Hydrated

This is a crucial point. Staying hydrated is important to maintaining focus and concentration on tasks. If you are not hydrated, you are more likely to sway off topic and end up procrastinating. Therefore, always make sure you have a bottle or glass of water to your side so that you stay hydrated the whole time you are blogging.

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The rate at which there are technological advances in most markets is happening at, what seems like, an Image result for skynetexponential rate. The fact of the matter is that as the processing power of computers gets faster and faster, they are able to solve more complex tasks in shorter amounts of time. So, in some way, yes, we are moving along at an exponential speed.

However, the latest ‘craze’ for which many tech companies are investing in is with artificial intelligence (AI) – developing a computer ‘brain’ which can think and learn for itself.

Already there are ‘dumb’ AI systems out there with Google Assistant and Amazon Echo some market available AI systems so to speak. However, in terms of anything actually clever, we are still quite some time away.

 

Be this as this may, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, voiced his opinion recently about artificial intelligence, stating that he is worried about regulations with AI creativity and scared we might create something actually concerning. He states:

“I think we should be really concerned about AI and I think we should… AI’s a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.

“Normally the way regulations are set up is that a whole bunch of bad things happen, there’s a public outcry, and then after many years, a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry. There’s a bunch of opposition from companies who don’t like being told what to do by regulators. It takes forever.

“That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilisation. AI is a fundamental risk to the risk of human civilisation, in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not. They were harmful to a set of individual in society, but they were not harmful to society as a whole.

“AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilisation, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.”

 

Should we be worried?

It is extremely interesting what Elon Musk had to say about AI. The best comparison of this is with two very well known films, where AI caused a potential end to civilisation, the Terminator series and Avenger’s: Age of Ultron.

It goes without saying that if we are reactive with AI rather than proactive, there is the possibility that human kind could produce an AI that is so clever it could turn into ‘Skynet’ or some sort of ‘Ultron’ virus. Saying this, what are the actual chances of this happening?

Musk’s voice is definately one that many people respect. But, it does need to be taken with a pinch of salt. For example, AI testing, at the moment, will of course be done in very controlled enviroments, even for the ‘stupid’ AI systems that are currently being developed. I don’t think there would ever be a situation where a human could produce something that does not have a ‘kill switch’.

 

The problem is that AI will learn. AI will understand there is a kill switch and disable it. It has it’s own mind – it has it’s own conscious. When a real AI system is created, we may not be able to control what it thinks and I think this is exactly what Elon Musk is worried about. It might not be a case of ‘if’ AI will cause a concern for the human race but, without regulation, when.

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