It’s so easy and convenient to ship letters and packages these days. I print my USPS postage using my Dymo LabelWriter. Then I schedule the pickup online at USPS.com. The letter carrier knocks on my door for the package the next day.
Need shipping labels? You can use this Dymo unit to print them. I also created my own shipping labels in Microsoft Word. Here is a video to show you how.
You can spend a little time now and set all this up and save so many hours later.
I was inundated with junk calls that read UNKNOWN in the Caller ID with calls coming into Google Voice. That was driving me nuts. Three, four, eight times a day those calls would come in, and I’d just ignore them.
Fortunately, my Google Voice number is the one that I publicize. I’d tried the Block function for the caller, but it didn’t work at all.
Here’s what did. Here’s what did. I went into Google Settings and changed the option for anonymous callers. When the anonymous call comes in, Google Voice has no phone numbers to forward the calls to.
Painless blogging! One reason you might put off blogging or making updates to your site is the technology behind it. Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is a free, easy, WYSIWYG desktop application you can use to create and publish blog posts and pages whether you use WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad. It syncs with your sites, and you can create posts and pages online or offline at the park. It’s included in the full download of Windows Essentials.
Are you maintaining multiple sites? No problem! You can access all of them from this one interface.
The timesaving features in this FREE software from Microsoft® are built for people who would rather do it themselves but don’t know how. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do right from your Windows desktop.
- Manage multiple blog accounts from one place and publish from your desktop.
- Insert pictures or simply copy and paste them onto the page.
- Set default properties once for objects you insert and forget it.
- Insert videos from your computer or YouTube and other services.
- Download its own set of plug-ins that make enhancing your posts easy.
Webmasters – You’ll be able to create your client’s blog or Website, direct them to this training, and move on to your next project.
Site Owners – You won’t have to wait or beg anyone to update your site because you’ll be able to easily do this yourself!
Learn How – Online Course Available
I’ve recorded an online course with multiple videos to show you how to use this timesaving software. I broke the information down into bite-sized chunks, and put them all in one place on my membership Website, TheDBI.com (short for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, my company). For only $47.00, you’ll have lifetime access to the video series so you can learn and do refreshers at your convenience.
Sample of What You Will Learn
The video below demos how to create a blog post in Windows Live Writer and insert a video from YouTube. To help you learn how to use everything Windows Live Writer has to offer, check out my video series that breaks everything down into small chunks that make learning easy!
I created a Webpage announcing a workshop I’m giving on building a YouTube channel. Google will index this page pretty quickly, but I wanted to hurry it along. I sent the page to them instead of waiting for them to index my site.
I don’t do this every time I add something because Google will take care of it pretty quickly. But I wanted this indexed right away because it’s time sensitive.
There are multiple ways to share folders and files online and Dropbox is just one of them (I also use Google Drive). This video shows you how to add files to a folder and then share that folder with someone via emailing them the link.
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Here’s a quick video to show you how to edit a comment you’ve made on a Facebook update.
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Have you wanted great action shots and took a ton of photos and still didn’t get exactly what you wanted? Try video instead, and set up a do-it-yourself photo shoot. With my iPhone and tripod, I was set. I looked at frames from the video and created high res photos. With frames, you can capture just the right move.
The first time I created the video, I opened the video in RealPlayer, and clicked Trim. I clicked on each frame using the right arrow key on my keyboard. When I saw something I liked, I held my mouse over the video, and clicked Save Picture. However, I didn’t like the quality of the pictures, so instead of saving the pictures in RealPlayer, I did regular screen captures. I inserted the pictures onto a PowerPoint slide, cropped them, and created high res output using ImageExport (I have a video series here with more information.
After I had all the pictures I wanted, I uploaded them to Animoto.com to snazzy up the photos and turn them into a video (I paid $6 to download that video as high res). Then I opened the MP4 video in Sony Vegas Studio 11 to trim off the Animoto logo at the end and add my Subscribe video at the end. After that, I rendered to the MP4, HD video format.
After I uploaded the video to YouTube, I created a spotlight annotation on the Subscribe button that links to my YouTube Subscribe page. This was fun!