How to Sell your Music on the Internet

It is now easier than ever before to sell your music to a worldwide audience. I’ve been a musician since childhood, and while education, travel and then working for a living got in the way of my dream of becoming a guitar hero, I have never given up hope. Indeed, I’ve spent the last couple of years writing and recording an eclectic mix of songs. The next obvious step was to find some way to get them heard, which is where the advent of social media came into its own.

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Where to Sell your Music Online

While MySpace is something of a musical backwater these days, despite Justin Timberlake’s intervention, it is still a place to post one’s songs and updates for a musically oriented audience. Much stronger and with a better sense of community though is SoundCloud. I began uploading instrumentals and songs to Soundcloud several years ago, but then opted for a paid account to get more comprehensive statistics as well as pretty much unlimited space for audio files.

Followers on SoundCloud are commonly fellow musicians and, as with all the other social networks, you get more out of them the more you put in — follow others, listen to their music and leave comments and more people will reciprocate. There is importantly also the option to add “buy” links to other services through which your listeners, audience, fans, even, might pay to download a track or two.

The first potentially profitable option I came across was ReverbNation. It is very similar to SoundCloud — you can create a profile and start adding your music, you can set a price or make it free to download. Also, you can either take all the profits after the site’s commission, or opt to share with a charity of your choice. In my case, I give a proportion of every sale to the Fender Music Foundation.

It may just be my experience, but ReverbNation seems a lot quieter in terms of community than SoundCloud and although I get a steady stream of profile views, few people seem to listen there. Moreover, ReverbNation messages users quite frequently with offers of music promotion, which seem to rely on one having paid for a “press pack” up-front.

The next site that appeared on my radar was BandCamp, which also lets you upload your songs and artwork and set a price. The big advantage is that your fans have the option to show their true devotion and pay more than the asking price if they really like a track or album. I have had some success with marketing on BandCamp, although, again I don’t think I’m ready to give up the day job just yet.

Sell Music on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play

Of course, in the music download world, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and Spotify are the primary paid outlets and the most well-known among legitimate downloaders. Getting your songs and music album on to these music sites generally requires you to have proper music management and a record label but there are other ways to get listed as well.

The likes of music distribution platforms like CDBaby and TuneCore take an upfront fee and will act as a proxy for a record label to get your music on to iTunes and other online music stores. Your music uploads will appear in stores worldwide. These services, like Audiam also have a partnership with YouTube and you are paid a share of the ad revenue whenever your music is used on YouTube videos.

DistroKid on the other hand charges an almost negligible annual fee, does not take a cut of the profits and nevertheless allows you to upload as many songs as you like each year. It takes a few days for your tracks to propagate to iTunes, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and Rdio, but it is a very slick and simple process.

In addition, there is loudr.fm which is similar to DistroKid for getting your songs on to iTunes, Amazon, et al quickly and seamlessly, but with one important difference – it lets you upload and sell “cover” versions of other people’s songs by taking care of the licensing and royalties for the songwriter. The service charges no upfront fee but takes a relatively large cut of any profits from the download stores.

Music Distribution Services – Comparison

Service Upfront Cost Sales Commission Supported Music Stores
BandCamp None 15% of the total sales None
ReverbNation $19.95 per month None iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, et al
CD Baby $12.95 per single 9% of the revenue from music sites iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Beats Music, Shazam, Facebook, YouTube, et al
DistroKid $19.99 per year None iTunes, Spotify, Beats, Rdio, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon MP3
Loudr.fm None 15% of the sales revenue iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and Google Play
TuneCore $9.99 per year per single None iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

 

Obviously none of these music services will make you a guitar hero if you do not have the musical chops and even if you do, you will have to spend a considerable amount of time marketing and sharing the links to see any substantial return. When I was a youngster, going viral was all about getting spots and feeling ill, today, I would be very pleased to go viral with Spotify and to get a spot on the iTunes charts. Rock on!

David BradleyDave Bradley (Wikipedia, Twitter, Blog) is an award-winning science journalist based in Cambridge, England, with a rekindled dream of becoming an online guitar hero in middle age. He has various recordings on the sites mentioned above including a full album of eclectic electric and acrostic acoustic songs on BandCamp.


This story, How to Sell your Music on the Internet, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 26/08/2014 under Music, Internet

How to Load Disqus Comments on Click

The comments on my website are powered by Disqus, the most popular commenting platform that offers a lot more features than what the native commenting engines of Blogger or WordPress have to offer. For instance, Disqus lets me moderate discussions or reply to comments via email itself and commenters can use their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts to sign-in for commenting on web pages.

The Disqus widget is loaded asynchronously meaning it downloads the JavaScript in parallel and would not therefore impact the load time of your web pages. That said, the widget still adds lot of weight to your pages as the Disqus files will download on the user’s computer even if they aren’t interested in participating in the discussion. The other issue with auto-loading Disqus is that it makes your pages lengthy especially when viewed on mobile devices.

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Load Disqus on Demand with JavaScript

As an alternative, you can configure Disqus on your website to load on-demand and not automatically. When someone clicks a button – like the example here – the widget will be dynamically added to your web page and not otherwise. This lazy-loading technique can be implemented in pure JavaScript without jQuery.

Step 1: Go to your web page template that has Disqus and replace the #disqus_thread <div> with the following snippet:

<div id="disqus_thread">
  <a href="#" onclick="disqus();return false;">Show Comments</a> 
</div>

Step 2: Next place the Disqus code before the close <head> tag of your web page. You’ll have to replace the disqus variables – like disqus_shortname, disqus_url, etc. – with your own parameters.

<script type="text/javascript">

// Replace labnol with your disqus shortname
var disqus_shortname = "labnol";

// Put the permalink of your web page / blog post
var disqus_url = "http://example.com/blog-post";

// Put the permalink of your web page / blog post
var disqus_identifier = "http://example.com/blog-post"; 

var disqus_loaded = false;

// This is the function that will load Disqus comments on demand
function disqus() {

  if (!disqus_loaded)  {
    
    // This is to ensure that Disqus widget is loaded only once
    disqus_loaded = true;
    
    var e = document.createElement("script");
    e.type = "text/javascript";
    e.async = true;
    e.src = "//" + disqus_shortname + ".disqus.com/embed.js";
    (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0] ||
     document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0])
    .appendChild(e);
  }
} 

</script>

The page will have a “Show Comments” button and the comments are only loaded when the button is clicked.

Some websites have auto-loading enabled for Disqus but the widget is loaded when the reader has scrolled to the bottom of the  article. This can again be done in JavaScript. We can use the onscroll method to check whenever the page is scrolled and if the user is near the bottom, the script will load the Disqus widget.

Place this snippet near the closing </body> tag of your page.

<script type="text/javascript">
  window.onscroll = function(e) {
    if ((window.innerHeight + window.scrollY) 
        >= document.body.offsetHeight) 
    {
        if (!disqus_loaded) disqus(); 
    }
};
</script>

This story, How to Load Disqus Comments on Click, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 25/08/2014 under Code, JavaScript, Internet

My Online Income Report – July 2014

July was an interesting month, where I evaluated my priorities and decided to essentially take an official break from some of the internet marketing and blogging activities I had been doing.

Sometimes, you just need to hit the refresh button.

That’s been the story of my life for the past couple months as I’ve embarked on all sorts of new things (new home, promotion/new role at work, wedding planning).

With that said, this income report is going to feel a bit empty, because it represents all the things I used to be involved with but am currently taking a break from.  The nice part is, it really shows the power of passive income.  The fact that I can spend practically no time on any of these projects during the month, yet still earn a meaningful amount of money.

Let’s jump right into the income report.

Freelance Writing Income

  • None!

Other Article-Related Income:

Squidoo

  • Amazon: $1.26
  • Revenue Sharing: $0.00

InfoBarrel

  • Revenue Sharing: $3.10
  • Amazon: $0.00

Total Writing Income: $4.36

Lending Club

Lending Club, as I’ve written about many times, is one of my favorite online passive income sources, because I believe it’s my only source of truly passive income. What I mean by this is, once you select your investments (which only takes a few minutes), you sit back and collect the monthly payments which include a repayment of your initial investment + a relatively high rate of interest.

Now that I’m done saving for a house and wedding, I’m going to start getting back into investing some serious money into Lending Club and other similar passive investments online.  I’ll be writing more about these in the future, because I believe they can be a strong foundation for any passive income portfolio.

If you’re interested – here’s the strategy I have used to select my investments. It’s pretty simple, as you’ll find.

Here are the statistics for this past month:

  • Annualized rate of return: 5.99% (+.07% from the previous month)
  • Number of loans: 207 (+3 from previous month)

If you’re interested in trying Lending Club, you can sign up with this link and get a free account. Investments can be made for as little as $25. I am an affiliate for Lending Club, so if you have any questions about it, I’d be more than happy to answer them in the comments (or feel free to contact me by e-mail).

Prosper

Prosper.com is another site where I invest, which is a social lending platform very similar to Lending Club.

Here are the statistics for this past month:

  • Annualized rate of return: 14.77% (+0.04% from the previous month)
  • Number of loans: 5 (no change from the previous month).

It may seem that I’m doing much better here compared to Lending Club, but that’s somewhat misleading. Because I only invest in 5 loans (vs. 207 at Lending Club), and none of them have defaulted, my rate of return % is going to be very high.

I think I still prefer Lending Club to Prosper, only because you have more flexibility in choosing investments, and there is more transparency overall. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with investing on both platforms though; I will continue to do so.

If you’re interested, you can create a Prosper account here.

For the first time in a long time, my Amazon/”Adsense” niche sites didn’t earn anything.  It’s somewhat of a fluke though, since the sites still receive some traffic.

Here’s a summary of my niche site earnings:

  • Amazon: $0.00
  • Media.net: $0.00
  • Chitika: $0.00
  • InfoLinks: $0.00
  • Commission Junction: $0.00
  • Total: $0.00

The Daily Interview

As I’ve mentioned before, I will be rolling The Daily Interview into My 4-Hour Workweek, and publish interviews here (less frequently than “daily” of course).  With that said, The Daily Interview will still exist as a standalone site, it just won’t be updated for the foreseeable future.

Here’s what the site earned last month:

Undisclosed Authority Site

This site is inactive, but continues to earn a bit of money.

  • Media.net: $2.31
  • Indeed.com: $0.00
  • Total: $2.31

Slow Carb Diet Experiments

  • Amazon: $3.91
  • Media.net: $1.60
  • Total: $5.51

Total Authority Site Earnings: $10.13

Here’s the breakdown for affiliate and other income earned during the month. [Note: This income comes from other sites not discussed/listed above, including affiliate sales generated through this blog.]

Total Misc. Affiliate Earnings: $479.69

Income Summary

Here’s a summary of July’s earnings, organized by category:

  • Freelance Writing: $4.36
  • Niche Sites: $0.00
  • Authority Sites: $10.13
  • Misc. Affiliate Income: $479.69

Grand Total for June: $494.18 (+$6.26 from June)

I’m still very happy to earn nearly $500 on virtually no time spent.  That’s a nice chunk of passive income when you make your living with a full time job.  I’m surprised at how consistent the earnings were compared to last month, though I expect August may see a dip.  We’ll see!

These were my top 5 most popular blog posts in July based on number of views:

1) 142+ Ways to Make Money Online

2) Is CashCrate Legit? Here’s My CashCrate Review

3) My Online Income Report – June 2014

4) AdSense Account Disabled: What the Hell?!

5) Where Are Your Priorities At? It May Be Time to Pivot (Again)

How did your online business and projects do in July?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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How do you Make Money on the Internet

You may have a well-paying job but it wouldn’t hurt if you can earn a few extra dollars every month utilizing the knowledge and skills that you already have. There are no shortcuts but if you ready to put in the effort and time, here are some “legitimate” ways to help you make money on the Internet.

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25 Ways to Make Money on the Internet

  1. Start a website or a blog and earn revenue through advertising networks like Google AdSense and BuySellAds. You can even sell your own ads directly through Google DFP.
  2. Launch a curated email newsletter using MailChimp and find sponsors or use a subscription model where people pay a fee to receive your newsletter.  HackerNewletter, Now I Know and Launch.co are good examples.
  3. Create your own YouTube channel and become a YouTube partner to monetize your videos. You may use Oneload to distribute the same video to multiple video sites.
  4. Make something creative – like handbags, jewelry, paintings, craft items – and sell them on Etsy, ArtFire or eBay.
  5. Build your own online store with Shopify or SquareSpace and sell both physical goods and digital downloads. Sell everything from furniture to clothes to food.
  6. Create t-shirt designs and put them on Threadless, Zazzle and CafePress.
  7. Write a book and publish it on the Kindle store, Google Play and iBooks. You can also sell your ebook to other retailers through services like Smashwoods and BookBaby.
  8. Become an instructor at Udemy and SkillShare and get paid for teaching your favorite subjects – from guitar to literature to yoga to foreign languages – to a worldwide audience.
  9. Learn how to code and you can then hunt for software development projects at Guru, eLance or Rent-a-Coder (now Freelancer.com).
  10. Become a virtual office assistant and offer administrative or technical assistance to clients remotely from your home office. Head over to eLance, TaskRabbit and oDesk for finding work.
  11. Offer one-on-one help to anyone worldwide over live video using Google Helpouts. You can do live cooking classes, teach maths or even offer fitness and nutrition tips.
  12. Write scripts, browser extensions, plugins or mobile apps for iOS and Android and sell the source code of your software on CodeCanyon, Chupa or BinPress.
  13. People are outsourcing petty computer jobs – like data entry work, transcribing text from business cards or performing web research – and you find these jobs at Mechanical Turk, an Amazon service.
  14. Creative professionals can scan marketplaces like CrowdSpring, 99Designs and DesignCrowd for projects involving logo design, web design, brochures and other marketing material.
  15. Do you have a good voice? Sign-up as an audio narrator at Umano or become a voice over artist at VoiceBunny and Voice123.
  16. Record your own music and sell it on music stores like Amazon MP3, iTunes, Pandora or Spotify through DistroKid, Tunecore, loudr.fm and CDBaby. You can also sell your audio files directly on marketplaces like AudioJungle, Pond5 and Bandcamp.
  17. Become an affiliate for Amazon and various online stores and earn a commission on sales. You can use programs like VigilinkShareASale, CJ or LinkShare to know about the various vendors that offer affiliate programs.
  18. Educators and teachers can help students with homework or offer on-demand teaching class over the Internet. Apply to become an online tutor at Tutor.com, InstaEdu and TutorVista.
  19. Got an empty room in your apartment? You can list the property on Airbnb, host people and make some money. The other alternative is Couchsurfing but the service forbids from charging guests.
  20. Sell photographs that you have taken on Creative Market, PhotoDune, iStockPhoto or ImgEmbed. The latter lets you easily license photos you have uploaded on Facebook, Flickr or Instagram for online use.
  21. Sell the stuff you no longer use – like old books, children’s toys, gadgets, DVDs, furniture, etc. – on sites like eBay, Craigslist or, if you are in India, OLX.
  22. Apply to become a website tester at UserTesting and get paid to review and test websites from the usability perspective.
  23. If friend’s look at you for tech support, there’s no reason why you can’t offer similar services on the Internet. Get Skype (for calling) and Chrome Remote Desktop (for screen sharing) and you are all set to offer remote tech help from anywhere.
  24. Create an account at Fiverr and PeoplePerHour and offer a wide range of services from translation to graphic design to writing to SEO.
  25. You can make money by flipping websites. Flippa, GoDaddy Auctions and Sedo are popular marketplaces for buying and selling registered domains while LeanDomainSearch is a good tool for finding available domain names.

This story, How do you Make Money on the Internet, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 20/08/2014 under Google AdSense, Internet

How to Easily Recognize Web Colors from RGB Codes

If you’ve ever customized the design of your HTML website, or tried changing the background color of your social profiles, you’ve probably encountered Hexadecimal color codes. These are a string of 6 characters – like “0066FF” – that you know represent colors but we rarely make the effort to understand them.

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Here is a simple guide to help you recognize web colors more quickly from their RGB codes. No more guessing or consulting the color palettes.

In a typical web representation #RRGGBB, the first 2 digits denote red, the second 2 digital are for green and while the last 2 digit represent the blue shade.

Each number denotes the strength of that particular color – FF0000 is only red (no green, no blue), 00FF00 only green (no red, no blue). If all colors are present in equal strength FFFFFF, you get white, if no color is present 000000, you get full black.

If you want to “darken” a color, you need to move the color towards black 000000. That means 880000 is darker than BB0000 that is darker than FF0000.

Similarly, if you want to “lighten” a color, move towards white FFFFFF. So, FF8888 is lighter than FF4444 that is lighter than FF0000

Color combinations are dictated by the “strongest” color. So BB8844 is a reddish shade, 33CC00 would be a little green, and 777777 gray (since it has no strongest color).

Similarly, the RGB code for Facebook blue is #3B5998 which is predominantly blue color.

If you’re uncomfortable with Hexadecimal arithmetic, you could use the standard Windows calculator in scientific mode to perform such calculations. Hexadecimal numbers use 16 unique symbols (0-F) as opposed to the Decimal number system’s 10 (0-9), and to make up for the extra 6 characters, the English alphabets A-F are used.


This story, How to Easily Recognize Web Colors from RGB Codes, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 18/08/2014 under Colors, Web Design

How to Send Out of Office Replies in Twitter

Twitter, for many, has become a preferred medium of communication. Your email messages may never get read or, in the worst case, may get caught in the Spam folder but tweets and @mentions are very likely to get noticed.

When you are travelling or going on a vacation, with limited access to the Internet, you often create an “out of office” reply in your email program to let people know that you won’t be able to respond to them right away. How about doing something similar for people who are trying to reach you through Twitter?

Twitter Auto-responder

What will the Twitter Auto-Responder do

Unlike your email program, Twitter offers no easy way for you to setup out of office auto-replies but we can easily and quickly add such a feature to our Twitter account(s) with the help of a simple Google Script.

You specify the start date and the end date when the auto-responder should be active and any tweets sent to you during this period will automatically get a reply from your Twitter account saying you are out of office (the auto-reply text can be configured). The replies are sent only once so if a person sends you two or more tweets during your vacation period, they will get only one out-of-office auto-reply.

How to Setup Out of Office Replies in Twitter

Step A: Setup a Twitter App

  1. Go to apps.twitter.com and sign-in with your existing Twitter account. Create a new Twitter app (screenshot), add a description, website (any URL) and put https://spreadsheets.google.com/macros/ in the callback URL field.
  2. Once the Twitter app has been created, click the Permissions tab and set Read and Write as the Application Type. Click Update Settings to save your changes.
  3. Switch to the API Keys tab and make note of the Consumer API Key and API Secret.

Step B: Setup the Auto-responder Script

  1. Click here to make a copy of the auto-responder script into your Google Drive.
  2. Enter the start and end dates of your vacation, the Twitter API keys (from the previous step), and your Twitter handle.
  3. Go to Run -> Start to initialize the auto-responder. Say Yes if the script requires you to authorize access to certain Google Script services.
  4. Choose Run -> Start again and authorize the script to post tweets from your Twitter account.

The script will invoke itself on the specified start date and will respond to all incoming tweets until the end date. It will then stop itself automatically. As always, you are free to use, modify and distribute the source code with attribution.

When you are taking another vacation, just open the auto-responder script already present in your Google Drive, change the Start and End dates and choose Start from the Run menu to initialize the autoresponder again.


This story, How to Send Out of Office Replies in Twitter, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 16/08/2014 under Twitter, Internet

How to Create RSS Feeds for Twitter

Twitter has dropped support for RSS Feeds but there is a simple solution that you can use to generate RSS feeds for your various Twitter streams including Twitter search results, user timelines, favorites and even Twitter lists.

Without RSS feeds, it is difficult to use your Twitter data elsewhere. For instance, you can no longer create recipes in IFTTT that get triggered when there’s a new tweet that @mentions you. You cannot import your Twitter timeline automatically into your blog. You cannot track Twitter search results for certain keywords in your RSS reader.

How to Create RSS Feeds in Twitter

The trick is simple. Twitter offers HTML and JavaScript based widgets to help you embed user timelines and Twitter search results into your website.  What we’ll do is transform these Twitter widgets into regular RSS Feeds with the help of a Google Script. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. From your Twitter homepage, go to Settings -> Widgets (link) and create a new widget. You can create widgets for user timelines, favorites, Twitter list and search results.
  2. Once the new widget is published, make a note of the widget ID which you can find in the URL of the widget. It is a long string of numbers.
  3. Click here to make a copy of the Google Script in your Google and choose Run -> Twitter_RSS to initialize and authorize the script. You’ve to do this only once.
  4. Go to Publish -> Deploy as Web App and click the “Save New Version” button. Set Anyone, including Anonymous under Who has access to the app and hit Deploy.

Google Script will now create a unique URL for your RSS web app that will look something like https://script.google.com/macros/s/ABCD/exec.

Just append the Twitter Widget ID (created in Step 2) to this URL and your RSS feed for Twitter is ready. For instance, if the Twitter widget ID is 123456, your RSS Feed URL would be:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/ABCD/exec?123456

The Twitter RSS feed will have all details about the tweet including the date when that tweet was posted, the full name, user name and profile picture of the Twitter user and the actual text of the tweet.

Should you wish to create another RSS Feed for Twitter, just add another widget and use that new widget’s ID with your Google Script URL.

Related tutorial: Archive Tweets to Google Sheets

You can subscribe to the Twitter RSS feed inside Feedly or use it as for an IFTTT recipe. However, FeedBurner is unable to parse RSS feeds generated through Google Scripts.


This story, How to Create RSS Feeds for Twitter, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 15/08/2014 under RSS, Twitter, Internet

Google Drive No Longer Offers Web Hosting [Workaround]

Remember you could host websites on Google Drive for free? All you had to do was create a public web folder inside Drive, upload your HTML and CSS and the Drive would generate a website. The process was so easy and you could host static websites, Facebook Pages or even JavaScript based apps inside your Google Drive.

Well, Google has recently upgraded the Google Drive interface for everyone and, according to the support page, the web hosting feature is no longer available in the new Google Drive. You can still create public folders inside Drive but the option to publish that folder as a website is gone.

The good news however is that is still very much possible to host sites on Google Drive through Google Scripts without you having to write a single line of code. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Create your HTML website and put your HTML, JS, CSS, Images and everything else in a .zip file. Make sure there’s an index.html file in your archive. If you too lazy to create one, download this zip file.
  2. Go here, authorize the app and upload your website zip file.

The app will upload the file to your Google Drive, uncompress the archive and generate a URL for your website, just like the original Google Drive. That’s it.

Internally, the app creates a folder inside your Google Drive, changes the sharing permissions to public (anyone can view, you can edit) and then generates the googledrive.com URL using the ID of the new folder.

There’s another workaround too. Open your Google Drive, click the “Gear” settings icon and choose “Leave the New Drive” from the dropdown. You can now publish website using the old method and then switch to the New Drive.


This story, Google Drive No Longer Offers Web Hosting [Workaround], was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 14/08/2014 under Google Drive, Internet

Android Toolkit – Must Have Apps for your Android Phone

Best Android Apps

This is a list of some of the best Android apps for your phone that will help you be more efficient and productive.

  • My Tracks — Record you path, speed and distance as you walk or drive.
  • Fing — Find out which devices are connected to your Wi-Fi networks.
  • File Wrangler — An easy to use but powerful file management app for your Android.
  • Any.Do — Easily manage your tasks and to-do lists with Google Tasks sync.
  • Focal — A full featured camera app for even older Android phones.
  • HomeStyler — Snap a picture of a room, place furniture and visualize the interior design in 3D.
  • Splashtop — Access your Windows or Mac computer from any Android phone or tablet on the same network.
  • Cogi — Record your college lectures or the conversations happening in meetings.
  • Photo Grid — Quickly create collages and photo walls in different layouts.
  • News 360 — A smart news reader that aggregates news stories and blogs around your topics of interest.
  • SchematicMind — Visualize ideas and brainstorm with mind maps on your phone.
  • Repix — Remix your photos and turn them into piece of art using brushes and other tools.
  • Clean Master — Speed up your slow Android phone and also recover precious disk space.
  • Reader — Read PDF files on your Android, the app can open password protected files too.
  • TeamViewer — Remotely access your Windows or Mac computers from any Android phone.
  • Keep — Create notes, to-do lists, voice memos and photo notes with searchable text.
  • Ustream — Broadcast any event live from your phone or tablet – anytime, anywhere.
  • tTorrent — Download torrents directly to your Android phone or tablet.
  • RingtoneMaker — Create custom ringtones using segments from one or more audio files.
  • WiFi Manager — Discover Wi-Fi networks around you and connect to the best network.
  • Timely — A beautiful alarm clock that automatically syncs with your other devices.
  • InstaFontMaker — Create custom fonts in TrueType format with your own handwriting.
  • TrueCaller — Identify calls from unknown numbers and block SMS from spam numbers.
  • LapseIt — Create stop-motion videos with background music on your phone.
  • FoxFi — Turn your phone into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and share your data connection.
  • Shush — It remembers to unmute your phone after a certain period.
  • Avast — Secure your Android device against theft, viruses and phishing attacks.
  • AVG AntiVirus — Protect your device from viruses, malware and fake apps.
  • MyScript — An advanced calculator that even recognizes your handwriting.
  • DU BatterySaver — The app solves your battery problems and extend the device’s battery life.
  • BatteryGuru — The app extends battery performance by monitoring your usage.
  • SuperBeam — The easiest and faster way to share files between two Android device.
  • SmartCam — It turns your mobile phone into a webcam for your computer.
  • Droid TimeLapse — Record high quality time lapse videos on your Android device without any complicated settings.
  • Tape-a-talk — A simple voice recorder app that can record voice notes and audio even when the screen is off.
  • Calculator — A simple yet advanced calculator with a beautiful halo interface and free of any ads.
  • Viber — You can send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users over 3G or WiFi.
  • Line — Send unlimited messages and make free calls from your Android phone over VoIP.
  • Screenshots — You can capture screenshots of your Android device with keys or action triggers.
  • Expensify — Travelling on business? The app make it easy to file expense reports.
  • Contacts+ — A contact manager app for Android that display rich profiles for your contacts.
  • Glympse — Remember Google Latitude? This is worthy alternative that shows where your friends are.
  • HelloText — If you aren’t too happy with the built-in SMS app of your phone, Hello is a good alternative.
  • AntennaPod — A simple podcast client for Android that allows automatic downloads for episodes.
  • Easy Backup — Backup your SMS, MMS and call records to the external SD card.
  • BackupPro — Backup your phone and easily move your data and media file to another device.
  • Podax — A basic podcast client for Android with widgets for the home screen.
  • WiFi Analyzer — Analyze your Wifi and expand the reach of your wireless router.
  • Veetle — You can easily broadcast and watch live video on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Easy Alarm — Set any YouTube songs as your wake-up alarm.
  • PocketCasts — The best podcasting app for your Android phone. Period.
  • MightyText — Send and receive SMS text messages from your desktop computer.
  • Shifu — The app knows when you have free time and suggest pending task that you may work upon.
  • Llama — Silence your phone at work or let it go quiet when its time for bed.
  • AirDroid — With AirDroid, you can transfer files to and from your Android device wirelessly without needing any USB cables.
  • Smart Voice — Record high-quality audio while skipping the silent portion from the audio.
  • Pixlr — A versatile photo editor from Autodesk that is absolutely free.
  • µTorrent — Torrent downloader from the team that invented the popular BitTorrent protocol.
  • Aviary — A suite of photo editing tools that will make your photos stand out.
  • MX Player — This is the best video player for Android that lets you watch any of your videos without conversion.
  • Readability — Send web pages to your Kindle for reading later in a clutter free environment.
  • RingDroid — Create your own ringtones and alarms sounds from songs or your own voice.
  • SoundHound — Recognize music playing around you with a single tap or by entering words from the lyrics.
  • Subsonic — Stream music from the desktop and listen on your phone or tablet anywhere, anytime.
  • Poweramp — The most advanced music player for Android with clean and beautiful interface.
  • Saavn Music — Unlimited access to Bollywood and Indian regional music and radio on your Android device.
  • PushBullet — Send web links, text notes and even push files from computer to your phone.
  • Flipboard — Read news and updates from your favourite source in a beautiful, magazine style layout.
  • TuneIn Radio — Listen to live radio stations and podcasts from all over the world.
  • Jango Radio — A personalized online radio service that plays the best music by artists you love.
  • Shazam — Tap the Shazam button to instantly recognize music playing around you.

This story, Android Toolkit – Must Have Apps for your Android Phone, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 13/08/2014 under Android, Internet

Where Are Your Priorities At? It May Be Time to Pivot (Again)

As I mentioned in my last income report, it was very likely that there were going to be some changes both in my life and the way I’m approaching my online business/projects.

It’s all good things, fortunately.  Just not exactly what I had planned.

Sometimes, you want to keep pushing forward with something even when it’s not going as well as you expected.  And a lot of times, that is the right instinct to have.  So many people give up way too soon.  The challenge is is figuring out exactly where to draw the line and pivot to a new project or new approach.

In my case, there are a few things going on in my life that are basically forcing me to pivot, but it’s a direction I’m perfectly OK with.  I’ll explain.

Changes Bring More Changes

I hate making excuses, and everyone’s busy, but this year has been an exceptionally busy year for me.  In January, I launched The Daily Interview, a blog that published a new interview every day (it started as Monday-Friday and switched to Monday-Thursday).  I successfully published over 100 interviews, making lots of great connections in the process.

In March, my fiance and I began a search to buy our first home, a process that lasted until late July when we finally moved.  And later this year (November), we’re getting married.  So of course, wedding planning occasionally takes up some time.

And now, there’s something new to add to the list: I just received a big promotion at work, where I’ll be stepping into my first ever manager-level position as an accountant/CPA.

With the new role comes lots of new responsibility – something I’m excited about.  I know when I started this blog over four years ago, I wrote with the ultimate goal of leaving behind my “9 to 5″ job and going out on my own as an entrepreneur.  I’m not ready to throw away that dream, but I am comfortable delaying it indefinitely.

I think a lot of times when entrepreneurial-minded people hate their jobs, they think that the only way out is to start a business and make it on their own.  And that’s obviously a very common path.

But there’s an internal struggle when that path is unsuccessful.

I’ve found that being employed doesn’t have to be this horrible thing that rules your life.  It took me awhile to find the right job (I’m currently working at my 4th company out of college), but after spending a year there as I have now, I’m still very happy and I think this could be a good long term fit.

While this might make me an unsuccessful entrepreneur, it doesn’t mean that I have to stop everything.  I like blogging, and I still have a desire to run my own business or some kind of revenue-generating project online, on the side.

Goodbye to The Daily Interview (for now)

One big change I had to make was “pausing” The Daily Interview.  I know a lot of people were enjoying it, and I really enjoyed it too.  But it’s a lot of work and requires a lot of time that I no longer have.

Instead of stopping interviews altogether, I will probably still do interviews periodically and publish them here, on My 4-Hour Workweek.

Also, and multiple people have suggested this to me, I’m planning to take a collection of the best interviews I did (maybe my top 50) and compile some sort of eBook (probably on the Kindle platform).  It’ll be a great way to showcase the interviews that I really enjoyed, and put them all in one place for people to read.

Stay tuned for that one.

What About the Blog?

As I said before, I still love to blog, and will continue to blog.  As usual, I’ll write about whatever is going on in my life when it comes to internet business and passive income.

I think a lot of you are in my shoes: You work a normal job, have no real plans of leaving, but are looking to make some extra money on the side.  That’s where I’m at right now.

I’ll probably also continue to focus on personal finance as well, because I think it goes hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship, making money online, etc.  You work hard for your money, so knowing what to do with that money is important.

One of my big goals, that I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned here, is that I want to retire early (maybe early 50′s, or sooner if possible).  To accomplish that, I need to be doing a lot right now to build up savings and sources of passive income for the future.  So expect me to discuss that more too.

And finally, I’ll still be publishing my monthly income reports.  I still own niche sites and still have sources of affiliate income, and I’d like to maintain those.  While there haven’t been any exciting changes in this area over the past year, I still like to track everything.  In the event that things do change, I’ll of course have more to talk about. :)

I think I have my priorities straight right now, and I have a pretty clear direction of how I want to pivot with blogging and my online business in general.

What about you? Have you changed course recently? Are you finding yourself in a similar position?  Leave a comment below!

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Where Are Your Priorities At? It May Be Time to Pivot (Again)