How to Watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and HULU on Your Hotel TV

The choices in room entertainment while you’re checked in to your hotel room are limited streamingand expensive. I ran into this problem during my travels and I figured out how to bring my home entertainment into my hotel room without paying a dime.

Of course its easy to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and HULU on your laptop in your room but its not the same experience as watching like at home on the big screen.


I’m going to show you how to hook up your ROKU or Chromecast to your hotel room TV and WIFI. I have written to detailed step by step instruction posts on how to do it. Continue reading How to Watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and HULU on Your Hotel TV

How to Setup Your Chromecast to Hotel WIFI

There are two ways to run your Chromecast in your hotel WIFI. The first method which I chromecastwill cover here first is to purchase a HOOTOO Tripmate travel router. This router you’ll need because in some cases  hotels will only let you have one device at a time connected to the internet. With the HOOTOO travel router you can connect up to 5 devices at a time thus circumventing the device restriction. This device is one of the best things I’ve purchased and I won’t leave home traveling without it. Its only $32!

Ok lets say you’ve got your HOOTOO and you’re in the hotel room. What do you do next? I put together these simple instructions for you to follow. Continue reading How to Setup Your Chromecast to Hotel WIFI

How to Connect Your Roku To Hotel Wifi

So you and your family are all checked into the hotel room and you find yourself scratching your head trying to install your ROKU.

You would think that connecting your ROKU to the internet through your hotel room should be easy right? But you can’t do it because the hotel internet connection requires you to login in with your room number and last name and you can’t do that through your ROKU.

Confused? I was for the first time but I figured it out and I’m here to show you how to do it. Continue reading How to Connect Your Roku To Hotel Wifi

5 Reasons Why Attorneys Should Switch To WordPress

I decided to write this post because one of the attorneys at my school approached me to update her website. It was hard coded mess with some old html and it was pretty bad looking. As a favor I said I would update her old website to WordPress.

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When I spoke to my client I explained the benefits of updating the site to WordPress. Here are a couple of things I explained to her.

1.Ease of Updating

If you have a hard coded site you can’t really make changes to it until you ask a developer to do it. With WordPress you don’t need an HTML expert or coder to make changes. All you need is a web browser to add and edit pages to your site.

This makes it easy for you to add attorneys to your website or add new practice areas.

2. Blogging

WordPress is a great blogging tool. As an attorney you can setup your WordPress blog easily.  Having a blog allows you to keep your clients up to date on case law and it builds credibility.

3. Hundreds of Themes Available

There are thousands of themes or designs available that can benefit your practice.

WordPress allows a law firm to benefit from improvements in themes and plug-ins to bring potential clients to the site. As WordPress improves the more your practice benefits.

4. Search Engine Friendly

WordPress is SEO friendly. It makes it easy for you to rank well on the search engines. Its built in from the ground up. With additional plugins you can rank even better.

5. Mobile and Tablet Ready

Many of the themes built around WordPress are mobile and tablet “responsive.” That means when a user loads your website on a tablet or phone it will render properly so that the experience is better.

How To Convert Your Law Practice To WordPress

I’ll show you step by step how I converted this law practice website over.

1. List all of the old files. If you have access to your clients site you can do it through sftp or if you don’t go to google and type:

site:yourclientsite.com

There are three elements to retrieve for each page.

Title Tag, Description meta tag and content page.

You can extract this for each page and put it in a text editor.

 

 

The first thing I did was access the 10 pages she had on the site and pasted them into new pages on the WordPress site. I chose to 301 redirect the old pages to the new pages but I could have easily kept the file extensions buy just updating the permalinks page.

Essential Theme

I chose the Genesis Theme and selected a child them that she liked and I started customizing it.

Plugins

If you are running any site with WordPress you need some plug-ins that are essential. Specifically I’m recommending three here that an attorney should have.

1. Pretty Good Security

This is essential if you’re running a wordpress site. It features 5 things that you need.

a. Hiding login pages- Many bots are searching sites to find

b. backup – the site mails to you on a schedule the complete back up the site so the site can always be restored.

 

How To Restore An Old Website Automatically

If you’re trying to restore a site with less than 50 pages you can do it by hand most of the time using Google’s cache, bing or archive.org. However if its larger than 50 pages you might want to consider using the tool called Warrick website restoration. This project was started by two students at …. and they built this tool to automatically restore a damaged or lost site.

A couple of things. To get started you will need a machine running linux. I would recommend Ubuntu since its one of the best distributions and pretty easy to install and setup. The instructions are pretty easy to setup and install. If you have questions on how to do this I would recommend reading the instructions at warrick.cs.odu.edu.

To get started the best way is to pick from sample dates of the site you want to restore from archive.org. I did a post on how to restore and old website with archive.org.

After you find the date that best sample date you want to type out the following instruction from your linux machine.

Suppose you find the date of the sample you want is April 15, 2004 and you want the site stored in directorya/

sudo ./warrick.pl  -dr 2004-04-15 -D directorya -B http://www.example.com

This script will do its best to restore the site from all of the sources where it can find them. When its done your site will be restored.

If you don’t want to restore the site yourself, we can do it for you. Please read my next post to find out how.

 

How To Restore An Old Website

Archive.org or WaybackMachine
Archive.org WayBackMachine

Some of the sites I’ve purchased over the years are from people who’s sites have disappeared and become inactive.  So I’m presented with the problem of how I restore these sites. It’s actually quite easy to do it. All you have to do is use a tool like archive.org otherwise known as the WayBackMachine. The first step is to type in the domain name you want to restore. If it exists in the archive thats a great first step.

After you type in the domain you will get a page that shows the number of samples taken during the year the site was active.

Start by clicking on the yellowed out boxes, where you see the most samples (black graphs). You will then see a blue dot on the calendar date the spider for archive.org went to grab the site. Click on the blue dot to pull up a copy of your site.

Once you click on that blue dot the site you want to restore comes up. However there are a few things that have been added that you will have to be aware of.

How to strip out the Wayback Headers

When the Wayback machine displays a sample of your site it includes some additional HTML and modifies  links of your site. It’s actually pretty easy to identify these. But first we must do a file save as to save our first sampled page.

Open up a text editor and open the page you just saved. The front part of the page should look like this.

If  you noticed you will see several links that precede the links of the site you are trying to restore. These need to be removed using your text editor. Use your text editor to remove these by copying the links above and replacing them with nothing (NULL). After you are done with that you can now remove the Wayback header HTML from the page. This is done by removing the text between text that looks like this:

<!-- BEGIN WAYBACK TOOLBAR INSERT -->BLA BLAH BLA <!-- END WAYBACK TOOLBAR INSERT -->

With your text editor start with the first <!– and delete everything up to “–>”

That should now leave your restored page without any traces from archive.org.

How To Name Restored Pages

This can get tricky because the first page that gets restored is usually the front page which usually is named something like index.html, index.htm or other name. However to restore the other pages of the site will require you to name them correctly.

Restoring Remaining Pages of a Site

To restore these pages one at a time, I would recommend that you click on the link of the page you want to restore. In this example, we can restore the page from the link titled “Radio Streaming AAC – Flash player..” To do this, open this page in a separate window and you will notice in the address bar that the link to the page is actually a directory of /radio-streaming-aac/. So you can create a directory with the same name and copy the file named as index.html if you like.

As you can see this can be tedious work to restore a complete site with dozens of pages. But there are other ways to restore this even faster with a really neat tool. I will post that in my next blog post. Best of luck!

My 1st Clickbank Site

For two years now I’ve been experimenting with how to make a little passive income with Clickbank. My goals were to make about $150-$200 per month in my spare time. It would provide a little money to put away for my son’s college fund and for my Starbucks habit. So off I started with my first site.

My 1st Clickbank Site

I started out with one site built around a product that I really liked called the The 5  Minute Learning Machine. I actually bought the ebook product off of Clickbank for $24 and read it.

But since I’m not the best writer I had a friend write a 1 page (400 word) review on it. She ranked it for readability, what type of bonuses it had and most of all would it be helpful for the reader. By really helping the reader make a buy or pass decision was important.

I next chose a domain name. The one thing I learned was to choose a domain that has the name of the product followed by the word review. This was chosen because this is what people type in to google when they see something they want but they’re are not sure if it’s any good. So they type into Google name of the product followed by the word “review”.

So if you can reserve this name you get a leg up on the competition.

Visual Appearance

I then took a snapshot of the table of contents of the product manual. This allowed people to take a look at what they would be getting when they buy. I also used a star rating system and included a product snapshot of book cover. Also I included screen snapshots of the bonus products included in the package.

I then put the site up using WordPress and I put in the review as the first page with a few other articles on learning build with some of the other pages. Once everything was up and running I turned on the site. After 6 months this is what the site was earning.

As you can imagined I was quite impressed with this. But there was room for improvement which I’m going to share with you in my next post.

How To Move an Old Site To WordPress

As you know I have dozens of sites and most are coded in raw HTML back in the day when I created them. Now that WordPress has come along it offers a compelling case to convert these sites over. Here are a few of them:

1) WordPress makes it easy to update content and add content as needed without the use of conventional layout packages such as Dreamweaver and NVU.

2)There are many widgets and plug-ins that make it easy to port your site over to wordpress from a fixed url site.

How to get started.

The first step in converting an old HTML site to WordPress is the get a listing of all of the files on the current site. So for example, if you have a site with five pages then list out like this:

1)/widgets-to-buy.html

2)page1.html

3)page3.html

4)page5.html

Next you want to open up each of these files and copy the content (not menu or navigational content).

Create a new page under the Dashboard menu of wordpress.

Name the page so that its permalink matches the old page. So for example number one might be widgets-to-buy.

Save that page and start again until all of the pages are complete. Add the new address of the redirected page beneath the page in the list so it will look like this.

/widgets-to-buy.html
http://www.yoursite/widgets-to-buy

After the pages are all added the next step is to add in 301 redirects so you can redirect traffic from the old pages to the new wordpress pages. I download the “simple 301” redirect plugin for wordpress.

What you do here is for each page add on the left part of the menu

/widgets-to-buy             http://www.yoursite.com/widgets-to-buy

Just repeat this for each page and soon your site will be ported over.

Navigational Elements

Now that all the pages have been imported, the next step is to add a navigational menu or sidebar. I recommend using a menu and this makes it easy to add drop down menus to your site so that people can get to the areas of your site.

This is done in the “Appearance” section of the site and under menus. I’ll talk about that a little later.

Moving My Sites from Godaddy to Hostgator

The downside about having so many sites, up to 22 right now is you have them spread over so many hosts. Keeping some sites on their own C block addresses are helpful to add links to my other sites in my network. However the big problems is you have to deal with so many different hosting panels or cpanels.

So this week I single handedly moved 14 sites over to Hostgator which I just love for the fact that I can have an unlimited number of domains and a large number of databases. Plus some of my sites where coded up in hard HTML and I really wanted to port them over to wordpress.

I was spending about $65 per month to host come sites on Godaddy through a number of plans and I just got tired of having to keep track of them all. As of now I have these sites on two business hosting accounts that I can add more sites as I grow. The other benefit hostgator uses a slick cpanel interface making it a snap to run my business.

I still hold my domains at Godaddy but I just had too many hassles at Godaddy for hosting.

WordPress

Since most of my sites where hard coded years ago in HTML I switched everything over to WordPress so that it makes it easier to manage my content on all the pages. The only thing I had to do was to redirect the old pages to the new wordpress pages.  I use what is called a 301 redirect which tells google and other search engines that the page has moved permantely to the new wordpress page. It’s done through the .htaccess file located in the root of the your site. Once you do that then you can efficiently add more content to your site without the hassle of modifying pages throughout your site.

Is Epic Direct going broke?

I’m an affiliate with Epic Direct, also known as Azoogleads.com and I noticed I hadn’t been paid in a while. I enquired about this with my affiliate manager and this is the response I got:

“To touch on the topic of payments, Epic Direct has been undergoing some key structural changes. We expect these changes to have an extremely positive long-term effect on the way our business is run, and more importantly the way we treat our publishers. As for your outstanding balance, our payments are being paid out manually at this time and I cannot give you an exact date as to when this will be released. We thank you for your patience as we get this sorted out. We truly value you as a publisher and want to secure a long-term relationship with you. In this spirit, depending on your payment threshold, it may be best for you to pause traffic until we can guarantee timely payments. On the other hand, if your business is flexible and can sustain under these conditions, then we would love to continue working with you.  We want your business to be mutually beneficial so I hope this email will help you make an informed decision. Regardless of what you decide, I hope that when our payments are normalized, that you will allow us the opportunity to make it up to you.”

What? Is this the corporate speak for we are going broke? Sounds like it is. Be careful when choosing affiliate networks.