Netflix has launched a nice update for its iOS application that adds some useful new features, and brings a new look to parts of app. While it’s not a complete redesign like we’ve seen from apps such as LinkedIn recently , it definitely makes some useful changes. The first thing you will notice is a slight interface change: The new UI makes it possible to quickly flip through content you’ve already started watching, which will make it easier to go back to the things you enjoy most. This change should make getting through the interface and into the video content a quicker process, which at the end of the day, is what Netflix is really all about. The episode selector has been tweaked, and the iPad version of the app has received a completely new one, so choosing an episode should be even easier, whether you’re using an iPhone or an iPad. The next big change is best noticed while playing a movie or TV show. The audio and subtitle options have received a facelift, so adjusting them during playback should be a little easier. It’s not the biggest change, but it should come in handy. The update also includes some bug fixes and performance enhancements, as usual. The update is available now for free from the App Store, but a subscription to the Netflix service is required to watch the content on the service. Have you used the new version of Netflix on iOS? What did you think? Source: iTunes via Engadget The post Netflix 4.0 Now Available On iOS, Brings Better Controls & Easier Access To Content [Updates] appeared first on MakeUseOf .
It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Deals from Dealnews StackSocial : [Mac Software] The Name Your Own Price 10-App Mac Bundle 2.0 downloads for $6. Adobe : [Graphics & Publishing Software] Adobe CS2 for PC or Mac for free. Other World Computing : [Computer Accessories] OWC 2012 Featured Move ‘em Out: RAM, accessories, HDDs anf more. TradePub.com : [e-books] OS X Mountain Lion: A Beginner’s Guide e-book for free. Monoprice.com : [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ CrystalPro IPS LED-Backlit LCD Display for $391 + $18 s&h. MacUpdate Promo : [Mac Software] Metropolis for Mac downloads for $12. Monoprice.com : [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ IPS-G LED-Backlit LCD Display preorders for $474 + $14 s&h. TigerDirect : [USB Flash Drives] Centon 64GB USB Flash Drive, security software for $0 after rebate + $4 s&h. Adorama : [Inkjet Printers] Canon PIXMA WiFi Photo Printer, paper for $135 after rebate + free shipping. Cameta Camera : [Camera Accessories] Zeikos Sling SLR All Weather Camera Backpack for $17 + free shipping. eBay : [Camera Accessories] Opteka LapsePro Remote Control for Canon and Nikon for $20 + free shipping. Network Solutions : [Computer Services] NetworkSolutions.com: 1-year domain name registration for 50 cents. iOS Software Nano Rally [iPhone; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] Nano Rally is a fun and addictive top-down driving game, where players drive miniaturized cars around various tracks. FX Photo Studio HD [iPad; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $1.99] Our promise is simple — with FX Photo Studio HD you’ll get the most impressive collection of photo effects and filters, available on iPad. Little Genius [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $9.99] Welcome to the world of the great games which will help your kid to develop his or her intellectual abilities. Blux Camera Pro [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Blux Camera Pro to easily and effortlessly capture the perfect image every time. The Silent History [iOS Universal; Category: Books; Now free, down from $1.99] The Silent History is a groundbreaking innovation in digital fiction, the story of a generation of unusual children, told through serialization, collaboration and exploration. SkySafari 3 Plus [iOS Universal; Category: Education; On sale for $9.99, down from $14.99] With SkySafari 3 Plus, you can follow spectacular events like eclipses and transits in Earth’s sky — or from anywhere else in the Solar System. ProCamera [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99, down from $9.99] ProCamera is a professional camera app, with many high-end features and an intuitive design for ease of use. Moni [iPhone; Category: Food & Drink; Now free, down from $9.99] Moni is the one-stop budgeting application that manages multiple bank accounts in a sleek and innovative user interface. Universal Prompter Pro HD [iPad; Category: Business; Now free, down from $4.99] Universal Prompter Pro is a text-scrolling reader that assists with the preparation and delivery of public-speaking engagements. Scotland Yard [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $2.99, down from $5.99] Scotland Yard is the digital version of the award-winning board game. Take It Easy [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] It’s a puzzle, it’s a brain teaser and it’s a game. Apple’s Free App of the Week. OS X Software MacHeist nanoBundle 3 [OS X; Category: Various; On sale for $9.99] MacHeist is back with another bundle featuring xScope, iStopMotion, Totals, Clarify, Fantastical and CleanMyMac 2. Little Inferno and Path Finder are an added bonus when the number of sold bundles crosses the 10,000 mark. One more day left. SwitchWallpaper [OS X; Category: Lifestyle; Now free, down from $0.99] With SwitchWallpaper you can change your Desktop Wallpaper super fast. My Files [OS X; [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] My Files brings your Dropbox, Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync and Box accounts together in one simple, convenient, easy-to-use interface. Daily Deals for April 22, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
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We heard way back in January that Logitech was possibly planning to bring its gaming peripherals to the Mac, and that’s exactly what’s happened. Logitech has announced that its G series of keyboards and mice , designed to entice gamers with features like lots of extra customizable buttons, backlighting and even a separate LCD screen on the keyboard, will have support included for OS X on the Mac. Officially, the Mac support is coming with six new models, which are set to be available in stores later on this month. But you can download Mac versions of Logitech’s Gaming Software from its website right now , so if you have one of these gaming accessories already, chances are you can get some extra functionality out of it right away. My guess is that these keyboards and mice already worked with the Mac (Apple’s done a great job making compatibility easy), but you’ll now be able to take advantage of all of the extra functions that these “G” devices offer. Logitech’s gaming line also includes items like gamepads, joysticks and headsets, but the company is only supporting these keyboards and mice for now. Maybe in the future we’ll see company-wide support for the Mac operating system. Logitech G series now available: Gaming keyboards and mice for Mac originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer must really be cracking the whip lately, as the company has been on a roll when it comes to updating its apps or coming out with completely new apps like Yahoo! Weather . Today’s news is that the company has updated its namesake iOS news app (free) to version 3.0, adding an exhaustive list of new features. According to a post on the company’s blog allegedly written by Meyer, the new Yahoo mobile app uses “Summly’s natural-language algorithms and machine learning to deliver quick story summaries.” Yahoo acquired Summly less than a month ago , so it’s fascinating to see that the app was updated with the new capabilities so quickly. Users of the app can now choose to focus on their favorite type of news, continually tweaking the topics they wish to see or omit. Article summaries are backed by appropriate images, making for a much more attractive browsing and reading experience. Meyer also reports that the web search experience has been updated to underscore the company’s focus on mobile content discovery. Yahoo! updates iPhone app with Summly integration originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
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New and notable apps for iOS and OS X – April 22 edition. It has been busy in the App Store with a handful of new apps landing on iOS and OS X. Take a few minutes and check out our list of standout apps from the past few weeks! iOS Apps Chew It Well – loose weight with fun [iPhone; Category: Health & Fitness; $1.99] Chew it Well measures when you scoop and helps you to do it with the right periods. At the end you join the contest to be the most precise eater in the world. Osito [iPhone; Category: Productivity; Free] Unlike other applications, services or even personal assistants, Osito learns what you need to know based on the information you provide it — including your location, updates from your calendar, email and your daily routine. Flowboard [iPad; Category: Productivity; Free] Flowboard is a storytelling and presentation app that allows anyone to make side-scrolling publications with images, text, videos, links, and photo galleries. Hiversaires [iOS Universal; Category: Games; $2.99] Hiversaires is a cryptic point & click adventure game in a textless world. City Of Secrets 2 Episode 1 [iOS Universal; Category: Games; $0.99] City of Secrets 2: Episode 1 is the sequel to the original game that successfully refreshed the classic adventure game genre, conveying it to the touchscreen devices. Fish Out Of Water! [iOS Universal; Category: Games; $0.99] Launch a daredevil group of fishy friends to the sky in Fish Out Of Water, an adventure across the sun, sand and surf. Math Superheroes [iOS Universal; Category: Education; $0.99] The creators of Bedtime Stories Collection and Little Bee’s ABC offer you Math Superheroes, an app that will teach your children math skills while they play dozens of games. Bookworm Heroes [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Free] Build words. Whomp friends. Be a Bookworm Hero. AllowanceBot [iPhone; Category: Finance; $1.99] With AllowanceBot parents can set up daily or weekly allowances for one or more children. Cut the Rope: Time Travel [iPhone; Category: Games; $0.99] Cut the Rope: Time Travel is a completely new adventure filled with time-traveling, candy-crunching, physics-based action. Cut the Rope: Time Travel HD [iPad; Category: Games; $2.99] Cut the Rope: Time Travel is a completely new adventure filled with time-traveling, candy-crunching, physics-based action. Track 180 [iPad; Category: News; Free] Track180 – a new way to discover and explore global issues and directly connect to people that are making a difference. transfr – photo and video transfer [iOS Universal; Category: Photography & Video; $1.99] The easiest, fastest way to transfer your photos & videos between your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and your Mac. R.I.P. Rally [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Free] Start your engines and destroy the undead in this mix of arena driving and zombie killing. OS X Apps The 39 Steps [OS X; Category: Games; $13.99] It’s London, 1914, and Richard Hannay is framed for a murder he did not commit. Now he must escape the capital and stay alive long enough to solve the riddle of The 39 Steps. Slugline [OS X; Category: Productivity; $39.99] Slugline is a minimal, distraction-free environment for the most important part of screenwriting. New and notable apps for iOS and OS X – April 22 edition originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. Most of the listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. If you want to have similar cool website round-ups delivered to your daily email, subscribe here . Add Your Website Here! YouTube Capture for iOS – Uploading videos to YouTube is something the iPhone and other iOS-powered devices can already do, but now there’s an app developed by Google themselves designed to shoot, enhance and upload videos to YouTube in record time. The app is called Capture, and it’s designed to be ready to shoot from the second the app is opened. Users can even opt to lock the device. Read more: YouTube Capture For iOS: Quickly Upload Videos To YouTube Freemore Audio Video Suite – It would be very convenient if media files of the same type came in the same file format, but each file format has its own flaws which makes the existence of other formats necessary. But here to provide you with functions of many conversion apps in a single package is a tool called Freemore Audio Video Suite. Read more: Freemore Audio Video Suite: All In One Media Converter MultiCleaner for Android – You may not realise it, but your Android smartphone creates a lot of logs based on what you do every day. Over time, these logs can accumulate, slow down your device or simply put your privacy on the line. If you’re looking for an app that will search for and destroy these logs then MultiCleaner might just be for you. Read more: MultiCleaner For Android: Delete All Your Phone’s Logs At Once Everbot – There are many note taking applications on the Internet. Of them all, Evernote is perhaps the most popularly used one. All sorts of notes are recorded on the site. Many of these notes include information that you would like to include while composing an email. Here to save you from the inconvenience of switching between your email and Evernote is Everbot. Read more: Everbot: Share Notes by Integrating Evernote into Gmail & Google Calendar FreeThePhotos – After the furor surrounding Instagram’s proposed terms of service changes, many users were quick to assume that their time with the retro photo filter app was over. Developers are quickly coming up with ways to save all Instagram account content and migrate it to rival Flickr instead. The tool is called FreeThePhotos. Read more: FreeThePhotos: Migrate Instagram Photos Over To Flickr With A Click Add Your Website Here! These are just half of the websites that we discovered in the last couple of days. If you want us to send you daily round-ups of all cool websites we come across, leave your email here . Or follow us via RSS feed . The post Cool Websites and Tools [April 21st 2013] appeared first on MakeUseOf .
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Facebook has recently been on a roll with updates, and it appears that the constant add-ons aren’t going to end any time soon. The newest addition from Facebook comes to Android users in the US, who have just received free VoIP voice calling for Facebook Messenger. The service already added free VoIP calling for Canada’s Android and iOS Messenger users in January, so stateside users haven’t had to wait very long. Messenger’s VoIP calling has extended to 24 countries, but based on the success of recent changes, it would be an unsurprising move for the company to make a global release. According to The Verge , a Facebook engineer stated that the US update for free calling was “only a blip” on the company’s servers. To make a call, all you have to do is tap the “i” button in a Messenger conversation and select Free Call. If you’re having a conversation using Chat Heads, you’ll have to move things over to Messenger in order for free calling to work. As mentioned in our last report about Messenger’s free calling in Canada, VoIP isn’t anything new — services such as Skype and Viber have been offering it for a while — but because of Facebook’s close social integration with its users and its recent development of Home for Android , its likely that this will result in more common VoIP usage. You can download the Facebook Messenger for Android app from the Google Play Store . This recent seamless integration of Facebook’s mobile features could be the start of a new social networking revolution — especially for those of you who are on Android. With that said, we’d like to know your opinion. Do you believe that Facebook’s free calling for Android is a good decision? Will you make use of Facebook’s VoIP? Source: The Verge The post Facebook Messenger Adds Free Voice Calling For Android Users In The U.S. [Updates] appeared first on MakeUseOf .
Each week, Sound Sunday introduces you to awesome music by talented artists from around the world. In this edition, we return to one of the most controversial genres in music: Hip Hop. Often misunderstood by those who need to listen most closely, Hip Hop is far more than what you expect. Come on in, discover new facets, and educate your ears. Note that name your price albums can be downloaded for free by entering 0 in the price field. That said, we strongly recommend you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy! You are welcome to submit your music, send suggestions with free albums you have discovered, or request genres I haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina [tina at makeuseof dot com]. EP: Chase Moore – Shaken Not Stirred – A Beat Tape Of 007 Flips Genre: beat tape, cover, hip hop, rap Shaken Not Stirred – A Beat Tape Of 007 Flips by Chase Moore From his Bandcamp profile: Chase Moore is an artist/producer/engineer/battle MC from Sacramento, CA and originally born in Melbourne, Australia. He’s 1/3rd of production team Hippie Sabotage and credits include: Slug of Atmosphere, Raekwon, Rock from Heltah Skeltah, Mistah FAB, Glasses Malone, Papoose, Kid Vishis & more. Shaken Not Stirred – A Beat Tape Of 007 Flips is a free download from Bandcamp . BoomBaptist – The Lost Files Vol. 1 Genre: beat, electronic, instrumental, hip hop, trap The Lost Files Vol. 1 (2003-2005) by BoomBaptist From the album page: This is a collection of beats created on my first MPC from 2003-2005. It is the first of a four-part series that progresses through time up until the release of my beat tape in 2009. It is also a thank you for the overwhelming support I have recieved up to this point. The Lost Files Vol. 1 is a free download from Bandcamp . EP: The Grammar Club – Bioavailable Genre: alternative, nerdcore, hip hop, rap Bioavailable by The Grammar Club The Grammar Club are Shael Riley from New York and Ty Guenley from Washington. Bioavailable is published under a Creative Commons noncommercial, share-alike license, to be used in non-commercial projects. The band also provided an instrumental version of the album. Bioavailable is a name your price download from Bandcamp . MaG – freedom. Genre: alternative, hip hop, soul, r&b, lyrical, rap Mick + RCRDLBL.com + MaG present: freedom. by MaG MaG has been around. The rapper from the Bronx toured venues across the country and was featured on BBC Radio and several popular hip hop outlets. This present album is hosted by Mick Boogie and sponsored by RCRDLBL.com. If you enjoy freedom., please share it and help MaG spread his message of hip hop and soul music. freedom. is a name your price download from Bandcamp . EP: Milo – Milo takes Baths Genre: indie, hip hop, computerized soul, folk, glitch hop, rap Milo takes Baths by milo From his Bandcamp profie: I write songs for kids who think Spock > Kirk. Or kids who know what I was just referencing. Milo takes Baths is a free download from Bandcamp . shamik – Future Passed Genre: electronic, indie, hip hop, lyrical, pop Future Passed (free) – 2012 by shamik From the album page: I have been guilty of getting caught up in my own world without seeing how I can improve. I have thought of dreams and held back because I originally thought they were unattainable. Future Passed represents how I took a step out of trying to fit in and a step into fitting in with my own essence. I hope it resonates with you in some way, or you find inspirations to create something new for yourself. It’s been a labour of love, and it’s only fitting that we give it to you for free. Thank you. Future Passed is a name your price download from Bandcamp . LMNO – Overtime Genre: indie, hip hop Overtime by LMNO From his Facebook page: Hailing from Long Beach, California, LMNO has emerged as one of the most prolific artists in music today. Introduced to hip-hop in the early ‘80s, LMNO was a firsthand witness to the N.W.A legacy and birth of west coast hip-hop. (…) LMNO continues his daily grind at the studio, having added to his impressive catalog over a hundred songs in just the past two years. With a dedicated fan-base that spans Asia, Europe, and the Americas, LMNO’s conscientious sound influences and characterizes our global music community. He has never shied away from his duties as an artist to speak his mind and record music that listeners react to intellectually, emotionally, and loyally. Overtime is a free download from Bandcamp . ProperLyrics – Broken Patterns Genre: independent, instrumental, hip hop, rap Broken Patterns by ProperLyrics From the album page: ProperLyrics has a new mix tape entitled “Broken Patterns”. This mix tape has been cooked up for the real hip hop heads that loves music that inspires a generation. Broken Patterns is a name your price download from Bandcamp . EP: Kublakai – Lights for the Dark Nights Genre: independent, hip hop, rock, jazz, rap Lights for the Dark Nights by kublakai From the album page: Kublakai’s EP shedding light on the dark. Continuing his tradition of fun, funny, serious and thought-provoking. This time though, he spends more time speaking on matters of the heart. Lights for the Dark Nights is a name your price download from Bandcamp . Cookie Monster – GOOD GALAXY II Genre: alternative, instrumental, ambient, hip hop, soul, rap GOOD GALAXY II (Free Project) by Cookie Monster From his Bandcamp profile: Cookie Monster Galaxy, a Parisian 20 year-old who composes soulful instrumental hip-hop beats on his own. At the age of 17 years Cookie Monster taught himself how to play piano and at the age of 19 years he decide to create his own album. GOOD GALAXY II is a free download from Bandcamp . good neighbour – 188.8.131.52.0 Genre: experimental, beats, folk, hip hop 184.108.40.206.0 by good neighbour Artist from Belgrade, Serbia with some awesome beats. 220.127.116.11.0 is a name your price download from Bandcamp . mikedecline – ALL FALL/miniluv Genre: electronic, beats, instrumental, samples, hip hop ALL FALL/miniluv by mikedecline More great music from my favorite city in the world. ALL FALL/miniluv is a name your price download from Bandcamp . Keor Meteor – Sociology Genre: instrumental, beats, hip hop, sampling Sociology by Keor Meteor From his Bandcamp profile: Currently making plenty noise at Bonafide towers is 27 year old Parisian beatmaker Keor Meteor. Making beats since 2005, the funky Frenchman has not only adopted some of the soul-slicing style of Madlib, Dilla and Premo but also their prolific release rate. Sociology is a name your price download from Bandcamp . EP: Pawcut – The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of Genre: instrumental, ambient, downtempo, beats, hip hop, triphop The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of by Pawcut Simplicity in the form of music. Simple beats from Germany. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of is a free download from Bandcamp . King Henry – X Genre: beat tape, hip hop X by King Henry From his Bandcamp profile: The New Mexico native gathers influence from Madlib to Jamie xx, giving King Henry a style that is constantly changing to encapsulate the current musical trends, while still maintaining his signature sound. From sample based thrift shop hip hop, to big room sound Top 40 R&B and pop, his inattention to one specific style is what fuels his versatility as a producer. X is a name your price download from Bandcamp . And More… Enjoyed one of these albums? Pay it back and share this article or the albums you liked. If you really appreciated a particular album, please donate to the respective artist, so they can continue releasing great music. New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here . Are you using ifttt? Check out these recipes for receiving notifications of new Sound Sunday releases to GTalk and Pushover for mobile devices. Thank you @Vampie ! Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below. The post 15 Free MP3 Albums & EPs: Hip Hop for the Masses [Sound Sunday] appeared first on MakeUseOf .
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For most people, SEO consists of making sure your page content is compelling and the metadata accurately describes the page without keyword stuffing. But there’s another side to SEO – the world of blackhats. The dark enclave of the blackhat SEO is a fascinating place, and I took some time to talk to a friend who was involved in the blackhat SEO business for some time – here’s what we discussed. I know you can’t exactly MakeUseOf this, but I hope it’s interesting nonetheless. I should note, I’ve been waiting to publish this for a few years, for reasons of protecting their identity and ensuring the tools or practices are no longer relevant. Most of what is mentioned no longer works. In fact, it’ll get your site de-ranked faster than you can say Google if you touch any of them, which is precisely what happened to this particular network he was involved with. The sites being discussed are commonly known as “adsense farms”, specifically designed to make Adsense profit and not much else. Nevertheless, I’ve censored the names of the tools just in case. Play safe in your SEO journey! Can You Give Me An Outline Of Your Blackhat SEO Job? I create sites, load them up with pre-written content and lots of adsense blocks, make it all look pretty, then promote the heck out of them using some different tactics, like link spamming, hidden links etc. What Was The Motivation? It’s just a job for me, and I’m good at what I do. Not I’m the one who profits from any of the sites I promote of course – I’m just a salaried lackey. I’m not privy to exact figures, but I’m under the impression that the best performing sites make about $50/day in Adsense profits. There are a few hundred or so sites in the network (that I know about, at least), covering a big range of niche topics – anything that has a high Adsense payout is a potential target. Doesn’t matter what, but certain topics are just more profitable than others – so they pay more per ad click – things like pet insurance, plastic surgery and such. That’s how profits can be fairly high even without crazy traffic levels. I keep promising myself I’ll identify one of these niches some day and start building my own network, but it never happens. Can You Describe a Typical Workday? First off, I’d check on the status of the comment spam campaigns… Comment Spam? That’s The Kind Of Nonsense Comments With a Link You Commonly Get On Blogs? Yes, exactly. You start by scraping Google for a few hundred thousand links – from related keywords etc. You can then analyze each link for site PR – and manually target the high PR sites if you want. The automated comment engine would hit the rest, using what’s called “spin text” – an automatic way of changing words to prevent comments being exactly the same. The typical comment spam you get on blogs is just so amateur – a shotgun approach that uses an automated dictionary or no spin at all – and is completely ineffective. Crafting your own effective spin text is an art form – one thing I’ve found really works is to add an emotional story to it, like talking about how “my grandmother used to do X and this post reminded me of that, thank you so much for the memories” . Making the comments sound natural is the key, really. Sure, they won’t always be relevant, but it doesn’t really matter if you’ve sent it out to 100,000 blogs. Say you get 100 links – that’s pretty good. What About Blogs That Use a “Captcha” Service To Prevent Spamming? Most of those systems are worthless. The tools I use integrate with APIs from anti-captcha services, so anything that’s protected like that gets sent over to a human captcha solver for less than 1 cent each time. If anything, the blogs with captchas are easier, since they usually don’t bother with other spam protection. I guess they assume that if a human wrote it then it must be legit. There is NO reliable defence against spam honestly. Some bloggers are just so desperate and naive they’ll approve anything. I also check some SEO forums for information on the latest high profile blogs that are open for do-follow links – I target these manually because they’re worth so much. Occasionally you strike gold and find an .edu or .gov blog just wide open for the taking. Is It All About Spamming ? No – but I won’t lie, that was a big part of it. As well as comment spamming software that I ran on my spare computer, we would use third party services like XR**** that specialize in forum spam – they cost about $50 for 50,000 links of dubious quality. Still – a link is a link . More recently, I’ve been playing with SE***** - it’s a complex bit of software that aims to automate a lot of these workflows – and handles creation of thousands of fake social accounts at a time, submitting links from those accounts to various bookmarking services, as well as spin text article submission. It’s incredible, and you can even load in user-created workflows – the pyramid design is quite popular at the moment, with a first tier of articles pointing to a single money site, then a second tier of articles and press releases pointing to those, and finally social bookmarking links pointing toward those 2nd tier elements. It’s all about making the links look natural, and I’m pretty sure this software is going to change the industry forever. Can Google Detect “Fake” Links? Of course – and if they think the links might not be natural, you’ll be put into the “sandbox”, where the site is worthless for about 6 months, until it magically re-appears ranking high in the SERPS. So, The Articles On The Sites, Who Writes Them? The content costs anywhere from $3-$5 per 400 word article, and sometimes I write them myself if they need extra special care. We usually put at least 50 posts on something before promoting it. Mostly they’re written by outsourced labor from India, and the Philippines. But remember that the user isn’t really supposed to read it, they’re just supposed to hit the site, then click on one of the more interesting Adsense banners or link blocks. So we don’t really care if they stick around and read anything – that’s not the point. For most webmasters, a high bounce rate [percentage of users who immediately click a link to somewhere external] is a bad thing – for us, it means users are clicking on ads, which is good. Do You Feel Any Remorse For What You Do? Not really, it’s just a job. I find holes in systems and exploit them – but the sites I promote aren’t dangerous or hurting anyone – it’s not like we just publish lies. In fact, a lot of what I do is taking an existing site with really low quality content, and improving both the design and content of it to relaunch – sites that were once doing well, but have since dropped. Thanks For Your Time, Anon. I hope you found this interview with a blackhat SEO expert interesting. But remember – anything like this WILL get your site banned if you try it today. Google has made huge advances in the past few years, and retroactively fixing sites that have had this kind of blackhat work done on them is virtually impossible. If you are interested in SEO though, we have a lot of helpful SEO articles here at MakeUseOf by our own resident SEO Editor Ryan Dube . For more up to date information on making your blog or website pay, check out my own extensive Guide to Website Monetization . Image Credit: Shutterstock – hacker The post A Day In The Life Of a BlackHat SEO, Circa 2010 appeared first on MakeUseOf .
Download the entirety of a website – or individual web pages – to your hard drive. Whether you want to do some work offline so you can really block time-wasting websites or do some research on the road, downloading web content locally means you don’t need to stop when your connection does. It’s increasingly rare, but still occasionally true: sometimes you just don’t have Internet access. Whether you’re on a plane or your grandparent’s place in the country, life occasionally brings all of us to places WiFi and 4G can’t reach. With a little preparation, however, you can have the data you need on your hard drive, waiting for you. There are three distinct ways to read offline: downloading an entire website, downloading recent blog posts or news stories, and downloading the content from a specific page or article. I’m going to touch on all three below, but feel free to skip to the section you’re actually interested in. Downloading Entire Websites This is the hardcore option: downloading the entirety of a single website for offline reading. Obviously how long this takes will vary depending on the web site in questions – Wikipedia could take days to finish, and will take up a lot of your hard drive when it does. If you just want an offline copy of something simple, however, like the ultimate Final Fantasy 7 database or a simple site outlining a few recipes you were thinking of trying, downloading an entire website might be right for you. The software I recommend for downloading an entire site is HTTrack, which Tina wrote about back in 2008 . Don’t worry: the software hasn’t changed much and her article is still solid. This open source program can be a little hard to use at first – especially if you’re not a Windows user. But if you’re looking to make a complete offline version of your favorite website – not an individual web page, an entire web site – it’s one of the simplest options out there. Tweak the settings if you run into problems and you should be fine. Only the Windows version comes with a dedicated GUI – Linux users will need to use a browser-based version of HTTrack instead. Don’t worry: items will be added to the menu so it’s easy enough to get started. Mac users can install the software using MacPorts, but many might be better off checking out Sitesucker , a free Mac app that functions similarly but is easy to install and has it’s own GUI. Downloading The Latest News Are you mostly interested in keeping up with the news? Downloading an entire site then is probably an overkill: you don’t need to keep a copy of the headlines from 2005 on your computer. Happily there are dedicated tools for reading the news offline. I showed you how to download entire newspapers or blogs using Calibre – it saves everything to the eBook format of your choice. This is a great way to condense the latest news into a format you can easily read offline, but be warned: paid subscriptions are required for some sites to work properly. You can also use NewsToEbook to download the latest news directly . It even supports Google Reader (though of course that ends in July when Google pulls the plug on Reader). Downloading Individual Web Pages This is the simpler option: downloading the entirety – or only the content from – an individual page. If you’re doing some research, or simply want to do some offline reading, there are tools out there allowing you to clip any particular page and read it later. My favorite is probably Evernote, a service that aims to become your personal on-and-offline repository of knowledge. You can use the service to “clip” articles from your favorite websites, which you can then read anytime using the desktop or mobile client. Check out the unofficial Evernote manual to learn more. It’s written by our very own Mark O’Neil, and like all our manuals it’s free of charge. Another simple way to save individual articles for reading later is Pocket, the ultimate digital bookmarking service . Apps for mobile devices sync articles you’ve saved for later, meaning you can read them anytime you want. There’s even a Mac version of Pocket for you computer (sorry, Windows and Linux users: not yet). Want an entirely mobile solution? Offline Pages Pro for iOS and Read Web Offline for Android both allow you to save any URL directly to your mobile device, allowing you to read them anytime. Conclusion Of course, this list is only the beginning: there are other ways to do this. Most browsers offer a “Save As” function, for example, and you can always print any page on the web as a PDF for reading later. Beyond that, I’m sure readers will point out plenty of other ways to save entire sites or individual pages for offline reading in the comments below. Unless, of course, they’re reading this comment offline – then they can’t leave comments. Oh well. The post How Do I Download An Entire Website For Offline Reading? appeared first on MakeUseOf .
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How Do I Download An Entire Website For Offline Reading?