Trying to set it up myself

My daughter Nina has been with me from day one. So there’s another post dedicated to her. Nina and I initially thought that we could do it ourselves. But some digging up with rudimentary tools after watering the rock-hard mud, was enough to convince me that I had to get somebody specialized in terrace gardens.

The owner cleaned up the weeds before we moved in. And I started watering the garden profusely in an effort to soften the mud.

Garden

That’s Nina and I digging away. Well, I’m on the phone and she’s digging!

Digging up the garden

Obligations

They may not be fun
But they must be done
Where you are young or old
Shy or bold!

When you were a kid
There were the chores you did
Relatives you smiled at
Functions that made you fat!

You grew up and you thought
That a relief from obligations should be sought
But no matter how much you try
They would always be close by.

Parents, kids, relatives, siblings
Baptisms, birthdays, betrothals and weddings
Smile and go through all of them
For there are so many yet to come!

Google Webmaster Academy

Google Webmaster Academy is for people who intend to create their website and sell services/resources online.

There are easy step-by-step modules on making a new website, understanding how Google indexing works and also additional resources. If you are new to the world of website creation and maintenance, this is one course you could take online. Here are the modules for your reference. Happy Learning!

Module 1: Make a great site
1.1 Determine if you want a website
1.2 Set up a new website
1.3 Identify your audience
1.4 Create valuable content
1.5 Organize your site structure
1.6 Quiz

Module 2: Learn how Google understands your site

2.1 Learn how Google Search works
2.2 Check that your site is indexed
2.3 Describe content on your site
2.4 Follow our Webmaster Guidelines
2.5 Learn about search engine optimization
2.6 Quiz

Module 3: Use our resources
3.1 Set up your Search Console account
3.2 Manage your site with Search Console
3.3 Protect your site from spam
3.4 Make your site mobile-friendly
3.5 Join the webmaster community
3.6 Quiz

Google Contributor – Ain't Google smart

Surprise! Now you can pay Google to not show you ads on websites that you visit. First, there were no ads. Then Google introduced Adsense and started bombarding you with ads wherever you went. And now, you can be ad-free again, but paying Google a fixed sum of money. This money funds the websites which you visit, to not show you ads.

So here is how it works:
1. Visit Google Contributor
2. Register and select the monthly contribution you want. For $2, you see 5-15% lesser ads. For $5, you see 15-25% lesser ads. And for $10, you see 25-50% lesser ads.
3. When you visit sites, you would see lesser Google adsense ads depending on the plan you chose.
4. You can choose what to see instead, like scenery or patterns.

Voila! Another innovative method devised by Google to put your money into their pockets. Go contribute.

Call Center Cost Calculator

My employer Outsource2india.com, has launched a new call center staffing and cost calculator. Check this out http://www.outsource2india.com/callcenter-staffing-calculator.asp

Proud to say that it’s the first-of-its-kind, simple, easy-to-use calculator that can give you the staff and cost requirement in a few seconds. You need to enter simple fields like target country, time taken per call, type of project, shift coverage etc. and voila… You have your answer. Please try it out!

Money can buy happiness

Actor Varun recently published a video about how Money can buy happiness, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT4iEH9viCs. He takes Rs.10,000 in ten notes and gives it to 10 people who are selling stuff like tea, cotton candy, bubbles etc. in the streets. The joy on the faces of those people is amazing. In fact, I am also amazed at this person, Varun Pruthi who has published multiple videos like this, the earlier one, where he acted like he was injured on the road and begged passing vehicles to stop and help him. Actually, nobody stopped, even though he fell down on the road and acted dead, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5GMWJmrR0LDUQ8MojJyXEQ.

Varun, a beautiful attempt at creating social awareness of highly pressing issues! Hats off to you!

Content writer hunt

The web designer is in, and settled in his job. So now I have to hunt for a content writer. There are too many resumes online, but not the right candidate. Few don’t even pick up the phone, few don’t send back the writing sample you asked them to do, and few just can’t write well.

There are websites like Elance and Skillpages that I should be using, just hasn’t gotten around to doing it. Skillpages is the Indian version of Elance and has many content writers. Just need enough time and patience to evaluate their writing and zero in on a few who can write well.

The hunt is still on!

Write

New notepads, sharp pencils
Or just a few moments
With nothing to do!
Do they tempt you to start writing?

Write something, write anything
Just go ahead and write
Put your thoughts into words
Your dreams into fine lines.

Do you want me to tell you
Why you should do that?
Because you have a new notepad, sharp pencils
Or just a few moments with nothing to do!