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Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2016) by  via screenshot_9_10_13_2_04_pm

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Web2Web: Serverless Websites Powered by Torrents & Bitcoin by  via torrentfreak_logo

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Courtesy of Torrentfreak.com

“…Running a fully functional website in a regular browser without any central servers being involved sounds complicated, but with Web2Web it isn’t. The project, powered by WebTorrent and bitcoin, allows anyone to create updatable websites that are as resilient as it gets…”

 

Test your VPN through Terminal – Linux Tips

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Do you use a VPN to connect to Internet and increase your privacy? If you are one of the many you would be sure that the VPN you are paying is really working properly.

You can always use, via browser, one of those dedicated websites that check your Ip and, in some cases, test the real effectiveness of VPN and/or use Terminal.

But, for my experience, if you prefer to test your public IP without using the Terminal, the best tutorial for this specific task has been published by http://www.tecadmin.net.

Get Public IP using Linux Terminal

Recommended!… if you are looking for an extra test that you can manage directly from Terminal.

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Quora: a great, powerful tool for Social Media Marketing!

Quora? Are you sure about what you are saying? Why?

Yes, I am more than sure. I know that you could be surprised about thinking Quora as a Social Marketing tool but it is really a powerful if you learn how to disrupt its potential.

In few words Quora is you personal brainstorming tool. A real powerful tool if you consider that people in Quora are in the main part experts into their sectors.

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If you post a question, promote it -asking to Quora suggested experts to answer- and you don’t receive any reply, it means you posted the wrong question! Quora people don’t waste their time answering to obvious or silly questions. So, if this happens, don’t be ashamed but remove it and start thinking what is the mistake you did. In many cases if you spend some minutes thinking about it you will find the answer you were asking for.

But, remember, don’t limit yourself to only asking but start answering the question that Quora will propose to you. Good answers will get you being noticed. And it could be helpful for your CV or for attracting traffic top your social media or blog.

For this reason I suggest you to spend the right time to write your profile when you join Quora. It is important for a couple of aspects. The first is related to the questions that Quora will propose to you: especially at the beginning they will be strictly related to your Bio. The second aspect is directly linked to your social exposure. Don’t forget that Quora is not only a collaborative platform but it is also a precious, “shining” window were you can directly show your expertise and indirectly attract new follower to your social media, blogs or online activities.

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Quora is the right tool to create and nurture your personal branding strategy. If you think to be an expert on some topics, go to Quora and show your knowledge there. Because Quora is the best place to find people that are looking for the right answers to their top engaging questions.

Moreover Quora let you connect with experts in all the topics you prefer. Doing this you are able to create your personal web of experts and potential promoters for you or your activity. After a while, I suggest you to actively search the most appropriate questions you like to answers. This strategy will enhance your presence on Quora and allows you to give your best when answering.

Last but notquora-logo2 least, don’t be obvious when you answer to a specific question directly related to your business or activity. If you want to promote your activity or your website you need to clearly explain why you think that it is the best solution to that specific question. In few words you have necessarily demonstrate to the questioner (and to all the other experts who are going to read you) why you or your services or website are the first best for his/her needs.

To conclude let me say that Quora is really essential for your Social Media Marketing and you should be really interested to test and include it into your Social Media Strategy!

3 Good Reasons to persist in using Google ncr = no country redirect

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Since some weeks ago, I used:

http://google.com/ncr

for my web search and I was able to open the main Google Homepage without to be redirected to any local Goole site.

What I usually obtained was:

1 – less “personalized” search results: the algorithm will be not “contaminated” by my local IP and I will able to find information “cleaned” by local trends;

2 – the possibility to use the “same” Google even when I am abroad;

3 – the security that my searches were always up-to-date respect the global actual trends. For my experience when I search some particular topics as “marketing” I obtain, in the first Google page, fresh news only using Google in its NCR version. If I try to use my local Google homepage I have to spend more time setting the Google’s “advanced search” or trying to understand what information are “really” fresh new.

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I found the right solution when I visited ycombinator.com and I found the post created by newman314 that submitted a link that combined NCR and SSL protocol (for a little bit of more privacy).

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=test&qscrl=1&n…

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=test&qscrl=1&ncr=1

Where the word “test” is what I am looking for.

Then I also found a faster solution by dragop:

http://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=cr&gws_rd=cr

and, in the same webpage, a shorter version from 3dfan:

http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=cr

On my side I prefer to use this other URL that gives me the same results through an SSL connection:

https://encrypted.google.com

To be sure that the results were really the same and not simply related with the English language and influenced by the IP, I tested this URL comparing them from what I obtained from the above mentioned:

http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=cr

I discovered that what I “received” using encrypted.google.com are really the same links and they are not just the standard local results in the English language.

I know that cookies will not allow me to have real “septic” results but this is the first step to a less passive use of Google search because I would like to be a more active user and not just a passive customer pampered by Google.