Microsoft iPhone. Microsoft iPad. Microsoft Android.

Microsoft iOS Apps

No, no, no. Microsoft is not going to launch a mobile device powered by iOS or Android. You bet! Over the past few months/years Microsoft has released a bunch of apps for the iOS platform (and Android too). And they’re not stopping there as they continue launching new apps.

Microsoft’s commitment to the iOS platform is very much evident from their recent acquisitions. Last December they acquired one of the most popular email app for iOS —  Acompli. And in less than two months they rebranded it as Outlook for iOS.

Read: Over 25 Email Apps (Free & Premium) For Your iPhone And iPad

It was just a beginning. Later they acquired my favorite productivity app for iOS — the Sunrise Calendar (Hey, it’s not just a calendar but much more than that.). And then a few weeks back they acquired Wunderlist — again one of the most popular to-do list app.

It’s clearly visible that Microsoft want to become the best mobile productivity apps maker. I have recently noticed that a good percentage of apps I personally use on my phone is now made by Microsoft.

Microsoft Inside

So here’s a list of Microsoft apps on the iOS platform — and Android too — for (almost) anyone and everyone. I haven’t included each and every app made by Microsoft. For instance, they have made a lot of business apps and games but I haven’t listed any of them as I wanted to focus on apps that are for everyone (and many of them are my personal favorites too).

Also, most of the apps that I’ve mentioned here are also available on the Android platform as well. So I’ve linked to it wherever it’s applicable. [Read more…]

Propeller Ads Review: Pros & Cons And Everything You Need To Know

Google AdSense is the biggest (and the most popular) ad network with millions of advertisers and publishers. Thanks to Google’s huge AdWords ad inventory.

However, it doesn’t really mean that AdSense is always the best way to monetize your website. There are a dozen other ad networks that are willing to pay a higher CPM for your traffic. Propeller Ads is one of them.

CPM (Cost Per Mille) stands for Cost Per 1,000 Impressions. CPM networks pays for every 1,000 impressions you generate. If a CPM ad network is paying you $1 CPM then it means that they’re paying you $1 for every 1,000 page views you generate.

Over the past one decade I’ve recommended AdSense and only AdSense — on my blog posts, blog comments, email enquiries, and everywhere else. And it was simply because… AdSense has got an ad inventory that’s unmatched by any other ad network. So, I imagined that no other ad network can beat the CPM offered by AdSense.

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With AdSense

But the problem is… we can’t predict the AdSense income. As you can see… I’m not longer monetizing the blog with any of those ad networks and the reason is none of them gives guaranteed income (except private ads network like BuySellAds.com).

I used to average around $0.50 per click on AdSense for several years and then it suddenly dropped to $0.05-$0.15 per click for few months and then it started giving over $1 per click. However, it didn’t last for long and I pulled off all sorts of ad networks on the blog and started selling selective private ads only. [Read more…]

Why Market Timing Doesn’t Matter And When Does It Costs A Fortune

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When I started Minterest back in 2006 it was a personal finance blog — and my goal was to aggregate all things personal finance. Later in 2007 I transformed the website into an internet marketing and technology blog and coined the tagline “Money, Internet, Investing”. But I never published any investing related blog posts all these years — except the Warren Buffett quotes.

Don’t Miss: 101 Hand-picked Warren Buffett Quotes On Investing

A few weeks earlier I came across an interesting blog post about market timing and it has inspired me to write my own version.

On that blog post, Dev created few charts based on three investors. First investor invested in stock market on monthly highs, the second investor invested on monthly lows, and the third investor invested on monthly averages. [Read more…]

11 Reasons Why I Love Dropbox — And You Should Too

Dropbox

Dropbox was never my favorite cloud storage service. In fact, I never even used it until 2013. My preferred cloud storage services were SkyDrive (now known as OneDrive) and Google Drive. I have always prefered everything Microsoft/Google as I didn’t want to depend upon different companies for different products. My mistake!

Don’t Miss: OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Everything Else

Back then, I relied a lot on Google — Gmail (for email), Google Calendar (for calendar), Google Notebook (for note-taking), Google Tasks (for task management), Google Drive (for cloud storage), and Google Reader (for news reading).

And, one fine day, I realized that it’s not a good idea to rely on only one brand for “all things”. How? Because Google discontinued Google Notebook and Google Reader (R.I.P.). And Google Tasks too is on the verge of discontinuation as they are no longer updating that service. In fact, they discontinued a lot of nice Google products.

Today, I don’t care about how many brands I’m relying on. Instead, I just try to make sure that they offer the best product in their category. So, I replaced Google Calendar with Sunrise, Google Notebook with Evernote, Google Tasks with Todoist, Google Drive with Dropbox, and Google Reader with Feedly.

Read: My Favorite Internet Tools, Software & Apps

All the above companies excel at what they are doing — because it’s their bread and butter. Today, I just wanted to share with you 11 reasons why I love Dropbox. [Read more…]

Make Money Writing Articles: 37 Blogs That Pay Up To $300 For Your Guest Posts

A Freelancer's Workstation

First Published: June 25, 2012; Last Updated: Sunday, April 12, 2015

Freelance blogging is a great way to make money writing online because there is immense demand for awesome blog posts, always! But that doesn’t make it easy! The problem is… finding high-paying freelance writing jobs will take time and loads of efforts, especially if you’re a newbie.

In fact, if you visit any of those freelance marketplaces or job sites, you can see that it’s crowded with hundreds of thousands of writers/bloggers. And if you don’t have an author profile or pricing that is not  attractive enough then your would be clients can easily find a dozen of other writers.

Another problem is, content agencies or clients on freelance sites do not pay much. Even if you meet their criteria you may not earn more than $10-$15 per 500 words (unless you are a native English speaker).

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Freelance Writing Jobs: Over 51 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs That Pays

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I know you are here because you are looking for freelance writing jobs and want to make money by becoming a freelance writer, right? Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money online from home and you don’t even need a website to get started. That said, if you own a blog (or even a portfolio website) it gives you instant credibility and a lot more exposure because you will be able to showcase your skills and your portfolio.

Okay, let’s get to the basics. Who is a freelance writer? Well, a freelance writer can be anyone who writes content for another individual or for a company. And the content can be blog posts, web content, press releases, infographics, ebooks, whitepapers, product descriptions, etc.

Don’t Miss: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 75+ Tips, Resources & Guides

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The Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Handbook — 201+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is evolving. And the good thing is… you no longer need a ton of backlinks to rank higher on search engines. In fact, all the Google algorithmic updates that happened over the past several years were to filter out low-quality websites.

For instance, there was an algorithmic update to penalize content farms and websites that were engaged in spamming. And there was another update to penalize web pages with slow loading speed or one with lot of ads.

Here is a comprehensive list of SEO resources that I have collected over the past several years. I have made sure that only the best resources that are comprehensive and simple to understand remain in this list. And to make it easier to consume I have organized all the resources into the following categories and sub-categories. [Read more…]

How I Increased My Organic Traffic By 500% In 10 Months (And Doubled Them In A Year)

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Blogging is one of the most powerful modern marketing medium out there. The only problem is — you cannot expect overnight success. Why? Because it’s a marathon and not just a sprint! So, always go term!

“I’ve worked in marketing since 1987 and nothing I have used, studied or witnessed, comes close to the marketing power of an effective blog. Period.” — Jim Connolly

When I compiled the blog marketing resources I mentioned that I do not have a blog promotion strategy. Still, I wanted to share my blogging strategy with you and realized that it’s better to publish  a new blog post.

So, that’s how I come up with this topic and it’s all about how I increased my organic traffic from 250 to 1,500 to 3,000 without spending a penny.

Don’t Miss: 7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips. [Read more…]