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Top 10 Projects for Your Recently Acquired Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that only costs $35, but comes with lots of interesting features for its price. While it has been initially designed to promote computer skills among students and allow them to have access to an affordable PC, this device became much more than that.Hobbyist and talented students, as well as everyone who enjoying DIY kind of stuff started building cool things using this mini-PC. From robots to music players and telephones to entertainment devices, you can choose from x number of projects to do with your recently acquired computer. To help you get inspired, here are some of our favorites. Note that, most of these projects can be carried out on the older model which recently got a price cut.Create your Own CaseIf you don’t have a Raspberry Pi, but googled the name of the PC to see what it looks like, you probably saw that it’s nothing but what you see in the image above. Therefore, it comes with no case and keyboard, as well as no cables, no headphones…

Add Related Posts to WordPress with Jetpack but without the Extra Baggage

It is recommended that you include Related Posts on your blog pages as they help decrease the bounce rate of your site and are good from the SEO perspective. That’s because when you publish a new article, the old content, that was previously hiding in the archives, shows up in the list of related posts and thus gets fresh exposure to both human visitors and search engines.Matt Cutts, in 2010 when Google search results were a collection of 10 blue links, recommended using related posts and the advice is still relevant today in the age on Penguins and Pandas. YARPP, short for Yet Another Related Posts Plugin, is the most popular plugin in the WordPress repository for display related articles but it does put lot of strain on your WordPress database server. All the related posts calculations are done using complex SQL queries on your WordPress database and that can affect your website’s performance.Jetpack, the official WordPress plugins from the makers of WordPress, now includes Related P…

How to Monetize Google Maps on your Website with AdSense Ads

You have been using Google AdSense ads to monetize the content of your website but did you know that you can also use the same AdSense program to also monetize any Google Maps that are embedded on your web pages. You can embed a Google Map and AdSense ads will be automatically served inside the map that will either be contextually relevant to the content of the page or targeted based on the location of the visitors.The Google Maps block embedded below contains a rectangular AdSense ad unit placed near the top-center area of the map. Where Am I is another example of a website that embeds Google Maps with ads. AdSense Ads for Embedded Google MapsGoogle Maps offers you an easy option to embed maps onto your website but the default embed code does not allow monetization. You’ll have build the map on your own using the Google Maps API to enable advertising and this isn’t difficult either. Let me show you in few easy step.To get started, go to the Google AdSense website and create a new ad u…

SEMRUSH Review : A SEM Tool to Research Competitors’ Keywords

SEMRUSH is my favorite SEO tool, and I have been using it from last 2 years. Should you start using SEMRUSH or not? I will answer these questions in this review of SEMRUSH. Before that.. When ShoutMeLoud got hit by Google Panda, I had to completely changed the way I had been blogging. I realized that instead […]SEMRUSH Review : A SEM Tool to Research Competitors’ Keywords is a post from ShoutMeLoud - Shouters Who Inspires

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Nubia is the Latest Chinese Smartphone Company to Enter India, Expected to Launch Flagship Z9 on May 19

India has quickly become one of largest and lucrative smartphone markets in the world. Which explains why companies from all across the globe are entering India left and right. Just from China alone we have seen about half a dozen firms land on Indian soil in the last couple of months. Next week will be pretty interesting for smartphone enthusiasts in the country as two more Chinese companies have announced their arrival.Earlier this week, one of China’s top smartphone vendors Meizu announced that it will be launching a smartphone — presumably its $160 iPhone 5c rip off of the m1 note (that’s how the company likes to name its products, apparently) — in India on May 18. We’re are now learning about another company that plans to debut in the same week.Nubia, a premium smartphone brand by Chinese electronic conglomerate ZTE will be launching its first phone in the country on May 19. The company announces that it has partnered with Amazon India to give the e-commerce company exclusive rig…

Belgian Watchdog Blasts Facebook For Treating User Data “With Contempt”

Belgium’s privacy watchdog today accused Facebook of violating European and Belgian privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent, and said it would take legal action if Facebook refuses to obey its recommendations.The commission said Facebook treats the personal data of Internet users “with contempt,” and that the company has been uncooperative with regulators investigating its privacy practices.“The way in which [Facebook] is contemptuous of the private lives of its members and of all Internet users demands action,” Willem Debeuckelaere, the commission’s president, said in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s make or break time” for Facebook, he said.The Belgian Privacy Commission — the CPVP/CBPL — based its accusations on an academic study it commissioned investigating Facebook’s data collection and privacy practices.At issue is Facebook’s use of “like” and “share” buttons on 13 million third-party websites in the EU, collecting data from visitors to those sites that could…

Marketing Day: Brand Networks To Buy Shift, Google’s Self-Driving Cars & Bing’s Mobile Update

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Report: Calls Have 30 To 50 Percent Conversion Rates, Most Come From Mobile
A call is, generally speaking, a better lead than a click. But how much better is striking: calls have 30 to 50 percent conversion rates while clicks top out at 1 to 2 percent.Brand Networks To Buy Social Advertising Platform Shift For $50 Million
Incorporates RelevanceRank to help marketers measure paid and organic social media performance and score content for promotion.Watch Out Mountain View, More Google Self-Driving Cars Are Coming To A Street Near You
The vehicles will include safety drivers who can takeover driving if necessary.Pulverizing Price Resistance To Improve Conversion Rates
Columnist Tim Ash discusses tips for making your pricing seem more appealing to prospective customers.Like Google, Bing Is Planning To Reward Mobile Friendly Sites
Bing is expected t…

Report: Calls Have 30 To 50 Percent Conversion Rates, Most Come From Mobile

A call is, generally speaking, a better lead than a click. But how much better is striking: calls have 30 to 50 percent conversion rates while clicks top out at 1 to 2 percent. That’s according to a new Call Intelligence Index report from Invoca.The data in the report represent “more than 32 million phone calls placed to businesses across 40 industries in 2014.” The analysis determined that mobile marketing (search, display, etc.) was responsible roughly 54 percent of all calls to businesses. And 45 percent of calls to businesses came as a result of a mobile search.Beyond this the overwhelming majority of business calls (75 percent) come from mobile phones. Source: InvocaAbove is the breakdown of marketing-based call sources according to Invoca’s data.Invoca explained that call durations on average were “16 times longer than a website interaction.” Tuesday, Monday and Wednesday saw the highest volume of calls during the week, in that order. As the chart below also shows, calls from la…