How To Search For MP3 In Google The Easy Way

Google is the big brother of all search engines. If something is uploaded into the Internet, sooner or later it will be crawled and indexed by the Google bot. This is inevitable unless there are preventive measures taken to ensure the content is not accessible to the Google bot.

Although sharing some types of MP3 files is considered illegal, there are still people who have uploaded them. We can always use Google to search for these MP3 files, provided you know the complex codes that are required. I stumbled upon two websites that enables us to easily search for MP3 files on the Internet.

Website #1: Download browser
There are four steps that you need to follow in this instruction. Just follow them and you should be fine.

Website #2: GP2
This is an easier alternative. You can search for other items apart from songs using this website.

Note: I do not recommend/advice/support illegal MP3 downloading or uploading. Not all MP3s are illegal. You can use this method to easily search for LEGAL MP3s on the Internet. Whatever you do with this knowledge is totally up to your own wisdom.

How To Remember Over 10 Different Passwords

I used to have two or three username-password combinations in the past. I will be using these username and password for all of the online services that I sign up to — web based email service, online games, forums, etc. However, I make it a rule to use a different set of password for online banking and other important services.

When I started blogging, I had to create more accounts from the various services that I signed up to. Being the paranoid freak that I am, I made an effort to use different sets of username and password combination for each and every account that I signed up to. Currently, I am using more than 10 different sets of username and passwords. So, just how in the world am I able to remember all of them?

At first, I remember these username and passwords by writing them down on a few pieces of papers. I still keep them now, in case I forgotten and needed to recover it.

Note: Do not leave your username and passwords written on a piece of paper in your office or house where outsiders may be able to view it. I live with my family so it is probably safe :-P

Anyway, I used to read the username and passwords needed from the paper when I first started. However, after a few weeks of using them, I have unconsciously memorized most of them. So, how exactly am I able to memorize over 10 different sets of username and passwords?

I realized that I do not remember them “visually”. If I am requested to write them down on a piece of paper, I may not be able to do it. In fact, a few days ago I was trying to login to my blog admin but failed because I “forgotten” my password! At that time, I was holding a piece of bread while munching on it and typing with the other hand. That is when I realized I “remember” my passwords through something that I will just refer to as “feel-and-type”.

I am a touch typist

I am a touch typist; therefore I feel when I type, instead of looking at what keys that I am hitting. It is like how some people remember phone numbers. When you ask them to write it or say it out, they may find difficulty in doing so. That’s when you see them trying to imagine pressing the telephone key pads in their heads. You may even notice some of them moving their fingers while “pressing an invisible keypad” in the air.

I later “recovered” my password by relaxing for a minute and resume to login typing with both hands like how I was used to. As if my fingers have their own brain, the password was typed on screen as usual.

Strange but true.

How To Reduce Traffic Loss When Using MyBlogLog Widget?

MyBlogLog seems to be a double-edged sword to me. If it is properly utilized, it may help you generate traffic into your blog. However, it was also reported that MyBlogLog reduces your blog earnings. Therefore, to keep or to ditch the widget is entirely up to you. If you do plan to keep the widget, here is a simple tip for you to reduce traffic loss through the widget.

When you are creating your MyBlogLog widget, there is an option where you can either show or hide the screen names or your visitor. You should select “Yes” for this option. This enables your readers to open the link in a new window or tab. I always open new links in a new tab so that I do not have to click on the back button after I am done to return to the original blog. I believe there are others who do the same.

Showing screen name in MyBlogLog widget helps reduce traffic loss

On the other hand, selecting not to show the screen names will force your readers to click on the image thus leaving your blog. When that happens, you will either need to be a popular blogger or have created enough enthusiasm in your readers to make them want to click on the back button to return to your blog.

Hiding screen name in MyBlogLog widget will cause traffic loss

There is another method a person can get the most out of MyBlogLog (ie. generating traffic to their blogs without losing traffic or earnings). Sign up and login to MyBlogLog but do not display the MyBlogLog widget in your blog. That way, you will still gain traffic from other blogs through their MyBlogLog widget while making sure none leaves yours. :twisted:

I am not sure if there is a regulation in their ToS that states you have to place their widget in your blog if you are using their service though. So please read their fine prints before proceeding.

Note: If you find this post interesting or helpful (or you just want to be kind), please stumble this post. Thanks!

How To Minimize Windows Media Player To Taskbar

I have seen my friends minimizing windows media player to run in the taskbar. Before that, I didn’t know how it was done. I looked through the options menu franticly for a way to do it. I gave up after a while thinking that it must have been a feature on a newer version of the software.

Then I realize how simple it was. To run windows media player in your taskbar, you will need to follow the steps below. This is how it looks like at first, when you minimize it before doing any changes.

Original windows media player minimized to taskbar

Right click on the taskbar, select Toolbars and then Windows Media Player.

Change toolbar setting

That is it. Minimize your windows media player now and you will see the player running in your taskbar as shown in the image below.

Windows media player running in taskbar

Enjoy your music :-)

How To Gain 1,000 Visitors In 24 Hours

To be a successful artist, you need to have a combination of two or more of the following — talent, determination and exposure. There are many who may have the talent but if they were not discovered or do not have the determination to excel, they can never be successful. The same concept applies when it comes to being successful in blogging. One needs to have a combination of the three factors mentioned above.

This post is aimed to help those who can produce great contents but have little luck in getting traffic to their blog. If you are already producing great contents, it shows that you have the talent to write. What you need is a little exposure to start generating more traffic. There are many ways to achieve this. Some of them include being ranked higher in search engines through SEO optimization, participating in forums, leaving smart comments in popular blogs, etc.

From my personal experience, one of the easiest ways to get traffic into your blog is through social networking / bookmarking websites. The popular ones include Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Del.icio.us. I have tried Digg and StumbleUpon in the past and am currently testing Del.icio.us. I do not have much luck with Digg. It could be due to my posts not being up to par yet. However, StumbleUpon worked quite well for me. In fact, my article on WordPress’s Douche Bag plugin has brought in over 1,000 page views in the first 24 hours.

Below are a few posts comparing Digg and StumbleUpon:

  • Darren Rowse from Problogger.net shared his views on why StumbleUpon sends more traffic than Digg. From his findings, Digg generated more traffic in the first week compared to StumbleUpon. As time passes by, the amount of traffic coming in from Digg has reduced to almost zero. Meanwhile, StumbleUpon continues to generate traffic even after 6 weeks of the post being published. He concluded that StumbleUpon generated more traffic in the long run compared to Digg.
  • Neil Patel from PronetAdvertising.com compared traffic from StumbleUpon, Digg and Del.icio.us and also found that StumbleUpon brings in more traffic. One thing he noticed is that even though it brought in more traffic, Digg visitors clicked on his RSS feed link more than the other two.

I am leaning more towards StumbleUpon because it works better for me. However, it is best to try out as many social bookmarking websites and find out which works for you. Some of them may not bring in as many traffic as you would like to have but any amount of traffic is still an exposure for your blog.

Try out StumbleUpon today and utilize it to gain some exposure for your blog. You can selectively stumble on your own posts. Apart from that, you can also install the StumbleUpon toolbar and use it to discover new websites others have stumbled upon. Don’t forget to give the website a “thumbs up” if you find it interesting. That way, you help the blogger gain more exposure on his blog. I believe “What goes around, comes around”.