Retro-style Mechanical RGB Keyboards – Why Is It So Popular?

One of the things I have noticed is that in the last couple of years, it seems that these retro mechanical style RGB keyboards have been a craze among many techies, gamers and even regular people who love the look and feel of them. How come these old typewriter style keyboards have become so popular? I mean I love the colourful lights and that some of them have, like this one in the picture. An RGB keyboard is versatile, allowing you to select any of the 16+ million colors of the RGB wheel and apply them on a per-key basis, whether individually or in sets. This makes RGB keyboards a big, colorful step beyond the old-style backlit models or the ones that display just a few basic colors.

Then there is the mechanical aspect; on mechanical keyboards, each plastic keycap covers a physical switch that goes up and down. It can be triggered not just when you push the key all the way down, but even part of the way down. As a result, you can type faster and more comfortably on these keyboards. A lot of people seem to like the clackity clack clack sound on typing each word. The colour options (the ones I have seen, like the example shown above) have 8 to 10 types of setting changes for the colours. They light up like a dream, add unlimited fun to the game.These modes will give you more enjoyable when you gaming or typing at night.light up the alloy to awaken your gaming passion.

Laser engraving technology ensures that the LOGO will not fade. The fashion retro steampunk keycap uses a two-color injection molding process, anti-fading, strong wear and tear away from the long-term use of character fade trouble, not dazzling, no oil,even light and maintain good light transmission. I’m told that some people find typing and editing content easier to use on these mechanical keyboards and the lights are more for aesthetic & fun purposes.

The Dos of Online Education


Set Up a Quiet Space

To ensure you participate fully as an online student, it’s best to create a space that is free of distractions and remains uninterrupted for the entire duration of your session if possible. In addition, having a clear background or using a virtual one can help you control your environment.

Take off your wall poster or cover it, and make sure your dirty laundry is not visible in the video. Lock your door for privacy, or you might end up in a similar position to this guy. Let your family members and roommates know about the class timings and ask them to avoid knocking on the door during the class.

Be punctual, log in on time

As a student enrolled in online classes, attendance still matters. You’ll want to log into whatever online platform your professor is using. Make sure your computer is charged and be ready to appear on screen in a timely fashion. Being late is not acceptable, especially as your commute is (probably) from your bedroom to the couch in your living room!

Adopt Better Online Communication Habits

You should look at your email regularly – at least once a day. If you are discussing an assignment with a professor or working on a group project, see to it that you are available on a platform accessed by everyone (e.g., Slack, Discord, etc.)

Get a Reliable Internet Connection

This is perhaps the most straightforward tip, but surprisingly, most people ignore it. Your computer and internet access are your most valuable assets in an online setting, similar to how you need pens and papers in a physical space. Therefore, get a dependable internet connection with a high speed. Besides, make sure to get this done before your online classes start, or you might have to face costly interruptions during your session.

Test your tech

Glitches in your technology mean you could miss some vital part of your professor’s lecture. Make sure the camera is stable and that your audio or microphone works. Use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone. Plug in your computer and make sure it’s charged ahead of time.

Take Study Breaks

Regular study breaks can be the key to a student’s success. When you attend school or college, breaks are already planned, but you might have to create your own breaks when studying online. For starters, set smaller breaks and plan how you will utilize them. MIT, one of the top universities in the world, recommends taking a 10-minute study break after every 50 minutes. Afterward, you can create more significant breaks of 30 minutes after every two hours. These serve as an excellent goal post and help you feel energized and refreshed in every study session.

My Fav Apps On My Phone That Aren’t Social Media Apps

Tell us your favorite apps, other than social media, on your phone which you use regularly?

Alright so non-social media apps that I use on my phone regularly are :

Wordling : as the name probably suggests it is a game much like Powerlanguage.co.uk or Wordle and yes I too am obsessed with this word guessing craze.

8 Ball Pool : a shooting pool game that you can play against the computer/phone or players from around the world

Zomato : food delivery app

Swiggy : food delivery app; also has groceries delivery as well

Pull The Pin : It is a simple game where you have to get coloured balls safely into a bucket

HDFC Banking app : My main bank is HDFC and it’s where my monthly salary and my payments via PayPal gets deposited. I use it for making payments and transferring money.

Bowling King : a bowling game that you play against players from around the world.

Amazon Music : Best music app that I currently use on a regular basis.

Big Basket : is a grocery delivery service that is really good but takes atleast a day or two to deliver. If you are not in a rush, it’s a great choice.

PayPal : Mainly used to receive payments for sponsored posts.

RBL Credit Card app : I have a credit card from RBL and I use the app mainly to check statuses of payments and to track them.

eBay : the world famous app to buy stuff. I usually buy on dvds and a few Funko pops.

Amazon in : Ah, the best one. I buy a lot of stuff online and Amazon India is the one I go to first. From toiletries, coffee, snacks, shirts, books, phones, laptops etc etc.

GooglePay : A payment app that I connect with my bank account to pay for stuff.

PhonePe : A payment app that I connect with my bank account to pay for stuff.

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for the month of March at The Frangipani Creative

Getting A SmartWatch As A Gift : Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH

The digital revolution has brought many health devices to our shores including a fitness band. I am getting this one as a gift from my employers. This fitness band is called Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH, which has Bluetooth v5.0 syncing feature along with a undefined battery. It has real-time Sp02, blood monitoring, heart rate monitor. It comes with 8 sports modes, 7 days of data storage, dual menu UI, 100 pre-built watch faces so you can choose or customize it according to your liking or preference. Get your fitness groove on without the worry of splash and spills as the ZEB-FIT6220CH smart fitness watch is IP68 water-resistant. Inside the box the users get Fitness Band, User Manual, Warranty Card. The display type is TFT LCD and this fitness band charges fully in Up to 2 Hours.

Highlights

  • Large square display
  • Functional crown
  • Oxygen saturation SpO2 monitor, Blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor
  • Call function
  • Voice assistant support
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • 8 sports modes
  • 7 days of data storage
  • Dual menu UI
  • 100 pre-built watch faces

Flagship Phones & Our Salaries

Having watched a lot of laptop and phone unboxings over the years, but I have noticed that the price difference in Western nations as compared to countries like mine, which is firmly in the developing nations bracket. If you want to see examples I use the one below which is that after doing a quick Google search and using IT professionals as an example. I fall in one section of an IT professional (it’s weird but go with it) and I get a very good salary for someone in this city and state. Not the highest but in the upper levels (though I need more, just like anyone who has a lower or higher salary will always want more). Yet I can’t afford the flagship phones unless I have a bunch of savings to back it up.

Then I looked at the average salaries of IT professionals in the UK, Canada & The US. Compare the salaries that they get a month versus the prices of the flagship phones. Here is a rough idea below and man does it look sad for us Indians.

  • Average salary of an IT professional in the US : $73,352/yr or $6113 per month
  • Average salary of an IT professional in Canada : $70,00/yr or $5833 per month
  • Average salary of an IT professional in the UK : GBP 73,678/yr or GBP 6140 per month
  • Average salary of an IT professional in India : Rs.6,00,000/yr or Rs.50,000 per month

Now look at the prices of the two biggest flagship phones:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : 64,999 / $699 / 1,299.99

iPhone 13: Rs. 74,900.00 / $829 /$1099

Yes, I know that the Galaxy S22 range is out but it isn’t launched in India yet so I do not know the price as of this moment. But still look at the difference for India. How can one afford them with their salaries? Unless you dip into your savings to buy them outright or pay the EMI for them. Which technically someone in the same position in the US, UK or Canada does not have to do. But they still use the carrier to pay the equivalent of an EMI.

5 Smart Tips To Free Up Space On Your iPhone

There’s nothing worse than an iPhone that starts slowing down or losing battery very quickly. Most of the time, this is caused by a lack of internal storage. Your phone has barely any megabytes of storage free, so everything gets slower, and there’s more demand for the processor.

Luckily, there are lots of ways you can free up space on your iPhone. The tips below can all be used in conjunction with one another – or you might discover that only one is needed to free up loads of internal storage space.

Delete duplicate photos

Go through your photo library and delete any photos that are duplicates. You took a handful at the time, but you only posted one of them to your Instagram. So, you don’t need all of the others as they just take up storage space. You’ll be amazed at how much phone storage you will free up by getting rid of duplicate photos on your phone – it’ll also amaze you just how many duplicates you have.

Send photos to the cloud

While you’re clearing up your photo album, you may as well move some photos to the cloud. Now, you only get 5GB of free cloud storage, meaning you’ll receive the iCloud storage full message pretty soon. So, your two options are to only send the most important photos to the cloud or to pay for more storage. The choice is yours, but either idea will help you free up some much-needed internal storage space on your iPhone.

Trim down your Messages data

The Messages app on your phone will hold a lot of data that’s virtually useless to you. If you go to the storage section of the iPhone settings, it will let you click on the Messages app and see how much data it contains. From here, you can remove and delete lots of things – like attachments that take up so much storage. It also lets you delete conversations from over a year ago. So, if you have lots of messages and convos with an ex, you can delete them forever and free up space on your phone!

Go through your WhatsApp conversations

Likewise, if you’re an avid WhatsApp user, you’ll probably find that this app contains most of your storage-sapping data. Just like Messages, you can have thousands of attachments that you no longer need or use. What’s worse, most of these are just duplicate photos from your Photos app that are stored in WhatsApp! So, deleting lots of attachments from your conversations will free up lots of extra internal storage.

Delete old apps

Have loads of apps that you never use? Delete them! There, a simple tip that helps you free up many megabytes of storage for your iPhone. To see the state of your internal storage, go to the iPhone Settings app > General > iPhone Storage. This will give you a breakdown of how much space is left, along with where most of your storage has gone. From here, you can use the tips above to remove unnecessary data, giving your phone more storage and making it last longer.

What Is A Digital Nomad? And What Are The Pros & Cons Of Being A Digital Nomad?

Digital nomads are remote workers who usually travel to different locations. They often work in coffee shops, co-working spaces, or public libraries, relying on devices with wireless internet capabilities like smart phones and mobile hotspots to do their work wherever they want. With 34% of remote employees working 4-5 days a week out of the office, the digital nomad lifestyle could be an exciting possibility if you’ve caught the travel bug and want to break free from the shackles of 9-5 life.

Living as a digital nomad, you’re able to see incredible places, learn from different cultures, and work when or where you want to — true freedom. There are many types of digital nomads out there. Some people travel around their own country by campervan or RV. Some live on sailboats, working from different ports of call. Others stay in backpacker hostels or rent Airbnb apartments while flying from country to country.

There are many upsides to the location independence that digital nomads enjoy. Who wouldn’t want to check off their ultimate bucket list while working from a laptop anywhere in the world? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Save money living in a low cost-of-living area
  • The flexibility to live where you want
  • Ditch the toxic environment of office politics
  • Experience new cultures & make new friends
  • Learn new skills or languages
  • Broaden your mind through travel experiences
  • Set your own schedule and take time off when you want to
  • Spend winters on the beach, and summers in the mountains!

Working from anywhere is a dream for many people. But like all life choices, there are both pros and cons to a nomadic lifestyle. Here are some of the downsides:

  • Moving constantly is exhausting
  • Your productivity can suffer
  • Digital nomads often battle loneliness
  • Finding stability is difficult
  • A general lack of private space
  • Travel loses its luster & wow factor

If you like to travel and move around from place to place, enjoying new experiences then this line of work can be really worth it. However knowing the drawbacks is also a good thing to keep in mind.

Setting Up A Youtube Channel & Creating Content For Your Videos

How to Set Up Your Youtube Channel 

Setting up a new YouTube Channel is simple. It helps if you already have a Gmail account, which allows you to associate your new channel with your email address.

  1. Sign in to Youtube
  2. Click your picture in the top right corner (desktop version)
  3. Select “Create a Channel”
  4. Decide if you want to use the name associated with your email address or create a custom name for your channel
  5. Add details to the “about” section
  6. Customize the look of your channel with a cover photo and profile picture
  7. Upload your first video
  8. Add playlists, fill out your profile with more details, and link to your other social media accounts

Using your smartphone is certainly an acceptable way to record videos, but if you want viewers to enjoy your content, it really helps to invest in the right equipment. Most YouTubers use DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, along with other essential accessories for videography such as tripods, lenses, and studio lighting. For those who normally vlog on-the-go, a mirrorless or action camera and a good monopod or handheld gimbal stabilizer are typical gear staples. Invest in a good microphone that you can mount on your camera.

You need advanced software (like Final Cut Pro) to edit your content. These software programs don’t necessarily improve your content, particularly if you’re going to be struggling with it a lot during the first few weeks. If you’re new to video editing, you’d do much better with simple programs like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. These are a lot more user-friendly and are easily downloadable (for free), if you don’t already have them on your computer.

Next, plan your content and start shooting!

Recommended Specs For A Bloggers’ Laptop

As a long time blogger, I have been asked for recommendations for a laptop for someone who is mainly going to blog and ofcourse browse the internet. Since I am not a techie, I had to dip into some websites to find a proper recommendations for specs that a blogger can use. Here are some tips that you can look at before finalizing on a machine for your blogging purposes.

CPU
Avoid anything with the labels: Pentium, Celeron, Atom/Arm, AMD E2, AMD A9, A6, MediaTek unless you are going to buy a ChromeBook. However it is strongly recommended to get Intel Core i3 CPUs from the 8th gen upwards and AMD Ryzen 3 Chips. Core i5 Chips and AMD Ryzen 5 chips might be useful if you want to do some heavy photoshop+light video editing a walk in the park. Core i7/AMD Ryzen 7 chips and up are only useful for heavy video editors, most bloggers rely on simple cuts/transitions.

RAM
2-4GB is fine for ChromeBook/Linux/Windows 10 in S mode/MAC OSX set ups. 8GB is a must for  Windows 10 Home. 16GB (though that is what I have) is wasted unless you’re going to do some pretty hardcore video editing.

Display
Size: get the biggest one you can handle. Obviously, if you’re going to be on the move, you can’t go for a 17”.
Resolution: This is the most crucial part of the display.At  least a FHD resolution, the higher the better. Pair that with a 17” display you’d have an insane amount of free space to multitask. A FHD/Retina Display will also make a 13” display have enough space for you to work with.

Storage
Size isn’t important. The type of storage is. Now that HDDs are almost obselete, pick an PCIe NVMe SSD if you can. It will make your laptop soar through the sky and perform tasks several seconds faster which will add up to minutes then less hours spent blogging.

Some Tips For Getting The Best Black Friday Deals


Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and an ideal time to get the best deals on items on your list, whether you’re buying online or in stores.

  • Use ads to plan your shopping day so you have a better chance of getting your most-wanted items.
  • Many retailers start running Black Friday deals at the end of October, so you can start shopping early.
  • Consider subscribing to retailers’ emails to get notified of savings opportunities immediately.
  • Check return and price-match policies in advance to help you decide where to shop.

If you do venture to the stores on Black Friday, keep it simple and safe. Bodge says, “I suggest focusing on a couple key retailers where you can get a lot of your shopping done. Fewer retailers equals fewer lines to tolerate. Curbside pickup is also an option. You still might wait in line, but at least you’ll be in your car.” And remember some stores might be practicing social distancing, so be mindful of posted signs and marked distances in lines.

Some major retailers, like Walmart and Target provide store maps identifying where to find specific Black Friday deals inside the store, available on their websites and/or apps. Use these maps to plan your exact shopping route before the big day arrives. You’ll save time in-store, leaving you with more deal-hunting time elsewhere.

Be sure to follow your favorite retailers on their social channels. Many stores reward Twitter, Facebook and Instagram followers with additional discounts. You’ll also be the first to know about last-minute flash sales, as well as special followers-only offers and discount codes.

Instagram Display Widget For WordPress : WPZOOM

Formerly known as Instagram Widget by WPZOOM,  WPZOOM Social Feed Widget is a simple and lightweight widget for WordPress to display your Instagram feed. This is the one that I use currently and the one that you see with my Instagram here.

This plugin lets you easily display your Instagram feed via a WordPress Widget. Installing it and setting it up is a breeze.

FEATURES

  • Lightbox
  • Add your custom avatar and bio
  • Supports Lazy Loading
  • Lighweight plugin
  • Works with the new WordPress 5.8 block-based widgets screen

Using the widget pretty simple as advertised. You will need to setup a Access Token for your Instagram account to give access to display your feed. Finally you can change the look of the display but changing the nos of columns and rows you want to be displayed. Give it a try.

Shopping Days : Cyber Monday Over Black Friday For Getting A Good Deal

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days in the United States, with millions of people hitting the web for hot, limited-time deals. Every store, whether it’s online or brick-and-mortar, is bound to take part in some of the best sales anyone will see all year. The countdown to the two biggest grossing holiday dates has begun, and it’s essential that online merchants take the necessary steps to ensure they’re prepared for the upcoming shopping extravaganza. 

Unlike Black Friday, all the discounts offered on Cyber Monday is exclusively online by retailers. Here are some positives to wait out the Black Friday sales and wait just a couple of days for Cyber Monday offers.

5 Pros: Reasons to Shop Cyber Monday

  1. Because Cyber Monday is 100% online, it’s both easier and faster to search and buy.
  2. If you were busy with family or travel on Thanksgiving Friday and missed the in-store sales, Cyber Monday gives you another opportunity to take advantage of reductions.
  3. You can easily compare prices online.
  4. You can shop in your pj’s or from work, on either your laptop or computer.
  5. You don’t need a babysitter if you have a family, and you don’t need to wait in line or battle the crowds in the stores.

However as you do not have brick & mortar store equivalent of the items & retailsers (like Black Friday sales in Walmart, Target, BestBuy etc) for Cyber Monday) you do have some cons.

5 Cons: Reasons to not Shop on Cyber Monday

  1. You can’t see the merchandise in-person, so it may not be exactly what you ordered.
  2. It might be hard to access a computer for shopping purposes.
  3. You’ll have to wait for shipping.
  4. Some people hate returning purchases by mail.
  5. Websites could crash from the online traffic or immediately sell out of a product. Tip: Make sure to bookmark the items you want or add them to your cart in advance.

URL Locked For Yet Another Year; Till Nov 2021

The url for my website has been renewed and paid for till November 2022. This URL was the one I selected for way back in 2006 when I finally decided that I wanted to get my own server space for a new blog and run WordPress on it. At that time I got an offer than a company that was offering and was able to get this URL for just Rs.100! Yes just a 100 bucks.

Since then I have seen the price go higher and higher. It became Rs.400 then Rs.550 and Rs.700. Last two years and this year it has been Rs.950 and I guess it will go up in a year or so. That seems to be the way that things go, isn’t it. So anyway, I use a different person now, a friend of my cousin, and I informed him that Nov 14th is the due date. He messaged me back in 5 minutes after renewing my URL for me.

I then went ahead to pay the invoice he sent via a phone app. It was all done within 10 minutes. So easy to get it done. Anyways, that’s this website title saved for yet another years.

5 Services That IT Services Can Provide To Small Companies

Looking for an IT solution provider near you? There are many suitable companies that have managed IT services for small businesses and that would be vital for small businesses to thrive and provide their customers options. If you are looking for one but don’t know what these companies can provide, here are some services that they do provide.

1. Help Desk IT Services: IT support equipment such as printers, scanners, servers etc. are present in every office. From everyday support to taking care of complex tasks, there are plenty of IT products and services that are part of every office.

2. Network Security: Data is the backbone for any business and company. The responsibility of these service providers is to ensure that the data of their clients and their businesses remains safe. These companies deploy cybersecurity measures to protect the data.

3. Data Storage And Management: IT service providers set up servers and databases that host the company’s data. They not only store the data of their client companies, but also come up with strategies and techniques that allow easy and efficient access to this stored data. As a result, the companies and businesses can focus on other areas that need their attention and efforts.

4. Cloud Services: Cloud services are gaining popularity amongst companies and businesses at a rapid rate. Cloud services are not only budget friendly and economical, but are great in terms of performance and efficiency as well. Via cloud services, businesses and companies have access to everything they need on the go. Moreover, the security protocols and access control strategies implemented via cloud services are a lot better than physical storage locations.

5. Data Backup Services: No matter how strong your data security protocol may be, there is always a risk of data damage and loss. Since data is such an important entity for businesses, they take this aspect rather seriously and invest in data backup services. These services enable companies and businesses to make copies of their data which is then stored off site.

Email Me!

Is email a dead form of communication? Unless it is for official purposes I mean. For that I think email is still very important and needed, especially for sharing documents and passing on information and it is critical that you have a working email id that you check on a regular basis.

In the workplace Email is an important method of business communication that is fast, cheap, accessible and easily replicated. Using email can greatly benefit businesses as it provides efficient and effective ways to transmit all kinds of electronic data. On a regular work day I might sent anything between 20-50 emails in just a 9 hour window. However on the personal front that has changed a lot. I don’t think I have sent more than a handful of personal emails in the last 10 years.

I remember when emails first came out and getting an email from a friend or relative was a big deal. Also getting emails from the friends you made online was a cause for celebration. However Whatsapp and in particular Facebook and Messenger apps have almost killed out the need for sending out emails. Sometimes Messenger works just like an email would if you are not online – when you come back you can respond to them and carry on a conversation. But I do miss that personal email writing etiquette and personal touch that goes into a reply.

Chromebooks: What Is It & Should You Get One?

What is a Chromebook? I’ve known about Chromebooks but other than the brand name and that they are running on Chrome OS (I happen to also work on a system that runs a special type of customized Chrome OS created for my client company). Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has cloud storage, the best of Google built-in, and multiple layers of security.

Google works with manufacturers to keep Chromebooks affordable, and you don’t need to worry about the prices of most software. Instead, you can choose from the thousands of free apps from the Chrome Web Store for work and play.

You can use offline-ready apps to keep using a Chromebook when it’s not connected to the Internet. Below are some examples:

  • Read and write emails with Offline Gmail
  • Write a note or make a list with Google Keep
  • Create and edit documents, slides, or spreadsheets with Google Drive apps (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)
  • View and RSVP to events with Google Calendar
  • View and edit photos saved with the built-in photo editor
  • Enjoy music or movies with the built-in media player

On all Chromebooks, you can open, edit, download, and convert many Microsoft Office files. On Chromebooks that support Android apps, Microsoft Office is currently available as an Android app. To see which Microsoft apps are available for your device, go to the Google Play Store.

You can save your photos with Google Photos, where they’ll be quickly and safely stored and organized for you. You can stream music and organize your personal music collection with YouTube Music. Learn how to get started with YouTube Music. For other info, like how to play saved music, check the play music on your Chromebook article. You can choose to store your files on your Chromebook or online with a cloud-based file storage service like Google Drive.

With Google Drive, your data is stored in Google’s highly secure data centers. Chromebooks don’t have a CD or DVD drive, but you can play saved music and movie files in any of the compatible file types with the media player. You can also play files from a USB drive or SD card. As for accessories, Mac or Windows USB drives, computer mice, keyboards, and external storage devices work well with Chromebooks.

Best Chromebooks for 2021

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (Best Chromebook of 2021)
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet (Best Chromebook on a budget)
  • HP Chromebook x360 14 (Powerful Chromebook with a sleek design)
  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 (Best midrange Chromebook)
  • Google Pixelbook Go. (Best Google Chromebook)

Ofcourse there are some cons as well. Specifically, the disadvantages of Chromebooks are: Weak processing power. Most of them are running extremely low-power and old CPUs, such as Intel Celeron, Pentium, or Core m3. Of course, running Chrome OS doesn’t require much processing power in the first place, so it might not feel as slow as you’d expect.

 If you already spend most of your time in the Chrome browser you will take to the notebook naturally. Chromebooks are especially good for younger students, as they are ease to use and are fairly secure. It’s also quite easy to update your Chromebook, and even better, these laptops often do that themselves. Children who are still learning how to use computers may be more receptive to learning how a new operating system works.

How You Can Gain Organic Traffic From Budget Marketing

When you are running a business and operating to a tight budget there is always the question of how you can conserve funds but still bring in results. No matter how great your product or service is, or your size you still need to sustain a digital presence and have a robust marketing strategy.

So, how can you achieve this with limited resources? Let’s have a look how you can effectively run your business on a tight marketing budget below:

Gain Organic Traffic From Budget Marketing

While paid social can be extreemily effective, organic social results serve as your strong foundation, don’t have this in place for your social media strategy and any money paid is wasted. There are many ways you can create stand out and interesting social campaigns without spending a penny, you just need to thinking creatively. For example is your customer thrive from engagement get them involved and ask for their testimonials.

For information on creating an organic social media strategy:

Create A Blog

Blogging is a crucial customer acquisition tool for any business. Not only is it inexpensive ( but blogging also provides a variety of benefits. Increased website traffic, more prospective customers, exposure via search engine results, and more. When you have the budget for it, another inexpensive way to get more results from this methods is to use a ppc agency, advanced plugins, and apps.

Become Familar With Platforms

You aren’t going to be successful with gaining organic social media traffic if you aren’t familiar with the platforms you are using. Make sure you have a look at each of the most popular such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tikitok and Pinterest to start with. You need to do some research to find out which ones your customers/potential customers use the most. Instagram and Tiktok are very commonly seen together at the moment with the use of reels on Instagram as a way to repost Tiktok material.

Create Email Campaigns And Newsletters

Whether it’s a simple onboarding email series or an external newsletter, the most basic email strategies can often have the biggest impact. Just like with a blog, there are some free platforms you can use too. Whether it’s sending the latest blog posts, deals, or topics of conversation on your social media platforms, you should makes sure you don’t send them too often, but regularly. You want to have a significant presence in their inbox but not come across as spam.

Use High Quality Content

When thinking about content for you website, your blog, social media platforms, and emails, you need to make sure the content you are using is high-quality and relevant. If it’s not it can put customers off, and question whether you actually understand them as customers in the first place. For example, if you are aimed towards parents with young children, posting content about teenagers won’t be relevant to them, esepcially if you are marketing thing such as toddler seats, pushchairs, or baby clothing.

This short guide should help you to stay on track when it comes to creating organic traffic while staying on a budget. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below.

Cannot Live Without…

Share what you can’t live without.

I cannot live without the internet. High speed broadband and wifi and phone data. I know I was born in 1976 and only got started using the internet, infrequently, in 1997. And it was 2006 before I got internet connectivity at home. So I haven’t spent a significant amount of time alive without it.

However, the way that life has been and is right now I cannot imagine living without it. I wake up, switch on my laptop and then go to the bathroom for a leak and brushing my teeth and washing my face. I then go get coffee and come back to my bedroom to find the laptop all connected to the wifi and awaiting my fingers to enter the Windows password. Coffee drinking and internet browsing is the best way to start the day. I am online until 5 minutes before I have to leave – if I am working from home it is always on.

Your internet is used for a lot of things on the computer and phone. It is my music database (Youtube), social media and connectivity with friends and relatives (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Twitter) my entertainment box (Youtube) and also movies (Netflix, Amazon Prime & a few others). I also use it to watch sports (mainly to live stream football) and other events. I use it to book cabs for my travel and deliver food, clothes and groceries. And a host of other things on Amazon & Flipkart.

How could I now possibly stay away from it?

Prompt from Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for March at A Grande Life