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Author: Ron Rice

Not much to talk about. I am a tech guy that is sick of Silicon Valley.
Working on websites for a Sacramento Hood Cleaning Service

Working on websites for a Sacramento Hood Cleaning Service

The roughest business category that I’ve ever worked in is Sacramento hood cleaning service company.  Holy crap!  You’d think that I was trying to rank Plastic Surgeons in Beverly Hills!  I mean, seriously.  I have a hood cleaner that has a 10 year track record of doing good work.  Hell of a nice guy and he only hires people of high integrity, but you’d think he had the plague when it comes to getting his site to rank in Google.  And to be honest – I really wish that small, local businesses did not have to rely on Google so much for their advertising.  Adwords is extremely expensive and has a tough ROI.  And just organically ranking is so hard to do.

So anyway, this is just a rant.  I’m not throwing out solutions.  Mainly because I’m not sure what a 100% solution looks like.  I mean, if I had a solution that would work for a plumber in Reno, I’d be the guy going after plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills!

I have ranked other things very well.  I did a hood cleaning site in Austin that rocketed to the top of the search engines.  It showed movement in the second week of optimizing content.  But, my Sacramento hood cleaner is staying flat and has even moved backwards a little. Solutions?  Tips?  I’ve tried them all.  The ‘tried and true’ methods that I normally apply for a client seem to fall short.

My plan was to pick about 25 long tail keywords that make sense for a Sacramento Hood Cleaner to have, and then build content that was tuned to that.  Also, adding back pages that related specifically to the plumbing industry with links peppered throughout the site.  Done.  No movement. At least no positive movement.  So, I moved onto getting more citation sites to link to him.  Still slow to work.  Next, I went after having links from influential sites back to his.  He actually already had quite a few in comparison with his competitors – but additional influence links seems to still be having no affect.

I have a friend that says that you don’t want to take on prize fighters in the SEO game.  Rather, find 3rd graders and knock them out.  I certainly thought I was taking on 3rd graders with hood cleaners in Sacramento, but apparently, I’ve been right hooked by a really big dude.

 

Visual Text Editor Menu items missing – solved

Visual Text Editor Menu items missing – solved

This one just about drove me crazy.  I wanted to jump in and write an article about a Reno Window Tinting Company that I have had dealings with.  Just giving them a nice internet plug.  But when I went to use the post editor in WordPress, the buttons were simple and none of the features I was use to seeing were available.

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So, I scoured the web looking for a solution.  It took at least 45 minutes of looking and then realized that what I was looking for was totally wrong.  You see, it was not that the buttons were missing, but that it was in TEXT mode and the buttons to change to VISUAL mode were what were missing.  Time for a new Google search.  And I found a note where someone had the same issue.  It was damn simple:  In your user profile, you have a checkbox to turn off Visual Editor.  This removes the TEXT/VISUAL tabs and leaves you with the buttons that are shown above.  Jeez!

So once you have that damn thing unchecked, go back to your editor and everything is there.

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Fixed.  But damn. That was so obscure that it drove me crazy.  And, of course, it ate up all my time that I would have had to write a nice article for Reno Tahoe Window Tint.  So, I’ll just leave this note about them – nice guys that do good work.  If you need some car windows tinted and you’re located in the Reno / Tahoe area, give them a call.  I have a feeling you’ll like them too.

How to setup Bracketing on Canon T5i 700D camera for HDR photography

How to setup Bracketing on Canon T5i 700D camera for HDR photography

Enabling/Disabling AEB (Braketing Exposure)

In general, enabling and disabling exposure bracketing on these cameras is done through the Shooting menu (red camera) or Shooting 2 menu (red camera with 2 dots) when it appeared.

The general procedure for setting up auto exposure bracketing on these cameras is as follows:

Press the MENU button
Navigate to the Shooting or Shooting 2 menu
Selecting the Expo.Comp./AEB menu item and press SET
Rotate the Main Dial changes the AEB amount.
Press SET again to apply the setting.
On cameras that have a Quick Control Button ( [Q] ), such as the 700D, auto exposure bracketing can also be configured as follows:

Pressing the [Q] button.
Navigate to the exposure meter (Exposure comp. / AEB setting) box using the arrow keys.
Rotate the Main Dial to change the bracketing amount.
Press SET or half press the shutter release to accept the setting
To disable Auto Exposure bracketing repeat the above procedures except turn the dial until the bracketing indicators are gone. Alternatively, power cycling the camera will clear the AEB settings.

Create an RSS feed to your Gmail for the Blogs you love to read

Create an RSS feed to your Gmail for the Blogs you love to read

IFTTT is a great solution to create a reading list of blogs and news, right in your Gmail. Here is how to set it up.

1) Get the url for the RSS feed that you want to follow. For most WordPress blogs, that is usually the address of the blog plus /feed. So this one would be http://vipstatususa.com/feed
2) Open your IFTTT account and create a new recipe.
For THIS: Use FEED and enter the url that you discovered above.
For THAT: use EMAIL.
Modify the email subject to include (_RSS)
3) Go to your Gmail and create a filter that filters for _RSS
Have that Filter ‘Skip inbox’ and label ‘RSS’

That’s it! Now, when a new article shows up in the feed that you’d like to follow, the link to the article is in your gmail, filed under RSS.