What's your favorite color? Don't have one? Even if you think that you don't have a favorite color, i'm willing yo bet that you're drawn to some colors more than others. According to Color Psychology, colors can influence perceptions that are not obvious to us. For example, studies have shown that color can affect how food tastes to us and also the effectiveness of placebos. So with all that said, what does your preferred taste in colors reveal about your personality?
Best Cables for 144 Hz Monitors - DisplayPort

144Hz monitors have a few different inputs, like DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI and HDMI to choose from, but which is the most recommended one? We've definitely come a long way from the days when monitors offered only a single VGA port. This article will explain which is the recommended port and type of cable to use for your 144Hz monitor.

Are Chromebooks Good For Programmers

If you're a programmer, developer or Computer Science major, you might be thinking of doing some programming work on that new Chromebook you're planning to get. In fact, one of the more common questions we've seen on forums is whether Chromebooks are good for programmers. So, are they?
How To Export Chrome Bookmarks

We can't overstate the importance of backing up your bookmarks from time to time. It's not just the possibility of having our laptop or Chromebook crash on us, but it's also useful to have a common set of bookmarks to refer to when we use multiple browsers or even different laptops. This quick guide will show you how to export your Chrome bookmarks in a few easy steps.
15 most useful Chromebook Shortcuts

Whether it's Microsoft Excel, Windows or your new Chromebook, keyboard shortcuts are those combinations of keyboard strokes and clicks that you can use to do things a lot faster. If you've bought a new Chromebook, you might have noticed that some of the keys are missing on a Chromebook keyboard, like the Caps Lock, Page Up and Page Down buttons. Not to fear, in this list of the 15 most useful Chromebook shortcuts, I will cover how to turn the Caps Lock on, scroll up and down faster, how to take a screenshot and a couple of other nifty shortcuts.
Albert Einstein Quotes Poster 1

Albert Einstein's name is synonymous with the word "genius". Given his intellectual achievements, creativity and original thinking, it is no surprise. E=mc^2 may be what Einstein is best remembered for, along with his general theory of relativity, but he also had some terrific quotes on nature, humility, intelligence and mankind in general. Here are some of our favorite Einstein quotes:

Teddy Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt Jr., or Teddy Roosevelt as he's more affectionately known, was the 26th President of the United States of America, from 1901 - 1909. He was a driving force of the progressive era in America at the turn of the 20th century. Overcoming debilitating childhood asthma, he became the youngest president of the United States of America, at the age of 42.

Championing his "Square Deal" domestic policies, he promised the average US citizen fairness, broke large corporate trusts, regulated the railroads, established an agency to ensure pure food and drugs. He was also big on conservation, establishing many new national parks and monuments. On the military front, he began construction of the Panama Canal and also greatly expanded the navy. 

Consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest presidents of the United States, his face was carved into Mount Rushmore, alongside other great presidents like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Here are some of Teddy Roosevelt's most famous quotes:
How To Clean Computer Monitor Screen

If you're looking to get rid of fingerprints, oil smudges and dust on your computer monitor screen, read on. In this guide, we'll explain how to give your computer screen a streak-free shine without costing much and without damaging your screen.

Important features when buying a new monitor

Buying a computer monitor can be quite a complicated experience in 2016. I recently purchased one and having been out of the market for about six to seven years, and there's a fair bit of monitor acronyms and jargon that you need to take note of. From the basics like your monitor size, resolution, response rate, the refresh rate, to more advanced topics like IPS and TN monitors, back-lighting etc., i'll explain some of the more important concepts that you should take note of when buying a new monitor in 2016 and beyond.
SB6190 or SB6183

The ARRIS SB6183 and SB6190 are two of the most popular modems in 2019 but how do you choose between the two? We compare the SB6183 vs the SB6190 and recommend which one is right for your cable Internet speed plan.
How to change your favicon on Blogger

As much as we love Blogger, having the default Blogger Favicon does your site's branding efforts no favors. It's often the little things that makes a site stand out from all the rest and if you've already got your own customized domain address, the next step to make your site look more professional is to add a customized favicon. Here's how you can change your website's Favicon in 4 easy steps.
Think and Grow Rich Infograph

Arguably one of the best and most important self-help books of all time, Think and Grow Rich remains as important as the day it was first published in 1937. With over 100 million copies sold worldwide since it was first published, it is ranked the sixth bestselling paperback business book of all time. But just why has the book been so popular and successful?
Never too old to learn inforgraph

Having a quarter, third or mid-life crisis? Feel as if life has passed you by and that you won't achieve anything significant? We've been there and we know how much that feeling of doubt and helplessness sucks. Don't give up, though! As this terrific infograph from Funders and Founders shows, you're never too old to learn new skills and achieve great success.
Google Chrome Hotkeys

We use shortcuts and hotkeys all the time when we use Microsoft Excel or Word but somehow when we're surfing the Net, we rarely harness that same efficiency and speed. When it comes to surfing, the mouse seems to reign supreme. Well, not any longer! Once you start using these Chrome hotkeys, you'll wonder how you ever survived without them and will never look back.

I've sifted through the list of hotkeys (so you don't have to) and present the 20 most useful ones:
Very excited about this... we'll be introducing a new health and wellness section to the site really soon. It's a topic that's close to our hearts and we hope to cover:

  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Mental well-being
  • Supplements
Stay tuned for it and we hope you guys and gals will find it interesting and useful. Also thinking of adding a "motivational" section, but that's still one for the drawing board. Thanks for reading. It's what keeps us going! :)
Best Value for Money Chromebooks 2016

Chromebooks are becoming ever more popular and if further proof was needed, in Q1 2016, Google Chromebooks outsold Macs for the very first time in the US, according to stats from IDC. If you're reading this article, chances are you've already decided that a Chromebook is suitable for your needs and so this guide will focus on helping you choose the best one that fits your needs and is within your budget.
5 factors to consider when choosing your chromebook

Looking to buy a Chromebook? Well, then you're in good company. Promoted as a low-cost replacement for Windows PCs, especially with more people using Web applications than standalone desktop applications, there wasn't a lot of expectations or hype when Chromebooks were first launched in 2011.

Fast-forward 4 short years and Chromebooks make up around 2.8% of all PCs shipped worldwide, with 5.7 million units sold in the first three quarters of 2015. Pretty impressive! With all that said, is the Chromebook for you, and if so, what are 5 factors you need to consider when making your purchase decision?
Best USB Car Chargers

Don't you just hate it when you forget to charge your phone, iPad or some other electronic device that you need the night before and it dies on you during your road trip? We've all been there before and it can be terribly annoying and frustrating when you don't have any entertainment on that three-hour ride.

The summer holiday season is nearly here and according to StatisticBrain, 45% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation, with the average distance traveled on a summer trip being 284 miles (one-way). Interestingly, 91% of summer trips will be made in a car or other personal vehicle of some sort. With this in mind, here are 4 good and reliable USB car chargers you should have in your car to ensure that your phones and other electronic devices never go flat while you're out on the road.    

How To Undo Sending Your Mail in Gmail

We've all been there, sending out an e-mail in haste without checking, only to regret seconds later. The dreaded reply / reply-all mix-up, sending an email to the boss or client with embarrassing typos, or simply getting the tone of your message wrong - these are just some of the things that can go wrong.
Gillette Fusion Manual Men's Razor Blade Refills 12 Count

Why are simple shaving blades so damned expensive? That's a question I find myself asking every morning as I'm shaving and getting ready for work. So i did some research and if Gillette's to be believed, it's because a ton of money has gone into the research and development to come up with new blade models. How much you ask? For example, coming up with the Mach 3 cost a whopping $750 million.

One of the most important forms of traffic you can have coming in to your site is organic traffic. By organic traffic, I'm referring to visitors who find your site without having to do any incremental promotion on your own, a key one being via search engines like Google or Bing.

Google Search Console, previously known as Google Webmaster Tools, is a free web service by Google that allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites. As with Bing, once you have verified ownership of your blog, you will be allowed to submit a sitemap of your blog. As we'll explain, submitting a sitemap is very important to improve the visibility of your blog.

What is a sitemap?

A sitemap is a file listing the web pages of your site which provides Google and other search engines information about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot and Bingbot use this file to crawl your site more intelligently.

Your sitemap can also provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap. What is metadata? Metadata is information about a webpage, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site.

Apart from information about the webpages and structure of your site, you can also use a sitemap to provide Google with metadata about specific file types including video and images. Some examples include:
  • A sitemap for a video entry can specify it's running time, category, and rating.
  • A sitemap image entry can include the image subject matter and license.

Do you need to submit a sitemap?

Technically, if your site’s pages are properly linked, Google's web crawlers can discover most of your site. Even so, a sitemap can improve the crawling of your site, particularly if:
Your site is really large. It’s more likely Google's web crawlers might overlook crawling some of your new or recently updated pages.
Your site has a large archive of pages that are isolated or well not linked to each other.  If the pages in your site do not reference each other, you can list them in a sitemap to ensure that Google does not overlook some of your pages.

Your site is new and has few external links to it. Web crawlers crawl the web by following links from one page to another. As a result, Google might not discover your pages if no other sites link to them.

Submit your site to Google Webmaster

Now that you know more about sitemaps and why it's important to submit them, here's how to actually submit your Blogger site's sitemap to Google in 6 easy steps which will take less than 10 minutes. I've assumed that you've already verified ownership of the site you're submitting the sitemap for.

1. Sign in to Google Search Console (Google Webmaster Tools)
2. Select the site you wish to submit the sitemap for
3. Click on "Sitemaps" which can be found somewhere at the bottom of the Dashboard page:

4. Click on "Add/Test Sitemap"

5. Add the following snippet of code in the pop-up box that appears:


6. Click on "Submit" and then click on "Refresh the page"

That's it! You have successfully submitted your Blogger site's sitemap to the Google search console. Usually within a day or so, Google's web crawlers will crawl through your site and index your pages.


One thing to note is that the code that you inserted is sufficient if you have 500 or less blog posts. However, should you have more than 500 blog posts, you can change the "max results" in the code to 1000, for example. 

Using a sitemap also doesn't guarantee that all the items in your sitemap will be crawled and indexed, as Google relies on complex algorithms to crawl websites. However, in most cases, your site will benefit from having a sitemap, and you'll never be penalized for having a sitemap.

We hope you've found this post useful. If you have any questions, just drop us a note and we'll be happy to help! Also, check out our Blogger Resources page for more useful guides and templates related to the Blogger/Blogspot platform and blogging in general.

One question many new bloggers have when setting up their template in Blogger is how to create a drop down menu so that they can sub-categorize their menu at the top. To do so, will require a bit of HTML. It's pretty simple - nothing to worry about!

One of the biggest signals that search engines use to characterize your blog post is it's URL. So it's very important from an SEO standpoint that your post's URL captures the full information of what your blog post is about. Unfortunately, Blogger only takes the first 40 characters of your post's title as the default Permalink to your post. Not to worry, this post will show you how to create optimized URLs to your blog post.

Everyone knows that Google is by far, the most popular search engine around today and that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts should be targeted towards getting a good ranking on Google. This doesn't mean you should totally ignore the other search engines. Microsoft has committed a lot of resources to building up it's own search engine - Bing. This guide will show you how how to list your site on Bing in just 4 steps that took us less than 15 minutes.

One of the most important decisions you can make when starting your blog or site is it's theme design or template. Your site's them not only sets the mood for your readers, but also plays a big part in SEO, multi-device usability and social-sharing, all of which play a big part in determining the success of your blog.

Unfortunately, the default options available in Blogger have not been refreshed, looking like they're from the early 00's. Not to worry - many HTML and CSS designers have stepped in to fill the void with custom theme designs being made available for Blogger. We've trawled through the newer offerings to bring you 44 terrific free Blogger templates - check them out!

Your home router, which you use to create your home network and allow your devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly may have some gaping vulnerabilities, making you easy prey for hackers, the Wall Street Journal has found.

We've seen many questions from Comcast Triple Play customers on which modem they should buy and this post will explain to you your options as of January 2016. For those not familiar with Comcast Triple Play, its a 3-in-1 bundle that combines Comcast's Internet, TV and Phone subscriptions. 

Now, we previously wrote about our recommended cable modems and recommended gateway (combo modem and router) devices for 2016 but because of the VoIP capability with Triple Play, you will need to get a voice-capable modem instead, also known as an embedded multimedia terminal adapter (eMTA).
10 Essential Items Below $100

Whether you've just moved into your new home or looking for a great housewarming gift, here are 10 gadgets that everyone needs but few already have. There's nothing fancy here. All basic items that most don't even give a second thought about and that's precisely why we're here to remind you that you shouldn't forget about the basics. Some of them can be lifesavers and we mean this both literally and figuratively! 

From the newspaper to financial statements, reports and even scientific journals, we're reading thousands and thousands of words per day - both on the screen as well as on paper. But have you ever wondered how fast you're reading and how your reading speed compares with everyone else?

It's something that's been on our minds ever since the mid 90s when they had those speed-reading infomercials on the TV but we never got around to testing it. Well, now the Wall Street Journal has come up with a free and easy online speed reading test that not only tests reading speed, but comprehension as well. No more excuses for us.
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