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Disclosure: Some of the links in this letter are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

September 07, 2018

Here are 10 tips I think are worth sharing this week:

1. You can quickly change the looks of your bullet points with this awesome WordPress plugin. Shortcodes Ultimate has 700,000+ installs and, it’s free. You can see good examples on my website here and here. The plugin also offers a bunch of exciting features available as shortcodes.

2. You can get notified about any website page modifications with Page Monitor, a Chrome browser extension. I use it to monitor pricing changes, new features, product changelogs, etc. Give it a try, it’s free to use.

3. If you like commenting on blogs, the EasyBlogCommenting Chrome extension will pre-fill your information such as name, email address and website URL. This way, you are always ready to write your comment.

4. Is time for you to reconsider your web hosting provider? I use WPX Hosting, a fast web host that’s optimized for WordPress. You can read my full review here.

5. Here is a way to take a quick look at your calendar on a MacOS desktop. Install the free ItsyCal app. It lives in your menu bar. I use ItsyCal as a replacement of Fantastical 1.0 which is no longer supported. You can configure a keyboard shortcut to display a small calendar along with your upcoming events. You can also schedule new events from ItsyCal. It supports Google calendars, iCloud calendars, etc.

6. Lately, I found an article about where to get free books online. Interesting!

7. Looking for high-quality icons? Then you must try IconFinder. I like their internal search engine that locates everything I need. IconFinder comes as a free plan and premium plans. They recently introduced low-priced premium plans. Ideal for bloggers, marketers, freelancers and small online businesses. I use these icons in my featured images, documentation and at the top of this newsletter.

8. Are you part of several affiliate programs? I use a Google Sheet to keep track of all of them. Here is how I set up mine: Affiliate program name, dashboard URL, signup date, affiliate link, payment type (e.g, PayPal, direct deposit, etc.), terms of use URL, cookie duration, maximum payout and, commission percentage.

9. Why am I using instead of Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and the likes? Because is Canadian and my data has a Canadian residency (safe from other countries prying eyes).

10. Are you in desktop publishing? If so, you may want to try Affinity Publisher for free while it’s still in beta version. It works on Windows and macOs.

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