My $20 Standing Desk Hack

standing desk hackDid you ever notice in the Movies that whenever they torture someone they tie them to an office chair?

They make them sit for hours with no bathroom breaks or the ability to check Facebook.  It’s horrible.

Well, we’ve all been bombarded by news stories lately warning of the health risks of sitting for long periods.  Apparently desk chairs have been slowly murdering us all these years and we didn’t even know it.    I wouldn’t be surprised if they mix in stats from “Old Sparky” to increase the death count attributed to chairs.

That all being said, I’ve recently come to the realization that I’m a chair-a-holic.   I actually once sat in a chair so long I blacked out.

So I decided to do something about my condition and try standing more throughout the day..  My plan is to try working from a standing desk for a week to see how I do.

However, before I make a big financial commitment to purchasing an adjustable motorized standing desk, I want to at least see if I’ll stick to it.

So after reading all the standing desk hacks and recognizing that I’m a minimalist and also somewhat frugal, I came up with the simplest standing desk solution I could think of. Continue reading…

Why Your Analytics Stats Are Wrong… And How To Fix Them In 5 Minutes

There are a few things you can do right now to make your Google Analytics stats more accurate, increase your search rankings and get a nice bump in traffic.

They only take about five minutes to implement in most cases.

Eliminate Your Referrer Spam

Referrer spam is becoming a big problem and it’s skewing your Google Analytics stats. Most likely you haven’t even noticed but your stats are inflated because of this problem.

There are two fixes for the problem I’ve been using..

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What’s the Best WordPress Membership Theme?

membership themeYou know I got asked this question so much…

I just decided to create it.

I’d been wanting to work with the Foundation Zurb framework and using an excellent Foundation starter theme, WP Membership Theme was born.

It’s really a great all around theme for marketers.

You can use it to create:

  • Funnels
  • Landing Pages
  • Download Pages
  • Member Areas
  • Video Salespages
  • Blogs (of course)
  • And More.

There’s a slew of custom page templates.

Best of all it’s fully responsive, customizable and has a great minimal look to it.

It includes special member and visitor shortcodes, as well as two bonus plugins:

  • WPM-Register – Create login, registration & password reminder pages. Plus a “hide page” function.
  • Instant Support Pro – My helpdesk, knowledgebase and ticket system for WordPress.

The theme and all the plugins are currently available in my WPUnite bundle, but only for a limited time.

5 Quick Time Savers for 2015

clock1.  Do you get tired of sorting through your Gmail each day?  Enable Auto Advance in Google Labs.   It will let you triage your mail each day significantly faster by auto advancing and opening the next email automatically.  It saves me at least an hour a week.   Settings > Labs > Auto Advance

2.  Do you send the same emails over and over again?  Check out Canned Responses in Google Labs as well.

3.  Having a hard time staying focused on tasks and want a simple task manager and todo app?  Try Asana.com.  It’s completely free and I use it as a CRM, To Do list, Task Manager for outsourcers and reminder service.

4.  Tired of logging into your WordPress blog each day?  Install the IP Based Login plugin (just recognize anyone on your computer could login as well).  But basically, once you add your IP, you won’t have to login again.

5.  I don’t know about  you but I use Notepad 10-20 times a day, but when I need a powerful editor I use  NotePad ++. Once you realize how cool this free software is you’ll use it all the time.  I use it for html editing, sorting big files, mass text replace etc.   Say  you have a 100,000 line file and you want to remove every line that has XYZ in it.  And then sort in alphabetical order.   You can do that kind of stuff with Notepad ++

 

How to optimize your WordPress site fast

gpbanner300I just created a new post on my GrowingProfits.com site on 6 simple ways to optimize WordPress.

If you want to know how to quickly…

  • Reduce spam comments
  • Speed up your wordpress site
  • Secure your wordpress site
  • Optimize your images

You’ll enjoy these easy to implement tips.   In less than five minutes you can better optimize your site starting…. now!

WordPress Optimization Tips