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Free Tool – To Do List

Posted on 24 May 2011 by Linda Joseph

I am always looking for ways to save time and be more productive.  I have used several tools over the past couple of years and a few continue to provide value and a few new ones appear from time to time.

Productivity tool - free - to do list

Productivity Free Tool - To Do List



Todoist is a leading online task manager that’s useful, fast and easy to use. I use a free tool for tracking the time I spend on client jobs but I needed a better and easier way to track my list of to do’s.

What I love about ToDoist is that it is synced online.  This allows me to connect to my list whether on Firefox or Chrome or even on my cell phone.  For instance, now I am using Google Chrome to type this post.  If I remember a task I need to finish, I just click the checkmark in the menu and add my task.

Productivity Free Tool To do List

Click on the checkmark


My list pops down. I can select which project I need to open to add the item or create a new project.

Productivity Free Tool to do list

Todoist for includes all these features:

  • Built-in calendar with support for recurring dates
  • Sub-projects and sub-tasks
  • Gmail integration (add emails as tasks and manage your inbox with ease)
  • Add interesting web pages as tasks – for reading later
  • Get reminded on email, SMS or via [only available in Todoist Premium]
  • Mobile access: View your tasks from your mobile phone
  • and a lot more…

I have just started using this tool but will provide updates as I find new uses for this list manager!


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10 #Google Toys You Probably Aren’t Playing With

Posted on 21 February 2011 by Linda Joseph

10 #Google Toys You Probably Aren’t Playing With

Google’s always coming out with new fangled gizmos. I’m amazed at how many I find during routine research.

There are probably a few on this list that you  know,  and a couple you’ve heard of but may not know much about.

Today, I’m gonna do a brief summary, then I’ll do some videos on the more complex ones in coming days.

1- Google News Timeline (help page)

Google News Timeline can help you examine the growth of a story, track mentions of your company in the press over time, or see what’s hot in different times of publications. it can even give you a link if you want to follow the progress of say, the Kenneth Cole tweet disaster. (Did you know it made USA Today?)

2- Google Follow Finder

Not yet a Google Labs graduate. Plug in your name and see who Google thinks you should follow after digging into your social graph. I like to use it to find more people who are like my favorite Twitter friends.

3- Google Reader Sharing

If you have Google Buzz turned on, you’ll notice when you next log in to Google Reader that there’s a section for “People You Follow”. You can share links – or random thoughts, with all the people who are following you, or a select group, and they can share with you.

Those links also show up on your Google Buzz page. I enjoy getting suggestions from people who know and understand me, and what kind of news I like or need. I also like being able to split my audience into targeted groups of people so I can send them updates just on things they would want to know, instead of the whole firehose.

Accessing Google profiles from within Google Reader has helped me get to know a lot of people better as well.

4- Google Calendar Labs

Go to your Google Calendar, then go to settings, then click on Labs. You’ll get a bunch of neat beta features you can use to enhance your Google calendar. Some help you interact with other people’s shared calendars to figure out things like when you’re both free, or  when to reschedule a meeting. Others just make your calendar prettier or more useful.

5- Gmail Labs

There are a lot of great extras in GMail, my favorite being canned responses, which are editable pre-filled emails you can save for later repeated use. If you constantly get the same question and it has a similar response that is too long for an FAQ page, this feature can save you hours of time.

There are tons of time saving additions here that reduce common actions to a few mouse strokes. Another one I love brings Google Docs into GMail. Ever cut and paste a message into Google Docs for safe keeping? Now you can do it with one click.

6- Your Google Social Circle and Social Content

Lots of people are dismissive of Google’s Social Search. This was  understandabe when since the searches that turned up social results were still at the bottom of the screen, and not featured in the sidebar. This is no longer the case, as stated in a recent update to Google Social Search.

But as I predicted last year, Google has integrated Social Search results into the main results, and is likely making Tweets and other social signal data part of their algorithm, starting with Real Time Search.

But there’s a lot you can learn just from the Social Circle Google has discovered for you from how you fill out your Google Profile.

For example, if you’re connected to someone on Twitter, and you can’t figure out which LinkedIn profile belongs to them due to a common name, Google Social Circle can help with that.

Each person/entity is grouped with the social links that they’ve decided to make public on their Google Profile. True, you can also find this by searching the Google Profile directory, but if you’re looking for several people at a time, this is a heaven sent time saver.

You can also spot trends of what sites you’re not on that are becoming hot, or figure out which service your friend is using that has the least noise, and thus, the highest chance of contact. The secondary connections section will also help you find new people to connect to in your favorite social media site.

7- Google Map Maker

Getting Started Guide

I stumbled across this when I found out that my favorite nearby local park was not identified on Google Maps. From the “help page“,

Google Map Maker allows you to create a map by adding or editing features such as roads, businesses, parks, schools and more.

8- Add Google Maps to Your Site

You can add directions to your site, maps to points of interest nearby, or even plot many locations on a map.

9 – Google Insights for Search

Is your business seasonal? Does your favorite search term reflect this? Has the term  you targeted peaked? Are there other related terms you could attain rising in popularity? You can use Google Insights for Search to research all these things.

10 –  Google Trends for Websites
(Defaults to a Wikipedia search.)

This is useful to help find sites in the same family. It’s different from getting similar sites – one of the charts you’ll see is a list of sites that people who visit the site in question also visit.

You can also compare the popularity of two sites.

I’ll start putting up videos soon to help you get a better idea of how you can use these sites to help your business.

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What Can you Do with PLR Articles?

Posted on 03 September 2008 by Linda Joseph

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What Can you Do with PLR Articles?
by Nicole Dean

You may have seen the term Private Label Rights or PLR articles
being tossed around frequently lately. PLR articles are articles you
can buy (usually in packages or as part of a membership) that you may
edit and use as you wish. Unlike free reprint articles, you are not
required to link back to anyone else’s website which makes them
appealing to many web publishers.

Once you understand the concept behind PLR articles, you can see
why they are appealing. Most people can envision the value of adding
the articles to their websites. But, did you know there are more ways
to use PLR articles than that?

1. Add them to your blog.

Similar to adding PLR articles to your website, you can take
excerpts and use them on your blog for fresh content. Whether you take
a portion and use it as a “tip of the day” or use the entire article,
PLR articles can be a huge time saver for you.

2. Send them in your newsletter.

Need content for your newsletter? PLR articles are an option. Of
course, if you’re developing a relationship with your readers, you may
wish to edit the articles to make them your own voice. However, you can
pull a section from a PLR article – use it as inspiration — and whip
out a newsletter in minutes.

3. Start an ecourse

If you purchase a package of PLR articles based on a theme, it’s
quite easy to turn them into an ecourse simply by adding them to your
autoresponder. Something as simple as “Five Ideas for Kids Lunches” can
become a 5 day ecourse to grow a big newsletter list.

4. Use them in your podcast

Take a PLR article and use it as inspiration for a podcast. Add the content and you’re done.

5. Send them in a print mailing

Direct mailing is huge. If you have a list of postal mailing
addresses, put together a free report from PLR articles and send it

6. Create a special report

Simply bulk together some PLR articles that have the same topic,
and make them flow into a special report. Turn it into a pdf file and
give it away to your website visitors.

See how easy that is? The only hard part is finding a high quality PLR service
that fits your niche. Look around. Make sure the
PLR package or membership you choose provides you with high quality
articles so you can create something you’ll be proud of.

Nicole Dean welcomes you to check out – where you’ll find high-quality PLR articles on niches sold in very limited quantities.

I highly recommend this PLR site for the best PLR on the web.

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PLR vs. Ghostwriting: Which is Better?

Posted on 21 August 2008 by Linda Joseph

PLR vs. Ghostwriting: Which is Better?
by Nicole Dean

Private Label Rights (PLR) articles and ghostwritten articles
are both options when you need web content. Each is unique in its
qualities and each has its drawbacks.

So, when you need content, which should you choose? Let’s analyze both options to find out which option is right for you.

Ghostwritten Articles

Ghostwritten articles are written just for your use. You own the article and can do whatever you’d like to with it.


1. The article is unique to you and you do not share the content with anyone else.


1. Ghostwritten articles are quite a bit more expensive per article than PLR packages.

2. You have the responsibility of finding a good writer.

3. The quality can be questionable.

4. You need to check your articles to make sure your ghostwriter isn’t stealing content. Unfortunately that does happen.

PLR Articles

PLR articles are prewritten articles that are sold in packages, or as part of a monthly membership.


1. PLR articles are much more affordable than ghostwritten ones.

2. The content is ready, so you don’t have to wait for a ghostwriter to become available or find a ghostwriter who is available.


1. The content is not unique. You share the articles with the other people who purchased the package or membership.

2. You can’t submit the PLR articles to article directories.

3. The quality can be questionable.

4. You have to find PLR packages in your niche – or hope that the membership you signed up for sends you ones that you can use.

How can you even the odds between the two? Find a quality PLR
that allows you choose your topics. If the articles are well
written, and their distribution is limited, it’s almost as good as
getting ghostwritten content just for you. That way, you get the best
of both worlds – quality content at a great price.

Author Resource –
Nicole Dean welcomes you to check out the articles at – where you’ll find high-quality PLR articles on niches sold in very limited quantities.

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