Blog Tips

This Blog is Twitterific

I was fighting it for awhile and then decided to give in! What good can Twitter do for you? For one thing it can bring you links to your blog, which brings in more visitors. It can also get your name out to more people: repeat views brings familiarity and can help with low level relationship building and trust.

So I took the plunge, if you Twitter add me as a friend with the button below or from the side bar of this blog:

Twitter Follow Me

Twitter Follow Me

Then send me your 140 characters of welcome.

Tweet, Tweet,

Sam Carrara

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Blog Tips 4 Comments

Driving, Write Notes With Your Voice

Here’s the situation: You’re driving down the road and you want to be safe. A great blog post, product creation or any other wonderful idea pops into your head and needs to be recorded before you forget it. You are adept at driving with your knees, but not so much at writing while driving.

The Solution: I call Jott. They ask me who I want to Jott, I say myself. The response is “Jott Yourself.” It almost seems like they are swearing at me every time, then I remember to say my notes. When complete I can set a reminder about this note.

I can also Jott anyone I want, I just need their email address. So I have sent Jotts to my wife and a customer who doesn’t pay their bills (as a reminder).

Later I check my email and the note has been transcribed. The first few Jotts were an OK transcription, now they are very good. I think the computer transcriber gets to know my voice over time. Try it for yourself at:


I even used it for this blog post today. I took the text from the email, made a few edits and here it is.

Jott Yourself,
Sam Carrara

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 Blog Tips 4 Comments

Opps I Goofed

A few days ago I had two different posts about Customer Service and Wendy’s. I was checking my error logs and saw that alot of people were not finding the pages because of the link was wierd. Let me show you how they looked and how to fix them:

Post Titles and Links:
Customer Service- Wendy’s

Customer Service- Wendy’s

Customer Service- Wendy’s 2

The first one looks fine, but the second looks like awful. For some reason the ‘ threw off the permalink. So what I need to do is change the post’s permalink. In the wordpress admin area I would use this box “Post Slug”:

Post Slug

So instead of having customer-service-wendy%e2%80%99s-2, I would put customer-service-wendys-2. That looks nicer and hopefully will stop errors. So now the link is:

The other way to fix this is to do it using phpmyadmin directly accessing your database. Use the method above, it’s easier.

How do I run into so many errors? I am taking action and getting things done. You could never have errors, but that means that everything needs to perfect and take months of review. Have errors, they are great learning experiences.

Fail Faster,
Sam Carrara

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 Blog Tips 1 Comment

We are Mobile

We Are Mobile, are You? Can people look at your blog from a mobile phone and not have to scroll left and right? To reach a wider audience, you want to be available by RSS, computer, mobile phone and Mars Transmission (well maybe not Mars Transmission).

It’s pretty easy to do. Check out the plug-in Alex king put together at:

Get Mobile,
Sam Carrara


Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 Blog Tips 2 Comments

Blog Now or Blog Later?

That is the question, Dear Shakespeare. Whether ’tis nobler to write the post now or would it be better to do it later. The slings and arrows of other commitments, like spending time with family.

It case the above is unfamiliar to you, its a very paraphrased quote from Hamlet. Here’s the question in plain English:
Should I write this post and then put it on the web while I have time,
Or fear that I will not have time to do it?

To let you know I am writing this post on Sunday (a little while before the Super Bowl) and it will appear on the site Monday morning. Why would I do this? There are a multitude of reasons:

  • The search engines like content regularly.
  • I don’t want to be writing this while I should be working.
  • What if I was on vacation for a week and want to keep giving out gems of info. Do I cry and complain until I get to a cyber cafe? No!
  • I’m sometimes not in the mood to write.
  • Making money on the web is supposed to being freeing, I’m not creating another job. I make this on my schedule and post it when I want.
  • It saves time to batch activities.
  • There’s more, but that’s enough for now…

So how do I do this trick? › Continue reading

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Monday, February 4th, 2008 Blog Tips 2 Comments