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Self Hosting – Cloudron

I have been using Cloudron recently, and after initially trying it out a couple years ago, I found it to be a really easy, awesome way to create my own, personal, cloud, keeping the peering eyes of big-tech out of my life.

So far I have been using Cloudron to manage my OnlyOffice office instance (better than MS Office or Google Docs) and my instance of Nextcloud, a Google Drive-like file storage and sharing center. They integrate with each other to create your own, secure, private office suite with file storage.

The best part is that you can do all this simply from the DigitalOcean Marketplace – a one-click shop for easy installation of everything. All you need is a domain name to point at it.

Once you have it installed, you can set it and forget it, as Cloudron will keep itself updated, patched, and secure.

Cloudron Coupon Code

It isn’t cheap to run Cloudron, but it lets you host 2 app without a subscriotion. I have yet to find a working Cloudron coupon code out there, but there are Cloudron referral codes such as my own (https://cloudron.io/?refcode=901142a319d1498b) which earn the referee a small discount. Once you have your own Cloudron account set up, you can use your own referral code and encourage others to use.

So that is me encouraging you to use my referrer code 😀

7 Steps For Creating A Profitable Website

Let’s face it: some websites aren’t worth much, whereas others rake in several thousand dollars each month in revenue. The surprising truth about the latter is most examples aren’t operated by well-known businesses.

It might shock you to learn that many of today’s profitable websites come from humble roots and typically start off as side projects by individuals with full-time jobs. These days, various Internet resources make it easy to build profitable websites.

With that in mind, what is the “secret sauce” for building a website that can offer an excellent passive income stream? Take a look at the following steps for inspiration if you wish to become next year’s Internet entrepreneur of the year:

1. Choose A Niche

One of the biggest mistakes some would-be Internet entrepreneurs make is being too broad about the aim of their website. It’s a far better idea to look at specific niche markets and determine which one is the right fit for your ideas.

The niche you choose should be one where there is little competition, yet you’ll be providing a valuable online resource or service. Consider using free online tools like Google Trends to help you find the popularity and competitiveness of specific niche phrases and keywords.

2. Buy A Relevant Domain Name

Once you’ve determined which niche is right for you, the next stage is buying a relevant domain name. There are a couple of options open to you; it’s worth considering which ones are most appropriate to your objectives.

For example, you could register a fresh new domain name that no one owns. Another idea is to buy an existing domain that isn’t getting used by the owner. A domain broker can help negotiate the best price for purchasing a domain owned by someone else.

3. Use A Reliable Yet Low-Cost Host

After you’ve organized a domain name for your new online project, the next step is finding a hosting company that you can pay to host your new website. Your goal is to find one that is reliable, offers the features and benefits you need, and is affordable.

Thankfully, the Internet is awash with hosting companies that tick all those boxes, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the right web host for your needs. Always read online reviews and feedback of potential web hosts you shortlist before coming to a decision.

4. Install WordPress

Now that you’ve got a hosting platform sorted out, you can begin building your website. The thing is, how can you achieve that goal? There was once a time where you would have needed to code some HTML or use software like Microsoft FrontPage.

Nowadays, most people use the free and highly versatile WordPress CMS (content management system). You can easily apply themes and add-ons (plugins) in WordPress to create a unique website that fully meets your design and function requirements.

You can use WordPress as a fully functional website, e-commerce solution, blog, and community forum, to name but a few examples.

5. Start Monetizing Your Website

So far, you’ve invested some time and money into your new website. Now is the time to make it pay for itself and provide you with a passive income stream. You might be asking yourself, what are the best ways to monetize your new site?

There are several options at your disposal. For example, you can publish regular content on your site and use affiliate links to earn a commission from any sales made via your site. You could even allow advertising on your site like banner and text ads from Google AdSense.

6. Supercharge Your SEO

Your website is now up and running, and you’re adding fresh new content to it regularly. You’ve started monetizing your site, but you notice that you aren’t getting thousands of visitors to your website each week. The way to correct that problem is through SEO.

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is necessary for links to your website to appear in relevant search engine results pages. Take a look at Google’s SEO Starter Guide for help in supercharging your SEO.

7. Decide Whether To Continue Or Sell

Once you’ve got more unique visitors accessing your content each month, and your passive revenue increases, you should decide whether you want to continue with your project or sell it to the highest bidder.

Many online entrepreneurs build profitable websites and sell them afterward, either to other entrepreneurs or companies looking to integrate your content into their own sites. The choice is a personal one; don’t feel pressured to keep your site or sell it.

Good luck!

Is Investing in the Stock Market a Bad Idea These Days?

Investing in the stock market seems to be one of those jobs that everyone envies. After all, you’re basically shifting money around and pocketing some of it for yourself. You make money off other people making money, so everyone’s happy at the end of the day–right?

If you’ve been following recent events then you’ll no doubt have learned about the millions that people have made from GameStop stocks. Without going into too much detail, it was essentially a rebellion by Reddit users to raise the prices of a shorted stock so that hedge funds would be forced to buy them back and suffer huge losses. This was essentially a way for many people to vent their anger at the rich and stick it to them.

However, while many people profited off it, the stock has since plummeted and it was clear that there was a lot of intervention by these rich elites that helped to crush the surge. For example, several trading platforms disabled the buying of GME and Google even removed many negative reviews of the offending app.

So with all of this in mind, is investing in the stock market a bad idea? Is it clear that it’s just being manipulated by the rich and wealthy and everyone else is just along for the ride?

Investing makes sense if you believe in the brand

A lot of people try to invest in order to make money. They want to become day traders and shift stocks around to make a living. Unfortunately, this is a big investment mistake if you’re just getting started. You really need to have a lot of money if you want to make money, and this is sadly not possible for most people.

You can try to trade less expensive stocks to try and make money, but there’s always a possibility that you miscalculate something and end up losing all of your investment. That’s not a good place to be, especially if you’re not doing great with your money in the first place.

Instead, a much better approach to investing is to actually put your money where your trust is. If you truly believe in a brand and are willing to support it, then there’s no problem investing in their shares if they’re a publicly-traded company. Companies such as Netlinkz have much more stable share prices and they’re less likely to attract the attention of big investors that can manipulate the price.

At the end of the day, if you believe in a brand, then you can show your trust in them and invest. This is arguably the best way to approach trading–by buying into brands that you truly believe in and want to support.

Investing isn’t gambling, but you need to be well-informed

Trading isn’t for everyone. It’s going to be out of your element unless you’re well-informed and you’re either going to end up losing money or making a lucky investment that pays off. For example, there are many people that cashed out during the GME situation and they ended up making a lot of money.

However, that still isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme and now that the price is plummeting, it’s clear that a lot of people have lost money in the process. Investing in the stock market might not be a bad idea, but thinking of it as a way to get rich is a quick way to lose your investment.

It’s worth bearing in mind that investing your money is so much easier, and more likely to be successful, if you have the right kind of help on board. As we have mentioned already, a robo advisor can certainly help, but you might also want to think about using a wealth management suite as well.

The best of these give you a fantastic opportunity to be able to look after your money, and all the while you can simply allow your money to grow while you sit back and let it happen. Investing your money is a lot easier with this kind of help. If you take a look at something like the Edward Jones login, you will see a perfect example of the kind of tool suite that is likely to be worth looking out for.

Making use of that kind of help will mean that your investments return a lot more for you.

I made some shirts

Over the years, I have kept a running list of t-shirt ideas in the back of my mind, thinking that someday “I should make a t-shirt out of that.”

I finally made the effort, and now I have a shop set up where you can buy some silly things I created. Not only are they available as shirts, but you can order them as hoodies, onesies, notebooks, stickers, coffee mugs, and more.

It’s a Festivus miracle!  

Check out the shop, or browse some of the available things below.

Initiative Q

There is a new currency and payment network built by ex-PayPal employees called Initiative Q. The Q currency is currently being allocated for free if you are invited by an existing member. The idea is that if millions of people join, Q could become a leading payment network, and, according to well-known economic models, that means the value of the reward would be around $130,000. The amount you reserve upon signup decreases every day, and each member has a limited number of invites. You can use my invite link here: https://initiativeq.com/invite/Br3w9plhX

You only need to give your name and email address, then your spot is reserved. You don’t ever have to hand the a dime if you don’t want to, so there is no harm in trying it out, in case this does ever take off.

I remain skeptical, but I thought I’d share, in case anyone else is curious.

Using IFTTT to connect Reddit to Discord

I spent far too long this morning trying to get posts from a particular subreddit to show up in a particular channel on a Discord server I belong to. There was a lot of bad and wrong information out there on how to do this, and finding the correct way took me down many incorrect pathways.

The goal here is to set up the workflow like this:

Reddit post in /r/yoursubreddit > IFTTT applet > Discord webhook > posted to your Discord channel

Essentially, the Discord webhook is a very simple Discord bot that is fed content by IFTTT when someone posts to the subreddit of interest. The webhook takes that content and feeds it to the channel you desire.

For the record, this is the way to do it.

Prerequisites

  • A sufficient user role to edit the channel settings on Discord of the channel you want to post your Reddit content to.
  • Webhooks capability enabled for your Discord user role *and* for the channel you want to use. See here for more info on how to enable Webhooks.
  • An If This Then That (IFTTT) account.
  • Optional: an image/icon for the webhook. This will show up for the account that will be posting the Reddit post to your Discord channel. I used this one.

The Setup

Let me preface this by saying that these instructions were created using the desktop version of Discord and a desktop web browser. It may be a little more tricky on mobile, and what you see may be a little different, but perhaps not.

Create a webhook for your Discord Channel.

1. Go to the Discord channel you want to use and click the gear icon to Edit Channel:

 

 

 

2. Click Webhooks in the left-side menu, then click the blue Create Webhook button on the right.

3. Give your webhook bot a name such as “Reddit post bot” and select the channel you are having it post to.

4. This is where you can optionally upload an icon for this bot. This will show up as the user icon when this bot posts to Discord.

5. Copy the Webhook URL, or keep it handy, so that you can paste it elsewhere in a few steps.

6. Click Save.

Create an IFTTT recipe

8. Open your IFTTT account, go to My Applets, then click New Applet.

9. Click the blue “+this” to add the first action.

10. Use “Search services” to search for Reddit, and choose the “Any new post in subreddit” trigger

11. For the “Subreddit” field, enter the subreddit you want to use without the “/r/” in front of it. For example:

12. Click Create Trigger.

13. Now you should see something like the following:

 

 

Click the “+that” link.

14. This time, under “Search services,” search for “webhooks.” Select the result and click “Make a web request.”

15. Now you can paste the Webhook URL you created in Step 5 above into the URL field here.

16. For “Method” choose POST and for Application Type choose “application/json”

17. Here’s the crucial part. Under “Body” copy and paste this entire line of json code exactly as-is EXCEPT, change YOUR BOT’S NAME to the name you want to give this bot (such as “Reddit Feed Bot” or “Fred”):

{ "username":"YOUR BOT'S NAME", "content":"I have received a new post!", "embeds":[{ "title" : "{{PostURL}}", "author": { "name": "'{{Title}}' by {{Author}}" }, "description" : "{{PostedAt}}", "url" : "{{PostURL}}" }] }

Optionally, you can change the “I have received a new post!” text to anything you want to show up any time there is a new post to Discord from this bot. Leave all the rest of the code as-is.

18. Click Save.

That’s it! Any new posts in the subreddit you chose should now show up in the Discord channel you chose. Keep in mind that it isn’t instant. It usually take about 15 to 30 minutes for new posts to show up for me, for whatever reason. If anyone knows how to speed that up, please feel free to post the solution in the comments section below.

Enjoy!