ON ONLINE #4733 Charge on Your Credit Card Bill?

So after the holiday shopping was over, we were going over our credit card bills to make sure there aren’t any purchases that we didn’t actually make. Then I came across this entry in my credit card statement:

ON ONLINE #4733 $72.5

As far as I know, I’ve never shopped at a store or website called ON Online, so naturalIy, I was suspicious. I did some digging and it turned out that ON Online is actually the Old Navy (ON) website. We did buy some kids’ stuff from the Old Navy website before Christmas. So mystery solved.

That said, it’s still good practice to review your credit card statement regularly, especially for the credit cards that you use online. For buying stuff online, I usually use the credit card with the lowest credit limit — so online thieves won’t get much if they actually manage to steal my credit card information. There are a lot of scammers out there — especially on the Internet. So shop safely!

Hostgator Offers 35% Discount for February 2013

I just received an email from Hostgator, one of my few preferred web hosting companies, that they are offering 35% discount off their web hosting packages, which are already very cheap in my opinion. Their web hosting packages start at $3.96 per month — that’s the lowest price I’ve seen anywhere.

Other than the price, I especially love Hostgator for their technical support. I have run into some issues and, in a couple of instances, I wasn’t too happy with their response. But at the end of the day, I’d still recommend them.

Follow these steps to claim the 35% discount that Hostgator is offering.

    1. Go to the Hostgator website.
    2. Choose the web hosting package that you want to purchase. If you’re just trying out the service, you could choose the cheapest package ($3.96). If you decide to stay with them, you can always upgrade to a more expensive package.
    3. When you check out, enter the following coupon code: FEB35
    4. Before you pay, verify that you received 35% off the original price of your chosen web hosting package.
    5. Complete the payment.

You have completed availing of the 35% discount that Hostgator is offering right now. This offer ends on February 28, 2013. Hurry!

Matt Cutts Talks How to Rank on Google with WordPress

My brother has always been singularly design-focused — he’d spend hours and hours on making something (whether it be a WordPress theme or a website logo) look better. If we were building a product, he couldn’t care less about beating the competition and getting to market first. To my design-oriented (superficial, if you ask me) brother, looks matter the most.

So I was really surprised when he sent me a message with a link to a video of Matt Cutts from the WordCamp SF 2009. In this throwback video, Matt talks about how to rank on Google using WordPress. I hadn’t seen this video, so I was curious if any of the tips that Matt Cutts mention in it still apply to our real and up-to-date Panda-slash-Penguin Google world.

Surprisingly, most (if not all) of the SEO principles that Matt Cutts espouses in this 2009 video are still valid today. If you have time to spare, watch the 46-minute video above — it’s like a refresher course on SEO for WordPress.

Five Takeaways from the Matt Cutts Video

Here are five things I learned (reminded of, in a couple of cases) from watching this video.

1. Vary the URL and Post Title

I always thought that for a post to have a better chance of ranking well on search engines, I must use the exact same keywords in both the URL and post title. Not so, says Matt. He recommends changing them up a bit. For example, if your post title is “How to Rank Number 1 on Google”, you could change your URL title so it says /ranking-top-spot-google.

2. Make the WordPress permalinks SEO-friendly

The default WordPress permalink is not SEO-friendly (for example, http://www.metahead.com/?p=123). I have no idea why WordPress hasn’t changed this. So you must remember to change the permalink settings in Settings > Permalink to make it SEO-friendly (for example, http://www.metahead.com/%postname%).

3. Don’t Bold Your Keywords

When I was just starting with blogging, there was a school of SEO thought that espoused the idea that we must bold our primary keywords in a post to tell search engines that they are your primary keywords. I guess this follows the logic of using heading tags (h1, h2, h3, etc.) for your heading titles. Again, Matt says bolding your keywords a hundred times isn’t going to help.

4. Focus on a Niche

Matt says that if you’re building a blog or a website, remember to start small and focus on a particular niche. It will be easier for you to communicate your website’s theme to search engines if your pages focus on a particular niche and use similarly-themed keywords. The example he gave was, if you want to start a gadget blog, don’t tackle all types of gadgets at once. Start small, focus on a niche in which you can do well (maybe a niche with fewer competition). For example, focus on a smaller niche when you’re just starting — maybe focus Android or BlackBerry phones. Once you have established that your blog is about this small niche, you can gradually introduce other niches into your blog, until it becomes a full-blown, authority blog on gadgets.

5. Show Related Posts at the End of Post

Have you been caught in a YouTube loop or spending hours on 9gag because you keep finding other funny posts after your initial visit? You can do the same to your blog visitors, Matt says, by presenting a list of related posts at the end of posts. There’s plenty of WordPress plugins out there that do this. On metahead.com, I use YARRP.

There you go — the five most important things I learned from watching Matt’s video from 2009 that are still valid today.

Of course, over and above these tips is what I believe to be the single, most-ignored tip from Google — Put your visitors’ interests ahead of yours. If you do that, your visitors will be happy and they’ll probably be back for more — and with them, maybe even a friend or two.

Fixed: LaserJet M1217nfw MFP Printer Stuck at “Initializing…”

I couldn’t print from my trusty old LaserJet M1217 nfw MFP printer this morning. And when I rebooted it, the printer display showed “Initializing…” and then appeared to shut down and reboot again. It went on like this for a few times until it became obvious that there was something wrong.

So as usual, I asked Miss Google (most people call her Mister for reasons I do now know) for the answer. I found several different solutions, but only one worked for me so I’m posting the instructions below.

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LaserJet printer keeps showing “Initalizing…”

Note: This solution may apply to other LaserJet models. So you’re having the same issue (your LaserJet printer is stuck at “Initializing...“), you might want to try this fix.

Follow these steps to fix the issue.

  1. Turn off the LaserJet M1217 nfw MFP printer.
  2. Press and hold the red X button (cancel) and copy button (below the red x button) at the same time.
  3. Turn on the LaserJet M1217 nfw MFP printer.
  4. Continue to hold the two buttons until you see the printer display show PERMANENT STORAGE INIT.
  5. Release the two buttons. The printer continues to boot up. When the bootup process is complete, the printer display shows Ready.

You should now be able to print from your LaserJet printer again.

Did it work for you? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

How to Enable Location Services on iPhone iOS 6.x

My previous solution to the issue of not being able to upload photos to Facebook from the iPhone has stopped working for some people. This is mainly because of differences in the iPhone operating system (iOS) that we use. For example, in newer iOS versions, the location of Location Services has changed.

The new location of Location Services is one issue in particular that many people have to deal with. If you’re looking for instructions on how to enable Location Services on iOS 6 and later, you have come to the right page.

To enable location services on iPhone running on iOS 6 (or later), follow these steps. I’ve included screen shots (click them to enlarge) below so you’ll know what the screens look like on your iPhone.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  2. Verify that Location Services is ON.
  3. Scroll down to the apps that use Location Services, and then verify that Location Services for both Camera and Facebook are ON.

That’s it! You have enabled Location Services on iPhone 6 (or later).

If you’re still having problems, please leave a message in the comments section below and I’ll try to help you with your issue.

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Other Solutions

Still not working? Here are other solutions posted by visitors that you might want to try.

  • If you are using iOS 6.x, go to Settings > Photos & Camera, and then set My Photo Stream to ON.