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10 WooCommerce Plugins for Easy Coupons and Offers

Coupons and discount codes are a staple part of any e-commerce experience. If you’re using WooCommerce to power your online store, you might be looking for an even better solution for managing coupon campaigns and I’m here to help! Whether you’re looking for something simple or a fix that can handle a more complex promotional campaign, take a look at these ten simple WooCommerce plugins for easy coupons and offers.

1. WooCommerce Gift Coupons

WooCommerce Gift Coupons

The WooCommerce Gift Coupons plugin makes it really easy to create gift coupons to reward your customers with free stuff, in addition to any regular discount-based coupons that you choose to run. The plugin allows for highly-customizable coupons, allowing to toggle options such as allowing free shipping, excluding items if they’re on sale and any minimum spend needed to redeem the coupon.

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20 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs To Read


Who wants to be an entrepreneur? A large number of people these days, owing to the increasing number of opportunities available. It’s no surprise then, that the how-to book business has expanded its shelf size to accommodate almost every kind of entrepreneur.

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10 Powerful Tools To Spy On Your Competitors

Knowledge is power and in the internet age, knowledge is easily accessible. There are many tools available to scope out the competition in order to make your business or service the most successful it can be. Below are the top ten websites you can use “spy” on the competition and see what they’re up to.

1. Google Alerts

Google Alerts is a free service that allows you to receive email updates about the most popular, relevant Google search results, such as web, news, etc. You are able to define the results you receive by indicating the subject matter you are most interested in as well as defining categories such as, result type, language, region, how often, and how many. Google Alert’s functionality can be used to monitor developing news stories, keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams in addition to keeping current on a competitor or an industry.

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Why You Should Travel the World


There have been huge advances in overseas travel in the last one hundred years. This has allowed many people to travel hundreds, if not thousands of times faster throughout the world. Massive advances in engine technology have improved performance of cars, along with a number of other motorized vehicles, for example train and boats.

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10 Tips on Pursuing Your Passion


Who are you? Do you really know? How will you find out?

If you cannot answer the question “Who am I?” with some degree of certainty, then chances are you may not be able to find out who you are by continuing to do the very same things you have done up to this point in your life. There are many wonderful things to learn in life, but one of the most important learning experiences is the ongoing inquiry into knowledge of self. This knowledge of self will guide you in the pursuit of your passion.

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Top 9 Bookmarking Tools for Designers

We all find cool stuff online that we want to save for later – but we never remember it and most bookmarking systems on browsers become messy and cluttered very quickly. This is where bookmarking tools shine; they allow you to keep track of anything you find online, organize it and store it for you, being ready to access anytime and from any device with internet access.

With the mountains of information and content online, it has become a lot more difficult to pick through and find what you’re interested in. Search engines only go so far; they are confined to keywords which are good for specific searches, but not so good when finding varied topics under an interest or niche. Some bookmarking sites not only allow you to keep track of any interesting things you find online, but they also to share your interests with others and see what they have bookmarked as well. By tagging and annotating your bookmarks, they become organized and categorized with other users’ bookmarks, in a process called folksonomy.

For designers, bookmarking is extremely useful, especially when looking for content fitting one niche, industry or type of design. It allows you to connect with other designers, find and store tutorials, interesting examples, useful resources, tips and tricks, and so much more. Whether you’re on your phone or on a computer and you see an article, a tutorial, a photoset or simply a cool site that you want to refer to later, bookmarking tools are real handy.

You can keep any interesting resources you find online for later use, and you can organize them depending on style, project, or whatever classification is best, and share them with your friends and find other bookmarks similar to yours.

Dragdis.com

Dragdis is a sleek tool that works via a sidebar added to your browser that you can drag anything onto. Create categories and drag whatever strikes your fancy on to them to save for later reference. Sharing also works the same way – you drag content onto the link in the sidebar to upload it to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.

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Speed Reading 101: How to Read Faster


On average, a person reads around 250 words per minute, but if that same person learns the art of speed reading, then the amount of words read per minute can be doubled. However, the question we have to ask is why go to the trouble of learning how to read more quickly? Well, firstly, one benefit is that you will be able to learn more as you will increase your knowledge-base, and will be able to read more material in the same amount of time.

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Why You Should Take More Risks

Are you comfortable in your life right now?

If you are, you could probably do yourself a huge favor by stepping out of that comfort zone. Start making changes in your life. Why not? F%*& it!

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Astonishing Hand Lettering by Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe is a hand lettering artist and type designer currently living in San Antonio, Texas. His passion for hand lettering and typography has recently turned into a successful business. In March 2014 Sean launched Learn Lettering, an online video course that educates people about the ins and outs of hand lettering. In addition to teaching, he also produces a twice-a-week podcast discussing design, creativity, and business.

Below you will find forty-five creative examples of his stunning work. Enjoy!

Eventually all the pieces fall into place


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How to Overcome the Fear of Being Alone

Loneliness. Does that word scare you? A surprising number of people fear being alone.

In the United States we’re socially programmed into believing that being lonely is weird. We constantly see this in movies and TV shows. If you’re quiet or alone, you’re automatically labeled as weird, strange, or a loser.

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Top 5 Microphones for Podcasters

Planning to start a podcast? Well, before you get started you should consider getting the most important piece to the puzzle, the microphone. Having a high quality microphone is going to make a huge difference to the sound quality of your recording.

There are two factors to consider before buying a microphone. First, you should know your exact budget. Second, you should have a good idea of where you plan to record (big room, small room, noisy background, etc.). As with many other things in life, the more money you spend, the better quality you’ll get.

If you don’t have the money right now, don’t sweat it. As you become more successful you will be upgrading your gear as you go. The goal here isn’t to spend hundreds of dollar an a microphone. The goal is to find something within your budget that you can use on a regular basis.

Today I collected some of the top entry level and professional microphones for you to consider. This list is the result of reading reviews from customers, industry professionals, and credible technology websites. Below you will find microphones aimed at different budgets. Good luck!

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone

This USB microphone plugs directly into your laptop or desktop (Windows and Mac compatible). This mic is easy to use and should function seamlessly with almost any recording software. The AT2020 is a great choice it you’re just starting out. It’s perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. The only downside is that it lacks gain control and a headphone input.

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20 Educational Print-Ready Design Tutorials to Become a Pro

Designing self-promo printable materials such as business cards, resumes, letterheads and flyers is a great way to grab people’s attention and gain new clients. The more creative these self-promotion products are the more chances you will have to stand out from the crowd and increase your odds to get a dream job.

Follow these detailed helpful print-ready design tutorials for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator I put together and learn how to create a stunning self-promotion kit to leave a lasting impression. Don’t waste your time – scroll down, pick the tutorial you like best and start working on your future.

1. Creating a Coffee House Logo – From Theory to Vector in Adobe Illustrator

In these tutorial you’ll get to know how to create a coffee-themed retro logo design in Adobe Illustrator and properly place it on the cup holder. Along with tutorial you’ll learn some tips to think about while creating a logo of any kind.

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40 Incredible Graffiti Drawings by Banksy

Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His eye-opening street art combines irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Most people say graffiti is ugly, disruptive, pointless, irresponsible, and childish. All of those allegations are flushed down the toilet, when it’s done properly.

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How to Boost User Engagement on Your Blog

No matter how good your blog is, if you don’t have the right amount of traffic or the right amount of comments, you’re not getting anywhere. To most of us who blog, blogging is everything, so don’t let yourself fall victim to low user engagement. If you’re not getting enough views, comments, or other user interactions, you’re not going to survive the blogging game.

Here is a list of the best tricks of the trade that I’ve picked up over the past few years that are guaranteed to boost your user engagement.

Get Found with SEO

If you’re not making your blog posts search engine optimized, your article will not rank high in Google. For more information about SEO, check out this wonderful PDF guide from Google. To keep up with the latest happening in the SEO industry, check out Moz.com. Moz offers great services, guides, and their blog is packed with useful information.

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How to Promote Your Work on Behance

As many of you already know, Behance is a world leader in helping creatives around the world promote their work. On Behance you can showcase your best works, connect with others, and build your reputation among fellow designers and artists. One could even argue that Behance has become a hotspot for freelancers and other creative people.

Behance can help you expand your business, attract clients, and have an opportunity to show the world what you’re made of. Today I will go over how you can take advantage of this incredible platform.

Just because you set up an account and uploaded a few projects, that doesn’t mean people will go out of their way to find you. You must hustle to accumulate eyeballs for your projects. Here’s how you do it.

Profile

This should really go without saying, but if you haven’t fully filled out your profile, do it now. I wouldn’t want to hire someone who is not willing to open up and share their information with me. Who are you? Where are you from? What kind of experience do you have? Questions like these should be answered. If you don’t have much to work with, that’s okay, your about info will certainly grow with time.

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