ShareFind out how to use it to monetize your blog Quora is now a very common name for those who are looking for some of the best answers for their questions. In fact, it has silently replaced Yahoo answers as the most popular question and answer platform. I would rather call it as a knowledge sharing platform more than anything else. Quora which was founded in the year 2009, is one of the most popular websites in the world today and gets tons of hits everyday. So how do I use Quora ?  As stated earlier, you can ask any type of questions and then also select users whom you would want to answer it. Additionally, other active users will also come in to share their experience . What sets Quora different from any other platform is the huge database of questions from almost every sphere of life along with some super active authors. You can ask almost anything and everything, and you definitely can expect an answer soon ! How can I use Quora to make money ? That’s a good question ! Let’s try to explore the possible opportunities which can impact your earnings directly or indirectly. Drive quality traffic to your blog or website – Blogging is one of the best ways to make money for quite sometime now . In fact many bloggers are doing it on a full-time basis and making a decent income. In India some of the famous bloggers are Harsh Agarwal, Amit Agarwal, Amit Bhiwani to name a few ! (you might see my name here as well in future 🙂 ) We all know that traffic is the one of the biggest factor which determines how famous and money-making is your blog and Quora can definitely be a big helping hand in that. You just need to explore the questions which you feel can answer properly. Explain your points clearly which helps others as well who are following the same question. This will result in people liking your post and up voting it simultaneously. At the end of your answer you can leave a URL of your blog. You can also mention about your website/blog in your profile. This will give you quality backlink from a very high PR website. More traffic will turn into more hits and more CPC if you have Google Adsense up and running. Use Quora to make money from affiliate marketing – As mentioned above, a lot depends on what kind of quality answers you give to the audience. You can use this point to make money from the affiliate marketing as well. Let’s take an example that some asked this question in the forum ” Which is the best entry-level DSLR for shooting YouTube videos” ? Assuming that you already are an affiliate marketer, a simple and high quality answer will attract a lot of people who had similar questions and in the process of explaining your answer, you can leave a best buy link from of one of the online shop portal. Once someone buys a product using that link, you earn a percentage in the form of commission ! READ : BEST AFFILIATE PROGRAM IN INDIA Using Quora to offer your services – If you are a web developer or an SEO expert or may in that case someone who has an expertise on the service you provide, then Quora is an ideal platform for you. If someone has a question with regards to any of the services that you offer and if your answers is really informative then you definitely can fancy your chances of getting people looking for your consultation. You can then charge them for it. Use Quora for Tips and Tricks – You must have a fair bit of idea till now that it is a platform where you can meet experts from all over the world and from different sectors. You can use those tips and knowledge from the gurus and use it to make your blog/website better and more socially interactive to get organic traffic and better search rank on Google. VERDICT In a nutshell, Quora is arguably one of the best tool for new bloggers and YouTubers to get some quality traffic and hits. If used efficiently, can really be that final reason which differentiates a successful and a not so successful blog. How many of you use Quora ? let us know ! ...

ShareSimple Tutorial Steam client is the one which has the digital store called the Steam Store where users can purchase computer games. When a game is brought from Steam Store by a user, the user get the product code, which provides him with a permanent license of the game and user can simply go ahead and download that game.   Technically, the file which lets users interact with the Steam Store is Steamclient.dll, DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files allow multiple software program share same functionality. If you’re wondering when does this steam error occurs then, generally DLL files errors occur during computer start-up or while program start-up and precisely as in our case when we are trying use a particular functionality of our program. That is, trying to run the game. Thinking of the causes?Well, there are many circumstances that can cause this type of error, it all depends on the environment the Steam engine is running.  We can’t even blame the developers for such an error, it’s certainly a client side error. Possible causes for such an error might be, Steam is not fully running. Steam is not correctly installed Or some other software on your system is conflicting with steam. (Anti viruses and firewalls). Possible Fixes for Steam Error You perhaps don’t need to care much about the causes of it because Reviewdify is already up here with the fixes for it. Basically you need to perform some sort of permutations and combinations to fix the error, but trust me, they are too damn easy for us to follow. Let’s get started.. Right click on the game, go to properties, go to local files, and click verify integrity of game cache. After that finishes, try to play the game on which you are facing the problem. If the problem persist, Restart Steam.  By far, this is the most simplest and working fix for the error. Left click on “Steam” from menu bar, simply click on Exit. Now, start playing that particular game. As tested in the video, should get you working. Didn’t help? Never mind, here’s some more. Try restarting your computer, this should mostly fix it. If that doesn’t even work, I would say uninstall and reinstall it. Told ya, its easy. Now grab a coffee and start fragging. Good Luck, Half Fun. This error is mostly likely to occur in a game called, DOTA2 (Defense Of The Ancients). But, if it occurs in some different game, try out these steps mentioned above,  one of them would definitely work. Cheers !   ...

ShareDo you know that you don’t need to be driver to earn from Uber ? Sounds interesting ? Read on.. UberDost Uber has been around for quite some time now and has reasonable well to capture Indian roads. Uber and Ola have competed fiercely against each other to enjoy the market share and they have really redefined the way we commute. In one of my earlier post, I made a comparative study between these two giants on the basis of different parameters and revealed who the winner is ! That is of course my personal opinion 🙂 READ – OLA VS UBER Last year, Uber faced a shortage of drivers and tried to incorporate various ways to attract good drivers to join the fleet of the aggregator service and eventually zeroed down to the old school but the most effective method ‘Affiliate marketing’ Uber started a program to monetarily reward those who referred good drivers and make money out of it and named it UberDost. Under UberDost referral program, Uber pays Rs 5,000 per successful referral in Bengaluru, and Rs 3,000 in Mumbai and Hyderabad; the three cities where the program is operational. Uber says it now has over 5,000 Dosts, and the number is increasing on a daily basis. How do I use it ? UberDost If you want to refer any driver to Uber under the Uberdost campaign, you have to use the specially designed app for this program. You just need to install ‘UberDost’ app by visiting your google playstore. Once you have downloaded the app, just give your referral details like name, vehicle number, license number etc. and Hola ! you are all set to get your referral amount. UberDost Few important points to keep in mind:- Complete the Uber driver partner on-boarding process and be a first-time driver partner of Uber Sign-up as a partner with Uber using your unique referral link Complete their 10th trip as a partner via the Uber platform within 120 days of your referral One of the primary reason Uber has started the referral campaign is to expand its reach in the Indian roads as it is arguably one of their most prospering market. Additionally, the app will also guide you in terms of the nearest on-boarding center for the new drivers to make the process even more streamlined. Nearest Onboarding Center in Bengaluru I have personally come across a lot of referrals who have been successful in making a handsome earning from this campaign. In fact, some of them have taken it as full time job ! It is however interesting to note that Uber is present roughly in just 26 cities in India, compared to rival Ola’s over 102 cities. Ola has their own methods of adding new drivers to their fleet using different marketing strategies. However, I strongly feel that UberDost is surely going to boost Uber’s earning in the long run.   ...

ShareHow can you make big money on ebay ? Apparently, this is a common question that most of the newbie has when it comes to selling on ebay. Read on to know how.. We all know that ebay is one of the world’s most widely used platform to buy and sell. When we talk about the ease of using the website, setting up your merchant account hardly takes time. With so many sellers out there, how do I create a mark for my listing? Yes, you are absolutely right. Ebay has tons of sellers globally and creating your own niche definitely takes time ! But hey ! we are not here to talk about the usual story of selling your stuff online. You can get thousands of information online for doing it. In this post, I wanted to share with you some tips on making a decent money on ebay.com Ebay sellers have 2 options to sell their product :- Buy it Now – Using this option ebay sellers put a fixed price for their listed items along with the quantity and other details. Interested buyers can purchase the same using PaisaPay where in you can use credit card, debit card, bank transfer etc to place the order Auction Method – As the name suggests, when a seller intends to find out the reaction of the buyers, so instead of putting a fixed price, they ask users to bid for the product.  In the process, one who places the highest bid in a given time frame has the right to buy it. When it comes to the ‘auction’ method, buyers generally end up making a very handsome money as they get a clear pulse of how their listed product is performing in terms of demand factor. To earn a decent money on ebay.com using this pricing method, your product should be unique  🙂 Yes, that’s the secret ! I have come across many sellers who have been quite successful in getting an overwhelming response for their listings. They usually start with a very low price which can be as low as $0.99 and end up getting somewhere around $1000 ! ebay listing of antique products   Bid history   ebay Listing – Antique product How do we effectively list our product on ebay.com for maximum optimization ? Below are some of the steps which you can keep in mind while using ebay for selling your product :- Use good quality Images – To attract maximum eye balls it very important to have a lot of quality images. Your image should clearly project the product and its finer details in a simple way. Remember no one wants to look at a blurred or unclear photos at the end of the day. Good Description – Your product should highlight on its uniqueness. Additionally,using good keywords adds a lot of volume to your listing. Write the complete description of your products in a catchy style. Understand in the perspective of a potential buyer who would buy your product, he/she should feel the curiosity to buy it. Facts and Figures – Keep your facts right and up to date because when it comes to selling a unique and antique product on ebay, its value is directly proportional to the accuracy of the data. Rarer and older the product, more number of bids it will attract. Ask Price – You can see clearly from the images above that a product which has an initial ask price of $0.99 ended up being sold at $4,051 !  never put an exorbitant price for your listing . If your product is unique and rare, trust me folks it will command a decent bid. Essentially, keeping a low price also helps you to understand the difference between the floor and ceiling price. Make it Social – Needless to say, social media platform plays a pivotal role in attracting interested buyers across the globe. Try to publish your post on different social networking websites. Marketing and advertising help your listing to get the much-needed impetus. READ – Best Affiliate Program in India There are some websites and directories like whatsellsbest.com and auctionguide.com which will help you in finding what sells hot on ebay. Ebay is truly a great platform for both sellers and the buyers. Moreover, setting up your account is simple and easy. The customer service team is excellent and will help you at every juncture to streamline your selling experience. You can use PayPal which is worlds biggest online payment processor to do international transactions safely. Moreover, it is very easy to link PayPal to your savings bank account as well. For ebay India and other users, please note that you should visit ebay.com. This is where you get international listing. Cheers ! ...

ShareYou read it right ! Now you will not get penalized by the traffic police because of missing documents. I am sure just like me, you would have also been in situation where in you forgot to carry your driving license, RC card etc. This can never be a pleasant experience for anyone as you are required to furnish original documents if you are asked. But not any more… You can carry all your documents digitally now. Government of India has introduced a website and App called Digilocker which lets user upload all the documents like DL, RC, mark sheet e.t.c.  Here are my reviews of the same.   User Interface – The website is quite simple and easy to use. There is nothing fancy about it though ! (I am sure we didn’t expect it either 🙂  ). The sign-up process is simple. You can authenticate your profile using aadhar which was very fast. Sign up Process – You need to register yourself using your 10 digits mobile number after which, you have to verify using a OTP received on your mobile number. Post this you will have to complete the sign-up by providing your credentials like user id and password. Sign Up Process Easy of Use – Once you are logged in, you can access your details like vehicle RC details, driving license, 12th std CBSE mark sheet by punching in your details like licence number, RC number, registration. These documents can then be digitally stored in your database.   Accessing Documents When I tried to fetch the details of my vehicle registration certificate, I was able to do it fairly quickly but even after multiple attempts, I was not able to get access to my Driving license details. NOTE: The DL details can now be accessed by inputting your driving license number I did confirm this with some of my friends and got mixed response, will keep this section posted once I am able to do it successfully. You can even store your CBSE 12th Std certificates for future use, which is a great added feature. Acceptance Factor – This was my biggest concern. I wanted to be very sure if this application is accepted by the traffic police or not. In this quest, I approached my nearest RTO in Bangalore and spoke to one of the representative who said that carrying these documents digitally should be absolutely fine. Now that’s good news for all of us 🙂 Pros :- No need to carry your important documents physically. Eliminates the hassle of re-applying if you lose or misplace it anywhere. It’s an Indian government initiative which means it will have a nation wide acceptance. App can be easily installed on your smart phone and accessed on the go. Easy to use and simple interface. Cons :- Has a long way to go in terms of maintaining a better database. Digilocker currently doesn’t have a lot of partner members. In order to use the app, you should have active internet connection on your smart phone. I am sure many of us were waiting for something like this specially if you are a passionate rider and hate to carry a loaded bag on your shoulder or keeping your wallet pumped up to adjust those boring documents. Digilocker we believe is the answer ! Cheers !   ...

ShareOne of the easiest way to make money from the comfort of your home. What is Airbnb ? Airbnb Reviews Today I will discuss with you a rather unconventional but easy way to make money. Yes, the easy way ! In my earlier posts of making money online, hard work and understanding of affiliate marketing play a pivotal role in making it successful. However, I still feel that affiliate marketing is one of the best way to generate a passive source of income. In case you don’t have all the time in this world and still want to earn some decent income, Airbnb is just for you . What is Airbnb ? How does that work ? Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations. The user base include hosts and travelers: hosts list and rent out their spaces or room, and travelers search for and book accommodations in close to 195 countries globally. Airbnb works on the concept of Peer-to-Peer accommodation. As per Wikipedia, Peer-to-peer property rental is the process whereby an existing house owner makes their house or an empty room available for others to rent for short periods of time as an alternative form of accommodation. Let’s understand in a better way how the entire setup works This platform helps to connect the host and the guest in almost a similar way as most of the travel website do. The major difference being as a host, you can even offer your unused space, a room or even the entire space to your guest. I am a Host, how do I go about it ? Take care of the Basics – Register yourself as a host on the website and list your space which you want to offer to your guests. This is absolutely free and you have the option of choosing whom to host depending on your preference. Make sure to clearly highlight what you have to offer beds, bathrooms, amenities etc. Set up the Ambience – Upload the best photos and write a nice and interesting description of your place along with a crisp title. Remember, you will have to focus on what you have to offer to your guest apart from your place. This is very important if you want to stand out from the rest. Projecting your place as an ideal home stay will fetch you better results than just a rental ! Final Push Up – Update the price, availability of your space and other details and you are all set to accept your guests. Points to Ponder for Hosts:- Hosts can add in other charges to a guest by adding a security deposit before the booking along with some other fees depending on your preference. In the beginning, it is strongly advisable to do a good research in finding out what should be a competitive price for your space as you don’t want to lose out because of high cost factor. You will have to shell out hosting fee (Airbnb commission) which is around 3% of the total price. It is important that you understand Airbnb’s hosting standards for listing accuracy, communication with guests, keeping your reservation commitments, cleaning your place for each guest and providing basic amenities such as soap, towel, toilet papers etc. Airbnb holds the payment for 24 hours post the guest check in and is released via online transfer, PayPal , ECS, wire e.t.c usually after 1-2 days . No offline cash transaction is encouraged and is considered against the TOS of Airbnb. If you are a tenant and still want to share your place and make some money, please make sure that your landlord/owner is fine with it (You know what I mean 🙂 ) Positive reviews play a very important role if you want to make a good money. It is of utmost importance to get yourself verified on Airbnb by uploading the required set of documents. This will enhance the ‘Trust Factor’ and you will surely get more request. Important Points for Guests:- Guests can search the database of properties at any time, but to book a space, you need to have a profile created with the necessary documents to do so. You can send a message through an internal messaging system and clarify your doubts if at all a need arises. On time communication really helps to streamline the entire experience of your travel and stay. Travelers pay a guest service fee of 5-10% on top of the reservation to cover services such as 24/7 customer support and the Host Guarantee and above all to help the website run smoothly Additional costs may be involved such as Currency exchange fee, VAT, local taxes etc. It is important to respect the privacy policy of your host to enjoy a great stay. Remember as a responsible citizen we represent our nation and state and take pride in that ! Before you click ‘BOOK’ button, do a good research by going through a lot of reviews and feedback, social media profiles and other important details of your host. Safety always comes first and should never be neglected at any cost. Airbnb Safety Measure Safety Measures – Host Guarantee Airbnb has a very a good Safety and Protection policy for its users. In order to claim it in case of any untoward incident, you just need to fill in a simple form and submit it online READ: Airbnb Peace of Mind Guarantee Pros :- It is a wonderful platform where in people from different place can meet and get to know each other in terms of culture, tradition, food etc. A good way to make money by hosting your unused place to travelers. On the other hand, if you are a guest, trust me it is a good option to consider especially if you are a solo traveler. Airbnb takes the safety and trust of both the parties very seriously. Host can have a piece of mind as they are protected under the ‘Host Guarantee’ policy up to ₹6,00,00,000 ! Excellent customer service team . Trust me they take each and every issue very seriously. The website has really grown over a period of time and I have come across very good reviews by the users from different parts of the world. Website is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Average earnings Airbnb Host Cons :- Although, it is very safe (World is still a good place to live :-)), there have been some incidents in the past which has not been very good. Things are way better now. As a host, you need to keep a check on your belongings. I am not here to form any opinion, but it is always a great idea to keep your valuable belongings at a safer place. Airbnb charges can be sometimes little on the higher side, including the taxes, for the guest but that totally depends on your destination and choice. Airbnb terms of services are strict and you will have to abide by it at every point of time Not everything is protected under the protection policy, so users are requested to go through the guidelines very carefully. My personal experience has been really good and had a chance to host guests from Poland and Austria. Needless to say, I made a decent amount of money during the stay period along with couple of good friends ! Verdict Airbnb is really an innovative and a great market place to connect the host and the guest. It is a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to burn a big hotel on accommodation. Additionally, if you want to earn some decent cash by sharing your room or unused place, it is really good. Although, there are some risks associated with a P2P rental sharing system like Airbnb, however, if you are cautious and follow the necessary guidelines, it is worth giving a try ! 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ShareHow did I get my tax refund for the AY 2014-15 in just 20-21 days ? Stay tuned to know ! I am a salaried person in India and just like most of the tax payers, have always relied on a Chartered accountant to file my returns most of the time. Last year, due to some unavoidable circumstances I failed to file my returns and was in a misconception that I will not be able to file it as the due date was already over. There is no denying that IT department in India has done an amazing job in simplifying the entire process of filing the returns online. Moreover, anyone who can spend sometime and keep few pointers in mind, can easily file returns online. Gone are the days when you had to file the returns and send the acknowledgment to CPC Bangalore office and wait forever for tax refund. In fact, now you can e-verify your filed returns using any of the below mentioned details – EVC received in Registered Mobile number and e-mail Aadhaar OTP Login to e-Filing through Net Banking Using Bank Account Number Using Demat Account Number Bank ATM Among the options mentioned above, I would strongly recommend using your bank account to e-verify your returns as you can use the same savings account to get your tax refund (If you are entitled to) Now I will tell you how I filed my returns and got the refund in no time. Please do keep in mind that I absolutely had no experience of doing it ! 🙂 In my case, apart from my salary, I also had other source of income from affiliate marketing which I need to mention. READ- Ways to Earn Online Before filing returns for the previous assessment years, please keep two things in mind – You can only file returns for the previous 2 years. For e.g. , in the FY 2015-16, you can file returns for the previous 2 financial years 2014-15 and 2013-14 You cannot revise the returns if there is any discrepancy. Apart from these, there are some other parameters which I haven’t covered as these are most important ones in my opinion I am usually very careful when it comes to filling out forms or submitting my details online but I must admit this was not easy . (Now I know why clearing CA exam is so difficult 🙂 ) Types of ITR Forms The first hurdle was to figure which type of form to use for the filing purpose as there are so many of them. ITR1, ITR2, ITR4, 4S and what not ! I chose ITR1 because I was under an impression that since I am a salaried person, so I just have to choose this and declare my other income under the section ‘Income From Other Source’and proceeded with my filing. However, I later realized that I made a mistake and should have used ITR4S . As you can clearly see above, I have mentioned that returns filed for previous FY can not be revised so I started repenting for my action and somehow consoled myself. After around 20 days, I checked the status of my filed return and to my surprise, this is what I saw – I could not believe my eyes and on my personal assumption, guessed a tentative date of receiving it in my bank account may be after 2 months. Needless to say, I was wrong again ! The above screenshot gives you an idea that despite all the issues, I did get my refund back within 21 days. This was simply amazing ! Hats off to the IT department for making tax filing simple for a common man like me. Trust me, it is not as difficult as it looks and with some knowledge and guidance can be filled without spending a lot of money . I am not discounting that fact that we should be really careful while filling out our details and choosing the right form for specific type of income, but in case if you have paid your TDS judiciously and the details match as per your Tax credit statement which is Form 26AS, I am sure if will also get your returns very soon. My experience will perhaps give a lot of confidence to other tax payers as well to file their taxes on time using online method. Do give me a shout if you need any suggestion from my end for your tax refund. Also, please share your experience if you have received your refund . Cheers !     ...

ShareFind out the easiest way to speed up the load time of your website or Blog We all want our blogs and website to load very fast as that plays a very important role in user coming back to your website or in other words, the repeat users. According to a 2009 Akamai study, 47% of visitors expect a page to load in under 2 seconds, and 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load.  There are multiple findings and case studies which in fact have proven the same. So how do we optimize the overall speed of our blog ? There are few very important points that you can keep in mind before starting your WordPress website :- Choose a fast responsive theme Do a good research in finding out what type of plugins you would need Try to optimize the images with regards to your post Do not push in a lot of ad widgets and other flashy .gif files Choose a good hosting for your domain In case if you have already set up your blog (Just like me !) and wondering why Google PageSpeed Insights is showing an alarming red signal when you tested your website’s URL, then we are on the same boat 🙂 So, I too tested my Blog’s speed insight and got the below figures – PageSpeed Insights for Mobile To add to my woes, this is what I got when I checked the scores for the Desktop version of the speed test. PageSpeed Insights desktop Now I want to make myself very clear here that I was not at all targeting a score of 95 or 100, especially considering the fact that my blog has images and other things which will take time to load, however, I was just eyeing a good score of 70 and above ! I started doing a bit of brainstorming on getting the right tweaks, good set of images, font size, the layout and what not . After a lot of experimenting and messing around, I did figure out 2 simple plugins which made my life easier. Two of the most important parameters in choosing these plugins over others were the ease of use and the resultant. ShortPixel Image Optimizer – This is one of the most easy-to-use lightweight plugin, which optimizes image, thumbnails, PDFs etc. The set is simple and you get an option of choosing ‘Lossy’ as well as ‘Lossless’ compression. My strong recommendation would be to use the ‘Lossy’ option as this will yield a better result in terms of effective Image compression. Although the resulting image is not 100% identical with the original, in majority of the cases the difference is not noticeable. If you have a lot of image in your website/blog, I strongly recommend you to buy the premium version, trust me it’s worth every penny. WP Fastest Cache – This is another plugin in our mission which is really simple to set up . You don’t have to modify the .htacces file as well, in fact it will be modified automatically. This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is accessed, php and mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. You can click on the link to find out more . Once both these plugins were active, I did a PageSpeed test again and this is what I got :- PageSpeed Insights Final Test – Mobile   PageSpeed Insights Final Test – Desktop This was truly amazing as these 2 simple plugins changed the things smoothly and I could clearly see the difference. The entire setup doesn’t take a lot of time and I was smiling at the end of the day. There are other methods of increasing the PageSpeed scores, but these 2 worked amazingly well in my case. I will try to increase my scores very soon 🙂 Do let me know if these plugins did help your website or Blog to load faster as well. Cheers ! ...

ShareCan you do it without logging into your Airtel user portal ? let’s find out I am a loyal Airtel customer and have been associated with them for quite some time now . At times, I get curious to know what is my data usage, how much high-speed data is available and even my bill date ! You can in fact get all these information for your Airtel broadband by just accessing the link below :- http://www.airtel.in/smartbyte-s/page.html  Clicking on this link gives you all the information without even logging into Airtel’s website or accessing the app airtel smartbyte PC airtel logo- Airtel.in Thanks ! ...