June 2008


Today’s video shows several extensions (or add-ons) that we’ll be installing in Flock.  These extensions add certain functionality to Flock and alow us to leverage Flock for internet marketing purposes.  Before we get into the video and the add-ons – could I just say something?

If you haven’t signed up for the thirty day challenge yet – please do.  The training really is given freely, there is no obligation to buy anything after you sign up – not ever – and I will continue to post my own version of notes and tips here.  But there is so much more available on the forums and within the thirty day challenge community, you’re missing out on something if you’re not a part of it.

For instance, this particular lesson has a downloadable PDF file that goes with it.  It’s free to download if you’re a Thirty Day Challenge member – it’s not available if you’re not signed up…

I would call this blog my own version of “Cliff Notes” for the 2008 Thirty Day Challenge.  I used Cliff Notes for certain subjects in high school and college – they served their purpose, I could get a passing grade on those tests.  But I know I missed out on the full experience when I took that shortcut – I cheated myself out of fully learning something by relying on the Cliff Notes alone.

Don’t cheat YOURSELF out of the full Thirty Day Challenge experience – go sign up at this link (if you haven’t already) Thirty Day Challenge – and then come back here for more of these notes…I’ll get off my soap box now…onward to the Flock add-ons:

Pimping Out Flock For Fun And Profit – But Mostly For Profit

Here’s Ed Dale’s video from YouTube…

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And here’s an easy to follow list of the add-ons, complete with links to go get ’em – so go get ’em…

Google Global

This extension allows you to view search results from other parts of the world – this will be something you can take advantage of later in the thirty day challenge.

Go To Google Global Flock Add-on

Google Notebook

Allows you to research and make notes without leaving your browser – a brilliant way to help with niche research.  Having a Google account is something you’ll need going forward – Ed will be showing us how pretty soon…

Go To Google Notebook Add-on For Flock

SEO for FireFox/Flock

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization – This is a pretty deep tool.  You’re able to get a lot of interesting data by using this add-on.  Install it for now, but leave it off.  Ed mentions the red lines-no follow tags in the video.  For now, it’s not a big deal – he’ll show us how to use it when the time is right.

Go To SEO For FireFox Add-on For Flock

SearchStatus

Another tool that is helpful in niche research – SearchStatus.

Go To SearchStatus Add-on For Flock

StumbleUpon

This one is very helpful way to let people know about great sites – and to let people know about YOUR sites.  Ed will show us more about how to use it soon…

Go To StumbleUpon Add-on For Flock

TwitterBar

This is a handy way to post to Twitter – with fewer clicks.  Instead of interrupting your work flow – you can type directly into your address bar and post that text to Twitter.  As a bonus, it shortens URL’s for you too.

Go To TwitterBar Add-on For Flock

Thirty Day Challenge Toolbar

The 30DC Toolbar is a big time saver for Thirty Day Challenge Members – it’s not critical that you install it – but it does give you access to a lot of well thought out tools specific to the Thirty Day Challenge.

Get The Thirty Day Challenge Toolbar

That’s it for now – feel free to leave us a comment below… Then, if you have kids – go give them a hug.  And if you are a kid – go hug your parents….Keep them guessing.

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So today’s video shows us how to install an extension in Flock. Now, it’s not necessarily a “internet marketing” extension – but it is a pretty cool way to enhance your browsing experience.

The next post will include a list of several additional extensions (or add-ons) with links. We won’t learn a lot about how to use them – that will come later. For now – we’re just getting all of our tools in order.

For this post – Ed is showing us how to install an extension called “PicLens” You can click here to get to PicLens. Or just click the picture below…

Get PicLens

You can see on their site, they don’t mention that it is specifically compatible with Flock – mainly because Flock is relatively new. Just remember, Flock and FireFox are built on the same code base. So – if an add-on is compatible with FireFox, it is most likely compatible with Flock as well.

Time to click the big green “Download” button…Go ahead – just click it…

You’ll probably notice, Flock is looking out for you – warning you about downloading new software to your computer. It’ll happen a lot as you set things up – so get used to it. 🙂 Better safe than sorry, right?

Once you’ve told Flock to “allow” you to download – you’ll see the “download dialog” box.

PicLens Installation Dialog

Click on the “Install” button. If you followed the previous lesson and told Flock to show you the download progress – it’ll do just that for you. Once downloaded and installed – you’ll have to restart Flock.

Go ahead – you can come back. Actually, if you set Flock up to remember the tabs you were using last – it’ll pop back up here for you when it restarts. Pretty cool, huh?

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Okay, I’m assuming you’ve gone ahead and installed PicLens and restarted Flock.

From there, Ed shows us how to get around a little bit on YouTube and Flickr.

PicLens In Action

It’s even more impressive on the video above – one of these days…I’ve got to get a Mac and Screenflow – until then…

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Bring Out Your Inner Hacker…You Know You Want To

n this short video, Ed brings us up to speed on a quick little hack posted in the Thirty Day Challenge forums by “Mountainguy” from Australia. He was having trouble with the speed of Flock – turns out, other people were too. Here’s the video – below are the steps to take and some screen shots:

Speed Up Your Browsing In Flock

config

[1] type “about:config” into the address bar at the top and wait for page to load

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Speed Up Flock - network.http

[2] in the filter type “network.http”

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Speed Up Flock - network.http settings 1

I had to split up these pictures to get them to fit and still be readable – I hope that with the instructions below and the video, it will all make sense…

[3] locate the strand called “network.http.pipelining” and double click it to change the value from false to true

[4] Do the same to “network.http.proxy.pipelining” – double click it too.

[5] Then locate “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” – double click and change the value to 30 or higher (Ed and mountainguy are using 40 – for the screen shot, I’m using 35, but I’ll probably switch it to 40 – why not?)

Speed Up Flock - network.http settings 2

[6] Finally, close flock and load it up again…”

Here’s some additional reading plus some further discussion on speed related issues….

Flock Browser – Speeding Flock up | Flock

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I have a confession to make, I don’t have a Mac.  I would like a Mac.  I would really like one very much – but for now…I don’t have one.

When I ordered this laptop, they said – “Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell.”  I’ve been happy with it so far – but when the time is right…I want a Mac.

Why should you care?  Because in today’s video, Ed talks about setting the preferences in Flock….and shows you how to do it on a Mac.  But, I don’t have a Mac – so, I’ll do my best to show it being done on a PC.  The differences are minimal anyway.

Here’s the video:

How to Configure The Flock Browser

First, we’re assuming you’ve already installed Flock.

Second – as a reminder, you should go through their tutorials to learn more about Flock and how to get the most out of it.

For current FireFox users – you may notice, some of your FireFox extensions come through.  But this session is mostly about how to set up your Flock options or preferences.

On a Mac, you would go to your >Flock>Preferences Menu.
On a PC, you would go to your >Tools>Options Menu.

Here’s what you’ll see on the Main Tab of the Options Menu:

Flock - Options - Main Menu

From here, we can set up things like: where Flock starts and your home page.  In addition, you can tell Flock how you want it to handle downloads – and you can make Flock your default browser.  Aside from forgetting to check the box to make Flock my default browser before I took that screen shot (whoops) – the picture above shows how I set up both computers for Stephen and myself…

Since the Thirty Day Challenge emphasizes action steps – here’s how I’d break this down

1) Select where Flock starts – Ed recommended the “Show my windows and tabs from last time option” – you can go back and play with this, even change it later if you’d like…

2) Enter the home page you’d like to start from, if applicable.  For instance, you might like to start with news from yahoo.com or google.com – wherever you’d like your browser to start…

3) Tell Flock how you would like it to handle downloads – check the “Show the Download…” box – tell Flock the default location you would like to save files to.

4) Make Flock your default browser.

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Moving right along to the <tabs> section:

Flock - Options - Tabs Menu

As Ed says, “Tabs are fantastic!”  He’s right – new pages should be opened in a new tab.  I agree with Ed – it’s easier to manage several websites from tabs, than to try and scroll through multiple windows.  Again, the settings shown above reflect Ed’s recommendations from the video.

Here’s the steps:

1) Click on the “new tab” option

2) Check both “warn me…” boxes

3) Leave the “Always show…” box unchecked.

4) Check the “When I open…” box. – So far, so good…

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Onward – to the <Content> Tab:

Flock - Options - Content Menu

I think all of these were left at the default settings, at least for me – but here are the steps.

1) Check the “Block pop-up windows” box

2) Check the “Load images…” box

3) Check the “Enable Javascript” box

4) Check the “Enable Java” box

5) Check the “Enable Digg flyout” box

You could play with Fonts & Colors – the video doesn’t really cover anything about “File Types” – which probably means, it’s irrelevant – at least for now…

Ed does mention that most of this right now is “technical set-up” stuff – we’ll be learning more about how to use it and why some things are done certain ways as we get into the challenge.

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Moving forward to the <Feeds> tab:

Flock - Options - Feeds Menu

THIS IS BIG!!! – It may seem like a little thing now, but you’ll see 🙂  We won’t be using the Flock Feed Reader – instead:

1) Click on the “Subscribe to the feed using” option

2) Choose “Google” from the list

Simple enough – it will become apparent later on how much time you just saved yourself.

Sidenote: Ed mentioned the term “Girly swots” – If you’re not familiar with that term, this might help:

Girly Swot

Someone who works extra hard, who goes that extra mile. If a typical thirty day challenger is looking for one, two or three umbrella phrases, the girly swot will be looking for a fourth. Now that I think about it, posting to this blog is kind of a “girly swot” thing to do…

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Next up – the <Searching> Tab:

Flock - Options - Searching Menu

It’s pretty obvious what this tab is going to be about – so here are the steps:

1) Select your default search engine – Ed picked Google, so did I…

2) For the “Live Results” – which is kind of a supplemental search – Ed recommends selecting the “Favorites and Recently Visited” and “Technorati” option.  He does make mention of using some of the other options – particularly for US users maybe trying to find items or products.

3) For the “Include In Search Elsewhere” – Ed had Ask, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia and eBay checked off – that’s all I could see from the video – feel free to play with these.

The more places you’re searching, the more results you’ll get – of course, that’s more data to have to sift through.  I guess it depends on how you want to look at it…

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Now, by way of demonstration – Ed shows us Michelle Macphearson’s Social Marketing Blog – I’m not sure if he was going to have us subscribe to her feed – or if it was just a way to demonstrate tabs.  But she does have a feed you can subscribe to – and she does know what she’s doing…

From there, Ed takes us to his Underachiever Life Blog – and shows us how to subscribe to his RSS feed and get that feed into Google Reader.

One more example – we zip over to the Thirty Day Challenge Blog – and get subscribed for that RSS feed as well.

This is all done with the assumption that you already have a Google Reader account – if you don’t – no worries.  We’ll learn all about getting a Google Reader account set up a few lessons down the road.  You can refer back to this post and use the links to get subscribed to those feed at that time…

Here ends the lesson – go hug your kids…

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I’m going to keep my first blog post short and sweet. 

My Dad just set me up to blog directly from Flock!

I don’t even have to login to WordPress.

I know we’re not up to that in the 2008 Thirty Day Challenge – but it’s pretty sweet.

He rules!

(Thanks Dad)

Stephen

Blogged with the Flock Browser

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Welcome to our first official blog post about the 2008 Thirty Day Challenge. Follow my 10 year old son and I as we learn how to make our first ten dollars online…

The 2008 Thirty Day Challenge

“Say Goodbye to FireFox”

As much as I like the FireFox browser – we’re being told to switch to Flock for the 2008 Thirty Day Challenge. I will most likely rebel and keep FireFox, I may even use it from time to time. But given the built in social networking capabilities of Flock – it does make sense use it for this year’s challenge.

You can watch Ed Dale’s video here:

Is Flock the best Internet Browser to Download?

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The video pretty much covers everything you need to know – however, I’ve written out the steps below to make it easier for my son and I to follow and refer back to later if we need to.

So how do we get the best web browser around? It’s pretty simple actually.

First – either do a search for “flock” on your search engine of choice, or go to: http://www.flock.com/

The Flock browser is built on the same code base as FireFox and is compatible with the major operating systems: Windows, Mac and even Linux.

At the time the video was recorded, Flock 1.2 was in Beta – but I just checked their site. It looks like it’s out of beta…

Once you’ve downloaded it, go ahead and install it. Ed showed it being installed on a Mac. We’re still stuck with our PC’s for awhile, but the process was painless on both of our computers.

Now that it’s installed – go ahead and run it. Take a look at the video tours that show you an overview of the major benefits of using Flock as your web browser.

One word of caution – for the purposes of the Thirty Day Challenge, we won’t be using the built in feed reader that comes with Flock. We’ll use Google Reader and Ed will teach us more about that in upcoming videos.

P.S. Whew! – I did it. Since I’m fairly new to this feel free to leave a comment – keep in mind, I am blogging this mainly for the benefit of my 10 year old and myself. So take it easy on us 🙂

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