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DM26: Crowdfire, Meet Edgar, the Power of Social Media Automation

CrowdFire and Meet Edgar
CrowdFire and Meet Edgar

This week, we are revisiting a topic discussed in DM4, social media automation. Automating your social media publishing is important for anyone using these channels for marketing purposes, but you can’t lose sight of the key, which is engagement.
This week, Michael is going to tell us all about some new tools that can help you level up with your engagement and promotion.

The main reason you want to develop strategies for automating your social media posting come down to the magic phrase, maximizing your efficiency😊
We have all experienced the time loss phenomenon that is Facebook or Twitter. Wait, you haven’t heard of this… Let me explain.

You go over to your Twitter app, with the intent of sharing a link, and maybe responding to some mentions. The next thing you know, an hour has passed, and you are late for a conference call. Sound familiar? Yeah… thought as much😉

One way to avoid this trap, is to automate your posting. But even better than that is having a way to speed up all your interactions on social media. For example, wouldn’t it be great if you were reminded of tweets you should reply to, or if you were given a selection of potential content to share with your followers? Michael explains to me how Crowdfire is doing just that for him.

I was excited to hear about how the other new tool Michael has been using works. Meet Edgar has made it much easier for Michael to schedule a month’s worth of content to be posted to Twitter and Facebook, and even better, automatically reposting past content that still has value.
This was a great episode to learn more about social media automation, including the new tools and strategies, and a webinar coming up.
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LaunchBar Super Powers – DM 25

DM25: LaunchBar Super Powers

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Screenshot of the LaunchBar Wikipedia Search

Alright, we’re finally doing the show on LaunchBar!

Your welcome Marlin

LaunchBar is one of my must have apps on any Mac I use. If I don’t have LaunchBar installed, or for some reason it quits, my Mac feels broken. I literally have to stop and figure out what is going on.


(But we both feel the same)

You will hear some people refer to LaunchBar as an application launcher, which it can be. Some may refer to it as a clipboard manager, which it can be. Some might even refer to it as a finder replacement… again, it can be. Here’s a quick excerpt from Objective Development, the developers of LaunchBar:

Meet the future of productivity.
Keep your hands on the keyboard
Start with a single keyboard shortcut to access
and control every aspect of your digital life.

One of the absolute truths of being an accomplished LaunchBar user is that you don’t have to take your hands off the keyboard. Now as a screen reader user, I am always learning keyboard shortcuts to speed up my work, and LaunchBar just takes that to a whole new level.

Here is a brief list of things both myself and Michael use LaunchBar for:

  • Launching apps and scripts
  • Moving files and folders
  • connecting to servers from our favorite ftp apps
  • Keeping a clipboard history
  • Making FaceTime calls
  • Running terminal commands
  • performing web searches
  • Control Music
  • Add calendar appointments
  • Quickly enter emojis 👍

As I suggested in the show, take your time and learn to use the features that originally caused you to download LaunchBar. If the problem you saw it solving was a better way to move large numbers of files around, then master that feature first, then move on to another useful feature. While reading 📖Take Control of LaunchBar, this advice was one of the most helpful tips I learned.

Share your thoughts and uses of LaunchBar by reaching out to us on Twitter, @Damashe and @Payown.

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Increase your hard drive in DM 24

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DM24: Extending Your Hard Drive

Extend your Hard Drive
Extend your Hard Drive

We’re back this week to help you maximize your Mac’s hard drive. While these tips can apply to any computer, we both are speaking this week from the view of laptop users.

With the existence of so many different cloud services, we all have extra storage available beyond what is locally on our computers. The problem is to make the best use of that cloud storage… without the cloud storage taking up much needed space on your internal drive. We don’t want to have to manage a bunch of different external hard drives either… unless we’re talking about backing up.

I can hear you asking,

If I don’t sync my Dropbox or Google Drive to my computer, how can I easily access my files? Damashe, you certainly don’t mean for me to use the web browser like some kind of animal🙄

Of course not, I would never suggest such a thing. But what is the solution then? [1]
We want access to all that storage that’s available in the cloud, but we want to use it natively on our machines. Of course, on mobile devices, the solution is provided by the cloud vendor in most cases. I.e, when you open the Dropbox app on your iPhone, you can see all your folders and files, share them, and open them in other apps. That doesn’t work for your laptop or desktop though😦 [2]
That’s where the two apps we discuss this week can help. Both CloudMounter and Mountain Duck allow you to mount cloud services and remote servers as if they were external drives. This means that you get access to all that additional storage, you get to enjoy a native experience, and all at no major loss to your available internal storage. [3]
We talked about both of these apps because we both have used them ourselves. I am currently using CloudMounter and Michael is currently using Mountain Duck.
While the advantages are obvious to me, let me point some of them out:

  • Browse cloud services like ordinary folders on your computer
  • Use multiple accounts for the same service (your personal Google Drive and your work Google Drive for example)
  • Maintain the ability to copy links to files and folders
  • Encrypt folders on your cloud service of choice

Both apps are well maintained and are VoiceOver accessible. For me, having the ability to use my storage, without loosing internal space is a win-win😎
Connect with us and share your thoughts about extending your hard drive. You can follow us on Twitter [@damashe][dtwit] and [@Payown.][ptw]

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  1. Selective-sync is an option, just not a very good one.  ↩
  2. Dropbox does have Project Infinite but only for business customers last I checked.  ↩
  3. Of course, there’s the storage for the actual app, and probably some temporary files taking up a small bit of storage.  ↩

b2 or s3, what’s for me? Find out on DM 23.

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s3 or b2?

Now isn’t that fun to write?

Should I use Amazon S3, or Backblaze B2 for my business?

Listen to this weeks episode to get Damashe and Michael’s responce to that very question.

Case for the cloud?

What is the reason that you would like to use a cloud hosting service?
If you want to avoide the 10 or so line policy configuration for permitions then you need to check out backblaze b2.
If however, you need the ability to lock your files down tighter then…

Well, tighter then your in house IT geek may think is possible, then you need to check s3 out.

Want more from the notes?
Two bad, you need to listen for this weeks episode!
back to our normal show notes and podcast content next week

oh and hears an article from Damashe for you.
Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps | TechCrunch

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Backing Up Your Digital Life – DM22

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Backing Your Digital life up!

This is the 22nd installment of the DM Show.


Listen as Damashe shares his excitement, he hasn’t been this excited since well, um, Cloud Storage for your Business, DM 11


Before we get into it

One moment, before we get into this weeks important episode all about backups, Michael shares an interesting happening with you before the network identifier.


Starting this episode out, Damashe and Michael have a quick chat about why it’s important to backup your Digital life…

Your phone especially. [1]

Ask Michael…


Have you ben there?

Back Your computer, phone, and website

Michael then asks Damashe how often he backs his iPhone up [2].
We chat a bit about why it’s important to back your website up! [3]
and a few tools are discussed for backing up, including a disk cloning app for Mac OS, and a tool Damashe Suggests called ARQ for Mac and Windows. [4]
We also suggest backblaze. [5]

Connect with us on twitter [Michael is ]@damashe]( && Michael @payown.

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  1. Michael Threw A Fit and his phone, iPhone high impact to wall = Non Working iPhone  ↩
  2. If you didn’t know, it’s important to do a local backup two.  ↩
  3. Moving Websites and Data Los, one of the reasons you need a backup of your site.  ↩
  4. so side note here, Damashe suggested on this podcast episode to check this app out especially for use with one drive, a service we are paying for but not using. It was very quick and easy to set ARQ up, and well worth the investment for the pease of mind of having an offsite backup system in place.  ↩
  5. We were notified by a user on twitter that accessibility issues prevent users from setting backblaze up on computers running windows with NVDA and Jaws, As of the time of writing these show notes, we don’t know if this user ever got backblaze set up or not. If your using AT, and Backblaze, and had any problems getting it set up however found work arounds, please drop a comment below to let us know your findings.  ↩

Publish With Purpose People – DM 20

DM20: Publishing with Purpose beside beside
  • Why are we doing this show?
  • Why should you actively engage on social media?
  • Why take any of the advice you can find on the web about marketing?

These three questions all come down to the same answer, having a purpose. Whether we’re talking engaging with your potential audience, or consistently publishing new content, it all should have a purpose.

Once you have identified your purpose, then you get down to implementation.

For example, we wanted to do a podcast, but what is the purpose of our podcast? We decided that our purpose of recording a weekly podcast is to share our knowledge of technology to help other business focused individuals maximize their effectiveness. Whether or not we achieve this goal is left up to you the listener, and your feedback helps tweek our processes.

Defining your purpose

I hear some of you saying >I get it, but I’m not a publisher… but you’re wrong.
In today’s world of social media and easy to post blogs, we are all publishing content. But from a business point of view, what is the over all point of your blog or Facebook page?
Defining that purpose gives you direction in posting content, and also builds the expectation of your audience. The process of creating content becomes somewhat easier with a definite purpose in mind, making your content more consistent. This also lets your audience know what to expect, they know that they won’t get cat pictures and videos if you are consistently publishing content giving them personal care tips. This means that when they want tips about grooming, your site will be at top of mind, of course, this also means when they want cat videos, they’ll go elsewhere for that?
How you define your purpose is up to you, but randlomly posting content quickly leads to posting no content.
You can always reach out to us on Twitter @Damashe and @Payown

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DM19: Customize your site with Themes

WordPress Theme Directory

Does your site look like every other WordPress site out there? It shouldn’t! looks completely different from, even though both Damashe and Michael are WordPress users, and even use some of the same tools.
Why is this, it is all about the theme you choose for your site. Think of your site’s theme as the design of your house, or your particular style of dress. You should want your site to reflect the business you are in, but also reflect your personal branding.
A WordPress theme can determine the layout of your site’s navigation links, how photos are displayed, and even the color people see when highlighting a link. And just like Plugins, themes can add functionality to your site in amazing ways.

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How to pick a theme

With all the available themes out there, both free and payed, which one should you pick for your site?
While this answer differs for each site, there are things to look for when picking a WordPress theme:
* what type of site are you building?
 If you have a store front, then you most likely want a theme that is designed to showcase your products.
 If it is a blog, then your content should should be front and center.
* How customizable is the theme?
 You want the ability to customize different aspects of the theme to fit your needs.
 If you don’t want a slideshow at the top of your site, you should be able to remove it.
* Does the theme get regular updates?
 You don’t want a theme that hasn’t been updated in years, because it could introduce vulnerabilities in to your site, and it’s probably not using the latest and greatest technologies that have been brought to the WordPress core.

And remember, you can always change your theme without losing any of your site’s content. THe only thing that changes with a theme change is how that content is displayed.
Share with us the theme you like to use by leaving a comment or tweeting us @Damashe and @Payown.

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DM18: Extending WordPress with Plugins

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One of the reasons we prefer discussed in DM16 is the plugin architecture.
Extending wordpress with Plugins
Plugins for WordPress allow you to really give your site abilities and features to meet your needs, without knowing any code. And yes, there are times where the only way to accomplish something on a WordPress site are to dig in to the code, but those times have become fewer and fewer over time.
Using plugins can allow you to quickly create forms, produce wiki docs, and even turn your site in to a teaching platform. The options you have with plugins are virtually endless, and you can discover many of them for free. Many plugins are available for free, or as a freemium model. These free plugins can mostly be found in the WordPress Plugin Directory, where they say there currently over 50,000 plugins available.

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A Few Tips When Looking for Plugins

While plugins are great, you want to take some precautions when choosing and deploying them.
* Don’t go overboard with the number of plugins running on a site. The quickest way to slow down your site is to have to many plugins loading.
* Check out the ratings and last update date when browsing the directory.
* Backup your site before deploying a plugin that is going to significantly change your site.
* You don’t need two or more plugins that provide the same functionality.
* If looking at a paid plugin, be sure to check out the return policy, as well as the site licenses you have.

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As Damashe explained, last week we discussed the Differences between and self hosted you will want to give that episode a listen if you haven’t yet. In this weeks episode, we’re going to go more in detail about the topic of self hosting your website. Michael starts out by telling you the things a person needs to host their own WordPress website.

Tools you need to host your own wordpress website

These tools include: – Your Domain Name ? – Web Hosting – files what you show people

Michael then asks Damashe about getting started with WordPress

In this section we learn all about the differences between – Shared Hosting – VPS or Cloud Hosting – Dedicated hosting

You’ll definitely want to listen to us talk all about these topics this week, especially with the analogies we come up with it to better explain the differences. Will give you advantages and disadvantages to all of these hosting scenarios. Give this weeks episode Alyssa and to also hear why Michael is moving all of his sites to VPS posting Get our recommendations for who should be using what in this weeks episode, and don’t forget to get your a free PDF file with the 10 plug-ins we both use on all WordPress installations… ⬆️


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