Many of you who are familiar with my other articles will notice this is a bit off the regular path for me as I usually write articles dealing with home based businesses and setting up websites. The reason for this article on computer maintenance is this. If you are doing Internet Marketing of any type then you are going to be using a computer. And if your computer breaks down, then your business breaks down along with it. So with that in mind, today’s article deals with keeping your computer up and running smooth and trouble free. Many people use a few of the methods listed below, but if you use all of them regularly you will go a long way towards keeping your computer up and running like it was meant to. You should be able to find these programs by doing a search through Yahoo or Google. I don’t believe I can put the download addresses in this article without being in violation of EzineArticles guidelines for published articles.1 ) Anti-Virus Software: One of the most important ways to keep your computer happy is good anti-virus software. There are way to many viruses out there today. You can find many free anti-virus programs on-line with a little research. One I recommend is AVG Free Version. AVG will auto update it’s definition file as long as your computer is on-line. AVG will also run virus checks in the background, with a minimal effect on you system resources. You can download it from the Grisoft Web site, just use Google or Yahoo and type in AVG Anti Virus Free Edition download.2 ) Anti-Spy-ware Software: Anti-Spy-ware is also available for free on-line. Two I recommend are Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware by Lavasoft. Spy-ware and malware can slow down your computer tremendously as well as popping up unwanted ads all over your desktop, even when you are not on-line. These 2 free programs, while they work very well, have one drawback in my opinion. Auto updates are not available. Which means it’s up to you to remember to check for updates on a regular basis. Both programs do have a “check for updates” option right on their main page. You should have them check for updates at least once a week. Spybot and Ad-Aware can be downloaded from their web sites. Watch when you search for Spybot on Yahoo or Google as their are many impersonators using various forms of the Spybot name. Their web site should read safer-networking somewhere in the url. If you type in spybot search and destroy you should get directed to the correct web site. With AdAware the address should read lavasoftusa in the url. Look for the AdAware SE Personal Edition as the newer versions are a bit bloated.3 ) Disk Cleanup: The disk clean tool up will help you to keep unneeded or no longer used files off your computer. You will have a gradual build up of unneeded files over a period of time in your temp folder, cookies folder from Internet surfing, and various other places on your computer. You can access the Disk Clean up tool in your accessories folder under system tools. Run this once at least once a month.4 ) Windows Update: Make sure your Windows Update program is set to check periodically for updates for you operating system and the drivers and such for your other installed programs. There are new updates made available on a regular basis from Windows. Many of these will fix security problems and other issues pertaining to you computer.
Is it possible for regular Joe’s to fix their own computer without needing to call a specialist in to do the computer repair? Yes! You can do it easy, and you can learn these techniques easy in the article I have written. You will be told exactly what you need to do and know, in order to get your PC fixed and working how you want it!There is always the option of calling upon a company like Geek Squad, from Best Buy, if you have the extra $350 to repair your computer. Let’s also state here their idea of computer repair is not what you need at all, unless you are looking for someone to come to your home with the intention of selling you software you don’t need, instead of repairing your computer. Later I will indulge all of you reading, my experience with this company, and how it brought amusement into my worldGoing through only the repairing techniques we need to know, I will not waste your time with confusing nonsense about how a computer works, or how did the computer get broken in the first place where it is in need of repair? Who cares right? What’s done is done, lets just fix the darn thing.I will show you how to do computer repair the easiest, most simplest way possible. We care about making our current computer situation better as it exists at this exact moment, ridding it of needing repair.The computer basics presented here and the articles that follow will be more than enough to eradicate 90% of your home PC problems, completely resolving them all so you don’t have to search the internet anymore for “computer problems” and how to fix your computer problems.You could be thinking, as I at one time did when I knew very little about computers or repairing them, that it will be near impossible to understand these square mysterious beeping towers or how they work none the less. It is a lot easier then you might think! You just need to know the what information is important about computer repair, discarding all the unnecessary stuff that most companies say in order to confuse you so you hire them. We do not need them! We have ourselves and by gosh darn it, we have this helpful article to guide you thought basic repair.repair steps are all the same.Let’s repeat, computer repairing steps are all the same, no matter if it is you doing it or a computer engineer doing it. The computer engineer goes though the basic steps while repairing a computer system, the same steps we are going to go over in this article. He might know what to do in that chance of 10% when a computer is more damaged then normal, but we are not going to worry ourselves with that odd chance.There are not hundreds of computer gurus that develop new and innovative ways to repair computers. These techniques have already been mapped out for us, and proven, so lets just utilize other peoples work and findings about computer repair, after all its free and legal!. Think of the same situation where you look up a recipe online to cook a fancy meal, it is the same idea!Now, I have been prepping you for too long telling you why I think you can do it. You know you can do it, you just need to believe in yourself and take repair one step at a time. I cannot stress that enough. This has to be done in steps… 1) before 2). Yes it sounds obvious but be strict on yourself about his, especially while learning how to do computer repair, you will make it easy on yourself.Usually when we fix something in life we have identify the problem.. blah blah. Skip identifying the problem! (not how you learned it in school huh?) Lets not even try to pinpoint a problem that needs repairing with our computer yet!We are going to first do a few very easy repair basics that will solve almost all computer issues (shhh overpriced Geek Squad doesn’t want you or anyone to know this).First Guide in Repairing your computer1) Click the Start Menu, a button that is visible while hovering over the start menu is the “run” button. Click the run button and a small window in the bottom left of your screen comes up.2) Type “msconfig” (with no quotation marks) in the box that is within the window.3) Another window comes up, now go to the tab to the right called “start up”4) Near the bottom of the window is a button called “disable all” click that button5) Then click the “apply” button just below the “disable all” button.6) X out of the window (close the window) and another window pops up. Click the “restart now” option.And there you have it! You just taught yourself how to do a very easy computer repair technique which will solve a lot of your PC issues.
How Well Is Your Articles Marketing Campaign Going?Recently, I decided to ascertain just how much of what I was writing online – to aid my marketing efforts – was getting read and/or syndicated on other websites. Basically, whenever I find evidence that my work has been syndicated elsewhere, I actually consider THAT a more reliable indication of just how well I am doing compared to when I see how many times each of my articles has been viewed. In my opinion, the number of views (“No. Of Views”) recorded per article probably indicates the effectiveness of the article title, more than it does the actual impression each visitor had of the full article’s content. In other words, I believe it is possible that some articles get “viewed” more often than others, NOT because their contents are more beneficial, but because their titles are better crafted than others of the same “age” as them.I always try to imagine what went through the mind of the person who chose to syndicate my article(s) on his/her website. For the most part, I expect that s/he actually took time to read each one to the point that s/he felt it would be useful content to syndicate in order to attract visitors = “traffic”. I also prefer syndication of my articles, because I know that a person might click on an article title that looks interesting (thereby increasing the “No Of Views”), in a bid to read the full write-up, only to leave (click-away) after reading one or two paragraphs, because s/he found it did not seem to offer the information s/he had expected. In this case, the number of views for the article would have increased, but not much in terms of qualitative marketing exposure for the author would have been achieved.Take another perspective. The number of views for a relatively new article when compared with an older or earlier published one, tends not to give an entirely accurate picture of how each article is doing relative to the other. Consider this example. An article published 100 days ago, when checked this afternoon is shown to have been viewed 100 times while one published 30 days ago is shown to have already been viewed 90 times at about the same time. If you looked at the “No. Of Views”, without taking into consideration how long each article has been available for viewing, you would get the impression that the former was doing better, i.e. getting more reader interest than the latter. In fact, a closer look at those numbers will reveal the situation is exactly the opposite! (See explanation of why this is so below).Why An Article With A Lower “No. Of Views” May Be Doing BetterYou need to be able to assess all your articles based on the same standard or benchmark. One thing that is common to all articles is that they have a date of publication. Another is the fact that at any point in time, each article’s AGE post publication can be accurately determined by computing the difference between the first day of publication and the current date.It’s fairly simple logic – only it tends not to be immediately obvious. Rather than use the “total views” recorded, we could get additional information by measuring the total views, say, per number of days (or weeks? months?) since the article was published. The result would be a value – an index – measured in views per day (or week? month?). In the example introduced in the preceding section, dividing the “No. Of Views” for each article by its “age”(i.e. Days Post Publication), shows that the “younger” article has actually been attracting more reader interest – scoring 3 views per day – since it was published, than the “older one” – which scored 1 view per day on the average. Very often, deriving a weighted average index based on an absolute measure like “total views” gives a more representative and useful/reliable indication of performance.From the above, you can therefore see why I’m saying the ‘No. Of Views” of an article – useful as it is – may sometimes not be adequate to accurately evaluate the true level of readers’ interest in (or value placed on) your articles. Having said that, it currently appears to be the more commonly provided measure of performance by most articles directories. In addition, it appears only a handful of visitors who click to read articles they are interested in, ever take time to “rate” any of them using the easy rating tool provided at the bottom of each article’s page. This could suggest they prefer to download articles they click on, for offline viewing, or that they are often too much in a hurry to take the few seconds required to give this feedback. It was in order to address the shortcomings described above, and make more sense of the “No. Of Views” recorded for my articles, that I developed the RII(TM) spreadsheet analysis.Setting Up A Spreadsheet To Compute The Article Readers’ Interest Index (RII)(TM)For my purposes, what I have done is to build a custom automated spreadsheet application, which computes a weighted average or Cumulative Views Per Day(CVPD) score – what I call the Readers’ Interest Index(RII)(TM) for EACH of my published articles. The RII(TM) analysis helps to measure – more precisely – how well individual articles are doing with respect to “getting” Readers’ Interest.The following steps can be followed to build a simple spreadsheet for deriving the RII(TM) for your individual articles. Note that the format used for dates specified below is month/day/year(i.e. mm/dd/yy).1. Open a blank spreadsheet on your PC.a. In cell A1 type the field/column heading “Date Published”b. In cell B1 enter the heading “Views Download Date”(i.e. the date when the “No. Of Views” recorded for the article was checked on the web page)c. then in cell C1, enter the heading “Days Post Publication”(DPP);d. in cell D1, type “Total Views”e. AND in cell E1, type the heading “Article RII”.2. Enter data for the calculation of the chosen article’s RII(TM) as follows:a. In cell A2, enter the actual publication date for the article being reviewed e.g. 03/15/06 which is 15th March 2006b. In cell B2, enter the date – 9th July 2006 i.e. 07/09/06 – when the actual “Total Views” value(say 120) you wish to use in your calculation was downloaded. This is important because if you downloaded it 2 days ago, and use today’s date in your “Views Download Date” column, it is possible that MORE views would have been recorded since your last download, and so the RII(TM) value you end up computing could be mis-leading. So, as general rule, it is better to use the date on which you actually downloaded the “Total Views” value for the article(s).c. In cell C2 enter a formula “=b2-a2” which basically translates to subtracting the earlier date in cell A2 from the more recent date in cell B2, so as to obtain the approximate number of days that have passed since the article was published. In the case of our example, this comes to about 116 days.d. In cell D2, enter the “Total Views” value (we will use “120 views” as earlier indicated) you downloaded from the webpage for that article on the date you entered as your “Views Download Date”, for use in the computatione. In cell E1, enter the formula “=d2/c2” which translates to dividing the total views for that article as at the date/time you downloaded it by the number of Days(that have passed) Post Publication of the article.The formula output you get should come to about 1.03 Cumulative Views Per Day(CVPD) – and that value is what I call the article’s Readers’ Interest Index(RII)(TM).The above index, in my opinion – especially going by the tests I have so far done with it – provides a more reliable basis for measuring performance, since one would be able to over time accurately establish how each article is doing on its own merit. Also, after doing these computations for your articles, or better still, by doing them for other articles published by different authors(say in your area of writing interest for example), you can actually derive some kind of generic target index to aim toward.Subsequently, whenever you notice an article(s) that meet(s) or exceeds that target index value or cut-off point, you would want to focus on writing more qualitative articles on a similar theme/area, since visitors are likely to be interested in reading them. And for articles titles that you notice tend not to meet the cut-off mark, it could suggest you need to improve how you write your titles/content on the specific subject area, or maybe it would be a sign that you should not be writing on that subject at all ! :-)This Solution Is Very Adaptable, So You Cannot Lose If You Adopt ItEven though I have based the specific solution described in this article on what I do at EzineArticles.com, I can easily adapt the Excel VB application I now use, to match any future changes that may occur at EzineArticles.com – or get it to work with any other articles marketing website/directory, as the need may arise. It would only be a matter of making slight changes to relevant parts of the formulas – and possibly re-building the custom workbook automation data entry interfaces.You can also develop a similar solution for yourself using the spreadsheet application installed on your PC. Engage a spreadsheet solutions developer if necessary, to automate it, so as to save time and effort in using it.Download and test-run a demo version of my Excel VB driven Article RII(TM) Analyser from http://www.excelheaven.spontaneousdevelopment.com (click or copy and past the URL into another instance of your browser – or click the link in the resource box below) to see how I built mine.