Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How to Check If Your Website Is Mobile Friendly or Not

Do you hate websites that are so annoying and difficult to view when using your smartphone?

You have to zoom in... zoom out... just to read the too small text. Or just to press that very tiny purchase button.

Well, that is how your web visitors exactly feel when they view yours! Oops...

So before you start hating other websites because they are not mobile friendly, learn to fix your website's issue first. And you can begin by doing a mobile friendly test.

Not techie? No worries! Anyone can do a mobile friendly test using Google's Mobile-Friendly Test tool.

Just visit this page Mobile-Friendly Test.

google mobile friendly test

Enter your website's homepage URL on the field, click the "ANALYZE" button, and the tool will show you results whether your website is mobile friendly or not.

Here's an example of a non-mobile friendly result:

not mobile friendly

If this is the result shown by the tool, then you should better make your website responsive. To fix this issue, you can either replace your current website's theme with a responsive web design template, or call out your web developer.

So how's my little blog doing?

It seems that I passed the mobile-friendly test!

How about yours?

Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016

Know If an Email Address Exists with This Validating Tool

Most websites have a contact page. We often visit the contact page of a website if we want to discuss something with the web owner, or any specific person in mind.

However, sometimes, the email address of the web owner is not written, and only the website's general contact form is on sight.

So what's the problem if there is only the contact form?

  1. Messages coming from the contact form are usually handled by the website's support staff.
  2. Chances are, your message won't reach the right person.
  3. Your message might be ignored especially if you won't purchase their product or avail their services.
Hence, you'll be most likely wasting your time emailing the wrong person using the contact form.

It would be better if you could send your email to the personal email of the web owner, right? But how can you do that if their email is not visible?

You can actually find them out using this email validating tool.

There are a lot of email validating tools out there. But I'm comfortable using Email Checker.

email checker

To use this tool, all you need to know is the name of the web owner, and check their email using the "" format.

For example, you want to personally email Neil Patel of Quick Sprout. But on his contact page, there's only a contact form.

And you're unsure if Neil would actually be the one receiving your message or his email support staff (if there's any).

So you want to find out his direct email on Quick Sprout.

Since you already know the name of the web owner (which is Neil), check if the email "" is a valid and existing contact.

If it is valid and existing, Email Checker will show you a result like this:

That means to say, there is a high possibility that Neil Patel's direct email on Quick Sprout is ""

If you don't know, most web owners set up their email handlers on their website using their first name.

Though what Email Checker shows you valid results, it doesn't always mean that the person you want to email actively uses that email address. They might be using a couple of email addresses.

Nevertheless, this is your great chance to email the right person without wasting much of your effort.

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Google Will Now Penalize Websites with Pop-ups (Including Newsletter Sign-up Pop-ups)

Aside from Facebook changing its Newsfeed algorithm, bloggers and web owners will kind of hate Google too as it will be changing its algorithm on the upcoming year 2017.

Google will now penalize or lower the rankings of websites with intrusive pop-up ads whether they come in the form of:

  • newsletter pop-ups
  • coupon pop-ups
  • Like Our Facebook Page pop-ups
  • membership or registration sign-ups
  • promotional pop-ups
  • and many more!

According to the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog, here are the examples of intrusive pop-up ads:

Now, how does Google's so-called intrusive pop-up ads look in mobile:

1. An example of an intrusive popup

2. An example of an intrusive standalone interstitial

3. Another example of intrusive standalone interstitial

For more information about this new Google algorithm 2017, please check out this page.

Last Updated: Sunday, August 7, 2016

The 4 Most Common Reasons Why People Blog

From just a hobby to promoting one's business, blogging has become an indispensable tool to share one's thoughts and expertise.

In Tumblr alone, there are already more than 305.9 million blog accounts. On the other hand, there are more than 3.9 million posts that are being published every day.

These statistics are definitely amazing, making you wonder why there are millions of people who blog.

And to many, the most common reasons why they started blogging are the following:

1. They blog because it is one of their favorite hobbies.

Though there are more readers than bloggers or writers, writing belongs in one of the top 50 most popular hobbies in the world which means that there are still people who find pleasure in blogging or writing during their leisure time. This kind of people are already satisfied when they are able to unleash their creative side or express their thoughts through writing.

2. They blog because they want to make money online.

If you are looking for ways to make money online, then you can try blogging. Though making money online through blogging isn't easy, there are multiple ways on how to monetize your blog. Based on a Blogging Basics 101 article of Jessica Knapp, you can monetize your blog through the following methods: CPC or CPM ads, sell private ads, include affiliate links, sell digital products, use it as a content marketing tool for business and sell memberships.

3. They blog because they want to improve their writing skills.

Who says that the only persons who have the right to write are those already good at writing? If your writing sucks but you have the passion for it, write. In fact, there are several well-known bloggers today admit that they were once terrible writers, including Jeff Bullas. Watch his video interview on this page and see him reminisce his writing adventures when he was still a beginner.

4. They blog for fame.

Those who blog for fame are generally business owners who aim to build their online presence. With a blog, they can showcase their expertise to be able to establish themselves as thought leaders in the industry. When they are famous enough, more people will come to know about their brand which can potentially convert them as buying consumers.

These are only some of the most common reasons why people blog. How about you? What are your reasons for blogging?