When is Easter 2017?

As Easter falls on a different date each year, I always find myself Googling “When is Easter?”.  This year, Easter is quite late and it is still three weeks away as I write this post.

The exact dates for Easter 2017 are:

Good Friday April 14th

Easter Sunday April 16th

Easter Monday April 17th

Personally, I can’t wait for Easter.  It’s the first long weekend of the year and a sign that the winter is well and truly behind us.

How I Removed search.swagbucks.com From Firefox

Firstly, I want to make it clear that Swagbucks.com is a safe website where users earn rewards for completing surveys and other tasks.  In this post I simply want to show how I removed the Swagbucks browser hijacker from Firefox.

The Swagbucks browser hijacker is usually installed on a users browser without their knowledge when they install legitimate software.  However, in my case I believe it was installed when I installed the Swagbucks SwagButton Firefox extension.  The SwagButton allows users to earn SwagBucks without visiting the SwagBucks website.

SwagButton
The SwagBucks SwagButton Firefox Extension

After some time had passed without any problems I installed an update for the button and noticed that my Firefox homepage had changed from Google to search.swagbucks.com.  This didn’t bother me while I was a SwagBucks user but when I decided to stop using SwagBucks I found that I couldn’t change my homepage back to Google.

My first thoughts were to go into Firefox settings and try to change my homepage.  This didn’t work so then I tried programs such as CCleaner and Malwarebytes which were already installed on my PC.  These programs have fixed problems I have had in the past but they couldn’t remove search.swagbucks.com from my computer.  It was then that I realised the Swagbucks browser hijacker was a stubborn piece of junkware.

For a while I gave up and persevered with having search.swagbucks.com as my homepage.  However, in the last few days I decided to try again and searched on Google for a solution.  I stumbled across another piece of software from Malwarebytes called Junkware Removal Tool or JRT.  I’d heard very little about it but I was prepared to give it a try in my desperation.

Junkware Removal Tool is a small download and very easy to use.  However, I was a little wary at first because the user can’t choose the things that the program removes.  You simply have to have faith and let the program do it’s job.  One reassuring thing is that it creates a restore point so you have the option of returning Windows to the state it was in before you ran JRT.  The program will also create a log when it is  finished to show you exactly what it removed.

Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool
Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool

It was such a relief to me when I saw in the log that search.swagbucks.com had been removed.  I highly recommend that if you are looking for a quick way to remove the Swagbucks browser hijacker from your PC you should use Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool.  Of course, the first thing you should do is try to remove it using your browser settings and to go into Windows Control Panel to remove any programs relating to Swagbucks.  If, like me, you still can’t remove it, try JRT.

Looking For A WordPress Plugin?

It seems like a new WordPress plugin is released every day.  Some of these plugins simply add a line of text to a post but others can improve a blog’s SEO performance, add subscribers to a mailing list or improve the appearance of a blog.

Whichever way you look at it, if you want to have a successful, self-hosted WordPress blog and attract visitors and subscribers you need to use plugins.

This is where my new website, Shop For Plugins comes in.  It’s a WordPress Plugin Store and it currently has 25 plugins available with a further 10 to be added soon.  The plugins are sorted into categories which are Business, Marketing, Miscellaneous and SEO & Tools.  There are also special offers and featured plugins on the main page.

Visitors can create an account and PayPal is the preferred method of payment.  Most of the plugins are priced much lower than when they were first released and some are discounted by a further 50%.

As you might expect, the plugins come with either PLR or MRR and the zip files contain all the usual things you would find if you downloaded the file from the original product website.

For more information you can follow Shop For Plugins on Twitter or go direct to the website.

Turbo Traffic Tactics – Free Download (No Opt-in Required)

Turbo Traffic Tactics coverIn “Turbo Traffic Tactics” you will discover a few quick and easy ways to get visitors to your website.  You will learn how you can get traffic from places such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Google and how you can create your own “feeder sites” to drive traffic to your main website.

Turbo Traffic Tactics also shows you the best ways to use Safelists, List Builders and Classified Ads websites such as Craigslist.

The reports introduction reminds you that your website or blog is useless if it isn’t receiving traffic. You could have the most attractive graphics, the most interesting articles or the best video or audio but you will be wasting your time if nobody is visiting your site.

I’ve read the report myself and, although I was already using some of the methods, I will now use some of the other methods to drive more traffic to my websites.  Turbo Traffic Tactics is very easy to follow, clearly laid out and you don’t need any special technical skills.

Today you can download Turbo Traffic Tactics for free – I don’t even want your email address or any other personal details.  Just click here and enjoy the report.  If you wish, you can show your appreciation by signing up for my newsletter.  Thanks.

TopTierMailer – The Latest Program From Matthew Graves

TopTierMailer is the latest program from Matthew Graves and is sure to follow the success of his other websites (WebBizInsider, TopTierTraffic and SplashPageSurfer).

As I write this TopTierMailer is only a day old and is experiencing a few technical problems but this is not uncommon for big launches.  New members are still being accepted and you will receive your affiliate URL and login details by email within a few minutes of signing up.

So, what is TopTierMailer all about?  In a nutshell, you earn credits by reading other users’ emails and visiting their websites.  You can then use those credits to send out your emails and websites to other members.

You are probably saying “What’s so unique about that?”  However, TopTierMailer has some features which make it stand out from the crowd.  The most active members who read the most emails and visit the most websites are rewarded in a matrix-like structure.   There is a running leaderboard and the members with the most credits at the end of any week are rewarded by being able to send emails without using credits the following week.

TopTierMailer also allows you to track your emails and see how many were sent, which ones were bounced, which ones were read and which ones were clicked on.  You can also send follow-up emails to users who may or may not have read your last email.  This is a feature which is comparable to some of the best autoresponders.

Finally, as you may have guessed, there are various options to upgrade at TopTierMailer.  I won’t go into those in detail here but Premium members receive substantially more commissions than Free Members for referring new members.  However, those who join for free do receive commissions so it is worthwhile joining TopTierMailer for free and checking it out.

I highly recommend that you take a look at TopTierMailer today!  Remember, as I write this the program is only a day old.

Optin Buzz Optin Page Generator

Optin Buzz Optin Page GeneratorToday, I want to share a free download. Optin Buzz is software which can increase your subscriber optins by 200%.

Optin Buzz works well with almost all of the popular autoresponders and if your autoresponder isn’t listed simply copy and paste your HTML code into the software.  (AWeber is an easy-to-use autoresponder and they are currently offering a 1 month trial for just $1).

Here are some of the features of Optin Buzz:

  • Allows your subscribers to receive their rewards instantly
  • Personalize your salesletter and address your prospects by name
  • Boosts your response rates by at least 30%
  • Add images, videos or audio as a thank you message after your subscriber has opted in
  • And many more features

You also get Giveaway Rights worth $27 which will allow you to pass Optin Buzz on to your subscribers or entice people to opt in to your list.

To download your free software, simply click here and enter your details.  You will receive a link to the download within minutes.

Evolve Theme Update Has Fixed My Blog

I’ve been a big fan of the free version of the Evolve WP Theme by Theme4Press since I started using it in October 2011.

I particularly like the social integration features, the options for placement of advertisements and the clean, modern appearance.

However, a recent update meant I was only able to display one widget in the sidebar and the others appeared centered at the bottom of the page.  I was so disappointed at the thought of having to change my blog theme again and couldn’t find another free theme which gave my blog a similar appearance and similar features to Evolve.

It now seems that the latest update (2.0.4) has fixed these issues and it probably fixed some others that I hadn’t noticed.  I’ll continue to use Evolve and hope that the next update doesn’t undo these fixes.

Google Friend Connect Is Retired

I’m a little late on this but Google Friend Connect was retired on March 1st 2012.

I only realised that something wasn’t quite right when the Google Friend Connect widget stopped displaying on my blog pages. My first thoughts were that it was a problem with my browser (Google Chrome) or my AdBlock extension.

After some searching online I discovered that Google posted on their official blog  regarding this topic in November 2011. I also found a more useful support page which looks like it was created more recently

Google seem to be suggesting that “GFC” users should create a Google+ page as an alternative. However, one of the features that I liked most in GFC was the newsletter feature and this is not available in Google+.

I do have a Google+ page (the link is at the top of this page) but I won’t be using it to replace Google Friend Connect.