How to Delete a Musical.ly Account

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If you have a Musical.ly account that you no longer want, you might have realized already that it seems absolutely impossible to delete it – and there’s a reason for that. Musical.ly has intentionally not built a feature into their app that allows users to delete their accounts. This means that for now, until they address this, you will not be able to delete a Musical.ly account, so you’re stuck with the one you have for now.

But don’t worry – there is still something you can do. We have two methods you can take advantage of to permanently delete your Musical.ly account, or make it completely invisible to other users.

 

Method 1: Ask Musical.ly to permanently delete your account through their help desk

This method has worked for some, and received a poor response from Musical.ly for others. Because Musical.ly doesn’t allow you to delete your account within the app, you can contact their help team and ask them to delete your account and all your information. They have the ability to do this, though whether they will or not is questionable. To get it done, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit the Musical.ly Help Center.

Support home page for Musical.ly

  1. Click Submit a Ticket in the top-right corner.

Submitting a help ticket to Musical.ly

  1. Click Report a Problem.

Choosing to report a problem to Musical.ly with a help ticket

  1. Select “Android” or “iOS” depending on which device you use for Musical.ly.

Selecting which operating system you use Musical.ly on

  1. Select Profile.

Choosing to report an issue with your Musical.ly profile

  1. In the field marked “Username” enter your username. In the field marked “Contact email address’ enter the email address you wish to use to interact with Musical.ly customer service. In the field marked “What information should we know?” ask to have your account deleted.

Filling out the Musical.ly help ticket form

  1. Click the blue Submit button – which will only appear once you have filled in each required field.

Confirm the sending of your help ticket to Musical.ly

 

Note that many people who have tried this procedure receive the following response from Musical.ly:

“We are in the process of adding a feature that allows users to delete their accounts. Please stay tuned and continue to check upcoming versions of the app for this feature.”

Though this is your only way of getting your account permanently deleted, it may not work if Musical.ly isn’t willing to delete your account. If that’s the case, you can still hide your information from other users, effectively making your profile invisible.

 

Method 2: Make your profile private and hide it from other users

  1. Open the Musical.ly app.

Opening the Musical.ly app on your mobile device

  1. From any screen, tap the profile icon from the bottom menu.

Accessing your profile settings in Musical.ly

  1. Tap the settings (gear) icon in the top-right corner.

Accessing more profile options on Musical.ly

  1. Tap Settings in the pop-up menu.

Accessing general Musical.ly settings

Tap Privacy Settings.

Accessing your profile privacy settings on Musical.ly

  1. Tap the toggles for both options: Allow Contacts to Find Me and Private Account.

Making your Musical.ly account private

Allow Contacts to Find Me should be set to off (grey) now, and Private Account should be set to on (yellow). This means that only people listed in your friends list can interact with you in the app.

If you want to go the extra mile, change your Musical.ly username as well to something random or generic, like “User1234.” Note, however, that Musical.ly claims they will offer account deletion in the future. If they do, you will need to remember your username and password in order to delete your account. So if you change it, take note of your new username.

 

And that’s how you can permanently delete or hide your Musical.ly account. Remember that if you simply delete the app on your Android or iOS device, it will not erase your profile or any of your information from Musical.ly. Check out the rest of our website for more helpful articles, including tips and tricks for other Android apps, or iOS apps you are probably using every day!


Best Apps to Play Outdoors in the Summer

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Are you tired of being indoors with nothing to do on a nice day? Not sure how to spend your day off? If so, we’re here to help you out. There are tons of apps you can use that will give you something fun to do, and help you get outdoors to enjoy the nice summer weather. In this article, we’ll be telling you about some of our favorite apps to use outdoors this summer, and more information you need, including:

  • What kind of apps can get you outside?
  • Best 5 apps to play outside during good weather
  • Helpful hints for using apps outdoors

To begin, let’s discuss the types of apps that you can use outdoors in the summer.

 

What kind of apps can get you outside?

The types of apps that can help you get outside include games, exploration apps, and nature apps. Games with augmented reality can be incredibly fun, and they give you something to do if you’re bored on a nice day. Others can teach you things about your city, its landmarks, history, or ecosystem.

Now, let’s talk about some of the best outdoor apps we’d recommend trying out this summer.

 

Best 5 apps to play outside during good weather

1. Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a popular mobile game app that uses augmented reality to allow users to catch virtual Pokémon creatures. To move your character in the game, you have to physically move yourself to a different place. The game uses your smart phone’s internal GPS system to place you on a map. There are landmarks in the game that are tied to landmarks in real life. This app was one of the most popular summer games in 2016, and is a great way to have fun while exploring your city. Head over to our Pokémon Go course to learn more.

Download the app: iOSAndroid

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2. Star Walk

Screenshot of Star Walk app

Another app that uses augmented reality features is Star Walk. This app lets you use your smartphone as a guide to the stars. If you head outside at night when the stars are visible, you can use Star Walk to identify noteworthy stars, constellations, and planets. It’s a great way to learn more about astronomy and enjoy the beauty of the night sky.

Download: iOS | Android

Star Walk button

 

3. Ingress

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Ingress is a game created by the same developers as Pokémon Go – Niantic. Like the other apps we’ve mentioned in this list, it uses augmented reality to turn your surroundings into the setting of a virtual competition. In this game, each player must choose to join one of 2 sides – “Enlightened” or “Resistance” – where one side competes against the other. Like Pokémon Go, you have to physically move to a location in order to move your avatar to the same place on the game map, making this a great way to play outside and get in some exercise!

Download: iOS | Android

Ingress button

 

4. PlantNet

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The PlantNet app is another great one to try out that can help you get out of the house. It allows users to take images of flowers, trees, and other plants in their area to identify them and learn more about them. PlantNet has visual recognition software built in, which allows the app to quickly identify different species of plants. The more users submit photos, the greater the app’s database will become!

Download: iOS | Android

PlantNet

 

5. Field Trip

Screenshot of Field Trip app

Last on our list of apps to play outside is Field Trip. This app will run in the background on your phone while you walk around your city, and when you approach a landmark or interesting location, Field Trip will send you a notification and give you information about it. If you have headphones or a Bluetooth device connected to your smartphone, the app will read the information to you. This app essentially turns your mobile device into your own personal tour guide!

Download: iOS | Android

Field Trip

 

That does it for our list of our favorite apps to enjoy outdoors. Now that we’ve told you about the best apps, let’s talk about some things to keep in mind when using outdoor apps like these.

Helpful hints for using apps outdoors

1. Be sure to pay attention to your surroundings when playing a game outside.

It’s quite easy to get distracted staring at your phone screen when playing games and exploring your city. Be careful when crossing roads and always pay attention to the world around you. Watch where you’re walking so you don’t trip and hurt yourself. Stay alert and look out for potential hazards.

Pokemon Go safety warning

2. It is illegal to trespass on private property.

Though you may want to get to a specific spot on the map within an augmented reality game, you can’t get there by walking across someone’s private property or other restricted areas. Trespassing is illegal and law enforcement won’t care about the fact that you did it because of a game you’re playing. Pay attention to where you’re going.

3. Apps that use your device’s GPS can use a lot of data.

Many of these and other similar apps require your device’s internal GPS to be active so that the app can detect your location. This is necessary for augmented reality games, as well as most exploration apps. Keep in mind that you could use quite a bit of cellular data when using one of these apps. Periodically check up on your data usage to ensure you don’t go over your limit, as this will cost you a lot of money.

4. In case of emergency, be sure your device is fully charged before you leave the house.

Before you head outside to try out your new apps, be sure your device is fully charged. In case anything goes wrong and you need help, you’re going to need a way to contact someone who can help you, so check that your battery is full first.

 

That does it for this article on the best apps to play outdoors in the summer. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments. If you’re interested in more content like this, check out our blog post about Pokémon Go.


Best Grocery List Apps That Make Your Shopping Trip Faster and Easier

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Making the right decisions while grocery shopping isn’t easy. If you have a big family to shop for, or you have a hard time remembering what you needed to buy, you would probably benefit from an app that is made specifically to make grocery day easier.

Don’t worry though; today’s grocery list apps make it easy to compile a big list, add to it anywhere – even on the go – and even make it accessible for the whole family, so you don’t need to rush around asking everyone you live with what they need on grocery day.

If this sounds like something you need in your life, we’ll teach you about the best grocery list apps out there to help you get your shopping day under control. We’ll tell you all about these 12 apps, including:

If you’re interested, we can also teach you about the best grocery coupon apps – so you can save some money on shopping day. Read on to decide which of the best grocery list apps most suits your household!

 

Top 12 grocery list apps on the market

1. Ibotta

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Ibotta started as a couponing app that helped you find cash savings and rewards offered at your local stores, restaurants, or even for travel. As it grew, it added an amazing integration by allowing you to build your grocery list, and then it automatically finds deals for you at local stores like Walmart, Costco, Walgreen’s, and more. It’s called Ibotta’s “Smart Shopping List,” and will show you coupons across any brand of item you want that matches your shopping list item entry.

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

2. Remember The Milk

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The title of this app speaks for itself: Remember The Milk. It brands itself as the “smart to-do app for busy people,” and helps you to remember what’s going on in your life so you never forget anything again. It works very well as a grocery list app, but can also help you get your life on track with other tasks you might forget on a regular basis. It has a “smart add” feature that allows you to type all of the information into one line (task, due date, priority, tags, repeating, etc.) and it will populate all the information for you in one easy reminder. You can also choose from pop-up notifications, emails, Google Hangouts, Skype, or other platforms to receive your reminders!

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

3. Evernote

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Evernote is an amazing app for notetaking, reminders, lists, compilation projections, storing information, and so much more. You can easily create an ongoing grocery list that you add to and check items off every week. You can create a check list to easily tick things off as you shop, you can create different “notes” for specific types of shopping or the different stores you visit, and you can even take pictures of things around your house (such as the inside of your refrigerator or pantry) to remind yourself about things you need to pick up, if you’re just too busy to write them down!

To learn more about how Evernote works, check out our free Evernote course with step-by-step tutorials on how to use it.

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

4. Smartphone/Device Assistants

Google Assistant on an Android smartphone

[Image source: “Android Assistant on the Google Pixel XL smartphone”, by Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italy – CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52110130]

If you have an Apple, Android, Amazon, or Microsoft device, there’s a chance you could be making use of the built-in personal assistant. These assistants use voice-activated technology that allows you to speak to them through your device, and tell them what you want. For example, if you activate it and say “add apples to my grocery list,” it will create an ongoing note for you that stores all of the items you ask it to.

You can also manually type to add items to these lists at any time, so it’s particularly useful if you speak to it to add random items you will need as you notice them, and then before heading out to the store, check on the list and add anything else you think of.

For popular devices, the assistants you can use are:

Apple/iOS: Siri
Android: Google Assistant (“OK Google”)
Amazon: Alexa
Microsoft: Cortana

Download It Now: These apps are built into your devices.
Cost: Free

 

5. Out Of Milk

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Out Of Milk helps you build an intuitive shopping and to-do list. You can build your grocery list, and add daily reminders at the same time, all in one place. It also has a “Pantry List,” which keeps track of all the items in your house like spices, essentials, etc. so you know automatically when something runs out based on how often you use it and are buying it from the store.

One great feature of this app is that creating your account, syncing it across all devices, and sharing the list with others is completely free – so you can get your lists on any device, and share with everyone in your house, without needing to pay any extra fees!

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

6. Wunderlist

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Wunderlist is an amazing to-do list app that helps you keep track of everything going on in your life. Whether you’re keeping track of work, planning a vacation, or keeping a shopping list with your partner or family, Wunderlist can help you do it in an easy way. You can organize your lists into categories, choose to get reminders, add notes about what you need to buy, and more. You can also sync Wunderlist across all your devices, and share it with others so you can all add to it in a single, simple place. Wunderlist is also available on many different platforms.

If you want to learn more about how it works exactly, check out our free course on how to use Wunderlist.

Download It Now: Android | iOS | Windows | Mac | Kindle Fire
Cost: Free (but is limited in some ways)
To learn about pricing and how it works, check out this article on Wunderlist costs.

 

7. AnyList

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AnyList considers itself to be the best way to create and share a grocery shopping list, and organize your recipes! You can quickly and easily create and share grocery lists, and AnyList will suggest items as you type. You can sync your list across devices and share it with your family, and you can add items using your voice because AnyList integrates with Siri. AnyList also collects and organizes your recipes for you, and even lets you add recipes from other blogs or websites. Simply tap on ingredients in a recipe to add them to your weekly shopping list.

Download It Now: iOS
Cost: Free (but is limited in some ways)
AnyList Complete Single Subscription: $7.99/year
AnyList Complete Family Subscription: $11.99/year

 

8. Grocery IQ

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Grocery IQ tries to make shopping easier by taking the work out of it for you. You can easily build grocery lists from a database of millions of items, create custom “aisles” in your list that tell you where the item is located in your local store, add favorites, and keep a history of items from your old lists so you can easily add regular items to your new list. It also has a built-in barcode scanner to add specific items at the store, and can be voice activated to add or remove items. If you’re looking for a shopping list app that’s smarter than the average app, then Grocery IQ may be for you.

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

9. List Ease

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If you’re looking for something a little less complex, and want a simpler checklist app, then List Ease may be the right app for you. You can create a shareable grocery list, and sync with all devices, get reminders for items, and even get notifications if other people on your shared list make purchases – if you take turns doing the shopping with other members of your household, this is a really helpful feature. It also has a bar-code scanner, lets you sort you lists into pantry and grocery items, and can keep track of quantities, measurements, prices, and any additional notes you add – all right in your list.

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

10. Big Oven

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Big Oven aims to bring your grocery shopping, meal planning, and recipe organization all in one place. The app gives you access to over 350,000 recipes, and helps you build a meal planner, that you can then turn into a grocery list. You can search for recipes that suit you, get ideas from other app users, store your own recipes or add them from your favorite sites, and then add everything you need to your grocery list with a few taps! Your list can also be sorted by department, or by recipe, and you need only swipe items on the list to the side as you shop to remove them. If you need to simplify the process the cooking and meal planning for your family, then this is the app for you.

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free
Offers optional in-app purchases for your recipes or home cooking.

 

11. MealBoard

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MealBoard is an app similar to Big Oven, as it aims to combine grocery lists, meal management and planning, and event planning – all in one app. You can store and add recipes, plan your meals for the week including specific notes, number of servings, and add your own food prep reminders, generate a grocery list from the meals you plan, and keep track of items stored in your pantry. If you like cooking meals, planning parties, or need to keep track of a larger number of people for your weekly meals and shopping, then this is probably the best app for you.

Download It Now: iOS
Cost: $3.99

 

12. Grocery Pal

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Grocery Pal is exactly that – your shopping friend – and aims to help you build a list while matching your items up to local savings and coupons. You can browse through weekly flyers, savings, and discount offered at your local retailers, and immediately add sale items to your grocery list. You can organize your items by store, aisles in store, departments, or other categories you want. Grocery Pal offers discounts and sales for over 100 retail stores, at 50,000 locations across the U.S. You can even get some coupons digitally on your device, which can be scanned at your local store.

Download It Now: Android | iOS
Cost: Free

 

Features to look for in a good grocery list app

1. Collaboration

This feature is likely going to be an important one for you if your grocery shopping is for more than just yourself. The ability to collaborate with other members of your household and allow them to add the items they need whenever they want will completely change your life.

A couple discussing what groceries they need with the aid of a smartphone app

No more coming home and having someone tell you that you forgot something of theirs – or that you didn’t buy the right one. By allowing collaboration, and giving everyone in your home the ability to access the list at any given time, other people become responsible for writing down the things they want, so you never have to chase anyone down again!

2. Offline access

This feature might not be necessary for everyone, but if you don’t have a lot of Internet data on your smartphone (or other device you take shopping with you to access the list), then having your list open may eat up a fair bit of data wile you’re shopping – especially if it takes you up to an hour to get through the whole store.

The ability to access your list offline, or even better, to check items off while offline that will save and update when you return to your Internet connection, will help you save data. It’s also good if you shop in an area that might not offer Wi-Fi, or you don’t have a data plan on your device at all.

3. Voice-to-text capabilities

Not all apps will have this, and your device itself may not be compatible, but voice-to-text commands can be very useful while shopping, rather than fumbling around with your device while trying to cross things off or remove them from the list each time you put something in the cart.

One of the best ways to make use of this is with personal device assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, or Alexa. They run based on voice-to-text, and all have grocery list integrations built in. The ability to tell the app to take things off or add them with your voice will make walking around the store a lot easier than manually typing and erasing items off of your grocery list.

4. Price

Price should definitely be a factor of consideration when you’re choosing a grocery app because you shouldn’t need to pay a lot of money for something that – let’s face it – you can do for free with a pen and paper. The apps are definitely more convenient, but that doesn’t mean you should be paying a lot for them.

A woman shopping for groceries with the help of a smartphone app

A couple of dollars is reasonable if you like the app, and it will probably remove the advertisements that often come along with free apps. Make sure before you pay for one and download it that it doesn’t make you pay for in-app add-ons that you need in order for it to work, and don’t spend a lot of money on an app that offers you a ton of other features when an app that makes a grocery list for you, and is free, will suffice.

5. Image integration

An app that allows image integration can be really useful if you’re the kind of person who forgets to add the things they need to your list when they run out. If the app allows you to take a picture of something – an empty carton of milk or eggs for example – and add that to your list, you’ll never forget to pick up those regular items while at the store again.

With this feature, you won’t ever be left be wondering how much of something is left at home if you forgot to check before you leave. Even taking a picture of the entire inside of your refrigerator or pantry can be really useful at the store to help with things you may have forgotten to think of before you left!

 

We hope that helped you make a decision about a grocery list app that will make your life that much easier! If you need other time-saving apps to make daily tasks better, check out our articles on productivity. We have information about how to use dozens of other apps that can make running your household a breeze!


How to Set Up a Video Call with Dad This Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is coming up and many people are making plans to visit their dads to make them feel loved and appreciated. Sitting down for a good conversation is something lots of dads would love to do on Father’s Day. However, maybe you don’t live close enough to stop by for a visit, or perhaps you’re going to be away at that time. If so, what can you do instead?

Video chats are a great way to stay connected with your family – on Father’s Day, and every other day of the year! If you’re not able to see your father in person, setting up a video call could be the next best thing. In this article, we’ll tell you a bit about video calls and how they work, and help you get set up to have a video chat with your dad on Father’s Day, including:

Read on to make dad an instant Internet call pro!

 

What is a video call and how does it work?

A video call allows you to connect through your smart phone, tablet, or computer to your Internet connection and communicate with your loved ones. This allows you to both see and hear the person on the other end of the call. You can do this on various devices and programs.

That explains the basics of what video chats are, so next, what do you need to get started? To set up a video chat, you’ll need a device (smart phone, computer, tablet, etc.) that has a camera, and a video calling program or app installed. Now, let’s cover some of the programs we’d recommend using to call dad on Father’s Day.

 

What programs are best for video calls?

There are quite a few options for video calling apps to use. To help you narrow down your potential choices, we’re going to give you some suggestions of apps we love!

1. Skype

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One of the most popular video calling apps available is Skype. It’s compatible with pretty much every kind of device (iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, etc.) and is free to download and use. Skype allows you to have video calls, audio calls, send instant messages, and share files. You can even share your computer screen with the other people on the call, which is great if you have a slideshow of pictures to share with your dad! Check out our Skype course to learn how to use Skype.

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2. FaceTime

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This app is a great option for those who own Apple devices. FaceTime is a video calling app available exclusively on iPhones, iPads, iPod touch and Mac computers. It allows you to make video and/or audio calls from your Apple device to one of your loved ones who also has one. It’s free to use and comes pre-installed on these devices, so you don’t have to worry about downloading or installing it. If you’d like to learn how to use FaceTime, click here to go to our FaceTime course.

FaceTime button

 

3. Google Hangouts

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Another great program to use for video chatting is Google Hangouts. If you and your dad both have a Google account (i.e. Gmail, YouTube, etc.), you’re already all set to use Hangouts. If you’re not sure how to use Google Hangouts, you can learn more from these free tutorials. In our opinion, Hangouts works best on the computer, but it can also be accessed on smart phones with their mobile app.

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4. Facebook Messenger

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This video calling option is one that you’re likely already all set to use, but may not even be aware that it allows for video calls. Most people nowadays have a Facebook account, but not nearly as many people know that it has the ability to make video calls as well. Through Facebook.com or the Facebook Messenger app, you can make video calls to your Facebook friends for free. Learn about this site with our free Facebook course.

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Those are all of the video calling apps we’d recommend using this Father’s Day. Now, let’s get into what you need to do in order to set up a video call with your dad.

 

How to set up a video call with Dad

1. Make sure you both have the same communication program installed and ready to go.

In order for you and your dad to arrange a Father’s Day video chat, you’ll both have to have the same program or app installed on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Check with your dad to see if he has one already installed, or direct him to one of our tutorials if he needs some help getting started!

2. Add each other as a friend/contact on the app you’ve decided to use for your call.

Once you both have the same video call app installed and set up, ensure that you have added each other as a friend or contact within the app. This will make for less hassle when it comes time for you to make your call.

3. Decide on a time to have your call. Figure out a time that will work for both of you.

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead, so ask your dad what time would work best to have a chat with you. Be sure to factor in other plans, time zone differences, and other things that could affect your scheduling or his.

4. All that’s left to do is call each other!

The last and most important step is to (of course) make the call! If you do all of the above steps in advance of the big day so you’re both prepared ahead of time, all that’s left to do is make your call and have your conversation. The steps to making a video call on different programs can vary, so check out the links to our courses and tutorials for the programs /apps listed above if you need some guidance.

 

That wraps up this article on how to set up a video call with your dad for Father’s Day 2018. We hope you have a wonderful time chatting with your loved ones, even if you aren’t able to do so in person. Check out more helpful articles on making use of social media in the social section of our website. We have more free courses and articles on how to use various communication websites and apps.

 


How to Get 3 Free Audiobooks from Audible with a Loophole

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Audible.com is one of the absolute best places online to get the audiobooks you love. Many articles will tell you they can get you books for free, and then just show you how to search for books that are listed for free on Audible – which in general, are usually not books that you’re interested in. Or you could fall victim to a scam like this audiobook scam that is run through eBay. In this article, we’re going to show you how to get the specific audiobooks you want from Audible for free.

Just think, you can get books from your favorite authors like J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and so many more! All you have to do is trick Audible into giving them to you by threatening to delete your account.

If you want to get audiobooks free, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll teach you:

Important: This method for getting free Audible books will only work one time, with one Amazon account. If you want to do this repeatedly, you will need to create and delete Amazon accounts over and over. We can show you how to delete an Amazon account, and how to create a new Amazon account, if you need more audiobooks in your life!

Otherwise, let’s get started with how to get your free audiobooks now!

 

3 easy steps to get free audiobooks from Audible

To get free audiobooks from Audible, you simply need to create an account with Audible, and then threaten to cancel that account before your one-month free trial ends. Audible will offer you free books or a discounted rate to attempt to keep you using the service instead of losing you as a customer.

Depending on where you live, this method will result in either:

  • 3 free audiobooks
  • 1 free audiobook and three months of credits for half price

Here are the three simple steps you need to follow to get your free (or reduced price) Audible books:

1. Sign up for Audible.

Important: for this tactic to work, you need to create a new Audible account. If you already have an Audible account, do not use it to sign in. It is fine if you already have an Amazon account, but have never used Audible.

To sign up, go to Audible.com, and click the Try Audible Free button.

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Sign in using your Amazon account information, and you will need to confirm a payment method at this time (set up a credit card or PayPal), but you will not be charged at this time. You can cancel your account before you are ever charged. When you’ve entered all your information, click the Confirm Your Free Trial button.

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Now you have access to your first free audiobook!

2. Act like you are cancelling your Audible membership.

Once you have created your account, to get the additional offer (2 free audiobooks or 3 months for half price), you need to act as though you are deleting your account – without actually deleting it. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Audible.com.
  2. Hover over Hi, [Your Name]!, and click Account Details on the menu.
  3. Click Cancel Membership.
  4. Choose any option for why you are leaving Audible.
  5. The exact offer will depend on your region/how long you’ve had your account. Click Switch Membership or Keep Listening for Less.

Explanation and option for Audible's "Keep Listening for Less" promotion

We have even more detailed instructions (with pictures at each step) on how to delete your Audible account if you’re having trouble with any of these steps.

3. Actually delete your account before you have to pay!

This step is something you need to remember to do within the remainder of your billing period. You need to do this or you will be charged the regular amount for a monthly Audible subscription as soon as your free month – or your three months at a reduced rate – is up.

To do this, follow all the same steps as above, but instead of switching your membership (an offer that will no longer be valid), this time:

  1. On the Audible site, click Hi, [Your Name]!
  2. Click Account Details on the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Cancel Membership.
  4. Select a reason for why you are leaving Audible from the list of reasons why people typically cancel.
  5. Click the orange Cancel Membership

Once you delete your account, you can keep audiobooks you buy, however, you need to buy them before you delete your account or you will lose the credits. Now you have your free (or half-priced) audiobooks, and you didn’t have to spend any money!

 

How Audible works and what it typically costs

Audible offers digital recordings of audiobooks that you can listen to on your computer or other device (such as a smartphone or a tablet). You can download the books to keep them forever, whether you continue to use Audible or not. This typically costs $14.95/month, which is good for one free book.

Audible recommends books based on your past purchases

Each month, your account will be charged, and you will receive one credit. This credit can be redeemed for any audiobook available in the Audible library. You can also purchase books for their face value at any time (most books range in price from $10-30).

 

Other helpful articles for getting free or cheap audiobooks and music


How to Delete a Tinder Account or Temporarily Hide Your Profile

Has Tinder failed to get any relationship fires going for you? Or maybe you’re not a big fan of the new Tinder Places feature that tracks where you go. If so, you might want to check out one of the better apps like Tinder that can help you find a different kind of relationship, such as Match.com or eHarmony.com? If you’d like to snuff out your Tinder account, we can show you how it’s done.

Important: Before you delete your account, you should know that Tinder allows you to temporarily hide your profile instead. This helps you keep your information if you might want your account in the future, without anyone else having access to your personal info. To learn how to do this, and what it means, jump down here. If not, here’s how to delete a Tinder account.

To delete Tinder and cancel your account:

  1. Launch the Tinder app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the main screen.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap Delete Account.
  5. Exit the app and tap and hold the Tinder logo on your home screen.
  6. Drag it to the trash can to fully delete the app.

Screenshot sequence of how to delete a Tinder account

If you think you might want to use your Tinder account again in the future, you might want to consider temporarily disabling it instead.

 

To temporarily disable a Tinder account:

Temporarily disabling a Tinder account hides your profile from making any future matches with anyone using Tinder. To do this:

  1. Launch the Tinder app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the main screen.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the “Discovery Settings” heading and tap the Show Me on Tinder

(Red means it is enabled, while grey means it is disabled)

Screenshot sequence for how to temporarily disable a Tinder account

With the Discovery service off, any new potential match will not be able to see or access your profile. However, any person you have already matched with, or have already initiated a chat with, will still be able to see your profile.

Once your account has successfully been deleted, all “likes,” matches, messages, photos, and other information associated with your account will be lost and can never be recovered. However, you can create a new Tinder account in the future, even using the same login information, or with your same Facebook account – even if you used it to sign up the first time.

 

If you’re looking for something more serious, or need some tips for online dating, check out these helpful articles:

 


Where to Do Your Father’s Day Gift Shopping Online

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Father’s Day is approaching soon. Are you prepared? Trying to pick out the perfect gift for dad can be a challenging task. You could spend hours on Pinterest looking for Father’s Day gift ideas in attempt of figuring out something that’s just right.

Rather than browsing shops in person or taking time to drive to the mall, why not shop online for a gift for your dad this year? In this article, we’ve sorted our top picks for dad into three categories, and have some info on why shopping online helps. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, including:

Read on to find the perfect gift for dad with no hassle!

 

Online stores with free and/or fast shipping

1. Amazon

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Amazon.com is an awesome e-commerce website. It has an enormous amount of products offerings, so no matter what your dad is into, you’ll probably be able to find something for him here. Amazon has lots of different departments, like home, electronics, clothing, and more. The site also has its own express shipping service, called Amazon Prime. If you need your gift in a rush, you can get it in 2 days or less if the item is Prime eligible.

Best Feature: Amazon offers free two-day shipping on many of their items, so you can shop conveniently from home, without the added costs of shipping.

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2. Newegg

Home page of the online electronics store Newegg

If dad loves all things tech, then Newegg.com is the best place for you. For years, it has been known to get some of the best deals online for tech-related items including laptops, TVs, computer accessories, hardware, software, and so much more.

Best Feature: Newegg has 1, 2, or 3-day shipping on all items, and offers easy, free returns on any item.

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3. Best Buy

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Is your dad into electronics and tech-y stuff? If so, BestBuy.com is a great place to shop for a gift for him. Best Buy sells TVs, phones, home entertainment systems, appliances, and everything in between. Check out their Deal of the Day for awesome sales and discounts. Their standard shipping is 3 to 7 days, but they also offer one and two-day shipping options if you’re willing to pay extra. If you have a store location near you, you can also opt to order online and pick up in store – free of charge.

Best Feature: The Best Buy Geek Squad. When you make a purchase, you can opt-in for continued technical support for your purchased items, and have them fixed in the future if anything goes wrong.

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Websites to find the best deal

4. eBay

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Another great place for gift shopping online is eBay.com. This site is awesome if you’re looking to save some money on your purchase. eBay is both an online store and an auction website, so you may be able to find some real bargains! Similarly to Amazon, eBay has several categories of items, so there’s a lot to choose from. You may also be able to find things that have been discontinued or are out of stock in stores in your area.

Processing and shipping times can vary when shopping on eBay because of the nature of the site. Anyone can register as an eBay seller, so different sellers will have different timelines for processing and shipping. Shipping times will also depend on how far your package has to travel to get to you. If you want to learn more about the site, check out our free eBay course.

Best Feature: eBay’s auction-style sales allow you to bid on items, meaning you can sometimes get what you want for much lower than retail prices.

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5. Wal-Mart

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Chances are that you’ve heard of this big box store. WalMart.com sells everything from groceries to car parts, so you can definitely find great gifts here too! If you don’t live near a Walmart location, you can shop their store online instead! They currently have a great “Step Up His Style” section on their site with some great gift options for dad as well. Walmart has free 2-day shipping on orders over $35. If you live near one of their store locations, you can even get discounts on certain items when you order online and opt to pick up your order at a store.

Best Feature: Free 2-day shipping on orders over $35 – in case you left your shopping a little late this year.

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6. Target

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Like Walmart, Target.com. sells a huge variety of products. The difference between Walmart and Target is that while Walmart focuses on bringing their customers the lowest prices they can, Target focuses more on stocking new, trendy items in many of their departments. This is a great place to find Father’s Day gifts for all of the men in your life this Father’s Day.

Just like Walmart, Target offers free shipping on all orders totalling over $35, and also allows customers to order online and pick up in-store for free. In certain US cities, you can use Target’s “Instacart” program and have your order delivered within 2 hours of placement!

Best Feature: Free shipping on orders over $35, and (in some cases) 2-hour delivery!

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Places to find a unique gift

7. Etsy

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If your dad likes things that are unique or personalized, Etsy.com is a great place to look. Etsy is like an online marketplace where artisans, craftsmen and other talented people can sell their creations. You can find things like jewellery, artwork, furniture, and more. Keep in mind that if you’re ordering a custom or personalized item, it could take a while for your order to be completed. Get your orders in as soon as you can to ensure your order will arrive before Father’s Day.

Best Feature: Etsy has a unique catalogue of items, so you can give dad something special, rather than typical mass-produced items.

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8. StubHub

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Looking to purchase tickets for a sports game, concert, or other event? You can find tickets to all kinds of events on StubHub.com. This site allows people to re-sell tickets they’ve purchased elsewhere (if they have extras, can no longer attend, etc.). As a result, you can often find tickets at a discounted price, or tickets to shows that are sold out everywhere else. If you want to give your dad the gift of an awesome experience, you should give StubHub a try.

Best Feature: StubHub has a “Fan Protect Guarantee” that ensures you will receive your tickets on time, and they will be valid, or your money back.

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9. Touch of Modern

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TouchOfModern.com is meant for men, and full of modern designs up to 70% off retail pricing – if dad is into clothing. You can find clothes, watches, and other accessories he’ll love, and you can even find tech accessories, gadgets, home décor, gadgets, and so much more. Daily items and new deals are added to the app daily (Download: Android | iOS), so you won’t miss out on your chance to find something sleek for dad – and save some money doing it!

Best Feature: Deals offered daily up to 70% off of designer items you find.

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Why shop online for Father’s Day?

  • Variety – shopping online for gifts is a great option because you can find anything. Whether you’re looking for a place to buy sports game tickets, electronics, or even something handmade and unique, there’s a place to find it!
  • Save money – because there are so many options when it comes to online stores nowadays, you’ll be sure to find a gift your dad will love, while also saving money, as its easier to compare options and find a great deal.
  • Convenience – shopping online is much easier than going out and combing the malls looking for the perfect gift. You can find anything, pay for it, and have it delivered to your home – or to dad’s – and never have to leave the comfort of your own couch.

However, due to the huge variety of online shopping sites, you may be overwhelmed trying to find a good one to purchase from. What kind of items do they sell? How long does their processing and shipping take?

Looking for a Father’s Day gift guide? If you need gift ideas before you begin browsing these websites, you can check out these awesome guides we found online from AskMen and RealSimple.

 

That wraps up this article on shopping online for Father’s Day gifts 2018. We hope this helps you with your quest to find the perfect present to give your dad this year! Check out our online shopping courses and articles if you’d like to learn more about some of the websites we mentioned.

Where do you like to shop for gifts online? Let us know in the comment section!


10 Tips to Make a Killing Renting Your Property on Airbnb

You may have already read our beginner’s guide to Airbnb, but if you haven’t give it a read first to get the basics down before learning 10 easy ways to make more money with Airbnb below!

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If you’re a host on Airbnb, or are thinking of becoming one, most likely, your primary goal is to make some extra cash. It’s not as simple as signing up as an Airbnb host, and then indicating how many beds and rooms and bathrooms you have; literally anyone can do that. If you want to become an Airbnb Superhost, and really rake in the money as an Airbnb host, you need to do a little more.

Many of the solutions to this are simple: put yourself in your guest’s shoes to figure out what exactly it is that they are looking for. When you figure that out, it will lead to a better guest experience. There are a few simple things you can do to elevate your Airbnb listing, and make it so that more people not only want to stay there, but enjoy the time they spend in your home.

Better guest experience = better reviews for you = more people book with you = more money in your pocket.

You’ve got the formula, so how exactly can you put this into practice? To learn how to make it on Airbnb, make use of these tips that are proven to work to improve guest experience. In this article, we’re going to break down how to make more money with Airbnb with these 10 tips:

Read on to learn the secret to having your own Airbnb success story. If you need a bit of an introduction to how exactly Airbnb works, check out our free Airbnb course first.

 

10 easy ways to make more money with Airbnb

1. Give your guests the things they actually want.

Giving your guests exactly what they expect and doing the bare minimum will never get you 5-star ratings. And neither will stocking a bunch of things that people don’t actually need or ever use in your home. You need to think about the key items a guest would require to live comfortably in your home for a short period of time, and make sure everything you think of is in your house, is clean, and is ready to use.

A kitchen stocked with supplies for travelers

You want to think of a few other things that most people would bring with them, but some people might forget, and offer them to your guests for free. Things like:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hair dryer
  • Shampoo and body wash
  • Hand/body lotion
  • Shaving supplies
  • Towels
  • Coffee and tea
  • Bottles of water
  • DVDs or access to your Netflix account

These small items are of very little cost to you, but they can make a huge difference to a traveler in need.

Why It Will Make You Money: Going that extra mile and making sure your guests have everything they could possibly want will lead to a good stay with no headaches, which will lead to consistent high ratings for you.

 

2. Responding quickly is your #1 priority.

In most cases to complete a booking, potential guests will contact you by sending a message through the Airbnb website or app. All Airbnb users can see how quickly you respond to messages, which is a good indicator to possible guests whether or not you are worth contacting. Many people believe that a fast response rate is the key to hosting success.

Remember that when a potential guest is sending you a message, they are already in the booking mindset. It’s quite possible they have sent the same message they sent to you to two or three other hosts in your area. If you are the first to respond and they like what they hear, you just beat out everyone else in your area who only bothers to check their Airbnb message once every day or so.

You also need to remember that you’re essentially a salesperson for your home. Don’t underestimate the value of responding in a nice way, and being courteous. If given the option between a host who bothers to be kind, and one who curtly provides answers with minimal information – the guest is far more likely to choose the former. Wouldn’t you? And even though you may need to reject someone’s offer to book, you should be overly apologetic and courteous – it didn’t work out this time, but if you are kind, they may try to book with you again in the future.

Why It Will Make You Money: Airbnb promotes hosts who respond faster, so your listing may move up on search result pages. Possible guests can also see your response rate, and often choose to deal with people who have faster responses.

 

3. Take professional photos of your listing.

This may seem excessive, but spending a little bit of money to hire a professional photographer can help attract a lot more people to your listing. You may not need to spend a ton of money on a professional, but in the least, find someone with a top-notch camera who knows what they are doing. Showing off your home and making it look that much more appealing can really make the difference between someone passing over your listing, and someone making the decision to book.

A well-lighted photo of a clean room

If you can’t afford to spend the money on some professional shots at the moment, there are a few things you can do to help your pictures better showcase the best parts of your home.

  1. Focus on lighting – Take your photos in daylight to make the rooms look brighter, unless you have something you need to show off with nighttime darkness, such as outdoor lights or a hot tub.
  2. At minimum, 1 picture for each room – You should aim to take at least 8 or 9 pictures of your home and property, and make sure each room is featured. Guests want to see proof of the things you say you’re offering – if you don’t show it, they might believe you are misrepresenting the property in your description.
  3. Don’t forget outside – Make sure to take pictures of your outdoor area as well; even if you are only offering an apartment building, seeing what it looks like from the outside helps potential guests feel more comfortable with the arrangement.
  4. Use your corners – When taking photos, stand as far back in the corner of the room as you can. This helps you get a much more comprehensive shot of the room, and show a lot more of what is going on.
  5. Be a show-off – If you have something particularly enticing or unique, make sure you take pictures to showcase it. If you have a pool, a hot tub, a themed room, or anything else that other people likely don’t have, make sure you include at least one image of it.

Why It Will Make You Money: According to Airbnb, who offers a free professional photography service for its hosts, having professional photographs will help a property get booked 2.5 times more than one without, and bring in an average of $1025/month.

 

4. Give away special gifts and useful everyday items for free.

This might sound counter-intuitive, but put some money into your listing. Think about ways you can offer something to your guests that they aren’t expecting, but will make them feel like you genuinely care about their happiness. And we’re not talking about toothbrushes and shampoo here – which you should have on hand anyway. These need to be things that will make the stay enjoyable, and that your guests don’t really need, but will love.

Some great ideas include a bottle of wine, some specialty coffees, fresh fruit, local craft beer, small snacks, cereal and milk, and other things they can consume while they’re there. If they have children, some toys or candy would be great too! You’re probably making a few hundred dollars or more from their stay – what’s a $10 gift, really?

Why It Will Make You Money: Think of your home as an investment and Airbnb as your business: you may have to put a little money into it to take it to the next level. As long as you’re spending a fraction of what you make in income, what you spend will elevate your listing, which will lead to more people booking with you and better reviews.

 

5. Ask questions that help you cater to individual needs.

Your guests will likely reach out to you before the trip – but why wait for them to come to you? If a guest chooses to book with you, you should reach out to them and ask some questions that might help you cater to their individual needs. Ask them things such as:

  • How much attention they want – Do they want to meet a local and hang out a bit, or would they prefer to be left alone?
  • Do they have accessibility needs? – Do they need access to a wheelchair ramp, something brought downstairs, etc.?
  • Directions – Do they know where they’re going or will they need some information on what’s going on in the local area?
  • Suggestions – Help them choose restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or make other recommendations.
  • What is their party like? – Is it a single traveller, couple, family, and do they have pets?

These questions can help you add things to your home that specifically caters to this guest. If they have children – make the home child-friendly. If they have pets – maybe leave some treats out for the pet. If they have any disabilities, design your home for access. Make the extra effort to work with each individual to really get them interested in your place, and help them enjoy their time more.

Why It Will Make You Money: Guests will be more likely to leave a good rating for you if you cater to them, and make the experience feel personal. Consistent higher ratings means more people choose you as a host.

 

6. Showcase something unique and useful.

If you have something in your home that not everyone else in your area might have, make sure you show it off in your listing, and especially, that you take pictures of it. It has to be useful as well though – what is the point of showing off a 2-million-dollar painting behind plexiglass that your guests can’t do anything with when a trampoline would be far more well-received? Think about making your place unique, to give people more of a reason to choose you over your local competition.

Casa Caracol rental property in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

This world-famous seashell home on Airbnb is a perfect example of how something unique and fun can attract hundreds of visitors!

And remember, you’re probably not the only one offering Airbnb services in your area. If someone else has a place that is the same size, in the same location, with roughly the same amenities included, you need to do something that sets you apart. If you were choosing between two places that were essentially the same, wouldn’t you choose the place with a themed board game room, an in-home cinema, a library, or a backyard mini golf course over the place that didn’t have those features?

Why It Will Make You Money: More and more listings are added to Airbnb every day. Adding something fun, useful, and unique to your home sets you apart from the competition, which makes it more likely that people will choose to book with you over others.

 

7. Offer ways to make memories.

Your Airbnb is not just a place to stay – you are selling an experience for your guests. Creating a meaningful vacation for your visitors and helping them make memories. This is what separates the Airbnb homes that make money, and homes that make the big bucks. There are simple things you can do such as leaving a welcome packet for your guests with a personal message, and make suggestions for what they can do, in and outside of your home while they are there.

To get more people to choose your home, think about how you’re marketing to people. Nobody cares about your stainless steel appliances – they’re not moving in. What they care about is what it will feel like to cook a meal there. Try re-writing your description in a way that helps the guest picture themselves there:

Don’t say:
– 5 minute walk downtown
– Balcony with view of park and lake
– Stainless steel appliances
– Hot tub included

Do say
: Spend an afternoon in the downtown core exploring local restaurants like the Popover Pantry for brunch. When you return, prepare a home cooked meal in the fully-equipped stainless steel kitchen, and enjoy it, and a glass of wine on the private balcony with breathtaking views of the local park and Silver Lake. To unwind at the end of the day, enjoy a dip in the private hot tub.

Put some creativity into it, and describe how your amenities will all add up to the perfect place to stay! Turn what you have to offer your guests into a story that they will tell when they return to their own home.

Why It Will Make You Money: If potential guests can picture themselves in your home by the way you describe your features and amenities, they will be more likely to choose you over your local competitors who aren’t bothering to do this.

 

8. Raise or lower your price.

If you aren’t getting enough people to book, or you have a place that is in too high demand, you may need to lower or raise your price (respectively). Remember that you aren’t a hotel, so you shouldn’t be priced like one. Make sure you do some research on Airbnb for what else is offered in your surrounding area. You should try to offer your place for slightly cheaper than the closest comparable option to you – that will help you clinch reservations when the visitor is on the fence.

A comparison of Airbnb listings in Los Angeles

If you’re stuck about where to land on your price, try using Airbnb’s price estimator (included when you sign up to host) or try reading through their Airbnb home pricing guide. Check out what you have currently on your listing, and scroll down to see what Airbnb suggests for your home – it will be based on your location and how many rooms and beds you offer (based on other listings in your area and their average price). Think about offering long-term discounts, or reduced rates for the first person to book with you if you are brand new to the Airbnb game.

Why It Will Make You Money: Raising your price (obviously) will increase the money coming in per visit. Lowering the price can help you get more people to choose your home, if it is listed at a price that is too high for what you offer.

 

9. Offer multiple listings.

Many people have had success with listing multiple properties in the same area. If you have the ability to rent out more than one place at a time – DO IT! This gives you a far greater opportunity to dominate the market in your area, and get more and more bookings as time goes on.

This is also an amazing opportunity to try out different techniques in your individual homes. Try out a few different things in your different homes to see how your guests respond. Then you’ll determine what people want, and which techniques work best in each type of home.

Why It Will Make You Money: More chances for people to book, and a greater variety to offer to potential guests.

 

10. Stay in your own home to see what it is lacking.

When all else fails, if you’ve tried these techniques and they’re just not working for you, or you do most of these already, there’s one thing you can do to make it all work: stay in your own listing. We don’t mean spend an afternoon there – take a real vacation, for at least a weekend, in your listing. What is the water pressure like? Is there a clogged-up drain? Did you forgot to leave something that helps to wash dishes?

By staying in your home for a longer period of time, you’ll realize what is really missing. Start making a list and make sure to add everything you can think of to make your guest’s stay more enjoyable. If you can enjoy a vacation there – other people will too!

Why It Will Make You Money: Remembering all the little things you don’t think of while setting up your listing the first time will help improve your reviews and overall rating, which will encourage more people to book with you. Reviewers may even mention your attention to detail!

 

BONUS TIP: List your property on other sites

If Airbnb just isn’t cutting it for you, then be sure to list your property on another website like Airbnb. Some of the most lucrative ones include:

  • VRBO – With almost as many listings as Airbnb and available in just as many countries, VRBO attracts tons of users every day, so you’re likely to increase business.
  • Tripping.com – This website collects properties from websites all over the Internet – check it out to learn how you can optimize your property to get it featured.
  • Flipkey – Coming from TripAdvisor and its legendary rating system, if you’re a quality host, you can typically list your property for even more money on this website.

 

With only minimal effort, you can make a few changes to what you offer your clientele, and in turn, make a lot more money with Airbnb. If you’re looking for a few more specific examples about how to be an Airbnb host, or small changes you can make around the house, check out our article on Airbnb Host Tips. We also have many other great articles to help you navigate the world of online vacation rentals.


Tinder Places: Less Privacy for Better Matches – Is the Trade Worth It?

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Tinder’s latest attempt to help you “find common ground” is to start sharing your location – where you are and where you have been – to help you get more matches than before. The idea is simple: if Tinder knows where you’ve been, it can match you with other people who have also been there. Now you have something in common, an ice breaker for your date, and even a possible first date spot!

However, this feature has obvious issues when it comes to protecting your privacy. So should you use it? In this article, we’ll break down absolutely everything you need to know about how this feature will impact you, including:

Read on to learn if keeping Places on will help you find a good match, or have you rushing to delete your Tinder app.

 

What is Tinder Places and how does it work?

Example of finding a potential Tinder match at a wine bar

Tinder Places is a new feature for the Tinder dating app that tracks your location as you visit public places such as coffee shops, bars, restaurants, the gym, and so on. Then it matches you with people who have also been there. The idea is that you will have more in common with your matches.

It works using the built-in location-tracking tools on your device that uses GPS to determine where you are. Tinder Places only focuses on areas they consider “social” – so they won’t show you going to places like the bank, a personal residence, or your doctor’s office. It will however show the social places you’ve been to, and when you turn it on, will show you other matches who also go to that place. Like with the app, swipe right if you like them and left if you don’t, and you’ve got a whole new way to meet people.

 

Is Tinder doing anything to protect your privacy?

In general, Tinder is actually one of the better dating apps in terms of keeping your information to yourself; you barely have to provide any information to get on Tinder. Whether that’s safer or not is another story, but in general, Tinder has always been light on demanding your information. So why the shift? Is Tinder going to take care of this information, and will people be able to track you and see where you are now like with Snapchat Maps?

The short answer is no, and Tinder did build this feature with privacy in mind. Here are a few things they do to protect your privacy if you choose to use Tinder Places:

  • You can opt in or out at any time – Simply choose not to use it if you don’t like it. Jump down here for our simple steps to turning Places on or off.
  • Tracking isn’t in real-time – You won’t appear on other people’s radars in a new place until you’ve already left.
  • You can delete places to hide them from others – If you don’t want people to see you going to a specific place, just tap its pin on the map and tap Delete Place. You can then choose Just This Once if you don’t want people to see you there today specifically, or Never Show Me Here if you want to keep it private for good.
  • People won’t appear over and over – Just because you like the same coffee shop, doesn’t mean it’s love at first sight. If you swipe left, people will not keep appearing as potential matches just because they go to the same places as you.

Deleting yourself temporarily or permanently from a Place

 

How to turn Tinder Places on/off

Enabling or disabling Tinder Places

Open the Tinder app on your device, like you would to use it normally. At the top of the main screen, tap the pin toggle – it’s next to the small flame icon that has always been there. When the pin is red and the flame is grey, Places is on. When the flame is red and the pin is grey, Places is off.

 

Is using Tinder Places worth it? — the pros and cons

Here are the basic positives and negatives about enabling Tinder Places on your smartphone:

Pros

  • Matches could be better – you’re matching with someone that has at least one thing in common with you
  • Date night might be less awkward – you’ll have something to talk about + a possible first date spot depending on which “Place” brought you together
  • Meet people you wouldn’t have otherwise – Tinder will show you people you haven’t seen before

Cons

  • People will know where you hang out – if you have a bad date, that person knows where to go back to if they’re trying to find you
  • Tinder becomes less anonymous – if you like Tinder because you don’t have to fill out info about yourself, you’re losing some of that privacy here
  • This could add literally no value to your matches – just because you two go to the same spin class, doesn’t mean they’re any more compatible with you than any other person in your general area

 

If you’re looking for other helpful information, check out our course on how Tinder works, or our online dating page which has dozens of helpful articles where you can learn about the best free dating apps for iPhone and Android, how to plan a cheap and fun date using Groupon, and so much more!


Thumbtack vs Angie’s List vs HomeAdvisor | Home Service Sites Compared

Home services websites are really taking off, as they can offer you experienced home contractors to do anything and everything around your house. Learn which one is best, and how you can hire workers safely and cheaply online.

Contractor's vision for home renovation

Home services websites are one of the most useful innovations to come to the Internet scene. With just a few clicks, these sites bring all your research into one place, recommending the perfect home contractor or service worker for the jobs you need done around your home. Even Facebook is adding business listings to their repertoire now! Three of the most popular on the market today are Thumbtack, Angie’s List, and HomeAdvisor, but which one is the best?

In this article, we’ll compare Thumbtack, Angie’s List, and HomeAdvisor, breaking down all the areas of service you care about, and explaining which one will work best based on the type of work you need done, and where you live. We’ll cover many topics, including:

Sit back, relax, and learn about which home service website will help you find the best contractors, so you no longer have to do any of the work around your home!

 

Thumbtack review

The most specialized services offered
Thumbtack website

Pros

  • More variety in the types of pros that advertise using Thumbtack
  • The app is very user-friendly
  • Cost estimates are free

Cons

  • Many contractors report difficulty understanding the terms of membership
  • Because Thumbtack is newer (relatively), it isn’t available in as many areas

Thumbtack.com isn’t just an advertisement platform for handymen and contractors; it’s a one-stop landing platform for entrepreneurs of all kinds. On Thumbtack, you can find any type of professional you’re looking for – from painters to DJs, magicians to landscapers, personal trainers to wedding planners – absolutely anything you need done, you can find on Thumbtack.

Just create a “project” and then check out bids from local professionals who work in that industry. The estimates are free, so you can search through the prices, company reviews, and business profiles from professionals available to you. You can contact anyone with a listing on the site (in the app/on the site), and then just pick the pro you want and schedule your appointments. It’s that easy!

Best Feature: Thumbtack gained popularity by offering more services than typical local ‘find a contractor’ sites, including professionals in the fields of photography, massage, entertainment, and more.

Thumbtack button
Download It Now: Android | iOS
Download It Now (for pros): Android | iOS

 

Angie’s List review

More contractors to choose from to get your work done

Angie's List website

Pros

  • Great customer service including phone support
  • Verification process eliminates anonymous or illegitimate professional and business reviews
  • More professionals to choose from

Cons

  • Known for typically costing a bit more due to its popularity and verified legitimacy
  • Membership fees for contractors can also be expensive if few leads are generated

AngiesList.com is another one of the sites like Thumbtack, but it focuses on the home, and on finding you the perfect pro to get work done on your home. You can find plumbers, roofers, electricians, landscapers, remodelers, house cleaners, and more.

With Angie’s List, just research professionals based on the type of job you want to do, see what others are saying about them, and then choose the right person for the job. They also perform background checks and guarantee the businesses they advertise on their website, and they have an extensive blog and resource center that can be a great resource for home improvements.

Best Feature: Angie’s List is known for having great customer service, and sticking up for their users if anything goes wrong with the arrangements you make.

Angie's List button
Download It Now: Android | iOS
Download It Now (for pros): Android | iOS

 

HomeAdvisor review

They take the work of too much research out of it for you

HomeAdvisor website

Pros

  • HomeAdvisor selects up to 4 professionals only for you to look through after answering questions about your project to save you time and effort
  • They have pros suitable for emergency repairs on short notice
  • True Cost Guide means you see what other people in your area actually paid for the same services

Cons

  • Not as many options to choose from because they filter out matches that don’t seem as applicable to your project right from the start
  • Membership for contractors and professionals is more costly

HomeAdvisor.com is another great option for finding someone to complete work around your house. To hire someone, simply select a project category that matches what you need done, and answer a few additional questions to find the right professional. All people you are matched with are pre-screened, and available immediately to complete your work – so you don’t have to spend hours looking over pros that are booked for the next 6 weeks!

Best Feature: By matching you with only up to 4 professionals that are right for you, HomeAdvisor takes a lot of extra research work out of finding the right person.

HomeAdvisor button
Download It Now (for users): Android | iOS
Download It Now (for pros): Android | iOS

 

Comparison table: Thumbtack vs HomeAdvisor vs Angie’s List – membership fees, costs, and more

These home professional sites work quite differently for users looking to hire someone, and for professionals looking to list their skills and availability. We’ve broken down our comparison into useful info for users and for professionals. If you’re more interested in what these sites can do for you as a professional, jump down here.

For users

WebsiteThumbtack logoAngie's List logoHomeAdvisor logo
Estimated Cost (averages)House Cleaner: $130-160
Painter: $540-900
Handyman: $40-50
House Cleaner: $100-200
Painter: $380-790
Handyman: $50-100
House Cleaner: $115-165
Painter: $350-974
Handyman: $60-75
Review System5-star with customer feedback accessible only when you answer questions5-star with customer feedback accessible only when you answer questions5-star with customer feedback accessible without providing any information
CoverageU.S.U.S.U.S.
Number of Services Offered929720500
Customer Service6/10 - phone + live chat7/10 - phone + live chat (paying members only)8/10 - phone + live chat
Ease of Use9/10 - the app is very easy to use7/10 - website is clear and simple10/10 - don't need to jump through any hoops to find pros!
User Privacy9/10 - some information must be given to contact pros, including address/neighborhood9/10 - some information must be given to contact pros, including address/neighborhood10/10 - no information necessary to research pros

For contractors

WebsiteThumbtack logoAngie's List logoHomeAdvisor logo
Number of LeadsPoorGoodGreat
Quality of LeadsGoodGreatPoor-Good
Membership Fees$1.50/credit
1 credit = 1 quote
Silver: $24.99/year
Gold: $99.99/year
$28.99/month + cost for leads
Time to Set Up Account15 minutes20 minutes20 minutes
How You AdvertiseUsers answer questions about a project and top-matching pros are displayed (when you purchase credits)Users answer questions about a project and top-matching pros are displayedTop 4 matches are provided to user based on project + users can search based on project type

 

Winner: most services offered

More variety means you’ll get longevity out of using the site. Yes, if you find a good painter one time, that’s great. But if you have a site that can also find you a wedding photographer, masseuse, personal trainer, or anything else you need, it will be more useful to you over time.

Thumbtack services list

Winner: Thumbtack

Thumbtack offers over 900 unique services in 13 distinctive industries, and offers very specialized work you won’t find on the other two websites, including:

  • Translation work into other languages
  • Powder coating
  • Scrapbooking, quilting, airbrushing, and other craft work
  • Logo design
  • Meditation and spiritual counseling
  • Wardrobe consulting
  • Printer and copier repair

…and much more! When it comes to Thumbtack vs. Angie’s List vs. HomeAdvisor, strictly in terms of number of services offered, the other two simply can’t compete.

 

Winner: best rating system

Ratings are critically important to choosing a person who will come into your home to do any kind of work. The majority of people using home services websites make their decision based on good ratings from previous customers.

Reviews of contractors on HomeAdvisor

Winner: HomeAdvisor

All three rating systems are essentially the same: after a customer receives a service, they rate the professional out of 5 stars, and then leave written feedback about their experience. However, HomeAdvisor is the winner here, because they make their contractor and business reviews available for viewing immediately, without needing to provide any information about your project.

You can simply go to the HomeAdvisor directory and choose a service you are interested in, and immediately see which pros are available in your area without needing to answer question after question about what it is you are doing with your home. Just head to the website and shop around at your own leisure.

 

Winner: best for contractors

Angie's List review policy and system

Actual quality of contractors is one of the most significant factors to deciding which website to use; when it really 

comes down to it, you want to find contractors and professionals who are experienced, and who you know you can trust.

Winner: Angie’s List

Angie’s List is better than Thumbtack and HomeAdvisor in this respect, mainly because it has been around since 1995. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, they have learned how to properly verify workers and match them with users correctly. They also verify all reviews, so that only customers who have actually worked with the professionals listed on the site can provide feedback – not the bother of the painter you want to hire. They also weed out anonymous comments and bots so that you are only every interacting with real humans – 100% of the time.

 

4 Important FAQs to stay safe and save money using business listing websites

1. Are home services websites always safe to use?

In short – yes, it is safe to use home service websites and hire professionals from a site like Angie’s List, Thumbtack, or HomeAdvisor. The companies listed on that site have to pay to generate business, so they are always serious about the work. They are also verified, and reviewed by other users.

Having said that, there are a few things you should watch out for, to make sure you don’t get taken for a ride, including:

  • Professionals with no reviews – Some people using the site might be new, but if they haven’t been reviewed yet – unless you’re in a bind – you may want to consider someone else with some feedback.
  • Professionals with bad reviews – Even worse is someone with overly negative feedback, so be sure to avoid anyone with less than 3 stars, and look for people who get 4 or 5-star reviews consistently.
  • A person with little to no information on their profile – People who want your business will tell you as much as they can about what they can do for you. If they offer little information or are unspecific about what they do, stay away!
  • A contractor who seeks additional payment after you’ve settled things – Though this won’t be clear until after they begin, you can always go back to the website to deal with issues you have with a contractor. Don’t just give out money if something doesn’t seem right!

2. How can I be sure one contractor is better than another?

Comparison of contractors

Reviews are KING on these websites, so be sure to make use of them. You always want to read every business review possible for the professionals and companies you’re considering, both good and bad, to get a good sense of what your experience will be like with them. If you need some help figuring out which reviews are most helpful, check out this article on how to determine if an online review is legitimate.

3. 3 ways to get a deal when finding a contractor

1. Shop around and do your research

Make sure you take a look at both the low-end and high-end of quotes for the service you’re asking for, and in your local area. That way you’ll know what to expect from quotes, and have a good idea of what a deal would actually be. Without that preliminary info, you won’t be able to figure out how to get the best deal.

2. Try more than one website

Make sure you check out multiple sites to see what the going rates are. For various reasons, the average amounts charged for services in your area can be lower or higher on other websites; this is typically due to popularity – as contractors on one website get busier, their prices go up. You can probably find a comparable company listing on another website, and for a little less money.

3. Negotiate directly with the contractor

Just because you received a “quote” from a professional, that doesn’t mean it is set in stone. Once you contact them, give them specific details about the job you need them to do, and ask if they will do it for a little less than they said. If they know you are serious about hiring them, they might consider a lower price.

4. What happens if my contractor cheats me? How do I report foul play?

Poorly constructed bathtub

This depends on the website you’re using specifically, but in general, these are the steps you should take to get an issue resolved, in this order:

  1. Contact the professional and attempt to resolve it directly with them – If you had an arrangement and they aren’t sticking to it, prove it, and ask them to reconsider.
  2. Explain your position – Because you hired them through a website, you do have some power. Explain that you will have to report them to attempt to resolve with the professional one more time.
  3. Contact customer service on the website – Use the phone or chat support available to you (chat if you want a written record) and explain your issue. Provide proof of what has happened so the customer service rep can provide as much help as possible.
  4. Wait for a response and be vigilant – Make sure to give it time – even up to a few weeks – for the website to sort out the issue. They will likely contract the professional and threaten to shut down the account, so your problem should be resolved once customer service intervenes.
  5. Take legal action – If all else fails, contact a lawyer or law enforcement (depending on the issue) and try to get it resolved that way.

 

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