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15 Awesome Things Google Does for You and Want You to Have a Try

15 Awesome Things Google Does for You and Want You to Have a Try

Google continues to come up with new innovations and some very useful products and services that lots of us cannot do without using daily. They have created so much footprint on the entire web that almost all the clicks we make online are controlled by Google. Here is a look at the 15 awesome products and services Google have launched and want us to try.

1. Google Maps

Google map has got to be one of the best things that has happened to us. It has been around for quite a long while but it has become more rampant in our lives now that we have them on our phones, devices and even cars. Uber and Courier services too have google to thank for ease of service and delivery. Formerly, you had to write out the addresses on a paper and go about with it but now all you have to do is turn on google map on your phone, or car and navigate. Uber and Courier services are able to find locations and effectively deliver goods with the help of this amazing product.

2. Google News

Launched in 2002, this is a source of news for lots of people on a daily basis. Google news is not controlled by editors but by an aggregation algorithm and it is a joy to bloggers whose blogs are successfully syndicated on it as it helps to bring in more traffic and audience. If you intend to stay up to date with news from a wide range of topics and from several websites you should start using Google News. Also, if you are a blogger, you should fill out the application to see if you can get approved to have your blog on Google news.

3. Google Play Store

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    Google Play Store is a great platform for us all and lots of people are profiting from it. Everyone has something to profit from the play store – if you are business owner, a blogger or a developer, this is a great platform to build and promote your app making it easier for your consumers, audience and clients to reach your product and services quicker. Same for users who enjoy the variety of apps available on the play store. You should try it.

    4. Google Chat

    Google chat was the IM or chat choice of a lot of people before WhatsApp exploded. Recent features like video calling coupled with the fact that it is compatible with most google products makes it appealing. You should try it

    5. Google Alerts

    A lot of people especially business owners, bloggers, celebrities, publicists and others find this app extremely useful. They depend on it to keep them alert of news and mentions about their brands, themselves or their clients.

    6. Blogger

    Blogger is one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world; with WordPress as it’s only worthy competitor. I find the blogger platform quite simple and less complicated than other platforms and so does millions of bloggers all over the world who use the platform. You can either host your free blog(s) or power your own personal domain(s), you should try it.

    7. Picasa

    Google had lots of hopes for this photo sharing site but platforms like Instagram have pretty much put a halt to their dreams for Picasa. I always thought the name was clever, Picaso, picasa, pictures…hmmmm. However, you can still log into your account and post photos.

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    8. AdSense

    This is the golden price for most publishers, YouTube users and bloggers all over the world as it helps them gain revenue from their blogs and websites. If you are a website owner, YouTube publisher or blogger, you can register and apply to have AdSense ads enabled on you blog.

    9. AdWords

    This is Google’s cash cow, they are able to afford all these products and services from income from AdWords. AdWords is Google’s advertising platform and the money making machine of the company. It allows google to act as the middle men between advertisers and publishers.

    10. Google Reader

    This is like an RSS reader allowing you to read up on the latest blog posts and information.

    11. Google Analytics

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      Google Analytics is the way with which google keeps track of both their self-serving platforms – AdSense and AdWords. It helps everyone including Publishers, advertisers and even google keep accurate track of ads and web page. So, whichever you are, you need this, smart move google!

      12. Google Search

      Of course! Am sure you have been searching for this, and wondering why it isn’t at the top of the list. Well, Google Search Engine is not at the top because that’s too obvious and predictable and I don’t like that. Lol. This is google’s most popular service, giving users relevant information and results to their search queries. If you are not already using it, you really should.

      13. Webmaster Tools

      If you are a blogger, website owner, SEO expert or even a business owner, this is a useful tool to help you improve your site, analyse your keywords and ensure that you are visible and relevant on goggle’s search engine.

      14. Book Search

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        This controversial but really interesting feature involves Google’s dream to help you find any book on earth, on their platform. This is google trying to put the literary world on their backs. As an avid reader, I love it and plan to start using it once I figure out how exactly it works.

        15. Google Trends

        As a blogger, I love using google trends, it helps me stay on top of trends. Google trends allows you to know what everyone is searching or talking about and so you can get your opinion into the discussion too through your blog posts and articles.

        From the above, you can see that one way or the other, there are lots of google products we use daily. Although, google controls most of our internet clicks, we can’t really complain because they offer us really awesome products and services.

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        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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