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How To Access Facebook In China

Are you in China and can’t access Facebook? Are you wondering if this something wrong with your computer or your Internet connection? Well, in a way there is something wrong. The Chinese government blocks Facebook along with other sites such as YouTube and Twitter.

I’m not here to judge the Chinese government. They have their reasons for doing what they do. I work online. So when I travel to China I need a way to access block sites such as YouTube and Gmail. And, I also enjoy browsing Facebook in reading new sites that are often blocked in China.

How do I do that successfully and with ease? I use a kind of proxy or a VPN.

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What is a VPN?

VPN stands for virtual private network. When you surf the web you essentially make a direct connection between your computer and the website you are visiting. Your computer has an IP address and the website you visiting also has an IP address. Everyone’s IP address is unique. Facebook has its own unique IP address and so does you to.

So if your computer is “A” and the website you are visiting is “B”, then we have a direct connection between A and B.

A VPN adds a third party IP address, or server, in the middle. Now it looks like this:

A: You

B: VPN server

C: Facebook

You connect to the VPN server, which has its own IP address. The VPN server’s IP address is not blocked by the Chinese government. This is because the best VPN services are always changing their IP addresses. If the Chinese government identifies the IP address, the VPN service quickly changes to another one.

Once you connect to the VPN server, it’s as if you are now surfing the web from that server, not from your computer in China. All the surfing takes place from the VPN server, and then the VPN server relays all that data back to you in China.

The Chinese government thinks you’re connected to some IP address somewhere in the United States, when in fact it’s a VPN server that is going out to you to and Facebook and other blocked sites and delivering them back to you.

How Do I Get a VPN Server?

Many people use free VPN servers in the United States in order to make their surfing anonymous, or access Facebook from work. However free VPN services are likely to slow for China. Here is a good list of VPN sites for China that’s pretty good about keeping up to date.

Don’t bother going for the free ones. Fee-based VPN services offered dozens and dozens of servers from all over the world that you can choose from. They are always changing their proxies to stay ahead of the Chinese government. And most importantly, they are blazing fast. I can watch YouTube videos in China with my favorite fee-based VPN service without any problem. That’s not possible with a free VPN service.

New proxy site services are always popping up trying to be better than the next guy. Keep up the date on available services so that you can be sure you are getting the most for your money.

Proxy Sites and VPN Services Are Not Just For Accessing Facebook In China

Many people, including myself, frequently use proxies and VPN services. I always use them if I’m working in a McDonald’s or some other place that has public Wi-Fi. Hackers can easily compromise public Wi-Fi services that tend to have minimal or no security. In addition, many people, again including myself, don’t like our ISPs or the government knowing what we’re doing online. It’s not that I’m doing anything bad. It’s just no one else’s business what I’m doing. My ISP or the government doesn’t need to know where I do my banking and how much money I have or what my child’s favorite TV show is.

Review this list of proxy sites and VPN services and find one that will fit your needs for a good price. Here are some of things you can do with proxies and VPNs:

  • Access Facebook when it’s blocked from work or school
  • Surf anonymously
  • Protect your data when surfing on public Wi-Fi
  • Protect yourself from hackers


How To Save Boatloads Of Money When Buying Your Next Computer

Buying a new computer can be complicated. The complication is magnified if your computer needs are simple and don’t require a lot of processing power, yet the guy at the big box electronics store is trying to sell you the computer version of the Ferrari.

Basically, it comes down to this. You need to identify what you needs are in then shot for the cheapest computer that meets those needs. Here is a list of all the variables you need to consider when buying a new computer. Once you know what you need finding the least expensive option is easy.

Screen Size

Whether you are buying a laptop or a desktop, consider what size screen is going to fit your needs. If you only use your computer for check an email and messing around on Facebook, then you don’t need a big screen. On the other hand, if you like to watch movies and TV shows or need to have several windows open at once, then you need a bigger screen.

Desktop and laptop computer screens come in standard sizes. But for the sake of simplicity, decide whether you need small, medium, or large size.


Processing Power

Processing power can significantly affect the price of a computer. Again, if you’re just checking email, visiting social media sites and reading news, then you don’t need a lot of processing power. Alternatively, if you often process large sized images and videos, play video games, or run demanding software, then you will need more robust processing power. Again, consider whether you need low-level processing power, medium level processing power, or robust processing power.



Similar to processing power, the more memory you have, the faster your computer will run. Just as before, you need little memory, moderate memory, or a lot of member?



storage refers to the size of the hard drive that you need. Most computers nowadays come with 300 GB, 500 GB, and now even one or 2 TB. If you don’t need to save a lot of files, especially image or video files, then 3 to 500 GB of storage is sufficient. On the other hand, if you have lots of images, videos, or MP3 files of music, then you are going to need a lot of storage.

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Building Your Computer Profile

You should get out a piece of paper and write down what you needs are and all of the variables I listed above. There’s two things you can do. One, you can go online to any trustworthy, major Internet retailer and start looking at and comparing computers. The main brand computer retailers online let you build or choose your computer based on the variables I listed above. You can click buttons here and there indicating how big of a screen you need and how much storage you require. After you import all of your variables, you’ll be provided with several choices that you can purchase.

You may want to take notes on what you find for prices and then go visit your local big box electronics store or local hometown computer store. Share with them what your needs are and what you found online and see if they can do any better for you.

By first determining what your needs are, you prevent yourself from buying more computer than you really need and as a result spending more money than is necessary.

Make Your Printer Last Longer

Is your printer starting to produce subpar print jobs? Are photographs not printing at the same level of quality when you first bought your printer? Are you reaching for your wallet thinking that the best thing to do is to just go buy a new one? Before you do that, here are a few things you can do to prolong the life of your printer and keep it producing print jobs like it did on the day you first took it out of the box.


Clean Your Printer Frequently

Take a look at your printer. Next time you’re at work or at a friend’s house take a close look at their printers as well. Do you notice anything? Likely, you might find that most people do not maintain the cleanliness of their printers. But cleaning your printer periodically will not only prolong its life, it will also maintain the quality of its print jobs.

Using a paint brush, brush off all the dust on the exterior of the printer at least once a week. For the interior, use cotton balls in isopropyl alcohol. Open up your printer and take a look at all of the parts, including the moving parts. Do you see any dust or gunky buildup? Get that cotton ball wet with some isopropyl alcohol and wipe away the dust and grime. Never use water to clean the inside of a printer.


Be Nice to Your Printer

Whenever handling your printer, such as moving it, opening and closing it, and unjamming paper and loading paper, always do so gently and carefully. We tend to have the idea that things are durable. They are not! Especially computer printers! Always treated with care.


Use High Quality Toner and Ink

Whenever it’s time for you to buy new ink or toner, do you go online looking on this site and that site trying to find the cheapest option? This is not the best thing to do. Like anything else, there is good toner and bad toner, good ink and bad ink. The bad low quality product is going to be more harmful to the components in your printer, thereby decreasing your printer’s life and lowering the quality of its print jobs.

Don’t skimp on toner and ink. Talk to a couple experts and find out what the best brand of toner ink is for your printer. When it’s time to buy more, search around for your brand at the cheapest price. Don’t simply just look for the cheapest price, settling for any unknown brand of ink or toner.


By a Good Printer

Finally, make sure you buy a good printer. It’s okay to spend a little more money if you plan on taking care of it. What you want out of your printer is high quality print jobs. Purchased the printer that is going to give you what you want. Don’t worry about spending money. As long as you take care of your printer and frequently clean and maintain it, then it will last you a long time and you will get your money’s worth.

5 Must-Have Tips On Finding The Right WordPress Theme

One of the biggest pains in the neck whenever I set up a new word press blog is trying to choose a theme. It’s not uncommon that I waste hours and hours of time downloading themes, activating them in seeing what my site looks like with them. Every theme seems to have some problem that I’m for some reason unable to tolerate. All this wasted time is time I could be spent blogging.

So why do I spend all this time messing around with themes? Obviously, I’m looking for a combination of the right look with the ease-of-use, including plug-ins, layouts, widgets, etc. After all, the dual goal of pleasing the viewer and the search engines is difficult to achieve unless you have the right team.

If only there was a more efficient way of finding the right thing. But we all know that’s why you’re here and I’ve got some ideas to share with you about it. So here goes.

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1) What To Look For in the Layout

If you are blogging for fun and I’m not trying to make a living, then you may want to go for the two-column theme. Using three or four columns will only distract the reader and make your site look confusing.

Those blogging for money will need away from the content for text and image based advertising. Amazon banners take up a lot of space and are better off having their own column, rather than distracting the reader from the content that it is sharing the page with.


2) Media

It’s a good idea not to overdo it with media. Each post should have at least one image, but that’s it. An image-laden theme also distracts readers from the content itself. In addition, it also increases the load time of your sites pages, and if you have a lot of visitors though quickly eat up your monthly allotment of bandwidth.

Some of the best and most successful bloggers have very bland themes.


3) Plug-in Compatibility

Another issue with choosing a theme is its compatibility with the plug-ins you are interested in. If you are a beginning blogger, you should be spending most of your time producing content and not messing around with the technical side of your blog and its themes and plug-ins. Don’t get distracted by the tools. Remember, you are here to write, not be a webmaster.


4) Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization is another aspect of blogging that can distract you from your main task. In the beginning, the main goal is to get fresh content on your site daily. You should have a Facebook page and you should be sharing on your wall and page every new post on your blog. You may even consider spending $100 to buy page likes using Facebook advertising to jumpstart your page fan base.

As far as SEO is concerned, you should focus on on-page optimization at this point, making sure that your blog is as SEO optimized. This includes using proper tags, blog titles, H1 tags, and keyword research.


5) Is The Theme User-Friendly?

The quickest way to find out how user-friendly a WordPress theme is is to check its popularity or how many downloads it has. Pain-in-the-neck themes quickly get a bad reputation and no one downloads them. Check how old they theme is and how many downloads it has. When I look for a theme, I often sort by popularity and start there.

Once you find a theme that serves your needs, resist all temptation with all your might to waste hours experimenting with yet more themes. The successfulness of your blogging is not based on how good your blog looks, it’s all about how good your content is, how often you post, and how many visitors you have. Put all your efforts here and leave the themes and plug-ins alone.

Top Free Minecraft Hosting Options

Want a free minecraft host server and are confused where to look? This is where you come to have all your research done for you. It is concise and gets you to learn of the best free server hosting services that are on offer.

Read on to glean off the information you were searching for, and make your choice; a countdown to the best of the best. There is no need to submit credit/debit card details either. As it is not paid for, there are only limited uses you can have, but if it suits your needs, you can always upgrade anytime.

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The Popular Choice – Server Pro:

For a fully loaded experience, with limited friends, flex your gaming muscles and polish your talents by using Server Pro. Their resources are good enough to get you started on your minecraft mission and their control panel is quite remarkable. For a free service what more do you want?

Server Pro has the following to offer:

  1. A 512 MB RAM
  2. 5 GB SSD Storage
  3. Up to 12 players can fight it out
  4. There are 10 plugins
  5. A 2 Core Processor
  6. Activation is almost instant

A Strong Top Contender is – TriAngle Free Minecraft Server:

Quite similar to Server Pro, the facilities provided are much the same. The only edge this has over Server Pro, is that your account is set up within minutes and you are able to select your server location that your prefer and that matches your need. Slight catch for free users is that only the State of Arizona in the USA is available to select.

Moving on, the TriAngle Free Minecraft Server offers:

  1. 512 MB RAM – same as Server Pro
  2. No SSD Storage
  3. Just 1 -5 players to play with as opposed to the 12 in the earlier choice
  4. 10 plugins equaling the Server Pro
  5. 2 Core Processor is on offer here as well
  6. Server takes some time to activate. Slower than Server Pro, but this is still on the choice list.

The choice for free Minecraft Server Hosting services is limited. However, these may still be enough for those who want to get things rolling and buildup from the beginning. Such servers are there for those who wish to first test waters and then take the plunge and invest their money, along with their time. If these servers prove to be worth it, by being user friendly and deliver on their promises, there is no reason the user would not be willing to upgrade and choose from the payment methods on offer.

There you have your information on free Minecraft Server Host. The choice is limited, but there is all that you need to know about such services.

How To Create The Successful Blog

How You Nan Create The Most Successful Weblog

For those in the know, successful blogging is a science whose variables are already well known. The best place to start researching the principles and techniques that lead to success is to look at the successful blogs in your niche. A blog is pretty easy to set up. They are primarily made up of text, images, or videos, or all three. One of the best things about blogging as you don’t have to have any real technical know-how. However, you need to know your topic well and know how to write engagingly about it. Great content will keep the visitors returning.

There are numerous blogging platforms available to you. However, rather than wasting your time researching and becoming familiar with all of these, I highly recommend you just use WordPress. In fact, this site uses WordPress.The top web hosting companies have apps that will install WordPress on your site for you at the push of a button. Once installed, there are literally hundreds of free and pay for themes. In addition, there are hundreds of plug-ins to help customize your site and make it safe and secure.

Perhaps one of the most important plug-ins you should get is Akismat. This will detect spam comments and wait to publish them until you approve them.

1. The Platform

As I already mentioned, just use WordPress. Unless you have some very unique and specific need, don’t go with any other platform.

2. The Web Hosting

Web hosting service is required to store the content off your blog. Web hosting companies have hundreds or even thousands of servers that store your website and serve it up to visitors on the Internet when they visit your website. I use Hostgator.

3. The domain

The domain is the In my opinion it is best to get domain. You can go with, but those are technically better for nonprofits, schools, etc. You can register a domain with or



Standard Blog Pages

The first thing you should do is create an about me page, a privacy policy page, and a legal page. Your blog will have more credibility with these pages, and will also likely rank higher in the search engines with them.

Populating Your Blog

Now it’s time to start blogging. I would start by creating a list of blog topics, say around 30 to 60. Spend a day researching topics, reading other blogs in your niche, looking at Facebook pages and groups related to your niche. I’d also look on Pinterest and twitter. It’s time to start writing once you have your list of topics.

I would recommend publishing one post a day for the first two months. Be sure to include images and YouTube videos embedded, if you can find any that are related to your topic. Finally, after each post, post the link on your Facebook page and direct your friends attention to it. Maintain this for two months and you’ll find that you start to gain the following. Create a Facebook page and encourage your friends and readers to join. Then, every time you post a new article, share the link on your own Facebook timeline and on the Facebook page timeline.

Once you have a decent timeline, it’s time to start monetizing your blog. But, will save this topic for another post.

Happy blogging!