Why Spending $2,000 on a Laptop is The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made

A few months back I spent $2,000 (Rs.1,25,000) on a laptop. The MacBook Pro 15″ With Retina Display. Many of my friends and family thought I was just wasting money. I am a frugal person, and I don’t spend money on something unless it can help me make money. In this post I will convince you why such a laptop is totally worth it and can help you make more money in the long run.

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1. 15″ Retina Display is Better Than You Think

I am sure by now you would have had a chance to look at the retina display on MacBook Pros. You may have seen the difference immediately or at least after a while. While many people say that the difference is not significant, and it doesn’t matter, I would argue that it matters. It matters a lot!

You don’t get used to retina display immediately. But as you use it more, it becomes very difficult to look at normal screens – you will instantly observe the pixels. The retina display makes looking at the screen – especially the one filled with text, an absolute pleasure. The density (PPI) pixels per inch is 220 and is almost as much as the PPI used to print magazines.

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How to Create a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog With Your Own Domain Name

I have been blogging for the past six years now (Since 2008). During this period, I have set up a lot of blogs. Some of them succeeded spectacularly, such as BikeAdvice.in and this blog DigitalDeepak.com. Some of them are performing moderately and continue to bring in passive income till today. Some of the blogs are for non-profit initiatives. Some of them died due to a failed revenue model, but they gave me experience.

A lot of people have asked me to publish a comprehensive guide to setup a self-hosted blog on a custom domain name. I have helped many people set up blogs. But surprisingly I never wrote an article about it, until now. Better late than never.

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Here’s is a comprehensive guide to setting up your self-hosted WordPress blog on your own domain. I have tried to keep it short and simple. But if you find yourself stuck in some place, just leave a comment below, and I would be happy to help you.

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The Evolution of Content & Content Marketing

This article is a chapter from my book Content Marketing for Startups.

Evolution of Content & Content Marketing is the most important chapter in this book. Here, we take a look into the evolution of language, communication, memes and content. It is important that we take a moment to understand the evolution of content. Understanding content from the ground up helps us become masters in content marketing and helps us get an edge over our competition.

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I am going to turn back the clock by a few thousand years where humans mostly lived in tribes as hunters-gatherers. I will show you how content came into existence. We will find out why content is the epicentre of marketing and how marketing couldn’t exist without content.

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The Best PayPal Alternative in India for Freelancers and Online Merchants

We are in the middle of an ecommerce boom in India. Indian consumers are getting used to buying products and services online and making online payments.

In such a day and age, the ability to receive payments online is mandatory for any business. The business could be as small as a freelancer providing online services or it could be a medium-large business receiving millions of rupees in revenues every month.

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PayPal was invented for this purpose. When PayPal was launched, online businesses blossomed all over the world. New business models were born because it was so easy to receive payments online. PayPal used to work well in India, for a while.

Then all of a sudden RBI (The Reserve Bank of India) started disrupting the business model with a lot of regulations and restrictions.

Post RBI’s intervention Indian PayPal users were not able to:

  • Hold their PayPal balance in their PayPal account
  • Send or Receive money between Indian PayPal users.

Right now PayPal can be used only to make payments through your credit or debit card to a PayPal user in another country. You can also receive payments to your PayPal account from other countries but that money will be withdrawn to your bank account. You will not be able to hold that balance to make further payments.

If you try to send or receive payments within India, your transaction will not go through. The biggest hurdle for Indian businesses is that there is no peer-to-peer money transfer system within India.

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Content Marketing for Startups – Get a Free Copy of my Book!

I am excited to let you know about my first book – Content Marketing for Startups! This book explores how startups can leverage content marketing to get targeted traffic.

But traffic is of no use if it is not converted into leads and paying customers. You will also learn about how to convert your visitors into leads, different types of leads, scoring your leads, nurturing those leads and finally converting them into paying customers with proven inside sales strategies.

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If you run your own startup, work in a startup or dream of starting up one day, the content in this book will be priceless to you. Marketing and Sales is one of the most important aspects of any business.

As my mentor used to put it: Marketing is the only activity in a business that gives a direct return on investment. Everything else such as HR, Tech, Finance, Legal etc. are just expenses. Marketing is the only part in a business which you cannot afford to outsource. Everything else can be outsourced.

This is not just an e-book but a real book which you can hold in your hands! The book will retail for Rs.699 on Flipkart and Amazon. You, being my blog reader can get a free copy of this book before it goes for sale at online & offline stores.

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