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Hurdles to expect & Tips to succeed while getting started on UpWork

UpWork (formerly oDesk) is a good place to start with and we have built a thriving business around it (TriCore InfoTech Pvt Ltd oDesk Profile - 43,000+ hours of work done with 98% job success). There are plenty of jobs being posted regularly on UpWork and being a freelancer/agency, you could find many jobs to apply that match your skillsets. Though, it wouldn't be an easy path to flourish unless you are committed to work dedicatedly and do not give up after initial failures. Like many other freelancer website or other sources to grab projects, UpWork has also its pros and cons.

Hurdles you should expect while getting started on UpWork:

Freelancing tip - How to quote for project in 2 easy steps?

Freelancing is quite an in thing nowadays. Many people want to be their own boss, work on their own terms and make living out of freelancing for any service they are good at. Are you one of them? Read on, this could be useful for you.

How I recovered my website from Google penalty

There were good old days when searching for "mittalpatel" or "mittal patel" on Google would show up my site on first rank. But gone are days as my laziness refrained me from regular posting and my site lost top rankings.

Moreover, I found that my site was penalized for some reasons and it was not ranking at all for the keywords it was coming up on first page. For keyword "mittalpatel" my site was on first position for many years and suddenly it slipped to last page, 174th position!

Install Elance Tracker, Adobe AIR and JAVA in Ubuntu

We are using Ubuntu in our company for all our PHP development work and Elance is one of the sources of projects for us. So, we happen to use Elance Tracker frequently. It's a nice tool to record the time you have worked on the project which client can easily review it and make payments according to it. Installing Elance Tracker in Windows is pretty simple, you just download the EXE file, run it and install. In Ubuntu, it's bit tricky as you first need to install Adobe AIR and then only you can install tracker. Also, after tracker is installed you must have java enabled in the system or it won't work. So, I have written the steps one can follow and install all these to make Elance Tracker work fully.

Send emails from local WordPress setup using SMTP

While doing testing of WordPress in local system many times we need to do the email testing and we can't do it as we don't have SMTP server installed on local system. Without going to option of installing SMTP server on local it would be easier to use free SMTP server to send emails from local WordPress setup. I have already given instructions on how to send emails using SMTP server from localhost which uses phpMailer script. WordPress also uses phpMailer to send emails so we can do the changes in coding files to use SMTP and provide username and password. But that is not a recommended option. We can do it easily using WP Mail SMTP plugin.

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