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June 1 · Issue #9 · View online

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In this month’s issue I’m talking about how to start learning to code and how to benefit user generated content.
Greets from ‘s-Hertogenbosch 🇳🇱,
Gijs Heerkens

What USG can do for you 🙋🏻‍♂️
USG stands for User Generated Content. That means content that users are adding to your website. If you have the right strategy, you can benefit from USG for sales purposes.
This articles provides a lot of examples of what you can do:
  • Give users the possibility to leave ratings and reviews and present them as review stars in rich snippets.
  • Use existing ratings in your Google AdWords campaigns.
  • Scour tweets, Facebook comments, Instagram comments, support tickets and customer reviews on words your audience uses to describe your product and use them in ads on social media.
How to Leverage User-Generated Content to Boost Your Ecommerce SEO How to Leverage User-Generated Content to Boost Your Ecommerce SEO
The mirrorworld 🌍
The mirrorworld is coming. I stumbled upon this great article that made me think.
First there was the world wide web, a big technology platform that digitized information, followed by social media that digitized people.
The next step will be the mirrorworld, an AR dominated place. Every place and thing in the real world will have its full-size digital twin in it.
It’s already time to start thinking about how you can benefit this next step. Reading this article is a good starting point.
AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld
Could you teach yourself to code? 💻
I’m an entrepreneur for almost ten years now, but I still can’t code my own things.
This makes a big difference for a couple of reasons:
  • I need to hire an external programmer to build things and make improvements. This costs money and time.
  • I need to explain the external programmer what I exactly want. This costs time and energy.
  • I can’t afford a fulltime programmer yet, so development takes way more lead time.
I know some basic HTML, CSS and PHP but I can’t build something. At least, that’s what I think.
I know I should start and teach it myself. You don’t need a course, just start and search everything you need to know on Google. That’s how you learn to code gradually.
This article on Tim Ferriss’ blog sums up ten learnings of the journey that’s waiting me, and maybe you.
Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself to Code Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself to Code
Marie Kondo your phone 📱
This is just a random tweet by @robislost I saw, with a great solution to automate your iPhone.
Playing around with Siri shortcuts can save you 20 minutes a day. That’s 121 hours a year.
Go read this thread.
@rrhoover Highly recommend playing around with Siri Shortcuts! (saves me on average 20 min a day)
The problem of coworking 👩‍💻
As an internet entrepreneur you are often a lonely shepherd. Working alone, often from home.
Co-workings are a solution for a lot of them. They are popping up on every single corner. I tried a lot of them in several cities in the world but I just don’t like them. Here’s why.
I don't like coworkings I don't like coworkings
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