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8 Sites for Syncing and Storing Your Files in the Cloud

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Cloud storage is great because it can help you save space on your computer and in case of a crash, you won’t have to worry about lost files. It’s also convenient because you can access your files from almost anywhere, including mobile devices. Most people are aware of the popular cloud storage sites like Dropbox and SugarSync, but there are many others that are popping up now on a regular basis. This list will take a look at some of the newer and lesser-known services out there that will allow you to store and sync files, as well as manage your documents in the cloud.

CloudMe

“The easiest way to get your files online with automatic backup.” You get 3 GB of free online storage that you can use to access your files from the Web desktop or mobile devices (iPhone, Android). Functions as a Cloud OS with a user-friendly interface and integrated instant messenger. Works in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox on the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

CloudMe - Your files online.

Box.net

“Share, manage and access all your business content online.” A free plans come with 5 GB of storage. You can sync files from your computer and also collaborate on shared folders right from your desktop. You can also connect Box.net with Google Apps and Salesforce for flawless content management. Access your files from your mobile device in your mobile browser or via apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. While Box.net has been around awhile, they recently gave their interface a refreshing makeover.

Box.net - Simple online collaboration and online file storage.GoAruna

“Send, access, store, manage and share your files fast.” Share and send large files securely via the Web, desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux), widgets, tablets (iPad, Android, Archos) or mobile phones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Palm). You can upload and download multiple files or even whole folders at a time. Free plans come with 2 GB of storage and other monthly plans come with a free trial if interested.

GoAruna - Your files are always with you.ZumoDrive

“Enjoy your media and documents from every device.” Upload your files and access them from your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or mobile device (iPhone, Android, Palm). Integrates with iTunes for easy importing and exporting of music and playlists. Integrates with iPhoto and Picasa so that you can easy import and export photos. Comes with 2 GB of free storage space and you can have as much as 500 GB of storage (for $79.99/month).

ZumoDrive - Enjoy your media and documents from every device.TeamDrive

“Synchronizes your data quickly and securely.” Free accounts come with 2 GB of storage. Works with Windows, Mac and Linux for easy yet advanced collaboration, syncing, backup and automatic encryption – great for working with teams. The only downside is that they don’t appear to have any mobile apps for access files on your mobile device.

TeamDrive - Sync your data fast and secure.Put.io

“A storage service that fetches media files and lets you stream them immediately.” Put.io can fetch torrents, audio, documents, videos and images for streaming and sharing. Put.io can even watch your RSS feeds for you and download new content automatically. While they do not offer any free storage, you can get a 3-day free trial on all plans. The lowest plan for $4.90/month comes with 10 GB of storage. With all of the features available, the price is definitely worth it.

Put.io - Online storage re-imagined.ADrive

“Centralized storage for all file types: movies, documents, photos, music.” ADrive definitely offers the largest amount of online storage for free with a whopping 50 GB of space. The are a few limitations like not being able to use the desktop app for Windows, Mac or Linux; it’s perfect if you’re just needing online storage with Web access. You can upload, store and share files as well as edit documents via Zoho Editor.

ADrive - Free online storage, online backup and cloud storage.Syncplicity

“Delivers powerful, easy to use file management in the cloud.” Includes automatic file syncing, data backup, file sharing and collaboration features.  Free accounts come with 2 GB of storage. Currently works on Windows (Vista, XP) and Mac. Offers Google Docs integration and file servers with the Business Edition plan.

Syncplicity - File sync, file management and backup software.

Honorable Mentions

iDrive – Free 5 GB for online storage and backup on Windows, Mac and iOS devices. You can also access your documents from the Web and manage multiple accounts.

iDriveSync – Free 5 GB for online syncing and sharing “with better security.” Available for Windows and Mac. Share your files securely via military grade encryption.

SkyDrive – A file hosting service from Microsoft that lets you upload files to a cloud storage and access them from the Web. Comes with 25 GB of free storage.

Ubuntu One – “The personal cloud that brings your digital life together” with 2 GB of free storage. Can also be used to stream music to your iPhone and Android devices.

Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?

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I do nothing on my own.

Everything is a team effort.

As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.

One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.

What’s It Look Like?

Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.

How to Grow Your Network

Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.

But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.

Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.

 

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Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?

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Play up.

Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.

I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.

Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls

I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.

Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a  train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.

Most Bloggers Never Level Up

Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.

Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.

Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up

Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.

The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.

If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.

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1 Warning About Blog Site Speed and Successful Blogging

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I know blogs should be fast loading for becoming a successful blogger.

But successful blogging depends not on site speed alone.

Before you go bananas trying to make your site as fast as possible because you believe you cannot succeed sans a razor sharp, lightning fast loading blog, get this: a handful of bloggers I came across yesterday made $10 grand, $20 grand or $30,000 monthly – or more – running relatively slow-loading sites heavy with ads and images. Far from being lightning fast loaders, the blogs took a while to render on my Chromebook. Why does someone make $30,000 monthly with a kinda slow loading blog? How clear you are on your blog determines how much you succeed with your blog.

My Blog

I feared publishing high volumes of content for worrying the posts would slow down my lightning fast blog. I held back. But hugging the fear of slowing down my blog, I decided to publish more content and experienced greater blogging success. Traffic and profits rose. Even though my blog slowed down a little bit, people did not care. Like the $30,000 a month bloggers, I got clearer on my blog loading more slowly and saw greater success because I hugged the fear of having a slow loader, and proceeded in that direction.

My blog does not load lightning fast and I experience increasing success. But when my blog loaded blindingly fast, I did not see as much success because I stopped posting generously due to my fear of posting too much and slowing down my blog. Do you see how insidious fear is? Do you see why I wrote an entire blogging mindset eBook? Blogging struggle is fear. Blogging success is feeling fear and letting fear go, to blog from abundance, love and trust, being generous with your time and talents.

Slow Blog Big Bucks

I have seen legit slow loading blogs run by bloggers who make hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. The blogger proves: if you let go fear in any area of your blog, success is yours. I betcha these bloggers did not have the fear of a slow loader in their ear; these bloggers have posture, knowing loving readers read their content if said content loads in under 1 second or in 10 seconds. Seriously; some blogs load 10 seconds or longer for me and the bloggers owning these blogs make serious bank and have serious clout online

By all means, speed up your blog. But do not make the common mistake of trying desperately to preserve lightning fast load times at the expense of increased blogging profits, increased blog traffic and stunning success over the long haul. You can always upgrade hosting too; the option is available at any time. But do not foolishly believe blogging success is a simple speed test. I vividly recall feeling proud how fast my blog loaded, publishing 1 post every few days, and seeing my lukewarm to not so hot at all blogging success. I had fun generously increasing my posting frequency, then, voila! My blog slowed down some but my traffic skyrocketed and profits grew fast too.

Never allow someone’s fear – including your own – dictate your blogging campaign direction. Bloggers who make serious coin run some slow-loading blogs. People stick around and read your blog if you fear not it loads slowly. Simple energy thing. But the clarity needs to come from within if you want to make a lasting change and get super clear of this destructive, failing energy.

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