Google Apps

Google Apps is a suite of cloud computing productivity and collaboration software tools and software. It includes Google’s popular web applications including Gmail, Drive, Hangouts, Calendar, and Docs. While these products are available to consumers free of charge, Google Apps for Work adds business-specific features such as custom email addresses at your domain and storage for documents and email.

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Creating Marketing Dashboards in Google Analytics
Along with being a a promotional video for my three-day Annielytics Dashboard Seminor, this Micro Tutorial is an intro to Google Analytics API data.
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Moving data to the cloud? Find out if you’re ready
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Moving data to the cloud? Find out if you’re ready

Before moving to the cloud, it is important to carefully define your db needs, plan for the migration & understand prod. environment. This wp explains how to define what you need from a cloud provider, plan for the migration & what putting a cloud solution into practice entails.

How a small business owner can reduce the cost of Google Apps
In this Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial, I'm going to show how small business owners who use Google Apps can save money by setting up what is called a catch-all email address in their Gmail accounts. By using the catch-all feature, small business owners can support popular inbound email addresses, such as info@MySmallCompany.com, sales@MySmallCompany.com, support@MySmallCompany.com, etc., without having to pay the Google Apps fee for those "users". If the volume of such emails in your small business is reasonable, then all of them can be directed to another Gmail account on your domain. In the best case scenario, a one-person company can do fine with just a single Google Account user, saving the small business owner hundreds of dollars per year.

1. Sign into your Google Admin Console


Visit this link:

https://admin.google.com/AdminHome

Choose your Google Account and sign in with your password.

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2. Bring up the Apps Settings


Click Apps.

Step2

3. Bring up the Google Apps Settings


Click Google Apps.

Step3

4. Bring up the Gmail Settings


Click Gmail.

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5. Bring up the Gmail User Settings


Click User settings.

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6. Enter the catch-all address


Scroll down until you find a section in the Gmail User Settings called Routing.

Enter the address of a real Gmail user in your account. This is where messages sent to unknown user accounts will be delivered.

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7. Save the change to the catch-all setting


Click SAVE.

Step7
That's it! I hope you just saved yourself some money in Google Apps fees. Better in your pocket than Google's!

If you find this video to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up icon below. Thank you for watching!
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by:Allen Falcon
The downside of this approach is that any email sent to the domain, legitimate or not will be routed to the one user, which greatly increases the chances of spam and phishing attacks getting through.  It also provides a "legitimate" return address for spammers that use spoofing.

Other options are:
Setup specific nicknames for the user, such as info@, sales@, service@, help@ etc. This can be done from the User admin section, as noted in the video, by adding alias addresses.
Use the Groups feature to setup a "distribution list" for info@, sales@, etc to forward to the user

The advantage of these options is that you can also configure to user so that he/she can reply using the nickname/group name.  So, the user can reply as info@, sales@ etc OR their personal address.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
Hi Allen,
Yes, those are downsides of the approach, as stated in Google's caveat shown in Step #6 above and why I took the time to read the caveat in full during the video. Thanks very much for providing your thoughts on other options — those are interesting ideas! I've used aliases/nicknames and groups/distribution lists with other email providers/client software, but not with Gmail. I'll check it out — appreciate the tip! Regards, Joe
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Adding an Experts Exchange site search to the Chrome browser
Shows how to create a shortcut to site-search Experts Exchange using Google in the Chrome browser. This eliminates the need to type out site:experts-exchange.com whenever you want to search the site.

1. Launch the Search Engine Menu

In chrome, via your address bar go to:
chrome://settings/searchEngines

2. Add a New Search Engine

Scroll to the bottom and "Add a new search engine" using the following values:
Name - Search Experts Exchange (This name can be anything you want)
Keyword - ee (This keyword will be what triggers the custom search)
URL - https://www.google.com/#q=%s+site:experts-exchange.com  (Site search operator URL with %s acting as a dynamic replaceable keyword)

3. Save the New Search Engine

Press Enter and exit out of your settings area.

4. Try your new custom search

Type "ee" in your address bar, followed by your search terms. All of your results should now be from Experts Exchange.
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by:ermooney
This doesn't work for me because since I live in Japan, I am always taken to google.co.jp rather than google.com. Typing ee pulls up sites with ee in their names or content.  That's OK.  If I type in experts exchange, I am taken to a page where experts exchange is among the search results.  I click on the URL, log in and then do my search.
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by:Lucas Bishop
@ermooney, some feedback regarding your comments:

This doesn't work for me because since I live in Japan, I am always taken to google.co.jp rather than google.com

One way to work around this is to force English language and US based results with the following additional operators:
&lr=lang_en&cr=countryUS

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So when you are setting up the custom search engine, you would use the following URL:
https://www.google.com/#q=%s+site:experts-exchange.com&lr=lang_en&cr=countryUS

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Typing ee pulls up sites with ee in their names or content.
If you've completed the "Add a Search Engine" (Step 2 in instructions above),  to trigger this dynamic search with "ee" you will type "ee" into the browser address bar and then press the space bar (not the enter key). This will trigger the custom search engine to become active.

Is it only applicable to the Chrome browser on PCs?
It's only applicable to Chrome desktop browsers. Currently the mobile OS doesn't allow the creation of custom search engines.
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Managing Email with Boomerang for Gmail
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates a Gmail plugin which allows you to schedule emails to "boomerang" back intro your inbox using various rules. Also, you can use it to schedule emails to send at a later time or date. Here is the plugin: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/
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Formatting Using the Format Painter
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Google docs how to simplify  your content using format painters.
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Finding Your Hottest Links on a Page
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates in Google Analytics how to find links on a page visitors click on most.
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Extracting Domains from URLs on Gmail
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates  how Internet marketers work with competitive analysis data, and a common task in data preparation is creating separate column for domains. You will then extract from a list of URLs.
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Embedding Images on Gmail
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate the easy use of Gmail embedding images in your email so the recipient of your email can view them in context.
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Creating Hyperlinks Using the Hyperlink Function in Google Sheets
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates in Google Sheets how to use the HYPERLINK function to create live links inside your spreadsheet.
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Creating Custom Reports in Google Analytics
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates how to create custom reports and the secrets of determine the metrics and dimensions for your data that works best with your needs.
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[Live Webinar] The Cloud Skills Gap
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[Live Webinar] The Cloud Skills Gap

As Cloud technologies come of age, business leaders grapple with the impact it has on their team's skills and the gap associated with the use of a cloud platform.

Join experts from 451 Research and Concerto Cloud Services on July 27th where we will examine fact and fiction.

Creating Custom Month-Over-Month Reports
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates in Google Analytics how to create a custom report that shows you traffic over time using the month of year dimensions. There are also instructions on how to fix Google's odd month of year formatting, which Microsoft Excel chokes on.
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Creating Annotations in Google Analytics
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates the importance of annotations in Google Analytics and how they should be used to document changes made to a site, Google updates (Ex: Panda & Penguin), marketing campaigns, and any other events that might have contributed to dips or spikes in traffic.
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Adding Webinar Invites in Google Calendar
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate importing calendar invites from events such as webinars into your Google Calendar.
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Guide to Campaign Tagging in Google Analytics
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate common damaging and frequent mistakes I see in most analytic audits. Most of them are campaign tagging mistakes, so this video will break it down into simple steps.
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Find Related Content using MozBar
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates how to quickly find related content for YourTango's posts using MozBar Chrome extension.
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Monitor Marketing Updates in Google Calendar
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate Google Calendar to monitor updates with top sites, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. with Marketing News. Each update of Google Calendar can be monitored, correlate dips and spikes in your website traffic, and learn much more.
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Importing Data from One Spreadsheet to Another
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate using Google Doc how to import live data to another spreadsheet in Google Spreadsheets using the IMPORTRANGE function.
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A Simple Guide for Marketers
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to analyze your website's back links using a network graph powered by a fusion table.
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Using Comments in Google Docs
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to use comments in Google Docs. You will learn how to create, edit, and delete a comment.
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Free Tool: ZipGrep
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Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Getting Your Site Mobile Friendly
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how marketers can use the Mobile Emulation Tool in Chrome Developer Tool. This will let you preview your site on any mobile device.
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Removing Duplicate Using the UNIQUE Function
By using UNIQUE function in Google Sheets, you can get around removing duplicates like in Microsoft Excel.
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Dimensions and Metrics in Google Analytics
This Micro Tutorial will introduce a Google tool, which is a great way to learn more about dimensions in metrics in Google Analytics, even if you use the interface or the API.
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Hack to Get Organic Landing Pages Without Samping
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate without sampling how to find out top organic landing pages. The hack gets around the standard way to find the pages in Google Analytics results in sampling for larger sites.
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Create Full URLs from Google Analytics in Excel
This Micro Tutorial  demonstrates whether your site uses one subdomain or multiple subdomains, how to create full URLs from Google Analytics content reports. This procedure is called concatenation and can also be done with the CONCATENTATE function. The steps are exactly the same as Google Sheets.
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Adding Subdomains to Content Reports in Google Analytics
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to add subdomains to your content reports. This can be very importing in having a site with multiple subdomains.
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Google Apps

Google Apps is a suite of cloud computing productivity and collaboration software tools and software. It includes Google’s popular web applications including Gmail, Drive, Hangouts, Calendar, and Docs. While these products are available to consumers free of charge, Google Apps for Work adds business-specific features such as custom email addresses at your domain and storage for documents and email.