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Build Apps Without Code: Convert A WordPress Website Into A Mobile App

Build Apps Without Code: Convert A WordPress Website Into A Mobile App

In the following YouTube video by Darrel Wilson, we see a tutorial for the AppMySite service. If you have a WordPress website for your business, AppMySite can make a mobile app version without you needing to code. There are several online services that do this, but AppMySite is probably the most user-friendly and cost effective. If your business runs an online store, a message board/forum, and/or booking system, this is a viable way to get more traffic and users.

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First, Darrel goes through the app settings like fonts, color scheme, and logo upload. AppMySite will make a preview of your app before you pay to build it. Then he guides us through the setup: you can choose WordPress as your content management system (CMS), set it to use “CMS Pages,” and give the app a name.

Next, there is a step-by-step process for selecting all the images and settings that are available in the free preview, but you’re actually building the app once you subscribe to the service. After that, you would connect your WordPress site to the app, and that is done with the AppMySite plugin. It’s available for free in the WordPress repository. The app is made very easily after that. The next step is to submit it to the app marketplaces on iOS and Android. There is a standard process to do that yourself, but AppMySite will do it for you if you buy their add-on made for that purpose.

Below the video, I have linked to Darrel’s video page and his referral links. This supports his channel. Below that, I have included referral links to support my blog. You can build your WordPress website on the hosting platform Dreamhost, and design it using the popular theme Divi.

How The Wealthy Make Money: Disney Ex-CEO Bob Iger Sells Half His Stock

How The Wealthy Make Money: Disney Ex-CEO Bob Iger Sells Half His Stock

Last Friday, the news came out that Disney’s former chief executive Bob Iger sold about $100 million worth of his stock in the company. This gives us a chance to examine how the top 1% make their income, and possible tax increases on investments in the United States. In the following video by Midnight’s Edge, the host Andre Einherjar interviews fellow YouTuber Valliant Renegade, and they discuss these topics.

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Corporate executives make up most of the wealthy elite, and they don’t rely on just their working income. While most working and middle class citizens earn money from their jobs in hourly wages or salaries, executives have additional forms of compensation. They have salaries, usually in the 6 figure range, but they also receive performance bonuses, and biggest of all, shares of company stock. Iger accumulated shares of Disney stock during his career as an executive at various ranks. According to the video, while he was CEO, the value of Disney shares increased from about $20 to almost $200.

Regular Americans pay taxes on their income each year. Stocks and investments are subject to a different kind of tax, called capital gains tax. This year, the Biden administration proposed an increase on capital gains tax, which caused a dip in the stock and cryptocurrency markets. The tax won’t become reality unless Congress passes a law requiring it, but just the suggestion causes concern for anyone who has investments and assets.

As I have discussed on this blog and on my own YouTube channel, Americans are moving their cash into assets like stocks, cryptocurrency, precious metals, and even Pokemon cards. The Federal Reserve printed radically more cash in 2020 during the pandemic lockdowns. Therefore, the amount of dollars in one’s bank account have lost value. Buying assets preserves wealth during inflation, and you can sell them off for retirement, or pass them on to future generations. A capital gains tax hike ought to be highly unpopular, not just among the wealthy, but to anyone who understands the importance of assets.

Bob Iger is of retirement age, and no longer the Disney chief executive. He heard the tax hike rumblings and likely decided to cash out now. As for the rest of us, we should carefully monitor the United States Congress. The government has ignored the people’s wishes in the past, but it will be harder to do in the Internet Age. So many secrets have been revealed this year, we can expect more in the coming months.

Make Money Online: Digital Product Ideas

Make Money Online: Digital Product Ideas

The following YouTube video by Aurelius Tjin lists 20 digital product ideas for making money online. You can sell these products on marketplaces mentioned in the list, or on your own website. I previously posted a beginner’s guide to making websites with WordPress, which I will link in this article. If you already own a business, you can use these digital products as promotional items. Indeed, some of them are marketing tools you can use to sell other things.

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  1. Tip Jar/ Buy Me A Coffee Page: Use a service called Koji, or a WordPress plugin like GiveWP.
  2. Shoutouts: Use Koji again, and people can pay you to ask questions. This is like super chats in a live stream, so Streamlabs is another option.
  3. Online Course: This is an old favorite. You can post one in Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, or many other websites. You can also sell courses on your WordPress website with the Learndash plugin, or a membership plugin like MemberPress or Paid Memberships Pro.
  4. Ebooks: You can write a book in Google Docs or Reedsy, and convert it to epub format or pdf. Then you can sell it on Amazon, Nook, or your own website using WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads.
  5. Exclusive Articles: You can write an article on any topic and sell it on Koji.
  6. Locked/Premium Videos And Photos: You can lock these behind a paywall using one of the WordPress membership plugins, or Koji once again.
  7. Gated Link: Similar to locked and premium content, this is an exclusive link. See the apps above.
  8. Luts And Presets: These are color settings for video content.
  9. Social Media Prompts: These are content ideas or templates for social media posts. You can assign them to calendars to schedule ahead of time.
  10. Social Media Captions: These are pre-written templates for social media marketers to use in posts.
  11. White Label/Private Label Content: This is written content you can sell to others so they can put their names and brands on it.
  12. Notion Templates: Notion is a project management platform, which has a marketplace for 3rd party templates and add-ons.
  13. Canva Templates: You can create a design in Canva, and post it as a template for sale.
  14. Branding Templates: These are design templates for business cards, social media, YouTube, and more. You can sell them on Creative Market, or on your WordPress website.
  15. Copywriting Templates: These are content templates for landing pages, emails, ads, and any other marketing content.
  16. Printables: These are popular on Etsy, so you can get ideas and sell them there. You create designs to be printed on physical products.
  17. Paid Newsletter: This is similar to premium content. You can create an email newsletter with Mailchimp, Aweber, or the WordPress plugin MailPoet, then sell the content through a membership plugin or gated link.
  18. Plans: These can be plans for fitness, meal prep, marketing, blogging, or anything that requires your expertise. Sell them as ebook, PDFs, online courses, or premium content.
  19. Apps And Software: If you don’t know how to develop software, you can hire someone on UpWork. There are also platforms like Bubble.io and AppMakr that let you make apps without code. If you can make a WordPress website, you can make a mobile app version with AppPresser.
  20. Digital Ad Space: This is ad space for your website. Rather than use Google Adsense, you can sell ad space with Koji’s Billboard app.

Aurelius wraps up the video describing his Koji Billboard page, which lets him use other Koji apps to sell products mentioned earlier. For a guide to building a website with WordPress, refer to this earlier post: “Make Your Own Website: Beginner’s Guide To WordPress 2021.”

Silicon Valley And Hollywood: Mergers, Streaming, And Reboots

Silicon Valley And Hollywood: Mergers, Streaming, And Reboots

This video by Clownfish TV discusses the mergers and acquisitions of Hollywood studios, either by each other, or by Big Tech. The coronavirus lockdowns were catastrophic for Hollywood, but Silicon Valley is coming through bigger than ever. Movie theaters are being replaced by streaming services, but there are currently too many options to make it in the market. After Amazon bought MGM last week, it looks likely that studios will exist to serve the survivors of the streaming wars. Whatever happens to Hollywood, this is a wonderful opportunity for independent creators.

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In the video, Kneon and Geeky Sparkles start by reading a Deadline article about Lionsgate Studios. It is suspected Lionsgate will be the next studio to be gobbled up. Lionsgate owns Starz, so their likely buyer will have a streaming service ready-made. The Deadline article notes that mergers tend to happen in waves. Amazon bought MGM, and AT&T sold Warner Media to Discovery, so there will likely be more this year.

This comes at a time when Hollywood’s creativity is drying up. The 21st Century is rife with reboots and remakes of older franchises. Companies find it easier to acquire other studios and their intellectual properties than to make new stories. This is exemplified by Disney. They own Marvel Comics, Lucasfilm, The Muppets, ESPN, and 20th Century Fox. Disney has made a few original in-house movies, like “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” but has gone overboard producing live action remakes of their animated classics. Those remakes made money for a while, but the live action “Mulan” was a turning point. It was offensive to Chinese audiences, yet Disney colluded with the CCP so much it outraged Western audiences.

Hollywood corporations care too much about intellectual properties, and not enough about what made those properties great. This will get worse as tech companies get involved. Amazon is making a Prime series based on Lord Of The Rings, but Tolkien fans are not enthused. Watch any pop culture YouTube channel like Nerdrotic to get a sample of fans’ reactions. Hollywood and Big Tech, and almost every other global corporation, listen to Twitter more than YouTube. Therefore, far left identity politics drive their agendas, and drive away paying customers.

It’s not surprising, though, that Hollywood and the Corporate Media would distrust YouTubers. YouTube undercuts their very business model. By working out of their spare rooms, YouTube creators generate compelling content and citizen journalism- for a fraction of the budget a corporate studio spends. Video games have famously overtaken the film industry in revenue, and gaming is a dominant subject on YouTube. Anyone with creative talent is probably doing their own thing, leaving Hollywood with the hacks and bootlickers. Rather than streaming services fighting to be the next Netflix, the real revolution might be video platforms fighting to be the next YouTube.

Get Woke, Go Broke: Corporations Wake Up, Turn Away From Far Left Politics

Get Woke, Go Broke: Corporations Wake Up, Turn Away From Far Left Politics

In this post, we examine two YouTube videos by TheQuartering. One discusses multiple articles about major companies turning away from “woke” far left politics, and the other signals the split between Hollywood and communist China. As I have said in other posts, “leftist” is not the same as “liberal”; left wing activists, demagogues, and politicians are phony liberals who use ideology as a smokescreen for nefarious purposes. Consumers may not be able to articulate this, but they reject the pandering and preaching of global corporations.

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In the first video we learn about major banks are under the government’s microscope. Wednesday, the executives of JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank Of America, and others, were questioned by members of Congress. Democrats are concerned about the drop in loan issuance to small businesses last year, which is no surprise due to pandemic lockdowns, forcing businesses to close. Democrat senators and representatives should refer to Democrat state governors. Republicans in Congress want to get to the bottom of the banks’ support of left wing causes. Bank execs have criticized election reform and audits, prompting Donald Trump to call for bank boycotts. Banks also support the Paris climate agreement, which is an elite globalist racket that lets China, the biggest polluter of all, off the hook.

The next article in the video is about the ecommerce app Shopify, which businesses and independent entrepreneurs use to build their own online stores. After the January 6 fiasco, Shopify banned Donald Trump from using its platform. Trump’s followers, and many other Americans who want politics out of their business, were irate. Now, Shopify’s CEO Tobi Lutke has turned around, announcing the company behind the app will focus strictly on business and not politics. He warns that political activism inside the company will be put down if it harms users’ ability to use the app successfully. TheQuartering’s host Jeremy then opines about other service providers, mainly credit card companies and online payment processors. They have the ability to cut off the flow of money to anyone they disapprove of, which is a dire political threat. Jeremy doesn’t mention cryptocurrency, but I believe that is a workaround.

In the next video, Jeremy reads a lengthy article by The Hollywood Reporter, detailing Hollywood’s faltering relationship with China. As the world’s most populous country, China is a tempting market for all global corporations. But by trying to do business there, those companies become complicit in the regime’s human rights violations, and get arm twisted into betraying Western values. There has been a communist element in Hollywood since its Golden Age, but it has dropped all subtlety in the last 5 or 6 years. Now that the mask is off, American audiences have moved on, if award show ratings are any indication. The theatre industry is in critical condition because of last year’s lockdowns, and streaming services aren’t as lucrative as studios expected.

The current split between China and Hollywood is not due to Hollywood finding its conscience, but by China being offended by Hollywood’s hackneyed pandering. Oscar winning director Chloe Zhao is a big part of the Hollywood Reporter article. Although she is of Chinese origin, and a liberal in good standing, she now lives in America and is critical of China’s communist regime. Disney tapped her to direct The Eternals, a Marvel property, which they thought would please Chinese authorities. But now Disney has to thread the needle between those authorities and Zhao’s free thinking.

Hollywood studios may be slow to change their ways, but the Hollywood press is sounding the alarm on China’s influence. This might be an overdue response to the growth of independent journalism, found on YouTube, podcasts, and blogs. Corporate media outlets have carried water for the Establishment for years. Could it be the Establishment is losing its grip? This is a very positive sign that ordinary people are finding their power. Thanks to technology, we have so many ways to undercut the old power structure: blogs, cryptocurrency, ecommerce, the Gig Economy, and alternative social media. Corporations lose their power when we don’t depend on them. They must change to serve us.

Follow Up: How To Root Out Corruption, Variety Article Calls Out Lucasfilm Indirectly

Follow Up: How To Root Out Corruption, Variety Article Calls Out Lucasfilm Indirectly

In March, I shared a YouTube video by Midnight’s Edge discussing how toxic executives in Disney and Lucasfilm were called out in a Forbes article. The lesson was, if your organization is corrupt, you must find help outside the system. This week, Midnight’s Edge followed up on the story by analyzing an article by Variety. It’s a veiled signal to Hollywood that Disney is cleaning house. I have also shared in the past that narcissists can’t be exposed directly, because they cultivate allies. They must be dealt with on the sly.

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On the face of it, Disney is offending my individualist sensibilities by adding bureaucracy to the company, and promoting its merchandise and distribution executives above the creative ones. However, those so-called creative teams have polluted beloved franchises, infuriating the fans. The head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, is despised by Star Wars fans, but is so ruthless she can’t be removed easily. The new layers of bureaucracy are a barrier between far left propagandists in the studios, and paying customers.

Disney’s new CEO, Bob Chapek, has the prerogative to change the company’s direction to fit his views; that’s normal in the corporate world. The fact that a leading Hollywood trade publication like Variety is covering it gives the article another meaning. In the video, industry insider Kamran Pasha reads between the lines. A few Disney creative executives are leaving this year, and this may provide cover for removing Kennedy. Pasha says the entire article is subtext for ousting her, without riling up her flying monkeys.

What lessons can we take from this installment? Toxic leaders use lies and false pretenses to protect their positions of power. To oust them, you don’t need to lie (in fact, you shouldn’t), but you can’t challenge them directly. You need to connect other ideas and context to their abuse, and their removal. You can camouflage your actions without hiding them. You need to build your own support around common sense. Whatever you do, don’t make it personal- the egos of narcissists are too explosive, so it must be strictly business.

Related: “How To Root Out Corruption: Forbes Criticizes Disney, Cover To Fix Lucasfilm”