Affiliate Data Feeds & WordPress: Exploring Methodologies at Affiliate Summit unConference

Affiliate Summit UnConference 2010 at SeaWorld conference center Orlando Florida Monday, I had the opportunity to brainstorm with dozens of affiliates on the topic of maximizing data feeds or affiliate data feed files pulled from affiliate networks into WordPress websites.  The end results is that we were able to share and gather up a long list of useful tools that WordPress and other website users can deploy to pull content into their site from a data feed file with affiliate links.How to pull in Data feeds to a site on the schedule at Affiliate Summit UnConference in Orlando 2010

What is a Data Feed File in the Affiliate World?

Essentially the Data Feed File can contain information that can be used to populate content on a website.  It typically in either csv or xml formats.  If this affiliate data feed file is formatted correctly and if the correct tools are used, this data can be imported in to a WordPress website to either populate brand new pages or posts or even a new content type.

So merchants such as Amazon.com or Walmart.com or many merchants on Affiliate Networks such as CJ.com, Linkshare.com, Buy.at and others will sometimes provide a file that can be downloaded containing many different products, their respective affiliate links, image links, product descriptions, possibly even customer reviews, video embed links and more, depending on the merchant or the network or the file.

How can a Data Feed File be used on a WordPress Website?

In theory, if site owner has a WordPress website (there are other ways to do this outside of WordPress, but this article is particularly concerned about WordPress methodologies), they can go to an Affiliate Network, establish an affiliate relationship with a merchant such as Walmart, download a data feed file from the network, and import that file into your website, creating dozens, if not hundreds of pages of content.  Typically one page of content for every line of data(products or items listed).

Basic Data Feed File Concepts

The key to making this work hinges on using the right tools for the job to manage the download of the data feed file, and then import that file into a WordPress website in a way that correctly creates content.

Intermediate Data Feed Concept

In some cases, a merchant may not provide a data feed file in a format that can easily be imported into WordPress.  In these cases there are some tools or online web services that work to reformat the file that is provided into a useable format for WordPress.

Advanced Data Feed Concept

From an SEO perspective a website owner does not want to simply copy a file with a product name and description provided by a merchant and load that as a page on their website.  Odds are very very high that such content would be considered duplicate content.

To avoid duplicate content, a website owner needs to either add to, edit, or manipulate the content of the data feed file and add something unique to it so that the provided content only counts for about 20% of the content on the future page that will be generated.

ShopperPress Plugin for WordPress demonstrated at Affiliate Summit UnConference

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In Orlando at Affiliate Summit UnConference, Brett Burky (follow @brettburky) demonstrated the power of ShopperPress to help manage the import of data feeds from multiple sources directly from within the WordPress admin environment.  ShopperPress offers direct connections to many different Affiliate Networks, Amazon.com directly, even some of the services that make it possible to reformat data feed files into a more usable format, or combine files from multiple sources into a single source.

ShopperPress is a full ecommerce (shopping website) plugin.  The data feed file is just one aspect of its very advanced functionality.  A website owner that purchases ShopperPress (current prices $79, which includes a current discount from the normal price of $199) can set up their own ecommerce / shopping website.  This can enable them to sell their own physical goods, digital goods such as downloads, or about anything else that can be sold on the internet.  Those are all additional things that can be done.

Practical Application for Ecommerce users of WordPress using Data Feed files

Lets say that you have a website that sells decorative mirrors.  Maybe you make mirrors yourself and sell them, maybe you import them from China, maybe you bought a warehouse full of them, or maybe you are a collector of mirrors and sell them too.

Just using a generic product concept :)

In any case, maybe at the end of the day you have 50 different mirror products.  You sell those directly and use ShopperPress to manage the sales through your website.

You could ALSO use ShopperPress to pull in other mirrors from other retailers via an affiliate connection or offering.

Or you could cross sell products that go with mirror sales (maybe mirror mounting kits) or possibly something that might be a good demographic cross sale, like sconces to hang next to a mirror.

Using ShopperPress in this way, your own online webstore will look larger as you will have more products that appear in your store.

You might be better able to generate cross sales making your business more profitable, possibly to the point that you can save your customers money on the actual mirrors that you sell direct making you more competitive than other mirror sales people.

Practical Application for Bloggers using WordPress & Data Feeds

Let’s say you have a well performing blog article talking about the latest and greatest advances in baby monitors.  Your blog article is so good that it is ranking in the top 10 of Google SERPs for Baby Monitor reviews and you are getting thousands of unique page views a day.

But if you place just a single affiliate banner link on the site for maybe the top baby monitor, you find that it doesn’t convert!  You then try other affiliate links or banners sporadically through the article and no luck there either.

One day you happen across an article talking about the importance of utilizing best seller lists in blog articles to help people reading a blog article see what the masses are finding useful.  Its not only good to get people off the fence and acting, but it also opens the door for best selling accessory lists, or best selling products that people of the same demographic might be interested in buying.

So now you go out and pull in a data feed file from Amazon of their best selling new parent/new mother books for the demographic play.  You hop over to buy.com, buy.at and Wal-Mart.com for the best selling monitors and accessories, pulling each into your site as a data feed file, listing the items either within your article or possibly in a unique widget that only appears in a sidebar on that blog article.

  • You’ve added value by providing unique content,
  • hit the demographic play with several different options, and
  • you have a best seller list to help people look to the top products,
  • increase their confidence,
  • make a decision and buy.

Commission, Commission, Commission!!!

Networks that offer Data Feed Files

Buy.at (pronounced Buy At)
Buy.at  Data Feed Options
RegNow
Digital River
Digital River  Data Feed Options
Commission Junction
CJ.com Data Feed Options
Affiliate Window
Affiliate Window Data Feed Options
Market Health
Market Health Affiliate Data Feed Tools
Pepperjam Network
PepperJam Network Data Feed Details
Webgains
Webgains Data Feed Affiliate tools
ShareASale.com
ShareASale.com  Data Feed Options
LinkShare
LinkShare Data Feed information
ClickBank Affiliate Future
Affiliate Future offerd Data Feeds
Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates Data Feed Tools
E-Junkie
E-Junkie Affiliate Data Feed Files
Affillinet
Affili.net Data Feed File Information
OneNetworkDirect
OneNetworkDirect Data Feed Options

Disclosure – I personally have had the most financial affiliate success with Digital River, LinkShare, RegNow & ShareASale in that order.  I’ve had minor success with Commission Junction and Amazon.com.

Big 3 Data Feed File Manipulation Services

  1. DataFeedFile.com -  Price Comparison Shopping Script Integration Tool CPA CPC Linkshare Commission Junction ShareASale Data Feed Fileupdate 2013 When I first added DataFeedFile.com to this list, I better understood what they offered.  3 years later, it is no longer as clear to me.  It seems as if they can be helpful if you have multiple affiliate accounts that all have the same products (lets say Microsoft Office for sale or something) and Datafeedfile pulls in the latest price on that product from each merchant and helps you list it with your affiliate links.

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  1. DataFeedr.com – DataFeedr supports the following affiliate networks:DataFeedr Support Network List
  2. PopShopsAffiliate marketing with Data Feeds

16 WordPress Plugins that Can Help you with Data Feed Files or Data Feeds

  1. ShopperPress – Really a Shopping Cart Theme, not a plugin, but ShopperPress has lots of plugins including the tools to manage data feeds built in!
  2. WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin
  3. Software Shop
  4. WordPress Easy CSV Importer- Use any csv file to make 500 or 1 million posts or pages.
    • Supports use with ShopperPress or ClassiPress,
    • automated updating or manual,
    • import all at once or spread it out over days or weeks,
    • import to the blog your logged into or use the blog your on to put the data into a totally different blog (Blog 2 Blog),
    • use custom permalinks or the default,
    • use the default post data or
    • Apply your own from data or
    • Increment random dates between a date range you establish
    • Schedule future posts or publish everything straight away
  5. Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer – “This plugin not only automatically changes any Amazon link on your site to use your affiliate ID, but it also changes the link to point to the user’s local Amazon store.  So if your visitor is visiting from the UK they’ll get a link to Amazon.co.uk, if they’re visiting from the US they’ll get a link to the same product on Amazon.com.”
  6. AppStore Links – “Updates all Data directly from the Apple AppStore Server. Setup caching-times for images and content. Use TradeDoubler-ID and plugin automatically creates Affiliate Links to the AppStore.  You can easily add Links to the Apple AppStore with using [app ##idnumber##] in your posts, pages or comments. The ID number is the number from the official AppStore URL.”
  7. CSVPiG – CSV Datafeed Import Plugin CSV Data feed Import Plugin (Free and Pro version available) – “a datafeed import pluginfor WordPress. It transforms affiliate data feeds into professional WordPress blogs with thousands of content rich self-publishing posts.”
    • Your CSV can include:
      • Descriptions,
      • Affiliate links,
      • Pproduct images,
      • Bullet lists or
      • Anything you want.
    • CSVPiG easily deals with anything via its Post Template engine or design multiple post templates and have CSVPiG rotate through them as it publishes so each of your posts will look unique.
  8. DataFeedFile.com (DFF) Featured Product Plugin –(alternate location http://wordpress.datafeedfile.com/ ) “…select a product, compare prices from different merchants, place it in the middle of your blog, and earn commission on sales.”   To be used with the DataFeedFile.com service 100% free
  9. DataFeedFile Product Show Case Plugin – “Price comparison shopping in your blog! With DataFeedFile’s Product Showcase plugin, you can create an entire showcase of several products for price comparison, place it in the middle of your blog, and earn commission on sales”
  10. Wp E-junkie Shopping Cart
  11. Shopp Improved
  12. Affiliate DataFeed File -Price Comparison Shopping Script Integration Tool CPA CPC Linkshare Commission Junction ShareASale Data Feed File
  13. eShop
  14. WFReview – One of the nicest data importers for WordPress I’ve seen.  The Auto review functionality is dark gray to black hat imho, but love the import tool. Would like to see these tools split into 2 different plugins maybe.
  15. ComparePress – “Use ComparePress to quickly add and manage a full SEO price comparison system on your existing blog or web site.” Check out http://ComparePress.com for the full overview
  16. Owagu.com’s massive datafeed loader for ShareASale - “This very powerful plugin from owagu.com loads any ShareaSale affiliate data feed into your WordPress automatically and adds categories accordingly…”

Videos and Tutorials: How to set up Affiliate Data Feed Files in WordPress

WordPress Plugins that are Currently Out of Date (tracking in case they are updated again in the future)
  1. iTunes Affiliate Link Maker (iTALM) – (Currently only supports WordPress up to Version 2.8.6 see AppStore Links plugin for possible solution alternative) “The plugin adds an itunes button to the visual editor which when clicked bring forward a jquery dialog containing a search for the iTunes store link maker.”
  2. WP-Affiliate(Only supports WordPress up to version 2.5)
  3. ShopperPress DataFeed Importer – (Currently only supports WordPress up to 2.8.6 see recent updates in ShopperPress itself) “Inject any CSV file data into the WordPress database as new Posts with ShopperPress affiliate Data Feed Importer, try the demo now!”
  4. CSV 2 POST Free Edition – (Currently only supports WordPress up to Version 2.8.6) “Inject any CSV file data into the WordPress database as new Posts with CSV 2 POST Pro, try the demo now!”

Non WordPress Data Feed Solutions that Could be Shoe Horned in

WebMerge (currently v2.6 as of the writing of this article) – This software program (not a plugin) has been around for years.  It essentially takes a database and converts it into individual static html files, which can then be loaded up via ftp.  If you wanted to shoehorn these into wordpress, it wouldn’t be a far step to convert the html into an xml import file, even though some of the solutions above might be easier.  The real use for this tool might be in working outside of WordPress itself.  It comes with a free trial, which I believe is limited, or the full single user license at $99.  (multi user packages also available.

Thanks to Shawn Collins and his awesome audience at Affiliate Tip who together tipped me off to WebMerge for converting data feed files to html resources.  It was mentioned in a comment chain.  :)


Just Installed Evernote on my PC after installing Ap on my Palm Pre

After getting my Palm Pre running again today, I had to get caught up on lots of stuff.  One of them was an oustanding to do to download and install Evernote on my PC to run in conjunction with the mobile ap on my Palm Pre.

Haven’t heard of Evernote?

Basically its a tool that indexes text in images captured by camera or camera phone and sent into the service.  (it does some other cool things too, but that seems to be the main reason why I picked it up.)

You can get a general idea of some of the other functionality from this video.


Using a New Wind Screen on a Windy Day with Dragon Naturally Speaking 10

As some of you may recall, I attempted to create a home made wind screen for my noise cancellation headset.  I plug that into my Sony Voice Recorder and then I can walk around outside composing and dictating as I like.

Testing Home Made Windscreen, DNS 10 & Windy Day

Well, until yesterday, I had not yet had the opportunity to really test the windscreen out on a very windy day.  Yesterday, was not only windy, but it was also noisy and so I got some video of one of my sessions where I’m writing a chapter for a novel in the NaNoWrimi contest (national novel writing month).

image This particular chapter was not one of my best as this multi tasking thing of trying to shoot a video at the same time I’m trying to compose a chapter was a little much even for my UBER multi-tasking brain.  I got the chapter out, but it was not terribly good, and I will have to go back and seriously beef up the dialogue later.

You will not below the video also that the transcription that I ran when I was NOT running screen capture was a great deal more accurate than the transcription used in the actual video.  Multi tasking with Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 and the screen capture software that comes with FastStone Capture is not a good combination for accuracy(great programs running alone, but together a bit much even for a new laptop with a fast processor).  That screen capture program created a 500 mb video file and with Dragon compiling typically about 300 mb at a time while its running that’s almost 1 gigabyte of data in RAM.  Now, I do have 3 gb on the machine that was running this, but doing video and voice recognition is a little much.  :)

In general, the lessons that I learned here are as follows:

  1. Don’t video yourself while writing a book
  2. Focus on your words more when you are transcribing to a pocket recorder, try and envision what you are doing and what you are saying, you can enjoy the surroundings, but focus on your words (see point 1 as a bad distraction)
  3. If you are walking for exercise, consider going a long distance as opposed to back and forth.  Mindless physical exercise can be good for writing, but if your brain needs to make decisions while you are writing it can distract you from your words
  4. The equipment will do a great job, focus on your own thoughts and your speech quality.
  5. Note. the sound quality in the video is from the microphone on the camera and not the actual microphone with the windscreen

Here’s the more accurate transcription results of the chapter without the video

Case of this quick test C. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is working

Falsely maligned

Jeremy had found his father and is now looking for the medicine man. He was heading in the direction of where the medicine man’s most be, when he encountered his sister else.

"Jeremy I cannot believe that you hurt Shiloh. Even after everyone in the tribe warned you not to act so stupid around. How could you do that, how could you hurt your own little brother. You’re supposed to be looking out for not shooting arrows at them" also said. "I told you I would make you pay for this, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do." She said all she turned and ran in the other direction.

Jeremy didn’t even have an moment to try to explain himself or defend what happened or explained that it had been him at all. Also was as old as

It also was his older sister, and despite the fact that he was now taller and stronger than she was, he still felt intimidated by her. Plus you can really fool around with someone that was the medicine man’s apprentice. The last thing the germinated was the spirit world after.

He kept on walking down the trail and pursuit of the location where the medicine man supposed to be. This took an up-and-down small hill, washed out goalie basically that it filled in with sand over time and when he came to the top of the hill, he could see the medicine man standing near a tree looking at some plants further up the rich. He walked towards the medicine man, and walked with a step it was a little bit louder than normal as he did not want to surprise the man. He definitely felt intimidated by the medicine man, and for some reason this to

And for some reason didn’t want to call out to the older man in jail and area

So instead he chose a course where he would walk relatively loudly up behind the man so that he could hear them coming. "Jeremy, is that you? The medicine man asked

"Yes, it is I. My little brother Shyla’s been hurt in a terrible accident. We were in the clearing hunting for rabbits, when a large bird attacked him. The bird was almost as large as the clearing, swoop down and picked up Shilo in his clutches with this giant feet. Ice shot an arrow at the bird, instructed but it did very little damage and barely slowed down. If it hadn’t been for the fact that the bird got tangled slightly in a tree, I don’t know what would’ve happened to Shiloh."

The medicine man took all of us in without the slightest bit surprised. Jeremy didn’t think that anything in the world could surprise the medicine and, not even the tale of a giant bird that no one ever seen or heard of before swooping down on attacking someone in the tribe.

"Well, let’s go see her brother, and along the way we will stop my hunt and pick up my pack of medicines." The medicine man said. "Described to me, tell your brother was injured, where he was injured in what type of injuries he received." The medicine man continued.

Jeremy said, "he was picked up by the feet of the bird, which seem to puncture his shoulders with the giant closet the bird had, when the bird got tangled in the tree the bird dropped germ

The bird drop Shiloh, and he fell close to 25 feet. He hit the ground in a relatively soft area, but he did break a leg and lost consciousness. I carried them back to our hut which took Olson our to do. He’s there with my mother now in my father’s on his way." Jeremy said.

The medicine man did not say anymore after that, as they walked very quickly to medicine man’s hut which was a few minutes away. Jerry waited outside while the medicine man went into the hut, and came out with a large deerskin bag full of a number of different things that Jeremy could not make out through the boldest. There were some roots and plants picking up sides, but even these he couldn’t recognize, and Jeremy felt that he knew most of the plants in the forest.

The rapidly left the medicine man’s hut, and crossed the tribal common

area heading towards Je
remy’s a. When they arrived son already started to set it was getting dark, they inserted into the hut, which was now lit up with a large fire. The fire was lit more for light than it was for warmth. This was apparent because an opening in the ceiling was open wider than normal to let the heat of the fire escape the hut so as not to roast those inside.

The medicine man went over and converse with Jeremy’s mother, and they spoke together for about five minutes. Jeremy couldn’t quite tell what they were saying, but they did glance at him on several occasions. His father wasn’t in the hut, and Jeremy wasn’t certain what he should do next.

Just as he was thinking this, his mother said, "Jeremy go outside and catch up with her father. He searching the woods to find materials and make an appropriate splint for your brother’s leg. When he gets back, it will take the three of you said the little boy’s leg." She said

Happy to have a new mission, and the opportunity to leave the hut with his mother in the medicine man there, Jeremy quickly left in search of his father."

Here’s the transcription results as shown in the video

Case of this quick test C. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is working

Falsely maligned

Jeremy had found his father was now looking for the medicine man. He was heading in the direction of where the medicine man’s ghost be, when he encountered his sister else.

"Jeremy I cannot believe that you hurt Shiloh. Even after everyone in the drive board you not to act so stupid around. How could you do that, how could you hurt your own little brother. You were supposed to be looking out for not shooting arrows at them" also said. "I told you I would make you pay for this, that’s exactly what I’m going to do." She said all she turned and ran in the other direction.

Jeremy didn’t even have a moment to try to explain himself or defend what happened or explained that it had been him at all. Also was as old as

Also was his older sister, and despite the fact that he was now taller and stronger than she was, he still felt intimidated by her. Plus you can really fool around with someone that was the medicine man’s apprentice. The last thing the germinated was the spirit world after.

He kept on walking down the trail and pursuit of the location where the medicine man supposed to be. This took an up-and-down small hill, washed out goalie basically that it filled in with sand over time and when he came to the top of the hill, he could see the medicine man standing near three looking at some plants further up the rich. He walked towards the medicine man, and walked with a step it was a little bit louder than normal as he did not want to surprise the man. He definitely felt intimidated by the medicine and, and for some reason this to

And for some reason didn’t want to call out to the older man in jail and area

So instead he chose a course where he would walk relatively loudly up behind the man so that he could hear them coming. "Germany, is that you? Medicine Anas

"Yes, it is I. My little brother Shiloh’s been hurt in a terrible accident. We were in the clearing hundred for rabbits, when a large bird attacked him. The bird was almost as large as the clearing, slid down and picked up Shilo in his clutches with this giant feet. Ice shot an arrow at the bird, instructed but it did very little damage and barely slowed down. If it hadn’t been for the fact that the bird got tangled slightly in a tree, I don’t know what would’ve happened to Shiloh."

The medicine man took all of us in without the slightest bit surprised. Jeremy didn’t think that anything in the world could surprise the medicine and, not even the tale of a giant bird that no one ever seen or heard of before swooping down on attacking someone in the drive.

"Well, let’s go see her brother, and along the way we will stop my constant pick up my pack of medicines." The medicine man said. "Described to me, tell your brother was injured, where he was injured in what type of injuries he received." The medicine man continued.

Jeremy said, "he was picked up by the feet of the bird, which seem to puncture his shoulders with the giant closet the bird had, when the bird got tangled in the tree the bird dropped germ

The bird drop Shiloh, and he fell close to 25 feet. He hit the ground in a relatively soft area, but he did break a leg and lost consciousness. I carried him back to our hut which took Olson our to do. He’s there with my mother now in my father’s on his way." Jeremy said.

The medicine man did not say anymore after that, as they walked very quickly to medicine man’s hut which was a few minutes away. Jerry waited outside while the medicine man went into that, and came out with a large deerskin bag full of a number of different things that Jeremy could not make out through the boldest. There were some roots and plants picking up sides, but even these he couldn’t recognize, and Jeremy felt that he knew most of the plants in the forest.

The rapidly left the medicine man’s hut, and crossed the tribal common area heading towards Jeremy Scott. When they arrived the sun already started to set it was getting dark, they inserted into the hut, which was now lit up with a large fire. The fire was lit more for light than it was for warmth. This was apparent because an opening in the ceiling was open wider than normal to let the heat of the fire escape the hut so as not to roast those inside.

The medicine man went over and converse with Jeremy’s mother, and they spoke together for about five minutes. Jeremy couldn’t quite tell what they were saying, but they did glanced at him on several occasions. His father wasn’t in the hut, and Jeremy wasn’t certain what he should do next.

Just as he was thinking this, his mother said, "Jeremy go outside and catch up with her father. He searching the woods to find materials and make appropriate splint for your brothers leg. When he gets back, it will take the three of you said the little boy’s leg." She said

Have you have a new mission, and the opportunity to leave the hut with his mother in the medicine man there, Jeremy quickly left in search of his father."


What is Best Quality Setting for Optimal Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 transcription with Sony IC Recorder

I have a Sony IC Recorder ICD-UX70.  It is not sold to work with Dragon Naturally Speaking 9, but works just fine.  It cost me $100.  For $200 you can buy a Sony Recorder that comes with Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 software, and I consider that a great bargain.

I bought my software, Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred, over a year ago and bought the recorder later.  In total I spent $150 for the software and $100 for the recorder.  Total $250.

sony-ic-ux70-mp3-recorder-voice-transcription-tips-softduit

Since the Sony IC recorder doesn’t come made for DNS 9, I had to do some trial and error testing to figure out the best settings on my recorder for Automatic computer transcription.  (I recorded something on my sony recorder by speaking into it.  Then ran the mp3 file it generated through Dragon Naturally Speaking 9, which transcribed my voice into text.  You can see the results below for each of the recording quality settings on my Sony IC Recorder.

 

This is the original Text that I read aloud:

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 9 is the most accurate speech recognition product Nuance has ever developed – delivering up to 99% accuracy! Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 9 is the ideal solution for busy corporate professionals who want to work faster or organizations looking to keep people with disabilities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, on the job.

 

Here are 4 quick tips to duplicate my results or just get good results for every day voice transcription. 

  1. If you run a file through transcription and it seems to get it dead wrong, or if the first few words are incorrect, try running the file from the beginning all over again.  Sometimes your machine just needs a fresh start at a transcription. 
  2. Hold your MP3 recorder a couple inches to the side of your mouth.  I hold mine with my right hand to the right side of my mouth so that it doesn’t pick up my breathing too much.
  3. Plus, when creating a voice file that should be transcribed, I try to allow 5 seconds of silence at the beginning of the recording to give my computer time to start the transcription process.
  4. Set your microphone sensitivity to low

 

This is the Transcription results at 5 different quality settings. 

imageNote. I have not trained the software to work with my digital recorder.  I did not make any effort to correct the transcription.  If I had subsequent transcriptions would have substituted the word ‘nine’ for the number 9 for example.

 

ST – 192 kbps – Very Accurate, bit rate might consume too much memory, but fine if you will sync up file on rapid basis (37 seconds 887 kilobyte file size)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the most accurate speech recognition product nuances ever developed-delivering up to 99% accuracy!  Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the ideal solution for busy corporate professionals who want to work faster or organizations looking to keep people with disabilities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, on-the-job.

 

STSP – 128 kbps  – Very Accurate, Recommended, also good for Podcast quality (37 seconds 589 kb)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the most accurate speech recognition product nuance has ever developed-delivering up to 99% accuracy!  Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the ideal solution for busy corporate professionals who want to work faster or organizations looking to keep people with disabilities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, on the job.

STLP – 48 kbps – Decent and definitely workable (36 seconds 218 kb)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the most accurate recognition product new one is ever developed-delivering up to 99% accuracy!  Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the ideal solution for busy corporate professionals who once worked faster or organizations looking to keep people with disabilities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome on the job.

SP – 32 kbps – Not Optimal, but could be better (35 seconds 141 kb)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the most accurate beach recognition product and once is never developed-delivering up to 99% accuracy!  Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional nine is the ideal solution for busy corporate professionals want to work faster or organizations looking to keep people with disabilities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, on-the-job.

LP – 8 kbps – Not Recommended – Barely Functional (34 seconds 34.7 kb)

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Building a Video Story Board with MindManager Mind Maps

Here to for, I’ve generally built videos and tutorials with the unorganized approach of recording some video while I do something and then going back and editing it into something useful.

Today, I was working on a viral video for a client and actually built a story board of the video before I put it together attempting to plan out how I would present the video.

This actually worked pretty well for me, even though the story board turned out to be very rough.

Here’s a quick video showing the MindManager map I used for this situation.

Plus, here is the resulting viral video that I created from the story board draft.

Note. there’s a technical sound glitch in the final product that is the result of a problem with Camtasia’s ability to render 2 tracks of sound and a slow motion video clip at the same time.  I’m hoping to resolve this by reworking the clips in Pinacle.  If that succeeds I’ll add a third movie with the corrected result. For now, there are a couple sections where the volume level is a little buggy.

So now, I have to crack open this new software, get it installed and start learning some advanced techniques.  Coming soon, I will have my office on the fishing dock converted into a green room studio, you won’t even be able to see the patio furniture when I’m done, but I’m not sure what I’ll do when the occasional duck flies through my office.


How to Get Rid of the Annoying Excel Warning About Differences in Formulas

There is an idiot light in Excel that often times needs to be shut off if you want to keep your sanity and keep your spreadsheets looking sharp.

annoying-excel-warning

The evil little critter looks like a paint brush and shows up hovering slightly over the edge of a cell’s corner.  It is supposed to tell you that the cell in question does not have the same formula as a cell next to it.

That is great if you have a massive spreadsheet of heavily repeating formulas.

However, when you have a spread sheet where the cells formulas are very different from cell to cell it gets in the way and becomes tedious to deal with, especially if you need to click into a cell obscured by this paint brush.

Plus, when it comes time to offer up your spreadsheet in a presentation or report, having a bunch of paint brushes in the document can infer to the people receiving your report that you have errors where none really exist.  This is bad for conveying confidence in your numbers and results and I advise that you turn this little whiz bang off in your spread sheet before you send it out.

Of course, the people that receive the spreadsheet may have it on and there isn’t much you can do about that unless you put the spreadsheet into a pdf or something.

Here is how you can shut the paintbrush error / idiot light off in Excel!

Go to Tools in the menu, Select Options, then uncheck the box that says

Inconsistent formula in region

Then hit ok and click on a cell somewhere in the spreadsheet and it should be gone, until you reactivate it.

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How to MacGiver a Treo with a Q-Tip – A Q-Stylus

I have an old Treo 600 and I’m just about ready to upgrade, but I haven’t figured out which carrier I’m going with and so I can’t make a final decision on the new Treo I’ll pack next.

About a month ago, I lost the stylus for the phone when I was chasing my lost dog through the woods.  Its hard enough to find a stylus for a new treo let alone find one for one of the oldest treo’s made by Palm.  I haven’t really tried too hard either.

Well, its been getting harder and harder to work the phone without a stylus, especially my alarm clock (using the Butler program).  So the other night when I was cleaning my ears out, enabling me to hear my phone a little better, I thought about hacking the Q-Tip.

So I used a plastic Q-Tip, removed the cotton from one end, and it works great as a stand in stylus.

Here’s some quick shots of the Q-Stylus in action:

Old Treo 600 with Q-Stylus replacement

Q-Stylus compartment on Treo 600Treo 600 Q-Stylus (ergo Q-tip as a stylus)

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Storing a Q-Stylus in a Treo 600

Example Using Q-Stylus with Klondike

It may not be super classy.  You might not impress a client for having a lot of style, but you might get the job done more effectively.  So if function over form is your requirement of the day, then hack at it!


Video Tutorial – Transcribe WAV files to Text with Dragon Naturally Speaking

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You can use almost any voice recorder that is capable of recording a wave file to transcribe your words into text using Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred or a higher version.  Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Mobile actually comes with a voice recorder with the software and will yield some of the best results in regards to accuracy.

I am using my Treo which has a voice recorder program (MVoice – cost $15 – download – $25 for newer Treos).  I record short notes, comments and emails into my Treo and then have the Transcribe tool in Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred convert my voice to text.

Accuracy of DNS9 Preferred is typically about 98-99% (advertised 99%).  Using a tested mobile recorder, Dragon says you will see about 95-96% accuracy.  I’d guess that I see somewhere between 93-95% accuracy using a cheap recorder and my treo.

I don’t have a noise cancellation microphone on my treo and that is one of the largest reasons for the reduction in quality I suspect.

Here’s the video I put together to show you the process.

Here’s the final note that I transcribed and then edited.

That I am going to play through Dragon Naturally Speaking software which will transcribe my words into text.  I’m going to use punctuation like I just did on occasion so the program will know to insert that punctuation.

I’m speaking into my Palm Treo 600 it will record the information on any SD memory card which I will then put into my computer and pull that wave file that’s generated from program onto my computer where it will be transcribed.  Then I will show you the transcription process.

Technical Specifications

I’m running a laptop with 1 gb of memory.  (I will probably upgrade my memory to 2-3GB soon maybe through Dell Memory, mostly due to the videos that I create and to the leaky memory issues with Firefox.  I’m hopeful that this might also improve my performance with DNS9.  My Treo is a 1960′s finned cadillac of treos with the model number of 600.  The damned thing won’t stop working and T-mobile doesn’t carry any upgrade Treos yet.  My computer is running Windows XP with a Centrino Duo processor.