What i did in 2013 & my plans for 2014

Its been quite a long time that i have been focusing on online products and working to develop solutions that work super fantastic for clients. This year Alhumdullilah has been extremely interesting as i got to work on several projects that added much to my skills and have refined my project management skills.

Due to tough schedule and continued deadlines i wasn’t able to work on expanding hosting services however referrals and word of mouth has increased revenue for me :). As long as the figures are concerned, 2013’s third quarter has been pretty fruitful in terms of efforts & outcome.

In 2014, i am looking forward to develop  niche sites and blogs that drives traffic and pushes by ad revenue stream – i hope i can make out time to work out this :). I am also working to launch blog (BloggingPad) where i can actively write articles regarding online skills and share experiences and tips regarding freelancing etc (still refining the ideas, final outcome might be different).

Along with all this, i have to wrap up web services branding. I have been thinking to do it lately but never kept in the priority list however this year my target is to do it by the end of first quarter.

Odesk and Elance to merge with each other

Its time for a big news for freelancers, Odesk and Elance, two widely known freelancing companies are merging together. The news were rolled out on 20th Dec 2013 on social engines and their blogs, later a notification email was sent to all freelancers registered with these companies.

I have used both platforms and they have several things that differentiate them – personally i like odesk for its simple interface and a flat fee structure. Elance however charges for membership levels and isn’t as much user friendly as odesk have been. On the other hand, elance usually have better paying clients while you can easily pick lower paying jobs on odesk (most jobs are under budgeted).

Even though it has been stated that both websites will remain separate, but since elance CEO Fabio Rosati will become the CEO of the new company you can expect elance touch on odesk (membership structures, preferential bids etc).

How to keep hackers away

Recently i was working on a client’s request to debug & clean an infected website. I was amazed after reading the request note left on folder name for hacker. Screen capture will surely make you laugh :)

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This is so far the best way to ask a hacker, how he hacks!! One should surely try this way when there isn’t any other option available, “Dear hacker… :D

What i did in 2012

I was wondering about how quick last year passed by & started drilling back in time to flashback what i did in 2012. I was able to recall tons of customer tickets, emails that i responded to & countless calls – though i try avoiding calls and stick to email, can’t do anything on this :-) . Fortunately, i was able to manage hundreds of web hosting customers in 2012. Completed handful of web development projects, numerous code troubleshooting work, SEO assistance & consultations.

Since July 2012, i had been packed with work – still managed to spare time for friends & had fun Alhamdulillah.