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Adding Chapter Links in Smashwords


How to Create Table of Contents Links For Smashwords

Step One

The first step when creating a linked Table of Contents for Smashwords is to create bookmarks everywhere you want a link to reside. In this case, we’re going to want a link to the words ‘Step One’ to the ‘Step One: Create Bookmarks’ bit in the Table of Contents, so we’re creating our first bookmark there.

Highlight the text where you want to create a bookmark.

Click ‘Insert’ in the Word menu and select ‘Bookmark’

Type the name of the bookmark with no spaces (make it easy to remember) and click ‘Add’

Repeat this process for each Chapter Heading, or other hyperlink in your document.

Step Two : Adding Links

Now you’re ready to link your Table of Contents to the bookmarks you just created.

Go back to your table of contents, and select the first item.

Click Hyperlink, and select ‘Place in This Document’

You should see all the bookmarks you created in Step One. Choose the one you want to link, and click on OK.

Step Three

If you’d like to make things even easier for your readers, add a ‘Return to Table of Contents’ link to each section. To do this, just bookmark the Table of Contents.

Then, add text that says ‘Return to Table of Contents’ under each heading – and link it to the TOC bookmark.

There! You’re done!

Here’s a guide with screenshots!

How to Create Table of Contents Links For Smashwords

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Request Removal From Google’s Cache

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So you’ve got your articles back, but they’re still showing up in cache results in Google – what to do?

Remove them from Google’s cache – or more accurately, ask Google to remove them.

Get Your Posts Back: Where to Go

As usual, Google’s got all the answers. Go here:

Google’s Removal Request Instructions

Click on the Google Public URL Removal link.

Removing the URL from Google’s Cache: What to Do

Click ‘Create a New Removal Request’

Enter the URL of the article you’d like removed. This is the full URL that used to lead to your article – not just the homepage of the site where it used to be.

Google will analyze that page and then ask you to type in a word that used to appear on the page but no longer does. Put in your name or a unique word that was in your article and wouldn’t be anywhere on the site’s homepage.

Click ‘Remove cached version of this page’

Wait. Google’s pretty good about getting this done quickly, but it could take a few days to a week.

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Free Website Terms of Service Agreement Template


Free TOS agreement template. Image by svilen001

When you’re setting up a new website, you need to include a terms of service agreement between you and the users of your website. This is a simple TOS agreement template: Copy and paste it, including your website’s name and your contact information, but get legal advice before relying on it – only a lawyer will be able to confirm for sure that you are covered in all situations, and are safe in regard to all local regulations.

Free Website TOS Agreement Template

Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* you are agreeing to be bound by these
web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations,
and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local
laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from
using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are
protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials
    (information or software) on *YOUR SITE NAME HERE*’s web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on *YOUR SITE NAME HERE*’s web site;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.
    6. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on *YOUR SITE NAME HERE*’s web site are provided “as is”. *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on *YOUR SITE NAME HERE*’s Internet site, even if *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* or a *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on *YOUR SITE NAME HERE*’s web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

*YOUR SITE NAME HERE* has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by *YOUR SITE NAME HERE* of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

*YOUR SITE NAME HERE* may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to *YOUR SITE NAME HERE*’s web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions.


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Free Privacy Policy Template


Copy and paste this simple website privacy policy template! Image by nwogen

Setting up a new website? Here’s a simple privacy policy template – please consult a lawyer, this post does not substitute for legal advice, and this site is not responsible for local changes that are applicable in your area.

*SITENAME* Privacy Policy:


What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site or subscribe to our newsletter.

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name or e-mail address. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy..

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

; To personalize your experience
(your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)

; To improve our website
(we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)

; To improve customer service
(your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)

; To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature

; To send periodic emails

The email address you provide for order processing, will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order.

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our web site privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This policy was last modified on Today’s Date

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

Your Address and Contact Information Here


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Create an Ad for Author Advertising Plugin


Having trouble creating an ad for a revenue-share site that uses Author Advertising? This guide will walk you through creating the type of ad you need, in order to collect the adsense from banner or block ads that display on a multi-author revenue-share site.

Step One: Go to Google Adsense. Have you applied for an account yet? If not – start now! If you already have your account, click on My Ads and then on the ‘New Ad Unit’ button.

Then, you’re going to customize the ad. This is what the screen looks like:

1. This is the name of your ad. I like to be specific, because I have a lot of different ads all over the Internet, and I like to know where my money’s coming from, but it’s up to you.

2. This is the size and shape of the ad that will go to the right of your content. For this example, you’ll need to create 1 468X60 ad, and 1 120X240 ad.

3. Choose the text & image/rich media ad option, to ensure that you’ll have more ads, less blank space. Image ads do have a higher clickthrough rate, but there are not always image ads that fit your content – text ads will display in that event. If you specify only image ads, you may have blank space at some point, which means no revenue.

4. Show blank space as the backup option, unless you have another website with Adsense – you can use ads targeted to that website in the event of a blank space situation.

The rest of the options, you can just leave as the default.

Scroll down to the bottom, and click on Save and Get Code:

A window will pop up with a bunch of code in it. Copy it, and paste it into an email to me.

THEN – log in to your WordPress Dashboard, and look under the Dashboard tab:


Click on the spot that is identified as Adsense – this example uses Decoded Science, but your site will look different.

A window will pop up – enter in your Adsense ID and the Ad Slot IDs in the appropriately labeled spots.

Here’s a visual of the code – and which parts mean what. The 1st circled bit is your adsense ID. The 2nd circled bit is the code for your ad.

Tah-Dah! You’re Done!


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Track your expenses to save money. Image by anshustock

Download a Free Sample Expense Report


Track your expenses to save money. Image by anshustock

There are many sample expense reports out there, but how do you choose? Try downloading one of these free templates, which allow you, as a small business owner, to create comprehensive reports to detail business and employee expenditures. These sample forms eliminate the need for specialized accounting software, and include a tutorial as well as blank reports for you to fill out.

Simplify Reimbursement with Automated Reports

Reporting and tracking petty cash expenditures is an unavoidable part of doing business, even for the smallest businesses. In order to ensure that all expenditures are legitimate, your accounting department must track funds spent by requiring employees to submit reports to explain all spending. Automating the process improves not only the quality of information received by accounting, but renders the process more painless for employees. This results in a faster processing time, allowing the employee to receive reimbursement for their voucher more easily.

Free Report Templates

The process of downloading this sample expense report template from Microsoft is simple. The template is compatible with Microsoft Excel 2007, or any later version. If you’ve got MS Excel on your computer, just download the template and keep track of the location of the saved file. Open the file using Excel, and enter all the necessary information to customize it to your business. The template used to create the sample expense report allows your employees to enter information that changes frequently, but prevents them from changing the basic information template.

For example, a travel expense report template will be organized so that the user can enter information regarding travel expenses such as meals, lodging, and transportation. While the user will be able to enter in details regarding the meal, they will be unable to change the category to something other than meals.

Standardize Business Expense Tracking

Automated reporting for expenses is relatively simple to put into place, and extremely easy to maintain. The sample expense template provided by Microsoft allows businesses to standardize all information received, streamlining the reimbursement process for both employees and the accounting department, especially when reporting business expenses online. Samples of reporting forms also reduce the usage of the designation of “petty cash” for business costs.

Reducing Business Expenses with Free Templates

The process of reporting business-related expenses, and applying for reimbursement, doesn’t have to be a complicated one. With a free template, you can put a standardized process in place for all employees, and you can even keep track of spending patterns to reduce future costs. In business, a little more organization is always a good thing.

Choose an Accountant Wisely


Hiring an accountant? Choose wisely!

Many small business owners hand over finances and taxes to their accountant blindly. When something goes wrong, they’re utterly flummoxed – the accountant should have handled it, right? Not necessarily. Accountants are human beings just like everyone else. They have specialties, and gaps in experience, and some are even not very good at what they do. (Someone’s got to graduate last in the class, right?) So what’s a small-business-owner to do? Do your homework, and don’t pick an accountant (or a doctor or a lawyer or a plumber) out of the phonebook.

  • Ask around, get referrals from your networking buddies. Chances are, they’ll be able to refer you to a great accountant.
  • Choose someone who specializes in small business or self-employed individuals, depending on your situation. He or she will know all about the best deductions for your situation.
  • Google is your friend – check out the accountant for consumer complaints, blog rants and any other information that might indicate a lack of experience, professionalism or competence.
Once you choose an accountant, don’t bury your head in the sand. Ask questions, follow up, and keep tabs – don’t expect your accountant to be perfect, and don’t forget: It’s Your Money!
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Benefits of Cloud Computing: Storage Options for Small Business


Benefits of Cloud Computing: Image by spekulator

What is cloud computing? The “Cloud” is a term used to describe the Internet. Information stored in “the cloud” is actually stored in servers all around the world, and accessed through the Internet. When you utilize cloud computing, you store data and software applications remotely, rather than saving information directly to your hard drive. This method of data storage has a number of benefits, including redundancy, convenience and improved operations.

Redundancy With Cloud Computing

Redundancy, or preserving data by ensuring that multiple copies are available at any given time, is an absolute necessity for business owners. By saving your critical data in the cloud, you’re reducing your chances of losing information due to a hardware failure, virus, natural disaster or any other calamity that can befall your computer. Online backups are a simple and convenient way to provide redundancy for all of your important files.

Convenience of Online Storage

Tired of messing around with CD backups? Too many thumb drives cluttering up your office? Try an online storage service, such as Carbonite, and you can enjoy the secure feeling of knowing that your files are safe without the hassle of performing the backups yourself.

Faster Computing Through the Cloud

Use cloud-based software applications, such as Chrome, Google’s online operating system, to speed up your computer. A computer has limited storage space to hold software and files. The more space you use, and the more programs you run on your computer at any given time, the longer it takes for your computer to perform common tasks. If you transition to Internet-based applications, your computer’s processor is freed up for other tasks, which tends to make everything move faster.

Choose a Provider Carefully

Before you choose a service provider for cloud computing, do extensive research. The company that provides storage and backup services for your business must be reliable and reputable. Do not choose a lower-quality service to save money – when it comes to storing your company’s critical information in the cloud, as with most other business decisions, you’ll get what you pay for.

Victoria Nicks: Free Desktop Publishing Template


From Victoria Nicks, July 2010:

Make Business Brochures Online – Free Desktop Publishing Template

Use free desktop publishing templates to make business brochures online. Download and customize a free tri-fold brochure template to save time and money.


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Small Business Bookkeeping Templates


Small Business Bookkeeping Templates

Accounting Form Templates

Accounting forms, available online, include marketing plans, budgets, general ledger samples, expense reporting forms, business plans, and even common types of business correspondence. These small business bookkeeping templates allow office workers to follow an example while they learn the correct way to process finances. Using a free template for a marketing plan or business plan can be particularly helpful for business owners without administrative experience. Using a template to create a business letter also simplifies the process of initiating business-related correspondence.

Try this general ledger template, from Microsoft. Download the file, open in MS Excel, and fill it in with your company’s information.


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