Sponsored Reviews, Advertorials & Promotional Post - any room for it?

3rd Planet Techies is focused more on dishing out quality contents that will benefit our readers than feeding bots with links and /or improving your website SERP and ranking.

We understand that - you need a decent authority for your domain and pages, but that shouldn't be done at the expense of quality, trust and professionalism.

We decided to make this post public in order to scare aware some SEO link builders that are bent on sacrificing quality contents for junks, spam and links.

We get to reject loads of this almost on a daily basis, the most annoying of this category is the ones that sends in junk review and useless contents in order to get link to their client's website and all that.

This guide is to help you figure the kind of post we can accept as a sponsored review, sponsored post, promotional content and /or advertorial.

Sponsored Reviews


Sponsored Reviews to us means - introducing a software, service, game, app and /or any other products to one of our editors to:

  • Take a look at
  • Download or get a full working version
  • Use and 
  • Introduce same to our readers, giving a honest review and opinion about it. 
 If you want us to publish a product review that is written by you, it is expected of you to allow us include somewhere in the post that this content was researched, written or submitted by someone else, this will let our readers know when they are reading a review from someone else and when it is an opinion shared by us.

Types of Sponsored Reviews we Accept 

1. Digital Products 

We can review digital products of any kind, share our honest opinion and publish to our readers without the intention of providing feedback to developers or promoting our interest/fancy. 

Digital products such as software, eBooks, templates, graphic packages, apps, games, services, web hosting and sundry are accepted for a review - if we can have access to them to at least see the full features and how useful or useless it will be to our tech audience. 

2. Hand's-On Reviews 

Example of a hand's-on review is the one we published recently about Casio fx-991MS Scientific Calculator

Hand's-on reviews are usually done with products we purchase or received from authorized dealers to unbox, feel, use and write a review about them. 

This includes mostly - electronic gadgets, computer hardware, electronic appliances, phone accessories, computer accessories (such as flash drive, pen drive, sd card, ROM drives and etc.) tools and equipments. 

Ones any item is shipped and received by our editors, we acknowledge and make a review about same at our earliest convenience. 


Other Products we Can Consider for a Hands-on Review 

http://www.3ptechies.com and http://www.ewtnet.com is strictly tech and can publish only products that falls into the categories stated above. 

http://www.obasimvilla.com (Obasi Miracle Villa) on the other hand, can publish hands-on reviews on virtually any product as long as it is not illegal or having some sort of restriction. 

This can be fashion, wears, jewelries, fancy stuff and every other thing that people finds valuable and /or truly awesome. We know how to add the tech factor to it - It is my personal tech diary anyway. 

How to send in your Product for a hands-on review 

This is the easiest part, once you have concluded on having your product received and reviewed by me or any of our editors, just head on to our contact page or send in a contact request via this form.

Advertorials and Promotional Contents 

We accept sponsored post and prefers writing them ourselves to publishing some junks in the name of promotional contents.

We reject stupid links and frown at links leading to malicious websites and /or websites with pop-ups, adware and malware.

We're not interesting in your post if the max budget is less than $60, that is the least we can charge for a promotional post of any sort.

The links you are promoting should be in line with Google's updated guide and best practices for selling links. The duration for the link should be spelled out in your first email.

We will never accept junks and bizarre post irrespective of the amount you are bidding for it - Instead, ask us to make a decent post for you or sponsor one of our existing articles.

Banners and Sidebar Links 

 Following Google's webmaster's guide, these links are expected to be nofollow. We strictly comply to this rules, you can purchase any space for banner, sidebar link and sundry.

How to Get in Touch? 

To get in touch with us, you can make use of the contact form here, or send an email to any of the addresses below -

  • projects{at}3ptechies.com
  • admin{at}obasimvilla.com
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10 Reasons iPhone is better than Android Phone

iPhone is better than Android; is a  debate that has raged on for years and will probably go on for years to come. Surely we all have had our 2 cent participation in the conversation making bold statements with our own reasons of why we think Apple is better than Google or Google is better than Apple.

The truth of the matter is, choosing one platform over the other is a personal choice. A choice everyone is free to make for themselves. And hence personally for me, I feel iPhone is better than Android.
 

What to Look For in a Smart Phone


iPhone has always been a preferred choice for consumers and the primal reason being not just the hardware, but also the ecosystem and coherent experience that starts from the moment you enter the Apple Store. It starts from the customer greetings, to selecting your new shiny iPhone as your new personal gadget.

So here are my top 10 reasons why I still prefer iPhone Over Android:

1. The App Store

The risk of you knowing this is probably very high and nothing new; but let’s faces it this is one major factor. Remember, Apple started this whole sale app store revolution and so they are still major head start over the rest. Hence, App Store is still a lot bigger than Android Play Store. Contrary to what the figures tell us with Apple App Store bearing 1.2 million apps and Android nearing the 1.3 million apps, but keep in mind, the Androids statistics are made up of multiple different markets and hence there is no single platform where you can find all 1.3 million apps.

This is one of the things that gives the iPhone OS the advantage over Android. Stability hence becomes a critical factor in accessing the quality of the apps that is far superior with Apple than Android. This brings me to my second reason.

2. Platform Stability

With the Android platform maturing rapidly, this platform still has to cover a lot of miles in reaching the stability that iOS 8 platform commands.

Remember, the Operating System of iPhone is just rock solid, it rarely crashes, and even more rarely freezes. With iPhone apps you get quicker response time, and much more reliable and trusted apps. I know I am not alone in making this assessment.

3. Multimedia

Hands down; Apple WINS! It not only has brilliant music applications, but also easy pod cast, video management and of course like I said before they’re into this game a lot ahead than Android courtesy to the famous iTunes.

Although some would argue that iTunes operates on restricted parameters, but still the sheer amount of your access to music, films, TV shows, radio stations – all easily available to download.

4. Simplicity of Design and Usage

iPhone is so easy to use that even my grandfather who is not tech savvy let me assure you that operates it with much ease! There is practically NO learning curve required for iPhone and everything is laid out in the most natural format possible. Starting from unlocking your phone, to the simple operation of dialing it is very easy; especially when we compare iPhone to some of the top brands including HTC and Samsung.

This is where the true brilliance of Steve Jobs shines through. And even if you are an App developer, you have only ONE testing platform. Surely you do know that Apple releases iOS Updates with added features and it’s all documented thoroughly and very properly through the ONE platform for you to understand.


Image Credit: Simple iPhone Apps

5. Most Up To Date Software

With iPhone you can get the latest iOS (Operating System) version available through App Store just as soon as it is available. You simply cannot do that with Android.

This is because Android makers and carriers often do not support the latest Android versions until several months after Google releases them.

6. Greater Home Control

With the latest iPhone’s HomeKit you can more prominently control your home appliances like lights, doors etc. through your iPhone or iPad.

7. Greater Parental Control

The latest Apple Operating System offers parents an added feature called Family Sharing. You can now share the applications, music, books and literally ANY content across with your family members through the devices they own.

This also lets you restrict your children on certain apps that are inappropriate for younger audiences.

8. iPhone Fingerprint Sensors through TouchID

An additional feature for sure, but no Android phone comes near to the technology Apple has to offer with this. Remember, a few years ago, Apple procured a company by the name Authentic.

This company was famous for the fingerprint technology. No other company has been a competitor to their product TouchID since.

9. Other Features (Camera, Battery Life, Payment Gateways).

Not a lot of Android phones have very good camera. But Apple on the contrary has always been BIG on multimedia. The latest iPhone 6 offers the best results as far as picture quality is concerned.

The only competition it has is with Samsung Note 4; which again does not fully compete with iPhone 6’s nifty features like the ability to shoot slow-motion and time-lapse videos. Rumor has it; the next iPhone will have rival DSLRs.

However note that Payment gateways or the method to pay via phone is fast strong suite of Android platform. However Apple Pay is a fierce competition. Let’s wait and see what 2015 has in store with respect to mobile payments.


10.  The Amazing Customer Support

Having a bad day? Well call customer support just for fun to make yourself feel elevated, even if have not purchased an iPhone yet. That’s how truly good they are.

From learning how to use your iPhone to asking complex questions about app development, Apple Store has you covered! But on the flip side, where would you go when you have a problem with your Android phone? Very few platforms are out there that offer support for Android based platforms.

For many, it may be your carriers, but remember, the carriers don’t have the same kind of support Apple Store offers.



Image Credit: Apple Customer Support


Post Contributed by Umar Jamshed who is an IT expert and a former consultant with The World Bank. He is a graduate of Curtin University, Australia. He writes for Inbound.Zone and manages his IT firm.
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Top 7 Apps to tweak iPhone 6

There is no denying that Apple’s iPhone 6 is a brilliant piece of kit, both inside and out. Well made, sleekly designed, bursting with power, and pre-loaded with a lot of great apps, that mean you can hit the ground running the second you turn it on.



But are there ways to improve it? Certainly! For every default Apple app, there are 1000s of replicas, rip-offs and improvements. There's something for everyone from really good increasing productivity apps to fitness and health ! Here are a few alternatives for the iPhone 6’s standard apps:

Camera+


There is no improving the iPhone 6’s built in camera, but you can certainly improve on the app that controls it. Camera+ gives users a wider array of tools for their photos. You can take pictures as usual (with geotagging options), and then, in app, you can add filters & effects, crop images, and save them to your normal camera roll. It simply offers a more versatile experience than the standard app, allowing you to edit the photo how you want without having to port the images to a different app or on to a browser.

TweetBot


The go-to 3rd party Twitter app for many, TweetBot simply makes your Twitter browsing more fluid. It comes with built in muting, for when you don’t want to unfollow someone, but you’d rather avoid their tweets for a set amount of time (avoiding TV spoilers etc.). You can also utilise different themes for day and night, enjoy more intuitive replying and favoriting methods, and best of all, manage multiple accounts from one app.

Google Maps


While Apple Maps, the default map browser, got off to an infamously bad start when it replaced Google Maps as the iPhone’s default map app. It labelled entire cities as hospitals, and got nurseries confused with airports! Google Maps released soon afterwards, and has been a popular alternative ever since, offering voice-over navigation and the option to save routes for when you’re offline.

iCab


Again, there is nothing wrong with the iPhone 6’s Safari web browser, but iCab simply offers more options. It can be customised to your choosing - menu layouts, shortcuts, and gesture integration. It also comes with tools that allow you to see what pages link to the page you are viewing, save pages as PDFs, and see if Google has an older cached version of a website available to view.

SwiftKey


Improving on the standard keyboard, SwiftKey adds swipe-to-type functionality and predictive spelling, augmented by learning your language patterns, which allow it to better predict what you are going to say the more you use the app. It plugs into all apps that use the keyboard, so it has immense integration.

Dark Sky


What’s the most important thing a weather app could tell you? If it’s going to rain! Dark Sky sets out to put an end to those rain soaked nightmares by offering real time, upfront updates on the likelihood that it will rain in the next hours. This is on top of all the other weather tracking features it incorporates.

Fantastical 2


This final app combines two default apps - the reminders and the calendar. Fantastical 2 allows you to set reminders in real language. What does that mean? You can type in “Dinner with Emma tonight at 8”, and it will set up an event for 8pm that night that reads “Dinner with Emma”! The other neat trick it can do is geo-fenced reminders - set the reminder to a location, and when you arrive/leave there, the reminder will be triggered!

Image credit: apple.com

This post was submitted by Lily, a student from Birmingham. She is a passionate productivity blogger at Productiveme.weebly.com.
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iRoot roots plethora of android devices with or without a computer

I just shared a post on 3ptechies forum, explaining how to root any android phone or devices with or without a computer using the iRoot app.


I'll drop the excerpt for you to go ahead with it and get those stubborn android phone rooted in minutes without much stress from your end.

Just thought I should update you about iRoot – an enhanced software that can root plethora of android phone and devices with or without a computer.
iRoot is an improvement on the vRoot software that recorded up to 90% success rate in rooting of android phone and devices.
iRoot was updated to include iRoot apk (iRoot.apk) for rooting directly from your android devices without connecting it to a computer machine and iRoot executable (iRoot.exe) for rooting directly from your PC via a USB connection cable.
Either ways, the iRoot software is a great all-in-one root tool with support for newer and older android devices, even less-popular brands of android phones can be rooted with it.
I already tried it on Gionee, Samsung, Tecno, Infinix and Mercury. You can report other devices in this thread to help others find what phones the iRoot app can root easily.
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Oxwall Design, Development Services - Top 4 Freelancers for it

Oxwall is one of the fastest growing content management system (CMS) around today, owing greatly to the majority of stuff you can craft with it.

From social networking site, interactive forum, video sharing blog, social games to auto-blogging website, chat platform, dating website and student's portal, Oxwall CMS offers these and many more just in a single installation.

Things can get really turbulent for a beginner starting out with Oxwall Software as there isn't as much free tutorials as it is with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and SMF.

We're presenting to you - list of top 4 freelancers and top-notch programmers that can help you make your dream site come to reality "without paying through your nose".

1. Jake Brunton


Jake Brunton is a United States (US) based developer who is very vast with Oxwall development, maintenance and design services. He's developed some free and premium plugins, themes and modules.

You can get-access-to most of his plugin at the Oxwall Plugin repository via FoxTechs. He's friendly, down-to earth and very honest when working for clients.

2. Obasi Ebenezer


Obasi Ebenezer is a known Oxwall ardent, he's written lots of top-notch tutorials covering Oxwall development, design, maintenance and optimization.

A look through the Oxwall tutorials category of his tech blog will prove to you he's no learner when it comes to coding with Oxwall. He's also written some articles for 3rd Planet Techies including that of Oxwall revolution theme review and top 10 Oxwall plugins.

Arvixe LLC, one of the reputable, reliable, affordable and  top-notch US-based web hosting services provider with state of the art web servers featured one of his tutorials on Oxwall forum's customization

The bottom-line is that I know so much about Obasi Ebenezer who has taken his blogging and web development services to a great feet. He recently got in touch with me about Evomec job posting, a company that deals majorly on shoreline protection and equipment leasing services.

He's a very friendly developer and offers his cheapest Oxwall design and development services via Fiverr, Elance and ewtnet.us.

3. Anthony Olajide Ogundipe


Anthony Olajide Ogundipe is a renown developer, he's very vast and efficient with Oxwall Software, Joomla, Drupal and custom web application.

Trust me, he can breathe live and freshness into your Oxwall website, saving you the stress of trying to do it yourself in years, where Oxwall fails, he can code a plugin and / or module to tell it how and why to behave fine.

He offers his design and development services via Dhtmlextreme.net.

4.Stanly Stephen


Stanly Stephen is an Indian based website developer and Social media marketer. He's robust when working with Oxwall and can handle effectively, services on Oxwall and social media marketing (SMM).

You can always count on his social media promotion, advertisement and Oxwall design services. He offers his freelancing services via Facebook and ewtnet.us.
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Top 12 Best Technology Tutorial Blogs


Here today, I am presenting you with a near-perfect list of top 12 technology tutorial blogs you should have in your bookmark.

I tried to make my list accurate by removing those gossip, news and hoarse blogs that provides little or no value to tech addicts like me.

#1. Smashing Magazine


I started using smashing magazine as early as 2011 and till now they are still providing only high quality technology tutorials that leaves no room for questions.

Smashing Magazine tops the list of my bookmark when it comes to the best tech tutorial blogs around, their articles are usually written in a very professional manner, they cover numerous categories such as; typography, android, ios, graphics, wordpress, blogging and etc.

#2. Noupe


From a guest standpoint noupe might sound very awkward, I myself being a regular visitor of noupe can confidently recommend it as one of the most resourceful blog to get real tech digest as a web designer, developer or even as a blogger.

They aren't like other news blogs around but do offer something really different when it comes to designer's tutorial and updates.

#3. WP Beginner


As the blog's name and theme implies, WPbeginner  is the most resourceful tech blog for wordpress open source CMS platform users.

It is one great spot for tutorials on plugins, themes, server management, wordpress caching, design, wordpress SEO and many fundamental wordpress recipes.

Even as a normal blogger or tech enthusiast adding WPbeginner to your bookmark will enhance your proficiency when it comes to working on site's powered by wordpress software.

#4. Brian Gardner


If you just started visiting Brain Gardner recently, you might argue with me about listing it here. Brain Gardner's blog has been a backbone to many wordpress users over the years, mostly we Genesis framework users can't really thanks him enough as he never lack a code snippet to share.

The blog has provided several customization tutorial and even free themes for bloggers using the blogger.com CMS  platform. You should add it to your list 'cos you won't regret taking that step.

#5. How-to Geek


It comes as no surprise at all as how-to geek has proven over and over again to be the best tutorial blog covering technology guides relating to Linux, Windows, Macintosh, Software, Hardware, Internet and other operating system hacks.

Among tech lovers it's one of their favorite 'cos the editor has maintained a track record of writing from his heart and providing only realistic tutorials too.

#6. My Blogger Tricks


Renown to be one of the most popular blogger powered technology blog that provides real tutorials when it comes to blog development, design, customization, blogging tips, SEO and business development mybloggertricks has built a strong reputation for itself that has survived all these years.

It will be a taboo not having it in your bookmark as a blogger.com CMS platform user .

#7. Digital Inspiration


When ever real quality how-to tutorials on computer software, blogging, mobile apps, design, video tutorials and Search Engine Optimization becomes of any importance to you, digital inspiration will be the tech blog to turn to as it has remained unique since it's inception.

#8. Addictive Tips


I didn't think twice before adding addictive tips to my browser's bookmark. I have since enjoyed it as one of the best tech blog for tutorials on desktop, web and mobile apps, how-to tips for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

You should have it in your list as a tech lover, a computer system enthusiast or even as a mobile phone addict.

#9. TechLila


You are really missing a lot if you don't already have techlila in your browser's bookmark. Techlila is known for tutorials and tips on blogging, SEO, web development, design and Customization.

Genesis framework users and bloggers at large will have a lot to gain from reading techlila regularly.

#10. Don Caprio


Doncaprio is a rapidly growing tech tutorial blog and covers broad themes such as; blogging tips, SEO, social media, mobile gadgets, computers, DIY guides and general tips and tricks.

The owner has been proven to be a writer with his readers and audience at heart, you will definitely have a lot to learn by being a frequent reader of the blog.

#11. Blogging Cage


Known for his great generosity when it comes to giving out customized themes, handing first hand tutorials on themes customization, website development guides, blogging tips, SEO and make money online tips blogging cage has proven over and over again to be a tech blog to look on to even in many years to come.

#12. Make Use Of


MakeUseOf just like mashable is a booming online technology magazine that features cool websites, cool software and internet tips on a daily basis. It hands out tech tutorials from time to time, having it in your bookmark list will sure add some great value to your reading.

Your Turn


I did not only listed 12 awesome tech tutorial blogs for you but also gave you another 3 awesome bonus list. This should inspire you to come up with other tech tutorial blogs you think we missed out in our list.

Do not just drop links but also give us reasons why you think we should add them to our bookmarks as tech lovers.

Credits : This is an edited duplicate copy of my earlier post at 3ptechies.com tech blog list. All links and images were imported from there to give this awesome blogs a boost.
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4 Nigerian Blogs to Learn Business & Internet Marketing Tips

In a country where bloggers hardly focus on a particular niche, it is very difficult to find a single honest blogger in the "make money online niche" doing 100% legal stuff without getting distracted by short cuts and quick scheme syndrome.


 The 4 bloggers below has done their very best to separate professionalism from mediocrity and laziness, writing only tips that are top-notch and proven to stand the test of time.

You can hardly go wrong subscribing to their list or following their updates on facebook, twitter, youtube and/or other social media channels.

1.   bizsuccessguide.com


Efoghor Joseph Ezie of bizsuccessguide.com is a no-nonsense blogger that shares valuable tips for start-ups, small business loan, internet marketing, blogging and social media strategy for small business.

He is hands-down the best in his niche considering how much he's imparted into the Nigerian Bloggersphere with his badass tips and top-notched contents on internet marketing and make money from home.

There's more to learn from Joseph's blog either by reading his old contents or by following his updates on social media.

2. mmo.ng


Adesoji Adegbulu of Make Money Online Nigeria (mmo.ng) is a very popular Nigerian blogger and one that has maintained honesty and credibility against all odds.

He's no mean name as long as Blogging in Nigeria is concerned, a known promoter of reliable contents and readable tips on how to make money online as a Nigerian.

He isn't going to spam you with gurus secret and all that, for sure! There's more to learn from his blog, social media channels and by subscribing to his feeds.

3. legalwealthcreation.com


Legalwealthcreation.com is owned by Presegs Adesida, he isn't the regular kind of blogger and so, might piss you off with his aggressive marketing strategies!D;

Oh! Yeah, He's a business man first, before a blogger and knows his onions as long as make money online is concerned. He is a badass paypal guru and an internet marketing expert.

He shares top-notch marketing secret, paypal account protection secrets and how to deal with foreign clients as a Nigerian. He also owns other blogs to his credit including ijamsolution.com; where he does his paypal consultation services.

4. earnonlineng.com


Dayo Odunukan of earnonlineng.com may not sound so popular to you, but he's one person that knows what he's doing in the Nigerian Bloggersphere.

His writing style is apt, straight to the point and void of ambiguity, there's more to learn from his blog on how to make money from home as a Nigerian

You can visit, bookmark his blog, follow his updates on social media as well as subscribe to his feeds.
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