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Belkin Wemo NetCam End of Life on June 30 and Need New Cam

May 15, 2020
I received an email from Belkin last month that informed me my Wemo NetCam will no longer be serviced starting at the end of this month (update: they extended to June 30 2020 now). I'll no longer be able to use my Netcam anymore to view any motion activated movements for my side yard, which is what I've been and still using it for. I am pretty bummed out by this. 

I've been using this particular Belkin Netcam since 2015. It's been helpful for me and my sanity because it informs of any suspicious activities coming into my property via email and I can view it live through their app. I've even moved it with me across states when we relocated. Now, I'm going to have to find a new solution to replace my side yard cam. It's pretty important as a security measure for my home and this is such a huge blow to my trust in tech companies, particularly this one. Now, I'm going to make sure that I believe the next cam I'll buy will keep their services for a long and not disappoint me like Belkin is doing. I don't want to jepardize the security of my home with an unreliable service.

You can get a refund on the purchase of the Netcam, only if it was purchased within the last 2 years and with a receipt so that doesn't apply to me. I've had this hardware for over 4 years. Now, this Belkin Netcam is literally useless. According to the Belkin's website, I can't use this cam with any other app.

So what am I going to do? What technology will I use? What will I substitute my next home cam with for my side yard? 

Right now, knowing that Amazon is going strong as a company, I'm probably going to use Ring cams. They are also easily linked with my already exisitng echo devices (also owned by Amazon) via Alexa so they are hopefully much more reliable than Belkin ever was. The thing with my current Belkin netcam is it's electrical and has to be plugged in. The next cam I am going to get will be battery operated so that I can place it outside and not worry about wiring. Ring cams are either wired (needing to plug in) or battery-operated. Some cams can be used specifically for indoor or outdoor, or both so I'll have to look for the exact device that will help me be able to place it outside without it getting possibly damaged.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa



Another thing that I need to consider is getting a cam with a spotlight on it. There's no light that comes on when motion is activated on my Belkin netcam. However, there's a ring cam that also acts like a security cam and a spotlight cam which would help me get added security for my house called a Ring Spotlight Cam. They are more expensive than one with just a cam but the spotlight is useful for deterring intruders. 

 

Instagram Link Not Allowed

March 9, 2020
Last year, while on my Instagram page, I received this prompt that turned my social media marketing upside down. It's the "Link Not Allowed" prompt. What this meant was that the link that's on my bio was no longer clickable from instagram because they have marked it as an inappropriate or fraudulent website. How did they determine this? I think I had some clues.

Before I received that problem, I think I was "loving" too many posts within a short period of time. Maybe this caused Instagram to think I was being a spammer. Who knew? So after Instagram had determined that my "Link (is) Not Allowed", I was also unable to include any text in my photo posts on there or "love" other posts. It was all so frustrating.

How did I recover the "Link Now Allowed" issue on instagram?

Well, it took a while but the first thing I did when I had this issue was I removed my bio link from my Instagram's bio. If you're a business, this could be so maddening because you've just lost another big marketing avenue for people to get to your website. Then after a couple of days, I went on my computer (not mobile device) and logged out of my instagram page. I turned off my wi-fi on my computer. Then I restarted my wi-fi modem and turned on my wi-fi on my computer again. After my internet was working properly, I logged into instagram (on my computer, still not mobile phone) and inserted my bio link again and it finally worked! I didn't get a "Link Not Allowed" prompt anymore and could start "loving" other posts and include text in my photo posts. Phew! So if you're having the same issue, try that. Good luck to you. Subscribe to my website on the homepage by using the subscribing form to get monthly e-newsletters from Ninja Space Content.
 

Pinterest Ad Campaign

March 1, 2020
I ran my first Pinterest ad recently to see if it would help with converting sales. Unfortunately I didn't make a sale but I did get 28 clicks within a span of 4 days for $4. I had originally planned to have it run for 5 days but my credit card that I had on file had expired at the beginning of March (today) so it cut it short. I was actually happy that it cut it one day short because I wasn't too pleased with the results. See the pin that I had used to promote as an ad below.

It didn't let me narrow down to any geographic targets but they only charged me by the number of clicks and not impressions and then it would stop the ad for the day once I've spent my budget for the day. It came down to 7 clicks for $1 a day. The website I was promoting this picture for was SCBeachTrips.com. This website promotes traveling to South Carolina beaches.
 

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