Not all websites are created equal. Some will save you so much time and are so helpful that you'll wish you knew about them yesterday! In this video, Scott Friesen shares 7 time-saving websites that are easy to use and extremely helpful!
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Are you wanting to save time and spend less effort? Well, in this video I'm sharing with you seven helpful websites which will allow you to get in, get out and get on with the rest of your day. And let's dive in with website number one, magiceraser.io. Now Magic Eraser is designed for you to remove certain elements from any images that you upload. And as we land here on the home screen you can see a perfect example here as we are removing a car from this image. But let me show you just how easy it is to use this tool. Here you can see, I can either drag an image or click an image to upload. So there's a particular image here that I would like to upload and make some adjustments. So right away, our cursor, as we hover over the image, is going to show this circle. And if I click and drag, let's say I want to remove this tree in the background. All I need to do is click and select the area that I would like to remove. Now you can unclick and move to a different section. Maybe if you want to remove multiple elements but in this case, let me just finish covering the tree. And then down below, I can hit this button Erase and in just a second, the tree is gone. And what I love about this tool is that you may have noticed that that tree trunk actually went down below this chain link fence but it didn't remove the chain link fence. It knew that I just wanted to remove the tree. Now I can adjust the brush size if I want to. If I want to make it larger or if I want to make it smaller. Maybe I find that this lamp over here is a little distracting as well. So I'm just got to cover this as well and then I'm going to hit Erase. Perfect. Now there's a lot more focus on the person where I want viewers to pay attention and I can download this and post it on social media or use it in some other format. Now you can always go back and hit the undo button. Here you can see that that lamp is now removed. Although I can't redo. So if I want to go back and remove this lamp I'll actually have to cover it one more time and you can also go back to the original as well. So if I want to go back to my brushed version and the original version I can do so here. Now when you're happy with your finished image you can come to the top of the screen and select Download. Note for free users the maximum size is 600 by 600 pixels. But if you would like to download the full resolution or a higher resolution you can upgrade to their premium plan. Number two on our list is all about blocking out distracting sounds in the background or perhaps creating noise that will get us in a more productive state. And for that, we're taking a look at Noisli. Now there are many different websites available to us that will produce background noise or background sounds including YouTube. But what I like about Noisli is that it allows us to customize our own mix and even save our favorites. So here in the middle of the screen you can see that we have a few different icons. And if we hover over them we see that this is a thunderstorm. These are leaves. This is a summer night. And if we click on one of them, let's click on this summer night for just a moment. You can hear we've got a few crickets. We can adjust the mix and the volume but we can also combine them together. So maybe I like the sound of water, but maybe I like the sound of water combined with rustling leaves. Maybe a little too much water. So I'm going to bring this down a bit. So a little bit further in the mix. Now you can combine as many of these different sounds as you like, and of course adjust the volume. It even gives us three different flavors of white noise. If that's something that you prefer as well, but once you've got a mix that you like, you can either save it as a favorite. You can see if I click on my Favorites, I have one called forest with a stream. It's a combination of this one here and this stream here. At the very top of the screen we can also take advantage of a timer. Now, by default, it's going to be set to 25 minutes but you can adjust that time as well. So if you want this sound to fade out or finish after a certain time, you can do so here. Noisli is absolutely free. So you can save your favorites and adjust your combinations and use the timer up above. However, if you would like additional sounds to access you can upgrade to their pro plan. The next website on our list is going to be the easiest way for you to create a quick poll and then share it with friends or colleagues. And for that, we are going to Polls.io. Now, yes, it is true. We can create polls on Twitter, Facebook, Zoom and many other applications, but sometimes you don't want to share that poll with the world. You just want to share it with a few people, a few specific people, perhaps via email or by another messaging service. Here at Polls.io, immediately, you can start typing in the question and the options down below. So maybe I'm going to ask what is your favorite Radiohead album? That's my question. Down below I can give my options. Maybe "OK Computer". Maybe "Kid A" and maybe "In Rainbows". Something like that. Now, if you need more than three options you can always select Add another option because I probably should add "The Bends". But in this example, I'm going to select Create this poll. Our poll is now live and we can share it with as many others as we like. Directly to the right of the question you can see this purple share button. By selecting this what I can do is either copy the link or if I like, I can copy the embed code and put it on my own website. You can see I can also share it on popular social media platforms as well. The next website on our list allows us to spend a lot less time within our inbox. SaneBox has been cleaning up email for more than a decade. And the great thing is it's available for Gmail, Outlook and Apple mail clients. So regardless how or where you manage your email SaneBox can help it keep it uncluttered. What are some of the key features of SaneBox? Well, number one, rather than managing and creating complicated filters, SaneBox won't allow certain sender from getting buried. It will also add a snooze feature if your email client doesn't have such a feature. It will also banish annoying senders and emailers for good. So rather than finding that unsubscribe link you can select the option here right within SaneBox and be sure that you will never hear from them again. And last but not least, it even includes a do not disturb feature. So you can focus on the messages at hand and not be distracted by incoming mail. Now, if you're tired of drowning in all of that email I have a special offer for you. If you go to sanebox.com/Simpletivity, you can sign up for the free trial and get a $25 credit if you choose to continue with the subscription. To learn more, see the link in the description below. Now, the next website on our list is going to make your writing so much easier for everyone else to read. Here we are at hemingwayapp.com and you'll notice we've got a lot of color going on. We have some sample text here, but what I often will do is copy and paste something that I'm writing and just plug it right here into the app. Now you'll notice that the colors that are highlighted, both the sentences and some specific words, correspond with some colors here on the right hand side of the screen. So for example, it's telling us that we are using two adverbs meeting the goal of two or fewer. Two or fewer? Well, it's looking at the total number of words and seeing what's most appropriate to make this easy and readable for your viewers. I can see quite clearly where those adverbs are located if I want to choose to omit them or perhaps change them. Green means the use of the passive voice. Phrases in green have been marked in a passive voice. And again, it's saying that I'm within a respectable range in this particular case. I can also see that there is a word which has a simpler alternative. Now this can be really, really helpful. If you are wanting your readers to understand and especially if you're looking at a global or international audience you may want to avoid harder to define words. So instead of utilize, maybe I can say use, and yes, it will even give you suggestions. So you can click on the simpler word. The last two are sort of a light yellow and a pinkish color. Yellow meaning sentences that are hard to read. And then the pinkish color meaning sentences that are very hard to read. With this helpful knowledge I can then identify these sentences. In this case, perhaps if I just add a period and then capitalize this next sentence, you can see that this is much easier for people to read. You will also notice that Hemingway will give us a readability grade. In this case, a Grade 6 grade which it's identifying as good. Meaning someone who has completed a grade six education should be able to understand and follow along with the text on screen. Now, speaking of publishing and creating great written content, let's take a look how we can use artificial intelligence to create better writing. Here we are at Copy.ai and really it's what the name suggests. We can write a variety of copy, from Facebook advertisements to blog articles, to complete webpages, all with the assistance of artificial intelligence. Once you've signed up for your free Copy.ai account you can see the wide variety of different projects which we can create. Everything from product descriptions to website copy, blog articles, even brainstorming and sales copy. So to get started all I need to do is provide a few simple answers to three important questions. Number one, what is my product called? Well, in this case I'm going to say it's called Google for Everyone. Something like that. Then describe your product. Now remember, we want to allow the artificial intelligence do most of the work so we don't have to be very lengthy with this description. I'm going to say this is a course that will teach you how to use a variety of Google apps and products. Maybe something like that. And then lastly, we can choose our tone. Now by default friendly is going to be selected but you can see, we can choose from professional to adventurous, to empathetic or persuasive. In this case, I'm going to keep it with friendly and I'm going to select Create Content. Now with our new batch of results, let's take a look at this first option here. Google for everyone is a self-paced course that will teach you how to use a variety of Google apps and products. You'll learn how to manage your email, create documents and presentations, work on projects with others, organize your calendars and task list, increase online security and much more. I think I should create a product or a course exactly around this. So at the very least, Copy.ai will give you some fantastic ideas. So whether you need to create advertisements, marketing copy, or complete articles, Copy.ai will prevent you from staring at a blank page. Now, the next website on our list is something that I wish I knew about years ago. Here we are at Ninite.com. Now Ninite is specifically for Windows users who want to quickly and easily install or update all of their favorite apps with just a single install file. Here you can see in step one, you can pick and select all of the apps you want. So let's say I'm starting out with a new computer or perhaps I just want to make sure all of my most important applications are up to date. So I'm going to select the Chrome browser and Firefox. Maybe I want AVG security, Google Drive for Desktop. I can install all of my popular messaging tools like Skype and Zoom and Thunderbird. You can see, I can go into all of these different categories and select the files that you're probably already using or maybe you want to install just in a single click. Once you've selected all of those applications, step two is to download your custom installer and updater. No matter how many different apps or services you select in your installer it is going to be the fastest way to both install and keep those applications up to date. Now, if you enjoyed this collection of helpful websites you are going to enjoy this video next where I show you seven free websites that you're going to wish you knew yesterday. Remember, being productive does not need to be difficult. In fact, it's very simple.
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