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Sunday, 9 August 2020

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Popular Wordpress Theme Astra Suspended For 5 Weeks

Well, this came as a big shocker to me.

Popular WordPress Theme "ASTRA" has been suspended for 5 weeks.

The theme has been suspended on an account of violating WordPress affiliate links policy.

The suspension is in effect from Aug7th 2020.

Astra Wordpress Theme

What is the WordPress Affiliate Links Policy?

As per WordPress, themes submitted in the WordPress repository should not have any affiliate URLs or Links in them. Adding affiliate links or URLs s strictly prohibited. 

WordPress has made it pretty clear on their official slack channel as well as on their official blog. In fact, affiliate links in WordPress themes were disallowed a year and a half ago.

Brainstorm Force the publishers of Astra theme had a prior warning from WordPress before being penalized for the affiliate links violation.

Brainstorm has clarified that they haven't violated any affiliate links policy. They themselves didn't add affiliate links in the theme. But yes they have accepted that the Astra theme had used third-party plugins to pass a referral code.

Well, that could be the main reason for suspension!!

Why Astra Theme Suspension is bad news?

Astra is one of the most popular WordPress themes on the internet. In fact, it is one of the most downloaded WordPress themes on the internet. The best thing about the theme is that it is available for free and is feature sufficient for any basic WordPress user. 

I have personally used Astra theme for my WordPress blog in the past and I have no hesitation in admitting that it is ideally one of the best themes for any user who wants to runs a WordPress blog or a full-fledged website. The features offered are more than sufficient.

Astra also has a premium version which is a paid version of the theme. Like several other premium themes, Astra paid version offers additional functionalities for professional blogging as opposed to casual blogging.

With Astra theme now being suspended for 5 weeks, millions of Astra users will be devoid of any automatic update in the theme directly from the Wordpress dashboard but yes, the update can be downloaded directly from Astra or from their Github directory.

Astra has also announced an update which removes the affiliate links from its theme to comply with Wordpress rules.

But it doesn't look as if Wordpress is going to lift the suspension before the due date.

Let us wait and watch!

For more detailed info regarding the Astra theme suspension, please visit - https://www.searchenginejournal.com/wordpress-suspends-astra-theme-affiliate-codes/376863/
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Saturday, 8 August 2020

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Latest OxygenOS Updates Rolling Out for the OnePlus 7 & 7T Series

This news is for smartphone lovers. And especially for those who are fond of OnePlus brand.

OnePlus brand has gone through an incredible phase in the last few years.

No doubt, the brand has stood out on every front and is pretty in the same league as the Apple iPhone. 

In fact, some users have put it above Apple iPhone and other similar high-end brands. 

Here is one such opinion coming from none other than Scott Brown from Android Authority - https://www.androidauthority.com/oneplus-7-pro-one-year-later-1117689/

Definitely...worth reading for any Android lover!

Oneplus 7 Pro

Anyways, let's get back to the main news. 

As per the latest update, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro have started receiving the OxygenOS 10.3.4 update in India and other international locations.

Update 10.0.7 will follow soon for the European Union (EU) Nations.

What are the benefits of the latest OxygenOS updates?

The major changes in the latest OxygenOS updates are as follows:

  • The merger of the July 2020 Android Security Patch Level (SPL) with Aug 2020 SPL
  • Addition of the system app for OnePlus Buds support (the buds are the company's first TWS earbuds with amazing sound clarity at a decent price. Works best with OnePlus smartphones with Dolby Atmos support.
  • Addition of new ambient display clock styles (assumed to be the same ones added in an earlier open beta update)
  • Addition of chromatic effect option in reading mode (the effect applies a sepia filter to the screen for a more calming reading experience)
  • Added support for Bluetooth hearing aids under the ASHA agreement. You can more about ASHA here - https://www.xda-developers.com/google-add-hearing-aid-streaming-support-future-android/

Complete Changelog:

  • System
    • Newly adapted OnePlus Buds, easier to take advantage of wireless connection
    • Provided a variety of clock styles for you. You can customize on your own. (Go to Settings>Customization>Clock style)
    • Fixed the issue that double-tap could not wake up the screen in some settings
    • Updated Android security patch to 2020.07
  • Reading mode
    • Added the Chromatic effect option to adapt colour range and saturation intelligently for a better reading experience (Settings - Display - Reading mode - Turn on reading mode - Chromatic effect)
  • Bluetooth
    • It has adapted to Bluetooth hearing aid app connection under the Android 10 Audio Streaming for Hearing Aid (ASHA) Agreement
  • Network
    • Fixed the wrong display of names of inserted SIM cards from different carriers
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Thursday, 6 August 2020

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How to Earn Your First Dollar as a Voice Actor [Infographic]

In this digitization era, the demand for voice actors keeps growing. Why? Because more and more voice-over-based digital contents are being created, such as YouTube videos, explainer videos, demo videos, commercials, podcasts, animated movies, and audio-books.

In a nutshell, the voice acting is the art of recording voices to suit certain characters in a certain situation in order to provide an immersive experience to content consumers.

According to 2017’s Voice.com Annual Report, the demand for voice-overs increased 43% for English voice-overs and 60% for Non-English ones.

Moreover, there’s also a growing demand for voice actors with certain accents. The idea is, audiences will be more welcoming and comfortable with the voice of people who speak just like them. Australian English is the top growing accent with 22% growth, followed by British English with 12%, Spanish with 11% and French with 3%.

As you can see, there’s still plenty of opportunities for you if you decide to make a living as a voice actor. After all, you already have a natural gift, a voice. With a few skills to pick up and never-ending practice, you’ll get there eventually.

But, how do I start? Where can I learn about voice acting?

Don’t you worry, there are many ways to learn voice acting. Breadnbeyond, an explainer video maker company who has worked with many top voice actors, made an infographic about voice acting mastery.

The infographic contains information about the top-earning voice actors in the world, the average salary of professional voice actors, as well as the 5 essential skills you need to learn before you can start applying for a voice acting job, which is:

  • Enunciation
  • Speaking tempo
  • Intonation
  • Voice characterization
  • Accents and dialects

If you really want to master the craft of voice acting, then you really need to check out the infographic below:


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Monday, 3 August 2020

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How to Become a Data Scientist in 2020?

One of the best areas of today’s time is data science. The technology is trending like anything and all the organizations are switching towards innovation in order to improve the business flow.

Data is something that every organization has and managing it has been a serious challenge everyone faces. It becomes very important to properly store the data, process it and analyze further in order to get some insights that can be helpful for any company. Well, all these things are handled by the data scientists. This sounds interesting, isn’t it?

The role of a data scientist is itself valuable in any industry and his or her activities on data lead to the profitable growth of the company. There is a significant rise in the demand of data scientists who have got the ability to work on all the above-mentioned aspects and hence choosing data science as a career is always a smart choice.

Steps to become a data scientist in 2020

Now, when you understand that the scope of this field is really good today as well as in the near future and therefore it becomes important to understand that how can you become a successful data scientist.

Well becoming a data scientist is not rocket science but yes you need to fulfil few conditions and need to have appropriate skills to become one. Let’s take a look at a few ways by which you can accomplish your goals:

Pursue undergraduate or graduation degree either in data science or some related subject

It is important to have either an undergraduate or graduate degree in any of the related fields which directly or indirectly links to data science. You can complete graduation in various fields including mathematics, computer science or information technology, etc. Once you complete graduation, you have stepped onto the first stair of becoming a data scientist.

Go for data science training

This is the digital world and there is nothing beyond the reach of the internet. There are many institutes that deliver data science course training. You can go online as well as the classroom training classes as per your suitability. If you are looking to change your field and move into data science, taking the data science course from a well-known institute is a good move. There, you get to learn the concepts from the basics to the advanced level. Also, after completion of the training, you are provided with a data science certification which adds up value to your resume making you stand out of the crowd.

Complete masters degree

Although not mandatory but masters is a good option once you complete the graduation. To get more in-depth knowledge of the subject and related areas, you can take up masters in the field of data science or business analytics, etc. You will find many well-known institutes offering PGP courses. Another option is to go for a general MBA degree where you can select data science as one of the elective subjects.

Make projects

There is a lot of data available online for which you can make your own data science projects and showcase them in your resume. This will boost up your confidence and also you will get to know more technicalities of the data science area.

Take part in online competitions

There are many platforms where multiple data science-related programs and competitions are held on a regular basis. You can learn the technology on your own and further participate in these competitions in order to gain confidence and understand the market situations.

Well, the ways to become data scientist never ends up but yes following the above ones will also help you reach your goal.
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Sunday, 2 August 2020

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One Stop Blog - Most Important & Latest Updates Aug 2020

I didn't want to do it but finally, I had no other options left. I was made to take this decision!

AKSINDIBLOG.COM has now moved from Self-hosted WordPress to Google Blogger Platform

This is one of the most shocking decisions taken by me in the last 10 years. 

Below are some of the major reasons why I had to make this sudden switch to Blogger platform:

  • Repeated technical issues with the previous site
  • Poor support from my last web hosting company
  • Almost nil organic traffic from Google from last 4 months
  • Zero indexing of any new posts in Google from last 4 months
  • Lots of coverage issues in Google Search Console

I had tried my best to resolve all the above-listed issues at the earliest but to my dismay, I couldn't. 

In fact, the situation got worse with time. 

And eventually, I had to take 2 biggest decisions in quick succession:

  1. Cancel my last web hosting account
  2. Switch over to Google Blogger Platform to keep the site running

It was one of the hardest decisions in my blogging career.  

Everything was going fine till April 2020.

And then afterwards, it was a total nightmare for me... 

Below is the detailed explanation of the same. 

I am putting the full post here which I had published on 18th May 2020 on my previous blog which was hosted on the WordPress platform.

You can clearly make out the issues I was facing on my previous blog.

Its been long since I had come out with any new post on this blog. The reason for the same is Google Crawling and Indexing Issues on this blog.

Yes, it’s been almost a month now and the problem remains the same. This blog has seen a sudden drastic drop in traffic from Google in the last month and it continues… It is unprecedented and to my utter disappointment, I am unable to find the root cause for the same except making some assumptions. The biggest worry has been the failed Google indexation of several posts on this blog dated as old as 2017.

When Did Google Indexing Issues Start?

The indexing problem was right there from the very beginning of the year 2019. But initially, I didn’t pay much attention to the same as I was sure about the fact that eventually the posts will be crawled and indexed successfully by Google and other search engines. And it all happened as per my expectation. But as time progressed, indexing issues started cropping up more frequently especially with Google.

It was only after when I had published my last post on Android Video Editing Apps, I became more alert and concerned regarding Google indexing issues. The post was not indexed in Google even after 2 weeks. That really raised the bell and then I had to jump into the action. Unfortunately, all my efforts have gone in vain. The post is still waiting to be indexed along with several other posts on this blog. The situation seems to be pretty perplexed at the moment. I am totally clueless!!

How Did I Discover Google Crawling and Indexing Issues?

GSC – Google Search Console is the only place where you get all these data regarding Google crawling and indexing. I have discovered hundreds of issues related to Google crawling and indexing in the past 10-15 days. And because of these issues, Google has excluded most of my post pages from indexing. It is a terrible feeling!!

The maximum number of exclusion has resulted from Google Crawl Anomaly. The crawl anomaly is a case when Google crawler encounters server related issues while crawling the pages. These server issues can be 4XX or 5XX connection error related as far as I know. But it is still not clear. As per Google, “something had happened but not known what”

After discovering these crawl anomalies, I had also inquired my hosting provider to check if it was their server fault. Time and again, they have denied any issue with their servers. Instead, I am advised to check for all these issues from Google. I really do not know whom to blame for all these messes. Certainly, …someone has to take the blame…but who??

Yes, I do have one strong reason to blame my hosting company for one of the other major issues on my site. It is related to the SSL certificate. I had not bought any SSL certificate for my site till date and surprisingly, SSL was still active on my site without my knowledge. Yes, I could have never known about it had I not been through the Google Search Console coverage report.

For Google, HTTP and HTTPS pages, both are different. If your site is loading with both HTTP and HTTPS then you are obviously making it easy for Google to penalize you for duplicate content. The same thing has happened to my site. The free SSL which was active for my site has resulted in 2 different URLs – one starting with HTTP and other with HTTPS. Though Google was picking the right canonical for the pages, the site was still generating a different canonical URL which had eventually led Google to penalize my site for duplicate content.

The problem still would have been solved a long back if there was any sort of redirection applied on the site to redirect users from HTTPS to HTTP. But since, I was kept in the dark…I could do nothing about it. The situation got worse with the time and now, I have 60 odd pages to check and fix for duplicate content-related issues.

The only good thing to happen now is the removal of the free SSL certificate from my site. The hosting company has removed the free SSL after I brought it up to their notice. They really didn’t know about it…Gosh!!!

Apart from Crawl Anomaly and Duplicate Content issues, all other issues are not so concerning to me because I know I can fix it easy and quick.

I would also like to point out one more thing regarding GSC. Google Search Console seems to be buggy. While I understand its importance, I also feel that there are few bugs in its features especially with the sitemap fetching. Every time I have tried submitting my sitemap, I see the same fetch issue.

The site is also failing in Google Mobile-Friendly Test even after being responsive. So much of issues at one time. Things are really getting out of control.

How to Troubleshoot Google Site Crawling and Indexing Issues?

Well, it is not easy considering the number of issues I have to deal with presently. Though I have been able to solve the duplicate content issue to a great extent, it is mostly the crawl anomaly issues which is troubling me a lot. I have been in touch with my hosting company regarding the same but it seems that it is of no use. All blame is being shifted to Google.

I really do not know what to do now. In the last 4-5 days, I have tried to make several updates and changes on my site to check if it could solve the crawling and indexing issues.

Below are some of the steps I have taken:

  • Updated robots.txt
  • Update .htaccess file
  • Removed all necessary plugins
  • Deleted several posts with thin content
  • Removed, added and re-verified property in Google Search Console
  • Created new sitemap and submitted it to GSC
  • Got security firewall flushed out several times

Duh…still no luck!!

Now, the other option I am thinking to explore is to contact people who are Digital Marketing or SEO experts to look into my matter and do the needful. Obviously, it won’t be free of cost. Fine, I am ready to bear that provided I am getting a positive result.

And finally, the last option I have is to change my present web hosting company to a better one. Though I still do not see any major issues with my current hosting service provider. But with repeated crawl anomalies, I have been made to believe that something is definitely wrong with my web servers. Surprisingly, there are no such issues with the other popular search engines like Bing, Yahoo or Yandex.

A thing to be noted here is that the current crawling issues are specific to Google Smartphone Bot. This is understood from the fact that Google has moved to mobile-first indexing. Sites which are still not optimized for mobile devices are likely to face indexing issues. But, why my site…I am totally clueless!!

Anyway, I am still busy with the fix. Not sure for how long. Hopefully, things should be fine soon. 

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