Monthly Archives: Nov 2015

General, Hoaxes, Social Media, Video

Tutorial – Removing Facebook Apps

“It seemed like a good idea at the time!”  That’s what most people thought when they downloaded “The Most Popular Words Used In Your Profile” app this past week.  Over the past several days, it was revealed that the app really wasn’t that keen on keeping your information secure, so The Computer Guy to the rescue and has made a video on what to do in removing the apps that you no longer use or that may be harmful to your ONLINE health.

Enjoy and be careful, even when you set apps to “Only Me” they can still collect your private information!

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General, Techology

Thumbtack — A Service Similar To Angie’s List

Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015

Here’s a service that I’m listed with, it is called Thumbtack.  I suppose I signed up several years ago and have done some computer jobs through their services.  It’s a “lead service” type of system where people submit their computer issues and if I think that I want to tackle then, I reply back to them…but, it comes with a hitch.

That hitch is, I pay to write them back.  For the most part, it costs me about $3.50 which, when/if I’m booked, I pass right back onto the customer.  I can tell when my SEO services for The Computer Guy  have slid a bit, because then I get more requests.  If someone Googles, “Computer Repair” along with a community in North Iowa, my site usually pops up as one of the top listings.  However from time to time, Thumbtack will also pop up and people get click-happy and click the first one, which is most often Thumbtack.

Now ThumbTack doesn’t just offer computer repair, they offer many other services.  Lawn mowing, car washing, graphic image services and many more.  Maybe you just want to see what is out there and get a bid for the work you want to get done.  If you provide services that I mentioned above, you may want to become a Thumbtack Pro.

Now, several computer companies are on Thumbtack, however I think out of the bunch, I’m the highest rated because I’ve done the most work for them and have the most reviews.  Once I do work for them via Thumbtack, I just take over as their provider.  There’s no real need for them to go back to Thumbtack, unless they are unhappy with my work.  I’m not saying that they won’t, but from the reviews I get and the return business I get, I’m pretty sure that they do come back to me.

Anyway, for 2015 The Computer Guy is ranked as a Top Performer in the Mason City, Iowa area and I appreciate that!

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Hoaxes, Video

Pat’s On Periscope – Show 20

Well, I finally had to block a few people who were always being rude and inconsiderate to my “scopes.”  When I do these, I like to give 100% to the video because I know I am going to repurpose it into several areas.  I guess I wasn’t clear enough when I was doing the video and some guy kept pointing out I only had 4 viewers.

Nevertheless, I got through the video and discussed a serious matter, the terrorist attack in France and the scams and hoaxes that have already hit email boxes around the world.  Please, check out all solicitations for money in regards  to the attacks.  There are people out there just waiting to scam you out of cash.

I also talked a bit about Black Friday and I do have The Computer Guy gift cards for sale.  They are $10 each and you can buy as many as you need for that loved one who may need some extra help this holiday season!



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North Iowa, Social Media, Video

Pat’s On Periscope – Show 19

This week I review the recent Midwest Social Media Summit held in Mason City on 10/24/15.  I gave it a solid 9 out of 10 for their first time out of the gate!!  A lot was presented and people raved about the day as a whole!  Sadly, I think my volume was a bit weak on this video, so you’ll have to turn it up a bit!

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