How to Scrape Google SERPs (No Coding)

Add the Chrome Extension – Linkclump – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/linkclump/lfpjkncokllnfokkgpkobnkbkmelfefj?hl=en

Go to the options in Linkclump – click “Edit” in the “Actions” section

Change to Copy links to Clipboard instead of open in new Tabs

Do your search

Zoom out to see more results

Change Google settings to see 100 results per page

Hold down Z and click and drag over results

Paste into a google sheet

Remote Working – definitely going to mum’s tomorrow

Serious or not, it makes sense to remote work at the moment if you can, for our employers anyway – they don’t want 90% of their workforce off with the flu.

I dont have a spare room, so worked from my bedroom with the laptop on a tray.

So, my first day wasn’t without it’s issues and interruptions:


“I’ll get up at half 5 to start before anyone wakes up”

5.30am:


5.45am


9.30am

“Just watch yer son for a minute”


1.30pm gym workout, low-tech:


3pm: “Hide the monsters are coming”


4pm, one down


5.30pm “Can we help”


6.30pm “Here, draw some pictures”


My tips for working at home:

  • Use a Pomodoro timer
  • Dont have kids

Illustrator: Adding Reflections to Images with Masks

How to Add Reflections to images with masks in Adobe Illustrator

  • Insert a photo go to File>Place and select a photo from your computer
  • Place it by left clicking on the artboard
  • Scale it down
  • Edit>Copy
  • Edit>Paste in Place
  • Object>Transform>Reflect (horizontal axis for pasting below or above rather then left or right)
  • Drag the reflection / refelected image down, until it snaps in place
reflect Adobe Illustrator
  • Select Rectangle Tool – create a black rectangle
  • Press CMD (or CTRL) and Y to see outlines
  • Line up the rectangle to cover the bottom photo
  • Select the black rectangle and the bottom photo which is underneath
  • Select the Transparency Pallet
Adobe Transparency
  • Click “Make Mask”
  • Untick “Clip”
  • Click to select the black rectangle in the panel:
  • Next Click on Gradient
  • Adjust the gradient – anything that is black blocks part of the image, white keeps the image:
adobe illustrator gradient
change to -90 degrees to fade bottom more

In the color panel, change the RGB to all zeros to completely cover part of the photo

mask gradient adobe illustrator

Illustrator – Compound Paths & Clipping Masks

Creating Compound Paths & Clipping Masks in Illustrator

Compound path consists of two or more paths that interact with each other
source

  • Create two circles using the ellipse tool
  • Add a gradient
  • See how the gradient is added seperately:
  • Select both of the circles
  • Go to Object>Compound Path>Make
  • Now the gradient will be applied both circles together
  • The shapes are effectively one shape, with a space in between
compound path illustrator
  • Compound Paths can be applied to text too
  • Just select the text and then go to Type>Create Outlines first

Illustrator – Creating an ‘Infinite Symbol’

How to create the Infinite Symbol in Adobe Illustrator

  • Select the Type Tool
  • Go to Type menu – Type>Glyphs>choose the infinite symbol:
Adobe illustrator - infinite symbol
  • double click to add the infinite symbol
  • Use the Scale Tool* to enlarge it (*on the right below)
illustrator toolbar


Turn the Text Icon into a Shape

  • Select the infinite symbol, go to Type>Create Outlines
  • Use the direct select tool to move bits of the symbol about and reshape it

Illustrator – Drawing a Volume Speaker Icon

How to draw a volume icon in Adobe Illustrator

Making the Speaker

  • Select the rectangle tool
  • Create a black ‘vertical rectangle’
  • Copy & Paste the rectangle and drag to the right – Edit>Copy, Edit>Paste in Place. Then hold down shift and drag to the right
  • Colour the right rectangle red (Just to distinguish the two)
  • Use the Direct Selection tool and select the two corners of the red rectangle that are furthest to the right:
  • Use the Scale Tool (See toolbar above – the scale tool is on the right, near the top, usually) – drag the two corners up and down:
  • Select the two right-hand-side corners again
  • This time drag them to the right slightly, to make the red shape thicker
  • Colour both rectangles black when you are happy with the shape:
illustrator speaker

Drawing the SoundWaves

  • Using the elipse tool (found under the rectangle tool) and holding shift – drag out a circle
  • Using the Direct Selection tool – drag out a ‘selection field’ to select a point on the left:
illustrator circle
  • Hit delete to remove the left hand side of the circle
  • Select the new, semi circle
  • Switch the stroke and fill so the stroke is black
  • Increase the thickness of the stroke until it looks like this:
illustrator circle
  • Change the stroke cap to be circular
  • Copy and paste in place the semi circle and tap the left arrow key to move to the left of it

  • Unite the 2 parts of the icon with the Pathfinder – Unite tool
pathfinder

Lesson taken from this free course on Udemy – https://www.udemy.com/course/useful-tricks-and-tips-in-adobe-illustrator/learn/lecture/2988468#overview

Tips & Tricks for Customizing a WordPress Theme

Inspect Element – Dev Tools

The Chrome Inspect Element function is instrimental in making these changes to your WordPress theme.

Let’s say for example, that you want to change the main header on the homepage of your WordPress theme – then right click and choose “Inspect Element”.

Then click on the arrow icon on the top left of the window that opens, and your arrow should automatically select whatever you hover over.



Use a Text Document To Track Changes

Copy and paste code that you want to make changes to.

Make your changes in your notepad document and add a comment so that you can easily identify what you have changed.



Paste Changes into the Appearance>Customize>Additional CSS window

Once you have selected your code from the text/notepad document, you can go to the WordPress admin section /wp-admin and the Appearance menu and then “Customize”, then near the bottom, you should be able to paste in your new CSS.




To Preview CSS Changes

In inspect element, click the “+” icon on the top right.

You can then add styles to different elements.

Be aware that you may need to edit the parent element, to see any changes (rather than the specific element)

CSS WordPress inspect



To Remove Elements on a Webpage

In CSS, if you change the “Display:” value to “none”, from inline-block etc.

display: none;

You’ll need to copy & paste the whole block of code from inspect element’s CSS window, into the Custom CSS menu’s window in WordPress’s (Appearance>Customize>Custom CSS)

The video below has more details on how to do this:




To Change the Colour of Elements

Use the same method as above – i.e. select the element with the inspect element tool.

  • Select the item that you want to choose using the arrow in the Inspect Element window (arrow is on top left)
  • Then change the colour using the panel on the right:
  • Finally, paste the new code for that element, into the Custom CSS window in WordPress (go to Appearance>Customize – wait for the Customize menu to load and then click either “Customize CSS” or “Additional CSS” which is normally located near the bottom left


Change the Colour of Font-Awesome Icons

This is easily done, the same way as shown above.

Select the icon, then change the colour in the CSS panel of inspect element on the right.

Select all the CSS in that window and then paste it into the Custom CSS/Additional CSS window on the left:

CSS WordPress inspect element



Changing the Fonts on Your WordPress Theme

Go to fonts.Google.com to see all the available fonts (well, most of them)

fonts.google.com

Open Inspect-Element – click the arrow on the top left of the window

Then, again just select the text that you want to change and this time change the font-family value to the one you want

font family

Remember to add all the code/CSS from the window precise window that you edit on the right, to the Customize/Additional CSS panel on the left.

Using this method you can also change:

Padding & Margins
Containers
Background Image, Position etc.
Sidebar




!Important

By adding !important to your CSS, you can ovveride all other rules relating to that element. Use this sparingly though as it will get confusing.

More info on !important here – https://css-tricks.com/when-using-important-is-the-right-choice/