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How to Pin to Pinterest with Tailwind

Are you a blogger or business owner who wants to learn more about Pinterest? My friend, you are in the right place!

I finally (I’ve been meaning to create this tutorial forever!) finished creating my Pinterest tutorial mini-series. In this video series, you will learn how to use Pinterest to promote your business or blog.

This is the second part of a 3 part video series:

1.) How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business (https://youtu.be/dOW0NKCk5rk)

2.) How to Use Tailwind to Pin to Pinterest (https://youtu.be/mnEiheZ3Hpw)

3.) How to Create Engaging Pins

Tailwind Affiliate Link: https://www.tailwindapp.com/i/starengu

Starengu’s Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/starengu/goal-slayers/

If you want to automate your pinning, but are looking for a free alternative to Tailwind, then check out this video:

Third Party App Alternative to Tailwind: https://youtu.be/EVXjDbNRo1U

HAPPY PINNING!

BONUS Be sure to check out our free library to download resources to help you reduce the time it will take for you to soar online. https://starengu.com/freebies/

How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business

Are you a blogger or business owner who wants to learn more about Pinterest? My friend, you are in the right place!

I finally (I’ve been meaning to create this tutorial forever!) finished creating my Pinterest tutorial mini-series. In this video series, you will learn how to use Pinterest to promote your business or blog.

This is the first part of a 3 part video series:

1.) How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business (https://youtu.be/dOW0NKCk5rk)

2.) How to Use Tailwind to Pin to Pinterest (https://youtu.be/mnEiheZ3Hpw)

3.) How to Create Engaging Pins

Tailwind Affiliate Link: https://www.tailwindapp.com/i/starengu

Starengu’s Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/starengu/goal-slayers/

If you want to automate your pinning, but are looking for a free alternative to Tailwind, then check out this video:

Third Party App Alternative to Tailwind: https://youtu.be/EVXjDbNRo1U

HAPPY PINNING!

BONUS Be sure to check out our free library to download resources to help you reduce the time it will take for you to soar online. https://starengu.com/freebies/

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will boost your blogging

15 Google Chrome Extensions to Help Boost Your Blogging

Google Chrome is the only browser that I use because it’s fast, safe, secure and reliable. Apparently, I’m in good company because according to StatCounter Global, 55% of the world uses Google Chrome.  

The main reason I use Google Chrome is due to their extensions.  When you download an extension, it allows you to change the functionionality of the browser to create and enhance your browsing experience so it can support your workflow.

The extensions that Google offers from their Chrome extension library enables me to be more productive when I’m blogging. Regardless of what you need, I guarantee there is an extension to satisfy your blogging needs.

If you want to be efficient when you blog, then you definitely need to check out this list of Google Chrome Extensions that are definitely going to enhance your blogging experience.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Buffer

I LOVE to learn because I’m a DIY kind of gal. I don’t spend money or refer a product unless I’ve researched it to death and used it myself-LOL I thoroughly enjoy reading articles about digital marketing and technology.

Therefore, if I come across content that is really good, I make sure I share it using Buffer. Buffer’s Chrome extension allows me to immediately share or scheduled content to all of the major social network platforms within seconds.

Tailwind

Tailwind is incredibly user-friendly and allows you the ability to schedule and reshuffle your pins so they can be shared throughout the day. According to Co-Schedule, peak times for pinning to Pinterest are between 8pm to 11pm.

However, my absolute favorite part about Tailwind are the Tailwind tribes. You’re able to demonstrate your pins not only in the tribe, but then quickly share and repin those pins to group boards to Pinterest from Tailwind. Can we say awesome?!

Ritetag

I like using Ritetag’s Chrome extension because it enables me to evaluate whether I should use a particular hashtag. Based on the color of the hashtag, I’m able to easily see if a hashtag is on the rise or if it’s overused which allows me to determine if it is worth incorporating into my marketing campaign.

Google Analytics Campaign Builder

Google Analytics Campaign URL Builder is an absolute must for bloggers. This Chrome extension allows you to see not just where your traffic is coming from, but it helps you to identify if a specific event, tweet, or blog post is the cause of why you experienced a surge or decline in traffic.

VidIQ

If you have a YouTube channel, then you know how important it is to make sure that your videos are optimized. VidIq helps you to identify keywords that other  YouTubers are using within your niche. If you see that you are missing some keywords, then you can easily add them to your channel, description, etc.

Moz

When I’m trying to identify keywords for a blog post or whether I should create a T-shirt for a particular niche, I always make sure to use Moz’s Chrome extension. Moz toolbar is my go to SEO toolbar for keyword research. You’re able to easily identify domain and page authority and inbound links.

Keywords Everywhere

The Keywords Everywhere Chrome extension enables me to easily obtain volume and CPC information for the keywords I wish to use. Once I determine which keywords I want to pursue, I can then easily save my keywords into one list all from the browser.

PRODUCTIVITY

Extensity

If you have too many extensions running it can slow down your browsing experience. Extensity places all of your extensions under one tab. This allows you to turn off extensions that would normally run in the background with the click of a button. You’re able to save space on your browser menu and

Google Drive

Whenever I come across interesting posts that I want to revisit at a later time, I save it to my Google Drive folder.

Check Plus for Gmail

You can easily get email notifications and respond to your email all from the Checker Plus for Google  Chrome extension. I like using Gmail this way because it’s a much less distracting way for me to work.

I can see that I have emails, but I have mine set up so I don’t see the actual email notification come through on my desktop. Based on my routine, I check my emails during my Pomodoro breaks.

Grammarly

Grammarly is an absolute must for bloggers. You can read more about more love for Grammarly right here. Regardless of weather whether, the online grammar checker will help you identify and correct mistakes.

Although the primary purpose of this tool is for grammar, I also use this tool to periodically check to see if anyone has plagiarized my content. You can learn more about how I use this tool to protect myself from digital content thieves right here.

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will help boost your blogging

WiseStamp

If you’re seeking a subtle way to share your blog posts with your friends and colleagues, then you need to take advantage of your email signature. Whenever I’m emailing anyone, I make sure to use the email signature that I created with WiseStamp.

This allows me to share my signature information in addition to my latest blog posts, email newsletter sign up form, etc. You can customize your email signature to share your contact information in a way that highlights your blog. 

Here’s an example of what my signature looks like using WiseStamp:

As you can see, I have all of my contact information along with my latest blog posts and free blogging course. It’s an awesome feeling to have people sign up for your content without being pushy.

PlusTrello

PlusTrello helps me to stay sane. I like using Trello to help me keep track of the content that I create. This Chrome extension helps me to quickly access and save the research information I find directly to my boards.

Loom

Bloggers are going to love how easy it is to create and share videos using the Loom Chrome extension. Side note: Loom integrates in your email allowing you the ability to respond to your emails using video responses.

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BRANDING/DESIGN EXTENSION

Eyedropper

Have you ever seen a color on a site and thought, “I wonder what color that is?” Well, the Eyedropper Chrome extension takes away the guesswork. When you use the color picker function you are able to get the hex code information for the color you seek and even use that to create a color palette.

BONUS: PRINT ON DEMAND EXTENSION

In the event that your a blogger looking for a side hustle then you need to check out the  print on demand industry. I have a list of Google Chrome extensions and sites for you to download right here.

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will help boost your blogging

What Google Chrome extensions do you love? I want to be sure that I add them to my list, so be sure to let me know in the comments.

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15 Side Hustles to Help You Make More Money

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Money doesn’t grow on trees, but the list I’m sharing with you may cause you to feel otherwise (especially if you’re a blogger).  Regardless of where you are in your online journey, bloggers can take comfort in knowing that there are still opportunities to make additional income outside of monetizing your blog.

Even if you’re working a 9 to 5 be sure to check out these sites and side hustles because some of them can even be done at work. Don’t worry, I won’t tell on you. 🙂 

Many of the sites and side hustles that you find on this list are tasks don’t require much effort. Many of these side hustles are also fun. My favorite one is at the end of this post!

Enough rambling from me, it’s time to hustle!

Survey Sites/Search Engine Testing

As someone who worked for a market research company, I already know what lengths companies are willing to go through in order to get data they can use to improve their products.

If the thought of your opinion being used to improve to your product or service excites you, then you definitely need to filling out these surveys. Below are legitimate (emphasis on legitimate) survey sites that you can sign up for in order to get compensated for your opinion.

SurveySavvy

Inbox dollars

User Testing

WhatUsersDo

Get paid for shopping

Get paid for shopping? Yes, please! That’s exactly what will happen when you use these apps. Some of these apps request you to “check in” when your at the store so you can get points or scan certain items so you can get points. These sites allow you the ability to gain points that you can turn in for cash or gift cards.

Ibotta

ShopKick

Ebates

Start a blog

It’s important that if you decide to start a blog, that you do so with the intention that it’s about a topic that excites you. If you’re the type of person that craves instant gratification, then do yourself a favor and skip this side hustle. If you’re just doing it for the money, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Starting a blog is easy. Don’t don’t let the tech side of setting up your blog scare you. I created a course to help you build and customize your own blog called Slay with WordPress.  but maintaining and promoting it is a whole different story. I’m not stating this to scare you, but just warning you to think of this side hustle as one that is more of a long term investment. You can anticipate the amount of success to expect based on how much time you devote to your blog.

Below are some of the sites and tools that I use to operate Starengu. If you’re interested in seeing my entire list then be sure download our resource list. I wanted to specifically share the below items because they have affiliate programs. Getting paid for using a product that you already know and love is icing on the cake. You might as well get your slice. 😉

Siteground: I have tried different hosts and can hands down state that Siteground is the BEST. You can read more about my experiences right here. In the event that you choose a different hosting company, do yourself a favor and make sure that you steer clear of the the EIG companies.

TryInteract Quizzes: People love taking quizzes just as much as I love creating them. If you love the taking Buzzfeed style of quizzes you’re going to love this tool. You also have the ability to create your own type of “Buzzfeed” style of quiz. I still love Typeform, but if you’re looking for a change you should check out this TryInteract.

BluChic  / Creative Market / StudioPress / Restored 316 / Thrive Themes: If I’m building a website, these are my go to places to purchase my themes.

NameCheap: I know a lot of people use GoDaddy (I used to as well), but I stopped once I found NameCheap or Siteground.  Both offer the ability to have domain privacy for free for the first year.

Adobe -I get it. Photoshop can be a bit intimidating (I used to feel that way). However, after several tutorials later I definitely feel a lot more comfortable with Photoshop and use it to create my T-shirts. Photoshop offers a lot more flexibility than Canva, Visme and PicMonkey.

Tailwind: If you are trying to build your email list, you really need to be on Pinterest. I’ve known about Pinterest for a while, but always put it on the backburner because I thought it was too cumbersome. It does involve some work up front, but once you get your system down you will start seeing results in a short period of time.

Camtasia: If you’re developing a course or doing YouTube tutorials, you should check out Camtasia. It’s a little pricey, but it’s definitely worth it because allows you a lot of premium capabilities and its user-friendly.

Freshbooks: Great accounting software for small businesses (the invoicing feature is my favorite).

Grammarly: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. You want to make sure people focus on your content and not your typos.  Grammarly is the BEST online grammar checker.

Sign up for affiliate networks

Affiliate networks can help you gain additional income from the products and services that you already love. Being compensated to share products that you love is icing on the cake. Regardless of what your niche may be can be found on one of these networks.

Share your talent by teaching or selling your content

Dabble: I LOVE Dabble! I’ve actually attended several classes via Dabble. Side note: My favorite was the soap making class. 🙂 After I finish working on my latest course, I plan on teaching a workshop via Dabble.

 

Thinkific: I am a firm believer that everyone has a talent. The best way to showcase your talent is to create your own course. If you would like to learn more about why I chose Thinkific, check out this post.

Teachers Pay Teachers: Educators seeking to make extra cash should consider selling their content to this site.  

Sell Digital Product

If you’re selling digital products like ebooks, templates, bundles, etc. then you should choose to sell your products through one of these companies. You’re able to

Offer your services

The below sites offer you the opportunity to find all types of work in a variety of industries. I love using the below sites to look for work voice over, social media management and course creation service type of work.

  • Upwork / Freelancer /  People per hour: Honestly, if you’re looking for higher pay (especially when it comes to design) Upwork tends to be the best.
  • TaskRabbit: This site is great for hiring people to run errands, everyday chores and can even put together your furniture (they were recently bought by Ikea). If you’re willing to put together furniture, you’re the REAL MVP in my book.
  • Fiverr: Don’t let the name fool you. If you have been toying with the idea of freelancing but not quite sure if it’s for you, check out Fiverr. You can list a variety of services that you’re willing to do for $5. However,  freelancers on Fiverr tend to make more money because they upsell additional services to the original $5 service they offer.
  • Textbroker: Great site for article and content writers.

Sell your makeup/ Share your favorite clothing items

  • Glambot: You can use this site to sell your new or pre-owned makeup products.
  • Maven: Create a board with your favorite products, share the board and receive a commission when someone makes a purchase. It’s like a monetized version of Pinterest solely for the healthy and beauty industry.

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Become a local tour guide

My friends always tease me because I know and love Chicago. I’ve lived here all of my life because there’s so much to see and do. My friends have often told me that I need to be a tour guide. I’m always taking people to new places, restaurants, etc. and I can even tell you some history about the buildings, neighborhoods, etc.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out about the below sites. They allow locals to create their own itineraries and tourists have the ability to hire you to be their guide. I’ve known about these sites for awhile, but I’m definitely going to be doing this next year (I was too busy working on my courses this year).

Make deliveries for Amazon

Amazon Flex: Make deliveries for Amazon.

Rent your sports equipment

Spinlister: You can use this site to rent your bike, surf or snow equipment.

Lose weight

Healthywage: You make a bet on how much weight you will lose. You will get paid if you have achieved and maintained your goal at the end of the challenge.  

Create T-Shirts

Print on demand is an awesome and fun way to make additional income. Even if you feel like you aren’t creative, you should seriously consider getting into the print on demand industry (especially T-shirts). You would be surprised at how many text based T-shirts are making a killing on Amazon. If you’re a designer, you seriously need to take a look at incorporating this into your side hustle game.

Merch by Amazon is the BEST option out of all of these. However, please note that there is a long wait list to join, so you might as well join. While you’re waiting to get accepted work on your keyword search capabilities and T-shirt designs so you’re ready to upload as soon as you get accepted into the program.

I’m still new to Merch by Amazon, but I’m definitely starting to accumulate a list of free or low cost resources that will help in your quest to be successful on Amazon Merch. One of my favorite resources is Lisa Irby’s, The Passive Shirts Profit Podcast. This podcast has tons of great info. If you’re interested in receiving the complete list of my favorite Amazon Merch resources then click here.

I’m sure there are a lot more side hustles out there, but these are the main ones that I have been incorporating into my routine. Do you have additional sites that should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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How to Create and Embed Social Share Links within a PDF

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One of the best ways to build your email list is to create a lead magnet. A lead magnet is valuable content (i.e. checklist, cheat sheet, etc.) that your audience desires to receive in exchange for providing you with their email address.Getting people to provide their email address is not an easy feat to achieve. Therefore, you have to make the most of your opportunity. One way to do so is by creating social share links that you embed within your lead magnet.Check out the below tutorial and don’t forget to download our Social Share Links Guide.

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80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

Many people will state that they never started blogging because they think it will be too time consuming. Blogging can be time consuming if you don’t have the right processes and tools in place to help you stay organized. Below is a list of websites and tools that you can use to help you decrease the time it takes for you launch and connect with your audience. This list is divided up into the following sections:

  • Inspiration for Blog Topics
  • SEO 
  • Domains
  • WordPress Themes & Plugins
  • Brand & Design
  • Social Networking Tools 
  • Ways to Monetize Your Site
  • Productivity

Inspiration for Blog Topics

1.) Buzzsumo: Discover what type of content is more engaging for your niche.2.) AllTop: All the top headlines from popular topics around the web.3.) Blogluvin: A large category of blogs.4.) Medium: Another great place to check out new blogs 

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

SEO

1.) Google Keyword Ad Planner: This is a free Google tool that you can use to help you identify how competitive the keywords you are trying to optimize your site.2.) Hashtagify and Ritetag: A great search engine for Hashtags

3.) Ahrefs: This is definitely more robust than Google.​ There are ​a ton of useful features that will help you to determine not only which keywords to pursue, but will which headlines, images, etc. will work best to accompany your keyword choices. Check out my tutorial about Ahrefs. 4.) Long Tail Pro: This keyword tool is more robust than Google’s. Long Tail Pro looks at numerous variable that compares a keyword. It provides you with a simple score in order to determine keyword competitiveness.5.) UberSuggest: This is one of my favorite sites. It not only provides you with several variances of your keywords and includes a Google Trends chart of that keyword.6.) Mozbar: All in one SEO toolbar that you can download at Google Chrome Extension.

Domains

1.) NameCheap2.) Siteground

WordPress Themes & Plugins

1.) StudioPress 2.) ThriveThemes3.) Pushcrew4.) Copyright Proof5.) YoastSEOIn the event that you need assistance with creating your WordPress site, be sure to check out our Slay with WordPress course. 

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

Brand & Designs

1.) Canva: This is the BEST tool for people seeking to release their inner graphic design skills. You can create professionally designed documents and social media covers using this website. 2.) Adobe: As much as I LOVE Canva it does have limitations. Adobe is the tool to use in order to have complete freedom over how you choose to manipulate your designs.3.) Eye Dropper: This is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to pick up color from a webpage.4.) Camtasia: If your goal is to make amazing videos and screencasts then look no further than Camtasia. However, if you’re on a budget use Screencast-o-matic.5.) PicMonkey: A great easy to use photo editor.6.) Creative Market:  One of my absolute favorite sites to purchase fonts, fills, patterns, icons and so much more! 7.) DaFonts: Great site to get fonts for free.

Content & Social Marketing 

1.) CoSchedule Headline Analyzer:This site will help you create attention grabbing headlines.2.) Grammarly: Online proofreading tool that checks text for grammar, punctuation, style and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector. Every blogger needs this installed on their website. Check out my review regarding Grammarly right here.2.) Recite: Great website to create original Instagram quotes on the go. 3.) OneNetworkDirect: This is a great network to join if you are looking for affiliates related to technology.4.) Buffer: One of my favorite social network sharing tools to use. Super affordable and provides great insights into your social networking activity.5.) Open Broadcaster Studio: Open source software for video recording and livestreaming.

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

Way to Monetize Your Site

1.) Amazon Affiliates: It goes without saying that Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. If you’re having issues trying to find an affiliate within your niche then check out Amazon. They have everything. 2.) ShareaSale: This is a popular affiliate company that many bloggers use. There are quite a few niche products and services on this site. 3.) OneNetworkDirect: This is a great network to join if you are looking for affiliates related to technology.

Productivity

1.) Zapier: Automate actions across various devices (more robust than IFTT) 2.) Trello: Enables you to organize, prioritize and easily collaborate with others.3.) Instant WP: Allows you the ability to test out WordPress plugins and make changes in a test environment.4.) Pomodoro: This technique is one of the ways that I manage to stay organized. You can learn more about this method right here.5.) Google Drive: Cloud based method to store documents, videos, etc. There are affiliate links in this post. Please note that I only support products/services that I love and would benefit my audience.*

If you’re loving what I have shared so far, then be sure to sign up for the entire checklist right here. Are there any other websites or tools that are missing from the list? Be sure to share them with the rest of us! Did you enjoy this post? Don’t forget to pin and share this post! 🙂

3 Reasons Why You Should Choose Siteground

WordPress and Siteground -A Bloggers Dynamic DuoWordPress. Squarespace. Blogger. Wix. If you’re new to blogging, trying to determine what blogging platform you should use will easily end up giving you a headache. It’s extremely important to start with your ultimate goal in mind. Your answers to the following questions will provide you with the answer as to which blogging platform you should use:

  • Would you like for your blogging platform to provide you with additional functionality besides being just a “blog” (i.e. e-commerce capabilities)?
  • Do you want to have complete control over how to build and customize your website?
  • Do you want to be able to easily integrate and access other marketing applications to track the progress of your blog?

If you answered yes, to the majority of these questions then you seriously need to consider using the self-hosted version of WordPress as your blogging platform. Now, you’re probably wondering what, “I didn’t realize there were two versions of WordPress.”

Yes, my friends, there are two versions of WordPress–WordPress.com and WordPress.org. You can learn more about the differences here. However, if you’re looking for the CliffsNotes version, WordPress.com is for my technically challenged friends who would rather have WordPress take care of the hosting. Your website URL will be “https://www.ilovecookies.wordpress.com” and if you choose to use WordPress.org the website URL will look like: https://ilovecookies.com requires you to have some technical skills when it comes to installing and maintaining your website.

However, many of the major hosting companies offer one-click installations and WordPress assistance services. The majority of the functions that many website owners want to achieve have a relatively low learning curve.

Therefore, I personally believe that you should save yourself the unnecessary hassle of migrating your website by going the self-hosted route. In order to ensure that you have a pleasant experience make sure that you choose a good hosting company. I’ve had my fair share of *interesting* experiences, so if you want to skip what I went through, then I highly suggest you use Siteground.

Words cannot begin to express how amazing the support is at Siteground. I was sick of not getting answers to my questions, nonchalant attitudes and all around horrible service I was receiving at GoDaddy. I did not want a repeat of this situation so I thoroughly did my homework and made sure not to choose a company owned by EIG.

I had heard good things about Siteground and decided to give them a try. I am so glad I did! They helped me migrate my site over from GoDaddy. It was a rather difficult migration because WordPress had put me on a managed WordPress plan instead of regular hosting (one of the main reasons I was leaving).

Siteground was incredibly helpful during that situation. Siteground’s helpfulness didn’t stop there. They then installed an SSL certificate for free. They have gotten me out of quite a few jams that had I been with GoDaddy I would still be on the phone waiting to resolve my issue…Siteground never leaves you waiting in a queue. Whenever I need help, I’m able to easily chat with Siteground folks who are extremely eager to help me resolve my website problems.

The majority of bloggers can get by using shared hosting. This means that your website is sharing a server with other websites. It’s much cheaper to go this route than purchasing a dedicated server. I have yet to experience my site being down. There were a couple of instances of this at GoDaddy. Siteground has its own caching system so this plays a significant role in speeding up my site.

Siteground has reasonable pricing. They don’t try to sell you unnecessary options. They also don’t charge you for features like backing up your website. In my opinion, this should be free, but you would be surprised how many companies charge for this feature…

I could go on and on about how awesome Siteground hosting is, but I don’t want you to just take my word for it, check them out for yourself. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee so you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by choosing Siteground.

Be sure to check out the video below which will show you how to purchase and point a domain (in case you decide to purchase your domain at NameCheap or another domain registrar) and install WordPress.

 

This tutorial is a part of the free trial for our Slay with WordPress course. This is not just your ordinary WordPress course. In this course, you will learn how to do the following:

  • Design compelling images and lead magnets that reflect your brand’s personality
  • How to create content that will resonate with your audience
  • Establish processes that will reduce the time it takes to engage with your audience
  • Learn how to effectively track your progress

If this sounds like your jam, then be sure to check out the rest of the free trial before signing up for the course. If you enjoyed this post, please pay it forward and share it. It would be very much appreciated! 🙂

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