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On Making Choices and Finding New Solutions: Let It Be Easy

I’ve been rinsing my mouth with salt water after every meal for the past two weeks. It’s part of the healing process after a wisdom tooth extraction. Oral surgery: the gift that keeps on giving. During the first week, I spilled salt all over my bathroom counter. My container of salt has a perforated opening similar to a salt shaker, and sometimes the salt got stuck in the holes. When I measured half a teaspoon, I had to shake the container a bit and the salt didn’t land seamlessly on my… Read Entire Story

Maximize Your Monetization Potential with RevenueHits

If you run a blog or any other content-based website for profit, you’re likely always on the lookout for new and lucrative ways to monetize your traffic. With so many ad networks out there, it can be difficult to decide what path you should take to extract as much money as possible while retaining a positive reader experience. For publishers who want a platform where they can “let the revenue do the talking,” RevenueHits could be an option worth considering. Read Entire Story

10 Posts You Need to Read Before the End of the Year

It can be so easy to slide into holiday mode too early at this time of year (trust me, I’m struggling with it from time to time myself!) but the desire to clock off can be a good motivator to end the year well. I love a fresh start come January 1, so I tend to double down in December and get shit done. I’ve been thinking about how I want to end 2016 both personally and work-wise, and after Natalie’s post yesterday, I decided to gather together the reminders and advice I’m using to head into a new phase, and to share them with you. I also find that I end… Read Entire Story

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3 Pivotal Moments Every SaaS Company Should Anticipate

Are you confident about where you are in the industry right now? Have you foreseen the upcoming trends? Have you already thought about the future possibilities that could come your way? You could do as much planning as possible… But there would always be something which will remain unexpected. Even if you have prepared millions Read Entire Story

Why Traffic Shaping is So Dang Fantastic for Conversion Rates

Do you remember the Windows game Pipe Dream? In it, the player creates a continuous “goo” path using randomly assigned pieces of pipe. Fail to build a path in time and the goo oozes everywhere… Game over. For a marketer, the pipe pieces are your web pages. And the goo? Your visitors. Fail to provide your visitors with a logical next step and it’s game over. A logical next step could mean many things, like a sale or a signup. Or maybe it’s simply to keep your prospects on your website by strategically presenting them with opportunities to learn more about what you have to offer. Like pipe building, traffic shaping is all about creating incentivized pathways that convince users to go where you… Read Entire Story

Survival of the Fittest Variation: Evolutionary Algorithms in Optimization

If you read this blog regularly, you probably don’t need an introduction to CRO or A/B testing. You know the major players, best practices, and you’ve likely tested your fair share of ideas. But, as an expert, you likely know some of the persistent frustrations with current approaches. To name just a pair: Testing simply takes time. Our best instincts are often wrong. In fact, only one in seven tests are actually successful. But new advances in artificial intelligence might help. We’re talking about this in great depth in a webinar this Thursday with ConversionXL founder Peep Laja (you can, of course, … Read Entire Story

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Hard Drive Data Recovery Software

There is software which can be used to retrieve the data that is lost from your computer hard drive, though many people don’t use the software, they will just reload the operating system that is system software without due consideration given to the procedure that is especially present for the hard drive recovery. Yet more […] Read Entire Story

Environmental Scholarships You May Not Know About

Students whose chosen field of study is the environment and issues related to the environment will be interested to know there are numerous environmental scholarships to be had to help offset the cost of going to school. Many corporations, organizations and government agencies offer students grants to help complete their education. The EPA, or Environmental […] Read Entire Story

Looking For Cheap Energy Sources, You’ve Come To The Right Place

No one wants to spend any more of their hard earned money on utility bills than necessary. Today we are lucky, we have options. With the advance of technology we have cheap energy sources that can help us cut, or eliminate, our utility bills. If you’ve ever considered generating your own electricity, and stop sending […] Read Entire Story

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Bespokecast — Episode 3 — Katie Stockton

In our newest conversation on Bespokecast, we speak with BTIG’s Chief Technical Strategist Katie Stockton.  Katie is one of the top technicians around, and this is a wide-ranging discussion on technicals as an investment strategy that is both educational and instructive.  Katie has a long career in markets and has been immersed in the discipline of technical analysis right from the beginning.  In our hour-long conversation, we get her basic approach to technicals, background about the goals and toolkits that technicians use, and her current view of market technicals.  We also discuss non-market topics, including the work-life balance for finance professionals with families.  We had a fantastic time recording this conversation, … Read Entire Story

How to Eat Your Way to Productivity

If you have found yourself feeling sluggish and not as productive as you could be, you may well wish to start adding more fruit and veg to your diet. A… Read more » (c) Noobpreneur.com Read Entire Story

Why Having Money To Spend On Growing My Business Lead To A Rookie Mistake

A few years ago I went through a ‘rebirth’ phase of my business. I was in a unique situation. All my products had been taken off the market, so I had nothing for sale. However I still had my blog and my email list, which I continued to nurture even… The post Why Having Money To Spend On Growing My Business Lead To A Rookie Mistake appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com. Read Entire Story

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How to Keep Your Printer Happy

Your humble old printer is a vital fixture in your office, but the sad truth is that printers often get left out of the office care routine. Laptops get updated, checked for viruses, PCs get a de-fragging every so often and even the window blinds are cleaned once a year. Why not, then, extend this same solicitude to your printer? Here’s how. Safety first When you go to open up the body of the printer, you should turn it off at the mains to make sure you don’t have any moving parts or electricity flowing about. Place your printer wisely You can’t bung your printer on any old flat surface! These machines… Read Entire Story

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s ‘fascinating’ to see Trump use its service so often (TWTR)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s been ‘fascinating’ to learn from Trump’s use of the social media. Read Entire Story

Is Amazon the New Best Place to Buy Whisky Online?

I’ve been a whisky lover for a long time now and although I’m no expert, I’d say that my collection is growing and my tastes are widening. While I’ve always thought that I’d find the best whisky deals at a supermarket or specialist online store, I recently noticed that Amazon have been offering some great deals on some of my favourite whiskies and with free delivery on items over £20 and free next day delivery when you have a prime membership, Amazon might well be my go to one stop whisky shop from now on! My first Amazon whisky bargain was a bottle of Glenfarclas 15 Year Old single malt for just £33.49, but with so many whiskies … Read Entire Story

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Limited Resources? Here Are 9 Clever Ways to Create Live Video on Social Media

For many brands and marketers, video is becoming an increasingly important part of their overall digital marketing strategy, particularly when it comes to their social media efforts. And it’s not hard to see why. We humans are visual beings, and these days we crave and expect video. According to a HubSpot infographic, one-third of all online activity is spent watching video. When used as a marketing tactic, compelling video content helps capture attention, encourages engagement and—in some cases—reaches a more prominent position in social media news feeds. But quality video content is far more time consuming and costly to produce than other types of content, making it more difficult for marketers and … Read Entire Story

Shopify Tutorial – Making Your First Sale [Case Study]

I recently built a website using Shopify (for testing purposes), and I’ve come to realize how almost effortless it is to setup/run an online business these days. As this Shopify tutorial demonstrates, Shopify makes it easier than ever to get started selling online What is more, you do not need to spend a lot of money to get started. Provided you master a few key factors: Sell/promote products that you – yourself – would actually buy (product). Know the right channels where you can effectively attract your target audience (marketing). Earn the trust of your target audience and potential customers (conversions). Shopify Tutorial – Your Store Concept  The ideation process is sometimes the most … Read Entire Story

The Future of Content Marketing: Experts Share Content Predictions for 2017

At a time in the not so distant future 2016 will come to a close and many content marketers will reflect on 2016 and think, “Man was that unfair!”. They’ve tightened their belts, worked hard to develop a content strategy and tried to stay up on latest content trends. But the sad reality is that content still isn’t having the business impact that they had anticipated. In order for us to look to the future of content marketing, we have to take a critical look at the past and present. One  that we have always known to be true is that creating content just to improve rankings and to say that you “do” content marketing is … Read Entire Story

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Internet, E-commerce & Hosting Statistics for 2016

2016 was another year of phenomenal growth in terms of web adoptation around the world, but did you know that Bermuda has the worlds highest internet penetration at over 97% or that the US only ranks number 25 on the list with 86.7%. With access to the internet throughout some of the world poorer nations now becoming a reality through low cost mobile devices and increased investment from Government into IT infrastructure, 2017 online usage is expected to grow at an even greater rate than ever before. In fact estimates are that 2017 will see more web traffic than all previous years combined. The below infographic from Hostingfacts.com explores these and dozens of other stats from around the web. click on image for a Read Entire Story

Niche of the Week: Organic Clothing Affiliate Programs

It's totally possible to run a business and also be kind to the earth. In fact, that's the focus of this Niche of the Week! The "green" niche is one of affiliate marketing's evergreen niches (pun only sort of intended). It's also quite vast — there are so many sub-niches within it, targeting different interests and lifestyles, from people who want to start growing their own food to those who want to reduce their impact on the planet. … Read Entire Story

What Are The Differences Between a Will and A Living Trust?

When you work so hard for your money and assets, you likely want to leave it to the people you love after you pass away. That’s a natural inclination, which is why estate planning is so important.When you consult with an estate attorney, one of the first things you have to decide are whether a will or a living trust is right for you. Often, even people well-versed in personal finance don’t know that a living trust is an option for them or that it may even be more advantageous than a will.The following are some key differences… Read Entire Story

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What Are Vision and Mission Statements and Why Having Them Is Essential

In business, just as in life, it’s important to have an understanding of who you are, where you’re going, what you want to achieve, and why you want to get there. You need to have goals, and those goals need to serve an overarching purpose. But, to get there, it takes effort. That’s why having a solid vision and mission statement for your business (and yourself!) is important. Let’s quickly define what those are: Vision Statement: A Vision Statement is about the future. It defines the ideal future state for you/your business. It’s about what you are striving for and how you envision yourself once you complete your mission. Mission Statement: A Mission… Read Entire Story

Some Great Things to Try Now You’re Retired

Many people spend a long time looking forward to reaching retirement, only to find once it arrives they’re bored and in need of something to do. This is a fantastic time for you to try new things without the responsibilities and worries of work getting in your way. So, whether it’s something you’ve always fancied trying, or you are looking for something totally new, go for it! Study This might seem an odd choice, but why not? Keeping your brain active is a great way to stay young, but it can also be enormously enjoyable. If you fancy a real challenge, why not try an online MPH degree. There are so many online courses available now, not only degrees, … Read Entire Story

How to Start the Year Right: Insights from Influencers – SPI TV Ep. 60

Watch the episode on YouTubeDecember has arrived, and it’s time to set our sights on what we hope to achieve in 2017. In this episode of SPI TV, I’ll share the steps I’m taking to set myself up for success next year and take stock of what I accomplished in 2016. I’ll be using Michael Hyatt’s new ebook, Achieve More in 2017, to guide me through important steps in my planning process. Those steps include journaling, cataloging personal wins, planning when to say “no” in the coming year, and adding hard deadlines to my calendar. I’ll share a few of my favorite tools for taking these actions, as well as the exciting projects I have in store for 2017. Follow along with me… Read Entire Story

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“Why are sales pages so long? Do people even read it?”

Have you ever stumbled on one of those long sales pages where you have to scroll and scroll and scroll to get to the actual product? “WHY IS IT SO LONG?” “DO PEOPLE EVEN READ THIS?” A natural reaction. Especially to the untrained eye. But check this out… It appears those sales pages can actually work, right? “But just because it works doesn’t mean I want to do this! It’s so…. bleah…” And I can relate. I actually felt the same way. Then I had a big AHA moment that changed … Read Entire Story

Before you write one word of a sales page, do this first…

And a failure to do it can be the difference between: I know. “CLICKBAIT MUCH?” Put down the pitchfork a sec, and let me explain. When I sell something, I often use the generic “Introducing Product Name,” as the headline on my sales page. And if you’re the type of person who reads and analyzes what other people do, you might come to the conclusion: “Oh! Derek writes good sales pages. He’s using Introducing Product Name. I SHOULD DO THAT TOO!” …but would that be a good idea? Well, that depends, right? Right. But do you know what it depends on? Maybe you can come up with the reason why pretty quickly. Or maybe you’re … Read Entire Story

Herbalife Nutrition Survey on Millennials at Work

Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has released the findings from its Asia Pacific Millennials At Work Survey1, which revealed that Filipino millennials are adapting a healthy, active lifestyle, however, most believe their current workplace environment prevents them from doing so. Millennials, or people born in between 1980 and 2000, are opting for a workplace that will encourage them to stay active, if only this will be embedded in every company culture. About 83 percent or eight (8) in 10 millennials have agreed that they would like their company workplace to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle. With the millennial generation expected to make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020, ensuring the wellbeing … Read Entire Story

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Improve Your Giving With 5 Smart Charity Tricks

Year’s end is fast approaching, and now’s a good time to pull out your wallet and make a charitable donation. Deductions, baby! Of course, donating to charity isn’t just about the tax advantages; your contribution can make a difference in someone’s life. Nonprofits will accept donations of any… Read Entire Story

Put the Scissors Away: Wise Ways to Use Your Credit Card

Getting into a bit of a tight corner with your finances can often result in a radical line of thinking that prompts you to reach for the scissors and cut up your credit card.Finding yourself in a debt situation is never pleasant. If you find yourself in financial hot water, you need to take some positive steps to rectify the situation, but cutting up your credit card shouldn’t be necessary, especially if you work on using your card sensibly in the first place. Here are some smart strategies for staying out of hot water with your credit card. Shop Around to Find the Best… Read Entire Story

You Can’t Make It as a One-Car Family: Now What?

Having only one car seemed like a great idea, at first. It would save money, and surely you could all work out your schedules so that you could pass the car around, or drop each other off, or whatever. But then she got a new job across town, or you started working a lot of overtime. Maybe the car… Read Entire Story

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3 Deep Lessons Learned From Joining a Business Course

On November 19, 2013, I became a member of the entrepreneurial training site, Fizzle. I wish I could remember the specific moment when I chose to join or what it was exactly that inspired me to take the leap, but the truth is I was on a learning feeding frenzy at that point. I was taking courses, listening to podcasts, reading books, and joining websites at a furious pace. I had just discovered the world of entrepreneurs and it was all new and exciting to me. The potential for transforming my life seemed limitless, and Fizzle was just one more resource among many that I was hoping would get me a few steps closer to the promised land of running my own independent business. Sadly, few of the resources … Read Entire Story

Tactical Keyword Research in a RankBrain World

Posted by Dr-Pete Summary: RankBrain represents a more advanced way of measuring relevance, built on teaching machines to discover the relationships between words. How should RankBrain change our approach to SEO and specifically to keyword research? This story starts long before RankBrain, but the action really kicked in around May of 2013, when Google announced conversational search for desktop. At the time, voice search on desktop may have seemed like a gimmick, but in hindsight it was a signal that Google was taking natural language search seriously. Just a few… Read Entire Story

Mastering the Owner Response to the Quintet of Google My Business Reviews

Posted by MiriamEllisTwo dates to know: August 4, 2010 – the day Google enabled owner responses to Google My Business reviews; November 17, 2016 – the day Moz enabled incredibly easy GMB owner response functionality in the Moz Local dashboard. Why are these noteworthy events in Local Search history? Because reviews and owner responses are direct reputation management, free marketing, free advertising, damage control, and quality control all wrapped up in one multi-voice song about your brand. What’s missing from the picture of this free-for-all of voices caroling sentiment about your brand? You are — the conductor! If you’re not leading the … Read Entire Story