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Why Blogs Should Be Your Go To For Info

Why Blogs Should Be Your Go To For Info

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These days, it can seem like everyone is a blogger. Social media sites are bursting with links to blog posts on every subject under the sun, from selling cars blogs to the top ten reasons you should eat carrots. There’s a blog for everything and most businesses, and so many people have something they want to say, and something they want to share with the rest of the world and blogging is the perfect place for them to do that. This, however, leads to skepticism of how reliable blogs are. Most are written by normal people, not experts, and there aren’t laws about what people can and can’t say, so you don’t know if what you are reading is fact. However, as digital news is taking over many traditional news sources, free online news is growing, and although many blogs are outlets for personal opinions, they also serve as legitimate sources of news and information. There are plenty of reasons to trust online blogs and why to go to them as your first point of call and here’s why:

Inside Information

While blogs are not necessarily written by experts, a lot actually is. Rather than being written by writers or experts, the information comes directly from the source itself and give you insider information from an expert actually working within specific fields of interest. They are providing their readers with first-hand knowledge that can help guide the decision-making process.

No Restrictions

Blogs typically are written without restrictions because industry writers typically have more freedom when choosing the types of blogs they write. They don’t usually have a chain of checks and re-checks before being published like online periodical pieces would have. Because of the nature of blogs, even the most controversial of topics are given an outlet for discussion. Plus, blogs are usually informally written, allowing readers to relate to the language and message easily. This is perfect for writers looking to provide informative web content that their target audience can connect with and act on.

Updated Regularly

People who have blog pages often update them regularly meaning that the blog posts are providing evolving information that remains relevant and useful. Site owners don’t want their readers to be turned off by stagnant sites that rarely change, so they put significant efforts into creating interesting content that appeals to their audience. By doing so, blog writers are providing their readers with up-to-date information that is relevant to what happens in the world around them at the present time.

Blogs Are HonestDepending on how you look at this, it could be seen as a negative, but as blogs are able to be subjective and have the flexibility to include a personal slant or bias, they may not always be accurate, but at the same time they will be honest but from that writer. There isn’t usually an accountability structure in place for fact-checking and monitoring, blogs can easily feature outdated statistics or facts that readers are unaware of so there are some things which you have to take with a pinch of salt but, you can do your own fact-checking, but a blog usually has no hidden agenda or sales target so they can be trusted that they are from an honest place.

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Marketing a Food Truck Business

Marketing a Food Truck Business

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A food truck business can be a fun and financially-rewarded enterprise, but you will need to market your company effectively in order to be successful. With the right marketing techniques, you can differentiate your businesses from competitors, establish a loyal customer base and promote your brand, so it’s vital to engage in effective marketing activities.

Choosing a company name

Your company name should be something people remember, so don’t go for something too obvious. A play on words, a pun or something funny can work well, particularly if it’s related to the food industry or the type of food you serve. Although it is possible to change your business name further along the line, this can risk alienating your existing so customer base, so it’s best to come up with something fresh and memorable from the start.

Use your food truck

Your food truck is the main element of your business, so be sure to make the most out of it. With the right branding, you can make your food truck an effective marketing tool, as well as the best place to eat in town. Whether you’re using a Sprinter van or another type of truck, consider using bright colours to make it stand out or have it professionally wrapped with your logo, business name or typography. 

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Create social media profiles

Social media is a fantastic marketing tool. As well as being easy to use and a great way to connect with your target demographic, social media marketing is cost-effective too. You can choose to run your own social marketing accounts or opt for professional assistance with your campaigns. Whichever option you choose, social media marketing requires relatively little financial investment and can bring in significant returns. 

Social media is also a great way to get your corporate personality out there. Consumers enjoy brands which have a human side to them, so use social media to connect with your audience and help your company stand out.

Launch a website

Although you’ll be selling your food offline via your truck, it’s still important to have an online presence. Most people expect companies to have a website, so you could miss out on business if you neglect this area of your marketing. Furthermore, having a website gives you a great opportunity to promote your brand, share your story and incentivize potential customers. Perhaps offer a weekly newsletter with coupons and vouchers, or motivate customers to share their experiences at your food truck in return for loyalty cards and schemes. With this added incentive, you’ll be able to promote awareness amongst potential new customers and build loyalty amongst your existing patrons.

Promote your local area

With local marketing, you can reduce your costs and increase the effectiveness of your campaigns. If you’re planning to launch a PPC ad campaign, for example, choosing keywords which relate to your local area will ensure you’re reaching consumers who can easily become customers. Instead of focusing on nationwide marketing, stick the area you’ll actually be retailing in for maximum effect.

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Would Any Other, Smell So Sweet?

Would Any Other, Smell So Sweet?

Finding the right kind of fragrance for the home can be a challenge. Not only are there tons of products on the market to mask odors or kill the things that cause bad smells, but there are lots of scents to choose from. Here’s the thing though, most of those products are a little bit of natural mixed with a lot of chemicals that linger in the air. Breathing in some of those products can cause more harm than good.

So, I was very excited to try Organic Aromas Nebulizing Diffuser since it doesn’t use chemicals, nor water, but natural essential oils only.

Arrival

The box was heavily protected with foam, so no issues with breakage to any of the pieces. When I opened the sleek design of The Opulence with a black ceramic base, I was happy with its gorgeous contemporary design. It would surely fit in with any of my décor. (The website has many choices of wood bases with spectacular glass designs to choose from as well.) My next surprise was the large collection of natural, organic and blended essential oils that I received since I ordered the Intrepid Explorer Aromatherapy Diffuser Kit.

Put it together

The setup was simple. Even easier was filling the beaker with the lavender oil that I wanted to try first. I started off with about 15 drops into the glass and powered on. Instantly, the glass filled with steam and trickled out the top opening, filling the room with the fresh scent of lavender! My favorite part was the LED light at the bottom that shows the oil working hard to sweeten the entire room. The base has a touch button to turn on or off the light, but I prefer it to stay on. The nebulizing diffuser releases the fragrance for two minutes and pauses for one minute before repeating the process for two hours before automatically shutting itself off.

Now you gotta clean it

Clean up was a breeze! Remove the glass from the base, and then rinse with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry before using it again. That’s it. With essential oils, I’m able to create a new scent on a daily basis. It’s not only great for the air I breathe, but it’s fun to combined scents.

Overall

As for the price, I’d say it’s worth it. I’m impressed with the power of this diffuser. There’s nothing else that can compare in filling the air radius with natural fragrance that I’ve tried on the market. I look forward to using this for a long time to come!

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How to Prevent the Spread of the Nasty Things.

By Tia Cristy

Catching a cold or flu can happen at any time of the year. It’s not just bias to a few choice months during the year. Germs can spread easily and quickly, so the best offense is defense. The same goes for viruses, diseases, infections, STD’s, STI’s that can spread onto surfaces as well. It’s time to prevent germs.

The first line of defense

Make sure your immune system is in a healthy state. Getting the right vitamins like, Vitamin C, and supplements like, Echinacea, along with the right diet can prevent these and the spread of nasty things from touching you, even if you happen to touch them. Always remember to check with your doctor before starting a vitamin or supplement to see if it will work for you.

Second line

Make sure your body and mind are well-rested. A rested body can fight off germs. A well-rested mind that believes the body is healthy can make itself healthy. There is a true study that shows how powerful mind over matter really plays out in the overall health of the human body.

The third line I just discovered

We all know a clean surface is important to keeping the germs at bay. However, sonosupplies.com offers a selection of wipes that are hospital grade that you can use in your home. What makes them different than the typical wipes you’d buy at the grocery store? Well, plenty. They kill the scary stuff that you don’t even want to think about lurking on your door knobs and counters. Our group was a bit nervous to try them after reading the label that stated ‘Not for the skin’ and ‘keep away from food’, but let’s be honest… the other wipes have the same warnings. After getting confirmation from the company that the wipes are safe to use in kitchens and bathrooms, we went to town cleaning everything.

The most pleasant part, I didn’t notice an odor. I noticed freshness. Everything smelled clean. Added bonus… I used wipes on the book case, and haven’t seen the dust pile up like it normally does. The thing to remember when it comes to germs, they are everywhere. We need a little bacteria in our lives, but I’ve decided to add wipes into my cleaning regimen on a weekly basis. If someone has a cold, well, I might use them on a daily until the germs have passed.

Get yourself and your home prepared for that flu season that’s practically around the corner. Get your vitamins and minerals into your core on a daily, be restful while keeping a positive mindset and make sure you keep yourself and your elements around you clean and germ-free as possible.

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Instead of Alcohol I can use lime juice? Responses from Tips

By, Tia Cristy

 

Responses from Tips

Hi M,

Thanks for reading and also thanks for the question. “Tia could you please tell me if instead of Alcohol I can use lime juice? –M” in regard to http://tipsfromtia.com/2012/11/26/how-to-remove-sticky-glue-from-labels-on-cloth.aspx


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Lime juice probably isn’t the best way to go. I’ve never tried it, but lime juice itself has sticky properties. Not only that, it is very acidic and can bleach or weaken fabric over time. You could try a
white vinegar, it won’t change the color of the fabric.  Although remember, it’s acidic too and could weaken the fabric over time as well.

 

I would save the lime juice for a twist in a drink. But in case you didn’t know, lime is great for skin care. Lime fights bacteria and tightens pores. Don’t over use lime juice on your face. (maybe once a week, for sensitive skin) Remember, it’s like a mini acid peel at home.

 

Thanks again and keep on reading Tips from Tia. Looking good; feeling good!

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Compare Different Sites Based on Upfront Costs

By Guest Blogger, Gene C.

When looking to grow your business, finding out which lead generation site to use can be arduous task. In the current marketplace, many sites exist—each with their own pros and cons. In order to determine which one is the best for you, check out the following infographic. It will allow you to seamlessly compare different sites based on upfront costs, levels of support, and how payments process on the backend. Remaining competitive in any field is about making the economical and sensible decisions to allow your business to thrive.  

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5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Heat

 

5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Heat                                           

Thanks to rising temperatures and relentless sunshine, your home can be a haven for numerous unwanted visitors this summer. Accordingly, taking the proper pest control steps is of the utmost importance. Along with seeking professional assistance, there are a few things you can do to ensure your home is safeguarded against all manner of pests from this summer to the next.

  1. Keep Indoors Clean

Spring is a time of renewal, which is why so many choose this season to tidy up their homes. Spring cleaning does more than just make your home presentable for that all-important first barbecue; it also deprives insects of hiding spots in areas filled with clutter and debris. Clear out closets, disinfect kitchens and bathrooms, and make sure crumbs are properly cleaned up.

  1. Check Out Window Screens

Window screens are designed to let in the cool breeze while keeping pests out. However, splits and tears in your screens means that insects will be free to come and go as the please. That’s why it’s recommended that you check out each and every screen in your home to make sure they can serve their intended purpose.

  1. Shore Up Cracks in Caulking

Cracked seals around doors and windows are another problem area when it comes to pests taking up residence. Take a moment to look over these fixtures to ensure their seals are holding steady. If you notice any issues you can reinforce the seal using a little caulking purchased at your local hardware store.

  1. Remove Standing Water

When it comes to the outdoors, you can keep mosquitoes at bay by removing any standing water on your property. This includes areas like birdbaths, kiddie pools, or any surfaces under leaking pipes. Not only are mosquitoes irritating, they can also carry pathogens capable of causing disease and illness to both pets as well as humans.

  1. Call Out the Professionals

Of course, even your best efforts may fail to remove all those unwanted pests in your life. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire a professional technician just to make sure your home is secure against the threat of insects. A technician will identify any potential problem areas before infestation occurs, which will save both time and money in the long run.

Your home is your castle, and like any good lord or lady of the manner you decide who stays and who goes. Contact exterminators near me for more information on how you can prevent your abode from being overrun by unwanted guests.

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3 Ways To Successfully Market Your eBook

3 Ways To Successfully Market Your eBook

Thanks to the rise of eBooks, it’s never been easier to have your voice heard. These works are also commonly used as marketing materials for tech-heavy business endeavors, such as e-commerce businesses or mobile app development companies. Whether your book was conceived as a passion project or to promote a larger project, you’ll want it to reach as many people as it possibly can. Below are a few tips for eBook authors looking for the best strategy to make their latest work a success.

List it on Amazon

There’s a reason Amazon is arguably the most ubiquitous eBook distribution platform out there; it makes searching for, purchasing and opening digital books extremely easy for customers. It’s also easy to use on the author’s end. Listing an eBook on their Kindle marketplace is extremely easy, completely free, offers too much of a boost to visibility for any apprehensive writer to pass up.

 

Amazon also allows authors to track their sales with far more accuracy than most publishing platforms, allowing for close examination of the effects of any other marketing efforts in use at a particular time. The most effective marketing channels, mediums and audiences can then easily be identified and put to use next time you need to promote a similar effort.

Harness the Power of ‘Free’

Everyone loves getting something for free – even if it’s not something the person in question particularly wanted from the outset, the lack of risk makes it hard to turn the prospect down. This means that eBook authors can get their foot in the door with potential customers by offering them a taste of what they’ll be getting in the full product.

 

The most common way for authors to do this is to distribute an excerpt of their book (a few paragraphs, a few pages, or even a few chapters) for free through highly visible channels. Sometimes, though, it makes sense to go even further; limited-time giveaways of the entire book can help to drum up interest and get the book off to a strong start on the sales charts. If it’s an eBook made primarily for marketing purposes, it may even be most effective to keep it free indefinitely in exchange for a bit of user information (usually an email address).

 

Whichever of these options the author decides to go with, they should then list their book on a few of the many sites that list eBook freebies to take advantage of the free publicity that will get them. This must be done at least a few days in advance of the release date in order to ensure that the listing appears just as the book hits the virtual shelves.

Make Use of Social Media and Internet

Not everyone is interested in every possible eBook topic; for example, a 70-year-old woman who has never used a smartphone is unlikely to care much about a book on mobile app. She might enjoy a book about needlepoint patterns produced by a crafting blog, however.

The most important part of getting any eBook to sell is to get it seen by the right people. That’s where social media and internet comes in to market eBook. Because users have already formed themselves into shared-interest groups through indicators such as Likes and hashtags, it’s easy to find and reach these people with the click of a mouse. That’s where marketers come in, right marketing team can quickly spread the word. So that your eBook can reach proper demographics. This strategy works particularly well for eBooks because its well targeted.

 

In today’s busy market, all eBooks face stiff competition for readership. So, authors owe it to themselves to do everything they can to tip the scales in favor of their own work. By the end  a few simple promotional steps now can make a big difference to your eBook sales results in the future, so don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

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Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

 

 

 

Year after year, these amazing one-pieces keep making a comeback. We are talking, of course, about playsuits. They are the easiest thing in the world to make into a full outfit and they fit nearly everyone amazingly. But there are a few tricks to making a playsuit look good, and once you master them, it will surely become your new favorite piece. So to help you be perfectly on trend this summer, here is exactly what you need to know about wearing this fabulous piece of clothing.

Choose the right style

Just like you can’t bundle up all dresses under one name, you can’t do it with playsuits either. And a lot of people give up on a playsuit just because the first one they tried on didn’t fit them the way they wanted it to. For starters, let’s look at the tops. Tops of playsuits vary as much as tops in general, so going for something that you usually like to wear as a top will give you a better chance of finding something you like. If you wear wrap tops, tank tops, or off-shoulder tops, find a playsuit that features a similar style. As for the bottoms, there is a clear distinction: playsuits feature shorts, culotte jumpsuits are a bit longer, and traditional jumpsuits have a full-length bottom. Choose something you are comfortable with, that fits the occasion and that shows off your personal style.

Sizing

This is the tricky part. Even when buying a fitted dress, you can’t just drape it over your body. You need to see if the waist is in the right place, if there is enough room for the chest, etc. With rompers, it’s a step further than that, because you also have to figure out how high the crotch should be so that it looks flattering. This will depend mostly on the size and length of your torso and your legs. When you are picking out a jumpsuit, or ordering online, you might want to aim for a size up, unless you are very petite. A baggy look is a lot more forgiving than something too tight, so use that to your advantage.

Layers

An amazing way to style playsuits is to layer them with something. Because they are an outfit all by themselves, throwing in something over or under the playsuit can make all the difference. If you live in a colder climate like Scandinavia, you can still wear playsuits, layered perhaps with a turtleneck underneath. Or if you live somewhere where the weather changes often, like Sydney, summery playsuits in Australia can be worn with a rain jacket tied around the waist, ready to be put into action if it starts to rain.

Accessories

Depending on the print of the jumpsuit, you might not have to accessorize a lot at all. If it is a busy print, then necklaces and other jewelry will just get lost in the clothing. In those situations, consider accessories that don’t overlap with the romper, like hats, shoes and bags. However, if you are wearing a plain black jumpsuit, then it’s the perfect time for a colorful belt, long necklace, bracelets and all the other pieces that make your style truly your own. This can also help you with choosing your playsuit initially. If you are someone who likes to accessorize, don’t go for a heavy print, and vice versa.

Playsuits aren’t going anywhere as a style, and there are more and more of them to choose from every season, so get comfortable and remember – going to the bathroom in a romper is not as scary as everyone thinks it is!

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7 Fitness Benefits of Skating

7 Fitness Benefits of Skating

Skating is a sport that is mainly done for fun by many people. However, there are people who also do skating as a career. Skating is a sport that was formerly done on ice alone. However, advancing times and technology led to several forms of skating like hard surface, snow and ice skating, with each having several subdivisions. In addition to being a fun activity for both the skaters and the spectators, skating has several other benefits. It helps in boosting the body metabolism, and also loss of excess weight and fat accumulation in the body.

Here are the 7 Fitness benefits of skating:

  1. It helps in burning down of calories

It is general knowledge that you have to burn down more calories than your daily consumption of calories to enable faster weight loss. There are other exercises that people do like running and jogging that are aimed at losing the excess body fat. However, this may be very tiresome especially if you are not used to too much running. Skating is a cardiovascular exercise. It causes the heart to pump faster and hence faster metabolism. It is also a fun way to lose the extra pounds.

  1. Skating allows you to build up your muscles faster

Skating is very efficient increasing the body muscles in areas that count like the abs, thighs, calves and even the glutes. This helps because you do not have to go to the gym every day to lift weights so that you can build up your muscle. It can also help you to replace the use of the adjustable dumbbells that are recommended for build-up of muscle with a more fun activity.

  1. It helps you to improve your balance

This may appear naturally to some people but other people have to put in some effort to achieve balance. Balance affects the posture of the body when you are doing activities like walking and standing. Having good balance allows you to use less energy to do these simple activities and therefore get tired less often. Poor posture can sometimes lead to back pain which will require sleeping in a good mattress to correct.

  1. It helps to prevent heart disease

Several conditions that affect the heart including heart attack and stroke can be avoided by doing aerobic exercises frequently. This helps to strengthen the heart and prevent it from being susceptible to these diseases. Skating has been known to increase the rate at which the heart beats easily. This is done by increasing the skating speed especially during competitions. Skating can raise the heartbeat to a very fast rate of 180 beats per minute.

  1. Diabetes control

This is also caused by poor lifestyle and poor diet. The recommended control of this disease is regular cardiovascular exercises. Skating is one of the leading cardiovascular exercises that can be done every day. You do not also require too much skating time every day, 30 minutes is enough. Skating also helps to relieve stress, strengthen the bones and heart and reducing blood sugar levels in the body. Another activity that can help reduces stress in playing ukulele.

  1. It helps to give you more body power

Skating allows most of your body muscles to work out since it is a full work-out routine for your body. It is able to engage all the muscles in your body without any risk of accidents and injuries to the muscles. It is also a strength training exercise that ensures your body is strong and able to resist diseases easily. It promotes stronger bones and reduces the risk of getting fractures and other related bone diseases even as you advance in age.

  1. It allows you to be happy

Aside from the physical happiness, the sport is able to get rid of the bad hormones and replace them with the good ones, which are responsible for stimulating happiness. Being an athlete also requires you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, replacing fats and sugar with eating high fiber food also causes you to have an athletic body which is a source of happiness.

In addition to being a fun activity that is mostly done during the winter, skating has many advantages to the body. Due to its positive effects in helping to reduce stress, preventing diabetes and heart diseases, muscle build-up and even burning up of calories, skating is one of the most beneficial sports for the body.

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