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10 Tips For Weight Loss

There are ads all over the place for the quick and easy ways to lose weight. But permanent weight loss is not easy and should not be quick. The faster the weight comes off, the more likely it is to come back on. However, while weight loss is hard, it is possible. Here are ten tips for dropping the pounds and keeping them off forever:

  • Write down everything you eat

We underestimate how much food we really put in our mouths. A handful of nuts here and a bite of chocolate there can really add up by the end of the day. By forcing yourself to write down everything you put in your mouth, you cannot lie to yourself about how much you are really eating. This also allows you to notice any patterns in your eating habits and cut back where you don’t really need to be eating. By becoming conscious of what you eat, you can turn down those handfuls of snacks here and there and that will add up over time.

  • Plan your meals

If you plan ahead what you’re going to eat, you are much less likely to deviate from your plan. Those temptations you face everyday are less tempting when you have already planned a snack for yourself in half an hour anyway. Planning also allows you to make sure you are getting all your food groups in while allowing for treats here and there.

  • Brush your teeth after meals

If you’re like me, once you start eating, you have trouble stopping, even if you’re full. To prevent the desire to eat more after meals from sabatoging your weight loss efforts, brush your teeth once you finish eating. The taste of tooth paste should signal your brain and stomach that it’s time to stop and the desire should subside. Not only will it help you keep from eating, your dentist will be pleased.

  • Eat consciously

Our society is one that moves quickly and many people eat too quickly to really enjoy what they are eating and register that they have had enough. It takes twenty minutes from beginning to eat before your stomach will register that it is full. If you eat too quickly, your stomach won’t be able to keep up so you’ll eat too much and realize you are full too late. To keep this from happening, eat slowly and deliberately, enjoying the food. Put the fork down between bites and take sips of your drink. When you think you might be satisfied, stop. It can take time to learn the signals from your body, but if you start listening for them, you will come to understand them and often find that you don’t need as much food to satisfy you as you might have thought.

  • Eat foods you enjoy

This may seem obvious, but many people think that once they start trying to lose weight, they will have to eat nothing but vegetables they hate and end up sabotaging themselves because they deprive themselves of what they like. Incorporate foods you enjoy into your meal plans. If your favorite foods are unhealthy, search for ways to cut down the calorie and fat contents through substitutions. And never tell yourself that there is a food that is off-limit. This will only cause you to want that food even more and will often end up in a binge. Everything should be open as long as it is in moderation. If chocolate is your vice, have a small bite every now and then so you get the taste without overdoing it.

  • Get moving

Exercise is a four-letter word for many people, especially many embarking on a weight loss journey. The image of people running on a treadmill at the gym at 6 am often comes to mind and that is rarely appealing. However, you can get exercise through a variety of means, many that don’t include an expensive gym membership. Just taking a walk after dinner or taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking at the end of the lot and walking can add up over time. Just adding a bit of movement every day can make a big difference.

  • Do exercise that you enjoy

If you don’t enjoy running on a treadmill, then you aren’t likely to make time to go to the gym to do just that. Instead, find an activity that you do enjoy. Find an exercise DVD, take a yoga class, or go hiking. If you find yourself getting bored with an activity, find something else to try. There are endless ways to get in exercise and if you enjoy the activies you are doing, you are more likely to stick with it. Don’t like exercising alone? Join a team or get an exercise buddy. Just make sure that hating what you’re doing is not an excuse for skipping your workout.

  • Set small goals for yourself

Instead of aiming for one large goal that seems like you’ll never reach, set smaller goals along the way. Have 50 lbs to lose? Aim for 5 lbs at a time and give yourself a small, non-food reward at each increment. Just losing 10% of your body weight can have great health benefits and even if you want to lose more than that, aim for smaller goals like that. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to reach the smaller goals. The more smaller goals you reach, the more quickly you’ll reach the final goal. And when you have a reward to look forward to at each smaller goal, you’re more apt to work for it. Been eyeing a new pair of shoes? Get them after you lose your next 10 lbs. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated.

  • Get outside support

It can be hard to tell other people that you’re trying to lose weight, but the support that can come from the outside can be instrumental in keeping you motivated to work. By keeping yourself accountable to other people that are watching, you’re more apt to stick with what you’re doing than if you were just accountable to yourself. And if the people around you know that you’re working to lose weight, they are more likely to support you and help whenever possible. It’s easier to stick to your plan when you can count on the support of those around you.

  • Make yourself your top priority

When you realize it is time to lose weight, make yourself your top priority. Don’t lose weight for anyone but yourself; if you are going to work hard, make it be for the right reasons. Sometimes you will have to sacrifice a bit of catering to others when you are losing weight, but this is one of the times that it is important to put yourself ahead of everyone else. Your health is the most important thing because you only have one body. Make sure you are losing weight for the right reasons and you are much more likely to succeed. After all, you’re worth it. At the nutrisystem reviews 2020, the information should be correct and accurate for the people. The weight losing will be as per the requirements of the customers. The risk to the health should be less and damage is reduced to get the right results. The success lies with the intelligent decision of the people for the purchase of the supplements.

Day Three of South by Southwest Music Festival

Well, unlike the usual rumors, this year some have actually been true. Yesterday, the Beastie Boys played at Stubb’s in a not-so-secret show. Having seen them not too terribly long ago, I have to admit I am not upset that I missed out on it. But seeing them at Stubb’s would certainly be interesting. Stubb’s is a barbeque restaurant with an outdoor stage. It is like a dirt lot with portable toilets lining the back fence. But again, a line forming two hours before a show isn’t really my idea of fun during South by Southwest. I am sure it was a blast though. If you missed that show, then you can watch the recording and listen to the music tracks on gudanglagu for free. 

Perhaps the other fun part of South by Southwest rumors is the sightings of famous people everyone seeks out. Elijah Wood is no stranger to SXSW, having DJ’d a party from his iPod in recent years. But if Frodo isn’t good enough for you, perhaps seeing Ray Romano or Charlize Theron and her huge entourage of people would satisfy you? But enough with the rumors, let’s get on to the show already.

Today I had to make a hard decision. Do I go see David Ford again since he only played three songs last night? Do I see Snow Patrol at 1 am and have yet another night of no sleep? Do I try and check out the band getting more buzz than the rumored shows and see the Editors? There were a ton of bands I wanted to see tonight. But I opted to be a fan and see Blue October. The same Blue October I have seen four times in the past year. And since the last two shows I went to was sold out months in advance, I decided to get there early. I hadn’t really heard much about the band’s opening. I knew one was Juliette Lewis’s band. Other than that, I didn’t know a thing about any of them.

I walked into the Austin Music Hall during the middle of Juliette and the Licks’ second-to-last song. To be honest, I wish I had walked in after they were finished. Hearing that music, if you can call it that, made my ears want to bleed and plead for mercy. Not only did it sound awful, but she wore this God-awful yellow unitard with embellishments reminiscent of a Teletubby. I can’t imagine why she thought it was a good idea as it wouldn’t be a good look on anyone, but apparently she always wears something of this nature when she performs. Juliette is also into the crowd surfing. She had to motion for the crowd to come near her and catch her. But she smacked the stagehand after he helped her back onto the stage. It was interesting, to say the least.

After Juliette and the Licks was Taylor Hawkins The Coattail Riders. I actually didn’t know who Taylor Hawkins was before they started playing. I just noticed that the drummer was set up close to the front of the stage and that was kind of odd. When they came out, I recognized who he was; he has a very unique-looking mouth. I still thought the drums were set up in the front to make room for Blue October’s stuff behind them. But then the drummer started singing. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to drum and sing at the same time. Taylor mentioned that this was their eighth show ever and that he was extremely nervous. If he drums for the Foo Fighters, you think he’d be over stage fright, but I suppose it is his band makes a difference. Taylor Hawkins The Coattail Riders weren’t horrible, and after Juliette and the Licks, they were almost good. They weren’t impressive, though, and sounded just like anyone else that starts a rock band. Oh hell, it sounded like someone’s friend’s band playing at a backyard barbeque. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it is because it was only their eighth show, but I’m not planning on buying their CD when it comes out.

At this point, my friends and I notice how not crowded the Austin Music Hall was. It made us wonder if there had been a memo sent out that Blue October wasn’t really playing and only a handful of us hadn’t heard. Or that it would only be a CD playing and not a live show. We staked out our spot not far from the stage, but far enough back that should there be a last-minute rush we would still have space.

Blue October was certainly there and lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld expressed his gratitude for the audience showing up. He actually thanked us many times for coming out, as if he expected no one to show. I mean, they are from San Marcos, which is all of 20 minutes away so Blue October had the home-court advantage. Add to that that this was actually the smallest crowd I have seen at a Blue October concert and you have me confused. But hey, Blue October loves their fans and their fans love them. Tonight wasn’t the first time they claimed they are only where they are because of their fans.

Blue October did a good job of playing a mix of older songs and a few from their upcoming album, Foiled. Granted, two of the new songs have been played on the radio for quite some time now, “Hate Me” and “18th Floor Balcony.” They also did a good job of playing some of their slower songs and some of their angrier-sounding ones. This seems fitting as Justin has admitted to having two selves, one that likes to cut himself and one that likes to smile. The fact that he writes their songs and really taps into those deep, almost taboo emotions means they sound all the more genuine. Add the fact that he’s going through those things and you can hear it in his voice as well.

Tonight Justin Furstenfeld seemed happier than he has in the past few shows I have seen. Maybe it was just a good night, but he also put on one hell of a show. He tends to have some dance moves that border on psychotic looking. He also has facial expressions that shout out crazy. Tonight he did a lot of these things, including hitting his head as he sings. I don’t know what it is about the crazy dancing, but I enjoy it and it adds to the authenticity. I was glad to see he did quite a bit of it tonight.

I love seeing Blue October play a live show. They are one of those bands that sounds just as good as their recordings. It doesn’t sound the same, but it isn’t inferior on any level. If anything, they simply rock out a lot more. And while this was the shortest set I’ve seen from them, at just under an hour, it was probably the best show I’ve been to thus far. You better believe I will be buying Foiled and seeing these guys play many more times.

First Person: The Video Game that Made Me a Gamer

The video game that made me a gamer was Nintendo: Super Mario 4 that I now play on unblocked online games free. I’m a young adult, and this game happened to be my Mother’s in the late 1980s. It was the first true video game I was introduced to at the age of six. As a child I was never engulfed by the latest “gadgets” or “systems,” I was intrigued only by this one game. I’d spend hours in the basement playing on the ground, determining ways to master each new world on an ancient Nintendo 64 device. And as I got better at the game, as Mario managed to grow more powerful, I officially became a gamer

My delight at gaining extra lives while gathering endless coins jump-started my road into the world of gaming. After countless years of trying on and off, I finally mastered the animated worlds and completed the game. I was overjoyed but also saddened. I was twelve years old when I finished, six years after being first introduced to the game. A feeling of emptiness overcame me; a sullen preteen who had nothing to do with his spare time now. Nonetheless, I recovered and began my new gaming experience. After saving up money through chores for months, I bought a play station two. My passion for action and adventure presented through Super Mario reclaimed itself through new titles like Spiderman and The Incredibles.

Eventually, I evolved into video games like Call of Duty and Halo. Nonetheless, my passion for video games roots in the adventures I experienced as a little kid on an antique game system that most people my age haven’t even heard of. Now, I’m an avid gamer who is always searching for the next best thing. I still, however, love to play my favorite original video game once in a while; it brings back vivid and exhilarating memories of my childhood.

I learned that Super Mario 4 is a harder game than most of the modern games I play, with both difficulty and time spent to complete. I’ve also learned that even though modern PS3 and Xbox 360 games are far more “high-tech” and “life-like” both types of games are extremely similar to Super Mario 4. They both continue to engage my mind in ways school and education cannot. I owe a multitude of credit to video games because they’ve taught me how to engage and problem solve. But they’ve also been my prevalent outlet for stressful times in my life, my sanity. In a way, instead of drowning my brain in nonsensical information to rot my mind, I’ve learned how to take all the positives out of gaming. I owe all this to Super Mario 4.

Great Gifts for Dad

Dads love gadgets and electronics. Many of these are probably too expensive for your gift-giving budgets but I will list some here that are less expensive along with some of the more expensive ideas for those of you with larger budgets. Whether you spend a lot of a little, if you put a little thought into your gift, surely your dad will be happy with what you choose for him! Besides all this, if you are looking for gift baskets, then these corporate gift baskets are quite perfect as they are not only affordable but have utility as well. 

Many dads love to watch sports on television so what better gift than a TV set. But, not just any TV set will do, of course! Dad will be overjoyed with a JVC – 61″ Rear-Projection HD-ILA HDTV with TV Stand. This can be purchased at www.bestbuy.com for $2500. Dad will never leave the family room if you buy this television for him. This could be good or this could be bad!

Unfortunately, this may be too expensive for many gift-giving budgets. There may be cheaper large-screen models available, especially if you shop around. Super warehouse stores such as Costco or BJ’s may be good places to check out to see if you can get a better deal. But, if this is still too much for you, you may have to consider something different.

There are many ideas of things you can buy to go with dad’s new television set. Even if you can’t afford a new TV set, dad may be happy with some accessories or things he can use while watching television sports. Put together your own snack variety pack with large bags of dad’s favorite snacks in a big bowl and add some dips and it will make a nice homemade gift that is not too expensive. Buy dad a remote control holder that goes over the armrest of his favorite chair and dad will be able to keep his remotes organized without having to yell for you to come to find them for him every time he needs a different one! One place you can find such a remote control organizer is www.carolwrightgifts.com and it will only cost you $7.99!

A totally different suggestion would be to buy dad an iPod. Most dads love little gadgets like this. There are many different features in iPods and the prices can be significantly different. They can range from $70 at Circuit City on up, depending on the features you choose. If your dad loves to listen to music, this may be a good choice for him.

Another good choice for a music lover is to purchase CDs with music from dad’s favorite groups or artists. You can purchase CDs starting at $10 so this is definitely a reasonable amount for the budget-conscious shopper. There are many places one can buy music CDs from online to in brick and mortar stores. And, if you can’t figure out what dad’s favorites might be, you could always get him a gift card from a place that sells a wide variety of ‘CDs such as Best Buy or www.amazon.com.

Cell phones and Blackberries are a few more gadgets that dad may like to have. Cell phones have so many features on them now that they are very popular with those who love electronic gadgets. The Blackberry, essentially a miniature computer, is popular among those who need to have available access to email and other information on the computer even when they are on the go. There are also many accessories such as leather carrying cases, car chargers, and Bluetooth earpieces that you may choose to get for the dad who already has a cell phone or Blackberry.

With a little thought and a few bucks, you can surely find something that your dad will appreciate. Most dads will be happy that you have put the thought into a gift and will appreciate whatever you can do for them. After all, it is the thought that counts when gift-giving!

 

Accountants and What They Do for You

As a person with a big heart and a desire to help others, I have searched for a long time for a career that would pay me to help others. I went through a long list of the common careers that help people and studied them thoroughly. As I went through the list, I concluded that none of them suited me. Before beginning at Ivy Tech, I had an epiphany. My career choice didn’t have to be the typical “helper career”. I could choose anything as long as I tailored it to fit my wants and needs. I plan on pursuing a career in accounting and starting a tax preparation business that is designed to help the needy. I want to do people’s taxes for a fee that is lower and based on their income so they can afford it. I finally chose to pursue a career in accounting for the following reasons: it fit my skills and talents, it pays well and has a good employment outlook, and it doesn’t require as much education as many careers do.

An Accountant is a person who is responsible in some way for the finances of an individual or organization. They file taxes, keep financial records, and do other tasks related to finances (Bureau). As a person who is strong in mathematics, I knew that I should pursue a career that dealt with mathematics (Learn). I thought about computer programming and engineering, but concluded that they didn’t fit my personality as well as I would have liked. When I really sat down and thought about it, I realized that I already possessed the qualities of an accountant. I am an ethical person and I do not like to cheat people or to see others cheat. This is a big deal for accountants because as they fill out federal tax forms, they need to be ethical (CareerOneStep). I am also skilled in problem solving and providing customer service. Accountants need to be skilled in these areas as well (CareerOneStep). Hence, if you need to hire the right accounting service for your company or small business, make sure to consider several factors. Ideally, reliable and professional accounts in Singapore accounting service always proves the best services in the industry. So make sure to make them as your standard and basis when hiring an accountant for your company.

Another aspect of this career that led me to choose it is that it pays well and has a good job outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, an average accountant in the United States earns around $54,600 (Bureau). In Indiana, the average is around $51,000 (CareerOneStep). The salary of Accountants is expected to rise in the future. Within the last 2 years, the average salary has raised approximately $2000 a year (Bureau). Since Accountants are primarily responsible for helping clients file taxes and keep financial records, the job of an Accountant is not likely to decrease in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, the employment rate of Accountants in the United States is expected to rise in the next 10 years (Bureau). The only foreseeable reason that Accountants may not have employment in the future is the increase in financial tools for non-professionals online.

Careers in Accounting often do not require much education. For what I want to do, for example, I would only really require the knowledge of tax filing and businesses. Many clients would probably not appreciate my lack of knowledge in Accounting; therefore, I plan on obtaining at least an Associate’s degree in Accounting and possibly a Bachelor’s degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most Accountants have at least a Bachelor’s degree and a CPA license (Bureau). A Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, is required in every state in order for an Accountant to work for a public corporation or for the government (Bureau). As many business careers require a Bachelor’s degree and sometimes more, I believe that Accounting careers do not require too much education for me to complete.

The Importance of Staying in Touch with People After Connecting on LinkedIn or Other Social Networks

Why is it so important to nurture and stay in touch with your network? Well, simply put, if you don’t stay in touch, you will quickly be forgotten and all your hard work of getting these contacts will be for nothing. This is especially true in online networking which sometimes takes a bit longer to make a meaningful connection. For that, you can also Buy Real and Active Tiktok Followers at Cheap Price to keep your account active all the time. 

We know that you worked very diligently to build your LinkedIn network. However, now that you built it, what are you doing to stay in constant contact with your network? Here are some suggestions on how you can stay in touch, and continue to build on that initial introduction.

Send a message or e-mail to thank them for connecting with you, and ask if there is anything that YOU can do to assist them (only say it if you mean it). See an example of this in “11 Keys To Successful Job Search Networking” by Tim Tyrell-Smith (SpinStrategy).

Send a brief note to say hello, and ask them how they are doing. People appreciate it when you show a personal interest in them. Be sincere about it, and really listen when they tell you how they are feeling. If you are able to share encouragement, do so.

Always be ready to help others in any way that you can. Sometimes you might not be able to do very much, but something is better than nothing at all.

Here is a quote from Susan Guinn (Success Through Networking group) to give you an example of ways in which you can help others: “I am a firm believer in this quote and I have it listed on my website… “The best way to achieve your goals is by helping others achieve theirs.” When I connect with people on LinkedIn, I make a mental note of their main purpose for using the site (i.e., networking, looking for a job, keeping in contact with colleagues, etc.). Then when I see something that would be of interest to the contact, I send them the information. I do that with contacts outside of LinkedIn as well.”

What about if you don’t really know what to talk about, or what would be of interest to your new network contact? Google their name or company to find out something interesting about them. Ask a question or provide positive feedback based on your findings. Most people love that you took that extra step to learn more about them, but some might not.

We are all very busy these days, but if you don’t reach out to your contacts now and again, you will be quickly forgotten. Try to keep in touch twice a month, if you are able to. If you have a lot of contacts and find it difficult to contact them twice a month, then you might want to contact them once a month, or something close to that. For some people with very large networks, it might be impossible for them to contact each person; so they might have to depend on updating their profile and adding creative status messages to get people to contact them.

The key is to make sure that you are not out of contact for so long that the person has to say “can you remind me who you are again?” If that happens, you will have to start over from the beginning and rebuild that relationship. Trust me, it happens to me too. Sometimes I have to move on instead of trying to rebuild.

Have you been out of touch for a long time and feel guilty, or awkward about reconnecting? There is help for you! See what Linda Griffin has to say about reconnecting in her EzineArticle, “How to Rebuild Your Professional Network.” She gives practical suggestions on reconnecting after a long period of time and not feeling bad about it.

In conclusion, if you want to be a successful networker, it is important to stay in touch with your network contacts on a regular basis!

Understand Your Way to Weight Loss: Food

When it comes to losing weight, it is important that you understand the effects of the food that you put into your body. In order to sustain any sort of weight loss, once achieved, you will need to be diligent about monitoring your food intake so that you do not consume foods that could negate the hard work that you do.

Here is a general overview of food categories and how they affect your body. In order to effectively lose weight, you will need a balanced diet containing generous portions of all of these foods.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found in foods such as pasta, bread and rice. When you cook, it is important that you minimize the number of starchy carbohydrates that you intake so that you have the most complex, difficult to break down sugars. The harder it is to break down sugars, the more difficult it will be for those sugars to turn into fat.

There are two types of carbohydrates that you will use during cooking. The first is the starchy carbohydrates. These contain simple sugars. Examples include white bread and white rice. Brown carbohydrates, such as wheat bread and brown rice contain more complex sugars, making it more difficult to break them down and also more rich in nutrients and vitamins. For understanding the weight loss procedure, the information should be gathered from online stores. The ratings should be checked at resurge reviews about the natural ingredients in the pills. The level of nutrition and vitamins should be proper to get the desired results with the purchase within the budget.

Also, keep in mind that when cooking items such as pasta and rice, always rinse them under cool water before eating. The water will help to wash away excess starch. The excess starch has very little nutrient value and serves as a fat-enhancing substance.

Fruit

Fruit contains essential vitamins and minerals and is a nice addition to many meals. If you are dieting, treat fruit like a dessert because that is how the body treats it. Berries contain the least amount of the sugar called fructose and contan the most amounts of vitamins. Keep in mind that many fruits will also fill you up because they contain a large amount of water.

Vegetables

Veggies are good for your body because they add vitamins and minerals without ingesting your blood stream with too much sugar. When preparing vegetables, keep in mind that raw vegetables are the most healthy form. Cooked vegetables have less vitamins than raw ones and they tend to contain higher portions of water.

Dairy, Meat

Dairy and meat products contain proteins and other muscle-enhancing elements that are important in helping your body function healthily. Even if you are a vegetarian, it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet that incorporates many of the same nutrients found in dairy and meat products.

Grains, Nuts

Nuts and grains are very good for the body. They contain protein and other essential nutrients. Nuts also contain healthy fats, unlike other foods that are high in grease. However, due to the high level of fat and starch, consume nuts and grains in proportion. It is important not to over-indulge, even though nuts and grains are healthy.

Fat, Sugars

Fats and sugars, such as those found in sweets, are an important part of any diet, though they are only a very small portion. Your body actually thrives from the energy found in fat. It will also benefit from the boost that sugar gives it. Consume fat and sugar regularly, but never too much.

By combining elements of all of these essential food groups, you can create a well-balances diet that is rich in important vitamins and minerals. Avoiding any of these food groups can have a detrimental effect on your health – so choose your meals wisely.

The Importance Of Network Advertising

A successful way to advertise your website is to use network advertising. By joining a network, you can become part of a wide group of people and businesses to showcase your website and business. There are a variety of networks that you can join such as banner advertising networks, social networks or even the Google network. Some popular networks may cost you more money upfront than others. The main thing about network advertising is that you must set an acceptable daily budget, so that you do not overspend on your marketing campaign.

When you join a social network, you can have access to popular networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace or even Twitter. Social networking is one of the biggest forms of advertising since so many people visit them many times per day. Members of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are not only just using the websites by computer. They also are “Facebooking” on their mobile phones such as Androids and iPhones. Members of social network websites have access every hour, minute and second of the day. Facebook also offers ads for businesses and individuals to use to post on the sidebar of Facebook too. If you can become part of the advertising network of Facebook, you are sure to be seen by thousands (if not millions) every day. Although, your network campaign will also depend on the amount of money that you are willing to spend too.

Another form of network advertising is becoming part of a mobile phone network. Businesses and companies use mobile phone networks and send out text campaigns to possible customers every day. More than 50% of people own mobile phones and use texting every day. By sending out text campaigns, you can reach millions of people to sell your products and services to. The importance of advertising through purchase of followers is shared at massgress.com. A check over the website will offer plenty of benefits to the people. The use of the information available at personal computer and mobile phone should be great and effective.

Google has also grown into a giant company within the last few years. There are millions of people who are connecting and use Google’s services daily. If you learn how to use their network correctly and use their available tools, your website traffic could grow very quickly. By using the Google Adwords network, you can invest in pay-per-click advertising and only spend a certain amount per day. Your business will only pay when your ad has been clicked on. Your Google ads will be displayed in search engine results and in Google Adsense banners that are displayed on websites all over the Internet.

Once you have learned about network advertising and the positive outcomes it can have on your website, it could be an easy way to increase major traffic to your website. Networking advertising does require some upfront fees, though. If you have the upfront cash and you are ready to increase viewership, you could think about joining a variety of networks.

Avoiding Drop Shipping Scams

When someone places an order with an online retailer for a product, the retailer sends the order to a wholesale drop shipping company, who then sends the product directly from their warehouse to the retailer’s customer. The retailer makes a profit by keeping the difference between the price he charges his customer and the wholesale cost paid to the drop shipping company. Because the drop shipper has additional handling of products, they charge a higher fee for the product than a retailer would normally pay if he ordered in bulk and took delivery himself.

Setting up an account with a drop shipping company that can supply the products a retailer wants to sell has many benefits, including not having to invest in inventory, not requiring any storage space, and no packing and shipping of products. Many drop shippers even offer “blind drop shipping,” where the drop shipper puts the return address of the retailer on the package, thus giving the impression that the product came from the retailer.

While the concept of using drop shipping makes a good business model, especially for online stores, unfortunately, there are many less than reputable companies that call themselves drop shipping wholesalers and who sell information about finding drop shippers. When considering establishing an account with a drop shipper, carefully research the company before making any commitments.

Be wary of websites that call themselves “Wholesale Directories” or “Drop Shipper Directories”. They are promoted as listing hundreds of sources, and while you pay for what looks like a legitimate list of sources, in actuality they may simply be a list that anyone can get by using Google to search for “drop shippers”. No research has been done on the companies listed on many of these sites to see if they are reputable. Directory sites not only collect fees for giving access to their often worthless lists, but they also collect names and email addresses to sell to other marketing companies. You may see such directory lists advertised as being available on CD, but there’s no guarantee these sources are any more valuable. Evergreen Wealth Formula by James Scholes will offer some products to the person to learn about fashion sense and trends. There should be no scam involved in the procedure to have the benefit. No guarantee is offered but a relation of trust can be established for the engagement of the audience and increasing the fashion information. 

Some directory sources may claim that they’ve done independent reviews on the companies they list, but it has been discovered that some sites are actually owned by drop shipping companies, who, of course, give their company the best review. Some directories receive commissions from sites they give the best reviews to, rending all the reviews basically useless.

Another problem is that some “drop ship wholesalers” are not really wholesalers at all. You expect to pay a little more for a product when the wholesaler has to package, label and ship the product for you, but some companies charge extraordinarily high “wholesale” prices or require a high monthly membership fee, all of which can severely eat into profits.

Be cautious of wholesalers who advertise they have millions of products. It’s more likely that they are just middlemen, passing orders along to other companies. Worse yet, some “broker networks” are nothing more than multi-level marketing (MLM) business structures, where people are coerced into buying a certain amount of products to become a “broker,” and then they promote themselves as being wholesale brokers who try to get others to buy through them. No business can make a profit going through a bunch of middle men! Only a sale between a retailer and a factor-authorized wholesale supplier will yield reasonable profits.

Don’t do business with any drop shipper who doesn’t allow you to search their product database before you sign up. Drop shippers such as www.doba.com allow all visitors to search through the products they carry. They don’t show prices to visitors, but they do offer a free trail. Some companies actually require money up front before they allow you to even see any of their products. You want to be sure a company has the products you plan on selling before you make any commitments to them. What if you want to sell baby nursery furniture, and after signing up with a wholesale drop shipper you find out that they either don’t carry those types of products or what they do carry is of poor quality, and no name brand merchandise. One company we investigated requires $19.95 (nonrefundable) just to have them even consider you for an account.

Our advice is to be cautious of wholesalers who require a membership fee. Avoid companies that don’t let you see the products they carry until after you’ve paid a setup or membership fee. Don’t pay for lists of wholesale drop shippers. Do your own legwork. Call manufacturers directly who make the products you want to sell, and ask them for the name and phone number of their distributors. Then contact each distributor to find those who offer drop shipping. This requires some work on your part, but it is the safest and most professional way to connect with true wholesale suppliers for the products you want.

What To Do If You Encounter a Rattlesnake

There are voluminous lists of what to do and what not to do when out hiking or working in the outdoors. Many of the precautions include things like stay on established trails and foot paths, don’t drink water from streams or creeks (most are polluted in one fashion or another these days) and never go alone. These are good guidelines, especially since the wilderness is now closer to habitation than ever before, and encounters with animals or insects occur frequently.

This brings us to the main topic rattlesnakes:

Some people have an irrational fear of snakes in general, but a lot of people already have an understanding that the majority of snakes don’t want to meet us anymore than we want to meet them. However, if you’re an avid hiker, mountain biker or work or live in the back country, you are bound to see snakes sooner or later. This is just a fact of life, especially as the weather heats up in the summer months.

As everyone probably already knows, snakes are cold blooded. They can’t regulate their body heat, so they rely on the ambient temperature of the air. To warm up quickly, which is necessary to drive their metabolism, they have to lie in the sun or on a heated rock. When they’re doing this, they are very easy to spot, but when they are too hot and need to hide in the shade to keep their bodies cool, their cryptic markings make them difficult to see. For this reason, it’s necessary to always exercise caution around logs, rocks or animal burrows. Common sense tells you not to reach into holes or gaps between trees or rocks without first knowing what’s there, but still, people do this and then get bitten. If you’re crossing over rocks, take an extra second or two and peer around for evidence of snakes. It there’s dirt or sand around, look for the ‘s’ shaped tracks or see if there might be a hiding place among the rocks. If you’re unsure, stomp your feet to make the ground vibrate. This is one of the ways snakes tell what’s around them. If a snake can get away, it will.

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So what happens when you’ve been cautious and you suddenly hear that tell tale rattle? The main thing, as hard as this might be, is not to panic. Rattlesnakes will rattle first to let you know they want you to move away. If they had any intention of eating you, they wouldn’t rattle at all, but since people are too big, they rattle to warn you that they are close by. Generally, they’ll be rattling if they feel threatened or cornered. If they are in a shallow animal burrow or under a rock with no escape route, they’ll shake that old tail so you’ll move along without bothering them. This isn’t to say they won’t strike at you, but it’s a last resort if you don’t go away quick enough. Their toxin is for protection as well as for hunting.

If you do find yourself on the receiving end of a rattlesnake bite, again, try not to panic. The faster your heart rate, the faster the poison will travel through your blood stream. It used to be recommended to cut the bite and suck out the poison, but lately I’ve read that it’s now better to just walk slowly to get help. If you’re too far away and have a cell phone with that (that actually has reception), you can always call for help and give your location (or if the phone has a GPS, rescuers can find you that way). Most bites are not fatal, unless the person is very young or very old. However, there’s always an exception to any rule. The Mojave Green rattlesnake is reputed to be the most potent of the rattlesnakes. Once bitten, you don’t have long to seek help. Therefore, it’s far better to be safe and learn about the habitat you’ll be in. If you’re in a ‘snakey’ area, be careful. There’s no reason not to go hiking and enjoy nature, but remember, the wilderness is the rattlesnake’s home. You’d get mad, too, if someone came stomping through your house