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Firewood For Sale Online

Firewood For Sale Online

Firewood For Sale

Interested in online firewood for sale? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

As always with this blog, I attempt to identify many angles of the Internet to discover how it benefits us in our daily lives.

Firewood is the most versatile raw material the globe has known for years. People have relied on it for their needs because it is renewable, has a low utility cost, and it is locally available. Technology has completely changed the firewood industry leaving it accessible to everybody who is in need of firewood services.

The advantages of buying firewood online 
The Internet has simplified the process of purchasing wood. It has brought so many benefits and advantages where more and more people can be able to buy firewood online. Some of the advantages of shopping for wood online include;

Convenience
With the help of the Internet, you can purchase firewood from the comfort of your seat at home or in the office. While buying the fuel online, you do not have to make any queue, and you don’t have to wait for any shop attendant to assist you. Also, you have an opportunity to purchase your firewood anytime of the day or the night because online shopping is 24/7.

 Good prices
When purchasing any firewood for sale online, you will get better deals and affordable prices because the wood is directly from the manufacturer. Also, there are no intermediaries involved.

Another advantage of online purchase is that the vendor will offer you some discounts when you buy in bulk.

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More variety
When procuring firewood online, you will have more options to choose from. You can quickly get several types from various dealers all in one place.

Apart from this, you can shop from different retailers from multiple localities without any limitations from geography. Additionally, at your disposal, you’ll find different sizes and weight measures.

You can quickly send firewood to relatives and friends
With the internet and online buying; you can easily buy and send it to your friends and family wherever they are.

Price comparisons
The internet enables firewood buyers to compare different vendors prices, and choose what’s most affordable. Moreover, you as the buyer can share your views and information with other purchasers who have firsthand experience with firewood.

No crowds
Firewood is mostly bought during the festive seasons and in the cold seasons.

At such times, the buying grounds are more congested. Online buying will help you avoid the crowds while purchasing. You can easily buy it online and have it delivered to your doorstep. Going for firewood shopping with your car or truck may cost you a lot.

You will have to look for parking, and pay for it. Online purchasing of firewood for sale will save you from all these hustles.

Firewood Delivery

The best thing about firewood delivery is that when you make your order the vendor will gather the firewood that you want and you will have it delivered to your doorstep.

With the help of the Internet, firewood vendors have come up with strategies that have capitalized the growing desire for accessible firewood in only a few mouse clicks. The internet has made firewood deliveries convenient in the following ways;

Direct to supplier delivery
Firewood buyers can purchase firewood from vendors. They are delivered to their homes immediately rather than having to wait for three to four days deliveries. The newest tread the firewood vendors are using is direct to home delivery.

Personalized billing and shipping info
With the help of the Internet, firewood deliveries have become more convenient because the vendor will not only be able to trace the customers billing information but also the shipping and destination information.

When the same customer is buying firewood from the same vendor, the vendor will not ask for the delivery destination because they already have it in their records.

Prior consumer knowledge
Once the customer has purchased firewood, they will know when exactly to expect their deliveries because the vendor communicates immediately.

With the Internet, the vendor can easily trace the buyer’s delivery point if they are not so familiar with the location. Also, the purchaser will be able to prepare storage for the wood before its delivery.

When purchasing firewood online, you can consider procuring the following products from Amazon.

Firewood Brands

Fatwood Firestarter
Fatwood is 100 percent natural wood, with loaded fast fire starting resins. Also, it is a regular fatwood, and when ignited, it starts immediately and burns at a very high heat.

With Fatwood, you do not need newspapers or chemicals to start the fire. Fatwood is affordable and can be purchased easily from Amazon.

The cost could run from $10, $29 dollars or more. Depending on box size, the delivery is free.

Lightning Nuggets
This type of firewood is environment-friendly because it is nontoxic.

The chunks comprise of food grade paraffin wax combined with pitch wood sawdust, and these ingredients ensure there is no residue left behind.

When lighting the fire, you only need one stick. No newspapers are required to light the fire. From Amazon, the products are readily available, and it is affordable.

Western Pinon Mini-Logs
Readily available and affordable from the popular online buying site, this brand of firewood is perfect for burning inside your chimney or campfire. It is six to eight inches long familiar.

Also, they are natural to insect repellent.                                                                                              

Pine Mountain
This product burns for three long hours; it is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s the best choice for campfires, can light quickly, efficiently, and it heats evenly.

BRC Premium Firewood
This type of wood is non- explosive, and has 20 starter sticks that are used to light grills. Also, the fuel does not have chemical fumes. It burns in the moderate wind as well as in light rain.

Wilson Enterprises
Proudly manufactured in Michigan, each wood has a diameter of 9-11CM and has a thickness of one CM. You can easily purchase the wood from Amazon, and most of the delivery cost comes free.

Enviro-Log Firewood  

This type of firewood burns cleaner than any other wood. It does not melt, and it is 100 percent recyclable. It works best for outdoor cooking.

Duraflame
This type of firewood burns with brighter and bigger flames. It burns for approximately 3 hours, and it burns clean.

Things To Consider

The following factors should be considered when purchasing firewood for sale online:

Type of wood
When purchasing firewood online, ensure that you have obtained the correct fuel. It is important to note that firewood from hardwood is denser than that from the softwood and it will give you much more heat.

Get what you pay for
Ensure that you get what you have paid for after purchasing your firewood online. In most cases, it is measured in weights, standard cords, or infractions.

Standard cord is usually one hundred and twenty-eight cubic feet of wood complied together.

Make sure that you specify the length of the wood that you need to ensure it fits in your firebox. Avoid purchasing firewood measured regarding a track load because the law prohibits it.

Buy local firewood
When purchasing locally, first ask your online seller if it is available locally. If buying locally environment-friendly wood, you will not only avoid the shipping fee but will also be preventing the spread of insects and diseases that destroy and damage trees. Also, you will be supporting your local economy as well.

Buy seasoned wood
When purchasing firewood online, ensure that it is dry. This is because burning it when freshly cut or unseasoned is dangerous. Half of the wet wood is water, and it must be heated to drive of the steam so that it can reach the combustion temperatures. As a result, you will get firewood that is hard to start the fire, it will also be hard to keep, and finally, it will produce unusable heat for your home.

For information on burning fresh cut wood, or Green Wood, you may read more from this webpage.

Wrap up

Again, when seeking firewood for sale, especially online, there’s the convenience of purchasing directly from manufactures. You’re also able to compare prices and identify the best brand that fits your needs.

And thanks to the Internet, we have the ability to purchase items of all types much more easily!

Lakshmi Coin India Consideration

Lakshmi Coin India Consideration

 

Lakshmi Coin

I ran across an blog post and video from GadgetsTricks.com discussing India’s interest in creating the Lakshmi Coin:

What Is Lakshmi?

The Lakshmi, or ‘Laxmi’ is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.  So it’s only right to choose a name for their digital currency, Lakshmi Coin.

Key Notes About This

Based on my research, I’ve come across the following:

Long Way To Go

While many use Cryptocurrencies, it’s not clear if the future’s bright for global acceptance due to some concerns and criticisms.  Thus, the Lakshmi Coin may face steady challenges for the future.

 

 

Ayopoligami App Seeks Polygamists 

Ayopoligami App Seeks Polygamists Encounters

 

Ayopoligami App

I don’t know if it’s good or bad news. Apparently, the Ayopoligami app hopes to connect users seeking polygamist encounters for long term commitments.

The official website for the application isn’t in English, however.

Which pretty much means it’s for Muslim men in Indonesia:

 

App Launch Controversy

Of course, dating was part of the Internet Daily Life post regarding society’s online activity. And as you may know, the Internet has given a platform for anyone with an idea to reach the masses.

But, I wasn’t expecting to come across this. The Ayopoligami founder ran into a few glitches, however.

Turns out, upon it’s initial launch, a bit of controversy followed. In fact, some of the criticisms of the app include:

In spite of this, Lindu Cipta Pranayama, the founder, hopes to relaunch the app with more features to filter out time wasters.

According to The Jakarta Post, he’s starting from scratch with stricter settings, such as:

  • Proper identification for all users.
  • Marital status disclosure.
  • Letter of permission from first spouse.

 

The app’s expected to launch in October.

Hip Hop Radio Online Suggestions

Hip Hop Radio Online Suggestions

Hip Hop Radio Online

Because of the Internet, Hip Hop radio online has changed the way we tune in and hear the latest tracks.

This includes up and coming, mainstream and underground artists.

Gone are the days of recording your favorite jams every Friday or Saturday night with the 90 minute cassette tape.

Additionally, we’re no longer obligated to listen to commercial radio’s cookie cutter playlist. With streaming, terrestrial radio has found itself facing competition now that music lovers have more of a say in what we listen to (provided one’s connected to a service).

In fact, previously, online radio was included in the Internet Daily Life blog post.

Anyway, here’s a list of Hip Hop radio shows worth checking out:

TuneIn vs. Everybody

Of course, a Hip Hop radio online list wouldn’t be complete without Tunein.com (Apple, Android) .

My recommendations are:

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Hip Hop has gone digital

Speaking Of London….

The Rap Show With Charlie Sloth – known for the Fire In The Booth freestyle sessions, Charlie Sloth has made a name for himself playing exclusive and up and coming artists from the UK and North America.

DJ Semtex – another top choice show for Hip Hop anywhere in the world (my opinion). A mix of mainstream, up and comers as well as exclusive interviews from US and UK artists.

Tim Westwood – veteran DJ with a lengthy resume. Variety of genres including mainstream.

Other Recommendations

  • Cosmic Kev – Philadelphia’s veteran DJ. Mainstream, up and comers and exclusive tracks. Weeknights, 7:00 pm-Midnight.
  • 997 Hip Hop – mixture of mainstream and up and comers.
  • Amsterdam’s Most Wanted – some underground artists. A lot of exclusive tracks from well known acts as well.
  • Party Vibe Radio – top recommendation for up and comers, 90’s flavor, mainstream and the trap sound.
  • Murder Master Music Show – not a 24/7 streaming site. Consists of downloadable episodes of music and interviews. Hosted by Scott “Prezident” Bejda.

Estonia Cryptocurrency

Estonia Cryptocurrency

Estonia Cryptocurrency

 

Did anyone read about the Estonia cryptocurrency development? Turns out, the nation responsible for Skype and TransferWise was rumored to issue their own digital currency called estcoins.

Through its e-Residency program (a system that allows entrepreneurs a chance at running a business globally),  the proposal would make the Baltic country the first to have an Initial Coin Offering.

[Economist: How Did Estonia Become The Leader In Technology]

Interestingly, although this news has been reported on by TechCrunch, there’s nothing written in stone.

In fact,  according to QC.com, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, was quoted as stating:

No member state can introduce its own currency; the currency of the euro zone is the euro.

While his statement may come off as a dash in hopes, the e-Residency website continues to stay updated with news for its readers however.

Of course, while crypotocurrencies are popular among the tech savvy generation, it still has a long way to go before being recognized by the masses as a form of exchange.

Some more resources worth reading on this subject:

Paris Hilton Cryptocurrency Endorsement

Paris Hilton Cryptocurrency Endorsement

 

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The Paris Hilton cryptocurrency endorsement of LydianCoinLtd has been the buzz across Twitter and other social networks. Dated September 3, 2017, the reality star used the hashtags     #BlockChain.

Check out the short video from TheStreet:

The ICO (Initial Coin Offering) will bypass the traditional methods of venture capitol funding, allowing anyone to raise money using blockchain technology.

View the tweet below:

Other celebrities in support of cryptocurrencies were Dennis Rodman, Floyd Mayweather and The Game.

Here’s Floyd tweeting about Hubii Network:

Who Or What Is LydianCoinLtd?

Gurbaksh Chahal is the chairman and chief executive of Gravity4, an agency with a mission to disrupt the software and advertising industry together.

Gravity4 introduced the Lydian  token for A.I. driven digital marketing and advertising services. They plan to offer cryptocurrency holders digital marketing services used by a large portion of major corporations and brands already.

It’s been mentioned previously in the Internet Daily Life entry about the convenience of sending and receiving money digitally. Because cryptocurrencies are gaining momentum, there’s possibility for more blog posts on this subject in the near future.

Affiliate Marketing For Dummies To Succeed

Affiliate Marketing For Dummies To Succeed

affiliate marketing for dummies

The previous blog post detailed some success stories with individuals making money promoting affiliate programs. So, it’s only right to discuss the basics of affiliate marketing for dummies.

Now, this in no way implies anyone reading this is ‘dumb’. It’s just that this entry will attempt to explain this market in such a way that even this guy could understand:

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We will try to make this blog post so simple even this guy would understand.

 

Make Money, Money!

Of course, there are several ways to earn an online income, some of which have been detailed previously. Of the 12 listed, online investing, blogging and affiliate opportunities have been a topic of great interest to me.

Yet, affiliate marketing should personally receive another post because of it’s growth and potential.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is an opportunity for website owners to earn passive income. There are several ways to become an affiliate marketer as well as implement the marketing process.

There are two important aspects of affiliate marketing, and both require research.

First, you need to develop a marketing plan that works for your audience, and then you will need to decide on the best ways to execute your plan.

Affiliate marketing does not have a one-size-fits-all formula, but everyone has the opportunity to develop the skills to perform well in this field.

How Do I Get Started?

Avoid The Scams

As one can see, success is possible, especially for those willing to put in time to learn the nuts and bolts of this industry. You owe it to yourself to invest a lot in becoming educated on this subject.

In fact, there’s a lot of scams out there, and that’s why it’s imperative for “newbies” to stay alert of vultures seeking hard earned money while offering nothing of value in return.

Trust me, I’ve seen the videos from Clickbank and YouTube where the guy pulls up to a big house in a luxury ride. They (allegedly) make $10,000-20,000 a month with minimum effort.

Some would have you believe you’re able to earn large profits in no time if you follow this simple system. (And it’s not lost on me that most of them love using the words “profits” and “systems” often!)

You may also wish to stay on alert in regards to online courses.

I’m not knocking paid training nor am I against the purchase of a simple to follow e-book. I actually own a course I had printed from Staples with an actual cover and binding spines.

Affiliate marketing course
Affiliate marketing course I had printed from Staples.

Just know that there are several options out there to learn and benefit from to avoid being ripped off.

In my early days of learning about affiliate marketing, I ran across lot’s of programs to join for a small fee, initially. From my understanding, browsing a popular online forum, most are nothing more than pyramid schemes with ridiculously priced upsells.

Your best bet would be to use Google and YouTube at your convenience to find as many useful tips on this subject. Because, most of the resources to help you are already available (and in most cases free).

View video (1:07:45 long):

 

Learning Resources

In the past, I’ve written about taking advantage of the free and premium resources from Affilorama.

With access to their quick-start guide, members are no  in obligation to purchase anything as it’s free to join.

With an online community forum and  over 120 video lessons, that’s more than enough to get anyone started.

 Finding A Niche 

If there’s a subject matter you’re well informed about (or at least willing to research) , then affiliate marketing may be the place for you.

For instance, if one has an interest in gold investments, traveling, shoes, etc., it would make sense to create a blog site around this topic. You’re goal as a blogger would be to provide value to readers by educating them in this area.

You would then compare and review products and services in that particular niche, including the affiliate link of the advertisers website.

The process would be the same for those interested in creating a social media page (more on that below), although it’s still recommended to own a website.

Affiliate marketing companies work as a middleman between the company requesting advertising, the advertiser, and the website applying to advertise on behalf of the business called the publisher.

As a publisher, you may create a space on your website for an ad. Every reader who clicks on the ad earns a few cents.

If you prefer a subtle marketing technique, you can include referral links in blog posts or via social media. In these cases, if a person arrives at the advertiser’s website and completes a purchase a percentage of the sale goes to the publisher.

The great thing about working with an affiliate marketing company is the opportunity to have a broad variety of products and services to host. A diverse list of partnerships increases the number of opportunities to advertise. On the downside, three parties dividing a sales profit results in less income. It can take a lot of clicks each month to earn a passive income as a publisher through affiliate marketing programs if you don’t choose the right ones.

Blogging & SEO

The larger your network, the more people you are communicating with that may click on a well-placed link or ad. When it comes to developing a blog for your business website the statistics are clear the average company that has a blog receives:

Hubspot explains their stats by pointing out, “Companies that blog have far better marketing results.” But just having a blog isn’t going to be enough to drive in traffic. You will need to make sure your blog is publishing great content frequently.

Most companies publish posts more 2-3 times a week. Consistent publishing is a benefit to affiliate marketing because it gives you many chances to feature links on your blog.

Keyword Usage

SEO (search engine optimization) is important to pay attention to with all blog posts. If you write a post that includes irrelevant links, broken links or too many links the search engines will identify your post as SPAM, and it won’t rank high (or at all) on search engine pages.

Additionally, with the presence of Google, many now know and understand keywords are important to driving traffic to a website.  But it’s not just any keywords.

Long-tail keyword phrases are much more specific and targeted terms searchers type in the search engines. The intent used are either for decisions on purchasing or details on a subject. It’s the duty of bloggers to provide valuable content around these terms (Neil Patel recommends long form content).

Take the example of an affiliate who blogs about gold investment. Because the phrase “gold” is too broad and comes with a lot of competition, it would make more sense to create content around terms like:

  • Best Gold Investment For Retirement
  • Gold Investment Companies
  • Gold 401k Rollover
  • Buy Gold Bars Online
  • Best (Company name) Review
  • Gold Affiliate Program

Take time to develop excellent blog content with each post, but especially with those that include affiliate links. If you are going to feature a product or explain why someone should purchase a particular customer relationship software, write “how-to” content.

Go through a tutorial of the product and describe a unique feature. Blog posts that teach someone how to use a program may give them the confidence to take the next step towards purchasing.

Helpful content has another important aspect to consider. Readers that trust you will come back, they will share your posts with their friends, and they are more likely to take your recommendations on purchases.

WordPress Setup

It’s probably a matter of personal opinion, but I’d recommend using the self hosted version of WordPress.  Most seasoned webmasters,  bloggers and affiliate marketers agree to the benefits of it.

Even Matt Cutts of Google, who uses WordPress, stated pros and cons of the platform:

Do not become intimidated by the idea of setting up self hosting. There are plenty of free resources available online to lean from.

Below, here’s an example of how one can create a WordPress website (1:46:30 long):

The video tutorial included a PDF website checklist which one could access here.

Social Media Marketing

Obviously, social media platforms have become huge areas of affiliate marketing. Companies have jumped onto social to push their brands, and it’s well-received when done properly.

A 2017 Sprout Social consumer survey:

“found that three-quarters of consumers surveyed believe there’s value in brands exhibiting humor on social but only one-third actually want brands to bring on the snark full force. This pales in comparison to the majority of consumers, who buy from brands that are honest (86%), helpful (78%) and friendly (83%). It turns out that at the end of the day, consumers want brands to use social as a customer care channel.”

Honesty goes beyond the legal obligation of identifying an affiliate link. If someone purchases an item because you raved about it and decided the quality is subpar, they are likely to distrust your future reviews.

There are several ways to promote affiliate links through social. You can share a link directly, share a blog post that has a link already embedded, or you can use a program like linktree on Instagram connect a photo to a website through your affiliate link.

For example, someone wears a t-shirt, talks about how amazing it is and then mentions if someone would like to purchase the shirt they can click on the photo.

An important part of social media marketing is enabling sharing options on posts. Social accounts need to be set publicly and include options to share. Blog posts and marketing emails should also have social sharing buttons enabled.

As with all marketing content, there is a balance between bombarding those who follow you and maintaining a relationship. Be mindful of how many posts are sales focused.

To avoid appearing as a spammer or “snake oil salesman”, consider using your social media page to engage with you followers.

Perry Marshall, author of Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising, offers great advice and tips which include:

  • Understanding the “80/20 Principle”.
  • Types of images to use for ad.
  • Finding targeted audience.
  • What to offer for free in exchange of potential customer opt-ins.

If interested, you may also read up on How To Set Up A Facebook Page.

Joining Programs and Networks

Once you’ve identified a niche, or a purpose for your blog site, it’s time to join an affiliate network or independent program.

Examples of most popular network companies are:

  • MaxBounty – You can earn commissions as a result of Cost Per Action, or CPA.  MaxBounty just happens to be the most recognizable of them all. If interested, check out the previous review of this website.
  • ClickBank – Popular network among many affiliates. Many of the digital products are easy to join.  For WordPress users, it’s recommended to use the Pretty Link plug-in to cloak their ugly links.
  • ShareASale – Product based network. Good for blogging, e-mail, PPC and SEO campaigns.
  • ClickSure – Similar to Clickbank with digital products. Many of the programs include (but not exclusive to) forex, make money online and binary options.

Independent programs are different from a network in that they’re separate from networks like ClickBank or Commission Junction. Based on the specific niche, you can easily perform a search of a program on Google or Bing.

Amazon Affiliate

Of course, while commissions are smaller, there’s been a lot of talk on joining Amazon Associates. And building a niche site around Amazon products definitely has a lot of potential of bringing passive income.

I’ve done a lot of research from blogs on successful Amazon Affiliate sites, and here’s a few things discovered:

  • Content Is Still King – While it’s an uphill battle attempting to outrank Amazon in the search engines, many marketers work around this.  Don’t believe me? Just study the examples of these sites.
  • Amazon Affiliates Provide Value – Potential customers type keywords into Google and Bing using phrases considered Commercial, Transactional or Informational.  Commercial Intent obviously are phrases like “Review”, “Best” or “Compare”. Like any affiliate program, Amazon affiliates provide value by helping readers understand more about the items they’re interested in purchasing.
  • The Concept Is Pretty Simple – While there’s still competition with Amazon Associates,  the concept seems simple. Find a niche, research the  keywords of that market and products, write blog posts for targeted audience.

E-mail List Building

Building a list of e-mails is a common practice of businesses and bloggers. At one time it was considered an industry norm to purchase records of e-mails and then send “cold-call” style sales e-mails. Google has changed their algorithms to protect their e-mail users. Mass e-mails that go to lists can now be identified and labeled as SPAM before they enter an inbox.

The best option for e-mail list building is to ask your readers for their address.

Asking can be done by just requesting someone sign-up to receive e-mails from you, or you can create a free offer that they’ll receive in exchange for providing you their email for future use.

A free offer could consist of any incentive pertaining to  the niche market of your choice.  You want to give potential subscribers a reason to opt in

Some clean ways to incentivise sign-ups:

  • Free PDF report (read this).
  • Video guide.
  • Deals, coupons, offers and discounts (Here’s an example).

Whenever possible, create an offer around a future affiliate marketing promotion. The content will allow you to identify best which of your readers are most likely to purchase the item you are promoting. If you are partnering with a stock photo company, a webinar on how to use digital photo editing software would be a relevant offer.

E-mail list segmentation is essential for list retainment. Hubspot research discovered 63% of people who responded to their email marketing survey indicating they unsubscribe from e-mails with content they consider irrelevant (source).

Marketing e-mails are a great conversation tool for your blog readers. An e-mail can remind a reader of an important blog post published a few weeks ago.

Sometimes a second review of information will encourage a reader to become a buyer.

E-mails can also follow up on offers and further promote an exclusive product.

“Email marketing databases naturally degrade by about 22.5% every year. So it’s important to have a strategy to make up for these lost contacts.” Hotspot.com

Obviously, relevant content sent to segmented lists as well as continued development of free content keeps databases growing.

Affiliate Marketing Tips And Book Recommendations

There is a lot of information about affiliate marketing. Just For Websites has compiled an updated list of the top  affiliate marketing books.

What’s ideal about this list is the way they highlighted variety. Additionally, you may purchase most of these books from Amazon.

Best Practices For Blog Content and Social Media

Follow industry standards at all times. There are strict regulations for both link disclosure and e-mail marketing. If broken you could be required to pay huge fines. Lawyer and Blogger Trisha Meyer lays out the basics for FTC guidelines and how to apply laws to affiliate marketing.

Following the law cannot be emphasized enough. Trisha wrote up a summary of a lawsuit that is worth your time to read.

Blogger Involved in FTC Lawsuit for Failure to Disclose: This is one of the biggest applications of the Guidelines so far. Both merchants and bloggers need to read my post on this case because it reiterates in practice much of what I said above. The merchant and the agency were held liable for the blogger’s failure to disclose. This was a paid placement rather than an affiliate relationship, but the principles are the same.”

The lawsuit verdict resulted in a $40 million penalty.

Also, to fully disclosing partnerships, write evergreen blog content. Affiliate links don’t have short expiration dates; your content shouldn’t either.

Engage with people who comment. If someone comments on a post you need to comment back. If you were trying to promote a product in person and someone asked a question you would answer it. The same should be true online.

Most importantly, to the Just For Websites list, the FTC guidelines on affiliate links is a valuable resource Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising.

E-mail Marketing Consideration

Write marketing e-mails for the reader. What information will they find helpful? Treat the person receiving your e-mails how you prefer receiving treatment. Marketing e-mails must follow the CAN-SPAM Act. Every individual email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $40,654. Read the entire law before sending emails, but the rules are straightforward. E-mails must be truthful both in content and without a misleading subject line. Your email address needs to be accurate, and you have to honor opt-out requests promptly.

Companies can set up additional rules around affiliate links in emails. Amazon affiliates are not allowed to embed links in emails. You need to make sure you know the specifics of every agreement you enter. You also need to make sure to optimize email for mobile. You cannot ignore statistics from Hubspot on the importance of e-mail optimization for smartphones:

Conclusion

Of course, Affiliate marketing is an ever-evolving industry that is available to anyone. Adding an ad or link to a website is not enough.

Lastly, do your research, partner with companies that your niche audience will be interested in, and develop honest and transparent content. Successful affiliate marketing that sets you apart will evolve in the details. Don’t stop learning and trying new things.

Uses Of Internet In Our Daily Life

Uses Of Internet In Our Daily Life

Uses Of Internet In Our Daily Life

 

What could we say about the uses of Internet in our daily life? Well, several generations ago, our great grandparents and ancestors were able to conduct several areas of activity without the presence of Facebook, Expedia, Google, Amazon, YouTube or Netflix. Today, however, it’s hard to imagine living without any of these (for most of us, anyway).

In the early 2000’s, I took my first trips to Canada and Ghana on separate occasions without using online bookings. In contrast, from 2004 until present I’ve booked all round trips and accommodations via laptop. This has made life as convenient as possible in my opinion because I’m not at the mercy of a travel agent.

Now, of course there are debates about the differences in self booking verses agency booking. But I personally feel comfortable going independent because I’m in charge of my own itinerary and can save (or spend) money where ever I see fit.

Obviously, that’s a brief example of the role the Internet has played in my personal life. And so this blog entry focuses on more ways web access has been a benefit in modern society.

I say more ways because there’s been posts regarding the role of the internet such as:

Internet In Many Areas Of Activity

According to a survey done by iternetlivestatus, 40% of the world’s population is connected to the internet. This is possible because people are hungry for information. The internet makes our lives easier in the following ways:

Online Shopping

The internet offers a platform where people can buy and sell products with just a click of the button. Online shoppers are likely to get huge discounts because of the huge competition and a variety of goods to choose from. You can buy virtually everything and have it delivered to your doorsteps, laptops or mobile device.

Online shopping is affordable, saves time and very convenient. Customers can pay for goods once they are delivered or through online money transfer.

Online stores like Amazon.com, Alibaba.com, Paytm.com, Flipkart.com and Snapdeal.com offer clients the convenience of viewing, placing an order and purchasing through the internet.

For entrepreneurs, the eCommerce market has given internet users an opportunity to create simple user-friendly websites for potential customers.

Need proof? Just look at the various top eCommerce platforms available to give one an edge in competing against the big guys for a part in the economic pie.

So with or with out the traditional Brick & Mortar business, who can deny the convenience of owning ones own online shop?!

Job Searching

The uses of internet in our daily life also includes searching and posting for employment. You can easily find employments by visiting the websites of companies you are interested in working with. Whether AdzunaTotalJobs or any other agency, most businesses use their websites to advertise existing vacancies. You also get the chance of applying for the position online.

News

The internet lets you stay informed with the latest news in politics, entertainment and showbiz, sports and the financial markets. The internet is a sea of information, and you will always get the trending news about virtually anything.

Travel and tours

The internet allows you view the places you are planning to visit. You will get alerts on the most exciting areas to visit. Blogs and content on tour websites offer descriptions on different tourist destinations. By reading these blogs, you can easily compare and make a decision.

Tour agents have also embraced the internet to advertise and market their companies. Through the web, you will be able to choose a tour agent depending on their quality of service and the package they offer. Or, as I’ve stated, you can go it alone planning your entire trips independently.

Dating

Many people have found love online. Dating sites offer a platform for many singles to meet and mingle.

I can admit most of my past encounters in dating females have mostly come through online communication.

You can get a partner on dating sites or through social media, chat and eventually plan your lives together.

Online connection platforms accommodate users in that they offer services based on personal preferences (long term, short term, age, religion, etc) .

There are even sites catering to singles in search of companionship from the wealthy.

The  previous ways of meeting ones desired partner were through websites. However, with the increase in mobile device ownership, connections are made using a simple smart phone.

Some of these supporting apps include:

  • Tinder
  • Bumble
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • OKCupid
  • Happn
  • Bristlr
  • Plenty Of Fish

You should, however, exercise caution because not everybody you meet online can be trusted.

Entertainment

The internet is a source of entertainment for kids, youths and even adults. You can watch and download movies online. Children can play games and watch cartoons. YouTube offers a platform where you can listen to the latest music and watch different movies.

For viewing pleasures, who needs a cable bill when there’s an increase in online streaming services.

To name a few, these services include:

  • Amazon Video
  • YouTube Red
  • Netflix
  • Vudu
  • Crackle

Although television packages may or may not see their last days anytime soon, online users can now rejoice in knowing there are several options as previously indicated in this blog post.

You can also read the past entry about VikiTV and the emergence of Korean online dramas.

For listening, we won’t waste much time stating the obvious. The opportunity for streaming music free and premium is here to stay.

That’s why the following have earned an honorable mention:

  • Napster (Formerly Rhapsody)
  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • TuneIn (my personal favorite)
  • Deezer
  • Tidal

Gambling

Now I’m not speaking up for or against virtual gambling. Let’s just point out that this has grown throughout the world among laptop, PC and mobile device users.

Online casinos provide a platform through the use of the internet for players to place their bets and earn online. If you love gaming, you can easily learn the odds and place bets from the comfort of your home. If you win, the money is transferred to your account through online money transfer.

There’s many discussions surrounding addiction to gambling both online and physical casinos. It’s just quite obvious, though, that access to gaming sites provide the type of convenience users love regardless of time or location.

So as long as there’s a connection. there’s a way!

Enables Quick and Swift Communication

Gone are the days you could wait for sunrise-to-sunset to receive a letter from the post office. The internet has made communication faster, cheaper and very efficient. When you send an email to your employees, there is 100% guarantee that the information will reach them. Texts and chats on social media allow people who are miles apart to communicate and know each others’ welfare by a click of the button.

Efforts made by Facebook have also given users an opportunity to send and receive  words with their instant messenger service.

You can also video chat through applications such as:

  • Skype
  • Google Duo
  • Google Hangouts
  • IMO
  • JusTalk
  • Tango
  • Viber
  • WhatsApp

With these platforms, connecting with friends and family who are miles away by chatting or through video calls allows you to share on your experiences and this can also be a great source of fun.

Investing

The internet provides lots of information that you can use to make money. Selling products from different companies online can earn you a commission.

You can also invest in an online course in finance, freelancing and internet marketing then use the acquired skill to provide a service that will help you earn a living.

The beauty of working online is that it gives you the flexibility of working and making money remotely as long as there is an internet connection.

Education And Research

Students can use the internet to learn. They can also research on different topics and get the information they need. There is a lot of information on the web where students can get resources online in their various courses. Professors can also use the internet through video conferencing to share information and study material with their students.

Money Management

Everybody is looking for ways to which they can be financially disciplined. Banks are working tirelessly to provide their customers with apps that they can use to manage their finances.

There are also online money transfer apps that you can install on your phone that will enable you to transfer money to the bank. This strategy makes it easier to save.

Enhance Cashless Economy

With the increase in popularity of Cryptocurrencies, individuals are now able to buy and sell goods and services virtually, making the flow of business easier.

Check out the example from Paxful.com:

You can send and receive money digitally. E-wallet, mobile money transfers, and internet banking also enable you to pay your utility bills from the comfort of your home.

It also reduces corruption in government offices because any money transferred digitally will be recorded. You can also not evade taxes if you use this form of money transfer.

The Internet Of Things

IOT consists of everyday objects embedded with network connectivity thats allows those items to communicate between each other. These objects could include:

  • Vehicles
  • Mobile Devices (including wearables)
  • Homes (mostly everything in it)
  • Robotics (IoRT)

Because IOT involves the majority of gadgets and objects that turn on and off, this continues to impact a growing portion of society.

One notable usage consists of IOT working in conjunction with security systems for home and even work place buildings. Those who use this form of technology often rely on IP Camera Hosting. That means there’s no need for complicated installation or software (if ever). The main requirement are obviously cameras an internet connection.

Someone rang a doorbell while on vacation in Florida? No Problem! Users can then view their perimeter from anywhere using most electronic devices.

Additionally, I must point out IOT isn’t just confined to the young or wealthy tech savvy community. There’s also a growing push towards sensors and gadgets working for the benefit of senior citizens and disabled. Many companies favor the welfare of these groups by tracking and learning their movements (such as daily routines) in the household. Data then gets stored once a consistent pattern has been established, only to alert caregivers and family members should he or she makes sudden changes in behavior.

Google Is Your Friend

Lastly, and quite obviously,  what would the uses of Internet in our daily life be without Google.

Some of the most common uses of Google are Gmail, YouTube, and Chrome. There are however other services performed by Google, and some of them are:

Google trends – enables users to view the most popular topics. You can quickly see trends in different categories like entertainment, health, sports, business and science/technology. You can also view and compare various topics and see how a particular subject has been performing over some time.

The find my android app – it’s a common thing to misplace your phone. This app enables you to find your phone without much hassle. You can see where your phone is on a map by going to google.com and typing find my phone.

Google Hangouts – allows you to chat with your loved ones and workmates by sending text messages and through video calls. It’s available on your phone, tablets or computers. It also allows you to have group video calls with up to five people.

Field trip – the app shows you the surrounding when you are on a voyage. It will alert you when you are next to an interesting place. You will get alerts of museums, restaurants, historical sites parks and much more.

Google maps– it will show you areas you are interested in. You’ll know the area traffic, directions, routes, public transportation information and images of places. You can set the day and time information to help you see roads with heavy traffic through past information.

Google translate – you can easily learn the translation of words in over 100 different languages. By copying and pasting text into the Google translate website, you get the meaning of various phrases and expressions in your mother tongue. If you are not sure of a particular language, Google translate will quickly detect and alert you.

Google dictionary – makes it easier to learn the definition of different words. It also helps you in pronunciations.

Google flights – find the most convenient and lowest priced flights when planning a trip through Google flights. It gives you the convenience of viewing the prices of flights on different dates through the calendar view.

Google alerts – helps you stay informed at all times. You can easily set alerts and receive information on a particular topic of interest anytime it is mentioned.

Your area of interest could be your company’s name, your favorite programs or even your name.

You have the flexibility of setting the frequency, the sources and where the information is sent to.

Additionally, for bloggers, this provides a great way to stay updated on fresh content for readers,

Conclusion

The internet has enhanced and made life easier for everyone. It has expanded people’s knowledge and led to the tapping of potentials that were unheard of.

Good utilization of the internet is a great way of empowering yourself socially and economically. Caution should, however, be exercised when using the internet because it can also be a source of moral degradation.

InterServer VPS Get More, Pay Less

InterServer VPS : Get More, Pay Less

 

InterServer VPS

Do you need a web hosting service for your online businesses or personal blog? Well, if you search Google for hosting services you will receive tons of suggestions, literally! Many of them offer a money back guarantees and offer you 100% uptime, and charge you a premium in exchange. But do they come close to the value of InterServer VPS offered on their site?

If you have taken some of their services you might already know that all that glitters is not gold. In fact, most of them provide customers with sub par web-hosting services and claim to be the best in the business.

So, how does one sort out the real ones among those thousand providers? It’s best to say, check their customer reviews, market history, and product plans. If the company ticks all the right boxes, whoa! You have just found your dream VPS provider. Or, if you ask my personal opinion, I would suggest  checking out InterServer VPS and their offerings.

 

Company Overview

InterServer started out as a small scale web hosting solution provider in 1999. But quickly the company rose to prominence and became a household name largely due to their excellent services, customer oriented business model, and innovative packages.

During the next 18 years, the company solidified its position as one of the industry leaders and started providing various other services including quick servers, shared hosting, cloud hosting and colocation services.  InterServer VPS Also offers a Bread Basket.

The company boasts a wide range of clients including Fortune-500 companies. They also have multiple offices around the US and provides 24/7 customer services to its honorable clients.

Why VPS (virtual private servers)?

InterServer VPS provides all the hosting solution namely; shared, dedicated servers, VPS and managed hosting. While shared hosting is best suited for small scale businesses or personal blogs, serious businesses should seek other options.

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But choosing between a VPS and a dedicated server might prove to be a stretch at times since there is only a thin line separating both web-hosting solutions.

While the dedicated servers might be the most powerful and efficient one, top level VPS hosting might give them a run for their money. Furthermore, VPS solutions are far cheaper than dedicated web-hosting and, rather deservedly, an attractive proposition. Like most other companies, InterServer also provides VPS solutions to its customers at a juicy rate. While some might differ on choices, VPS solutions should be the preferred choice for most users.

 

InterServer VPS Offerings and Pros

  • Multiple operating systems – InterServer VPS provides solution for multiple operating systems including Linux and Windows. So, basically you can choose from any Linux based VPS such as Centos VPS, Ubuntu VPS, or if you want windows based one, you can have it too. There are really a lot of options to choose from.
  • Instant setup – Unlike many other web-hosting solution providers, InterServer provides instant setup for clients. Once you have paid the required amounts, you can setup your VPS with just a click from your keyboard. Literally, it takes only 15 minutes to prepare your server, and get it up and running. Most others would take several hours or even days.
  • Monthly pricing – The company employs an attractive pricing policy. While many other would trick clients by offering a money back guarantee while selling their over valued products, InterServer stays loyal to its customer base. They will not offer your ridiculous offers, but you can expect world class services from them at an affordable price. Moreover, the prices are charged per month. Hence, if you are not satisfied with their services, you can always choose to cancel your subscription anytime and you will not be charged a single dollar after that.
  • Full control – You will have full access and control over every single thing. Many web-hosting solutions do not provide customers with full admin or root control support, but with InterServer, you can expect to have control over your server, and you can patch up things on your own if you deem it necessary.
  • Cost effective – If you are price conscious then InterServer VPS might be your go to guy. Just compare the listed prices with other reputed hosting solution providers. You will notice the difference. InterServer charges a ridiculously low fee compared to other companies, with Linux based VPS starting from $6/month and Windows based VPS at  $10/month. You will also be showered with a variety of packages to choose from based on your financial capabilities and requirements. There is an option for everyone including that online blogger and large scale businesses.
  • The easy control panel – InterServer control panel allows users to easily add multiple servers to it and manage from there. Suppose you started out with the most basic plan but, as times wore on, your business grew proportionally. Now you require more storage and more RAM options. No worries. From within your control panel, you can scale your virtual server any way you like.
  • Fully customizable software options – From within the control panel you can install or delete software packages in order to modify your web-hosting experiences. The company also allows users to install more than 381 software with just a single click. I guess it is more than what most people would need.
  • High-performance storage – How about receiving a hard drive with 20 times more speed than normal SATA disk drivers. I know it is hard to resist. You will receive an SSD hard drive with a capacity ranging from 30 GB to 240 GB. No matter what your requirements are, with such capacities on offer, InterServer has you covered.
  • Unrivaled uptime – You would not like it if your site remains down for most of the day. In fact, this is the commonest problem faced by web-hosting solutions customers. No matter how big the providers are, you will face uptime difficulties from time to time. But InterServer assures you of a 99.9% uptime guarantee. They went beyond that and offered a money back to customers experiencing uptime difficulties. Glowing reviews from thousands of satisfied customers are a testament to such bold claims from the company hierarchies.
  • Multiple language support – You might think, what about customers who would like to experience software other than PHP, Perl or Python? Does InterServer provide support for multiple languages? In fact, they do. Besides this common software, you will have the luxury to install any Linux based software or server component.
  • Free migration services – Need to migrate your website from another service provider to InterServer? Well, they do it for free. You just need to make sure your InterServer account does not contain any data. They will take care of the rest.
  • 24/7 customer service – It is normal for any user to face issues with their server or account from time to time. InterServer has a dedicated team of customer care service providers under its belt who strive hard to make sure you receive the best service from them, even at midnight.
    InterServer VPS Cons
    • No one is perfect. Not even InterServer VPS. Despite all these positive aspects and wonderful customer reviews, the company should not rest on its laurels. They must improve their uptime even further, and try to reach that magical 100% mark.
    • Besides, currently, the company does not provide a control panel option for Windows VPS, which might be a thing of concern for some people. The company should look to add a control panel for Windows VPS customers as soon as possible
Conclusion  

To sum up things – InterServer is one of the most reputed and well-adorned web-hosting solution providers around the world. They offer a variety of other products in addition to standard web-hosting and VPS services.

The purpose of this little piece was to introduce enthusiasts and potential customers with their services along with pros and cons. Hope readers might have gotten a glimpse of the services to receive when they sign up with the provider.

If you are still undecided or if you want to sign up with them, just visit their website, see their offer details, compare with other service providers, and make an informed decision.

Moreover, prior to sign-up you can go through reviews posted on numerous online reviewing sites or talk to their customer service providers. They will offer you further insight on the company and you will surely find your reasons to sign-up with them. No matter what your purposes and expectations are, InterServer will probably meet them and will even beyond that.

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Best OVO Mobile Review Of Australia’s New Competitor

Best OVO Mobile Review Of Australia’s New Competitor

OVO Mobile Review

 

Previously, we discussed the influence and usage of the mobile device in India. This post focuses on Australia.

OVO Mobile is a prepaid mobile phone service in Australia, as it’s fairly new, having only been launched in 2016. However, over the past year, it has amassed a huge following and won many awards. Most recently, it won the 2017 Money Magazine Best of the Best Award for the best value mobile plan – high usage category.

If you have heard great things about this type of cell phone plan and are considering switching, you may want to learn more about the service. Here is an in depth review of OVO Mobile service.

OVO Mobile Features

If you are considering switching to OVO Mobile, you will want to know what kind of features this service offers. For starters, OVO Mobile runs off the Optus network. Optus is one of the largest cell phone networks in Australia at this time. Using this 3G/4G network helps to provide you with the best coverage, no matter where you are in the country.

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Another feature about this provider is that they offer a variety of plans at different price points. All of their plans include unlimited calling and texting in Australia. The difference among the plans is the amount of data you receive. When you are not connected to WiFi, you will use data to browse the web, watch videos and perform other tasks. Currently, the cheapest plan starts at $14.99 per month. This plan includes 1.5 GB of data. The highest priced plan is $44.99 and includes 12 GB of data per month.

The last feature to keep in mind with OVO is that they are a pre-paid service. The advantage to this is that you are not on a contract. You can cancel your plan anytime you wish, which is something you cannot do with regular carriers.

The Pros of OVO Mobile

There are many benefits to OVO Mobile. Learning about these benefits can help you decide if this is the right mobile service for you. Some of the benefits include:

  • No Contract

Having no contract with a company is a huge benefit. If you don’t like the service, you are not tied to the company. Or if your plan is not working for you, you can change your plan. Many companies require one to two year contracts. If you wish to get out of the contract, you have to pay hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees. This is never an issue with OVO Mobile.

  • You Are On One of the Top Networks

Another benefit of OVO Mobile is that their service runs off of Optus network, one of the top mobile carriers in Australia. This helps to provide you with coverage in areas where other provides may not have the best coverage.

  • You Have Unlimited Standard Phone Calls and Text Messages

Unlimited standard phone calls and text messages are pretty standard with most regular cell phone providers. However, this is not always the case with pre-paid providers. OVO Mobile is changing things up, ensuring everyone has equal access to unlimited calls and text messages. if you want unlimited on a pre-paid plan, this is the company to go with.

  • You Can Change Up Your Plan As You Want

The last benefit to OVO Mobile is you can change up your plan as you want. Are you planning on traveling soon and anticipating needing more data? Switch to a higher priced plan for that month and then drop down to your lower plan the next. Do you find that you use more or less data than you anticipated? Then switch up your plan. There are no costs to switch your plan and you can easily do so online, ensuring that their plans cater to your needs.

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The Cons of OVO Mobile

As with anything in life, there are pros and cons. This is true with OVO Mobile as well. While there are many great benefits to this service, there are a few downsides as well. Some of the cons include:

  • Pre-Paid

One of the downsides to OVO Mobile is that it is pre-paid. Some people like pre-paid service, while others prefer to get their bill only after they use the service. If you do not like pre-paid services, you may not like this service.

  • The Plans Can Change

Another downside to OVO Mobile is that since you are not tied into a contract, the plan can change with 30 days notice. While the prices have not increased yet, there is always a possibility they could. When you are under contract, you know how much your plan will be and for how long.

  • Unused Data Does Not Roll Over

Another downside to OVO Mobile is that unused data does not roll over. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

  • A Lack of Retail Stores

Many pre-paid phone plans have a wide array of retail stores. This allows you a place to pick out a phone and pay your bill. Since OVO Mobile is fairly new, they do not have a large retail presence. Unless you have a retail location nearby, it may be inconvenient if you ever do need to visit their retail locations or prefer paying in store versus online. However, keep in mind that the low number of stores also helps to keep their overhead low, which in turn, helps to keep their pricing low.

  • You Have to Buy a Phone Outright

The last downside to OVO Mobile is that you have to buy your phone outright. When you are on a contract plan, you often make payments on expensive phones or receive incentives, such as a few hundred dollars off the phone if you sign up and agree to a two year contract. You do not get these incentives on a pre-paid plan. As such, you need to carefully weigh these incentives with the cost of buying the phone of your choice outright to ensure you are getting a fair deal.

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Reasons to Sign Up for OVO Mobile

Deciding which cell phone company to select from is a big decision. There are so many to pick from and each offer various benefits. If you use a lot of data on your phone, OVO Mobile is one of the best companies for you. They have much higher data limits than other companies. This is perfect for those who stream movies or TV to their phone. And OVO has teamed up with V8 Supercar content to offer free streaming of this service to all of their mobile customers, which is a huge perk. If you are tired of being under contract for your mobile service or are tired of paying large amounts of money for data, then now is the right time to make the switch over to OVO Mobile.

OVO Mobile is a great option for those who use their cell phones a lot and are tired of paying a lot for mobile service or being tied in to a contract. If you do not mind pre-paying for your service or do not want a contract, this is a great alternative for you. Give it a try today to find out why so many people who have made the switch already rave about OVO Mobile service.

 If interested, one can easily log on here to their website for further information on which plan are more suitable.