5 Silly Blogging Mistakes That Can Be Easily Avoided






Blogging is a great way to show off your expertise, hock your products and services or earn a bit of money through display advertising. Many bloggers who are starting out want to know how to grow their blog’s audience, while playing a game of trial and error.

Here are some silly blogging mistakes that you can avoid, thanks to the trial and error of others who have tried to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Mistake 1. Treat Blogging As A Sprint

Blogging is not a race to push out as many posts as possible in the shortest period of time. That’s a sure-fire way of burning yourself out – mentally, creatively and physically.

It is a far better strategy to post at a steady and consistent rate that can last you for the long haul.

Even if you’ve got a lot of ideas in your head and the creative juices are flowing, feel free to get that down and write, write, write. But don’t be too keen to publish them all at once. Pace yourself.

A month or two down the track, you might hit a creativity bump. It happens to everyone. So when that happens, you’ll still have something to publish from your archives.

If you are ultra-productive and can’t stop writing, try to keep an archive of 2 weeks worth of material. That should save you in times of drought.

Mistake 2. Posting Sporadically

Connected to point #1, posting haphazardly is not the best way to build an audience. People prefer routine and your publishing schedule should be set to a fixed routine.

Posting 5 articles one week, then 1 the next, then 3 after that shows inconsistency and a lack of planning.

Choose how many posts you want to publish each week and the precise days and time to publish.

As a general rule, one post per week is the bare minimum – consistently.

Some bloggers like to publish to a tight schedule such as on Sunday evenings at 6pm and Wednesday mornings at 7am – like clock work.

Mistake 3. Posting On Friday Night

When it comes to reader engagement, there’s one particular time of the week that consistent performs worse than any other time – Friday nights.

It may not be a surprise, but come Friday night, most people don’t want to be sitting at their computer after a long week of work. Every Friday night around the world, people are gearing up to go out, or just relaxing at home with the family.

The second worst time to post an article is Saturdays. The same argument can be had for Saturdays where most folks just want to be away from their computer doing other things.

Better yet – take the weekend off!

Mistake 4. Bad Headlines

This is a typical mistake I keep banging on about. Don’t write bad headlines or titles. Post titles are just as important – if not more so – than the post content.

We all love fun and quirky blog titles but you need to get the topic across to the reader is a clear and unambiguous way.

You have to give readers a clear idea of what to expect from the post while also ensuring the search engines will be on your side. Great headlines are also Search Engine Optimized (SEO).

How Copywriting Killer SEO Page Titles Destroy The Competition

Here’s Another Way To Increase Blog Traffic

Mistake 5. Giving Up Too Soon

New bloggers jump in bright eyed and full of enthusiasm, which is absolutely an essential ingredient to getting your blog off the ground. But when it comes to the cold hard truth a few weeks or months down the track, bloggers find it difficult to face reality.

See Do New Bloggers Need A Small Dose Of Reality?

The truth is that it may take months or even years for your blog to reach satisfying heights of popularity.

While some bloggers may feel disillusioned by this fact, others may simply think ‘OK, I’ll keep at it until I succeed – and then I’ll keep going’. Yes, that’s the right attitude!

Keep at it and don’t give up too soon. How soon is “too soon”? I cant answer that for you. But give your blog a really good chances and have faith in your own abilities to make it a success.

Don’t check your Google Analytics at all during the first 3 months. It could just end in heartache seeing a trickle of visitors.

Don’t get discouraged by to lack of visitors during your first 3 months – it’s entirely normal! You need to give the search engines time to find you, as well as establish a loyal readership.

Keep blogging.

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How To Make Money Online With Google AdSense

There are tried and tested techniques to make money online with Google AdSense. You would already know that Google makes ten of billions of dollars each year by selling advertising, not just in it’s search results but also across millions of other websites.

An advertiser can sign up to the AdWords program and place ads based on keywords they want to rank for. For example, a pet shop might be happy to pay Google $5 every time someone searches for “pet shop” and then clicks on their ad.

The flip-side of the advertiser program AdWords is the publisher side called AdSense.

“Google AdSense is a flexible, hassle-free way to earn revenue by showing relevant and engaging ads alongside your online content. You can easily show AdSense ads on your website, mobile sites, and site search results.”

Contextual Advertising

AdSense is a “contextual advertising” program that allows people with a website (known as “publishers”) to host Google ads on those sites.

When someone clicks on one of those ads on your website, Google charges the advertiser and gives the publisher a cut. Google recently revealed that they pay out between 60% and 70% of click revenue to the publisher.

The reason AdSense works so well is that Google examines a website’s content and finds the relevant keywords or phrases to figure out the website’s topic. Google also knows how one website links to another, such as by linking the words “pet shop” to a pet business.

To make money online with AdSense, you’ll need to create an “authority” website – one with a lot of information about a narrow topic. If you already have a website using Adsense or you’re thinking about it, read Joel Comm’s eBook Adsense Secrets 5 which goes into details about how to optimize Ad placement, the how’s and why’s.

Find Your Niche

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If you already have a blog for your business or want to create a brand new website for the purpose of generating revenue through AdSense or affiliate marketing, you’ll need to find your niche – your narrow area of expertise – and write blog posts about it.

This narrow focus helps AdSense determine the topic of your page and display appropriate advertising alongside your content.

If you focus heavily on this subset of a broader topic, you will find it easier to dominate over your competitors in the search engine results.

To find the best keywords to focus your efforts, Market Samurai software does a great job at finding new keywords and analyzing the competition to make sure you can rank easily.

Once you have mastered one particular niche topic, you can broaden your range and expand your traffic potential.

For example, a business that offers personal loans may decide to first focus on the smaller niche of, say, “bad credit personal loans” and write a series of blog posts specifically about “bad credit personal loans”.

Each post should be at least 500 words in length and be 100% original. You should not include duplicated content in your blog or copied content from other websites.

Once you have exhausted your niche topic, you can move on to the next, say, “no credit check personal loans” or “unsecured bad credit personal loans”.

You should aim to write at least 2 substantial posts per week and keep at it for several months to ensure your blog becomes indexed in the search engines and start ranking.

KEEP AT IT! This is the most commonly heard advice in blogging circles. If your website is new, don’t give up. Keep posting, don’t get yourself down by staring at statistics.

Keep the front page of your blog fresh and dynamic, which Google loves to see.

The purpose of doing all this is to rank highly in Google search results for your keyword, in our example, “bad credit personal loans” – hopefully in #1 position or at least Top 3.

It’s highly recommended to do your research about what keywords you’d be more likely to rank for. I use Market Samurai to analyze SEO competition and find untapped keywords.

But it’s important to realize that only 0.1% – 3% of people visiting your website will click on advertising (known as the click-through rate), but each click earns you commission from Google. Joel’s eBook Adsense Secrets goes into more detail about earning better commissions.

Ad Placement

The best way to maximum your click-through rate is to play around the the placement of your advertisements. Often, ads placed in a column separated from the main content does worse than ads placed directly within the content.

However, and this is crucial, ad placement that annoys or distracts your readers can be a turn off and those readers may never return to your website. Return visitors, and building an audience, is just as important as building revenue.

When your website is small and only has a few dozen visitors per day, ad placement may not matter too much. At 1% click-through rate, you’d need to wait a week or two before receiving a click.

When your website is receiving a decent amount of traffic, tweaking your ad placements can mean an increase to your click-through rate and result in earning a few extra dollars a day.

I’ve read studies of large websites fiddling with their ad placements that change the click-through rate by just 0.5%, but due to their huge traffic, this resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in extra revenue every month.

If only we could all be so lucky… which brings us to the clincher.

Traffic = Visitors


We can’t talk about making money with AdSense without addressing the elephant in the room.

Without visitors to your website, you’ll earn nothing. It doesn’t matter how fantastic or insightful your posts are. If no-one knows you exist, what’s the point of all your effort?

And since the click-through rates are mere single-digit percentages, you need a lot of clicks to earn serious money. Therefore, you need a serious amount of traffic.

You could use software like Backlink Beast to help boost the number of websites linking to yours. That’s one strategy.

How to get more traffic? Well, that’s a whole big kettle of fish.

Let’s see…

Do your keyword research with Market Samurai (they have a free trial version).
Read 10 Easy Ways How To Get Backlinks To Your Website.
And also How Copywriting Killer SEO Page Titles Destroy The Competition.
Definitely read 8 Google SEO Mistakes That Will Choke Your Search Ranking.

Buy the Adsense Secrets 5 eBook.

Drop a few dollars on the Google Sniper course to learn how to create Adsense money-making websites.

Best of luck. Let us know your progress.

Amazing Business Card Design Ideas That Clients Wont Throw Away

If you’re anything like me and have a few of your own amazing business cards tucked into your wallet or handbag, you’ll be ready to whip one out any time you meet a new prospective client. We’ve had it drummed into our heads that first impressions count, so think about your own impression when you’re handed ultra budget business cards or one with an awful design.

Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Are budget business cards actually a waste of money? Do you immediately think the business must be doing it tough or they may not be very good at what they do?

I’ve designed several of my own amazing business cards over the years so I tend to take a good look at business card designs. I get mine done through UPrinting online.

Put your hand up if you’ve ever been given a business card only to bin it as soon as you got near a trashcan? I have. I’m not a collector of budget business cards. Most people aren’t and a majority of business cards will hit the garbage sooner than you can scream ‘Wait! I paid good money for those!’

So the real question is – do you really need a business card? Perhaps. But only if it’s amazing! What impression does an amazing business card give a prospective client?

  • You are serious about your industry and good at what you do.
  • They can contact you directly without going through organizational levels.
  • How you can help by listing services you provide.

An innovative or interesting business card design can do wonders for first impressions. When it comes to great design, it’s not just what is printed on the card that matters.

Card thickness, known as grams per square metre (gsm) also gives the card holder a sense of quality. That’s not all. Business card design also takes into consideration shape, type of material and texture. 2 sided business cards also have several benefits such as including more information or separating services you provide.

Let’s take a look at some amazing business card design ideas that clients would be reluctant to throw away.

Clear Business Card

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Transparent UV printed business cards have a look of sophistication and innovation. A business showcasing this type of clear plastic card gives off the persona of a company on the cutting edge. Don’t go printing on both sides of clear business cards though. Looking through the transparency and seeing the mirror-writing of the opposite side just makes you want to turn over and see what’s on the back. Can you see a vicious circle emerging here?

Letter Press Business Cards

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Add extra style and “pop” to your awesome business card by using a letter press indentation or embossing. Show off some flair and let client’s know you are trendy and fashionable.

Rounded Business Cards

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Coupled with other design elements, rounded corners and cuts in your card can have a lasting impact that demonstrate your company has an eye for detail.

Unusually Shaped Cards



Rounded corners are one thing but using an unusual shape for your business card gives it a whole new dimension. Don’t get too wacky though, especially if you want clients to take you seriously.

USB Business Card

USB business cards


Who in their right mind would throw away a flash USB drive? I wouldn’t! Give clients the impression that your business is doing SO well and you have the cash to splash, by giving away electronics.

Other Amazing Business Card Design Ideas

Your card can be made out of other unique materials rather than paper or plastic. How about:

  • Cotton business cards,
  • Magnetic business cards,
  • Aluminum business cards,
  • Wooden business cards,
  • Sponge business cards (yes, really!).

Bonus Tips

Allow for White Space

Don’t design your card with so much information that you have to use a tiny font size. Make sure your card has a good amount of white space to give the design some breathing room. I find sparsely populated cards look best.

Additionally, if you have a 2 sided business card, leave space on at least one side for clients to write notes on. You may also want to sign your card before giving it to clients for that personal touch.

Avoid Double-Sided Glossy Business Cards

A glossy finish to your business card often looks good, but they are near impossible to write on. Make sure to keep at least one side of your card in a matte finish.

Readers, let us know in the comment section about some awesome business cards you have received or created yourself.

Disclaimer: Links to 3rd party sites included within this article denoted with /go/ in the URL may result in commission being earned if you decide to make a purchase.
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99 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts That Cats Know And You Dont

99 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts That Cats Know And You Dont

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Windows keyboard shortcuts are savior of the lazy and mastered by the savvy, but only conquered by the nerdiest of nerds… and cats. Give a cat a keyboard, and they’ll be bringing up bookmarks, minimizing windows and deleting your emails with ninja-like precision.

Most of us spend hours every day staring at the computer screen while browsing the internet, doing some online shopping, typing out emails or social networking. But only a few truly master keyboard use, and I’m not talking about touch-typing.

Knowing just a few keyboard shortcuts will save you a lot of precious time and energy.

Count how many of these keyboard shortcuts you already knew. Do you know more than 10%? My cat knows them all!

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

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1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT (when you insert a CD/DVD/BluRay into the drive to prevent it from automatically playing)

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

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1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

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1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch Filter Keys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the Mouse Keys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the Sticky Keys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the Toggle Keys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)

MMC Console keyboard shortcuts

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1. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
2. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
3. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
4. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
5. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
6. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
7. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
8. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

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1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)

"Cats know more Windows keyboard shortcuts than most people realize."

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Here's Another Way To Increase Blog Traffic

In a recent study by the content network Outbrain, a sure-fire way to increase blog traffic is to avoid using pushy headlines.

An interesting trend emerged during the study, which analysed a sample of over 100,000 paid links, attempting to discover what headlines affect reader engagement. Outbrain noted that words that are overly pushy, salesy, or spammy had a negative effect on the headline click-through rate.

"The chart below illustrates the negative effect of headlines that directly address the reader or make use of demands."


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Interestingly, headlines that contain words that reference the reader such as “you”, “your” or “you’re” tended to perform 21% worse than headlines that did not reference the reader.

"The attempt to make readers feel as though they’re being spoken to directly appears to do more harm than good."


Additionally, headlines that contain an imperative (“must” or “need”) also garnered 20% less clicks than titles that did not.

Simple Advice To Help Increase Blog Traffic

According to the study, it appears that readers prefer not to be directly referenced in blog headlines and don’t appreciate words that demand action or attention.

A separate study by Conductor discovered the same effects, as we discussed in 3 Simple Ways To Increase Headline Click-Through Rates.

In their study, “Reader Addressing” headlines performed 15% worse than “Number” headlines, as seen in this chart.

overall headline preference

The conclusion is this: don’t “push” your readers, but instead “pull” them in with enticing headlines.

Birthday Quotes

40 Birthday Quotes And Best Wishes That Won't Ruin Their Special Day


Not a year goes by without a birthday or two to celebrate and best wishes to write on cards, so coming up with unique birthday quotes for friends, family and colleagues can become a real head scratcher.

It’s easy enough to buy a birthday card with cheesy happy birthday quotes, but what makes your card special are the words that you write yourself.

Add a bit of flair, personality and humor to your birthday wishes and we’ve compiled a bit of help here for you.

Birthday Quotes and Birthday Wishes


"Age hasn’t spoiled you a bit!"

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"As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two."Norman Wisdom

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"Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs."

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"My Birthday! What a different sound that word had in my youthful ear."Thomas Moore

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"There must be a day or two in a man’s life when he is the precise age for something important."Franklin Adams

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"Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time."Jean Ritcher

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"Birthday is a salty word if you’re not a fan of cake and ice cream."Greg Evans

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"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."Lucille Ball

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"Most of us can remember a time when a birthday – especially if it was one’s own – brightened the world as if a second sun has risen."Robert Lynd

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"The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything."Oscar Wilde

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"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."Muhammad Ali

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"One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell anything."Oscar Wilde

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"May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine."Frank Sinatra

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"Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life."Kitty Collins

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"Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same."Audrey Hepburn

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"The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other."Johnny Carson

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"Life would be infinitely better if we could be born at the age of eighty, and gradually approach eighteen."Mark Twain

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"At times is it seems that I am living my life backward, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin."Andre Gide

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"Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor."

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"For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday."John Glenn

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"All the world is a birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."George Harrison

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"The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of fifty."Elizabeth Staton

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"Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty."Robert Frost

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"Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake."

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"Grow old along with me the best is yet to be."Robert Browning

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"It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me."Ellen Glasgow

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"Artificial intelligence is a wonderful thing. I told my computer that today is my birthday, and it said that I need an upgrade."

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"A lighter? We’re going to need a flamethrower to light up your candles!"

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"A true friend remembers your birthday, but not your age."

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" I hope that your big birthday involves a cool day and a hot night."

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"If you keep lying about your age, you should invite us more often to celebrate your Birthday. Not just once in a year."

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"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."Dr. Seuss

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A Few More Birthday Quotes


"If a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry."Kami Garcia

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"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."William Shakespeare

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"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."Martin Buxbaum

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"I wanted to give you the best birthday greeting ever…But this card was all I could afford."

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"Blowing out another candle should mean that you have lived another year with joy and you’ve made this world a better place. Make every day of your life and every candle count."

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"Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come."Lucy Larcom

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"To me, fair friend, you never can be old. For as you were when first your eye I eyed. Such seems your beauty still."Shakespeare

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"Despite all of the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday."

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Make Money On The Side In 5 Different Ways


You might be in between jobs or simply have some spare time on your hands, so what better way to put your valuable time to good use and make money on the side using the Internet.

While I’ve written many articles about how to earn money on the side or putting your full force behind a business model, this article is more geared towards casual earnings. This is something you can do when you have a few extra minutes here and there. All you really need is a spare email address.

I don’t recommend using your personal or work email address for any of the following. Why? Well, you’ll be spammed. You’ve been warned, okay? Get a new email address from gmail.com or yahoo.com. If you already have a website and domain, create a new email address such as [email protected]

Also, be sure not to fudge your details. Use your real name and postal address when asked, otherwise you won’t receive any money or cheques won’t be made payable to the right person.

Okay, so let’s get started.

Make Money On The Side

1. Fill Out Surveysearn money on the side


Marketing and product companies love hearing from their customers and potential customers. These companies pay agencies to conduct market research so that they can better understand their target market.

Those agencies, such as Get Cash For Surveys help conduct the research and will pay you for taking part. There are hundreds of different surveys to participate in, and most of the forms only take a few minutes to complete.

While Get Cash For Surveys have examples of people who have earned thousands of dollars, I’d expect those are extremely rare cases and not the norm.

There is a joining fee, but you can find 50% off by scrolling right down to the bottom of their website and click on ‘Order’.

The joining fee can quickly be re-paid after taking a few surveys and then it’s all profit from there.

Paid Surveys At Home offer a similar scheme where you can take online and phone surveys as well as participate in focus groups.

2. Sell Sketches, Photos and Artwork

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If you are the artistic or creative type, why not sell your artwork?

Not only can you sell sketches, drawings, paintings, computer generated graphics and other digital art, you can also sell your photos, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

Especially for those who have a smartphone with a decent camera, you already have all the equipment you need to make money on the side.

Get Paid To Draw is just one example of a broker who will publish your art across multiple locations to give you a broader reach and higher potential to earn money.

Get Paid To Draw and Get Cash For Surveys is run by the same guy, so they have a vast network of resources to help you be successful. Like before, there is a joining fee but you can find 50% off on their website by scrolling to the bottom and click on ‘Order’.

3. Be A Mystery Shopper

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Dollar Frog offer paid surveys like option 1, but also the opportunity to become a mystery shopper.

You are shown how to get paid to shop, eat out, play golf, take a cruise or watch movies. It sounds too good to be true, so I advise caution with this one.

4. Upload Videos To YouTube

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If you’re a bit shy to put your face on camera, don’t worry. You can still make money on the side by sharing other people’s videos.

TubeLaunch offers a model for businesses to promote their videos and products to viewers on YouTube. In order to do that, they need lots of regular people like you and me to re-upload their videos and help them get more exposure.

After choosing which businesses you want to be affiliated with, you download their videos to your computer and then upload them to YouTube. TubeLaunch teaches you exactly how to do this.

You will also find tutorials and tips to gaining more YouTube views, bringing more exposure to the companies you promote, and therefore get paid more money for doing so.

5. Sell Other People’s Products

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Have a read of Affiliate Marketing Basics. Earn Hefty Commissions The Easy Way.

In the above article, Jackie talks about several affiliate networks where you can sign up and browse through thousands of products that you can sell on your website.

You can also learn How To Make Money On eBay Without Any Products In Stock

Disclaimer: Links to 3rd party sites included within this article denoted with /go/ in the URL may result in commission being earned if you decide to make a purchase.

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Not Getting Enough Sleep At Night May Be Affecting Your Health


Not Getting Enough Sleep At Night May Be Affecting Your Health

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We’ve all been there. It’s late at night and you should be asleep, but your brain is filled with ideas that keep you awake.

Sleep is a vital process to maintain our health that takes up one third of our whole lives.

Insufficient sleep can impair cognition, lower daily energy levels and has been linked to several illnesses. Not to mention, affecting our mood.

Yet the brightest minds in science cannot fully explain why sleep is so critical. However, new research has come up with a compelling theory that sleep allows our brains to clean themselves.

In a paper from University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) recently published in Science magazine, the research team built upon previous work that had identified what’s called the glymphatic system.

Where the lymphatic system clears unwanted byproducts, toxins and other materials from the body, the glymphatic system does a similar job for our brain’s gray matter.

"We’ve known for a long time that the brain lacks a traditional lymphatic system. But the glymphatic system, we now know, eliminates waste buildup instead."Rashid Deane, a neurologist at URMC

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Using an imaging technique known as two-photon microscopy, the researchers found that the glymphatic system was significantly more active when mice were asleep compared to when awake.

"What we found was about a tenfold increase in activity. That tells us that sleep appears to be significant in helping the brain eliminate unwanted byproducts."

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What’s most fascinating is the physical difference in the brain when asleep. The team found that space between brain cells increased during resting states, which allows more room for the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to flow along and pick up waste products as a part of the cleaning process. From there, waste is ushered out of the brain and eventually broken down in the liver.

The researchers believe the glymphatic system speeds up during sleep due to reallocation of the body’s energy. The process requires significant energy consumption, so when the brain and body is less active, the cleaning process can do a much better job.

"You can think of it like having a house party. You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can’t do both at once."

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Maintaining a healthy glymphatic system is important for brain health and may play a role in neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Other theories on why we sleep suggest it’s vital for memory storage and consolidation, or simply that sleep allows the body time to repair damaged tissue and for muscle growth.

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7 Essential Tips From Famous Entrepreneurs

Famous entrepreneurs are great at making commitments. They are good at making decisions, finding niches, selling their products and taking smart risks.

Small business entrepreneurs are experts in making great daily habits and the more famous entrepreneurs have some great tips to help us hone our mindset.

Tips From Famous Entrepreneurs

1. Persevere

Steve Jobs once said,

"Half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."Steve Jobs

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He is so right. To be successful entrepreneurs we must keep on persevering towards achieving our goals, even if things turn sour sometimes.

After all, it pays to keep in mind the advice from communication and entertainment innovator, David Sarnoff who said,

"The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success."David Sarnoff

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2. Keep Meetings Brief

Time is precious to entrepreneurs. Consequently we should not waste it by sitting in unproductive meetings that go on and on about tiny issues or have massive amounts of information to discuss.

Fred Smith, the creator of Federal Express, understood this concept when he said,

"If your business revolves around one idea, keep that idea foremost. Hammer away at it."Fred Smith

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By setting a time limit and a specific focus to our meetings, we are able to share and receive useful information in a short period of time, leaving us more time to do what we do best, being entrepreneurs.

3. Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

The 6 P’s acronym is one entrepreneurs should remember.

It is essential that we plan our days so that we will achieve our goals. Scott Cullather, founder and CEO of inVNT, meets quickly with his team at the end of each working day to plan for the next.

He says,

"We review and forecast what tomorrow is going to look like and how we’re going to get through that … You get there the next day and are much more efficient and productive."Scott Cullather

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So we too should plan, plan, plan!

4. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

Theodore Roosevelt said,

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."Theodore Roosevelt

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In order to be successful entrepreneurs we must do what we do best and let others do what they do best. Careful analysis of each task needs to be done and delegated to the right person.

This is a very important skill to learn as sometimes our time can be more productively used elsewhere.

5. Identify Your Market Niche

Thomas Edison once said,

"I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others … I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent."Thomas Edison

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A good entrepreneur knows that they must concentrate on researching, developing ideas, researching again and then implementing the ideas.

We need to ensure that we find what is missing, find out what consumers want and find a way to give it to them.

6. Work Hard

William Harley, co-creator of the Harley Davidson motor bike said,

"Life offers few guarantees, but generally the harder and longer you work, the more likely you will succeed."William Harley

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This is true with the making and keeping of our habits too. If we keep good working and life habits, we are more likely to reach our entrepreneurial goals. The trick is to choose which habits are useful to us and which are not.

7. Take Smart Risks

Benjamin Franklin said,

"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."Benjamin Franklin

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While we don’t need to jump at every single opportunity that comes our way, we do need to jump at quite a few of them. It is a matter of picking and choosing ones that will benefit us in the long term.

Don’t be frightened of failure though. All successful entrepreneurs have failed before, but they just looked beyond the failure and think of it as a lesson that they had to learn in order to be more successful next time.

Entrepreneurship is a wonderful thing to accomplish. By keeping these six important tips of highly successful entrepreneurs in mind every day, we too will continue to follow in the footsteps of the world’s great entrepreneurs.

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How Facebook Can Reduce Spam And Troll Comments On Your Blog

A common problem faced by bloggers are troll comments and self-promotion.

As most bloggers use WordPress as their content management system, some spammers have even found ways of commenting on WordPress blogs automatically and in bulk.

Putting auto-spam-bots aside for a moment, we still have to contend with real-life humans who are hell-bent on making as much noise as possible. These folks are called Internet Trolls.

Trolls get a kick out of making people angry or getting into arguments.

It’s surprising to find that a person who would seem mentally stable, mature and law-abiding in the real world can become a fierce troll behind the keyboard.

A lot of why trolls troll is because they can be anonymous. 99% would never say such things to a person’s face or if the recipient could identify them.

Professor Ian Rowe of London’s University of Kent refers to a study that finds Facebook users are almost twice as civil as the anonymous trolls in The Washington Post‘s comment section.

"The occurrence of uncivil communicative behaviour in reader comments is significantly more common on the website version of the Washington Post where users are able to maintain their anonymity, compared to the Facebook version."

Professor Rowe found that trolls commonly posted comments on stereotypes, sarcasm, name calling and general incitement when they could remain anonymous on the website version of the same article.

Users were more than half as likely to be uncivil on the website, however not all Facebook users came out smelling like roses.

Other news publications tend to agree with this assessment. When the LA Times switched over to Facebook comments, the level of discourse dramatically improved.

Jimmy Orr, LA Times online managing editor says

"Trolls don’t like their friends to know that they’re trolls."

The availability of Facebook comment plugins, hasn’t stopped some sites from disabling comments completely.

PopScience recently closed all commenting on their site because evidence showed that trolls skewed how readers interpreted evidence and crushed open-minded discussion.

TechCrunch has experimented with different comment plugins and methods before settling on Livefyre. They found that Facebook does kill trolls, but it can also hurt community and insightful anonymous commentators.

It’s worth noting that trolling cannot be stopped completely. For example, in South Korea laws were passed that forced internet users to use their real name. It failed to improve the quality of comments or discourse among users.

If want to allow commenting on your blog and what to reduce negative commentary, try implementing the Facebook Comments plugin or Livefyre.


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