UPDATES: Injuries, Deaths Reported Following Explosions Near Finish Line of Boston Marathon

There are reports of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon near Boylston Street. The Boston Marathon headquarters are locked down, a spokesman says. There is no indication as to what caused the explosions.

Latest video link of the explosion - http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-15/stunning-video-boston-explosion

UPDATE, 5:27p ET: The incident at the JFK Library in Dorchester appears to be related to a fire.

UPDATE, 5:20p ET: Police are asking everyone in Boston to stay home and to not congregate in large groups. Watch the video of the press conference here.

UPDATE, 5:17p ET: Cell phone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent remote detonations of explosions.

UPDATE, 5:15P ET: A source tells Fox News that authorities in Boston are guarding a “person of interest” who is currently in a hospital. The person has severe burns. Source says though that authorities have yet to determine whether he was a victim or a perpetrator.

UPDATE, 5:02p ET: Vice President Joe Biden was speaking on a conference call about gun control that was previously scheduled when he saw television reports of the Boston Marathon explosions. Audio of the call was released, in which the vice president used the word “bombing” to describe the event. Listen to the call here.

Here’s the latest information from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis:

The explosions on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon occurred at 2:50p ET, about 50-100 yards apart. Each blast caused multiple casualties. All victims have been removed from the scene. People in Boston should stay in indoors and not congregate in large groups while police continue to investigate. There was a third explosion at the JFK Library and police right now are treating it as a related incident.

The next briefing is scheduled for 7p ET.

UPDATE, 4:51p ET: A media briefing is underway in Boston following the deadly explosions that … calling it an “ongoing event” following the confirmation of a third explosion that happened recently at JFK Library in Dorchester. Watch the briefing on Fox News Channel. And stay tuned here for video and highlights.
Below is a photo of Gov. Patrick speaking at the event moments ago:

UPDATE, 4:50p ET: The below photo shows tape cordoning off the White House gates due to heightened security in the nation’s capitol.

UPDATE, 4:46p ET: Boston police just confirmed another explosion at the JFK Library in Dorchester. More information on that explosion is not yet known.
The following statement is just out from the FAA:

“The FAA has placed a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the site of the explosion in Boston at the request of law enforcement. The TFR is three nautical miles from the site and extends from the surface to 3,000 feet. It allows commercial air traffic operations to continue.”

UPDATE, 4:39p ET: Former Massachusett’s Governor Mitt Romney tweets: @MittRomney @ 1636: Our hearts are heavy with the news out of Boston today. #PrayforBoston

UPDATE, 4:37p ET: Neil Cavuto reports that a suspect has been identified and is being guarded in a Boston hospital, according to the New York Post.

UPDATE, 4:36p ET: Boston marathon runner’s witness account of explosions, “It was pandemonium.”

UPDATE, 4:31p ET: This statement just in from the Department of Justice:
“The Attorney General has spoken with FBI Director Mueller and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Attorney General Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department to be deployed to ensure this matter is fully investigated.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts is coordinating the Justice Department response with FBI, ATF and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.”

UPDATE, 4:23p ET: Neil Cavuto just reported that according to sources, two more explosive devices have been found and are being dismantled.

UPDATE, 4:18p ET: Boston Fire Dept. tweeted that a media briefing will take place at 4:30p ET at the Westin Hotel’s third floor, Essex South meeting room. We’ll bring you live coverage on Fox News Channel and continuing updates here on Fox News Insider.

UPDATE, 4:15p ET: We’ve just gotten the first video showing one of the explosions as it hit. Boston PD says two people have been killed and 23 injured. Stay with Fox News as we await a briefing from officials in Boston.

UPDATE, 4:08p ET: During live coverage on Studio B, Shepard Smith said that a doctor from Massachusetts General Hospital, where explosion victims were being rushed, told a Fox News source that 10 patients with amputations and blown off limbs are currently in the emergency room at Mass. General Hospital. More patients are en route.

UPDATE, 4:06p ET: The Boston Marathon posted this statement on their Facebook page moments ago:
“There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today’s Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened.”

UPDATE, 3:55p ET: Fox affiliate reporter Maria Stephanos gave an eyewitness account of the explosion on air on Tuesday afternoon.
We’ve also learned that President Obama has been notified of the incident. A White House spokesperson said, “His administration is in contact with state and local authorities. He directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation in response.”

UPDATE, 3:50p ET: Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, in reading eyewitness accounts, said it appeared preliminarily as though a device was rigged with shotgun pellets, so that when the explosion took place it would ‘create terror.’

UPDATE, 3:42p ET: The New York Police Department has stepped up security around landmarks in Manhattan, including near prominent hotels, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

UPDATE, 3:39p ET: Shepard Smith reports that police are checking to see if any devices may have been placed in barrels or garbage cans near race path. Reports out of Boston suggest that there’s more than one location for these explosions.

Why is Agriculture Essential?

Have you ever wondered why agriculture is essential in every country? Come to think of it. What do you think will happen to you if you have not eaten any kind of meal for the entire day? How worse will you feel in case the same thing happens for another day and then another and then another? Without the producers and their produce, the inhabitants in this planet will mainly turn into part of history.

Throughout history, nations will certainly attest to the significance of farming because it is every government administration's job to ensure that its people are well served with the food that they need for their nourishment. It is the government's main task to uphold food security and feeding the people is a top priority. With this, agriculture has ranked to be the very foundation of a country's social and political stability.

On the same level, employment is being provided mostly by the agricultural sector basically because huge farms need a hand. Manpower is necessary to operate tasks that include crop cultivation along with the care and raising of the farm animals. In other countries in the world, the field of agricultural demand remains so far as the biggest sector that caters to employment and then feeding of the large portion of the people's population.

On the other hand, it is also essential in terms of evaluating a country's development standards. The competence of the farmers is being appraised especially in terms of catering to the needs of the people in line with food. Such competence is measured because with the recent developments as introduced by the advanced methodologies and technologies, the poorly trained farm hands can't definitely apply all of these.

Experts say that a country's agricultural development is based on two things. The first is on policy. The second is on science. Of course, farming itself will not be enhanced without the support of both the local and national government units. Farmers need funds so they can buy the high-end equipment that will let them cultivate the land easier and faster.

Come to think of it. This agricultural field is also widely affected by the natural disasters. Again, without the support of the government, improvement will not be possible.

Modern cultivation is far different from those of the conventional times. Traditionally, people aimed at bulk manufacturing and then keeping these provisions for the rainy days. That was when the world was still young and no natural and economic disasters were yet known of. These days, when the challenges have actually worsened, the more that farmers need a helping hand. Organic farming is being asked for by the health buffs but that goes to mean another set of funds to make this request totally possible.

Nevertheless, the facilities will change and more policies will be applied. But it will never change the fact that agriculture is a necessity. Every country must invest on it for the nation to meet its goal of having a stable social, political, and economic progress.

Best Applications for College Students

As a college student, you need to have several things in order to keep your sanity. For one, you have to have a good study schedule, next you need to be able to communicate with your friends and family, which is why so many students have the iPhone. However, one of the most important aspects about having an iPhone and being a college student, is the fact that you can apply certain applications that will help you both in your academic life, as well as in your social life. With the iPhone consistently coming out with new applications, you are able to find some that are entertainment and helpful.

Perhaps one of the coolest applications for a college student who always wants to have a good time is the Ajax Bartender iPhone application. This amazing application allows you to find and make over 40,000 various alcoholic drinks. However, what really makes this application so unique is the fact that it allows you to choose your drinks based on what you want to put in them. Have you ever been with friends, and someone says they want to drink Tequila, but they don't know how to make very many different types of drinks with it.

Well, with the Ajax Bartender application, you can choose Tequila, and then you are able to choose what you want to mix it with and an entire list of various drinks featuring the two ingredients you want pop up on your screen. This is perfect for holiday party ideas, spur-of-the-moment get together with friends, or just a great companion when you go bar hopping. You will never have to wonder what you're going to drink that night.

Another great application is a far cry from the above one; however, it serves an equally important role in the life of a college student. Whether you are majoring in physical science or criminal justice, you will have to take math courses. And if you are like most people, than you have to have a calculator when you enter these dreaded classes. However, instead of having to carry your iPhone and a huge calculator, you are able to carry just your iPhone when it has the Belfry SciCalc installed. This scientific and programming calculator will give you access to many different types of equations. Whether you need this calculator for Algebra, Trigonometric functions or even with standard math problems, this application can handle anything mathematical you throw at it.

Which is what makes this application perfect for a wide variety of college students, because it doesn't matter if you are working on a hexadecimal problem, or you can't remember what the square root of 164 is, you are able to use this calculator with ease and precision. Also, the main reason why so many people love this application is because it eliminates the need for a bulky scientific calculator, in most cases, and it allows you to carry only your iPhone. When you're in college, you have enough to worry about, so why not let your iPhone Belfry SciCalc take care of the math for you?

Top 5 White Hat and Black Hat Search Optimisation Techniques

Search engine optimisation, as with all things in life has a good, wholesome, fair and right way of doing things and a bad, unfair, downright naughty way of doing things. To describe the two SEO methodologies the terms “White Hat” and “Black Hat” SEO were coined.

We sit very firmly in the white hat camp believing that while black hat SEO techniques might have some short term positive effect, the long term implications can be disastrous for your website and in turn your business.

In this article we’ll examine the top 5 black hat SEO techniques in a bid to help you determine whether the SEO firm you’re currently using are potentially compromising your business website. Then we’ll examine the top 5 white hat SEO techniques that we believe will have a positive effect on your search position without putting your business website at risk.

TOP 5 BLACK HAT SEO TECHNIQUES
1. Hidden Content

Top of our list of black hat SEO techniques is hidden content. Hidden content comes in many guises but the basic principle is that within the code for the site there will be content stuffed with keywords, this content will not be visible to the end user of the site.

Other HMTL tags misused in similar ways include the tag and hidden inputs in forms.

Content can also be hidden from the end user by using CSS, excessively small text and coloured text on the same coloured background.

All of these techniques are frowned upon by search engines and if detected can mean your website will be penalised or even banned. To the untrained eye it can be very difficult to spot the use of some of these techniques which is why we offer a free website MOT test at PushON.

2. Meta Keyword Stuffing

There are two Meta tags that are generally used to inform search engines of the content on the page. They reside between the tag of a page and when used incorrectly they can alert a search engine that a site is using spam techniques in an attempt to improve its ranking.

Meta Description

The meta description should be used to describe the content of your page honestly and concisely and be 1 or 2 sentences, 3 at most.

Here’s an example of the meta description being used in the correct manner,

Here’s an example of the meta description tag being used incorrectly for a page promoting a restaurant called “MadeUp”,

3. Meta Keywords

Meta Keywords should be a short list of words that inform of the main focus of the page. Meta keywords have been so misused in the past that there are few if any search engines that take any heed of them.

Here’s an example of the meta keywords being used in the correct manner,

Here’s an example of the meta keywords tag being used incorrectly for a page promoting a restaurant called “MadeUp”,

4. Doorway or Gateway Pages

Doorway or Gateway pages are pages designed for search engines and not for the end user. They are basically fake pages that are stuffed with content and highly optimised for 1 or 2 keywords that link to a target or landing page. The end user never sees these pages because they are automatically redirected to the target page.

Off-the-shelf SEO software often encourages the use of gateway pages as do SEO firms that don’t know what they’re talking about. Search engine spiders are being enhanced continually to detect these pages and will get ignored or worse still, flag your site up as being spam and ban you all together.

5. Link Farming

In the real world if you were to build your house in a bad neighbour hood then your house would be affected by its surroundings. The same is true of the virtual world. Link farms or free for all (FFA) pages have no other purposes than to list links of unrelated websites. They won’t provide you with any traffic and you run the risk of having your site banned for participating. Don’t participate in link farming.

TOP 5 WHITE HAT SEO TECHNIQUES
1. Quality Content

When we first started looking at SEO as a separate entity to website build there was one phrase that we would continually hear, “content is King”, and it’s true. There is nothing more valuable you can do to optimise your site for search engines than offer unique well written content. A search engines aim is to serve up what it believes to be the most appropriate website for any given search to the end user.

Imagine we are the end user and we are searching for a portable air conditioner for hire. We go to our favourite search engine and search for the phrase “portable air conditioner hire”. In this imaginary scenario let’s assume there are only 2 websites that target that phrase,

Website 1

Website 1 consists of a single page with 3 paragraphs of text. The text tells us that the company does portable air conditioning hire and give us a phone number to call.

Website 2

Website 2 contains 30 plus pages all focusing on various portable air conditioning units that we can hire, costs and technical explanations of how portable air conditioning units work.

Which website do you think the search engine is likely to offer to the user first? It’s a rather obvious example but it illustrates the importance of good content so your priority should be good quality content.

2. Use Structural (Semantic) Mark Up and Separate Content from Presentation

Semantically structuring your mark up helps search engines understand the content of your webpage which is of course a good thing. Making proper use of heading elements is essential because search engines give more weight

to the content within the heading elements.

Using CSS to separate the design elements from the content makes for much leaner code and makes it easier for search engines to find what they’re looking for, which is content. Remember content is king!

3. Titles and Meta Data

Providing pages with proper titles and meta data is essential. As discussed in the top 5 black hat SEO techniques section the meta description and meta keywords elements have been so misused in the past that Search

Engines now regard them as less important, it’s still important to use them and use them properly. Titles however still carry a lot of weight and when we think of semantic mark up it is obvious why. The title of anything is a declaration as to what the content might be, so make sure your page titles are a true representation of the content of the page.

4. Keyword Research and Effective Keyword Use

Create your website with keywords and key phrases in mind. Research keywords and key phrases you think people might use to find your site. Single words are not always the most effective target, try multi-word phrases that are much more specific to your product/service and you’ll be targeting end users that are much more likely to want what you are offering.

Use the keywords and key phrases you’ve identified effectively throughout your website. Assign each page 2-3 of the keywords you’ve identified and use the keywords throughout all the important elements of the page. Those are,

Title
Meta Description
Meta Keywords
Heading Elements

Text
Alt Tag
Title Tag
Links
5. Quality Inbound Links

Having inbound links to your website can be likened to having a vote for the good but there are good links and bad links so therefore votes for the good and votes that are bad. Good links are links from other web pages

that are regarded highly by the search engines and are contextually relevant to the content of your page. Bad links are links from web pages that aren’t regarded highly or potentially banned by search engines and have no relevance to the content of your page.

For example;

Imagine we have a website that sells telephones.

Link A: Link on the homepage of the British Telecoms website. = Good

Link B: Link on John Smiths Beer and Ale appreciation links page = Bad

The amount of quality inbound links to your site therefore have some relevance on how high up the search engine your site is placed. When sourcing links you should be thinking of quality over quantity and deep linking to pages within your website not just the home page.

Conclusion

To the untrained eye, identifying if your site is potentially at risk from black hat techniques can be difficult, that’s why at PushON we offer a free website analysis which would uncover any potential problems.

Hit per Sale Ratio Affiliate Program Decisions

Hits and Earn: Hit per Sale Ratio Affiliate Program Decisions

Congratulations! You have gone through the grueling task of deciding whether or not to try your luck with affiliate marketing, choosing the products you would be promoting, and establishing your affiliate marketing sites. The first few dollars have managed to come marching in, and you think it is enough. I know you are fed up with decision making and would rather just wait for the money to flow, but in order for you to succeed more, you have to make more decisions: that is what businesses are all about.

One of the best tools you can use to aid you in your affiliate program decisions is the hit per sale ratio. What is hit per sale ratio? Everyday, a number of unique individuals visit your site. Each unique individual is called a ìclick.î However, out of the hundreds, nay, thousands who visit your site, only a handful end up purchasing your product. This handful of people is called your ìsales.î A hit per sale ratio is the number of hits you must get in order to get one sale. To calculate, simply divide all of the hits you get in a day by the number of sales you get in a day, and voila! You have the hit per sale ratio of your affiliate marketing sites!

But how, you ask, do you get anything important out of a simple number? Well, knowing your hit per sale ratio and making informed affiliate program decisions based on that is one of the best things you could ever do to elevate your affiliate marketing enterprise. You might find yourself wishing you had a higher hit per sale ratio by either having more hits everyday, or having more sales out of your current hits. You could actually choose from a million solutions out there, but in this article, the liberty has been taken to discuss two of the most logical affiliate program decisions you can make and to which a lot of other affiliate marketers can attest to.

ADVERTISEMENTS

Ads are great if you simply want increased hits, which can lead to increased sales, everyday. You should take note, however, that since you are working on increasing your profit, you should never shell out more cash than you can afford (you might especially be tempted to bet all or more than your earnings when you discover that the ads you pay for are significantly raising your profits). Do a simple computation of how much money you can spend on these advertisements, and base your decisions on these.

For example, if you have a total of 300 hits per day, to which only 5 are ending up in sales, which means it takes 60 hits before you could establish sales (this is your hit per sale ratio). And if each sale gives you a profit of $25, it means you are earning $225 per day. This is the maximum amount you can spend on advertisements. To play it safe, pay for something that is significantly lower than your current profit so that when your ads prove to be worthless, you still have a bit of cash to take home.

So letís say you made the decision to spend $100 bucks on ads. That leaves you $125 assured take-home money, which isnít half as bad as taking home nothing. Letís say your $100 ad doubled your total hits per day, and thus, doubling your sales (from 5 sales to 10 sales). That would mean that you have a $450 figure as your total sales. Subtract the amount of the ad, and you have yourself a total profit of $350. Not bad, eh?

PAY PER CLICK PROGRAMS

Pay per click programs are programs you could establish with search engines for your products to appear on top of searches. You are bidding per click here (for the keywords you have chosen), and this means those who bid highest find themselves on the top of the food chain. This is a relatively tricky business, so donít get caught up in false hopes.

Now, to our calculations. Supposing you have a hit per sale ratio of 60, and a profit of $25 per sale, like the last example. In order to know the total amount you can risk on bidding, simply divide your profit per sale by your hit per sale ratio. That leaves you with a $0.40 figure. Again, do not risk this entire amount into bidding. You would do well to bid half of your safe value just so you can still be reassured of a bit of profit even if this program does not work out. A $0.20 bid per click shouldnít be bad enough.

You would find some affiliate marketing enterprises bidding dollars for each click. DO NOT DO THE MISTAKE OF FOLLOWING THEIR STEPS. Instead, find a way around them by bidding on different keywords. Always keep your profits in mind.

However, in the world of affiliate marketing, increasing your profits isnít as easy as simple arithmetic. You have to weigh your options well, and no one could ever teach you that as good as experience can. Try your different options as well as you can, make smart and informed decisions, and if you work hard enough, you might find yourself singing happily all the way to the bank.

Creating Unique Sites for Affiliate Marketing

Establishing yourself in the affiliate marketing world is no easy task. However, once you have, the rewards are much greater than one could usually expect. Your products and affiliate marketing sites will get you that success you want. But how do you get them to do that?

You are probably just starting out with affiliate marketing by trying your luck with just one product, or like many affiliate marketers, marketing multiple products to maximize profits. Either way, you should acknowledge the fact that the method in which you utilize your affiliate marketing sites is a major determinant of your success.

Creating unique affiliate marketing sites for your affiliate products pave the best way for maximized profits. Unique affiliate marketing sites allow for your prospects to focus highly on the certain product they need or want, or the niche in which that product belongs to. Further reasons why you should create unique affiliate marketing sites (and how these sites should look like) for your affiliate marketing ventures are stated below.

WHY CREATE UNIQUE AFFILIATE MARKETING SITES?

1. TO GET YOUR PROSPECTS FOCUS ON ONE PRODUCT. Your prospects probably landed on your page because they were specifically looking for your product. They would want to know more about the product, and considering just how patient (which isnít much) customers can get these days, they wouldnít want to know anything more. Imagine how they would get if you placed the descriptions of totally unrelated products beside the one they were looking for (for example, sneakers beside a computer)? You wouldnít want to know just how much that would hurt your profits, except that since you care about your profits, you have to.

By focusing on one product at a time, you give your prospects the chance to get to know your product more. Plus, unique affiliate marketing sites are quite easy to maintain and establish: at most, a day or two to get everything (links, layout, entries, photos, etcÖ) right. Youíd be extremely surprised just how these unique affiliate marketing sites focused on promoting a single product could bring in profits disproportionately high compared to the effort that went into making them.

2. TO GET THEM TO FOCUS ON A CERTAIN GROUP OF PRODUCT. Sometimes, customers who arenít satisfied with the features and benefits of a product want to find other alternatives. It would be such a sad thing if you canít provide them with that. By grouping similar products together in one unique affiliate marketing site, you can pretty much capture the market, despite all its preferences and specific needs.

The only problem with establishing unique affiliate marketing sites focused on a certain group of product is that they are much harder to do than single-product sites. The work is tedious, and you might end up having to hire someone else to do the job for you, which calls for moneyómoney you would rather earn than spend. The trouble also is that these sites may not work right awayóit may take awhile before profits come pouring inóand this could get quite a bit discouraging. If you have the patience for everything (creating the site, waiting for profits), then you could try your luck at this.

THREE QUALITIES YOR UNIQUE AFFILIATE MARKETING SITES SHOULD HAVE

It isnít enough to know what kind of affiliate marketing site to establish. Even if your site caters to a single product or multiple ones, they have to have a certain qualities to ensure success. To encourage profits, your unique affiliate marketing site should be:

1. USER-FRIENDLY. Create affiliate marketing sites that users could find easy to navigate. Keep links and buttons within acceptable reach, and at enough frequency.

2. WELL-FORMATTED. Do with a format or a layout that does well for the product you are trying to sell. Do not ever do the mistake of creating an affiliate marketing site meant for Big Bikes (ie, Harley Davidsons) with a layout composed of butterflies and pretty flowers (this is a thing for the insane to do).

3. ORGANIZED. Keep your unique affiliate marketing sites organized by placing appropriate links where they are most likely to be seen without interfering with everything else. Categorize your links and products as well (donít just place hundreds of your links under one category). Keeping your site organized will entice your prospects to discover more, and click away.

Affiliate Markets Saturation

What It Is, How It Affects You and How to Avoid It

There is another word that can describe the nature of market saturation and that's consumer desensitization. Either term is bad news, especially if you're involved in affiliate marketing. These days, affiliate marketing is considerably one of the best ways to generate income online. But if you must contend with affiliate markets saturation, is still there point to joining this industry at all?

What is market saturation?

Market saturation, specifically that which relates to affiliate marketing, is simply that point in a business opportunity's life when demand for a product or service evens out and begins to decline. This may be due to certain factors, such as:

Increase in the number of distributors in a limited area. This usually happens if an affiliate program does not exercise control over the distribution of its products in specific areas.

As more and more distributors enter the arena, the market becomes bombarded by the same products. Since there are only so many people to purchase, subscribe or participate, it wouldnít be long until affiliate market saturation occurs.

Decrease in product demand and customer interest. There are many reasons why demand for an affiliate product occurs but if it does happen in light of affiliate markets saturation, it could be because customers are no longer interested in its novelty. This is especially true of products that were successfully launched and accepted due to hype. Interest will later plateau and gradually wear off.

Appearance of competing products in the same market segment. Competition can do wonders for your affiliate marketing business. It can also affect it in a negative way. The affiliate product you're selling now may have great response but should a similar product appear in the future that will compete directly with you for market presence, you could be in for some serious neck-to-neck race.

Now imagine if 10 or 15 other similar products appear on the market...

Avoiding affiliate markets saturation

Although in many areas of business market saturation is inevitable (witness the downfall of many multi-level marketing programs), it doesnít have to take your affiliate business hostage. There are a few factors you will have to consider carefully so you will know how to steer clear of opportunities that may not offer you the results you wish to produce.

Recognize product potential and customer demand the first time.

A lot of your success in any affiliate marketing business rests on how well you can recognize an opportunity. Not every affiliate product has a high market demand and as such, cannot be considered lucrative.

The number of customers who have interest in the product will also matter. If you can find a way to bring the two together, you will be able to zero in on a product that has real potential. This usually means you will have to focus on selling to a niche market.

Choose a product with high demand but low areas of sales.

To avoid affiliate markets saturation, look for a product that has a potentially huge market but is only being sold in limited areas. That way, you'll be able to take advantage of higher sales on your part than if you chose a product that is being distributed in hundreds of other stores not just online but offline as well.

Find another way to view it.

Affiliate markets saturation doesnít have to have a negative implication. It would be a lot easier to deal with if you view it as the maturation of your market. It's like selling cosmetics. When you first started out, your main market was composed of women in their teens and 20s. You sold well and enjoyed brisk and repeated business.

A decade later, some of these women are already in their 30s. Response to your advertising efforts is no longer the same and you probably doubt their efficacy. So what went wrong? Have you saturated the market that easily?

If you look closely, you will find that the market has indeed changed ñ women who were still in school or just starting out in their careers are now full-fledged career women, mothers or owners of their own businesses. Their needs have changed as well. The market hasnít become saturated ñ it simply evolved. As a product and service provider, it is now your goal to redefine your business in order to meet this newly evolved market's needs.

The same is true in affiliate marketing. Consider carefully whether your market has evolved with the times. If it has, find out what type of changes you can implement in your advertising or promotions that will appeal to this market segment. Better yet, why not look for products in another affiliate marketing program that can meet this market's new requirements?

Factors That Affect Your Affiliate Marketing Commissions

If you hate statistics and are involved in affiliate marketing, you will probably be disappointed to know that it is a very essential component to your success. For one, you will have to understand statistics in order to determine the viability of a program. You'll also need it to find out whether or not you can be hopeful regarding the financial side of your business.

Statistics will also help you determine how you can win in terms of affiliate marketing commissions, without which your program will be inadequate and your efforts useless. You'll also need to learn how to 'read' the numbers so you can maintain a sufficient balance in the factors that affect your future income.

Increasing your affiliate marketing commissions

Earnings from affiliate marketing programs come in the form of commissions, similar to the type of earnings that salespeople receive based on the sales they generate. Commissions are a type of performance-based income, in that the amount will depend on how much an affiliate can produce based on the sales brought in by his leads.

There are several factors that will affect the amount of commissions you'll earn from an affiliate marketing program. These are:

The choice of affiliate marketing program

Not every affiliate marketing program pays the same amount of commissions to its affiliates. Affiliates will have a choice of programs offering a low pay scale ranging from about 5 to 15 percent per sale or performance while others may pay as much as 60 to 75 percent, depending on the type of products or services being offered.

All things being equal, choosing the program that pays a higher commission will result to higher sales.

This can be tricky, however. If you have the niche or at least a good market following, taking advantage of affiliate marketing programs that pay higher commissions will be a no-brainer. However, if you cannot capture the desired market, you might have to experiment with a combination of programs that will bring in the kind of income that is satisfactory to you.

By maximizing your ability and opportunity and building your reputation in the process, you will be able to earn a decent income and solidify your presence at the same time.

The type of earning opportunity an affiliate program can offer will also make a difference in the amount of commissions you can hope to earn. Two-tier programs, for example, offer a better income-generating opportunity than flat programs. Two-tiers offer two income sources, generally from commissions on sales of a product or service and from recruitment of a new affiliate. Income from recruitment can either be a one-time cut (usually a flat rate) for recruiting each new member or a commission off of those members' future earnings.

Some affiliate marketing programs may also offer recurring commissions, in which an affiliate can earn each time their lead or member renews a subscription or a membership. This type of program means you can hope to earn for as long as your leads or recruits continue to use an affiliate product or service.

Since choosing these types of affiliate programs can make a huge difference in the amount of commissions you can earn from an affiliate marketing program, it makes more practical sense to consider carefully the type of future earnings you can potentially generate.

The product

Affiliate marketing commissions will also depend on the type of products or services the program offers. A product that has the misfortune to belong to a market that's already heavily saturated will be difficult to sell. On the other hand, a popular item can mean large sales if you have a strong and ready market.

Find out how you can perform based on the statistics offered by the affiliate marketing program you wish to join. ClickBank, for example, allows you to view a product's potential based on its past performance.

The market

Affiliate marketing commissions rely heavily on how effective an affiliate's sales and marketing strategies are. In many ways, they will also depend on the relative popularity of the affiliate and on the type of market he chooses to sell to. A small but highly targeted market is more likely to bring in higher commissions for an affiliate while a fairly large but generic market may not produce the same results.

The conversion period
Once you have selected the best and most profitable affiliate marketing program in terms of commissions, your next concern would be how to shorten the conversion period for your customers.

The conversion period refers to the time from which you bring in your lead until the time that he performs a desired action. This action can vary ñ a lead may subscribe to a service, purchase a product, participate in an online poll or become a recruit. Since the incentive that drives leads to perform a specific action can vary, conversion periods can last anywhere from a very short 24 hours to about 30 to 60 days.

Your job as an affiliate is to persuade your leads to shorten their conversion period and thus increase your affiliate marketing commissions within a reasonable amount of time.

Save Money With Professional Appliance Repair in San Diego

When you install major appliances in your home or business, it is a huge investment. Appliances are not cheap these days, but the new technology is simply amazing. When your appliances stop working, you might feel trapped into replacing them in order to quickly return to your regular routine. Before you shell out hundreds of even thousands of dollars on new appliances, consider calling San Diego Appliance Repair.

Save Money With Appliance Repair Instead of Replacement

Replacing appliances is very expensive. Even if you are only having problems with a small appliance like a microwave, you will spend around $100 to replace it when it stops working. Of course, if your broken appliance is a refrigerator, you could be looking at over $1000 to replace it and you have to act quickly to avoid losing even more money in spoiled food.Calling San Diego Appliance Repair for their refrigerator repair service is much more cost effective. Appliance repair is a much smarter alternative. You can extend the life of your appliances by calling an appliance repair technician to come out and fix the problem.

Even if you are sure you cannot fix your broken oven, it can’t hurt to at least try. San Diego Appliance Repair offers free repair estimates with any repair. This means that a factory-trained technician will come out to your home and examine the broken appliance to let you know if it can be repaired. You will receive a full estimate before any repair work is done and you can do a side-by-side comparison to see if it is more cost effective than replacing the appliance. In almost every situation, appliance repair will be the cheaper choice.

Save Money With Regular Appliance Maintenance

You can avoid an unfortunate broken appliance altogether with proper maintenance. Just the normal wear of tear of using your appliances every day can result in small problems. Call San Diego Appliance Repair and request for the technicians to come out and just do a maintenance check on your appliances. This quick visit could save you thousands of dollars in future repair costs if you properly care for your appliances ahead of time.

Save Money By Choosing Quality Appliance Repair

When you invest in professional appliance repair, it’s important that you find a company you can trust. Look for an appliance repair technician that is factory-trained in your appliance brand and has plenty of experience. You also want to be sure the appliance repair professional uses factory certified parts in order to protect your warranty. If you don’t repair your appliance correctly in the beginning, the problem will only escalate and be much worse when it breaks again. Avoid further damage to a broken appliance by contacting San Diego Appliance Repair and making sure the job is done right in the beginning.
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How to Be an Affiliate Marketing Rockstar?

Have you been living the rat race life for quite a while and now you've grown tired of the boss breathing down your neck and the exhausting office politics? Or maybe you simply need an extra source of income? Whatever your reason may be, if you want some good decent income going your bank account's way, doing affiliate marketing can be a very viable path to follow.

What exactly is affiliate marketing? It is a technique posing as a business opportunity that lets those with entrepreneurial spirit explore the world of passive income through marketing products for other businesses. You can earn through commissions.

So if you think you'd like to give affiliate marketing a try, how do you ensure your success in this field? Here are some very important tips you should follow:

- Choose your niche well

One of the most important factors to consider in doing affiliate marketing is choosing the best affiliate company or products to market. It can make or break your earnings. If you have a certain field that you're most interested in, the easier you can go through the process of deciding what affiliate program to join. So start making a list of your interests and see what affiliate programs come up from that list.

- Create a website that gets followed

One of the best ways to make the most bucks in affiliate marketing is through the creation of well-designed websites. Make sure that your site is easy to navigate and compels targeted visitors to convert - either to sign up under you as referrals or to purchase the products you are marketing. A quality landing page that has a call to action for your targeted visitors to do what you need them to do has excellent content that can either be texts that reviews the product, a video tutorial that lets visitors learns how to benefit and use the product well and a very conspicuous opt-in form.

- Use the power of freebies

Useful content is what you can use in making the word free mean money to you. When you offer free content, like say, free reports, when the right people get hold of this report, it can translate to more referrals or purchases.

- Learn how to get targeted traffic to your site

You can't benefit from your well-designed website, no matter how good your content and freebies are if you don't have the right visitors. So how do you drive targeted visitors to your site? You can do off-page search engine optimization or also known as link building. Whether use blogging, social networking and word of the mouth just to get the attention of the right people.

There are different ways on how you can successfully make people go to your site through this means - article marketing or the use of written content and submitting it to directories for publishers to pick it up and drive people to your site, you can set up and maintain social network accounts and let people know about your affiliate sites, or you can tap on your contacts - especially the new media savvy ones like popular bloggers and or community managers to spread the word about your sites.

If you follow all of the abovementioned bits of advice, it will be hard for you to fail as an affiliate marketer.

How to Choose a Niche for Affiliate Marketing

Nowadays everybody wants to earn in the most convenient manner. Everyone seems to be looking for the easiest way to get the extra bucks they would need to fill in their increasing expenses. A lot of us are asking how can we earn extra easily and quickly. The answer is as simple as 2 words. Affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing came about in the early stages of the 20th century. It was like a little spec when it started and it proved itself to be effective therefore it expanded and now everybody seems to be enjoying the benefits of affiliate marketing.

If you are just new to the industry you might be asking yourself: What is affiliate marketing? Well, derived from the word itself ñ affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and a certain company that has this product or service they would like the public to know about through the power of online advertisement or promotion. Companies will gladly pay certain individuals that could actually showcase their goods online through blogs, articles or in any manner that their products will be exposed.

Having this said, so what do you need in order to plunge in to the world of affiliate marketing? To tell you frankly, you might be surprised to know that it really doesnít require much. Aside from a decent computer, you would just need an internet connection and of course a bit of your time to this chosen online business.

Where to start? Companies will gladly pay certain individuals that could actually showcase their goods online through blogs, articles or in any manner that their products will be exposed. That being said, it is obvious that you should have at least a website online. The more traffic you have on that website ñ the better.

Since affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and a certain company, their product or service must be known to the public through online advertisement or promotion. Letís say you have at least 5,000 visits a day in your website ñ that will have a corresponding equivalent to your affiliate marketing capability.

That being said, it is obvious that you should have at least a website online. The more traffic you have on that website ñ the better. Since affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and a certain company, their product or service must be known to the public through online advertisement or promotion. Having this said, so what do you need in order to plunge in to the world of affiliate marketing?

To tell you frankly, you might be surprised to know that it really doesnít require much. Aside from a decent computer, you would just need an internet connection and of course a bit of your time to this chosen online business. Companies will gladly pay certain individuals that could actually showcase their goods online through blogs, articles or in any manner that their products will be exposed. That being said, it is obvious that you should have at least a website online.

The more traffic you have on that website ñ the better. Since affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and a certain company, their product or service must be known to the public through online advertisements or promotion. So if you want your affiliate marketing to be successful, you need to have an established website first then the rest will follow.

Understanding Key Elements to Building a Solid List

...Affiliate Marketing Leads

Once you go into affiliate marketing, you will find that one of the key concerns you will have to focus on is building your leads. Leads often come in the form of e-mail addresses, behind which are real people with very real potential to become your customers, subscribers or members. Having a solid list of leads is assurance that you will be capable of reaching a ready market and generating income from there.

The importance of affiliate marketing leads

Companies with a product or service to sell spend billions of dollars on advertising alone. That's right ñ billions. The purpose of spending such a huge amount of cash is mainly to build buzz about a product, expand the market and ultimately, bring in better sales.

In affiliate marketing, the cost of advertising is comparatively small and is paid for by the affiliate company. So as an affiliate, that is no longer your concern. Your only job is to look for a market to promote to that will respond to you positively so you can earn an income in return.

Unlike in a real world business, this market will come in the form of affiliate marketing leads. The quality of these leads, along with the type and number of positive responses they offer will determine whether or not you'll succeed in affiliate marketing. If you hear someone say, 'the money is on the list', he or she is actually referring to the list of leads. Without this, you cannot hope to sell, much less earn.

Building your affiliate marketing leads

It's not rocket science, true, but affiliate marketing can be tricky nevertheless. It's a proven business model and many affiliates have had considerable success in their chosen programs. However, like all businesses, there are also certain factors upon which your success in building your list of affiliate marketing leads rest. Consider these factors carefully:

Your reputation

As a new affiliate marketer, you will find that it will take a while before you can build your affiliate marketing leads. All new marketers have gone through this since enjoying the patronage of a solid number of followers will not happen overnight.

To attract a solid list of affiliate marketing leads, you will have to become a recognized business entity in the industry. Without a reputation, potential leads will find it difficult to trust you or at least do business with you. Faced with a choice between buying from a popular marketer versus an unfamiliar one, wouldnít you rather buy from the person you know than from a total stranger?

The same is true with your affiliate marketing leads. They will need to recognize you as a reliable merchant or affiliate before they agree to buy, participate or become one of your recruits.

Web traffic

Another key element that affects the number of affiliate marketing leads you can obtain is the amount of traffic your site receives. A high web traffic figure is beneficial in two ways ñ it allows you to obtain comparatively larger affiliate accounts and increases your potential of building a bigger number of affiliate marketing leads.

Without a good number of traffic to your website, you might have to either focus on using strategies to build it first or join a networking service offering affiliate programs instead.

The affiliate product

There are two things that affect how well you can build your affiliate marketing leads. One is the product's value and the other is how well you yourself understand the product.

The choice of an affiliate product is critical to every affiliate. An affiliate product that has a proven or at least a potential for good sales will be far easier to promote and generate income from. It will also make it easier for an affiliate to build leads with, since prospects will be more willing to respond to it.

A good understanding of what makes the affiliate product attractive and valuable enough is also key to attracting more leads. Being able to explain why and how a product works on your website or articles, for example, will help you sell it better, especially vis-‡-vis other products competing for the same market.

The niche or target market

One common concern among affiliates is market saturation ñ that point in time when a specific segment of the market becomes flooded with the same (or at least similar) products and services. So much so that it becomes increasingly difficult to sell, much less to convince prospective buyers to consider the product or service you're trying to promote.

You can avoid this, however, by focusing on generating affiliate marketing leads from specifically targeted segments of the market or niches. Consider selling or promoting products that appeal to a specific group of people who have a common yet largely unmet need. Competition for this market is relatively low and with the right kind of strategies, you'll find that this niche can be especially lucrative.

Getting Your Windows Tinted Before Summer

If you’re in the Florida area then you know how hot it can get down here. Some days it gets to be 100 degrees outside or worse. If you do not have window tint on your vehicle and house you will be extremely hot and uncomfortable in the summer and pretty much all the seasons.

Finding a good window tint boca raton shop is not that third to do, all you have to do is check your local directories or you can just go to Boca360Wraps for details. They know what they are doing and all you have to do is tell them what type of film you want and the % of sun you do not want to let in the car. They will handle everything else that needs to be done and they will do an excellent job for a great price. Boca360Wraps is the place to go for your window tint and custom car wrap needs.

There are so many benefits that you get when you have your windows tinted. First, obviously it will block the hot and nasty Florida sun out of your car. Second, it will save you gas and money because you will not have to run the air conditioning as much, the tint will keep the sun out and the cold air in, which in turn saves you gas, which saves you money in the end. Next, the window tint will protect the interior of your car, including your dashboard, seats, center console, and any other part that comes into direct contact with the sun light. In addition to these benefits, you will also get a lot more privacy by tinting your widows. This will block people from being able to see inside your ca. there are lots of nosy people on the streets today, so tinting your automobile is a way to get rid of these window peepers. Also, let’s say that you wake up and you’re late and in a rush to be somewhere, you might not have the time to do your hair or put the right clothes on, so tinting your windows will prevent people from being able to see you and looking into your car. When you tint the window on your car you are also protecting your car from losing value. By blocking the hot Florida sun out of your automobile you are making sure that the damaging sun rays are not causing any cracks or drying out the interior like we said before. This is great for keeping the value of your car, or least this is something that you can control and it is in your hands.

You also have the option of getting your house window tinted. This carries the same benefits of your car tint, but one or two more. You get to keep the sun out of the house, keep the cool air in, save money on your light and energy bill, keep prying eyes from looking inside, especially the peeping toms out there.

In conclusion, getting your window tinted only brings positive things to the table, there are not any negative things that we can see as of now. The amount of money it take to get the tint job done is nothing compared to the good things that it does, Be sure to get your windows tinted before the sun comes back.

Types of Emergency Services

There are two different types of emergency services out there. One type is the private services and then there are public services. Believe it or not, when you call 9-1-1, the ambulance services that will take you to the hospital or are actually operated by private companies. If you are thinking of public type of emergency services, like a county hospital, for example, then that hospital is funded by taxpayer money. Traditionally, people associate better quality service with private companies over the state or government services, though that is not necessarily true. Even with an air ambulance service, you have private companies supplying their ambulances and you have state owned air ambulances that are funded with tax payer money. In rural areas, firefighters and police can run the ambulances and in some cases, volunteers can offer emergency services. The Red Cross is a good example of a volunteer service that provides ambulances services and they provide help for many people around the world.

Another way to look at which type of emergency service you need is to think about which emergency you are addressing. There is the fire department, the police department and emergency services that serve medical needs. The police are mainly called for conflicts or to arrest those that are breaking the law. Their job is to serve and protect, though they deal with people and property as well. The fire department exists to fight fire and provide help in rescue situations. Of course, there are many other emergency services out there. There is the Coastguard which uses ships and helicopters to rescue people and enforce the laws. They are considered to be both, a law enforcement group and an extension of the military.

The Coast Guard is also involved in search and rescue operations, so if you hear that someone has been “lost at sea”, more than likely the coastguard is involved. There are also services that are considered emergency services and are provided at various locations where you might need help. For example, lifeguards work at beaches to help people who are either drowning or just to ensure safety standards are upheld by the public. They are trained in first aid and know how to perform CPR on anyone who required it. They usually carry floatation devices and take rigorous tests to ensure that they are good swimmers. There are many emergency services working every day to help people in need.

Get your new Six Flags Coupons

Six Flags is the ultimate American destination for a day filled of thrills. With affordable ticket prices, Six Flags provides entertainment that is accessible to most families. However, if you plan ahead you can be going to Six Flags for a lot cheaper than everybody else.

The summer of 2012 has brought a multitude of discounts to Six Flags destinations nationwide, however not everyone knows that, hence the majority of people are paying full price for their tickets.

Six Flags has partnered with Coca Cola in advertising $20 off coupons on the Coke cans. Simply bring your Coke can to participating Six Flags locations and it will server as your coupon. Another partner of Six Flags is Post Cereal; check out your local supermarket for cereal boxes that advertise free tickets to Six Flags for children 9 and under.

If bringing used packaging to Six Flags is not up your alley, your first stop should be the Six Flags coupons page at BargainEZ.com where the latest coupon codes and printable coupons for Six Flags are posted. BargainEZ currently has 27 valid coupon codes to use at SixFlags.com to get a discounted admission rate at select Six Flags locations and additional perks.

If you frequent Six Flags often, you should consider buying a season pass that will get you cheaper admission as well as a bunch of coupons that you can use during your visit. These Six Flags coupons typically allow you to bring in a friend for free or at a discounted rate. If you don’t care for these coupons, consider the new package they call the Summer Thrill Pass, that gives you the same benefits as the season pass, except you won’t be getting the coupons.

If you’re heading to Six Flags with a bunch of friends and/or family members, consider buying a group package. Group discounts to Six Flags will get a discounted rate for groups 15 or more in most locations.

Many people make a stop to Six Flags part of their summer vacation, however they don’t realize that there are numerous hotel packages out there available with a hotel/motel room booking. When you search for lodging next to a Six Flags, make sure to look out for package offers that may give you admission tickets at a discounted rate, or a coupon book that you can use inside the amusement park.

Lastly, if the coupons, group buys and season passes won’t cut it for you, but if you are a Discover credit cardholder, you will receive a 5% discount on your admission price as well as purchases made inside the park.

Enjoy your time at Six Flags, you’ll be enjoying twice as much now that you’re getting in with a coupon.

The Indispensability Of Agriculture Remains

As in any country, agriculture plays a very important role for the country. Not merely to realize its vision of achieving overall development and growth, but especially in terms of boosting the economic productivity of a nation. I am certain no one would refute that agriculture is a very indispensable aspect of a country since it brings food to the tables of thousands of our citizens and countrymen. Obviously, if a country will solely rely on agriculture as its main source of food; its people would naturally depend on agriculture for their livelihood as well.

Really, without agriculture, life will just be more difficult especially for nations which have rice as their staple food. Indeed, we can say that a stable agriculture without doubt, can ensure a country of its food supply. This only means that the primary requirement of its citizen ñ food ñ is regularly delivered to their homes and into their tables.

Rising Dilemma of Food Shortage

However, with the onset of a rising population in a global sense, it then becomes more difficult for the industry of agriculture to sustain the food supply to people; hence, the crisis of food shortage is introduced. The demand for food and the supply of food simply do not meet both ends of their trade and so inequality becomes an issue with agriculture.

Therefore, it is truly important that through agriculture, food security is successfully met to prevent the further growth of the number of people getting hungry. And since most countries especially the developing ones solely relies on agriculture, it becomes more of a challenge to them to meet the demands of the people.

Less Products from Agriculture

At present, the agricultural lands that we have do not equate to the agricultural land that we have had in the past. In the past, it is easy to produce tons of products from agriculture since we have an abundance of arable land. However, as the decades pass, these lands are slowly degrading and becoming less productive triggered by the different human interventions and practices that have been implemented in these lands.

These include excessive tillage that results to soil erosion, usage of bad chemicals as fertilizers which then results to a long term degradation of the land, and even the development of the industrial sector that took over the lands that are once used for agriculture. These things result to unproductive lands and decreased quality of food. In turn, as more and more lands become commercialized, what happens is more and more farmers lose their jobs. Also, as the quality of the crops become increasingly negative, its economical value also decreases.

The Magnitude Of Agriculture Goes Beyond Food Production

It is important that agriculture should be sustained if people still want the future generation to have food to eat on their tables. It is important to fund various researches and developmental projects in order to solve the main root of food shortage: degradation of agriculture. And so, with the development of different technologies, it is then possible that agriculture can truly save the global population. And what's even more important is that with the goal of making farmers much more competent and knowledgeable on the different methods which they can use in farming, it is still possible that the agricultural sector can rise from below.

Truly, although some may not have realized yet the importance of agriculture, it is still apparent that we have to take action for the development of every nation in the globe. It is imperative that we make agriculture one of the top priorities of governments and international agencies to aid in the rising problem of food shortage all over the globe.

The Beginnings of Agriculture

Through time, it is obvious that mankind has continued to populate planet Earth. Such has brought large civilizations since time immemorial. The lands where then discovered to be arable and so these fertile places were turned into agricultural outlets. With today's population status, agriculture is facing a tedious challenge. That is, to be able to fully sustain the needs and wants of mankind so they can keep up their strength and be able to fulfill whatever their tasks are.

Crops and animals are popularly grown and raised in the farmlands but then again with every nation's dream of being heralded as a progressive country, these agricultural places are then sacrificed. That means to say that many of today's farms are now being converted into malls, apartment complex, and commercial buildings to sustain the growing needs of the state for recognition. As it is often said, a country's agricultural basis is essential in pronouncing the social and political stability.

So, how did agriculture begin? Where do we owe these methods that are currently being used?

The Tablets of Nippur actually talk about the origins of both the city and city life. It went along with the preamble of farming. Other claims state that the Eastern Culture also makes mention of its inception. Whatever these sources say, one thing is for certain. That is, the fertile lands are very much significant in feeding the people and the world in general.

The topical anthropological studies reveal that the spread of land cultivation itself did not occur in various places all at the same moment. Some claims say that about ten years ago, it was conceptualized in the Middle East or that which is popularly referred to as the Fertile Crescent.

Prior to the knowledge in farming, the members of most communities started out as hunter-gatherers. Meaning to say, they mainly depended on hunting as their means of living as well scavenging for the products that grew naturally on the surface of the Earth.

It was due to their need to frequently move that more and more members of the community realized the need to expand. They then discovered the gifts of the land resources and then decided to stay in one place for good. In their desire to make a home, they finally thought of ways on how to provide their families with a good deal of food. From the Fertile Crescent, the concept of agricultural farming and animal raising then spread to central Asia, Europe, and America.

Researchers then agree at one point. That is, agriculture came as an invention that the earlier dwellers deemed as the answer for the need for survival and demographic growth. Essentially, the more people were added to their communities, the more that they needed a stable source of food.

The first products of their attempt in agriculture were the wheat in the Mediterranean, the corn in America, rice in Asia, and the sorghum in Africa. What followed on were the other related fields to surface and improve and among of which were the religious rites, cultural images, political power, and of course, economic relations.

How Attainable Is The Goal Of Sustainable Agriculture?

Simply put, sustainable agriculture is the ability to produce enough resources and food to be supplied to the present generation. Recently, there has been the issue of food shortage becoming an apparent problem in the global community which may be attributed to two things: the rising population of nations and the decreasing value of food products in the market.

Since the population rises every day in an exponential way, it of course, becomes a lot more difficult to maintain people's daily needs. And worse, it even becomes more difficult to sustain these needs on a long term period. And since the value of food that is being marketed in the globe is increasingly losing its value, it then becomes an issue of sustainability. Can we really expect that the capability of agriculture to sustain life on earth is within our reach?

Unsafe Human Practices Catapulting To Land Destruction

However, the degrading value of food is not truly the real core of the problem. The problem with this issue is the destruction of our arable land caused and brought about by various human practices such as unsafe and excessive tillage of crops, the use of harmful chemicals and fertilizers, and even the onset of industrialization and commercialization in a certain agricultural community. And because of these different practices and human interventions, the once fruitful land of agriculture is now left with little or no nutrients and zero means to bear crops and plants. Clearly, we could say that these interventions greatly contribute to the overall destruction of the agricultural land. With this continuing, expect less and less products being produced by agricultural countries, at that.

Resolving The Issue Of Food Shortage

The goal of sustainable agriculture is to get to the bottom of the issue of food shortage by merely targeting the different aspects that contribute to sustainable farming. And with its underlying goals of preventing the numerous destructible practices in agricultural lands, producing more valuable crops and products, and even educating farmers into becoming more competitive in their own fields, are what give us hope that maybe, sustainable farming can really be achieved.

These goals make sustainable agriculture a need for most countries especially the developing countries that are encountering such problems. That is why we must realize how important it is that through the collective effort of the entire members of the society; these problems can be successfully resolved and eliminated from our list of socio-economic key issues.

Protecting Agricultural Lands: Achievable With Solidarity

And last of all, with the objective of preventing the various human interventions mentioned, government agencies and non-government organizations should work hand in hand; making sure that the agricultural land is protected and kept safe from any exterritorial practices. Also, with different laws being made for the welfare of the land, people must then realize the value of keeping arable land at its quality state.

These, together with the goal of producing more valuable crops and products, researchers and scientists on one hand, should work together as well with the goal of building different technologies that can help in sustaining quality products in mind. Because it is only through these researches, programs and innovative methods that different lands can be set out; and in effect, may help such lands in becoming more productive and less destructive to people.

The True Essence Of Sustainable Agriculture

Adding these altogether, the aim of making farmers more competent in the field of agriculture is a truly essential goal of sustainable agriculture. With competent and knowledgeable farmers, they will truly know how to tend for the lands; not to mention, devising appropriate strategies that will guarantee efficiently producing a variety of crops and products.

Indeed, sustainable agriculture is an ideal concept which hopes for the further growth and development of each nation that relies on it. It is important that these goals are successfully met, or else it may just become a lot more difficult to solve these agricultural problems of our global nation.

6 Top Pitching Tips For Start-up Investment Entrepreneurs

Every start-up company needs funds. Simple. Regardless of how basic or how complicated your business start-up is, everything costs money (even if it’s just for your pens and pencils or printer ink).

When you approach investors, there is no substitute the quality – the perfect pitch, will quite probably make or break your attempt at securing funding. In Australia, there is multiple ways to fund a business start-up. From Australian government grants right through to angel investors and loan sharks.

Obviously some are more intelligent ways to obtain your capital than others. If you are not sure which would be the more undesirable options of the above, you probably shouldn’t bother reading any more of this article either. You may be better suited to be an employee of a very secure company.

So getting to your pitch:

Tip 1:
Identify the risks involved in your business.
An investor of any sort, will expect you to have identified the potential risks and downsides to your business proposition. To downplay this will actually appear untrustworthy or naive. Be upfront and clear about the risks involved in your start-up.

Tip 2:
Practice makes perfect.
All this may seem obvious, but you need to practice your pitch. Practice it from multiple angles to understand your business. If you just read off a sheet of paper, or have a short script memorised; problems will come when the investors ask questions and throw you off course.

Tip 3:
Jazz it up.
Tell a good story – bring your idea to life. Use media. Some of these wealthy business investors have many pitches per day thrown at them, they don’t want copious amounts of data. They want someone who is so passionate about what they’re doing that they cannot do anything but be a success. Anything can be proven with data. If you make it dull, it’s likely you’ll get a dull response.

Tip 4:
Know your stuff.
This may seem like a re-cap of the previous threee tips, however, there’s nothing worse in a presentation than vague answers. Just because your idea, may still only be conceptual and/or still in the “idea” stage, it doesn’t mean it should be just an idea. It should be as solid as any other business plan of a well-established company. And; you need to know all the ins and outs. The money, financials and numbers; if you don’t know them without looking through your paperwork, you have just killed all your credibility instantly. You are not going to get the money you want.

Tip 5:
Be realistic about the value of the business.
With most business start-ups, the valuation of the company is obviously subjective as there is currently no revenue. Some entrepreneurs spend months figuring out “blue sky” valuations that are based on nothing but fantasy. This is a waste of time that could be much better utilised building the concept or business. A well-known Australian venture capitalist, Mr. Baxter, recently said “As much as we want to be, we are not Silicon Valley and the valuations for Aussie-based companies are yet to catch up.”

Tip 6:
Don’t fake it, keep calm and you’ll make it.
You need to look at things from the investor’s point of view, preparation is essential. If you can’t answer a question you’re hit with, you may as well give up there and then or, at least, admit that you don’t know the answer with a very valid reason ensuing [perhaps in the instance of advanced technical code on a website], otherwise the show’s over.
If you’re going to pitch to an investor, you have to expect that they hear potential pitches all day every day. They know you are going to have problems and challenges. That’s what business is, they’ve been there. They’ve been there before you many times in their own careers. They are testing you. If you hit the panic button, you will be out. No questions asked. If you lose your cool from just a little bit of pressure what will happen when you get hit with a lot of pressure? Someone once famously proclaimed that “the amount of money you earn in life is directly proportional to the amount of stress you are willing to handle”. Not a truer word was ever spoken in my opinion. In business things go wrong, that’s just how it is. A great entrepreneur successfully takes high level stress in his stride.

That’s what a seasoned investor is looking for; a perfect pitch, by a passionate entrepreneur with a brilliant idea, who’s knows all the answers and can take high-level stress like water rolling off a ducks back.

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Fibromyalgia Treatments

Fibromyalgia is a very debilitating condition which makes you feel tired all the time. Along with that, you will experience pain that feels as if it’s coming from your joints. Although you feel tired, many sufferers cannot sleep at nights due to the pain and or a syndrome called “restless legs”.

All in all, it’s a terrible affliction and affects people in many different ways. It is possible to suffer a mild case of fibromyalgia however, for some they suffer the extreme type of this disease which means they can have pain in more than 18 places in their bodies. In this article I aim to give you some advice on fibromyalgia treatments, some of them are natural and others are medical.

Your Diet and Fibromyalgia Treatments

You may not realize it but diet is important as it will help reduce the amount of pain and inflammation you suffer. You should eat foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids to combat this. You should also make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of pure water per day, the reason for this is that it helps to rid your body of toxins and in turn, will help with any inflammation. You should at all costs try to avoid foods that are high in hydrogenated or saturated fats so processed food will be off the menu for a while.

You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine as these will not help your stress levels, and being relaxed is one of the best things you can do when looking at fibromyalgia treatments.

Medications

There are a few drugs you doctor can prescribe when looking at fibromyalgia treatments and the following have all been approved by The Food and Drug Administration or FDA and they are Lyrica, Savella and Cymbalta. All of these will help with the symptoms you have such as pain, inflammation and fatigue.

You can also buy products over the counter such as Ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen which can all help with the pain you experience. Of course, if these are not working talk to your doctor about prescription strength painkillers.

Acupuncture as Fibromyalgia Treatments

This is a common form of Fibromyalgia Treatments and can really help with your symptoms. You will need to see an acupuncturist once per week for about 6 weeks which doesn’t make this form of fibromyalgia treatments the cheapest, but may mean your pain and suffering will subside enough for you to get on with life.

Exercise and General Well-Being

I know it may seem hard but try to remain calm, the more pent-up you are the more your body is likely to respond and not in a good way! When it comes to exercise, practice gentle stretching movements rather than going for a jog, the reason for this is that if you carry out exercises that put pressure on your body, it can exacerbate your condition. Yoga is a great way to get some exercise as it is performed slowly and helps to relax your body and mind. If you do need more information on Fibromyalgia Treatments please visit http://www.fibromyalgiatreatments.org

Sustainable Agriculture And Organic Farming: What's In It For Us?

Recently, organic farming has been a growing industry in the whole globe. And with the onset of sustainable agriculture along with its message of making agricultural lands much more productive and sustained, so is the issue of organic farming has been given much attention. Basically, organic farming can be considered a stem of sustainable agriculture wherein the farmer uses organic materials and biologically natural methods in farming. Although it may come as a traditional method for some, it has been proven to be effective and also much more valuable than artificially enhanced crops and products. Furthermore, with the growing need for sustainable agriculture, more and more people see the value of organic farming in their lives.

Organic Farming vs. Conventional Methods

The practice of organic farming is definitely much better and more humane for the environment. Mainly because organic farming does not use any pesticides, insecticides and even synthetic fertilizers, you are sure that the products coming produced by it are 100 percent natural, organic and safe. It may come as a surprise for most people but actually the conventional way of farming does make use of these pesticides and artificial materials to kill any negative substances that may hinder the full growth of their crops. This in turn can make the soil become less productive over the years since it has always been contaminated with chemicals.

However, with organic farming, farmers make sure that their land receives the adequate nutritional supplement and also the natural way of tending to it. Clearly, it is true that organic farming is much safer for the environment and of course, to people, since the materials and ingredients being used are purely natural and organic.

Organic Foods And Conventional Products: On Safety

The issue then may rise with the competition between organic food and conventional products. It is true that organic food may cost a bit more than conventional products however there is no evidence to suggest that organic food does taste better than conventional ones. It has only been proven that organic food is much safer to the body, and not necessarily better tasting than the rest of the products.

Moreover, its safeness for the body is also complemented with its nutritional value. Since organic food is made from all natural methods and farming, it is thus apparent that it is much more nutritious. The products are proven much fresher and known to have undergone only minor processes; thus, you can be assured that indeed, organic food is safe and nutritious to eat.

Sustainability of Organic Farming

However the question still remains of how sustainable the method of organic farming will be. Since organic farming requires more effort and a lot more time to be able to yield raw materials, it is then true that it yields lesser products than conventional methods.

On the other hand, since the conventional methods make use of pesticides and other chemicals which hasten the process of growth in the plants; naturally, it would result to a much higher yield in the future. However, with the natural means of organic farming, it only entails the farmer to go on the natural process of farming which is probably the reason why organic foods are a lot more expensive than conventional crops and products.

In the end, the true challenge remains whether the practice of organic farming and sustainable agriculture can be depended on especially in the issue of food shortage all over the globe. Perhaps, further research must still be implemented to finally conclude if organic farming can be a viable source of food in the future.

Harness the Power of Offering Freebies to Your Affiliate Site Users

Who in his right mind would refuse a freebie? Out of 10 people you ask, only about one or two will forego a freebie for some strange reason. The rest will gladly accept it. It's simply a part of human nature to be appreciative of gifts, particularly useful ones. This is also something that advertisers and business owners understand fully well and thus use to their advantage.

In affiliate marketing, the use of freebies can be especially beneficial, provided of course, that you understand how to deploy them strategically. Find out how to use the power of offering freebies to your affiliate site's visitors and reap the rewards:

Freebies should be integrated into your marketing campaign

Freebies can be quite powerful as marketing tools for affiliate marketing. If visitors to your website find that free stuff is available, they will stick around and be more willing to come back for more but only if they find it relevant to their needs ñ the very reason they came to visit your website in the first place.

Consider each affiliate marketing campaign you perform and find out how to use freebies strategically. Just because something is free doesnít automatically mean that people will visit your affiliate website and grab what you offer. There has to be a relevance between the freebie and the main product or service you are promoting.

Let's say your main product is an e-book that teaches the secrets of the affiliate marketing trade to affiliates. A good freebie to offer with this campaign would be a short report on the top 10 mistakes that affiliates make that cause failure in affiliate marketing. Or you could offer a freebie in the form of a script that could help affiliates track their own stats.

Remember that the power of freebies when offered in affiliate marketing is only limited to its relevance. The free stuff should be something that can supplement the main product or enhance its use. Otherwise, your visitors will simply have no reason to try to obtain it.

Offer something better

Just because you're offering freebies to your affiliate site's visitors doesnít mean you should allow them to completely ignore your premium offers. If you let this happen, forget about earning an income from your affiliate site.

Remember that all those free stuff you offer are part of your strategy to attract more visitors and affiliate prospects to your website. If you find out later that you're dealing with visitors who are mainly freeloaders, you might want to rethink your career as an affiliate marketer and switch to becoming a charitable foundation instead.

Always offer your affiliate site's visitors some form of incentive to persuade them to purchase, subscribe or sign up for membership. Offer a product or service that is considerably better than the freebie as an alternative. So instead of just providing a link they can click to download or obtain your free stuff, you could also say something like:

"Get our free version now OR buy the premium/complete package for just $$$. This is a limited offer and will expire soon. ACT NOW!"

By imposing a time restriction, you also impose a sense of urgency and persuade your affiliate site's visitors that if they want to take advantage of a better offer, they should act immediately.

This is one power that freebies have over other types of promotions, which makes them very effective when used in affiliate sites. Plus, you can even expect a conversion without performing any follow ups.

Find out the best freebies you can afford.
There is no logic at all to giving away freebies if you have nothing to gain from it. When affiliate marketers and business owners offer free gifts to their site's visitors, it is a carefully crafted strategy and not just some careless act of generosity.

When you do offer freebies, you have to have something in return, if not now then at least later. Learn to harness the use of freebies for your affiliate site's visitors carefully. It's a proven strategy and can be a very valuable component of your affiliate marketing arsenal.

The Eagle I Met Today

As we pave over, cut down, drain, and taint the natural lands that surround us, animals and natural resources suffer. DDT is a powerful historic example. One chemical managed to deplete the raptor population in the United States more than an active campaign could have. It was a mistake, and we have paid dearly for it. The Bald Eagle, a national symbol, came close to extinction and populations are slowly returning to areas where they were once common. Twenty Years ago, seeing a Bald Eagle anywhere near an urbanized area was like seeing Bigfoot. Now, nesting pairs can be found near large bodies of water that border large cities. Some species, like the California Condor, will never regain their footing. As humans thrive nature often picks up the check. There were many children growing up in the United States whose chances of ever seeing a Bald Eagle in the wild seemed hopeless. They now have an opportunity to watch the species recover. And if you are in Northern California, you can visit a place where you can see a Bald Eagle face to face. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a unique place to say the least, and it is evidence that people care and that the effort to undo some of the damage the human species has inflicted is going strong.

DDT seems like old news, but it is an integral part of this story. DDT is referenced often because of the damage it caused and the legislation that followed. It is no longer used in the United States, but the damage has taken decades to repair. The middle of the 20th century was an interesting time in American history. Cities and towns were expanding, jobs were abundant, and life seemed good. Then, we began to see the fallout that our encroachment on natural resources had wrought. Species began disappearing. The culture changed. Forests were decimated and waters polluted. This happened, for a time, beneath the public radar, but as the resources diminished the problem started hitting closer to home.

It was as these atrocities were coming to light that Alexander Lindsay entered this brief narrative. The San Francisco Bay area is a unique place. Because San Francisco proper cannot expand, industry and housing demands force formerly suburban and rural areas to meet the demand for jobs and housing. Alexander Lindsay noted the destruction that was occurring along the Benicia Straight and the Delta and decided something needed to be done. In the early fifties Lindsay began teaching local children about the environment as well as the animals and resources all around them. Lindsay was a businessman, but he was passionate about conservation and he was soon joined by other parents who wanted to educate the new generation. Lindsay and his peers formed the Diablo Junior Museum Association in 1955. It was originally located in a schoolhouse. Lindsay and his cohorts led nature walks and held classes focused on showing children the natural world around them. Tragically, Lindsay died young at age 44. In the early sixties, the Museum was renamed in his honor, and in 1965 it found a new home in an abandoned pump house in Walnut Creek until 1984 when a permanent Museum was funded and built.

Children Viewing An Exhibit
A lot has changed since the fifties, but a lot has stayed the same. The core mission of the museum still remains: to educate young people about the natural world and create awareness of how humans interact with the world around them. Today, groups of school children can visit the museum and see live animals, rehabilitated, but incapable of surviving on their own. They can see a live fox, a red tailed hawk, and many other creatures native to Northern California. And they can see them up close – really close.

The museum is a not-for-profit institution with a small staff and hundreds of volunteers. It is one of the largest animal rehabilitation facilities in the United States. It is also recognized worldwide. Unlike most natural history museums, there is a mix of artifacts and live animals. Children can watch the animals feed while they are taught the history and hope that spurred Lindsay over half a century ago. Chris Bernard, Operations Manager for the museum, sums up what makes it such a special place when asked about a former tenant, “I think probably my favorite memory was when we got our mountain lion. She had no voice, had not been cared for properly…after four or five years her voice came back. That was pretty exciting…the first time I heard her growl was very special. Unfortunately she is no longer with us, she was a great ambassador for the museum and for her species.”

Not too many people are willing to put their money where their mouths are. It is easy to turn your head and ignore the problems in the world. It is especially easy when the problem is something you can’t see. Something that is missing. We have dealt the environment many harsh blows, but there are people working right now to make things right. Some of them are in your own back yard. Donations can help organizations like the Lindsay Wildlife Museum stay in business. That, and compassion. The museum operates because of the commitment of its volunteers and the support of the community. It is one thing to believe that conservation and education are important, but the Lindsay Wildlife Museum takes a hands on approach. Children can touch the animals and watch them interact with their caregivers. Unlike static museums with dioramas and ‘exhibits’, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum allows for contact, immediacy, and impact. Children from all around the Bay area can go home and answer the cliché, “what did you do at school today?,” by telling their parents they met an eagle. Face to face.

Niche Affiliate Marketing 101

Niche affiliate marketing already marked its spot on the online business world. Not only because of its popularity ñ also because of its affectivity.

To be able to join in the affiliate marketing world, you are not required to have a specialization regarding a specific subject. Affiliate marketing is no rocket science. Niche affiliate marketing means promoting someone elseís site and gaining profit from it. Donít think that this online business is automatic ñ no sir. Niche affiliate marketing also requires determination and discipline. You will need to have basic tools to be able to deliver the goods to your affiliates. Of course that is figuratively speaking ñ what I meant was you must always bring more people to visit your affiliateís site.

The more visits your affiliate site gets, the more rewarding it will be for you. Thatís how affiliate marketing works. So before you even begin planning joining the niche affiliate marketing world ñ think twice. Are you ready for the tough competition? Yes. Since niche affiliate marketing has been around for years now, a lot already ventured into its exploits.

You will encounter tigers and as a beginner you are no more than a pussycat to be dealt with easily. That being said, you will need artillery. Fire power. You need to equip your resources well so it can compete online. Fair and square. So how do you do that?

Letís have an example. If you have a blog, the least you can do is to make your blog worth reading. It doesnít matter what your blog is about ñ just be sure you have a target audience and it will appeal to them. Also, add banners to your website. This banners (not to mention they are attractive to the eye) can really increase the attraction power of your blog. Not to mention this banners will be your key to back link your niche affiliate marketing partner.

Hereís the logic, how would you expect others to visit your advertised site if your own site doesnít have enough visits alone? That is a no ñno. Since niche affiliate marketing has been around for years now, a lot already ventured into its exploits. You will encounter tigers and as a beginner you are no more than a pussycat to be dealt with easily.

That being said, you will need artillery. Fire power. You need to equip your resources well so it can compete online. The least you can do is to make your blog worth reading. It doesnít matter what your blog is about ñ just be sure you have a target audience and it will appeal to them. Also, add banners to your website. Since niche affiliate marketing has been around for years now, a lot already ventured into its exploits. You will encounter tigers and as a beginner you are no more than a pussycat to be dealt with easily.

That being said, you will need artillery. Fire power. You need to equip your resources well so it can compete online. The least you can do is to make your blog worth reading. It doesnít matter what your blog is about ñ just be sure you have a target audience and it will appeal to them. That is the key to niche affiliate marketing.

In short, niche affiliate marketing is not as hard as it sounds to be. It is up to you how you will approach the market and how you will make niche affiliate marketing work for you not the other way around.

Promoting Your Affiliate Product Sites Made Easy

Promotion can never be a walk in the park. Thatís what most of us say. Promoting somebody elseís site for instance makes it much harder for you to attest for the said website. Thatís how affiliate marketing works by the way. You are tasked to promote a certain website through your own website. It may sound like a hard task but in reality, that is not true.

Promoting your affiliate sites can simply start by enticing your website visitors to try out this particular product you are endorsing. If you are running a blog, you can simply shift your entries t the productís advantage. Hereís an example.

You are currently promoting an Xbox website which caters to online gamers. The products range from Xbox accessories to online downloadable games. Your blog is about your everyday living experience, sort of a journal like website. So how would you shift your blog so it could help your affiliate to boost up its productís sales? It is pretty simple. You could make your entry for one day something like ñ you are bored and tried to look for something to do. Luckily your cousins arrived and look what they have brought ñ an Xbox! So you hurriedly setup the console and played to your heartís content! You must emphasize how you have enjoyed the experience, hence, now you are longing to buy yourself that same console. Thatís when you will introduce the affiliate website that you have. You will then mention there how they will save if they go to these certain website and order. You know the drill ñ just make sure that you always say good things regarding your affiliate.

Hereís another example. Same thing ñ you have a blog and your affiliate site is for a Nintendo Wii. You could make your entry for one day something like this. You are bored and tried to look for something to do. Luckily your cousins arrived and look what they have brought ñ a Nintendo Wii! So you hurriedly setup the console and played to your heartís content! You must emphasize how you have enjoyed the experience, hence, now you are longing to buy yourself that same console. Thatís when you will introduce the affiliate website that you have. You will then mention there how they will save if they go to these certain website and order. You know the drill, you have to detail the good testimonies you have regarding the website you want them to visit.

If you are running a blog, you can simply shift your entries t the productís advantage. Thatís when you will introduce the affiliate website that you have. Promoting your affiliate sites can simply start by enticing your website visitors to try out this particular product you are endorsing. Thatís when you will introduce the affiliate website that you have. You will then mention there how they will save if they go to these certain website and order. If you are running a blog, you can simply shift your entries t the productís advantage.

In this manner, promotion of the affiliate sites will be much easier. No pressure on your part and the effect will be colossal. You can simply make the most out of your advertisement by simply using your blog to your advantage. It is like telling a story and at the same time, enticing to your target audience. Now thatís what I call effective blogging marketing.

Criteria for the Best Affiliate Marketing Programs

Variety is a good thing but when there are so many choices for a single purpose, it can be very confusing. Such is often the case when prospective affiliates try to make their decisions regarding the best affiliate marketing program to use. Since the choice of an affiliate marketing program is critical to your success, find out which among the hundreds now available is the best program to use. Here are some criteria to look for:

The affiliate marketing program is top quality

Always go for the affiliate marketing program that is backed up by a reliable and trustworthy team with the appropriate and sufficient knowledge about the industry. Check the affiliate product and services as well. Are they for real, offer good value and are saleable? Remember that you will be putting your own credibility on the line when you sign up for that program. If it's trustworthy, then you will be viewed as such as well.

The affiliate product is 'hot' or getting there

Stay current on market demands and about the 'hottest' and 'to watch out for' products. A simple search online will help you find out the kind of things that people are looking for and are willing to buy. There's a good chance an affiliate marketing program is selling that product. When a product has a high market demand, it's much easier to sell.

This is good news for you as an affiliate of that program since there won't be any backbreaking work to do just to get the product off the ground. It will sell on its own or for minimal effort.

The affiliate marketing program pays high commissions

Ultimately, the affiliate's goal in signing up for an affiliate marketing program is to earn money. In affiliate marketing, earnings come in the form of commissions ñ usually a percentage off the sale of a product. Why settle for a low-paying program when there are others from which you can benefit more from given the same amount of efforts on your part?

When considering what affiliate marketing program to use, choose those that offer higher commission rates. Good rates range from about 50 percent to 75 percent. If the program pays lower than that, you might want to reconsider. It may not be worth your effort at all.

The affiliate marketing program has a higher than usual conversion rate

Conversion rate refers to the period it takes for a prospect who clicks on an affiliate site to become a paying customer. In affiliate marketing, this can be notoriously fickle, with leads taking as much as 60 days before ever purchasing anything.

A good indication that a particular affiliate marketing program is the best one to use is its high conversion rate. This means that more visitors to an affiliate's site become buyers. When there are more buyers, an affiliate's earnings increase.

To find out about their conversion rate, you can check an affiliate marketing program's website. Some of them publish this information. If not, you will have to test the product yourself using targeted visitors to see how well it performs.

The affiliate marketing program offers full support.
This is an especially important criteria to look for when deciding what affiliate marketing program to use if you're a beginner. There are many programs that will offer their system and leave you to your own devices without checking in on your progress.

If you're not a self-starter or are wary of affiliate marketing programs that don't assist their affiliates, avoid these types. Use affiliate marketing programs that provide sufficient information, training and affiliate support. You will appreciate this extra feature in case you run into a bit of trouble later.

Impact Trader: Social Investment

Have you ever felt frustrated because you would like to make a difference in the world, but you don’t have the funds to make a significant change? If the answer is yes, Impact Trader could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Impact Trader is a unique start-up geared towards making positive social, economic and environmental changes throughout the world, by trading bonds to fund Social Enterprises. It works like a stock market for funding various projects at home and oversees. The concept was developed by co-founder John Jordan. It was inspired by a desire to find a resolution to his personal turmoil with capitalism and poverty, and driven by the writings of economist Muhammad Yunus.

“Last fall I finally came to terms with the conflict that had been churning in me for several years: What is capitalism? What role does it play in poverty? Does it primarily create or eradicate poverty? I was greatly relieved to find the books that Muhammad Yunus had written on the subject. He suggests that capitalism has some very clear strengths, but that its view of humankind is too narrow and one-dimensional. Yunus believes that humans don’t just care about profit, as modern economists might suggest, but that they have a very strong desire to do good and help people as well,” says Jordan.

Jordan’s interest in Social Enterprise was sparked during an internship in Bolivia in 2005. There, he experienced severe poverty first-hand, while spending three months living in the Andes with rural families struggling to survive. Being used to the comforts of middle-class America, Jordan was shocked by the experience. Upon returning home, he changed his major to International Business and began to work on plans for a career that would enable him to make a difference. Fueled by his passion to change the world for the better, Jordan has worked hard to achieve this goals, juggling his position as a construction project manager during the day with a handful of social ventures during his free time. Despite his best efforts, nothing seemed to be going anywhere, until suddenly he came up with a way to use the influence of capitalism to empower those who are most disadvantaged. That was when he began to work on Impact Trader.

“Added to my mix of influences was the rapid rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Kiva, and other crowdfunding websites that have grown exponentially in the past few years. All of these influences must have been churning around in my head because one night, when I was putting my son to bed, the idea for Impact Trader just came to me. It is a crowdfunding platform for social enterprise/social business projects that harnesses the power of capital markets to encourage innovation and provide opportunity for social entrepreneurs,” Jordan explains.

Making Changes Worldwide

Impact Trader aims to extend its help through a rapidly growing global network. Jordan expects their listed projects to be as diverse as the range of problems that currently exist throughout the world. Examples of future Social Enterprise projects could include:

Providing poverty-stricken rural communities with cell phones so they can generate income by charging people a fee to use these phones. Creating a packing and shipping company on home soil that employs people with physical disabilities. Developing locally produced, nutrient-fortified yogurt for malnourished children at an affordable price. Starting up an urban bakery in a developing country to enable women to earn incomes as bakers and saleswomen.

So how does it work? It’s not as complicated as it may sound. Anyone worldwide, with a valid bank account can participate. If you want to join in, first go to www.impacttrader.com and register for a free account. From there you find a world-changing project that you wish to invest in. Next you need to buy Impact Bonds. Each bond is a $25 zero-interest loan, extended to a Social Enterprise to fund a specific project. As your selected project achieves each of its goals, you receive Impact Points so you can assess just how much of a difference your money is making. Once the project is successfully up and running, a portion of its profit will be used to repay your Impact Bonds. Jordan explains that this may typically take between one and five years, but you do not have to retain your Bonds that long. Once a project has been fully funded you are free to sell your bonds to other Impact Traders for the current market price, or possibly more if the project is going well.

The beauty of this enterprise lies in its use of crowdfunding. This is because it enables ordinary people, who do not have the wealth to become philanthropists, to use the funds at their disposal to make a positive change.

“This happens in the same way that the NYSE influences the behavior of publicly traded companies in that they are constantly concerned about what their stockholders think of their performance. In essence, we are creating “stockholders” for social enterprise projects, bringing one of capitalism’s greatest strengths to bear on an industry that has never had access to a fully functional capital market,” says Jordan. “Second, crowdfunding allows risk to be spread among a wide investor base. Social Enterprises typically operate in markets where the profit margins are too slim and the risks are too high to appeal to typical institutional or angel investors. Crowdfunding provides an avenue to channel small amounts of money from thousands of investors, resulting in minimal risk exposure for each investor.”

The future looks a little brighter with Jordan’s organization ramping up to benefit people in need. From villagers in Nicaragua who need clean drinking water, to people with mental disabilities here in the United States who need job training and placement programs, Impact Trader could be the pioneer of crowdfunding for Social Enterprises, leading the way for a new wave of positive global impact.

Kyani Sunrise – Superior in Anti-Oxidants

Perhaps if you are going to look for the blueberry that sits on top of the blueberry kingdom in terms of its benefits on the human body, you can see that wild Alaskan blueberry is on that throne and it can be sought over the counter because it is full packed in Kyani Sunrise. It is said that blueberry is a good source of anti-oxidants and wild Alaskan has ten times the power of an ordinary blueberry. Because of that, this kind of blueberry is dubbed to be as the “Super Blueberry”. Many are now purchasing this kind of item because of that matter, and by that, one must have a deeper knowledge on this product and how does it truly affects the body.

The kind of blueberry that is seen as the primary ingredient in Kyani Sunrise has this superior features because of some aspects on their cultivation. Alaska, as you all know, is a country that has harsh breeze climate. Aside from that, the primary berry of the product has a protecting mechanism against the summer heat for 24 hours. In that, you will see that the anti-oxidants that it has is purely remarkable. Wild Alaskan Blueberry is said also to have more disease fighting power compare to other kinds of blueberry.

The main advantage of the supplement that is named as Kyani Sunrise is that the product is solely based on an ingredient that is rich in anti-oxidants components. Anti-oxidants as for the know of the many are the nature’s own way of helping your body eliminates radicals on it before they attack the healthy cells that you have. Because of that, the body will have stronger immune system against this oxidative stresses. Some of the known oxidative stresses in the medical field are environmental toxins like air and water pollution, too much exposure to processed foods, and diet that is based on pro-inflammatory foods.

Kyani Sunrise is not just promises; there are good results that one must be aware of. One of the results that Kyani Sunrise product has is that the person who is spotted having an intake of this supplement has seen to have an improvement on their mood and recorded to have a relief from stress. Aside from that Kyani Sunrise will make the skin and the hair of the one having an intake of this product to glow. This product will also boost metabolism and helps in controlling appetite. Kyani Sunrise will also help an individual to maintain healthy cholesterol level as well as improving the memory of him. It also helps to maintain the health of the cardiovascular health of the body and also hydrates the dry skin inside out.

The Relevance Of Sustainable Agriculture

Food shortage has already been a major problem in a global sense especially for developing countries. These developing countries solely rely on the products of agriculture in their land so the destruction of such means no income and no food for them. However it even gets worse as the global population increases each day, and thus results to the increasing demand for food supply.

Since agriculture has been steadily degrading over the years, such focus of food supplement cannot be fully met. Hence, the idea of sustainable agriculture comes into the picture. Basically, it is the idea of having to produce enough resources for the present generation without compromising that of which the future generation will have.

Economic Profitability of Products

Sustainable agriculture is a very ideal concept which essentially has three main folds: economical profitability, social participation and environmental health. These three folds serve as the basis for the success and failure of sustainable agriculture. Without the full participation of one fold, the other two cannot work just as well. It is important that with sustainable agriculture, these three folds are campaigned to people and are made to grow and develop into the society. The first aspect is economical profitability which means that through sustainable agriculture it is important that its products and raw materials can gain high profitability in the market. Clearly, having good quality products mean that the country can finally compete in a global market and thus bring more income and livelihood for its fellow countrymen.

Social Participation: Emancipating Hope For Agriculture

The second aspect of sustainable agriculture is the social participation of the people. However, this aspect is not only made up of the common people, but also of the government. With these two participants combined, then sustainable agriculture can be supported in many areas of the country. The government can take part in the action through implementing different laws and reforms that ban certain human interventions in the arable land.

Also, these laws can acts as restrictions for people who desire to destroy these lands for personal profit and gain. With the social awareness of the people particularly the community, then they can act as the stewards who make sure that their land is being taken care of. With the simultaneous action of these two aspects, then the land meant for agriculture can be kept safe and fertile.

Environmental Health and Stewardship

The third aspect of sustainable agriculture is the environmental health. This is also a very important part of sustainable agriculture since we truly have to solve the crisis of the degrading productivity of the land. With all of the human interventions being made with the land, such as excessive tillage, use of destructible chemicals and such, the land is then left without the capacity to sustain its productivity.

Really, it is important that we sustain the land that gives us nourishment and health so that the future generation can still benefit from it. This is simply the right time to implement sustainable agriculture in different parts of the world to solve the crisis of food shortage and to further help the land become sustainable.

Agriculture and Its Significance

Wherever you go, you will learn that a country's livelihood oftentimes depend on its agriculture. After all, the nation's economy exists because of its agricultural land and the products that it is able to grow. Nevertheless, a nation is considered to be politically and socially stable should it gets supported by a solid agricultural basis that also interacts with the rest of the related industries.

What may happen if a country's agricultural land remains unused or is totally abused? Everyone exactly knows that the food is what feeds the people's strength and without a stable source of food, the citizens of a particular country can't perform the tasks that they are expected to fulfill. Food security forms part of the list of priorities that country leaders should look into and a group of hungry people will definitely prove to be useless to the growth of the nation itself.

On the other hand, food security is recognized to prevent not only starvation but more or less boost the presence of happy people so that the largest problems will be avoided. Small and currently developing nations also rely on their agricultural grounds as they promote the development of the other industries that stand as their primary sources of income.

Nevertheless, an agricultural land likewise enhances the country's employment. Why? It is because aside from the farmers' duty to grow crops and raise animals, they also need manpower to be able to tend to their fields. They need people who will help them cultivate the lands, take care of the farm animals, process the plants that can be turned into other commercial products, and take charge of marketing them. Manpower is very essential in running the agricultural field because without it, the advances that science and technology have introduced will all be good for nothing.

With the current times' modernity, the farmers' competence is also boosted by no other than the improvement in the farming technologies as are often discussed in major forums and lectures for agriculturally related individuals. They can find the benefits that will ensure food production through utilizing the right kind of agricultural technology.

Tracing back time, many of the very progressive cities these days have started as the cradle of agricultural businesses. But due to the increasing technological advantages known to man, the people have managed to enhance their lands and enrich their products. Now, many of them are secured in terms of food production and boast of more high-end farming practices.

As it is common in many countries, the agricultural lands are more often than not found to be situated in the rural areas. It is in these areas that the most arable lands are mounted but sad to say, modernity has gone beyond its boundaries that more and more fields are being turned into commercial complexes.

Overall, agriculture enlivens the people and the nation in general. The government continues to unravel the methods on how the agricultural products can be developed and sold not only within the boundaries of the country but also in the international market.

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