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15 Infallible Ways to Increase Your Followers in Different Social Media Platforms in an Instant

INTRODUCTION:

Social Media has become a global phenomenon which has made millions and millions of people worldwide to be engrossed in its use, but for a social media page to be a booming success especially in the world of entrepreneurship; one has to exhaust all the efforts to attract loyal followers. Here are some of the most valuable recommendations on how to make this possible:

  1. Market Yourself

Obviously, the very first thing to do is to encourage and persuade people to follow you and what best way to do this is simply to “ask them to follow you”. This could be effectively done by making your page available in social media pages so social media aficionados will no longer take too much time to look for your profile. This can be done in ways such as:

· Provide the links in your profile that will lead directly to your website’s homepage.

· Express your sincere intent to connect with your subscribers in social media by sending them relevant emails.

· Integrate your social media profile links with your email signature.

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The Marvelous World of Online Shopping

Today you can buy everything on the internet, may it be a box of matches or a modern fighter jet. Everything is for sale. Only 15 years ago it seemed that something like this would be possible in the far future. Today buying a TV set on the internet is not much different than buying a carton of milk in your nearest supermarket.

So is this a good or bad thing. Well it probably depends from which side you are looking at it. In general items bought online have a lower price which is due to the fact that it is sold directly out of the warehouse and there is no need for a retailer so no extra costs like salary for a sales clerk or lease for a shopping area. The quantity from which you can choose is not comparable from a retail shop. Quantity means the possibility to find the necessary quality for an acceptable price. On the other hand the customer looses the possibility to see and touch the item in real life. For a lot of people online shopping still feels like buying ”cat in a sack” so a number of people view online shopping as shady process and in general are very afraid of being scammed. Actually to some degree they have a valid point because the whole sales process is very anonymous and as such it is prone to scam. But on the other hand anonymous shopping can have its benefits. But we must face the fact that there is no actual anonymity on the internet. We all have IP addresses which can be used to locate the terminal we are using and as soon as we submit our credit card number we identify ourselves. If you want total anonymity then throw away your mobile phone and go on to live in the deepest woods. I don’t see that happening for me.

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Symptoms of Drug Addiction – The Signs You Need To Know

A lot of individuals who fall into the trap of drug addiction do not actually realize they are developing the problem until they are already in it deep. You have to learn more about the initial symptoms and observe those who are possibly addicted, so proper treatment can be given immediately. Drug addiction is a very serious condition. It can be treated, however, if the symptoms of drug addiction are determined early. Here are some more tips and info.

About Drug Addiction:

Drug addiction is described as an abnormal condition triggered by too much drug use. The addiction disorder includes the development of short-term drug use up to drug-seeking behavior, slowed ability to react to natural stimuli and being prone to relapse. The DSM-IV or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has grouped 3 phases of addiction, namely anticipation or preoccupation, intoxication or binge and negative affect or withdrawal. The stages are grouped by preoccupation of acquiring the drugs, abusing the substance, going through the intoxicating effects and tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Drug addiction is not the same as drug tolerance and drug dependence.

The Symptoms:

There are plenty of symptoms that you can notice among drug addicts. People who feel that they need to use the drug regularly, such as daily or many times a day is indicative of the condition. Other symptoms include spending cash on the substance even if the person cannot afford it. Some people may try to stop using the substance but fail. Others feel the need that they always have a constant supply of drugs.

Others will do drastic actions, like stealing or robbing, just to acquire the substance. Other drug addicts feel that they can get rid of their problems or feel better just by taking the drug. Others do risky activities or drive while under the influence. Drug addicts also spend most of their energy, money and time on trying to acquire and using the drug.

Teenage Symptoms:

Teenagers are highly at risk for developing drug addiction because of peer pressure and the difficult phase that they are going through. Problems at school are one of the primary symptoms. The student may miss classes or suddenly feel bored or tired of doing school activities. They may have bad grades or fail tests and quizzes because of lack of focus. Physical health may be affected, as the teenager displays lack of motivation and energy.

Some teenagers feel the urge to get more money just to get more drugs. They may do unacceptable activities like selling off items at home or stealing just to get constant supply. The teenager may not care about how he looks. He may not want to groom or buy new cloths and other products for good hygiene. The teenager may display sudden changes in behavior, like paranoia, rage, anger, sleepiness and extreme happiness.

Smoking Marijuana:

If you develop addiction to THC or tetrahydrocannabinol present in hashish and marijuana, you can display different symptoms. Inclusions are increased sense of taste, vision and hearing, poor memory, red eyes, enhanced heart rate and blood pressure, increased appetite, reduced coordination, reduced focus and concentration, delayed reaction time and paranoia.

Taking Barbiturates:

If you are taking barbiturates improperly, you can develop a variety of symptoms. Examples of barbiturates are Seconal and Amytal. Benzodiazepines can also lead to different symptoms. Examples of the substance are Valium, Librium, Ativan and Xanax. Some of the signs and symptoms that you can display include slurred speech, drowsiness, lack of coordination, dizziness, confusion, impaired memory, depression, reduced blood pressure and lack of coordination.

Using Cocaine:

Taking cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and methylphenidate can lead to several symptoms. Included are rapid speech, euphoria, irritability, reduced appetite, restlessness, depression once the drug reduces its effects, weight loss, paranoia, nasal congestion, increased body temperature and increased blood pressure and heart rate.

You can experience symptoms by taking and becoming addicted to club drugs like MDMA, ketamine and GHB. Some of the effects of drug dependence include reduced inhibitions, impaired judgment, memory problems and loss, euphoria or extreme happiness, increased sense of sight, taste and sound, impaired coordination, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, reduced or increased blood pressure and heart rate. More serious effects include coma, seizures and death.

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How to Get Through the ADHD Medication Maze

  • Have you ever had to go a day or more without your prescription medication?
  • Do you know the physical discomfort and anxiousness of waiting to get the medication reordered?
  • Have you spent hours on the phone with the doctor’s office, insurance company or pharmacy waiting for your ADHD medications to be filled?

If so, you, like me, have been trapped in the medication maze.

For years I have listened as clients told me about their challenges to be diagnosed, only to have their hopes dashed when they find themselves trapped in the ADHD medication maze. What is the ADHD medication maze? It is that tangled cycle of trying to get ADHD medications refilled. Prescriptions not relayed to local pharmacies or faxes getting lost to online medication mailing systems. Suspicious looks from pharmacists when picking up medications. Refusals by insurance companies to pay for prescribed medications. The countless dead ends, backtracking, twists and turns of getting a written prescription through the process and have it filled. The ADHD medication maze is a frustrating web where so many people with ADHD find themselves stuck not knowing which way to turn and unfortunately many give up and never get a chance to experience the possible benefits of ADHD medications.

In theory, filling medication prescriptions is supposed to be easy work. In reality, it rarely goes smoothly. Let me tell you about my own recent experience with trying to get my medications filled. I know many of you will relate.

I called to make an appointment and a month later got in to see my doctor who, after a 25-minute wait and a 10-minute appointment, prescribed me my medications. As I left the clinic, I was told a 14-day short-term prescription would be called to my local pharmacy and an email/fax would be sent to Express Scripts, my mail-order pharmacy. Okey dokey.

Not so bad. Except (you saw this coming, didn’t you?) a plan is only as good as its execution.

The following day my local pharmacy auto responder called (nice feature by the way) to let me know my short-term interim medications were ready to be picked up. I was pleasantly relieved and somewhat surprised it had been that uncomplicated. Easy peazy, I thought. I will pick them up on my way to the airport and just to be sure, allow 15 minutes extra.

You see where this is going, right?

I arrived at the pharmacy with plenty of time, trying to have faith and confidence in the system… after all they had confirmed my prescription was ready for pick up, right? I waited patiently in line for the two people before me to pick up their prescriptions and have a pharmacy consult… do dee do… no worries, plenty of time.

My turn. I stepped up, gave the pharmacist my name and they turned around to reach for my prescription. The pharmacist placed two bags on the counter, rang me up… my cost was under $10 dollars… Yay! Woo Hoo… happy dance. I even scolded myself for doubting all would work out.

And then…

Wait a minute. I had three prescriptions. “Uh hello Mr. Pharmacy Man, I’m supposed to have three medications filled today… there are only two.”

At this point I was still hopeful… wanting to trust in this “fill a pill system” and then I heard those fated words… “The doctor reordered three medications, but the XYZase is not covered by your insurance until the first of next month.”

Wait what?

And then, in a nanosecond, my stomach dropped, my pulse quickened and I began to see red. I was frustrated by the whole system. Frustrated because I trusted everyone to do their job. Angry with the realization that so many people get stuck in this medication maze with little support or map to find their way out…

Side note: I’ll admit it… I have a real problem with the way medications are dispensed in this country. It’s a crazy system, full of twists and turns we are expected to navigate in order to get prescriptions filled. It’s complicated by monetarily motivated insurance companies who decide what medical care I receive and what I don’t. Last time I checked, insurance companies do not have a medical license; they don’t have the training to decide whether I continue on a medication or not. My doctor with the advanced M.D. degree should be the one to decide medically what is in the best interest of my health.

So where was I… oh yes, standing at the pick-up counter at the pharmacy…

Mustering my courage and trying very hard not to be rude, I told the pharmacist that “the insurance company did not get to decide my medical care, my doctor did and I would pay for that prescription out of my own pocket if needed… thank you.” Then, I was asked to step out of the line and told my prescription would be filled as soon as possible.

So I waited… I don’t mind waiting… after all I had allowed an extra 15 minutes just in case. So I waited while the pharmacist filled other prescriptions, answered three phone calls… and a half hour later and 8 people less in line, the pharmacy assistant grabbed the coveted white bag, looked at me and said “it’s ready.”

Not trusting myself to say a word, fuming with the needless half hour wait, the senselessness of our insurance companies dictating our medical care and the realization of so many other people going through similar experiences… I paid the $25 for my medication and left.

Two weeks later, my interim medication bottles were almost empty, but my Express script online mail prescriptions were scheduled to arrive. (Insert laugh track.)

Yep… you guessed it… no white plastic bag with jingling pill bottles had yet graced my mailbox. I was a day away from my medications running out a second time that month.

Curses… here we go again! Who knew what had happened this time? So once again I was on the phone calling my mail-order pharmacy to see if they had received the refill order from my doc… nope they hadn’t received it. I called the doctor’s office again… “oops”… they had emailed my local pharmacy the short-term refill (we all know how that went), but “sorry” the email/fax with the prescription to my mail-order pharmacy hadn’t been sent. Do I need them to do it now?

People! Work with me here! I’m doing all I can… I need you to follow through. Who in their right mind would ever go through this craziness over and over again if their medication wasn’t necessary?

The fact is I know so many of you go through this confusing, exhausting medication maze… month after month, year after year. You bravely and boldly step into the process where you almost need a medical degree yourself to get prescriptions filled. It is ineffective, inefficient, and, unfortunately, it is what we are left to work with.

We cannot escape it… so if you have found yourself in the medication maze, here are some tools to sustain you when you find yourself in this labyrinth:

  1. Remember – you and your doctor get to decide your medical treatment.
  2. Your insurance company refusing to pay for a medication doesn’t mean you can’t pay for it out of your own pocket. I know some medications are costly, however, you might be surprised at how inexpensive some really are. Always ask.
  3. Always double and triple check to make sure emails/faxes/phone calls have been made/sent and received so the delivery of your medications goes as smoothly as possible. Specifically call the pharmacy and your medication-mailing service to confirm they received the prescription orders… if not, call your doctor’s office to make sure they were sent. Don’t assume.

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A Guide to Business Insurance for UK Marine Trades

Introduction

Insurance solutions for businesses operating in the Marine Leisure Sector have been slow to evolve compared to other sectors. Until relatively recently, a boatyard owner could find him/herself having to source a suite of insurance products to cover buildings, contents, financial risks, vessels, pontoons and indemnity against a range of legal liabilities. Whilst the first Marine Traders “Combined” policy that provided cover for all these risks appeared in the late 1990s, the market did not rush to embrace the new paradigm. Some significant providers of insurance in this Sector did not release a “Combined” solution until as late as 2007 and others still only offer stand-alone covers.

Advantages of Combined Insurance Policies

There are numerous advantages to business owners of having a single insurance policy that combines cover in respect of the majority of their needs. First and foremost it streamlines administrative processes by reducing documentation considerably, thus saving business owners time and money. It also ensures the owner has a single renewal date to deal with. Probably the main benefit to businesses is the potential premium savings that can be made through this type of system: the more cover that can be placed on a single policy gives the provider more scope to reduce the overall insurance premium.

Marine Trades Insurance Providers

Combined Insurance policies for marine-related businesses are now available from a number of specialist providers. Whilst the majority of these providers will deal direct with the public, some will deal only through insurance brokers. An insurance provider that sells direct to the public will only offer their own product. Dealing directly with insurers not only restricts you in terms of available insurance options, it also means you have to invest valuable time in shopping around providers for competitive quotations. An independent specialist Marine Trades Insurance broker can potentially save you and your business time and money by conducting a full broking exercise across the market on your behalf.

Specialist brokers can also assist in arranging bespoke cover as opposed to a standard “off-the-peg” solution. This can give your business vital benefits where standard policy exclusions are amended or removed, widening the overall scope of protection. You may also benefit in the event of a claim:

  • Where a business buys direct from an insurer, in the event of a claim the owner is left to negotiate a settlement from the insurer. This can put the business at a disadvantage where there is a dispute over liability or settlement. Using an independent specialist broker to arrange cover provides the business owner with an experienced advocate in the event of suffering a claim. The broker is bound to act in the best interests of the client at all times and a specialist broker can often assist in instances where claims have initially been repudiated.

Structure of Marine Combined Insurance Policies

Before outlining the structure of a policy it is necessary to stress the importance of ensuring that the correct limits of indemnity form the basis of your insurance cover. It is tempting for businesses seeking to reduce their costs to deliberately underinsure their businesses. This can potentially prove catastrophic in the event of a loss, as an insurer will almost certainly invoke the principle of “Average” when underinsurance is discovered.

  • The Principle of Average: In the event of underinsurance any claim settlement will be based on the ratio of the sum insured to actual value. For example, where a business has insured stock worth £100,000 for only £50,000, the business has underinsured by 50%. In the event of a loss of £25,000, the insurer will apply average and only pay a settlement of £12,500.

The example above underlines the importance for businesses to establish the correct basis of cover with their provider and then negotiate a competitive premium. An independent specialist broker with access to a number of alternative markets will help you obtain the right solution at the best available premium.

Marine Trades Combined Insurance policies generally follow the same model, with the odd exception as to where a particular item may appear. For example, some policies will include pontoons in the Material Damage Section whilst others may bracket them in the Marine Section. Outlined below is a typical policy structure:

  • Material Damage: This Section will cover all property other than vessels at your business premises. It is split into various sub-sections that vary from provider to provider, but the splitting of property into these sub-sections enables you to benefit from lower premium rates on the lower risk items to be covered. Typically, a Material Damage Section will be divided as follows:
  • Buildings (with or without subsidence cover)
  • Marine Installations (pontoons, slipways, wet/dry docks etc)
  • Computers and Associated Equipment (at the business’ premises)
  • Machinery and Equipment (at the business’ premises)
  • General Stock (at the business’ premises)
  • Valuable & Attractive Stock (at the business’ premises)
  • All Other Contents (at the business’ premises)
  • Glass: Some insurers will include Glass within the cover for Buildings. However, most Marine Trade insurers will not cover Glass unless specifically requested and will also levy an additional premium. Cover will be provided for external and internal glass with additional extensions available for items such as glass signage and sanitary ware.
  • All Risks Cover: Must be obtained for businesses wishing to insure items they remove from the business’ premises such as:
  • Tools & Machinery
  • Laptop Computers, Mobile ‘Phones etc
  • Trailers (thease can also be covered under the Marine Section)
  • Frozen Food: Covers loss or damage to fuel resulting from change in temperature in fridges or freezers resulting from breakdown or interruption to power supply.
  • Goods in Transit: Protects against loss of goods whilst in transit or whilst temporarily stored in the course of transit. Business owners need to beware of the variation in scope of cover from policy to policy and of the plethora of exclusions that each insurer applies to cover.
  • The premium for Goods in Transit insurance is based on a combination of the total sum insured per vehicle, the number of vehicles used and the estimated total annual carryings of the business.
  • This Section can also be extended to insure postal sendings and carriage by third parties.
  • Goods in Transit cover for vessels is excluded on many policies unless specifically mentioned. However, it is possible to include insurance for vessels whilst in transit by endorsing the Marine Section of the policy. Organising a policy in this way can save a business money if vessels are the only items to be insured whilst in transit.
  • Exhibitions: Covers exhibits, stands and other materials at exhibitions.
  • Whilst insurers include this Section within their policies, a business could reduce costs by having the Marine Section of their policy endorsed to cover vessels at exhibitions rather than pay their insurers an additional premium for the same benefit.
  • Business Interruption: Covers the loss of Gross Profit and/or the Additional Cost of Working in the event of the trading activities of a business being interrupted by an insured peril, such as fire or flood. Extensions can be purchased to cover losses arising from perils such as:
  • Breach of Canal
  • Damage in the vicinity of Premises or to Contract or Exhibition Sites
  • Denial of Access to the vicinity of Premises
  • Damage to Moulds, Patterns, Jigs, Dies, Tools, Plans, Designs, etc
  • Loss or Damage to Property stored in locations other than own premises
  • Loss or Damage to Property in Transit
  • Damage to Premises of Suppliers or Customers
  • Loss of Utilities
  • Disease & Illness
  • Just as it is essential to insure property on the correct basis to avoid insurers applying “Average” in the event of a claim, it is vital to ensure the correct level of Gross Profit is used to determine Business Interruption cover.
  • The definition of Gross Profit in insurance terminology differs from that of accountancy. A business should always check with its provider as to the exact terms of their Business Interruption policy but the procedure below provides a general system that should fit most insurers’ methodology:
  • Obtain the income statement for the last full operating month and locate the net profit amount.
  • Review each individual expense line item on the income statement to identify costs of operation that are not directly related to production, also referred to as “standing charges.” For example, office rent is due whether the business is in operation or not, and the price does not fluctuate based on production, whereas some worker salaries (such as casual, seasonal labour) would cease when trading is interrupted.
  • Add each standing expense identified in Step 2 to the net profit obtained in Step 1 to obtain gross profit, or the company’s loss from lack of operations.
  • Money: Provides insurance for cash, cheques etc whilst on premises, in transit or in bank night safes. Some policies will also provide extensions for money in directors’ homes and at exhibition or contract sites. Policies will usually provide a Personal Accident extension that offers nominal sums in the event of Death or Disability arising from assault during attempted robbery or theft.
  • Defective Title of Vessels: Reimburses the purchase price of a vessel bought or sold by a business in the event of the true owner of the vessel reclaiming it (or its value). It will also provide indemnity where a business has a valid claim brought against it as a result of being unable to provide good title for the vessel.
  • Employers Liability: It is a statutory requirement for all businesses to carry Employers Liability Insurance where they employ people be it on a paid or voluntary basis. It indemnifies the business in respect of its liabilities arising from death, injury or illness to its employees
  • Premium is based on the total annual wages of the business. Each occupation within a business’ workforce will attract its own premium rating based on the perceived hazards associated with that particular occupation. A rigger, for example, will attract a higher premium rating than an employee engaged in light yard work.
  • You should ensure you accurately declare your annual wageroll to insurers. Deliberately under-declaring could be construed as failing to disclose a material fact and may result in a claim being repudiated.
  • Labour only sub-contractors should be treated as Employees as far as insurance is concerned. Generally they work under the direction of the Insured and do not provide their own materials or tools (with the exception of small hand tools). Cover would therefore be arranged for such individuals by the hiring business under the Employers Liability Section of their policy.
  • There is a requirement that businesses must confirm their Employers Reference Number (ERN) or as it is commonly known Employers PAYE Reference to the insurer covering the Employers Liability which is recorded centrally with the Employers Liability Tracing Office (ELTO). This is to ensure that the correct insurer can be identified where claims are submitted by an individual, which can be years after their employment has ceased. It is not unusual, for example, for certain diseases or conditions such as respiratory disease, industrial deafness or repetitive strain injury to take many years to manifest.
  • The ERN is the unique reference which attaches to a business and does not change which means that it will identify the correct employer and then the insurer for any given time period from 2011 onwards.
  • Public Liability: Indemnifies your legal liabilities to third parties arising from your business activities that result in death or injury to any person or loss of or damage to property. The insurance only attaches to those activities disclosed to your insurer and noted on your schedule so it is essential that a full description of all your business activities is provided.
  • Premium is based on the estimated annual turnover of the business. Each activity will attract its own premium rating based on the perceived hazards associated with that particular activity. Paint Spraying, for example, will attract a higher premium rating than Chandlery Sales.
  • You should ensure you accurately declare your annual turnover. Deliberately under-declaring could be construed as failing to disclose a material fact and may result in a claim being repudiated.
  • Exclusions and Extensions to Public Liability Insurance vary from insurer to insurer. For example, some policies will automatically provide Yachtyard Liability Insurance as a standard extension to their Public Liability cover. Others will charge an additional premium for Yachtyard Liability.
  • Liability in respect of hiring-in of cranes is normally excluded on most Marine Trade policies unless specifically requested. The additional premium for this cover is based on your estimated annual hiring-in costs. Standard cover is usually £100,000 which may not be adequate to replace the crane you hire. Find out what your exposures are and get your cover topped-up if necessary.
  • Yachtyard Liability: Protects your liabilities in respect of moving vessels on water for reasons such as testing, demonstration and deliveries. Like most policy sections, scope of cover will vary from insurer to insurer. For example, policies will restrict your permitted range, but distance you are permitted will vary greatly.
  • Not all insurers provide this cover under the “Yachtyard Liability” heading. Some insurers will provide “General Liability” that will automatically encompass the Yachtyard Liability element of other policies.
  • Products Liability: Insures your legal liabilities in respect of the products you manufacture and/or supply.
  • Whether you are manufacturing or distributing (wholesale or retail), you need to make sure the products you supply are safe. Failing to meet your responsibilities can have serious consequences. You could face legal action with possible fines or even imprisonment. You could also be sued by anyone who has been injured or has suffered damage to personal property as a result of using your product.
  • Products Efficacy Insurance: Designed to cover the failure of an item to perform its intended function Efficacy Insurance is often excluded from the Public & Products Liability Sections of Marine Trade policies. If your business is involved in the manufacture, supply or installation of performance critical products you need to check with your insurance provider to ensure you and your business have the right scope of Liability Insurance.
  • Marine Risks: Non-Marine Commercial policies have virtually no insurance provision for vessels. They are specifically excluded, with the odd exception such as rowing boats. The Marine Section of a specialist Trader’s policy is divide into 3 distinct parts:
  • 1. Vessels: This part of the Marine Section will cover all vessels not undergoing construction and includes Stock Vessels, Work Boats, your Private Craft and Charter Vessels. It can also be extended to cover other types of Marine Stock such as engines and parts.
  • Sums Insured for vessels are usually determined on an “Agreed Value” basis. This can be the price you paid for the vessel plus the cost of any improvements, or it can be a depreciated or written-down value.
  • The cruising range of your vessels will be clearly defined in this Section of your policy. You should check to ensure that you and your hirers are actually insured to sail or cruise to your intended destinations. For example, an insurer may assume that, if you are based on the Thames, you are only on the non-tidal stretch and will endorse your policy for”Inland Waterways” use only.
  • The are several extensions that can be purchased for this part of your policy such as:
  • Social use of vessels by Directors, Employees, Family Members.
  • Racing Risks (Sails, Masts, Spars & Rigging).
  • Water Skiing, Towing of Toys.
  • Angling and/or Diving Parties.
  • Personal Possessions
  • Exclusions in respect of vessels will vary from policy to policy. You should ask your provider to go over any exclusions with you in detail in case you require a special endorsement or extension.
  • 2. Builders Risks: Whilst scope and definitions may differ from one insurer to another, Builders Risks insurance will usually cover your vessel at the yard or dock where it is being constructed, including the yard or premises of a subcontractor. It may also cover the vessel whilst in transit between your yard and your subcontractor’s yard. Extensions can also be obtained to cover:
  • Movement of the vessel on water around the dock where it is being built.
  • Sea Trials
  • Delivery voyages under own power
  • If the vessel in build is being towed on the water a special extension is usually required to insure this activity.
  • The premium for this Section is based on a combination of the maximum completion value of an in-build vessel and the maximum value of vessels in-build at any one time.

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Do I Need More Than One Domain Name?

You might be thinking that you could make a copy of your website and use an alternate domain name for that copy. Hey, two websites are better than one right? You might have a domain name like www ace plumbing com that goes to your main website. You could set up www aceplumbing net and have that go to a copy of your website. Double the website, double your website visitors, leads and customers. It seems logical.

Unfortunately it does no good to have two websites for your business. The exception would be if you have two websites that each contain unique information about two separate parts of your business. But then again, you could just have two separate categories within your main website to cover the two separate areas of your business.

Why doesn’t it make sense to have two websites instead of one? Think of it this way. 10 people sit down at their computers and arrive at your website. Each of them visits only one or both of your websites. There are still only 10 people who are possible customers for your business. Each of them can be visiting and reading only one website at a time.

Oh, but you’re thinking that maybe fewer of those 10 people would have found your website if you had only one. Nope. If they found your site with a search engine it’s likely that only one of your sites would have shown up in the search results anyway. That’s how search engines work. They don’t want to offer duplicate information on the same page of results. So you really needed only one website to get found.

Sometimes a business owner just wants to cover themselves. Domain names are cheap. They might have registered several domain names. They have only one website. Many times the additional domain names don’t even point to their website. They’ve just been purchased to keep others (their competitors?) from grabbing them.

For example. Ace Plumbing might have a domain name called www aceplumbing com. They also register www aceplumbing net, www aceplumbing org, and www aceplumbing biz. They really want to be thorough so they register www aceplumbingmn com, www aceplumbingusa com, www ace-plumbing com. They start thinking more about it. They better grab www ace-plumbingmn com, www ace-plumbingusa com, and www ace-plumbing-business com just to be safe.

Wow. They feel like the more domain names they have the more people will be coming to their website. Ace Plumbing has covered themselves well. Or have they?

3 reasons for not having more than one domain name

1. It’s expensive and provides very little benefit. Domain name registration companies would love Ace Plumbing. Obviously the more domain names registered the more money they make. One domain name costs about $10 a year. Multiply $10 by the extra number of domain names to get the amount of money you are wasting.

2. Your competition is very unlikely to want your domain names. Grabbing domain names so that someone else does not get them is a waste of money. It’s very rare that someone else wants a domain name with your business name in it. Even if their competition thought it was a good idea to register Ace Plumbing’s alternate domain names it wouldn’t benefit them.

3. If it’s not set up correctly it can actually hurt your search rankings. The wrong way to set this up is to simply point the names to your website by adding a host record and adding the name to your website in the server settings. The right way is to use a permanent redirect of each domain name. This is a technicality that website developers understand. If you’re not a website developer don’t worry about it. You should simply cancel your extra domain names instead.

Best Advice: Use only one domain name

If you have more than one domain name get rid of the extras. You need only one. You want only one. It’s simpler, easier, and more effective to stick with one name to promote and use in your advertising.

How to find a good domain name

So you’re having trouble finding the name you want for your business. Maybe you have a common business name and the obvious www mybusinessname com is taken. Here are some tips to help you choose a good name.

1. Stick with a.com name. This is my advice. Others may disagree but many don’t. The.com suffix is certainly the most well known. That’s a big advantage. It’s a habit for many people to use it rather than one of the others.

2. If your first domain name choice is taken, consider adding a geographical phrase. For example Ace Plumbing could use www aceplumbingatlanta com. Or maybe www aceplumbinggeorgia com. Add it at the end though. Say the name out loud and make sure it sounds natural. You’ll be telling people what your website name is so make it easy to say and easy to remember.

3. If your absolute top choice is taken for the.com suffix but the.net is available, go ahead and use it. Sometimes this is as good as a.com with added letters. Or better.

Best place to buy a domain name

I buy all my domain names at GoDaddy. They are reliable and possibly the lowest priced. Other designated registrars of domain names include Network Solutions, eNom, Tucows, Melbourne IT, and Register.com. There are also hundreds of resellers who sell names for the designated registrars.

At the time of this writing many of these companies are offering domain name registration for $2 to $3. This is a temporary offer to attract new business. Domain names typically cost from $8 to $35 per year. I know that GoDaddy pricing is closer to $8 a year. There is no benefit of paying $35/year over paying $8/year.

Domain Name Basics

Domain names can be registered for a one year period or up to a 10 year period. Some domain name resellers offer longer periods.

The owner of a domain name is the person listed as the administrative contact. This is almost always the person who registers the name. The email address of the administrative contact is the one who has ultimate control over the domain name. Businesses have legal rights to the use of their own names. As a result, you can usually take a domain name away from another party that does not have a legal right to the name.

Domain names and SEO

Search engines use more than 200 indicators to determine how to rank websites. One of those indicators is the age of the domain name. If you have a domain name that was registered a long time ago it may be valuable because of its age. If you are letting go of a domain name consider its age before you do. You might even be able to sell the name to someone looking for an aged domain name. The older the domain name the more valuable it is in terms of search power.

Domain Names and Duplicate Content

Duplicate content is the same content existing in more than one place on the internet. Two different websites might have the same content on a page. That content might be illegally copied by one party, or it may be legally copied. It’s a legal matter. It’s also a concern with search rankings.

If you have two domain names that point to the same website the search engines will treat your content as duplicate content and your site will be competing with itself for search rankings. This will happen only if you don’t set it up correctly. As mentioned above, setting up redirects properly will resolve this problem.

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Build Your Own Website Easily With WordPress

If you work from home or are trying to get that elusive first project, creating a professional website is an important step. As a home for your business, your website can showcase your skills, provide details of your experience, and give potential clients and customers a convenient way to get in touch.

What’s more, being able to create or work with a website is a useful skill in itself. For many people that work at home, the ability to get a website up and running is an additional service that can be sold to your existing clients.

You don’t need to spend a fortune getting a website developed for you. You can do it yourself, even if you have never had any experience. Thankfully, there is a secret – WordPress. WordPress is a free system that streamlines and simplifies the process of web development and, as you will find out, can still be flexible enough for just about any website imaginable.

What Does WordPress Do Besides Blogging?

Many people have heard of WordPress, but do not understand the full capabilities of the system. Most people think that WordPress is a platform for blogging when, in fact, it is far more than that.

Today, WordPress has grown into what would be called a content management system, or CMS. A CMS is a tool to store all of the information required for your website and present it to your visitors in a professional, organized way. Other content management systems include Joomla and Drupal, but the reality is that WordPress is the easiest to understand, the easiest to work with, and the most easily adaptable.

Let’s look at – in simple terms – how exactly WordPress works once it is installed:

  • You access a convenient WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface to securely work with all of the content on your website
  • You can create new web pages in a variety of formats
  • The content that you create is stored in a database
  • You can use the same interface to edit your content in the database
  • When visitors access your website, the information in the database is presented to them in a website layout. You can change this layout at any time and your content will automatically adopt the right look

In technical terms, WordPress is fairly advanced. In the nine years since the platform first launched, this advanced functionality has been used in all kinds of exciting ways.

Why Should You Use WordPress?

You may be wondering why people choose WordPress as their CMS. The answer is because WordPress can make just about anything that you want to do easier, quicker and more convenient!

Press agency Reuters uses WordPress to keep journalists up to date with the latest news as it happens. Music streaming service Spotify powers its entire website with WordPress.

WordPress makes creating, editing and organising your content simple and, as a result, less time-consuming. That gives you more time to focus on other areas of your business. WordPress also gives you the chance to get a professional design to make your website look great – often free of charge.

The best way to see how WordPress streamlines setting up your website is to try it for yourself. WordPress is easy to install on your web hosting or, if you sign up on the WordPress website, you can explore its features with no set-up required.

Installing WordPress Made Easy

There are a few different ways to get started with WordPress, depending on your budget, your expertise and whether you use a web hosting service.

If you are just trying out WordPress and do not have your own web hosting, visit signup.wordpress.com and sign up for a free account. You will be guided through the entire process of creating your WordPress site, which will be stored on the WordPress servers for you. It is also possible to pay for a custom domain name (the address of your website) during the sign-up process.

Alternatively, if you already have a web hosting plan that supports PHP and MySQL, you can install your own WordPress on your server. This can be done by visiting WordPress.org and downloading the necessary files. The website also offers a convenient guide to installing WordPress in 5 minutes.

Finally, see if your web hosting provider offers an automatic script installer such as Softaculous. If so, you will be able to log in from your web hosting control panel and install WordPress in just a few clicks.

Finding A Great Theme

Once WordPress is up and running, you will need to log in with the details that you chose during set-up – usually at yourdomain.com/wp-admin. You will see the WordPress dashboard, a control panel that lets you work with your website, and a range of different menu items on the left-hand side. A good place to start is by selecting a theme, under the Appearance menu.

Using the ‘Install Themes’ tab at the top of your screen, you can explore an extensive database of layouts and designs for your website. From conventional business layouts to distinctive and unusual looks, there are currently 1,607 themes available. After finding one that you like, installing is as easy as clicking the ‘Install Now’ button.

As well as these free WordPress themes that are available from within your control panel, many websites offer a great selection of themes – some of which are free, and some of which are ‘premium’ themes that incur a charge. If you are just getting started with WordPress, a free theme is a good choice. Of course, paying for a premium theme guarantees high quality, good performance, and continued support from the theme developers.

For professional WordPress themes, check out these websites:

  • ThemeForest
  • WooThemes
  • GetYourThemes

Once you have installed your theme, you will be able to conveniently customize it to suit your specific requirements. You can do this using Widgets.

Using Widgets

Many people choose WordPress because there are so many professional-looking themes available for it. However, it can be useful to tweak your chosen theme to make it more individual.

When a developer creates a theme, he will name specific areas of the layout that you can customize. For example, you may be able to change the menu at the top of your layout, a sidebar that runs down the side of every page, or the footer.

Under the Appearance menu on your WordPress control panel, select the Widgets option. On the right, you will see a list of the different areas of your theme that you can customize. On the left, there is a range of included widgets that you can simply drag and drop into the relevant section.

Standard WordPress widgets include Links to other websites, an automatic list of your Pages, and a calendar of when Posts have been published. You can also install other Widgets free of charge, in the form of Plugins.

Use Widgets to personalize your theme. Once you are happy, it is time to start thinking about the most important thing of all – your content.

Pages And Posts

A common obstacle for people that are new to WordPress is the distinction between two similar types of content – Pages and Posts. Whenever you want to publish something on your website, you will need to decide whether it is a Page or a Post and select the appropriate option.

Originally, WordPress only offered the ability to create Posts – a term that is short for Blog Posts. Posts are content items that are time-specific and, when they are created, they have the current time and date attached to them. Creating a new Post causes two things to happen:

  • An individual web page is created with the content of your post
  • Your post is added to a single page that collects together each individual post

This is perhaps clearer as an example – let’s imagine you have a blog section on your website, at yourdomain.com/blog. When you publish a new blog post, a single page will be created – for example, this could be yourdomain.com/blog/my-post-name. But, at the same time, your blog post will be added to the central page at yourdomain.com/blog, giving your visitors the chance to see all of your most recent posts in one convenient place.

Posts are also added to your website’s RSS feed – more on that in our next article on advanced WordPress tips. Pages, on the other hand, are static items that do not have a date attached to them. They are the pages of your website that stand alone, offering general information about your business.

If you’re still unsure, ask yourself this question before you create your content – is this something that will stand alone (a Page), or something that is part of a section of the website that I will update regularly (a Post)?

Explore And Learn On The Fly

You now understand the concepts of WordPress, including what it can do, common terminology, and why you should be using WordPress to build your site. So start exploring!

The great thing about WordPress is that it is intuitive and easy to use. Anything that you create can be deleted or edited with ease, so the best advice is to check the menu options included in your control panel and start working on your content right now.

Once you’ve made a start, be sure to read our next article on making the most of your WordPress installation to create a website that really stands out from the crowd.

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Hong Kong Company Formation and Its Advantages

As an international metropolis with abundant information and opportunities, Hong Kong company formation gives unmatchable access to an estimated consumer market of 450 million people in southern China alone. With sound infrastructure and complete legal system of its own, it provides an advantaged financial & commercial environment to many entrepreneurs and traders. Therefore, Hong Kong is a popular jurisdiction with international entrepreneurs looking to penetrate Chinese markets, and more and more people establish their own companies in Hong Kong with different purposes, which improve not only the image of the company itself, but also the competitive ability in the international market. The following information will help you determine whether Hong Kong company formation is the optimum strategy through which to achieve this.

We know there are many reasons or factors can contribute to the success of business. While Hong Kong is considered one of the best cities to establish and run a business, as it scores high on factors that matter to businesses. Below are some of the key benefits of setting up a business in Hong Kong and will serve to provide you with the answers whether Hong Kong company formation is the optimum strategy.

1. Being international center of information exchange and transportation hub. A focal point of all maritime activities in southern China and is one of the major ports of the world in terms of tonnage of shipping using its facilities, cargo handled and the number of passengers carried.

2. World’s most dynamic economies driven by the principles of free enterprise, free trade and free markets open to all. No restriction on inward and outward investment, no foreign exchange controls and no foreign ownership restrictions

3. Strategically located in close proximity to China. Air, rail, road and sea links are modern and efficient and offer unrivalled access to China’s booming southern provinces for many foreign entrepreneurs.

4. With very low tax rate (around 16.5% on net profit), tax exempt for income not incurred in Hong Kong (offshore income)

5. With Robust Infrastructure, stable social and political environment, Most businesses choose to set up operations in Hong Kong as it believed to be politically stable with a pro-business governance and free market principles.

6. Enjoy convenience of international banking system. A number of banks represent the interest of 32 foreign countries. The Hong Kong banking and financial services is regulated by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). The features and benefits of using Hong Kong for private banking, bank accounts, corporations and offshore asset protection are extensive.

Hong Kong Company Formation process is relatively straight forward. The main requirements are:

1. Require at least One company director/shareholder and a Hong Kong resident company secretary (above the age of 18 ).
2. Confirm the company name and corporate structure
3. A minimum issued capital requirement of HKD 10,000, Paid-up capital requirement is only the sum of one dollar.
4. Business scope. There is almost no restriction in the field of business scope when you set up a Hong Kong company.
5. Operational requirements, like opening a Hong Kong corporate bank account, setting up office (virtual office is an option) etc.

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Where Can I Purchase Movie Posters? – Memorabilia Stores For Movie Fans

When people ask themselves the question “Where can I purchase movie posters”, they usually come up with the same answers. Normally they are thinking something like: “movie poster retailers,” or “poster shops” or maybe “eBay.” These answers are okay as far as they go,but people don’t realize there are better sources where you can get movie posters.

A memorabilia shop is one such source. Unfortunately, people often think these shops only sell nick-nacks and novelty items such as t-shirts, dolls and figurines, that are connected with movies. Also, people sometimes think that these shops sell only franchised items from the movies. Well, they are only partly right.

In a movie memorabilia store, you can get most everything that you want that serves as a memoir of your favorite movie. If there is a particular movie that you love and can’t get enough of, this is the best store for you.

In this kind of shop you can not only buy all the things that contain images and such from your favorite movies, you can also get memorabilia from any movie, too. Face it. Movies are probably one of the best forms of entertainment in the world. They allow you to forget the present and step into another world, time and even space. Movies provide a temporary solace from daily life.

Movie memorabilia owners know and understand all of this. For these reasons, they opened a business that gives people a chance to prolong their experiences and feelings with a particular movie.

This is the main reason why, when you ask yourself, “Where can I purchase movie posters”, you should think of a movie memorabilia store. These people understand you. They have what you need- and not just posters, mind you.

In these stores, you can get posters of the older movies…even rare posters such as vintage horror movie posters, as well as posters of the latest movies showing. In any given movie memorabilia store, you name it, you can safely bet that they have it. They make sure of that.

There is quite a number of these shops out there. Again, you have to be careful in picking them out. You have to always be careful as to where you spend your movie poster money. Always remember that when you are a collector, you are more prone to scams and fraud than anybody else in the world of business.

With this in mind, go to a popular movie memorabilia store. If you are new to a certain area, pick the one that has the most number of people going in and making purchases. Through this tactic, you can be assured with the thought that since a lot of people are spending their money there; the place has got to be selling genuine articles and not rip-offs. Everybody hates rip-offs and imitations, just like you.

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Tactics Narcissists Use to Gain Self-Esteem and Power

Somewhat, a large portion of us want to improve our societal position and confidence, however narcissists feel constrained to. A new report inferred that it’s their consistent concern. More than the vast majority, they seek others for “self-definition and confidence guideline; swelled or collapsed self-evaluation… ,” as indicated by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Their confidence changes between misrepresented expansion and emptying.

Narcissists are distracted with dealing with their confidence, picture, appearance, and social status. They see the world and themselves as far as various leveled status, where they’re unrivaled and others are substandard. In their psyche, their assumed prevalence entitles them over uncommon advantages that others don’t merit. Their requirements, suppositions, and sentiments tally, while those of others don’t or just do less significantly. They have affected dreams lauding their significance, wherein they’re the most appealing, gifted, amazing, sharpest, most grounded, and richest.

Narcissists’ Self-Esteem

Confidence reflects how we consider ourselves. In many tests, narcissists score high on confidence. Generally, the high confidence of a bombastic narcissist was considered a façade for fundamental disgrace. Their instability was normally just uncovered in restorative settings. Ongoing examination challenges that hypothesis. In any case, since affected narcissists have a twisted mental self view, tests that depend on self-announcing can’t inspire convictions and cycles surmised from narcissistic perspectives and practices nor those saw in clinical settings.

For instance, having grown up ridiculed and disparaged by his dad, as indicated by Donald Trump’s niece talking about him (and affirmed by his sister), lying was normal. She guarantees it was “fundamentally a method of self-magnification intended to persuade others he was superior to he really was.” Narcissists have been appeared to lie on tests. Be that as it may, when scientists exposed them to a polygraph test where being discovered would think about ineffectively them, they didn’t lie, and their confidence scores declined notably.

Individuals generally consider “high confidence” is ideal. Nonetheless, regard that depends on others’ assessment isn’t confidence, however “other-regard.” I accept that ridiculous and other-subordinate confidence is unfortunate and want to depict confidence as either sound or debilitated.

Positioning narcissists’ confidence high is deluding, because of the reality it’s for the most part swelled and disconnected to target reality. Moreover, it’s delicate and effectively emptied. Solid confidence is steady and not all that responsive to the climate. It’s non-various leveled and not founded on inclination better than others. Nor is it related with hostility and relationship issues, yet the converse. Individuals with solid confidence aren’t forceful and have less relationship clashes. They’re ready to bargain and get along.

Strategies Narcissists Use to Maintain their Self-Image, Self-Esteem, and Power

The way that narcissists gloat, misrepresent, and lie about their significance and confidence recommends that they’re attempting to persuade themselves to mask concealed self-hatred and sensations of inadequacy. Their shrouded disgrace and uncertainty drive their hypervigilance and conduct with respect to their mental self view, confidence, appearance, and force. They utilize an assortment of strategies:

HYPERVIGILANCE

Narcissists are amazingly touchy to dangers to their picture and watchfully take care of signs that could influence it according to other people. They battle to direct their mental self portrait through their reasoning and conduct. This technique requires consistent exertion.

Filtering

Second to-second, they filter others and their environmental factors to survey and hoist their position.

Specific conditions and connections

They select circumstances that will raise as opposed to bring down their regard. In this manner, they look for public, greetings status, serious, and various leveled conditions over cozy and populist settings since they offer more noteworthy occasions to acquire status. They favor obtaining different contacts, companions, and accomplices over creating existing connections.

Status assessment

They never-endingly assess their impact and the consideration and recognition they’re accepting comparative with how their rivals are getting along. They watch for any hindrances to their points.

Narcissists’ Self-Esteem Regulation

Whenever narcissists have surveyed the climate and who they’re managing, they decide the most ideal approach to accomplish status by either raising theirs or bringing down that of others. To control their confidence, they principally use inner self-swelling and relational aptitudes.

IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT

Impression the board is intended to impact others to acquire both inside and outer status and advantages, for example, sentimental accomplices, influence, and cash. They utilize fascinate, utilizing their mind, assets, ability, conversational aptitudes, and self-advancement through gloating, decorating, and deceiving deal with their impression. These systems support their mental self view and raise their status with others.

These are best in the underlying phases of a relationship or transient connections. A few analysts recommend that the principle contrast among helpless and vainglorious narcissists is that powerless or clandestine narcissists utilize danger situated safeguards and inner negative exchanges that don’t fulfill their requirements for regard and approval. Interestingly, affected narcissists utilize more develop reward-chasing systems in seeking after acknowledgment and esteem.

Predominance

At the point when self-advancement doesn’t work, bombastic narcissists’ retreat to strength. They’re great controllers and utilize secret strategies just as plain force strategies and narcissistic maltreatment, for example, disparaging, lying, tormenting, assaulting, reprimanding, or seething at the individual they’re attempting to impact just as discrediting their rivals. They put down others to lift themselves and furthermore reate strife that can prompt brutality.

Bombastic narcissists penance stretching along to get beyond, while accomplices of narcissists penance themselves to get along. They forego their status, rights, sentiments, and necessities to fulfill the narcissist at their own cost, yet the narcissist’s requests are ceaseless. Their self-esteem endures because of this deal and the narcissistic obnoxious attack proceeds with in any case. Get some answers concerning “Changing the Dynamics in Abusive Relationships.”

Get familiar with narcissistic connections and how to deal with them. Get Dealing with a Narcissist: 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People.

Grapsas, S., Brummelman, E., Back, M.D., and Denissen, J. J. A. (2020). “The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Narcissism: A Process Model of Narcissistic Status Pursuit.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 15(1) 150 – 172. DOI: 0.1177/1745691619873350.

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