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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Best ideas how to make money as a blogger

Find new ways to market and add value to your blog to gain readership and subscriptions
Increase blog exposure to build views 
By Edusson Community

When it comes to the best online friendly business, blogging seems to have it all. You can work from home, focus on your own topic and share your talents with the world. But can you really make money from blogging? What are some of the best ideas? The answer is yes. In fact, with the right strategies and ideas, there is no limit to the amount of money that you can make blogging.

As a matter of fact, many bloggers are earning a lot from blogging.

Here are the best ideas how to make money as blogger:


1. Choose a profitable niche


One of the best ways to monetize your blog and stand out is to write about something interesting. Have you ever asked yourself why robbers rob banks? The answer is simple, this is where there is money. Without having a profitable niche, your blog might not go far in making money.

2. Sell a product or a service


Once your blog is has been set up, you need to start selling something. If you are an expert the best place to start is writing and selling eBooks.

EBooks have a lot of benefits for instance,

· You only need your knowledge to create one.
· EBooks helps you build your authority as an expert.
· You can market and sell them on many platforms.
· You can earn a lot of passive income from eBooks.
· You can make a name for yourself through eBooks.

Apart from eBooks, you can also sell trainings, eCources, webinars, domains, audio, videos, apps, plugins and physical products through your blogs. Remember, the aim is to make as much money as possible.

3. Refine your social media skills


In the recent past, blogging has become a visual medium. For instance, social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and vine are being used to drive traffic to blogs. As a blogger, you, therefore, need to develop and learn strong social media and editing skills.

4. Promote affiliate products


If you are already recommending and discussing services and products to your audience, why not make something? By doing this, you not only earn commission and but it also does not cost you and your readers much. Just for a little additional work, this can be another source of income. Start by going through your content and check for products that you have already mentioned. Once you have done this, go to their websites and search for affiliate’s page. You can then follow the guidelines on how to become an affiliate.

5. Invest in up to date training


The blogging platform is increasingly changing. Just like any other profession, it’s important to invest in professional training so as to keep your skills current and sharp. Fortunately, there are many resources that you can take advantage of. Make sure that you are always learning so as to be at par with other bloggers.

6. Advertise


As compared to other ways of making money, advertising involves making money directly from your blog or website. Display ads are adverts or images similar to ads in magazines or billboards. They are usually positioned on your header, sidebar or footer. They are meant to make your content relevant and attractive to visitors. If your visitors click and buy the products you earn something. They are usually provided by ad networks that connect publishers with advertisers. Some of the most common ad networks include Google Adsense, blogher,blogads, sway,media.net among others if you are beginner this is a good place to start. According to studies, almost 70% of bloggers are currently making money with ads.

Conclusion

Well, those are some of the best ideas how to make money freelance. If you have a personal blog you may have thought that it’s hard to make money using this platform but this is not the case. If you want to make money as a blogger you only need to take action and implement some of these ideas. If you do this, you will be amazed at how much you can make in the comfort of your home.

About the author: This article was written by Edusson Community.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Pillow settles consumer lawsuit over health claims for $1 million

False health claims are punishable by law
My Pillow is prohibited from making specific claims
By Mark Sadaka

Earlier in 2016, My Pillow was accused of deceptive advertising in a civil lawsuit filed by California consumer protection groups and prosecutors in nine California counties. This month, the Chaska-based pillow manufacturer agreed to settle the lawsuit and pay nearly $1 million in civil penalties, including $100,000 in charitable contributions. In agreeing to the settlement, My Pillow does not admit wrongdoing.

Consumer advocates with TruthInAdvertising.org and California consumer protection officials launched an investigation into the company over health claims My Pillow made about its product, including claims the pillow could prevent sleep loss associated with migraines, sleep apnea, neck pain, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and other health complaints. The consumer watchdog argued these claims were not backed by reliable scientific evidence.

According to investigators, My Pillow also marketed the pillow as "the Official Pillow of the National Sleep Foundation" without disclosing the financial connection with the group as required by law. While this claim is still on the company's website, the settlement requires removing the claim by the end of January 2017.

Under the settlement, My Pillow can no longer say its products can cure or treat health conditions like fibromyalgia, insomnia, and sleep apnea. My Pillow stopped making health claims about its products before the case began, according to My Pillow counsel Joe Springer. The company may not make such statements until it conducts clinical trials.

"We decided to pay out rather than pay millions to prove our innocence," Lindell said in a statement about the settlement.

According to Lindell, My Pillow will make the $100,000 donation to nonprofits in California that support domestic violence victims and the homeless.

The preliminary settlement is expected to be approved in early 2017.

My Pillow is still facing two class action lawsuits over its marketing. One of these complaints, filed in California, cites claims founder and inventor Mike Lindell makes that he is a "sleep expert" despite having "no expertise in sleep science or medicine." The class action also alleges the company used excerpts from third party news organizations in marketing to falsely make consumers believe these organizations had endorsed My Pillow.

A second class action filed in Oregon accuses the company of deceptive marketing in its "buy one get one free" promotion. The lawsuit alleges the company inflated the cost of one pillow so consumers would actually be buying two pillows at near the regular price of two pillows.

A separate California class action lawsuit brought again My Pillow, which settled last month, allows a $5 refund to households that purchased a pillow.

My Pillow, founded in 2005, experienced a sharp increase in sales after the company began airing 30-minute infomercials that featured founder Mike Lindell. In 2012, market research found that My Pillow ran more infomercials in the United States than any other company. My Pillow currently spends about $1 million per week on advertising, including infomercials. In February, Lindell told Consumer Reports that the company ran ads nightly across the country and up to 10 times per day on the Fox network.

Since 2005, My Pillow has sold more than 18 million pillows at $50 each with annual revenue of more than $100 million.


About the author: Mark Sadaka from Sadaka Associates, the leading Defective Product Attorney, has a national practice and works with clients from New York to Alaska.

Image: Ajel/Pixabay, CC0, US-PD

Effectively filling employment gaps in your resume

Customizing resumes for each employer helps improve suitability
Employers often prefer straightforward and to-the-point resumes
By Craftresumes Community

On the off chance that you have a long hole between occupations, fill that time with beneficial exercises and incorporate those exercises on your resume. 

Demonstrate managers and selection representatives your enthusiasm for your work and that you are evidently state-of-the-art.


There are some ways to fill in employment gaps:

Part time work


Temping is another option where the tasks are shorter, yet at any rate, there's an organization speaking to you and can go about as a kind of perspective expressing all your temp employments went well. This is essential as "short-spells" on a resume can in some cases raise a yellow banner with spotters worried with your capacity to stay with an organization long haul.

It's imperative to list these temp employments in a gathering under the organization speaking to you so it's reasonable they are all piece of one superseding contract.

Contract work


There is esteem in keeping on working, regardless of the possibility that you don't have a perpetual, full-time engagement. Contracting is an extraordinary approach to keeping your aptitudes sharp and get the presentation to new apparatuses or enterprises (regardless of the possibility that it's short-term). On the off chance that you can't get an agreement through a selection representative, consider contracting specifically with old customers or accomplices, or even companions.

The main hitch in this approach is the point at which the engagement is not a "honest to goodness wander Spotters tend to sniff out fake resume help and drop hopefuls quickly. Keep in mind, their notoriety is at stake with every competitor they exhibit. On the off chance that they are not kidding about their vocation, they have a tendency to be exceptionally intensive. So ensure you can speak to yourself well as to your agreement employments—have a long venture portrayal and results to talk about.

On your resume, you ought to list these engagements like you would whatever other. The organization name may be yours, yet it ought to be an official organization (i.e., LLC) to present it as real. Similar projectiles on deliverables and results ought to be incorporated. Try not to regard this engagement as any less critical than the others recorded or it will seem less generous. In all actuality, you may have adapted more in six months working for yourself than some other open door in your past. Those achievements ought to be incorporated. If you need help in CV writing, a professional resume writers will make it better than anyone.

Compose or potentially talk


A few associates you know, who are specialists in their field, fill the unemployment crevice with visitor speaker and composing engagements. They give classes on a wide range of topic for which they have a solid notoriety. This can pay a couple bills and fabricate believability. Also, obviously, prompt to profitable systems administration or potentially contract engagements.

Volunteering


Volunteering is another choice. Concentrate on volunteering in an occupation that is identified with the field of work you are seeking after. For instance, if your field is advertising, attempt to assist a non-benefit with their showcasing materials, systems, arranging, or process.

A few organizations are putting forth non-paid temporary jobs that may prompt to a stable situation. These should be weighed painstakingly. Solicit what rate from understudies turn out to be full-time, paid representatives (and why some haven't).

Get prepared


Amid unemployed periods, it is additionally invaluable to go to instructional classes or classes you've been intending to take. Particularly in zones that would grow your skill in new, yet related components of your field. In spite of the fact that, getting up to speed on the most recent update of a product instrument might be profitable, it doesn't add another measurement to your resume. Getting guaranteed (like a PMP for venture directors) can likewise include genuinely necessary validity and separation to your resume. Before you put resources into an accreditation or degree, examine the employment opportunities on a site like Indeed.com to perceive how frequently it is specified or, far and away superior, required for a few occupations.

So that you should:

Keeping on working, whether as a contractual worker, a volunteer, or a brief representative, stays up with the latest, grows your system, and fills a hole on your resume. Keep in mind, in this economy; it is normal to hit a hindrance amid your profession. How you handle it is the thing that has the effect going ahead.

About the author: This article was written by Craftresumes Community.

Image: CC BY-SA 3.0; "Curriculum Vitae"; http://nyphotographic.com 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Commercial transport fuel emissions, safety and technological advancements

Fuel efficiency reduces emissions and supports business
Technological advancements allow logistics suppliers to use dual fuel systems
By: Go Supply Chain, Logistics and Supply Chain Consultancy 

In recent years a lot of progress has been made with regards to lowering emissions and making commercial transport more fuel efficient with less environmental impact. Technology and government legislation has also made commercial transport safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

The future commercial transport demand is expected to grow in line with GDP throughout the whole of Europe. The cost of fuel forms a major portion of overall operational costs for all transport businesses. As the FT reported in April 2015, fuel volatility is a major concern for businesses in the transport sector. Technological solutions have been found to drive down exposure to fuel price volatility whilst increasing safety and security, we are going to look at some of these technologies in the post below. Further advancements are still required.

Fuel technology

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is transforming truck fuel systems and a number of companies have developed dual fuel systems for use in HGVs.

Dual fuel systems have the capability to reduce a transport companys' cost per mile and such systems also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With dual fuel systems there is usually no change to the diesel engine or to the way fuel is administered and burnt. With many dual fuel technologies the engine itself is unaltered but a gas injection system and an externally fitted ECU are usually added. In-cylinder temperatures and pressures remain within the limits of pure diesel operation.

Environmental impact

Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and affects air quality at the roadside, the UK Government says, they are supporting the market for innovative forms of transport and encouraging a move to cleaner and lower carbon vehicles.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is promoting the use of longer semi-trailers, “FTA is a supporter of the use of longer semi-trailers as they provide significant environmental and efficiency benefits,” said Andy Mair, Head of Engineering at FTA.

HGV safety

Transport for London (TfL) recently commissioned research to find out why HGVs are disproportionately involved in collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in London.
Researchers from Loughborough University said “If you seriously want to reduce the number of collisions involving vulnerable road users and HGVs you have to improve the direct field of vision for drivers – and from our research this means lowering HGV cab designs or adopting low entry cab designs”.

The high number of fatalities involving HGVs led TFL to launch the safer lorry scheme. The scheme came into force in September 2015 and requires vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with better mirrors and side guards which aim to prevent cyclists from being dragged under the wheels.
TFL say, “The scheme ensures that only lorries with basic safety equipment fitted will be allowed on London's roads. Under London's scheme, most vehicles that are currently exempt from national legislation for basic safety equipment will have to be retrofitted. This includes construction vehicles, which are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians.”

Equipment innovations

Technology inside the cab is assisting drivers in many ways. Cameras with large displays and touch screens are being tested and will likely replace side view mirrors soon, cameras will reduce wind resistance, cutting fuel consumption and those ever important greenhouse gasses.

Cameras can aid in the recognition of traffic signs by incorporating them into the driver’s display. Camera technology can also alert drivers that they are of drifting out of a lane by vibrating their seat or the steering wheel.


About the author: This post was written and supplied on behalf of Go Supply Chain, Logistics and Supply Chain Consultancy

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