Saving, investing and making money with technology

Month: April 2016

How Technology Can Help With Addiction

Whether it’s drugs or alcohol, these days there’s an app for that. You may scoff, but of the millions of apps available, from games to fitness, some of them can really help make your life better. And, if there’s an app that can help you avoid falling off the wagon, or help you get through recovery, why wouldn’t you use it?

Addiction isn’t easy, and neither is recovery. Rehab can be costly, but for addicts it can also be a lifesaver. Why not use anything you can, once you are out of rehab, to help you keep from going back in?

Apps For Alcoholics

While there are breathalyzer apps available for smartphones, this isn’t an app that is going to help a recovering alcoholic. You need to avoid the alcohol, not wonder how much you have already drank. However, for someone that has not reached alcoholic status, this app can save lives and money.

If you want apps that will help you, there are some. You can find apps where you can speak to other addicts, for both alcoholics and drug addicts. Find someone to talk you down before it’s too late, get on an app.

There are also AA apps that will remind you of your commandments in staying sober. You can also use it to find the nearest meeting, no matter where you are.

Apps For Drug Addicts

Recovering drug addicts aren’t alone with apps like Twenty Four Hours A Day. This particular app uses things like meditation and prayers to help addicts get through each and every day. It isn’t the only app for addicts though.

Although many of the apps aren’t free, they tend to be affordable and worth the small price you’ll pay for something right in your hand to help you stay off drugs. You can also find apps that with help you find NA meetings, just like with AA.

You Need More Than Just An App

While all of these apps are great, they aren’t a replacement for meetings or human connection. You still need to go to your meetings, get therapy, attend rehab when needed, and communicate with your own friends and family. You need to remember there are plenty of people out there that want to help you.

Plus, that little extra boost of motivation to stay clean and sober, even when it comes from technology, may make the difference in your life. Spend a little money and save yourself from the cost of rehab, or worse costs.

Addiction is a pricey thing. It’s a lot cheaper to pay for a few smartphone apps than it is to pay for the family you could lose, the jail time and missed work you could experience, and it’s a lot cheaper than losing your life to drugs and alcohol.

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Brandify App and Website Awarded at The 22ND Annual Communicator Awards

brandify1Anaheim, CA– (April 27, 2016) – Brandify, the industry-leading provider of location-based digital marketing solutions that enables brands to connect better with their consumers, today announced two wins at the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards logo-header-white-en program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

Brandify was recognized with the 2016 Silver Award of Distinction in the Mobile Apps – Business category. Brandify’s recently released native app, dubbed The Brandify App, won for its user-friendly interface which enables marketers to better understand and track the progress of their brand’s online performance. With The Brandify App, users across an organization can respond to customer reviews and seamlessly publish location data and content to local listings and social channels.

Brandify’s website also received the 2016 Silver Award of Distinction in the Websites – Marketing category. The website was rewarded for its impressive depiction of the chaotic nature of the local search ecosystem through an interactive particle animation on the home screen which demonstrates how Brandify connects the dots in a busy data ecosystem.

“These awards are testament to the tireless work of our team that we’ve been able to develop a mobile product and website engineered for a strong user experience,” said Manish Patel, CEO of Brandify. “Everything we develop is with the user experience in mind and designed to help our customers foster stronger connections with their own customers. We look forward to continue innovating the space for our clients and stakeholders alike through our website and mobile solutions.”

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

“The work entered in the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards serves as a benchmark in gauging the innovative ideas and capabilities of communications and marketing professionals around the world. Each year, our entrants continue to amaze by reinventing the ways we communicate and market in an ever-changing industry,” noted Linda Day, executive director of the Academy Interactive and Visual Arts.

These awards come on the heels of Brandify’s recent announcement introducing Brandify Mobile, a comprehensive suite of services designed to help brands better connect with their customers. To learn more about Brandify, Brandify Mobile, the company’s Brand Score technology and the company’s suite of location-based digital marketing solutions, please visit www.brandify.com. For more information about the Communicator Awards, please visit www.communicatorawards.com.

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About Brandify                       

Brandify is an industry-leading provider of location-based digital marketing solutions that provides brands with a better understanding of their connection to their customers. Brandify does this by capturing data as well as providing technology, strategy and customized services to help brands maximize their online presence and drive customers to their locations. Established in 1997, Brandify (formerly known as Where2GetIt) powers more than 500 brands and serves more than 4.5 million brick and mortar locations. Brandify has channel strength that reaches millions of consumers around the world. CEO Manish Patel has led Brandify in developing local marketing solutions that include the brand score platform, scalable local SEO, local advertising, mobile-local technologies and local-social marketing tools.

About The Communicator Awards:

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. This year’s Communicator Awards received thousands of entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Please visit www.communicatorawards.com for more information.

The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit aiva.org for a full member list and more information.

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Easy Ways You Can Save Money On Vacation

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Vacationing is the bomb, but it also has the tendency to be extremely expensive. It’s not one expense that necessarily makes the act of traveling so costly, it’s actually all of the little expenses put together.

When you think about the fact that you’re uprooting yourself and your family from your normal life for a week or more, the things you normally don’t have to pay for are not covered. Expenses include eating out for every meal every day, paying for lodging accommodations, and other things like paying for a rental car.

When you’re home, you’ve got your housing covered, you’re not eating out every meal of every day, and you’re paying way less money for your car payment. Vacation makes it so that you’re tacking on expenses to the expenses you already have to pay at home. That’s why it’s expensive.

With all this being said, there are ways you can easily save money on vacation. Here’s how:

Get A Place With A Full Kitchen

As mentioned above, if you’re just staying in a hotel on your travels, this means that you’re going to be buying meals for everyone in your family a minimum of three times a day. That’s honestly the place where the bulk of your money can go.

To avoid all the costs of food on the road, book a room that has a fully operating place to prepare food. AKA, a kitchen. Not a mini fridge. Not a microwave. A full kitchen. When you arrive in town, do some grocery shopping, do breakfast and lunch in, and hit the town for dinner. You’ll cut your costs of food in half, at least.

Share Meals

Considering the fact that most restaurants give you enough food for two or three people, it shouldn’t be a problem to share a dish with somebody else to cut costs. You might even consider going family style. Everybody will get to taste a little of everything, the bill will be less, and there won’t be a bunch of food left over. It’s an easy way to cut costs while vacationing. If you’re hungry later, hit the grocery store for a light snack. It’s easy and cheap.

Do Free Activities

Large cities have a lot of activities you can participate in for free. There are always parks, the ocean, and main street to peruse. Nobody said you had to buy all the things and do all the tourist attractions. If you do want to do the attractions, figure out a way to do them cheaper than the door rate would charge. For example, New York has the New York Pass which allows you free entry to over 80 attractions for the purchase of the pass.

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5 Ways To Communicate With Clients For Better Financial Flow

When it comes to money and technology, your best friend is good communication techniques, and the hardware and software solutions that make those techniques possible. All throughout human history, the businesses that have had the best handle on ways to transfer information are the ones who have succeeded in the long run.

So if you want to add some financial finesse to your own company’s bottom line, starting with communication isn’t a bad idea, and a few ways to make this happen include opening up the possibility of business text messaging, using opt-in email, working with built-in CMS messaging systems, using video conferencing, and even working inside something like the PayPal system.

Open Up Text Possibilities

Probably the least-used modern way of communications when it comes to business affairs is the use the of text and MMS. For whatever reason, companies have generally not set up ways to use MMS for customer interaction. In theory, text messages would come in as troubleshooting or information requests, and they would queue in a way that company representatives would then handle them one by one, giving responses as appropriate. Think of the trust you could build in this way, as well as saving money for both customer and client!

Opt-In Emails

And as long as company emails are wanted and looked forward to (as in the case of permission marketing), it’s one of the most obvious and effective ways to get across a message to clients as well. Considering that you can also add things like digital coupons or even links to different aspects of your company line now, emails are still one of the most essential and effective methods of transferring vital communication.

Built In CMS Messaging

Within your content management system (like WordPress or Joomla), there are a tremendous number of powerful tools when it comes to user communication. There are anonymous, private and public ways to communicate depending on the type of information requested and the degree of moderation required, but messages transferred in this way can ultimately lead to all sorts of sales goals.

Via Video Conferencing

In terms of face to face digital sales, it’s hard to beat something like Skype. With one simple call and a decent wifi connection on both ends, you can go over financial options with clients and pick up all of the visual and auditory cues you need during the session.

Through PayPal Transactions

And finally, for quick and easy information and financial flow in one, using PayPal as a business tool is a smart route as well. You can add messages to financial transactions, and all of the recording of these transfers are automatically archived for both parties as well!

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3 Ways Addiction Treatment Can Save You Money

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With nearly 24 million American suffering from addiction every year, it is easy to see how prevalent this problem has become. A recent study analyzing projected longevity of life for impoverished 40 year olds showed a distinct difference between certain geographical areas. So what was the link that was lessening lives?

While this is a complex problem, one speculation was that the “opioid belt” along the midwest was a contributing factor. The addiction to opioids has become prevalent at the encouragement of the pharmaceutical industry and ready availability to doctors. While all addictions are costly, prescription medications can be one of the most expensive for addicts.

Unfortunately, many people who become addicted to a drug that was prescribed by their doctor fail to recognize the signs of addiction. This can be an exceedingly costly mistake, both monetarily and in the value of their life. The key to being freed from the prison of addiction lies in successful treatment and recovery. Included here are a few ways addiction treatment can save you money.

Cost of Addiction

Perhaps the most obvious way addiction treatment can save you money is by reducing the amount of money you are spending on addictive substances. Even a person who drinks one glass of cheap wine per night is forking over roughly $1,300 per year. For those who are addicted to cigarettes, heroin, or opioids the cost is substantially higher.

By gaining treatment for your addiction, you can save enormous amounts of money and perhaps contribute to a better quality of life for yourself and your family. Imagine if you have $1,300 to blow on a family vacation each year? Or in the instance of the $20,000 or $30,000 a year saved by quitting other addictions, you could pay cash for a brand-new car!

Lifetime Earnings

Another way treating your addiction can save you money is through simple earnings. Your career, work performance and potential for promotion are greatly affected by your addiction. By getting clean, you will be higher functioning at work and will earn more over the course of your lifetime.

Healthcare

Perhaps the most expensive way addiction damages your finances is through healthcare costs. The long-term effects of alcoholism, meth, heroin or cocaine can be life-threatening and irreversible. Cirrhosis of the liver is a very real disease that occurs when abusing alcohol, and cannot be undone by simply quitting your addiction.

With healthcare costs skyrocketing every year, long-term health problems can easily cost you millions. By treating your addiction and starting on the path to recovery early, you can help avoid damage to your health and save money on your lifelong healthcare costs.

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5 Ways Technology Can Save Your Business Money

As any business owner knows, careful money management can be the key to your success. After all of your overhead and expenses have been met, you are left with your revenue, essentially your profit, from the month past. The key to being financially successful in business is in defining how many of your expenses are truly necessary.

For example, being careful to evaluate each and every cost and fee could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. While some business owners find they lack the time to evaluate their costs, simply looking into it once a year could be more than worth your time monetarily. Included here are a few tips for utilizing technology in a way to save your business money.

Upgrade Phone Systems

One of the most beneficial ways to cut costs and improve your business efficiency can be through implementing an upgraded phone system. A phone system that utilizes your cloud and properly manages calls can save you hundreds of dollars per year. Phone systems can be updated in more ways than simply changing out your headsets.

Cloud based phone systems are now rising in popularity among small business owners due to their cost-efficiency and improved functioning capacity. Cloud based systems allow business owners to simply upgrade their phone headsets while utilizing cloud based technology. This means they can avoid costly hardware installations and replacement, as well as frequent upgrades.

Go Paperless

While many business owners may see paperless functioning principles as based solely in being environmentally conscious, going paperless can actually reap great rewards for the business itself. Your company will save thousands of dollars each year on paper products as well as postage. Additionally, you can gain rapport with your clientele through the eco-friendly angle.

Utilizing technology to eliminate your company’s paper consumption is fairly simple. For instance, require emailed account statements as well as eliminate paper billing. Utilize an email system for monthly “mailings” and avoid excessive paper pamphlets.

Advertise Online

Another great way to cut down your costs can be by utilizing free advertising services online. Social media will not cost your company anything but can be a great way to interact with your consumer. Hiring a basic social media manager part-time can allow you to keep your customers updated on products as well as interactive with the company.

Additionally, internet advertising offers direct results and helpful feedback. You will be able to track which keywords and advertising campaigns resulted in greater web traffic as well as which tactics fell flat. No more guessing about who heard about you from where, you can now directly track the progress of customers to your door!

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WARNING: Do Not Watch This Video In a Public Place !

CLICK HERE FOR BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS, NOW !

The 11-Second Video Clip You’re About to See
is Shocking… and Is Not Safe For Work.

 

Dear Reader,

 

In exactly 3 minutes I’m going to show you a short, 11-second video clip that changes everything…

The video will blow your mind.

It will also open up a huge new set of possibilities…

But fair warning – the video is something people call “NSFW,” or not safe for work.

If you’re timid or of the faint of heart, please click out of this page right now. What you’re about to witness is definitely not right for you.

But I’m showing it to you today to make a very important point…

See, Fortune magazine reported that the technology behind what you’re about to see “promises entirely different experiences.”

Fortune also reports one company’s prediction that the kind of advance you’re about to see will be a $30 billion business by 2020.

30. Billion. Dollars.

To put that $30 billion in context, just last year Business Insider estimated this market at $37 million a year.

That means the technology behind this “not safe for work” video you’re about to see… could be on the verge of 81,000% growth by 2020.

That’s an average 20,000% growth a year.

For four straight years.

That’s why mega-giants like Samsung and Disney are racing to develop this new technology.

And it’s why Facebook has invested more than $2 billion to try to get an edge in this new tech race.

As one of the world’s leading technology analysts, it’s my job to follow the flow of all that money.

You see, CNN Money… Fox News… the Washington Post… they’ve all written about this new technology.

But not a single source showed you how to profit from what you’re about to see.

Today, that all changes.

You get a chance to find out how to put the earliest wealth from this story right in your pocket.

You’ll be armed with everything you need to know to potentially profit from this amazing game-changer…

Including the details behind the companies involved, the specific ticker symbols to buy, and how much money you stand to make.

First, though, I need to cover the technology.

And rather than me trying to tell you about this new technology, I’m simply going to show it you instead.

Again, a warning…

Please make sure you’re not watching this in a public place.

Ready…

Let me show you that clip right now.

What you just watched was a reporter’s first experience with…

Virtual Reality pornography.

Now, I’m sure you have strong feelings about the porn industry.

Please don’t let them distract you from the amazing breakthrough you just witnessed.

All you need to know about the porn industry is that, agree with it or not, it’s responsible for many of the online breakthroughs we use in everyday life today…

  • The rise of digital cameras can be traced back to the porn industry, eventually leading to investors making 237% in just 4 short months from companies like Go PRO…
  • The origins of online payment portals can be tracked back to porn, leading to companies like eBay acquiring Paypal… and putting $1.5 billion into early investor’s pockets.
  • Even the music videos and family home videos we’re able to post on Youtube wouldn’t have been possible if the porn industry hadn’t made online video streaming possible.

And by the way, as I’m sure you know, Google bought Youtube for a whopping $1.65 billion.

What all that means is simple…

When it comes to breaking new technology, CNN reports, “In The Tech World Porn Quietly Leads the Way.”

Simply follow the technology… and you could make a fortune as an investor.

And that brings me back full circle to the video clip you just saw.

The key phrase you need to remember is “virtual reality.”

Because this virtual reality breakthrough that the porn industry’s now found is bigger than all their past discoveries…

And could create more profits for investors than any other technology…

More money than the Youtube buyout of $1.65 billion…

More money than the Go Pro cameras that quickly tripled investor’s cash in late 2014…

More money than the online payment portals that received buyouts of $1.5 billion…

More money than all those things…

Combined.

Marketwatch.com reports virtual reality is “the next ‘mega tech theme’ in the U.S., akin to the mobile-phone industry 15 years ago.”

They predict that the porn industry’s use of virtual reality alone will soon be a $1 billion business.

The applications, however, are more far reaching, and way more important than pornography…

In a moment, I’ll show you how this changes everything.

  • From the way you’ll watch NFL games (projected to soon be a $1.23 billion industry…)
  • To the way your grand kids will experience video games (where virtual reality is expected to add $1.4 billion…)
  • To the future of education… to the way we train our military and law enforcement… to how we travel…

The possibilities are endless.

That’s why CNN Money reported, “We’re in for a big change…”

Time magazine also called one version of this technology, “A very exciting glimpse into the future…”

MIT Technology Review wrote on November 3 that Google made a big bet to try to leapfrog in front of virtual reality technology.

And Business Insider recently wrote about how Apple swooped in and bought a company making some of the biggest gains in one part of this story…

When you see the full scope of this, you’ll agree it could make you richer than you ever imagined…

With Virtual Reality, you’ll be able to have…

Any Experience Ever… On Demand…
At Your Fingertips

Here’s how this technology works…

Suppose you took a camera and went around a room snapping photos every few seconds.

Every object gets a photo snap – CLICK!

Now, you upload those photos to a program you can interact with…

… And you can experience any place on earth. At any time. No matter where you are.

That’s it. That’s what’s happening right now.

It could make select fast-movers like you incredibly wealthy.

Now hold on!

What I’m going to show you ISN’T “virtual reality” like you’ve seen it before in movies and in sci-fi books.

This isn’t like the movie The Matrix.

Virtual reality, as I’ll prove to you today, is actually the most profound and liberating advance to come along since flight, computers, cellphones, heck… even the car.

It’s also poised to kick off the biggest market boom any of us have ever seen.

Samsung and Facebook, for example, are both releasing devices regular people like you and me can use to do everything we’ve discussed so far…

And word from sites like Venture Beat is Sony has a device they’re also launching soon that’ll work in combination with their PlayStation gaming console.

Venture Beat also said mobile applications for virtual reality alone could be a $15.9 billion industry by 2019.

This is all part of that 81,000% total industry growth that is possible…

And it’s central to your big-picture gain opportunity if you take action today.

Two Years, Dozens of Meetings, and 11,000 Air Miles Later… My Research Tells Me This Is the Biggest Story Any of Us Have Ever Seen

My name, by the way, is Ray Blanco. I’m the Chief Technology Officer for Agora Financial in Baltimore, MD.

Agora Financial’s one of the largest independent publishers of big new ideas in the world.

Over 1.8 million people just like you read our research every day, in fact. More people read Agora Financial each day, for example, than read the Washington Post.

When the promises of virtual reality crossed my desk two years ago, I didn’t believe it was real.

Then, after a trip to Las Vegas last January when I saw it up close, I became interested.

While in Vegas, I talked to every expert I could find. I logged thousands of air miles to get to the bottom of the story.

I read every book I could find on the subject – fiction and non-fiction – stretching back to the early 1960s. I scoured scientific papers from schools like CalTech and MIT.

I wanted every piece of evidence at my disposal before I broke this story wide-open for you.

Now, I’m ready to spill all the beans and show you all my research – including the company names and ticker symbols that allow you to get in on the ground floor of this new breakthrough…

Potentially multiply your money in ways you never thought possible.

Before we get to the specific ways to profit, let’s pan out… and look at the full scope of how Virtual Reality changes everything.

How to Have Dinner with Shakespeare

With virtual reality, you could have dinner with this man…

Dinner’s on me tonight.
That’s William Shakespeare.

He’s got a bag full of great stories to share with you during your dinner.

From writing Romeo & Juliet to what it was like performing at the Globe Theater in 1603.

If you’re not a big Shakespeare fan, it’s ok. He won’t be offended if you decline his invite.

How about dinner with Jackie Robinson or Teddy Roosevelt instead?

Eat well. Have fun. Then get some sleep.

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Dataiku Predictive Analytics Now On Microsoft Azure

Dataiku’s Data Science Studio (DSS) is now available on Microsoft Azure, allowing data professionals of all skill levels to create and deploy complex dataflows that transform raw data into business impacting applications.

 

New York, NY –   Dataiku, maker of Dataiku Data Science Studio (DSS), has today announced that the company’s flagship product is now available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. DSS is an end-to-end platform that enables data teams of all skill levels to create powerful predictive analytics solutions using the latest data analysis and machine learning technologies.  

 

DSS provides data professionals with an intuitive interface that gives analytics teams the ability to explore data from multiple data sources (Hadoop, Spark, SQL databases, etc) and leverage the tools and programing languages (SQL, Python, R, etc) they are already familiar with. DSS is able to connect to all types of data sources such as CSV files, SQL databases, MongoDB, HP Vertica, Amazon Redshift, Hadoop, Spark, and more.

 

By combining the capabilities of DSS with the speed and scale of Azure, new analytics paradigms can be created, allowing data professionals to create adaptive solutions that can react to changes in data and create advanced “what-if” scenarios, while taking advantage of the convenience, speed, and agility of Azure.

 

“We are excited to make DSS available on Microsoft Azure. This allows any sized business to simply and easily develop their own predictive analytics solution within the cloud,” said Thomas Cabrol, co-founder of Dataiku and Director of Partnerships. “The combination of Microsoft Azure and DSS allows teams to collaborate using DSS’s web-based interface to design, build, and actually deploy data products quickly and effectively all the while utilizing the technologies and machine learning techniques they know best.”

 

“In today’s business environment, analyzing and ultimately utilizing the massive amounts of data available is important for any size business to stay competitive,” said Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp. “Using Dataiku Data Science Studio, our mutual customers can merge the power of predictive analytics with the speed and agility of Microsoft Azure.”

 

 

To learn more about Dataiku DSS visit: http://www.dataiku.com/dss/trynow/azure/

 

About Dataiku

Dataiku develops Dataiku Data Science Studio, the unique advanced analytics software solution that enables companies to build and deliver their own data products more efficiently. Thanks to a collaborative and team-based user interface for data scientists and beginner analysts, to a unified framework for both development and deployment of data projects, and to immediate access to all the features and tools required to design data products from scratch, users can easily apply machine learning and data science techniques to all types, sizes, and formats of raw data to build and deploy predictive data flows.

 

More than 70 customers in industries ranging from e-commerce, to industrial factories, to finance, to insurance, to healthcare, and pharmaceuticals use Dataiku DSS on a daily basis to collaboratively build predictive dataflows to detect fraud, reduce churn, optimize internal logistics, predict future maintenance issues, and more. Dataiku has offices in Paris and New York.

 

Dataiku raised $3.7 million in 2015 from two investors to grow its sales and tech team and international development initiatives.

 

www.dataiku.com

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Home Maintenance Tips to Save You Money in the Long Run

Saving

People realize that the factors that eat up their finances in life are not the big things like mortgage and car payments – although they can be…the real culprit that is draining the pockets of millions of people all over the world is the little expenses in life that add up to be a big price tag. The spending habits, the routine maintenance on homes and cars, the grooming products, the diapers, the meals out…these are the real elements that take your money and flush it down the drain.

That’s life, in many cases. However, you don’t need to be spending the amount of money you’re spending on these things on a regular basis. If you’d just change a few habits and think about the long term before you spend, you’ll find you have more money than you think, and you’ll be able to afford that vacation you’ve been dreaming of for the last 5 years.

To save money, start in the home and follow these home maintenance tips:

Seal your Grout

Grout is often laid in spots of the home that are high traffic areas and places like bathrooms and showers where bacteria and moisture can easily grow and settle in, making the grout look unsightly and making it more likely to need to be redone.

You might have a good habit of cleaning your grout, but if you don’t have it professionally sealed, the porous material will always be a place where dirt will lurk and you won’t be able to get it back to like-new conditions by your own accord. When you put the investment in upfront to seal your grout, you safeguard yourself from these factors and more which would cause you a good chunk of money over the course of time.  

Clean Your Filters

As much as it might not seem like a problem, your filters can actually be a huge hazard when not routinely checked and cleaned or emptied. Think of your dryer filter. You’re always sending electricity and hot air through it, creating a lot of friction, and if you have dry fibers and lint clogging up the filter, the chances at a fire starting can be extremely costly to you. The same goes for fireplace filters and air filters.

Clean the Gutters

In the same way that leaving your filters unchecked and caked full of flammable material is a danger to you, your home, and your wallet, neglecting the gutters is also a hazard. This is especially true if you live in an area where a lot of foliage and other substances that get stuck or caught in your gutters.

To save yourself the pain of a possible fire in either regard, whether in your dryer or on your rooftop, take the time to clean. Your gutters should be cleaned a minimum of once a year, even more if there is heavy exposure to leaves or pine needles.

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Money Through Media: 4 Ways SEO Can Boost Revenue

SEO Money

In recent years, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become a more widely comprehended concept and found necessary for many industries. Simply put, SEO makes your company rank higher on search engine pages creating a greater quantity of page traffic. The average consumer will overlook paid ads on google and skip down to organic results. Additionally, 75% of search engine users will never look past the first page of results.

Imagine if your result was always landing on the second page? How many potential customers have you lost each day? The key to generating more website traffic, and in turn more revenue, is through Search Engine Optimization. Included here are a few ways that SEO boosts your revenue.

Invaluable Advertising

The ability to show up first on a search engine is a priceless marketing opportunity. You can’t pay Google millions to be the first result, it has to be done through Search Engine Optimization. Being first in the rankings often gives consumers the impression that your company is one of the best and you have developed a good reputation.

Imagine that someone is looking to do business with you and they walk into your office because you are the first company they thought of? This is essentially what SEO allows you to be. You can be the first line of communication for someone who is looking to re-roof their house or gain financial management tips.

Keyword Phrases

One of the biggest ways that SEO works is through utilizing keyword phrases and searches. For example, someone who is looking to buy honey may search “local honey near Seattle, WA.” Clearly, you will want that type of keyword phrase to link the consumer to your bee farm. Finding which keywords generate the most business is how SEO works for you.

Contrary to some belief, more keywords are not necessarily better. The trick is in finding a focused sentence and gaining targeted traffic. Simply getting results for “honey Seattle” may not be relevant to your business. Honey could be a local band, grocery store or something else, so getting that keyword search would actually be a hindrance to you.

Local Listings

Having your business listed as a local listing can help you generate more traffic and rank higher on Google. Google values local listings from sites like Foursquare, Google Places and Yellow Pages. To give your SEO an additional boost, have your site listed locally and utilize appropriate, focused keywords.

Know Your Area

In addition to local listings, the business should know their local area, including holidays, festivals and seasonal changes. If your city has a popular festival that people travel to, you should utilize the festival name in your keyword search. For example, a hotel company may couple “Lavender Fest” with “Seattle 3-star hotels” to gain even more relevant traffic.

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