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Effective Water Management for Indoor Plants

Guest Post: By Ana Symraina

The Key to Plant Care

The key to a long and healthy plant life is water management.  Indoor plant care is very manageable with the most basic of information.

The Intelligent Ice-cream STICK method is brilliant yet very simple and applies to all plants in all types of containers:

If in doubt as to whether your plant requires a watering, use an Ice-cream stick to test for moisture.  Just as you would use a toothpick to check to see if your muffins are done; insert an Ice-cream stick into the base of the plant stems.  Pull the stick out and either notice if any soil is clinging to the stick.  If soil clings to the stake, this is an indication there is moisture in the root zone.  Alternatively, feel the stick for moisture levels (dry, moist or wet).  Depending on the care for your particular plant, you can make a watering decision from there. To extend the life of your Ice-cream Stick, remove it from the plant and “keep it in a dry place between uses.

Light levels are the most relative factor associated with watering routines.  Plants do require varying water management in association with their unique characteristics but light levels are the most important factor.

As light levels increase and decrease; so should our watering routines.  The changing seasons require a little extra attention as this is when we need to retrain ourselves with our watering routines.  In general; plan to increase your watering in Spring then maintain this more frequent ‘summer routine’ until Fall when watering should be tapered off to a less frequent ‘winter routine’.

As a simple example for an average indoor plant; if you are watering once per week in Summer, your Winter watering will be reduced to once every 2 weeks.

General Plant Care guidelines for glass vases with pebbles, sand, bark or decorative granules:

  • Resist any temptation to fill the vase with water
  • Water sparingly according to the label directions
  • Little to no water should remain in the bottom of the vase following watering.

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How to Care for your Coffea Arabica plant

Last Updated: 3rd September, 2019

Coffee or “coffea arabica” plants are a perfect addition to any home, adding to the elegance of your home.  They are generous growers that can continue to grow for many years, reaching up to 15 feet or more.    This plant has glossy dark green leaves that have ruffled edge.  The coffee tree is actually a variety of a tropical evergreen shrub.

Caring for your coffea houseplant

Coffea plants like filtered indirect bright sunlight, but they can also grow in less light as well.  Coffee plants are prone to whitefly, scale and mealy bugs. If you find these pests on your plants, spray a soapy mixture for 2 weeks.

After 3 or 4 years, this plant will begin to produce star-shaped white flowers that smell like jasmine.  These flowers are followed by green fruits that change to red then dark brown/black as they continue to ripen.  Inside the fruit, are two beans (or seeds) that can be roasted and ground up to make your morning cup of joe.

Watering your Coffee tree plant

When watering the coffea arabica plant, it is best to keep the soil moist but not soggy.  Use 1/3 of a cup of water, and pour near the base of the plant. Adjust your watering amounts as the months change.  One great thing about these plants is that the leaves are a big indication of when you need to water.  If it’s time, the leaves will become droopy.  See below for an example of the leaves drooping.   You can also mist your plant occasional with warm water and clean the leaves with a damp cloth.

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Can this plant make coffee beans?

If you are patient, eventually this plant can produce coffee beans. Learn more about Coffee Facts here…

It typically takes 6 years for the plant to begin to produce fruit (or beans).  The coffee bean fruit appears in the summer.  Once the green shaped fruit turns to a dark brown, black color, it is ripe enough to pick.  Once you have harvested enough beans, you will then have to roast them.  There are many home type roasters out there, check out your local retailers or search on the Internet for your most convenient option.

Reviving a dying Coffee Plant

If you recently bought a new small Coffee Plant from the local nursery / store and it looks to be dying after a month or having brown tips at the edge of the leaves, then you can revive it easily by following simple steps…

A tropical indoor plant, coffee appreciates abundant levels of relative humidity. If the air in your home is too dry, your coffee plant may end up with brown leaf tips or edges. Boost humidity to keep new leaves healthy. 

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5 Mistakes to avoid in Bahamas

Last Updated: 7th Aug, 2019

Mistakes to Avoid in Bahamas

For sun deprived Canadians and Americans, the Bahamas offers an idyllic getaway with beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, and a slew of relaxing activities.

It’s no surprise, then, that this is one of the Caribbean’s most popular vacation destinations. However, just like any other country, there is a list of first-timer mistakes you should avoid while visiting. Here are five tips on how to stay safe and make the most of your time (and money) in the Bahamas. 

1. Wandering Alone at Night in the Bahamas

Like everywhere else in the world, it’s wise to take proper precautions while out at night. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly in Nassau, as the risk of crime increases after dark., however you are pretty safe at Atlantis Bahamas. Avoid walking alone after sunset, especially around poorly-lit and deserted locations, such as streets and beaches. Nightclubs and music venues provide a chance to experience local culture, though tourists should stick to heavily populated areas and walk in a group. 

While the Bahamian islands are generally considered safe for female travelers overall, it’s a good idea to dress modestly, as this is still a conservative country in many areas. This also means covering up when leaving beach areas during the day, especially since many spots away from the sand require a certain standard of dress. Women have also reported some incidents of verbal (mostly non-threatening) and sexual harassment while traveling around the Bahamas. Drink-spiking has also been reported here, so beware of friendly strangers who may want to buy you a drink, and never leave your beverage unattended. Pickpocketing, snatch-and-grab, and other petty crimes are also possible. As a result, heightened police presence and check points can be expected. Keep your valuables hidden, take only what you need with you for the day, and don’t leave your belongings unattended, even at the beach. Credit card fraud can also occur in the Bahamas, so keep an eye on your card at all times, and let your bank know when you are traveling, in case of suspicious transactions. 

2. Traveling During Hurricane Season in the Bahamas

This is a tough one because there can be some great prices, low crowds, and potentially fantastic weather in the off-season. That being said, June through November is the official hurricane season in the Bahamas, so you’ll likely want to avoid this time of year, if possible. If you’re going to take your chances and visit during the storm season, monitor local reports and check with your airline to ensure your travel plans won’t experience any delays. Travelers should also get insurance during these months to protect their trip investment. Travel insurance provides reimbursement for pre-paid, non-refundable expenses, if you need to cancel a trip for a covered reason, such as damage to your resort from a recent hurricane. 

3. Riding in Unmarked Taxis in the Bahamas

Whether you need to get to your hotel from the airport or want to explore Nassau, you should always avoid taxis that appear unlicensed. And while you’re at it, don’t hop in any licensed taxi without negotiating a fare first. Unlike other major cities around the world, most taxis in the Bahamas don’t use meters, which can make the payment process tricky. Instead of getting yourself into a sticky situation with your taxi driver, make sure to negotiate a rate upfront, especially when you’re out on the town drinking and enjoying the nightlife. Your best bet: Ask the front door staff at your hotel or resort, or the restaurant or club you’re visiting, to arrange a licensed taxi for you.

4. Expecting Punctuality on the Island

Like many Caribbean residents, Bahamians are extremely laid-back. This relaxed local lifestyle helps put tourists into the vacation spirit, but travelers expecting promptness and punctuality (New Yorkers, you know who you are) may be thrown off at first. Island time means restaurants are often slow to take orders and serve food, and guided tours and transportation options may depart later than the specified time. Rather than finding fault with this, embrace the slower pace (you are on vacation, after all) and simply book earlier transportation times or dinner reservations, if needed. 

While on the subject, Bahamians may not always be a reliable source for providing driving directions. Locals use buildings, coconut trees, and distinct colors as road markers. If you’re seeking precise directions, consult with your hotel staff to avoid having to use your phone and accruing expensive roaming fees. 

5. Transacting with Beach Vendors in the Bahamas

If you plan on frequenting the popular beaches, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter beach vendors selling everything from jet-ski rentals to water bottles and even illicit drugs. Before handing over cash, consider these precautions. In the Bahamas, water sports are not regulated, and some of the rental equipment might not be in proper working condition. Many of the vendors also don’t have the proper knowledge or training to come to your rescue if things go wrong out in the ocean. As of March 2019, the U.S. State Department travel advisory for the Bahamas stated that “activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas.”

Marijuana is illegal in many Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas. Illicit drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, are also major no-nos, and can get you in serious trouble. If you are offered anything for sale or as a gift, it’s best to not accept it. You can be arrested for possession or trafficking of drugs, which can result in a fine, deportation, or potential jail time. That being said, Bahamians are friendly and enjoy interacting with tourists. If nothing else, say a polite “no thank you” and start conversing about something else. Locals respect visitors who are kind and humble, plus they consider joking and light teasing as a form of affection, so enjoy the humorous exchanges. 

Women’s Safety Tips in Bahamas

Women have reported verbal and sexual harassment while traveling around the Bahamas. Women travelers should reject rides from strangers, avoid hitchhiking or taxi drivers who appear unlicensed.

While the islands are considered safe for women travelers overall, it’s a good idea to dress modestly, as some Bahaman men may suspect you are looking for a partner.

Always take precautions while out at night to ensure your safety, such as taking a licensed taxi to a club or restaurant rather than walking, particularly in Nassau. Avoid walking in deserted or poorly lit areas and not walking alone.

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Household Plants Toxic to Cats and Dogs

Plants harmful to Pets
  • Do you know that more than 500 indoor/outdoor plants contain toxic substances that may harm cats and dogs.
  • If these plants are ingested, signs of poisoning can be mild to severe, sometimes even causing death.
  • Most houseplants have multiple names, so it is important to confirm that the houseplants you currently own or may purchase are not toxic to your pet.

Corn Plant

Corn Plant Toxic to Pets

Corn plant (also known as cornstalk plant, dracaena, dragon tree, and ribbon plant) is toxic to dogs and cats. Saponin is the toxic chemical compound in this plant. If this plant is ingested, vomiting (with or without blood), appetite loss, depression, and/or increased salivation can occur. Affected cats may also have dilated pupils.

Elephant Ear

Allocasia Toxic Plant

Elephant ear (also known as caladium, taro, pai, ape, cape, via, via sori, and malanga) contains a chemical similar to the one in dieffenbachia, so an animal’s toxic reaction to elephant ear is similar: oral irritation, increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting.

Lilies

Calla Lily Toxic to Pets

Many plants of the lily family are considered toxic to cats, and some are considered toxic to dogs. Cats are the only animals in which the Easter and stargazer lilies are known to be toxic. Generally, a cat’s first toxic reaction to this plant includes vomiting, lethargy, and a lack of appetite, but severe kidney failure and even death can quickly follow if a cat is untreated. The peace lily (also known as Mauna Loa) is toxic to dogs and cats. Ingestion of the peace lily or calla lily can cause irritation of the tongue and lips, increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern, and lace fern) is toxic to dogs and cats. The toxic agent in this plant is sapogenin — a steroid found in a variety of plants. If a dog or cat ingests the berries of this plant, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain can occur. Allergic dermatitis (skin inflammation) can occur if an animal is repeatedly exposed to this plant.

Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia (commonly known as dumb cane, tropic snow, and exotica) is toxic to dogs and cats. Dieffenbachia contains a chemical that is a poisonous deterrent to animals. If this plant is ingested, oral irritation can occur, especially on the tongue and lips. This irritation can lead to increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen (also known as sowbread) is a pretty, flowering plant that is toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested, this plant can cause increased salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea. If an animal ingests a large amount of the plant’s tubers — which are found at the root, generally below the soil — heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, and even death can occur.

Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf philodendron (also known as horsehead philodendron, cordatum, fiddle-leaf, panda plant, split-leaf philodendron, fruit salad plant, red emerald, red princess, and saddle leaf) is a common, easy-to-grow houseplant that is toxic to dogs and cats. This philodendron contains a chemical that can irritate the mouth, tongue, and lips of animals. An affected pet may also experience increased salivation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Jade Plant

Jade plant (also known as baby jade, dwarf rubber plant, jade tree, Chinese rubber plant, Japanese rubber plant, and friendship tree) is toxic to cats and dogs. The toxic property in this plant is unknown, but ingestion of it can cause vomiting, depression, ataxia (incoordination), and bradycardia (slow heart rate; this is rare).

Aloe Plant

Aloe plant (also known as medicine plant and Barbados aloe) is a common succulent plant that is toxic to dogs and cats. Aloin is considered the toxic agent in this plant. This bitter, yellow substance is found in most aloe species and may cause vomiting and/or the urine to become reddish.

Satin Pothos

Satin pothos (also known as silk pothos) is toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested by a cat or dog, this plant may irritate the mouth, lips, and tongue. The pet may also experience an increase in salivation, vomiting, and/or difficulty swallowing.

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Is it true that YouTube will Limit Ads For Creators Whose Videos Receive ‘Inappropriate Comments’?

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YouTube will Limit Ads For Creators having ‘Inappropriate Comments’

As per SlashDot News,

In response to a mother’s inquiry into why her son’s gymnastics videos were deemed not advertiser friendly, YouTube said on Twitter it has “taken a number of actions to better protect the YouTube community from content that endangers minors.” The video-sharing website went on to say something very concerning for anyone who has ever uploaded a video to the site: “… even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon).” 

Essentially, what YouTube is saying is that if someone leaves a “incendiary or demeaning” comment, or one with “inappropriate language,” the video which features that comment could get demonetized and the content creator would not generate money from it. If you’ve ever read a comment thread on YouTube, it shouldn’t take long for you to realize how big of an issue this could become. According to YouTube’s “advertiser-friendly content guidelines,” the following content may not be suitable for most advertisers: “controversial issues and sensitive events,” “drugs and dangerous products or substances,” “harmful or dangerous acts,” “harmful or dangerous acts,” “hateful content,” “inappropriate language,” “inappropriate use of family entertainment characters,”

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Is it better to have Less Adsense Units to Make More Revenue?

Guest Post: Samantha

Last Updated: 18th July, 2019

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I love writing content online, and I also love Google Adsense. Adsense is a great program that helps online publishers earn revenue from their content. Since I do run my sites as a commercial enterprise (meaning I do earn revenue that exceeds expenses), I do take the time to try and maximize my revenues.

So I have been researching ways to increase Google Adsense revenue, and I stumbled upon an interesting idea: Less Adsense ads per page may increase total revenue.

Do Less Adsense Units Per Page Make More Revenue (Money) Per Click?

First let me back up and explain the theory on how this supposedly works. Adsense advertisers use a “bidding” process to bid for their ad placements.  The highest bidder for a particular phrase or keyword will have the top ad placement, at the top ad unit that first appears in your page’s HTML code.

The more ad units (and ad spaces) you have on your page, the more bids there will be. So the theory works by saying if you only have 1 Adsense unit on your page (as opposed to the maximum 3), you will increase your revenue since the only bidders that show up will have higher costs per click.

To illustrate how this will work, let me give a brief example:

If you used all 3 Adsense units (that show both image and text ads), and you placed a large skyscraper, and 2 large square sized ads on your page. In this example, you can have up to 13 different ad slots (5 text on the skyscraper, and 4 text on the large squares each).

Of course, sometimes the large square or skyscraper may be an image ad, in which case only 1 ad slot counts. But assuming they are all text ads, there may be as many as 13 different ad slots.

So if there are this many slots on your 3 Adsense units, the clicks may be priced as follows:

  1. $2.50
  2. $1.75
  3. $1.34
  4. $1.05
  5. $0.93
  6. $0.83
  7. $0.77
  8. $0.71
  9. $0.65
  10. $0.50
  11. $0.41
  12. $0.20
  13. $0.08

As you can see, if someone clicked on the last Adsense unit on your page, and clicked a lower ad, it would result in a lower click earning. However, if they clicked the top ads, it would result in a higher click earning.

The theory then goes, that if you only use 1 or 2 Adsense units on your page, you will reduce the number of low paying clicks.

So in the other example, assuming you only have 1 large Adsense square (with both image and text ads set), you could have 1-4 ads slots displaying on the page only (depending on whether an image or text ad shows). The costs per click may look something like this:

  1. $2.50
  2. $1.75
  3. $1.34
  4. $1.05

Thus, the one ad would result in the highest click, and you would earn more revenue. I researched this and looked at a lot of threads and posts by other bloggers and webmasters online, and I was eager to see if this worked. Some said it worked great, others said they earned less using this method.

On one forum, an actual Adsense advisor recommeded people use the maximum number of ad units (3), and that they use the larger formats to maximize revenue. So needless to say, there was a lot of conflicting information, so I thought I had better try this myself.

Did My Adsense Revenue Increase or Decrease with Less Ad Units?

I spent a few hours preparing this experiment across all of my blogs/sites so I could get a good feel for whether or not it was working. So I took down all ads except for 1 large square.

I then waited eagerly to see if it was going to change my revenue earnings. The first day earned a normal amount of revenue (it was only 1/2 day actually, since the first half had the normal amount of ads). So it seemed as if perhaps it was working.

The second day seen a noticeable drop in earnings. The next day was again low. Then the next. The difference was about 5-10 from my average earnings. Then it went slightly up compared to the drop the next day, but still not up to the usual earning amount.

In fact, this theory was quickly disproved when I saw some very low “clicks” that came in on one of my other sites. I then realized that even though Adsense and Adwords does use a bidding process, there are other factors at play.

I then experimented some more, and changed it to 2 small ad units (200X200 square), and added one on top and one on the bottom of my page. This did not make much of an impact either, and the earnings were still low.

I let this experiment run for about a week and a half to make sure that it wasn’t just a small dip that was unrelated to the ad change (and Adense does seem to have cycles of higher earning days sometimes). It wasn’t. My traffic was the same as before I tried the experiment, and the low costs per click made me realize that the theory simply didn’t work.

Therefore, I then placed all 3 ad units back on the page (set to both image and text ads), and used the 3 largest formats (large skyscraper, and 2 large squares).

Then, within a day or two my earnings were back up. In fact, they continued to climb and are still slowly creeping up even today by a few dollars each month.

Conclusion: Less Ads Do NOT Equal More Revenue with Adsense Always

I did try this on all of my websites to get a strong idea of whether or not it was working. Unfortunately, on every site the earnings were down. I received less clicks, and less revenue per click in many cases as well.

Therefore, it seems as if the Adsense Advisors were correct: By using the 3 Adsense units, and using the 3 largest ad types, you can increase your overall revenue.

So I added all of the ads back on my sites, and decided to just focus on writing more content and getting more traffic. I feel that for now I have “tweaked” my ads enough to maximize their earning potential, and now I just need to build up my site’s content, provide useful articles, and build traffic.

Why Do More Ads Still Equal More Revenue Then?

The theory of “less is more” certainly seems logical, but I think the reason it didn’t work is because it left out a few important facts. First, you have to assume that Adsense will display the full amount of ads every time a page loads on your site. It doesn’t.

Many times I will see that for a large square, only 2 text ads will display. Of course when an image ad appears, it is only 1 ad. So you could have all 3 ad units on your page, and still only have as few as 3-5 ad units appearing.

Add that to the fact that the larger ads are more appealing to advertisers since they can get more “space” on your site to show their product. This increases competition and “bids” for the larger ads.

Also, the more ads that appear on your page, the more likely a person is going to see something they are interested in. Therefore it is no secret that there is a strong correlation with number of ads and number of clicks.

I suppose the Adsense advisor that posted on the site realized all of this, and that is how they knew that from experience, more ads will help you maximize and optimize your Adsense earnings.

Of course, every person should experiment themselves with different sized units, colors, and number of ads on their own site. Some people may receive a different result than I did. But overall, I know that I will maintain the 3 full ads on my site until something changes…

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Mobile SEO Optimization in 2019

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Last Updated: 25th July, 2019

Optimize your Web Pages for Mobile

This new article will show you everything you need to know about mobile SEO.

First, I’ll show you why mobile optimization is more important than ever.

Then, I’ll help you get your website ready for Google’s mobile-first index.

Sound good? Let’s dive right in…

There are several blogging trends that every blogger should be on board with if they want to be popular in the near future. Of these, mobile access is one of the most important. More and more readers are viewing blogs and sites on the go now, so it’s not feasible to ignore this aspect. The more mobile-friendly you make your site; the more people are likely to engage with it. In fact, many bloggers and website owners are now opting to perfect their mobile sites. Only then would they move on to a regular computer and laptop access. However, it’s not so easy to make your blog an optimal candidate for mobile access. If you’re interested in how to get started, keep reading below:

Streamlining Is Best

First off all, you need to make sure your site doesn’t have a host of advertisements scattered all over the place. These may leave your pages navigational on a large screen, but not on a smartphone. If any mobile user sees a plethora of ads to be closed down first, they would very likely scurry off.

You also need to make sure that your pictures aren’t too large. Images of very high resolution or quality can take their sweet time when loading on mobile sites. Either do away with them or replace them with smaller images that would do just as well. As for Flash and Java, we would recommend avoiding them for now. Many smartphones just aren’t up to the task of supporting them yet.

Also, streamline your long posts; don’t delete them, but break them up into bold headings and several paragraphs. A block of text is not very appealing to the modern Internet user in any case. A smartphone user simply would not get their head wrapped around your long rambles while on the subway.

In short, make things as easy for a mobile user as possible. Don’t make them have to tap tiny buttons or put them at risk of visiting dubious sites through your blog. Moreover, make your content understandable even when one is just skimming.

Perfect Your Menus

Most of your content should be as much on one page as possible. Scrolling is the main form of navigation that smartphone and tablets users are comfortable with. Of course, you would need several pages on a mobile site. For this, it is essential that you keep your menus very precise and clear-cut.

Simply put; don’t make you menus hard to find or to click upon. Tapping is not as precis as clicking, and you want to accommodate your mobile users as much as possible.

Responsive Design

Everyone would have used responsive design at some time or another, even if they’re not aware of it. Basically, you need to make sure your site or blog knows what device is being used to access it. Hence, it would show different layout according to whether a smartphone user is a viewer or a laptop user. For instance, the website would minimize horizontal scrolling when it detects a smartphone user. This may sound a bit scary, but is actually a great way to optimize and customize automatically.

In fact, customizing your blog in this way doesn’t require wiring lines of code or rewiring your system. Blogging platforms such as WordPress now have a responsive theme option to make your blog mobile-friendly with just a few clicks. For other platforms of your own design, you may need to apply some knowledge of HTML or CSS.

Integrate Instagram

photos are essential for drawing in and maintaining the attention of your visitors (especially in longer blogposts), but legit photos come with hefty licenses and, as I mentioned above, if they’re too big or in the wrong format they’re not guaranteed to actually load on a mobile platform. But none of that matters if they’ve already been formatted to work on mobile devices via a third party site like Instagram.

With the help of a number of different Instagram widgets, you can easily stream your Instagram photos right into your blogposts (again, it’s extra-easy on WordPress). Alternatively, all public Instagram photos come with an embed code these days, so it’s easy to spot a photo you like on a friend’s feed and post it to your blog while still giving credit where credit is due.

Keep it Safe and Secure

As the recent Heartbleed episode has proven, security is a huge problem on the internet in general, but it’s all the more so in the Wild West of mobile devices. A recent report from the mobile security company, Lookout, entitled “Mobile Threats, Made to Measure,” cites adware, chargeware and malware as the greatest risks to mobile users, especially those in countries where regulations are sparse. You can keep your own site from getting hacked and help to safeguard your mobile visitors by taking the following steps:

  • Stay Up to Date. Has your platform notified you of an update? Great. Do it, now. Oftentimes updates contain patches for security flaws.
  • Change Your Username and Password. Especially if your username is “admin” and your password is “12345.” It’s also a good idea to change your password on a regular basis.
  • Scrutinize Your Advertisers. Ads are often targets for malware, so grill any advertisers on the security measures they take before signing up.
  • Dole Out Admin Privileges With Care. Sure you love your boyfriend now, but in 3 months? Yeah, you might not want him to have admin privileges to your blogsite. Keep it limited to the absolute minimum users.
  • Be Wary of Photos. They can hide malicious code. That’s why the Instagram trick mentioned above is a much better idea, as is purchasing photos through a respectable stock photo site.
  • Stick With Widgets. Applications can be filled with junk, so when you’re looking to give your site a little more functionality or wow factor, stick with the widgets already vetted by your blog platform.

Test Your Blog

Of course, responsive design isn’t perfect, and it’s not 100% guaranteed it will resize to just the right size for every kind device and screen (hey, give the code a break, the mobile ecosystem is pretty diverse). As a first step, gather all of your friends with iOS, Android and even Blackberry smartphones and tablets to see how it all works. Does it look nice? Is all of the text readable? Do pictures and videos load across devices? Do the social buttons work?

An even better idea is to use an emulator — a tool that lets you simply and quickly test across an even broader range of devices.

Wrap-Up

Mobile usage is only expected to increase as time goes on. It is up to us bloggers to stay updated and make it easy for our viewers to find us. Optimizing your blog for mobile access would not only increase organic traffic but make it easier for your fans and readers to keep track of your output. So get with the times today and start optimizing as soon as possible!

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We’re Growing Fast and Hiring Freelance Writers

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Last Updated: 25th July, 2019

MT team is recruiting Freelance Writers

Thanks for stopping by!!! If you are a professional freelance writer, then you have come to the right place. Yeah, MT Team is looking for Freelance Writers for Hire. We have been voted as one of the Best Companies that hires talented freelance writers with a pay scale that matches industry standards.

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We thank you for your interest in becoming a writer at Millionaire Trek (MT). We have closed our recruitment process for now, however, we will start hiring fresh writers soon, so please check back for periodic updates.

We’re recruiting freelance writers.

Join our Enthusiastic team

If you think you have what it takes to join the MT team working in a fast-paced and fun editorial environment to produce professional, well-researched articles you see here each day, read on.

If you enjoy writing for a small business audience — then we want to hear from you!

It’s important to note that MT Staff writers are different from our Guest Writers.

MT Staff writers are those designated with the word “Staff” in their bios. Staff writers:

  • get topics assigned to them;
  • must meet specific word counts, story deadlines, and style guidelines;
  • conduct independent Web research for articles;
  • gather facts and interview sources (if required for a news story).

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Use Google Adsense Auto Ads For Better Placement

Last Updated: 10th July, 2019

Google_Adsense

Google Adsense is considered as one of the best ad programs for publishers. The is a program run by Google in order to increase revenue. This allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media advertisements, that are targeted to site content and audience.And now that the inclusion of Google Adsense Auto ads, the placement of the ads has become easier.

Google Adsense Auto Ads – Let Google Decide the Placement

On February 21, 2018, Google Adsense introduced AdSense Auto ads, a powerful new way to place ads on your site. Auto ads use machine learning to make smart placement and monetization decisions on your behalf, saving the time. The new update involves artificial intelligence technology.

Perks of Adsense Auto Ads

Google Auto ads are utilizing artificial intelligence to automatically manage ad placements and ad optimization for the publishers.

The ban has lifted

Before the Auto Ads update came in there was a rule that the website that has less content and more ads on the page was used to get banned. But with this update, now that the Google will decide what ads will be placed where the question of banning the sites is never going to arise.

Optimization

Using machine learning, Auto ads show ads only when they are likely to perform well and provide a good user experience.

Revenue Opportunities

Auto ads will identify any available ad space and place new ads there, potentially increasing your revenue. This is because earlier there was a restriction of placing only 3 ads on the website. And now that the Google’s machine learning technology will be deciding the whole subject matter, the revenue generation is going to be pretty high now.

Easy to use

With Auto ads you only need to place the ad code on your pages once. When you are ready to use new features and ad formats, simply turn them on and off with the flick of a switch. There is no need to change the code again.

Google AdSense offers ads in the following types:

Display Ads

Display Ads are more of banner ads available in various dimensions from the full page leaderboard (728×90) size to a small button (125×125) size.

Text Ads

Text Ads are similar to display ads. It shows text instead of media content. Typically a wide skyscraper (160×600) size ad will be a set of 3 to 4 ads showing each ad in a single unit

Video Ads

These type of ads display rich video content to the audience. With its call-to-action button, the visitor gets redirected to the desired page.

Mobile Ads

Regular display or text ad units will also be displayed in the high-end mobile devices since they have a built-in web browser capable of running JavaScript.

According to Techcrunch, One black hole (and potential pitfall) is the fact that Google’s Auto Ads seems to decide just how many ads it will place on a page, something you would have had more control over without it.

Also, one thing to keep in mind is that, if you have already placed ads on the page, the Adsense Auto will detect these ads and place the remaining ads as per its calculation.

What are the disadvantages of the new update

End of the blame game

Now the publishers have no authority to decide where they want to place the ad. they won’t be able to track the proper revenue details. Usually, an ad gets more clicks if placed n header or in middle of the content. But with the Google’s new algorithm decides to place it somewhere at the bottom, then there are high chances that the ad will not receive any clicks. This will make it clear to the publisher that from where the revenue has become so less.

According to Google, the Auto Ads will eventually increase the revenue of the publisher. But now the publisher himself is not getting the liberty to decide where he wants to place the ad. Therefore, there is going to be a disruption in revenue generation.

Disturbance in page design

This is going to be the most disapproving element for all the publishers. Now that they won’t be able to choose the ad placement, there is going to be a disturbance in the page design. The Google can decide to place the ad anywhere on the page as per the content size, so this will totally disturb the page setting and its look. And there are high chances that the visitor just goes off from the site.

How to use Google AdSense Auto ads:

  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. In the left navigation panel, visit My ads and select Get Started.
  3. On the “Choose your global settings” page, select the ad formats that you’d like to show and click Save.
  4. On the next page, click Copy code.
  5. Paste the ad code between the < head > and </ head > tags of each page where you want to show Auto ads.
  6. Auto ads will start to appear on your pages in about 10-20 minutes.

So now that you know the positives and negatives of the Auto Ad, what is going to be your next step? Well, to make it more clear, there are more advantages to it than disadvantages. In all of this one thing, you have to make sure that your content has to be of uppermost quality.

Google has over 2 million publisher relationships. In order provide defences against bad actors, it invests heavily in technology which enables them to monitor the clicks and impressions they receive. Also to scan the partners’ sites.

These tools operate at the click, page, site, and account levels, so it can pick up bad content and bad practices (like non-human traffic) at a very granular level.

So now that the Google Adsense Auto Ads have become independent and taking up logical decisions to eliminate the bad actors, the process is going to get streamlined. And most importantly the good ads are going to get justice. With the changing technology, everything changes. But always try to embrace the change and work for the betterment of your business.

List of Google Adsense High CPC Keywords/Niche 2019

Use or create your website on following most expensive and highest paying niches to earn good revenue.

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Last Updated: 5th September, 2019

Best Months to Visit Bahamas

The best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round (they rarely dip below 60 degrees), the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June 1 and Nov. 30 (the Atlantic hurricane season). Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-April’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.

What is hurricane season in Bahamas?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August through the end of October.

Source: https://www.atlantisbahamas.com/weather-information

Also check out what are the Top 5 Mistakes to avoid in Bahamas and safety tips for Women.

Best Tips to Visit Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island – Bahamas

Atlantis Resorts Paradise Island or “The City of Atlantis” is the world-renowned Caribbean destination in the Bahamas for all ages. The Atlantis Hotel Nassau Bahamas features a variety of accommodations built around a 141-acre waterscape called Aquaventure. This water park contains 18 thrilling water slides, 20 swimming areas, a seven-acre snorkeling lagoon, and more. Atlantis also has the world’s largest open-air marine habitat bringing 50,000 marine animals from reef sharks to sea turtles within your reach. We’ve put together this list to help your trip to Atlantis be the best it can be. These are the Atlantis Bahamas tips you’ll be happy you know before you go.

The Atlantis Resort can be overwhelming even before you arrive. Making an accommodation choice alone can be a dizzying process. There’s the Cove, The Royal Towers, The Reef, The Coral, The Beach and more! Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with tips, secrets, and tricks to help you navigate Atlantis like a pro.

Where is Atlantis Resort located?

Set along the Atlantic Ocean, this sprawling beachfront resort is 3 km from the lively Nassau Straw Market, 4 km from the 18th-century Fort Fincastle and 19 km from Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Bright, warm rooms have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and ocean views; some feature kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and/or balconies or terraces. Plush suites have living rooms; an iconic bridge suite is suspended between 2 hotel towers.

Amenities include 19 bars and 21 restaurants, plus a water park, 9 pools and 2 marine habitats. There’s a lively casino, a golf course and a chic spa, along with a kids’ club. An airport shuttle can be arranged.

Check out the view from “The Coral” at Night…

Kid’s play area at The Beach

Best Atlantis Bahamas Tips for an overwhelming experience.

1. Reaching Atlantis

When booking your trip to Atlantis,  you will want to book your flight to Nassau (NAS) and then take a taxi from the airport to the resort. Taxi prices are regulated so you won’t be overcharged. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the resort. Our Bahamian taxi drivers were courteous and professional. You can also book airport transfers through Atlantis, but then you may be stuck waiting for other passengers. We would not recommend renting a car. If you want to explore more of the island, hire a taxi. The locals may have some insider tips on places to go too!

2. Choosing Accomodations

For families: Nearly all accommodations at Atlantis are family-friendlyThe main Royal Towers is the place to stay to be closest to the action and probably the best option if a visit is a “once in a lifetime” experience for your family.  The Coral has newly renovated family-friendly rooms and suites. If you want to get away from the crowds of the main resort, The Harborside has 1-3 bedroom villas with full kitchens and laundry facilities. The Reef Atlantis offers more upscale living with Big studios, 1-2 bedrooms units with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. This is perfect for families wanting easy access to the beach. While not formally part of the resort, the adjacent Comfort Suites Paradise Island provides budget-friendly accommodations AND includes all of the Atlantis amenities.

3. Atlantis is NOT an all-inclusive resort

Be prepared to shell some serious cash for special experiences, meals, snacks, drinks, etc. Many people recommend packing snacks and water bottles to avoid extra daytime charges. You’ll likely have a large dinner, but snacks help hold everyone over during the day. Rooms have mini fridges too for storing drinks and leftovers. The resort has a meal plan, which can be helpful if your kids are 11 and under (then they eat free). FoodStore2Go.com will deliver groceries to the resort as well. I’ve heard that Dominos will deliver too, but give them a call to make sure.

4. Make Reservations for Dinner in advance

Make dinner reservations before you even leave for the resort; otherwise, you’ll run into some wait times or will have to eat very early or late. Once you arrive you’ll likely have a message on your room phone asking you to confirm your reservations. Our favorites for fine dining are Nobu, Mosaic, and Dune at the Ocean Club. Our family-friendly recommendations are Carmines, Poseidon’s Table, Virgil’s Real BBQ, and  Murray’s Deli.

5. Download the Interactive Map

Atlantis Resort Map

Atlantis Resort is HUGE! Before you leave, download the free resort app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. It includes a map and a list of events. You can use it to make your dinner reservations on the fly or before you leave. If you don’t want to carry your phone, pick up a printed map because, believe me, it’s easy to get lost.

6. Avoid Crowd

Since Atlantis is a very popular resort, you are likely to encounter crowds, especially if you travel during the high seasons like holiday and school vacations. The best way to avoid crowds is to travel in the low season when most kids are in school. If you are there during more crowded times, we have a few tips:

Avoid the Cruise Crowds: Sunday and Mondays are typically a bit lighter crowd-wise because the cruise ships are not flooding the property with extra people. You can also visit Aquaventure early or after 5pm when the cruise crowds are not there. There is a website called CruiseTT.com where you can see what ships will be in port on any given day.

Eat off-site: Consider having at least some of your meals off property. For breakfast, I recommend taking a stroll over to the neighboring marina village for Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. It’s also nice eating al fresco and gazing at the stunning yachts docked there.

Reserve seating: to avoid the mad dash each morning to get prime seating around the main pool, you can book preferred seating for two guests at the Grotto Pool inside Aquaventure. Private cabanas can also be reserved throughout the main waterpark area. During crowded months, they can really be well worth the extra cost and provide many added amenities.

7. Swim with the Dolphins

Booking a special experience like those available at Dolphin Cay will help you spend time away from the crowds. Here you can swim with dolphins and frolic with sea lions. It’s not a cheap endeavor, but well worth it in my book. Make sure to book early as this very popular experience fills up months in advance. You can also purchase beach passes where you can spend the entire day at the Dolphin Cay beach.

Pro Tip:

Personal cameras are not allowed into the Dolphin Lagoon. Non-participating family members can take photos from the shoreline. The photo packages are extremely expensive so split the cost with another family if you can. All files are digital so they are easy to pay one price and then share.

8. No need to pay “Tips”

No need to pay tip, since tips are already included on everything you purchase. For example, a $6.25 self-serve cheese slice of pizza came to $7.40 with VAT (value added tax) and tip added in. We were told by the front desk that even the daily fee per person at the hotel covers bellhop services. They will still accept a tip, but that’s up to you.

9. Skip the Lazy River

While there are times when you’ll want a lazy float, you’ll definitely want to head to the rapid river called The Current. It’s a mile-long river ride with high-intensity waves and rapids, guaranteed to keep you cool and laughing. It’s similar to a lazy river, but sans the lazy portion. It can take up to a half hour to float along the twisty path, but you’ll have more fun along the way riding waves and bumping over rapids. My family did this over and over again.

Pro Tip:

You can use your own Mobile / Go Pro on the Rapid River Ride. In case you are using your mobile device, please don’t forget the Plastic Mobile Pouch to protect it from water.

Upcoming Events & Concerts at Atlantis Bahamas

Please find below the link to the official site for all upcoming events and concerts at Atlantis Bahamas in 2019

https://www.atlantisbahamas.com/events

Scariest Water Slide of the World, Leap Of Faith Atlantis – Bahamas

Leap of Faith at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas drops riders 60 feet from the top of a beautifully constructed Mayan Temple at hair-raising speeds into a shark-filled lagoon. Now that’s hair raising!
A comment from TripAdvisor: “Holy Crap! The good thing about this is that you go so fast it’s over in no time. The bad thing is that you go so fast you don’t really notice when you end up in a see-through tube surrounded by sharks. I let out a blood curdling scream all the way down.”

Check out the amazing photo as well….

Now let’s see how the Shark Tank looks like…

The Challenger Slide

Atlantis_Challenger_Slide

Our Favorite Casual & Budget Dining Places

Murray’s Deli

WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY FOR NEW YORK STYLE DELI

Enjoy majestic views of Atlantis Marina and 1950’s décor at this New York-style restaurant. Vacationers can enjoy smoked fish, matzo ball soup, towering deli sandwiches, brisket and more.

Check out these mouth watering pictures:

IS ATLANTIS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT?

Atlantis is not an all-inclusive Resort; it’s a full service Resort. As guests, you have full access to all Atlantis water park features at no additional cost. Included are 11 swimming areas, 11 water slides, two Lazy River Rides, a protected Paradise Lagoon, The Dig, the Predator’s Lagoon, all the marine life habitats, and the ocean beach area. Beach towels are provided daily at no charge once within the water park. All other Atlantis services such as the Mandara Spa, the Comedy Club and Business Center, are yours to enjoy for a nominal fee.

Meal plans are available to enhance your experience at the resort. These plans vary and offer guests options depending upon where they would like to dine and where they are staying within the resort.

Conclusion

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