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All About Bitcoin in 2019 (Infographic)

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Last Updated: 28th July, 2019

At its simplest, Bitcoin is either virtual currency or reference to the technology. You can make transactions by check, wiring, or cash. You can also use Bitcoin (or BTC), where you refer the purchaser to your signature, which is a long line of security codeencrypted with 16 distinct symbols. The purchaser decodes the code with his smartphone to get your cryptocurrency. Put another way; cryptocurrency is an exchange of digital information that allows you to buy or sell goods and services.The transaction gains its security and trust by running on a peer-to-peer computer network that is similar to Skype, or BitTorrent, a file-sharing system.

This Infographic in this article describes the BCH chain of bitcoin, called Bitcoin Cash.

The BTC chain of bitcoin no longer resembles the Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper, as BTC is instead pursuing a scaling approach that involves high fees on the main chain in order to force commerce onto layer-2 solutions (which have been in development for several years but are still not yet ready actual use).

What is Bitcoin? A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners

Bitcoin emerged in 2008 just after Occupy Wall Street accused big banks of:

  • misusing borrowers’ money,
  • duping clients,
  • rigging the system,
  • and charging boggling fees.

Bitcoin pioneers wanted to put the seller in charge, eliminate the middleman, cancel interest fees, and make transactions transparent, to hack corruption and cut fees. They created a decentralized system, where you could control your funds and know what was going on.

Bitcoin has come far in a relatively short time. All over the world, companies, from REEDS Jewelers, a large jewelry chain in the US, to a private hospital in Warsaw, Poland, accept its currency.

Billion dollar businesses such as Dell, Expedia, PayPal, and Microsoft do, too. Websites promote it, publications such as Bitcoin Magazine publish its news, forums discuss cryptocurrency and trade its coins. It has its application programming interface (API), price index, and exchange rate.

Problems include thieves hacking accounts, high volatility, and transaction delays. On the other hand, people in third world countries may find Bitcoin their most reliable channel yet for giving or receiving money.

Bitcoin Chart

 

What is bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency created in 2009. Marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges” allow people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies.

Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! Bitcoin can be used to book hotels on Expedia, shop for furniture on Overstock and buy Xbox games. But much of the hype is about getting rich by trading it. The price of bitcoin skyrocketed into the thousands in 2017.

Why bitcoin?

Bitcoins can be used to buy merchandise anonymously. In addition, international payments are easy and cheap because bitcoins are not tied to any country or subject to regulation. Small businesses may like them because there are no credit card fees. Some people just buy bitcoins as an investment, hoping that they’ll go up in value.

Mining

People compete to “mine” bitcoins using computers to solve complex math puzzles. This is how bitcoins are created. Currently, a winner is rewarded with 12.5 bitcoins roughly every 10 minutes.

Buying bitcoins

Buy on an Exchange

Many marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges” allow people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies. Coinbase is a leading exchange, along with Bitstamp and Bitfinex. But security can be a concern: bitcoins worth tens of millions of dollars were stolen from Bitfinex when it was hacked in 2016.

Bitcoin wallet

Bitcoins are stored in a “digital wallet,” which exists either in the cloud or on a user’s computer. The wallet is a kind of virtual bank account that allows users to send or receive bitcoins, pay for goods or save their money. Unlike bank accounts, bitcoin wallets are not insured by the FDIC.

Bitcoin’s future in question

No one knows what will become of bitcoin. It is mostly unregulated, but some countries like Japan, China and Australia have begun weighing regulations. Governments are concerned about taxation and their lack of control over the currency.

Bitcoin’s Price Predictions and What You Should Consider

In reality, nobody can predict the future of a cryptocurrency, but if we could, we would all be billionaires. In the cryptocurrency world, prices are very volatile.  This means that the value of a coin can go up or down really quickly, with often no explanation as to why. This makes predicting prices much more difficult than traditional markets.

When considering the future value of a cryptocurrency, it is always better to look at real-world events. This can include improved technology, future roadmap objectives, new partnerships or even regulations.

The most important thing is that you always perform your own independent research before making an investment. Never buy a cryptocurrency just because a price prediction excites you, or because your favorite YouTuber told you to! At the end of the day, everyone has a different opinion and there is no guarantee that anyone will get it right.

What does the future hold for Bitcoin?

So what’s next for Bitcoin? As outlined previously, it has many advantages and for this reason it will remain relevant as a currency. The vast majority of BTC transactions by volume are made in China so the two will remain interlinked.

We see the biggest risk to Bitcoin being its substitution and/or parallel use by other crypto currencies. Bitcoin die-hard fans claim that this is never going to be an issue since Bitcoin was the pioneer and as such enjoys first-mover privilege. This argument is probably flawed because although the BTC is used for payments, this is only a relatively small % of all Bitcoins. One of its primary uses is being a store of value and for this reason other crypto currencies can always step in and enjoy similar status if aggregate demand requires it.

Is Bitcoin simply a 21st century version of gold, only without the storage issues? Or is it just a short-lived popular fad that may soon evolve into something quite different? Only time will tell. The only certainty is that its price will remain very volatile in the future.


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World Map – Country’s Tourism Slogan

Last Updated: 29th January, 2019

All Country’s Tourism Slogan

Looking for a World Map with Slogans on Travel & Tourism? Holiday website Family Break Finder has collected all of them (except 38 countries that don’t have one) and put them on an interesting map.

Some tourism departments have clearly been working harder than others with a handful of countries opting for simple alliteration rather than trying anything fancy (“Incredible India”; “Beautiful Bangladesh”; “Pristine Paradise Palau”; “Brilliant Barbados”).

  1. Scotland – “A spirit of its own”
  2. Cape Verde – “No stress”
  3. Latvia – “Best enjoyed slowly”
  4. Norway – “Powered by nature”
  5. Bahamas– “Life is Grand”

Here goes the Comprehensive list:

Albania – Go your own way!
Algeria – Tourism for everybody
Andorra – The Pyrenean Country
Antigua and Barbuda  – The beach is just the beginning
Argentina – Beats to your rhythm
Armenia – Visit Armenia, It is Beautiful
Australia – There’s NOTHING like Australia
Austria – Arrive and revive
Bahamas – Life Is Grand
Bahrain – Ours. Yours. Bahrain
Bangladesh – Beautiful Bangladesh
Barbados – Brilliant Barbados
Belarus – Hospitality Beyond Borders
Belgium – The place to be
Belize – Mother Nature’s Best-Kept Secret
Bhutan – Happiness is a place
Bolivia – Bolivia awaits you
Bosnia and Herzegovina – The heart of SE Europe
Botswana – Our pride, your destination
Brazil – Brasil – sensational!
Brunei Darussalam – A kingdom of unexpected treasures
Bulgaria – A discovery to share
Burundi – Beautiful Burundi
Cabo Verde – No stress
Cambodia – Kingdom of wonder
Cameroon – All of Africa in one country
Canada – Keep exploring
Chad – Oasis of the Sahel
Chile – All are welcome
China – China Like Never Before
Colombia – Colombia is magical realism
Costa Rica – Essential Costa Rica
Croatia – Full of life
Cuba – Autentica Cuba
Cyprus – Cyprus in your heart
Czech Republic – Land of stories
Denmark – Happiest place on Earth!
Djibouti – Djibeauty
Dominica – The nature island
Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic has it all
Ecuador – All you need is Equador
Egypt – Where it all begins
El Salvador – The 45 Minute Country
Estonia – Epic Estonia
Ethiopia Land of origins
Fiji – Where Happiness Finds You
Finland – I wish I was in Finland
France – Rendez vous en France
Gambia – The smiling coast of Africa
Georgia – For the best moments of your life
Germany – Simply inspiring
Greece – All Time Classic
Grenada – Pure Grenada
Guatemala – Heart of the Mayan World
Guyana – South America Undiscovered
Haiti – Experience It!
Honduras – Everything is here
Hungary – Think Hungary more than expected
Iceland – Inspired by Iceland
India – Incredible !ndia
Indonesia – Wonderful Indonesia
Iran – You Are Invited
Iraq – The Other Iraq (Kurdistan)
Ireland – Jump into Ireland
Israel – Land of Creation
Italy – Made in Italy
Jamaica – Get All Right
Japan – Endless discovery
Jordan – Yes, it’s Jordan
Kazakhstan – The land of wonders
Kenya – Magical Kenya
Kiribati – For travellers
Kyrgyzstan – Oasis on the Great Silk Road
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) – Simply Beautiful
Latvia – Best enjoyed slowly
Lebanon – Live Love Lebanon
Lesotho – The Kingdom In The Sky
Liechtenstein – Experience princely moments
Lithuania – Real is beautiful
Luxembourg – Live your unexpected Luxembourg
Macedonia – Macedonia Timeless
Madagascar – A genuine island, a world apart
Malawi – The warm heart of Africa
Malaysia – Truly Asia
Maldives – The sunny side of life
Malta – Truly Mediterranean
Mauritius – It’s a pleasure
Mexico – Live It to Believe It
Micronesia (Federated States of) – Experience the warmth
Monaco – Easy going Monaco
Mongolia – Go Nomadic
Montenegro – Wild Beauty
Morocco – Much mor
Mozambique – Come to where it all started
Myanmar – Let the journey begin
Namibia – Endless horizons
Nepal – Once is not enough
Netherlands – The original cool
New Zealand – 100% Pure
Nicaragua – Unica. Original!
Nigeria – Good people, great nation
Norway – Powered by nature
Oman – Beauty has an address
Pakistan – It’s beautiful, it’s Pakistan
Palau – Pristime Paradise Palau
Panama – Panama Surprises
Papua New Guinea – A million different journeys
Paraguay – You have to feel it!
Peru – Land of the Incas
Philippines – It’s more fun in the Phillipines
Poland – Move your imagination
Portugal – Europe’s West Coast
Qatar – Where dreams come to life
Republic of Korea (South Korea) – Imagine your Korea
Republic of Moldova – Discover the routes of life
Romania – Explore the Carpathian garden
Russian Federation – Reveal your own Russia
Rwanda – Remarkable Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis – Follow your heart
Saint Lucia – Simply beautiful
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Discover SVG
Samoa – Beautiful Samoa
San Marino – San Marino For All
Saudi Arabia – Experience to discover
Serbia – My Serbia
Seychelles – Another world
Sierra Leone – The freedom to explore
Singapore – Your Singapore
Slovakia – Travel in Slovakia – Good idea
Slovenia – I feel SLOVEnia
Solomon Islands – Seek the unexplored
South Africa – Inspiring new ways
Spain #spainindetail
Sri Lanka – Wonder of Asia
Suriname – A Colorful Experience… Exotic beyond words
Swaziland – A royal experience
Switzerland – Get natural
Syrian Arab Republic – Always Beautiful
Tajikistan – Feel the friendship
Thailand – Amazing Thailand. It begins with the people
Timor-Leste – Being first has its rewards
Tonga – The true South Pacific
Trinidad and Tobago – The true Caribbean
Tunisia – I feel like Tunisia
Turkey -Be our guest
Tuvalu – Timeless Tuvalu
Uganda – You’re welcome
Ukraine – It’s all about U
United Arab Emirates – Discover all that’s possible
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Home of amazing moments
United Republic of Tanzania – The land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti
United States of America – All within your reach
Uruguay – Uruguay natural
Uzbekistan – Naturally Irresistible!
Vanuatu – Discover what matters
Venezuela – Venezuela is your destination!
Vietnam – Timeless charm
Zambia – Let’s explore
Zimbabwe – A world of wonders

Source: Google Docs

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Flight Tracker Visualizes June 30 as one of the Busiest Days ever in Air Travel

The best live flight radar app I have ever used – Flight Radar 24.

The skies look a lot more crowded today than they did a century ago.

At any given moment, there are 9700 airplanes traveling through the air on average. Saturday, June 30 was an especially busy day for air travelers: Flightradar24 recorded 202,157 flights, the most the flight-tracking app has ever documented in a single day.

Since 2006, people have used Flightradar24 to see visualizations of aircraft making trips around the world.

Each tiny yellow plane depicted on their map uses data from airlines and airports, and users can click the icons to learn the route, model, speed, altitude, and departure and arrival time of each craft.

Flightradar24 is a Swedish internet-based service that shows real-time commercial aircraft flight information on a map. It includes flight tracks, origins and destinations, flight numbers, aircraft types, positions, altitudes, headings and speeds.

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The Gelmer Funicular in Switzerland – Steepest in Europe

Planning for a Switzerland trip? Then do ride the best Switzerland Mountain Coaster which has a speed of 2mt/sec.

Speed 2 metres per second (6.6 ft/s)
Journey time 10 mins
Capacity 24 passengers per car; 60 persons in each direction per hour

The Gelmer Funicular is a funicular railway in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Are you looking for things to do in Switzerland and also ready for an adrenaline rush? Then watch this video !!!

With an inclination of up to 106% (no, that’s not a typo), this funicular is the steepest of its kind in Europe. It was originally built to transport heavy construction materials for the Gelmer dam, however, nowadays it is open for adventure-seeking hikers.

It’s not that high speed as it looks, although it’s just that the filming is high speed.

It’s a cog railroad, slow and steady and very safe.

In a blink, the funicular makes its way to the Gelmer valley 1860 meter above sea level.

It’s a Great adventure ride for families and anyone who enjoys glacier-covered mountain views without the effort.

There’s just one more thing: to reach the funicular you have to cross the Handeck suspension bridge, which hangs some 70 metres above the Handeck Gorge.

Venue name: Gelmer Funicular
Contact:
Address: Guttannen 
Opening hours: The line operates from the beginning of June through to mid-October, in daylight hours only.

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Top Realistic Drawings and Sketches

Last Updated: 3rd Aug, 2019

Wondering how artists draw such beautiful illustrations? Below are few mind-blowing realistic images and drawing ideas that are hand-drawn. Seriously these are easy sketches to draw and look like beautiful pictures !!!

Best Drawings

1. Hands

Do you know that hands are one of the hardest things to draw because we’re constantly looking at our hands. Since we know our hands so well, we’re overly judgmental when drawing them.

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2. Marble Statue

Isn’t it gorgeous? It looks like a classic marble statue.

Best Drawing Sketch

3. Rhye

Below is a portrait of it’s Singer, Michael Milosh who’s known professionally as Milosh. He is a Canadian electronic musician from Toronto, Ontario, who is currently based in Los Angeles, California.

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4. The Butterfly Man

In The Golden Circle it’s revealed that Harry Hart never actually died in the first film.

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5. Soft Pastel Drawing

Put your best pencils and doodle art to one side – it’s time to delve into the art of pastel drawing. In use by artists for centuries, pastels are an especially portable medium, enabling you to create colourful art with no need for water, brushes or palettes.

What exactly is a pastel?

A pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process.

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6. Deal with Back Stabbers

People will stab you in the back and then ask why are you bleeding. This Illustration shows “I am still Okay after the Back Stab”

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7. Best Sketch

An illustration of a Beautiful Sad Girl Drawing Image.

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8. It’s a simple Watermelon

easy drawing and painting

9. A digital painting with pencil and charcoal brushes created recently.

I’m learning to use the digital art

Best Digital Painting

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Best SEO tricks in 2019 from TOP SEO Experts – Quick 14 Steps

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Last Updated: 23rd July, 2019

Best SEO tricks in 2019 from TOP SEO Experts

Do you want to know the best SEO tricks from online marketing gurus?

I’m talking about Neil Patel, Brian Dean, Robbie Richards, Ramsay Taplin and Bryan Harris!

And I’m going to reveal these experts’ secrets and tricks in this article!

I analyzed the most shared and highest-traffic articles to discover the secrets of their success.

First, did you find this SEO blog post via a Google search?

Yes, my SEO strategies and techniques really work.

Keep reading to find out how to do SEO like a PRO.

SEO is probably the most important competitive digital marketing advantage that you can have over your competition. 

Ranking high for your target keywords not only puts you in the spotlight but also can help you steal business from your competition.

In this day and age, if you rank anything past the first page on Google you will barely get any traffic so you need to work on your Search Engine Optimization game if you’re serious about your online presence. 

I’ve been doing SEO for the last 10 years, and throughout those years, I’ve tried to consume all the information about SEO that I could get my hands on. This blog post is all that information plus new ranking techniques that work in 2018 and will work in 2019, in a neat tutorial.

I guarantee that even if you’re experienced with SEO, you will find a trick or two in this post that will help your blog or wordpress site climb higher on Google.

Apply these simple SEO tips for the fast growth of your own blog or website!

Top SEO Tricks:

  1. Optimize and compress images in exchange for a faster loading time. Use Photoshop, or tools such as ImageOptim, Kraken.
  2. Test different hosting providers and choose the fastest one. Find out where your competitors place their sites and compare the loading speed. (WebhostingHero and Pingdom will help you.) My personal choice – SiteGround!
  3. Write a unique CTA in headlines and in the title tag of your page. Pay attention to your competitors’ headlines when you get the results of typing keywords in the search engine. You will also understand what types of posts are the most popular.
  4. Describe your meta description with a call to action. It is best to limit it to 117 characters so that mobile phone users can see your full description.
  5. Optimize your content for long tail and other relevant queries. Analyze the content of your competitors’ pages on your queries, including what words they use. You must use all the words that are relevant to the user’s question, and what he or she (and a search engine) should expect to find on your page. A comprehensive answer will always be rewarded.
  6. Create high-quality, well-researched content with data and explanatory images. It won’t be easy to make your way through content marketing if you write short features. In this niche, the length of posts is very important, and each one ought to add up to a minimum of 4,000 words. Update your content so that it always remains fresh and topical.
  7. Lead the user wisely. Keep your goals in mind when you write each post. If your goal is to sell something, create a sales tunnel, and try even the most absurd options. Sometimes success comes from where you expect it the least.
  8. Check your posts for any broken links from time to time. (Screaming Frog SEO Spider is the best helper!) Neither the user nor the search engine likes malfunctioning links. We access them and find ourselves face-to-face with a 404 error page, which means we will likely leave the page forever. It is essential that you customize your 404 page.
  9. An internal link is still a link! Do not write your posts just like that, without taking a second look. You should always have the internal structure of your blog right before your eyes. Each new post is a part, an item in your promotional strategy. Reinforce and nourish these posts with other articles, by offering internal links to the posts that are useful for you and your readers.
  10. Use outbound links! Do not be afraid to refer to other bloggers or influencers in your niche. Help people find the answers to their questions right on your page. This will be the first step toward building a mutually beneficial relationship.
  11. Don’t get too relaxed with the promotion of your posts. As far as I am aware, backlinks are still quite relevant! Even if you’ve become an expert, and your blog has a huge traffic ranking, you need to keep building partnerships with other bloggers, giving interviews, commenting on other posts in the thematic groups and communities on Google +, LinkedIn, GrowthHackers. This is business, and the rules are the same throughout. You need the team, and you definitely need assistants.
  12. Focus only on functioning traffic sources. Do not deplete your energy by doing everything at once. Find out where your target audience is and play off of that.
  13. Invest money in your future. Paid and custom images, the set of SEO tools — you have to pay for everything, and that is absolutely normal. Everything will pay off when people start paying you!
  14. Be yourself. We love individuality and idealize experts, but these are the same people who were just beginning their careers some time ago. Make mistakes and move forward, and know that hard work will always be rewarded, no matter what obstacles you face. Come up with your own SEO tricks, like Brian Dean and his legendary Skyscraper Technique.

Don’t Forget These 3 Equally Important Off-Page SEO Factors

Here are some key factors that most people miss when it comes to off-page SEO:

  1. You need tons of Social Signals. Yes, Google DOES care about how much social traffic and shares your article gets. Here are some ideas to boost that.
    • Join a lot (and I mean a lot) of Facebook Groups in your niche. Post to all those groups every time you create a new post, and repost every 2-3 months. This will increase your traffic like crazy, not to mention that each share, like, and comment adds to your social score.
    • As you can imagine, you would need to spend a lot of time posting to 100s of Facebook groups every time you wanted to promote an article. If you have been reading my articles, you know how much I hate doing repetitive tasks, so I suggest to hire a Virtual Assistant on Fiverr to help you increase your productivity. 
  2. It’s never too early (or too late) to build Press and Powerful backlinks from high authority sites. Here quality trumps quantity, although quantity shouldn’t be overlooked. A shout out from Forbes is worth a lot more than 100 lower-tier sites, but the lower-tier sites can help you achieve good backlink volume. Here’s how to get all those backlinks.
    1. Reach out to other bloggers and writers to see if they want to cover your story. My most effective way to reach out is via Facebook Messenger or Twitter (in that order), email requests usually hit the spam folder but a carefully crafted A/B testing campaign will yield you good results.
    2. Build relationships with writers in your space so that they cover you not just once but multiple times. Provide value first before asking for anything. A good way to build a relationship is to feature them first on your blog by accepting a guest post from them.

Backlinks are the holy grail of SEO

Let me say that again.  Backlinks are the holy grail of SEO.

How do you get backlinks?

  • You can check the backlink profile of your competitors page by copying and pasting the link into Ahrefs or SEMrush, from there you can go to each of the sites that are linking to them and try to get a backlink to your site.
  • You can also buy expiring domains and 301 redirect them to your site. You will get all the SEO juice that those domains had built. <— This is a very undervalued resource, provided that you find good domains. As an added plus, if you buy domains in your niche, you can redirect all their traffic to your site.
  • You can write guest posts and go on podcasts.

If you follow these two white hat SEO strategies (great content and solid backlinks) you can be sure your site will be safe of any Hummingbird, Penguin, Panda or Fred updates.

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Simple Artwork to Relieve Stress

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Last Updated: 28th July, 2019

How to relieve stress using Art

Ever heard that you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and also to reduce stress? Yes, it’s true that creating Artwork can really minimize anxiety and lift your mood.

So next time when you are stressed, maybe your answer could lie in the pages of a sketchbook. Don’t worry, everyone is not good at art and to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.

Wondering Why??? Okay, let me explain. Even if you are NOT good at sketching, or artwork, you can simply color Pictures that Can help Relieve Anxiety. In this technique, no Drawing Skills are Necessary.

We all understand and current medical studies also show how chronic stress negatively impacts health, potentially compromising numerous systems in the body leaving us more vulnerable to a lot of health issues. So, here are TOP proven techniques of creating artwork that can reduce stress:

1. Drawing to have a relaxation response.

Grab a pencil or sketch-pen. The repetitive and rhythmic motion of drawing helps synchronize hand and eye, body and mind, and can be used as a relaxation response.

Drawing is a right side brain activity, while stress occurs in the left side of the brain, since it is what handles logic and emotional aspects of your life. When you draw it shifts activity to the right side of the brain, which is the creative side, relieving stress and thoughts that the right brain is placing on you.  It is very rewarding to create a sketch or painting.

Drawing is similar to meditation, but in a more “productive” form.

2Release Emotion onto your page.

Without intending to draw anything in particular, simply apply your drawing utensil to a blank sheet of paper. Close your eyes. Focus on whatever emotions you’re feeling and would like to get rid off. Allow your emotion, not your mind, to dictate the movement of the pen, pencil or sketch-pen. Whatever comes out on the page is simply an expression of what you’re feeling.

Try this and you will definitely feel a lot more relaxed.

3Realize that the WORLD isn’t perfect, but it’s colorful.

The most beautiful things in this world have character and experience built into them. Imagine drawing the various shades of a morning sunshine, the dark side of night, or a budding flower. With artwork, you will realize how beautiful this world is.

4. Share your Artwork

An exquisite piece of artwork can easily be shared and bring a “smile” to the person who’s admiring it.

Benefits of Art Therapy

One of the reasons that clinical art therapy is effective is that the act of drawing and creating art can help you relieve stress in several ways. Read on to see why creating art doesn’t have to fit a certain mold to be a great idea for you.

Here are some ways that creating art can alleviate stress:
 
  • Distraction: Drawing and art can take your mind off of what’s stressing you, at least for a few minutes. It’s difficult to keep ruminating on your problems when you’re focused on creating, and if your problems stay with you, you can incorporate them into your creations. And when you’re finished being engrossed in your sketches, you should have a clearer head with which to tackle your problems again.
  • Flow: There’s a certain quality of being called “flow” that experts say is very beneficial for us. This refers to a state of being completely engaged in something to the point of being in a near-meditative state. It carries many of the benefits of meditation, leaving you much less stressed when you’re done. You can experience ‘flow’ when you’re doing creative activities like writing and even gardening. You can also get it from drawing.
  • Self-Care: Just the act of having a hobby can make you feel more balanced in your lifestyle. Sometimes, with all of life’s responsibilities, we forget that we need and deserve ‘down time’ and self-care. Taking even a few minutes on a regular basis to devote to a hobby can give you more of what you need in this area. And, with drawing, you have the additional benefit of being left with something beautiful (or at least interesting) to show for it.
 

Art Project Ideas for Stress Relief

A great way to use the act of drawing for stress relief is to maintain a sketch diary. Keeping a sketchbook can be a form of journaling, and it can be cathartic, creative, and stress relieving. You can use a journal for personal art therapy and stress management in the following ways:

 
  • Sketch pictures that describe your feelings related to things in your life that are causing you stress currently. If it’s in the back of your mind anyway, this could be a way of processing your related emotions, reducing some of the stress they carry.
  • Sketch abstract pictures that express feelings related to past stressful experiences, as a way of processing your emotions and healing. This can be a form of journaling but can be especially helpful for those who are more comfortable with ideas and emotions that don’t need to be put into words.
  • Keep a “Dream Sketch Diary”, and sketch scenes from dreams you’d like to remember or better understand. You can also keep a “Gratitude Sketch Diary” to catalog what you’re grateful for in your life. There are several different types of sketch diaries you can create and enjoy.
  • Keep a sketch diary of what you think is beautiful in life. Draw the faces of those you love, places that bring you peace, or other pieces of beauty. The process of sketching can be a great stress reliever, and revisiting your creations can also bring you some peace in the future.
  • Start enjoying some of the adult coloring books that have become popular—they can be especially relaxing for those who don’t feel artistic but want to create easy, beautiful, and stress-free pictures.

 

Artwork for Stress Reduction

 

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How do advertisers Track you Online to show only relevant ads? Convenience Vs Privacy!

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Last Updated: 22nd February, 2019

How do Advertisers track you Online.

Have you ever thought how different advertisements are served online to people based on their search criteria? What’s the science behind it? Let’s say you are searching for furniture online, how come the entire world of Web knows your behavior?

Being a techie myself, I was really curious to get an answer and started digging into the details. Luckily few of my mentors are big shots in the advertising industry and they had the answers.

The content that you search on the Web, may look as if it’s coming from one single Web page with text and graphics, however in reality it is assembled from multiple different channels, and these different sources can be a variety of different companies.

In fact there is:

  • A content which is “visible” to you.
  • And a content “invisible” to you, but “visible” to the companies purely for the purpose of tracking your behavior or patterns.”

The ads we see now-a-days are often the product of digital “stalking” as companies try to track our browsing patterns.

Understanding cookies

We all understand that cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded as you surf the web. Their purpose is to carry bits of useful information about your interaction with the website that sets them.

Cookies are harmless in the sense that they do not contain software programs, and so cannot install anything on a computer.

Generally they do not contain any information that would identify a person as such and contain a string of text or “unique identifier” which acts like a label. When a website sees the string of text it set in a cookie, it knows the browser is one it has seen before.

Cookies can be used for a variety of reasons:

– to help remember your preferences on a site
– to understand how you and other users are using the site

The cookies that appear to be harmful, are the ones which are used for managing the advertising you see on a website. This is the case when websites set a cookie from a separate advertising delivery company.

This cookie has the ability to record when and where you viewed an advertisement. The cookie then sends this information to it’s owner, who records this data and uses it to make sure you don’t see the same advertisement too many times.

If websites choose to pool some of the information this type of cookie collects as part of an ad network, the systems used by advertising delivery companies can create “segments” of browsers that display similar behaviours.

They will then use this to try to draw conclusions about what the people behind the browsers might be interested in: “vacations” or “sports gears” etc.

There is another technology that can follow you from site to site, tracking your actions, and compiling the details into a database, usually by a pseudo name or identifier. This way it knows when you come back, and it knows to look you up, and based on what it has profiled about you in the past, it will treat you accordingly and decide which advertisements to give you, sometimes how to personalize content to you, and so on.

Unfortunately, users really don’t know exactly what data they are collecting, or what they might use it for.

What is known is that data is collected, analyzed, and used to target us with relevant ads.

The worrying part is that it’s not just tracking, but using the data to do data mining and see what you can infer about that person’s behavior and their preferences.

We also have more to worry about than just the advertisers!

How to Use the Internet Safely

It is very easy to clone a real website and does not take a skilled developer long to produce a very professional-looking, but malicious site.

Being wary of malicious, criminal or inappropriate websites:

  • Use your instincts and common sense.
  • Check for presence of an address, phone number and/or email contact – often indications that the website is genuine. If in doubt, send an email or call to establish authenticity.
  • Check that the website’s address seems to be genuine by looking for subtle misspellings, extra words, characters or numbers or a completely different name from that you would expect the business to have.
  • Roll your mouse pointer over a link to reveal its true destination, displayed in the bottom left corner of your browser. Beware if this is different from what is displayed in the text of the link from either another website or an email.
  • If there is NO padlock in the browser window or ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address to signify that it is using a secure link, do not enter personal information on the site.
  • Websites which request more personal information than you would normally expect to give, such as user name, password or other security details IN FULL, are probably malicious.
  • Avoid ‘pharming’ by checking the address in your browser’s address bar after you arrive at a website to make sure it matches the address you typed. This will avoid ending up at a fake site even though you entered the address for the authentic one – for example ‘eebay’ instead of ‘ebay.
  • Always get professional advice before making investment decisions. Sites that hype investments for fast or high return – whether in shares or alleged rarities like old wine, whisky or property – are often fraudulent.
  • Be wary of websites which promote schemes that involve the recruitment of others, receiving money for other people or advance payments.
  • If you are suspicious of a website, carry out a web search to see if you can find out whether or not it is fraudulent.
  • Be wary of websites that are advertised in unsolicited emails from strangers.

Secure Websites

Before entering private information such as passwords or credit card details on a website, you can ensure that the link is secure in two ways:

  • There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, that appears when you attempt to log in or register. Be sure that the padlock is not on the page itself … this will probably indicate a fraudulent site.
  • The web address should begin with ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.

The above indicate that the website owners have a digital certificate that has been issued by a trusted third party, such as VeriSign or Thawte, which indicates that the information transmitted online from that website has been encrypted and protected from being intercepted and stolen by third parties. In other words, the communication between you and the site owner is secure, however a certificate is no guarantee that the site owner is the organisation or person you think you are communicating with … you need to carefully check the web page address to confirm authenticity.

When using websites that you do not know, look for an Extended Validation (or EV-SSL) certificate, which indicates that the issuing authority has conducted thorough checks into the website owner. The type of certificate held can be determined by clicking the padlock symbol in the browser frame which will launch a pop-up containing the details.

Do also note that the padlock symbol does not indicate the merchant’s business ethics or IT security.

Cookies

Cookies are files on your computer, smartphone or tablet that websites use to store information about you between sessions. Most of the time they are innocuous – carrying out tasks such as keeping track of your username so that you don’t have to log into a website every time you visit it, and storing your usage preferences. However, some are used to track your browsing habits so that they can target advertising at you, or by criminals to build a profile of your interests and activities with a view to fraud.

  • Set your browser to warn you when a cookie is installed. Note that some sites will not work if you block cookies completely.
  • Some browsers will let you enable and disable cookies on a site by site basis so you can allow them on sites you trust.
  • Use an anti-spyware program that scans for so-called tracker cookies.
  • There are also cookie management programs that can delete old cookies and help manage them. In addition you can use settings in some browsers to delete unwanted cookies.
  • Use a plain text email display instead of HTML email so that tracking files and cookies cannot be included in email files.
  • UK websites must gain your permission to enable cookies.

Safe Use of Browsers

The most common internet browsers enable you to manage your settings such as allowing and blocking selected websites, blocking pop ups and browsing in private. Respective browsers will tell you to do this in slightly different ways, so we recommend that you visit the security and privacy section of their websites, or the help area of the browsers themselves:

Internet Explorer

Opera

Chrome

Safari

Firefox

Some browsers also have the ability to identify fraudulent websites by default.

Always ensure that you are running the latest version of your chosen browser that your operating system will support. Also, be sure to download and install the latest updates.

It is important to remember that turning on the private browsing setting or deleting your browsing history will only prevent other people using your computer from seeing which sites you have visited. Your internet service provider, search engine, law enforcement agencies and possibly (if browsing at work) your employer, will still be able to see which sites you have visited or keywords you have searched for.

Always remember to log out of a secure website when you have completed your transaction, and before you close the browser. Closing the browser does not necessarily log you out.

Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.

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Blogging – Top 5 easy and important conversion metrics to track

Last Updated: 23 July, 2019

Conversion

Top 5 Easy and Important Conversion Metrics

Below are 5 Most Important Conversion Metrics every blogger should be tracking.

If you have a Product or Service website or a blog, you will be interested to drive an audience to it. However, it will the topmost metrics which will define you can convert that one-time audience into loyal followers or customers.

There are 1000s of tools which can help in retention and conversion, but before you identify these tools, you need to understand the topmost metrics that needs continuous improvisation.

1. New/Return and Unique Audience

A new visitor may interact with your site in a very different way as compared to a returning visitor. To improvise new visitor conversions, you have to isolate it from the conversion rates of your returning or loyal customers and also determine what they wish to see when they visit the website for the first time and how you can further improvise that experience. Site usability plays an extremely important role in reducing the bounce rate for New visitors.

I am sure you must have asked yourself a couple of questions?

1) Why did the visitor return, and

2) Did the visitor convert the first time ? and if they didn’t, why not and how can you convert them the second time as well.

Note that if someone didn’t convert as a new visitor, then also you made enough of an impression to get them to come back to your site. This is in fact a win-win situation and this means you are doing something good. Now that they have liked you enough to return, your goal is to isolate the return visitor conversion rate and figure out how to increase that.

2. Traffic

Organic Search Visitors: The audience which visits your site based on a search query.

Referral Visitors: The audience which visits your site based on a referral. For e.g. a blog, site or another social media platform

Direct Visitors: The audience which knows your site well and visits by directly typing the URL.

All the above sources are extremely important, however you should estimate how much each of the above traffic source is converting and try to deal with them individually.

3. Interactions per audience

Let’s say the audience didn’t convert, do you think that it is important to monitor their behavior on the site? Off-course yes. What are they looking for? how can you get them to do more out of your site, and how you can influence their behavior into conversions?

As an example, what are your page view rates per unique visitors, what is the time spent, comments or reviews made, and so on.

Each of these interactions is extremely important, and the goal should be not only to increase the time of these interactions i.e. the time spent on the site, but also to figure out how you can leverage these increased time/interactions into increased conversions (which might be purchases, subscriptions, downloads etc.)

4. Cost per Conversion

This is one of the most important metrics !!! Lead generation costs or cost per referral. It really doesn’t matter if you have high conversions and high value per visit if your costs are so prohibitive that your net income is a BIG zero. So it is essential to keep your costs per conversion and overall margins in mind while trying to increase conversion.

5. Bounce Rate

The initial goal in an effort to increase all 4 of the metrics above is to minimize your visitor bounce rate.

What is Bounce Rate?

It is actually the rate at which new audience visits your site and immediately clicks away without doing anything, that is they spent very low time with less or no interactions at all.

A high bounce rate can have several meaning,

  • including weak or irrelevant sources of traffic
  • landing pages that aren’t optimized for conversion (may be have a poor design, low usability or high load times).

For e-commerce sites, Bounce Rates are often called Abandonment rates, i.e., the rate at which your target audience abandon their shopping cart without making even a single purchase. Usually a result of an overly complicated website design, difficult or complex checkout process, expired deals, forced cart additions (e.g. to see the actual price of the product, add to your cart), and so on.

So I would suggest to start monitoring the above metrics right away !!! Also learn about the best SEO tricks from Top SEO Experts