Developing Academic, Social, and Emotional Skills in Teens – A Guide for Teachers

Adolescence corresponds with critical developmental occurrences in biological, emotional, social, familial, and cultural domains; teens thus live in a context of tremendous and often difficult personal change. Teens unable to cope successfully with these changes are at high risk for problem behaviors, including substance abuse, contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and dropping out of school.The importance of developing coping skills for adolescents is often underestimated by school administrators; the reality is that young people’s development of these skills are instrumental in helping them avoid problem behaviors and in enabling them to responsibly and actively participate in their own education in schools.The A, B, and 3 Cs of Social, Emotional, and Academic GrowthWhat adolescents need for social, emotional, and academic growth and the development of sound character is well known and within the reach of most parents and educators to provide. These needs can easily be remembered as A, B, and the 3 Cs: Appreciation, Belonging, Confidence, Competencies, and Contributions.- Appreciation: Do not underestimate the importance of small gestures of appreciation to adolescents.- Belonging: Adolescents have a strong interest in belonging to groups in which they are able to be relaxed and do not feel pressured to perform under stressful situations.- Confidence: Teenagers’ confidence can be eroded when they feel humiliated, either by real or exaggerated issues related to their appearance or relationships, or because teasing and belittling is a part of the culture of their school or peer group.- Competence: Doing well on assignments and projects, exercising leadership skills, initiating one’s own actions, and working effectively in groups are key signs of social, emotional, and academic growth.- Contributions: While adolescents appear to be self-centered, that does not mean they are selfish. Quite the contrary! Teenagers are eager to make contributions to the world that are meaningful and noteworthy, but few have a clear sense of how to engage in such endeavors and often lack opportunities to do so. Yet those working with adolescents in informal education settings often note the powerful impact of activities in which teens are able to be contributors to others and to causes, not just consumers and recipients.What Works Best in SchoolsThus, A, B, and the 3 Cs are extremely important guideposts for educators to refer to as they structure classrooms, school rules, and their relationships with teens. These guideposts can be translated into a set of practices that schools can reasonably be expected to adopt:- Respect students’ biorhythms and their needs for physical outlets (e.g., minimize sitting/lecture mode of teaching)- Provide outlets for creativity (e.g., vary types of student products beyond formal written reports)- Give opportunities to participate in setting rules- Provide clear boundaries; be sure students know expectations about truancy, substance use, and violent behavior- Give opportunities to set and review personal norms/standards and meet academic goals- Balance the academic emphasis with chances to think “outside of the box”; encourage membership and leadership roles in school-related groups, teams, and academic, athletic, aesthetic, civic, or service-oriented clubs, including those linked to but outside of schoolProjects for Home-School PartnershipsEnsuring the smooth passage to young adulthood requires the coordinated action of parents and schools. A further strategy to aid healthy development and foster the academic progress of teens is to engage parents by assigning projects that will lead teens into areas of clear relevance and understanding to parents. The projects and workshops listed below tend to be cross-disciplinary and are of obvious importance in everyday life. Parents should be systematically involved in each one, even if only as interviewees or resources for planning, though they can play substantial roles. As parents are given the opportunity to engage in dialogue with school staff about projects such as these, excellent suggestions for roles they can play often emerge. These are usually tailored to local contexts, and are far richer for it. Moreover, many of these projects provide an impetus to get community entities and groups involved in the educational process, thereby adding them to the partnership. With teens, especially, fostering the ABCs is not a simple matter, and they are best learned by embedding them, as in the projects below, into activities that do not announce themselves as beneficial.Popular Projects Linking Home and School- Identifying, understanding, and learning to accept differences in one’s classroom, school, and community- Analyzing mass media, television, print, radio, movie theater, billboard, and Internet-based advertising, especially those directed at teenagers and their siblings- Comprehending the workings of democracy, government, press and media- Realizing the importance of the environment (e.g., spaceship Earth, earth as habitat/ecological environment, global interdependence, ecosystems)- Examining the reasons for and interrelationship among prejudice, freedom, citizenship, and liberty- Identifying and resisting negative group influences- Developing involvement in community projects- Apprenticing/training for leadership rolesGive Teens the Skills to SoarIn conclusion, key social and emotional skills will help teens develop positive bonds to home and school, a greater sense of personal possibilities, and a positive view of themselves in their social environments.ReferencesBrendtro, L., Brokenleg, M. and Van Bockern, N. (1990) Reclaiming Youth At Risk: Our Hope for the Future. Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service
Dryfoos, J. G. (1998) Safe Passage: Making it Through Adolescence in a Risky Society. New York: Oxford Press.
Dryfoos, J. G. (2002) “Full-Service Community Schools: Creating New Institutions”, Phi Delta Kappan 83(5): 393-99.

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Your Lies Have Been Caught! – Interview Questions And Answers

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught.The above quote was given by Hunter S. Thompson, a famous American Journalist and Author, who started a new form of journalism called ‘Gonzo’. Most of his works were based on crime and criminals.However, in the context of job interviews, we are referring to innocent lies by civilized people. Their reasons behind lying may seem petty like, better salary; higher position; probably, just getting a job in a dream company. However, from an organization’s point of view, such lies are serious offences. For these lies, the candidates are not only reprimanded, but may have to pay a heavy price. The heavy price comes in the form of not only losing a good career opportunity (forever in case of some organizations, especially multinationals), but also losing the current job (if the word reaches the present organization). There are only two ways in which a professional can achieve his or her career goals;
The routine and boring way, but most authentic and secure – through honest performance, or;
By being an adroit liar – the one who never gets caught
As quoted by author, Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, “interview is a conversation between two liars”, but unfortunately, the ramifications of being caught are different for interviewers and candidates. If an interviewer lies, it is a strategy, however, if the candidate lies, it is cheating. Interviewers are rewarded, but candidates perish. Candidates must always remember that the recruiters are extremely skillful in what they do. Moreover, they keep devising newer techniques to extract the truth out of the candidates, because that’s what they are paid to do. So ideally, job aspirants must never lie, but if they do, they must ensure that they never get caught. There are many questions for which no lies would ever work. However, in this article, I have come up with most of such questions for which interviewers have become really vigilant to catch any lies that candidates may throw at them. This article covers those questions along with the usual answers, which are considered as lies, and the correct approach to answer such questions.”Why are you looking for a job change?”"I am happy with my current job, but looking for a change now.”Let’s accept it. Happy people don’t quit. Top three reasons of looking for a job change are, when;
you always think that other people are getting more salary than you.
the words management, boss, and vampire become synonymous for you.
if the hiring company is a bigger brand or the current company’s performance is dwindling.
If a survey was conducted, most of the candidates would fall in one of the above situations. Moreover, the interviews are so structured that interviewer has already assessed the true situation. He or she is just waiting for you to accept it, and wants to observe if you can present it with a positive perspective. But candidates choose to lie as they consider it to be a safe passage. In reality, it is a pitfall.You can’t gripe about salary; recruiter would think of you as being greedy. You can’t utter a word against our boss or management; recruiter would consider your attitude to be negative. Again, you can’t say that your company was going to be closed; recruiter would question both your loyalty and performance.Then what to say, and how to say it? I will tell answer these questions as well, however, right now, let’s stay focused on the topic at hand.”What’s your current salary?”"My current salary is XYZ, but my appraisal is due next month, and my manager has indicated that I would be getting a raise of 20%.”It’s a myth that if you say this during salary negotiation, your negotiation ground would be strengthened. However, in reality, it doesn’t affect recruiter in any way whatsoever. If a product’s price is going to increase, the seller will coax you to buy it right away – at its current price, and not at increased price. Similarly, a recruiter would always base his negotiations and offer on the candidate’s current true worth assessment, and the evidence of current salary and other benefits. If your answer is similar to what’s given above, most likely, recruiter would ask you to come back after a month – once you will receive the letter of raise. During that time, either of the following would happen;
candidate would not get the raise (if it was a lie), and won’t contact the recruiter ever;
even if this ‘getting-a-raise’ story was true, the position would have already been filled.
Weigh the opportunity, prove your worth, and have realistic salary expectations based on your current salary standards. You will never be disappointed.”How do you describe your performance with your current organization?”"I am the top performer, or the best performer. I was given ‘Employee of the month’ title.”I was once interviewing a candidate for a large multinational organization. Coincidently, there were three more employees from the same organization, who had applied for the same position with us. The best part was that all three claimed to be the top most performers.You really underestimated the recruitment process, and recruiter’s intelligence and preparedness if you also provided the answer mentioned above or any other version of it. Do you really think that hiring is done without a thorough reference check? Given the current economic and market scenarios, reference check process has only toughened, because companies have already tasted the fruit of bad hiring, which was nothing lesser than being fatal. So please don’t boast about or exaggerate your performance. Simply share the performance figures. Claim the titles such as ‘Employee of the month or year or quarter’, only if you have an authorized documentary evidence to support your claim. Else, reality is just around the corner, and is hardly a phone call away.”What is your biggest weakness or what are your weaknesses?”"Being a perfectionist is my biggest weakness.”And there are many other versions of the answer given above. Almost every interview expert must have advised the same that is, to disguise one of your strengths as a weakness. Even I must have advised the same in one of my previous articles. But then, being updated with latest management tactics, and to stay abreast with the current norms are the keys to success. What prevailed 5 years back, is now obsolete. The organizations these days are really focused on employee development, and before hiring someone, they would like to determine the training needs and development areas of that candidate. Every candidate, who prepares for an interview through internet, is aware that a question on weakness is inevitable. But the key to prepare is to identify the areas, where you need improvement and development, and share it candidly with your recruiter.”Why have you chosen us?”"Because I always wanted to work for your company.”Most candidates use the above answer as a safe exit point for this question. However, such answers may become the way to exit door from the company premises. The moment you supply this answer, a recruiter’s next question would be, “What do we offer that your current company or any of our competitors don’t?” Most candidates will either be dumbstruck or at best be able to come out with something like, “Yours is a bigger brand”. Flattery doesn’t take you anywhere, however, adequate research and being prepared does. The reason for not being able to answer this question, adequately, is the lack of research. Just 10 minutes of internet browsing can’t equip you to answer a question like this; sorry! questions like these, because the number of such questions would be more, and in a variety of forms.”But you don’t have any experience in this sort of role.”"In fact, I do have it. (In the form of part-time assignments, fictitious organizations, forged experience stories)”Usually in case of fresh candidates, the moment this question is posed, they become defensive, and try to accentuate their false claim of having experience pertaining to the role offered. The reason is simple – ‘the fear of rejection’ because of no experience. Some claim to have worked in part-time assignments or dummy projects. Often, people do not even hesitate to mention fictitious companies owned by their relatives or friends. However, they fail to realize two important things:
Every organization has a strong background check mechanism, which unveils every truth about the candidates. Because of increasing number of such fraudulent incidents, a few organizations have even hired third parties or external agencies to carry out a thorough reference and background check of every incoming candidate. So lying, actually, won’t help.
Candidates reach the interview stage after a resume check. Unless, the job advertisement mentioned the specific experience desired, and you, categorically, mentioned your fictitious experience to deceive the interviewer, interviewer would ideally know that you were a fresh candidate with no practical experience. Still, this question was asked, because there was a valid reason behind that. Interviewer actually wanted to check if you could cover up your inexperience with the theoretical understanding; if you were enthusiastic enough for the role, and researched about it, thoroughly. He or she would also like to judge the amount or effort of training that would be required in your case.
“Are you currently not working or have you already left your current job?”"I am still working, but serving a notice period.”No candidate, who has either been fired or had left the job, would admit of being unemployed, because of the common notion that being unemployed makes it tougher to get a new job, especially, if the previous job had gone due to negative reasons. Ask a question about it, and pat would come a lie. The results of such lies being caught are damaging as well as humiliating.I know of a candidate, who was employed with a leading multinational bank. He was laid-off during recession of 2008. He, somehow, joined another bank by forging his experience details. The truth was exposed to the new bank within three months of his joining. He was immediately ‘excused’. Can you imagine the humiliation that he must have had to suffer? Additionally, his track record got tainted as well. It happened in 2009. Last conversation that I had with him was in 2012, and he was still searching for a new job.But the problem is that if you were laid-off or were relieved due to irreconcilable conflicts, it would become extremely difficult to find a new job as it wouldn’t be easy to obtain a positive reference from previous manager. Ideally, you should never reach a stage in your job, when you can’t even get a positive reference for yourself. This can be easily done by maintaining cordial working relationships, good conduct, and best performance. If still such situation arises, then strategize and search for a new job, while you still have your previous job.”Have you ever managed a team or handled a project, single-handedly?”"Yes I have, when my boss was on the leave; or had met with an accident; or suffered an illness; or… “The replies of many candidates, whom I interviewed, were similar to the examples provided above. But they were unaware of the stream of questions that was about to be followed.”What are the essentials of project planning?”"What are the factors that directly influence project deadlines?”And many more. Trust me the answers and reactions deserved a range of adjectives – from absurd to hilarious. Before claiming any such accomplishment, candidates must be aware that a recruiter comes laced with a wide assortment of questions pertaining to various situations, neatly arrayed in his or her mind as a flowchart waiting to be deployed.Candidates chose to lie, whereas, they could have politely said that they didn’t have such a chance in their professional environment, however, they could have safely detailed an experience from their personal lives in which they demonstrated management or team handling skills. Remember all the time that recruiter has a thorough understanding about your company, profile, and responsibilities. So he would already know if your existing role involved team handling or not.”Why is there a gap in your employment?”"I was on a sabbatical (or took a break because of a personal problem)”I met with a senior supply chain executive in a large multinational organization. While sharing his interesting professional history, he mentioned that he once left his regular employment to begin his entrepreneurial journey. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a debacle. But he was a true professional. When he started hunting job again, whenever this question came up, he always mentioned truth along with details of his learning out of this debacle. I won’t hide the fact that it took him some time to get hold of a job again. But finally, he got the job of Country Manager – Supply Chain with one of the largest cosmetics chain in the world, purely on the basis of his entrepreneurial instincts and experience.The reason of sharing this instance is that many people, while following their entrepreneurial dreams, meet their worst fate. But it’s no shame. Instead, they should be proud of the fact that they had the guts to try as not everyone has the courage to tread this path, knowingly, that it may lead to the biggest disaster of their lives.However, this article is meant to address the people, who lie to hide the gaps in their employment.The most common answer is, “I was on a sabbatical.” Sabbatical means ‘resting period’. Recruiter understands only one of the two things out of this word;
lack of seriousness or direction or
lay-off due to non performance or organizational conflict
Both of the above are not dealt with great tolerance in hiring process. Please remember that a gap in employment is the most thoroughly scrutinized situation during reference and background check. Moreover, if you stayed out of job beyond six months, from a recruiter’s perspective, you must have lost your edge by now. If you still choose to say ‘Sabbatical’, then be prepared for the next set of questions;”Why did you go on Sabbatical?”"What was lacking in your previous job or education, which forced you to take Sabbatical?”"What did you do during this break?”"How did you ensure that your skills and experience didn’t go waste?”"How is this Sabbatical going to add to your performance, and our company’s growth?”I know – loads and loads of questions! But it was you, who kick started them.Second most common answer is “because of a personal problem”. Do you really meant to say that no one else has a personal problem? Unless this personal problem was a serious injury or an illness, which was documented through right medical channels, this would be taken as just an excuse. Obviously, every case is not a lie, however, most of them turn out to be blatant lies, and interviewers are extremely cautious about such issues. The candidates with real problems would be able to prove it, however, for the rest, interviewers have got all the means to catch you.”How long do you plan to stay with our company?”"I am a person with long term vision, and would like to retire from this organization as a senior executive.”This is the most amusing lie that I have heard from almost every candidate that I interviewed. It, almost instantly, brings smile to my face. And I forgave many fresh or junior candidates. However, the treatment with job aspirants with three or more years of experience was different, since I expected maturity if not the brutal truth that is, “I will stay till you pay handsomely”. People belonging to Gen X and Y are not stable. It’s a given, rather proven fact. Recruiters also don’t expect them to stay forever. However, the answer must be dealt with sincerity.Recruiters wish to ascertain the factors that engender loyalty and commitment in a candidate, and an answer like ‘adequate money’ would highlight nothing, but their shortsightedness. The interviewer would prefer an answer like, “I would like to stick to an organization, which would continuously spur my professional and personal growth.” Now, such an answer would do two things:
It would straight away take interviewer away from this evil question.
More importantly, now the interviewer would be more interested to hear your views on questions like, “What do you mean by professional and personal growth?”
I am sure that this second question can be answered with great aplomb, because of the research that you carried out about the interviewing company, its vision, objectives, employee policies etc.Before I put a full-stop to this article, I would like to remind the readers that most of the lies can be caught simply by experience and understanding, which every seasoned recruiter would possess. However, to confirm the truth with evidence, every company, especially the large ones, have employed external agencies, who perform a thorough audit of a candidate’s background including, the criminal or police records. And it is becoming more stringent, because of the increasing numbers of corporate frauds. So beware!Frauds come prepared, and I know that you are not a fraud, but simply a clueless candidate. So don’t resort to lies. They are such a waste of intelligence!Interview Questions Answers

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Delegation Skills for Successful Management

Effective delegation is very essential in the many skills for successful management. Logical techniques, based on proven experience, and skills will assist a manager to run any business unit successfully. When the new task or responsibility is assigned to the manager, they are in a position to contribute to the organization. Delegation has several important advantages.Effective delegation saves time, results in improvements, is motivating to the team and results in success. On the other hands, poor delegation management can result in; de-motivation, frustration and confusion regarding action steps and objectives. This confusion can carry-over from one person to another person and contribute to failure in the achievement of the task. Therefore, the management skills necessary for solid delegation management are worth developing and improving.A few key steps should be the basis of effective delegation. Planning the project or assignment clearly, communicating expectations and details so that those assigned tasks are clear on the objective and the means to achieving them The manager will also need to determine the level of authority to allow and various levels of freedom to act that will be provided to each employee.The skills of delegation and growth of those the manager entrusts with the delegated assignments, can become an integral part of growing your people and building both bench strength and future succession.Delegation in management is a very supportive contributor for the purpose of succession by planning, encouraging, seeking promotion and the personal development of members of the business unit. From this process, there will be growth in the business unit as well as in the company. It also facilitates the manager themselves as they gain valuable experience allowing them to undertake higher levels responsibilities.Actually, effective delegation is crucial to the process of purposeful succession plans. The succession can apply to the manager and the management levels above. The main manager’s task is that of growth in the organization, both in terms of projects and assignments and of the people under the manager. If this happens each and every qualified person will move to higher positions as opportunities present themselves. Strong succession planning, supported by delegation management, guards against people leaving and the failure of others to grow and produce. This can prevent having to continually go outside for expensive talent.Delegation in management should be utilized for the purposes of developing everyone in the business unit including the manager. It not only frees up the manager’s time, but also is a core management technique for execution. This effective delegation skill in management is at the heart of getting important work done.

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When You Should Change Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Digital Marketing is continually evolving and this may seem unsettling at times. Strategies that were working in past, might not be effective in the present. Do you know why many businesses fail to get ahead of their competitors? It’s simply because they are not willing to adapt to the ever-changing world of digital media. But, the great thing about a digital marketing strategy is that you can change them on the fly in response to real-time results and analytics data. While this may seem tricky as if you change things too quickly, you may not be able to find if your strategy worked for long-term. But if you wait for a long time, you are likely to waste your two valuable resources: time and money.With that said, how do you know when its the right time to change your Digital Marketing strategy? To help you keep up with the fast-paced industry, I’ve created this post to help you know when to change your digital marketing strategy.Below are the 5 signs to help you decide when to quit your existing strategy.1. Focusing on low-value metricsIf you’re concentrating on low-value metrics like impressions and clicks, you may be missing out because impressions and clicks only let you know about your marketing visibility. And not the real accuracy of your strategies.2. Only focusing on your brand not on audience needs Every marketer wants to spread their brand name but you should not overdo by pasting your brand name all over everything. In fact, make your content educational that focus on your audience problems and needs. This would really help you in targeting buyers in initial stages of the buyer’s journey.3. Over usage of keywords Although, it’s required to place keywords in your content, Google’s priority always lies in providing reach user experience and relevancy of content. Google has nothing to do with how many times your site shows the keyword like “Digital Marketing Strategy.”4. Don’t rely on your instinct Your prior experience is certainly precious. But your decision-making process should not be only based on what worked in the past. It’s a really bad idea as what worked tomorrow may be completely irrelevant today. Therefore guiding your marketing strategy through objective data will only get you better results.5. Not integrated Whether it’s about veteran digital marketer, sitting in IT or a start-up company, it’s too common for digital marketing strategies to be finished in silos. It is an easier way but of course, it’s not effective. It’s true that digital approach works best when it’s integrated with traditional channels.Now you know that if you need to change your digital marketing strategy or not, here is a complete guide to help you build a new, powerful marketing strategy to achieve your online goals.What are the essential steps for creating an effective digital marketing strategy? When creating a marketing strategy for your business, always keep your audience first. Set goals, plan your strategy, implement it, and finally measure your success.

Research on your target market and competitors

Know your audience because if you don’t them, how can you help them

Integrate different marketing strategies and use only the correct tools

If you don’t have the required skills set, don’t hesitate to purchase special services

Identify your online value proposition and apply it across all digital marketing channels

Last but definitely not the least, prepare yourself

But before you do something ask yourself few questions. Asking yourself right questions and having their answers in place will certainly help you make the right decisions. I’ve given some Q’s & A’s below to help you out.Which digital channels are most effective for you and why? With so many digital channels around, it gets difficult to choose the best one. So you can identify it with these simple basics:

Identify the channel where most of your potential customers like to hang out

Analyze your target audience behavior

Build awareness with Twitter

Attend industry events and conferences

Social media and newsletters to reach out to your potential customers

SEO or combination of SEO and PPC to help you attract more visitors

How to evaluate your digital marketing activities? Unfortunately, some companies don’t know how to answer this question correctly. If you’re also one of them, don’t feel embarrassed! Just hop on and find out how can you determine the right metrics and evaluate your current digital marketing activities.

Identify your target KPI (Key Performance Indicator) to help you understand what’s working

Monitor your website traffic and sales to know the necessary statistics about your customers

Track and measure your metrics through Google Analytics

Survey your site visitors to find if they’re satisfied with your solutions

Track ROI, conversions, market share, and sales

How to make your business stand out from the crowd? In today’s competitive digital market it’s really difficult to make your business stand out from your competitors. But an effective strategy can help you stay ahead of them. Let’s see how.

Effectively communicate and educate your customers

Stay honest and transparent to build customer’s loyalty

Talk less, listen more

Be authoritative and helpful in what you do

Know your competitors and learn from them

Be creative, open-minded, and try new technologies

Speak in your audience language

Use proof points and testimonials to show you’re the best

Final Thoughts As the world of online landscape changes, so should your digital marketing strategy. So it’s essential to stay aware of the changing market and the new advancements in technology to help you grow furthermore.

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Discover Affiliate Marketing Niches and Offers

When I began working online back in 2013, I discovered affiliate marketing (AM) as the surest way to start a business online. I plunged into it and after months of “hard work” wondered why I wasn’t going anywhere. What were the others doing that I wasn’t? Unknown to me, successful affiliate marketers (AMers) chose niches because internet marketing is too large a market for a newbie to succeed in.This post is going to help you do exactly that.# 1: What is actually a niche?A niche is actually a small segment of a market where folks interested in something are prepared to dish out the required amount of money to acquire it. So when hunting for a particular niche, make certain that there are actually search terms folks are actually using when searching for your particular niche info so that you may be included among the best 10 search engine results pages.# 2: What actually is the difference between a market and a niche market concept?If we take a main category like AM and check under the titles we can easily discover a market level idea like affiliate programs.To see if money is actually being made in this market, carry out a Google search to try to find advertisers. If you found ads, then Affiliate program (AP) is actually an interesting market.So, if you narrow it to the two specifics of where individuals are actually spending funds as well as where there are actually search phrases folks are actually utilizing when searching for AP info, after that make use of Google AdWords KeywordToolExternal and also place in affiliate programs to receive overall suggestions concerning possible niches. If you require additional programs make use of AdWords.Google tool which can easily provide you up to 800, instead of 100 keywords the previous one gives.Input (AP) into the search engine window on top left of the webpage and then click on search.Get your hands on a list of a minimum of 10-20 AP associated search terms which display a reasonable number of searches per month however certainly not a lot of competition.This can also easily offer you a number of profitable search phrases to utilize on your site as categories, in your content and also in your marketing campaigns.Discovering profitable keyword phrasesVolume: is the average number of searches per month over the past 12 months.Comp: is the higher this number, the more organic competition for the keyword.IAAT: A count of webpages on which the keyword appears in both the title tag and the text of a backlink.Keywords Volume Comp. IAATAP ¨ 8,857 24.21 4,366AM programs 3,592 11.96 170best AP 3,334 11.92 167high ticket AP 1,050 6.73 12best AM programs 912 8.02 27Travel AP 896 7.67 22saas AP 849 — 0top AP 816 7.75 23AP for bloggers 629 7.43 19best AP for beginners 606 5.98 7best AP to make money 556 7.6 21high paying AP 551 8.88 43pay per click AP 528 7.35 18top paying AP 466 6.32 9keto AP 347 — 0AM programs for beginners 342 6.32 9software AP 310 6.73 12makeup AP 302 5.3 4gaming AP 295 5.3 4pet AP 292 4.56 2AP site 261 — 0best AP 2018 261 — 0essential oil AP 261 — 0highest paying AP 207 6.73 12personal development AP 207 3.92 1AP amazon 130 3.92 1′top golf’ AP 85 — 0a list of the best AP 85 — 0AdWords AP 85 — 0affiliate credit card programs 85 — 0affiliate credit card programs to build credit 85 — 0AM AP 85 — 0AM network programs 85 — 0AM programs comparisons 85 — 0AM programs for education 85 — 0AM programs for local business 85 — 0AM programs people want 85 — 0AM programs plugin WordPress 85 — 0.AM programs plugin WordPress woocommerce 85 — 0.AM programs to make money online 85 — 0.affiliate network programs 85 — 0.AP easy to join 85 — 0.AP for brands 85 — 0.AP for dating bloggers 85 — 0.AP for domain flipping 85 — 0.AP for ecommerce 85 — 0.AP for food bloggers 85 — 0.AP for guns 85 — 0.affiliate blogging programs 82 — 0.AP for beginners 82 6.47 10.One other excellent keyword research tool you can easily make use of is actually Jaaxy obtained through Wealthy Affiliate.Avg: The average amount of searches that the keyword phrase gets each monthTraffic: Visits to your website if you make first page rankings in the search enginesQSR: Quoted Search Results: the amount of competing websites ranked in Google for this exact keywordKQI: Keyword Quality indicator: Green is terrific; yellowish is alright; reddish is inadequate.SEO: A score based on traffic and competition, the greater the score the more likely you will rank for this keyword on the first page (scale of 1-100, the higher the better)Keyword Avg Traffic QSR KQI SEObest affiliate marketing programs 178 31 219 Great 83best affiliate marketing program for beginners 80 14 89 Great 93are best affiliate marketing programs 48 9 5 Great 98the best affiliate marketing program for beginners 80 14 73 Great 92best affiliate marketing programs for beginners 56 10 175 Great 84best affiliate marketing programs beginners 56 10 52 Great 96the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners 56 10 111 Great 91top 10 affiliate marketing programs 75 13 114 Great 97top affiliate marketing programs 88 15 179 Great 89top rated affiliate marketing programs 40 7 96 Great 97what is the best affiliate marketing program 114 20 53 Great 91the best affiliate marketing program 114 20 156 Great 86best affiliate marketing program 114 20 176 Great 88affiliate marketing programs 3037 517 232 Normal74affiliate marketing companies 458 78 122 Great 91affiliate marketing training 199 34 219 Normal80start affiliate marketing 654 112 226 Normal77best online affiliate programs 104 18 96 Great 97best affiliate marketers 48 9 86 Great 96best paying affiliate programs 86 15 118 Great 97.# 3: Choose your niche market.Statista determines that the amount of blog writers in the U.S. alone are going to go up to 31.7 million by 2020. If you’re beginning to build a blog anywhere on the planet today, it is clear that you’re dealing with a great deal more competition.The only means for you to stand the very best odds of success is actually to niche down.You need to concentrate on a specific category. “Food” is actually a huge category yet “grilling food” is rather sufficiently small to manage.Tight topics like these may aid you develop a more focused audience and also possibly assist you rank higher in search engines.Si Quan Ong did just that when he created his first website confining themself to only breakdancing rather than discussing “dance” or even “hip hop”. He declared he really did not understand just about anything regarding SEO at that time, however he was able to rank for a handful of key terms and produce ~ 3,000 organic visits each month.# 4: It is really imperative to choose the right niche.The information in # 2 above prove that there are actually numerous niche markets for you to pick from. Taking the one you are actually passionate about is actually the most effective niche market for you. Even if you work for months without getting any kind of results, it will definitely keep you going as a result of your strong excitement for it.# 5: There are definitely consequences for selecting the inappropriate niche market.It is actually most likely that you will certainly select the right niche if you follow the above actions. But in case you choose the incorrect one, you can do whatever is right for 12 months (which should be your long-range objective for success) and also still have nothing at all to show for it.# 6: Monetization setup.Having actually selected your specific niche, you have to now study its moneymaking capacity. Right here are actually a few of them:.Create your own product: Your own product might be an eBook, a video training series or paper book.AM: You might join free any affiliate networks or programs. For Digital product AM, you may sign up at ClickBank, the biggest AM network. As for Physical product AM, we recommend an AM program like Amazon Affiliates program, and so on. Concerning other affiliate programs, look for your “niche name” and sign up for those you like. You can easily likewise sign up with, and so on. Know that as well as possess everything any sort of niche market may supply.Printing adds: There are many out there. The most popular ones are actually GoogleAdsense as well as Mediavine.# 7: Abandon any niche you cannot monetize.If you look at the above and can’t fathom any way for you to actually monetize your chosen niche, then it’s not a good choice you have made. Well, if something isn’t good for you, you know what to do with it, don’t you? You turn your back on it. Then you look for another one.# 8: There is actually keen competition in AM yet enough place for all.One more ambivalence, you might state.Yes, competition in the AM industry is actually cut-throat, yet that should not in any way scare you from it.All the successful AM professionals you see around or hear about all have has that experience. If they had let it terrify them away years back, they definitely would not have been around as examples for us to learn from.The solution to the competition merely depends on finding a particular niche which necessarily belongs to a much larger market where there is actually money to be made with little to no competitors.# 9: Is AM a scam?No, AM as such is actually certainly not a scam. You will certainly get into one quicker than you may shake shit off your brand new, bright footwear if you’re devoting your hard-earned cash as well as valuable time looking for get-rich-quick schemes.# 10: Decide on the platform to utilize.AM could be carried out on any sort of platform where the promoter may send out information to a consumer. Also social media.The ideal area to develop a target market and also improve your sales is actually by means of a blog site or even a YouTube channel.ConclusionThere you have them, the 10 ways for newbie promoters to choose niches to become successful.

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Short, Intermediate, And Longer – Term Impacts On Home Sales, When Rates Rise!

For many reasons, some, economic, while others, related to the pandemic – related, so – called, fatigue, etc, home prices, in most areas, have gone up, at, or, near, record amounts! Because of the prolonged period of artificially – created, low – interest rates, mortgage rates, have been at historic lows! Since, for most home buyers, using financing is essential to affording a purchase, when a low rate, causes cheap money, and, thus, the ability to afford more home – for – the – buck, prices usually rise! It permits qualified buyers to qualify for more money/ loan, because the ratio of monthly mortgage, to overall income, is artificially – reduced! How long will this trend continue, will it become the new – normal, will previous trends/ cycles return, and how will pricing be affected, in the immediate, intermediate, and longer – run, are, all factors, to consider! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some possibilities, to consider, and understand.

1. Short – term: Since, the Federal Reserve Bank, announced, they planned to raise rates, three times in 2022 (of course, this was before the potential implications, and ramifications, from the Omicron variant), many feel pressure, to act quickly, to take advantage of today’s low rates, before they go up! Three increases will probably translate to, at least, a 0.75% higher rate, which will translate, for most mortgages, to hundreds of extra dollars, per month. Some things to consider, and pay attention to, is, this rate of increased home prices, will, probably, not continue, especially, at such a large degree! How longer one, expects to keep a specific house, is, one issue, to consider, thoroughly, and wisely, before proceeding!

2. Intermediate – term: Although, many believe, to – know, the precise timing of any projected rate – hike, is uncertain! The Fed has changed, and/ or, altered its strategies and approaches, in the past, What the intermediate – term, may bring, including potential inflationary pressures, how long the economic conditions, and unknown factors, related to the pandemic, etc, will determine, largely, what this phase, may bring! In addition, the attitude, and perceptions of buyers, and their confidence, etc, largely impact this real estate market!

3. Longer – term: In the longer – run, will things, restore, to what we have seen, so often, in the past, which is, alternating cycles, between, Sellers, Buyers, and Neutral Markets? The possibilities, include: a continued large escalation; a more – gradual, but persistent – one; some leveling; and/ or, will we see, at least, in certain areas, some sort of falling prices, for a period.

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Affiliate Marketing Coach – Speed Up Your Affiliate Progress With A Coach

An affiliate marketing coach is someone who can help you lift the invisible ceiling which may be holding your affiliate business back. So much in business it is the limits of our thinking which stop us from achieving the things we set out to achieve.

In affiliate marketing this is very much the case. You don’t know what you don’t know! You may even be running down a rabbit hole in the complete wrong direction. I did this for years before finding an affiliate marketing coach who helped me.

Before this point I was trying to do everything alone. Many affiliates are doing the same but don’t realise their actions aren’t aligned with their desired outcomes. For me, I was focusing only on the things I liked to do, not the things which would drive my business forwards.

A clear perspective from a coach who isn’t so myopic in their thinking can change everything. If you keep doing what you’ve always done as an affiliate, your results will likely be the same. But if you’re prepared to step outside your comfort zone, you can make far greater changes in a small amount of time.

Much of affiliate marketing is about trial and error. You try several things and focus on the things which work. This is Pareto’s principle, or the 80:20 rule. But if you have no results to draw from, you could easily be focusing on strategies which will take years to gain any traction.

A few of the small shifts I made in my affiliate marketing endeavours are: shifting to promoting products which offer recurring commissions, I stopped promoting small value, low commission products, and I started using high ticket digital products instead.

These steps alone hugely helped me start generating tactics in my affiliate business. But I also got coaching and mentoring, and decided to take affiliate marketing more seriously. In the beginning, it was just a hobby, and I treated it like a hobby. But if you look at your affiliate business like a hobby, you’ll earn a hobby wage from it. Treat it more seriously, and focus on building a sustainable income which can replace existing work, and you can achieve much more. You get what you focus on!

Goals are useful signposts for affiliates too. For such a long time I was without a rudder as an affiliate. A goal gives you a specific destination you can measure and work towards. If you don’t have either a goal, or a strategy you can stick to with affiliate marketing, it’s easy to lose purpose and drift off in another direction.

When you’re looking for results and don’t have any, it can become completely demoralising! You need to stoke the fire of your own enthusiasm continually or you’re likely to become disillusioned and drop out. This happens to around 95% of affiliate marketers.

But you need to be in the 5% who stick at it and eventually break through and start making consistent sales. When this occurs will depend on the actions you take and how long you keep going for. If something isn’t working, try something else. Focus on the small wins like a hit on a website, or an email lead. Keep your enthusiasm high and you’ll be able to surmount the obstacles which come with the territory. But if you allow yourself to become dissatisfied, it’s much more difficult to keep going.

Affiliate marketing isn’t easy. It’s performance related which means that if you don’t make a sale, you don’t make any money. This is tough in the beginning because you can do a lot of activity which is unrewarded. But once you make a sale, there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. This is the goal of many new affiliate marketers – to make their first sale.

Once you have some positive feedback in terms of success, you can focus on the activities which brought it about. But until this happens, you very much need to trust the process. If you’re also paying a membership fee while this is happening, there can come a point where you decide it’s simply not working! This is common, and people drop out. But if you have a coach you can trust, things are so much more sustainable.

An affiliate marketing coach can help you overcome negativity, indecision, hesitancy and self belief issues. A coach can help you see things in a different light and to notice limitations in your thinking.

For me this has been a complete game changer, and not just for affiliate marketing. When you notice your own self talk is talking away your success and happiness, you realise you are the creator of your own outcomes. As you remember to change your self talk and thinking habits, you realise without belief there is no action. So belief is everything.

The person we listen to more than anyone else in life is ourselves. We talk to ourselves in our head constantly. Re reaffirm what we think and believe about ourselves continually. If we can learn to tap into this power, and start giving ourselves more positive commands, then we can grow both personally and professionally in a much more congruent way than simply through thinking, planning and attempting things in only the physical aspect of our affiliate business.

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7 Benefits of Custom Aluminum Cases

If you want to carry your expensive electronic items or any type of fragile instrument, we suggest that you be on the safe side. We suggest that you pack your expensive stuff in a reliable case. In other words, you may want to invest in a dependable custom aluminum case to carry your items with you. After all, you don’t want your stuff to get damaged during transportation. In this article, we are going to talk about some major benefits of custom aluminum cases. Read on to find out more.

1. Durability

First of all, one of the major advantages of these units is that they are extremely durable. In this case, we suggest that you go for a case that is splashproof, air-tight, and watertight. This is essential if you want the unit to stand the test of time. If it is not strong enough, your stuff inside may not be safe.

2. Withstand Extreme Conditions

Another major advantage of these units is that they are designed to withstand extreme conditions. Even if you use them on a daily basis, they will be good for years to come. In other words, you don’t need to worry about the durability aspect of these units.

3. Customizable

Some of these cases are designed to be customized. The idea is to make sure that you get a unit that you can customize to cover your requirements and needs. Since one size cannot fit everyone, we suggest that you get a customized aluminum case.

For example, you will need a specific type of case to store your tools. Similarly, there are specific aluminum cases if you want to carry delicate items. And the beauty of these things is that they are available in different sizes and shapes.

4. Custom Interior

If you want to protect your delicate items, we suggest that you get a case that comes with custom interiors. In this case, your delicate items will be safe even if the road condition is extremely bad.

5. Timeless Look

We suggest that you get an aluminum case that features a timeless look. After all, you don’t want to get a case that looks ugly or unappealing. So, if you are worried about the aesthetic aspect of these units, we suggest that you get a unit that seems appealing.

6. Corrosion-Resistant

With the passage of time, metal cases tend to face corrosion. Therefore, it is better to get an aluminum case as they are corrosion resistant.

7. Withstand Temperatures

The good thing about an aluminum case is that it can withstand extreme temperatures. Since aluminum features high thermal conductivity, this type of metal can easily transfer heat from your fragile items. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about the effects of the elements when it comes to getting your expensive or fragile items from one place to another.

Long story short, these are just some of the benefits of customized aluminum cases. If you have never purchased one, we suggest that you get one today. The beauty of these units is they are much better than other types of metal out there. So, the next time you need to purchase one, you may consider one made from aluminum.

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How Cromacoin Functions to Enhance Businesses Productivity?

Instead for entire details relevant piece of information in this world of modernized technology Cromacoin usually operates on wide-spread public ledger known as Blockchain where entire confirmed transactions. Entire ways where users are aware of each transaction avoid stealing and spending the same currency within stipulated time. This process also supports Blockchain as it is trustworthy for an appropriate piece of content. Cromacoin is one of excellent digital currency which has been stepping up to correspond with better digital currencies exchanges.

Where to store your new ICO’s tokens after procure?

There are diversified applications which one should utilize while obtaining new ICO’s tokens some of the vital key elements are visualized below for better appearance:-

• Full Client Satisfaction- It is one of email server which is encountered without dependent upon third-party servers. It also controls whole transaction from start to an end.

• Trivial Clients- The mandatory vital piece of server surely rely upon customer’s satisfaction as everyone acquires access to the network for uppermost transactions.

• Web Clients- It is the opposite of full client resembling which totally dependent upon the third-party server and operate entire transactions instantly.
Where can you find Cromacoin?

In order to get evolved with this cryptocurrency digital exchanges one can firstly purchase Cromacoin from steps involved below:-

• Cryptocurrency Exchanges where one can exchange regular new ICO tokens.

• One can find a seller or just by SING UP process available for procedural module.

• After Signing up Cromacoin is precious for customers for better investment plans.

Input important credentials to obtain freeway service to your account by SIGN UP process.

• It is recommended to utilize a strong elongated password with a mixture of letters, alphabets and other special characters.

• One will be able to find information about the product in our whitepaper which proffers an extreme most reliable piece of information rapidly.

• Get a proper financial report as ICO’s can be started with crowdfunding.

• Companies utilizing ICO at an earlier stage for traditional businesses acquire whitepaper which is the most likely concern.

One needs explanations about Cromacoin just by examining the whitepaper in ICO’s.

• Get a ratio for cryptocurrency along with procedural modules in accordance to digital currency exchanges.

Where are your tokens? Know more from defined information evaluated

Firstly, it is important to bring tokens for your ICO which is associated with your tokens available as per needs and requirements. It can suffer bit of project keeping in mind a trustworthy project which one can send for Cromacoin analyzed. It is suggested to deposit your new ICO tokens where tokens actually bare and help for your new token repeatedly.

• Set up for a coin and participate in ICO to buy tokens.

• The need of wallet which supported tokens for purchase.

• Participate in ICO to buy tokens from Cromacoin.

• Send ETH for a token purchase and one will be tied to private key of wallet.

• Acquire few pieces of information to accomplish with Cromacoin.

• Send ETH address for ICO and proffer tokens constantly.

• Don’t ask for a deposit which wallet supports for a new token or one can access to your New ICO tokens on Blockchain with appropriate security enabled policies.

How to import ICO tokens into a supported wallet?

If one has contract address for token one can import tokens into wallet. Likewise, our wallet has the capability to hold numerous tokens keeping in mind entire terms accuracy, precise along with efficiency which play a vital role to enhance one’s business productivity. Our wallet is encompassed with unique wallet address which is thereby sent just by input for tokens.

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Why Business Owners Seek to Enter Foreign Markets

It is no longer news that business investors from around the world look at entering foreign markets in order to expand their local business operations or diversify their investments and establish new operations in the international market.

Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial and growing companies consider international expansion as a marketing and growth strategy.

If you have been successful in your business for some time and you have already mastered everything about running a business, overseas expansion may just be the logical next move you have to make.

On the flip side, for a majority of others, just having an overseas registered company and business address makes more sense to them than moving over to these foreign countries to establish a brick-and-mortar office.

Whichever the case is, there are at least 7 reasons entrepreneurs incorporate an overseas company, subsidiary or a representative office.

1. EXPANSION. About 95% of the world’s consumer’s reside outside Nigeria. Entrepreneurs whose vision and target market is a global one would consider to enter new markets abroad thus increasing their company’s overall market share and growth potentials.

2. POSSIBLE UNTAPPED MARKET. The possibility of an untapped market in foreign jurisdictions may motivate a Nigerian entrepreneur to incorporate an overseas company, subsidiary or representative office of his/her local company. Nigerian entrepreneurs who produce and package local foodstuffs for sale abroad fall into this category.

3. PROXIMITY TO INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS/CUSTOMERS. Truth be told, the Internet hs done enough to bring businesses closer to buyers. However, for some reasons, several business transactions may still warrant a traditional business presence in the city or country of operation. An overseas office of a local company need not be that big, and may be a home business address, a paid virtual office, or a small/liaison office just for the sake of getting customer feedback and linking back to the Nigerian office.

4. CORPORATE IMAGE. In order to boost their corporate image in the eyes of customers, suppliers, investors and businesses, some entrepreneurs just register an overseas subsidiary of their Nigerian company. This gives their target audience an impression that they are a company with international networks. In situations like this, the “international entrepreneur” need not set up a brick-and-mortar office abroad, he/she only pays for a virtual registered office in such country plus a mailing and telephone forwarding service.

5. COMPETITION. The fact that competing businesses or brands are entering the overseas market and are doing well motivates entrepreneurs in similar businesses to follow suit.

6. INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT. There are quite a number of international banking options available to companies registered in overseas jurisdictions – whether you are currently established in the overseas country or operating the overseas company from Nigeria. Having a corporate checking account abroad makes international payment much more easier by direct deposits, cheque or international wire transfers.

7. MIGRATION. Entrepreneurs considering a migration or move to an overseas country may incorporate a company in the destination country pending the time of their travel.

The United Kingdom, for instance, grants an Entrepreneur Visa to persons outside the European Union to gain entry to the UK for business reasons.

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