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Kirby Vacuum Presentation: A Very Poor Demonstration

Here in LA (that’s Lower Alabama) for all you folks out in TV Land, it is beginning to warm up. We still have a few cool days remaining but those will soon be a distant memory. As the weather warms my wife tends to dream of spring cleaning. At least she dreams of me cleaning in the spring and the summer and the fall and all winter. Well the dreams and the nagging (described to me as motivational speaking) started this past weekend, and ended with me dragging every area rug we have ever owned out onto the driveway at 8 am.

I was then forced to drive to the local hardware store (read that as Rug Doctor Pimp) and rent a squatty little machine and a happy smile that promises clean carpets, clean furniture and a great time doing it. Since we are unwitting home to every animal that needs a home people (5 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs and two teenage girls that I need to be rescued from) this is a semi annual event at least. Upon my arrival home the Rug Doctor took control of my life and forced me to work. I tried to resist but the power of my wife’s look and the hypnotic effect of the Rug Doctor was just too much. The Best Car Vacuum On the Market of 2020 will provide a demonstration to the person for cleaning of the car. Along with the males, females should take care of the effects. 

About 3:30 pm I was down to my last 6×12 area rug, 2 small rooms and a 5 foot hallway. The end was in sight when all of sudden a young man comes around the corner of my van and says “Whoa there, you should let me do that for you.” I handed him the brush, the hose and said the rug doctor was over there but he just laughed at me. He told me that someone would arrive at my door in about 15 minutes and they would finish the last two rooms and the hallway for free ( I figured he made this offer since I am such a handsome devil). At this point he did ask if I had heard about Kirby Vacuums and I said yes.

His next statement was that I shouldn’t worry about buying one of these machines since they are now almost $2500. But just to tell everyone I knew how well it did. They would be glad to do the rooms. I knew from the get go that I would not be buying one at this point even though I do believe it to be a very good product. About 20 minutes later a young man of about 25 shows up at the door with another young man who turned out to be 18 and both had two large armfuls of equipment. I invited them in to the living room and the older one introduced me to himself and the younger man.

Alex, the sales manager, took a cell call during the first five minutes of arriving and then said he would be back later to check on Jeff and make sure he was doing a good job. Jeff did a good job of demonstrating the various attachments and the strength of the Kirby vacuum. What he didn’t do was make the product sizzle for me. The little dirt pads that come out of his “dirt meter” are impressively dirty showing me how poor a job my current vacuum does. However, on the carpet I had just cleaned, it appears that the Rug Doctor did a good job. I was very relieved about that.

After about an hour Jeff finally started to vacuum and clean with a dry foam shampoo the area that had been promised. The hallway connects two teenage girls room to their bathroom. Not a pretty site. Make-up, pet stains, nasty tennis shoes are the mainstay of this hallway. Spilled drinks, snacks and too many people visiting make the carpets in their rooms a very tough job. It took about an hour and a half for Jeff to clean the carpet.

The carpet did not look new (as promised). I didn’t think it would. It did however look just as good as if I had done it with my rusty, trusty Rug Doc. By allowing him to do the work I was able to relax for almost three hours. Yes, I had to watch as he pulled out all the stops to demonstrate his machine. But that was just good TV.

After he was finished he asked if he could clean up the machine. I let him use the bathtub and provided some paper towels. He did not make a mess and was very polite. He called his manager who took about 30 minutes to arrive so we sat on the sofa and watched 3rd Rock from the Sun on TV together.

Once Alex, the manager, arrived he asked me how Jeff had done and rated him very well. He asked me if I knew how much the machine costs and replied about $2250 my wife yelled in from the kitchen $1800. I thought we were on the Price is Right. Started looking for Drew Cary. He handed me a price list with a cash price and two financed prices that were at full price. He then took another a phone call.

After hanging up the phone he asked Jeff how fast he could pack up the machine. If he could accomplish the task fast enough he could put him into another home right away. I thought this was kind of rude. He then took out a sales pad and said “Listen, I need to move this unit. Here is my manager’s discount. $20 down no payments for 60 days and you can take $600 off the price if you trade in your old vacuum.” I said no. He said, “What if I make it $10 and half price.” I said no again and he got up and left and young Jeff left right behind him with the machine.

While the machine did a good job of cleaning the salesmen did very little to build a need or desire in me to want the machine. I could have afforded the small down and the payments but at this time the need was not defined enough for me and my family to go down that path. If you need a good machine to do a thorough cleaning job this Kirby will do the job, but know what you want and what you are looking for before inviting them in to your home.

How Too Much Sugar Affected My Health

Most of us love sugar because it simply makes our food taste better. The American Heart Association (AHA) states that our bodies need this substance to help create energy. The problem is that we tend to eat much more than what our system can use. One important thing to remember is that not all sugars are the same. According to the AHA, sugars found in fruits, vegetables, and other natural healthy foods have no negative effect on our health. It’s the added sugar in processed foods and soft drinks that are the real problem. The AHA also recommends that for the average healthy woman, added unhealthy sugar intake should be 25grams or less or the equivalent of 100 calories. For men it should be less than 36grams or the equivalent of about 150 calories. To put this into perspective, the average can of 12 ounce soda contains about 22 grams of sugar. That pretty much wipes out our total intake for the day.

I am military veteran and have always believed in working out and staying in shape, but it was not until about a year ago I really started to pay attention to food labels. I went to my doctor for an annual physical and was surprised to find out that my blood sugar was elevated. I started trying to think back to what could be causing this change. That’s when I started to realize that I was eating too much sugar. One thing I did not realize is that just because a food is healthy in one aspect does not mean its good for you in all aspects. For example, I love orange juice and it is a good source of Potassium, Vitamin C, and other vitamins and nutrients. The downside is that it’s high in sugar. Typically, one eight ounce glass of the name brand juices contains as much sugar as soft drinks. So it’s best to drink pure squeezed orange juice because the sugar content is not as high and it’s natural from fresh fruits. Not all juices are 100% pure so always read the labels and do your homework if not sure. You can see this usually on the packaging of the product. Make sure that you read them carefully so you will get and know the amount of sugar on the product.

The doctor recommended that I lose around 5-10 pounds and to improve my diet and have my labs taken again in three months. I cut a lot of the bad sugar from my diet and also lost about five pounds. When I had my labs taken again my levels were back to normal. I am not saying that my problem was totally caused by sugar, but I am sure it was a contributing factor. If you are concerned about your health, I cannot stress enough to really pay attention to the labels of the food you eat. It is especially important to monitor your sugar intake because it is very easy to surpass the daily recommended intake. This could potentially cause you serious health problems.

How to Promote Your AC Content on Kaboodle

New ways and websites to promote your AC content are only limited by the number of social bookmarking and networking sites made available. As social networking websites become more tailored and specific to the members who use them it becomes easier for you, an AC Content Producer, to promote your AC content within the online community. You can take help from Instagram and get free followers on Instagram that will help you in improving your reach. Another such online platform that you can use is Kaboodle is one of those websites, created for those who love to shop, organize information, and create lists of recommendations for other users.

Once registered on Kaboodle there is plenty to do and even more networks to explore. From creating shopping lists to recommending travel destinations, there are several ways to share your knowledge and interests while promoting your content on Kaboodle.

Here are some tips on how to promote your AC content on Kaboodle.

What is Kaboodle?

Kaboodle is a social shopping community that has evolved into a social network where users can not only create shopping wish lists but also organize websites that interest them, keep track of their favorite products, recommend restaurants, travel companies, and online deals.

After registering on the website you are can install a Kaboodle button on your toolbar that allows you to quickly add your content to your profile. By creating lists you can quickly and easily introduce your content to members, interacting in the groups and forums provides you with more ways to share your knowledge.

How to Use Lists to Promote Your AC Content

At the heart of Kaboodle are the lists that users create, so this is where you want to start with your promotion efforts. A good list, of any information, consists of at least five items with a common theme. Try to keep your lists to one topic, this helps lead the right readers to your content.

To determine the type of list you want to create, look over your AC content and select articles that are based on the same topic. Using my own content as an example, here are some lists I could create and the articles I would include a link to on Kaboodle.

– Five Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without: Include beauty product reviews

– My Favorite Fitness Finds: Include reviews of fitness equipment, guides to fitness apparel websites, reviews of fitness DVDs, a guide to online workouts

– Best Chicago Restaurants You Should Try: Include restaurant reviews

Fill Out Your Profile

One of the first things you should do on Kaboodle, even before the lists, is to fill out your profile. Once you begin to become active members will want to know a little about you, after all it is a social networking site. Make sure you include details about your interests and the fact that you like to try to search for and try new products and websites. The more information you provide about yourself, the more users will look and connect with you.

Join Groups and Connect

Creating lists of your content is great, but you want as many eyes as possible to see those lists. So, join groups and connect with other members by adding them as friends. Search for those with similar interests and send them a request. Look through the thousands of groups and find the ones that you know you can contribute to.

Members don’t just shop the internet for new things to add to their own lists, they shop each other’s list to find things they might also like. This is where the social shopping part plays a part, by joining groups and making friends you can share knowledge and information.

Comment and Post

Within each group are forums where members seek advice, tell about a new find, or talk about their lists. Posting in these forums gives you more opportunities to promote your content because you can share your own lists with a member who is looking for a specific product. At the very least it just gets your profile out there for more members to click and discover your list. Commenting on the items in other lists has the same result.

The potential for promoting your AC Content on Kaboodle is only limited by the number of lists you create. You already did the work by creating the content, now all you have to do is list it.

Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player: Fun Toddler Toy for Music Lovers

Our son has always loved music. Even during his early months of colic, music offered some relief from the crying. So when we discovered the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player, a mock toy MP3 player just for toddlers, we knew we had to try it for our son.

The Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player is a plastic pretend MP3 player made just for toddlers.

The Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player is a brightly colored plastic toy with a neck strap for carrying and a set of headphones. The working music player offers 21 toddler-friendly tunes for your child’s listening pleasure. Some of the songs have lyrics and some are instrumental. The tunes on the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player include such classics as Mary Had a Little Lamb, Skip to My Lou, and other nursery rhyme and classic songs for young children.

The buttons on the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player are easy to master for little hands. Our 2 ½ year old is able to manipulate the play and stop buttons with no trouble. He remembers which buttons play and stop the music by the shapes drawn on them. The Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player is lightweight and easily carried. The headphones of the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player are just the right size for toddler ears.

There are a few drawbacks to the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player. First of all, the strap that allows your toddler to wear the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player around his or her neck does not fit over the head. It has to be opened and snapped shut. Young hands could never manipulate this alone. Also, the volume of the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player gets rather loud-much too loud for young ears. The volume on the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player really should not be able to go as high as it does.

The mp3 converter for soundcloud sells for about $18.99 and be found at a variety of retailers online.

Overall, despite a few drawbacks, I give the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player four out of five stars as a fun toddler toy. Our son has been walking around the house for days wearing his little headphones of the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player. The songs are all excellent for learning and the look of the Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player allows your child to feel grown-up and to imitate Mommy or Daddy. Since he is unable to control the volume on his Little Tikes Jam N Play MP3 Player we will continue to use this fun modeling toy.

A Comprehensive Guide To Understand Everything About CBD

The popularity of CBD products is growing day by day due to numerous reasons. Well, CBD products also become the hottest topic in the market. Before going to know more about these products or the benefits associated with them, you should learn how it works and provides benefits to an individual’s body. CBD is mainly derived from hemp or marijuana, but it doesn’t get you high due to the absence of THC. Most of the people are consuming CBD on a daily basis to overcome some health issues.

Due to the rise in the demand for CBD, many manufacturers and companies are entering this industry. They are offering a variety of CBD products, including the best cbd oil for pain. You can get a wide range of CBD products while shopping in your local market or online stores.

Types of CBD products

Many ways are out there with which you can get CBD into your system. You should make your choices after knowing how quickly and effectively it works. To know about different CBD products, you should read the below-mentioned points-

  • CBD oil vape– It is an effective method to take CBD as it comes in the form of juice that you can smoke through a vaporizer.
  • CBD oil tinctures– Tinctures are more in demand because you can consume them easily. You just need to keep them under the tongue and absorb through mouth’s membranes.
  • CBD gummies– if you don’t like the taste of CBD, then it is good to opt for gummies. Most of the kids consider gummies instead of other CBD products.
  • Capsules – it is easy to get a daily dose of CBD with the help of capsules. When you consume a capsule, then it takes time to give results in your body.

Benefits associated with CBD

CBD offers plentiful benefits, and you shouldn’t ignore them. With the help of cbdmd review, you can know about these benefits and decide whether you should buy CBD products or not. Some of these benefits are discussed below-

  • Cancer is a devastating disease, and some treatments also make it worse. That’s why you should use CBD products to reduce its symptoms in your body.
  • People suffering from neurological disorders can also gain plenty of benefits by using CBD oil on a daily basis.
  • CBD is also beneficial for skin issues that are affecting most of the people. With the use of the best CBD products, you can get rid of skin problems in no time.
  • The right use of CBD can also help in growing the longer and stronger hairs. It also works on scalp health and prevents hair loss related problems.

After noticing all these benefits, you may also get encouraged to use CBD products or oil on a daily basis. With these products, you can get rid of several health problems and also gain some additional benefits for your overall health.

Clean And Clear Steam Soft In-Shower Facial: Product Review

Want a spa-like facial that’s cheap, quick and easy? Clean and Clear may have the product for you – its new Steam Soft In-Shower Facial.The Johnson and Johnson-owned company recently debuted its Soft line, consisting of four products: two oil-free moisturizers in a day and a night form, with the day containing SPF 15, a purifying scrub cleanser and the in-shower facial.

The Claim:

Clean and Clear claims that in one minute, its facial will detoxify, smooth and soften skin by using breakthrough technology that utilizes steam to cleanse the skin of impurities. That’s quite a promise, does it live up to its boastings?

The Use:

To use, the bottle suggests applying, but not massaging in, a generous amount to your face, avoiding the eye area while in the shower. Let the facial sit for one minute, allowing the steam to penetrate pores. After one minute, massage skin to activate the exfoliating beads, which will get rid of dead surface skin. Wash your face off thoroughly. When exiting the shower, pat your face dry and apply moisturizer.

Clean and Clean recommends using the facial one to three times a week. I usually average twice a week. Also, use the facial in place of your regular cleanser. Using both may dry out your skin. The appearance of the wrinkles can be on the nose as well as under the eyes. The use of botox for nose wrinkles can be done through the person. The regular use of the botox will provide effective results to the person.

The Ingredients:

The formula, consisting of sugar cane – an excellent natural exfoliator, menthol and numerous fruit and leaf extracts, is oil-free (so that it won’t clog pores) and is dermatologist tested. The menthol is what creates the mild zesty sensation, which leaves skin refreshed. That ingredient alone made my skin feel cleaner after using it. The facial also contains methylparaben, a common preservative found in many skin care products, which some studies suggest may be linked to cancer, although nothing has been proven conclusively. (Since there has been some controversy over products containing parabens, I felt it was worth mentioning).

The Review:

When I first applied the facial, I didn’t feel a difference, but after a minute, I massaged it in and felt a delightful mild tingly sensation as I did it. It certainly felt like it was purifying my skin! When I rinsed off, my face did feel softer. After a few uses, my face was smooth but I didn’t see too much of a difference exfoliation-wise. I still had blackheads and minor breakouts. While Clean and Clear doesn’t claim to get rid of either with this product, I did expect it.

The 5-ounce bottle retails for approximately $5. I was fortunate enough to receive mine in a giveaway through Allure magazine. (Thanks, Allure!) Even after I finish the bottle, I plan to buy more. Sometimes products don’t always live up to its promises, however, Clean and Clear did a fairly good job with its facial. It may not be perfect, but it does indeed detoxify, smooth and soften skin within a minute, which in all honesty, is all the time I really have to spend on a facial.

Cut The Fat – Three Powerful Ways To Lose Weight

When we decide to start losing weight, it can feel like a real challenge. In fact, the first days, weeks and months might feel like impossible hurdles to overcome. But it doesn’t have to be like that, and there are many things you can do to make the process easier.

I can relate. You see, I battled with my weight for a long time, too. I wasn’t a skinny kid, and the other schoolchildren made sure I knew it. While this doesn’t do wonders for your self-esteem, in my case it encouraged me to lose those few extra pounds of baby fat.

So, since my early teens, I’ve been avid about eating healthy and getting the proper amount of exercise. This is why I would recommend a healthy diet plan for all those people that are trying to lose weight. If you need a much instant solution to this problem then I would like to introduce you to coolsculpting. This is a safe process in which you get to freeze the fat in your belly and get rid of it. Is CoolSculpting treatment for the stomach area safe and effective? If this question is bothering you then you can just follow this link and learn all about this process.

While this may be many years ago, I still have the motivation to stay in shape. And here are a couple of powerful tips I’ve learned along the way.

The first one is probably very obvious, however, it’s very easy to overlook. And why would you want to stop when you get such a rewarding feeling from it? Do you know what I’m talking about? I’m talking about junk food. And it is probably the number one reason many of us are carrying around a spare tire.

Junk food is so rewarding to eat because it has high amounts of saturated fat and sugar. When we eat it, our brains release a chemical that rewards us. But it isn’t doing us any favors, matter how good it tastes.

Did you ever wonder why potato chips are finger-licking good? Well, they’re high in saturated fat and other unhealthy goodness, plus they’re crispy. This crispiness is another reason we enjoy eating them so much. You see, we associate foods that are firm, crunchy or crispy with freshness. While I’m sure that you don’t think the same about raw carrots, this is the same perception your brain has for deep-fried potato chips.

Cutting out junk food really isn’t as hard as you think, for example, you can substitute one food for another. Chicken can be both extremely healthy and extremely unhealthy to eat. Skinless baked or grilled chicken is far healthier than fried, and they contain far fewer calories.

The next tip I want to share with you is about exercise, and before you panic, I just want to say you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on workout equipment or on a gym membership.

Besides, most people don’t even use their memberships after the first month or two, so why waste the money.

No, there are better ways to get into shape, and they won’t cost you a thing. Before we go any further though, I just want to dispel one rumor that is anything but true. You cannot turn fat into muscle.

With that said, even if you would spend your time lifting weights in the gym, you’d be doing very little to lose weight. While it’s true you would, of course, get stronger, you would still need to do some form of cardiovascular aerobic exercise.

So why not just start that first? Walking has to be my absolute favorite form of exercise. And it is extremely useful to help stay in shape. If you’re able to walk for one hour each every day, you’ll quickly realize that pounds start to melt away, but not everybody is able to do this.

Also, it’s not a good idea to go from one to a hundred overnight. What I mean is if you’re not able to walk that far yet, it’s better to start slowly so that you don’t get discouraged.

In that case, it is better to begin building up slowly, however, don’t get stagnant. Set a plan and stick to it. If you find that you’re able to walk half an hour each day, then start with that and build up until you hit the hour day mark.

Why an hour rather than only the half-hour walk? Well, with a half an hour walk you actually don’t start burning any calories, it’s after the first half-hour that you actually begin to burn calories.

The last I have for you is probably a good health habit in general, but it is one that many people overlook or ignore.

Water is simply crucial if you want to begin losing weight. A lot of people I know assume that by drinking coffee, tea, pop, milk or whatever they are staying hydrated, this really isn’t the case. I know some people that wouldn’t hesitate to drink two liters of pop in one day. Well, if you can drink that much pop, you can also drink that much water instead. Plus unlike all of the soft drinks that dehydrate you, water is actually good for you.

As you can see, these are just a couple of things that you can do to start losing weight today. Cutting out the unhealthy food or replacing it with a healthier alternative, getting enough cardiovascular aerobic exercise and fueling your body with a healthy beverage (water) is achievable.

And here is one last tip that never fails. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll see results.

As I said in the beginning, my journey began many years ago and it’s been a rewarding one. I set out to change my eating and exercise habits, not for somebody else, but for me. You can’t lose weight for somebody else, it has to be something you want to do, a goal you’re motivated to achieve.

Weight loss is possible, in fact, it’s made up of many small steps made one at a time.

What Are The Activities That Cause a Leaky Gut Syndrome In The Intestine?

Numerous cases are there in which people never get to know that they are having leaky gut syndrome in their belly. It is because they are not aware of the things and the activities which cause the syndrome. If you are the one who is not aware of the syndrome, then this article would be the best for you. There are so many things that cause the syndrome which you should take care of. The first thing on which you should work on is the diet. A proper diet with proper nutrition values should be intake by your body. It will not only help in keeping you away from the syndrome, but also it will keep your body fit and immune system strong. Most of the people eat junk food daily in their life which is the topmost cause of the issue like leaky gut. You should also know that the relief factor offers a 100% natural treatment to the one who is facing the issue.

The intestine is the organ in which the syndromes occur and get mixed in the bloodline. Mixing harmful toxins in the bloodline can be very dangerous because blood circulates everywhere in the body. That is why it is said that you should never meet with the issue like a leaky gut.

Stay away from the poisonous food

You can never get to know which of the food can be harmful to your body; that is why you should stay away from the junk food. You can eat them but in the limit, as you should not consume them daily because it can lead to being occurred leaky gut in the belly. There are lots of symptoms that will let you know that your body is going through the issue. This issue can affect various other body parts, which can be very dangerous. Your body might never feel the same, and the condition can get ruined in no time. The leaky gut is further divided into two categories that you will be get to know later in the article.

The two causes of leaky gut are-

  1. Caused by bacteria- It is cleared by the name itself that bacteria are the primary cause through which leaky gut can be occurred in your intestine. Bacteria are also of two types that are good and bad. The good one is really beneficial for health, but on the other hand, the bad one is those who can make your feeling sick. The balance of good and bad bacteria is to be there in the body, and if there is not, then you might get to meet leaky gut in your intestine. You can intake good bacteria with the help of a diet that will be going to maintain the balance in the body. Bad bacteria should stay away and which can be done by staying away from the junk food.
  2. Intake of the food-This is the second and the common reasons due to which various issues can take place in the body. You should take care of the food that you are consuming daily. Count the nutrition values so that you can keep your body fit and fine. Food is to be healthy in nature, like the amount of oil is to be less in the food. Protein amount should be higher so that the immune system of your body can become stronger. Fruits are the one with the best nutrition values which you should consume daily for the betterment of your health.

These are the main two causes of leaky gut issues in the belly. You should remove the bad food from your list for at least 2 months. In this way, your body will get to be balanced in terms of good and bad bacteria. Diet is the only issue that can cause leaky gut in the intestine, and it is the only remedy that can cure the issue as soon as you wanted. Moreover, leaky gut is the very harmful because it would not only harm the intestine, but also it can damage various body parts. Toxic material gets mixed with the blood, which means that it will be going to travel various organs in the body.

Are you feeling depressed or having gum disease? Contact to the immediately to the doctor

If you are feeling depression or stress on your mind, then you should contact the doctor immediately because you might be having a gut leak problem. You should not ignore the issue because it can really be harmful to your body. If you are having the issue, then you should not have to worry about anything because it can easily get to be cured with the help of a good nutritional diet. You should start consuming good fat, protein so that the body can get stronger enough to fight with the issue like a leaking gut.

Choose Photoshop Elements for Your Web Site Design

At one point or another, when you’re learning how to design web sites, you’re going to have to learn how graphics and photos for web sites work and how to place them on your web page. Photoshop by Adobe is the popular choice for manipulating images, graphics, and text effects for not only web sites but for print ads as well. But what if you don’t plan on doing print ads? What if you only want to focus on web page design? What if you don’t want to (or can’t at this stage) spend the amount that Photoshop costs until you decide that web design is, in fact, for you? Then try Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop Elements is the less expensive version of Adobe’s Photoshop. The main difference is that Photoshop Elements works with RGB color while Photoshop works with RGB and CMYK. For a brief explanation of these, RGB stands for “red, green, blue” while CMYK stands for “cyan, magenta, yellow, black.” CMYK is used for offline printing like brochures while RGB is for online presentation of images and graphics displayed by monitors. If you only plan on designing for the web, then you don’t need the full expense of Photoshop. To give you some best examples, you should see more ideas about medical websites. Usually, most of the medical websites are really impressive.

Photoshop Elements will give you the effects you need to jazz up your web site and make it graphically appealing. The tools in Photoshop Elements are easy to learn and easy to use but don’t expect to become an expert overnight. There are many great books available that will walk you through step by step and there are a lot of tutorials online. If you look up a tutorial online to learn a digital image manipulation that you want to master, but you can’t find it for Photoshop Elements, try looking at how the tutorials and guides say to do it in Photoshop. You’ll notice the similarities between the two and you’ll be that much more proficient in using the Photoshop interface for if and when you decide to move up to the full version of Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Elements sells for $99.99 at www.adobe.com and it’s also for sale in the brick and mortar world in places such as Best Buy. If you’re not quite sure that you want to spend that amount just yet, Adobe offers a 30-day trial version that you can use to test it out. Keep in mind that most good graphic and digital image programs will cost about the same amount, if not more, and if you’re serious about learning web site design, you’ll need to use a graphics program at some point. Photoshop Elements will help you start along the design path and will prepare you to move to the full version when you’re ready.

Marketing Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations – Why Nonprofits Need to Blog

Nonprofit organizations the world over are taking advantage of the power of the internet, and it’s difficult not to enhance a website without a blog. A blog gives visitors a running commentary on current events, the latest news, and plenty of options for heavy user interaction. Nonprofit organizations in particular can benefit from this channel in multiple ways. From creating a network of supporters to help further their interests to establishing an interactive community on the web, a blog can serve a variety of purposes.

Blogs are valuable tools for businesses of all types; nonprofit organizations can use blogs as a platform for sharing and disseminating information across multiple channels. Not only will they establish an online presence, but the blog itself is easy to set up and keep up to date. Blogs are a simple way to reach out; this is an important factor for many nonprofits, especially those looking to recruit fundraisers, sponsors, and even volunteers.

The nonprofit blog is different than a standard business or personal blog; it focuses on a single niche or segment, and can be promoted across charity and fundraiser channels instead of standard marketing outlets. To make the blog an attractive one, there are a few essentials to the nonprofit blog; these can help it stand out from other organizations and within the fundraising community.

Simple sales tracking tools can make a positive difference to a business so it is better to have your own software to manage your blog, especially when it is non profit and can be viewed by one and all and trusted as genuine, unlike some others.

The blog should include selected audiences in each blog posting; this will help create a targeted piece, making it a highlight for a few people who can then continue to dispense the information. Cross-promoting with other nonprofit organizations is also a great way to build interest in the blog; highlighting or spotlighting another blog is a good way to do this. In order to increase readership and create a community, syndicating the blog using RSS is a valuable way to encourage complete audience participation.

Basics about blogging still apply; blog posts should be creative with headlines, drawing people to each post and supplying them with basic information for a quick read. The blog needs to make it easy for volunteers to post and comment, as well as enlist in any available opportunities with the organization. Sending out newsletters that showcase the blog may also help with increasing readership and interest. Using trackbacks on other blogs will also boost traffic in a very short period of time.

In many ways, blogging for nonprofits can be used as a marketing and recruitment tool; having an online presence allows the nonprofit to stand out and encourage people to stay in touch about ‘real-time’ news. As long as posts are relevant and timely, a nonprofit blog can be a very valuable enhancement to the organization.

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