The Benefits of Online Educational Programs

WOULD YOU CONSIDER AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM?

With the current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, which includes higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, many students as well as those that love learning have switched to online educational programs. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs and eight million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives.

The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education. I have taken several myself and the experience is quite unique as these programs are entirely convenient and flexible. They provide educational information that will build your business immediately. You will be surprised to know that some of these online courses are FREE! The emphasis however in taking free courses online is the personal knowledge obtained. The certificates received in some cases are however not from accredited educational institutes.

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS VERSUS TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

All of this means that students, from working professionals to recent high school graduates, find many reasons to take all or some of their courses online. Below are some major advantages of online education:

Variety of programs and courses: From traditional four-year universities to completely online career colleges, higher education today offers a variety of options for learners. This means that no matter what students wish to study, from cooking to rocket science, they can find online education they need. They can also earn every academic degree online, all the way from a career certificate to a doctorate.

Lower total costs: Online educational programs can be a more affordable option than traditional colleges. Though not all online degrees have less expensive net tuition prices than traditional colleges, associated costs are almost always less expensive. There are no commuting costs, and there is also not any required course materials such as textbooks because every reading materials are made available for free online. In addition, many colleges and universities have begun to accept credits earned via free massive open online courses (MOOCs), the most recent advance in online education. Free online courses such as these can help students fulfill general education requirements at little to no cost.

More comfortable learning environment: These days, commercials featuring online students studying in their pajamas are becoming popular in describing one of the primary benefits of online education. There are no physical class sessions. Lectures and reading materials are electronically sent to the student, who will then read them and complete assignments. Students will not have to fight traffic, find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.

Convenience and flexibility: Online educational programs give students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and work when they are at their peak energy, whether that’s early morning or late at night. Course material is always accessible online and they are asynchronous, so there’s no need to schedule special trips to a library either. All of this makes online learning attractive.

Avoid commuting: During bad weather, colleges may cancel classes. Also, a traffic situation like in Lagos where I reside may pose a serious problem for those attending traditional education. Rather than be late or miss important class sessions, students in online educational programs can always “attend” by participating on discussion boards or in chat sessions, turn in their work on time, and watch lectures or read materials. Many students also find that the amount they save on fuel costs can be substantial if they don’t have to commute to a physical campus in general, no matter what the weather conditions may be.

Improve your technical skills: Even the most basic online educational programs requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The skills students learn to participate in their online courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, incorporating audio/video materials into your assignments, completing online training sessions, etc. All this form part of their learning too.

All these benefits highlighted above are clear reasons for the astronomical growth of e-learning. There are several e-learning institutes today offering certifications and degrees in modern topics. For those wondering whether it is a valid alternative, I say to you it is. For network marketers and those managing their businesses, online education becomes a better alternative as you will not have to leave your business to continue learning.

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Reviewing Niche Products And Services

Reviewing Products and services can lead to unlimited opportunity

In this article we’ll be discussing the process of researching products and services that can be used as reviews within the posted content on your website. There is an awesome opportunity residing in every niche and product reviews are a critical component to any successful authority website on the internet.

Let’s have a look at these topics:

Introduction to Product Reviews
Products and Services can lead to great opportunity
The Top Platforms to use for product research
Building product keyword lists

Introduction to product reviews

Marketers create several types of product reviews:

Single product review – ex: Mr Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker
multiple product review – ex: Best 12 Cup Coffee Makers
Product vs product review- ex: Mr Coffee vs Keurig 12 Cup Coffee Makers

There are other ways to review products, some other product review types are:

Video – display product and how to use
Unboxing from delivery
Negative review warning viewers and offering a better choice
The 5 Ws – ex. who: Mr. Coffee – when: sold in stores, what: digital coffee pot, why: it’s new and improved, where: online and near you.

What can be included in our review:

Overall rank
Product descriptions
Pros and Cons
Price
Guarantee – yes/no
Product specifications

These can be displayed somewhere on the review page.

The reviewing products and services process is all to inform your readers so that they can make an educated purchasing decision, and help them make the best choice for their situation. The viewer has come to your website by choosing our link from the search engine result pages (serp’s).

The first thing they see upon entering your site is the link page that they clicked on. We should come across, or appear to them as professional business people who care about them so they can feel comfortable and trust us as niche authorities.

We also need to see the whole process from the right point of view in that we are trying to help the reader make an educated purchasing decision. We are NOT trying to sell them anything. Our service to the reader is to provide them with reliable quality content that answers their search entry, and lead them to the better choice, which could be the product that we are promoting.

How Reviewing Products and Services can lead to great opportunity
Every review represents a burst of traffic to your website and also an evergreen, or continuous, source of traffic. It’s a great idea to pay attention to the new releases, or trending products in your niche that you can review. As viewers are looking for the new product they can see your review and end up on your website, possibly leaving their email address or even making a purchase.

The more reviews that you write means more and more traffic to your website, coming from the many social media sites, forums, and various serp’s (search engine result pages). So, the more quality product reviews we can write means all the more potential opportunity through the many avenues can come our way.

The Top Platforms to use for product research

Product source or website – Best for specifications and details
Manufacturer – Best for specifications and details
Distributor source – Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot
Reviews – great for feedback on the product. It’s a good habit to always check the product reviews on Amazon, and wherever the product is sold.
Google alerts – Google.com/alerts/product name – this will get lots of relevant info in your email so that you can stay updated and well-informed concerning the product.
Highest Competitors – could find some info useful whether a video or previously unknown fact.
JV sources – joint venture: JVzoo, JVnotifypro, phys example: The Rock and Under Armour teaming up to create a specific line of clothing.

Building a product keyword list
It’s really necessary to use a good keyword tool and there are a number of good ones Free online and most at least have free trials.

The FREE Google Keyword Planner has been around for many years now and is a great one to use. This keyword planner is great to use with each and every post, article, or page that you write and can certainly be of great assistance as you fill up your website with fresh, quality, relevant, keyword rich content that attracts viewers and satisfies their search inquiries.

One great thing about using this tool is that you can draw information directly from Google’s search engine which is by far the largest and most used search option available.

Find a quiet place and spend some time researching within and making a list of topics and ideas that you can write about. Every title should have one main keyword in it. Within every niche there are many areas or topics that can be written about. Every article, post, or page that you create for your website should have a keyword in the title and that will be the focal point of the article.

The goal for every article or post is to get your article and website ranked well with Google, Bing, Yahoo, and the rest of the search engines. This will attract visitors from the vastness of the internet to visit your site.

It’s best to save all of the keywords that we want to use and add them to the list which is saved within the keyword tool that we’re using. Some great information is found in the keyword tool, and it’s also best to choose a keyword that:

Is relevant to my niche
Gets over 30 average searches per month
Has less than 100 QSR, or quoted search results (competing sites)
Must be grammatically correct

While you’re building up your website with useful quality article content you are also presenting yourself as an expert within your niche.

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What You Need To Understand To Invest In Real Estate

Investing in real estate scares some people. Understanding just what will happen when you invest, and even how to do it, can leave most people bewildered. This article’s been assembled to supply you with the some easy, but effective tips on entering the exciting field of real estate investing.

Remember that real estate investing is all about the numbers. When you’re buying a home to live in, you may get emotional about the place, but there’s no room for that in investing. You need to keep your eye on the data and make your decisions with your head, not your heart.

Do not be afraid to spend money on marketing. It is easy to just focus on the numbers and get fixated on how much marketing is costing you. However, it is important to think of the marketing as an investment in and of itself. If done the right way, it will only benefit you in the end.

Keep an accountant on speed dial. You can be aware of tax laws and current taxation; however, there are many variables to keep in mind. A good accountant, that understands and keeps abreast of tax laws, can be an invaluable asset. Your success with investing can be made or broken by your approach to taxes.

When negotiating, you should limit the amount of talking you do. You will be surprised at how often someone will do all the work for you just by letting them speak. Also, because you are listening, you will catch the right moment to strike for the price you seek.

As you look for investment properties, seek those that are likely to grow in value. Purchasing anything near water or close to other businesses will be beneficial to you later on. Think about the big picture and the chances its value will increase.

Don’t let your emotions cloud your judgement. Choosing a property to invest in should be a business decision, not an emotional one. It can be easy to get attached to a house or really fall in love with a location. Try to always look at things objectively. Shop around for the best deal without getting attached to one of the first few places you look at.

Find a contractor to work with that you can get along with. There’s no reason to get someone to help you with fixing up the real estate you invest in if you don’t like how they operate. You can save yourself a lot of frustration if you just find someone that you know will work well with you.

Stay away from deals that are too good to be true, especially with investors that you cannot trust or do not have a good reputation. It is important to stick with those who have a good reputation because getting ripped off in this business can cost you a lot of money.

Build your real estate investment buyers list with online ads. For example, you could use social media, online ad sites such as CraigsList and/or the local newspaper to draw attention to the properties you have on offer. Be sure to retain contact information for every person who shows and interest so you will have a well-rounded contact list as you accrue new properties.

Know the value of your time. You may enjoy renovating properties, but is the time you’re spending on it time well spent? Consider if you could better spend your time by searching for the next opportunity. If you are able to outsource certain jobs, then you should do so. It’s worth freeing up your time for the more important aspects of your business.

Don’t buy property in a bad neighbourhood. Pay close attention to where a property you are interested in is located. Make sure you are very thorough when looking at the area. Homes in bad neighbourhoods are often low-priced. The property could be at risk for being vandalized and may be hard to sell.

If you are thinking about purchasing rental properties, consider hiring a property manager who can help you screen qualified tenants. Because rental payments are likely to be the source of your mortgage payment, your tenants need to be reliable. Otherwise, you may end up losing money.

Before you buy investment property in a neighbourhood, find out if the city has anything planned for the areas surrounding this neighbourhood. For example, you would not want to buy in an area if the city proposed to turn an area into a landfill. If there are positive improvements on the horizon, this may be a good investment.

Don’t let a real estate investment deplete your emergency reserve or cash fund. When you invest in real estate, you’ll often not be able to access the money for a while. Don’t let this situation destroy your ability to live from one day to the next.

Know what you should be looking for in a property based on current trends in the market. For example, if you’re going to rent out the properties you buy, then it’s best to have units that are for single people, which is a current trend. Another example is to ensure any home you buy has three or more bedrooms because it will be easier for you to sell or rent to families.

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The Car or Reincarnational Statism

This article is basically an interpretation of a dream my Mom told me about that she had. Sit tight, this will be quite an allegorical ride: So, here is the basis of the dream, I miss a car ride to “success” or “the cure” that everyone else that are “winners” or “genuinely special” is taking by talking on the phone across the street seemingly oblivious to what is “happening”. With that said, I begin this article.

So, many people take the “blue Matrix pill” of a normal, uneventful life that it seems that “if everyone else is doing it, why should I not?” or to put it another way, get in the car, go where your career takes you and leave those weird “red Matrix pill” dreams alone before you get into “trouble”. So, I rhetorically ask these two questions: What is a promise of what is to come? What is the reality we control, really?

When we have normal, uneventful lives and genuinely abandon the drivers seats to our jobs, expectations from others, and say something like “I am only human”. At deeper levels, of course nothing happens except disappointment. Some get disappointed quicker than others, though. From feeling entitled to party away a college education like the people in the college cheating scandal who got caught, to the jobless, begging and homeless rates across the country of those who “fall through the cracks of the “get-by being average blue pill mentality” and have to resort to the “negative red pill mentality” as opposed to the “positive red pill mentality” just to survive as beings. What I mean by the “negative red pill mentality” is to know that there is more than this average existence here, yet be ultimately dishonest about it and think that one has to steal or take from others to have their own. What I mean by the “positive red pill mentality” is to know that you have to earn your way and understand fully your way out of your mess and nobody else can do it for you. After all, there is a person in the mirror that stares at you and is a thinking, feeling being that can help you, and that is you. That is an example of “the positive red pill mentality” right there! On the other hand, the ultimate “blue pill mentality” is that someone is going to do it for you ultimately. No, it does not work that way, you have to make efforts on your own behalf to improve your reality. Where do you think that quote “God helps those who help themselves” really came from anyhow. The Christian Holy Bible is fully edited, cherry picked, homogenized and worked over by the Emperor Constantine and many other men and women. But the events in reality and the bible of nature can never be edited for content or truth, they are all there, and we will uncover them when they are ready to be uncovered. After all, one day the technology will be made to find James Riddle “Jimmy” Hoffa and his real killers anyway, however hard everything will work to be hidden from reality, same with John Fitzgerald Kennedy and every other “mystery” and “I wonder about it” there is.

Indeed, I will bring what I am saying down: The unedited bible is within us. Reality cannot really be hidden or obfuscated from view ultimately. “The criminals may have dropped the dead bodies in concrete down to the bottom of the ocean but reality will always know what they did” and reality is the real God, the real Bible, and the real Gospel comes down to what is in reality. All our opinions, musings, and workings are is the vehicle and that is it right down to the countless human made bibles, gospels, and espousals. But, the reality beyond that is the reality, that is all I say.

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