I want to talk to you about one part of marketing on the Internet that I absolutely hate: social bookmarking. You hear all over that you need to do it to help your pages rank better and to drive more traffic to your site. It's true. But there's a problem:
It's incredibly boring!
Is there anything more mind-numbing than clicking through to site after site after site and pasting in links? I hate it. Hate, hate, hate. It's so bad it makes me want to give up and not do it, even though I know it will help my sites.
That's why I'm glad someone told me about SocialAdr. Suddenly that terrible task is crossed right off my list and I don't have to feel guilty about not doing it. SocialAdr is a new service that completely automates the process of getting my pages on the social bookmarking sites.
It's totally revolutionary in the way it works: they have hundreds of users, an army really, that are all waiting to bookmark MY pages on their own social bookmarking accounts. All I have to do is put in the pages that I want bookmarked and the rest is taken care of automatically.
Plus, I can let my pages run through again and again, with more and more different users linking to them. How great is that? Like I said, there's no work for me at all. Once I put my pages into the system, I can go grab a cup of coffee while SocialAdr does the heavy lifting.
There is no way any system could make this easier for me. When I look for services for my business, I want 'done for me'. I don't want to have to mess around or learn some complicated thing. I want it to just work, and that's what SocialAdr does. It just works.
Check it out, you'll be glad you did: Free BackLinks
Ok it's 2014 - a new year a new you! It's the perfect time for a juice cleanse - right?! Well, maybe not, at least not in the Northeast, because in case you haven't noticed- baby, it's cold outside!
It would probably be better for most everyone if people started the year with a soup cleanse. From the Chinese medicine perspective the idea of a cleanse involves an activity, a Yang type process. People contemplating a juice cleanse want to kick start their metabolism. Ironically, though, a juice cleanse, especially for more than a few days in cold weather can do just the opposite.
Most juices are cold in nature and cold slows things down. So drinking cold juices over a period of time has the potential of slowing down metabolism - unless you use a secret ingredient - ginger. Actually you can use any warming spice, but ginger is easy and available. (Actually soup would be better.)
It doesn't take much just a slice or two. You can also make a tea with different spices like cinnamon and star anise and use it as part of all of the liquid in your juice.
If you simply must juice, try a variation of this:
1 carrot er
1/2 - 1 bananna
2 slices of ginger
Pinch of salt
Water to cover
Blend until liquified
If you want a more substantial juice you can use regular milk or a non-dairy milk. (But i think that makes it a smoothie.)
Yes, I've been hacked. The good news is I've been inactive so long probably not too many people noticed. To set the record straight, I never posted anything about surveys. Fits even less than "love letter" cookies. Hopefully you figured that out.
I will refrain from saying I told you so, but the evidence keeps piling up! Another study finds that coffee is actually good for you! The Harvard School of Public Health just published a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine which finds that coffee consumption seems to reduce incidence of depression in women. They found that women who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression compared to those who drank 1 or fewer cups.
The association between coffee drinking and reduction of depression makes sense from a Chinese medicine standpoint. Coffee affects the Liver in Chinese medicine and the Liver plays a major role in patterns which result in depression. Even from a biomedical perspective the liver is responsible for breaking down compounds which are then reassembled to form other ones like hormones and neurotransmitters. If this process is sluggish, well there's got to be some effect.
To treat depression we often "move" and "nourish" the liver. Coffee stimulates the Liver/Gallbladder system. People often find that a cup of coffee in the morning keeps their bowls "regular". This is because coffee stimulates the gallbladder to secrete bile. So we can we can see that one has to be careful in the dosage of this stimulating substance. We might want to move the Liver, but probably not to Kansas. People who are sensitive to caffeine should be more cautious. Unfortunately, the study didn't find decaf to have any effect on depression.
Those concerned with calcium loss with coffee should note that studies only fine a loss of 2-4 mg per cup. Coffee is a diuretic so be careful to drink enough non-caffeinated liquids to make up for this. Dark roast coffee has less caffein and acids than lighter roasts - so surprise, that expresso after dinner will affect your sleep less than regular! See grandma was right!
Forget cebiche, tamales, aerepas, flautas or Argentinian steak - the national dish for all Latin America has to be the ham and cheese sandwich. On planes, on buses, and when everything else is closed, there always seems to be a place you can get one. They even served it in the dairy shop here in Huanuco right along side the fresh cheese, yogurt, flan and tapioca type pudding. (OK they also had Jello.)
For a Chinese dietary take on this combination, think damp. The pork itself is rather neutral and like most meat supports the Spleen in it´s mission to make Blood. It´s the processing that kicks up the dampness rating. Bread and cheese are both thought to generate fluids. (nothing special about the quotes here I just couldn'tfind the quotation marks on the keyboard I´m using at the hotel.) The sandwich is really not an issue if you´re living in a dry climate like the Andes in Peru, but might be a consideration everywhere else.
If you're trying to gain weight, the ham and cheese sandwich can help. People with sinusitis, cough or who easily gain weight may want to limit consumption, however. Those with hypertension, may want to watch the salt content. For everyone else, though, I guess you can´t argue with a classic. For the vegetarian you can hold the ham.
This is the season where zucchini's rule. Huge leafy plants 4-5 feet around that produce an abundance of squash, zucchini exemplifies the good news/bad news line. The good news: we have bunches of zucchini. The bad news: we have bunches of zucchini!
Zucchini is a great vegetable for the season. It supports the Earth element, dominant in late summer, and generates fluids. One cup sliced only has 29 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of carbs and even has a gram of protein! It also has vitamins A, C, K, minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. For more info check this link.
So how do you cook this wonder veggie? Zucchini parmigiana? Zucchini juice ( actually zucchini juice works quite well with carrot). Please send in your ideas and recipes? Thanks. (I got about 25 pounds of zucchini last weekend! I had a couple of extra plants because I thought the first few I planted were not going to make it. I was wrong.)
Usually street food should bring to mind two words "tengo miedo". I am afraid - and very afraid you should often be. Sun, questionable water and questionable fish can be a problem. The street food looks great, but is best left to charming photos unless you know the vendor.
In this case I did. OK not well, but my friend vouched for their reliability. The head Maria carefully described the pure water and disinfectant type products used. She showed me the ice packs for keeping things cold. She told me of the same day trip to the coast to procure the freshest product. Shrimp, shark and faux crab were combined with onion, Worcestershire sauce, cilantro, lime juice, a little tabasco, tomato and a little salt.
My friend ate a full size portion and now several hours later is still fine. So if you are in Panajachel make sure to go to the lake and feel confident in trying this ceviche (really a generous size portion!) It´s only going to be available until Easter.
Now if you are in New York, the street vendor hot dogs should bring to mind two words ¨"tengo miedo".