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How to Run a Giveaway on a WordPress Blog

A giveaway is a common way to increase page views and social media followers for your blog. Giveaway tools that are designed to work with the WordPress blog platform make setting up and administering your giveaway simple, freeing you to concentrate on promoting the event. Any WordPress blog, regardless of size and readership, can run a giveaway using these tools. The results you can expect depend on your goals for the giveaway and your ability to promote it.

 

Plan Your Giveaway

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Set clear, measurable goals for your giveaway. For example, the primary goal for your giveaway may be to increase your blog’s traffic. To accomplish this, you want more people to get your blog posts delivered via email or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader. Your secondary goals may be to increase your WordPress blog’s followers on Facebook and Twitter. These goals will be reflected in the entry requirements for your giveaway.

 

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Obtain the giveaway prize or sponsor. The giveaway should be tied to the overall theme of your blog. Generally, the larger the prize, the more people will enter your giveaway, but prizes do not have to be big-ticket items. Be creative! Depending on the theme of your blog, a simple handmade item can be an effective prize.

Some bloggers pay for giveaway prizes themselves, while others obtain sponsors who donate prizes in exchange for a review and links to the sponsor’s website. If you choose to work with a sponsor, be sure to disclose this to your readers in accordance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines (see Resources).

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Amazing Facts Around The World

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The world is an amazing place. The world, its people, animals, and vegetation contribute tremendously to its awesomeness. Vegetables can grow gigantic in a place and in another place the Earth’s gravity is less. People like Bill Haast, Terry Fox, and Bruce Lee are not from Earth for their amazing abilities, hope, and power. Not just people, but animals on Earth on equally amazing. We have researched, searched and collected some amazing facts from around the world to entertain and amaze you. Its for fun, knowledge and to kill the time.

Thanks to all the resources we have referred such as the Wikipedia, Google, Facebook & Other reputed websites.

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How I Stay Positive

How I Stay Positive
5 min readOne of my readers recently replied this to one of my weekly newsletter emails:

“How are you so positive?”

I thought to myself, “Haven’t I written about this before?” I went through all my articles and the answer is no. I have written about the importance of having a positive mindset a lot.

But after 3,5 years of blogging, this was the first time I got that question. And it’s so on point. Sometimes we take things for granted. Even though I’ve experienced many challenges in life (like almost every other human being), I never gave up my positive mindset.

Often, we look at the world and consider it negative. That’s not a surprise. Because taking one glance at a news website will make the steadiest person depressed. It happens to me too. But calling the world negative is a misjudgment.

That will only cause frustration. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus made that evident in his teachings, two thousand years ago (quote is from The Good Life Handbook):

“So when we are frustrated, angry or unhappy, let’s hold ourselves responsible for these emotions because they are the result of our judgments.”

The Stoic perspective is all about being objective in your perceptions. When your thoughts become negative “because” of something, you’re making misjudgments. Epictetus continues:

“No one else is responsible for them. When you blame others for your negative feelings, you are being ignorant. When you blame yourself for your negative feelings, you are making progress. You are being wise when you stop blaming yourself or others.”

Not blaming others nor yourself is one of the most important things if you want to stay positive. But there are also 4 other things I do to stay positive. Here they are.

1. Practice gratitude

Taking a few moments every day to write down a few things you’re grateful for changes your perspective. The funny thing about this practice is that when you read about it, you think, “It can’t be THAT effective!”

I was exactly the same. But once I started actively practicing gratitude, I felt more in control of my life. A while back, I stopped writing about the things that make me feel grateful. For the first few weeks, I didn’t feel any different.

But after a few months, I noticed that I complained more than usual. I was also more frustrated compared to before. When I started practicing gratitude again, I went back to being consistent. Consistently calm, that is.

Remember that you can also be grateful for things that you didn’t ask for. Be grateful for everything—even the bad things.

2. Don’t take it personally

A lot of our frustration comes from what other people do or say. “OMG! I can’t believe he said that! How does he dare?!”

Well, maybe it’s time to lighten up a bit. We overanalyze every single thing people say and do. Sometimes, people just do dumb things. Not everything people do is personal.

If you want to live a good life, you can’t take everything personally. Understand that there are more important things to life—things like your health, family, and career.

3. Let it out

I’m a big fan of processing your thoughts, experiences, and emotions. We all deal with difficult things in our lives.

A partner that doesn’t listen to you, colleagues who piss you off, a landlord that doesn’t fix the drain, the loud neighbors, you name it. No one’s life is perfect and tranquil.

That’s something we really need to understand. But that took me many years. I always thought that you could achieve some kind of magic place in life where you would have no stress and annoying responsibilities.

But then I grew up. Life is basically one challenge after the other. We can’t let that get the best of us. That’s why we need to let it all out.

All your anger, frustration, anxiety, insecurity—it needs to get out of your system. Whether you do that by journaling, talking to a friend, or going to therapy is your choice. Just make sure you don’t keep all those things inside yourself.

4. Focus on improvement

Look, life’s not always pretty. And we tend to overemphasize the bad times. When we experience a setback or negativity, we blow it up in our minds. “This is the worst thing ever.”

Think about it. Is it really? Or is there a way you can improve your life situation? Because that’s how I like to look at it.

Where you are now is a temporary situation. No matter how good or bad it is—this very moment will pass. Do you realize that?

Because if you do, you know that you have a chance to improve your life. And to me, that’s the best use of your time and energy.

Don’t spend one second on feeling sorry for yourself and focus on what you can do NOW to improve something about your life. It doesn’t even matter what it is.

Go for a walk. Take a shower. Shave. Start a journal. Fix something in your house. Write down some ideas. Set a goal.

You can even do those things while you’re feeling bad. Because that’s not the point. As am I writing this article, I’m not feeling well. I ate something bad two days ago, and I have food poisoning symptoms since yesterday morning.

I feel weak. And yet, I feel better mentally after I wrote this article.

In the back of my mind, I know I will recover. I understand this is a small example and much worse things happen in life. But when you practice a positive attitude on the small stuff, you will be better at dealing with the big stuff.

I like how Napoleon Hill, the author of the famous self-help book, Think And Grow Rich, put it:

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

It’s unquestionable: Doing small things will make you feel better. But you don’t need to believe me. Just go and do a small thing now and see it for yourself.

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Focus: The Ultimate Guide on How to Improve Focus and Concentration

Focus and concentration can be difficult to master. Sure, most people want to learn how to improve focus and boost concentration. But actually doing it? We live in a noisy world and constant distractions can make focus difficult.

Luckily, this page contains the best ideas and top research on how to get and stay focused. We will break down the science behind sharpening your mind and paying attention to what matters. Whether you’re looking to focus on your goals in life or business, this page should cover everything you need to know.

You can click the links below to jump to a particular section or simply scroll down to read everything. At the end of this page, you’ll find a complete list of all the articles I have written on focus.

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Mental Attitudes of Winners

Success in sales, as in all of life, starts by first developing and maintaining an expectant attitude of success. Simply put, all top performers expect that they are going to succeed, and because of this they consistently take the actions that lead them to achieve their goals and become successful.

It is their mental attitudes that allow them to meet obstacles, set backs and temporary failures with a new resolve to keep trying, or to try something different, until they succeed. That’s what makes them top 20% producers.

The other 80%, on the other hand, expect things to be difficult, have already accepted that they might not succeed and they are easily discouraged when things don’t go their way. This attitude allows them to justify and accept the results they get.

If you are serious about changing your career and your life, then get in the practice of working on your mental attitude first. Adopt these 5 mental attitudes of winners to powerfully change your ways of thinking and to permanently change your results.

1. Understand the law. There are many absolute laws in the universe – the law of gravity, the laws of mathematics, etc. The most powerful law in terms of your success is the law of attraction. In short, whatever you hold in your consciousness you will manifest in your life.

So if you don’t like your results, then look at their source (your thoughts, expectations and beliefs), and work on changing those first. Once you do, your results will automatically change.

2. Stop blaming. So many people blame the economy, the leads, their territory, their boss, their family, etc., for their failure. But the truth is this: You are 100% responsible for your life and your results. Winners accept this and that’s where their power comes from. When you accept 100% responsibility you then gain access to 100% of the solutions.

3. Stop struggling. Success is easy because all results are simply an out picturing (a physical manifestation) of what we hold in our consciousness (our beliefs). The reason most people struggle (and fail) is because they try to achieve something without first changing their mental attitudes.

Winners recognize and work on changing their attitudes and beliefs and expectations first, and then they easily and naturally take the actions that lead to the achievement of their goals.

4. Live life’s formula. Most people live under the false belief that if they HAVE a lot of money, then they would DO the things that would allow them to BE happy. This is totally backward.

The real formula for success is to first “BE”– act, feel and live in your mind as if you had already achieved your goal – and then you will naturally DO the things (take the actions) that will enable you to HAVE what you want. This is life’s true formula and the sooner you live it, the sooner you’ll experience success.

5. Stop worrying. All thoughts turn into things. If you constantly worry about not having enough money, you will never have enough money. If instead you develop a money consciousness, then you will attract all the money you need. Believe me, there is enough money in the world for you to have the things you want!

Carefully monitor your thoughts right before you fall asleep at night and first thing in the morning. Then ask yourself, “What am I asking from the universe every single day?” Chances are, what you are dwelling on has already shown up in your life.

I hope these 5 mental attitudes of winners resonated with you. Like gravity, they work in and on your life whether you consciously practice them or not. The key is to understand and use them purposefully to achieve the results you want. Once you do, you will manifest success just like the top 20% do.

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How to Care for Succulents: A Complete Beginner Guide

How to Care for Succulents-A Complete Beginner Guide

Succulents are a family of drought-resistant plants that store water in their leaves, stems or roots. Adding succulents to your house helps keep your fresh air and remove toxins from the environment. This article is going to be a complete beginner guide on how to care for succulents, I’m going to share with you 13 quick beginner tips on planting and caring for succulents.

Choose a Healthy Succulent

Don’t buy a succulent that is etiolated, infested with pests, has soggy and dry leaves or is basically unhealthy looking. You want to start your collection by choosing healthy succulents with nice color, form and shape. This is why it is important to choose your trusted seller when buying online and to carefully check the succulent when buying on a local garden store.

Choose a Pot with Drainage Hole

Drainage holes in plants pot

Succulents in pots without drainage holes are prone to become overwatered. Waterlogged can result in root rot which is a condition that can kill your succulents easily. Drainage holes allow water in the soil to drain freely so that air exchange will be available for the roots. The best type of pot is clay or terracotta since it also allows moisture and air exchange in its wall.

Use a Soil Specifically Blended for Cactus and Succulents

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Unlike other plants, succulents are quite picky and choosy with their soil. A suitable soil mix should be well-draining, able to hold the right moisture and nutrients, provide enough air channel to allow the roots to breathe, and doesn’t contain excessive fertilizers.

Don’t Water Your Succulent After Repotting

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This one is a common mistake that beginners make. Unlike other plants that require water right after transplanting, succulents  on the other hand will benefit if watering is postponed for a week. This will allow the cuts in the roots and stems of the succulent to have enough time to heal and be callous since opened wounds can cause bacterial rots.

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The Power of Small Wins

What is the best way to drive innovative work inside organizations? Important clues hide in the stories of world-renowned creators. It turns out that ordinary scientists, marketers, programmers, and other unsung knowledge workers, whose jobs require creative productivity every day, have more in common with famous innovators than most managers realize. The workday events that ignite their emotions, fuel their motivation, and trigger their perceptions are fundamentally the same.

The Double Helix, James Watson’s 1968 memoir about discovering the structure of DNA, describes the roller coaster of emotions he and Francis Crick experienced through the progress and setbacks of the work that eventually earned them the Nobel Prize. After the excitement of their first attempt to build a DNA model, Watson and Crick noticed some serious flaws. According to Watson, “Our first minutes with the models…were not joyous.” Later that evening, “a shape began to emerge which brought back our spirits.” 
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Top 10 Benefits Of Martial Arts For Kids: Mental, Social, And Physical

Between school and homework, kids spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk. That’s why extracurricular activities that allow them to release their energy are so important. Martial arts provides this essential exercise and more. Whether you choose karate or taekwondo or another form, practicing martial arts requires focus, respect, and self-discipline. These are the ten major benefits of martial arts that can help children in daily life and school.

1. Improved Concentration

Some activities allow children to simply show up and go through the motions. In martial arts, this isn’t the case. One of the largest benefits of martial arts for kids is improved concentration.

Active listening and observing is a fundamental aspect of learning new moves and sequences. Children will also learn to develop quick reactionary skills in order to change directions at a moment’s notice.

2. Knowledge Of Basic Self-Defense

Peaceful conflict resolution is a pillar of martial arts. However, there are instances when self-defense may become necessary.

While we hope our children will never be in a situation that requires self-defense, it is a lifesaving skill. In a frightening scenario, basic self-defense can give your child the ability to protect themselves.

Children will also learn about stranger awareness in a way that is appropriate for their specific age range. Instructors stress the importance of being aware of your surroundings and who you are with at all times.

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101 game facts that will rock your world

Fact: We love facts. And the world of gaming is absolutely littered with astonishing/pointless/obscure trivia to cram into your brain. So, not-so-hot on the trail of last year’s tepidly received 101 things you didn’t know about games, we bring you another staggering list of game-related info detritus for your consuming pleasure. Memorize both gargantuan lists and become the ultimate know-it-all gamer.

01. Sonic The Hedgehog isn’t only the name of Sega’s speedy mascot, but also a gene on chromosome 7 of the human genome. Well, it was until recently when the science community decided to ditch all of its ‘comedy’ names for genes. Party poopers.

02. Matt Damon refused to appear in the recent Bourne Conspiracy game because he thought it was too violent. Not fussed by the violence in the films then, eh, Matt?

03. Ever wondered what happens to Leon’s cool leather jacket in Resident Evil 4? It inexplicably disappears after the scene in the village. Well, on the PS2 version, go through Ada’s side-quest and one of the Ganado villagers will be wearing it.

04. In the early stages of its development, Half-Life 2 featured a friendly alien that would follow Gordon Freeman around, feasting on the bodies of his fallen enemies. It was taken out when Valve discovered that the AI would be too difficult to convincingly program.

05. In 1986, Nintendo released a special Disk System peripheral for the NES in Japan. Among its features was a microphone in the controller, which certain games used, including an updated version of the original Zelda. You could only destroy a certain enemy by shouting into the mic.

06. The famously awful E.T. game for the Atari 2600 actually sold more than its most famous game, Space Invaders. E.T. sold 1.5 million, while Invaders only shifted a million.

07. A boss character called Binbag was removed from Rockstar’s Manhunt early in its development. He was a psychopath wrapped in black refuse sacks. Lovely.

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25 Amazing Facts about gaming

Amazing Facts about gaming

Video games engulf our very core with gameplay that mystifies us, stories that thrill and amaze us and characters that live forever in our memory. There are so many small hidden stories and facts behind all the games that we have enjoyed and cherished. Let’s look at some of them:

  1. The game Sonic Hedgehog has inspired a gene in the human body called SHH (sonic Hedgehog). It is responsible for ensuring all our limbs and organs grow where they are supposed to
  2. In Pokemon Red & Blue, the three renowned birds Arcticuno, Zapdos and Moltres actually means “One Two Three” in Spanish! Artic-UNO, Zap-DOS, Mol-TRES as spelled in Spanish.
  3. So everybody thought that the video games are actually useless! Here the answer: Studies indicate that surgeons who regularly play video games make 37% fewer mistakes and operate 27% faster than their peers. Source
  4. All you people out there who have been often ridiculed for playing too many video games, now it’s to time to answer all your critics. Studies have found that playing video games train the person to swiftly take the correct decisions. Video gamers are also found to be better in multitasking, driving and navigating around the streets. Source
  5. If you ever pitied Rockstar’s GTA for getting all the negative reviews, you can save your pity. Because Rockstar games paid to get negative press for its GTA series.
  6. The highly successful FPS GoldenEye 007 was developed by a team who had never previously worked for any video games. 8 of 10 of its developers were totally inexperienced in the art of making video games.
  7. Steve Wozniak’s (apple co-founder) favorite game was Tetris. So much that, in 1900s, he submitted his high scores to Nintendo Power so many times that they refused to print his scores. So he started sending them under another name, “Evets Kainzow” that is reversed of his name.Evets Kainzow
  8. According to Toru Iwatwani, the creator of Pac-Man, he wanted to create a game that will attract women to play it. And the reason he chose Pac-man as always eating something was because he thought the women were always eating something. Source
  9. Robin Willams (famous Hollywood star) is a big fan of video games, so much so that he has named his kids after the character of popular video games – Zelda (The legend of Zelda) and Cody (Final Fight).
  10. South Korea has a rule called ‘Cinderella law’ which disallows under-16 gamers to play online video games after midnight.
  11. Players of online video game called Foldit decoded the crystal structure of an AIDS structure using the puzzle that had baffled scientists for over 15 years.Foldit
  12. Nolan Bushnell founder of Atari also founded the famous kid’s fast food chain ‘Chuck E Cheese’ as a way to get kids play Atari arcade games.
  13. Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game boy, worked as Janitor in Nintendo. An extending arm made by him to get rid of the boredom caught the eye of Nintendo’s president and finally became super successful toy.Game boy
  14. A man created a perfect city called ‘Magnasanti’ using Sim City 3000. The city boasts of game’s maximum population of 6 million with no crime and pollution. You can check out its YouTube link here. It took him three years to complete this.
  15. Taito’s arcade game, Space Invaders was so successful in japan that rumors have it that it caused a shortage of 100-yen coins.
  16. Donkey Kong got the name because Miyamoto thought “donkey” meant “stupid” in English.
  17. Gold Farming has been notoriously popular in developing countries. Chinese prisoners clock out 12 hours shifts to make out money for Chinese prison. It was estimated that there were 100,000 full-time gold farmers in China at a point.
  18. Blizzard was awarded $88 million in a judgment passed against a woman who operated her own WoW server to sell WoW items. Source
  19. Starcraft is so famous in South Korea that the top gamers receive huge salary and prizes to play the game at various competitions.