SEO – Optimized Anchor

SEO –
Optimized Anchor

             

Use descriptive anchor text for all your text links. Most search engines consider anchor text of incoming links when ranking pages. Here is an example of anchor:

<a href="otherpage.htm" title="Anchor Title">Anchor Text</a>

Listed below are some of the important points to note about anchors:

  • The Anchor Title plays a very important role and is seen by most of the search engines. The anchor title should have appropriate keywords. Anchor title helps the site visitors using a balloon and displaying written text.

  • The Anchor Text is another important part, which should be selected very carefully because this text is used not only for search engines but also for navigation purpose. You should try to use the best keywords in your anchor text.

  • The otherpage.htm is the link to another web page. This link could be to an external site. Here, you need to ensure that the linked page does exist; otherwise, it is called a broken link, which gives a bad impression to search engines as well as to site visitors.

Another example of an anchor could be as follows:

<a href="otherpage.htm" title="Anchor Title">
   <img src="image.gif" alt="keywords" />
</a>

In this case, Anchor Text has been replaced by an image. So, while using an image in place of an anchor text, it should be checked that you have put alt tag properly. An image alt tag should have appropriate keywords.

Content is the King

Content basically includes what you see on the site: the text, graphics, and even links to other websites. You should not use excessive graphics because they are not Search Engine Friendly plus heavy graphics normally put the users out when they get downloaded, especially over a slow network. Thousands of articles, books, and forum entries are available on how to make your website search engine friendly, but ultimately, one rule stands above the rest: Unique, high-quality, unduplicated content is the king.

Superior the quality of your content, the higher the ranking you achieve, larger the traffic you gain and greater the popularity of your website. Search engines prefer good quality sites in their index and search results. Relevant, fresh, and timely content is crucial in attracting visitors to your website. It helps you both draw traffic from search engines and create audience loyalty.

Unique, High-Quality Content

When people visit a website for information, they want your unique spin on a topic. How is your material or content unique? Is that uniqueness obvious, and easy to find and to understand? Visitors want unique, high-quality site content. It is not only your home page content but also all the linked pages should have useful and easy-to-understand content.

Now-a-days, search engines have become very smart and they are able to understand complete grammar and complete phrase. Hence while ranking a page against other, the content available on a page matters. Sites that are duplicated, syndicated, or free content, are get given red flags by the search engines.

SEO Content Writing (Copy Writing)

SEO Content Writing (also referred as SEO Copy writing), involves the process of integrating keywords and informative phrases which make up the actual content of your website.

While writing your web page content, the following tips may help you in keeping it better than others.

  • The content should be directed in the specified target audience.

  • Keyword density is strictly adhered as per search engine guidelines.

  • Titles should always be eye-catching, compelling your visitors to read on and want to know what you offer in your website.

  • Do not use confusing, ambiguous, and complex language. Use small statements to make your content more understandable.

  • Keep your web pages short.

  • Organize and distribute the content on the web pages.

  • Divide your web page content also into short paragraphs.

Other Advantages of Having Great Content

It is not only SEO you need to think about. Many factors contribute to make your site popular.

  • If your site is having something really unique, then people like to suggest it to their friends.

  • Other webmasters like to create a link in your site on their sites.

  • Your site visitors start trusting on your site and they look forward to the next content update and keep coming again and again.

  • Although you are listed out by a search engine, a but net surfer will click only that page whose content snippet looks unique and interesting.

Conclusion

Creating, editing, and promoting unique high-quality content is difficult and time-consuming. But in the end, the golden rule of SEO is that Content is the King. It is not because of a search engine, but it is for your site visitors. A page that is read by people is better than a page that is read by bots.

So, write your content after a serious thought. Keep your title, keywords, link text, meta tags up-to-date, unique, and interesting.

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SEO What do know about Title Optimization

SEO
What do know about "Title Optimization"

                            

An HTML TITLE tag is put inside the head tag. The page title (not to be confused with the heading for a page) is what is displayed in the title bar of your browser window, and is also what is displayed when you bookmark a page or add it to your browser Favorites. This is the one place on a web page where your keywords MUST be present. Correct use of keywords in the title of every page of your website is extremely important to Google, particularly for the homepage. If you do nothing else to optimize your site, remember to do this!

Here are some considerations while designing the title of a web page:

  • The title shouldn't consist of more than about 9 words or 60 characters.

  • Use keywords at the very beginning of the title.

  • Do not include your company name in the title unless your company name is very well known.

Improper or nonexistent use of titles in web pages keeps more websites out of top rankings on Google than any other factor except perhaps for a lack of relevant content on a page or a lack of quality links from other websites that point to your site.

Best Practices for Creating Titles

Here are some best practices you should follow for creating titles on pages:

  • Each page should have a unique title.

  • If practical, try to include your Primary Keyword Phrase in every title of every page.

  • Begin the title of your home page with your Primary Keyword Phrase, followed by your best Secondary Keyword Phrases.

  • Use more specific variations to your Primary Keyword Phrase on your specific product, service, or content pages.

  • If you must include your company name, put it at the end of the title.

  • Use the best form, plural or singular, for your keywords based on what WordTracker says is searched on more often.

  • Do not overdo it – do not repeat your keywords more than 2 to 3 times in the title.

  • Make sure the <title> tag is the first element in the <head> section of your page – this makes it easier for Google to find the page.

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Three Beginner Bible Study Tips

Make it your aim to prepare yourself for your mission as a follower of Jesus

Written by GodLife on 31/01/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Application, Interpretation, Context, Obedience
Ezra had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others.

Ezra 7:10
Most Christians understand that we’re all supposed to be reading the Bible on a regular basis. But isn’t it true that it’s hard to understand at times? (It’s OK to admit this – even Peter did! [2 Peter 3:16]) Even when we “understand” it, it’s possible to take it all in and go away unchanged. (James 1:23-24) But God’s promise to bless what we do only applies “if we listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.” (James 1:25)

Here are three simple principles for reading the Bible. You can remember them by associating them with “SOS,” the international call for help:

S: What does it SAY
Before we can make use of what we read, we have to be sure of what it meant at the time it was written. To understand this, be sure to get the context. Here are three dimensions to context:

There’s the Biblical context: Who wrote it? Why was it written? What did it mean to those who received it? It’s been said that “a text without a context is a pretext.” It’s possible to quote the Bible and get the meaning all wrong. The words of foolish people (1 Samuel 26:1-21), false prophets (1 Kings 22:10-28), and even the devil (Job 2:4) can be found in Scripture. King Jeroboam deliberately quoted Exodus 32:4 without context to justify his plan to set up golden calves in his kingdom. (1 Kings 12:28) But Paul praised the Bereans for “gladly accepting the message” but also “studying the scriptures to see” for themselves that what he said was true. (Acts 17:11).
There’s also the context of time. It’s important to know where a passage fits in history. Was it before, or after Jesus’ coming? Does it describe a temporary situation? In 2 Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah destroyed the brass snake God commanded Moses to make! Why? The people were worshiping it—a thing of brass—as if it were an idol.
The context of culture may also be important. God told Noah in Genesis 9:2-3 to eat every animal. He told Moses and Aaron to set Israel apart by their diet and gave a list of clean and unclean animals in Leviticus 11.
O: Ask God what He wants you to OBEY
Never forget that you have access to the Author! Jesus was recognized as an authoritative teacher (Matthew 7:28-29) and occasionally revealed things they had not realized they were accountable to believe or obey. (See Exodus 3:6 and Matthew 22:32; also see Exodus 20:12 and Matthew 15:3-6.)

S: What can you SHARE
God promises His Word does what He sends it forth to do. (Isaiah 55:11) Once He has done His work in your life, you’re not supposed to keep the good news to yourself. (See 2 Kings 7:1-9)

There’s a biblical basis for these reminders. They came from a statement about one of the great characters in the Bible. Ezra was someone very influential, but not as well-known as Elijah, Samuel or even Esther (who appears in a book he may have written). He was a priest and a scribe in Israel after the nation’s return from captivity in Babylon. A short statement about him tells us a lot about why he had such a profound impact on his country:

“Ezra had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others.” (Ezra 7:10)

To put it another way, Ezra read the Bible carefully to find out what it SAID. His purpose was to OBEY God’s laws. He then spent time SHARING it with others. In Nehemiah 8:1-8 we see that the whole regathered nation of Israel stood and listened as Ezra read the Bible and helped them understand what it said so that they could agree to its truth. This resulted in them worshiping the Lord. Making hearers into worshipers should be the mission of any follower of Jesus as well; but first, we have to make sure we are worshipers ourselves. If we read the Bible this way, we will be!

Pray this week:

Dear Lord: I want to know your Word and know you. I want to help others understand and obey and worship you. Please help me have the faith and discipline to do these things. AMEN

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It’s Simple Stupid – There Ain’t No Money

It's Simple Stupid – There Ain't No Money!

You know, by some interpretations of the Bible it's pretty clear what we can expect in the End Times.

It will be a world full of crooks where honor and integrity will be hard to find. But perhaps the most shocking part of that scenario, for 'average folks', will be that so many professionals and so-called leaders will be among the biggest crooks and liars.

By professionals I refer especially to bankers and politicians but the same thing can be said about anybody who promises one thing and then suddenly changes their story later as if anybody who remembers the promises (or perhaps 'assertions' would be a more accurate word) which they made not so long ago must have been on drugs or something…. e.g. something will be worth $1 on such and such a date when it actually turns out to not be so.

I've long been a fan of Infowars.com and Alex Jones and I was interested  just a few days ago when Alex had Harry Dent on his show. In case you don't know Harry Dent, he is Founder of HS Dent Investment Management, an investment firm based in TampaFlorida that advises, and markets the Dent Strategic Portfolio Fund mutual fund. Mr. Dent is also the president and founder of the Dent Research and H.S. Dent Publishing.

But first, a little info about what makes Mr. Dent unique. His basic claim to fame is that he is an expert on demographics. He's not somebody who makes predictions on theories of economics. He looks at history and spots recurring cycles.

For example, he's the kind of guy who says that if a car is going 60 mph on an icy road as it approaches a curve in the road and there's historically been plenty of accidents on that particular part of the road in icy weather, it's logical to expect that the present speeding vehicle is going to have an accident.

This relates to the Bible in the sense that the Bible clearly says there will be very bad times for the average person in the End Times. Somebody has to be wrong and somebody has to be right, either the Forbes readers or Bible scolars, wouldn't you imagine?

You can't have it both ways just because its momentarily expedient for you to see one rather than the other. Or, as the great Arthur L.Williams Jr. used to say: "Wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up first."

Indeed, Mr. Dent has an incredibly accurate record of economic predictions based on:

  1. Demographics
  2. Historically validated geo-political cycles
  3. Historically validated cycles of Innovation
  4. Historically validated 10 Boom and Bust Cycles

To be honest, I've never read any of his several books but I have heard him discuss his ideas several times on Infowars and everything he says makes perfect sense to me. It it just seems foolish to have a particular set of circumstances that are eerily similar to a previous time where the exact same set of circumstances existed yet to expect a different outcome.

It was amusing, on this recent Alex Jones show, to watch Alex, who is a huge Trump supporter, try to tactfully argue with Mr. Dent and Dent's prediction that the US economy is headed for 'Deep Doo-doo' (a prognostication which I tend to agree with). Harry insisted that there is no way to avoid an extremely disruptive correction of decades of bad economic, monetary, and geopolitical policy which not only the US but almost the entire world has engaged in for at least an entire generation (if not more).

Before Donald Trump emerged as a surprisingly refreshing factor in the US Presidential elections, Alex was an excellent source of honest statistics and commentary about the dire state of the US economy, the US consumer's situation, and the global economy. But lately he seems to have conveniently forgotten the reality of the very facts that he dutifully reported just a couple of years ago.

Mr. Dent's contention is that the implication of those facts has not magically disappeared simply because a guy with orange hair and wearing a white hat suddenly arrives in town. Dent says that the corrections will and must take place…. an assertion of course very similar to that of two other contrarian prognosticators, Peter Schiff and Gerald Celente.

But there is yet another example of storm clouds gathering.

Maybe you've heard about the War on Cash?

Simply stated, the war on cash is about the admitted fact that the traditional banking industry, supported by accomplices and shills in worldwide governments, wants to deprive the consumer (AKA: the voter) of the right to have and use cash money. Although that battle has been going on for a few years already, the average consumer is relatively unaware of it… sort of like the story about the frog which doesn't realize it is being slowly boiled to death.

However, this article from www.sovereignman.com is a clear indication that the enemy is still very active…in Europe anyway. And one would naturally wonder what might be going on behind the scenes in the US. After all, Trump's new team comes in large part from the traditional banking and Wall Street sector, right?

The SovereignMan article gives some pretty shocking examples of very restrictive regulations already imposed or soon to be imposed upon Europeans (i.e. restrictive in relation to the economic freedom one enjoys with a pocket full of cash vs. a worthless credit card on a closed bank).

Think about this….

Anybody who knows anything about America, its Constitution, and the country's history knows that America is unique among nations for its 2nd Amendment, i.e. the Constitutional freedom we have to own firearms. Constitutionalists, embodied in the NRA, have thus far been able to resist globalist efforts to disarm America.

But what would happen if patriots didn't have any money to buy ammunition for their guns?

There is a connection here.

How effective would a resistance movement be if the government can peer into any room of your house via government mandated 'smart meters'?

They already can.

Or what if the government was recording virtually everything you say on your smartphone or the internet?

They already are.

How easy would it be for an oppressive government to demobilize a patriotic resistence movement, on the pretense of COG (Continuity of Government), by either the kill switches already installed in some vehicles or by more surreptitious means which they also might already have? Note: Not to mention the fact that they already control the nation's fuel supplies.

It wouldn't be that difficult even now.

Now, assuming some patriots will see the impending danger of these converging forces, especially regarding government restrictions on cash-money, what might they do?

Remember bitcoin?

It's all the rage right now, right? 

Some people are expecting that cryptocurrency will usher in a new age of entrepreneurship, freedom, prosperity,  sunshine, and flawless completions for everybody. 

I'm not so sure. If you've read my articles, Will Cryptocurrency Become Another Fascist Ripoff?, or, "Excuse Us – Perhaps You'd Like some Fedcoin?" you'll know why.

There is no doubt that today's banking elite are seriously interested in the cryptocurrency phenomenon. They've already admitted being interested in it. But don't forget that JP Morgan (our buddies, right?) have already tried to get a patent on their version of a virtual currency like bitcoin. Luckily their application was rejected for lack of anything original.

But you can bet that they're very worried about cryptocurrency and they're not happy about letting something that potentially powerful escape from their control. Wouldn't it be rather naive to expect them to use something that powerful in any way different than they use the power they already have?

Assuming the government acquires any substantial degree of involvement or control of cryptocurrency, would that be a good thing for us.

I don't think so. Wouldn't that just be exchanging a cast iron pair of handcuffs for a stainless steel pair?

And if the government succeeds in eliminating cash money from our lives, we will be equally less free.

I think that would be a pretty dumb-ass decision to trust the government with control of the medium of exchange we use in our daily lives. Look what it's gotten us so far. But that's what things are moving towards right now.

But look at the advantage to the government in a cashless society or a government controlled cryptocurrency system.

if you suddenly don't have any cash because the globalists have made it illegal to have more than $50 of it in your pocket, and/or the government has slowly restricted and virtually choked off its availability, and/or because the government has closed all the banks (remember COG?)…. you're screwed, aren't you?

Well Brian….welcome to the Brave New World. If Jesus doesn't come pretty soon…I think we're all screwed.

Governments don't have any money. They spent it all and their ain't no more.They're all crooks. It won't be long before they won't even need to lie to us. They'll just do whatever they want….because they can. I read the script.

 

Art Williams
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Case Studies and email Copywriting
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SEO – Optimized Metatags

SEO – Optimized Metatags

Some search engines may display the meta description as a part of the search results, but the meta keyword tags should not appear in search results. The general consensus among SEO experts is that metatags are dead. Even so, many of these same experts continue to use metatags in their own sites. For Google, adding the description meta tag does not result in a boost in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs), but the description might be used for the description for your SERP listings in Google. Yahoo! says, they use the Keyword Meta Tag when it ranks a page. Hence it makes sense to add one for Yahoo! and any other minor search engines that still use.

What Do the Metatags Look Like?

You can add the following in the head section of the web page:

<meta name="keywords" 
         content="KEYWORD1 KEYWORD2 KEYPHRASE1 etc. 
         about 30 to 40 unique words">

<meta name="description" 
         content="An accurate, keyword-rich description 
         about 150 characters">

Meta Description Tag Tips

Important tips for good Meta description tags:

  • Use keywords in your meta description tag.

  • Try not to repeat the words overly often, but try to use multiple syntaxes of your key words.

  • There should not be more than 150 characters in a description metatag of a single web page.

  • Use a different meta description tag for each page, as each page is different and stands a better chance of being found if you place a good title and description on it.

Meta Keywords Tag Tips

Please refer to the previous chapter for identifying good keywords. Use the following tips for preparing good meta keywords tags.

  • Use synonyms.
  • Use unique keywords.
  • No need to repeat any given phrase.
  • You can repeat a word any number of time, as long as each time it is part of a different phrase.

Robots Meta Tag

The important metatag that you may need sometime is the Robots Metatag which looks like this:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow">

Using the above metatag, you can tell a spider or a robot that you do not want some of your pages indexed, or that you do not want your links followed.

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SEO – Optimized Keywords

SEO – Optimized Keywords

    

A keyword is a term that is used to match with the query a person enters into a search engine to find specific information. Most people enter search phrases that consist of two to five words. Such phrases may be called search phrases, keyword phrases, query phrases, or just keywords. Good keyword phrases are specific and descriptive.

The following concepts related to keywords, help in optimizing the keywords on a web page.

Keyword Frequency

This is calculated as how often does a keyword appear in a website title or description. You do not want to go overboard with frequency, however, since on some engines if you repeat a word too many times, you are be penalized for "spamming" or keyword stuffing.

In general though, repeat your keyword in the document as many times as you can get away with, and up to 3-7 times in your list of metatags.

Keyword Weight

It refers to the number of keywords appearing on your web page compared to the total number of words appearing on that same page. Some search engines consider this while determining the rank of your website for a particular keyword search. One technique that often works well is to create some smaller pages, generally just a paragraph long that emphasizes a particular keyword. By keeping the overall number of words to a minimum, you can increase the "weight" of the keyword you are emphasizing.

Keyword Proximity

It refers to the placement of keywords on a web page in relation to each other or, in some cases, in relation to other words with a similar meaning as the queried keyword. For search engines, that grade a keyword match by keyword proximity, the connected phrase home loans will outrank a citation that mentions home mortgage loans assuming that you are searching only for the phrase "home loans".

Keyword Prominence

It is a measure of how early or high up on a page, the keywords are found. Having keywords in the first heading and in the first paragraph (first 20 words or so) on a page are best.

Keyword Placement

Where your keywords are placed on a page is very important. For example, in most engines, placing the keywords in the Title of the page, or in the Heading tags will give it more relevance. On some engines, placing keywords in the link text, the part that is underlined on the screen in a browser, can add more relevancy to those words.

Best Places to Put Keywords

Here is a list of places where you should try to use your main keywords.

  • Keywords in the <title> tag(s).
  • Keywords in the <meta name="description">.
  • Keywords in the <meta name="keyword">.
  • Keywords in <h1> or other headline tags.
  • Keywords in the <a href="http://yourcompany.com">keywords</a> link tags.
  • Keywords in the body copy.
  • Keywords in alt tags.
  • Keywords in <!– insert comments here> comments tags.
  • Keywords in the URL or website address.

Finding Keywords

There are many different ways to find keywords for your website. Some good keyword ideas are:

  • The potential words, people would use to find your product or service.

  • The problems that your prospective customers may try to solve with your product or service.

  • Keyword tags on competitor's websites.

  • Visible page copy on competitor's websites.

  • Related search suggestions on top search engines.

  • Using an online tool such as Google Keyword Tool

  • By analyzing your website carefully and finding out proper keywords. This task can be done by expert SEO copywriters.

  • Pay attention to stemming for your keywords – particularly to what the root word is and what Google considers to be a match for that word when optimizing pages over time.

  • You can do brainstorming to identify correct keywords for your site.

What is Word Stemming?

Google uses a feature called word stemming that allows all forms of the word – singular, plural, verb form as well as similar words to be returned for a given search query. So if someone types in "house plans", not only the pages that are optimized for that phrase but the pages that contain all variations of that phrase are returned. For example, "house plan", "house planning", "house planner".

Hope you have some understanding on keywords and you also know how to identify them and where to use them. The next chapter explains how to optimize metatags for better results.

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Markethive – A Unique Writers Market?

Markethive – A Unique Writer's Market?

When computers first started hitting the market, back in the days of the Radio Shack TRS-80 and others, some industry observers thought that the computer would be the death of paper. But now we know that the exact opposite happened. People started generating more data…not less. And they needed paper to print it on.

The computer age has had a similar effect on the writing profession. Especially B2C and B2B copywriting. As digital publishing has boomed, the demand for writers has had a parallel boom. In fact, not only has the digital age resulted in an increased demand for content of all kinds but modern computers have also made the job of writing easier and quicker than ever before.

But still, job seekers in almost every profession still face the age-old problem of, "Where can I get the experience I need to build my portfolio?"

With writing as easy as it is nowadays (e.g. blogging), the simplistic answer would be, "Just start writing and somebody will read it". 

But a smarter and more tactical answer would be for the copywriter to find a community wherein he/she has an easy opportunity to write and be read.

Markethive might be such an environment…. but do Markethive community members, or the outside world, realize what a golden opportunity their community is to practive and hone their copywriting skills? 

Actually, I think not.

No doubt the demand for all types of writing has never been greater and although artificial intelligence and some recent software is capable of pretty good writing when used properly, there still is no substitute for a human writer. Especially for longer forms of writing and sales copywriting.

Publishers face the challenge of creating a steady stream of content on a regular basis but there is no way that any but the very largest and/or the most narrowly specialized entities can afford to keep writers on full-time payroll.

That's why the market for freelance writers gets stronger every year.  Freelance copywriters can always find work of some sort. The better they get at their craft, the more they can make. They can literally 'earn while they learn'.

The opportunites are huge. Here is a list of the top copywriting niches for 2016 as forecast by Carol Tice, Founder and CEO of Makealivingwriting.com:

  1. Case Studies
  2. White Papers
  3. Long Form Blogging
  4. Brand Journalism (think 'infomercials' in written form)
  5. Annual Reports
  6. Top Tier National Consumer Magazines
  7. Trade Publications
  8. Video Scripts
  9. Web Content
  10. Marketing eMails (including email series)
  11. Book Ghostwriting For CEO's (complex but very lucrative)
  12. Online Courses (a relatively new but booming niche)

All of these copywriting niches are wide-open to freelancers too. In fact, some experts estimate that as much of 50% of the copywriting work being done at any one time is being done by freelancers. Even companies which have their own writing staff very seldom do all of their own work all the time.

If you're in Markethive, you'll also notice that numbers, 3, 8, 9, 10 (of the list above) should be very familiar to anybody who has been around the internet marketing niche for very long. The only niche which has a skill subset unique to itself is #11, Book Ghostwriting For CEO's.

NB: If you can catch Carol Tice's 'Writers Den' membership site when it's open for membership, it offers courses in all of these subjects for only $25 a month. I've been a member of the Writers Den for a year and I highly recommend it. Right now they have an expert doing a course on Book Ghostwriting for CEO's. I've also taken their eMail Copywriting course and their Case Study Writing course….all taught by experts in the respective field.

There are two keys to becoming a good writer.

1. Practice
2. Mentorship

You need both.

You can get a lot of practice in Markethive and the Markethive blogging system makes it possible to get very wide 'reach' for your finished product.

Markethive does not offer any mentorship or training in copywriting. For that I recommend MakeaLivingWriting.com or AWAI. I'm a member of both. I actually owe my official start in copywriting to an AWAI course (Passport To Romance… a travel writing course).

But Markethive is a great place for a writer to practice his/her craft and potentially pick up some gigs from the built-in community and wide reach of its publishing system.

Markethive is free to join too. Join here.

 

Art Williams
Freelance Copywriter
Case Studies and eMail Copywriting
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Trusting God’s Wisdom

He is Infinitely Wise

Written by Dan Lee on 10/01/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Wisdom, Hope, Sovereignty
Who can measure the wealth and wisdom and knowledge of God? Who can understand his decisions or explain what he does? “Has anyone known the thoughts of the Lord or given him advice?

Romans 11:33-34 CEV
We as human beings are constantly faced with tough decisions, and situations. It’s the nature of living in a fallen world. However, through all of the turmoil, God is still sovereign and is truly wise.

If we doubt that God has infinite wisdom, we will be tempted to despair when things go wrong. On the other hand, understanding God’s wisdom helps us to trust Him and be secure in any situation.

Here are some areas we see God’s wisdom demonstrated, and why you should trust his Wisdom:

Creation – Past and Present
By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. (Proverbs 3:19)

From the distant galaxies to the tiniest insect, everything we see is a product of God’s perfect design, not random chance. Every area of human knowledge, from mathematics to physics to biology, is just a tiny sliver of God’s great wisdom. All of our study in these and other fields, is an attempt to discover more of the wonders of His creation. “The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what He has done.” (Psalm 19:1)

Some people believe that God created the world, then left us to fend for ourselves. But Colossians 1:17 says this about Jesus: “God’s Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together.” (Colossians 1:17)

Human History
If the presence of evil rulers bothers you, think of Pharaoh, who was cruel and oppressive to God’s people. Yet, “In the Scriptures the Lord says to Pharaoh of Egypt, 'I let you become Pharaoh, so that I could show you my power and be praised by all people on earth.'” (Romans 9:17). Yes, even Pharaoh, the wicked oppressor of Israel, was appointed by God to bring glory to Himself. And so it continues with today’s kings and kingdoms. God is still in control.

Our Relationship to God
One of the most “foolish” things to many people is the idea that God came to earth in human form, and then willingly allowed himself to be killed for the salvation of mankind. Yet 1 Corinthians 1:25 says that God’s “foolishness” is greater than human wisdom.

In His infinite wisdom, God sent Jesus to die for your sins. All God's children should take great comfort from this. Those who have not yet decided to follow Him should realize that His plan of salvation, strange or even foolish as it may seem, is true and is intended for you. Humbly accept that God is infinitely great and wise, and seek to follow Him.

Pray this week:

Lord, forgive me for thinking I know better than You. Even though I can barely see or understand Your greatness, by faith I submit to Your great wisdom and Your plan for my life. Teach me through Your word to understand more and more, and to walk in greater confidence every day.

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Former Federal Reserve Regulator is Afraid Bitcoin Could Destroy Central Banking

Former Federal Reserve Regulator
is Afraid Bitcoin Could Destroy Central Banking

 

NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — Previously, we covered the first nine points made by former Federal Reserve Bank Examiner Mark T. Williams in his recent presentation at the World Bank Conference, Virtual Currencies – Bitcoin Risk. Point ten was much longer and discussed the idea of bitcoin removing power from central banks, so it rightly deserved its own full article.

The final point made by Williams in his presentation discussed bitcoin’s sovereign attack risk. In his first bullet point, Williams noted:

“If adopted in its current raw form, bitcoin has the potential to undermine the longstanding bond between sovereign and its currency.”

This could be the most ironic statement found in the entire presentation because the other points were all used to explain why the risks involved with bitcoin will eventually lead to its downfall. In this final point, it seems that Williams is open to the idea of bitcoin becoming so prevalent throughout society that central banks will lose the power to control monetary policy.

Central banks and economic stability

The second bullet point in this section talks about how governments and central banks are needed to provide economic stability for their citizens. Venezuelans and Argentines will have to hold back a mixture of laughter and anger as they read the following statement from Williams:

“Governments exercise a monopoly power on currency creation with the understanding that doing so will provide its citizens with a greater level of economic stability.”

Williams seems to be ignoring the fact that a government’s ability to stabilize the economy depends on a level of perfect execution from the central bank that is simply unattainable. Whether you’re talking about the United States or Zimbabwe, the idea that central bank regulators are economic monks that are immune from corruption and error is laughable. We’re only five years into the bitcoin experiment, and this new digital currency paradigm is already competing favorably with certain central banks around the world.

Who controls the bitcoin monetary base?

Williams also seems to be concerned with how bitcoin manages its own monetary base in a decentralized manner. He notes that controlling the monetary base is “an immense power and responsibility” that is put into the hands of “those who create the algorithm, protocol, manage the transactional ledger and mine virtual currencies.”

First off, it should be noted that the above system may be preferred over what’s currently going on in places like Argentina and Venezuela. Secondly, Williams is correct in stating that the miners have a large amount of authority when it comes to whether or not bitcoin’s monetary policy could be changed in the future. One could even imagine a scenario where the mining community agrees to create more bitcoins due to the fact that transaction fees have not risen to compensate for the drop in block rewards; however, the miners also need to keep the economic majority in mind.

It’s important to remember that, in a world of competing cryptocurrencies, the controllers of a currency’s monetary policy are competing with other currencies available on the market. A country experiencing hyperinflation may turn to bitcoin, gold, or US dollars, and a cryptocurrency that makes a highly-inflationary change to its monetary policy may find itself losing out to other cryptocurrencies with monetary policies that are more advantageous for its users.

Deflation is scary

In another bullet point, Williams points out that bitcoin’s current monetary policy is inherently deflationary over the long term. This is a common point made by bitcoin critics, although they never seem to get into the details of why deflation is bad. There are many arguments to the contrary, including the deflationary period in the late 19th century. This was one of the largest periods of real growth in human history that also happened to coincide with a mostly deflationary monetary policy. As A.E. Musson noted in his “The Great Depression in Britain, 1873-1896: a Reappraisal”:

“Prices certainly fell, but almost every other index of economic activity – output of coal and pig iron, tonnage of ships built, consumption of raw wool and cotton, import and export figures, shipping entries and clearances, railway freight clearances, joint-stock company formations, trading profits, consumption per head of wheat, meat, tea, beer, and tobacco – all of these showed an upward trend.”

Although the conventional wisdom is that deflation is bad, it makes sense to also take a look at the counter arguments coming from alternative points of view. After all, there seems to be a general correlation between people who believe deflation is bad and people who were oblivious to the impending economic collapse in late 2008.

That’s not how Gresham’s law works.The last point made by Williams in this particular section is a complete misunderstanding of Gresham’s Law. He argues:

“If bitcoin were allowed to co-exist as ‘legal tender’ it could also create a situation where under Gresham’s Law ‘Bad money drives out good.’ In such a scenario, bad currency (bitcoin) would be used and good currency (US dollar) would be hoarded, creating greater economic instability.”

Anyone who is involved in the bitcoin community understands that this is the exact opposite of how things work right now. If you’re someone who has adopted bitcoin, you’re mostly using it as a store of value (part of your savings). Remarkably, Williams seems to be aware of this fact, as he states, “Over 90 percent of bitcoin are also hoarded setting a temporary price floor.”

This point is actually also at odds with the previous argument made by Williams in regards to deflation. He seems to be claiming that bitcoin will be “dangerously deflationary” (increase in value over time), while at the same time claiming that people will choose to store the inflationary US dollar for long term savings.

This kind of logical inconsistency is a perfect example of why Williams should not be taken seriously as a bitcoin critic.

Chuck Reynolds
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An Overlooked Part of The Swamp That Also Needs Draining

An Overlooked Part of The Swamp That Also Needs Draining

Here's something somebody forwarded to me today, supposedly circulating of Facebook and supposedly at least partially attributed to George Soros. Although I'm not a Facebook or a George Soros Fan, it does make sense.

It has to do with the original intent of our founding fathers that we would be served by citizens who were only temporarily serving as politicians. Most of us would agree that politicians have become a very unique privileged class which for the most part has done little to really help our country.

Since the majority of the problems Trump was elected to fix are primarily if not entirely financial, what about these interesting facts?

Consider these facts, whether they are justifiable, and whether or not they contribute to (or set a good example is solving) our financial problems:

Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.

Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid

Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid

Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000

Here’s where the cuts should be made! 

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".

The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simply because the people demanded it. That was in 1971 – long before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet, in addressing these facts, once said that if each person (like I'm doing now) asked each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list and in turn asked each of those to do likewise, in just three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around and here is the suggested essence of what knowledgeable people think should the….

The Congressional Reform Act of 2017

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. Social Security funds may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It's time!

I agree that this is a very reasonable suggestion. What do you think? If Trump wants to "drain the swamp", how about draining the part of it that has flooded Congress?

 

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