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How To Attract More Visitors To Your Website Or Blog

Any blogger aims that his blog is a success: meaning receiving thousand of visitors every day, be invited to events, reach new customers, major companies call him to work with him for advertising purposes. It is easy as it may seem but the reality says, it’s never.

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In social media marketing, success is measured in terms of audience. The more visits you have in your a blog, the more it is successful then if those visitors end up generating economic benefits, the better.
With this, you should learn some strategies. Below are some ways on how to attract visitors to your website or blog.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

First thing, you should think about SEO. Through search engines, your website has to reflect in the first-page search result. Of course, there are strategies on how to do this. You can hire an SEO professional on this matter. Look for an SEO company in Jacksonville, FL to assist you in making your site be found on the first-page search result.

Link building matters

You should try making other websites or blogs link to yours. This technique will also help improve your search engine page results.

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Blog usability should be improved

You need to focus on Improving the usability of your blog. This will help you get a higher duration of each visit.

Forum creation to related websites

You can use LinkedIn because its various functions allow you to participate in discussion groups. With this, you can open a discussion related to the subject of your blog post.

Social media participation

Share your blog post to other social media networks for visibility. Create also your business account on other social networks . That is, creating a fan page such as Google+ or Twitter account. You can share posts on Twitter and insert hashtag in Facebook groups or blogs. You can also take advantage of the trending topics on Twitter and share related content.

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Creating a unique content is crucial

This should be a priority. Always create unique and compelling content. Readers will always visit your site if they find that your content is interesting. Do your research well and find good topics that are best for your targeted audience. This is not easy but it is always true that content is King. So do not copy and paste any contents. Be creative. Create a content schedule calendar with corresponding topics for your readers.

 

4 Essential Things To Consider When Buying A New House In Jacksonville

While it is true that buying a new house is one of the huge and important investments a person may have in his life but at the same time, the most challenging part of it is never easy to complete the whole process. Sometimes, if you don’t have the right assistance from a real estate agent, you will end up paying more and spend unnecessarily.house2

Be sure to remember that before signing the deed of sale, you should communicate well with the seller about the entire arrangement of paying on the property. With this, you should request first for a contract from the seller. You should consider important issues that you need to include in the contract. Below are the issues that you need to know when buying a new house:

Current condition of the house and its legal backgrounds 

It is very important to check the property if it is free from any legal issues. You have to do this so that you can avoid a headache in the future. It is also best to look for a title company in Jacksonville to guide you in this area. You must also take into consideration about getting a title insurance for your property and this absolutely benefits you.

Payment and expenses

This is a must because this will save you a lot of unnecessary expenses in the future. You should clarify all the payment scheme or the total expenses that you need to prepare for your budget plan. The price should know right from the beginning. You have to clearly determine the total price of the property and other miscellaneous fees like the closing process as well as the method of payment. The payment of taxes and registration of the property should also be clarified. Make sure to take notes about deadlines otherwise, you will end up paying higher penalties. It is very easy title-insurance3to finalize what is being agreed but taking down notes of all the possible expenses in buying a new property is crucial.

Costs of the transaction

This has been repeatedly suggested to be clarified from the beginning but often forgotten. To avoid this, you should write a checklist of what you need to ask the real estate agent because this assures that you are able to ask possible questions. It is always rewarding if everything has been clarified for proper planning.

Keep all documents and receipts of your payments

Keep all documents, receipts, warranties and original invoices that you had in acquiring the property. They are needed as proof that you have successfully paid the house in full.

 

Interview With John Osborne

johnJohn Osborne is one our favorites here at Nasty Little Press. His debut collection Most People Aren’t That Happy, Anyway is available from our shop.

We also love his prose stories. The New Blur Album was on Radio 4 last night. You can listen again on iplayer.

This week we will be publishing his previous story – On The Beach – as a free PDF ebook, featuring illustrations from Katie Pope. Check back here on Wednesday to download your copy.

In the meantime, we asked John about his work and the new projects he has coming up.

1. Tell us a little about the origins of this piece.

On The Beach was a show I wrote for the 2013 Edinburgh festival. It’s about walking across the beach on my lunch break one afternoon on a sunny day in Weymouth. An hour long show about that hour long lunch break – the imaged stories of all the people I walked past; the family playing cricket, the old couple snoozing, the kids at the rockpools. It seemed like the people I was walking past could tell the story of the history of the British seaside, the reasons why it’s a special place to be but also the dark, unnerving mystery of the British seaside.

I took the show on a seaside tour in 2014, stopping off at theatres in places like Brighton, Margate and Hastings. I’m really proud of the show and thought this would be a good keepsake from it, a free download for people to hopefully read and think about the beach. Katie Pope, an ace illustrator, has done some pictures for it. She’s like Martin Parr meets LS Lowry and I’ve wanted to be able to work on something with her for ages.

2. What is it about seasides that fascinates you?

It’s the simplicity. I was on the train to Great Yarmouth recently and the kids who got on the train at Norwich with their mum were so excited. It’s easy to believe we are a nation who sit at home playing Playstation and watching telly eating junkfood but when you are at the seaside people leave all that behind. I genuinely think people leave their problems behind at the seaside. It’s a good place to go to recharge, to forget about things. All that fresh air and sea breeze is good for you I think. I hope that people will read On The Beach and decide to take a trip to the seaside- either to the seaside closest to them, or their favourite seaside, or somewhere they’ve never been before. It’s somewhere you can go to contemplate, and realise that life can be slowed down a little.

3. Is this your poetry voice or your non-fiction prose voice? Do you see much of a difference between the two?

I would say it’s my poetry voice because it’s all imagined. There are no real facts in On The Beach – you don’t really learn anything. It’s not journalism. I guess the difference between writing poetry and non-fiction is that you write poetry to make people feel something and non-fiction to make people learn something. I didn’t want people to walk away from the show thinking ‘I’ve learnt loads about the seaside’ I wanted people to reconnect with their own memories and feel like they’ve entered an imaginary seaside world within the hour of the show.

4. You’ve written a sitcom with Molly Naylor? That’s exciting, which do you prefer: prose, poetry, scripts? Why?

I love writing scripts. I hadn’t expected to enjoy it as much as I have done. I feel an element of control over them that’s quite unusual in my writing. Normally I’m slightly vague and unsure but there’s something about putting things into scripts that is quite exciting to me. I’d never written a script before Molly and I wrote the first draft of episode 1 of After Hours. Molly had to show me which software to download and give me a lesson in how to format scripts and how it should lay out on the page. She has an MA in screenwriting so I basically nicked all her Scriptwriting Masters knowledge for free. If you look at my attempts at those early scripts though they are embarrassing, it took me a long time to work out how scripts should look on the page.

Prose writing never came as easily as poetry or scriptwriting. Even when I was at school doing exams when everyone else had their hands up asking for more sheets of A4 I hadn’t even turned my page over. I guess I don’t really have that much to say and you can disguise that in poetry and scriptwriting, where brevity is essential, but in prose there is a need to be constantly aware of your word count.

Writing poems is something special. I’m working on a new collection at the moment and it’s the most I’ve enjoyed writing poems in a long time. I feel it’s been a long time since I’ve had things I want to put down on paper. If I have a day off from writing I’ll still work on poems. I don’t see them as work at all. The exciting thing is I plan to keep on doing all three. You don’t have to choose one and stick with it. Poetry has taught me how to be a better scriptwriter and a better prose writer because of the importance of cadence and rhythm and always pinpointing the correct choice of word to use. I think if I’d never tried to get good at poetry I wouldn’t have had a chance at writing books or screenplays. But we don’t want people to watch After Hours and think ‘well this is clearly written by two poets.’ We want it to be accessible to as many people as possible.

5. Your new radio play – The New Blur Album – debuts on BBC Radio 4 soon – what can we expect?

The New Blur Album is a story recounting where you were the day each new Blur album was released. It started off as a title for my second Nasty Little Press pamphlet, for no other reason than it was a funny title. But a couple of times I was asked why it was called The New Blur Album and it didn’t feel right to just say ‘cos it’s funny’ so I started to pretend it was something a bit more worthy and had more substance. I started to say it’s because I’d grown up with Blur and could remember where I was each time I listened to their new album. I started to think maybe there was a story I could write about growing up with Blur as a constant backdrop.

I wrote a show called John Peel’s Shed a couple of years ago, which was also broadcast by Radio 4. That had a very specific soundtrack, and I’d always wanted to find another story I could tell that had something as strong to lay underneath it. I stayed up late one night drinking whisky with my headphones on watching lots of old Blur gig footage and interviews with Blur, chose which songs I wanted to use and wrote a story around it.

I set out some very clear rules: I didn’t want there to be any obvious Blur references, quoting of lyrics or anything like that. I didn’t want anyone to chuckle and think ‘that’s a very clever injoke’ or a subtle mention of a rare b-side. It’s tempting when writing about something in popular culture to try and show off your knowledge or prove how much of a fan you are. But I didn’t want it to be in any way the story of Blur. I wanted them to be as incidental as possible, that if you’ve never heard a Blur song in your life you’ll still enjoy the story. It’s one of the pieces of writing I’m most proud of. I really hope people listen and like it. And I hope they like On The Beach too.

After Hours will be shown on Sky 1 in 2015.

The New Blur Album is broadcast on Sunday 28th September at 19.15 and be on iPlayer for the next seven days.

For more information on his books, poems and to hear is previous Radio 4 stories check out www.johnosbornewriter.com

Laser Hair Removal 101: Pros and Cons

Hair removal is undeniably time consuming and painful. Removing unwanted hair can also be done in various ways, such as shaving, hair removal, waxing, creams, electrolysis, suture and on. There are also different parts to apply the treatments such as the body and face. Facial hair removal seems to be one of the most tedious and painful things to do. Nevertheless, is laser hair removal the perfect solution to smooth and hairless skin?

Read on to learn about the pros and cons of laser hair removal.

How does laser hair removal work?

Jacksonville laser hair removal is carried out by using a laser that emits heat energy that penetrates deep into the root of each hairline and damages the hair follicle. The injured follicle is, therefore, unable to produce more hair for an extended period.

Laser Hair Removal Pros

✔ If a certified or qualified laser technician carried out the whole procedure, it is a safe treatment.

✔ It decreases hair growth for an extended period of months or years. You don’t need to worry about embarrassing hair stubs for a while!

✔ Ingrown hairs are not a problem.

✔ Hair of large areas such as the back or legs is removed more efficiently.

✔ Less painful than other methods of hair removal (especially electrolysis process). Some report to feel just a light, prickling sensation.

✔ Even if the hair grows out after an extended period, it is brighter in color and less dense in nature.

✔ Compared to other hair removal methods, practical (like electrolysis); Laser hair removal is much faster.

Disadvantages of Laser Hair Removal

✘ Certain hair growth is always available as it is not a permanent depilation procedure.

✘People with darker hair (due to more melanin) have greater success in this process as people with light hair.

✘Expect to spend more money.

✘ 6 to 8 sessions are required to get the optimal results.

✘ The feeling of a rubber band that affects the skin, that is, a little discomfort can be experienced.

✘ No serious side effects such as swelling, itching (after a few days) to severe side effects such as burning, infection, blisters may occur. The case may vary differ from person to person.

Assessment

If you want a permanent hair removal electrolysis, then choose so this is not a permanent hair removal. But it is very effective because hair growth is very slow.

Always consult your doctor before you opt to try this procedure. It’s also advisable to make sure that a licensed technician will carry out the whole process.

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She Grrrowls, He Slams

It’s summer, poetry fans! That all-too brief time in the UK for beach trips and ice creams in the garden and flip flops and music festivals and barbecues and reading in the sunshine. I hope you’re all enjoying as much of these things as possible, but in case you feel like you’ve not had the opportunity (too disillusioned by Andy Murray’s departure from Wimbledon and England’s departure from the World Cup, too baffled by John Barrowman in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, too disappointed after S Club 7 performed in Norwich last weekend minus Rachel, Hannah, Paul and Jo), I’m delighted to be able to offer you two more gifts in the form of the eighth and ninth Nasty Little Intros.

As you’re probably aware by now, Nasty Little Press have been scouring the UK for new voices in poetry and, supported by the Arts Council England, have been gradually publishing a series of ten pamphlets showcasing some seriously impressive up and coming talent from all over the country.

You’ll find a list of all the Intros we’ve published here on the NLP website, but right now, I’d like to introduce you to Carmina and Ben, our antepenultimate (oh yeah, that’s a word) and penultimate NLP Intro poets.

carminaCarmina Masoliver hails from southwest London and has been writing and performing poetry since 2006. She is the creator and host of She Grrrowls, an arts event in Bethnal Green showcasing talented women in poetry, comedy and music, and has worked alongside Ross Sutherland, Niall O’Sullivan and Michael Rosen to facilitate poetry workshops and projects. This summer, you may already have seen her perform at Latitude or the Secret Garden Party, and in September, you may also be lucky enough to catch her at Bestival. You’ll find a whole lot more information about Carmina on her website and here on her NLP profile.

benBen Norris is a Birmingham-based poet, playwright and actor and reigning UK All Stars Poetry Slam Champion. He founded UniSlam!, the UK’s first inter-university poetry slam championship and was recently commission to write two new poems by the Southbank Centre, which were performed at the Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on Radio 3. He’s also Literary Evens Officer for the University of Birmingham’s Creative Writing Society and runs and hosts two poetry nights in the city. You can find out more about Ben on his website as well as here on his NLP profile.

As with all our Intros, Carmina’s Nasty Little Intro #8 and Ben’s Nasty Little Intro #9 are limited editions, so do buy one (or two) here before they sell out like the hot cakes. Or Cornettos, depending on the temperature.

Leaving The Garret

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First up you can catch Molly Naylor, Elvis McGonagall, John Osborne and Tim Clare at PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL. There’s a quick fire NLP cabaret on Sunday 27th July on Walled Garden Stage at 2pm. NLP Editor Luke Wright is the social glue/compere.

Then we’re off to Scotland where NLP takes over The Spiegeltent at The Edinburgh International Book Festival for one night only. Friday 15th August (from 9pm) is all about Nasty Little Press as Luke introduces Tim, Molly and Elvis, this time accompanied by Salena Godden and Martin Newell.

The NLP event is one of ten that Luke Wright has programmed on behalf of EIBF. The series, aimed at bringing spoken word to the festival, is called Babble On and is one of the book festivals main themes for 2014.

John Osborne and The Islanders on Tour!

islanderThree of our authors are heading off on tour together. John Osborne’s show On The Beach and Amy Mason’s & Eddie Argos’ The Islanders are part of a brilliant double bill of shows touring a fine selection of theatres and arts centres next week.

Dubbed The Seaside Tour, it promises to be one of finest evenings of story-telling around this Spring. Don’t miss it. Find out your local date here.

Have you met Martin?

At the risk of being that person at the party who introduces two people to each other who have not only met but know how the other takes their coffee, already think each other are pretty funny and have possibly holidayed together in the south of France, I’d like to (re)acquaint you with Martin Figura.

martinMartin’s been a published poet for nearly fifteen years, and an NLP poet for four. He featured in This is What a Poet Looks Like, our (currently out of print) collaboration with Norwich’s fabulous Book Hive, and we have also had the great pleasure of publishing two of his poetry pamphlets, Boring The Arse Off Young People and Arthur.

It’s the last of these that I especially want to draw your attention to, as Poetry London recently had some very nice things to say about it. Unfortunately, you will have to hunt down a hard copy of the magazine to read the review in full, as it is not featured on their website, but for those without the time or sleuthing skills to track down a paper copy of the magazine, here are a couple of highlights:

Even the most dramatic moments of war are conveyed in simple, declarative sentences with the clarity of a newsreel…

…this humming tension of repression is what allows for the pamphlet’s striking moments of emotion release

You can buy Arthur here on the NLP website, and you’ll also find out more information about Martin on his website, where you will also be able to keep up with where he will be performing.