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WIX SEO HERO Competition For A Cause

Manila, Philippines: Technology has made the world smaller and brought people closer. We monitor elections in a country from miles away, witness Facebook’s live video from space, and watch the live streaming of the Super Bowl’s halftime show where they happen, when they happen. But while the internet is a good platform for entertainment and be virtually part of world events, it also teaches us a sense of responsibility.

 

The media closely monitors the war in Syria, which started with a peaceful uprising in 2011. The United Nations reported that at least 250,000 people have been killed in the past five years, and displaced more than 4.8 million civilians. But the virtual world only started to really take note when a photo of a little boy from Aleppo, bloodied and shocked, went viral. Didn’t that image haunt you or made you ask “what can I do,” or “how can I help?”

 

A growing number of SEO professionals have taken the answer to that question a notch higher, and took on the challenge to be SEO Heroes. WIX, a cloud-based web development platform, started an SEO Hero contest for digital marketers and innovators. Everyone was invited to create a website optimized to the keyword, SEO Hero. If their website ranks highest for that search term in four months’ time, WIX will give the winning website $50,000.

 

The SEO Hero Challenge

Given the range of influence of SEO professionals in promoting businesses and making them thrive, they are also the best group of individuals to rally behind a cause such as drumming up support and assistance to the people of Syria. The SEO Hero challenge provides the perfect platform for SEO natives to do their part and make a difference. The Propelrr team is channeling this raw influence to spearhead a movement to help Syria’s children.

 

The WIX contest is open to all SEO professionals around the world. They are to create a website in English on any platform (not just wix.com) about SEO professionals and experts that can be considered heroes. Every day, a moderator will search Google for the term “SEO Hero.” The site to rank highest on average over the period of March 13 to 15, 2017 at 12:00PM ET (noon) and 20:00PM ET will be declared winner within two weeks of the challenge end date.

 

Google’s guidelines for SEO will be followed and all participants are expected to comply with the rules of the competition. Eran Hurvitz, CEO of MRKT360 INC, was tasked to ensure that everyone does. Entries must also satisfy the following requirements:

 

(1) Domain must be purchased on or after November 16, 2016. Note that the submission of entries was completed between November 16 and December 16, 2016.

 

(2) An account with Google Analytics and Google search console by February 16, 2017 to be connected to participant’s SEO Hero website.

 

Why join seohero.support?

Propelrr, a digital marketing company from the Philippines, initiated to gather SEO professionals and show the people of Syria that the world cares by joining the Wix SEO Hero contest. They created seohero.support and gathered digital influencers and SEO professionals based locally and abroad. The supporters were interviewed and asked about how the online community can impact society. In “Hero Talk,” supporters are encouraged to talk about their concept of being a “hero” and how they think the professional practice can help make a difference.

 

To hero up for Syria, just sign up with your name and email and share how SEO professionals can band together for a good cause. The simple gesture of signing up could mean a whole world of difference for Syria.

 

SEO professionals are also encouraged to share the website on their own sites and social media pages. There’s also a badge you can share to show your support.

 

Should the website win, the full amount will be donated to Karam Foundation, a group committed to provide much-needed aid to Syrian children.

 

The work of Karam

Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization that is on a mission to rebuild Syria and provide a better future for its citizens and children. Apart from distributing aid, the foundation also developed innovative education programs for the Syrian youth refugees and continues to fund sustainable development projects for Syrian families.

 

Karam means generosity in Arabic. And true to their name, the foundation, which was founded in 2007 in Chicago, has been helping communities in need, starting with a food drive on the south side of Chicago in its early years. Today, they also help communities across the western part of Asia, including Syria.

 

Among their programs is to encourage families to sponsor a Syrian refugee. There are around one million Syrian refugee children today who need not just aid but long-term support such as education and other future-building tools. Karam itself is sponsoring over 200 refugee children to go to school. This can be done by donating $50 a month.

 

Karam also distributes emergency aid to the communities of Aleppo, a rebel stronghold. The foundation also believes in providing “smart aid” or programs that are sustainable and respond to the needs of the population. They are also building a Karam House, which is expected to be finished this 2017. It is a space of healing for survivors traumatized by violence and displacement.

 

The road to healing and rebuilding of Syria is long. But by being SEO Heroes, you can make things a little better by letting civilians and refugees know that the world cares.

 

About SEOHERO.SUPPORT

 

SEOHERO.SUPPORT is cause-driven call initiative seeking the support of all Digital and SEO professionals globally to win the WIX SEO Contest aimed to donate 100% all the $50,000 winning pot to the war-stricken children of Syria.

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35806229

http://www.wix.com/wix-lp/seo-heroes/faqs

https://www.karamfoundation.org

9 Frugal Ways to Ensure Home Security on Holidays

It is the most dangerous time of the year.

Unless you do something about it, the holidays will always make criminals merry. During the holidays, there are a lot of opportunities to commit crime: people are distracted, they leave their belongings in the car, and are busy with more shopping money than usual. Crimes are not only targeted at persons but also at properties, since most will be leaving their homes to be with friends and families.

Crime rate normally increases by 30% during the holidays. You need to be alert while inside the mall or parking your car. You have to know how much cash you stashed in your bag and hold it close. But what about your home? Burglars feel like opening gifts in holidays and they could be looking right outside your window for a really special haul.

Not to put you on panic mode, but if you want a crime-free holiday, you have to find ways to keep your family and your home safe. There are easy and very affordable ways to ensure home security on holidays. Assuring a safe home while on vacation is not a herculean task, but mostly just about diligence, awareness, and common sense.

Here are 9 holiday home security tips to make sure only your acquaintance will come sneaking at your home.

Keep valuables in a safe

When you leave the house on holidays, make sure your cash and valuables are kept in a password-protected safe. Make sure your money, credit cards, checkbooks, jewelry, and even gadgets you’re not bringing on the trip are kept in parts of the home that are secure. These small valuables are what burglars are after: they are lightweight and cost a lot.

Think of yourself as a burglar: where would you likely search? Needless to say, don’t put them there. Burglars don’t like working overtime so if they won’t be able to find something valuable in the first few minutes, they will most likely leave. According to researches, an average burglar normally takes 10 minutes from creeping around your home and searching your house to getting away.

Bolster door and window locks

Do your Christmas lights run through the window? This is a holiday problem that a lot of home owners can relate to. One basic upgrade to improve home security is installing an inexpensive exterior outlet for your holiday lights.

The next step is to burglarproof your doors and windows by securing them with simple hardware materials. Burglars love unlocked doors and windows. According to statistics, 30 % of intruders entered a home through an unlocked door, window or other opening without resorting to force.

Make sure your doors are secure by installing solid core doors, heavy duty locks, longer screws in the lock strike plates, security chains, and door hinges. Install secondary security devices in all accessible sliding windows or if you can afford to put up metal bars, go ahead.

Leave them as they are

Do you close the curtains totally to prevent people from peeking inside your house while you’re away? Or do you open them to give the idea that someone’s home?

It is best to leave the curtains exactly as they are when you are home. Noticeable changes, such as closed curtains for two weeks, can give burglars a hint that you are away. A basic home security tip is giving burglars the idea that nothing’s changed. Don’t forget to move expensive items such as computers out of plain sight.

Invest on a light timer

Aside from the curtains, make sure to leave the lights on as you normally would. Nothing is more attractive to intruders than a house with no lights on for days. Beef up your home security on holidays by purchasing an inexpensive light switch timer that you can program or schedule to turn on and off at different parts of the day. When your lights are flipping, burglars will think that someone’s home.

Stop the mail

A pile of newspapers and letters at the doorstep or in the mailbox could serve as a signal to burglars. If you are going away for more than a week, it is best put a stop order on subscriptions. If not, at least ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail. If you live in a condo or a subdivision, you can ask the security personnel to keep the mail for you.

Stay away from social media

Stop oversharing on social media to ensure a safe home while on vacation. According to an ADT study, over half of young people post their location on social media, a fact that burglars take advantage of. Sharing your location and pictures on vacation makes you an easy target for a tech-savvy intruder. Remember that the wrong people could be looking at your photos. A survey of ex-burglars also found that over 75% believe that most intruders today use social media to find easy properties to target. Furthermore, a Friedland study revealed that 74% of burglars also use Google Street View in home thefts.

Remove spare key under “secret places”

That flower pot outside the doorstep is not fooling anyone. Never again “hide” spare keys under the mat, inside the mailbox, on top of the door frame, or inside the garbage bin. Your cover has long been figured out. Burglars do not like using force because it creates noise. They would reach under the mat and inside the mailbox so make sure you won’t be giving them an easy time.

Set the alarm

Installing an alarm system is a good investment, regardless of the time of the year. A survey of convicted burglars showed that 60% considered the presence of an alarm before breaking into a home. Half of the respondents said they would discontinue the attempt if an alarm is present. Whether you are going away or staying at home, make sure you set the alarm and stay vigilant.

There are also mobile applications now that let you view live video feed from your smart phone. Such basic upgrades to improve home security are not expensive, too. This is a worthy investment that lets you keep your home safe anytime, anywhere.

Don’t stock gift boxes

So you got a new flat screen TV for a special holiday like Christmas. The burglar doesn’t need to know. Don’t pile up empty gift boxes of your new laptop, DVD player, or cellphone outside your house. Conceal them in a garbage bag and don’t give burglars the idea that you have new appliances in the house.

Keeping your home safe this holiday season should not take so much from you. It’s easy and affordable. Whether you are staying home, hosting a party, or going away on vacation, it is best to keep your home safe all year round. Peace of mind is priceless and nothing is as valuable and worth it than the safety of your family.

How to Jumpstart that Nagging Dream

So lately you realize you’re not being challenged enough in the workplace (or you are thinking of a different path), and often find yourself staring outside your office window. Either you’re soaking in the scenery (which I highly doubt) or it’s a sign that you gotta get out! Start your own business perhaps? Instead of waiting for that glorious 5 pm tick, why not mull over these tips for a bit? You know, just in case I’m right.
Dream BIG. This is the time you allow yourself to think of the wackiest, downright-mad, and gigantic ideas you could think of! Sky’s the limit! (Well, almost).

Reality-check. Now you have to be honest with yourself. Know thyself and resources. Do you have the necessary skills and abilities? List down all of your strengths and weaknesses and make a cross-reference with what your business idea requires. Make sure your idea is sustainable and actually caters to a need, a market’s want, or actually solves a problem. Continue reading

Indicators for a Successful Blog

Success

A lot of you have been asking me what I do in life aside from running this blog, and doing freelance writing. Well, as some of you already know, I am a specialist in home improvement which is why one of my goals in this blog is to share to you my expertise in all ways possible. One of the categories I will probably put a lot of input on is Home, with subcategories on gardening, security, going green, etc.

My family also owns a business, which I’m pretty much involved in. This allowed me to see all relative competitions there are in the market. While everyone believe that money and popularity can make the difference; I still say they won’t. It is the people who can make the difference! This principle had taught me that on scaling a business, you must take care of your customers. That is why, when I decided to create this blog; it is you, my audience, and your needs that I used as my inspiration for my blog.

Successfully educating you and receiving a lot of positive responses from you would be my indicators for a successful blog

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Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships. ~ Ross Perot

About the Blogger: John Anderson

Greetings Earthlings! Brace yourselves for another adventurous ride from my rocket ‘o ship of tinkering and delving into the space of information, where I, your captain, shall lead you to different places:  Technology, Gadget Reviews, Researches, Travelling, Book Reviews, etc.

I am ready- armored with knowledge, and would eagerly share them to you. As we go on through this journey, I hope that each of us learn, and will continue to want learning.

I am no President Obama, nor even nearly the two James do I know: Dean and Bond, but I can be your friendly tech- savvy guy who can help you with anything under the pulse of technology.

I am John Anderson, behind the thriving site, The Security Warrior. It had run for three months, and had built a large audience. Since blogging started just an offset for my passion in writing, and unoccupied days from working, I did not see the need to focus on the material, so I seldom update it. Now that people have responded well on the blog, I decided to make a new one – something that I will take time to keep posted, and willingly impart information from the categories enlisted.

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