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This is my last update regarding the recent content theft situation. As of today, iWrite which is one of the organizations that this individual sold my work too has banned this individual from working with them or their affiliates in any capacity.
I have also notified Upwork that this individual is posting job ads on their site under multiple aliases requesting that writers work outside of their site for him, which is an immediate ban situation. Since I am unaware of what other companies besides Upwork and iWrite this individual is working through, all I can do is spread the word within the industry at this point.
In addition, I was able to locate the customer who ended up buying my work for 5 or 6 of the articles and have as such issued Cease and Desist orders to them. Two of these customers have contacted me back and we are working out arrangements. One will be removing the article if he does not choose to accept my offer to keep it up under my byline with a link to my website; and the second has already changed the byline as well as added the link. I felt it only fair to offer them this option since they were also victims in this situation and would apparently not be receiving refunds from the companies in question. Plus, the extra exposure of my byline increases my Google ratings.
In the end, this was a lot of work for a little reward, but knowing that I am stronger than I thought I was and the feeling of vindication knowing that this person has been outed, banned from some sites, and is unable to pass plagiarism scans with my work now, has made it all worth the effort. I know I have not stopped him, but I have made his life more
difficult and brought awareness to the problem.
Hopefully this will inspire any other writers out there to stand up for themselves and not feel helpless in this situation. These types of criminals count on their targets to to just accept that there is nothing they can do about the situation and move on. It is my hope that my fighting this individual, and documenting it for other writers and end users to see will increase the number of people who fight back, and decrease the number of these kinds of individuals within the industry; or at least make it much harder for them to pull their scams.
Boost the Power of your Workout with these 3 Tips
Any fitness buff knows all too well how frustrating and discouraging it is to hit a performance plateau. But, how can you get past these brick walls without causing injury or spending hours upon hours in the gym? Actually adding more time in the gym could increase the longevity of your performance plateau. So to help you move past these inevitable pauses in momentum we have compiled a list of three tips to modify your training in order to get you back on track to building stronger, leaner, more defined muscle mass. Once you try these three methods you will want to use them forever.
Weight Lifting Pyramids
Pyramids are a method of performing a rotation of weight lifting that includes several different weight levels in either increasing or decreasing increments. The basic formula for doing Pyramids whether you are doing them going up in weight or going down in weight is to use the 10% rule; meaning that each weight change is modified by 10% from the current weight being used.
For Ascending Pyramids Figure out what your goal lifting amount is and then decrease that amount by 10%, then decrease that amount by another 10%. Do this calculation six times to figure out your starting weight for your workout. Start with the smallest calculation for your first set doing fifteen reps, and then move up to the next higher weight in your calculations for the second set; continue this process until you reach the sixth set and your goal weight.
Use the same calculation process for Descending Pyramids, and instead of stating your first set with the lowest weight, start with the heaviest weight. These types of weight lifting modifications help to accommodate muscle fatigue while building muscle.
10 X 10 Reps Lifting Method
This strategy is also called the German Volume Training method of weight lifting. The idea is to figure out what the maximum weight that you can lift for ten sets of ten reps each is, and then using that amount of weight do ten sets of ten repetitions. This process works with muscle memory and training the mind and body to push its limits when doing this movement. 10 x 10’s are best done with the bench press, squats, or dead lifting in order to maintain control of the weights and movements.
To do a cluster set, you are basically adding 20 second or less rest periods into each set. So if you are doing a set of twelve lifts, you will do four lifts, and then take a short 20 second rest followed by another four lifts and a 20 second rest to be followed by the last four lifts for your set of twelve. Doing this provides the muscle tissue with several short recovery periods during your workout without allowing them to cool off and increases the amount of energy expended in the process. These are best used for workouts where you are lifting approximately three times per week.
Adding variation to your workout along with modifying your current routine not only wakes up the mind and body connection without throwing it into shock, but also triggers the body to send needed nutrition and energy to those muscle groups being worked so that you can get the most from your workout and avoid long plateau periods.
Three Ways to Remove Blackheads
Blackheads are one of those pesky little facts of life that stare you in the face every time you look in the mirror, especially those that make a home on your nose. You can evict these unwanted blemishes though with these three easy to do at home remedies creating a blemish free illuminated complexion that will be all the envy of friends and family.
Orange Peel Face Scrub
Orange peel contains Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium. These nutrients act as a barrier to free radicals, antioxidant for skin, hydrate, and renew damaged or worn-out cells to prevent dry, flaky, itchy skin.
2 teaspoons Powdered Orange Peel (Make by allowing organic orange peels that have had the white removed to dry and then blend in a blender until it is powder.)
1 teaspoon Oatmeal
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then gradually add in just enough water to create a thick paste. Once the paste has been mixed spread a thick layer of the mixture to your face using clean finger tips in a soft circular massage motion. Let dry for fifteen minutes and then rinse off completely using cold water.
Crushed Almond Face Mask
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E which is known for its rejuvenating and nourishing benefits to the skin whether you are eating them or using them in a scrub or mask. They also make a great gentle exfoliating agent when used in masks and scrubs. Combining almonds and honey to use as a face mask cleans skin from impurities and leaves it with a naturally healthy glow.
1 teaspoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Finely Ground Almonds
Warm honey until it melts in a small bowl set inside of another small bowl filled with very hot water. Once the honey has melted mix the ground almonds into the honey gradually, and if needed just enough water to create a thick, but spreadable paste. Apply the almond honey mask to a clean face immediately so that the honey does not begin to re-thicken too soon. Let the mask dry for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse off completely using warm water.
Fenugreek has been used in Indian cuisine and beauty regimens for hundreds of years. Its excellent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants make it a great ingredient for face masks.
1 teaspoon Ground Fenugreek (You can also grind your own using Fenugreek Seeds)
Distilled Water, or Whole Milk, or Plain Yogurt
Mix the ground fenugreek with your choice of liquid from the selection above. You want to use just enough liquid to create an applesauce consistency paste. Apply the mixture to those areas of the face that are prone to blackheads and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse completely with warm water and then finish with a splash of cold water for a tingly refreshing effect.
Blackheads don’t have to be a problem, nor do you have to spend a fortune on store bought creams to achieve clear vibrant skin. All you have to do is use a few ingredients that you probably already have at home to create your own face masks to have a healthy glow year round.
Best Travel Stroller
Strollers have come a long way over the years becoming more convenient, operable, and all-inclusive than ever before. Some strollers have so many features that it might feel as though you are buying a new car. That is not all bad though; when new safety features and ergonomic designs are being included in that laundry list of features. And, we are here to help you work your way through the superfluous details and get the important information on the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom so that you know you are making the right choice.
The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom is a jogging stroller and detachable car seat all in one that includes an assortment of comfort, convenience, and safety features such as:
- A Padded, Multi-Position Seat with a 5-Point Safety Harness to keep your child comfortable secured into place until you are ready to remove them.
- Large All Terrain Tires (Two 16” rear tires and one 12” front tire) for easy control and maneuverability.
- Swivel Front Axel and Locking Wheels
- Quick Release Wheels for Storage and Transport
- Ratcheting Padded Adjustable Canopy with Sunroof for convenient protection from wind, rain, and sun exposure
- Covered Storage with an easy to reach Parent Tray and 2- Beverage Holders
- Child Tray for your child’s convenience when snacking or playing
- Large Storage Basket beneath the stroller for convenience and stability
- Comfortable Reflective Footrest for your child to sit without their legs dangling
- Ergonomically Shaped, Foam Padded Push Handle for Parent Comfort
- Convenient Stroller Height for good posture to minimize possible back strain
- Removable Seat Padding for Easy Washing
- Collapsible for Easy Storage and Transport
- Stroller Fits Children from 5-50 Pounds and up to 42” Tall
- Triple Brake System
- Detachable Rear Facing Car Seat with 5-Point Flex Lock Harness
- Car Seat Fits Children from 5-30 Pounds and Up To 30 “ Tall
The convenient two in one of having a Car Seat and Stroller all in one eliminates the need to carry two bulky items when you go someplace. The Ergonomic design with thick, comfortable padding gives the child a comfortable and relaxing ride as well as providing the parent with a comfortable outing experience. The abundance of safety features provides peace of mind knowing that your child will be securely in place as you move around. Traction and easy maneuverability from having oversized wheels make this stroller great for any outing whether you will be walking on pavement or gravel. This stroller’s convenient storage space and beverage holders means there is a place for everything without over-crowding the child or creating a tip-over hazard. Removable wheels make for easy storage and fitting into the trunk of most vehicles.
The large size can be difficult when maneuvering through narrow store aisles and the nearly fifty pound weight may be a bit heavy for some people to lift. It is important to remember that when the travel system functionality of this stroller/car sear combo is in use that you should not use it as a jogging stroller. To use it as a jogging stroller make sure to remove the car seat and place the child directly into the stroller seat. Leaving the car seat in place and using this stroller as a jogging stroller creates a flip over hazard.
- Weight is 49 Pounds
- Dimensions are 34.5” x 21.5” x 22”
- Colors: Comes in Phantom, Millennium, Millennium Blue, Millennium Orange, Millennium White, Spartan, Centennial, Bubble Gum, Tropic colored Detailing
- Warranty: Has a Manufacturers Parts and Materials Warranty of 180 Days from date of purchase with proof of purchase. However, the Manufacturer will cover the shipping costs in both directions if a warranty repair is needed.
Overall this stroller is a great buy in that you are receiving both a car seat and a durable jogging stroller for less than you would pay for most jogging strollers. If you are looking at this stroller you may also be interested in the BOB 2016 Revolution Pro Stroller, Black.
Where it is Available:
This is one of the best travel strollers on the market and can be purchased through Amazon, BabyTrend.com, Ebay, and at your local Target, or Walmart stores
OneMain Financial of Corona gets Mixed Reviews
Finding the correct financial institute that you can trust and rely on to meet all of your lending and financial needs should not be difficult. However some financial institutes tend to be less than they claim to be once you begin the process. That is why it is important to do your homework and ask the right questions; read reviews from reliable sources such as Consumer Affairs, and the Better Business Bureau before you sign any documents. We’ve done the research for you on OneMain Financial of Corona to give you a head start in your search.
Who are OneMain Financial?
OneMain Finacial is a lending company that boasts about being around for a hundred years. It is true that the original company called Commercial Credit was started in 1912 in Baltimore Maryland, however since that time this company has changed hands and names at least half a dozen times according to their website’s “About Us” page. So, even though the origins of this company reach back for a hundred years, its branding, philosophies, and services have changed substantially since their early beginnings.
What they Offer
Personal loans are the primary business of OneMain Financial. They specialize in providing “quick” and “easy” personal loans that include:
- Debt Consolidation Loans
- Wedding Loans
- Home Improvement Loans
- Auto Refinancing
- Cash-Out Refinancing
- Car Loans
- Medical Loans
- Boat and RV Loans
- HVAC Repair Loans
The way they work is through the internet, with the loan process starting as an online loan application that then progresses to meeting with an actual loan specialist who verifies your income, identity, and other information before discussing your loan options and signing the contracts. The upside to this process is that in most cases you can receive your money right then and there versus waiting for a check to arrive.
What does Consumer Affairs have to Say?
When checking out the rating and reviews for OneMain Financial on ConsumerAffairs.com we found that they received an overall score of almost four starts out of five. This rating was based on combining 1,044 ratings out of 2,760 reviews. The star breakout was 751 five star reviews, 88 four star reviews, 12 three star reviews, 20 two star reviews, and 173 one star reviews. All of the data collected was based on customer reviews and there were no comments that stemmed directly from Consumer Affairs to add to the company’s review.
The reviews however jumped all over the board with consumers praising OneMain Financial for their great customer service on one end of the spectrum all the way to other customers complaining that it took weeks to receive their money, or that OneMain Financial employs the practice of bait and switch marketing. Although this company’s star rating is rather high, the actual comments in the reviews are a bit concerning. As we read through them we found that all of the reviews were either very good or very bad with nothing left in the middle. That inconsistency of service, company ethics, and follow through is something to be considered when thinking about doing business with OneMain Financial.
What does Glassdoor.com have to say?
After reviewing the diversity in consumer reviews we decided to check out what the employees had to say about the company. Glassdoor.com is a popular job platform that also offers inside reviews and information on companies that you may be interested in working for. The overall rating of OneMain Financial was only 2.8 stars out of 5 with only 39% of those employees who reviewed the site saying that they would recommend working there to a friend.
Those who posted reviews had a variety of longevity with some claiming to have only worked there a few months to others who have worked there for several years or even more than a decade. The one negative theme that was quite obvious from the start was the unhappiness of OneMain Financial’s employee base over the massive amount of change and inconsistency that seemed to be happening within the company from their most recent merger with Springleaf Financial. One staff member even wrote in their review that, “Not everyone is on the same page,” in regards to the company’s changes and new direction. The reviews would indicate that this company is not handling transition well.
Politics was another negative complaint about OneMain. Some of the reviews indicated that there were a lot of the stereotypical big business politics at this company. This prompts the question as to if too many politics are affecting the overall running of the business and trickling down to both the employees and the consumer in a negative way?
Everyone did seem to agree however, that the company offered great benefits although some stated that the health insurance had been progressively going downhill over the past few years, and was a good place to work overall. Some employees felt that there was definitely chance of advancement within the company and that the technology was top rate, with a good working environment.
What does the Better Business Bureau have to say about OneMain Financial?
When a search was done for this company on the BBB website, the results were surprisingly sparse. The only thing that came up was the company’s address and the Springleaf Financial Services name. This would indicate that the merger of Springleaf and OneMain Financial is more of a Springleaf take over than a merger and would explain a lot of the intercompany turmoil that is causing the employees to feel the disconnect within the company and its philosophies on how to do business.
After reading the reviews of both customers and employees, it has been made clear that although OneMain Financial has corporate roots that reach back a hundred years; their future is yet to be decided. Without a consistent and clear picture of what business practices and business philosophies they want to take into the future it is difficult to maintain customer and employee satisfaction. The general day to day business may be running as usual, however it would seem that it is not running efficiently and this will in the end either make or break this long standing company if they don’t get this under control sooner rather than later.
Effective Mobile SEO Tips for Maximum Engagement
Online marketing and SEO practices have changed substantially as mobile phone and tablet technology has improved, making what used to work for your business website obsolete. That is why it is important to take a periodic review of your website’s layout, design, and protocols to make sure that you are presenting yourself and your company in the best light possible when potential customers view your site from their mobile phone, often this encounter will be your company’s first impression; and you know what they say about a bad first impression. Here are a few things to keep in mind and take a look at that may have changed since you developed your website.
Is your website mobile friendly?
Just because you have a good looking website on the internet doesn’t mean that it will be as attractive or functional on a smart phone. Although smart phones have improved in functionality immensely in the past five years, their processors are still limited. This affects items such as:
- Page Speed
Use a webpage design that incorporates the mobile layout so that when potential clients view your site from their phone they can maneuver easily. This type of layout generally is a scroll own directionality rather than the traditional above the fold layout of desk top or laptop design, since scrolling is much easier to do with a touch screen cell versus using the mouse.
When it comes to Pop-ups, avoid using them. These are not user friendly or processor friendly on small screens and smart phone microprocessors.
Remember People have Fat Fingers
When designing your touch screen buttons and their locations on your site, remember that they will be viewed and used from a much smaller screen. Having these buttons too close together, or too small will make it difficult for users to use and in the end leave them frustrated as they have to continually back up and try again.
Avoid Using Flash
Although most laptops have or can access Flash, a lot of mobile’s still do not have the availability of the Flash plugin. Instead use the HTML5 for creating your mobile sites special effects. This will give you the versatility in creativity that you want, without causing the end user issues when trying to load the information onto their mobile.
Be Concise with Titles and Meta Data
A big part of SEO is in the titles and Meta Descriptions whether for a desk top/laptop configuration or in Mobile SEO. The difference comes in the screen size. Where as you can use longer Meta Descriptions for larger screens, they will not be visible on a smaller screen; making it imperative that you keep your Meta Descriptions as succinct as possible without losing the main idea or impact effect.
Local Search Optimization
In order for your business to be included in local or “near me” search results you will need to optimize for these searches. One way to do this is to standardize your business name, address, and phone number so that it looks the same wherever it appears on the web increasing your SEO analytic numbers. Another way is to include your company name, city, and state in your Metadata; this tells the search engines exactly where you are so that it can include your company in local searches.
Remembering to follow mobile SEO practices and keeping up with continuing changes as technology improves will be your keys to success for drawing customers to your site