Friday, October 21, 2016

Quote of the Day


-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? You hadn't realized it. And you notice that the sun has set already, the day gone before you knew it — and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape. That's retirement."

 ~Stephen Leacock

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Collecting rain water

Thoughts on Collecting Rainwater 

* Today's article was written by Chandni Wadhwani; see the blog host's notes below.

Droughts are not uncommon in today's world, unfortunately. All over the news are reports of areas stricken by drought, with little or no rainfall on the horizon. When the rains come, they usually only provide temporary relief. However, if you have a tank for collection, you can make the water last much, much longer.
Part of the reason for a lack of water in the underground table is that humans have built over so much land. Things like concrete and asphalt do not absorb any water, so none gets into the soil where it needs to go. Buildings and other huge structures also block the collection of water, and cause it to run off, causing dangerous erosion. Owning a collection tank can help with this issue.

These tanks are built specifically to collect some of this rain and hold it in storage for later use. This water is safe to use for dishes, laundry, toilets and landscaping, which means that drinking water is conserved for human consumption only.
These tanks can be installed in a variety of places, and pumps to use them can be purchased separately, often from the same dealer who sold the tank to you. The pumps are generally either manual or automatic, but with energy-saving features. This means less electricity used, which is yet another benefit of this type of system.

There are two main types of tanks, underground and above ground. An above ground tank is just what it sounds like. It does not need a hole dug to place it, so you can put it on top of concrete, wood, or just dirt. You can place it near gutters to maximize the amount of water collected.

Underground tanks work much the same way, but they are buried underneath the ground. This is great for areas where ground space is at a premium, and keeps them out of sight. People who want to store extra water for long term use often turn to an underground system for their storage needs.

There are various sizes and capacities available. If you wish only to use yours for gardening, a small 100 liter vessel might suffice. If you intend to use this is a source of water for household needs as well, you might look into a much larger 10,000 liter model.

The shape and color choices for a rainwater tank also vary quite a bit. From pink to green, there is a color that suits your setting and taste. Round, square, and grid-like tanks are all available. Pick the one that is right for you, then sit back, relieved that the next drought will not be so hard on you.

* Blog host's note: Readers who are interested in learning more about rain water collection can check out our Trash Talk  book series (see the left hand side bar to this blog for links to all our published books), visit our radio show and do a search on that topic to find talk shows that focus on rain water, and use the key words "tips for collecting rain water" in your favorite search engine. Note: "underground tanks" are called "cisterns".

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Using Classified Ads Effectively

Using Free Classifieds Effectively

*Written by Uma Laxima who invites you to visit:

Online classified ads are the one of the best ways of promoting your products and services. It is simple, cost effective and also risk free and that is why most people flock these websites for their promotion. Though, all you have to do is craft your ad and post it in the relevant category; it is very difficult to distinguish your ad from the thousands of similar ads getting posted on the same platform. If you do the same job mindlessly, soon it becomes incredibly frustrating and time consuming posting ads that rarely give you a proper traction.

As the ads are posted based on categories, you are often surrounded by ads offering similar services. A headline is the only way you can distinguish yourself from the crowd. An effective headline usually consists of cleverly crafted content with relevant keywords that can make users easy to find your ads.

Our criterion here is to improve the quality of our postings and spending less time doing so. Make a list of quality sites which generate lot of quality traffic and seem to have a considerable weight, also list out of those budding sites which do not ask for special registrations to post your advert. Now you got your list of sites to target your postings.

Virtually unlimited exposure Internet can be of huge advantage which can be beautifully exploited using classifieds, making it one of the most effective tools to improve the traffic and exposure for your offerings. While you usually rent the place in the newspaper column, you are free to post your ad on many sites for your potential customers. All you have to do is post a crafted copy of your ad that can grab some eyeballs and rest is assured. They predominantly generate leads by increasing click-through rates. They can also enhance your blog traffic by creating a valuable back-link depending upon the authority of the site.

Write a clear precise ad copy not more than 100 words; seriously, no one has enough time to read your paragraphs. Use a clear simple language that honestly describes your product or service. State how much value your product can provide to the user in quantifiable terms. Does your service cost much lesser than the normal price, then how much?, Can your product save the user's time? Then state them in simple terms.

Concentrate on keyword optimization. All the hard work you do can never bear you enough fruits if the search engines do not show up your ad Research on keywords of your business and embed them cleverly in your ad postings. Now that you have done your basic work, find other ways to optimize your methods.