Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blogging For Fun And Work

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time entries. It was created by Pyramid Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google's own servers, with domains other than allowed via custom URLs.

On August 23, 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyrex Labs. As one of the earliest dedicated blog-publishing tools, it is credited for helping popularize the format. In February 2003, Pyramid Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. The acquisition allowed premium features (for which Pyramid had charged) to become free. In October 2004, Pyrex Labs' co-founder, Evan Williams, left Google. In 2004, Google purchased Picasa; it integrated Picasa and its photo sharing utility Hello into Blogger, allowing users to post photos to their.

Blogging: It's not a fad and it's not going away anytime soon.  As a small business owner, why should you be grateful? Because even the smallest business can use blogging to put a human face on its brand and enable it to look larger than life.

When I get out from behind my iMac and put on my lady clothes, I often address business groups on the art and science of business blogging, since so many small business people don't seem to understand its value. I tell them this: whether you tune up your writing skills to write your own blog or hire someone to do it for you by furnishing them with topics and quotes, a blog allows you to create a foundation upon which all your work and your brand is anchored.

Simply put, blogging helps to brand you as an expert and sets you apart from your competitors by educating your prospects and your clients.  Giving away tidbits of information vital to the readers of your blog creates a bond and a rapport that makes people want to trust you.  "Don't focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that's great for your readers."

If you've never blogged on behalf of your business before, however, it pays to do some homework before you even tap words onto your computer screen.  What does your audience need? What information can you provide that can help them? And how can you offer advice that appears more earnest and is better researched than others they might come across, all while representing you in the best possible light?




Once you've come up with a list of topics (Google searches help tremendously with this), you can begin to set a schedule for posting your blogs. Once a week? Once a month? Once every quarter? Because blogs can be fairly short, scheduling them more frequently optimizes the number of readers who come to rely on your information.


Collectibles and Gifts

Collectibles, memorabilia and gifts are items with a special meaning to the owner, handed down through generations. Some of these have been created through techniques which make them precious. Some people keep them forever, others pass these onto others, aiming for profit. Oftentimes, one starts with one such item - a piece of jewelry, an antique watch, a book, a record or a coin - and become so fascinated by these that they want to gather more of the kind a form a collection. They have to roam and find antique shops which may or may not have what they want, then they try to complete the search by looking online and browsing countless sites for collectibles sellers.

Perhaps the last place where people would look for collectibles is a shopping mall, an online one especially. Some are interested in the vintage market - collecting vintage clothing or soda bottles, for example, items that were used years ago. Depending on how easy it is to find these today, the seller sets the price higher or lower. Vintage postcards, stamps, labels or newspapers are also in demand. The better it is connected to history, the more money it deserves. The diversity of categories to be found online is truly encyclopedic. Besides what was already mentioned, there are collectibles related to wine, dolls and figures, militaria, decorative and fine art, jewelry boxes, tableware, clocks, religious accessories, folk art, instruments and tools, cameras, prints on various materials, fossils, mineral specimens, autographs, entertainment memorabilia, desk articles, toys and even furnishings.

If you haven't visited any online shopping mall to this moment, you will surely be surprised when you do. You will be in a central location which connects you to dozens of different stores of interest, out of which many are unreachable in other ways. In online malls, there are specialized stores to sell the various kinds of collectibles . You can pick the exact one you are interested in. Shopping this way is more handy and comes much easier in comparison to the known methods. They take a lot of time and, in the end, you may just lose the item to another bidder. You can shop at your own pace. If you have two or several items to buy, it is best to order them all at once and opt for combined shipping, to save money.

It is easy to complete your collectibles collection when you have access to the stores which are specialized in keepsakes and collectibles, and ordered according to the theme. Moreover, you can carry out your searches quietly and undisturbed, at the latest hours of the night or whenever you wish, weighing the items and taking your time to compare them and think if these are really what you are looking for. The selection process will yield the best results this way. An Internet shopping mall can do much for you, especially when it is about rare objects to be bought.

You can now give yourself a chance to find the desired collectibles within an all-encompassing shopping mall online.





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Authentic Sports Memorabilia

Sports Memorabilia

Authentic Sports Memorabilia

Authentic sports memorabilia is fun and great collector's item, but you need to be sure that the product you are buying comes with a certificate of authenticity on which you can rely.

Sports collectibles memorabilia refers to anything and everything that can be related to sports or to a sport personality and are collectible items. Collecting these memorabilia is definitely one of the oldest and rewarding hobbies. The fans who find a rare time-value in these collectibles generally gather these items. These are often referred to as the autographed sports items. However, getting hold of the authentic Sports memorabilia can be really challenging. Generally these memorabilia has both, an emotional value and monetary value, and that is what makes them a collector's item. It has been seen that, in most of the cases, these sports items were sold for a whopping sums of monies, which made them even more popular and rare. Thus, collecting these sports items can be a very rewarding hobby.

There are plenty of websites that sell sports memorabilia, but the question is – are they authentic sports memorabilia? If you search the website, you will come across plenty of items that are sold in all different categories, from football to baseball memorabilia. You will be amazed to know that the jersey worn by the legendary player Pele in the 1970 World Cup was sold for $224,000! However, various factors determine the authenticity and the price of the collectibles. Collecting authentic sports collectibles enables you to relive the same ecstasy that you have once felt when the moment actually occurred. These items are excellent for ardent fans of the games and the sports persons.

Collecting the authentic sports memorabilia is both, a profitable hobby and definitely a very rewarding one too. There are ways of knowing whether your collectible item is authentic or not – through photos, letters and other things related to the very moment. These enable you to buy the memorabilia in total confidence and it will be your prized possession in the years to come and, at the same time, will remind you of the achievement of your heroes. In many cases, the website that sells the authentic sports memorabilia also gives a certificate of authenticity with it and most of them are individually hand signed. Your memorabilia can cover a wide range of sports like Baseball, Football, Boxing, Basketball, Hockey or the sports person collectibles like the Muhammad Ali Collectibles or the Michael Jordan Collectibles.




Monday, October 28, 2013

Stock Loans - Non-Recourse

Stock Loans Stock loans

Stock Loans  allow you to borrow up to 80% of your Stock VALUE at  FIXED interest rates from 3%.  USA and International securities.

Stocks   *   Bonds   *   Mutual Funds   *   Foreign Stocks   *   MTNs

 US Treasuries   *   Corporate Bonds   *   ETFs

Do you own any of the above securities?

If so, we can offer a very competitive and attractive securities based loan that is non-recourse, which means NO personal liability to you. Your stocks that you own can be pledged as collateral for a low FIXED interest rate (interest only) loan. Use the loan funds for any purpose.

Our Stock Loan program will accept all forms of free-trading securities, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, stock options, etc. on both U.S. and Foreign Stock exchanges. UK, Canada, European, etc..

A stock loan is the lending of funds collateralized by shares of a publicly traded stock that you OWN, domestic or foreign. It gives the borrower access to the liquidity of the assets without actually selling the stock . The term of the stock loan is typically three to ten years and the shares are returned upon repayment of the loan.

We offer a Non-Recourse Stock Loan – A Stock Loan with NO personal liability. A non-recourse Loan is secured by some form of collateral, your securities. If there is a default, the borrower keeps the loan proceeds and the lender only claims the collateral. The borrower's liability is limited to the collateral pledged for the loan. In fact, the borrower has the right to walk away from the loan, can you really call this debt?

With Non-recourse Stock loans, there is never any effect on your credit record either in default. No hoops to jump through, no heavy paperwork, no fine print. Just your stocks acting as collateral for your loan

Use the cash for any purpose! Buy a home, buy a business, real estate, investment property, pay-off a mortgage, virtually anything.

A credit report is NOT required, and NO income or employment verification is done. It's a True NO DOC Loan (NO documentation). You can get your cash in as little as 7 days. It's a quick and easy process! Just one simple phone call or application and you'll receive the terms for your loan quickly.

In a volatile market like we are all experiencing today, a stock loan allows you, the borrower, the flexibility of letting your stock/mutual fund portfolio work for you. The borrower gets to benefit in the event of a market downturn, yet still retain upside potential should the price per share increase during the term of the loan. If the price of the stock significantly decreases, you can walk away from the loan, and if the stock increases, you can pay off the loan and keep the upside.

stock loanIncrease your borrowing power without liquidating investments by pledging eligible securities in your portfolio to secure financing to buy a home, refinance, or for any other purpose. Using securities as collateral makes sense, especially if you need to borrow more than a lender is willing to provide or if you want to avoid selling off personal assets.

Through our global network of financial institutions, we access below market, fixed-rate interest Stock Loans which facilitates our clients' ability to access capital in a tax-free and private transaction without having to sell stock into the market.

You borrow against the current value of the stock portfolio that you "own", pay a below prime interest rate for the term of the loan and then at term end, you either pay off the loan and receive your stock back with any stock appreciation, refinance the loan or, if the stock price has fallen below the Value amount, forfeit the shares without paying back the loan (non-recourse) with no liability or effect on your credit rating.

"Securities Based Loan Division  ~  Financial Services


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