3 Neat Things to Do in Cincinnati

If you’re looking for a destination with a big-city feel, but without the massive crowds and traffic of New York or Los Angeles, Cincinnati is the perfect choice. The Queen City is an incredibly underrated location when it comes to cities with culture, cuisine, and entertainment, and also has an extremely low crime rate for cities this size. Don’t let this destination fly under the radar when you’re looking for your next urban getaway. This city is so intoxicating, you may even start looking for Cincinnati houses for sale after your next journey.

3 Neat Things to Do in Cincinnati

Great American Ball Park

Whether you’re a history buff or a sports fanatic, the Great American Ball Park is the perfect first stop on your tour of Cincinnati. The home of the Cincinnati Reds is an icon in the community, as well as in the country, since the Reds are the first professional team in the history of baseball. Formerly known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the history of this groundbreaking team can be explored further at the Great American Ball Park. The Park opened in 2003, and is in the top 20 of largest baseball stadiums in the country. If you’re able, plan your trip around their game schedule and catch the iconic Reds in action.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Children and adults alike will love the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden located in the Avondale neighborhood. Not only is it the sixth-oldest zoo in the entire country, but it is also home to the oldest zoo building – the Reptile House. In the 1980s, the Zoo was named a National Historic Landmark, which means it was recognized by the government for being an important piece of our history. Both the Zoo and the Botanical Garden are full of incredible sights for families, couples, and any travelers looking for peace and serenity within a bustling city. Drop in for a visit on your next journey to Cincinnati, and you’ll see why the zoo consistently ranks high when it comes to the best zoos in the US.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Located in Union Terminal, the award-winning Cincinnati Museum Center is the perfect place to spend a rainy day in the city. It’s a definite must-see on your trip to the Queen City, and an education experience for all who visit. You’re bound to find something that interests you at the Museum Center, whether it be scientific, historic, environmental, or just the gorgeous architecture of the building itself. Over a million people visit each year to enjoy the largest cultural attraction in all of Cincinnati, so why not add it to your bucket list?

Business Safety: Top Tips To Protect Your Assets

Your company is never fully secure from being under threat of attack by criminals or hackers, whether you are a start-up, or you have a relatively established corporation that is flourishing. You have been working hard to get your company to where it is today, and it is understandable that you may be looking for the best strategies to put in place to help keep your data secure. Not sure where and how to begin? To protect your business from the abuse of thieves or hackers, we've put together some helpful tips.

Business Safety: Top Tips To Protect Your Assets

Make sure you back everything up!

When data is lost, whether it's by mistake or a hacker entering your network, this could throw your whole business into crisis or worse, suddenly shut your business down. That is why it's essential to continuously back up your website and everything in between! Be sure to spend a little more on extra storage space for your website so that should a hacker or thief enter your systems, you can get yourself back online in no time and prevent any down time for your business.

Work out where problems may be

Finding out where threats can lie is the first way to safeguard your company. This could be via your company's website or blog, or it could even be different devices that are easier than others to gain access to. You can put security systems in place to protect it from occurring once you've established where the problem areas might be.

Make payments as secure as possible

The one thing that worries most consumers about shopping online is whether they should trust the available payment options or not. In the web address bar on a safe website, a padlock sign will typically appear, but this isn't always the case. Use money transfer platforms such as AirWallex to complete online transactions and prevent the theft of any personal details. For example, if you have to send money to Indonesia or, indeed, anywhere else abroad, you need a secure portal to ensure that your money gets to where it needs to go in the safest way possible.

Protect your devices and computers

Phones, computers, tablets and other devices used by yourself or your business's team must be careful in ensuring that they are still mindful of where they are, and that all devices are safely secured by a pin code or password. A loss of equipment could mean a massive security breach for your business. So, if you encourage workers to take devices home, make sure that there are procedures in place to lock the device should it be misplaced or stolen.

Don’t put off vital updates!

Many devices such as your computer or Mac will come with features to update automatically – make sure these are turned on! Outdated systems are much easier to hack, so be sure to check regularly for updates – even those that might not seem vital – to prevent any unauthorised person from entering your system.

If you put security measures in place and follow the advice in this post, you can take the required steps to keep your company secure.

What is Snus?

What is Snus?

Snus, which is pronounced like “loose” is a moist smokeless tobacco powder that was developed in 18th Century Sweden. It it not fermented, but rather it is steam-pasturized and does not typically require the “spitting” that is associated with American chewing tobacco.

Snus does contain nicotine, the addictive substance associated with smoking.

Snus is the most common form of tobacco in Norway.

Interestingly, amongst the EU countries, Sweden is the only country that is allowed to legally sell Snus. Norway, where it is also common is not an EU country, and therefore exempt from the laws of the European Union.

There are different flavours of Snus that makes it an appealing alternative to traditional smoking, which has widely known health issues. A very good movie, “Thank You For Smoking” is based on the huge tobacco lobby and the power of lobbyists in government.

What is Snus?
What is Snus>

There is an interesting medical article showing how Snus is significantly less harmful than regular smoked tobacco.

And I should point out that Swedish men have the lowest rate of lung and oral cancer in Europe – which coincides with their preference for Snus as a form of tobacco and nicotine.

There are definitely some interesting elements around Snus, which I was not aware of even when I was a smoker. It is available online in countries like Canada and the US from sites like http://swedishsnus.online/

The major reason snus is widely used amongst cigarette smokers in Sweden is as a result of its convenience. You can actually use it anywhere, including in smoke-free atmospheres like schools and also offices.

And unlike cigarettes, there are no threats of unexpected fires.

It can be sued discretely, particularly if you are afraid of stigmatisation arising from tobacco use in public.

Unlike various other smokeless tobacco products, snus can be found in various flavours and options. You reach choose any type of range or flavour you desire and also with more brands coming up, there are tons of enticing brand-new flavours you can pick from.

There are many more flavours, like tea, rather than regular or menthol that you can find in regular cigarettes.

So, if you need the nicotine, consider Snus as a safer alternative. In some cases, just breaking the habit of the hand movements of smoking makes quitting altogether easier.

How to Make a Side Income While Growing Your Business

Any entrepreneur knows how hard it is to grow a business from scratch. It takes a monumental amount of time and effort to get up and running, and it could be a long time before you make any money.

Unless you have a huge stash of savings in the bank or an inheritance from a long-lost ancestor, you’ll need a source of income while your business is still in the early stages. But having a full-time job can consume all of your valuable time and sap your energy so at the end of the day you have nothing left to give to your business.

It’s a fine balancing act, as you want your side income to give you enough money to survive, but also enough freedom and flexibility that you can still focus on building your company. Many successful entrepreneurs start this way, and with the right job, it is possible to make it work. To help you realize your business vision, here are a few ways for budding entrepreneurs to make a side income.

How to Make a Side Income While Growing Your Business

Find flexible work

If you’re commuting into an office every day and working nine-to-five, by the time you get home your mind will be zapped and you’ll have no motivation to focus on your business. Over time, there’s a risk that it could slip away from you. What you need is a job that you can fit around your business, and not the other way round. There are loads of options for a career you can have on a part-time or freelance basis. Copywriting allows you to work from home and avoid any fixed hours, as long as you meet your deadlines. You could also become a delivery driver and use sites like Shiply to browse deliveries and pick any jobs that suit your schedule. If you want to block off your days for your personal project, try finding bar or restaurant work that lets you make money in the evenings. There are so many options, you just need to find the one that works best for you.

Get a passive income

The ideal scenario for any entrepreneur is to have money coming in without having to work for it. It may seem like a childish fantasy, but many people achieve it successfully. Investments are a common way to make a passive income, by putting your money into stocks, bonds, or currencies. Alternatively, you could buy property and rent it out to tenants as a landlord. If you have a spare room in your place you could even take on a lodger.

Sell your skills

If you’re creating your own business, you no doubt have a few skills that are in high demand. It might be creating websites, digital marketing, graphic design, accounting, or project management. Whatever your expertise, consider selling your skills to companies to make a bit of money on a freelance basis. Although this will take time away from your own business, the extra experience will help you to hone your skills and it may help you in the long run.

MorningFame Review

MorningFame Review

Morningfame is a YouTube guidance tool. It basically tells you in a fun, gamified way, which of your videos are performing best, and which analytics are growing or retracting.

So MorningFame is ideal for anybody that wants to get more insights and focus on how to grow their YouTube channel and their YouTube audience.

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MorningFame Dashboard

Who Created MorningFame?

The creator of Morningfame, Nico, is a good guy. I’ve spoken to him on several occasions, and he definitely is committed to growing this SAAS.

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Hey, it's Nico from MorningFame!

Morningfame is basically a software that sits on top of Youtube. So its entire ecosystem is reliant on YouTube analytics and YouTube API.

The thing about Morningfame though, is that he is a genius when it comes to what he can get from the YouTube API.

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YouTube API

That’s his genius. (And yes, I mean genius.)

If you care about YouTube Analytics – or about getting clear, actionable steps to growing your Youtube Channel, you need Mornignfame!

OK, so first off, weird name, right? Morningfame?  I don’t know exactly what it about, but I suspect it is based on the old phrase attributed to Andy Warhol: everyone has 15-minutes of fame.

And that Youtube is making more people famous – from Jeff Paul to Mr. Beast.  There are a lot of YouTube famous people.

But the cool thing is that even if you have a serious channel on a serious topic, this Morningfame thing makes it more fun and enjoyable!

And when YouTube becomes fun, the subscribers start to rise, and everything seems to bring your way.

So who is MorningFame Built For?

So the product is really essential for everyone that is SERIOUSLY building a Youtube channel.

It’s one of those things that if you don't know it exists, you really wouldn't think of it… but once you see how it helps you understand what you need to now your channel, you fall in love with it, and it becomes an essential part of your YouTube channel growth.

All you latest videos are sortable by these filters, which really make more sense than YouTube Analytics displaying just the raw data.

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YouTube Analytic Tools

So I love finding new tools. And I was not in the market for a new tool as I was already using TubeBuddy – and I assumed that Morningfame was pretty similar.

So, because I *wrongly* assumed it was so similar, I was actually quite slow to carve out the time to take MorningFame for a test run.

The other thing that was a little odd is you are REQUIRED to use a promo code. You have to be referred to use the tool.

This is actually pretty cool because it means that the developer really wants to help support his “affiliates” as much as possible.  There is not a real affiliate program.  You can't earn any money by sharing MorningFame.  However, you can earn free service by referring people to MorningFame.

I should mention that there is no real affiliate program. It’s more of a referral program.

Meaning, if you refer somebody, you both get one month free, but you don’t earn any commissions.

So if you want to give MorningFame a try, please use the link here my son's account.  (My account is already free.)

Click Here To Try MorningFame for Free

I’m helping him be an entrepreneur and grow his channel too. (If you check out his channel, please subscribe!)

So before MorningFame, I mainly used Tubebuddy to help on uploads of videos and for tag research.

BTW, tag research is very important for YouTube, and there are some real killer tips I talk about inside this free training on YouTube Optimization.

Once I got started with Morningfame, I honestly wished I had started earlier.

Morning Fame Killer Feature:

One of the features actually tells you which of the tag you could be ranking for – but did NOT select on your initial upload.

Even though I consider myself a tag researching guru, I still get some very good suggestions – and usually ones I would not think of.  The other thing is that they rank the tags based on search volume, so you can know which ones are the most advantageous to select as your YouTube tags.

The downside is that this feature only works with an email 24 hours after the initial upload. This is a limitation of the YouTube API, so currently there is no way to check older videos except manually.

However, it’s such a killer feature – because it's basically giving you free rankings that you would otherwise have missed.

I consider this worthwhile for the cost of the service.

In addition, the email contains the top 5 thumbnails (and yours) so you can visually compare which one looks the most clickable. I like this because I can see, without distraction, which thumbnails are the most visually appealing for the click – and as you know it's easy to re-do your thumbnail.

Here's how that part of the email looks:

morningfame youtube thumbnail analysis ctr youtube metrics

The reason this is so important is that CTR of your thumbnails, in comparison to other thmbnails is a highly important metric to YouTube. They use that data to select which videos they will show MORE often and which videos they will server LESS often.

So this, in itself, is worth the cost of MorningFame also.

Pros of Morningfame:

Nothing to install. You simply log in to your YouTube account and allow the permissions.

This means it's not like Tubebuddy where you can frequently become logged out and need to re-login in to access the tools.

Give your very actionable advice.

The Awesome 24-hour post upload email from Morningfame!

Cons of Morningfame:

The keyword research module is available 24 hours for every 2 weeks, unless you get the premium version.

Morningfame can be a little overwhelming. There are a lot of features and ways that the data is presented. Although the onboarding process makes it much easier by unlocking only certain areas at a time.

So if you plan to produce more/better YouTUbe videos and want to get maximum distribution organically – and who doesn’t? Then this is for you.

If you don’t really care about the SEO of your YouTube videos, then you don’t need to take a free trial of MorningFame.

The negative aspect of Morningfame is that it can be overwhelming. Although, truth be told, you probably feel that way trying to decipher YT analytics. And MorningFame is actually quite accessible.

Even if you don't grasp everything, you'll get some ideas on how to get your videos wider distribution and what's working best on your channel.

Killer Morningfame feature:

Of all the features you get with MorningFame, one of my absolute favorites is you get an email 24-hours after uploading a new video from MorningFame. And it includes the tags that are in your video – and what you are currently ranking in YouTube Search for those particular tags.

But you also get a list of tags you COULD be ranking for but are not – and your competitors are ranking for. Despite thinking I'm amazing at keyword research, I usually find some tags to swap out to actually improve my overall YouTube search rankings using this MorningFame email.

This alone would be worth the cost of MorningFame – which is easy to get free if you put a link to MorningFame in your default description upload text. Trust me.

CTR is a core metic on YouTube, so this is really helpful for optimization.

Keep in mind that optimization is not a one-and-done thing. If you really want to grow your channel, you want to review your data and re-optimize or tweak tags, thumbnails, and descriptions from time-to-time.

I also like that this 24-hour Morningfame email encores me to go back and tweak the optimization after 24 hours. So it gets me engaged with the content I just put out. And that video I still need to be sharing over social media for the first few days also.

There are a lot of other features and it looks at your channel and tells you what to focus on – ie on growing subscribers, picking video topics, etc.

So it really used machine learning to help you with your channel.

A Quick Note About the YouTube Studio App

By the way, for quick YT Analysis I really like the YT Studio app.

I use it to keep a quick handle on my youtube ad revenue, searches, most popular videos, and such. It’s a simplified version of the YT Studio analytics. If you not using it, I highly recommend it.

Download it here

MorningFame Bonus:

In addition to the MorningFame tool and all the benefits you'll get with that, if you take a free test drive of MorningFame (you don't even need to keep it) I’m going to give a free audit of your YouTube Channel. And I will also give you a free PDF that shows you how to optimize your YouTube videos when uploading them to YouTube. There are several steps you need to take in order to get the maximum distribution from Youtube's algorithm and I'll show you exactly how to upload your videos and get more views.

Just let me know you used my link via my contact page and be sure to include your name, email address, and your YouTube Channel URL so I can do a review/audit on your channel and send you a video. All for free!

Click here to give MorningFame a try.

5 Ways To Get Your Business Back On Track Post COVID-19

5 Ways To Get Your Business Back On Track Post COVID-19

Early on in the coronavirus crisis, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) claimed that 92% of small businesses said they had suffered negatively owing to the pandemic. As of now, several businesses have shut down or incurred huge losses as a result of the lockdown period. Nobody knows when things will get back to normal, or maybe, things will never get exactly back to normal. Either way, things have changed, and even though getting business back on track after covid, rebuilding is quite slow, and most business owners wish things moved a bit faster. But there are ways to speed up the recovery process, and here are a few of them.

1. Welcome the change in behavior and culture COVID-19 introduced

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The pandemic exposed a lot of weaknesses that were previously seen as strengths. Technology has aided in driving business cultures, such as people working from home and connecting with colleagues via collaboration tools, including video-conferencing platforms. Indeed some organizations that have gone digital are adapting to the crisis better than their industry counterparts. Their business models and working processes made it easier for them to pivot more rapidly. 

Therefore, companies that were not using digitals channels before should consider incorporating it into their business dealings or risk going out of business very soon. While online operations were already growing rapidly in many countries, the pandemic took this to a whole new level to the extent that Amazon could hire new staff when other businesses were struggling. Online interactions, ranging from training courses and entertainment, have all increased drastically. 

Businesses that lack online presence have struggled, as have those that are into transportation, energy, high street retail, and tourism sectors. If your business already uses digital tools and has an online presence, you should go further by enhancing and expanding your digital channels. Your organization can develop omni-channel business models that combine digital and face-to-face offerings.

2. Get your staff the right tools

Software companies that are providing cloud capacity, collaboration tools, and software-as-a-service are experiencing increased levels of demand to meet rapidly changing customer and business behavior. From video conferencing software such as Zoom to social media, every company is investing in remote work tech tools for their staff, and you also should. 

Set up a tutorial for your staff so they can get a sense of how to use these tools and what their functionality is like. As time passes, they may find out how flexible and easy it is and how they don’t have to drive every day. They can even choose for themselves the tools they like most so that they can continuously work from home. Your business should then have the right processes and incentives put in place to allow for that flexibility. 

You should be able to work in flexible groups with shifting membership, from different locations, to address particular issues. Companies like https://www.intellectsoft.net/blog/what-is-onshore-software-development/ can also help you with software solutions, unique to your business, that could help you build the right team and manage it. 

3. Use analytics

Your business must start using advanced analytics to combine new sources of data with their insights to make better and faster decisions as well as to strengthen their links with customers. This way, you don't keep second-guessing why your products and services are not being patronized.

Tools like Hotjar can help you visualize how users and moving through your webpages.

4. Handle emotional issues with employees carefully

The boredom of the isolation period caused some mental health issues in some people, including depression, especially with people who live alone. Suppose you didn't call your employees during that period. In that case, you need to start calling them, encouraging them to exercise, meditate, or just engage in a normal chat just to keep their emotional health in check and keep them mentally relaxed. This lets them know that you care, and a happy and motivated employee produces results.

5. Take a digital marketing course

5 Ways To Get Your Business Back On Track Post COVID-19

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Now that transactions and business operations have gone online, you need to consider going online too. Your business is probably online already because you have a website and a social media account, but are you making any sales online? If not, then you need to learn how to sell online. There are so many digital marketing courses out there. Try one out. This will give you and your business a rapid push to make up for lost revenue during the lockdown period. You can even allow your products to be dropship. This way, you don’t do all the work yourself. A lot of people are making money online through dropshipping and will be glad to sell your products.

What are you having the most trouble with?  Ask in the comments below.