Things To Do In Vanuatu…

Vanuatu

First of all, before we get into things to do in Vanuatu, let’s figure out where the heck it is. It is actually a group of eighty-three (83) islands in the South Pacific. On the island of Efate (the third largest island) is the capital city of Port VilaPort Vila, Vanuatu

Many people are surprised by the numerous things to do on this small island nation. In a moment we will discuss a few of the more interesting sights and activities. This archipelago is volcanic by nature, and about sixty-five (65) of the islands are inhabited.

Some Interesting Facts About this Area of the World

  • The population is about two hundred and seventy-six thousand (276,000) people
  • It was formerly known as the New Hebrides and its name changed to Vanuatu in 1980
  • In 1774 it was named by Captain Cook
  • Independence was gained from France and the United Kingdom in 1980
  • Espiritu Santo is the largest island
  • Ten (10) minutes from Port Vila is the international airport, Bauerfield
  • The original inhabitants of these islands were the Melanesian people
  • Cattle, agriculture, tourism, fishing, and offshore financial services are the primary industries
  • The official languages are French and English
  • A pidgin language which evolved from English is Bislama (the first language of many urban residents). With over one hundred (100) indigenous languages spoken throughout the archipelago, Vanuatu is considered to have the highest density of languages anywhere in the world.
  • There are three main cultural regions with differing values of wealth (In the South — grants of title with associated privileges; In the Center — traditional Melanesian cultural systems; in the North — pigs with rounded tusks are a symbol of wealth which is measured by how much you can give away)
  • The most populated urban areas are Lunganville and Port Vila
  • While ninety (90%) of the population is Melanesian, there are also people from Micronesia, Polynesia, China, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia.
  • Most families cook their own food using hot stones or boiling. The diet consists mainly of fish, fruit, and root vegetables. There is very little, if any, fried food.
  • Regular flights to Vanuatu are available through Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Air Pacific, Pacific Blue, and Quantas
  • One thing to keep in mind is that these folks value their siestas, so some establishments may be closed midday (between 1130am and 130pm).
  • You can pick up maps of the area from the Port Vila Vanuatu Tourism Office
  • The currency is the Vatu (VT) and is relatively stable and it is easy to exchange with other currencies at the main banks
  • The climate is warm and tropical. It is warm the entire year with summers being the hottest, but it seldom gets above ninety-five (95F) degrees (35°C). There are cooling breezes in the late afternoon into the early evening due to the east/southeast trade winds.

Now For Some Fun Stuff to Do

Let’s start this section off with a video which will give you a bird’s eye view of this island nation.

Now let’s get down to some specifics:

* Shopping — Because of the multi-cultural aspects of these islands (French, English and Melanesian cultures) you will find a fascinating blend of different types of products. In the main marketplace, as well as Chinatown, which is behind main street, you will find a lot of bargains. Also, another important aspect of this to which to pay attention is that Port Vila is one of the last remaining Duty Free Ports in the entire Pacific. You can find Pacific black pearls and other jewelry as well as plenty of fashion products, Swiss watches, sunglasses, spirits (including French Champagnes), and fragrances. You can save from twenty (20%) to thirty (30%) percent on average.

* The Blue Lagoons — the three (3) most popular blue lagoons are located on Santo: the Nanda Blue Hole, Matevulu Blue Hole, and Riri Blue Hole. This is a perfect way to escape from the tropical heat by taking a swim in these small lagoons in the jungle.

* Snorkel and Scuba Dive Among the Coral Reefs — surrounding many of these islands there is an underwater kingdom filled with all sorts of tropical fish and colorful reefs. There are dolphins, whales, sea snakes, dugongs, reef sharks, and green turtles in these waters. For conservation reasons, fishing is banned in certain areas.

* Some of the Best Beaches in the World — there are no shortage of beaches on which to take it easy and lay back from your other chosen, more strenuous activities. For some of the clearest ocean waters check out Port Olry on Santo. Lonnoc beach also on Santo is a great place as well.

* A Ride on an Outrigger Canoe — this is a traditional vessel which is carved out of a tree trunk. It is an amazing experience similar to being on a catamaran. The best way to do this is get to know a few of the locals who will be happy to take you for a boat ride.

* The Active Volcanoes on Ambrym — you really don’t want to miss this. Take a hike up to the volcanoes where at the top you will discover a huge bubbling lava lake where you can glance down to the center of the earth. This journey is not for the faint of heart as it is a two (2) day trek through jungle up a steep mountainside. But it is most definitely worth the effort.

* Visit a Cannibal Tribe in Malekula — now this is not your normal resort activity. This gives you a full glimpse into this unique culture. Now although this practice is not active any longer, the tribes will be glad to share their history and traditions and show you some old cannibal sites. In fact, on Rano Island you can view one of their “kitchens” with remnants of human bones and skulls scattered about. A French tourist was the last person eaten back in the late 1960’s.

* Naghol Land Diving — this is something simply amazing to see. During the Naghol Land Diving Festival men tie some vines to their legs and jump from a one hundred and fourteen (114) foot (35 meters) wooden tower with the objective of not dying when they hit the ground. This is all going on during tribal dances and chants. Actually modern bungee jumping was developed from this ancient ritual of land diving by A. J. Hackett.

* Check Out the Tiny Remote Islands — in addition to the eighty-three major islands there are thousands of islets to explore. Many of these are without roads or electricity. You will find the locals in a very happy and joyful spirit without any of the modern conveniences including TV. One island off the north coast of Malekula is Uripiv which has Ambrym’s volcanoes on one side and some of the best coral reefs on the other.

* Enjoy the Local Drink at a Nakamal — the local drink of Vanuatu is Kava. It is made from the roots of the Kava plant, and it does give your a slight buzz. It is served in Kava bars called Nakamals. Kava is the country’s largest export ahead of the production of copra (coconut oil).

* An Overnight Trip on a Cargo Ship — now this is not any sort of luxury ship experience by any means but it is a quite delightful and interesting experience. The entire cabin is outdoors and you sleep on the floor. But you get to hang out with locals, learn about their culture, tell stories, watch some volcanoes erupt, view the starlit sky, enjoy a few Tusker beers, and watch the flying fish emerging around sunrise.

* Fly Over the Islands — now to get a real bird’s eye view of this archipelago without spending a lot for private tour flights, take a domestic flight with Air Vanuatu which will cost around seventy ($70) USD. You get some great views while flying over to some of the other islands.

* Sample the Organic Avocados — grown in gardens (farms out in the jungle) these avocados are simply delicious, and you can purchase a basket of them for the price of a cup of coffee. They cost about fifteen (.15) cents USD each.

* Mount Hope Waterfall — plan on spending about half a day checking this place out. Take a boat ride down a river which is carved out of a gorge with limestone formations and overhanging trees and ferns through the dense island rain forest. At the waterfall you will have guides who will lead you through the very lush jungle.

* The Reef Vanuatu Zoological — this is a wildlife education and conservation center where you can view the local wildlife as well as hand feed baby turtles.

* Mele Cascades — this is one of the more popular sights as it is only twenty (20) minutes outside of Port Vila on Efate. The area is locally owned and run by locals with a restaurant, bar, and cafe.

* Freshwater Plantation — just a short boat ride from Santo on the island of Aore, you will find a working cocoa plantation. On this three hundred (300) acre property you will also find the Aore Island Bat Cave. You can make this a day trip or spend the night on the Plantation and do a little snorkeling and swimming in the Segund Channel.

* Underwater Post Office — this is the only underwater post office in the entire world. You purchase a waterproof postcard on land and then dive into the ocean to mail it. This is definitely not your everyday trip to your local postal service.

* Abseiling — for those who enjoy this type of adventure of gliding down a rock face of a mountain with a doubled rope around your body, this is a place you can do it.

Now this should give you a good flavor of some of the sights and cultural experiences around these islands. As you can tell, there is plenty to see and do.

 

So Why Visit Vanuatu? Vanuatu

There are many reasons to visit this most unusual part of the world, some of which I covered above. This is another part of the planet which is not overrun by tourists which makes it more of an enjoyable and less hectic experience. Most people who visit this area of the world are more drawn to New Caledonia and Fiji.
The friendly people here and the sheer beauty by which you are surrounded sets Vanuatu apart. The people take the time to chat with you, and readily share insights into their culture and traditions. The cultural ceremonies, such as fire walking, are something to see, as well as learning about the daily lives of the villagers in how they store food, how they hunt and fish, and their use of plant life.

Sailing, snorkeling, and diving are some of the best anywhere. You can explore many shipwrecks in these very clear waters as well the numerous marine life.

Some of the freshest food on the planet can be found here. Fresh produce combined with grass fed beef from their lush cattle country will satisfy every taste, whether meat lover or vegan.

You can have a great time here in several ways no matter how adventurous you are. Renting a car and driving around the main island of Efate is a fabulous experience. You will leave the vibrant activity around the harbor a d drive through flourishing pasture land and lush rain forests. You will be amazed to find extremely good restaurants in the middle of nowhere. Vanuatu is most definitely a hidden treasure which most folks know nothing about.

Enjoy your many travels around our most beautiful planet,

Joseph

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X Ranker 360 Review

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It is a web-based app which you can access from any type of computer. All you need is an internet connection and a web-browser.

This software was created to give you an advantage over your competitors who are also attempting to rank for the same keywords. The original version came out in 2016.

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Joshua has a personal blog on which he promotes his products call Zaurai Blogger as well as giving some insightful tips.

Check out the video below for some additional information on X Ranker 360:

The Good & the Not So Good

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This is a web-app which was created to save you time by allowing yout to work only on campaigns which you know ahead of time are going to rank well. This saves weeks of wasted time and effort.

I do agree with Joshua that many folks do waste a great deal of time by trying to figure out their keywords and then spending the time and effort in creating a full campaign. After that, they spend additional time in building a bunch of backlinks for their videos, and then waiting for weeks to determine which videos will rank. It is much better to figure out which keywords will rank first, before going to all that effort and trouble which can end up with wasting a lot of time.

You Tube Live Events are where the emphasis is now. Live streaming is the new standard which prompted Google to discontinue Google Hangouts. These live events are similar to Facebook Live.

With this software you can create a You Tube Live Event, don’t actually run or stream that event, and still get indexed and ranked in Google. You only choose which video to insert into the Live Stream after you know which keywords are ranking. The video is then syndicated automatically with their proprietary syndication system.

It’s the Keyword Engine aspect of their software which sets them apart.

The only negative I have found is the price. Both the personal and pro versions do cost a tidy sum. What I do not understand is why it is so high now, because when it was first launched, and even after the next version came out,  the cost was under a $100, and not much more even with the upsells. In any event, this does seem like a very good product based on what it is able to do in order to increase the effectiveness of you video marketing campaigns.

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All the Best in your Marketing Efforts,

Joseph

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Is The Truth True? — A Funny Question To Ask

True or False

Is the Truth True? This may seem like a funny question to ask, but once we delve into it a bit, there are a few ideas which come to the surface that are easily ignored. You may also want to check out a similar post I wrote on the subject of truth and compare a few notes.The Truth

We take so much for granted because “things are just the way they are”, without inquiring of how they got that way. Are we creators of our lives or victims? Let’s explore a bit.

A Few Theories on Truth

There are a few popular theories out there which do their best to describe what the truth really means. Without going into this stuff too deeply, let’s just quickly review each one.

The Correspondence Theory — What this theory basically implies is that truth corresponds to reality. This is by far the most popular theory. The reasoning behind this is that the truth is based on and corresponds to facts, and not beliefs. Beliefs are opinions which may or may not be true, while facts are considered “what is” and not based on being true or false.

The Cohernece Theory — This is the second most popular and it talks about a belief being true when it does not contradict our other beliefs. So things are true or false based on their ability to fit in with a larger system of beliefs corresponding to reality.

The Pragmatic Theory — Under this theory things are either true or false based on their overall usefulness. So this requires some interaction with the world in order to figure stuff out. Now all of this can get rather confusing especially when you have a guy like Nietzsche mention that “sometimes untruth may be more useful than truth”.

But before we go on, let me mention Deontology which is a theory based on the ethics which determine right and wrong actions. It is living your life based on duty and moral obligations.

Also, here are a couple of definitions of truth from Princeton’s WordNet:

  1. truth(noun)a fact that has been verified
    “at last he knew the truth”; “the truth is that he didn’t want to do it”
  2. truth, the true, verity, trueness(noun)conformity to reality or actuality
    “they debated the truth of the proposition”; “the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat”; “he was famous for the truth of his portraits”; “he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities”

Now that’s enough of that. It is so easy to get lost in this stuff, and really do a number on our minds.

So Where Do We Go from Here?

The purpose of this article is not to start a philosophical discussion on truth, which has already been bantered about for thousands of years. It is to dig a little deeper into exactly “how” we think, and the ideas which we accept and don’t question, but which determine our personal experiences and realities.

In order to get to the essence of all this we need to break this down and keeps things simple. It is making things complex that muddies the water so to speak. Our intention is to eliminate the confusion and fear which exist because of our misperceptions and false interpretations of what is really going on. We can start by finding the utter simplicity of the Present Moment.

Keeping things as simple as possible: The Truth is True.

Now not being able to accept that on face value because of all the “borrowed knowledge” which we have picked up over the years through both formal and informal learning/education, we must insist on filling in the blanks. This is where we open ourselves up to much confusion.
First off, words do a very poor job on enlightening us on this subject. Truth is known by experience, while words just point the way.

Out of the billions of folks on this planet, each one of us has our own version of truth. The reason that these versions lack reliability is that they are changeable and based on the past. Images shift and change before our eyes on a moment-to-moment basis. It takes great willingness and a humble attitude to see these illusions for what they truly our.

Once we recognize and admit that we don’t know what the truth is, we have taken the first step to waking up. We then realize all of our beliefs and facts are merely “accepted fiction”.

We can easily prove this to ourselves by researching all the different ideas around the many areas of our existence such as love, family, exercise, nutrition, life and death, survival, health, sickness, and any other areas in which we blindly accept concepts as true. We need to question all of our ideas around this stuff to break free from our self-imposed limits.

Now you know why I mentioned willingness and humility as vital ingredients to get this done, as it is not easy because of all the fear and resistance which rises to the surface once we mess around with our sacred beliefs about how things are or supposed to be.

This is NOT a Meaningless World

With just a little bit of observation we can observe and become aware that our Universe is based and sustained on natural laws of equilibrium and mathematical exactitude. Within this Cosmos there is not the slightest sign of evidence of chaos anywhere. If there was, we would no longer exist. But we even take this for granted.

Over the many years of astronomical measurement and investigation, no trace of evidence has been discovered of any chaos or disorder anywhere in the Universe. This leads us into the direction of discovering the Truth. We are then led within  ourselves, rather than without to recognize the Truth. This is where our true Power exists, and that Power as well as the Truth is unchangeable.

When we look without, we perceive much apparent chaos and change. What were scientific facts one day have now been replaced with new discoveries and realizations. Technology, science, and medicine have shifted our understanding of life as it continues to uncover new possibilities.  truth and innocence

Once we recognize that there is much behind the apparent images which we view and give meaning to, we are then able to awaken ourselves enough to accept that all illusions are equally untrue. We must remember what it was like when we were kids and much more open-minded. We could more easily accept that we “just don’t know”, and how we see the world and how we think things should be is just one of the many things we just made up.

We have created a bunch of symbols by which we live. It is only our perception which gives it meaning. We also think that this stuff just happens to us. But the good news is we can use all of this made up stuff to awaken. All of our relationships, people, events, places, memories, and thoughts can all serve a very useful purpose.

Our Birthright is Joy and Peace of Mind

There is no meaning in images. We might just as well forgive ourselves and others for our many misperceptions and misinterpretations, as we are all able to release the past in this Present Moment. In this way our future will not be a reflection of our past, but a creation of the Present Moment.  the present moment

Letting go of all distractions empowers us to move forward in confidence. It is the Simplicity of Truth which breaks us free. Our acceptance of this is required in order to release our conflicted state of mind. Freedom and happiness are available right this moment.

William Ernest Henley was an English poet who is most known for his poem Invictus which I would like to share with you now:

“Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”

We are all the “Masters of our Fate” and Captains of our Soul”. We are only a decision away from taking the journey to break free from our imaginary chains, which have restricted us, and kept us from the joy and peace of mind which is our birthright.

We must be unafraid to confront our demons of uncertainty, fear, judgment, and many times self-hatred. Because when we do confront them, we see them for what they truly are, mere curtains of mist which are easily blown away to reveal the luminescent rays of a brilliant Light which has always been shining within ourselves. We are deceived no more.

May we all find the Truth which resides within ourselves and is so eager to be revealed.

In Peace and Love within the Light,

Joseph

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Where AreThe Galápagos Islands Located?

Galapagos Islands

Where are the Galápagos Islands Located? That is a very good question. Many people will know right off the bat. Even though I had heard of them before, I was not quite sure. Galápagos Islands

This gave me an opportunity to do some research and share it with you. Even if you know where they are, I may be able to present some information of which you were not previously aware. So let’s get started.

A Brief Overview

Located off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago. They are a province of Ecuador and are known for a visit by Charles Darwin in 1835. There is plenty of diverse plant life and animal species throughout the islands. It has been said that this area and its plentiful wildlife inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The islands are located approximately six hundred and twenty-one (621) miles (1000 km) off the coast of Ecuador. Here are a few more interesting facts:

  • Its population is a bit over twenty-five thousand (25,000) people
  • Spanish is the main language spoken
  • In 1832 ownership of the islands was taken over by the Republic of Ecuador from Spain
  • The archipelago consists of eighteen (18) main islands, three (3) smaller islands, one hundred and seven (107) rocks, and islets.
  • The main islands are Baltra, Bartolomé, Culpepper or Darwin, Española, Fernandina , Floreana, Genovesa, Isabela, Marchena, North Seymour, Pinzón, Pinta, Rábida, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago, and Wolf.
  • Every three (3) to seven (7) years there are El Nino occurrences. June to November temperatures near the ocean average seventy-two (72 F) degrees (22 C), while December to May you will find temperatures around seventy-seven (77 F) degrees (25 C). Although located on the equator, the water is cooler due to the Humboldt Current which also causes frequent light rainfall throughout the year. Weather and precipitation does vary due to altitude and what location you are on the islands.
  • During World War II the United States had a military presence on the islands. There was a United States Air Force Base on the island of Baltra as well as radar stations strategically placed throughout the islands.
  • The capital is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
  • The islands have a provincial government divided into cantons (subdivisions of provinces)
  • There are five (5) islands which are inhabited: Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana, Baltra, and San Cristóbal.
  • Equadorian Mestizos make up the largest ethnic group on the islands. They are descendants of indigenous Native Americans and Spanish colonists.
  • Similar to mainland Ecuador the official currency on the islands is the US Dollar (currency consists of US produced notes as well as a mixture of US and locally produced coins).
  • The two (2) airports are Seymour Airport on Baltra and the San Cristóbal Airport on San Cristóbal.
  • Cruise tours are an ideal way to view the wildlife and take in the environment of the islands.
  • There are about eighty-five (85) yachts and ships equipped for overnight guests throughout the islands.
  • Most hotels are located on the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela.
  • Licensed guides are provided for the one hundred and sixteen (116) visitor sites, sixty-two (62) snorkeling and scuba diving sites, and fifty-four (54) land sites.

Things to See and Visit Galapagos tortoises

This is a most fascinating part of the world. The landscapes are like nowhere else in the world, and you can also see the world’s largest tortoise while walking on the beach, or take a swim with sea lions

In 1987 the islands were named the world’s first UNESCO Heritage site because of all the interesting and scientific species scattered throughout the area. About ninety-seven (97%) percent of the archipelago remains untouched and is protected as part of the Galapagos Islands National Park and Marine Reserve. This is definitely one of the most bio diverse places anywhere on our planet.

Before I get into specific places to visit on your trip, take a look at this video in order to get a good feel for the place.

* The Volcanoes — There are both active (12) and extinct volcanoes around here, and there are occasional eruptions. The largest volcano is on the northern part of Isabela island. In the village of Bellavista on the island of Santa Cruz there are a series of underground tunnels (lava tubes) which are fun to explore. As it moved beneath the surface, the flowing lava carved out these tunnels.

* Check Out the Islands — Volcanic eruptions over millions of years formed these islands. The oldest island is Espanola and it is thought to be three million and five hundred thousand (3,500,000) years old. Fernandina comes in as the youngest island at only one million (1,000,000) years old. There are small communities scattered about through the inhabited islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana and Baltra. You can visit the uninhabited islands by boat. Each island is unique in its activities, wildlife, and landscapes. Among the uninhabited islands Rabida is known for its red sand beaches and flamingos, while on the small lava reef of Isla Mosquera you can swim with sea lions. The most photographed island is Bartolomé because of its moon-like landscape and crescent bays.

* Kicker Rock — Also called Leon Dormido because of its resemblance to a sleeping lion, it is a great place to take a few photos. You will find a diverse range of sea life around there such as eagle rays, starfish, Galapagos sharks, and sea turtles. Be advised that the waters are rather choppy around there. While being a refuge for Frigatebirds, the rock is also populated with Nazca boobies.

* The Santa Cruz Highlands — Here you will find the Escalesia and Miconia forests which is a natural habitat for many species because of its fertile soil and vegetation. This is a great place for bird watching, and it also has the largest population of Galapagos tortoises. Some of these guys and gals are over one hundred (100) years old.


* Tortuga Bay — Here you will find white powder sand beaches on Santa Cruz Island. For snorkeling and swimming this is the place to be, and you will have plenty of friends to keep you company like sea turtles, marine iguanas, reef sharks, and other types of fish.

* La Loberia — You can swim alongside numerous sea lions and their pups in this tiny crescent-shaped bay. It is off the main tourist routes, but well worth the trip. In the clear waters you will also find a few sea turtles moving slowly about.

* The Charles Darwin Research Station — Located on Santa Cruz Island, this is an ideal place to learn about the natural history of these islands. There is ongoing conservation work being done here by the Charles Darwin Foundation. There are natural history collections and photography exhibits in the exhibition hall. You can also find a public library filled with books on natural sciences, a large skeleton of a Bryde’s whale, and a garden which has a wide selection of native flora. Although Charles Darwin is connected to these islands, they were accidentally discovered in 1535 by Father Tomas Berlanga who was a Panamanian bishop who lost his way when his ship drifted off course.

Other Things to Do on the Islands

* Let’s Take a Hike — There are several very good hiking trails on many of the islands on which visitors are allowed. Whether it is the lush, green highlands, blackened lava rock, beach walks, or hiking through a forest on the island of Santa Fe with cacti as high as thirty-two (32) feet (9.7 meters), you have plenty of choices for hiking trails.  Keep in mind many of the trails are rocky so be prepared with good hiking shoes or boots.

* Scuba Diving and Snorkeling — With crystal clear waters and marine life not found anywhere else in the world, this is one of the top destinations on the entire planet for snorkeling and scuba diving. While you can snorkel anywhere, there are some prime scuba diving spots such as Shark Point, Gordon Rocks, and Darwin’s Arch. All in all there are about thirty (30) diving sites throughout the islands.

* Swimming and Kayaking — There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water in this area including kayaking in the ocean and swimming alongside wildlife in the shallow waters of Tagus Cove and Gardner Bay. Now some of the best places to just relax on the beach are Tortuga Bay, El Garrapatero, and the beach on Bartolome Island.

* Coffee and Chocolate Farms — In addition to wildlife diversity on the Galápagos Islands, agriculture is also a vital part of this area with many fincas (farms) scattered about which produce coffee and chocolate. After it was discovered that arabica typica coffee plants would thrive in this rich volcanic soil, coffee plantations were set up in 1869. Coffee is their biggest export, and guess who their biggest importer is: Starbucks. Follow the transition of the coffee process from cherry to bean to cup at coffee plantations on the island of Santa Cruz. Also while on Santa Cruz check out Chocolapagos, the local chocolate shop featuring chocolate turtles. Galapagos birds and seals

* Bird watching — Being a protected sanctuary for all kinds of species of wildlife, you will find plenty of birds to view and observe. There are fifty-six (56) species of native birds on the islands and forty-five (45) of them only reside here. There are migratory species among the shorebirds and seabirds. You will find frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins as well as American flamingos.

* Lots to Photograph — You will not run out of wildlife and landscapes to photograph. Most of the animals around here have no fear of humans so you can get up relatively close to take your pictures. You can take close up shots of large tortoises, marine iguanas, birds, and sea lions.

* Hop Around the Islands — There are plenty of islands to check out on this archipelago. The easiest way to do this is by taking a cruise as there is quite some distance between some of these islands. You will find that most of the cruises travel at night so that you have plenty of daylight to check things out. You will have time to do some snorkeling in these beautiful waters as well as spending time onshore exploring the islands. There are also Zodiac rides to some of the smaller islands which are inaccessible to the land-based visitors.

 

An Enchanting Experience

This area of the world is like it is lost in time. Because of the strict environmental protection around here, you will discover nature at its most pristine. There are so many species of wildlife like the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Sea Lions, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Fur Seals, Blue-Footed Booby, Galapagos Sharks, Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos Penguin, Frigatebird, Flightless Cormorant

, and over four hundred (400) species of fish, with fifty (50) of them being unique to these islands.

For those who may have some interest in visiting this enchanting place, it is best to fly into either Guayaquil or Quito in mainland Ecuador. If you have time visit Quito as it is the best preserved historic spot in all of South America according to UNESCO. Then fly to either to Baltra or San Cristobal on the islands.

With low humidity and moderate temperatures this is a place you can visit any time of the year. On the other hand, if you want to see whales, the best time to go is in June. August is the pupping season for Galapagos sea lion babies.

Since the location of these islands is so isolated, it’s a good idea to bring the items you need with you. Otherwise, they are quite expensive and in limited supply. Don’t rely on the ATMs on the islands; bring enough cash. You definitely want good quality hiking or walking shoes which will hold up; save the flip-flops and sandals for on board the cruises and walking about town.

Now don’t forget that the Galápagos Islands are located right on the Equator, so don’t be shy about bringing plenty fo sunscreen (water-resistant and reef safe preferred). The UV rays are extremely intense around here.

Well, there you have it. We not only found out where the Galápagos Islands were (for those who didn’t know), but we discovered many interesting places to visit, and a bunch of activities to pursue. This just may be a place in the world which you want to add to your present or future travel plans.

Enjoy your journeys,

Joseph

 

 

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MailPrimo Pro Review…

Email Marketing

MailPrimo Pro Review Email Marketing

Name: MailPrimo Pro

Website: MailPrimo.com

 

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Price: $17 or $49.95 or $87.95 (14 Day Free Trial)

Owners: Dr. Amit Pareek and Ashu Kumar

Overall Rank: 50 out of 100

Product Overview

This is cloud-based software designed specifically for email marketing. Its intention is to increase your delivery, open rates, and click through rates. It is SAAS software that operates similar to an autoresponder but without the monthly fee.

This cloud-based email marketing platform eliminates many of the other challenges you may have with the more well-known autoresponder companies. For a one time fee there are many advantages which are outlined on the sales page of this product.

The creator of this software, Dr. Amit Pareek, has created other online software products such as SociDeck, VidMozo, ProfitFox, Facebook Marketing, InstaConsultant, Media Buy Biz, PPC Biz in a Box, and ShopMozo. He has been around several years in the internet marketing arena developing software.

The Good & the Not So Good

The Good:

  1. Fourteen (14) Day Free Trial
  2. Thirty (30) Day Money Back Guarantee
  3. Increase delivery and open rates
  4. One Time Fee
  5. Reduces bounce rate

The Not So Good:

  1. Poor documentation (interface does not match info in PDF)
  2. Training not specific enough unless you have some technical skills
  3. Not consistent in working on all different servers
  4. No blank templates
  5. Not a good delete feature
  6. Has produced mixed results for different users
  7. You need SMTP (Sending Server)
  8. Requires more technical knowledge to set this up than you are originally led to believe

Who is MailPrimo For?

This software is designed for internet marketers of all types who are interested in using email marketing as part of their overall marketing strategy.

Tools & Training

There are a number of PDFs and training videos.

It is a three (3) step process to use once you get the software configured to your specific server and browser.

1) Upload your subscribers into the system

2) Send emails to your list

3) Monitor the results in terms of deliveries, opens, click-throughs, and opt-ins or sales

  • Add, import or copy and paste subscribers
  • Subscriber management
  • Create Newsletters
  • Five (5) message editor templates
  • Two (2) web-form templates with the editor
  • One (1) Sub-Domain or Business
  • Unlimited mailings monthly
  • Import Unlimited Subscribers

You can import unlimited subscribers from your list with the Pro Plan and you won’t lose even a single ID while importing. No double opt-in is required so this cuts down on losing up to thirty (30%) of your subscribers.

  • Send Unlimited Mails on a set Schedule or Immediately

Send unlimited emails or newsletters with your own SMTP service. You must configure SMTP settings and then send your emails on your preferred timetable.

  • In-built lead form provided

Lead form available for use on your blog, e-commerce site, or WordPress site. Copy and paste the code and you are ready to go.

  • Boost email delivery, click and open rate

Monitor your individual campaigns by tracking your open and click through rates. This is designed to give you better control of your campaigns.

  • Assign smart tags in order to segment your subscribers and send emails to specified groups

Use this feature to assign tags to your subscriber list and get them segmented in the way you desire. This allows you to send emails specifically to each segmented group.

  • Reduce your Bounce Rate

Gets rid of bounced and spammed mails. The software automatically cleans your list by removing bounced emails.

  • Inbuilt Text & Inline Editor

Create text or HTML emails with this LIVE Inline editor.

  • Works with Almost Every SMTP server

Works great with almost every SMTP server or you can set-up your own SMTP.

  • Works with email providers like Google, Yahoo and Outlook

It works with most email providers.

  • CAN SPAM compliant

It has a one-click unsubscribe feature which reduces spam complaints.

  • Manage your subscribers

Find, filter and clean your subscriber lists. This allows you to locate a subscriber from your entire list with one (1) click. You can also track duplicate entries and create a backup of your list.

  • All-in-one cloud based email marketing software

It a cloud based platform which you need to install.

  • Allows you to Increase your sales

Email marketing is the vehicle to maximize your results. You can increase your Return On Investment (ROI) by sending your promotional emails such as product info, discounts, and white papers.

  • Personalize your Emails

Personalizing your emails gets the attention of your subscribers and increases open rates.

  • Create newsletters

This allows you to keep in contact with your subscribers on a regular basis by updating them about new and current product offers. You can then send them easily to your website, blog, or sales page.

  • Fully automated

This software automates your email marketing efforts.

  • No monthly fees

There are no recurring fees for sending unlimited emails.

  • Designed by Marketers

MailPrimo was designed by people with several years in the online marketing industry

  • Step-By-Step Training

There is video training which explains each feature and how to implement them.

Support

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Price

$17 [Starter Plan] or $49.95 [Scale Plan] or $87.95 [Pro Plan] (14 Day Free Trial)

Final Thoughts

Before I get into my specific thoughts on this product, I have included a video below of a user of this software and some of the challenges which she experienced. I have also discovered another user who is well technically versed who also found this product rather challenging to use, but his video is much longer.

Email marketing continues to be one of the most effective and fastest ways to market your products and services online. Research done by industry sources indicate that this type of marketing produces returns on investment of over four thousand (4000%) for businesses worldwide. This is much more effective than social media.

This specific product has had mixed results for different people. It is low cost compared to the more well-known brands of autoresponders, but the product quality and ease of use is not as effective. The concept on the surface is very good, but the results achieved are just not consistent.

I have found that many of the good reviews are from folks who just want to make a few bucks selling this product. When you do enough research you will discover more of the facts about this product and its inconsistent reliability.

Also since you need SMTP, or a sending server, it really is not cloud-based in the sense of the way it is described on their sales page. It requires you to go and configure your set-up which is not explained on the promo page, and the documentation on how to do that configuration is not all that clear and easy to understand. If you have enough technical skills you will figure it out, otherwise it can very very challenging and frustrating even with the support they provide.

Since this product comes with a fourteen (14) day free trial, I strongly encourage those who choose to give this system a shot to use those fourteen (14) days wisely in testing the ease of set-up and overall functionality of this product. Their Step-by-Step training is not all that easy to follow.

Since I have mixed feelings about this product I choose not to recommend it. You usually get what you pay for, and when it comes to creating and preserving your subscriber list, which is your goldmine, I prefer not to take any unwarranted chances. The good thing is the fourteen (14) day free trial if this is something that you do want to check out.

All the Best in your marketing efforts,

Joseph

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The Good New Days — Much Better Than The Old

In the Present Moment

Quite often we hear ourselves and others talking about the “Good Old Days”, when times were simpler and maybe even less hectic. But what about “The Good New Days” where we have a clean slate on which to design our lives any way we most desire.  Good New Days

It is these good new days which I will be discussing a bit in this article. There is so much potential which we are leaving on the table when our focus and attention is not on what is presently going on. Let’s dig a little deeper on this subject.

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

When we get brutally honest with ourselves, we are then willing to take a closer look to see if the past really was all that good. We can look back and paint the picture any way we like, but were things actually better than today? In fact, if we have some of the same beliefs and attitudes currently, things will not have changed much at all.

It is enjoyable to reminisce about things gone by, and some of the experiences we had and the people we miss. Doing this is quite natural and can make us feel grateful for what we have experienced.

But for some, these were not good old days at all. Having worked in the mental health field for many years with emotionally challenged kids, some of whom have been abused in one way or another, I found that they had strong bonds to people and things in their past; even to their abusers and enablers.

There is a term for this called Stockholm Syndrome, which is also known as Trauma Bonding. These kids had a strong sense of loyalty toward their abusers regardless of how damaging that bond was. My desire is not to go into any psychological assessment here of the whys and how’s, but to indicate that there is strong resistance to engage in behaviors which will allow them to break free from these bonds. In fact, they will support the abusers, and be hostile to any potential rescuers.

This gives you an idea of how strong our ties can be to the past even when those experiences were not that great. All of us have resistance to letting go of this and that in our lives, but when we recognize that this is so, we are more willing to realize that the way to our freedom is to embrace the present moment and creat consciously some good new days.

Embracing the Present Moment

For our discussion here it does not matter what our experiences were; the main point is to focus our energy where it will do us the most good Right This Very Moment. Whether our past is considered good or bad, we are able to create the life we want in the present.

Just as the kids with whom I worked reframed their experiences from the past in order to find some semblance of sanity and security, we also tend to put too much emphasis on days gone by. What we could do instead is use all of those experiences to empower us in the present moment.

No matter what we have experienced, we can use it to benefit ourselves and others right now, For example, I have a dear friend who was terribly abused in her past. She has spent many years processing this, and she now is able to bring much value to others in her work in the natural health field.

What is most important is our present mindset, and the decisions and choices which follow from that mindset. This is what will be responsible for what we experience from this point forward, and which will enable us to contribute in many ways to the lives of others, as well as creating many “good new days”.

Ways to Enjoy the Present Moment the present moment

So how do we let go of all the noise in our head and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the essence of our beingness in the present? It sounds like it is easier said than done.

Well like all new endeavors, it will take a bit of practice and effort in the beginning. Habits of mind run deep and can be resistant to change.

“Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.”Eckhart Tolle

There are a few routines which we can develop which will break us loose from our memory journeys, whether they were  pleasant times or were filled with negative happenings and old conflicts. Also, we often find ourselves spending quite a bit of time wanting to be somewhere else in the future, where we envision things as being a lot better than now.

The paradox is that things will never be better in some imagined future state unless things are acceptable and fulfilling now. Let’s now go over a few suggestions which just may help you find it easier to let go and embrace the present moment.

  • What has helped me tremendously is learning to just Slow Down. Life is not a race to get over with or reach a certain point so that we can then be happy and fulfilled. Life is happening now and always has. When we take things a bit slower we are not only able to be more effective in what we are doing, but we actually are able to discover the true joy in what we are doing.
  • Find time to meditate a few moments here and there during the day. This does not have to be for long periods of time. Just a few minutes will allow you to relax and let go of some of the stress and tension which builds up through our daily rushing to get things done.
  • It also helps a lot to do one thing at a time. Multi-tasking can be helpful at times when you are under a deadline, but by planning your tasks as much as you can, you are able to eliminate a certain amount of this frantic activity. We are much more effective when we do one project at a time as we are able to give it all of our energy and full attention.
  • Another way I have used to stay present more often is to consciously engage all of my senses in what I am doing. Become aware of your senses of touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste in the moment, and ask yourself if you are present now. The very moment that you ask that, you ARE present.
  • Although we will still drift away from the present, it is important to continue to remind ourselves to stay here by asking “Am I present now?” as often as we remember to during the day. This will quickly snap us back to the now, and the more we do this the easier it will become to stay present.
  • I cannot leave this section without suggesting one of the best ways to stay present and enjoy the moment; this is by being grateful for what we have. There is so much power in this because it is the truth of our very existence. Gratitude and appreciation go a very long way.

By doing some or all of these exercises on a regular basis, we will discover that much stress and worry will simply dissipate. Now this does not mean we cannot plan for the future. That is a necessary part of our lives, but we do not have to obsess about it, and expect it to deliver any type of joy or happiness which is not already available to us right this moment.

The “Good New Days” are Here  Allegory of the Cave

Without any focusing on any thoughts or feelings which we are experiencing that may not be all that great, everything in our lives would be fine right this moment. If we did not label them this or that, we could allow them just to pass through without giving them any attention.  Then we can experience the day in peace and harmony doing whatever it is we choose to do.

Let’s explore this a bit before we finish up here. The Greek philosopher Plato, from his work the Republic (514 AD to 520 AD), has a section which is called Plato’s Cave or the Allegory of the Cave. In this he has his mentor Socrates describe a scene where a group of people have been chained to a wall their entire lives staring at a blank wall. They can see shadows of objects which are reflected on the wall from a fire which is behind them. This is all the reality which they know.

The lesson from this story is that we are all like the prisoners in the cave; we only know what is front of us even though what we are viewing may only be shadows of reality. Once we are freed from our own individual caves, we come to realize that the shadows which we see are not reality at all. At this point we are able to perceive the true form of reality.

An important point here, which goes back to what I was mentioning about our resistance to breaking free from our bonds, is that the majority of these prisoners in the cave do not even want to leave. This is all that they know.

Eventually, these prisoners break their bonds and are able to emerge from their illusions of what they thought life/reality was.  They emerge from the cave to discover the sun, which was always there but merely hidden from view. But at the same time the sun is not understandable to someone who has spent their entire life believing the illusions, shadows, and false reality of the cave. This shows why there is so much resistance to change.

When a person has been in the dark so long, the bright light of the sun will hurt his or her eyes. This makes it hard to see the objects which are casting the shadows. At this point it may be too painful to believe that what was thought to be real is not true at all. There is then a tendency to retreat back to the cave or what is most familiar. The pain of change is simply too great. In this case, the sun would hurt your eyes.

If one stays out of the cave long enough his or her eyes will adjust to the light of the sun. This is a gradual process. Now this prisoner would want to share what he found with others. He desires to bring his fellow cave dwellers out to the sunlight and freedom. When the former prisoner reenters the cave the darkness will have a similar effect as the sun had, and will blind the person temporarily. But the prisoners will interpret this as his journey was a failure and they should stay put. At this point the prisoners would kill anyone who tried to drag them out of the cave into the sunlight.

This is a symbolic story of the nature of perception. We are engulfed within the darkness of ignorance (the cave), but the light of wisdom (the sun) is available to us all.

The “good new days” are always available to us once we emerge from the cave of our outmoded beliefs and perceptions. We are able to ride the Vehicle of Awareness, which is powered by the present moment to emerge from our caves into the sunlight of the Good New Days.

May you all discover the Light and Love within Yourselves which is there Right Now.

Joseph

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Things To Do In Moab Utah — Bring A Camera

Moab Utah

With its large red rock formations, buttes, mesas, and Native American rock art, this eastern Utah city provides much to see and do. Let’s investigate some of the things to do in Moab, Utah so that you can decide if it is a destination of choice for you and your family. Balanced Rock in Moab Utah

In addition to the stunning beauty of this area, you will also find archaeological artifacts and dinosaur bones. In Copper Ridge and Bull Canyon Overlook there are actually dinosaur tracks.

Some History of this Area

In the nineteenth century this area served mainly as a Colorado River crossing along the Old Spanish Trail. A permanent settlement was established for Moab in 1878. Brigham Young was mostly responsible for this. Then on December 20th, 1902 Moab was incorporated as a town.

Although originally based on agriculture, the economy of the area shifted to mining vanadium, uranium, manganese, potash, and later gas and oil. The rich deposits of uranium ore contributed to the economic boom of this area where in the 1950s it was known as the “Uranium Capital of the World”.

During this time the population grew nearly five hundred (500%) percent to about six thousand (6000) people. But after the cold war the population declined as the uranium mines began to close.

Many movies have been filmed in this area using Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park as backdrops. In fact, in 1949 the John Ford film, Wagon Master, was filmed in this area.

This is a favorite area for photographers, rock climbers, mountain bikers, rafters, and hikers. Since the 1970s tourism plays a major part in the economy here. Many people are attracted to this area for owning second homes since the winters are relatively mild and the summers very pleasant.

Now for a Few Basic Facts

  • The current population is approximately five thousand three hundred and twenty-two (5,322)
  • It is the largest city in Grand County
  • It is located on the Colorado Plateau with an elevation of 4,025 feet (1227 meters)
  • Moab is eighteen (18) miles (29 kilometers) from the Utah/Colorado state line
  • The name Moab is a biblical term which refers to the land located east of the Jordan River. Some have speculated that the name has Paiute origins with the name of “moapa” meaning mosquito
  • The climate is semi-arid
  • The medium household income is thirty-two thousand six hundred and twenty ($32,620) dollars
  • The medium family income is thirty-eight thousand two hundred and fourteen ($38,214)
  • There is a regional campus in Moab for Utah State University

Plenty of Outdoor Activities

This is the place to explore if you enjoy being outside. Just the sheer beauty of this area makes it mandatory to bring your camera and take a few photos as you journey along.

Many of the activities which you can enjoy include rock climbing, road biking (home of the annual Skinny Tire Festival), hiking and backpacking, slacklining and highlining (the world record for long highlines took place here), kayaking and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, camping trips, and even BASE jumping is legal in many areas near Moab.

Now let’s get a little more specific on things to see and do. First, check out this video which will give you a good visual of what we are talking about here. Then we will outline a few “must sees” when you come to this area.

* Take a Drive along the Utah State Road 128 — Whether you choose to be active in all the numerous outdoor activities or not, you can certainly enjoy the scenery and stunning landscapes in the area. There is no better way to take this all in than to take a ride along Route 128. The desert scenery is out of this world, and you most certainly want to have your camera handy. Riding along the canyon as well as the Colorado River is breathtaking. At many points on the drive you will be stopping to take pictures at practically every curve. The interesting thing about this road is even with all this fantastic beauty and scenery, you will see few cars and tourists. The road goes from Cisco to Moab and takes about an hour to drive. It’s about forty-six (46) miles.

* What About Rafting the Colorado River — This is a great summer activity with a variety of rafting trips available dependent on you level of adventure. They have family friendly trips as well as the more extreme ones. Again, the scenery along the river is absolutely gorgeous. Now for those who want to skip all this type of excitement, there is the Sound and Light Show with Dinner which takes place on a very slow moving boat on a calm part of the river near Moab. This takes place during the summer through October.  Canyonlands National Park

* Canyonlands National Park — This is a huge park which is divided into many areas, and it is one of the lesser known national parks. From Moab the closest part of the park to visit is Island in the Sky. It’s about a forty (40) minute drive from Moab (30 miles or 48 kilometers). There is a scenic drive which loops around which allows you to take in a number of viewpoints and vistas. This area looks a lot like the Grand Canyon minus the large amount of tourists. For some breathtaking scenery hike over to Mesa Arch. To figure out the best hikes to do in the area stop at Island in the Sky Visitor Center where you can obtain info on the best hiking trails in the area. Now the Needle District of the park is a bit further away and it is best to set up a guide for this part of the journey.

* Arches National Park — This is one of the most beautiful national parks in the entire country. You can take a scenic drive through the park and make a few stops along the way. Some of the best places to check out are Park Avenue viewpoint, Double Arch, the Balance Rock, and the Windows. You can find some rock art the Delicate Arch Trail, which also is one of the best trails in the park.

* Check Out the Sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park — Just a short drive from Moab on your way to Canyonlands National Park, you can locate several viewpoints from which to take in the sunset in this park. The most popular viewpoint is Dead Horse Point, but there are several others to consider, especially the one at the end of the road.

* Plenty of Events in the Town — This town has a plethora of festivals and different kinds of events for you to take in and enjoy. For example, there are skydive festivals, pride festivals, jeep festivals, art festivals, Scottish festivals, bike festivals, and music festivals to name a few. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, then you can check out a few other events and activities such as quilting shows, car shows, marathons, parades, and even rock and gem shows.

* Small Town Hospitality — Combined with the beautiful red rock scenery, national parks, and other outdoor activities, there is the relaxing atmosphere of this charming town. The people are friendly and welcoming.

* A Perfect Place to Stay — Although there are a variety of choices for accommodations to suit all budget levels, there is one place which will most definitely give you the total experience of this area is Moab Springs Ranch. It’s in a most beautiful setting among the cottonwood trees and surrounded by red rock. You have a choice of townhouses or bungalows.

* Courthouse Wash — Better than going to a museum, you can just head north on Highway 191 and when you cross the Colorado River bridge you will find nineteen (19) feet (5.7 meters) high, fifty-two (52) feet (15.8 meters) long art panel full of ancient Native American Art. Actually older drawings were discovered behind the white shields held by the figures.

* A Zip Line Adventure — You are provided quite an exciting day by Rim Zip Line Adventures. Your day begins with hopping on an off-road four-wheel drive vehicle which will transport you to the high desert area of Moab. It is here that you will find six (6) zip lines as well as a suspension bridge to test your mettle.

* Moab Giants — Take a walking trail among life-sized dinosaurs. In addition to the Moab Giant’s walking trail, you can also spend time in the Tracks Museum where there is much to see as well as learn about fossilized footprints. There are many great exhibits within this museum with 3-D movies about covering the Age of the Dinosaurs from two hundred and twenty (220,000,000) million years ago. Don’t forget while your are traversing the outside trail you can spend some time digging up a few dinosaur bones.

* Movie Sites — The longest running film commission in the world is the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission. This dates way back to the old classic westerns. There are many film sites to see all around this area.

An Outdoor Person’s Dream

For folks who enjoy the great outdoors this is a perfect place to visit and spend some time. For adventure seekers, there is so much to do that you will not get bored. Families have plenty of activities as well. Just showing up here with a camera will suffice for many who just want to take in the alluring scenery.

Even spending time in town you will have plenty to do with all the events and festivals. There is a unique combination here of magnificent scenery, the Colorado River, and small resort town hospitality. And one thing I failed to mention is the downtown business district is full of shops, galleries, restaurants, and microbreweries. As far as the cuisine is concerned, you can find great regional southwester dishes as well as world-class gourmet.

The shops downtown are a variety of places to pick up souvenirs, t-shirts, and southwestern jewelry and art. The Moab Information Center will provide you with all the details which you need to know about this area.

Given all the attractions around here as well as the hometown hospitality, this just may be a place you would want to visit at some point in time.

Once again, Happy Travels.

Joseph

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IM VIP Training Review

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IM VIP TRAINING Review Internet Marketing

Name: IM VIP TRAINING


Website: ImVipTraining.com


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Price: $4.95 Trial then $29.95 per month
Owners: Kevin Fahey
Overall Rank: 70 out of 100

Product Overview

This is a training product which provides a step-by-step guide to learning internet marketing. Its intention is to train you in the fundamentals of internet marketing and get you making money. Several webinars are provided to educate you in the basics of online marketing. There are also various tools provided in terms of software and plugins.

The creator of this program is Kevin Fahey. He is an experienced internet marketer and coach. This training system was updated and released on June 21st 2018. The original course came out in 2013.

The Good & the Not So Good

The Good:

  1. Thirty (30) Day Money Back Guarantee
  2. Five (5) day trial period for $4.95
  3. Save time in learning basics
  4. Several tools and resources

The Not So Good:

  1. Upsells
  2. Additional fees for hosting, software, and autoresponder
  3. Some of the training may be challenging for beginners
  4. Few support channels that are consistently responsive

Who Is IM VIP TRAINING For?

This course is designed for all levels of internet marketers including Ecomm and Amazon marketers, affiliate marketers, offline business owners, consultants, CPA advertisers, bloggers, vloggers, product creators, and folks new to the business.

Tools & Training

Here is a brief video explaining the details of this program:

A library of training videos are provided

Welcome Video

Training modules:

IM Newbie Training (6 modules; 32 Lessons) — 32 videos with transcripts and comment section if you have a question.

Module 1: Hosting and Website Set-Up

Module 2: Word Press (WP) Set-Up

Module 3: List Building

Module 4: Social Media

Module 5: Traffic Generation

Module 6: Concluding Thoughts and Bonuses

IM Affiliate Funnel Marketing Training (3 Modules; 18 Lessons)

Affiliate marketing ideas and strategies with free traffic methods. Instruction on how to automate your business and then scale it to higher income levels.

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Video Creation Training (7 Modules; 29 Lessons)
This is a “Video Masters Course” in learning how to create videos, effectively edit those videos, and publish your videos on different kinds of media.

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Training and case studies in driving traffic to Facebook Video Ads and YouTube.

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This teaches you how to be a coach with various types of coaching programs.

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This is called the “Consistent Sales System” and is designed for you to continue to earn income from your previous online marketing efforts. This works effectively for those involved in eComm, coaches, product creators, affiliate marketers, list builders, and even offline business owners.

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This is a PDF report and video called “Solo Ad Escape” which enables you to get traffic to your landing pages without solo ads. It emphasizes affiliate marketing and product launches.

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You receive email marketing templates as well as the “IM VIP Training Membership Site” with WP plugins and scripts (1 Module; 8 Lessons). You also get the “Tracking Support and Outsourcing Training” (3 Modules; 12 Lessons).

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In this additional training you will learn how to create sales funnels as well as having access to six (6) already done for you funnels which have already been tested by Keving Fahey as to their effectiveness. Here is a list of the funnels which you will receive with this upgrade:

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    Final Thoughts

    This is most definitely a very comprehensive training program which teaches the basics to the beginner, and increases the knowledge base of more experienceed marketers. It is one of the better training programs out there as far as content.

    Kevin certainly provides plenty of information and educational materials. There is some transparency as he allows you to check things out for five (5) days for a minimal price of $4.95.

    A main concern especially for folks new to this business is getting overwhelmed by all of this information and not having any immediate way to get questions answered other than a support ticket (which can take time to get a response back), or a Facebook Group which may or may not provide the info you need when you need it.

    Also, in some of the training videos there is a lot of technical information which may be a bit challenging for beginners. For this kind of training, it would be better if the support structure and hosting were already in place so that all you had to do is purchase a domain name and then you are off and running in your new online career.

    Even though this is a decent program, there are better alternatives out there where the training is more structured and easier to follow. Also you want to have a program where you are part of a community of like-minded folks who are engaged in supporting each other while building their individuals businesses. Here is my #1 Recommendation for an All-Inclusive Online Training Program.

    That being said, I give IM VIP Training an average ranking.

    To your success in All that you endeavor to Do.

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    Baby Boomers And Marketing — Creating Additional Income

    Baby Boomers and Marketing

    When speaking about baby boomers and marketing, I’d like to discuss a bit about how baby boomers can supplement their incomes doing things they like to do. There are many articles out there on how to market to baby boomers, but what about baby boomers creating additional sources of income based on their many years of valuable experience and skills. Marketing for baby boomers

    For many baby boomers, they may never have thought about doing anything like this. But as a way to keep engaged in enjoyable and interesting projects, as well as adding a few (or many) bucks to their coffers, this may just be the ticket that many are seeking.

    What Types of Marketing to Consider?

    Just by doing a bit of research you can find a lot of ways to supplement or replace your income. From straight sales and business development to MLM (multi level marketing) or network marketing, you will not be at a loss in finding companies which need in acquiring new clients or getting their products sold.

    In today’s day and age, technology is a major factor in saving time and energy in whatever you may be doing. There are many advantages in gaining a few basic tech skills not only to utilize this function to communicate and purchase items online, but also to create a profitable business which provides products and/or services of value to the marketplace of your choice.

    Online marketing fits this bill really well. This is something a baby boomer can easily get into, and create something of value which will benefit many. Now there are of course both pros and cons to this, but for every con there is a viable solution.

    Some of the Challenges

    Let’s briefly discuss a few challenges or problems that may keep someone from even considering this type of marketing.

    First, There is the technology aspect of any online business. If that may be a concern, there are many ways to handle this. Some of the basic stuff can be delegated to others, which leaves you time to do the things which emphasize your strengths and expertise, and that you most enjoy. Also, the basics can be learned gradually over time as you build your business. There are some great training platforms out there which make picking up what you need to know easy and fun.

    Second, You may not know how to start and don’t want to get all caught up with the many hyped up promotional offers out there as well as some outright scams. You can spend a lot of time and money going around in circles before finding the right path for yourself. I can most definitely attest to that. My determination and persistence carried me through, but I hit quite a few road bumps along the way. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid the majority of this, although it still will require commitment and persistence to reach your goals.

    Third, It is tough to go it alone in learning a new business model and building it over time. Mentors and coaches can be very high priced. When looking to supplement your income, you may not have the additional money to hire a coach who can guide you along the way. Again, there are online training programs which can get you around this as well. When you have sufficient cash flow from your business, you can then reassess if you want to hire a private coach to help scale your business.

    I am sure I can come up with many more challenges to keep a person from ever trying to make a profitable online business a reality. The form and content of the problem does not matter, as they can all be solved with the right information and a high quality online training platform.

    What do I Recommend for Online Training and Business Creation?

    As I mentioned above, there are many average to mediocre products out there which promise much more than they deliver. And mixed in with this bunch are several outright scams.

    On the other hand, there are a few good quality online training programs out there where the investment of your time and money will produce results given the appropriate time and effort. The prices of these various programs range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

    What I recommend is cost effective while providing high level training and support. Be aware that the support aspect of this online training platform is critical. You need a cost effective way to be guided along the way and get your questions answered as you build your business.

    The program I recommend is Weathy Affiliate for a number of reasons. Your may have heard of this program before or maybe not. If you have, and chosen not to join, I encourage you to reevaluate your prior decision and spend a bit of time researching its value. Below is a link to my personal review of Wealthy Affiliate on my blog:

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    On that page there will be a link where you can join the program or you can go directly to the Wealthy Affiliate website.

    Why Wealth Affiliate? Wealthy Affiliate

    Well by reading my review of the program and checking out their website, there are many good reasons to join if you have the interest and desire to build an internet marketing business. Again, there are many good programs out there at different price points which will provide you excellent training and support, but after being in this business for several years, I have found Wealthy Affiliate to be the best value for the price.

    Another important point is you have the option of signing up free to get your feet wet before joining the premium membership. It is a choice you have after reviewing all the info. Either way you will get exposed to the high quality of this training program.

    For some additional information on the advantages of affiliate marketing check out one of my prior posts, Affiliate Marketing For Baby Boomers.

    There are No Shortcuts to Success

    If you are new to online marketing be advised that you will see many promotions out there with products and services which promise you overnight success, but do not deliver on those promises. Success in this or any type of business takes time, investment of funds, effort, commitment, and a very strong desire.

    There are no shortcuts, which is actually a good thing. When you are on the right path, it is just a matter of time for you to reach your specific objectives. And when you have a strong support team assisting your efforts, you have all the encouragement you need to handle any obstacles or roadblocks which occur.

    It’s like studying for a test in school. If you do not put in the time and effort in learning your subject matter, you are not surprised when you get a poor grade. It’s the same way here; put is the time and effort doing the things which will produce results (the importance of proper training), and you will get those good grades in terms of income and profit.

    Always Many Ways to Make Money

    For those needing to supplement their current income, whether retired or not, there are numerous ways. I mention several ways in several of my previous posts in the Baby Boomers section/category part of my website.

    But for those who just want to do a few gigs here and there to make a few extra bucks, check out Wonoloo, which is an app you can download and gain access to notifications of new jobs in your area. You will find administrative, warehouse, fulfillment, and general labor jobs on this site.

    But what I am mainly speaking about in this article is a way to reinvent yourself in a way which “makes sense” to you based on your prior experience, skills, interests, and passions. Each one of us has so much to offer to others whether we realize it or not.

    I encourage all to wake up to their true magnificence, and create something special not only to increase your income, but to share your gifts with the world. Switching careers and accepting new challenges is being done each day by the Baby Boomer generation, and not necessarily out of financial necessity, but to challenge themselves and to pursue their passions.

    With approximately forty-five (45%) of baby boomers who consider themselves entrepreneurs, it is no surprise that baby boomers are twice as likely to start a new business than millennials. The desire and passion is definitely there, so it is just a matter of finding the right vehicle in which to display that ardor.

    Once again, I recommend Wealthy Affiliate for the many reasons which I have previously mentioned, and many of which I have not even thought about in awhile. You can direct your main interest or passion into one or many revenue streams. Again, this does take work, time, and commitment, but it is “oh so worth it”. Waking up each morning and getting immersed in projects which you truly enjoy is the best elixir for a long and fulfilling life.

    So I strongly encourage you to join us in this community of like-minded folks with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. You will then soon be repeating the mantra of my website as well: “Why Retire when you Love what you Do”.

    May you enjoy each Precious Moment,

    Joseph

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    What To See In Kyrgyzstan — Where The Heck Is It?

    Kyrgyzstan

    Actually there is plenty to see in Kyrgyzstan once you discover exactly where it is. In this article we will explore what to see in Kyrgyzstan, which is located in Central Asia. It is landlocked with China to the east, Kazakhstan to the north, Tajikistan to the southwest, and Uzbekistan to the west. Kyrgyzstan mountains

    It is actually along the Silk Road which is the trade route between China and the Mediterranean which goes back to ancient times. This old trade route is surrounded by the Tian Shan mountains.

    A Little Bit of History

    The history of this Central Asian country encompasses over two thousand (2000) years. This includes many empires and cultures. Because of cultural and commercial routes such as the Silk Road, this country has been influenced by several civilizations.

    Many independent tribes and clans have inhabited the area as well as being taken over by foreign countries. This went on for quite a spell until Kyrgyzstan gained independence in 1991 after the Soviet Union collapsed.

    Although it still experiences transitional governments and political conflicts, its has been established as a unitary parliamentary republic since it gained its independence. It is a member of the United Nations.

    In 2005 the Tulip Revolution took place resulting in a new government being formed. Political stability has been quite elusive since then. The current President is Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who was the former Prime Minister. He was elected on October 16, 2017, and took office on November 23, 2017.

    Even with this type of instability, there have not been any violent disputes since 2010, so most of Kyrgyzstan is safe for visitors. That being said, there still are tensions in a few areas of the country of which you need to be aware should you visit; these are mostly over the recognition of the Kyrgyz/Uzbek borders.

    Now For Some Facts

    • Its largest city and capital is Bishkek
    • The official languages are Kyrgyz and Russian (having been a former Soviet bloc nation)
    • The climate varies quite a bit dependent on what region of the country you are in. For example, the northern foothills are rather temperate, while the Fergana Valley (in the southwest) gets rather hot in the summer with temperatures as high as 104 F (40 C), while  the Tian Shan (Mountains of Heaven) vary quite a bit dependent on elevation. In the lowlands you have temperatures between 21 F (-6 C) in January to 75 F (24 C) in July. In the coldest areas of the country you get sub-zero temperatures for about forty (40) days each year.
    • Agriculture is a major part of the economy.
    • The population of Kyrgyzstan is approximately 6.4 million. The country is rich in mineral resources predominately in the areas of uranium, gold, antimony, and coal. Consequently, metallurgy is a main industry. The country has plenty of water resources which allows them to export hydroelectric energy.
    • Horseback riding is an important part of the culture which is reflected in their national sports such as Ulak Tartysh which is a mixture of polo and rugby. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport.
    • The currency in Kyrgyzstan is Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS).
    • You can travel by car around the country but the road infrastructure is not extensive because of the country’s alpine topography. There is a major highway linking the north and southwest of the country. The main transportation option when traveling in certain areas of the country is horseback. There are a few rail lines in the country linking certain areas as well as bus service.
    • The main international airport near Bishkek is Manas International Airport.
    • Kyrgyzstan has a visa-free regime for citizens of more than 40 countries.

    Things to Do and See

    Before we get into the specifics let’s check out this short video to get visually acquainted with this area of the world.


    Traveling to Kyrgyzstan makes sense if you are into pristine nature. Crystal clear mountain lakes, gorgeous valleys, mountain rivers, rare species of animals, and rich fauna and flora. The people of this country were primarily nomadic right up to the second quarter of the twentieth (20th) century, and even today the Kyrgyz practice a semi nomadic lifestyle.

    The people have a rich cultural heritage which has been preserved and evident in their folklore, national games, and handcrafts. The Epic of Manas are novels written by well-known kyrgyz writer Chyngyz Aitmatov depicting this culture and lifestyle.

    Lake Issyk-Kul is a very popular tourist destination. It is the second deepest lake in the world at two thousand one hundred ninety-one feet (2191) feet (668 meters). It is called “hot lake” because the saline lake never freezes as it is fed by numerous hot springs. You get amazing views of the mountain peaks surrounding the lake. The protection of the peaks provides a mild micro climate for this area. Sailing is a popular pastime on the lake. On its northern shore you will find resorts, hotels, and houses you can rent.  Kyrgyzstan lakes

    But actually there are more than two thousand (2000) mountain lakes in the Tien Shan mountain range. There have been many stories about the origin of these lakes. At nine thousand eight hundred and forty-two (9842) feet about sea level (3000) meters, Lake Son-Kul has many yurt camps along its shore where you can get a firsthand view of the mountain traditions of Kyrgyz nomadic culture.

    For those interested in checking out the beach scene the city of Cholpon-Ata and the areas close by like Korundy, Bosteri, and Kara-Oi (Dolinka) will keep you busy and entertained. Cholpon-Ata is on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and is a popular resort area.

    For those into camping the best places are in southern Osh which is located between Naryn City and the Torugart pass. To get around easily you can hire a local guide and porters are also available.

    Skiing is also available in the Karakol National Park and Toguz Bulak. There are thirteen (13) resorts for skiing with several accommodating overnight stays.

    The Great Silk Road is a must see. For a couple of thousand years it was a main trade route connecting western and eastern civilization. There is a diverse group of people and cultures along its route. A primary part of this route passes right through the Land of the Kyrgyz. Since three (3) trade routes went through Kyrgyzstan during its heyday, UNESCO named the Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor a World Heritage Site in 2014. The Tash Rabat Caravanserai in Naryn Province is a well-preserved example of fifteenth (15th) century lodging for the travelers of the Silk Road. You can visit all these sites and areas either by vehicle, motorbike, bicycle or horseback.

    Since ownership of livestock was a measure of material wealth, meat is the main staple in the Kyrgyz cuisine. Goat, lamb and beef from livestock grazing in the mountain pastures, are plentiful for the local families and their guests. Beshbarmak (‘five fingers’) is a standard part of the menu. It is lamb boiled with wheat noodles and then spiced up with “chyk”, which is a spiced onion sauce. You enjoy this dish with the favorite drink of the nomads, Kymyz, sour mare’s milk. Most meals begin will other meat delicacies and sausages.

    There are many ancient and sacred sites to check out in this area of the world. You will not be at a loss in locating burial grounds near battlefield sites as well as petroglyphs on the walls of mountain caves. Some of these date way back to the eighth (8th) century BC. There are about five thousand (5000) cultural and historical locations across the country which reflect the ancient past of Kyrgyzstan.

    The Chu River is the place for whitewater sports. Raging rapids draw many folks from around the world for rafting and kayaking. Also with the rugged mountain terrain there is plenty of opportunities for mountain climbers. The well-known Pobeda and Khan Tengri Peaks – both exceeding more than twenty-two thousand nine hundred and sixty-five (22,965) feet (7000 meters) in height offer plenty of challenge to any climber.

    Other Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan yurts

    One of the main reasons to visit here is to experience the nomadic traditions and heritage of this culture. The mountain meadows are called jailoos, and you will find many families during the summer months grazing their herds.

    The Kyrgyz people consider sports to be the key to healthy living with a strong spiritual base as well. Old customs and ways are preserved throughout the culture and are a major part of the identity of these people.

    Over the many years the nomadic clans of Kyrgyzstan have had a well-known reputation for hospitality. Visitors are most welcome with openness and kindness. There are three (3) kinds of guests: the mildetuu konok are the obligatory guests who arrive for special occasions such as weddings. The  taanysh konok are familiar guests who are distant relatives and friends, and then there are the kydaly konok, or ‘god’s guests,’ who are visitors and travelers.

    The Tien Shan and Pamir-Alai mountain ranges offer plenty of scenic beauty with twenty-nine peaks and live up to its reputation as the Land of Celestial Mountains. There are also over two hundred trails for horseback riders and hikers. There are also over fifty (50) national parks and forest reserves where you can be among pristine nature. The locals find horseback the most efficient means of transportation when traveling through these ares.

    When traveling through various areas of Kyrgyzstan you have many opportunities to stay with local families or in yurt camps where you get a good feel for what nomadic life was years ago. They are warm shelters during the cool mountain nights at high altitudes.

    Given all the ancient culture and many beautiful sites to explore, Kyrgyzstan may just be a place which you may want to explore at some point in your travels.

    Enjoy and All the Best,

    Joseph

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