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How to Make Money Blogging in 7 Particular Ways

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7 Ways on How to Actually Make Money Blogging

1. Pay Per Click

The basic idea of pay per click (PPC) is putting banners or text ads somewhere in your blog, and when a visitor clicks on these ads, you get a commission.

That commission is based from the price of keywords that the advertisers are bidding for.

For better understanding, let’s take Google AdSense for example.

Google is allowing independent publishers (bloggers like you) to apply their website for Google AdSense so they could have a chance to create a source of income out of their blog.

Once approved, you’ll be given access to their dashboard where you can generate codes you can embed in your website to display ads, and when your visitors click on that ad, you earn commissions.

Surely, there were other alternative PPC ad network manager out there like Chitika, Infolinks, VigLink etc.

However, in my opinion, Google AdSense so far is the best pay per click ads manager that you can apply with since some bloggers here and there are saying that it is the best existing ad network out there to monetize any website (as long as they comply with Google AdSense Program Policy or adhere to Webmaster Quality Guidelines).

2. Private Advertising

Private advertising is allowing independent companies or other bloggers to buy an ad space on your website.

The price is fixed, completely negotiable and payment is usually per month.

However, before engaging your website to this type of advertisement, make sure that your blog receives a decent amount of traffic. Those traffic should also be your genuine followers. When I say genuine followers, those who might have followed you and your blog posts from time to time, those in your list, and the visitors you receive from organic traffic.

3. Solo Ads

Just in case you’re not familiar with this advertising method, a solo ad is a one time email blast you sell to a buyer who wants to advertise to your subscribers or to your email list.

I call it – ‘the backdoor selling’.

Solo ads technique is usually employed by marketers. Fortunately, it’s not entirely exclusive for B2B(business to business) blogs.

For example, if your blog is about “dog training” and you’ve built an impressive email list of dog lovers, you surely are eligible to try this approach.

You may sell solo ads to vendors who sell stuffs about dog training. Probably eBooks, video course, or whatever products they sell related to dog training, you may consider using solo ads technique.

4. Affiliate marketing

One of the most popular method of monetizing a blog is through affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing is partnering up to an independent business owner or a company to promote their products directly on your website.

Unlike PPC, affiliate marketing is placing banner or text ads (with your affiliate link attached) to your website and when visitors click on those ads and make a purchase, that’s when you earn commissions.

You can also create a testimonial post about a particular company products, as long as you’re being creative, you can basically promote other’s product in anyway you want.

Well of course, just don’t violate any rules and agreements.

The commission you receive is based from the percentage you agreed with with the product owner.

For example, if the X product you’re promoting is worth $59, and the affiliate commission set by the product owner is 45%, once you make a sale you make $26.55 commission – that’s basically the idea.

If you want to use this method monetizing your blog, I suggest you always promote products related to your blog topic, product you’ve tried, or products that you’re extremely familiar with.

5. Selling your own product

There are two types of products that bloggers may sell online, physical(or tangible) and digital(intangible) products.

Sample of physical products are t-shirts, tumbler, books etc., pretty self explanatory.

On the other hand, digital products were in form of eBooks, PDF, video courses. Digital products usually are guides and tutorials.

If your blog is about body fitness, then you can create video courses or eBook discussing how to burn fats, eating healthy, right exercise, etc.

If you want your product to get sold in a faster scale, you may partner up with third party merchants such as ClickBank, ShareASale, e-junkie etc. to engage your product in affiliate marketing program. This way, you are building a network of affiliate marketers who are willing to sell your product.

And when your affiliates make a sale, they’ll get their commission, you’ll get yours.

Of course, that depends on the percentage you set. Also, you need to pay the merchants as well.

Whether your blog is in B2B (business to business) or B2C (business to customer) niche, it’ll be a challenge to create your own product since it’s not that easy(in my opinion) to create a unique and valuable product out of scattered and never tested (but probably effective information) anywhere.

However, just in case you’ve tested a particular strategy that effectively worked for you, for example you accidentally discover a way on how to make money the most efficient way(assuming your blog is about business), then you can write an eBook discussing the methods you used, how it worked, your experience, your results then sell it to your visitors.

6. Freelance via your blog

One advantage of blogging is that you can actually be a freelance writer.

Did you know that content marketing is by far one of the best business strategic marketing used by big companies to drive traffic to their site?

If you have the gift of writing impressive and well researched blog post, you surely are eligible for freelance content writing.

You have the right to name your price.

You can showcase your articles through your blog or through guest blogging.

You can find your ideal customers at Craigslist, ProBlogger etc.

Or you can post a job as a freelance content writer at Elance, Fiverr etc.

7. Create a membership site

Do you like the idea of people paying you month after month and have a total passive income?

Well, this blog monetizing method might be a good choice, but I have to warn you – it’s not as easy as it sounds.

You need to think outside the box.

If you’re serious at giving it a shot, ask yourself these questions:

What type of product can I sell over and over again?

What service can I provide so people keep on paying for it?

For how long am I able to do this to keep my customers?

Is there a room for improvement?

To answer these questions, let us examine the different membership ideas you can incorporate with your blog so you can decide which one is to follow.

1. Member’s Only Content Access

As a general rule of thumb, bloggers create articles, do podcasting and video courses right? So what might be the products available in here? Well, you guess it – articles, podcast and/or video courses.

You read it right. You can actually charge people from accessing your contents.

The idea is disallowing non-members to read, hear or watch the valuable content you’ve created, they need to pay for that.

You may give a user an option whether he wants to pay per month or for full year. Additionally, pricing varies from the level of access.

2. Member’s Only Forum Access

You can setup a discussion forum to your blog where like minded members are sharing great and valuable ideas about your specific blog topic.

Similar to content access, members were able to access the community forum only if they pay for it.

You might want to ask, why would a person pay just to join a forum? My answer would be to solve the issue of quality and trust. Before utilizing this approach, make sure that your blog is credible enough, that your brand receives reasonable amount of good reputation.

3. Live Webinars

Why not offer a live webinar to your subscribers or members, connect with them in real time. In that webinar you may sell your products or you may charge them for all the knowledge you share.

You can also invite somebody who is also a reputable blogger in your niche then allow him to share his ideas and experiences, so your audience can relate. What is it with that blogger you’ve invited? Exposure.

However, if you have the ability to host a premium business webinar, you can do it by yourself.

4. Member’s Only Access to Affiliate Program

Haven’t I told you that there are premium affiliate programs? You read it right. In my opinion, you can charge people particularly your members who might want to promote your products or services.

The basic idea for this is that, your affiliates should be familiar with what they’re promoting. They must have at least experienced or tried the products or services themselves before promoting.

Note: All of these ways of make money blogging only makes a lot of sense assuming your offer are very valuable, unique, and helpful products.

Conclusion

While there’s nothing wrong with blogging without the intention of monetizing it, I still think it would be more efficient if you give it a shot. After all it’s not that hard to embed some advertisement code in your editor.

However, just in case you want to change your mind and might want to consider making extra income from your writing hobby, you can try any of these method.

And again, please realize that I’m not saying that these approach may always work for anyone. The odd of making money from your blog depends on your actions(or inaction), and level of determination.

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The Passion of Ice Skating

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“Wow, did you see that!? That was amazing! What was that?” I asked the skater sitting on the bench next to me. I had just witnessed the most amazing jump as I was putting on my skates in the lobby, getting ready to step onto the ice for the first time after a nearly decade-long hiatus. The skater next to me replied nonchalantly, “Oh, that? That’s called a triple flip… David is a senior level skater and he does that all the time. Show off… “

I will never forget that day because up until that point I had never witnessed a jump like that up close and in person. I had only seen ice skating on television, where professional figure skaters seemed to execute jumps effortlessly, almost as if they were just dancing, and not barreling down the ice rink at 20 miles per hour. And, I have to tell you that nothing prepares you to see that kind of power and speed up close. What I also remember is that I saw David’s skates at almost eye level as they reached the top of the boards that day- nearly 4 feet off the ground! That’s what I call flying!

At that rink, I got to see a lot of great skating like that all the time. It was my new home rink and I was still an amateur skater, just getting to know the sport. Seeing the raw power of that jump, and the perfect landing made me want learn how to jump and spin and do all those tricks that I saw the other skaters do, and I became determined to do what David did that day…

But my skating career began much earlier, when I was about 9 years old. It all started one summer when my mom asked me if I wanted to take up a hobby for the summer. She introduced to me the idea of either learning how to roller skate or ice skate because she thought a hobby with an exercise aspect would be good for my health. Initially, I thought about roller blading, but the streets around our house were uneven, and had plenty of cracks, which made it difficult to roller blade, so I chose ice skating because there was an ice rink close to our house. It was that simple!

I returned to the sport at age 21, and since then, I’ve learned many spins and many jumps and all the moves in between. And yes… I even the flip that I saw David perform that fateful day. Over the years I took on new elements, practiced them, took quite a few falls, got back up and finally mastered them.

I’ll tell you, there is no greater feeling in the world than learning how to spin so fast that it feels like you’re floating above the ice, or the brief weightlessness you feel when executing a jump – it’s almost like flying. And learning how to control your edges, how to stick the landing and move through footwork as though it were a melody played out before you. It took years to master some of these moves but they have been the best years of my life, because I didn’t just learn the physical moves, but gained the confidence that comes with mastering difficult physical routines!

In addition to learning elements, I learned some other things along the way too like discipline and perseverance, attention to detail and grace, strength, and confidence – all of which have served me well on and off the ice. I spent many hours at the rink drilling and working hard on my elements and I did this as often as possible not because someone told me to, but because I loved it! I even went so far as to take gymnastics and dance lessons in order to improve body awareness and grace, and I cross trained off the ice so that I could become strong and confident. All of this spilled over into other aspects of my life and created the person I am today.

I should mention that I did almost all of my skating as an adult. I realize ice skating as a sport can be intimidating, especially for adults, but regardless of your age, you can participate at any level you want to. And the best part of learning ice skating as an adult is that you get to choose how often you engage in this amazing sport. You can simply do it once a week, recreationally, and just have fun, or you could do it every day if you wanted to for an amazing exercise routine.

Another great aspect is that there isn’t a learning barrier. You could take lessons from a professional trainer, or simply get a learn-to-skate program and practice on your own, at your own pace and comfort level. The most important thing for adults to realize is that anyone can learn (women and men) and no one is too old! During my years, I’ve met all ages and people from all walks of life on the ice and have formed great friendships and come to realize that anyone can learn how to skate!

I have been teaching skating for over 15 years now and I love passing on the passion of this amazing sport! Come join me on the ice, and let me share the joys and personal development it can bring into your life!

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Sit Stay Fetch by Daniel Stevens – Can it Really Help You Train Your Dog?

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Do a search on Google for Sit Stay Fetch and you will find pages after pages of information about this training program. In fact, search SitStayFetch, Sit Stay and any other combination of these three magical words and the guide by Daniel Stevens will show in the top search results.

But what makes this book so great? Is it really worth $37? Why does it stand out amongst other online dog training guides? The answer may not be so clear until you actually download the guide and read it.

The first thing that I noticed about Sit Stay Fetch is that it’s over 150 pages of information that will help you with all your dog’s behavior problems. Daniel Stevens, the author of this guide takes you through a dog’s life. You will learn about bringing your puppy dog home and work your way to advanced obedience training.

Beside the obedience training commands and tricks you will learn, here are just some issues you can eliminate by reading Sit Stay Fetch:

  • Puppy and Dog Aggression
  • Biting and Nipping
  • Bad Breath
  • Dealing with 2 dogs in the house
  • Jumping on people and furniture
  • Jealousy
  • Fighting with other dogs
  • Fear of leash
  • Hot weather
  • Separation anxiety
  • Housebreaking and house training

Daniel also offers six free bonuses:

  • Quick guide to dog aggression
  • Becoming the Alpha Dog
  • Grooming made easy
  • Security Training
  • All house training methods and trick
  • Audio on the go – mp3 do you can listen to Sit Stay Fetch
  • Unlimited access to a members only dog community

So if you’re looking for a great guide that can help you train your dog, I strongly suggest Sit Stay Fetch by Daniel Stevens. I’ve liked this guide so much, and this is why I decided to write a review about it.

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Clearing Clutter – And How to Turn Some of Your Trash Into Cash

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Do you have too much stuff? Especially too many books, CDs, DVDs, games, etc.? Sometimes it’s hard to let go. Read on for a few ideas that may help you to let go of excess books.

I have my own challenges with too much stuff. The thing is, I really like my books. I have also invested a considerable amount of money in them, so I can’t just throw them out, even if I don’t think I’ll ever read them again.

But… here’s what is helping me:

There’s a way to release them and feel good about it too. Check out the following options:

1) Sell Your Stuff on Amazon Marketplace

That one works especially well with books, media mail items of all kinds, and even other stuff.

You can go to Amazon, find the book or item you have to sell, and just click on “Have one to sell” and you’re off to the races.

2) eBay

You can also sell stuff on eBay of course. eBay works better for non-book items. Still, that’s not always the case. The trick is to know what to sell where.

The same principle applies that I mentioned above: It’s always easier to let things go if you know they’re going to someone who wants them enough to be willing to pay for them.

3) Your favorite charity

Next, you can release anything that won’t go into any of the above categories to your favorite charity. Do pick one that actually has use for your stuff. If you have books and media items, pick a charity that has a store with a nice book section.

There are a couple of places locally that have a very well stocked book section, and I know that if I give my books to them they will find a new home. Another charity, on the other hand, has just a couple of jumbled shelves for the books – book lovers are unlikely to seek them out for special finds.

4) Garage sales

Garage sales are a very popular option when it comes to spring cleaning tips. At some level, it may be less work than eBay OR Amazon.com, but the yield is probably going to be a lot lower as well.

Then again, it helps with clearing clutter, and can be a lot faster than listing things for sale. But you’d have to be willing to let them go for pennies on the dollar.

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How Penetration Testing Benefiting the IT Firms

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One of the greatest difficulties in IT security is deciding if the penetration testing tools and designs you have set up are giving your association the level of security you require.

Relying on the major rule that prevention is better than cure, it is basically a data confirmation movement to decide whether the data is suitably secured.

Before knowing its benefits let us first understand what exactly Penetration Testing means.

What is penetration testing?

A penetration testing software, or pen-test, is an endeavor to assess the security of an IT framework by securely attempting to misuse vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may exist in services, application flaws and Operating systems, improper arrangements or dangerous end-user behavior. Such appraisals are likewise helpful in approving the adequacy of penetration testing tools, and in addition, end-user adherence to security strategies.

It is regularly performed utilizing automated or manual technologies to efficiently trade-off servers, endpoints, web applications, remote systems, organize gadgets, cell phones and other potential purposes of introduction. When vulnerabilities have been effectively abused on a specific framework, testers may endeavor to utilize the bargained framework to launch ensuing adventures at another internal penetration testing- particularly by attempting to incrementally accomplish larger amounts of trusted status and more profound access to electronic resources or data by means of benefit heightening.

It is often possible for a pen tester to increase remote access to OS, database records, and application logic.

Here are the benefits that can help IT firms:

Safeguard corporate client and Image dependability:

Each and every episode of bargained client information can be exorbitant as far as both contrarily influencing deals and discoloring an association’s public image. With client maintenance costs higher than at any other time, nobody needs to lose the faithful clients that they’ve endeavored to acquire, and information breaks are probably going to kill new customers. Website security testing causes you maintain a strategic distance from information episodes that put your association’s dependability and reputation in question.

Brilliantly oversee vulnerabilities:

It gives definite data on real, exploitable security dangers. By executing vulnerability assessment, you can proactively discover which vulnerabilities are more basic, which are less significant and which are false positives. This enables your association to all the more cleverly organize remediation, apply required security fixes and assign security assets all the more successfully to guarantee that they are accessible when and where they are required most.

Meet administrative necessities and keep away from fines:

IT enable associations to address the general inspecting/consistence parts of directions. The detailed testing report that pen-tests create can enable associations to stay away from huge fines for non-compliance and enable them to outline progressing due constancy to assessors by keeping up required network penetration testing controls to examiners.

Avoid the cost of network downtime:

Recovering from a security break can cost an association millions of dollars identified with IT remediation endeavors, client assurance and maintenance programs, lawful activities and much more.

Penetration testing tools:

The testing tools and techniques can be utilized to distinguish some standard vulnerability present in an app. The best testing tools filter code to check if there is malicious code present which can prompt the potential security breach. Penetration testing tools can confirm security loopholes display in the framework by looking at information encryption systems and making sense of hard-coded values like username and password.

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The Future of Skateboarding

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Where have we been, where are we now and where is skateboarding going ?

The Beginning

If we’re going to try to figure out the future, it’s probably a good idea to head back first and see how this thing started.

It all began in the fifties, when Californian surfers started attaching roller skate wheels to planks of wood and riding down their local streets. Skateboard manufacturers started springing up in the early sixties and a new lifestyle was born.

Urethane skateboard wheels were invented in 1972 and are still used today. The mid 70s saw the first skateboard parks begin to appear which naturally spawned new styles of riding, new tricks and new boards as skaters went vertical. Also in the mid 70s, a new competitive scene was born when a slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival in Del Mar, California .The famous Zephyr team turned the skateboarding world on its head with their new aggressive approach to freestyle skating. In 1978 the most famous skate trick of all, the “Ollie”, was invented by Alan Gelfand (the 70s were a big decade for skating).

The 80s were a comparatively slow decade for skateboarding although there was a boost that came with the popularity of the VCR when the first skateboard videos were introduced. The Bones Brigade Video Show was particularly popular and made Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Kevin Staab household names amongst the skating fraternity.

The first Extreme Games were held in Rhode Island in 1995 and the skateboarding competition received a lot of attention leading to increased interest in the sport and raised its profile in the broader community. Skateboarding was also part of the first Winter X games in ’97 and competitive skateboarding had truly become mainstream.

The biggest thing to hit skateboarding in the 2000s is the massive popularity of the video game console. Skateboarding games lend themselves well to the format and there have been smash hit video games every year in the 2000s. A new generation of skaters was born as kids traded their console controllers for the real thing.

The Future of Skateboarding

Competitive skateboarding will be established as a legitimate mainstream sport in much the same way as surfing and surf culture. Just a few decades ago, surfers were looked down upon as untrustworthy reprobates. These days parent don’t think twice about wandering into the surf stores that exist in every shopping mall and loading up on clothes with surf labels for their offspring, who mightn’t even know what a beach looks like. Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Billabong are all trusted global brands now. Like it or not, watch for skating to go the same way. We’ll see mindblowing tricks leveraging energy and athleticism that would seem unimaginable today. Skate heroes will go mainstream and expect to see a much more advanced global competitive scene. Once again it’s instructive to take a look at surfing’s path. The competitive surfing scene floundered for decades before getting its act together in the late 80s, when the brave step was taken to give ultimate control of the sport to a single governing body. A new man-on-man format was introduced and contests were taken to the best waves at the best time of the year. The overall good of the sport finally overcame parochialism and commercial interest and poor, uncompetitive contests were discarded. Now, surfing has hit the big time – it has sophisticated, multi-tiered competitive scene with massive media coverage. Can skating go the same way ? Yes, if it allows itself to.

When it comes to local ramps and skate parks, expect bigger walls, bigger bowls and more of them. As the current generation of skaters grows up and gets its turn to have a say in council spending and infrastructure, well it’s good news for skaters who like parks and ramps.

Technology will impact skateboards in the same way that it’s hitting so many other products. Stronger, lighter materials will appear and the rapid distribution of information means that board and truck design will advance even faster. The impact of the internet is both a challenge and an opportunity for the local skateboard shop. Ecommerce growth rates are huge and more people are keen to buy skateboards online. The web allows a distribution model that effectively puts the consumer closer to the skateboard warehouse. If you long for the old days of the 70s wooden plank, then this mightn’t do much for you but if you’re kid on a limited budget, it’s all good news. Expect better, more technically advanced products at lower prices.

If skateboarding follows the same lines as other markets, then we might see further consolidation amongst the big brands, similar to Billabong’s acquisition of Sector 9. Other big players in today’s skateboard market are brands like Birdhouse, Girl, Zero, Plan B, Element and Blind. There’s a fair chance we could see a large company buy up a stable of big skate brands to get the pricing benefit that comes with volume, which can obviously help with product pricing but doesn’t always result inoriginal product design and creativity (when was the last time Ford or GM came out with a cool product ?). In any market, if the big get bigger, then opportunities arise for small players to carve out their own niche for local markets and buyers who are less brand conscious.

Maple is still the premium construction material for decks but surely the day is approaching when maple will be superceded, at least for some styles of board. New styles of boards will continue to emerge – the humble skateboard of the early days has already evolved into longboards, cruisers, retro boards, pool boards, old school and mountain boards. As well as lighter, stronger trucks and better quality wheels, there’ll be new deck plan shapes and original artwork.

So there you have it, a quick look at the past and a peek into the future – and the future looks good!

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6 Tips to Organize User’s Manuals

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When you purchase items such as vehicles, appliances, garden equipment or any type of electronics, they come with user’s manuals. Some come in paper form, while others can be accessed online. These manuals are very important to understand the operation and maintenance associated with the purchased product.

Quick and easy access is a must when you need information about the item. There are different schools of thought on how to organize user’s manuals. As with anything in life, what works for one doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone. Think about the different options listed here, and decide which idea, or combination of ideas will work best for you.

You may be wondering why I’m suggesting that a combination of ideas may work better for you. In the past when I’ve talked about the first step of the organizing process, which is putting like items together, this concept typically is the way you should organize your user’s manuals. I still agree with the concept of putting like items together, but possibly in different physical locations.

For example, all the manuals for the equipment I use outdoors is in a plastic folder on a shelf in my garage. Another example is, the manuals for my tv, dvd player and cable tv are all together in the cabinet where my tv lives. So, the concept of keeping like items together holds true, but in different physical locations. All other manuals that I don’t access frequently, are stored in hanging folders in my filing cabinet.

Check out the list below for options and tips for organizing your user’s manuals.

  • Store manuals where you use the item for quick and easy access. This makes sense for vehicle manuals as most people store them in their glovebox.
  • Store paper user’s manuals in a hanging folder in your filing tote or cabinet. Use dividers in the folder for categories such as, appliances, outdoors, electronics, etc.
  • Alternatively, you can store digital manuals, and/or links to websites for digital manuals using the same categories that you use for paper manuals, for consistency. Evernote is an app that works great for storing and organizing files of all types, paper and electronic and you will have access to them anywhere at any time via smartphone.
  • Attach the receipt, and mark the date of purchase & model number on the front for ease in troubleshooting.
  • When you replace the item, recycle the old user’s manual.
  • Keep all user’s manuals that belong to the home in a folder together and place the folder on the kitchen counter when you move out after the sale of the house.
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How To Play Bakugan With Double Strike Bakugan

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When season 3 of the Bakugan series was introduced, there were not only new sets of Core Bakugan and Super Assaults that were released. There was also what we call the Double Strike Bakugan. These are a special kind of Bakugan, created in a way that they can execute a secondary attack when played in a brawl. There are only a few of them, and only two of them have been released so far.

The Double Strike Bakugan is not as popular as the Bakugan Battle Gear or the Bakugan Mobile Assault. This maybe because there are only so very few of them. The battle gears and the mobile assaults have also been widely promoted throughout the community while the Double Strike Bakugan was not. It also has a different set of rules to follow when in play. The rules for the battle gears and mobile assaults are solid and applicable to every battle gear and mobile assault (respectively). But this is not so with the Double Strike Bakugan.

Let us take the two released Double Strike Bakugan, Sky and Gaia Dragonoid Bakugan and Dartaak Bakugan, as examples in explaining how their rules are different from the other Bakugan. Basically, they have a secondary attack that can be triggered by the player, either automatically or manually. When rolled onto a Gate card, the Double Strike Bakugan pops into two pieces, and the game ends up having more action and excitement!

When using the Sky and Gaia Dragonoid in a brawl, roll it onto the Gate cards and see where the opened halves of the Bakugan land. If both pieces land on the same Gate card, the player will decide which piece stays and which other will be moved to the other Gate card on the field. Battle will ensue when there is an opponent on the Gate card. If there opponents on both the cards, the player will pick which battle will start first.

If both pieces of the Sky and Gaia Dragonoid open and land on the same Gate card, and there are no other cards on the field, the player will have to choose which piece will stay in play and which one will be moved to the used pile. Another case wherein one piece will be move to the used pile is when that piece does not land on any card. If it lands elsewhere on the field, then it is moved to the used pile.

The Dartaak Bakugan is similarly used like the Sky and Gaia Dragonoid. It also opens up into two pieces when rolled onto a Gate card. When it lands on the card, only the G-Power of the piece that stays will be used for the battle. If it lands on the opponent’s Gate card, however, the G-Powers of both pieces will be added up and a battle will ensue.

There are other Double Strike Bakugan that haven’t been shown yet, and the rules of how to play them are also not certain. Only the Sky and Gaia Dragonoid and the Dartaak have specific instruction as of now. Their rules are specifically pointed out separately to emphasize how they follow a different gameplay from the other Bakugan. We will know more when more Double Strike Bakugan will be released.

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Welding Pot Metal – Tips For How to Tig Weld it With HTS-2000, Aladdin 3 in 1, Or Durafix

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Welding pot metal is not as hard as people say, but it is not as easy as you might think…unless you know the tricks.

Pot metal is used for all kinds of cheap trinkets like figurines, cookie cutters, hole punch handles and especially old automotive window crank handles.  The problem with welding this kind of stuff is that sometimes the effort that goes into welding it is just not worth it. But there are some things made from pot metal that are worth fixing. Some of the ones that come to mind are antiques, old classic car parts like trim and ornaments, and grandmas old cookie cutter that is not worth anything but has sentimental value.

 Pot metal is made from aluminum, zinc, copper and possibly a few other low melting point metals in various combinations. It’s also referred to as Die Cast metal.

It’s the zinc that makes it a pain  to weld because zinc has such a low  melting point and also tries to out-gas when tig welded. But It can be welded with few problems if you know how.

The 3 main welding rods are :

  1. HTS-2000
  2. Durafix
  3. Alladin 3 in 1 

These rods are advertised to be able to weld using only a small hand held propane torch. That is actually brazing, not welding, but the sales guys at boat shows are really impressive when they braze repair big holes in beer cans.

But these Zinc aluminum brazing rods can also be used to Tig Weld Pot Metal.

If you are pretty decent at tig welding aluminum, you can surely read this article and do OK tig welding this stuff too.

Generally,  pot metal parts are pretty clean so only a minor bit of grinding is required before welding. Usually the problem is that something just broken off clean. If that’s the case, a little grooving out of the crack will permit enough penetration for a strong joint. Remember, if it’s an ornamental piece, and its broken because someone dropped it, Its going to break again if its dropped again no matter how deep you penetrate the weld, so take it easy on the penetration.

You need an A/C tig welding machine with high frequency start.  Most  jobs can be welded with a small 1/16  inch tungsten electrode with a blunt taper on the tip.  Set the amperage to only about 80 amps and you probably wont even need near that much.

Tig weld it just like you would aluminum except that you will only weld for about 5 or 10 seconds at a time before stopping to let it cool. Just when it gets to flowing good. STOP! Its about to melt and fall in your lap. That is the best tip around for welding this stuff.

Stop often and let cool.

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Various Benefits Of Quad Roller Skates

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Roller skating made its first appearance sometime around the 1980s and 90s when the youth of that time was looking for new trends and styles to become popular among peer group. The challenge of balancing your body on four wheels and the excitement in moving on those wheels added to the charm of this new item of extreme sports. This along with the fact that it could be done by people of any age made roller skating extremely popular. If you are familiar with roller skates, you’d know that they come in two types, inline and quad roller skates. The difference between both lies in the way their wheels are positioned. The former has its four wheels positioned as a straight line while the latter has two wheels in the front and two wheels at the back.

When it comes to balancing yourself, quad roller skates are more user friendly as your whole foot is placed on the floor. In the case of inline skates, you are standing on a single line of wheels where it is more difficult to balance. This is why quad roller skates are chosen for kids and beginners as they make it easier for the skaters to practice and balance without falling repeatedly. Besides letting you move easily, they also help you in practicing different moves and techniques faster and better.

As it is easier to use and practice, quad roller skates became very useful, not only as a way to have fun and entertainment but also to travel from one place to another within the neighbourhood. It is also useful for exercise and workout, as it can increase the stamina and muscular co-ordination. Therefore, soon after it made its appearance, it became a favorite of not only the youth but also children and older adults. Not only does it helps you keep fit but also gives you a happy and fun-filled family time.

Experts in this sports often complain that quad roller skates do not give as much as speed as inline ones. They are right to an extent. Inline is suited for more professional and skilled players as it provides high speed and scope for variety of techniques and tricks. On the other hand, quad roller skates provide necessary speed that is enough to enjoy the fun. Also, for novice players too much speed is also not a good idea. These skates are perfect for them as this helps them in controlling the speed according to their needs.

Now let us come to the best part of quad skates. With so many uses, they come quite affordable and inexpensive. You can easily purchase them from any skateboard shop, either in person or through the internet. Without emptying your pockets you can find the best products that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Even if you are going for one of the best brands, they come within your budget and with high performance and durability.

The benefits of this sports item don’t end here. They make a perfect gift for your children or friends if you are sure that they can manage it without bringing any harm on themselves. On top of all these, they serve you not only as a source of entertainment and fun but also as convenient and inexpensive way of transport for going to nearby places.

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Head of the Pack: Chester Gigolo’s Advanced Dog Training Secrets

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Head of the Pack

By: Christina Potter

Publisher: Aperture Press

Publication Date: August 2017

ISSBN: 978-0997302097

Reviewed by: Ellen Feld

Review Date: March 19, 2018

Dog trainer and author Christina Potter, in her third book in the “Chester Gigolo” series, delivers a book that is a lot of fun to read while, more importantly, giving readers a lot of very useful information on dog training.

Head of the Pack is divided into sixteen chapters that examine various aspects of the dog world that will help you train your dog. The book opens with an introduction that shares how much dogs enjoy human companionship and how it works best when both dog and human understand each other. So, how do you improve your ability to communicate with your dog? That’s what the book is all about.

Right away in the first chapter, the author offered advice that drew me in and made me want to read the rest of the book. “Blur the lines between playing and training, and you will have a dog that is delighted to work with you any time.” From there, she goes on to explain that you must be firm but not too firm. How? She uses an analogy of a spaghetti noodle that works perfectly to get her point across. The chapters are fairly short – most are three or four pages – and everything is very easy to understand.

Head of the Pack is “written” by Chester Gigolo, a Berger Picard, and he’s one smart dog. Chester shares his training expertise on a broad range of topics from knowing what each breed has been bred for (and using that knowledge to select the proper dog as well as using their innate instincts to advantage when training) to how often to give treats and even what kind of treats work best. And unlike many dog training manuals that offer tips in a dry, dull manner, Chester is quite funny and entertaining. He livens up each chapter with commentary – for example, when talking about getting treats, “march into the kitchen, load up on yummy treats – in your hands, not in your tummy – and let’s get started.”

There is a lot of useful information in this book that both first-time dog owners and more advanced canine fans will learn from. What I particularly appreciated is that the author didn’t just share her views and say “it works for me, it’ll work for you.” Rather, she backs up her statements with research from around the world, noting the researchers/institutions/journals, how the tests were conducted, and the results. While I’ve had dogs all my life and like to think I know what I’m doing when training, I definitely learned a lot from this book. Did you know that tail wagging doesn’t always mean a dog is happy? What about growling? For tricks, the author advises using your dog’s breed to help determine what tricks will be easiest for your dog to learn and then follows up with several real life examples that show how different breeds react to the same situation. And speaking of tricks, chapter ten (smack dab in the middle of the book) is dedicated to trick training. There are 25 tricks dissected in such a way that again, it’s easy to see how to teach each trick. Most are also accompanied by a picture of a dog performing the trick. I “dog-tested” several of the tricks on my dog Rocco (a dachshund/yorkie mix who is lovable but not the brightest light bulb in the pack), and he was able to follow my lead and do the tricks. That is itself is worth the price of this book!

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