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Manifesting Begins with a Request

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


By Dr. Eric Amidi


Understanding the basic concepts of the Law of Attraction is just the first step in carving a new path in your life. Actually taking the steps necessary to begin to see great changes is another. Every journey truly does begin with one step and with living a life based on the Law of Attraction, that first step is making a request to the Universe.

For many people who are just starting to put together how to use the Law of Attraction, this can seem like a daunting task — one that’s much bigger than asking a friend for helping moving or a sibling to borrow some money. With so many things that we want to improve in our lives, it can also seem impossible to narrow down what your request is to one thing.

It’s important to note that you don’t have to start out with a big request. A request can be as large or as small as you would like it to be. You can start off with something as seemingly minor as “I want to feel happy today.” Of course, when you think about it, this isn’t that minor of a request at all: if you could have this request granted every day of your life, you would wind up living a life filled with joy and happiness.

Our initial request is a strong start, but we can make it even stronger by wording it slightly differently. After all, we know that the Universe responds to not just positive thinking but to the belief that you are destined to receive something. So instead of saying “I want to feel happy today,” why not tell the Universe “I am going to be happy today?” Instead of placing your request as something that you want to happen — which means that you aren’t sure that it can happen — you are telling the Universe that you expect to be happy today because you deserve it.

As you get more comfortable using the Law of Attraction you can get more specific with your requests from the Universe. In fact, you will want to do this as quickly as possible as the Universe reacts better to direct and specific requests. Being as clear as possible allows you to channel your positive energy to exactly the right place — which gives you a better chance of making a connection with your energy.


Eric Amidi has developed a method for gaining success based on scientific principles about how the human mind works. Dr. Eric Amidi helped to discover the Top Quark at Fermi Laboratory.

Tips for Companies Shipping Outside the US

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Internet has connected people to people, and people to companies too. This international commerce has opened up new opportunities for business, and a wealth of new goods flooding American and international markets. All of this is thanks to mail order fulfillment, which works quite well on a local level.

Unfortunately, shipping internationally is not so simple regardless of which side of the world you are on. Customs and Border Protection for the US has rules and regulations that must be complied with in order to ship goods to the US. If you are an international seller planning to ship to the US, or a buyer planning to have something shipped from another country, you will need to apprise yourself of the rules before you make the purchase. When it comes to buying internationally, it is very much a case of “buyer beware,” so be sure you are aware of your own obligations.

Inform Potential Buyers

As the seller, it is a good idea for you to keep a page somewhere on your website that informs your international customers about the risks they face. It’s not a legal obligation, by any means, but the extra information will save you and your customer service team headaches in the long run. Most businesses online sell items that would not be considered hazardous, but there are exceptions that you or your buyer might not be aware of. If you can do a little extra leg work and give your customers some information on how to ship something, you will get more repeat business.

Doing Research

When you’re shipping into the US, it helps to do a bit of research on the regulations. You may need to call the Export Control offices and give them a brief description of what’s being shipped, or ask them about the kinds of items you plan to ship in the future. You may also require a license to ship internationally, which is something you’ll uncover when you speak with the Export Control Offices.

Other Methods to Ship

Alternatively, you can take advantage of mail forwarding, which can ship goods to other destinations for you. The buyer can set up a US-based mailing address he can use to receive packages, then have the packages shipped from that new address. The address is virtual, so international companies can use it to establish virtual offices as well. In addition, these services typically have an online component that lets vendors manage the flow of goods and make changes to orders on the fly.

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USA2Me supplies a US mailing address travelers and vendors can use to ship goods to the US. To find out how to get US-based mail forwarded to wherever life takes you, contact USA2Me.

When Retargeting Fails

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever noticed that Web pages seem to follow you these days? If you haven’t, certainly millennials have. They have overwhelmingly responded that retargeting can border on intrusive. The practice has shown a lot of promise since it was first embraced by marketers, and it’s fueled by simple ideologies. So why are some companies able to pull it off while others are looked at as a nuisance? The answer may have a lot to do with frequency and engagement.

How Retargeting Works

Retargeting is aimed specifically at people who have already seen your banner advertising or landing page. It records their visit by tracking cookie, and shows additional ads to those visitors only. It helps to build brand awareness, which would be effective when you want to make a special offer for a product you sell. Say, for example, that you offer free shipping on your products. Re-targeted banners would help customers associate your brand with free shipping, which may have significant effects for you in the long term.

The Myth of Retargeting as Effective Messaging

Many newbies come into retargeting with the belief that it is just another layer for effective display advertising. This kind of thinking is toxic to your campaigns. It leads you to overlook frequency, which designates how often a user will see your ads. Ignorance of ad frequency turns your campaign into an annoyance very quickly.

There is no magic number, but you generally don’t want to be the only thing your audience sees throughout the day. Perhaps you might test your retargeting efforts set at a lower frequency, then open new ad groups to test higher or lower frequencies.

The Reality of Retargeting as an Annoyance

The user experience is crucial, and often overlooked. Retargeting sounds really great, but anyone who has seen it firsthand has seen where it will go wrong. It can be very invasive, and may end up looking like a recorded session of the user’s browser history.


Retargeting isn’t going away, and it’s actually quite beneficial for those who understand how to utilize it. Part of that realization is paying attention to the user experience. Once you’re conscious of what users actually see, you’re more likely to make changes that make for more effective branding. Retargeting saves a lot of money on your banner advertising efforts, but it can be a frustration too. When retargeting fails, it doesn’t just lose sales. It turns customers off to your marketing efforts and makes them want to block your messaging attempts. Done properly, retargeting allows you to reach new audience members through cost-effective displays.

Bio: Ted Dhanik is the co-founder of engage:BDR, where he is responsible for helping businesses generate leads through engaging display advertising. Ted Dhanik began his marketing career engaging with users of MySpace, eventually beginning his own firm. Find out how to grow your business on mobile or desktop with tips from Ted Dhanik.

Arts and crafts supplies

October 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Too Cute Beads

Arts and crafts have been a hobby for many people for thousand of years. Shops specializing in supplies have greatly helped people to improve their craft and practice their favourite hobby without spending a lot on supplies.

A good art and crafts kit should start with a pair of scissors. Scissors are versatile and depending on your needs, look for paper or fabric scissors. You should also invest in storage bins to tidily pack your supplies to avoid mixing. If you are into jewelry making, you might want to keep each kind of bead separately.

If arts and crafts are your hobbies, you might have invested over time in specific tools to suit your purposes. If not, investing in some particular tools such as wire cutters and a utility knife can yield better results on your crafts. Generally you would also be needing copious amount of miscellaneous types of paper, ribbons, paints and glue to effectively carry out your hobby.

For specific hobbies revolving around jewelry making, you can consider investing in bracelet kits. This will enable you to craft your own bracelet for your own use or to be given out as gifts to friends and family. With beaded jewelry kits you can match your jewelry to each of your outfit by making them yourselves.

Too Cute Beads is an online company selling beads and jewelry supplies. They have a large choice of kits, tools and beads for all your DIY projects.

Land of opportunity in Richmond

October 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Richmond’s economy is driven mainly by finance, law, government with several, state, federal and local government agencies. The city is also home to several legal and banking companies. The city also has the Great Turning Basin used by boats and possesses the world’s unique triple crossing of rail line. The city also boasts several performing arts places that were built in the 1920s.

In May 2013, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has released it Annual Report for 2012. This report featured an essay that talked about economic mobility. This essay suggested that economic mobility in Richmond has declined lately, particularly for people at the top and bottom of the income distribution.

Several factors were identified as contributory to the retention and attainment of people’s economic status. A common denominator in bringing advancement irrespective of the person’s economic group is the ability to obtain cognitive and noncognitive skills. These initiatives were initially good for children born in poorer families. However, initiatives that focus on bringing education right from early childhood seem to have brought higher returns of investment.

Choosing to relocate to Richmond can open up opportunities in terms of business and investment. Virginia’s educational system also ranks among the best 10 in all states in the US. The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty, a Virginia realtor can help you find a home Richmond Virginia. You will get in contact with the best Richmond realtor to help you find the perfect place.