Many – but by no means all – students who take the IELTS Examination for a quantitative assessment of their English-language skills for entrance to universities in the UK and Australia take course to prepare for the test itself. It’s a strongly recommended idea.

People with very high English skills can do well in the exam with no preparation. But even many of them find the severe time limits on the writing tasks, for example, to produce IELTS ‘band’ scores that do not accurately reflect their real writing skills.

Even its creators conceded that IELTS is a tricky test. Question types – there are 10 in all – are often not used in a straightforward manner, requiring both agility of thinking and extra time in answering on the part of the IETLS candidate. Learning how IELTS asks questions, as well as the kinds of questions it asks, can make a significant difference in overall performance.

Perhaps most critically, for both the writing and the speaking tasks – the most difficult for most candidates anyway, because they involve self-expression in English – are expected to be performed according to established IELTS formats. However, the administrators of IELTS spell out those formats nowhere in their published literature. For that matter, the formats are not often made clear in the numerous books on IELTS preparation on the market.

For all these reasons, to get the IELTS band score that most accurately reflects your real English-language skills, some kind of tutorial is advised. In large cities with educational centres, there are both universities, schools and private companies that offer such IELTS- preparation courses. In such places, it is also usually possible to find private tutors, although seeking them out can be more difficult.

The books on IELTS Exam preparation are surprisingly poor overall. There also are online courses. Looking in your favorite search engine for ‘IELTS online preparation’ will provide you with some reasonable choices.

Unless you know your English skills are at or near the native-speaker level, it is strongly advised that you take some kind of IELTS tutorial before you take the exam to get the band score that most accurately reflects your real skill level. Conversely, taking an IELTS-preparation course to improve your English skills is wrong-headed. That should be done in another context. There is too much to be taught about the IELTS Exam itself to allow for the teaching of skills at the same time.

Article Directories 101

I recently extended a challenge to a writing group. The challenge was to write and submit as many articles as possible to article directories online during the month of January. I was surprised to learn that some writers had never heard of article directories. So here’s my crash course for writers: Article Marketing 101.

WHAT is an article directory? An article directory is a website that contains a database of articles. These articles are categorized by topic on the website. An article directory is a place where authors submit their articles. It is also a place where publishers can find free articles pertinent to their publishing needs; in exchange they place your bio and [active] links with your article when they publish it.

HOW do I submit my articles to an article directory? The process of submitting articles is simple. First, you’ll need to create an account with the directory (this is usually free). Once your account is approved and activated, you’ll be able to submit your articles.

WHO approves my articles? Article directories are normally maintained by human editors. Every article is read and checked by these editors and then must be approved. (Remember to read and follow the article directory’s terms!)

WHEN are my articles displayed? Normal wait time can range from one day up to two weeks. On average, my articles are usually approved within 5-7 days.

WHERE are my articles used? Your articles are used in many venues. Sometimes an editor who is short an article for her monthly newsletter will search, find, and print a relevant article from the article database. One lady I know that runs an article directory has had several print publications use articles from her database, and is marketing it more and more towards the print publishers now.

WHY would I want to give away my articles for free? Submitting your articles to an article directory has tons of benefits. Not only do you get free marketing benefits from it, but you get lots of exposure. You can position yourself as an expert. It’s a mutual win-win situation, for both you and the publishers that get to use your articles.

Where to Find Free Or Low Cost Advertising

When you are just starting a new online business, more often than not the amount available for promotions and advertising is in the hundreds rather than thousands of dollars. So you need to make full use of the free and low cost advertising that is available, know where to find it, and make every dollar spent, pay for itself.

It will take a little time to sort out which ads are working for you, and it is important to make sure that you track your leads so you know which advertisements they actually come from.

These are some ideas that you might like to try.

Free Advertising

· Free Classifieds. There are literally hundreds of free classified sites around; some of the better known ones are Adland Pro, Craigslist and Sales Spider, but try searching for them in your favorite search engine and you will come up with a whole bunch of them.

· Articles are a great way to get your name known, and links to your website can always be put in the resource box at the end of the article. If you haven’t done any writing and are not sure how to go about it, most of the article sites have “how to” sections, which will start you off. If you search for article directories in the search engines you will find plenty to submit to, but, and Articledashboard are three of the better sites.

· Set up your blog so you can link any articles or social media sites to your it, which of course will have a squeeze page on it, giving you a leads list. You can also set it up so you have a business section and a personal section, which will help your visitors get to know you as a real person.

· Social Media is BIG and also free. Join Twitter, Facebook, Squidoo, MySpace, Hub Pages etc, and start posting and making friends. However, don’t try the hard sell straight away, give people time to get used to seeing your name and photos, and seeing what you have to say.

· Ezines are also a good place to look for free or low cost advertising. Again, you will find heaps of them when you search on Google or Yahoo. Generally they have a classified section which is free.

· Video marketing is very big, and the search engines love them. They are also free. You can sign up to one of the video distribution sites who will distribute your video to various places such as Facebook and Twitter for you. There are some free ones around, but also some where you have to pay for a subscription, so if you are going to be doing video marketing make sure you know what services you will get for your money.

Low Cost Advertising

· Classified ads again. You can generally upgrade a free ad by paying a small monthly amount, and this will keep your ad at the top of the list, or put it in a larger font or highlight it in some way.

· Viral emails. There are numerous viral email sites around where you pay either a monthly subscription, or a yearly fee to send out, for example, 3000 or 5000 emails every so many days to their opted-in members. This can be quite a good way to get some low cost advertising, though to get results you do need to change your email regularly.

· Banner Ads. There are some sites around where you can place banners for a reasonable amount. Do some research on what you are getting for your advertising dollars, and make sure you know where the banner is going to be placed.

· Ezines also have some low cost advertising available, usually as text or banner ads.

By using a combination of free and low cost advertising such as the above ideas, it will keep your budget to a realistic amount, and done on a regular basis, should give you some good results for your online business. It should also be stressed that you will need to keep a spreadsheet of which ads you have running at any one time, and the results you get from them.

Online Forex Trading Secrets

I am here to share some knowledge, tips, strategies and insights of how to successfully buy, sell, trade and invest in online Forex trading. FOREX or Foreign Exchange is the largest as well as the most liquid trading market in the world and there are many people involved in FOREX trading all over the world. A lot of people claim that the FOREX is the best home business that could be pursued by any person. With each day, more and more are turning to FOREX traders, via electronic means of computer and internet connectivity.

This means that foreign exchange is not delivered to a person who actually buys like stock trading, FOREX trading also has day traders that purchase and sell foreign exchange same day. Thus, FOREX is not a get-rich-quick scheme as many people thought which complicates the real concept of online Forex trading.

Unlike stocks and futures that trade through exchanges, Forex trading is done through market makers that include major banks as well as small to large brokerage firms located around the world who collectively make a market on 24 hours – 5 days basis. The Forex market is always “open” and is the largest financial network in the world (daily average turnover of trillions of dollars).

Forex trading involves trading currency pairs such as the EUR/USD pair (Eurodollar/US dollar pair) where a buyer of this pair would actually be buying the Eurodollar and simultaneously selling short the US dollar.

Here’s the deal: Just like any other market, most “traders” are losing when trading Forex. And the reasons for their failure are mainly because some lack good trading methods, sound money and risk management principles and indiscipline trading attitude. In most cases, it could be wrong mindset and motive towards the market. Some don’t even understand the trend of the market, of which the trend plays a vital role in the life of any trader, as it is simply says that “the trend is your friend”.

Moreover, many have been mislead by dishonest individuals or questionable brokers promising outwardly overnight riches and hidden policies.

Forex is still a little like the “wild west”, so there’s naturally a lot of confusion and misinformation out there but I’m here to cover many tactics and strategies used by successful Forex traders all over the world. Unfortunately, only few Forex traders are actually aware of this information.

Forex trading is all about regulation, willpower and determination. Leveraging your strength could be extravagant by organizing the appropriate Forex trading strategy. You may find hundreds and thousands of Forex trading strategies out there. All Forex trading strategies use a variety of indicators and combinations. These indicators and studies are just calculating support and resistance and trend in the Forex trading market.

What you are about to read is more valuable to you than what you will find in many trading courses or seminars that you’d have to pay for. Anyway, I don’t believe in sugarcoating anything or giving you false hopes of success. There are enough swindlers doing that already. I want to give you the facts, like ’em or not, so you’re empowered to take action and make positive decisions on how to succeed in the Forex markets.

There’s nothing magical about the Forex markets, because all markets are ultimately driven by human psychology – fear and greed – and supply and demand. Sure, every market has its own peculiarities, but if you understand how the basic drivers of human emotions work, you can potentially succeed big in Forex market, because the market controls 95% of live trader’s emotions. Some traders think it’s a “get rich quick” trading the popular Forex markets.

There are many advantages of Forex trading over other types of financial instrument trading like bonds, stocks, commodities etc. But it does not mean that there are no risks involved in the Forex trading. Of course there are risks associated with Forex trading. Therefore, someone needs to understand all the terms related to Foreign Exchange carefully. There are many online sources as well as offline sources that provide hints on trading of Forex. These hints are basically the SECRETS.

As I said above, the foreign exchange trading is considered as one of the most profitable and attractive opportunities for investment as any person can easily do at home or office and from any part of the world. For succeeding the Forex trading, a person is not required to do any online promotion, marketing etc. The only requirement in the Forex trading is the account that a person is required to open with reliable and registered brokers, a computer system and fast internet connection.

Now, you have to be careful when opening a Forex account with any broker because some could be SCAM. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in US has jurisdiction over all Futures and Forex activity. When trading in the foreign exchange markets, individuals should only trade with a CFTC registered entity that is also a member of the National Futures Association (NFA) and is regulated by the CFTC. For non-US broker/ bank entities, be sure that the broker or bank is registered with that country’s appropriate regulatory bodies.

The Forex account could be opened with any amount between $300 (mini) and $2000 (standard). After opening the account, a person is required to learn how the Forex market works, demo trade and after a while go live trading. Moreover, there are some secrets that have to be followed.

A person can also apply all the secrets when demo trading and can see if the secrets really work. It could be said without any doubt that if someone can apply all the secrets in right way, he/she can easily gain good money by way of Forex trading.

All successful traders have Forex trading strategies that they follow to make profitable trades. These Forex trading strategies are generally based on a strategy that allows them to find good trades. And the strategy is based on some form of market analysis. Successful traders need some ways to interpret and even predict the movements of the market.

There are two basic approaches to analyzing the movements of the Forex market. These are Technical Analysis and Fundamental Analysis. However, technical analysis is much more likely to be used by traders. Still, it’s good to have an understanding of both types of analysis, so that you can decide which type would work best for your Forex trading strategies.

There has been misconception about the Forex market because there are different types of traders and advert out there full of exaggerations that makes the business unreal to so many people and that is why I am here to show you the SECRETS in Forex Trading.

What is traded on the Forex market? The answer is money. Forex trading is where the currency of one nation is traded for that of another. Therefore, Forex trading is always traded in pairs and the most commonly traded currency pairs are traded against the US Dollar (USD). They are called ‘the Majors’. The major currency pairs are the Euro Dollar (EUR/USD); the British Pound (GBP/USD); the Japanese Yen (USD/JPY); and the Swiss Franc (USD/CHF). The notable ‘commodity’ currency pairs that traded are the Canadian Dollar (USD/CAD) and the Australian Dollar AUD/USD. Because there is no central exchange for the Forex market, these pairs and their crosses are traded over the telephone and online through a global network of banks, multinational corporations, importers and exporters, brokers and currency traders. But if you really want to make it big in the Forex market, I will strongly advise that as a “beginner” in the business. Kindly get acquainted with one or two major currency pairs. Study them very well and make sure you understand their volatility period.

And to further simplify Forex trading, you could easily limit your trading to the two most liquid and widely traded pairs, the EUR/USD and the GBP/USD. This really starts to reduce demands on your time for trading activities without giving up good profit potential.

Traditionally, currency trading has been a ‘professionals only’ market available exclusively to banks and large institutions, however, because of the invention of the new E-economy, online Forex trading firms are now able to offer trading accounts to ‘retail’ traders like you and I. Now almost anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can trade currencies just like the world’s largest banks do.

Top Tips on Advertising and Marketing

With the increasing competition in all the fields, it has become a must for all of us to market ourselves in the best possible ways. In order to gain maximum customers, advertising and marketing is the best possible option. To advertise and market your self you can take aid of the following possible ways.

1. Through the newspaper:

Newspapers are the best possible tool to reach to all people of the different strata’s of the society. We can be sure that our ad reaches all the readers possible as almost all the people order a newspaper at their home each day. But make sure that your newspapers ad is attractive and contains a witty code that will help you attract as many people as possible. Newspapers reach everywhere thus, by giving your ad in a newspaper you make sure that your ad reaches everywhere. 

2. Through the internet:

Almost all of us log on to the internet everyday. Thus, placing an ad on the internet may leave you assured that maximum people read it and call you if they wish to offer to your services. Also, you can be assured that you will get customers from all age groups an all strata’s of society as internet is accessed by all of us. Internet ads can be place don web sites or on search engines. The cost of the ad is decided on the number of pixels that it uses up. Thus, the larger your ad is, the more you pay for it. But, internet ads are very effective and gain maximum results.   

3. Event marketing:

Event marketing is one of the favorites of all. You can set up an event at public places like shopping malls, theaters, shops, multiplexes etc. events attract a large number of people and make sure that you get loads of recognition. You can become famous through this method of marketing. You can be sure that in future if any of the people need any of your services, they will contact you definitely. Events are generally unforgettable and thus organizers of these events are always remembered. You can capture the new generation through events which is extremely important as they are the ones who will need your services in the future. Thus, event marketing too can gain you good results. 

4. Customer satisfaction:

Last but not the least; customer satisfaction is the basic of marketing. If you treat your customers in the best possible way, they may suggest you to different people thus increasing the number of your customers. If you wish to get referrals from your customers, you should provide them with the best possible services. You don’t need to give them something extra but just give them what they are paying for in the best possible way you can. Keep your promises. Don’t boast about things that you don’t offer in your ads. Make sure that your customers are satisfied with your services by telling them to send feed backs to you.

Removing Super Glue

We all know that Super Glue is one of the strongest and fastest bonding adhesives on the market today. Because of its wide use, people have found that they might accidentally glue their fingers together or to another object. If this happens to you, don’t worry. Although Super Glue is incredibly strong, it still has a major weakness which is acetone.

Household products such as nail polish remover contain the chemical acetone. If you place a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton swab or Q-tip, you can apply it directly to your skin to dissolve the bond. This process doesn’t damage the skin however it can discolor fabrics and damage laminated counter tops. Straight acetone can also burn your skin so use with caution.

If Super Glue happens to stick together body parts where acetone can’t be applied (such as lips or eyes) then follow this advice.

For skin bonded together with Super Glue soak the affected areas in warm soapy water. After a few minutes peel or roll the skin apart. If you have trouble with this try using tools such as a pencil or a spatula. After this remove the cured Super Glue with warm soapy water. This may take several applications.

If you accidentally stick your lips together apply a large amount of warm water while wetting your lips with saliva from the inside of your mouth. After a few minutes try to peel or roll your lips apart (do NOT pull). Super Glue solidifies when it touches saliva (or moisture) and could actually stick to the inside of your mouth. Within 1-2 days the saliva should break down the glue. Avoid swallowing the glue after detachment.

Eyelids are a bit trickier. If you do happen to stick your eyelids together wash it with warm water and then apply a gauze patch. In 1-4 days the eyelid will open on its own without further action. To this day there hasn’t been a documented case of adhesive to the eye that has caused permanent damage so try not to worry. Do not try and force your eyes open.

Getting Super Glue on your eyeball will cause the glue to attach to the eye protein, but only for a matter of time (several hours). Weeping and double vision may occur until the adhesive has dissolved. Washing with a warm 3% sodium bicarbonate solution may help in speeding up the removal of the adhesive.

Strategic Planning and Guerrilla Marketing – Ongoing Discussions

Mid 2010 or thereabouts, I had finished reading two books by Jay Conrad Levinson; “Guerrilla Marketing Online – Second Edition” and “Guerrilla Marketing Online Weapons – 100 Low Cost, High-Impact Weapons for Online Profits and Prosperity,” and after I’d completed those books, I jotted down some thoughts in an article of my own on strategic planning with a guerrilla marketing motif. I noted the realities and differences between local community brick and mortar operations and online small businesses.

Later in the year, I had a short dialogue about this with the famous business author and columnist, Leanne Hoagland-Smith (Your Increase Sales Coach). We talked about how it was important for entrepreneurs to leave their egos at the door so to speak, and how it was important for businesses to not only have online presence but not to forget about their real business relationships. She noted that;

“Business is conducted belly to belly. Social media can develop relationships and attract some attention, but true long lasting relationships start with personal contacts from thank you notes to phone call and face to face meetings.”

You know what, she’s absolutely right and it’s far too easy in all this barrage of information and online social networks to forget that truth. Indeed, if you want to increase sales you have to know your customers, really know them, not just have a couple of pictures of customers or friends on some business social networking website. It’s all about Face-To-Face contact, that’s how the real world works, nothing has changed in that regard. These new online tools are just that, they are vehicles to reach the customer, not the only and final step.

Interestingly enough, I did read Leanne’s book “be The Red Jacket in a sea of gray suits,” and would recommend it to everyone, especially those who may not understand my points in this article, her book is a classic and I think it’s right up there with “Who Stole My Cheese,” and other notable business books for the entrepreneur. There are some things in business I’ve had to learn the hard way, and I hope you don’t have to do the same, so after I read that book, I was indeed so happy to have received it.

You see, it is truly incredible to me how a small business person can spend time setting up a social network page, talking to people around the country, hoping it will help their local retail store. Yes, someday they may get a client or two, or sell an item here and there. The reality is to truly network, you need to start in your community, you need to be part of the community, and you need to press the flesh.

Those companies which are part of the community, not just scraping the cream off the top will always do better. It seems sometimes that getting friends on Facebook, or other social networks is a waste of time, because these are not real friends, you don’t know them, they are just pictures of individuals, who is to say what those people are about? It makes no sense to me, and it seems like a shortcut for true business relationships. Something is amiss, we need to fix this. If you are in a small business of your own, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Idaho Investment Property Holds its Ground in These Uncertain Times

It seems that every time a person watches the latest news reports on real estate in the U.S. the news is bad. The fact of the matter, is that the entire U.S. real estate market has not gone to hell in a hand basket as the news reporters would like to have you believe.

Just as some market areas have taken a hit worse then the national average, so too have certain market areas fared better. In fact, some market areas have thrived due to business as well as demographic realities that prevail in those certain areas.

One of those real estate markets is Manhattan commercial real estate, that is in fact booming right now. Still one more real estate market niche is Idaho investment property, with some areas such as the greater Boise area doing better than others.

In fact, during this last year while markets across the U.S. slid in a steady decline, the greater Boise Idaho showed an average 12% appreciation on real estate investments. The biggest reason for the growth in the greater Boise area and Idaho in general, is due to the influx of retiring baby bloomers who have targeted Idaho as prime retirement country.

Cool-to-mild climate and plenty of elbow room along with a relatively low cost of living are just a few of the things that make the Idaho investment property market a viable alternative to other areas of the country. Still one other factor is stability in its lower yet far more consistent annual land and home appreciation figures that don’t suffer from the downward adjustments that so many other many market areas tend to do.

All across the U.S. people are now finding out the hard way that excessive appreciation in market areas is great until they get stuck in an adjustment period in a home that they can’t sell that is losing its value as each day passes.

Niche Market – New Web Site? Find The Best Market Niche Without Wasting Your Time

What is a niche market?

It is a portion of a market sector, a part of an industry that offers specific types of products or services to the small number of customers who want them. Business focused on a niche market is addressing a need for products or services that are not normally addressed by other marketers. The secret of successfully providing with the expected products the niche customers is to find and persuade them to purchase your products.

Sell better earn more…

This newly released soft, Niche Inspector, is the ideal solution for a successful internet marketer.

Niche Inspector does niche market and keyword research in a few minutes with the best expected results. It guarantees finding the profitable niches that will instantly increase your income.

Niche Inspector is the Solution for marketing failure

Many are marketing to wrong niches and this influences negatively their bank account because they simply do not have a system in their mind.

Researching the best market niches or keywords with any other soft solutions consumes time and requires complex tools and knowledge. Niche Inspector is the first soft that performs a multitude of research tasks in seconds and requires no subscription fees.

How does Niche Inspector increase the profitability of your site?

Niche Inspector determines the demand, the supply and the profit potential for a particular sector.

Another advantage of using it is that it saves your time and money spent marketing to unprofitable niches and all these without subscription fees.

Among the other benefits there are: getting results from Google, Yahoo and MSN search engines, supplying you with up to 250 words relevant to different sectors, identifying subniches. The most remarkable results are the profit potential estimates and the best paying niches that are displayed after doing the research.

Promote Your Business With Email

Email has become one of the most widely used forms of communication we have, especially within the world of business. The use of texting is the main rival to email and in the field of social media may even outdo email. In the business world, however, the much greater flexibility of email and its greater capacity makes it the leader. If you are in an online business, there is no better way than to promote your business with email marketing. Marketers will build whole projects around the use of emails. One of its greatest advantages is that messages can be sent when it is convenient for the marketer and read or responded to by the recipient when it is convenient for them. The message remains on a computer system until consciously removed and can be responded to almost at the tap of a key. It is quick, convenient and free; – the perfect marketing tool.

Let’s look at the best email marketing strategy which can help to grow our businesses. If you are in the early stages of developing your business you may be looking to start building your database by buying a prospect list to promote your products. In this situation, a short but punchy email with a link to a landing page or sales page is all that is required. Remember that the two crucial features of any prospecting email are:

1. A subject line which will encourage the recipient to open the email.

2. Content which will create interest and persuade the reader to click on your link.

To back up your email campaign it is vital to have it linked into an autoresponder. This enables you to follow up on those who respond to your offer, whether they actually buy or just show an interest. As your list begins to build it is so important to stay in touch and build a rapport with your subscribers. The distribution of newsletters, content emails, links to items of interest, articles, videos, etc. will help to keep your list happy and interested. It isn’t difficult to see why it is so helpful to promote your business with email. Never blanket bomb your list with sales pitch after sales pitch. In the process of your regular communication with them, inform them of any new product you have available. Include a link to your sales page and let your copy do the rest.

Your webpages should give your visitors an email link through which they can contact you too. Email isn’t just one way! If a potential customer likes your offer but has a particular query the opportunity to seek an answer could make the difference between a sale or an opt-in and no action being taken. This is a very important item on the list of email marketing best practices. Make the email link very apparent. Many people, even in this day and age, are a little wary of anything on the internet. If they see no possibility of contacting the owner of a website they may be reluctant to engage further, even if they have no specific reason to send a message.

Learning the techniques of how to promote your business with email and how to incorporate tried and tested email marketing systems into your business is vital to your success.