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Friday, August 9, 2019

Optimizing Your Hashtag Use For Social Media Platforms


Hashtagging is nothing new. But let's talk about using them. When should you use them, how many to use, where to find trending hashtags and what kind of exposure hashtags can give you across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

Hashtag History


The hashtag came to life sometime around the 14th century. Before it was used on telephones and Twitter, it came from "lb," the Latin abbreviation for "pound." We in the U.S. called it the pound sign for a long time. 

According to dictionary.com, the official name for the hashtag is the 'octothorpe', a name invented by telephone technicians when they added the symbol to telephone keypads. It wasn't called the hashtag until it became popular on social media. 

Hashtags began with a tweet in 2007 suggesting that people use hashtags to create groups on Twitter. 

Use Of The Hashtag


Hashtags are used as a way to find post about a common topic. 

You can use hashtags on Facebook to get your posts more exposure- but you need to use them in the correct way. 

Here are some Facebook Hashtag Tips:

  • Do not use too many hashtags- this will make your business look annoying and/or spammy. Instead, try 1-2 hashtags per post for the best engagement. Research suggests that if you use more than two hashtags in a Facebook post, you will see less engagement.
  • Make your Facebook post public- also allow other people to follow you- otherwise, only friends and followers will see your posts with hashtags. Making your post public enables anyone to see the post if they search for a hashtag that you've included in that post.
Tweets with hashtags tend to see significantly more engagements than tweets without, but as with Facebook, there are rules about using hashtags on Twitter, including Twitter ads.



Twitter tips:

  • Tweets with 1-2 hashtags see, on average, around 21% more engagement- The key tip is again, do not go overboard. Merely a couple of hashtags in your tweet would be enough to do the trick.
  • See more retweets when you use hashtags- also, asking people to retweet your tweet will get you even more engagement.
  • Hashtags OR Ads-You will probably get more ad clicks if you do NOT use a hashtag.
  • Research trending hashtags-Time put in to research trending hashtags will give you maximum impact. 

Although the sweet spot across all social media platforms seems to be 1-2 hashtags, this is NOT the case on INSTAGRAM. Maybe that is why so many Instagram posts have seemingly endless hashtags.



Instagram Tips:

  • Always use hashtags on Instagram- It pays to use relevant hashtags. In fact, you can expect to see 12.6% more engagement on average using hashtags.
  • More is better on IG- Reports show that IG posts with 11+ hashtags generate the highest levels of engagement.
  • 30 per post seems to be maximum recommended-You can add up to 30 hashtags to your post to see maximum benefit. You may not need all 30, but you will surely see the benefits.

LinkedIn hashtags are back. They haven't always supported them, but you can use them in pretty much the same way you'd use them anywhere else.

LinkedIn Tips:

  • Use hashtags on your business profile- Using hashtags in your business profile can give you more visibility across the site.
  • Publisher posts benefit from hashtags as well- Adding relevant hashtags to the body of your article or any long-form content on LinkedIn helps LinkedIn categorize your content and show it to interested users.
  • No specific number for optimal ability- There isn't much research on LinkedIn's hashtags because it is a new feature. For now, it is best to stick to the 1-2 rule. That should give you more exposure without making you look like spam. LinkedIn is one of the last places you want to appear to be spamming. It is a business networking site. 

More Tips:


  • It would be best to do a little more research on hashtags before you go throwing them into every social media post you publish. Especially for your business. 
  • Check out your competition. Do they use hashtags? Do they bombard their users with them? Is their strategy driving customer engagement?
  • If your competition is doing good, try to mimic what they are doing for a while to see if it will work for you. While doing so, you should be getting the hang of it and you can build your own hashtag strategy off the back of that. 
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Natural Deodorants


Why you should stop using store-bought deodorant and start using natural ones.


The largest organ of the body is the skin, and one of its numerous functions is to eliminate toxins from the body. Unfortunately, it can also do the opposite, which is absorb toxins from the products we choose to apply to our skin are of utmost importance as our health can be affected by these products.

Unknown to many, the vast majority of skincare products that are commercially sold contain chemicals which are toxic to the body. The ingredients companies use to create these products can potentially cause harm to the skin instead of acting in ways which benefit it. what's worse is that these chemical toxins can even affect our internal organs, such as the liver, kidneys and the lymphatic system. Some studies have also linked the substances used by big-name manufacturers to certain cancers. Occasional use of these products is hazardous enough, but the fact that we use many of them on a daily basis makes them all the more dangerous.


Deodorants are used in order to maintain dry and odorless underarms. As seen in countless commercials, deodorants help give us the confidence that comes from staying fresh and knowing that we won't smell unclean and be judged negatively by others we come in contact with. The implications are that if we do not use these products, we face social scorn.

However, perspiration is a natural function of the body as well as helping regulate our body's temperature. Perspiration is actually one of the methods our body uses to detoxify. Through it, urea, minerals, salts, and fluids are removed from the body. Sweat itself is odorless, it's actually the bacteria on the surface of our skin that is responsible for smelly underarms. When the bacteria breakdown compounds within the sweat, acids are formed, some of which are perceived as an unpleasant odor.

What many people are unaware of is that commercially prepared deodorants contain parabens and aluminum.


These two substances are known to be toxic to man. How? Aluminum, an ingredient which has been linked to breast cancer clogs up the sweat glands to prevent them from functioning naturally. The waste products which are usually expelled via the sweat glands are therefore kept inside the body. Furthermore, this ingredient can also accumulate and cause additional problems in the body later on in life.

Parabens, on the other hand, are cosmetic food and pharmaceutical preservatives. These compounds have been found to mimic estrogen. It has also been detected within cancerous cells gathered from malignant breast tumor biopsies. In addition, parabens can affect the process of the endocrine system. Disruption in the endocrine system can lead to problems with metabolism growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, mood, and body temperature regulation, just to name a few.


Aluminum and parabens alone pose a potential danger to our health. However, these rarely cover the harmful ingredients that can be found in-store brought deodorants as commercially available deodorants tend to contain a cocktail of other chemical nasties. Here is a list of some of the other potentially harmful ingredients that regularly lurk in store brought deodorants:

  • Propylene glycol
  • Triclosan
  • Stereths
  • Fragrance
  • Talc
  • Silica
and possibly more.



Many of the deodorants in the store contain chemicals which can play a part in seriously damaging our health. The answer? Make safe deodorants at home using healthy, natural ingredients. They work as well as commercial brands if not better minus the dangers and in addition, you will be able to save a little money and have fun! The process is simple and the ingredients are cheap. Most can be found in your kitchen!


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Monday, July 29, 2019

Avocado Sticks!



A lifetime of good eating habits and good health can be established early in childhood. Rich, creamy avocados are a kid-friendly fruit in many ways: They provide great taste, fun texture and they contribute valuable nutrients including:

  • 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate
  • 4% DV for fiber and potassium
  • 4% DV for vitamin E and more


A great way to have children enjoy avocados is to create a fun-sized snack that they will have a great time eating while enjoying the taste!


Avocado Sticks are a great way to do just that!

All you need is:


  • Celery
  • A Knife
  • Onions
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Dried cranberries
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Dill
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Lime Juice

*size per serving amounts

Clean and cut ends of celery sticks.
Peel the avocados, slice and put some in a blender, set some aside.
Peel and cut onions, cut up the sweet peppers and add to the blender.
Squeeze in fresh lime juice and add Sea Salt, Pepper and Chives to taste.
Drizzle with olive oil and blend to an almost mayonnaise consistency.

Add remaining avocados and dried cranberries then pulse in the blender just to chop and mix.

Fill the celery sticks with the avocado mix.
Clean the grape tomatoes and top.

Watch the little ones Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fruity Spritzers!



Looking for a healthier way to get some POP and FLAVOR in your drink this summer without the extra sugar, additives, and calories?
Then here is the perfect blend for you!


This is the perfect fizzy, fruity drink that everyone will love, especially the children!
Just get the fruit of your choice, blend, strain and pour into a pitcher.
Then add mineral water, stir and chill, blend with ice or pour over ice!
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Red Flags In A Relationship


For you to make sense in their world, they will begin to look for things that are wrong with you and point them out. This can be quite upsetting, as you’ll go from someone who could do no wrong to someone who can do no right. Even the tiniest, most unimportant things will be criticized. Insecurity causes envy, spite, and being critical of others. It also can cause verbal, emotional and sometimes physical abuse. You can’t fix them, but you can avoid having your self-worth attacked by choosing not to pursue the relationship any further. 

Your feelings as a victim will tell you whether or not you're being abused in a relationship. Of course, the abuser will deny your feelings because they expose him for what he is but you need to hold on to these feelings because in them lies the solution to your problems.

Sometimes abusers try to control you emotionally  by becoming:
uncommunicative
demanding
inexpressive of their feelings
silent
cold
distant
emotionally detached
devoid of warmth and empathy
self-focused and a sense of entitlement
dismissive of your feelings and views
critical
manipulative
controlling
THE WARNING SIGNS ARE NOT ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY APPARENT


Most relationships start off being close, for the first few weeks at least or even months. The abuser initially can't get enough of his potential partner. He makes her feel special. He's extra careful about how he treats her Few women will get involved with a man who's rotten from the word go.

Other abusers may show doubtful qualities from the outset such as conscious manipulation, but the woman sees nothing wrong with this. She may honestly feel she can tame him in a long-term relationship. But in reality, it's difficult to change manipulative and controlling behavior learned early in life from role models, peers and patriarchy, for when the man reaches adulthood, it is so ingrained in him that it's like a lifestyle.

There are many men who are attracted to vulnerable women because of some recent trauma in their lives. Many other men have begun relationships with women by helping them to break away from abusive partners, only to start controlling and abusing the women themselves. Then there are those abusive men who seek out women of ill-health or who are by-products of troubled childhood by posing as rescuers so they can ultimately tie the women to their needs. Be aware of all these types.

RECOGNIZING DANGER SIGNS

Recognizing the nature of the abusive man's problem can be the first step away from your woes. Below are some of the common signals to help you determine whether you are being abused or not. You might find that your partner does not fit neatly into any of these "types" but seems rather draw bits of himself from each one.

MR. NICE GUY

At home, he may be domineering, selfish and self-centered but on the outside of it, he may be given to acts of kindness, have a great sense of humor, and be well-respected by friends and colleagues. You may start blaming yourself for the behavior he shows to you in private. "What is it about me that sets him off?" You'll wonder. But in reality what he has done is strongly cultivate his public persona, you should be able to recognize this disparity when it comes to the fore.

SUSPICION

He is jealous and possessive. He watches you closely with every man or demands you cut off your interactions. He interprets every move as provocative or flirtatious. When he sees you coming out of an elevator with a colleague, he's adamant that you're having an affair with him. When you vehemently deny this, he asks: "Why do you look so flushed then? Something must have happened in that elevator..." Virtually every day, he goes on and on like this, creating a crazy scenario after a crazy scenario. The more puzzled and adamant you are in your denials, the angrier he becomes. If you do ever have an affair, he could do you some serious harm. But if he's having an affair himself, any attempts to hold him to account are dismissed as "nagging" or Provocation.


Manipulation

When he feels powerless, he turns to manipulation. When he fails at something, it's manipulated so it becomes your fault. You will never live up to his ideal. Then he may relax his relentless verbal attacks for a while and may actually be all affectionate and loving but before long, the abuse starts it's vicious circle again.
The abuser makes meaningful discussions difficult. He puts a marker on how long the discussion will last before his patience runs out. Once that point is reached, he may start yelling, telling you you've pushed him too far and may go on and on about your pushy attitude.

If you don't do what he wants, there's always the threat of violence, taking something away from you like a child or ending the relationship. It's a pattern that's repeated over and over again. He can never see you as an equal. Goals are never set mutually or discussed together on equal terms. He may not even be willing to make plans with you for the weekend but plan them himself and demand you go along.

He blocks your attempts to discuss a problem with "I never say anything right!" but he is also cleverly communicating that the matter is beyond discussion.

PARENTING

He turns himself into the authority on parenting even if he contributes little to the actual work of looking after the children. He will watch from the fringes during periods of calm but steps in to provide the 'correct' approach when there's trouble. He regards his involvement, however minor, as being in the best interests of the child.

LOVE EQUALS ABUSE

The reality is that when an abusive man feels the powerful stirring inside him that he and others would call love, he is probably largely feeling a deep sense of reassurance that you are still there to devote your life to keeping him happy with no outside interference. He may also feel this strong emotion he wants you to believe in love if his secure little world is threatened with demise. But the abuser's demonstrations and protestations of love are not to be believed. To feel genuine love, he'll have to dramatically reorient his outlook in order to separate abusive and possessive desires from true caring, and become able to really see you.

The confusion of love with abuse is what allows abusers who kill their partners to make the absurd claim that they were driven by the depths of their loving feelings. The media doesn't help when it describes these aggressions as "crimes of passion." But what greater evidence is there that a man did not truly love his partner? When a mother kills her child, no one believes for one moment that she did it out of overwhelming love. Genuine love means accepting that the other person has rights too and developing a relationship that involves give and take on both sides.


SELF SERVING

An abuser will often exist in a cocoon of denial and refute reality. He will say he has never been abusive, that he loves his partner and would never do anything to hurt her "I never said that", "You're making that all up," "We never had that conversation." "I don't know where you got that"

His generosity towards you will always be self-serving. He may appear loving but the end result is that he wants you to refocus attention on him. Your needs must never conflict with his or you will feel the full force of his fury. He may remind you and others in a hurtful tone of all the things he's done for you. You may not demand any favors in return or remind him of his obligations. If you complain about how rarely he is there for you, he calls you needy and keeps twisting things around so every conversation is about his needs and your responsibilities. He overvalues any small deed that he does for you and may talk about it non-stop for years to come as evidence of how well he treats you and how unappreciative you are. He may also call you worthless and say you bring nothing to the table. He seems to keep a mental list of any favors of kindness he's ever done and expects each one paid back at a heavy interest rate. But he observes your achievements without comment.

An abuser is by nature, self-centered. He has little sense of give and take. He expects far more than he contributes and often feels you owe him what he has done nothing to earn. He talks about his feelings ad nauseam. You have to sit and listen intently through it all being careful not to show even a hint of boredom or irritation, or he will explode.

Nothing is as important as his inner world and his complaints may be as petty in nature as being overtaken at a traffic light. His partner's own crisis and the children's sicknesses are of lesser priority. He has no sympathy for worries that don't affect him personally. He demands your full attention when he's whining and whingeing about things but switches off when you start talking about your problems.

An abuser's idea of sex will be self-focused. It's about meeting his needs. If he feels you are failing in all other departments, then he's going to get his pound's worth in the sexual act. His act will lack intimacy since he cannot truly be close to the woman he is abusing. You are reduced to a sex object in his mind; consequently, you feel used and abused and suffer further loss of self-esteem.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

What IS A Virtual Card Number and How Can it Save Your Online Information?



Even when online retailers strive to keep customer information safe, data breaches happen. Hackers and thieves are constantly working to gain access to your sensitive data, including credit card numbers. Data breaches are on the rise and could cost businesses $8 trillion over the next five years.

Some credit card issuers offer virtual card numbers to help you protect your credit card information when you shop online. These virtual card numbers are temporary and eliminate the need to use your physical card, protecting your information from thieves.

How Do Virtual Card Numbers Work?




Using your physical credit card’s number to shop online comes with risk. If your customer information is ever stolen, thieves could use your card number to make unauthorized purchases. Virtual card numbers reduce that risk by eliminating the need to use your physical card number.


Exact details may vary between credit card issuers, but they all provide a similar service. When you’re ready to shop, you can request a virtual credit card number online. You may be able to set a custom spending limit and expiration date.


You will then be issued a temporary 16-digit credit card number that you can use to shop online. Depending on the provider, your charges may show up on your monthly credit card statement along with purchases made with your physical card.


If at any point a thief gets a hold of your virtual card number, they won’t be able to exceed the preset spending limit or make purchases beyond the predetermined expiration date. Some virtual card numbers work only with specific predetermined merchants, further protecting you from theft. Plus, your physical card number is still protected.

The Advantages of Virtual Card Numbers



The Fair Credit Billing Act dictates that you’ll never be liable for more than $50 in unauthorized charges if your credit card is lost or stolen. That amount drops to $0 if you report your card as stolen before it is used or if your number, not your card, is stolen. Major card issuers such as Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express also provide zero liability for unauthorized charges, meaning the $50 liability does not apply.


However, if your credit card information is stolen, you may still need to spend time disputing charges, filing a police report, and replacing your card. After that, you’ll have to update any accounts that have your compromised card on file. Using a virtual credit card number at any online merchant can save you some major headaches if that merchant is ever hacked or compromised.


The benefits are even clearer when you examine the laws surrounding ATM and debit cards, which are determined by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. Your liability varies based on when you report the loss of your card. In fact, you could be responsible for all the money taken from your card account if you fail to report it in a timely manner. If you regularly use your debit card for online shopping, switching to a credit card that offers a virtual card number service may provide additional peace of mind.

Limitations of Virtual Card Numbers



Virtual card numbers aren’t absolutely necessary, as you can’t be held responsible for more than $50 in unauthorized charges on your credit card, and you won’t be held liable at all if your number is stolen online or if your card issuer offers zero liability for unauthorized purchases.

If you are interested in using virtual card numbers, keep in mind that not all credit card issuers offer the service. Third-party virtual service providers exist, but their quality of service may vary and they require you to sign up for an additional account.


Plus, switching to virtual card numbers won’t completely protect you from fraud or theft. You still need to monitor your statements for unauthorized activity. Your physical card could still be stolen, and any accounts that use your physical card number could be compromised.

Whether you use virtual card numbers or traditional credit cards, it’s important to check your credit card statements and your credit report regularly to keep abreast of potentially fraudulent and unauthorized activity.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Eating Your Way to Amazing Sex: [Blog series] {The Finale}




Superfoods for Stimulating Desire:
First Let's address the mood-killing foods for Men and Women that you need to avoid:
Soy: Because Men and Women have testosterone and estrogen, though in different amounts according to sex.  Men can have estrogen levels raised too high by eating soy, loose their sex drive and start displaying more feminine traits. Vegetarians, bodybuilders, and athletes may be prone to these traits if consuming too many protein products with soy. Women may also experience lower testosterone levels than normal. This can affect their libido as well.

Alcohol: Although alcohol can remove inhibitions, it can also be a "mood killer" if too much is consumed before sex. Even the hops in beer may actually lower sexual desire. Gin and tonics have been proven to be a problem for some women as well because of the quinine they contain. *quinine-a bitter crystalline compound present in cinchona bark, used as a tonic and formerly an antimalarial drug.


Fried/Fast Foods: Linked to depression which can lower sex drive.

Refined Carbohydrates: These act similarly to soy by raising estrogen levels and depleting testosterone levels.

Red Meats: Organic Red Meats has been said to benefit your sex life, but with meat, hormones and antibiotics added can mess up your hormone balance.

Mints: Large consummations of mints and mint oils with menthol has been shown to lower testosterone levels and sex drive.


Licorice: Licorice is loaded with T that can have a negative impact on the levels of testosterone. Even women have some testosterone, and it does govern their libido.
Cilantro: Commonly found in Vietnamese and Mexican foods, cilantro can negatively affect libido.
Sugar: Too much sugar in the diet can cause problems with libido by lowering blood flow.

Now let's look at the Superfoods that can make a big difference in your libido, leading to a greater desire for sex. These are the mood-enhancing foods:
Asparagus: This vegetable helps the body produce histamine that is necessary for healthy sex drives in women and men.


Avocados: The avocado tree was known to the Aztecs as āhuacatl meaning "testicle tree" because of the fruit's shape. They looked to this fruit for fertility. Not only are avocados shaped like testicles, but they also have good amounts of choline that helps with good blood flow and pleasure receptors. Their high potassium content also gives women's libido a boost.


Bell Peppers: This vegetable has 3131  IU of Vitamin A to help regulate the sex hormone progesterone and boost libido.

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Blueberries: This delicious fruit has good amounts of choline and Vitamin K, both of which are necessary for a good sex drive.

Celery: This crunchy veggie has the hormone androsterone that comes out in Men's sweat and may become an attractive pheromone for women.

Chili Peppers: These have a substance called capsaicin that gives them spice and improves blood flow. They are also very high in Vitamin A (26,000+ IU) Vitamin K.


There are many other Superfoods that can contribute to an amazing sex life such as



dark chocolate, and even non-Super Foods like Oily Fish that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids and zinc, which are needed for a strong sex drive so the choice is yours!


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