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Can Your Blog Make Money? Here's How to Predict Your Chances for Income. – Entrepreneur


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Can Your Blog Make Money? Here's How to Predict Your Chances for Income.
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What's your plan to make money from the blog? You have many options, depending on your audience, intent and other ventures. 2. Traffic. No matter what monetization angle you choose, you'll need ample traffic to support it. Your blog's ability to

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Report: DeMarcus Lawrence wants average of $17 million a year for long-term contract – Blogging The Boys (blog)


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Report: DeMarcus Lawrence wants average of $17 million a year for long-term contract
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You might be hearing the name Olivier Vernon a lot this offseason when the subject comes up of a long-term contract for DeMarcus Lawrence. Tom Pelissero notes that Lawrence's agent is the same as Vernon's, and they're going to be asking for roughly the

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Where are all of Vine’s biggest viral stars going?

BY GEOFF WISE

Multiple reports have surfaced recently stating that topVinestars are defecting from the microvideo platform in favor of competing services likeYouTube,Facebook,Instagram, andSnapchat. That’s apparently because those viral stars arein search of larger audiences and more substantial opportunities to make money.

In addition to top creators, brands have also been looking to create sponsored Vines less frequently (the company does not currently have an advertising model in place) during the past six months, Viral Nation CEO Joe GagliesetoldDigiday. Gagliese has been pushing his clients to post on Facebook, he says, where analytics are better, the team is constantly innovating new video features, and monetization seems imminent.

Research by marketing companyMarkerlydetermined that roughly half of the 9,725 Vine stars with more than 15,000 followersincluding prominent creators likeZach Kinghave left the platform since the beginning of this year, according toDigiday. Another study by marketing tech companyAmobeenotes that user engagement on Vine has fallen by 12 percent during the last seven months.

The average number of loops (or views) on the top 10 Vine accounts are down 29 percent in the past last year,reportsThe Wall Street Journal. And while Vine counts 200 million monthly viewers and 1.5 billion loops every day, theJournalreports the app has plummeted from being a top 50 app in theiTunesstore a year ago to falling somewhere around No. 200 in the rankings currently.

TheJournalalso notes thatdiscussionsin which creators were asking to be compensated for their workbetween top Viners and the platforms owner,Twitter,have largely stalled.

Some users are happy with the platform, however. Representatives from social marketing agencyNiche, which is owned by Twitter, told theJournalthat it has conducted hundreds of brand deals for its 31,000 creators so far this year.

We thrive on creators doing awesome things on Vine,Periscope, and Twitter, Twitter spokespersonWill Stickneytold theJournal. Its one of our top priorities this year to give those creators even better tools across all those products, including Vine, which continues to be a place where creative trends start and explode across the web.

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Trump Makes The Biggest Day in Womens Golf All About Him

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, nearly made history.

With little left to play, 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi tied the leaders. If she’d pulled ahead, she would have been the first amateur to win the tournament since 1967. If she’d held on, perhaps this year’s U.S. Women’s Open Championship would be remembered for something besides the time a man who has said he hates women’s faces, blood, and voices hosted the most prestigious women’s golf event in the world.

President Donald Trump didn’t seem bothered by the awkwardness of the setup. It meant the world was paying attention to his property, to him. And an amateur nearly upset a field rich with professionals. This excited the Donald Trump, for obvious reasons.

As the tournament wound down, the president tweeted, “I am at the @USGA  #USWomensOpen. An amateur player is co-leading for the first time in many decades – very exciting!”

Alas, Choi couldn’t hold on. Tour rookie Sung Hyun Park pulled it out in the end, dashing the possibility that Trump would have a new ham-fisted anecdote he’d be able to trot out in stories that were ultimately about himself. An amateur beating all the pros her first time out! Think of it!

If Trump had thought harder, he could have made a self-referential metaphor of the story of Park, who first rose to fame in her native South Korea as a member of the Olympic archery team before giving golf a try. But perhaps that’s too subtle.

President Trump is a lot of things, but subtle is not one of them. Like a Kakapo parrot at a kitten day care, he cannot help being the loudest noise wherever he goes.

In the tournament pro shop, golf fans scraped plastic hangers of Trump-branded shirts along metal racks. The Trump name got larger and more prominent on the clothing the farther shoppers proceeded from the entrance. In the front of the store, the Trump Bedminster logo was tasteful and small, where a Lacoste alligator might normally reside.

In the back, all design caution had been thrown to the wind, and the clothing said, simply, TRUMP. One design featured the Trump family crest, the one that is perhaps lifted from another family crest, inside the U of TRUMP like a branding version of standing between two mirrors. Perhaps the was an even tinier TRUMP inside the second TRUMP, and it just went on and on forever.

The president’s team announced today that next week will be Made In America week, but apparently that announcement didn’t reach the pro shop. Like Ivanka’s line of clothing and much of Donald Sr.’s eponymous supply chain, clothing at the tournament was made in Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, and China. Made in America? Weak.

Out of the air conditioning and into the oven-hot air, Trump was everywhere, even when he was out of sight.

He lorded over crucial moments in the tournament from an odd temporary viewing tent, like a pontiff in a popemobile that had been stripped of parts at a stoplight, a red “Make America Great Again hat plopped on his head. His wheelless Trumpmobile sat conveniently close to the clubhouse where VIPs and corporate sponsors and acolytes congregated in the air conditioning. He announced Friday he’d be popping into his property, Saturday night, he went over to say hello to some of the guests.

“Just got to the #USWomensOpen in Bedminster, New Jersey. People are really happy with record high stock market – up over 17% since election!” he tweeted Saturday.

Outside of the clubhouse of stock market winners, golf fans were not discussing the stock market. They congregated beneath sparse trees to watch the best women in the world crown a champion. They fought over folding chairs in the air conditioned Trophy Club near the 18th green, trying their best to keep their polo shirts free of juice from the Ruth’s Chris steak sandwiches available for purchase at the concession stand. They muttered about protesters, spoke about their children’s out-of-college jobs at Deloitte.

One woman, perhaps unaware of how loudly she was speaking, announced to her two companions that Barron Trump does not like golf as much as his father wishes he did. A man in a white Make America Great Again zoomed down a path on a Rascal scooter. A man with a deeply tanned face smuggled his pale and clearly underaged son an IPA and the young man repressed a grimace as he drank it.

“That’s nice,” said one man to another as a professional golfer with a thick blonde rope of a braid bent over to retrieve a ball. His companion laughed appreciatively. It was, indeed, a human butt.

Turns out, an 800-pound gorilla can dominate both a room and a golf course. The USGA awarded Trump National the U.S. Women’s Open back in 2012, before Trump’s pervasive sexism was a matter of national concern. Still, women’s groups encouraged the organization to drop Bedminster during Trump’s presidential run, citing his misogyny.

Protesters, undaunted, showed up to Trump National to wage their discontent this weekend, spelling out messages with T-shirts and emphatic signs and pink umbrellas.

In order to get anywhere near the action, protesters would have needed to pay. Single-day tickets that didn’t come with access to the air-conditioned Trophy Club cost $25 and $45 for each day of the opening and championship rounds, respectively. To circumvent paying a fee to convey that they believe that somebody does not deserve to make money from an event, protesters demonstrated outside of the grounds on Sunday.

That morning, a new poll showed that President Trump’s approval rating had dipped to a harrowing 36 percent. It’s the lowest approval rating of a president six months into his tenure in 70 years.

Rather than feeling chastened, Trump followed his ego. Like heated gas, it expanded to fill its container, it rolled across the fairways and greens, it colored everything he saw.

“Thank you to all of the supporters, who far out-numbered the protesters, yesterday at the Women’s U.S. Open. Very cool!” Trump tweeted. It apparently did not occur to him that most of the people at the U.S. Women’s Open tournament weren’t there to specifically support him, but rather to watch women play golf.

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YouTuber who tried to cure cancer with veganism has died – New Zealand Herald


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YouTuber who tried to cure cancer with veganism has died
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Will Dez Bryant take a pay cut after all? It's all about “respect” says one source – Blogging The Boys (blog)


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Will Dez Bryant take a pay cut after all? It's all about “respect” says one source
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Erin Andrews says claim nude video was a publicity stunt ‘ripped her apart’

Feb. 29, 2016: Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews testifies in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)

Sportscaster and TV host Erin Andrews took the witness stand Monday, breaking down repeatedly and telling jurors of the devastation she continues to feel after a man secretly shot nude videos of her and posted them on the Internet.

Andrews sobbed as she recalled how some in the media speculated that she was doing it to attract attention to herself before the FBI made an arrest.

“Probably for three months, everybody thought it was a publicity stunt,” she said, choking up on the stand. “That ripped me apart.”

Andrews said she was terrified that the videos would go viral and she would never be able to get them off the Internet after a friend told her about them in July 2009.

“I just kept saying, ‘We gotta get it down. We gotta get it down.’ And we can’t get it down! And we’re never going to get it off,” she testified.

She told jurors that she worked hard ever since she was a little girl to be a sportscaster and now she is taunted daily by people who have seen the video.

“I wanted to be the girl next door who loved sports, and now I’m the girl with a hotel scandal,” she said.

She said the stalking left her fearful, anxious and depressed.

Her mother took the stand earlier, saying Andrews used to be easy-going and loved to talk to people at sports games before the stalking.

“And now, unless there’s somebody to protect her, she does not interact,” Paula Andrews testified. “She’s very, very frightened.”

Andrews is suing her stalker and the owner and operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt for $75 million.

Jurors heard from the stalker earlier in the day during recorded depositions played in court. In the videos played before the jury, Michael David Barrett testified that he took the secret nude videos of Andrews so he could make money.

Barrett said the only reason he picked Andrews was because she was popular and he saw that she was trending on Yahoo. He posted the recordings online after celebrity gossip website TMZ refused to buy the footage.

Barrett spent more than 2 1/2 years in federal prison after he admitted to renting hotel rooms next to the Andrews three times and shooting nude videos of her in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and posting them on the Internet. He said he was able to get the videos of her by manipulating the hotel door peephole in such a way that he could pull the peephole out and use his mobile phone to shoot videos of her.

When an attorney asked him how he got the idea to shoot videos through the hotel room peepholes, he said: “I don’t know, just a stupid thought.”

He was an executive with a Chicago-area insurance company when he shot the footage of Andrews in the Nashville hotel in September of 2008.

Barrett, who traveled extensively in his former job, admitted that he had also taken nude videos of about 10 other women in hotels and posted the footage online.

He has not shown up in court to fight the lawsuit. He may not have the money to mount a defense. He testified that he lives in Oregon with his father and drives a meat and food truck.

Jurors are going to have to decide if the hotel companies were negligent in any way. The companies maintain that what happened to her was terrible, but it is Barrett who is solely to blame. Jurors have heard conflicting testimony about how he came to be placed in a room right next to Andrews while she was staying at the hotel to cover a Vanderbilt football game for ESPN.

Andrews joined Fox Sports from ESPN in 2012. She is also one of the hosts of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

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This Company Claims to be Among India's Top #5 Content Creators on YouTube – Entrepreneur


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This Company Claims to be Among India's Top #5 Content Creators on YouTube
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Generating revenue from a blog is not everyone's cup of tea but this duo was able to nail the formula of earning millions from video blogging. Devinder Maheshwari and Kapil Jindal were just in their second year of engineering degree course when the

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Dallas Cowboys Draft 2018: Five cornerbacks and where to find them – Blogging The Boys (blog)


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Dallas Cowboys Draft 2018: Five cornerbacks and where to find them
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Here's a peek at the cornerback class and where the Cowboys could draft one this offseason. By Michael Sisemore@MrSisemore Feb 20, 2018, 2:00pm CST. Share Tweet Share. Share. Dallas Cowboys Draft 2018: Five cornerbacks and where to find them. tweet

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Woman Quits Job To Sail Around The World With Her Cat

Have you ever thought about packing up your belongings, hopping in a car or boat, and living life off the grid? Maybe life in the city is too stressful, or perhaps you want to get more in touch with nature – whatever the reason, there’s definitely something romantic about living life on the move.

Liz Clark felt something inside of her that made her want to quit her job as a bartender and sail around the world. Clark doesn’t come from a wealthy family, so it’s not like she could just take one long vacation and never worry about working. No, Clark would have to somehow make a living among the waves, and it wasn’t going to be easy. Fortunately, she was given a boat on the condition that she documented her adventures everywhere she went. Clark agreed, and off she went into the unknown.

That was 2006. Now, ten years later, Clark has made a name for herself as a surfer and environmentalist living what she preaches. On her website, Clark explains, “This isn’t just a surf trip, it’s a lifestyle that has allowed me to reduce my daily impact on the earth and live closer to nature.” It’s a hard life, but one that’s no doubt rewarding. Over the course of ten years, she’s visited countless countries, met all kinds interesting people, and even crossed the South Pacific with her mother. Then, in 2013, she introduced another crew member onto her tiny ship. But this new First Mate was no weathered sailor, instead, she was a 6-month-old rescue cat named Amelia. Check out the images below to see how one adventurous kitten changed the entire course of Clark’s journey.

In 2006, Liz Clark quit her job as a bartender and decided to sail the world.

She was lucky enough to receive a Cal 40 sailboat for free, but on one condition: that she would document the adventures she went on around the world.

Three years ago, Clark took on a First Mate named Amelia. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, she’s a kitten.

“She has adapted to living surrounded by water.”

Clark describes Amelia as having a “commanding lioness air and carefree bravado.” If any feline was fit to sail the seven seas, it was Amelia.

“She has to go out of a cat’s comfort zone often.”

“But I think she now understands that I will keep her safe and she will have a lot of fun in the end.”

Just like every other cat in the world, Amelia manages to find the best places to snuggle up.

They even go on hikes together! Well, Clark hikes …

There isn’t much time to relax, so they have to take advantage of it when they can. How long after this picture was taken do you think Amelia snatched those cucumber slices?

Amelia’s eyes are always full of spirit. This cat is ready for adventure!

“It was petrifying to leave the safety and security of the dock and my friends and family.”

“I didn’t know if I would be capable of captaining a boat this big and managing all that goes into a trip where you’re off the grid …”

“… but I knew I had to try or I’d always regret it.”

Without any other cats around, Amelia was willing to make friends with anyone … even coconuts.

“When I left, I didn’t know how I’d make money, and I don’t come from a wealthy family or anything like many people assume.”

“I sleep on a pool mat under the stars.”

“But I feel rich when I look up at that night sky and breathe the fresh ocean air and leap into the sea each morning.”

Clark says that Amelia “makes Swell [the yacht] feel much more like a home.”

Don’t forget to SHARE this inspiring adventure with your friends and family!

H/T: Bored Panda | Liz Clark | Swell Voyage

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