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A Content Warrior’s Call to Monetize YOUR Efforts, My Blogger Friends

The Rise of King Content Part One

This was a recent response I had pot on a private message in regards to the Washington Post‘s renewed interest in online blogging and monetizing of content online and efforts I have seen to date. Feel free to comment of share.

-J 

I am very skeptical of dead tree, dead enders that need to take their fat union pensions and go, still really get how making money online works (Even with Bezos on top now) from blogging. They say they do, but monetization is still a problem for HuffPo or hyperlocal Patch and Examiner.com …. Why are you not?

BUT not Buzzfeed, or Upworthy, or us here at Liberty Alliance and our partners.

This thread seemed an appropriate spot for this note. We are really helping conservative bloggers get themselves paid and maintain control of their own voice and websites, but we do offer tons of services and tools that only larger players get access to share and members help member gain strong linkbacks and etc fairly quickly even if it is a new site.

Proud to tell you....

In its 7th annual Inc. 500|5000 exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, the illustrious magazine placed Liberty Alliance at #25 amongst all media companies and #1726 overall.

http://libertyalliance.com/liberty-alliance-llc-ranked-number-1-among-conservative-media-companies-2013-inc-5005000-list/
And the ONLY conservative content specialists.

We even built an email marketing company, called InboxFirst, because of our email volumes (lowest cost per thousand sends anywhere, PERIOD).

We have a print shop, a Gun Store franchise called Liberty Guns, and a number of E-commerce stores for gear like Patriot Depot.

Hacktivists friends, quit talking about entrepreneurship or WAITING for some 501(c)3 donors, or billionaires to bankroll YOU via , get on it.

We are the gym, we provide the tools and training, even nutrition, but the partner has to do the work to get the hard body, to crush liberalism. Yes, those who write more and are better at digital marketing do better. .

Our new partners friends at Liberty Unyielding is early in the process to earn well….
https://www.quantcast.com/libertyunyielding.com?country=US

Where our friends on these sites are now huge business on their own, but are stronger with us and each others help.
Sites              US People US People %        Global People Global People %
clashdaily.com        2,948,796 30.2%         4,315,333 37.4%
theblacksphere.net 2,027,462 20.7%      2,118,630 18.4%
allenbwest.com      1,800,399 18.4%         1,826,668 15.8%
joeforamerica.com 1,727,384 17.7%         1,824,501 15.8%

BUT, our earning per pageview or earning per email metric will be larger with us than in the wilderness on your own. Period.

If you don’t believe me check out our Liberty Alliance Network quantcast rankings and stats.
https://www.quantcast.com/p-52ePUfP6_NxQ_

Try that my former employers (or check your current one) who even ditched their well respected local angle (but web local content is still have a tough go at monetizing) to double down on politics and writing talent and a low circ “Influencer Rag.”(The house ad ridden low circ mag to influencers is not the earner it should be and is lacking the ads from those K ST players that fill the others who publish in the space.)

https://www.quantcast.com/washingtonexaminer.com

Look if you are interested… Or just testing the waters…

Here is our membership application.

http://libertyalliance.com/liberty-alliance-partnership-application/

Or feel free to reach out. Or give us a shout at CPAC we will be around….

We also provide a number of services ala carte via a newly launched venture if full partnership is not needed nor desired (but ad networks, back office, redesign or is desired to name a few services.)

Best,

James Dellinger
Director of Content Marketing
Liberty Alliance LLC

twitter.com/jdellinger
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Obamacare marketplace not open for business

Promises made promises not kept. Obamacare marketplace not open for #biz http://ow.ly/24f34k#it #fail #getintheQ #waitinline #tcot   If they can’t build the website (they have had years) why should we trust ANY of the other implementation efforts?

Obamacare: Insurance for Inmates? http://ow.ly/po2d9

How to #fail your internship, ‘for reals’

Look, have you ever been a bad intern or had one work for you? I get it. This probably wins the, “did you get fired from your internship this summer list” returning to University in the fall question. But is it a poor reflection of the intern, the producer or the on air talent? I am not really sure, I understand live developing news is among the hardest and most stressful element of the news game, but…. really?

We should also remember this when discussing whether the gov should force private and public employers to pay interns. Just read the lefty zemanta abouts below. Sigh.

 

 

 

 

Our friends GERD, Duodenitis – And does gastritis really feel this bad? Yes. Part 1

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Warning: So I am definitely not a Doctor so this is not medical advise just my opinion. If you’re in serious pain go to the Doctor like now or the hospital.Its the internet have an opinion, just not one that gets you sued.

However, when it comes to gut pains Doctors can be frustrating. If its less bad or your frustrated or some PPI made you feel weird (less good), read on.  When I was in pain I surfed the internet like a mad man looking up symptoms left and right and just scared the heck out of myself.  However, I read a lot of discussion boards and blogs sites (everything) looking for relief temporary and permanent so great stuff some total bunk. So I am going to try to relay some of that massive reading and self-reflection and help others zoom a bit ahead. Or at least when you have read everything I read after this you will say AH Ha, now I see. This is a blogged adaptions from a email of to a friend who thought he had GERD or duodenitis or  Gastritis. I figured why not share a bit. I did not see it coming, but I should have. I was youngish (29) and working in the web news biz for almost 3 years doing fairly crazy, but normal time volume of work. I drank tons of coffee, could not kick nicotine gum (even though I never smoked that big red flavor has got to be the same.) I have always been a fan of the spicy foods, never met a Habanero sauce I did not like (except Dave’s Insanity… just hot, no flavor.) I am southern by birth which means over-eating at some meals is more common than not. Lastly, in my youth I was a competitive rower (those fellas and ladies you see on the river in those long boats at odd hours.) Repetitive use injuries are usually treated with “ibuprofen therapy,” by training rooms across America (3 ibuprofen 3-4 times a day). NSAIDS at that dose for extended periods of time (say athletic seasons) does negative wonders on the stomach. (If you are coughing up blood or its coming out the other way and not h’roids then seek medical help immediately, bleeding ulcer and serious colon issues there… . that was not me thankfully.) Then one day, well not really one day, but I started waking up early in the morning and sleeping on the couch because something did not feel right. After about a week I woke up in a consistent pain in my back (kinda throbby) and reach down with my right arm apex and to the right just a consistent pain (I say that because even I still get confused if RUQ or LUQ is from patient or Docs perspective). Didn’t think anything of it until I had some fairly unhealthy dinner and was in real pain. Next morning I was at the emergency room (thought I had an ulcer) and onto months of PPIs and etc etc with other attempts to just feel better. Enough about me…  let’s get to what I learn over that next year. Keep in mind stomach and esophageal cells grow and replace themselves very slowly (no one tells you this early in.) It took me almost a year to be down to 20mg of pepcid twice a day (sometimes less) from 40mg of omeprazole a day or 20mg of pantoprazole. I don’t really get to go all the way back down you may not either.  Thank you GERD and your lifetime friendship. 🙂 The goal with this action below is to be not taking drugs and be GERD pain-free. But at this point you need to. Once you’re in, don’t just stop… or it will seem way worse on the way back down (rebound effect yes its very much real been there done that). Keep in mind everything below is over the counter anyway. I will only mention one thing that is not later. There is two schools of thought on treatment step-up and step-down, people smarter than, I write papers on it. It just means do you start with high dose or low dose and which direction do you go if you are getting the right actions. You can be the judge I am not in your body. Just don’t go off and do something stupid.

Diet:

First Rule: 3 bananas a day for as long as you can stand it. 2 each morning at least. (Biggest diet help) Look it up some how the do wonders both for during treatment and maintenance when you feel better. A friend told me about it and then I found a study (will cite later to lazy for now. Finally added, its old but you will get the point.)

Second Rule: Ease off coffee and replace with green tea, asap. (second biggest help)

Third Rule: Stop smoking and get addicted to nicotine gum like me for a bit. Still not great on the tummy, but much better than smoking. Still get a bit o’ nick, but get off it too. (Third biggest) I gave it up as soon as my stomach hurt. I did not have a choice, it was cold turkey. A  terrible 4 days.

Fourth Rule:  ZERO hard liquor/spirits and wine and limit alcohol to bare minimal while trying to get the GERD, etc under control. Sucks yes, but if in pain listen to your body. Give yourself time away. After you get better, limit beers try to switch to darker meal beers. Cheap light and strong pales are the worst I hear (wine too). I still stay away as best I can. This is a solvent and makes it really hard for you to heal. (Third biggest)

Fifth Rule: No asprins or  ibuprofens as they are NSAIDsTylenol is ok, just be careful when taken around drinking. (Amazes me that people don’t read warning labels. Please read them!) Give you another option Repair Gold by Enzymemedica (follow the directions). I swear by it, but its pricey (online or Whole Paycheck). (1st biggest)

Sixth Rule: Eat much slower and smaller meals and dont chug water with full stomach. The water floats the acid right up to your GERD zone. (third biggest)

Seventh Rule: Stay away from the spicy sauces for at least the first 4 weeks or much longer. I gave up all spice above Tabasco and Siracha permenently sadly. (second biggest)

Eighth Rule: Of all the quackery on the internet abour homeopathic remedies for GERD etc, DGL Liquorice is not one. It can help but follow directions and don’t use the gross tasting ones. (Be warned it can interact with blood pressure medications so read up first, even if DGL I have heard too. Promise me now?) Yogi Tea branded “throat tea” two or three times a day seems to be a net positive, but the effects don’t last longer than 2 hrs at a time. (Stomach teas for digestion generally have Ginger which is good if you stomach is fine and not causing you pain and discomfort due to GERD and etc, but can make you feel worse, if not or at least did for me.)

Nineth Rule: Nothing with tomatoes or tomato anything. Not sure why this acid is worse than others. Tenth Rule: Coconut water. Here is the claim:

Coconut water is also very effective in treating the problem of gastritis. It is an excellent natural remedy for gastritis. Coconut is highly effective in treating the disease and contributes significantly to restore our normal state within hours.

Not hours, but it does help.  Drink a small one every day for at least two weeks before you discontinue you. This is another one of the internet advise on GERD, etc that is not BS. The P/H of this is much more base than water so it calms down some of the pain caused by  acid contacting cells they should not be. Odd diet note, I craved and ate tuna fish and artichoke hearts with olive oil and italian seasoning and basil all the time while I was sick. Something in this combo is very anti-inflamatory and soothing. For a time it was also the only think I could eat for like a week. If this does not help, then think about below. Below is on top of diet and supplement changes: Diet first now.

Start and End Level 0 Off. Pain free.

Level .5 twice a day or pepcid 10mg. Take Pepcid A/C as needed.

Level 1 Pepcid 20 mg on pill twice a day (generic famotidine is fine) if especially bad take one Pecid A/C as well later (it’s basically 10 mg of the active ingredient plus a tums) Take Enzymemedica digest gold enzyme supplement with meals. (two per meal it will reduce the some of the reasons for the GERD) Take for two weeks and see how you feel… If feeling better ease down to two Pepcid A/C for a week and then off entirely… or sign of more pain or heart burn.

Level 2 If worse… continue the above and add Gaviscon max strength before bed full dose (its on the label)  for two weeks (the IE and UK version have more of the ingredient Sodium alginate, that makes it different from other less useful liquid anti-acids). Take EnzymeMedica Digest Gold enzyme supplement with meals. (three per meal it will reduce some reasons for the GERD)

Level 3 If still bad get generic cvs brand omeprazole (other versions made me really crampy molecules matter one may not even work when the next one over is for you, go figure)  Follow directions for two weeks 20 mg once a day. Continue Gaviscon max. If better ease back down the scale above. Take Enzymemedica digest gold enzyme supplement with meals. (three per meal it will reduce the reason for GERD). Do homework. Read the warning label. Omeprazole is def safe but not for everyone and causes some not so pleasant side effects, they don’t talk much about the drawback of ppi drug therapy on the commercials or in Docs offices very often. Drugs.com is a great site to get informed  about what you are putting in your body. Pantoprazole was my molecule, the others gave me the most unpleasant cramps, if not the generic cvs omeprazole. 

Level 4 If still worse take cvs branded omeprazole for 4 more weeks at higher 40mg dose. (I was at 40 mg for a good long few months.) continue Gaviscon max. Step back down to 20 mg if feeling better for a full week and down the list. This drug has rebound effects… So if you just stop taking it your acid levels go nuts and are actually way worse than normal. Take Enzymemedica digest gold enzyme supplement with meals. (four per meal it will reduce some reasons for GERD more needed as the stomach acid loss cause very, very weird digestion as you have less broken down food for your duodenum to deal with next after the tummy, so take up to 8 a meal if these digestion things happens to you seemed to help me greatly)

Level 5 All right friend, go to the friggin’ Doc already and get yourself scoped, they should def take a look or I hope they already have, and they will likely keep you on omeprazole  at least another 4 weeks or more. Done for now. I promise to add better links and update it when I have a bit more time. (It late and I can’t find my old researching all hours of the night document.)

But In Part 2 I promised to run down the quackery of some holistic and natural remedies (mastic gum, manuka honey, and etc) for these issues and ask if their may be a role for the pink stuff, Pepto in all of this (Yes I tried this one too and it was the only think that stopped my gastritis burps). Some do help but not as much as what I have described above and can be pricey so I want to lay out pros and cons of getting crunchy.  

In part 3 we will explore PPIs from a users perspective since sometimes certain ones don’t work or stop working for some people and not others etc. I am still bitter I had to leave the country to find pantoprazole and that it was my “molecule for healing.”

Part 4 will be about the actual ailments GERDGastritis, and etc.  

Feel free to leave a comment if you have a specific question.

Updated: Self taught jobs skills and getting your e-learn on. The ode to Bucky Roberts and other e-learning pioneers.

 

Are you a modern web worker but did not spend four to eight years in the computer science lab?  Don’t want go thousands into debt for a new degree, but have hours of time and a keen interest in teaching yourself new skills sets? Get inspired or depressed with this vid.

Well, likely you are not alone. As the web evolves and the skills needed continue your career as a web worker evolve and new skill sets are needed even in less technical web roles, where do you turn to?  Bless you peer-to-peer publishing and cheap media production costs.

I have recently been learning basic Java and object orientated programming (OOP) (for disclosure for a class yes, but the tutorials have been extremely helpful, hence the post).

My past exposure to traditional programming was via summer seminar learning  Basic, Pascal, and C++ when I was much, much younger and less, less interested. Or hacking up ugly uncommented out Velocity (dead apache tempelating language)  and XML templates in a work setting to build traffic over many weekends. Two very different ways to learn and work through pretty tough material.

The third way is the pure classroom old pedagogical model pay tuition model… This has many benefits and draw backs as well especially if you have a learn-by-doing learning style. However, it does force you to block out a specific amount of time to figure out tools and learn. But sometimes you want to learn m0re and not drop the money for a tutor…. Or you need to learn some skills for a specific project or to be able to speech competently about it.

This led me to learn about TheNewBoston the home of Bucky Robert’s tutorials are great for step by step concepts instructions, but only if you know the theory behind what you are doing. You can spend days and grow your web beard long with the amount of information you can gain just by watching and following along.

For OOP theory  explained well if you are like me and ask “why” all the time, I am a big fans of the Baltimore based  fellas at wibit.net and the green wibit frog. Mid Atlantic region represent! Love the corridor. These guys provide the kind of advise anyone getting into programming, software engineering, or development should start with before you dive in. They are really quite good at explaining the relationship between procedural languages and OOP and moving your mental framework from one to the other.

I have also found some really great lectures on iTunes U, but less for what I am currently interested in learning and what I want to learn in the future. Mostly academic and class lecture audio driven, but the content is very high-end. But audio lectures are not what I am looking for in e-learning.

I digress… If you want to learn the core concepts of how all the wonderful software and applications most of you take for granted everyday works and was made join up. Learning what you can do with to add new things into the world and join a well-developed friendly community of learners (the wibit boards or Bucky’s youtube comments), they may be a few steps ahead or behind you so be nice. Then join up with Bucky and the wibit.net fellas learn and participate and get learning.

The great thing about these tutorials are they make you want to learn much much more… and the amount of material available for the introductory price of free is unreal. If you include those others out there they like as well like PHPAcademy on youtube…

Just remember, you got to hit them back when you land your new gig or that big raise. The more you give the more you get back. Or until you do just write a blog post singing a few praises and giving them some nice linkbacks.

Keep up the great work and a big thanks to your teams that work with you to develop your material and scripts. Not to mention all the jokes built-in to the wibit.net material makes learning fun.

If  you have the spare bucks and can afford $49 bucks a month I highly recommend TeamTreehouse and their growing video library.

Or maybe you wanna learn some JavaScript, and now much more? CodeAcademy is really great, and I  love the social aspect of the training and its free. Glad to see their couses available free are growing.

Here are a few more I have used or found and may explore in further detail:

More Java..

http://www.java2s.com/Tutorial/Java/CatalogJava.htm

http://www.javabeginner.com/

W3Schools are a great resource, but not video learning driven.

http://www.w3schools.com/sitemap/default.asp

JavaScript, etc…

http://codeschool.org/core-units/

A few paid online software-training sites.

http://www.appsumo.com/ (They often have cheap self-edu deals and more if you are looking)

http://www.lynda.com/

http://www.ostraining.com/ (paid web and in person joomla, drupal, and wordpress training)

http://www.codeschool.com/ (I am interested in learning CoffeeScript first training of it I have seen offered)

Drupal Gardens from  the Aquia folks in Co, is a great way to learn the content user side of drupal for publishing. If you are not quite ready to dig in the drupal.org FAQs and tutorials.
http://www.drupalgardens.com/pricing

Got a question? Sign up for Quora the question answer format around subjects is very helpful.

Some great resources links for journalism converts into frontside development.

Free University courses online.

Many more at Coursera.

 

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