SEO HERO: LET’S HERO UP FOR SYRIA

Manila, Philippines: Technology has made the world smaller and brought people closer. We monitor elections in a country from miles away, witness Facebook’s live video from space, and watch the live streaming of the Super Bowl’s halftime show where they happen, when they happen. But while the internet is a good platform for entertainment and be virtually part of world events, it also teaches us a sense of responsibility.

 

The media closely monitors the war in Syria, which started with a peaceful uprising in 2011. The United Nations reported that at least 250,000 people have been killed in the past five years, and displaced more than 4.8 million civilians. But the virtual world only started to really take note when a photo of a little boy from Aleppo, bloodied and shocked, went viral. Didn’t that image haunt you or made you ask “what can I do,” or “how can I help?”

 

A growing number of SEO professionals have taken the answer to that question a notch higher, and took on the challenge to be SEO Heroes. WIX, a cloud-based web development platform, started an SEO Hero contest for digital marketers and innovators. Everyone was invited to create a website optimized to the keyword, SEO Hero. If their website ranks highest for that search term in four months’ time, WIX will give the winning website $50,000.

 

The SEO Hero Challenge

Given the range of influence of SEO professionals in promoting businesses and making them thrive, they are also the best group of individuals to rally behind a cause such as drumming up support and assistance to the people of Syria. The SEO Hero challenge provides the perfect platform for SEO natives to do their part and make a difference. The Propelrr team is channeling this raw influence to spearhead a movement to help Syria’s children.

 

The WIX contest is open to all SEO professionals around the world. They are to create a website in English on any platform (not just wix.com) about SEO professionals and experts that can be considered heroes. Every day, a moderator will search Google for the term “SEO Hero.” The site to rank highest on average over the period of March 13 to 15, 2017 at 12:00PM ET (noon) and 20:00PM ET will be declared winner within two weeks of the challenge end date.

 

Google’s guidelines for SEO will be followed and all participants are expected to comply with the rules of the competition. Eran Hurvitz, CEO of MRKT360 INC, was tasked to ensure that everyone does. Entries must also satisfy the following requirements:

 

(1) Domain must be purchased on or after November 16, 2016. Note that the submission of entries was completed between November 16 and December 16, 2016.

 

(2) An account with Google Analytics and Google search console by February 16, 2017 to be connected to participant’s SEO Hero website.

 

Why join seohero.support?

Propelrr, a digital marketing company from the Philippines, initiated to gather SEO professionals and show the people of Syria that the world cares by joining the Wix SEO Hero contest. They created seohero.support and gathered digital influencers and SEO professionals based locally and abroad. The supporters were interviewed and asked about how the online community can impact society. In “Hero Talk,” supporters are encouraged to talk about their concept of being a “hero” and how they think the professional practice can help make a difference.

 

To hero up for Syria, just sign up with your name and email and share how SEO professionals can band together for a good cause. The simple gesture of signing up could mean a whole world of difference for Syria.

 

SEO professionals are also encouraged to share the website on their own sites and social media pages. There’s also a badge you can share to show your support.

 

Should the website win, the full amount will be donated to Karam Foundation, a group committed to provide much-needed aid to Syrian children.

 

The work of Karam

Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization that is on a mission to rebuild Syria and provide a better future for its citizens and children. Apart from distributing aid, the foundation also developed innovative education programs for the Syrian youth refugees and continues to fund sustainable development projects for Syrian families.

 

Karam means generosity in Arabic. And true to their name, the foundation, which was founded in 2007 in Chicago, has been helping communities in need, starting with a food drive on the south side of Chicago in its early years. Today, they also help communities across the western part of Asia, including Syria.

 

Among their programs is to encourage families to sponsor a Syrian refugee. There are around one million Syrian refugee children today who need not just aid but long-term support such as education and other future-building tools. Karam itself is sponsoring over 200 refugee children to go to school. This can be done by donating $50 a month.

 

Karam also distributes emergency aid to the communities of Aleppo, a rebel stronghold. The foundation also believes in providing “smart aid” or programs that are sustainable and respond to the needs of the population. They are also building a Karam House, which is expected to be finished this 2017. It is a space of healing for survivors traumatized by violence and displacement.

 

The road to healing and rebuilding of Syria is long. But by being SEO Heroes, you can make things a little better by letting civilians and refugees know that the world cares.

 

About SEOHERO.SUPPORT

 

SEOHERO.SUPPORT is cause-driven call initiative seeking the support of all Digital and SEO professionals globally to win the WIX SEO Contest aimed to donate 100% all the $50,000 winning pot to the war-stricken children of Syria.

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35806229

http://www.wix.com/wix-lp/seo-heroes/faqs

https://www.karamfoundation.org

What are the Safety Challenges that Keep Every Homeowner Awake at Night

Nothing compares to a good night’s sleep. That moment when you rest your back flat on the bed, close your eyes, and shut down all the worries of the world is just priceless.

But what if you can’t?

What if you can’t find it in you to sleep peacefully into the night? What if you can’t seem to shut down the monsters in your head?  What if you just can’t let go of these terrible thoughts?

Home safety and security are among the reasons why people lie in their beds wide awake at night. A 2015 survey revealed that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 72% of women, do not feel safe in their homes. This is on top of other problems that people are thinking at night, which are obviously making it hard for them to drift away to dreamland.

What are the things that keep people up all night? We listed eight of them here.

Nightmare of financial (in)security

Oh c’mon, how many of you can honestly say that credit card debt and other bills did not keep you up at night, as if staying wide awake would reduce the interest? A research by CreditCards.com found that 62% of respondents admit to being kept awake by at least one financial concern.

The fear of not being financially secure is a cause for worry for a lot of people. While people say money can’t buy happiness, well so does being broke. Money management, anyone?

When a fortress is unsafe

Blame it on action thrillers. According to the FBI, around 2 million home burglaries are reported each year. Every 13 seconds, a home intrusion is committed. That is how serious the issue of home security is.

Unfortunately, it’s the small things that oftentimes put homes and families in danger. Among the top security mistakes homeowners are doing is forgetting to lock the doors, leaving a key under a mat, and displaying all precious belongings near a window.  

A reliable home alarm system is this generation’s best defense against burglary. Convicted burglars admit to abandoning their plans when they realize that an alarm is installed. The debate on the best home alarm system available these days goes beyond the reduction of false alarms and extends to the importance of utility. What else can an alarm do?

Over the past decade, wireless home alarm systems were the coolest and most popular security devices. No cables, no wires, no sweat. But these days, a look into home alarm systems reviews would tell you that you can get so much more from a security system. With the power of technology and the Internet, you can now access, monitor, and control your home wherever you are. Remote capabilities also allow you to manage your home’s electric consumption. Now, that’s hitting two birds with one stone—security and energy.

An accident-prone home

In the list of home safety challenges, especially among parents with toddlers, is how to childproof their home. Parents stay up all night until they are sure that their child is peacefully sleeping. For homeowners with babies, crib safety is very important. For those with toddlers who never run out of energy, stairs, slippery floors, locks, doors, sharp objects, and just about anything they can climb, are very dangerous territories.

Living in dangerous times

So, you’re next-door neighbor just reported a case of burglary. Let’s see if you can sleep tight tonight. One of the safety challenges that keep people awake at night is living in a community that they thought was secure, and then proven wrong. At a time when guns can be bought like French fries and at a time when criminals have never been so daring, it is hard to get a peaceful sleep.

Perhaps, the top home security mistake that most homeowners are guilty of is pretending that crimes, violent crimes, can never happen to them. Crime does not discriminate. No community is totally safe so never let your guard down.

When something hurts

Another top sleep stealer, according to a survey conducted by Braun Research, are body aches and other physical pains. The study indicated that 69% of respondents are finding it hard to sleep when they feel something is wrong with their body. If your back or neck is strained or when your migraine does not seem to go away, good luck on getting that shuteye.

Losing sleep over work

People have never worked so hard in their life. A lot of employees clock in more than eight hours a day and are lucky to sleep for five or six hours. Not only will performance suffer, but overall health also takes a toll.

Job concerns are among the top stressors that keep people up at night. You would be surprised at how two hours have gone by just by thinking about your horrible boss. When you leave a pile of paperwork on your desk, you think about them too much during bedtime as if they are going to be completed just by obsessing over them. Job security is another major sleep stealer. When you are not sure whether you still got a job in the morning, you’d really rather not sleep.

Security in the family

We love our families dearly. And that’s also why we stay up wide awake at night thinking about them. Family stressors such as when someone needs medical help, someone goes through a tough divorce or when you don’t know how to pay for your child’s education expenses, a good night sleep is often let go. We want everyone in our family to be secure in every aspect—physically, spiritually and mentally.

Obsessing about the future

A research by CreditCards.com likewise revealed the most common fear among people who can’t get a shuteye: not saving enough for retirement. About 40% of Americans worry that they have not saved enough for retirement and half of respondents approaching the retirement age admit that this concern keeps them up at night.

We work hard today to secure our future and that of our children’s. But when the certainty of a good retirement seems bleak, it is almost certain that people are going to lose sleep over it. So, up your money game now before it’s too late. Invest and save.

Of course, we are just humans and we worry. Sleep is elusive to people who worry. They think too much and they think too hard. For parents and homeowners, security in various forms, is a major concern. Whether it’s home safety, health security, financial security or job issues, they can cause sleepless nights. Do something about them now while you’re wide awake and ensure a peaceful and restful sleep in the days to come.

Combating Paranoia: What we really need to protect ourselves from

You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right?  You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.

Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully.  One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.

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Sleepwalkers and Heavy Snores: How To Be Safe?

SleepingSleep. You become most vulnerable when you lack sleep.  But how do you keep yourself safe when the cause of sleep problems could be you? Off the bat, there are two types of people who need to be safe from themselves when sleeping, those who suffer from sleepwalking and sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea, as defined by Expertmedicine.com, is a common sleep disorder that affects both children and adults, and that could result to critical cardiac events such as stroke, cardiac arrest, heart arrhythmia, and chest pains.  Research associates sleep apnea as a serious disorder that needs treatment immediately. Apnea or “want of breath” in Greek tally in an estimated 18 million sufferers in America, or at least 1 in every four households (family of 4), that’s 6.62% of the American population.  It’s not gender specific or age specific.  As a result, 263,000 kids have their tonsils removed to help remove the obstruction in their breathing.

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Work Injuries and Illnesses, Minimize Your Risk

A typical adult spends most of his time in two places, home and work. Given this amount of exposure, you are at risk at work from contracting disease to fatal injuries. And though the rates and average are an acceptable level, it is better for us to understand what puts us at risk and how can we contribute to minimizing it.

In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent study, work related injuries and illnesses are at 1,078,140, keeping workers “away from work at least 2 ½ times the average.” Among these numbers, laborers, truck drivers, nursing aides and construction workers tally in the most incident.

Geography plays a major part in increasing the odds of getting exposed to accidents. In a city like Boston for example, a worker is at risk to assaults, transportation accidents, and exposure to fire. This may ring true to most places and cities around the country, even around the world. New York, given its high population density, tallies the most number of fatal occupational injuries. Source: Occupational Safety and Health Statistics: New Data for a New Century

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