In the past year, I recently got heavily involved and enthralled with digital marketing. I wrote this article earlier last month to help those who I have learned the knicks and knacks from. Take a look below at my recent post and let me know what you think. Pompano Beach Handyman has recently shared this post over 10 times.

Everyone is in an uproar because they cannot access the searches per month estimations. It is showing values like 1k-10k for specific keywords. Google sucks lol.

It does make sense. I imagine they are burning a ton of bandwidth by having tens and tens of thousands of people using their platform every day and not spending any money. Tough being one of the richest companies in the world.

I digress…

The workaround is simple. You need to be “running ads” in order to see the data. Pay to play baby. If you don’t want to run ads then follow this quick step by step.

  1. Create a Google account and campaign in Adwords
  2. Verify your email and add a CC for billing information
  3. Quickly create a new campaign.
  4. Set your CPC to $.01 and the daily budget to $1.00
  5. Choose keywords with much more CPC than $.01
  6. Finish the setup
  7. Access the planner through the tools section or just make sure the correct account is selected when you want to mine some Google data πŸ™‚

The low cost means that the ads will be enabled but never fire because the budget is not there. Boom. Have a nice weekend LCT

Another Option and Quicker if you have an MCC. If not you can set one up

You need to to go to Sign up for free, choose to manage other people’s accounts while making the account. Once the account is made, you will be at the dashboard. Click on the orange drop-down button that says account. Click new Adwords account, use the new name as “research”. Then click create account. Click campaigns, then click tools, keyword planner.

You will now have a free keyword planner without having to spend money on ads Thanks Andy Suver

PS…If your kw tools are discombobulated because they are using Googles API then remember to access the account that is “running the ads”

My Diet – Part 2

Last week I wrote about how I’ve turned over a new leaf. I talked about how, finally, I was ready to go on a diet. One week later, today, this is still true, mostly. Perhaps I can say that the theme of this post if two steps forward and one step back. Well, I guess it’s better than saying one step forward and two steps back!

I still haven’t eaten fast food. I still haven’t had pop (or soda). But, with Christmas, comes food. And my workplace is always filled with food during Christmas. Cookies, chocolates, and other sweets sit on tables, just waiting to be picked up. And so I walked over to the tables. I glanced at the delights that I would soon enjoy.

Yes, I had cookies. Yes, I had chocolates. And yes, I ate many pretzels. But what about my diet? It’s true that I have seemed to bend my rules. Maybe I even broke them. But I only did so for a day. Maybe I should consider it my cheat day. After all, a cheat day is like a pressure release valve. Dieting is not easy. But I’m not going to quit! Instead, I’m going to carry on. I’m going to eat healthier, most of the time. Maybe that’s what I really need. Sure, I’ll eat garbage every once in a while. But my lifestyle is changing. I feel healthier, even though I splurged a bit today with sweets. So I’m not discouraged. If anything, I’m even more motivated to continue my path towards healthy living.

With diet comes exercise. And I seem to be able to exercise every other day. My hope is that, as I become more serious about health, I exercise every day. It doesn’t matter how much I do. It just matters that I do something.

My Diet – Part 1

I’m on a diet. And given that it’s so late in the year, people ask me “why now?”. Why would I go on a diet right before Christmas and New Years? Isn’t this the time to eat whatever I want? Isn’t this the time to reward myself for all of the healthy eating I’ve done all year? Well, the answer might be yes. But for me, it’s no. And there’s one main reason for that.

I haven’t been eating healthy this year! Actually, I’ve been eating pretty horribly. Doughnut Fridays, pizza every week, cake, and other wastes of energy. Yes, there is energy (calories, etc) in a slice of pizza. But it’s the wrong kind of energy that the body ingests. It’s time to set it right.

To tell you the truth, I have no idea where the inspiration came from. Last week, I seemed to just flip a mental switch and go cold turkey. Once a week, or at least once a week, we have donuts delivered. It’s hard to resist free donuts! This is especially true when the day is just getting started. Maybe our bodies need some sugar to get hyped for the day. Or maybe not, because I feel better. Interesting!

Donuts aren’t the worst part of what my diet was for most of the year. The pizza was pretty bad, although it was delicious. My worst dietary option was probably fast food. Oh, yes. I drive by multiple fast food restaurants on the way home from work. It’s so easy to just stop there and get a bite to eat! Plus, it’s inexpensive! But the problem is, once I go one time, I’ll go another time, and another. Eventually, I’m eating fast food every other day. Over time, it’s an unhealthy lifestyle. For some reason, I changed that. Come by next week to learn more about my diet!

Let’s Get Started

I’m ready for a new beginning. This happens every so often to me. The question is, will I act on it? I’m talking about taking my health seriously. I’m talking about regular exercise. And I’m talking about eating better.

Last night I had pizza for dinner. I had three big slices. In the past month, I’ve eaten pizza around seven or eight times. As a guy from Chicago, even that is a lot. For a period of time, I didn’t eat fast food much. Now, I find myself eating more of it. I think it’s the convenience part of it all. I drive past a fast food place, sometimes hungry. It’s very easy for me to pull over and get a quick bite.

It also doesn’t help that fast food is so cheap. McDonald’s has a great deal. It’s the “2 for $2.50”. Basically, I can get a McDouble cheeseburger and a McChicken sandwich for only $2.50. That’s incredibly cheap. I tell myself that I’m saving money. That’s true! But what is the true cost of my meal? Sure, I might save money. But while my wallet gets bigger, so does my waistline.

I’m not overweight, by any means. But I’m not as in shape as I was 10 years ago. And that’s a problem for me. It’s not a huge problem, no. But as I age, I am realizing more and more the importance of staying fit and healthy. I can’t really imagine myself eating fast food if I’m 70 years old. It might be better for someone in their 30s to eat like that. But if I am to create better habits, they need to start now. Sure, it’s going to be challenging. But I think I’m finally ready for it. I should just ban myself from fast food. Therefore, I won’t overdo it if I decide to stop by!

Aerobic Exercise

There are two main ways to lose weight. The first is eating healthy. The second way to exercise. Neither of these methods is easy! In other words, to lose weight, one must have the right mind to do so. They need to be disciplined and strive on even when things get tough at times. For this post, we will focus on aerobic exercise.

Aerobic exercise literally burns calories. Imagine the thousands of calories we eat each day. Better yet, picture two different people who both weigh 200 pounds. They are both men, the same age, and height. Now, imagine one of them exercises for 30 minutes each day, while the other does not.

Fast forward 6 months! The one who did not exercise is probably the same weight. They might even be a pound or two heavier. On the other hand, take a look at the one who exercised for 30 minutes each day. His pants no longer fit! This is because he lost weight. He may have lost a full 10 pounds. That, and his belt might be a couple belt loops tighter.

It’s really that easy. Except it’s not! Stick with an exercise plan is tough. One day missed turns into two days missed very fast. And then it might turn into three days missed. With exercise, like anything, it’s easy to fall into old habits.

The most important thing about the plan isn’t how many minutes per day to do exercise. The most important thing about the plan is sticking with it. It’s alright to miss a day or two. However, it’s critical to the plan to get back on track when life gets busy. And life does get busy. That’s why skipping a few days here and there should be part of the original plan. If it’s planned that a few days will be skipped, it will be easier to jump right back in.

Losing Weight

No one stays in shape their entire life. I’m no different. Sure, at the time of this writing I believe I’m in pretty good shape. I went for a run this morning and I ate moderately healthy today. However, throughout the year, I may fluctuate slightly with my fitness and eating habits.

The topic of losing weight is a large undertaking. The main points, however, that everyone should know when it comes to weight loss. Exercise, healthy eating habits, and proper sleep all assist in weight loss. As a matter of fact, each of these three should be focused on at the same time if someone is in the process of losing weight.

If someone eats healthy but doesn’t exercise it will be difficult for them to burn calories. If a person gets only 4 hours of sleep each night they will probably eat more during their waking hours. Also, if a person exercises but doesn’t eat healthily, they are only treading water. As soon as they stop exercising for a few days all of their progress will be lost. The key is to be focused on a well-rounded weight loss plan.

Small choices have big results. This can go both ways. For example, during times of desired weight loss, a rule should be no fast food. This makes it easier avoid unwanted carbs. The carbs in something like oatmeal is good for you. Those are complex carbs. The carbs in a hamburger bun are bad for you. They are made up in part of simple carbs.

Losing weight is not easy. The hardest part, without training, is the mental aspect of sticking with the plan. If the plan is compromised it’s much harder to continue with the plan. Cheat days are called so for a reason. They are like a pressure release which must happen from time to time. To learn more about losing weight, watch the video below.