How To Create High Traffic News Articles

There is no denying the power of news articles when it comes to boosting traffic to any blog or site. It really doesn’t matter what subject or topic your blog deals in, there is no reason why you should be left out and not benefit from the amazing power of news articles in generating traffic.

The first thing you will need to do to cash in on news article traffic is to stay very much informed on the latest breaking news. Then you simply need to think in terms of how that particular bit of news affects you and your audience. Always remember that hidden in every bit of bad news is lots of business opportunity. However it is not always easy to see these opportunities despite the fact that it is simply a matter of identifying the problems that have been created or are bound to be created and inventing a solution that you can sell. However by constantly reporting on the news as it affects your blog, it will be much easier for you to identify the numerous and constantly emerging opportunities that are always being created by breaking news.

The kind of news that you choose to cover in articles at your blog also matters and will have an impact on the sort of traffic that you receive. The more controversial the news, the better. Actually you will have to start thinking like an old fashioned newspaper editor keen on selling their newspapers.

Which brings us to the next important thing about your traffic generating news articles. All the newspapers covering a certain area usually cover the same news. So what makes one newspaper more popular that the others is not what is not the news covered, but how that news is covered. In your blog news articles, you will not attract high traffic not because of what you say, but how you say it.

Every news story has numerous different angles from which it can be looked at. As a blogger looking to create high traffic from your news article, you should choose the most interesting and controversial angle of the story as far as your readers are concerned.

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Affordable Care Act – Where Do New Jersey Small Employers Go From Here?

Affordable Care Act – Where do small employers go from here?Options to consider when choosing your company’s employee benefitsWe are well into implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impact of this legislation is being felt by many small employers.First employers must determine if they qualify as small (fewer than 50 employees). This is not as simple as it seems. An employer may have 48 employees working 30 hours or more and conclude they are a small employer. Yet if they have 10 employees working part time, less than 30 hours per week, these part-time employees must be translated to full-time equivalent employees.Because each of these part-time employees equates to half a full-time employee, this particular employer has five additional full-time employees, or the equivalent of 53 full-time and full-time equivalent employees. This company actually qualifies as a large employer and must follow the regulations applying to large employers.That being clarified, the next question a small employer will ask is whether they continue to offer coverage – can their business afford it? What happens if they do not offer coverage – will they still be able to attract and retain top talent? These are difficult questions with various outcomes depending on the employer’s decision.If the employer opts to continue offering coverage, next they must consider their options. Do they offer benefits on the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, the federal exchange? As of now employers are able to offer only one plan option on the SHOP, and employees can only be enrolled on paper. (In 2015 it is expected that enrollment will be available online.)Medical plans offered on the SHOP also must be offered outside the program. So what are the benefits?Small employers who opt to enroll employers via the SHOP may qualify for the small business tax credit, which is not available outside the SHOP marketplace. To be eligible, an employer must cover 50 percent of the employee-only cost and have fewer than 25 full-time employees, including equivalents, and employee wages must average less than $50,000 per year.Another benefit of the SHOP is that full-time employees are defined as those working 30 or more hours per week. Outside the SHOP, under New Jersey law, full-time employees are defined as those working 25 or more hours per week.Another area of questions for small employers are private exchanges and using defined contributions.Private Exchanges are similar to the SHOP except the employer can offer up to six different plan options that the employee can chose from, depending on what best fits his or her needs. Defined contributions are a fixed dollar amount (a “defined contribution”) provided by the company that the employee chooses how to spend.Choosing a private exchange in conjunction with a defined contribution approach seems to be the wave of the future. With traditional employer-sponsored health plans, employers are building their benefits around a certain plan chosen by the employer. With a defined contribution approach the employer builds their benefits around a set dollar amount. This allows employers to predict what their health benefits costs will be.With a defined contribution employees are giving a virtual “gift card” with a set amount of money on it that they may use to shop for their own insurance from among the employer-provided multiple benefit options. It is a win/win for all. The employer can set their budget and the employee has multiple options from which to choose.In 2014 most employers are choosing to stay with the private carriers since they offer more plan options. In addition, some employers are getting their premiums reduced by as much as 45 percent because the plans they had were very rich and the carriers are eliminating many plan options. Before ACA took effect carriers might have offered 30 plans to employers. Now they might only offer 10. On the other hand, [premium increases at] renewal have gone as high as 88 percent.

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Challenge the Establishment – Dispelling Five Common Health and Fitness Misconceptions

In life we take many things for granted. People are told to go on a low fat diet and do some aerobic training, and yet they still gain body fat. Your blood work shows slightly altered cholesterol and thyroid levels and right away you’re told to go on medication. The trainer at your local gym rips out a copy of Everyday Stretches (reproduced from a 1987 poster) and says: “Do this before your next workout.”If you’ve been spinning your wheels and going nowhere in your pursuit for optimal health and fitness, then stop! Doing something simply because you’ve been told to is not good enough. It’s time to question authority and challenge the establishment!Let’s start by dispelling five common health and fitness misconceptions. Dare I suggest that…1) A high fat intake can actually lower body fat! Two reasons: a) If low fat is consumed, your body retains body fat as a protective/survival mechanism, and b) a high fat intake upregulates key (lipase) enzymes, which not only break down dietary fat but also body fat. Of course, a high fat and high carb diet will result in body fat accumulation so this only applies to a low carbohydrate intake.2) Reduced thyroid levels (i.e. TSH levels above 5) for a lean individual following a low-carb diet may be normal and healthy! Now before you throw your chair at the computer, hear me out. As Dr. Ron Rosedale notes, reduced thyroid levels are not necessarily synonymous with hypothyroidism. The body chooses to lower thyroid hormones due to an increased efficiency of energy use and hormonal signaling. It is yet another example of how the body adapts and should not be viewed as abnormal. The knee-jerk reaction in many cases would be thyroid medication which could potentially decrease lifespan.3) Low cholesterol levels will promote aging. Cholesterol is the raw material for many hormones – lower cholesterol and you lower hormone production… and if you lower hormone production, you increase aging! To make matters worse, low cholesterol has been associated with a broad complex of emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms including aggressiveness, hostility, irritability, paranoia, and severe depression. There is an increase in deaths from trauma, cancer, stroke, and respiratory and infectious diseases among those with low cholesterol levels. Furthermore, a study in the British medical journal, Lancet, indicates that elderly men die earlier with low blood cholesterol levels.4) Aerobic training can increase body fat. Specifically, long distance, low intensity, rhythmic-type aerobics done for a long duration/distance on a frequent basis can signal the body to store fat. Your body prefers fat for fuel at lower intensities. It adapts to aerobic activity by storing fat (usually in the hips and thighs) to become more efficient for future use. The more fat you store, the more you can use. Furthermore, aerobics are associated with increased cortisol levels without a concomitant increase in testosterone (as occurs during strength training) disrupting an optimal testosterone:cortisol ratio. In fact, average testosterone levels are significantly lower in endurance athletes. This, of course, equates to a decrease in muscle and strength along with an increase in (android) body fat, i.e., midsection fat.5) Static stretching will make you weak. This has been well documented in the literature, and yet a typical warm-up usually contains some form of (you guessed it) static stretching. The classic Bob Anderson style of stretching before exercise tends to sedate muscles, and research shows that it will decrease power and strength by as much as 30% for up to 90 minutes. By that time, your workout is over!Sometimes you need to take a sledgehammer and crush what’s written in stone! We’ve been told to reduce fat in our diets, lower our cholesterol levels, improve reduced thyroid production with medication, perform aerobic training almost daily, and definitely start each workout with some static stretching.Dare I suggest otherwise?You better believe it!

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