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steel supplyPeople wonder why the United States of America became the superpower it is today. It wasn’t because they had a superior military, and it wasn’t because they had the best health care. The rise of the United States came on the backs of a few men of industry. Men, whose ambition saw them rise to the top of the world, bringing the country along with it.

One of those men was the Steel King, Andrew Carnegie. Every single factory and online steel supply companies like wasatchsteel.com owe their existence to the man who dared to start it all. But, the original Man of Steel wasn’t able to get to where he was without a little risk. In fact, every move he made on his way to the top would have failed in the hands of a lesser man.

Carnegie became famous for building the world’s first steel bridge, but he faced multiple challenges with his endeavor; the bridge needed to be a mile long – longer than any other bridge at the time. It also didn’t help that one in four bridges built during that time failed, and that Carnegie hired a designer with no prior bridge building experience.

There were no materials strong enough for the task except steel – the strongest material known to man. The only problem with steel was that it took too much time and money to make; the biggest steel objects before the bridge were knives and forks.

Fortunately, Carnegie collaborated with Henry Bessemer, an English inventor who found a way to reduce steel production from two weeks to fifteen minutes. Construction began, but it took Carnegie years to finish the project. He fell behind schedule multiple times and started burying himself in debt.

Carnegie tied his fate to the success of the bridge. There were two ways for him to fail: if the bridge collapses, or if no one trusts the strength of steel and don’t cross it. To encourage confidence in the strength of his bridge, Carnegie turned to superstition.

According to a popular myth at the time, elephants would never cross an unstable structure. So, Carnegie loaned an elephant to cross the bridge on opening day. There was no question about the strength and durability of the bridge, but its success hung on whether the elephant would set one foot on the structure or not.

It’s amazing how much people misplace their trust; they’d rather follow an elephant than believe a metal bridge can carry them safely across a river. It all worked out for Carnegie, though, as he became one of the richest and most powerful men in the country, and changed the face of architecture forever.

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Filipino Food SceneFilipino cuisine has been getting more than its fair share of the spotlight in the past few years. Renowned chef and TV Host Andrew Zimmern praised Filipino food in the international scene, calling it “the next big thing”.

In the local food scene, numerous new restaurant chains and food concepts have been popping up, giving food lovers new flavors that are always worth a try. Given this exciting prelude, along with an evolving palate for more adventurous and sophisticated fare, it’s safe to assume that foodies are in for a treat.

Here are some of the innovations you can expect:

1. A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

The Filipino food scene has been seeing a lot of fusion, not just in taste, but in dishes as well. Cronuts were the thing back in 2013, then came the ramen burger, and then anything bacon-ized. This trend is likely to continue, with many traditional Filipino foods presented in more gourmet or westernized platforms. Restaurants will have signature dishes inspired by these fusion concepts.

2. Just Like Mama Used to Make

Food that tastes good and makes you feel good is always here to stay. You can expect to see more restaurants serving up food from the past that have an emotional connection to you—dishes just like mama, or lola, used to make.

Expect to see your childhood favorite dishes such as pansit, crispy pata, and fried chicken to be given their own modern take. ClassicSavory.com and other popular restaurant chains take these traditional and nostalgic dishes to another level by presenting them in a casual, rustic, yet modern setting.

3. Big, Bold Flavors

Filipino cuisine is known for its subtlety, and you can expect to see this be highlighted in the coming years. You probably already noticed the introduction of barbecues, kebabs, and Latin flavors in the local food scene; expect this to expand to Asian flavors. The Filipino tradition of serving sizable portions at affordable prices will also be highlighted in many food establishments.

More than these three trends is the joy of seeing Filipino cuisine thrive and evolve to fit today’s standards and consumer needs. More than anything, it’s the flavors and nostalgic feeling that keep diners coming back.

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Carpet StainsSticky floors and a smelly carpet will surely ruin your day; it may also cause injuries or health problems. Do not let the dirt, stains and clutter affect your daily activities. Your workplace should help you and your employees work harder and smarter, not the other way around.

If you are ready to tackle carpet cleaning in your office this summer, it’s best to know why some stains keep coming back to haunt you.

Cleaning Gone Wrong

Someone spilled a wine on the carpet and it leaves a stain. Instead of getting some help, your employee thought a spray of carpet stain remover and deodoriser is enough. Sure, the blemish can disappear after a few minutes, but it can appear again after a few hours or days.

New Focus Cleaning, a trusted name in office cleaning, believes that seeking the services of experts is necessary to prevent future costly work. Carpet cleaning contractors use the right equipment and are knowledgeable in handling even the toughest stains.

The Carpet is Old

Sometimes, a carpet can look new and fresh after cleaning, but then stains come back a few days afterwards. This is probably because the carpet in your office is a decade-old already. Instead of wasting money, it may be best to get rid of your old, worn carpet.

Wicking

Does your carpet have a stain that continues to reappear despite vacuuming it every two weeks or using cleaning treatments? It’s probably because of wicking, which occurs when stains have soaked all the way to the backing or padding of the carpet. This usually happens with high volume stains, such as coffee, wine or printer ink.

Getting your carpet professionally cleaned is important, as residues left behind can attract germs and dust mites like a magnet. The stain may have been removed, but bacteria can accumulate over time when the carpet is not properly rinsed.

Keep in mind that a clean environment is vital to running your business. It doesn’t just improve focus and productivity, but also strengthens your reputation.

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business intelligence softwareBusiness intelligence solutions can help you improve your company’s efficiency. It can aid in spotting new business opportunities and areas for cost savings. Investing in business intelligence (BI) software can also help you centralise and get a better grasp of the most important business metrics.

The experts at mainpac.com.au give some of the best benefits you can get from using BI software.

Remove Guesswork

When you run a business, you can’t keep on taking risks out of guesswork and gut feel. One way or another, you must develop a system to help you make informed and intelligent decisions to advance your company. Business intelligence can give you real-time updates, accurate historical information and even predictive analysis. These can help you come up with great solutions instead of guesstimates.

Faster Answers

With BI software, you can get answers to even the most complicated business questions fast. Rather than spending time reading through tons of printed reports, you can just search for the answer using the software. This helps you have more time to manage other business concerns.

Detailed Reports

Key business metrics reports are one step away through BI software. Today, vendors of BI software are making it easy for companies to access business metrics and reports through dashboards on mobile devices. This gives your sales and marketing staff a convenient way to deal with reports on-the-go.

Increased Efficiency

Instead of hunting for important information within different departmental data sources, BI software helps you centralise all of your data in just one dashboard or report. This will save you tons of time and eliminate inefficiencies. You also have the freedom to order just the right amount of inventory whenever you need it to prevent extra costs of additional inventory.

See where your company has been, where it’s at now, and where it’s going through business intelligence software. Understand issues you’re facing to gain a competitive edge in your industry. Find the right provider to help you get the most out of the BI software.

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plastic barrelUnused items make for good small home projects – and that applies to the barrels in your garage, too. What you’ll make doesn’t have to be the typical compost bin, as there are creative ways to reuse your drums. Here are a few of them you can do over the weekend:

Boat

Yes, you read that right; a plastic drum barrel functions well as a boat. Its main material is buoyant, so all you need to do is tweak it a little before you head off to the lake. For starters, cut the drum in half vertically, attach the pieces together, and build the boat’s frame with a few PVC pieces and you’re done.

Dog House

With a little creativity, you can convert your old plastic drum into a kennel for your pooch. A 55-gallon barrel is enough to house a medium-sized dog comfortably. Not only does this give your pet a cool and sustainable place to crash, it also makes cleaning and maintenance easier.

Garden Furniture

For the true DIY enthusiast, the great challenge is to build an outdoor chair out of a drum. Fortunately, it’s doable – and there’s even an instructional guide on how to make one. Furniture like this would certainly make your garden greener and more fun.

Hydroponic Garden Pots

If you want to venture into gardening, an old plastic barrel can be your starting point. The best part is you wouldn’t have to deal with dirt, as a plastic drum is a great choice for hydroponic gardening. That old barrel in the garage can save you hundreds of dollars in making DIY pots for your hydroponic garden.

Pet Feeder

It’s time to say goodbye to all those commercial feeders you have at home. With a plastic drum and some manual work, you can customize a feeder for your beloved pet. The good thing about this is you can get the right size, so your pet wouldn’t have to swoop down just to eat. Plastic drum feeders work for almost all domesticated animals – from dogs to sheep.

Outdoor Sink

This one is for large drums – and of course, for those who want a sink near their grill. A 55-gallon drum is large enough for a sizable sink outdoors. With a wood frame and some carpentry, you can build this in one day.

Recycling doesn’t always have to be about the furniture you can no longer use. The stuff in your garage could be recycled, too. Use these ingenious ideas and breathe new life into your old plastic drums.

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Antique JewelryIn times of financial struggle, some people try luck at becoming entrepreneurs. They put up anything they possess that has value for sale, either in garage sales, pawnshops, or auction houses. The usual things people sell are appliances, gadgets, pieces of furniture, and jewelry – the most valuable.

Being new to transacting high-valued items can be dangerous, especially if your buyer plans to play tricks on you. Whether you plan to sell estate or antique jewelry to Utah shops, determine if you are doing things the right way.

Know the Age of the Jewelry

Basically, what you would look for is the difference in prices. Antique jewelry pieces sell higher than estate because it is vintage. Experts consider trinkets aged 100 years and older to be antique. Younger ones, meanwhile, fall under estate. They also consider the jewelry you may inherited from your elders as estate.

Let Experts Appraise It

If you just found the jewelry piece in a box somewhere in your house and have no idea of its age, it is aivisable to bring it to the experts. Let them assess the piece and tell what type it is and how much it may cost. They can tell what stones are in the jewelry, which helps you have a starting price when you sell it.

Certification of estate and antique jewelry can make a big difference in the price. It can add thousands more if found to be legitimate. Most pieces back then were not specialized, and it was only until the early 20th century when authorities started certifying diamonds, gold, and other valuable gems.

Sort Out Each Piece

When presenting your grandmother’s jewelry box, make sure the trinkets are arranged according to their value. This prevents misconception and confusion on their part. Separate gold and diamond pieces from synthetic and costume ones. Plus, you can easily track the pieces you have sold or are just missing.

Thorough preparations apply also to selling jewelry. Equipping yourself with the essential info and knowledge about what you would sell helps you leverage a better price.

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index seoIt’s a known fact that Google must index your site so you can get traffic. If not, you’re lost, and it will be difficult for everyone to find your content because it’s not part of Google’s search index.

The first step is to diagnose the issue, and this article will help you do just that.

Here’s a list of reasons Google is not indexing your site. Work through this list and you’ll find your cause and cure.

Google Hasn’t Found the Site Yet

This is a problem with new sites. You need to wait days, but if it takes too long for Google to index your site, maybe your sitemap is not working properly. If you haven’t submitted a sitemap, that’s another problem.

Read about Google’s Sitemap policy. Once you do that, creating one will be a breeze.

You Have Too Much Duplicate Content

Having duplicate content confuses Google and other search engines, and this will only make them give up indexing your site.

Multiple URLs that provide the exact same content on your site means you have duplicate content. To fix the issue, simply choose the page you want to keep and 301 the rest.

You Got De-Indexed

If the site suffered from a manual penalty and Google removed it from the index, you need to work very hard to get it back in.

Google will also remove you from the index if your site has a shady history (that you know or do not know about). If this is the case, a lurking manual penalty is still probably preventing the indexation, and you need to get the help of white label SEO companies like SEOResellerProgram.com to get it back in.

You Have Hosting Downtimes or the Site Takes Forever to Load

Google doesn’t like sites that take forever to load. If yours does, chances are, Google will not index it at all.

Crawlers will also not index your site if they can’t access it—obviously. It still happens, though, because some site hosts suffer from frequent outage. If it does, shop for another one.

Indexation is the corner stone of successful SEO. If the site or certain pages of the site you are working on are not indexing, it’s important to figure out why—and do something about it.

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Marriage ProposalsYou take out the ring, and then you ask her the big question. She says yes and you live happily ever after. Ah, if only life were that simple.

A marriage proposal is one of the most tense experiences in a man’s life. All the planning that goes into it with all the intricate details leads up to the deciding moment when she says yes… or no. The anticipation and uncertainty can be enough to turn your legs to Jell-O.

How do you make sure she says yes? Be the man of her dreams. It’s that simple and that complicated. The rest depends on how well you ask her to be yours. Below are ways from devotiondiamonds.com to make her give you a resounding “yes” when you pop the big question.

Say It with a song

Serenading the woman you love is a classic way to set the tone and make her heart melt. The effort of steadying your shaky voice and staying in tune while battling to calm your nerves is a good sign for her that you are willing to endure anything that may come just to be with her.

Say It in Public

This could be tricky. Depending on your would-be fiancé, proposing in public may or may not be a good idea. Some women are not partial to being pressured to say “yes” in front of a “live audience” and prefer a more intimate setting. Others may find it more appealing when such an occasion is in the presence of family and loved ones. Know your girlfriend and choose which one suits her better.

Say It Her Way

It takes effort to personalize a marriage proposal. But if you do so in a way that speaks to her on a deeper level, you increase the chances of getting the nod. Is she the adventurous type? Take her bungee jumping and pop the question midair. Making the proposal in accordance with her personality helps to set the perfect stage.

While proposals are already romantic in themselves, they can sometimes not be enough to make her say “yes.” Keep these tips in mind and you will be one step closer to turning her from girlfriend to fiancé.

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Home RenovationJust like in any other location, home designs in Perth are continuously evolving. This is why renovations are inevitable, especially if your house is in dire need of a total makeover because of its age.

As a guide, here are some things you must think about before starting your next renovation project:

Set a Budget

Do your homework regarding structural features and all aspects of home designs. Perth experts say this is necessary before a renovation project big or small because it will help you with drafting a budget. Visit different stores, window shop, and compare prices. Check your budget and evaluate how much of what you want is actually achievable. Add an allowance of at least 20%, because extra expenses will surely come up while renovating.

Be Realistic

Be realistic when setting your expectations based on your budget, resources, and the current look of your home. If you really want a grand house, you can renovate one room at a time. This is better than going beyond your means just to have an immediate transformation.

Don’t Forget Small Details

Think of the big picture, but don’t forget to invest on those small details too. Those small details can make or break your home renovation project. Designs, colors, and furniture pieces should go well together to achieve an appealing look. A to-do list will help make sure everything is in place.

Mix Classic and Modern

Going for a classic style house is still the best option, as trends come and go. What you can do is accessorize to give your home a modern touch. Invest in quality finishes that are classic, because in the end, renovation is all about making your home endure the test of time.

No matter how stressful a renovation project may be, just remember how great your new home design would look. Enjoy the whole process and take it one step a day. Just remember that you’re doing this to provide your whole family a better place to live in.

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Online MarketingIn today’s competitive business landscape, you need to find better ways to promote your products and services. One way to do this is to boost your online presence. Truly, digital marketing has become one of the most effective ways of expanding your network. Every online marketer knows how important it is to be consistent with your strategies. This is why you need to monitor your progress. Keep in mind that you might need to make adjustments from time to time.

To help you get started, here are some quick tips from industry authority TrueLogic Online Solutions Inc. on assessing your digital marketing programs:

Tip #1: Set your goals

Set clear objectives and milestone for your campaigns. This will help you determine what strategies you need to use. Identify which online marketing channel is best for your business. To promote your website effectively, make sure the design complements the vision of your business. The interface should be user-friendly and easy to navigate. Try to keep it simple and make sure your site is SEO-friendly, as well.

Tip #2: Enable content marketing

Publishing quality content can help you dominate the digital world. Produce fresh and relevant articles both on-page and off-page. Be creative with titles and make a compelling headline. Just make sure everything is relevant to your services. You can make use of online resources, but be sure to avoid duplicate content. Never mislead your readers.

TIP #3: Monitor your campaigns

As mentioned above, you need to be consistent with your strategies. The best way to do this is to monitor your progress by providing detailed reports. Check which campaigns are flunking. Make necessary adjustments to improve your strategy. Another thing you need to consider is the links you use to optimize your page. Some are saying that the “link building” strategy is dead. This is actually a myth, as you just need to use quality links. It’s all about consistency and relevance.

TIP # 4: Use social media effectively

Social media marketing is another great way to boost your online presence. This is the easiest technique to engage your audience and expand your network. One advantage of social media is you can get direct feedback from your prospective clients. Keep track of their interests to help you develop your strategies.

To benefit from the World Wide Web, work with a trustworthy digital marketing company. These professionals can coordinate with you in finding the best solution to reach your goals.

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