I’ve Discovered Matcha Green Tea

I’ve Discovered Matcha Green Tea

I was meeting with an old friend today here in Dallas and we decided to meet at the Union Coffee House down on Dyer Street. I have been there before and really like the atmosphere. We met at 10 am and as we were waiting to order, my friend asked me if I have ever tried Matcha green tea.

Not only had I never tried it, I had never even heard of it!

He went on to explain that matcha is a kind of green tea leaf that finishes its growing in the shade, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients and phytochemicals.

Let’s just say I was intrigued.

He went on to say that the leaves are ground into a fine powder and then are used to create an infusion with hot water so that you consume the whole leaf. There is no steeping, like with regular tea.

Now one of the reasons that I go to a coffee house is for a shot of caffeine to help pick me up and get me through a busy work day, so I asked him about the caffeine content in Matcha green tea.

He said that matcha has about half of the caffeine as a cup of coffee, but that it contains phytochemicals that temper the caffeine so that it is released slower and lasts longer than the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
matcha antioxidants
Ok, so now I had to try it!

I ordered a Matcha Latte with vanilla and I really liked the flavor. I would describe it as slightly grassy, but with a green tea hint of flavor.

We finished our Matcha lattes and I headed back to work. I didn’t get the kick of caffeine that I am used to with my mid morning coffee, but I did notice that I was really focused and productive for the rest of the day. There was no afternoon crash and I still felt pretty lively when I headed home at 5pm.

I was pretty intrigued by this matcha and decided to do some research and see what I could find.

I was amazed to find a whole culture of matcha lovers on the internet and some really awesome information about the health benefits of matcha.Matcha Antioxidants

Apparently matcha is loaded with antioxidants, more than 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!

Anyway, I am now a matcha convert and have replaced my mid morning coffee with a matcha latte!

Of course, this is Visual art Dallas, so I searched for a good matcha infographic and I found a good one!

Here it is…

Please include attribution to http://matchaconnection.com/ with this graphic.

Top 10 Best Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Recipes

This matcha infographic is courtesy of www.matchaconnection.com

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Affiliate marketing for beginners

Affiliate marketing for beginners

affiliate marketing for beginners

Today I thought I would share some information that can help anyone interested in affiliate marketing get started. I did some research online for the term affiliate marketing for beginners to see just what kind of information is available to newbies. What I found kind of surprised me.

All of top pages in the google search results for “affiliate marketing for beginners” didn’t contain any really good information. Usually google is pretty good at determining the best information for a search term and providing that webpage in the top ten search results for that search term.

What I found is that if I continued to page three and four and even five or six, I could find better information than google was providing on page one. I’m not sure what is going on, but I’ll bet google has some algorithm changes in the works to deal with this problem.

Anyway, one of the pages with the best information for beginners that I found was entitled Affiliate Marketing for Dummies and it was on page three of the google search results.

What I really liked about this webpage is that the author included a really detailed infographic that any beginner could study and really learn the basics of affiliate marketing. With the name of my website being Visual Art Dallas, I figured that sharing infographics, which is a visual art form, would be a great idea.

So here is the infographic below.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Infographic

Please include attribution to www.jvanderlaan.com with this graphic.
Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

According to the infographic, affiliate marketing is a multi billion dollar industry. That is big business!

In my estimation, as the number of users on the internet continues to rise, so will the amount of sales attributed to affiliate marketing.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Basically affiliate marketing is a relationship between three parties.

  1. The Customer
  2. The Merchant
  3. The Affiliate

The Affiliate is basically a middleman that brings the other two parties together to complete a sale (conversion).

The Affiliate usually builds a website and establishes him/her self as an expert and once their is traffic to the website, the affiliate will recommend products and services that they have signed up as an affiliate to promote.

Some of the most used affiliate programs are:

  • Amazon
  • Commission Junction
  • Rakuten Linkshare
  • ShareaSale
  • Clickbank
  • And others

There are literally tens of thousands of affiliate programs to choose from.

No matter what niche you choose for your website, there is always an affiliate program available for you to promote.

I hope that you have found Affiliate Marketing for Beginners helpful. If you did, please share on social media.

Also, if you would like to use the above infographic on your blog or website, please be sure to give credit to the creator of the infographic.

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8 Facts of Website Design

8 Facts of Website Design

As more and more people become involved in website design, I thought that we would take a look at some aspects of designing a website for both the search engines and your readers.

Google has made it clear that the days of keyword stuffing and other strategies associated with gaming the Google system are over. Today it is all about reader engagement, so we are now writing mainly for the reader while using SEO to simple let Google know what our page is about.

website design

Website Design Facts

#1 – Your website must be search engine friendly – Let’s face it, the reason that you are building a website is to gain readers and the only way you are going to gain readers is to please the search engines. The major search engines are resonsible for 88% of all internet traffic. Make the search engines your friend.

#2 – Use lots of good images – People like images and if you can add some text to your image, people like to share those on social media. Can you say viral? You can use Canva for free to add text to your images and with a little luck and the right sharing, you could be on your way to thousands of free visitors.

#3 – Speed Matters – How fast your pages load is of utmost importance to both your readers and the search engines. Choose a theme that is not loaded down with code and make sure that you have plugins installed to compress your images and to cache your pages. There is no excuse for a slow website in this day and age. Speed should be one of your top priorities.

#4 – Your website must be mobile friendly – Google made it very clear that mobile responsive websites would take precedent over non mobile responsive websites in its search rankings. The good new is that there are very few website templates available today that are not mobile responsive.

#5 – Your website must be user friendly – Google has also made it clear that reader engagement is going to be their number one criteria for search engine rankings. That means that you must have an engaging, easy to navigate website structure in order to keep readers on your site for as long as possible.

#6 – Consider using WordPress for your website design needs – HTML5 is the current code of choice for most designers, but you can do most of what you need in website design with WordPress plug-ins. It is definitely beneficial if you have some basic HTML knowledge, but it is not necessary.

#7 – Check your website in all browsers – This is something that is often overlooked by novice website designers and is very important. Make sure you check the website in these browsers. Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is the worst of the bunch for displaying web pages correctly and is quickly losing market share as a result.

#8 – Cost of website design – If you are going to pay an agency to design a website for you, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 – &5000, depending on the bells and whistles that you want. Keep in mind that good website design principles today dictate a website without bells and whistle and a clean, crisp look with lots of white space and contrasting text.

As you probably know, we love visual art in the form of infographics, so here is today’s infographic on website design facts.

website design

Be sure to use visual art in your website design and work to engage your readers and help them to understand important facts with infographics.

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How to Use Infographics in your Marketing

How to Use Infographics in your Marketing

Here at Visual Art Dallas, we love infographics and we love marketing. So in this post we are going to show you how to use infographics in your marketing.

People love visual data and more importantly people love to share visual data. When Google sees people sharing your infographics, they see engagement and Google loves engagement.

How to Use Infographics

Infographics are a great way to build links back to your website and as we all know, back links are an important ranking factor in the Google Algorithm. The easy way to get back links is to simply submit your infographic to the many sites on the internet that accept submissions. Here are a few to consider…

  • Visual.ly
  • Infographicreviews.com
  • Slideshare
  • CoolInfographics.com
  • Flickr
  • Reddit
  • LoveInfographics.com
  • MarketingInfographics.org
  • DailyInfographic.com

There are literally hundreds more, but that list will keep you busy for a while. One point to remember when submitting your infographic is that each site is going to want an original description of your infographic. The description should be at least 200 words and keep in mind that longer is better. If you can provide a description of 500 words or more, you have a much better chance of the site publishing your infographic.

A better way to use infographics

I have a very good friend who is a major influencer in the blogging niche and he taught me this method for getting high quality backlinks to your website or blog using your infographic.

Reach out to influencers in your niche and offer them your infographic for their site along with a well written article to accompany the infographic. Sometimes you may need to sweeten the pot and offer to pay for a social media boost on facebook or twitter to get the sharing started.

If you find an influencer in your niche that is interested in your offer, you will get a great backlink from a niche related site. You will get access and exposure to the influencer’s social media followers, because they are going to share the article with their followers. You will also get traffic from the influencer’s site to yours through the link.

This is a major win – win for both parties and is a tactic that you should add to your back linking strategies.

How to Create Infographics

You thought we were going to leave out the best part! Like I said earlier, we love visual art, so I thought that the best way to show you how to create infographics would be with a…

You guessed it!

An Infographic!

how to create infographics

I hope that you have gained some knowledge from today’s post. Remember that sharing is caring and if you enjoyed the post or the infographic, please share with your social media network.

One last word, the best art is visual art and there is no better visual art for marketing than infographics!

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Every Business Needs a Marketing Plan

Every Business Needs a Marketing Plan

Every business needs a marketing plan and yet many overlook this important aspect of building sales and growing their business.

Today I am going to share with you some strategies for developing a marketing plan that can guide you and your business through the marketing maze and help you to find your marketing sweet spot.

In true Visual Art Dallas style, I will share an awesome infographic (my idea of marketing visual art) related to developing a marketing plan for your business.

What is a Marketing Plan?

A marketing plan is a plan that outlines a business’s advertising and marketing goals for the coming year. It should contain many things including, but not limited to the following:

  • Description of the marketing efforts currently in effect at the business.
  • Description of the specific market you are targeting.
  • Description of the marketing goals of the business.
  • Strategies for achieving the marketing goals.
  • An assessment of the business’s competition.
  • The budget available for marketing and the strategies for using the budget.

An important aspect of a marketing plan is the companies ability to analyze the marketing strategies in real time and adjust the plan based on what is successful and what is not.

Below you will find today’s visual art entitled 6 Easy Steps to Make Your Own Marketing Plan.

 

Marketing plan

 

Let’s go over the 6 easy steps to developing your own marketing plan.

  1. Collect Data – It is very important to be thorough here and don’t leave anything to chance. Every little thing is important,
    not only “numbers” but also opinions, states of mind, feelings, illusions or intentions.
  2. Analyze the Data – Now that we have the data, we must analyze it in detail, looking for strengths and weaknesses. We must be objective and very critical. I would suggest having more than one person on your team analyze the data because analysis can be very subjective.
  3. Project – Let’s use all our cleverness and knowledge. Brainstorming, workflows, checkpoints, goals… It’s time to make a plan!
  4. Work – Everyone working. Communication and coordination between all parties is essential. Everyone needs to be on the same page and understand the goals of the plan.
  5. Control – Are we on the right track? It’s time to step back and see if we are all rowing in the same direction. Mistakes are allowed, correction is mandatory.
  6. Results – Ok, our marketing plan is complete and we can celebrate! Not too much though, we have more projects to attend too!

I want to stress that having a plan that is not very good is still better than not having a plan at all. Put some focus and commitment on a marketing plan for your business and watch your sales grow today!

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Use These Internet Marketing Hacks If You Are A Newby At Internet Marketing

Use These Internet Marketing Hacks If You Are A Newby At Internet Marketing

If you are looking for a place where you can learn more about internet marketing, you have just found it! Today we will discuss most important aspects of internet marketing and how you can use it to become better at internet marketing!

So, What Are Digital Marketing Activities?

online-marketingSome individuals are regularly confounded about computerized promoting exercises, and what this even infers. With regards to advanced advertising exercises and Internet promoting, it can be said that Internet showcasing is normally done through website streamlining, web index showcasing, content promoting, influencer advertising, content robotization, crusade promoting, online networking advertising, and in addition numerous different routes in which online networking is utilized for showcasing purposes, for example, sending messages and contacting individuals on their social networking. Besides, Internet channels have a tendency to reach out from the Internet and enter under types of advanced media, for example, cellular telephones through SMS and MMS, callbacks and different techniques.

The Concept Of Digital Marketing

banner_Digital-Marketing_2With regards to the target of computerized advertising, despite everything it continues as before as the goal of general showcasing. The objective is to reach however many individuals as could be allowed, and to promote an item. The main thing that is distinctive however, is the way that every one of this is done through computerized media, online networking and the Internet. The current mechanical time has changed the way we convey and the way we build up correspondence and connections everlastingly with the presentation of online networking and the computerized correspondence frameworks. It is not astounding that promoting has just entered this a player in our lives, since it has as of now turned into an imperative part of our regular lives.

How Digital Marketing Can Be Used?

On the off chance that you might want to utilize computerized advertising for your own particular promoting purposes, there are two or three things that you ought to remember. The universe of computerized promoting is a frenzied and steadily evolving place, we are you certain that stay aware of the business sector, the clients and the requests. The various contenders and rivals can just improve your promoting abilities even. That being said, you will likely battle to stay aware of your rivals be that as it may, in the meantime, you will presumably gain the most from your most savage adversaries.

Your Job Are The People!

internet-marketingOne of the primary issues with computerized promoting, and also with the advancement of the computerized advances by and large, is the way that its offense to make the world less others conscious. You will most likely get the best results on the off chance that you figured out how to incorporate an adapting background in your promoting strategies. As it were, you ought to make your clients feel clung to your image and to each other, and make them encounter the glow of mankind when purchasing your items.

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