2020.09.24 20:46 fineprintdataDeJoy's Stocks vs. the 2020 Election
I’ve been trying to understand the web of financial interests surrounding Postmaster DeJoy. Here’s what I’ve got so far. A full graphic ofhis history with XPO is here, along with the following writeup. TL:DR Postmaster DeJoy has a massive (187 to 1) conflict-of-interest between his stock in his ex-company, XPO Logistics, and his role as head of the Post Office. The conflict is so massive that his best financial interest is to stay in power as long as possible so in order to weaken the Post Office where it competes with XPO and/or increase Post Office outsourcing for services that XPO provides.
The $-leverage-gap between DeJoy’s stock in his former company, XPO (estimated at $57 million on 9/18) and his annual salary as Postmaster General ($303,460) is 187 to 1.
DeJoy’s changes have slowed mail, weakened confidence in the USPS, and decreased access to voting-by-mail. With a clear Democratic dependence on voting-by-mail, these policies increase the likelihood that Trump wins, so that DeJoy can weaken the USPS as a competitor to XPO and increase USPS outsourcing to XPO.
2020.09.17 17:45 ketchupsunshineAs requested: Paula Abdul claims a 1992 plane crash took her out of the spotlight. The NTSB has no record of it ever happening.
On the Paula Abdul post a couple weeks ago, I commented that I had a write-up that was almost ready to go. This goes far more in depth than that post and was heavily requested so hopefully it does not get removed this time. In July I saw this comment and decided to look up the plane crash story, expecting it to be easily explainable one way or another. But instead I wound up with differing accounts from Paula Abdul herself, articles claiming she was lying, and lots of random gossip. So I figured I’d try to piece it together myself. The story goes like this: In 1992 1, Paula Abdul was flying from a performance in St. Louis to Denver while on her Under My Spell Tour (sometimes called the “Spellbound” tour, the name of the album she was promoting at this time). Then, over a cornfield in Iowa, Abdul in 2019 said the following took place:
“It all happened when I boarded a seven-seater plane and an hour into the flight one of the engines blew up and the right wing caught fire and everything went black...I woke up in the hospital only to find that I had crushed my cervical spine, leaving me partially paralyzed.”
She also stated that she underwent 15 spinal surgeries as a result of her injuries both from this and prior incidents. But 2019 was not the first time she told this story. According to Abdul in 2005, she took one day off and she continued to perform. The 2005 account mostly matched her earliest mention of the accident in 2003. Then, in 2019, she described waking up in the hospital, partially paralyzed. The story changes in bits every time, and there is no documented mention of it at all before Abdul’s 2003 NBC interview. It’s stranger the more you read about it, and there don’t seem to be concrete answers. What we do know for sure is that Paula Abdul’s career took a hit shortly after the time she claims the crash took place. Abdul’s next era following Spellbound, Head Over Heels, was her worst selling release. She was divorced twice between 1994 and 1998. Between her Spellbound era and about 1996, Abdul seemed to stay out of the spotlight. Part of this was due to her seeking treatment for her bulimia in 1994, which came with rumors that she was being treated for opioid addiction at the same time. Her career and personal life seemed to have gone downhill after her Under Your Spell tour, and it’s debated whether this was because of her plane crash, or whether the plane crash was invented to sweep this under the rug.
There are a few aspects of Abdul’s story that are pointed to as proof that she is lying. Dates: Abdul claims to have performed in St. Louis before the fateful flight, heading to Denver, and to have boarded immediately following this performance. Her own website does not list a St. Louis tour date (although there is a date for Greenwood Village, near Denver, on June 10, 1992). The Wikipedia page for the tour uses the same dates as Abdul’s website. This has been used by some theorists as proof that the whole story is fabricated, since it gives the appearance that there wouldn’t have been a St. Louis to Denver flight at all. However, while Abdul’s own website lacks any mention of these dates, there is some evidence she may have flown from St. Louis to Denver between June 19 and June 22, 1992. 2 Rich Juzwiak at Jezebel dug up records that give us a possible date for the alleged crash. The Jezebel article cites a St. Louis Post Dispatch article from June 21, 1992, talking about a Paula Abdul concert the previous Friday at the Riverport Ampitheater. This sets a date of June 19, 1992 for St. Louis. The same Jezebel article also cites an Entertainment Weekly article from September 25, 1992, which refers to Abdul performing a show at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in a suburb of Denver on June 22. Abdul’s website lists no shows between the June 10 show in Greenwood Village and the June 23 show in Seattle. This means that there is a gap that these other two shows fit into, although it is odd they aren’t listed as part of the tour despite being part of the tour. EDIT: As referenced in footnote 2, the Jezebel article had an edit claiming that a reader had found a Kansas City Star article listing a June 20, 1992 date at the Sandstone Ampitheater in Bonner Springs, outside of Kansas City. I couldn't find this as I was writing, but u/bookdrops dug up this Springfield News-Leader article from June 19, 1992 that references the same June 20 date at the Sandstone Ampitheater. This means that there was a date between the St. Louis and Denver shows that have been found, and to me this rules out there being a St. Louis to Denver flight at all. She could have mistaken Kansas City for St. Louis or misremembered, but her stated flight path doesn't seem to have happened. Possible drug addiction: Abdul’s 2009 Ladies Home Journal interview describes her spending Thanksgiving 2008 weaning herself off of a painkiller addiction:
The rumors that her sometimes-bizarre behavior was fueled by drugs just may have been true. Abdul was taking heavy-duty pain killers, though she claims she never shot an Idol episode under the influence. But last Thanksgiving, determined to overcome her habit, she checked into the La Costa Resort and Spa, in Carlsbad, California, to wean herself off her medications in one fell swoop. "I could have killed myself.... Withdrawal -- it's the worst thing," she says. "I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating. But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been.”
Fans and tabloids during Abdul’s run as an American Idol judge oftencommented on her strange behavior, although she was quick to explain it away. The LHJ interview had direct quotes from her talking about her struggle with drug addiction. ...And then Paula Abdul went on record saying she had never said those things. In fact, according to her, she has never even been drunk. Abdul does not seem to have refuted that she went to a place called La Costa in Carlsbad, California, but she was adamant that it was just a normal spa and she had been there for only three days. While there is a rehab center in Carlsbad called La Costa, the article refers to “La Costa Resort and Spa”, which is an actual resort and spa. Despite Abdul’s denials, there is still rampant speculation that she is or was addicted to painkillers. There’s certainly no clear-cut evidence proving she was ever an addict, but it’s also nearly impossible to disprove something. Especially when there is so much circumstantial evidence, such as her “strange” behavior that the tabloids latched onto. Worth noting for this point is the fact that Abdul has consistently been open about her diagnosis with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, an incredibly painful condition. This, in conjunction with her (also consistent) story about a cheerleading accident in high school followed by several smaller car accidents over the years, means that Paula Abdul already has a pretty good reason to be using painkillers. RSD and any severe chronic pain can sometimes also cause people to seem “spacey” or “loopy”, which could also explain why so many people thought she was acting strange during the time she was on American Idol. Crash records: The strongest piece of evidence cited by those who believe Paula Abdul is lying is the lack of evidence. There seems to be no record of this crash ever having happened. Her tour ran from October 1991 to August 1992 and despite having searched accidentrecords3 for that timespan I have been unable to find any record of this crash. I’ll admit to not being knowledgeable about aviation records, but it also seems telling that no one else has been able to find these records either. Abdul has denounced those who doubt her claims and while I can’t speak definitively, I would think she or her publicist would have pointed to an NTSB report if there was one. Additionally, Abdul has been quoted several times as saying the plane landed in a cornfield in Iowa. This doesn’t fit with her claim that the flight was from St. Louis to Denver. The flight she claims to have taken is pretty much straight west, and crashing in Iowa would require a significant detour north. Not impossible, but certainly implausible at least from a layman’s understanding of air travel. There is an NTSB report for an eight seater (not seven) plane crashing into a field in Nebraska (not Iowa), a full month before the Under My Spell tour began. It also seems to have taken off in Nebraska with an intended destination elsewhere in Nebraska, rather than going to either St. Louis or Denver, and it crashed shortly after takeoff rather than the claimed forty minutes to an hour into the flight. I cannot find any news about what Abdul would’ve been doing in Nebraska in September 1991, so I don’t believe this is the accident. There is also a record of an accident in Englewood, Colorado on June 10, 1992. Paula Abdul had a concert in nearby Greenwood Village on the same day, but the description of the plane and accident do not match her story at all. These two are the only records that I have seen that match any part of her story, and neither is a good fit.
Theory 1: Paula Abdul was actually in some sort of incident on a plane in 1992, but has embellished what happened and this is why no one has been able to track down records of the event. The most common theory in this camp is that the plane experienced some turbulence, she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, and she experienced an injury. This possibly compounded with previous injuries (such as the cheerleading accident she often mentions in conjunction with the plane crash story) and caused severe harm, but the plane did not crash. There’s a lot of overlap between this theory and the others, and how much overlap exists between theories depends on who you ask. Theory 2: Paula Abdul was not in any aviation accidents in 1992 and she is using this story to cover up painkiller use and/or her extended absence from the limelight before her American Idol job. One of these theories revolves around the idea that Paula invented the plane crash in 2003, after regaining the limelight as an American Idol judge, to give herself an excuse for falling out of the public eye and to distract from the downturn in her career and personal life during this period. The other, more popular theory, is that she used the plane crash as an excuse to either explain away her loopy behavior during her American Idol years as non-drug related (if you believe 2005 USA Today “I have never been addicted to anything” Paula Abdul) or to excuse it as being caused by medication prescribed to her for her injuries. Theory 3: Paula Abdul is telling the truth about being in a crash and her story was brought into doubt due to some unfortunate gaps in information, such as the NTSB records being incomplete/the accident not being reported at all, her own choice to keep quiet for an extended period of time, and miscommunications about whether or not she was using pain medication. There is enough room for the basic story to be true. Admittedly, the story has changed so much that at least some versions will be lies even if one version was the truth. If this is the case I will certainly apologize for fueling speculation otherwise...but I would consider this the least likely option.
Regardless of whatever the actual story is regarding the plane crash, it’s pretty clear that Paula Abdul struggles with chronic pain and I do not intend to make light of this at all or to shame her if she has struggled with addiction. It’s just very strange that there is no proof of this event ever happening. Did Paula Abdul get injured on a plane in 1992? Was she covering for a painkiller addiction, and was that part of why she went to rehab in 1994? Was she covering for being out of the spotlight? Is Paula Abdul actually sober like she claims, and is her strange behavior actually just her being Paula Abdul rather than drugs or alcohol? Was this a ploy for attention that ripped off of Gloria Estefan’s accident? Why did it take eleven years after the alleged accident for there to be a single documented mention of it? I’m very curious what everyone else thinks about this case. My personal theory (which is based as much on gut feelings as it is on actual information, since the info is so spotty) is that she was on a plane during the Under My Spell tour, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and was injured when the plane experienced turbulence mid-flight. This compounded her existing spinal injuries and her condition deteriorated for several years until around 1994 her health problems prevented her from working. She took a break from the limelight to recover, came back for American Idol, and decided to embellish her story to garner sympathy and distract from the other issues (the relative commercial failure of Head Over Heels, her divorces) that contributed to her break. I’m unsure on whether or not she had an addiction to painkillers but I lean towards “no”. Her story of using alternative medicine in response to her injuries from the crash partially convinced me that the strange behavior people point to as proof of her being on drugs is actually just her being herself. She seems like a bit of an odd duck.
1 Some articles list 1993 as the date of the crash, including some quotes from Abdul herself, but in the grand scheme of things this did not seem particularly significant. The tour she mentions ran from 1991 to 1992, and most articles state 1992. Because of this I am assuming that this is a mistake rather than an actual lie. Specifically the 2009 Ladies Home Journal interview says she was in a car accident in 1992 that caused a neck injury, and places the plane crash in 1993. This is the closest thing to a “contradictory” date I have seen but it also is not a quote from Paula Abdul herself. Make of this what you will. 2 According to an edit in the Jezebel story, there was a Kansas City Star article claiming Abdul had performed in Kansas City on June 20, 1992, which would basically rule out a St. Louis to Denver flight. However, I’ve tried searching and can’t find this article. If anyone is able to find it I’d be happy to edit it in, but I’m not including information I can’t verify. EDIT: Link to confirmation of Sandstone Amphitheater concert, so there is now proof of this and I have edited the post accordingly. 3 This specific link has a disclaimer that records have only been natively uploaded since 1996. So although there are pre-1996 records available on this site, there is no guarantee that these records are complete. The other link provided does not contain the same disclaimer and has far more complete records, but I have no way to verify that they are 100% complete.
2020.09.12 08:01 ObjectiveAttitude8Real Estate Agents and the Internet - How to Buy and Sell Real Estate Today
Then and Now Ten years ago, a search for real estate would have started in the office of a local real estate agent or by just driving around town. At the agent's office, you would spend an afternoon flipping through pages of active property listings from the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). After choosing properties of interest, you would spend many weeks touring each property until you found the right one. Finding market data to enable you to assess the asking price would take more time and a lot more driving, and you still might not be able to find all of the information you needed to get really comfortable with a fair market value. Today, most property searches start on the Internet. A quick keyword search on Google by location will likely get you thousands of results. If you spot a property of interest on a real estate web site, you can typically view photos online and maybe even take a virtual tour. You can then check other Web sites, such as the local county assessor, to get an idea of the property's value, see what the current owner paid for the property, check the real estate taxes, get census data, school information, and even check out what shops are within walking distance-all without leaving your house! While the resources on the Internet are convenient and helpful, using them properly can be a challenge because of the volume of information and the difficulty in verifying its accuracy. At the time of writing, a search of "Denver real estate" returned 2,670,000 Web sites. Even a neighborhood specific search for real estate can easily return thousands of Web sites. With so many resources online how does an investor effectively use them without getting bogged down or winding up with incomplete or bad information? Believe it or not, understanding how the business of real estate works offline makes it easier to understand online real estate information and strategies. The Business of Real Estate Real estate is typically bought and sold either through a licensed real estate agent or directly by the owner. The vast majority is bought and sold through real estate brokers. (We use "agent" and "broker" to refer to the same professional.) This is due to their real estate knowledge and experience and, at least historically, their exclusive access to a database of active properties for sale. Access to this database of property listings provided the most efficient way to search for properties. The MLS (and CIE) The database of residential, land, and smaller income producing properties (including some commercial properties) is commonly referred to as a multiple listing service (MLS). In most cases, only properties listed by member real estate agents can be added to an MLS. The primary purpose of an MLS is to enable the member real estate agents to make offers of compensation to other member agents if they find a buyer for a property. This purposes did not include enabling the direct publishing of the MLS information to the public; times change. Today, most MLS information is directly accessible to the public over the Internet in many different forms. Commercial property listings are also displayed online but aggregated commercial property information is more elusive. Larger MLSs often operate a commercial information exchange (CIE). A CIE is similar to an MLS but the agents adding the listings to the database are not required to offer any specific type of compensation to the other members. Compensation is negotiated outside the CIE. In most cases, for-sale-by-owner properties cannot be directly added to an MLS and CIE, which are typically maintained by REALTOR associations. The lack of a managed centralized database can make these properties more difficult to locate. Traditionally, these properties are found by driving around or looking for ads in the local newspaper's real estate listings. A more efficient way to locate for-sale-by-owner properties is to search for a for-sale-by-owner Web site in the geographic area. What is a REALTOR? Sometimes the terms real estate agent and REALTOR are used interchangeably; however, they are not the same. A REALTOR is a licensed real estate agent who is also a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. REALTORS are required to comply with a strict code of ethics and conduct. MLS and CIE property listing information was historically only available in hard copy, and as we mentioned, only directly available to real estate agents members of an MLS or CIE. About ten years ago, this valuable property information started to trickle out to the Internet. This trickle is now a flood! One reason is that most of the 1 million or so REALTORS have Web sites, and most of those Web sites have varying amounts of the local MLS or CIE property information displayed on them. Another reason is that there are many non-real estate agent Web sites that also offer real estate information, including, for-sale-by-owner sites, foreclosure sites, regional and international listing sites, County assessor sites, and valuation and market information sites. The flood of real estate information to the Internet definitely makes the information more accessible but also more confusing and subject to misunderstanding and misuse. Real Estate Agents Despite the flood of real estate information on the Internet, most properties are still sold directly through real estate agents listing properties in the local MLS or CIE. However, those property listings do not stay local anymore. By its nature, the Internet is a global marketplace and local MLS and CIE listings are normally disseminated for display on many different Web sites. , and to the local real estate agent's Web site. In addition, the listing may be displayed on the Web site of a local newspaper. In essence, the Internet is just another form of marketing offered by today's real estate agent, but it has a much broader reach than the old print advertising. In addition to Internet marketing, listing agents may also help the seller establish a price, hold open houses, keep the seller informed of interested buyers and offers, negotiate the contract and help with closing. When an agent provides all of these services it is referred to as being a full service listing arrangement. While full service listing arrangements are the most common type of listing arrangement, they are not the only option anymore. Changes in the technology behind the real estate business have caused many agents to change the way they do business. In large part, this is due to the instant access most consumers now have to property listings and other real estate information. In addition, the Internet and other technologies have automated much of the marketing and initial searching process for real estate. For example, consumers can view properties online and make inquires via email. Brokers can use automated programs to send listings to consumers that match their property criteria. So, some agents now limit the services they offer and change their fees accordingly. An agent may offer to advertise the property in the MLS but only provide limited additional services. In the future, some real estate agents may offer services in more of an ala carte fashion. Because of the volume of real estate information on the Internet, when people hire a real estate agent today they should look at the particular services offered by the agent and the depth of their experience and knowledge in the relevant property sector. It is no longer just about access to property listing information. Buyers and sellers historically found agents by referrals from friends and family. The Internet now provides ways to directly find qualified agents or to research the biography of an agent referred to you offline. One such site, AgentWorld.com, is quickly becoming the LinkedIn or Facebook for real estate agents. On this site an agent can personalize their profile, start a blog, post photos and videos and even create a link to their web site for free. Once unique content is added to their profile page the search engines notice! Some have argued that the Internet makes REALTORS and the MLS less relevant. We believe this will be false in the long run. It may change the role of the agent but will make knowledgeable, qualified, and professional REALTORS more relevant than ever. In fact, the number of real estate agents has risen significantly in recent years. No wonder, the Internet has made local real estate a global business. Besides, Internet or not, the simple fact remains that the purchase of real property is the largest single purchase most people make in their life (or, for many investors, the largest multiple purchases over a lifetime) and they want expert help. As for the MLS, it remains the most reliable source of real estate listing and sold information available and continues to enable efficient marketing of properties. So, what is the function of all the online real estate information? Online real estate information is a great research tool for buyers and sellers and a marketing tool for sellers. When used properly, buyers can save time by quickly researching properties and, ultimately, make better investment decisions. Sellers can efficiently research the market and make informed decisions about hiring an agent and marketing their properties online. The next step is to know where to look online for some of the best resources. Internet Strategies In the sections that follow, we provide strategies and tips on how to use the Internet to locate properties for sale and research information relevant to your decision to purchase the property. There are many real estate Web sites from which to choose and although we do not mean to endorse any particular Web site, we have found the ones listed here to be good resources in most cases or to be so popular that they need mention. One way to test a Web site's accuracy is to search for information about a property you already own. Finding Real Estate for Sale Despite the widely available access to real estate listings, many believe that MLS databases continue to offer the most complete and accurate source of real estate information. Most MLSs now distribute content to other Web sites (primarily operated by real estate agents). An excellent starting point for MLS originated content is the national NAR Web site, realtor.com, which is also the most popular web site for searching real estate listings. Virtually all local and regional MLSs have an agreement with realtor.com to display much of their active listing inventory. Some local and regional MLS systems also have a publicly accessible Web site. However, to get complete information you will most likely still need to find a qualified local REALTOR. Many local real estate agents will also provide their customers (via email) new listings that are input into the MLS that match their predefined criteria. This can be very helpful to a busy buyer. There are also many Web sites that display both real estate agent listed and for-sale-by-owner properties. Some of the more popular Web sites include zillow.com and trulia.com. These sites offer other services too. For example, zillow.com is best known for its instantaneous property valuation function and trulia.com for providing historical information. Another source of properties for sale is the state, regional, and local Web sites associated with brokerage companies; for example, remax.com or prudential.com. Search engines like yahoo.com and classified advertising sites like craigslist.com also have a large number of active real estate listings. One key difference between these sites is how much information you can access anonymously. For example, at trulia.com you can shop anonymously up to a point but then you will need to click through to the agent's Web site for more information. Many new real estate search engines allow you to sift through listings without having to fill out a form. The best strategy is to browse a few of the sites listed above to find geographic areas or price ranges that are interesting. Once you get serious about a property, then that is the time to find a qualified REALTOR of your choice to conduct a complete search in the local MLS. It also never hurts to search the old-fashioned way by driving through the neighborhoods that interest you. There is no substitute for physically, not virtually, walking the block when you are making a serious investment decision. In this sense, real estate is still a very local business and standing in front of the property can lead to a much different decision than viewing a Web page printout. Valuing Real Estate As we mentioned, one of the most popular real estate tools is zillow.com's instant property valuation. Just type in an address and in and you get a property value. It even charts the price ups and downs, and shows the last date sold (including price) and the property taxes. There are other sites that provide similar tools such as housevalues.com and homegain.com. Unfortunately, many people use these estimated values alone to justify sales prices, offers and counteroffers. However, these are only rough estimates based on a formula that incorporates the local county sales information. These estimates can swing wildly over a short period of time and do not appear to always track actual market changes, which are normally more gradual. In addition, these estimates do not automatically take into account property remodels or renovations or other property specific or local changes. This is not to say these sites are not useful. In fact, they are great starting points and can provide a good ball-park value in many cases. When it comes to getting a more accurate value for a particular property, there are other strategies that are more trustworthy. One is to go directly to your county's Web site. More often than not the county assessor's area of the Web site provides sales and tax information for all properties in the county. If you want to research a particular property or compare sales prices of comparable properties, the local assessor's sites are really helpful. When you visit a county's Web site you are getting information straight from the source. Most counties today publish property information on their Web sites. Many times you cannot only see the price a previous owner paid, but the assessed value, property taxes, and maps. Some county assessors are now adding a market and property valuation tools too. Given the importance of valuation to investing, we are also going to remind you of the two most important (non-Internet) valuation methods: real estate agents and appraisers. Working with a local REALTOR is an accurate and efficient way to get value information for a property. While one of the primary purposes of the MLS is to market the active property listings of its members, the system also collects sales information for those listings. REALTOR members can pull this sales information and produce comparable market analyses (sometimes called CMAs) that provide an excellent snapshot of a particular property's value for the market in a particular area. Finally, the most accurate way to value a property is by having a certified appraiser produce an appraisal. An appraiser will typically review both the sold information in the MLS system as well as county information and then analyze the information to produce a valuation for the property based on one or more approved methods of valuation. These methods of valuation can include a comparison of similar properties adjusted for differences between the properties, determine the cost to replace the property, or, with an income producing property, determine a value based on the income generated from the property. The Neighborhood There are many ways the Internet can help you get the scoop on a particular neighborhood. For example, census data can be found at census.gov. You can also check out the neighborhood scoop at sites like outside.in or review local blogs. A blog is a Web site where people discuss topics by posting and responding to messages. Start by looking at placeblogger.com and kcnn.org/citymediasites.com for a directory of blogs. Trulia.com has a "Heat Map" that shows how hot or cold each neighborhood is based on prices, sales, or popularity among the sites users. Schools When it comes to selling residential property or rental properties that cater to families, the quality of the area school district makes a huge difference. There are many Web sites devoted to school information. Check out greatschools.net or schoolmatters.com. Most local school districts also have their own Web site. These sites contain a variety of information about the public schools and the school district, including its district demographics, test scores, and parent reviews. Finding the Right Real Estate Agent A recent addition to the Internet boom in real estate information is Web sites that let real estate agents market their expertise and local knowledge by displaying their professional profiles and socially networking with blogs. You can search to find an agent with a particular expertise, geographic area of specialization, or an agent offering specific services. The web site AgentWorld.com lets users quickly and easily find an agent with the right expertise using keyword searches and clean and simple agent profiles. AgentWorld.com also enables agents to post personalized blogs, photos and videos to help consumers find the best agent for their needs. Plus, many agent profiles include a direct link to the agent's web site where you will likely find the local MLS listings. Maps and Other Tools The Internet has made mapping and locating properties much easier. To get an aerial view or satellite image of a property or neighborhood, go to maps.live.com or maps.google.com or visit walkscore.com to see how walk-able a particular property is. These sites can give you an idea of the neighborhood characteristics and the types of entertainment, restaurants, and other facilities that are within walking distance of the property. Maps.Live.com provides a view at an angle so you can see the sides of houses and Maps.Google even gives you a 360 degree street-level view for certain neighborhoods. If you have not tried one of these satellite map Web sites, you really should if only for amusement. Final Thoughts on Internet Strategies The Internet is a very effective research and marketing tool for real estate investors but is not a replacement for a knowledgeable experienced real estate professional. The Internet can save you time and money by enabling quick and easy property research and marketing options. Sites like AgentWorld.com also help you efficiently find a REALTOR who fits your buying or selling needs. Always remember, when it comes to Internet strategies for real estate: More knowledge is better. You need to use the Internet to build your knowledge base on a target property or to find a real estate agent with expertise you need. However, the big caution here is that the Internet should not replace human judgment and perspective, expert advice or physical due diligence-keys to successful investing.
2020.09.08 02:30 Blazinter[Gunpla/Gundam plastic models] "Premium Bandai" and why it is the most hated thing in the community worldwide.
TL;DR: Some decisions from Bandai related to model kits of robots hardly makes any sense, affecting even their own possible profits. Annoys the heck out of literal millions of people accross the earth. Warning: I apologize in advance if some of my writting feels weird. I blame disgraphia and english not being my native language. I also apologize if this feels more like a quarrel that should go for the weekly post, and the possibility of this matter having been posted already in this sub. I tried to look for it, but I haven't found anything (in fact, haven't found anything Gunpla-related). I felt inspired to write about this topic once I've noticed the post about the recent bullpoo of a specific model supplies brand, and also the matter with a Jurassic Park toy. Fortunately the very few instances of drama within this hobby has never got to be any big of a deal. If anything, the collaterals of the circlejerks within the Gundam fandom about "this show bad. I haven't watched it but people says is bad, so I'll agree it is bad" that they suffer so often in our occidental side. (Btw, not everyone onto Gundam is onto Gunpla, neither viceversa. Some people just dig the shows, some people just digs the cool robots.) But I'm digressing. There's just one matter that affects everyone in the hobby, that is a constant to this day: "P-Bandai." But before I actually get onto it, I'd like to give some more context within this hobby in general, to make you able to understand better why the fuss is, well, such a fuss:
Some keys as to why Gunpla got to be so prominent
Gunpla, short for "gundam plastic model kits" has been going on short after the very release of the first show of the meta-franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam. The show at first wasn't very successful as even for the time it got released (april 1979) its animation quality already felt quite dated even back then. It wasn't until Katsumi Kawaguchi, more known as "Meijin Kawaguchi", felt like building entirely from scratch his own Gundam model (not having existed any official kit as of yet). The model hobby magazine "Hobby Japan" coincidentally was looking for someone that could achieve such feat; contacted Kawaguchi to commission him to make a model of a "Zaku II" (the main mass-produced grunt unit of the antagonist faction of the show). This ordeal and the great success of the magazines reporting about those two builds got the attention of Sunrise, the animation studio of the show (which also belongs to Bandai). Hiring Kawaguchi pretty much on the spot as advisor (today he's the head of marketing of all related to Gunpla, by quite the merit at that) and trying their luck in creating the first gunpla kits ever; something so successful that it saved the show entirely, starting the snowball effect that would lead to how the franchise is such a phenomenon today, as same as the other phenomenon of the model kits themselves. There's various merits as to how Bandai got to be so successful with their model kits. Namely, contrary as most of their competence, they produced the molds by themselves, and produced the kits by themselves, and not a random 3rd company somewhere else like likely China. This got them to the habit of keeping the molds of their kits, and never discarding them. So again, contrary to most of their competence, they reprinted their kits very often. No matter how old they were. This principle stays to this very day, in which the very only model kits they've ever officially discontinued were because of them being less-successful recolors of other similar kits, or the so far unique case of one of the respective molds being broken. In fact: today you could buy a freshly "printed" kit of a model that could perfectly been originally produced 45 years ago! The production of the physical molds of a model kit is the expensiest and most labourious part on the whole development of a model kit by absolute far. This last bit, and the fact that one of the constants of these models' catalogue is how they're constantly pseudo-perma-available almost any time, are some of the most important bits to take in mind in this whole matter.
"Alright but tell us what the heck is Premium Bandai"
Premium Bandai, more commonly shortened as "P-Bandai", is an exclusively online shop in which Bandai sells predominantly preorders of articles of theirs which, for one reason or another, they've have decided to make limited. Premium if you will. This includes some specific gunpla kits as well. In principle, their intent with going out of their own norm about the availability of some of their kits was because there's specific cases they thought there'd be a bit of demand, but not quite enough to justify a retail release, like a specific Suit with a model kit already existing but with the color scheme representing a different faction, or the personal colors of an ace pilot, as example. This way they could hype up these releases which under normal circumstances would have likely sold less, and even become "dead stock" in the shelves of some shops, which apparently is sort of a problem within Japan. Now, in Japan, interestingly, one of the things that people loves the most, is the experience of adventure of going to a physical store, and see all of those piles of literal hundreds of different model kits. Either trying to find the specific one they're looking for, or trying to decide for one among all of them, are like adventures all by themselves. So as starters, most of the Japanese people that feels that way and values it as a tradition, already suffer a grudge towards having to get a specific kit of their desire by the "lame and soul-less" process as is preordering it and getting it delivered to their homes. But in the end of the day was alright because those recolors mostly only appealed to collectors rather than hardcore modelers. People still was able to take the retail color version of the respective kit, and paint it to those other specific colors, or even their own unique ones of their please. Buuuuuuut this got worse when the exclusivities crossed the boundaries beyond just recolors. They'd release kits which while based in suits that already got kit'd, would have exclusive weapons, or aesthetic pieces. Now, you MUST order from these limited releases, hardly ever reprinted (if ever) if you want those pieces (That or being among the biggest pros of the hobby and make them by yourself, which isn't precisely an easy task). Now, we know why Japan has a grudge againts P-Bandai. But what about the entire rest of the world? You see, P-Bandai.jp only delivers within Japan, and Japan alone. (Eventually China and Singapore got their sites as well, but they're minor compared to the main one. North America just months ago got their own too, but we'll get onto that later) If you were an occidental "gunpla'er", your usual course of action was ordering your "plastic crack" from any regular japan-based online shop that shipped worldwide, or pay overpriced within your local alternatives. If you weren't living in japan, and there was an exclusivity you wanted, you had to wait for resellers to get hold of it. You're paying extra for rarity, plus the inflation for the benefit for the reseller. A model kit which original price could have been 20$, now hardly ever would be under 45$. And if it was printed long ago, it'd be further expensier. The whole fandom feels kind of entitled to their kits being cheap, because Bandai sells them for absurdly cheap. They sell the objectively best plastic model kits on earth at the price of cheap toys, because of the bulk. And they make mad cash still. In fact, they're making such money that is making the Gundam franchise grossing more than One Piece and almost as much as Dragon Ball, despite Gundam suffering still to this day the status of 'niche' outside most of the world outside Asia. But this is only the beginning:
100% entirely new models being premium
May 2014, "Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link" gets released, a game for the Playstation 3 console. This game also had a collector edition with a goodie that caught everyone by surprise: a whole model kit based in the most prominent mecha of one of the many stories within the game, the Pale Rider. This model kit wasn't based in any other previously made one. It wasn't a slight re-do of an existing one nor way less a mere recolor. This already got the fandom under the alarms, but ultimately, people didn't mind it much back then. A year later tho... It would come back, for good and for worse. It would come back as a P-Bandai exclusive. Not only that, but with new unique weaponry as well. People loves this specific design still to this day, a lot. People can't grasp over their minds still to this day why Bandai is potentially limiting their possible profits on al already beloved design, specially when its respective pieces are from a brand new mold (you know, the expensiest part of the development of a model kit, effort and investment you'd like to profit from as much as possible). Through all these years, Bandai has reprinted this kit various times. But unlike other regular kits, which you could see being reprinted after 1-4 months (heck, sometimes even twice within the same month), the Pale Rider has only seen an amount of reprints during these years that can be counted with the fingers of one of your hands. This would set precedent for them to, still within a logic that no one has grasped yet, do the same for other future kits that despite having their own respective unique molds, would be limited as well. In fact, those recolors that were the original reason for this gig to be, hardly ever gets to happen anymore. Japan felt gradually more annoyed by this ordeal, but hey, they can still buy them by themselves with no problem beyond the boring experience of not going to a shop physically, something occident can't even do themselves. This would provoke the entirety of the occidental fanbase feel quite insulted. They've acquired the general feeling that Bandai explicitly doesn't want their money, because making a kit a P-Bandai exclusive, instantly means they cannot acquire it in an official way. Wound rubbed further in when they're kits quite unique and cool by themselves. This would become the norm for a handful of years, to everyone's disgrace. But oh boy it got *worse.
Woundwort, "Half Life 3 of Gunpla", and how to easily anger people across the entire earth
The Gundam franchise doesn't only consist of animated stuff, there's written media too. There's a specific serialized story that eventually would get novelized, "Advance of Zeta", which got quite the praise due to the remarkably unique and generally loved aesthetic of their mechanical designs, unique within the entirety of the franchise. The most noteworthy Mobile Suit of said story that people loved the most, was the TR-6 Woundwort. Since it got to be a thing, it eventually became the suit of the whole franchise that was desired the most to be represented in kit format. This snowballing from back to the year 2002. Bandai sporadically made merchandise of this suit, but never a kit. "Is it too complex?" "Is the copyright of Advance of Zeta different because of it being published by a specific magazine?" We've never got any answer. Despite this going on for more than decade and half, the Woundwort would be quite prone to lead on polls of the Gundam they want to see the most either animated or most predominantly, in kit format. Due to how long that ordeal has been going on, it was just plainly assumed that it'd never happen, while the wishes still were as alive as ever, if not gradually higher. Reaching meme status even. People made their own unnofficial resin model kits of this particular gundam, even a chinese company made their own ilegal plastic model kit of the Woundwort. Then one mysterious day, inside the Gundam Base (that place with the real life-sized Gundam being exposed), to everyone's heartstroke-inducing levels of surprise, a prototype of a Woundwort model kit got shown! The entire fanbase was shaken. It finally happened! And with quite the joy, as they didn't assume this experience would be any tainted. But... it did get tainted. They've made a brand new bunch of molds for their peak most asked kit, by absolute far. This felt even moreso of a back-stab because, when Bandai shows a prototype announcing a new model kit, they tell if it is a P-Bandai release or not right away, something which they did NOT do when revealing the prototype of this Woundwort model kit (notice the lack of the P-Bandai tag in that white paper describing the article. You can see an example here on the reveal of this other P-Bandai model kit, revealed almost at the same time. Imagine how gamers would feel if Half Life 3 finally happened, but only with few copies, available just for sale in a single country, with no shipping option outside whatsoever, being forced to pay the inflation from the modellers which were VERY well aware of how much desired this kit was. Everyone in the hobby, period (excluding some rich people, perhaps), was noticeably pissed off by this nonsensical decision. Even Japan, which they themselves were the ones able to order them without issue, was royally pissed off. Some people did even bother to calculate how much potential profit Bandai are not getting by this decision. Short time before the Woundwort happened, and specially after it happened, Bandai kept making more and more unique models as premium, without logic to be found yet, and to everyone's annoyance.
Light inside the tunnel?
There is an american company, Bluefin, which these last years has been managing to be Bandai's main associate at the business of distributing stuff within north america, including Gunpla. They've been aware for the longest time that bringing P-Bandai kits to america would be a great gig, but it took quite a while for Bandai to bother themselves to allow that, and when they did, they did it with the stuff that was legitimately leftover stock of specific kits they knew right away that wouldn't sell well even within Japan. Fortunately as years passed, Bandai has been realising about how the potential for the occidental market hasn't even tapped its proper potential, and began to purposely aim to hit more this market outside Asia. They even have started to build a second gunpla factory to boost their production of model kits x2. (There's a lot of reasons as to how Gunpla got to such global blooming "boom" and how it is becoming gradually more popular, but that's another long story, unfitting of this sub.) So to surprise of everyone, with collaboration of Bluefin, America got its own website for P-Bandai products. They slowly got to tackle preorders of every new P-Bandai model kit and re-release which has been happening simultaneously as Japan's. Sadly due to the piss-poor timing of certain historical event we all are suffering related to a pandemic, people didn't have much experience with them yet to say how good all is going so far. Covid striked the earth shortly after the website was announced, sabotaging the agility of the processing of the orders and how "early" they would be shipped. These still has a high price in that site, but at least is finally less than what you'd require to pay to resellers. So some american people remains annoyed, while some others are overjoyed. Meanwhile... If you are not in the USA, Japan, China, nor Singapore, you're still fricked. People still has the perception that USA = all of occident. Europe specially, hasn't seen much sight of official support nor providers to this market yet,(only a random lame italian company which everyone hates) while USA has been pretty much working hard from the ground-up to get this to happen. So, between the negatives of P-Bandai itself, and the fact that more than half of the world still has to overpay for these, this got to be, even if pretty much the only one of this hobby, a drama filled with rage, sadness, frustration, and even motivation for people to leave the whole hobby altogether, affecting millions of people all around the whole globe. Possible questions:
Some "mainstream" model kits such as tanks or planes costs the average price of a P-Bandai model kit listed on ebay. Is people really whining that much?
Ye. You see, Bandai's model kits are pre-colored, articulated, a nice bunch of the times with perfect part separation with minimal need for masking if you get to paint them, and they don't require any glue whatsoever unless you get some of the very first ones from the '80s. Most people that buys gunpla aren't actual proper "modelers". They build them right out of the box and collect them. They feel like articulated figures right away. Between the price and quality, the whole fandom not only tends to feel like anything that is expensier than what they're already used to pay is, well, expensive, but also does even feel like "mainstream" model kits are lame.
When I click the japanese site for P-Bandai, it tells me that they have international shipping. Why the fuss then?
Because is a mislead that borders the blatant lie. They redirect you either other of their subsidiaries from other countries (list that is extremely limited as told by now), or to other websites that offers proxy-services to buy stuff from japan for you. These proxy sites buys the stuff from japan for you (not only P-Bandai, but anything else from Japan, like Yahoo Auctions, or Amazon.jp). You gotta pay them the shipping from the respective site to their warehouse, and then the second shipping from their warehouse to your house, and of course the extra margin for them to profit from. The difference in base price makes them no different than purchasing from resellers at all. Hope my writting didn't bore you or made you bleed out of your eyes, and you found this interesting. Wouldn't be weirded that between my disgraphia and that this took me way much longer to write than anticipated, going down to the wee hours of the night; got this bunch of text to have typos or words missing or something >.> At least I can fix that with effort (hopefully), contrary as my whims for specific plastic robots without overpaying! [Canned laughter]
2020.09.07 02:17 MathMajor4After 16 years of online dating, I've come to the conclusion that it's a waste of time
In 2004 I started online dating with Craigslist, then later Yahoo Personals. I met my future wife (now ex wife) on Yahoo Personals. Then I used OKCupid which was by far the worst online dating site ever in my opinion, though POF is a close competitor. A year ago I started Bumbling, and was surprised at the quality of the site and the ease of use for guys. Within thirty minutes I had a lot of matches and women writing me. I ended up meeting someone and dated them for the past year. Now I'm single again. I was thinking today why all of these relationships and/or dates failed. From one aspect you could say that I'm the issue. And that wouldn't be wrong. Maybe I'm just not giving it enough effort. Or maybe I'm just a bad person who finds partners boring after awhile. Or maybe I never really found a good connection online, because the very nature of finding something online isn't realistic. For example, I recently purchased a race bike. The specs for it on the website looked amazing. It was fast, light, and moderately priced. But after riding it for a few months, I went back to my old mountain bike. Why? Because it was a better fit for me. It was comfortable and more fun to ride. If I posted the specs of my mountain bike online, it would look like a hunk of junk. The point I'm trying to make with that analogy is that finding the right person isn't about looking at specs or pictures. It's about a feeling you get around them from conversation and face to face interaction. I know there are lots of success stories for Bumble and other online dating sites. But after 16 years of this, while I met great women on here, I feel like if I met those same women at work or somewhere else, I'm not sure we would have matched. But the act of pushing two lonely people into a blind date where they have to talk to one another is interesting. It creates lots of tension, and there's always a relief when both people find out that the other likes them. But I'm not sure this is very natural and can lead to long-term success. To those who really found a great partner on here, kudos to you. I'm happy for you. For me though, I think I'm going to work up some courage and start asking people out who I'm attracted to in real life.
2020.07.26 06:34 ALiddleBiddleUntangling the Aftermath of Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest
Untangling the Aftermath of Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest By Natalie Finn Link to article Link to archived article Ghislaine Maxwell isn't going anywhere for the foreseeable future. That much is known. The heiress and socialite who, a federal indictment alleges, herded girls as young as 14 into the clutches of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and conspired to abuse them, is in jail—and behind bars is where a judge is determined to have her remain while awaiting trial. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty on all charges: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel and engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, all between 1994 and 1997; as well as two counts of perjury for allegedly lying in a 2016 deposition when she denied massaging girls and begged ignorance of Epstein's pattern of behavior. "I don't know what you're talking about," she's quoted when asked if Epstein had a "scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages," the unifying thread of the accusations against him. She's facing up to 35 years in prison. Epstein, meanwhile, is dead, officials determining that he took his own life in his cell at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center last August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. His ignominious end was a deflating turn of events for his victims, many of whom spoke out in the recent Netflix series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, and the countless observers who felt his 13 months of privilege-laden jail time between 2008 and 2009 was a slap on the wrist for heinous crimes. And needless to say, for those convinced that Epstein took a host of secrets with him to the grave, the idea that Maxwell could end up telling all has proved most tantalizing. So far, however, she has exercised her right to remain silent. On July 14, Maxwell, who was born in England and holds U.K., French and U.S. passports, was denied bail, the judge deeming her a flight risk. France also has no extradition treaty with the United States. Moreover, prosecutors said that Maxwell had $4 million stashed in a Swiss bank account, plenty to live on if needed, and she had already attempted to evade capture when the FBI showed up to arrest her earlier this month. "The agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her," it was alleged in a filing opposing her request for bail. Moreover, the filing contended, she had a private security team that included former members of the British military run errands for her so that she wouldn't need to leave the grounds for fear of being spotted; and she had in her possession a cell phone that was wrapped in tinfoil, a "seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone or intercept her communications, but by law enforcement." She was residing in a sprawling home on 156 acres in rural Bradford, N.H., when she was taken into custody on July 2. Maxwell had quietly purchased the property for a little more than $1 million in cash last year. "If you're looking for a place to hide, boy, you can't find a better one," a source who was familiar with the details told NBC News. "It's a lovely house on a lot of turf and it's up a driveway that's a little bit more than half a mile long. Nobody comes up there to bug you or poke or pry." And she wasn't alone, according to prosecutors, who also said in court last week that Maxwell was now married but "declined" to share any specifics, including her husband's identity, with the court—and in making "no mention whatsoever about the financial circumstances or assets of her spouse," she further proved herself undeserving of release on bail. In trying to negotiate a reported $5 million bail package, Maxwell's attorneys stated in a court filing that their client had simply been trying to maintain a low profile since Epstein's arrest and suicide to protect herself and her family from "unrelenting and intrusive media coverage." They also argued that she was at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 behind bars, prisons and jails all over the country having become hot spots for the virus. "Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein," the lawyers stated. "She was not named in the government's indictment of Epstein in 2019, despite the fact that the government has been investigating this case for years. Instead, the current indictment is based on allegations of conduct that allegedly occurred roughly twenty-five years ago. Ms. Maxwell vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence." Annie Farmer, who has alleged that as a teenager she was assaulted by Epstein at his ranch in New Mexico after Maxwell encouraged her to give her host a massage, begged to differ. Speaking via video conference at Maxwell's bail hearing, Farmer said, "I met Ghislaine Maxwell when I was 16 years old. She is a sexual predator who groomed and abused me and countless other children and young women. She has never shown any remorse for her heinous crimes or the devastating, lasting effects her actions caused." Bail was denied and U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan remanded Maxwell to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Her trial date was set for July 12, 2021. "Knowing that she is incarcerated for the foreseeable future allows me, and my fellow survivors, to have faith that we are on the right path," Jennifer Araoz, who previously accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15, said in a statement to NBC News after the hearing. "I would like to thank both the prosecutors and the judge for taking us one step closer to seeing that justice is served." A lot can happen in a year—as a lot can happen in just a few weeks, making it seem as if it's been far longer since Maxwell was arrested. She has stayed put, in solitary confinement and with paper bedding, but her story is a multi-tentacled creature that continues to reach far and wide—and, some hope, will eventually ensnare more people in its grasp. Even Princess Beatrice's surprise wedding last week—happy news coming from Britain's royal family—had a tinge of scandal about it. While her nuptials were first downsized and then postponed completely due to the pandemic, her father Prince Andrew's past friendship with Epstein, which re-reared its head last summer, had already affected the size and scope of her big day. In a tone-deaf interview with BBCNewsnight in November, Andrew tried to explain away why he continued to socialize with Epstein after he had pleaded guilty to procuring a minor for prostitution, saying Epstein's Manhattan mansion was a convenient place to stay in New York. "I mean I've gone through this in my mind so many times," Queen Elizabeth II's second-eldest son said. "At the end of the day, with a benefit of all the hindsight that one can have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do. But at the time I felt it was the honorable and right thing to do and I admit fully that my judgment was probably colored by my tendency to be too honorable, but that's just the way it is." Andrew also insisted he had no recollection of meeting Virginia Roberts Giuffre—who has alleged in news interviews and in a 2009 civil lawsuit against Epstein (in which she was identified as Jane Doe 102) that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York starting when she was 17—despite a widely circulated photograph of them taken together in 2001. Giuffre has alleged that her first sexual encounter with Andrew took place at Maxwell's home in London's Belgravia neighborhood. "I think it's… from the investigations that we've done, you can't prove whether or not that photograph is faked or not because it is a photograph of a photograph of a photograph," Andrew stammered. "So it's very difficult to be able to prove it, but I don't remember that photograph ever being taken." Overall, he has denied engaging in any illegal sexual activity. Days after the Newsnight interview aired, Andrew took the only honorable course left and stepped down from his duties as a senior royal, saying in a statement that he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required." Since then, his appearances in public have largely been limited to glimpses of him accompanying the queen to church—and the FBI has said he's been entirely uncooperative. A former Epstein staffer also named Andrew in Filthy Rich as a member of the VIP crowd who partied on Epstein's private enclave in the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas Island of Little Saint James—or "Orgy Island," as it's been so indelicately nicknamed—and Giuffre recounted her allegations against him in the series. In June, the U.S. Department of Justice stated publicly that the royal had remained unhelpful, but Andrew's legal team maintained he had "on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ" and been rebuffed. "In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered," the lawyers stated. Meanwhile, Giuffre says she first met Maxwell when she was working as a locker room attendant at the spa at the Mar-a-Lago Club, President Donald Trump's resort and longtime home in Palm Beach, where Epstein and Maxwell (who at one point were a romantic couple but eventually segued into so-called confidantes) were regulars back in the 1990s. Trump, who has been photographed socializing with Epstein and Maxwell, by all accounts cut ties with them years ago, before Epstein's arrest in Florida in 2006 for sexually abusing minors. But, in another headline-grabbing off-the-cuff remark, when asked Tuesday during a press conference for his thoughts on whether Maxwell might name some powerful names as the investigation continues, the president replied, "I haven't really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly." He continued, "I've met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is." Cue those who thought the sentiment rather inappropriate considering the charges against her. When pressed further to explain what Trump meant, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox and Friends Friday, "Well, what the president was noting is that the last person who was charged in this case ended up dead in a jail cell, and the president wants justice to be served for the victims in this case. And he prefers this to play out in a courtroom." There is heightened scrutiny on Maxwell's well-being behind bars in light of what happened to Epstein, who had previously been on suicide watch but wasn't when he died. Multiple investigations into the circumstances that allowed him the opportunity to hang himself in his jail cell found that two guards assigned to Epstein's unit were dozing off when they should have been conducting checks on the inmates and then falsified the times in their duty log. They were supposed to check the cells every 30 minutes, but apparently three hours went by before they checked on Epstein again. And then there was the theory—and a not particularly fringe theory—that Epstein was killed to prevent him from potentially spilling dirty secrets about his rich and powerful friends. "I can understand people who immediately—whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario, because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups," U.S. Attorney General William Barrtold the Associated Press in November after Justice Department and FBI investigations concluded Epstein's death was a suicide. Which hasn't changed the concern that Maxwell may not live to tell her story, should she want to talk—though so far there's no indication that she does. On Thursday, Judge Nathan denied a request from the defendant's attorney for a gag order to prevent prosecutors, law enforcement, and lawyers of the alleged victims from speaking publicly about the case. Nathan wrote that she expected all parties to conduct themselves appropriately to not endanger Maxwell's chance for a fair trial, and she would reassess if need be. Perhaps more consequential was the decision made by another federal judge on Thursday to allow 80 documents pertaining to a 2015 civil defamation lawsuit that Virginia Giuffre filed against Maxwell to be unsealed. Her lawyers have a week to appeal before the decision goes into affect—and they did vow to appeal. In their initial motion to ensure that the documents, including the majority of a 418-page deposition, remained sealed, Maxwell attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca wrote, "This series of pleadings concerns [Giuffre's] attempt to compel Ms. Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life. The subject matter of these [documents] is extremely personal, confidential, and subject to considerable abuse by the media." In her ruling, however, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska said, "In the context of this case, especially its allegations of sex trafficking of young girls, the Court finds that any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from disclosure of Ms. Maxwell's mostly non-testimony about behavior that has been widely reported in the press is far outweighed by the presumption of public access." But while the documents are said to be littered with names and some people are indeed rubbing their hands in anticipation, third-party names will still remain redacted for now, per Preska's order, along with personally identifiable information and medical records. Giuffre—whom Maxwell called an "absolute liar" in a previously unsealed excerpt of her deposition—reached a confidential settlement with Maxwell in 2017, and Thursday's decision pertains to a lawsuit filed by the Miami Herald to make the papers public. The Herald's 2018 investigation into how Epstein ended up with a seemingly very lenient deal back in 2008, when local authorities said they had plenty of evidence to go after him for more, played a major role in events leading up to his arrest on sex-trafficking charges in July 2019. He killed himself barely a month later. As seen in Filthy Rich, Epstein continues to haunt the survivors of his actions, now roughly three dozen women who have said they were raped or otherwise preyed on by the billionaire investment manager. Also on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Epstein's mansions in Palm Beach and Manhattan's Upper East Side—both homes where he allegedly abused girls and pimped them out to his fancy friends—are on the market for $22 million and $88 million, respectively. His estate, currently still valued at around $636 million, has set up a compensation fund to handle ongoing litigation settlements. "This Mansion presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the largest single-family home in New York City," reads the listing for the Manhattan townhouse in Lenox Hill. "This historic landmark could easily present itself as a palatial consulate, embassy, foundation, or a museum to once again house some of the world's greatest works of art." There is no mention of its late owner in either listing. "I believe the past ownership of the property will bear no relationship to its future," Kelly Warwick of the Corcoran Group, the listing agency for the Palm Beach property, told the WSJ. "The location and what can be done with it is really what matters."
2020.07.24 08:43 PradoMV96A Thorough DD on $CSLT (Castlight Health)
What is Castlight Health? * Castlight Health, Inc. engages in the provision of healthcare information technology solutions. It offers health benefits platforms which enables benefit leaders to communicate and measure their programs * Their health navigation platform connects hundreds of health vendors, benefits resources, and plan designs into one comprehensive health and wellbeing experience * Castlight transforms employee benefits into a deeply personalized, simple, and guided experience, empowering better-informed patient decisions to unlock better healthcare outcomes and maximizing return on healthcare investments. * In essence, Castlight health is a digital platform that healthcare providers can use to better enhance patient & user experience. How does Castlight Work? * Castlight follows four guidelines they have set which are: * Integrate, Personalize, Guide, Engage * Integrate: * Castlight connects with thousands of health vendors, benefits resources, and plan designs. Through their partner ecosystem, you can purchase pre-integrated vendors on a single contract. But you're not limited to their ecosystem. They can create truly seamless user experiences with nearly any vendor, utilizing our flexible integration architecture * Personalize: * Castlight builds an individualized health navigation experience for each employee based on their unique health needs. their personalization engine securely analyzes claims data, HRA data, biometric data, and more to develop the most accurate picture possible. * Guide: * Castlight reaches out with personalized communications over four channels: email, in-app, push notifications, and phone. They meet users where they are with messages that are timely, easy-to-understand, and personally relevant—key ingredients to driving action. * Engage: * Castlight motivates users to participate in health programs, optimize care utilization, and improve their daily habits, utilizing a combination of rewards, behavioral science, and best-in-class product design. What does their ecosystem of products Consist of? * Castlight Complete * Care Guidance Navigator * Well being Navigator * [Link)(https://www.castlighthealth.com/solutions/) What is Castlight Complete? * Comprehensive health navigation helps employees improve their health journey, whether they are healthy, managing a condition or actively seeking medical care. * Make it easy for employees to find, access and use their benefits with one single platform * Customize the platforms’ look and feel to make the app right for your population. What is Care Guidance Navigator * Castlight Care Guidance allows you to empower employees to make better healthcare decisions, demystify available benefits, and engage in the right programs at the right time * Meets employees where they are by providing the most relevant care options– from providers to programs and educational content * Powered by an extensive data set of medical claims, benefit designs, and provider quality * Equip employees with real price estimates to make cost-effective decisions. WellBeing Navigator * Wellbeing Navigator engages your entire population with a personalized, consumer-grade experience. Instantly connect employees to the enterprise vendors you already offer, best-of-breed partners from our Ecosystem, and apps and wearables employees use every day * Guide employees to the right resources, at the right time — powered by Castlight Genius * Configurable incentives and rewards designs, social feeds, and challenges keep employees engaged with their health goals * Third-party integrations create a seamless experience with vendors you already work with and Castlight Ecosystem partners Recent Financials from Q1 & Business Updates * Link to their Q1 Finances. * Financial performance for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019 includes: * GAAP total revenue of $39.0 million, compared to $35.5 million * GAAP gross margin of 62.9%, compared to 60.2% * GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.38, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.07 * Cash used in operations of $14.4 million, compared to $12.1 million * Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities was $43.7 million as of March 31, 2020. * 2020 Business Outlook: * GAAP revenue in the range of $127 million to $135 million * Non-GAAP operating loss in the range of $17 million to $24 million * Non-GAAP net loss per share between $0.11 and $0.16, based on approximately 150 million to 151 million shares Risks/Negatives of the business * As found on their 10-K/10-Q Filings: * "We rely on Anthem for a substantial portion of our sales, and if our relationships with Anthem, or others, are unsuccessful our sales results would be adverselyvaffected and the growth of our business would be harmed" * "The COVID-19 pandemic has had a material impact on the U.S. and global economies and could have a material adverse impact on our employees, suppliers, customers and users, which could adversely and materially impact our business, financial condition and results of operations" * "If our new products and services are not adopted by our customers, or if we fail to continue to innovate and develop new products and services that are adopted by customers, then our revenue and operating results will be adversely affected." * "If our existing customers, including health plan customers, do not continue or renew their agreements with us, renew at lower fee levels or decline to purchase additional products and services from us, our business and operating results will suffer" * "Our growth depends in part on the success of our strategic relationships with third parties" * "We operate in a competitive industry, and if we are not able to compete effectively, our business and operating results will be harmed" * "Any failure to offer high-quality technical support services may adversely affect our relationships with our customers and harm our financial results" * "We have a history of significant GAAP losses, which we expect to continue for the foreseeable future, and we may never achieve or sustain profitability in the future" * "The market for our offering is immature and volatile, and if it does not further develop, if it develops more slowly than we expect, or if our offering does not drive employee engagement, the growth of our business will be harmed." * "Our quarterly results may fluctuate significantly, which could adversely impact the value of our Class B common stock" * "The health care industry is heavily regulated. Our failure to comply with regulatory requirements could create liability for us, result in adverse publicity and otherwise negatively affect our business" * "We may require additional capital to support business growth, and this capital might not be available to us on acceptable terms or at all" * "Our use of open source technology could impose limitations on our ability to commercialize our software platform" * "If we cannot meet the continued listing requirements of the NYSE, the NYSE may delist our Class B common stock." They have been given until december 9th 2020 to reach compliance. * Links to the SEC Filings that go over the risks involved and more can be found here: 10-Q10-K Recent events to positively affect Q1-Q4 of 2020 * On October 24th 2019, $CSLT Announced it has signed a thirty-month enterprise license agreement with Anthem, Inc., effective January 1, 2020. This agreement extends the relationship Anthem and Castlight first announced in November 2015 and expands Anthem’s use of Castlight’s core health navigation platform and technology. * This agreement renews the existing relationship for the Castlight-powered Engage health navigation app, including the deployment to more than one million National Account members in Anthem’s affiliated health plans, as well as the Castlight provider search and pricing technology * On January 9th 2019, $CSLT Announced the hiring of Keith Reynolds as its new chief commercial officer * Mr. Reynolds brings more than two decades of large employer and health plan sales to Castlight, serving most recently as vice president of health plans and market strategy at CVS Health. * Mr. Reynolds brings 25 years of healthcare sales and customer success experience from related senior roles with CVS Health and Aetna Health * Mr. Reynolds most recently served as vice president, enterprise health plans and market strategy at CVS Health. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Reynolds held leadership roles at CVS Caremark, including vice president, health plans * On March 26th 2020, $CSLT Announced the most comprehensive directory of COVID-19 testing sites–the first to cover all fifty states–which the company has made available on its corporate website free of charge for the public. * this directory provides a clear, reliable source of testing site locations including information about the criteria for testing. Castlight created the directory with data from public health departments across the country, provider systems, and third party sources. Given the rapidly evolving status of COVID-19 testing, the directory of testing sites will be continually updated as information changes. Additionally, the directory is open source, in that the general public is invited to update test site information (which Castlight will then verify) to keep the directory up-to-date. * On April 27th 2020, $CSLT Announced new milestones in its efforts to inform and assist the public in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. * To date, more than 310,000 unique visitors have used Castlight’s national test site finder, which currently includes 3,683 sites across all 50 states and is updated daily. Testing location information from Castlight is now accessible via Google Search. Additionally, the directory is powering a growing list of organizations’ COVID-19 testing finder efforts, including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Ford Motor Company, DaVita, Midwest Business Group on Health and innovative healthcare companies like Premise Health, Forward, and 98point6. These collaborations will help ensure that their employees, members, and customers can easily find and access the comprehensive directory * On May 21st 2020, $CSLT Announced a partnership with the New York State Department of Health to launch a statewide directory of COVID-19 test sites. * The directory currently includes over 700 test sites across New York State, and will enable New Yorkers to identify the closest testing site, its contact information, and the requirements to get a test there. * The New York State site is part of Castlight’s effort to make a comprehensive national testing site directory widely available through governments and other organizations. * On May 22nd 2020, $CSLT Announced the launch of Working Well™, an end-to-end solution that helps employers of any size manage safe workforce re-entry in the rapidly shifting landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. * The solution securely tracks the health of the total population with symptom and exposure assessment, supports testing protocols, enables worksite contact tracing, and can be customized to an employer’s specific policies and return-to-work needs. It is designed to seamlessly evolve along with COVID-19 recovery strategies with the ability to configure new protocols, and leverages best practices gleaned across Castlight’s large employer customers across 25 industries * On June 4th 2020, $CSLT Announced it has partnered with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to launch a statewide directory of COVID-19 testing sites. * The directory currently includes 61 testing sites across the state, and will enable Nevadans to identify the closest testing site, its contact information, and the requirements to receive a test at each location. As Nevada continues with phase two of reopening, it will be critical for residents and employers to have up-to-date information about testing capacity. * On June 24th 2020, $CSLT Announced the launch of Working Well™ for Higher Education, a simple yet comprehensive solution that helps academic institutions manage safe campus re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. * The highly configurable solution helps securely track the health of the total campus population—faculty, staff, students, and visitors—to provide a guided user experience through symptom self-assessment, with integrated lab testing, contact tracing support, and seamless access to care guidance and behavioral health support. Designed for ease-of-use, it can be customized to meet institutions’ specific return to campus needs and includes a real-time reporting dashboard for administrators. * Working Well™ For Higher Education builds on these capabilities so that colleges and universities can create a localized, compliant approach to campus reopenings and evolve in a constantly shifting environment. * On June 29th 2020, $CSLT Announced the availability of its behavioral health solution to help employees easily access and navigate behavioral health support and resources amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. * The newly enhanced offering, Castlight Behavioral Health, is now available to all customers on the company’s flagship platform, Castlight Complete, in response to the growing behavioral health crisis impacting employers and the increased demand for resources by employees. Their "Working Well for Higher Education Program" for COVID-19 * With COVID-19 appearing to be the new normal as it is now rampant all across the world, Castlight has developed a program to be integrated with Colleges & Universities. * Working Well for Higher Education provides a single, secure, easy-to-use platform that can be rapidly deployed, is designed to evolve, and customizable to an institution’s policies and return to campus approach. You would be able to understand the health of your various populations—students, faculty, staff, visitors—via daily self-assessments. * Working Well for Higher Education applies simple, daily self-reported symptom attestation and supports contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result. Institutions can configure testing and thermal screening protocols as the evolving situation demands while maintaining strict compliance with regulations and privacy guidelines. * Here is a link to their PDF summary on this program * Here is a webinavideo regarding everything I have just mentioned above, plus it goes more into dept and how successful school re-openings can be with this program. Very Important Documents & Webinars I suggest you read/watch * Their behavioral health program * PDF of working well program * Webinar on Working Well Program * 10-Q * 10-K Upcoming Catalysts * Second Quarter Earnings will be reported on July 28th 2020 * They will continue linking with states to use their programs/software for state repoening plans just like how the States Nevada & New York that are linked with Castlight. Price Targets/Forecasts * Yahoo Finance set the PT at $1.17 * MarketWatch set the pt at $1.17 * CNN Money sets the PT at $2 * MarketBeat sets the PT at $1.68 * NASDAQ sets $CSLT at a "BUY" Rating with a PT at $0.88 * Seeing that their current price is over most forecasts, I'm assuming their PT will be upgraded after they reach compliance (assuming they do make compliance by being over $1) Final Thoughts/Comments * As always, please do you own DD and extend my DD by doing your own as well and by reading everything I have linked in. * Now with that out of the way, I am actually familiar with $CSLT. Over the past months that i have done DDs, this is one that has appeared multiple times on my scanner, but obviously, I have chosen others than this one, not because i thought it was a bad stock, but because I found others I was more interested at the time like HTBX, SHLL, TRVN, OTLK etc. But now as it has been brought up to my attention again, I decided to do a DD on CSLT and as i dug into them, I definitely liked what they have to offer. * What I especially love is how they pivoted and are focusing on the COVID-19 trend and integrating themselves with Universities and States for resources for re-opening purposes. * Their most recent program I have mentioned earlier definitely has a huge potential as they are working to take part in re-opening UNIs successfully & this is something I see possibly being used in every school to re-open safely & it is something I find useful. On top of that program they have recently launched, they are alos working steadily to partner with States to provide up-to-date state wide directories for COVId-19 testing. As they continue partnering with more states and implementing their tech, I see their business revenue continue to ramp up, which is why I believe they are a good pick. Because of this, I think they are worth picking up several shares, especially since it is a dollar at the moment. I am thinking I'll most likely pick up close to 30-40 shares if there is a morning dip tomorrow at the market's open. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy this DD! I'll be posting more between today and tomorrow. Hope this DD has been bale to help out in any way possible, Take care guys & hope you all have a good day! :)
2020.07.23 14:12 sugardaddyseekingTop 10 Dating Tips For Online Sugar Daddy Dating
How do you meet someone on a sugar daddy dating site? There are many ways to have success with meeting a quality sugar daddy or sugar baby. Sugar Daddy Dating is so popular now; just check out a Google Search and you will see what I mean! There are lots of sugar babies looking for rich men to take care of them and lost of sugar daddies looking for young, attractive women as girlfriends and companions. What once was taboo to talk about is being discusses on sugar daddy dating sites, blogs, and being featured on TV. https://preview.redd.it/ze52d8izllc51.jpg?width=1021&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=01ab23133de3f3d05f52c7fd7b4a1bdb54996b83 1. Research If you are inexperienced it is okay if you are a little nervous if you are new to the sugar daddy lifestyle. So many people are interested in being a sugar daddy or sugar baby with the popularity of sugar daddies all over the TV and Internet. Read a beginners guide to learn the ins and outs of getting into the swing of things. 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Since this is not mainstream dating like on Match.com you can be sexy and more direct in saying what you like in a relationship. That doesn't mean for you to be pornographic and vulgar since that will turn off most people. 3. Be Safe When Dating Online When sharing information online, do not give address or personal info. Get to know someone first before you date them and invite them to your home. Online dating is great for meeting people, but sometimes with sugar daddy dating, crazy people come out of the woodwork. Use common sense with online dating. You should be safe first before you give or receive the sugar! 4. Dating Profiles Should be Accurate How many times have you clicked on a profile and seen a picture that was grainy and looked like it was an old snap shot from 1980's? Then when you meet a sugar daddy or sugar baby and they are 20 lbs. overweight, older than stated, ugly, no hair, looking nothing like the picture in the profile. I have even heard cases where people use another person's picture on their profile just to meet people! Use current pictures, NO Photoshop. Dating is hard enough as it is, don't fool your date into thinking you are Brad Pitt or Halle Berry. Men typically like to date attractive sugar babies. Ladies should look good and emphasize their other attributes, you don't have to look perfect but sugar daddies don't want someone obese either. 5. Respond to Ads The Right Way When responding to dating ads make sure to be friendly and to personalize your responses based on the profile. Don't copy and paste a letter. Reference some information in the dating profile that appeals to you. If you share common interests then point that out, too. If a dating ad stands out then that means that sugar daddy or sugar baby is getting bombarded with lots of emails. You need to respond in a way to get their immediate attention. 6. Have Realistic Expectations Competition is stiff to find a real sugar daddy or sugar baby. There are many time wasters, cyber pen pals that will come your way when using online dating. Know that if you are a guy and want a Playboy type model to be your sugar baby then she will not be cheap. She will want a large allowance, maybe $10,000 allowance plus shopping and trips. However, you can get a young college girl that will only expect help with books and paying her inexpensive rent. Ladies, if you are not a professional model or exceptionally beautiful, then do not expect to have the world handed to you on a silver platter. Be prepared to get some money for hair and nails, some gift certificates and a modest monthly allowance. 7. Don't be Flaky Show up for dates on time, follow through on arrangements, don't be mean, set boundaries, and respect the other person's privacy. Nothing shows class better than a sugar baby and sugar daddy that dates in an upscale and worthy manner. 8. Realize That Many People Play Games There are many people on sugar daddy sites that are not real so you have to be careful. It is common to have Nigerian scammers put up fake profiles seeking men to send money. There are also men that have no money wan to be fake sugar daddies to sugar babies. Ask questions to see if someone is real. Do they work? Are they reluctant to talk on the phone? Do they have excuses about not meeting right away? Does their information check out? If you get red flags just walk away and look for someone else to date. It may be a lot of sifting through dating sites and dating profiles, but you will get better results by being selective. Understand that in this type of dating it will attract tons of game players that have nothing better to do than to waste your time. 9. Know What You Want If you are single and don't want something serious make that clear upfront. If you are married person let that be known right away because not everyone wants to date an attached person. If you want to date several people at one time then make that known since some in the sugar daddy lifestyle want one-on-one relationships. 10. Join a Support Group There are many groups out there to share experiences in the sugar daddy lifestyle. It is great to be able to ask common dating questions, where to go meet sugar daddies and sugar babies, feedback on dating profiles, people to check on you when you go on dates, someone to be a sugar daddy buddy or sugar baby friend. You may even meet a sugar baby or sugar daddy in a sugar daddy support groups. Yahoo has several Yahoo groups dedicated to the sugar daddy lifestyle and there are many sugar baby blogs on Blogger and other blog sites. Also check for sugar groups on MySpace.
2020.07.22 17:36 cardith_lordaYour 2020 Season Survival Guide and R/Baseball Refresher!
Before we dive in, if you want to participate in the annual Call Your Shot season predictions contest, you can find it here. It's FINALLY coming! Welcome to the 2020 MLB Season! We are so glad you are here. Don't let the length of this post scare you, we just wanted to consolidate all the relevant information that people have questions about into one place to start the season off. This is your survival guide for the 2020 season, it should have all the pertinent information to answer most of your questions! If you are a brand new fan I'd recommend going through most of it, if you're a veteran you'll know which sections you'll want to read by their headings. My goal here is that both new and returning fans can learn how to better enjoy the season and know what's going on on Baseball this year. Okay, take some time and read through what you want to read through below! This is the fourth year of doing this. Every year I go through the previous years comments to find things that should be added or corrected for the next edition, so if you have any great resources or information that you think would be beneficial to add, please comment it below! Sections:
Introduction for new and renewed interest fans.
Rule changes for 2020
Finding a Team
Knowing Where Different Teams Stand
Your Team's Sub
Twitter, Podcasts, and Other General News/Analysis Sources
The Statistical Titans: Baseball Reference and Fangraphs
Where to watch? Your TV and Streaming Guide
MLB At Bat App
How to watch baseball.
Where to watch highlights and game recaps.
TL;DR: Find a way to enjoy the game.
Introduction for new and renewed interest fans.
Baseball normally has a long season. I don't just mean that in terms of time between opening day and the World Series (which can be considered long as it is), but also the 162 games played in 183 days, 18-20 times against the same 4 teams each. It can be daunting, and many people lose interest by "the dog days" of June and July. This year things are going to be a little different. With only 60 games on the schedule (assuming we make it through without a major clubhouse covid outbreak that cancels games versus that team) every game is going to matter about 3x as much as one in a normal regular season. Tensions will be high, but we might not feel it because there won't be that much crowd noise. THAT SAID - they're still playing 60 games in 66 days, which means almost every day for the next two months isn't just packed with baseball, they're packed with YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS baseball, which while exciting after months without any American sports in the regular season (MLS - a tournament is not the regular season) can end up feeling overwhelming when you just finished watching a late game go into extras then wake up to realize there's an afternoon game on in six hours. This guide is meant to help you if you wish to avoid being one of those who feels overwhelmed and loses interest a couple weeks after Opening Day. First and foremost if you are a new fan or newly returning, you must remember one thing: you do not need to watch every game. Many football fans, and even some basketball and hockey fans, find this difficult, they're used to setting aside a few nights a week to watch their team, and they can watch all the games. Baseball isn't like that. For the next two months, your team will only have 6 days where they won't be playing a game. And some of the games they play will start as early as 9:20am (Pacific Time), others will end after 1am (Eastern Time). If you miss a game it's okay, odds are there's another one tomorrow. If you miss a week, no big deal, hell if you get busy for a few months and aren't able to watch you team, that's not an issue, because you can still follow your team. Baseball is a game to be followed. In the old days it meant picking up the morning paper and checking the box scores. Now it means being able to have a final score texted/tweeted/messaged/emailed/what-evered to you the minute the game ends, or rolling over in bed when you can't sleep and grabbing your phone to check the West Coast scores. It means being able to check reddit in the morning to see any breaking news from across the league, or catch a story you missed. We live in a time where you can go to MLB.com and get a recap of every game from last night in less than 10 minutes. Honestly, baseball was made to be consumed, and the technology age makes it easier than ever, whether you want to spend hours every day pouring over stats and analysis, or 15 seconds to see how your team and their playoff rivals did today. The rest of this guide is mostly dedicated to ways that you can help yourself follow your team, and if you have time follow the entirety of MLB. Anyways, enough rambling, TL;DR Don't worry if you miss games, there'll be one tomorrow.
Rule Changes for 2020
For this season only (or so they say...):
The NL will utilize the DH full time.
In extra innings the person in the batting order immediately before the lead off hitter will start on second base.
Games suspended due to rain will continue play at a later date rather than be washed out and restarted.
Arguing within six feet of an umpire or participating in a fight will be met with heftier fines and suspensions this yaer.
Pitchers will be allowed a wet rag to be brought out from the dugout in lieu of being able to lick their fingers for better grip.
Each team has a 20 extra players in their "taxi squad" in addition to their active roster and 40-man roster.
Active rosters will start at 30 players, then will be cut to 28 after two weeks, then 26 after four weeks.
Spitting is not allowed.
Non-social distanced celebrations are not allowed.
Permanent (as any rule change can be in baseball) rule changes for 2020 and beyond:
Three batter minimum - pitcher entering the game must face a minimum of three batters unless they complete an inning.
The MLB Active Roster is expanded from 25 players to 26 players.
Finding a Team
I always recommend following the local team since you'll have more access to news about them in the local media and should be able to get their radio broadcast, as well as TV broadcasts of them if you have cable/satellite/streaming, and depending on where you're at the occasional over the air game, but if you don't live by a team or don't want to follow the local team, or are just looking for a second team to follow, I wrote this in depth guide to picking a team that's the right fit for you.
Knowing Where Different Teams Stand
Every year ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX, NBS, and every other sports related site puts out their season previews. These are great for getting a basic rundown of what is going on with each team, and a simple google search will bring up a plethora of possible articles to read. If what you really want is a fans perspective on what each team's expectations condensed into a few short comments, I'd highly recommend going through each teams day from our annual "Why will X team exceed expectations?" series. All the previous posts are linked in the Astros thread.
Alright, so plugging baseball on baseball seems a bit redundant, but I think it's a good reminder that this is a great hub for all your MLB news throughout the season while still letting you see the occasional amazing college/minor league/foreign league performance. During the season there are a number of features to keep you informed of all the goings on around baseball. Every day of the season (and a portion of the offseason) we have General Discussion threads we call Around the Horn. These are great places to ask questions and discuss anything that you want to know about baseball but don't feel like it deserves it's own post. In the Around the Horn post you'll be able to see a full schedule of what is going on around Baseball every week. Here are the weekly features: Daily: Nightly Pick'Em - A six year running contest to pick the result of one game every day. Details can be found in this thread. Monday: Power Rankings - A team of 30 fans from every team in baseball, led by masochist fearless leader kasutori_jack, releases their composite power rankings of the 30 teams. This leads to well thought out discussions and some in depth analysis, as well as salty fans crying about how their team is underrated (there may be more of the latter than the former, but it's still a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of how every team is doing). Monday (Unofficial) - The last few years thekmanpwnudwn has posted a State of the Subreddits post that gives the top post from each team's subreddit from the last week. This is a great roundup post for staying up to date on what all the different team fandoms are feeling, and helps you catch any milestones you might have otherwise missed. Tuesday: Weekly Awards - Led by lemcoe9 a different team of a fan from every team releases the results of their weekly (and monthly) voting for who the best position player and pitcher was since the last vote was taken. Once again, a great way to keep track of which players are on hot streaks, and who's dominating the league. Wednesday: Wild Card Wednesday - Each week a new contest, trivia game, or just out of the box fun thread will be stickied! Got an idea? Let the mods know! Thursdays: Division Discussions - We rotate between the Easts, Centrals, and Wests to do some more in depth talk about where the playoff races and teams stand. If you only have time for one baseball thread every week and want to keep up with the league, this is the thread to set aside time for. Friday: Trash Talk/Compliment/Complaint - FRIDAYS ARE FUN DAYS, WE ROTATE BETWEEN TRASH TALK, COMPLIMENT, TRASH TALK, AND COMPLAIN THREADS! TRADITION STATES ALL COMMENTS BE IN ALL CAPS AND ENDING IN EXCLAMATION POINTS! WE ROTATE RATHER THAN HAVE A SET DAY FOR EACH ALL SEASON BECAUSE IT'S A LONG SEASON AND ANY ONE OF THE THREE THREADS CAN GET STALE FAST IF YOU DON'T LEAVE TIME FOR MORE AMMUNITION! Saturday: Saturday is when we usually plug in occasional things that don't necessarily deserve weekly attention. Things like in depth stat discussions, memorobilia sharing, craft projects, etc. Sunday: Game of the Week - Sunday is the one day a week where we get together as a subreddit to watch a baseball game together, since it's the one time every week where there's only one game going on and there's guaranteed to be a game. The Sunday Night Baseball game thread is usually posted a couple hours before the first pitch. In addition the playoffs, and select premier match-ups (mostly at the very end of the season where there is a lot riding on a regular season game) we host game threads for all baseball users. These are neutral thread, for more info on less neutral ones skip to the next section. We may experiment with game threads in baseball for the MLB.tv Free Game of the Day this year. In addition to all these features, it really is a great place to keep up with breaking news and highlights. It'll be posted here minutes after someone tweets it, and long before it's on MLB.com. Team beat writers get the stories first, and it's easier to check in here a couple times a day than follow every one of them. Plus there's something the kids are calling "dank memes" (but not too many, because us mods don't allow too much moisture to get into the servers).
Your Team's Subreddit (And other team subs as well)
The mods at baseball have one goal - help you have the best possible reddit baseball experience, and a LOT of that is helping you get connected to other fans of your team (which feels a little like a cop-out because it means less work for us if you're doing more on your team's sub, but your team's mods aren't complaining.) One of the main draws of team subs (other than in depth discussion with like-fan-minded users, getting breaking news and analysis on your team, team-memes, and other reddit discussions that come up from a group of individuals who can agree on one thing) are game threads. At this time (to the best of my knowledge) every team sub hosts game threads for their team's games, and you can easily access them in the sidebar during the season by clicking on the team's logo in the schedule (we're working on getting that up to speed, MLB changed some parts of their RSS and background data and we've had to work around that to get our automated system back up). We like to keep the game threads in team subs for a few reasons, one of which is we want to support the team subs and send them relevant traffic when we can because they really do an amazing job, another is because with 15 games a day this place would look like crap if we had game threads for every game or let users post them as they please (we've tried it, it blots out news, discussion, and highlights and looks like crap, baseball doesn't have only a couple days set aside for games or focus on marquee match ups like many other sports, it's 2430 games played in 183 days and is better when it's spread out.) Even if you're not a game thread person though, getting connected with a good team sub can make disappointing seasons more bearable, and great seasons more exciting, and I know plenty of users that said that their team's sub basically keeps them fans. Team subs are also a great place to get connected to...
Twitter, Podcasts, and other General News/Analysis Sources
Going to be honest here, I don't use twitter and I do not frequently read other people's blogs. I know many people do and enjoy it, and I believe the best way to find the people to follow/sites to visit that interest you the most are to hang around your team's sub and note which Tweets/Sites that are linked to that most often peak your interest. Your list of favorite baseball writers is going to be different than my favorite list, and finding the right twitter personalities, podcasts hosts, and bloggers can make game analysis more interesting for you even if your team is playing like crap and it's the middle of July. Here are some common suggestions for some general baseball twitter accounts and podcasts to get you started, but like I said, find what you like and follow those: Twitter
The Statistical Titans: Baseball Reference and Fangraphs
Literally every day you will find a link or to BaseballReference.com or Fangraphs.com here, it's a given, and it's because these are the two most extensive free baseball databases that are easy to navigate. If you want to look up anything about baseball history, check Baseball Reference, if you want to look up how players stack up with non-proprietary advanced metrics or read an insightful blog post about why someone is overrated/underrated or overperforming/underperforming, check Fangraphs. With these two sites you have all the stats and figures you need to make a competent argument for basically anything you want with a little cherry picking. A large part of the modern baseball world is statistics and you're going to find yourself getting more immersed in discussing the game if you can get a handle on all the terms getting thrown around. If you are brand new to baseball, take a little while to get to know the game before diving into these sites, but if you have a handle on the basics and are ready to know what this WAR everyone is talking about is, dive into the glossaries and find the statistics. When you get the basics, creating your own analysis doesn't seem as daunting, and one of the reasons I love baseball is that I can deconstruct pretty much every play and find some meaning behind it. If you are like that and enjoy numbers, theoretical projections, and breaking things down into simple figures before reconstructing them into something long and beautiful, then learning the basics of sabrmetrics will make you a baseball fan for life. If, on the other hand, you just want to enjoy the game for the beautiful pastime that it is by watching, then we've got a little bit to go through...
Where to Watch? - Your TV and Streaming Guide
So a big part of baseball is, you know, actually being able to watch the games (though as I talk about at the end, it might not necessarily be the case for you, and that doesn't mean you can't enjoy baseball, skip down and see what I'm talking about in the final section). First off, if you are looking for free games to watch, you are in luck! MLB.tv streams one game a day for free on MLB.com and Yahoo.com. These games are subject to local blackouts (details on those in the MLB.tv section) but are definitely worth watching if you're trying to see if you'll enjoy baseball, or just need a free baseball fix. Facebook is also streaming one game a week during the season for free. The other free games available are from May 18 to July 13 on Saturday night and Thursday nights in September when FOX airs games on their OTA affiliated networks. Believe it or not, TV antennas still work in most areas, and these games are free to watch. Some teams also broadcast select games on OTA networks in their region. Okay, so now the more expensive stuff. If you have even the most basic cable package (or log in information) you probably have ESPN. ESPN airs games every Sunday Night as well as Wednesday Night and Opening Weekend. These games are also available on ESPN Go. You also probably have a regional sports channel. This is where almost all of your local teams games will be aired. Here is a decent breakdown of every team and what network they are carried on. TBS is also on even the most basic networks, they air games the final 13 Sundays of the regular season in the afternoon. FS1 and FOX carry baseball games almost every Saturday of the season, and MLB Network carries games pretty much every day. A list of currently scheduled national broadcasts is available here, not all games have been chosen so there will be more added to the list. For all these networks (except for the Dodgers, Orioles, and Nationals regional networks) there are options to stream the games online provided you have cable login information for the channel. During the playoffs FS1, TBS, and MLB Network will carry most of the games, with ESPN carrying a wild card game and FOX carrying the World Series. Now there are also streaming services that grant access to most of the previously mentioned channels:
Sling TV Orange package gets you ESPN, ESPN 2, and TBS.
Sling TV Blue package gets you FOX, FS1, FS2, TBS, and most regional sports networks.
Youtube TV gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, TBS, MLB Network, and some regional sports networks.
HULU Live gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, FS2, TBS, and your regional sports networks.
Playstation Vue Access gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, FS2, and TBS.
Playstation Vue Core adds MLB Network to the Access channels.
Playstation Vue Sports Extra adds regional sports networks in addition to your other channels.
AT&T TV Now Live a Little gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, and TBS and your regional sports networks.
AT&T TV Now Just Right adds MLB Network to the Live a Little channels.
AT&T TV Now Go Big adds FS2 to the Just Right channels.
FUBO Premier gets you FOX, FS1, and your regional sports networks
Also, ESPN+ will carry select games pretty much daily throughout the season.
MLB.TV - the Ultimate Fan Investment
Alright, so a few things to cover with this, first of all YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEGALLY STREAM IN MARKET GAMES IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES. MLB.tv uses your IP address to see where you are located, and if it pings back that you are in a team's home market it will not let you watch the game LIVE. Here is where you can find what games MLB.tv will black you out from. National broadcasts on ESPN, FOX, and TBS are also subject to blackouts within the United States (MLB Network games are not). Before you ask, yes there are less than legal ways to get around this (spoofing your IP address, subreddit dedicated to mlb streams, etc.), but I won't be talking about those in detail here. IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, YOU WILL HAVE NO BLACKOUTS. Even if you are blacked out, you will be able to watch the game 90 minutes after it finishes, so if you work a late shift or stay up late it might be worth it for you anyways even if you only want to follow one team. Military members and college students, don't forget to apply your 35% discount! "But I don't want to watch EVERY out of market game, I just want to watch MY team!" Cool, for $25 less there's a single team option that will allow you to watch all your team's non-blacked out games! Personally, I'd pay the extra $25 for the opportunity to watch every Kershaw, Bumgarner, and Scherzer start, or put the Cubs on in the background while working on a Friday afternoon, but to each their own. "But I don't want to commit for a full year!" That's okay, there's a monthly option as well in case you know there are months where you can't watch as much. Some of the fun features of MLB.tv include the ability to watch four games at once and quickly swap your audio from one to another (seriously, I'm never on commercial break when I'm watching baseball, unless there's only one game on I'm able to watch it all, and in September that's huge) and condensed games. What are condensed games? They go through and cut out all the time between pitches and innings, meaning if you want to watch a whole game in less than a half hour (or are searching desperately for a play to make a .gif or streamable out of that for some reason isn't considered a highlight) it's really easy. If you're someone who really wants to get into the game but can't figure out how to grind through watching a full game, Condensed Games are great for keeping up with a team while you learn the little details between pitches that somehow make watching the catcher twiddle his fingers exciting for some fans. Also, new this year, MLB has added some great baseball documentaries to your MLB.tv subscription, giving you access to more than just games for the first time. In addition, there are two great resources to enhance your total immersion into baseball if there are multiple games going on. Please note for both of these you must already be logged into MLB.tv to make them work. The first, and most basic, is Brooks Baseball's MLB.TV Redzone. It will automatically take you to the highest leverage game going on, and will automatically shift you to another game between innings OR if another game enters a higher leverage situation. For a more personalized touch, The Baseball Guage has MLB.TV Game Changer which lets you customize your preferences so MLB.tv will always switch to the game that is most relevant to you. This is great if you play fantasy and want to keep up with your players, are waiting for someone to hit a milestone, or if you want to make sure your action is broken into to follow a no-hitter in progress. It also gives you a free subscription to...
MLB AtBat - The Most Underrated Way to Stay Connected to Baseball
MLB AtBat is MLB's official application. It comes in two versions, the free version which has ads but is useful for keeping up to date with all the scores, and the paid version ($19.99 for the year of $2.99 monthly) which gives you access to ad-free content, Gameday on your mobile device, and (most valuable) access to every team's radio stream for every game during the season and postseason completely blackout free. If there's a day game, you can bet I'm listening to it at work, if I'm mowing the lawn on a Saturday I'm listening to a game, when I can't sleep at night, on comes a West Coast game. To get the paid version you must download the free version, then subscribe within the app, or log into an MLB account that has MLB.tv. Baseball was made to be on the radio, it's a sport that is very easy to follow the action with the right announcer. At work (or school) it's great because you can half listen, and when the announcer gets excited you can instantly tune back in to hear what's going on. This is the most underrated way to stay connected to your team throughout the year. Before I could afford MLB.tv, this was the way to go, and it honestly makes me question every year whether getting the MLB.tv package is worth is when I can get 80% of the entertainment value from listening to the games (and every year I manage to forget to unsubscribe, for many reasons listed above). Gameday on mobile is also a great feature, it lets you quickly check in on the action during brief recesses in meetings (or under the table during meetings), or breaks between classes (or under a desk in classes). This is honestly my primary means of keeping track of Twins games throughout the year. My wife thinks I'm crazy when I could just watch the game, but instead am nervously checking my phone every couple minutes. IF I WATCH I JINX THE TEAM, HONEY!
How to watch baseball?
So this is a question that we get from many new fans who are just trying to figure out what the hell is going on and why people find this game so fascinating. I'll get the elephant in the room out of the way, yes there are some "boring" parts of watching baseball on TV. The camera fans to a batter spitting and adjusting his gloves, the pitcher adjusts his crotch then licks his fingers, random shots of a bored looking manager, etc. When you are actually at the ballpark you can be watching where the catcher and fielders set up to try to predict the pitch that is coming (read The Hidden Language of Baseball by Paul Dickson for some great insight into how to interpret this), but on TV it's not usually the case. This is where I have some suggestions for new fans trying to get into it. First off, if you are looking for just a relaxing day, embrace the slow pace with a beer and veg out on the couch while watching. It's meant to be slow and relaxing (until it gets tense and exciting, usually with runners on). Seriously, when was the last time you just sat and did nothing? Mid July afternoon games are a perfect way to reach that zen of half-consciousness, until something happens to get you sucked into the action. Another option to stay engaged is keeping score. I find keeping score relaxing and looking back through a scorebook can be fun to see what you were doing a few years ago (except for that damn unfinished scorecard from 2015 where A-Rod hit the most predictable home run in Twins-Yankees history and I sent my scorecard flying to the other side of the room). As NPR once put it, keeping score is a knowledge making activity, and if you have the time and patience for it it is a great way to learn the game. There are a couple different guides to keeping score, and most scorebooks/cards will have a brief example of how to do so. If you have any questions, the Around the Horn thread is a great place to ask! Gamethreads are another way to get together with other baseball fans and pass the time between pitches, especially in team subs you get to know the regulars and conversations start to wonder away from baseball at times throughout the game, and that's fine. Baseball is an excuse to enjoy a summer day. For those that want to actually understand what is going on during that time, though, there are some options. Watching Baseball Smarter by Zack Hample (who despite his reputation on this subreddit knows some stuff and actually pops in from time to time to comment on different things) is a good starting place for new fans. Baseball for Dummies and The Complete Idiots Guide to Baseball are also good starting points for those willing to sit and read for a little bit. For those who don't want to read a book, I guess I can touch on what I'm looking for between pitches. A big part of baseball is pitch selection, so scouting out a pitchers repertoire of pitches is a good starting point, BrooksBaseball.net has great cheat sheets on every pitcher in the game, and PitcherList.com has a visual example of each pitcher's pitches so you can see what you can be looking for. Anyways, I mention that because the whole reason the catcher is twiddling his fingers behind the plate is to go over with the pitcher what pitch is going to be thrown. What I'm watching for between pitches is where the catcher is setting up behind the plate and guessing which pitch is going to be thrown. A 2-0 and 3-1 count are known as hitters counts because the pitcher needs to throw a strike or risk walking the batter, when the count reaches either of those pay attention, because the hitters going to be looking for his perfect pitch and there's probably going to be some action on the field. 0-1, 0-2, and 1-2 are pitcher's counts, look for curveball, slider or other somewhat nasty pitch to be thrown to get the batter to swing at a bad pitch, or a fastball inside to catch them off guard. If you have any questions about this, go ahead and ask in an around the horn thread.
Where to watch highlights and game recaps.
There are many many places to see highlights and game recaps, this is not an exhaustive list, but is a good start. For highlights, bigger highlights will often be posed here on baseball a few minutes after they occur, if you wish to post them please familiarize yourself with the subreddit rules. They also appear relatively quickly on MLB.com in each games Gameday area. For a pretty slick collection of highlights from across MLB, https://baseball.theate is a great place to exclusively watch highlights. There are a few ways to get great game recaps. If you have MLB Network, every day Quick Pitch is an hour-long show that recaps every game from the previous day. It usually starts after MLB Tonight (about 10pm EDT) or whatever game MLB Network is showing finishes up, and runs until 10am EDT the next day. MLB.com also puts out recaps of every game by the next morning, usually a 2-5 minutes quick rundown of highlights that can be found on the game recap. It also puts out Fastcast videos on youtube and their website every morning which has a brief rundown of all the games from the previous day. Here's an example of a Fastcast from two seasons ago. If you want one concise place to see most of these, efitz11 was amazing last season and posted video links to every game recap and fastcast in the daily Around the Horn thread. Here's an example. I am unsure if they plan to continue it this year, but it would be surely appreciated!
TL;DR Finding what you enjoy about the game.
When it boils down to it, baseball is about finding entertainment and enjoyment, and don't let anyone try to tell you how to enjoy baseball. If you want nothing to do with statistical analysis and just want to enjoy what's going on on the field, don't let anyone tell you you aren't enough of a fan, and if you want to dissect a player into their strengths and components using statcast and advanced metrics don't let anyone tell you you're reading into the game too much. You can follow one team, and only one team, or you can follow multiple teams, don't let anyone tell you you're not a true fan for wearing another team's gear or enjoying their games. You might enjoy bat flips and flamboyance, or reserved speedy home run trots. You might not even enjoy physically watching a game (especially not if your team isn't playing), but find yourself loving keeping track of your team through the season and tracking your players or maybe just the thrill of the standings race and scoreboard watching or maybe you just love all the numbers that get thrown around and arguing about their relevancy. That's okay, eventually I believe enjoyment of the game itself will come, but even if it doesn't, the long baseball season is still creating a place of enjoyment for you, and that's what matters. If you have any questions, once again, feel free to ask them in our daily Around the Horn thread, or below in the comments, or if you really want to feel free to PM with questions and I'd be happy to answer. So watch games this week and join in the discussion here, you'll naturally find yourself gravitating towards certain players or teams and enjoying different aspects of the game. Baseball is a long season, find what you enjoy, stick to it, dwell on it, and enjoy it. TL;DR for the TL;DR - Baseball is fun
2020.07.15 14:42 Snoo54810Detailed Guide To Schema : Structured Data Usage For SEO
Schema markup is a type of micro-data found at schema.org. When it is added to any website an enhanced description is created by the schema markup and it appears in search results. This description is commonly referred to as a rich snippet. In simpler words, Schema is data vocabulary that is structured to define actions, entities and relationships on the internet. It is a semantic vocabulary that helps the search engines to understand the meaning of various subject matters on the internet and provide a better user experience. Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yandex started collaborating in 2011 for creating Schema.org. Schema markup used on any website helps search engines to return more information rich results to the users. It is especially important in today's age of Rank Brain and Hummingbird. When a user makes a search on Google, how the context of the query is interpreted by search engines determines the quality of the search result. In the case of a web-page, schema provides context to an otherwise ambiguity. What is micro-data? Micro-data is used for nesting metadata within web-pages which web crawlers and search engines can extract and process for giving a better user experience. Micro-data attributes to the following – Item type: For describing an item and its properties and specifies to the URL of the vocabulary. Item scope : For creating the item which indicates that rest of the element Includes information about it. Item prop: Indicates to the containing tag which has the value of an item property. Item id : Indicates a unique identifier for the item. Item ref : It references to the properties of an element not contained within the item scope. It provides element ideas with additional properties elsewhere throughout the document. How schema tells the search engines what your data actually means? The contents published on a website get indexed which is how search engines link it to search results. With schema markup, some of the web contents get indexed and returned in an entirely different way. The difference lies in the search engine's understanding of the content through the schema markup. For example, let us suppose a travel blog written by 'Tom Brosnan’. When 'Tom Brosnan' appears in an article, the search engine creates a SERP entry after seeing it. If schema markup is used around 'Tom Brosnan' the search engine understands that 'Tom Brosnan' are not just two random words but rather the author of the particular article. Armed with this clarified understanding, the search engine responds to a user query for 'Tom Brosnan' by displaying better information regarding the name. The various types of Schema The vocabulary of schema.org includes various formats for structuring data. It is possible to structure data around all kinds of places, people or things online. Some commonly used schema markups are Products, Events, Articles, Organizations, Reviews, People, Recipes, Medication conditions etc. If these markups are added to any website, they help the search engine to get a clear understanding of what the website is about. Due to this understanding, the search engine then showcases the information through rich snippets. An example of the use of schema markup has been given below- https://preview.redd.it/5ozd4hrom0b51.jpg?width=685&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ce317b00e61fde948b1fdd556178ce8c0dbced25 What is schema used for? It is commonly used to describe XML files or databases. The popular use of schema inDigital marketing includes product people events videos etc. Any type of data on our website can have an associated item type, item scope and item prop. An example of a page implementing schema markup for events has been provided below. You can see the location and dates of different events that were marked up accordingly. https://preview.redd.it/d39xn2vpm0b51.jpg?width=1366&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e86882ad8d32438accbb6aefc077551800dacacc A brief description of the schema markup type supported by Google Organization schema markup It isn’t a rich snippet when on its own but a very important part of the markup as it can be found in almost all snippets. It represents the author of the content and so it can be a single person or name. Breadcrumbs markup It is crucial to representing the website structure. Product review and offer schema markup This is the most popular markup used out there. Multiple items can be added to product rich snippets starting from product name and price to other details, for example-offer expiry dates or lowest and highest price. Recipe schema markup In recipes snippet, things like ingredients and time etc. can be specified. FAQ schema markup This markup lists the answers to related question around a topical page in the form of a drop down tab. How to generate schema for your website? There are quite a handful of tools that make generating and implementing schema easier. There are many languages for schema such as micro data or JSON-LD. Some Schema generators have been listed below-
Hall Analysis Schema Markup Generator
Google Structured Data Markup Helper
Merkle Schema Markup Generator
An easy guide to using schema markup on your website- The goal of any business owner is to rank better in Google searches as well as do better in SERPs. Schema markup helps you do that and so follow the steps below to incorporate schema markup on your website-
Go to Google structured data marker helper.
Select the data type that you want to markup.
Copy the URL of an article of page you want to markup and paste it.
A page is loaded providing you with a workspace for the next phase which is tagging items. You will see the data items on the right pane and your web page on the left pane.
Select and highlight the elements you want to be marked up.
Continue adding markup items.
Click on the icon with the title create the HTML.
Now add schema markup to your web page.
Finally use the structured data testing tool for finding out what the web page will look like after adding the markups.
The best free schema markup testers- a. Googles’s Structured Data Testing Tool It is very simple to use for testing structured data. It provides warning for missing pieces of codes that you can rectify. b. Google Search Console’s Structured Data Report This schema markup report is provided by Google in addition to the tool for giving you a complete overview of the website’s schema markup. If your website has this search console, the exact number of all the structured data items in the website can be seen. c. Yandex.Webmaster’s Structured Data Validator This is not beginner friendly but offers a unique perspective into micro-format parser processes of your web page d. SEO Site Checkup’s Micro-data Schema Test It is very simple to use and different from the rest in allowing you to compare the markup of your site with a competitor. The steps discussed above will help you get started with the basics of schema so that you can navigate your own way around it for diving even deeper. Does schema help your content rank better? It is yet to be established if micro-data has any direct impact when it comes to organic search rankings. However micro daughter still has a significant impact on visibility. Rich snippets increase the click through rate by allowing our website more exposure on the search engines result page. Thus, Even though a direct relationship cannot be traced that boosts our PP organic ranking there is clear evidence of generating more traffic which is the ultimate goal for any content. Some big corporate have incorporated schema on their websites such as nordstrom.com, tractorsupply.com, progressive.com, oreilyauto.com and bedbathandbeyond.com. A chart showing the use of schema mark up in website domains by US Fortune 500 companies have been demonstrated below– https://preview.redd.it/9bpryn7rm0b51.jpg?width=480&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9eddd77a04a34cf1610758b5dfe06f76bf797e4f Despite the benefits of schema it is very underrated and used by very few domains. It constantly feeds the search engines by boosting its intelligence and will be around for a long time. Thus, it is high time to implement schema markup in your web pages to stay ahead of the competition in online marketing.
2020.07.10 01:33 Lt-financeNLST THE STOCK THAT WILL GO TO JUPITER AND BACK.
Guys please take a read, this is better than Gnus and probably XSPA. Netlist NLST won a court case against the tech giant Google. what does Netlist does: Netlist provides high-performance SSDs and modular memory subsystems to enterprise customers in diverse industries. The Company's NVMe™ SSD portfolio provides industry-leading performance offered in multiple capacities and form factors. HybriDIMM™, Netlist's next-generation storage class memory product, addresses the growing need for real-time analytics in Big Data applications, in-memory databases, high-performance computing and advanced data storage solutions. Netlist also manufactures a line of specialty and legacy memory products to storage customers, appliance customers, system builders and cloud and datacenter customers. Netlist holds a portfolio of patents in the areas of server memory, hybrid memory, storage class memory, rank multiplication and load reduction. To learn more, visit www.netlist.com. (computer parts, SSD) They STOLE a patent and HAVE TO TAKE A DECISION ON THE 15 OF JULY next Wednesday my dudes. ok these parts have been used in nearly every modern computer (after 2010) in which the case started. We are talking about easily a 2B+ to 10B+ settlement for NSLT and they are a very small cap stock. But Google turned around and sent Netlist packing and decided it was cheaper to steal and use the technology than to pay Netlist a proper setlement. Legally, that is called willful infringement; and the law says that the infringer will have to pay triple damages for their ill gained profit. Google probably makes YEARLY 20B+ on these patents alone imagine 10 YEARS , just let that sink in. Now the case has been taken by a unanimous by all of the three judges (This is Important) and they decided that the 912 patent is rightfully from Net List . so that means they have a hot patent in a 300B+ sector so you tell me. 912 patent: ( Netlist believes that the teachings of the '912 patent can be found in various DDR3 and DDR4 server DIMMs (Dual Inline Memory Module) as well as future products that will be produced under the DDR5 server DIMM standards currently being established by the industry.)
so you may be asking yourselves, WTF does this all mean and what are the possibles outcomes.
don"t worry i gotcha covered. (in order of most probable) REMEMBER ITS FOR THE 15 OF JULY. that's the dead line.
Google does a buy out of the company in which case the stocks skyrockets to no tomorrow and we will have weekly lambos. price targets conservative should be 5+ and even 25 is not fiction. this is the most likely scenario because it wouldn't hinder the company at all and would be a drop in the bucket for them. Not to mention that this is the perfect opportunity for them to craft their components in house especially since apple made that move recently.
Google will try to extend the ruling and take this case to the supreme court but there are two outcomes here.
A. google most likely will get denied because the court ruling of the 912 patent was unanimous and getting a appeal for the supreme court will be unlikely even for Google we are talking like 10% or less in which case means Lambo full of tendies for us. B. Worst case but the least likely Scenario Google uses the ! trillion market cap to make the supreme court bend and take a look on the case but we still have very good odds to win because its clear now that they did steal that tech and we will have to bag hold it until it inevitably sky rockets.
google will try to pull a hostile takeover on the company in which case our stock sky rockets to oblivion and then some.
now some interesting info : Google has closed a cloud project meant for countries including China. so possibly they've known this for awhile now and they are taking the necessary preparations so that share holders don't get so upset. sadly i've seen that NLST isn't available on RH so sorry guys. Today the stock has been shorted from .80 to .67 but this is most likely the shorters and that won't be a huge problem for us especially on possible outcome i personally own. hopefully this stock crosses the $1.00 dollar mark next week and after the settlement is issued it can reach $15.00+ it also has been rising consistently the past few weeks 8% to 10% today being the exception but its because the markets. the company has a tendency to increase its float but for this case this will definitely won't matter at all. now whats the beauty of this stock even if google doesn't pay up for some bullshit reason which it literally can't happen, you have a company stock that has a patent and various others ones, a patent that is used on almost every single electronic device on the planet. be patient guys this can actually be a fucking investment for once in your career as a penny trader. Disclaimer i own 10,299 shares at a average of .79 do your own DD. but i hope this helps :) Also its crazy that this Gem is not on here already. sorry if i did something wrong i am a lurker not a writer. been here a whole 2 years and trading even more so. but i just felt compelled to share this one in a lifetime opportunity. hopefully you found this useful if there is something more i can add or fix do tell in the comments so that we can help each other give useful information. TLDR; Net list sued google and google Lost. they have to take a decision on the 15 of July. most probably they will do a buy out meaning lots of 🚀🚀🚀 . edit: fixing 2nd grade grammar. also please up vote guys!! i tried to give facts only edit: 2 Google has 30 days to respond to the motion in federal court proof this is where we get the July 15 date. edit: 3 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 rockets to see if it boost the algorithm edit: 4 there's a lot of replies ill try to answer what i can and guys i'm by no means telling you to buy this stock frankly your money is not what i'm here for, i'm here for Google Money but i just wanted to share it. if your worried (that you have all rights to be) put it in your watch list that's all i wanted anyways to share the stock not make you guys force buy it.
2020.07.09 20:10 CQL-CorpGoogle Updates Core Algorithm to Keep Up with COVID-19 CQL
In the past 30 years, search engines have transformed from simple tools that could locate files on a shared network to a major component of the global economy and online commerce. While many search systems have risen and fallen in the last three decades, Google has established its place as an information titan and a cornerstone of the modern Internet. Google is so ingrained into our culture that its name became a verb. Nobody’s going to Bing a recipe when it’s dinnertime. I’ve never heard anyone say they’re going to Yahoo some baseball statistics, and there certainly isn’t anybody asking Jeeves to go find them some quick facts. When a company grows so vast that its name is synonymous with an action, it becomes a digital force of nature that can change global commerce just by flipping a switch. On May 4th, Google did just that by releasing the May 2020 Core Update. With everything going on in the world due to COVID-19, most digital marketers didn’t think Google would release any major updates or changes during such strange times. However, Google loves defying expectations and “improving” search results, and we’re now starting to really see just how much COVID-19 and Google have changed digital commerce.
The May 2020 Core Update from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
May 4th is celebrated across the world as the official Star Wars Day. While many people were happy to make a few puns and share memes, our friends at Google chose May 4th as launch day for a core algorithm update that proved the Force isn’t with all of us. Back in May, I wrote an article about COVID 19’s effect on digital commerce. I looked at how COVID-19 had changed shopping habits around the world, how it impacted some industries far more than others, and what we might see in the future. When I wrote and published this article, Google had only just unleashed the Core Update (also referred to as the May the 4th Update or the Pandemic Update). Everything was still too new and unknown for anyone to understand exactly what Google was changing. The only thing we knew was that something big was happening. For most core updates, it takes several weeks for everything to roll out and be tested, evaluated, and adjusted. There are always immediate changes but they’re usually smaller or targeted updates, and don’t appear to all users around the world. The May 2020 Core Update was different: it made serious waves in just about every aspect of global search right from the start. Marketers noticed two areas underwent drastic changes: local search results and health-based search results. This makes complete sense: people want to know if local stores are open or to see if restaurants are offering delivery or carryout. At the same time, people are searching for COVID-19 news, symptoms, testing information, and other areas that relate directly to their health, like personal fitness and recipes. https://preview.redd.it/k9xhhfcsgv951.png?width=760&format=png&auto=webp&s=34f290d2380038f8044f9d71a5b7533364ca8e72 A central aspect of the May 2020 Core Update seems to be ensuring users are finding up-to-date information on local businesses (most notable in the Google Maps app) and providing what it feels are the best-possible and most-trusted results for COVID searches. Instead of serving up natural remedies, homeopathic treatments, or homemade “cures” in the search results, Google is focusing on providing news sources, local statistics, shelter-in-place information, and more to help keep people informed. https://preview.redd.it/hhf64m6vgv951.png?width=414&format=png&auto=webp&s=8ef5b04c5d030c909d973f13fdbe060943900f8e As with any change, Google’s May 2020 Core Update has led to some significant concerns in the digital commerce world. Many are questioning the wisdom in releasing such a large change in the middle of a pandemic, but there’s more going on with the May 2020 Core Update than what we’re seeing on the surface.
What Happens When Google Makes a Core Update
When Google sends out a pre-announced update, it isn’t just updating a small chunk of the algorithm or making a few tweaks – those changes happen constantly. Keep in mind that there are likely millions of individual algorithms packed together to form the core, so when Google releases a global update, you can expect one thing: completely unpredictable shifts in search ranking and organic value. Now that it’s been just over two months since the update, it’s easier to see how certain industries were affected by the Core Update. As a core update rolls out, Google reviews its index and reevaluates a domain’s content with its new or adjusted settings. This means search results can shift very quickly and with no real notice, which significantly impacts pages or entire domains that were previously performing well. This doesn’t mean a domain has permanently lost rankings. It’s somewhat common to see a domain’s rankings get hit hard by core updates and slowly recover most of those rankings after a few weeks. This is generally a sign that the core update caused unintentional issues with search results. Google’s search team watches for these sorts of changes after a core update and will work to quickly adjust the algorithm to fix these issues (though not always, especially if it interferes with the update’s overall intention).
What Digital Marketers are Seeing After the Core Update
As I mentioned earlier, multiple digital marketing communities were very surprised to see Google release such a large and wide-reaching algorithm update in the middle of a pandemic. While there aren’t exact figures, some marketers believe that the May 2020 Core Update might be the single largest change to global search settings since 2003 (that’s when Google shifted to running semi-regular core updates). While this isn’t the first update in 2020 (a small one went out in January), it’s absolutely one of the most influential changes the company has made to SERPs in years. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way people use search engines, and companies like Google are doing everything they can to meet this new search demand and provide what it feels are the best-possible search results. However, defining something like “best-possible” is very subjective and many of Google’s changes have resulted in problems for companies around the world. One trend that’s shown up in multiple articles states that larger and well-established brands have seemed to fare much better than smaller, lesser-known brands. There are some theories about this – including the idea that consumers are simply more likely to trust a known brand and order from their site – but if it’s true, then it’s a major issue for smaller brands struggling to stay above water during the pandemic. When governors began enacting the shelter-in-place orders across the country, we saw an immediate shift in how people were searching and shopping online. Areas like tourism, travel, live events, and “non-essential” products were hit hard by these changes, and many of these areas are still struggling to recover. At the same time, we saw areas like home office equipment, recipes, fitness & nutrition, hobbies, and home renovation double and even triple their regular traffic. This example demonstrates the large drop in rankings of many domains selling “non-essential” products and services experienced following the May 2020 Core Update. https://preview.redd.it/7zq1y4uygv951.png?width=624&format=png&auto=webp&s=7b5e75904dd608e294b71379cb3fa1de62a25cec This example demonstrates the similarly large increase in rankings many domains selling “essential” products and services saw after the May 2020 Core Update. https://preview.redd.it/popgf2u0hv951.png?width=630&format=png&auto=webp&s=9480c6c944dec1296321ede07b3f760f14788618 Google predicted all of this happening and jumped to make sure it could keep up with the new search trends and continue providing people with the information they need. While search results have evened out over the last two months, and even with search volatility back to normal levels, companies should be working to ensure their sites are in good shape and ready to handle the new normal in search.
How to Combat Future Google Core Updates
I wish I could say there’s a way to perfectly safeguard your site from future updates, or that there was a way to know how future updates will impact your site. Sadly, I can’t predict the future, and since Google gives digital marketers just enough information to keep us hooked, there’s no way to know what could happen in the coming months or years. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way people shop, interact, and do business online. We’re already seeing the number of new COVID-19 cases climbing in states across the country, which is starting to spur concerns about another round of quarantine and the painful effects it could have on domestic and global commerce. On top of everything I’ve listed in this post, it’s important to point out that Google doesn’t provide any sort of truly clear or direct guidelines on how to combat the effects of a core update. The search giant’s long-standing reply is to simply ensure your site’s content is the best it can be for your industry and customer base. The best any domain or company can do is focus on providing informative content, quality products, and excellent services to its customers. Root out any problematic internal links, make sure your mobile site is quick and easy to use, and provide search engines with clear meta data and content focused on the keywords your customers use the most. Above all, be sure you have a great user experience that keeps people on your site and converting from shopper to buyer. This is the only way to stay afloat while Google and COVID-19 continue to make bigger and bigger waves.
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2020.07.06 12:39 PradoMV96A thorough DD on $LPCN (Lipocine Inc)
What is $LPCN? * Lipocine is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on metabolic and endocrine disorders. * They improve compliance, absorption, and more with their proprietary drug delivery technologies What is their main pipeline? * Their main pipeline/asset is: * TLANDO What are their other pipelines? * Other than the main pipeline, TLANDO, they have 4 other pipelines in the works * LPCN1144 * TLANDO XR (LCPN1111) * LPCN1148 * LPCN1107 What is TLANDO? * It is an oral testosterone replacement therapy product containing Testosterone Undecanoate that is designed to help restore normal testosterone levels in males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone. * It is meant to treat Hypogonadism * TLANDO is designed to overcome many of the issues related to TRT products on the U.S. market. * TLANDO is being studied for both Primary and Secondary hypogonadism and is targeting the established chronic US TRT market. What is Hypogonadism? * Hypogonadism typically refers to a permanent deficiency of sex hormones rather than a temporary deficiency that may be related to acute/chronic illnesses or other medical, personal, or environmental factors. * Primary hypogonadism describes disease states that intrinsically affect the gonads. Examples of these include the genetic disorders, Turner syndrome and Kleinfelter syndrome * Secondary hypogonadism refers to disease states that affect gonadal-related structures such as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland that directly impact the development of gonads and as such the release of testosterone and other sexual hormones * Hypogonadism affects upto 20million men * Close to 6million are diagnosed & only 2 million are being treated TLANDO Market Opportunity * Since 2015, the TRT TRx yearly market has been growing exponentially with 2019 having the highest annual TRT TRx at 7.73million * TLANDO has the potential to be a TRT Market leader as it has a $2B+ opportunity in an established and growing market with favorable market dynamics. What is LPCN-1144? * LPCN 1144, an oral prodrug of bioidentical testosterone * is being developed as a treatment for pre-cirrhotic non-alcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") and is currently being studied in a Phase 2 paired biopsy NASH confirmed clinical study * Liver imaging results from the Phase 2 clinical study are expected mid-2020 with biopsy results expected in the fourth quarter of 2020/ first quarter of 2021. What is TLANDO XR? * It is a next-generation, novel ester prodrug of testosterone which uses the patent protected Lip'ral technology to enhance solubility and improve systemic absorption. * The Phase 2b clinical trial was a randomized, open label, two-period, multi-dose PK study. Results suggested that the primary objectives were met, including identifying the dose expected to be tested in the planned Phase 3 study. * the target Phase 3 dose met primary and secondary end points. TLANDO XR was well tolerated with no drug-related severe or serious adverse events reported in the Phase 2b study LPCN-1148 * It is an oral prodrug of a Bioidentical testosterone being developed for the treatment of NASH Cirrhosis. * NASH Cirrhosis is an end-stage non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) for which there is no FDA approved drug treatment. * approximately 1.3M NASH patients had cirrhosis (fibrosis grade 4). NASH cirrhosis patients typically experience increased morbidity and symptoms of hypogonadism such as alteration of hair distribution, anemia, sexual dysfunction, testicular atrophy, muscle wasting, fatigue, osteoporosis, and gynecomastia. * Their team is currently formulating plans to conduct a proof-of-concept study in male cirrhotic NASH subjects through consultations with the FDA and key opinion leaders to evaluate the therapeutic potential of LPCN 1148 for the treatment in cirrhotic NASH subjects LPCN-1107 * LPCN 1107 is an oral product candidate of 17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (HPC) under development for the indication of prevention of recurrent preterm birth. * has the potential to become the first oral HPC product for the prevention of preterm birth in women with a prior history of at least one preterm birth * Potential benefits of their oral product candidate relative to current injectable products include the elimination of pain and site reactions associated with weekly injections, elimination of weekly doctor visits or visits from the nurse, and elimination of interference/disruption of personal, family or professional activities associated with weekly visits. Lipocine Technology * Their proprietary Technology is Lip'ral: * Lip'ral is a patented technology based on lipidic compositions which form an optimal dispersed phase in the gastrointestinal environment for improved absorption of the insoluble drug * Lip'ral presents insoluble drugs efficiently to the intestinal absorption site, thus bringing the absorption process under formulation control and making the product robust to physiological variables such as dilution, pH and food effects * Link Recent Q1 Financials/Business Highlights * Lipocine reported a net loss of $5.8 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 * Research and development expenses were $2.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with $1.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 * As of March 31, 2020, Lipocine had $15.6 million of unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable investment securities compared to $14.1 million at December 31, 2019 * The Company had $5.0 million of restricted cash, which is required to be maintained as cash collateral under the SVB Loan and Security Agreement until TLANDO is approved by the FDA. * The Company believes that its existing capital resources will be sufficient to meet its projected operating requirements through at least February 15, 2021 * The FDA acknowledged receipt of resubmission and established August 28, 2020 as the target PDUFA goal date for TLANDO * Received FDA clearance on Investigational New Drug ("IND") application for Phase 2 clinical study with LPCN 1148 * Raised $6.0 million in gross proceeds in a registered direct offering of common stock and warrants in February 2020. * PR Newswire Risks/Negatives of the business * As shown on their recent 10-K/10-Q SEC Filings: * "We depend primarily on the success of our lead product candidate, TLANDO, for which we recently received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA and which may not receive regulatory approval or be successfully commercialized." * "If T-replacement therapies are found, or are perceived, to create health risks, our ability to sell TLANDO and TLANDO XR (LPCN 1111) could be materially adversely affected and our business could be harmed" * "We face substantial competition in the TRT market, which may result in others discovering, developing or commercializing products before or more successfully than we do" * "The entrance of generic T-gels into the market would likely create downward pricing pressure on all T-replacement therapies and therefore have a negative effect on our business and financial results." * "All of our clinical candidates will be subject to extensive regulation which can be costly and time consuming, cause delays or prevent approval of the products for commercialization" * "The successful commercialization of our product candidates and ability to generate significant revenue will depend on achieving market acceptance." * "Our future success depends on our ability to retain our chief executive officer and other key executives and to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel" * 10-Q * 10-K Events to positively impact Q1-Q4 of 2020 * On Feb 11th 2020, $LPCN Announced that it continues to vigorously defend its patent rights and maintains its allegations for patent infringement of four U.S. patents – U.S. patent nos. 9,034,858; 9,205,057; 9,480,690; and 9,757,390 – by Clarus's JATENZO product, which has yet to launch. * On Feb 24th 2020, $LPCN Announced the results of its Post Action meeting with the FDA regarding its New Drug Application for TLANDO. * Based on the Post Action meeting and written feedback, the FDA indicated Lipocine's approach to addressing the single remaining deficiency through the reanalysis of existing data in accordance with FDA feedback appears to be a reasonable path forward. The FDA requested that the information generated by the reanalysis be submitted as part of an NDA resubmission with a six-month Prescription Drug User Fee Act * On Feb 27th 2020, $LPCN Announced the closing of a registered direct offering of 10,084,034 Class A Units, each consisting of one share of its common stock and one half of a common warrant to purchase one share of its common stock, at a price of $0.595 per Class A Unit, for total gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $6 million * On March 4th 2020, $LPCN Announced that the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act ("PDUFA") goal date of August 28, 2020. * On April 9th 2020, $LPCN Announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has entered adverse judgment against Clarus. * As stated by $LPCN's CEO: "We are extremely pleased with the Federal Circuits's affirmation of the judgement of the PTAB canceling all the claims of the Clarus '428 Patent. This decision further validates the strength of Lipocine's patent portfolio" * On April 17th 2020, $LPCN Announced that the FDA denied the Citizen Petition filed by Clarus Therapeutics Inc. ("Clarus") on October 2, 2019. * Specifically, the FDA declined to issue product-specific guidance on oral T-ester drug products and denied without comment Clarus' request regarding how the FDA should review and make approval decisions on any pending or future oral T-ester products. * On May 5th 2020, $LPCN Announced that the FDA has accepted the Company's Investigational New Drug application ("IND") to initiate a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study to evaluate the therapeutic potential of LPCN 1148. * On May 13th 2020, $LPCN Announced positive results of a pre-clinical study of LPCN 1144. Very important upcoming dates * TLANDO: PDUFA date is set to be on August 28 2020 * LPCN-1144: LiFT Primary Endpoint Results is set to be on Q4 of 2020 * 2nd Quarter financials/Business Highlights are on August 5th 2020 Very important documents I suggest you read over as well as everything I have written * Corporate Presentation * 10-Q * 10-K * LCPN-1148 Presentation * LPCN-1144 Target Price/Forecasts * CNN money has set the TP at $3 with an analyst status set at "buy" * Yahoo Finance sets the TP at $3.67 * NASDAQ sets the TP at $3 * TipRanks sets the TP at $3 * The Wall Street Journal sets the TP at $3 Final Thoughts/Comments * As always, please extend my DD by reading more into all the documents I have attached here, especially the SEC Filings & the corporate Presentation * Now that I have that out of the way, I feel very confident that this company will definitely run up leading into the PDUFA date set on August 28 * Everything LPCN is doing, they're doing it right. Especially since announcing they are on the regulatory path for the TLANDO PDUFA. * If approved, like $LPCN have mentioned earlier, they have the potential to be market leaders in that sector as it will enter a $2Billion+ market. * Not only do they have TLANDO to look forward too, they have four other pipelines doing just as well in clinical trials, especially LCPN-1144 as it has data readouts in Q4 of 2020 Anyways, I hope this DD has been able to help you guys out in any way possible :) I really hope you guys enjoyed this DD, I will be posting more either tonight or tomorrow night. Hope you all have a great day today & I hope everyone here had a good weekend well spent with family, friend or even on your own if you prefer solidarity. Anyways, take care everyone. Hope you all have a good day! :)
2020.06.29 15:47 WallStreetBitchWKHS DD Thread - ALL ABOARD THE PONY EXPRESS!!! 🐴🦄🐴🦄🐴🦄🐴🦄
What is WKHS? What do they do?
Workhorse is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was founded in 1998, but didn’t take its current from until 2015. It manufactures electric delivery vans, intended to be used in city for last-mile delivery service. It’s a business-to-business play, not business-to-consumer. The company also owns a 10% stake in Lordstown Motors Corporation, which focuses more on consumer electric vehicles, and Lordstown revealed its electric pickup last week. That 10% stake alone could be worth $1B+ in the future. Details of the contract between WorkHorse and LordsTown are explained in their Q4 2019 ER. It was just added to Russell 3000 index today.
So it’s just all the electric cars hype bubble right?
Yes, and no. The hype in electric cars definitely helps with the stock price surge, and the recent addition of SHLL adds to that. But unlike NKLA, WKHS has been making and selling products for a while. It initially delivered vans to UPS back in 2015, and has been receiving orders and delivering vans since then. It currently has pending orders for 1000+ vans from UPS, with plan to deliver 300-400 vans in 2020. The recent surge in stock price was the run-up and result of its vans passing the federal safety tests. So the company actually has proven products, selling to customers in growing field of delivery as a byproduct of e-commerce boom. They also actually had positive earning for last quarter.
What about competition from TSLA, NKLA, and self-driving?
Unlike long-haul semi’s, last-mile delivery is the hardest to automate due to city driving and the need for dropping off package. They are also working on the one method that could somewhat automate the task, which is drone delivery. So WKHS is less vulnerable from competition of automation, because it will be the last part of the delivery process to be automated, and it’s working on its own automation solution.
Anyone else doing this?
Yeah, Rivian is also in the electric van business, and has an order from Amazon for 100,000 vans. It’s unfortunate that WKHS won’t be getting Amazon business, but Amazon going electric last-mile also proves the business model and advantage of all electric last-mile delivery.
Without Amazon, who else is WKHS going to sell to???
US-motherfucking-PS. USPS is looking to replace its aging fleet of mail trucks. There is a $6.3 billion contract up for grab, for 180,000 vans to be supplied over the span of 5 to 7 years. There are currently four teams bidding for the contract (Ford & Oshkosh, Karsan & Morgan Olsen, Mahindra, and Workhorse) and USPS has finished test driving their prototypes. USPS may award the contract to a single company, or split it up. Workhorse is one of the two teams offering full electric solution. With Amazon and UPS going full electric, USPS would be wise to go that way as well. Economically, full electric would make the most sense, but if politics comes into play, that may favor the traditional ICE’s offering by Ford. The bid deadline is July 14th, and result on who is/are winning the contract is expected in fall.
It has ran up so much. I missed the boat!
Well, maybe. WKHS is still under $1 billion in market cap. If it wins the $6.3 billion contract, it will easily be worth multi-billion right away. Rivian is valued at $5 to $7 billion with the Amazon contract under its belt, plus a consumer play. If Workhorse wins the full, or even partial USPS contract, the stock could easily be at $20.
What’s the play then?!?
I see two approaches. July and August calls for the current hype, and potential run up to July 14th, or Oct and Jan calls to hold through the USPS decision. Or shares would work too. The company has huge long term growth potential beyond the current hype.
So it’s free money? Tits up it cannot go?
Well, with the shorter term play, if you bought in at a run-up with high IV, you could get IV crushed, or the hype could die down for electric cars. The longer term play to hold through USPS decision could potentially be very profitable, but there is also risk of them not getting the contract. Personally I have July and August calls, but will add to Oct and Jan calls, and also looking to roll the July and August calls over to Oct and Jan. Investor Presentation Additional DD
Update 7/1/2020: BTIG upgraded the price target from $10 to $26.
Analyst Gregory Lewis at BTIG reiterated his buy rating on the electric van maker’s stock but boosted his price target to $26, which is 77% above current levels, from $10. Lewis said a key takeaway from a call he hosted with management on Tuesday was that the company has “first-mover” advantage, which was solidified when the Series C van received final regulatory safety approvals, giving the company a 1-to-2-year head start on other electric vehicle (EV) last-mile delivery competitors. He said this should allow the company to secure a revolving credit facility, which would allow it to scale up operations. Lewis said a major potential catalyst could be a $6 billion to $8 billion contract from the U.S. Postal Service, in which bids are due later this month, and an announcement of the winner is expected later this year. He said another bullish factor is the optionality around the company’s 10% equity stake in Lordstown Motors Corp., which unveiled its EV Endurance pickup truck last week.
Earning report will be on 8/10/2020 10 AM Eastern time. So any changes in position you'd like to do needs to be done tomorrow. I will reduce the number of my 8/21 calls if we get a good pop tomorrow. I personally don't expect ER to be a big factor in volatility, because whatever amount they may or may not earn will be small in comparison to the impact of the USPS contract, or whatever news and progress they may decide to report. So I expect IV crush on options to be less compare to a regular company. But that doesn't mean the stock can't fall if people aren't impressed with lack of new progress. They had positive earnings for the past two quarters. Income from Q4 2019 was mostly from technology licensing to Lordstown and (partial?) divestiture of their drone technology. Net income was $655k for Q4 2019. For Q1 of 2020, they had $13 million income from interest due to warrants and change in value in convertible note (due to stock price change). So even though they had positive earnings, not much was from actual sales ($84K in Q1 2020). I think they've delivered just a couple of vehicles so far, with bulk of the delivery of 300-400 goal for this year due in Q4. So I don't expect to see much income from sales for Q2 2020 either. The expected EPS for Q2 2020 is -0.11. Today on CNBC, the CEO mention that the USPS decision was originally outlined be about 90 days after the bid submission. So if all goes well, the decision shouldn't be later than the 10/16 option date. It could come sooner of course. Oh yeah, if they don't get the USPS contract, the stock will probably take a huge hit, so be warned about the risk.
USPS is not in a great financial shape. They'll probably get funding increase, unless Trump throws a fit about mail-in ballots and try to get in the way of that, but this may delay the decision on granting the contract or reduce size of the contract. It may be a good idea to reduce position size and roll options out to Jan 20201 and beyond. This doesn't change potential of WorkHorse as a company, but options right now priced in a potential vast increase in the stock price from winning the contract, so the IV and theta bleed of near term options may not be worth it anymore.
This article suggests that there isn't any interruption with the USPS project and it's being worked on. It may take longer than I initially thought, maybe up to October, for any resolution.
LordsTown Motors made appearance on both DNC and RNC. The RNC appearance was a whole short segment specifically on how Trump is creating jobs in LordsTown. Now WKHS isn't the same as LordsTown Motors, but they are also in Ohio, and if they were to get a big part of the USPS contract, they would likely contract out LordsTown for part of the production, since LordsTown has the larger plant. Initially I was afraid of Ford's political connections and maybe the current administration isn't EV friendly. But these recent events eased some of that worry, because it confirmed the theory that WKHS and LordsTown may even be politically favored, due to the spotlight on Ohio. If they're going to use the USPS contract as a political tool to "buy" Ohio, they would want to do it early enough so that it can affect people who vote early, so likely it wouldn't be dragged out to end of October. The October 16th options have a good chance. Jan ones would be the safest though.
Someone on Twitter looked into announcement dates on past USPS contracts. The ones they listed all were made public in September. I don't know what portion those are, compare to all past USPS contracts awarded, so it's not a sure thing. But it does suggest good chance of the decision being announced in September. September will be the end of fiscal year, and timing would work for political boost mentioned in the previous update. A good point he made is that the delay of the project last year was also announced in September, because they knew they couldn't accommodate it by end of 2019 fiscal year. There could also be another announcement of delay this September as well, and that would send the stock down. I'm hoping the administration will push it through in an attempt to win Ohio. Likely whether win, lose, or delay, we'll find out in September. I'm going to start buying up puts to cover my call losses as well, in case lose or delay happens. The upside on the calls is enough to justify a good amount of put insurance. There was a negative article about its drone today. The stock was trying to break out of a local wedge before the article came out. The drone program currently doesn't have too much weight in the company operations and valuation, but it was just another momentum breaker. The chart is in a big pennant since the initial July pop. I made good profit trading that bounce on the 24th where the local wedge met bottom of the pennant. I have a lot of 9/4 calls on top of my longer calls going into Monday, hoping for another bounce there, or maybe a small chance of the decision being announced at the start of September.
I got that bounce I was looking for from the news about partnering with Hitachi. This bounce took us out of the upper bound of the pennant, and it found support there during the day. It remains to be seen whether this bounce sticks.
We finally reached new ATH today after two months. There have been positive news scattered throughout the past week or so that I haven't been bothered to update the thread on. Oppenheimer began a coverage with buy rating with price target of $23, a couple of positive articles, and etc. No groundbreaking news yet. Today's big surge was partly due to NKLA's news of GM buying 10% (11%?) stake. It probably helps that we broke out from the big pennant and found solid support at the upper bound of pennant. People that have been watching on the side are stepping in to buy. Trading with the chart has been pretty successful for me. Of those past 3 reaction points circled in red, I've been able to get in with weekly calls and making a lot of profit on the bounce. I took a lot of profit around $22 today, then at $23, since I didn't expect that price to stick. It bounced pretty convincingly off the previous early Aug price of 20.66, even with the heavy general selling of the market. It has usually faded pretty hard after runs like this, so we'll see if the $20+ price holds.
There has been consistent insiders selling stocks in the past months. It could be that the value of the company has been so low for years that they’re taking this chance to reap some reward and don’t want to weather the risk of the contract decision. But it’s not a good visual. I will be limiting my exposure going forward.
We're still running, on hype alone.The recent breakout is in a giant rising wedge, and there would potentially be profit taking at $30, if we get there before USPS decision. More thoughts on the insiders selling. Other than Benjamin's 24% sale, others selling around single digit to low double digit percentage of their shares is probably understandable. They know the company isn't worth $3 billion currently, without the USPS contract, and they're millionaires on paper, so they're taking some money for their years of work to take care of their family. I think the % of shares they sold is quite acceptable, and I would have probably done the same in their position.
Profit taking did start at $30 as I mentioned in the last update. What I didn’t realize was that the TSLA battery day probably was a factor for the run in the past few days. After all, if there was battery breakthrough, that’s good for all EV. But seems like the battery day did not meet expectation. We had general EV sell off today after Elon Tweeted last night to temper expectations. Judging by TSLA’s drop AH, we’ll probably get more EV sell off tomorrow. During the day, it broke the previous resistance turned support of $28, and we broke out of the big rising wedge we’ve been in, so it’s pretty bearish. As bearish as the technicals are, a contract reward will rocket the stock back up regardless. I did pick up some calls at $27.5 that I’ll be down on tomorrow, as what I’ll hold through for rest of September for a potential decision, along with similar amount in puts. If there’s no announcement by end of month next week, there will be some serious selling, since many are expecting the decision to be made by end of September, the fiscal year.
2020.06.23 07:15 permalink_saveI've been struggling to keep up with the timeline of events with Texas' response to COVID-19, so I put together an objective outline of everything from Trumps' initial response in January to Abbott's latest briefing on how it's our fault
January 7 China announces severe respiratory disease is a variant of coronavirus January 20 United States announces first infection of novel coronavirus January 22 (1st case) "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It's going to be just fine." - Donald Trump https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/22/trump-on-coronavirus-from-china-we-have-it-totally-under-control.html January 30 (7 cases) WHO declares a global health emergency January 31 (8 cases) United States bars travel from China, declares a public health emergency February 10 (12 cases) "Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now. So — but a very good question." - Donald Trump https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-white-house-business-session-nations-governors/ February 18 (15 cases) S&P hits a record high of 3386.15, the day before it begins its first steep decline to Feb 28th February 24 (53 cases) "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!" https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1232058127740174339 February 26 (60 cases) "I want you to understand something that shocked me when I saw it that — and I spoke with Dr. Fauci on this, and I was really amazed, and I think most people are amazed to hear it: The flu, in our country, kills from 25,000 people to 69,000 people a year. That was shocking to me. And, so far, if you look at what we have with the 15 people and their recovery, one is — one is pretty sick but hopefully will recover, but the others are in great shape. But think of that: 25,000 to 69,000. ... "And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done," - Donald Trump https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-conference/ February 28 (63 cases) S&P stops its downward trajectory landing at 2954.12, hitting a small rise before plummeting again in March March 2 (100 cases) Though health officials have warned Americans to prepare for the spread of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., people shouldn’t wear face masks to prevent the spread of the infectious illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. surgeon general. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-cdc-says-americans-dont-have-to-wear-facemasks-because-of-coronavirus-2020-01-30 March 4 (217 cases) S&P has a slight rally then begins to plummit again March 11 (1,303 cases) World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 a 'Pandemic.' https://time.com/5791661/who-coronavirus-pandemic-declaration/ March 12 (1,630 cases) S&P drops 260.74 points (9.51%), DOW drops 10% largest single day drop since 1987's Black Monday https://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-market-news-live-march-12-013620137.html March 13 (2,184 cases) "To unleash the full power of the federal government in this effort, today I am officially declaring a national emergency. Two very big words. The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very importantly — very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease. In furtherance of the order, I’m urging every state to set up emergency operation centers effective immediately. You’re going to be hearing from some of the largest companies and greatest retailers and medical companies in the world. They’re standing right behind me and to the side of me."
2020.06.11 21:43 DestinyMarketing123ECOMMERCE SEO SERVICES
We turn digital audiences into dollars for your business and help you scale. https://preview.redd.it/opwnr2b02c451.jpg?width=957&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c7a25c14593918795f3c43180d0bd358bec95c44 Sid, the owner of an eCommerce store that sells baby products, found himself struggling with getting better ROI. He was frustrated because the cost of his ads is way higher than the number of sales and the net profit he gets after deducting the ad costs. However, Sid decided to subscribe to an eCommerce SEO services package that he found online, and a few months later, not only did he get 100% FREE organic traffic from Google and other platforms, he was also able to build brand trust and reputation. Now Sid is happy because he can generate massive profits, he doesn’t spend a dime on advertising and people are finding his products organically. His conversion rate is amazing, he doesn’t have to worry about getting traffic to his online store and he can sell it consistently, doubling his net income. Because Sid is now generating insane amounts of revenue from his eCommerce store with organic traffic, he is now able to hire an advertising agency to run ads for his products while keeping the cost low, helping him multiply his profits even more. Put simply, Sid is now able to scale his eCommerce business while keeping his costs low and profits exceptionally high. Isn’t this exactly what you want for your eCommerce business? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get FREE organic traffic to your online store and scale your eCommerce business? This is where our eCommerce SEO services company comes to the rescue. At Destiny Marketing Solutions, we have been helping eCommerce stores build their online presence, grow their traffic, and increase their profits using SEO. Our goal is to help you land your website on the first page of Google results for several different keywords, which will dramatically increase your traffic and ultimately lead to more sales and leads. We take pride in being one of the best eCommerce SEO agencies. Our SEO services for eCommerce are not limited to any specific industry. We have clients from various markets whom we offer our search engine optimization SEO work and digital marketing for their site. Contact us today to discuss the details of your project.
Rank Better, Maximize Revenue and Enhance the User’s Shopping Experience
https://youtu.be/7r5IPXFdRQY Our eCommerce SEO isn’t only about the traditional on-page and off-page stuff. We think way beyond that. We focus on every nitty-gritty aspect of your online eCommerce store. From web design to SEO factors, our integrated capabilities, unparalleled skill, and years of industry experience will not only help you rank better, but also achieve a better ROI. We will not work with you solely as a digital marketing company, but as a strategic partner that will help you improve your customer journey through analyzing the analytics and all key metrics, ensuring successful conversion.
Experience Our Industry-Leading eCommerce SEO Services
https://youtu.be/T1_dQBn2O6M We have been in the SEO business for the past several years and know it better than our competitors. Our SEO experience is backed with years of testing, trial and error, and proven methods. Now, we are so confident in our expertise that we have been able to deliver results time after time to each one of our clients. The reason you have landed on this page is that you searched for “eCommerce SEO services” and our company popped ahead of thousands of other companies. Growing your eCommerce business through search engine optimization will have a major positive impact on organic visibility and our SEO agency will ensure that you get the desired results you have been looking for. Our professional search engine optimization SEO agency fully understands the technicalities of search engine algorithms and we also have a solid track record of results and happy clients.
Industry Experts: Our eCommerce SEO agency has been at the forefront even before the industry was a thing. Whether you need to just optimize your existing eCommerce store or build a brand-new eCommerce site, we can help you. Give us the chance to apply our proven SEO methods and strategies to help scale your store.
Team of SEO Experts: We are one of those SEO companies that have a full team of SEO experts who have years of work experience and provide result-oriented eCommerce SEO. When you collaborate with us, we will have a dedicated team allotted solely to your eCommerce project. This includes web design experts, content writers, and SEO strategists who will deploy advanced techniques that will result in a positive return on your digital marketing investment.
Data-Driven Results: We don’t believe in having the same SEO strategy for every type of eCommerce site. Every business industry is different and so is the competition of that industry. Our SEO company keeps track of the latest SEO trends and we have a proven track record of what works and what doesn’t. We don’t make decisions based on guesswork. Our strategies are always backed by data-driven results.
Our eCommerce SEO Guarantees an Increase in Sales
https://youtu.be/dKQrhKQTJ7w Undoubtedly, SEO is one of the most effective ways to drive targeted traffic to your website. It not only boosts your visibility but also results in more revenue and growth. Our eCommerce SEO service and a team of experts will help you rank your website higher in Google results for your target keywords that bring in the right audience. We will not only help you rank for a couple of terms, but for multiple keywords and their variations, which will increase the chances of getting more qualified customers that will click on your products and increase your conversions and revenue. It is time that you work with us and grow your business. Our SEO firm has an amazing client retention rate, client recommendation score, and industry trustworthiness that has helped us grow significantly over the years. If you want to speak directly with an eCommerce SEO specialist, feel free to contact us today on our phone number.
An Inside Look into Our eCommerce SEO Services
https://youtu.be/pmnQRbuSJ-Q eCommerce SEO isn’t as simple as local SEO or affiliate SEO. It is pretty complex and multi-faceted. Here is a quick brief of what our SEO services for eCommerce include:
Google Search Console setup
Google Analytics setup
Custom eCommerce SEO strategy
Project management schedule
Content promotion and marketing on social media platforms
Product image optimization
Product SEO copywriting
Professional blog and article copywriting
Customized digital marketing strategy
Whenever you start an eCommerce site and are doing its marketing, one of the most important things to take care of is how to be found by the right type of customer. Platforms like Google, Bing, and Yahoo rely on matching words that users search for words that are present on your site. So, if your site has those words that the user is searching for, you will have more of a chance to be found on the first page. However, it is quite difficult to figure out the right type of words to add to your site and how to make room for all the different phrases. This is why, when you start an eCommerce search engine optimization process, it is crucial that you know the exact keywords, their variations, and other phrases to target. Let us dig deep into the details of our eCommerce SEO services and how they can help you rank higher in search engines!
Keyword Research and Identification
https://youtu.be/luPf0nL-wnw The first thing we do is identify the right set of keywords and phrases that you need to include in your content. We do this by using highly advanced keyword research tools along with asking your customers how they describe your products. We also work with you to find the keywords that you think are already successful. For example, if you are selling eco-friendly pet products, your target keywords will likely be along the lines of “eco-friendly cat products,” “eco-friendly dog toys,” and “eco-friendly pet products.” Similarly, keywords will also be determined by the unique features of your company. For instance, if you are focusing on the harmful products found in cat food, you may target the keyword phrase, “bad ingredients in cat food.” Although it may sound too simple, identifying the right type of keywords is a critical part of eCommerce SEO services as it helps to establish a strong SEO strategy for your business.
Once keyword research has been conducted, the next step is to implement those keywords on the website. And not just implement them, but place them in the right spots so they are well optimized both for the users and search engines. These keywords are used in different places on your eCommerce store like the homepage, page titles, meta descriptions, product descriptions, image alt text, and much more. This is an important part of our SEO strategy. If your site is not properly optimized for relevant keywords, it would become difficult for search engines and users to figure out whether or not your website is relevant to a particular search query.
Product Page Optimization
If you have a 50-page eCommerce site, optimizing the homepage alone would not help rank your inner product pages or blog pages. You have to optimize every single one of those pages to hit it hard. Moreover, optimizing your product pages is extremely important because they are more likely to rank for specific search phrases, otherwise known as long-tail keywords. For example, if your eCommerce site sells pet products and you have a fur comb for a dog, you are probably not going to optimize your website’s homepage for the long-tail keyword “fur comb for dogs,” rather you would be optimizing your category page or a specific product. So, to ensure that your product page gets a high ranking in search results, our eCommerce SEO experts will ensure that each of your product pages is fully optimized. Optimizing a product page includes creating a page title, a few paragraphs of keyword-rich copy, and adding relevant keyword variations to the page. Moreover, adding relevant product images and optimizing them is also important and benefits your online store. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing cannot read the images. They rely on the image’s filename, image alt text, and the nearby content to understand it. For users, product images provide them with an overview of the product, its size, color, and uses. On the other hand, search engines will get insights into the context of the product page. This is how our eCommerce SEO services will benefit you. We will conduct an in-depth analysis of every product page, make sure that your page is not missing out on any crucial SEO elements, and put forth a perfect optimized page that both users and search engines will love.
One of the most important aspects of eCommerce SEO is making your website user-friendly. Your online store must be easy to navigate for the users, especially if you offer a wide array of products. Our eCommerce SEO experts will ensure that every section on your eCommerce website has an appropriate section or categories and that there is a link to each top-level page from somewhere in the menu section. Your navigation should be easy to use and understand by the end-user. If it isn’t, then your site users will find it hard or confusing to even scroll through your website and will eventually bounce away from it. If your eCommerce store has a very high bounce rate, search engines will think that your site is not relevant for the search term that it is ranking for. This is why web design is an important feature of our eCommerce SEO. A great way to improve your eCommerce SEO is to use breadcrumb navigation. Breadcrumbs are basically small links that usually appear on top of the website’s menu, category, and product page.
Content development has always been a challenging task. But, it is also one of the best ways to improve your SEO score and attract more buyers to your eCommerce store. Content for eCommerce websites includes blogs, press releases, ebooks, articles, and much more. At our digital marketing agency, we have expert content writers and copywriters who will craft a content marketing strategy that serves two purposes: to feed search engines with more content to crawl for keywords and variations and to inform your potential customer that your business is trustworthy and knowledgeable about its industry.
Why An eCommerce Website Needs SEO
https://youtu.be/5XUMx3IG91I SEO, a.k.a. search engine optimization is all that any website needs, whether it be a local business website, an eCommerce website, or a random blog. For eCommerce websites, SEO has a great impact on sales and brand reputation. If you opt-out of doing proper SEO for your eCommerce site, it can never reach its full earning potential. No matter how brilliant of a web design you have, your eCommerce website will only be able to convert a small fraction of traffic from search engines. Whether or not it converts is another concern. SEO will help drive more traffic to your website, and more traffic means more sales. To make it a little more precise, more targeted traffic will bring in more sales and help you maintain or increase your rate of conversion. As an eCommerce business owner, you may already be running paid ads to drive traffic, but you will be missing out on a chunk of potential traffic without doing eCommerce SEO. Our eCommerce SEO company uses a precisely-targeted eCommerce SEO strategy that attracts the right type of potential customers who are interested in your products. So, if you are not doing SEO for your eCommerce business, you are certainly leaving a big chunk of sales on the table. Above all, with SEO, your eCommerce store will build its online reputation and authority among users and search engines, which is important. Although doing SEO does take a while, it surely pays off in the long-run.
eCommerce SEO is Our Passion
https://youtu.be/2jSQesZB0FE The majority of SEO campaigns are often capped by geographic region, market size, and the size of the company itself. For instance, when we do SEO for a local business owner, a dentist, for example, our SEO campaign will be limited to that particular geographic location. However, with eCommerce, there is no limit. Your audience could come from anywhere and make a purchase.
eCommerce SEO Can Change a Small Business Owners’ Life
If you are a small business owner, eCommerce SEO can certainly change your life. We want to help small business owners accomplish their sales and revenue goals.
eCommerce Revenue Can Be Easily Tracked
When you spend a monthly retainer on our eCommerce SEO services, you will notice a significant growth in your overall revenue. Our aim is to help you generate at least 10 times the average return on eCommerce SEO services that you paid for. So, if you pay us a dollar, we will help you make $10 by the end of our SEO campaign. Ready to put your online store sales on steroids with our SEO services? Schedule a free SEO consultation today by calling us and we will answer any questions you may have.
What Makes Our eCommerce SEO Unique?
https://youtu.be/KEERrMZvdiA nlike other individual SEO consultants or SEO agencies, Destiny Marketing Solutions is unique. While we offer eCommerce SEO packages, we are also a full-service digital marketing company and have been in the industry for well over a decade now. We have eCommerce clients and business owners who have been with us for years. This is only because we helped them achieve what they wanted and developed a strong work relationship with them by delivering outstanding results every year. This is what makes our digital marketing agency’s eCommerce SEO unique:
Years of Experience
We were studying and doing SEO even before our current competitors knew what SEO was. Our decade’s worth of experience combined with our unparalleled expertise and SEO team will instantly put you ahead in your industry. Our agency stays up-to-date with the latest search engine algorithms and SEO techniques that will help you rank better, see better results, and experience increased revenue like never before.
Advanced SEO Tools and Software
To be the best, you have to have the best tools and resources. We take pride in having access to some of the most advanced SEO tools and software, which helps us dig deep into the technicalities of advanced eCommerce SEO and deliver our clients with guaranteed data-driven results.
Our company is better able to gain insight into your eCommerce store, which allows us to improve its overall performance and make it stand out from its competitors.
Full Team of eCommerce SEO Experts
As we mentioned, we are a full-service digital marketing agency and we work professionally. We have a full team of SEO experts who have at least five years of work experience each and are always ready to help you grow your business. Best of all, we put together a dedicated team of SEO experts for each project. They then demonstrate their passion, creativity, and dedication to take it to the next level.
A very unique trait of our company is its transparency and our clients love us for that. We are so transparent that we give our clients access to our dashboard so they can easily track the progress of their SEO campaigns. Moreover, we provide 100% authentic and transparent monthly reports and are always ready to answer any questions at any point during the campaign. This is what makes our company stand out from others.
We never rely on any cookie-cutter templates for doing SEO. Our agency believes that each client has its own requirements and industry and each industry has its own demands. This is why we always focus on customized strategies and techniques that allow us to effectively boost your store’s online presence.
Our experts will spend time learning about your business, industry, and product line-up. We also partner you up with a dedicated manager who will collaborate with you to learn about your business and industry. Once that is done, we will put together a solid eCommerce SEO strategy that will give you a competitive advantage right off the bat.
Our agency is all about performance-driven strategies. We have generated millions in revenue for our eCommerce SEO clients and we hope to do the same for your business. Whether it be growing your product line, improving brand reputation, expanding your service area or anything else, we are ready to help you.
Our eCommerce SEO services will help to improve your online visibility in search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Boosting your online visibility is usually the first step towards making it easier for end consumers to find your website and products. Rather than you appearing on page two of search results, your website will show up on page one, which will help drive more targeted traffic leading to more conversions. On the contrary, if you ignore SEO, your business will suffer from lower search result ranking, extremely low conversions, and less revenue. Unless you are driving laser targeted traffic to your website, forget about making any sales. Eventually, your business will bring in very little profit and would not be sustainable. Destiny Marketing Solution promises an effective eCommerce SEO strategy that will maximize your search visibility and boost your profits. Our team will spend extra time learning about your business and industry and the target audience and then craft the perfect strategy that guarantees maximum results in the least amount of time.
Easily Find High-Ticket Customers
You may have some high-end products in your online store that your average consumer isn’t buying or cannot afford. So, how will you find the right customer for those products? Which terms should you rank for so that you land a high-ticket customer on that specific product page? This is where our eCommerce SEO services come into play. We know how to optimize your store so that it is visible to almost every type of consumer. Whether they want to buy a $100 product or a $1000 product, we will help you place your eCommerce store in front of the right type of buyer.
Optimization of Your Entire Product Line
When we SEO optimize your eCommerce store, it will optimize your entire product line. If you have an expansive product line, it is important that your target audience finds your goods when they search online. Our eCommerce SEO strategy will help optimize every single one of your products. Our strong on-page optimization techniques are one of the best to enhance your search results. We also make sure we provide the best SEO content to our clients and distribute that content on various social media platforms. So, if someone searches for “memory foam cat bed,” they will not only find your website but also your products. )
Compete Against Your Competitors
If you are not doing SEO for your online store, forget about beating your competitors even 10 years from now. No matter how amazing your website looks or how attractive its web design is, without a solid SEO marketing strategy in place, you will never be able to outrank your competitors. This is what makes us stand out from other SEO companies. We also analyze your competitor's SEO work, on-page optimization, and content strategy to boost your rankings. Our eCommerce SEO agency will help you outrank your competitors every single time and for every search phrase that you're going after. When you work with us, we will develop a customized strategy that instantly places your business on the front line.
Paying a monthly retainer for our SEO services right now may not seem pleasant to you, but a few months from now, you will be thanking us. Moreover, you will have a close rate of almost 15% of all the leads that come through SEO. This is the bare minimum. Also, SEO is an ongoing process and not an overnight ride. But one thing is for sure, it works and guarantees long-term sustainable results. This is perhaps one of the many reasons as to why digital marketing is becoming a more trusted choice for eCommerce stores nowadays. When you decide to work with our agency, you will notice the steady growth of your online store over time. Our goal is to help your company achieve its long-term goals, and we know that our SEO services can help you.
The Cost-Effective Way to Market
Do you know that traditional marketing strategies only have a 1.5% closing rate on average? They also happen to be extremely expensive. On the other hand, search engine optimization is an extremely cost-effective way of marketing as it focuses on the keywords that your target audience is using. All you need to do is optimize your website for those keywords and watch the results roll in. You could be saving hundreds and thousands of dollars that you are currently spending on expensive traditional marketing strategies and using them to grow and expand your online store. You can use SEO PPC advertising or email marketing to increase your overall sales and revenue. This is what makes us stand out from other SEO companies.
Useful Facts About eCommerce Stores
https://youtu.be/zu36Y9fyM7I If you have recently started a new eCommerce business or have been doing it for a while, here are some amazing facts about eCommerce that you may not know:
The eCommerce industry is currently growing at a pace of 23% per year and roughly 67% of Millennials prefer to buy online than in a store;
About 80% of Americans have purchased something online during the past month and 51% prefer to shop online; and
59% of Baby Boomers have made at least one purchase online during this year.
Above all, a whopping 43% of all online retail sales go through Amazon and 46% of American small businesses do not have a website. Simply put, you have already taken the first step to be ahead of the competition, all you need to do now is optimize your website and make it stand out from your online competitors.
We Want to Be Your Long-Term Strategic Partners
We don’t just want to sell you another SEO package. Rather, we want to be your long-term eCommerce SEO agency that helps you consistently grow your business every year. We have a very efficient SEO reporting platform and you will have access to it to view monthly SEO reports that highlight tasks completed, upcoming tasks, statistics, progress reports, and much more. Moreover, you will be able to see which one of our team members completed each task. Simply put, we will not leave you in the dark to wonder what’s happening with your SEO campaign and what’s going to happen in the future. The custom monthly reports will give you meaningful insight into the KPI metrics, organic search traffic, audience behavior, conversion, and many other factors that play an important part in improving your overall SEO. We will make sure that we separate organic revenue from your SEO PPC campaigns and we can even customize your reports as you like. Best of all, you will have 24/7 access to our amazing customer support. No matter what type of questions you have, our SEO team is always available to answer your calls or emails. We also schedule monthly calls with all of our clients to walk them through a quick review of the campaign’s progress and assure them that everything is going smoothly. Because we provide you with step-by-step business goals and how we intend to achieve them to help your business grow, you will feel confident and optimistic about your eCommerce SEO campaign. By the end of each month, we will review our goals and whether or not they have been achieved. This way, we stay on the same page as our clients and make sure that they are successful.
We Don’t Brag, We Deliver
Destiny Marketing Solutions puts together customized strategies that meet the unique needs of each client. We believe in delivering proven results rather than bragging about our success stories. Your success is our success. Our team of SEO experts will determine what exactly it will take to achieve your goals. Once we have crafted a high-level strategy, we will break it down into small processes and start implementing it. We promise that we will help you grow your eCommerce business in terms of sales, conversions, revenue, profits, and brand authority.
What is eCommerce SEO?
eCommerce search engine optimization refers to SEO for eCommerce websites. As compared to the traditional SEO techniques used for local businesses or affiliate websites and blogs, eCommerce SEO differs in the strategies and techniques that are used. It helps to improve the website’s ranking in the search results of search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
Why is SEO important?
In the past, not ranking for your most important keywords was considered OK. Now, it is a marketing must for every website, especially eCommerce stores as their conversions and revenue rely heavily on it. Think of your website as an interactive multimedia advertisement for your business. You cannot expect this advertisement to be effective unless you put it in front of the right audience. By doing SEO of your website, it becomes easy for the users to find your site and see what your business is about and what it offers.
How much do eCommerce SEO services cost?
The price of eCommerce SEO varies and depends on the agency and its plans. However, when you work with Destiny Marketing Solutions, you can expect these services to vary depending on the size of your eCommerce business. We also have customized plans for larger online stores.
How long does it take to see results?
There are several different factors that explain the time it takes to notice any significant results. For instance, the competitiveness of the industry you are in, your website’s age, where you currently rank, how strong your existing SEO profile is, whether you have been hit by a Google penalty in the past or recently, and your brand’s authority all affect how quickly you will see results. Also, the fact is that the majority of people never scroll past page two, meaning that even if you rank on page three for your main keywords, you cannot see any significant increase in your traffic until you hit page one. We mostly give a time frame of three to six months to our clients for seeing increased rankings and traffic.
Which online stores can use our eCommerce SEO marketing services?
Almost any type of online store can benefit from eCommerce SEO. At Destiny Marketing Solutions, we have been doing eCommerce SEO for the past several years and we have helped several brands from different industries reach page one of Google. We have worked with clients who use Magento, Shopify, Wix, Weebly, BigCommerce, Squarespace, Miva, WooCommerce, 3dcart, and Volusion.
Are there any guarantees?
While we promise our clients that we will take every possible step to deliver results, we believe that any SEO company that promises you guarantees for rankings is probably shady. Why? Google algorithms change frequently throughout the year, and unless we optimize your website as per those algo changes, you cannot see any improvements in your search rankings. However, we do provide a commitment to quality work, plus we have a solid track record of helping our eCommerce clients achieve measurable results.
What is the benefit of SEO for eCommerce stores compared to paid ads?
You might be wondering why not simply use paid ads and start driving traffic to your website? But, what about testing, lowering your ad cost so you are profitable, hiring an ads manager, setting a budget for your ads, and scaling your business? With SEO, you will be able to tap into the best source of traffic, which is absolutely free and highly-targeted.
What if your website has been penalized by Google?
Don’t worry! We have a solid experience in recovering websites from search engine penalties. Although it takes a bit longer to deliver results, as a lot of time is spent recovering the penalized website, especially if it is an eCommerce one, we will surely get you out of the hole and get you to page one.
What happens once you are ready to start working with us?
Once you have discussed the details of your projects on the FREE strategy call with us, the first step would be to estimate the monthly retainer for your campaign. This is based on the information you provide us with. We usually get back to you on this the same day to gather more details from you. We will then work with you to map out your long-term goals and match up the deliverables to help you get there.
What ROI can I expect?
Our goal is to help your eCommerce website get more target organic search traffic from search engines. Once the traffic increases, you will notice an immediate boost in your conversions. And, as we scale and grow your traffic every month, your ROI will keep on increasing.
Let Us Help You Increase Your Traffic, Sales, Revenue, and Conversions
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2020.06.11 16:52 tslatothemoonVideo games are the future. ATVI DD inside.
What's up fuckers. TSLA fuckboy here writing a post about video games. Go figure. I posted the link about Daddy Elon and legalizing weed last weekend, and got fuckingtemporarily banned for it because I flaired it with DD. It definitely wasn't DD. Learn from my mistake and don't fuck around with flairs or the mods. In my defense, I have ADHD, was high af, and am likely retarded. I served my sentence, and am here to try to redeem myself with some real DD on Activison-Blizzard (ATVI). I actually wrote this a few days ago when ATVI was $68 (proof attached), but couldn't post it until now. That's ok though, I committed a sin and you all have to pay the price by getting this DD 4 days late (love you mods). Don't fret though (like the market this morning wtf), there is still time for tendies. I'm long ATVI. They are going to steadily rise for the next 5-10 years. In the paragraphs below, you'll learn why. To be fair, I bought puts on BYND when it was trading at $70 in April, so, I'm pretty fucking smart. Do your due diligence (or fucking don’t, whatever). Obligatory this is not financial advice. Pictures, positions and TL;DR at the bottom for those of you that don’t know how to read (and let’s be honest, most of you don’t know how to read. Most of you need crayons to eat while you look at pictures. Lookin at you 220p SPY bag holders lmao.) That or you have the attention span of the stock market in March. Either way, enjoy!
You know that saying, the one that rich-fucks who inherited a bunch of money from their crazy aunt (they've never even met this Aunt obviously) say, “You gotta make your money work for you or you'll never be rich!” Yeah, well fuck those people. I got one better. I make ogres and trolls and wizards and guns (oh my) do the work for me, and it turns out they work really fucking hard, 24/7/365. Activison-Blizzard is one of the biggest powerhouses of the video game industry and I think they have a tremendous opportunity for growth in the long term. They are also recession/virus/pandemic/protest proof. And in reality, most of these things actually make ATVI more attractive. Can’t go outside because there's a fucking curfew (we have to be in a simulation), or your downtown is literally on fire from a protest and there’s a deadly virus just hanging out on every corner trying to murder your grandma? Cool. You don’t give a fuck because you’re sitting in your Lovesac (just fucking don't), playing COD while eating your BYND meat fake burger with a non-gmo, organic, gluten-free lettuce wrap with a 42oz Monster at 3 am. Why face reality when video games are so much more fun, AND you don't have to put on pants. Also, the gov is literally handing out money to people on unemployment. Put on your thinking cap and think really fucking hard for a second. Really hard. Do you think there's a correlation between people that are unemployed (and getting insane unemployment payments + stimulus + more stimulus at the end of July and are basically being ENCOURAGED TO STAY HOME), and the likelihood of that person playing video games? Hmm. FUCKING MAYBE. Earnings - They make lots of money lol They have crushedrecent earnings (and most other earnings), and they have really fucking solid financials. Boatloads of cash on hand and relatively low debt. They have rock-solid management that has been there for years, and they are devoted to the company. Here's some great info on how they make money. Also, most importantly,u/fuzzyblankeet said "they are a great company" (proof attached) and that guy doesn't fuck around. Current and upcoming games
COD - (literally prints fucking money every single release) and the new free-to-play Warzone mode has been insane, taking tons of market share from Fortnite and PUBG. They also have gotten tremendous traction with their COD Mobile game. They will also obviously announce a new COD for the next-gen consoles coming from Microsoft and Sony, Holiday 2020. This holiday season will unquestionably be the most gigantic video game fiesta the world has ever seen, and COD will be the Fucking King. Mark my words.
Overwatch 2 - No date announced yet, but you can bet your allowance (that your wife's boyfriend gives you) that they're gonna try and get it out during the Holiday season. I bet it sells 45-55 million copies, on top of all the micro-transactions, similar to its predecessor).
Diablo 4 and Diablo Immortal - Diablo's fan base are addicts. Blizzard killed it with Diablo 3, and many people expect these 2 new games to be even more epic. One of them being a console game similar to Diablo 3 (for next-gen consoles obviously), and the other being a free-to-play (micro.fucking.transaction'$) game made for iPhone/Android (lol losers). Much smaller fan base than COD/Overwatch, but still, 10's of millions is pretty massive.
WoW - Not what it used to be, but still has a large player base of millions. They are releasing another new expansion this year and the revitalization of its classic Wow has been a hit.
Hearthstone - More than 100 million people have played the game as of 2018 (most recent data I could find). I'd guess that with their new Battlegrounds Mode, in addition to multiple yearly expansions, this game will continue pulling in significant revenue for years to come, especially if they find ways to invent new game modes that bring old players back.
Starcraft - Although this area of the business doesn't make them much money right now, I think it's safe to say that the Starcraft Universe still carries a lot of weight in a lot of gamers' minds. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a Starcraft 4 or some mobile variation of it in the next 3 years, and I think that it would do excellent.
Hero's of the Storm - The game is still played, but is definitely one of the smallest revenue generators for them.
Revitalizing Spyro and Crash Bandicoot - Although there is no real news on theses getting re-vamped, ATVI thinks of them as a flagship brand. I bet they sell a shit load of copies each on console if they go that route, especially the Nintendo Switch (which happens to be in the hands of 55 million people).
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster - Yeah, they are remastering this shit. You remember how badass these games were back in the day. Set to release Sept, 2020. I actually think this might be a surprise revenue generator. It'll sell 25-35 million copies.
King Digital Entertainment -ATVI bought them for around 6 billion a few years back, and it's pretty clear that this was a wise purchase. Their suite of current games and upcoming games/expansions should continue to print money and at a good margin. They are a dominat player in the mobile space, and could leverage those users to try other games from ATVI (Diablo Immortal)
Tv show - Pretty strong rumors that Blizzard is working on a few TV shows based on their Diablo and Overwatch worlds. Animated TV shows are growing in popularity, even for adults. Both of these shows will attract ALL blizzard fans (100's of millions around the world), and lots of new people too, as I'm sure they'll make it easy enough to digest for someone who doesn't know the game/universes already. This could also bring brand new people into the Blizziverse. And I'm sure Netflix/HBO Max/Apple TV would be happy to pay a pretty penny for rights to it.
E-Sports - The Future of 'sports' entertainment
E-Sports will largely replace real sports in our lifetime, and we’re just now really getting started. Disagree? Great, I don’t give a fuck. Go ask any 10 year-old this question. “Hey little Johnny-Sue. Would you like to watch some sweaty dudes smash into each other for 3 hours, or would you rather watch your favorite team play in their respective competitive E-Sport league on Twitch?” 9/10 times, Lil-fuckin-Johnny-Sue gonna pick video games, and that's a fact. Teams and Orgs Esports are also BOOMING in colleges, with lots of colleges offering significant scholarships to come play video games for their school. Let me help you draw a mental picture. Concentrate. Remember Lil-Fucking-Johnny-Sue from above? If he/she gets good enough at whatever game he/she is playing, they could get a full-ride scholarship to college, and then possibly get a job afterwards as a professional Esports athlete (and make more money then a CPA makes their first few years of working). THEN, when he/she gets too fucking old and slow to play the game (25-30 years old typically) they can become an analyst, caster, coach, manager, scout, etc etc. Maybe they become the next N0tail (highest paid Esports athlete to date) and make a cool 6.8 million a year. Imagine making 6 figures a year to play fucking video games and rekt n00bs on stage. Fuck I want that life so bad. There are literally stadiums being filled with fans to watch people play video games, while another 100 million people watch from home. Esports organizations are becoming bigger and bigger. TSM is a major Esports organization in the US and they are building a $50 million facility in LA. More words on other organizations to help put things into perspective. While these facilities are clearly impressive, this is nothing compared to major sports facilities. Here's my point. Is it reasonable to assume that these facilities/teams/Esports stadiums/orgs will continue to get bigger? And if they get bigger, they will demand more attention from celebrities/rich folk because they want to get in on the action. As a result, the salaries of players/managers/staff/coaches/analysts will continue to go up and there will be more and more opportunities for jobs in this field. This then causes more young people to be more interested in video games, because not only are they fun af (and insanely addictive), but you could play pro someday! Schools/colleges will continue to develop competitive Esports teams because A: You better fucking believe that there are lots of kids out there that care about this and B: The school knows that it could lead to jobs (more like a dream job, but still something that's reasonable to consider if you are really good at a video game). Still disagree? More words for you to look at and not understand. Blizzard Esports Revenue There are competitive (money generating) Esports leagues for 7 different ATVI games. (Overwatch, Hearthstone, WoW, COD, COD Warzone, COD Mobile, Starcraft). Here are some thoughts from Pete Vlastelica (head of E-Sports at Blizzard). E-Sports will be 10x in 10 years. Bet your bottom dollar on it.
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