I love Groupon, I love coupons, and now I have to say that I’m also a huge fan of Groupon Coupons.
Today I have some incredible deals to show you guys, in fact there are so many that I can’t even list them all here. No longer will you need to wait for coupons in the mail, walk yourself into the store and use your coupons.
Instead, you can choose from more than 70,000 different Groupon Coupons across 9,000 different stores, including the following:
- Old Navy
- New Balance
- Vitamin World
- Charlotte Russe
- Stride Rite
- Ann Taylor
- Under Armour
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Papa Johns
- Urban Outfitters
- Bath & Body Works
- Toys R Us
You can even use your coupons at places like Costco and Walgreens- meaning when you’re stocking up on everyday items you’ll be saving money like a champ.
These coupons make life a lot easier for all of us. Instead of having to pack up the kids, find a parking spot, go into the mall, find what you need, stand in line, and go home, you can wait until the kids are occupied (or asleep) and get all of your shopping done at home.
I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible for leaving things to the last minute. When it comes to the kids birthdays and holiday season, I always find myself being ‘that person’- you know, the one who rushes down to the mall at the last minute, feeling completely stressed and likely to forget one of the key things I need anyway.
Shopping online has changed my life. You can even use these coupons on your mobile phone, which means when you’re watching soccer games, standing in line for coffee, or waiting for the kid’s dance classes to finish, you can be getting things done at the same time.
This will be especially necessary over the next few months, as we all get ready for the busiest season of the year. Halloween is just around the corner, which means you’ll need to stock up on candy and find costumes for the kids, and then Thanksgiving isn’t far away, meaning huge shopping lists and time spent with family (which means you’ll need to stock up on wine), and then Christmas and New Years will follow not long after that.
The thought of the holiday season can be exhausting, but you can save both time and money by getting things done online. You can have groceries delivered, find the perfect gifts for family and friends, and they’ll all just appear at your door like magic.
You’ll be feeling pretty smug this year when your friends are complaining about the crowds at the malls and you’re doing all of your shopping in front of the TV. But be sure to let them know that if they want to save money and spend more time relaxing, Groupon Coupons are the way to go.
Making mistakes as a Contracts For Difference trader can be very costly regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced. Although there is no golden set of rules of becoming a successful CFD trader, you can take your trading to the next notch by avoiding some obvious mistakes. This post outlines the five common mistakes everyone makes with CFDs so that you don’t make the same errors with your money.
Trading without a strategy
According to various studies, about 80 to 90 percent of traders fail, with the lack of a trading plan being one of the primary reasons. Failure to create a trading strategy is the same as planning to fail. No standard trading plan suits everyone because every trader is unique, but various practices can give you a better chance of making more profits. For example, your plan should include things like money management techniques, risk management, entry and exit strategy as well as the exchange and instruments to use while trading.
With these in place, you will have a well-defined structure and set of guidelines for your trading activities. Having a plan is however just the first step because you need to follow it to the letter without deviating. You, therefore, have to avoid various urges, including euphoria, despair, greed or fear so that you stick to your plan.
Risking too much
Some traders fail to use stop losses and end up placing too much of their money in a single trade. Others become over confident because it worked for them once thinking that it is a cheap way to make easy money. But in essence, they find themselves risking a lot and making relatively little.
Some of the common reasons that make traders behave this way include lacking a good plan, indiscipline when following their trading strategy or receiving a euphoric high. What you should know is that earning on the stock market, especially in the CFDs is all about maximizing gains for the lowest possible risk. In fact, you should aim for a profit potential twice the size of the risk you put on a trade, a strategy known as 1:2 risk to reward ratio.
Emotional and psychological mistake
A lot of traders develop the mindset that they will get every trade right, which is a perilous mistake. Your decisions should be based on facts, historical trends, and fundamentals rather than emotions. Trading in the CFDs requires you to know how to overcome your feelings because losing could easily cause emotional distress. You need to stay put when there are no available deals, make appropriate and quick decisions when a trade presents itself and learn to walk away when it soars.
Over-trading is also a major mistake that traders who don’t follow the right techniques make. You should not have trades that you can’t maintain at any one time. Leveraging all the equity at your disposal only complicates things rather than making them better. To help you avoid over-trading, you need to know how long to stay in a trade, how much to risk and understand the kind of markets you want to deal with. If you are a short-term trader, then you will have to place several trades within a day. But for the medium and long-term trading, your trades should be fewer. For the markets that you can trade in, you need to look for a reliable site, such as the CMC Markets so that you learn everything you need and get the assistance you require.
Once you understand the markets and how they operate, try to stick with the ones you feel comfortable with. Also, start small instead of beginning with big trades. You can always increase your stake size once you learn more about the CFDs trading.
Allowing losses to run
Most traders, including the professional ones, don’t know exactly where to put a stop when their strategies start to backfire. Letting losses run is essentially when you are in a losing trade that continues to go against you hoping that it will turn around. Focus on cutting your losses early by following your trading plan (which should entail a risk management strategy). If the trade doesn’t go as you expected, exit as soon as possible so that you minimize losses.
Before you even begin trading Contracts For Difference, always ensure that you are familiar with all aspects of the product, learn the markets you will be trading in and avoid the above five mistakes. That way, your journey to becoming successful will be undoubtedly smooth.
If you want to attract lots of visitors to hiking trails, a website is one of your best tools. A good website made for this purpose will tell people where the hiking trails are, describe the hikes in detail and list any other relevant information.
Purpose of Website for Hiking Trails
There are many possible reasons to build a website about hiking trails.
- A hotel, bed & breakfast or AirBNB can highlight hiking trails to attract visitors.
- Government agencies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to nature can use a website to educate people about hiking trails in a certain area.
- Someone organizing a MeetUp group for hikes can refer members to the site.
- If you have a travel website, you may want to build a separate site to describe hiking trails in the area you’re covering.
Now let’s take a look at the steps necessary to create a new website.
Choose Your Platform
When building a website, you first have to decide what approach you’re going to take. If you don’t want to get involved in programming the site yourself, you have several choices. You can hire a web designer. While this is always a viable option, it’s not really necessary. It’s not that difficult to create a high quality website made for a simple purpose, such as educating people about hiking trails.
You first need web hosting and a domain. Shared web hosting can be found for around $5 per month. Choose a domain, which will be the URL of your website, that describes the area or hiking trail on which you’ll be focusing. The site should have a name that’s easy to remember, such as XYXhikingtrails.com.
You have the option of using the website builder supplied by your web host. This will give you a choice of templates and layouts and allow you to build your site using a point-and-click system. For a hiking site, you’ll want to substitute any stock photos with photos of the actual location.
Another option is to use WordPress. You can easily install WordPress in a few clicks by following the instructions supplied by your web host. WordPress is a good option in that it’s beginner-friendly but also lets you add many advanced features. For example, you can add plugins to make the site more secure and SEO-friendly or to add functions such as galleries, membership sites, online stores and much more.
Once you’ve set up the website, you can start adding content. Don’t get overwhelmed by this task. You can start with a few pages and add more later on.
Organizing Your Site
A website dedicated to hiking trails must be informative and well organized. It should contain a good balance of images and text. The size and style of the site depend on how much information you need to share. For example, do you have to describe a large number of hiking trails or only a few? Here are a few points to keep in mind.
- Post plenty of photos, especially of scenic spots and key features of the trails.
- Creating a separate page for each hiking trail makes it easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for.
- Be sure to include practical information about the hiking trails. This includes level of difficulty and any landmarks hikers will pass. If the trails are only open certain hours, mention this. If the trails are hazardous or closed during certain times of year, let people know this as well. Be sure to mention rules about dogs. Some trails prohibit all pets while others permit dogs as long as they’re leashed.
- Describe any other activities available along the trails. This may include biking, camping, fishing or boating. List any amenities such as picnic areas or restrooms that are available for hikers.
- Mention basic hiking facts for beginners. This includes how to dress, what to bring and to avoid straying from trails. If you don’t want to write up such information, you could always link to another informative site.
- Provide clear directions to the hiking trails. You can use a tool such as Google Maps for this. For each trail, you should have information about parking, nearby landmarks and proximity to highways, airports and public transportation.
Let the World Know About Your Website
Once you create a new website, make sure that your audience can find it. You might send a link to other websites that could benefit from this information. For example, if you’re describing hiking trails in a certain area, a large hotel or resort nearby might want to publish your link on their own site. This will help you get traffic. You might offer to exchange links with non-competitive enterprises for mutual benefit.
You could also write about your website in relevant groups or forums dedicated to hiking or travel. If you want to make your site more popular, you could add features such as a blog or forum where people can share ideas and experiences about hiking and related topics. Post links to your site on Facebook and other social media sites.
A website dedicated to hiking trails can be useful for people who are looking for fun and challenging places to hike. Building a website is not difficult if you do it in a step-by-step manner.
Available to you, for as cheap as London’s ‘narrowest house’ (a measly 99 inches wide), is a remote island situated along Scotland’s west coast. A recent £100,000 cut from the asking price takes the island to a more affordable £450,000. The island boasts a contemporary house, exclusive beaches and picturesque landscapes.
Located nearby is Sir Paul McCartney’s Scottish manor, the spacious 19 acre island was initially put up for sale in summer 2015 for £550,000 – a real bargain, bearing in mind the seclusion, beautiful scenery as well as a famous musician as your neighbour. Although, after receiving minimal attention in the previous six months, the price of the island has been lowered by £100,000.
The island possesses a rural and endearing accommodation with a stunning surrounding panorama and ocean views – what’s not to like? It seems the most appealing feature of the island is the plot of land itself, a romantic walk starting at the private beach next to the lagoon ensures you follow the outskirts of the island – at points seeing all the way to Jura, and Northern Ireland. This island is on the market as ‘the best answer for those looking for an island on a smaller budget’ whilst suggesting to be ‘affordable for island dreamers’ at a reasonable price.
This exclusive property is a contemporary design with a twist, inside wooden beams and a panelled interior gives the house a cosy feeling. All bedrooms have their own en suites and better still all rooms have unbelievable scenic views thanks to the unique architecture.
Wait, there’s more! For those who enjoy wildlife and animals, it is rumoured that seals bask on the southern rocks of the island, otters live on the coastline and dolphins are spotted convoying local fishermen who catch lobsters.
If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life this potentially is not the right choice for you. To reach Scotland from the island the only mode of transport is via a private boat to Gigha, a neighbouring island with a minute population of 110 people, before a ferry trip to the mainland which with bad weather can take up to two hours… Unless the investor has a private helicopter.
For a similar cost as this island, in Edinburgh’s glamorous Merchiston you could perhaps afford a three bedroom apartment. Or maybe a dubious flat in London. Be that as it may, if the rustic lifestyle is your cup of tea, this seems a flawless piece of property. Find more on the UK’s leading online estate agent.
The coming of the Internet has opened limitless possibilities for people to explore their passions while making a living at the same time. While running a travel agency, we need to advertise our services beyond our physical borders. We need to appeal to potential clients to sample and enjoy our services and at the same time inform our customers on our new services. With high traffic on our website, we can generate income in two ways; revenue from customers enjoying your services and advertisements on your site. In this article, we outline strategies that would be put in place to ensure that your website is profitable.
Identify your niche
The travel industry is consistently growing. Therefore, it is important to ensure that we identify an area that would give us an advantage over competitors. This requires hard work, passion, and determination. The first step is to stick to one area that you understand plainly well. For example, you may decide to set up a website and talk about boat travel rather family trip.
When choosing a niche, there are fundamental questions you need to ask yourself. Do you enjoy your niche? How well do you understand what you are writing about? Is the general public interest in the niche increasing? What are some of the aspects your competitors missing from their website?
Create a clever name
The great question asked is, what is in a name? For a travel site, it is important to identify and use a name that resonates well with your potential clients. The naming of the website should come immediately after identification of its niche. The name of your website should be short, memorable and catchy. To avoid duplication, ensure that a name you choose does not exist and is not in use. The name identification process demands that you should be creative to come up with a name that would make an impact. Use all available options to in coming up with the name. You are free to consult as wide as possible.
Host your website
For you to have your website online, it is a MUST that you host it. Web hosting ensures that your website goes “live” and can be accessed by clients from any location over the Internet. It is not expensive to host a website. Some companies would do it for as little as $2 per month. A web hosting company will provide you with the bandwidth to ensure your website is accessible to your clients and followers. They also provide storage space for your images, text (emails) and software. A host will also provide you with support services to ensure your website downtime rate is reduced.
It is prudent to undertake research before you decide to host your website. You need to research and identify a host that will provide you with many benefits, regarding costs, space, quiet downtime, etc. Conducting due diligence ensures you derive maximum utility from your website hence more profitability.
Integrate social media plugins
Being active on social media ensures your website reaches out to a wider audience. Some social media plugins that are commonly used includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. The social media plugins enables you to insert the social media icons on to your website and enable users to share posts you have made. Accessibility for social media accounts should be provided to your readers and audience. With this in place, you can ensure all social media users are happy and are regularly updated on any activity on your website.
Develop appealing content
Once you have identified your niche, got a good name and hosted your website, it is now time to start writing content to be consumed by your readers. Content is what appeals readers and nothing less. This is what draws traffic to your website. It is the reason why many people will visit your website or avoid it. When content is appealing, traffic will be high, else there will be few visitors to the website.
You need to engage your readers by writing about your experiences rather than providing general information they can easily find anywhere. Personalize your comments and allow your personality to come out clearly. Keep your comments brief because most readers do not have enough time to read through your website posts. While running your website, add value to your content by providing practical examples, involving readers by asking them to take a poll online, suggest that during their free time they read more. Finally, be consistent with your posts and content. You need to ensure that you create a schedule on when you will deliver new content. Stick with the program and don’t fail your readers.
Get perfect pictures
Great photos are the major ingredients for travel websites. Your readers need to experience what you are telling them through the pictures. When traveling across the world, capture outstanding photos consistently and share with your readers. You need to consider investing in purchasing a good camera which takes incredible pictures. In some cases, you may need to spend resources and enroll for photography classes to deliver breath-taking and classy pictures. This would be the selling point for your website.
Strategize to make money
Before you think about making money, you need to ensure that you have religiously followed the step mentioned above. Money is a reward for strictly following the outlined steps above. You need to establish your website and ensure that the website is attracting traffic. You can make money by using contextual marketing, affiliate opportunities, sale merchandise, and consulting, etc. There are so many possibilities that may be used to earn money from a website.
Setting up a profitable website is not a difficult thing if the processes mentioned above are adhered to. Failure to attract will lead to tragic effects for the website. As mentioned above, you need to carefully identify a niche that would give you advantage over competitors while at the same time allowing you generate income from the same.
For most women, it’s easy to become a little intimidated by the constant advertising we see on buses, in magazines, on posters, on the TV and social media. Before you know it, you’re spending all of your money on clothes and shoes and you quickly realise that you don’t actually wear half of what you own.
Here are the five types of shoes every woman needs (especially those trying for more of a minimalist wardrobe).
Whether you enjoy wearing them or not, you probably do enjoy how they make you legs look long and toned and “pop” your butt out. The trick is to avoid buying multiple pairs of cheap heels and instead invest in one or two pairs that you can wear with anything and that will last for years.
A pair of black heels is a staple, and the height will depend on your comfort level and how well you can walk in them. Another good choice is a simple nude colour so between the two you should have a pair that will go with most of your outfits and be suitable for weddings, job interviews, funerals, dinner out, and any other event where heels are expected.
Every woman should own a good pair of comfortable boots. If you live somewhere where you get a lot of rain or snow you’ll want to make sure these are waterproof, while those who have better weather may choose a simple pair of Uggs. There are so many different lengths and colours available that it can be tough to choose which ones are best. Typically, you want to have higher heels and longer boots for nights out, while shorter heels and boots work well with most daytime outfits.
Ladies sandals are the best shoes to take with you on holiday, since you can choose between so many styles and colours and they work well both during the day and at night. A nice pair of sandals can look great if you don’t feel like wearing heels, and these are the types of shoes that usually won’t break the bank so you can buy a couple of different pairs and ensure all of your outfit choices are covered.
For those who want to wear high heels without all the pain, wedges are the answer. They’re far more supportive and comfortable than most high heels, and can give you height without losing most of their comfort. Wedges are perfect with your summer outfits (think jeans and a cute top or a maxi dress), and are a great option if you’re taking a cruise or sightseeing and still want to look cute.
Break them in before you wear them and you’ll be able to wear them for hours without needing a break.
Flip flops have come a long way, and now come in a variety of different colours and styles. Whether you’re just hanging out around the house, running errands, or taking the kids to the park, flip flops are an easy, comfortable shoe choice for summer and are also great for camping trips (to use in the showers) and on holiday.
When it comes to online hosting options, I’ve noticed that figuring out what type of hosting solution is right for me can sometimes be a hassle. There are a few different server hosting options available, and they can vary drastically in both their performance and function. Today I’ll be going over two of the most popular options, dedicated server hosting, and VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting. These two hosting options are fairly different technology-wise but are used for similar applications.
Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated server hosting is exactly what the name implies. Using dedicated server hosting gives the user exclusive access to a complete physical server. What this means is that (depending on the hosting provider), they’d be able to manage the server’s hardware, and control the server’s storage. This would allow them to have the server upgraded if necessary, or to easily add custom server software.
Dedicated servers are usually more powerful than other alternative hosting options. This means that they can handle more traffic or host more data. Which can be especially useful if the user has a website that gets a lot of visitors, or if the server manages a large amount of data.
VPS Hosting is a little more complicated. A VPS is a specially designed virtualized environment that runs server software and shares hardware and storage with other virtual servers. This means that a server would be hosted on a system with multiple other servers that share the system and its resources.
A VPS generally isn’t as powerful as other hosting options, but they’re also usually cheaper and will still work just fine for hosting stuff like websites. In addition, the virtual private servers that are sharing a physical system will never directly interact with each other. Each VPS is isolated in their own virtual machine.
Which Should You Use?
So now that we know what a Dedicated Server and a VPS are, we can look at the factors that should be considered before deciding which one is right for the user’s needs. There are quite a few important factors that should be considered before coming to a decision.
By far the most important factor to consider when deciding between a dedicated server and a VPS is the server’s configuration. The server’s configuration determines how powerful the server is, and what kind of upgrades are possible. For example, some dedicated servers will have a lot more available memory than any VPS. This means that they can handle far larger loads than a VPS could.
If a server application requires large amounts of memory to run effectively, or if a site has a very large amount of traffic, then the extra memory available with a dedicated server can be important. But if the only thing being hosted is a simple site that only gets a few visitors, then it will need very little memory. There are also other configuration factors to consider, such as the processor’s speed and the operating system.
Storage and Bandwidth
Storage capabilities and network bandwidth are also important factors when deciding on a server hosting solution. Storage space is comparable for both VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting. The main difference being that storage on a VPS is divided among the other virtual servers on that system.
As for bandwidth, there’s usually little difference between a dedicated server and a VPS. But with a dedicated server, the maximum available bandwidth will most likely be higher, and the bandwidth will be exclusive to that server, whereas with a VPS, the bandwidth is shared amongst the other virtual servers on that system. While this isn’t usually a problem, if there’s a lot of bandwidth usage on one virtual server, all the virtual servers in the system will be affected by it. This can be a real problem if a VPS on the system has a sudden surge in bandwidth usage, which could slow down all the servers on the system.
Flexibility can be important for sites that have varying amounts of visitors or that require server upgrades often, such as a site that’s growing rapidly. When it comes to flexibility, VPS hosting is the best there is. What virtual servers lack in raw power and performance they more than compensate for in flexibility and scalability. Due to the nature of virtual servers, a VPS can be easily scaled and upgraded by simply allocating more of the system’s resources to it. The VPS can also be easily downgraded during slow times when it’s unnecessary to spend more on server resources that aren’t being used.
Dedicated servers are both more difficult, and more expensive to upgrade. They also have far more room for upgrades, as the system isn’t shared and one server can use all of the system’s resources. But in order to upgrade a dedicated server, hardware will have to be manually added or swapped out, which makes it more costly to upgrade. This means there will have to be downtime during upgrades.
Cost is by far the biggest factor to consider. There is a very noticeable difference between the cost of a dedicated server and a VPS. Virtual private servers will often cost far less than a dedicated server with a similar configuration. Which means that a VPS is a far more viable option for small businesses or individuals.
A dedicated server will cost a lot more than nearly any VPS, but the extra price may be worth it for the extra reliability, better performance, and extra room for upgrades.
There are a lot of differences between a dedicated server and a VPS, but which is better? It depends on what type of website or server will be hosted, and what kind of loads it’s expected to take. If it’s an important website that you anticipate will get a lot of traffic, you may need the performance and reliability of a dedicated server. However, if it’s something like an e-mail server for a small business or simple data storage, then a VPS may be the better choice, because of the lower cost and ease of use.
Whether you’re an introvert who likes to spend time at home alone, you’re trying to save money so you’re reducing the amount of time you spend outside of the house, or you’re just too lazy to get in your car or use public transport to go somewhere, there are plenty of ways you can have fun at home.
We live in a world where technology continues to make huge strides, keeping us connected and allowing us to both work and have fun from anywhere. Here are some ways you can have fun at home:
This may not seem like that much fun…until you see the many different ways you can workout at home. You don’t even need weights or machines, and instead can use your own body weight to get in a great workout and have fun while you’re doing it. Try a program like Insanity or Jillian Michaels, or jump on YouTube and see the many different types of workouts waiting for you with motivated, fun instructors.
The internet is a wonderful thing, and you probably know that there are plenty of websites devoted to social media, travel, and news. But did you know that you can actually gamble and play casino games online? Take a look at Super Casino and you’ll see the many ways that you can have fun without leaving the house, and potentially make some money while enjoying yourself.
You may not be the type of person who actually enjoys cooking, but if you embrace it wholeheartedly and tell yourself that it’s a skill you can learn, you may just change your mind. Facebook is currently full of those little videos that pop up on your feed when your friends share them, and if you watch a few you’re likely to get inspired. For those who like to cook or bake, there are so many incredible ways to make delicious food that you may just find yourself embracing a new hobby without even leaving your house.
Invite friends over
What’s better than socialising outside the house? Socialising at home! If you don’t want to leave, convince your friends to come to you and decide to have a games night, barbecue, movie night, or a day of doing nothing in particular. Most people love spending time at their friend’s houses since they’re not spending money, they can be themselves, and they don’t need to worry about getting dressed up.
Start a blog
Do you have a unique point of view that you’d like to share? Maybe you’ve learned some interesting lessons throughout your life or you want to connect with people. Starting a blog is a great way to have fun at home, since you’ll find yourself becoming a little obsessed with the many ways you can connect with your readers- through the comments, social media etc. Whether you want to write about finance, travel, lifestyle or politics, there’s always someone who will enjoy reading what you have to say.
If you’re a woman, chances are high that you’ve worn a pair of high heels at least once in your life. But you may find them almost impossible to walk in or hate wearing them due to the pain they cause you.
Did you know that high heels are actually causing huge problems to Australian feet? A recent study showed that high heel injuries are rising, with injuries doubling between 2002 and 2012. You’re also more likely to have an accident while wearing your heels than if you were playing sport, and bunions, hammertoes and osteoarthritis are also common occurrences in women who can’t get enough of their high heels.
Walking in heels is unnatural, since it decreases the ability of your ankle to hit the ground first, building tension in your leg and keeping your calf muscles extended. This means that your calf muscle fibres will often be shorter and so will your hip flexors. Since your knees are bent, your pelvis will rotate forward which further impacts your back, causing you to lean backwards in an unnatural position.
And for women who constantly wear heels, you may find that your foot becomes so used to them that it actually hurts to wear flat shoes.
So how can you ensure that you walk in heels correctly and wear them safely?
Give them a test-drive
If you’ve purchased high heels for a special occasion, give them a try at the supermarket. This will allow you to balance on the trolley if you need to and you can get your feet used to wearing the heels in a place with a lot of space. You’ll also be able to try different movements as you pivot, bend and stretch to grab things off of shelves.
Keeping your balance in high heels can be tricky, but you’ll find it much easier if you have a strong core. Try yoga or commit to lifting weights a few times a week, along with cardio and plenty of stretching to keep your muscles stretched and comfortable.
Sit as much as possible
This goes against everything we’ve been taught about moving throughout the day. That’s why it can be a good idea to wear flats into the office so you can get lots of movement into your day while catching public transport. Once you have your heels on, sit whenever you can to give your feet a rest and allow you to relax.
There are now so many ways to reduce the pain from wearing heels, that it makes sense to take advantage of new technology. Once you’ve taken them for a spin a few times and you know which parts pinch and rub, you can then insert gel pads, foot cushions and rub relief strips to make sure they won’t be painful when you’re wearing them all day.
The online gaming industry has been transformed by technology, however many people are unaware just how much the industry has changed since gaming first went online.
In just over a decade, games which were once only available in casinos have now helped online gaming to develop into a multi-million dollar online industry and you can even try your luck playing slot machine at netbet.
People of all ages and ethnicities are spending time online and engaging in rewarding and challenging games. The industry was initially male-dominated, but the demographics have expanded year after year to include more women and older age groups. Females gaming online have increased by more than 80% in Europe and many older people appreciate the chance to play online, make new friends and potentially earn money- all without leaving the comfort of their own home.
Antigua and Barbuda first allowed operators to get a license for online gambling in the 1990’s, so players could spend money playing online. Under the law, organisations could offer slots, poker and other popular games online. However, gaming software wasn’t exactly functional, so Microgaming Software Systems revolutionised the online gaming industry when they developed gaming software which was both functional and faster.
The next problem was finding a way to ensure that players could enter in their payment information online without the threat of being hacked- a problem that Cytologic solved by developing encryption software.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the industry, especially in the United States when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed by Congress in 2006. This law basically prevented most Americans from gambling online by making it illegal for credit card companies and banks to process transactions if they occurred on online gaming sites. While some states have since legalised these games, it’s still very much up to the individual state.
New Jersey has done particularly well out of online gaming, and by 2017 it is expected to be generating more than $463 million. The United States as a whole generated around $41.4 million in online gambling profits last year.
Online gambling is a right for adults in Europe, and has long enjoyed the profits associated with gambling on the internet. In the United States, established businesses and casinos have been complaining and protesting about losing money due to many people preferring to gamble from home. The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling are trying to convince Congress to make the websites illegal and are even hiring consultants and lobbyists to further their cause.
The main argument that the coalition is using is the idea that online gambling websites increase the chances of users becoming addicted to gambling, although this has actually been proven to be a fallacy by Harvard, which offered research papers showing no link between addiction and online gaming.
The only question for an industry which continues to grow year after year is what will be next? Evidence shows that mobile gaming could very well be the “next big thing”, so it will be interesting to see where the industry goes in the future.
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