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The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE People

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The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE People by Jim Kukral and Lisa Picarille was written in a fun, conversational style and I read it in one sitting, which is a rarity for me.

The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE PeopleThe whole time I was enjoying the hell out of it and laughing to myself.

It’s for anybody who has to deal with jerks, idiots, and terrible people… so all of us.

I am hesitant to call it a self-help book because that feels a little hokey to me, but it really is. And it’s a tone that was enjoyable, rather than preachy.

There is some profanity, but I’d say it’s an amount that is entertaining, and not distracting. The only thing that put me off a little bit was the frequent lack of an Oxford comma, but I was able to get past that because of the fun content.

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The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE People

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The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE People by Jim Kukral and Lisa Picarille was written in a fun, conversational style and I read it in one sitting, which is a rarity for me.

The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE PeopleThe whole time I was enjoying the hell out of it and laughing to myself.

It’s for anybody who has to deal with jerks, idiots, and terrible people… so all of us.

I am hesitant to call it a self-help book because that feels a little hokey to me, but it really is. And it’s a tone that was enjoyable, rather than preachy.

There is some profanity, but I’d say it’s an amount that is entertaining, and not distracting. The only thing that put me off a little bit was the frequent lack of an Oxford comma, but I was able to get past that because of the fun content.

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📅 2020 Content Marketing Calendar + 100 Social Media Ideas (Free Download)

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Need EASY social media ideas and an organized calendar for ALL of your 2020 content marketing?

2020 Social Media Content IdeasI’ve got you covered. 😉

Smart marketers are gearing up for 2020 and getting set up for an AMAZING year!

This part always makes me feel totally overwhelmed to be honest.

It’s like my brain freezes up just thinking about it all, especially right after the holidays & new year!

This year though, I found the PERFECT solution. 🎯

I discovered Angie Gensler, and the 2020 “Done-For-You” Social Media Content Calendar she created. I don’t even know how it first crossed my screen, but I’m SO glad I stopped and checked it out!

If you’re scanning in a hurry, there are 3 points in this note:

1. I scored you 20% off this GREAT content calendar (and it’s already inexpensive!). If you’re in a hurry click here and use code LYNNTERRY for the discount.

2. Her free downloads are FULL of brilliant ideas. You definitely want to grab & use those. Start with this one: Free Social Media Cheat Sheet

Both of those ☝ are great for ANY niche and any business model.

3. Her funnel is SO simple yet so WELL DONE, that I encourage you to analyze it 🔎 and use it as a working model to emulate…

Whether you get her done-for-you 2020 content calendar or one of her handy free downloads, pay attention as you move through the steps.

She does not oversell, but she DOES overdeliver. 😉 It has a super smooth flow, and leaves you with a GREAT impression.

Definitely one to model in your own marketing. It’s a beautiful live example of the kind of experience you want to give YOUR audience.

That alone is incredibly valuable!

 

The BEST Social Media Content & Marketing Calendar I’ve EVER Seen…

I could tell you all about it but that would probably take several paragraphs.

I will say it’s the best format I’ve ever seen, it’s VERY easy to use and customize, you can share it with your assistant or team if you have one – there is literally NOTHING lacking about this content calendar.

The best thing to do is watch the short video at the top of this page and then scroll down and watch the second short video where she gives you an inside look so you can SEE the content calendar and how it works.

If you LOVE it, don’t forget to use the discount code LYNNTERRY for 20% off. I got MINE for 20% off, so I asked her for a code I could pass on to you too. 🙂

 

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I’m pretty confident you’ll be as impressed as I was…

She did an AMAZING job with this calendar! 💕

 

You will NEVER struggle with “what to post” AGAIN. 😉

While it’s a “social media content calendar” I got TONS of ideas for videos, blog posts, email newsletters – pretty much ALL the content I’ll ever need to create.

And you can plan it all out right there on the calendar, customizing it to the way you run YOUR business.

The editable format is the BEST!

2020 Done-For-You Content Calendar 📲
discount code: LYNNTERRY (20% off)

Note: That discount code expires at the end of the month. It’s good through January 31 – so use it while you can!

 

Not ready to commit, but need GREAT social media content ideas?

This is also a great way to analyze how she has her funnel set up, and check out how HER content marketing flows!

📲 Download the FREE Social Media Cheat Sheet

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I hope you enjoy both of these resources as much as I’m enjoying them myself. 🙂

It takes entirely too many hours to try to create something like this from scratch!

I love that she has all the holidays & observances plus TONS of post prompts and content ideas (strategically designed to increase engagement) already loaded right into your content calendar – ready to customize and GO. ✅

I’ve bought countless planners and calendars over the years, but this is the FIRST one I’ve actually been inspired to USE. It was so easy, I opened it up and got started straight away. 🙂

Go ahead and download one or both of those resources and have them ready…

I’ll be back with a FUN surprise that will help you build a responsive, buying audience in 2020 that will level-up your online business! *cheers*

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14 Ways to Ensure Company Growth Doesn’t Outstrip Business Communication

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Some businesses have seen a period of massive growth lately, especially those that deal solely with online sales and services. While this development is promising, it also opens up a business to another problem — that of having their growth outscale their ability to communicate.

Business communication deals with how the company interacts with and informs its employees and its clients, which includes the overall branding promise. Naturally, a small company is likely to have a different approach to a larger one, simply because of the scale of the communication involved.

However, as businesses grow in size, many of their focus areas and key elements that helped them get to where they are today tend to fall and get lost in the mix. Unfortunately, this happens to a great majority of businesses and brands, and it just doesn’t have to be this way.

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We consulted 14 entrepreneurs from YEC about the best ways for a business to ensure that their communication keeps up with their business growth. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Be Open to Feedback and Change

Maintaining effective communication through growth is something that’s hard to get right. In my experience, the trick here is not some grand multi-step strategy. You’ll never get that right — at least I don’t. The trick is to be able and willing to listen. When you’re receptive to feedback, your team will inform you when they lack context. I see my job as listening and adapting.

Alex Furman, Invitae

2. Create Brand Guidelines

Brand guidelines can be a one-page document that helps the whole team understand what is on or off brand. Having the guidelines written down helps if they need to be changed as well, which can happen if there are changes to the business that need to be reflected back in the core brand guidelines (example: acquisition of another company with a different brand positioning).

David Boehl, GoLastMinute

3. Replicate Your Voice

In an ideal world, you can just hire employees who “care” as much as you do about staying on brand. In reality, it’s next to impossible to find those employees, and it takes a lot of time to properly train them. As such, the next best thing is to “replicate your voice.” You can do this through company documents, training materials, videos, websites, social media and even a message to callers who are on hold!

Bill Mulholland, ARC Relocation

4. Build a Strategic Communications Plan

Create brand guidelines that define tone, style, etc., and make the guidelines available to your communications team(s). Build out a strategic communications plan that maps the various outreaches, both internal and external, that will be needed as part of the business’s growth. Make it clear who is responsible for each communication and who signs off on its compliance with brand standards.

Traci Beach, Craft Impact

5. Leverage Automated Tools

Make sure you have automation tools and systems in place. This way, the brand can scale without heavy manual oversight, and creative roadmaps can receive the proper attention they deserve.

Jordan Edelson, Appetizer Mobile LLC

6. Audit Communication Channels

The larger your organization is, the more detailed of a process that will need to be laid out in order to ensure continuity and correct messaging. Like a game of telephone, conduct an audit to understand where gaps in communication may be occurring and be prepared to revise your process.

Matthew Podolsky, Florida Law Advisers, P.A.

7. Create a Chain of Accountability

As your business grows, it’s critical that everyone stays on the same page. When you add new departments or see massive growth in one of your teams, assign leaders to keep each group accountable. This chain of accountability ensures that everyone’s on the same page.

John Turner, SeedProd LLC

8. Have Daily Meetings

For rapid and sustainable growth, you must have daily meetings to make sure your communications are on brand. Nothing goes out without several sets of eyes on it and those working on these communications are held accountable for performance and delivery. We check in multiple times per day — it does not need to be long, but a morning and afternoon signs-of-life check does wonders.

Matthew Capala, Alphametic

9. Maintain Personal Connections

Because most of my employees work off-site, it’s important to communicate as often as we can with one another and that they feel supported by me. We hold a quarterly all-hands staff meeting where we go into more detail and ensure that everyone gets to know one another. With a rapidly growing business, unless we have regular get-togethers with our team, people start to lose that personal connection.

Jennifer A Barnes, Optima Office, Inc

10. Create a Schedule

Like everything else, communication needs to be planned to be effective. This means investing in the right tools, creating fixed weekly meetings, quarterly appraisals, one-on-ones and more. Use calendars and create reminders for these meetings so that they’re all in place and clearly communicated. It’s just a matter of planning “up” as your business grows.

Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner

11. Establish a Single Tool

The means of communication are becoming endless, from Slack to email to phone or IM, so it is no surprise that interoffice communication becomes a problem the larger a team becomes. Put a process in place that streamlines communication on certain topics into one single location and on one identified platform. This way, everyone knows where to go to stay up to date.

Jared Weitz, United Capital Source Inc.

12. Take a Step Back

Sometimes you just need to take a step back from all the craziness that comes with day-to-day management of a business and ask yourself, “Is this on brand?” If you continue to ask the question and be true to your core values, communications will remain on point.

Josh Weiss, Reggie

13. Train and Delegate

As your business grows, it’s not realistic to think that you can maintain the same level of interpersonal communication as before. The next best step is to train key people in your business to communicate on your behalf. Lead by example and also create documentation that outlines what to discuss. This will keep things consistent across the organization.

Blair Williams, MemberPress

14. Hire a Content Marketing Agency

When you need to scale communication both internally and externally, it’s helpful to hire some help. A content marketing agency can help you with everything, from your company blog, to bylined content, to internal communications and speeches from executives, and can ensure that everything is consistent and on brand.

Kelsey Raymond, Influence & Co.

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How to Focus on Growth and Business Communications

For most businesses and brands, it’s all about the bottom line and trying to reach new goals and levels every quarter. However, the last thing you want to do is hit your goals while jeopardizing your customer and B2B relationships that you’ve worked so hard for.

To best accomplish this, we highly recommend you go through each of the tips and expert advice featured above and start implementing these solutions into your own business or brand.

If you enjoyed this content today, be sure to read our other expert tips on how to handle a PR crisis and increasing traffic to your site while working with a low budget.

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6 Things You’re Doing Wrong on Instagram

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As the social media platform that reportedly boasts the highest engagement rate of them all, Instagram is a coveted space for influencers, marketers and brands alike. While there will never be any sort of magic bullet approach to Instagram, or to any content-driven platform for that matter, there are some obvious mistakes you’ll want to avoid when trying to extend your reach, maximize your potential, and grow your presence on Instagram.

1. You Lack Consistency in Posting

The importance of consistency is (at least) two-fold. First, just as you should decide on a reliable publishing schedule for your blog — editorial calendar plug-ins are great for managing that — you should also be mindful of how frequently you post on Instagram too. You really need to avoid unleashing a flurry of content over a couple of days, only to have the account go almost dormant for weeks. Be consistent. Ideally, you want to have a new post on your main feed at least once every day or two. This keeps the grid looking fresh and active, and it surely helps with the algorithm for organic reach too.

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2. You Don’t Maintain a Consistent Style

Second, just as you will likely stick to a certain format for your blog, the same is also true with Instagram. While you may not need to set hard and fast rules, you will want to develop something that resembles a signature look. This might include choosing certain color palettes, sticking with certain font choices, or applying the same small number of presets. It’s about managing and meeting expectations, and establishing a brand identity.

3. You Focus on Yourself Too Much

I know that this can sound completely counter-intuitive in the context of social media, especially since Instagram very much leans into a “look at me” kind of approach. I get that. And it’s true that the overwhelming majority of the things that you post on Instagram are probably going to be about you and your experiences in some way. What I am saying, though, is that you need to think about how you can frame this content so that it’s not just about you. It’s also about how this can benefit your followers.

Think about your audience and how you can best satisfy their wants and needs. If you’ve got a food-centric page, then remember to include pertinent information in the caption, like the name of the restaurant, name of the dish, and what makes it special. How can you inspire through choice quotes or provide guidance with helpful tips? What purpose are you serving?

4. You Stick Only to Squares

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It’s true that you want to maintain a consistent style with your Instagram posts. And it’s also true that Instagram started out by forcing users to post only square photos. However, that limitation is no longer in place. In fact, while the grid on your profile will default to squares, the actual posts themselves do not need to retain the 1:1 aspect ratio.

Instead, you may find that it’s in your favor to utilize a slightly taller aspect ratio, like 3:4 or even 2:3. The advantage here is that your post will take up more vertical real estate as users scroll through their Instagram feeds. It’s also advantageous to leverage video or carousel posts upon occasion too; your carousels can consist of taller photos too! It makes no sense to use the “photo grid” style of post anymore.

5. You Don’t Capitalize on Your Bio

Until you reach 10,000 followers, you’re not going to have the “swipe up” feature in Stories. Since your bio only allows for a single link — hence why everyone uses the “link in bio” approach — you might think that your bio functions in much the same way as a Twitter bio or the byline bio you might have in an author box on your blog. Not so! There are many creative ways you can maximize the impact of your Instagram bio.

Instead of writing out a single line of plain text, consider leveraging line breaks in a creative way. Think about how you can integrate emojis too; travel bloggers oftentimes put the country flag emoji of where they last visited or where they are currently. And while URLs in bios aren’t “clickable,” you can include easily memorable short URLs (301 redirects on your own domain are an easy way to do this) for key pages you want to highlight.

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6. You Forget About Stories

Ever since Instagram “borrowed” this feature from Snapchat, Stories has quickly risen in popularity among users. Whereas IGTV hasn’t gained nearly as much traction, Instagram Stories are a great place to engage with your followers in real time, providing more of the “between the posts” type content that isn’t necessarily as polished or curated as your main feed.

In addition to posting to your main feed every day or two, ideally you’d like to add new content to your Stories every day, several times a day. You don’t want to overwhelm your followers, but you do want to keep your brand front of mind, and this means pushing your Stories out so you remain near the beginning when they open the app. Take advantage of questions and polls to encourage greater engagement.

These are just some of the basics when it comes to finding some success on Instagram. What other major pitfalls should users avoid?

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If You’re Not Marketing on These 3 Platforms, You’re Screwing Over Your Business

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When you’re running a business, you need to advertise. Here are the best online advertising platforms you need to be taking advantage of.

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There Is No Plan B

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Even though I have no intention or any ambitions of ever “making it” in Hollywood, I’ve always looked up to Matt Damon. Truthfully, I’ll watch almost any movie that he’s in. With rare exception — I’m looking at you, Suburbicon — I’ve almost never been disappointed. From Good Will Hunting and Saving Private Ryan to The Martian and the Bourne series, he’s done very well for himself. Okay, so Downsizing was pretty weird too.

I recently came across an episode of Off Camera with Sam Jones where he had Matt Damon on as his guest. They talked about his career and how he’s had the great fortune of working with so many incredible directors, from Martin Scorsese to Steven Soderbergh. Naturally, the conversation also drifted to the “overnight success” of Good Will Hunting and Matt’s “pre-success” years coming up with Ben Affleck.

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Now, I perfectly understand that this blog is about professional blogging and running an online business, but there were at least three key messages that we can take away from Matt Damon’s approach to his profession. And they’re actually a lot harder to internalize than you might think.

Only One Way to Go

As early as his freshman year of high school, and maybe even before that, a young Matt Damon had his heart set on “making it” as an actor. He may not have known exactly what that meant at the time, but he made the steadfast decision that this was what he wanted to do with his life. Sam Jones asked if he had any sort of backup plan, or if he had a “if this acting thing doesn’t work out after eight or nine years” kind of idea in mind.

For Matt, there was never a plan B. He was going to make this work, no matter how long it took or how hard it was to get there. Part of this kind of mindset is understandably delusional, of course, but you can say the same kind of thing about trying to carve out your own living on the Internet too.

This isn’t what “normal” people do, because “normal” people take on a more conventional path, seeing how they can be a good employee. But being a good employee isn’t necessarily what will make you a good entrepreneur, just as it isn’t necessarily what will make you a big Hollywood actor.

Instead of applying the traditional 80/20 ratio of the Pareto principle, Matt Damon applied the 100/0 rule. This was all or nothing, and nothing wasn’t an option. He was going to make it. And he did.

No Overnight Success

If you dream of becoming a Hollywood superstar, understand that almost no one is an “overnight success,” even if the media may present them in this fashion. When Good Will Hunting came out, everyone called Matt Damon and Ben Affleck an “overnight success,” but both of them had been hard at work for years already at that point.

They were already a part of the union for several years. This was just the project that propelled them into the spotlight, allowing them to break the surface.

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Even though Good Will Hunting may have put them on the map, they had already been around for a very long time, working hard on their craft. Professional blogging or running any sort of online business is much the same way. If you’re trying to “get rich quick,” this is not the path to take. Online success is not a spontaneous experience. It doesn’t happen overnight.

You may have heard of a concept called the ramp. Basically, your growth may not look like much for some time. And then, one day, something hits big — a YouTube video, an Instagram post, it could be anything — and everything “seemingly” changes overnight. Of course, you know it didn’t. You’ve been at it for some time already.

Just Don’t Do It

During his conversation with Sam Jones, Matt Damon said (at least) one other thing that really surprised me, at least initially. He said that when someone asks him if they should go into acting, he basically always says, “No.” He tells people that they should not pursue a career in Hollywood. No, it’s not to deter competition. And no, it’s not because he doesn’t love the work that he does; he really does enjoy his acting life.

Instead, what he said is that if someone chooses not to pursue acting just because one person told them it’s a bad idea, then that person will never make it anyway. Acting, much like blogging or entrepreneurship, is not an easy gig. It’s a rough life, filled with disappointments and failures.

On the flip side, if the person hears someone say “no,” if the person has several people in their life who try to deter them, and yet they continue to persevere and fight through the adversity, then they’ll have a much greater shot of actually making it. Anyone can do it, but not everyone is willing to actually do it. Are you?

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Watch Netflix with Friends Using Netflix Party

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Since everybody is cooped up and unable to socialize outside of things like Zoom and FaceTime, there is a fun option called Netflix Party to watch shows or movies with friends.

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With this Chrome extension, you can watch in sync with people and chat while you are streaming together.

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It’s a quick and easy installation when you are in the Chrome browser.

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After all, Tiger King is more fun to watch with people.

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Leptitox Review

Obesity has become disturbingly widespread according to World Health Organization, affecting people from all walks of life. People are trying to lose weight using various ways and methods but are sadly becoming disappointed because of very minimal results if not none. If you are also struggling losing weight despite trying every way you know how, Leptitox may just be the solution you need!

What is Leptitox?

It is an all-natural dietary supplement made from the purest and highest quality extracts and nutrients from 22 plants that helps fight the true perpetrator of your weight gain, which is leptin resistance.

If you have been wondering why every possible way to lose weight is not working for you, including strenuous exercises and expensive diets, then you haven’t heard of Leptin Resistance. It is not your fault why you are not losing weight despite your efforts for years. Your body may be experiencing leptin resistance which women experience more than men especially when you reach 40 years old and above, when this happens, the body feels hungrier and hungrier due to the resisted leptins responsible to send signal to your brain that you are already full.

By now, you should learn to avoid unhealthy diet pills and slimming capsules that may cause harmful side effects. Weight loss products have been prevalent in the market, but you should be smart enough to protect yourself from suspicious products that offer too good to be true results containing ingredients that can cause adverse effects on the body.

Choose a safe way to start your weight loss journey. With Leptitox, just by taking one capsule per day for at least 90 days for best results, you can say goodbye to overeating and say hello to a new and better you without the hard work.

How to Take Leptitox?

Just like most supplements, take one capsule with water daily. As advised, for best results or to ensure that you achieve your weight goal, take the capsule once daily for 90 days especially when you are over 40 years old and more than 10 lbs. overweight as it needs enough time to work throughout your entire body.

Who created Leptitox?

Morgan Hurst, a firefighter, was able to create this safe supplement and all-natural weight buster with the help of a dedicated independent medical researcher with experience for over 29 years namely, Sonya Rhodes. Morgan was no doctor, but he is a loving husband who only wants to save his wife from depression and possible death due to her incessant weight gain.

Hurst, seeing his wife in pain and discouraged tried everything to change that, although it felt hopeless with him almost giving up, he spent hours and hours of research to find out the best solution for his wife when everything they know failed for years, including a doctor’s recommendation. He believed there must be something more and he succeeded finding it.

He was fortunate enough to meet with a Malaysian who shared to him various plants responsible for him and his people not to be overweight and be full of life and energy. Using the plants and the plants added by Rhodes to enhance its effect, they were able to create Leptitox which changed his wife’s life and the lives of more than a hundred thousand people.

Advantages:

Supplement is plant-based, natural and totally safe, so there will be no side effects.

– Each capsule is standardized as it is made in the USA in FDA approved and GMP facilities.

– It helps you lose weight without addictive and dangerous substances.

– It extinguishes food cravings and boosts energy levels.

– It does not only target belly fats but also body parts where fats are usually stored, like thighs and arms.

– It supports heart health and increases sex drive.

– Supports weight loss without giving up your favorite food or spending any gym membership.

– It promotes self-confidence and vitality.

– It has changed the lives of over 100,000 men and women worldwide.

– 60 days money back guarantee.

– Bulk Orders come with FREE Colon Cleanse.

– It offers value deals with FREE Shipping.

Disadvantages:

– It can only be purchased online.

– Should be taken for at least 90 days to ensure you reach your desired weight.

– Results vary from person to person.

Recommendation:

The weight loss industry is a billion-dollar industry that is marred with lies. Despite the existence of many weight loss products, the rate of obese and overweight people is still increasing at an alarming rate. If you are or someone you know is trying everything to lose that belly fat but ends up disappointed with the lack or unnoticeable results, Leptitox is for you!

It is the easiest, fastest and safest way to lose weight without the risk of having harmful side effects and it does more than transform you into a more confident and fit person, it generally makes you healthy and full of life. This product is a risk-free investment and is a must try because many people have tried it and are able to transform their lives. You too can take control and transform yours.

20 Affiliate Types and How They Can Grow or Harm Your Program

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Have you reached an impasse in your affiliate recruitment efforts or you have yet to see results despite onboarding all the major affiliate types? I like to think of affiliate programs as boxes of chocolates. I prefer boxes that contain various types of chocolate (white, dark, milk) with various fillings, …

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