Tips and tricks for conquering Spanish accent marks

I remember once that someone told me about his experience with learning Spanish. Having as a native language one that had no graphic accents, this concept was a bit hard for him to grasp. They simply seemed like something impossible to learn. Not even all of his teachers knew how to make accent marks a bit more tangible. The answer that he would always get was: you have to learn word spelling by heart, which to be honest, is not too easy. So, I came in and explained some tips and tricks for successfully dealing with Spanish accent marks and it seems like the mystery is no longer there. Here they are.

The first step to learning about Spanish accents is to know what letters can receive a graphic mark. Fortunately, only vowels can receive a graphic accent, so only five “problems” to worry about (á, é, í, ó, ú). So far it seems to be easy, right? Well, keep paying attention and take notes because it is about to get a bit more serious. Not too complicated though, so do not get scared and give up.

Let’s get started with the accent rules, but before that, it is important to say a few words about stressing syllables. A crucial role is knowing how words are stressed in Spanish. Usually you learn pronunciation by heart. If something is stressed oddly, then it might mean that it needs an accent.

Rule #1: For words which end in either a vowel, the letter “n,” or the letter “s,” the stress is usually put on the next to last syllable.

Rule #2: For words which end in a consonant, except for the letter “n” or the letter “s”, the stress is usually put on the last syllable.

These rules seem to be simple, so when does the part with actually using graphic accents come? Well, like in all cases, rules are made to be broken and so every rule has its own exception. As a consequence, we need to mark those exceptions with an accent mark. It seems simple, right? Well, let’s take a look.

Examples: Rule #1 : normal: vasos (va-sos), trampa (tram-pa).

exception: exámenes (ex-á-me-nes), también (tam-bién).

Rule #2 : normal: felicidad (fe-li-ci-dad), postal (pos-tal).

                     exception: árbol (ár-bol), cárcel (cár-cel).

Rule #3: when a weak vowel is heard harder than a strong vowel, then a graphic accent is put on the weak vowel. For this rule, you will have to know which are the strong and the weak vowels. Let’s start with the strong ones. There are 3 strong: a, e, o. Basically, since there are only five vowels, we are left with two weak ones: i, u. Here is an example of an exception: país. Since the letter i, a weak vowel is stressed instead of the letter a, we used a graphic mark.

Unfortunately these are not the only accent rules. However, it is better to take them one by one and keep the others for a future post than have to deal with everything all at once.

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Understanding the Basics of Links

Defining link building

Hyperlinks or simply links make it easy to direct our search among various pages on the Internet. Links can be built in different ways and they are not easy to create. However, when you learn how to build links they will bring you double benefit for your search engine optimization in the competitive cyber world.

How are links built in HTML?

Firstly, a start of a link is created, marked as “a” which comes from anchor tag. This is followed by a link named “link referral location” showing that another link will follow. At the end is the closure of link marked by `a` again. It may look like the following sample:

<a href= “https://www.pinterest.com”>pineditorials</a>. Here, `href` means `hyperlink referral. The link starting with `www` indicates the URL and it can be either a website or any other internet address leading to a file or image, for example. Also, you may come across local links which are marked with # meaning that you can be led to another part of the currently opened webpage. The second part of the sample link given above indicates the so called visible text of the link. If clicked, it further directs the user. It can be easily recognized as it appears in blue or any other colour.  The symbol > indicates the end of the link.

The relation between links and search engines

As mentioned, links are the way to higher ranking as they are used by search engines to discover new pages and evaluate how well the page qualifies on the web.  When the search engines find the pages they take the content of the pages put it to their indexes. Through this, each page is ranked for relevant keywords. The process is thoroughly explained in the following video.

Important factors that influence ranking are the content of the page and the number of links coming from other websites and their quality. If the externally linked webpages are of high quality, your ranking is likely to be ranked well by the search engines. At the present, Google is the most powerful search engine apart from yahoo, MSN and Bing. PageRank is one of the inventions for measuring the quality of a webpage giving foundation to a ranking algorithm for measuring page quality.

However, as in each race for success there are cases when users try to take advantages of the possibility of ranking with no efforts. For this reason Google has implemented some update options to control unfairly use of ranking. When they come across a webpage that is not worth being ranked, they simply throw out the webpage. Moreover, Google started with penalties in link building for over-optimization. This is important to know if you want to take the full benefit of link building.

 

How to Write reviews for affiliated products or services

Affiliate marketing is very useful to enhance sales of goods or services.  The workflow is easy:

  1. You have a website about a topic related
  2. Join an affiliate program
  3. Place adverts
  4. You get revenues from the conversions (not from the clicks)

One of the most common ways to do it is by writing reviews about products and services and adding your affiliate links in the page.

In order to be able to write a good review you need to make a solid strategy and keeping in mind certain useful information.  Although the specifics may vary for different sites there are some standard requirements.

First of all, you need to be familiar with the product or service that you present. Describe how it functions and give reasons why people should buy it.  Using the keywords users will use when researching in Google searches is an imperative. Don’t think that success is easy. Profitable affiliate programs and keywords have a great competition. It is difficult to cope with the complicated search engine algorithms and it always take time and money.

Next, your concept should be original. Offering a unique content with a possibility to engage users and leave comments is something that creates user-based signals of a frequently visited website on Google. If you do not allow users’ voices to be heard, they will soon leave your website.

How are products sold? You can use your blog to earn from affiliate marketing. Convincing your readers that the product or service is really good because you used it yourself is not enough for them to spend their money. You need to know the importance of audience size and the types of conversion rates that you may expect. Of course it is crucial to know the quality of visitors and the type of marketing you use, but numbers are important. If 100 people spend 1$, then 500 readers might bring 500 $. Easy to calculate, the more readers you attract, the more money you will make.

Speaking of blogging and making sales, unfortunately most readers expect information to be free, therefore consumable content is more attractive to people. If you write about widely used devices like cameras or mobiles, your readers are likely to buy what you write about. However, with blogs which are not about products it is more difficult to affiliate products to promote but you can often find something to sell. For example, if you write about online working you can focus on tools you use and then review them and make money from affiliated sales.

In the following link you can watch how purchase can be made through an affiliated link

You can find a number of really good product review site on the Internet with some examples on the following link.

In general, apart from the description of the product or service, you have to make an effort to show the user how easy is to get and use the product. Your objective is the reader visualizsing themselves using the product or service. Also give additional information like, niche, about the founder, what id their goal and key challenge. Name the key stats. Facebook, Twitter, Google = and so forth. Also, give a top content, some top promotions and what readers can learn from it.

I have a broad experience writing reviews for affiliate purpose. If you are looking a writer for affiliate reviews in Spanish do not hesitate to contact me.

Rules for working from home

Working from home might seem like the ideal thing for you. You have are your own boss, you have a flexible schedule and you can dress however you want. In addition, you can select your own clients and take on whichever amount of work you feel like doing for the day.

It seems almost ideal, right? Well, it is what most people wish for in their lives, but it can also go wrong if there is a lack of structure. Do not worry, because this post will help you get a bit organized and less distracted. So let’s get to it.

Below are some rules or tips (call them whatever you want to) that might help you.

  1. Set a place specifically for work

Even though you are your own boss and you can theoretically do anything that you want to do, working chaotically might not do the trick. You will still need to have the idea of a home office, whether it is simply a table in the kitchen or in the living room. If you want to go all the way and have the possibility, you can even set aside a special room for this purpose, or simply isolate a space which you use it as a working area. If you need more tips about how to make your home office a more efficient space, click here.

  1. Create your own schedule

Strict schedules might have been the thing that made you decide to start freelancing or working from home as opposed to working in a company. Well, the thing is that you do need some structure and planning in order to get things done. For example if you have an online blog, you should at least try to make a content plan for the year or at least for the month. This way, you will not be left without ideas and keep your blog up to date. If you have other tasks, it is always good to keep an agenda as this way you will make sure that you will complete all of the tasks in time.

  1. Networking is very important

Stanley Milgram once conducted this experiment known as the small world or the lost letter experiment. The subjects had to get a letter to a certain person, but if they did not know him, they had to give it to someone who they thought might know him and so on, until the person got the letter. The result showed that you need approximately 6-7 people in order to get to who you need to. This is why networking is important. The more people you know, the easier it is to get to who you need. Also, it can help your business or blog get more attention.

So these are only some rules for working from home. Here is another article that might interest you and it has more rules that you should consider when working from home. I hope they are useful and maybe you already apply them.