What is Phubbing?

What is Phubbing?
Are you guilty of Phone snubbing. Have you ever ignored someone who really needs your favour for your mobile phone. It is called Phubbing.
Phubbing is really becoming an epidemic in the United states and UK.
The act is not only rude and inconsiderate, it could escalate an already strained relationship. Imagine how that little misunderstanding became a great conflagration that engulfed your whole life. Most often than not, when couples are not in good talking term, they turn to their phones and social media to snub their partner.canstock17914237
Human beings are social animals, we were created to interact and mingle but when our creations become an obsession, then real danger is lurking.
Phubbing might seem reasonable to you but think of the negative effects it may have on your world, your relationship and your ministry.
You complain that their “wahala” is too much. Is that a good reason for Phubbing them? Esther the Queen could have snubbed the other Jews because Haman’s threat wouldn’t get to her as a queen but she took it too far by fasting and praying for three solid days. She also went to the King Ahasuerus court which was against the norms. Esther and her generation were set free of Hamas’ planned Holocaust.
Phubbing is not good enough. With or without you, God’s will will surely come to pass.
If you’re curious as to whether you or your partner is guilty of phubbing, you can try to answer the following questions used in Roberts’ study. But be warned, you may not like what you discover.
During a typical mealtime together, my partner pulls out and checks his/her cellphone.
My partner places his or her cellphone where they can see it when we are together.
My partner keeps his or her cellphone in their hand when he or she is with me.
When my partner’s cellphone rings or beeps, he/she pulls it out even if we are in the middle of a conversation.
My partner glances at his/her cellphone when talking to me.
During leisure time that my partner and I are able to spend together, my partner uses his/her cellphone.
My partner uses his or her cellphone when we are out together.
If there is a lull in our conversation, my partner will check his or her cellphone.
Don’t allow phone and social media ruin your life and relationship.
I’ve read about someone who has more than 2000 followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook whom he connects with everyday, on the day he needed help most, none was around to help him out save two of his neighbors.
Don’t sacrifice normal relationship stuff because of social media. Connect more with people around you. Be good to them. Give them your attention. Don’t idolise your mobile gadgets. Your phone is your phone, it isn’t running away. Take out time to discuss with your friends, spouse, boss, your employees and your social/religious group.
Simple phone calls to the members of your online community as recently done by Akinsoji Sodiq of Adresocial will further cement your relationship.
STOP PHUBBING.

Common mistakes internet marketing newbies make.

Deadly Mistakes Internet Marketing Newbies Make
By Adesoji  

Are you a newbie in internet marketing ? This is an article you should read and apply. Reading through to the end and then making the required changes will help you a great deal. It is very sure you will fall into these mistakes as a newbie, but you have an advantage. This would help you know what the deadly mistakes are and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: They Settle For Free Hosting and Avoid Getting A Domain Name
Almost all newbies end up doing this. Cutting costs is smart, but cutting them in the wrong places can simply be deadly for your fledgling business. If you are building a blog, you can continue using the free hosting but if you are building a business, you need to get a paid hosting and a domain name .

Let me ask, what if that free hosting fails or if they discontinue that particular service, then you have to find a new domain name, which means that all of your efforts were a complete waste of time. Getting free hosting can have similarly disastrous results. While it is “cheap,” it is almost always bad, too. You will probably have to host advertisements for which you will receive no revenue. Also, adding a graphic header, a picture, or a flash presentation to your free site will make it load very slowly.
So what options are you left with? Clearly you won’t want to start by purchasing a dedicated server; that’s unnecessarily expensive. However, at a minimum, you will want to purchase a domain name – which you can get cheap – and you will also want to purchase a low-cost hosting service. You can get a domain name and web hosting.
Mistake #2: They Don’t Bother to Study Copywriting
Copywriting is the art of inducing a “most wanted response” through carefully constructed writings. Many people do not realize this, but good copywriting employs principles of both psychology and marketing. If you want to have a high visitor-to-action ratio – whether that action is buying a product or opting-in to your list – you will have to revise your copy to the point at which it is most effective.
This normally will require several revisions – and will always require you to integrate principles of copywriting. Many newbies set themselves up for disaster by creating a low-conversion sales page and then spending hundreds of dollars to promote it. Just think of the difference between a 1% conversion rate and a 2% conversion rate; that’s twice as many sales – and could easily be the difference between praise-worthy success and miserable failure. Of course, if you’re too busy to learn how to employ the principles of copywriting, you can always take the alternate route, which is to pay a copywriter to do the work for you; however, if you look at the average price of a relatively good copywriter (which is almost always in the thousands), you might be convinced to do otherwise.
Mistake #3: They Don’t Grow A List Of Subscribers
If you don’t build a list of subscribers , you are generally limited to direct sales, which usually have very low conversion rates, even when your advertising is extremely targeted, and your copy is top-notch. The average conversion rate for direct sales is usually lower than 1% but varies from industry to industry. One reason building a list of subscribers is so effective is because you can allow them to join for free, give them free newsletter issues or products to strengthen their loyalty – and then slowly and repeatedly make your product pitch.
Almost all authority sources on sales and marketing will tell you that the percentage of closed sales increases as the number of contact sessions increases. Each time you send out an email, you are increasing your chances of closing a sale, even if you aren’t making a pitch. In fact, newsletters without pitches will likely have higher conversion rates when they do make a salespitch. The bottom-line is simple: if you aren’t making an attempt to create a list of subscribers, your only hope is to make one-time sales. Once you miss that opportunity, you may never see that visitor again — and he could have potentially subscribed and made multiple purchases from you.
Mistake #4: They Always Join the Hottest Opportunity Available
This dangerous habit results in more failure and bankruptcy than most other poor self-employment decisions. Rather than working to create an effective business model, most Internet marketing newbies will be constantly pulled in three different directions by the latest product releases.
For example, one will tell them that selling physical products is the best way to make money. Another program will expose how blogging and using affiliate programs is a goldmine. And yet another report says that AdSense and natural search engine traffic is the only viable business model. Which of these is right? To the newbie (and in reality), each of them is right… and each of them fails, since the newbie buys all three and ends up moving in three different, non-beneficial directions.
The result is a complete disaster and a failure to generate any revenue whatsoever. How can you avoid making this mistake without limiting your ability to innovate and to learn? This is something you learn how to manage better over time, but the best way in which you can begin doing this is through goal-setting and commitment. Whenever you create a business plan, peg it to a specific goal (i.e., 3000 new subscribers in the next year), and then break it down into objectives. If you fail to reach your objectives, then alter them to more realistically reflect your final goal. If your final goal starts to look unrealistic, revise that, too. Drill this into your head: If you don’t get good at something, you won’t ever succeed. And jumping around from an opportunity to opportunity is a good way to guarantee that you’ll never get good at anything

Mistake #5: They Waste Countless Hours Doing Stupid Things with Traffic Exchanges and Safelists.
This is another major mistake newbie Internet marketers make almost without exception: they’ll join safelists and bomb them with every offer they’ve been exposed to, including ridiculous marketing schemes that yell scam. Another big mistake almost all newbie Internet marketers will make is joining traffic exchanges – and then spending every waking hour slamming their mouses to earn points through some outrageous system. The truth is, I’ve been there done that, and I conclude that traffic exchanges don’t work.
Mistake #6: They Promote a Product as an Affiliate and Send Traffic to the Affiliate Page, Rather than to their OWN Lead Capture Page.
They find an affiliate program – and then send traffic to it, rather than to an opt-in page (lead capture page) on their site or blogs. The biggest problem with sending traffic to an affiliate page – or even the main page of your website — rather than to a lead capture page on your own site or blog is that you are relying on direct sales methods, when you could be using follow-up series that will radically increase your conversion rate. Another problem with sending traffic directly to the affiliate’s program homepage is that you are spending your money and time to generate leads for other businesses, when you could be doing it for your own. Why attempt to sell someone else’s product directly to a lead you paid for, when you could get that lead to becoming YOUR subscriber instead, which would allow you to make that same pitch in addition to dozens of others down the road?
Mistake #7: They Fall for “Guaranteed Traffic” Scams
It’s hard not to fall for one of those “1,000,000 hits for $97” scams, but yes, most are scams – and they will not help you. With that being said, almost everyone falls for them once. In the cases where you do receive traffic from these scams, it is almost always complete garbage. The people being redirected to your site are sent there by some sketchy pop-under that they always close before your site even loads.
Plus, in most cases these visitors won’t even be able to read English – not because they never learned it – but because they’re not human beings at all; they’re robots! That’s right: some of these “guaranteed traffic” scams actually just slam your site with robotic spiders that crawl your pages and register as “hits” – and there you have it: robotic spiders crawling all over your website for only $97.
Whatever form of guaranteed traffic you buy – they all have one thing in common: they produce no results whatsoever. You won’t ever earn a penny with these programs, so don’t even bother. The only way you can get traffic is using normal methods that guarantee you targeted traffic from human beings. These are article marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing, paid adverts on high traffic blogs et all.
Mistake #8: They Never Consider the Possibility of Creating Their Own Products.
While many experienced Internet marketers make money selling affiliate products – especially with the high-end releases, almost all of the successful ones sell their products too. Here are just two of the reasons why not selling your products is a huge miscalculation:
1. Most affiliate products only offer a commission of 50% or less.
2. The biggest problem with not creating your products is that you cannot use them for joint ventures.
What you won’t hear in most traffic generation courses is that successful Internet marketers almost always generate traffic for successful product launches with joint ventures – not through pay-per-click campaigns or search engine optimization methods. They do this because joint ventures are the fastest, cheapest, and most effective way to generate sales or opt-ins. In order to actually have a successful joint venture, however, you must also have a good product (that is your own) and a good sales page with an opt-in form and a follow-up series (as we already discussed).
Now that you have seen the mistakes and how to avoid them, our desire is that you put what you have learned into practice. Doing this would help you get better and start achieving what pro-internet marketers achieve. Also, if you love what you have just read, our desire is that you share this with fellow newbie internet marketers. Feel free to subscribe with us so you can learn what you need to learn and become a success.

Confused about the end times? Read this.

Billy Graham: There Is Great Confusion About the End Times
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In this book, Billy Graham points to God’s eternal deliverance, God’s eternal sacrifice and God’s eternal love and joy. (Courtesy/BGEA)
Weeks before his 95th birthday, Billy Graham said, “I am ready to start my next book!”
We had recently completed work on his book The Reason for My Hope—Salvation. It was the fall of 2013. Thinking he would want a break from going through drafts of another manuscript, I was stunned at his drive and asked: “Would you like to take a little break and start work on a new book after Christmas?” “No,” he said, “I might not be here next year!”
Oh, but he was—and still is. Nearly two years later, at almost 97 years old, his 33rd book will be released. He had remarked about the contemporary books that had been written on heaven and hell. There was still a book he wanted to write on this subject because, he said, “Many people today do not understand the fundamental truths about mankind’s eternal destinations and that each person has a choice to make concerning the most critical matter of life—where they will spend eternity after death.”
“Mr. Graham,” I replied, “you have written and preached on heaven and hell for nearly 80 years.”
“Well,” he quipped, “I don’t feel quite that old.”
In spite of his weak eyesight he said with a twinkle, “I just may live until my 100th birthday! … The more I listen to the news of what is going on in the world, and in the church, there is great confusion about the end times. Some people wonder how to get to heaven and others don’t seem to care if they wind up in hell. God has a lot to say about this, and He has not kept His promises hidden, but few pastors preach on it today. I would like to shed some light on what the Bible has to say about the subject of eternity for today’s generations.”
He asked me to assemble an outline from which we could work and ended the meeting with this thought: “Do it quickly because I’m an old man,” he said with a sense of Graham revival in his voice.
Before I left that day, I posed this question: “When people ask if heaven is a literal place and where it is, what will you tell them?” Looking through the window that framed the beautiful Carolina mountains surrounding his home he proclaimed, “Of course heaven is real because Jesus is real—He is the way, the truth, and the life—and heaven is where Jesus is—and I am going to Him soon.”
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In our several visits we talked about the wonderful aspects of a heavenly home and the devastating darkness of those who will never know such joy. He wished he could take all those who do not believe in the Savior to the foot of His cross where they could settle their eternal destination once and for all and have the hope of eternity in heaven.
Pouring through his literary works that span nearly eight decades, a fascinating outline emerged and, in time, the book Where I Am was completed—with foundational teaching from the Word of Almighty God. It is not surprising that all 66 books of the Bible point to everlasting life. It is a repetitive theme of Scripture. While Mr. Graham’s preaching was the gospel message of Jesus Christ, his evangelistic aim was to focus the light of salvation on eternity—where the human race will transcend the confines of a fallen world.
This man who wants to be remembered as a preacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has said, “Man is precisely what the Bible says he is. Human nature is behaving exactly as the Bible said it would. The course of human events is flowing just as Christ predicted. And God’s Word is real—from eternity past to eternity everlasting.” This is the essence of his new book Where I Am.
God’s Word is eternal, and eternity’s destinations will last forever. He has declared that mankind can choose the eternal flame of His judgment or live forever in His everlasting peace. The Good News is that God sends out a booming invitation that says: “Return to Me; come and share My eternal home and be with Me where I am.” That is heaven! That is home eternal!
Who would not want to be where Jesus is? He is preparing a place for those who love and serve Him—now! Jesus has filled this place with the riches of His eternal truth and everlasting righteousness where the fruits of His works will be forever glorified. There will be continual rejoicing over His eternal wisdom. The Bible proclaims that we will praise Him continually and serve Him unending before His eternal throne when He reigns—eternally!
In this book, Billy Graham points to God’s eternal deliverance, God’s eternal sacrifice and God’s eternal love and joy. These are the anchors at the heart of Mr. Graham’s sermons that have drawn millions of people to their hour of decision. The everlasting gospel that is washed in His eternal love will be proclaimed until the end. When that day arrives—eternity will come clearly into view. Mankind throughout the ages will witness the eternal kingdom and the everlasting King on His throne forever. This is why Jesus calls the lost and weary to His everlasting salvation with this promise of eternal forgiveness, mercy, grace and love: “That where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3)

Nigeria is 55, hurrah!

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Happy Independent Day.

Every 1st of October is the national day of Nigeria. Today, the celebration will be low key. We have every reason to be hopeful in spite of what we have endured in the recent times.
Within this 55years, Nigeria has had a gruelling civil war. There had also been exchange of governments between Military and the Civilian.

>> Sir James Robertson(1899-1983) was the first Governor General of Nigeria. He ruled for 46 days. That is from October 1st 1960 to November 16th, 1960. Tafawa Balewa was the first Prime minister. He was the prime minister till 1966 when Nnamdi Azikiwe was deposed
>> Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904- 1996) became the first Nigerian President. From November 16, 1960 to October 1st, 1963, then from 1963 to January 16th, 1966 when he was deposed.

>>The Military men took over the rein of power. Major Gen. Kaduna Chukwuma Ezeogwu led the coup that toppled the government of Azikiwe.

>>Major General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi (1924-1966) took power from January 16, 1966 to July 12,1966 just 177 days in office, he was gruesomely assassinated..
>>General Yakubu Gowon (1934–). 1 August 1966 to 29 July 1975. ( deposed. )
8 years, 362 days.

>>. General Murtala Mohammed. (1938–1976) 29 July 1975 to 13 February 1976. ( assassinated. )
199 days.

>>. Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo. (1937–). 16 January 1976 to1 October 1979 ( resigned. )
3 years, 258 days. The era of General Obasanjo marks the end of first Republic.

#The 1979 constitution made the President both the Head of state and government.
Second republic started in 1979 and ended abruptly in 1983
>>. Shehu Shagari (1925–). 1 October 1979 to 31 December 1983. ( deposed. )
4 years, 91 days.

# Military rule (1983–1993)
Major-General Muhammadu Buhari led a coup d’état which overthrew then-President Shagari and his government.
>> Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (1942–). 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985 ( deposed. )
1 year, 239 days.

>> General Ibrahim Babangida (1941–). 27 August 1985 to 26 August 1993 ( resigned. )
7 years, 364 days

#Third Republic (1993)
The Third Republic was the planned republican government of Nigeria in 1993 which was to be governed by the Third Republican constitution.
>> Ernest Shonekan (1936–). 26 August 1993 to 17 November 1993 ( deposed. )
83 days.

#Military rule (1993–1999)
General Sani Abacha led a coup d’état which overthrown President Shonekan and his government.
>> General Sani Abacha (1943–1998). 17 November 1993 to 8 June 1998 ( died in office. )
4 years, 203 days

>> General Abdulsalami Abubakar (1942–). 8 June 1998 to 29 May 1999 ( resigned. )
355 days.

#Fourth Nigerian Republic
Under the fourth Constitution of the Republic of Nigeria, the President is head of both state and government. The President is elected by for a four-year term. In the event of a vacancy the Vice President serves as Acting President.
>> Olusegun Obasanjo (1937–). 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
8 years, 0 days

>> Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (1951–2010). 29 May 2007 to 5 May 2010 ( died in office. )
2 years, 341 days

>> Goodluck Jonathan (1957–). 5 May 2010 to 29 May 2015
5 years, 25 days

£££ Muhammadu Buhari (1942–) 29 May 2015. Incumbent.
124 days. (as of 30 September 2015)
President Muhammad Buhari is currently the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is from the All Progressive Party APC. He was the first president beat an incumbent in a free and fair elections. He is an anti corruption crusader. Nigeria has witnessed significant progress in the area of Electricity and Fuel distribution during his 124 days in office.
We can only pray and hope that the coming years will ursher us into our place in destiny even as we battle the demons of Boko Haram. It can only get better. Happy celebration Nigeria.

The Power of Sacrifice

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Power of sacrifice

Power of sacrifice

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King of Moab offered a sacrifice that was outrageous or how would you explain his acts in 2 King 3 vs 26-27. What seven hundred warriors could not do, one outrageous sacrifice did.
What informed his position about such an offering? Well, he could have consulted his diviner. You need a prophet. I know everyone claims to be a prophet but some have the gift from God.
He offered his crown prince upon the wall. This idolatrous King offered up his son. What happened? Immediately, there was a great indignation in the camp of Israel. The battle turned dramatically in his favour. Israel and the other kings left the battle hurriedly and returned to their base. That is the power of a higher sacrifice.
If truth must be told, the level of your success and breakthrough will be directly proportional to the level of your sacrifice.
Romans 12 vs 1 enjoined us to offer ourselves up to God a living sacrifice. Have you surrendered yourself to God completely? Is your purse, time, certificates, emotion, gifts, talents offered to him completely and as a living sacrifice?
If you have prayed, fasted and lived a holy life and it seems there is still no way, why not try a higher sacrifice. I mean such a giving that will shake you. Whatever does not shake you might not shake God. Abraham did something outlandish, something crazy when he accepted to sacrifice his only son Isaac to God on Mount Moriah.
What is your Isaac that God wants to have? Offer it to God and see the battle turn in your favour.
If all you have ever given in your life is between N50 to N200, why don’t you try a higher notes, afterall, His deserves the best.
This might just be panacea you’ve been looking for. Why not allow the spirit of God to speak to you.
Ask the politicians, they understood the power of a higher sacrifice. A secular musician shocked me when he confessed that he went to Redemption camp to make a sacrifice when his album was released. He went with his seed and the master copy. The result of his action was overwhelming. He is such a big hit today.
The problems with so many Christians today is the issue of unbelief. There are so many unbelieving believers in our generation. This is just a piece from my yet to be released Book, The Power of Sacrifice.
Feel free to comment, question and add to the post. God bless you as you read and apply this principle. http://ctt.ec/G0ced

Hajj’s Tragedy

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This is too much. Over 1000 worshippers perished in this year’s hajj operation. Something is fundamentally wrong. All the nations of the earth must speak out at once. This must not be allowed to continue. Our brothers and sisters shouldn’t be allowed to die like Rams.
An operation that occurs every year, shouldn’t the authority have envisaged such and put measures in place to avert tragedy. It becomes more worrisome because just some days ago over 200 souls were lost when a crane crash.
Saudi authority must be alive to their responsibilities. They must constitute a power inquest into the immediate cause of this tragedy with a view to averting future occurrence.
I commiserate with the families of the departed. May God grant them fortitude to bear the loss.

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