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Hi there! My name is Gay Aida Dumaguing, you can call me Gay or Gigi (my nickname) - just don't call me Aida because that would be my Mama. I'm a 27 years old experienced SEO specialist and social media manager, born and raise in the Philippines, working online since 2009 as a freelancer based in Cebu Philippines.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Digital Marketing Trends of 2014

Though 2014 is almost over and probably you're thinking that it might be too late for me to share with you, then again this can be a great way for you to find out and compare your marketing campaigns with the current trends. This may also help you plan your 2015 marketing campaign, since we have data from the rising sites.

This video of LGCGMarketing which show case the 2014 Digital Marketing trends is a 1 minute and 52 seconds long video, short but it gives you enough data to plan and compare your marketing campaigns.

In the video, you'll be able to get the best marketing trend that you can use for your business and/or areas that you can totally improve and focus more. From improving your website to your social media accounts, you can totally learn a lot from this video in a short time.



So here are a couple of tips from me to you.

Content Marketing

If you have a site, it's really important these days that you'll add or add more content to update your site. Not just for the sake of the freshness update, but also adding more internal links within your site. Content is also really important when it comes to search engine optimization, and as a SEO specialist it's best to provide and publish the best quality content; not only for your site but also to sites that you're linked with or building links at.

Mobile Marketing

There are a lot of people who do prefer or do check out more often sites via their mobile; since it's more accessible and faster. The best way to update and still within the trend, is that to have a responsive design of your website. Which means that whatever type of gadget - smartphone or tablet - that your visitor use, it automatically change its layout that fits to the users gadget.

Local Marketing

If your offering local services, it's best if you include or do local marketing for your business. I have clients who have made me do this and they have all been more successful and get more traffic from local marketing.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing is not for all, it's more ideal for businesses who who have something to sell or service to offer within their local area. Like for example, a restaurant or a digital printing business. If you're planning to use Pinterest, Pinterest has a huge market for women (since most of its users are women) but it's ideal if your selling products.

Video Marketing

I've done a couple of video marketing for my clients and even for myself. I usually use YouTube but it's highly advised that you use other video sites.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beachbody’s Focus T25 Alpha Round Workout Review and Results

Focus T25 Alpha Round Workout Review and Results
Took me awhile to update you guys with my fitness journey and a review for the Beachbody Focus T25, but please take note that this Focus T25 review is just for the first month or what we call the Alpha round. I’m currently doing the Beta one, for the second month which is harder but with the help of the workout I’ve done from Alpha, I was able to do it.

What is Focus T25?

Focus T25 is a workout DVD of Beachbody that you can follow to do “high intensity” workout within 25 minutes. The man behind this fitness program is Shaun T, who’s also the one who created and your DVD fitness instructor for the well-known workout, Insanity.

So if you don’t have an hour to spend for the fitness of your body, will a 25 minute workout and at most 3 minutes cool down do for you? But here’s the deal, don’t stop, don’t rest, but please do breathe. That’s what’s the word “FOCUS” for, Shaun T only ask you to give him at least 25 minutes of FOCUS to work out your body.



Shaun T's FOCUS T25 Base Kit - DVD Workout


Is Focus T25 Ideal for Newbies or Overweight?

Before I started working out, I weight more than 180lbs. (the last time I checked) and that’s when I decided to lose weight. I’ve heard of Turbo Jam before, so I tried it and made it to the second month (which I’ve already posted a review about) and now I’m doing Focus T25.

Let’s just say more or less I lost 10lbs. (at least) with Turbo Jam, I’m saying at least because I don’t track the weight, the inches I lost because I get disappointed when I know I’ve gained and don’t want to workout anymore. So better to just set my mind that I’m doing this so my body will be pumped up almost every day. But yes, I do want to look hot in a bikini but I don’t want that to be the #1 target, I just want to be healthy and active.

So most likely, I’ve done Focus T25 in an overweight body. Is it doable? Yes, there’s someone who’ll do an easy version which is mostly doable. But do I suggest to people that haven’t tried or done a workout for a long time the Focus T25? Honestly, no.  It’s best if you at least introduce your body first with something simple and a lot easy – since this one have pushups and there are ones that are really high in intensity. I do suggest starting with Turbo Jam though, maybe on the second month you’ll be like me, my body was hungry and want something tougher like Focus T25.

What’s inside the Focus T25 Alpha Round?

When you buy the Focus T25 you’ll get a total of 11 videos, and the Alpha and Beta have 5 videos each then the one video is the stretching (love the stretch!). Here are the videos for the Alpha:


Cardio
Length: 25 minutes + 2 minutes and 25 seconds Cool Down
Equipment Needed: Nada!

Speed 1.0
Length: 25 minutes + 2 minutes and 25 seconds Cool Down
Equipment Needed: Nada!

Total Body Circuit
Length: 25 minutes + 3 minutes and 15 seconds Cool Down
Equipment Needed: Mini-mat (if you want to do the easy one)

Ab Intervals
Length: 25 minutes + 3 minutes and 30 seconds Cool Down
Equipment Needed: Mini-mat

Lower Focus
Length: 25 minutes + 3 minutes and 10 seconds Cool Down
Equipment Needed: Nada!

My Focus T25 Alpha Round Results

The Alpha round for Focus T25 consist of 5 weeks of workout schedule, wherein you’ll need to do the video workout 5 times a day, and on the 5th day you’ll have a double day workout (so you need at most 60 minutes for the 5th day). If you don’t have that much time to offer for the 5th day, you may follow what I did. I’ve done one for the 5th day and the other on the 6th day; and then no workout for me on the 7th day, so I do the stretching instead on the first day before doing the workout video. Got it?

Here’s my progress and what I’ve done for the workouts.


There’s no weight tracking there for me, I really don’t like to know if I lost or gain. Better just do it!
There are days that I haven’t done it since I do handle events too and an Ambassador for a travel site, so there are really times that I can’t do the workout because my body is already exhausted or I need to leave really really early.

The result?


So obviously, the one from the left is the before photo. The other one on the right is the photo I took during an event, it was my third (3rd) week of the workout.



Now, this photo above. The one on the left is the before the first day of the work out, and the right one is the one that I just took (I'm full, just ate lunch). I'm on the second week of Beta by the way and that's my dog photo-bombing. So yeah, nothing really obvious but I am really more active and feel more fit.

I’ll let you decide if I lose weight or what, but for me, nothing much. Since the Alpha round is just an introduction to Beta but hey, still I work out, I sweat, I conquer! I have more obvious photos that my body is starting to form and less flappy but I don’t want to disgust you with that image – I know it will be in our mind like, forever?

Please take note that I don’t have a diet, I don’t follow any diet plan. That’s why I work out because I don’t want to diet; so most likely I don’t have that much of result like others have because of my diet, but then what I eat is also how much I should workout.

As for the Beta, I really like it but it’s hard. I can really feel that it’s trying to create an Abs out of my Absolutely fats on my belly and my Mama loves that my body form is starting to show. Actually on my first week, I’ve tried to nail it so hard that I turned red and my body temperature is really hot and I’m sweating a lot.



Shaun T's FOCUS T25 Deluxe Kit - DVD Workout


My Focus T25 Alpha Tips

So let me share with you my tips of doing the Focus T25, and they’re the following:

  • Do the stretch! At first I really took it for granted, but when I tried it after doing the workout for 2 weeks, I am more flexible, active and my body aches doesn’t hurt that much. Make sure you’ve done the ankle stretch since it helps you with the jumping.
  • If you can’t do the high impact one, don’t push it too hard but do try to do it every day. I do try to do the high impact one everyday but if I feel like I can’t do it anymore, I do the low impact one and then if I feel like I can do the high impact, I’ll try  again.
  • Get a mini-mat! Honestly, I don’t have it at first but I feel like I really really should. Thanks to a company, they sent me a free mat (not mini, I just fold it).
  • There are a lot of jumps, but since you can do the low impact one (with no jumps) don’t push yourself to do all the jumps it may hurt your knees and/or ankle.

What I don’t like about the Focus T25  (Alpha) is that it have injured me but I was able to find a way (online) to at least lessen the pain. Then again, thankfully that I feel really good with it I still keep on doing it and that’s why I’m on Beta right now. Hopefully, I’ll make it and be able to get that body that I want.


Friday, September 5, 2014

5 Unforgettable Funny Quotes of Joan Rivers

To be honest, I didn’t know who Joan Rivers is until today that her death is trending on Twitter. Yes, I was curious and looked her up since obviously a lot of people really love her.

After looking her up, I realized then that she’s the person behind one of my favorite quotes.


Anyway, for everyone who loved her and now missing her, I know how painful it is to lose someone you love so much and I do believe that they don’t want to see us drowning ourselves in pain. So I’ve looked up some hilarious quotes of Joan Rivers that will hopefully make you laugh and remember what kind of a great woman she is.






Well, to her fans, friends and loved ones the quotes above probably will make them cry more (that’s how I felt when I try to recall happy moments with my Daddy) but as funny as she is, surely she don’t want us crying. Well, except for Meryl Streep.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Top 8 Social Media Websites

My Top 8 Social Media Websites
A lot of my friends wonder that it seems that it is necessary for me to update my social media accounts and have social media accounts. Do I want to be famous, well-known or do I just want them to be envy at me?

Well, dear friends and readers, I feel like it’s a must update for me and must have for me the social media sites because it’s my only living (instant) proof to the clients who wish to hire me for a job that I do really exist. Updating it with my (almost) everyday life, happenings and events will at least give the impression to my clients that the person they’re contacting do have a life and is alive and do exist.

Another reason is that, well, obviously I do also use this to promote my blog, myself and of course my client’s products and services.

Now, as for my list of social media sites they’re actually just 8, there can be more but then again these social media websites are MY top social media sites. I’m not depending on how much is their Alexa rank or traffic have but it’s basically basing on how many people I “think” and noticed using these sites. So basically, these are my personal list of most popular social media sites for 2014 which are the following:

Facebook

Obviously, the most used and the top social media site is Facebook. A lot of people do use Facebook to stay connected, be connected and be updated with the people who they know and want to get to know. People love their features, functionality but then again they’re having a lot of PAID changes that may make some Facebook users back off.

Though it’s the top social media website today, there’s still room for improvement but still everything that Facebook have now satisfies their users so that will do.

Twitter

I love Twitter, but as I’ve mentioned on a post “How to Use Twitter” I didn’t get it at first why I have to publicly update people with my personal life. But now, obviously I love it. Having more than 10,000 tweets already tells you that!

What I think people love Twitter is that anyone can feel famous, be connected with a total stranger with the same interest and be connected with famous people – having a greater chance to get the attention of the celebrity that you love.

LinkedIn

As a professional SEO specialist, I love joining social media sites like these. You’ll be able to find fellow professionals, professionals that are more likely have the same interest and field with you.

What I love with this site is that there are also people from companies who are most likely from the HR who’ll be able to find you and can contact you for a great opportunity, which had happened to me a couple of times. So for job seekers or for people who are open for a greener field, join in!

Instagram

Who doesn’t love Instagram? I think everyone love taking photos and be a photographer of their own and share it with everyone. One great thing about this is that you’ll be able to connect your Instagram to your other social media sites especially your Flickr account. Updating your 6 social media account from one social media site.

Tumblr

I love blogging, I love sharing. Tumblr is another social media site where you could get the chance to blog at the same time. But my problem with Tumblr is that I can’t (or just don’t know) how to monetize it using ads. But then again, I’m still using it and connected with my Instagram account.

Google Plus

You might wonder why I put it on the 6th spot, but the thing is I think it’s not that popular. Though it’s owned by Google, the thing is we’re so used of Facebook that most of us may prefer Facebook. But don’t get me wrong, I love Google Plus including their functions and security and their invites (on groups) which is not on Facebook.

Pinterest

What I love about Pinterest is that their boards, totally unique from other social media sites which I think the reason why there are a lot of people trying to copy their platform. Yes, there are a lot of similar sites existing that is surely and obviously a copy of the design of Pinterest.

What I like about Pinterest is that if I want a photo, I can just go there. I mean photos and collections that I just want to laugh at and share.

FourSquare

Badges! That’s what I love about FourSquare. As a travel blogger, it’s really great that I’ll be able to share to everyone where I was at and be able to share some tips via FourSquare.

I think it’s important for a social media website to create a mobile version and/or an app. Especially these days that a lot of people are using their smartphones and prefer to work on their smartphone or tab than their desktops. So making it easier for the users to use and access the site can surely help you be one of the top social media sites for the upcoming years.