Wednesday, September 18, 2019

My Experience as a Content Copywriter



I’ve provided lots of informative, engaging content in previous months. I’ve decided the time has come for a quick and shameless self-promotional post.
Over the last two years, I’ve gained a lot of experience as a content writer and freelance blogger. The art of article writing has become my specialty, in addition to social media posts and social media management, in-depth guides, and even white papers.
I’m always looking for places where there are freelance writers for hire. I often get propositioned on LinkedIn, although some of those people actually expect me to work for free! 
They say the payment is “exposure,” which sounds great, but how do you measure such a thing? No one asks people to do other jobs for free, but somehow asking a web content writer to write for free is apparently considered normal.
There’s no way that’s going to be worth it for me. I have my own blog for exposure, in addition to platforms like Medium, LinkedIn, and Steemit.
I do, however, use some sites to syndicate blog posts. Sites like Tremr.com, Blockdelta.io, and Blockchain.news don’t pay for posts, but they provide additional platforms to publish articles that have already been posted to my blog. So, I do appreciate being invited to sites like that.  
However, I have to make a living. Free articles won’t pay the bills.

Content Copywriter Business

My freelance writing business, BDN Content, did very well in 2018. I wrote all about the last two years in my latest press release.

2019 got off to a slower start but took a different direction starting in May. At this time, I became PR & Marketing Manager at BlockGroup, a startup PR firm focused on building blockchain brands. That position only lasted about three months before the startup went through some changes and wound up eliminating the PR & Marketing Manager position.
Since then, I’ve resumed article writing as a web content writer and freelance blogger. Being a content copywriter is great, and I learned a lot from my experience studying and working with some excellent content marketers. 
Web writing is a form of content marketing that few people have the skills necessary to excel at. I have a long list of experience and certifications that contributes to being a high-caliber SEO web content writer.
Again, the details are all contained in my latest BDN Content press release. You can read the press release from my press room at PRlog.org.

Freelance Content Copywriter for Hire

BDN Content is the name of my freelance writing business. I chose the name based on my full legal name: Brian Dean Nibley. My initials combined with the word “content” seemed like the perfect choice for a website content writer.


Is your company or website looking for freelance copywriters for hire?
Contact me, Brian Nibley, by leaving a comment below, connecting on social media, or reaching out through my portfolio website at bdncontent.com.
Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Steemit: @bdncontent.
Visit my portfolio at bdncontent.com

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gold: The Future of Money





Gold is hitting record highs against scores of fiat currencies.

There are three perfect ways to gain exposure to the gold market.
The fundamentals driving the rally are likely to continue into the foreseeable future.
We have begun witnessing something strange and phenomenal in 2019.
For the first time in many years, gold bugs are being vindicated. People who have for a long time been called “doomsayers” are now seeing their predictions come true to a certain degree.
After a six-year bear market, the precious metals market has begun to rally hard. 
What’s the best way to play this rally? Surely you don’t want to put all of your money into physical gold and bury it in the backyard (although this may be beneficial in the event of a zombie apocalypse).
That said, holding some physical gold in your possession is wise, as there’s zero counterparty risk involved. But that's not the only option. 
Here are three of my favorite ways to get into gold.

Goldmoney

Goldmoney allows you to hold gold, silver, platinum, and palladium in secure vaults. The vaults are managed by well-established security companies such as Brinks and Loomis in various nations around the world including Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more.
Users can purchase precious metals via a variety of payment methods including PayPal and ACH transfer.
In my view, the two biggest benefits of Goldmoney are:
  • Your metals are easier to liquidate
  • You don’t have to hold them yourself

Goldmoney makes it easy to sell metals for the fiat currency of your choice.
If you hold physical gold, the only way to liquidate it is either to sell it online through a marketplace like eBay or go to a brick and mortar coin shop or other bullion dealers.
And while storing gold in a vault involves some measure of counterparty risk and requires a small monthly fee, it’s worth it when you consider the potential pitfalls of holding too much gold in your personal possession.
Natural disasters or theft are risks of holding gold on your own. A flood, hurricane, or wildfire could cause you to lose your metals. And thieves could target them.
Holding gold in a vault is, of course, the most secure method.
What about investors who don’t care about the metal itself and instead want a way to gain exposure through their brokerage accounts? 

Gold ETFs

An easy way to gain exposure to the gold market is to invest in a gold exchange-traded fund. There are too many gold ETFs to count. Two that have seen extraordinary gains so far in 2019 at GDX and GLD.


The VenEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) is up nearly 40% YTD. This fund holds shares of mining companies in over ten different countries on four continents. In order to be added to the index, at least 50% of a companies revenue must be derived from gold-mining related activities. 
SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) has seen YTD returns of 17%. GLD only buys physical gold bullion. Due to the ownership of bullion, this fund moves with the price of gold closely.  
“The Big Short” Investor Michael Burry, who made a fortune shorting the housing crisis in 2008, has recently said that passive-investment vehicles like ETFs and index funds remind him of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) that helped spark the Great Recession. ETFs are forming a bubble similar to the kind that brought down the global financial system over a decade ago, according to Burry.
Fortunately, a gold ETF is different since it represents a safe-haven asset that investors flock to during times of instability. If Burry is right and there is an ETF bubble about to burst, that would be bullish for gold, gold ETFs, and gold mining stocks.

Junior Gold Mining Stocks

For traders looking for leveraged gains, junior mining stocks provide a promising opportunity. Most of these are small-cap penny stocks with huge growth potential.
As the price of gold rises, so too does the profitability of mining it. Companies that calculated a profitable business model at prices of $1,275 per ounce may see huge gains with a price of $1,500 or more.
There are tons of promising small-cap companies in this sector.
Companies like Pure Gold Inc (LRTNF), Westhaven Ventures (WTHVF), and K92 Mining (KNTNF) all have promising fundamentals. Pure Gold and Westhaven have recently hit bonanza grade gold intercepts, meaning they have found very rich deposits of gold ore.

The Gold Bull Market Has Only Just Begun


The fundamentals driving the huge rally in gold grow stronger by the day. Global instability, negative interest rates, trade wars, and volatility in equities all contribute to the demand for safe-haven assets like gold. And that’s not to mention an even simpler reason for the gold rally – declining values of fiat currency.
Gold has already hit all-time highs against 72 different fiat currencies this year. It’s only lagging against the US dollar, and even there we see 6-year highs.
Global central banks have been printing money and debasing their currencies for a decade. All that easy monetary policy means good things for gold. And now the Fed has begun to reverse course with reducing its balance sheet and raising rates. The precious metals party is just getting started.