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coronavirus tracking website

Did you know that one of the most visited corona virus-tracking websites was created by a teenager?

17-year old Avi Schiffmann, of Washington State, developed ncov2019, an informative website that updates COVID-19 statistics from all over the world.

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Avi Schiffmann (Photo from: www.instagram.com/avischiffmann/)

The website collects and regularly updates coronavirus statistics per country, including a tally on deaths, recoveries, active cases, and tests made, from data scraped from WHO, CDC, and other government websites. It also features a map with a breakdown of cases, basic information about the virus, and a survival rate calculator.

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Photo: https://ncov2019.live/map

With the website’s popularity, daily website traffic is now estimated at 30 million visitors from all around the world per day, so it is no surprise that Schiffmann has received offers from advertisers. However, Schiffmann decided to decline advertising offers for now, as he did not want ad pop-ups to ruin the website’s UI, which would probably happen once he monetizes the website. Additionally, he is also aware that most of his website visitors from different parts of the world do not have fast internet, so adding ads and trackers will make the website slower and probably unusable for them.

With this impressive development, the future is looking bright for Schiffmann. He has already received job offers, including one from Microsoft, but has yet to accept one, as he is focused into developing his own projects as of now.

With Schiffmann’s ncov2019 development, and the good it did to inform and educate people, we can’t wait to see his projects in the future.

To know more about Avi Schiffmann, visit ncov2019, or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @AviSchiffmann. You can also share your appreciation to his project and buy him a coffee here.

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content marketing for your business

“Why aren’t you talking about my product?!”

It can be perplexing as to how talking about other things other than your product can help your business and it can make you wonder if it is really effective. Content marketing, in simpler terms, is story-telling. You deliver relevant and valuable content for your customers and prospective clients to help them solve their issues or answer their questions instead of using hard-sell tactics to promote your products or services.

Content marketing, perhaps, is one of the most effective ways to reach and generate quality leads and customers. Here’s how:

Help Build Brand Awareness to Your Target Audience

Let’s be honest. Some of your target markets may not know about your brand. But by providing quality and engaging content that answers to their needs, you won’t only drive relevant and targeted traffic to your site but will also get the visitors to stick around longer.

This will help your site rank higher on search engine results page, making it easier for people to visit your page to find out how your brand can help them answer their query. Relevant content can engage these leads to help build brand awareness to people that are more likely to be interested in your products.

Connect with your Audience

The more you publish quality content that educates and has quality value to your market, the more they will trust your products and services. Helping them in their challenges and inquiries that are appropriate to your brand creates stronger customer relationship. It helps you build credibility and rapport by showing them that you know your industry very well and that they can trust your services.

Help Build Customer Loyalty

Once you have built a relationship with your customers by making them feel that your brand cares about them, their purchasing decision will most likely lean towards your product compared to your competitors. When they see that you have useful and valuable content, they will follow your brand on whatever platform it is.


When content is really good, visitors will share it with their colleagues. Increasing your visibility online without having to pay for ads! Content marketing costs less than outbound marketing but it can generate up to more than 3 times the lead when done the right way.

Content marketing, in a nutshell, helps your business grow by reaching customers that are more likely to be loyal to your brand to help increase your sales without spending so much.

If you’re looking for an agency that can help you create relevant and consistent content for your brand, reach out to our team at iManila! Call us today at (02) 490 0000 or email us at [email protected]!

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Some relationships reach a point wherein things start to slow down. Maybe one person becomes less responsive, and the other ends up not feeling safe or secure in the relationship anymore. When it reaches that point, sadly, sometimes it’s better to accept the situation and move on to better things.

This same situation can happen with your website hosting provider. If you feel like things aren’t where they’re supposed to be, maybe it’s time to get up and get moving. But what exactly are the signs you should look out for in order to say, “Yup, it’s time to move on”? Here are 5 simple reasons for you to consider:

At a Snail’s Pace

Slow speed means lost revenues. Think of all the visitors and potential customers you could have converted, but have bounced away because of your site’s slow speed. Ideally, your website should load within 2-3 seconds. Anything more than that could drive your users to leave your site. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change your hosting plan or provider. Google hates slow speed too! The company has been known to devalue slow loading sites.

Can’t Keep Up with Traffic Spikes

As your business grows, you want your hosting provider to grow with you as well. When there is a spike in traffic on your website, is your hosting provider able to expand your capacity automatically? A good hosting provider should be able to anticipate your site activities and recommend a plan that best suits your requirements to avoid unforeseen issues that could cost you additional expenses.

Frequent Downtime

No website should experience unexpected and repetitive downtime. While there are no hosting providers that can guarantee a 100% uptime, you should expect at least a 99.9% uptime. If you’re getting less than that, then it’s definitely time for a change.

Inadequate Security

The #1 question to ask is: What can your hosting provider do to keep your website safe? No website owner wants their site to get hacked – files missing, corrupted, and moved around – especially for companies that handle sensitive information. A great hosting provider should be able to offer you and your customers strict security measures and strategies.

Unresponsive Tech Support

As much as we try to avoid it, things can still go wrong at any time. And when it does, your hosting provider’s support team should be on top of everything. A support team is crucial for site owners who have limited experience in solving technical issues. Your web hosting’s support team should be able to help you solve any issue, be responsive to all your queries, and be able to properly monitor all activities related to your hosting plan, 24/7.

There are a lot of hosting providers whose services you can get for cheap. But sometimes, lowered prices means the quality of the service is compromised. Rather than opt for the cheapest service, consider partnering with a hosting provider that will address all your needs and protect your online assets.

iManila’s Hosting services guarantee a 99.98% uptime, and access to a highly-skilled and responsive technical support team to assist you with your web hosting concerns. If you need help choosing a hosting package, check out https://imanila.ph/hosting/ or send us an email at [email protected].


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