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Technology Doesn't Have to Do EVERYTHING for You

Just ask the free fintech app you can find anywhere -- PRISM.

Ever heard of it? It's only one of the biggest apps out there designed to help manage your money, which we've heard is one of the biggest topics in technology these days. Why? Because of the negative connotation -- oh, dear, tech will rule the world, and then we end up with perilous thoughts of machines running our lives, us getting fat, and then soon none of us knowing how to even balance a checkbook. A relevant fear to have.

The Fact Is Technology Is a Problem in a Lot of Ways


We end up a bit lazy. We focus on convenience and not independence. We have to remember that we're still in charge and not dependent on the machines to do our work for us. And while we're busy buying things, we're wondering so much why we end up going into debt so easily.

This is why fintech's so big right now. And what separates the "automaters" from the "empowerers" of fintech sits right at the center -- Prism. Probably the only app out there you can use on the go that won't do everything for you, but keeps you in control for the most part.

Now Don't Get Us Wrong, Though -- Automation Helps a Lot

We sometimes need that helping hand. But this is our money; we should be able to see it before anything happens to it. Prism does exactly that: it lets you see the bills, automate them if you choose, or manually pay them if you like.

The keyword here is CHOICE. You have the ability to be empowered with your money -- through technology.

Unlike money-saving apps and other budget management platforms, the thing about Prism is that it is strictly bill management. Think of it as a digital 'ledger'. Something of a lost art these days. With all the automation taking over, many people end up not even thinking about what comes out of the account in exchange for the lessened stress on their lives.



Prism Does It a Little Different

You sign in. You link all your bills on there. You then link your payment accounts. Voila. Now instead of scrounging around for that bill that came in the mail, you can pay it immediately via the app without a problem. That's convenience, but with empowerment at your fingertips. And it's all because of technology.

It's remarkable, because once a new bill becomes available, even before you get it in the mail, Prism sends you a push notification on your phone that you'll be receiving something for the electric bill, or the cable bill, or the Netflix bill, that you should be aware of before it pulls the rug out from under you.

You then have the choice to either pay that bill right then and there -- or you can schedule it for a later date. Again, it gives you control.

Other Features, of Course, Include....

Payday inputting, for one. That's right -- you can actually have the app track all your paydays in conjunction with your bills' due dates. Additionally Prism has this nifty feature of notifying you when a bill ends up looking, well, unusual.

Like your gas bill, for instance. Perhaps it went up compared to last month -- that kind of communication covers you with a reminder that maybe you should check the actual bill and make sure it's all accurate.

Lastly, if you think that it's a pay-it-and-it-disappears affair, know that the app actually logs a history of each and every bill you've paid, so you can always review everything. Perhaps even print everything for reference of other services you would need for proof that you indeed pay these bills at this address or that address. You get the picture.



True Money Management, Only Easier for You, Not Done for You

We applaud that, and it may work for you. Just remember: app technology brings all of the convenience we could ever want right into the forefront. And there's no doubt that perhaps maybe we can believe that as tech continues to grow and advance, so will we as well!

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What Are Featured Snippets?

The featured snippets are becoming a hot topic nowadays. It has short and crisp information of the user's query. The search engine crawlers extract the information visible into the featured snippets. The most common type of featured snippets you will see are definitions, tables, steps, and lists.

Google is displaying more and more featured results every day. Now on average, more than 70 percent of featured snippets are generating from the sites ranking between position 2-10. It gives the SEO companies a new way to beat the top result and achieve position zero.

Featured snippets are also called position zero, and as their name sounds, they are cutting the traffic of first ranking result.

A position zero is a unique obstruct over the organic search results that Google here and there shows for specific inquiries, usually questions (i.e., who/what/where/when/why/how).

It contains an outline (a paragraph, a list, a table, or a video), also the publication date, page title, connection to the page from which the appropriate response generated, and URL.

Why Are Featured Snippets Important for SEO?

Featured Snippets Affect SEO in two different ways. In the first place, Featured Snippets are a chance to get more clicks from the organic search results without higher Google rankings.

Numerous SEOs call the Featured Snippet box as "Position ZERO" because it shows up over the customary #1 spot.

Information Box and Rich Answers are not lies under the class of Featured Snippets. Here we have described types of Featured snippets and how you can achieve it.

1. Text or Paragraph Featured Snippet

As we all like the extracted answer that immediate answers our search query. Google extricates content from a page trying to respond to the searcher's query. The best approach to achieve the paragraph featured snippets is to answer the searcher's question at the top of the page and then spread light over the topic to keep the searcher engaged.

FAQ pages are ideal for responding to numerous short queries at once, while blog pages are better for complex questions.

Optimize Your Content for Paragraph Featured Snippets

Paragraph snippets are extremely suited for these kinds of searches:

• Comparisons ( X vs. Y)

• Who is…

• Why is…

• How is…

Google is just going to pull a small part of your content, so make sure to give your answer in 40 to 50 words. For a shockingly better possibility at the featured result, incorporate the query as a heading and answer the question straightforwardly.

2. Video Snippets

Other than text snippets, Google may choose a video as the best solution to your query. If so, you will see a video snippet as a result. If you click on the picture, you will navigate to the specific landing page.

For some "how-to" queries, Google has selected to pull in essential videos, featuring suggested clips of the video that is probably going to best respond to the searcher's query.

Optimize for Video Featured Snippets

• Optimization for video content is simple since Google appears to support video content:

• Plan your content step-by-step

• Add a script for the video's captions

• Utilize optimized description with long-tail keywords

3. The Table Featured Snippet

Table snippets are shockingly popular, making up 29 percent of all featured snippets. Google indeed prefers to flaunt its abilities with these. It doesn't simply pull the data and let it display how it is– it can extract the data the user is searching for, and produce its very own table, as in the model underneath.

Optimize for Table Featured Snippets

• If you want to optimize for the table snippet results here are some essential tips to consider:

• Take each necessary step for Google. Feel free to put your information in a table yourself. It will serve your site visitor as you are preparing this for them. It could furthermore make it simpler for Google to find your tabular content.

• Always start with a suitable heading immediately, followed by your table and data.

4. The Bulleted List Featured Snippet

Answers that exhibited in numbered lists or bulleted lists fall under this snippet type. List snippets apply for the parts of posts, which are step-by-step guides and instructions.

Optimize for List Featured Snippets

• Here are some essential techniques to optimize your content for the list snippet result:

• Include the question as a heading

• Answer the question in 40-50 words under the heading

• There's likewise a second way that Google will search for this data: put your list in the table order.

• To do that, organize your content in steps with ordered or unordered list labels. And for each significant activity or level, utilize a heading.


If you need to improve your website traffic and enhance your site's SEO, you should realize that involving the top-10 positions of Google indexed lists isn't the solution. Positioning in featured snippets allows you another opportunity to beat your competitors.

Here's a swift recap of the Techniques:

• Target question-related keywords

• Analyze Google's "People Also Ask" for pertinent queries

• Strive for the first page of Google SERPs.

• Utilize the reversed pyramid style when curating content

• Incorporate words that are probably going to create featured snippets

• Organize your blog post as per your targeted featured snippet

• Don't cross the length of 40-58 words

• Structure your blog post properly

• Add a Q&A page to your site

Author Bio:

Ashish Roy

Since founding a Raleigh SEO Company Cibirix, Ashish has used his marketing knowledge to lead the agency in generating truly efficient digital marketing experiences for clients. He has more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing and loves to write about different types of content in the industry.

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