Saturday, November 11, 2006

Domain Parking - an extra income


If you have any domains which you don't currently have a use for why not get something out of them for nothing!

By parking your domain name to the DNS servers of 'domain parking' companies you can earn an extra stream of income from visitors who access your URL.

Simply register with a domain parking company such as NameDrive and redirect your domain name to their servers. When someone visits your URL be it from a search engine, a link on another site or a direct type-in, they will be shown a page of search results relating to your sites domain name and/or previous contents.

Each time a surfer clicks on one of these sponsored links you earn an income, similar to using any other Pay Per Click search engines or publishing networks.

An example of a parked domain is: http://www.eGoldJobs.com

May domain parking sites offer payments by PayPal and accept members from around the globe. So if you have a domain that is sitting around doing nothing, and you want to get something out of it - park it!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

How to increase CPC revenue

Following on from my earlier post about monitoring CPC revenue, this post explains how you can increase your earnings at CPC affiliate networks.

As I mentioned before the revenue your site generates is determined by a number of different factors:
  • The average CPC value of the ads
  • The effectiveness of the ads targeting towards your content
  • The amount of traffic your site receives AND
  • Your click-through ratio.
By increasing any of the above (or ideally all) you can make a huge difference in the amount you are earning.

The average CPC value of the ads shown on your website can be influenced by placing popular and high-paying keywords related to your site content throughout your webpage. Use high-paying phrases more than once, and use some variation so lots of relevant keywords appear across your site.

The effectiveness of the ads targeting will be influenced by the above. The more keywords related to your content you have the better targeted your ads will be. For example if you had very little content on your site about the Internet ads may be displayed for broadband/dsl providers. Whereas a on a more developed site the ads may be more relevant to your page content, e.g. Internet Tips, Cool websites etc.

When using programs such as AdSense it is important not to use artificial traffic generation techniques such as traffic exchanges to boost your hit count, since this is specifically stated as a no-no in the terms of service. Instead you can use Search Engine Optimization techniques to ensure your site ranks high in searches related to your site content - bringing you a stream of interested visitors.

Click-through ratio is determined by relevancy (see above) as well as the ad formats chosen, ad coloring and positioning. An ad at the side of, or embedded into a popular article will have a higher click-through ratio than one at the very bottom of a page.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Elite Ventures - The Best HYIP 2006?


Elite Ventures - The Best HYIP 2006?

Paying status: PAUSED - SYSTEM REBUILDING - ERRORS FIXING

CURRENT UPDATES IN SpeakUpForum

Possible return???: weeks?

Investment Plans:

1. Achievement Plan:

6 Month Plan 40% - 80% Monthly + Principle at end

Plan One $100 - $9,999 40.00
Plan Two $10,000 - $25,000 60.00
Plan Three $25,001 and more 80.00

2. Platinum Plan

200% in 30 Days

3. CashToProfit Plan

190% in 14 Days

$25 - $30,000

Supported payment:

E-gold, eBullion, bank wire, Bank of America

Possible income with Elite Ventures:

With a deposit of only $1000, you can get back $7529.53 in 6 months at 100% compounding, or you can make $400 every month at 0% compounding and get your $1000 back at the end! We offer inbetween ranges as well!

Warning: HYIP scene is very unstable investment area. The best HYIP program can be great investment scam next day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Monitoring CPC Revenue


An important job for a webmaster who is running a commerical website and is utilising pay-per-click (PPC) or cost-per-click (CPC) advertising on their site to generate an income is working out how to maximise their revenue.

Total revenue can be effected by a number of different factors, and in order to maximise your revenue it is important to consider all of them.
  • The average CPC value of the ads
  • The effectiveness of the ads targeting towards your content
  • The amount of traffic your site receives AND
  • Your click-through ratio.
You should be keeping track of these as often as possible, perhaps even on a daily basis. Many of these statistics may be able to be provided from the site which is serving the advertising, however the effectiveness of the ad targeting can only be judged by human eyes.

If you don't have figures for the amount of traffic your site is receiving, shame on you. You can either choose to use the total number of ad impressions you have delivered in a period divided by the number of ad formats you have on each page, or you can incorporate external tracking and compare this with the number of ad impressions you deliver.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Are Online HYIPs legal?


The answer to this question in the vast majority of cases is a simple no.

There are legitimate offline High Yield Investment Programs, however as these are registered businesses they come under much more scrutiny and regulation ensuring their business practices are all legal.

Online HYIPs on the other hand are not. An online HYIP can be set up in as little as an hour or so, by anyone who has access to a computer, the Internet, some web hosting, a domain and a script to run the site with.

These online High Yield Investment Programs more often than not offer a 'guaranteed' return, though of course when you aren't paid when the obvious downfall or closure of the site occurs, this counts for little.

These programs are run on a ponzi basis, until the admin decides to close the site and move on to scam the next bunch of people naive enough to believe HYIPs are their way to quick buck.

HYIPs are immoral, in most cases illegal, and down-right risky.

If you decide to go ahead, research, check-again and then proceed with extreme caution before you step into the dangerous world of online investments.

Compare Prices Online

The Internet has brought great savings on electrical items for many, with the majority of high-street chains offering discounts if you order your products online.

But even so, there is still a huge difference in the price you could be paying on the Internet for a single product.

To get the best deal it is always important to shop around, and not be afraid to stray away from the big-names and top brands. The low cost of getting a site online has meant that many regional businesses are able to have an online presence, which means more competition and better deals for consumers.

In order to root out the cheapest sites it is best to use an online shopping price comparison website such as Kelkoo or PriceRunner. There are several other sites offering similar services, but these are the most well-known.

Simply enter in the product you are looking for and up pop the results of usually about 10+ sites offering the product for sale.

Be aware that some sites include postage in the item cost, and others may charge extra for this.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

PTSU.net review

Earn $1,000,000 in e-gold
Or so this site claims. In fact this site which has been arround for 8 months or so is simply an elaborate online pyramid scheme. The site, which is written to an extremely poor standard of English, leading me to believe the American information in the WHOIS is fake, offers a 'free signup', but to get anything out of the program you have to upgrade to a Silver membership for $3.70 (USD).
To earn you then have to drag your friends and anyone else naive enough to believe the yarns this site weaves into the scheme. Members are paid $1 for referring a new member to the project from their link, and they also earn $0.20 for an additional 13 referral levels (levels 2-14). The $1 million figure which is the main claim of the site is reached by suggesting that after you have referred 3 people, each member in your downline will referr 3 members and so on and so forth, leaving you with $1,434,892.80 on level 14, (the first level which would earn you $1M supposing everyone recruits 3 more people into the scam). However to do this you will need a whopping 7,174,452 members in your downline, yes you read that right - over 7 Million people will need to be in your downline.
That just ain't going to happen, so when this site claims you can 'easily earn $1,000,000' they are lying out of their backside.
Take my advice, steer clear - this is just another pyramid scheme where the man at the top takes money from investors and is laughing all the way to the bank.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Uniclear problem


Uniclear Problems?

As of October 20, 2006, Uniclear (the payment processors) still hasn't sorted out their financial troubles. The site is "Under New management"
Uniclear notice:

- We are no longer accepting personal account applications.
- We are no longer accepting new debit card applications.
- We are no longer accepting funds for credit to personal accounts.

In other words, they aren't doing anything until they get their banking transfer problems straightened out.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Scam HYIPs


Are all High Yield Investment Programs Scams? The simple answer is no, however most of the online ones are.

There are thousands of perfectly legitimate High Yield Investment Programs offline. These are investment funds which are designed to get a larger profit for the investors in a small amount of time. For this reason HYIPs are definitely a high-risk investment and are certainly not for everyone. Only skilled investors will use these programs, and they will normally invest upwards of $50,000.

Online HYIPs on the otherhand are available to everyone, which is one of their main problems. The amount of people who think that investing in an online HYIP will earn them money is staggering.

These online HYIPs can be set up for as little as $50 or so, and with a little promotion - often through illegal techniques such as spamming or hacking websites people are drawn in.

Almost all HYIPs will fail within a few months of their launch, as the team behind the project, inevitably, take what money is left in the program and run, only to start up a new site the very next day.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Upfront Payment Scams

If you have been looking from home based business opportunities on the internet the chances are you have probably come across one of these.

Put simply these are 'online business opportunities' which claim you can work from home for just a few hours a day or by using automated systems that do work for you and rake in a paycheck worth thousands of dollars a month.

After a sales pitch normally lasting several pages and featuring appraisals from happy 'customers' each displaying their own success stories you will be asked to pay a small 'one time' charge or administration fee.

Once you have passed your money over, normally in the region of about $50-$100 you will normally find out that the 'opportunity' is either a MLM or pyramid scheme, an extremely overhyped program or a Ponzi scheme.

To avoid getting caught by these scams simply remember, if you are looking for a job, you don't have to pay for it!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Forex Timing

What time of the day is best to trade on the Forex markets?

Forex trading is truly an international and 24-hour market, however this is only because of the different opening and closing times of the national markets.

Caterina Christakos, a foreign exchange trader and entrepreneur says that the best time to trade the on the forex market is between 3am and 11am EST. The US dollar is involved in 89% of all forex transactions, so whenever the US market is open trading volumes will be higher than when it is closed. However, 3am - 11am (EST) is the busiest and therefore best time to trade due to the overlap of the London and New York sessions.


The most popular currencies traded on the Forex market, in descending order, are: United States Dollar, The Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc and the Australian Dollar. As such when more of these markets are open the value of trades taking place is greater.

How bloggers make money

Owning a blog, and posting in it daily can often be a time-consuming task. Not to say that blogging is not fun, the vast majority of people use their blogs to share information about themselves or their company, to tell stories and to chat about issues relating to them.

After putting all this effort into writing their blog, the blogger can make some money back from their site by selling advertising on their site. Most advertising will be done through major networks, think Google AdSense for contextual ads - which are extremely good for blogs as the ad code scans your blog and then places ads relating to the words which appear.

There are also graphical ads, which may be sold on either a per impression or per click basis. Finally there are affiliate programs where the blogger earns an income for each lead, or sale a company makes from visitors who have clicked the sponsored link on the blog.

The increasing trend of people blogging has also given way to several blog-specific online advertising networks, which mostly operate in a similar way to Google AdSense, handling the targeting of sponsored CPC links on thousands of blogs. Once such example of these blogging ad networks is CrispAds.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Google Set to Net YouTube


Not contempt with winning the search engine wars, providing free e-mail, letting people look around the world and a whole host of other goodies, Google looks set to purchase the popular online video sharing site YouTube.

Reports vary, but it appears Google will make an offer of around $1.5 Billion to purchase the tenth most popular site on the Internet, according to Alexa.

You can see a mini-report into the finances of YouTube at my Computer & Internet Blog where I suggested YouTube may wait to sell out, instead of raking in the cash themselves.

Google are no strangers to the world of online advertising, serving millions of ads daily across search engines and through their popular AdSense program for webmasters around the world.

Targeting text based ads to video content looks like it will be a slightly different challenge for Google. Unlike when their ads are placed alongside search results, on private webpages or alongside e-mails there will be little textual content to use to search for keywords.

However tagging systems, video titles, descriptions and reviews may provide enough details for Google to generate sufficient revenue to pay the estimated $1.5 Million a month which YouTube now spends on hosting.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Inside Your Computer

Hundreds of millions of us around the world use a personal computer on a daily basis and are fine until something goes wrong. Phoning up a helpdesk can be boring and tedious at the very least - but what do you do when they ask for your computer specifications? Ideally you should have all the specifications of your computer ready, as you can bet your bottom dollar the help desk will require at least some of these to help you solve your problem. The Operating System is easy - you will see the start up screen on a daily basis - but what about the amount of RAM or hard disk size. Perhaps you will remember this from when you bought your computer, or perhaps you know where to look and find it. However there are a number of more complication specifications - for example do you know if your hard disk is partitioned or if you have two separate hard drives? To find out exactly what's inside your computer download the free What's in my Computer utility.

What is Forex Trading!?

You may have heard people mention they earn money online using 'forex' - but just what is Forex and what is all the fuss about?

Forex or ForEx, is an abbreviation of Foreign Exchange (which can also be shorted to just FX). International banks and multinational companies trade foreign currencies - it is estimated that $1.9 trillion (yes you read that right,) of trade is done on the forex markets daily.

The most popular currencies traded on forex markets are US dollars, the Euro, Japanese Yen and the British Pound.

The foreign exchange market is popular and unique due to large number of different traders in the market, the high volume of trades completed and constantly fluctuating market rates influenced by a larger number of factors.

It is important to avoid forex scams, the general rule applies - Stay away from opportunities that sound too good to be true.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Paid Survey Scams

Paid Surveys Scams
When looking to supplement your income with a part-time job working from home on the Internet it is important that you don't end up loosing money by falling into traps set up by scammers and other unscrupulous businesses.

Companies selling lists of market research companies who will pay you to complete internet surveys are just one of the pit-falls to avoid. Whilst there is nothing illegal about companies selling lists of Paid Survey companies, there is no point in buying it.

All of the data about honest paying survey sites is available for free. Do not pay for public domain information under any circumstances. A quick Google search should bring up a list of honest sites. Since these survey sites often pay a commission to existing members for each new person they introduce their is no need for anyone to sell you a list other than greed.

Another similar method of people profiting from information that is already freely available is eBooks. Thousand of eBooks can be picked up for a single cent from eBay, whereas other sites may try to sell you the same thing for $30-$40.

Again the message is simple, look around and research before you part with any money.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Domain Registration

Domain names are the real estate of the Internet, so choosing the correct one is a key decision and an important factor when considering the brand of your website.

As well as considering the brand of your domain you should also consider the register from which you will purchase (,or in fact rent,) your domain name from.

There are hundreds of so-called 'Registrars' out their on the Internet all offering domain registration for different domain extensions and with different features.

Some registers may have pricing in your local currency, however there is no problem buying a domain from a register which is based abroad and uses a different currency. In fact it is often cheaper to buy domains from US-based registers which charge around $7.95 for a dot com, whereas European based registrars may charge the equivalent of 2 or 3 times of that.

You really shouldn't be paying more than $8 a go for a .com fully inclusive of domain and mail forwarding. If you purchase your domains from the same company which you host with they will make sure everything fits together for you, however this may not be the cheapest option.

In short, do your research - the first site you find may not be the cheapest.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

AdWords Bid Tool

In an attempt to maximise their revenue from pay-per-click contextual ad networks such as Google AdSense many webmasters look to place 'high paying keywords' into their site content.

The theory is that the ad network's spiders will see these more valuable terms, and will show ads targeted towards them increasing the CPC of the ads that are shown on a webpage.

There are numerous sites that will try to sell lists of high-paying keywords, however why waste your money? You can see what people are bidding for keywords at AdWords (Google AdSense's advertiser branch) for free and in real time online at https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

Simply enter the search term and you can see the bids - you can also choose to see the bids for similar search terms.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Surfjunky review - Autosurf scam


Surfjunky review - Autosurf scam

SurfJunky offer:

- Earn Up To $.75 Per Hour!
- Get Paid For 3 Levels Of Referrals!
- Earn Money Joining FREE Websites!
- Payments Sent On The 15th Of Every Month!


Simply, Surf Junky is a website which pays members to visit other web sites through their “surf bar”. The user is required to visit the page for 30 seconds before being forwarded to another paid page. Surf Junky claims they will pay between $0.45 and $0.75 cents per hour of surfing.

How is it a scam? Simply put, you are supposed to get paid to surf. Surfjunky.com however does not and will never pay you. So to reach their minimum $25 payout, you need to surf for 55.5 hours. You work for almost 56 hours and get paid nothing. If this is not a scam I don’t know what is.How do you know it is a scam? Well first off the mathematics behind the site are simply impossible.
The site charges advertisers using the following pay schedule:

* 100,000 Visitors - $29.95 250,000 Visitors - $59.95 500,000 Visitors - $99.95
* 1,000,000 Visitors - $189.95


These are the ACTUAL rates obtained from the surfjunky.com website
http://www.surfjunky.com/advertising/index.php

Let’s just start with the minimum amount of 100,000 visits for about $30.00. So that means an advertiser is paying approximately $0.0003 per visit... right? ($30/100 000)

Now a member of surfjunky.com gets paid $0.45 per hour of surfing. The member can surf a maximum of 120 pages per hour (Each page must be viewed for 30 seconds, no multiple windows are allowed. So that is 2 pages per minute, 60 minutes per hour, which equals 120 visits per hour MAX)

Are you still following? Good!

Now go back to our advertising rate of $0.0003 per visit. Multiply this by 120 visits. That means that for 120 visits to his/her website a webmaster is paying ONLY $0.036.

So the advertiser is paying $0.036, or just under four cents, for every 120 visitors to his/her website. However, surfjunky.com is suppose to be paying its members $0.45, or 45 cents, per 120 pages visited.

That means either,

1) surfjunky.com is the worst business in the world and is planning on taking a loss $0.414 or 1250% for every hour a visitor surfs

or

2) surfjunky.com is a scam site that never intends on paying its users.

To further amplify this loss consider this. Once a user reaches the minimum $25 payout, surfjunky.com has only made $1.99 from that user (they make $0.036 per hour times 55.5 hours to reach payout of $25). So surfjunky.com is actually taking a loss of $23.01 per payout.

So with a loss of $23 per user. Multiplied by approximately 500,000 registered users at last count, surfjunky.com will be recording a loss of $11,500,000 once members reach payout.

Now I don’t want to seem to be over exaggerating because it hurts my credibility. So let’s assume only 1 in 10... no 1 in 100... no wait 1 in 1000 users actually make it to payout without cheating, getting bored and stopping, etc. The company will still be taking a loss of $15,000 each payout cycle. That is a loss of $15,000 EACH and EVERY month!

So even if surfjunky.com fully intends on paying all users, and does not want to be a scam, the fact of the matter is paying them is impossible! It just won’t happen! They will go bankrupt before 1 payout is made
Rating: 0/5 - Autosurf scam

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Rich Jerk review

First some definitions, the Rich Jerk lives up to his name which is simply put:

Rich - Possessing great material wealth: "Now that he was rich he was not thought ignorant any more, but simply eccentric"

Jerk - In slang, the term "jerk" can be used to describe a foolish, rude, immature, stupid, or contemptible person


The Rich Jerk from TheRichJerk.com claims he is here "not ... to make friends. [But] to show you EXACTLY how I make millions." He makes no secret of the fact he is rich, he shows proof of his earnings and tells us about his extravagant lifestyle. He also does not attempt to hide the fact that he is a Jerk. Throughout his website he comes across as arrogant and insulting, and appears to have an I'm-rich-therefore-I-must-be-right capitalist mentality.


You part with $49.95 (the original price was higher,) and the anonymous Jerk will give you an eBook of online money-making tips, a free mini-website and access to his 'Rich Jerk' forum.

"Yeah right, big deal", you're probably thinking. "I've heard this all before - this guy probably isn't as rich as he claims, he's obviously just trying to shift copies of his book - so that he can become his ideal of the 'Rich Jerk'".

The 64-page eBook contains chapters on eBay (buying wholesale and selling retail), SEO, Adsense (including a list of high-paying keywords), Adwords and Clickbank as well as other online ventures and other tips and recommendations - which on the face of it sounds like a combination of hundreds of other eBooks available, many of them selling for a cent-a-piece on eBay.

Arrh - but is the Rich Jerk different? The 'Rich Jerk' generated a ton of discussion when it first came online, with people trying to un-cover the truth behind the story - was it just another over-hyped and out rightly rude sales pitch to get you to part with your hard earned cash in the hope of making it big?

Well of course it was, that's what sales is all about - but behind the hard outer shell I have yet to find someone who has bought the book and doesn't think it was worth their while, (or course the skeptic here says they are just after their clickbank referral commission).

The identity of the Jerk was since been revealed as one Kelly Felix and he is in fact, as he claims on TheRichJerk.com a successful Internet marketer in his own right.

The Rich Jerk's book has been criticised by some as it promotes unethical methods, such as what is commonly known by website marketers as 'cloaking'. Put it simple terms this means a website is programmed so that the pages search engine spiders see when they index a site are different from the end view a surfer will get when they visit the site.

But then, they did say you never get rich if you play by the rules.

From what I've read online and from discussions I have had with others, it seems that TheRichJerk's eBook is not for beginners, you need to be confident and need to be able to follow the instructions by the word in some of the more specific tutorials.

The best thing to do is to judge the jerk for yourself. Of course, as with all opportunities there is risk involved, if you do nothing you'll get nothing out - but if you can invest the time and effort like thousands of others have then this is an opportunity you cannot miss out on.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Making use of PPC Advertising

Pay-Per-Click advertising (PPC), sometimes also referred to as Cost-Per-Click advertising (CPC) is a popular method used to gain targeted traffic to a webpage.

The advertiser will bid on search terms related to their product or website, for example if you had a website selling computers you might bid on the keywords 'laptop', 'desktop' and 'discount computers'. Each keyword has a perceived 'value' based on the number of other people bidding on the keyword, and the amounts they are prepared to pay per click.

For example the keyword 'computer' will be a lot more popular, with both searchers and advertisers than the keywords 'clearance computers', so the cost per click will be much higher.

As well as appearing alongside search results, if you use Google AdWords or other similar services you may wish for your advertisement to appear on other sites around the web along side content which is related to your keyword(s).

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Instant Messaging

There are a number of different instant web messaging programs available, also known as Instant messaging software or an IM client.

The big names include MSN Messenger from Microsoft, Yahoo! Instant Messenger (Oh come on, you should be able to tell who this is from), AOL Instant Messenger (ditto), ICQ (now part of AOL) and Google's gTalk which is the newest.

People from all around the globe are able to maintain international friendships by using free instant messaging services provided by these companies.

Typical features of Instant Messaging software include text options, image options, file sharing options, as well as online gaming, video, voice & text chatting facilities.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Outsourcing - Freelance Webdesign, Writing, Programming


Outsourcing unskilled or low skilled work to agencies on contracts can take the hassle away from organizing extra members of your work force. You will also find that external agencies will be able to supply you with the labor force you require, and will easily expand as your business needs to take on more staff.

Outsourcing skilled labor to professional consultants firms may seem expensive at first, however if you shop around a bit, and choose smaller or regional rather than national or international firms you should be able to strike a good idea.

By outsourcing certain aspects of your workload/workforce it frees up your time to deal with other issues at your company. Quite simply you pass the hassle on to someone else who has responsibility for their employees, and still get your work done.

In the past couple of decades lots of British business have outsourced their telephone support call-centers to India. This is a relatively low skilled job as all you need is a voice, a phone and a computer to read data from and input data into.

However in recent years many of the business that did outsource their telephone marketing or support contracts to India have returned to employing a UK-based support workforce as that is what their customers demand.

Outsourcing work is not a decision to be taken lightly as the setup costs will probably be relatively high, however if you do your research properly you can easily save money in the long run.

Recommended Outsourcing service

Freelance Services:
- freelance project evaluation
- freelance webdesign
- freelance writing / copywriting
- freelance programming
- website promotion, SEO, link building, submission

Monday, September 04, 2006

Backup to stay safe

If you have important data on your PC, as well as protecting your computer from threats such as viruses, spyware and hackers, it is also important to backup your data.

Important files should be backed up daily, and a full system backup could be made weekly, monthly or even bi-monthly depending on the amount of time sensitive data you have.

By creating regular backups you stand to save large amounts of money from hard disk data recovery services offered by data recovery specialists.

It is also vital to check your backups to see that they are readable, accurate and in the correct format. There is nothing worse than thinking your data has been saved, only to find that the file is unreadable.

Backups should be stored off-site to add an extra layer of protect in the case of theft, fire or flood at a single premises. This could be as simple as storing the backups on a secure web server, or giving employees a hard copy of the data to take home with them.

Data backups may seem time-consuming, but if and when you need to use a backup you will be very grateful.

What is PageRank?

PageRank is "Google's measure of the importance" of a certain webpage. PageRank helps to determine how your website or a particular webpage will rank in a Google search.

PageRank is determined using a serious of algorithms which calculate the quality, and the relative PageRank of the sites and pages linking to other pages on the internet.

All webpages indexed by google have a PageRank of between 0 (bottom) & 10 (top). Webmasters often try to increase their PageRank so they can tap into more traffic from Google searches.

It is not uncommon for different pages on a website to have a different PageRank, due to the fact that they may be second or third tier pages in your sites hierarchy - and certain pages may be linked to more from external sites.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Why choose Online Banking?


More and more people are choosing to bank online, but why?

Initial fears about the security of the internet have been overcome, with account holders having several passwords, passphrases or pieces of memorable data which are needed to enter their account.

Several banks have also issued their customers with online bank accounts small electronic devices which generate a 1-time numeric code which is entered during the log on process.

Together with increased incentives such as higher interest rates paid on current & savings accounts, discounts on other products such as insurance and loans and free gifts for registering more and more of the world are now choosing to bank online.

Not only can you access all your accounts with a bank from one screen at any time of day or night, but you can also transfer money between accounts, view your statements instantly and request services from your bank.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

High Search Rankings Mean More Sales

An important part of any websites business plan is promotion. How are people going to find out about your website?

Unless you have the tens of thousands of dollars necessary to mount a large marketing campaign, or advertise in your local press, you will probably often rely on strangers visiting your website.

These strangers are all potential members or customers of your site, but getting them to your site in the first place is the all-important step.

When looking for information on the internet, most people will use a search engine to find what they are looking for.

Thus, gaining and retaining a high first page ranking in search engines for phrases related to the content of your site is a key step to gaining traffic, and ultimately sales.

Since the vast majority of websearches are conducted using one of the four major engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN & AOL) it is not important to have high rankings in the other smaller search engines, unless they are specific to your industry.

There are several ways you can go about getting a high ranking in the search engines. One method is to use Search Engine Optimization techniques to make your site friendly with the search engine 'spiders' which index the web. Another, more expensive, but effective way of getting a high ranking is to pay for a sponsored listing which will appear on top of, or to the side of ordinary search results.

Data Recovery Services

Data Recovery is the process of restoring data which has been damaged or deleted. When you 'delete' a file from your computer it normally remains in place until it has been written over by a new piece of data, however the user may be under the impression that the file is gone for good.

Data recovery software exists to help you retrieve recently deleted files, or older versions of files which have since been updated. There are also numerous data recovery agencies who use much more sophisticated software and hardware who will attempt to recover your lost data or files for a fee.

To reduce the need to call out these services you should ensure your PC has anti-virus & Firewall software to protect your data from intrusion. You should also ensure that your PC is free from spyware which can log your keystrokes, including passwords.

Important data should always be backed up, off site. It a document is not confidential but has taken a long time to write simply e-mailing the file to your self (& not deleting it!) will provide you with an additional place to get the data from, should your PC be rendered useless.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Windows Vista Price-Leak


Microsoft accidentally revealed the pricing scheme for its next generation operating system, Windows Vista (due early 2007) when it mistakenly posted the details on their Canadian website.

The information, which has since been removed, revealed that the price of Windows Vista will range upto 499 Canadian dollars.

Windows Vista Ultimate will cost 499 Canadian dollars (about £240)
Home Premium will be charge at 299 Canadian dollars.

Upgrades are will be charged at half the full prices.


Microsoft said it will reveal US prices at the end of September.

Dual Core

There has been a lot of talk of so called 'Dual Core' processors recently - but what is all this fuss about?

A dual-core processor is two entirely independent processors (+ caches & cache controllers) which are built onto a single silicon chip.

Dual Core technology which has recently been pushed by Intel enables you to 'do more' at the same time with your computer.

However to take advantage of the full benefits of dual core technology you need software which is designed to utilize this new type of processor. Currently software that supports dual-core technology is limited, however Windows Vista (the predecessor to Windows XP SP2) will be able to utilize dual core processors.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Add a forum to your website

A discussion forum is an excellent feature to add to a website of any shape or size. It enables interaction between users and helps build up a community spirit.

Adding a forum is easy. If you have cpanel access chances are it contains an easy option to set up phpBB, and possibly other forums as well.

There are plenty of free & open source forum scripts available on the internet so you don't need to splash out.

Invision Power Board forums are a popular paid-for option. A license may set you back a couple of hundred dollars for the full version.

If you don't have cpanel access or the means to host your own forum you needn't be disappointed. Numerous sites offer free hosting of different types of forum software. This free service will setup your forum at a url similar to freeforumhostingsite.com/yourforumname. The free forum hosting services are supported by advertising, so adverts will appear on your forum.

You may want to shop around a bit to see which forum software is easy to use, both as an administrator and as a forum user.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Webmaster Income (2 of 2)

Different agencies will buy your traffic in a different manner.

Some such as the popular Google AdSense program pay you on a per-click basis. This means that for a publisher to earn money, visitors to the website must click on a contextual link to leave their webpage.

The amount paid per click varies depending on the keywords the advertisements are for and how much advertisers are prepared to pay.

Other forms of advertising payment include CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions). This means a webmaster gets paid each time ad is shown - although of course the rate varies depending on the size and placement of the ad and the traffic that sees the advertisements.

CPL (Cost Per Lead) and CPA (Cost Per Action or Acquisition) adverts only pay when a certain action is completed - for example a registration at a website, a download of software, a membership or a sale. Sometimes the pay rate for these types of advertisements will be in percentage terms, e.g. 20% of the sale price.

Webmaster Income (1 of 2)

As a webmaster you will want to recoup the costs of your hosting bill, and may want to cover the time you have spent on your website.

The most common way to do this is to place advertising on your webpage. Unless you own a huge site with hundreds of thousands of daily page views advertisers will not contact you.

Instead, thousands of webmasters of small and medium sized website are using agencies to provide them with sponsors to cover their hosting bill.

These agencies stike deals with major advertisers (and some small ones) and provide webmasters with codes to place in their HTML to display these adverts. The agency then pays a percentage of their income onto the webmaster who are displaying the ads (also known as publishers).

The most common types of advertising are contextual and graphical banner ads. In the past pop-ups were popular but nowadays most of these are blocked.

Protect your PC

If your PC is connection to the Internet or a network (it must be if you are reading this), then there are certain things you should ensure you have to protect your computer and keep your data and personal information safe.

1. A firewall - this prevents unauthorised access to your PC via ports.
2. Anti-virus software - this will scan files you download as well as your disk and will remove any viruses.
3. Anti-spyware software - this will find and remove programs which monitor your computer usage.

If you connect to the internet without protection it will not take long for your PC to become slow and responding.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Microsoft Money 2007 - review

Microsoft Money 2007
Features:
- Easy start or software upgrade
- All bank accounts on one place - easy overview
- Detailed info about spending, savings and budgets
- Good bills and cash flow management
- Ability to export data to tax software
- Credit improving tools, reduce high-interest debt
- Retirement, savings, and debt reduction planing
Disadvantages:
- You have to entrust your data to Microsoft's servers!!!
- Who is interested of sharing personal and business info???
- Less stable than Microsoft Money 2006!
- Requires Windows Live ID
Resume:
Good business software with elegant design. The greatest disadvantage is data sharing with Microsoft.
Price: from USD30
Best deal: Amazon
Rating: 3/5

Brush up on your skills

If you run a small business you may want to consider taking some educational courses to brush up on your ICT, business and financial management skills.
Adult learning facilities may be available at one of your local schools in the evening or you could take a short course at college. A relatively new choice is distance learning - where you study from home around your current commitments. This form of education online is popular as it reduces the need for education loans and enables you to study as an when you wish. Distance learning is by no means 'less' valuable than a going to a collage, indeed it is even possible to get distance learning degrees.

If you feel left-behind with the development of ICT a short refresher course may be for you where you can learn advance word-processing, spreadsheet and database skills which should help improve your business.

You may also wish to take some marketing or business education which will help with the day-to-day running of your business.

Tempory E-mail Adresses

Want to register at a forum and find you are required provide an e-mail address which you must then verify, but don't want to give away your personal address?

Then get a free disposable email address from SpamBob.com! You don't even have to create an @spambob.com e-mail address to use the service just use whatyouwant@spambob.com then visit http://spambob.com/#spambobcom and enter whatyouwant to check your messages.

E-mails may take several minutes to arrive and normally stay on the spambob servers for around 10 days.

Although this is a great way to reduce spam and e-mail newsletters etc, it is worth pointing out that anyone can access any spambob.com e-mail address simply by entering the username at spambob - so don't use it for confidential messages or e-mails that contain vast amounts of personal data.

Bug Me Not - Say goodbye to compulsory registration!

Fed up of having to register at certain websites just to read a news article or download a file? You no longer have to go through this time-consuming process of handing over your personal information.

Introducing, http://www.bugmenot.com, a free service which allows users to share login information at sites that make registration compulsory. You don't even have to signup to use it!

Simply enter the URL of the website you need a username and password for (e.g. guardian.co.uk) and up comes a list of username/e-mail and password combinations.

You can see how reliable each login is before you try it by the percentage rating given by previous users.

BugMeNot saves time and protects your privacy - getting you the content you are after quicker!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Webhosting review - iPowerWeb

ipower

iPowerWeb web hosting: affordable webhosting for everybody.

Features:

Web Space: 10 Gb
Monthly Bandwidth: 250 Gb
Add-on Domains: 5
POP3 Email: 2500
Subdomains: 100
FTP Accounts: Available
MySQL Databases: Available
Free Domain: Available
Yahoo Marketing Credit: $50
Google AdWords Credit: $30
Ecommerce Ready: Available
Web Site Builder: Available
Money Back: 30 days
Affiliate/reseller program: Available
Support: 24/7 toll free / online life support

Resume: affordable full featured webhosting for everybody with easy to use hosting panel.

Rating: 4/5

My personal experience: i host 3 sites for more than 5 years on iPowerWeb with no problem.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Two Top Google Tips

Here are some time-busting ways you can use Google for things other than your average search:

Did you know that you can use Google as a calculator?

Simply type in the sum as your search term, press search and the answer will appear - above the results of any sites with your sum on them. Example .


You can also use Google as a dictionary for scientific terms. Simple type 'Define:' before your keyword. Define: Keyword

Test your Popup Blocker

POPUP TEST provides a free and simple way to test your popup blocker software. The website will put your stopper to the test by launching a series of safe popups using a variety of different methods.

Most of these popups should be blocked if you are using Windows XP with ServicePack 2, as this included a popup blocker for Microsoft Internet Explorer. For added protection you can also install the free Google toolbar.

Other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, and K-Meleon feature built-in popup blockers. The popup blocker in Firefox is effective, however the K-Meleon one will try to stop all popups, even the ones you want to appear.

Popuptest also features reviews of software designed to stop popups, including many free popup blockers such as Hitware Popup Killer Lite and Smart Popup Blocker.

Staying Safe Online

Here are 4 quick tips to help you protect your privacy and identity online.

1. Never click on links in e-mails claiming to be from your bank, PayPal or eBay unless you have been expecting a mail. You can always access your account by typing in the URL of the website - if there is a problem with your account you will get a message there.

2. Always use different passwords for each website you are a member of.
If someone gets one of your passwords they will only have one, not a handful.

3. Check that you only enter your credit card details on a secure site - look for the padlock, grey-green protecting of the address bar in FireFox, and the https:// prefix to the web address.

4. Don’t believe what you read in your e-mails. Just because they are sent to your address does not mean they are true or genuine.

You can read more tips relating to staying safe online at my computer, business and internet blog.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

AlienTrust.com - Problems?


AlienTrust.com - WARNING
What they says:
Welcome to the Internet's Premier Advertising Company, where you can not only purchase full page view traffic, but earn commissions for viewing traffic as well.
It's a very simple concept, you purchase advertising for your website, and then we pay you to view the advertising of our other members. It's like a traffic exchange.
AlienTrust is designed as a supplemental income stream for home-based business owners worldwide. You now have an opportunity to not only grow your business by getting your advertising in front of real buyers, but also have an opportunity to supplement your home business income by doing something you have to do already to be successful - ADVERTISE!
Warning:
This former autosurf program has problems at the moment. People announcing pending cashouts and closed accounts.
Next 12dailypro? Next StudioTraffic? Next scam revealed? We will see soon.
Autosurf warning: this business is very unstable with ponzi background.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Things to consider when choosing a webhost (part 2)

Once your website gets online you hope that it will become successful and receive large amounts of traffic. However you have to be sure to plan for this eventuality. Will you have to switch packages, servers or even web hosts?

Moving web hosts is not as scary as it may sound - providing the host you are switching to is competent.

If your current host is proving hard to get hold of, or if the service or price is poor - switch. The host you use can make a big difference on the future of your site.

A way to avoid this shopping around at a time when you should be doing something else, is to research carefully when you first pick your website. The big companies (i.e. 1&1, HostGator etc), aren't necessarily the best for all sites.

Some hosts specialist in hosting certain types of sites - these hosting providers will also be more readily available to help you with any other issues that may arise with your site or scripts.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Identify Theft - Marmpay.com

Identity Theft: MarmPay.com
Identity theft occurs when a criminal uses another person's personal information to take on that person's identity. Identity theft is much more than misuse of a Social Security number-it can also include credit card and mail fraud. If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the FTC.
MarmPay.com - How it works
They offer part time / full time income.
Salary: $1500 - $3,500 (part time) - $3,500 - $5,000+ (full time)
They wil inform you they search for skilled people with following requirements:
* Be at least 18 years old * Business background is an asset * Basic computer skills * Organized * Positive attitude * Live in United States of America, Canada, Turkey, New Zeland, Australia or any countries of Europian Union
Job offer: Marmpay.com promise 4,5% from every transaction. You have to transfer money to
Eastern Europe countries.
Next step: MarmPay.com will send you an email with more info and contract attachement. You have to provide your personal and bank account data to start.
Your data will be stolen.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Things to consider when choosing a webhost (part 1)

Choosing a webhost is not a decision to be taken lightly as you will want a host which can grow alongside your site.
It is important to have a good line of communications with your host, so I would contact them and ask a few questions before buying anything from them.
Online IM support or phone support is best as it is in real time, unlike e-mail support or a 'ticket' system.
If a host can't be bothered to reply to an inquiry which could potentially gain them a new client, then they won't be bothered to look after you if you join.
The actual physical location of the host and servers does not really matter, as you have no need to see them - only to communicate with them.
Next work out the features you require for your site, then take a look at the packages on offer. If you do not see one which you like don't pick the biggest package there, you will be wasting money, instead contact the host and come to some agreement over a new package.

If you are not sure about what any of the features are, ask. Your host will be happy to help you, and unless you choose a dirt cheap host they will often help you with other problems regarding your website as well.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Web CEO 6 - Free SEO tool

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Spambusting Tips

Here are two top spam-busting tips. Simple ways you can reduce the amount of spam you receive in your e-mail inbox.

1. Don't place your email address in plain text on your webpage.
Spammers send out 'spiders' to crawl the web looking for user@domain.tld addresses. When they find them, they'll send them a mail.

This may be hard as you want your customers to contact you. This can be done with the addition of a simple php or cgi script on your website, so your e-mail address is not displayed online.

You may also consider integrating a 'live help' or online support ticket system onto your website. This offers the functionality of e-mail in a more controlled environment.

2. Be careful who you give your address to.
Most of the time you will skip through the terms when you register at a website, but you could be agreeing to receive messages from the sites partners.

It is important to read what you are signing up to.

You may want to consider using a disposable e-mail address for registering at websites, for example an
@spambob.com email address.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

What is a Ponzi Scheme?

A Ponzi scheme is an illegal investment opportuntiy. New investors are enticed by promises of high returns in a short period of time.

The most well-known example of a modern day Ponzi scheme was the autosurf site 12dailypro, which crashed in 2006 and has been investigated by the American government. This particular sites offered returns of 12% a day for 12 days, effecivley giving 44% profit in less than a fortnight.

The scheme worked by taking money from new investors to pay out the older investors. In effect no money was actually invested - the money just went up the queue to people who had already put money into the scheme.

Ponzi schemes always crash. As soon as the amount of money coming into the scheme drops, the program will not be able to pay out older investors.

Online Surveys

You have probably seen the ads. They claim you can earn money by taking part in Internet surveys for market research companies and get paid for doing it. This appeals to a lot of people since it sounds so simple.

Is this true? The simple answer is yes.

The data you provide is very valuable to market researchers. You may already get people phoning you up or coming around to your door asking you to participate in surveys. You may be unaware but these people are being paid for each 'lead' or completed survey they can get. The amounts they are paid can be in the region of £40 ($70) a front-door survey, less for phone surveys, probably about £10 a pop.

Your data is so valuable to market research companies because they sell it to big name companies who are interested in the latest consumer trends.

By setting up a website and dealing with the general public directly the market researchers cut out the middle-man. The money they offer you would normally just go to someone else in their company. Note: You will receive less money than the market researcher as the online market is bigger (more potential leads).

There are lots of these survey companies out there. You shouldn't expect to get rich from them and if you live outside of North America, Europe or the Australia area you may as well forget them unless you find a site specific to your area.

There are many sites that offer survey databases which list numerous survey sites. Do NOT pay for these details. Paid surveys are free to complete so why should you pay for information that is already in the public domain with a quick search of the net?

Put in a little time, locate some sites. Join 4 or 5 of them and off you go. You won't have an endless supply of surveys but you may recieve 3 or 4 a week. At the end of the month you could have earned yourself an extra $100 or so. Not much, but it all adds up!

What is Adware?

Adware is not to be confused with 'Ad-Aware' which is a popular spyware removal program.

Ad-ware is often bundled in with free-to-download programs. It is seen by the programmers as a way to make money to recoup their costs, and enables them to continue distributing free software.

Once installed adware programs display sponsored advertisements to the software user often in the form of popups or a browser toolbar.

Adware is not always spyware, however the sites you visit in your browser may be tracked and sent back to a central server so more targeted advertising can be displayed to you, thus maximising the distributor's revenue.

If you run anti-virus or anti-spyware programs (as you should) they may flag up some programs guilty of displaying sponsored messages, if so, and you feel your privacy is respected, and you use and are happy with the programs they support, it is likely they are safe to leave on your PC.

If you choose to remove adware elements, certain legitimate programs (i.e those supported by the adware) may not function anymore, so be careful what you remove.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Types of Web Host

A web host is required to put your website online. A webhost 'hosts' or stores your files on their servers so they can be accessed by people surfing on the Internet.

Small websites are often hosted with free hosts. Most of these are run by well-known sites such as Yahoo!, Lycos, FreeWebs or Bravenet. These companies receive their income from sponsored advertisements which they insert into your webpage. There are often strict traffic (bandwidth) and space limits with free hosts.

The next step up the hosting ladder is paid shared hosting, this means the website is hosted on the same server as many other websites. Benefits include low prices, but if your website gets too big or popular you will get chucked off.

Virtual private servers are physical servers split between more than one client, where each client receives their own 'dedicated' (virtual) server, taking part of the real servers resources.

A dedicated hosting service is where an entire server is leased to a single client - these are used for big and popular sites which have outgrown previous cheaper shared hosting.

Monday, July 17, 2006

e-Currency Exchange

e-Currencies are systems whereby funds are exchange electronically - often over the Internet. Some e-Currency programs, such as the popular eBay-owned PayPal allow the user to fund their account directly, whereas others, such as e-Gold require use of an exchange or transfer service to fund users accounts.

E-currency exchange services allow users to buy and sell e-currencies in exchange for other e-currencies or real currency.

Examples of electronic currency exchange services are:

LondonGoldExchange.com
GoldExchange.eu
E-ForexGold.com

All these services are not without risk, but by using reputable names you should have no problems. Many of these sites allow you to fund and withdraw your e-currency by wire direct to your bank account however the transfer may take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of days, depending on your bank, e-currency and the payment transfer service you choose to use.

The payment transfer services make their profit by charging a percentage on all transfers completed.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

AceInvest

Aceinvest.biz claims to be a "Private Investment Club" offering returns of 'up to 2.5%' a day on a minimum investment for $150 (USD).

AI claims to be a legally registered entity in the tax haven of Panama, making them different from the vast majority of illegal HYIP or ponzi/pyramid schemes.

They offer a large number of funding and withdrawal methods including e-currencies as well as traditional methods.

Here is the full list of account funding options: AcePay, e-Gold, e-Bullion, WebMoney, MoneyBookers, Western Union, MoneyGram, Personal Check, AceXchange, Money Order, Traveler Check, Casher’s Check and Bank Wire.

It is important to note that investments made with AceInvest are not FDIC insured and have no guarantees attached to them.

GoldCoders HYIP Script

GoldCoders (or Gold Coders) are a script development company who specialise in making scripts which utilise the eGold payment processor. These scripts include High Yield Investment Programs (HYIPs) and doubler games - both of which have questionable legality if operated.

Despite a message on the official GoldCoders website (http://www.goldcoders.com/) which states that the only legal versions of their scripts can be brought directly at their site people are still buying pirated versions.

For example a legal copy of Goldcoders HYIP Manager Pro 2 from http://www.goldcoders.com/ costs $145.00, however it is not hard to find sites offering the same software for $5. These scripts are, as GoldCoders state on their website, illegal pirated versions of older goldcoders scripts which contain many bugs and may have 'back doors' enabling hackers easy access.

However the online HYIP world is driven by greed, crime and corruption so many scammers will purchase these unlicensed scripts and set up fake HYIPs to steel money from those foolish enough to invest in them.

Why should you trust someone running a $5 script with your money?

You can check to see if a site is running a licensed version of a GoldCoders product
here.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Adblock (In FireFox)

Adblock is a free extension (browser plugin) available for the Mozilla FireFox web browser. It enables you to block online advertisements from the domains which you specify.

Installing and running Adblock, which is free, improves your surfing experience by decreasing page load times, and making webpages less cluttered.

You can also put a stop to layer ads (typically unblockable), and any popups which may find a way around the FireFox popup blocker, by using this extension.

However beware that free content on the web is only available to you for nothing because of the advertising revenue which the content publisher receives when ads are shown to users. If you block these ads you are harming the content providers as they are loosing revenue.

What is Spyware?


The term 'spyware' refers to a broad category of items of malicious software, designed to intercept or take partial control of a computers operation without the consent of the computer operator.

Taken literally, 'spyware' suggests that it is software that monitors or spies on the user, without their permission. However the term Spyware has also come to refer more broadly to any software that uses a computers resources for the benefit of a third-party.

Spyware does not usually self-replicate, unlike some viruses.

Spyware exploits infected computers for commercial gain. For example AdWare is the showing of popup (and/or or other) advertisments to the computer user as they surf the internet or use certain programs.

Spyware can steel your personal data, and monitor your every key stroke.

Keep Spyware OUT of your PC!

Recommended spyware removal tools: Ad-aware, SpyBot, Trojan remover

Tip: do not use antispyware unknown tools.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Using PayPal

PayPal is an Internet payment transfer or payment processor business which facilities the transfer of money between individuals e-mail address in over 40 different countries around the world. PayPal is owned by eBay, and for this reason is integrated into the auction site.
Money can be sent to anyone with an email address inside the countries where PayPal operates. There are several different types of accounts, - those suitable for individuals, eBay sellers and business or merchant accounts.
PayPal makes a charge on all payments received by Premier, Advanced or Merchant accounts - which is $0.30 + 2.9% for the smallest payments. Charges may vary internationally.
PayPal can be hooked up with credit cards and debit cards, so you can use these to shop online at sites which accept PayPal payments without revealing your card details to the merchant or online shop.
You can also link up your bank account to fund your PayPal account or to withdraw your 'virtual' money into money which can be withdrawn at ATMs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

If Microsoft Built Cars


If Microsoft built cars,...

1. A particular model year of car wouldn't be available until AFTER that year, instead of before.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you'd have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would just die for no reason and you'd have to restart it. For some strange reason, you just accept this.

4. You could only have one person at a time in your car, unless you bought a car '95 or a car NT, but then you'd have to buy more seats.

5. Apple would make a car that was solar powered, twice as reliable, 5 times as fast, but only ran on 5% of the roads.

6. The oil, alternator, gas, and engine warning lights would be replaced with a single "General Car Fault" warning light.

7. People would get excited about the "new" features in Microsoft cars, forgetting completely that they had been available in other brands for years.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

419 Scam

419er scams are commonly found in most email inboxes. When you check your e-mail you may find a message from an anonymous person wishing to deposit large amounts of money into your bank account in return for you returning the money to them after taking a few (normally several hundred thousand dollars).


This scam is known as Advance Fee Fraud or more commonly as 419 Fraud (based on the Nigerian Law #).

At some point the victim is asked to pay an up front fee to the scammer who will then blast off e-mails to thousands more people.

It has been estimated that 419 scammers are the fourth-largest industry by value in Nigeria, however these scams are also run from other African countries.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Yahoo web hosting - review

Yahoo web hosting - small business package - review
Features:
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Business email addresses: 200, advanced virus and spam protection
Free domain name
Support third-party design tools: yes
Yahoo SiteBuilder + around 400 templates & 3000+ images FrontPage support, Macromedia Dreamweaver support
PHP support: PHP 4.3.11
Perl support: 5.8.7, with the standart library plus additional 12 modules
MySQL support: 4.1.1224-hour
toll-free phone support: yes
Exclusive marketing discounts: $100 Yahoo Marketing & $50 Google AdWordsUser
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User-Friendliness: Easy to useGeneral
Features: Very Good (Great Technical Support)
Marketing Bonuses: Very Good Free $150 Marketing Bonus!!!
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