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

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. 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 website

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 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, is suppose to be paying its members $0.45, or 45 cents, per 120 pages visited.

That means either,

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


2) 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, has only made $1.99 from that user (they make $0.036 per hour times 55.5 hours to reach payout of $25). So 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, 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 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 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 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.