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Translate from Different Languages

October 19th, 2014
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To some people it might appear that the Internet contains only pages written in English. Of course, this is not true and there are a lot of interesting and useful sites that are Spanish, German, or French. Even if you do not know these languages you can still read such sites by using translation tools. My favorite translation tool is Google Translate as it can translate between over 20 languages including the ones that I mentioned. All you have to do is visit translate.google.com, and indicate from which to what language you want to translate. There is even a feature to detect the language automatically if you are not sure what language the text is. I benefited from this site a lot, and I know you will like it as well.

Biz, Education, Tech, Web

Blending Ads

February 22nd, 2014
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Maintaining a blog often requires quite a lot of money. That is because a blogger has to pay for domain name registration, hosting, and marketing to name a few. That is why many bloggers decide to monetize their site. One of the simplest forms of monetization is incorporating ads. One of the more popular ads you can incorporate are targeted AdSense ads. Many sites choose to blend the ads with the text of their posts in order to maximize click-through rate. Such a strategy might be a good idea if you want to make a lot of money, but there are also other considerations. If the ads are not attractive to readers then there are some dangers involved as well. First of all, your readers might be getting annoyed by the ads. If that is the case, then he might not be willing to visit your site often. Additionally, some visitors might not like if ads are blended very well, because such ads might fool them into thinking that they are part of your regular content. I think that blending ads might often be a good idea, but you should make sure that such ads are not going to be an inconvenience for your visitors. Overall, you should take into consideration a few things:

-Make sure your website does not contain too many distracting ads, as your visitors might not like it.
-You need to realize that those visitors who click on ads are going to leave your website. That will happen unless the webpage is going to open in a new tab. There is a risk that such visitors might forget about your website and never visit it again.
-Ads should be on the same topic as your blog. There is no excuse for having ads that have nothing to do with the content of your website.

Biz, Blog

AdSense: Filtering Ads

February 14th, 2014
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More and more webmasters decide to implement ads on their websites. Those who make some money integrating Google AdSense on their sites have the possibility to chose the ads that they want to display. I think that every webmaster might benefit from this feature as it gives a lot power over the ads. As a result, it will help us avoid unwanted links on our sites that would otherwise appear. This especially applies to controversial bloggers and publishers that would rather not advertise contrary views. This might also apply to religious sites that do not wish to promote contrary beliefs. It would look silly if a Christian website would have many ads promoting Islamic websites. In order to give even more control over the ads appearing on our pages, Google released the Ad Review Center. It allows us to review ads placement-targeted to our websites, and this way ensures that those ads are relevant to our site.

One of the best things about filtering ads is that you can have the possibility to block ads that you might consider offensive. Many webmasters are already taking advantage out of this feature and I think that is a great thing.

Biz, Web

Craigslist

January 26th, 2014
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Have you ever wondered why Craigslist achieved such a success? The site is the seventh most viewed site on the Internet. Not bad, is it not? Even though the website is originally based in San Francisco, it operates worldwide. The idea behind the website is very simple. People like to buy and sell used things, and Craigslist allows them to sell items in a very convenient way. There are thousands upon thousands of classified ads on their site, no wonder that the site has so many visitors. People will always need to be buying and selling various items, and this is why sites like this will always stay popular. These days Craigslist is so popular that almost everyone knows what it is. I remember seeing Craig the founder of Craigslist on TV some time ago. While he seems like an intelligent person, he is also in many ways an ordinary guy, which proves that anyone can achieve success on the Web. Of course, not every online entrepreneur will achieve success, but it is definitely worth trying. Do you have any ideas for an innovative website? Who knows, maybe your website will become one of the most popular sites on the Internet?

Biz, Web

Thoughts On Wikipedia

January 15th, 2014
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Wikipedia is currently the king of all online encyclopedias. Until now, there were no real competitors which would undermine that. Naturally, there were some sites which tried to repeat the success of Wikipedia. However, they either lacked funding, had the wrong motivation, or were simply released too late. Currently, the largest competitor of Wikipedia is Google’s Knol. I believe that Knol might achieve a big success because it is backed up by Google. Google might implement ads on Knol, and it might even share part of the revenue with the creators of pages. This could bring a lot of users from Wikipedia to Knol, especially those who hope to be paid for their hard work.

In some countries, sites like Wikipedia are very controversial. Until very recently, Chinese Internet users were prohibited from seeing some of the Wikipedia pages. This was due to the fact that they were considered to be inappropriate by the Chinese government. The site has been reported to be unblocked in several major cities in this country, including its capital city. As China was hosting Olympics in August 2008, the International Olympic Committee was urging the Chinese to give free access to Internet to everybody before the Games started. Wikipedia, as well as other sites, are still having a hard time in China. Not such a long time ago, a person who is probably China’s number one dissident, was jailed for three and a half years in prison. It was stated that it was because of publishing “inappropriate” articles on the Internet.

Biz, Web

Pyramid Schemes

January 15th, 2014
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There are many dangerous things on the Internet and it is important to be prepared for everything. This time I would like to warn you about the danger of pyramid schemes on the Internet.

Pyramid scheme is a type of a business model that is doomed to fail. It involves the exchange of money mainly for referring other people into the scheme. Very often no products or services are actually being delivered. It has been known to come under many different forms in order to trick people. The reason why it is doomed to fail is that for people to earn money out of it, you would actually have to enroll more and more people in the scheme without an end. But there will be an end, because at some point the number of people necessary to be involved for anyone to make money would exceed the population of Earth. Usually, only those who have many referrals make money with such programs. The problem is that once news spreads that a particular program is a pyramid scheme, then it is very hard to acquire new referrals. That is why all of the other people are going to lose money.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with making money by obtaining referrals in case of programs that are not pyramid schemes. If you refer others to join services that are actually useful, then everyone involved is going to benefit from it. Nonetheless, it is important to be aware of the existence of pyramid schemes.

Biz, Web

Make Money with eBooks

October 3rd, 2010
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You do not necessarily have to write eBooks in order to be able to distribute them and make money in the process. I am not discussing earning money by selling someone else’s copyrighted eBooks. What I mean is that you can insert your affiliate links in someone else’s non-copyrighted eBooks, and then upload them on different websites so that people can download them for free.

There is a service called Butter Fly Reports that was invented by Mike Filsaime and Rod Beckwith, two Internet market experts. What they do is that every month they offer free eBooks, and allow their readers to put their own affiliate links in it. This is definitely an interested way to make some extra money, and it is also a quite innovative type of viral marketing. If you prefer not to write eBooks, then you should check out this idea.

On the other hand, it might be a good idea to write eBooks yourself, and allow people to distribute them. This way your website will gain a lot of popularity, and you will be able to monetize your site with ads. Integrating AdSense ads can be a good idea if you have a lot of traffic. Of course, writing eBooks is not always as easy as it sounds. In order to write an eBook You will need to have some interesting ideas and good writing skills. If you want to get inspired then it might be a good idea to read many eBooks.

Biz, Web

Difficult Topics

October 1st, 2010
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Nobody likes to talk about death, but the truth of the matter is that death happens eventually to everybody. One cannot do anything to avoid it. There are some steps that can be taken to prolong one’s life, but everybody has to die. I do not want to be too pessimistic here, but I feel like I need to talk a little about the topic. I am not going to talk about death in particular, but rather about No Medical Exam Life Insurance. If you are a head of the family, you cannot avoid talking about death. If somebody relies on your income, you should have a life insurance policy that will allow your family to have an income in case you die.

Biz, Main Category

AdSense Problems

August 30th, 2010
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AdSense can make you a lot of money. However, there are several problems you might encounter when it comes to AdSense. Let us take a closer look at them, and try to find a solution if that will be possible:

-Your readers might simply recognize AdSense blocks and do not click on them. This usually happens when they are not integrated very well within the website. Try making the AdSense blocks fit more naturally into your website. Try changing the color for example. AdSense blocks have to be an integral part of your website.
-In some cases ads pertaining to your niche might not pay very well. I do not think there is anything you can do about that, as changing your niche would be a dramatic step. That is why not all websites can really benefit from AdSense.
-Having a lot of traffic from sources which tend to lower your CTR. This would include social media sites. A lot of visitors from social media sites simply tend not to click on ads. Try acquiring some traffic by exchanging links with other blogs. You can also try linkbaiting as this method usually works better.
-If you notice that some on your ads have very high CTR, try to investigate it. There is a chance that your competition is artificially inflating your CTR, because they want Google to ban you.

Biz, Web

Make Money Online

August 24th, 2010
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Websites like Treasuretrooper can be source of income for those who enjoy participating in all kinds of surveys and cash offers. You will probably not earn that much cash, but while doing so you will also have some fun. What can you do if you are already member of Treasuretrooper? First of all, you can only benefit from this website if you are a US or UK resident. If you are, then you will be able to take advantage out of most of the opportunities. You will be able to fill out a home business survey, submit a valid poem, and download a free toolbar. These are only some of the activities for which you can get paid. After you complete an offer, all you have to do is to click “done” button and that specific offer will be added to your pending offers list to be approved.

What distinguishes this particular website from sites providing similar services is that while completing surveys and other offers you can gain golden coins. They in turn, can be exchanged for gifts in Mabutu’s Hut. One of such gifts is that two new members of Treasuretrooper will become your referrals even though you did not refer them or know them.

The creators of the website encourage all participants to look into all the benefits of the program. They claim that it can be a source of hundreds of dollars if you take advantage out of many opportunities; however, for an average user it will be difficult to earn more than $100. A payout of each offer ranges from 0.25 to 30 dollars. Once a person accumulates $20 on his account that is due to be paid, the payout will be between 15th and 20th of each month by check. There are some users that claim that you can earn a lot of money by participating in the referral program. If you refer a new user, you will get 20% of the sum that this person earned, and if the person that you referred refers another person, you will get 5% of that participant’s earning. Overall, it might be a nice way to earn some extra money, but you will probably not earn as much as you may wish for.

Biz, Web