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Mighty Goggle Versus China

Posted on : 16-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Goggle Versus China

To the man on the street, Goggle pull out from China is practically just another news, commercial news that has very little bearing on their life. To Wall Street and even the government of the United States, Goggle’s exit may signify a broader significance, that in terms of human rights violation, future US trade relation uncertainties with its giant counterpart China and IT security within international context.

Some would see Goggle’s action as response to China’s government demand in imposing impossible criteria on the giant search engine operating in the country. It is not surprising that the Chinese government will seek to enforce filtering of sensitive information such as human rights and politics deemed detrimental to the political and social stability of the country.

At the heart of this entire fiasco, it seems at least according to Goggle is the politically motivated and perhaps even Chinese government backing and endorsement of organizations involved in hacking, hijacking and infiltrating Goggle email service and its related infrastructure to gain access to sensitive information.

No one knows for sure as to what precise reasons Goggle has it mind when it announce it is exiting from the China market. Some people perceive such action by Goggle as some kind of face saving exit strategy.

Apparently there are unconfirmed reports indicating the US giant search engine is losing ground in terms of competing with China’s search engine Baidu for the Chinese language Internet market.

This rumor may not be totally unfounded given the fact that the same fate falls on eBay, which fails to gain market share despite pouring millions of dollars to compete with China’s equivalent ‘Alibaba’.

Goggle’s exit from China Internet search engine market does not bode well for Internet Marketers and online business hoping to ride on Goggle’s access to the China Internet market to cash on advertising profits. You could have imagined the opportunity to generate profits from via Goggle AdSense and AdWords for the Chinese market.

Perhaps Goggle exit may come as blessings for other search engine entities such as Microsoft Bing or even Yahoo Search who might be more accommodating to China’s censorship and filtering demands.

For now, only time can tell as to what Goggle, Microsoft or even Yahoo next steps may be in terms of devising strategies in trying gain access to the huge Chinese Internet consumers market without agitating the Chinese authority.

Even though Goggle remains the number dominant player of Internet search engine market, it also pays to target Microsoft Bing, Microsoft Bing is gaining market share and market response to it has been much more favorable than anticipated. More and more advertisers are using Bing to reach out to the consumers.

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How To Backup Your Blogger Content

Posted on : 13-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Data loss can happen due to various reasons such as computer hard disk failure, virus attack, data corruption due to power surge, disruption and etc. Backing up your blogs regularly will save you tons of trouble from having to frantically recover bits and pieces of your critical data and restoring it during data recovery process.

One of the biggest mistakes that I ever made with regards to using Blogger is that I did not bother to back up the blog content. Sometime it is easy to overlook the importance of backing up your blog postings until it is too late for you to do so.

If you make use of Blogger platform to monetize your blog, then it is important that you backup your blog content regularly as there is no telling as to when Goggle may just slap a ban and take down your blog.

Fortunately there is an option provided by Blogger for you to export your blog easily. Just log into your Blogger account and select the blog you want to backup. There are three options namely ‘Export blog’, ‘Import blog’ and ‘ Delete blog’.

Backup blogger content and posting

Click on the ‘Export blog’ follow by the ‘DOWNLOAD BLOG’ option. You will be prompted to download an XML file. The XML file contains the entire blog contents.
Save the XML file in a proper location and you are pretty much done with the backup.

You can view the XML file with a web browser or you can create a new blog and import the XML file to restore your blog content. Unlike self-hosted Word press, there is no need for you to backup your database because the XML file exported contains the blueprint of the entire blog content.

You should also backup your blog theme if you wish to restore the blog to its exact layout and setting. Log in to your blog account, select the blog you wish to move, click the ‘Layout’ tab follow by the ‘Edit HTML’. Click the link ‘Download Full Template’ and save the theme XML file to a proper location.

download blogger theme template

You can easily restore the blog theme by clicking on the ‘Upload’ button after you have selected the template file from your back up location. That is all you need to do to backup your Blogger content and theme. It will take just couple of minutes to do such backup.

There is another method that you can use to backup your Blogger postings. It involves importing Blogger blog content to your WordPress blog. This is the preferable method if you wish to import your entire Blogger postings to your self hosted WordPress.

Log into your WordPress account and under the ‘manage’ option, navigate and click the ‘Import’ option. Look for ‘Blogger’ and click on it. You need to enter the Blogger log in name and password to authorize WordPress access to the Blogger account.

WordPress will import information pertaining to your Blogger account and display the list of blogs with corresponding posts and comments. Click on ‘import’ to initiate the retrieval of posts and comments from Blogger to your WordPress.

In summary, it is extremely easy, convenient and fast to keep a backup copy of your blogger blog postings and the template for the theme. You should backup your blogs frequently.

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Google AdSense – In A Nutshell

Posted on : 11-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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There are many ways to monetize your blog. One of the easiest and fastest way albeit not the most lucrative way to earn money through blogging is by implementing Google Adsense. What is AdSense?

In a nutshell AdSense is an interesting advertising concept that was initiated by Google many years ago. No doubt there are many new online business advertising models or strategies being conceptualize and implemented as of late. AdSense continues to be a a favourite advertising method and one of the easiest way in terms of blog monetization.

AdSense is one of Google’s main advertising program. It presents monetization opportunity to the website owners by allowing Google to post either text or image advertisements on their websites. The advertisement placed on the website is context sensitive in the sense that the advertistment is selected based on the topics and contents of the webpage or blog displaying it. Google has indicated plans to enhance AdSense by targeting ads based on the user surfing behavior. This is term behavioral advertising.

The entry requirement for Website owners to participate in AdSense is pretty straightforward and easy. Website owners need to enroll to the AdSense program through Google’s AdSense website. Google AdSense program requires you (the website owner & who is also designated the publisher) to include a piece of code (usually a programming script) on your website.

You have the full flexibility to include the AdSense code anywhere in the html code of your website i.e. depending on where you want to position the advertisements (however, there are certain rules that you must strictly follow while pasting this scripting code in other to conform to Google AdSense terms and conditions!).

The piece of AdSense code generated determines the structure of advertisements and content (and this is what helps Google in floating the advertisements on your website). You can choose different setting of advertisement and types such as banner, buttons, square, mixture of text and images and etc.

When people visit your website they are able to see these advertisements. Your earnings are based on how many Google Ads are displayed on your website and also based on how many times visitors to your website actually click on one of those Ads. The Google AdSense system calculates your revenue on per-click (CPC) and per-thousand-Ads-displayed (CPM) basis. The latter is also known as impressions.

For people who want to advertise their products and services through the Google AdSense system, it’s just a matter of signing up through Google Adwords program and letting Google know how much they want to spend towards advertising through Google AdSense. I was extremely confused and could not really differentiate between Google Adwords and Google AdSense when I first started online business.

Well, in a nutshell Google Adwords is targeted at advertisers who wish to have their ads placed on websites, blogs and search engine results listings while Google AdSense is targeted at publishers (web site owners and blog owners) who allows Google to place advertisement on their sites. As advertisers you need to bid for keywords and pay Google while as publishers you get paid when someone click on the Ads.

These businesses can specify the limit and Google AdSense system will accordingly serve their Ads so as to ensure that the specified limit is not crossed. Google AdSense increases the visibility of their business/ services and also increases traffic going to their website; hence fulfilling their purpose of advertising.

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Impact Of Duplicate Article Contents

Posted on : 10-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Search engines generates unique fingerprint for every web page it crawls on. Web pages are broken down into sets of word patterns to determine if the contents are duplicates or not. The major goal of the the various search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Microsoft is to only serve one version of the content in search results. This is definitely in line with user expectations of not being serve with duplicate contents from multiple urls and mirror sites.

Mass Article Control

The main objective of article rewriting is to make every single of your article which is being submitted to the article directories appear unique to search engines. There are many irresponsible web masters who goes around copying and duplicating contents from others.

Regardless of how sophisticated search engines might be, trying to determine the original authorship of a content remains a huge challenge. Search spiders can’t really tell for sure which of the websites contains the original content thus your website ranking may suffer and drop from the search index because the search engine will index only one particular URL.

Duplicate contents can also affect your website link popularity. Instead of having all the back links focused at one particular URL, these back links will instead point to multiple versions of the same URL.

This will make it more difficult to collect incoming traffic for any one particular URL. What was supposed to be increase targeted traffic to a particular URL gets distributed among several other websites instead. Thus the link popularity for your particular URL may suffer as a result of link juice dilution.

Article rewriting can be a time consuming process. Fortunately there are many software which helps to speed up the article rewrite process. One of the best article rewrite tool is the Mass Article Creator Software

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Article Content Spinning – Mass Article Control

Posted on : 10-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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There are many article content spinner or article rewriting software in the market. Some of this software is completely free of charge. For instance JetSpinner is an free online article rewriting software that is pretty handy for generating multiple unique articles based on a single article.

Why would you want to consider forging out money to purchase an article content spinner software while you can get it for from the Internet? Well, the truth of the matter is that it all depends on your preferences such as 1) learning curve, 2) online versus off line. 3)features

Firstly, article content spinner (be it free or paid products) can be categorized into two types namely off-line or online software. Article content spinner service that is hosted on the remote server of the software provider is considered online tool. An online tool has advantages as well as disadvantages.

The main advantages of any online article content spinner are that firstly you don’t need to install the software on your notebook or desktop computer. Software patches and updates are automatically accomplished remotely by the hosted server designated by the software provider. You can use any computer with Internet access to log into the user account that you registered for the online article content spinner. Portability and machine platform independent is a tremendous plus.

On the other hand the main disadvantages of these online tools are 1) you need to have access to the Internet to utilize the service, 2) the service can slow down quite a bit somewhat if there are too many users accessing the online tool simultaneously, 3) keywords, phrases, sentences and even paragraphs synonyms which you generate for specific articles usually resides on the remote server databases which you have no control. Administrator or the owner of the online article content spinner reserved the rights to remove the synonym database that you build up across time thus all your efforts may be wasted.

The main advantages of off-line standalone article content spinners are that they are usually installed and operate in the client target machine. No Internet access is required to run the program. Furthermore, most of the off-line article content spinners do not suffer from any form of slowdown due to load balancing issue because at any point of time only a single user get to access the program.

Another factor to consider is how long it takes for the user to be familiar with the software and the amount of time need to be up to speed with using it comfortably. It is not surprising that some of the free article content spinner tools are powerful, feature rich but complicated or confusing in some sense and takes time to be familiar with.

Mass Article Control

Mass Article Creator is one of the easiest off-line article content spinners to use. There is no complicated settings or rules to remember. It works as advertised and you quickly gain speed in learning how to use it with ease after watching the video tutorial. The entire article creation is easily accomplished by just a few button clicks.

Yes, Mass Article Control software may cost quite a bit but the benefits that you get from it far exceeds the product cost you paid for. The software runs on Microsoft Windows OS. After you install the program and launch it, a clean looking GUI pops up, looks kind of intimidating at first but you easily get the hang of it quickly.

The Mass Article Control product is made up of Mass Article Creator software and the Mass Article Submitter software. The Mass Article Creator software creates unique contents based on a single seed article. The Mass Article Submitter software automates submission of articles to up to 10 article/Ezine directories.

By default the Mass Article Creator software comes configured right out of the box with huge in-build synonym database. You can add new synonyms and create different set of synonyms accordingly. It is major plus being able to categorize the synonyms to allow you to organize different sets of keywords, phrases and sentences replacements for different article rewriting topics.

On the flip downside, Mass Article Creator lack one important feature, the option to export or save the categorized synonym database. The fact that this software executes from the computer which the software is installed means you would probably have to re-generate the categories of synonyms if you need to install and execute the software on another computer.

In summary, Mass Article Creator is a great tool to use as it helps you to quickly create unique articles based on a single article. Automating article rewriting or article content spinning is worth considering as it save you lots of precious time to focus on other more pertinent aspects of your online business.

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Building A Website Or A Blog – Using Free Hosting

Posted on : 06-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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At first glance, it seems pretty easy to jump start any online business. Cash tight and no money to invest in online business? No problem, you don’t need much capital anyway (with the exception of the computer and Internet online access).

Don’t know how to design a website? No problem either, there are many software Internet Marketing tools that offload the technical aspect of web site design and implementation for you. You can sign up and make use of some of the automated software tools, mostly completely free of charge.

One of the best free web site building tools is BlinkWeb . Just sign up for an account and you are good to go. It is a very user friendly system and you could easily get a good website created up and running in minutes.

There are many other online free website building tools apart from BlinkWeb. The important thing to take note is that you need to find one which do not contain advertisements and banners on the website you created using free account or free membership. Sign up for one which provide options for you to seamlessly upgrade all your websites created using free account into paid services and accounts should the need arise.

If you are new to blogging and interested to give it a try, one of the best blogging platform to use is WordPress. Another blogging platform that you may wish to consider is Google sponsored blogger hosted platform.

If you are a newbie and beginner to online business, you may be curious as for a start which blogging platform should you use namely WordPress or Blogger. The various blogging platforms has its own advantages and merits and which platform you should go for depends pretty much on your blogging objective.

In my personal opinion and experience, Blogger would be a better choice in terms of flexibility to quickly setup and to incorporate Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates into the blog. Google Adsense and Amazon affiliate marketing are two online marketing business models which you can quickly implement to earn some money.

Blogger platform comes ready with Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliate widgets installation support. You just need to follow the instructions and steps along the way to apply for Google Adsense or Amazon Affiliate account. Once the accounts are approved, you can proceed quickly to install the widget , usually with just a few mouse clicks.

You may also wish to consider other free blogging platforms such as B2Evolution, typepad and last but not least movabletype to name a few.

If you intend to monetize your blogs on a long term basis, it is strongly recommended that apart from hosted free blog platforms such as Blogger or WordPress.org you should apply for a domain URL and subscribe to a paid web hosting service company such as HostSo to host your websites and blogs.

Please refer to my previous posting on why you should not focus all your entire efforts on hosted free blogging platform services such as Google sponsored blogger platform. There are many limitations to using free hosted website or free hosted blog platform services.

Some of these limitations and restrictive terms renders free hosting services completely unsuitable for normal operation of online business. For instance, limitation in terms of disk space, databases, email addresses, FTP accounts and other host of services which is critical to the success of online business.

Free hosted blog platform such as Google blogger can be use as early staging for your online business campaigns. One of the better free hosting services that you could sign up with is freehost.

This free hosting service provides you with ample disk space of 1500MB, SQL databases, web mail, auto installer scripts and many more. You could use this hosting service to learn more about WordPress installation, themes, widgets, plug-ins and etc.

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Online Business – Factors You Need To Consider

Posted on : 03-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Before you jump into any online business, the first thing that you need to consider is what product or service you wish to get into. On line business is a huge marketplace and virtually everything, both physical and digital products can be marketed , off line as well as online.

One of the key aspects to launching successful online business is choosing a product or service which is high in demand and low in competition. There are known effective strategies that you should use to determine if a product or service is going to be profitable or not.

As I have indicated in my earlier post, you should find a good Internet Marketing Guru as a mentor to help you jump start your online business. Once you get the hang of it and fully grasp the fundamental of online business marketing, you could then rinse and repeat the whole process many many times over to make profit from other online products and services that you launch in the future.

One of the best Internet Marketing Guru that you could count on to jump start your online business is Ewen Chia. He is considered the world’s number 1 super affiliate marketer and has gone to train may successful Internet marketers and online business entrepreneurs. Here’s a free report by Ewen on how to make your first online profit of 1000 dollars within a month. The article is very informative and quite interesting.

Many online entrepreneurs and Internet marketers make the big mistake of developing a product or service first and then trying to find the market for it. Instead, you should first do necessary market research to determine if there is adequate demand for the product or service. Thus rule #1 that you need to do is find a product or service with good demand.

Once you have determine the product or service to get into, it is also equally important for you to determine the competition. The Internet online business world is very competitive in nature. There are hundreds of thousands of websites and blogs engage in the promotion and marketing of all sorts of products and services.

You should consider a product or service which is not too highly competitive in nature otherwise you will have tough time trying to get your blog or website noticed. Your online business won’t go far if nobody knows it exists or very few people stumble across it. Most people make use of search engines to look for information. The higher the competition the more difficult it is for your website or blog to be rank high by the search engines.

You should always ask yourself the big question of ‘Why should customer or prospects consider your product or services when there are hundreds if not thousands of other websites and blogs offering similar items?

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Internet Marketing – Is It Easy As It Seems?

Posted on : 02-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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If you wish to consider making money online (with the exception of any illegal online activities and all other unethical means) you would no doubt come across various Internet Marketing Gurus over hyping and boasting that they hold the secret key to unlock online wealth, secret that is surely guarantee to make you rich in no time.

It’s not surprising for you to get tons of marketing promotions and campaigns that promotes the supposedly so called latest single push button fads, greatest and easiest products, tools or services that you ought to have so as to earn you four to five figure sum in days or weeks.

The cold hard truth is that regrettably over 99% of online Internet Marketing business fails in the 1st five years since start up. For the remaining 1% which made it through after 5 years, less than 0.5% actually make profits. The rest who make it through the five years barely break even.

A lot of people find Internet Marketing and online business interesting and enticing because the entry barrier in particular the start up cost is low. As a matter of fact, with the exception of the cost of the computer and broadband access, you could realistically start any online business without having to spend a fortune.

On-line business start up cost may be very affordable, what most people tend to overlook is the amount of time needed to invest into online business marketing in order to make it successful. You need to be prepare to invest time to educate yourself on Internet marketing essentials such as fundamental marketing and customer relationship concepts, strategies, best practices, tools, products and services critical to the survival of your online business.

If you are new to Internet marketing then you should find a good Internet Marketing Guru to be your mentor and learn as much from them. Quite a number of these successful Internet Marketers has been there and done that so to speak. There is no point to try to reinvent the wheel and learn from mistakes that others has made. Work hard is necessary but more important you also need to work smart.

Quite a number of successful online entrepreneurs experienced failures in their earlier marketing campaigns before they finally starts to break even and subsequently achieved financial independence. No doubt there are ways to quickly earn cash by using some of the techniques, products or services offered by many IM Guru’s, most of these so called get rich quick scheme are short lived.

You don’t need to be an Internet Marketing Guru or holding high qualifications such as PhD doctorate to be successful in online business. What you need is 1) passion to succeed, 2)ability to adapt to changes, 3)commitment to online business and not treating it as a hobby, 4) learn from a good mentor, 5) plan to succeed because failure to plan is planning to fail.

Last but not least, you need to take action to jump-start your online business. If you don’t take action than nothing happens. Some people felt they are not ready to do so because they are still learning the ropes and there are so much information to digest.

Information overload is a normal phenomena experienced by many Internet marketing newbies. A good mentor is therefore very important to help you navigate through the maze of never seemingly ending online business opportunities. Stick to one particular money making model or technique and put your efforts and focus to make it succeed.

If you continue to switch from one online business marketing strategy to the next before it yields any tangible results, you are not likely to succeed. After all, a rolling stone gather no moss so to speak and you don’t want to become a Jack of all trades but master of none.

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2010 – Time To Focus

Posted on : 01-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Facts Of Life

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Time sure pass quickly. No one knows for sure what year 2010 will bring. After all, many unexpected events happen last year. The economic downturn, natural disasters and political events all indicate to us how unpredictable life can be.

On the macro level, most of the major events are beyond our control. On the other hand, there are also things that are within our control, things we could and should do in our personal life. We need to be thankful for our health, wellbeing of family members and loved ones and last but not least for our jobs and incomes that enable us to sustain our daily life.

The dawn of a new year is a time for us to ponder and reflect upon past year 2009 achievements if any, mistakes & lesson learn and how far we are in meeting our goals, aspirations and resolutions.

The beginning of a new year is also a time for us to make new commitments for our personal life and also for those that we cared for. It is also timely for us to define where our new focus should be.

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Kontera WordPress Plugin Issue On IE8

Posted on : 31-12-2009 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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There seems to be some problem with Kontera WordPress Plugin v2.8 running on Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 8. After installing and enabling this plugin, my wordpress blog tend to freeze and the warning message ‘ A script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly’ occurs repeatedly.

So it is recommended to disable this plugin while the Kontera folks figure out what’s wrong and hopefully fix it for the next release. No issue observed with FireFox though. Seems to be some sort of plugin browser compatibility issue.

You can checkout the below post pertaining to this issue at
http://www.digitalpurview.com/script-error-in-ie8-might-be-kontera/

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