Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reality Shows Are For the Birds

What is it with reality shows nowadays? Why do they exist? What are their purposes? I know, I know, I’m old fashion to the core, but that is what makes me—me! Besides the fact that reality shows are extremely entertaining, I see no values or principles in them.

Let take The Bachelor for an example. Why do people even think about marriage on this show? Marriage is a sacred union, and it should not be taken lightly. If anyone ends up in a marriage, it must be to boost the show's ranking and to gain his or her own popularity!



Avoid Watching This Show

Here is my confession: I refuse to watch this show! It’s degrading the sacred vow of marriage! However, I have seen enough clips from the commercial to know that this show is a joke. It has too!

Set a Better Example

The bachelor for this season is a single dad. This must be great for his son to see him making out with 20 different women to find a wife. Shameless intimacy transfers from one woman to the next. Is this love? Can it be love? How gross can you get on national television?

Women’s Pride

And women!!!How do you feel to see this man kissing another woman in front of you, and turn around to kiss you and then someone else after you?

What are we teaching the children? Are we telling them it is all right to go on television, kissing, and making out with 20 different people during a specific time of filming to find their lifetime partner?


Where is the old fashion way of meeting someone and taking time to fall in love? How can anyone falling in love, or pick out a compatible life partner based on a contest?

I don’t know, maybe I am missing the purpose of the show! Maybe this new trend of getting married is not for my generation to grasp. Is there some kind of fulfillment viewers received when watching this show? Am I really missing an important hidden message in this show? What are they?

For me, I chose to click to another channel as quickly as I can. I rather watch cartoon than be entertained without any integrity!



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earn Money Writing Ad Reviews on Your Blog

If you are using the internet, chances are you have made yourself a blog. Whether it is for personal or for business uses, many people own a blog and there are great reasons for having one.

• You can make extra money selling ads spaces on your blog
• You can promote your business
• You want to share your world with other people
• You make a living writing useful and quality posts
• You have a passion for blogging


Recently, I have read that many people are making money writing review ads on their blogs. The only problem is to know which ones to sign up. We all need to make extra money in this tough economy, and we all have to be smart about saving our money.

The companies below are on the top of my list, because I know people who are on these sites, and they are making money.

Blogsvertise


To have an idea of what to do, or how the pay works, you need to go on this site and look around. Read the Requirement section to see if your blog qualifies before sign up. The process is quite painless, and you will receive assignment to complete in three to five days after signed up.

PayPerPost

This site works just like other paid ad review sites, and it may also be the biggest in this field. Their top bloggers earn anywhere from $300 to $800 a month, and if your blog receives high traffic, you can put "Hire Me Direct" banner on it, and earn a higher amount of money from advertisers.

ReviewMe


Directions can be found by clicking on the above image! Since the pay rate for a review of product or service runs from $20 to $200, your blog must meet the requirements to be accepted into their system. These requirements are: link popularity, readership, subscribers, rating of your blog, and traffic.

To find out more, read this FAQ

These are just three companies that offer opportunities for bloggers to earn money on their blogs. With many people are out of jobs and looking for a way to make money online, these sites are a great place to start.

Make sure to spend times reading over each site before you sign up. What works for me, may not work for you! Best of all, have fun blogging..


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Five Easy Ways to Build One-Way Quality Backlinks

As bloggers/writers, we all want to have traffic to our blogs. Backlinks are our ultimate aim since with quality backlinks, our blogs can also benefit from having a higher page rank.


There are many ways to build one-way backlinks, but for many of us, who blog for the sheer joy of blogging and sharing, below are some easy ways to attain this pursuit.

Blogging


Find other blogs in your niche, read, follow them, and leave comments. The blog owners may not return a kind visit to your blog, but some of their readers might find your comment interesting or the title of your blog intriguing, and decide to visit you.

Search engines such as Google, MSN, and Yahoo put more weight on these kinds of one-way backlinks than reciprocal exchange links.

Forum


Again, a niche forum is recommended for your niche, but a forum like MyLot is also a great start. MyLot is varied enough that you can put a link to your post there. It is wise to keep in mind that they need your contribution also. That means being a part of their community!

Social Bookmarking Sites


If you are online, you know the main buzz is social bookmarking sites. Digg, StumbleUpon, Mixx, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace are the most popular ones. By bookmarking your post, you are creating a one-way backlink to your site.

Important note about social bookmarking sites: Be a part of the community, or you will be exspunged as spammer!

Yahoo Answers


Many people swear that Yahoo Answers bringing them a great amount of traffic, if you spend a bit of time searching for questions that related to your subjects, and post the answers with your links. Though, I have tried Yahoo Answers in the past, it was just too much time consuming for me, and maybe I need to learn the right way to go about this.

Google Alerts


You must first sign up for a Google Alerts account and promote your major keywords. When Google email you a new page/site/link with your keywords, you go to those pages and leave a valuable comment to avoid deletion.

As you know, the comment box often allows you to type in your website, so be wise when writing your comment.

These five easy and all-free methods just need your time, and elbow grease. If money is not a problem than you can buy a press release or advertise your business, but my intention for this article is to help regular bloggers or writers.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Would You Take a Stand?

It has been a long time since I last wrote an article for Associated Content, Triond, and eHow! I don't know what happened, but I can't find inspiration to write anymore. It seems that so many articles on these sites are the result of rehashing from others.


These Are My Questions
  • Are we running out of ideas to come up with an original story?
  • Have we stop using our brain to think of things to write about?
  • What motivates us: money or creativity?
  • Do we have any shame in repeating someone's idea?
  • Are we in competition to write as many articles as can with only the prospect of earning more?
Are We Copycat Writers?

I have some close friends on StumbleUpon from my last account there, and they said that as soon as they stumbled "The Wave in Arizona", two or three days later, someone on Triond re-wrote it, and got published again.Then , it was submitted to social bookmarking sites across the net.

The same thing happened with "The Frogs" Stumble, one of those users on Triond re-wrote, republished, and re-submitted to StumbleUpon again!

Heck, my own articles on Distinctly Rare and Unique Lobsters, Dive Into the Ocean for an Extraordinary Experience, and Bargain for a Cheaper Price on Everything were dissected and re-published on Triond and Bukisa using the same pictures and similar title.

So What Type of Writer/Publisher Are You?
  • Do you have ethics or principles or morals in your writing/publishing style?
  • Do you take pride in your writing? Those who take pride in their writing would not send their links to everyone on their email list, asking them to stumble and review, or beg others to rate every single piece they published?
  • Would you copy and paste someone else's writing and make them your own? If you do, do you wrestle with your conscience?
  • If you are a publisher and you know your users copied and pasted someone else's work, would you still publish the materials because they will bring in traffic?
  • Do you take pride in your work published under false pretenses, when you know it is not your own? Can you click on the button stating this work is your own and not in any way taken from another source without express permission?
  • Do you care about your reputation as a publisher who condones plagiarism?

Last But Not Least, What About You?
  • How far would you go to support a friend on social bookmarking sites with their endeavor?
  • Would you leave a comment to say that their piece is copied and pasted if you know, or taken from someone else?
  • Would you take a stand to keep this writing world more decent?
  • What would you do to weed out those blood suckers?
  • Can you tell why when these users submit a piece to SU, they have about 30+ views and no stars at all? It is kinda obvious, don't you think? They are all obligated reviews, which raise lots of questions about their work ethic.
I believe everyone can write nowadays, and everyone can be a writer, or call themselves a writer. The difference between self-respectable writers and hungry-for-pennies writers are the huge steps in what they do and how they carry out.

Louie Jerome, a published author of two books, wrote this 10 Things Self-Respecting Writers Never Do, and it is worth reading, especially her comments on how her own article was copied and re-published on Triond! It is very discouraging and disgusting..


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I am still on a quest to learn all about Twitter, a popular social bookmarking site that creating a huge wave online at the moment! I hear it all the time, and I see "Follow Me on Twitter" every where!


So What Are the Buzzes?
  • Sign up for an account is free, and free is good!
  • You have 140 characters to summarize your tweet.
  • You follow your friends and your friends follow you to check out each other tweet.
  • You can drive traffic to your blog, gain readers, or get customers to your market.
  • If you log into your Twitter account, you can see what your friends are doing/saying

My brain is growing by learning so much more information about Twitter every day.

As bloggers/writers, we all aim for readers and traffic to our blogs or articles. The only way to stay in this online business is to keep up with the trend. The hot spots for internet users are social bookmarking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Digg, Mixx, Reddit and now Twitter.

Even if you are blogging for the sheer joy of writing, without the money added benefits, I'm sure you still want to have visitors to your blog.

Last week, DragonBlogger left me a comment, which I followed to his blog, and found this wonderful article written by him: Guide on How to Use Twitter.

If you are new to Twitter, check out these links!


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