Sunday, July 31, 2011

Does Your Blog Have Too Many Comments or Too Many Visitors? (How to cope!)

"It's Too Hard to Make Money Online" ::: NO KIDDING! With every click of the mouse there's another "expert" beckoning me to download his/her pdf, throwing up an annoying pop-up screen screaming at me to subscribe - sending me another email thanking me for visiting. ENOUGH!

A month or more ago I ran across a relatively new blog that had more than 40 amazing comments. What was so amazing about these comments? Commenters included:

Mavis Nong from Online Business Tools

Kristi Hines from Blog Marketing

Stacy from Blog Tips

Janet from The Natural Networker

Devesh from Twitter Marketing

Marlon from productivity bits

Obviously, this blogger was doing something RIGHT! A "right" collection of comments, from all the "right" people, including some of the hottest bloggers of 2011! How was this accomplished? the blogger stopped by one of the blogs that these other bloggers were featured on, leaving a comment there, and in some cases asking that blogger to return the visit and check out a particular post. It worked like faery dust! (before YOU try anything like that, you'd better make sure you've posted a quality kick-ass article. This is one of those things you only get ONE chance at!)

Onto "too many visitors" - I have "too many" on this very blog! I briefly discuss the problem here.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Star Press

One thing I find really annoying in my line of work:

Like it or not, most people now have home computers, smartphones, and access to the internet pretty much everywhere they go. (And if you're going to Outer Mongolia or some other place where you don't have it, leave an out of office message that says so.)

There is absolutely NO reason why a member of the press should not be able to contact someone immediately in response to a press release! NONE! Don't be a stooge! Read on:::

One time I received a press release with FIVE different phone numbers on them and NOT ONE SINGLE answer! Either ring-ring-ring-ring or a non-dated voicemail. (I can't tell you how many times people will call me back DAYS LATER after I have left a message!)

If you can't be right at the phone or have someone who will be, and you expect a successful press event to happen, for goddsakes PLEASE record a special message, something like: "Hi it's Phil on Tuesday, November 10, if you're calling about the press release leave your contact info and I will call you right back." THAT lets the person calling know that they have a better than 50% chance of speaking with a live person before DEADLINE... or leave an alternate, a cell number, an email address... if you want coverage!

I took a chance one time and went to a news conference without being able to verify the information that was presented in the press release. Guess who was the ONLY reporter at the event? ME! The other radio and TV stations passed because there were other events (maybe not as important) happening where they WERE able to make contact with a living soul!

In this modern "I want it NOW" world, reporter's deadlines have shrunk like crazy! If you email me your press release tonight, and I read it at 0800 tomorrow, you better have SOMEBODY manning the phones 0900 or before and you better be able to produce people I can interview by 1000! I'm sorry, but that's the way it is today!

Now, if you have a place where you can upload AUDIO and/or VIDEO tracks, you are way ahead of the game and making it eaasier for the press to cover your event! "Oh, you couldn't make it out to hear so-and-so speak about the issue? We have a soundbite on our website and a video of the presser on YouTube." You will be surprised how well that scenario plays out!

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Big Brother Overload: China & USA

China: Wi-Fi monitoring system in Beijing cafes and bars

According to Mingpao Daily, Beijing Police has issued a notice to all the cafes and bars which provide Wi-Fi access to their customers to install a RMB20,000 monitoring system. Upon installation, users have to register their ID in the counter before logging in the Wi-Fi network.
The notice was issued by the Beijing police around end of June, 2011 to cafe, bookstore, and bar which provide free Wi-Fi access to their customers. If they reject, they will no longer be allowed to provide free Wi-Fi service.

The system is called “non profit network security auditing system”, the installation fee varies from RMB 2 - 40,000 dollars. The system can monitor 100 customers at the same time and their browsing record would be kept in the system for 60 days. The “notice” states that for those which reject to install the system, they would be subject to a RMB15,000 fine. The police can also suspend their business license.

It is believed that the system would be adopted in other cities upon testing in Beijing. The Beijing East City District police told reporters that the system is to help the police to crack down criminal offense. However, Internet users find the monitoring system a violation of user privacy.

Words of Caution at New York Post


News Corp.'s legal department on Friday issued a notice to New York Post staff asking them to save any information related to phone hacking and bribery of government officials, as the company faces ongoing scrutiny in a reporting-tactics scandal stemming from its News of the World U.K. tabloid.

New York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan told staff in a memo the measure was being taken in light of allegations of phone hacking and bribing of government officials by the News of the World, which News Corp. closed this month, "not because any recipient has done anything improper or unlawful."

The notice comes after a government official said last week the U.S. Justice Department was preparing subpoenas as part of early-stage investigations into the allegations related to foreign bribery and the hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims.. MORE


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Goodbye, LOSERS!

Another batch of "followers" who un-followed me when they realized my twitter account is not set up to auto-follow them in return...
(Actually, even if it was, they would have left anyway - that's what these folks do- they're usually fake twitter accounts set up by money-schemers trying to make extra bucks online by tweeting junk)
And, on the outside chance that I am following any of these peeps, I will soon be UNfollowing them in return!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Have Smartphone, Will TimeTravel

A “time travelling woman” has appeared in the Shanghai Metro. Recently, a woman who claims to have been “sent through time” sits lengthwise at the exit to the subway station asking pedestrians for money so she can return to her home town 500 years in the past. What is even more dumbfounding is that this ancient woman even takes out and iPhone 4 to ask for mobile phone numbers from the passing crowd. Is she "real" or merely engaged in COSPLAY?

Translation of the hand-written Chinese sign on the ground:

I am from the Qingyuan village and have unwittingly time traveled here. I have nothing upon me and am begging for traveling expenses to return home, a debt I will repay in the days ahead [future].


mychinaviews.com › Life - Cached
Jul 21, 2011 – An Internet user recently posted a series of photos on baidu.com of a young woman dressed as The Goddess Athena - clad in an otherworldly ...

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Blog Spotlight ::: LOADING-INFO


How many blogs do you reckon you run across on a weekly basis? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? Try hundreds. Of those hundreds, how many could you honestly say fall within the category of GREAT blogs, with interesting content?

Thousands and thousands and thousands of blogs have passed before my two weary eyes - and you know that when it all comes down to it, there are just a good handful of weblogs that I find myself bookmarking or digging or stumbling or otherwise simply committing the URL to memory. Loading-Info is one of them. Catchy title, eh: "Loading-Info"...

Take a moment to think about it. I find the brand "Loading-Info" to be quite appealing!

A quick peek at the blog reveals articles on web-hosting and dedicated serves, widgets for info-geeks and website-monitoring for advanced users. Whether you are a wet-behind-the-ears newbie or a problogger, you'll learn something new with every visit to Loading-Info... here's a small sneak-peek of a sample (click on the pic to visit the post):
Whenever you're out websurfing on the net, whether googling for something or bloghopping or scouring for information on a variety of websites, you are LOADING INFO. YES! From the internet - to your computer - to your monitor - through your eyes and ears - directly to your brain! Electrons to electrons!

There's no smoke and mirrors here! There's a real gal behind the blog: she is none other than Gian Faye Paguirigan! She describes herself as a web enthusiast: "a normal 19-year old geek on the block who discovered the Internet long ago" - she is musically gifted, multi-talented, loves cats and loves to watch the stars (as in astronomy!) She's also into "playing with codes, doing programming and spending time tweaking things on the web and on her computer."

Gian Faye blogs out of Dasmariñas City, Ca, Philippines.

Loading-Info is LOADED with blogging info, tips and resources - and Gian Faye is very active across a wide variety of social media:

Connect with Loading-Info's Gian-Faye:
Email Me


I give Gian-Faye an "A" for excellent presentation and a 5-star rating for her blog "Loading-Info" ... check it out!

#FF #FluffyFriday Cruel Cat Tales

Ever see those heart-wrenching TV spots for abused animals? If you haven't yet been moved enough to give something, take a look at each of the links below.

Nice Kitty, Dead Kitty

Sexy Asian Babes Stomp Kittens

Kittens abused and killed, then left dead in front of their mother.

Adults drown kittens for fun



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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pop Clips » 28 July 11

Asian Women with White Men Suck?


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Keep FREE Over-the-air TV FREE!


Where do Americans turn during times of crisis? For critical information, viewers depend on local TV.

Spectrum is what your local TV and radio stations use to deliver their content into your home, car or mobile device – its simply airwaves. Spectrum, or airwaves, impact every one every day, whether you want to see how the high school baseball team did last night, listen to your favorite morning drive DJ, or just check on the local weather before you leave the house. Spectrum even helps you every time you turn on your smartphone or power up your laptop to check your email.

Clearly spectrum is a big, albeit unseen, part of your every day life. It is a valuable resource that we must make sure to use effectively and efficiently.

There is some concern that the free information that broadcasters are now able to provide you may be reallocated to other wireless companies that want more spectrum for their own use.

To take away some of the spectrum from TV and radio broadcasters, however, has the unintended consequence of hurting hundreds of million Americans by giving them less access to the local news, weather and programming we can all currently enjoy for free.

Congress is discussing this issue now; this is a situation your TV and radio broadcasters are watching very carefully and you should, too!

Want to learn more about whats going on? Check out this video and see the role spectrum plays in your life and why it might be threatened in the future!!!

The federal government is making decisions about how the airwaves are used, which could limit television's ability to innovate. It could also jeopardize the local news, emergency information and high quality programming on which hundreds of millions of Americans rely.

Tell Congress to protect free, local television's ability to innovate and provide the news, emergency information and entertainment you expect and deserve.

Take Action Now!

NetActive 27 July 2011

Colombia: RIP Joe Arroyo

Read this post.
Colombian salsa singer Álvaro José Arroyo González, better known as Joe Arroyo, passed away on July 26 in Barranquilla. On Twitter, blogs and websites his fans reacted to the news remembering his life and his songs.


Languages: Tweeting in Chichewa in Southern Africa

The Indigenous Tweets project recently interviewed Edmond Kachale, a software developer based in Malawi, who has been active in promoting th... More »

The End Time: Pisgah Crater volcanic activity: DutchSinse vs. USGS and the rumble in the desert

Pisgah Crater volcanic activity: DutchSinse vs. USGS and the rumble in the desert

I mentioned yesterday about the fight for truth in the secular world. I'd stated that the people know there is stuff going on, but the people who have access to the data or are otherwise in official capacities speak to the opposite of what we see and know. Or they deny completely what...


Possible Atrix 4G Successor Caught On Camera With 8MP 1080p Shooter In Tow - Here’s a mystery for you: Images of a Motorola Android handset have surfaced on Chinese blogs, and it looks incredibly similar to the Atrix 4G.







Michelle talks bin Laden raid...

...'it's not good, but it's good'




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Face 2 Face with the Future

Will future generations be tethered to their digital devices? How many?

How secure and how private will human life be?

Students already face withdrawl and distress when deprived of internet connectivity. One person surveyed said that being deprived of the internet was “like having my hand chopped off.” Others said it was akin to giving up drinking and smoking. Many of them experienced feelings of sadness or loneliness even if denied online access for a short time.

I've often remarked that "if the internet crashed civilization would come to a halt" - we have become far too dependent on the net for everything! FROM EDUCATION TO ENTERTAINMENT TO GAMES AND PASTTIMES!

Smartphone sales Will reach 420 Million by the end of 2011. At what point will we receive chip-like implants to directly connect our brains to the internet? Will that become the Biblical "mark of the beast"?


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trouble

More than a third of Americans now believe that President Obama’s policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

"Do you know what people are fed up with most of all? They’re fed up with a town where ‘compromise’ has become a dirty word," ~ US President Barack Obama

And what, pretel, would Mr. Obama think of this?


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