Thursday, August 30, 2012

Get 1,000+ views on EVERY blog post…

BUZZ Blogger ::: Kim Roach has come up with a sure-fire way to kickstart your blog! Imagine getting more than a thousand hits on your newest post! One thing toubles me: when a post like this is released, all the "techniques" involved are suddenly being utilized by hundreds or even thousands of bloggers - for instance, a tip like "Once you’ve found a related blog that does link roundups you can then contact the blog owner and send them a link to your latest blog post" means the poor bloggers who publish round-ups may be in for a slew of unsolicited emails!

A post on buzzblogger.com

Blogger's "Henhouse" Ravaged by Spam "Foxes"

I am astonished to see that a "model blogger" has made a major bungle - I discovered it by accident...

...when I recognized some spammers names appearing in comments on a recent "guest post" on one of Kiesha Easley's blogs! Tsk! Tsk! Ms. Easley not only put her own blog at risk, but the blogs and/or websites of her readers, who could possibly click themselves into a major computer infection!

RELATED ::: Legitimate Comments Hijacked on WordPress?

I have saved to file the webpage comments as they appear August 30 2012 at 7:29pm New York time - in the event this post makes Kiesha do a little editing (and I hope she does!) - This is what happens when you leave things to automation - from right off the bat, "commenters" got wind that "nobody is home" at WeBlogBetter.com - so, of course, with the door wide open, they barged right in! They zeroed in on THIS POST...

Are You Kidding Me, Kiesha?

Trusting automation not the only thing blogger Kiesha did wrong! Hit up any of the spams on her blog and you are GONE fromWeBlogBetter.com!!! That's a HUGE no-no! Ideally, when a reader clicks on a link in a comment, it should open in a new window and NOT "disconnect" the reader from the website! Viruses and trojans are spread this way, for hevvinsake! And it shocks me - Kiesha Easley is well-known and respected among bloggers!Coincidentally, email from Kiesha's site when a new comment appears bears the originating address information "brandonacox.com" - which is a religious blog. Who knows, maybe the site does email work for other bloggers? Anyway ---

Here's a case of Comments Gone Wild - way off topic on a major website! Take A Look!!!

I love my blogspot! COMMENTS ARE CUSTOMIZABLE! If you use blogspot and want to adjust your "comments" settings, do it now before the old blogger interface is gone forever! HERE'S HOW!!!

I have also made FACEBOOK COMMENTS available here for you!

Tomatoes Я Christian?

Are tomatoes Christian? Check out Angie Nassar's blog post on Now Lebanon Blog, where she comments on news that a Salafist group in Egypt has posted reservations on tomatoes on Facebook. It seems that when cut open, a tomato resembles a cross - as it does in this obviously "stretched" picture!

ǝsןǝ ǝuoʎɹǝʌǝ ǝʞıן - ɹnoɯnɥ ɟo ǝsuǝs ɐ ǝʌɐɥ sɯıןsnɯ puɐ - ooʇ ǝןdoǝd ǝɹɐ sɯıןsnɯ 'ǝǝs noʎ ¡ǝɹıʇɐs sı sıɥʇ 'ɥɔunq ɐ uı sǝıʇɹoɥs ɹnoʎ ʇǝb noʎ ǝɹoɟǝq

The original page is at https://www.facebook.com/IEPAS.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Dave Lucas Digital Poetry Project


I create unique verses and accompanying images out of love for poetry! I invite you to support my art and effort and consider making a donation: I want to be able to give electronic tools to those who need them the most and build a proprietary supersocial network. I'm giving the project a full year to get up on its legs and then get off the ground! (And should you donate even a penny, you will receive updates on the network status. Write poetry? Say so and you will be entered as a member!)

The fundraising tool I am using asks for a definite amount of money as a goal. Obviously, more is better when one is trying to distribute electronic equipment to people who may be in faraway lands. It is also my goal to accomplish this as inexpensively as possible, whenever possible.

Think of a budding poet in another country. It could be someone in Africa, India, China or even right here in North America. I crunched some numbers down and arrived at an average of about $200 per person to pay the bills to get them started and sustain them for several months. That figure assumes distributions to people among nations will be generally equal.

Initially, I'd like to enroll 1 individual every month for the next 10 months. That comes to $2000, which is the figure displayed in the donation box.

Tim Pool says‏ "Don't hate the media, be the media."

Dave Lucas says "Be the media through poetry!"

They say that everyone has a song in his or her heart - one way to express that song is through poetry. You don't need a particular voice, you don't need good looks, you can be 5 years old or 105. Poetry makes words magical.

In the coming weeks I hope to start classes involving writing and distributing poetry via Mobile/Social/Streaming technologies incorporating various strategies including microcasting, blogging and microblogging - an initiative of enormous magnitude with the potential for social change not seen since the activist days of Gil Scott Heron.

Imagine a digital generation of Byrons and Shelleys, Dylans and Donovans and Seegers...

Destination FLIPBOARD : 20 Million Users (and counting!) [Infographic]

Hot Social Networking action can be found right now on:
(A) Facebook
(B) Pinterest
(C) yfrog
(D) twitter

Your answer?
If it was any of the above, you were WRONG!

Flipboard has risen up as THE summer social networking place to be!

"Flipboard is on a tear, adding 15 million new users to its platform over the last eight months. With 20 million users now reading stories on the mobile platform the company has managed to quadruple its user base in less than one year." ~ James Johnson

Flipboard's expansion plans very likely factor into the rapid growth pattern: people have been clamoring for more - as you can see in the small screengrab below -

PC Magazine: Google Announces Partnership With Flipboard

VentureBeat: Google+ streams coming to Flipboard, but what about Google Currents?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Some Blog Posts Don't fly

"I fly like paper, get high like planes..."

Ever write an article and upload it to your blog, thinking "this will certainly attract readers," only to find out later that it doesn't seem to be "registering" either on search engines or with your readers? You could try tweeting about it or "pinning" it if you created an interesting original image...

I just wonder sometimes how supposedly "sure-fired winners" end up as duds. Of course in the same space I can attest that seemingly "junk" or "throwaway" posts I've written bring in readers daya fter day years on... I'm talking about 1 or 2 readers a day, steadily, all the time. No explanation!

Do you have an unusual blogging story? I'd love to hear about it... contact me by email or use "comments" or "facebook comments" below.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The jury foreman watched a movie then decided to sway the entire #Apple vs. Samsung jury to one side!

This is an eye-opener.
A good study for anyone involved in litigation.

The jury foreman in the Apple vs. Samsung case confessed that he watched a movie that changed everything... Velvin Hogan tells all to a local CBS news crew.


Here’s my personal list of car radio presets:


My presets are by no means a complete list of all of the amazing radio choices between Albany and New York City - the stations I have listed are limited by the number of presets on my car radio!

FM "A"

90.3 WAMC Northeast Public Radio - strong signal almost right into NYC

90.7 - WFUV (New York City) is Fordham University's 50,000-watt, non-commercial radio station, with studios on campus and its antenna atop nearby Montefiore Medical Center. Lots of great music - since a lot of the NPR programming is picked up by WNYC.

Moving up the Hudson Valley, WGXC is the "Community radio station" licensed to Acra, owned & operated by Free103point9. The station serves Greene and Columbia Counties, but I can listen almost all the way to Albany: There's a "Sound of Life" Christian radio station that cancels out WGXC about a mile before the Thuuway Exit 23 toll booths.

There's a NULL between WFUV and WGXC (depending on atmospheric conditions), although I have from time to time been able to listen to WFUV as far north as

By the way, kudos to WFUV's Rita Houston - honored as the Music Director of the Year for non-commercial stations on August 11 in Boulder CO.

92.3 WXRK / WFLY They switch command of the frequency in Ulster county

95.5 WPLJ / WYJB One covers the other around New Paltz

101.5 WPDH Based in Poughkeepsie with a repeater in Jeffersonville at 106.1
At the time I was doing my overnight radio show at Albany Broadcasting, Kricket was deejaying at Fly 92... just a little 'radio trivia' for ya!


103.1 WGJK Fox Radio out of Newburgh / (In the Albany area, WGY simulcasts on 103.1)

FM "B"

90.9 WCDB (Albany) / WAMK (Kingston)

91.5 WRPI (Troy) / WNYE (NYC)

93.5 WZCR (Hudson) /WVIP (New Rochelle)

97.1 WQHT - Hot97 (NYC) / WZRT (Rutland VT)

97.7 WEXT (Amsterdam) / WCZX (Hyde Park)

102.7 WEQX (Manchester VT) / WWFS (NYC)

AM

710 WOR New York

770 WABC New York

810 WGY Schenectady

880 WCBS New York

900 YNN

1300 WGDJ Albany

I spend the most time on AM band when commuting - I hop over to FM "A" as well... FM "B" I tend to listen to late at night or on the weekends.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

File Bankruptcy for $0 Money Down!

In the hole? I found a website that is nothing short of a godsend for those who have nearly lost hope in these desperate times!

With $0 Money Down, you can file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy today and pay later. Denver bankruptcy attorney Kevin Heupel started this program so people could get out of debt sooner before his clients got sued or had their wages garnished by creditors.

Filing bankruptcy for $0 Money Down allows you to make payments between 6-12 months after you file for bankruptcy. To qualify, you need to have a bank account and steady income. There are other restrictions that apply, but most people can file for bankruptcy with $0 Money Down.

Test Blogging via Flock

This is just a test - checking out another alternative method to using the new blogger interface.
Blogged with the Flock Browser


OKAY! Version 2.03 of Flock running on Windows ME via dial-up - this particular version of Flock based on Mozilla/Gecko/Firefox.

Add this to the list of alternative ways to post to blogger:


Here are even MORE ALTERNATIVES!
  1. From Google Docs

  2. Email from Computer; Email from Cell Phone / Mobile Device;

  3. SMS from Cell Phone; Using Jott from a Cell Phone

  4. From BlogThis! bookmarklet (the quick way to recommend web pages)
    To set up blog this bookmarklet, BlogThis! <-- drag this link to your browser's Links bar
  5. From iGoogle using the Blogger Posting Gadget
  6. From Gmail using the Blogger Posting Gadget
    Setting up this takes a bit longer.
    1. Go to Gmail Labs Settings
    2. Enable "Add any gadget by URL", the last option in the list.
    3. Save preferences
    4. Now find the Gadgets tab in settings.
    5. Enter the follwing URL in the "Add a gadget by its URL:" option
      http://www.blogger.com/gadgets/post.xml
    6. Now you will be able to see the gadget along with your chat and invite options.
  7. Through email posting.
    1. Go to blogger dashboard.
    2. Click on the mail icon to the left of your blog name.
    3. Replace 'SecretWords' with words, letters or any other secret code of your own.
    4. Remember the whole email id. (yourdomain.yoursecretwords@blogger.com)
    5. Send a mail to this email id; the subject will be the title and body the content of the blog post thus created.
    6. To further edit settings go to Settings | Email
      Tip: Put #end at the end of your mail to avoid unnecessary additions by your mail program.
  8. Through Blogger Mobile.
  9. Through Microsoft Office 2007.
    1. Run MS Word.
    2. Select New from Office Tab.
    3. Choose New Blog Post from Installed Templates.
  10. Through Ping.fm.
    1. Create an account at Ping.fm
    2. Add your blog to ping.fm account
    3. Now you get some 14 alternative ways to update your blog through ping.fm.
    4. Use @bl prefix to post only to your blog
  11. Through Scribefire firefox extension.
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Insect Eggs on Badminton Net

While there are indeed more substantial problems facing the world today, mine, at this moment, involves the identification of insects that apparently have decorated my badminton net with tiny eggs. When first deposited, the eggs are white and glistening, turning darker after a few days.
Above/Below ::: Here are the culprits, a little out of focus, but you get the idea!
The general consensus on the internet is that these are Salt Marsh Caterpillar eggs. Could that be true?

Let's scrape some of the eggs off the net for safekeeping. We'll bring them inside so we can keep a more watchful eye on the inhabitants.Call this post "a work in progress" as I will be back to either update and/or comment on the latest developments as the story unfolds...


See You At Mudfest?

You may have missed Saturday afternoon's "Kick-off" events, but there's plenty on tap for today: an ecumenical worship service at 9am in the Town Green, a muckboot march from the Green to the Water Treatment Plant at 11am, and a whole list of events happening throughout the day: at Devasego park there will be a Muddy Tug-of-war Tournament, a Muddy Volleyball Tournament, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, a muddy slip &slide, music by DJ Fast Eddy, good food, and other events; at the Town Green there will be carnival rides for the kids, crafts for the kids, fun with the RedNose Responder clowns, games and contests for the kids, live bands playing, good food, and plenty more; at the new Devasego Park there will be a craft fair featuring many local artisans and businesses, as well as live bands, and other fun. Oh, and we can't forget the area businesses involved: the Great American, Beth's Cafe, the Pratt Museum, Agway, as well as Prattsville's Tavern, Diner, Art Center, and Reformed Church will also be hosting everything from sales and delicious fun foods to art exhibits and book signings.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hurricane Timeline

As we approach the anniversary of Twin storms Irene and Lee tearing through New York, you might wonder about the timeline for these cyclones (typhoons)... it looks like anywhere 6 and 9 days depending on far north the storms track.Photo by Frank Wathley

Should you notice while watching weather forecasts on TV or checking them online that a severe storm is apparently forming, you can estimate the number of days you have until your locality might be affected. Again, the farther north you are, the longer it may take for the hurricane or tropical storm to reach you.

I have a bit of national interest timeline content below - if you are looking for a more concentrated dose of information centering on New York State, check the Watershed Post. If you'd like to see VIDEO, my colleague Elaina Athans produced this piece for YNN in the aftermath of Irene and Lee, when NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited farms in Ulster and Orange county. I also have a link to video I shot in Catskill around that time. Some communities were hit harder than others, but everyone that took the hit, almost everyone, has recovered or at least made progress toward "normalcy."

20 August 2911 :::The 9th named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season, Irene originated from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that began showing signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles. Due to development of atmospheric convection and a closed center of circulation, the system was designated as Tropical Storm Irene on August 20, 2011.

Hurricane Irene was a large and very destructive tropical cyclone, which affected much of the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States during the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, and became the fifth costliest U.S. hurricane on record.

21 August 2011 ::: After intensifying, Irene made landfall in St. Croix as a strong tropical storm later that day. Early on August 21, the storm made a second landfall in Puerto Rico. While crossing the island, Irene strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane. The storm paralleled offshore of Hispaniola, continued to slowly intensify in the process. Shortly before making four landfalls in the Bahamas, Irene peaked as a 120 mph (195 km/h) Category 3 hurricane.

28/29 august 2011 ::: Thereafter, the storm slowly leveled-off in intensity as it struck the Bahama and then curved northward after passing east of Grand Bahama. Continuing to weaken, Irene was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on August 27, becoming the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Ike in 2008. Early on the following day, the storm re-emerged into the Atlantic from southeastern Virginia. Although Irene remained a hurricane over land, it weakened to a tropical storm while making yet another landfall in southeastern New Jersey on August 28. A few hours later, Irene made its ninth and final landfall in Brooklyn, New York City. Early on August 29, Irene transitioned into an extratropical cyclone near the Vermont/New Hampshire border, after remaining inland as a tropical cyclone for less than 12 hours.


KATRINA

23 August 2005 ::: Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico.

29 August 2005 ::: The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.

Sixth strongest of all Atlantic hurricanes recorded, Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States.

Facebook Fact & Fallacy

It's no secret that the value of Facebook has weakened on the stock market. But how much weight does the Social network carry across other areas?

CAPITAL ::: At the moment, the powers behind FB don't seem to worried about falling prices on Wall Street ::: indeed, they may be profiting from the IPO in ways you never imagined. Is some or all of this money being pumped back into FB? After all, somebody has to pay for the company's fancy new digs...

CUSTOMERS ::: Facebook Will hit 1 Billion users any minute... the most recent official tally released by the firm is 955 million users. But some question just how many of those accounts are fake. No one knows for sure.According to the Forrester Research report, "The Facebook Factor: Quantifying the Impact of a Facebook Fan on Brand Interactions,"
  • BlackBerry Facebook fans are 4X more likely to recommend the brand to friends and family
  • Coca Cola Facebook fans are almost 50% more likely to consider a brand purchase
  • Best Buy Facebook fans are almost 2X as likely to have purchasedfrom the brand in the last 12 months.
CHALLENGES ::: FB's biggest is the monetization of mobile users. Which, if handled incorrectly by the wrong geek, could put a sudden end to Mark Zuckerberg's social world.

And the question still remains: how to effectively monetize m.facebook.com?
Which brings us to

DIRECTION ::: Facebook has already had a "technorati moment" or two, where the geeks muck up something that was perfect... they've also had a "google moment" or two, where the geeks fix something that isn't broken. Now, there's a slight difference between those two categories. If you've been reading blogs since 2002 or so, you know what I mean.

Here's a like-minded comment from Paul Saffo, blogging on CNN _ "Facebook has overestimated its own popularity. There is a difference between using Facebook and loving Facebook. The company has repeatedly annoyed its users with everything from privacy policy waffles to aggressive ad placements. Facebook is the Microsoft of social media; used by everyone but truly loved by few." [link]

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blog Income Report December 2012

"I made $100,000 last month." ~ you, in your wildest blogging dreams

Wouldn't you love to join that elite group of bloggers who beat their breasts and pat themselves on the back each and very month as they share their blog's monthly earnings report with their readers?

I may not be able to get you up to six-figures. Maybe not even three. But I do have a couple of great ideas how to leverage your blog traffic thru some techniques that have worked for me.

(1) Stats (if you use Google stats, you're in business, but others will suffice) - investigate which articles you've posted have drawn the most traffic over the past 7, 14 or 30 days. Then, examine each individual post.

What do you have there that keeps search engines or readers or whatever bringing people to that unique URL? Is it a photo or other image? A keyword? A mention on another blog, forum, website or social network?

(2) Social Media and email signature ::: you should have your blog's URL placed in the signature of every email that goes out from any of your accounts. You should be displaying your blog URL on your twitter header and on your facebook or LinkedIn page. Is there a new website in your community that is spreading news? A lot of new "online local papers" have popped up - take a look at this one...

(3) Offline advertising and PR ::: Spend a few dollars, pounds or pesos and take out an ad in your local newspaper or weekly - I'm sure your community has a small indie paper - it can be a line ad (classified) or a small display ad. Use your online skills to design an ad the paper can use!

(BONUS)

If you are an Entrecard user, you may be familiar with blogs that publish a "top ec droppers" list every month (some publish one that continually updates). They're missing the "pot of gold" that waits at the end of the EC rainbow. Go into your EC dash, click on "more stats" and look for "Top clicks by widget" and "Best value by widget" - the top performers on these two widgets are places you should channel a few advertising dolars toward!These are the blogs sending you traffic - these are the blogs where you should continually place your EC widget or other ad - you might want to contact the blog owner directly and see if you can work out a deal.

Having typed all that, please pay attention to this: do NOT publish a "monthly earnings" or "blog income report." While you may dazzle (or not) your readers, you're also asking for trouble! HERE'S WHY!


Ana Hoffman’s Best Traffic Posts via Traffic Generation Cafe:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Xiaxue's Cover Girl Moment!

All those nutty blogging gurus put together don't hold a candle to one true "guru": Xiaxue! I began reading her blog when she first began it - years ago when she had no idea that blog*spot was going to deliver her to a land that wouldn't have been possible without the internet.

For Wendy Cheng, things fell into place, magically. Just the right timing! She stepped into a pile of luck most of us will never see. And I love her for it! I'm thousands of miles away, watching this kid grow into a young woman, her blog turn into an international sensation and then a TV show... and marriage... and now this! Cover girl! Atta girl!

Xiaxue shares all on her blog. Click the link above or click on the picture. Yes, she is still on blog*spot!

A Case For Full Disclosure (Just My Opinion)

I think that the new breed of JD demands a new approach by newspapers and newsbloggers. Name names! By informing the public, a future crime could be prevented by smashing the vulnerability resulting from the lack of (1) knowing exactly WHO the perps are (2) being able to google them and identify them by photos (most of these characters post photos and brag about their exploits on social media) - and more importantly, determine WHERE THEY LIVE - just like sexual offenders, there should be a law juvies must be reported on a state registry and neighbors be notified when an offender moves in!

WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF THIS
INSTEAD OF THIS

She was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th.

The girl, whose name is not being released due to her age, has had numerous contacts with the Albany Police since 2009, mostly in reference to stealing from cars. Her first contact was at the age 9 after she stole a cell phone from a bus driver. In October of 2011, she was arrested for possession of stolen property after she was caught on State Street with a stolen purse and I-Pod. She also had an arrest in October of 2010, at Madison and Willet Street ,after she again was caught stealing from cars.

On Sunday August 19, 2012, Officers arrested two Myrtle Avenue teens after they were caught with stolen property following a car larceny in Washington Park. Officers responded to the park after receiving a call that the two teens were breaking into a car. Officers caught up with the teens moments later and located stolen property, burglary tools, and a pellet gun.

The one teen, who is 15 years of age, was in possession of a GPS Unit that was later determined to be stolen from a car parked inside of Washington Park. He was also in possession of a metal wrench that he was using to break car windows in order to gain entry.He was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th, Petit Larceny, and Possession of Burglar Tools.

He has had several contacts with the Albany Police since 2010, including two other arres...

undefinedIn other countries they might be called "street urchins" and the locals know they're bad news! These youngsters represent the same cut of "kids" who one day may get their hands on a gun and shoot a guy like BAILEY. The public needs to know WHO they are!

Also, like Joe Sullivan says: NO FREE BUS RIDES for those who previously had run-ins with the law, especially burglaries! Let's not TEMPT them!

media remix culture

You've heard about this - you've experienced it already and didn't realize it - it is the direction that information distribution (i.e. "the news") is heading for as we continue hurtling through the 21st Century... here you will also find a blurb and a link to NEWSJACKING... remember, blogs aren't anywhere near "dead" just yet - au contraire, blogging the news is really just getting started!

Cloud-based Antivirus Software

Finally - the "Cloud" is good for SOMEthing?

Y'all know how much I despise the whole "cloud computing" concept.

Well, for ONCE, the cloud may actually be beneficial, but in this ONE SCENARIO ONLY!

Panda is offering a FREE centrally managed antivirus. I'm giving it a go. But my beloved Malwarebytes and Avast aren't going anywhere!

My current antivirus spends considerable time each day updating definitions - Malwarebytes checks for and asks permission to download updates whenever I execute the file: Security threats are continually evolving, and any solution you are employing must download the latest updates to protect your computer.

In the case of a cloud-based antivirus, proponents claim virus definitions are updated seamlessly and immediately for all of those utilizing the software.

WARNING!!! I will continue to recommend keeping an "old-fashioned" AV program on your PC or laptop. If a virus or trojan strikes and disables your internet connection capabilities, you won't be able to contact the cloud AV for assistance. That's called "screwed."


Nicole Kidman channels Debbie Harry

I think celebs are more and more embracing the style of publicity I call the Nicki Minaj Method - take a mix of wham-glam things already "in the public mindfields" - y'know what Freud or jung might have labeled "archtypes".

So...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rough Cuts ::: Local Blogs

These folks pull no punches! They'll chew ya up and spit ya out! Before the blogs themselves, there is a mass email sent out today by well-known local blogger and perennial political candidate Joe Sullivan, sounding the alarm about a new crime wave coming soon to peaceful neighborhoods:

(I wonder why he chose to send email instead of publishing a blog post about this?)

Prince Harry Naked In Vegas

The Royal Family jewels have been inappropriately displayed - photos have been leaked - take a poll and share your opinion - this is certainly unbecoming behaviour!

Is it really him? Prince Harry??? I am flabbergasted by this! This is one item that really has taken me by surprise, shock and awe!

"What was he thinking!" ~ Jerry Seinfeld

"the world will end in 2012" ~ The Mayans

I expect this item will be the "talk of the town" by the end of today!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Think About This

If you weren't who you are, who do you think you'd be?

Monday, August 20, 2012

I'm having an affair. What should I do?

"Sex is no more a moral issue than eating a good meal." ~ Catherine Hakim

"After marriage a woman needs to keep one eye closed." ~ ancient Chinese proverb

"Watch Match Point, then make your lifestyle choice." ~ Dave Lucas


Regrettably, some folks walking the planet who have "papers" on someone else, sometimes choose a path of questionable integrity. There have been affairs through the ages, some of which were kept totally secret, others that exploded (think Tiger Woods) onto front pages, social media and television screens.

Whatever the outcome of a rogue relationship, the ultimate acceptance or rejection of such an act lies within the mind(s) of the two involved and balances on the way each, individually and together, carries out the extracurricular mission.

Now, Catherine Hakim weighs in ::: "As dating websites open up a global shop window of sexual possibilities, as life expectancy continues to rise and we become increasingly sexually aware, how can we still take the crushing old rules of fidelity, that turn marriage into a prison, for granted? Why should we not be able to recapture the heady thrills of youth, while protecting a secure home life?"


Washington Avenue (Albany) Housefire

The blaze broke out approx. 1pm in a building that may be #498 Washington Avenue - neighbors say someone had just moved in yesterday. Don't know if anyone was inside - firetrucks were hooking hoses up as far away as West & Quail...
At on epoint, the flames were very intense. As firefighters poured water onto the burning structure, things got really smokey - Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings showed up -

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Entrecard PR, Googlebots, AdSense and Scraper Blogs

Blogs featuring a layout like this (most of them are WordPress blogs)one can not only carry viruses back to your computer, they can damage your blog's ability to earn money by sabotaging your good standing with search engines and advertising services! Have a look at the blog and then look at where it "borrowed" copy from! Could this be PLR?

Scraper blogs are again showing up on entrecard - most have the same theme and layout you see in the example above. A friend of mine who works one of the big search engines emailed me a warning about these types of blogs: (mouseover and clcik on the image below to better read the chilling news it brings)
So you see: Bots can be dangerous! case in point: In March I received a DMCA Takedown (copyright violation) notice on an old post dating back to 2007.

The notice came as a result of a link I had placed in the sidebar to a live radio station stream, which happened be playing a song that I mentioned on the post at the exact moment a "sniffer bot" passed thru my URL!

The bot thought I was streaming the song illegally - so I took both the post and the link to the radio station down!

Before you go back to wherever you were, I invite you to read this post from early in the year which will give you background and additional information to help you survive the battle against bots! Mouseover and click on the image below to read the complete article! Take notes! ;)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

5 Reasons you should use PLR articles for your blog!

There's a lot of buzz throughout the blogsophere this weekend concerning PLR.

If you are an online business owner - a coach, affiliate marketer, or blogger - you've probably heard the term PLR or Private Label Rights.

Private Label Rights articles aka PLR articles, are articles you can buy (usually sold in packages) and then legally use as your own. You can edit them, re-write them, add your name as the author, and your own resource box at the end of each article! PLR articles are used by a lot of "blogging gurus" - and you thought they wrote their own stuff!

You're thinking: So should I use private label rights articles for my blog? YES! You need to get eductaed on how to MIX PLR content into your own - it's like baking - Bakery A and Bakery B use the same basic ingredients - but Bakery A is packed with customers daya fter day while Bakery B barely makes enough money to squeak by. Their prices are actually lower or the same as Bakery A, but "A" has a few techniques and secrets to the way they COMBINE (mix) ingredients. Ya get what I'm sayin' here?

:::Learn More about PLR via EasyPLR.com:::

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5 Reasons You Should Use PLR Articles

1. PLR articles are effective! They are targeted and offer high-qulaity content!

2. PLR articles save time. Have you ever had a great idea for a new blog or website, but no time to write enough content to get it up and running? With a couple of PLR article packages and/or a PDF report or two, you can launch a blog or website in less than half the time.

3. PLR articles save money! Using PLR frees up more time for you to spend building and marketing your business. More time=more money!

4. PLR articles cover topics very thoroughly, often from angles you might not consider! Oh and by the way, Selling ebooks and special reports in conjunction with your primary business can be an excellent source of additional income. With PLR you can quickly and easily start offering quality ebooks for quicker income.

5. Finally, PLR material can be customized to fit your exact needs.

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