Sunday, December 25, 2011

Embrace the Night (Christmas 2011)

May this inspiring poem embrace you and your family as you welcome Christmas 2011.


Embrace the Night
Family poem by Clay Harrison

Embrace this night in Bethlehem,
A night like none before,
For Heaven touched the earth tonight
Through the Christ Child Mary bore.

The Prince of Peace is born tonight
In a stable far away
As shepherds come to see the sight
And Wise Men come to pray.

The King of Kings is fast asleep
In a manger filled with hay
While angels break the silence deep
With songs of Christmas Day.

Love and Joy abound tonight -
Light the torch and ring the bell,
For the Prince of Peace reigns tonight
In sweet Emmanuel!

Embrace the night and feel the glow
That comes from Heaven above
For Heaven touched the earth below
And filled our hearts with love! 






Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every Day Is Christmas


I got the title from a cute family poem for children that I found, the kind of inspiring poem that we need as we celebrate the season while parts of the country have been badly hit by a recent typhoon. While the nation prepares for all the festivities that the season brings, two cities in the south that are rarely hit by storms were slammed by Typhoon Sendong over the last weekend. To date, death tolls continue to rise and people struggle to survive and recover from the devastation that was left behind. Yes, we can still celebrate Christmas, for I don't believe that the meaning of the season is confined only to a particular time of the year. We can still celebrate with a lot less trimmings and more of the meaning. ^_^ May this lovely poem inspire you... Have a truly blessed Christmas with your loved ones and family!


 Every day is Christmas
When you have the kind of mind,
That stores up all the goodness
And the sweetness it can find.
When you don't need an occasion,
To spread a bit of cheer,
But just keep on a-giving,
Of yourself throughout the year.

Every day is Christmas,
With a gaily wrapped surprise,
When you've learned
To see the friendship,
In someone else's eyes.
When you try a little harder,
And complain a little less,
Holding fast to all the fervor
Of the faith that you possess.

Every day is Christmas,
When you've found that you can be
More concerned with words like "you"
And less with "I" and "me".
When it's fun to do a favor,
And to lend a helping a hand,
When being understood means less,
Than when you understand.

Every day is Christmas,
With a beauty deeply cast,
When you find it doesn't matter,
If you're first or if you're last.
When you can face your conscience,
And be glad of what you are,
Then every day is Christmas,
With a stable and a star.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

KC Concepcion -- I Love Her New Hairstyle!

KC Concepcion Christmas special 2011

I know I've mentioned before that KC Concepcion is my fave local artist. I can't help but blog about how I love her new hairstyle. I know she's an image model for Palmolive and so usually sported a really long straight hair. Nonetheless, her shorter hair is such a welcome sight! I'm a huge fan of short hair for women. LOL! ^_^






I read that KC has signed a contract with Viva Entertainment. I guess she's ready for a new start. It does make me wonder if she's moving to TV5 too after her mom, Sharon Cuneta, signed an exclusive contract there. I would surely miss watching her on ABS-CBN Kapamilya channel. But I will always be a KC Concepcion fan.






I hope that she finishes her teleserye project ALTA. I'd love to watch her in another TV project after Lovers in Paris. Plus, since Viva Entertainment has come out with successful film projects for this year, I'm excited to know what KC's future projects would be. So far, Viva has proven itself as a starmaker with the likes of Anne Curtis, Sarah Geronimo, and Cristine Reyes.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Midnight Mass Starts Today! (Christmas Season 2011)

Wow! How time flies indeed! Yep, it's another Christmas season. ^_^ Midnight mass, or Simbang Gabi as we call it in the Philippines, starts from December 16 and ends on December 24. The mass is usually held early in the morning (in some cases the night before like in Binondo Church). I love the Simbang Gabi as for me this is the only thing I look forward to during the Christmas season. It's like a nine-day novena. Most folks still believe that if you have completed these nine days, your wish would be granted. I won't refute that or validate that. I guess it really depends upon the person who's attending these masses. But I do know that each season won't be complete if I didn't take part in it, even if I'm the only one in the family who does. LOL! With much blessings that we receive each day, I have not much reason to complain. I suppose my decision to have a positive outlook on life also has a lot to contribute to all the good blessings. For me, Christmas is a season to show much gratitude for all the wonderful blessings that one has received. As for the sharing part, I don't believe that sharing or caring is reserved only for the season. It should actually be practiced all year round. As for the shopping, surely those expecting gifts from me won't be happy, because I'm not too fond of going Christmas shopping. I actually dislike the commercialism that comes with the season, but understand that perhaps more people make more money during this time. Nonetheless, let us remember the true meaning of the season! Always remember to take time out to share with family and loved ones! ^_^




Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 Top 10 Hottest Gifts List: Gift Cards and eGifts

With the holidays drawing nearer each day, some may be too busy with shopping and planning for gifts for loved ones and friends. Here is another list from VigLink. This time it's on the top 10 hottest gifts - gift cards and e-gifts. For those who don't have time to spare, online shopping is a good alternative. And yup! it's the biggest online shopping month of the year.

1. Amazon Gift Card ($20)

With four delivery options (Email, Facebook, Print and Mail), Amazon gift cards offer maximum convenience -- and a wide array of redemption options.


The explosive launch of the Kindle Fire make this the gift of the most-wished-for product on Amazon. Can be redeemed for a device, accessory, or eBooks.

3. iTunes Gift Card ($25)

An iTunes Gift Card lets you shop for anything at the iTunes store - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Treat a loved one to a new iPhone, iPod, computer, or Apple accessory.


Pick from millions of gifts on eBay with one of these gift cards.  

6. Applebees Gift Card ($25) 

Give the gift of a good meal: join your neighbors at Applebees for delicious food, friendly service and a hometown atmosphere.

7. BP Gas Gift Card ($100)

Help friends and family save on holiday travel costs with a BP Gas gift card!

8. Gamestop Gift Card ($50)

With over 6,100 stores throughout the world, Gamestop is like Disneyland for gamers everywhere. 


Give the gift of great style at practical prices with a Kohl's gift card!
 
10. Walmart Gift Card ($50)

All the essentials and more -- give the gift of a Walmart gift card.


Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 Top 10 Hottest Gifts List: Mobile Devices

Yes, yes, yes... I suppose that's what's on everyone's mind at the moment. Holiday shopping, that is! In line with the demands of the season, here's another list of Top 10 Hottest Gifts from VigLink.

TOP 10 HOTTEST MOBILE PHONES, DEVICES & ACCESSORIES 


The least expensive Kindle is Amazon's #1 best seller and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon.

2.  iPhone 4S

Just when you thought a smartphone couldn’t get any better, it just did — the iPhone 4S is sure to change the way you communicate.

  
HTC EVO 4G is a snazzy-looking Android touchscreen phone that houses a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8650 processor for the smoothest mobile multi-tasking experience ever.

 4.  iPod Touch
 
Enjoy watching videos on the 3.5-inch Multi-touch Retina display of the iPod touch 4G at a stunning resolution of 960x640p. 


Light Weight, compact, stylish, replacement headset for all iPhones!

6.   HTC Sensation   

"HTC Sensation 4G is a fashionable touchscreen phone that houses the dual core Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor."
  
The inexpensive iPhone.  The 3GS with a full 3.5-inch screen, the iPhone 3GS cell phone gives you a clear view of all the contents and applications.  


The popular Smartphone powered by Android 2.0 developed in partnership with Google and Verizon wireless.

9.   iPod Nano   

The Smallest iPod - A 1.54-inch color multi-touch display makes navigation unbelievably fast so your music is just a tap away.

10.   iPad 2   

Movies, games & books come alive on the stunning 9.7-inch widescreen LED Multi-Touch display of the Apple iPad 2. 


Well, enjoy your holiday shopping! Just remember to spend only within your budget! ^_^ 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

2011 Top 10 Hottest Gifts List: Kids' Toys

This list is awesome! It's courtesy of VigLink -- a list of the ten most popular toys this holiday season!

1. Barbie Dolls & Accessories

This classic from Mattel is still tops: Live the fab life with Barbie Dolls & Accessories!

2.  Hot Wheels Cars

Hot Wheels are still incredibly popular, and are a must have gift for the little auto enthusiast on your list this holiday season.  

3.  Transformers Action Figures

The popular movie comes alive with all the Transformers action figures. 


4. Star Wars Lego Sets

Star Wars Lego Sets are galactic fun for kids of all ages this holiday. 


5. Disney Pixar CARS 2 Shu Todoroki #22

Cars 2: With authentic styling and details, this popular character is die cast, and perfect for recreating all the great scenes from the movie.

6.  Disney Pixar CARS 2 Miguel Camino #23

Another one of your favorite characters from the Disney Pixar film, CARS 2, in 155th scale.
 
7. Harry Potter Lego Sets

Bring Harry Potter play alive with these popular Lego sets. 

8.   Air Hogs Real Lightning McQueen

Get the real deal with the real Lightning McQueen. Watch his eyes and mouth come to life with amazing impulse projection technology.

  9. Air Hogs R/C Hawk Eye Blue Sky

Get in the pilot’s seat of the air hogs camera plane for an adrenaline pumping ride full of high-action video.

10.  Disney Pixar CARS 2 Lewis Hamilton 

Special Cars 2 character featuring Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton, with actual rubber tires.

It's a few days before Christmas.. better work on that holiday shopping! ^_^ 




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

PJ and KC Break-Up.. and Life Goes on...

When I thought about writing this post, I was thinking about how life does go on for ordinary people like me. Little did I know that it was true, as I will share later on towards the end of this post. True, after watching KC Concepcion's one-on-one interview with Boy Abunda on 'The Buzz' last Sunday, I was a bit saddened that my fave local showbiz celebrity couple PJ and KC (Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion) headed Splitsville.

The news has been talked about in most entertainment circle I guess and I've come across quite a few written about it on the Net. There was even one whole article written just to share about the different reactions via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. LOL! Talk about people being into rumors and gossips esp of celebrities' private lives huh? ^_^ It's as if our own lives aren't interesting enough! Well, as a fan and supporter of both these celebrities, I am indeed disappointed, but then that's life I suppose. Showbiz is showbiz.. things aren't always what they seem.. and fairy tales don't always have happy endings -- at least not in real life.. although sometimes you wish otherwise. 

Perhaps if I could rewrite a different ending to this story, I would have. But hey I'm just a fan, an outsider. As curious as I am as to the real reason of the break-up, I don't believe I really want to know. I'll still be here to support their individual projects. After all, that's why I became a fan in the first place. Their personal lives, as far as I'm concerned, well, it's personal and private! ^_^ And life goes on...

Here's the irony.. before I was even able to work on this post, I was called away by the sounds of fire trucks in my neighborhood. I rushed out to see what the commotion was about... Lo and behold! The building right across from ours was on fire!!! I tweeted about it and expected electrical power to be out in a few. True enough the fire was so huge it lasted till almost 6 a.m (almost 4 hours). We had to stay up to make sure all will be well. I certainly didn't dare sleep while a massive fire was raging just across the street. LOL! ^_^ My brother has all the pics and videos so perhaps I'll get some copies and share them next time around. But just to let you know that this is not fiction, here's an article about the fire posted on Inquirer News:

P7M worth of properties destroyed in Binondo fire

At the end of the day -- or rather night, since the fire wasn't out till morning time -- we're just glad that all is well and we weren't in any way affected by it. And life indeed goes on...

 

 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Video Promotion for Winning Solos Text Ad Exchange

Try our slideshow creator at Animoto.

Yes, I've been working lately at coming up with ways to promote and grow Winning Solos Text Ad Exchange. So how do you use a text ad exchange? When you first sign up, look for the confirmation email in your mailbox and verify your account. Then log into your account to set up your advertising campaigns. The most tedious part in using a text ad exchange is the setting up of your banner ads, text ad links, and other ad campaigns. After the initial set up, you can log into your account once a day to claim the daily bonus points and send out ads.

You can earn points from several different ways:
 
A) By clicking Browse Text Ads.
B) By clicking Browse HTML Ads.
C) By clicking View Traffic Links.
D) By Clicking View PTC Links you will earn cash.
E) By clicking Browse Solo Ads.
F)By clicking on Featured Ads
G) By clicking Browse Admin Emails
H) By clicking on Banners
I) By clicking on Banner Buttons
J) By clicking on Top & Bottom Navagation Links
K) By clicking on Traffic Links
L) By clicking on Hot Links

Likewise, you can post several different ad campaigns that you have available to you. You can even trade your earned points for advertising! ^_^ Next time around, I'll post more about the different types of ads. Join Winning Solos today! I hope to see you on the inside...

 



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Taking Over Winning Solos Text Ad Exchange

 

Thanks to my good friend John Harding for letting me take over one of his sites -- Winning Solos Text Ad Exchange. John is a very able online marketer and I'm glad to be working and learning with the best. For those who are not too familiar with text ad exchanges, they're programs you can join for free to promote and advertise your programs and opportunities. I use text ad exchanges in addition to traffic exchanges and safelists/mailers to promote online. There are, of course, various other ways of driving traffic to your website, but I will reserve those for future posts. 

Winning Solos offers:
  • Full Page Login Ads
  • Solo Ads
  • Feature Ads
  • Daily Bonus Ads
  • Video Training
  • Much More...
Referral Contest is in place till the site reaches 1000 members!




1st Place:

100 Solos, 20 traffic links x 100 Views
& 20 Banners x 1000 Views!





2nd. Place:

80 Solos, 12 traffic links x 100 Views
& 12 Banners x 1000 Views!





3rd. Place:

60 Solos, 12 traffic links x 100 Views
& 12 Banners x 1000 Views!





4th Place:

40 Solos, 4 traffic links x 100 Views
& 4 Banners x 1000 Views!





5th Place:

20 Solos, 4 traffic links x 100 Views
& 4 Banners x 1000 Views!





6th Place:
5 Solos, 5 traffic links x 100 Views
& 5 Banners x 1000 Views!





7th Place:

4 Solos, 4 traffic links x 100 Views
& 4 Banners x 1000 Views!





8th Place:

3 Solos, 3 traffic links x 100 Views
& 3 Banners x 1000 Views!





9th Place:

2 Solos, 2 traffic links x 100 Views
& 2 Banners x 1000 Views!





10th Place:

1 Solo, 1 traffic link x 100 Views
& 1 Banner x 1000 Views!


I will be working on growing and promoting Winning Solos in the next few days, weeks, and months to come. For starters, I am offering 100 FREE JV Upgrades to the first 100 Active members who will be joining Winning Solos!

 

I look forward to welcoming to my text ad exchange!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Money Talk

Quote of the Day
by The Free Library

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
W. Somerset Maugham
(1874-1965)

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Seeing this 'Quote of the Day' on my main site gave me an idea for a blog. Indeed, what can one do with money??? Need I ask? I'm pretty sure each and everyone of us has an idea of what we would do if indeed we would have LOTS and LOTS of it!!! LOL! ^_^

Having money can... (hmmm) enable you to circumvent the law?? buy the latest tech gadgets in the market?? travel the world in style?? engage in whatever business you wish?? It's like what I always hear people say.. it takes money to make more money. Like it or not, it's a material world. And with the upcoming holiday season, people are going to be needing and spending more money once again. Ahh money.. money.. money.. indeed makes the world go round! 

I'd love to read your comments... pls. feel free to leave me some ^_^



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Philippine Politics and Headlines

Government stops Arroyo flight 

I don't usually meddle in talks about Philippine politics. Sure I have an opinion or two just like the rest of the citizens of the nation, but I prefer to reserve my opinions to myself and comment privately instead of reacting violently on any public forum. Instead of detailing the issue at hand, just click on the two article links from above and read more about the topic. 

 

Philippine politics is truly interesting, with all the fanfare (a spectacular public display) and drama. It sometimes beats all the teleserye (soap operas) we love to watch on TV. The main difference is the teleserye we watch tend to have happy endings and the protagonist always wins in the end. In real life, however, how do we know who the protagonists or antagonists are? We sometimes represent opposing viewpoints, both of which could be valid and acceptable. The above-mentioned topic did leave a few questions on my mind... can the public still trust the Supreme Court? Given IF they were allowed to leave, would the Arroyos ever come back? Were the Arroyos in a rush to leave the country? (Sorry but it appeared that way to me!) Well, one thing for sure, this is one drama that should not be missed. We don't know how it would end, but I do hope and pray that whatever comes out of all the hype, the Filipino people would win in the end. ^_^

 

 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Are Web Traffic Exchanges Worth the Time and Effort? (A Reaction)


I have been slacking this past week and as such, I've been really trying to challenge myself to bounce back. So I took a little break here and there.. hey, I'm human too.. sometimes the real world catches up and you encounter issues that you deem are more necessary. Well, I haven't been totally back on track since slacking off.. LOL! But since then I have blogged about a cause to support a childhood cancer research foundation, some real life local news that seemed interesting -- at least to me they were -- and an original self-help article that was inspired from a newsletter I'm currently subscribed to. And now this...

Huh? What's this about? Well, I'm a web traffic exchange user, have been for a year. I'm not totally addicted to it, although surfing some traffic exchanges (TEs) is part and parcel of my daily schedule. I have not been surfing as many TEs as I used to. I have mainly chosen a few ones that I truly like and ones wherein I'm still upgraded at. Hey, I even have a lifetime upgrade at one of them!

Well, an associate shared a link to an article with the same title mentioned above -- for which I just added '(A Reaction)' as I will be sharing my own views about said article. Well most of us perhaps already know what a web traffic exchange is. For those who don't, a traffic exchange is a program that you can join -- FOR FREE, yes most of them are -- wherein you view some ads to earn credits so that your own ads will be viewed by others as well. The ratio on most sites vary, but an associate advised that 3:1 sites aren't usually worth the time.(3:1 ratio means you view three sites before your site can be viewed once.)

The personal opinion of the author of the article is that TEs aren't worth the time, effort or money that you need to put into them. It could be one way to get an increase in traffic numbers, but that there are definitely better ways to increase your traffic. As I mentioned, I've been a TE user for at least a year now, and I'm sure others who have been using them longer would violently object or react to the claims of the author. I, however, wouldn't totally disagree. True, advertising on TEs has somehow helped in "branding" me as I now use personalized splash and squeeze pages. And time and again, I have "met" some surfers on chat who would mention that they have seen my ads around.

However, there is the point that most of the visitors that your site will receive from TEs will not be targeted. And what you ultimately want and need are targeted visitors who are out there seeking exactly what you have to offer. A really good way to find targeted visitors is to consider other avenues wherein you could bring your site -- featuring your products and services -- to others searching for specific keywords. Therefore, undertaking an SEO campaign wouldn't be such a bad idea. You see, you spend time on surfing different TEs. Some of that same amount of time are also well spent on improving your site so that it gets searched better via the different search engines. In this day and age wherein competition is tough, we can't totally dismiss the various other ways of increasing web traffic. Putting effort into SEO is an effective long term plan. It does take time, effort, patience, persistence, perseverance, and many other terms you can come up with. If you're itching for a quick scheme, this is not the way to go, but you'll be thankful in the long-run if you did consider it.

Perhaps some gurus out there would disagree with me, but this is my personal opinion. Besides, I'm convinced that there are marketers out there that are not totally dependent on TEs alone. And that some who have already made it don't totally just rely on TEs for their income. I wouldn't be surprised if they too have other sources of income outside of TEs. 
 
 


Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Love KC Concepcion at SEA Games 2011 Opening

This isn't the first time that I'm blogging about KC Concepcion. She is one of my most favorite local female artists as she's truly talented. Born and raised like a princess, KC is a National Ambassador of the United Nations World Food Program. She's truly admirable and amazing. I hope that one of these days I would also get a chance to meet her in person. 

So the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held its grand opening night in Indonesia on Friday night. (It's now early Sat. a.m. as I'm blogging this.) ABS-CBN Kapamilya star KC Concepcion performed in the opening number singing "Together We Will Shine" with Agnes Monica of Indonesia and Jaclyn Victor of Malaysia. 


I credit Sony Music Phils. for the above picture that I found. KC is lovely in red! ^_^ After the performance, KC tweeted, “Backstage i was just so nervous performing in front of an int'l crowd..but once we stepped out on stage, I was just so PROUD TO BE PiNOY! :)

I truly love it! Here's a nice video I found that shows the performance... sit back and enjoy! I just wish the TV camera took closer shots of the performers. ^_^


Friday, November 11, 2011

'Lolong' world largest captured salt water crocodile


Time and again I find local news reports that are of interest. Aside from acclaims and awards from foreign bodies, the news about the measurement of "Lolong" by National Geographic experts caught my fancy. Months back, the capture of this huge crocodile was all over the local news. It was believed to have been responsible for the disappearance of a local resident and the killing of a carabao. 

Australian crocodile expert Dr. Adam Britton named "Lolong" as the largest and biggest captured salt water crocodile. But I believe that we still have to wait a few more months before the Guinness World Records officially recognizes "Lolong." 

How I wish Agusan del Sur isn't that far away from me so I could visit and take a peek at "Lolong." Tourism has apparently improved in the town where the world's largest crocodile is held -- Bunawan Eco-Park. At this time, however, "Lolong's" picture will suffice. Local croc hunters also claim that there's another large croc on the loose.. bigger than "Lolong".. makes me wonder if they would be able to catch it at all.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Philippine Beauties Recognized -- Gwendoline Ruais and Dianne Recio

Gwendoline RuaisGwendoline Ruais

Miss World Philippines Gwendoline Ruais finished runner-up in the Miss World 2011 pageant held at Earls Court in London on Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila).

Gwendoline Ruais swimsuitGwendoline Ruais swimsuit

Well, we were on vacation and I didn't find out about this news until the day after the win. It's good to know that our representatives to international beauty pageants are somehow being given the attention they deserve.

Dianne NecioDianne Necio swimsuit
Miss Universe International Dianne Necio finished in the semifinals of the Miss International pageant held in Chengdu, China. She also won the Miss Web Popularity award for garnering the most number of online votes.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taking A Long Weekend Break

I'm so guilty of slacking this past week and the past few days. That's mainly 'coz it was halloween week and the semestral break as well for most schools. My daily routine has somehow been disrupted and over the week I have somewhat formed some new patterns. Two weeks in a row of a long weekend is sure enough to send anyone down the lazy joint.


I don't want to add too much drama but daughter got stomach flu so a trip to a gastroenterologist was inevitable. Plus, I now feel a bit old as I do have this lower back pain to contend with that I don't feel like sitting in front of my pc for too long.


A birthday celebration is in order so we had a little family bonding away from home. It would have been more fun had it not been for a bit too much rain on Sunday afternoon. Nonetheless, I watched the kids swim away in the rain.

I didn't bring a camera -- not that I have a working one -- but still managed to find a nice picture of where we spent the weekend. It was cool except for the rather heavy rains in  the afternoon so we didn't trek anywhere else except the pool. LOL! A lovely view from the room.

Pearl Manila Hotel

I'm not too fond of swimming, esp. not in the rain. But the kids -- a teen and a kid really -- enjoyed it. I was just their "babysitter" and contented myself in sitting in a covered area while I watched the pool. 

Pearl Manila Hotel

The night was pretty quiet, except for a trip to a nearby food joint for dinner, a round of monopoly game with the teen and the kid while watching reruns of Supernatural on DVD. But I'm glad we didn't miss this...

Khalil Ramos on GGV
Khalil Ramos on Gandang Gabi Vice

Yup! Khalil Ramos guested on night comedy show "Gandang Gabi Vice." It was such a short segment but nonetheless fun and hilarious. And here I was just wondering where and when his next TV appearance would be. 

Bummer the weekend had to end. LOL! ^_^ Taking a break was much needed, but it's a bit tough trying to get back on track.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Promoting via Mailers

Two mailer programs launched recently. Although I don't usually promote programs until I've tried them out for quite some time, I'm just excited to start using them so I'm sharing them here.

Join Free and Receive $100 in Advertising!

First one is from Marty Petrizza, owner of Website Traffic Hog and Hot Website Traffic.. it's called Email Hog.

GET YOUR $100 IN FREE ADS:
You'll Receive...
5000 Mailing Credits $50 Value
1 Login Ad w/1000 impressions $15 value
2 Solo Ads $20 Value
2 Text Links w/ 1K Ikmpressions $10 Value
2 Banner Ads w/ 1K Impressions $10 Value

Click the "Advertising" button and redeem Promo Code: newmail

Viral List Builder Plus

The other one is from John Bell, owner of Traffic Swirl and Fast Cash and Traffic.. it's called Viral List Builder Plus.

--Schedule your mailings at any time, but have them sent only at the time YOU specify.
--Competitive credit and upgrade pricing
--Tracking comes standard! View the results of your last 25 emails.

Redeem Promo Code: openemail

Using mailers is one way of promoting your site or program. I do get good results from sending out mails. However, not all mailers are created equal. Whereas there are some that really work, there are others that aren't quite as effective. Track your ads so you'll know which ad campaign works best. Plus, head over to my main blog to read my latest series on 101 List-Building Tips.

 

 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Did You S.M.I.L.E. Today?

I wrote this post about a month ago at HubPages. That time, it got published and ran for around a month. Unfortunately, there are sites and directories that apparently prohibit commercial use. Thus, just recently, said post got "unpublished" due to "links to prohibited sites." Oh well, I just might as well publish it here. ^_^ My site is now four months old. 

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On a daily basis, I attend a small community group at a webinar called Branding the World Daily (daily 11am EST). It has become part of my daily activities for over three months now. In fact, it helped me a lot in starting out with my own self-hosted site. Yup, my site is also three months old today! Yey! ^_^

One of the lessons we learned at TE-Therapy was S.M.I.L.E. (Simply Maintain Integrity, Limit Excuses). That's pretty cool really. It helped me a lot in starting out my own email series. You see, I've had it in mind for awhile, but haven't really taken action. I'm glad I did too. In case you want to find out more about it, it's called "Keeping Up with Rain." Check it out for details --> It's Raining Gifts...Don't Miss Out!

Moving on, I've learned not only to come up with my own email series, but I've also come up with my own meaning for S.M.I.L.E. That is exactly what I'm sharing here today.
  • S-hare a smile

Why not brighten someone else's day today? Smile and make someone feel better.
  • M-ake a difference
We are but ordinary folks, but we can make a difference in our own little way. Support a worthy cause, join a campaign to help protect Planet Earth, and many more. Every little act can be huge when you put them together.
  • I-nspire others
"People may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carl W. Buechner. Wouldn't it be great to be a person everyone wants to hang out with because you uplift their spirits?It's more fun to have a positive attitude. It's healthy too.
  • L-ove love love
This does not pertain only to romantic love. Love yourself, love what you do, love the person that you've become. On top of that, love your family, friends, co-workers. Love the environment and everything else around you. They say love makes the world go round. Perhaps we just need to share more love to make this planet a better place.
  • E-xtend help
Extend help if and when you can. It would be great to be able to share one's blessings with others. Just as you've received help, it would be nice to pay it forward. Besides, you have to admit it feels good to know you've helped someone.

So now, I ask again... Did you S.M.I.L.E. today? It's not too late. ^_^



Thursday, November 3, 2011

4 Crucial Things You Need To Do To Build your List

Online marketing may have developed a sudden surge these past few years, but many in the know-how have felt its rise even from way back then. As more internet based businesses are put up, the need to develop new marketing skills and knowledge based on this new medium has arisen. More and more marketing strategies are being discovered and developed to cope with the changing face of business in the business world.

The demand for online marketing tips and strategies has drastically grown and a new form of business has been born, Internet marketing strategies. While there are companies that are all too eager to help your site and business build a clientele for a fee, there also many ways that can spread the word about your site in a more cost-free way. One of this is Opt-in email marketing, also known as permission marketing.

Opt-in marketing requires the permission of a willing customer to subscribe to your marketing materials. Materials take the  form of newsletters, catalogs and promotional mailings via e-mail. The more opt-in marketing mail is sent, the more chances there is to bag sales and more sales. To do this, you must build a list of all those who want to subscribe to your opt-in marketing list.

From your list, you will get your targeted customer. This is a good list since they already have shown interest in what you have to show and sell since they have willingly signed in for your list. These are the people who have liked what they have seen in your site and have decided they want to see more and maybe even purchase whatever product or service your company and site has to offer.

Many people would think that building their lists would take hard work and a lot of time. It takes time to build and collect names and addresses. It requires a bit of patience and some strategies indeed, but in doing this, you open your site and your business to a whole new world of target market. If increased traffic and good profits are what you want, an opt-in list will do wonders for your business venture.

There are many sources and articles on the internet available for everyone to read and follow in building a list. Sometimes they may be confusing because there are so many different ways. Different groups of people would have different approaches in building an opt-in list, but no matter how many diverse methods there are, there are always some crucial things to do to build your list. Here are four of them.

1) Put up a good web form on your site. Try to remember that your homepage should provide a quick good impression. If somehow a website visitor finds something that he or she likes, he/she needs a form to opt in so there's less likely for him/her to forget about your website.

You need an autoresponder service for the opt in form. You can create your campaign in your autoresponder. Customize the opt in form, which usually includes name and email address of potential subscribers. Adding some giveaway reports or e-books is a plus factor to encourage sign-ups.

2) As mentioned in the first tip, make your homepage very impressive. You need to have well written articles and descriptions of your site. Depending on what your site is all about, you need to capture your website visitor’s fancy. Make your site useful and very easy to use. Do not expect everyone to be tech savvy.

3) Provide good service and products. A repeat customer is more likely to bring in more business. Every now and then, a satisfied customer will recommend a business. Word of mouth advertising and recommendations alone can rake in more business than an expensive ad. As your clientele roster grows so shall your list. With more members on the list, the more people will get to know about what you have to offer.

4) Keep a clean and private list. Don't spam your list. Never lose your customers' trust. Remember, a good reputation will drive in more traffic and subscribers as well as strengthen the loyalty of your customers.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SEO Copywriting

Within this article today on SEO copy writing, we will look at the specifics of a search engine optimization world and how copywriting pertains to that.

A brief introduction toward search engine optimization is that its goal is to position your website well within the search engine page ranks so that you can gain a great deal of natural traffic to your website.  One important part of the high page rank work is developing good web content.  The importance of copywriting within this field is that you must be creative in developing web content so that it can meet the demands of both the consumer looking for information on the Internet as well as the demands placed on your website by search engine bots.

There is a great deal of writing on the Internet today which is very boring and does not interest people.  The key behind SEO copywriting is that you are looking to impress both the search bots as well as the people who are surfing the Internet and stumble upon your page.  You do not get a great deal of time to impress your site upon these people so what you have to say and how you say it is going to be the difference between a sale and another lost lead.

If you are interested in SEO copywriting, look into some of the following sources for more information. Here is the website of one particular company where you can learn more about SEO copywriting in a tutorial forum: http://www.seo-gold.com/seo-tutorial/.  To find many more resources, search the Internet using the following term: "SEO tutorials." You will have great success in learning more about this particular field.

Good SEO copywriting focuses on many different factors such as the good web content as well as keyword optimization.  Keyword optimization is making sure that your website has full use of a particular set of keywords so that when people search the Internet for these phrases, your site will be on the first page of results.  This is how you generate good organic search engine traffic.  This deal does go beyond just keyword optimization when looking into making a website work.  Take your time to learn more from the resources that were listed above.  This can give you a good idea of what you will need to become an SEO copywriter or give you some criteria on when to hire one.

Just as some general information, a good SEO copywriter should help you develop a high page rank within the different search engines as well as help build the sales at your website.  It is important to get traffic to your website but is also important that you have a good lead conversion ratio.  What this means is that you want more people to visit your sites and that gradually more of these visitors convert to quality sales for you.  By providing good content that sells, you are setting yourself up as a person who excels at SEO copywriting. Hopefully this article on SEO copywriting has benefited you. This can be a very lucrative field if you learn to market on the Internet.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tips to Get Repeat Web Traffic


Here are some tips on driving repeat traffic to your website. Take note and follow as many as possible. Web traffic as you know is crucial to all online businesses. 


1. Update the pages on your website frequently. Stagnant sites are dropped by some search engines. You can even put a date counter on the page to show when it was last updated.


2. Offer additional value on your website. For affiliates and partners you can place links to their sites and products and ask them to do the same for you. You can also advertise their books or videos, if these products relate to your industry and are not in competition with your own product.


3. You can allow customers to ‘opt in’ to get discounts and special offers. Place a link on your site to invite customers to ‘opt in’ to get a monthly newsletter or valuable coupons.


4. Add a link to your primary page with a script ‘Book Mark or Add this site to your Favorites’.


5. Add a link ‘Recommend this site to a Friend’ so that the visitor can email your website link, with a prewritten title, “Thought you might be interested in this”, just by clicking on it.


6. Brand your website so that visitors always know they are on your site. Use consistent colors, logos and slogans and always provide a ‘Contact Us’ link on each page.


7. Create a ‘Our Policies’ page that clearly defines your philosophy and principles in dealing with your customers. Also post your privacy policy as well so that clients know they are secure when they visit your site.


8. Create a FAQ page that addresses most of the doubts and clarifications about your product or your company that are likely to be asked. This helps to resolve most of the customers’ doubts in their first visit to your site. 


8. Ensure that each page on your website has appropriate titles and keywords so that your customer can find their way back to your site if they lose the book mark.

9. Never spam a client, who has opted for newsletters, with unsolicited emails. Later if they decide they want to ‘opt out’ of the mailings, be sure you honor their request and take them off the mailing list. They may still come back if they like your products. But they will certainly not come back if you continue to flood their email box with mails they no longer wish to receive.



Monday, October 31, 2011

So You Want to Increase Web Traffic : 7 Surefire Ways

Internet. Business. Profit. To fully integrate all of these words into one successful venture you will need another word... Traffic. Every article you will find about making your site or company successful would always include the importance of generating  online traffic.

So, we all know that in the core of it all, web traffic is the most essential thing to a successful Internet based business company. Aside from ensuring that you have a great product to sell, and you have your company’s internal organization well taken core of, it would be time to get to the nitty gritty of things, generating web traffic.

If you already have a site and you think that you're not getting the traffic that you're supposed to be getting, then it's time to rethink some of your practices. If you want to succeed in this very competitive business, you should always be a step ahead of your competition. Increasing your web traffic flow should have been done starting yesterday.

Timing is essential, that’s an old adage known to everyone. But in generating web traffic, you should always be on your toes and be a day ahead of everyone. Never think of today and tomorrow as a starting point for making your site traffic laden, it should always have been yesterday.

To help you out in generating more web traffic to your site, here are some seven surefire ways to increase your traffic starting from yesterday.

1) Invest in good advertising with search engines

Google’s Adwords and Yahoo’s Overture provide great advertising schemes that are truly popular and ensure great web traffic. Although this surefire way to increase your web traffic would cost some money. While some would shy away from spending money to increase traffic, it is imperative in this case to do so because Adwords and Overture are the topsearch engine advertising ways to increase the needed web traffic to your site.

I must admit that I have yet to try PPC advertising. I would probably need to save and allocate some budget for it. But if it will yiels results, then it would be worth it.

2) Exchange or Trade Links with other sites

Exchange links with other sites to enhance your web traffic. Both of you will benefit from your combined efforts of driving more traffic to both your sites.

Try to partner up with sites along the same or similar niche that you are in. This adds to your site's reputation. Commenting on forums and other blogs also helps in this regard.

3) Use Viral Marketing

Viral marketing allows you to spread the word about your company and product with little or no costs. This is a marketing method that can be quite sneaky; you can attach your company’s name, product or link to a certain media such as a funny video, entertaining game, an interesting article or a gossip or buzz. With this method, people get infected with the creativity and entertainment of the medium that they will pass it on to many people.

4) Search and use proper keywords or keyword phrases for your site contents

Search engines look for certain keywords that they would show in their results page. In doing so, having the right keyword and keyword phrase is a must for your site to rank high in searches. You could write your own content or you could hire someone to do it for you. I would suggest you learn the basics and do it yourself. It's not that hard. You can visit my main site for more info regarding this. IAmRaincrystal

5) Write Articles that can lead traffic to your site

Submit articles to sites that would contain the same subject that your site deals in. If you sell car parts write press releases and articles about cars and car parts. Attach your site's description and services at the end of the article as well as the link to it.

6) Join forums and form online communities

Capture a market and show your expertise and credibility. When you form a good foundation for your site, people will trust you and your site and will pass the information on to many people they trust. Traffic will certainly increase because they know that you can provide what they need.

7) Lastly, Offer newsletters.

If many people know what you are about and your existence is shared with many others, you will find a loyal traffic that can provide you with more traffic through recommendation. If you arouse the curiosity of your customers they would be motivated to help you with your traffic.


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