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AlertPay Online Payment Transfer Service

July 31st, 2009

alertpay-online-logo.jpgThe AlertPay online payment processor sent out a rare newsletter today informing users that deposit and withdrawal transfers should be easier now after the company made some improvements in its relationships with new banking partners. New features such as mass pay and multi-item checkouts have also been added for the benefit of online sellers.

Over the past two years, AlertPay has surpassed E-Gold as the primary alternative to PayPal for online payment transfers in areas where PayPal maintains severe restrictions and prohibitions. This includes most alternative investment genres such as HYIP and MLM programs, as well as more mainstream merchants who have had problems with PayPal in the past and want to offer customers a way to pay for goods and services without the need for a credit card.

If you would like to sign up for a free AlertPay account or log in to your existing account, you can do so by clicking through on either of the images placed within this page. Below the banner is the text of AlertPay’s recent newsletter.

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An Overview of the Different Types of Carbohydrates

July 30th, 2009

carbohydrate-types.jpgEvery diet needs a daily dose of carbohydrates, but what are they exactly? What do they do for the body? Understanding these life-giving substances is the first step to healthier and smarter living.

Sugar rush, anyone? In the realm of nutrition, when carbohydrates are discussed, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is sugar. However, carbs are more than just sweeteners for foods, as they are among the most essential compounds needed by the body’s cells to power its life processes.

First of all, why are these substances called carbohydrates? There are only three types of atoms present in carbs: carbon (C), hydrogen (H), and oxygen (O). Early scientists termed the H and O combination as water, as in H2O. And adding a C to it is like hydrating (or adding water to) carbon; hence, the name: carbohydrate.

In the different types of carbohydrates, the number of C, H, and O atoms vary greatly. Furthermore, the functions of certain carb types in the human body can also be very diverse. In terms of the size of molecules, a carbohydrate can belong in any of these groups: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides.

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So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage Review

July 29th, 2009

coconut-milk-so-delicious.jpgSome people can’t drink dairy based milk because of milk allergies, lactose intolerance, or because they follow a vegan diet. Fortunately, the number of alternative milks on the market has expanded in recent years. These days you can choose from rice milk, hemp milk, soy milk, oat milk, and a variety of nut milks to get the creamy taste of milk without the dairy or lactose. Now, there’s a new addition to the non-dairy milk market — So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage and it’s an alternative that’s well worth exploring.

What is So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage?

So Delicious is manufactured by Turtle Mountain, a company that makes a variety of dairy-free and lactose-free frozen desserts and yogurt that are already quite popular at health food and natural food markets nationwide. They’ve now ventured into the world of alternative milks with the introduction of this tasty coconut milk beverage.

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Evolution of the Video Game Narrative

July 28th, 2009

Video game stories are often the objects of derision among gaming communities — and perhaps for good reason. They are often riddled with ‘bad writing.’ It is perhaps worth considering the ways in which it has categorically been bad but also in what ways it is getting better. The mechanisms behind these developments might be more fundamental than gamers and game writers have given them credit for in the past.

The biggest misconception present around narrative in video games is that it is somehow synonymous with a novel that is separate from the game itself in conception and then serves as a sort of overlay. The idea of narrative (either through dialogue or cinematics) broken up by interspersed bits of gameplay is the more concrete form this normally takes. The stories that often result from this model of narrative suggest that story in video games can be unsophisticated because, as an aesthetic experience, the gameplay mechanics can take up the slack in the writing. And to be perfectly honest, there is some truth in that idea. But the point is one of kind rather than quality. It is unfair to compare the narrative in, say, Baldur’s Gate II to something like Moby Dick. Both of these stories are thoroughly enjoyable, but the narrative style in the latter does not belong anywhere near the former.

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Food Tips for Hill Walkers

July 27th, 2009

hill-walking-food.jpgHill walking is an energetic pursuit. The energy required comes from food in the form of calories so eating well is important for the hill walker. Running out of energy is unpleasant and potentially dangerous.

If you are very fit and the weather is benign you can walk all day without eating and not run out of energy. I once walked for several days on less than I normally eat at one meal during a long walk through the Canadian Rockies when I ran out of food far from the nearest supply point. I was very hungry by the time I emerged from the woods and had lost a fair bit of weight. The walking, on steep slopes in dense undergrowth, was very strenuous and I was carrying a heavy load, yet I did not suffer any ill effects. The weather was warm and sunny, however, and I was extremely fit, having been walking all day every day for two months.

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How to Get Approved for Affiliate Programs and CPA Networks

July 26th, 2009

approved-affiliate-cpa.jpgEarlier this week, someone who found my page on getting approved with Panthera sent in an inquiry via the Contact page regarding how to get approved for CPA (Cost Per Action) networks. The visitor was wanting to know what kind of questions might be asked by the program owners and whether or not a website would be needed for approval. As often happens with my email replies, I ended up writing enough content in my answer to make a separate article out of it. Since there are many of you who are probably looking for the same kind of information as my curious visitor, I might as well post it here so that others can benefit from my experience. Included in my reply is the standard site description that I use for applications to affiliate programs, CPA networks, and other online venues where this information is required. You can use this as a template for your applications — just remember to change the site name, topics, and numbers to reflect your own site statistics!

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Rod Baker Announces Internet Wakeup Call for Traffic Exchanges

July 25th, 2009

share-ad-space.gifShare Ad Space owner Rod Baker sent out an Internet “Wakeup Call” on the status of the traffic exchange and PTR industries yesterday, urging members to actually pay attention to the advertisements they are surfing through instead of just breezing through them in multiple tabs to collect the credits. From my standpoint, his message is decidedly unsurprising. Although I was a frequent traffic exchange user from 2004-07, since the last time I reported on the happenings at Share Ad Space my focus regarding traffic building has shifted almost exclusively toward keyword targeting and search engine optimization, a strategy which has brought me much more success than I ever had with any kind of traffic exchanges or paid-to-click types of sites.

About two years ago, these industries began to experience significant decline, and the quality of traffic from these sources has become notoriously poor, as the SAS owner’s message seems to bear out. Also around this period, AdSense and other revenue-generating programs began to seriously distrust them because of the poor quality of traffic and the potential for click fraud. Although I played around with traffic exchanges somewhat during the early days of this site, I was ultimately forced to come to the conclusion that the extra exposure derived from these sources (including even Entrecard, which is not much more than a glorified traffic exchange) was definitely not worth the time and effort required to keep the “hits” coming. In the process, I have also protected myself from potentially crippling bans on my main revenue generators.

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Health Benefits of Different Kinds of Tea

July 24th, 2009

different-tea-health-benefits.JPGTea is one of the most common beverages, but many of us are not aware of the different kinds of tea and their many health benefits. Green tea is becoming popular, while white and red teas are lesser-known varieties. They are all high in antioxidants and have preventive and curative properties. Moreover, each one has a unique aroma and flavor.

Green tea is made from fresh, unfermented dried leaves, and thus retains medicinal properties that are lost in the process of fermentation used for black tea. Green tea is one of the world’s richest sources of antioxidants: a hundred times more effective than vitamin C, and 25 times more than vitamin E. Antioxidants are chemical substances that interact with free radicals, which are cell damaging molecules. Therefore, antioxidants prevent cellular damage and degenerative conditions like mental decline.

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Basic Web Design Tips for Beginners

July 23rd, 2009

website-design-tips.jpgLaunching a profitable online business means starting your own website, preferably one that is effective enough to provide a favorable impression for you and your company. This article by Anna Brillon explains some basic web design tips for beginners who would like to have a successful business online but still need some help on getting started with setting up their first website.

Your websites should convey a positive impression about yourself and the business you represent. How things are shown online can influence how visitors feel about your company, and whether or not they would like to buy your products or hire your services. First of all, what aspects of a web site are considered to be visitor friendly?

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An Overview of Ayurveda

July 22nd, 2009

ayurveda-herbs-overview.jpgAyurveda is a type of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It originated in India, and it is still practiced today. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine stress the importance of the mind/body balance, and believe in treating the whole body. Natural herbs, meditation, and other relaxation techniques are key parts of this ancient practice. One of the main goals of Ayurveda is to keep the body balanced, therefore preventing illness and disease before they have a chance to start. Maintaining a healthy immune system is obviously a very important thing to many people, and Ayurvedic practices often center around this fact as well.

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Benefits of Antioxidants in Food

July 21st, 2009

antioxidant-foods.jpgThe aging process wages war against us every day. The best weapons against this exasperating foe are powerful antioxidants found in many natural foods. A healthy diet packed with natural antioxidants will definitely slow the aging process and its devastating effects. Here is a list of some natural foods that are rich in antioxidants to create a healthy, strong body.

Dark leafy greens

Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in calcium and folate. Folate is a B vitamin which helps prevent anemia and some forms of cancer. Dark, leafy greens are also high in magnesium. Magnesium helps build and strengthen bones and also maintains good blood circulation. Cabbage, Romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, and broccoli are also powerful sources of antioxidants. Eat these leafy green vegetables raw for the greatest benefits. Mix several kinds of lettuce together for a healthy and delicious salad.

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