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Clickbank Introduces Flexible Commissions, European Direct Debit

March 31st, 2010

clickbank-logo.jpgToday Clickbank released the latest issue of its newsletter to affiliates, vendors, and subscribers. The most significant portions of this from an Internet marketing standpoint are the ability for vendors to set different commission rates for separate product offerings and the availability of a Direct Debit payment option denominated in Euros for customers in Germany and Austria. The details of both relevant sections have been reprinted below.

New Flexible Commissions Option

ClickBank is pleased to announce an exciting new change to the way vendors offer affiliate commissions.

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Review of the Sekonic L-758 Light Meter

March 30th, 2010

sekonic-l758-light-meter.jpgSekonic has been the number one name in meters for years, and this one raises the bar higher. As any photographer who has been around knows, the meter in your camera will only take you so far. It’s okay for a spot meter, but leaves a lot to be desired when precise accuracy becomes an issue. And as an incident or a strobe meter is concerned, the meter in your camera is useless. This is where a handheld meter comes in and the Sekonic L-758 light meter excels.

First, as a spot meter it does a much better job than the meter in your camera. Dial in the ISO, set the aperture or shutter speed, aim it at the point in your scene you want to meter and click the button. It quickly, and most importantly, accurately, gives you the correct exposure. If you are looking at a high dynamic range scene, you can take an average setting quickly.

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What to Do in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

March 29th, 2010

tamarindo-costa-rica.jpgTamarindo, Costa Rico is located on the northwest shore of the Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste province. It is a four to five hour drive from the main airport in San Jose, but is less than an hour from the international airport at Liberia. There is also a small airport just two miles outside the village of Tamarindo, with connecting flights to both Liberia and San Jose. Tamarindo not only refers to the small village at its heart, but to Tamarindo Bay, a long sweeping coast of beautiful beaches and clear blue water.

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Nigerian Spammers Display Exceptionally Poor English Skills

March 28th, 2010

spam-cream-soup.jpgApparently the Nigerian spammers who have been submitting bogus loan advertisements and fake anti-fraud notices in the comment section of this site are not taking much time to read through the English Usage section. One of their latest emails that I received earlier this month reveals that the English skills of Nigerian spammers have fallen to new lows with the first three sentences of their message all containing noticeable errors. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sympathize with victims of these types of scams because it would require a seriously malfunctioning brain to believe that such a message actually originated from a legitimate “anti-fraud unit.” Nevertheless, if you are looking for a good laugh while practicing your proofreading skills, see how many English usage errors you can find in the text below.

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How to Breed Goldfish

March 27th, 2010

goldfish-breeding-tips.jpgAs one of the most common and low maintenance household pets, goldfish are a popular starter fish as well as great fish for a community aquarium. They are also widely used as feeders for larger breeds of fish. Though there are many variations, generally goldfish can be classified as Carassius auratus, and their caretaking needs are about the same across the variations. Their breeding capabilities are about the same as well, and for those who are interested, breeding goldfish is a fun and fascinating experience.

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Save Money and Make It Fun with SmartyPig

March 26th, 2010

smartypig-review-logo.jpgSmartyPig is an online piggy bank dedicated to making purchases on credit a thing of the past. It allows you to set up savings goals, earn interest, interact with other members of the site, and even earn an extra cash “boost” when you purchase products from their online retail partners. SmartyPig is fun to use and helps take the sting out of those credit card interest payments that too often stick around long after the joy of the purchases has faded.

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Defragmenting Your Windows Computer

March 25th, 2010

defragment-computer.jpgDefragmenting your Windows computer is a cinch. You don’t need to be a techie or spend frustrating hours learning this useful tool. And after you’ve done it once, you can schedule automatic defragmentation and never give it a second thought.

What is defragmentation, and why is it so important?

Imagine that every time you put a new item on your office desk, you toss it down any old way. When you need to find something, you just shuffle things around until you find what you’re looking for. No problem! Sure, not at first. But after a few months of this, as more and more clutter is piled onto your desk, it becomes very difficult to find anything. Your tape dispenser gets separated from your tape, important tax documents are mingled in with holiday cards, and old bank statements are taking up space. The solution? A place for everything, and everything in its place!

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Where to Buy Bulk Candy

March 24th, 2010

bulk-candy-buy.JPGYou can’t go wrong with candy. With so many varieties of flavor, shape, color, and texture, candy is perfect for any occasion. There’s a candy to satisfy every sweet tooth, from simple chocolate covered raisins to carnival cotton candy to wacky gummy eyeballs. Any food or convenience store worth its name carries some kind of candy to tempt their sweet-seeking customers. But for those searching for quantity, quality, and affordability in purchasing sweets, they need look no further than bulk candy wholesalers.

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5 Luxuries You Can Afford During a Recession

March 23rd, 2010

luxuries-recession.jpgAre you finding yourself depressed about the state of the economy? Are you thinking back fondly to times when you had more money? Prepare for bliss. Here are 5 ways to splurge on the cheap as though you were rich and famous!


Find the nearest massage school. You can often get VERY cheap massages at massage schools. Call one nearby to check their rates. Some schools have programs where students massage for under $20 an hour!

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What’s So Great About the iPad?

March 22nd, 2010

apple-ipad.jpgApple recently revealed their newest creation, the iPad, which is being touted as the bridge between laptops and smart phones. Apple has been playing it close to the chest, increasing the anticipation and speculation about this new device both online and offline. At its unveiling, Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared, “It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had.” But does the iPad deliver on his promise of greatness?

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How to Travel Light When Backpacking

March 21st, 2010

lightweight-backpacking.jpgHaving a light and manageable bag when backpacking is crucial to the enjoyment of your trip. After all, no one wants to have to walk that extra half a mile with 25 kilograms of stuff on their back in the tropical Thailand sunshine. But how do you strike the balance between necessities and luxuries?

The famous traveller’s adage reads, “Before you leave, lay out the contents of your bag. Then take half the stuff and double the money.” These are wise words indeed, though not particularly practical. So, which items make the cut and which should you omit?

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