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Should You Repair or Replace Your Garage Door?

June 13th, 2012

garage-door-repair.jpgAutomatic garage doors are such a common feature of the contemporary home that you probably don’t even give yours a second thought. When something goes wrong, however, a garage door can become a major headache. If yours isn’t working properly, it’s important to know when you can repair it versus when you should consider a replacement. Though only a trained technician can tell you for sure, here are some tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

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Simple Principles of Viral Marketing

May 28th, 2012

viral-marketing-concepts.jpgToday we have a guest post by Sarah Jules on the topic of viral marketing, a concept that has been receiving more attention recently as much of the talk in the SEO world has been gradually shifting towards the sharing of content on social networks. As long as you start out with good content, this type of social sharing can create a multiplying effect (hence the word “viral”) as one person shares your article with a few friends, who in turn share it with many others, thus increasing the reach of your promotional efforts far beyond what you would be able to do manually by yourself.

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Examples of Modern Barter Systems

May 18th, 2012

When the concept of barter, generally defined as trading goods or services directly without the use of cash or some other type of money as an intermediary, is mentioned, people often think of it as an ancient or medieval practice that was made obsolete by the invention of money as a medium of exchange. However, with recent recessions, depressions, austerity, high unemployment, outsized public and private debts, and various other forms of economic malaise becoming increasingly prevalent in many areas of the world, the practice of barter is making a comeback as people who do not have much cash but still have items or services to trade are doing whatever they can to survive.

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Internet Marketing According to Amazon Mechanical Turk

March 31st, 2012

amazon-mturk-logo.jpgA few months ago I signed up as a requester on Amazon Mechanical Turk after reading about the possibilities of outsourcing content creation and other tasks there. Although many of the submissions from workers are not exactly of the best quality and one must always be vigilant about plagiarism so that it can be rejected upon detection, I have had some cases of surprisingly well-written articles being completed for a very low cost.

As an experiment I set up an assignment at Amazon Mechanical Turk where I had the workers write an article about their experiences with Internet marketing and their attempts to make money online. I set a minimum word count of 200 with no maximum. There were no keyword restrictions or other parameters; they only had to maintain general topical relevance and not plagiarize from other sources. The pay rate was 50 cents for each article, with another 5 cents going to Amazon as commission for a total cost of 55 cents. I also paid out some bonuses for particularly high quality submissions, but for requesters this is always optional.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the submissions that I received were basically irrelevant garbage, and many more were simply copies of Wikipedia articles. Fortunately I was able to reject these and even block the associated workers from my assignments in cases where it became obvious that they were trying to “game the system” and actually lacked any real ability to write English text. However, at the other end of the spectrum I also had a few workers who clearly went above and beyond the requirements of the assignment and provided me with some genuinely interesting content that was good enough to be posted to a website with only minimal editing. Here are three of the recent submissions that would fall into the latter category.

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Making Money Online Is Not Hard If You Dig a Little Deeper

January 19th, 2012

digging-for-money.jpgThe Internet is a great place. No matter what a person does, likes or wants, the World Wide Web has almost everything in it for everyone. With that in mind, a significant crowd on the Internet is formed by the users who want to make money online. Inexperienced users generally find the process extremely tiresome, and a few even withdraw their hopes of making money online thinking that it does not work or that the whole Internet opportunity thing is a big scam. It is true that a significant percentage of online money making methods are effectively scams; however, there are also trusted, proven, and currently functioning ways to earn good money online.

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How to Get Rid of Anxiety: Top 5 Techniques

January 18th, 2012

anxiety-treatment.jpgLiving with anxiety is quite difficult but not impossible. Recent studies show several ways to cope with the disorder that do not need any extensive medication.

The main concern of this disorder is control – the sufferer cannot control his or her feelings of fear, worry, or anxiousness. And so the concept of the new techniques that are being recommended by many psychologists and psychiatrists today is also control – teaching patients to successfully control the said feelings with the use of mind and body exercises, herbal medicines, and other alternative treatments. Here are 5 of the top techniques being used today.

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Making Money Online from Multiplayer Games

December 11th, 2011

games-online-making-money.jpgThis week’s story relates to the topic of playing online multiplayer games for fun and profit. Although it may not quite fall into the Internet marketing category because it does not involve marketing per se, the fact that many MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) types of games have in-game currencies that can be traded for real money makes this an intriguing online earning option for gaming enthusiasts who might otherwise think of this as an unproductive activity.

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An Ebay Success Story from India

December 3rd, 2011

jaipur-india-hawa-mahal.jpgThe idea of selling on Ebay is one the many niches within the Internet marketing genre that I have known about for a long time but never fully explored. As with any type of business it comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but for some people it can be profitable enough to allow for a comfortable lifestyle. Such an Ebay success story comes to us from India, where the aspiring accountant Ajay Shivam fell on hard times but ultimately managed to find financial enlightenment in this particular corner of the Internet.

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Earning Online Through Web Content Writing

November 26th, 2011

writers-building-kolkataOver the past couple of weeks, I have been considering different ideas for what to do with this site and how to keep it updated without taking away too much time from other activities. A few days ago, while editing some recent article submissions, I came up with the idea of having my freelance writers produce articles about their own experiences with making money through Internet activities. After all, they are presumably earning some money at least through their content writing, and many have tried other ways of making money online as well.

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The Most Common Ways of Making Money with Internet Marketing

November 17th, 2011

google-panda-update.jpgAlthough I had hoped to put this site into retirement while I focus on creating profitable niche sites, it seems that one of Google’s Panda updates that took effect during the middle of last month has resulted in a sudden 40 percent “haircut” in traffic to this site from Google. Traffic from all other sources remains unchanged. Fortunately revenues have not dropped as much as I had initially thought, but because “freshness” and social media signals have become more prominent in the algorithm, it looks like I will need to start posting some sort of updates on here every once in a while to keep things from decaying any further.

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Internet Marketing Calls for Finding a Need and Satisfying It

November 13th, 2011

internet-marketing-finding-needs.jpgInternet marketing, just like any business activity, can be simply described in terms of the words: finding a need and then satisfying that need. While the word “need” is something that goes on in the minds of people and can only be directly probed through brain activity, its universal presence brings about a general understanding of what it can mean. To some extent, a need can be understood in terms of words like craving, urge, or a problem that requires a solution.

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