10 Auction Sites Other Than Ebay To Buy And Sell Stuff

eBay is a fantastic marketplace for both buyers and sellers, but there are several reasons you may want to look for auction sites other than ebay.

To the seller, eBay’s fees can become a heavy burden to your bottomline, effectively pushing up the price of your goods to keep a healthy profit margin, or forcing you to absorbing those fees resulting in a loss of profit.

To the buyer, eBay is a hodge-podge of millions of disparate products where you really need to know exactly what you’re looking for.

Auction Sites Other Than eBay

1. eBid

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eBid is one of the best eBay alternatives bringing in buyers and sellers from all over the world.

With over 3.5 million auctions in more than 13,000 categories, you should have no problems finding just about anything to buy on eBid.

Sellers also have the advantage of lower fees compared to eBay with 3% final value fee for casual sellers, or 0% for Seller+ who pay a flat rate membership fee.

2. Flippa

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With over 200,000 registered users, Flippa is a marketplace for buying and selling websites and domain names ranging from just a few dollars up to 6-figure sales.

I covered one such sales in Warning! Websites For Sale On Flippa Fail To Get Return On Investment.

Website sellers can do very well on Flippa (named for “flipping” – create, grow traffic, sell) due to the large audience and willing buyers.

Website buyers should always be cautious when making investment decisions and to thoroughly research potential purchases.

3. Triple Clicks

Triple Clicks is a daily deals site offering heavily discounted products through live “penny auctions.”

Prices start at just one cent, where each bid received increases the price by one cent. The final bidder may then buy the item for the ending price, which tends to be a fraction of the normal retail price for the product.

You will need TripleClicks “TCredits” to buy or sell on the site, which comes in packs of 1, 10, 20, 50, and 200 starting from 29 cents each.

4. uBid


Boasting more than six million members, uBid

is an online marketplace for new, overstock, closeout and recertified products.

Many items from 25 categories are discounted including Fine Art, Collectibles, Jewelry, Travel and Electronics with daily deals, auctions and fixed-price ‘buy now’ options.

Registered merchants can sell products with no listing fees with a success fee of 5%.

5. CQout


CQout, or “Seek You Out”, is a world-wide online market place and auction community, based in the UK.

While the website design is a bit old-fashioned, CQout continues to list over 2 million items for sale rivaling it’s closest competitors.

Items successfully auctioned at CQout.com are subject to a 1.5% final value fee, which is significantly lower than most other online auction sites that charge final value fees.

6. Webstore


While most other online auction sites charge fees for listing or final-value fees, there are no fees what-so-ever at Webstore, whether you’re a buyer, occasional seller or online storeowner.

The free service is subsidized by advertising, so if you don’t mind a few ads and an old-fashioned site design, this is a great place to buy and sell online.

7. Bidz


Bidz is the largest 100% authentic brand name & jewelry auction marketplace offering jewelry, watches, sunglasses, and other accessories.

Bidz is a part of a small group of auction sites other than ebay that specialize in jewelry and couture. Brands listed on the website include Gucci, Chanel, Roberto Coin, Autore, Disney, Chrome Hearts, and many more.

Bidz promises a 100% moneyback guarantee if any item received was not authentic or not as described, making it a safe place to shop.

8. Liquidation.com


Liquidation.com is a marketplace where professional buyers can source commercial and government surplus.

Bulk lots are sold by the truckload, pallet, or small package and the condition of items range from brand new to used and damaged including clothing, computers, electronics, housewares, industrial equipment, vehicles, and much more.

Buying in bulk reduces the cost of acquisition with heavily discounted items, many of which are in perfect condition.

9. Government Liquidation


If you’re in the market for military or government equipment, check Liquidation.com’s sister site Government Liquidation which is the exclusive contractor of the DLA Disposition Services for the sale of surplus and scrap assets of the United States Department of Defense (DOD).

You are able to purchase vehicles, aircraft, boats, electronics, machinery, scrap metal and clothing.

10. Tao Bao


Tao Bao is *the* eBay equivalent in China, serving millions more people and billions of dollars/yuan more than eBay does itself.

Tao Bao is bigger than eBay in both userbase and revenue. Products are often far cheaper on auction sites other than ebay and any Western-world competitor and merchant are just as reliable as their American counterparts.

There’s a catch though… it’s all in Chinese!

Chrome browser does a reasonable job translating the text into English, however this may not help when it’s time to communicate with the seller or make payments.

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How To Write A Press Release – 5 Do’s And 5 Don’ts

Published on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:31

There’s a good way how to write a press release and then there’s a bad way. We want our press release to stand out, but only for the right reasons.

Anyone can submit a press release that is sent to major search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing, as well as 30,000+ journalists and bloggers around the world for just a few hundred dollars.

The publicity that can be generated has the potential to bring in more business than you can imagine. Companies like the #1 press release agency PRWeb offer 25% off your first news release as well as a free expert guide.

PRWeb also deliver your press release to 250,000+ PRWeb subscribers and keep your news release on PRWeb.com forever, serving over 3 million visitors each month.

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If you go to the trouble of learning how to write a press release, there are some things to keep in mind. Let’s start with things not to write in a news release. Commit any of these errors and your efforts will go to waste.

How To Write A Press Release – The Don’ts

1. Don’t Be Demanding

No-one likes being told what to do, especially journalists and bloggers. Remember, when writing a press release, your target audience are primarily journalists.

Journalists are very busy people who see hundreds of press releases each week, so always be courteous, polite and don’t ask straight out to be given free promotion. Obviously, that’s the goal and journalists know it, but give them something to write about, so show some thought and appreciation.

2. Don’t Render Press Release Text Into An Image

Presentation goes a long way to make a good impression, but press releases are usually found in a specific format. When using images, don’t render a chunk of small font text. Sending a press release as an image (jpeg, gif, etc) makes it unusable because text is likely to become distorted when resized or printed. You can’t include clickable links in the image and the text is unsearchable by the search engines.

3. Don’t Blast A Press Release To Unwilling Recipients

Don’t spam people! If you have an existing mailing list, make sure they are your target audience and not just random people. If you have collected email addresses of journalists, bloggers and news agencies, blasting spam through the wrong channels could just get you into their bad books – forever. If someone asks you to stop sending them emails – don’t send them emails!

People working in the media industry subscribe to services like PRWeb to find news stories so they are already a willing audience.

4. Don’t Be Self-Centered

Don’t write your press release in the first person using words like “me” and “I” unless you are using a direct quote. Journalists would have to change everything to the third person because they need to generalize the story to not have it written from your perspective. Write in the third person.

5. Don’t Be Boring

Why would a journalist want to write about a boring story? Press releases don’t have to be boring. What makes your business interesting? What is interesting about you, the business owner. What makes your product better than your competitors?

Think about why it’s interesting and be sure to make a point of it. Don’t make the press release all about how great you are.

How To Write A Press Release – The Do’s

1. Do Introduce Yourself

Write a very brief, factual statement about who you are and what your business does. If you want someone to promote you, your business or your product, the least you could do is introduce yourself.

2. Do Include Your Website Address

This should be a no-brainer. Get your website in order prior to sending out a press release. Make sure to include either a ‘media’ section for journalists to gather more information about your services or products and also write a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Include a link to your website within the main text portion of the press release. This allows journalists and general readers to easily click through. Press releases are also great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes when linking your website to your target keyword. eg. “John offers a comprehensive service of mufflers in Chicago.”

3. Do Include Images or Video

Give readers a face to your name and include an image of yourself or your product or business. If you have the resources, also record a video specifically for the press release which will make a great impression on journalists.

4. Do Give Great Consideration To The Headline

A great headline is all you need to ensure a journalist or blogger will read your press release. But writing a great headline can be tough and it’s recommended to spend at least 50% of the time it takes to write the press release on the headline itself. If it takes an hour to write the press release, spend at least 30 minutes working on a great headline.

Read our article How To Write Great Headlines

5. Do Follow Up

If a journalist or blogger has written an article based on your press release, follow it up with a thank you email.

By doing so, it’ll establish a positive connection between yourselves and open the opportunity for further publicity down the track.

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Personal Budget

Save Money. Get Your Personal Budget In Order – Inscribd

Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:32

Sometimes just hearing the word ‘Personal Budget’ is enough to make us shudder. Budgets have been given a dull reputation by overzealous financial fanatics, yet they are nothing to be scared of and neither should they be avoided. In fact, a personal budget is something all of us should have.

In fact the great entrepreneurRobert Kiyosaki even said,

“It is important to create a budget and stay faithful to it. Keeping track of what you spend is the best way to avoid buying things you cannot afford.”

A personal budget is an accurate plan of how much money we have coming in and going out each week, fortnight or month, depending on the timeframe we choose to set. It lays out in black and white all income, fixed expenses and discretionary spending money we may have.

A budget is a great way of keeping track of where we are spending money. Once we know where our money is going, we are able to tweak our spending habits to gain more control over our money.

In order to create a workable budget, we first need to know and do these four things:

1. What is our income?

Generally our income is our wages, but this can also include any interest from savings accounts and any social welfare benefits.

The figure that is important to note is our net income, this is the amount we have left in our hands, so to speak, after any taxes are paid.

It would be helpful to record your budget on a excel spreadsheet or notepad to make it easier to read. When doing so, place your net income dollar figure at the top of the page, as this is the amount we need to start with to create a working budget.

2. What are our fixed expenses?

Fixed expenses include payments like rent or mortgages, insurance and rates, utilities such as power, phone, internet and gas, transportation expenses such as petrol, insurances, registration or train and bus ticket costs and finally any other debts or loans like student loans, car payments or hire purchases.

Other possible fixed expenses will change depending on your circumstances, such as needing to pay for childcare or any gym or club memberships you might have.

These fixed expenses do not vary much, if any, each week/fortnight/month. This makes is easy to budget for them, or in the case of petrol, to make an accurate estimation.

Simply subtract each expense from your net income and you are left with your discretionary income.

You can create a column for each of these areas under your total income figure and this makes it easier to see the amounts of money that each area spends.

3. What is our discretionary income?

Our discretionary income is a nice name given to the money we have left after we have paid all our bills.

However, our discretionary income is not just for buying clothes, entertainment or shopping money, but also the more fundamental things such as groceries and pay for doctor appointments, for example.

So, record the dollar amount of your discretionary income underneath the fixed income expenses columns and then we move onto identifying our variable expenses.

4. What are our variable expenses?

Variable expenses include everything else we might use our money for such as groceries, entertainment, regular saving deposits, clothing, medical appointments, haircuts, vet bills, lawn mowing and any little shopping spree splurges we might have.

Everybody’s variable expenses are different, so take the time to record each item in its own column underneath the dollar figure of your discretionary income.

Then, it is time to allocate a fixed amount to each area and make an educated guess of how much you usually spend.

Now comes the fun bit, you get to add up all your estimated variable expenses and see if you have enough discretionary spending money to buy the things you want!

The goal is to have your fixed and variable expenses equal your net income. If you have spent too much, simply reduce the dollar figures you have allocated for your variable expenses. While if you have surplus money, add it to your saving deposits.

A personal budget should be seen as our friend. Yes that does sound weird, but a budget allows us to see where we are spending money and gives us the chance to change our spending behaviors.

Don’t worry if your budget does not work the first time you use it, instead tweak it until it fits. After all, one size does not fit all.

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Internet Switch

21 Amazing Facts About The Internet

Google has estimated some amazing facts about the internet. Since the dawn of Internet time, the number of websites has grown exponentially and so too has the amount of information available and created.

The Internet has shaped our lives in profound ways, especially if you’re old enough to remember the pre-Internet era where a business card was the equivalent of a LinkedIn profile.

Facts About The Internet

NOTE: sourced from multiple locations, tried to be as statistically accurate as possible as of May 2013.


Google estimated in 2010, that the data size of the Internet is 5 million Terabytes, 61% from videos, and growing rapidly. Google has the largest index of the Internet out of any company, but claims to have scanned only 0.004% of the total.


There’s an estimated 637 million websites (source), of which there are over 250 million blogs.


“There are approximately 4,200 new domain names registered every hour, or around 37 million per year.”

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WordPress, the most widely known Content Management System (CMS) for websites, powers approximately 63 million blogs, but is not the largest blog provider.

Tumblr.com has 102 Million blogs, Livejournal reports 63 million blogs and Weebly states it has over 12 million blogs.

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Facebook has an estimated 1.2 Billion active users.

To put that into perspective, there’s about 7 billion people on Earth. 17% of humans are on Facebook.


Even more crazy is that there are about 2.4 billion Internet users. That means 50% of all Internet users are on Facebook.


On the original “The Facebook” website, Al Pacino’s face can be seen in the upper left-hand corner.

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The first ever email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomilinson, the US programmer who invented the email system.

The “@” symbol was used to signify that the message was sent to a person instead of a machine.


About 250 billion emails are sent every day.


“81% of all emails sent is considered to be spam. That’s 200 billion every day.”

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The first spam message sent to multiple recipients was sent in 1978 for DEC System 2020. The 600 recipients were not pleased to receive it.


The first ever website is still online here.


Twitter was first described by founder Jack Dorsey, as an SMS-based social network, codenamed twttr. He sent the first tweet on March 21, 2006, “just setting up my twttr”.

There are now about 1,700 tweets sent every second.

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Garfield the cartoon cat once offered a free email service.

Can you guess the domain name?

It was gmail.com, later acquired by Google.


An estimated 65% of Americans watch TV and use the Internet simultaneously. 80% of all Americans are online.


“Over a billion people watch videos on YouTube every month, averaging 4 hours each per month.”

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72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and YouTube’s copyright-checking software scans over 100 years of video every day.(source)



The first ever webcam was deployed at Cambridge University computer lab. No, it wasn’t to Skype or Facetime. It was used to watch a pot of coffee.


“The iPhone 4 is about 2,000 times faster than the Super Nintendo.”

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Both Apple’s iTunes store and Google’s Play store claim to have over 800,000 apps each.

780,000 iOS apps are downloaded every hour.


It’s estimated that 80% of all images on the Internet are of naked women. I spent a few hours trying to verify this statistic. I think the remaining 20% are of cats.

300 Twitter Followers In One Day Ebook

How To Get 300 Twitter Followers In Just One Day

Here’s a couple of comments from folks who grabbed a copy of Get 300 Twitter Followers In Just One Day.


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I took action on the advice you gave in the Twitter eBook and I’m happy to report that I did in fact reach 300 new followers in just HALF a day!

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So, do you want to know how to get over 300 Twitter followers in merely 24 hours? It’s much easier than you may think and you don’t have to pay a cent. In fact, get enough Twitter followers and you can get paid to tweet!

Research from Compete, a digital intelligence company, shows that Twitter followers are over 60% more likely to visit your website and over 50% more likely to make a purchase and recommend your company.

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Twitter Leads The Pack For Most Social Referrals

Of all the social networks, Twitter is the leader in traffic referrals to the inscribd.com website.

Twitter has matured into a valuable network of like-minded people that not only create and consume information, but also share it.

Whenever we add new articles to inscribd.com, inevitably is it Twitter that propels our content forward to be seen by more people than does Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus or any other social network we share our content with.

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It’s with this insight I can bring you this eBook to help you make Twitter work for your business. I delve into how you can take 140-character tweets to reach new customers and increase traffic to your website.

I also give you some handy tips to create content that your new followers would gladly share for you. This helps you get new followers organically, who in turn share your content with their own followers. This cycle can lead to your content going viral, spreading far and spreading rapidly.

I show you how to find targeted twitter followers to ensure you are talking to the right audience.

This eBook is 18 pages of well-organized and professionally formatted material.

Twitter eBook The table of contents is:

  • Foreword
  • Get Your Twitter Profile Looking Professional
  • Twitter Follower Count Affects Search Results
  • Getting Your House In Order
  • Content That Encourages Sharing On Twitter
  • Check Out The Competition
  • How To Get 300 Twitter Followers In One Day
  • One Last Thing

While some methods will nab you 100 free twitter followers and others 500 twitter followers, this eBook sets realistic expectations and achievable goals so that you don’t receive random followers or people outside of your target audience. I show you how to get quality Twitter followers who will gladly retweet your content.

Grab the eBook while it’s free. Enter your Twitter username below to download.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to also read our companion article How To Get More Twitter Followers And Get Paid To Tweet.


5 Silly Blogging Mistakes That Can Be Easily Avoided






Blogging is a great way to show off your expertise, hock your products and services or earn a bit of money through display advertising. Many bloggers who are starting out want to know how to grow their blog’s audience, while playing a game of trial and error.

Here are some silly blogging mistakes that you can avoid, thanks to the trial and error of others who have tried to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Mistake 1. Treat Blogging As A Sprint

Blogging is not a race to push out as many posts as possible in the shortest period of time. That’s a sure-fire way of burning yourself out – mentally, creatively and physically.

It is a far better strategy to post at a steady and consistent rate that can last you for the long haul.

Even if you’ve got a lot of ideas in your head and the creative juices are flowing, feel free to get that down and write, write, write. But don’t be too keen to publish them all at once. Pace yourself.

A month or two down the track, you might hit a creativity bump. It happens to everyone. So when that happens, you’ll still have something to publish from your archives.

If you are ultra-productive and can’t stop writing, try to keep an archive of 2 weeks worth of material. That should save you in times of drought.

Mistake 2. Posting Sporadically

Connected to point #1, posting haphazardly is not the best way to build an audience. People prefer routine and your publishing schedule should be set to a fixed routine.

Posting 5 articles one week, then 1 the next, then 3 after that shows inconsistency and a lack of planning.

Choose how many posts you want to publish each week and the precise days and time to publish.

As a general rule, one post per week is the bare minimum – consistently.

Some bloggers like to publish to a tight schedule such as on Sunday evenings at 6pm and Wednesday mornings at 7am – like clock work.

Mistake 3. Posting On Friday Night

When it comes to reader engagement, there’s one particular time of the week that consistent performs worse than any other time – Friday nights.

It may not be a surprise, but come Friday night, most people don’t want to be sitting at their computer after a long week of work. Every Friday night around the world, people are gearing up to go out, or just relaxing at home with the family.

The second worst time to post an article is Saturdays. The same argument can be had for Saturdays where most folks just want to be away from their computer doing other things.

Better yet – take the weekend off!

Mistake 4. Bad Headlines

This is a typical mistake I keep banging on about. Don’t write bad headlines or titles. Post titles are just as important – if not more so – than the post content.

We all love fun and quirky blog titles but you need to get the topic across to the reader is a clear and unambiguous way.

You have to give readers a clear idea of what to expect from the post while also ensuring the search engines will be on your side. Great headlines are also Search Engine Optimized (SEO).

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Mistake 5. Giving Up Too Soon

New bloggers jump in bright eyed and full of enthusiasm, which is absolutely an essential ingredient to getting your blog off the ground. But when it comes to the cold hard truth a few weeks or months down the track, bloggers find it difficult to face reality.

See Do New Bloggers Need A Small Dose Of Reality?

The truth is that it may take months or even years for your blog to reach satisfying heights of popularity.

While some bloggers may feel disillusioned by this fact, others may simply think ‘OK, I’ll keep at it until I succeed – and then I’ll keep going’. Yes, that’s the right attitude!

Keep at it and don’t give up too soon. How soon is “too soon”? I cant answer that for you. But give your blog a really good chances and have faith in your own abilities to make it a success.

Don’t check your Google Analytics at all during the first 3 months. It could just end in heartache seeing a trickle of visitors.

Don’t get discouraged by to lack of visitors during your first 3 months – it’s entirely normal! You need to give the search engines time to find you, as well as establish a loyal readership.

Keep blogging.

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Google Adsense

How To Make Money Online With Google AdSense

There are tried and tested techniques to make money online with Google AdSense. You would already know that Google makes ten of billions of dollars each year by selling advertising, not just in it’s search results but also across millions of other websites.

An advertiser can sign up to the AdWords program and place ads based on keywords they want to rank for. For example, a pet shop might be happy to pay Google $5 every time someone searches for “pet shop” and then clicks on their ad.

The flip-side of the advertiser program AdWords is the publisher side called AdSense.

“Google AdSense is a flexible, hassle-free way to earn revenue by showing relevant and engaging ads alongside your online content. You can easily show AdSense ads on your website, mobile sites, and site search results.”

Contextual Advertising

AdSense is a “contextual advertising” program that allows people with a website (known as “publishers”) to host Google ads on those sites.

When someone clicks on one of those ads on your website, Google charges the advertiser and gives the publisher a cut. Google recently revealed that they pay out between 60% and 70% of click revenue to the publisher.

The reason AdSense works so well is that Google examines a website’s content and finds the relevant keywords or phrases to figure out the website’s topic. Google also knows how one website links to another, such as by linking the words “pet shop” to a pet business.

To make money online with AdSense, you’ll need to create an “authority” website – one with a lot of information about a narrow topic. If you already have a website using Adsense or you’re thinking about it, read Joel Comm’s eBook Adsense Secrets 5 which goes into details about how to optimize Ad placement, the how’s and why’s.

Find Your Niche

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If you already have a blog for your business or want to create a brand new website for the purpose of generating revenue through AdSense or affiliate marketing, you’ll need to find your niche – your narrow area of expertise – and write blog posts about it.

This narrow focus helps AdSense determine the topic of your page and display appropriate advertising alongside your content.

If you focus heavily on this subset of a broader topic, you will find it easier to dominate over your competitors in the search engine results.

To find the best keywords to focus your efforts, Market Samurai software does a great job at finding new keywords and analyzing the competition to make sure you can rank easily.

Once you have mastered one particular niche topic, you can broaden your range and expand your traffic potential.

For example, a business that offers personal loans may decide to first focus on the smaller niche of, say, “bad credit personal loans” and write a series of blog posts specifically about “bad credit personal loans”.

Each post should be at least 500 words in length and be 100% original. You should not include duplicated content in your blog or copied content from other websites.

Once you have exhausted your niche topic, you can move on to the next, say, “no credit check personal loans” or “unsecured bad credit personal loans”.

You should aim to write at least 2 substantial posts per week and keep at it for several months to ensure your blog becomes indexed in the search engines and start ranking.

KEEP AT IT! This is the most commonly heard advice in blogging circles. If your website is new, don’t give up. Keep posting, don’t get yourself down by staring at statistics.

Keep the front page of your blog fresh and dynamic, which Google loves to see.

The purpose of doing all this is to rank highly in Google search results for your keyword, in our example, “bad credit personal loans” – hopefully in #1 position or at least Top 3.

It’s highly recommended to do your research about what keywords you’d be more likely to rank for. I use Market Samurai to analyze SEO competition and find untapped keywords.

But it’s important to realize that only 0.1% – 3% of people visiting your website will click on advertising (known as the click-through rate), but each click earns you commission from Google. Joel’s eBook Adsense Secrets goes into more detail about earning better commissions.

Ad Placement

The best way to maximum your click-through rate is to play around the the placement of your advertisements. Often, ads placed in a column separated from the main content does worse than ads placed directly within the content.

However, and this is crucial, ad placement that annoys or distracts your readers can be a turn off and those readers may never return to your website. Return visitors, and building an audience, is just as important as building revenue.

When your website is small and only has a few dozen visitors per day, ad placement may not matter too much. At 1% click-through rate, you’d need to wait a week or two before receiving a click.

When your website is receiving a decent amount of traffic, tweaking your ad placements can mean an increase to your click-through rate and result in earning a few extra dollars a day.

I’ve read studies of large websites fiddling with their ad placements that change the click-through rate by just 0.5%, but due to their huge traffic, this resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in extra revenue every month.

If only we could all be so lucky… which brings us to the clincher.

Traffic = Visitors


We can’t talk about making money with AdSense without addressing the elephant in the room.

Without visitors to your website, you’ll earn nothing. It doesn’t matter how fantastic or insightful your posts are. If no-one knows you exist, what’s the point of all your effort?

And since the click-through rates are mere single-digit percentages, you need a lot of clicks to earn serious money. Therefore, you need a serious amount of traffic.

You could use software like Backlink Beast to help boost the number of websites linking to yours. That’s one strategy.

How to get more traffic? Well, that’s a whole big kettle of fish.

Let’s see…

Do your keyword research with Market Samurai (they have a free trial version).
Read 10 Easy Ways How To Get Backlinks To Your Website.
And also How Copywriting Killer SEO Page Titles Destroy The Competition.
Definitely read 8 Google SEO Mistakes That Will Choke Your Search Ranking.

Buy the Adsense Secrets 5 eBook.

Drop a few dollars on the Google Sniper course to learn how to create Adsense money-making websites.

Best of luck. Let us know your progress.

Amazing Business Card Design Ideas That Clients Wont Throw Away

If you’re anything like me and have a few of your own amazing business cards tucked into your wallet or handbag, you’ll be ready to whip one out any time you meet a new prospective client. We’ve had it drummed into our heads that first impressions count, so think about your own impression when you’re handed ultra budget business cards or one with an awful design.

Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Are budget business cards actually a waste of money? Do you immediately think the business must be doing it tough or they may not be very good at what they do?

I’ve designed several of my own amazing business cards over the years so I tend to take a good look at business card designs. I get mine done through UPrinting online.

Put your hand up if you’ve ever been given a business card only to bin it as soon as you got near a trashcan? I have. I’m not a collector of budget business cards. Most people aren’t and a majority of business cards will hit the garbage sooner than you can scream ‘Wait! I paid good money for those!’

So the real question is – do you really need a business card? Perhaps. But only if it’s amazing! What impression does an amazing business card give a prospective client?

  • You are serious about your industry and good at what you do.
  • They can contact you directly without going through organizational levels.
  • How you can help by listing services you provide.

An innovative or interesting business card design can do wonders for first impressions. When it comes to great design, it’s not just what is printed on the card that matters.

Card thickness, known as grams per square metre (gsm) also gives the card holder a sense of quality. That’s not all. Business card design also takes into consideration shape, type of material and texture. 2 sided business cards also have several benefits such as including more information or separating services you provide.

Let’s take a look at some amazing business card design ideas that clients would be reluctant to throw away.

Clear Business Card

amazing business card


Transparent UV printed business cards have a look of sophistication and innovation. A business showcasing this type of clear plastic card gives off the persona of a company on the cutting edge. Don’t go printing on both sides of clear business cards though. Looking through the transparency and seeing the mirror-writing of the opposite side just makes you want to turn over and see what’s on the back. Can you see a vicious circle emerging here?

Letter Press Business Cards

letter press business cards


Add extra style and “pop” to your awesome business card by using a letter press indentation or embossing. Show off some flair and let client’s know you are trendy and fashionable.

Rounded Business Cards

rounded business cards


Coupled with other design elements, rounded corners and cuts in your card can have a lasting impact that demonstrate your company has an eye for detail.

Unusually Shaped Cards



Rounded corners are one thing but using an unusual shape for your business card gives it a whole new dimension. Don’t get too wacky though, especially if you want clients to take you seriously.

USB Business Card

USB business cards


Who in their right mind would throw away a flash USB drive? I wouldn’t! Give clients the impression that your business is doing SO well and you have the cash to splash, by giving away electronics.

Other Amazing Business Card Design Ideas

Your card can be made out of other unique materials rather than paper or plastic. How about:

  • Cotton business cards,
  • Magnetic business cards,
  • Aluminum business cards,
  • Wooden business cards,
  • Sponge business cards (yes, really!).

Bonus Tips

Allow for White Space

Don’t design your card with so much information that you have to use a tiny font size. Make sure your card has a good amount of white space to give the design some breathing room. I find sparsely populated cards look best.

Additionally, if you have a 2 sided business card, leave space on at least one side for clients to write notes on. You may also want to sign your card before giving it to clients for that personal touch.

Avoid Double-Sided Glossy Business Cards

A glossy finish to your business card often looks good, but they are near impossible to write on. Make sure to keep at least one side of your card in a matte finish.

Readers, let us know in the comment section about some awesome business cards you have received or created yourself.

Disclaimer: Links to 3rd party sites included within this article denoted with /go/ in the URL may result in commission being earned if you decide to make a purchase.
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99 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts That Cats Know And You Dont

99 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts That Cats Know And You Dont

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Windows keyboard shortcuts are savior of the lazy and mastered by the savvy, but only conquered by the nerdiest of nerds… and cats. Give a cat a keyboard, and they’ll be bringing up bookmarks, minimizing windows and deleting your emails with ninja-like precision.

Most of us spend hours every day staring at the computer screen while browsing the internet, doing some online shopping, typing out emails or social networking. But only a few truly master keyboard use, and I’m not talking about touch-typing.

Knowing just a few keyboard shortcuts will save you a lot of precious time and energy.

Count how many of these keyboard shortcuts you already knew. Do you know more than 10%? My cat knows them all!

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

windows keyboard shortcuts


1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT (when you insert a CD/DVD/BluRay into the drive to prevent it from automatically playing)

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts

1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

windows keyboard


1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch Filter Keys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the Mouse Keys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the Sticky Keys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the Toggle Keys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)

MMC Console keyboard shortcuts

shortcut keys


1. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
2. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
3. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
4. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
5. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
6. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
7. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
8. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard cat


1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)

“Cats know more Windows keyboard shortcuts than most people realize.”

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Here’s Another Way To Increase Blog Traffic

In a recent study by the content network Outbrain, a sure-fire way to increase blog traffic is to avoid using pushy headlines.

An interesting trend emerged during the study, which analysed a sample of over 100,000 paid links, attempting to discover what headlines affect reader engagement. Outbrain noted that words that are overly pushy, salesy, or spammy had a negative effect on the headline click-through rate.

“The chart below illustrates the negative effect of headlines that directly address the reader or make use of demands.”


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Interestingly, headlines that contain words that reference the reader such as “you”, “your” or “you’re” tended to perform 21% worse than headlines that did not reference the reader.

“The attempt to make readers feel as though they’re being spoken to directly appears to do more harm than good.”


Additionally, headlines that contain an imperative (“must” or “need”) also garnered 20% less clicks than titles that did not.

Simple Advice To Help Increase Blog Traffic

According to the study, it appears that readers prefer not to be directly referenced in blog headlines and don’t appreciate words that demand action or attention.

A separate study by Conductor discovered the same effects, as we discussed in 3 Simple Ways To Increase Headline Click-Through Rates.

In their study, “Reader Addressing” headlines performed 15% worse than “Number” headlines, as seen in this chart.

overall headline preference

The conclusion is this: don’t “push” your readers, but instead “pull” them in with enticing headlines.


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