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Pixel tags, or web beacons, are great tracking devices. Recently, ExoClick announced that it is using pixel tags as well.
Pixel tags work because they drop a cookie on web site visitor’s computer. The practice is controversial and many people like cookies as they consider them an invasion of privacy. Of course, if they’re that concerned [...]
It’s that time of the week where I try to shrink down dozens of in-depth reviews into five actionable points resulting from our community consultation. This week we held Furniture Fashion under the magnifying glass. You can head back to its launch post if you want to read the reviews in detail.
Before we start, congratulations [...]
Have you ever seen a blog that has so much junk in the sidebar that you can hardly focus on the content? Or what about those blogs that have 3 or 4 sidebars and a very narrow column for the actual posts? You know the blogs I’m talking about...
Launching this week Yahoo Buzz is a Digg style service that works with a closed list of 100 sites that Yahoo has handpicked.
The most interesting part of the service is that the most popular stories will be promoted to the Yahoo homepage! Apparently a Wired story that was featured on the homepage received 2 [...]SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Yahoo Buzz - can you handle the traffic?", url: "" });
I have just been released from the hospital for an emergency surgery last Wednesday. Everything went well, and I am now back home recuperating.But I have not been able to post anything in my blogs, which brings me to the question: If you are hospitalized or get sick, do you have a back up plan for your business? Or will your business take a sick day as well?Lucky for me, I have several dependable folks helping out with and our other sites. But solo entrepreneurs may not have such luck. Imagine if you're a web designer who has committed to a client the completion of their proje
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ct at a certain date, only to find that you cannot do it because you're in the hospital. Or if you are running an ecommerce store and orders are pouring in, but you can't do anything with fulfillment as you are too sick to do so. Unfortunately, for many of us, no work means no pay.We don't want to think about getting sick or hospitalized, but it is important to create a back up plan for your business, especially if you are working solo and your family depends on you. Here are some things to consider:Run as many processes of your business on auto-pilot as much as possible. An information site or blog earning from Adsense can survive days without getting new content or being updated -- and yet income can still come in. But if you sell advertising or products or services and new orders are coming in, you must at least have an autoresponder telling customers that their order has been received and will be processed within the next two business days (or whatever duration you are comfortable with). That way, your customer can be assured that you have received the order and hopefully processing it.Invest in technology. Buy a laptop to allow you work wherever and whenever you need to work -- even in hospitals. More importantly, get a wireless broadband Internet access to allow you to be online anywhere. Verizon Wireless Internet costs about $49 per month -- and in the case of my hospitalization, this service is a definite life saver. These are business expenses so you can deduct these items from your tax bill. Or at least get a smartphone like Blackberry or Palm Treo with Internet and email access so you know what is happening to your business.Get a helper. Or at least someone you can rely on who can help things running in your business while you are unable to do so. It can be as simple as your wife or husband calling your clients that you may be a little delayed in fulfilling your obligations to them because you are sick. Or a back up person who can work on your projects for you until you get better (properly compensated, of course). Or even your family members to help pack and ship the items ordered by customers.Eat right and be healthy. Of course, the best advice is to make sure you avoid being sick by taking care of yourself. Find ways to release stress from your business. Relax and sleep right.

I wonder what effect if any this will have on the Performics? I predict there will be an even greater increase in brand name merchants and possibly a huge shift in power between the top affiliate networks, after the deal is done. Could number 3 become 1?

Affiliate programs offer an excellent opportunity to make money online with two tier affiliate programs potentially the most lucrative of all providing a viral network for the affiliate marketing program and affiliates the benefit of substantial residual earnings. A two tier affiliate program pays commission to affiliates at two levels, on [...]
We compiled a list of top eBay users for your reading enjoyment. If you would like to get access to products that you can sell online through eBay too, you are more then welcome to check out our inventory through our FREE eBay selling trial kit . 1.)...(read more)
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You have to check out these two online websites that perhaps you have never heard of… I stumbled these sites while surfing online for a possible holiday gifts for my friends and family.

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This co-founders of this earth friendly “sustainable design for living” website was co-founded by Paul Donald and Tracy Brien. [...]
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