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    Archive for December, 2006

    PayPerPost Acquires Assets of Performancing.com

    Posted by CJCM on 30th December 2006

    PayPerPostSo finally it happened. The trend of acquiring competitors has finally catch up with blog advertising companies. PayPerPost has signed a letter of intent to acquire parts of Performancing.com. What does it mean to you and me as bloggers and advertisers? Well I guess it depends on how much you earn money through advertising and pay-per-post and also how much you as advertisers spend on blog advertising.

    Performancing logoThe most important thing from my personal perspective of this transaction is the central issue of the credibility of pay-per-post scheme itself. The topics have been debated at length on many blogs and websites. Some professional bloggers think pay-per-post is not an ethical way to earn money for bloggers. At the same time, thousands of bloggers jumped into the bandwagon giving them another platform to earn something out of their blog writing. Many of them earned a handsome sum of advertising dollars from pay-per-post scheme and many more earned a little bit here and there, all depending on how popular their blogs are.

    I think the purchasing of Performancing.com by PayPerPost has given some kind of moral boost to bloggers giving indications that pay per post is going to stay and thrive despite many negative opinions surrounding the advertising scheme. Given some times, I think pay-per-post will be accepted by more people in the blogosphere. As the technology and the methodology around pay-per-post mature, I dare to predict that pay-per-post will be one of the internet-economy driving factors for generating income through blogging, which is now very much dominated by Google’s PPC. Just my two cents.

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    Popularity: 13% [?]

    Posted in Internet Business, Make Money, PayPerPost, ProBlogging | No Comments »

    Have You Ever Thought What Happens To Your Blogs or Internet Businesses When You Die?

    Posted by CJCM on 25th December 2006

    It is an interesting question isn’t? If you are a Problogger and your family’s well being depends on income generated by your blogs, you should do something about it. I am not a Problogger but somehow, a question pop up in my mind, what happens to my blog when I die? It’s not so much of the money generated by my blog because it isn’t much to start with, but rather what would happen to it?

    One thing that comes to my mind is that, regular visitors to my blog (or for that matter anyone’s blog) will start thinking what happened to the blog owner? Is he sick? Is he busy? Is he still blogging? Is he alive? Is he dead?

    For Probloggers whose family are dependent of blogging income, this should be a serious question and requires serious attention to getting an asnwer to it. This is especially true if your spouse is not a blogger herself. You should have a blog continuity plan, very much like a business continuity plan should a disaster strikes, in this case your death.

    Here are some suggestions by Darren Rowse of Problogger how to prepare your spouse in the event of your death:

    Contact details for partners - I have a number of blog partners that would be able to help her navigate some of the logistics of managing my blogs
    Contact details for trusted other bloggers - a few others who know enough to be useful
    Passwords and Contact details for Advertising Programs and Affiliate Programs - to be able to access and manage income
    Contact details of bloggers who work for me - a number of my blogs are written these days by others.
    Contact details for web hosts - without these the blogs fall over and income disappears
    Passwords for Paypal accounts
    Backup details - for blogs and computers
    Blog and hosting passwords - to give her (or those who help her) access
    Instructions on what to do - a few notes on what I’d suggest she does. Which blogs she could sell (and who could help her sell them), which to allow to run (and who to write on them), what my agreements are with different people etc

    More discussions at Problogger, EricGiguere, Interweb World, Blogging Pro.

    Obviously, new internet economy had presented a new challenge for internet practitioners with regards to business income continuity of these internet professionals. Lets hope, those involved in will writing or legal advice would come up with real solutions to these real problems potentially faced by a growing number of internet professionals especially professional bloggers.

    It’s interesting also to find out if insurance companies would response to this new business insurance needs catering to professional bloggers and internet marketers. Any new idea anyone?

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    I Want HP R967 Digital Camera

    Posted by CJCM on 24th December 2006

    I am currently using a camera that comes together with a Sony Ericsson mobile phone. While the handphone has all the great features I had wanted, the camera is not good enough taking pictures at only 2.0 megapixel. I want to take better pictures at higher resolutions. So I went to Kuala Lumpur PC Fair recently and got myself a 7 megapixel Nikon S8 digital camera. The camera is so cute and the picture quality is of course better than the 2 megapixel Sony Ericsson camera previously.

    But once a human is always a human. Human never satisfied themselves. I began thinking what if I can get a 10 megapixel camera and a nice photo printer that can print really high quality photos. Hmmmm, it didn’t take me long to start looking for options available out there. And I am thinking about HP. Yes… HP not only produces excellent computer-related products such as personal computers and laser jet printers but also respectable digital photography products.

    HP R967My search for a 10 megapixel camera landed on HP Photosmart R967 Digital Camera, voted as one of Top 10 Digital Cameras by PC World. Hmmm….. not bad, scoring 4.5 out of possible 5, the R967 seems very tempting. It has everything I want to have in a digital camera, and HP also has nice photo printer that can go with it too… I think it’s perfect combination. I want HP R967 digital camera…. I want! Hmmm if only I have enough cash. This post was brought to you by HP.

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    Popularity: 17% [?]

    Posted in Gadgets, PayPerPost, Sponsored Post | No Comments »

    PayPerPost Now Requires Disclosure

    Posted by CJCM on 24th December 2006

    PayPerPostIf you are participating in PayPerPost, you should have been informed by now that all PayPerPost articles requires disclosure about its sponsored status. I have no problem with that. I have created special category for PayPerPost and for others, I have created another more general category Sponsored Post for all posts that do not require disclosure, but I want to disclose it anyway. All I am saying is that, I am earning some money from this blogging and if some of you don’t know about it already , now you do. But unfortunately, no.. I am not paid for this post… :) And good thing about earning income through blogging is that, you too can make money from blogging.

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    Popularity: 7% [?]

    Posted in Make Money, PayPerPost | No Comments »

    It’s Time For Problogger Group Writing Project Again

    Posted by CJCM on 20th December 2006

    Yes…. Darren Rowse of Problogger had launched another Group Writing Competition again. I had joined the project last time and I am definitely part of it again this time around. However, I am participating in the Group Writing Project from my other site Kuala Lumpur is Home. Check it out.. and have fun.

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    Popularity: 13% [?]

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    It’s Time For Problogger Group Writing Project Again

    Posted by CJCM on 20th December 2006

    Yes…. Darren Rowse of Problogger had launched another Group Writing Competition again. I had joined the project last time and I am definitely part of it again this time around. However, I am participating in the Group Writing Project from my other site Kuala Lumpur is Home. Check it out.. and have fun.

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    Popularity: 15% [?]

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    Ventedoy… Another Unique Directory by Alang

    Posted by CJCM on 17th December 2006

    Guys… you have to take a look at this. Before this Alang had scored a first when he created the 50 Pages Website directory. Now he has Ventedoy, another unique directory service by Alang. I won’t talk much about it because you can get the details at the website. The idea is amazingly simple and the potential to make money is huge. I knew this guy was up to something… and here it is… welcome to Ventedoy.

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    Popularity: 10% [?]

    Posted in Internet, Internet Business, Make Money, Malaysian, Web Directory | No Comments »

    Hot News: Screamyx, The Latest Broadband Service by TMNet.

    Posted by CJCM on 17th December 2006

    I am so sick with my Streamyx connection for the last few weeks. Every time I am on the internet, for reasons known only to TMNet, the Streamyx line have been disconnecting itself so frequent, I feel like screaming. Is this a new service or what? If it is new service, I wrote the following press launch article which I hope TMNet would consider using in their press release about the new service… tell me what do you think folks.

    Screamyx, a new breadband service by TMnetTMNet, one of the monopolistic corporate citizens in Malaysia, proudly launched its new service called Screamyx. As the successor of TMNet’s highly popular Streamyx breadband service, Screamyx is set to take the Malaysian market by the storm. According to TMNet’s Chief Joker Officer (CJO), TMNet decided to introduce this new service after receiving a lot of feedbacks from the customers about its Streamyx product. According to TMNet CJO, a lot of customers had indicated that while they like our Streamyx due to its low speed and poor customer service, the product offering should be upgraded, in line with Malaysian Government ambitious plan to make more people access internet through broadband. As a result of this, the Marketing Team at TMNet with collaboration with its resellers, have been working hard around the clock, setting up tents everywhere such at the shopping malls, the road sides, even pasar borong also, to push the breadband service. Meanwhile, the Technical and Customer Service Team, have been very busy attending to the ever increasing customers seeking supports for even basic things such as …frequent interruptions, disconnected services, mis-billing and what not. The Management at TMNet, however, is laughing all the way to the bank because, no matter what… customers still have to pay the monthly subsCRAPtion fee for subscribing to the service. “With such features offered, we believe our new Screamyx breadband will be the talk of the town. There is no servicve provider in the world who can offer such a service to the public yet… we are the pioneer.” the CJO is quoted as saying.

    p/s: This post was successfully updated after my line was disconnected twice.. within 30 minutes.. SCREAMYX rocks

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    Posted in Fun Stuff, Internet, Malaysian, News, Personal Encounters | 4 Comments »

    PayPerPost

    Posted by CJCM on 15th December 2006

    PayPerPostI had just checked my email and had noticed an email from PayPerPost that looked like it was sent only to members of PayPerpost. I was wondering because I knew I am not yet accepted as one of their PayPerPost bloggers. I remember about one week back PayPerPost had sent an email regarding my application and informed me about my blog not being accepted due to a technical problem with my blog where they had claimed that I had a duplicate site of the same blog.

    True enough, my blog used to be hosted at http://www.articlesportfolio.com/blogcjcm but had been migrated to a new domain http://www.cjcm2u.com. I had not removed the old blog, but I have setup a permanent redirect to the new url. I had resubmitted my blog with an explanation and had not been checking the status until I received an email from them just now. Upon logging into my account I found out my blog had been accepted by PayPerPost.

    There had been quite an interesting story behind my application to PayPerPost. I had received an email from another friend of mine who had recommended that I apply to join PayPerPost. She had mentioned that she could get referral fee for recommending friends to join PayPerPost. After reading about PayPerPost, I became interested and had applied through the website. I am supposed to receive an email where I had to activate my account right after the registration process. However the email never arrived and I had tried to re-register a few times only to face the same problem. So I had contacted PayPerPost through their contact form and had explained about my predicament hoping they would resolve that very quickly. But that was soo looooong time ago, so long I had given up hope of joining PayPerPost. However, I had received an another email from PayPerPost at least two or three weeks ago informing that my account had been activated and that I could now log in. That was when I had tried to register my blog and got rejected due to the reason explained above.

    So I now have another option of additional income through blogging which I think is quite interesting. Eventhough there had been many controversy around paid-posts discussed and argued over many blogs and forums, I think there is nothing wrong with pay per post blogging. Why so much fuss about it when you also get paid for displaying advertisement on your blog, getting paid for someone clkicking on the Google ads via Adsense, getting paid for referring visitors to an affiloiate site and what not?

    PayPerPost is just another avenue for blogger to get additional income and I am totally comfortable with it because it’s no different to what I am already doing at Profy and Gadgetell where I got paid for every post I write in those two blogs. Paid blogger is just another job, just like salesman job. Instead of selling just that company’s product, PayPerPost bloggers sell many different products and services…and what is wrong with that? Come on guys… leave me alone with this, will you?

    By the way, I have not earned any money yet from PayPerPost but after this post I hope there will be some money rolling into my PayPal account that I can used for my online shopping. And the best part is, I am not alone here… you too can also join the club, as long as you are not bothered with those people that have been putting ‘their’ negative opinions about PayPerPost.

    Good luck with your blogging!!

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    Popularity: 15% [?]

    Posted in Internet, Internet Business, Make Money, PayPerPost, ProBlogging, Sponsored Post | No Comments »

    The Importance of Search Engine

    Posted by CJCM on 15th December 2006

    GoogleI am always amazed when I find out how people arrived at my blog. Considerable number of visitors were actually referred to my pages by search engines. Today I checked the statistics of my pages and I found out the following search terms in search engines had driven traffic to my site:

    1. Search term: maybank transmission media via Yahoo Search UK & Ireland
    2. Search term: how do i mass convert jps to thumbnail size via Google
    3. Search term: targa voipbuster via Google
    4. Search term: freelance web designer via Google
    5. Search term: voipbuster langua via Google

    Yahoo searchSo, the moral of the story is, get your site crawled by search engine as soon as possible, especially when you are launching your new blog. From my experience I normally get new blog crawled pretty quick by linking my new site from a blog that are already crawled by search engines.

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    Popularity: 6% [?]

    Posted in Internet, Personal Encounters | No Comments »