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    Blog about Bid4LinksPortfolio.com and get rewarded

    Posted by CJCM on 14th June 2007

    I have just launched a promotional offer for bloggers to get their blogs listed at Bid4LinksPortfolio.com. Checkout the details here. Don’t forget to tell your friends as well. The offer will expire on 30th June 2007.. so hurry up before its too late.

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    SponsoredReviews officially launched

    Posted by CJCM on 8th April 2007

    SponsoredReviews - win-win for bloggers and advertisersI joined a new web advertising program called SponsoredReviews sometime in mid January 2007. At that time the program was at the beta testing stage so I just joined and requested to be notified upon its launch. SponsoredReviews had been officially launched recently and I just got my first order from them. The first assignment is to review the SponsoredReviews itself.

    It looks like the trend among web advertising companies such as PayPerPost, RevewMe, CreamAid and now SponsoredReview is to always to review itself, which I think is important to create buzz among internet communities. After all web advertising companies also need to promote themselves too, right?

    So what is SponsoredReviews? Do I need to go in detail? With all the buzz, publicity and even controversy around pay-per-post schemes, it is suffice to say SponsoredReviews is not much different from other web advertising services that offers opportunity for advertisers to get their products and services reviewed by bloggers. The bloggers in turn get paid for their review services.

    Despite the similarity in the services offered by other paid advertising companies, SponsoredReviews has it own unique identities and features. The part that I think most bloggers like best is the fact that SponsoredReviews pays bloggers every two weeks after the assignments are completed. Other paid advertising companies normally companies pay bloggers one month after the assignments are completed. Now that is a big plus for bloggers.

    Bloggers are also not required to write only positive reviews. As a matter of fact, constructive critisms are expected so that quality of the products and services being reviewed can be improved from bloggers feedback.

    From advertisers point of veiw, SponsoredReviews has other advantages as well. SponsoredReviews offers a low transaction fees of only 35% while they claim their competitors charge 50%.

    Another good point of the system is that SponsoredReviews offers a Two-way system where advertisers and bloggers can search for each other for assignments. This is definitely unique feature of SponsoredReviews. In other programs, advertisers posts available opportunities and wait for bloggers to reply with offer to review their services, although the advertisrs can reject the reviews if it does not meet their requirements. With SponsoredReviews’s ability to search for each other, advertisers who place greater emphasize on the quality of bloggers now have the option to search for a good blogger in the pool of bloggers and make an offer. But I am not sure if advertisers would want to go through that process. Maybe they prefer the bloggers looking for them instead. Whatever that may be, the option is there and advertisers now have the opportunity to pick the best bloggers to review their products and services.

    Other features of SponsoredReviews include Automated Rating System which will make it easy for advertisers to find high quality blogs. Sponsored Reviews’s bidding system allows both advertisers and publishers to negotiate pricing although bloggers will be able to set their own prices with manual pricing. SponsoredReviews’s system will make recommendations based on their Automated Ratings System, but bloggers will be able to choose their own prices. Of course the final prices will have to be agreed by both advertisers and bloggers.

    So what are you waiting for? If you have good blogs, I would suggest that you register with SponsoredReviews and have an opportunity to monetize your blogs in a new way. Advertisers should also take advantage of the many features available to promote your products and services over the internet. Bloggers Earn Cash, Advertisers Build Buzz. I am off to seek more opportunities and get paid in two weeks time.. :)

    This is a sponsored post.

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    CJCMedia Network is loking for Malaysian city bloggers

    Posted by CJCM on 1st April 2007

    CJCMedia Network, Malaysia’s premier blog networkCJCMedia Network had launched four of its network blogs. Check it out here:

    Street-IT by Arman
    Web Programming by Arejae
    Musing Mother by Elviza
    Woman vs Sports by Junita

    In the mean time, CJCMedia Network is looking to expand it network to cover Malaysian cities. If you live in any of the Malaysian state capitals, have passion for writing and would love to tell the world about the cities you live in, check out how you can partner with CJCMedia Network.

    If you are not from Malaysia, don’t despair. CJCMedia Network is not all about Malaysian bloggers. We are also looking for international bloggers. Tell us what you would like to write about and we will consider.

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    Introducing CJCMedia Network, Malaysia’s premier blog network

    Posted by CJCM on 24th March 2007

    CJCMedia Network, Malaysia’s premier blog networkEver since I got myself into blogging sometime in August 2006, I am totally hooked into it. What had initially been blogging just for fun had turned into something that is both fun and rewarding. Within a relatively short period of time, I have transformed from a hobby-blogger to semi-pro blogger .. :) having secured blogger positions for sites such as Gadgetell, Profy (Note: I have ceased to be an author there), Techzoogle and lately Kuala Lumpur is Home, a Home Turf Media blog.

    My involvement with Home Turf Media, a brand new city-based blog network, had sparked new interest in me in the area of setting up and managing a blog network. After some serious thinking and much research on the internet, I finally decided to launch my very own blog network. As a result, 12th February 2007, CJCMedia Network was born, although the ground works for the network had been going on for weeks prior to that.

    CJCMedia Network, the first Malaysian blog network I believe, is a proof of my committment and passion for blogging. My ambition is to spin this Malaysia’s premier blog network into something that all Malaysians can be proud of in the blog network arena. That of course will not come easy as there are a lot of aspects that need to be taken care of in developing the network.

    Although I am currently working to launch several sites authored by Malaysian-based bloggers, CJCMedia Network aims to pool together a network of talented bloggers from both Malaysia and the rest of the world.

    I really hope this network will receive much needed support from everyone especially Malaysians. If you would like to know how you can be part of CJCMedia Network, here is a good place to start. Stay tuned for more news about CJCMedia Network.

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    All bloggers are liars: I have nothing to say - Malaysian Tourism Minister

    Posted by CJCM on 15th March 2007

    The date was 9th March 07, and the place was Sin Chew, Early Evening edition pp 5… Malaysian Tourism Minister had been quoted as saying “…all bloggers are liars…” and “…8,000 of 10,000 unemployed bloggers are women…”

    Bloggers, especially women, retaliated and salvos were fired from all directions toward the minister.

    Monday 12th March 07, the Minister had been quoted in The Associated Press as saying “I don’t have anything to say.”

    Meanwhile, in the blogosphere, the temperature is set to raise even higher with Rehman Rashid’s statement :

    The local blogosphere is the domain of life-challenged grumblestiltskins and disenfranchised pundits whose asinine maunderings only show why they should never have had day jobs in the first place

    The local blogosphere is the domain of life-challenged grumblestiltskins and disenfranchised pundits whose asinine maunderings only show why they should never have had day jobs in the first place.
    Rumour, inuendo, half-truths and damned lies are their stock-in-trade, and previously sacrosanct standards, principles and ethics are now laughable.
    Are they not entitled to their opinion? Of course they are, as much as everyone is entitled to ignore them. I would venture, however, that everyone has an opinion and a rectum, and not that many seem capable of telling one from the other.

    Read on:

    Mind thy words Mr Rehman, Elviza
    Give us a break, Rehman, Nuraina A Samad
    Terlajak perahu boleh di tarik Cerita Ibu
    Rehman Rashid’s rectum, Susan Loone
    Ku Nan and I, Rocky’s Bru
    I don’t have anything to say right now - Tengku Adnan, Elizabeth Wong
    Nila Tanzil vs Malaysian Tourism Minister: A different perspective, CJCM

    I wonder… why is the war against bloggers? When will the war ends? Anyone?

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    Bloggers are liars…??

    Posted by CJCM on 11th March 2007

    A Malaysian Minister had branded bloggers as liars…. he also said of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women. I am not sure whether he meant these 10,000 bloggers are Malaysian or not but he certainly rocked the boat. As blogger, I feel sad, disappointed and angry. Granted… there is always a bad apple in so many apples, but I think Tengku Adnan is wrong in the way he responded to Nila Tanzil’s report on her dissapointing experience with the Tourism Ministry officials recently. I have written about this in more detail in my other blog.. please let us know your thoughts… as readers and bloggers.

    Below is the transalation by J-Talk on the newspaper article from Sin Chew:

    Tengku Adnan: Bloggers are Liars
    80% are Unemployed Women
    updated:2007-03-08 20:11:32: MYT

    (Kuala Lumpur) The Tourism Minsiter Tunku Adnan lashed out today (Mar 8, 2007) that all bloggers on the Internet are liars, out of which 80% are unemployed women.

    “All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.”

    Tengku was addressing the media at the 2007 Malaysia GP Sales when he was asked about allegations made on a blog by a female TV presenter. The guests present were shocked at first, but burst into laughter.

    He said he may lose some female voters but did not retract his statement or indicate that he was just joking.

    He said that bloggers spread rumours, disrupt social harmony and many bloggers are slanderous and are cheating people with their blogs.

    “All bloggers are not in favour of national unity. Our country has been successful because we are very tolerant with each other, if not, there will be civil war, the Malays will kill the Chinese, the Chinese will take revenge and kill the Malays, and the Indian will kill everyone.”

    He urged the rakyat not to simply trust bloggers, and gamble our future away because the achievement we gain in the 50 years of independence is not an easy task.

    “We have to show the world our positive attitude, if the world learn to be as tolerant as us, the world will be peaceful, without war or civil war.”

    He said that the tourism ministry has been promoting the country for the rakyat’s benefit, not just to benefit his own ministry.

    He stressed that the Malaysian tourism industry is now in a critical moment as the competition from the neighbouring countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines will be stiffer and Malaysia must respond proactively.

    Source J-Talk

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    TheGoodBlogs.. a new blog community

    Posted by CJCM on 4th March 2007

    I just discovered a new blog community, TheGoodBlogs, that works in similar way MyBlogLog does although it is slightly different. The idea is still the same, that is to promote your blog contents through communities. Once you join as a member of TheGoodBlogs, you then create a widget which you can display on your blog very much the same way MyBlogLog displays the recent readers of your blog. The difference here is that TheGoodBlogs widget doesn’t show the recent readers but it shows the lates post from blog feeds within the blog category you joined or the blog title, which ever you set during widget creation. You can also choose to include and promote any community in the widget.You can create your own communities or you can also join communities already created by others. I have started a new community for Malaysian bloggers. All in all, TheGoodBlogs is what I call bloggers promoting each other in the blogosphere world, generating traffic, and discovering news things in the blogging world. You should give it a try. If you are Malaysian, please don’t forget to promote Malaysian Bloggers community on your widget. TheGoodBligs is still in Beta and it’s free.

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    Wendy Piersall and Steve Olson are having so much fun they are paying bloggers….

    Posted by CJCM on 21st February 2007

    Wendy Piersall vs Steve OlsonMy friend Wendy Piersall who blogs at eMoms at Home is having a lot of fun and in the way is getting a little bit ’silly’ with her Steve Olson vs Wendy Piersall MyBlogLog Community Building Challenge. I say ’silly’ because you normally enter into a community building competition hoping to be a winner by driving the crowd to join your own community but in this case it is just the opposite. Now if that’s not ’silly’ I dont know what is :)

    And boys… and girls…. the two bloggers really take the matter to help their opponent getting more community members so seriously that two are now entering new chapter of the challenge by employing ‘dirty tactics’ to get more people to join their opponent’s MyBlogLog community… now how much more silly that can be? Yup…. it involves some kind of ‘bribery’. I got to know that both challengers are now paying their friends to help blog about the competition and drive more traffic to each others community.

    Silly it may sound, the real beneficiary to this positively crazy challenge is an organization called Kiva.org. It’s an organization that provide microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries to get them out of the poverty.

    So in the name of friendship and fun, I am asking all of you to help Wendy Piersall in her quest to win this game by joining Steve Olson’s MyBlogLog community.

    And Wendy, for the benefit of those entrepreneurs in developing countries, please help to pledge whatever amount you had intended to ‘bribe’…. err pay me for blogging about this to Kiva.org….. those people deserve more. Who ever the winner and loser of this interesting challenge, both of you are winners, IMHO. Steve Olson, here I come! Happy blogging!

    I joined Steve Olson's MyBlogLog community for Kiva.org

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    Carnival of Cities at Home Turf Media

    Posted by CJCM on 19th February 2007

    Home Turf Media, the bog network that hosts Kuala Lumpur is Home where I am the host, is having a Carnival of Cities. I had submitted the story of two Malaysian bloggers who were sued for defamation by Malaysian-government-controlled newspaper News Straits Times.

    Other submissions from other cities around the worlds are :

    Cities in the Americas

    IntrovertGirl from Introversion takes a crummy, cold, windy Canadian day and makes it all cozy when she explores bookstores and coffee shops in literary Toronto. Are you a mocha and words lover? Read her post to find the best of both in Canada’s largest city.

    Jennifer Miner writes for Suite 101 about Luxury & Resort travel, but she says that “luxury is more a state of mind than how much you spend.” Here are her ideas for some weekend relaxation with the best brunches in New York City. Breakfast or lunch — why choose? Have both!

    Andrea Dickson on Wise Bread interviews San Jose, California seamstress sui generis/designer Amy Doan, aka Shrinkle, about the ins-and-outs of designing and selling her clothing line.

    Local Girl takes her young daughter to the beach for the day. No big deal, except this is the Ko Olina Beach in Oahu, Hawaii because, well, she lives An Island Life. Kinda routine.

    Brad and his bits of brain (some bits are still under construction) are tracking the progress of a North Bank condo tower in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Join him for some urban renewal.

    Kathy Maister at Start Cooking takes us on a mouth-watering tour of the Boston, Massachusetts Copley Square Farmer’s Market. Aren’t you inspired to cook up some fresh veggies after that?

    American football fans in sunny San Diego, California are abuzz that Marty Schottenheimer was fired from his job as San Diego Chargers head coach. Carole Lane blogs all about it on the The San Diego Beat.

    For Alli Crumley, Chattanooga is home. It may not be on the American Institute of Architects top list of architectural favorites, but the Walnut Street Bridge over the city’s Tennessee River holds a special place in her heart.

    Cities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand

    For local color from Oz, enjoy over one hundred photos from when Brisbane is Home’s David Jackmanson photoblogged Australia Day at Brisbane’s Southbank. I particularly liked the Redland Shire Ladies Drum Corps.

    Rajesh P.I. of Open Windows writes that in Kerala, India, the city of Kochi needs a Pied Piper to lead certain obnoxious critters far from town.

    Wes says I Love Brisbane, and he has some great pictures and thoughts on the famed Story Bridge that links the city’s north and south sides.

    Kiwi Liz Lewis from Travel New Zealand cuts to the chase of the top 8 things to do when visiting Christchurch. I vote for the Avon River punting.

    L.R. Newberry, The Traveling Mum, found a different view out of every ninth-story window of the pagoda in Nanning, China.

    Che Jaafar Che Man (a.k.a CJCM) from his home in Kuala Lumpur has some media news: Malaysian bloggers were sued for defamation by the pro-government newspaper New Straits Times. Will this have a chilling effect on blogosphere dissent?

    Andrew Bartlett, a Democrat Senator from Queensland, has been blogging in his Bartlett Diaries since 2004. He shares some poignant thoughts about Oriel Park, a favorite childhood hangout that he visited with his own daughter.

    Ruth from Let’s Visit Asia recommends that you kick back in Thailand and enjoy the Rib Room and Bar at the Landmark Bangkok. I’ll take my steak medium rare, thanks.

    David says let’s take over in Brisbane, Australia. He follows local antiwar political activists at a rally where the brother of “Jihad Jack” Thomas talks about “how Pakistan tortured my brother” and discusses Jack’s arrest and incarceration after September 11th.

    Cities in Europe

    Did you know that there are mountains in London? East London Life’s Jon Tillman tells us the interesting history of the “Beckton Alps” , a part of the East End that isn’t quite as redeveloped as Canary Wharf or the ExCeL conference and exhibition center.

    Seafarer at Family Travel writes about visiting Pisa and Florence with kids, but the tips are good for any traveler to these beautiful Italian cities.

    I hope you enjoy reading about what is going on in the cities around the world.

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    I made it to Darren Rowse’s Speedlinking Reader Submission

    Posted by CJCM on 17th February 2007

    Darren RowseDarren Rowse of ProBlogger had some trouble for this week’s Speedlinking project. He had lost some emails with links in it that were meant to be part of his Speedlinking entries. So he quickly setup a project to ask his readers to submit some links he could use for his Speedlinking post, but it was extremely tight in terms of deadline, about 9 hours away when I found out about it in the private forum of Home Turf Media, a network of city-based bloggers, where I am the host of Kuala Lumpur is Home. Thanks to David of Brisbane is Home for the tip-off, I immediately submit an entry about earning money through using a search engine which I already posted a few days back in my blog here.

    I didn’t really have high hope knowing Darren’s high standard so I wasn’t really expecting any miracle from it. However my hope went slightly up last night when I saw Darren’s face in my MyBlogLog widget, I knew Darren was checking on my post so I waited eagerly this morning and was pleasantly surprised that my submission was included in ProBlogger’s Speedlinking Reader Submission this week 17th Feb 2007. Thank you Darren for including me in your project. I have always enjoyed participating in ProBlogger’s project especially the Group Writing Project where I have participated twice. You can check it out here and here.

    In the mean time, this is the list of readers-submitted entries that had made it to ProBlogger’s Speedlinking this week. Enjoy!

    1. 4 Tips on Smarter Archive Use
    2. Media Giant Takes Note from Christian
    3. Very Cheap Web hosting
    4. 9 Ways to make your new blog seem more established
    5. Last week in China - An Open Letter to Google via Rick
    6. 4 Great Blogs Teaching Blogging
    7. Creating Blog Relationshiops Leads to Successful Marketing and Promotion
    8. 12 year-old pro blogger? hardly.
    9. Strange Google Adsense Ads
    10. How to Blog - 1/8 Start Offline
    11. CPC, CPM or flat rate, which is best?
    12. Advice on Writing Blogs: What has helped me
    13. The Venture Skills Blog is your linkbait not working? try writing instead
    14. bla.st - the free visual directory, is offering a free card upgrade simply by linking to, or blogging about bla.st
    15. Linked in Widget
    16. Review Me, Review You: The Rolling Blogroll Has Launched
    17. Blogging Strategy: Goals
    18. 3 simple questions that will help you blog your city, like I do for Brisbane
    19. Five Basic Lessons in Blog Advertising
    20. Earn extra money doing what you do everyday… using a search engine
    21. Are You Burning Blog Bridges?
    22. SEO Simple
    23. Persuasive Website Design
    24. AGLOCO Will Not Make Money Online! Ever!
    25. 11 Ways for a Beginning Blogger to Get Eyeballs
    26. Blogging Content Matrix via Mark
    27. Weblog Tutorials
    28. WordPress 2.1 And Full Text RSS Feeds
    29. 5 Steps to Make it on the Web
    30. Diversifying from AdSense - Build a Sales Force, check out CPA
    31. Recursos para Generar Nuevos Ingresos
    32. WordPress.com vx. WordPress.org
    33. The Microsoft Monopoly Is At It Again… via David
    34. Free Money Finance Policy on Comment and Trackbacks
    35. Master the Art and Science of Buzz Marketing
    36. Revenue Sharing Podcasts for Blogs
    37. Carnival of Home Business
    38. How to Get a Free Link from ProBlogger
    39. My Cheat Sheet: How to Make Money via Blogging
    40. Adbrite: Make Money with Videos
    41. Scraper Sites Steal Your Content. Use them to Build Your Traffic
    42. BlixKrieg Theme - AdSense ready template via susiej
    43. Win an Amazon Gift Certificate or WP Upgrade Credits - Group Writing Project and Contest #2
    44. Find elements to reduce boredom due to blogging
    45. Google Plans AdWords Algorithm Change; Expects Complaints via Matt
    46. Google Adsense: Less is More? via nickel
    47. 1 Quick Tip to Get More ReviewMe Reviews

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