Jumat, 06 November 2009

iPod Nano 5th Generation and the features

. Jumat, 06 November 2009
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i-pod nano 5th generation

iPod nano has been entered into the 5th generation. The new version is iPod nano, now has a number of audio-video features that are categorized as complete. Besides this iPod can also be used for recording video.

On occasion this time We Trying 5th generation iPod nano is. IPod nano at a glance it does not differ from previous versions in terms of appearance. However, when observed more closely, this iPod has a screen more relieved than his elder brother, namely equal to 2.2 inches.

But unlike his brother, the iPod nano now has a camera lens behind the screen. This lens is one with an aluminum body wrapped in the body of a young iPod. Also other parts of the body design seems not to show a significant change.

When viewed on the display there are several new menu, such as radio, video camera, and fitness in the extras.

FM radio

Apple finally buried a radio in the iPod nano. Simple and elegant, like a character who always carried Apple, so the form of FM radio display on this iPod. With forms like the classic radio show, Apple is also completing his radio with RDS system.

This system can identify the song information display, artist, and album on a radio frequency that plays the song. Just like several other players, Apple also enabling the earphones as the radio antenna. For some users who have poor-quality earphones, just get ready for the radio signal is bad.

Video cameras strange

With a VGA camera with a resolution up to 640x480, the video iPod nano can even reach 30 fps. As a result the quality of the resulting image did not seem broken. Features that deserve more proud of is the existence of 15 types of preset special effects unique video, such as the cyborg (style of eye effect Robocop), Kaleido, motion blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch and so on.

When tried to record a video, there seems awkward with this camera lens position. Position is located in the lower right uncomfortable held. When held with one hand, the lenses covered with palms, and the picture becomes dark.

In addition there is a bit disappointing feature of the camera image. My new iPod nano is it can not be used for photos ria. It turned out that the lens is planted in the body of the iPod nano is only enabled for video recording.

Features 'iPod nano fat burner'

iPod nano can become friends for users who like exercise habits. Whether for athletes, or users who simply want to 'burn' fat on his body.

Pedometer Section located in the menu Extras> Fitness can calculate our steps when walking or running, and also calculates how many calories of fat that have been 'burned' from our body.

When using this Pedometer, we also use other features such as playing a collection of favorite songs, listen to the radio, or run the stopwatch. Operation is very easy, just simply press the middle button to start or stop the Pedometer.

Conclusion for iPod Nano 5th Generation review:

iPod is basically carrying the complete feature. Not to mention with the Genius feature Mix. Like a personal DJ, this feature will automatically create a mix of songs from the user's iTunes collection that would sound good in a circuit.

For voice quality problems, the iPod can not be doubted. With a capacity of 8GB and 16GB, 5th generation iPod nano is capable of storing around 2000 songs and 4000 (128-Kbps AAC) fruit. Or for the duration of a video store about 8 hours-16 hours.

Basically, the iPod has a design 'cheerful', lightweight and solid body can be the right choice for adolescents or children, as well as intimate chum for athletes. Unfortunately the iPod nano has a shortage of innovation in the video lens. A device with this 9 color choices range dibanderol USD 149 (8GB) and U.S. $ 179 (16GB).

+ There are FM radio, genius mixes, pedometer, relieved screen, built-in speaker and voice recording.
+ Having a video recorder with a unique presets.

- Position the lens out of place
- The camera can not be used to take photos

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Kamis, 05 November 2009

Blackberry Onyx Review

. Kamis, 05 November 2009
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Blackberry Onyx
Bold2 aka Onyx is a phone that he is better in terms of features, specifications, design, and performance than previous generations. Phone body is much smaller than Bold, almost as big as Javelin, but with a heavy weight of 122 grams which is more robust.

Onyx wrapped in dark chrome and the back side of a kind leather wrapped, also use the navigation trackpad like Gemini. Although no longer use a trackball like the Bold, distinctive soft keyboard previous generation still adopted into this phone.

The phone dimensions 2.36 x 4.29 x 0.56 inches It supports 3G and HSDPA networks. BlackBerry Onyx 624 MHz processor, equipped with 256 MB of flash memory, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a sharper screen measuring 2.4 inches and 480 x 360 resolution.

That distinguishes it from previous variants, Onyx has integrated BlackBerry OS 5.0, which is able to offer email and calendar experience is much better, and have the JavaScript and CSS faster.

For multimedia features, the same as the previous variants, the BlackBerry 9700 is also capable of playing music up to 38 hours non-stop, video, images, and supports the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, both for PC and Mac, as well as BlackBerry Media Sync for iTunes synchronization and Windows Media Player.

These features more complete after RIM pin jack 3.5 mm stereo headset. Enabled devices in 1500 mAh battery is operating at a frequency combination of UMTS / HSDPA and quad-band EDGE / GPRS / GSM frequency bands and 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and 2100/1700/900 MHz.

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Selasa, 03 November 2009

Weekly Review Forex GBP/USD - October 26 to 31

. Selasa, 03 November 2009
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Trade currency pair GBP / USD which has been going on this week (October 26 to 31) indicates the occurrence of pemguatan Sterling U.S. Dollar. After opening in the range of 1.6269 in early trading week, as a result of the closure of Sterling was trading up around 147 points or about 0.90% against the U.S. dollar and closed at 1.6416 range.

Sterling gains related to the improvement in some indicators of the real sector of the country. One of them is yingkat harag housing in the UK to record an increase, leading to hopes that the sector began to recover.

Sterling argued in general is still vulnerable to the U.S. dollar and likely unstable, associated with the plan of setting interest rates by the Bank of England and the release of data by the NIESR GDP estimates.

As for the trade in the next week (November 2 to 7), normal range trading GBP / USD per week is expected to have a support level at 1.6242 and the range of resistance level at 1.6596 range.

The movement of the currency pair is expected to be influenced by several economic data releases include the: Halifax HPI m / m, Manufacturing PMI, PMI Construction, Nationwide Consumer Confidence, Services PMI, Manufacturing Production m / m, the MPC Rate Statement, NIESR GDP Estimate, PPI Input m / mdan G20 Meetings.

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Jumat, 23 Oktober 2009

Internet : one of main information sources

. Jumat, 23 Oktober 2009
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internet is increasingly developing into a source of news and information. Even now have beaten the other media except television as the primary source of national and international news. So is the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press in the United States in December.

40 percent of respondents admitted that they obtain national and international news from the Internet, jumped 20 percent compared to September 2007. For the first time since the survey was held, people said that they mostly rely on the Internet as a news source, compared with a newspaper, which is only 35 percent of respondents selected. Television, still the most superior as the main source of information, which is chosen by 70 percent of respondents.

Trends in the Internet as a source of primary information applies to the young. Nearly 6 out of 10 respondents aged under 30 or rather 59%, stated that they have national and international news online. Meanwhile, the same percentage also said the television. Earlier, in September 2007, 68% said the main news source is television, the Internet compared to 34%.

Among the news of the most widely observed by the public include the financial crisis, rising fuel prices some time ago, the problem bailout, and the U.S. Presidential Election.

Shows the percentage of young people who make it big in the internet as a source of information. This is probably because they are also more active in the Internet and utilize the latest technology. In contrast to their older, perhaps more like the conservative media like television.

Now the news and information circulating on the Internet not only through the news portals only. Starting from emails, blogs to social networking sites played a big part in spreading news and information quickly. Through Twitter, for example, people can directly distribute updates in a few seconds and then immediately spread throughout the world. Then, bookmarking sites like Digg, Delicious and others also play an active role in the spread of news and information important.

So this shows that it is not possible in the next few years, Internet and television roles become equal as the main source of information. In fact, the Internet has a big chance to beat television, given the increasing trend. Estimated, with more and more Internet users around the world, the Internet's role in life will also become increasingly large

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Why Google Sacrifice 6 Service?

Internet giant, Google, also became one of the victims of the economic crisis now engulfing the world. After announcing that they will do layoffs to 100 people and closed some branches. Google also decided to lay off six of their services. 6 service include Dodgeball, Google Catalog Search, Google Mashup Editor, Google Notebook, and Jaiku. One more, Google will remove the ability of users to upload videos on Google Video. This step for efficiency but also for the sake of focus.

Dodgeball is a service which allows users to convey a message to his friends when he was located at a location close to them, so that might be arranged a meeting. However, this service is only useful if the user's friends are listed in Dodgeball.

Dodgeball was acquired by Google in 2005, but unfortunately not much cared for Google with serious consequences in the year 2007 the two founders of Dodgeball quit Google.

Google Catalog Search
Google Catalog Search, launched in 2001 is a Google service that allows users to search for various product catalogs. However, this service was not too popular. Even so, the technology developed for the Google Catalog is the basis of the Google Book Search

Google Mashup Editor
Google Mashup Editor is a set of tools that allows developers to create web applications and combine them with other Google services like Google Maps and Google Base. Google Mashup Editor is currently in closed beta testing phase. The possibility of this service is stopped because most of the functions already available in the Google App Engine. Thus, the Google Mashup Editor users can switch to Google App Engine.

Google Notebook
Google Notebook, which is similar to Google Docs just more simple, would not be dismissed completely. It's just that, Google will continue its development and there will be no features that increase. This service will be maintained, especially since a lot of users. The reason for this development does not proceed is because Google has other services that offer seruipa functions, such as Google Docs, SearchWiki, Tasks Gmail and Google Bookmarks. However, many argue that these services have not really match the Google Notebook.

Jaiku, which is social networking with a fate similar to Dodgeball, which is less developed post-acquisition. Jaiku shape similar to Twitter, which is a micro-blogging service, but has other advantages such as can import feeds from other services. Google acquired Jaiku in October 2007, but then Google closed the registration for new accounts. In the future, Jaiku will not shut down completely, but uses code that will be open source and entered into the Google Code.

Google Video
Google Video service also will not close completely, but only the possibility the user to upload a new video. Moreover, Google now has a Youtube that much more popular. Google this step simply because they want the focus to the search engines, thus helping users to find videos that they want, such as Google expressed in this blog.

In focus, sometimes we need to sacrifice some things that may deviate from the intended focus. That's what Google is doing now. Just Google it seems necessary to better listen to customers, because Google Notebook was so popular and caused many to lose.

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Senin, 19 Oktober 2009

Weekly Review Forex GBP/USD

. Senin, 19 Oktober 2009
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Trade currency pair GBP / USD which has been going on this week (October 12 to 17) indicates the occurrence of a significant strengthening of sterling against the U.S. Dollar. After opening in the range of 1.5846 in early trading week, as a result of the closure of Sterling trade has risen sharply around 506 points or about 3.19% against the U.S. dollar and closed at 1.6352 range.

As for the trade in this week (October 19 to 24), normal range trading GBP / USD per week is expected to have a support level at 1.5906 and the range of resistance level at 1.6598 range.

Market participants expressed quite optimistic that the UK will soon be out of the recession in the third quarter. And estimated an emergency monetary policy in the form of asset purchase program can be delayed temporarily.

The movement of the currency pair is expected to be influenced by several economic data releases include are: Rightmove HPI m / m, Public Sector Net Borrowing, BOE Speak Gov. King, CBI Industrial Order Expectations, Retail Sales m / m, preliminary GDP q / q.

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Minggu, 18 Oktober 2009

Countries with the Biggest Economic Gaps

. Minggu, 18 Oktober 2009
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As we all know that the level of economic equality become a socioeconomic reality that happened many countries. This is what the basis for UNDP to conduct research on the countries assessed to have the largest gap of economic disparities in the world. In determining the assessment of the countries that enter into these categories, based on the consideration of the UNDP to measure the Gini coefficient. Where the coefficient of aggregate inequality is measured starting from zero up to a level based on the spread of economic inequality.

Hong Kong and Singapore First and Second Ranks

The sidelines of the number of appreciation for the economic growth in both countries, apparently did not fully deliver positive news. Based on data derived from the UNDP survey, Hong Kong is ranked first as the country has the world's largest economic gap. Gini coefficient values recorded by the survey at the level of 43.4 points. With the spread of income between the rich by 34.9 points and poor by 2 points. The high economic growth is reflected in developments in various sectors including real estate and exports become a mainstay of Hong Kong so far does not seem to be enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong. Problematic developed countries apparently being hit Hong Kong today.

The second country after Hong Kong which have the predicate as a country with the largest economic gap occupied by Singapore. One of countries have positive growth after a hit by the global economic crisis has recorded scores for the Gini coefficient of 42.5 points. Meanwhile, the poor distribution has a score of 1.9 and a score for the community with the economic level of the upper class or the rich having a score of 32.8. Results that have been surveyed by the UNDP berbading apparently negative economic growth of countries where trade is in the third quarter and an increase of 14.5%.

United States in the Third Rank

The world's largest industrialized nations the U.S. is apparently not lost on the rows into a country that has the largest gap of economic disparities in the world is USA. State led by Barrack Obama has recorded in the third sequence in which the Gini coefficient score of 40.8 points gained, with the spread between the poor is worth 1.9 points and the value for distribution of rich people have a value of 29.9. The position of the U.S. experienced worse when compared with the results of a survey conducted by UNDP in the last year, where the U.S. could be in position 5.

The impact of the economic crisis is predicted to continue until next year where it will surely affect the economy of middle-class people down a very Sanat hit and is also expected to further increase the quantity of poor people in the U.S..

Other industrialized nations belonging to the survey conducted by the UNDP is the United Kingdom that entered into the 7th position with a value of the Gini coefficient by 36 points. Gini coefficient values of poor people as much as 2.1 points was recorded, whereas for rich people as much as 28.5.

Other Asian countries into Japan this survey is located at position 27 with a score of 24.9 for the Gini coefficient points. Comparison of the Gini coefficient of poor people in Japan was recorded at 4.8 points, while the Gini coefficient for the rich people in Japan worth 21.7 points.

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Minggu, 11 Oktober 2009

Weekly review GBP/USD - 11 October 2009

. Minggu, 11 Oktober 2009
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Trade currency pair GBP / USD which has been going on this week (October 5 to 10) shows the weakening of sterling against the U.S. Dollar. After opening in the range of 1.5930 in early trading week, as a result of the closure of Sterling was trading down around -86 points, or about -0.54% against the U.S. dollar and closed at 1.5844 range.

Sterling weakened this tendency is thought to be the impact of British concerns that the economy was still too weak. So that monetary easing is required either by the suspension of ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) and also the asset purchase program, even though the threat of rising inflation.

GBP/USD Signal Profit

I want to suggests that the pressure on sterling is expected to find support 1.5800an area. Technical possibility of defensive patterns of pair GBP / USD is greater if the support area can not be penetrated.

Letter BOE Inflation is estimated to provide a significant effect of pair GBP / USD at the next week. As for the trade in the next week (October 12 to 17), normal range trading GBP / USD per week is expected to have a support level at 1.5739 and the range of resistance level at 1.6034 range.

The movement of the currency pair on October 12 to 17 is expected to be influenced by several economic data releases include are: BRC Retail Sales Monitor y / y, RICS House Price Balance, RPI y / y, BOE Inflation Letter, claimant Change Count, and Average Earnings Index 3m / y .

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Sabtu, 03 Oktober 2009

How to deal the unique type of boss

. Sabtu, 03 Oktober 2009
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In the business world, the role of leader of a fair and wise is very important. Ideally, a wise leader who can maintain a balance between fulfilling the rights of employees, also can meet the demands of the company. However, in reality in many companies are still much less fully leaders serve as a good leader. Like what are the types of unique leadership in the company? How to deal with it?

The Trouble Maker
This type tend to be rough and a little drunk power. This bully, his heart to embarrass the team in front of others, such as clients or colleagues, just to show that he's higher position. Sometimes to show his prowess, he was pleased threatened to dismiss the men even though his errors small. Faced with this boss can be a difficult challenge. Tricks you can do is to try to "fly low", not too low profile, but try to get attention from employers that are higher than the intruder was. Find a mentor or a boss that is higher than the bully to maintain both a shield from the bully.

The Micro-Manager
This type of love analyzing every inch of the actions of the men, even the slightest. Actually the action of the employer may be encouraged to work harder, disciplined, and diligent. However, if you're the type of people who appreciate the freedom, will be difficult to accept. If you want to face this kind of boss, it is important to you is not seen to take the power of the employer. Usually the type of leadership is mikro-manager insecure type of person, it is very important to continue to give him information about your activities. By doing this, you give the illusion of a sort of control to the top without making you feel unable to move (you still have the freedom to autonomous).

The Politics of Office
This type of boss could be like your friends close, but it also can suddenly take such opposite positions, or even attacked. Things like do not keep their promises, false information, the takeover of ideas, are the usual things that happen when dealing with this kind of boss. The best way to deal with this boss is to communicate through writing. In this way, all words, questions, statements, requests, proposals, and everything is neatly recorded and there is proof. If your boss is trying to solve a verbal agreement, continue the confirmation by e-mail, make sure you send an e-mail copy to the other party in company.

The Senior
This type is usually more due to be promoted senior enough, not because of capability. This type of boss are usually less readily, always doing everything according to the old procedures, and less open to all efforts to innovate. Afraid to make decisions, because usually this type of boss has a problem to keep the moral subordinates, so they have a problem with flexibility. Usually, the type of boss who is less afraid of such initiatives will change, so do not be too underpreasure proposed ideas that are too fundamental. It would be better if you want to ask a fundamental change, make a big meeting if you need to get supporters.

Type Drama Queen
This type does not always refer to women, men too can be like this. In that sense, the type of person who likes to complain, making small problems become big, and make everything too much. Too self-seeking, and could see things from a larger glasses. They tend to reject the solution of the most visible, just to make the situation more complicated and longer. In fact, it rarely makes the company issues a private matter. Drama queen was never satisfied. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated and thinking about the boss of this type for too long, you could be sucked into the negative side. Very important to keep a positive mind and refer to the solution. As much as possible, away from the boss is like this, because you get too focused on the interest alone. But do not forget to keep a good relationship with him.

The Quiet
Typically, this type can make you confused with your position. They rarely give feedback and tends to establish an executive decision without informing the staff. As a result, the left hand never knew what was doing the right hand. Often occurs miscommunication and inequality. Faced with this kind of leadership type can be very frustrating, but it is important to keep your sanity. Usually this kind of boss do not realize their mistake, so do not be afraid to share your knowledge and to voice your opinion. It may be that you will enter into the circle of supervisors and make changes in the work environment.

It's difficult when we are in a working environment which is led by incompetent superiors. However, if you feel you can and have ideas for change, keep trying. Good luck!

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Kamis, 24 September 2009

Measuring Risk with Monte Carlo Simulation

. Kamis, 24 September 2009
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Monte Carlo simulations up to now regarded as the best simulation predicts the risk for its accuracy. How the origins of this simulation, the mechanism and its use in the financial world?

Origin Discovery
Credit invention Monte Carlo method is often given to Stanislaw Ulam, a Polish mathematician. Ulam is known as the man who designed the hydrogen bomb with Edward Teller in 1951. Meanwhile, he himself found the Monte Carlo method in 1946 while taking into account the probability of winning solitaire card game.

On the other hand, in the world of finance and financial mathematics, Monte Carlo method is very useful to do a valuation and analysis of the various instruments and portfolio investment. This method allows simulation of various factors that affect the value of uncertainty, so that then can determine the average value

Monte Carlo method was first introduced into the financial world by David B. Hertz in 1964, in the article "Risk Analysis in Capital Investment" in the Harvard Business Review. Furthermore, in the year 1977, Phelim Boyle is the first time using this simulation in the paper about Options.

Mechanism Simulation
Monte Carlo Mechanism Simulations are often used to predict a specific value, based on historical data collection. This method is one of many methods of trying to analyze uncertainty, where the objective is to determine how random variation, lack of knowledge, and errors, may affect the sensitivity, performance, or reliability of the modeled system.

This simulation is classified as a sampling method, because the input generated at random from the probability distribution, to simulate the sampling process of the actual population. Thus, here we are trying to choose the input distribution that best matches the data held. The data generated from this simulation and then presented as probability distributions (histograms) or converted to error bars, reliability prediction, tolerance zones, until the confidence interval.

The use of World Finance
Monte Carlo simulation is widely use in the financial world, especially in investment and investment instruments are complex and involve many factors. Here are some investments that uses Monte Carlo simulations:
Evaluation Project, can be used to estimate the cost of the project and the Net Present Value of the project. In NPV account, for example, cash flow is a very big role, and have a high uncertainty, so that the simulation is very useful.
stock option valuation, where the simulation generates thousands of possible price of the underlying stock, each of which is accompanied by exercises option value. Payoff is then direrata and discounted to the present, the current option value.
Valuation of bonds, where the uncertainty is simulated interest rates. At every possible interest rate movements, then there are the estimated yield curve and bond prices are different. Valuation done by the average of these prices, then the present value.
Quantifying the risk, such as Value At Risk, where the data is the portfolio data and historical market data, for measuring the risk of a portfolio.

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Rabu, 16 September 2009

Why Starting business in Singapore?

. Rabu, 16 September 2009
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start a business from a beginning, it takes something different. To start a busines, Initial concept begins with a place. Singapore is a great place to start a business. Singapore is well known around the world as a multicultural, multi religious and multi racial harmonious island food paradise. Starting as a quiet, laid back fishing village, Singapore has grown exponentially to become of the most densely populated country in the world with a population of 4.8million living closely together in a land area of 224.5 square miles. Singapore has also become the richest country in South East Asia and one of the most developed countries in the world. It is no surprise then that Singapore has attracted various organisations ranging from the Fortune 500 companies, small and medium enterprises, educational institutions to news bureaus to form their place in Singapore's business landscape. So why follow the footsteps of those who have established successful businesses? Why set up your business in Singapore? Why Singapore?

Here is Top 3 reason why Singapore is a great place to set up your business.

1. A Favourable Business Climate

According to the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI), there is an estimated 6,000 Multi National Corporations (MNCs) in Singapore. Many of these MNCs have chosen Singapore as the prime location of their Asia Pacific headquarters due to its positive business climate. For example, the World Bank's Doing Business 2009 Report ranked Singapore as the world's easiest place to do business, ahead of New Zealand, United States and Singapore's closest competitor, Hong Kong. The EIU Country Forecast published in February 2008 also rated Singapore as having the best business environment in Asia Pacific and third in the world. These rankings by independent bodies are reflective of the Singapore Government's efforts in providing efficient public sector services that support the private sector growth.

2. Highly Educated Workforce

Singapore boasts one of the most educated workforces in the world. Literacy rate stands at a formidable 96%. 89.6% of resident non students aged 25-39 have secondary or higher qualifications. A further significant testament to the huge importance placed on education, the Singapore Government invested S$7,298.1 million in education in 2008. This comes up to 25.5% of total government operating expenditure, making education the second highest expenditure after security and defence. In addition, Singapore's two long established universities, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also rank favourably on various university ranking surveys.

3. World Class Transportation System

Singapore's Changi International Airport has three heavily used terminals serving over 80 international airlines flying to more than 190 cities in 160 countries. Changi International Airport also handles more than 4,500 arrivals and departures weekly, 37.7 million passengers and 1.85million tonnes of air freight in 2008.

With the high cost of owning private transportation, public transportation is efficient, frequent and spans every far reaching corner of the island. Singaporeans flock to the 70 railway stations of the Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system which has a daily ridership of 1.564 million. The two public bus companies with a fleet of 3,600 single and double decker air-conditioned buses transport nearly 3.12 million daily passenger trips safely to 295 routes islandwide.

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Minggu, 09 Agustus 2009

Google VS Apple

. Minggu, 09 Agustus 2009
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Most of giant companies that compete each other in the technology sector has been the face and the trends shaping the market technology sector, which in turn determine what products will be widely used by both consumers and companies.

History records some of which have participated in shaping the condition of the technology at this time. In the 1980s, the competition between Microsoft and Apple. In an1990-era property giant Bill Gates back to compete with IBM, and in an 2000-era Microsoft dealing with Google. Towards a new decade in 2010-an, virulent form of competition between two giants, Google and Apple. Timpano blown war after the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt lift the foot from the board of directors of Apple. War was officially opened on 3 August 2009.

Revenue growth, increase in stock prices is something that continues to be by Apple and Google. in the last decade, the company has achieved many successes and the most influence on the economy. Apple and Google are two companies that will be very innovative, but with a very innovative approach to back-off, as it is said Henry Chesbrough, the director of the Center for Innovation pen at the University of California.

Google is the web standard for the open secure. Programmers are allowed to run almost all software tools in almost hardware. In Google's perspective, means that more is better - as long as the program of course, hardware, and web site has a place for advertising on-line Google.

While the point of view of 180 degrees different from Apple with Google. This company is very careful so the ecosystem of software development such as company want. Apple is also very concerned about the control set and super-tight against the software that allowed for the products they use, such as the iPhone.

Apple and Google also have a different approach to the hardware of computer. Google search for as many companies producing hardware tools to create mobile phones and other devices that can be used for the Android OS made them, and perhaps will also do the same OS so Chrome has been officially released.

Meanwhile, Apple does not permiting any company to set up Mac, iPod, or iPhone. Apple argued and very confident that they can continue to make the best device.

During this time the difference between the two companies is a little barriering with Eric Schmidt in the Apple board of directors, since 2006. In response to Schmidt decision to withdraw from the board of directors of Apple, Steve Jobs said that Schmidt is a priceless asset that is not for the company. Unfortunately along with the Google into Apple's core business, with Androdi and Chrome, the effectiveness of Schmidt as a board of directors of Apple to be decreased because the remote had not attended in several important meetings in order to avoid the conflict of interest.

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Sabtu, 01 Agustus 2009

Most peaceful states in the world in 2009

. Sabtu, 01 Agustus 2009
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Peace is the embodiment of the prosperity. In 2005 Australia enterpreneur, Steve Kilelea create an index to measure a country of peace. Currently, the Global Peace Index (GPI) to measure 144 countries based on 23 indicators to rank any country which is the most peaceful country in the world. Importance for a business? This can determine the countries that are relatively safe and at the same time reflect the conditions of economic prosperity of these countries.

New Zealand's Most Peaceful Country For 2009
Countries with income per capita 28.900 U.S. dollars in the year 2008 as the most peaceful country in the world to this epidemic in 2009 after successfully obtaining the highest number in the measurement of GPI. With the unemployment rate of only 4.1%, countries in the South Pacific island that has 4 million people is considered as an example of the ethnic differences can and is a state of peace. New Zealand to obtain nice title is caused by the relationship between the native Maori people with the white settler population.

Denmark and Norway Share Runner-Up Position
Denmark position for the second most peaceful country in the world in 2009, this position has been successfully placed for 2 consecutive years. As other Scandinavian countries, Denmark has good relations with neighboring countries and has a high crime is relatively low. This is fair enough because the 1.8% unemployment rate and income per capita 62.140 U.S. dollars, this country has a high level of prosperity.

Norway shares the position of runner-up with the neighbors, Denmark. Country is rich with natural resources, oil, and natural gas. Countries with per capita income equal to 93.759 dollars in the year 2008 has unemployment rate of 2.6%. The Norwegian government to provide residents social safety net programs such as health insurance. The country is also known very democratic values and get the perfect 10 points, for the general election process, political participation, freedom and the public.

Iceland, Permanent Peace in the middle of Heavy Crisis
The Champion years ago, Iceland, had come down to three ranking positions in the 4 years is 20,009. Countries with per capita income of 52.390 U.S. dollars and 1.6% unemployment rate is forced to submit trofi champion of New Zealand after the storm crisis a years ago. Industry investment bank which is the main motor 900% increase in stock exchanges in the period 2003 - 2007 collapse due to global financial crisis. This situation has resulted in action demonstration of the victims of violence and cause injury (there is no sacrifice of the soul), and the coalition government to collapse in January 2009 ago. Although the incidence of this incident-GPI is still determined that this country is one of the most peaceful in the world.

Japan, Asian tiger
This country just place by China's state with the largest GDP of the world after the U.S.. The country is facing the most severe recession since the second world war due to the global financial crisis that the export sector.But in fact the country is still as one of the most peaceful country in the world. The only Asian representative in the ranking of 10. To fulfill the position 7, a country with per capita income of 38.580 U.S. dollars and the unemployment rate of 4% is a country with high crime and murder the lowest in the world. The country is the main export product is high-technology products and fish.

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Minggu, 19 Juli 2009

Catch on CCTV Suspect of bom blast at JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton Jakarta

. Minggu, 19 Juli 2009
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Friday 17th July 2009, a bomb exploded in the 5-star hotel in the Mega Kuningan Jakarta JW MarrioT and the Ritz Carlton. The bomb explosion at JW Marriot Hotel and the Ritz Carlton Hotel recorded by video camera CCTV. That day is two days before the football team Manchester United come to Indonesia to compete against Indonesia allstar team. The bomb exploded minutes precisely 7:30 am local time. Screaming and panic occurred shortly after the bomb was exploded. According to witnesses, before the explosion occurred at the hotel JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton they saw a suspicious man carrying a black suitcase to the hotel to the restaurant before the bomb exploded. Men who until now suspected as the suicide bombing at the JW Marriot Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel. Name the man is suspected Called Nur Hasbi is a friend of the most wanted terrorist in the region southeast asia Nurdin M Top. Victims in the explosion at the JW Marriot Hotel and the Ritz Carlton hotel is amounted to 39 people

Video from TVONE on Youtube

Bomb explosion at JW Marriot Hotel and the Ritz Carlton hotel does not increase the country risk. Terrorist suicide bombing event is not related to the presidential election is now progress in Indonesia, but this is pure international terrorist. Such terrorist bomb blasting this bias occurs in all countries not only in Indonesia.

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Sabtu, 27 Juni 2009

three business options

. Sabtu, 27 Juni 2009
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by: Ross Taylor

There are new business opportunities available online each and every day. The internet marketplace is the largest in the world and only continues to grow. With the current state of the economy it has grown even faster as more and more people turn to it for a backup income and financial security. If you're looking to get your online career started but aren't sure exactly where to start, here are three of many popular ways to get involved.

Network marketing, also known as multi-level marketing (MLM) is a great way to get started because you can learn the ins and outs of the internet business world and generate an income while you're doing it. The way it works is that you sell the company's product and recruit new distributors to also sell the product and they do the same. You make a commission from your sales and all the sales of everyone recruited under you. There are many companies to choose from and not all of them are legitimate so it's important to do your research and choose a business that sells a valuable product, has been around for a while, boasts a duplicable marketing and training system and has strong leadership.

A second popular option is direct sales. Unlike MLM, with direct sales you do not recruit distributors and you make all the sales yourself. However, the products are usually high end and priced much higher, and you make a much larger commission. With most companies you get the product straight from the wholesaler at cost and sell it to the consumer at retail. The benefit of doing direct sales online, like with MLM, is that you can use technology to your advantage and set your system on autopilot to automatically generate orders and take customer information.

If you're not interested in getting involved with an existing online company you may want to try freelancing. Many companies, especially with so many layoffs, outsource several services to freelancers. If you have a talent or skill that businesses or people need such as writing, photography, graphic design, HR consulting or even cake decorating, you can create a website and easily become the CEO of your own personal business.

The internet is the one job market that never runs dry because it provides an open platform for you to create the career you've always dreamed of.


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Selasa, 02 Juni 2009


. Selasa, 02 Juni 2009
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Is the customer always right? It's a question that's guaranteed to generate debate. Many of us think 'yes' the customer is always right - even when clearly, they are not. Others argue 'no', the customer isn't always right, and in fact, can be completely wrong, often expecting unrealistic and inappropriate outcomes and responses we simply shouldn't provide. Yet others hedge their bets and say 'maybe - it all depends on the circumstances'.

My answer to the question 'is the customer always right?' is Yes - in their opinion.

You can argue with them until you're blue in the face, but once a customer has decided they're right and you're wrong, almost nothing you can do, now or in the future, will change their mind. In fact, once they've decided to defend their position,if they feel they are being challenged or attacked, they'll often look for even more evidence to support their case in an effort to 'prove you wrong' and vindicate themselves. As many as 9 out of 10 of us will go out of our way to tell others about our experience if we feel aggrieved, sometimes exaggerating the truth somewhat in the process. And word of mouth has been joined by word of mouse as we let our fingers do the talking on blogs, social networking sites and email.

So what can you do to placate someone who is adamant that you've failed them in some way and reduce the risk of them heading into a tail-spin and telling anyone who'll listen how aggrieved they feel?

Don't take it personally. No matter how angry or aggressive they may be, stay calm, keep your cool and avoid taking it personally. Try and remain as objective as possible.

Avoid arguing with them Let them air their grievances in full without justifying or defending your position.

Simply listen. Allowing them to say their piece without interrupting will make them feel they've been heard and treated with some level of respect.

Identify key points that need to be addressed Calmly reflect back any critical issue(s) that may need to be addressed to enable you to move forward and offer one or more solutions.

Explain the likely follow-up process Let them know what to expect from here on in. Provide factual information regarding what you'll do now, how long the process might take, who may get back to them and by when. Avoid making any claims you may not be able to deliver on.

Stick to your commitments If you say you'll get back to them within 30 minutes, make sure you do so - even if you're unable to offer any solution just yet.

Offer solutions likely to be agreeable to them Anticipate possible solutions and offer them as appropriate. Few complainants expect the earth - most simply want to be heard, treated with respect and recompensed in an appropriate way.

Thank them for their feedback Tough as it may seem, thanking them for their feedback allows them to feel they were right in some way and they may have helped improve things for others. They may never use you again, but you'll have minimised the risk of them bad-mouthing you to others.

Nobody's perfect. Mistakes and complaints happen. How you handle them determines whether you'll maintain a positive reputation and have people speaking well of you to others.



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Jumat, 08 Mei 2009

How to Building Customer Loyalty through Brand Equity

. Jumat, 08 Mei 2009
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What emotion do your customers experience when they interact with your company? What impression do you or your employees, internal systems and products make on your customers and business partners? What is the essence of your company that will stand the test of time?

In my BLASTTM Marketing System, I spend a lot of time teaching entrepreneurs the importance of creating both a business and a personal brand to support their business. A brand is created using a variety of different marketing messages, images and touch points and goes far beyond your logo, websites and brochures. It is about emotion and thought. When customers hear your business name what comes to mind? What is the lasting impression? For example, when you think of FedEx, what comes to mind? How about "When you absolutely have to get it there overnight" and did the big plane they use on their commercials pop in your head? Or when you are talking with a client and you need to overnight something do you find yourself just automatically saying, "I'll FedEx that to you" as though FedEx is a verb?

How about Walt Disney? What comes to mind? What is the lasting impression? How about "Happiest place on earth" or the word Magic? Disney went out of his way to leave a lasting impression and to create a world of fantasy, happiness and imagination and everything about Disney, supported that impression. If I start singing "I am stuck on Band Aid Brand because……. Can you finish the phrase? Are you singing "Because Band Aid's stuck on me" Chances are you even are remembering a story perhaps in your childhood when you used Band Aid' product.

When companies have successfully connected with their customers and live and breathe every moment in support of that connection, is when they create a brand - an emotional element connected to your company, its people, its process and all of its points in between that support that emotional connection. So what are the points in between? Simply, anyway your company touches a client or potential client. It could be your people and their behaviors, your internal systems - technology, invoices, phone, website, etc. and your external systems - your product, how the product is delivered, your marketing and your customer service. When this connection happens, your customers become loyal to your brand.

To build equity in customer relationships develop a concrete brand strategy using one word - three simple letters: BID- Brand Promise, Identity and Deliver your Promise.

B - Brand Promise

Your brand promise should be compelling and unique. It must make a public statement that your product will perform the way the customer expects each and every time. It becomes reliable and creates and resonates emotionally with your target audience. It should be short and truly represent why you are different - "when it absolutely has to get there overnight"

I - Identity

Your identity defines who you are and more importantly why you are in business. You should focus defining yourself strategically rather than the functions you perform. Focus on your core values, core differentiators and the markets you serve. Know who you are with confidence and conviction and your customers will come to rely on that identity.

D - Deliver Your Promise

Your promise delivery will make or break your brand. As the old saying goes "practice what you preach". You promise should permeate your entire culture and everything that touches the client should support your brand promise and reinforce your brand identity. There are never any exceptions and the minute you make one, the minute you lose credibility and trust with your customer.

To build brand equity and customer loyalty, you must have a strong company identity that people can relate to and a public commitment or guarantee, that people can expect each and every time they engage your organization including your employees, internal and external systems and actual product or service delivery. By mastering BID, you will create a loyal relationship with your customers, similar to the Blindly Proud Grandparents from my last article "Master Strategy: Know Your Customer"


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Jumat, 01 Mei 2009

Why we Choosing Outsource?

. Jumat, 01 Mei 2009
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Outsourcing has become an invaluable business strategy in the recent times. Business enterprises and entrepreneurs both, make use of outsourcing to enhance their business proceedings. They choose to outsource their business operations when they lack the necessary knowledge, skills, equipments to complete the tasks themselves or just cant afford to devote quality time to the same. This is the prime advantage of outsourcing, where you can hire service providers to complete the chores that you cannot do by yourself.

Generally, entrepreneurs and business enterprises do have the tools and softwares and knowledge to process their business operations themselves. When you are running a business, you might as well have skills and equipments to complete the various processes involved. This becomes even more important about the core business processes. However, it still makes sense to outsource certain tasks even if you are self sufficient in completing them at your end.

Outsourcing works on the concept of comparative advantage. Businesses might have all the requisite tools and knowledge and time for the tasks but outsourcing still would be an advantageous option. You just need to know the right time to outsource.

When you need to Save Money There are times when businesses and entrepreneurs need professional services of some kind but are unable to afford the costs of an in-house employee or a professional freelancer. This is when you can outsource the work to offshore service providers, the services of whom come at a considerably cheaper rate. You don't necessarily have to choose the cheapest option. Rather, you should focus on selecting the most cost competitive one where you get the best of services for the most competitive rates. Even if the hourly rates of offshore providers are the same as in-house employees, you will still save on all the costs associated with payroll, taxes, benefits and legal expenses.

When you need On-Time Delivery Businesses also go through times when they are at their bursting points and when you need to refuse client requests and projects because you are unable to complete all the projects by yourself. Or even if you are able to complete it that is because you work 24 X 7 and slog yourself. Instead of losing out on business opportunities, what you can do is outsource the task to third party service providers and continue making money and building your client base. It is very important to have a strong network of reliable vendors, especially so if your business has a fluctuating workload. When there is increased workload, you can simply contact your vendors for assistance. Moreover, you also have a back-up in case any unforeseen circumstances come in that may delay the project past the destined deadline. And not meeting deadlines is a huge blow to your business credibility.

When you need to Complete More Work As business owners you would like to know about all the aspects of your business and complete more and more work in the least possible time. This is where outsourcing comes in. by outsourcing the non-peripheral works to an external service provider, you would be able to concentrate on the core competencies of your business and accomplish more in less time.

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Kamis, 23 April 2009

Project Management - Why a Project Initiation Document is so Important in a Successful Project

. Kamis, 23 April 2009
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Many people perceive that generating reams of documentation such as plans and reports are the key to delivering a successful project.. As experienced Project Managers will tell you, this is rarely the case except when it comes to the creation of one piece of project documentation; namely the Project Initiation Document.

Essentially the Project Initiation Document is the key reference document for a project. Think of it as the project "Bible" which will be constantly referred to throughout the project lifecycle when questions of scope and delivery approach are raised.

It is a project document in which is detailed everything related to the project such as:

* Project Definition
* Business Case which details why the project should be done
* Scope of what the Project is delivering
* Strategy to deliver the project
* Project Team structure and Governance

* Communications Plan
* Quality Plan
* Project Risks, Issues and Assumptions
* Project Controls
* Project Budget
* High Level Project Plan
* Project Exceptions criteria

External observers often think that Project Manager's fears about project scope are overdone, but scope creep is without a doubt one of the major reasons why projects fail. Anyone who has experienced a flood of Project Change Requests throughout a project will attest to that!

However having a detailed and accurate Project Initiation Document tends to stop the majority of such problems for the simple reason that when Business Stakeholders try to change Scope, it is easy to refer them back to the Project Initiation Document. Further since this document will have been formally Approved by the Project Stakeholders and other interested parties, it is hard for anyone to say that they didn't know what the project was going to be delivering.

It is for this reason that a Project Manager should spend time on what is admittedly not a straightforward nor simple document to write. The problem is that all too often Project Managers are tempted to skim over this document in their desire to get the project started as soon as possible to meet extremely tight deadlines. However by doing this they are simply storing up problems for the future and the very real possibility that they are initiating a project which will have no chance of succeeding.

So to give a project the best chance of successfully delivering, it pays to devote time to getting the Project Initiation Document written correctly and approved by all the Project Stakeholders to ensure the project approach and scope is agreed upfront.



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Kamis, 16 April 2009

Find Your Target Market - Make Money Fast

. Kamis, 16 April 2009
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If you want to know how to make money fast, the answer lies within your marketing. Promoting to anybody and everybody is not going to get the job done.Advertising and marketing will sum up the type of success your home business has. However, if you really want to make money fast, you need to find your target market.

Your target market consists of people who are interested in what you have to offer. These are people that are looking for your niche and want the product you have to offer. Although it will cut down the amount of people that see your ads, finding your target market will drastically increase your internet income.

You have probably heard before that there is no such thing as bad traffic. While this statement is true, there is such thing as wasted traffic. Promoting their business to anybody and everybody is a mistake far too many entrepreneurs make. The end result is they receive visitors who have no intention of buying anything or even staying that long.

As a result, you end up wasting several hours on marketing that is going to get you nowhere. Instead, why not focus your marketing efforts on a specific group of people? This can cut back on the amount of people you market to, but you want to make sure you still spend as much time promoting your home business opportunity as you are today.

You are probably wondering how you can go about finding your target market now that you know how to make money fast by finding your target market,. There are several different methods you can use to find that particular market to promote to.

One of the most effective methods is posting in forums. There are hundreds of forums on the internet to post in and many are geared toward specific categories or niches. This allows you to talk to people who are interested in the niche you are in. Instead of just putting up an ad, you will get the chance to actually talk to prospects and let them know who you are. This is the perfect opportunity to build relationships and gain the trust of people.

Another method you can look into is writing articles. By writing articles, you can then submit your articles to hundreds of different article directories. You will find various categories and sub-catergories within each directory that you can submit your article under. As people read your article, they can then make their way to your web site with the link you place in your resource box.

If you want to know how to make money fast on the internet, you need to begin focusing on your target market. It is a waste of your time advertising to anybody and everybody. Start finding your target market and putting your time to better use.




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Minggu, 15 Maret 2009

How to Respond to Positive/Negative Mentions of your Brand

. Minggu, 15 Maret 2009
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Publicity ISN'T always good publicity, and in an age where information, good or bad, spreads like wildfire, it's important to know how to respond to publicity on the internet to avoid nasty exposure and capitalise on positive comments. In order for you to build a Google CV that will see your name / brand name off to a good start it is essential that you respond to and manage all negative and positive comments on the web.

As bloggers aren't necessarily professional journalists, you may find yourself defending your brand against false allegations, or being praised outright.
Here are some pointers on how to respond to positive and negative mentions of your brand:

• Use the opportunity to spark up conversation, increase your online presence and convince any negative blogger/commenter to see your side of the argument. • Set the record straight with the truth if the publicity is incorrect.
• Be responsive and don't let any press pass you by (a bit of online reputation management will ensure that this doesn't happen).
• Use the opportunity to receive honest feedback. Enquire about the details for the positive or negativity and you'll be one step closer to perfecting your product or service.
• Drown it out. Sometimes it's impossible to change opinions or have negative comments removed - and if this bad press appears at the top of your Google CV, then it's imperative that you do something about it as soon as possible. Create content that will overshadow the negative press, and hopefully push it down the ranks to a less noticeable position.
• Distinguish yourself from others with the same name who are receiving bad publicity.
• If all else fails when taking care of negative publicity, compile a formal press release featuring the correct information and syndicate online (but be sure not to draw unintentional attention to the bad press).
• Publicise positive mentions of your brand via social bookmarking to increase your web presence.


• Don't pretend to be someone else and try to change opinions or praise your own brand. Not only is this morally questionable, but it is easily spotted, and can end in disaster.
• Don't try and censor a blogger. Bloggers really don't like this, and this could end up in an all-out war.
• Don't discuss your competitors. If it's not their argument, leave them out or you may see an extremely nasty situation unfold.
• Stand up for yourself, but never lose your cool and/or retaliate… Never.
• Legal counsel may come in handy, but only as a last resort - never use legal back up as a threat.

The bottom line: The internet is a medium that facilitates communications, connections and opinions. Use it to the best of your ability and you will see a sparkling set of results when a search is conducted for your name. But be patient - as these listings are organic and not paid for it will take time.

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Joint Venture - websites and small local businesses

If you've done any kind of research about starting a business or helping your new business to grow, you've probably run across the term "joint venture" or "JV." A joint venture is a means of partnering with someone else for specific business reasons, such as to build upon each other's strengths or to enter into a new market. When two entities enter into a joint venture agreement, they create a whole new entity.

The term joint venture does not in fact refer to this new entity but to the reason for the partnership. Also, there are no legal limits on who can enter into a JV - anyone can, including individuals, corporations, websites and small local businesses.

The most common type of joint venture is between two large companies. They enter into them most often to break into a new or specific market. There are countries that demand any foreign interest entering their economy first enter into a JV with a native company. Still, even if it's not a prerequisite, foreign companies can greatly benefit from having an interested party located in-country. The local office can keep a better eye on the social, economic and political situations there.

Even when a JV isn't a requirement, they can give a company a great advantage - as long as they are carefully considered. Small companies often enter into joint ventures in order to take advantage of skills, management styles and even the customer bases of larger, better established companies.

Let's take an example: You run a computer sales store but don't offer computer repair services. Your customers continue to ask about these services, and you repeatedly turn them away, recommending the guy who owns the little repair shop down the street. You realize that you could both benefit by creating a business partnership and he agrees to your joint venture idea. You both benefit. You no longer turn customers away, and he gets all the business plus a cut of the profits.

Joint ventures can be a wonderful tool for business, but they can be a disaster as well if they aren't properly planned out. Successful JVs usually comprise two companies with a combination of five characteristics: 1) Persistence; 2) Creativity; 3) Negotiation Skills; 4) Client Relationship Skills and 5) Visualization Skills.

Creativity is one of the most important of these characteristics. You must be able to think outside the box to see many different ways your business could benefit from a joint venture - and all the different joint ventures your business could fit into. For more detail visit www.joint-venture-guide.com there are possibilities for just about anyone who's interested - provided that you know where and how to look for them. It's also important to be creative when explaining your plan to a potential partner - you don't want them falling asleep on you.

Persistence is particularly important when you first approach your potential partners. Small businesses have a lot going on, for more detail visit www.joint-ventures-secret.com and the owners can forget you if you're not careful. You might also have to explain what a joint venture is if they don't already know.

You need to expect a lot of negotiation with your partner while you're laying out your business plan and detailed agreement documents. You want to protect your interests, and of course your partner wants exactly the same thing. Sometimes you will disagree, and you must be willing to show determination and not give in to undesirable conditions. You must be prepared for some serious discussion.


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Selasa, 24 Februari 2009

Home Business Opportunities on the Internet - Scam or Not?

. Selasa, 24 Februari 2009
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Choosing a home business opportunity on the internet may be difficult because there are so many to choose from and you may not be sure if they are legitimate or not. There are several opportunities that may help provide an income while working from home. These opportunities offer varying products and compensation plans.

The problem when seeking to start a business online is the fact that some of the opportunities claim that you can earn big money very quickly. These opportunities should be avoided. You should not spend your hard earned money on "get rich quick" schemes. Opportunities that are worthwhile getting involved in require real work to earn money.

There may be some costs when running a home business but it does not have to cost a fortune. If you want to build a business quicker, you may want to spend some money on advertising. However, if you are on a tight budget, there are several free ways to advertise also. Until there is some money coming in, using the free options may be the best thing to do.

You should check for honesty and integrity when looking into an internet business opportunity. Investigate to see how long the company has been in business. If the company claims that you will be rich within a short period of time, it is probably too good to be true. If a company suggests that you will actually have to do some work in order to earn money, their opportunity is probably a legitimate one.

There definitely IS money to be made on the internet. You just have to do your research first. Once you find a legitimate opportunity that you feel passionate about, you just have to market the website that the company may provide and get visitors to your site. Generating traffic for sales and building a list of prospects are important for the success of your business.

When you decide to start a home business, be prepared to put forth the time and effort needed to make it a successful one. Prepare a budget and a schedule and make sure to stick to them. Give yourself several months to grow your home business and start earning money. You'll be glad you did.

For more information about a legitimate business opportunity working with a company that has been in business for over 50 years, visit: http://www.myinfinitysystem.com/sparklinenterprises

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Senin, 23 Februari 2009

17 Ideas You Can Steal to Grow Your Business Without Spending Money. by Liz Walker

. Senin, 23 Februari 2009
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This week we're sharing what we call "ideas to steal". They are all real-life ideas from successful businesses — action steps you can pick up and run with right away, without having to research, test or otherwise delay implementing. And, you don't need to spend money to do them.

Pick three that you can sink your teeth into, and don't hesitate to contact us if you want more information or help implementing them — these days we all have to work together.

- Bill faster. Your receivables can count for 40 - 50% of your actual assets. Don't batch invoice: bill as soon as you can.

- Simplify your business. Weed out the unprofitable and the hard-to-sell.

- Simplify your marketing message.

- Get your business and your web site listed in relevant directories. To find directories, Google the name of your town plus "directories url" (e.g. "cobourg directories url").

- Learn to delegate. Figure out what you do that turns dollars. Then delegate the rest.

- Encourage employees to explore more efficient approaches to their tasks instead of relying on their standard way of doing things.

- Don't forget suppliers. They might not be on your payroll, but they are more apt to do a few things for you at no charge because you really take care of them.

- Work faster. If you can condense three four-month jobs into three three-month jobs, you can do one more job in the year.

- Reward your team for meeting budgets and time lines. A 5% bonus is cheaper than a 20% increase in costs.

- Cut overhead by automating most of the non-producing items like accounting, customer care, voice mail, sales reporting, ordering and record keeping.

- Make sure you've clearly outlined project scope, and don't be afraid to charge your customer for changes.

- Offer to be a spokesperson on your specialty when your local media need an expert opinion. Send them a relevant press release every month.

- Give something valuable away on your web site; at your front counter; when you send out your invoices; when you deliver goods. This should be free to you, but valuable to the recipient, for example, coupons or a "How To".

- Highlight offers, features, promotions and news in your email footers, invoices and letter signatures.

- Start accounts with Twitter.com, Facebook.com and LinkedIn.com and post articles.

- Go where your audience is on the web. If your potential audience hangs out on forums, then post to those forums. Become a trusted advisor.

- Get your supporters to refer you.
Marketing Masters, Ken & Liz are Duct Tape Marketing Authorized Coaches and authors of The Buzz. http://www.marketingmasters.ca

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Jumat, 20 Februari 2009

Become a Manager in 7 Easy Steps (and Get Yourself Out of the Detail of a Subject)

. Jumat, 20 Februari 2009
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One of the biggest challenges when moving up the career ladder is knowing how to give up control of the 'detail', i.e. influence and decision making of technical subject matters. To some people, it's losing their edge - their very basis of power and expertise. This can be a big misconception, particularly by those people who are already feeling the pull towards management and leadership positions.

Have you been through this journey yourself?

Breaking out of this mindset can take a long time, yet it can be achieved by eventually realizing that having a strong understanding of the concepts of a subject, and how to make it sound sensible and accessible to the layman, is even more powerful. Our role must be able to influence people outside of our subject matter. Decisions of funding, risk management and acceptance of business cases are generally performed by other people in our organization, so it is these people that we must learn to appeal to and build relationships with.

There are seven steps to take that will take use through this journey from subject-matter expert into a manager.

1) Understand the overall concept and value of a subject,
2) Know how it fits into the big picture and the business environment,
3) Develop messages and models that articulate its value to our organization,
4) Learn how our subject matter impacts other departments in our organization,
5) And how it is influenced by the work of other departments,
6) Understand its costs to our organization and our customers, and
7) Learn how to describe it in simple, plain language

This is the most powerful application of a subject!

It takes a brave person to make these steps, and confidence is the key. We don't really leave our subject behind, rather, we learn how to make use of it in the wider business context and demonstrate its value to colleagues outside of our department. It is then that we can manage our subjects as a Manager.

The author of this article Simon Stapleton is a coach helping Information Technology professionals with their Career Development, Commercial Development and Personal Development. His website http://www.simonstapleton.com

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Starting a Business with 7 things

1) Why are you starting up a business?

Setting up a business is a time intensive task - you need to be dedicated and focused in order to be successful. The rewards of starting up your own business can be great, but think carefully if you have the attributes and right sort of personality to cope with going it alone. What is your goal for starting a business? Is it financial reward or the freedom that comes from being your own boss? What is your motivation?

2) Skills

Identify your skills and particularly your weaknesses. Be honest and ask others for input. If you are less hot in certain areas, outsource these areas of the business or seek professional advice when you need it. Spend your time doing what you are good at.

3) Company Structure

You will need to decide what business structure you will trade under (sole trader, limited company, or partnership) and what obligations and responsibilities you will have as the owner of a new business.

4) Funding

Even if you have the best idea in the world, you are unlikely to make a killing instantly. Make sure you have enough money to live on for 6 to 12 months before committing yourself to self-employment. Alternatives include approaching the bank or an investor. Both these options will require a solid business plan.

5) Competition

Thoroughly research all your competitors. Identify weaknesses they may have and try to ensure your product or service is better. Competition is a very healthy thing, but you need to do constant research and never be complacent.

6) Marketplace

Make sure that there is a market for your product or service. Do plenty of market research and take notice of what your potential customers tell you. You can get very useful feedback that will improve your product or service.

7) Marketing

How are you going to reach you target market? The best product in the world will fail if it has no route to market. Think about your ideal customer - what do they do? What do they read? Where do they go? If you can answer these questions you will begin to identify the best places to advertise.

The author of this article is Tref Griffiths who is the CEO of the online speed-networking website http://www.networkology.com

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Kamis, 19 Februari 2009

Strategies to promote and profit from your website. by JMyersNHP

. Kamis, 19 Februari 2009
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So you want to sell online? Building trust in you and your website, you won't be that easy. One of the things you must do online is to get people to trust you and your online business. One of these ways is to offer invaluable information if at all possible. One thing is to offer something free. Maybe a free eBook or e-mail course or article.

Make sure it your site has the most wanted response it should always be reasonable, be measurable and should always be a good fit.

Some meeting to search engines in directories are important. The best time to do this is between Monday and Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. This is the cause most people are own lunch breaks and searching the web.

Word of mouth is always the best. You can always reach as many people as you want. All it takes is you speaking to as many people as you can.

Know your visitors, could a guest book on your site and welcome people to put what they think about your site, asked for feedback. Ask them what they would like to see on your site.

Publishing a newsletter would be also a great idea. It can bring in new viewers to your site.

And you should always continue to learn more and more about ways to promote your site there me will resources on the net to help you with this. If you have affiliate programs you're a affiliated with may have some training that may help you. Don't be shy about using training material to promote your home site.

Using the strategies to help you promote your own web site and business can be a great opportunity to bring in more profits to your site.

There also a few question you should ask yourself before starting a web site if you don't have one. Do you offer content supported by affiliate programs? Which programs would you want to be affiliated with or promote? What items do you want to sell? Do you offer a date newsletter and do you make key easy for people to subscribe?

Try using some of the strategies to help better your site for you and your customers.

Remember to focus on your audience, come up with and niche and decide what your target audience is. Have an objective mine. Keep it simple and communicate clearly.

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Foreign exchange market is different from the stock market

The foreign exchange market is also called the FX market, and the forex market. Trading that occurs between two counties with different currencies is the fundament for the fx market and the background of the trading in this market. The forex market is over thirty years old, established in the early 1970's. The forex market is one that's not grounded on any one business or investing in any one business, but the trading and dealing of currencies.

The difference between the stock market and the forex market is the immense trading that takes place on the forex market. There's millions and millions that are traded every day on the forex market, almost two trillion dollars is traded every day. The sum of money is much greater than the money traded on the every day stock market of any nation. The forex market is one that involves governments, banks, financial institutions and those same types of institutions from a different countries.

What is traded, purchased and sold on the forex market is something that may easily be liquidated, meaning it may be returned to cash fast, or often times it's really going to be cash. From one currency to another, the availability of cash in the forex market is something that may happen fast for any investor from any country.

The difference between the stock market and the forex market is that the forex market is global, worldwide. The stock market is something that occurs only inside a country. The stock market is based on businesses and products that are inside a country, and the forex market takes that a step further to include any country.

The stock market has set business hours. Normally, this is attending follow the business day, and will be closed on banking holidays and weekends. The forex market is one that's open normally twenty four hours a day as the large number of countries that are involved in forex trading, purchasing and selling are settled in so many different times zones. When one market is opening, another countries market is closing. This is the endless process of how the forex market trading occurs.

The stock market in any country is going to be based on only that countries currency, say e.g. the Japanese yen, and the Japanese stock market, or the United States stock market and the dollar. However, in the forex market, you're involved with several types of countries, and several currencies. You'll find references to a variety of currencies, and this is a big difference between the stock market and the forex market.

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FOREX (Foreign Exchange Market)

The foreign exchange market is also called FX or it's also found to be named to as the FOREX. All three of these have the same meaning, which is the business deal of trading between different companies, banks, businesses, and governments that are situated in different countries. The financial market is one that's always changing leaving transactions required to be completed through brokers, and banks. Many scams have been emerging in the FOREX business, because foreign companies and people are establishing online to take advantage of people who don't realize that foreign trade must occur through a broker or a company with direct involution involved in foreign exchanges.

Cash, stocks, and currency is traded through the foreign exchange markets. The FOREX market will be introduce and survive when one currency is traded for another. Think of a trip you may go for a foreign country. Where are you going to be able to 'trade your money' for the value of the money that's in that other country? This is FOREX trading base, and it's not available in all banks, and it's not available altogether financial centers. FOREX is a special trading condition.

Small business and individuals frequently looking for make big money, are the victims of scams when it comes to learning about FOREX and the foreign trade markets. As FOREX is seen as how to make a quick money or two, people don't query their participation in such an event, but if you're not investing money through a broker in the FOREX market, you could easily end up losing everything that you've invested in the transaction.

Scams to be wary of
A FOREX scam is one that involves trading but will come out to be a fraud; you've no chance of getting your money back once you've invested it. If you were to invest money with a company stating they're involved in FOREX trading you wish read closely to learn if they're permitted to do business in your country. Many companies are not permitted in the FOREX market, as they've defrauded investors before.

In the last five years, with the aid of the Internet, FOREX trading and the awareness of FOREX trading has become all the rage. Banks are the first source for FOREX trading to occur, where a trained and licensed broker is going to complete transactions and demands you set forth. Commissions are paid on the transaction and this is the common.

A different type of scam that's prevailing in the FOREX markets is software that will help you in making trades, in learning about the foreign markets and in practicing so you may prepare yourself for following and making trades. You would like to be able to rely on a program or software that is really going to make a difference. Consult with your financial broker or your bank to learn more about FOREX trading, the FX markets and how you may avoid being the victim while investing in these markets.

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Senin, 16 Februari 2009

Steps To Increase Your Website's Page Rank by Edward Magee

. Senin, 16 Februari 2009
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A great many of your visitors probably come from search engines. This is why having a good page ranking is important. On of the primary criteria used by search engines to determine this is link popularity. Link popularity is related to the number and quality of you back links to your website.

Here are some good techniques to boost your link popularity:

1. There are many article directories out there that are ranked very high on the search engines. The reason for this is that these directories are filled with web pages(articles) rich in good content. Getting your articles published in these directories will go a long way to driving traffic to your site and the great thing is they build your site's link popularity at the same time. A way to increase this is to use article submission services to submit your articles. A well executed article marketing campaign can create hundreds of links back to your site and boost your page's ranking very quickly. 2. Getting your site listed in web directories can provide links back to your site for free. Try to find the highest-ranking web directories and make sure your site shows up under the right categories. 3. Blogging is another great way to get links to your site that does not cost anything. Blogs have become very popular with search engines of late. Post at least a few times per week to make sure your content is fresh for the next time a search engines looks at the blog site. Posting comments on other blogs will attract attention to other bloggers who many do you a favor and link back to your blog.

These techniques all work if you work them. Getting a high-ranking website will not happen overnight, but if you apply these and other strategies soon you website will enjoy a high volume of targeted traffic from the search engines.

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Six Simple Ways to Explode Your Affiliate Profits by Eric Kreman

Affiliate marketing over the years has become increasingly competitive, it is still one of the best ways to make money online but in order to be successful you need to start playing it smart and start practicing some common sense. There are a few simple but powerful steps you can take as an affiliate marketer that can double or triple the amount of money you're making from Affiliate Marketing.

1) First of all DO NOT go overboard with affiliate links. Too many new affiliates make the mistake of adding stuffing their pages with affiliate links and then wonder why their links aren't converting and why their traffic eventually disappears. Too many affiliate links can confuse your visitors, make you seem pushy and hurts your credibility. Instead of boosting your profits you are actually driving your customers away.

2) Promote quality products, don't just promote a product you don't know anything about just because you're getting paid. Doing so will hurt your credibility and your profits, so suggest products that you have tried or that come from good solid companies. Remember if the visitor you referred asks for a refund, you will not get that commission. If you have to lie about a product to make a sale, then you should look at other products you can promote.

3) Only promote products that are related to the topic of interest. For example, if your website is about golf don't promote an affiliate program about guitars because they are completely unrelated. Links to unrelated products usually confuse or annoy your visitor and very rarely convert to sales.

4) Don't treat your visitors as a big dollar sign. Don't just make a sale ... add value to the visitor and give them a reason to trust you. Your goal is to have your visitor click on your link and ultimately make a purchase. So you want your visitors to look at your site as a value-added destination which provides useful information about the product or topic. Give your visitors the best advice you can and they will reward in return.

5) Choose affiliate partners that offer long term cookies. A cookie is a method that allows the affiliate's site to know when a visitor was referred by your site. Also with cookies, the visitor doesn't have to buy something right away. A 30 day cookie for example means that if a visitor that clicks on your affiliate links today doesn't but doesn't buy anything can come back to the affiliate's site and make a purchase anytime during the next 30 days and you will still be paid a commission. Normally you want programs that offer cookies of at least 30 days; however 90-day cookies are even better.

6) Whenever possible try to link directly to the product page and not the main page of your affiliate's site. When a visitor clicks on your link, you want him or her to make a purchase as soon as possible. Ideally, you want to give the visitor as little time to change their mind about a purchase as possible and that includes having to try to find the product page after having clicked on your link

By linking directly to the product page, you will increase the chances of the visitor buying the product. This tactic alone can dramatically boost your sales (and ultimately commission).

You'll be amazed at how these simple guidelines can dramatically boost your sales putting more money in your wallet.

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Six Simple Ways to Explode Your Affiliate Profits by Eric Kreman

Affiliate marketing over the years has become increasingly competitive, it is still one of the best ways to make money online but in order to be successful you need to start playing it smart and start practicing some common sense. There are a few simple but powerful steps you can take as an affiliate marketer that can double or triple the amount of money you're making from Affiliate Marketing.

1) First of all DO NOT go overboard with affiliate links. Too many new affiliates make the mistake of adding stuffing their pages with affiliate links and then wonder why their links aren't converting and why their traffic eventually disappears. Too many affiliate links can confuse your visitors, make you seem pushy and hurts your credibility. Instead of boosting your profits you are actually driving your customers away.

2) Promote quality products, don't just promote a product you don't know anything about just because you're getting paid. Doing so will hurt your credibility and your profits, so suggest products that you have tried or that come from good solid companies. Remember if the visitor you referred asks for a refund, you will not get that commission. If you have to lie about a product to make a sale, then you should look at other products you can promote.

3) Only promote products that are related to the topic of interest. For example, if your website is about golf don't promote an affiliate program about guitars because they are completely unrelated. Links to unrelated products usually confuse or annoy your visitor and very rarely convert to sales.

4) Don't treat your visitors as a big dollar sign. Don't just make a sale ... add value to the visitor and give them a reason to trust you. Your goal is to have your visitor click on your link and ultimately make a purchase. So you want your visitors to look at your site as a value-added destination which provides useful information about the product or topic. Give your visitors the best advice you can and they will reward in return.

5) Choose affiliate partners that offer long term cookies. A cookie is a method that allows the affiliate's site to know when a visitor was referred by your site. Also with cookies, the visitor doesn't have to buy something right away. A 30 day cookie for example means that if a visitor that clicks on your affiliate links today doesn't but doesn't buy anything can come back to the affiliate's site and make a purchase anytime during the next 30 days and you will still be paid a commission. Normally you want programs that offer cookies of at least 30 days; however 90-day cookies are even better.

6) Whenever possible try to link directly to the product page and not the main page of your affiliate's site. When a visitor clicks on your link, you want him or her to make a purchase as soon as possible. Ideally, you want to give the visitor as little time to change their mind about a purchase as possible and that includes having to try to find the product page after having clicked on your link

By linking directly to the product page, you will increase the chances of the visitor buying the product. This tactic alone can dramatically boost your sales (and ultimately commission).

You'll be amazed at how these simple guidelines can dramatically boost your sales putting more money in your wallet.

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Kamis, 12 Februari 2009

Writing Articles For Affiliate Programs

. Kamis, 12 Februari 2009
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Why write articles

Writing articles can make your affiliate pages unique and drive more traffic from the major search engines, resulting in more sales.

In some instances the merchant's affiliate program may not provide you with more than a banner and a few text links.

If your traffic levels are low than this will not do much to drive traffic to your affiliate links.

If the merchant does provide you with content then this can be viewed by search engines as duplicate material depending on how many affiliates are promoting the same product with that content.

Beginning Your Article

First begin by reading all the information on the merchant's site about the affiliate program, if you are not already familiar with the product.

It is very important that you learn what it is that you are offering to your customers such as,product features,capabilities,limitations and specifications.

Many merchants will include these details with the description.

Researching your article

Use one of the many free or paid keyword suggestion tools to build your list of niche keywords.

Google Adwords, Digitalpoint and CBtrends all have really useful keyword tools which are free. Experimenting will help you discover search trends.

Testing these keywords in major search engine will give you a sense market saturation and competition.

Include Keywords In your Article

When writing for search engines your article should be keyword rich. Include long tail keyword phrases in your article title and subcategories. Product specific keyword phrases will help drive targeted traffic from search engines to your specific niche.

What to include in your article

Creating an outline will help you organize your article and supporting subcategories sequence.

Including descriptive keywords such as, size, color and dimensions in your article will further help drive targeted visitors to your site.

Helping your visitors solve a problem

When promoting affiliate programs through article writing, bring attention to product features that will help your visitors resolve a problem.

Use examples and illustrations of how these features can be applied in real life situations.

If your product is easy to use, then bring attention to why you believe it is better than similar products.

Ways to emphasize product features

Use bullet points, numbering or italics when writing articles to emphasize and bring attention to helpful product features.

Free content

Articles provide free instant content for ezines,newsletters and website publishers. This free content is used to optimize and attract free search engine traffic.

Submitting to article directories

There are countless popular free article directories, where your can submit your article for publication. Arcanaweb publishes a list of many popular directories. These directories allow anyone to reprint the article as long as the resource box is included at the end of the article.

Read and follow the guidelines before submitting your articles

Do not include affiliate links in your article or resource box.

This may cause your article to be rejected by the directory.

Do not plagiarize another writers material.

Resource box and backlinks

Writing articles can increase the number of one way links or backlinks to your site.

Included at the end of every article is a resource box,where you can include a brief bio and link back to your site.

Free article directories

Free article directories will allow you submit content but you are not paid for your article. Goarticles,Isnare and Articledashboard are among some of the large high traffic free article repositories.

Article distribution and submission services

Article distribution services will submit your article for a fee to article directories,ezines,newsletters,article email groups, social bookmarking and article announcement sites.

Article submission software

Article submission software such as Artemis Lite and Article Submitter 2.2 are free and may expedite the process once your are registered. You will need to do a manual submission for sites using an access code.

Paid article directories

These directories will pay you for writing articles or reviews.

Compensation may be in the form of revenue share or per word.

Paid to write reviews

In addition to getting paid for writing articles, reviews can be another avenue to earn extra income. Review rates can range anywhere from $2.00 to $200.00.

Reviewme, Reviewstream, Softwarejudge and Epinions are just a few of the popular paid to review sites that can put extra cash in your pocket.

You can also earn money with your clickbank id at Reviewsarena for up to 60 days.

Paid to blog

Writing blogs are yet another alternative for earning extra income.

Payperpost and Smorty are blog sites that pay weekly and compensation may range anywhere from $5 to $100. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate a price with the advertiser.

In conclusion

Do your research before writing an article,use targeted keywords on affiliate product landing pages. Submit to high ranking article directories to increase the number of quality backlinks. Check site stats for increase traffic levels. Test and improve your writing skills by reading writing tutorials and ebooks. Learn from mistakes and continue writing articles.

About The Author
Nick Kaplan internet marketeer and writer provides useful resources and products for internet visitors. Covering a broad range of topics from affiliating marketing tools, publishing articles from experts in the field of health,automotive, finance and more.


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