Boost Your Traffic With StumbleUpon Exchange Train

October 8, 2007

Another great thing is coming from StumbleUpon in a form of its Exchange Train. It’s supposed to give some boost in traffic to everyone who joins it. I got mine original list from Yeepage Journal whose article about StumbleUpon Exchange Train made me do this. 

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Here are the rules:

1. If you don’t have a StumbleUpon account signup for one, if you do have a Stumbleupon account download the toolbar (it will make this much easier!) 

2. Write a short introduction paragraph about where, and how you found the StumbleUpon Trust Train and include a link to the blog that referred you to the list. 

3. COPY the Rules and ENTIRE List below and post it to your blog. To avoid duplicate content and increase the amount of keywords your site can be accessible for, go ahead and change the titles of the blog. Just don’t change the links of the blog. 

4. Take “My New List” and move them into the “The Original List”. 

5. Add 3 Blogs that you’ve just Stumbled to your StumbleUpon Trust Train to the “My New List” section. 

6. Vote “I Like It!” for all the sites on the StumbleUpon Trust Train! 

My New List 

Ioncenter’s Weblog
New Affiliate Discoveries
Blogging Experiment 

The Original List 

Yeepage
Onemansgoal
Dolphinscuba
Daily Web Ideas
Make Money Online with a Girl
Meridiancrest
Blogging Tips
Search Engine Marketing
Pure Blogging
John Cow
Gary Lee
Ms Danielle
The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a Dot Com BuffaloShawn Knight
Edwin Lau’s Edition
The Rumblings Of A Internet Guru
Idiot Brain
Blogger Trail

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What To Write About When You Have Nothing To Write About

October 7, 2007

I’m going to use this article to create a reminder, primarily for me, but then for all of you involved in blog writing. As already said so many times, if you are a blogger you need to keep nearly constant posting frequency, if you don’t want to disappoint your readers. Truth is that this is sometimes really hard to achieve. Experienced bloggers have found the way out of this trouble. I’ve done a small research on the subject and below you have compiled list of hints, about what to write when you have nothing to write about.

  • Check your comments and get idea for new post from there.
  • Write about why you have nothing to say.
  • Think towards the future, because everyone loves a little speculation.
  • Check out other bloggs in your community and try to find interesting subject to write about.
  • Create a contest.
  • Find interesting book, read it and write review about it.
  • Compile a list of links to interesting posts you have found and wrap it up with small introduction text.
  • Create a survey – ask a question.
  • If you happen to know someone from public life, do an interview with that person.
  • Find interesting article in local newspapers and write it in your own words (or just copy it).
  • Look in your archives and do a remake of one of your old articles.
  • Check your email and look for interesting questions from your readers.
  • Look at YouTube or any other video sharing site, find interesting video, post it and comment about it.
  • Find interesting website, explore it and write review about it.
  • Post interesting picture and if you feel you should, wrap it up with some text.
  • Create a Top list of your choice of pictures, videos, jokes, quotes etc.

I am going to update this list every once awhile with new ideas. Some of ideas are taken from other bloggs and far now, those are following:

The Blog Beat
John Chow’s Blog
.

More interesting articles about the subject:

Eliminate “Writer’s Block” Forever

If you would have any comments or new ideas, please leave them below.

Thank you all for visiting and until my next post, have a great life.


StumbleUpon – Definitely A Good Choice

October 6, 2007

Today I’ve finally found the time to download and install StumbleUpon’s toolbar. Far now I’ve read other people opinions about this service, or better said, social bookmarking in a new suite, and I was assuming its probably just another copycat in large sea of similar attempts. How surprised I was only couple of minutes after actually laying my hands on it. Yeah, it really does rock. 

There is a bunch of articles about this service out there, so I won’t repeat their content here. Everything you need to know about StumbleUpon can be found on their website.  

Beside common usage and all those standard services, what I’ve liked the most is the ability to surf and discover new websites without using any of search engines than simply clicking the button on StumbleUpon’s toolbar. What’s worst, first dozen of websites stumbled (how they like to say for visited) were amazing. I can’t wait to continue using it tomorrow. And you don’t get just any websites, than websites belonging to categories you have previously selected and approved. From now on, it’s one of my primary tools. 

Enough said, go there, register, install their toolbar and start to use this service. Believe me you’ll be thanking me afterward. 

And that would be all for tonight. Thank you all for visiting and please leave your comments because they are much appreciated. 

Until my next post, have a great life.


222000 Dollars Fine For Sharing 24 Songs

October 5, 2007

“… NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – The recording industry has won a major fight in its effort to stop illegal music downloading with a U.S. jury decision to impose $222,000 damages against a Minnesota woman who used a Web service to share music…”. 

Ridiculous! 

It’s a fact that recording industry is suffering from large losses because of illegal downloading of music, but instead of solving this on global level they hit small people which, per my opinion, don’t deserve to be treated as criminals.

How many of you have already downloaded or shared music files over the internet? Better said, is there anybody out there, who uses Internet, which had not downloaded or shared one single music file illegally (Illegally means that you are not a legal distributor of that music, what you can’t do without starting a company first, even if you have paid for that one single copy.)? I bet there isn’t.  

I really do feel sorry for that woman. Besides being a common employee, but not an entrepreneur, she’s also supposed to be a single mom. A single mom!!! How the heck she could pay this fine and continue to raise her child? Did anybody from recording industry involved in this case have thoughts about that? And, does really 222000 makes significant different to someone who make more then that in one single day? I’m disgusted.  

And I find this case insulting. What worries the most is the fact that now we are all endangered. On the other side, I don’t believe that public will allow this to continue in same manner. Recording industry will probably be forced to find better solution for illegal downloading of music, instead of making impingement on ordinary people. 

So, in the future, be careful what you upload or download, because you might end up paying fines way over your abilities. There is bunch of articles about this case spread over the Internet and here is link to one of them. 

Thank you all for dropping by and please leave your comments because they are much appreciated. 

Until my next post, have a great life.  


What Is Wrong With Those Managers

October 4, 2007

If you have read my About page, you’ve noticed that I am in IT business for last 10 years. Currently I am working as project manager and developers team leader. Our company is not so big and we don’t have place for all those titles, so my job, among few other things,  is to manage projects, clients, potential partners and on the other side to work with developers all the way down to the final solutions.  

As some of you probably know, worst thing to deal with would be a client. Why? Well, in most cases they are people who don’t have a clue about IT industry, but they want to take benefit of it. And when time comes to find the best solution for their needs, work can easily become a real nightmare. But, if you take this in consider at the start of every project, there is no problem any more. You know that your job is to read their minds and as soon as you understand that it becomes a real routine. 

On the other hand, your potential partners are people who are already working in IT industry. It happens that you have fond mutual interest with them and you need to take the benefit of that. You assume that since they are in IT industry, it will be easy to communicate since they are already in the business and they should know the job. Sometimes, you send simple tech requirements and then you wait for their confirmation in order to continue with your work. Since it’s quite simple you expect to have an immediate answer from developer on the other side so you could wrap things up. But heck, instead of developer, you got letter from their manager which doesn’t write anything specific then is trying to translate what their developers have said to him about those requirements. And here is where real nightmare begins. You are talking to middle man, who is maybe little bit above of your clients with its knowledge about development. What happens? You end up exchanging waste of emails trying to find same language with their developers. And while days are passing by, project is on hold. What’s wrong with those managers? Why they want to make things difficult for everyone while trying to justify existence of their title?

This is exact situation that is happening to me with an ongoing project and I have already lost more then a week while determining specific requirements with our potential partner. It pissed me of this morning when I saw email from their manager which actually, doesn’t say anything specific again. Why the heck he don’t have one of developers manage this. I can’t give you real facts about this project, but I assure you it’s stupid to waste a week on it. Like you build a whole website, but you must wait now to get client’s contact info before you can release it online. We have prepared everything for less then 24 hours and we just need their confirmation in order to let it go live.

Anyhow, this is not the only case like this, but this one made me write this article.  I’ve decided that from now on, I will treat our potential partners same way I treat our clients – as average people who probably don’t know much about the business. This way I will avoid unnecessary tensions because somebody didn’t done what it’s supposed to do. And you know what? I am already calming down while bringing this article to the end.

Anybody else having similar experience?

Again, thanks for dropping by and please leave your comments because they are much appreciated.

Until next post, have a great life.


September Summary or Blogging From Newbie’s Point Of View

October 3, 2007

Since most of other bloggers are doing it, I’ve also decided to do a monthly check point on my blog’s progression. Thus, my blog is only 2 weeks old, I’ve decided to do this now, at the end of month, because everybody else is doing it at this time and I wanted to go alongside with them. This way I can always compare my blog’s performance with them and see if I am really making any progress. So, here are some figures about my blog’s performance for last month (September ’07). 

Income 

0 (zero). But don’t be afraid. This blog isn’t yet supposed to bring any money and it doesn’t use any source of income. I didn’t want to waste precious time on implementing ads and similar stuff because at this point, it wouldn’t bring any significant income and I still need to work on my blog’s content. My main occupation is to write articles, what is pretty hard and time consuming at the start. Hopefully, over the time this blog will get significant amount of readers and then I will work on implementation of money making tools. 

Visitors 

Last couple of days I have about a dozen of regular readers, with jumps at around 50 visitors when submitting articles to digg and del.icio.us (I didn’t submit every article). I am also going to check StumbleUpon today and probably sign up with them at the same time. Hopefully, it will make these jumps in number of visitors go higher. I believe that most of my regular readers are guys from my Blogroll section, which I love and respect and very much appreciate their support. So, comparing to other blogs performance for the first month, this looks pretty solid to me. 

RSS Subscribers 

Since I have just yesterday subscribed with FeedBurner I don’t have a clue if I had any RSS subscribers far now, because I weren’t able to track them down. But I am sure I got one since today (me) and I hope this number will grow in the next month. I wonder what it will look like at the 1st November. 

Goals For Next Month 

When setting their goals for upcoming month, bloggers are giving clear figures about income, readers, subscribers and everything else they might mention. Frankly, I don’t have a clue what I could expect in the next month so I won’t set any goals in form of size of income or number of visitors. I am going to concentrate mainly on improvement of my self, my writing and further content of this blog, and results should come eventually. So, compiled list of my goals for next month looks as follows:

– write at least one article per day

– submitting articles to digg, del.icio.us, stumbleupon

– expand my blogroll section, make more friends

– search for new blogs and concentrate on commenting

– customize the template of this blog (redesign it)

– involve my wife into articles writing (spice up the content of this blog) 

Conclusion 

Things are starting to roll for this blog, I am pretty sure, and as already said I am starting to feel as a part of this (blogging) community. Great feeling and it gives me the strength to continue with more intensity. I am just a newbie and I learn as I go. I know there is large number of tools and techniques for getting more traffic but I want to go slowly and don’t want to skip any important lessons along this path. Hopefully, results should come eventually and further improve performance of this blog. 

Thank you all for visiting and please leave your comments because they are much appreciated. 

Until my next post, have a great life. 


One Thousand Secrets Revealed

October 2, 2007

In my search for books from which I would learn more about writing and further improve my writing skills, I’ve found one which won’t really serve that purpose but might be quite interesting for everyone. Its been written exactly 100 years ago by C.A. Bogardus and it’s called One Thousand Secrets [Of Wise And Rich Man] Revealed. The one I was reading is in .PDF format and you can download it here. 

I am not professional reviewer so I’m just going to pull out few paragraphs which might give you the taste of what’s really inside.  

It’s not an artistic reading than more a sort of living manual. Most of content is well pointed and easy to understand. I think everyone should keep one copy of this book in their private libraries (paper or digital). Now, let’s check some of those parts which might make you interested in reading whole thing.

Medical advices

“ … BLEEDING FROM THE NOSE, from whatever cause, may generally be stopped by putting a plug of lint into the nostrils; if this does not do, apply a cold lotion to the forehead; raise the head, and place over it both arms, so that it will rest on the hands; dip the lint plug, slightly moistened, into some powdered Gum Arabic, and plug the nostrils again; or dip the plug into equal parts of powdered Gum Arabic and alum, and plug the nose. Or the plug may be dipped in Friar’s balsam, or tincture of Kino. Heat should be applied to the feet; and, in obstinate cases, the sudden shock of a cold key, or cold water poured down the spine, will instantly stop the bleeding. If the bowels are confined take a purgative. Injections of alum solution from a small syringe into the nose will often stop hemorrhage.

VIOLENT SHOCKS will sometimes stun a person, and he will remain unconscious. Untie strings, collars, etc.; loosen anything that is tight, and interferes with the breathing; raise the head; see if there is bleeding from any part; apply smelling salts to the nose, and hot bottles to the feet.

IN CONCUSSION, the surface of the body is cold and pale, and the pulse weak and small, the breathing slow and gentle, and the pupil of the eye generally contracted or small. You can get an answer by speaking loud, so as to rouse the patient. Give a little brandy and water, keep the place quiet, apply warmth, and do not raise the head too high. If you tickle the feet, the patient feels it.

IN COMPRESSION OF THE BRAIN from any cause, such as apoplexy, or a piece of fractured bone pressing on it, there is loss of sensation. If you tickle the feet of the injured person he does not feel it. You cannot arouse him so as to get an answer. The pulse is slow and labored; the breathing deep, labored, and snorting; the pupil enlarged.Raise the head, loosen strings or tight things, and send for a surgeon. If one cannot be got at once, apply mustard poultices to the feet and thighs, leeches to the temples, and hot water to the feet.CHOKING. When a person has a fish bone in the throat, insert the forefinger, press upon the root of the tongue, so as to induce vomiting; if this does not do, let him swallow a large piece of potato or soft bread; and if these fail, give a mustard emetic.

FAINTING, HYSTERICS, ETC. Loosen the garments, bathe the temples with water or eau-de-Cologne; open the window, admit plenty of fresh air, dash cold water on the face, apply hot bricks to the feet, and avoid bustle and excessive sympathy. … “ 

Few cosmetic recipes

“ … LIQUID FOR CURLING THE HAIR. Two ounces scrapings oilead, half ounce Litharge, one-quarter ounce Gum Camphor. Boil all in one pint of soft water for half an hour. Let it cool; pour off liquid and add to it one drachm Rosemary Flowers. Boil all again and strain, when it is ready for use. Apply about once a week.

HAIR OIL- One gallon Cologne Spirits, 90 per cent proof, one pint Castor Oil, one ounce Oil Cinnamon. Mix well and it is ready for use.

POWDER FOR THE COMPLEXION. Half ounce Tincture of Elder Blossoms, half ounce Beef Marrow, half pint Orange Flower Water, one Cassia Buds, two ounces Bitter Almonds, four drachms Spirits Oriental Roses. Mix, and apply it in the evening and wash it off in the morning.

PASTE TO PRODUCE WHISKERS. One ounce of Oil of Paricada, two ounces Southern Wood Bark, one ounce Dog’s Lard. Fry over a slow fire until it forms a paste. Apply to the face once a day until the whiskers begin to grow.

TO CLEAN THE TEETH. Castile Soap and Cigar Ashes applied with a soft rag is one of the best tooth preparations known.

TO MAKE THE HAIR SOFT AND GLOSSY. One pint Alcohol, four ounces Castor Oil. Mix, and flavor with Bergamot. Apply frequently with the hands.

TO REMOVE FRECKLES. Use Oxolate of Copper Ointment.

HAIR TONIC. Sugar of Lead five grains, Sulphate Quinine two grains, Muriat of Ammonia one drachm, Glycerine six ounces, Distilled Water six ounces. Mix and apply two or three times per day.

HAIR DYES. NO. 1. Distilled Water six ounces, Alcohol one ounce, Pyrogalic Acid one drachm. The Acid must be dissolved in the Alcohol before the water is added.

NO. 2. Aqua Ammonia one ounce, Water one ounce, Nitrate of Silver two drachms. Dissolve the Silver in water and add the Ammonia. Cork tight and keep in a cool place. … “ 

Chemistry lessons

“ … HOW TO IMITATE GOLD. Take the following metals and melt them in a covered crucible; sixteen ounces Virgin Platina, twenty-four ounces pure copper.

SILVER. Forty ounces Nickel, twenty ounces Copper, thirty ounces Block Tin.

ARTIFICIAL GOLD. Sixteen parts of Virgin Platina and seven parts Copper and one of Zinc. Put these in a crucible with powdered charcoal, and melt them together till the whole forms a mass, and are thoroughly incorporated together. This also makes a gold of extraor dinary beauty and value. It is not possible by any tests that chemists know of to distinguish it from pure virgin gold. All I ask of men is to use it for good and lawful purposes, for the knowledge that I here give you will bring you a rich and permanent reward without using it for unlawful purposes.

MANHEIM, OR JEWELER’S GOLD. Three parts of Copper, one part of Zinc, and one part of Block Tin. If these are pure and melted in a covered crucible containing charcoal, the resemblance will be so good the best judges cannot tell it from pure gold without analyzing it.

BEST PINCHBACK GOLD. Five ounces of pure Copper and one ounce of Zinc. This makes gold so good in appearance that a great deal of deception by its use in the way of watches and jewelry has been successfully practiced for several hundred years back. … “ 

[Gems Of Thought] Poor Richard’s Almanac

“ … Early to bed and early to rise Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Women and wine, game and deceit, Make the wealth small and the wants great.

Beware of little expenses; A small leak will sink a great ship;

For age and want, save while you may, No morning sun lasts a whole day…“ 

These are only fractions of everything you might find in this book, so don’t hesitate to look inside. Have in mind that book has been written 100 years ago, so don’t be surprised if some words used are looking funny. I hope you’ll like it cause I find it very useful.

And please leave your comments, because they are much appreciated.

Until my next post, have a great life.