Virtualization Technology

Virtualization Technology is no more than a set of enhancements made to processors to make them carry out multitasking in a much more efficient manner with the least investment required. This ‘virtualization technology' is a process that has ushered in a lot of change in to the IT industry and is saving a lot of businesses a lot of money and time. Virtualization technology enhances the efficiency of the hardware resources installed in a server and drastically improves the traditional software based virtualization technology solutions.

Virtualization technology enhances the servers with features that provide virtualization techniques an upper-hand and the ability to offload a lot of the work load onto the server's hardware allowing the server to run more efficiently in the virtual environment thus improving the over all efficiency of the system.

Virtualization Technology Enhanced by Leaders in the Field

Virtualization technology is enhanced further by renowned IT companies such as Intel and permit a server or software platform to run a number of operating systems along with a number of applications simultaneously. These programs and operating systems are run independently using the same set of hardware resources, such as hard disk space, random access memory and CPU capacity. With the advancement of virtualization technology it is possible for one machine to perform multiple functions simultaneously, virtually like multiple systems.

Virtualization Technology; a Boon to Server Administrators

Virtualization technology has been in the development pipeline for the past few years and has emerged as a very compelling solution to be used with any server platforms. Virtualization technology is the answer to server administrators and managers of data bases that require many servers to run simultaneously. These multiple servers, or server racks, eat into physical space and also send the electric bill sky high. Not to mention the frequent calls for the hardware engineer to set server faults right. With virtualization technology server administrators can concentrate many workloads onto one single server. The virtualization technology will allow this single server to simultaneously carry out the tasks of the multiple servers effortlessly.

Microsoft Or Not?

Friday was another repeat, this time from May 15, 2006. However, TCR does not want to leave you empty handed and is bringing you an article by one of our staff members, Paul. Although Paul is from the UK, he takes a keen interest in reading about Jim Cramer's Mad Money (and of course at the best JCMM site on the 'Net - The Cramer Report!) and hopes you will enjoy his insight into one of Jim's opinions.

Cramer is currently favouring a buy into Microsoft (MSFT), believing the bad times are behind and it's back on the up. An analysis of the share prices over the past few months shows that Microsoft is over its lowest points ($21.51) and gradually climbing (currently $24.40). One could argue that Cramer is right.

However, continued changes in Vista's release date, even if it means a more stable and secure Operating System will be released (or that is the theory). Microsoft's OS and webbrowser cycle is poor as it is:

* Windows XP was released in 2001

* Internet Explorer was released in 2001

Internet Explorer 7 is set for release in the first half of 2007 and Windows Vista is set for general release in the first quarter of 2007. Both products will offer many improvements and new features over the older versions but the reality is very little of it is new.

One feature to finally reach Internet Explorer is tabbed browser. To a non-technical person, who just uses what's supplied on their MS Windows desktop, this may seem new and exciting, however tabbed browser has been around since 1996 (although it was a feature in a non-public beta version of InternetWorks since 1994) and has been available in popular browsers such as Opera and MozillaFirefox for several years.

Microsoft won the first browser war but now it's coming to a battle in many areas. Product cycles are quicker for open source software such as OpenOffice.org, MozillaFirefox and MozillaThunderbird - new features, bug fixes, and security updates are released regularly. Due to the products' open source nature it is easier and cheaper to develop plugins and compatible applications.

On the operating system side, Microsoft has competition from Linux. Linux is now becoming more mature and is being adopted by governments

and educational institutes alike. Novell (NOVL) is investing a lot of money in Linux, having bought German company SuSE Linux GmbH in Janu

ary 2004.

One key area that they have invested a lot in over the past year is Xen, which is virtualisation software and allows multiple Operating Systems (Linux or Windows) to be run as guests on a single system (the host, which can be either Linux or Windows). This is one threat Microsoft has seen and responded to by improving its Virtual Server support offering and making it available for free. However, is this too little too late?

Xen's benefit is that it's open source, therefore bugs and security issues will be fixed quicker, possibly even before the problem is public knowledge, as the source code is visible for everyone to evaluate and test for insecurities. A quick response to bugs and security is critical in a business environment and an area Microsoft can not compete within due to its closed source nature.

Virtualisation is becoming a more important area due to the increasing costs for power. Fortunately, hardware is becoming more powerful, often more powerful than is actually required, so virtualisation is definitely for today as well as the future. Why invest in hardware for 6 servers when all 6 could run from within one operating system through virtualisation?

With Vista and Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft is trying to play catch-up, but the fact is it now has seriously tough competition. There is now a big take up of alternative browsers, office applications and operating systems. While the market change might be slow, it's definitely happening. I cannot see Microsoft being in the same market position in 10 years that it is now. Its market share will continue to evaporate.

The Bottom Line:

Microsoft is facing serious threats in the home, education and business desktop arena. It's facing threats in the business environment as a server (aside from as a webserver, where Linux/Unix is in the majority). Microsoft might hit a high when Vista is (finally) released, however Bill Gates stepping down in the way that he is does suggest to me that the bulk of the money has been made and it's now time to do something with it. The IT industry is often a "come today, gone tomorrow" so it's always difficult to choose which company to invest in, especially as the current trend is "over priced " when those companies that have managed to stick around decide to float themselves on the stock market. I won't advise you who to invest in, but I will say don't just look at the software/operating system area, also look at hardware and consultancy companies too. Big Blue, International Business Machines Corp (IBM), has been around for a long time and there will always be a demand for such companies.

Grab Customers’ Attention With Advertising Balloons

Let's face it: most small - and medium-sized companies don't have huge advertising budgets. Traditional media, such as print, television, and radio advertising are far too expensive. And, for those businesses that rely on walk-in traffic, Internet advertising won't reach the intended audience. Thankfully, there's another advertising medium that's incredibly effective for a variety of businesses: advertising balloons.

Advertising balloons - also known as advertising blimps and advertising inflatables - are an incredibly cost-effective method of gaining the attention of passersby and turning prospects into customers. Starting at slightly over $100, the cost of an advertising balloon can be recouped in no time at all.

There are several different types of advertising inflatables. Advertising blimps have the traditional blimp shape, but come in a variety of sizes. They are easily customizable with a company logo, special message, or unique combinations of colors. Advertising blimps can be large enough to attract attention from miles away, or small enough to catch the eye of a trade show attendee. Larger advertising blimps can even be lit at night to garner notice 24 hours a day.

Round advertising balloons are also attention-grabbers. Again, they come in all sizes and can be flown high above the ground, acting as traffic magnets for a business' location.

A business can also buy a pre-made advertising inflatable, such as one in the shape of a hot air balloon that says, "Grand Opening." Eye-catching shapes and colors are sure to attract customers. Similarly, dancing balloons (also called wind dancers) are eye-catching. Inflated with a cold air blower, dancers will delight both adults and children. However, they're generally made with a light material that doesn't hold up well in sunlight or strong wind. For that reason, a tarp should always be placed under a wind dancer.

When you order custom balloons, you first need to think through the various elements that will give your advertising balloons maximum impact. Here are attributes to consider:

Lettering: If readability is important, stay with a small number of letters on one or two lines. Determine the distance at which you want your advertising balloon to be read. For maximum impact at 30 feet, for example, letters that are three inches high will suffice. On the other hand, letters that are 12 inches high have maximum impact at 120 feet but are still readable at 525 feet.

Colors: There are specific color combinations that will give your advertising balloon more impact. Black lettering or art against a backdrop of yellow, white, or orange is the most effective, followed by blue on white, white on green, green on white, red on white, and white on red.

Like everyone else, you probably look up when you see an advertising balloon in the sky. Just imagine how much recognition you can get from your business from the relatively small investment of an advertising balloon!

Worldwide Effects of Global Warming

Lynas, Mark Contemporary Issues Companion: Global Warming Shasta Gaughen Greenhaven Press

Viewpoint

Hardly anyone realizes it, but the debate about climate change is over. Scientists around the world have now amassed an unassailable body of evidence to support the conclusion that a warming of our planet-caused principally by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuel-is under way.

The dwindling band of climate "sceptics", a rag-tag bunch of oil and coal industry frontmen, retired professors and semi-deranged obsessives, is now on the defensive. Although names such as Fred Singer, Philip Stott and Bjorn Lomborg still appear from time to time in the popular press [in England] and in the United States, their views are notable by their absence from the expert literature.

Meanwhile the world as we once knew it is beginning to unravel. The signs are everywhere, even in Britain. Horse chestnut, oak and ash trees are coming into leaf more than a week earlier than two decades ago. The growing season now lasts almost all year round: in 2000 there were just 39 official days of winter.

Destructive winter floods are part of this warming trend, while in lowland England snow has become a thing of the past. Where I live in Oxford, six out of the past ten winters have been completely snowless-something that happened only twice during the whole 30-year period between 1960 and 1990. The rate of warming has now become so rapid that it is equivalent to your garden moving south by 20 metres every single day.

Change Across Five Continents

In other parts of the world, the signs of global warming are more dramatic. ... Researching a book on the subject, I have witnessed major climate-driven changes across five continents, changes that are leaving millions homeless, destitute and in danger.

In Alaska I spent a week in the Eskimo village of Shishmaref, on the state's remote western coast, just 70 miles from the eastern coast of Russia. While the midnight sun shone outside, I listened as the village elder, Clifford Weyiouanna, told me how the sea, which used to freeze in October, was now ice-free until Christmas. And even when the sea ice does eventually form, he explained, it is so thin that it is dangerous to walk and hunt on. The changing seasons are also affecting the animals: seals and walruses-still crucial elements of the Eskimo diet-are migrating earlier and are almost impossible to catch. The whole village caught only one walrus [in 2002] after covering thousands of miles by boat.

Shishmaref lives in perpetual fear. The cliffs on which the 600-strong community sits are thawing, and during the last big storm 50 feet of ground was lost overnight. People battled 90 mph winds to save their houses from the crashing waves.

I stood on the shoreline [in 2002] with Robert Iyatunguk, the co-ordinator of the Shishmaref Erosion Coalition, looking up at a house left hanging over the clifftop. "The wind is getting stronger, the water is getting higher, and it's noticeable to everybody in town," he told me. "It just kind of scares you inside your body and makes you wonder exactly when the big one is going to hit." In July 2002 the residents voted to abandon the site altogether-a narrow barrier island that has been continuously occupied by Eskimos for centuries-and move elsewhere.

In Fairbanks, Alaska's main town in the interior, everyone talks about warming. The manager of the hostel where I stayed, a keen hunter, told me how ducks had been swimming on the river in December (it's supposed to freeze over in autumn), how bears had become so confused they didn't know whether to hibernate or stay awake, and that winter temperatures, which used to plummet to 40 degrees below zero, now barely touched 25 below.

All around the town, roads are buckling and houses sagging as the permafrost underneath them thaws. In one house, the occupants, a cleaning lady and her daughter, showed me that to walk across the kitchen meant going uphill (the house was tilting sideways) and how shelves had to be rebalanced with bits of wood to stop everything from falling off. Other dwellings have been abandoned. New ones are built on adjustable stilts.

Droughts in China

Scientists have long predicted that global warming will lead in some places to intense flooding and drought. When I visited China in April [2002], the country's northern provinces were in the grip of the worst drought in more than a century. Entire lakes had dried up, and in many places sand dunes were advancing across the farmers' fields.

One lakeside village in Gansu Province, just off the old Silk Road, was abandoned after the waters dried up-apart from one woman, who lives amid the ruins with a few chickens and a cow for company. "Of course I'm lonely!" she cried in answer to my rather insensitive question. "Can you imagine how boring this life is? I can't move; I can do nothing. I have no relatives, no friends and no money." She was tormented by memories of how it had once been, when neighbours had chatted and swapped stories late into the evenings, before the place became a ghost town.

Minutes after I had left, a dust storm blew in. These storms are getting more frequent, and even Beijing is now hit repeatedly every spring. During an earlier visit to a remote village in eastern Inner Mongolia, not far from the ruins of Kubla Khan's fabled Xanadu, I experienced an even stronger storm. Day was turned into night as a blizzard of sand and dust scoured the mud-brick buildings. I cowered inside one house with a Mongolian peasant family, sharing rice wine and listening to tales of how the grass had once grown waist-high on the surrounding plains. Now the land is little more than arid desert, thanks to persistent drought and overgrazing. The storm raged for hours. When it eased in the late afternoon and the sun appeared again, the village cockerels crowed, thinking that morning had come early.

Threatened Water Supplies

The drought in north-west China is partly caused by shrinking run-off from nearby mountains, which because of the rising temperatures are now capped with less snow and ice than before. Glacier shrinkage is a phenomenon repeated across the world's mountain ranges, and I also saw it at first hand in Peru, standing dizzy with altitude sickness in the high Andes 5,200 metres above the capital, Lima, where one of the main water-supplying glaciers has shrunk by more than a kilometre during the past century.

A senior manager of Lima's water authority told me later how melting ice is now a critical threat to future freshwater supplies: this city of seven million is the world's second-largest desert metropolis after Cairo, and the mountains supply all its water through coastal rivers that pour down from the ice fields far above. It is the snows that keep the rivers running all year round-once the glaciers are gone, the rivers will flow only in the wet season. The same problem afflicts the Indian subcontinent: overwhelmingly dependent on the mighty Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra rivers that flow from the Himalayas, hundreds of millions of people will suffer water shortages as their source glaciers

decline over the coming century.

Unless alternative water supplies can be secured, Lima will be left depopulated, its people scattered as

environmental refugees. This is a category already familiar to the residents of Tuvalu, a group of nine coral atolls in the middle of the Pacific. Tuvalu, together with Kiribati, the Maldives and many other island nations, has made its plight well known to the world community, and an evacuation plan-shifting 75 people each year to New Zealand-is already under way.

I saw at first hand how the islands are already affected by the rising sea level, paddling in knee-deep floodwaters during [2002's] spring tides, which submerged much of Funafuti and almost surrounded the airstrip. Later that same evening the country's first post-independence prime minister, Toaripi Lauti, told me of his shock at finding his own crop of pulaka (a root vegetable like taro, grown in sunken pits) dying from saltwater intrusion. He recalled how everyone had awoken one morning a few years previously to find that one of the islets on the atoll's rim had disappeared from the horizon, washed over by the waves, its coconut trees smashed and destroyed by the rising sea.

Stopping Climate Catastrophe

However severe these unfolding climate-change impacts seem, they are-like the canary in the coal mine-just the first whispers of the holocaust that lies ahead if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists meeting under the banner of the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have predicted a warming during [the twenty-first] century alone of up to six degrees Celsius, which would take the earth into dangerous uncharted waters. [In June 2003], scientists at the UK's Hadley Centre reported that the warming might be even greater because of the complexities of the carbon cycle.

The IPCC's worst-case forecast of six degrees could prove almost unimaginably catastrophic. It took only six degrees of warming to spark the end-Permian mass extinction 251 million years ago, the worst crisis ever to hit life on earth, which led to the deaths of 95 per cent of all species alive at the time.

If humanity is to avoid a similar fate, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be brought down to between 60 and 80 per cent below current levels-precisely the reverse of emissions forecasts recently produced by the International Energy Agency. A good start would be the ratification and speedy implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, which should be superseded after the following decade by the "contraction and convergence" model proposed by the Global Commons Institute in London, allocating equal per-person emissions rights among all the world's nations.

In the meantime, a network of campaigning groups is currently mobilising under the banner of "No new oil", demanding an end to the exploration and development of new fossil fuel reserves, on the basis that current reserves alone include enough oil, coal and gas utterly to destabilise the world's climate. Searching for more is just as illogical as it is wasteful.

Avoiding dangerous climate change and other large-scale environmental crises will need to become the key organising principle around which societies evolve. All the signs are that few in power realise this-least of all the current US administration, which has committed itself to a policy of wanton destructiveness, with control and exploitation of oil supplies a central theme.

We must abandon the old mindset that demands an oil-based economy, not just because it sparks wars and terrorism, but because the future of life on earth depends on leaving it behind.

Developing your own business opportunities

In the world of business, developing trade opportunities is really about nurturing trade relationships. The days of a worker spending 20 to 35 years with one company are long gone, and the most important way to keep all your business opportunities wide open is by nurturing these relationships. In some ways, this complicates the world of making truly sound business decisions. If you have strong business relationships, there will no doubt be the odd phone call or email with a new business proposition on the other end. Some of these propositions will be fantastic while others will be gone before the finished idea even reaches your brain. Some will permit you to test them out while you maintain your current work position while others will demand your full time focus.

If you are going to get far ahead in this world, you are going to have to be receptive to new options that come across your desk, as well as being receptive to those who have a desire to convey them to you. Beware though if you have quite a lot of money at the get-go you might see many more business proposals which might be thinly veiled pleas for financial aid for someone elses doorway rather than your own.

Learning to discern between outstanding business opportunities and business relationships is mighty difficult though. Sometimes the relationship between the parties gets in the way of sound decisions. If a business relationship is sound and the idea initially appears good, the temptation is to jump right in without looking past a shallow level. This strategy may backfire unless the opportunity is quite foolproof. And when someone does come up with a foolproof business opportunity the rest of the world will know about it too. Until then, we are all still out there swimming with sharks and hoping for the best.

Business ideas can often pop up in the strangest of places. These are the thoughts and concepts that materialize during family outings, holiday soirees, and of course, seminars that are more useful as a cure for insomnia than anything else. It takes not just a bright mind but a bit of bravery to leave the proverbial door open for continued discussion. There are few things more distressing than driving home from a social event wishing that you had gotten someones contact details because you felt they seemed really onto something, and you wanted in. If you could have only been a little braver you might have snatched up his contact details, let your mind ponder their idea for a while, and then called with your own proposition a short while later. But you did not, and another million dollar opportunity went home early, along with the inventor.

It is a shark infested world out there, and everyone is looking so hard for success that they arent remembering to look for the friendly face of those who can help them. Sometimes the best key to developing your own winning business plan is to simply continue to listen to others.

New Cars

It happens to all of us. Our old car is ready to retire and we need to find a new car. It can be very exciting to buy a new car and there are many ways to go about doing it. Buying online is a great way to buy a new car and even research new cars, as there are no sales tactics and no dealers or salesmen pressuring you into something that you may not want. Buying a new car online certainly puts you in charge of the whole transaction but there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at new cars online.

Most people have an idea of the kind of new car they are looking for, whether it is large family car – such as a 4x4 or an estate, a small economical diesel car, or a weekend sports car. You may want a car that was just like your old one. Whatever kind of car you think you have in mind, make sure you do some research on it. Determine what you will need from the car, how many people will be driven around in it, what kind of space is required, and running costs. Running costs is an important factor to consider when looking at new cars.

Once you have done some research and know what kind of new car you would like, step into the online showroom and look at the model’s details. Become familiar with the model’s specifications and price. You can do this by reading reviews online, in car magazines, newspapers, online, anywhere you can find different reviews and information about the new car you are looking for the better. Being armed with information will help you make a good choice when it comes time to take the big step with the final purchase!

Once you have finalized your decision about the new car that you want, it’s important to get different quotes. Shopping around is the only way to get the best deal and make sure that you are paying the least amount of money for the car you really want. There are some companies and websites that are highly overpriced and paying these big price tags can be avoided by simply obtaining a few different quotes for your new car.

Once you have received a few different quotes for the new car, find out as much as you can about the dealer. The best way to do this is just by asking a few simple questions. Find out what their policies and procedures are. Some important questions to ask are about warranty, delivery costs, whether the new car will be delivered with a full tank, are there opportunities for further discounts and are there any free accessories available. Knowing these answers will take a lot of the risk out of buying a new car online.

Lastly, before you purchase a new car be sure to read the entire agreement. If there are parts of the agreement that confuse you, ask about them and make sure that they are fully explained and that you completely understand them before signing any deal. This will help protect you from unforeseen problems in the future.

How to Make over a 1000.00 a Week Selling Custom T-Shirts

It is ironic that the best screen printers don’t normally make the most money selling T-shirts.  If you look in the classified section of your local newspaper on any given day you will find a screen-printing company up for sale.  It seems like everyone thinks they will make lots of money printing custom t-shirt but very few people actually make it big.   Most people will buys some equipment and learn how to print all kinds of cool designs.    Where most people fall short is not getting out and marketing their services correctly or even at all.

I am a believer that some of the best screen printers have gone broke because of a bad marketing plan.  Take the less traveled road and make sure you pick up the phone and call the local schools.  Talk to as many coaches as you can.  Each and every one of them needs custom t-shirts for the teams they coach, camps, or coaching staff.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking they will find you because if you aren’t making those painful cold calls, your competition is willing to do it.  Any successful print shop is proof of that and if you ask any of the companies up for sale how many cold calls they made in a typical week.  I predict the answer is zero.

When I put on a sales seminar or lead a group discussion on selling a product no matter what the product.  I stress to them.   Don’t focus on the sale.   Focus on the fact you offer a product or service that will either save them money, time or make their purchasing process easier.  The fact is most people that you are targeting are buying your product.  If I assume your are at least bright enough to know your target audience.  That being said, if you truly believe you will make it easier for them to purchase from you than your competition you are 90% there.   If not make it true.  In the case of selling custom t-shirts.  Offer quicker turn around time.  Offer free artwork, free set up.  Any things that will make you stand out from the crowd.  Remember if you are just a face in the crowd no one will remember you or change their current buying pattern.

Change is hard for people.  Make it easy.  One sales person took to heart what he learned at one of my seminars and took it to the next level.  He would go cold calling with his laptop and offer to do free artwork on the spot for free.  Let me tell you something.  If you get into see a decision maker, do the artwork for free and get them to okay it.  You have a sale!  It was remarkable the close ratio he had with this technique.  I know not everyone has the ability to create artwork on the spot but you get the idea.  Do something unique, stand out, and offer to deliver personally.  My favorite saying is selling is “if you aren’t the lead dog.   The view never changes”.  Get out in front and sell your shirts off.

Eliminate Many Business Start-Up Costs

Most new home based businesses will require certain start-up costs. These may include a new computer and computer desk, a printer, supplies, a fax machine, employee costs, consulting or accounting fees, a business phone, and printing costs for letterhead, envelopes, and business cards. With an online home business, you'll incur fees for new website design along with your domain name and hosting fees, promotion, and order processing expenses. These can add up in a hurry and are the main reason many new home based business owners don't make it.

Big Business For You!

Get Rich Quick Scams Revealed

Read this article before you consider paying for a "get rich quick" program.

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Everybody would love to make lots of money quickly, working from home, and only doing a few hours of work per week. I've spent the past two years trying to find a great way of doing this. Only over the course of the past few months have I found any "get rich quick" programs worth buying. I've been trying to make money online for a long time. I had a few small websites, but they never made much more than a few hundred per month. It was easy money and didn't require much work on my part, but I knew there were people out there doing better than I was and I knew I could do as well as them.

Now, I've seen a lot of "get rich quick" programs. Most of these people make claims about earning $2000/day with Google or something similarly insane. Almost all of these people are complete liars. Even if they were making $2000/day with Google AdSense, it'd be because they had high - traffic websites with a lot of quality content. I'd know, because in one whole month, I never even made half of what they promised I'd make daily with their programs. Maybe you've already been scammed by one of these fraudsters. Anyway, I finally got sick of what was being offered.

I decided I'd look through the all of the "get rich quick" programs I could find and see if there were any that were actually legitimate. I found that there were owners selling their programs for well over $100, but the information in them could be found almost anywhere online for free. Additionally, they all contained out-of-date information, had no e-mail support, no money back guarantees, and broken links in the downloads section.

In conclusion, almost all of the programs I found were completely useless. The owners knew it, but they couldn't care less about their customers since they didn't offer refund policies! Amazingly, while looking through all of the programs, I actually did find a few legitimate programs. They were run by ordinary people like you and me, and they had found some great methods of making money from their home by doing very little work.

I spent some time working with those programs, and my income is now ten times what it used to be. These programs provided a large amount of great information on how to make extra money on your computer doing very little work. Numerous customers had provided great feedback and reviews for their products. Many of them have started to make money just days after buying!

Their programs have excellent prices, and the authors have a group of paid staff who are dedicating to helping you or providing assistance if you need any. I must say I was amazed! If you do decide to purchase any of the programs listed below, I recommend you join quickly. Most of the owners tell me they are getting an overwhelming number of sales and plan on raising prices in the near future, so order while prices are still low!

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Start Vending with Used Machines

For those of you who don’t have enough money to buy new vending machines but want to start a vending business, used machines are a good alternative. If you have no clue where to go hunting for a used vending machine, there is no need to worry. You can find a good used machine in five simple steps.

Step #1

Used vending machines can be found in many ways. You may go through the classified ads or search for them online. Companies with online websites are quite reliable for providing good quality vending machines. Confirm that the price of the selected used vending machine is less than a new machine. Before you buy a used machine, check the market prices of various similar machines offered by different distributors. Make sure that the machine cost is lower than the original machine’s cost.

Step #2

The used machine should be in a reasonably good condition. Its coin receptacle and validator should be able to receive current currencies. Make sure that the vending machine is updated to the present requirements. Planet Antares machines are highly updated and well maintained.

Step #3

Check the vending machine for its operating efficiency. The customers should be able to get the products easily and without any hassles or delay. Choose a simple to operate vending machine so that customers can use it frequently and easily.

Step #4

The kind of machine you buy depends on the products you want to sell. If you are planning to sell food items, used machines are not advisable. In such a case, it will be better that you purchase a new Planet Antares vending machine rather than wasting your money on a used vending machine.

Step #5

Choose a company which provides you with flexible payment plans, after sale services, etc. You can also purchase an already located machine and gather detailed information about it from the previous owner. By following these steps, you can buy the right used machines for starting your vending business.

WEBconference applications for sales

Problems

Nevertheless, reviewing a proposition with the client will actually save time for everybody as compared to just emailing or using rapid delivery services. Coordinating the responses to bids that involve many different resources within the company (but which are not always available) in conjunction with the deadlines that approach rapidly is, without doubt, a Herculean task. Our services give you the edge here, with the added advantage that the sales team will not be the last to know if a competitor makes a borderline maneuver.

Solution

In some cases, it is more appropriate to conduct a virtual meeting with a prospect, a client, a distributor, or a partner. Through web conference, a PowerPoint presentation, a software demonstration, or consultation of a document may be done online. Also, it is a great way to review and reinforce a proposition already sent to a client by email. Thanks to the presence indicator of the voice over IP software, Skype, other colleagues can be reunited, according to their availability, in order to produce a bid offer. Finally, an alert on the competition allows the exchange of all information related to, and needed for, the sales force.

Results

Reducing the traveling time of representatives proportionally increases their sales time, thus allowing them to focus better on the task. The level of stress that goes with answering a bid diminishes with better coordination, resulting in the improved quality of a proposal, which may be evident even to the client's eyes. Sharing of experiences among the sales team members, regarding the competition, better equips them to neutralize arguments and to go ahead successfully.

Uses of Bitumen: Since Ages

If we look at all the chemicals that man uses for his daily living in the 20th century, we are likely to find that they are in the vast majority derived from one single substance - petroleum. This is certainly true in modern agriculture, in medicine, and in the textile industry - where both the dyes and the fibers themselves are synthetics made from various treatments of crude oil. Bitumen is one of them.

Bitumen is a generic term referring to flammable, brown or black mixtures of tar like hydrocarbons, derived naturally or by distillation from petroleum. It can be in the form of viscous oil to a brittle solid, including asphalt, tars, and natural mineral waxes. Substances containing bitumens are called bituminous. Another form of Bitumen, coal, was used as the primary energy source in the industrial revolution. In British English, 'bitumen' is often used interchangeably with both 'asphalt' and 'tar'. In American English, 'bitumen' is most commonly used in engineering jargon to explicitly include both asphalt - and tar-based materials. In Australian English, 'bitumen' is used as the generic term for road surfaces.

In the past, bitumen was used to waterproof boats, and even as a coating for buildings; it is possible, for example, that the city of Carthage was easily burnt down due to extensive use of bitumen in construction.

Bitumen is primarily used for paving roads. Its other uses are for the general waterproofing products, including the use of bitumen in the production of roofing felt and for sealing flat roofs. It is also the prime feed stock for petroleum production from tar sands currently under development in Alberta, Canada.

Many arguments has been given related to the formation of bitumen. As most geologists believe that naturally occurring deposits of bitumen are formed from the remains of ancient, microscopic algae and other once-living things. These organisms died and their remains were deposited in the mud on the bottom of the ocean or lake where they lived. Under the heat and pressure of burial deep in the earth, the remains were transformed into materials such as bitumen, kerogen, or petroleum.

A minority of geologists, proponents of the theory of abiogenic petroleum origin, believe that bitumen and other hydrocarbons heavier than methane originally derive from deep inside the mantle of the earth rather than biological detritus.

Thus, tar like substance extensively used for making roads is available in various specifications. For similar products please visit www.tekxchange.com

How to Communicate Clearly and Professionally Online

Some people enjoy writing. Some, like me, are even driven to write. Others hate it. They hate words. They hate writing them down, and they hate typing them. Some people even hate reading them. Regardless, the written word is a necessary part of our daily lives, particularly in a world that has become less face-to-face and more virtual. We communicate not only through the Web but through our e-mail communications, instant messengers and online chat. As a result, the words and images we use must be carefully chosen to not only convey our meaning but our tone as well.

Here are some tips to help you put your best foot forward in your online communications:

• “Internet speak” (LOL, b4, np, ty, etc.) is fine for casual communications with friends, but it should not be used on your company Web site or in any other professional communications. Words should not have to be deciphered to be understood.

• Always use appropriate punctuation and grammar – these tried and true rules will never go out of style. Need a refresher course? Pick up a resource guide the next time you visit Amazon.com or your local bookstore. I like Punctuation Simplified and Applied by Geraldine Woods (Webster’s New World, 2006).

• For those who didn’t get the memo yet, PLEASE don’t use ALL CAPS to convey a message. This is akin to shouting in the online world.

•  Befriend the “spell check” tool and buy a good dictionary and thesaurus. Spelling errors create the perception that a person is too busy to proofread his own work or to pay attention to little details.

•  To present content that is easily understood, write in clear, simple language. The benchmark is to write for an audience of 10th graders.

•  When possible, add descriptive modifiers (i.e., adjectives) to convey degree and tone. Compare these two ideas:  1) “With our experience, our Web design team can create Web pages quickly.” 2) With more than 50 years of combined Web design experience, our creative team can develop an attractive, functional page design within 72 hours.” Sentence 2 shares the same idea, but is much clearer.

•  Always proofread and edit your work to be sure it is error free and easily understood. For larger projects with a long-term impact, like Web copy, consider hiring a professional writer or editor to be sure your story gets told in a way that adequately shares the value of your company with others.

By following these basic guidelines, you can ensure that you communicate clearly and professionally with your customers and prospective clients.

7 Ways to keep Customers Coming Back to Your Site

You've built a website. Wonderful! The next question to ask is this: Once you get a visitor's attention, how can you bring them back?

Of course, you don't want every visitor returning, but rather customers and potential customers. Articles and other content published on your site should be relevant, interesting and well written. Unique content will give your site a better chance of reaching targeted visitors through search engines.

Here are seven ways to keep customers coming back to your website:

1. Run short-term specials.  Internet users love a bargain, and sales are a sure way to capture attention. Use short sales periods to motivate people to act — giving them three months to make a decision will just help them avoid making the decision to buy. Let users know that the items on offer are always changing to encourage them to visit your site regularly. And get creative with your specials. For example, consider giving away a free gift rather than just cutting the price.

2. Make your site topical.  Internet users often look online to learn more about interesting topics in the news. Creating a link between your business and a hot news story can be a great way to attract visitors to your site. This is a common tactic used by public relations firms to get media coverage, and could work equally well for you.

3. Update information regularly.  Why would a user want to return to a website that rarely changes? Keeping your information up-to-date sends a message to visitors that your company is current and serious about doing business.

4. Hold a competition.  This is a great way to get visitors excited about your website and what you do. Consider asking users for feedback, so that it doubles as a market research tool. Prizes don't need to be extravagant, but should be fun and appropriate for your target market.

5. Send out an e-mail newsletter.  This popular promotional tactic is an effective one. Don't expect to build a list of thousands of subscribers, but focus instead on building a high quality list of targeted readers. When sending a newsletter, keep it short and informative. Promotions are expected, but don't overdo it.

6. Join niche e-mail groups.  If you have the time, participating in a targeted e-mail list is a great way to connect with potential customers and keep reminding them about your business. Participation in a group works best when your company services a niche market. For example, the owner of a pet store might join a mailing list for pet owners. By participating as an expert, the storeowner is able to promote his business to a community of prospective clients.

7. Know your customers.  An understanding of the needs and goals of your clients is the best way to ensure that your marketing efforts are effective. Statistics and tracking reports will help you gauge the interests of visitors to your website. Website usage statistics will help you understand how people come to your site, and what they do once they have arrived. Are they finding what they want, or do certain pages on your site trigger them to leave? Was the contest you ran successful? This understanding will help you hone your online marketing efforts.

Adding Content To Your Home Internet Business

Where your website or blog is concerned, it is extremely important to add new content continually, not only to please the search engines, but to add interest and excitement to your site also. You can expand your site by adding relevant but different keywords to new pages,this will attract new visitors,and ultimately new sales. Continually monitor your keyword rankings in the search engines, and keep a watchful eye on your competition. Make adjustments and improvements where necessary.

Over time-as the presence of your home based business increases-so will the total volume of traffic to your website. As a rule of thumb - a goal of 400 unique visitors per day can be achieved by using the methods in this article.

Maintenance For Your Website

To be effective in maintaining your website,you need to regularly check that all your links are working,check download times, remove broken links,add different graphics,add fresh content. Keep your website up-to-date.

Making Changes To Your Website

There may be a time in the future that you are receiving thousands of targeted traffic to your site-but you are not making a steady stream of online income. What do you do. Take a very good look at your site. Are your adverts relevant to your products. Can your visitors find what they are looking for easily. Is your website easy to navigate and search. Is your website displaying other people's ads or banners.Is your sites colour scheme very bright or too dark,or are you offering out of date information or non-relevant content.

Join a home based business forum,and ask to submit your site for an online review.There are also many forums dedicated to search engine optimisation, link building, writing and submitting articles. These forums will give you honest and precise feedback on your particular query or problem.There will be always someone to help you.

Making A Great Income Online

As you can see from above, there are many aspects involved in building a successful home internet business,but over time your business will grow and develop to where many thousands of people will view and buy from your website on a daily and ongoing basis. These people will have searched through Ppc ads, read your own articles, clicked on your website links etc to arrive at your site. Only then will you start making a great income online.

Best Ways to Choose a Credit Card Processing Company

Best Ways to Choose a Credit Card Processing Company

One of the most critical decisions for launching an online business is deciding on which credit card processor to use and how you will choose to process your customer's payments.  There are two primary methods to choose from: You can use a true merchant account and do it yourself or you can use what is known as a third-party processor.  The credit card processor method you select can possibly effect the execution of your entire Website.

Probably the best way to choose a credit card processor is by simply listing your needs and then comparing the various available plans.  Will cost be the most important element and what other factors will be involved?  Try comparing both a true merchant account to third-party credit card processors side by side.

How is a true merchant account different from a third party credit card processor?

True Merchant Credit Card Processors

With a true merchant account, you are the merchant and you have the option of applying directly through a bank.  However, this is often done through a sales agent.  The account will be dedicated to your business only.  You, as the merchant will have total control over the account and be totally responsible for it in everyway.  You will have to provide a gateway for the account because this will not be included in the account.

Note: Some companies that offer credit card processor plans will extend a bundle that includes a gateway as an enticement.  You are free to choose any gateway you prefer since they are totally separate entities.

Basically, your merchant account for a credit card processor is a direct account with MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express.  If you resolve to accept payments from their members, you must abide strictly by their rules.

Third-Party Credit Card Processors

A third-party credit card processor company has it's own merchant account and they allow individuals and businesses to accept credit card payments through them.  A third-party credit card processing company has all of the power since they make the rules, which you must adhere to since they are allowing you to share their merchant account.

When should you consider using a third-party credit card processing company?

-If your business isn't registered

-If you have been blacklisted

-If you or your mechanize is considered high risk

-If you have poor credit or no credit

-If you only process a small amount of transactions

If you are a non-programmer and can't carry out a complex API.

Additional considerations concerning third-party credit card processing

1. They will not charge higher rates for high risk businesses

2. They don't perform credit checks

3. They can't be used with a separate gateway

4. Their name appears on your customer's credit card statements

5. It can take up to a month to receive deposited funds.

6. You can't negotiate rates for third-party credit card processing.

Most reputable online merchants understand they will be accepting credit cards online and that they will need a merchant account and a payment gateway.  There are good reasons for assuming this:

-If there are large volumes of transactions to be processed, the discount rate will be far superior with a true merchant account than with a third-party credit processing company.

-The merchant will have 100% control over the account.  The merchant can deal directly with customers and it's the merchant's name that appears on the customer's credit card statement.

-Transparent checkout feature - Allows the customer transaction to be processed directly on the Merchant's Website, rather than being redirected to a third party site.

-Portrays a more professional image - A true merchant account is a more seamless process which is expected from customers.

When you apply for a true merchant account, you will have to go through a full credit check and you may not use the account in anyway for your own personal use.  The rates are always negotiable but high-risk products will garner much higher rates.  You may use a separate gateway of your choice for credit card processing and your business name will always appear on the customer's statement. Funds will be deposited within 1-3 days and you may be locked into a contract for several years.

Most online businesses that are just starting out have small margins and tight budgets.  Cost will be the single most important factor in choosing a credit card processing company for most of them.  The needs of each business will vary, as will the offers they receive for credit card processing.  In making a comparison, it's almost like comparing oranges and oranges and can be quite difficult.  One way to approach the comparison process is to collect the data on fees associated with both third party and a true merchant account first.

-Setup fee: how much you need to pay to establish the account

-Discount rate: the percentage of sales that the processor takes

-Transaction fee: the flat fee the processor charges for each transaction

-Monthly fee: the monthly fee associated with keeping the account active

-Setup fee: the cost to set up a gateway

-Gateway monthly fee: the monthly fee charged by the gateway provider for use of their payment gateway services

Next, list the number of transactions you will make each month and how much the average customer will spend on your Website.  There is a multitude of third-party processors and true merchant providers for credit card processing that may be compared.  For example, Papal and Verisign are two well known companies, but are completely different.

Conclusion

You may ultimately use both of these methods to use credit card processing online but the way in which they are implemented are very different.  Each has it's own particular advantages.  Since every business is different, you must consider all of the factors involved with accepting credit cards online, not just the costs.  Sometimes, paying a few additional costs in fees can enhance your customers experience and the overall appearance of your Website.  Take ample time to explore all of your options in order to find the best cost-effective credit card processing company that fills the needs of your online business.

Miami Real Estate

Miami is currently one of the richest real estate area in the United States. Buying a property there will allow you live near the most famous beaches in the world, and in the same time you will be enjoying the urban comforts that a city can offer you.

The Miami Real Estate recently received a boost from the constructions made by some of the most notable real estate investors, like Donald Trump plus many others. If you are looking to take luxury living to the next level you should definitely buy Miami Beach Condos.

Just imagine the benefits that you will get by living in such a Miami Beach Condo. You will have the opportunity to spend your time on world's most famous beaches, do shopping, and join high quality restaurants just by walking a short distance from your condo. Another great thing is the view that your new condo is going to give you.

The city has changed a lot in the last 10 years, thanks to the premium real estate investment made there, right now the city is full of life. Its population has grown significantly during the last years. Be happy, enjoy life, your first step to happiness could be buying a Miami Beach Condo.

Miami is famous for the beaches, the nightlife, the history, the style, and can be a perfect destination for anyone. You will have the opportunity to purchase some modest condos or ultra luxury condos. No matter what you are after, living there it's going to make your life a dream. Just imagine the glamorous life style that this city is going to offer you. This is the reason why many Hollywood celebrities love Miami.

Make Fewer Cold Calls and Get Better Results

Cold calling, the old way, has to be the most painful form of sales work you can experience. There’s a lot of rejection, fear, and deflated hopes.

But there’s a new way to make cold calling as pleasant and relaxed as picking up the phone and talking to a friend. Just follow these steps, and your cold calls can become an enjoyable part of your day.

1. Rip Up Your Sales Script and Start a Conversation

If you’ve been selling for a while, you’ve probably used a sales script. Perhaps using a script is the only way you know to start a cold call.

But people can almost always tell when you're reading from a script, even if you think you’re pretty good at it. There's just nothing personal about it, and people pick up on that.

A script isn’t a conversation. It’s a linear process designed to move the other person toward a sale. You’re not having a real dialogue when you’re using a script. So nothing is "real" about the whole encounter.

A conversation, on the other hand, is a living, breathing relationship. You’re two real people, talking normally and naturally.

So when you’re just being yourself, the other person’s walls can come down. Because you’re not coming at them with one-way sales strategy. So your cold calls typically last longer. You’ll make fewer calls, and have better results.

2. From "Dreaded Salesperson" to Trusted Advisor

The old cold calling strategies teach you to polarize the roles of buyer and seller. You’re trying to coax "prospects" into buying your product. You’re not thinking about their world – their budget, problems, or time constraints. You’ve been taught to think about the sale.

Well, suppose you were to focus instead on the things that matter to the other person. For example, their problems. What if you were to become a problem solver?

That’s exactly the place you want to be when making your cold calls. Imagine approaching someone with the idea of finding out whether you can help solve a problem. Imagine the kind of attitude this would convey to the other person.

You’re no longer trying to persuade. You’re not even thinking about the sale. You’re thinking about whether you can help someone solve a problem. You’re relaxed, comfortable, and authentic.

When you make your cold calls this way, you’ll find that others will engage you more. And you’ll also be able to really enjoy what you’re doing.

3. Gain the Respect You Deserve – Stop Pushing and Chasing

The old-school sales gurus teach the essentially the same approach. "Focus on closing the sale. Keep pushing forward. Overcome objections. Your job is to turn every no into a yes."

Persuading and coaxing has always been considered a normal and necessary part of cold calling. But it’s rooted in a kind of macho selling image. If you don't keep pushing, it means you're giving up. So you keep trying to move things forward, and you keep "chasing" with follow-up calls.

Even when your focus is on solving a problem for the other person, you can be coaxing and cajoling. But if you do this, how can you become the trusted advisor I spoke about earlier?

It’s really simple. Just let go of your attachment to the sale. When you do this, you can relax into being the professional that you are.

When you stop focusing on getting the sale, you can become a trusted resource. You’re no longer chasing, pushing, and cajoling. You’re helping. And that makes a world of difference in how people respond to you.

Follow these guidelines, and cold calling can become surprisingly enjoyable. You’ll find yourself spending much more time with each person. You’ll also see more positive results, whether or not a sale unfolds. Others will tend to respond to you more graciously. And your whole cold calling experience can become a pleasant one.

Buzzquotes – Your Source for the Best Insurance Leads on the Web!

Quick update! Buzzquotes is a company we reviewed a few years back. They started off with excellent ratings, and then dropped a bit. But now they are back on the radar. You can find out for yourself by filling out their information request form. They will send you free information on their lead generation programs. We are very impressed with their customer service, and they are excellent at lead generation. Leads they provide: Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Health Insurance and Life Insurance.

"This lead resulted in a $25,000 annuity sale on the first appointment. My commission on this sale was enough to pay for 100 leads." - John W.

"It is much easier to leave the home with a check when the potential client is ready to buy. That is what buzzquotes.com gives the agent, a client that is done shopping and ready to buy." - Ben P.

"Sold another one! Out of about 16 leads so far, I've sold 4 that have yielded approximately $6700 in first year commissions. Great return on investment!" - Mark R.

"One appointment close. Good, easy sale." - Matt R.

"I have been using buzzquotes since last November (2006). I have sold 20 policies for 36 leads since november. If the info on the lead is correct I have a better than 50/50 chance to sell them. Part of my success is quality companies that I represent, part is my ability, and part is the excellent leads from buzzquotes.com. Thank you very much" - Adam F.

"This was my first one million dollar term insurance policy I have sold! Thanks to buzzquotes." - Lance V.

"Sold $500,000 term life policy. Picking up $45,000 SPDA next month from maturing CD's, plus three Roth IRA's. Will write additional $250,000 of life in February after birth of baby, and are starting discussion of voluntary, payroll deducted retirement plan for 200 employees. Great results from one lead." - Dick L.

"I sold a policy on the husband and wife and got two referrals." - Bradley W.

"Thanks buzzquotes the leads are great, keep 'em coming!" - Shawn B.

"Sold a pair of Health policies, replacing their old Health plans. Buzzquotes led me to a knowledgeable consumer whom I closed 2 days after getting the e-mail. Way to go!" - Jason C.

"Thanks for this lead. I was able to help this prospect obtain life insurance to fund his business buy-sell agreement. Thanks." - Lucy C.

You can buy any type of Insurance leads. Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Health Insurance and Life Insurance.  You pay as you go, and they do not have time commitments or sign up fees. That's always good.

Buzzquotes philosphy of providing leads to no more than 3 industry professionals in any area keeps the competition down, they are not spread to thin, and their leads produce results. So, you should give them a test drive. To get more information from buzzquotes fill out this no obligation form, and they will email you a free info pack.

The only way to know for sure if buzzquotes is the right choice is to give them a shot. Buy a few leads, and if they are not what you wanted in a lead generation company, try another one. We are getting great feedback, and they have been very consistent.

The Art and Science of Marketing Online

With the hundreds of millions of websites populating the Internet, it's a challenge to carve out a niche and drive traffic to your site. You can certainly spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in pay-per-click advertising, but unless you the CEO of a huge company, you'll never get a return on your investment. In particular, homebased business owners rarely experience success with pay-per-click advertising, primarily because they don't have the money to purchase the number of hits they need to make their businesses profitable.

Luckily, there are many methods of marketing online that don't require a huge investment. In fact, experts generate leads and sales using a variety of tactics. Success lies either in learning how to use these methods yourself, or in networking with experienced marketers and having them implement a system for you.

Many people choose to pursue an opportunity that brings together a cadre of experts who understand both the art and science of marketing online. In this way, homebased website owners don't have to go through the nightmare of trial and error in order to find the best online marketing methods. Instead, they can concentrate on promoting their websites in other ways and, hopefully, create wealth in the process.

These multi-level marketing (or MLM) opportunities generally offer distributorships that are essentially replicating websites. The opportunity usually consists of a product and a suite of marketing efforts that are performed on your behalf. For example, six different companies may provide six different services. One company might design an advertising banner for you and place it on sites that are viewed by the people who are most likely to visit your website. Another company may write an email advertisement for you and distribute it to a hundred thousand people, half of whom will click on the hyperlink to your site. A third expert might implement a ezine advertising campaign on your behalf, while a fourth might endorse your website and send his endorsement to his own opt-in email list.

The theory behind this type of marketing online is that pooled resources produce greater results and more success. When every person in the networking system contributes to the pool, more leads are generated and each person receives more traffic to their website. In other words, the money is leveraged to everyone's best advantage.

Income generation - and in many cases, wealth - is also accomplished through an MLM-like compensation plan. For example, if you were to sign up for the program, the majority of the money you pay would go to your distributor, as would the money paid by your first referral. After that, you would receive the money from your referrals, as well as the money generated from your downline's first referral. Given that the efforts spent marketing online generate leads, and some of those leads convert to sales, the system is set up to pay out quickly and efficiently. Best of all, you don't have to be a marketing expert to make it work, which exponentially increases the chances of your success.

Generate a Healthy Income Online with Gifting

If you've always dreamed of earning a part-time or full-time income online from your home, gifting might be the solution. Gifting offers a tremendous opportunity to work from home, reduce your taxable income, and gain wealth for your future. Through gifting, many Web entrepreneurs are discovering benefits they didn't realize were theirs.

Gifting Explained

Gifting is a unique home based opportunity in which no company is involved, there are no payroll checks, and there are no overhead expenses. It relies on the "act of giving" and the reap-and-sow concept - giving results in receiving. Gifting is beneficial to everyone because gifts within certain monetary value limits as set forth by the government are considered tax-free. These gifts come directly off the top of your income, thus, decreasing your taxable income and possibly your tax bracket.

The beauty of gifting is you can give and receive as many gifts as you want all the while helping others to become a giver and receiver. There are many ways to give gifts and benefit from giving on your taxes. Some acceptable gifts are monetary gifts, real estate gifts, mutual funds, gifts in kind, life insurance gifts, income gifts for heirs, charitable donations, and retirement assets. Churches, charity organizations, companies, and even royal families have been benefiting from giving for years. There are even medical insurance alternatives called medical share programs in which participants send money as gifts to individuals according to monthly medical needs. But many individuals don't realize they can benefit too, even if they don't own a business or charitable organization.

Giving and Receiving for Income

To establish a full-time or part-time income, there are home based gifting opportunities that act as a liaison between the parties on both the giving and receiving end. The givers and receivers all benefit by recommending others, but unlike pyramids or network marketing plans, those who are recommended are not on bottom levels trying to work their way up. Also, there is no selling involved. Web resources, videos, and other avenues make explaining the process easy. And unlike most business opportunities, there are no products or services to sell. Everyone gives and receives the same gifts, so everyone benefits.

Benefits of Gifting

Gifting is growing in popularity as a home based opportunity for several reasons. The benefits of giving are not commonly known to the general public; therefore, there's a good opportunity to educate others about gifting and its many rewards. Also, there are many others online who would like to share in a gifting opportunity but aren't sure how or who to trust. This allows new gifters to introduce many people to the concept without a lot of advertising.

Another benefit is anyone can participate in gift giving from their home, enjoy freedom from a 9-to-5 job, and spend more time with their family. Gifting also brings many interesting people together to form lifelong friendships. Everyone involved has a sense of giving back to the online community while also enjoying the benefits of receiving extra income for enjoyment, bills, retirement, college tuition, savings, and other financial needs.

Gifting allows many people to stay at home while building tremendous wealth. The gifting income levels vary from one individual to another, with some earning thousands of dollars each month. For those who realize success through gifting, the "joy of giving" becomes much more joyful!

How Important Is Search Engine Optimization?

With the advent of the Internet as an effective social and business enhancement tool, the rise of search engines has enabled social organizations, interest groups and businesses to increase their visibility, as well as their profits.

Search engine optimization (SEO) refers to the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via "natural", which would mean either organic or algorithmic, search results. Generally, the earlier a site is presented in the search results, or the higher it ranks, the more searchers or web users will be enticed to visit that site. An SEO can also aim for different kinds of search types, including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines.

For most small businesses, a search engine company may guarantee top rankings for keywords with a short or low monthly search volume or get rankings for higher volume keywords in smaller search engine sites that are not relevant and probably create a very minimal amount of search engine through traffic.

According to observers, currently there are really considered the main three search engines for businesses’ or firms’ to focus on their lead generation and keyword rankings through, and these are MSN, Google and Yahoo. With these three search engines combined, analysts say a firm could cover approximately 70% of all web traffic that could potentially come through their site.

The history of search engine optimization began when webmasters and content providers began optimizing sites for search engines in the mid-1990s, as the first search engines were cataloguing the early web environment. At the beginning, all a webmaster needed to do was submit a page, or URL, to the various engines which would send a “spider” to "crawl" that page, extract links to other pages from it, and return information found on the page to be indexed.

The process involves a search engine spider downloading a page and storing it on the search engine's private server, where a secondary program, also called an indexer, would extract an array of information about the page, such as the words it contains and where these are located, as well as any weight for specific words, which are then placed into a scheduler for crawling probably at a later date. Currently, SEO’s like jump2top.com and 7seo.com perform accurate searches or website visibility enhancement modes that are attuned to a company or organization’s preferred objectives or desired reach.

The owners of most websites recognize that obtaining top search engine rankings for their top keywords is fundamentally important for their firm’s continued success. However, the large majority of does not yet fully understand the process of a small business SEO company’s process of achieving these keyword rankings through targeted search engine marketing and most are not aware of free SEO site appraisal. It is very important to not only invest in search engine optimization specialist techniques, but also pay-per-click management techniques also.

By 1997, the majority of search engines recognized that some webmasters were working double time in producing efforts to rank well in their search engines, and even manipulating the page rankings in search results. Early search engine startups, such as Infoseek, fine-tuned their algorithms to prevent webmasters from manipulating rankings by stuffing pages with excessive or irrelevant keywords.

However, due to the high marketing value of targeted search results, there is a potential for an antagonistic relationship between search engines and SEOs. In 2005, an annual conference of the AIRWeb, or the Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web, was formed to confer and minimize the harmful effects of aggressive web content providers.

WEBconference reduces global warming

WEBconferences are just like normal meetings but they are conducted virtually over the Internet. Presenters can give PowerPoint presentations, consult documents, use interactive on-screen graphics and even vote or display the results of collaborative efforts.

This eco-logic axis, is a new challenger on the WEBconference industry, Tele-efficiency, who supports it. Their service, better known as Conferenceware, is registered in the technological ecosystem. It integrates with Outlook in order to plan a meeting and to invite contacts and with Skype a voice over IP worldwide network. It includes a free audioconference service, in which the participants just make a long distance call, with accesses in North America and Europe, even better, free, with Skype.

According to the Forrester consulting firm, the WEBconference market has had a 28% annual increase in the last 5 years and this progression should continue until 2011, going from 700 million to 2,8 billions a year. Better know for its applications on the public WEBinar, the eMeeting applications should experience in themselves the strongest increase mainly among the multisite companies, those regarding knowledge as well as associations.

The cost of WEBconference services is usually based on per-minute and per-participant rates and, therefore, these services are very expensive. However, Conferenceware offers a free 30-day trial period followed by a fixed-rate quarterly or annual service contract that includes an unlimited number of meetings. Companies that use WEBconferences can reduce their traveling costs and improve the synergy of their meetings, since the latter can be held at any time, anywhere and even at a moment's notice.

Conferenceware has been launched simultaneously in three languages; French, English and Spanis, in 15 countries on all 5 continents. The address of its international English portal is www.tele-efficiency.net. With an interface available in several languages and that can be personalized with a company's image and logo, Conferenceware fosters cultural exchanges and international cooperation. An on-line demonstration is available at www.demo.conferenceware.info. It should be borne in mind that the prospect of events such as an avian flu epidemic could lead companies to adopt WEBconferences as part of their continuity strategy.

The Turnkey Money Machine That Prints Non-Stop Profits For You

Dear Friend,

Now that I have your attention, I'm going to smack you upside the head with an automatic, plug-and-play profit system even a monkey could use.

That paycheck you just saw is from one of my accounts for one two-week period. ONE account (I have multiple accounts collecting cash right this minute).

It's a heck of a lot more than most online marketers put in as they beat their heads against the wall for a measly $100 or $200 a month. And with a fraction of the effort. Literally minutes per day, on days I choose to work at all - and even if I don't do a thing.

The rest of the time, the system runs on complete autopilot, and just dumps money into my accounts without me having to lift a finger!

If you're new to online marketing and you're looking for how to get started FAST, this is it.

If you've been around a while and you're dissatisfied with your results, this is a way to start seeing the reward you've wanted for so long.

Keep reading...

Imagine Seeing Cash In Just Minutes From Now

I'm going to give you a true plug-and-play, in-a-box system literally anybody—no matter what your skill level—can understand and use to generate cash in hours or even minutes from now!

This is as close to an honest "set it and forget it" system you'll ever find.

All you have to do is plug in some traffic, and watch the money roll in like a tsunami. And I'm going to give you killer strategies for getting more traffic than Manhattan at rush hour, mostly at zero cost.

Some online gurus will tell you it takes time to build an online business. But I'm here to tell you it does NOT take much time to see cash.

Lots of cash. So much cash you might think it's illegal. Trust me, it's not.

And that's spendable cash in your bank account. You can use your cash to buy that expensive sports car you've had your eye on, upgrade to a new house, take that dream trip you've been putting off until you "made it" online...whatever you want!

You don't need any of the stuff that takes a long time to set up...

You don't need to spend time creating a technically beautiful website (you don't need a site at all).

You don't need to hunt for a winning product to sell.

You don't need to spend big bucks on great sales copy.

You don't need employees, or inventory, or any of the things that make a "business" a pain in the neck.

You don't even need a single idea of your own.

I'm going to take care of all that, and then some. The hard work is done!

It might take you an hour or two to read and digest this system (if you take your sweet time about it). All you have to do is exactly what I tell you to do.

Plug this "no-brainer" system in, flip the switch and collect the money. Yes, it IS that easy.

Introducing The Autopilot Profits™ System -

Your Plug-And-Play Turnkey Money Machine!

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$3 Million in 6 Months With Adsense!

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The Power Play Interviews: Markus Frind - $3 Million in 6 Months

This is the first in a series of Internet Success Stories that you will begin to see on the Power Play Blog. Hope you enjoy them!

Markus Frind, the creator of Plentyoffish.com is a success story worth noting, as he has managed to take a niche formerly ruled by giant corporations and give it his own brand of marketing savvy. A case of David vs. Goliath, where the little guy comes out on top in the end. Markus is the top "individual" adsense publisher in terms of pageviews. Lets find out what some of his secrets are as he shares some advice with our readers. Feel free to comment!

Markus, what is your experience in computer programming and how did it prepare you for becoming a webmaster?

The average pageviews a day is around 14 million for the last week. I'm getting another 80 million pageviews a day from users polling the site to see if they have new messages. Really intensive bandwidth wise!

When I go to your website, I notice that the ads are targeted to my region, yet I have not even registered - can you explain to our readers how you accomplish this feat?

I'm just using ip2location.com - Basically i take your IP, look it up in the database and it tells me what your city is. I then bring up a list of users in your city, nothing magical about it at all.

Are most of your visitors coming primarily from search engines (SERPS), or are you finding that they come from other avenues? Do you actively advertise in the media?

Search engines account for something like 2% of my traffic. The vast majority of my traffic, like any other site with over 5 million pageviews a day comes from word of mouth, and repeat visitors.

The services on your site seem to be offered at no cost to the registrants. Is there some advantage you have over your competitors that allows you to do this?

I've developed new algorithms that allow me to create a mega site for next to no cost. Several years ago I created algorithm that was thousands of times faster then the algorithm used in the 1990's to find a string of 22 prime numbers. At the time a professor used several super computers and hundreds of regular computers over the course of several years to find a record. I did the same thing on 1 computer in 2 weeks.

Fascinating! Are there any other sites you currently maintain, or is plentyoffish.com the only one?

Its the only site at the moment. I've got a few other sites I registered for friends so they could learn to do marketing/affiliate stuff. At this point i think 1 site is enough.

Any tips for those looking to create a profitable endeavor on the internet?

IF someone else thinks what you are doing is a cool idea I'd say it isn't... Find something no one else thinks is important and build up a site with big traffic in that area. Also keep in mind, sites that have low monetization today but have traffic may be the gold mines of tomorrow. In the internet world anything and everything will be monetized at some point and traffic is king.

Traffic is King - very wise advice, Markus. One last question - How do you find the time to maintain such a large commodity on the internet? Surely you must have some other interests in life besides programming and website monitoring?

It only takes a hour a day on average, but its very tiring work. I spend the other couple of hours reading and seeing what is going on.

Top 3 Treadmills under $1000

The Sole F63 is an unbelievable treadmill for an unbelievable low price!  The Sole F63 can be found in many light commercial settings including Hilton Hotels Worldwide.  The value of this treadmill is found in the continuous duty 2.5 HP DC motor that will take this treadmill to a 15% incline and a speed of up to 10 MPH.

The Sole F63 is a product of Spirit.  Spirit is a well respected Pioneer in the industry, with over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry.

The F63 offers many features that you would not normally find on a treadmill in the $1000 price range.  This Treadmill has user friendly console with constant readings of time, calorie count, incline, speed, distance traveled, pulse and pace.

This treadmill is also excellent for someone needing to save some space in their home or office.  Sole has a patented all gear rack and pinion system that locks the deck into place for truly safe storage.  In addition to the fantastic storage capability, the F63 offers an amazing “Easy Assist Folding Deck Design” that opens without effort after unlocking the deck.

The frame is bullet proof, and this unbelievable treadmill offers high torque motors with flywheels, which means that the flywheels allow the machine to run much cooler or less amp draw, and in turn the motor will have a much longer life.  Featuring 2 ply belts and 2.75 inch rollers this will mean that you will have a quiet workout, and you will have many years of great service from the F63 with virtually no problems.

The Hilton and Omni Hotels are sold on Sole.  The F63 is amazing for the price, and the construction could easily be compared to many $5000 machines.   If you have a Budget of $1000, don’t pass by this long lasting, well made treadmill.

Earn $400-$700 a Day Working Just 60mins

Everybody would love to make lots of money quickly, working from home, and only doing a few hours of work per week. I've spent the past two years trying to find a great way of doing this. Only over the course of the past few months have I found any "get rich quick" programs worth buying. I've been trying to make money online for a long time. I had a few small websites, but they never made much more than a few hundred per month. It was easy money and didn't require much work on my part, but I knew there were people out there doing better than I was and I knew I could do as well as them.

Now, I've seen a lot of "get rich quick" programs. Most of these people make claims about earning $2000/day with Google or something similarly insane. Almost all of these people are complete liars. Even if they were making $2000/day with Google AdSense, it'd be because they had high - traffic websites with a lot of quality content. I'd know, because in one whole month, I never even made half of what they promised I'd make daily with their programs. Maybe you've already been scammed by one of these fraudsters. Anyway, I finally got sick of what was being offered.

I decided I'd look through the all of the "get rich quick" programs I could find and see if there were any that were actually legitimate. I found that there were owners selling their programs for well over $100, but the information in them could be found almost anywhere online for free. Additionally, they all contained out-of-date information, had no e-mail support, no money back guarantees, and broken links in the downloads section.

In conclusion, almost all of the programs I found were completely useless. The owners knew it, but they couldn't care less about their customers since they didn't offer refund policies! Amazingly, while looking through all of the programs, I actually did find a few legitimate programs. They were run by ordinary people like you and me, and they had found some great methods of making money from their home by doing very little work.

I spent some time working with those programs, and my income is now ten times what it used to be. These programs provided a large amount of great information on how to make extra money on your computer doing very little work. Numerous customers had provided great feedback and reviews for their products. Many of them have started to make money just days after buying!

Their programs have excellent prices, and the authors have a group of paid staff who are dedicating to helping you or providing assistance if you need any. I must say I was amazed! If you do decide to purchase any of the programs listed below, I recommend you join quickly. Most of the owners tell me they are getting an overwhelming number of sales and plan on raising prices in the near future, so order while prices are still low!

To Your Online Success,

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Asset Protection!

First of all, Bullet proof Asset protection strategy started with a privacy oriented tax haven jurisdiction. Private oriented tax haven jurisdiction prevents no tax to be paid for offshore capital gains or derived income.

With the offshore banking, it is easy to set up asset protection and bank secrecy. Bank secrecy also prevents its own employees, director or officer to divulge any personal information or files, bank statements connected to any bank account holder. With Panama offshore bank there are strong secrecy laws that allows the victim to file a lawsuit if any kind of misuse of subject of use is done by violating terms and conditions against not only the persons responsible for the privacy violation but it is also done with the employees of the bank or the bank itself if they are part of the violation. With strong terms and conditions of Panama bank it is hard to release any information or leak of personal information is hard to take place.

Panama bank secrecy law releases the secrecy of records in some case where the victim cannot file a law suit and that is within the criminal interventions of the victim themselves than in USA, EU most private detectives have no trouble tracing any record from the bank, without the information to the bank employees, and in that case, the detectives are not in trouble or have never been heard of getting persecuted.

Well, there is one other asset protection named Piercing asset protection structures and for that court order is required to get the asset protection corporate veil pierced. The court order regarding a trust, a corporation, a bank account or foundation is required or must for that. Such court orders are usually reserved for the serious criminal offences or matters like terrorism or narcotics etc. Civil matters from countries outside of the jurisdiction do not have to go through a court order for information.

The offshore privacy taxes have the best terms and make sure that they do not lose their customers and so they often avoid the foreign creditors to collect any assets in the banks of their customer’s country.

Asset protection and taxes of offshore Panama bank are well structured and definitely are in favor of their customers. Panama offshore bank makes all that is possible to eliminate any unwanted problems or thefts for its customers. They are also in terms of having jurisdiction that does not charge taxation of income at all; this eliminated filing requirements within the country where the offshore bank is located. A good example of that is of individuals or companies that do not carry activities outside Panamanian territory and do not obtain any income from the Panamanian source, are only subjected to the payment of fixed annual tax of 300 US dollars.

Foundations are an approach to wrap on the layer of privacy laws over the ownership of the corporation. As the trust or foundation is in one country and the corporation is in a different country while the bank account is in the third country. The use of foundation with S.A Panama Corporation is a powerful asset protection strategy.