24 September 2010

Twitter: How to get ReTweets to thousands of followers FOR FREE!

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What was your first feeling when you become member of Twitter and had 0 followers? I bet you wanted to know how you could increase your followers at least to 10 or 50 within a special time frame. The reason for this is everybody would like to have its tweets read or being mentioned by others in a small talk or even retweeted one of your tweets and with 0 followers no one usually will read your tweets. To increase your personal accounts visibility it's necessary that you interact with other members.
  1. Follow members in your niche and with your interests
  2. Mention these members on several occasions (send a tweet as soon as they follow you, on #followfriday #ff or by exchanging your thoughts on their tweets)
  3. List members who are interesting (you can create 20 different lists/topics) or who you appreciate to be listed (as you list them, many will list you too and you get to be seen by hundreds of other members, too)
  4. Join the secrect club of automatic Retweeters so that your tweet will reach thousands of followers each day for FREE!
The list of the secret club of automatic Retweeters and how you get a Retweet from them!
  • Simply follow them and wait between a few hours and three days until they follow you back
  • after they followed you send them a Direct message with your tweet
  • Take care - these account will mention your nickname automatically, so you can only send them a DM with less than 120 characters (instead of 140), otherwise they cut off important informations at the end of your tweet (like your link)
  • Still play by Twitter's rules - no spamming, no promoting of Twitter following programs or other tweets which get your account suspended!

To name a few of them - some of the accounts which i use regularly-

You can follow these accounts easily with my Twitter-Tools-List (which will be updated as soon as new Retweet-Accounts join the Secret Club)

@TweetAnnounce (27.000+ Followers)
@mytwett (17.000+ Followers)
@RetweetTrain (13.600+ Followers)
@RetweetWizard (12.400+ Followers)
@RetweetHub (8.800+ Followers)
@weretweet (7.700+ Followers)
@WildRetweeter (4.200+ Followers)
@TweetEchos (3.400+ Followers)
@ARAGUACOMERCIAL (3.000+ Followers)
@RTFORYOU (1.800+ Followers)
@Retweet_Mart (1.600+ Followers)
@Retweets4You (1.100+ Followers)*
@Retweet123 (1.000+ Followers)
@followretweet (700+ Followers)
@ashraf_firee (550+ Followers)
@we_retweet (300+ Followers)

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13 September 2010

VIDEO: San Bruno Gas Explosion in California caught on tape

On 9th September 2010 an unbelievable natural gas pipeline explosion happened at the rural area of San Bruno in California.

Today the video footage of an surveillance security camera from a nearby Gas station which caught the fire blast of this San Bruno, California Natural Gas pipeline explosion has been published by Associated Press - This is the first footage after the 30-inch diameter PG&E Corp. Gas pipeline explosion happened.

The Gas explosion did cost 8 persons their lives (as of 30th September - more updates at the end of the post). Over 50 houses are inhabitable or destroyed, around 300 houses have little or no damage.
PG&E Corp. did setup a relief fund with $100 million to support residents and city facilities (not included claims for injuries or wrongful death).

First live videos reports of the Gas pipe explosion (9th September 20 - 30 minutes after the explosion happened) taken from a Chopper concluded that it was most likely a plane crash that caused the fires in an entire neighborhood of San Bruno (CBS NEWS).

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03 September 2010

Pictures and Video of Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Resc...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeUPDATE: Another earthquake with a magnitude of 6+ stroke Christchurch during lunchtime on 22nd February 2011 devastating a large area of the city and killing more than 75 persons. More than 125 persons could still be rescued from collapsed buildings since the quake happened but still more persons are expected under the rubble of these buildings! (Update 27.02.2011: Death toll will top most likely 200 persons during this weekend!

In case you want to know if your relatives are safe get your information from the Red Cross missing person line now active. In NZ: 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276). From outside: +64 7 850 2199

From 23rd February 2001 at 11 am there should be drinking water available from various primary schools, please bring your own drinking containers to fill! via @ChristchurchCC

Christchurch City Council has now its own Twitter account - get informations from their account here: @ChristchurchCC

Contribute your pictures to the Flickr Christchurch Earthquake Group Pool (over 100 members, more than 700 pictures including the earthquake from September 2010)

★ How to donate to the chch NZ earthquake fund➛ http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate

Did a Valentine’s Day tweet predict Christchurch quake? http://tinyurl.com/49aqcy6

Video Coverage of the Earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand with some explicit pictures of victims!

Links to more pictures collections, videos & news can be found in the middle and at the end of the article.

Around 4:35 am on 4th September 2010 a very massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake woke up many residents of the city Christchurch in New Zealand.
After the earth "stopped" shaking widespread damages and several power cuts have been reported by the civil defense minister of New Zealand (state of emergency declared).

Christchurch is the second-largest city of New Zealand with a population of 372.000. CNN reported that there have been 2 injured persons in the hospital after the massive earthquake and several strong aftershocks had happened. Scientists predict that a big aftershock will be likely after this destructive Canterbury quake.

Why the aftershocks and when will they stop? - Expert explains

This Blog Post will be updated two - three times daily with fresh news and links, simply bookmark, share and tweet it to spread the news!

The following pictures have been made and published by @Polarbearfarm in their yfrog-stream and can be shared with their credits.
At first have a look at the video of the impressions of the Earthquake victims and the devastated city of Christchurch recorded some hours after the Earthquake happened!

More resources and updates of the Canterbury Earthquake (news & photos & videos) can be found below the images and at the end of the post.

Live footage of a Security camera at the moment when the Christchurch New Zealand earthquake happened (from Associated Press), don't be irritated from the screenshot:

Street view picture after earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

Street view photos after earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand damaged houses building crumbles on street

Street view picture after earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

building crumbles on street photo after earthquake in Christchurch, New ZealandLinks to other pictures, photos, images and videos of the Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake

More photos of the New Zealand Earthquake which struck Christchurch can be found in the yfrog-stream of @PolarBearFarm.
Another collection of pictures from the Christchurch South New Zealand earthquake can be found on Crashbang and on Flickr the excellent photostream of Redbox Photography.

An amazing 1:18 minute footage from a flyover of the 'fault trace' from the NZ earthquake (GNS Scientists make an initial aerial assessment of the fault trace southwest of Christchurch)

TIME - Slide Show with photos from the New Zealand earthquake in Christchurch (#chch)

NEW: Flickr Christchurch Earthquake Group Pool with 700+ images from 61 members (and increasing each day) + Special Post on official Flickr Blog!

Links to other news article, facts or general informations about the Christchurch Canterbury New Zealand earthquake (updated at least twice daily)

Most often used Hashtags in Twitter to find news about the New Zealand earthquake: #eqnz #eqchch #chch


Until 6. November 2010 (more than 60 days after the first strong earthquake stroke Christchurch) there have been more than 2.500 Aftershocks. Just on 5th November have been again 11 earthquakes, one reached again a magnitude of more than 4.

For everyone who has damages on their buildings, offices, cars and so on from the Christchurch earthquake, you should check out the post from the New Zealand Herald on How to make an Insurance claim through the New Zealand Earthquake Commission

Water restrictions were lifted for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents in the night of 8th September, boiling water no more necessary.

The New Zealand Red Cross offers some basic guides for coping with emergencies (useful during earthquakes, its aftershocks, other disasters or general emergencies)
- Recovering from an emergency for young people
- Recovering from an emergency - Key Information

Another blog post especially for supporting children during an Earthquake and aftershocks was written by Dr. Sarb Johal

An interesting blog post by Kalena which asks about your #firstthreetweets after or during the Christchurch earthquake on 4th September. Simply tweet with this hashtag and she might add your #firstthreetweets to her growing list!

Another blog post which should grab your attention is called The Lessons of an Earthquake.

Two major aftershock earthquakes (low depth of less than 10 km) hit Christchurch again in the morning of 8th September with magnitudes of 4.4 and 5.1 ! A Power Out appeared for several minutes, persons get evacuated from hotels and inner city businesses, new cracks appearing in buildings!

In Kaiapoi CBD out of 71 buildings only 18 are safe. 31 have restricted access and 22 are unsafe.

In 1931, Napier had 7.8 earthquake & 525 aftershocks in first 2 weeks. On 30th September there have been up to 800+ aftershocks in the first 4 weeks & still counting. Source: Geonet & NZ Herald

Two earthquakes hit the North Island at Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa between 10 and 11 am of 7th September with 5.2 and 3.6 magnitude, no damage reported but widely felt throughout the area.

A website has been set up for Canterbury residents.

Spammy Scam emails are hitting email-accounts claiming they are sites to donate money for Christchurch New Zealand earthquake fund. Beware. Only trust reliable sources like Red Cross.

The earthquake happened at a new fault line and comes as a big "surprise" to the scientists!

Now more than 500 houses condemned and over 20 houses inhabitable!
Latest news from 6th September write about two thirds of the buildings in Christchurch have been damaged by the earthquake and dozen of aftershocks!
Gale force winds in the last hours let more of the loose bricks crash down to the streets and interrupt restoration of Christchurch

Other news report of a record number of births in Christchurch on the day of the earthquake, Saturday 4th September (21, highest for Saturday)!

An interesting blog post about the experience during the Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand: 13 things I learned from an earthquake

Coveritlive.com - Live Stream of incoming Tweets about the Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake!

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Christchurch and New Zealand as it will take time to build up everything and the rainy/stormy weather won't do any good in this situation!
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01 September 2010

Real Alien appears during live interview in South American TV?

We all know the stories about flying saucers or UFOs after the World War II and the well known mystery which is surrounding the case of Roswell (1947) in which the US military may have recovered an alien spacecraft (with dead or living aliens).

In this video it seems like a real alien is walking down the hill towards the car of the Television team. But it maybe just a Nordic walker or someone who walks with a dog ;)

In the end everyone is for yourself the judge if you could believe that this is an Extraterrestrial being or just a human or if it's kind of a manipulated video.

The Live Interview was made on 8 of August 2010 on Channel 2 in Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America.

Enjoy the video and leave a comment what you believe!

Why did i tell you in advance that the possible alien could be a Nordic Walker or a person who walks with a dog?
Our mind is kind of fixed to believe about what we read already and this belief gets usually stronger after we saw pictures or videos of the "Alien". Now your eyes might look much closer to this Extraterrestrial being to judge if it's a real alien or just a human being with a dog or with two walking sticks.

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12 August 2010

NDM-1: The Superbug or what is it really?

Metallo-beta-lactamase protein foldImage via WikipediaThe name "NDM-1" is spreading trough the news since today and it is called the new Superbug who could cause the next epidemic or even pandemic situation in our world (what a great time to start writing again about a possible endemic disease as soon as the WHO has declared the end of the swine flu pandemic today).
NDM-1 which means New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 positive bacteria is a bacterial gene who gives at the moment the E. coli bacterias a drug resistance against common antibiotics. The most common diseases which result now from the contaminated NDM-1 gene are pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

Facts about NDM-1

  1. NDM-1 seems to be spreading from India and Pakistan to Europe, most of the time because of persons who made "cheaper" (cosmetic) surgeries or cancer treatments in these countries. It's another fact that in India antibiotic treatment is used for too many sicknesses even when it wouldn't be necessary (which would strongly influence bacterias to modify in such antibiotic-resistant ways)

  2. There are a few cases in other European countries (Sweden, Netherlands), the USA, Canada and Australia

  3. The superbug NDM-1 is already known for more than ONE YEAR. Last year in August 2009 there have been 22 known cases in the UK, now the newspapers report write there are 50 cases

  4. In comparison to the Swine flu scare from April 2008 - the H1N1-virus spread within weeks to almost all countries due to international travel and infected hundred thousands of persons but killed just a few thousand - it seems at the moment like "someone" wants to make panic because hundreds of newspaper write now about it.

  5. There are at the moment two known antibiotics which can fight against NDM-1 infected bacteria. The question is how long will these two antibiotics be successful as bacterias can modify their code quickly. In comparison developing new antibiotics takes up to 10 years.
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20 July 2010

Amazing facts about your body which you might not know yet! Part Two

Human body external featuresImage via Wikipedia

Humans are the only animals capable of drawing a straight line.

On average, an individual grows over 450 miles of hair in a lifetime.

When a person smiles, 17 muscles are engaged.

Men shorter than 4.2 feet and women shorter than 3.9 feet are considered dwarfs.

White blood cells live in the human body for 2 to 4 days, while red blood cells live up to 3 to 4 months.

Human heart is equal in size to a human fist. Average weight of an adult’s heart is approximately 0.5lbs.

Human brain generates more electric impulses in a day than all telephones of the world combined.

Total weight of bacteria living in the human body is 4.4lbs.

Human brain produces 100,000 chemical reactions per second.

Babies are born without kneecaps, which form only at the age of 2 to 6.

The area of human lungs’ surface is equal to that of a tennis court.

The human small intestines are 8.5 feet long during life. After death, when the muscles of the bowel walls relax, it may reach over 19 feet.

An average human has approximately 2 million of perspiratory glands. An average adult person loses 540 calories with a liter of sweat. Men perspire 40% more than women.

The right lung holds more air than the left one.

In a lifetime, the female body produces 7 million egg cells but uses less than 600 of these egg cells.

The human eye is capable of differentiating 10,000,000 hues.

There are approximately 40,000 bacteria in the human mouth.

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Women blink twice as often as men.

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18 July 2010

Amazing facts about your body which you didn't know yet! Part One

i like to shoot stuff!Image by erin MC hammer via Flickr

At birth, a baby’s brain contains 14 billion cells, and this number does not increase till death. On the contrary, after the age of 25 it decreases by 100,000 cells per day. Reading a page of text in a minute kills approximately 70 cells. After the age of 40, the brain degradation is accelerated, and after 50, neurons shrink and brain volume reduces.

The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.

Babies are born with approximately 300 bones and adults have only 206 bones.

Human body contains enough fat to produce seven pieces of soap.

Nerve impulses in the human body travel with the speed of approximately 90 meters a second.

Men suffer from color blindness 10 times more often than women.

Nearly half of all human bones are located in wrists and feet.

When in doubt, medieval doctors diagnosed patients with syphilis.

People with blue eyes are more sensitive to pain than others.

Fingernails grow 4 times faster than toenails.

A person changes her skin approximately 1,000 times in a lifetime.

There are over 100 viruses causing running nose.

There are nearly 46 miles of nerves in an adult’s body.

Those who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day drink half a cup of tar a year.
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08 July 2010

Time traveler predicted World Cup final!

2010 FIFA World CupImage via Wikipedia

On 13th June a time traveler posted in a Chinese Internet forum (Baidu) a message about the actual 2010 FIFA World Cup final in South Africa. The time traveler calls himself "X from the future" (X来自未来) and his message is the following:

I come from the near future, I know that many people tend to put me there. If you believe it is a joke, I would like to first give you some facts of evidence.

I want to give a very simple evidence, the world is most concerned about the World Cup finals. It will be both the Netherlands and Spain, the Netherlands beat Spain 2-1, Sneijder and another you could not guess now. I hope my words do not spread to South Africa before the World Cup finals, otherwise I fear that the mentality of the affected players could changed history.

A month later I will come back, then I hope you all like to believe my remarks about the future!
This time traveler could accumulate almost 44.000 fans/followers (24 hours later already more than 54.000) in Baidu within the last 4 weeks and many of these fans started betting on both teams, Netherlands and Spain, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He said a few days afterwards that the future already changed because of his given prediction and that SPAIN will win now with 1:0 - but this post got deleted by the Baidu officials - that's why it was not mentioned in the original post! This means the prediction of X from the future became true!

Some complained already that the betting quotes have declined in the previous days as too many have made their bet for a win of Netherlands or Spain in the quarter and semi-finals ;-)

Do you believe that time travel will be possible in the nearby future?
For me it seems like there's a big chance of time traveling as the results are accurate (by taking the names of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists, the result of the goals can only be known on the night of 11th July 2010). Even Stephen Hawking announced in May 2010 that time travel can be possible.

Perhaps we just wait and look out for the news which "X from the future" will deliver on 13th of July....

What do you think... are you betting now on a victory of Netherlands in the 2010 FIFA World Cup? ;-)

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31 May 2010

Was the BP Oil Rig Explosion predicted by the Movie "Knowing"?

In the movie "Knowing" with Nicolas Cage (on air in 2009) is a TV News scene displayed which shows the Oil Rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The pictures shown in the movie look exactly the same like the pictures from the actual BP / Deepwater Horizon Oil rig disaster (with it's devastating oil spill) which happen on 20th April 2010.
But it's better for everyone to judge on your own if you want to believe that movies predict the actual Oil rig & Oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico or if this scenario is just a coincidence...
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16 May 2010

The ICE - Campaign - a Life saver for us!

"WHO" do you call when there's an Em...Image by sillygwailo via Flickr

Just wanted to share an important Emergency issue which i got today by e-mail!

Dear Everyone,

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign

The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE".

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference!

Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our mobile phones today!
Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this.

It really could save your life or put a loved one's mind at rest .

ICE will speak for you whenyou are not able to!

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01 May 2010

8 tips for a safe password

4 Password tips - What you should DO for a safe password!
OK to do
  • Use long passwords. The longer your password is, the safer. Use a password that has at least 8 characters, and for your high-security accounts, security experts recommend even longer passwords: at least 14 characters.
  • Mix your password up. Use a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols—the more types of characters you use in your password, the harder it is to guess.

    To illustrate: For an 8-character password with all lowercase letters, a cracking tool would be able to run through every possible combination in 2.42 days. By mixing in uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols, the tool would take 210 years to run through every combination.

  • Use text that's not in a dictionary. A password cracking program can check millions of dictionary words in seconds. Avoid "real" words that can be found in a dictionary.

  • Change passwords regularly. Change your passwords on a regular basis. Every 60-90 days is the recommendation of most security advisors; you may want to change them more or less often depending on the security of the information the password is protecting.

4 Password tips - what you should NOT DO for a safe password

stop doing this
  • Don't use 'password'. The word password and variations such as password1, passwd, p@$$w0rd, and drowssap (password spelled backwards) are so common that many hackers start with these.
  • Don't use easy-to-guess patterns. Don't use a sequence of characters (like 123456 or abc123), repeated characters (ioioio) or patterns that use characters that are close together on the keyboard (qwerty).

  • Don't use your name or other personal characteristics. Don't use your first or last name, and don't use terms associated with your personal life that others may know, like the name of your spouse or children, names of pets, license plate numbers, and phone numbers.

  • Don't use the same passwords for every account. The risk in using the same password for multiple accounts is that if someone figures out one password, that person now has access to everything else. For the utmost in security, use a different password for every password-protected program, web site, and account that you use. It's particularly critical that you not re-use your email account password on web sites because once it’s compromised, the door is opened to all your accounts that have your email address on file.
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24 April 2010

Ten Rules for being human

Earth and North America from SpaceImage by IronRodArt - Royce Bair via Flickr
According to Cherie Carter-Scott these are the Ten Rules for being human:

Rule One - You will receive a body.
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth.

Rule Two - You will be presented with lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life". Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.

Rule Three - There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much as a part of the process as the experiments that work.

Rule Four - The lesson is repeated until learned.
Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them, you can go on to the next lesson.

Rule Five - Learning does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

Rule Six - "There" is no better than "here".
When your "there" has become "here" you will simply obtain another "there" that will look better to you than your present "here".

Rule Seven - Others are only mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

Rule Eight - What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you.

Rule Nine - Your answers lie inside of you.
All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

Rule Ten - You will forget all this at birth.
You can remember it if you want by unraveling the double helic of inner-knowing.

In my opinion these 10 Rules for being human are true as we experience them mostly on a daily basis in our own life. Some of them have been eye-opener like Rule 2 - 4 and 7.
They will help us understand that a positive life is much more appreciated for ourselves, even when life gives us several lemons to chew on.
The more often we take action in our life, the faster we can transform these lemons into lemonade and succeed easier in the following given lessons. Usually everything is given to us for a purpose, sometimes the purpose just gets understandable for us after several years.

So take your life easy, it will be more worth!

What do you think about the 10 Rules of being human?
What did you learn from the 10 Rules of being human?
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02 April 2010

4 low cost ways to get website traffic

Bar GraphImage by kevinzhengli via Flickr

When people start their blogs, websites or online businesses, they need to get traffic to their websites. However, in a lot of cases, people don't have the money to pay for advertising.
For luck there are many ways to get traffic to a website, depending on your budget and the time you have available to work on building your online business.
This article lists some of the most powerful and low cost ways to generate traffic to your website.
  1. Offer free reports and ebooks!
    Giving away some freebies and including your website URL in those freebies is an effective and low cost way of getting traffic to your website. You should write some useful short reports with your website link in them and offer those reports for free on a website where you ask visitors to leave their email address before they download the free reports or articles. This means you should give away the report with your URL and also build a list.
    free books, download books

  2. Use Twitter to promote your blog posts
    Twitter has emerged to a powerful tool in generating traffic to blogs and websites by tweeting your blog posts to your follower each time when you publish a new article. There are several tools available which use your RSS-Feed and push the title and/or a part of the post directly to Twitter (Twitterfeed is one of the most popular ones and easy to setup).
    Remember that it's important not only to promote your blog posts but also to interact with your followers, otherwise it will be difficult to get them to click on your links ;-)

  3. Publish your own newsletter
    Having your own newsletter where you offer free tips and content on a regular basis can help to increase traffic to your website and blog. Your newsletter should have links to your website, so many people who will read your newsletter will also visit your website.

  4. Exchange links with websites that have high popularity (PR) rank & traffic
    All you need to do is to find websites that are related to what you offer on your website and exchange links with these sites. This is particularly effective if the websites have high popularity rank on search engines. By doing this, some traffic will come to your website through the websites you are linked to.
Which ways do you use when you have only a small budget for promoting your blog, website or online business?
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09 March 2010

What is HVP (Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein)?

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Since 4th March 2010 Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) got into the mainstream media because one of its largest producers in the United States - Basic Food Flavours Inc from Las Vegas - got a consumer safety warning announcement from the FDA. The FDA stated that Salmonella contaminated the company's HVP production equipment. Afterward a nationwide recall has been initiated. It includes products from McCormik, Trader Joe's, Safeway and a lot of other companies.

Here you can find the FDA list of recalled products.

What is HVP?

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein is a commonly used soy-based food "filler" to make literally thousands of processed food products. You will find in veggie burgers, gravy mixes, soups and many other grocery products, just have a look at the list of ingredients.

Most Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein is used by food production companies as an ingredient in mainstream processed foods. It shows up in thousands of grocery products -- and most consumers are not aware they're eating this ingredient.

It's a fact these days that many consumers are concerned and asking for the first time, "What's behind HVP?"

HVP is just one of many ingredients mentioned as a potential source of hidden monosodium glutamate (MSG).

MSG, of course, is a potentially dangerous neurotoxin used to flavor countless processed food products. It's used in soups, salad dressings, processed meats, gravy mixes, flavored snack chips and virtually every popular brand of beef jerky. It is considered an "excitotoxin" by Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon who has written extensively about MSG and its damaging effects on human neurology.

According to Blaylock, MSG can promote eating addictions, obesity, brain cancer, endocrine system disorders, infertility and many serious neurological disorders. That's why it's so disturbing that MSG is hidden in so many natural-sounding ingredients.

More information can be found on the below mentioned websites (daily updated).
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08 March 2010

HaloScan Comments not working!

Image representing HaloScan as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBase

Sorry i just recognized on the weekend that the Haloscan comment system is no more working. They have been bought a while ago by JS-Kit and now they stopped the Haloscan comment system because of too many flaws over the last few months.

They wrote that users should change to the Echo system (which costs 12$/year) or change back to Blogger's comment system. I intend to go back to blogger's comment system but for this change HaloScan needs to edit and remove their code from my template.

This will take some days... Hopefully the comments can be saved and imported in Blogger's comment system and everything will work fine again.

Have a great week!

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03 March 2010

3 steps to make money blogging

Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com MogulImage by Michael Kwan (Freelancer) via Flickr

Make Money with your Blog

Blogs can be written to make a profit or non-profit but most bloggers blog for the purpose of making money.
Usually some posts will be published to provide an outlet for voicing out the bloggers opinions and share their thoughts on personal issues. But most of the population of bloggers has the intention to make money from their blogs.
Fortunately, there are several methods of profiting from a blog and applying these methods can help you make money blogging. Here are three steps to make money with your blog from scratch on:

1. Promoting your service and writing Premium Content

The first (and basic) step is to write a well-written quality content for your posts.
Imagine if you would write it for a customer who would love to pay you 5 or even 25 $ for it, how much research (time) would you put into this blog post?
If you are able to keep such blog posts as your standard, you are already on the way to not only attract visitors to your blog but in the future, clients and other bloggers could get attracted and ask you for guest posts (which increases your reachout in the blogosphere), product reviews (which gives you in some cases a brand new product for free!) or simply paid posts (which earn you some or many $).
When you maintain your blog and focus on your area of expertise, it will help you to become a recognized authority in your specific field. If your blog (posts) can be found at the top pages of the Search engines (mainly Google, Yahoo and Bing), potential clients will find you much easier, too.
You can drive this way in two ways. The first way is by writing for yourself and posting it in your blog, after you see the reaction of the readers in the comments it may encourage you to sell your best posts on your own to other blogs or sell memberships to access the whole post.
The second way is by getting offers from paid to post companies like Izea's PayPerPost, ReviewMe and many more. There you have to promote websites, services or special offers for other companies in your own style mostly by including the given keywords.

2. Advertisements for your blog and from your blog

After you have written some quality posts in your blog, it's time to promote your blog by using Social media networks like Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter and free or paid advertisement networks like Adgitize, CMF Ads, EntreCard or Project Wonderful, submit some of your articles to Article directories (Ezinearticles, GoArticles) and register your blog in blog directories like Blogcatalog or use this list of free directories.
Because for selling ads it requires you to have some kind of established traffic. Traffic is important because it draws interest from potential advertisers. You might find it hard to sell an ad space without traffic and it will most likely not produce much revenue.
Selling space for advertisers is one of the most common ways to profit from a blog. Since blogs that have a considerable amount of traffic can make income with ad sales, make sure that you have a target audience.
The reason why bloggers are selling advertising is because it's a passive form of income as soon as traffic has been established. Although it takes time and work to look for advertisers + maintain the ads on the blog, those who can achieve it gain usually a reasonable amount of money with the ads.
Compared to other forms of making money from a blog, selling advertisement space can be one of the most consistent revenue streams. If you are able to maintain your ad slots filled, you should have a very good idea of just how much you can make every month.
Additionally, the blog must have a target audience in order to achieve the maximum amount of cash for advertisement space. Remember that advertisers are more likely to pay if your target audience is a match to theirs as most advertisers look for click-through-rate (amount of unique clicks they receive from your blog) rather than just paying money for the view.

3. Make money with Affiliate programs

Affiliate programs are another major resource of income for several bloggers. Even with a small audience you have the chance to make a reasonable amount of money with affiliate programs.
However, one bad side to affiliate programs is that there can be instances where you can't make any money at all (as there has to be in most cases a sale to earn money). With your newly created blog you can't make much wrong by featuring two or three small affiliate ads in your sidebar or on top of your blog.
Like mentioned in step two selling ads can be hard to do without much traffic, affiliate programs would be perfect for your new blog. More so, they can be easily maintained and only take very little time. I would suggest you look in the beginning for Affiliate programs with low sale prices of the items.
Additionally, some bloggers for example only publish content for their affiliate programs, no matter if it's for paid to click programs like Neobux or e-books or downloadable programs from Affiliate Networks like Clickbank, Commission Junction, E-Junkie and so on. This can make you to an expert in Affiliate Marketing in the future with the possibility to share your knowledge like John Chow or Shoemoney have done it and still improve their skills further to stay on top of this market.

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