The Emergence of the Smartphone

Since their explosion in popularity, cell phones have become increasingly more feature-rich and sophisticated, with enough features to supplement, or even replace, other devices such as media players, digital cameras, and PDAs. On the leading edge of this technological advancement in the smartphone, a device that blurs the line between a cell phone and a PDA.

Smartphone: Changing Definitions

By definition, a smartphone is a mobile phone that incorporates a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). A PDA is a miniature, hand-held device that replicates key features of a personal computer, most notably document viewing, task and contact management, and Internet access. A smartphone, while possibly sharing many of these features, is still primarily a “voice-centric” device, while a PDA is, by nature, “data-centric.” Rather than one device replacing the other, PDAs and smartphones have often developed in tandem, with PDAs taking on more voice-centric aspects, and smartphones including features previously limited to PDAs.

Most contemporary smartphones include Internet and e-mail access, scheduling or PIM software, contact management, and the ability to read (and sometimes compose) document formats such as Word, Excel and PDF. Many smartphones also feature built-in cameras, music players, and GPS navigation software, making them an excellent all-in-one replacement for a variety of other devices. As cell phone technology continues to develop, many features previously isolated to smartphones become common in mid-range cell phones. As such, the definition of what precisely constitutes a “smartphone” is constantly evolving.

Pricing and services for various smartphones will, of course, vary by carrier. If you have a Verizon smartphone, for example, the Blackberry Voice & Data Core Choice Bundle from Verizon Wireless offers 450 minutes of voice time, with unlimited nights and weekends and virtually unlimited Internet data usage (Web browsing, email, and instant messaging) for $79.99 a month. On the other hand, Cingular’s Good Mobile Messaging Smartphone Connect service, which is offered separately from its basic voice services, offers unlimited data usage within its coverage area for $34.99 a month. Add this to Cingular’s 450-minute basic voice package ($39.99 a month) and it comes out to a very competitive $75 a month from Cingular.

The Most Popular Smartphones

While not quite as diverse as standard cell phones, smartphones are available in a wide array of styles and capabilities. In terms of culture and mind-share, the Blackberry is probably the most popular and easily recognizable smartphone currently on the market. The Blackberry 8800, for example, features nearly everything customers have come to expect in a smartphone: a full QWERTY keyboard, Internet and email access, document viewing, an integrated music and media player, and built-in GPS capability. (For users who need a digital camera, the Blackberry Pearl or the new Blackberry Curve are excellent choices.)

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit less utilitarian than the Blackberry, the Palm Treo is slim and sporty (available in a distinctive crimson red), featuring a digital camera with video capture, an MP3 player, and Bluetooth.

Like many smartphones, the Treo eliminates the need to carry around a multitude of other devices. For the user who’s really passionate about multimedia, Cingular’s ultra-slim Blackjack is one of the most video-intensive smartphones available, featuring a rich media player and Cingular Video. The Blackjack’s Cingular Music Service supports several online music stores, as well as XM satellite radio, making it an ideal choice for the user who wants a smartphone and a powerful media player in one convenient package.

As with all emergent technology, new products are constantly pushing the boundaries. Apple’s iPhone promises to raise the bar even further, not only featuring a camera, multimedia player, text messaging, Web browsing, and wireless connectivity, but a touchscreen interface and virtual keyboard that promises to bring a new level of functionality to users, with Apple’s distinctive sense of style and design.

A Smart Choice for You?

While many cell phone users will be more than happy with the features of an average cell phone, smartphones have a lot to offer people who want or need Internet access, email, and multimedia while away from the home or office. While the price tag on a smartphone is often significantly higher than a mid-range cell phone, a smartphone can be a highly economical choice when compared to the cost of all the devices it can effectively replace. For the frequent business traveler or someone who’s just on the move a lot, a smartphone can be a marvelous all-in-one solution.

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3 Ways to Create a Motivational Collage

One powerful collage theme is motivation! But in order to create a motivational theme you first need to write down a goal. Start with a simple goal that relates to something personal that you are working to toward.

For example, I often have freshmen students in beginning art classes create a goal collage on their major. Where do they want to go? Where do they see their selves after graduation.

Consider the following 3 simple steps.

1. Sort and gather images that will motivate you to reach a goal. For example, if you are remodeling your house only gather those images that relate to that process. This would not be the collage that has images of your last birthday party.

2. Think possible not impossible

It is easy to get discouraged when doing your collage if you think about cost and other limitations. Stay focused on your dream. It can happen. That is why you are creating a collage with a goal in mind.

3. Have fun!

Think out of the box. Mix your images with powerful and inspiring words that will help you achieve your goals,

So write out your goals. Start searching for your images and get started.

If you need help doing goal setting I have a great coach for you.

Send an email to [email protected] She will work with you to create solid goal statements using the SMART method. That stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and tangible.

And remember you can always contact me for any suggestions on your collage making process.

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Getting Relevant Traffic to Your Finance Website

You want to generate traffic to your financial website. That’s understandable. Who wouldn’t want that? After all, without traffic, you won’t be able to gain traction with your site or blog. The truth is, getting traffic to your website is easy. Within a day or so, you can get floods of traffic.

Which would you rather have, 100 people who visit your website looking for quality finance-related information, or 5,000 average schmoes who won’t know a stock symbol from a hieroglyph? It’s likely you chose the 100 relevant visitors.

Perhaps you can brag to your friends that your website got 5,000 visitors. But, bragging rights do little to build a long-term financial website, one where people revisit often. That is a true test of a successful financial website (or any website, for that matter), how many people return! How many people sign up for your newsletter? And the truest “litmus test” is how many people buy products or services from you?

How to Get Relevant Traffic

Before you make your fingers bleed writing a bunch of useless articles or blog posts on your blog, take a step back and ask what you want to accomplish with it. What are your goals for your website? You should not proceed without having this basic information formulated. Otherwise, you’ll be shooting in the dark, randomly selecting topics that won’t make much of a difference towards generating any traffic, let alone targeted traffic.

After you have a grasp on your goals for the site, ask yourself who do you want to visit. You will read about phrases such as customer avatars or targeted customer, etc. Whatever it’s called, it’s a way to determine the demographics of your website.

You can get this information by checking out who visits your competition. Look up a competitor’s Twitter profile and visit the Twitter feed. Find out who is following that company or website. Those people are part of your target market. You can do this same exercise with any social media platform.

Don’t get too hung up on the demographics. You can refine the process later. Just get a get initial feel for who you believe would be the best target audience you want visiting your website.

Is the Financial Blogosphere Too Competitive?

There are thousands upon thousands of financial websites and blogs in existence. In another year, there will be thousands and thousands more. It makes you wonder if it’s worth it to continue with maintaining a finance-related website.

Here’s the good news. Just because there are thousands of websites dedicated to financial topics, most of them are junk. These websites contain sales pitches, or they contain garbage content that drives visitors away. If you can rise above this trash and give readers what they want, you will open the floodgates to not only traffic but beautiful, targeted traffic. It’s the kind of traffic bloggers dream of, but most fall short of getting.

Creating Great Financial Content

To keep yourself away from the digital riff-raff, you need to create content that wows your readers. That is essential. Otherwise, your finance site is going to be just like the rest, lost in the virtual abyss!

The big question of the day is how do you create great content? It can’t be just good. It has to be great. Now for some bad news – it won’t be excellent when you first get started. Let’s face it; most people aren’t good writers or content creators. It takes practice just like anything else.

One way to come up to speed quickly with content creation is to emulate what the top bloggers are doing. This doesn’t mean copying them word-for-word. You want to get a sense of the tone and style of their websites and tailor that to your own style.

What About Keywords and SEO?

Bloggers are all-too-familiar with the terms keywords and SEO. Keywords appropriately mean what keywords will your target market use to find the information they are looking for. SEO is a bit trickier for the uninitiated. It is an acronym for Search Engine Optimization. It’s techniques which are supposed to help the search engines figure out what your content is about.

The biggest problem with both of these concepts is they change all the time. The Master of the Search Engine Universe (Google) changes these rules as do the other less-significant search engines. What worked two years ago can put your website into search engine neverland.

One underlying concept that has withstood every change search engines make is quality content. In other words, don’t worry so much about the keywords or SEO. Just write from the heart and do it consistently. Write what you believe will be of value to your readers. Nothing more!

Another common tactic is to get other bloggers in the finance world to guest post on your blog or website. Preferably, you want to choose people who are rising in the ranks of influence. Although these influencers are competitors, the web works best when everyone works together to give the readers the best value possible. Everyone wins when this happens, even all the participating competitors.

If you don’t have time for content creation but still want to generate quality traffic to your website, consider outsourcing the task. You may have to go through a few outsourcers to find ones who will do a great job for you. But, once you find them, as long as you are willing to keep them happy ($$$), you won’t have to keep looking for them.

On this note, don’t skimp out on price when looking for a quality writer. They are qualified for a reason. If you bottom fish, you will constantly be looking for new writers. When you find a good writer and pay him or her a lousy rate, it won’t take long for him or her to find another client who pays better.

It’s worth it to pay up for your writers. When you give them what they deserve, and you are fair to them, you have them for life. You will get a return on that investment by growing the right kind of audience for your financial blog.

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Insurance Agent Marketing Online – Build Trust by Writing Articles

As insurance agents it can sometimes feel a little challenging to know how to best market online without coming across poorly. One of the best methods for establishing yourself in the marketplace is to build trust by writing articles.

Providing quality content that informs your potential customer about the different products or insurance solutions gives them an opportunity to learn more about you and the services that you give.

It shows them that you are knowledgeable.

It shows them that you have experience and that you know your products. This builds trust and establishes you as an expert in your field. Think about it this way, when you are buying a car you don’t want to buy the car from someone who doesn’t know the difference between a V6 and a V8. No, in fact, if you are working with a car sales agent that appears to know less about the car than you do, you may not want to buy the car from them.

Knowing your product places you ahead of your competition because it shows that you care enough about the products that you sell to learn how they work and how they can benefit your customer.

When you market yourself as an expert in the insurance industry by creating quality content that your customers will find value in, you will ultimately create a more effective brand.

Insurance agents that take the time to learn their products and spend the time writing the articles will build the trust and build the brand. Potential customers will seek out the most experienced insurance agents to do business with. They want to person that understands what they need and can get it to them for the best price.

Your customers will be looking for someone who knows what they are talking about and puts out articles that articulate that understanding. Marketing online on a smaller budget takes patience and a willingess to become an expert in your field.

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Book Summary: Tax-Free Wealth – How to Build Massive Wealth by Tom Wheelwright

I was lucky as a kid to have my father as a business mentor. When the time came and I entered the business world, I could not lean on him as he passed away young. The Rich Dad / Poor dad books were my saving grace when it came to financial education. Several of the concepts I knew about because of my father but the advanced strategies and the “how to” really came from the Rich Dad books. Tom is a Rich Dad advisor.

Why is this important to me?

I am not doing this summary to waste your time. It is my vision to provide concise action steps that you can adopt right now to enhance your financial life and career. If you want to continuously improve, you have to be committed to continuous learning. Lever the continuous learning with the right associations and you will succeed in your career.

The Cash flow quadrant really sums up the essence of financial success. If you focus on the left side of the quadrant then you can make an OK income but if you focus on the right side then you can become rich. Robert Kiyosaki points out in Rich Dad / Poor Dad that the left sides of the quadrant people make money, pay tax and then spend it. On the right side of the quadrant people make money, spend it and then pay their taxes. This is a huge difference and can be the biggest success lever in your financial arsenal.

Tax-Free Wealth points out 24 Tax Strategies you can use on your way to Tax-Free Wealth. For the sake of time I will point out a few along with some commentary about each.

1. Rule # 1 – It is your money, not the governments. People tend to run scared when it comes to taxes. Remember that you are the one creating the value and making the business work, be smart and utilize tax strategies to minimize tax and maximize your investment. The key here is tax avoidance NOT tax evasion. Every concept in this book is totally legal and encouraged by the IRS.

2. Rule # 2 – The Tax Law is written to permanently lower your taxes. All financial plans need a solid foundation. This is why you simply can NOT focus on rate of return only. You can make a huge rate of return but if you can lose it because of a law suit or 50% gets eaten up in taxes then you will lose in the long run. 99% of the tax code is written as incentives to encourage people to start business. The reason the government does this is because businesses create jobs and that is the single biggest economic driver.

3. Rule # 3 – The fastest way to put money in your pocket is to reduce your taxes. Businesses require investment. That investment is a business expense along with R&D, Travel and other business related expenses. You can combine vacation and work legitimately and write it off as a business expense. If you travel and sell items then go on sales calls in the vacation area. If you are a real-estate investor then travel where you may invest.

4. 4. Rule # 24 – Build massive passive income through your tax savings. This is the strongest wealth builder in the book because you lever up compound interest, velocity of money and leverage. Utilizing these three vehicles along with investment stacking and you will be rich. The goal is to build your business and make the money there and turn it into passive income and then park the added money into cash flow investments like real estate. You want your money working harder than you do. You do not want to trade hours for dollars. Let me give you an example.

In our software company there are two ways to build wealth and that is through intellectual property and maintenance agreements. These two things used together will build a company that can be sold for 2-4X revenues. Now to foster that investment with leverage, I use the “Infinite Banking Concept” to lend money to the business through “my own bank.” Now the money the business pays me comes back as investment income which means lower taxes. The new revenue the additional maintenance contracts bring foster new contracts. The next step is to use “good debt” to leverage our coverage and purchase more maintenance contract revenue with our software platform.

In summary, you make money in your business and hold it in passive income generating assets using good leverage, velocity of money and compound interest.

Tax-Free Wealth is a great resource that I encourage you to read. If you immerse yourself in these concepts, financial security and true wealth can be yours.

I hope you have found this short summary useful. The key to any new idea is to work it into your daily routine until it becomes habit. Habits form in as little as 21 days. One thing you can take away from this book is lever your financial education. If you take control of your education and schedule 30 minutes per day dedicated to this then you will reap results. You cannot put your financial future in the hands of somebody else. Take on the responsibility and good things will happen.

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Golf Solitaire Strategy Guide

Golf Solitaire (Sometimes also referred to as Forty Thieves) is a fun solitaire game, requiring great anticipation, and a good degree of luck. Whilst it is not possible to win every game, there are certain strategies you can use to greatly increase your chances of winning Golf Solitaire, and this article will go into some of them.

The most important thing to realize with Golf Solitaire is that Kings and Aces are

special. Every other card in the deck can be removed onto cards ranked directly

above or below the card. For example, a 5 can be removed onto a 4 or a 6.

But Aces and Kings are different.

An Ace can only be removed onto a Two, and a King can only be removed onto a

Queen.

This means you have to be particularly careful when you use Queen’s and

Two’s.

Because of this, the very first thing you should do when you start a game of Golf

Solitaire is to count all the Kings and Aces.

If all the Kings are in the tableau, then every time you remove a Queen, you MUST

make sure you also remove a King, or you wont be able to finish the game. And if a

Queen is dealt from the Talon, then you MUST remove a King straight away. If you

can’t, you may as well undo, or start a new game.

Similarly, if all four Aces are in the tableau, then every time you remove a Two, you

MUST make sure you also remove a Ace, and if a Two is dealt from the Talon, then

you must immediately remove an Ace.

If all the Aces and Kings aren’t out, then you need to keep track of how many Two’s

and Queen’s have been dealt from the Talon. In this case you don’t need to use

every Two or Queen on a Ace or King, but if you keep track and work out that there

are not enough Two’s or Queens left to remove all the remaining Aces or Kings, then

it is time to undo…

Just being aware of this one facet of Golf Solitaire will immediately increase your

chances of winning. It takes about 5 seconds to count the Aces and Kings at the

start of the game, but it will help to dramatically improve your winning percentage!

There are other ways to further increase your chances of winning Golf

Solitaire…

If you have a choice between removing two cards of the same rank, one being the

last card in it’s stack, and the other having cards above it, then make sure you

choose the card in the stack with cards above it. Removing the last card in the

stack will not help you to remove any other cards, but removing the card with

cards above it will expose new cards, which will help to form new sequences, and

will give you more options later in the game.

You should also look at which cards will be exposed when given a choice between

removing cards of equal value. There are two things to look for:

1) Is the exposed card an Ace or a King? If so, it might be worthwhile exposing so it

can be removed if a Two or a Queen is dealt.

2) Does the exposed card help with any other potential sequences at the moment? If

so, then it may be worth exposing because it might help make a longer sequence

later. eg: If there are a lot of Fours and Sixes exposed at the moment, then exposing

a Five might be worthwhile.

Finally, it’s often worth planning out sequences, and playing around with

alternatives, to see how long a sequence you can make. You will often find that the

first sequence you can see in Golf Solitaire is not the best one, and a different

sequence might help you to remove a lot more cards. You may find it helps to point

your finger at the screen while planning out your sequence. It seems to help the

thinking process, and helps you to remember the sequence!

If you follow these strategies, will you win every game of Golf Solitaire?

No, you won’t. There is too much luck involved, and most games will not be

finishable.

You will greatly increase your chances of winning Golf Solitaire though, and spend

less time trying to finish games which can’t possibly be won.

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Fitness Motivation and Weight Loss for Beginners

When you think about losing weight, working out is usually the first thing that comes to mind, along with dieting most of the times. Obviously, this is with a reason, working out plays a huge role in weight loss. Here we’ll find out a couple of things you need to know when you want to start working out for weight loss.

Always start small

When you haven’t worked out for years and suddenly want to start hitting the gym five days a week, you are setting yourself up for failure. Not only do your muscles need to be build up slowly, your mind also needs to accustom to your new routine and make a habit out of it. So, it’s a better idea to start with working out one or two days a week and stick to light exercises in the week. Yoga or walking can be a great place to start building some muscle and improving your fitness.

You need to plan your work-out sessions

I don’t know how this works for you, but if I don’t plan something than it doesn’t happen. This also goes for work-outs, you need to create a plan that fits within your schedule and stick to it. You should also make it yourself as easy as possible. This means that you put out your work-out wear before you go to bed, or sleep in it even. This could also mean that you work-out at home or that you choose a gym that is close to your home or work.

Don’t try to make it perfect

Trust me, you’re not always going to stick to your schedule perfectly. Some days you won’t find the time or you’re just not feeling it. You could give up your entire journey because you failed one time, but isn’t is a lot better to go harder the next day. Use your failures to remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing and don’t let them get you down.

Learn to persists

When you start with your fitness journey you are very motivated, but this initial motivation will fade slowly. Many people quit trying when they do lose their motivation. If you always quit when it’s getting hard then you won’t ever be able to achieve anything. So, change things this time and persist just a little longer to make working out a habit, before you know it you’ll have lost all the weight and gained muscle.

Find a work-out that you love

The only way you’ll stick to your routine is when you love what you’re doing. Don’t force yourself to hit the gym when you absolutely hate it, maybe you’re more of a runner. Or when you despise having to get out in the cold to run, then possibly an inside yoga session is more your thing. I promise that there is something out there for you as well, you only need to find it.

Find the motivation within yourself

Exercising because you promised your wife, or because you want to be skinny isn’t the best motivation in the world. Of course, it will work the first few weeks, but you won’t last long. You need a motivation that comes from within, like feeling happier or improving your health. That kind of motivation will last a lifetime.

Fitness is a personal journey that I can tell you all about what I want, but you’re the one that will need to do the work. There are no shortcuts to health, you’ll need to work. So, don’t wait around any longer, start today if you can. Starting is half the work, so purchase a fitness book, go out and buy new sportswear or create your work-out schedule for next week. Now all I can do for you is hope that you follow my tips and wish you all the best of luck on your fitness journey.

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Home Sweet Home!

He loves to be at home, almost deliriously. Home… sweet home! Some place where you follow the same delicious routine- everyday, day after day. His mother and sisters hovering around him, giving him mouth-watering meals at the appropriate hours-so religiously maintained! Precious moments at every step of the homely existence, sometimes with his father butting in at the most inappropriate ones! And then… the compulsory evening hours before the television set with family, and a lot of nonsense yet fun. This is heaven, he justifies. Nothing can possibly ever make him think of leaving it!

Of course, he reasons, he is no longer a burden on his father’s measly monthly income. Now, he too has a job-a fairly good job considering the fact that he can carry it on royally residing at home. What’s more-he is contributing to the monthly budget in good measure and as a result of that he is getting even more attention from his mother and more pampering from his beloved sisters, he’s almost sure about that! Yes, he had got several other job offers outside his city, but rejected all in an immaculate cost-benefit analysis that he often indulged in. He will get more salary no doubt, but most of that will go to renting flats, cooking for his own sake, transport costs for homecoming and going and other related costs. Therefore, he is ready to give up that extra income in favour of staying at his heaven.

Sometimes he gets bored too, as is natural. The delicious routine becomes a drag if he decides to think of his apparently purposeless existence. But then he reasons even more vehemently. Why-there is lot of purpose in his life, helping his ageing father, giving solid support to his mother, finding ways and means of marrying off his sisters and so on. Besides, home sweet home always has its never-ending store of pleasures. He can lounge out in the portico sofa by the window with a book or have noisy games of cards, ludo, carom, checkers and the lot with family or can join the guests who come almost every day for gossip or can go for a movie.

His heavenly existence was continuing in full bloom till one fateful day. In fact, for many others it would have been a momentous day of great joy and promise. However, for him it was a D-day. He had to take the decision of his life-a choice between his heaven and a future that he did not put much weight on.

He got an unexpected promotion and transfer to a big city. Maybe thanks to his heavenly roots he had been very good in his office job, and just when the employers wanted to reward him for his efforts all hell broke loose for him. He shared this news with his mother and sisters in a very casual manner, not telling about the exact pay package, but only mentioning the additional unnecessary costs. However, one of his sisters got elated at the prospect of traveling to the megacity and staying in her brother’s home. He looked askance at her.

He is more careful breaking the news to his father. He tries to convince him that this promotion does in no way mean a quick climb-up in the hierarchy; rather he’d wait a little longer and get the promotion at his hometown. Or he’d approach some influential person for a settlement where his dad could also help. And the unnecessary expenses that will come inevitably, his cost-benefit analysis in full flow. He is almost sure that his dad is convinced. Any doting father would want his only son near and around only. However, his father’s next action was not at all expected. His father just walked out of home.

It was only half an hour later, but the suspense made it seem much longer. His father comes in with huge packets on his hands. His father calls upon his mother and places all the packets on the dining table. One by one he opens-sweets, cakes, salty delights and all. He just ushers in a big celebration. His heavenly son just looks on.

“Congratulations, my boy! I was really worried about you and your ways. But you proved to be damn good in work, and the way your company is rewarding you is just terrific. Okay… you’ve gorged on home food and comforts for quite long. Enough of your logic and arguments! Now you get a start on your own. And don’t bother about me. Next time I’m coming to have comforts in your home!”

He tries to look pleadingly at his mother. But she is busy, and merrily setting the table. He must celebrate now.

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Why Do Viruses Slow Down Computers?

Most people have virus protection installed on their computers. This is a great thing! Many of the virus protection programs around today protect computers against spyware and adware and all other known types of malware as well as viruses. This, too, is a great thing!

The word malware is the quick substitute word for the term “malicious software.” It refers to any type of virus or spyware that can get into your computer. Some years ago, the only kind of malware we had to deal with were computer viruses. The job of a computer virus was always to annoy computer operators to one extent or another.

A Nuisance and a Threat

Some viruses were simply written as jokes. A computer geek may actually write such a script to entertain himself. On the other hand, the purpose of a computer virus may be to kill your computer forever! Even worse the goal of a virus might be to shut down a large network of computers. This would usually be referred to as cyber-terrorism.

Spyware are closely aligned with viruses. The subtle difference is a person who writes a virus is out to do your computer harm. A person who writes spyware is usually out to steal your passwords, banking account numbers and the like. If he does harm to your computer’s operating system while doing so; oh well.

Stealing Your Power

Viruses and spyware slow down computers because they use the computer’s resources to do whatever it is they are doing. They are computer programs. Like all computer programs, some of them run on XP, some on Windows Vista, etc.

Unlike normal programs, they don’t have an icon on your desktop so you can start it up if you chose to. Viruses run on their own terms. You don’t have an option to shut them down either. Many viruses replicate themselves. So, if one computer virus program steals some of your resources, 50 of them, which could be one virus that has replicated itself 50 times, might put you out of business altogether.

Ubiquitous Spyware

I’ve seen spyware make computers unusable as well. Spyware by itself doesn’t replicate itself. However, it is not unheard of to find a spyware-unprotected PC with more than 1,000 spyware infections. With this much spyware present on a hard drive, the operating system will have all it can do to try to accommodate them. In a situation like this, you probably wouldn’t be able to start any of you programs, like Word or IE, for instance.

The bottom line is viruses and spyware have the capability of keeping your operating system and microprocessor busy to the point you will not get any response from your computer or at best, a very slow response. So, it is very important to keep your computer free of these things. I recommend using a good virus protection program that cleans out all types of spyware as well.

It is also very wise to have a registry cleaner on hand as well. From what I’ve seen, registry corruption has slowed down more computers than anything else. There is nothing malicious about it. It simply occurs from normal use and tends to make computers very sluggish.

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How To Sell Digital Products On Bonanza

Digital product authors and licensed resellers have sold their products on eBay for many years. Sadly, for the past couple of years eBay has made this increasingly more difficult. This is due to their restrictions on the sale of digitally downloaded products. As a result many digital product sellers have been forced to find an alternative.

Bonanza fit the bill perfectly!

If you’re not familiar with Bonanza, it’s an online auction site very much like eBay. Bill Harding founded Bonanza in 2007. Today there are over 20 million items for sale on Bonanza. These item listings are available to nearly every country in the world. Among these items are, naturally, digitally downloaded products.

Digital products are not only fully supported on Bonanza, the digital delivery to your customer is also handled. When your product is purchased and payment completed, the buyer is able to download the product immediately.

The ability to easily list digital products, has made Bonanza one of the top venues for selling downloadable software, eBooks, plugins and more.

Listing your digital downloads is easy

  1. Register a sellers account on Bonanza.
  2. Once your account is active, login and go to your seller’s dashboard.
  3. Set up your Seller’s Booth, following the provided instructions/suggestions.
  4. Select items, then add or edit items. This will open your listings page.
  5. Select add an item. This will take you to the listing creation page.
  6. Complete the Give Your Item A Title Field.
  7. Next you will upload your product images.
  8. In the item category field, select Digital Goods, then type of item from the list of options.
  9. Enter the number of items available in the Quantity Available field.
  10. Complete the Detailed Item Description field.
  11. In the Shipping Selection field you’ll upload your digital file. (.zip file)
  12. Set a price for your item.
  13. Click the, Add This Item To Your Booth button.
  14. You’ll receive confirmation that your listing is now live.

That’s all there is to it. When your item sells, payment will be added to your PayPal account, the buyer will be able to download the item immediately. All of this is handled automatically, with no additional action required from you.

Another great feature of Bonanza is the Rewards Program. You earn reward tokens for just about every action you perform on Bonanza. Logging in and listing items are just a couple ways you earn tokens. These tokens can be used for fee discounts, listing promotion and more.

There are many other great venues for selling digital products online. However, if you sell digital products, Bonanza definitely ranks among the best. Even if you currently sell on other sites, don’t overlook Bonanza!

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