Wednesday, January 31, 2007

DirectoryContest of Champions

Watching the contest over the past few days has been interesting seeing that the contest is coming to a close in just a few more days on February 6, 2007.

At 10am PST, whoever is in the top spot for the search term "" will be the winner. The top ten directories will win prizes, and the top 3 will win cash prizes ranging from $200.00 to $2000.00.

The top three spots are currently held by:

The previous leader has dropped all the way down to 32nd today and leaves me thinking that has the best overall chance to win the contest. We'll have to wait and see.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bloggers Rule the World

Isn't it amazing how blogging has really penetrated the market and now everyone wants a blog?. Indeed blogs have become so well-accepted that one can no longer discount them. Take for example all these friends I have who run their own blogs: DoGood, Coop, Warner, Gardner, Turner, Alvarez, Nicole, Helen Constantine, Mickey Temp, Dave Abigail, Kathy Bright, Sharon Steele. And then of course there are those who are running several services on their blogs. For instance: Major blog, Tamale Pie, Directory Owners Blog, Web review. Clearly the generation of the blogs is here.

The reason that TIME magazine selected YOU as the person of the year was because of the power of citizen journalism -- primarily driven by blogs. So, what are you stalling for? Go over to one of the free services like blogger or some other, or get your own word press blog.

What is very intriguing about the blogosphere is the way you can actually generate an avalanche of a response to your thoughts. Just be true to yourself and post something that you truly believe in. And quite literally, you are "the man" or "the woman" for that purpose.

Of course, if you are a technophobe, you will face some initial hesitation in getting this entire process going. Not a problem, blogging technology is notoriously easy to use. In many senses it is an entry level content management system. Something like a CMS for the masses.

If you do not publish your own blog, then now is a good time to do so. Look at some of my other friends who run their own blogs: Ajeet Khurana, Joy, Kendall, Madlaine, Maria, Mike, Tyran, Noel, Ted, Terresa, Zoe, and get a good plan for what you could do.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Be a Private Investigator

Many of us have imagined ourselves as Sherlock Holmes, scouting out clues that nobody else would ever have thought of. Yet, most of us are never going to know what it really means to be a private investigator.

However, if you are curious about what most private investigators do, visit the Be a Private Investigator website. Who knows, it might just give you a clue as to what your next career move might be!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tips for finding the best mobile phone deals

Mobile phones are getting better all the time. Not necessarily cheaper, as the mobile handset manufacturers are trying to make you pay pretty much the same price for the latest mobile phones by adding more features, making it look better etc., However, if you are not fussed about the latest handset, you can still get some really good deals on slightly older models or not so popular models. If you shop around for the best mobile phone deal, it is even possible to get the handset of your dreams by choosing the right deal. The most important thing when you choose your next phone is to compare mobile phone offers and deals by using a comparison site and then buy, rather than buying a phone in an impulse.

One thing which you have to do at the outset is to have an idea of the amount of talk time you need. Decide if you really need off-peak minutes or not. If you are a heavy phone user, it is probably worthwhile going on a monthly contract. Monthly contract phone deals also offer you free or cheap mobile phone handsets. You are also likely to get a latest one. If you are a light user, you will end up paying a price for the handset, but could save money on monthly line rentals if you go for a pay as you go deal. Getting a SIM free mobile phone is always expensive, but it is worthwhile considering it if you want the flexibility of using it on any mobile network of your choice. What is worth bearing in mind is that even handsets which are locked with networks can easily be unlocked without much costs involved.

Most people who are crazy after a particular phone end up paying extra if they do not shop around. You may also want to consider reading mobile phone handset reviews written by other customers who have used a particular handset. If you ever get tempted to buy a mobile phone insurance with your handset, it is worth bearing in mind that most of these so called insurance policies are not worth their money and you have to make sure you read the small print carefully.

Wireless Broadband – the things you should know

Cheap wireless broadband Internet has made life so much easier for laptop users, whether at home or away from home. Once you have gotten used to a wireless connection, you might not want to use wires ever again! But are there any problems with wireless connections?

With the image and file sharing websites growing in popularity more and more, it is hard to live with a dial-up Internet connection. Even if you live in an isolated or remote area, there are ways of getting cheap broadband ISP. You can get broadband via satellite and many mobile companies offer facilities for you to connect via your mobile phone.

As with anything these days, the prices of wireless broadband modems are dropping and you can usually find a decent router for under £50 in most shops. Some cheap broadband deals will come with a free modem when signing up to a contract.

The main problem you can encounter with a wireless connection compared to a wired broadband network is security. You will need to make sure your connection is encrypted to stop other people using your connection. The encrypting is not as hard to do as it sounds, and most routers and ISP modems come with instructions of how to do it. If you require any assistance, your broadband internet provider will be able to help you. And guide you through the process.

One of the common mistakes people do when they go wireless is to buy the cheapest available equipment, without doing any research. It is always worth reading broadband internet consumer reviews on wireless equipment before parting with your money. Remember, a reliable connection is more important than saving a few pennies on equipment.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Save money by using Discount Vouchers and Coupons to shop Online

When shopping online, you may have noticed a box at the checkout stage asking for a promotion or a voucher code. A lot of the online shops and services offer discount vouchers or coupons. So it may be worthwhile checking if you can get some money off the price by using a discount voucher for your shopping. So how do you find these discount voucher codes when you want to shop online?

You can find these codes on the Internet shopping forums and free stuff websites. There are so many of these sites online; you only need to search for them. One thing you need to make sure when you put these discount voucher codes in the check out is to see if there is an “update price” or other button so the discount is applied to your purchase. Do not buy from a shop just because they offer a discount code. You should also compare prices before you decide which shop is cheaper.

Make sure you have found the right site, which is offering the latest up to date codes. Once you have checked the expiry dates, try to apply the code at the check out, and make sure you get a new total with the money off being discounted. Sometimes the voucher codes may not work or have expired and you might have to try a different one.

If you are a regular online shopper, you can join one of the established ‘freebie’ websites, where you can find free stuff as well as the online discount coupon codes. Be sure to only sign up to reliable sites, as some websites can bombard you with emails, if they don’t have a proper privacy policy.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Slow death of high street shopping and rapidly growing online shopping

Online shopping makes you wonder if we will ever have to leave home to do our shopping again, but there are still people who want to go out and do their shopping in the stores, for various reasons. What are the advantages and disadvantages of high street and Shopping from Internet shops?

Because there are much lower overheads for online retailers most products can be found online cheaper than that of the high street. But then, some high street shops may have clearance deals and in store offers that you can only buy if you go into the store. Another bonus is the reward shopping websites where you can get cashback incentives on your online shopping, without paying any extra money as well.

If you tried to visit every high street shop to compare internet prices, it would be very time consuming, where if you use an online price comparison website, you can compare the products and the prices, to find the best deal in no time at all.

One huge plus of high street shopping is the face-to-face interaction with another human being, because if something goes wrong, you can always return your goods to the shop. However, if you choose a reliable online retailer that offers a no quibble exchange policy/guarantee, this should not be a problem at all.

Secured Loans

Secured loans are loans that you take against a security that you offer to the bank. Typically this security is your property, your home, your office property, or other such properties. If you looking for secured loans, especially given that you have provided a security to the bank, you should definitely be getting cheap secured loans. Why should they be cheap? Well secured loans are one of the least risky forms of loans that banks or financial institutions or other lenders give out. As a result they should be offering it to you at a good rate. If you looking for cheap secured loans very simple go ahead to and you will be able to find out all the information you need to get the best cheap secured loans that you will like. You will also find out information of what to do under various situations. There is a little form where you can tell them how much you would like to borrow, are you home owner, what is the repayment period etc., and they would find the best deal for you.

Hunting for the Cheapest Broadband Deal

How do you decide which cheap broadband ISP provider offers the right package for you with so many to choose from and such competitive prices on the market these days for high-speed connections?

You may not really need “unlimited broadband”

You may not need a huge download limit or a best unlimited broadband deal, if you only use your broadband Internet connection to surf the net a little, check your emails, and do a little online shopping. You need to be aware and know exactly what download limit you will require, or you could pay more than you have to simply because of an Internet service provider’s adverting. "Unlimited Broadband" is one of the ISPs favorite advertising lines and some of these so-called "Unlimited" download limits will have a fair usage policy (which is usually not well advertised and hidden amongst the small print). The advertising can make you believe that you need something, when you really don’t need at all.

Check prices before you buy broadband

In this day of heavy competition between ISP providers, Cheap broadband deals are very changing. You mustn’t assume that because you have seen an advertisement somewhere, either on the radio or TV, that it will be the offer you get. You will need to check out the latest deals and prices before signing up to any contracts. Better still, read what other people have to say about their experiences and recommendations on various review sites like: Broadband ISP reviews.

You may also consider checking out the latest deals when it’s time to renew your existing contract. There are always special offers on for anyone making the switch to a new one, so there’s a good chance that you could find a better ISP than the one you’ve currently got.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Web Directory Guidelines

It must really be frustrating for web directory owners to receive a lot of junk, spam, and automated submissions. But what I think is most frustrating is people who were well-intentioned, who intended to do the right thing, but still did not follow the web directory guidelines. The result? They ended up making a submission that the directory owner could not use.

So, one of the first things you should do is read the directory guidelines given by the directory owner. And I must say that these guidelines are not different from directory to directory. Come to think of it. Reading a couple of lines of guidelines and spending a couple of minutes doing so is certainly worth the strong back link that you can get as a result.

If you want to see an example of what a good web directory guidelines page looks like, then head over to and see what good guidelines are all about.

Debt Consolidation

debt consolidation is all about taking money from point A and giving money to point B because to begin with you had taken money from point B which you are not able to give back right now on the terms that you had agreed upon. It may not be that you are not able to pay it back. It might just be that you are trying to get a more effective rate of return on your borrowing. It might be that you want to repay in a different time interval or it might be that the loan is sponging you off your current savings and you would rather increase the tenure or period of your loan. There are so many reasons to go in for debt consolidation and you will be very happy to know that just like in any other type of loan. Debt consolidation comes in a secured format, an unsecured format and you can consolidate your debt with a personal secured loan. All of the things that generally work with loans tend to also work with debt consolidation loans. So, debt consolidation loans are for you. In fact, refinancing debt or consolidating your debt is a concept which has caught the fancy of all borrowers. At the time when you originally need the loan, you do not have the time to wait for the best opportunity but debt consolidation can help straighten your life.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Hearing Protection

There is a reason for the many rules against noise pollution. At the end of the day nobody wants to go deaf thanks to excessively loud noises.

When working with and around firearms, one cannot escape loud bangs and booms. But one can protect one's ears from the negative effects of loud explosions. That is where hearing protection becomes so very important.

One site that provides some useful information about hearing protection and hearing protection products is Fort Liberty. Check out the site, and learn how to protect your hearing from preventable damage.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Balance Transfers

What is the true cost of balance transfers? Do you know what I am talking about? Balance transfers are an easy way of transferring your outstanding balance from one credit card to another. This is primarily a route for credit card companies to entice you to leave your current credit card provider and move to their credit cards. Sounds simple doesn't it? Especially because we live in an era of 0% balance transfers. But, do not get misled by the Chinese maths involved in calculating the true cost of balance transfers.

The first thing any astute investor should do is to equip themselves with knowledge, information and wisdom to make the right choices. If you are in the market for credit cards head over to the credit cards UK site and visit the balance transfers page in specific. I can assure you that you will get tons of information on all aspects of balance transfers. What are you waiting for?

Monday, January 08, 2007

OJ Mayo

Your name?

What is your site called?
OJ Mayo Fan Site

How old is the site?
3 months

What is the one unique feature of this site?
The biography is better than Wikipedias

Do you make money from this site?
There are ads but it doesn't make money

What is the main revenue stream for this site?
Hopefully ads but none as of yet.

If you were to sell this site, how much do you think it would sell for?
The wordpress template is custom and one of a kind. I don't intend to sell it, at least for awhile, but I think I could probably get $200 for it even though it doesn't make any money.

What are your plans with this site?
To be the #1 source for OJ Mayo information

What sites are your biggest competitors?

Do you rank well in search engines for this site? If yes, for what search terms?
1st page on MSN for OJ Mayo. 1st page on Google for OJ Mayo bio

How have you promoted this site in the past?
Directory submissions only

Going forward how do you intend to promote this site?
Link exchanges

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mobile Video Upload – Bandwidth and other issues

Worried that a lower bandwidth Internet connection couldn’t keep up with the video format you are uploading? An AVI format might be indeed too demanding for the speed of such a connection, but a reliable upload video site will also “cooperate with” a RealVideo format and with a QuickTime format, and, as a matter of fact, with other types of video format (MPEG and Shockwave included). However, keep in mind that a lower bandwidth Internet connection will result in the poorer quality of the film streamed over the Internet. With a broadband/high-speed connection there will no need of similar worries. In this case, all that you care about is that the upload video site is adequate for uploading the type of video format specific to your mobile phone or video camera.

Moreover, there are possibilities of converting mobile phone video formats (such as 3GP) into AVI or MPEG formats, so you don’t need to tantalize yourself over the manner in which you should deal with a mobile video upload. There are generous resources of software able to operate such a conversion; the only thing you should be concerned about is that such software should be, at the same time, freeware and free of spyware. With several reviews on different types of software you can be certain you are doing the right thing. In the end, a mobile video upload does not require the skill of a scientist; it can be done, practically, by anybody who has ever dealt with mobile phones and with the Internet. And remember that such an upload video site remains a reliable tool, a stable bridge between different countries, or different continents for that matter; it is the channel that builds a connection between people in Canada on one side, for instance, and people in India, on the other side, crossing by means of an Internet stream over the continent of Europe and bringing remote locations closer.

A reliable upload video site like is the bridge you needed to cross in order to reach, from wherever you are, the family and friends you have left back home. A mobile video upload or an upload from any video camera is thus turned into special moments of togetherness overcoming distance. Read more about Hotclips here in this blog. business directory is a new business directory, help us out and submit today at Web ahead. The directory is based on a ten year old domain, and has strong PR8 and PR7 backlinks! Submit your website today

The Thrifty Scot

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Noni -The Plant

Morinda Citrifolia or Noni is a small tree of "Rubiaceae" family. Originally, it comes from the South East Asian region but gradually its plantation has spread to other parts of the world. The plant is adaptable to a wide variety of natural and soil conditions. Noni can survive in rocky and volcanic valleys, sandy coastal regions, lava-strewn terrains etc. It can grow either on saline soils or on secondary soils. French Polynesia has the richest soils which suit Noni plants.

A mature Noni tree can grow upto nine metres tall and it reaches maturity in about 18 months after plantation. The tree has large, dark green, shiny and veined leaves. On maturity, a tree can yield four to eight kilograms of fruits every month. There is no season for noni plants as they give fruits through out the year. The Noni fruit is oval shaped and four to seven centimetres in diameter. During early stages, the Noni fruit is green but it turns to yellowish and then whitish when it ripens. Taste of the fruit is somewhat bitter and it has a strong odour. But it has so many useful ingredients that people still eat the fruit and make host of other health enhancing and medicinal products from it. Noni is a staple food in many countries in the Pacific Island region. Not only the fruit, many parts of the plant -leaves, roots, husks etc are also very useful.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hotmail Password Recovery

So you have this hotmail id and then you forget the password. Few things can be as frustrating as that. Luckily forgetting the hotmail id is not not the end of the world and there is a simple process for hotmail password recovery. Visit the hotmail password recovery page on the Tech FAQ for more info.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Motorsport statistics and results

Your name?

What is your site called?
Driver Database

How old is the site?
Three years old in about two months time.

What is the one unique feature of this site?
The aim of bringing the results of every single circuit racing category on one web site.

Do you make money from this site?
I do see some money coming in, but with all the time I've put into this project I would say no. I'm hoping it will change though.

What is the main revenue stream for this site?

If you were to sell this site, how much do you think it would sell for?
They would have to pay me for three years of work and then some more money before I would consider it.

What are your plans with this site?
Making it the market leader when it comes to racing drivers results and statistics. When fans of the sport think "Who's that new guy?" they should automaticly go to to see what that driver's been up to in the past. Who he's beaten or who beat him etc.

What sites are your biggest competitors?
At the moment there are no alternatives with my size that are free of charge. I've seen some stuff of mine that's been put up on Wikipedia lately, but they seem to be good enough to include my link as reference so they're not quite competing with me yet. Fortunately. If Wikipedia were to put up all my content I guess I'd have to surrender pretty quickly.

Do you rank well in search engines for this site? If yes, for what search terms?
Not really. I rank highly for the site title but that isn't highly competitive. It's me and about 88,200 sites about hardware drivers. Since I've got about 10,000 pages indexed I do rank quite highly for a bunch of less competitive keywords that when you put them all together drives a steady amount of search engine traffic. Ranking at number one for "NASCAR" and "Formula 1" is an aim for another year.

How have you promoted this site in the past?
Started out with manual directory submissions to get the ball rolling. Now I'm starting to get referenced in racing driver's press releases (well, those who are good enough to have some nice statistics to brag about) which gets the right crowd to my site. People like to ego surf, even professional and succesful athletes, and when they find my site they seem to tell their friends.

Going forward how do you intend to promote this site?
I might throw in a couple of links to good paid directories to fuel the fire a bit now and then. I have no real other plans at this moment other than having an enormoursly cool looking "Driver Database" t-shirt at a couple of race weekends this summer. A TV ad campaign would be nice though.

Directory Owners - Get Interviewed and Linked (DP / SitePoint Only)

Do you own / run a directory? Why not shout about it from roof tops? Successful directories are profitable and popular. Most others languish. Take the first step and get heard. Please PM me on the DigitalPoint forums or the SitePoint forums. I will interview you and place your responses on a newly repurposed blog of mine (not this one). You will get publicity, a one-way SEO friendly link, and a screen shot. What more could you ask for :) ?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Giving only results of different top charts, like top games, top movies, top cars, etc. all in one place.

Your name?

What is your site called?
top 4world

How old is the site?
0.5 year

What is the one unique feature of this site?
Many different top charts in one place without additional information.

Do you make money from this site?
Not much, but all revenue is gathered just for paying the hosting. It is more like a hobby having such site and if it starts to earn more, the ad quantity will be lowered.

What is the main revenue stream for this site?

If you were to sell this site, how much do you think it would sell for?
At the moment there is no plans to sell, but I think I can sell it at 100 USD easily.

What are your plans with this site?
To build a broader website with more different charts.

What sites are your biggest competitors?
I do not know any similar sites, otherwise I will not be building this one.

Do you rank well in search engines for this site? If yes, for what search terms?
Not well

How have you promoted this site in the past?
Haven't done much promotion. More visitors came from my other previous sites and forums like DP

Going forward how do you intend to promote this site?
SEO, viral marketing, people recommendation