5 Tips For Working From Home

5 Tips For Those Working from Home that will help you succeed

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Working from home is an increasingly popular option for workers worldwide. In fact, many consider this is such an important job perk, that it is worth discussing at interview or at job negotiation stage.

Then, if that option was to become a reality you would definitely want to succeed at your job and, to do that, you would need a “work from home” space that actually works for you.

Likewise, if you are running your own online business working from home, you should implement these tips to make sure your workplace setup is not hindering your progress and chances of success.

With that in mind, I have these 5 tips for working from home that will help you set up a home office, will help you maintain or increase your productivity and avoid some of the common mistakes made by newcomers to the work from home scene.

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#1 – Have a Dedicated Space

It’s not practical or realistic to think you can set up for work in a different spot each day, right!

Logging in from the bed, the sofa or the dining room table…….. sure, there is no reason why you can’t move around during your day, in fact that is one of the many advantages of working from home.

But you do need a dedicated place to keep your files, receipts, charging points and a monitor, as well as a quiet area to meet personal callers.

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If you have a guest bedroom with space for a desk, that can be an ideal choice for a home office. Or, if you live in an apartment, you might consider installing a small office space in the living room by adding a good light, a desktop, a power extension and cord – all of which can be picked up quite cheaply locally or online.

Whatever space you choose, make it permanent and easy to access.

Constantly clearing a space and re-organising yourself, will just cause irritation and stress that will not help you.

#2 – Limit Your Distractions

You might think you can glance at TV news every now and then and that may be true. But if you turn up the sound or – far worse – you switch channels to a favourite like Sports Channel, DIY or whatever, you are finished!

Do you really think you can focus with that amount of distraction in the room? Ask yourself – would you do this in front of your boss or co-workers?

Notifications from electronic devices can also be a distraction. They’ll tempt you to check your voicemail, texts, Facebook messages, or Instagram account – a sure way to lose focus.

Try to separate your personal and social communication platforms from your work computer.

Set up alarms or a schedule for stretching your legs and checking your devices – this will ensure you stay focused between those short breaks.

A window with a busy view might not help as it gives your mind more things to process than it needs. Even worse when your space is filled with personal business like unpaid bills, grocery shopping lists or things you need to file.

If at all possible, keep your work space separate from your personal office.

Limiting distractions means asking yourself, ‘Would this be acceptable at head office?’

#3 – Prioritise Ergonomics

No matter where you work, you can only do it if you’re not in physical pain.

If you can, invest in an ergonomic keyboard. These are designed to protect your wrists and hands, something that chiropractors, massage therapists and orthopaedic surgeons think is important.

Just as important – your desk height. Make sure your work surface is not too high or you’ll be holding your shoulders up all day. A small desk with a keyboard tray can be a great investment in your productivity and “work from home” wellness. These are available from local stores and online retailers.

A desk that can be raised is also a great investment as, standing for a good portion of your day can help keep you healthier, aid your circulation and may even prevent weight gain.

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Don’t scrimp on your seating either – invest in an ergonomic chair. This will pay dividends in the long run, since comfort equals productivity.

And, get a good light, especially if you do a fair amount of reading or document proofing. There’s no substitute for good lighting.

#4 – Don’t Forget these Essentials

When setting up your space, keep these important necessities in mind:

  • Make sure you don’t have a bright window at your back while working on your computer. Very few shades can compensate for a window’s glare on your screen. Although, you must also remember, natural light can do wonders for productivity (not to mention mood and overall health), so position your work space to get the benefits of a window without the drawbacks.
  • Determine where your nearest power outlets are and make sure you can plug in the many devices you need where you need them.
  • Check and make sure your location has great mobile signal strength or, if necessary, plan on putting in a land line. Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and that it’s fast enough for your work requirements.
  • Spend a few workday hours at home to make sure your neighbours don’t have super-noisy habits (or dogs) of which you’re not aware.

#5 – Find a Balance: Convenience vs. Lifestyle

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If you have roommates or a romantic partner, don’t leave them out of the conversation.

If they’re not happy while you’re working, or with where you work, this will affect your focus and therefore your productivity.

Discuss these questions:

  • How often is your room mate home during working hours?
  • Will conference calls or the need for quiet necessitate a change in their lifestyle?
  • Will an office in the bedroom put a crimp in your love life?
  • Will file folders or training manuals feel like clutter?
  • Will a computer desk eliminate the option of in-home workouts?
  • Are someone’s habits going to change when it comes to watching TV, listening to music or having friends drop by?

As I said before, talk to your room mate or partner and resolve any issues or at least get their agreement before starting to set up your work space.

Of course, working from home will also have lots of advantages like:

  • Diesel / gasoline savings
  • Commuting time saved
  • More free time
  • Less demands in the wardrobe department
  • More flexibility

Just make sure your work from home office positions YOU for success.

Implementing these tips for working from home will put you in a position where you can stay focused on your daily tasks, achieve your work goals and maintain good health.

That must be good for you, right?


Well, that’s it for today.

You can also check out these related topics how to start an online business that makes money and how to work online at home.

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Thank you for visiting and do leave a comment below before you go.

Cheers,

Michael

What Is The Jaaxy Keyword Tool

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This is the type of question I like to hear as it lets me talk freely and give every visitor to Powerful Affiliate some great information on Jaaxy.

Without delay, I think it’s best to do a full review in order to answer the question what is the Jaaxy keyword tool, so here goes.

This is my Jaaxy Enterprise review – just amazing!

I’ll be honest, keyword research is not one of my favourite tasks so I can tell you for nothing, anything that makes that job easier and also gives amazing results, gets the thumbs up from me.

Keyword research tools have been around for some time and were often more of a hindrance than anything else but now we have Jaaxy, which is a modern platform that has been modified and improved into what it is today.

As I said, it’s not one of my favourite tasks, but I do get a boost when I use it to check the potential of a new niche or business – I guess it’s because Jaaxy is just so easy to use and provides the exact results and information I am looking for.

Although, I must warn you, not everything is good in the general keyword tools market!

Problems With Most Keyword Tools

In the past, many keyword tools produced a huge amount of data, metrics and numbers that most people struggled to make any sense of. You could go looking for some key information and all you would get was a mass or even a mess (might be a better word) of data presented in front of you, data that was totally useless.

So, when thinking of buying keyword tools, watch out for these:
• Anything that you have to install in your PC
• Anything that provides PPC guesstimates
• Anything that requires numerous searches to accomplish a single task

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• Tools that don’t give results for all search engines

Normally, these factors indicate that they are not very good search tools. If you do get caught, you will have paid good money and then realise the data is of no help whatsoever.

Introducing You To Jaaxy Enterprise

As I mentioned earlier, I have not been impressed with other keyword tools, their mostly useless data and their inability to get at the keywords I want.
When I research my niches and look for keywords, there are really just three pieces of information that are important to me:

• How much competition does the keyword have?
• How much traffic does the keyword get?
• Does the keyword make sense?

The last one is based on my own “common sense”, the first two are metrics that Jaaxy Enterprise can ACCURATELY capture (that I have yet to see any other keyword tool efficiently gather).

Keywords that have low competition and get a good amount of traffic are SEO ready so, if you can find them, you can literally take over the search engines simply by creating some content or a video that is relevant to each keyword.

With Jaaxy, it is that easy……. but ONLY if you have the Jaaxy data.

The Art of Finding “Money Making” Keywords is Simplified!

I think the biggest fear with people these days, is the fear that the niche they are going into has too much competition. This fear has been fuelled by poor keyword tools and the resulting lack of good keyword data!

I can create successful online sales campaigns “at will” because I know how to find an unbelievable amount of keywords within a niche!

How is that you may well ask?

Well, because when you have access to a tool like Jaaxy you can uncover things that no other keyword tool can access.

Let me give you a couple of quick examples – random niches that I know nothing about, like “women’s hats” and “seniors holidays”.

I will try to find keywords that have less than 300 total competing pages in Google (in all of the worldwide web), keywords that get traffic and they MUST make sense.

Example #1: Women’s Hats
Search 1: Womens Hats (Keywords found)

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One search – Top 15 Results, of which there are 13 awesome keywords I could use….I am excluding the first which has too much competition (QSR) and is highlighted in red,  and the third from bottom, as it does not make sense to me.

With one very broad random search in Jaaxy, I have been able to quickly come up with 13 keywords that will be quite easy to rank in Google. ONE search, about 20 seconds! This gives me enough “keywords” to start a campaign targeting women’s hats. Nice or what?

Now let’s try the same within the Seniors Holidays niche.

Example #2: Seniors Holidays
Search 2 Seniors Holidays (Keywords found)

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And just like that, I have 12 “Seniors Holidays” keywords that will work nicely on a website…in fact, I could probably target these search results on my website here in Powerful Affiliate as people that are looking into Seniors Holidays will most likely be also interested in products like WealthyAffiliate.com and Jaaxy.com – that can help them build a business online during their retirement.

Anyway, I hope you agree, this proves the efficiency of Jaaxy.

In two searches and less than ONE MINUTE (literally) I have enough keywords to drive two brand new campaigns, in niches I know nothing about.

This sort of research would take HOURS working manually and using other keyword tools, that’s if you could even capture this sort of data (Jaaxy Enterprise is really that amazing!)

Potential Online Business!

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With every search you do in Jaaxy Enteprise, it will tell you which Exact Match Domains (EMD’s) are available with the corresponding search term, 90 domains at a time.

Soon you will realise, WOW there are a lot of awesome domains available!

At any moment in time, using Jaaxy, I can find  .com EMD’s that people are selling for $1,000’s within reselling services!

You could then decide to buy these domains, put a small site up on them and, because Google still ranks domains that have the keyword in them very high (even after the latest Panda update targeting EMD’s), you could basically buy up the first ranking in Google.

$10 for a domain for a year,  thousands of clicks.  To me this is an example of a complete business model with massive potential, that Jaaxy Enteprise opens up because of its ability to find domains so efficiently.

Choosing a Jaaxy Plan That Fits Your Budget

I have just scratched the surface of what Jaaxy Enterprise can do.  There are brainstorming (niche finding) functions, the ability to easily find where your sites are ranked in Google (what page you are on), finding affiliate programs, analyse your competitions websites, create keyword lists…and a heck of a lot more.    Those are icing on the cake.

Now, let me explain to you that there are Jaaxy options for any budget:

  • For someone just starting out
  • For someone that understands the importance of keyword research
  • For the power user.

Jaaxy Starter = Free

Jaaxy Pro = $19 per month, $199 per year

Jaaxy Enterprise = $49 per month, $499 per year

Choose the Jaaxy That Suits YOU HERE!

  • Personally, I use Enterprise because I am a power user (someone who doesn’t like to waste time) and if you want the ultimate brilliance, I suggest you go for that option.
  • If you are a little unsure and you want to get your feet wet using Jaaxy, try the free version.  It is limited, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.
  • If you are starting out and on a limited budget, Jaaxy Pro still rocks.   It will save you hours per day on your keyword research and still has most of the functions of Enterprise, it just isn’t nearly as “quick”.

This tool is web based so you can access it from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection, including your phone.  I often find myself in the line-up at the grocery store searching for keywords or when I get an idea while I am out and about, I do a search in Jaaxy………..it stores all of your search history so you can use it to store your ideas!

Are you ready to start your own personal research Jaaxy?

Get Your Hands on Jaaxy today HERE…………. your Online Business will thank you!

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So there you have it.

That’s it for today.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you found it both enjoyable and helpful….don’t forget to leave a comment.

Cheers for now and do take care of yourself.

Michael

 

Is Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

Affiliate Marketing, sounds complicated – is it suitable for beginners with no experience?

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This is a question I get asked frequently and, thankfully, it is a question that I have no difficulty answering.

Why is that?

Well, the question “is affiliate marketing for beginners” can be answered with a simple YES, but let me expand on that.

Once a person has some basic knowledge and experience of using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone, they can become a marketing affiliate.

Also, because the hours are flexible and worked to suit personal needs, affiliate marketing is a fantastic opportunity for beginners, whether they are teenagers, students, middle aged, retired, unemployed, those in full-time employment or those working part-time……

This does not mean it is super easy or some “get rich quick” scheme – if that’s what you are looking for, best look somewhere else as you’ll not find it here at Powerful Affiliate.

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Affiliate Marketing is an online business, which means it is conducted over the internet, and one of its advantages is it costs very little to setup and get started. Unlike an offline business where setup costs, premises, stock etc. can be very high.

However, like an offline business, the marketing affiliate working online must be committed, focused, hardworking and determined to succeed. And, likewise, the degree of success will be down to the individual marketing affiliate and the amount of quality work put into the business.

Related articleswhat is an affiliate marketing business and why become an affiliate marketer.

Would It Suit Retired People?

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Retirement need not mean relying solely on savings or a pension for income.

A retired person probably won’t want to work at a physically demanding job, so affiliate marketing provides an ideal opportunity to do something with low setup costs, easily managed and suitable for generating a second source of income, even if it is only part-time.

Not everyone has an abundance of money to live a fulfilling life throughout their retirement years, so it only makes sense to have a side line business in the background that can supplement an existing income and make life a little more free and easy. After all, retirement should be enjoyable after a life of hard work.

Now, think about your retirement years!

Whether you are already retired or approaching retirement, what exactly do you want to do during those years? What are your hopes and dreams?

  • Where will you be living?
  • Would you like to travel?
  • Will you have enough money for a comfortable life?
  • Will you buy a new car or take up a new hobby?

How To Make Money In Retirement (or if unemployed or in part-time employment)

As mentioned already, doing business online is perfect and tailor made for those in retirement. There is no physical labour involved and all you need is a computer, an internet connection and a desire to earn some extra income on the side.

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Let’s look at some advantages to running an online business during your retirement years:

  • Lifestyle freedom
  • Loads of opportunities
  • Flexible time
  • Access to a global marketplace
  • Very low overheads
  • Easy to get started
  • No physical labour
  • Freedom to travel – work from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, almost everywhere nowadays
  • Earn extra income
  • Avoid money stress
  • An online business can be full time or part time.

It can be more like a hobby business, something you and your partner can enjoy, you can do part-time and when it suits you. Your efforts can lead to passive and residual income, so you don’t actually have to continually work for every single dollar.

Superannuation, savings, investments and pensions are fine, but having control of your life with an online business will really help give you a true feeling of financial security.

Start An Online Business Today

Here at Powerful Affiliate – where you are reading this post – I can show you how to start an online business that makes money, with a fantastic training program designed for anyone who wants to learn how to run an online business. The training is easy to follow, you can earn while you learn and you can do it all at your own pace.

Best of all, it’s free to get started and to build two websites – so try it out, see if it’s a good fit for you.

After that, there is a single, simple upgrade option that is paid monthly or annually. That upgrade gives you access to an awesome amount of additional tutorials, training and support that will set you on a pathway to online business success. Success that I’m sure, can supplement your existing income and lifestyle quite nicely.

Again, this equally applies if you are unemployed, employed part time or even a student.

It’s well worth a try – you have nothing to lose, right!

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That’s it for today.

I hope you found this article informative and helpful.

Either way, it would be great if you leave a comment in the box below.

Cheers for now and do take care.

Michael

Internet Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

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All of us can make mistakes…..

When I first got involved in affiliate marketing, all I wanted was to just make money and make it fast.

Like a wild animal just released from captivity, off I went in every direction, trying everything, with no real plan and no idea of the mistakes I was making that could very well damage my chances of succeeding at internet marketing.

Having completed the fantastic and amazing training with Wealthy Affiliate and having gained significant experience of both affiliate marketing and helping other new affiliate marketers, I have come to the conclusion that there are 7 particular mistakes new affiliate marketers make.

So, you ask, what are those particular internet marketing mistakes to avoid?

Ok, here goes…..

Particular Mistakes Made By New Marketing Affiliates

# 1 – Selling Rather Than Helping

Yes, the word “marketing” does imply “selling”, but for the most part of our daily routine, our job as an affiliate is not to sell — that is the job of the sales page our affiliate links lead the visitor to.

When I first started, my overwhelming (and totally naive) impulse was to fill my pages with words and links that screamed “BUY THIS NOW!”………unfortunately, that didn’t help the reader learn WHY they should have / buy this product. I only wanted them to click a link which would hopefully lead to a commission for me.

Potential buyers want to hear what other people think about a product before making a decision to buy that product or not — that’s why the reviews on Amazon products are so powerful. Those reviews are genuine reviews from people who have absolutely nothing to gain whether someone buys the product or does not buy the product.

When we talk more like an unbiased reviewer rather than a high-pressure salesperson, we will find we make more sales and people will come back for advice on other products in the future.

# 2 – Too Many Affiliate Programs / Products!

This is another big mistake I made when starting out — joining any and every affiliate program I came across. While I absolutely do believe in cultivating multiple streams of income when working online, there is a point where you have too much to deal with and it becomes unmanageable. Choose your affiliate programs wisely and don’t overload yourself.

# 3 – Not Testing The Merchant’s Performance

Whenever I choose to promote a particular Merchant’s offer, I do put myself in the shoes of a potential customer and opt in to test the Merchant’s follow up performance.

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I learned this the hard way.

Nothing breaks a reader’s trust more than being led to a promotion that does not live up to its sales pitch and promise. Again, check it out, put yourself in the shoes of a potential customer and see what will happen if they follow your advice.

# 4 – Not Tracking

This was another mistake I made when I first started out. I was and still am fond of promoting Amazon products on the pages and posts of my websites, but I was forgetting to check which affiliate links were successful and which were not.

Why is this a mistake? Put simply — when you make a sale, you want to know WHERE the sale came from. This enables you to know which pages are converting well so you can grow and scale that campaign.

Amazon is very user friendly in this regard so you will have no problem seeing what is working well and what is not working so well.

Yes, making any commission is fantastic, but knowing where and how you made that commission is what makes you a better marketer. It lets you grow and scale your campaigns — as opposed to working blindly.

# 5 – Not Comparing Similar Products

One of the best converting tactics I use to sell affiliate products online (especially physical products from Amazon) is to compare the “main” product with two other similar products.

When people are in buying mode for a physical product, they tend to have their options narrowed down to 2 or 3 and need help making the choice that is best for them.

By comparing the “3 Best Products”, I am not only helping my visitors make a choice, but I also have my affiliate links there for THREE products instead of just one! What’s not great about that?

Over time, when I track my web pages, I will be able to see which products are most interesting to visitors and then move the best converting products to the top of the page or rearrange the layout to help the visitor and gain maximum benefit.

Comparison or Review web pages are not only very popular and helpful for visitors, they are also very profitable for you.

# 6 – “Make Money” Online Products

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People often complain online that they can’t make a dime from online marketing. Then, when you visit their website they are promoting an online product that will “make you rich” followed by an affiliate link.

Now, obviously, that’s a contradiction!

It happens all the time. Please, don’t do it.

If you’re new and you want to promote products in the Make Money Online arena, do not make false claims that it made money for you. In fact, don’t make false claims at all, ever!

Yes, of course, talk about the benefits of the product/training — maybe even why it sounds awesome to you — but don’t try to trick people. You will ruin your credibility.

# 7 – Losing Focus…“Oh I must check out that lovely shiny thing over there!”

This is the biggest downfall for any new affiliate marketer. In fact, it can cause really big issues for seasoned affiliate marketers as well.

Oftentimes, you will be working on one particular thing when, all of a sudden, something “shiny” comes through your inbox or is mentioned in a forum you frequent. Then off you go chasing some new idea to make money online.

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Ignore these “shiny things” that are sure to fly by on a constant basis. They will just distract you from your current project/campaign. One completed and profitable campaign is worth so much more than 50 almost half-finished campaigns or projects.

Conclusion

Affiliate marketing is a business that requires self-motivation and focus.

For many of us, these are learned skills.

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Once you are aware of the the mistakes that can be made and how those mistakes can cause a loss of sales and profits, you will be better able to control your performance and build a sustainable, profitable, long-term, online business.

So, best of luck out there!!


You will find more helpful information at The Wealthy Affiliate University Review and why become an affiliate marketer, so go there now or go to how to start an online business that makes money.

 

I hope you found this article helpful, either way, please leave a comment below.

Looking forward to seeing you here again.

Cheers,

Michael.

What Is The Best Online Security Protection

What Is The Best Online Security Protection for both small and large businesses?

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Whether you are doing your online business nationally, internationally or worldwide, you need the maximum level of online security protection.

Standard antivirus packages do a particular job, which is described more fully below, but you do need a “second layer” for maximum protection. That “second layer” is the speciality of Heimdal Security and specifically their product Heimdal PRO.

Security is very important if you have an existing Online Business or if you are thinking of starting one – in which case you should see the Powerful Affiliate pages “What is an Affiliate Marketing Business” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer“, these will help with your decision and are well worth reading now or after you finish here.

Online criminals hate Heimdal Security as they protect you from attacks that the antivirus packages can’t block.

You may well ask, is this “second layer” and the related cost absolutely necessary?

Well, I will address the question, what is the best online security protection and other frequently asked questions as I go through this review.

I think it will be more beneficial and clearer, if I break the information down under these headings:

  1. User benefits
  2. Features
  3. Protects against
  4. Best Security Addition for any Antivirus package
  5. Who is Heimdal Security
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Free Security Resources
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# 1 – User benefits

Protects your computer from 2nd generation malware.

Ransomware, exploit kits, financial Trojans and data-stealing malware are just a few examples of 2nd generation malware that Heimdal PRO blocks.

Sanitises your Internet traffic to block malicious traffic.

Heimdal PRO works proactively, scanning all your incoming and outgoing Internet traffic to identify malicious connections. Heimdal blocks these connections and keeps malware from being downloaded and installed on your computer.

Keeps your financial data and confidential information safe.

Heimdal PRO closely monitors your outgoing Internet traffic too. When it sees that malware is trying to ex-filtrate data from your computer to a malicious server or website, it blocks the connection.

Saves time and enhances your security with automated software Updates.

Not many people know this, but updating software blocks up to 85% of web attack angles. The software manager in Heimdal PRO installs updates automatically and without interrupting your work (or fun). It can also install new software for you, fast and safely.

Protects your digital life from attacks you don’t even notice.

To reach more potential victims, cyber criminals hack legitimate websites and online ads and even impersonate brands you trust and love. Due to its deep and vast intelligence about servers and websites used by cyber criminals, Heimdal PRO protects you from cyber threats that the eye can’t see and your antivirus package can’t detect.

Experience a safer web, but just as fast as before.

Heimdal PRO was created so it could be both discrete and effective, so it doesn’t slow down your system or your Internet connection.

Check out our cool video showing what Heimdal PRO does and why users need it:

# 2 – Features

  • Traffic-based Malware Detection
  • Advanced Traffic Scanning & Filtering
  • Online Banking Security
  • Automatic Software Updates
  • Silent Vulnerability Blocking
  • Software Manager
  • Security News Alerts
  • Free Support

# 3 – Protects against

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  • Adware & Spyware
  • Botnets
  • Browser & DNS hijacking
  • Data Leakage & Data Theft
  • Drive-by Attacks
  • Email Malware Distribution
  • Exploit Kits
  • Fileless Malware
  • Form-grabbing Malware
  • Keyloggers
  • Macro Viruses & more
  • Malicious Traffic Redirects
  • Malvertising
  • Phishing, Whaling, Pharming
  • Polymorphic Malware
  • Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
  • Ransomware
  • Remote Access Trojans
  • Rogueware
  • URL & SQL injection
  • Zero Day Malware

# 4 – Best Security Addition for any Antivirus Package

Heimdal PRO is not an antivirus, but it’s a perfect complement to one.

Antivirus is reactive because it looks for files and actions, whereas Heimdal is proactive, analysing your Internet traffic.

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# 5 – Who is Heimdal Security?

Heimdal Security protects users and companies from sophisticated cyber-criminal actions, by keeping confidential information and intellectual property safe.

The Heimdal Security software was initially developed in 2011 by Team Defcon CTF World Champions in hacking and is now used to protect organisations and users across the world against advanced attacks, no matter where their users may travel.

# 6 – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Heimdal PRO?  

Heimdal PRO is a cyber threat security suite that uses Internet traffic scanning to keep you safe against ransomware, financial Trojans, data-stealing malware and other threats that an antivirus package can’t detect.

How much does it cost?

You can see the retail prices for Heimdal PRO in their online shop – price will depend on your country, number of computers needing protection and license period.

What is the difference between Heimdal PRO and Heimdal FREE?

Heimdal FREE keeps your vulnerable applications up-to-date automatically and eliminates vulnerabilities used in cyber attacks. Compared to Heimdal PRO, the FREE version does not offer Internet traffic scanning and filtering or malware  detection.

What operating systems does Heimdal PRO run on?

  • Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit)

Are there any online reviews for Heimdal PRO?

Customer reviews on Trustpilot

Heimdal PRO reviewed on Softpedia

Heimdal PRO reviewed on Digital Citizen

Can Heimdal be used in a corporate environment?

Yes, but Heimdal really recommends using Heimdal CORP. This  product was developed specifically for larger IT environments. Compared to Heimdal PRO, the CORP version also offers access to the web-based Unified Threat Dashboard, a great tool for any company’s IT administrator.

# 7 – Free Security Resources

The Heimdal Security blog.

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Online Hacker

The Heimdal Security award-winning cyber security blog keeps you up to date on breakthrough security alerts and paves the way to safer digital lives with actionable how-to guides and articles.

Cyber Security for Beginners (course)

Turn your inbox into a classroom with this self-paced course designed for everyone and anyone.

 The Daily Security Tip

From the Heimdal inbox to yours: 365 security tips to last you for an entire year, dropped at a rate of 1 tip/day!

The Ultimate Windows 10 Security Guide

All the pointers you need to adjust and tweak your Windows 10 settings in order to boost your cyber security and privacy.

The Cyber Security Glossary

Decode all that tech talk in cyber security articles so that it makes sense to you. Includes links to in-depth resources!

Cyber Security for Small Business Owners (Course)

Master the basics of cyber security to protect your small business and your client’s data. All in 24 step-by-step lessons!

So, to conclude and answer the question “what is the best online security protection”……….definitely Heimdal Security.


So there you have it – I think any concerns you might have had, are now answered.

Also, I think you will now understand why Powerful Affiliate has no hesitation in recommending Heimdal Security and specifically their Heimdal PRO and Heimdal CORP security products.

Click HERE and go there now and check the prices for yourself!


 

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Thank you for visiting, do call again as Powerful Affiliate is updated regularly.

Cheers and do take care.

Michael

Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam Or Legit

Scams Are All Around You


Scammers are all around us, trying to sell us their “secret technique” to make quick money or some sort of magical “get rich quick” scheme. They show you some bank account statements, flashy sports cars, luxurious houses and so on….then, suddenly, it seems like your dreams are about to come true, but…………NO!

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Scammer…

When you drill deeper, what you actually get is pretty much nothing – except a waste of your time, a loss of your hard earned cash and more disappointment. After one or two such experiences, you would be feeling very upset, very annoyed and, unfortunately, also convinced that your dream of making money online is not possible. This is not the situation I want you to experience.

Here’s a chance for you to stop that right now. I would like to help you get started at building a sustainable and profitable online business.

Making real money online is not easy, there is a very steep learning curve involved and before making any commitments you must make sure you are not walking into a SCAM.

And you must address this question, is Wealthy Affiliate a scam or legit?

A Positive Environment with Like-Minded People is What You Need

In order for you to succeed, one of the most important things you need to do is to place yourself in a positive environment with like-minded people.

In school, we were in a class with a positive atmosphere and hard-working classmates.

Similarly, you need that for internet marketing.

Become part of an online community where people learn internet marketing together while interacting and sharing the knowledge with each other. Whenever you need help, there are people to help you in just a few minutes or even seconds.

​I know you are probably getting impatient as you just want to quickly get started making money online. But, I want to make sure you understand the importance of joining a community with thousands of experts. A community that changed my life, taught me everything I know about internet marketing and gave me the confidence boost I needed for starting an online business.

I was very lucky to find it!

Introducing Wealthy Affiliate

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Wealthy Affiliate

I’m going to give you more details on the platform and community that changed me from a complete newcomer to internet marketing into an experienced and mature online marketer. Stay with me, I want to help you, because this is something that can change your life, just like it has changed mine.

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is an online platform and community that provides all the necessary training and support for you to succeed online. It is not just a platform nor just a community. It is both, combined! ​

The Powerful Affiliate pages “The Wealthy Affiliate University Review” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” will help with your decision and are worth reading now or after you finish here.

What You Can Get From Wealthy Affiliate​ – The Top 10 Features

  • Various types of Training Resources in different areas – Video training, Tutorial training, Classroom training and Courses
  • A very active and supportive community
  • Live Chat – Live and Interactive help to get your questions answered in seconds, even during the night!
  • Live Weekly Webinar
  • Access to hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, including Kyle and Carson!
  • A Spam Free Environment
  • Fast & Secure Website Hosting
  • 2 Free Websites
  • Keyword Research Tool (You’ll gonna need this when you start blogging, to get ranked well in Google)
  • Completely FREE to Get Started!

To fully understand the cool features that are available for you, I recommend you join as a Free Starter Member and explore it for yourself! You have nothing to lose, right!

My Journey At WA So Far – How It Changed My Life

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I’m not going to lie to you and say that Wealthy Affiliate gave me success overnight. That is just not possible, anywhere.

You must understand that nothing in this world can bring you overnight success. Those “Get rich quick” schemes are definitely scams. So if you still believe that somehow you can get rich and succeed overnight – you will have to change. Otherwise, you will not get very far.

​When I first joined WA, I was still very sceptical, possibly, just like you are feeling right now. Mostly, that was because I was still recovering from a bad experience I had with a previous company. Very quickly, I was welcomed into the community and I began to look on WA as a community of like minded people who are very resourceful and very helpful – rather than a “company” which sounds very profit-driven.

​I started with the Free Starter Membership and could not believe how good and how easy the training was. However, even after a few months, I was still unsure if I could make it here and then, guess what, that’s when my first sale came in. Although it was just a $3 Amazon Bounty Commission, it boosted my confidence a lot and I suddenly felt like everything was possible.

Believe me, I get great satisfaction from sharing this amazing opportunity with you and I want to see you writing a post about YOUR  first online income as soon as possible.🙂

​The reason Wealthy Affiliate changed my life is that it provided me with the necessary foundation and training for me to start my own successful online business. Thanks to Kyle’s guidance and training,  I’m also able to share my experience and show others how to do the same.

I don’t mind admitting that, even now, I still encounter problems and frustrations occasionally, however, the WA community always has my back covered. I can easily find solutions or get my questions answered very fast – be it in the live chat, other training resources, blogs or in the “Ask a Question” tool. Every single time I came across something I was not sure about, there was always someone there to help. It’s only natural that you will have a lot of questions and some problems along the way but, rest assured, you can get any problems fixed very fast. So the answer to the question “Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam or legit” is:

Wealthy Affiliate is definitely NOT a scam and is totally LEGIT! -read my full review HERE.

Will It Change YOUR Life Too?​

​I don’t see any reason why it won’t. I’m here to change YOUR life from now – the same training that taught me is still there, waiting for you to learn.

What you need to do, is just take action and get started.

Afterwards, you need to take action on what you’ve learned.

Remember, take action! Don’t be afraid.

Pricing

​Wealthy Affiliate has two membership levels – Starter and Premium. This is a very good system and there are no other up-sells, just the two levels, Free & Paid. WA makes it very clear to people from the start, unlike many other companies out there who have multiple levels of membership – each level being hotly promoted and sold for additional fees – that’s a definite NO NO!

Multiple up-sells are a standard feature of many SCAMS!​

Starter Membership (Free)

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Free Starter Membership

Starter Membership is ​completely FREE for life. Yes, you heard it correctly, it lasts FOR LIFE.

It’s not like a limited time trial that forces people to pay or else they are forced to leave. WA doesn’t do that kind of thing. So you can try WA for free without pressure for as long as you want.

I suppose, it’s a bit like a “WA Lite” version where you have access to the necessary things to start off.

Many people have asked whether they can make money as a Starter Member. My answer is… YES, you can make money because you have the basic tools and knowledge that you need.

But it is difficult, as​ there is a lot of competitors out there with full training, knowledge and support. You will succeed faster with a more complete guide, more training and support.

Starter Membership Overview – Get the Feel of WA

  • Instant Access to WA Community
  • 2 Free Websites
  • 30 Free Keyword Searches
  • 7-Day Live Chat
  • Level 1 Online Entrepreneur Certification Course
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Training Phase 1
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Premium Membership (Paid)​

(USD $49 /month OR USD $359 /year​)

To start building an online business, people usually have to search for their own resources and help. This includes website hosting, website building, keyword researching, support, etc. Apart from this technical stuff, you still have to find training and tutorials to learn the business. All these bring separate costs which are quite high when bought individually.

Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership covers everything for you. It’s like an “All in One” package.

You will get everything you need to succeed online. You will also save the time, you would otherwise spend, searching and testing all those different services. WA Premium combines all the high quality services you require into one single low priced package.

Premium Membership Overview – Everything You Need For Success

  • 50 Websites
  • Private Messaging (You can directly message to the owners and they do reply you!)
  • Access to all Training, Courses and Classrooms
  • Live Weekly Webinars
  • Unlimited Live Chat
  • Unlimited Keyword Searches
  • Higher Affiliate Commission
  • 24/7/365 Website Support (Get your technical issues resolved fast)
  • Website Feedback & Comment platform
  • Website Analysis

Starter V.S. Premium​

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Starter & Premium membership options

Below is a chart comparing the difference between Starter and Premium:

What I Recommend For You!

​I recommend you start off with Starter Membership.

You should explore Wealthy Affiliate for yourself first and decide whether this is a long term project for you. If not, I don’t want you to waste your time.

On the other hand, if you are joining the community, then you should be moving on at full speed and aiming for a long term success.

When you think you are ready, you should go Premium and get access to everything within WA. You should pay monthly for about one month before you turn yearly. The reason to pay yearly is very simple – to save money. Since you have made the decision that this is a long term project for you, it’s a no-brainer for you to pay yearly and save your money.​

If you pay yearly, it’s USD $359 per year which is equal to USD $29.92 per month! Think about it, university fees, how much it costs to invest in a franchise business or how much it costs to set up any business – then consider that you will be getting an awesome amount of tuition, training, tools and support, for just $29.92 per month, it’s out of this world!

And There’s A Bonus​

​There’s more. After you sign up for the Starter Membership, there’s a bonus promotion for you. You can become Premium at USD $19 for the first month (61% discount) if you upgrade within the first 7 days.

Finally, What You’ll Be Doing At WA…

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​There are tons of ways you can earn money online. However, Wealthy Affiliate simplifies that for you. You will have two choices.

Firstly, you can build a business from your passion. For example, if you like football, you can build a website on football or on an element within football. The training will guide you on how you can make it profitable.

Secondly, if you do not have a passion to start with, that’s totally fine. WA has a “predefined” topic for you to start with and the Bootcamp Training will guide you all along the way.

Right, now that’s about everything you need to know for now.

Ready to Begin Your Journey with Wealthy Affiliate?

Start HERE.


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Don’t forget to leave a comment below, feedback is great and it helps me improve my posts.

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers,

Michael.

Is Affiliate Marketing Worth The Effort

Affiliate Marketing Continues To Grow

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Online Affiliate Marketing

Over the last 15 years, Affiliate Marketing has evolved from something that was a mere tool for companies to extend their reach online, to something that is a vital part of their actual businesses.

To such an extent that today, many businesses rely solely on affiliate marketing to build their brand, their exposure and their revenue. So, the answer to the question “is affiliate marketing worth the effort” is a resounding YES.

If you are a company with an online presence and you don’t have an affiliate program in 2018, you truly don’t have a proper online presence. It’s that simple.

With Affiliate Marketing, you have a lot of opportunities online in 2018, more so than I have ever seen. This will continue over the coming years as the Internet continues to grow, as people are more connected more often and as more and more companies continue to invest most of their marketing budgets into affiliate programs for their online sales.

Affiliate Marketing in 2018, is it Any Different?

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Online Office!

Okay, time for a quick break down of affiliate marketing.

First, what is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is the process of promoting another companies product or service in exchange for a commission. There are 100,000’s of affiliate programs that you can join, choose products, promote them and then get a commission on every sale.

At the core of an online business, you have a product and you have a consumer.

Connecting these two items is YOU, the affiliate (and your affiliate link).

CONSUMER => GOES THROUGH AFFILIATE LINK => BUYS PRODUCT => YOU GET $$ COMMISSION

At the core, that is where affiliate marketing is. Obviously there is a bit more to it than this, like, how do you find and attract consumers, but the process of making money as an affiliate is not any more complicated than this.

That is what you learn here at Powerful Affiliate. When you understand the proper processes of choosing a niche, building out your website and becoming an authority within any niche of your choice – you will truly be able to capitalise on this business model which will remain largely unchanged for many years to come.

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How to start an online business…

7 Things You Need to Know About Affiliate Marketing in 2018

There are many things that you should be aware of prior to heading into affiliate marketing. In fact, I have 7 things that I want you to know before you enter into the affiliate marketing world.

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# 1. Affiliate Marketing is Growing at the Fastest Pace ever.

It is estimated that the affiliate marketing industry will be worth $5.97 billion by 2019.

# 2. All Major Online Brands Are Built on Affiliate Marketing.

Amazon, Apple, HP, Best Buy, Etsy… you name it. Without affiliate programs, and affiliates, these companies would have WAY less market share online. The likes of Amazon, built their empire on affiliates, it is rare these days – when doing research on a product or service – that you don’t come across an Amazon affiliate site.

# 3. There Has Never been this Many Affiliate Programs.

Every year, there are more and more affiliate programs as companies see the opportunity to carve out such a vast marketing team online. There are 20-30 huge affiliate networks alone, with 10,000’s of affiliate programs not to mention all of the 10,000’s of independent affiliate programs.

# 4.There Are Over 500 Million Products You Can Promote as An Affiliate.

Yes, you read that correctly. There are over 500 MILLION products that you can promote online! This subset of products only continues to grow, not to mention the 100,000’s of online and offline services that also have affiliate programs.

If you are not an existing Affiliate Marketer, you should read the Powerful Affiliate pages “The Wealthy Affiliate University Review” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – these will help you decide if it’s for you, well worth reading now or after you finish here.

# 5. People Are Moving Their Spending Online at a Faster Pace Than Ever.

I personally spend most of my money online now, shifting away from offline businesses. I know it can be considered bad not to support local, but I personally would rather support online (being an Internet entrepreneur) in particular when the prices are better, the selection is unparalleled, and when I know affiliates and fellow Internet entrepreneurs are benefiting from it. This trend is ONLY going to continue.

# 6. Almost Every Sale Online Has An Affiliate Behind It.

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That is correct, almost every purchase that you make online has in some form or another an affiliate behind it and earning a commission. Whether you are doing your Christmas shopping on Amazon or you are buying a service to help you build a business, there is almost certainly an affiliate reaping the rewards of a commission. Isn’t that just brilliant?

# 7. Affiliate Marketing Will Never Die.

Back around 2002, there was an underlying fear that affiliate marketing was a temporary thing. Logically it didn’t make sense that such an incredible business model would die so, as time went by, major marketing teams for some of the biggest product launches ever, started piggy backing on the idea of affiliate marketing.

So, affiliate marketing is here to stay. It has grown every single year since 2002, creating the greatest opportunity of our lifetime. As offline jobs are being reduced because people are not shopping as much offline, affiliate marketing continues to grow with online sales.

Shipping is getting much faster and more reliable, so people are happy to spend more and more of their spending budgets online.

Why Companies Cannot Live Without Affiliate Marketing

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Companies like Amazon have grown and exploded their sales online because of their focus on their affiliate program at the core of their marketing.

Instead of spending BILLIONS on marketing their products/services (by the way, they have over 488,000,000 products on their network now), they leverage millions of affiliate marketers through their affiliate program, Amazon Associates.

Just think of it this way, if you were an Online Business, would you rather hire an advertising executive and a 3-4 person marketing team full time (which would carry costs of say $300,000 per year) or would you rather have potentially 100,000’s of marketers working for you on a performance basis where you only have to pay them based on the actual tangible sales?

A marketing executive cannot guarantee results. In fact, most don’t achieve the expected results, they are incredibly expensive and then encourage a company to spend outrageous amounts of money on advertising. An affiliate marketer will not get paid if sales don’t happen, so there is ZERO risk to a company to take on new affiliates.

The model is so brilliant that EVERY major corporation now understands this. Plain and simple, Affiliate Marketing drives Internet Sales……..

So, that’s it for now.

Go HERE to get more information and HERE to get started as a marketing affiliate.


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Thanks for visiting, do call again for more updates.

Cheers,

Michael.

 

How Secure Is My Job

We Are All Insecure Workers!

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Is my job secure?

So, why be an employee?

What are the disadvantages of being an employee?

How secure is my job?

How often has a business owner heard this; “I could never do what you do. I need the security of a regular paycheck.”

Many people who started their own business, people who took the leap and left the perceived security of a corporate job, have lost track of the number of times they heard those words.

There is no doubt that owning and running your own business is hard work, many would say they never worked so hard in their previous careers.

They would also say that corporate employment was, by comparison, easy. However, having your own business is very fulfilling personally and the rewards can be plentiful and entirely within your own control and influence. Most would say they can’t imagine returning to the insecurity of a corporate role!

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Yes, you read that right, the insecurity of a corporate role.

Why do they say that?

Well, because the regular paycheck that employees receive only gives the illusion of security. When you realise that many countries and many states in the USA operate an “at will” employment relationship, you will understand that this “security” is merely an illusion. The reality is, you could arrive at your workplace or  office tomorrow and find yourself without a job for any reason; not a heinous mistake; not a poor performance review; simply because……………..

So, taking all that into account, how would you like to have your very own business as an online affiliate marketer at very little or even zero cost? Well you can and even if you are only vaguely interested, you should read the Powerful Affiliate pages “What is an Affiliate Marketing Business” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – these will help you decide if it’s for you, well worth reading now or after you finish here.

All Employees Are Insecure Workers

The reality is, all employees are insecure workers in the 21st Century workplace.

It’s reported that more than 40% of the workforce will become independent workers by 2020 and it’s apparent that legislation will need to move quickly in order to keep up.

In his book “The Alliance”, Reid Hoffman (Co-founder of LinkedIn), shares his vision for the future of work. He states that the days of the career for life are gone, instead it’s the concept of “tours of duty” where the nature of work is becoming more fluid and where individuals with specific skills are hired to complete a specific project.

 Work Has Come a Full Circle

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In many ways the term freelance workforce is old news. If you looked back say two-hundred years ago, before the industrial revolution that brought about the modern workplace, you would find a freelance economy where work was a 24×7 endeavour.

In fact, the very word “freelance” is from medieval times when knights, who had not pledged loyalty to one family, were available to fight, whether in tournaments or in battle, for those willing to pay for their service—the ultimate Free-Lancers.

Prior to the Industrial Revolution people worked for themselves or in small family groups, and usually out of their home or close neighbourhood. The proverbial butcher, baker and candlestick maker were the industries of their day. People’s relationship with work was flexible and part of their lifestyle.

The Industrial revolution brought about automation which centralised production, brought the individual workers out of their weaving lofts and into the factories, and brought the farm workers to the growing towns to seek a different type of employment – employment as hired hands working in the factories.

Now We’re all 21st Century Freelancers

Those times, during the industrial revolution, were not all idyllic and painless by any means. There were riots, there was resistance and there were even organised protests.

“Luddites” were bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woollen mills, which they believed was threatening their jobs in the period 1811–1816. These were real people, textile workers, who saw the newfangled factories and massive looms as a threat to their existence and their way of life.

The Luddite of today may not be smashing equipment with hammers or throwing clogs into the machinery, but their concerns are very real.

Warnings of driver-less cars, robot developments and advances in artificial intelligence, all combine to fuel a new fear – a fear of the unknown impact on how we interact as human beings.

The rapid acceleration of new technologies is having a direct effect on how and where work is done, and that effect will far surpass the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

We’re now in the midst of the digital revolution, one that requires not just hired hands, but the hired minds and hired hearts that fuel creativity and innovation.

So, What Are The Options?

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Fiverr.com, Upwork.com and TaskRabbit.com are internet platforms that connect a global army of freelancers with opportunities that match their skills. Tapping into the flexible economy will allow companies to scale up and down rapidly in response to their market and project needs.

If we so wish, this flexible economy also allows each of us to earn some extra money with part time, in the moment work, that supplements our “normal income”.

Also, or alternatively, you can use your creative passions to start your own business – full time or part time, build your very own website and “open your doors” to the 3.5 billion active potential customers on the internet.

Likewise, this flexible economy can also be the launching point for many start-up service businesses, easing the transition for the founder from employee to business owner.

Make Sure You Pack Your Waterwings!

The 21st century workplace makes it much harder if you intend being a big fish in a small pond. No longer are individual employees competing in a local market for the next opportunity, instead they  are all swimming in a Global Talent Pool.

When it comes to finding new sources of talent it seems that 21st Century companies are destined to play a never-ending game of global whack-a-mole. As fast as a new talent hot spot pops up, whether it’s a city or a country, other companies quickly follow—draining the pond and market of talent. Everyone then rushes off to anticipate and capture the next talent hot spot.

Transparency and opportunity on the Internet means we are now competing with an unseen colleague who may be thousands of miles and many time zones away.

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Is my job secure?

When you’re sleeping, they’re working.

Work is no longer the mythical 9-5 office-bound activity.

In today’s world, work can happen anytime, anyplace and with anyone. The lines between work-time and personal-time are blurred. It’s no longer a question of work-life balance and trying to fit everything else around a standard workday. Instead, the evolving expectation is that work and life are a braided system – blended, overlapping, and seamless.

The future of work will centre on the fluid workforce, the gig economy and the freelancer.

As such we all need to embrace the insecure workplace and change our mindset from “I’m an employee” to “I’m a freelancer who is currently retained by this company.”

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So, What About Your Situation?

Could you be a Freelancer?

Have You Got A Passion?

A hobby or interest that you are passionate about?

If the answer is yes, then I can tell you  with certainty, that passion – no matter what it is – can be turned into an online business that generates an income.

So, now ask yourself, how secure is my job?

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I can tell you, it is possible to move out of an “employee” situation or an “unemployment” situation into a “business of your own” situation.

That new business can be set up very easily, it can start with you working on it in your spare time and can then be gradually expanded to become a full time business.

Have a good look at the other pages and posts on this Powerful Affiliate website, start with “The Wealthy Affiliate University Review” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – as I said before, these will help you decide if it’s for you. Then move on to How To Start An Online Business That Makes Money where you will also find links to the current most popular articles.

So there you have it for now.


I would love to know what you think, so please leave a comment in the box below or, if you prefer, contact me.

Thank you for visiting, make sure you drop by again.

Cheers,

Michael

The Top 10 Small Business Mistakes

All Of Us Make Mistakes!

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Where did I go wrong?

We all make mistakes but the people who thrive from their mistakes are the successful ones. They are the ones that “Never go back.”

Now, what does that mean?

Let’s see, ask yourself a few questions:

What do you think are the top 10 small business mistakes?

Have you ever made a bad business decision?

Did you learn a valuable lesson from that bad business decision?

I bet you did and the good thing is, once you learned that lesson, you will never go back and you will never do it again.

So you then ask yourself, what are the key “lessons” or “awakenings” or “doorways” that successful people go through that forever change how they do things, which propel them on to succeed in business, relationships and in their life?

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Dr. Cloud, who is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist and best-selling author, began to study such awakenings and researched them over a number of years.

Although life and business have many lessons to teach us, Dr. Cloud observed 10 “doorways” of learning that high performers go through, never to return again.

Would You Like To Know Those 10 “Doorways”?

OK, here we go…..

Successful people never again…

# 1 – Return to what hasn’t worked.

Whether it’s a job or a broken relationship that was ended for a good reason, we should never go back to the same thing, expecting different results, without something being different.

# 2 – Do anything that requires them to be someone they are not.

In everything we do, we have to ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this? Am I suited for it? Does it fit me? Is it sustainable?” If the answer is no to any of these questions, you better have a very good reason to proceed.

# 3 – Try to change another person.

When you realise that you cannot force someone into doing

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something, you give him or her freedom and allow them to experience the consequences. In doing so, you find your own freedom as well.

# 4 – Believe they can please everyone.

Once you discover that it truly is impossible to please everyone, you begin to live purposefully – trying to please the right people.

# 5 – Choose short-term comfort over long-term benefit.

Once successful people know they want something that requires a painful, time-limited step, they do not mind taking that painful step because it gets them to a long-term benefit. Living out this principle is one of the most important differences between successful and unsuccessful people, both personally and professionally.

# 6 – Trust someone or something that appears flawless.

Naturally, we are drawn to things and people that appear “incredible.” We love excellence and should always be looking for it. We should pursue people who are great at what they do, employees who are high performers, dates with exceptional people, friends who have stellar character, and companies that excel.

But when someone or something looks too good to be true, he, she, or it is. The world is imperfect. Period. No one and no thing is without flaw, and if they appear that way, hit pause.

# 7 – Take their eyes off the big picture.

We function better emotionally and perform better in our lives when we can see the big picture. For successful people, no one event is ever the whole story. Winners remember that—each and every day.

# 8 – Neglect to do due diligence.

No matter how good something looks on the outside, it is only by taking a deeper, diligent, and honest look that we will find out what we truly need to know: the reality that we owe ourselves in order to make a decision to proceed or not to proceed.

# 9 – Fail to ask why they are where they find themselves.

One of the biggest differences between successful people and others is that in love and in life, in relationships and in business, successful people always ask themselves – what part am I playing in this situation? Said another way, they do not see themselves only as victims, even when they are.

# 10 – Forget that their inner life determines their outer success.

The good life sometimes has little to do with outside circumstances. We are happy and fulfilled mostly by who we are on the inside. Research validates that. And our internal lives largely contribute to producing many of our external circumstances.

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And, The Converse Is True:

People who are still trying to find success in various areas of life can almost always point to one or more of these “doorways” as a reason they are repeating the same mistakes.

Again, Everyone Makes Mistakes…

Everyone, without exception, will make mistakes – even the most successful people out there. But, what achievers do better than others is recognising the patterns that are causing those mistakes and then never repeating them again.

In short, they learn from pain—their own pain and the pain of others.

Something To Remember!

A good thing to remember is this: pain is unavoidable.

But, repeating the same pain twice when we could choose to learn and do something different, then pain is certainly avoidable.

You know, we don’t need new ways to fail….the old ones are working just fine!”

Our task, in business and in life, is to observe what they are, and never go back to doing them again.

For existing businesses and those of you who are thinking of starting your own business – the top 10 small business mistakes, “lessons”, “awakenings” or “doorways” – whatever term you prefer to use, will be of huge benefit.


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Something else that will be of huge benefit is my #1 recommendation for anyone thinking of entering the online business world.

Also beneficial, when you are ready, check out the other pages and posts on this Powerful Affiliate website, start with How To Start An Online Business That Makes Money where you will also find links to the current most popular articles.

I can assure you, that will be time well spent.

So, that’s it for now, I am going to leave you to it.


Thanks for visiting and do call back for regular updates.

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Any comments or suggestions are very welcome – see comment box below or you can contact me directly.

Cheers for now.

Michael.

Why Businesses Fail To Succeed

Many Businesses Will Fail!

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It’s a sad fact of life that many businesses are doomed to failure and a business is most vulnerable at the startup and early stages.

If you stop to think about it, this is quite surprising.

After all, a person who decides to start a business is usually experienced, bright, confident and happy to devote their valuable time to their business. So you would indeed wonder why businesses fail to succeed.

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Even though they will have learned that the startup mortality rate in any business is very high, they are still happy to challenge the existing players in the market because they feel they can do as good a job or do an even better job than those existing players they intend competing with.

They will be well-informed, they will have some experience and expertise in that business area and they will be prepared to devote their time and energy into developing their business.

Unfortunately, not every business person is capable of tacking the multiple challenges involved when starting their own business. Although, the very fact that they have kick started their business from scratch, shows they have abilities which most of their colleagues lack – which is no mean feat in itself.

So, why do they fumble?

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While failed businessmen are happy to trot out the same old excuses, I feel it’s usually not because of these particular three reasons:

  • external market circumstances
  • because they were technically incompetent
  • because they ran out of money

I think, in truth it’s usually an ego problem………………………………….which means their immaturity comes in the way of their success.

Many entrepreneurs think of themselves as being supermen or superwomen.

They believe they should be able to handle everything themselves and when problems arise, and you and I know there will always be problems, often they are not willing to ask for advice or help until it’s far too late.

And that, my friend, is a fatal error.

An error that can put a business out of business overnight.

Yes, I know what you are thinking and you are right in thinking the way you do – this should be such an easy problem to solve………. all you would have to do is point out the deficiencies and him or her would then be able to fix them.

But, of course, it’s very hard for a person to identify and accept their own faults. The very fact that they’re emotionally immature may mean they don’t have enough self-awareness or don’t even realise what skills they are missing.

They may refuse to confront reality until it’s too late. Then they go around scrambling trying to turn things around, frustration sets in, morale goes through the floor and the entire house of cards comes tumbling down…………which is so sad.

Emotional maturity is a highly desirable trait for anybody going into business.While this is not easy to gauge, I think someone who is experienced and who has seen some of life’s ups and downs will, most likely, be emotionally resilient and willing to reach out for help when things go wrong with the business and will not think it’s below their dignity to ask for that help.

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I think it is also very sad, especially when I know there is an exceptional amount of professional training, help and support available at little or no cost. All of which, I believe, should be undertaken as part of any new business startup process and thereby avoid many of the preventable problems that arise.

Let me give you an example, an aspiring businessman or marketing affiliate can sign up as a Starter Member with a company called Wealthy Affiliate and it will cost them nothing……….yes it will cost nothing.

Wealthy Affiliate provides exceptional professional business training and support that is way better than anything else that’s available out there.

They provide  this at two levels – Starter Member Level and Premium Member Level……………….see image below:

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Starter and Premium membership options

The aspiring businessman or marketing affiliate can take advantage of the free Starter Membership to see for themselves the exceptional levels of training and support that are available and, if they wish, go Premium when they are happy and ready.

It would be a huge tragedy if they did not avail of this option, especially if it’s their immaturity that is causing them to shoot themselves in their very own foot.

Believe me, and I would not mislead you or anybody else on a matter this serious, all the help and support that will ever be needed is available directly when they become a member at Wealthy Affiliate.

So, take my word for it and sign up as a Starter Member HERE – it’s free, so you have nothing to lose.

Otherwise, if you are not quite ready yet, here at Powerful affiliate you will find a huge amount of information that will help you decide.

Check out how to start an online business that makes money where you will also find links to the current most popular articles.

And, don’t forget to get “An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula“…

Take your time, make sure you have a really good look around my website and contact me if you want any help or clarification.

Well, that’s it for today.


Thank you for visiting.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below, I do love getting feedback!

Cheers for now.

Michael.

 

 

How To Change Your Attitude Towards Life

Changing Your Attitude!

Firstly, let’s look at everyday life in general.

While this article may not be directly related to Affiliate Marketing as promoted by Powerful Affiliate, it does address the issue of “attitude to life” which I believe will be useful in whatever role you fulfill in life and definitely worth reading.

Some time ago, I realised that people don’t really care about who you went out to dinner with or if you had an argument with one of the locals or even if you had intimate relations with a neighbor!!!!

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Gossip!

For ‘people’ or ‘society’ it’s mostly all about gossip. These people don’t have anything better to do. Once they find something more exciting than what you did last weekend, your ‘mistake’ will be forgotten and they will move on to something or somebody else.

Plus, the most important thing that I’ve realised, is that when someone’s in trouble or they needed help of any kind – be it mentally, physically, emotionally or financially – suddenly, all the people who used to talk about them behind their back, have disappeared.

What did I learn from that? Well, if they’re not putting food on your plate, a roof over your head, or clothes on your back – then you don’t need to care about them. It’s as simple as that. Do what you want without worrying about what someone you don’t care about, says or thinks.

Find out how to change your attitude towards life…….that’s what I did.

Now, when someone comes up to tell me about all the gossip they’ve heard about me, I say, “Really? Hmm, that’s weird. I didn’t know that about myself! Cool! I didn’t know my life could be so mysterious and interesting.”

If you care and worry about what people say, they’ll say even more stuff to make you feel bad – they are a negative influence and you don’t need that or them in your life.

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How and why I stopped worrying.

Something else that I realised was that I kept worrying about silly issues in my life that couldn’t be controlled.

Yes, I know, sometimes a small silly issue can cause mayhem – I have had that experience in the past.

What I do now is I stand back from the issue that’s causing the problem and weigh up the pros and cons OF MY LIFE and the current problem issue.

Without exception, it always turns out, there is more good than bad going on in my life.

It doesn’t matter if you sit down all day and worry about something that didn’t work out as you wanted – it won’t fix itself automatically just because you’re worrying and feeling sorry for yourself.

Life is like a roller coaster and there’s nothing wrong with that! Go along with the flow, don’t fight it, don’t overthink things.

I believe that time works in its own way. Time can fix things that seem impossible to fix, but give it some time – maybe just a few days – and things will change for the better. You must be positive and you do need to have patience.

I also strongly believe that when something doesn’t work out, you’ll get something even more rewarding in the future – again, you need the patience to look out for it with hope and faith.

If you can change it, then change it.

If you can’t change it, then move on.

There is no room for tears and stress.

I stopped worrying and went along with it, I stopped caring about some people and their ‘opinions’.

Instead, I started caring about me and those people who are most important to me.

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Be the one happy face!

I can proudly say that, despite some hardships I’ve had to endure, I’m probably happier than most, simply because I don’t give two hoots about the opinions of others and I’ve stopped worrying about what might be said or thought by those who are not important in my life.

Now, let’s move on and maybe get a bit more specific on the question “How to change your attitude towards life”.

This is a very good question, in fact it is such a good question, I am going to answer it with seven tips, from Powerful Affiliate, that I’m sure you can relate to and you will find helpful:

Seven Tips On Changing Your Attitude

#1 – Be honest with yourself.

If you’re feeling bad or down and your attitude towards life or work is quite poor, then admit it to yourself. Don’t live in denial. Accept there is an issue because only once you’ve accepted something for the way it is can you make a change.

#2 – Get some rest.

Have there been times when you’re overworked and stressed and you’re not getting as much rest as you should? How do you feel during those times? I bet you’re agitated and the smallest things can set you off. Often just getting some rest and forcing ourselves to take a break can be the best thing for our attitude. Adequate rest and sleep is a vital ingredient to maintaining a positive attitude.

#3 – Get clear on exactly what is causing you to have such a bad attitude.

What exactly is bothering you? Is it your boss? Your partner? Your kids? There have been many times when I know I’m not quite feeling right but I can’t put a finger on exactly what’s bothering me and until I can figure it out, my attitude remains bad. However, once I figure out exactly what is bothering me (and that usually only takes a few minutes of quiet reflection), I can then do something about it and my attitude immediately changes.

#4 – Look at the Consequences of your Bad Attitude.

For example, are you stressed at work because of impending deadlines? Is that causing you to snap at your kids and walk around the house with a bad attitude. If so, look at the consequences of that. Your poor kids and your partner have got nothing to do with how things are at work. So why should they cop the brunt of your poor attitude? If you continue with this, what’s going to happen? Things at home will only get worse and that will only make your attitude even worse. It’s a negative spiral which is very tough to get out of. So get clear on the consequences of your bad attitude. Who are you hurting as a result of being grumpy?

#5 – Do Something to change your attitude.

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What can you do to improve your attitude? For example, if you’ve had a bad day at work and you’re about to walk in the door and see the family

with that same bad attitude, what can you do to change the way you feel? If I’m walking home, I will often take a longer route. The added exercise and fresh air often helps clear my head or I’ll start listening to some uplifting music which immediately improves my attitude. I might also go for a run or head to the gym. What can you do to change your attitude.

#6 – Change the way you are looking at the situation.

We all have trigger situations that cause us to get into a bad mood and to have a bad attitude toward life. Remember it is not the event, experience or problem in itself but rather the way we respond to it that makes us feel the way we do. For example, if you feel like you have too much to do at work, rather than complaining and wishing it will go away, take on your extra work as a challenge. Imagine how good it would feel to get through all this work and have your head about water again. Then, with your new positive attitude attack your workload with a new enthusiastic gusto. I guarantee that when you change the way you look at something, your attitude and your results will immediately change.

#7 – Have an attitude of gratitude.

When Sir John Templeton was interviewed and he was asked what the definition of wealth is, he replied, “Live with an attitude of gratitude”. Everyday, look for things you should be grateful for. I don’t care how tough things get, there is always something you can be grateful for, whether it is as simple as the fact that you have eyes to see things with, a roof over your head or a bed to sleep in. Look for and be grateful for  5 things everyday, seek to live with an attitude of gratitude and watch your entire attitude towards life change.

So there you have it – 7 tips you can use immediately to change your attitude.

Remember, you have complete control over your attitude – you can choose the way you feel.

So use these 7 steps to improve your attitude and you’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed and happier you will feel.

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Have you ever heard of Wealthy Affiliate or are you already a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community?

If not, with your new found “attitude towards life”, you can now have a good look at the other pages and posts on this Powerful Affiliate website, start with “The Wealthy Affiliate University Review” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – these will help you decide if the Wealthy Affiliate community is for you. Then you can move on to How To Start An Online Business That Makes Money where you will also find links to the current most popular articles.

Or, right now, You can join as a starter member for free…….so nothing to lose, right.


That’s it for today.

Thanks for visiting.

Do leave a comment in the box below – I love all feedback.

Until next time, take care and stay safe.

Cheers,

Michael.

Marketing Affiliate Advice

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After reading my pages on “The Wealthy Affiliate University Review” and  “why become an affiliate marketer” you will have a good grasp of what is involved and the benefits of affiliate marketing.

However, if you think you will get rich over night by selling affiliate products online then you are wrong.

I am not here to mislead you and I will never promote a get rich quick scheme or similar as I know they just don’t work. There are thousands of those and scams out there who will promise success overnight or within a few weeks and they will take your money without hesitation…..do not go there, run in the opposite direction.

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Truthfully, affiliate marketing is definitely an excellent way to make money online but it’s also highly competitive. Successful affiliate marketing comes from knowing your market needs, learning how to promote your products, finding out what works and what doesn’t work and adjusting your promotion strategy accordingly.

So, as we all love a helping hand, for you, I have a some marketing affiliate advice on what I would call a proven successful approach and which is based on the personal experience I and others have gained over time in this business.

So, here we go!

# 1 Only Choose a Small Number of Good Products

The first mistake a lot of affiliate marketers make is that they register with too many different affiliate programs and try to promote everything and anything. Pursuing affiliate marketing in this way can become very overwhelming and will result in product promotion being poor across the range of products.

In order to succeed, all you need is a small number of good products to promote. Try to understand the market needs and look for products that fit comfortably with the purpose and content of your website.

# 2 Use Several Traffic Sources to Promote Products

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Social Media

A lot of affiliate marketers just put the promotional ads up on their website. There is nothing wrong with this approach and it must be done but there are many other ways to promote your products and attract visitors to your website…….like Facebook, Twitter etc; which will increase your exposure and presence on the internet while simultaneously promoting your products and increasing sales.

The more targeted traffic you can send to your sales page the better your chances of making money.

Google AdWords can be used to drive targeted traffic to a sales page. You simply make an ad in your AdWords account then use your affiliate link in the target page URL of the ad. Obviously, you will have to continuously measure the conversions and see if the campaign cost is less than the campaign profit in order to keep the campaign running but I am sure you get the idea.

# 3 Test, Measure and Track Your Affiliate Campaign

Using different product promotion strategies is highly recommended, so you can figure out what is working and what is not. Try to test and measure the performance of each campaign then act on the findings and adjust your campaign accordingly.

Changing a few things here and there can increase your profit dramatically. Make sure to place the banner ads on different areas of your site’s pages. Some positions will make the ads more noticeable than others.

Most affiliate programs will give you basic stats that you need but there is nothing stopping you from also using your own conversion tracking software. There are many options available out there, for conversion tracking software, that you can use to track your affiliate campaign.

# 4 Research the Demand for the Product

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Do your research…

If you try to promote a product that is in low demand then, chances are, you are not going to get many sales no matter what your strategy is or how hard you try.

So it is a good idea to spend a bit of time researching and finding out if a product that you are thinking of promoting is a product that your audience needs.

If your website is getting decent traffic numbers, you could conduct an online survey and easily get input from your visitors.

# 5 Stay Current with New Methods and Techniques

Affiliate marketing is a very competitive field and people are always coming up with new techniques. Try to stay current with these new techniques and market trends otherwise you will fall behind your competition.

# 6 Choose the Right Merchant

When you promote a product you also promote the person or the company who is behind that product, so try to choose wisely.

You don’t want your visitors to go and buy a product following your advice and then come back unhappy. Do you think that this visitor will come back to your site and take your advice again? Most likely not and this can hurt your business credibility in the long run.

Usually, companies that offer good products backed up with good customer service will have better customer satisfaction, so try to stick with promoting products from those companies.

# 7 Use Helpful Tools

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If you are serious about affiliate marketing then try to find tools that will help you be more efficient. There are many helpful tools out there but you can make your life  lot easier by joining the one affiliate company that I recommend.

This company provides everything you will ever need in the form of websites, training, support and, perhaps most important, a fantastic sense of “community” among its members.

You can try it as a Starter Member and build a website from scratch for free.

Yes, you heard me correct, for free and you will get two free websites with training and support.

So you have nothing to lose, right.

This company will not suggest there is a quick and easy way to earn an income online as a marketing affiliate or that you just hope and pray that visitors will buy the products you are promoting!

What they will do, is put you in control of your destiny with all the training and support that you will need for success as a marketing affiliate.

You will be shown how to put a structured plan in place and how to operate as a marketing affiliate BUSINESS – now that is the way to succeed and that is the way to generate a long term sustainable income from your efforts as a marketing affiliate.

These seven pieces of marketing affiliate advice will serve you well and, as you travel down this path to affiliate marketing, you will get more advice and guidelines to help you on your way, so do not be afraid – sign up now as a starter member for free…….that includes two free websites – so nothing to lose, right.


If you are not quite ready to avail of this opportunity right now, you can check out the other pages and posts on Powerful Affiliate starting with how to start an online business that makes money – here you will find links to the current most popular and most important articles.

Ok, that’s it from me for today.

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I do hope you found this helpful…..you can also check out a recommended book “An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula” by clicking on the image.

Please leave a comment or suggestion in the box below as I love getting feedback.

Cheers for now,

Michael

Romance Scam Stories

Romance & Cyber Criminals

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Romance Scam!

You will probably have heard of cyber criminals – criminals that specialise in online crime – and perhaps even today’s topic, the Romance Scam Stories. Most likely, you will also be aware that these cyber criminals got involved with online businesses and individuals as soon as the internet first appeared and rapidly spread throughout the world.

We all know that online services and websites make it easy for us to pay bills, shop, make online reservations and even work. You can do any of these actions from anywhere in the world.

Old boundaries and human oppositions were removed in order for us to have access to almost any information – our lives became so much easier.

Unfortunately, the same thing is true for the criminals and cyber criminals in particular.

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This freedom to access a wide range of online services and locations also makes us vulnerable, because that “open door” provided access in both directions!

These days, criminal minds can reach further than ever before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices – and there is little we can do to stop it.

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Phishing Attack

Cyber criminals can use malicious software to attack weak points that are present in almost all the programs and apps (even in the popular Windows operating systems), or they will use ingenious phishing scams deployed from unexpected regions of the world, where justice can’t easily reach out to catch the criminals.

The most common ways for you to become vulnerable to a malware attack or phishing scam take place when you are:

  • shopping online
  • checking your emails
  • accessing your social media sites

We must not forget their final target is always our money and there is nothing they won’t do to accomplish their mission.

You may think that you can’t be fooled by these online scams, since some of them are almost unbelievable, such as the one promising to send you money or the one where the scammers pretend to be FBI agents.

But, in reality, some stories are so convincing for the potential victims that it is difficult to know how to deal with them.

Since some scams are so well organised and convincing, and the people behind them so difficult to catch, we need to always keep our guard up. Stay informed about the latest scamming strategies by visiting this website, Powerful Affiliate, regularly.

The Romance Scam Stories

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How many of us have already been fooled by this one? Since this one addresses our subjective self and not our rational side, we tend to drop our guard and leave aside any logical analysis.

This scam takes place on social dating networks, like Facebook, or by sending a simple email to the potential target.

The male scammers are often located in West Africa, while the female scammers are mostly from the eastern parts of Europe. The truth is however, unless they are in contact with you on Skype, they could be male or female giving you pictures to suit their scam story.

Cyber criminals have used this scamming method for years by abusing the online dating services. They work and improve their approach by just testing the potential victims’ reactions to a variety of questions like these:

  • Hello!

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  • I am looking for a sincere relationship
  • Are you married?
  • Children?
  • Age?
  • Age doesn’t matter
  • May I have your email address and Skype number?
  • What do you work at?
  • And so on……

This scheme or this game may take place for hours, days, months or more in order to gain your trust.

Eventually, in some cases within hours, you will be asked to help the scammer. They will have built up a particular story and they then ask for money…..could be for food, rent, passport, air fare or hospital bills…

They will ask for photographs of you and they will give you photographs. The photographs they give will be related to the story they are telling – for example, if they want money for hospital bills – photos showing facial injuries or similar  will be sent.

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Always an attractive Lady

However, if you are a man using messaging, most likely they will start with some photos of the very attractive woman you are in contact with – needless to say you could be in contact with a male or a female and the photo(s) could have come from anywhere! The photos will later change to suit the story or conversation they are having with you.

In some cases the scam can go for several months and  even up to the moment when a meeting is arranged. When this happens, two things may take place:

  • an “unpredictable” event occurs and the scammer needs money as soon as possible for his/her passport or other details.
  • if the victim comes from a rich family, he/she may be kidnapped and a large sum of money could be requested from the family.

An Actual Case

In a recent romance scam case that was publicised, a woman lost £1.6 million after she met two con-men on a dating site. In this case, the criminal relentlessly tried to strike up a conversation with the woman on Skype until, eventually she answered, and the scam progressed from there.

Between March and December 2014, the victim paid £1.6 million into numerous bank accounts, with the money then transferred into various personal accounts……..for the full story click HERE

Police say, romance scams are not the most prevalent fraud but the financial and emotional impact on victims is huge.

Victims have been known to borrow money from friends and family to pay the criminals. Victims then feel embarrassed and ashamed when they realise they have been duped, so they often don’t even report what has happened to them or even confide in a friend.

Instead, they should understand that they are not foolish and they are not alone – the reality is that the fraudsters are extremely manipulative and go to great lengths to convince their victims they are in love and desperately in need of their financial assistance.

Remember, that any stranger who approaches you on a chat site, via email or any other way could potentially be a fraudster.

Warning signs

You meet someone online and after just a few contacts they profess strong feelings for you, and ask to chat with you privately. If you met on an dating site they will try and move you away from the site and communicate via chat or email.

Their profile on the internet dating website or their Facebook page is not consistent with what they tell you. For example, their profile picture looks different to their description of themselves, or they say they are university educated but their English is poor.

After gaining your trust – often waiting weeks, months or even years – they tell you an elaborate story and ask for money, gifts or your bank account/credit card details.

Their messages are often poorly written, vague and may even address you by the wrong name.

If you don’t send money straight away, their messages and calls become more desperate, persistent or direct. If you do send money, they  continue to ask you to send more.

They don’t keep their  promises and always have an excuse for why they can’t travel to meet you and why they always need more money.

How To Avoid Online Dating Scams

#1 -Approach may be a scam

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Always consider the possibility that an approach may be a scam, particularly if the warning signs listed above appear. Try to remove the emotion from your decision making, no matter how caring or persistent the ‘prospective partner’ is.

#2 – Do an image search

Do an image search of your admirer to help determine if they really are who they say they are. You can use image search services such as Google  or TinEye.             They often originate in Ghana, west Africa and there is a Ghana romance scams photo gallery on Google where images can also be checked.

#3 – Be alert to mistakes

Be alert to things like spelling and grammar mistakes, inconsistencies in their stories and others signs that it’s a scam like their camera never working if you want to Skype each other.

#4 – Be cautious with personal details

Be cautious when sharing personal pictures or videos with prospective partners, especially if you’ve never met them before. Scammers are known to blackmail their targets using compromising material. Scammers can also use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.

#5 – Do not travel overseas to meet

If you agree to meet a prospective partner in person, tell family and friends where you are going. You should not travel overseas to meet someone you have never met before.

#6 – Avoid any up-front payment requests

Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency. It is rare to recover money sent this way.

#7 – Money laundering

Do not agree to transfer money for someone else: money laundering is a criminal offence.

#8 – See through the sob stories

Con artists will tell you tales to pluck at your heartstrings, with a view to gaining your trust and sympathy. Sometimes they will ask for money to help them through a difficult situation. These are lies to get you to send them money.

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For the men…an attractive lady!

#9 – Don’t be fooled by a photo

Anyone can send a picture which supports a story they are spinning. Scammers will quite often use the same story and send the same photo to multiple victims. You may be able to find evidence of the same scam posted on anti-fraud websites by other victims.

#10 – Keep your money in your bank account

Be wary of requests for money. Never send money or give credit card details, online account details, or copies of important personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust, no matter how strongly you feel about them. No one who loves you will ask you to hand over your life savings and get into debt for them.

#11 – Question their questions

Suspects will pay you a lot of compliments and ask you a lot of questions about your life, yet tell you very little themselves beyond a few select tales. Never disclose your personal details, such as bank details – this leaves you vulnerable to fraud.

#12 – Don’t keep quiet

Sometimes scammers will ask you to keep your relationship secret but this is just a ruse to stop you talking to someone who will realise you are being scammed. If you are concerned that you are being scammed, stop communicating with the fraudsters and report it to police immediately.

Conclusion

If you think you have been scammed, report it to the website, app, or social media site where the scammer first approached you. Let them know the scammer’s profile name and any other details that may help them to stop others being scammed.

If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

We encourage you to report scams to the Police as quickly as possible, with details of the scam contact you received, for example, email or screenshot.

Online scams have been developed using increasingly sophisticated means of deceiving users, especially in the rich Western countries.

According to FBI, online scams have increased over the last 10 years and the total losses doubled in the recent years, affecting both private individuals and large scale businesses.

For this reason, cyber criminal activities are now subject to federal investigations and are treated as a very serious problem that affects us all.


Have you met some of the above scams while browsing or in your email inbox?

What were the most convincing ones?

I would love to hear about your experience and, you know what, it could help someone else avoid the same trouble.

I hope this will help while you are doing your business and personal tasks online.


Wealthy Affiliate

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Have you heard about Wealthy Affiliate or are you already a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community?

If not, you can find out more by checking out the other pages and posts on Powerful Affiliate starting with “The Wealthy Affiliate University Review” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – these will help you decide if it’s for you. Then move on to How To Start An Online Business That Makes Money where you will also find links to the current most popular articles.

Or, right now, You can join as a starter member for free…….including two free websites – so nothing to lose, right.


 

So there you have it for now!

Thank’s for visiting.

Cheers for now and stay safe.

Michael.

 

Identity Theft Protection Tips

What Is Identity Theft?

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Identity Theft by credit card!

Identity theft occurs when someone assumes your identity to perform a fraud or other criminal act.

How Can Criminals Get “My Identity”?

Criminals can get the information they need to assume your identity from a variety of sources, including by stealing your wallet, rifling through your trash or by getting your credit or bank information. They may even approach you in person or by telephone or on the Internet and just ask you for the information. That is why I want to give you some identity theft protection tips that will definitely help keep these criminals away.

Can I Stop This Theft?

In reality, the sources of information about you are so numerous and so available that, in truth, you cannot prevent the theft of your identity if a criminal is determined enough to get it. Now, before you panic, let me assure you, that does not mean YOUR identity will be stolen.

Let me also assure YOU, that you can greatly minimise the possibility of identity theft happening to you if you follow these identity theft protection tips which I will go through with you.

Before going any further, I do want to personally assure you that my opinion is non bias and that I am in no way connected to or affiliated with any security or identity theft prevention services.

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How to start an online business…

Identity Theft Protection Tips:

  • Never throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank
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    Identity Thief!

    statements in a usable form. If it’s paper, tear into small pieces or shred, for credit cards and the like, cut into pieces with a scissors or shred.

  • Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call.
  • Reconcile your bank account monthly and notify your bank of discrepancies immediately.
  • Keep a list of telephone numbers to call, if you ever need to report the loss or theft of your wallet, credit cards, etc.
  • Report unauthorised financial transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police as soon as you detect them – do not delay.
  • Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year. Notify the credit bureau in writing of any questionable entries and follow through until they are explained or removed.
  • If your identity has been stolen, don’t forget to ask the credit bureau to print a statement to that effect in your credit report.
  • If you know or ever hear of anyone receiving mail from credit card companies or banks, in the names of other people, report it to local law enforcement authorities immediately.

At first glance, these might seem like a lot to take on board or even remember but, you know what, we all need to take responsibility for our own security and I think these are all very easy steps to take in order to help protect ourselves – what do YOU think?

In addition to protecting your identity, they will also give you peace of mind by lessening any worries or fears you might have about identity theft.

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So, be careful and stay safe………


Now, if you wish, you can check out the other pages and posts on Powerful Affiliate starting with how to start an online business that makes money – here you will find links to the current most popular and most important articles.

Or, right now, You can join as a starter member for free…….including two free websites – so nothing to lose, right.


As always, I would love to get your comments or suggestions in the box below or, if you prefer, Contact Me.

Thanks for visiting, please call again as I am constantly adding new information which will be of interest to you.

Cheers and do take care.

Michael

 

 

 

Ways To Avoid Internet Scams

Numerous Internet Scams For Anyone Not Prepared

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Is it a SCAM?

You know things can go wrong, even in the good times a genuine business can get into trouble and go down, but nobody, absolutely nobody, likes to discover that they have become another victim of a SCAM.

There are so many great online business’s out there but, if you want to learn how to make money online working from home and also find ways to avoid internet scams, there is one business in particular that I recommend.

I have reviewed that business separately – please click HERE. That business, which is really more like a community, will give you all the help and training that you need.

Unfortunately, there are also thousands of very dodgy characters and scams out there.  A lot of them are internet investment scams or internet based online training scams, I’m not even going to try and list all of them or even some of them.

To help YOU more, I believe it will be a lot better to help you avoid these scams by giving you a number of possible situations that you should avoid – I mean avoid like the plague.

I don’t claim to cover every possible scam situation, rather I will be giving you some tips or pointers that will make you even more alert than you would normally be, regardless of the scam situation concerned.

So, if you are ready, here we go:

No Risk, Sure Thing!

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Looks risky to me!!!

When you get a proposal from someone that uses words like

“Guaranteed” or “No Risk” or “Sure Thing” or “Can’t go Wrong” be very, very cautious. If they follow up with “you will earn an ongoing substantial income” well, just cut the call or run away.

Affinity Fraud – A Like Minded Person!

An unsolicited approach from a person who claims to have the same hobby, religion, country or whatever, may well be false and be used to get you to “drop your guard” for affinity fraud. Affinity fraud is a bit like investment fraud where the fraudster preys upon members of groups, such as religious or ethnic communities, language minorities, the elderly, or professional groups. The fraudsters who promote affinity scams frequently are – or can do a really good job of pretending to be – members of the particular group they want to scam.

New Technology Development!

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Is it real?

While this does happen, it’s probably unlikely you will be approached by an individual “out of the blue” and if you are approached, then it may be for a “new product” that is unproven, untested and possibly does not exist. Again get out of there.

Online Videos – Don’t Believe Everything You See!

Well, this article from The Sun will give you a good idea why! When I first saw this I thought, surely, people have more sense! Surely people can’t be that stupid! Anyway, here goes:

Apparently, some new iPhone 7 owners watched an online You Tube video which demonstrated and tricked them into thinking a headphone jack could be added to their new handset by drilling a 3.5mm hole in the position where the headphone jack would normally be! The new iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack, as it is designed for use with bluetooth headphones.

This fake You Tube video, claiming to show users how they could get the headphone jack, went viral and many new iPhone owners damaged their new phones by following the instructions from the video! These, and I quote  The Sun,

” Clueless users then complained their phones had stopped working after falling victim to the prank. Furious James Ceja commented on the video: “I tried this and ended up with display destruction and it not working… I really committed the biggest mistake of my life by watching this video.”

David Iriarte added: “A friend of mine told me it worked for him, but my iPhone won’t turn on after I drilled the hole for the jack. “I checked and it was the 3.5mm drill, so I made no mistake there! What happened? Any of you have the same problem?”

Toekneechair questioned: “Ok I am sure it’s in the comments somewhere but my friend told me to ask what size drill bit am I supposed to use? “Also I don’t have that clamp thingy, can I or my friend hold it while we drill? I don’t want to ruin my phone. “Thanks for all the help guys…”

Click here to view the video http://bit.ly/2cVBBMx

Well, what do you think, would you fall for it? I would certainly hope not.

You Tube is truly amazing, with solutions and videos for almost any task you care to mention, so people visit You Tube looking for solutions all the time. That sense of trust may well be one of the reasons why these people were “tricked”, although, personally I think they were just stupid.

Anyway, you might say this is an extreme case – and I would agree – but it is still a useful WARNING that we must always be on the alert and not let our guard down.

Investments

A huge area with numerous genuine investment opportunities.

Again, unfortunately, there are also all kinds of “Professional Investment Scams” and Affinity Fraud as detailed above. Although it is a massive area of business activity there are a few pointers to follow for this and other scam situations:

  • Ask plenty of probing, difficult questions.
  • Watch the “body language”.
  • Watch for any “silences”.
  • Check what firm carries out the Audits – a reputable firm of auditors will not be a guarantee on any investment, but it would be more reassuring than some backstreet accountant.

Get On Board Now or You Will Lose Out!

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Caution strongly advised

Pressure is applied to invest money immediately or the opportunity will be lost! This is meant to stop you doing research or consulting with family or experts. If it’s a genuine long term proposal, then there should be ample time for background checks.

Sending Cash Overseas!

Genuine International Investments can be great but NEVER ever send cash overseas to some unknown person or company. It’s hard to believe that this is still happening.

Favourable Promotions!

Opportunities being favourably promoted on the internet and elsewhere can be absolutely amazing and totally legitimate.

But, again, there are the exceptions that are total scams – some very obvious and others that just don’t stand up to any serious scrutiny.

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…….

Yes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true – Old advice that is still very good advice – use your common sense and gut feeling.

Now Then – after all that – How Do You Avoid The Scams?

Do you want to avoid the scams and all that grief and frustration?

Well, absolute best thing to do, check out this company Wealthy Affiliate which I have reviewed separately.

For further helpful information, have a look at my other pages and posts especially how to work online at home  and real ways to earn money online

So, for now, there you have it…..

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I do love to get feedback – good or bad, so please leave your comment in the box below or, if you prefer, Contact Me.

Thanks for dropping by, do take care out there.

Michael

Real Ways To Make Money Online

Real Ways To Make Money Online – for you.


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All the Training & Support you will ever need

Getting Started!

Have all your past efforts failed?

If your answer to this question is YES, then you need to read this page in every detail to the very end.

In the next few minutes, I am going to do everything I can to help you out, to show you how to get started and to show you that real ways to earn money online are here.

Other people have tried to earn money on the internet and, even when the start seemed promising, soon they realised everything was not quite coming together as they thought it would and they came to a DEAD END.

Most likely, you have been down this same road and ended up totally confused and frustrated with your attempts to start an online business. A business that would let you make some money working from home.

I am here to help you out.

I will help you and show you how to find the most SUCCESSFUL ETHICAL way to earn money online.


For me, on a personal level, I just can’t believe the sheer number of scams out there, my stomach just churns with frustration and, you know what, I should really be getting used to it by now.  The fact is, people are getting “drawn in”, paying out money and soon realising they are getting nothing in return – again, a dead end!real-ways-to-make-money-online

When I am buying something, I like to get an opportunity to try it out before I have to pay for it – not a lot to ask you might say. So, here on my site, you will see that I only recommend products or services that are either completely free or free to try before you pay any money.

Take most electronic products for example, before you pay any money you can go into your local store and try out the products for no charge.  If you are happy with the product, you will buy it.  If the product is not up to your expectations, then you won’t even consider buying it.

For this very reason, I recommend the ONLY PRODUCTS you should consider are those that you can examine personally  or those where you can test online and have a really good snoop around before you hand over a cent of your money, money that you have worked hard to get.

So, here at Powerful Affiliate, I only recommend “try before you buy” systems.

Now, I want to get onto the online success business and, especially, what is needed FROM YOU in order to achieve success within the online world.  But first, I want to ask you a question.

What is the Single Most Critical Thing that is Preventing You from Online Success?


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That is a question from me to you – what is the single thing that has prevented you from achieving online success so far?

Is it the fear of failure?

Are you afraid to try new things?

What has stopped your progress? There must be some reason that you have not achieved success by now?  I would love to hear “in your own words” why you think you have not achieved success so far – so please leave your comment below.  Your experience will help me to serve people better here on my site and also help MORE people succeed at a higher rate.

Maybe your lack of online success is purely because you have been exposed to one online scam after another and, if that is the case, well that just REALLY SUCKS…………..I am going to completely turn you around today and get you walking in the right direction for legal and ETHICAL online programs.

Building a Business Online Requires Just These 3 Things…


This Is a Fact

It is a fact that, whether someone achieves success online or does not achieve success online can be narrowed down to a few things…in fact just 3.

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The secrets to success…

If you have never read about the company Wealthy Affiliate, you can read about it HERE. Both of the founders, Kyle and Carson, have been within the online world since 2002.

Since then they have learned a lot about online business’s, how to make them succeed and, probably more important, they have learned a lot about people.

People create success in many different ways, we all achieve it a bit differently from each other. However, people who earn money online have some things in common with all other people that earn money online – these things are:

(1) They Have Help

If you are anything like me, you get frustrated when you are stuck.  There is only one thing worse than being stuck and that is NOT having anyone to help when you are stuck.

At Wealthy Affiliate you will never be abandoned…….

The support and help available is just amazing – both from the owners of the company and from the community of members.

(2) They Have Their Own Website
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Website Design

No website, no success.  If you are trying to go into the online world without a website of your own, you will find it very difficult and, most likely, you will be wasting your time.

If you don’t have one and know nothing about setting up a website, don’t worry.

There is good news, building a website is now very easy.  In fact, in a few minutes from now you can have your very own website up and running online.  Yes, in a few minutes from now…without spending a single cent of your own money.

Remember what I said about liking things that are free to try and free to use, websites with Wealthy Affiliate are no different. You can join as a Starter Member for FREE and check it out…….nothing to lose, right!

(3) They Learn Regularly & Practice Properly

Unfortunately, without learning something you won’t be able to do something. Back when you were very young learning to ride a bike, most likely one of your parents helped you when you fell and then helped you get back up again.  They may have even made things easier by putting extra “training” wheels on your bike.

I’m sure you will agree, it would have been a struggle without that GUIDANCE, TRAINING and PRACTICE.

Now, as an adult, you need to add:

  • More Training
  • Self motivation
  • More Learning – the more you know and the more you learn, the more you do naturally.

Think about basketball, do you think Michael Jordan thought about the mechanics of his shot every time he scored a basket? No, he practised so much that he was able to let his mind run free and he was able to just “score” naturally.

That is what is going to happen when you get Properly Trained and when you Practice Properly.

Getting Rolling With No Cost…zero Dollars


You are probably seeing a common theme here. I believe that in order to succeed you need HELP, a WEBSITE and TRAINING

Here is what you are going to get when you sign-up for $0.00 – that is zero cost.

  • Ongoing topical discussions
  • Live Chat support
  • Help within a community of 10,000’s of users
  • Personal Help & Support
  • Two Free Websites
  • Fully Functional WordPress Sites, ready to make money online
  • Training Galore
  • Video Classes
  • Tutorials
  • Courses
  • Entire Classrooms

All this for zero cost…no credit card required.

It seems nuts and that is because it is. You will not find training this robust anywhere or support like this anywhere. There is a Premium Option that you will be offered and that you should consider. That premium option will give you access to WAY MORE features and multiple websites.

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Starter & Premium Options

As shown in the screen capture above, YOU should now choose the “Starter, $0.00 per month” option and you will instantly get access to the community – So, to sign up Click Here.

If you are not quite ready to avail of this opportunity, check out the other pages and posts especially The Wealthy Affiliate university review  , build a website from scratch for free and how to work online at home.


If you have any questions about getting started online, I really do want to help! Just leave your questions or comments below or, if you prefer, contact me!

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Also, check out this recommended book…just click on the image.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers for now,

Michael