February 27, 2007
Honestly, it took me some time for me to understand and realize the importance of RSS. I’ve came across several websites and eBooks stressing the importance of RSS but I’ve never really took notice.
I have to admit I’m not exactly a IT savvy person. I started out knowing nothing about HTML code. Nonetheless, the passion for what I’m doing has pushed me to learn. So looking back, I must say I’m rather proud of my achievements so far. One thing for sure, I’ve managed to step out of my comfort zone to constantly learn and upgrade myself.
Now back to the main topic, I will like to share of the little knowledge I have about RSS.
Previously, the mention of RSS scares me. It sounds like really something hard to understand and master.
If you take a look at the definition over at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format), you may still not get the idea.
Hence, allow me to try my best to explain it in my layman’s term.
Well, RSS actually stands for Really Simple Syndication. And the purpose of website owners publishing RSS feeds is to enable their readers/visitors to view the content on their websites conveniently.
Thus, if you have a habit of surfing say your favourite 10 different websites, you save yourself the hassle of visiting each individual website each day.
Some RSS feeds provide a summary of the content so you still have to visit the website directly to view the entire content. Nonetheless, you’re able to know which are the ones you have to visit at one glance.
RSS feeds not only serve to enhance your surfing experience, it helps in sustaining your readers as well. For example, lets say you do not update your posts frequently. And your readers have to come back to check for updates only to be disappointed each time. Sooner or later, they are going to stop coming back completely.
However, if they were to subscribe to your RSS feed, it would save them the hassle and time.
Hence, you should always make your RSS feeds avaliable for subscription.
To optimize your RSS feed subscription, there is a powerful service called Feedburner which every blogger out to sign up with. I only learnt of this service after reading Gobala Krishnan’s powerful eBook on blogging called Wordpress Adsense System.
To illustrate the usefulness of Feedburner, let’s take a look at how my default RSS feed looks like:
To see the full version, go to http://calvinwoon.com/feed
Notice how this doesn’t make any sense to a person who accidentally clicked on it without knowing what RSS is.
However, if I were to use Feedburner to burn my feed, my default feed is enhanced into this version:
Click on http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheInsightsOfCalvinWoon to see the full version.
As you can see, feedburner makes it easier for readers to subscribe to your RSS feed.
There are a couple of additional functions to it such as:
1. It allows your readers to easily send your links to their friends.
2. Users can bookmark your site directly from their feeds.
3. You can see the no. of comments received and various other functions.
If you were to scroll down my sidebar, you will come to a section called Syndicate this site and you will see options to subscribe to my RSS feeds.
Simply click on any of the feed reader to subscribe to my feed. The one I’m currently using is Google Reader so you might want to consider that as well. Hope you will enjoy this added convenience!
And for all bloggers, be sure to sign up for a free feedburner account at http://feedburner.com! If you need any help with it, drop me an email and I’ll do my best to assist you!
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February 27, 2007
A funny video that I came across..
Hope it will serve to lift the spirits of anyone who’s feeling down for any reason at all.. Life is meant to be filled with laughter and joy..
No matter how gloomy your day or life might be.. I’m sure there’s always a reason for you to be positive about.. So be positive always!
Enjoy this light hearted video!
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February 24, 2007
Arghh.. Pls allow me to rant for awhile..
I’ve perpetually been frustrated with wordpress lately.. For some reason, my sidebar often gets pushed to the bottom of my blog instead of being displayed on the side.
The problem is, I normally use Mozilla Firefox as my web browser. Hence, I normally use Mozilla to view my blog posts after posting as well.
Now, here’s when it gets really tricky. My blog’s layout always appears to be normal when viewed on Mozilla. However, when viewed on Internet Explorer, my sidebar sometimes miraculously displays on the bottom.
It usually happens when I post images inside my blog posts. Somehow, the html code of my blog posts will have some extra coding appearing inside, which I have to delete in order to correct the post.
Hence, this time round, I just did my normal checking on Internet Explorer and found my sidebar not appearing where it should be again.
I hid my most recent post, but the sidebar was still not corrected.
Hid my second recent post, still not corrected.
Only when I hid my third recent post, was the sidebar displayed correctly on IE!
Means my sidebar was at the bottom on IE for three freaking days!
Arghh.. Wonder if anyone else face the same problem??
The most irritating thing is, only IE poses this problem. And for someone who doesn’t use IE, it gets really troublesome. Nonetheless, I know I shouldn’t be complaining so much as it has always been advised to double check our websites/blogs on both browsers as it’s common that websites are displayed differently on different browsers.
So a piece of advice to everyone.. remember to double check on both browsers! You might think that your website/blog looks ultra cool when in actual fact when viewed on a different browser, it looks like crap..
But I’m just puzzled why does IE have this problem since I’m just posting my blog posts normally like how everyone does.
Guess perhaps I should just switch back to IE since IE 7 has already incorporated tabs which make multiple sites surfing easier as compared to the past.
Sorry for ranting.. Anyway, if anyone happens to see my poor sidebar missing, do let me know and i will be really grateful!
enjoy your weekend as I head back to my books… Hafta mug for two tests next week! but shan’t complain and think positively!
Yay!Tag:blog, blogs, calvin woon, Internet, internet explorer, mozilla, mozilla firefox, rant, web browser, wordpress, wordpress blogs, wordpress bug
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February 24, 2007
Recently, there have been a couple of video sharing sites which rewards people for sharing their videos. Most of these sites allow people to earn money from the Google Adsense clicks accumulated from the ads being displayed on the same page as one’s video.
Users get to earn a percentage of their referrals’ Google Adsense earnings as well. Hence, it functions as a referral program as well.
I also came across a script selling at around US$197 which enables people to set up such video uploading websites.
Now we all know that Google Adsense earnings are quite low and with the gaining awareness of Adsense, it makes it extremely difficult for people to generate a stable income from Google Adsense.
Coupled by the fact that with so many such similar sites springing up, to be able to command a reasonable traffic flow to one such site would be extremely challenging. Furthermore, everyone who sign up as a member knows for a fact that they will earn money through the Google Adsense clicks accumulated. Hence, it provides little incentive or reason for them to click on others’ ads.
Hence, personally I feel that the business model of such websites is rather weak.
Nonetheless, as video sites look for ways to attact higher-quality content, they are dangling cash, usually offering to cut creators in on the advertising revenue their work generates.
I recently came across one video sharing website - http://www.metacafe.com. It pays creators US$100 when their video has been viewed 20,000 times, and US$5 for every 1,000 additional views.
Hence, it pays video creators based on how many viewers their work attracts. This, as compared to the above mentioned websites which pays video creators based on how many adsense clicks it generates, is certainly more viable and practical.
It also promotes creativity and innovation of videos, which will in the long run generate a constant flow of traffic to the website.
Not surprisingly, the website’s alexa ranking is 136 when I last check. Very impressive I must say.
Other sites like TurnHere and ExpertVillage.com, offer upfront payments for videos on assigned topics, like a tour of Golden Gate Park in San Fransisco, or an instructional video about skydiving.
And in January, Mr Chad Hurley, a YouTube co-founder, announced at the World Economic Forum that his site, now owned by Google was exploring similar ways to ‘reward creativity’.
Web opportunites certainly promise to be more exciting and lucrative as avenues open up for ordinary individuals to showcase their talent and creativity and get rewarded at the same time.
If you have an interesting video to share, why not head on to http://www.metacafe.com now?
And if you become famous one day, do remember to treat me to a cup of coffee one day if you heard of it first here.
Have a great weekend folks!Tag:adsense, calvin woon, earn money online, google, google adsense, metacafe, video, video sharing, videos, youtube
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February 22, 2007
I just managed to get my hands on a report of an exclusive interview done with Adam Khoo. Inside this interview, Adam reveals how he transformed from a lazy unmotivated underachiever to a self-made millionaire at just age 26!
I’m shocked that Adam even did this interview in the first place, but now you even get a chance to download the entire report for FREE!
Inside this report, Adam reveals some of the best secrets which has helped him attain the success he has achieved today.
Despite the vast amount of success that Adam Khoo has achieved, he continues to help others willingly and this spirit is really admirable.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get it while you can. Make sure you download and read this report because the information inside will reveal the secrets that will create financial success for you!Adam Khoo, calvin woon, millionaire, millionaire secrets, millionaires, Money, secrets of self made millionaires, self made millionaires, Success, Wealth
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February 22, 2007
Yeahz.. My girlfriend’s long awaited blog is finally up! She used to host one on blogspot.com, but she has registered her own wordpress blog hosted at her own domain name.
As an avid writer and blogger, I’m sure her blog will provide many useful insights to those seeking information on how to enhance relationships across all areas.
Enjoyed myself as I guided her through the setting up of her blog.
And now, it looks excellent!
So do not hesitate and just head over to http://patricialin.com to check out Patricia’s New Blog!
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February 20, 2007
Yup.. Just realised that my testimonial is being displayed on Adam Khoo’s SecretsOfSelf-MadeMillionaires.com
Many people have asked me how did I get started on Internet Marketing and how I managed to stay so motivated and start an online business despite having to juggle my studies.
To be frank, I was a lazy and unmotivated student once too. However, my mindsets and belifes changed after reading Adam Khoo’s books. The first was his ‘Master Your Mind, Design Your Destiny’, which focused on NLP, which is basically the mastery of the brain.
Frankly speaking, I was extremely impressed how Adam managed to achieve his first million at such a young age. And Adam started as a juvenile delinquent. Still, he managed to overcome all odds and attain his multi millionaire status today.
His second book changed my mindsets and beliefs about wealth completely. All the limitations and negative beliefs I had about wealth were swept away instantly after I read the book. And that book is none other than ‘Secrets of Self Made Millionaires’
I’ve previously read wealth books by Robert Allen, Robert Kiyosaki and Warren Buffet, just to name a few. But none of them has managed to impact me as much as Adam Khoo’s ‘Secrets of Self Made Millionaires’.
Secrets of Self Made Millionaires is truly the most powerful wealth creation program I’ve ever came across. Not only is it simple to read and comprehend, it provides practical and detailed strategies for you to follow. Most importantly, it alters your beliefs and transform you into a highly motivated and driven person.
And it comes with a bonus 12-Cd set which I listen to it everywhere I go. It cetainly serves as my motivation booster and recharges me every now and then.
Without a doubt, my life has changed dramatically after reading Secrets of Self Made Millionaires. Else, I would still have remained lazy and unmotivated and would never have ventured out of my comfort zone.
I posted a rather long testimonial on SecretsofSelf-MadeMillionaires.com, so I shan’t go on too much about it here. Hence, I urge everyone to just head over to Adam Khoo’s SecretsofSelf-MadeMillionaires.com to see for yourself how this ultimate comprehensive wealth creation program has changed the lives of myself and many others all over the world.
It is truly a must read for every working professional, executives, and simply anyone who has ever dreamt of achieving financial success. Secrets of Self Made Millionaires holds the key and answer to enable each individual to break out of the rat race and attain financial freedom.
Be enlightened and prepare yourself for a defining moment of your life.Adam Khoo, calvin woon, financial freedom, Internet Marketing, millionaire, millionaires, Money, secrets of self made millionaires, Success, Wealth
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February 15, 2007
Weee… Yipeee.. I love the new look of my blog!
Just like how we Chinese love to buy new clothes for ourselves during Chinese New Year… I’ve decided to give my blog a makeover..
Changed the theme to the current one..
Honestly speaking, I’ve been contemplating doing that for a long time.. The old one was rather dull.. But the new one is more lively and colorful.. Which depicts what life should be..
Nonetheless, changing the theme also involves changing lotsa html codes… and it was really rather tedious.. But I guess it was well worth it..
And Patricia loves it too!
Certainly hope my readers like it too as well..
Chinese New Year is coming already.. Which is equivalent to ang paos, chinese new year goodies, and catching up with relatives and friends.
I’m so looking forward to it..
How about you?
Wish everyone have a prosperous and meaningful Chinese New Year Ahead!Tag:No Tags
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February 13, 2007
Just last year alone, there were a couple of free reports that were going around which pays people simply to read it..
Mike Filsaime, Joel Comm, and some others..
While if you look at the money which these Internet Marketers are willing to fork out just to generate awareness and build their list, you might be shocked..
But honestly, I’m sure they have reaped the rewards as I feel this is definitely one of the best ways to build one’s list..
Everyone likes free reports.. Furthermore an extra income opportunity..
No doubt, you have to set aside a huge capital to support such a campaign..
But if you compare it to PPC, or ezine advertising.. I feel it roughly works out to the same rate..
This time round, Keith Wellman and Eric Rockefeller are the latest to launch such a campaign.
They were unknown last year. They came from out of the blue and have become known quantities in the Internet marketing world.
And they started out like many of us do…
… burnt out
Yet, they have overcome their hurdles and are now succeeding online.
What made the difference?
Here’s where the free report comes in.
Go here NOW and download this…
And once you have the report, you will receive a special link so you can share the report with others.
Give it away for FREE and Keith and Eric will pay you FIFTY CENTS for each free report that is downloaded!
Yes, they are handing out money!
I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to take it from them. :-)
So there you have it…
1) Free advice from those who know how to make money online
2) An instant income opportunity!
So don’t waste any time & Go download this report now,
read it, and then share it with others.
Also, pay attention to the entire process as you request
the report. It is a free marketing lesson all in itself.
If you watch closely, you will learn a lot!
This report is really filled with mind breaking information that is going to benefit anyone serious about succeeding online. And it comes with a mp3 version so that you can listen wherever you go.
Enough said. Go grab “The Rockefeller Files” now.calvin woon, Dreams, free report, free reports, Internet Marketing, joel comm, mike filsaime, rockefeller files, Success
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February 10, 2007
I just read the ‘Internet Business Manifesto’ written by Rich Schefren, who is the ’secret business consultant’ working behind the scenes with Internet Marketing Gurus and multi million dollar Internet businesses.
It was an extremely insightful read indeed. Rich revealed strategies and perspectives which are different from all the hype that many so called gurus like to emphasize on. He focuses on the business aspects and ways to leverage and scale a business online, which is really what the essence of Internet Marketing should be based on.
Anyway, just to share some interesting points that I picked up from the Internet Business Manifesto.
Firstly, one of the first things he addressed was: The Reason Why Internet Marketers Struggle.
Rich attributes it to the lack of fundamental business building knowledge.
He believes that is the reason why the overwhelming majority of people new to the Internet will fail in achieving their dreams even if they buy lots of products, study them religiuosly and work extremely hard.
Opportunity seekers think opportunistically while entrepreneurs think strategically.
Well said indeed….
Very true indeed. I believe every internet marketer who just started out would be guilty of that, myself included. I mean, new products are springing up everyday, and they seem to get better and better. Or should I say the sales copy seems to get better.
Every business model appears to be more lucrative and thus, the cycle continues. I personally bought some products which I do not even have time to read. But yet, when a new product is launched, I still get tempted.
I’m sure most people would have fallen into that trap.
Fortunately, I’ve managed to break out of it and concentrate on the bigger picture.
Which was why my partner and I decided to sit down and come up with our own ‘7 Ways To Earn Money Online’ guide. Now our intention of this guide is to let complete beginners and people who are skeptical about earning money online be exposed to that possibility and potential.
We aim to instil in people the importance of a passive stream of income and we have detailed exactly how the Internet can help us achieve that.Most importantly, we hope to establish the driving factor in people.
Internet marketing requires a great deal of time and effort. Something which only people with the passion, hunger, and drive should pursue.(PHD)
This reminds me of a quote which a friend of mine shared with me recently. You need a PHD to achieve your MBA.
Huh? Why is that so?
Passion, Hunger, Drive… To achieve Massive Bank Account (MBA)
Haha.. You might think it’s lame.. But if you look around, you will realize that in every industry, it’s often those people who display more of the ‘PHD’ that is placed right on top.
You need the passion, the hunger, to continuously seek ways to improve your productivity and add more value. And that is what drives & motivates people to be different and do what other won’t in order to achieve their dreams & goals.
Sorry to digress from Rich’s ‘Internet Business Manifesto’.
Now back to his eBook. Next he compares an opportunist to a true entrepreneur. ‘An entrepreneur has a clear vision of what they want the business to become. Because they have a vision they can analyze their own strengths, their competitor strengths, the marketplace preferences and devise different strategies for achieving their vision. After reviewing the pros and cons of each strategic alternative they pick the one strategy most certain to successfully achieve their vision.
The entrepreneur knows that their biggest opportunity is always inside their business, following their ideal strategy and not the hot product that everyone is mailing for this week’.
So, do you want to be an opportunist or entrepreneur?
Surely the latter…
It’s time for me to rethink my strategy… Meanwhile, I shall re-read the Internet Business Manifesto and share more thoughts as they unravel..
Here’s a video of Rich Schefren which I felt is really good:
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