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The 60 Minutes Blogging Plan: Everyday Routine for Building Traffic to Your Blog

30 September 2012

Whether you’re a full time blogger or a part-time putzer, building traffic is one helluva job requiring effort, resourcefulness, and creativitys. There are many many ways to attract traffic to your blog. While many of us  spend hours and hours building traffic for our blog, here's my "60 Minute Blogging Plan". All you need is 60 minutes out of your spare time everyday and I’ll show you how to make the most out of it to build targeted traffic to your blog. A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended so we can stick to our 60 minutes schedule.
This routine will be very helpful if…
…you’re not a full time blogger and you have a real life in the analog world. I know most of the bloggers reading this are not on full time, so I’m quite sure this routine could be very attractive for you. Yes, this will also be very helpful if you don’t know how to wisely spend your time building traffic for your blog.
Follow First
Let’s call these things your capital to get started (don’t worry, no money involved). For the first day, I think you’ll need a couple of hours or so, then you could move on to the 60 minutes everyday routine.
1. Register with at least 2 forums on your niche. Forums are a great way to get traffic.
2. Subscribe to at least 3 big and popular blogs on your niche. I’ll explain later.
3. Make sure you are a member of twitter or facebook.
4. Find a big and popular blog in your niche that needs a guest blogger. Apply with your best work so that you will have a better chance of getting accepted.
The 60 Minutes A Day Routine
5 Minutes
You have 5 minutes tologin in to your blog, open your email, check RSS reader,  the forums you have joined and your social networks. If you are using Google, G+ and Blogger, you're a step ahead of the pack!  
10 Minutes
You have 10 minutes to browse and make a comment to all the content updates delivered via your RSS reader. A quick way to comment is to go to the article on the blog, select a paragraph and just type something sensible about it in 2 sentences or more. Do not spam. You only have ten minutes, so comment quickly.
30 Minutes
You have 30 minutes to be active in the forums and social media. Chat up friends, join in discussions, be controversial (this one’s helpful), answer questions, be highly reachable and popular. 30 minutes everyday will do the trick. Act fast.
5 Minutes
You have 5 minutes to submit your post to the blog on which you are being a guest blogger. This wouldn’t take too long. You just have to open the word document you already have created, copy it’s contents and publish on the blog.
Only 10 Minutes Left
Spend the final 10 minutes with your blog and readers. It will be better if your timestamp (for Wordpress) or future-post (for blogger) your posts so that you don’t have to worry about getting your contents updated. Answer comments. You can also analyze your stats to get an idea of your blog's reach and peek at what keywords, images and search terms are attracting visitors to your work. Also use this time to do other things that you know would help build your traffic.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Time’s Up!!!
How Will Those Things Build Your Traffic
Since we are on a 60 minutes tight schedule, I have only included the basic and the most effective ways in getting traffic. I must repeat again, there are virtually endless ways of getting traffic to your blog. Commenting, joining in discussions, being popular, being active in forums, social networks and other communities, being a guest blogger to a popular blog, and spending some time to take care of your own blog and readers are my best ways to gain lots of traffic in as little time as possible. GOOD LUCK!
Guest Post by Danielle Nong. Liane contributed to this report. (C) 2012 by Danielle Nong. Used with permission. 

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New York: "Secret Crush" brought to justice!

16 September 2012
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced a settlement with Game Theory LLC, a mobile-content corporation based in San Jose, California following an investigation that revealed the company was sending spam text messages to New Yorkers and then tricking them into signing up for texting services. Game Theory has agreed to reform its business practices and pay $500,000 in penalties for deceptive and fraudulent advertising of its premium text message service. The Attorney General also provided consumers with tips on how to avoid texting scams.

"There is no legitimate purpose for scams that deceive New Yorkers, and we will continue the fight to protect people’s privacy and their hard earned money," said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As a result of this settlement, Game Theory is out of the texting business for good, and this corporation will be held accountable for its conduct.”

The Attorney General's investigation found that Game Theory sent deceptive text messages to New Yorkers’ tricking them into signing up for monthly text messages at a cost of $9.99 a month. These charges appeared on the victim’s wireless telephone bill in a way that was difficult to detect. For months, consumers would pay for text messages they did not want before they realized they were being charged.

For example, between May 23, 2011 and July 5, 2011, Game Theory followed a formula it had deployed on Facebook a couple of years back, but this time around it sent text messages claiming that the recipients had a “secret crush,” and that the recipient needed to respond “yes” to find out who it was. However, in the process of finding out the identity of the “secret crush,” the recipient was also unknowingly signing-up for a text message service to receive dating tips for $9.99 a month.

Game Theory also sent similar messages in an effort to sell their text messages including “Someone thinks your hot!,” “You have 1 unread message,” and “Someone sent you a weird diet tip that works.”

In total, over 150,000 of these deceptive text messages were sent to wireless telephones in New York.

In another scam, Game Theory promoted a wireless telephone application that allowed users to manipulate or “morph” their personal photos. However, during the installation of the software on the victim’s wireless telephone, victims were again tricked into signing up for text messaging service for $9.99 a month.

Game Theory's deceptive practices violated the General Business Law (Article 22-A) and Executive Law § 63(12).

As a result of the Attorney General's investigation, Game Theory, which was recently acquired by a third party, has agreed to exit the text messaging business and pay $500,000 in civil penalties to the State of New York.

In order to protect consumers from these types of scams, Attorney General Schneiderman recommends:

• Never respond to unsolicited text messages, even those that read "reply 'STOP' to avoid charges."

• Advise family members, especially children, that responding to text messages, email or television commercials that advertise services such as joke-of-the-day texts, horoscopes, love advice, and ringtones will incur charges that may be difficult to rebut.

• Find out if you are currently being charged for unwanted cell phone services by carefully checking your next phone bill. Look for terms such as "premium content" or "direct bill charge," which are often used to mask unwanted charges.

• Call your cell phone service provider and ask them to block any and all third party charges going forward.

• Never click on web links in unsolicited text messages. Links are most often provided in fraudulent messages that claim the recipient has won some contest or prize.

• Discuss these tips with all family members who have access to a cell phone. Deceptive cell phone practices often target younger users.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Clark Russell under the supervision of Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice, Karla Sanchez.
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Whoever Shall Control the Internet “off switch” Controls Everything...

06 September 2012

“the amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.”

via PSFK
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Mookie Threat

03 September 2012
A blogger caught the Mookie Cookie malware in action as he attempted to open his Gmail account! He documented his experience... Details here. Sources say ComboFix is the only way to be certain your computer is mookie-free!
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