Oct 11, 2007

How to deal with online bullies?

Imagine walking into a forum that others have spoke about as being popular in the topic of your interest as a newbie, after your first question or post on the forum a guy usually with 100000 posts flames (demeaning words) you on the forum right away after your first post. How do you feel?

All of us are newbies at one point, whether it is in a certain field, work, or life. Even in the world of money making which is something I blog about, the same idea applies. Somehow, somewhere, there are always ones that bullies people around. What is the reason behind it? Usually it is caused by a lack of self confidence, a bad day, or to proof that they are better.

What do you do when you are faced in such circumstances? Simple, ignore and acknowledge authorities when applicable. These bullies thrive when others are giving them a reaction they want, why should you fall victim of it? If it is in a forum, heck jump to a new thread and ignore their accusations. Acknowledge a moderator of such circumstance and if repeatedly done in such fashion the moderator will ban them without you needing to do a thing. Some may say, let's just go head on! Well, the results are often times mixed. If the guy speaking it in the forum has 100000 posts like I said earlier, they probably have others that they are familiar with that will stick around by their side within the forum so as a newbie it's probably best not to argue with them. Plus, what result does it bring? Nothing! Let's say that you win the argument, so what? They can start another thread and do the same thing. Don't ever loose your cool, because once you do you loose all respects from others.

Let's change the environment a little bit. What if it is done on your blog? What I like to do personally is that I like to screen my comments and delete anything that is malicious or spam. If you are using Wordpress, then use spam plugins (there are many of them) to fend off spams. Whenever a blog gets popular, there are always spammers or others that is jealous of your success or just want to link bait. Don't fall for it and keep things clean and professional! Remember, your blog or forum's authority is built based on how you handle or deal with certain type of events. If we are so stuck with what others think about us there will never be an end! -Swapw

Onlinecasinobluebook Reviewed

Thanks to Reviewme, this will be a sponsored review to a site called Onlinecasinobluebook.com.
Gambling has always been looked at as the thing to do in Vegas and it is not until recently that gambling is introduced onto the internet. Thanks to the heavy broadcasting over media, gambling has really gotten really popularized is now called as a "sport".

As a result, more and more gambling sites are surfacing onto the internet starting from the big sites such as Fulltiltpoker.com all the way down to small poker sites which you have never heard about. Now, whether you are interested in gambling how do you know which site to start looking into? Onlinecasinobluebook offer exactly that. From reviews of various casino sites all the way down to how to play a certain type of game they have it all. Although from the first look at the website, it does seem like it needs a lot of work at its site designs in competition with its competitors the content is pretty well written. Let's look at the game "black jack" for example:

"Its important to re mine your self that blackjack is between the player and the casino. The other players at the table can not affect the outcome of your play.

Also, there are no plays that are left to the dealer, all regulations of play are already predetermined by the online casino."
Which gambling sites tells you that type of information? All of the casino's incite is to get a hold of your money and take as much money away from you as possible. I really think the information that Onlinecasinobluebook has to offer is actually something genuine and that's not to say that they actually offer support at the bottom of their page? Honestly, which gambling site offers support for gamblers? I can honestly say only a hand full of them does because it is simply not to their interest to do so.

Whether you are a veteran gambler or just somebody that's interested to check out online gambling in this field why not play a few hands with their promo? Most of these casinos offer $50 to up to $200 just to join and it doesn't hurt to try out your luck once or twice right? Worst comes to worse, you lose them and you call it quits but if you win the upside is obviously towards your favor. I would say look at it as a few free lotto tickets, don't hurt right? -Swapw

Oct 7, 2007

Be weary of the idea behind incentivized links

You may have hear it here and there, get links, get lots of links to your website. By getting links, it is the solution to your website problem. Well, what people are saying is not a myth according to my experience and I believe that they are true.

By getting links that are related to your blog it will help boost your blog or site authority for search engines. By having relevant and related content with each other, each link provides a small representation of the legitimacy of your website to search engines that it is not a spam. On top it, the site traffic can also be exchanged with one another in a natural fashion therefore the both of your site will benefit as a result. Whether the links is in relations to directory or sites, that doesn't really matter and the idea behind it is as long as it is done in a natural fashion then it is all good and dandy.

The problem hits when people start to incentivize others to provide them with a link in hopes to jump start their blog. Now, we all know as a rule of thumb that natural links are the best and anything that's unnatural is not. Google has been keeping quiet about the way their algoirthem works for sometime and the actions they will take against others who are incentivizing others to gain traffic. I don't blame them, afterall they are the biggest search engine on the web today. However, through Google's actions by removing one of my favorite blogger John Chow of its' own website name under its search, it has definitely shaken the idea of incentivizing your traffic.

Now, if John Chow's site was an isolated incident we can say okay he's pushing the link back a little bit too much therefore he got the Google judge to rule against him. However, I have been keeping an eye on Google and it seems like a lot of "paid" directories have been heavily penalized as well. Starting from a decrease in SERPS all the way to some actually getting de-listed from Google. What does this all mean? In simple terms, the search terms for these high page ranking sites are disappearing and where do I think this is heading? Yes, incentivized and paid links on individual sites!!

Here's a quick video directly from Google which affirms my points. Matt Cutts, the spokesman from Google tells webmasters that "Buying links is outside of our (Google) guidelines".

Ok, so is it the end of the world if you have a few paid links? Well, no but keep it real low and concentrate building up your site through natural links. And for those of us that did not incentivize links or pay any links, great! Afterall, cutting corners gets you nowhere even on the web. Nothing is better then doing everything the natural way right? -Swapw