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Don’t lose revenue by marring your blog with annoying ads.

As well as a means of expression, blogs are also a means of revenue. Click through revenue is the surest source of income for a blog site, but if the blog ads are annoying, you might not only lose money, but a reader who might have, at some other time, clicked on one of your revenue generating ads. Keep your reader coming back. If she doesn’t find an ad on your page that strikes her interest now, that doesn’t mean she wont find one later. The greatest offense you can commit against your own interest is to turn a dedicated reader off with those wretched, impertinent, annoying blog ads.

So, what kind of ads will so annoy a visitor that she will click the previous button to get out of your blog? A while back, ìPC Magazineî did some research on such ads. Things haven’t changed much. What annoyed people then, unsurprisingly, annoys them still today. Here, in capsule form, is a short list of what ads most annoyed web cruisers and provoked them to get out of the page, away from the site, and never come back again.

1.Animation is fine, if you make it a very minor part of your page, but those billboard, neon flashing, blink and wink ads simply distracts the reader, sometimes to the point where they are not able to read what you’ve taken such careful pains to say. Art, think art, think subtly, think blinking eyes, shaking head and a groping for the first way out. Sure, they catch your attention, but that’s just the problem. Readers want to attend to the words on the blog. If you must animate, think small, one letter, a little light, but that’s more than enough.

2.Just as nobody likes flashing lights in their eyes, nobody likes thunder in their ears. Audio probably has no place in blog ads. First, its too expensive in terms of downloading. The page hangs, plugins are needed, and your reader really wanted only to read what you had to say, not come up to the latest download. Unless you’re selling sound, stay away from these.

3.They’re everywhere, floating ads that just, well, float. They float up, they float down, they float across your screen like bugs. Try to close one of these suckers if you can. It’s impossible. Stand still!

4.You’ve gone to far when you’ve finally allowed a video blog ad to appear. Hey, if I wanted a movie, I’d watch television. No, don’t use these or you’re sure to find your numbers down, way down.

These are just a few cautions. There are more. The best you can do is to think as an artist thinks when you lay out your blog page and blog ads: everything in its proper place, in pleasing proportion, in balance. If you chose your ads carefully, with regard to the sensibilities of your reader, if you are considerate of their sensibilities, your page will not only be a source of information, but what’s as important to you, a source of income. Moderation will stand you in good stead when it comes to your blog ads.

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Making Phone Calls over Internet Connections.

With the advent of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Providers), you can now make phone calls over internet connections that sound just as good as if you were using your regular house phone and often even better. Due to the proliferation of fiber optic cables, satellite service and digital broadband access to high-speed internet service around the world, it is now possible to make quality phone calls over internet services such as Skype, Vonage, or several others that are just now entering the marketplace.

Using Skype is simple and you need to first download the software from their web page at Once you have downloaded the software on your computer you just need to purchase a USB headset. You can get one of these pretty cheap at Radio Shack or Best Buy. One of the most reliable brands is Plantronics, but just about any of the $20 to $40 models serve just as well. Most have two foam padded speakers for listening that cover the ears and a band that goes over your head, along with a microphone that sticks out and is adjustable for talking into.

Make sure that the wire that connects to your USB input on your computer has a mute switch on it. Once you have these items you are ready to make calls.

Calls from one Skype user to another Skype user are free of charge, no matter where the two users are in the world. You can be calling from Costa Rica to Sweden and as long as both users are using their Skype software, then the call is free and they can talk as long as they want with no charges. If you are using Skype to call a phone number that is not a Skype number, for example if you are using Skype to call a friend’s cell phone in another country, that is alright also, but will cost you a bit. In order to do this you will need to go to the Skype website and purchase what are called Skype Out Credits. You can buy these in increments of $10 or $25 and then you can call anyone in the world. Rates to each country are shown when you attempt to place a call. Calls to a Nicaragua cell phone, for instance, cost 22 cents per minute and less for a house phone. This is a really low rate compared to buying a prepaid calling card, which normally run for $5 and give you only 20 minutes of talking time and are very unreliable as far as getting connected.

Call quality on Skype is usually excellent and really makes it easy to make phone calls over internet connections that are high speed. Skype does not really work on low speed connections such as dial-up. You really need to have some bandwidth and high speed cable, DSL, or satellite service in order to have a reasonable sounding call. After every call you make, Skype will ask you to rate the service by filling out a small survey which appears as an annoying pop-up window.

Skype and Vonage both work the same basic way and you can easily make phone calls over internet services with both of these great systems.

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You may be amazed at what or who you can find on the Internet if you just know where to look. You can find information that you may have normally had to have gone to the library to look up, and even then, you may not have found what you were looking for. Today, you can find it in seconds. If you are looking for a person or information on a person, you may want to see what you can come up with when you use people search engines. These are not just search engines either, as there are plenty of places you can search out someone.

There are people search engines out there made specifically for finding people you have lost touch with, never got to meet, or even people that may be hiding from you. You have your own reasons for finding someone. Some of these search engines use to be something else, and have evolved into the people search because this type of search is one of the most popular and most often run searches done online each day. Put what you know about someone into such a search and then see if you come up on a match.

You do not have to go to an official people search engine to find people online. You can use the social networks like FaceBook that you may already use every single day. This is a great way to search for people. Many have found long lost classmates, roommates, relatives, coworkers, and friends that they lost touch with years ago. They also have found potential friends this way. Perhaps you meet someone but don’t have a lot of time to connect. You can usually find them this way. If you don’t want to ‘friend’ someone through a social network, you still have the option of sending them a message.

Classmate reunion sites are great as people search engines if you want to school with someone, but they can also be used to find almost anyone else. If you know where someone went to school and around the time they would have graduated, you can see if you can find them. You are not limited to your own school when searching. People move around a lot, so perhaps you knew someone in tenth grade but then they moved away. You can find them through such sites if they too are signed up. These can be fun. Even if you are not looking for someone, someone could be looking for you.

You are not always going to find who you are searching for through people search engines. If you are coming up blank, you don’t have to give up. You can keep searching, or perhaps you want to come back a few months or even a few years down the road. The reach of the Internet is bigger than ever, and people who never would have thought of being online are signing up for these sites today. Someone may pop up, so don’t give up right away. You may find them through people search engines later on.

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Online Dating Advice

There are millions of people who have either tried or are currently engaging in online dating. This is the new way to meet people when you do not have the time, do not know where to look, or are tired of meeting all the wrong people. This is popular because it does tend to work, and many are meeting great loves through online dating sites.

However, this is not always as straight forward as it may seem. When you start, or if you have been doing it for a while and have yet to ask, look around for online dating advice to be both successful and safe. People that look for online dating advice learn that meeting strangers can be dangerous,  and even though the occurrences of bad things happening are low, the chance is still there. They read about meeting people for the first time in public places, driving to and from first dates on their own, and always trusting their intuition. They read it, take it in, and then neglect to follow the advice.

This is a huge mistake. The ones that are usually the most dangerous know what they are doing and they seem to be the safest. Follow this advice. Online dating advice is not just about safety. It is also about using the connections you have and properly reading a person so you know that you are not wasting your time. You can meet tons of people at one time through the right online dating service, but if you do not know how to screen them, you may end up wasting a lot of time going out with people that are not really a good match for you. If you sign up with a site that claims to make the matches for you, do not take their word for it totally. Do your own detective work.

The sites that claim to make matches for you may do so, but there is always room for error. They can only match you as well as you write up your own profile or fill out your own questionnaire. This is why you will find online dating advice that tells you that you have to be honest and answer questions the way you feel, not the way you think someone would want you to feel. If you do not follow this online dating advice, you are going to end up with mismatches. You know how painful those can be.
Instead, think about the matches you are given. If you have gone out with a few and you have been bored to tears or found the matches are nothing like what you want in another person, it could be something in your profile. Instead of stressing and blindly going out with matches, screen them on your own.

You know what you like, even if you can not pinpoint a type of person you are seeking. Look for other bits of online dating advice that can help you decide if you should tweak your profile, start over again, or perhaps even look for a site that is a better fit for your personality.

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