Blog Your Blessing : Friendship


Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of
feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then, with a breath of kindness,
blow the rest away.

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)



The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. Visit the website and grab the blogroll code, add it to your blog, and leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience. Next Sunday, post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on Sunday as we blog our blessings.

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Democracy in Search Engine Results!

I believe all my readers know that I am boycotting the search engine that begins with a G and ends with an E. In an effort to help others wean themselves from using this search engine, I have been looking into alternatives and reviewing them on this blog.


Earthfrisk.org - Democracy in Search

The latest search engine offering is Earthfrisk.org. Earthfrisk is a metasearch engine, which means it delivers search engine result pages (SERPs) from all the major search engines; social networks like Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Digg and Reddit; and information sites like Wikipedia, WebMD, Britannica, Dictionary and InfoPlease.

From the website:
Add your own site, vote and comment on sites and together we can build a truly Democratic Search Engine That WE the People control.
To decrease the number of spam sites returned in the SERPs, Earthfrisk has added a community to the search engine. You simply register and then you may vote and comment on results, rendering a color value (CV) rating system, thus doing away with dubious page ranks-- which we know may be stripped for any reason by one search engine.

There are toolbars for both Firefox and Internet Explorer. You may have a custom toolbar with your logo on it if you wish, so that readers may download the toolbar from your site.

I love it. Power to the searchers. Down with the tyrants.


Happy Holidays!

Seasons Greetings wreathJust a Little Note to Say
That I Hope the Season's Best is on its Way
To You and Yours

Word of Mouth Marketing

The number of people who have influence—because of their expertise, their passion and their connections, is predicted to increase with the opportunities for user-generated content and word of mouth marketing. Please visit CoolAdzine for Marketers and read Passionista? Influential Internet Persuader for more on this.

Or click here to read: Marketers Missing Out on Word of Mouth? - eMarketer

From the article:
eMarketer projects that, in 2007, 66 million adults will have shared advice about products and services and 27 million will exert influence online.

Bloggers are naturals for word of mouth marketing, but many bloggers have been penalized for writing reviews of products, websites and services for pay. I believe this is wrong and I subscribe to the Word of Mouth Marketing Ethics for Bloggers. However, full disclosure has left me with no page rank, penalized by G@@GLE for being transparent and honest in my blogging.

Bloggers who do not disclose were not penalized. Makes me wonder. Where is the justice? *Heavy sigh*

Stay in Touch . . .

Christmas is the time for being with our friends and extended family. If we are not going home for Christmas (even in our dreams), we want to stay in touch with our loved ones. Many of our loved ones are overseas and Packet8 MobileTalk account can help you talk to them for less money.

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Now, if you will just watch this, you will see how easy it is to stay in touch with loved ones, no matter where they live.




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Surfing on Company Time

Burst Media conducted an online survey in November 2007 of 11,510 web users, aged 18 and older about their Internet browsing habits at work.

According to Burst Media, more than 1/4 of Internet surfing at work is unrelated to job duties. Marketers may want to target these workers, since more than 1/2 of respondents shopped online for personal items during work hours.

Making a purchase was the most common personal shopping activity conducted at work (31.7 percent), followed by researching product features (26.6 percent) and comparing retailers' prices (25.8 percent) and finding retail locations (25.1 percent)
From the news release:

Most employees show little remorse regarding their time spent web surfing on company time: Only one-quarter of employees (28.5%) feel guilty about using the Internet on company time, although women are more inclined to feel guilt than men (31.7% vs. 25.6%). Additionally, very few are worried that “big brother” is watching, with only 30.5% of respondents concerned that their employer might be tracking their Internet usage. The one segment that expressed some concern that their web usage might be tracked by their employer was young men ages 18-24 years. Among this segment, 41% expressed concern that their web surfing at work might be tracked by their employer.

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Blog Your Blessing: Gentle & Forgotten Art of Blessings



After viewing this video, I realized how much we do each Sunday with Blog Your Blessing. We are healing the Earth and others. I am proud to be a BYB blogger. God bless us all.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. Visit the website and grab the blogroll code, add it to your blog, and leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience. Next Sunday, post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on Sunday as we blog our blessings.


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Advertising on Report Cards

McDonald's has underwritten the cost of printing report cards for a school district in Seminole County, Florida. The trade off? A Happy Meals coupon printed on the report card.

Click to read: McD's Newest Ad Platform: Report Cards - Advertising Age - News

Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has this to say in the article:
Lots of companies advertise directly in schools, but I think McDonald's has taken this to an all new low by advertising on report cards. It bypasses parents and targets children directly, [telling them] that doing well in school should be rewarded by a happy meal.
My thoughts:

While many groups are upset about this advertising aimed at children, it is actually smart of the school district to get someone else to foot the $1600 printing bill. With all the cuts in the school budgets, many programs are being cut. If advertisers can pick up the slack, I think it is helpful.

What do you think?

Lost Innocence and Page Rank

Advertising for Success blog will be changing. A few weeks ago, I realized that this blog had lost page rank and was ranked PR2. After Thanksgiving, I realized it was ranked PR0.

This is disheartening because I have always been transparent with my blogging. I follow the blogging ethics of WOMMA. I disclose all sponsored reviews and do not recommend something I do not or would not use.

I used the Bad Neighborhood Text Link Tool to find out what might possibly be dragging my page rank down. I had linked to other bloggers and sites who had linked to sites that may be considered to be in bad neighborhoods. Many of the bad neighborhoods were links to or from Blogger!

Moderating comments has become a real chore with most comments NOT being aoproved. This breaks my heart because I am a Do Follow Blogger. However, as an early adopter of do follow, this blog has become a target for every scam site on the Internet.

Please note that I have started to add rel="nofollow" to most of the URLs on my blog. I had no idea that I was passing my page rank to other sites.

Blogger has started linking to profiles instead of blogs. There used to be an option to check "other" and put your URL in the comment. No longer.

Happy Holidays.

Overstock.com : Christmas Giveaway

Woohoo! Get in on the All I want for Christmas Giveaway at Overstock.com. All you have to do to is register your email address and pick a gift (with a value of up to $1000) from the thousands of items on the Overstock.com website.

When you have found your gift, you email the description of the gift to a friend. After you complete this step, which I believe is what actually registers you to win, you may return to the contest page and enter the email addresses of up to five friends. Spread a little cheer! If you win, they all win the prize, too.

My first entry was for a Toshiba 32-inch LCD HDTV with DVD player. My husband, Michael, would love to have one of those big flat screen HDTVs! I sent the description of the HDTV to my husband and five of my girlfriends. I am glad I did. I had two calls right after I sent the email to my friends. They were happy to get the email!

You must hurry! The contest just started, but it ends at 11:59 pm (MST) on December 7, 2007! Submit an entry each day of the contest for a chance to win the daily draw. At the end of the contest, one entry will be selected to win every prize for which they registered. Can you imagine winning five gifts, each worth up to $1000?

I am going back out and pick out my other gifts right now. LOL





Test your useless knowledge

The Media Guy at Ad Age has outdone himself! Simon Dumenco picks on Brittany Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Ann Coulter, the Spice Girls, Esquire Magazine and Carson Daly in his Media Guy Media Studies Pop Quiz.

Test your useless knowledge by clicking Can You Keep Your Train Wrecks and Has-Beens Straight?

Test question from the article:
After 16 years, telecom giant T-Mobile decided last week to stop sponsoring its professional cycling team because of cycling's unsavory connection to doping scandals. What other marketers are suddenly skittish, and what actions are they taking?

A. Verizon to sever all ties to "Can You Hear Me Now?" guy -- because of his unsavory affliction of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
B. Geico to sever all ties to cavemen -- because of unsavory connection to awful ABC sitcom.
C. Alcoholic Indian elephants to distance themselves from their supposed champion Paris Hilton -- on the advice of their William Morris agents.
D. Heroin Dealers Association of Britain to immediately distance itself from rocker/addict Pete Doherty -- for being just too damn pathetic and skeevy, even for them.
Did you hear? Brittany is pregnant again. If she was cat, she'd have been fixed by now. Too bad she cannot buy common sense with all that money she has.

Revenge is a Pie Best Served Hot

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a movie based upon the musical by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd. It is based on a legend that was the topic of Penny Dreadfuls (serial novels) in the late 1700s. Whether Sweeney Todd is urban legend or true man, the fact remains that the story is gruesome.

Johnny Depp is Benjamin Barker, a young man born to poor parents who leave this Earth early. Benjamin is sent to Newgate Prison for stealing when he is 14 years old. There he learns the tools of the barber trade from another inmate.

Next, we see Benjamin married with a baby. His life, while never perfect, is good until he is framed for a crime, sentenced and sent to a penal colony in Australia. While serving 15 years for a crime he did not commit, Benjamin changes to become Sweeney Todd, a man driven by the desire for revenge until it drives him insane.

He returns to London, looking for his wife and child, only to find that the judge who sentenced him to the penal colony had married his wife, now deceased, and raised his daughter as a stepchild. He visits his former landlady, Mrs. Lovett, who rents him the room where he lived with wife and daughter. Mrs. Lovett has also saved the razors with which Sweeney Todd makes his living as a barber.

When he opens his barber shop, next door to St. Dunstan's church, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who shaved the "heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again." The bodies begin to pile up in the catacombs and tunnels of St. Dunstan's, so Mrs. Lovett comes up with a unique use for the bodies. She makes pies, the "worst pies in London."

As Sweeney Todd sinks further into insanity, he exacts his revenge on the judge who sentenced him to the penal colony and others who have crossed him. Mrs. Lovett serves up the remnants of revenge until they are caught.

While musicals are not my favorite type of movies, I think I will have to see this one. Check out the trailer and other gruesome goodies. Click here to visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site or visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace.


Affiliate Marketing Made Easy

Self SEO blog has a great write up on affiliate networks that should be useful to all affiliate marketers.

Click to read The Top 10 List of the Best Affiliate Networks

From the article:
Affiliate marketing, if done right, can prove to be a very lucrative venture. Commissions can run anywhere from a few pennies to thousands of dollars for just one click or sale. Professional marketers develop affiliate relationships with hundreds of companies and build sites to promote these companies and products.

I agree with choices of Titus Hoskins except for #7, Google AdSense. If pennies is your idea of the big time, then post Google ads all over your website. The advertisements make your site load slowly, send people off your site, and the only entity who makes money in the deal is Google.

But then, I am prejudiced. LOL



Blog Your Blessing : Serenity Prayer

Krause Springs

~~::+::~~

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the
Serenity to accept the
things I cannot change,

Courage to change the
things I can,

and the Wisdom
to know the difference


Attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr who credited
Friedrich Oetinger, an 18th century theologian

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How Hot is Your URL?

Click to read MediaPost Publications - Is Your URL Hot Or Not? - 11/28/2007

From the article:

DOs
1. CapitalizeTheFirstLetterOfEachWord.
2. Whenever possible, use YourBrandName.com.
3. If .com is not available, use YourBrandName.net.
4. If .com and .net are taken, find a new brand name. Seriously.
5. Use YourSlogan.com when running an integrated media campaign.
6. Use subdomains when driving people deeper than your homepage -- e.g. Product.YourBrandName.com.

DON'Ts
1. Don't include www. We know to go to the World Wide Web to find you.
2. Don't include http://. If your audience isn't Web-savvy enough to know where to type the URL, you shouldn't have a Web site.
3. don'tusealllowercase (canyoureallytellwhereonewordendsandthenextbegins?)
4. DITTOFORALLUPPERCASE
5. No-hyphens/or slashes.
6. Don't use acronyms, abbreviations, or numbers unless your brand is widely known as such.
7. Don't bury your URL at the bottom of a billboard. I'm the only nerd driving around with a 4x zoom lens to find URLs.

This is a great article and references the author's blog, GoodURLBadURL.com, which might be worth a look. Check it out. I loved how he closed the article with Goodbye URL. LOL

To My Friends
All Over the World...
I Give Thanks for You
This Weekend and
Always!

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all

I won! I won! I won!

Kate at Electric Venom held a Spank Google, Win Flowers haiku contest. Check out Kate's blog and the other haikus. I must admit that I entered many times because it was just after the page rank snafu.

My winning haiku:
They said “do no harm”
Altruistic brainy boys
Playing with our lives.

I won $80 worth of flowers to be delivered worldwide! I choses a huge fruit basket and had it sent to my cousins in New York. My sister will be there for the holiday, so it will surprise her, too. If you think a fruit basket is a weird gift, I do not believe in cut flowers, and my cousins are diabetic and keep kosher, so it was easy to settle on the fruit basket. Thanks, Kate!


Be an Angel to a Warrior this Christmas

Since 2003, SoldiersAngels.com has been helping soldiers serving on foreign shores and their families. The GalleryCollection.com has donated Christmas Cards, through Soldiers Angels, to be sent to every soldier on active duty to wish them Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and Thanks! They also donated a blank card and envelope so the soldiers may send a card home to their family.




Donate to SoldiersAngels.com. Support the Warriors this Christmas.

New Boomer Social Network

Nothing is worse than having to be a parent to your parent, but a new boomer social network, Caring.com, will help you cope. There are 34+ million adults in the USA that provide care for someone 50 or older. Many of these adults have children at home as well.
Mr. Cohen was inspired by his struggle a few years ago to care for his lung-cancer-stricken mother, who was living in Chicago. The former manager of Quicken, Mr. Cohen lived in San Francisco and was continuously trolling the web for good resources on how to care for his mother, from what kind of wheelchair to buy to how to handle her financial and legal affairs. There was a void in the market, he said, because sites such as WebMD are focused on health issues and sites such as AARP don't offer the caregiver point of view.
The target market is not the elderly parents, but the baby boomers who care and make financial and health decisions for them. Now, there is one place where you may go to get help and support. As a baby boomer who cared for two aged parents while raising a child as a single parent, I am glad to see that there is a support system evolving.

If you would like to recognize a caregiver, please view this post.

Dare You Watch THE MIST?

Stephen King has a knack for writing books that scare the bejeezers out of you. Not all of his books have translated to the big screen easily, but The Mist by Stephen King looks to have made the cut. I just watched the trailers and now I know I have to see it. I have not read the book as carpal tunnel syndrome prevents me from lifting it, but it is easy to see Mr. King's handiwork in this movie.

Rather than the danger in the mist, The Mist is a story of the danger in the heart of humankind. Most of the townspeople are trapped in a grocery store when the mist (fog) closes in. The people in the store represent a cross section of America. We have the people who do not believe anything supernatural is happening, we have a woman that sees the end times in the mist, we have a man trying to protect his son as the crowd grows unruly, we have the screamers and the criers, the over reactors and the heroes. Who lives and who dies is up to whatever it is that lives in the mist.

There is something about a crisis that strips us bare, leaving only our character, or lack thereof, exposed. I have been blessed not to be involved in any real life catastrophes except for a few flash floods and being first to arrive at multi-car pileups. Usually I am the voice of reason, which is not my usual persona, but one that slides easily into place when needed.

The first time I found this persona was after a wreck on the Katy Freeway (I-10) in Houston. A car that was several cars in front of us hit the middle divider after crossing two lanes of traffic and being hit at least twice by cars desperately trying to miss her. Several cars spun out after hitting or avoiding the first car. We were faced with cars coming head on or slewed sideways in our path. Our driver kept his head, dodged several cars and pulled to the side of the highway.

Several people got out of their cars and everyone was yelling. I was a 17-year girl who weighed 120 pounds soaking wet, but I knew that someone had to get control of the situation. There were no cell phones back then, so I dispatched one car to call the Sheriff. I directed others to place flares directing traffic to the center lane only. I asked if anyone had medical background and we had two Viet Nam veterans in the mix, thank God. They saw to the injured parties in the cars on the side of the highway.

Then came the hardest part. The woman in the first car, the one that hit the middle divider and stayed there, was not moving. She had been hit by two other cars and there was not much left of her car. I knew if she had a chance of surviving, we had to get her out of that car before it caught fire or was hit again. I gathered my friends and asked what they thought our chances were of getting to the car and back again. These were teenagers, but they were courageous that night. Roy said, "You stop the traffic and Robert and I will get her out and bring her back here.”
To make a long story short, we got the woman out of the car and back to the side of the highway. We elevated her legs and covered her with a blanket for shock. Her face was completely gone, but she was breathing through her mouth. I folded up my coat and put it under her head and started praying. It was perhaps two minutes after we got her settled that a car came zooming down the far left lane, ran over the flares and hit her car. Both cars exploded.

Luckily, the EMS and a fire truck arrived then. The Sheriff arrived soon after. I was happy to turn the whole mess over to professionals. I waited while they closed the freeway, directed traffic around the mess in the middle of the highway and rendered emergency aid to the woman. She was put in an ambulance and that was the last I saw of her. The Sheriff wanted to know why were there and I said, "I just need to get my coat from under her head and we will be gone.” After all, we were just teenagers and could be no help in a crisis.


Comcast Under Fire for Blocking Access

On November 15, Jon Hart, represented by the San Francisco-based Lexington Law Firm, filed the suit in state court, asking for the court to stop Comcast’s bandwidth-shaping policies and for compensatory and punitive damages.

This class-action lawsuit against Comcast charges that Comcast's blocking of certain applications constitutes fraudulent and deceptive business practices and a breach of contract. On November 16, FCC was petitioned for a ruling in this matter.

Click to read World Wide Web - FCC Petitioned for Rules on ISP Throttling
Video provider Vuze, a company that distributes HD video using BitTorrent, has petitioned the FCC to take up the issue of whether ISPs such as Comcast should be permitted "unfettered discretion to restrict or block traffic carried on their networks" and to discriminate against services that they perceive as competing with their offerings.
For more information on Comcast, please view prior blog posts here and here.

Blog Your Blessing : Sufi Prayer for Peace

With the hurricanes, earthquakes and floods in much of the world, I feel compelled to pray for peace of the souls and bodies of the victims of weather. The trouble is only beginning, for crops and farmland, homes and schools, churches and marketplaces were destroyed.

We must put aside our differences and help these people who lost everything in the space of moments. Lost, all lost! Families, belongings, animals, even the very land on which they lived.



Send Thy peace O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may think, act and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that our lives may become a Divine vision and in Thy light, all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace O Lord, our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on Earth may all unite in one family.

Amen


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Garage Sale on Freedom of the Press

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin wants to give away local ownership of local broadcast stations to newspaper chains to help their cash flow:

Click to read The Daily Show

The commission should modify only one of the four rules under review — the one that bars ownership of both a newspaper and a broadcast TV or radio station in a single market. And the rule should be modified only for the largest markets.

Marty Kaplan at the Huffington Post has summed up this outrage against the American people better than I could. Please read his article, especially what he says about newspapers being the "white boys' club." I love this guy.

Click to read FCC at Work

The public has given away, for free, its airwaves, to stations that generally do a dreadful job covering politics in their news programming, but that reap big bucks from political candidates, who in turn get the billions they spend on political ads from the public, and now the public is being asked to cut the newspaper industry in on that extortion racket in order to save democracy.
I am tired of the wholesale giveaways to big media, big oil, big timber and corporate America. Yet, if you oppose anything being done by the current administration, you are automatically labeled as "unAmerican." When we stop allowing our rights to be undermined in the name of "democracy?"

Blog Your Blessings : Computers

I was happy to find this prayer about computers. For the oppressed, computers are a way to find and share freedom and truth. For the homebound, computers are a lifeline to the outside world and a social network. For the shy and phobic, it is a tool for communication and growth. For me, it is an outlet for creativity and the way I make my living. We are all blessed by computers.


Prayer for my time on the computer

Gracious God,
even in the wondrous tangle of wires and connections,
you make yourself known.

May my computer be more than a machine of information
and become an altar on which I am able to offer my thanks
for the abundance of gifts in this richly textured world.

As I scan through images, as I learn and explore,
as I create and produce, bring my soul to the awareness that
I am not alone in this vast world of human energy.

Fill me with that energy and give me a heart of gratitude.

Amen

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Net Neutrality : Keep the Internet Free and Equal

Click to Read: Just An Online Minute » Blog Archive » Just An Online Minute… Network Neutrality Squad To The Rescue?

From the article:
The recent revelation that Comcast was slowing down traffic to file-sharing sites like BitTorrent raises a host of questions, not least of which is what other ISPs are impeding service.
More information on the actions of Comcast and other offenders of net neutrality here.

As reported in the post, Save the Internet and Net Neutrality, back in August, this issue affects everyone.

Congress is being pushed to abandon network neutrality that ensures a free and open Internet. Click here to take action or watch control of what you do online be dictated by companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.


Heart of Care and Alzheimer's Disease



This year, give a gift that helps support thousands of people in the USA every day. Purchase a holiday gift from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) store. Proceeds from the sale of these products support the programs and services of the AFA and its member organizations.

If you know someone who helps care for a person with Alzheimer's, there are stunning gifts in the heart of care jewelry line perfect for them. First, there is a matched set--necklace, bracelet and pin--complete with the heart of care pendant in sterling silver. Perhaps you want to give a rugged braided leather band bracelet with a sterling silver heart of care charm. Another good choice is a sterling silver lapel pin with the heart of care pendant.

A very practical gift is a set of four DVDs called Your Time to Care: Basic Skills for Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias at Home. This set includes the topics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Principles of Personal Care, Behavioral Management and Safe Home Care. This DVD set is a perfect gift for someone who has just found out that a loved one has Alzheimer's Disease. The unknown can be frightening! Help them be prepared with this educational program designed to help family and caregivers provide quality care in the home setting.

Finding a cure for Alzheimer's is important. Also important is supporting those individuals who care for patients with this disease, usually family members. Most important is establishing a nationwide standard of excellence in care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

To this end, the AFA has developed an initiative called Excellence of Care, which offers the opportunity for care facilities to document that their facilities meet the Excellence in Care guidelines established by the AFA for environment, education, staff-client interaction and programming. Care facilities that meet these standards are certified as being members of Alzheimer's Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction.





Facebook : Social Advertising

Click to read article: Facebook Is Marketing Your Brand Preferences (With Your Permission) - New York Times

From the article:
. . . a Facebook user who rents a movie on Blockbuster.com will be asked if he would like to have his movie choice broadcast out to all his friends on Facebook. And those friends would have no choice but to receive that movie message, along with an ad from Blockbuster.

In a slight twist in permission-based advertising, Facebook has begun to let members share their brand preferences with their network. According to Facebook, members already share this type of information with their network. So, why not let advertisers break into that that conversation?

Facebook has 60 advertisers already signed up as partners in this social advertising platform. Last night (11/6/07), 100,000 new profiles were added to the site to promote brands, products, bands and other marketable commodities.

Oh, joy. Social Spam. I guess I will be going back to Facebook and deleting my network.

BlogBlast for Peace 11/07

Mimi Writes.......: The Eve of Dona Nobis Pacem

Bloggers from all over the world will be blogging for peace today. Please visit Mimi's blog (above) for the story of how it all started and to get your Peace Globe.

Do Not Track Initiative

As reported on CoolAdzine for Marketers last week, Facebook is unleashing an advertising model that will allow advertisers to serve behaviorally targeted advertising to members of social networks based upon their profile information and contacts.

Click to read: Social Network Ads: Too Close, Too Personal?

From the article:
Analysts and agency executives say the moves to uncover what a News Corp. executive once called the "digital gold" of user-interest data and social connections could herald the evolution of behavioral targeting as the greatest advance in Internet advertising since Google perfected keyword-targeted search ads seven years ago.
Some privacy groups have responded by creating a Do Not Track initiative. I responded by uninstalling all applications and making my profile private on Facebook. How will you respond?


Deals on Technology-Related Products

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On the top right of the homepage is a link to the Site Guide. Take a moment to learn your way around the web site. It will save you time later.

You may want to subscribe to their weekly Newsletter for the latest in technology products, hot deals and discount bargains. Or, if you are looking for a specific product, sign up for Deal Alert by email.

You may also add the site Feed so the latest deals are instantly accessible to your reader. Daily updated Bargain News is available to WAP-enabled devices, such as personal digital assistants and cell phones.

Home Page-The latest deals are added in the center of the home page in the Bargain News section. Most of these deals are time sensitive. On both side columns of the home page, you will find links to hot products, hot rebates, hot tips and product reviews.

Coupons-Techbargains has discount coupons for most of the major online stores, like Amazon, BestBuy and Dell. At the bottom of this page are Family Online Coupons, where you will find all types of coupons, online coupons, coupon codes and deals for general merchandise.

Deal Request-Techbargains thrives on feedback from their customers. If you are looking for a specific deal, this is the page to request it. While they may not email you directly, if they find the deal, it will appear on the website.

Rebates-On this page are the rebates for notebooks, digital cameras and other products.

Vendor Info-You will only find reputable vendors on Techbargains web site. All the vendors are listed here with phone number.

Find Lowest Prices-This is the Pricegrabber search engine, which will find the best deals on all items, such as products for the home and garden, baby and kids, or flowers and plants.

With Christmas coming up, you may want to bookmark this awesome site.

Blog Your Blessing : Bless the Poor

Fall colorMarian Prayer of
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
(1910-1997)

Give us a heart as beautiful, pure,
and spotless as yours.
A heart like yours,
so full of love and humility.

May we be able to receive Jesus

as the Bread of Life,
to love Him as you loved Him,
to serve Him under the mistreated face of the poor.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Amen


From Catholic Doors



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Hakia : Semantic Search Engine

Please visit Marisa's Dandelion Patch and read the article Do You Hakia?
The new search engine I’m using is Hakia and it is different because it’s a Semantic Search Engine. What that means is that the results you get are based on relevancy. The Hakia About page gives a quick overview but if you want a little more information on the technology, do check out the Benefits page.

I am going to start reviewing search engines in my search to replace a certain search engine that I am boycotting. I am adding Hakia to the list of to be reviewed. Thanks, Marisa!

Does Your Search Engine Do This?



Ask.com has new advertisements running showing off new features. Whether or not Ask will become the next Yahoo! remains to be seen, but I like the concept. One page, everything you need to know.


Famous Boycotts in USA

Boycotts are an important part of the history of America!
  • American colonists boycotted British goods after the Stamp Act of 1765.
  • The boycott strategy helped trade unions during the labor movement of the late 1800s.
  • German goods were boycotted by the American Jewish community in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • The Montgomery,Alabama bus boycott organized in the 1950s was the defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The United Farm Workers boycott of table grapes, begun by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s, was the most successful in American history.
Boycotts are powerful tools for raising awareness about the impact of business practices on the global community. Boycotts have been used to put an end to animal abuse, stop unfair labor practices, address global economic injustice, and raise issues with dangerous substances in products.

Boycotting a Certain Search Engine


I am boycotting this search engine, which means I have decided to quit using their services in protest of their corporate practices.

To begin the purge of this search engine from my life, I have:
  • Removed it as an option for search in my FireFox browser,
  • Removed any of their existing advertisements on my blogs and websites,
  • Removed their analytics from my blogs and websites.
I still need to:
  • Remove my sitemaps from their site.
  • Transfer blogs from Blogger to their own domain.
  • Stop using their webmail.
I know there will be more because this search engine has insidiously crept into every part of my life.

Why Boycott?

I disagree with what this search engine did with their latest version of their Page Rank algorithm. This update appeared to penalize bloggers for being members of advertising networks, monetizing their blogs with text links, and being "do follow" blogs.

Somehow, the algorithm appeared to unfairly target the rankings of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) firms, whose principals make their living from optimizing web pages, writing articles about SEO, and through their websites and blogs.

All over the blogosphere, page ranks are dropping. It is like being left out of the yellow pages or having the telephone company change your business phone number without telling you. Why? This search engine decided it did not want to

Page Rank

Back in the 1990s, Apostolos Gerasoulis, a mathematician, developed the algorithm that powers Ask.com, based upon the work of John Kleinberg, an American mathematician. The Ask.com algorithm is a mathematically precise approach of counting only those links stemming from pages concerning the topic of the search request. Which means the processing is dependent on the search phrase and has to be determined anew for each search query.

On the other hand, the algorithm that powers the boycotted search engine is based on the premise that counting the number of links referring to a document determines the importance of the document. Therefore, the degree of networking is determined independently from the current search request.

The founders of the boycotted search engine developed and patented the algorithm for Page Rank. Since then, they have used their position foist many other practices on webmasters and marketers, such as these listed below.
  • Claiming your blogs and websites,
  • Submitting a site map so the search bots know which pages to index,
  • Having only certain links pointing to your site, and
  • Making every link a "no follow" link.
They also offered free tools for us to use, which seem like a good idea at the time, but just allowed the search engine more access:
  • Free web analytics to track your traffic.
  • Free web mail, which appears to use behavioral targeting to serve advertisements based on the content of your emails.
  • Mapping and other applications to help you put more information within their reach.
  • Blog templates with "no follow" and "no index" metatags in the header and "no follow" tags on every link and comment.
In my mind, the boycotted search engine has stepped over the line of ethical behavior by attempting to dictate what I may or may not do on my blogs and websites. I have allowed this to happen. For me, this stops now.

Blog Village Carnival : October 29, 2007

Welcome to the
Blog Village Quarterly Carnival


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Fall Fest

If you were late to the gate for this festival,
please email your entry to
Success at CoolAdz dot com
and it will be included.
Jack'O LanternWe have a full carnival,
with exciting new guest bloggers
and many of your old favorite bloggers,
so fasten your safety belts and engage.

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Jackie answers the question What to do with the Pumpkin Seeds? on The Vegan Diet


Dirty Butter shares a fond look back to a memorable Halloween in simpler times, Yesterday's Memories of a Bygone Time at Yesterday's Memories.


Naomi presents Pumpkins in Short Supply at Diary From England.


Janey Loree shares wonderful memories and Fall Pictures from my Computer... on Notes That Touch The Heart....


CyberCelt writes a ghost story, Woman in White on All Hallows Eve, on Texas RV Travel Blog.


Marion writes a wonderful post titled November at Herbal Connection.


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Janey brags on her Handmade Thanksgiving Cards... on PJ's Gift Shoppe Diary and would like you to Vote for Your Favorite Fall Paper Doll Outfits..., on PJ's Paper Dolls.

Sheila shares the heartfelt reason for The Uncarved Pumpkin at Alabama Kitchen Sink rel="nofollow".


Sandy, a guest blogger, lets us know that Of Course It's All About Me on Writing in Faith.

Jean tells a truly Scary Story on My so-called-life....

CyberCelt shares pumpkin recipes in Oooey Gooey Pumpkin Treats on Texas RV Blog,


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Nancy
, a guest blogger, takes us back to the origin of Halloween in Samhain 31st October on Nancy's Crazy Adventures.


J. Loree brings a new meaning to fall fest with her post, Cowboys' Fall..., at Mustang 'n' Cowboys.


MsDemmie, a guest blogger, presents BYB - Blog your Blessings Sunday - Autumn Blessings posted on Life at the Edge.


Eileen wants you to Bring some excitement to All Hallows Eve on Losing Proposition.


Nicole presents Delicious Halloween Treats at Freelance Writer's Exchange.


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Janey L. writes a story of discoveries, miracles and friendships, Fall Time in Twiglet's World..., at Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree.


Valmg, a guest blogger, wants to know Do you celebrate Halloween where you work? on I know EVERYTHING - just ask my hubby.

Cecile Pryor presents Jack O'Lanterns at Whatever Happened To.... (this blog is slow to load).


CyberCelt admits that Halloween is my favorite holiday! at CoolAdzine for Marketers.


Janey shares Song History...Try To Remember at The Fisher Family Singers.


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This concludes the Fall Fest edition of the Blog Village Carnival. Submit your blog post to the next edition of Blog Village Carnival - MUCH ADO about MONEY - on December 17, 2007. Host blog is to be determined.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the Blog Village carnival index page and you may submit your entries using the carnival submission form here.



Bloggers, Villagers and other visitors, please check the post below this one for goodies that say thank you.


Bloggers, Villagers and Readers


Thank You
for visiting

and participating at

Advertising for Success blog

during the holidays
!

Below are some goodies for you!



If you would like to have the treat below to decorate your blog, please take it and link to Hootin' Annie for creating this fun.

Halloween Treat
Here is a little Thanksgiving Humor for you to take away from Maxine:

Maxine Does Thanksgiving

Please share my wish for all people of all faiths and creeds--Peace:

One God Peace Symbol

If you would like a Peace Globe like the one below for your blog, please click to visit Mimi Writes blog to join in the BlogBlast for Peace on November 7, 2007. You may also click here to see my Peace Globe.

Peace Globe

Here is a light colored Holiday background for your blog or web site:

Holiday Background
Take home the first Christmas Tree of the Season:

Christmas Tree of Lights
To save any of these pictures, just right-click on the graphic and Save Image As to your computer. Again, thank you for visiting and participating at Advertising for Success blog. Yes, you may take the Pilgrim picture with the dog and cat in costumes.

Blog Your Blessing : Peace in Middle East

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G
od Our Creator, who made the earth a peaceful garden,
help us restore that peace wherever it has been broken
by terrorism and injustice, especially in the Middle East.

We repent for the times when religious language
has fostered hatred and division. . . .

Bring healing to those whose lives
have been shattered by violence.

Instill a renewed spirit of reconciliation in those
who lead our people politically and religiously. . . .

Amen


Reverend John T. Pawlikowski
Prayers for Peace in the Middle-East




The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings. Click this link and grab the blogroll code. Just add the blogroll code to your blog, leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience and post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on Sunday as we blog our blessings.

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Blogging with a social conscience on Thoughts.com

Thoughts.com is a FREE social network and blogging community that provides unlimited bandwidth so that members may write personal blogs, comment on news items and on the forum topics, and share photographs, video clips and podcasts.

Thoughts.com has a member-rating system that allows you to rate the items submitted by other members, such as blog posts, photos or videos. The system averages all the ratings to calculate an overall score for each item. Once you have achieved a score of 4 or more, you may post to the public areas of Thoughts.com.

If you refer a friend to Thoughts.com and they become an active member, you win one entry into the monthly contest, where one member receives a free 6-month subscription to Netflix. There is also another contest for a trip to Las Vegas, but you have to be one of the Top Five bloggers on Thoughts.com! So if you are a power blogger, you could win an all-expense paid visit to Las Vegas this year!

I was really impressed by the information provided by Thoughts.com on charities. Thoughts.com suggests that you visit Charitynavigator.org, a website that provides financial ratings of thousands of nonprofit organizations and charities. The suggested charities on Thoughts.com are: Heal the Ocean, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Save the Children and Amnesty International.

Thoughts.com: free blog, free video and podcast hosting, forums and a social conscience. I like it!

Social Networkers are Shoppers, Too

According to a new study released by comScore, active or "heavy" members of social networks are more likely to visit online retail sites than non-members (95 percent versus 80 percent).

These heavy social networkers were much more likely to visit leisure-oriented retail categories. This is good news to marketers of entertainment (music, tickets, books and movies), fashion (apparel, jewelry, luxury goods and accessories), and retail technology (consumer electronics, computer software and hardware).

Click to read comScore Press Release:

According to comScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni:
Visitors to social networking sites are more receptive to online advertising for leisure-oriented retail categories. . . There appears to be a natural synergy between the leisure categories and social networking sites. People typically enjoy sharing their experiences with these products, whether it’s to talk about their new iPhone or the pair of designer jeans they just bought.


Marketing Professionals Blog

Allinanchor.com, sponsor of this post, is a blog from the same marketing professionals who bring you the lead management and website analytics software, AIMpromote.

When I first saw the name of the blog, I wondered why someone would name their blog for a search engine optimization (SEO) command. The term, allinanchor, as in allinanchor:keyword, is a SEO command that returns only the sites that contain keyword in their anchor text. By naming their blog after a Google command, they are almost guaranteed top ranking on the search engine results pages (SERPs) for the name of this search engine optimization tool that everyone uses.

While reading the blog, I saw a post with the title White Hats Don't Buy Links. With all the brouhaha about paid links and page rank since the last Google update, it is a must read. Click here to read it.


Deadline extended! Submit to Fall Fest soon!

Blog Village Quarterly Carnival
Fall Fest
October 29, 2007


Fall Fest, The Blog Village Quarterly Carnival, will be held on Advertising for Success blog on Monday, October 29, 2007. Select your best Halloween or Fall post and submit it today. Do it now, so you do not forget . . .