Easy Way to Track Your Articles!

Here is an easy way to track your articles. Do a Google Alert with the title of your article in quotation marks. Now, if you do not recall how to do a Google Alert here are the steps:

1. Go to Google

2. Key in google alert in the search box.

3. Click on the first search option

4. On the right side of the screen the box will give you the option to put in your name, topic, website url or name of your article.

5. Decide how often you want to get the information.

6. Indicate the email you would like to see receive the information.

7. Go to the email service, you have decided to use, and click on the verification link.

Why should you bother with all this?

Well, when you track your articles via the Google Alert you should be able to see where someone has place your article. Note: The article directories will tell you how many downloads, etc but they do not tell you the site that has used your article.

This is also really cool because I have found some of my sites on smut sites when I get a Google Alert on my name. And yes, every blogger reading this should have a Google Alert on their names!!

But back to the article, often when I see that my article has been picked up by another blog I may also place a comment on that blog. I NEVER COMMENT ON SMUT SITES ( I know someone may be wondering)

Start right after you read this and see the results!

Earth Day Animated Art Short”The Power Broker”

Earth Day is a powerful time to appreciate the beauty created by God. It is a reminder to pay close attention to how we are treating that beauty that has been entrusted to us.

Ray has a short video short up on one if his art sites that promotes the need for proper recycling of batteries.It was created by one of his students. You can view it here. Please be sure to comment on it and also encourage the student who did it!

Earth Day- Celebrate by Posting on Your Blogs and Making Comments

Earth day is a day for celebrations. Many bloggers will be making posts today. So, my suggestion is to got to Google the keyword, “Earth Day”. Find blogs posts that you agree with and post a comment.Better yet, go again to Goggle and key in “blog search”. Then you will see the option to search directly just for blogs. Once you click on to blogsearch key in the phrase “earth day” or “earth day celebrations”.

Not only will you help create links back to your sites but it also helps to spread the message around the world!

Also, if you have something to say, please post a comment on your own sites incorporating it into your messages. For example, Artist husband, Ray Horner did an excellent post on how to use recycled old coffee cup containers for creating art.

After several trips to Duncan Donuts and Starbucks he was able to bring all the saved coffee cup carrying containers to his college 3D Design art class. He gave them several assignments and posted some of the resulting artwork on his site created for the class.

What a great celebration of Earth Day. He started early. You can view one of those posts HERE.

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Free Site Disclaimer

A free site disclaimer is available. I just found it and decided to share it on this site. What is a site disclaimer? Well, it is a written statement that tells folks what limits exist with the content on your site. This is especially helpful when you provide electronic information via your blog.
So hope this helps. You can go HERE for the site.

Spam: Where it Came From, and How to Escape It

By: Beka Ruse

In 1936, long before the rise of the personal computer, Hormel Foods created SPAM. In 2002, the company will produce it’s six billionth can of the processed food product. But that mark was passed long ago in the world of Internet spam.

* Who Cooked This!? (How did it all start?)
* Why Does Bad Spam Happen to Good People?
* Stop The Flood to Your Inbox
* Stay Off Spammed Lists in the Future
* Think You’re Not a Spammer? Be Sure.
* The Final Blow

Who Cooked This!? (How did it all start?)

The modern meaning of the word “spam” has nothing to do with spiced ham. In the early 1990’s, a skit by British comedy group Monty Python led to the word’s common usage. “The SPAM Skit” follows a couple struggling to order dinner from a menu consisting entirely of Hormel’s canned ham.

Repetition is key to the skit’s hilarity. The actors cram the word “SPAM” into the 2.5 minute skit more than 104 times! This flood prompted Usenet readers to call unwanted newsgroup postings “spam.” The name stuck.

Spammers soon focused on e-mail, and the terminology moved with them. Today, the word has come out of technical obscurity. Now, “spam” is the common term for “Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail”, or “UCE.”

Why Does Bad Spam Happen to Good People?

Chances are, you’ve been spammed before. Somehow, your e-mail address has found it’s way into the hands of a spammer, and your inbox is suffering the consequences. How does this happen? There are several possibilities.

Backstabbing Businesses
Businesses often keep lists of their customers’ e-mail addresses. This is a completely legitimate practice and, usually, nothing bad comes of it. Sometimes though, the temptation to make a quick buck is too great, and these lists are sold or rented to outside advertisers. The result? A lot of unsolicited e-mail, and a serious breach of trust.

Random Address Generation
Computer programs called random address generators simply “guess” e-mail addresses. Over 100 million hotmail addresses exist – howhard could it be to guess some of them? Unfortunately for many unsuspecting netizens – not too hard. Many spammers also guess at
“standard” addresses, like “support@yourdomain.com”,
“info@yourdomain.com”, and “billing@yourdomain.com.”

Web Spiders
Today’s most insidious list-gathering tools are web spiders. All of the major search engines spider the web, saving information about each page. Spammers use tools that also spider the web, but save any e-mail address they come across. Your personal web page lists your e-mail address? Prepare for an onslaught!

Chat Room Harvesting
ISP’s offer vastly popular chat rooms where users are known only by their screen names. Of course, spammers know that your screen name is the first part of your e-mail address. Why waste time guessing e-mail addresses when a few hours of lurking in a chat room can net a list of actively-used addresses?

The Poor Man’s Bad Marketing Idea
It didn’t work for the phone companies, and it won’t work for e-mail marketers. But, some spammers still keep their own friends-and-family-style e-mail lists. Compiled from the addresses of other known spammers, and people or businesses that the owner has come across in the past, these lists are still illegitimate. Why? Only you can give someone permission to send you e-mail. A friend-of-a-friend’s permission won’t cut it.

Stop The Flood to Your Inbox

Already drowning in spam? Try using your e-mail client’s filters – many provide a way to block specific e-mail addresses. Each time you’re spammed, block the sender’s address. Spammers skip from address to address, and you may be on many lists, but this method will at least slow the flow.

Also, use more than one e-mail address, and keep one “clean.” Many netizens find that this technique turns the spam flood into a trickle. Use one address for only spam-safe activities like e-mailing your friends, or signing on with trustworthy businesses. Never use your clean address on the web! Get a free address to use on the web and in chat rooms.

If nothing else helps, consider changing screen names, or opening an entirely new e-mail account. When you do, you’ll start with a clean, spam-free slate. This time, protect your e-mail address!

Stay Off Spammed Lists in the Future

Want to surf the web without getting sucked into the spam-flood? Prevention is your best policy. Don’t use an easy-to-guess e-mail address. Keep your address clean by not using it for spam-centric activities. Don’t post it on any web pages, and don’t use it in chat rooms or newsgroups.

Before giving your clean e-mail address to a business, check the company out. Are sections of its user agreement dedicated to anti-spam rules? Does a privacy policy explain exactly what will be done with your address? The most considerate companies also post an anti-spam policy written in plain English, so you can be absolutely sure of what you’re getting into.

Think You’re Not a Spammer? Be Sure.

Many a first-time marketer has inadvertently spammed his audience. The first several hundred complaints and some nasty phone messages usually stop him in his tracks. But by then, the spammer may be faced with cleanup bills from his ISP, and a bad reputation that it’s not easy to overcome.

The best way to avoid this situation is to have a clear understanding of what spam is: If anyone who receives your mass e-mails did not specifically ask to hear from you, then you are spamming them.

Stick with your gut. Don’t buy a million addresses for $10, no matter how much the seller swears by them! If something sounds fishy, just say no. You’ll save yourself a lot in the end.

The Final Blow

The online world is turning the tide on spam. In the end, people will stop sending spam because it stops working. Do your part: never buy from a spammer. When your business seeks out technology companies with which to work, only choose those with a staunch anti-spam stance.

Spam has a long history in both the food and e-mail sectors. This year, Hormel Foods opened a real-world museum dedicated to SPAM. While the museum does feature the Monty Python SPAM Skit, there’s no word yet on an unsolicited commercial e-mail exhibit. But, if all upstanding netizens work together, Hormel’s ham in a can will far outlive the Internet plague that is UCE.

Beka Ruse fights spam as the Business Development Manager at AWeber Communications. Ad tracking, live stats, and a strict anti-spam policy: Automated E-Mail Follow Up From AWeber. http://www.aweber.com/?213972

Technology and YOU

Technology and you is the topic of a powerful full day conference sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of National Speakers Association. If you want to hear some national speakers give you thousands of dollars worth of information for an unbelievable low investment come to New Jersey on May, 9, 2008.

I am doing a Meet the Pro’s table on blogging and would love to have you at my table.

Check out the flyer below!

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