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Wordpress 2.5.1 Is Available

If you’ve yet to realize WordPress 2.5.1 is now available and you should update your current WordPress to make sure that it’s up to date. The update has some bug fixes which are important and also some more performance enhancements which were unexpected. If your blog is using any sort of open registration then you need to make sure your WordPress blog is running on version 2.5.1 because there is a serious defect in WordPress 2.5 and not many people know of it yet but the public eventually will become aware of the vulnerability and capitalize off of it. To protect your blog you should make sure to download the update which is WordPress 2.5.1.

There were some improvements made to the admin panel and more specifically the posting pages and this was well needed. More importantly though this update fixed seventy bugs and some of them were quite serious. This is why if you don’t update your WordPress software then you could run the possibility of being exposed to intruders due to bugs in the old versions. The widget admin has also been tampered with, and I feel for the better as it’s now easier to customize your sidebars.

One of the best security updates implemented in this version of WordPress if the ability to add in the SECRET KEY constant into the wp-config.php file. This will help your WordPress blog become more secure which is very important when blogging, especially once you get popular. Once you’re popular at blogging people will do anything they can to gain access to your blog, and usually the main cause of people gaining access is due to an old version of WordPress being installed rather then the newest version. If you want to make sure that your blog is safe and secure then download the update which is WordPress 2.5.1 and make sure that you get your SECRET KEY for you blog. There is also other plug-ins you can find which can benefit your blogs security features. Blogging is worldwide and very popular now and people are earning thousands of dollars blogging, if you’re one of the people out there blogging then ensure you have the most up to date version of WordPress at all times. The best place to find out about the current version of WordPress is at


Is Working Online Really For You

What was it that made you start looking online to earn an income? Perhaps you know someone who makes money online or perhaps you saw a story on television of someone successfully making money online. It doesn’t matter what brought you here, what matters now is: Is working online really for you? Where do you start? How to start making money without blowing your budget? Is working online really for you? The first thing you need to look at is your self discipline. To make an income online and be your own boss requires a lot of self discipline. It is very easy to get side tracked when you are working online and very easy to spend more time on your computer than you originally intend. Spending too much time online can affect your family life as well as affect the quality of your work. To be able to work well and achieve good results you need to stay focused and if you overwork you will lose your focus. You need to be self disciplined enough to give yourself tasks and a time limit online and make sure you stick to it. Taking breaks is just as important as spending time online. Taking breaks gives your mind the rest it needs to concentrate fully on your work when come back to work after your break. By not taking breaks you will easily become distracted and not be able to think clearly. Having good self discipline and keeping on track with your goals is very important. If you can do that, then working online can very well be for you. Where do you start? The first thing you will need to do is research. You will need to look into the different ways to make money online and decide which one would best suit you. There are many ways to make money online such as: • Selling on ebay • Selling from your own website • Earning money from Adsense • Writing articles • Writing ebooks • Promoting items for commission as an affiliate • MLM programs And more. You will need to do a little research to find out how some of these work and what will be involved. Find out which one will best suit you and your needs and decide which one you wish to pursue. How to start making money online without blowing your budget? Many of the above ways of earning money online can be started with little or no capital. If selling on ebay is what you would like to do long term, you can start off with no capital by selling items around the house that are no longer needed. Earn a little capital by doing this and then move on to visit some second hand shops or garage sales. You would be amazed at what you can pick up from a garage sale that can sell for much more than you pay for it. The other way to sell on ebay without any start up capital is to dropship. With dropshipping you are selling an item that is stocked with the supplier. You don’t pay the supplier until you have received the money from the customer. Then you pay the supplier and the supplier will ship the item direct to your customer. This is a good way to sell since you don’t need to worry about storing stock and you can do it with no money upfront. Writing articles is another good way to start earning money with no start up capital. There are companies online that will pay you to write articles for them. There are many topics to choose from to write about and you don’t need any cash at all to start. This is a great way to earn money to then invest in other online ventures. Whatever you decide to do online, always make sure you do your research before jumping into anything and especially so before handing over any money.


How To Sell On Ebay

Being an Ebay seller is a great way to earn an income working from home and with the internet becoming more and more popular it has become possible for many people to earn that income online. Ebay is the world’s biggest online auction place and has millions of people all over the world that you can sell to. It is possible to start selling on ebay with little or even no start up cash. You can quite easily start off your Ebay business by selling items from around your home. Most people will have some items around the home that they have no use for anymore and as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Selling items around your home can earn you enough cash to start investing in your business. Once you have made a little money, but not quite enough for any big investments, you can do some shopping at garage sales or second hand shops. You will be amazed at some of the bargains that you can pick up second hand that will sell very well on Ebay. Children’s items sell particularly well and in particular baby goods that are still in good condition and also brand name toys such as Thomas The Tank Engine toys. The other way to start selling on Ebay without any start up cash is to use dropshipping. This is when you sell items on behalf of the supplier. You list the item for sale on Ebay, and once you sell the item and have received payment from your customer, you then place the order with the supplier. You send the supplier their cost price for the item and they will ship the item directly to your customer. So at no stage do you actually handle the products, it will be sent straight to your customer so there is no need for you to have to worry about keeping stocks of items. The main advantage of dropshipping is that you do not need to send the supplier payment until you have received the payment from your customer, so you don’t need any investment capital. The other advantage is that you don’t need to worry about storing stock and possibly even purchasing stock and then being unable to sell it. The disadvantage of dropshipping is that you always need to keep in touch with your supplier to make sure they have good quantities of the products you are selling in stock. You don’t want to list an item only to find out your supplier has none in stock. You also need to keep yourself up to date with your suppliers pricing, otherwise if your supplier increases their prices and you are listing items at the old prices, you will end up making a loss on the product. Whether you prefer to use dropshipping or to purchase your stock up front, always make sure you investigate your supplier well before placing any orders and sending any money. There are many fraudulent wholesalers so always check the credibility of your wholesaler and find out as much information as you can about them. Always send your payments through a secure method of payment that can be traced and returned to you should your supplier turn out to be fraudulent. It can take some time to find a good supplier and it may also pay to join a wholesaler membership site such as salehoo. As a member of a respectable wholesaler site you are much more assured that the suppliers they recommend are legitimate suppliers.


Twitter is Cool

Twitter is Cool

Twitter is a new addition to the social networking society. Maybe it doesn’t have as many options for themes as some others. But is that all that social networking is about? Heck social networking has nothing to do with what kind of theme or background you have up on your profile.

With adding Twitter to your other social networking places, you can find even more people out there. Information on specific subjects too. All though there may not be anyone on any kind of social networks depending on the subject. Some things you will find are always hard to find.

To sign up on Twitter it’s a very easy and quick process. Make your screen name and finish the steps to sign up. Update your profile, putting what you’d like others to know about you. You can choose a different theme; however, there are not a ton of different choices. But you can change the background color to have a more unique page from others. Depends on what all you want others to see on your account.

You can put anything you want to up at Twitter; well don’t put up those obscene pictures. But maybe you just want to vent about something that happened to you. Or you love some Xbox or other games that you want everyone to know about. Almost anything can be posted on Twitter.

Maybe you have a new product that you’ve tried and it didn’t work the right way. Warn others out there to save the money you spent. Or just blog some nonsense it might actually be pretty entertaining to others. This is how a lot of the bloggers out there have been noticed. They just start writing and people pull up something and find this funny stuff that they might never have found before.

Twitter is just a great way for you get to know other people in other states, or countries. You can make some lifelong friends online. Or maybe even make a love connection finding someone who has the same interests as you. All kinds of things can happen on the internet. Maybe you’re a writer and you’re trying to get noticed, you never know who might spot your work and want to have you work for them. Perhaps you have a book that you’ve completed and someone sees the blurb that you put up on Twitter. Some people have connections and may help you to become published.

Really it’s a new way to socially network, and very easy to sign up. Research information through different links on Twitter too. Blog it up and tell others about your days. Do everything you can think of, and have fun meeting those people.

You may learn things that you never would have. Knowledge is out there to be found, and Twitter is a new way to go about that search. Don’t be left out of the loop, get your very own Twitter account and see what you can find out.


Dress For Success To Work Online

Have you ever seen this slogan while looking for making money online?

“Would You Like To Work In Your Pyjamas”

This is one I’ve seen quite regularly with people promoting online business programs. ‘Join our program and you too can work in your pyjamas’ or similar statements.

The whole point being that you can work from home and wear whatever you want, even your pyjamas if that is what you want to do. You can sleep in and get out of bed at whatever time you wish as you don’t have a boss that requires you to start at a particular time. You can get out of bed and turn your computer straight on while still in your PJs.

This is the dream of many and the reality of many.

But how many of them actually do work all day in their pyjamas?

When first starting out online it can be very easy to stay in your pyjamas for half the day or even the whole day while you lose track of time. You may stay in your pyjamas all day just because you can. That’s the beauty of working from home after all; you can work in your pyjamas.

However, I’m a big believer in dressing for success. I believe that dressing in your pyjamas or even in your old daggy tracksuit can make you too relaxed and not put you in the right frame of mind to work well.

Your mind set and the way you think can play a huge part on how successful you are. This is true with online work or with anything in life.

So if you are to dress in your pyjamas, you are in a very relaxed mind set.

If you are dressed in a business suit or even just some nice casual clothes, but clothes suited more for going to work, you will be in the mind set of working.

If you look at photos of any online gurus or entrepreneurs, you won’t find any in their pyjamas. They will be wearing either business suits or nice casual clothes for their photos on their sales pages. This is because it looks professional.

Are you more likely to purchase a product if there is a picture of the product owner in a business suit, or a picture in his pyjamas?

The business suit is more professional and gives your customers the impression that you are a professional person and possibly an expert in your field.

I believe that by dressing this way when you are working from home will also make a big difference in the way you think, and therefore in the quality of work you produce and will more than likely make you more successful than if you are too relaxed in the way you dress each day while you work.


The Different Types of Ebay Listings

The most popular type of ebay listing is the general ‘auction’, but there are also three other types of listings that can be used.

The four types of ebay listings are:

• Auction
• Buy It Now
• Dutch
• Store

Auction Listing: The auction listing is plain and simple. You have an item to sell so you set the listing up for auctioning a quantity of 1 item.

You may start the auction at the price of your choice and some auctions will allow you to have a reserve price.

Some sellers will start their auctions at the minimum price that they would like to receive for the item and many sellers will even start their auctions as low as .01 cent.

Buyers will then bid on the auction and the winner is the person with the highest bid when the auction finishes.

The buyer will then send you the money for the item and you will then send the item to the buyer.

Buy-it-now Listing: With Buy It Now listings you are leaving nothing to chance. You are asking a specific price that buyers can purchase at. With Buy It Now listings your buyers can purchase the item immediately instead of waiting for the auction to finish.

You can have a quantity of just one or a multiple quantity. This method is very good if you are selling information products as you can sell as many as you like all from the one listings.

When selling a multiple quantity using the Buy It Now listing, it is a good idea to have the items listed over a seven or ten day period. This gives your items longer exposure and will be seen by more potential customers. You will have a longer period and may possibly sell all the quantities advertised over that time.

Dutch auction: I have used this a couple of times and with the right products can actually be very profitable. With the Dutch auction you must start at a minimum price of 99cents, you can have a quantity of 2 or more. The Dutch auction works like this: we’ll have a quantity of 2 as the example, a bid is placed by one bidder say for $2.00 but their highest bid is actually $5.00. With a normal auction it will show $2.00 and when another person bids it will increase until it reaches that persons highest bid of $5.00. With the Dutch auction, when the second person bids it may go up to $2.50 so both of them have bids at $2.50. Every time that someone places a bid both bids increase by that amount. So if a third bidder joins and bids, they will need to bid more than at least one of the other bidders, which will then bring the second bidder up to that amount also. So if the third bidders bids $6.50 and outbids the first bidder whose highest bid was $5.00, both the third and second bidders’ bids move up to $6.50.

I hope that makes a bit of sense, I never read anything about Dutch auctions that made sense to me, it wasn’t until I tried one out that I really worked out what it was all about.

Store Listing: To have an ebay store there is a monthly fee of about $15. If you are selling a lot of items on ebay as a full time job, then it may be worth paying the fee and having an ebay store.

Store listings are at a fixed price similar to the buy it now listing. Store listings are listed for longer periods however, usually over a 30 day period with the option to automatically be relisted at the end of that period if there are still some quantities left for sale.

Store listings are a lot cheaper to list and the final valuation fees are also less than with the other three types of listings.

Store listings get less exposure as they do not show up first during customer’s searches. If you have an ebay store it is a good idea to also have normal buy it now or auction listings, and mention your ebay store in these listings.

These listings will get more exposure and be advertisements for your store stock.

What type of listing you use will depend on what you are selling and the quantities you are selling. Sometimes you may take some time to find out what works best for you.


Top WordPress Gallery Plug-In

Top WordPress Gallery Plug-In

WordPress is known for it’s wonderfully easy to use blogging platform that basically anyone can get the hang of within a day or two. In the past year or two thousands of developers have been developing WordPress plug-ins which is used to make your blogging a more unique experience. Some of the plug-ins is for the blog owner’s enjoyment and some are for the blogs reader’s enjoyment, either way they are very fun and helpful tools that everyone should utilize. One of the hardest things to do, and also one of the most time consuming things to do on WordPress is create a picture gallery so that it appears nicely with proper thumbnails. Many people have given making a WordPress gallery plug-in a shot but not many have made a plug-in that works properly and efficiently. The NextGEN Gallery plug-in for WordPress is absolutely the number on WordPress gallery plug-in currently and it has many great features.

One of the best features of the NextGEN gallery is the ability to be able to create thumbnails automatically without having to do them yourself. The plug-in also has some nice usable effects that you can utilize if you’d like and best of all it has an easy to use
admin interface. Adding picture galleries onto WordPress posts or pages has never been easier with the NextGEN gallery and also has never looked nicer. As WordPress blogs become more well designed and over more content it’s important that you keep yourself in this top league and by using this plug-in you’ll ensure you’re competing with the best pictures on the web. The thumbnails created look very nice for the readers and the interface to manage the pictures is better then any other. Thousands of people have already been integrating picture galleries into their blogs and it’s been helping them all out with boosts in traffic due to higher interactivity then other blogs. People like to see that you’ve spent time on your blog and not just thrown it together in minutes and although it only takes minutes to set-up each gallery it ensures a very attractive looking blog that people will want to visit often.


How To Earn An Income With Adsense

Many people earn an amazing income just by having Google Adsense ads on their websites. By having Google Adsense ads on your site, you will earn commission every time that someone clicks on those ads.

The more sites you have with Adsense ads, the more income you can earn.

But where do you start?

Firstly, you will need to choose your niche – or topic – for your Adsense website.

If you are new to creating websites, then it may be a good idea to create a website about a topic that you have good knowledge about or experience with. It is much easier to write about something that you know about so by creating a website on a topic you know, you will find it easy to create lots of good content based on your knowledge.

Your homepage will be the introduction to the topic. That page will have links to other pages containing more specific information about the topic. Each page on your website will be sub categories to the main topic. For example if you have a website about gardening, your homepage will be your introduction page talking about gardening in general. Then your other pages could be separated for different types of plants, trees or landscapes, giving more detailed information about these different aspects of gardening.

You don’t need to have a fancy website, often something plain is better.

Once you have all your ideas for your website and have perhaps typed up a few pages of content for your site, you will need to get a domain name and some web hosting. Look around to get a good deal on hosting. If you intend to make more than one Adsense website then look for a deal that gives you unlimited domain hosting.

If you don’t have enough information from your own knowledge then you will need to do some research on your topic. You can do your research on the internet, and also through books or magazines or visit your local library.

To encourage your visitors to return to your site, make sure you offer them good content. If your content isn’t very good, then not too many will come back to your site. Good, unique content will keep your visitors coming back and remember; each time they come back there is a good chance they will click on your ads.

You also want your Adsense ads to match the content on your site, so having a lot of good content will ensure that the ads placed on your site will match your topic.

The search engines will also like your site better if you have good, quality and unique content on your site. You want to make the search engines happy, so they will reward you with a good page ranking. The higher your page ranking in the search engines, the more visitors you will get to your website.

Display your content well so it is easy on the eyes and easy to read. Try to use good colors on your pages, colors that are easy on the eyes. Often dark backgrounds such as black or navy blue can be quite hard to read and turn away visitors very quickly.

You may also want to choose colors that could benefit the niche of your website, such as green color scheme for a gardening website, or blue for a beach themed website.

When you have your content set up on your website and are happy with how it looks, then you can ad your Adsense ads. Once you have added your Adsense ads, then upload your site to your server and start promoting your site.

You want to promote your site like crazy to receive as many visitors as possible to click on your ads.

If you don’t see enough income coming in from your ads spend a bit of time tweaking your ads until you get them just right. Also keep on working at building up traffic to your website, the more traffic, and the more clicks you will get on your ads.