Submit How-To Articles at

textYou can never really have too many article submission sites. Both for researching topics and marketing, these sites are a great resource. The newest kid on the block is – an article submit site that focuses on how to articles and tutorials.

This site seems to be more focused on getting people to submit their articles as opposed to being an actual resource for articles, since the menu of tutorials is at the bottom of the page, and the first half of the page is dedicated to telling you why you should submit your unpublished articles to them. The articles have to be unique, in that they cannot have been published anywhere else on the internet. has an attractive design, and is logical to navigate. Things are mostly laid out how you would expect them to be, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Most of the articles I looked over are quality-written, and the authors display a knowledge of the subject.

They also have a “get free content for your website” page which allows you to place some javascript (or XML) on your site that automatically updates with the most recent content from whatever category you choose. It’s a good idea but I couldn’t find it particularly useful. Each article title generated links back to the respective page, and the articles themselves are simply excepts. Plus you have the obvious duplicate content issue. Continue reading Submit How-To Articles at

About Sponsored Posts on

sponsored reviewsEvery once in a while I’ll get on a Sponsored Post kick in which every few posts will be sponsored from various sources. Hey a blogger’s got to eat, right? Well I’ve cut back on this a bit, partly because of Google’s Page Rank drop, partly because I’m going to be changing the format of a bit.

Regardless, I may still do sponsored posts here, and I’d like you to know what my stance on them are.

I take sponsored posts from various 3rd-party companies as well as direct. My favorite places to take sponsored posts: PayPerPost, SponsoredReviews, ReviewMe, and LinkWorth (LinkPosts.) It’s a good stream of revenue, but they’re still too reliant on Page Rank. Fortunately, Izea (PayPerPost) is working on RealRank which has already been implemented in response to Google dropping the PR of a lot of blogs in their system to Zero (including mine,) so be careful.

Anyway, I don’t have anything against sponsored posts unless the advertiser requires a positive review, or no in-post disclosure. I believe it’s very important that for your blog to remain trustworthy, you need to be transparent. That means not recommending something that you don’t like just because you’re getting paid for it. Tell the truth. If the advertiser doesn’t like it, maybe they need to listen, and change the service. You did them a favor; companies pay tons of money for real customer’s opinions. Why would this be any different?

I once got a request to review a financial services company on an old blog of mine. I did the review, but there were a lot of problems with the site that I not only said was a problem in the post, but offered a good way to fix each issue. The advertiser didn’t like the fact that everything in the review wasn’t positive, so they didn’t pay me. I “nofollow”d their links, and never took another post opportunity from that post broker.

But I digress. My point is that I believe sponsored posts are great, as long as they’re honest and fully disclosed as sponsored posts. Each of these that I do on is included in the Sponsored Posts category and also have a disclosure inside the post, usually at the beginning or end.

How do you feel about sponsored posts? Are you OK with not disclosing them as paid, and why?

Get Your Networking On with Blogger Business Cards

Thought about getting business cards for your blog? It’s a great way to network, promote your website off-line, and get a few (possibly many) more readers. Having a business card at BlogWorld was invaluable, and I’ve received a lot of follow-up from folks who I otherwise wouldn’t have heard from again. Even though the cards were just quickly thrown together and didn’t look too great, they had my info on it, and that’s the important part.

Well now, came up with a great idea to design business cards specifically for bloggers – tag cloud and all: Continue reading Get Your Networking On with Blogger Business Cards

People Search at

Spock is a new search engine geared towards searching people. It’s a pretty neat concept; you can search for anybody – Politicians, celebrities, athletes, your neighbors, your boss, or yourself. From what I can tell, when you enter a name, it searches all of the social networking sites (LinkedIn, Myspace, Facebook,) as well as Wikipedia, IMDB, and a few others. It gathers this info in one place (including a picture if available,) and even assigns tags. The tags are based on attributes in your various profiles – Blue eyes, Brown Hair, height, weight, occupation, where you live – whatever you made public in your profiles.

The tags come into play when you’re doing a unique search such as “brown hair, blue eyes, San Francisco” to find people with those attributes in the San Francisco Bay area – Pretty freaking cool, huh? That’s where the tags come into play.

The searching can be amazingly flexible. For example, search for “2008 presidential candidate” – you’ll get a page with (you guessed it,) the 2008 Presidential Candidates with related sites, pictures, tags, description, and more. You can even create a neat little widget from your results. The widget for the 2008 Presidential Candidate search is displayed to the right. Hell, I might display that on my sidebar until the elections. Continue reading People Search at

Review of

Technology Goal logoToday I’ll be reviewing a new Technology blog in blogosphere. Just started in July, already has 24 pages of content. Scanning over a few of their posts, I see they’re very fixated on writing about social networking. I’ts not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation. Being a real tech geek, one of my favorite posts is 13 Unique Computer keyboards. Another really cool 2-part series is Creating Torrents and Publishing Torrents, which can come in handy if you feel like contributing back to your software-pirating brothers :)


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Starting a Business in Nevada

With so many businesses moving overseas for tax advantages, cheaper labor, and other (financial) reasons, one is to wonder if there are going to ever be any more companies left in the states. Most small businesses don’t have that choice though, and have to do it the old fashioned way, high taxes and all. However, thanks to a sponsored post, I learned today that starting a business in Nevada has quite a few advantages over other states. Due to no state tax, no franchise tax, and minimum bureaucracy, Las Vegas is becoming a very popular place to start a small business.

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Today’s sponsored post comes from, whose total package for Nevada incorporation costs $283. I don’t know very much about incorporating a company, but from what I do know, it seems rather inexpensive. If you have your own Registered Agent, the total is only $194. Continue reading Starting a Business in Nevada