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Facebook Is Going More User-friendly

In a great development on social networking arena, Facebook, the second largest social network with an extensive user base of over a hundred and seventy-five million users has widened its user experience by fully handing over the administration to the users.

Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said that this will "open up Facebook so that users can participate meaningfully in our policies and our future".

Recent update to the Facebook terms and conditions had created an uproar (See what the Consumerist has to say) among the users who claimed that Facebook was taking over their personal data.

Among the new ideals, Facebook has set clear limits as to the ownership of data. It's hoped that the users will be happy over this new move.

Five Best Places to Read and Download English Classic Books

Do you know that the books which have their authors dead more than seventy years (numbers vary in various countries) have expired their copyrights? All or most of the English classic books by the greatest of authors, such as Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, Jules Vern, and many others are hence available free to download online from various places. Let's check them out today.

1. Project Gutenberg: The Ultimate Place [Gutenberg.org]

It is from the Project Gutenberg that digitizing and cataloging all books that lost their copyright started originally. PG is the oldest digital library, started in 1971, and holds as many as 27,000 books as of now. It is a volunteer-based service, for which thousands of people from worldwide participates. You can too.

Among the greatest of Internet personalities, Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, should be counted as one of the first.

You can download these classics, mostly in text …

Connecting Ideas and Thoughts With Coherence

Writing a good article requires you to connect well with the readers. In case of blogs, this is especially true since they represent more or less colloquial use of language. It is hence very important to connect your thoughts and sentences well without overlapping or interleaving thoughts which go someplace else.

When you write a paragraph, there are often ideas that have relationships with the ones that precede them. Such ideas have to be interconnected with transitional tags. Here are the various connectives you can use for various requirements.

Adding ideasUse: and, also, in addition, again, and then, besides, further, furthermore, in the first place, moreover, still, tooComparisonUse: also, likewise, in the same way, similarly, exactlyContrastUse: although, however, nevertheless, notwithstanding, yet, at the same time, in spite of that, despite, even so, even though, for all that, in contrast, instead, on the contrary, on the other hand, otherwise, regardless, still, thoughEmphasi…

Blog Notification: What Happened Last Week?

By now, all my honest readers have seen that there have been no updates since the nineteenth; here is what happened. It was quite a normal day, the nineteenth of this month. I rather felt that nothing was wrong until I discovered a horrible thing when I started my computer. I had lost all of my software and important blogging data!

I use four partitions on my system to store software and data. They are differentiated for the Operating System, all of the software, some entertainment stuff, and an emergency backup/crash drive. For the time being, let me tell you the sad state of the crash drive; it was full with some downloads, movies, and some of the software setup files. All these partitions are on two hard drives—The OS and entertainment stuff partition on the first, and software and crash drive on the second. The software partition on the second drive had failed overnight, taking with it all of what it contained.

There were quite a few bad sectors, which caused it not be recognized …

Removing Your URLs From Google Index: A Video by Matt Cutts

Some of our readers recently asked us how they could remove a URL already indexed in Google. This is pretty easy in case of self-hosted blogs, not sadly in WordPress or Blogger free blogs, as you don't have control over the robots.txt file or the .htaccess file. However, this can be effected with the help of Robots meta tag.

In this video, Google engineer Matt Cutts discusses how you can remove an indexed URL from Google.



Hope it helped.

Sell Your Books Online With Sellbackyourbook.com

'Sell Back Your Books' is a place where you can sell your books online. Go here: Sell TextBooks, and simply enter ISBN codes of the books that you wish to sell to get the prices.

Selling used books online is a great way to dispose of those old books you have been stocking for years. And it is now even easier with Sellbackyourbook.com. Also, this service pays you the maximum available (premium price) for your books. It seems that as the books go older, the prices diminish. This is also one reason why you should be prompt in selling them.

What about shipping costs? You can get it absolutely free if you use the mailing label printed out from the website. In order to pack your books and send them to sellbackyourbook.com, use a sturdy box with newspaper padding, and mention the order number on the top of the box.

Another important thing is sellbackyourbook.com usually doesn't purchase books without ISBN. The ISBN can typically be found on the fourth page of the book (left hand …

Online Surveys With Zoomerang.com

Free or advanced, online surveys are now pretty easy with this service, Zoomerang. Companies and other institutions use online surveys to estimate which products really matter and which modifications are more marketable for them. In such surveys, companies like Zoomerang, which has over 2 million people ready to opine, will help greatly.

Get to Zoomerang here: online surveys

Zoomerang helps you reach the target audience of your products by helping you get some opinion. This is all you need: first identify the size of the population you need (whether it is 2 million or just 2,000); determine the accuracy of survey (Zoomerang can offer you almost 95 per cent accuracy); estimate how many surveys you need; and send money! That's it.

Zoomerang has three editions: Basic, Pro, and Premium. Basic is the free and limited edition of the power-packed online survey tool. It comes with 30 questions per survey and maximum of a hundred responses.

On the other hand, the Pro edition comes with un…

Review of Thoughts.com Blog Community Site

Do you want an unlimited blog, everything included? Then thoughts.com, the unlimited Blog Site is what you should be looking for. Thoughts.com is a free online community that comes with blogs, live discussions, photo and video sharing, and podcasting. This is all free and unlike other blogging platforms, comes with unlimited bandwidth.

Internet entrepreneur, Ben Ogden, created this all-inclusive social network of bloggers and podcasters. However, people older than 14 years only can join Thoughts.com as of now. And perhaps this is the only place you get unlimited free space absolutely free.

Another advantage of thoughts.com blogs is that they are all created as subfolders rather than subdomains as in Blogger and WordPress. In subdomains, the search engine indexing is like that for a separate website and hence takes time, while subfolders are indexed faster. So, you can hope for early search visits.

Also, unlike other social networks such as Facebook we know, you don't need a login …

Frontier Label Offers Digital Label Printing

If you own a company that produces boxed and bottled products, you may need pressure sensitive labels printed to stick on them. Frontier Label is an online digital printer that mass-produces the stickers, as you need them, online.

You can order their services from here (you will also find the testimonials, samples, instant quote, and other means to connect with Frontier Label such as Facebook page): Stickers.

Frontier Label can print and ship your labels in just one business day if you are prepared to pay a little higher or in five days at normal price.

You can get your stickers printed in paper, plastic, metallic paper, vinyl, etc. Here are a few sample screenshots taken from the site:


While many label printing companies are still relying on the traditional offset printing devices, Frontier Label relies on digital printing, which is the most advanced and cost-effective means to prepare superior labels and stickers.

When preparing your artwork to send to Frontier Label, please check o…

My Top Money Making Programs

Here are the advertising and affiliate programs I use to monetize this blog, in the order that they made me money. This is as per the request of my readers, Mike Specht, Rajeev Chopra, Anil Nair, Nicole Spencer, Laura Albridge, Chris Anderson, and Ethan Marshall. Hope it will help you too to monetize your blog. Simply sign up on these services.

1. Google Adsense : Very considerable income
2. DIY Themes affiliate program : Very considerable
3. Clickbank : Very considerable
4. Infolinks: Very considerable
5. Amazon Affiliate : Somewhat good
6. LinkWorth : Lower
7. Pepperjam Network : Still lower
8. Commission Junction : Lowest

Besides these, I work as a freelancer for Constant Content, which has made me a really considerable income over the past few months.

XP Repair Pro: A Must-have System Utility for Windows PC Users

Today, we look at a piece of software that is a must-have for all Windows PC users. XP Repair Pro, a very popular system tweaking and error-correction utility, is now in the fourth edition. And it is not only for Windows XP and prior versions of Windows, but now also supports Windows Vista.

XP Repair Pro is a great system tool that can correct over 60,000 of different errors that can happen on your Windows system. Normal users don't really understand the depths of these tiny errors and continue using the system without any suspicion. But did you know that some of such errors can give outsiders access to your system and important files, thus confiscating your identity and passwords?

The Need

Correcting troubles may require you to have some deep technical knowledge, such as registry tweaking. But none of the everyday computer users may know what to do in such problems. This is why such a program is necessary.

How do these errors come about? There are a million ways. Errors can happen w…

Happy Valentine's Day to Readers: Some Love Thoughts

Happy Valentine's Day for all my readers…

Here are some of my beliefs toward love. If you find them interesting, go ahead and post your own views in comment section.

Being Late

Many people alienate their mates simply by being late. For me, this is completely unacceptable.

When you move into a settled life, you may have more responsibilities than just spending time with your lover. You may have unfinished work at the office; you may have a party at your boss's house; or you may just want to spend some more time out. These are perfectly all right as long as you let your lover know of them.

On the other hand, being late without telling your partner is really bad. Every partner knows that there are times when you become late, but you should let him/her know the reason well beforehand. Even if she/he doesn't expect you to be on time, let her know you will be late.

Broken Promises

A Couple:

She: "I got a party tomorrow at my aunt's house. Would u like to come?"
He: (…

Difference Between Adjectives and Adverbs With Examples

Here we make a comeback to the grammar topic for bloggers, writers, and webmasters. Let's look at a popular topic: difference between adjectives and adverbs. I have received two or three mails from readers asking to post difference between them.

An adjective is any term that modifies a particular noun, such as those italicized in the following sentences; the part in bold are the modified nouns.

Studious John finds it easy to complete his lessons.
Tom, who is fast and furious, finds it difficult to make friends.
I am happy to learn that you weren't hurt.
On the other hand, an adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Examples are below.

Joe finished her lessons quickly to move out earlier.
The happily married couple has two pet dogs.
Eerily disturbing, the night passed much slowly.
John creates troubles very easily.
Above, the part 'eerily disturbing' is itself a compound adjective that modifies 'the night'; so is 'happily married'. The last…

Make Your Blog Post Permalinks More Attractive

A blog post permalink with all your main keywords always ranks better than any normal permalink. You can do this on Blogger as well as WordPress. Simply follow these guidelines.

In Blogger, simply publish your latest post with only the main three keywords (not more than three) in the title. Then edit the post to change the title and content to the original post. That's it.

In WordPress, you can directly edit the post permalink, but I saw that you need to wait a moment before this editing feature is enabled. It comes as a short snippet below the post title. Simply click the 'edit' button and change the permalink to remove prepositions and add any non-appearing keywords.

The Minister's Black Veil, A Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Today, we are coming up with a short story by one of the most famed of American novelists and short story writers of the century before the last, Nathaniel Hawthorne. This short story has been selected by his son, Julian Hawthorne in his collection of the best of short stories, published as the Lock and Key Library.

The Minister's Black Veil
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

The sexton stood in the porch of Milford meeting-house, pulling busily at the bell-rope. The old people of the village came stooping along the street. Children, with bright faces, tripped merrily beside their parents, or mimicked a graver gait, in the conscious dignity of their Sunday clothes. Spruce bachelors looked sidelong at the pretty maidens, and fancied that the Sabbath sunshine made them prettier than on week days. When the throng had mostly streamed into the porch, the sexton began to toll the bell, keeping his eye on the Reverend Mr. Hooper's door. The first glimpse of the clergyman's figure was the …

Increasing Traffic Through Purchasing Multiple Domains

Let's say you have a primary domain which you have built content on. But you can increase the visibility and reach of your content by purchasing multiple domain names and making them show the same site. Here are some tips and guidelines in that.

1. Domain Name Topic and Keywords

When purchasing new domains, always look for the ones with related keywords. Don't just choose a domain name that is not related to your primary site at all. For instance, if your original website is "flowersandfruits.com" then you shouldn't purchase "armsandweapons.com" and point it to the original domain.

Choose domains that have related keywords and topic, so that you get maximum search visibility.

2. Do 301 (Permanent) Redirect

Never purchase a domain and point it directly to your content. This is as good as content duplication and search engine will easily penalize all your sites. This issue is severe when you have a few hundred domains purchased and all are made to point to …

Enabling Individual Meta Tags on Your WordPress Blog

Yesterday, one of my friends put forward a doubt. She wanted to have individual Meta description tags for her WordPress self-hosted blog. There is an all-in-one SEO plugin that helps in it, but her description says she couldn't get it to work. Well, here is what you need to do to manually enable the Meta descriptions on your WordPress blog.

First, go to the theme editor, and look for the header file (which would be named header.php).

Now, simply insert the following PHP code right before the </head> tag.

<?php if (is_home()) { ?>
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
<meta name="description" content="Enter the description for the blog home page here." />
<meta name="keywords" content="Generic keywords for the entire blog here." />
<?php } ?>
<?php if (is_single()) { ?>
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
<meta name="description&…

Subject Verb Agreement With Examples

Here are a few examples:

My cat seems in need for milk.
My friends and I were walking by the park when we saw Jim sitting in.
Joe as well as her friends is very playful.
Either Sally or her cousins are afraid of dogs.
Neither Sally's cousins nor she is afraid of cats.
In all of these sentences, we have used appropriate verb forms. The subject verb agreement rules that the singular subject needs a singular verb and plural subject, plural verb.

This rule is pretty obvious in simple sentences like the first two above, but the others seem to need some more clarification.

1. As Well As

When combining any two subjects with as well as, always agree the verb with the first subject. Examples:

Jim as well as his friends is a good swimmer.
Jim's friends as well as Jim are good swimmers.
Emmerich's films as well as Spielberg's are interesting to me.
2. Either (Neither) Or

When combining subjects with 'or', always agree with the subject nearest to the verb.

Either Bill or his fa…

PPC Web Spy by Brad Callan: Top New Keyword Research Tool for You!

You have seen the successful SEO software, SEO Elite by Brad Callan. It is one of the most successful and useful software out there for doing perfect SEO work for your blogs and websites. But on the top of that, if you need to work on your PPC keyword campaigns in Adwords, then there is not a better tool than this one by Brad Callan himself, PPC Web Spy.

You can get this software free now from here. Simply register and download.

The idea of Web Spy is simple. It is used to spy into the keyword lists of other marketers in your competition or other niches. This is tremendously advantageous as you will be able to get a list of keywords the other person uses to promote their products and make profits. You can use them or a better list to win over the competition.

The tool works as a small browser add-on that works from your favorite browser. When you search in Google for your keyword, you will find the competitor websites on the sponsored listings. On switching on the Web Spy tool, you wil…

Download All Games, Movies, Wallpapers, and Software for PSP

Do you own the ultimate gaming console's portable edition, PlayStation Portable (PSP)? Are you looking for games to download, new and old? Then look no further. AllPSPGames is a website which gives you access to all the content you ever need for the console.

The importance is that there are no limits whatsoever. There are about a hundred million downloads available at AllPSPGames.com and they are all available without any fee per download.

Also with transferring software, conversion and transfer of the downloaded content to the gaming console is rather easy.

There is support not only for PSP, but also for Super Nintendo, Gameboy, Saga Genesis, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo CD, Turbo Grafx 16, Windows PC, etc. So, you get a complete cool entertainment here.

Check out AllPSPGames.com now.

Check Your Site's Internal PageRank Visually With iWebTool Here

Here is the iWebTool visual tool for internal PageRank checking. Point it to any page with links (such as archives of a blog) and it will visually show you all the PageRank details as well as links with NoFollow attribute.




Enter a domain name below:

http://



Show links with rel="nofollow"  ()


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Playing Mob Wars in Facebook? Join Me!

Mob Wars is a multi-million dollar business now. It's come out of all the limits a Facebook app can go and is now being crazily played by millions of Facebook users worldwide. There is also the little legal issue surrounding Mob Wars, which was settled in December last year. Here, we will see more about this cool game.

Mob Wars is an interactive game that goes through different levels. In this, people organize into smuggling groups called mobs and do various illicit jobs and fights to control areas in the city and build their mobs.

There are various features like City, Hospital, Stockpile, Fight, etc. Besides these, there is one unique feature called the Godfather, who gives you favor points and various options to upgrade your game playing. You have attributes like money, health, stamina, and energy, which enable you to purchase, fight, and do jobs.

Mob Wars is an infectious game that can keep you interested once you know the ways of it. If you wish to join my mob, simply add me …

Directory Submission Made Easy: All Submitter Is a Software You Need to Check Out

Too few people know the importance of submission to directories in SEO. There are thousands of directories out there in different topics that you can submit your site to. This can not only give you some instant traffic, but also build a long-term search-engine-optimized traffic. I needn't stress how important it is for your site.

Submitting manually to each directory is a tedious process indeed. But of course for the DMOZ, you must submit manually (check out why). For other directories, you really need a software solution. That's our topic today.

The product in review is All Submitter by WeblogAnalyzer. Check out the site here.

If you wish to try the software, please download the trial version now.

Arguably Number One

All Submitter is lauded and promoted by many people as the number one software for directory submissions. It is a complete package that includes automated and semi-automated submission process to thousands of directories.

An interesting aspect of this software is…