Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Are Your Profits Being Stolen Out From Under You?

I have had an interesting few months, I am constantly learning – as we all are in the Internet world.

One client I have been working with – had developed a training manual and threw her life experience into this book. She had published this manual as a hard back and is even teaching classes in her industry. Being in the next phase of development my client felt like she would like to give the opportunity of her expertise to anyone who desired a rewarding life in the travel industry.

Walla, we put her book together into an e-book and developed a landing page for her business.

When Cherie asked me “what can I do to protect the book from being passed around or pirated” I was surprised – I had never in all my years in business been asked that question...

I knew how to password protect a book and stop anyone from being able to alter the contents. I had never really been concerned about the material being sent from one place to another.

Was I being naive? I had always dealt with books that had affiliate links and the authors of these e-books really didn't mind passing the book around or even giving it out for free.

This training manual (as my client so elegantly put it) was 15 years of her life and resources. It was a lot of hard work and tears to pull everything together...

It is her bread and butter. I finally understood..

How many of you have an e-product that you have slaved over and really need to protect from piracy? (click on CB Protect)

If you are into affiliate marketing you may be thinking well I want my book to go viral – I will make more money that way. That is fine – but if you are not an affiliate marketer, and you need to protect your property. What do you do?

On the other hand, even if you want to have affiliates – how do you protect them, so they get the commission they deserve?

Did you know..

4 out of 10 copies of software and e-books are pirated/stolen.

Only 17% of Internet users pay every time for the software they download.

70% of Internet users say they would not be likely to pay your full price for your software (when they can download them for free).

85 of Internet users feel the "tech. Industry" is so prosperous it doesn't really matter that they have unlicensed (stolen) software.

36% of Internet users don't even know it's illegal.

Over 2 billion was lost in 2002 for North America alone due to software piracy (over 13 billion worldwide).

These facts are based on the Global Piracy Studies conducted by IDC for the Business Software Alliance. Among other measures to determine these figures, IDC conducted more than 5600 interviews in 15 countries.

After learning these facts and doing some online research into the best possible service – that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. I have found a solution.

CB Protect. It protects e-books, and software downloads.

The Virtual Vault TM FORCES USERS OF YOUR PRODUCT TO PAY, OR THEY DON'T GET ACCESS. Your software or e-book simply will not open if they didn't buy it from you, even if they get a copy from a friend that bought from you.

The Virtual Vault TM even revokes access from refunded customers!

It is customizable and even works with Paypal and merchant accounts.

Bottom-line – if you have a product you want to protect – please check out this website.

Try it out for 30 days only a couple of dollars– you have nothing to lose...

Pamela Jacob – Artista Design

Saturday, October 11, 2008

10 Reasons You Are Not Rich...

Have you ever though why are they so well off? You say to yourself - if I just made the kind of money they do!! Think again here is an interesting article that will give you pause...

10 (More) Reasons You're Not Richby Jeffrey Strain

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Many people assume they aren't rich because they don't earn enough money. If I only earned a little more, I could save and invest better, they say.

The problem with that theory is they were probably making exactly the same argument before their last several raises. Becoming a millionaire has less to do with how much you make, it's how you treat money in your daily life.

The list of reasons you may not be rich doesn't end at 10. Caring what your neighbors think, not being patient, having bad habits, not having goals, not being prepared, trying to make a quick buck, relying on others to handle your money, investing in things you don't understand, being financially afraid and ignoring your finances.


Pamela Jacob - Artista Design

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Great Promotion.

Who says the universe doesn't deliver? OK I may be - counting my chickens before they are hatched but - I was just thinking I should buy an Ipod - nano when an announcment came about a great contest - and the prize is??? You guessed it an Ipod Nano!! If I use the word bloggeries in my blog - I get a chance t o win! So here it is... Bloggeries, bloggeries, bloggeries... One entry anyway... OK I will give you the link as well! By the way it is a great forum - you should sign-up! Pamela Jacob - Artista Design

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Twitter – What’s All the Fuss??

I have to tell you for some time now I have been reading everywhere - Twitter this and Twitter that.

I have also read comments like “I just don't see how Twitter is such a great tool” or “I don't have time for Twitter it is nonsensical”

I decided I had to try it out for myself, all the negative comments I have read are wrong as a matter of fact, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Twitter has actually gotten me in contacts with more people on an one to one basis than any other social networking tool...

It is faster and more effective than any other web 2.0 site, I have worked with. Don't get me wrong I have had great success on a number of sites but with Twitter it was pretty much instantaneous.

I decided to jump into Twitter a few weeks ago... I must admit in the beginning I really didn't get it – you basically blog 200 words at the most and follow people around – or they follow you around...

What's the Big Deal Right? WRONG, it is a BIG DEAL...

I must tell you as an extremely busy person myself – someone who spends my life developing websites and working on the Internet I have never seen anything with such fast straight forward results.

IF you are not on Twitter sign up now, be sure and put up your profile and a picture... add your links. Then start following people that are in your industry, or you would like to connect with.

It just takes a few minuets to write a comment – then answer some of your followers comments --- Pretty soon you're connecting with like minded people.

If you have signed up on Twitter and have not worked it shame on you!

If you put in just a few minutes a day commenting – posting links of your blog posts and other topics of interest – answer some of the people who you are following – you will see a boost in your network connections I guarantee it!

Anyone who does not believe in the power of Twitter, or doubts what I am saying needs to see this.

I made a fantastic connection on Twitter and the next thing I knew...

Well see for yourself:

The proof is in the pudding!!

OK now Twitter away – and you will see how powerful it is!!

Don't forget to add me to your Twitter friends!

Pamela Jacob – Artista Design

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Blog or Website? Which one do I need...

Many moons ago websites were the only thing that a business or person had to showcase his business or expertise (on the Internet).
Now with the advent and explosion of blogs many people have chosen to use blogs over websites

Depending on your business and what you are trying to achieve most businesses need both.

There are exceptions to every rule, however, using both will give you a big advantage over using one over the other.

What is the difference?

There is a big difference – a website is a carefully thought out and executed store (for lack of a better word). It is like a corporate office or an exclusive piece of property. The look and feel of the interfaces are branded to attract your perfect clients and to create an experience for the visitor. The domain name is an important piece of your branding as well and should be an extension of the business.

A blog on the other hand is more of a social networking site. A blog can brand you as the expert in a certain field or gradually help you to become a well known personality. It has constantly changing content and is made to interact with visitors.
It is like inviting someone into your home or to a coffee shop to chat or to tell them about things they find interesting or useful. A blog can have its own domain name but it is of less importance – that it be named a business name.

A website and a blog go together hand in hand.

Well built websites selling services and/or products will stay pretty static. While a blog will back link to your website and provide the communication so vital to keeping in touch with your clients and potential clients, it also helps push up you rankings on the search engines.

A website will provide stable communication – on task messages about your product and/or service as well as various other items such as online portfolio, testimonials, e-commerce store, ability to accept payment through merchant accounts, policy and warranty information etc. Anyone can set up a blog, sometimes it can be a challenge to make it look professional.

A website takes a lot more time, work and money. This works in your favor if you are trying to portray a successful image (or you are successful and want them to know that).

I hope this clears up your confusion – and helps sort out the debating; I see going on in cyberspace – to blog or not to blog:

Should I blog? (YES BLOG)

Is a website the same as a blog? (NO IT IS NOT).
Do I need both? (MOST PROBABLY!)

Pamela Jacob - Artista Design

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Short and Sweet - Great HTML Reference

I don’t know how many of you do your own website if you are one of those people who – update your own website – or design your website you will love this tool!! Most people do not hand code anymore it is tedious and really quite time consuming – if you are one of those people this website will be invaluable to you. More than likely you use a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) this would include – Dreamweaver, front page etc. Even then you will appreciate this website (even love it!). There are many times when creating a website using Dreamweaver, I have had to go into the code and change tags or tweak the code just to get the look I want. Well guess what – I found a wonderful website that helps you with all your .html codes… The link is below I am amazed at all the little (and big) treasures that you can find on the internet if you dig deep enough!! Pamela – Artista Design