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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blogger vs Freelancer


  • The match to end all make money online doubts.
  • Find out which is the best way to earn money online - blogging or freelancing?
  • Freelancer challenges Blogger to money fight.



Make Money Online. Three irritating words that seem to elude the grasp of many and yet, have been mastered by some. In an ocean of scams and liars. Finding accurate and timely information just might change your life for the better.

Definitive. I myself have questions about which make money online system is really the best and with the most potential. People want concrete answers and solutions. People want security. They want to know which one is really the best way to do earn online. I too, want to know which one is the best way.

That's why I invited one prominent blogger, Justin Germino, aka TheDragonBlogger, to a friendly and educational match.

Blogger (Him) vs. Freelancer (Me) 

I don't know whether he is going to take the challenge. I hope he does, so we could all finally lay this thing to rest in our minds and stop pursuing things that would not bear any returns on our investments. 

I have briefly summarized the pros and cons of blogging and freelancing. They're not complete. But the information that I'm after is the time/effort and return ratio. So yes, you can earn money by blogging because many like Justin, are already earning a lot. So yes, you can earn money through freelancing, because many like me, are already earning a lot. 

But I think, everybody would agree that time is a precious commodity. In the end, both may be good ways to earn money online. But if it takes me four years of blogging to earn what I currently earn from freelancing, then maybe freelancing is a better option. This is the aim of the challenge, to prove which one takes less time and effort.


When I get it, we're going to try to work out some details. 

Stay tuned Internet.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogging vs. Freelancing?

I love blogging, but it simply takes too much time and effort. I know of many bloggers who work extremely hard - harder than me in fact when it comes to taking care of their blogs. You'll see them write almost a hundred posts a month, every month. But then you'll wonder whether the cost to benefit ratio is still favorable in the odds of the blogger.

In my personal experience. Freelance writing trumps blogging in significant leaps and bounds. With freelance writing, I could earn as much as $30 a day and the most that I was able to earn was $120 in one single day.

It's just a matter of finding the right clients who'll pay you good money to do quality work.

With Blogging: 

  • You have no clients. 
  • You are accountable to your readers.
but
  • The Return on Income is indefinite.
  • You risk your reputation with the things that you write.
With Freelance writing:
  • You are accountable only to the client.
  • You get paid in definite and quantifiable amounts for a period of time.
  • Your reputation depends on how your client sees you.  
but
  • Your brain gets damaged because you write too much about the same topics

Friday, October 29, 2010

How Much Money Does Bill Gates Have? List of Bill Gates Donations

Wouldn't it be great if you were the world's richest person, er second, third? It's a subjective matter that's replete with theories on happiness. 
Bill Gates for instance, has manifested his desire to uplift the plight of those in extreme poverty. 

I'm proud to say that me and my wife, probably compiled the web's most complete list of Bill Gates Donations

You may call it my business mogul obsession. 

Along with the compilation comes a silly article on "how much money does bill gates have?"

Well, interestingly, it's apparent that his children would have to struggle to reach the status of their father since Bill Gates, masterfully announced that they would be getting little if any of that inheritance money. 

The hefty bulk of it would go to charity via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

THE FORMULA SIMPLIFIED (ACCORDING TO THE MOVIE PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY)

1. Sell something universally useful to a big corporation (Like an operating system)
2. Partner with hardware manufacturers to have your product sold exclusively
3. Have other people make money out of it too by building programs and applications for it and only for it
4. Make tons of money.
5. Put it in a foundation. Use it to change the world.

Awesome. 

It's been repeated time and time again with varying degrees of success.

THE QUESTION IS...?

Who will be the next Bill Gates? Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) or Mark Pincus(Zynga)

Two Words: 
Mobile. 
Social.


WHAT NOW?

Everybody has the same dream, make something great, get rich, give it all away, change the world.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wordpress vs. Blogger?

Blogger vs Wordpress

  • I want to buy a new domain, and I am curious about Wordpress
  • Are there shiny buttons?
  • What are the advantages and the disadvantages to self hosting? (Is that even the proper term?)

Having been with Blogger for more than four years, I can say that everything is just fine and dandy. However, I am noticing a trend where a lot of people are paying more to get on Wordpress. Every time I see an article that's been dugg, I see a Wordpress site.

The thing about Wordpress is that the blogs that are hosted there, don't look like blogs. So it somehow gives you that professional website feel with all the plugins and so.


Why I Have 39 Blogs on Blogger 

Most of my blogs are on Blogger. I like Blogger because I am a Google fan. Not to mention:
  • You can put up a blog and buy a domain in less than 2 minutes. Buying a domain with Blogger is fast, easy and painless. Yeah, 2 minutes is not an underestimation, it's for real. 
  • Cheap hosting. $10 for the domain for a year. No fees for hosting. I assume that my blogs would be up for as long as Google is making money. 
  • Easy publishing. Blogging is really simple. You write something, you dump it on your blog and then press the Publish Post button. Fin!
  • Right off the bat SEO. I read this somewhere and I am putting it here. I really didn't bother with SEO until some people told me that I should spend more time on it. But I don't really mind that much since I just write. Right? Anyway, with Blogger, my blogs get their fair share of traffic without all the intricacies of SEO. I dunno, it just works.
  • Did I mention that it was easy? Oh right, nevermind...

What's All The Fuss About Wordpress?

Perhaps my head has been under my keyboard for too long. I really don't understand why I should go to Wordpress. I tend to be an anti bandwagon guy, but in this case my curiosity is really aroused. Can somebody please tell me why?

I actually work for someone who has a Wordpress blog...er... news website and before I could make a post, I have to fill in a bunch of SEO related stuff, like keywords, tags, and so. My beef (Yum! That's our dinner tonight. Beef with Oyster sauce - I love my wife!) with Wordpress is that it costs more to do practically the same thing. 

Sure...
  • it looks different. But people don't pay attention so much since what they are after is the information, right? right?
  • everybody's who's anybody is doing it. So I should do it too?
  • it has plugins that have functionalities that can make your site an uber website. 
  • it makes you look technologically savvy and socially sophisticated - gotta love that word. SO-PHIS-TI-KHAY-TED (Think Samwise Gamgee's PO-TAY-TOES)
  • it's expensive. You have to buy the domain, and then you have to pay for monthly hosting. Erm. Why? 
Forgive me for my naivete, but aside from the cool factor, I really don't get the point. Call me an old fashioned Blogger, but really, can someone knock some sense out me? 


Saturday, October 16, 2010

What's Your Problem?


My grandfather used to tell me about his days working in Mantrade. He had a boss whom he liked to call Mr. "No Problem". He was given that moniker because whatever challenges was brought to my lolo's boss desk, the man always replied, "No Problem.". 

Everybody has his own or her own cross to bear. Sometimes, it's not only a cross but multiple crosses. Whether it's financial, family related, work, school, legal, political, etc.

Oftentimes, in our travails while we carry our crosses, it gets too heavy and we suddenly begin acting like we are the only ones with a cross to bear. We feel down because our plans are not working out. We feel discouraged because life seems to be like a never ending treadmill. So instead of saying, "No Problem", we move into our own little corner and make the world know that "Hey I have a problem! Get out of my way!".


WE CAN UNDERSTAND YOU

I am writing this because I also have my own crosses to bear. A lot of things are not working out as I planned them to be and I want to share with you, how I would like to be seen as Mr. No Problem. 

I'd like to be a Mr. No Problem, but it's as easy as managing two businesses with no capital. It is as easy as being under the cloud of financial uncertainty.

It is not a negation of the existence of problems. There will always be problems that may reach hopelessness.

It is that one single ounce of hope that we cannot see. This is where faith comes in. 

It is up to God.


AN INSPIRING STORY

A few days ago, I happened to meet another man with an inspiring story. His name is Billie and he has been stuck on a wheelchair for most of his life. I read about his childhood and instantly gleaned that I am similar to the big guy who always wanted to be Red One. And it's true that despite my physical completeness, I am the one who needs help. 

Now, Billie has started a digital imaging shop here in the Philippines and is a beacon of hope for those who have complete limbs yet feel like they've been dealt a bad hand in life. 

The amazing thing about Billie, is that despite his condition, he found it in his heart to glorify God with his works. 

Amen to that brother.

 

 


 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Batibot.com


  • Explanation for my absence
  • Batibot relaunches
  • Batibot.com domain cost


Hi, again.

Facebook has really made blogging quite a chore. While blogging used to be the only means aside from email to update friends and relatives, now, it's just a venue for the big media companies to promote and demote.

The small blogger is dying.

Anyway, I have been busy working for one of my clients and this usually entailed writing almost 20 articles a day. That takes up a lot of my time that I take a bath at night now.


Filipino Values


The good news is that the popular Filipino Kids TV show Batibot is going back to the airwaves.

As a dad, I always thought that it would be nice if my kids would just stop acting and talking like Spongebob Squarepants.

Kids shows nowadays are utterly useless save for their value as tools to consume the short attention spans of children. Having 4 kids, I know the value of having kids stuck on the tube for long periods of time. (By the way, I got rid of my TV back in 2006 and I am now proud to have our own little library - complete with torn pages with some of them eaten by my kids.)

But, that really has to change. I grew up with TV shows like batibot and got an idea of what it is to be a Filipino kid. This show taught me:

  • How to respect my elders
  • How to speak coherently as a Filipino
  • How to play Filipino games
  • Filipino culture
  • So many more 

I may not have explained and communicated the real value that this show inculcated in my person as I grew up. But I am seeing and observing the effects of modern TV and the lack of a definitive Filipino children's TV show in general on children's behavior. 

I can't believe that I am speaking like my grandfather now, who always complains that children these days have no respect for anything. Unfortunately, it is a truth that we have been too busy to see. 

Filipino culture has traditionally been respectful of others, most specially in the provinces. Po and Opo were communication staples that should never leave the minds of kids nowadays. 

But now, I believe that I am speaking out of experience when I say that the Filipino youth has become overly recalcitrant and rebellious. As a bona fide provinzano, I am disappointed whenever kids aged 8 to 14 come up to me and ask me to give them a cigarette like gangsters in New York.

"Hey, you, do you have a stick?"

Ha? Whatever happened to the hope of the future?

While a TV show may not in itself reverse this trend. I am hoping that its presence would still have an effect. I will take that small glimmer of hope, no matter how small. 

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Batibot.com

My interest in the buying and selling of domain names a.k.a. domaining has led me to inquire about the price of the domain - Batibot.com 

I quite literally almost fell off my chair when I got this email in response to my query:
Hello Daniel,
Proforma Inc. provides brokerage services to the registrant of batibot.com. This is a terrific domain name. It's difficult to overstate the many lifetime benefits which flow to its registrant. The present owner has indicated that they would close a sale prompty for $43,000.00 USD.
This is a very large and well regarded seller and they administer some of the very best domain names on the Web. You can learn more about their history and their names by visiting http://namedia.com/
We can only honor prices quoted for 7 calendar days.
Would you like to proceed?
Michael
**********************
www.DomainNameSales.com Searchable Database of over 380,000 names

Whoosh.