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Making good money with affiliate marketing is not as hard as it seems, even despite intense competition, provided you choose the right programs and do some strategic planning while promoting your affiliate products.

But whether you are promoting other people's products or promoting your own products, I am sure you would not want to leave money on the table and invite others to steal your share of profit.

Granted, not every one who gets into affiliate marketing is successful. Surely, those who are doing well leave no room for failure and take all security measures and understand its importance.

Security measures? Yes! Security is one of the key factors in affiliate marketing. If you do not adopt proper security measures, then your business will be at high risk. One of the most important way to restore security is to protect your affiliate links. Do not take them for granted. A bit of carelessness on your part in regards to affiliate links may cost you many dollars.

What do I mean? Consider the long, often complicated unique links that affiliate programs give you send to your prospective customers, complete with your affiliate tracking id and sometimes other information. Not only do these look convoluted but they can create a lot of problems too! If you send such an affiliate link to your customers, some may conclude that you are promoting someone else's product and they would rather circumvent you and visit the parent company. Also, if your link does not function then your customers have to type a really long URL into the browser, which will definitely put him or her off and hurt your results.

Failing to take security measures could leave you the victim of an even worse situation. What if some devious Internet pirates with edit access steal your affiliate links and replace them with theirs? When they do that, then you get no commission at all.

If you are not getting the desired results out of your affiliate marketing, don't lose hope. There's definitely a remedy to this problem and that is ViralURL

ViralURL ( http://vur.me/labanrjohnson ) is a link shortener & cloaker that protects you in the truest sense. There may be many unethical people lurking around, who might play with your affiliate links by cutting them off or replacing them with their own etc. Considering how much effort you put in towards building your business and advertising your business, if your links are tampered with, then all your hard work will be rendered useless.

In order to avoid such a rip off, ViralURL gives you full protection and sees to it that your affiliate links never get exposed to others.

So save yourself from getting ripped. Get all the commissions to your account that you rightfully deserve. All this is made possible by ViralURL, It is a blessing for every affiliate marketer like you and me, who wants to achieve success in their endeavor.

Is ViralURL limited to only link protection?

NO!

It does much much more than that. Let's see what ViralURL can do for us:

*ViralURL helps us in protecting commission.
*ViralURL helps in building mailing lists.
*ViralURL helps in tracking statistics.
*ViralURL helps in earning extra ad credits.

In short, ViralURL allows us to create massive business leverage. The downline emailer may be the coolest and most valuable feature of all. I don't see any negative aspect associated with ViralURL. All you have to do is join it for free, then cloak your links, promote them and see your business soar.

You can get all detailed information about the program from the ViralURL site at http://vur.me/labanrjohnson. There, you can find several unsolicited testimonials from various users of ViralURL. If you want to protect your business and see your earnings grow, try ViralURL.

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It is already known that American K-12 education is failing in the global theatre. What most people do not realize, however, is that our university-level institutions are also in a state of free-fall.  Findings from national tests in a recent study by the Commission on the Future of Higher Education demonstrate that among recent graduates of four-year colleges, merely 34, 38, and 40 percent were proficient in prose, document, and quantitative literacy, respectively.  These numbers reflect the inability of American college and university graduates to compete on the global frontier.  Why does America seem to be trending toward academic and innovative failure?  Dr. Robert D. Atkinson has recently written, “Colleges are focused on teaching kids content, not on teaching them skills, and too many students are focused on passing the multitude of tests in the multitude of classes they take, rather than really learning.”  Essentially, universities are turning out capped and gowned graduates that know a lot of information (at least right before being tested on it) but are clueless about how to apply their knowledge outside of a classroom setting.

America’s failing collegiate educational systems have a potential remedy appearing on the horizon. An exciting development has started taking shape with Project Polymath, a plan for a future university whose goal is to not only usher in a twenty-first century renaissance but to train the new da Vincis to lead it.  Dr. Michael Barnathan, Project Polymath founder and noted technology education speaker, makes a strong case for why the United States is the place to launch such a paradigm-shifting endeavor, citing his conviction that “America is the country with the most developed startup and research infrastructure, where polymath graduates can find the greatest amount of support for turning their inventions and projects into world-changing businesses and research.”

Polymath Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational charity.  Driven by the passion and vision of a group of professionals across
diverse backgrounds and fields of study, it currently has a virtual presence as well as physical presence in New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; and Cleveland, Ohio. Project Polymath boasts strong numbers despite its fairly young incubation period: they currently have 1034 registered students, with 68% of those students being from the United States.  Clearly, American students value the vision that Project Polymath seeks to advance.  Project Polymath’s chief desire, as expressed in their mission statement, is  “to promote a second Renaissance in the arts, sciences, and humanities and to unlock and reaffirm the full creative and intellectual potential of the individual by providing capable students with an advanced interdisciplinary education, training an unprecedented number of polymaths.”  In short, Polymath’s goal is to graduate a perpetually increasing number of students who are capable of creative problem solving, sophisticated practical application of their knowledge, and integration of concepts across a broad range of subjects.  A look at past course offerings helps clarify this mission further.  Courses offered have included “Data Structures and Algorithms,” “Introduction to the Creative Economy,” “Code Like a Rock Star,” and “Functional Neuroimaging and Digital Diagnosis.”  Future courses planned are “Illusions of Control,” “Interdisciplinary Critical Thinking,” and “Human Factors and Functional Aesthetics.”  For those who are interested in testing their own “polymathic waters,” talks have also been offered, the most popular being “How to Learn Everything: Learning Skills for Becoming a 21st Century Renaissance Person.”  

Project Polymath has garnered support from a variety of sources.  
The Brain Sciences Foundation has partnered with Project Polymath to launch a multidisciplinary gathering of the world’s leading neuroscientists, psychologists, computational biologists, and artificial intelligence researchers with a focus on curing intractable neurological diseases. A reputable charity organization has also joined forces with Project Polymath and offered a large amount of classroom space as well as access to their partner institutions of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and Harman-Kardon, Inc., from which industry collaborations could be launched and provide a source of faculty and students.  The Polymath Foundation has also been awarded a Google Grant from the popular search engine, which provides $10,000 a month in free AdWords advertising.  

The future of education will be a hard
-fought battle as Americans are forced to ask what types of thinkers and problem solvers are necessary to sustain the level and expectations of innovation in the emerging creative economy.  American industry leaders and research facilities will need to make crucial choices as they begin to deeply contemplate what will make the country not only sustainable but competitive in the global economy.  Will America turn out post-secondary graduates that know not only what to think, but also how to think?  Is now perhaps when the time is most ripe, and America is most ready, for a massive paradigm shift as it nurtures and trains the future renaissance men and women of our world?

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Michael Barnathan please call 732-328-8268 or email Dr. Barnathan at: michael@projectpolymath.org

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How can you build a reputation of trustworthiness in the community and set word-of-mouth referral business on fire?

We all know the best new business is a referral. Referral business typically goes more smoothly, customers trust your advice, are understanding, and will gleefully pay you a profit for helping them solve their problems. So how can you share in the tremendous success many are already having with social networking? Why must you “turn the bullhorn” around to become a true social capitalist?

Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, someone writes a book that makes you think twice and you realize you have plenty of room to improve. The Whuffie Factor will have you not only rethink your marketing strategy, but rethink strategy itself!

“Whuffie” is the imaginary currency of social capital - the level of trustworthiness and approval you or your business receive from your community. While the term ‘whuffie’ may have its origins in fiction, the concepts and meanings applied to it in The Whuffie Factor have real life application and consequences.

The book beams insight from the author’s unique insider perspective in the realm of online social networking (”social media”) and chronicles the lessons learned from the recent successes of many names you may know, such as:

  • Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign
  • 37Signals
  • Eventful
  • General Motors
  • Interplast
  • Jet Blue airlines
  • The Library of Congress
  • Ma.gnolia
  • Netsquared
  • Riya.com
  • Threadless
  • Virgin Airlines
  • The Washington Post
  • … and many more

Tara stores several gems in her “whuffie” vault, and here are just a few that she shares with us in The Whuffie Factor:

  • The Five Principles of Community Marketing, page 53
  • Great tips on how to best handle negative feedback and how to tell a critic from a truly concerned customer, page 111
  • Suggested content to produce for your video blog or podcast, p. 133
  • How to leverage Twitter to ‘accelerate serendipity’, pages 135-142
  • How to deposit and withdraw from your “whuffie” account, table on pages 158 and 159
  • 11 ways to be noteworthy, pages 166-167
  • pages 198-200 - how to connect people through your product or service

Timely, fresh and insightful, The Whuffie Factor is recommended reading for anyone who wants to do business … with me! :)

- Laban Johnson

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wow is it really 24 degrees at Dulles Airport right now? 66 degrees here in Houston. :D
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Rt @BreakingNewsOn Gunmen attack hotels, train stations, cinema, cafe, others in Mumbai, dozens taken hostage; 80+ dead; 250+ injured.
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Just made a stunning analogy (imho) about supply and demand using steak/burgers, cows, and mad cow disease. I really wish you were there.
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