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Terrible Terms of Purchase, or Purchase Agreement…

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Today I received an email that I was chosen as a beta tester of a program. Only 100 people will be able to be part of this beta tester team, and the price of the product for the beta testers is minimal – only $97, while the product will be sold for a price between $497 and $1997. And because the product is created with some secret technology that sparkled my imagination I was about to buy it. To be honest the sales letter sucked big time, but as I said – I was curious enough and willing to purchase – until I got to the documents underneath the “I want to be a secret beta tester” buy button.

And the more I read of these, the bigger, the shock became… And in other words – I was dissuaded from purchasing this secretive invention that otherwise – if mine – would have made me able to create anything I wanted within 22 minutes a day. And I still am a bit hesitant – shall I go for it – no matter that I am giving away all my rights? And that there is no refund whatsoever is not the problem at all, or that they will be sewing me if I still wanted one, or made a refund request with the credit card I was purchasing with. There were the other things that bothered me, and these were – that I agree beforehand to receive emails and sales letters from companies – to whom, the seller has sold my info (so I am a “lead”). While I was reading the RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE BUYER my inner voice was already screaming – DO NOT BUY! And I was only about 1/3rd of the document…

The other things that stopped me from buying were:

1) That the product is sold ‘as is’ without warranty or guarantee of any kind.

2) That the buyer agrees to accept all risk associated with the use of this product.

3) That the seller is disclaiming all liability whatsoever.

4) That the seller’s total liability, even for erroneous product content that causes damage to the buyer, shall be limited to the purchase price paid for the product.

5) That the seller’s total liability, even from harm caused to the buyer or to others from use of the product, shall be limited to the purchase price paid for the product.

6) That the Seller’s total liability, for any other injury, harm, or tort of any kind, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, shall be limited to the purchase price paid for the product.

7) Buyer understands that some states do not allow limitation of liability.

And there are so much more disturbing disclaimers following the once that I just mentioned. However the weirdest thing was underneath on the Purchase Agreement:

This “Purchase Agreement” is © 2003-2008 by ……….. Corporation and ……. Processing Center, Inc. (888) ……., and is fully licensed for use by this website. If you wish to lawfully use this Terms of Use on your website, contact support@………..com for licensing information or visit “legal documents website.”

The website mentioned above under “legal documents website” is down, and the website that was in the email address goes to a totally different type of a site – an affiliate website that has nothing to do with Internet law whatsoever. According to me the seller is not aware that the “legal document” – aka Purchase Agreement that they are using up to this date is no longer “legal.” And most probably against the new FTC rules. Nevertheless since I am not an attorney – I am not making any claims as to what is legal, or not here.

The mentioned Purchase Agreement could be downloaded from the following link by right clicking, and saving the Safe Target As… Everything is exactly as on their website, except for me taking off the companies name, and telephone, and address. And the email address and link to the website of the quoted above text.

Purchase Agreement

The entire purpose of this post is to make you aware as to why one needs to read every disclaimer page on a product’s website before you think of pulling out your credit card.

Beware my friends and be always fabulous.

Integrity in the Internet Marketing Arena…

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Yesterday I visited Michel Fortin’s blog for another great read – “On Not Playing The Blame Game.” His post is linking to a post on the Ryan Healy’s blog – “Internet Marketing on Life Support,” and both posts have to do with integrity in business, among other things. I highly recommend you take the time to read both posts, and the comments on these posts too.

One of the pillars in business is integrity, and to offer more value to the customers than they are paying for. How much of the theory is there in present times one might ask? It all depends on what buyers are looking for. And especially so online. In the many niches of products online – the Internet Marketing arena is the one that gets the attention not only from the people in need of making more monthly due to the hard economic times. The FTC changed their rules and are cracking down on misleading advertisements since December 1st of 2009. While Visa and Master card did a crack down on many Internet Marketers merchant accounts.

The question is – why, now? And is it because of the high refund rates? Or is it because of the misleading advertisements? Or, because of the many complaints against the un-asked for monthly payments, and the difficulties to unsubscribe from these? My guess is – all of the above, and even more.

Astute marketers know that in tough economic times more people will be vulnerable while in search of the golden egg. If these same marketers make their offers sound easy to do for everyone – like 1, 2, 3 – more of these people in search of earning more right now will be buying what they have to offer. Some of these people are already broke, and are taking as a last step a loan to be able to buy this “golden egg.” 98 to 99% of these same people end up not only totally broke, but also alienating the family, or friends they took the loan from to be able to cover the high expense of the “golden egg” product.

Many of you have seen the products between 2 to 3 thousand US Dollars, and know what most of these promise in their sales offer. The problem with people is – they are in love with the dream to be able to make it to the top. They do not even finish the course, and the books that they purchase. However without the work – non of these “Make yourself a Online Millionaire” courses will make one such a Millionaire.

And, than the question arises, of the remaining 1 or 2% that did the work – how many did become wealthy Online due to these courses and seminars? Well, some did, but most of them did not. The Salty Droid goes much more in depth about the various Internet Marketers that are making use of astute techniques on his blog, and I do recommend you to check his blog in depth.

Is any integrity left in the Online business arena? Of course there is. There are plenty of honest and integer Internet Marketers. Be aware that there are also the not so honest once, and ask yourself up front one single question: “Am I going to take action, and do the work, or am I buying it just to have it on my hard drive, or on my book shelf and keep dreaming instead of doing the required work?” If your answer is the second one – do NOT buy whatsoever offered – even if it makes you dream of riches and fame…

Keep always fabulous and integer.

Why almost everyone loves to blog?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about blogging, and how come so many bloggers were using free blogger.com, or wordpress.com accounts instead of having their own domain names hosted. I don’t think it’s only the cost of having your own domain name, and a hosting account. It’s also the hassle with having to learn about FTP, and how to set up a blog on your won domain within your hosting panel, and all kind of technicalities that for most could become an issue.
And since I cannot imagine having an URL like: http://totally-useless-blogger.com or something like that I checked the possibility to set up a blog under my own domain for free, or almost for free that was sent to me by Mitch. Read the following info, and I would use the promotional code for buying some domains for as little as $4.95.

Ever wonder why everyone seems to keep creating their own blogs? Even big companies that already have their own websites still make efforts to create a blog. This gives them a better and more effective marketing strategy for their business. And for others who just want a personal site to merely share their thoughts or experiences in life, blogging is just too rewarding to ignore. It gives them the freedom to just say what they want to say and being able to share that to a lot of people. Having said that, I guess the question should be… “What’s not to love about blogging?”

It even gets popular since you can actually have a blog without spending some money and instead earn from it. You already know that before you could actually have a blog, you need a web host first, right? Since without a web hosting provider, you won’t be able to get your site published online. There are many free web hosts around, but unfortunately, not all can provide a reliable service.

Doteasy is a company that has been up since 2000. They provide hosting and domain name registration services as well. They offer different hosting packages from basic hosting which is free, up to unlimited hosting which only costs $9.95 per month. With their free hosting plan, you get to use great web site builders such as blog, forum, photo gallery and many more web tools. They also include a free cPanel control panel which is a very great deal coming from a free hosting package. Aside from that, you can also earn from $5 up to $70 for every successful sign up with their affiliate program.

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They also have a special offer right now where you can register any domain name like .com, .net, .org for only $4.95 for your first year. To join this promo, just use the coupon code 9010FWH. Or click the link below.

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And no, the links are not affiliate links.
Have a great day and be always Fabulous 🙂

Integrity…

Monday, January 18th, 2010

snowy view

Last weekend I read an article by Blake Beattie about integrity and am going to share it here with you. The capture above was taken from my bedroom window about 10 days to 14 days ago, and I think the purity of the white snowy nature goes well with integrity… And of course – there is so much more to be said about integrity, however, I will leave my own rants in regards for another time.

Integrity and What it Means to You
by Blake Beattie

Do you know of someone whom you work with that you can always count on?
They are the kind of person that says they will do something and they
always follow through in a timely fashion. If you know someone like this,
then you will understand the value of working with someone like this.
You can trust them, and you know full well that they never make a promise
they can’t keep.

“You can’t have trust without being trustworthy” – Dr Stephen Covey.

Too many people are very good at ‘talking the talk’. But there are a few
who always, without fail, do what they say they will.

So now we come to you. Do you mean what you say and say what you mean
consistently? Can people really count on you to follow through on what
you say you will do?

High integrity is rare in today’s busy world, but it is certainly something
that people greatly appreciate and admire. So, here are a couple of things
you can do to make sure you demonstrate high integrity on a daily basis.

Never ever make a promise you can’t keep;
Always under-promise and over-deliver (and not the other way around. Your
team and customers will appreciate it);
Be honest – both with yourself and others around you;
Be on time. It shows you value someone else’s time.
Remember: “You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved yourself into.”

In today’s busy world, integrity is a shining light in a world of empty promises.
I hope you make a decision today to show integrity with everything you do.
People will love you for it!

Have a brilliant day!

Blake Beattie is The Performance Engineer. He is an expert at transforming
individual and organisational performance through world-class speaking,
training and coaching. He builds critical shifts in employee motivation
and work habits that lead to unparalleled, sustainable performance.
www.blakebeattie.com

The entire world knows what happened in Haiti 6 days ago, the latest earthquake and the magnitude of the disaster there. What hurts most is that the majority of the population there hasn’t got any food, or water as, yet, and the hospitals are filled with dying people, and more of these dying daily due to no electricity, or enough medicines, or equipment. There are so many organizations here and everywhere that are getting donations, and obviously we gave ours, as I hope most of you gave yours too. And at this particular moment is not the money that counts, but that the help – food, and water, and medicines that was sent from all around the world is reaching those poor people in Haiti. The money is needed to rebuild everything there, and it will be tough times yet to come – that’s for sure. With the help of the United Nations, and all the countries that promised monetary help – there is hope…

Talk to you soon, and be Fabulous during this week 🙂

Page Speed is to Become a Ranking Factor?

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

On the 28th of December 2009 I read on webpronews.com about their interview with Matt Cutts regarding the latest algorith that Google will be using as a ranking factor. With great interest I read the comments on this post, and was disappointed to see that for many – the speed of a website was more important than the actual content. And of course, we always lack time, and the quicker, we are finished with surfing around – the more time we have to spend in more enjoyable things on and off line.

The major things bugging me in this new algorithm are the following:

1) People, and companies with cash enough could afford a fast dedicated server. But what about the once running, their websites on overcrowded shared hosting accounts? Or those with a free website?

2) And about the people scraping content from let’s say slow loading websites? They obviously can afford a fast dedicated server, and the scraped content will rank higher than where it originally came from, and in 99% of the time – without the permission of the content owner.

3) Google always places the importance in the “visitors”, and their advertisers, but not in the webmasters. The once that promote their ads and get a cut for doing so.
Hm, but are the majority of visitors not these same webmasters, and many of these are also advertisers – a thing that Google more often than not seems to forget?

And while Google and Bong are seemingly more interested in the speed of the sites – Yahoo made me happy with their dedicion to keep their Search Results geared toward great content and not the speed of a site.

Totally-Useless.com went from a PR4 (and this was so for longer than 2 years) to a PR3 about a week ago, and I kind of wonder what the heck was this about. It couldn’t be the speed, although this last theme does take longer to load due to the Adsense ads! Yes, Google’s own baby – the Adsense ads are part of the “slow loading” problem here. So, this was kind of a sucking start of the New year for totally-useless.com – with a nice “Thanks” from Google for it.

Trust me though, totally-useless.com will be back to where it was, and will get even higher than a PR4  😉

Snow, ice and birds...

Be always fabulous and have a great week ahead!

How to Kill Your Web 2.0 Life?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

This is an awesome tool – Suicide Machine – that will allow you to step out permanently from some of your Online communities.
See the video here if interested, and ready to have your Twitter, or MySpace, LinkedIn, etc. accounts closed & deleted forever…

web 2.0 suicide machine promotion from moddr_ on Vimeo.

The site seems to be down at the moment due to the enormous traffic they get, but keep checking in the case you want to free your life from these Web 2.0 networks 😉 Especially if your real life suffers from it – so very tipical and absolutely Useless way of living your precious life!

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