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SEO Talk Forums

Attention all you webmasters: there's a great new community where you can refine your online skills, share your ideas with a receptive audience and enjoy friendly chat in a relaxed environment.

SEO Talk Forums (STF), brought to you by the same people behind the popular Web Talk Forums (WTF), has just opened for business and we're on the lookout for new members to contribute to our rapidly growing community.

At STF we aim to make your membership of our community a positive experience by making everyone feel welcome and taking note of member feedback. You'll not find any of the petty and restrictive rules and infractions that typify some of the larger webmaster forums.

Better still with STF the more you post the more you're rewarded, with increasing signature rights and member privileges as you become a more established part of the community.

Come and give us a try and if there's something you don't like or you think we could do better then just let us know. STF promises to give every member's comments due consideration and will implement any suggestion that makes our community a friendlier and more efficient place.

If you'd like to try a friendlier webmaster forum then head across to SEO Talk Forums.

Arm Chair Tourism

Aurora australis (the Southern Lights)
as seen from Antarctica.

As some of you might be aware it wasn't all that long ago I was a student. Probably one of the most important things I learned during my eight years at university (no joke) was how to look after my money. I'd go to the supermarket and buy the cheap food just coming up to its sell-by date, I'd buy all of my train tickets months in advance for the cheapest fares and I'd carefully limit the amount of socialising I did. Travelling was probably my biggest expense after tuition fees and rent. There were so many places I'd like to see but I just didn't have the finances the cover it. It's even worse now with all the airlines charging a fortune to cover their rocketing fuel costs.

Thankfully there is a partial solution to all those people who would like to travel but haven't got the time, inclination or money - arm chair tourism. The Arm Chair Tourist is a neat little blog that brings together live webcam feeds from the some of the world's most desirable travel destinations. Each post covers a different place of interest and comes with a few images, little introductory chit chat and useful links to the webcams and related information.

The Arm Chair Tourist has so far travelled to the bright city lights of bustling Hong Kong, the foamy white waters of Niagra Falls and the relaxing turquoise seas of the Carribean. Sydney, California and Antarctica are just a few of the other destinations in this action packed travel guide.

Join Stephanie as she tours all seven continents of the world and explores some of its most hidden gems.

Tidying Up Your iTunes MP3 Collection

One of the worst things, if there is such a thing, of having a fast broadband connection is that you spend the day downloading lots of media files. My MP3 collection is overwhelming and, having diverse taste in music, I sometimes have real difficulty locating the tracks I'm looking for.

Thankfully there is an easy way of tidying up your iTunes collection in four simple steps:
  • The first thing you need to do is ensure that the ID3 tags on each track are correct. This is necessary because the tags sometimes get damaged when the files are transferred across to iTunes from a different medium. On rare occasions the tags can even get lost altogether during the transfer process.
  • Re import your tag corrected files back into iTunes.
  • Remove duplicated files from your iTunes collection. It is much easier to do this if the tags are correct - simply use the ‘Show Duplicate Songs’ command in the iTunes Edit menu.
  • Add album art to your tracks. iTunes doesn't automatically add the artwork included on CDs. iTunes artwork can be achieved by using software that transfers images across from Amazon to your CDs.
If you'd like to learn more about how to sort your iTunes collection efficiently then head over to Connected Internet and check out their articles on the subject.

Orlando Visiting

I remember when I was younger how much I used to love all the Disney movies. We'd have a different Disney movie shown each week at school and they were an absolute sell out. All the kids and their parents went along to watch the old classics and sing along to their simple, yet melodic musical scores. Even now, as a fully grown man, I still reach for my Disney music albums and sing along to modern day classics from the likes of The Lion King, Pocahontas and Aladdin.

For Disney fanatics only one experience can surpass the enchantment and mystery of their movie back catalogue - that's a visit to the Magic Kingdom itself.

Orlando Visiting is the perfect site for people planning a journey across to the Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. Their regularly updated blog brings you the latest Disney news, giving you an essential taste of what's happening during your stay. Unlike many information sites Orlando Visiting also includes a Disney World forum where recent visitors to the Magic Kingdom can share their thoughts on the best rides, restaurants and bars, accommodation, local tourist attractions and much more. As the contributions come from fellow Disney tourists you can be confident they'll give an honest reflection, helping you get the best out of your visit to Orlando.

If you want to experience the magic of Disney first hand then Orlando Visiting is the site for you.

Palm Beach Travel

Imagine being in a place miles away from work, with the salty sea breeze taking the edge off the intense sun, sand between your toes and the reassuring sound of water lapping up the shore. No, this definitely ain't Blackpool - you'll not find any donkeys, candyfloss or coconut shies here because the golden sands we're talking about are in Florida.

If you've just suffered the discomfort of a long haul flight the last thing you want to do is spend hours hunting for the local amenities - the best beach venues, car hire companies, shopping malls, local restaurants, theatres and that sort of thing. Fortunately the nice people of Palm Beach Travel have done all the leg work for you.

Palm Beach Travel is an essential resource for anyone traveling to Florida's east coast. For the practically-minded there are details of West Palm Beach Hotels and for motoring enthusiasts West Palm Beach Lexus might be worth a visit.

Looking through the archive I see they have posts covering an exciting range of holiday pursuits. What better way to see the aquatic life of Florida's turquoise bays by taking up scuba diving. For people who just want to laze the days away with fine wining and dining, there are features about the local eateries and country clubs.

Whatever your holiday intentions there's no better place to start your research then Palm Beach Travel.

My Free Screensavers

I'm just about to buy myself a new laptop and what's the first thing everyone does when they buy a new computer? Customise the appearance of course. I'm sure I can't be alone with the claim that the first thing I ever do is change the desktop and screensaver from the default settings to something with a bit more personality.

The new versions of operating systems come with quite a good range of desktop wallpapers and screensavers already, but if you're after something a bit special then better head across to My Free Screensavers.

Just as the name implies they offer a comprehensive range of free screensavers suitable for PC users of every taste. If you want to beat the crowd this December then you can even download your own Christmas screensavers now - I particularly like the look of the Nutty Santa screensaver. The site also includes a wide range of natural looking animated screensavers, including calming rippling water and violent erupting volcanoes.

Whatever your screensaver needs I'm sure you'll find something of interest over at My Free Screensavers.

Gisele Bündchen Photos

Gisele Bündchen is reputedly the best paid model in the world, with an estimated fortune of $150 million. Looking at some of the photos of Gisele in GiseleBunchenPhotos.com it's not difficult to see how her breath taking natural looks have captivated male audiences for more than a decade.

During that time Gisele Bünchen pictures have appeared on the front covers of no less than 500 magazines and she is the face behind more than 20 global brands.

Looking at Gisele you'd be forgiven for thinking she was born to be a model. The truth of the matter is that, like so many others, she became an accidental star when she was spotted by an agency in São Paulo.

GiseleBunchenPhotos.com contains a wide range of Gisele photos in all manner of poses and costumes. My particular favourite sees Gisele lying on a golden beach, head thrust back and sun beating off her perfect tanned skin. You'll also find pictures of Gisele on the catwalk and some artistic black and white shots focusing on her exquisite facial structure.

For the best Gisele Bünchen photos pay a visit to GiseleBunchenPhotos.com.

Trucks & Trailers

Ask a classroom full of schoolchildren what they want to be when they're older and I bet a lot of the boys reply with "train driver" or "truck driver". By some twist of nature most males have this inbuilt fascination with large mechanical objects - they just want to climb all over them, explore what's inside and try out all the different features.

Despite many years of female conditioning some males never quite lose that desire to work with big trucks, which is where Trucks and Trailers comes into its own.

Trucks and Trailers is a website packed full of useful information for any truck fanatic. In addition to the conventional issues of vehicle maintenance, truck brands, spare parts and tuning it also includes some interesting less than ordinary articles. One article that caught my eye was about how truck or SUV owners could earn a few bucks during the winter by using their vehicle as a snow plow. Of course if you're going to be out in adverse weather conditions it's important that you've got the correct kit for the job - good quality truck fog lights are a must for the gloomy winter conditions. It's also important to have tyres with sufficient grip - light truck tyres are proving popular because of their enhanced safety features.

The the latest developments on truck brands, spare parts and maintenance head across to Trucks and Trailers.

Car Tuning Central

As most long-suffering women will confirm the relationship between a man and his car is often closer than that of a husband and wife.

Some men can spend literally hours of time washing the car, applying layers of wax, polishing out marks on the paintwork and tinkering away under the bonnet. Worse still is that if they're not working on the car then they're out driving it, watching motoring shows on TV or reading super car articles in men's magazines.

If you're a man who's falls into this fanatical category then Car Tuning Central is the ideal website for you.

As well as articles about car maintenance, auto tuning and car brands it includes details about some of the finer points of being a petrol head - for example, how your car can be used to attract the ladies and how you can use parts bought from tuning shops to soup up your wheels. It also gives essential maintenance advice on how to change brake pads, look after your engine and perform wheel changes.

For all your motoring needs head over the Car Tuning Central.

Penpals JPG

Being someone who looks after a large network of blogs I love to write original and informative (arguably) content. I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about them, their home and their lifestyle. Becoming a penpal is the ideal way of combining all of these pastimes.

Penpals JPG is a site allowing people to form new penpals online. They offer a completely free service where you can create an online profile, browse for people with similar interests and get in touch with them via the site's messaging system.

Many of the people on there simply want to improve their foreign language skills and gain a greater understanding of life elsewhere. Some are seeking long-term friendship and maybe more with the right person.

One profile that caught my eye was for a Russian girl. She's seeking friendship with an American guy who appreciates honesty, isn't afraid to voice their opinions and can engage in deep and meaningful conversation. She also wants someone who's open-minded... whatever that means ;).

If you'd like to learn more about the wider world and meet new people then becoming a penpal will definitely help. If you're looking for free penpals then go and visit Penpals JPG.

Freshpeak - Web Reviews

Today's post is a bit of a bus man's holiday for Soapbox Jury because we're reviewing a fellow review website.

Freshpeak is one of the newest additions to the independent web reviews sector. It's very similar to our own site apart from they're using Wordpress on their own domain. That gives them a sleeker, more-professional look and probably makes them more suitable for business type reviews than our own blog. Something else they do is categorise their reviews for ease of reference. They currently have reviews on finance, internet, sports, shopping and real estate type sites.

Some big names have made an appearance there so far, with Yahoo Finance currently featuring top of the bill. Their review goes into great detail and conveniently bullet points the key aspects of the site. There's also room for some opinion and light-hearted humour, weaved in with their comprehensive observations. Looking deeper into Freshpeak I see these characteristic features of their reviews over and over again.

For all your website reviewing needs, go and take a look Freshpeak.

Spy Phones

Calling all you budding James Bond's and wives who want to check up on your husbands - here's a website that's going to be of great interest to you.

The Spy Phone is an ingenious website providing all manner of covert mobile phone software. Imagine the usefulness of being able to monitor your partner's or children's text messages to keep tabs on what they're really doing. Maybe you'd like to listen to the conversations they're having and find out who's really on the other end of the phone.

The Spy Phone has spy software that allows you to do that and a whole lot more. Their SMS interceptor software will send you real time copies of all the incoming and outgoing messages to the target phone of your choice. Their phone spy software allows you to be able to dial the target handset from anywhere in the world and discreetly listen in to what's happening nearby.

Maybe you're not sure what your spy phone needs are, in which case their comprehensive ALL-in-ONE package will cover all the bases. The ALL-in-ONE includes everything necessary to turn the target handset into a spy cell phone, call interceptor, SMS interceptor, GSM tracking device and much more besides. Better still it works with any GSM network anywhere in the world, so even if you're miles away you can be sure that your target is within close reach.

Whatever your covert surveillance needs you can be sure that some spy phone software will be a useful addition to your arsenal.

Get Paid for Google Searches

My Search Funds is a scheme whereby web users get paid for completing their normal search engine queries.

It works as follows:
  • Sign up to My Search Funds (all you need is your name and PayPal email address).
  • Install the My Search Funds search bar in your web browser (Firefox and IE are supported).
  • Every time you want to search for something type the query into your My Search Funds search bar and use that.
  • Receive a small payment, typically 3 or 4 pence, for each real search query you make.
Search queries are handled by Google. All you have to do is get into the habit of using the My Search Funds search bar every time you want to look something up.

Search Quality and Fraud Detection:
It's important to stress that My Search Funds is for genuine searches only. If you make excessive or repetitive searches just to increase your earnings then you'll probably be banned and receive nothing.

Their system flags up the following:
  • Multiple searches in quick succession (could be a problem if you're spelling isn't too good).
  • A large number of searches on any particular day (difficult to quantify but more than 30 searches a day is likely to attract closer scrutiny).
  • Automated searches generated by some sort of software.
  • Repeat searches with the same search term.
  • Searches where the results are not acted upon (e.g. not clicked through to another site).
So try and avoid any of these situations by remembering to click through your search results etc.

If you need to make lots of searches in quick succession I would recommend temporarily reverting to the normal Google search box.

User Comments:
I first heard about this over at WebTalk Forums. It sounded interesting so I checked it out further, which led me to the MoneySavingExpert.com forum where there are a couple of threads all about it. People are making the following general comments over there:

Scatty Student1: "I've had over £30 in two months and am due £35 next time, never had any problems with them, they are one of my favourite sites."

geordie joe: "I've just been paid."

Why oh why: "I have had a payment today for about £21.00 yippeeeeeeeee."

(Note: GBP £1 is equal to about USD $2)

Most people over there seem to be earning around £1 per day for 30 searches, although one person I noticed had made almost £3 from 96 searches in a single day.

It's only fair to tell you that a few people have complained that their earnings have been reduced, but it's hardly surprising that My Search Funds keep a close eye on the authenticity of the searches made. Overall it looks like the majority of users are happy with the system and have received payment.

My Search Funds has a minimum payout of £20. Payment is made 45 days after the last day of the month in which you made at least £20. Sounds complicated but this payment system, known as NET-45, is very common for most online advertising and money making programs. If you don't make it to £20 in a month your balance is carried forward to the next month.

You're probably wondering how My Search Funds make money to pay out to their users. I had a think about this too and the only thing I can think of is that they're monitoring your search engine habits for research purposes. That's nothing to be concerned about because all you give them when you sign up is a name (even a first name would do) and your PayPal email address - you do give any other personal details at all.

Members of My Search Funds receive 10% of their referrals' (called friends) earnings with the program. Unlike most other programs they also have second (friends' friends) and third (friends' friends' friends) referral tiers, which earn 5% and 2.5% respectively.

I'm trying My Search Funds out at the moment and I'll report back on my progress in due time.

In the meantime if you'd like to try it yourself please sign up as our referral using the following link: Try My Search Funds Now

Resource for UK Teachers

Teaching Uncovered is an essential resource for all budding teachers in the UK. This regularly updated journal follows the progress of a secondary science teacher in the UK. It gives an honest and comprehensive account of teacher training, life in the classroom and the goings on behind the staffroom door. If you're the sort of person who can break complicated ideas into smaller, more manageable chunks then teaching could be the ideal career for you. The family friendly working hours, generous holidays and financial incentives mean that there has never been a better time to enter UK teacher training. If you'd like the inside story about life as a teacher then head over to Teaching Uncovered.

LBS Group Review

It’s time for another website review and today I came across a site which sells roller shutters called lbsgroup.co.uk. while looking for home security products.

A lot of people are quite opinionated when it comes to entirely flash based sites as a lot of issues can arise, the user may not have flash player installed on there machine and it’s especially difficult to optimize for search engines. However I quite liked this one. The site introduces itself with some nice catchphrases telling you about the company. After this some shutters roll down over the LBS logo which is a very nice effect. The only thing I think that the site lacks is information regarding pricing and past projects. It would be good to know some more about the company.

I invite you all to take a look through.

Heels GOOD For FASHION But Not Your FEET!

Heels are a great fashion statement. But they have a downside too. Women experience a lot of health issues as a result of using heels. High-heeled footwear is a great help to women. Women who are shorter enhance their height by using high-heeled footwear. Heels also make women look sophisticated. And there are plenty of varieties available too, which gives women a wider range to choose from. Stiletto heels, pointed heels and blocked heels are available for all ages and sizes. Women use heels to enhance their looks. Heels can be bought in any color. Women in high positions in their organization wear heels which are of muted colors to give them an aura of power and sophistication. Heels also add that extra touch to lingerie.

Alas! Every man-made thing has a downside, countering its benefits. High-heeled shoes are no exceptions to this rule. Women who regularly use high-heeled footwear experience back pain when they are in their late thirties or early forties. Regular use of high-heeled footwear also causes pain in the ankles. Sometimes the pain becomes so intense that some women may even require surgery to stop the pain. The damage that heels cause to the back may result in a lot of pain and discomfort later on in life. Living with constant back pain is not easy. Some women may require spinal surgery to lessen the pain. Such surgeries are always risky. Though such serious complications are rare, they do occur in women from time to time. Women who use footwear with extremely high heels are more susceptible to back problems later on in their lives. Women whose profession requires them to use footwear with heels regularly, such as ramp models, are also susceptible to back and ankle problems later on in their lives.

Ankle pain sometimes hinders the walking abilities and speed of women. When the bones and ligaments are damaged, it reduces the walking speed and affects the ability of women to walk properly. In some cases, corrective surgery may be required to lessen the pain. The pain to the ankles is caused because of the pressure on the feet. When women wear high heels, the pressure on the feet is increased. This damages the ankles slowly but surely.

Regular use of high-heeled footwear also damages the knees. The damage is not as extensive as those caused to the back or ankles, but some women experience pain in the knee joints when they grow older.

Though heels are great for fashion, women have to be mindful of the health hazards before they start using high-heeled footwear. Making a fashion statement is not as important as preserving your health. If health is at risk, women better think twice before they start using heels. If heels are absolutely necessary, they can be used in moderation. Women should avoid footwear with extremely high heels, as these causes the most amount of damage to the ankles and back. Women need not use heels regularly. Heeled footwear can be used once in a while. This will prevent damage to the back and ankles.

Free Image Hosting

imgserver.us tries to take the hassle out of hosting images. The images are hosted on fast US based servers which provide the quality and speed of service expected from any serious image host.

The site allows guests to upload images of up to 3MB either from their computer or from any remote location on the internet. If you decide to become a member of this free image hosting site you will be allowed to upload images of up to 10MB in size and will also have your own personal gallery where you can keep track of all your images.

You don’t need to take our word for it, go check it out!

Crazy about Chickens

Are you crazy about chickens? The author of That Blozzz is. He writes many interesting stories about raising chickens. His articles are very interesting and full of stories from living on a farm.

I found it cool that he included pictures of his Baby Chicks the day they were born. His latest post about the chickens is a collection of pictures showing the chicken coop. There are pictures from every angle so people can see how a basic coop is set up. He discusses everyday issues about his chickens including when it was time to cull the rooster. If you are thinking of raising chickens or just curious on the topic, these articles are worth reading. It sounds like fun and reading his stories makes me want to go out and buy some chickens of my own.

That Blozzz has a lot of stories about chickens but it also has a collection of stuff from product reviews to webmaster topics to earning money on the Internet. This is a great blog if you are looking for some interesting reading. It is what a blog should be, a collection of posts that the author wished to share with the readers without limits.

Upgrade Your Business

Our mission is to create a perfect data source for our clients to share there resources with the world to generate an optimum business solution for you. Our networking team is trying to spindle a web resource through its network which will provide our client and all netizens a perfect solution from the millions of websites spread across the world.

There are millions of websites around the world and lots of them have quality resources and are willing to share it with others for the mutual benefit. We work 24x7 to interact with all such webmasters to create and best business resource. Through our shear hardwork we have created an online resource of like minded business sites who wish to associate with others and share their network with you and vice versa for mutual benefit of each other.

Top videos available on youtube

Topyoutubevideos.com is an amazing collection of the top videos available on youtube. The videos are collected from all categories forming an amazing video database that can be easily accessed by anybody. The tons of videos in the website guarantees and amazing entertainment experience coupled with the ease of access making it very simple for even the most illiterate computer user to be able to spot the utube videos they want in a jiffy and watch them. The amazing arrangements of the website guarantees that even users can read the latest news from all over the world on www.topyoutubevideos.com knowing that they are getting the latest information.