Why Do We Even Need MySpace Layouts?

Imagine you are part of MySpace, and that you have plenty of friends.
Besides having a lot of friends, there will also be new ones who might approach you.


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ou can also meet a lot of acquaintances for various reasons.
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The profile will have to look interesting; else no one will be able to take any sort of interest in them. Imagine you have to look at the same settings for all profiles; it would be boring of course.

This is where the MySpace layouts will come into the picture.

You will need layouts to customize the profiles to a great extent. You can do a great job with the profiles, as there will be a lot of layouts to choose from.
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This will be exciting to do, as there are so many unique ones to pick from. This is not only the idea of layouts; it is also to make the concept of the profiles different.

The layouts are needed for the profiles because the site is extremely popular. There are millions of users and if everyone has the same settings, it would become extremely boring.

This is what the main purpose of the layouts is. You can also choose so many according to the themes that you have in mind, that there will be no shortage of layouts to choose from.
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Since there are bound to be millions of visitors on the site, having different layouts will make a huge difference.

You can easily talk about your interests and specific likes through this. All you need to do is pick one, which would suit your requirements. It could be about a film star, or it could be about some sport that you are passionate about.
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Using specific MySpace layouts on the profiles will make you stand out from the crowd.

This way, you will talk about yourself and you can also attract as many friends as you can. This will keep your profile very exciting, as the main purpose of you using the site is to network.

You should not think much about using the layouts, as there will be easy options.
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Since there are so many themes and colors to choose from, there will be a lot of difference to the profile.

You can also highlight a lot of things in the profile, by choosing the apt design as well as colors. This is what will make the profile unique. By being unique there will be so many things that you can do.

You can create a number of networks based on the interests you are showcasing, using the help of layouts.

MySpace layouts are needed for profiles, as no two profiles need look the same. When each profile looks different, the community will begin to take a new looks altogether.


Why Do We Need Myspace Backgrounds?

Everyone is aware that Myspace is a popular networking site, as there are millions of active users.
There are many great features in this site, and this attracts many users.


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his is because they are allowed a lot of variety.

When the user signs up there may be very few designs and choices. A user may thus want to customize the profile, and make it look better.
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There will be plenty of visitors to the profiles, and they must make the profile as interesting as possible.

For this the use of Myspace backgrounds will come in handy. There are several thousands of backgrounds that will give a different feel and look to all the categories as well as entire look of the profile.

The backgrounds can be very simple in nature, they may be of simple colors of they may have various designs.
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Whatever the design, there is bound to be variety, and users will never be short of backgrounds. This is because they are being updated every day. There are many contributions to these sites that have the backgrounds.

There are several sites that are exclusively available for Myspace backgrounds and there will be many categories too.

A lot of these designs can be mixed and matched as one pleases. They can be of various types, and it is up to a user to use his creativity and pick the best. If the backgrounds are chosen according to the profile, then it will make it more interesting.
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A lot of time may be needed to customize the backgrounds.

This is because there are several thousands and there are also various categories, so the appropriate category must be chosen. Customizing the backgrounds is very easy as there is only a simple code that needs to be used.

The user has to just copy paste a code into the home page or page where he desires to have the effect.
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Since this is a very popular site there are many people networking in these sites, and they will want to see different profiles.

If they are very boring they are most likely to just pass it by. So if the user takes a little interest in using good and different backgrounds, they will bring a lot of visitors to the profiles. It also gives a chance for the user to be very creative.

He may choose how to apply the backgrounds according to the nature of the profile.
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This will also reflect on the nature of the user, and how much care he takes about the presentation. Once this is done well, there are sure to be more visitors to the profiles.

The use of backgrounds is also exciting, as there will be many to choose from, and there will be good experiences with the process. Since Myspace backgrounds are available for free, users may have fun with creating their profile with a better look.


Wireless – The Future Of Connecting To The Internet

What is WiFi?


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ifi or Wireless Fidelity, allows you to connect to the internet from virtually anywhere at speeds of up to 54Mbps.
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WiFi enabled computers and handsets use radio technologies based on the IEEE 802.11 standard to send and receive data anywhere within the range of a base station.

Wireless is a technology that’s inexpensive, easy to use, and practical and yet… it’s a technology that’s still very young. Here’s a quick look at what the future could hold for wireless.

The Radio and the Phone

Wireless networks will always win over wired ones, if for no other reason, simply because it is much cheaper for signals to travel through the air than it is to install and maintain wires.
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For example… consider that telephones were originally used for sending and receiving news reports.

When radio was invented, this stopped almost overnight – why bother going to all that expense when it’s free ‘over the air’?

The same principle applies to computer networking.
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Imagine having a choice between a wired Internet connection and a wireless one.

The only reason to choose a wired connection would be cost because currently it’s cheaper? However, that will change soon.

Wireless is also easier. Once the cost gap closes, if given the opportunity, there’s no logical reason why anyone wouldn’t switch to a wireless connection.

WiMAX

WiMAX is the next generation of wireless. It will use a standard called 802.16. The current standard is 802.11.

It’s still a work in progress, but the possibilities are exciting.
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WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and is designed to complement existing wireless equipment… rather than replace it.

The big advantage of WiMAX is that it greatly increases range. Rather than being measured in square meters, which is how the current standard is measured in, WiMAX ranges will be measured in square kilometers.

Some estimates say the best WiMAX stations will be able to transmit up to 50 kilometers or about 30 miles!
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Clearly, this opens an incredibly wide range of possibilities.

Wireless access would move from LANs (Local Area Networks) to MANs: (Metropolitan Area Networks) covering a whole town or city with wireless access. The question would no longer be if you could connect via wireless, but what WiMAX network you wanted to connect too.

Other benefits of WiMAX include speed of up to 70Mbps (almost 10 MB per second) and better security.
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Imagine a future where ordering Internet access is as simple as connecting your existing wireless equipment to the network, opening your web browser and buying a low cost subscription.

That’s it – done. No more access points, no more routers, no more configuration… just wireless Internet, anywhere and everywhere at broadband speeds.

WiMAX is in the process of taking the world by storm.

For the latest news on WiMAX visit the WiMAX Forum (a non-profit industry group set up to promote WiMAX) at http://www.wimaxforum.org. WiMAX has been in development since 2001 and the first WiMAX equipment is expected to hit the market in late 2005 or early 2006.

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a new standard for short range radio connectivity.
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It is the new and promising field in the wireless communications standardization activities, which will profoundly affect the operation and applications of electronic gadgets of the future.

The most obvious purpose of Bluetooth technology is to replace USB and it’s designed to eventually replace almost every wire there is… except power cables.

What does that mean?

It means that someday your TV could be connecting to your DVD player via Bluetooth or your speakers could connect to your radio with it, and so on and so on.
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As you get older, expect to see fewer and fewer wires.

I know… people said the same thing about paper but it turns out that people like paper and don’t want a ‘paperless society’. On the other hand, how many people do you know who have cable or wire fetish? The biggest remaining article is reliable wireless power.

When they figure out how to provide reliable wireless power (i.e. better batteries)… look out because the flood gates will really open up.

A Simpler Life

Convenience… the first benefit of wireless technology that comes to my mind.
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Wires have so many flaws, especially when they go long distances and the overall wireless project is to remove the vast majority of them from our lives.

Of course, another nice benefit will be cost because once wireless if up and going full-bore it will cost less than wire based transmission.

My prediction… within 10 years, wireless access will be making everyone’s life much easier and it will be the norm. The future is wireless!


Wireless Barcode Scanners: The Next Generation Gizmo

Wireless barcode scanners are a clear example of the best just having got better.


Much like Alexander Graham Bell’s wired telephone that got eclipsed by the cordless phone which became a craze across millions of households, wireless bar code scanners have become a mega-hit with an ever-increasing number of business entrepreneurs making the upward shift to realize greater productivity day in day out.
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To put it simply, wireless barcode scanners offer you all the benefits of your regular barcode scanner or barcode reader and then, some more!

But hold on just yet, while wireless barcode readers and scanners are blitzing the market, you still need to which type of the device you need to best suit your business needs before going ahead and making a purchase.

You need to very clearly articulate the reason for wanting to move into the wireless barcode scanner space and the plausible reasons for wanting to go wireless could be any of the following:-

  • You need the freedom of mobility to be able to capture information away from your computer because of the spatial location of your tagged products
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  • You might want to collect the data away from your computer but be able to sync it or upload it once you get back to the origin i.e. the computer
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  • You might not only want to collect data away from the computer but also be able to log on via wireless networks to a database and post the captured information
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    Thus simply put, do you need a simple barcode scanner with a really long cord or do you have a genuine need for a wireless barcode scanner?
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    And once you do a cost comparison on the various types of the barcode readers and barcode scanners, both wired as well as cordless, you will know exactly how much you are paying for what, and how much you are likely to benefit from the application of the device.

    Accurate information capture, ease of the information capture, speed at which different materials can be barcode registered and tagged, exquisite levels of data control are just some of the innumerous benefits that this technology promises for the user!

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    Finally a key thing that you need to keep in mind is that implementation of a new technology by itself does not guarantee success.

    You need to handle the change from one level to the next very well and proactively too, as in the case of wireless barcode scanners too. People management as part of change management is crucial to the success of your business and this should be given core focus.

    New technology is useless unless its espoused as a unifying cause by all in the work force.

    Once you have mastered the change in people, you have truly put yourself on the road to progress. Experience the wonders of wireless barcode scanners and be awestruck!


    Wireless Ethernet: A Viable Business Opportunity for the IT Consultant

    During 2002, many vendors were rushing to market 802.11a (up to 54Mpbs) wireless Ethernet products that were supposed to be the next wave in wireless networking.
    However, at the same time, an “in-progress” standard called 802.11g may supplant both the original 802.11b and newer 802.11a standards.


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    o frankly, the “safest” bet for now may be to seek out wireless Ethernet hardware that supports all three standards: 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g.

    Wireless Ethernet as a Business Opportunity

    As an IT consultant you should be aware that wireless is a great business opportunity for savvy computer consultants.
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    However, since there is a fairly large installed base of 802.11b (11Mbps) products already, and most 802.11a products are not backward compatible with 802.11b products (although many vendors are rushing to market with hybrid 802.11b/802.11a products), this 802.11a standard faces an uphill battle in the marketplace.

    The Bottom Line about Wireless Ethernet

    While wireless Ethernet will likely overtake wired Ethernet (Category 5) as the dominant small business networking standard at some point in the future, the “when” and “how” is still very unclear.

    In the meantime though, many small business computer consultants are still finding wireless Ethernet to be a tremendous marketplace opportunity.


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    Wireless Router & Security: A Step-By-Step Guide

    Setting up a wireless router is easy.


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    ssentially you turn your cable or DSL modem off and your wireless router on.

    Then, you connect the router to the modem with a cable, and turn the modem back on. You are more or less done.

    The wireless network wizard on your computer will pick up the router and, if your ISP does not have any special requirements, away-you-go, you are on the Internet.

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    For ease of setup and configuration, manufacturers ship wireless routers with all security disabled.

    Therein lies the problem. If you do not take any further steps to secure your router, and a surprising number of people don’t, your network will be wide open to all passersby and strangers. It’s like you’ve hung out a sign, “The door is open. Please come in and help yourself.”
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    The problem is not that strangers will be able to use your router to access the Internet but that, without further protection, would-be intruders will be able monitor and sniff out information you send and receive on your network.

    Malicious intruders can even hop on to your internal network; access your hard drives; and, steal, edit, or delete files on your computer.

    The good news is that it is relatively easy to secure your wireless router.

    Here are three basic steps you should take.

    1. Password protect the access to your router’s internal configuration

    To access your router’s internal setup, open a browser and enter the routers setup URL.
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    The URL will be specified in the manual. The URLs for D-Link and Linksys routers, two major manufacturers of wireless routers, are http://192.168.0.1 and http://192.168.1.1, respectively.

    For Linksys routers, leave the user name blank and type “admin” (without the quotes) in the password field and press enter. To change the password, simply click on the Password tab and enter your new password.

    For other routers, please consult your manual. Alternately, you can search on the Internet with the term “default login for “.

    Don’t be surprised to find quite a number of pages listing default login parameters for many different routers, even uncommon ones.

    2. Change the default SSID (Service Set IDentifier)

    The SSID is the name of a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network). All wireless devices on a WLAN use SSIDs to communicate with each other.
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    Routers ship with standard default SSIDs. For example, the default SSID for Linksys routers is, not unsurprisingly, “Linksys”.

    As you can see, if you don’t change the default SSID of your router a would-be intruder armed with a few common SSIDs from major manufacturers will be able to find your wireless network quite easily.

    To change the SSID, click on the Wireless tab. Look for an input item labeled SSID. It will be near the top. Enter a new name for network. Don’t use something like “My Network”. Use a name that is hard to guess.

    3. Disable SSID broadcast

    Wireless enabled computers use network discovery software to automatically search for nearby SSIDs.
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    Some of the more advanced software will query the SSIDs of nearby networks and even display their names. Therefore, changing the network name only helps partially to secure your network.

    To prevent your network name from being discovered, you must disable SSID broadcast.

    In the same screen that you changed the name of your network, you will see options for SSID broadcast. Choose “Disable SSID” to make your network invisible. Now save all your settings and log out.

    Since your wireless network is now invisible, you will have to configure your computers to connect to your wireless network using the new name. On Windows XP, start by clicking on the wireless icon in the Notification Area and proceed from there.

    With these three steps, your network now has basic security.

    However, if you keep sensitive information on your computers, you may want to secure your wireless network even further.

    For example, you can…
    – Change the channel your router uses to transmit and receive data on a regularly basis.
    – Restrict devices that can connect to the router by filtering out MAC (Media Access Control) addresses.
    – Use encryption such as WEP and WPA.

    As with most things in life, security is a trade off between cost (time, money, inconvenience) and benefit (ease of use).
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    It is a personal decision you make. However for the majority of home uses, the three basic steps plus WEP/WPA encryption provides reasonably strong security.

    Turning on encryption is a two-step process.

    First you configure your router to use encryption using an encryption key of your choice. And then, you configure your computer to use the encryption key.

    The actual process of configuring your router for encryption varies from router to router. Please consult the router’s manual.
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    There are even stronger methods for ensuring security.

    A strong and robust security method is RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service). Using RADIUS requires additional hardware and software.

    However, there are companies that offer RADIUS security as a subscription based service. The fees are reasonable and dropping.

    Therefore for example, if you run a business on your wireless network, have sensitive data on your computers such as credit card information, and have a number of users who access your network, you should consider using RADIUS.

    Since the service sector for RADIUS is dynamic and growing, a search on the Internet with terms like “RADIUS subscription” or “RADIUS service” is probably the best way to locate one.


    The Work at Home Business Boom What it Means To You!

    The Work at Home Business Boom What it Means To You!

    There are many work at home opportunity seekers out there looking for real ways to make money on the Internet.
    Today the term make money at home, gets typed into the Google search engine over 100,000 times a month.


    The dreams of financial freedom captures their minds. Hundreds and perhaps even thousands of Entrepreneurs everyday are looking for their share of the Internet wealth. But all too often the results for most of these people is failure.
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    Thankfully, Stone Evans, the creator of the Plugin Profit Site, has made it easier for newbies like myself to make money right away. Stone builds you a new customized web site that is generally ready within 24 hours or less. You get the fun task of picking out your own domain. I came up with the Internet5kIncome.com.

    You have to pay a hosting fee of $25 dollars a month. Most people believe this to be expensive, but the good news is, as you refer new members to host4profit they will give a $10 dollar commission check per month, per person. When you refer 3 new customers to host4profit you will no loner have that monthly fee of $25 dollars, and you will have a little bit of spending money in your pocket. They also throw in a few secret bonus materials that you can sell should you choose to do so. You will also acquire commission checks from SFI, and Empowerism and other affiliate programs.
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    This system comes with a 30 day marketing course. This course will teach you several techniques on how to market your web page.
    There is a huge list of ways you can promote your business. Like using Google AdWords, starting a blog, or adding a Sig file to your emails. You can even promote your business offline in newspapers and post them at community boards in your own home town. There are many ways to get your links in front of the public. (Please view my web page for more marketing ideas.)

    Like any business you have the task of managing the business, from managing your time, to the methods you use to promote your products and yes, even the budget. However, if you do nothing you will get just that, NOTHING. You have to promote your business. This program comes with a self guiding course. It alone can not make the money for you, you have to learn and work to get your link in front of opportunity seekers. As you know that there are plenty of seekers out there.
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    When I first started this journey. I put a picture of my family’s only vacation to Hawaii at my computer. I use this picture as my motivation. (within a year I wish to return to the tropical paradise island. In a first class seat!)

    I have my own routine that I do weekly to promote my web site, “my business”! I go through the routines just like clock work. As the days pass I get one step closer to getting on that airplane.(to Hawaii) I am Michael Ditch saying right this way to Hawaii!! Aloha and Ma halo!!


    Please visit me at http://www.Internet5kincome.com


    The Number One Work At Home Scam Explained

    The Number One Work At Home Scam Explained

    Working at home is very popular.
    As with anything that is popular there are people out there who like to try to scam those looking for work at home jobs.


    Scams can sometimes be hard to recognize, but if a person knows what to look for they can raise their chances of not being caught in a work at home scam. A popular way to get taken by a scam work at home company is when they ask a person to pay them money.
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    The first key that a work at home opportunity may be a scam is that the company asks for money up front. This is also something that can be confusing because some legitimate companies ask for money, too.

    The main rule abut paying money is that if the job were not work at home would it be reasonable to pay money up front to work with this company. If it is a job where the person is required to keep an inventory of products than it is reasonable to pay something upfront for the inventory.
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    However, if the payment is for administrative fees that is a red flag. A work at home job is like any other job. Nobody would pay a company to process their employment papers, so it is unreasonable for a work at home company to request payment for this purpose.

    What usually happens when a company is running a scam by asking for money up front is that the hopeful work at home employee loses their money and gets no real job in return.

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    Many scam companies try to use the trick that they will refund the money after a person has worked for them for so long. Once a person pays the money and begins working for the company they learn there really is no refund.

    In these cases the work at home employee usually also finds out the job duties are completely different from what they were originally told. The whole concept is the scam company makes their main income off potential work at home employees, not through a real business.

    Almost any good reference on working at home will mention not to ever pay money for a work at home job. It may seem like common sense, but can be confusing for someone who is new to the work at home industry. Many of these scams seem real and also come across as a way to make big money fast. This type of money scam is the biggest of all work at home scams.


    The Myth Of AutoShip

    The Myth Of AutoShip

    AutoShip, or the automatic delivery of products or services on a monthly basis primarily serves two functions:
    1) To create consistent consumption and repeat purchases of that product or service by the consumer;
    2) Customer convenience, by eliminating the need for the customer to have to repeatedly reorder the same products or services over and over again.

    Unfortunately, the benefits of AutoShip for either of the above purposes are vastly overrated.


    It is true that network marketing companies would love to see their customers continue to come back month after month to make repeat purchases.
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    However, in reality, it simply doesn’t work that way. Unless you have a product or service that by nature is generally delivered via ongoing subscription, i.e., newspapers and magazines, utilities (including communications and Internet), insurance, loans, financial services, etc., just getting the customer to agree to go on AutoShip is no guarantee that they won’t cancel it.

    Many companies and their representatives like to rely on the fact that a certain percentage of customers will indeed stay on AutoShip for extended periods for no other reason than habit, and/or because they simply don’t know how to cancel it.

    Is that really the position that you want your customers to be in, though? People who are buying your product simply because they forgot or don’t know how to cancel the recurring AutoShip order?
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    Most friends and associates tend to view me as a well organized person. And certainly I’m not one to waste money.

    Yet, despite that, I will admit that in any given year it is not uncommon for me to spend anywhere from several hundred to over one thousand dollars on products and services that I simply didn’t have time (or didn’t know how) to cancel. It is not by accident that many companies make it easy to sign up for the automatic delivery of their products or services, but provide no easy way to cancel.

    In the case of one MLM related service that I decided to try out, not only was there no way to cancel online, but their Contact form didn’t work, so there was, seemingly, no way to send them an email either!

    At first, they provided only a Contact form and no email address. When eventually I found an email address and sent an email asking them to cancel my account there was no reply!

    Finally I found a phone number and called them, and even then they often had problems with their voicemail box being full or not taking messages, etc.
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    So, while it is possible to retain some customers longer simply because it’s easy for them to signup for AutoShip but not so easy to cancel, again, do you really want your customer to feel like he or she is being held hostage?

    Ideally, you should have high quality products and services that are well understood and in demand by your customers. Customers should continue ordering because they WANT or NEED your product or service, and not simply because it’s on AutoShip.

    In the majority of cases, companies, and their representatives, want people on AutoShip for ONE reason and one reason only, to attempt to extract ongoing consistent revenue from that customer.
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    At least from the company’s standpoint, that’s the real bottom line. And, from both the company’s standpoint and that of the representative, that AutoShip may very well be tied to that representative achieving or maintaining a certain compensation level, often with names like Silver, Bronze, Gold, Platinum, Executive, etc.

    The more money you spend each month (especially on AutoShip) the more money you qualify for in the compensation plan. Often this results in inflated and/or artificial consumption. In other words, people either buying things they don’t really need, and/or buying more than they really need.

    Rule #1 For Keeping AutoShip Under Control: For your own long term financial success and in the best interests of your customers, is to make sure that you buy only what you need! If you need a particular product or service delivered every month and in that quantity, great. If not, don’t agree to have it continue to be auto-shipped to you.

    Rule #2 is to remember that, whether as a representative or a customer, YOU are the ultimate consumer and purchaser. It’s your money! Therefore, it should be up to you as to when and how much of it you spend. Don’t be intimidated by your company or upline into buying more than you need, or fall into the trap of trying to make your representatives and customers to do the same (buy more than they need on AutoShip).
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    In the short run you may make less money than if your numbers are artificially inflated by people buying more on AutoShip than they really want to.

    But, in the long run, you’ll have a stronger customer and rep base, and your representatives and customers will respect you far more for keeping their best interests in mind by encouraging them to buy your products and services because they want and need them, and in the quantities they need them in.

    At the very beginning of this article, “Customer Convenience” was mentioned as one of the reasons that companies claim to offer AutoShip.
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    However, after decades of experience ordering a multitude of products worth tens of thousands of dollars, and watching others do the same, I’m absolutely convinced that AutoShip can be just as much an inconvenience as it is a convenience.

    And please let me be quick to point out that, yes, I absolutely DO have products and services that to this very day are delivered to me each and every month on AutoShip. I’ll go even further by sharing with you that in just one category, nutritional products, I order as much as $400 to $600 PER MONTH worth of those kinds of products.

    HOWEVER, in a “slow” month I might order as little as $100 to $150 worth of product. So, you might be wondering, why the difference, and what do I mean by a “slow” month?

    Just one example: Health Packs (or Paks). Keep in mind that this is most commonly applicable to health and nutritional products, but it can apply to many other products and services as well.
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    Most health and wellness companies offer at least one, “Health Pack,” which they’ve stocked with items they feel that most people would always want to purchase every month. Again, these packages may also be designed to qualify the representative for a particular level in the company’s compensation plan.

    The problem with this approach is that, especially if it is a pack that contains many varied products, it is highly unlikely that you will consume all of its contents equally over the entire month. So, at the end of the month it is very possible that you’ll end up with too much, or too little, of some of the products included in any given package.

    If you just keep ordering that same package then before long you’ll end up with a whole surplus of some items, and perhaps run short on others. That’s what I mean by a “slow” month.
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    Slow months for me are those months where the previous months’ AutoShips have caused me to be overstocked on certain items. If I end up getting overstocked on many if not most items, then I may only spend as little as $100 to $150 that month buying just the few items that I’m running out of.

    On the other hand, if it is a month during which I’ve almost run out of everything, or soon will be, then I can easily spend as much as $400 to $600 purchasing all of the health and nutritional products that I might typically buy in any given month.

    Do I continue to keep receiving products on AutoShip every month even when I already have too many, or don’t need them? Absolutely not!
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    If I see that I’m getting too stocked up on certain items then I’ll remove those items from my AutoShip order for that month. Some companies let you put AutoShip on “pause” and then resume it again when you are ready for exactly this reason.

    However, if no such options are provided I am not at all shy about simply canceling my AutoShip order for a particular month altogether. Then, when I see that I’m going to be running low on those items, I’ll go back on AutoShip.

    AUTO SHIP DEADLINES

    Especially if you are new to receiving products on AutoShip, be sure to familiarize yourself with your company’s policy for submitting changes or cancellations to your order. Some companies will allow you to literally change your order almost at the last minute.
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    More commonly, however, they will have a policy that states that you must do so well prior to the actual AutoShip date, sometimes by as much as 10 days in advance! If your company has such a policy and you wait until after the deadline you may be unable to stop your AutoShip for that month, even if you don’t need any more of the product!
     
     
     

    To Summarize:

    1. Emphasize the value of your products and services so that both you and your customers are purchasing because they need and want your products, and not just to meet some compensation plan requirement. Ask yourself, “if I weren’t personally involved in this company, would I still be buying this product?”

    Almost all of the products and services that I mentioned above that I buy, sometimes to the tune of as much as $400 to $600 a month, are for my personal consumption only and not at all because I’m trying to qualify for a spot somewhere in a company’s compensation plan.
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    In fact, in most cases, I do not push the opportunity at all, and in most have never signed up even a single rep. (Though I’m a huge fan of health and wellness and practice it daily, it just so happens that my primary focus is on building organizations outside of the strictly heath and wellness area.).

    So, I can definitely answer with a resounding, “yes,” the question, “would I buy these products anyway even if no opportunity were involved?”

    If you can answer, “yes,” to that question and you happen to be in the health and wellness area, awesome! You’ll be much better off and build a stronger organization and customer base as a result.

    2. Do not buy and certainly do not continue to receive on monthly AutoShip anything that you do not really want or need. Buy products because you actually intend to use them, and not just to qualify for a certain level of compensation.

    3. Monitor your AutoShips and your usage of the products and be ready to adjust as needed, ordering more, or less, whenever necessary.

    4. Finally, remember that YOU ultimately are in control and are the one who determines what you need, and in what quantity, and when. So, if you are simply getting too stocked up on certain items, or you simply don’t need them during a certain month, don’t be shy about canceling your AutoShip order if your company doesn’t give you more flexible options. You can always resume your AutoShip order when you are ready.

    And, lastly, let me point out that, all things considered, as long as you actually need and want whatever products you are buying, then by all means DO take advantage of any specials, bonuses, and/or compensation plan benefits that you will enjoy by ordering on AutoShip.

    In other words, if your company offers advantages to placing your order on AutoShip, as opposed to placing a “regular” order, there is nothing wrong with that. Very few companies have a policy that states that you won’t get those same advantages just because you don’t stay on AutoShip every single month.
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    If you cancel your AutoShip this month for instance, naturally you probably won’t enjoy for that month any of the perks that are offered for being on AutoShip. However, when you DO decide to order again, if you place your order back on AutoShip, you’ll probably enjoy the same benefits as if you had been on AutoShip the entire time.

    Some people like to shop at sales just because items are on sale. Hence the old saying, “no sale is a good sale if you don’t need the item that’s on sale!”

    Likewise, AutoShip does have it’s place, but no benefit is likely to worth it if you are spending money each month buying products on AutoShip that you don’t really need or want.


    The Miami Heat As Your Business??

    The Miami Heat As Your Business??

    What do I mean by this title “The Miami Heat As Your Business?”
    Simply put they just won the NBA championship and many of the elements they used to be Number 1 will allow you to be Number 1 in your business when you apply them.


    You get many of the things that led to their success by listening to the comments of the players and coaches after the clinching game Tuesday night (June 20, 2006).

    Success leaves clues and some of the ones they cited were 15 strong (as in it takes 15 players on a basketball team) and no browbeating your teammates when they make mistakes.

    Now to the 4 Championship Factors:

    1. The ‘Zo Factor…as in Alonzo Mourning

    He was diagnosed with kidney failure and announced his retirement from the NBA on October 3, 2000 to deal with his health. Fortunately for him his cousin donated him a kidney. Because of what he has done he is an inspiration to many others.
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    While in the hospital receiving the kidney he read both of Lance Armstrong’s books to pull inspiration for himself. He actively took part in his own healing process.

    After the game he was talking and credited his mindset for his recovery. He never gave up, always knew and believed he’d get better, visualized himself as healthy again, never got pissed and asked “why me”, and realized there is always someone out there worse off and found something to be thankful for.

    You can overcome setbacks in your life and business as well.
     
     
     

    2. The Riley Factor…as in Coach Pat Riley

    He said he really started achieving success when he stopped worrying about what others thought of him. So he felt no pressure when the media said it was on him to win the title this year.
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    He said he would give up his 6 previous championships (4 as a head coach, 1 as a player, and 1 as an assistant coach) for THIS ONE! Why?

    Because it was 18 years between championships so it seemed like an endless pursuit and there were many frustrating failures along the way making this one so much sweeter.

    It was so special because of the long drought, media and fan criticism through the failures, the great adversity faced by this year’s team, and the ULTIMATE GOAL finally realized.

    He was so confident he brought only 1 change of clothes to Dallas believing they would win despite having ZERO WINS there. His 15 strong concept allowed former superstars to put their egos aside for the good of the team.

    3. The Shaq and Flash Factor…as in Shaq and Dwyane Wade

    Shaq is aware of his fading career and was willing to defer to current superstar Flash. The close relationship between the 2 stars yields tremendous team chemistry.

    Flash learned to lead by example on the court. Shaq was a mentor to Flash and only player on the team with championship rings.

    4. The Teammates Factor…as in 13 others

    The others were open for 3 point shots when the 2 big guns were covered. They provided timely defense and blocks when problems arise and assignments are missed. They would take charges and pain for the good of the team.
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    Also, they provided timely scoring when the team was in need and veteran experience and leadership to weather the in-game storms.

    These elements outlined above are what yields success. They are the fingerprints of the Miami Heat’s championship. When you apply them to your business obviously you see they will maximize your profits don’t you agree.