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    Forum newsletter, 16 July 2013.


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    Sorry I didn't send a newsletter in June. I was lying on a beach in Bangkok and sand got into my laptop and then a dog ate my mouse. Despite the holiday, the EP team was busy. In June we added a new Publisher forum, headed up by David (dsieg58) as the Publisher Mentor. Publishing is a very popular way of making money online these days, and if you have any interest in the subject, you really should have a look at our new forum.
    http://experienced-people.net/forums...display.php/87

    We also added another new forum - the Starter Bazaar. This is a place where anyone can list their starter sites for sale. The price is $1.99 per site. This is a processing fee rather than a listing fee, and posts need to comply with forum rules. If you have any starter sites for sale, you can list them here.
    http://experienced-people.net/forums...display.php/86

    And the other news is that we completed the Experienced People's Guide to Due Diligence for buying websites. This is available free for all Premium Members and not (yet) published anywhere else. The details of how to get hold of your copy are in the Premium Lounge. (Subscription required.)

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    The perils of running websites from outside the Western World
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/11953
    Many MMO "gurus" try to flog their wares by holding out the dream of being able to run an online business from a laptop on a beach. As JimWaller points out, Dave McM's tale of woe is a salutary reality check for this type of pie-in-the-sky claim.

    Marketplaces and due diligence
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/11917
    Independence and impartiality are the cornerstones of effective due diligence. So why (Kay asks) would anyone buying a website through a marketplace seek DD services from a company endorsed by that marketplace?

    Non-compete clauses
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/11684
    If you've just bought an online business, the last thing you want is to see the vendor immediately launch a carbon copy. But can a non-compete clause really stop them? Plenty of opinions here!

    How to Write Non-Fiction
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/11904
    Everyone's supposed to have at least one book within themselves, but trying to earn a living from writing requires a bit more than that. Publishing Mentor dsieg58 comes up with loads of sound advice on how to get yourself published by writing non-fiction.

    What do you think about IP blocks for countries?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/11713 We all know that WWW stands for World-Wide Web. But when your target market is confined to one country, and 90% of your traffic is spammers and crackers from elsewhere, it's very tempting to put up the shutters. This thread discusses the pros and cons - and the ways and means - of doing just that.

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    Here are some interesting items from around the Web.

    Why do Nigerian scammers say they are from Nigeria? After all, these days many of us find it hard to hear the name "Nigeria" without immediately thinking of the "419 scam". Microsoft Research's Cormac Herley has written a monograph explaining why it pays to tell the truth in this case. It's actually a very shrewd way of qualifying your "customer". Most of us are already inured to the blandishments of the scammers and either junk them immediately (if they haven't already been dealt with by spam filters) or read through them just for the laugh at the preposterous claims. The scammers aren't interested in people like that. Scamming is quite a labour-intensive business, so it pays to weed out anyone who isn't entirely gullible as quickly as possible. (Kudos to the people who make a hobby out of stringing them along.)

    Quite dense reading (lots of equations and statistical analysis), but you can skim-read all of that - the introduction and the discussion are worth reading in themselves. (See if you can spot the amusing typo in Section 4.1!) http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/1...romNigeria.pdf (PDF file, 540 KB, 14 pages)

    Britain's "Daily Telegraph" has come up with a Top 50 list of bugbears of modern UK life. For me it's when my Internet connection doesn't work (or when our server blocks us from our own sites for suspicious activity - see "The perils of running websites from outside the Western World" above). What most gets your goat?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...dern-life.html

    Facebook vs sperm! The BBC's Future website has compiled an excellent infographic comparing the amounts of data storage in all sorts of objects, starting from the humble 4 kilobytes of memory in microcomputers in the late 1970s and ranging through the 1.8 terabytes (1.8 x 10^12 bytes) of DNA data produced in sperm per adult human male per second and the 100 petabytes (100 x 10^15 bytes) of videos and photos stored on Facebook in 2012, to the 10,000 yottabytes (10 x 10^27 bytes) of unique genetic information in the world's microbe population.
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2013...o-data-storage

    Thanks for reading and all the best with your online businesses,

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    Interesting paper about the Nigerian scams - but pretty heavy going even without the formulae. The error I found in 4.1 was numerical - is that what you were referring to?

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    It wasn't, Chabrenas, although now you mention it I see there are actually two numerical ones, both on Page 12: "1-in-100,00" in the first para and then the disparity between 0.00001% and 99.999%, leaving 0.00099% unaccounted for.

    It was the word "fiends" in the first line on that page. Nothing that would ever have us rolling in the aisles, but it gave both Kay and me a slight chuckle, anyway. As you say, it was heavy going. Interesting stuff, though.

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    Oh, no... I missed a 'fiends' . Now I know senility is setting in.

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    Not senile, just careless. Sometimes it's important to pay attention to detail, whether it's your own writing or when you're looking at someone else's writing. I don't believe you are senile, I think you just don't take enough care over what you do and say.
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    Forum newsletter 18 August 2013

    Admin News

    Since the last newsletter in July, we've added a new book club (sub-forum) for our Premium Members. This is a good place for authors to get feedback on their work and an opportunity for other members to get free books.

    I received feedback that some people thought that listing in the EP marketplace was too expensive. Perhaps they didn't realise that it's only $1.99 to list a starter site for sale. There was also some discussion about whether or not links should be allowed in listings and (if so) whether they should be do-follow, and some members expressed a desire for a few tweaks to the rules. I made the changes to the Starter Bazaar rules in accordance with what people said they wanted.

    The Starter Bazaar is a place where anyone can list their starter sites for sale. The price is $1.99 per site. This is a processing fee rather than a listing fee, and posts need to comply with forum rules. If you have any starter sites for sale, you can list them here.
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...display.php/86

    The Experienced People's Guide to Due Diligence for buying websites has been well received and even had a glowing review from Clinton. The guide is available free for all Premium Members and not (yet) published anywhere else. The details of how to get hold of your copy are in the Premium Lounge. (Subscription required.)

    EP Hot Topics

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    To Clinton and Kay - why dislike nofollow?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12133
    Bryan asked the question - why dislike no-follow links in user-generated content? I thought it was a good question but although plenty of people read the thread, few contributed. Is "rel=nofollow" a good way of stopping your site from being identified with bad neighbourhoods? Or does it just lead Google to think that you're selling links?

    Google asked to remove 100M piracy links this year so far
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12073
    I asked: is it really worth the time and effort of asking G to remove copyright infringers from their listings? Prompted by a BBC News story focused largely on file-sharing, the question's of relevance to anyone who runs a content-based website. Opinions on whether it's worth it or not seem to vary quite widely.

    Can I Make Them Hand Over .com Address
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12149
    Cyber squatters are a long-standing nuisance. But is there anything that can be done to evict them from the prime virtual real estate they're occupying, if you've got an established online business that could put the domain to good use? Xirus gets the lowdown from crabfoot and Fish.

    10 reasons why a reader will abandon your book
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12086
    We all know that repeat sales are key to succeeding in business, and that applies as much to self-publishers and authors as anyone else. So the last thing any author wants to hear is that readers are abandoning their books before reaching the end. Publishing Mentor dsieg58 looks at some of the things that make a book unfinishable - and how to keep the reader engaged.

    Sending a laptop for repair - how to secure it?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/11935
    Handing over a computer for repair without taking steps to protect your confidential data is a bit like leaving your home or office without locking the door and with the safe wide open. Dave McM asks for advice on the best way of protecting a laptop that's in need of some expert attention.

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    Here are some interesting items from around the Web.

    Grynge started a thread about doing without mobile phones. Having only reluctantly started using one in the first place, when it died he seized the opportunity to abandon the ball-and-chain, and found it a liberating experience.
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12166
    I completely agree and wrote about a similar situation a while ago. Not that I use my own mobile a lot - I don't give out the number and only turn on the phone when travelling. But trying to deal with other people who appear to have their phone Superglued to their ear is a real nuisance.
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8217
    Plus I found this where another person seems to have seen the light - although he seems to have found ways of employing other technology to do the same things that he'd have been doing on his mobile.
    - https://medium.com/architecting-a-life/5e9d57919f06
    Is there a trend of people rebelling against having their every waking moment ruled by these tyrannical devices? What do you think about it all?

    Facebook makes people feel worse about themselves. Well, this is no news to me at all. I feel a profound sense of gloom at the mere mention of social media. But it's interesting to hear that many users are left feeling unfulfilled by the FB experience because it tells them that others are living more worthwhile lives than they are.
    - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23709009

    And just a funny little thing to finish up with. I'm not a cat lover by any means. But you have to like this series of short videos even if you don't like cats. Enjoy! http://www.simonscat.com/Films/

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    Forum newsletter, 18 September 2013

    There's no admin news in this month's newsletter, so without further ado...

    EP hot topics

    Here are some recent threads which you might enjoy.

    Buying a website for its newsletter list
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12256
    Newsletter lists are a great way of monetising a website, if you listen to some marketers. But is it wise to buy a website for its list? brunogo asks some pertinent questions, while crabfoot comes up with a salvage plan for duff purchases.


    Flippa Super Sellers - beta
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12348
    Website marketplace Flippa recently announced the launch in beta of a new Super Seller feature - a seal of approval for premium sellers who can be relied on not to let buyers down. Kay drills down to see how much substance there is beneath the glitz.

    Very, Very, Interesting
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12326
    dsieg58 looks at a subject dear to many webmasters' hearts: the speculative correlation between AdWords and Google SERP - and recounts a recent experience which lends weight to the speculation, as well as giving rise to our next hot topic:

    Affiliate marketing - attribution, retargeting, etc
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12349 Ever had the feeling that you're being followed? Just follow an affiliate link to a website that's running an AdWords campaign, and you'll find those Google ads everywhere you go for a while afterwards. crabfoot, Kay and others look at the vexed issue of who actually benefits from affiliate programmes.

    Facebook Advertising: What Do You Think About Their Tactics?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12317
    Now that Facebook's accountable to shareholders, what is it doing to boost its value? Why, retargeted ads, of course. kharrison asks EP members' opinions on how sustainable this is likely to be as a long-term strategy.

    Trademark Issue #2
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12290
    Faced with an over-litigious fellow Yahoo! group member, dsieg58 is incredulous: can you REALLY be barred from using a word in conversation that someone's registered as a trade mark? Several EP members join him in the derisive laughter.


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    Here are some interesting items from around the Web.

    Are you a fan of Dragons' Den - or its US counterpart, Shark Tank? It's entertaining TV if you're even slightly interested in business - and there are quite a few people who've been inspired by the programme to set up in business themselves. But not everyone agrees that the advice given by the Dragons/Sharks is worth following for people who want to be entrepreneurs.
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228162

    Those of you in the UK may be aware that another series of Dragons' Den has just finished - this year's was the shortest since the first two, which similarly had just six episodes. Did anyone else get the same feeling I did - that it's running out of steam?

    Duncan Bannatyne in particular looked increasingly as if he didn't want to be there any more; not so much because there weren't investment opportunities as because he couldn't be bothered with his fellow Dragons' company. The change of two Dragons this series probably didn't help, though I have to confess I was always something of a Theo Paphitis fan anyway.

    I noticed also that there weren't any invitations for future would-be entrepreneurs to pitch, though the application form's still available on the BBC's Dragons website. Have we seen the last of the Dragons in the UK?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden/


    Fancy some free university courses? Coursera is a great resource - built on the co-operation of over 70 world-renowned institutes of higher education around the globe. Most of them are US-based, but there are several European, Asian and Canadian bodies too. And although you can complete assignments to gain credits, there's no requirement to do that - you can just drop in for the lectures and/or the online discussions as you like.
    http://www.coursera.org/

    And finally an amusing little thing to finish up with. It's mostly guys who are signed up to receive this email newsletter so I thought you might appreciate some advice about online dating.
    http://usvsth3m.com/post/61503266256...-who-will-make


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    Forum newsletter, 18 October 2013

    There's no admin news in this month's newsletter, so without further ado...

    EP hot topics

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    100k per month using Amazon (Premium Lounge)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12485
    There was quite a buzz in the MMO scene with a big launch of a new product teaching people how to use Amazon FBA (facilitated by Amazon) to sell their own private label products. It came with a big price tag too, weighing in at almost $4,000. No wonder many people baulked at the price. We took a closer look at cheaper alternatives, including how to do it yourself without needing to buy a course.

    Amazon Product Advertising API
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12504
    Here's Amazon under the spotlight again. This time it was new member icaseley wondering about starting a new business as an Amazon API affiliate. Kay, Mikl and crabfoot debate the pros and cons of doing this.

    Is SEO even worth bothering with anymore?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12500
    Not so very long ago this question would have been unthinkable. But things have changed drastically since Google unleashed the attack of the achromatic algos. dsieg58 asks what value, if any, remains in paying people to keep your website's pages up at the top of the SERPs.

    Mistakes we've made
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12497
    We all make mistakes. Let's face it, if we didn't, we'd all be rich and there'd be no need for EP, would there? But since we do, Kay's kicked off a list for people to 'fess up to theirs and hopefully stop others from making them. This isn't about individual bad business decisions, it's more about how your approach to a particular aspect of business can hold you back.

    Tor, .onion and the Deep Web (Foo)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12465
    Ever heard of the Deep Web? There's a whole realm of stuff on the Internet that isn't accessible in the normal way through search engines and isn't dominated by people trying to make money online. JJMcClure has dipped his toe into the water.

    Is it necessary to "delight" your customers?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12464
    Is there anyone in business who hasn't heard the cliché "It's no longer enough to satisfy the customer, you have to delight them"? Thought not. But how true is it really? And what about the opposite approach - sacking customers who are a drain on resources? This thread is a real antidote to the lazy acceptance of received "wisdom".

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    In Other News

    Here are some interesting items from around the Web.

    While we're on the subject of business strategy clichés, how about all those people insisting that it's crucial to differentiate yourself from your competitors if you're going to succeed?

    Freek Vermeulen of the London Business School wrote a piece for the Harvard Business Review recently in which he argued that differentiating yourself might not always be possible, or even necessary. His basic proposition was that where the benefit of your product to the buyer is vague and unmeasurable (for instance, consultancy advice), then it doesn't really matter too much exactly what you offer - it's how you package it. He cites McKinsey as a prime example - they provide strategy advice to businesses, but it's unknowable whether or not the advice was good or bad because real-world developments get in the way. So they rely to some extent on creating an image of success: hiring the "best" talent, working for the "best" companies. And because they present themselves as being the premier company in their field, and spend a lot of time nurturing their relationships, people come to believe it.

    It's an interesting point of view. Personally I think it lays too much emphasis on slick marketing. But I can see that where personal relationships are important to the business, slick marketing might well make the difference. Very much in the same way, in fact, as "delighting" your customer might tip the balance for a hotel or restaurant but not for a chain of budget supermarkets.
    http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/10/you-can-win-without-differentiation/


    Meanwhile, Sonia Simone at copyblogger.com has been asking whether it's time for content marketers to abandon Facebook. Looking at Facebook's attempts to get Page owners to pay to "Promote" their posts - to the audience they devoted so much time and effort building up in the first place - she describes businesses' efforts to develop an online presence on the social media as "digital sharecropping". Great phrase. It's always mystified me that any online business would want to place themselves so much in the hands of a third party, and Simone's article does a masterful job of summing up the reasons against it.
    http://www.copyblogger.com/facebook-sharecropping/

    OK, a bit of fun to finish up with. A collection of facts about everyone's favourite hard man, Chuck Norris. They've even got a list of his own personal favourites!
    http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/chuck-norris-favorite-facts


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    Forum newsletter, 31 December 2013

    Here we are at the end of another year. Hope 2013 was kind to you!

    EP hot topics

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    Is it necessary to offer bonuses as upsells when selling a site on Flippa?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12658
    Everyone loves a freebie, don't they? Well, maybe they don't. Are bonuses just an excuse to bump up the BIN price, or do they actually offer something worthwhile for the possibly inexperienced buyer? Here's a look at the sweetener side of selling.

    Yet another Flippa scam
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12597
    It's hard to overemphasise the need to do proper due diligence when buying a website, and revenue claims are a particular case in point. Thomas highlights a case where an apparently healthy and genuine income flow may be too good to be true.

    Drop shipping around the world
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12819
    Straddling the line between bricks-and-mortar and the Web as it does, you might think drop shipping is an easy way for people used to one business environment to make the transition into the other. But isn't it rather risky for the newbie? And how does it vary between geographical markets?

    Can the .com and .co.uk be taken from me?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12492
    Buying a domain based on someone else's existing product is a tempting but risky strategy, especially if their lawyers are bigger than yours. But, icaseley wonders, what about new products? Can you nip in first and take a punt on a rumoured name, without your investment being grabbed off you later?

    Should links open a new window?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12824
    Picture the scene. You've spent hours building a lovely shiny website and enticing visitors to it. Perhaps you've included a few external links that might be useful to your audience. If you follow W3C's dictates, it's at that point that you have to say goodbye to your hard-won visitors. Can you really not have them open a new window instead? A good ol'-fashioned usability question from BrentM that's been debated ever since the "target" attribute saw the light of day.

    Nearly two thirds of website traffic 'generated by bots'
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...read.php/12815
    With so many spiders, crawlers and scrapers around, it's a wonder any human beings ever get to see a web page. JJMcClure is prompted by a story in Britain's Daily Telegraph to ask: is the story true? And if so, are we all fretting needlessly over bounce rates?

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    Did 2013 turn out to be all you expected it to be? Or did you get some surprises along the way, whether pleasant or otherwise? Online entrepreneur Eric Borgos seems to have spent it in a state of flux, hence the title of his recent blog posting: "2013 - A Year of Change". http://www.impulsecorp.com/2013-a-year-of-change
    Looking down his summary list of what's been going on, in a way it's sort of reassuring to see that so many of the concerns he spends time dealing with aren't so very different from those which exercise the typical EP member's mind - the constant worry of a sudden AdSense ban, what to do with underperforming websites, is it really worth bothering with social media marketing? etc. On the other hand, it's a bit worrying that he's still casting around to find a clear way forward. Evidently, like the rest of us, he hasn't found the Philosopher's Stone of eternal income.

    As far as the social media marketing is concerned, Mobile Marketer had something to say about that recently when they asked, "Are mobile social ads overhyped?" Their answer seems to be that the jury's still out.
    http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/ne...rks/16842.html
    Yes, mobile ads on the social networks do seem to be getting through to their audience at the moment - apparently by advertising on Instagram, Ben & Jerry's achieved a recall lift of 33 percentage points. Which presumably is a good thing, whatever a recall lift is. (Sounds like something you'd find in a well-appointed skyscraper.) Of course, there's nothing to say whether consumers actually liked these adverts or whether they found them an intrusion into their social media fun time. Then again, maybe that's neither here nor there as long as the advert's increasing sales.

    Staying with social media, Social Media Today have come up with their predictions for the Hottest Social Media Sites for 2014.
    http://www.socialmediatoday.com/docm...al-media-sites
    They reckon that because there are now too many adults on Facebook, teens are deserting it... for Twitter! Seems a tad implausible to me, but you never know. Perhaps more surprising is their prediction that Google+ is finally going to take off because Google search results will favour sites whose authors are identified through the Google Authorship facility, which depends on Google+. Hmm.

    But we'll end the year with a lighthearted story about theft.
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230537
    Bitcoin's been so much in the news recently that it was only a matter of time before a TV news programme would decide to show its viewers what one looked like. Bloomberg TV did so, with one of their anchors presenting two others with $20 each. Unfortunately one of the anchors showed off the QR code, on a programme being broadcast in HDTV. You can probably guess what happened next...

    Thanks for reading. Wishing you a very happy and successful 2014 and all the best with your online businesses,
    British Expat - helping people to live and work abroad since the year 2000.

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