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As most of you know I am on vacation right now…off in Colorado for family visits and mountain retreats ;)

Although I am not due to return until the 31st of the month, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from my camping trip to the Gore Mountain Range located within the Colorado Rockies. I am a hiker at heart.

At first I thought it might be fun to create a “flip book” from my assortment of pics (flip books read just like regular books and would make great online picture albums)…but then it suddenly dawned on me that this was a great opportunity to practice my Camtasia and Power Point skills by creating a video presentation with my camping pictures.

This would accomplish a few things… Read the rest of this entry

Contest Winners Revealed

Yippeeeeeee…..

I just arrived home today from a visit with my grandkids (they are the lights of my life) and even though I am a bit tired from the drive…2 hours north, I am running on adrenaline because I get to announce the winners of my Camtasia Snag It contest.

I have to tell you that in my two years of blogging, this blog post idea might be the most fun I’ve had yet.

Here’s some of the highlights of what I was able to accomplish:

  • Excitement around my blog ;)
  • Inspired ideas for my tagline/byline header
  • New blogging friendships – building my network
  • An opportunity to create my first Camtasia video – accomplishing and learning something new
  • Helping those who helped me by linking back to their blogs

and, so much more… Read the rest of this entry

Join the Creative Fun…Not 1 but 2 Winners!

As I said in my previous post on blogging experts, being interactive is something I am going to implement on my own blog a lot more in the future.

Pictures, contest, surveys…I am going to incorporate all of it.

It’s a way for others to join in and that’s creates excitement and fun.

So, with that in mind, I sat for days wondering how I could incorporate a contest into my blogging. I had a great gift set aside…actually a few of them…it was just a matter of coming up with an appropriate contest that excited others enough to get them involved.

I’ve been working on a blog makeover lately. Haven’t come up with any particular design…that will come but I need ideas for a bi-line.

Bingo…I suddenly realized that I had the perfect audience to help me out ;) ;) Read the rest of this entry

Fourerr and Gigs for Gurus

It wasn’t long after I wrote my last post on “Fiverr” and the clones that are appearing all over the net that I received two notices from other Fiverrr Clone creators.

I love proactive people so I’ve decided to give these two passionate entrepreneurs their proper due by writing a blog post outlining some of the advantages of using these two new sites that were brought to my attention.

First up: Fourerr The $4 Online Marketplace

As the name implies (an you have most likely figured out on your own) this site charges $4.00 for each service performed instead of the $5 fee that Fiverr charges.

Alex Bain the CEO of Fourerr claims they have the same providers (I did not check against the providers on Fiverr but I would not be surprised if many are the same)….but you are charged 20% less at $4 rather than $5 a task.

I am all about saving money when possible so I think this site is definitely worth checking out. Fiverr remains the most popular…it was the first of its kind…but competition is good.

Fourerr is a newer site than some but their traffic is ranked #2 according to compete.com

One more site was brought to my attention and this one has really caught my eye because they are focused on Internet marketers.

Jason from Gigs For Gurus contacted me to let me to inform me of this site that is a bit different than most of these cloned Fiverr sites. If you’ve been to any of these “bargain basement sites” you will have noticed that you can get all types of services on these sites including weird and bizarre stuff.

Now, I see nothing wrong with weird and bizarre but I really like the fact that someone focused on Internet marketing and left the bizarre to the other sites. This site was set up as the Internet Marketing Marketplace…for people to buy/sell their IM products/services at their own price.

As you can see from the screen shot below, they even feature : “Warrior Special Offers” (for those not familiar, these are offers from marketers who frequent the Warrior Forum)

There are not a lot of vendor choices within each category yet. But, as more and more people discover the power and ease of using these sites the choices will grow.

I truly hope this site takes off because I appreciate the fact that you do not have to wade through a bunch of silly stuff in order to get some serious stuff done.

I have no doubt that you will see clones of this clone showing up ;)

Marketing online is a huge niche with more comers every day. I wish these sites had been around a few years ago…it sure would have made those techie jobs that I struggled with a whole lost easier and saved me a ton of stress!

It gets easier everyday to open up shop online in the way of a blog or ecommerce site and these sites make it very easy for anyone to succeed…even through those techie bumps that have sidelined and discouraged others in the past.

If you come online with desire and passion there really is nothing keeping you from succeeding. No more techie excuses or writing excuses…or any excuses. ;) Getting help online is easier and quicker than ever with more choices showing up every day.

Here’s a quick update on that issue with TaskArmy and Camtasia.

Everyone that I know that ordered this through TaskArmy has gotten their money back.

I initially thought that I had not received my refund but it was there in Paypal in “all transactions.”

So, I congratulate Aymeric for returning all the money that would have been earned on something that wasn’t legal. There is proof that he is honest and upfront so I don’t think you will have any problems with TaskArmy.

And, just so you are aware…if you buy a service from TaskArmy that is legal and you change you mind you will only get a credit back to use towards other services. There is no money return on orders unless of course you can prove their illegal existence.

Update from Aymeric:

Just a clarification about TaskArmy.com, you CAN request a withdrawal and get your money back into your Paypal account. Simply click the “Request withdrawal” button. It’s that simple :)

Enjoy the two new sites listed and let me know if you find any more ;)

 

Fun Fact:

Did You Know?

Symbolics.com was the first domain name ever registered? First registered on March 15, 1985.

(1985??? I didn’t even know the Internet existed then) ;)

 

The Fever of “Fiverr”

There’s been a lot of “fever” about “Fiverr” lately…the economy/bargain basement outsourcing site where services are offered for $5.00 only.

Fiverr calls themselves “The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5.”

It’s easy to see why such a site would take off in popularity as more and more people realize the value in outsourcing and $5 is an amount that is easily affordable.

Here’s a screenshot of Fiverr’s technology page you can see for yourself some of the services offered:

But that’s only one area of services you can tap into…as you can see from the menu on the right, you can get everything from programming to everyday tips and advice to making video, writing, social marketing and there are even “Fun and Bizarre” services. (you will find yourself browsing when you have time because some of these services really are bizarre ;)  )

I do know marketers who have used Fiverr for SEO purposes like backlinking and social marketing services like tweets to twitter and building facebook and twitter fans….and they’ve been successful doing so. I also know marketers who have used video creation services with success too.

Remember…you are only being charged $5 for these services so there are limitations in what you can expect.

As with all successful things, it wasn’t long before the Fiverr script (assuming they were the first) was cloned and similiar sites starting appearing all over the net. Of course this is good for us because we have many more choices…

Here’s a short list of the sites I’ve discovered…some of them allowing services up to $100 or more. These sites can obviously expand your horizons a bit because more services can be offered for $100 than for $5.

  • JustaFive.com:  Services for $5, $10 or $20
  • Gigbucks.com:  Gigs ranging from $5 to $100
  • Gigswood.com:  Gigs for $4, $9 and $1
  • Zeerk.com:  Services for $5, $10, $15, $25, $50, $75 and $100
  • Jobsfor10.com: Micro-Job Marketplace offers services for $5, $10, and $20. They originally started out with just $10 jobs but have expanded…hence the name
  • TenBux.com: Services for $5 and $10
  • 7Freelance.com: This site is a little more targeted and offers freelance services for writing, graphics, data entry and web design
  • Tenyt.com: Services for $10. Nice refreshing format…different from some of the cloned sites above

and just recently I discovered two more:

  • Gigtask.com: which at the time of this posting was having a bit of difficulty showing on my browser…possibly it will be fixed when you get there. I know it exists because I was just there the other day ;)

Now I want to introduce you to:

TaskArmy.com…another freelancing site that is focused on web development, web design, copywriting, va’s, translation etc. In other words…there are no “bizarre” or “funny” choices here.

This eliminates the fluff found on the other sites and offers services directly related to helping you succeed online.

From what I can tell after browsing the site is that services here can range up to $199.

They do have an escrow service but they have eliminated the bidding and waiting and simplified the process of outsourcing for many tasks that didn’t really require jumping through hoops to get it done.

I personally think this is a great idea because some services are simple enough…but become difficult when you have to sign up at one of those bidding sites and fill out all that extra info.

You can get things done quickly and fairly on these sites and it makes outsourcing a lot more fun. These sites definitely service a high demand niche.

Each one of these sites has their own set of rules and restrictions so make sure you read the policies on each one…don’t assume they are the same.

Most have small fees that are built right into the fee paid.

And now  I am going to list a recent bargain that I discovered OR SO i THOUGHT.

Anyone who has been working online for any amount of time will be familiar with Camtasia as the premier screencast and video production/editing software. This sells for $299 on their site.

I personally could not believe the price and so I bought a license and it is working properly. I assumed these licenses were legal (yeah I know…a bit naive and way too much trust in a site)…or this guy would easily be booted off this site and banned from using it.

I wanted to be right…but of course I was wrong…so be careful about what you order and be logical ;)

Update:

These  licenses turned out to be “cracked” code licenses…which will get you into Camtasia but you won’t get updates.

I will not be partner to any action like this and have written to him about getting money back.

It’s as all things in life…you get what you pay for and I’ve learned a valuable lesson…that these sites can lead into some bad lanes and you must use your logic sometimes to get past your excitement.

But…it will be interesting to follow up Taskarmy and how their resolution center handles this if the money isn’t refunded by Sanjeev. So, all in all, it is another chapter for my book and it will be a test of  TaskArmy’s integrity.

My job is to bring you these fun and money saving tips/sites…but it is up to you to check the validity of their offerings before you purchase. Write them and ask questions.

One may wonder why these people offer services so cheap. It’s the perfect advertising platform as they are allowed to put their business links on their pages so they get traffic and possible new clients in exchange.

As the evolution of outsourcing continues to evolve we’ll see things get simpler, easier to use and much more friendly.

This is outsourcing in the 21st Century ;)

Would love some comments from those who are using these sites or possibly you have purchased Camtasia using this link?

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