The New FTC Guidelines, How Fair Is It?

If there is one thing that I hate it's those bullshit commercials that go on and on. You know the ones, they're promoting a product and if you buy it now you get some other crap thrown in. Then it goes on a bit more about how cool the stuff is, and then you get the old, 'and there's more' line if you do this or that. The end result of buying into the whole sales line is that you have so much more shit to throw away. Well, that is what the old squeeze page is like. You've all seen them. You land on a page that is promising to show you how you can tell your boss to shove his job because it's going to reveal how you can make thousands of dollars a month. The problem is that no matter how much you scroll down, it seems you're never going to get to the end of the sales jargon, and when you do, instead of telling you how much they're going to fleece you, all you get is a link to click on, and 9 times out of ten you have to divulge your email address, and possible some other details. No worries though, because you've just been given a link to some crappy 'free' ebook. Well, it's quite possible that the new FTC guidelines which came into force on Dec. 1st is going to put a stop to all that. If you haven't heard of these new guidelines…

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Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow

Why is it that as bloggers we love to share a bit of link luv with other bloggers? Sure we do it because we found a particular post to be interesting, and therefore worth sharing with our readers, but I put it to you that another reason is that, deep down, we hope to get some recognition from that blogger. A simple visit to our blog with a quick thank you isn't too much to ask now is it? Yeah, I can hear some of you mumbling in the background that the likes of Darren Rowse and John Chow are way too busy for such common courtesies and I understand that. Seriously, I do. Let's look at it another way. Have you ever been in a room with people who are engrossed in a conversation? You've got something that you think will be of interest to the rest of the group but they just don't seem to be listening? Well that's how I feel when I visit most problogger's blogs, whether I leave a comment or whether I link to one of their posts. I may as well be in that damn room talking to myself for all the good it does. Well no more! From this day forth I won't be linking to any of their posts. OK, I'm hearing that nagging voice somewhere saying, 'But what if I find something interesting that I want to share with my readers?' Well, that's not going to be a problem either, because I've…

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Qondio Or Qassia, They Both Suck

It seems that this is the week for rants, the first two belonged to my Mate Mitch with his 'My Gripe With Helium' and then 'Done With Demand Studios Also; The Gripe'. I figured the time was ripe for my own rant and so I came up with 'Keyword Abusers Force Comment Policy Change .' After standing back and looking at my little rant I decided it was a little lame and not wanting to be outdone by 'Mitch the Man' I decided I had to do better. That was when I remembered Qondio, or Qassia, as it was known there.¬† Don't ask me why they changed the name as I thought they were both pretty lame, but then there are probably some that would say the same of WassupBlog. Anyway I digress, and I'm not going to tell you why I joined in the first place. This is a rant remember, so I ain't about to build it up. The other day I was going to add an article, or intel as they are wont to call it when I was presented with the following. Qondio only accepts material that has¬†never before been published anywhere else on the web.All content submitted to Qondio must be previously unpublished material. This means that you must create from scratch any content you contribute. You may NOT add content that you previously posted on your blog, website, or any other site. Material is considered to have been "published" if it appeared anywhere on the web,…

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