Is Your Blogging Identity At Risk Of Being Stolen?

Identity theft has been a problem for some time and it can happen in several ways, one of which includes somebody using your credit card details to make illegal purchases over the internet or telephone. There are even cases listed where people have had their entire identity assumed by some jerk to open bank accounts, take out loans and even conduct illegal business transaction using a persona not their own.

Whilst I’ve always known this to be true I’ve never considered that some lowlife would stoop so low as to steal someone’s blogging identity. At least until yesterday. As part of my normal routine, I was checking comments left on my blogs when I noticed that one left by Mitch on my Step By Step Guide Of Hosting Your WordPress Blog was a little unusual. So unusual that ICredit Card Theft checked the url linked to his name, and guess what? It didn’t link to his I’m Just Sharing Blog, and yet it bore his name, minus the capital M which was definitely not Mitch. Then there was also the stupid mistakes, again not something that Mitch would do.

So, this wanker had virtually stolen my mates blogging identity, complete with avatar. The reasons behind this are quite obvious and so it’s left me wondering whether or not someone has been leaving comments as Sire, shitty comments that may cheapen my online presence and all so they can spam other peoples blogs. So, has your blogging identity been stolen?

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The Reason Behind Your MLM Failure

MLM, or Multi-Level Marketing is where companies enlist people to sell a product. They are also sold on the downline ideal, where they sign on other prospects thereby earning a percentage of everything that they make. The more people you have in your downline the greater the earning potential.

It is somewhat easier to be successful in MLM in the real, offline, world because you come face to face with your downline, with whom you can provide the proper training and inspire them to perform. Amway is most likely the most well known MLM system, one that most people would be familiar with.

It’s a little different when you try and build a successful online MLM empire. While there are some that do quite well at it, I’m of the opinion that the majority, including myself, don’t do all that well at it.

The problem is that most of us do not actively participate in any given program. Initially we may land on a squeeze page, or read a brilliant post, describing how we can make heaps of money promoting a particular product or site. We are also promised that this program/product is so good people will be clamoring to join and we will earn a percentage of their sales, and in a short time we will be making so much money that we can tell our bosses to shove their job up their ass.

So we in out turn write a brilliant post enticing others into joining this great money making venture, whilst rubbing our hand in perpetual glee as we watch our downline growing. The only problem is that there is no money coming in.

That is where the problem lies. Everyone is busy signing people up, but no-one is actually out there pushing the product, and if they’re not making actual sales they are not making money. So in essence you’re making, say 5%, of their sales, and 5% of nothing is a big fat ZERO.

I’d like to use SnapDollars as an example. My two posts, Making Money With Snap Dollars & Updating The Update On Snap Dollars were so well written that it convinced two people to become part of my downline.

As you can see by the image below I have managed to earn over $175 since the last post. You may wish to read Updating The Update On Snap Dollars to see how I accomplished this.

You may also notice that my downline have done very little to add to my earnings. This is because while I’ve been proactive, earning my sponsor money, my guys have been sitting on their hands doing sweet F all, and therin lies the problem.

So, it’s not enough to simply sign up people to any given program, you also want to make sure that they know that they have to do more than just provide a link to sign up others who in turn sit on their hands. They have to convey the message that the only way to actually make money is to sell more than just the MLM idea. They have to get behind the product or service to actually make the money showing proof that there is money to be made, in the hope that this will inspire their downline  to do more than just sit on their hands.

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Sire’s Tale Of Johann Herbig The Man Who Lived In A Tree

For those of you who don’t know me I am a proud Australian and I love my country. Having said that I reckon that almost everyone out there will say the same thing about their homeland. This is only natural. The purpose of this post though is not to brag about how beautiful Australia is, rather I want to tell you about one small part, perhaps insignificant to some, of history that happened not too far from where I live.

Whilst every country has it’s pioneers, when one usually thinks of pioneers the first thing that comes to mind is great feats of heroism in times of tribulation and hardship, of forging ahead into the unknown finding new territory to settle. The fact is that being a true pioneer does not necessarily include heroism although it may well mean battling very hard times, working the land and making it your own.

South Australia has many pioneers and while many may not consider Johann Herbig as one I tend to disagree. It all began on the 3rd of October 1855 when Johann Friedrich Herbig arrived in South Australia on the Wilhelmine from Germany. Although poor he manage to lease about 80 acres of land on a time payment schedule and not having enough money to build a house he lived in a old gum tree that was found on his property. This hollow red gum tree is located at Springton South Australia and is about 60 km’s from Adelaide. It’s about 300-500 years old, has a diameter of 7 metres and a height of 24 metres.

He lived in the tree for about five years. He met his bride to be, Anna Caroline Rattey on the 1st of December 1856 and married her in 1858 and they lived in the tree together. A year later the first of their sixteen children, Johann, was born in their tree house. It wasn’t until their second son was born a year later and the tree became too small for the growing family, a hut was built.

The Herbig Family Tree

He died on the 18th October 1886 aged 58 due to an unfortunate accident. The tree has been occupied on several occasions by others and today the Herbig Family Tree represents a graphic link to early European settlement of the area.

Many people when talking about family trees think of it in terms of genealogy, but here in South Australia we have a tree that was inhabited by a family for roughly five years. This would make it one of the few actual living tree house


The tree is located 63 km north-east of Adelaide in Springton which was originally known as Black Springs. It is a small township at the south-eastern extremity of the Barossa Valley. It is definitely worth a look at if you are in the area.

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