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Useful Internet Biz Tools Can Be Found In Unexpected Places

Useful Internet Biz Tools Can Be Found In Unexpected Places

Yes, I know it has been a very long time since I last posted anything in here. The trouble is, sometimes life runs away with you, sends over a few curve balls and… Well. I’m sure you know. Anyway, here I am again.

So, what’s this post all about?

I was doing some research related to – research. But not online business stuff, no, this was about formatting dissertations, writing up reference lists – educational sorts of things, when I came across a very interesting site called ‘Neils Tool Box‘. And he has some fascinating stuff in there – and not a price to be found!

There’s stuff for students, stuff for business and all free to use (he says so on the home page). There’s also a free stuff section. (Can’t quite work that one out yet, but what the heck.) If you write articles, want to write your first ebook (choose Kindle, by the way, it’s the best platform), research whatever, this looks like a great place to work from.

Neils Toolbox image

Anyway, want to write faster? Use the Speed Writer. Into ClickBank? – there’s a commission calculator. There’s a great one called Lazy Researcher – go check it out. And lots more. I can see me popping over to Neil’s a lot from now on.

I decided to write this post just after I found ‘Neils Tool Box‘ as I was so thrilled to find it. It just goes to show that there’s lots of non-online business stuff around which is very relevant to online biz. Pop over there and see what else you can find.

Three cheers to Neil!

I hope to be back here again very soon.




Commission Bot Special Review

Commission Bot Special Review

Most of the reviews I found were just plugging the program, not necessarily giving it an objective review. So, I called this ‘Commission Bot Special Review’ because I think what I am writing is special – and I have to attract your attention somehow!

First off. I presume you are reading this because you want to know if Commission Bot is any good. The sales video is exceedingly long – which is an understatement. If you haven’t been able to watch it all, I suggest you do. Most is filler, but some of it is useful. Overlong nevertheless, in my opinion. Sorry, but I didn’t check the time – must be at least 30 minutes though.

Rasheed Ali comes across as a good guy, even though it’s an actor’s voice.

If you do decide to buy, go to the website and – close the tab. Yes, really! You will get a $10 discount straightaway as long as you click ‘stay on page’. (I do this all the time. Copy the url for those rare occasions when it doesn’t happen, but most times it does – sometimes you have to do 2 or more ‘exits’ but you will get the best deal possible.)

Back to Commission Bot. When I saw I could get it for $37 instead of $47, with a 60-day money back promise, I gave in. I love putting up websites and blogs and if it is as easy as this, it’s a no-brainer. (I recently joined ‘Free Monthly Websites’ and Skadoogle is really good as well. There are loads more, but I get along with these especially.)

It’s only once you have joined Commission Bot that you are told you get 10 licences. There’s a One Time Offer to upgrade to Pro to get a further 50, but that’s a whopping $197 (unless you do the little trick I mention above when that will go down somewhat). The offer is still available (at time of writing) once you login.

Here’s another interesting point: these are WordPress Blogs you are going to be setting up. I like WordPress, so that’s not a problem. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY A DOMAIN FOR EACH OF THEM. You can set them up in a directory or subdomain of your existing website if you want to. I found a good article which goes into a bit more detail about this here: http://www.dotster.com/blog/dotster/put-blog-domain/ And yes, you can set up a WordPress Blog in sub domains.

Each Commission Bot site license allows you to install on a single root domain + unlimited sub-domains. If you close or remove a site you will lose that licence, so you need to think carefully how you will manage your licences – even if you do have the 60. It looks as if they will let you change your mind before you set the site up though.

So, the only real thing you need to concern yourself with is the niche. And that’s a whole new article! There’s lots of advice about choosing niches in the site tools. (I prefer to use long-tail, not single words, as you want buyers and not to be on page 50 of the search results.)

You get links to ClickBank and Amazon, so you need accounts set up there, but it’s all explained in the tutorials and videos.

How easy is it to use in reality?


There are some things you need to consider: it’s going to take time to research your niche. I have Keyword Winner set up on one of my blogs, and I use that for my niche research. It doesn’t look for the keywords with the highest results as too many people will be promoting those. Buy it once, set it up on one blog and use that for your research.

The articles you select for your site will need a bit of re-writing – that’s going to take time. But Commission Bot has thought of that too and has software built in to help take the strain. Very clever. There’s also an Article Writer section so you can indeed write your own from scratch – or you can outsource them. While duplication may not be a problem with Google, sites like EzineArticles are very particular so be careful if you don’t want your membership suspended (been there and got the T-shirt!).

Don’t be put off if you see that you have to set up WordPress, upload plugins, use FTP etc – it’s all explained very well and once you’ve done the first one, it becomes easier. I’m doing it all the time!

So, there you have it.

If you have found this Commission Bot Special Review helpful and are going to join, then I’d appreciate it if you would go through my link. Thanks.

PS If you want to become an affiliate of Commission Bot yourself, visit http://jv.commissionbot.com/ Go to the bottom of the screen.

Top Five Programs You Need to Run Your Internet Business

Top Five Programs You Need to Run Your Internet Business

[I’ve just brought this article over from my other blog – lynda-hill.com – where I am changing the theme etc. It was first posted in December 2008.]

It doesn’t matter what type of internet business you are working at, these programs will serve to help you do everything more efficiently. Here’s one take on the programs you cannot do without.

No. 1   Roboform
RoboForm: Learn more...

You must have a password management program. It isn’t enough to use the same password with variations, you need to also keep your full login details. What’s easier than clicking one button which then takes you directly to the website (in a new window/tab) and logs you in? Roboform will do that and more. Works with Internet Explorer and Firefox. You can try their free trial for up to 15 logins.

[Also consider the free Firefox and other browser add-on LastPass from, you guessed it: lastpass.com]

No. 2   OneNote

Microsoft have great products – despite the fact that Wordperfect was 10 times better than Word! MS OneNote is a brilliant product. Yes, you have to pay for it if it isn’t part of the suite already, (but Amazon have good deals). OneNote is your ‘swipe’ file, organiser, filing cabinet, book writer, ideas file, scrapbook. All tabbed and saved instantly without the need to work out where to put them and under what filename. Easily searchable, so as long as you can remember a phrase or word, you’ll find it. Brilliant! You can get a 60 day free trial directly from Microsoft and then buy the license from Amazon.

No. 3   Ashampoo Magical Snap

On first using this very simple program, you really will think it’s magical. Instead of printscreen or highlight/copy/paste, use Magical Snap to copy a whole web page, a section as a rectangle, a section as a squiggly outline – then paste it into… you guessed it, your OneNote. Each item is stored as an image or you can print it out directly. Magical Snap works like a breeze and is you right hand man for your business swipe file and writing books is a breeze as you can simply slide the chapters around if you have a change of mind. It doesn’t matter how many monitors you have either – copy exactly as much or as little as you want.

[Also consider the FREE Firefox add-on Pixlr Grabber]

No 4   Firefox browser

It takes people a long time to move from Internet Explorer to Firefox. But almost everyone who does wishes they had made the transition sooner. There are so many add-ons available that almost everything you will ever need can be found somewhere. It works fine with Roboform too. You can look at Safari and Google Chrome, but Firefox takes the gold medal right now.

No. 5   Eset Security Suite

Perhaps this should be top of the list. Anti-virus and PC security software are absolute essentials these days. No longer is it sufficient to run a virus check once a week and download updates to your AV software once a month. These must be run on a daily basis if you are to not only keep your computer safe and secure, but also protect your contacts from being infected by a virus sent out by your machine! Unlike other AV suites, Eset Security has very low impact on the speed of your system and doesn’t impinge on other programs unless it finds an infestation somewhere. It runs totally in the background so you will hardly ever need to touch it – just let it do its job.

These are the very first five programs you should consider putting onto your computer before you get started in your internet business. That’s not to say they can’t be used for anything else, but I think you will find that the ease they bring to managing all the information which passes through your virtual desk every day, will make them priceless.

Tools For Your Online Business

Tools For Your Online Business

Ever wondered exactly how people ‘do’ their online business? How do they do what they do? Here’s a quick list of the Top Five tools I use on my computer to do what I do online, and I’m going to list them as far as possible in order of importance….

  1. Roboform. Just about the best way I know to manage all my passwords and logins. At time of writing I have several hundred. Also a USB key version so you can take them with you to any computer.
  2. OneNote – part of the Microsoft Office Suite, but I bought mine separately through Amazon. A computerised notebook which is so versatile I think it may take years to get the hang of what it can do. I have my systems eg affiliate marketing, article marketing, blogging, set out in categories and within those a separate folder for each program. A also write my ebooks using OneNote because I can move chapters around, add screenshots etc so easily. I’m sure I could learn to do much more with OneNote – when I have time. I do use paper notebooks too – lots of them.
  3. Ashampoo Magical Snap. I use two monitors at the moment (need three). Magical Snap lets me take images of parts of a web page or it will scroll through a whole page and copy the lot. I can then paste into any other program, OneNote being ideal, or print it out. With OneNote it’s indispensable.
  4. Googlemail. I’m thinking of actually paying for GoogleApps as I think the email in their is better still, but GoogleMail (mine is the original Gmail) lets me have mail from all of my domains come in to one place. Having linked my e-addresses, i can also send from the relevant domain too. The downside is that on outgoing messages it still shows my gmail address which is not very professional – hence my looking at GoogleApps.
  5. So what will I bring in as no. 5? Has to be something I can’t work without. Eudora email was going to be my choice for this position, but if I move to GoogleApps then it’s out of the running. I do think it’s the best email program I’ve ever used. It’s latest Mozilla incarnation is not as good. So I suppose no 5 will have to be the Firefox browser. I have used a tabbed browser for years, as soon as I discovered CrazyBrowser – which sat on top of Internet Explorer. I moved to IE8 pro but have had so many issues with images not showing that I gave in and took up with Firefox. I love the plugins you can get (although for a couple of things I have had to rummage quite hard to find them).

Summary with links for more info:

no 1 – Roboform – offers a trial version
RoboForm: Learn more...
[Update: LastPass is a Free password manager add-on for Firefox which works with other browsers.]

no 2 – MS OneNote – I bought mine from Amazon

no 3 – Magical Snap also has a trial version

[Update: pixlr Grabber is a free Firefox add-in – does almost the same]

no 4 – GoogleMail US or GoogleMail UK

no 5 – Firefox – free as you know

So, there are my top five. What are yours?

Please leave a comment and let me and my other reader know what your favourite programs are.

All the best