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  Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Worldwide Holidays for December 2008

1st December

Independence Day: Portugal, Ukraine.

National Day: Central African Republic.

National Day: Romania.

2nd December

National Day: United Arab Emirates.

Republic Day: Laos.

5th December

Discovery Day: Haiti.

King's Birthday: Thailand.

St. Nicholas Day: Netherlands.

6th December

Independence Day: Finland.

St. Nicholas Day: Germany.

7th December

National Day: Ivory Coast.

Pearl Harbor Day: United States of America.

8th December

Immaculate Conception: Argentina, Austria, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Malta, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Seychelles, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela.

9th December

Independence Day: Tanzania.

10th December

Constitution Day: Thailand.

Foundation Day: Angola.

Human Rights Day: Guinea.

Settlers' Day: Namibia.

11th December

National Day: Burkina Faso.

12th December

Independence Day: Kenya.

13th December

Republic Day: Malta.

16th December

Constitution Day: Nepal.

Day of the Vow: South Africa.

National Day: Bahrain.

Victory Day: Bangladesh.

17th December

National Day: Bhutan.

18th December

Republic Day: Niger.

21st December

Independence Day: Kazakhstan.

Hanukkah (Festival of Lights): Jewish Holiday Begins at Sunset

23rd December

Emperor's Birthday: Japan.

Victory Day: Egypt.

24th December

Christmas Eve.

25th December

Christmas Day: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Merry Christmas

26th December

Boxing Day: Australia, Bonaire, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom.

Goodwill Day: South Africa.

Independence Day: Slovenia.

St. Stephen's Day: Spain.

29th December

Hanukkah (Festival of Lights): Jewish Holiday Ends at Sunset

30th December

Proclamation Day: Australia, South Africa.

Republic Day: Madagascar.

Rizal Day: Philippines.

31st December

New Year's Eve - Time to turn over a new leaf or calendar.



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Editor's Comments 

Barry Scott -Digest Editor

Have you or do you think about New Year's resolutions? Some people are firm believers in this tradition of promising change for one's self, while others believe that you cannot truly change who you are. You often hear about the broken resolutions and some claims they were just trying to reduce a bad habit or unhealthy trend but never intending for it to last forever. Every now and again you do hear about some successful resolutions that were kept and it makes you think to yourself; does it really do any harm to at least try it?

I for one try it but not every year, sometimes I just don't have the time to think about it or forget to think about it. Maybe that should be my New Years resolution, to promise myself I will find time by the end of 2009 to think about the 2010 New Year's resolution.

Here are some of the most popular resolutions, just in case you were looking for ideas:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Pay Off Debt/s
  3. Save Money
  4. Get a Better Job
  5. Take a Trip 
  6. Eat Right
  7. Drink less Alcohol
  8. Quit Smoking
  9. Reduce Stress at Work
  10. Get Fit

As always, your ideas and feedback for this year and next are always welcome just click on my name below or email me at barry@softfornet.com

Sincerely, Barry Scott Editor


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7 Traffic Strategies of Affiliate Marketers

By David Schaefer
An affiliate marketer must learn how to continually generate traffic. Having a website with a great design and solid content is very important. But, without traffic being generated to the site, successful results will be minimal or nonexistent.

Creating a flow of traffic to your website or sales page requires know-how and perseverance. While getting started may seem a bit overwhelming, especially with so many other marketers vying for their share of attention, it is definitely possible to establish a place for sales in your target market.

Most successful affiliates agree that generating traffic can often be a challenge. However, they also say that when the following seven strategies are consistently applied, the odds of increased traffic flow is significantly improved.

Here are 7 Traffic Strategies for Affiliate Marketers:

1. Use the Search Engines to Your Advantage

Gain maximum benefit from the search engines by appearing as one of the initial results listed on the first page. This places you ahead of other websites offering similar products or services and more readily visible to the searcher. Read on for ways to accomplish this goal.

2. Use Popularity Linking to Help Drive Traffic

To accomplish high search engine results your website must be attracting significant traffic. One key method toward achieving this is through the use of links by connecting with other relevant websites. This activity will help to boost your status with the search engines.

Generate popularity links by finding other websites that are similar to yours, but do not directly compete with your offerings. Then strike an arrangement to have reciprocal links within content or in advertisements. Here is a place to use some ingenuity. Offer an incentive for the other party to participate. In other words, what is in it for them? This process can be a win-win situation.

3. Write Articles Offering Valuable Content

Writing Articles with quality content targeted to your audience is a great way to generate traffic. An article with valuable content can help to promote your website, create a buzz to attract new readers, and increase the number of popularity links to your website.

The resource or signature box at the end of the article provides the opportunity for your brief self-promotion, including a link that leads back to your sales page.

Submit your articles to Article Directories, other websites or blogs and publications. You can also use the articles in ezines/newsletters with links back to your site.

4. Establish a Joint Venture Marketing Arrangement

Another effective way to promote your product or service is through Joint Venture (JV) marketing. This method establishes a marketing relationship between two people to help each other generate traffic and make sales.

For example, website owners may agree to simply promote one anothers products or services, or do this in exchange for a slice of the commissions. JV partners can swap ads and links to their sites. There is really no limit to the possibilities of joint venture arrangements. But, the bottom line is that both parties benefit by reaching a wider audience and in building their customer lists more quickly.
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5. Join an Affiliate Program to Promote Your Product

If you have your own product, consider associating with an established affiliate program as a merchant. Affiliates will earn commissions by marketing your product. With other marketers actively promoting your product, this can help to generate significant traffic. A product can be established through variety of ways. Such as, private label content, product development ventures, creative up-sells, and much more.

6. Create a List of Subscribers with an Autoresponder

Whatever method you are using to market a product or service, be sure to capture the name and/or email address of the prospect or customer to an autoresponder program. Building a subscriber list is essential for any online marketer. Having a customer list is the backbone for promoting backend sales, which is where most of the income is ultimately generated.

7. Know Your Target Market and Aim to Them

You must clearly know who your potential customers are and the most effective way to market to them. Surprisingly, this extremely important step is often not addressed or is poorly handled.

Take the time to research exactly who your target market is and the best ways to communicate with that niche. How do you treat the prospect who reaches your site? Is the site presentation geared to your particular market customer. For example, is the copy relevant, is the design enticing, and is the prospect led through an appropriate sales funnel?

An affiliate marketer needs to employ a variety of effective strategies to generate traffic. By diversifying in the use of multiple approaches for gaining traffic, you not only increase the potential for maximum results, but also protect yourself when a traffic source falls short of expectations. Practice these seven traffic strategies and always be on the lookout for additional ways to reach your target market.

About the Author:
David Schaefer is a success coach and writes on the topics of personal development and Internet marketing. He offers a FREE REPORT about taking advantage of a Successful Ready-Made Affiliate Marketing Plan at http://InfiniteIncomePlanRevealed.com  -- also visit http://DiscoverMillionDollarDesire.com/blog


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 The Drama of "The Gap"

By Michael Angier
The space between where you are now and where you want to be is what I call "The Gap."

To me, it's the real reason for a goal--to create the growth and learning that happens between your current circumstances and what you're capable of achieving. It's the playing field--the space between the goal posts. That's where the real game is played.

The actual achievement of your goal has a very fleeting sense of gratification. Crossing the finish line and the celebration that follows is seldom all that dramatic.

When you're asked to tell your story of how you achieved your success, you'll spend little if any time talking about the actual completion of the goal. You'll mostly talk about your struggles, the challenges, the days when you had doubts or even despair. It's the learning and growing that people want to hear about.
The excitement, the drama is what happens in the heat of battle.

It's important to know this for several reasons.

First, we should learn to enjoy the process.
We need to recognize that achieving the goal will not make us happy. But what we become in the process, and our attitude about the journey, can indeed bring us happiness.

I also think it helps to view our goals and dreams as games. We can be serious about our goals without being grim. We can lose some games and win others. The important thing is to keep playing.

Play games that inspire you--and hopefully others. Play with passion. Play with con- sistency. Always look for improvement.
Do it with integrity.

And play a game worth playing.


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Common Technical Questions

I can't seem to find or think of unique Keywords for my ads, are they really that important?

Yes, keywords are important when the viewer is searching through the Adlandpro Classifieds. A Keyword is a word or short phrase that you would use to assist the viewer in finding your ad when they are searching the Adlandpro Classifieds database. To give you an example; if you selected an ad to run in "Business Opportunities" you would be faced with a large number of ads to compete with based on a general category. Keywords will assist the viewer in finding your ad among the large list if you have strategic and varied selection of keywords.

Helpful hint: to do your own market research on keywords, you can ask friends and family members one question. "If they were looking for the type of business that you have, what words or phrases would they use to find you on Google or Yahoo?" You will of course get the obvious keywords that you have already thought of, but you may get a few surprises with some unique and beneficial results that you can use for your ads. 

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