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Affiliate Freedom – Finally, full control over your wordpress site.

So for those who haven’t heard, Unique Blog Designs have released the “Affiliate Theme” for WordPress.
Now, there’s two reasons to get excited. Not only will it give you a lot more control over your layout, blogs etc on your site, but it also has an easy interface for inputting any referral or affiliate code for promoting your products. Whether they are Amazon associates, or just any old e-book or referral, you will not have to get knee deep in code to understand how to easily input your referral content.

The layout of the theme designer within “Affiliate Theme” gives you several layout options, a complete colour tool to choose from thousands of backdrops, but you will also have more control of all the little bits and bobs that annoy you.

Below are some examples

Example 1 Simple but effective.
Example 2 Sleek Dating Affiliate
Example 3 Online Opportunities Example

WordPress is a very powerful CMS, and using a theme like this can really get you the professional results, to a degree where people don’t even think its a wordpress page, it looks like a website, end of.

Affiliate Theme



LinkBucks Experiment – Earn Ad Revenue When People Leave?

So, a couple of days ago, we began experimenting with LinkBucks advertising on our “Web Essentials” page on http://www.one3rdnerd.com/ and I wanted to give a little feedback.

Basically LinkBucks is completely FREE and allows you to make ad revenue from other peoples websites, blogs, or content. Setting up my account was straight forward, and it was pretty easy to generate the links. You simply get the link in full, that you want to put on your page, and submit it to your LinkBucks account. You then select whether the link is “clean” or not (adult content), decide what sort of advert you want, and choose a link extension.

I decided to opt for the “top banner” option, as this allows you to remain more professional looking, and an “intermission” or “pop up”. I also chose .seriousurl.com over the linkbucks.com extension option, as again, it looks a bit more professional.

Once generated, you simply use the url they generate instead of your existing one, and when people click the link, they will be redirected to the website intended, with the addition of one advert at the very top.

Id love to hear from people who have been using this service themselves, or anyone else who is interested in starting.

To sign up, click the Linkbucks image below. Yes they run a referral service, on a three tier basis, Always interesting to experiment, and see what the potential is, as this is an exciting method of monetizing your website.

LinkBucks - Click Here to Try Now... (FREE)

LinkBucks - Click Here to Try Now... (FREE)



Creative Opportunities – Make Money & be Creative!

Hello, Laghetto here from One3rdNerd.com

I wanted to let everyone on here know about some creative opportunities I thought may be of interest to anyone involved in cottage industries, arts and crafts, fashion, or music.

Fashion

There are a couple of decent websites offering fashion solutions. In short, create your own designs either using their templates, or your own files made in some sort of graphics package like Adobe Photoshop, or Illustrator. The advantage is you can design your shop on their website, much like a social networking site, they take payment, they produce the product, and you get paid commission on each sale. The other advantage is you can be creative and make lots of designs, without needing start up capital to stock items. A very useful system to get started and test the market.

www.spreadshirt.com Nice system, works well, unfortunately only supports dollars.

www.zazzle.com and  www.zazzle.co.uk Another nice system, and supports £ also.

Arts and Crafts

If you are a cottage industry, or enjoy being creative, whether its making your own jewellery, or your own art, there is a wide range of opportunities over at:

www.etsy.com

It has been dubbed as the Ebay for home made arts and crafts, and I have found lots of interesting products on there.

Infectious is a website where you can purchase, or create your own vinyls. Use your illustrator or photoshop designs and print them on vinyls. The interesting part is, they have lots of templates to send you, such as templates for the i-phone, i-pod, cars, walls, laptops and more.

www.infectious.com

Music

Although slicethepie is well and truly covered, there is another new and decent website which allows creative musicians to collaborate using their online session software, hire peoples services, network, and enter competitions. You can win money from competitions or earn money if  someone hires your services through the online session software and uses the PayPal button, not that they are in my good books at present.

I found this website some time ago, yet it is still a beta, I’m not sure why, as they have hosted some competitions for some pretty established artists.

www.indabamusic.com

I know for a fact this is profitable, as I found this website and duly passed it to the best musician I know. A producer from Birmingham who resides by the alias “Lenafrosaxon”. He entered the latest competition, which was by an artist called K-os, he uploaded the whole of his forthcoming album, split into vocal tracks etc, and gave everyone two months to remix them. The winner of each 11 tracks won $1k, and to have their remix on the album’s companion disc this coming April entitled “YES”.

I knew my friend was good, but I didn’t expect him to win 2!! So hes got $2000 and two records being released by Universal Studios on their companion disc. Excellent, my works worthwhile after all. If you think this isnt real, you can check him on the website, and if you look at the songs “Aviator” and “Mr Telephone Man” you will see the winner, Lenafrosaxon. If you do your research you will see im on his friends list, and he gave me “Davey Davisson” a shout-out on his Indaba profile.

Misc

The company Lego have always had employees in their creative department. They have to look at what new products to release, and of course they need the creatives to constantly inspire. Thanks to Web 2.0 etc, they now allow YOU to create your own lego designs using their software! imagine that, as a child I always wanted more lego, the kids of today can get the software with every Lego piece they do, and for free. However children and adults from ages 13 and up, can now after designing their Lego creations, upload them to their system, and market and sell them, and of course, you will get paid commission. Something interested I just had to include for the retro guys out there.

http://factory.lego.com/

Thank you, all feedback, suggestions etc are welcomed 🙂

If anything on this list becomes popular amongst this community, perhaps a blog to show off your creations? We shall see. Until then, ta ra 🙂

Rupert De Laghetto

The One3rdNerd Team

http://www.one3rdnerd.com/



The Problem with PayPal – Resolution Clowns!
Dont trust these clowns!

Dont trust these clowns!

So I write this post after liaising with PayPal’s customer service, and resolution centre staff for the previous two months.

Dispute Background:

I sold a Nokia 8800 on Ebay at the end of December for £97 to a customer in France. The customer was harassing me for feedback before the transaction was complete, this seemed a little odd to me, however I proceeded with the process, and posted his phone.

About 10 days after I had posed the phone, I received an e-mail through Ebay saying there was a problem with the camera. My policies are clear, I will replace, refund, or pay the difference to have anything fixed.

I asked him if he would like to find out how much this would cost at the shop, and if reasonable, I would pay the difference. The customer told me he had been quotes 80 Euroes to fix the problem, and therefor we went down the refund route.

Now heres the funny bit (or not so funny as it happens), about 15 days after this was agreed, I recieved a parcel, and duely signed for it without checking. When i opened the parcel, which was not even big enough for the phone box to fit inside (I was expecting another parcel), I found it was stuffed with french magazines and had an empty Lancome perfume bottle inside.

Action Taken –

Immediately after receiving this, I first of all rang the courier company, who said they could not send back their driver to check the contents, and to contact PayPal. I rang PayPal up, and explained the situation, to which they said “because you have signed for it, we still must refund him” I understood and asked “shall i go to the police? I wasn’t this solves as soon as possible”. They told me no, they said leave it to them, they can handle everything, and it shall go through their resolution centre. I went ahead with the resolution centre, I filed the complaint, and uploaded photos of the parcel and the contents I have received. I then contacted the user over the Ebay messaging system, and via direct email to the address used for their PayPal account.

Days passed, and they still did not have a solution for me, so much for the resolve! They said there was a time of 18 days or something before any decisions would be made. I told them I was having problems with changing my primary e-mail address, I was already using 2 e-mails at the time, and the first one was no longer active, and I had no access. I stated on the phone that they would send correspondence to the e-mail address that had been paid to during this transaction, and specifically to please ring me in the next few days for an update to let me know what to do, regardless of sending me an e-mail in case I could still not change the primary e-mail address.

I played verbal ping pong with these PayPal clowns for several days, as they kept palming me off telling me they would contact me. At some point between me giving them a week before I rang again, they had send me an e-mail to my OLD e-mail, telling me to get a statement from the Police, signed, and within their ten day policy.

I did not receive this e-mail as to what I previously mentioned regarding my e-mail and PayPal primary email situation.

When I rang them the following week, they told me to do this over the phone, but failed to tell me I had a ten day period between being told, getting it done, sending it off, and them receiving it.

So I tool the afternoon off work, saw the police, and they told me they couldn’t do it, I went home, rang PayPal, and then went back to the police station, with my own statement, simply asking them to agree and sign it.

The following day, i sent it off to PayPal in Ireland via register post, which cost me an additional £5. I guessed it would take a few days, so left it with them to receive and process. When I rang them, they had no record of receiving it and said they could no find it. I checked with the Royal Mail website, and it was delivered 3 days prior to me phoning them that day.

After an hour, I received a phone call to say they had received it and it was now being processed, only to be told days later that I missed the 10 day policy, and that I would not be receiving either my phone back, or the £97, let alone being reimbursed for the £5 delivery charges.

I was dumbfounded by this, and proceeded to appeal this decision, the buyer had not replied to any of my correspondence, and I was quite annoyed that they would not give me anymore information.

Now I have a few questions? Why would they tell me specifically not to contact the police when I first notified them of this claim, and tell me that they would handle everything, yet tell me today the only people that can help me now are the police? Unfortunately my local police station is small, and they dont know what to say let alone know what to do regarding online scams, or PayPal and Ebay claims.

The data protection acts means they cannot even tell me if this customer has been with them for more than a month prior to this happening. I have had my PayPal account for 6 years, and have put several thousand through this account in this time.

I have also through my web business referred many other customers to PayPal. I could easily take my clients to another online payment service. so are PayPal really willing to lose several thousand pounds of commission and fees in 2009 for the sake of £97?

The answer to this is YES! Can you believe it?

Where is the seller protection? If this is the way they treat some of their longest and valuable customers?

Is this the latest scam out of Ebay? or is it an ongoing scam that PayPal still haven’t prevented?

I appreciate all feedback in regards to this article as I am still looking at, how to pursue this case further, whether going through PayPal, Ebay, The Police, or…..well, I have the buyers address after all? And I am also weighing up PayPal alternatives.

I will in due course contact WatchDog about this case, for those of you outside the United Kingdom, Watchdog is an agency dealing with the cowboys in business, and they use their Television show to educate and make the general public aware of anything going on.

Thank you for your time.

David Alexander



Hamster Power Plant, is it the Future of Energy??
The future of electricity?

Could hamsters be the answer to developing clean energy in the future..? Well, not exactly, but they could hold the key. Scientists have managed to harness the energy-producing power of hamsters, and this could be a vital first step in satisfying the energy needs of tomorrow.

Energy cannot be created or destroyed, this is the inspiration for scientists who know we could solve the problems of energy creation and maybe even global warming, if only we could capture a small amount of the energy emitted by living creatures

Here comes the nerdy bit. The hamsters were fitted with tiny detector jackets which capture the biomechanical energy they release as they move and exercise. Dr Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia University’s Nano Research Group developed the flexible jackets, which are fitted with wires plugged into a nanogenerator that produces energy when they are bent and stretched. It is the first demonstration of a live animal producing current with nano-generators. Experts believe the technique could one day be used to capture power produced by humans. The technology could be ready to be fitted into clothes within five years. It would capture energy produced not only when humans are active, but also from smaller movements such as when people are sat at computers.



Wii Bombing!

I cannot believe how every few months pass, and I tell myself yet again, “I would buy a Wii just for that device”.

This Wii protoype has been designed by German student Martin Lihs, and he is currently developing it to work with pc etc. I am most excited at the possibility of it having photoshop functionality to the device. This may sound rediculous, however the standard Wiimote has already been hacked to be used with pc, and can act as a very interesting midi controller within a music sequencer program like Ableton Live. The possibilities are endless, hmm, think I better write a blog about it! 🙂 One3rdNerd

Visit the Official Site – http://www.wiispray.com/

Video of the Wii mote being used as a midi controller in ableton

For Info on how to make your wii mote work as a midi device – Click Here