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Need Money Scam: Google Partner Profit

They're back! The Google "profit" products which promise buyers they can make big money from home posting links for Google! Today's new product is "Google Partner Profit". Let's read more and find out the real hidden costs of Google Partner Profit and the outrageous clams.

Google Partner Product is advertised on a fake news/blog site called "PAGazette" and "News 11 Today".

"Mom" Laura Steadman returns to tell us how she posts links for Google and makes big money online.

I get paid about $25 for every link I post on Google and I get weekly paychecks in the mail

Laura claimed she found Google Partner Profit online and paid a small amount of money..

Get Google Partner Profit, only pay the $2.95 for shipping.

She then says that Google gave her links to post..

Then they will give you the website links to post. Start posting those links. Google tracks everything

The only problem is, Google has nothing to do with Google Partner Profits.. From the small print on the same page..

Google is in no way associated with this website.

Let's check out the links to Google Partner Profit and see what they have there.

Again, it's another signup page with lots of hype, but the real cost of Google Partner Profits is hidden from most buyers unless they look carefully.

Laura Steadman claims it costs only $2.95, however, that is not the whole cost but only for a short trial..

By submitting this form, I am ordering the trial membership for $2.99 USD S&H,

Then the surprise big charge hits buyers..

after the 7-day trial I will be charged $74.95 USD if I do not cancel.

Buyers can cancel Google Partner Profits.. but the email address won't work too well!

To cancel call 1-877-585-7999, or email customersupport@. Customer service hours are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Google does not pay anyone to post links.

Google does not pay anyone thousands of dollars a month to post links online.

Google has nothing to do with Google Partner Profits.

The sales page for GPP makes several claims which cannot be proven, uses the same format as other past scam products, hides the real cost of Google Partner Profits and uses fake testimonials.

Buyer beware!

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Need Money Blog: Squidoo Slaps Its Members

As you know, I have been a big advocate of Squidoo since Seth Godin formed the company several years ago. I have over 50 "lenses" and have enjoyed sharing knowledge (for the most part, free of charge) with the world. However, there are big changes going on at Squidoo which new "lensmasters" should be aware of.

As of June 2010, Squidoo has updated their "dos and don'ts list" of appropriate topics, standards and rules for using Squidoo.

While some of the new rules are no shock (no porn for instance), there are other changes which are surprising and will affect many lens makers adversely. Of course, Squidoo is free to make whatever changes they feel neccessary, one has to wonder what the impetus was for the sudden lurch in policy?

Generally speaking, hard changes are the reaction to big problems. For instance, a few years ago, some spammer came up with a piece of software that could create thousands (I think they made 5000 overnight) of lenses. Naturally, Squidoo had to take steps to curb similar activity as it could grind the entire website to a halt with nonsense activity.

However, two of the new rules penalize lens makers for numbers of links to a domain and for a relationship with a respected Internet company.

First up is the "no more than 9 links" to a domain (I wonder how that works with or What does it mean?

Squidoo is tamping down on lenses which all link to the same website. The basis for this is to stop spammers, like the one described above, from creating multiple lenses to the same site. However, whether or not some specific instance like described above caused this problem has not been revealed.

Here is what some lens makers do. Website owners create multiple lenses each with a related high traffic keyword as the title. Visitors find the Squidoo lens and it leads them to the website owner's parent site by way of hyperlinks back to the parent site. It's a basic trick that is pretty common.

How to get around it? There is not much any website owner can do. Squidoo has an automatic filter that is trolling through the websites looking for multiple links to the same websites. Check your lenses and if they are not generating much traffic, consider dropping the link or redirecting it to another website. Get your outbound links to the same domain under 9 and you should be okay.

However, here's a devils advocate question for Squidoo. What if a lens maker has a parent site for a popular politician's election, for a well meaning charity or non-profit organzation (all popular topics with Squidoo management). Suppose the website owner creates different lenses for subjects related to the their cause and links each one back to their parent site. I can imagine a scenario where a politician in particular could have dozens of lenses, each about one of their policies or programs and would want them all linked back to his home page or donation site. What happens to these lenses? Are they judged the same way?

Squidoo is also slapping down on Clickbank sites According to the same "no no list", Clickbank is not getting blacklisted, but I disagree. I had a lens with multiple original components and only one Clickbank product link get locked (Squidoo's term for shutting down a lens). I think the Squidoo filter is running pell mell through lenses and turning off any with a Clickbank link.

How to get around it? Have all outbound links for Clickbank products go to a landing page under your own domain. From there, direct buyers to Clickbank's website.

What happens if a lens is tagged as naughty be Squidoo?

The lens gets locked and visitors are taken to a site which lets them know the site is locked for TOS violations. Then, the lens maker receives a form email telling them their lens is locked and to read the new terms of service. There is no exact reason given in the email why a specific lens is locked (the process is automated). Lens makers can appeal, but Squidoo admits that most, 90% or more, are declined and the lenses deleted permanently.

That stinks. Lens makers, having provided free content to Squidoo, which generates contextual advertising revenue, should be shown a little more respect than that.

Lensmasters provide content for Squidoo. And every single lens is packed with contextual advertisements, i.e. Google AdSense, Infolinks and others. The ads are automatically placed on the lens by Squidoo based upon the lens makers content and all the revenue goes to Squidoo who then shares some with the lens maker or the charity of their choice based upon an unknown metric.

The revenue share between Squidoo and lensmasters is lopsided. While the actual metrics have never been released, anecdotally, the earnings to lens makers are paltry. While nobody (except the owners maybe) are getting rich making lenses for Squidoo, lensmakers have received other benefits which made it worthwhile.

While I have seen a lot of really bad lenses, I have visited many many more which are educational and represent hours of hard work on the part of the lens maker. It seems a shame that all that work is tossed out based upon a "bot"

Here's the deal.

- Squidoo has a very high PR ranking. Links FROM Squidoo to new or lower PR sites is a big deal for search engine placement results. Thus Squidoo has great value to website owners.

- Squidoo is also the property of someone else. They own it, they can make the rules, right or wrong.

- Lens makers can make a choice. They can change their lenses in compliance with the rules, figure a way around the rules or simply delete their own lenses and go provide content to other websites, i.e. Hubpages, Scribd, etc.

- With each terms of service change, Squidoo changes how its "members" perceive it and the value it provides. While this may mean nothing now, the long term effects will be felt down the road.

As for me, I am just a little contributor in the big business machine called Squidoo. But the fun of being part of a the little "squidsperiment" has lost its wonder. Fortunately, there are other squids in the sea.


Need Money Scam: Fast Twitter Profits

A rash of make money with twitter products out there. This time its Fast Twitter Profits. Twitter is a hot mini-blogger application with millions of members. Like Facebook, it attracts all sorts of scammers hoping to make a quick buck off the trend.

Fast Twitter Profits has been skulking around since last year. Again, they claim anyone can make big money with Twitter. The problem is Twitter has not announced any revenue share model, like Google AdSense, which lets Twitter users create revenue and receive a check, as suggested by these "make money with Twitter products". It does not exist.

Fast Twitter Profits, also called "easy tweet profits" has the usual claims about big money online using social media like Twitter, but give very few other details. Fortunately, they do include the terms and conditions of sale which holds the real cost to buyers.

Buyers are getting a trial membership to some library of "stuff"..

By activating your trial membership, you will be charged $2.29
and you will gain immediate access our library of online resources.

Then a few days later, the big charge kicks in..

After your 7-day trial, it’s just $59.86 per month to continue your membership.

Buyers can cancel, allegedly..

You may cancel by calling us at (800) 385-1344

But buyers also get signed up for another product..

In addition, you will also receive a trial subscription to iSearch Members is just $24.82 every month to maintain your subscription.

iSearch has a separate cancelation number..

You may cancel by calling (800) 385-1344

Beware of products like these. Twitter has no revenue share model at this time and did not sponsor Fast Twitter Profits.

Need Money Blog does not sell any Twitter money making products. If you have ordered this product or any other online, go to the website you ordered the product from if you have questions, need support or would like to cancel service. Again, Need Money Blog does not sell this product, provide support or take cancellations.


Need Money Scam: Twitter Profit House

Twitter is huge. Everyone is tweeting short messages and grabbing followers. But any success story, comes someone trying to make a short buck. Same thing has happened with Twitter and here's one to be on the lookout for.

Here is what Twitter says about making money with Twitter..

How do you make money from Twitter? Twitter has many appealing opportunities for generating revenue but we are holding off on implementation for now because we don't want to distract ourselves from the more important work at hand which is to create a compelling service and great user experience for millions of people around the world. While our business model is in a research phase, we spend more money than we make.

There is nothing in there about a way for Twitter users to receive checks or compensation from Twitter.

Twitter Profit House claims anyone can make money online using Twitter. That may be, but probably not with Profit House.

What is Twitter Profit House?

Supposedly subscribers get a CD, access to a membership site and to something called the website.

How much does Twitter Profit House cost?

Costs change with these products daily, but here are the particulars.. 99.99 a month for the membership, another $9.99 a month charge for and the trial period charge of $1.95.

The trial period begins when they process your order online! Again, that means the trial period could be up before you receive the CD!

Twitter Profit House is also called Twitter Profit House Resource Center. Be on the lookout for this one. As Twitter gains popularity, things like this will pop up everywhere.

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Need Money Blog does not sell any Twitter money making products. If you have ordered this product or any other online, go to the website you ordered the product from if you have questions, need support or would like to cancel service. Again, Need Money Blog does not sell this product, provide support or take cancellations.

Need Money Blog: Adsense Competitive Filter

If you have a blog and are using Google AdSense to monetize your site, then you probably have seen ads which do not fit with your blog's theme or possibly are a direct competitor to your site. You can do something about this with the AdSense Competitive Ad Filter.

Far too many times, I have checked my sites and seen ads which have no relation to my blog content. Google is great, but even their algorhythm software makes mistakes.

Luckily, I can use the Google Competitive Filter to remove ads based upon the URL. There are a number of reasons to do this..

First is competitive content. If your blog is about "earning money fast", you sure as heck don't want an AdSense ad for "another blog about making money online". These ads can be removed with the Filter tool.

Second, ads which may not be right for your readers. Politics, adult or inappropriate content and so forth.

Next are unrelated ads. For some reason or another, I often have what I call "filler ads" - ads which have no relation to my blog content and I cannot figure out why they are on my site.

To use the ad filter, go to Google AdSense, login and click Adsense Setup.

Five links over is the Competitive Ad Filter.

There are several ways to filter ads - by URL (, but domain name ( or subdomain ( Domain is the broadest category as it blocks any ads from that domain. Be careful with this large of a filter.

Ad the domains or URL you wish to filter and click save. The filter will put them all in alphabetical order for easy review and editing later.

The Google AdSense Competitive Ad Filter is another great way to manage the advertisements on your blog and hopefully, increase your monetization.

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