27 01 16

What to do about the fees? My site is hosted with GVO, have been an affiliate since they were Kiosk in Canada. Forgot how long ago that was. I have never earned much, for a time paid my monthly fees with the earnings.

Then they shifted to a new processing/affiliate service and my entire down line was wiped out. Was told that one of the people quite, so that takes the entire down line out? Did not make sense, so gave up trying to get answers. They changed their tech service, now farmed out to the Phillipines, fine, but no one seems to understand what I need when I have a problem. Have had to escalate the ticket a few times to get anywhere.

Many problems over the years, yet I persist in staying with them. New programs added, the few who can earn a great deal, into the millions from what I hear. For me, the little guy, that is not so. Limited on resources, money and it is a “Catch 22.” Need to spend in order to earn. Those who join through the click to earn lists do not stick around, but the influx is good for the first month or two, then gone.

Add to that the ongoing changes in my life. Family and my own health put somethings on a back burner. Yeah. No excuses, just the way life rolls. Still a bit of change comes in. Not enough. Because GVO charged 5% of affiliate income when processing payments, the company they process to charges them and the affiliates. So, double charges. To process payments Payoneer charges $1 to $3, then a $3 monthly service fee. GVO took 5% immediately to cover their costs. Now it is 10%. If you earn 6 figures, no big loss, the cost of doing business, right? But if you earn say $6 a month? You have nothing left and owe money.

I have hung in long enough. Doing some homework. Have checked with a couple of other site hosts with affiliate accounts, they do not charge fees and have no issues with PayPal closing or freezing their accounts. At least none I have found. The fees are less and the service is in country. Not sure the latter is such a great bonus, but am doing my homework.

I am removing all GVO links from my sites. Not advertising their services any longer. I really am tired of making someone else rich and getting to hear how awful this company is and the owner. I hear more complaints than compliments.

Working as an affiliate means earning and paying fees. I get that. But, the fees are killing me. Those who take a look at the offering, provide me negative feedback, so how do I beat that? When I ask, I get no help, no answers, and am tired of the struggle.

Time to move on. When you have to ask how much more to endure, you have endured too much. Earning a living as an affiliate should not cost you all that you earn. Especially when the company itself is raking in the millions. I keep paying them to make a living. No more.

And that is todays tidbit. Suggestions, comments? I am eager to hear.

15 03 14

What do you know about botnets? I did not know they existed until I read this article, discovered what they are and how to clean them. Now it is your turn.

How to battle botnets.

In simple terms your computer may be transmitting personal information without your knowledge.

Find out if your computer is sending your personal information and how to prevent it here.

10 02 14

I have become a lover of free software. GNU licensed software works on any system, well almost any. There are some software that will not work on Mac, yet.

  • The Free Software Foundation provides regular updates in the ongoing battle for freedom from proprietary software. There is a directory available for free software to fit any desire or need.
  • CNet offers a download site for software to use on Mac, Windows, and others. No matter what you are looking for you should find it here. Set up an account, and they will keep you updated on the software you have installed, including the licensed software.
  • I had forgotten about this site: Tucows. The software offered from this site may be found on other sites, but there are a few unique to Tucows only. Software for mobile, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Finally there is ZDnet. They offer similar and unique software downloads. Free, Free to Try, and purchase.

No matter what software you think you need to purchase, remember to search for the free version first. Always check to make sure the software you are considering will save your files to the extension equivalent of the paid software. For instance, there are several free versions of word processing software. Each of them allows you to save your documents in the extensions of the paid versions.

Free software can have its issues. So read the reviews, check the information provided, even contact the creator to ask questions. Remember if you download the software and do not like it, you can always uninstall it. Each provider requests your reviews, but you may want to contact the vendor first and let him or her know what the problems were with the program. Sometimes it is as simple as not a user-friendly piece. I have found a few that were more complicated than the time available to learn more about them.

The biggest issue you are going to run into is installing free software on Windows 8. It is not going to happen unless you partition the drive. This is a skilled job to say the least. To date I have not invested in a Windows 8 hardware. If I do it will be solely for Microsoft and a notepad.

I use nothing but free software on my systems. There is nothing I cannot accomplish on paid software I cannot accomplish on free software. The techs for each piece are helpful, so are the forum members. The Help file is my first go to, if I cannot find the answer then Google Search is my next choice. The language is easy to follow in most help articles. And you can always ask for clarification or go back to Google search with your questions.

Have fun shopping for your free software at each of these sites. There are many more, but so far I have not needed to go anyway where else. The other issue to consider is this: Is the software safe? Always research the website offering free software. And when you install it, make sure you are paying attention, many pieces of software offer toolbars and other programs. Watch what you click, happy installations.

23 07 13

In my search for relevant material that pertains to you, my readers, I came across this article by Michael Hyatt regarding his personal experience using a Virtual Assistant. All very positive as are the comments from others who have considered hiring VAs.

Please take a moment and read: My Experience Using a Virtual Assistant

There is a short video available. And I am checking out the other site he hired his Virtual Assistant from. Who knows, there may be another job waiting there.

I will post the site as a resource for those seeking more work from home positions.

10 06 13

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