BT Internet Phone Scam Warning

BT Internet Phone Scam Warning

Been jolted into writing a post for the first time in ages with a BT Internet Phone Scam Warning for people to be wary of.

Yes I realise we’re all wiley old foxes when it comes to our online security and would never get conned in to giving details over the telephone to some random stranger who calls us or heaven forbid allow them remote access to our computers, but I bet we all know someone who might fall for it. So perhaps it may be worth making them aware and warning them of this current BT Internet Phone Scam that was tried on me yesterday.

First things first though, if you do take a call from someone wanting details from you or wanting to access your computer remotely, assume it’s a SCAM caller. If you start at this level you’ll be ok. Even if it sounds legitimate, put the phone down on the caller, obtain the contact details of your ISP independently from their site on the internet or via directory enquiries and call them back. Never ring back on the number given by the person who’s called you – for obvious reasons!

When you ring the number that you’ve obtained independently for your ISP or phone company, ask to speak to the complaints department. Tell them you’ve just taken what you think might have been a dodgy SCAM call, they’ll be able to see on your account whether there’s a note on your account and clarify if they really want to speak to you, and/or if there’s a problem that really does exist and needs resolving.

So this is basically what happened to me and prompted me to write this BT Internet Phone Scam Warning. I am a naturally suspicious person – being an ex-police officer, so didn’t fall for it. But what the chap said to me on the phone would possibly seem credible in the way he conducted himself and plausible in the reasons he gave for the call, to those who are less wary.

Had a call from ‘Stephen’ who said he was a BT internet engineer. First alarm bells rang with me as my internet service is with another company, but had I had been with BT I suppose I would have been less suspicious.

He then said along the lines that he was legally authorised to switch off the internet connection to my house as my computers had been isolated and identified as being responsible for uploading viruses and tojan horses to the internet in the last few weeks on a massive scale.

He said that alternatively he could remotely access my computer to remove them for me now. If I didn’t agree to this, he would have no alternative but to shut down my internet connection.
So I said I’m not with BT, I don’t understand why you’re calling me, or think it’s my computers.

He then said along the lines of it doesn’t matter if you’re not with BT, all internet originates from BT and they’re ultimately responsible for it!

At which point I put the phone down…

But as I sat there afterwards thinking about it, I realised how someone could easily think the call credible. The guy had phoned me with some urgency in his voice and immediately introduced himself as a BT engineer. He told me about something potentially serious that I was innocent of causing, so of course that made me feel defensive and wanting to plead my case, he then offered a ‘solution’ that could sort out the ‘problem’ immediately for me.

Heaven knows what his intention was if I had given him remote access to my computer, but one only has to read / watch the news to regularly hear stories about people getting their identity cloned after being duped by similar calls.

I phoned my ISP and BT to report the incident and sure enough the call was verified as a variation of a SCAM call and that they have seen an increase of reports recently.

Please be wary of any calls like this, refuse to give them access and say you’re first going to call BT or whoever back to confirm their identity.

I have since discovered that this BT Internet Phone Scam Warning is a adaptation of an earlier SCAM, through which the caller pretended to be from Microsoft Support. The BT Internet Phone SCAM seems to be identical to the method reported in WHICH and titled The BT Technical Support scam.

BT Internet Phone Scam Warning

Posted by Tim Love - March 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

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Dirty Tricks To Boost Traffic

Dirty Tricks To Boost Traffic

So yesterday I’d been to a business conference, came home, switched on Sky News and saw the following news story;

Payday Loan Sites’ Dirty Tricks To Boost Traffic.

If you follow the link above which will open in a new window, you will see the news report and also the video feed of the news item that was being aired yesterday about sites using ‘dirty tricks’ to boost traffic.

Whilst the specific method of hacking into legitimate sites and ‘stealing’ their ‘credibility’ is clearly a criminal offence and is now being investigated by the UK authorities, it would seem that anyone interested in SEO / SEM can learn from the news article and use the method to legitimately boost traffic to their website.

Watch the news item, read the article and you’ll see what I’m talking about…

Look out for buzz words along the lines of link building; instead of hijacking websites, think purchasing aged authority domains that come up for sale etc and you’ll see that natural SEO is not dead, it is very much alive.

Not that I feel any sympathy for the ‘legitimate’ pay day loans sites that complained to Sky News;

“… lenders in the industry have told us they are aware of the problem. Many of them advertise on Google’s pay per-click service as an alternative to the natural listings.

One lender who did not want to be identified suggested the price of Google’s sponsored links have gone up because demand has increased with legitimate companies struggling to get on the natural listings.

Google could solve this problem by tightening up their algorithm” he suggested. “But they have no incentive to do so. We’re all having to use the sponsored listings to get any traffic to our websites.”

Oh the poor lambs…

Dirty Tricks To Boost Traffic

Posted by Tim Love - January 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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Passive Income Ideas

Passive Income Ideas

What are passive income ideas?

Wikipedia has a definition of passive income as;

“Passive income is an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it.”

It then goes on to give some examples of passive income:

  • Earnings from a business that does not require direct involvement from the owner or merchant;
  • Rent from property;
  • Royalties from publishing a book or from licensing a patent or other form of intellectual property, such as computer software product;
  • Earnings from internet advertisements on websites;[3]
  • Dividend and interest income from owning securities, such as stocks and bonds, is usually referred to as portfolio income, which may or may not be considered a form of passive income. In the United States, portfolio income is considered a different type of income than passive income;
  • Pensions.[4]

So from the description of passive income as above, it would be safe to say that it’s worth generating passive income ideas of your own and implementing them in your current or future business!

I would add to this list from an online business point of view, passive income can also be generated through websites, either owned or used to refer visitors to another site’s affiliate program, thus generating the individual passive income through their share of any income generated from sales via their referred visitors.

There are a number of affiliate programs that also generate passive income. Refer a customer to a specific product and any subsequent sales that customer makes will also generate you a commission. This is made even easier if the site in question automatically monthly bills that customer for a product or service. You generate an automatic monthly passive income for the life of the referred customer’s membership with the site / company in question.

This being said it is sometimes difficult to come up with passive income ideas and a little lateral thinking will need to be used if attempting to build passive income into your business model.

You need to come up with an idea for a product or service that you can re-bill your customers for on a regular basis. It is just as easy to create a repeat customer as it is to create a single sale customer, so it must be your goal to create repeat customers as in the long run they will earn you the most revenue. It is your job to come up with as many passive income ideas as possible for your business.

So if you have a business, whether it is online based or a real world business, come up with a residual income idea and you will strike gold with your customer sales.

So how about real world examples, are their off the shelf businesses with passive income that you can buy into? Of course there are! In the UK there is one specific business that you can buy in to at a relatively small cost and run the business from home on as little as 2 hours per week to start off with.

So what does this business with passive income included involve? Well to be honest, it is initially introducing to your friends a group of products that they already use and pay for on a monthly basis. The company offers these products at a reduced price. You introduce the customer and the company then pays you on a monthly basis a residual passive income.

If you are struggling to come up with passive income ideas of your own, give me a shout and I will gladly help you. or if you would like to find out the company I am suggesting as the passive income idea that you can t.

Passive Income Ideas

Posted by Tim Love - January 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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Blog Commenting

Blog Commenting

Blog Commenting has been a great tool for those involved in online marketing since the invention of blogs back in the late 1990′s. If you read this blog commenting article, you will find tools that can be used to find blogs to comment on.

It would seem however that since the introduction of the nofollow tag, blog commenting has fallen out of favour – but to be perfectly frank, just looking at blog commenting from a site’s page rank building point of view is pretty short sighted. It misses the whole point of blog commenting!

Blog commenting is supposed to be about interaction with the person who’s written the article. As a reward for writing a constructive comment, you are given the ability to link back to your own website. If you are lucky, you might also be able to use html in the comment area. It is therefore worth your while to take the time to blog comment the right way. It’s not difficult, it’s common sense!

Let’s be clear, commenting on blogs isn’t just about increasing your site’s search engine result page listings. Yes of course when you comment on blogs you will / might benefit from increased search engine result page listing; especially if the blog that you are commenting on is dofollow, and allows you to use keywords instead of your name in the name /or html in the comment imput area (see above image) when you make a comment.

One of the biggest things that is overlooked with blog commenting is that you will also generate visitors to your site via your comment. Real visits from people who have clicked on your name / links attributed to you when you post a comment that has been approved on someone else’s blog.

Of course commenting on a blog that has a high page rank and still uses dofollow is possibly the holy grail of blog commenting, but if you’re looking for a boost in blog visitor traffic that isn’t dependant on your site’s search engine result pages, blog commenting is an absolute must. If you comment on posts on a popular blog, you will generate click thrus from visitors checking out your site / links after reading your comments. These click thrus will continue for months and years after you made the initial comment. They are a residual web traffic source, the more you comment, the more referral traffic your site will get.

Previously when talking about the direct click thrus generated by blog commenting, it seemed as if these click thrus were considered a ‘billy bonus’. Yes we got click thrus and referral traffic from the blogs, but generally the information was all about ‘gaming’ the search engines to improve SERPs.

I consider blog commenting to be an additional and vitally important web traffic source.

Referral traffic from sources outside of the search engines ensures that your site’s web traffic eggs aren’t all in one basket. If the worse came to the worse, your site would still get visitors from these referral sources. Blog commenting is one of a number of resources you should be using for web site traffic generation.

Blog commenting takes time, anything that is worth doing properly takes time. Don’t be lazy, don’t use software to post your blog commenting campaign, I’ve not seen a spun article / comment that looks real, they usually look like they’ve been written by someone who’s first language isn’t English! Of course that doesn’t mean that you can’t save relevant details such as your name / keywords and link details etc on something like Roboform.

Below you will find a quick guide on how to comment on blogs and ensure that you are blog commenting effectively.

Blog Commenting Guide

OK, first things when talking about blog commenting, I’m not talking about spam comments or mass commenting on blogs with generic ‘great post’ type comments using some software or other.

Any blog owner worth their salt won’t allow your comment if you use generic crap comments. They will probably click the spam button next to your comment. This will mean that whenever you comment on blogs in the future, your blog comment will be immediately filtered in to a spam folder and will probably be deleted without being added to the blog post in question.

The rule of thumb when blog commenting is to think to yourself would you allow the comment if it was your blog? Does the comment add to the post, is it constructive or informative? If you can answer yes to these basic questions, then more than likely the person who owns the blog will thinks so too.

On or off topic?

There’s a load of pap written about off topic commenting in relation to your site’s niche… Sorry, but I don’t agree with the most of it. If you can write a constructive comment on the blog post, then you are entitled to comment on it if the blog owner has a comment section on their site. My interests are wide and varied, as I imagine are yours, so if there’s a post on a site that covers a specific hobby of mine, there is no reason why I wouldn’t comment on it and include a link to my site. You should not be scared to comment either.

But that being said, you will probably be better off starting commenting on blogs related to your site’s topic / niche. There are millions of blogs, the chances are that you will find several thousand that are related to your site before you even have to start using your hobbies to generate blog posts to leave comments on.

So how do you find blogs posts that you can add comments to?

There are a loads of ways to find blogs that allow comments, do a search in google and use ‘footprints’ to find blogs that allow comments – include the speechmarks;

“Add New Comment”
“add a comment”
“Leave a comment”
‘Leave a Reply’ ‘Name “(required)”‘ ‘Mail (will not be published) “(required)”‘ ‘Website’
inurl:announcements
“Reply or Comment”
“Post new comment”
“Add Comment”
“Login or register to post comments”
“Login or register to post or rate comments”
“Sign in to comment on this entry”
“Write a comment”
“respond to post”
“Leave a Reply”
“Commenter”
“Please login to be post comments!”
“Comments (You may use HTML tags for style)”
“Post a Comment:”
“blog comments powered by Disqus”
“Comments: (You may use HTML tags for style)”
“Leave a new comment”
“Comment on the Post”
“Related content”
“Enter your comment:”
“Comments on this entry:”
“post a comment”
“Sign in to comment on this entry.”
“Notify me when new comments are posted”
“Reader Comments”
“You must be registered and logged in to leave comments.”
“Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”
“Enter this code to prove you are not a robot:”
“Post Comment”

Prefix each footprint with the ‘keyword’ that relates to your topic / niche. You could also if you wanted further drill down to the type of site that you are wanting to comment on by adding to the footprints;

Inurl:.edu
Inurl:.gov
Inurl:.ac.uk
etc

Or whatever extension you wanted to specifically target.

There is also a really great free tool that you can use here;

Drop My Link

Another great tool for finding blogs to comment on is Google Reader. Google Reader will even show you how many subscribers each individual blog has. A blog that has a large number of subscribers will potentially drive a large and regular number of visitors via referral click thrus to your site if you write a constructive comment on a post.

Go to Google Reader and then click the link to browse the directory, click search and then type in your topic keyword or niche. It will then give you results of blogs that are listed by Google relating to the niche and tell you alongside how many subscribers each blog has. So in the imaginary example below using Google Reader I have searched on the term ‘tennis’;

Blog Commenting Guide - google reader

Blog Commenting Guide – google reader

Google Reader spits out the blogs that it has listed in it’s directory that relate to the term tennis and gives the title, a short description of each blog and the number of subscribers that have subscribed to the blog in question using Google Reader.

Another great way to discover blogs that you can add a comment on is via the directory over at Technorati. Technorati is the grand daddy of blog directories and you will find 1000′s of decent blogs that you can comment on listed in their blog directory.

So that’s about it as far as blog commenting is concerned. Basically in my opinion, you shouldn’t be too bothered about whether a blog is no or dofollow. Either way you will benefit. Also having a spread of dofollow and nofollow links pointing back to your site looks natural to the search engines. If all your links are from dofollow sites, the chances are Google may think that something fishy is going on and penalise your site.

The most important thing is that you build links from a variety of sources. Blog commenting is just one of those sources that you should use.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If so, please do me the honour of commenting below and perhaps sharing the post using one of the social media buttons found around the site.

Blog Commenting

 

Posted by Tim Love - January 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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It Couldn’t Be Done

It Couldn’t Be Done

I have the poem ‘It Couldn’t Be Done’ pinned to the wall of my office. It’s copied below, maybe you might take inspiration from it too? It Couldn’t Be Done reminds me when things get tough to keep sticking at it.

One of my friends who’s launched several successful businesses, describes how he goes about building a new business with shear bloody mindedness and belligerence – sometimes it feels like he’s swimming against the tide, but he won’t be ‘proven wrong’ until he’s prove it to himself.

Business sometimes feels like a war of attrition. Sometimes online marketing also feels like this. You slog away, it feels like you’re banging your head against a brick wall, all your efforts seem to count for nothing and then suddenly and for no obvious reason it clicks in to place. It’s almost as if by magic, you’re doing the same things, but now they’re working. It’s the tipping point.

All I know is that ‘lady luck’ (it would seem) likes to reward dogged determination. Success is waiting just round the corner – for those prepared to work hard, dodge the cow pats of life, be true to themselves, run the race, and reach the prize! Sadly quite often people give up just as they reach the cusp, they just don’t realise how close they came…

2013 finds me launching a new business and concentrating on old neglected projects. I shall be glancing at the poem It Couldn’t Be Done when things get tough!

Good luck and best wishes to you in 2013!

It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edgar Albert Guest 1881–1959

 

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done

But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

 

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it;”

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure,

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

It Couldn’t Be Done

Posted by Tim Love - January 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

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