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The negative effect buying fake Twitter followers has on you.

You may think that buying followers for your Twitter profile may give you a big head-start. But doing so can only get you so far. I’ll explain why now.

Let me tell you a really important thing and it is that you can’t hide the fact that you’ve purchased followers for your Twitter profile in bulk. There is absolutely no way to hide the fact that you have bought fake Twitter accounts to artificially inflate your Twitter followers count. Because it’s so easy for that potential somebody to hop on to the Google Search engine and search for independent Twitter applications that can help one to determine what percentage of a person’s followers are bots, artificial profiles, fakes, etc. You cannot fool everybody.

It’s very important to refrain from the urge to purchase artificial Twitter accounts to inflate your followers count because not only is it against Twitter’s rules, but it is also bound to destroy your public-facing Twitter profile’s reputation. If a handful of people audit your followers through the use of third-party apps, these handful of people are bound to tell every follower they stay in touch with.

We’ll get straight to the point. A very, very, long time ago, we purchased 100,000 followers in bulk for a test Twitter profile. What happened after that? The test profile’s followers count began to rise at a rapid pace. We tried so hard to block all of those followers, which meant stopping them from following the test account. But the rise in the fake followers count did not stop at the 8,000-something followers. Guess what happened next? Another 92,000 fake Twitter profiles bombarded the account with follows. There was no stopping them, even though you would keep blocking them all with the use of a script/app. Spam followers just kept on coming with no signs of stopping. So, in the end we determined that the purchase of followers from any seller (usually a scammer or fraud) usually results in them sending endless bots/replacements for lost followers, no matter how many of them you block. It appears that the fake followers are sent by using some automated means. We ended up terminating the test Twitter account as our experiment was over with.

What if you went and did the same? You know, buy Twitter followers? Don’t you think that the rapid increase of your followers count would cause a red flag on your account? You would then be banned from Twitter… right?

What is the point in purchasing fake followers when said followers will not respond to your tweets? Like I said, people can use third-party tools to audit the authenticity of your fan following and you would have damaged your reputation. You’re wasting money, you’re damaging your reputation, you’re getting your Twitter account banned. The loss is all on you. Will the seller give you a full refund? No. Because the seller is a fraud.

 

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Shopify vs. WooCommerce

Shopify vs. WooCommerce

Shopify

Pros:

  • Control Panels like cPanel or Plesk are not needed;
  • 24/7 customer service on live chat;
  • Well-designed, clean, modern themes and user interface;
  • Very advanced features;
  • Ready for use the same instant you finish signing up;
  • Web hosting already provided;
  • Easy for beginners, get online in minutes;
  • No need for coding knowledge and no need for technical skills;
  • No need to manage your server, no need to install software on to server.

Cons:

  • Expensive, monthly charges;
  • Only for the affluent people who can afford the costs;
  • Two overheads; Shopify is hosted on Amazon Web Services, and your online store is hosted on Shopify. This means Shopify is controlled by AWS.
  • Amazon has the power to drop Shopify’s data, including your Shopify store at any time;
  • Shopify has the power to drop your online store at any time;
  • Shopify could end your account at any time, if they feel you have violated their terms;
  • Amazon could remove Shopify’s data at any time, if they feel Shopify has violated their terms.

Conclusion

I have heard people complain about Shopify being too expensive on a month-to-month basis. But what I believe is that since Shopify has to give excellent customer service 24/7 they also feel the need to charge premiums to cover the costs associated with hiring customer support staff.

But if the customer support staff have to deal with 99% of repetitive issues, it would be best to add solutions to such repetitive issues in a knowledge base. This way, they can save on customer support costs which in turn means they can cut down their prices. Lower prices = happier customers.

Additionally, they’ve worked hard to polish their web app’s user interface and themes. Shopify does have some advanced features, but they come at a premium monthly rate. I’d say that this product is more for the affluent person. Shopify will end up costing you a lot of money in the long-term. Another downside is that Shopify isn’t really in your ownership. Shopify can end your account, if, for any reason they feel you have violated their terms or what ever. You know their legal jargon – there’s no need for me to upload or paste a copy of their terms here.

 

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an e-commerce platform also, but it comes in the form of an installable piece of code. This thing called ‘WooCommerce’ is, in fact, a plugin for a content management system (and blogging system) named WordPress. You might have heard of WordPress since it’s so famous.

With this Shopify alternative named WooCommerce, you have three options to choose from:

1. Only one overhead. Go direct to the makers of WordPress.

This is known as surrendering control over your WordPress site to the makers of WordPress. You can go with WordPress.Com if you want a ready-made WordPress installation, yet they do have premium plans which are going to cost you. Those at WP reserve the right to stop your account at any time, especially if for some reason they feel you have violated their terms. This method does not give you total control/ownership over your WordPress.Com site. It’s basically owned by them.

Yes, they can drop your WordPress installation files at any time. I seriously doubt they would do that, but they surely would ban you from using their services if your site has illegal content. For example, making a site on which you sell ammunition is bound to bring up a red flag. Then the police would be at your door and handcuff you because law enforcement would have decided you are a threat the moment you would have tried to do arms dealing.

Pros:

  • You don’t need a license from a control panel like cPanel or Plesk;
  • It’s so easy to get online;
  • Modern, clean, user-friendly interface;
  • Hosting from the makers of WordPress themselves;
  • Low prices on their monthly plans.

Cons:

  • Fully controlled by the web host WordPress.Com and not you, meaning they (the administrators) have access (‘the keys’) to everything on your WordPress. This could mean they can shut your website down at any time if they so wished. They have the power to do so;
  • A monthly cost;
  • One overhead. WordPress.Com itself.

2. Two overheads. Choose our recommended third-party to host your WordPress.Org installation for you.

SingleHop + GreenGeeks

Choosing a web host to deploy your WordPress site + WooCommerce plugin over Shopify’s premium plans is a big money saver in the long-term. This is because the pricing plans of the many web hosts out there are much cheaper. Shared hosting is so cheap, it is as little as $4 a month. The downside to this is that if you are deploying your own WordPress.Org installation you will be responsible for managing your website.

The steps to setting up your own WooCommerce/WordPress-powered online store (which runs on WordPress.Org’s code) are to:

  • Choose a good web host. We highly recommend GreenGeeks (an environmentally friendly web host) to beginners who want to get online as quickly as possible. It’s so easy to get started with GreenGeeks and their customer service representatives are available to help you with any issues with your Shared Hosting service. But it is important to note that GreenGeeks is a SingleHop Partner (or Reseller). Any website hosted on GreenGeeks, is actually identified as being hosted on SingleHop servers.

  • If you need help with making your way around cPanel, GreenGeeks support reps are available to help you or you can do a Google Search.
  • If you are not comfortable carrying out a manual installation of WordPress (which requires you to upload and configure WordPress installation files), you may use their (very easy) Softaculous installer.

Pros:

  • Very easy for beginners to get online;
  • Customer service is available 24/7;
  • Customer service can assist you with issues on your Shared Hosting;
  • Very low monthly cost;
  • Full control over your WordPress.Org installation;
  • Softaculous installer makes it easy to deploy WordPress.Org installation;
  • cPanel provided;
  • Environmentally friendly.

Cons:

  • Two overheads. SingleHop and GreenGeeks;
  • GreenGeeks is identified as a SingleHop web host. They may be a reseller;
  • SingleHop has the power to terminate GreenGeeks’ data and all of GreenGeeks’ data would be lost including yours;
  • GreenGeeks has the power to delete your website data;
  • SingleHop may stop their agreement with GreenGeeks at any time if they feel GreenGeeks has violated their terms;
  • GreenGeeks may terminate your site at any time if they feel you have violated their terms;
  • Server administrators also have full access to your website files, and not just you;
  • You must handle updates to your website.

3. Slightly extreme measure. Little to No Overheads. Go independent.

Be ready to do the following:

  • Obtain a business electricity supplier;
  • Obtain a business broadband provider;
  • Buy your own server machine;
  • Host your WordPress.Org installation on your own in-house machine.

Pros:

  • You have full control over your website’s data, and your server is right under your supervision.

 

Cons:

  • You may need to buy a cPanel or Plesk license to make managing your server easy;
  • Other costs, such as antivirus software;
  • Your business energy provider could stop providing you with energy at any time;
  • Your business broadband provider could stop providing you with business internet at any time;
  • A good server can be very expensive. Lower quality servers are cheaper;
  • You may need technical knowledge;
  • Your responsibilities towards the server may increase;
  • You alone are responsible for keeping your server safe from hacking attempts.

Conclusion

If you have plenty of money, you might go with this option. Usually, people on a low-income aren’t able to carry a heavy responsibility such as this.

 

Or… you could take the most extreme measure. NO OVERHEAD:

Start an Internet Service Provider and offer broadband to yourself.

Start your own electricity-generating company and supply energy to yourself.

Buy or build your own server.

Host your own WordPress site.

 

Don’t go there. Only enterprises with HUGE amounts of money can start such businesses. I believe it takes a lot of money, people and hard work.

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Why Sub4Sub is bad for your YouTube channel.

Here on this blog post, we talk about the effect “sub for sub” has on your YouTube channel. Because I’ve seen so many do it, and since I’ve seen this, I thought it was becoming an issue. It was about time I spoke up about this whole thing. It’s also harmful to your YouTube channel’s growth… just don’t do it! Read on, and I shall give you the details. Continue reading Why Sub4Sub is bad for your YouTube channel.

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Bitcoin Wallet is your own Bank, but be careful!

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Bitcoin Mining difficulty, explained.

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What is Bitcoin Mining?

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What is ‘Bitcoin Mining?’

The act of mining requires a certain amount of work for each block of coins – yes, work. It’s the electricity powering the hardware that causes the computer to do the job. Bitcoin miners earn a set amount of Bitcoins for verifying transactions. You can think of Bitcoin mining as a record-keeping service since miners (or computers using energy) earn Bitcoins for confirming Bitcoin transfers. All transactions (both inbound and outbound) go into a public ledger for everybody to see. This public record is the Blockchain.

Bitcoin was developed in such a way that miners earn rewards (in the form of Bitcoins) for using computer power to record transactions.

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Bitcoin: Where does it come from?

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Where do Bitcoins come from?

When it comes to paper money, a government decides when to print and distribute it, and Bitcoin neither has any government nor any authority. Instead, Bitcoins are in production over the internet by anybody running software called a Bitcoin Miner in their computers.

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Bitcoin’s disadvantages.

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Disadvantages (negatives)

Bitcoins have many problems associated with them. A non-exhaustive list of disadvantages is here:

One: Bitcoin transactions are anonymous. Criminals can misuse privacy of such operations such that the authorities have a hard time catching evildoers who use Bitcoins to sell or buy ammunition and other illegal/dangerous items.

Two: There are no charge-backs. While this is a good thing for genuine sellers, it is a bad thing for buyers purchasing items or services from a scammer because no authority could protect the customer’s transaction. It is then up to a scammer to send a complete refund in Bitcoins if the goods or services disappoint the client. But it does not look like a scammer would issue a refund soon, right? Be wary of fraudulent sellers.

Three: No transaction limits imposed – this means it is easier for criminals to send massive amounts of money for illegal goods and services.

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Bitcoin’s advantages.

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Bitcoins have advantages and disadvantages when compared to other alternatives.
A non-exhaustive list of advantages is below. I shall point out five here:

1. No middlemen

Bitcoins travel from person to person via the net without going through a bank or clearing house, so this means there are no middlemen involved. There are no intermediaries. There are no people in the middle handling the transactions.

2. No regional boundaries

You can use Bitcoins in every country. Bitcoins transcend all borders – no regional boundaries have any hold over a Bitcoin. You need not worry about having to convert your funds into any other currency. To be honest, more currencies only complicate things, anyway.

3. Your own bank

You are your bank; this means your account can never be frozen. You are the owner of your bank account. You have complete control over your bank account. There are no charge-backs at all as you have full ownership of your bank account. Bitcoins are a great way for businesses and freelancers to end charge-back fraud. Gone are the days when a buyer could file a fraudulent charge-back and win!
Very disgusting.

Still, a merchant should always honour their refund policy. A trader should issue a full refund all by themselves to the customer should the need ever arise. No bank can take the money from the account and give it back to your client. Now, a fraudulent buyer cannot act over-smart.
Nice, isn’t it? Heh, you don’t say…

4. Low fees

The fees are much lower. Any merchant who accepts Bitcoins as payment is bound to lower the prices of their products and services. When there are no third parties, there are no extra fees. So there is no need for the merchant to price their products at a premium rate to cover the costs of receiving payments. Now, customers get to save money on the merchant’s products.

5. No prerequisites, no limits

There are no prerequisites or arbitrary limits. You can send or receive any amount of Bitcoins. There are no overheads to encroach upon your rights. The sending and receiving of Bitcoins are secure, fast, and reliable.

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Bitcoin, summarised.

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Summary

Bitcoin is known as the first decentralized digital currency. Bitcoins are digital coins you can send through the internet. There is absolutely no way to touch a Bitcoin. You cannot hold a Bitcoin in the palm of your hand, because it is a digital currency. In other words, Bitcoins are not physical coins.