Welcome to My-Buzz.com

My Internet Journey

My name’s Thomas. You can read about me and my personal details in the “About Me” page should you be so inclined.

I first discovered the ‘net way back in 1994. In those days, it was all dial-up connections and pages that took up to several minutes to load. Boy, we were a patient lot back then!

I guess I always knew the internet was going to become big business, but no-one, I’m sure, could forecast the internet as we see it today. I, and most people, never dreamed that it would become so easy (and so hard, in some ways) for ordinary folk like you and me to become online entrepreneurs and be running our own internet businesses. Read more

Technology Profits Confidential; Scam or Legit?

Is Technology Profits Confidential the Real Deal?


I heard about this stockmarket newsletter recently, and thought I’d do a little investigation.

 

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of TPC, let me share something with you. There is a genuine, legitimate way to make money online with minimal risk and endless potential. A method that won’t make you rich overnight, or without effort, but that can earn you a lucrative passive income within a surprisingly short time.

Click This Link for a review of my personal favorite online business model. It’s OK, the link will open a new window so you can get back here easily.

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So What is Technology Profits Confidential?

Is technology profits confidential a scam?

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Gutenberg: Friend or Foe?

How Will WordPress Gutenberg Affect the Way we Write?

There’s been a fair bit of hype lately about the WordPress Gutenberg update. Is this really going to be a great leap forward as promised – or just another level of confusion?

One thing’s for certain, we won’t be able to avoid it, so we’d better learn how to use it – and quickly!

I’ve been experimenting with Elementor Builder for a bit. (you can read my review here) I’d hopefully be excused then, for thinking I’d have a bit of a head start at understanding Gutenberg. There are some similarities, and I’ve already found a couple of pros and cons. As I did with the Elementor review, I’m using Gutenberg plugin to write this post and learning as I go. Read more

Affiliate Marketing or Dropshipping, Which is Right for You?

Are You Looking for a Way to Make Money Online?

Maybe Drop Shipping is the Answer

Earning money online is a dream of many people these days. However, unless you have a plan, it’s likely to remain just that – a dream.

Now that might seem obvious, but have you really thought about it? There are loads of folk earning what can be a very good living with internet marketing. What all these successful people have in common though, is a plan. (And the willingness to work at it)

I’ve talked quite a bit elsewhere on this site about Affiliate Marketing. Another avenue that lots of internet marketers choose to invest their time into is Drop Shipping. Read more

Is This the Best Ever Page Builder, or What?

What is the Best WordPress Page Builder?

When I first started learning how to build a website, there wasn’t a whole lot of choice when it came to page building.

My first sites, and all the content, were assembled using the basic WordPress Editor. For its time, WordPress Editor was the be-all and end-all so far as content editing was concerned. Let’s face it – WordPress is the one platform that’s enabled more mere mortals like myself to build our own websites than any other. WordPress truly is simplicity itself!

Then along came the Wealthy Affiliate Site Content editor. To those of us associated with the WA group, Site Content Editor was a boon indeed. It was a huge jump from what I’d become used to and made page building and content management a breeze by comparison. (Thanks, Kyle and Carson)

Not heard of Wealthy Affiliate? There’s a review you can check out here.

Wealthy Affiliate: The best way to Learn Affiliate Marketing.

Now, Enter the New Kid on the Block:
Elementor Page Builder.

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8 of the Best Keyword Research Tools for 2018

Looking for a Good Keyword Research Tool?

Look no further. I’ve compiled a list of eight tried and tested keyword tools for you right here.

 

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Keyword research has to be possibly the single most important aspect of successful internet marketing. Unless we get the keyword research sorted before we even begin to write, we’re going to be behind the eight-ball from the start.

 

If you’re new to internet marketing, I suggest you read this post first. In it I discuss and explain just what a keyword tool is, and why you should be using one. Read more

Free Keyword Research Tools. Which is Best for You?

How can we know what is the best free keyword research tool?

 

We all know, or we should, just how important Keyword Research is to any online business. Without it we won’t be able to write the sort of content people are looking for, and we’ll stand little chance of appearing prominently in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPs.

Unless we do our homework on this, our valuable and well-researched content runs the risk of being buried forever beneath all those well-aged and authority sites that control most of the top rankings.

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Find the Right Keywords and half the job is done

If we seek, find, and qualify good low competition keywords, however, we can rise above the tide. To do this we need at least one good Keyword Finder.

For the purpose of this article I’ll assume you understand the basics of what a keyword research tool does. If not, please read this post for a detailed explanation.

 

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Keyword Research Tools Explained.

What is a keyword research tool, and why do we need one?

 

Keyword research is the cornerstone of successful internet marketing.

 

Imagine this: You’ve spent hours building your website. You’ve written informative, engaging copy. You’ve added images and diagrams, internal and external links. In fact, you’ve built a web presence you can really be proud of.

You publish the site, promote it on social media, get indexed by the search engines, and you wait for visitors. And you wait… Nothing!  Six months later you’re still waiting.

So what went wrong?You Need a Traffic Strategy

In all probability, you failed to perform proper keyword research.

 


 

It’s one thing to know what items you wish to promote, and what sort of things internet users may be searching for. It’s another thing altogether to know precisely what they are entering into the search box and how to utilise that knowledge.

It’s also another thing to know just how many websites there are out there competing for the same search terms, or keywords. Read more

Digital Altitude – The Newest Scam?

Have you heard about Digital Altitude?

This post was written on Dec 14, 2016

 

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A friend of mine was thinking of investing in Digital Altitude, and asked for my opinion. I hadn’t heard of it, so decided to do some research.

Now, I have to be honest and say from the start, that the fact that this is a Multi-Level-Marketing scheme acted like a red flag for me, but nevertheless I agreed to review the scheme with an open mind.

I signed up for the $1.00 “free trial” so I could access the program and be able to make some informed comments. Read more

Chris Farrell Membership Review

Have you heard about the Chris Farrell Membership?

 

www.chrisfarrellmembership.com

 

This post was first published in January 2017

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I’m assuming that you are reading this as the result of an internet search. Perhaps you’ve found CFM online and are wondering if it’s a legitimate program. Maybe it’s another scam?

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Chris Farrell Membership

Well I’ve done some research on CFM and here’s what I turned up.

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Actually, I did the research a little while back, when I was first thinking about dipping my toes in the Affiliate Marketing pond. I’d read here and there about people supposedly earning vast amounts of money online with little effort, mostly from Affiliate Marketing. Read more

Wealthy Affiliate. The Real Deal?

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Wealthy Affiliate; Scam, or Legit?

And just who or what is Wealthy Affiliate anyway?

 

Well, read on, and be enlightened!

Wealthy Affiliate Marketing University

Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created over 11 years ago to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.

 

 Wealthy Affiliate can Change Your LifeFor the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.

When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”.
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HREFLANG tags: Can They Help Your Rankings?

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Should you be using hreflang tags?

What are they, and can they boost your SERP results?

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Hreflang tags (pronounced aitch-ref-lang) are a Google initiative. They were developed in 2011, and intended to advise Google when websites have identical or similar articles aimed at visitors in alternate languages.

It makes sense then, that Google would want us to implement them whenever and wherever appropriate.

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Hreflang tags will help show your website to the right audience. (Image courtesy of Pixabay)

If you write posts or page articles that are directed exclusively towards one audience, eg. en-us for English speakers living in the USA, then you needn’t bother with hreflang at all. This would also apply if your site wasn’t directed at any specific zone, and only written in one language. Search engines are perfectly capable of working out what language your website is written in.

(There’s a bit more information further on in this article dealing with Geographic Targeting using Google Search Console)

However, if your site has articles with similar content written in various languages or  dialects, you should be using these indicators. Read more

Amazon Affiliate Opportunity.

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Amazon Continues to Dominate the Online Retail World.

Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational as of Dec 2017.

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Amazon.com, Inc., was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994.

After a slow start, during which they made no profit at all, Amazon showed its first return on investment ($5 million, on revenue of more than $1 billion) in late 2001. This amounted to just 5c per share. It was Bezos’ plan to start slowly, but I can’t help wondering if he knew it would be that slow.
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Fast forward fifteen years, however, and the company’s 2016 revenue was almost $136 billion in the US alone!
Today, Amazon has separate retail websites for the US, the UK and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Mexico, and now Australia.
There are also Dutch, Polish, and Turkish language versions of the German website and they also offer international shipping to certain other countries for many products.
 (More info here, if you need it, from Wikipedia)

What does this mean to you?

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Amazon Australia – Open For Business!

The Amazon Australia Store is Now Open.

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The Amazon juggernaut continues to dominate the online retail world.

Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational.

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Dec 2017. Up to now, Amazon Australia has only marketed books and digital products. The full service Amazon.com.au store was originally expected to open in time for the Black Friday sales on Nov 24. Some behind the scenes issues delayed the launch, and no doubt the back room boys were frantically burning the midnight oil ironing out any glitches. (Much better now, rather than later, I guess) As of December 5th we now have an (almost) fully stocked and functional Amazon Australia store.

There’s an informative article here from Wikipedia on Amazon’s history.

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What does this mean to you?

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The Best Affiliate Training

Elsewhere on my-buzz.com, you’ll find a review page on the Wealthy Affiliate Group.

 

(There’s a link to that review here.)

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Back in November 2016, I’d recently retired from my business in the transport industry, and was at a bit of a loose end. Not being the type of bloke to spend my days playing bowls or going fishing every day, (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it’s what suits you) I decided to look into online marketing. I’ve been a writer of sorts for many years, although I’d never really taken it seriously. It was, along with music, my main creative outlet. Stories, articles, poems – I’ve been published once or twice, but never really set the world on fire. Let’s face it – I’m no Hemingway.

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Anyway, I researched ways to make money online, signed up for a few schemes, and got ripped off more than once! It seemed that everywhere I looked, someone was trying to separate me from my hard-earned money. Mostly promising huge returns for little effort (but at a cost, of course) while delivering very little genuine advice or guidance. Eventually, I decided to try Affiliate Marketing, also sometimes referred to as Blog Marketing. Read more

How to Earn Money From Blogging.

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So you’d like to become a Blogger!

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        Maybe you already have a blog, or perhaps you have, like I did not long ago, made the decision to investigate blogging as an alternative income stream.

        Perhaps you’re just wondering if the Blogger’s Life is for you. Let’s face it, we all love to share our knowledge and experience with others. Why shouldn’t we jump at the chance to earn a little money from our life knowledge and interests? Or better still, turn our interests and/or hobbies into a thriving online business?

 

Seem too good to be true? Can you really make money by Blogging?

 

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New(ish) Scam Targeting Website Owners

A new (to me, at least) scam just caught my attention.

       A colleague of mine recently encountered this one. Luckily he was alert enough to perform the necessary due diligence before following any instructions.

This is how it works.

       Supposedly from someone called “Domain Abuse Admin”, and possibly from a domain using the name DomainCop.com (or .org, .net, etc etc), an email arrives informing the website owner that their site has been blacklisted for spamming and spreading malware. Read more

Wealthy Affiliate University – Scam or Legit?

Wealthy Affiliate; Is This the Real Deal?

And just who or what is Wealthy Affiliate anyway?

 

Well, read on, and be enlightened!

Wealthy Affiliate Marketing University

Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created over 11 years ago to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.

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 Wealthy Affiliate can Change Your LifeFor the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.

When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”.

It’s as simple as that!  Well….. maybe not quite that simple. Creating engaging copy is something that most people can learn to do with practice. You’ll also need to either already know the answers or be prepared to do the research. You’ll only have to do that research one time though.

Once your article is published it becomes a permanent part of the World Wide Web, and could continue to earn you a passive income for many years to come. All you need to do then is “rinse and repeat”. It can seem a bit daunting at first, but a little help goes a long way. That’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in.

 

The founders of WA, (let’s call it that from here on) Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim, have put together an incredibly informative and helpful program designed to lead you step by step through the labyrinth of internet marketing.

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Now let’s look at some of the Pros and Cons of Wealthy Affiliate.

 

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The Cost: Let’s get this out of the way first.

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You can become a WA member for free. You don’t have to provide credit card details or commit to anything except being prepared to give it your best shot. This is exactly what I recommend to anyone considering giving affiliate marketing a try. “Why”, I can hear you ask, “if their program is so good, would they give it away for free?”

Well, the answer simply is that Kyle and Carson believe passionately in the try before you buy philosophy. In my opinion any company offering a program like this should have no problem with making such an offer. If you aren’t happy after giving it a good ol’ College Try, then we can all part on good terms.

The free membership gives you full access to all the resources for a trial period so you can then make an informed decision as to whether the program is a good fit for you. You have the opportunity to create two free websites of your own and you’ll be given full training and full access to the WA community support base. You also have access to ongoing training modules.

After the trial period you can stay on as a free member if you wish, and yes, you still get to keep the two free websites. (Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?) Another bonus here is that once learned, the information you’ve received can’t be taken away.

Should you opt to upgrade to Premium Membership the cost is $49 per month, but will be reduced to $19 for the first month if you upgrade within 10 days. This actually represents great value, which you’ll see for yourself after you’ve dipped your toes into the waters. The $49 monthly membership includes web hosting for up to 25 of your own domains plus 25 shared-domain sites.

 

Website hosting alone can easily cost over $200.00 a year for just one site as an individual!

 

Plus, the Wealthy Affiliate website hosting server is one of the fastest servers (if not the fastest) in the world. Fast load speeds mean that WA members have a real edge over the competition when it comes to search engine rankings. This edge is increased when you factor in the fact that we also get free access to Jaaxy, one of the absolute best keyword research tools on the market.

They also include secure https:// hosting and heaps of extra features that others will only supply as upsells. With WA there’s no such thing as upsells. All features are available to all Premium members.

There’s no compulsion to upgrade, however, so you really have nothing to lose, do you?

One thing I’d stress here though, is that there’s no point in upgrading if you aren’t prepared to put in some effort. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme or a hands-off, autopilot, money-making machine.

Affiliate marketing will not make you a millionaire overnight. In fact, I’ll let you in on a secret. At the time of writing this (Dec 2016) I’ve been a WA Premium member for just under two months. Want to know how much I’ve earned so far from my WA websites? Zip. Zero, Nada. (See Update Below)

But you know what? I spend a minimum of two to three hours most days creating content and working through the training modules because I know this is what I’ve been looking for. I know that by putting in the effort now I’m building my future.

In time, and probably sooner rather than later, my pages will start to show up in Google searches and I’ll be able to incorporate ads and links that will begin to produce income. You work and learn at your own pace. There are no time limits on completing the modules or submitting assignments.

(UPDATE: Nov 2017. After 12 months as a WA member, I now have six websites in total. I’m earning a small income from my efforts so far and look forward to increasing this as time goes by. As the song goes – The Only Way is Up!)

Aside from the moderate cost, the only possible downside (if you could call it that) of WA is the huge volume of training modules available. It can be almost overwhelming at first. The easy way however, is to start at the introductory phase and work your way through the courses step by step.

 

You can check out Wealthy Affiliate here.

(Just to be transparent; yes, if you sign up via this link, I will receive a small commission. There’s no extra cost to you however, and who knows, it may be the start of a whole new career for you!)

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You don’t have to just take my word for it though, here are some testimonials from others who have tried Wealthy Affiliate for themselves.

“This platform provides everything you could possibly need in starting an online business — especially if you’re a newbie. But there’s so much more, because seasoned marketing veterans can benefit just as well. For sure, Wealthy Affiliate is a thumbs-up proposition. Glad to be here. Looking forward to earning and learning.”  Craig, WA member.

“Honestly speaking, I’m crazy about this community ever since I was exposed to unsuccessful online business and lost a lot money before. Wealthy Affiliate is the number 1 contender for me. I’ve got a successful website and domain through WA and I’m now only 2 months with the community but its like years now. I love simplicity, love and caring within the platform, more than help as requested and opportunity to explore online adventure.
Thanks to Kyle and Carson” Alfred, WA member

“I am so grateful for finding W A, I’ve struggled for 2 + years trying to figure out certain things and within days of being on here I’ve made my own website, understand about simple things like niches that didn’t seem at all simple before WA.
I Love the simplicity and how easy things are to understand and how everything is done in steps.
There really is NO way this wont work for you unless you don’t do something right yourself.
All the answers and help that I need are here and I will be around for a very long time. I love it.
Thank you Kyle and Carson for such a great site.”  Nicky, WA member.

 “There is no doubt in my mind. Had I found WA 5 years ago when I started looking into online marketing, I would definitely have a very well established online business by now.
Words can’t really explain how highly I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. It’s perfect to get you going with your online business journey.” Daymo, WA member.

A further update: If you follow this link you’ll see a post from within the Wealthy Affiliate site written by a fellow member, Eddy. He’s been with WA for quite a while now, and in this post he shares some details of his latest earnings. (As of March 2018)

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So who can benefit from joining Wealthy Affiliate?

 

 

      Well, the answer here is just about anyone who;

        a) is currently involved in internet marketing,

        b) has an established online presence. (Bloggers, reviewers, celebrities etc) or

        c) is looking to set up some form of online business.

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 No previous experience is required. I knew almost nothing about websites or blogs before I started. I’m still a long way from being an expert, but I am being taught by experts.

Because of the way affiliate marketing works, it can be easily married with any sort of online presence, without detracting from whatever the main theme of the post/site is.

Let’s face it, if you visit a fashion blog or a travel site, are you really going to be put off by a few discrete ads or links? Especially if they relate to the online subject matter? Of course not!

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Online support is yours whenever you may need it. Because WA is a global community, there is pretty much always someone online who will be only too happy to help you out if you happen to get stuck with something. I personally was blown away by just how supportive everyone in WA is. Members even have direct access to Kyle via his personal profile. (Let’s not forget though, that he’s a busy man and can’t always reply immediately) Rest assured, you will get a reply, which is more than can be said for most online organizations.

The Site Support crew are also incredibly helpful. Most queries are answered within minutes (24/7) and issues quickly resolved. Believe me, I’ve had occasion to call on them a few times. I knew almost nothing about websites before I started but the training and help make it all just soooo easy.

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So, to answer the question posed in my heading: No, Wealthy Affiliate is definitely NOT a scam. What it also isn’t though, is a get-rich-quick scheme. Should you decide that WA is for you, you’ll need to be prepared to put in some time and effort. This is your future we’re talking about here, after all.

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That’s not to say that you’ll need to work full time to be successful.

 

If you can, so much the better, though I’d be inclined to think that you might become a bit overwhelmed by all the training if you try to do too much at once. As I said earlier, I put in 2 to 3 hours most days. Actually, about 5 days per week. That’s less than 15 hours/week.

Another update: After seeing some moderate income results, I’ve increased my workrate to 20 hours per week. Nothing like seeing results to boost your motivation!)

For an example of the training provided, Click Here and you’ll be taken to a page where you can look at the first of many course modules. In all, there are 60 modules in the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, and lots more training being added all the time!

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If I had to give the Wealthy Affiliate program a score out of 100, I’d be giving around 98. No organization is perfect, after all, but as one with experience from “inside” so to speak, this is as close as any such scheme I’ve encountered. And yes, I’ve tried a few over the years. My biggest regret is that I didn’t find out about WA years ago!


And so now it’s over to you. Do you keep doing the same old things you’ve been doing, or do you grab the chance now to create a whole new career for yourself? The choice is yours.

Remember, Today in the First Day of the Rest of Your Life. Let’s make it a good one.

 

My recommendation for anyone wanting to earn money from home, or thinking about starting a business from scratch with minimal outlay, is to follow this link and check out WA today. Your future self will thank you!

I’ll look forward to seeing you on the inside.

 

Bye for now,
                            

Let me guide you and help you avoid online scams.
The Busy Bee

                                      Keep Buzzing,

Thomas. AKA BusyBee.

Working From Home

Are you looking for a way to make money online? 

Maybe you’ve heard of a system that seems to fit the bill, and you’re unsure of where or how to start.

These days, it seems everybody is either doing business online or knows someone who is. Many of us would love to make the move to a Work from Home situation but with all the scams and frauds out there it’s hard to know just where to begin. (If you haven’t yet done so, read my Scams to Avoid page here)

https://my-buzz.com/scams-to-avoid/

The truth is, you can make money online.

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Scams to Avoid

Internet Scams come in Many Forms.

How to earn money online without getting scammed
The Busy Bee


The first, and arguably most important, thing to stress here is the old adage: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” I’d elaborate on that and say almost certainly is.

 

Some internet scams will offer you unbelievable financial success for minimal effort. Some will attempt to trick you into downloading malicious software. Some will simply appear to be legitimate online transactions where the goods you ordered never arrive, and possibly never existed in the first place.

Don't fall for a Money Trap
Money Traps are Everywhere

 

Believe me when I say you would not be the first, nor will you be the last, to fall for a clever trick. I’ve fallen victim to a few myself over the years and I’m always on my guard whenever dealing with someone I don’t know.

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Below is a list of some common scams.

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