Aug 30, 2008

Tops In Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo has picked up 2 awards even before he kicked a ball in the new season 2008/2009 of the English Premier League. He was named European Club Footballer of the Year and Best Forward.

Ronaldo aside, it's all Chelsea for the accolades of Europe's best in Best Goalkeeper Petr Cech, Best Defender John Terry and Best Midfielder Frank Lampard.

I never expected one club to dominate and make a near clean sweep of the awards. My earlier prediction of UEFA Club best players in the four positions only got right in John Terry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

What were your predictions? Are they spot on?

Aug 27, 2008

UBD 1 Year Anniversary Contest

Unique Blog Designs is celebrating its one-year birthday with a UBD 1-Year Anniversary Contest.

Grand Prize - Brand New 8GB iPod Touch ($299 value) and One (1) Copy of our New UBD Citrus WordPress Theme (coming next week).

Three (3) runner-up prizes include copies of our new UBD Citrus WordPress Theme.

How to enter?

For one (1) contest entry - just reply to the contest post with a comment. Only one comment per person will be counted.

For five (5) contest entries - write a blog post about the UBD 1-Year Anniversary Contest and link back to the contest post. If your blog post does not appear under the “Pingbacks,” leave a comment with a URL to the post.

The contest runs from 12:00AM PST Friday, August 22nd, 2008 to 11:59PM Sunday, August 31, 2008. The winner will be randomly chosen Monday, September 1st, 2008. Contest is open to everyone world-wide.

Aug 23, 2008

Uefa Club Footballer of the Year Nominees

Uefa announced its list of nominees for the Uefa Club Footballer of the Year award - which is dominated by English-based players. All but three of the 20 names on the shortlist ply their trade in the English Premier League.

The criterion for nomination is that a player must have featured in the 2007-08 Champions League. Star players of the top four Premier League clubs are well represented.

The Nominees are:

Goalkeeper of the Year: Manuel Almunia (Arsenal), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Manuel Neuer (Schalke), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United).

My pick: Edwin van der Sar

Defender of the Year: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

My pick: John Terry

Midfielder of the Year: Michael Essien (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paul Scholes (Manchester United).

My pick: Cesc Fabregas

Forward of the Year: Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

My pick: Cristiano Ronaldo

The winner in each position will be voted by coaches of the 16 teams who reached the knock-out phase of the 2007-08 Champions League. They will also choose an overall Uefa Club Footballer of the Year.

The winners will be announced on August 28th, at the draw for the group stage of the 2008-09 Champions League in Monaco. So what are your picks?

Aug 15, 2008

The Official Global Chargeback Guide

Often time when we talk about online fraud, most of the attention surrounding the discussion is usually focused on the consumers - either having their credit card numbers stolen by hackers or being suckered into giving their personal and financial information by a phony email phishing scam. But barely any attention has been given to the other side of the coin - the e-commerce merchants who are defrauded by crooks posing as legitimate consumers.

Dishonest consumers normally abuse the chargeback system by making a purchase over Internet with credit card and then issuing a chargeback on receiving the product or service leading to difficulty in recovering payment for merchants. Chargeback is the term given when there is a reversal of a credit card transaction.

Majority of the chargeback cases do happen due to technical problems between the merchant and the issuing bank. For example a consumer was charged twice for same transaction or other such mistakes like authorization process of a Credit Card where transaction is declined by the issuing Bank and the account is still charged. So how do you respond to such “friendly fraud transactions”?

Chargeback levels vary by industry type but have been on a steady accent in the e-commerce industry throughout the years. E-Commerce merchants typically operate in a "card-not-present" environment which is deemed as "high-risk" by default.

It is important to note that in case of chargeback, it is the consumer's bank and NOT your merchant service provider or your bank that decides the outcome of a chargeback.

Being an e-commerce merchant, you should have a set of online transaction security measures put in place, but as good as your chargeback prevention mechanisms may be and despite all the best practices that you may have incorporated into your sales process, every now and again you will still be seeing a chargeback or two sneaking its way through and around your protection. Chargebacks cost money along with the fess and the settlements associated with the credit card transaction and affect the company’s bottom line.

Chargeback Guide - The Official Global Chargeback Guide, is an e-book designed to teach e-commerce merchants the ins and outs of dealing with chargebacks. For only $19.95, (less than the cost of a single chargeback) merchants are able to download this chargeback tutorial which will guide you in the fight against all types of credit card fraud and help you win any future chargebacks.

Chargeback e-book is an effective fraud prevention tools that every online merchant should use to prevent fraud and eliminate chargebacks.

Aug 14, 2008

You Can Make A Difference

Do you wanna help someone out in their fund raising for Breast Cancer research and get a chance to win a Nintendo Wii or a Flip Mino video camera? Here's a contest where you can make a difference… and win a Nintendo Wii and a Flip Mino.

Jason of The University Kid is running a Market Leverage sponsored contest to gather support for two affiliate managers at Market Leverage - Debby Phillips and Jen Fluker, in their drive to raise money for breast cancer research. They are harnessing the power of the Internet and the collective drive of the blogging community to champion a good cause towards medical science and humanity, how cool is that? I salute them for their effort and that's why Market Leverage and TUK rock!

First place winner will get a Nintendo Wii. The Wii is one of the most popular consoles around as it not just allows people to face off against each other by physically playing games, but can also be a good way to get into shape. Market Leverage will ship one to your door if you win.

Second place winner will get a Flip Mino. The Mino is a the most advanced Flip camera, with rechargeable batteries, a sleek look and USB enabled so that you can plug it into your computer after taking videos or pictures.

Ways To Get Entries

  • Subscribe To Market Leverage via email - Two Entries - COMPULSORY

  • Subscribe To The University Kid via email - Two Entries

  • Blog about this contest and mention one reason why Market Leverage and TUK rock - Ten Entries

Winners will be announced on August 15th, 2008 and the winners will have 24 hours to collect their prizes.

Aug 11, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Giveaway Contest

Mark of MeAndMyDrum is running a contest with a huge prize list that is sponsored by many sponsores.

Here is the list prizes:


Garmin nuvi 350 GPS navigation system - This cool prize is sponsored by Market Leverage. I’ve seen this thing go for upwards of $320 on some sites. Take it with you in the car or walking around town. Never get lost again. You won’t find this on any other contest they’re involved with!

Prize 1

Apple iPod Nano 4GB Silver1 - Hey, it’s from Apple and it’s an iPod…need I say more? Valued at $149. Sponsored by MeAndMyDrum.

Prize 2

WOW-Pen Joy - These aren’t available in stores yet, so one lucky winner is going to be among the first to receive this superior ergonomic PC mouse. I’ve been using another model made by the same company and love it!. Sponsored by WOW-Pen.

Prize 3

1-hour Consultation with Garry Conn - Garry continues to provide great tips and information about how to make money online and does so at an incredible rate. He has created untold numbers of blogs for a variety of market niches and has become very successful at it. If you’re interested in making money online, then make it a point to get to know my friend Garry. This hour he’s giving away will no doubt change the way you blog. Valued at $250.

Prize 4

Free 1-year Membership to - this prize, valued at $324, is generously offered by another successful online entrepreneur, Aaron Abber. This recently launched online community is already off to a great start and is sure to provide you with encouraging tips on planning and achieving your goals, both online and offline. Happiness can be found in many different areas of your life and can help you find them.

Prize 5

1 Market Leverage 2GB USB Pen - Another prize sponsored by MeAndMyDrum, this is something I won from another contest that I’m throwing into the mix. It’s brand-spanking new!

Prize 6

Free ebook: Success With WordPress - Written by Kyle Eslick of Hack WordPress, this hasn’t even been released yet, so the winner will be among the very first to grab a free copy and become even more successful with using WordPress.

Prize 7

Free ebook: Blog Adrenaline - Written by John Moston of DNXpert, this is an 80-page ebook that also includes a 24-page guide to building WordPress themes, AND a “skeleton” WordPress theme that can be customized and given away for building backlinks.

Prize 8

2 Market Leverage Rewards Cards - These guys came through again with another popular prize. Each card is worth $20. There will be 1 winner per card.

Prize 9

Advertising on - Keith is offering some great advertising opportunities on his blog. One image ad will be placed beneath each of his posts on single post pages as well as beneath the post on the home page. Size can be up to 400×250. He’s also offering a text link up to 50 characters in length. Both will have do-follow links which can be affiliate links if desired. 2

Prize 10

Niche Adsense Themes for WordPress - Created by Mark Mason, this rising star in the Internet marketing world is someone I’ve been following closely. His recent release of these specially designed WordPress themes has been well-received in the online community. Do yourself a favor and get to know Mark so that you can carve out your slice of the make money online pie.

Prize 11

Free ebook: Article Domination - Written by Josh Spaulding, this has been a best seller in the article marketing world for a while. It’s packed with step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions to making money online using articles and article directories to drive qualified traffic to your site or blog. Valued at $39.

Prize 12

125×125 ad on BlogAboutYourBlog - a $20 value, Matthew Henrickson is offering ad space at the top of BlogAboutYourBlog for one month. His blog gets a lot of traffic so your ad will certainly get a great deal of exposure.

Prize 13

Free ebook: Written Prompty Everyday - Written by Christine Senter, this is an inspiring book designed to help you get your creative juices flowing and get over your writer’s block. It lists some very creative prompts that will help get you that spark of creativity you’re looking for.

Prize 14

Free 1-year Membership to I’m On A Budget - My friend Joe Swopes has launched a great new membership site called I’m On A Budget that provides its members with very affordable videos, software, and audio products that cover a wide variety of topics. Valued at $60.

There are many different tasks available for you to earn points. The more points you earn, the more chances you have of winning something! Check the contest post on how to enter.

Here are a few contest rules to take note of. This contest starts on July 26 and ends at midnight Central Daylight Time August 15. Winners will be chosen at random using the aptly named website. The two prizes that MeAndMyDrum is sponsoring will be shipped at Mark's expense as long as the winner lives in the continental United States.

Aug 4, 2008

American Express Gift Cards Giveaway Contest

Hank from My Investing Blog dot com is running a contest giving away 3 American Express gift cards for $150, $100, and $50, which are sponsored by Market Leverage.

The winners will be chosen by Random number generator on August 6, 2008 @ 12pm Pacific Standard Time(PST). There are many methods to gain entries in this contest and one of them is to provide a writeup based on the question “If you were given $50,000USD (tax free) today, what would you spend it on?”and post it on our blog.

Well, if I had a windfall of $50,000USD (tax free) today, I would make use of it to fulfill one of my dream. First of all, I would set aside half of it for my kids education fund before I think about how to spend it. As I am kind of risk averse when it comes to investments, I would put the $25,000 in a fix-deposit account. Then I would donate $5000 to a local charity serving the old and poor.

Next I would use a small portion of the money to get a high-end HD camcorder and also budget $10,000 for a 2-weeks tour of Beijing for 2 to experience Summer Olympic Games. I’m sure the HD camcorder will really come in useful to record this once-in-a-lifetime Olympic experience.

After the trip, I’ll use whatever balance amount to pay off my housing mortgage. When the money is all set aside and spent, I’ll get back to real life and STOP dreaming!

It was a good dream while it lasted for the length of this post!

For a full list of methods to gain more entries, check out MIB contest post.

Aug 1, 2008

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