This Post Contains An Ad!

Since setting up this blog I’ve never be totally clear with myself what the purpose of having a personal blog would be. Perhaps on the one hand it should be to ramble about some of the things I’m interested in, or perhaps it should be to explain something to people, or maybe it should be a place to showcase some of the projects I’ve undertaken.

Another reason for setting up a blog might be to try and generate some additional income via advertisements, which is why this blog contains a couple of Google Ads on some of the pages. Now I don’t get anywhere near enough visitors to this site to generate anything decent from the website. In fact, I think the last time I checked my Google Adsense account I had only generated a couple of pounds in total! So when I received what seemed to be a genuine offer of placing an advertisement on my website for a decent amount of money ($130) I was of course quite keen on the idea.

The email I received claimed that all I would have to do is write a blog post about anything that I wanted (a minimum of 250 words) that contained within it somewhere a link to one of their client’s websites. They said that the content must be unique and not taken from their client’s website, and that I didn’t even have to directly mention or discuss their client in the blog post (which for my case the client was the website PartyPoker.fr).

After Googling the text of the email online, I found other site owners that had been made the exact same offer and had gone along with it and had indeed been paid within 48 hours of placing the ad on their blog (as the email claimed they would). So I thought to myself, “why not?” It should only take a few minutes to write a simple post that contains the link and I’ll see what happens!

I’ll be sure to edit this post with a little update to let you know if I was successful or not.

Update: I received a reply stating that this blog post wasn’t really what they had in mind. I didn’t think it was really for me to be creating a “fake” blog post advertising online poker.

Business Partners? How “The Apprentice” Was Flawed.

Warning: Apprentice Series 7 UK Final Spoilers.

After watching another amazing season of The Apprentice, with enough new tasks, lessons to be learned and humor, we witnessed the climactic final of a series that tragically hadn’t been well enough thought through.

We were reminded by the ever-inspiring Lord Alan Sugar at the start of every show this season that “this is not a job”. Instead of receiving a six-figure salary, in this season the candidates were competing for an investment of £250,000 into one of his or her business plans. The idea being to use the show’s influence to inspire entrepreneurs throughout the country to start up their own businesses despite these tough economic times. Lord Alan Sugar, a keen Labour supporter and friend of the ex-prime minister, Gordon Brown, have been keen voices calling for new business ventures as the best way to work out of a recession. The whole idea of this season was to support this concept.

Yet the way the concept was executed was deeply flawed…

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