Protect Yourself from Bandwidth Bandits

Protect Yourself from Bandwidth Bandits

Files that are loaded to or from servers uses internet bandwidth to push files on the network at various speeds. Every time you upload a file to your ISP (Internet Service Provider), surf the web or use an audio or video application, you are using bandwidth.

Bandwidth is a bunch of wires or fibers connecting servers to a network. Depending on the grade of the wire it determines how much data is coming across the network where your website is hosted. When someone attempts to get more data than can be handled by the network, the whole network slows down.

ISPs can put a limitation on bandwidth at certain times during peak periods or charge you a flat fee per month for bandwidth usage. If you go over the flat fee, then they charge you extra for using extra bandwidth. Some internet service providers will shut down the transmissions until traffic is more stable on the network.

You can load most files (such as images, sound files, videos, flash scripts and other programs) in your website. This excludes, of course, banners and pop-ups and specific documents and images which are supposed to be loaded from a central server.

Bandwidth bandits link to images and other files directly to some other server instead of putting them on their own local server. There are various reasons as to why they do this but one reason is to get as much bandwidth as possible to show their links and images. So they “steal” images, audio or video files each time the site is initialized meaning that they steal the bandwidth.

There are certain ways that you can stop people from stealing your bandwidth allocation. If they have an email address, I would contact them directly or go through Network Solutions and do an IP lookup which will give you information on the person and who the site is registered to. You can always get in touch with the company that hosts their site too.

Bandwidth can be expensive and the last thing that you want is someone stealing it.

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Real Estate Investing Deal of the Day: 1644 Great Hwy

This San Francisco fixer-upper was listed for $799,000 and sold for $1.2 million.  Did you miss this great deal?

This amazing Real Estate Investing Deal of the Day proves the old real estate adage, “Location, location, location.”

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The story of this otherwise humble two-story home that sold for more than $1.2 million has gone viral and has much of the real-estate gossiping new sites talking.

“This is not a joke,” wrote SFist’s Jay Barmann. “[T]his is the world we live in.” He called the 1907 four-bedroom, two-bath Craftsman home “ramshackle.” A “total disaster,” chimed in Tracy Elsen, a real-estate blogger in San Francisco.

Indeed, it might not look like the million dollar homes in the area – from the outside or on the inside, but where it is — 1644 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA, 94122 — is where it is.

The 1,832-square-foot Real Estate Investing Deal of the Day, listed on as a “contractor’s special” in a “deteriorative state” that “needs everything,” just sold, on March 24, for a whopping $1.21 million in cash (or $660 a square foot) after being listed in February for $799,000 (a premium of $411,000). At that per-square-foot price, this house, on San Francisco’s often-chilly western fringe, was more expensive than the going rates in Boston, Washington and New York.

The home, even though it has been gutted, has an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean and sits a short walk across San Francisco’s Great Highway to the beach, and it is just five blocks from San Francisco’s famed Golden Gate Park. Oh, and it’s got off-street parking, not a small thing in the City by the Bay.

The house sold for $340,000 in August of 1997 and was sold for $935,000 in June of 2008, when it looked a lot better.

Since then, the house has taken a pounding. Many of the Craftsman-era fixtures common to Bay Area homes, including stained glass and Tiffany-style lamps, have been ripped out, as have most of the fixtures and carpeting and, evidently, the outdoor hot tub that was listed in 2008 but not mentioned in the 2015 listing. A second-story deck in the front of the house with a view of the ocean remains, but it is badly weathered, as is the forest-green paint, in sharp contrast with the careful upkeep evident in 2008.

Many of the things that made this home a gem in 2008 are still in place, including its picture windows, its decked garden, the fireplaces with wood mantels, the built-in cabinets common to Craftsman homes, the wainscoting and a gas O’Keefe & Merritt stove that dates back to the late 1940s or early 1950s (collector’s items that are prized by many homeowners in the Bay Area).

Given that San Francisco’s median home price recently hit $1 million, and that it rose 10% between February 2014 and February 2015 and is expected to gain another 4.3% through February 2016, the price for this house, on this lot, will prove to be a bargain.

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Taylor Swift Real Estate Investment

Taylor Swift Real Estate Investment: Taylor Swift Buys the Pedigreed Goldwyn Estate in Beverly Hills for $25 Million, adding to her extensive portfolio.

The grand Goldwyn family estate in Beverly Hills, commissioned by film producer Samuel Goldwyn (the “G” in MGM) in 1934, hit the market this March and was reported as sold earlier this month. The mystery buyer? Variety hears from multiple sources that it was none other than pop superstar Taylor Swift, who supposedly paid $25 million in cash—cash!—for the place. The property, just under two acres, has a sweet location behind the Beverly Hills Hotel and a history of entertaining Hollywood royalty.

The Goldwyn estate, designed by architect Douglas Honnold, has hosted the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and Frank Capra. The place was handed down from Goldwyn Sr. to his son, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. (also a producer). Goldwyn Jr. died in January, and apparently his family doesn’t want to continue the Goldwyn tradition of living there.

Taylor Swift Real Estate Investment has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a library, a card room, a theater with 35mm projection, a guest suite with a private entrance, staff lodging above the garage, terraces, gardens, lawns, a lighted tennis court, and a pool with pool house. The whole Goldwyn package—which had previously been on the market in late 2008 and early 2009, asking $24 million—was listed in March for $39 million. It appears that Ms. Swift, paying only $25 million, got quite the deal.

We’ve now heard from several trusted canaries who include Our Fairy Godmother in Bel-Air and the inestimable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak — who says she’ll swear on an ocean of Dom Perignon, that it was famously property-mad pop-country crossover superstar Taylor Swift who recently shelled out $25 million in cold hard cash for the Tinseltown pedigreed Samuel Goldywn estate in Beverly Hills. The nearly two-acre spread — elegant, expansive, and well maintained but in need of some sprucing — includes a nearly 11,000-square-foot main house with six bedrooms and at least five bathrooms plus a two-room guest apartment above the garage, extensive gardens, sunken tennis court, swimming pool, and pool house with kitchenette.

Just 25 years old with a breathtaking income — Forbes estimates she hauled in $80 million between June 2014 and June 2015 — the platinum selling phenom presides over an expanding portfolio of increasingly posh residential properties that all together, by our rudimentary calculation, cost the seven-time Grammy winner more than $70 million. Swift already owns a secluded Beverly Hills estate that she picked up in 2011 for $3.55 million and her Nashville holdings include a 4,000-plus-square-foot duplex penthouse bought in 2009 for nearly $2 million and a stately Greek Revival residence on almost six acres acquired in 2011 for $2.5 million. As Swift’s fame and earnings grew so did the size and price of the residences she bought. In the spring of 2013, a year Forbes estimated she raked in an estimated $55 million, she shoveled out $17.75 million for Watch Hill, a 12,000-square-foot seaside spread in Westerly, R.I. And last year, with an income Forbes estimated at around $64 million, she paid “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker Peter Jackson $20 million for a suburban mansion-sized, two-unit duplex penthouse in lower Manhattan that has nine bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a 1,200-square-foot living/dining room, and more than 2,000 square feet of wraparound terraces.

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Taylor Swift Real Estate Investment

Taylor Swift Real Estate Investment


This story first appeared in the September 29, 2015 issue of Variety, Taylor Swift Real Estate Investment

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Candice Swanepoel falls on runway during New York Fashion Week

Candice Swanepoel falls on runway during Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week

Candice Swanepoel falls on runway during Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week

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Candice Swanepoel falls on the runway during the Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week.

Candice Swanepoel falls on runway during Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week

Candice Swanepoel falls on runway during Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week Photo by: Edward James/WireImage

“Left with little scratches but mostly a bruised ego,” the model wrote about her fall.

Candice Swanepoel caused a stir at New York Fashion Week — but not in the way she intended.

The Victoria’s Secret model stumbled and fell to the ground while walking the runway at the Givenchy show Friday night.

The 26-year-old was walking the runway wearing a dark, lacy gown when she tripped over her heels, leading her to fall to the ground.

Audience members leapt up to help Swanepoel, but she waved them off and stood up on her own.

After giving the crowd a quick wave, she finished her strut down the catwalk.

Pooja Mor falls on runway during Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week

Pooja Mor falls on runway during Givenchy show at New York Fashion Week Photo by: JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images

Model Pooja Mor also fell during the Givenchy show on Friday.

Swanepoel wasn’t the only model to wipe out during the Givenchy show: Model Pooja Mor also fell down while walking down a pair of wooden steps.

As for Swanepoel, she was able to laugh off her runway snafu in an Instagram post that showed bruises on her knees.

“Thank you to who ever picked me up off the runway tonight,” she wrote.

“Left with little scratches but mostly a bruised ego,” the model added, along with the hashtag “#ohwell.”


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Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump

He may be the first president who is a Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump.


The Wall Street Journal wrote an article called Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump.  In the last decade, Donald Trump has earned millions of dollars for extolling ACN Inc., an international direct selling firm specializing in communications and energy.

Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump

Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump

Mr. Trump not only endorsed ACN, he twice featured the company on his former reality TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Both episodes featured teams of entertainment figures competing to promote versions of a video phone sold by the North Carolina firm.

“I think the ACN video phone is amazing,” Mr. Trump said in an ACN news release just before a two-hour, prime time Sunday night Celebrity Apprentice episode on the product in 2011. “I simply can’t imagine anybody using this phone and not loving it.”

Even before the show aired, the ACN video phone was in trouble. It sold poorly in part because it only worked with other ACN video phones, unlike Skype’s video-calling technology. The company had slashed orders for the phone from its supplier, which laid off 70% of its staff just before the show aired and later filed to liquidate in federal bankruptcy court, according to regulatory filings.

The bad news about the phones was never mentioned by Mr. Trump on the show, nor did he disclose to viewers he had been paid by ACN for appearances over the years. According to documents recently released by Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, he received $450,000 apiece for three of the most recent speeches for ACN, in 2014 and early this year.

Since launching his presidential campaign, billionaire Donald Trump has been reluctant to spend money on TV ads, pollsters or efforts to get on the ballots in several states.

Mr. Trump, who currently leads the field of Republican candidates for president, bills himself on the campaign trail as a straight talker and says he will use his business savvy to solve America’s problems.   He is also Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump.

In an interview this week, Mr. Trump said ACN had hired him to give motivational speeches. “I do not know the company. I know nothing about the company other than the people who run the company,” he said. “I’m not familiar with what they do or how they go about doing that, and I make that clear in my speeches.”

Mr. Trump said companies pay a fee to appear on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” “They paid a lot of money to go on the show,” he said. “It was like a two-hour advertisement, as opposed to a 30-second commercial.” NBCUniversal, which broadcast the show, declined to comment.

Both Mr. Trump and ACN described the video phone as a good product, but said technology’s rapid pace had killed it by the time the show aired five months after filming.

The phone problems were only a blip for ACN, which has turned the appearances on Mr. Trump’s show and his endorsement into a centerpiece of the pitch for its “home-based business opportunity.” The company recruits people to sell digital residential-phone service, wireless-phone service and satellite-TV service, as well as energy services through Xoom Energy LLC, which ACN says is controlled by ACN and its owners. Xoom is under scrutiny by Maryland utility regulators for allegedly deceptive sales tactics—allegations that Xoom denies.

For years, ACN devoted a section of its website to Mr. Trump, including his favorable comments about the company and a photo of him with its founders. After The Wall Street Journal interviewed Mr. Trump Tuesday afternoon about his relationship with ACN, mentions of Mr. Trump were deleted from the website. An ACN spokeswoman said the company decided to remove the material “in conjunction and with the full support of the Trump organization” because of Mr. Trump’s candidacy for president.

An image taken earlier this week from the website of multilevel marketing firm ACN shows company President Greg Provenzano with Donald Trump, and includes a comment from Mr. Trump about the company. ACN later removed the material from its website.

Privately held ACN, based in Concord, N.C., said it has more than $800 million in annual revenue and about 200,000 sales representatives in 24 countries.

New ACN recruits pay $499 to become “independent business owners.” Representatives can earn money by selling ACN services to others. Marketing materials emphasize recruiting new salespeople, who often buy ACN services as well as sell them. These new sales agents then are encouraged to recruit others.

Some regulators and consumer advocates have raised concerns about ACN’s business model, saying that few participants end up making money.

ACN has successfully fought off legal actions by regulators in Montana, Canada and Australia who claimed it was running a pyramid scheme, in which income comes primarily from recruiting new members instead of selling products. Canadian and Australian courts decided the company’s business model didn’t violate anti-pyramid-scheme laws, and in Montana, ACN resolved the matter by agreeing to beef up training.

Mr. Trump said he never heard of any government allegations against the company.

ACN said in a written statement that a majority of its revenue comes from “actual, billing customers,” and that participants “are only paid when they acquire a customer” and “do not receive any compensation whatsoever for recruiting.” The company declined to answer additional questions about its compensation structure and business model.

ACN’s published compensation plan shows that the company pays “bonuses” related to recruiting new people, after those recruits have secured a certain number of new orders for ACN services.

In addition to the $499 initial fee, ACN representatives are charged a $149 annual renewal fee, and they often pay $39.99 a month for a package of technology and marketing materials, plus extra fees to attend company meetings and conferences, according to ACN documents and materials posted by ACN participants online.

Robert FitzPatrick, a critic of multilevel marketing companies who has analyzed the company, said most participants end up losing money while only a few people at the top of the network get any substantial rewards. ACN said Mr. FitzPatrick’s opinions are “misguided and unfounded.”

Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump’s endorsement helped entice people such as Donna Roberson, 47 years old, a disabled Army veteran near Tacoma, Wash., who signed up as an ACN independent business owner in 2011. In an interview, she recalled thinking at the time: “If he’s pushing it, it’s got to be a good company to get into. Yeah, we can make money at this.”

Ms. Roberson, a single mother of four, said she lost as much as $2,000 on ACN. “I feel like it’s a big scam,” she said. “It was costing me more to stay in the company than what I was making.”

ACN said “every company has critics” and it has “created tens of thousands of success stories around the world”—a sentiment echoed by Mr. Trump. Thousands of sales representatives attend annual conventions in Charlotte, where Mr. Trump frequently has been a featured speaker.

At one ACN event early this year, Mr. Trump received a standing ovation as the sound system blared “Money, money, money,” the opening of an O’Jays tune that served as his former show’s theme song. He said he had never heard from a single person who was unhappy about joining ACN, according to a video of the event posted on YouTube.

In a video posted on ACN’s website last year but taken down this week, Mr. Trump said: “When evaluating a business opportunity, people need to look for strong leadership, a solid track record, success stories, a strong product people really need and want, and a clear plan for the future. ACN has all of these things.”

Asked about that video, Mr. Trump said: “That is my opinion. They showed me a plan. They told me about the plan. It’s been in business for 20 years. It has had a long-term business history. They have the same people and same management. I’m impressed with the people.”

Mr. Trump told the Journal in 2008, in a previously unpublished interview, that he had been paid $2.5 million by ACN for a single speech. The company at the time declined to comment on his compensation.

In the interview this week, Mr. Trump wouldn’t specify his speaking fees. “It is a substantial amount of money, even if you’re rich,” he said.

Jamie Gardner, 42, of San Diego, served as an ACN representative from 2010 to 2013. He said the Trump endorsement was “a major selling point” he used to entice new people into ACN.

“I ended up spending about $3,500 I didn’t have,” Mr. Gardner said. “I was spending maybe $150 a month just to get $10 in return.”

Mr. Gardner sold gas and electric services to some customers. He said he made $1 a month from each of eight restaurants in a chain. He concluded that the only way to make any real money was to recruit others. “I just couldn’t get anybody under me,” he said.

In August 2010, Montana’s securities commissioner filed for a cease-and-desist order against the company, alleging it was an “illegal pyramid scheme” and seeking to have it shut down. The filing said that 312 Montana participants in 2009 paid about $235,000 in various fees to ACN, but received less than $17,000 in compensation. According to the filing, of that $17,000, less than $900 was related to direct sales of telecom services to nonparticipants.

In the end, state regulators concluded that independent representatives were responsible for the activity at issue, and ACN resolved the matter by agreeing to train them more.

ACN said the figures cited in the Montana complaint were inaccurate. Once Montana regulators “understood our business model, which is focused on customer acquisition, they returned a quick, favorable resolution to ACN,” it said.

ACN isn’t required in the U.S. to disclose income figures for its participants, but it is in Canada, where it says average “active” participants made $500 in 2010, the most recent year for which it disclosed figures.

The ACN affiliate, Xoom Energy, whose services are sold by ACN representatives, is currently being scrutinized by the Maryland Public Service Commission. Maryland’s Office of People’s Counsel, which represents ratepayers, has accused Xoom of “deceptive and misleading trade practices.” It alleged that Xoom promised electricity rate cuts of 7%, but instead rates went up. The office also alleged that many ratepayers were switched without authorization from flat-rate accounts to volatile variable-rate accounts. The office is seeking a $350,000 fine and at least $1 million to repay ratepayers.

“Few of the commission’s previous enforcement actions involved harms on the scale Xoom has caused in this case,” the people’s counsel said.

The public-service commission’s staff counsel found that while there were concerns, fine print on Xoom’s website stated there were no rate guarantees. Xoom said all of its rates were disclosed. ACN said the price-spike problems were industrywide.

The matter is pending before a public-utility-law judge.


Reference article Network Marketing Millionaire: Donald Trump ; from the WSJ

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7 Tips For Home Business Success

Home Business Success – 7 Tips for you.  Working in a home business and not in the 9-5 rat-race can be very profitable, here are 7 tips to help you reach that success.

Congratulations on your decision to start a home based business! Welcome to the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship. While there is a lot to learn, your effort will be worth it. The excitement of growing your business, the freedom and flexibility to set your own hours, and the possibilities of ever-increasing financial rewards are all wonderful reasons to start your home based business.

Now that you’ve decided to start your home business, you might be wondering “What can I do to be successful?” These seven tips will help:

1) Don’t play where you work, and don’t work where you play.  Set up a separate working space in your home. It doesn’t matter if this is a small bedroom, one part of the garage, or a corner of the living room. The important thing is to have some space that you can designate as your working area. This will give you the space and room you need to craft your dream.

2) Stock your office or working space like an real office – pens, paper, toner, etc… Stock your working space with materials. This sounds basic, perhaps, but one underlying element of success is that you have easy access to the tools, materials, and other resources you need. Gathering everything close by also keeps you from wasting time searching for it, so this step can be considered a time management strategy, too.

3) Set business hours.  Banks do it, and Pizza places do it, and you should too – set up whne you will work and when you will play.  The third step is to define the parameters of your home business. What days and hours will you work? When will you market? When will you provide services or products to clients? How will you keep all of this straight?  Personally, I live in the east coast, but I work on California time.

4) Spend time working both on your business and in your business.  Balance action with planning. One of the most common pitfalls to successful entrepreneurship is getting too caught up in action without enough planning. Stated another way, this means that you confuse “being busy” with “working on important projects.” The best approach is to plan your next couple of goals and then work backwards to create step by step action plans to reach them. Once you have the plan, then it’s time to take the action.

5) Think Leverage. Network like crazy. One of the fastest ways to grow any home business is to make connections with other people. Be sure to share your passion and enthusiasm with others at every opportunity. Let people know who you are and what you offer. Remember, people can’t buy if they don’t know you’re selling.

6) Dress for success.  People believe what they see, and we all judge a book by its cover.  Present a professional image. If you want to be treated professionally, present a professional image. Set up a separate bank account for your business. Install a separate phone and fax line. Create professional marketing materials. Be courteous and pleasant in all your customer facing interactions. Basically, be someone people want to do business with.

7) Delegate and Outsource.  Automate your business as much as possible. Granted, you are just one person (right now) and might have a lot of extra time to take care of all the details. This might work for now, but won’t work into the future as you get busier and busier. It’s best to set up automatic systems and processes right from the start to free up your time to concentrate on the most profitable activities.

These seven tips will get your home business started (and growing) in the right direction.

Let me know if this was helpful- I look forward to hearing from you.  Please like and share.

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5 Ways to Use Social Media for Networking

5 Ways to Use Social Media for Networking

Social media is a huge source of lead generation because it is a way to build a network–FAST!

Social media is BIG and only getting bigger.  If you’re not using social media (or using social media RIGHT) you are missing out on business, because 93% of marketers use social media for business.

But before diving into paid ads it is important to build out your social channels with amazing content, quality customer service, and eye-catching visuals. Once you optimize your social channels for success, you will not only gain loyal brand promoters, but you will begin capturing leads and converting visitors into customers or business partners.

Social media’s value for brand-building, sales, and customer engagement is often discussed and debated. However, one area that is frequently overlooked is its incredible networking ROI, especially for introverts who may avoid large, noisy professional gatherings.

Here are five ways to use social media to enhance your networking and develop lasting professional relationships.

1. Conduct Interviews

Interviews – for blogs, podcasts, or web video programs – can be a powerful way to break through the line of people trying to snag the attention of industry leaders. Instead of approaching them to beg for a cup of coffee or a chance to “pick their brain,” you move to the front of the line when you offer to interview them and share it online.

2. Leverage Your Content

Interviewing someone is great; it’s even better if you can find multiple ways to extract value from that conversation. Someone can interview you for their podcast, YouTube channel, or blog site. That’s certainly memorable as a networking strategy; who wouldn’t be grateful for so much play? In turn, of course, you write about them and find other means to help promote them.

3. Recycle Content

Once you’ve interviewed someone once, don’t let it sit and go to waste. If it is not time-sensitive, such as a list-based post like this – you can repost it periodically (remember to share for different time zones.) on social media. You can do this either by hand or using a service that automatically reposts content. For example, you can retweet an old post and catch the attention of people who never seen the post before. The best kind of networking is when something you did 18 months ago keeps putting money into your pocket.

4. Write a LinkedIn Recommendation

It’s human nature to appreciate praise – especially public praise. A very simple way to make a positive impression on someone you know is to take the time to write a LinkedIn recommendation for them (not just an “endorsement,” which can be done with a click and consequently isn’t that valuable). People will appreciate your effort, and they may be inclined to want to reciprocate and write one for you, as well.

5. Respond to Real-Time Updates

If you follow friends, colleagues, and people you admire on social media, you may be able to catch interesting last-minute opportunities. For instance, a business friend hosting spur-of-the-moment meetups in different cities, which they promote through their Twitter account. Or an online friend announces that they are visiting your city for a few days, you can invite them out to a meetup or coffee – a great way to turn online social media for networking into real world relationships.

In an Internet-fuelled world, we are increasingly working with people who live in other cities or countries. Networking these days isn’t just meetups and mixers; instead, when deployed correctly, using social media for networking has become one of the most powerful tools at our disposal.




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