Quick Takes - June 27, 2002
by: Cary Christian
I hope you're all having a
wonderful week! Welcome to all our new subscribers!
I'm not going to write an article for this space this week. As most of you
know, every once in a while I like to "wing it" and just talk about things
that bother me, excite me, or maybe just answer some questions we get from
subscribers that I think might be of interest to you all. Well, I'm in that
YET ANOTHER HUGE AUDIT FAILURE
First off, if you remember my article last week revisiting the
Andersen/Enron debacle, you probably noticed the news about Worldcom. I told
you this stuff ran deep! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking
about, Worldcom just announced they overstated their profits over the last
18 months by more than $4 BILLION dollars. Oh yeah, and they're most
likely headed for bankruptcy and are going to lay off 17,000 workers. Like
we don't already have enough people out of work?
Most of you probably understand that there's more of this out there. Haven't
we had enough of these shenanigans? Enron, Tyco, ImClone/Martha Stewart,
Adelphia, Worldcom . . . who's next? For the sake of our economy something
has to be done. If you ignored my pleas to write your Congressman before,
please reconsider it now. Help keep the pressure on so that something
substantive gets done while we're all in the mood. Let's clean house and get
back to business!
TAXES, TAXES EVERYWHERE
I did a study a few years ago in an attempt to determine the total amount of
taxes people are subjected to on an annual basis. I never did completely
finalize that study, but I came up with at least 50 to 60 cents out of every
dollar earned going to taxes of some sort. When you consider federal and
state income taxes, employment taxes, franchise taxes, utility taxes,
communications taxes, gasoline taxes, sales taxes, real estate taxes and a
whole host of other fees, charges and assessments you do come up with that
type of ridiculous number.
Let me ask you a question. If you sell products, do you monitor your costs?
If you sell services, are you mindful of the costs of performing those
services? Of course you are. I knew that. You wouldn't stand a chance of
maintaining an appropriate profit margin if you weren't minding the store.
Why is it then that so many people treat taxes like they are just a
necessary evil and ignore them until it's time to prepare their tax returns?
You can do something about your tax burden. You SHOULD be doing
something about your tax burden. That's why we created our
"Small Business Tax Planning Chronicles" program that we announced
tonight as our Featured Resource (see above). I hope many of you will take
advantage of this offer. We're really going to be able to help you if you
participate and stick with us on this program. I want to help you beef up
your bottom line!
UNSCRUPULOUS PPC ENGINES
I ran across something this last week that just blew my mind. We were
evaluating some guaranteed visitor programs for a review and found that some
of the smaller pay-per-click engines were purchasing guaranteed visitors.
This means these PPC engines are charging you for your listing and then
purchasing "garbage" traffic that you end up paying for. That defeats the
whole purpose of using PPC engines to get targeted traffic. This little scam
means at least some of your traffic is no longer targeted at all.
The problem has the potential of getting bigger since many of the smaller
engines pull their listings from the larger ones. If you bid on a larger
engine but that larger engine supplies listings to a small one that
purchases guaranteed hits, this will affect you even though you do not bid
on the smaller engine.
I'll keep you updated on this. We're going to try to find out which engines
are doing this so we can warn you. At this time we have no reason to believe
Overture and FindWhat are affected at all, so if you're using them you
should be safe.
OUR PROPOSED HOME BUSINESS NEWSLETTER
I know there are a lot of you out there who run home-based businesses.
That's why I am offering to create a home business version of our
newsletter. We can't always provide information and resources that
home-based businesses need and want in this newsletter. I want to do the
best job for you possible, and I believe we can better serve our home
business subscribers with this offering.
You can still get both newsletters if you desire. If you run a home
business, please let us know if this appeals to you by sending us a blank
email as noted above in the "Admin" section. To make it easy for you I'll
give you the email addresses again here:
mailto:email@example.com - to switch to a home business
version and unsubscribe from the small business version.
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org - to receive both versions of the
HACKERS, VIRUSES AND SPYWARE
Sometimes I feel like a sitting duck. I caught a hacker on my home computer
the other night (firewall accidentally disabled). I receive tons of
virus-laden emails every single day. Every time I turn around some site is
attempting to put "adware," "scumware" or "spyware" on my hard drive. It
really is very dangerous out there.
Are you all using protection? Oh, come on, you know what I mean! You
definitely need virus protection and a firewall on your system. You can get
them free so there is no excuse not to. I know we've given you this
information before, but it's gotten so bad I thought it might be a good idea
to give out these URLs again. Both of these are excellent solutions that
will work very well for you.
AVG Antivirus -
Tiny Personal Firewall (the 2.0 version is free)-
If you want to check your computer and keep it free of spyware, you can get
the free version of Ad-Aware (version 5.83) at:
It works very well.
Well, that's it for tonight. Till next time, keep it on the road, in the
fairway or wherever else it will keep you out of trouble!