Friday, May 21, 2010

1st Clicks Review

In my search to find a good internet filtering software to protect my kids while they surf at home, I came across 1st Clicks by SFY. The idea of 1st Clicks is that it hides your computer desktop and replaces it with a new screen which contains lists of websites, programs and games that parents can configure and allow their kids to use.

1st Clicks costs US$19.95, which is priced on the more reasonable side when compared with other similar software. It comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee and the option to download a 14 day trial version of the software.

This sounded like what I was looking for and I decided to download and install the 14 day free trial version of 1st Clicks 1.2 on my Windows XP home computer. Here’s how I got on.

The download and installation was very straight forward. No confusing installation options, basically you only need to agree to the terms of the License Agreement.

Configuration of 1st Clicks can be quite time consuming as you may need to switch between Windows and the new restricted screen to check website addresses and paths to program files. While the process of adding objects to the allowed items is not very complicated it would make the setup so much easier if the 1st Clicks configuration page was accessible directly from Windows.

After the configuration was complete I was ready to start testing. Initially the results were very positive. Kids could only access the items configured on the new desktop screen. However after further testing I noticed a ‘feature’ in web browsing that was not so good.

When an allowed website contains a link that is designed to open a new webpage, it will open in Internet Explorer instead of the restricted browser. Meaning the kids have access to Internet Explorer Favorites, Address bar and Search functions and are back on the web unrestricted.


30 day money back guarantee
Simple Download and Installation.
Good Control of access to Games & Programs.


Setting up of allowed websites is time consuming.
Some web links open in Internet Explorer instead of the restricted Internet browser.

(Hopefully this issue will be resolved in a later release of 1st Clicks)


I’ll have to give this one a thumbs down.

My search for a reliable web filtering software continues.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Secrets of Earning Online Review

The Secrets of Earning Online by Franklyn Jacobs is an 82 page e-book containing information, guides, and templates to get you started in affiliate marketing.

I was sitting at home one Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago watching a documentary about the world economy. This led me to think, what if I lost my current job or was forced to take a pay cut. I asked myself the question. Is there anything I can do now to prepare for such a nasty possibility?

With that thought on my mind I began considering ways to bring in extra money to cover any income shortfall. Later I found myself online looking through work from home ideas when I came upon this website

Since I'm living in Singapore I found myself persuaded by the content and a few minutes later had completed the online purchase and downloaded the e-book.

Probably the he most appealing factor was to be able to start up a business with very little cash outlay and it was something I could work on in my spare time at home.

I have to admit the idea of Affiliate Marketing was new to me and I was excited at the potential as I read through the book.

Below is a sample of some of the topics covered in the Secrets of Earning Online.

Chapter 1: Basics of Making Money on the Internet
Chapter 2: Getting Everything in Order
Chapter 3: 3 Simple Moves to get Started Earning
Chapter 4: Building your Money Making Website
Chapter 5: Unleashing a Tsunami of Traffic
Chapter X: The Bottomline of Internet Marketing

All of the topics are covered in detail with guides and tutorials to lead you through each stage of the setup. The e-book contains tips on effective budgeting, building an add with impact and a checklist for identifying a good web page.

In addition to the Secrets of Earning Online you will receive a free e-book, The Maximum Effect by Google. This book is a great resource for getting the most out of your Adwords campaigns.

Chapter 1: Setting Goals
Chapter 2: Selecting Keywords
Chapter 3: Developing Ads
Chapter 4: Creating Destinations
Chapter 5: Tracking Results
Chapter 6: Optimizing Again

In my opinion the Secret of Online Earning e-book is a legitimate product, although it has some drawbacks which will be covered later in the review. It does come with the safety net of a 60 day money back guarantee, which gives you plenty of time to make your mind up about the ebook.

The Pros:

Straightforward purchase and download procedure.
Clear and easy to follow instructions to get you started into affiliate marketing.
A 7 day plan to success.
60 Day Money Back Guarantee.

The Cons:

The Clickbank website has gone through a facelift since the e-book was released so the screenshots are slightly outdated. However the Clickbank website is very well laid out and navigation should not be a problem.


Will the Secrets of Earning Online make you rich overnight? I doubt it! If you are new to Affiliate Marketing it's a good starting point with enough information to get you up and running. But it's going to take some time and effort before you start seeing real results.

As quoted by Jacobs, 'Making money on the internet is not easy but can be simple once you know exactly what to do'. >>

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