SOPA is NOT My Business

Going to some of my favorite sites on the internet like Copyblogger and the Warrior Forum, and I discovered that they were down. Then I remembered, today is the 18th. The day a lot of websites were taken down to protest some Bill called SOPA.

For those of us that are not in the US, the temptation is strong to think that what goes on in that country is none of our business. And most times we are right. However, this new development is not one of those times. Yes, this is a bill that has been put before the United States Congress BUT it is also a bill that will have far-reaching effects.

SOPA is an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The purpose of this Bill is to crack down on copyright infringement. For those who have experienced the theft of their digital products, this sounds like a great initiative and should be received with a lot of praise. So what exactly are people protesting about?

Well, according to the Bill, all websites that enable or facilitate copyright infringement can be dealt with regardless of where that website is located. If this Bill is passed, streaming copyrighted material will be a crime and the owner of the website will be held liable; if found guilty, such a person can face up to 5 years in prison.

This does not seem like a big deal until you think about the fact that you do not need to stream copyrighted material on your website; all you need to do to be held liable is to approve a comment which has a link to copyrighted material.

Mashable put it succintly by summing up the effects of the Bill. According to Mashable:

SOPA:

  • Gives the government the right to unilaterally censor foreign websites.
  • Gives copyright holders the right to issue economic takedowns and bring lawsuits against website owners and operators, if those websites have features that make it possible to post infringing content.
  • Makes it a felony offense to post a copyrighted song or video.

This bill turns us all into criminals. If it passes, then you either stop using the Internet, or you simply hope that you never end up in the crosshairs, because if you’re targeted, you will be destroyed by this bill. You don’t have to be a big, mean, nasty criminal — common Internet usage is effectively criminalized under this law.

If you are a non-US site, you need to be really concerned about SOPA for various reasons:

1.  The Bill gives the US government the right to target your website if they think you might be in violation;

2. Your domain name can be blocked and don’t fool yourself in thinking you are out of reach simply because you are not registered with Godaddy or any other US-based domain registrar – ICANN has its headquarters in the U.S. Don’t know what or who ICAN is? They are the ones in charge of your domain names, regardless of who your registrar is.

3. If you are an internet marketer, this Bill definitely affects you. You may not be able to receive or send money online, your hosting company can suspend your account, in short you are vulnerable.

The problem with this Bill is that it is too harsh and too vague. It protects the Big name companies but if it passes, will crush the small business people on the internet. Many feel that it is extreme and must be killed – every single bit of it.

The US based sites are protesting SOPA. Whether you live in the US or elsewhere, if that bill passes, you will be affected. That is the reality.

So what can you do?

 Tell as many people as you can about SOPA and get them to sign a petition here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet

 

If you want to know more about SOPA, check this article; and this article by Wikipedia, which is quite detailed.

This video also explains SOPA some more:

5 Useful Tips for Internet Marketing Beginners

Starting out as a marketer is overwhelming. There is just so much to learn, not least the language and terminology. If you hang out on any internet marketing (IM) forum, it almost seems like they are speaking a strange language. Sometimes, you just need to simplify things a bit and this post by Jurrie does just that.

 Internet Marketing help

I started getting interested in Internet Marketing about 5 or 6 years ago…

The first few years i messed around, spend tons of money on guides , e-books and other “get rich quick” scams.

It was until november 2011 that i finally started focussing on making money online thanks to some help i got here on this amazing forum (Warrior Forum).

Now i want to do a little “pay it forward” with a few words of advise for people who are starting their adventure.

1. Don’t go on a spending Spree if you don’t have the cash for it !

Yes , it’s tempting when you start , you see a guide flashing in front of you with those magical word : “make XXXX $ in less then a month”.

All I can say is , please safe your money, there is anough info on the Warriorforum to go through when you start.

Go through the new posts every single day and read , read between the lines and learn from it … try some reverse engineering and you’d be surprised what you can learn with even touching your wallet.

2. Focus on 1 project at a time and finish it !

Internet Marketing is huge and there are so many different ways to make money online : CPA, PPC, Affiliate marketing, Google Adsense, Article marketing , Social marketing, etc. , those are just a few.

And I primise you , you will suffer from information overload. So the best way to avoid this is to stick to 1 project .. for example : Google Adsense.

Read everything you find on that and learn from it, make a blog for adsense on a certain niche and finish it . don’t go wandering off into another aspect of IM or you won’t succeed with your Adsense project

3. Make sure you have cash you don’t need for something else !

The way i learned it , if you don’t have cash handy, start with doing some services for other people, I’m pretty sure everyone getting involved in internet marketing has some kind of usefull Skill. Try to make money from that skill , offer your services to people who need it. Once you have some cash , you can use it to get your domain and webhosting.

4. Always look out for Bargains !

Let’s not beat around the bush, you will need money to invest eventually.

But you can always be on the lookout to find yourself a nice deal when it comes to webhosting. I found a coupon for a certain webhost on another forum giving me 75% off for my first payment , thanks to that i had a year of webhosting for only 9$. You can find a lot of free tools ( or free versions ) that are very useful to build  your website or project , just make sure you look around.

5. Never ever give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are stuck !

You won’t succeed overnight ( well it could always happen, you never know) and times will be desperate and dark at times, but whatever happens “stick to your plan !” and remember there are many helpful people here (on the Warrior Forum), whether it be technical or motivational !

Have you experienced any of these problems since you became an internet marketer? How did you overcome them? Share your journey.

365 Challenge – My Attitude

I am blogging my way through a 365 days Challenge which I committed to at the beginning of the year. Last week was amazing but this week not so much. I wrote a single page of PLR and zero on my information product. I have done okay with updating this blog though and so I refuse to feel guilty. I did some ghost-writing even though it is not part of the challenge, it is still what I do. So that’s fine.

What do you do when you do not meet your expectation for a week or even a day? Do you fold up and hit yourself with self recrimination? It is easy to feel guilty and I am almost tempted. But I have come to discover that guilt is only inhibiting and limiting; it does not allow you to achieve anything in particular to make progress. It is inimical to growth.

feeling sad

Sad, Sad, Sad.

Am I sad that I did not meet up my expectations? Yes, I am. But do I feel guilty? No. Instead I am determined to do better next week and will take steps to make sure that happens. This is my attitude this year; for this challenge and for every part of my life.

Do what you can but realize that things do get out of your control and don’t beat yourself up for what you cannot control. And even if you can, no point crying over what has already happened. Dust yourself up and get to it!

How do you handle things when you do not meet your expectations?