My Power Mall: The First Completely Free Online Business Opportunity

 

After doing a search on Associated Content, I found they had zero articles on My Power Mall. That makes this company a perfect one for me to review.

When I was doing some research on the My Power Mall System the first thing that caught my attention was that My Power Mall was really and truly free. I know many programs that are free to sign up, but they quickly start asking for money after that. SFI would be one of them. My Power Mall is different. After you sign up, you are never asked to spend a dime. I have never, in all my years found an online business opportunity that was 100% free.

There are 2 types of Power Malls to choose from. Each has over 1,000 stores within it.

1. Personal Mall: If you are just looking to earn money on your everyday purchases, this mall is for you. Just do your regular shopping, but do it through your Personal Power Mall. You will earn a rebate on every one of your purchases. The percent varies from store to store, but it is always displayed right under the store logo so you know ahead of time.

2. Business Mall: If you are looking to make a career, this is the mall for you. You give away free Power Malls to others and earn rebates on their everyday purchases. This works up to 9 levels down. I have never seen anything go that deep, which makes your earning potential huge! It is easy to do because the program is totally free. People don’t really hesitate to sign up because they don’t have anything to lose. You start out at level 1. You will earn rebates on your purchases as well. Then all the people you directly refer will fall under your level 2. Then all the people that level 2 refer go in your level 3. All the way down to level 9.

What is amazing about this opportunity is that it was created for 100% of people to succeed not your average 3%. Teenagers and International members are welcome to get their own Power Mall’s as well. There is no minimum purchase requirements making this opportunity totally free for those who cannot even afford to spend one dime. You can purchase from your Power Mall, but you don’t have to to earn money on the people below you.

I personally, only purchase items that I was going to buy anyway. Here is one example: I needed to buy Bible Study books for my ladies Bible Study. They were $6 per book at Christian Book Distributors, plus shipping and handling. I went on my Power Mall and bought them at Half.com for $6.00 total (including shipping and handling). Plus I got a rebate from shopping through my mall. See the potential savings, just for buying what you were normally going to buy anyway? It also feels good to know that 8 people above me also earned a little something because I made that purchase.

If that wasn’t enough, 2% of all the corporate profits goes to the One-Child-at-a-Time program. The child’s picture and story are displayed at the top of your mall. When the money has been raised that the child needs, a new child will be featured.

You can meet the creator and CEO of this business (Ginny) just by visiting the website and viewing the videos. Everything you need to know is explained in the video’s before you sign-up. That’s right I said before you sign-up. This company is honest, and they don’t ask you to sign-up until you fully understand the program.

So if you are looking into an online Business Opportunity, I strongly recommend you start with this program. You’ll get a free business, and free training. You can’t beat free!

Use Youtube to Successfully Fuel an Online Music Business

It is very easy to succeed on the internet if you know what you are doing. You will need a Web site, if you are trying to run an online business; however, when you finally do succeed, you will ultimately achieve an incredible amount of success on the internet. You will need to own your own music Web site, learn how to use YouTube to your advantage, and know what audience you should ultimately target. By doing all this, you can make sure that you’ll succeed on the internet.

Do You Own a Music Web site?
First off, do you own a music website that distributes music, or gives people the option to buy things from your online store? You may sell usage for beats, music equipment, or any number of things through your website, however, you will definitely need to make sure that you website is organized and well designed so that you will attract a professional audience.

Remember, you goal is to make sure that you are marketing towards people who will want to buy your music product on the internet.

How to Use YouTube to your Advantage
Do you know how to use YouTube to your advantage? It is actually much easier than you think, however, you must have the proper knowledge in order to achieve this. One great way of getting videos that receive tons of views is to put streaming videos of popular songs. For example, a popular artist in today’s world would be Carrie Underwood. You might want to consider posting a video or a song on YouTube in order to attract an incredible amount of views.

Another incredible thing that you can do for your business is to post a tutorial of you using one of the equipment products that you sell on your website. It can actually be a review or a tutorial so that you can attract people who are searching for that specific product.

By doing this, you can actually increase the revenue you bring in and create an incredible amount of revenue for your online business.

Another great way to use YouTube is to make sure that you add all the URL information of your Web site, so that the visitor can go there as soon as they finish viewing the video. They can buy whatever you are selling on your Web site.

Knowing what Audience to Target

It is definitely important that you know what target audience you are trying to approach with your business. You will want to market to people who are definitely interested in what you Web site has to offer. For example, if you sell instruments on your website then you will want to post videos and tutorials that actually market and appeal to people looking for these business products.

A great example of this, would be a popular keyboard or piano that many people are eager to buy online. You will want to post a video that actually explains all the neat little features this product has to offer it then link them towards your website: which sells the product. By doing this, you can greatly increase your income online.

Remember, that it is very easy to use YouTube to your advantage, however, you must make sure that you are doing your part in order to start seeing an incredible amount of sells.

Earnings and Working Conditions of Intellectual Property Lawyers

Intellectual property lawyers in the computer and video game industry focus on the protection of creative thought. Intellectual property (IP) lawyers may work with copyrights to protect works their clients have authored; trademarks to protect brand names and symbols associated with their clients’ businesses; and patents to protect their clients’ inventions and discoveries. IP attorneys may also work with companies to protect their trade secrets.

IP lawyers in the computer and video game industry have been kept busy with the explosion of new games and platforms. It is their job to protect emerging new ideas and creations, such as a new game platform, a new game engine, or a new computer and video game design. According to the Franklin Pierce Law Center, the United States is the largest producer of intellectual property in the world.

According to the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the average salary for a trust attorney in Wyoming firms is $119,000 per year. Inexperienced IP lawyers can expect to make between $80,000 and $85,000, and those with the most experience and success will earn more than $180,000 per year. The median income for partners in private law firms is over $200,000 per year, while associates’ salary is about $77,000. IP lawyers who own their own practices usually make $100,000 per year while salaries for those who work in law firms and corporations average slightly higher.

Almost all corporations, firms, and government agencies provide medical insurance, vacation, sick days, and holidays. Partners in large firms can expect other perks as well, including company cars, spending allowances, bonuses, and more depending on the firm.

IP attorneys, like lawyers in other areas, have heavy workloads and work long hours. IP lawyers employed in law firms and in computer and video game companies may spend hours poring over documents with few breaks. Many law firms have weekly goals for their lawyers that include the number of hours billed to the client. Some of these goals can be extremely demanding. Most of the lawyer’s time is spent indoors meeting with clients, researching, or arguing in court.

Depending on their position in the company or firm, IP lawyers may lead a team of lawyers or supervise a group of paralegals and associates.

The outlook for intellectual property law is promising. This field is relatively new and the demand for IP professionals doesn’t show signs of slowing. The growth of the computer industry and the Internet have provided a great amount of work for IP lawyers.

As new computer software and online media enters the market, IP lawyers will be needed to protect it. According to the American Bar Association, even if other markets that use the services of lawyers are softened by recession, the demand for IP lawyers will remain high. Because there will always be a need to protect the creative resources of the people, there will also be a need for IP lawyers.

Reality and Video Games Collide In Fiction

WELL, COME ON OVER HERE MATT, because in YA it is speculative fiction, which includes science-fiction, fantasy, dystopia, paranormal and dark romance and horror, that gets the BIG DEALS and HOLLYWOOD and ALL OF THE STUFF of my title. 

video games and reality

So where does that leave YA contemporary and my writing? Well, I’d like to propose, as Matt does, that boundaries are artificial and that the BEST fiction lives in the wild borderlands between reality and fantasy. First of all, back to school…

 

Definition of REALISM (Merriam-Webster)

1:

concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary

2:

a theory that objects of sense perception or cognition exist independently of the mind

3:

the theory or practice of fidelity in art and literature to nature or to real life and to accurate representation without idealization

 

Definition of METAPHYSICAL (Merriam-Webster)

 

of or relating to metaphysics of or relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses supernatural

 

Time-travelling back to my young teenage self I am reading EVERYTHING in West Harrow library, from Sweet Valley High to S.E. Hinton. My favourite books, though, are by Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula le Guin and Madeline L’Engle, all writers of speculative fiction.

 

I now read vast amounts of children’s and YA writing (MA student in Children’s Lit-YAY!) and the books I love are often similar (Pratchett, Pulllman, China Mieville and Ysabeau Wilce) but sometimes in the grittier genre of YA contemporary or YA realism (Siobhan Dowd, John Green, Joanne Horniman, Cath Crowley and Kevin Brooks to name a few.)

 

Are they actually so different?

 

The term literary realism comes from the 19th century novel and in YA refers to novels set in a present-day world, often with an adolescent dealing with family breakdown, drug and alcohol use, love, sexuality and other ‘stuff’ that happens when you are growing up. The YA realism novels I adore have a metaphysical element and not only because of their lyrical, reflective prose, or because literature, art and music feature as a means for the protagonist to escape reality.

 

I think what I love in these books is a sense of something unresolved and unexplained. In Looking for Alaska the protagonist is haunted by the violent death and sad life of the girl he loved. Kevin Brooks’ Lucas is a mystic loner, with almost supernatural powers. Lucy in Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley wanders the city looking for a mysterious graffiti artist, alias ‘Shadow.’ Absent or dead parents, siblings or love interests haunt the protagonist’s everyday reality.

 

Adolescence is a fantastical time, a time of changes in body and mind. We are not surprised when Shell, in A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd loses touch with reality after a traumatic event, or when Kate in Secret Scribbled Notebooks, by Joanne Horniman, constructs false memories around her absent parents.

 

Stories, ‘realistic’ or ‘unrealistic’ help us to make sense of our lives. Story worlds are imagined ones; whether they contain pitbulls or dragons, pop stars or princesses. All depends on the degree of imagining. For example, reality shows such as X-Factor or Pop Idol recur as a trope in YA or MG narratives–surely these are just another form of fairy godmother? Or to take it the opposite way, is Twilight at heart the story of an ordinary girl loved by the heir to a wealthy, hostile family, much like Pride and Prejudice?

 

Contemporary Video Games & Estates

Guest Post 1: Keren David on Choosing a New Narrator for Another Life

So. Since INFINITE SKY is a contemporary, I will just talk about two of the Lucky 13s contemporary novels that I’m especially excited about, whilst also recommending you check out our website to get an idea of just how many great books we have between us. Learn more about me here. 

Emily Murdoch’s IF YOU FIND ME is the story of fifteen year old Carey, and how she and her little sister survive in the woods after their mentally ill mother abandons them. (Read more about it on Good Reads.) I love how atmospheric it sounds, and I love stories about sisters (I’ve always wanted one myself), and so I just think I’m going to adore this, it’s already getting some nice attention.

Rachele Alpine’s CANARY tells Kate Franklin’s story of how her life changes when her dad gets a job coaching a big shot basketball team. (Read more on Good Reads.) It sounds like it’s about loyalty and truth and corruption, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. People are already saying great things about this book too.

Other more established writers whose new books I’m looking forward to are Ed Hogan and Annabel Pitcher. Ed wrote the wonderful DAYLIGHT SAVING, which is a sort of contemporary ghost story, that I just loved. Funny, moving and sad, I really fell for his characters Daniel and Lexie, and found the way the novel resolved itself to be thrilling and poignant at the same time. I’m not sure what he is working on next, but I want to read whatever it is that he writes.

And Annabel’s hugely successful debut, MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTLEPIECE, was so gorgeous that I can’t wait to read KETCHUP CLOUDS, which people are saying is just as good, if not better, than her first, which is an exciting prospect indeed. Her writing is funny and moving and quirky, and there’s a lovely freshness to it as well.

The Evil That Men And Women Do Theme Week Post 5: Margie Gelbwasser

Welcome to the last post in my Evil in YA Contemporary Theme Week! Check out previous guest posts this week by Louisa Reid, Annabelle from Read Write And Read Some More, and Savita Kalhan,

For today, I’m really pleased to welcome Margie Gelbwasser to the blog. (Warning: slight spoilers for Margie’s novel Pieces of Us below.)

When I was first asked if I would want to write a post about evil in YA, the usual villainous culprits came to my mind. Voldemort (of course) topped the list, but there were obvious others: the Volturi from Twilight, the Wicked Witch of the East in The Wizard of Oz, the Big Bad Wolf in The Three Little Pigs, the evil stepmother in Cinderella, and the evil queen in Snow White. And, I can keep going. However, these are the known villains. For those of us who write contemp, villains are not always so visible. They are disguised not by masks or magic but by names: mother, father, sister, brother, friend, teacher. Maybe that makes them scarier because the characters do not know who to fear.

In my second novel, Pieces of Us, there are a slew of characters who could pass as villains. To start, are Katie’s (one of the MCs) boyfriend and his best friend. How they act and what they do has no reason. They simply behave like monsters for their own amusement and as a means of wielding power. At least Voldemort had a plan: to take over the world. Conquering Katie does not bring the teen boys closer to any big plan. They just do what they do because they can. Then, there is Katie and Julie’s mother. While reading numerous reviews, I saw one word pop up a lot to describe her: evil. When I wrote her, I did not think her a good person, but I did not think her evil. Perhaps, it was because I knew her inside and out and knew what she would do and I could view with safe detachment. Yet, reading her as others do, I can see how that adjective works. Unlike the teen boys mentioned above, she does not behave as she does (favoring one daughter over the other, placing all value on beauty, rejecting each daughter when her actions do not meet the mother’s needs) for amusement. It is just who she is. She has her priorities wrong. She places herself above her children, her husband, and everything else. In twisted ways, every action somehow reflects on her. But, unlike Snow White’s stepmother, she doesn’t need to be the fairest. She knows her time has passed so she will live vicariously through her daughters. Her behavior sickens me, especially since I am a mother myself. I sleep, eat, and breathe my kid. He comes first always. I almost rather Katie and Julie’s mom WAS evil like the queen because her behavior may be explained more (it was sorcery). Unfortunately, there are parents like this, and that is more terrifying than any character.

Writing

I had plenty of source materials in creating Archie and his friends, particularly Julie Myerson’s books The Lost Child and Living with Teenagers. Archie’s friend Oscar and his family are pretty much based on the Myersons. I also read the reports of the death of a teenage girl at a party in West London. The party was hosted by another girl whose parents had gone out for the night to allow them to party in peace. A few teens searched the host’s father’s cupboard, looking for drugs; they found and took some ecstasy. One girl took two tabs and died, the father whose drugs they were was so consumed with guilt that a few days later tried to commit suicide.

Archie isn’t the only narrator of Another Life, Ty has his own chapters. I decided not to mark the chapters in any way, so you have to work out from the voice and content who is speaking. Sometimes it’s immediately obvious, sometimes less so. The point is that underneath all their differences, Ty and Archie are both daft but essentially normal teenagers, going through the painful process of growing up.

2013 Preview Theme Week Post 1: CJ Flood on 2013 Releases She’s Looking Forward Tobooks

Welcome to my 2013 preview theme week! I’m really excited about the number of great contemporary releases planned for 2013 – I’ve already read one which is excellent (details of that later this week!) and there are a bunch of books coming out in the next 12 months which look great, so this week is all about giving people an idea of some of the brilliant stuff coming out.

One of the books which looks really interesting is Infinite Sky, by debut author CJ Flood – so when she was kind enough to agree to write a post for the week, I was thrilled! Without further ado, here it is.

My debut novel comes out on Valentines Day 2013. Set in the Midlands of England, it is the story of thirteen-year-old Iris Dancy, and the summer that Irish Traveller’s set up camp on her family’s farm. It is the same summer that her mum leaves the family to go travelling,her older brother goes off the rails, and her dad struggles to hold it all together: a summer that changes everything. It is about love and freedom and loyalty. Read early reviews here.

One of the loveliest things about debuting in 2013 is that I got to be part of The Lucky 13s which is a group of childrens and YA writers who all have their first book coming out next year. We blog about the ups and downs of publishing, and our writing processes, but more importantly, behind the scenes, we support each other, share our experiences, and generally help each other navigate the exciting (and often nerve-wracking) world of publishing.

Without all of these excellent, talented, rational people, I know my journey towards publication would have been much more confusing, and I am really grateful to them all for their generosity and openess. Needless to say, as a result of working with all these people, I am looking forward to A LOT of YA and children’s debuts in 2013 (and I have already read some amazing books as we are in the middle of a Lucky 13 ARC tour). In fact, I am looking forward to waaay more than there is room for here.