Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Christmas in Ottawa - Are you the one?

Are you the one? If you are, this Christmas you may get tons of Christmas presents from your fans. Who is this person? Well, the Canadian Idol of 2006.

This year, we had Canadian Idol tryouts at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre on March 25 (Sat) and 26 (Sun). Good, no camping outside!

I work at the mall on Sundays. So, I saw Canadian Idol staff wore black T-shirt with big white bold printing of “ARE YOU THE ONE?” on. The staff also got $10.00 St. Laurent Shopping Centre voucher for lunch, free drinks and chances to meet the Canadian Idol-to-be before he or she was even picked.

How we can work for the Canadian Idol? One of the staff told me she is taking TV production. Well, people, you better take notes. If you still haven’t decide what to study at college, how about TV production?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Christmas in Ottawa - Suspicious email “Message from PayPal Customer Support: Account Violated (7KMM97392588V31931L0KM)”

If I didn’t just switch my PayPal email address, I would have been tricked. Everyone please be very careful of suspicious email from fraudsters. According to PayPal website, PayPal will greet their customers with their first and last name or company name in their email.

It is so good that we are not at the Christmas shopping period. Otherwise, we would be very concern about other people trying to log into our PayPal accounts for some Christmas spending money. Of course, we do not like other people access to our accounts for any unauthorised withdrawal at all times.

Do you recognize this email?
Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your account, one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address.

IP Address:
Time: March 13, 2006 15:05:08 PDT
Country: Poland

IP Address:
Time: March 13, 2006 15:07:58 PDT
Country: Poland

IP Address:
Time: March 13, 2006 15:13:09 PDT
Country: Romania

IP Address:
Time: March 13, 2006 21:28:08 PDT
Country: Italy

IP Address:
Time: March 13, 2006 21:33:43 PDT
Country: Italy

After I forward the suspicious email to PayPal, I got a reply within 10 minutes to confirm it was a suspicious email. From the reply, PayPal suggested that we do not enter any information into website links with suspicious email. If we accidentally enter our information at any fake website, we should immediately log into our PayPal account and change our password, as well as our security questions and answers. PayPal also recommend that we contact our bank and credit card company immediately.

In the email, PayPal suggested that if we notice any unauthorized activity on our PayPal account, we should report it to PayPal by following the instructions below:

1. Log in to our account only from the PayPal website. Do not use links provided in any email.
2. Click on the Security Center link at the bottom of the page.
3. Click on the 'Unauthorized Transaction' link under the Report a Problem column.
4. Follow the instructions on this page in order to access the appropriate form.

Finally, PayPal recommend taking a few steps to protect ourselves from identity theft by:
1. Download the SafetyBar, a toolbar for Outlook and Outlook Express, which identifies known spoof emails.
2. Get eBay Toolbar with Account Guard which warns us when we are on a potentially fraudulent (spoof) Web site.
3. Frequently monitor our account for suspicious activity.

I hope you read this blog message before you visit any fake PayPal website. Good luck everyone, let’s not become another victim of fraudsters!!!!!

Christmas in Ottawa - Content, content and content

According to the experts, the best way to get better search engine result is content of one’s website. And it is also the reason why people will visit and revisit a special site. My Christmas Countdown in Ottawa site is a time sensitive website. Well, people don’t want to visit it before or after Christmas time is understandable. People don’t celebrate Christmas will not come to my site. People who don’t like Christmas songs will not like to visit my site, either. Unless I change the theme of my website, I have to accept the low hit count during the year and hope for more visitors at Christmas season.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Christmas in Ottawa - My unexpected Google ranking

Everyone wants his / her website to be the first site at any search engine result. I am no different. Driven by my curiosity, I googled my Christmas Countdown in Ottawa site. To my surprise, my site was number two on Google.com over 151,000 websites!!!!! Number one site was a web-ring I joined years ago.

Oh my God! How could it be? I didn’t update my site for years. How come? So, I typed the same 4 words - Christmas Countdown in Ottawa - to do Google Japan, Yahoo Japan and MSN Japan search. The result was unbelievable.

My Christmas Countdown in Ottawa site claimed the number one spot in Google Japan over 151,000 websites; the number one spot in Yahoo Japan over 91,300 websites and the number one spot in MSN Japan over 22,166 websites from world website search.

This is just too good to be true. What did I do to get this kind of excellent result? Well, I submitted my Christmas Countdown in Ottawa site to Yahoo and joined all the related web-rings I could found. Google and MSN Japan just happened to have my site listed.

Oh, in case you have never visited my Christmas Countdown in Ottawa site before, I also did my search on all the Japanese search engines because this site is a bilingual one written in English and Japanese.

Wait a second, with this unbelievable result, did I get tons of visitors to my site? The answer is NO. What I did was just some so-called experts would be able to help you – found keywords that nobody uses and made your site filled up with these keywords. Without other competing websites, of course, your site will be number one ranking in Google, Yahoo, MSN and more.

So, in order to get visitors to my site, I need to know the keywords they use for website search. What are the keywords they use? If I know, you will see me selling E-books for secrets of success.