A recent research by MoneySupermarket has revealed that one in ten Brits (or 8%) with a partner have a secret credit card they conceal from them, and a further 11% of those with credit cards deliberately make sure their partner doesn’t see their credit card or bank statements.

When asked why people hide their credit card or statement, the top reason for being deceptive was because they feared their partner would be annoyed by the amount of money they spent (40%).
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SEO Techniques

According to SEO consultant Wayne Baumgarten, to pull your site up in search rankings, the first step is to undo SEO mistakes the web developers (or the clients themselves) have committed. SEO mistakes and sabotage comes in various forms, and the most common SEO mistakes include:
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Most expensive hotels rankings, mainly the luxury category, are based on the rates for the most expensive suite a hotel has to offer. However, in 2011 Luxury-Hotels.com took a different approach for this survey. They ranked the most expensive hotels based on the minimum rate / cost to stay for one night.

With an average rate of $2455, the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa in Anse Louis in the Seychelles came out as the most expensive hotel in the world. On its heels came Hotel Pitrizza in Porto Cervo, Italy, where the nightly rates average $2335. The most expensive hotel in Africa is the Royal Mansour in Marrakech. It came in third place with an average rate of $2327 per night. Read more

Would you like your car to look new at all times? Would like to have a shiny car just like a new car coming out from the showroom? Although many car owners send their cars for car-care service or maintain their cars themselves, not many of them are using the right method to make it shine.

I used to be one of them when I bought my first car. All I know sending my car to car wash service once a week and waxing 3 times per week. Not only wasting money on bad services, these services have never gave me the results I want. I could not see any differences after paying hundreds of hard earned $$$ to these professionals. Read more

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Phone hacking is evil yet we need to live with it.

According to an article by Mashable, “It’s still fairly easy to hack into your phone. But, unless you’re a celebrity, you’re unlikely to be a target.”

The reality is that smartphones are progressively taking on the roles of computers and wallets.

Credit card companies like American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA allow their customers to upload their credit cards details to their smartphones. to use their mobile phones as credit cards.

Consumers then can purchase items by waving their phones over scanners. Read more

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According to the 2011 Social e-Commerce Study, a joint research project by Shop.org, comScore and Social Shopping Labs. 42% of online consumers have “followed” a retailer proactively through Facebook, Twitter or a retailer’s blog. The study also found that the average person follows about six retailers.

Majority of respondents (58%) said they follow companies to find deals. Nearly half (49%) say they want to keep up to date on products. More than one-third also follow retailers for information on contests and events (39%).

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UPDATE: After Google started charging money for using its Maps services, Million Dollar Earth had to shut down as the income was less than the monthly costs and no alternative – at the time – was there to replace Google Maps. A reminder not to trust / rely on Google when it launches another “FREE” service.

I was fortunate enough to come across Ryan Hart, the many behind the Million Dollar Earth website. Same as what Alex Tew managed to do with MillionDollarHomepage.com in 2005, Ryan is set out to sell the map of the world, online. I asked him few questions over the email, and those below were his answers.
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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a lucrative market no one can or should drop, and targeting this area of the world requires more attention.

But most of all, requires to work with experts from the region on how to get the right message out. Here, I shall list just 3 common marketing mistakes I see everyday in Ads targeting Arabs and the MENA region.

1- Rely on stock photos of non-Arabs posing as Arabs – Mother of all marketing mistakes

This is considered as a cultural insult and the mother of all marketing mistakes. Some advertisers hire some Westerners and have them wear a cheap piece of cloth around their head.

Any Arab nationality seeing such ad will know it’s a fake photo / ad, from a fake company with a fake message.

If you want to do business with Arabs then you need to act like a real professional, who knows his customers well.

One who is capable of advertising to them in a way that respects their traditions and culture.

Left: Fake Arab. Right: Real Sheikh, very rich as well. Text book marketing mistakes sample

Left: Fake Arab. Right: Real Sheikh, very rich as well. Text book marketing mistakes sample

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Many employees are finding bare cupboards and empty coffee pots in the office kitchen (a.k.a: office kitchenette, pantry). This is forcing them to seek sustenance outside the workplace. Whether it’s to get food or beverages, US workers are frequently leaving the office to find what they’re craving. This is eating into their productivity as per the survey results from Staples Advantage.

The survey suggests that fully stocked kitchen with food, coffee and amenities leads to more content and productive employees.

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