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6.10.11

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

My thoughts:
When an innovator dies, we wonder what other bright ideas die with him.  We thank Steve Jobs for coming up with really cool things that made it easy for us to work virtually.  He could have contributed more but cancer stole him from us so early.  Darn cancer!

Photo credits:   Apple
I love the 'connecting the dots' part.


I love this article from Gizmodo --- >  http://gizmodo.com/5838847/steve-jobs-is-dead

2.10.11

The PayPal101 Ecommerce Workshop Series


PayPal101 Live Ecommerce Hands-on Workshop
Date:  Oct. 15, 2011
Time:  10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue:  Netopia SM Megamall
LG/F (Tunnel) Mega A Bldg., SM Megamall, EDSA cor.
J. Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City 



Featured Topic: Auction as an Ecommerce Business Strategy.
Worldwide Trend, eBay.com, eBay.uk, eBay.ca, eBay.au 
Guest Speaker: 
Workshop's Goal:  To have more Filipino products exposed online in the worldwide market. 


About the Trainer:
Eireen Diokno-Bernardo is the Official Training and Business Consulting Partner of PayPal, Ecommerce Specialist in the Philippines, Ebay Top Rated Power Seller and Logistic Business Development Strategist for International Online Trading and Warehousing
 





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PayPal101 workshop series is an on-going hit to people who are into and want to engage in Ecommerce here in the Philippines.  The last five (5) workshops were well-attended and information-packed that we are so inspired to do better on the last three installments.   Aside from the regular topics on ecommerce (web presence, online payment system and logistics), we also discuss additional topic for each series that will give our participants more ideas on how to earn online.  We invite experts in their own fields to discuss with us other means to earn online.  We had Randy Manaloto of myusmailbox.com, Khoa Bui talked about Digital Products, accountant Ms. Zeny talked about the registration process and legalities among others.  





















The Mainstays


PayPal
Ken Tan of PayPal usually flies all the way from Singapore to tell us more about PayPal and enlighten us on things we are confused on with regards to PayPal.  Participants would ask him about their concerns and he readily answers them and clears things. 






Unionbank
Unionbank’s product EON Visa Debit Card is perfect match for your PayPal account for so many reasons.  First, it’s so easy to get one. Really!  Second, it can verify your PayPal account in just a matter of minutes. No need to wait for the bill, just check your transaction online (it’s also called EON Cyber Account).  Third, it doesn’t charge you when you transfer your money from PayPal to your Eon account.  
Uniobank also introduced to us their new product eMoney Exchange at the Sept. 17 paypal101 workshop.  It is about the tie up between GCash and Unionbank.  The participants were thrilled to know that they don’t have to go to Gcash business centers anymore just to encash their Gcash money.  They were taught how to Cash Out, Top Up and do inquiry on their account balance for a very small fee.  Definitely much much lower than the fee you incur when you Cash Out in gcash business centers.  Saves money, time and energy – no need to leave the comforts of our homes.
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Xend Express
Ron of Xend Express tells us how important logistics is in online businesses that sell and delivers goods.  They offer widgets that can be very helpful and at the same time add credibility to your online stores. The Xend Badge and the Express Tracking widget.  The badge shows your clients your statistics as an online seller like the number of successful deliveries and other info.  The tracking widget is so functional; your clients can track the delivery of their orders through this widget embedded on your website.  And my favorite feature - they pick up the goods from your place; meaning you don’t have to go out anymore and bring your package to the nearest courier business center – again, saves a lot of time and energy.













After knowing all these tools, Ms. Eireen Diokno-Bernardo then shows us how to integrate everything in our online businesses and even gives a follow up free online class the following week.  She wants to make sure all the participants get what the workshop is promising.  Her goal – create as many merchants as possible in the Philippines – merchants who earn a lot.


















7.9.11

PayPal101 Live Ecommerce Workshop on Sept. 17

PayPal101 is a monthly workshop done to make more Filipinos aware of the many uses of PayPal as an online payment system.  It is also a venue where people can ask about the problems they are encountering with their online trading.  So far, the workshop has served its purpose to its past attendees.  It started on May and will end on December this year.  The September session will cover the Ecommerce for Digital Products aside from the general topics that we usually discuss like on how to integrate PayPal to our business. It is going to be special because we will have a guest speaker who is an expert in Digital Products, just another source of extra income that you might be interested with.


Please find the details below:
Fee: 800.00 (with a rebate of $5 which will be sent to your PayPal Premier or Business account)


Click the PayPal button below to reserve a seat on the date that you prefer:


For assistance: 
Email: events@lets-go-virtual.com 
Mobile: 0915-2808249

The Trainer and Speakers:

Official Training and Business Consulting Partner of PayPal, Ecommerce Specialist in the Philippines, Ebay Top Rated Power Seller and Logistic Business Development Strategist for International Online Trading and Warehousing.

 Khoa Bui  
Author, entrepreneur and international speaker.  He will talk about Digital Products on Sept 17.  Click this to find out more about him and his works.


Ken Tan - Head of Business Development for Paypal South East Asia

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Eireen Diokno-Bernardo Interviews Khoa Bui


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You should know by now that I'm a big fan of things that can be done online whether or not it earns me income; but of course it'll be a LOT better if it earns hehe.  But what else could be sweeter if all you have to do is set it up, then let it run on autopilot and eventually earn legally while you sleep or spending time with your family.

Heard of Digital Products? This is the next thing that I want to learn - how to make my own digital products.  I was so lucky enough to have met a gentleman named Khoa Bui who is an expert in digital products among other things. He is also the author of the book How to Increase Your Website Traffic.  Click this link to get to know him and his work more.  
 

Khoa is going to be a guest speaker at PayPal101 Live Ecommerce Workshop to talk more about Digital Products. So if you want to hear more of his ideas and learn from him, please check him out.

Event details:
PayPal101 Live Ecommerce Workshop (please click this link to reserve a seat)
Sept. 17, 2011
10:00am to 3:00pm
18th Floor Unionbank Plaza  Meralco Ave. corner Onyx and Sapphire Sts. Ortigas Center, Pasig City

P.S.
Eireen and I were really pleased with his humility and sincerity to help us Filipinos get a second income stream that he even set up a free seminar last weekend.  I definitely hope more and more Filipinos will get to know this gentleman.  I was able to meet his beautiful girlfriend, too.  Lovely couple indeed!
 



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5.9.11

Eireen Diokno-Bernardo Interviews Khoa Bui

Photo Credit: http://www.khoa-bui.com/
You should know by now that I'm a big fan of things that can be done online whether or not it earns me income; but of course it'll be a LOT better if it earns hehe.  But what else could be sweeter if all you have to do is set it up, then let it run on autopilot and eventually earn legally while you sleep or spending time with your family.

Heard of Digital Products? This is the next thing that I want to learn - how to make my own digital products.  I was so lucky enough to have met a gentleman named Khoa Bui who is an expert in digital products among other things. He is also the author of the book How to Increase Your Website TrafficClick this link to get to know him and his work more.  

Here's a video of a short chitchat between Khoa Bui and Eireen Diokno-Bernardo.

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Khoa is going to be a guest speaker at PayPal101 Live Ecommerce Workshop to talk more about Digital Products. So if you want to hear more of his ideas and learn from him, please check him out.

Event details:
PayPal101 Live Ecommerce Workshop (please click this link to reserve a seat)
Sept. 17, 2011
10:00am to 3:00pm
18th Floor Unionbank Plaza  Meralco Ave. corner Onyx and Sapphire Sts. Ortigas Center, Pasig City

P.S.
Eireen and I were really pleased with his humility and sincerity to help us Filipinos get a second income stream that he even set up a free seminar last weekend.  I definitely hope more and more Filipinos will get to know this gentleman.  I was able to meet his beautiful girlfriend, too.  Lovely couple indeed!



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31.7.11

7 Reasons Why You Should Get Eon Cyber Account

Photo Credit: Unionbank
For the past days, I have been encouraging the online teachers who I’m handling to get themselves Eon Cyber Account.  You see, I have this small business where I provide Online Teachers to some ESL Online Schools.  So it follows that I take care of the payroll and for more than a year now, I take the pain of falling in line in 3 different banks every payday – that’s twice a month.  We all work at home.  Since my time outside is very limited, I sometimes couldn’t finish all 3 banks and had to go back the next day for the unfinished business in another bank; especially when the line is too long – which is the case almost always.

Some teachers got their own Eon Cyber Account already and getting their salaries as soon as they finish their attendance report for a particular cut-off.  But there are still some who haven’t applied for it yet and they still have to wait for me to go to their respective banks.  Looking at this scenario, them getting an Eon Cyber Account is definitely a win-win situation for all of us.  I don’t have to go out and fall in line (a long line at that) at 2 or 3 banks and they will receive their salary as soon as they’re done with their last class and attendance sheet.

I want to enumerate the advantages and conveniences that an Eon Cyber Account can give a person to encourage the remaining four teachers and the others who might find it useful, too.  I just finished talking to my friend over the phone; she’s an online seller and I’ve learned from her that most of the online sellers and buyers she knows are still unaware of Eon Cyber Account and how useful it is going to be in their online payments.

But first, what is Eon Cyber Account, some of you might ask.  Eon is an internet-based deposit account by Unionbank which also serves as a Visa Debit Card.

Now here are my reasons:

1.    Easy Application 
  • Fill up an application form (have your TIN and SSS numbers ready)
  • Present at least 2 valid IDs
  • Submit a photocopy of the presented valid IDs
  • Pay P350.00 for you annual fee
  • Come back to pick up your Eon card (the teller will tell you when to come back, won’t take long)
2.    No minimum balance to maintain.

3.    Transfer funds to other Unionbank accounts or any other bank account in the Philippines.

4.    Pay bills online.

5.    Get verified in PayPal even if you don’t have a credit card.
       PayPal requires their account holders to verify themselves through a credit card or debit card.  Before they can withdraw their money.  Debit Cards are only accepted if they have the Visa or MasterCard logo.  For those who are having difficulty getting a credit card, Eon is the best option.
6.    Get verified in just a matter of minutes. 
      With credit card, you have to wait for the next bill to get the expuse number that you’ll need to get verified.  With Eon, right after you have linked it with PayPal, you may get the expuse number right off the bat.  Just log in to your Eon Cyber Account and get the 4-digit number in the transaction history.  Key in the numbers to your Paypal account and voila, you’re instantly verified!

7.    No transaction fee when transferring money from PayPal to your Eon Cyber Account. 
       Other banks charge from P75.00 to P200.00.  I, myself, had the experience of being charged P200.00 each and every time I transfer money from my PayPal account to my other bank account.  I switched to Eon right away as soon as I discovered about it.
But what I love the most is that I can do payroll with it.  Falling in line at the bank is a pain in the neck, no kidding.  I’m sure online shoppers and sellers will also enjoy the same kind of convenience if they follow suit.

Plus a BONUS reason, it's Eon Visa Debit Card so you can pay your purchases with it when you go shopping!  Just make sure it has enough fund before you use it to pay for your purchases.

And oh, I almost forgot.  Xend Express is giving a 10% discount to those who will ship a package if they can present an Eon Visa Debit Card.  Promo period is July 15 to August 15, 2011.  Click this for details.

Please leave a comment or drop me a line (michelle@lets-go-virtual.com) should you need assistance in applying for Eon or using it to verify with PayPal.

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17.7.11

Ecommerce Workshop Part 3!

It was my third time to attend Paypal101 Ecommerce Workshop yesterday and as expected, something new was learned again.  This time we were enlightened about PayPal Underwriting Policy.   This was discussed yesterday by Ken Tan from PayPal and Ms. Zeny, an Accountant.  This and other important topics were covered but I can’t discuss them here.

I loved the first two events but yesterday was my favorite so far (there are more Paypal101 events to come!).  First, I was able to be a part of the presentation and it really thrilled me.  Second, I was able to meet more people this time than the last two events.  Yesterday was a lot different; people were really participating and actually helping out each other in understanding the topics and in doing the exercises.  Everyone was smiling all through out the workshop.  Kudos to Ms. Eireen Diokno-Bernardo, she never fails to connect with her audience; her humor is adorable and people love her for just being herself even in front of a big audience.

Everything went well and spontaneous.  People were pumped, exchanging business cards and promising to keep in touch even after the event.  Ms. Vivien Mangalindan of Show and Tell and other familiar personalities were there.  But I think what really jump-started the event was the warm up led by Ms. Lynn Monsanto.  Yes, we started the day with a fun exercise and a meaningful prayer and we ended it with everyone smiling and satisfied.

If you are already in the E-commerce business or want to start one, please join us in the next event on August 20, Saturday.  Please email me events@lets-go-virtual.com so I can assist you.
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14.7.11

Add a Favicon to Your Blogger

blogger iconImage by Bruno Abreu via Flickr
It used to be that the method on replacing Blogger favicon with my own was too difficult to understand.  That's why no matter how much I want to get rid of that very prominent white and orange B icon next to my website address, I just couldn't.  But last night, while I was exploring the dashboard of my blog (I was experimenting on sticky post), I noticed a new feature in the Design area!  Favicon!  I swear it wasn't there before. I couldn't believe my eyes  because for the longest time, I've been meaning to remove that B icon and put my own favicon to have a professional image on my site, ehem.  And now that it's here, just few clicks procedure, I was caught unprepared.  I don't have a logo or any image that will give my blog its identity.  So for the meantime, please bear with my picture, it's what I've put there temporarily. Temporary only, I promise.
 
I don't know when it started but I'm glad Blogger has this new feature now which is user-friendly.  All you need is a square image; 16x16pixels.  It has to be a perfect square, otherwise, Blogger will not accept it.  Now go to your Design tab and under Page Elements, you will find the Favicon feature.  Just click Edit, browse for the image you want to upload, click Save and you get your own favicon!  Piece of cake, yes?

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11.7.11

Article Checker for Plagiarism

Image by library images2010 via Flickr
 I received an assignment to write two articles last night.  Along with it was a set of instructions.  The first instruction was “we require unique, all original content. Absolutely NO PLAGIARISM or SPINNING allowed”.  It was indeed a strict instruction so I had to make sure that my articles follow that rule.  So how do I check my own articles just to make sure that they really are not violating the rule given to me and, more importantly, that I’m not violating any law that has something to do with stealing other people’s original work.


Well, after consulting with my best friend Google, it led me to the tool that I needed - Article Checker.  Now let’s try and see how it works.
  Article Checker for Plagiarism
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5.7.11

Google Analytics

Google AnalyticsImage by Colin ZHU via Flickr
If you had a website, especially if it was a business website, then you would surely want to know if it was effective and serving its purpose.  How do you know if it was reaching out to a broader audience and read by as many people as possible?  If you’re a business owner, how do you know if your website is reaching out to your target market?  Tell if your visitors are staying long to really read your contents.

There is one tool that’s essential to webmasters and website owners; Google Analytics.  It provides important information and statistics which help analyze the traffic that visits the website.  This way, you are better equipped on how you can improve your website and make sure it’s serving its purpose.

Google Analytics is free so you can start exploring it now.  Let me show you how to install it in your website.

 How to Install Google Analytics in Your Website
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18.6.11

Xend Express: A Vital Partner for Every Online Store

I just had another day of invaluable learning.  I've just finished having the second leg of PayPal101 Ecommerce workshop and I've learned new things that are must-haves for online businesses.  Ms. Eireen Diokno-Bernardo pointed out the three important things for an online business to have.  The online presence, the online payment system and logistics.  I've learned a lot today but I'll be focusing on my favorites; the two widgets that'll help boost the credibility of the online store and the confidence of the buyers towards it.

These widgets are just two of the useful features of Xend Express, a good logistic partner to most online stores.  The Xend Tracking Widget and MyXend Badge.

Xend Tracking Widget
Xend Express allows you to embed their tracking widget into your own online store to allow your customers track the delivery of their order right in your website.  As an online buyer myself, I find it more convenient if I can track my order from the very website of the online store where I bought the goods.





MyXend Badge
This badge embedded  on your website shows your activity as an online store.  It shows the number of successful transactions and deliveries to your buyers.  The statistic will come from the record of Xend Express so your customers are assured that these numbers are real and not manipulated.  Just another come-on for your customers for it shows how active your online store is.



Having a third party entity as your partner in your online business surely increases your credibility to your current and potential customers.  It's like having another organization vouche for your reliability.  So if you have an online store, make sure you have good partners to help your business grow.  I almost forgot to mention, Xend Express also picks up the goods from your place and deliver to your customers.  How cool is that!  No need to go out and carry the heavy package to a courier's center.

There are other things about the workshop that are worth sharing here but I am pressed for time; I'm off to Wolfgang's concert at the MET.

P.S.
It's raining outside and the free umbrella from Unionbank comes in handy.  Thanks, Unionbank!
The next PayPal101 Ecommerce Workshop is on July 16. You can still catch up!

9.6.11

Call USA and Canada for FREE


Image by rosefirerising via Flickr
This piece is for those who are still not aware that they can make unlimited calls to USA and Canada on both landlines and mobile phones for FREE.  I've been using this service since November 2010 and I'm so loving it.  We generally love freebies so everybody ought to know this.  Especially now that the world is experiencing crisis, we've got to save as much as we could and avoid unnecessary expenses.  I created a simple presentation for you on how you can do this.  So no more huge overseas call bills (at least to USA and Canada), thanks to Gtalk/Gmail. 
Gmail Free and Unlimited Calls to Usa and Canada

1.6.11

PayPal101 Ecommerce Hands-on Workshop

Good news to those who were not able to attend the first leg of PayPal101 Ecommerce Hands-on Workshop last May 21Ms. Eireen Diokno-Bernardo said the next workshop on June 18 will be more focused on the exercises on how to do things hands-on, like integrating PayPal in your website, etc.  Personally, this is what I really want to learn.  There may be some tutorials that I can find on the internet, but doing it hands-on with the experts is totally different.  From what I’ve seen in the first workshop, there are still many people who are confused; lots of questions were raised by the participants and were answered by the PayPal experts.
Eireen Diokno-Bernardo Ecommerce Specialist

With the advent of Information Age and Ecommerce, we can’t just let ourselves be left behind.  I’ve read from somewhere that if a business remained “offline” for the next 5 years, there is a chance that it will suffer bankruptcy.  To those people who are resisting change; who are afraid to transact online; who are afraid to send and receive money through the internet, please think again.  There is a safe way to do it now.  There are trusted platforms that we can use online now.  These are big companies that will definitely not risk having their names tarnished.  We have PayPal now.

I work in an industry where the salary comes from other countries.  Since day one that I have been using PayPal, there was only one incident where I got scared of losing my hard-earned money and it was my fault.  I was linking my Eon Cyber Account to PayPal and entered a wrong set of numbers.  Instead of the account number, I typed the card number.  It was my first time to call the customer service of PayPal and was having cold feet for I knew I’d be calling a center in another country.  Good thing the guy who attended to me spoke very clearly, kindly and politely.  He assured me that the money will go back to my PayPal account and true enough; it did go back after a few days.  I also called the customer service of Unionbank about the mistake that I have made and the girl who attended to me gave me clear instructions on how I can correct my mistake in a very polite manner.  I was charged by PayPal a small amount for the mistake that I have made, too small for my big mistake.  What mattered back then was I was able to get my hard-earned money back.  I felt safer more than ever since that experience.  Thanks to the partnership of PayPal and Unionbank.

We are now in the digital era, with how things are going, I can tell that PayPal is going to be a necessity like credit cards and ATMs.  Lots of people are now selling their goods and services online.  Lots of people are now into shopping online.  The number of people working at home is increasing.  These people transact online.  If you are one of them, then it is a must that you attend the second leg of Paypal101 Ecommerce Hands-on Workshop.  Don’t get stuck in using money transfer platforms that charge a fortune for the transaction fee.  Mark your calendar for the next workshop.  It’s on June 18.

Workshop Description:
“Paypal 101 is a hands-on workshop best for start-up entrepreneurs, for those who own their own merchandising websites, bloggers, virtual marketers and service career professionals.  This is for those who wanted to earn real passive income or make a business career online.” 
Please visit the following websites for more details:
http://www.sendmaillogistic.com/live-ecommerce-workshops.html
http://iluvlearning.com/paypal-101/
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29.5.11

Downtime

Blackout.Image via Wikipedia
You may have heard a lot of good things about working at the comfort of your home using the computer and internet connection.  Just like in any kind of work, it also has pros and cons.  Last week, I have experienced ‘downtime’ twice.  First, the virtual classroom that we use at work was down for the whole day. Then a few days later, Skype was down for a few hours.  In cases like these, it can’t be helped but to miss a few classes and be less productive.  Other situations that may cause downtime are power outages and no internet connection on my part.  I can’t help but be upset with our electric company and internet service providers whenever these things happen.

The ones that I dread the most are getting hacked and getting infected by a virus then lose important files.  I haven’t experienced them yet and I don’t ever want to.  I’d take downtime anytime rather than getting hacked or infected by a virus.

But I realize that having the downtime isn’t all that bad.  For people who have been working online day in and day out, it could be the way of the universe of telling them to pause for a while and smell the flowers; stand up and do some stretching; go out and take a walk; get some fresh air and some sunshine.  Downtime doesn’t really take a long time.  Everything goes back to normal after a while so nothing to fret about.  Just hope that there’s no urgent job that needs to be done when it happens.  And even if there’s one, there’s nothing we can do with fortuitous events.  So next time it happens again, I’ll just enjoy the unexpected rest instead of worrying too much. 
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