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I want to apologize for the lack of new developments…

If you have been to my blog and read my blog posts on doing business, you should know that I support keeping your day job and running a part time business. It’s indeed having your cake and getting to eat it.

You enjoy the best of both worlds – the stability of income, the flexibility of taking off any time (from your day job)… but yet also the opportunity to explore your interest further and not to mention the extra income (from your part time job).

Yup! Indeed it’s wonderful!

However, lately I have been hit by a double whammy.

Due to the excellent work of many greedy bankers, circumstances beyond control forces many companies to take drastic measures just to survive. My day job company too. A number of my colleagues got retrenched and those left behind had to shoulder the extra responsibility. On top of that, pay cuts were instituted too.

What this means is…

I now have less time as I work more on my day job.

I now have less income as my day job has a pay cut and I have less time to work on my part time job..

Yes! A double whammy!

You would have thought that having a part time job would be perfect for times like this. Well, it’s a safety net should you receive the dreaded pink slip but I didn’t expect I would not get the chance to supplement my day job loss in income via my part time job.

And the loss of personal time!

Thus I apologize if you see lack of activity on my site. Life just has been more hectic these days, but for less.

Dang… I should have been a banker!

BFM89.9 The Business Station



when i was studying in the states, my tuner was only tuned to 94.9, the classic rock station! it was a blast! i had it playing almost all the time, and it introduced me to lots of rock dinosaurs!


but back home in malaysia, i’d rather listen to chinese than english radio stations. they are just so bad, so juvenile, so silly… it seems that the people behind the radio stations only cater to youths. it’s all just today’s hits, silly boybands, hopeless singers doing inept cover versions, and silly deejays! i really think many of these stations hire radio deejays from some circus. they are THAT bad!


so i was pleasantly surprised when i first listened to bfm 89.9, the business station.okay, call me jaded but the music selection from these folks is soooo refreshing. perhaps i’m biased towards rock music (and this station plays mostly rock) but the whole “attitude” of the station, the programming, the interviews, the deejays and even the website shows folks behind this station really give serious thought to what they do.


the daily interviews are just great! it’s a great learning opportunity for everyone to learn, not just from the business end but also about life as there are sessions by life coaches too. heck, the interviews are even saved in mp3 format as podcasts and could be downloaded from the site. i’ve saved a whole bunch of them and just cycle thru my ipod during some days when i commute by train (and still keep an eye on the occasional pretty lass i come by). so who says guys can’t multi-task?


then of course, unlike other radio stations run by seemingly juvenile deejays who think what’s going on with britney spears life is more important than issues that may affect your life directly, the deejays here don’t yak too much! one of my major turn-off is deejays who just love the sound of their voice, sometimes yaking over nothing and laughing loudly just to fill the airwaves with some noise. grrrrr!!!!!


i also like the way they play with the bfm acronym. there’s the finance related “bankers, financiers, money-makers”, “bring forth money”. there’s also other fun acronyms like “bmw, ferrari, maserati”…


but the one i like best is “bond frustrates moneypenny”. nice pun!


to me still, the best thing is the music. it’s not perfect but it’s already a great step in the right direction for malaysian radio. get ready for some ccr, pearl jam, u2, led zep, acdc, sting, eric clapton (early stuff), jimi hendrix, grateful dead, inxs, nirvana…


so tune to this station if you are in kuala lumpur. if not, visit the website, you could hear it live from there too.

The Barney Oliver Amplifier Story

Another audio brother, Thomas, sent me this link last week.

The Barney Oliver Amplifier Story

Doesn’t it sound like HP was a wonderful company to work in back then? If you read The HP Way, you’ll appreciate better the way Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard envisioned the company is run.

I was working in Agilent (the original HP later became Agilent) when I read The HP Way, and you can’t help but feel that in today’s cut throat, competitive, great-results-every-quarter biz world, a lot of what makes this company such a nice place to work in, is gone forever.

Thomas is right to say that visiting  the site only makes you reminisce on the “good old days” back when people don’t go gaga for results every quarter, when management still take long term views when making decisions.  Read The Barney Oliver Amplifier Story and you’ll realize, they even know how to have fun within the organization.

I would love to get my hands on this amplifier!

Another Way to Monetize Your Site

Earn $$ with WidgetBucks!

When I first looked at WidgetBucks, I thought it was a joke. Well, they show they are serious by giving away $25 to you by just signing with them!

Of course, you must have a website first.

Once they approved your site, you could place their ads on your site and start to monetize right away.

This is really easy. I got everything up and running within minutes!

There aren’t that many categories for you to choose now, but hey, I’m sure over time, they’ll just add more to it.

So sign up now and claim your $25!

Earn $$ with WidgetBucks

Need help in making money with Adsense?


Nothing makes money as easily as Adsense. These “mini-ads” courtesy of Google have made thousands and thousands of dollars for folks that do next to nothing. Personally, most of my friends only make a couple of hundred per month with Adsense, but once set up, it is totally, and I mean TOTALLY hands free, and it pays like clockwork before the end of each month!

Want to know the BEST way to make money with Adsense. How about
the RIGHT way?

Adsense Domination Secrets

[ Rant starts here ]

Please note that from time to time, I come across some Adsense “Black Hat” techniques. These techniques are meant to exploit loopholes in Google’s system to make the most money out of them. If someone tries to sell you something like that, stay away! It’s just not worth it. You’ll be caught eventually and your account will be banned.

[Rant ends]
Internet entrepreuner Liz Tomey has gone all-out as she became obsessed with Adsense over the course of the past few months. This is a brand-new, fresh look at how to make the most out of this simple to use advertising gem. But most importantly, use it correctly.
Best of all, this thorough e-book costs less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks, or at least less than a small “latte”. It is only $2.95. You read that correctly. TWO DOLLARS and 95 cents.

Grab this limited time offering of one of the best Adsense courses out there right now!

PS: I grabbed one. It’s a good read. Simple and easy to understand. Will be implementing them one by one now.

MFA? You asked for it!

Heard of those Made-For-Adsense websites?

Basically, sites that offer nothing new, no unique content, but exists only to benefit from Google Adsense ads. Yes, the content may be copied/pasted from other sites, or it could be from some articles with Private Label Rights (you buy these articles then label it as your own).

Either way, they exist to make money by “beating the system” of Google Adsense.

Well apparently, Google is now taking action against these sites.

Jenstar here has the full details.

So if you have been using Adsense “Black Hat” tactics, trying to beat the system, the game is now on you! You should have received an email from Google informing you of your “unsuitable business model”.

It’s sad but many folks see the Internet as the place for easy money. Many wants the most returns for the least amount of work.

Sorry, there’s no shortcut. An online business is an online business. There’s no substitute for hard work, good products ideas, innovation etc. You need to bring value to your customer and not just to yourself.

Glad Google is finally making this move!

PS: Read more on this. Google Groups for Adsense and the Webmater World forum

Creating Multiple Streams of Income

I’m sure you have heard of Bob Allen’s book – “Multiple Streams of Income”?

Basically, Bob talks about the path to financial independence is having multiple streams of income and creating new streams of income every year.

You see, most folks caught in the rat race have only their day job as their source of income. Some may be savvy enough to invest their savings to generate more income. And most just stop there.

Well things are okay for now, but the moment you lose your job (retrenchment, due to out-sourcing, downsizing etc), then you are done for.
If you do as Bob says and have various income streams, then things aren’t so bad.

Lose one stream, find another!

The above is just a simple illustration of various streams of income that’s working for me right now. You can bet I’ll be adding to it every year.

Needless to say, the stream that requires the least investment is the online business.

Of all the above streams, this stream requires the least investment, hence lowest risk but potentially highest return, due to its low cost of distribution and widest reach.

Yes, anyone anywhere with an Internet connection can be reached by your website.

And the best part of this is, you only need to spend probably an hour a day, probably 3 times a week, to lay the groundwork and then get things going.

Once your website builds up momentum, you only need to work on it from time to time. But provided, you are doing things right.

So what are you waiting? Don’t you want to add another stream of income to your existing streams? Get started now!

Start your online business!

Start Your Online Business!

When I first joined the workforce years ago, I realized I was just another faceless statistic, struggling with a boring day job, barely adequate pay, incremental pay rise (that’s why it’s called increment!) and of course, horrible inflation. Yes, I was part of the rat race.

Fortunately for me, my outlet back then was listening to music (still is today, but have less time) and building my own hifi gear. I realized back then that buying quality audiophile approved parts was difficult and expensive. Almost all the time, we have to import from overseas. There is such a specialty store in Malaysia but they are 300 miles away.

So I thought, why not I start an online business in this niche? Start up cost is low and I could do it part time. Low risk and if successful, high returns! And thus, diyparadise was born.

5+ years later, we are still here and have expanded to 3 business partners and yours truly.

However, if you have been following diyparadise all this while, you’ll realize our growth only really took off about 2 years after I started off. You see, back then I had no business mentor, no marketing ideas, what more business acumen… So I was struggling. Experimenting with few ideas here and there…

Then, after learning the ropes, things took an upturn. Sales increased in double figures, web traffic grew tremendously. All this without any advertising, and very little marketing.

Today, I’m still in the rat race, still have a boring day job, but I hang around only to pay the bills. (Besides, I love the idea of someone paying me when I’m sick!) The REAL money is from my online business, one which I could do in my spare time.

Just one or two hours a day (easily manageable if you switch off the idiot box) and the income already EXCEEDS my 44-hours a week treadmill.

So what happened? What’s the secret behind this growth?

I have been asked many times. By folks who want to duplicate my system.

Here, I bare it all in this little e-book, about 80 pages.

Grab a copy, read till the end. You’ll realize you are not paying for just one e-book. There are links to even more goodies, freebies and specials. In short, you are getting a system for doing business online.

You see, there is no book that could be so comprehensive to cover everything about doing business online. And I’ll be the first to tell you my book isn’t one. But then I bought resale rights to other ebooks of relevant topics, to complement my book.

I guarantee you this. Even if you apply just 10% of what you read from my book or the other books in the Biz category (of my e-store), you’ll surely be on your way to getting out of that rat race!

So Start Your Online Business now!