Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Online Dating - Dating And Relationships

Online Dating Services is one of the most lucrative and exciting business and personal opportunities flooding the internet today.

However, this is an area, I was always apprehensive about.

Not because of its money making potential but due to a personal experience.

Call it sour grapes - but the actual reason is that I am rather piqued is by the fact of chatting through a computer / webcam.

With webcams, you could literally interact with one another so well.

Well, then what's my problem ?

Unfortunately, I joined a site some time back, only have to my friend on the other side remove her clothes as she claimed that it was rather hot out there. Now this is a common situation. Eventually, I did switch the machine off, although reluctantly !

Now this is not an example to start dating online, nor deter them from doing so.

You have to come to terms with the fact its enormous potential in the market. As a result dating affiliate programs are also one of the most sought after ones.

There are numerous, dating and personals sites out there and if I guess correctly, most of them are doing quite well

The word online dating and adult dating all have very high search rating, ie., they are one of the most sought after search words. You check this with any top keyword provider, say, word tracker who provide you a weekly report on the top keywords based on search extraction, and see the number of dating online and adult terminology, you would be taken aback.

Online Dating is certainly one of the only verticals producing serious profits for both large and small online businesses. "The Personals / Dating category held its position as one of the largest paid content category above Business / Investment Content, with $400 million plus in revenues, with an average 20% increase every year.

Studies show that dating revenue shot up as much as 75% last year alone, and is targeted to grow well beyond expectations. Now what more can you say !

The Personals and dating affiliate program revenue potential has a high rate of return. In short, the opportunities available for anyone with a website are enormous. So, how can you take advantage of this?

You can either SIGN UP for any of these programs, and then by using their existing dating engine, build a dating website and watch crazy singles flock to it !

In affiliate jargon, it serves as a revenue fuel for new dating sites, or just as a value added addition to your current site. Large or small, every site or webmaster can profit from partnering with these sites

In plain language, it is exciting, new, and fun content to capture the attention of existing and new members.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Rice begins long process in Middle East

JERUSALEM - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened an intense round of Mideast shuttle diplomacy Sunday, struggling to bring Israelis and Palestinians close enough to make a planned U.S.-hosted peace conference worthwhile.

The two sides are at bitter odds over an outline of a peace agreement that would be presented at next month's conference, and Rice sought to lower expectations her mission would finalize preparations for the gathering.

Underscoring her less-than-optimistic assessment, Israeli and Palestinians traded shots about the other's commitment to peace even as she arrived in the region. During her four-day visit, she will bounce between Israel and the West Bank, seeking a consensus.

Her hope is to close the gap as Israel and the Palestinian Authority try to forge an outline of an eventual peace deal and produce a joint statement for the conference. It is expected to held in Annapolis, Md., in late November.

But after Rice's first series of meetings, a senior State Department official hinted that the date could slide as the lead negotiators for the two sides will begin only this week to try to craft the document.

"This is going to take some time," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity in order to describe the private conversations. "This is going to require a lot of hands-on American diplomacy. These are really tough issues."

And on her flight from Moscow, where she held talks with Russian leaders, Rice said she did not believe her visit would clear the way for that statement or make enough progress so that conference invitations could go out.

"I don't expect out of these meetings that there will be any particular outcome in the sense of breakthroughs on the document," she told reporters on her plane. She said intends to return at least once to the Mideast before the conference.

Rice said she wanted to "help them narrow differences that they may have about what the nature of this document has to be."

"I do think it's important that they address the core issues in some fashion," she said. "I also think it's important that the document be substantive enough that it points that there is a way forward toward the establishment of a Palestinian state."

Israel is pressing for a vaguely worded document that would give it more room to maneuver. The Palestinians want a detailed preliminary agreement with a timetable for creating a Palestinian state as well was specifics on borders, sovereignty over disputed Jerusalem and a solution for Palestinian refugees — the "final status" issues.

Israel said Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni would lead negotiations with the Palestinian team led by Ahmed Qureia, a former prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet he did not believe the joint statement was a prerequisite for the conference. He repeated that in his two-hour plus meeting with Rice, according to his office.

The goal, Olmert said, "is to arrive at a joint statement during the international conference, even though the existence of such a statement was never a condition for holding this conference."

But the acting Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, said his side would skip the conference without agreement on a statement.

"Without a document to resolve this conflict, we can't go to the conference next month," he said. "Olmert is looking for a public relations conference and one that will allow normalization with Arab countries. We will not help him in this."

Ahead of her meetings, Rice delivered a rare warning to Israel not to take any steps that might erode confidence in the peace process. "This is a very delicate time," she said. "It's just a time to be extremely careful."

Her comments referred to the renewal of a road project that Palestinians fear is intended to tighten Israeli control over strategic West Bank areas near Jerusalem. Israel says construction is not imminent and is meant to ease Palestinian movement.

But those assertions did little to ease concerns. Shortly after she landed, Israeli officials said they had decided to resume an archaeological dig near a hotly disputed Jerusalem holy site, drawing more Palestinian charges that Israel is trying to scuttle the conference.

Rice also met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who later issued a statement saying the military's freedom of movement in the West Bank was a "fundamental principle that must be demanded in the future as well."

The comments from Barak, who later headed to Washington for talks with the Bush administration, came despite long-standing Palestinian demands for a reduced Israeli presence in the West Bank.

Rice is on her third trip to the region since June, when the United States began to try to revive peace efforts after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip.

That takeover has left the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in control of just the West Bank. His expulsion of Hamas from the government has, in U.S. eyes, freed him to pursue a peace deal that would create a Palestinian state.

Also on Rice's schedule was dinner with the Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, and talks Monday with Abbas in Ramallah. She will have second sessions with both sides on Wednesday.

To build Arab support for the conference, Rice plans stops in Egypt on Tuesday to see President Hosni Mubarak and in Britain on Thursday, where she will see King Abdullah of Jordan.

The participation of the those countries, the only major Arab nations to have signed peace deals with Israel, along with Saudi Arabia is considered key to the success of the conference. All three have expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the meeting.

Article Courtesy : By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tooheys New Beer... great commercial

Great commercial from the makers of Tooheys New Beer...

The theme : Being With Mates..

The ad is great, the setting ideal, the characters perfect, with the odd sexy female giving it the necessary touch.. Although the the ad may appear misleading... it is simply fantastic.. better watched than explained .. For Tooheys, the ad further supports their 'for the love of beer' theme..

For those who are new, Tooheys is an Australian brewery in the suburb of Lidcombe, New South Wales in Sydney, New South Wales. It brews beers under both the Tooheys and Hahn brand, and it is now an affiliate of the Multinational Lion Nathan brewing conglomerate.

Full credit to the ad team