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PHP Bloggers! Help Me Out…Make a Few Bucks!

Dear Reader,

Most of you that I know personally, I contacted back in September about a new project of mine, securePHPhosting.com. Now, I’m putting out the call to all my friends, virtual or other wise, asking for your help.

securePHPhosting Elevator Pitch
My goal with securePHPhosting is to build a shared hosting environment as safe and reliable as possible. We go to great lengths to make sure that it’s always up to date and monitored on a 24×7 basis. I’ve been managing shared hosting since 1998 and know quite a bit about it. securePHPhosting is just for PHP developers and it’s run by a PHP developer. Most importantly though, I personally offer all clients money back guarantee if your not happy. Additionally, if our service goes down, we start refunding money.

Here’s how you can help me and possibly yourself.
securePHPhosting has an affiliate program. No, you don’t have to host with me to participate. If you want to, hey, I’d love to talk to you about your hosting needs; but this is about us helping each other, not just me asking for your business. Since I’m really only targeting PHP developers with this service, I’m only looking for affiliates that are PHP developers and have blogs.

If you sign up for the securePHPhosting.com affiliate program, I will pay you 100% of the first month’s hosting fee for each and every client that comes in through your blog. It’s really easy, you sign up, you put the graphic on your blog, you get paid if people sign up. I’ll be honest with you when I say that this isn’t gonna make you a ton of money. securePHPhosting.com is a premium web host and as such our prices are higher than your normal web hosts. I do not apologize for this as a lot of time and effort goes into the upkeep of our servers. However, since this is targeted at the audience you are already bringing in on your blog, the chances of you getting a payout are good.

So the upside is I could be paying you $25 or $50 for you sending me a customer, the downside…well, there really isn’t one. It will cost you about 10 minutes to fill out the form and place the graphic.

There’s my pitch, if you know me and I’ve not pissed you off (lately) think about it. Nothing would make me happier than to share the wealth with all my PHP friends.

To sign up for securePHPhosting’s affiliate program, click here.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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Where are the RSS feeds for Government data?

Dear Reader,

Where are the RSS feeds for Government data? Seriously? The Government collects data about a variety of topics. Everything from census data to business licenses. Where are the RSS feeds for all of this data? Since I’ve already paid to collect it by paying my taxes, shouldn’t I be able to get this access to this data?

As a small business man, I’d love an RSS feed of new business licenses, new corporations, etc. Then I can filter it down into names and address of companies who are likely to need my services. (I’m an information architect and Sysadmin.) So why do I still have to get this information from traditional sources?

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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Need a Flash/Actionscript PROGRAMMER

Dear Reader,

I know this is a long-shot because I know both of you that read this. I am in need of a Flash/Actionscript programmer. The project I have in mind requires someone with more of a programmer bent than a designer.

If you think you’ve got the chops to handle this interesting project and you would like to be part of your very own Web 2.0 startup then drop me a line @ cal@calevans.com.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)

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Ideas and Opportunities

Dear Reader,

I freakin LOVE podcasts! Now that I have a commute I’m constantly looking for new ones to listen to. This afternoon it was Phil McKinney’s great Killer Innovations. Phil quotes one of my favorite authors, Gary Hamel who wrote Leading the Revolution. He said that Gary (hey, I blogged about you so we are on a first name basis now) asks these 3 questions about any innovation brought to him by friends asking his advice.

A: Will this innovation change the customer expectations?
2: Will this innovation change the relationship with competitors?
D: Will this innovation change the industry economics?

Phil and Gary go on to compare these questions to the iPod/iTunes revolution. (Which, other than Web 2.0 seems to be the hottest meme out there right now) They bring up a lot of good points that I won’t rehash here. If you want to hear them, grab the posdcast. My point in blogging them is that I like these questions. I don’t have a lot of people coming to me with ideas so I won’t share them with others much but I have a lot of ideas on my own. I come up with ideas every day and by-god I like most of my ideas. The problem I have is that I really haven’t found a way to distinguish an idea from an opportunity. Tom Byers, a Professor at Stanford University said in his recent podcast that an Opportunity is the intersection of a problem and an idea. In other words an idea that does not solve a problem, no matter how good of an idea it is, is not an opportunity.

I’m going to start using these 3 questions on all of my ideas. Some ideas by their very nature will fail the test but I’ll still pursue them anyhow. (Like my Blog Bling Plugins) Hopefully though, the next time I have an idea I’m sure will change the world, I’ll at least have a yardstick to measure against before I go annoy my friends with it. (Probably not, I enjoy annoying them too much.)

Until next time, I hope you get to feeling better.
(l)(k)(bunny)
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