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Monday, November 11, 2019

How to Prevent Spammers Getting in to My Website?

I received so many unfiltered spams in Blogger this time. They're annoying in a way that you have to check your comments every now and then. It wasn't like this few years back.

When I first started, Blogger will send all the spam comments to the SPAM folder and I have to review and delete it manually. It was easy. Now, It seems that spammers are getting wiser and they can penetrate the algorithm of Blogger.

The spam comments are no longer going to the SPAM folder. They will stay at the legitimate Comment section. That's annoying, right? Google Still Helps Although the spammers are penetrating the codes that Google made, the big brother is still here to help.

I still receive an email from Blogger every time a comment is posted in my blog. This is a way for me to review the spam easily without going straight to my website.

If it looks illegitimate, I will go to the comment section of my website and delete them.
Email from "Emly Mia" seems a legitimate comment, but it's not.
Take a look at the spammer's comment that was sent legitimately from Blogger to me. The name of the sender seems legit, it's a real person's name and not a company or a weird code name.
An email from Blogger that seems legit comment, but it's just a spam.  Creating a lot of backlinks to other sites.
The body of the email seems fine. But, when you dig down to the body, it placed a lot of nonsense words and phrases. These are usually links to another websites. This time, the email will be into the bin, a confirmed spam. This is just one of the hundred spams that I receive. It comes in many forms but with the same purpose, to create a lot of backlinks. Deleting them is the only solution for now. Blogger or Wordpress? For SEO... I was thinking of migrating to Wordpress for my new branding. I've done it before on my other websites. There are advantages and disadvantages that I had encountered. Advantages 1. It's free. 2. More beautiful theme designs and can easily be customized. 3. More plugins 4. Upgradable to a dedicated paid hosting. A server for my website. Disadvantages 1. There are frequent upgrades for the Wordpress site and Plugins. Constant upgrades to look into. 2. Some plugins may make the website slow. 3. Search engine optimization for Google needs to be setup properly and manually. I really love both blogging platforms. But, one thing that I needed more in Blogger than in Wordpress is the free SEO since Blogger is owned by Google, the largest search engine in the world. It prioritizes my blog than others in my same level, next to the ones who buys Google Ads. If I move to Wordpress, it might affect the SEO if not set well. Having a new brand will make it harder to be noticed online without the help of the Big Bro. I will stick to this platform for now to regain my readers and eventually move to a dedicated web hosting once I gain traction. This is important in Online Presence Building (OPB). Although Blogger is free and SEO friendly, the plugins are limited unlike the platform. For now, it's still good. How to Prevent the Spammers to Prosper? Most spammers also have their own algorithm that can detect words on Blogger site. They will then attach their messages that seemed legit and with links to other sites, like parasites. With so many backlinks in it, will boost their SEO fast. Companies hire people or a firm to do their marketing. But the issue is that these guys go beyond the unethical way of marketing. They spam websites and create a lot of links for click baits, so readers will click on it. Companies will see this as a success, but in reality, it's not. To prevent these guys spamming the site, I may consider creating a new membership site, just like what I did in . Membership site has protected contents, which is difficult for the spammers to get into. They need to login and authenticate the membership. The drawback for this though is it will give me a poor rating on my SEO. I fear not for now, the plan is to build my Blogger site first and gain readers as many as I can and then eventually move to the membership site. This is my long term goal. But for now, I'll stick to my short term plan. Email: benalagnam at gmail (to prevent from spammers, change 'at' to @) Follow my Twitter: Ben Alagnam Facebook Page: Facebook profile: Ben Alagnam Report: Send wrong grammar, misspelled words, and others to my email.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Setting Up the Online Presence Building Platform for Foreign Skilled Workers

I know that you were getting used to seeing my blog posts about Singapore lifestyle and places, but there will be a huge makeover for this website.

I'll explain...

After moving to Canada, from Singapore, as a permanent resident. It's hard for me to share more stories about Singapore, so I decided to focus on another niche.

I'm not sure on what topic that I have to keep. The reason is that I have more than 5 blogs. A shortlist will be helpful.

I shortlisted three of my blog sites to choose from.  I will choose on where the crowd and the right audience is.  These are,, and
"Focus on One Thing at a Time!"
I work during the day and have kids to play after. It is not easy to manage time, given the circumstances. But I also need to satisfy my joy and love of sharing my experience to people.

I have many ideas that I can share with and yet so little time. So, the best move now is to focus on one thing at a time. Productivity and efficiency is the goal. 

Focusing on one thing doesn't mean I have to scrap the others. The other sites will remain as is and I will just share something there from time to time.

What website to focus on?
Alright, I funnelled my sites to three, as mentioned above. They have different niche and goals.  Both Me Moving to Canada are niche sites that caters audiences in Canada and people outside of the country that are willing to go in...that's it!

If I choose this site to teach people about online presence, it doesn't make sense if my goal is to reach thousands or millions of people around the world.

Although it has a readership of thousands per month all over the world, it only caters to person who is interested about immigration and Canada. So, this will be off my list.

Meaning, both and websites are now excluded from my shortlist. But, of course, I still have to nurture the audience there once in a while. Sort of an investment.

I'm left with Is this right for my goal?

"If Your Goal is to Teach and Help People, They will Find You!"

My goal is to teach my audience, who are interested in online presence, on how to use their skills to help people, be recognized, and be known in the internet 'online'. website has existing readers who are skilled and wanted to work in Singapore.  They come from different countries. Compared to their status back home, it is apparent that the salary grade is better.

Most of my audiences leave their family behind to give them a better future, financially.

Being away from loved ones is unhealthy. It is mostly the case of working far away from the spouse and children.  This may lead to broken relationship and separation anxiety for kids.

I don't have the study to support it, but I had met overseas foreign worker couples who are not doing well with relationships.

"Family First, Success Will Follow"

This is what I will focus in this sector of my audiences.  I want to help them use their skills to be present online, earn a living and eventually reunite with their kids and spouses.  If I can help at least 80% of my audiences, I can consider this move a success. I call this niche as OPB.

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Me and my son pretending as if we're in the game. The days after Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals 2019. Photo taken at Scotia Bank Arena.

What is OPB?
Our goal here is to reach not only to foreign workers, but also to skilled person around the world. I will let them aware that they can use their skills, be present online, and earn money at the side.

We are humans. We have skills in our own trade. There is a void space between skills and being recognized online. This is where I get in.

Maybe you are doubtably smiling now, thinking that I won't make it. It's true, there's a huge possibility that I won't make it. But if I'm able to help at least one of my followers' online presence, I will be the happiest man on Earth.

"Many will see, some will get in touch, few will believe."

Here is a statement taken from my post inside my Facebook Page.
We have a world population of billions now. I want to tap even the 0.0001% of it and teach them how to setup their online presence to still be relevant in the next 5 years or so. 
I am aware that some people won’t like me; the way I speak, my words, my face, physique, and my presence. IT’S OK!!! I can’t please everybody. 
As long as I get a little percentage of audiences who are pumped and inspired to create things using their existing skills, then I’m Good!
You see, being online should not be taken personally. People, specially some of our friends, will surely let us down. They will show encouragement in front of you, but deep inside is doubt.  A kind of behaviour that we should be aware of.

To start with, I will call this Online Presence Building (OPB) and the people doing it are O'Builders

Although I had built hundreds of followers online from different niches, for now I will start from the bottom bringing with me the online experience that I gained over the years. 
Where can people get in touch with me?
Before I start teaching you guys about OPB, I want to make sure that I got a nice website that you can visit and pointing you to the right direction.

I will use the domain name as what I explained.  Majority of the post will always be about OPB's and little for Singapore and Canada. 

Follow me on this journey and ask questions along the way.

Email: benalagnam at gmail (to prevent from spammers, change 'at' to @)
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Health Issues and Options for Overseas Foreign Workers in Singapore

From the streets of Jurong West 64 to the Pioneer Rd North, down to Boon Lay Way up to Jurong Point Mall, that was my route while walking to get out of sadness.

I did it almost everyday, for a year. My body weight dropped from 190lbs to ideal. My body structure was at the right statistics, but my mind was unhealthy.

That’s right, I felt lonely and sad for the two reasons, which I wanted to share in this post.

As an overseas foreign worker in Singapore, I know how it feels to be in this situation. Wherever we are in this planet, we feel the same way. Specially if we left our family behind in our country.

The scene of me hugging my 9 and 3 year-old son was dwelling on my mind while walking the kilometres. My wife, which I dearly missed, was always in my heart, longing for her physical care.

I miss them a lot!

Effects of Constant Stress 
Although I have those friends who invited me for DOTA, a computer game where players fight each other through medieval themed creatures, I still have issues sleeping after the game.

When going home after a good game, I prepare to sleep by looking at the ceiling for several hours until I shut my eyes at 3am. The daily routine and habit irritated my stomach, literally.

I started to feel a pain in my stomach regardless of when I'm hungry and full.

As soon as I swallow the food, I can feel it rubbing my esophagus and down to my stomach. Pain starts to trigger my nerves, giving me a head start to curl my body because of the unbearable pain. 

The Doctor said that my gallbladder releases significant amount of bile, which goes back to my stomach lining, thus irritating it. “Are you stressed?”, he calmly asked. He said that this kind of symptoms occur if so much production of bile is found in the stomach lining, is when you’re stressed.

Why Am I Stressed Out?
Then I realized that I was so stressed for years due to the constant anxiety regarding my permanent residence application to Canada and eagerness to be reunited with my family in the Philippines.

The constant communication through social media and Skype was not enough to pacify my sadness. I was given prescriptions from the doctor and even consulted with the Chinese herbal doctors in Jurong.

The medicines helped me for a while but my gastritis was getting worse. The constant checking of the flights to Philippines and looking at the reminders from the airline email notifications became my daily habit.

I was so eager to go back to Philippines. If only I could go back once a week, I will. I thought of starting a business there however it takes me, just to be physically present with my family. I was about to give up my perfect job in Singapore. My wife may have gone deaf by my constant rants and complaining about my lonely lifestyle.

The Great News!
This is who I am! I’m one of the persons who treat family as comfort regardless of location. I believe that most of us do. Without them, I will be weak and feeling worthless and sad.

I’ll be constantly anxious if my boss in Singapore plans a trip for me to visit our customers in Southeast Asia countries. For others, it’s a perfect assignment, for me, it’s another days of loneliness. 

One day, the pain that I’m going through was diminished by a one single email. I was at the airport, waiting to board my flight to Philippines, when I saw the email. It came from the office of the Canadian Embassy. It stated that our Canada Permanent Residence application were approved.

They requested to submit our passports for Visa stamping. It seemed that the whole world, for me, is rejoicing. After all the hardships, loneliness, anxiety, and etc.., will finally put to end. I can now hug my sons and wife everyday.

That was four years ago and seems like yesterday. Looking back at the memories make me grateful of what we have today. We know that working and living away from our loved ones is sad. Still, we do it for so many different reasons.

I get it! But, do we need to stay in that situation for a long time?

Other Options 
I was so glad that I applied for a permanent residency in Canada. If it’s not for this country, I will never be with my family and have the same lifestyle in a first world country.

While you are young and capable of doing other things than sacrificing the joy with your loved ones, start finding ways on how to be with them. There are other countries that offers residential stability.

Grab the opportunity! It’s time to change things to the better.

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