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Champion scores a narrow and controversial (what else?) decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in their third matchup.
Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel MarquezManny Pacquiao, right, landed some sharp punches, but the crowd booed roundly when it was announced he had defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision Saturday in Las Vegas. (Harry How / Getty Images / November 12, 2011)
November 12, 2011, 11:23 p.m.

From Las Vegas — It was a night when boxing hero Manny Pacquiaodecided to pick on somebody his own size.Bad idea.

In fact, most in the sold-out crowd of 16,368, as well as quite a few on press row, thought he had lost.

PHOTOS: Pacquiao vs. Marquez

Pacquiao took a majority decision, but seldom in boxing history has a fight this big ended with this much doubt and controversy.

The gutsy, effective opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, who was given little chance and was sent off as anywhere from a 7-1 to 9-1 underdog, left the ring to raucous cheers, as he waved a huge sombrero.

It was a good 15 minutes after the fight ended before the crowd stopped booing and hissing.

To many, the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world was outboxed by Marquez, at 38 his senior by six years. Marquez not only stayed with Pacquiao in a heated pace for all 12 rounds, but he seemed to get the best of whatever flurries the two managed in their nonstop jiggling and dancing and feinting.

Seldom before in boxing has there been a scene where a highly popular champion gets booed loudly and raucously during his post-match interview. Nobody could hear a word of what he said, and nobody seemed to care. They had seen what they had seen.

Nacho Beristain, Marquez’s manager, called it “a robbery of the utmost.”

It was a night in which the last thing you wanted to be was a judge. The three who will take tons of heat on this one were Robert Hoyle, Dave Moretti and Glenn Trowbridge. Hoyle had it 114-114, Moretti 115-113 and Trowbridge 116-112, both for Pacquiao.

And so ended the controversial trilogy between the two. In 2004, Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times in the first round and Marquez came firing back to get a draw. That’s the last semi-blemish on Pacquiao’s record. In that one, a much-forgotten element was that one of the judges scored the three-knockdown round 10-7 for Pacquiao, rather than the almost automatic 10-6. That one point would have erased much of the talk about this matchup.

In the next fight, in 2008, Pacquiao won a split decision by one point.

That was controversial too, but nothing near what this one may turn out to be.

The usual chat about the integrity of boxing will now begin in full volume. So much was at stake. Had Pacquiao lost, the pot of gold at the end of boxing’s rainbow, the Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. matchup, would have gone away, at least for the moment. Pacquiao would have, most likely, invoked a rematch clause with Marquez that was in the contract.

Now, even after winning, Pacquiao’s side is talking about it. They can call it Trilogy Plus One, or something like that.

“I’m bound and determined to find a definitive winner from these two,” said Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum. “If we can get both fighters to agree, we’ll put it on May 5.”

Arum said he asked Pacquiao if he won, and Pacquiao said, “Yes, it was clear. I blocked a lot of his punches.. If he wants a rematch, he’ll get it.”

So, once again, it appears that Pacquiao-Mayweather will be put on hold. And, because since Mayweather dominated Marquez in their 2009 fight, the attraction for that mega-fight may have modified a bit.

A subdued Marquez, who went all the way to the Philippines to entice Pacquiao into giving him this third fight and wore a T-shirt that claimed he had won the first two fights, was beyond disappointed all the way to dumbfounded this time.

“I was robbed,” he said. “It happened again. I don’t think there is much more I can do in the ring.”

This was stunning to all who had become used to Pacquiao dominating and destroying bigger opponents, the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.

In each case, Pacquiao’s speed and footwork wore the other down. This time, Pacquiao’s speed and footwork were in place, but Marquez stayed right with him. The expectation was that Marquez would tire by the middle rounds. Instead, he kept connecting and, in the minds of most, winning more rounds than losing.

Lost in the fire and brimstone of this controversial classic was the victory in the semi-main event by Palm Springs’ Tim Bradley. He remained undefeated by beating a 40-year-old, grabbing and holding Joel Casamayor. It was to be Bradley’s audition for a shot at Pacquiao, were the Mayweather match to fall apart again.

But now, obviously, there will be more pressing matters in the Manny Pacquiao camp.

PHOTOS: Pacquiao vs. Marquez


How to Get More Traffic

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

As soon as a blogger publishes their first post, their first question is: Where’s all my traffic? Everyone assumes they’re the only one seeking attention, when in truth nearly everyone is. It takes time to build an audience and no one gets much traffic without putting in the effort.

1.Update your About Page. One of the first things visitors to your site will want to know is something about who you are. If you don’t update your About page to include a short bio, and they find a generic page instead, they’ll be disappointed. But if you briefly explain (two paragraphs is plenty) what the blog is about, and who you are, they’ll be more likely to come back.
2.Turn on Publicize. You can easily set up your blog to automatically share new posts out to your Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo or LinkedIn accounts. This increases your reach every time you publish a post.
3.Turn on Sharing. With a few clicks, you can make it so any visitor can share a link to your post out to their social networks, their blog, or through email.
4.Let readers subscribe by email. Email is often forgotten as a source of traffic. If you turn on the Subscriptions widget, people can choose to get notified of new posts on your blog, automatically, via email. It’s a great way to keep them connected to your blog without any extra work for you, or for them.
5.Post regularly. Pick a schedule that works for you – once a day, once a week, once every two weeks, and stick to it. Mention that frequency in your About page, and put reminders on your personal calendar. It’s only when people can expect regular posts that they’ll be compelled to come back to see what you’ve written next. If you need ideas for posts, read and subscribe to DailyPost, where we give topic ideas and blogging advice every day. You can also use PressThis to quickly generate new posts while you are browsing the web.
6.Write Well. It’s often unsaid, but better posts get more traffic. There’s no sense in posting every day, if every post is boring or poorly written. It takes time to develop interesting ideas, and to edit posts to be concise and typo free. If people find a careless writer at work, they won’t be back. What good is more traffic if the content they see isn’t good enough for them to choose to return?
7.Pick good titles. Blog post titles are like newspaper headlines. They need to be short and interesting to get people to want to see what’s inside. It takes some thinking to get a title down to a short sentence, but it’s time well spent. On Facebook and Twitter, all people will often see is the title and your link.
8.Link to bloggers like you. When you link to another blog, they’ll typically get notified (via a pingback) that someone has mentioned them. This will encourage them to visit your blog and, if they like what they find, link to you as well in their posts. But do it sparingly; too many links and we call it SPAM. If you find a post you like, excerpt a paragraph and link to the rest. Also check out Freshly Pressed and our Global Tags to find blogs with similar interests, and subscribe to their blog. You can use tags in your own posts so your work will surface there as well.
9.Comment on other blogs like yours. Every comment is an opportunity to show how well you write and think. When people read a great comment, they’ll see your name, and the link to your blog, encouraging them to see what else you have to say. Identify good blogs on topics similar to your own, read and contribute sincerely.
10.Respond to every comment you get. When people comment on your blog, they’ve invested a lot of their time. Reward them by answering questions and taking their feedback, and they’ll come back again.
11.Take requests. Write a post requesting your readers (or your friends) to suggest topics to write about. Reach out to Facebook, twitter, or friends, for suggestions. Then let them know you’ve written about what they asked for. It’s a great way to make sure everything you write will have at least one reader.
12.Pay for traffic. Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.05 per visit. If you’ve just published a great post and you really want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get started. Companies looking for broader distribution, including getting content seen by journalists, should try services like PR Newswire.

Often you’ll hear about get traffic fast schemes, but we don’t believe in those sorts of things. There’s not much magic or secrets necessary. The advice above, used thoughtfully, is more than sufficient to increase visitors to your blog.

Have other suggestions for what we can do to help you build traffic? Let us know.

How To Enable Facebook Timeline

Posted: October 27, 2011 in The Blogs

  Facebook announced Timeline, a crazy (and kind of creepy) omnibus look at everything that has ever happened in your Facebook lifespan. It’s like a story book of your life — or at least the online, documented parts.

Facebook said that Timeline would be on the way for everyone sometime in the coming weeks… which is great and all, for everyone else. You’re the type of person who reads TechCrunch, and are thus likely the type of person who likes their new and shiny things right now.

That’s okay. We can make it happen.

Fortunately, enabling Timeline a bit early isn’t too difficult — but it’s not at all straight forward, either.

You see, Facebook is enabling Timeline early for open graph developers. You, too, can be an open graph developer — even if you’re just looking to dabble.

A few things to note:
– You probably don’t want to do this unless you’re actually a developer. Expect bugs.
– Only you will see your timeline at first (unless you decide otherwise), but it will automatically go public after a few days. My timeline was automatically hard-set to go public on September 29th.
– It seems that if you login into Facebook on another machine, Timeline gets disabled automatically on all of your machines. With that said, it seems you can get back to your timeline (but ONLY after following the steps below) by navigating to
– You’ll need to have a “verified” account for one of the steps, which means you need a credit card or phone number attached to the account.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Log into Facebook

2. Enable developer mode, if you haven’t already. To do this, type “developer” into the Facebook search box, click the first result (it should be an app made by Facebook with a few hundred thousand users), and add the app.

3. Jump into the developer app (if Facebook doesn’t put you there automatically, it should be in your left-hand tool bar)

4. Create a new app (don’t worry — you wont actually be submitting this for anyone else to see/use). Give your shiny new app any display name and namespace you see fit. Read through and agree to the Platform Privacy agreement. This is the step you need to be verified for.

5. Ensure you’re in your new app’s main settings screen. You should see your app’s name near the top of the page

6. Look for the “Open Graph” header, and click the “Get Started using open graph” link.

Create a test action for your app, like “read” a “book”, or “eat” a “sandwich”

7. This should drop you into an action type configuration page. Change a few of the default settings (I changed the past tense of “read” to “redd” — again, only you can see this unless you try and submit your application to the public directory), and click through all three pages of settings

8. Wait 2-3 minutes

9. Go back to your Facebook homescreen. An invite to try Timeline should be waiting at the top of the page

And you’re done! We’ve seen this work quite a few times now, so it should work without a hitch for just about anyone.

Central Australia – a call to erase stamp duty on all transactions on properties (land, business, home) was reechoed by the the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) to the government of Australia. Ms. Amanda Lynch, the REIA chief executive, exclaimed at the national Tax Forum that the current cost of stamp duty caused housing, land and property ownership is crippling most first home buyers and seems to be totally expensive for property investors.

Today, The stamp duty’s cost across Australia are ceiling high, varying from four percent to six percent of the total price of an average house – literally means that it is really not appropriate for the budget of average Australians. More to that, the existence of high property prices together with the high cost of home loans are also additional burden to the average home buyers and property investors.

REIA chief executive Amanda Lynch had factual figures stating that incentives alloted for first home buyers lack uniformity averaging from zero stamp duty concessions in Tasmania to concessions which are only available for new homes that values up to $600,00 in New South Wales. In other part of Australia, there is also a $250,000 limit on stamp duty concessions in South Australia.

The REIA chief executive also pinpointed that the stamp duty  is a huge barrier for Australians who want to avail affordable homes and first home buyers. “Stamp duty is a huge blunder to labor mobility. It has a tremendous effect against those who want to downsize, people who are in a tight budget and even those who move to where their jobs are, most likely the elderly and family starters,” added by the REIA chief executive.

In the latest Deposit Power Housing Affordability Report of REIA, evidence that measures need to be suitably written to aid first home buyers is strongly highlighted. The Deposit Power Housing Affordability Report exhibited a great decline in housing affordability over the past twelve months and also the number of first home buyers in the market, from 30 percent in 2009 to 15 in percentage at present.

“The REIA connotes more efficient revenue sources as replacement of inefficient and expensive property taxes. We all support a multiple review of the alternative solution,” noted by REIA chief executive.

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Posted: October 27, 2011 in Our Team

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