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Facebook guilty of breaching Belgium’s privacy laws or not?

FacebookA court in Brussels has found the social media site Facebook guilty of breaching Belgium’s privacy laws. The Privacy Commission had taken Facebook to court. The judge agreed with the Privacy Commission’s view that Facebook had flouted our country’s privacy legislation.

The social media sites follows its users activities by means of so-called “social-plug ins”, “cookies” and “pixels”. These are forms of digital technology that can follow your behaviour when you go online.

For example "Cookies" are small files that are attached to your internet browser when you go online and visit a particular site. They are used to collect information about the kind of things you like to read or look at while surfing the web.

Facebook uses the data both for its own ends, but also to help advertisers send tailor made advertising. In so doing it also uses certain cookies to follow people that don’t even have a Facebook profile.

The court ruled that it is unclear what information is been collected and what it uses the information for.

Facebook has been order to stop the practice straight away and to delete any data that it has obtained by means contrary to Belgian privacy legislation. If it fails to comply it will face a penalty payment of 250,000 euro/day.

Meanwhile Facebook has said that it is to appeal against the verdict.

“We are disappointed with today’s verdict. Over the past few years we have worked hard to help people understand how we use cookies to show relevant content and to make Facebook secure.

We have set up teams of people, from engineers to designers that are dedicated to protecting users’ privacy. We have also developed aids that give people choices and control."

Anyways, on the 25 of may, a new European privacy legislation will be introduced to better protect the digital data of private individuals.

What will happen then ? I'm curious about too ?

Feel free to leave comment below.


Luc Dermul


Luc Dermul

CEO COMLife - Circles of Online Marketers.


You Need To Master Affiliate Marketing In 2018!

According to Forbes; one of the marketing channels you should use is affiliate marketing.

This is good news for us affiliate marketers 🙂

Businesses work with other websites or affiliates. Basically, what they do is have others place ads for their business in exchange for a percentage of the profit they make (when a person makes a sale through your ad).

And the more websites or affiliates they have, the more exposure their business will get which is something they should always aim for.

Better yet, affiliate marketing can leave the door open for their business to begin generating passive or residual income.

Affiliate marketing is a popular choice for marketers and content creators alike, and part of the reason for its success is that it can establish a middle ground that suits both parties. Members of the affiliate program receive a little extra revenue and the company behind it benefits from the additional exposure.

The affiliate marketing industry is expected to grow to $6.8 billion over the next five years...

Be part of this industry by learning the ropes of affiliate marketing with us.

Join Circles of Online Marketers and become a successful marketer online.



Luc Dermul

CEO COMLife - Circles of Online marketers

A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year From The Circles of Online Marketers Team!

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Can You Really Make Money with Affiliate Marketing?

Can you make money with affiliate marketing? The short answer is yes, affiliate programs can earn a extra money and even a full-time income from home. The long answer is a little more complicated. Like any home income venture, success comes not so much from what you choose to do to make money, but whether or not you do what needs to be done correctly and consistently.

Affiliate marketing is an ideal home business because it doesn't require much money to get started, and you don't have produce, stock or ship product inventory, or deliver a service.

You're essentially paid for referring new clients and customers to other businesses.

The problem with affiliate marketing, like many other home business options, are the so-called gurus and get-rich-quick programs that suggest affiliate marketing can be done fast and with little effort. Odds are you've read claims of affiliate marketing programs that say you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month doing almost nothing. Or, they suggest you can set up your affiliate site, and then forget it, except to check your bank deposits.

The reality in affiliate marketing is much the same reality in other work-at-home ventures; there are a few who are filthy rich, a good number who are successful enough to meet their goals, and a ton who aren't making anything. So, the question isn't really whether or not affiliate marketing is a viable income option (it is), but whether or not you can make affiliate marketing work for you.

Only you can decide that.

But to help, we offer you a step by step plan to be a successful affiliate marketer at Circles of Online Marketers.




Luc Dermul

CEO COMLife - Circles of Online Marketers

Is Affiliate Marketing dead?

Affiliate marketing is not dead at all!

It is just changing and the trend today is a lot different when it was first conceptualized. Newer trends are more restricted and affiliates are now refrained from practicing link-spamming while banner displays are reduced. To me, this sounds like a good thing!

Google’s algorithm is also strict about contents as well as SEO practices and websites who fail to comply with the standards are shifted to the last part of the search results page. Banner ads are restricted simply because they are not compatible with mobile phones these days. The sizes of the images used alone are not as effective as they used to. Today banners are replaced with text links that you can find between blogs you read.

To me, it sounds like affiliate spamming is dead and that affiliate marketing is very much alive.

Want to learn the ropes of affiliate marketing? Then Circles of Online Marketers is the place to be for you.









Luc Dermul

CEO COMLife - Circles of Online Marketers

Should I have a Facebook group or not for my business?

facebook groupIf you are looking for new ways to network then using a Facebook group is another way to build your business.

Havin a Facebook group offers a proven way to form lasting, productive connections that generate leads.

Facebook groups are a great way to build community and demonstrate your authority in real time.

In fact, there are over a billion groups on Facebook.

So should you create a group of your own?

I think so.

It will take about 5 minutes, and could add another layer of engagement to your business.

Facebook is supposed to keep you connected with the people who are important to you. The News Feed isn't great at it, though.

Facebook will never show you everything. In fact, you may only see a small fraction of the posts that people share. You might see everything from one or two friends, but you're bound to miss some stuff.

Groups don't work this way. The order of posts tends to be based on activity, but if you scroll enough, you'll see everything. Nothing is hidden unless someone blocks you.

By posting within a group, anyone who goes to that group page will see all posts from everyone. In general, groups allow you better control over sharing just with the people you want to interact with, rather than the ones Facebook thinks you should interact with.

To build a solid reputation and real relationships, your goal should not be to sell or promote, but to be helpful. Focus on being of service by asking and answering questions and engaging with other group members.

In the long run these activities result in relationships and connections that turn into sales, referrals and partnerships for your business.

Feel free to join Circles of Online Marketers Facebook group. I recently opened a new group for those that are interested in affiliate marketing.










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Pinterest allows back affiliate links!

pinterestMany users made money from Pinterest by posting pins of products with affiliate tags and links to websites where their followers could click through to purchase the items. The pinner would receive a cut of the sale.

Pinterest began removing affiliate links, redirects, and trackers in february 2015.

They were removing affiliate links to ensure the best possible experience for Pinners. They observed that affiliate links and redirects caused irrelevant Pins in feeds, broken links and other spammy behavior. Hence the removal “to keep up the high bar of relevancy and quality Pinners expect from Pinterest."

Pinterest allows back affiliate links!

People come to Pinterest looking for new ideas to try, and the very best ideas come from businesses like yours. We understand that businesses and bloggers need a sustainable way to keep making great content. That’s why we’ve decided to allow affiliate links on Pinterest.(read the full article here)

The new decision is based on improved spam tracking technology that can help ensure that the affiliate experience does not detract from a solid engagement experience. Plus, Pinterest wants to encourage said engagement, ensuring that active users get rewarded. After all, removing this capability was a demotivator for active participants of the network.

The restoration of affiliate links in Pins means one good thing: more participation on the network as it will provide additional revenue sources to community members who have previously found a solid return on their investment. The more engagement, the more appealing the network is to just about everyone who comes into contact with it.