It’s normal for things to be a little slow after the holiday, after all everybody is still in the holiday mood. Unfortunately, most people came back to also find that their Internet connection crawling like a snail.
You may have read about this but if you haven’t the reason for the slow Internet connection is due to the earthquake that struck off the southern coast of Taiwan which damaged the submarine cable.
TMNet has issued a statement which I quote in full below
We wish to inform our customers that the Internet service is currently experiencing a degradation in performance caused by several outages at some of the international links. This is attributed to the Richter 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck off the southern coast of Taiwan at 12.07 a.m. on 27th December 2006, which caused the APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) submarine cable fault between Shantou, China and Tanshui, Taiwan and between Lantau, Hong Kong and Chongming, China.
It’s time of the year again. Just want to wish my Christian readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2007.
I’ll take a break from blogging for a couple of days and will be back soon. However, I’ll probably post something short if I could find the time during this period.
Anyway, happy holiday everyone!
I just got my email newsletter from Perry Marshall, the writer of one of the most popular Google AdWords guide.
In this newsletter, Perry answers one of the most asked questions by Internet marketers, should I use long or short copy?
I find the case point using Ebay is an interesting one as it gives some indication of how the number of bid is influenced by the length of your copy or sales letter.
Anyway, below is an extract of the email newsletter for your reference:
I appreciate your articles on the value of long copy. I’ve written long
copy that generated $30 million in purchase orders from one ad that
ran once in a magazine.
However, if I am to believe Jakob Nielsen, people don’t read long copy
on the Internet. They may download it (as I do) and read the printed
page. I wonder if you or any of your guests would address this issue.
Yea I know that’s not much to some people but imagine that in about 6 months, I managed to create another online revenue stream just by placing simple codes on my less than one year old blogs.
If thing continues to grow as it is, my TLA’s December income will surpass the RM1000 mark.
What I like about Text Link Ads (TLA) is that it’s low maintenance and doesn’t interrupt the user’s experience while still offers the opportunity for interest sponsors to advertise on my blogs.
If you’ve been itching to know, here’s what I’ve been making from TLA for the past six months.
As you notice from the screenshot above, my income has been increasing slowly month after month as my blogs grow.
So how did I do it?
I stumbled upon this list from somewhere. Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me how some companies fail to realise the reason why they don’t get many business is because their domain name is scaring away their potential customers.
When selecting a domain name, pay attention to how words could mean something else when they are stringed together. But by looking at the bright side of things though, there’s a chance that you would get free publicity from sites/blogs like Sabahan.com LOL
Check this out:
1. A site called ‘Who Represents‘ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is www.whorepresents.com
2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at www.expertsexchange.com
3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at www.penisland.net
4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at www.therapistfinder.com
You may have read about this somewhere, but in case you haven’t, I thought I give it a quick mention in this blog.
It’s official now that Google do not allow images next to AdSense ads. They do not allow you to line up the ads with thumbnails next to them as this can be misleading even though you are using stock photos collection which may be unrelated to the ads.
But apparently, if you are using full border around your ads or change your ad color you may be able to get around this restriction. Or is it really?
According to Google
Does this mean I can’t place ads on pages with images?
According to Jeremy Palmer one of the Internet’s top affiliate marketers, MSN AdCenter has been outperforming Google AdWords and Yahoo! Search Marketing.
In 2006 Microsoft released their highly anticipated search advertising platform MSN AdCenter. Many website owners and search marketers have quickly realized how valuable MSN traffic can be.
This year MSN AdCenter has provided superior results for all of my marketing campaigns. In fact, my MSN Adcenter ROI is outperforming Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing by a large margin.
One key advantage of MSN AdCenter is that it there is less competition than Google and Yahoo. This gives your ad more visibility on the page and lowers your click costs.
MSN attracts a large consumer audience that frequently shop online, which helps you get your message in front of the right people at the right time.
That’s right; you were name Time Magazine “Person of the Year” for 2006.
You beat out candidates including Iran’ President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, China’s President Hu Jintao, North Korean leadere Kim Jong-il and the former U.S Secretary of State James Baker.
Time has been naming its person of the year since 1927 and the tradition has become the source of speculation every year, as well as controversy over unpopular choices such as Adolf Hitler in 1938 and Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.
The aim is to pick “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse.”
So why you?
Because of your contribution in the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.
Google Apps for your Domain is a service from Google that lets you offer private-labeled email, IM and calendar account to all of your users.
Actually this service was useless if you do not already own a domain name. But you can now subscribe to Google Apps without owning one or without the need to purchase a domain name from other registrars.
In a partnership with GoDaddy.com and eNom, Google is offering domain registration for $10 a year to accompany Google Apps when you sign up.
Currently they handle .com, .net, biz and .info registrations.
Some people claim that you can buy domains cheaper than $10 per year elsewhere. While that’s true, Google gives you an option to use private domain registration for free. GoDaddy.com for example will charge you $8.99 extra for such service.
Update: You can buy a domain from 1and1.com including Privacy for $5.99
Here’s a story I came across today which you might be interested:
I was talking with a friend the other day about that perennial subject of conversation in the Valley, Google. And finally she gave me the clue that made the whole place make sense. “It’s about infantilizing people,” she explained. “Give them free food, do their laundry, let them sit on bouncy brightly-colored balls. Do everything so that they never have to grow up and learn how to live life on their own.”
Seriously, why would someone complains if you have too much fun while working and still get the job done?