Google Launches Referrals 2.0 to All AdSense Publishers

June 29, 2007 by · 9 Comments 

The AdSense team has announced the availability of the CPA referrals to all AdSense publishers. This launch greatly expands the inventory of products publishers can make money from.

I am quite excited really because I think promoting products on a CPA basis can be more profitable to publishers as compare to the existing CPC AdSense ads, provided that they know how to properly promote such products.

If you don’t see referrals 2.0 right away, check back in a few days, as the feature will gradually become available in all accounts over the next few weeks. It’s not yet available in my account at the moment.

Below are the highlights of referrals 2.0:

  • Expanded product inventory : While many of you have had success referring one of our Google products, some of you weren’t able to find a product that fit the context of your site. Referrals 2.0 offers products from thousands of AdWords advertisers, so you can find the right ads for your sites.

Submitted My 2006 Income Tax Form Via e-Filing

June 29, 2007 by · 9 Comments 

I’ve told myself not to wait until the very last minute before I file my B income tax form. Unfortunately that’s exactly what had happened. Well, I did the accounting stuff a week earlier but only submitted my income tax form today. Lucky for me, we have e-Filing to help me do this quickly over the Internet. This was my second time using this service.

While I’ve noticed some marked improvements in the service (it’s working for a start), there are a few things that they could have done to improve the service further.

Since e-Filing is only compatible with Internet Explorer 5.0 (IE) and above, I had to switch to IE for that purpose. By default, IE 7.0 that comes with Vista is actually more much secure than Firefox when it’s run on Vista because it’s running on a Protected Mode.

Google Quick Links: 28 Jun 2007

June 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Life at Google – The Microsoftie Perspective
An anonymous blogger posted an alleged email circulating on Microsoft-internal mailing lists. The post compares the working culture between Google and Microsoft. Recently, Google was voted as the best company to work with in the US according to the Fortune magazine and the writer probably didn’t like to the sounds of that. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet tracked down what looks to be the author of the email.


Inside the Google Pay Per Action Beta
Shawn Collins and Lisa Picarille interviewed Rob Kniaz, Google’s Product Manager about Google Pay Per Action beta, ad formats, and whether Google considers AdWords and AdSense to be affiliate marketing.


Why You Should Upgrade Your WordPress to Version 2.2.1

June 28, 2007 by · 6 Comments 

If you are running WordPress 2.2, it’s mandatory to upgrade to the latest version 2.2.1.

The WordPress community has identified and fixed several bugs and the result is a more stable and polished version 2.2.1.

However, the bugs fix would probably not the main reason why you should upgrade, the latest release also addresses several security issues that allows attacker to take full control of your blog. I’ve seen this happened to a blog recently.

The following vulnerabilities have been addressed in version 2.2.1


Remote SQL injection in XML-RPC
This only affects blogs running WordPress version 2.2 that allow registration or blogs that have registered members. This exploit relies on existing account to perform SQL injection. You can temporarily disable this vulnerability by disabling registration on your blog. To do so, go to Options > General and remove the check mark from “Anyone can register”.

Analyze Any Website Performance Right from Your Browser with SearchStatus

June 28, 2007 by · 5 Comments 

SearchStatus is a toolbar extension that adds a new functionality to your Firefox and Mozilla browsers in that it allows you to easily see how any site is performing.

Once installed, SearchStatus sits unobtrusively on your status bar. You can view any info about a website by left clicking on the extension to access its popup menu as shown below.




The performance information includes the site’s Alexa popularity ranking, Alexa incoming link, Alexa related links, and backward links from Google, Yahoo and MSN.




In addition, you can view the site’s Google PageRank, Google related links, and Google cache.




That’s not all; you can even view the site’s Whois information, Meta Tags, Keyword Density, robots.txt and so on.




SEO Quick Links: 27 Wednesday 2007

June 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Here are some of the interesting SEO topics I came across today.

  • SEO Tips: Increase Page Rank By Revitalizing Your Old Posts
    Lorelle VanFossen give out some tips to help you revitalise your old posts for your readers as well as to help your search engine page ranking.


  • The Enormous Linkbait list has compiled a nice roundup of linkbaiting resources. It’s a strategy used by webmasters to generate incoming links to a website or blog from other sites.


  • Turning Off Google Personalized Results
    If you are logged into any Google property (Gmail, AdWords, AdSense, Docs, etc.) while doing a Google search, your results may be personalized, without you really knowing it. Here’s how to turn this off.

AdSense Adds Rounded Corners

June 27, 2007 by · 6 Comments 

The AdSense team has introduced another way for AdSense publishers to customize their AdSense ads.

They have added the ability to choose the style of corners in an ad unit. This is achieved by adding a new line to the javascript.

If you are making extensive use of rounded corners on your blog or site, you can now apply the same styling on your AdSense units.

However it won’t be much of use if you do not use border, i.e your borders used the same colour as the background of the AdSense ads and your blog.

This is a square corner



Slightly rounded



Very rounded


How to Transfer Your Blog to a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog At Any Domain

June 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Big Pumpkin asks –

“I currently run a free wordpress blog but will have to get my own domain soon. This may be a silly question but since I am an IT dunggu, I have to ask it.

 When I get my own domain, can I import the wordpress templates etc into my own website? Because if I can’t, then no point blogging as I’d have NO IDEA how to design my own website.

Secondly, with own domain and wordpress templates, would I be able to qualify for Pay Per Post and other ad revenue companies? Because at my free wordpress blog currently, I can’t do any advertising”


The quick answer to the first question is no, you won’t be able to transfer your existing templates (or theme as it’s called in WordPress) without actually reinstalling it over the new domain. However you’ll be able to transfer all your posts, comments, custom fields and categories.

Search Engine Referral Analysis – Who Makes Me Money?

June 26, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

In case you’ve missed my previous article about Digg traffic vs Google traffic where I showed which one had produced the best click through rates for me, check it out here. In the post, I’ve explained how I tracked my AdSense clicks.

I thought I’ll do something a little different this time as a follow up. I am going to show you the organic search engine referrals that have landed on which made me the most money from AdSense.

The data was collected over a 56 day period from May 1st 2007 until Jun 25th 2007 using Google Analytics.

I’ve summarised the result graphically below


Who Is Sending Me Traffic?

It’s no surprise that Google have sent the most traffic to



Who Makes Me the Most Money From AdSense

Reader Poll: Do You Blog On The Weekends

June 26, 2007 by · 7 Comments 

I used to blog on the weekends but not anymore. However, if there’s an idle time, I usually end up posting something.

For some people, they always feel the need to post something and always thinking about the next post. They feel that they are letting people down if they don’t have any new posts up on their blog.

I used to feel that way too. However, when blogging burnout begins to creep in and I need to cut back a bit on something – not blogging on the weekends seem to do the trick. Once you’ve established a routine, your readers will know what to expect so it’s fine to take sometime out.

However, it doesn’t mean I don’t work on the weekends even when I take a break from blogging. That’s if I don’t go anywhere.

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