About a year ago I wrote about Google running a pilot involving some Malaysian AdSense publishers getting their AdSense payments via Western Union Quick Cash.
I was one of lucky Malaysian publishers to be selected for the pilot and I’ve been getting my AdSense payments via Western Union Quick Cash ever since.
Western Union Quick Cash is a payment option that lets you receive your AdSense payments in cash via the worldwide Western Union money transfer service.
The best thing about it is that – no more long clearing time, which is often over a month associated with checks deposit to cash out your AdSense payments. It’s also cheap – well it’s free for the pilot participants anyway. I am not sure whether a fee will be introduced when this payment method is out of pilot.
Running a blog can be fun. Then for whatever reason, you started creating another blog, and then another until the fun part begin to fade as the demand to delivery good content and finding time to maintain those blogs begin to take their tool.
I myself maintain several blogs in various niches ranging from Internet marketing (this blog), internet security, personal finance to funny video blogs.
Keeping my blogs up to date and interesting has been a continuous challenge. That’s without considering my other Internet ventures in affiliate marketing, software development, forums and so on. Sometimes I wish I have several “gamans” to help me out.
The “Edit This” link lets you go directly to WordPress’s Write Post editor where you can edit any post that has been published. It offers a more convenient way to edit your posts than having to login into your Dashboard and click Manage > Posts
The link is usually placed next to the date or post info and only visible when you are logged in as admin, editor, author, or anyone who has been granted with the ability to edit a post.
Some WordPress themes have this function built-in while for others, you would have to add it yourself. To do so, login to your Dashboard, and then go to Theme Editor under the Presentation tab.
Select your Single Post or Main Index Template file, then add the following code anywhere you want the “Edit This” link to appear. Done? You are ready to go.
I was browsing Alang’s blog at Blog Webmaster Malaysia when I came across a post about the highest income he had earned from AdSense in a day.
Alang was one of the few Malaysians who have been very successful with AdSense. He used to make between $3000 to $4000 from AdSense in 2005. The most he has made from AdSense in a day was $144.74. Unfortunately, he no longer earns as much these days.
As you can see from the screenshot below, the highest income I had made from AdSense in a day was $394.14. I guess I was lucky to get high paying ads in combination with some good traffic. These days I make anywhere from $500 to $800 from AdSense monthly, a far cry from what I was making in the past years.
Once in a while, I came across a blog post that proudly announces their blog or site is getting thousands of hits per month. Either they don’t know what hits mean or it’s like the bragging rights for those who don’t know better.
Hits shouldn’t exist in your vocabulary unless you are a server administrator. There are better metrics out there to gauge a site’s popularity and hits are irrelevant as far as the average site owners are concern.
So what’s a Hit?
A hit is generated when a file is requested and served on your website. The file can be anything from the ordinary HTML document, an image file, a video and so on. An HTML document with 10 image files on it will register 11 hits (1 HTML file + 10 image file) when the page is viewed by a visitor.
Some of you may recall that sometime in May 2007, I’ve made an announcement to invite interested bloggers to contribute related articles for some of my blogs.
In return, I’ve promised to pay the bloggers via an AdSense revenue sharing arrangement where they would keep 100% of the AdSense income generate by their own posts.
So far I have had several interested bloggers contacted me but only one decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, our discussion didn’t materialize and nobody took up the job offer in the end.
I’ve created two more new blogs and finding contributors becomes more of a priority now if I want to keep these blogs alive. In addition to the requirements I’ve stated in my earlier post. I’d also like to mention that
I don’t usually write about any AdSense ad that appears out of the ordinary which obviously is undergoing some testing.
However a few minutes ago I spotted an interesting AdSense format for the medium rectangle that appeared at Sabahan.com so I might just give it a mention.
Someone had actually spotted this ad format in early August and started a discussion thread at DigitalPoint.com.
As you can see below, besides the normal ad text, the unit also contains related words at the bottom. It looks a little cluttered but the novelty factor would probably help in increasing its click through rates.
Are you more likely to click on such AdSense unit?
Recently I asked my readers a question about topics they would like to read more in this blog. Each time when I run such survey, most would say they want to know how to attract traffic to their blog.
Talking about finding traffic, it’s such a coincident that a service called Blog Rush that help bloggers to do exactly that was launched recently.
I am sure many of you have seen this service mentioned around the blogosphere especially if you are a reader of any money making and blogging blogs. It was launched 3 days ago and has been generating quite a buzz when the big name bloggers put it in the spotlight.
Blog Rush has done very well at creating the hype which was instrumental in attracting droves of new members in just three days. Just check their Alexa stats below and see how it surpasses ProBlogger.net’s traffic in about two days.
A member at DigitalPoint Forums asks how much did other members earn from AdSense on their first day.
Most members reported they earn nothing, but a few earn a couple of dollars.
If you have a brand new website, it’s normal to earn nothing or a couple of bucks for a start.
My first day with Google AdSense was on Friday, September 12, 2003 where I earn $0.27. It wasn’t a full day. The real earning was made on the second day where it jumped to $37.73, then $32.51 the next day, and $45.04 the day after.
It was so easy to make money from AdSense because I had an existing high traffic website which allowed me to make money right away.
Unfortunately the good times ceased abruptly when Google changed their algorithm. This affected the site’s daily traffic and ultimately its income suffered.
I’ve been busy for the past few days planning and negotiating with the contractor on my parents’ house extension, which is probably evident from the patchy posting frequency you might have noticed for a couple of days.
Anyway, I’ll continue to update this blog as time permits.
I’d like to mention a few new features that have been added into several of Google’s applications these past few days.
Google Reader Search
If you are using Google Reader as your feed reader, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve just added search. This feature is one the main features I’ll look for in any feed reader.
Basically, you can search your feed right from the Google Reader interface. So, let’s say you recalled that I once wrote a tutorial about AdSense blend strategy. Without going to Sabahan.com, just enter the keyword into the search box and you’ll get what you are looking for.