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Google Reducing Blogs PageRank Doing Paid Reviews to 0

November 19, 2007 by · 30 Comments 

For the past few days, a couple of blogs that were laden with paid reviews have experienced a major setback when their PageRank were removed completely.

PayPerPost CEO has voiced his concern claiming that it’s part of some sort of attempt by Google to deny the competition. Google has so much power in that when they change something, the repercussion could put some other companies out of business.

Then again Google has the right to act on something that could affect their search engine rankings unnaturally, such as selling and buying links.

Obviously, Sabahan.com wasn’t spared for selling text link ads when my PR reduces from 5 to 3. If your main income comes from selling text link ads or writing paid reviews, there’s no better time to start looking into other money making opportunity.

New Advertising Units at Sabahan.com

November 16, 2007 by · 23 Comments 

As you may have noticed, I’ve started adding a couple of new advertising units on Sabahan.com. Obviously one that’s making a come back is Kontera.

I tried signing up with Nuffnang but stopped short of completing the form when I was asked for my IC number. May be I am used to giving out only basic personal information during any online sign up and when more is required, I’ll feel a little hesitant to proceed.

I once tried registering with one of the forums for one of the popular reality TV program at Astro.com.my but never did so when they asked for my handphone number, occupation, age, IC and every personal detail that you would prefer to keep private. And they made everything compulsory.

7 Reasons Why Newbies Fail to Make Money from AdWords

November 14, 2007 by · 22 Comments 

Those who have been using AdWords for sometime know that it takes some trial and error to achieve some level of success. Newbies may find their AdWords experience frustrating when they continue to get low CTRs, losing money.

Then, having their campaign slapped which results in a low quality score increases their minimum CPC bid to $5 or more. Often this could mark the end of their plan to make money with AdWords.

So they wonder if there’s a well guarded secret used by all the other affiliates who have been making tidy profit from AdWords. What did I do that was not right?

The good news is, (or bad news depending on how you see this), there’s no secret to crack. Everything comes down to trial and error and doing enough testing to find out what works and what doesn’t.

Will I Make More Money By Placing More Ads At Sabahan.com?

November 13, 2007 by · 27 Comments 

After reading an interesting post by Sha over at Shamoneymaker.com, it struck me that I’ve probably been leaving easy money on the table by not realising Sabahan.com full advertising potential.

What Sha did was calculate how much of the content are advertising space. The calculation was based on a method devised by Serverdome where they took screenshots of the visible portion of some of the top blogs and counted how much of that was paid space.

In the article, Sha asks “Does it mean that the more ads percentage has some correlation with the amount of profit can be gained from monetizing your blog?”

I believe so, but only until a certain point where it will start to get annoying for your readers. Instead of putting more money in your pocket, it’ll drive your visitors away. The level of tolerance as far as the readers are concern would be different from one blog to another of course.

Did You Encounter Any Problem When Trying to Leave A Comment Here?

November 12, 2007 by · 17 Comments 

Technical problem that is… I suspect this happens to everyone who’s trying to leave a comment here. When you tried to leave a comment, did you experience longer than normal delay before your comment appeared?

Or perhaps the post didn’t load properly after posting your comment and you had to manually refresh it.

This question is for those commentators who are pre-approved, and don’t go into moderation process.

Please leave your comment below and tell me if you encounter any problem. I suspect this might have to do with my server security setting which checks for any attempt to compromise the server security.

Note that if this is your first time leaving a comment here, it will be automatically go into moderation.

ShoeMoney Reveals How He Made $132,994.97 From AdSense In a Month

November 8, 2007 by · 44 Comments 

I couldn’t help but felt totally in awe while reading a post over at ShoeMoney.com where he answers several frequently asked questions about the AdSense Check in his Gallery that showed him holding one worth over $100K. Keep in mind that the check was for August 2005.

Sure, it’s a link bait post but a good one at that, so it’s worth linking to. If you are looking for a real life example of publishers making insane amount of money from AdSense, check this one out. Posting the picture again will continue to “resurrect” readers’ interest and certainly create an opportunity for him to promote his sites.

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I quote the FAQ in full below:

  1. What site was it for? What does the site do?
    The site is nextpimp. The name was kind of a joke at first… next-pimp like pimp out your nextel phone. It started as a wallpaper site for nextel phones which grew into ringtones and other stuff. All content is 100% user generated.

You Can Now Update Your AdSense ad Unit within Your AdSense Account

November 7, 2007 by · 8 Comments 

Google AdSense has started to roll out a new feature which allows publishers to save the settings of their ad units within their AdSense account.

So what so good about this you ask. Well with the ability to save your ad settings, you can now change the colours, channels or even the corner styles for your ad units directly in your account without the need to generate and pasting new code into your blog or site.

The only thing that you can’t change is the size of your ad units. To do so, you’ll have to generate new ad unit. You are also not allowed to delete ad units created, so as to prevent active ad units from being deleted accidentally. Ad units that have not generated impressions for 7 days will become inactive and will be hidden automatically so it’s good to remember that you must use newly generated code on a site that have some level of existing traffic.

Sabahan.com Final Contest Winner for Group 7

November 6, 2007 by · 10 Comments 

I’ve waited for over 3 weeks to see if there’s anybody else would send their contest entries, sadly nobody did. So as I wrote in my earlier post, this will be the last draw for the contest due to the lack of participation. The contest is now officially closed.

I guess it’s about time anyway as the contest iwas losing its momentum, a signal that the end is near. Up till today, it has attracted over 35 entries from various blogs including JohnChow.com. OK, I have to admit that I paid John US400 to give this contest a mention in his blog but that still counts as an entry :)

While the contest is running, I gave away 7 free domain names. One winner get the free-for-live WordPress hosting package. I’ve been making a living working online full time since 1999, and have no plan to quit anytime soon. So the winner is assured to enjoy his free hosting for a while as I continue to grow in the future or until something that’s totally out of my control dictates otherwise.

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