Not that you can’t withdraw before this but the steps usually make your head spin. Some enterprising Internet marketers even took advantage of the complicated steps by selling ebooks telling people how to do it.
Anyway, Wayne Liew emailed me to give a heads-up about a new feature recently introduced by PayPal. Wayne’s post refers to the original post by Sweet Surrender about PayPal is allowing money withdrawal to credit and debit card.
I usually don’t much pay attention to such news before. While I spent thousands of Ringgit monthly via PayPal, I’ve never really used it to accept payments.
Some of you may recall that I promoted MaxBounty at some of my websites. My main gripe about this program is that it automatically converts my commission checks into Ringgit and there’s no way avoiding this. While this means shorter clearing time, I prefer getting paid in US dollars and put up with with the long clearing time.
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.
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.
For some site owners, getting a high Alexa traffic rank is more of an ego boost than a true reflection of their sites popularity. Others are trying to game Alexa so that they can command higher prices for their ad inventory among other things.
The recently released official Alexa toolbar for Firefox seems to re-ignite the obsession some people have over their Alexa ranking. I’ve seen several bloggers recommending tools and methods to game Alexa ranking.
Trying to cheat their Alexa ranks may be fun to some people but it degrades the value of the entire system and affects Alexa’s reputation negatively as it becomes less reliable as a traffic measurement metric. While I am aware that Alexa has its limitations, it’s essentially offering valuable service to webmasters and advertisers alike. Besides Google PageRank, I don’t know of any other universally accessible metrics for anyone when evaluating a site’s worth.
Here’s another reason to love Google. Following their acquisition of Feedburner, Google has made two of their paid service free for everyone.
One of the services is FeedBurner Stats Pro. This is a feed analytics tool that gives you a more details look at your readers such as the number of people who have viewed or clicked individual content items in your feed and “Reach,” which estimates the daily number of subscribers who interacted with your feed content.
To turn this on, log into your account and go to the Analyze tab anc click on the FeedBurner Stats PRO link under services. Then click the “Item Views” checkbox to activate these PRO features.
MyBrand is another service which is now free for everyone. It allows you to match you feed address to your domain name. So instead of using feeds.feedburner.com/sabahancom, I can now use feeds.sabahan.com/feed
Do you know that you can get an immediate discount each time you buy a domain from GoDaddy.com? There’s really no need for you to pay the advertised prices.
To get a discount, all you have to do is search using the phrase “godaddy coupons” at Google.
The search will return a list of websites containing GoDaddy coupon codes which you can use immediate in your purchase.
If you don’t fancy spending your time sifting through the search results, the DigitalPoint forum is a good place to start your bargain hunting. I’ve found a handy thread where their members are listing GoDaddy coupons as they become available.
To use a coupon, just apply it during the checkout and the price will be updated accordingly. If you have several coupon codes, apply them one at a time to find the one that gives you the best savings.
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.
Yesterday I wrote about Crazy Egg, a click tracking tool that could help you analyse your visitors click behaviour.
Today I came across another tool called ClickHeat that could do the same for free. ClickHeat is a free PHP script that creates a visual heatmap of clicks on any web page you specify. The script can be hosted and run from your own server to allow tracking of unlimited number of clicks.
You can use it to track clicks on as many domains or web pages as you like. You can even host the script on one domain and allow your other domains to access it from there instead of having to install it on each domain.
While the interface is not as flashy as Crazy Egg, it’ll get the job that if all you wanted is to track users’ click. Unlike Crazy Egg which offers four methods to analyse your clicks, ClickHeat uses the heatmap mode only.
Crazy Egg is a nifty tool that could help you analyse your visitors’ behaviour and find out how they interact with your website elements and content.
Unlike other tracking tools such as Google Analytics or Site Meter which track traffic trends and behaviour, Crazy Egg maps every time a visitor clicks on whatever elements you have on your site. This should give you a clear picture of not only where your visitors are on your site but what they are clicking on.
You can test different versions of a page to see which works better. Armed with this information, you can better identify the best placement for your AdSense ads or utilise the design that could improve your pages conversion rates.
Crazy Egg offers four methods to analyse your clicks:
A new service called Blogstorm was launched recently to help bloggers track the number of links each post has from other sites.
It monitors your RSS feed daily and offer free statistics so you can see which of your posts are popular.
The service is still in beta and as everything beta, this tool isn’t perfect. It uses Yahoo! Explorer to obtain the number of links. Because of this, all links including those from spam blogs and advertisement are counted. This has a direct effect of artificially inflating the number of links a post has.
To use this service, you’ll need to upload a PHP file into your server and obtain Yahoo! API by login into your Yahoo! account. It’s fairly straight forward steps to follow but if your blog hosting does not allow manually uploading of PHP files, you are out of luck.