Yesterday I noticed a trackback from Raymond.cc, one of the most popular Tech Blogs in Malaysia . Curious to know what he had written about Sabahan.com, I clicked the link to find a post where Raymond lists 10 of his most read blogs.
Apparently, Sabahan.com is one of the blogs that he read daily. I am honored to be on the list and am glad to know he finds Sabahan.com useful
While I don’t usually participate in a tagging meme I thought this one is worth tagging along with. In addition to helping us discover interesting blogs from other people, I would also like to return the favour and thank Raymond for including Sabahan.com on his list.
The meme was started by Martin of gHacks.net where he invited the bloggers from his ten most read blogs to take part. The goal is to create a blog feed dependency list which shows the top ten most read blogs of all participating blogs.
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.
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.
I came across an interesting story from Connected Internet about a 17 years old Ashley Qualls who earns as much as $70,000 a month from a website that gives away free layout for MySpace.
Most of this income comes from Google AdSense.
So far she has made more than $1 million from her site at Whateverlife.com. Her first AdSense paycheck was $2,790 and she had rejected $1.5 million buyout offer.
Whateverlife attracts more than 7 million unique visitors and 60 million page views a month. That’s a larger audience than the circulations of Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and CosmoGirl! magazines combined.
In contrast, TechCrunch.com gets 4 million page views per month, 15 times less pageviews.
Quantcast, a popular source among advertisers, ranked Whateverlife.com a staggering No. 349 in mid-July out of more than 20 million sites. Among the sites in its rearview mirror: Britannica.com, AmericanIdol.com, FDA .gov, and CBS.com.
Yesterday I wrote about 5 tricks some people use to increase their Alexa’s traffic ranks. The point of the post is not to say that Alexa is totally useless but the methods I described do not usually help in improving the rankings.
To the general web surfers, Alexa’s traffic ranking means almost nothing. But many advertisers and ad networks use Alexa to gauge whether it’s worth spending money and pay the site owner to advertise on the site.
I’ve been repeating this point several times in my previous posts. If you want to make money from your website, putting some effort in improving your Alexa ranking will be worth your while.
If you have old posts in your blogs collecting dust or perhaps you love to write, either way, you’ll be able to monetize your content and make money with Helium.com.
But before we go into that, let me explain what Helium.com is all about
Helium.com is one of the community based content generation sites cropping up recently to allow users write content in any topics they like . Some say it’s a combination of About.com, Q&A services such as Yahoo Answers, Wikipedia and Consumer Reports all rolled into one service. Currently the site gets around 8 million unique visitors a month and growing with 450,000+ articles published.
While you could write in any topics like pop culture or politics, I often find the articles incline towards advice, discussions and how-tos. Unlike Wikipedia though, your article will be published unedited by others.
I’ve several blogs which I authored myself. They were fun to write in the beginning but sadly as time progresses, it got harder for me to keep the momentum going and find the time to research and add new content into these blogs, perhaps evident from the dwindling posts quality.
Rather than letting them drift off slowly into the Internet oblivion, I’m going to give them a second chance to achieve Internet glory To do that, I’ll need your help.
I have an immediate and ongoing need for blog writers to contribute daily in three of my blogs below:
What am I looking for?
- Writer must be able to write articles of at least 200 words in length, preferably longer, on an ongoing basis.
I recently received an email from MrBadak. His question goes something like this
we’ve been around the net around the same time but I see you took the opportunity to make an income out of it… I’ve been handling sabahrhinos.com since 1997 (this year 10 year anniversary).. all these while using my own money to fund the hosting and domain, plus my sweat.
apart from adsense, how else do you think i can make some revenue through this site ah? cuz all my members are local so not much into buying stuff but i think i do get some foreign visitors on the main page.
i appreciate your tips on this one
Lets look at several examples how much some people are making from forums.
Most people know John Chow as a blogger at JohnChow.com, probably fewer people know that he also owns a very successful tech portal at TheTechZone.com.
The Malaysia securities commission (SC) or Suruhanjaya Sekuriti is a body set up to regulate and develop the Malaysian capital market.
If you are an investor in an Internet investment scheme, you can refer to an alert list from their website to check whether the scheme your are involved with is authorized nor approved under the Malaysian securities laws.
The following list of websites is conducting Internet investment schemes by illegally taking deposit, an offence under Malaysian law. I’ve reproduced the current list for reference, latest list available here.
The SC has the authority to freeze bank accounts belong to any of the schemes if they are located in Malaysia . SC is working closely with the National ICT Security and Emergency Response Center (NISER) to enforce the regulations.
The the list is by no means complete. I believe there are many other websites that are still being investigated.
Recently Dosh Dosh has published a list of 26 forums to help you make money online. Unlike a blog, a forum typically represents collective opinions from variety of people in one place. While this is good, there’s no guarantee that you get consistent information as everybody seems to have their on opinions on certain issues.
Nevertheless, if you got questions or need some guidance, a forum is one of the best places to post them at.
I reproduced the partial list below. To read the full article please visit Dosh Dosh
2. V7N Forum
5. SEO Chat
9. Wicked Fire
10. Warrior Forum