Can you say “Hello?”
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Can you say “Hello?”
[tags]iphone sales, iphone activation, iphone reviews, iphone sold out, iphone lines, iphone news, [/tags]
Is there any other digital SLR out there that can shoot at 10 fps?
My Canon Rebel XT (350D) shoots at 3fps, very far down the food chain. ‘Nuf of this. Elber has the complete specs here.
Adtron Corporation recently announced a whooping 160GB Solid State Flash Disk. “The products in this announcement include the industry’s highest capacity 2.5″ SLC NAND flash disk drives at 160 GBytes.” Wow, as in wow!
And I thought Apple iPod’s 4GB & 8GB were the current industry sizes with the 16GB & 32GB being introduced by Samsung as a laptop’s HDD replacement.
This seems to be a huge leap from the existing capacities that we see now. Are we looking at laptops running on flash drives by the end of the year?
Here’s a new local networking service which ties both web interaction and mobile connection – Moblabber.
Basically, the service allows you to interact among peers and people with the same interests via the web or your cellphone. Think YahooGroups or GoogleGroups for the cellphone. The only difference is that you can manage everything on either the website of your mobile phone. The web is free but any outgoing messages you send via your phone will be charged Php2.50. Registration is confirmed/verified via your inputted mobile number. You can call this Twitter on steroids although blog/step integration is still in the drawing board.
The highlights of the service allows you to send a text message to your group via the web or via your cellphone, so you’re only charged for one message. However, those who will receive the messages via their phone will carry the charges (again at Php2.50) instead.
I’ve posted here before that your Adsense beautifier *might* violate Google Adsense’s TOS. It wasn’t a straight clarification so some people removed them while others (like me) retained them thinking that as long as the images are not related to the ads, it won’t be a problem.
Noemi emailed me saying she got a notice for Adsense Support Team asking her to remove the plugin:
While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as …..
Publishers may not implement Google ads in a manner that disguises the ads in any way, for instance, by formatting neighboring content to look similar to the ads, or by making ads look like games or forum threads. Additionally, publishers may not attempt to associate specific images with the individual ads appearing on their sites. Such an implementation may confuse users who assume that the image is directly related to the advertiser’s offerings.
Please make any necessary changes to your web pages in the next 3 business days. We also suggest that you take the time to review our program policies (https://www.google.com/adsense/policies) to ensure that all of your other pages are in compliance.
Once you update your site, we will automatically detect the changes and ad serving will not be affected. If you choose not to make the changes to your account within the next three days, your account will remain active but you will no longer be able to display ads on the site. Please note, however, that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.
Thank you for your cooperation.
I actually got a similar email days ago but totally forgot about it after complying with the Adsense team. We’re just glad they informed us and told us explicitly about it. So, if you have the same plugin in your blog, you can act now before they email you. ;)
For a couple of days now, I’ve been chatting with Rickey and helping him optimize his Adsense ads on his main blog. With over 100,000 page views on a hot day, he reckons he could have lost thousands of problogging dollars last year for an under-optimized ad layout.
My approach is simple. Set a target based on your existing stats and plug in your ideal figures to see how much you ought to be earning from your blog.
Total Monthly Revenue = total daily page views x CTR x CPC x 30 days
* CTR – click through rate
* CPC – cost per click
So, in his case, our target is a CTR of 1% and a CPC of $0.10 (all figures here are hypothetical and does not reflect any of Rickey’s actual Adsense stats). That gives us 100,000 x 1% x $0.10 or $100/day which gives us $3,000 a month. (Note to Rickey: Sorry my original computation was wrong when I said it was $900/day. My math failed me there.)
How to increase CTR?
2) Increase ad relevance by using section targeting
3) Changing ad layouts or positioning
4) Using ad channels for tracking
These are very basic methods but if you use them very well and by tracking your ad performance, you could hit that good mix which will yield you the highest possible CTR. After just a day of tweaking (if you have 100k page views, a 24-hour experiment is enough), we increased his eCPM by 50% and his CTR by close to 90%.
How to increase CPC?
1) Reducing total number of ads
2) Positioning the first ad to get the highest CTR
3) Targeting higher paying but relevant keywords
This is a bit tricky and more risky to experiment with but once you hit the sweet spot, the returns could be two or three-folds.
So, when Rickey mentioned that we probloggers don’t share the secret sauce like them SEO guys (put name here), I’d like to prove him wrong by inviting bloggers to send in their blog for an AdSense Makeover. Of course, I will not guarantee that I could increase your earnings but I will try my best. Again, I think it’s easier to do this if you have a sizable traffic already (say 1,000 pageviews or higher). And yes, we will also discuss here how we did it and what changes we’ve made and how much we gained from the make-over. Anybody up for it?
Total number of direct referrals as of date is around 1,366 but after that initial link, the surge in traffic (pageviews) still continues. I believe this is because everyone who saw that link have never seen the blog before and got really interested in the volume of content we have there. So, they kept coming back each and every day for the past 5 days now, continue reading where they left off the night before. And because of that, I also receive a bunch of emails from people wanting to contribute to the blog.
Special thanks to kooki for the link. ;)
We’re all gearing to a huge, huge event this March 31. Oops, did I just said the date?
Thanks to everyone for the support. Now, I’m off to the event’s committee meeting.
Over at Web Worker Daily, Anne Zelenka writes about 10 New Ways to Make Money Online. Some of the items she mentioned have already been around for sometime while others have become too saturated as well.
I’m now thinking of ways to make money online that’s more relevant to our region (or specifically in the Philippines):
Lots of other niche industries not yet tapped around here.
Do it the ShoeMoney way. MyBlogLog has been recently acquired by Yahoo! and since then, a lot of people have been closely watching out for this unique
Web 2.0 social networking service and others like ShoeMoney, keeps on looking blogging on the weaknesses and bugs in their system.
Surprisingly, Yahoo! answered back to Jeremy by banning him and his account from MyBlogLog:
To be clear â€” we did not ban shoemoney for posting about exploits. Although we would certainly have appreciated that he email us first, it’s his decision where he would like to publish them. We banned him for publishing other people’s data on the site and urging readers to spoof them. On what planet is that not a bannable offense? – Eric Marcoullier of MyBlogLog
I don’t see any critical personal information that are being exposed by publishing about these MBL bugs. So instead of focusing their time fixing the holes, they find it more convenient to ban the person who exposes them. Nice piece of work, Yahoo!.
Ayayay, it’s that day of the year again when you don’t know if you’d be happy or sulky. I remember I used to love this date, but that was decades ago. So, I have resolved that I will treat this day like any other day (except maybe for Christmas or New Year). No nothing — zero, none, nada, nil, zilch, 404.
I actually stopped counting the digits when I was 25 and that was four years ago. The worst part is, I will have to edit that paragraph-long tag line on my blog masthead that says “in his mid-twenties“. *hehe* My mom’s story about how I should have been named after George Washington (born: February 22, 1732) instead of Abraham Lincoln (born: February 12, 1809) is still fresh in my head.
Several people have texted me earlier with greetings, as well sa YM messages, Friendster messages and emails. But then again, we’ll have to greet the good ole’
Abe Lincoln George Washington a happy birthday.
I was at PC Express in Pasong Tamo late afternoon having one of my desktop PCs checked and repaired. At first, I thought it was just the power supply which causes the PC to die down whenever all peripherals are plugged in. Turns out a faulty (or shorted?) HDD is causing all the mess. I never thought a shorted HDD could cause the PSU not to power up. I ended up buying a new HDD (why do I keep on replacing a new HDD every year?). I thought Seagate HDDs are one of the toughest around?
While waiting for the techs to install the new HDD, I walked around inspecting some of the newer cases on display. This one got my full attention — an Asus Vento 3600 Gaming Case.
First time in ages I’ve seen a beautiful chassis. Where are those guys selling expensive PC casing in Greenhills? The Asus Vento 3600 comes in four colors — green, blue, red and black — though I only saw the last two in the shelves. They really look like shiny brand new Ferraris (the paints they used looks like ones for cars). I asked the sales guy and he said it costs a whooping Php10,000 ($200). Now that’s already the same price as a Pentium 3.4 GHz Dual Core CPU.
We’re really glad to receive more and more support for the Philippine Blog Awards and yes, we can never stop saying thank you. Today, we signed up The Blog Herald and Click the City among the newest major sponsors for the event. Of course, we also have Pinoy Money Talk, My Journal Philippines and Ad Max Asia as major sponsors. More inquiries are coming in and we’re hoping to snag that co-presentor deal with a telco I can’t divulge at the moment. :)
We’ve also been blessed with a very supportive blogging community who are willing to take time off from their busy work schedule and help organize the event. Thank you, thank you!
So, the more sponsors we get, the more prizes, raffles, food and stuff to giveaway. Yes, the iPod is on its way.
If you think you and some blog you read everyday is worthy to be called one of the best in the Philippines, go nominate them now.
A partial list of nominees are listed here.
I was surprised actually as Yehey seems to be silent all these years and hasn’t made any news in the local industry. I noticed they’ve diversified too and have been spotted to gain some momentum in the message board (forums) arena, though some inside info tells me they’re just hosting these huge forums for free and there’s not much at stake in the tie-ups.
Not sure what an IPO would get them but it sure is an interesting development to watch out for.
However, upgrading to WordPress 2.1 might only introduce more tragic problems with your blog, especially if you’re using tag clouds or tags as categories. We lost that nice plugin functionality over at Pinoy Travel Blog a while ago and that’s the reason I haven’t upgraded PinoyBlog to 2.1 as well.
If you’ve dug a little deeper in WordPress.org, you might have encountered this page — Download Release Archive. It’s an archive of all up-to-date WP releases on record. You’ll notice that versions 2.0.8 and 2.0.9 are listed there although there hasn’t been any announcement of them. These are basically versions that were released post-WP 2.1 and would have already had the bug fixes included in the latest version minus the structural upgrades of the latter.
You will also notice there’s already WordPress 2.1.1 too. ;)
My recent post on PTB talks about the recent introduction of Google Reader subscriber stats via Feedburner.
Initial survey on several blogs I run showed Google Reader taking the top spot. Is it the same with your feeds?
Btw, I don’t wanna sound superstitious but I didn’t like the number out of my Feedburner chicklet today:
Just want to shout out to Matt with thanks for the support!
Likewise, I’d like to thank all the rest of the newer set of sponsors. Thank you and keep them coming.
By the way, Gail is calling out for volunteers here.
Now, this I didn’t know. An article in Yahoo! News Entrepreneurs – Exploit Loophole in Law to Generate Profits From Free Web Site Names – discusses people taking advantage of a 5-day money back for new domain registrations.
Entrepreneurs have been taking advantage of a five-day grace period to sample millions of domain names, keeping the relative few that might generate advertising revenues and dropping the rest before paying. It’s akin to buying new clothes on a charge card only to return them for a full refund after wearing them to a big party.
The grace period was originally designed to rectify legitimate mistakes, such as registrants mistyping the domain name they are about to buy. But with computer automation and a burgeoning online advertising market, entrepreneurs have turned the return policy into a loophole for generating big bucks.
Experts believe spammers and scam artists are also starting to use the grace period as a source of free, disposable Web addresses.
Interestingly, we’ve been reselling domains for 3 years now and I didn’t know this was going on. Well, we have had instances where we register typo domains or customers changing their minds about their domain name and wanted to switch. We were able to change the domains but there was a $3 fee for that within the 5-day grace period. Not sure where the 100% money-back guarantee applies.
I’m sure you guys already heard this first from TC but I don’t think the business model will work in the US. Most mobile phones now have either GPRS, 3G or Wifi — why would one get his latest updates via SMS?
A publisher signs up for a TextMarks account and chooses a price to subscribers (either $4.99 or $9.99 per month). Readers subscribe to the alerts via a Flash widget that’s embedded on a website or by sending a text message to 41411 plus a unique keyword, confirm the subscription on their cell phone, and then receive the alerts. The service is currently only available to U.S. cell phone users , using Cingular, Verizon, Sprint or Alltel services. Publishers decide what news is important enough to send out as SMS alerts. Up to 100 alerts can be sent per month to subscribers.
But here in the Philippines, what do you think? I haven’t been updated how Inq7′s SMS alerts work but I guess they’re doing pretty good with that as well. Matter of fact, I’ve actually talked to a CP before about providing RSS alerts via mobile phones and in return get 10% of the revenue. I had reservations and didn’t push thru with it.
So, that’s why Luis hasn’t been updating his blog for over a month. I thought he’d gone off the face of the Earth had he not attended the Blog Parteeh! last month (and no post about it on his blog too).
The other one is 3eep which is a sports site. Is that pronounced as (three-eep?). I haven’t really dug deeper though I was a bit confused that the old mobiuslive name was scrapped in favor of oddyseylive (possible trademark issues?). Again, I’m also curious how the download and sharing would end up to be as it’s still in alpha stage.
First time I saw them imitation iPod Nanos (2nd Gen) were at the 168 Mall last month. This week-end, I saw them again at the SM Appliance Storeand they were displayed in the shelves along with several other music players. Took pictures using my N6233 (sorry for the crappy images).
The label says the MP4 Player has an FM Tuner, Games, Music & Record Voice.
There are two capacities – 512MB (Php4,100+) and 1GB (Php6,400+), in a variety of colors.
I think these are manufactured in the same factories in China, minus the expensive high-capacity flash drives of the original Apple iPods.Â
Update: Turns out these are MP4-branded Â music players that looks very similar to the designs of the Apple iPod. I’m seeing more and more look-alikes of these in a lot of stores in the metro.
I believe this is one of the oldest features on MyBlogLog (MBL). I remember seeing the old version of this when MBL was still just a click-tracking service.
Now, you can still check the outgoing and incoming links, only that, MBL also tracks the number of clicks on a per Adsense Channel basis.
This will give you an idea how many people are clicking on your ads and which ad channel is getting the most hits. Actually, you get the top 10 clicks out of your blog and to see those Adsense channels taking the top spots (it’s #1,#2,#4 & #7 for this blog) means that your ad positioning is already optimized.
I guess the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks also applies to media giants like ABS CBN. No wonder they’re not doing good in the ratings war and fiscally as well. YouTube is great for marketing and if you don’t believe in the long tail effect, you’re missing a lot of opportunities. I know the network needs to earn some more dough (to be able to pay its huge debts?) so locking off everyone and requiring them to subscribe to be able to view the episodes seems to be a logical maneuver to do.
I just hope that they did their homework first and checked how much they would gain and would lose if they did it their way. I’m not saying I’m pro-piracy or anything. ABS CBN can do whatever they want to do with their own properties. I’m just saying they need to adapt their mind-set with the changing times. They can’t even stop those pirated DVDs in Baclaran and Quiapo for years, how much more in the realm of cyberspace.
They should take a hint from CBS.
In the last 3 or 4 days, I’ve seen a bit of a steep increase in my total Feedburner subscriptions (actually, 60+ in the last 4 days). I wasn’t sure where’d the new subscribers were coming from but was surprised today to find out that Feedburner is now able to count Google Reader subscribers.
However, when I checked my Feedburner account, it was Rojo that was showing more than 1 subscribers and not from Google Feedfetcher.
Feedfetcher is how Google grabs RSS or Atom feeds when users subscribe to them in Google Reader or the Google Personalized Homepage. Subscriber counts include Google Reader and the Google Personalized Homepage. Feedfetcher collects and periodically refreshes these user-initiated feeds, but does not index them in Blog Search or Google’s other search services.
The official Google Reader blog also confirm this development.
So the Rojo bug has been fixed. The Feedburner blog mentions that Google Reader counts will start reflecting on the 17th, so I guess we’ll see a little bump in RSS subscription count this afternoon (I noticed that the feed counts are refreshed around 3PM, Manila time).
While we’re busy checking out the blogs and Friendster accounts of Philippine Senatorial candidates, the US Presidential is closely gearing its efforts towards a truly Web 2.0 election campaign.
Check out Sen. Barack Obama’s website:
MyBarackObama is like Facebook profile, Flickr, and YouTube account all in one and centers around, well, presidential candidate Barack Obama. I’ve been actually listening and using his podcasts since last year every time we do podcasting workshops abroad. I think he’s a great guy and I’m rooting for him instead of Mrs. Hillary Clinton. :D