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July 21, 2007

Fight cancer with Black Hat SEO

This video interview of of Rand Fishkin, CEO os SEOmoz.org, tells the story of a certain guy called G-Man who’s been contributing to the SEOmoz website.


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July 20, 2007

Globe caps Visibility users to 5GB a month

The other day, we had a meeting with a Globe executive to finalize details of an upcoming project (that’s for another story though). During our meeting, I stirred our discussion to some juicy stories and they were candid enough to share some information (which I believe is bloggable since I wasn’t asked to sign an NDA *hehehe*).

I was told that new Globe Visibility users will be capped at 5GB of usage per month. The current monthly service fee for their mobile broadband solution (3G/HSDPA) is still at Php2,000 plus some activation fee. The cap is now included in the fine print but the existing subscribers will retain the eat-all-you can feature (unlimited).
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July 20, 2007

Chinese Xu JingLei is world’s most read blogger

Chinese actress and blogger Xu Jing Lei came on the spot light over a year ago when her blog went to #1 in Technorati’s Popular 100, toppling long time favorites like Engadget and Boing-boing.

Xu JingLei
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July 20, 2007

Sparky: Alexa comes to the Firefox browser

This was just released yesterday, I think. Alexa has finally released its official toolbar for the Firefox browser, called Sparky.
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July 19, 2007

New round of DSL speed increase for PLDT myDSL

We were discussing about broadband connectivities over at Rico’s blog where he’s recommending ETPI’s 5Mbps package for Php35,000 a month. I haven’t tried Eastern Telecoms ever so I cannot attest to their connection uptime and reliability but have heard so many complaints about their residential offerings, dubbed evoDSL.

And while I suggested getting 2 separate DSL providers and using a D-Link Load-Balancing Router to hook them both up, I also discovered PLDT has published newer bandwidth caps for its residential plans.
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July 19, 2007

Poll: How much do you earn from affiliates?

New poll is up for this week. Thank you to all 68 people who responded in the last one. For this week, I’d like to solicit some figures on how much bloggers earn from their affiliates.
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July 18, 2007

Pinoy Top Blogs just turned 2!

This completely escaped me until Von mentioned it in the comments. Last Sunday, my Pinoy Top Blogs project just turned 2. Here’s that first post that started it all, and a year later, it was already running on it’s own domain in a dedicated server.

A lot of sleepless nights tweaking mySQL, tons of spam submissions, and several thousand dollars in server costs later, it’s still running and tracking over 2,800 Pinoy blogs (probably the largest list of active Filipino blogs out there).
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July 18, 2007

Where are the Ruby on Rails developers?

From as far back as last year, I only know of two Pinoys who are hard core Ruby on Rails developers. That number has not increased by a single soul up to this day. Here’s an email I got from last night for PTB:
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July 18, 2007

MacDells: Serving OS X on a PC

What better way for Apple to gain more Mac switchers, increase its market share, and earn more revenues than by licensing the OS X? Makes sense, IMO. Besides, Apple seems to be slowly embracing Windows.

David Berlind of ZDNet thinks so too:
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July 17, 2007

Why no Michelle Malkin on the list?

Michelle MalkinThere are so many top list in the cropping up Philippine blogosphere nowadays and it’s a good thing because it allows us to discover the yet un-discovered. It also gives us a different perspective, depending on who’s creating the list and what that list represents.

However, if you regularly visited all these lists, you will see almost the same trend — the same names keep making it on the top, except for several bloggers who wanted to keep their identity a secret (nobody even knows what’s Bryanboy’s real name or if he’s really just 17).
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July 16, 2007

Wii got game!

After posting about that XBox 360 recall and Microsoft announcing a 3-year extended warranty, I was pretty much discouraged to get one. It’s reported that a rate of 1 in 3 consoles go bust is surely a huge headache I don’t want to gamble. So, the option was now down to the other two — a Sony PlayStation 3 (roughly down Php27,000) and a Nintendo Wii (Php 19,500 US version).

The buck went the Wii way…
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July 16, 2007

Schedule you Email Subscription Delivery

If you’re already using Feedburner to manage your feeds, then you might already be familiar with its “Subscribe to Feed by Email” feature. What you might have overlooked is that you can schedule the deliveries of your feed. Here’s how you do that:
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July 15, 2007

Is ad revenue the price of free speech?

Here’s a really funny story about a blogger who got a few more than the usual series of unfortunate incidents with her Google AdSense cheque.

Imagine going to the bank to have your AdSense cheque encashed and the teller saying Google is out of funds? That would be the day. Read on and see how Mobile Jones got a bad check from Google.

On a related note, she mentions other bloggers have emailed her and telling her why they can’t are afraid to blog about it:

Several bloggers have expressed concern to me privately that they fear blogging about or commenting on this topic would put their participation in the Adsense program in jeopardy. Is ad revenue the price of free speech? Now, that’s scary. This concern is fueled by the numerous reports from bloggers that their Adsense participation has been terminated by Google with little to zero explanation.

Makes sense, actually. Why would one want to bite the hands the feed them?

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July 14, 2007

Poll Results: Text Link Ads Revenue Report

Here’s a more detailed report on our previous poll for monthly TLA income (aff) from bloggers. The total number of respondents is just 46. This is about half of the number of previous respondents for AdSense which could indicate that fewer people are using TLA to monetize their blogs or not everyone is accepted on TLA compared to Google AdSense.

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July 14, 2007

Google goes AdSense for Mobile

It’s been confirmed. Google AdSense will be displayed on your mobile phones:

Google has begun inviting mobile Web site developers to display Google ads on their sites as part of a limited beta test.

The offer extends to the mobile environment Google’s AdSense program, which lets Web developers earn revenue by placing advertisements on their sites. Google runs the back-end network that places ads on the sites relevant to content. Site owners earn revenue when visitors click on the ads.

Sites must be written in one of three mobile markup languages: WML, XHTML, and cHTML (compact HTML) in order to use AdSense for mobile, according to a Google AdSense for mobile help page. That’s because Google’s crawlers must be able to read the page in those languages to determine page content and serve up relevant ads. {Yahoo News}

I’ve predicted this to happen exactly a year ago (July 14, 2006: MobSense: Adsense for Mobile). Although I was actually thinking of SMS-based ads, the introduction of Google AdSense for mobile environment indicates a strong confidence that the next internet will be on the mobile phone.

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July 13, 2007

Monitor your CPU temperature

CPU Temp, CPU Temperature

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve noticed that my laptop is overheating too uncomfortably even when perched on that cush top. At first, I thought maybe it was due to the 2GB RAM upgrade I did a couple of weeks ago or that there’s something wrong with battery (which btw, I think needs a replacement soon). Besides, I’ve also noticed that the battery life has dwindled to just about an hour.

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July 13, 2007

Free Sitemeter Premium and $50 Microsoft adCenter

If you are actively using Sitemeter as your analytics tool, then you should receive a message from them by now. You can now get a free Sitemeter Premium account for one whole year by signing up with Microsoft adCenter.

Microsoft adCenter

All you need to do is register for an Sitemeter + adCenter account, activate it using a $5 one-time non-refundable activation fee and get an additional $50 of free clicks for your adCenter campaigns (you will need a credit card for this).

Offer is only until July 31, 2007. Fine print states though that you can only avail of the $50 credit if you live in any one of the 50 US States. *bummer*

P.S. Maybe you could ask someone (relative or friend) in the US to sign up for you and use the $50 free credits yourself?

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July 12, 2007

Poll: How many blogs do you run?

We’ve just finished our weekly poll on TLA revenues. I only got half as many responses on that one compared the the first — most probably because not a lot of people can get into TLA as easy as Google AdSense.

Our new poll for this week will look into how prolific a blogger or problogger we are. So here’s the question — How many blogs do you own or write for?

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July 12, 2007

Is feed advertising that lucrative?

I’ve been a Feedburner Ad Network (FAN) member since February. That’s after I hit the 500 subscriber mark last December. Looks like 500 is the magic number to get a FAN invite.

Since then, I’ve been running RSS ads thru Feedburner. The ads do not appear automatically but you get notifications that your blog is included in an ad campaign, of which you need to approve. Using Feedflare, ads will either appear on your RSS feeds or on your blog (ever saw one of those Flash ads about the Blackberry Curve?)

In the last 6 months though, my total FAN revenue is a mere $42.23.

Feedburner Ads

Yeah, a true low-earner — very close to Adbrite’s performance. However, there could be several reasons for this, some, very inherent on the fact that your advertising to the rss-reader crowd:

  • Low CTR. Very evident on the chart above. RSS readers are not click happy. That’s why they’re using feed readers, right?
  • Geo-targetted? Probably. Some of the ads will only display for feed readers from certain regions.
  • No email ads. Feed subscriptions via emails do not contain ads, which should be rightfully so.

As it is now, do I think it’s worth it? I think it’s too early to say — let’s see on the 12th month. On the other hand, since FeedBurner is now part of Google, are we expecting some changes in the payment options aside from the Paypal-only delivery? I do hope cheque deliveries will be available soon or maybe Google will just include that in our AdSense cheques?

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July 11, 2007

On GMA 7′s Mel & Joey this Sunday

Note: If you are a first time visitor of this blog and want to know more about the Mel & Joey Episode on Blogging, please read this: Welcome Notes to Visitors from Mel & Joey Talk Show.

We wrapped up the longest interview I ever had last night, just before 10PM. The interview, which lasted about 2 hours, was for a feature on Mel & Joey about blogging as a career or an alternative source of income. I’m sure the final results will not be any longer than a couple of minutes when it’s aired so I’m curious which takes made it to the final cut.

Mel & Joey

The last time I had cameramen visiting my place for an interview was for ABS CBN’s coverage of the new Apple Macbook launch (and why it’s so blogging-friendly).

This one is a little more thorough as they also asked me to tour them around the house, show them stuff (esp. the gadgets) and take an hour or so of footage. So, if you’d happen to see that segment, I’ll tell you offhand that’s not what my pad usually looks like — it’s always messy. They also want me to spill the beans, esp. on the revenue part, so I just point them to the recent poll we just had the other week.

Btw, If my voice sound a bit weird, that’s because I’m still a bit ill with a clogged nose.

Update: Looks like J. Angelo is also in it.

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July 11, 2007

AMD drops Athlon/Opteron prices

It gets me really excited when I read these kinds of news from either of the CPU manufacturers. It only means we get faster processors at cheaper prices. That’s what healthy competition is all about — consumers mostly benefit from it all. Now, AMD has announced an almost across the board prices cuts on its Athlon and Opteron procs. Here’s the new pricing structure as indicated in AMD’s website:

Processor

Old price

New price

Athlon 64 FX-74 $799/pair $599/pair
Athlon 64 FX-72 $599/pair $599/pair
Athlon 64 X2 6000+ $241 $178
Athlon 64 X2 5600+ $188 $157
Athlon 64 X2 5200+ $178 $136
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $167 $125
Athlon 64 X2 4800+ $136 $115
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ $121 $94
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $83
Athlon 64 X2 4000+ $104 $73
Athlon X2 BE-2350 $91 $91
Athlon X2 BE-2300 $86 $86

The price cuts have not yet been reflected on local stores but mu guess is that they’ll be updated by next month. I’d love to get my hands into one of those Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0GHz, 125W, 2MB total dedicated L2 cache, 2000MHz HyperTransportâ„¢) or if budget will permit, a quad core FX-74.

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July 10, 2007

The Page View has finally left the building

Nielsen/NetRatings has officially scrapped the use of page views in its rankings report and will be focusing more on how much time is spent by each visitor on the site.

A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites.

The move by Nielsen/NetRatings, expected to be announced Tuesday, comes as online video and new technologies increasingly make page views less meaningful.

Although Nielsen already measures average time spent and average number of sessions per visitor for each site, it will start reporting total time spent and sessions for all visitors to give advertisers, investors and analysts a broader picture of what sites are most popular. {Yahoo News via Steve Rubel}

Also read: “Are pageviews really obsolete?” I believe it’s high time to re-focus metrics from the age old pageviews to total time spent, especially with all that no-reload, ajaxy features on most sites. The growing pains though will be most felt on the advertising department where most people are still stuck with the idea of ad impressions and pageviews.

So, what’s my blog’s average time on site?

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According to Google Analytics, it’s 1 minute and 39 seconds. Multiply that by the number of unique visitors and you get your daily total viewing time. Maybe, in the near future, total time spent will be the standards that will replace daily uniques/pageviews.

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July 09, 2007

CNet Taiwan’s take on Blog Endorsements

Mr. 6′s special blog edition on CNET Taiwan gave special interest on my role as endorser for Auction.ph. The article was inspired by Joey Alarilla’s blog post on CNET Asia (Philippine auction site gets popular blogger as endorser).

I’ve been trying to translate that page into English but still failed to make sense of it (Google translate sucks at Asian languages). Perhaps, someone here who reads Chinese can help out?

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July 09, 2007

10th Philippine Web Awards

The 10th Annual Philippine Web Awards (or the Webby’s) is now up and online. This will be the second year in a row that they’ve added Blogs in their list of categories. Last year’s winner was Noemi with her aboutmyrecovery.com blog along with my two other group blogs in the finals.

Again, this year’s Webbys will require a nomination fee — Php2,500 for each nominee except for blogs, organizations and and personal sites which is just Php250.

You think it’s still worth to join the PWA? Here’s my take on that.

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July 09, 2007

It’s time to update that Blog Disclosure

Some time ago, I wrote about my own Blog Disclosure here to answer some of the allegations thrown at me. I really thought I wrote it with utmost detail and clarify. Perhaps, I was wrong and might have overlooked a paragraph or two.

So, here’s the addendum:

  • This blog, despite what others might think of it, is still a personal blog. Thus, it will reflect my personal opinions and observations.
  • I don’t have an editor. Well, you can call me my own editor but there’s a reason why book authors and newspapers have a separate editor to do the job right? So, expect more typos or grammar booboos from time to time. Nobody’s infallible. Only request I have to my readers is to point it to me if I do. ;)
  • My sources have the right to privacy/anonymity and I will protect that the best I could. A lot of people have tried in the past but failed.
  • Sometimes, my reasoning may be flawed but you are welcome to comment or blog about it. That’s the beauty of the blogosphere — you can always join in the conversation. If you keep your silence, then it’s nobody’s fault but yours.
  • I may do reportage and I will link or point to the source as properly as I can.
  • I may write speculations (i.e. rumors) and it will be clear that it’s either my own speculation or of others which I lifted it from. These speculation are subject to the “truth test” and anyone is welcome to prove or disprove it.
  • I may do opinion pieces and it will be clear that it’s my opinion and of nobody else. Whether or not my opinions are backed up by research, academic papers or authority is all irrelevant. You don’t ask Christians to prove there’s a God — they just believe in Him even if statistics say there’s none.
  • I am not obliged to blog everyday. I just do and will always do as long as my fingers are complete and I have internet access.
  • I welcome comments. I do not promise I can reply to each one of them in due time but I will try my best. Some comments might be flagged as spam so don’t blame me right away if they do. We can always fix that.

Lastly, I reserve the right to amend, revise, or add to this disclosure in the future or until someone else hits me with their mumbo-jumbo.