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10 Alternatives to Checking Your AdSense Earnings

All of us bloggers out there trying to make a few more dollars from Adsense sometimes get a little addicted to our Adsense statistics, but Eric Giguere of Make Easy Money with Google and AdSense, has ten things you could be doing rather than checking your statistics over and over…

1. Write more content.
2. Read the AdSense Terms and Conditions.
3. Visit an AdSense forum.
4. Study the AdSense heat maps.
5. Research keywords.
6. Create some channels.
7. Create systems.
8. Optimize your pages.
9. Think like an advertiser.
10. Spend time doing other things.

I don’t know that I can stop…

Categories: Blogging Tips

WordPress Plugin: PayPal Membership

I recently did up an article on paying for WordPress themes and plugins, but it was more out of curiousity than anything else. To my surprise, blogHelper pointed out to me a plugin that is for PayPal Memberships that costs $42 USD. The plugin is called WPB-PAYPAL.

Finally, we are here! After such a long development stage, WPB-PAYPAL reaches its awaited 1.0 release. This highly anticipated software is finally done. None of this would ever have been possible without the John Simeonidis [Don’t tell me that I did not mention you :) ].

General working features

  • The user registers normally on your blog, and after is asked to make payment for ammount specified in the configuration panel of WPB-PAYPAL.
  • The user must register with same email as his paypal account [this is for verification purposes] after the user made the payment he will receive confirmation email [administrator also getting confirmation email] and he can login normally into your blog
  • For the moment you must use any of the available free plugins to provide some categories of your blog only to registered and logged in users
  • WPB-PAYPAL emails you when the new payment has been proccessed or if there are any pending payments
  • WPB-PAYPAL email reminders to buyers to reminding to make their payments.
  • User’s account expire after X months [configure that on WPB-PAYPAL options tab] . User account becomes enabled again after payment is made.
  • Plugin will change your default WordPress installation to a full members only site and only the registered users will be able to get access to the site and potentially the download area.
  • Uses automatic PAYPAL payment and user account Activation and Deactivation if the Registration Period Expires!
  • Can be used for many web applications and its one of the first for the WordPress CMS/Blog System.

I really don’t know what to say about this. I think the cost is too great for what it does, but I think that there is a market for pay-to-use plugins for WordPress, especially for things expanding WordPress into the e-commerce realm. I still would love to know more about the plugin and about anyone interested in the plugin.

One other thing that killed me was reading:

After buying the software once, it is only 10 USD per upgrade as newer versions are released

I guess we wait and see what happens with such things.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Translate WordPress

Matt knew that getting running in every language imaginable would be an immense undertaking or very expensive, so the Automattic team came up with a great way to translate the WordPress administration panel, and some information in themes: It is not all pretty yet from what I can see, but it could just be the dial-up internet I am stuck on today.

The idea of Translate is simple, have a community of people sign up and translate words into the languages they know. This allows people who are bilingual in a myriad of languages to take a few minutes out of their day to help contribute to translating WordPress.

Here’s how it works. If you speak English and another language and go to the site and sign in, then it’ll ask you to pick your preferred language. Once you do, you’ll be able to start submitting translations for the different strings it shows you. The easiest way to dive in is to click “Random Translation” and it will bring up a random string for you to translate into your chosen language. If you’re not sure about it, or it has code you don’t understand, just click “skip” and it will give you another.

That’s it! We’ll review the translation and then periodically push it live to for everyone to enjoy. Everything is tied to your user account so we know who to thank and credit for different contributions.

A very smart idea, and I hope people take advantage of it. You will be contributing to WordPress in a way that will let many others access it easier.

Categories: WordPress News

Pay for Plugins or Themes?

Much of the software I have used in my life has been paid software. And as I got older, and had less money to spend, I have switched mostly to open source software. I know that when other blogging software went to a paid or subscription based model, that most people moved over to the entirely free WordPress blogging software, or atleast gave it another look before plunking down cash on the paid software.

I sometimes wonder though if WordPress would survive people turning off the tap for free plugins and themes, and going to a pay model for expanding WordPress.

So you spend all your time making a great plugin or theme for WordPress, you use it on your site, and you decide you would love to see others use it as well, you set up a page to order the theme or plugin for $2 USD per download. Wouldn’t that be fair?

You took the time to write the plugin or design the theme, you are going to support it, release other versions of it, should you not be compensated in some way for the time and effort you are putting into the project?

I know that a shift like that could really hurt WordPress, and currently there are already people asking for money for themes, but for the most part you can find whatever you need, totally free by searching hard enough.

Does anyone think that a micropayment model for themes and plugins would work for a community like WordPress? Or is it too late to shift away from being free?

Categories: WordPress News

RSS Feed Readers

One of the technologies that have really come to the front for many people since the creation of Blogs is RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. This is the technology or file format that allows you to subscribe to blogs and websites and be constantly notified of any new content.

Every day, RSS feeds allow me to keep track of hundreds of websites and blogs, reading their new content without ever actually visiting their site. While I am sure that many people have spent hundreds of hours on their designs and whatnot, I really just want to keep up with all the new things they are writing.
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Categories: General

Podcasts More Popular than Blogging

Well, audio podcasting has become more popular than bloggingg these days as Nielsen//NetRatings announced today that 6.6 percent of the U.S. adult online population, or 9.2 million Web users, have recently downloaded an audio podcast. That is almost a full 2 percent higher than those publishing blogs, which currently sits at 4.8 percent of the U.S. adult online population.

“The portability of podcasts makes them especially appealing to young, on-the-go audiences,” said Michael Lanz, analyst, Nielsen//NetRatings. “We can expect to see podcasting become increasingly popular as portable content media players proliferate,” he continued.

Young people are more likely than their older counterparts to engage in audio or video podcasting. Web users between the ages 18 and 24 are nearly twice as likely as the average Web user to download audio podcasts, followed by users in the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups, who were also more likely than the average Web user to do audio podcasting.

Video podcasters trended a little older, with 25-34 year olds indexing the highest. Web users above the age of 45 were less likely than average to engage in podcasting of either sort.

via Podcastingnews

Categories: Blogging News

WordPress Plugin: Diagnosis

Blogging has opened up to just about every type of person, but that does not mean all the problems are gone, and sometimes you need to fix something that has gone wrong. If you don’t have technical knowledge it can be difficult to fix or explain the problem. A new plugin is trying to help by giving a few important answers. It is called Diagnosis.

Trying to help out a friend with his WordPress installation but he doesn’t know what version of MySQL his hosting provider has?

Diagnosis adds a subpage to the dashboard where the main administrator of the WordPress installation can view technical data about the server in an easy manner.

  • Server operating system
  • Current PHP version
  • Current MySQL version
  • Current Webserver and version
  • Webserver IP address
  • Webserver port
  • MySQL server IP address
  • MySQL server port
  • WordPress database user
  • WordPress database name
  • Domain name
  • Document root
  • Current time (in ISO 8601 format as well as RFC 2822)
  • MySQL Berkeley DB version (if in use)
  • MySQL Storage engine
  • MySQL large file support
  • What MySQL storage engines there are available
  • What character sets MySQL use for encoding
  • Loaded PHP extensions
  • Common variables from php.ini

Check it out at Niklas Lindblad’s Diagnosis Page.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Blog Architecture is Wrong

I shrunk down the title from Chris Pearson’s post entitled “Why Everything You Think You Know About Blog Architecture is Wrong“, where he discusses why current blog structure from an Information Architecture perspective is wrong, and how showing the newest items first is not always the best way to present your content.

For starters, those who’ve just come to your site via a feed reader have already seen the latest entries that your site has to offer. If you’re the least bit concerned about retaining that person who has just arrived at your site, then, do you really think it’s in your best interest to present them with an identical list of reverse-chronological content once they’ve arrived at your site?

Thanks to RSS, the default method of content presentation on blogs has become, in my opinion, unnecessarily redundant.

What an interesting thought. If your blog gets most of its traffic from various feed readers, you might want to switch things up on your index page. Feature your best articles more, as they have probably already seen your newest material.

Categories: Blogging Tips

The WordPress Podcast

Another in the series of “why didn’t I do that?” type ideas, an enterprising person, Charles, has gone ahead and recorded the first episode of the WordPress Podcast.

Included in the first episode includes:

  • What’s in WordPress 2.0.3? (Nonces)
  • WordPress 2.0.4 to be released soon.
  • Bad Behavior 2 released.
  • Diagnosis – a plug-in for troubleshooting WordPress installs.
  • Undersigned theme competition.

A great idea, and I hope more are recorded. Check it out at It has already been downloaded/played over 400 times.

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress Plugin: Post2Page

Changing posts into pages has not been a big draw for me, but there have been a few posts that could make great pages of content on their own, and in order to do that, I would have to copy the content into a page, and put a link from where the content was, to where it is. This set-up would not be idea, and so now Christopher Hwang has created a plugin to make things easier.

Post2Page allows you to take existing posts that you have and convert them into pages. It also remembers the previous permalink that you had while it was a post so that sites linking to your posts are able to find it still.

It does this by way of sending a 301 redirect to the requesting browser and is transparent to the viewer. Essentially you will have a post-permalink -> page-permalink 301 redirect.

So now you can move an entire post without having to create a new page, with a link from the original post, just to make sure your viewers can find it. Everything moves over including the comments, so nothing gets broken.

One other noteable use for this plugin is being able to have drafts of pages, by making a draft of a post and then changing it into a page. Very interesting. Check it out at Slipstream.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

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