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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Donations to Wikipedia is a Money Allocated for a Cause.

Admittedly, Wikipedia for me is useless for reference purposes. Why? I have yet to meet a professor who respects it and who would allow a citation from this huge free media of knowledge. I also have to admit that if I google unto something and Wikipedia results come out, I read it first over the rest. Do I sound like a paradox queen here? If your minds are asking questions, I'll explain why I feel this way.

Click this and you'll be in the page you are seeing here... the donation page.

As I write this article, I have already sold more or less fifty (50) custom essay orders (See one of my earning schedules here) to customers. Naturally, from those orders, not only once, twice or thrice I have been instructed that Internet sources are NOT allowed, especially Wikipedia sources. Understandable, right? Professors want citations from books and not from stuffs contributed by just anybody. Professors HATE plagiarized works as well. Thus, I have my online library subscription where thousands of books are stored... and only few have access. I don^'t know if you've heard about Questia.

Going back to the Wiki story, if Wikipedia is useless to my side job, why I put such title for this article? It is because Wikipedia's founder has been appealing in very page of the site for donations (as I saw it last december 26 when I made my donation). I did try to put some of mine (donation) and it went through perfectly. I donated a very little amount of course as we are all frugal in terms of donations. However, any amount would do and if many would respond, with all the users of the site, at least even $1 each, I think it can make the site run smoothly for a long period. How many millions do use Wikipedia? I know much. You can donate by Paypal as I did. I forgot to see other options as I was so excited when I saw that Paypal was okay.

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So why did I donate?

1. I believe in the cause of the site. Although it cannot be cited in many papers, it can still be read and the contents relate to what they are supposed to relate to. The references are correct although I cannot vouch for the accuracy and reliability but I always find most articles worthy of my time spent reading.

2. It is a wonderful and easy way to begin a search or a research. I always start at Wikipedia when I do papers. I try to understand the topic deeper and Wikipedia is an entertaining (not boring) way to start: at least for me. When I understand many things about my topic, I proceed to work with my subscription database and it makes the work a lot faster.


3. It is free. What else can we ask for? The reason why the founder is/was appealing to the public is because of the fact that maintaining the site is not free and naturally not easy. Thus, it makes it more worthy to donate no matter how little you think your donations can be. Your donations are a big help for users who are unable to buy subscriptions to expensive sources of knowledge.

4. It is a very useful link provider; you'd know where to go. Many topics are interrelated and linked. External links are as well provided there. This is why the reason number 2 above exists.

5. Who else has the goal to make anything/everything known under the sun? This the reason why I admire the vision of the one who founded this site. It is simply a good thing to put every thing in writing, without discrimination as to who shared them. Let the world be equipped with more knowledge.

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So what are you waiting for? Donate to Wikipedia's cause now. That can be a $1 and YOU can make a difference. In the donation page, there are default values (such as $30,$50, $100) but you can go to the custom (Other) amount and make the donation you can afford. Believe me, you'll feel good after donating, no matter how small that is. I did! Just click HERE..

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Getting 300 EntreCard Drop Backs and Other Lessons

Having spent some serious moments with entrecard in the past few weeks, I have learned lessons and I have observed and also devised ways in getting as much drop backs as I could. Since I got returns on what I have invested, I would like to share them to anyone who is interested in getting as much drop backs as they could too, just like me.

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The graph shows that this blog has many times garnered very good drop back rates reaching as high as 367 cards... I loved those days!

I have to admit that I slowed down lately and got so little returns in the past few days but the graph here still shows that I had many 300 and more returns in certain days. I would like to note that the "Satistics" portion of entrecard is a very helpful tool in analysing the entrecard activities that one blogger and EC member has. However, I have to warn you, reader, that the statistics seems to be not in "real time" or not as updated to the last minute but it is still very useful.

So here we go, I will show my graphical statistics and the entrecard's explanation of it as well as my additional note and some tips in improving the performance of such graph.

Card Drops
This is the record showing the daily number of cards that were dropped on your blog (or my blog), where the EC widget is directed or pointing when clicked. According to EC explanation, "a good number of drops improves your advertising price, and your position in the Campaign listings."

Indeed, I have observed that the price of my advertising varies or is "slightly" dependent to this card drops TO my site here but of course, the ad price is mainly affected by the demand: the more people advertise on that site, the more expensive the advertising cost becomes. I am very sure you have seen that.

How Did I Improve on This and Get Better Drops Back?

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I am a devoted dropper until I got the connection problem.. I am trying to regain my balance though...

1. Dropping as much EC as possible. We have 300 limit daily.
With a good connection (which I really lack for the meantime), this task is so easy to achieve. This is usually our complaints as I read on every EC member's posts about dropping the maximum number of cards which is 300 because it is very time consuming especially if the internet connection is NOT high speed. However, There is still a remedy to normal-speed connection (just like mine). I made dropping as a side-activity and NOT the main activity. What I do, personally, is to make the things I do at home such as read pocketbooks, exercise, do the laundry, etc., while letting the pages of each dropper I had the previous day open. Then I take a pause to drop.

2. Dropping earlier saves the day.
Entrecard's standard time is six (6) hours later than my time zone. I live in Netherlands. I start dropping as soon as 6:01 in the morning strikes. Why? NOT all of the droppers who drop back to our drops do so in the nex day. There are others who drop back the moment the drop is made to their respective sites and they just drop on previous day droppers if they get short of "today's" or the current day's drops. This means that the earlier one starts dropping, the more possibility of getting some drops back. Getting a drop, whether today or tomorrow is always better than not getting any returns at all.

3. I drop back on yesterday's droppers.
Why? To really be able to drop on them all. Yesterday's droppers are already complete as of the current day making the drops even more complete and to be more organized in my dropping back. This means that my dropper will always get a drop back even though I don't do so on the same day.

4. Avoid fast dropping programs/techniques.
Why again? Because most of the people, but obviously NOT all, in those fast dropping groups drop to each other when they too use the service. If you are not listed in that dropping list, no much traffic will flow back to you. That will only be good for you if your aim is only to gain credits but if your aim is like mine which is first traffic and then blog recognition, then fast dropping is absolutely a no no.

5. Entrecard forum rocks.
I remembered being so active in the Community forum of EC few weeks back when my work was still not as heavy as now (year end closing is heavy for accounting professionals) and I got a load of visits to my blog from the active forum members and most of them comment on my posts. Isn't that an amazing thing? I also got one of the moderators in the community remind me of my warning and he/she was able to delete that warning. What can I say more? EC is such a great help for bloggers.

6. Advertise. Advertise and advertise more.
This is up to you what your target audience is. For me, as long as my blog get exposed, I am happy. I am the kind who buy ads in volumes of low-cost advertising. If you can see in the succeeding graphs, some of those ads were as cheap as 8ECs per day but gave me high clicks. For me it is worth it.

I choose to advertise in new blogs, putting a limit of arond 16 or 32 ECs per day to advertise and getting good returns. AT least this way, if I don't get click thoughs from those ads, they are so cheap that I wont regret buying them in the first place. This is to save heart aches compared to the feeling when I buy expensive ads without returns. My main goal is traffic anyway rather than blog recognition.

This is to show how the advertisements affect the drop backs or visits to this site. Take note that I had the highest number of EC visits on the 15th and the same is true in this graph where my advetisement did great.

7. Commenting is a load of benefit to a blogger.
Obviously, there were times when I could not drop back to all of my droppers. I just leave some relevant comments to some of my droppers (sorry to others who were not accomodated but I also visited your page though I was not able to drop nor comment) because I have had more than 300 drops. Commenting will cause a visit back, a drop back, and more likely, a comment back as well. And the good thing of this is the backlink earned when commenting.

8. Be conscious of the traffic maximization technique: Don't drop to a blog owned by the same person.
Personally, I try to avoid dropping on the all the blogs owned by the same person. If possible, I would prefer that the 300 drops I get or all the drops back I get would come from different IP addresses making them a unique visit. I tend to comment to the rest of the blogs I know who come from the same owner and don't drop on them. All the same, they know I was there due to my comment. I choose another blog to drop my card at: owned by another blogger.

9. Choose where to drop, and be wise with that choice!
Obviously, we are not always full of blogs to drop. Sometimes we have only around 200 (or even less or more depending on our actions too) blogs to drop and if we aim to drop 300 cards, we need to have the extra 100 to look from outside. In my case, I can even mentally picture out blogs that usually drop back and blogs where my drop is most likely to be worthy. Just like some blogs such as Orange Inks, Matthias Chronicles and Moms Check Nyo or any of the rest of Liza's blogs (the owner of Moms Check Nyo blog), I am more or less 100% that these bloggers drop back. Thus, over the rest I choose them: I also drop back for some bloggers who dropped their cards on my widget two days ago if I get short really and of course, some are from the most popular blogs because these people usually are heavy droppers.

10. Try to be the most popular in any way.
This does not ONLY mean dropping and being the top three (3) of your category. This (being in top 3 of your category) is of course very avisable, as I was able to be in top three for some days but competition is tight and being there is a big help because new members (just like when I was new) get curious and click your widget. It is a very good free ad space!

I was able to be the Top advertiser for some time in the past week but I have had internet connection disabling me to buy ads in the prior days and I think I am down now. The same is true in my dropping but I am trying to get back to my feet now as my ALexa is staggering.

11. Have patience
Getting in the top of your category, or the top advertiser or anything good at EC takes time. I noticed that it was at least 2-3 weeks getting at the top and it requires full consistency. This means really dropping 300 each day, advertising on at lest 50 blogs each day and things like those.

Still, I am in quest of more knowledge and stuffs. This little thing I know, this is a personal experience and if you read until here, I thank you and wish you good luck in the community... in the entrecard community.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It Pays to be a Webbie Individual: Online Shopping = No Stampede

After reading the Black Friday Stampede that happened at Wal-mart, aside from the sympathy that we mostly feel, I also realizee some things: If people would have been sensible in that even, no life could have been sacrificed; if online shopping have been practiced regularly, a sad event like that in Wal-mart could have been prevented. But NO!

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Again, Christmas is coming soon and WebbieStuffs is constantly posting here the importance of gift-giving practice and thus, as obvious as the distilled water, we need shopping to complete the season. And since it is a "need", this post reminds you to be very careful. Do not be pressured by this holiday season, instead, try to relax and enjoy this out-of office, out-of-work, and out-of-school moment.

How are we going to give gifts if we cannot go shopping? To purchase something these days, physically visiting a store is not anymore a need. E-commerce has arrived a long time ago and all we need to do is enhance our experience with it. Learning a lesson from the Wal-mart Black friday Stampede incident, it gives even more reason to go shopping in front of the screen!

One reason why people ürefers "real shopping though is for prices. It is generally assumed that "offline" shopping is cheaper. But that is NOT always the case. All we need to do is look for a good merchant where variety of choices are available. There are many beautiful things sold online as well. Ebay would not grow that big if what I just said is not true, right? Go Online Shopping Now!

Just like Newsmy / LightInTheBox One-Dollar-MP3-Cellphone, that is absolutely cheap, right? $1? That is crazy rather than affordable. As an additional information, Newsmy and LightInTheBox are two different entities but they shared on value: offering affordable products making customers happy. Moreover, Newsmy is China-based leading consumer electronics brand with more than 500 Newsmy Specialty Stores in China. Its product lines ranges from digital AV, car electronics, mobile storage, communications, imaging, etc. In short, it is in electronics and gadget industry. Many people believe it has the potential to become China's Sony or Samsung. LightInTheBox.com on the other hand is a China-based leading value-adding global online distributer, serving both business customers and customers from more than 100 countries with more than 100 thousand products. Now you understand why the both offer these affordable gadgets.

So interested for a $1 stuffs? Click HERE and you'll be IN!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Are You Preparing for the Upcoming Google PR Update? Do You Have Tips?

It's December and soon enough, it would be three months since the previous google update last September. Honestly, although I have read around about PRs (google page ranks), and I even wrote on them, I am still left with zero PR for this blog. Yes, I have a PR 3 blog and a PR 1 blog but it is still a challenge to get one for this particular blog, WebbieStuffs, because it has a lot of paid posts in it.

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See where my site visitors come from.... I need to improve on SEO!

Admittedly, a PR better than zero, be it page rank of one (1) or google page rank of two (2), I would be exteremely glad to happen/ to be awarded for this blog. I just don't know where to start. My traffic has been feeling bad lately because of the EC problem last week coupled with my stat counter having its server down as well. This means, without traffic (although I am still below 100k rank) and zero page rank, no opportunities from paying advertisers. This blog has earned me around $300 but that is so little.. I mean, if there is more, why must I not earn those?

You may Click on Related Readings:
Maybe A Good Pacing Will Do for a PR with 10 cmments
What's Your PR in the September Update? with 20 comments
Weekend Link Popularity Learning with 11 comments

I am curious what you have been up to to prepare your blogs for google PR update in the coming week(s), I have taken some peeks on my referer and some of the posts here also got hit from google searches but I do think they are not that concrete and heavy compared to the weight of my dofollow links in favor of paid posts.

On the side however, I still give my best shot. I do the following:

1. Clean up my previous posts, the ones I made in the beginning with many links without being conscious that there is such thing as google Page Rank or google PR or PR;

2. Link and tag for keywords some of the photos and images I previously uploaded, long before I understood linking and tagging images for keywords;

3. Cleaning up my link listing as there are a couple of blogger buddies who just made their blogs disappear in the net;

4. Making comments and putting the links of my post that can directly relate to the post I am commenting to;

5. Thinking the best way I can to make worthy posts that can be easily searched but has lesser competition and not overrated subject/topic yet.

More Related Topics to Digest On:
Now We Have PR 5, Shall We Have It Forever? with 12 comments
Google PR: I Want to Improve in It! with 20 comments

How about you? Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. I am no good in SEO and I would be happy to hear from you. I am a good learner and I will be happy to apply your ways. Happy blogging everyone and good luck to all of us in the upcoming google PR update.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Adgitized and Hooked! Oh Not Again, Please.... But I Want to Earn More!

I have told myself some time in the past no more of ads earning signup and stuffs like those. I have lots to follow already. I have work, learnings, blogs, and of course, I have life to take care of! But seeing so many testimonials of earnings, who can't be convinced? I have read in the Entrecard Forum about this website that pays. Well, many pays but the way the points are earned in this site called Adgitize is simply amazing. Bloggers can earn in many ways, either by referrals through the site Adgitize's affiliate program or display ads, there can be no problem in earning.
I am going to follow-up on this site as I just signed up. That means I have read three (3) or four (4) testimonials but I have to witness and feel it myself before I can fully assess that success they have been telling. I want to earn as much as I can. Aside from my full-time 8-hour job, I would like to earn another extra €300 if possible with my laptop not counting my tutorials after work and my conversation services (I am a sweet talker that is why some people here pay me for just talking with them..haha). Currently I am earning around €200 from paid posting, my technical writing, ad displays such as Freebies4Webmasters and Project Wonderful (but have not withdrawn from PW as it is only $11 so it is not so big anyway) so I better try this one out as well, though as I said, I did not want to crowd this blog anymore.

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What do they testimonize and what is Adgitize's promise? for Bloggers and Affiliates?

1. When a visitor to the bloggers/affiliates' blog clicks one of the ads and signs up as an Adgitize member then that blogger or affiliate will be listed as the"sponsor". If that person becomes a new member and places an ad on the Agitize Network then the sponsor will be paid a one time finders fee of $5 for referring the new member. There is also a montly income of $1 for every month the referred blogger/affiliate continues to advertise on the Adgitize Network.

2. This is a good way to have traffic as well because Adgitize is also a social community. Members visit each other, tries to see the ad displays of each other and try to interact. More traffic means more earnings. I know that because this blog has zero (0) google PR but I still have many opportunities to paid post because the traffic saves me.

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For Advertisers, advertising at Adgitize is cheaper and of good quality. Juts try and see and prove to yourself if I am lying. If I do, you can spank me! Now, you read until here so you better sign up here or I spank you! ^^

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Lesson Learned: Do Not OverManipulate Blogger's Flexibility or Else.....

I am still in the process of looking for answers. If I can find one, I will post it here in succeeding entries, but as of now, I am still in questioning mode. One of my December posts in this blog got lost! Where is it now? It was still searchable as of Saturday but the post cannot be found anymore. Strange huh! As you can see in my archive, it admits that I made six (6) posts until now (including this one). But if you try to expand the posts, there are only five (5) posts being displayed. Or, if you count the posts, it is always one post lesser than what the archive says for December. The other one got lost. Where is it now?
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What exactly happened?
Friday morning, I was able to find an opportunity to post for a paid article. And I did in a hurry because I still had to run to my office. Although my time was flexible and I can even start at 10AM I make it a point to start at 8AM instead. Why? Because I still have other extra jobs such as tutorials and stuffs and I want to go home as early as possible to reunite with my blogs of course.

Making the story short, I made that post, submitted it and rearranged my other posts by manipulating the dates that were in the default post settings. Yes, the dates can be manipulated so that the ones that are posted later will appear in my homepage. That is what I do actually to give greater exposures to the post that are useful to those who might land in my homepage for a certain period. I think I have overdone it: changing dates and times of at least three (3) posts and hola! The pronlem came. In that certain Friday morning, my homepage could not be manually accessed. Even from searching from search engines, if it points out to my homepage url, the page is not visible if clicked with a blogger note telling that their engineers are working on such problem.. I was not able to completely comprehend what exactly the situation was because of the fact that I was in a hurry plus this laptop that I have speaks Italian. This is total Italian, bought from Italy and with Italian settings and stuffs but I let it this way in my quest to improve in this language that I already learned to speak and understand.

The consequences for a manipulative webbie logger
Making the story even shorter, though it is admittedly long now, I went to the office with my homepage missing, or should I say, inaccessible. When I was in the office, I tried accessing the homepage in my breaktime and all were intact and back to normal. Only that a certain (the one that is lost now) post could not be accessed: the same engineering problem arises and the same warning comes out when I clicked it from my archive. The post can still be searched online but it could not be accessed. It was still in my archive though. When I went home that afternoon, I tried to check again and it was totally nowehere to be found. I completely lost it. There were already around 4 comments in that post and the title was "Failures and Achievements: I Has (or WebbieGurl Have) An Very Worse Grammar and WebbieStuffs' Alexa at 98,000th Rank! Yeeehaa". I just tried to search online and no more trace of this anymore although the exact phrase is still showing in search results because it was linked to one of my blogger buddies' post: I put the link when I commented to her blog entry.

Anyway, as I have said, I learned a lesson. Slow down with blogger's capacity. Although it is very flexible, it has limitations at times. As for that post, I think I may repost it as I still have the original copy of that although the original comments were lost. As for this incident, I still have to search why it happened. If possible, I would be glad to recover my post and its comments but that is a very thin chance.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Deleted at Entrecard? Humility is a Good Virtue!

Your webbie blogger has much ups and downs when entrecard is the topic. I have to admit I have never seen my widget in the first place of the most popular blogs for my category but i have seen it in the second place. For me, that is already enough. After all, it has its exposure in the main Campaign page of Entrecard (EC).

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The entrecard account for this blog has been deleted for so many times already. Maybe four? Or even more times and I cannot perfectly recall anymore. But the point is, it has been deleted and not for once only. But look and you will see that I am still active with Entrecard (EC) and at the same time, this account has been intact until now. How and Why? As the title of this post says, humility is the answer.

Why Your Account Got Deleted?
This is the first question that one needs to answer if the acount has been deleted. The answer for this can be a couple of hundred reasons or more.There are just too many reasons and that makes the probability even higher that an accont be deleted. Whether the reason is purposedly done by the account owner, or it is accidental, Entrecard does not care. It has its own terms of use or terms of service (TOS) which admittedly, not so many are too happy to read.

Human Nature, Withdrawal
The first reaction of a human being after getting such deletion notice is to feel bad; to blame the one who did the deletion; to bear grudges against EC; to hate EC; to leave EC; to despise EC; or at worse, to stop blogging! Of course the list goes on as to the possible reaction or reactions after a blogger's EC account deletion. I must say that the one that I hate the most among such reactions is to stop blogging. These bloggers forgot that they use EC to help their blogs and NOT they blog because EC exists (although many cases of this exist now)

I know many fellow bloggers who fall under different reactions but the good thing, I also know many who tried to solve the problem and their accounts were reinstated just like what happened to mine many times after the many deletions.

What To Do?
First, one must admit that EC is really helpful. Why? Only with this admission one can continue being affiliated with the site or with its services. After such admission, the following can be done to be able to reinstate the deleted EC account:

1. Admit the deviation or mistake you have done against entrecard and email them to ask for apologies or reason out for the reason they stated why the account has been deleted.

2. Solve the problem or manage that deviation you have against EC's TOS.

3. Request for reinstatement of the account;

4. Wait for not so long time.

5. Be active and enjoy your stay and repeat the process when your account gets deleted again.

For me, entrecard is a big help but this claim might not be true for others. t is up to you to decide. But again, when your account gets deleted, humility is the answer.

Where Else To Go If There Is An Amusement Park’s Holiday Sale? In That Park of Course, and It's Called Morey's Piers...

Do you remember Sandra Bullock in the movie Miss Congeniality? Do you remember which USA state she represented? It's New Jersey if am not mistaken. Aside from being the home of a very talented and congenial FBI agent in the movie, there is more to New Jersey than that. Having a vacation in this place is simply amazing. Did I say that a Jersey Shore beach Vacation is simply fantastic? Who knows? The next Miss Congeniality shooting might be set there!

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If you would prefer a great Wildwood attractions and roller coasters however, then no one would stop you. It is all there at New Jersey. And have you heard of a word such as Morey's Piers? If yes, then you'd know that it is a staple among New Jersey attractions with its amusement park rides and many other boardwalk attractions.

And are you also thinking about gifts this holiday season? Topics of gifts have been discussed a lot in your WebbieStuffs blog here. And again, New Jersey's very own Morey's Piers holds its its annual holiday sale! Amazing, right? The sale runs from December 1 through January 9 and customers can saved nearly 40% on a Season Pass to both waterparks. Oh wow! Indeed it's a Happy Holiday in New Jersey!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How Do You Take that Image in the Screen? Use Print Screen!

I am supposed to write another post but since a very dear blogger buddy who is always here in my blog wrote a question in this post which i find it worth making a blog post. If you would read her question, it is actually regarding taking the image of something that is shown in the screen: be it your profile page, your earnings, your dashboard, a photo you like, the whole screen, etc.

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This is the print screen key in the keyboard.. It is in the upper right portion of the keyboard, just look for it.

So far I have two ways to do it. The one is available to everyone and the second one is conditional. The first method I know is with the use of "Print Screen" function from the keyboard and the second method is with a software such as SnagIt.

The Screen Printed Virtually
Print screen function is available to everyone. How it is done and how does one make the image usable with the utility of the print screen? As for the technique I am using to make screen images helpful in my blog is with the assistance of the Program "Paint" that is already in everyone's PC or laptop.

The following Are the Procedures I Do To Have My Own Copy of What I See in My Screen
1. Click the "Print Screen" key.

2. Open the "Paint" application by clicking: "Start"--> Programs--> Accessories--> Paint

3. Paste the image you just acquired from clicking "Print Screen" by pressing "Ctrl"+"V". Another way to paste is to go to "Edit" in the menu bar and click "paste".

4. Edit your image from there by "selecting" and "cutting/copying" and "repasting" to a new file/new paint window the image you have selected.

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Basically, this is how my screen looks as I hit the printscreen and pasted it in paint...

Using a Software in Snapping the Screen
Using a software such as snagit (the one I am pretty familiar with because I also use this) is easier. But I think this is not applicable to everyone plus the fact that most of software usage require fees, although they have the trial version for a month or two for users to see if their product is good.

With snagIt, once one tries to press the snagging button, the area in the screen can be selected immediately and hola, it will be opened in snagit's auto opened clipboard and from there, it can directly be copied or saved.

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And here is the portion of that whole print screen that I chose to cut and be part of my blog post... Easy, isn't it? And if you ever wonder why it became big, simply click here to be cleared on how to do it..

I will not dwell on this, I simply demostrated that there are alternatives aside from the "Print Screen" function of the keyboard.

If You Have Windows Vista You Have Another Option
Another way to easily capture a screen image, which actually functions like snagIt is with Windows Vista SnapShot. I actually do not know how it is called in English because my laptop here speaks Italian. It says "Strumento di Cattura" which literally translates to "Capturing Instrument" so the term for me is not that clear in English. If you have Windows Vista, just try to go to: Start--> Programs--> Accessories--> Capture Image (or whatever is the term in English for this)
Any questions and violent (but reasonable) reactions are highly welcome.

Another Set of Gifts from My Favorite Eye Glasses Company: Zenni Optical

Holiday frames are here and this is my fourth update regarding Zenni Optical. If this optical site/store is not so good to me and the rest of its customers, I will not be posting this stuff for the fourth time!

I like the red rimmed one in the right column... the first in line, how about you?

Since it is holiday season, it is high time for all of us to consider giving practical yet beautiful and affordable gifts to our loved ones, just like giving then a $9.95 (very affordable, right???) pair of eye glasses from Zenni Optical.

Based on my previous posts about Zenni, it has been featured in the Clark Howard Show, vouching that his optical company indeed rocks.

If you are like me, at least one of your gifts for this holiday season would be from Zenni. An affordable, yet full of style eye glasses store. As you can see in the images, those are some of the fun-looking pairs available at Zenni Optical.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Talking About Dollars Attached to Blog Posts...

I am thankful I chose such a theme like this in my blog, webbie related stuffs. From paid posts only, I have earned a considerable amount of dollars.. As I have posted in this blog entry here, I have displayed and shared some of my earning options online. Again, mine is only a side earning, I do not have plans ever to go full time earning online.

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Although that earning ($247) is NOT big but it is NOT so bad either, right? Plus the fact that I do not have a google PR in this blog.... i still get that earnings...

If you are a member of any of the paid posting sites and you do paid posts such as me, you know that people who do say paid posting is bad for a blog's health have not really tried it or failed in it. As for my opinion, I can say that: that statement is ONLY true if the blog is earning in another way. However, if a blog or site is not earning anyway, getting into paid posting is NOT a bad idea. In this blog where this post is written, I have earned at least $200 in paid posting only. Not counting the thousands of earnings from other sources, that is another story partially tackled in this blog entry again.

Opportunity and Real Cost
Don't assume I sound like an economist here. I sound like accountant and auditor though, and that fact I can admit. Because I am, in real life! As for your monetising options, all you have to do to be in or out in a paid posting industry is to consider the overall bad or good that it can cause to you and your blog. What your WebbieGurl is pointing out here is the fact that you might wait too long before joining, and before you know it, you have spent so much of the OPPORTUNITY cost (OC) in there. OC is not literally money but IT can be converted to some considerable amounts if you have acted wisely given some situations.

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I am NOT! This BLOG is NOT a Make Money Online Blog or Earn Thousands Fast.. I hate that assumption and the deceit that goes around that line. I am telling you that everything requires hard work and perseverance, and sometimes, a little investment.

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This is just to inform you that online earning is very possible. This is NOT from blogging but from online effort. From blogging, read more to gain as well...

Paid Posting Is Bad?
Thus, if you have decided to make paid posts, I have various suggestions for you. You have two options here, whee I am a meber as well and I do earn too. See my respective earnings and read the captions and the choice is yours where you want to join. If you leave a message here after acting, that would be better as I do my best to help you in any possible way I can.

PayingPost: I just joined this blog few days ago and have not seen its earning power yet. I suggest you join and refer your friends because this is a relatively paying post site and not too many are in yet. One eferral here will allow you to earn $15 each. I can say that is NOT bad.

BidVertiser: I only earned $28 from this and have received this amount already. No regrets joining. They pay also if you refer some of your buddies.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How To Link and Properly Tag Photos for Keywords?

After very detailed discussion on how to resize photos, be it enlarging or reducing the size, I am back here with another topic on blog images. This time however, this will be on linking the photos and making useful tags on it. Why am I sharing this with you? This is because I really found this useful for your photos, especially if they are unique, to be searchable and when it can be searched and if the description is correct, people searching from the search engine would then click it, AND if it is properly linked, a click from the search results would mean a click to your page. And what does that mean? A click to your page means improved traffic and better blog health. We all want it.

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The color MAGENTA texts indicate edited link (where the page will open once the image is clicked) and the words after the alt indicates the keywords or tags..

I am using blogger platform for all my blogs so I am more familiar how it works when linking and tagging photos. However, if there is a photo or image hosting website where the photo was originally uploaded (such as flickr or photobucket), or, if it is allowed to copy the url of the originally web published photo, the process is even simplier. Putting images or photos in the posts can either be done manually by typing the urls and codes or by copying the codes and pasting it in the post editor of the blog or the website. I prefer copying the codes directly and then adding/changing some more items if it is necessary and would prove helpful, such as the alignment, size specifications, where it is linked and adding the tags and keywords.

In summary, what are the benefits of tagging and linking photos and images?

1. Photos or images becoming indexed searcheable.

2. Searched photos will lead to the linked page

3. Linked page opened is another increase in traffic

4. A well written article about the photo can hook the searcher giving way to increased readership

5. Linked page will be indexed easier as well because the images' keywords are pointing to that certain page/link.
The following images and captions will instruct the procedures in linking and tagging images.

PART A: Using Image Hosting Sites/Services

1. Upload your image

In case of photobucket, the name automatically becomes part of the keyword/tag in the codes, so if you put all the tags and keywords in the name field (in photobucket), each tag/keyword separated by comma, no further manual tagging is needed later on.

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This is the image and the possible links for various usage. Just copy the link you want at the "Image Link Code" and paste it in your post. You may copy it as well from the album summary but I clicked that photo from my album to put emphasis on it and where the codes can be found. I use the html code rather than the other three because of practicality and ease of editing because html code is more complete than any of the others.

3. See the generated code, copy and paste it into your blog post. I suggest you copy the HTML code over the others because only a little revision is needed when the html code is ready. The same is true with other image hosting services, if the html code is provided for the image, better choose it.

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5. You will see that the contents of the alt= " " should have been the tags that was previously enteres as the title of the photos in photobucket upload. HOWEVER, if you have not used the photobucket service, the alt=" " area is the place to put the tags and keywords that you have for the image. Just insert your tags in between the (open and close) quotation marks. Just like the photo you see, the tags are: "Blogging, Page Rank, SEO, Site Traffic, Technorati" or anything relevant to the photo or the article where the photo is located.

PART B: Uploading Using the Blogger Photo Uploader

1. Upload the photos/images

2. Look for the code and if you want to make it look bigger (than the blogger's large image) or, if you want to make it smaller than the blogger's "small image" or, if you want to put specific dimension, refer to this post on resizing images.

3. The same procedure as above on replacing the links and tags, your cue is on the beginning, replace that

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Gift Giving Needs? It's all in the Video Here: Mega Brands!

Buddy, are you ready for the holiday season? As for me, I am getting ready for it. In fact, I have discovered a great website to acquire my gifts from. It is one awesome and creative site that really enhances the imagination of kids. It is called megabrands. Since the coolest season of the year and the holiday season is coming near we have to think of gifts, right? What's my plan? A Christmas holiday with the people I love and value, and of course, the idea of gifts is always present. I want to receive as much as I want to give.

I got so many cousins and the one that is my favorite, I want to give her the Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse from MegaBrands. It is a true mickey mouse magic for a child's heart. For me? Can I have a gift for myself too? It seems that the MegaBrands Shop is convincing me to buy more. There are just a lot of toys to choose from this site. I am too excited to share them all with you, to make the kids happy or to make ourselves happy in this gift-giving season.

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MegaBrands.... Creativity to the Rescue!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How To Resize and Make Photos and Images Look Bigger in the Blog Posts?

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One of the fellow bloggers just made me think of posting how to make bigger photos in your blog posts or any posts you do online using html codes. I have seen so many small photos around considering I visit too many blogs in a day. I know that NOT all of us want bigger photos but I also know that others want it but they just do not have any idea how to. Just like me when I was starting out in blogging, the biggest image that I could put in a post is 400px by 400px which is the "large" photo as defined by Blogger photo uploader. I have always wanted to have bigger and more defined photos for most of my posts, where the details are shown.
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Sample resized image to perfectly fit this post area. If you click the image, it will take you to its original location, which is part of linking images that will be noted in my next post. Stay tuned.

I want to share a knowledge that was previously shared to me as well: how to make the photos bigger. How I learned this was easy: i asked someone who posted so big and so clear photos how he did it and he replied to my PM to him in EC and I got it! That was one way and later on, I learned the tricks and discovered other ways to make it bigger.

How To Make Photos Bigger Yet Lighter?
Naturally, bigger photos have bigger space/bytes in it and so it, more often than not, slows down the page load. To make the photos lighter in the blog, and at the same time make these photos possible to be enlaged, I use free photo hosts (photobucket for me). There are many around there like flickr, photobucket, snapfish, etc, In case of photobucket, that is where I start.

1. Upload the photos to a free image hosting service (i.e., photobucket, flickr, snapfish, etc)

2. Copy the url or html code generated and provided for that image and include it in the post.

3. Resize the photo or image to your desired size

Learn From These Images and Captions
As an example, see that image above. That is an image i put in my other blog, and as you can see, if you click it, it goes where it was originally posted for a purpose. Here, it is posted as an example.

See the following images and I do wish you learn better as you see how with the images and the captions.

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This is the image and the possible links for various usage. Just copy the link you want at the "Image Link Code" and paste it in your post. You may copy it as well from the album summary but I clicked that photo from my album to put emphasis on it and where the codes can be found. I use the html code rather than the other three because of practicality and ease of editing because html code is more complete than any of the others.

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The other new/colored texts in the new code, you will learn what are their purpose in my next post about linking photos and giving them keywords for them to be searchable in search engines.

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Take note however that you cannot resize bigger that your blog space, especially the width limit. As for my pages (from this blog), the maximum width that I can allow is 530px. If you have any questions, of if this post is too vague, I always accept constructive criticism. Hope you learned.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

NO, I am NOT Away, Nor AM I Busy

Folks, I am NOT abandoning any of my blogs. But as you have seen, there have been some lost traffic and unupdated blogs for days due to reasons that are beyond my control. I have been using this International Internet provider since I arrived here in the Hague but now, it seems that their paypal checkout counter is having problems. With this internet service that I use, which is actually called fon and can be visited at http://www.fon.com, all I need to do is pay with credit/debit card or with paypal when I needed to connect.

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The problem happened just this weekend and we could not do anytthing about it for the moment. Having a connection (aside from FON) in this country means waiting at least 23 days before installation and that is a lot of time to wait.

All I wish this time is to have the paypal checkout of FON be back soon (The checkout services for credit and debit cards are offered by Paypal too). I can still access blogger blogs but other platform blogs, I cannot. Why is that? Because FON is sponsored by google and skype. Thus, all googly webs and skypie websites are accessible without problem. I am still trying to post the best way I can. In fact I can, but I have to admit I hate to post with a lost readership and exposure because I would have lesser visitors. My traffic last week was ranging from 350-500 a day and now, it runs to just around a hundred... sigh.. so bad.

I watch too much youtube videos instead these days because as I said, google is FON's sposnor and i guess youtube is related to google and that is why. But at this moment, I just want to post as usual, after realizing that soon, in a month and a half time, it will be the google PR update and I do think it is best to have some pages indexed at least.

And as an instruction, If you want to comment in any of my posts in any of my blogs, and if you have blogger platform blogs, please use that url instead so I can comment back faster.

More power to bloggers and I do hope I would get the connection back at home. So long bloggers!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Web Hosting Geeks? It Would Be My Choice!

I am not paying hosting this blog with a fee yet... but if I do, I have found my choice already.

Obviously, I am still with the free hosting blogger platform. However, with my blog buddy, hosting this blog with a paid host is always an open option and of course, that too gives more opportunity to this blog if in case. Why? Isn't it obvious enough that most of us, if not all, actually want more flexibility and independence in our websites and blogs?

With this dream in mind, and I know you do have this dream too, I want to share one of the cool sites around providing hosting to those lots of us who want the website hosting, which i can tell is also cheap or affordable. But if you don't want it cheap or affordable, Buddy, you also allowed to have a lot more flexibilities at Webhosting Geeks' cool hosting categories.
These are the samples:
Isn't Webhosting Geeks great, providing all those classifications? I suggest you take a peek at the site too and see what cheap and wonderful hosting-related stuffs and services it offers

When Some Scripts Stop the Page to Load, Fix It!

I have been through it. Two of my blogs has these two scripts distracting my readers or visitors and I have to admit it caused me traffic and redearship. I had an adobe script notice freezing in this blog before and a pop up whole page ad in this blog . While I explained in this post how to remove the whole page popup, I have not written my experience on that adobe movie script warning that was so irrititating and freezing my blog's page load anytime a page is viewed by anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyhow!

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I had to see what was causing that script but I had difficulty. I searched online and some of the advices included some, which, might be advisable in your case if you have the same problem with movie or video script causing your page to load, but in my case, it was the second situation below:

1. Too big image size. I read this was an effective way to remove the script. One webmaster had the same problem and that problem was solved by reducing the size of the pictures or images in the pages or the site. It was effective per feedback. It was NOT the case for my blog however because my images are hosted differently and NOT hosted by blogger nor Picassa Album. I use photobucket.

2. Real video scripts in the site or blog's configuration. In the forums I have read, video scripts are indeed the cause. And that was the case for me. I had a script in my blog, which, unfortunately, not running properly anymore. I had to locate that script and for certain reason, it was not easy. It was a geocounter stat I had. I used it before in the blog that had problem but I never knew it would cause problem afterwards. I just thought it disappeared naturally without me knowing it was already becoming and causing a problem that time. IT EVEN CAUSED MY ENTRECARD ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

What I Did?
Just a piece of advice per experience, if you do not have any idea where the problem can be located or pin pointed, simply go back to your html codes or scrips you added in your blogs or sites. For sure it is there, it just need a little bit of scanning. Usually, try in your sidebar, leaderboard, bottom board or any place where you can possibly put that code. Of course sometimes it can be found in the html body itself but that was not my case. I use adding page element in my blogger platform blog when i put codes or scripts and that helped me locate it easily after realizing that it was from one of my codes/scripts that I previously added added.

Why it caused problem?
The situation is explained by Adobe itself here. In my case, I have seen that my script was broken and that it why it was NOT running anymore and IT CAUSED a great deal of trouble to my blog, In short, it was my fault after all.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Your WebbieGurl's Office Gurl and Accountant Again...

That starts today. I am preparing. I start n a Tuesday. I will focus on commenting on blogs after work. I will have heavy SAP work and more on entry analysis but that is not something new. See you in your blogs Guys!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Trying To Earn From Ad Displays Again and I am a Bit Richer This Month!! Yeehah!

The month of November made its promising start for me. I am just excited with the turnout of events. I have somw unexpected earnings that the payment of which I received on the last days of October or the first week of November. I wrap them up here.

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I have stopped writing and earning for quite sometime because of their delayed payments but I am glad they are all in now. See the yellow highligh for the recent earnings... Not bad I guess?

What I am trying to say is, as long as you have the initiative, online earning is very possible. I have always pointed this out. But of course, as fo my level, my online earning is of course an extra. I work part time during the day (3 hours) and earns my living from my work. I am in search for a full time job as well. But my online earnings make me happy and give me extra buck. Honesty, I can never think an online earning can support me to live ever, but to have them as extra, the savings is saved for that matter.

This previous month of October, around the middle of the month, I received a notification from BidVertiser that I would receive payment at the end of October. As you see, I never run BidVertiser ads here, right? Nor in in my site here, not in this site either. It made me think how can I earn? Then I remebered I had abandoned sites, not updated, no more new posts and no traffic promotion. Well, this is the site, indeed that still run the BidVertiser ads and indeed gave me a little earning. As you can see from the image, the earning is NOT that big but from a site I never paid attention, this makes me happy. And now I revived that site again, posting new entries again and promoting traffic.

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Not so bad, as well! Especially coming from an abandoned site of mine.. ^^

Moreover, my writing jobs had paid out. I had long been protesting for the late payments but finally it arrived and it was quite an earning! And the good thing? I received them with the dollar a bit stronger against Euro! That multiplied the earnings actually compared when I received them before October's last week or this month.

I am experimenting on projectwonderful if I can earn with this scheme. For now, my earnings is only in the $5 level but I am trying to see ways if one can earn on them. After all, they are just passive earnings that a publisher like me has nothing to lose. I do hope though that when November ends, I can at least withdraw $10 from the earnings there. Hopefully!

In short, you can earn.. And this post, is to encourage everyone that the money is online and as long as you have the guts to get it, you can get it! But again, this earning is too far to make me live with it allone. Real work is still important and a need for me!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Internet Protection Item: Help Filter Those Porno Sites

After my very previous post on email security and authenticity, this time I share again to you something that relates to our online safety. Sometimes there are just a clear need in filtering some kinds of websites. The most we know are pornographic sites and we all know the reason why. Among others are:

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1. Inappropriate for children

2. Inappropriate in work area

3. Inappropriate in public areas

Don't get me wrong as I have nothing against these sites. They exist because of popular demand but at times, there are just this need to block and filter them. And the sad side? Internet filters really do not make that protection 100% of the time! Why I said that?

A recent US Government study concluded that even the best filters could only filter/block 91% of adult websites, leaving 9% or more unfiltered. Those numbers become more important when you realize that 9% of the available Internet pornography could be as many as 100 million pornographic images and videos! And worse, if the individual in front of the computer knows how to bypass it or deactivate it, well then the filter's performance drops to 0%.

How Do You Solve This Internet Filters Issue?

If you are serious in filtering the websites that can be opened in your screen, a pornography-detection tool like SurfRecon is one good and important help. It provides a level of detection combined with the filter's protection: PROTECTION + DETECTION is the ultimate solution for internet safety.

The pornography-detection tools (software) allow users to scan a computer system and see what the filter missed. If a child or spouse is using an anonymous proxy or some other application to sneak a peak at adult content--or if they are simply using a CD-Rom, external hard drive, or thumb drive to hide porn on your computer--SurfRecon will find it!

So remember, filters alone cannot get the job done. Protection + Detection. Wny not try and get SurfRecon pornography detection tools and see how it works?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Learn the Real Facts about Websites: Be Safe Then

I have received this article from my newsletter last Sunday. Honestly, I like the very brief content that it has and I would like to share them to all of you. The newsletter is an educational one, coming frm a very good library database that I use for educational purposes, Questia.

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I share the same sentiments as the online search expert mentioned in the following original quoted article and here I am, sharing this all of you who uses the web for educational and reference purposes. We all better be careful with the data we gather and the information we create. I have to say that Internet is NeveR safe! I always hold this contention.

The following is the original article from my newsletter. I quote it below:
There's a staggering amount of information available on the Internet... and a lot of it is inaccurate. Online search expert Tara Calishain calls them "Internet facts" and says, "They're not necessarily true."

"They're distributed," she explains in her book Web Search Garage (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR, 2005), 111, "via both the Web and e-mail. There are a couple of resources that are invaluable for checking out these sites, but in addition to these resources there are three e-mail characteristics that should raise a red flag for you:

You're asked to forward the e-mail to everyone you know.

The e-mail describes a problem — like a particularly horrible virus — that if it were legitimate would be on every cable channel as an emergency news flash, including the Golf Channel.

The e-mail promises you some kind of reward for forwarding/replicating the mail."

Here are three of the resources Calishain recommends for checking out Internet sites and facts:

Snopes — http://www.snopes.com – "Snopes is the first site I go to when I want to check out something that someone has sent me. It's never let me down."

Vmyths — http://www.vmyths.com – Use this one, she says, to learn the truth behind virus warnings.

Evaluating information found on the Internet — http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/index.html — This site from The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University "discusses the criteria by which scholars in most fields evaluate print information, and shows how the same criteria can be used to assess information found on the Internet."

See original text here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Kill that Irritating Whole Page Auto Pop Advertisement!

The title may also be known as: I Solved that Inline Text Problem and the Full Page PopUp from Adbrite Part 2 as I have the part 1 for this.. This post is the continuation of my discovery of some things on my adbrite ads. I already posted on how to remove or disable the inline text ads two posts ago or you can see that solution from THIS POST HERE.

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This time, I would like to share how to stop that whole page ad that shows up everytime a page is clicked or reloaded on your/our sites or blogs. Luckily, I paid attention and I was able to remove mine which is, I have to admit, even myself is very annoyed by it. It is that whole page ad popup that steal the time from everyone who loads my page for around 10 seconds or so, very irritating, very annoying, kills the fun of blogging, grrr...grrrr.., etc.. right? This can kill traffic onestly as I have a lot of fellow blogger buddies complaining about both inline ads and auto pop up until I discover this solution. Sometimes the ads are not that wholesome for some other ad providers (but in Adbrite, I hìgot wholesome pops at least...^^).

Before, in order to remove this forced ad or popup, I have had to delete my ads itself but now, I have found out how to run the adbrite ads without inline text ads, and without this annoying popup though as of posting date, I do not have adbrite ads running around.

Maybe a lot of bloggers around have already posted about this but I am not aware as I have just discovered this solution lately and have not searched online on how to remove this. If you are an EntreCard member, this is a big possibility that your blog be deleted if you have this auto pop-up that has to stop every visitor or anyone who tries to load a page in you site/blog. Why I say that? Because a blogger friend of mine who has auto-played music got her account deleted for that auto music playing and this auto pop is no better than auto playing music, right? The solution is presented in the folowing instructions and image.

1.Remove all your adbrite ads (that is if you don't earn from it, that would not hurt).
This was the thing I did for this blog actually. Not much earnings, why not take it away? But of course, I am open to the idea that I might reinstall now that I know how to make the whole page pop up disappear despite the running of the ads.

2. Disable that Whole Page Ad Option.
This is a more flexible option than the first if you are earning and/or want to retain the adbrite ads. This actually involves replacement of the current ad codes with a new one where the whle page ad option is disabled. It therefore involves signing in to the adbrite account, creating a new ad zone with a disabled whole page ad option, plus generating the codes and installing these codes as replacements to the just removed adbrite ad codes. See the short tutorial here and notice the red squares I used to emphasize stuffs:

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Notice the only you that is required is to UNCHECK that option. We just miss it out when we make out ads, especially if we are new.

This applies to adbrite specifically but I am not aware about other advertisement providers if they have the same auto pop ups but the idea is the same, just look at the options. I just hope this helps everyone, especially thos who have been deleted from entrecard due to this reason..

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