Blog Paycheck Adventures

So I purchased Blog Paycheck. Immediately went and signed up for ReviewMe. This site wasn’t accepted. Here’s the message I got back regarding my main site:

Your inventory was declined

Hello,

We are sorry but the website you have suggested http://www.no-out-there.com has been declined at this time. The main reasons a website is declined are:

– The website is a suspected fake.
– The website does not have enough link popularity.
– The website does not have enough traffic.

*Please note that our algorithm that accepts or rejects inventory submissions can make mistakes and if you feel the above criteria does not accurately describe your website, please reply to this email asking for further review by our editorial staff.

I guess this is what it feels like if one is a writer and receives a rejection slip.

Next, I signed up for PayPerPost and the email confirmation link didn’t show up and there was no way to resend it. So after checking the Bulk, I followed their instructions and e-mailed their support.

I then went ahead to the Sponsored Reviews site and after reading realized I couldn’t sign up there.

I received an e-mail from PayPerPost regarding the email confirmation link situation. Here’s what it said:

We have solved your issue

Solution: Hello 

Thanks for contacting us!

We have manually confirmed your account and you may now log in to PayPerPost. Once you login, you will need to change (some personal information removed), as we had to insert temporary information to confirm your account.

Please let us know if you encounter any issues, as we will be glad to help.

Thanks again!

 

I’ll get back to that in a few days.

It’s been awhile . . .

Well, it’s been about 6 months since I was last here. This was a sideline WordPress blog which allowed me to create my main blog and use what I learned here for that one. It was a HUGE learning curve even with the Adsense manual.

My main website, www.no-out-there.com, has come a long way.

It had been an html website back in 2006, upgraded to asp in 2007 and in 2008 a WordPress blog. All of these upgrades suggested by my friend and Internet Marketing coach Jonn Thomas (www.jonnthomas.com)

I’m happy to say I’ve had some clicks on this site even though I haven’t been here. I think there’ve been clicks as recently as just the other day, which is amazing to me!

However, now that I’m back to this site, I’ll be putting more stuff here.

iContact E-mail Marketing Solution

I don’t remember who turned me on to it – ah, I remember. I received an e-mail notification from a friend of mine who had been asking me about doing a mailing for him. I saw him Memorial Day and he asked me then too. I had agreed previously to do it and suggested ConstantContact. He kept telling me about some software that could be purchased for $29.95. and I didn’t hear from him again until I saw the mailing.

I read down to the end of the e-mail and saw that the software was iContact. I e-mailed and asked him if this was the software he had referred to – haven’t heard from him and that’s been a month.

So, I decided to check it out and did about two weeks ago. Signed up for the free 15 day trial. Learned lots of things and even sent a few e-mails:

Drawbacks:

All in all though I still recommend it. I went ahead and signed up for the package June 30th because they were offering 15% off the price. I’m going to keep ConstantContact at least for the next month.

a video for dr. joe

Creating a 2 minute video for Dr. Joe Vitale and Hypnotic Marketing 2.0. Here goes my foray into YouTube. I’ve had the account for some time and am just now getting to it.

This is actually part of a contest. I downloaded the PDF with the instructions late last night. Watched the video too. Glad I did. There was at LEAST one instruction on the video that isn’t in the PDF file! There is a script and instructions for the information they want saved with the video.

8:30am – have an idea to make it interesting. I have to have this uploaded by NOON today. Better get busy.

11:20am – Finally, after 20 recordings, I have one I can submit. Wish the lighting was better. Wish I LOOKED better. Alas, that is me. Gotta’ lose some weight. My smile is crooked. Oh well.

11:40am – EEEK! It’s not loading!@#$%! Let me check YouTube’s upload format requirements.

11:45am – AVI is one of the accepted formats, however IT’S STILL NOT UPLOADING!!!

11:50am – maybe there’s some conversion software. Calling Joyce – maybe she has a suggestion.

11:55am – Joyce suggested something PRO – which will only convert 70% unless I purchase the product!@#

NOON – still not uploading. MIssed the deadline for the contest, however . . . NOW I’VE CREATED MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO so There! nah-nah-nah!

No I’m not going to give you the link!!! Did you not see my comments about it??? However, I did upload it! Let me know if you find it! (HINT: The TAGS give it away

WordPress Adsense System V2

Well, WP Adsense V2 was easy as pie to install. I guess because it had only 2 themes and 4 plugins.

WP Adsense had 5 themes and 6 plugins. With an additional plugin which was downloaded from WordPress.com.

I’m not sure if the upgrade to WP Adsense V2 would have been as easy if WordPress had already been installed and in use for awhile with posts.

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WordPress Adsense System v2

In case I haven’t mentioned it before. In WordPress, under the Options menu is link which says PRIVACY.

I happened to be investigating each of the sub-menus under each of the WordPress mainmenu items and ran across Options-Privacy and lo’ and behold, here’s what I found:

Privacy Options

Blog visibility:

I was dumbfounded. And yet I realize that when one is just beginning to set the blog up, it might be a good idea to get it working BEFORE letting the search engines at it.

This may probably be the default for WordPress. I wonder how many folks don’t know that?  It could be the result of using GoDaddy’s Host Central to install WP.  My friend Jonn told me that when HE installed WP he was asked if which option he wanted.

Bottom line: CHECK FOR YOURSELF.  It doesn’t make sense to do all this work and then not have the search engines accessing your site.  This wasn’t mentioned in the instructions as a last step in either of the 7-day action plan.

WordPress Adsense System v2 – wp2.3.1 upgrade

Ok.  So, I’m over at another of my website – The Commando Coach – upgrading it to WordPress 2.3.1.

I’m happy to say:  IT WENT VERY WELL, probably because I didn’t have to use the manual method to do the upgrade AND because there wasn’t anything on the site.

I used Godaddy’s Host Connection Tools area to install WordPress to the domain.  Once that was completed, I used the FTP program to add the ONECLICK INSTALLER to the wp-contents-plugins folder.  Next, I did the 2.3.1 upgrade, using the WordPress Automatic Upgrade PLUGIN.  It was a snap.

Now – to install the WordPress Adsense System V2.

WordPress Adsense System v2- upgrade

Well, last night I decided to take the plunge with the system v2 upgrade. It worked well on this site. You’re looking at the finished product.

While this was easier – probably because I’ve been exposed to Gobala’s manner of explanation – I found the instructions a bit less informative in the 7-day action plan than the first one, such as #2,3

On one of my other sites, I didn’t fare as welll. I think that’s because I had done some other coding on this website that I hadn’t done on the other. At any rate, I’m intending I get that solved today.

How to Choose an Effective WordPress Theme

by Gobala Krishnan

Copyright (c) 2007 Gobala Krishnan

Installing a WordPress theme is probably the first thing a new blogger does. Even if you’ve been blogging for years you may still be a theme “addict”, wasting a lot of time doing minor modifications that when summed up merely distracts you from writing and marketing.

It’s actually easy to see why this single aspect of running a blog demands so much attention. With the correct theme, you can accommodate all the nifty little widgets and codes, and may also mean better search engine rankings and tons of fresh traffic every day.

So what are the factors you need to consider to make theme-hunting easier? Here are five important ingredients:

1) Theme Width and Columns

Typically, WordPress themes come in 2-column or 3-column formats, with widths ranging from 500 pixels to 960 pixels wide. If you’re blogging for non-profit purposes, a 2-column theme can look more compact and reader-friendly. Since you have less images of products or links to other sites to display, you can focus exclusively on the content without leading readers away from your site.

On the other hand, if you’re blogging for profit, you may want to consider a 3-column WordPress theme that will be able to accommodate your Google Adsense, Chitika and Text Link Ads codes comfortably without squeezing everything in the content area. 3-column themes allow room for expansion, but in the event that you’ve filled up all available space with ads, then it’s time you removed the non-performers and use only the advertising services that work for that particular blog.

2) Use of Images and Icons

A theme with images and icons can look good, but it rarely increases your web traffic or subscriber base. In fact, most “A-list” bloggers have plain vanilla themes with a simple logo on top. Reducing the amount of images also means faster loading time and less stress on your servers. This vital aspect of server load become apparent only if you have tens of thousands of visitors a day, but it’s worth designing for the future.

A image-laden theme also distracts readers from the content itself. This is the reason why blogs like Engadget and Tech Crunch use images intensively in the content areas to add value to a post, but the theme itself is simple and rather minimalist.

Ideally, a theme should allow you to use your own header image for stronger branding purposes, yet replace images and icons with links and text, or just not use them at all unless absolutely necessary.

3) Compatibility with Plugins

Another time-sucking activity is installing plugins that improve the functionality of your site. There’s a plugin out there for almost everything you want to do with your blog, but while most of them are free and easily obtainable, it’s not always easy to install the plugins and insert the codes into your WordPress theme.

If your theme is too complicated, it may be a headache to even insert that one line of code you need to make a plugin work. This is often the case with advanced AJAX-based WordPress themes that have too many files and heavy coding. I’ve always preferred a simpler themes that stick to the default WordPress theme as much as possible, so I can cut back on the learning curve and just get on with my life.

Remember that the purpose of your blog is to deliver timely, relevant content to your readers, Any theme that preserves or improves the reader experience is good, any theme that subtracts from the experience is bad.

4) Search Engine Optimization

A lot can be said about search engine optimization, but at the end of the day if you have content worth reading eventually you’ll get the rankings you deserve. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need SEO; it merely means that as far as optimization is concerned all you really need to do is to make sure:

(a) Your <TITLE> tags are formatted properly, with the name of the post first followed by the name of the blog – some themes can do this automatically without modification to the code or use of a plugin

(b) All your blog content titles use the H1 tag, with the main keywords used instead of non-descriptive text for better SEO relevance

(b) Your theme has clean source codes, and if possible all formatting is linked to an external CSS file which you can edit independently

5) Plug-And-Play Ease of Use

Can the theme be installed easily on an existing blog without having to move things around? Can the same theme be used and customized easily on your other blogs? These are some additional things you may want to consider when theme-shopping, especially if every minute of downtime on your blog may mean lost revenue.

While it’s hard to make comparisons due to the sheer amount of free and paid themes out there, it’s still a good idea to have a test blog site. Test any theme you plan on using, and make sure your test blog is also fitted with all the plugins and miscellaneous widgets used on your real blog. The last thing you want is for your readers start seeing weird error messages on your blog.

At the end of the day, a theme is just a theme. Instead of spending your time installing them, it may be wiser to outsource the task and focus more on your readers. Alternatively, you may also want to consider buying “plug-and-play” themes for a reasonable price. Dennis De’ Bernardy of ProWordpress.com has probably one of the best themes around, but if you’re short on cash there are certainly cheaper alternatives.

About the Author

Gobala Krishnan is the guy newbies come to for blogging advice and niche marketing tips. He’s also the creator of the “Instant WordPress Themes” package where you can get beautiful yet highly effective WordPress niche themes for $1 each.

Adsense WordPress System V2

Thanksgiving has come and gone. The tree has lost its leaves. Temperatures have dropped.

Here we go, again. Adsense WordPress V2.