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Webmaster Spot: Tips and advice on creating websites

Information about web management, website promotion, advertising agencies and more, straight from a newbie webmaster.

Updated: 2014-10-15T06:33:04.684-07:00


Blogging Courseware?


Came across this offer from Simpleology. The are offering a course in blogging. I've got a bit of free time to kill so I'll see how it goes.I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.It covers:The best blogging techniques.How to get traffic to your blog.How to turn your blog

Excellent service from Valueclick


I just want to take this opportunity to congratulate Valueclick on the excellent service they recently provided after one of my cheques got lost in the mail.The cheque they issued on 20 November 2007 never reached me. I thought it might just be due to the Christmas season and the general slowness of the international postal service. I waited till the end of January and finally on the 3rd of



Well one of my resolutions or rather goals for 2008 is to get started with PHP programming. For the last couple of years I’ve been meaning to do it, but just never got round to it. As websites need to become more dynamic, PHP is becoming an essential tool for any webmaster to master. Sure you can make use of Open Source content management systems, but you never get something that fits your

A bad case of writers block


It doesn't take a genius to notice that I've more or less ignored this blog for almost 7 months. I must confess that I had a severe case of writers block when it came to find interesting things to write and post about. Couple that with living in a third world country that doesn't offer any 24/7 internet access in my location (yet!) and you've got a surefire recipe for a seriously neglected

The 3 minute Adsense optimization guide


The Adsense team has recently posted their 5 minute Adsense Optimization Demo. For those of you on slow connections, or those who are too impatient for the Flash presentation to load here’s a quick condensed version: Ad positions:Ads above the fold (visible immediately when page loads) perform the best.Place ads near rich content and navigational areas, where visitors are more likely to

Referrals 2.0 launches for all publishers


Those of you who keep track of all things Google would remember that Adsense launched a Referrals Beta program in March. They seem to be finished with testing and have announced that Referrals 2.0 will soon be available to all Adsense publishers.The Referrals 2.0 program seems to offer some nice features for those interested in affiliate marketing:Expanded product inventory: While many of you

I'm back! With a new PC....


Any regular followers of my blog would have noticed that it hasn't been updated since the first of April. Aside from some network issues with my ISP (and still lacking the option of getting any form of 24/7 internet connection in my area) I decided to take some time off, and recharge my batteries.I finally got a brand new PC - funded by Adsense income (Thank you Google!). For those interested

Google the prank masters


I couldn't wait to see what Google came up with for April Fool's this year. They definitely did not dissapoint, with not one, but two pranks (I came across so far).The first one is the revolutionary Google TiSP - wireless broadband for people who want to go with the flow!:Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your

Adsense team on overdrive


The guys on the Adsense team have been quite busy the last couple of weeks. In case you missed the latest developments here's a brief recap:Updated Program PolicyThe Adsense program policy has been updated with some minor (or major depending on your view) changes in effect. The most prominent is the fact that they have removed the contextual ad restriction, but modified it by not allowing

Google Pack Finally available to all international publishers


When I logged into my Adsense account today I was very surprised to finally see Google Pack as an option for referrals. In my previous post regarding the international Google Pack release, I explained that it wasn’t an actual “international release” since there were many countries left out (including my own).Recently the Adsense team announced that Picasa referrals would be rolled into Google

Making money from your website – the 101 guide


Let’s face it; although it might not be the primary reason, most websites are created to generate some kind of revenue for the Webmaster. After all it’s only reasonable to expect that someone who put hours of effort into creating a site would want something to show for that effort – even if it’s only enough to pay for hosting to keep the site up and running. There are basically 5 main methods

New Blogger


I finally received the option to convert my Blogger blogs to the new version of Blogger. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works and making changes so my blogs look more or less like I want them.The new interface seems to be running much smoother than the original version and I like the customize option which allows you to use a drag-and-drop interface to drag layout elements to

Linking to copyrighted material unlawful


Recently someone on Digitalpoint asked whether it would be illegal to start a site that linked to ripped MP3’s, movies and TV shows hosted on third-party file hosting sites. This comes hot on the heels of another member asking whether it would be illegal to imbed YouTube videos containing full-length TV episodes on their site. From an ethical and common sense standpoint there was no question

Apple iPhone - WOW!


The first thing I have to admit is that I’m not much of an Apple iPod fan. I always thought that the whole iPod craze was way overrated. With the introduction of the Apple iPhone it seems as if I will have to swallow those sentiments.The iPhone looks stunning. When I checked out their site and saw it for the first time my jaw actually dropped. It is one amazing looking gadget. I would

Beware!!! Adsense as forum posts.


After the recent clarification the Adsense team made concerning images next to ad units, I decided to err on the side of caution and e-mailed Adsense support to do a review of one of my sites to make absolutely sure that it is in compliance.Two days later I received a response from them and luckily my site was still in compliance with the ToS (phew!). Their response did however contain a very

Adsense and image placement


Placing images next to Adsense ad units has become a very popular method of increasing the CTR (click-through rate) on websites. The principle was that by placing an attractive and eye-catching image next to the ad unit you immediately drew the visitor’s interest to the ad unit. Many webmasters had great successes with this technique.There was quite a bit of confusion on what exactly was

New Payment History page for Adsense


The Adsense team has revamped the payment history page for Google accounts. It now provides you with easier and clearer access to your payment information. The new layout consists of six columns:Month, Date, Details, Earnings/credits, payments/debits and monthly balance. This makes it easy to see how much revenue is still owed to you and when payments are made.Clicking on the details link,

Opera Mini – A mini browser miracle


The majority of websites don’t cater to users who want to browse sites using their mobiles (cell phones). You either get a “413: page cannot be displayed” error, or if you are lucky the page loads as a garbled mess – provided that your mobile browser can even make sense of it. Let’s face it. Unless you have the latest and greatest mobile, chances are that the default browser installed on your

DirectX Hell... but I'm back


Those people following this blog will have noticed that I haven't posted anything useful in quite a while. Well, the last month or so I've been struggling to complete a DirectX project for a course I'm doing. Let me tell you, DirectX is hell. Unless you are seriously wanting to get into game programming it might be best to stay well away... if you can!I'm almost finished, so hopefully I'll be

Digitalpoint Down?


One of my favourite Webmaster related forums, Digitalpoint Forums seems to be down for more than a couple of hours now. The initial error message stated that there was a database error, but currently I'm getting a 500 server error.Since I spend most of my time there I've been trying to figure out what to do to keep occuppied. Guess I can finally get to work on some new content for my sites,

Google Reader - A definite must


When Google first introduced the Google Reader I tried it for all of ten minutes and never gave it another thought. It just didn't offer me anything that I needed or made life any easier. The newest version, however, is a whole other story - I'm totally hooked and won't be using anything else.Now for those of you that don't know what I'm on about, no Google hasn't introduced a new application

Google Pack Available Internationally... well almost.


I was very pleased to see that Google has made referrals for their Google Pack software suite available to international publishers, at least according to their latest e-mail:After analyzing your site, our team concluded that you'd be a good match to try a new feature called AdSense referrals for Google Pack. Referrals will enable you to generate additional revenue from your site by referring

Copyright 101


Content is king! That is a fact that most webmasters would agree with. If you want a successful site, great content is the key. Webmasters spend a great amount of time, effort, and a considerable amount of money to have unique, good quality content created for their sites. With thousands of new sites sprouting up just to make a few quick bucks from advertising networks, it should come as no

Adsense for search - Do's and dont's


Adsense has recently introduced a new feature to Adsense for Search. Previously when a visitor used an Adsense for Search box on your site, they were taken to a page served by Google when they viewed the result of their searches.With the new "Open results within my own site" feature, you can display the results on your own page. This allows you to maintain the look and feel of your site and

Adsense: Site Diagnostics


Adsense has just introduced a site diagnostics tool. The diagnostics tool can be viewed under your reports tab and will show you if there is any problems accessing the pages of your site(s).People using Sitemaps will be familiar with the interface and reporting style. If the Adsense crawler is having trouble reaching any of your pages, you'll see those URLs listed in the Blocked URLs section of