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Information Technology and My Life
Follow the life and times of a true dot com pro. Genesis aka PuReWebDev attempts to digitize his day to day activities on a blog for you. PuReWebDev is a php developer, system administrator and sem for EcommerceForEveryone.com
Catching Up To What's Important
Recently, I was working as an overworked and underpaid developer in the downtown Orlando area. I realized that I much rather have the time to work on my own things, as well as spend more time with my family. It bothered me that I had to work 50-60 hour weeks.
Since I've freed up my schedule somewhat, I've got more time to focus on EcommerceForEveryone.com
, my own start-up. I've been able to add some cool enhancements, fix a few bugs, and generally add more value to the service.
So using some of my free time wisely, I've updated to the latest version of Mac Os X, Zend Studio, Mamp Pro, and some other goodies. Cleared my mac book pro, and reformatted it into a rock solid development environment, very nice if I say so myself. I've got all of the premium tools at my disposal now.
I haven't blogged for a little while, so I though it'd be a good thing to catch up for those that actually read/follow this blog. I'm much more active on my twitter account
, and I was posting a little more regularly on my PuReWebDev
blog until I got lazy and stopped posting (bad habit).
Just as a follow up to my previous posting, nothing has happened to mysql as yet, I feared they'd be extinguished once Oracle bought Sun (which owned mysql at the time).
Not a whole lot of items of import to share at the moment, but I'll stop by and post some more once I've got more upgrades completed to E4E, maybe even post a few screen shots of the work.
Upgrading My Skills
It's been a little while since I've posted anything new here. I've been busy working on a few different little projects, a self branded website for myself, Genesis Font
. I've also been trying to make a post every now and then on my internet handle, PuReWebDev
I've been working for an online marketing company as well, doing some SEO work and development. The development part is the part I really enjoy, even though I produce rather impressive results with the marketing. I still get to do my own affiliate retail marketing
This year in general has been interesting to say the least. Lots of changes to speak of, but in regards to technology, I've been spending a lot of time focusing on jQuery, as well as standards compliant coding, xhtml and css. I'm happy to do things the right way, and it's a great feeling knowing that you've coded something properly, and makes you wonder how you've managed to do things any other way.
I've spotted some new market opportunities that I'm going to exploit later this year. Fantastic idea, no one is doing, and kind of makes you wonder why that is. I actually have to set up a server to get it all going,
Exploring eBay for Affiliate Marketing
After a very rewarding and successful experience using the Amazon Associates program
. I decided that I should start an additional revenue stream. I've been using Google Adsense and Amazon exclusively for my affiliate marketing projects, but I'd like to add eBay into the mix.(image)
Many affiliate marketers have been earning a revenue from eBay, and I feel as though I've been missing my slice of the pie by not joining in on the fun. So today, I submitted an application to join the program. It was a relatively straight forward process, and I couldn't help but notice how easy they made it to join all of their international affiliate programs at once. With Amazon, you have to create a separate account for each international zone.
I'm curious as to how I might include eBay into my existing affiliate retail operations. I'm trying to increase my chances of earning, and also increase my revenue per month. I've been checking out some eBay marketing books that will hopefully help me to get the most out of the program, one of the books: How To Start Real Ebusinesses: Using Multiple Streams Of Income (Volume 1)
Before anything, I'm going to have to be approved for the program. I submitted my website E-commerce For Everyone
as my main website to use with the program. Hopefully, there isn't any issue with me using the eBay program on many different websites. Currently I'm operating over 60 different, affiliate retail websites, and if I keep doing what I'm doing (setting up a new one each week), then I feel 2010 will be a great year for me.
I'll follow up to this post if I get approved, and hopefully document the steps I'm taking on my road to success. I've been posting on my amazon associate blog
over at WordPress, but since Blogger has integrated Amazon Associates, I might start to switch it up a little. I'll have to make it a point to post more in my Information Technology blog
Oracle Finally Owns MySQL
Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, who had also recently acquired MySQL not too long ago. MySQL started life as an open-source database system that was built was used freely by developers and companies around the world. Even large enterprise systems use MySQL, and this may have possed a threat to Oracle.
In a move from the "own your competition" playbook, Oracle snapped up Sun Mirosystems and thus MySQL. MySQL is the the world's most popular open source database, so the acquisition of Sun by Oracle makes the world of database administrators shake. I'm sure the world of Java and Solaris is also just been tossed up into the sky.
We all know that during acquisitions lots of promises are made, but rarely are they all kept. What I thought was interesting was that there was no mention of MySQL in the Sun Oracle Press Release
. I'm sure that there will be more news to follow as soon as the dust settles.
Life with a PS3 Changes Things
Wow, it's been a while since I made my last post. That's what I was thinking and I started to think about why that might be. I came to the conclusion, that since purchasing the Sony Playstation 3
, the television, is now a device I can embrace once again. Seriously, the television was on it's way out the door, but then some one shed some light on the wonderful goodness of browsing the internet on your hi-def tv. It was finally, a better way forward.
When using the the PS3 with a hi-def television, you can browse the internet on your tv and watch on demand content from YouTube, Hulu, and a ton of other video and social websites. I've been calling this internet television, TV 2.0. Because the PS3 is a DLNA
compatible device, I can steam, music, movies, pictures, subscibe to podcasts and more from my computer over the wireless network.
On that last note, it might be worthwhile to consider buying a new wireless n router
so you can stream HD movies (while still doing all your other network intensive stuff like voip, streaming video, bittorent).
Once you step up to watching strickly internet video (or free dtv), you start to realize that you've got access to all your favorite shows (without having to pay for content subscriptions). Since getting the PS3, I've been even further enveloped in a world of hi-tech gadgetry. I live in a very network centric home, and I'll tell you what........ I like it. I like alot!
Back to my e-commerce work
Everything You'll Need To Build Your Next Computer
Here are a few things you might need for building your next home or business computer. It's always better to build a custom especially if your going to be playing some video games, or editing video.
I like building my own computers, even though it seems that it's cheaper today to buy a dell then to build my own. Dells
are great machines, but I wouldn't buy a Dell to play my games on.
After Holiday Shopping Sales Strong For Amazon Associates
I'm very pleased with the results of my Holiday sales figures for 2008. It was a rumored that sales figures would be low, as consumers ride out the recession. Fortunately, online shopping has been one of the few growth areas that has continued to shine as large companies such as Circuit City collapse in the economic meltdown.
My sales this year actually doubled last years totals. I've had an opportunity to launch several new sites, which started doing well almost immediately.
Personally, the holidays represent an opportunity to get some things done, mainly coding. I spent some time last week to getting a control panel upgrade finished. I'm nearly done, and in a very short time, people will be blown away by the ease of use and the features that we'll offer. E-commerce For Everyone specializes in creating websites for Amazon Associates
Still Coding Through The Holidays
Today is Christmas 2008, but unlike many of my peers, I decided to go ahead and do a little work today. I spent some time creating the international versions of E-commerce For Everyone
websites on one of our test domains. It was fun creating Amazon Associate websites for our French
friends. I'm still working on the Japanese version (that one is gonna be a little tricky).
I had a revelation this week while working on the international versions of Amazon Associates. The first revelation is that it's not called Amazon Associates everywhere, it's actually called PartnerNet in Germany (that blew my mind for a minute, lol). Another revelation I had is that Babel has come a long way (your translations rock now). A third revelation is that even though it took me 20 minutes to do, I didn't need someone else who spoke Japanese to sign-up for the Japanese version of Amazon Associates.
I have to say that this month has been awesome for sales, I broke my monthly sales record too, so that is always encouraging. I'm even more excited now at the prospect of making lots of international revenue. I've primarily focused on the United States as my main source of sales, but if this recession has taught me anything, it's that I should diversify my already recession proof business
. I'm excited by the prospect that internationally, there is still so much growth opportunity.
Office Depot Closing 112 Stores
It's been reported
that Office Depot will be closing 112 stores. Although not filing for bankruptcy, it appears to be joining the ranks of Circuit City
and CompUSA. Office Depot claims that the closing of underperforming stores is in alignment with it's strategic goals.
The move will allow Office Depot to reduce expenses and continue to be competitive in a changing market. New online competitors such as StockMyOffice.com
seek to grow their market share in the office supply space. Included in the store 112 store closings are 6 distribution facilities and 2,200 employees that will be added to the current high unemployment rate.
In my own opinion, Office Depot is going to have a tough time moving office chairs
and office supplies
at an affordable price if they have to support the overhead of stores and facilities that are not profitable on their own. I'm sure the store locations were a good pick at the time, but things change from one minute to the next, and unfortunately, sometimes consolidation is a necessary evil for big companies to stay competitive.
I'm Considering Amazon Turk
It's my understanding that with Amazon Turk, you can put together an on demand work force to do various tasks. I'm considering using it as a marketing method. I figured that I might pay $1 for people to do a 5 or ten minute blog post.
There are plenty of places that offer pay per post, but it could be expensive. This experiment might be the start of a lot of cool new things. Potential the ability to outsource some tasks. I'll post my findings back here.
Recession Proofing Your Wallets With Amazon Associates
Want to be recession proof? Earning some extra income in these long recession days is a blessing to anyone who can get it. One of the easiest ways to earn a little extra money to pay the bills is simply to become a virtual merchant by selling products for Amazon. Earn a commission by generating sales for Amazon.
Amazon has a program called Amazon Associates
. It will allow you to sell anything in their huge product catalog and earn a commission once an item ships. You might even find that the Amazon Associates program is better then your sales job
. Work on your own hours, with no boss other then your own personal motivation. Work more, earn more.
Here's a very reasonable scenario of what the Amazon Associates program could do for you each month. I've attached a screen shot of my earnings for the first 11 days of the month. So far only $336.44, but that's more then enough for a car payment. With the remaining days of the month, I'll make enough to pay the electric ($150), water ($15), internet ($60), website
($100), Savings ($200+ remainder of commissions). The beauty of the Amazon Associates program is that you can spend as little or as much time as you like, so while most of you won't quit your job just yet, you can work in your spare time from anywhere with internet access.
There are different ways that you can promote Amazon products like a blog or website. It's important to have a professionally designed website that is ready to attract online shoppers. Don't worry if you don't have technical or web design skills, there are lots of free scripts available and even some professional designers that make Amazon Associate e-commerce websites
. E-commerce For Everyone is one of the few developers creating innovation solutions for Amazon Associates. While the recession has negatively affected many sectors of the economy, online shopping is one of the few sectors that has seen continued growth.
There is no question that in the near future online shopping will far exceed brick and mortar shopping carts. With broadband access being rolled out world wide at a break neck speed, savvy businesses will be ready to do business online in the global marketplace.
Testing Microsoft’s Writer beta
This is the first blog post I create using the new Microsoft Writer beta. The application seems to be very clean, and gives the user a nice blogging platform.
I haven’t used it with all of my blogs as yet, but I think it’ll work well. The cool part about this application is that they’ve decided to add plugins. I didn’t actually have a lot to say in this post more then I wanted to check out it’s capabilities, and formatting.
The program is still in beta, but even for a beta it seems rather solid. I used a similar blogging program called Elicit, unfortunately they went out of business and took the licensing server with it, so it eventually stopped working.
Another little nicety about the new Microsoft blog tool is that it has a built in updater, so I don’t have to manually check.
Review of 3:10 to Yuma
(image) 3:10 to Yuma
is a great western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale
. Crowe stars as a ruthless gangster who is wanted by the law. Bale stars as an ex-Union solder, now disabled, has been forced to become a deputy threw a series of circumstances, and is tasked to bring Crowe to the prison train leaving for Yuma at 3:10.
There is plenty of action and dialogue in the movie. You never felt bored at any point with this movie. In fact, there is lots of action and gun battles as Crowe's gang tries franticly to free their boss.
I'd recommend seeing this movie right away if you haven't seen it. My understanding is that this is a remake of an older movie.
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Looking At A Cheap All-In-One Printer, Scanner and Fax Machine
As a small start-up business, I find myself need to do the typically office administrative work like printing, making copies of documents, and every now and then sending out a fax.
I didn't want to spend too much money either, so I came across this multi-function unit. This one is the HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-One Printer, Scanner, Copier (CB656A)
. Looks like it prints some decent documents. I don't really need anything fancy because I'm not going to be printing any images from a digital camera
or anything. The last time I went to the UPS store to print and fax some documents, it ended up costing me somewhere around the neighborhod of $30.
After realizing how much I spent on one trip to the UPS store, I realized that I could have purchased my own equipment if I made two more visits in the rest of the year. I figured already that I would need to print and fax, so I might see about getting a deal on this one. Another cool part about the device is that it can scan too, so that comes in handy for making copies of receipts or any other business documents, and then store them on a server. This particular one is less then $100, so I figure it's a good deal. You can buy one from Amazon
too if you want free shipping.
Google Gmail Notifier Doesn't Recognize Google Chrome As A Browser
Every once in a while internet users will notice an incompatibility within Google's programs. Today, a user discovered that Google's Gmail Notifier
is not compatible with Google Chrome
I thought this pic was worth at least one laugh. I'm sure it won't take long for Google to fix the problem, but it would be good for all of their applications to be compatible.
Google is one of the few companies that doesn't get to make an honest mistake because they seem to be under such very strong public scrutiny.
One of the first things I noticed when I started using Google Chrome was that it was a very fast browser. One of the major things that it was clearly missing was the ability to add some kind of add-on or plugin. I'm sure future versions will carry the feature. Another thing I'd like to see resolved is the ability to login to my bank. Right now only Internet Explorer and FireFox are supported.
Amazon S3 has Akamai Laying off 7% Of It's Work Force, Maybe.
Seems like only yesterday (cause it was), that I was blogging
about how Amazon S3 would be changing up the content delivery network market. In yesterday's post, I had the foresight to say that things in the cdn market were going to be shaked up by Amazon S3.
Today, it was announced that Akamai would be laying off 7% of it's workforce
. Now, they didn't exactly say that the layoffs were related to Amazon's S3, however, I can't think of a good reason that Akamai would be down sizing it's business. Sure the economy has been affecting many companies
, but Akamai's main business customers are the large companies who continue to use Akamai's cdn services regardless of what the economy is doing. That said, Akamai's business should really be recession proof.
My educated guess is that Akamai is using the economy as an opportunity to dump their employees while trying to save face. The same way many companies did during 911. I think that the reality has finally hit them, that Amazon S3, is making their over priced service irrelevant. I know, it's a bold statement, however, it's just my own educated guess (which most of the times turn out to be true).
10 Reasons Why Amazon Associates Is Better Then Your Traditional Sales Job
As more people begin to use the internet as a primary way of earning a living, we've seen a rise in affiliate marketing. If you haven't heard it defined before, then affiliate marketing is an internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's marketing efforts. In plain english, companies are willing to pay you a commission, every you generate a sale for them.One of the more popular affiliate programs available on the internet today is the Amazon Associates program. Associates can earn great commissions for helping Amazon sell any of the millions of items in it's product catalog. Remember what the Avon Lady used to do, when she came around with her brochure to sell the latest schwag of the day. The Avon Lady would get a commission each time someone purchased an Avon product from here. Take the same concept, fast forward to present day, and replace the catalog with a website and you've got the Amazon Associates program today.If you've ever had a job as a sales person, then you might feel right at home selling items for Amazon. Lets compare working a traditional sales job to the Amazon Associates program.Traditional Sales Job:You have a minimum quota you have to make just to keep your job.You have a boss breathing down your back to get stuff done.You've got to be at the store during certain business hours in order to make your sales.You can only sell what is instock at your store.You have to deal with problem customers, returns, customer serviceMight have to train on a product just to be able to sell it.Takes long to move up in the company even though you've been outperforming everyone else.You may not feel like selling the items the store you work for offers.Your entire market might be just a small townSo much non-sales related work, like taking inventory, loss prevention, cleaning the store, etc.So why is an Amazon Associates sales job better:There is no minimum amount you need to sell.You don't have to hard sell anyone to make a purchase.You are free to work on sales when it's the right time for you. No clocks to punch in or out of.You are the boss, no one breathing down your neck, making sure you got the job done.You are not limited to selling only what you have in your store, instead you have access to Amazon's million plus product catalog.You don't need to train to sell Amazon products. You can use your existing knowledge to focus on what you can sell well. For example if you've ever worked in a hardware store like home depot, then you'll find it easier to sell tools and hardware from Amazon's hardware department, making good use of your current experience.Amazon Associates who perform well, easily move up to the next commission tier. You don't have to worry about seniority or politics holding you back from earning more. If you produce sales, then you can enjoy higher amounts of commission per sale.Because of Amazon's huge selection of brand name products in every sales category, it will be easy for you to find a niche market for you to focus your sales campaign on. You can sell the products that you feel comfortable with offering, and feel good about selling such a quality product.Because Amazon is a global retailer, you are not limited in your geographic areas. You will be able to setup a website selling quality Amazon products to customers around the world. With the internet as your global marketplace, you can showcase your website to millions of online sho[...]
We're Switching To Amazon S3
I've been having so much fun using Amazon S3, that I've decided to use it to host all static objects for our clients. It helps to deliver a higher performing website, it's easy to use, and makes easy work of keeping your website contents backed up.
Amazon recently announced a new web service called CloudFront, here's what they have to say about it:
Amazon CloudFront is a web service for content delivery. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.
Amazon CloudFront delivers your content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your objects are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. Amazon CloudFront works seamlessly with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) which durably stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services, there are no contracts or monthly commitments for using Amazon CloudFront – you pay only for as much or as little content as you actually deliver through the service.
I think making these services available to small businesses is going to level out the playing field when it comes to delivering content using the kind of bandwidth necessary for a pleasurable site interaction. Fast load times have been a hallmark of larger websites that have been using traditional content delivery network services such as Akamai. It will interesting to see the new face of cdn's in the next five years. We might seen a significant amount of consolidation, and value added resellers similar to the existing Amazon Associates program.
Video: Collection of Your Favorite Cartoon Shows
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Google Webmaster Tools Doing A Faster Crawl
Want Google to crawl your site faster? One of the fastest ways to make sure Google gets to those deeper pages of content in your site faster is to go ahead and use a Google Webmaster Tools.
For one thing, that's where you'll be able to submit a Google sitemap file. If you don't know what a sitemap file is, you might have just woken up from a 10,000 year old sleep, so, as a basic refresher, a sitemap file is typically an xml based file that contains listings of your page urls, along with a timestamp of when that file was created and last modified. This way, Google not only knows the page exists, but it will know when it was created, and also how frequently its updated.
Inside of Google Webmaster Tools, you'll also be able to set the crawl rate for your website. The crawl rate is basically how slow or fast the Googlebot requests pages from your site. Typically you can set it faster, but only for 90 days at a time, which should be good enough for Google to rip through your site and grab the content for indexing. If you have several million pages of content to get indexed, you should start off with several large sitemap files. The sitemap files should not exceed 50,000 urls or 10MB, so compress your files with gzip compression if they are larger then 10MB. Link directly to pages on your site that are several clicks away from the homepage, by doing that, you foce Google to take a look at that page, and the ones it's linking to.
Another method to get the deeper pages of your site indexed, would simply be to re-arrange your link structure, similar to what Amazon did, making the category pages link to sub-categories and even deeper pages in the heirarchy.