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Google releases new AdSense interface

November 11th, 2010

Google Adsense, the most popular online advertising network has upgraded its interface.

I do not think this is a major change, but the main differences highlighted were:

  • Make changes to your ad units in bulk by visiting the My ads tab
  • Compare your performance this month and last month under the Performance reports tab
  • Visit the Allow & block ads tab to block categories of ads

I do like the Payments screen though (that’s where you keep track the earnings). It’s neater in the new version, allowing a better view of the performance summary and the Estimated unpaid earnings is now permanently displayed at the top.

To help with the user migration, there is a link to return to the Old Adsense Interface. You can still easily switch between Old and New.

Old Interface : https://www.google.com/adsense/
New Interface : https://www.google.com/adsense/v3/app#home

Do you like the new AdSense interface?

blogging, Google, Internet, News, Software ,

Blog Advertising with Google Adsense, Google Affliate Network, Amazon Associates

March 18th, 2010

After getting my first bonus from Adsense, I figure maybe I should share about the other blog advertising or monetization approaches that I have used.

Since the revenue isn’t much, I humbly think this is not a show-off, and if it goes well maybe I could consider putting this into my annual blog review as well.

Google Adsense

For a starter, Google Adsense is the best choice, as within moments you sign up and put the code on your site or blog, it will start serving ads.
However, the click rate and payment that you can get is considered low (at least for me).
Considering it’s for Google and SEO, either related or not, I’m still keeping Adsense. 🙂

Google Affliate

I have only started signing up Google Affiliate Network and testing it on this blog not long ago. The ad impressions served had exceeded 22k, but the earnings is nil.
I’m considering removing them altogether, as it is not easy to have readers clicking the ads, being brought to a page where they will purchase something and then only I get paid.
Considering with Google Adsense that it take so much traffic to get little revenue, Google Affiliate would need higher traffic to get better conversions.

Amazon Associates

Just like Google Affiliates, Amazon Associates is a referral network or affiliate program where you only get commission when the product advertised are purchased by someone.
Only because I have used Amazon Associates way earlier, I got USD 2 from one sale so far.
I’m still wondering how far it can go to reach the payment threshold.

Nuffnang

Nuffnang is also one that I have contemplated joining for a long while before taking it up the start of this year.
Two months and with two campaigns went by and RM 0.50 in the account with RM 49.50 to go before payout with a RM 1 charges.
What do you think?

Innity

Innity is one that I have heard or read of many nice reviews that it has a high pay rate.
Unfortunately, I am not even qualified to join it yet.
I guess that’s how they are able to pay a lot, as the publishers are sure to be getting a lot of traffic to view their advertisements.

Kontera

Kontera is a In Text advertising provider and you get paid when links created dynamically are clicked.
I have only joined Kontera not very long ago and it seems that their pay rate is good, probably can go against Adsense.

Adbrite

Adbrite is one contextual advertising method, just like Adsense. As I have only just signed up and there isn’t enough to display, I can’t say much about Adbrite at the moment.

Now you see that I’m not getting much from these advertisers, it’s not that they don’t work, it’s only that I’m not making them work for me, or I can say I do not know how to make them work effectively.
I can see that many have made handsomely from these advertisers.
I’ll continue to monitor, tweak and improve.

What about you? What is the best advertising programs you have used and worked best for you?

PS: One thing you have to take note is that I am not doing paid post. 🙂

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Protect your site from image hotlinking

February 25th, 2010

What is image hotlinking?

In layman terms I’d put it that an image that is stored on one server is linked and displayed on another website.

This affects the original image owner as loading of the image will take up the bandwidth, so if a very popular site or forum hotlinks to a site that has bandwidth quota, it might actually kill it. Literally.

Image hotlinking can be traced from the webservers log, or if the one who did it emailed the owner, just like what happened to LiewCF here.

I actually have noticed some image hotlinking and kept it in my mind to attend to it soon.

So when time came for me to perform some maintenance on this blog, I decided to address this issue.

Found two blogspot users:

1) http://gnagababu.blogspot.com/2009/12/vodafone-htc-tatto-launched.html

2) http://tech-flood.blogspot.com/2009/11/vodafone-htc-tatto-launched.html

I have replaced the images to show NO IMAGE HOTLINKING and my site’s url http://marvinlee.net

Do you notice that the two blogposts are actually the same? It’s obvious to me he is one lazy blogger who copied content and post them with duplicates.

Anyway, how do you resolve the problem of image hotlinking on your site?

I used the script below:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(.+\.)?myspace\.com/ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(.+\.)?blogspot\.com/ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(.+\.)?livejournal\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*$
RewriteRule \.(jpe?g|gif|bmp|png)$ /media/nohotlinks.gif [L]

It’s modified from the original script over here:
http://docs.joomla.org/How_do_you_block_direct_hot_linking_to_image_files_using_.htaccess%3F

Some other references:

http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/sitemanagement/bandwidththeft.html

http://www.blogstorm.co.uk/htaccess-mod_rewrite-ultimate-guide/

Do you have any funny or annoying image hotlinking stories to share? 🙂

blogging, Cheatsheet, Internet, Open Source