March 24, 2008

March Malarky

Filed under: General,Making money — Joe Brewer @ 6:34 pm

Well, at the moment I am recovering from a pretty nasty sickness bug, which wasn’t really the best way to end a relaxing week down in Devon. Most annoyingly, it has also mean’t that I have had to put off a date today. Good job then, that I heard today that I have won a years webhosting package from Derek Semmler in his lastest blog competition. Thanks Derek!

A while ago I blogged about setting targets for 200+ visits a day for this blog by the end of February. Well, unfortunately I have not made that number yet – my closest has been 190 visits when I blogged about making money online. With my networking efforts I hope to smash through the 200 barrier by the end of April.

Here are my most popular blog posts as reported by awstats:

Making money online
Making money online is an extremely popular subject, with forums such as DigitalPoint and SitePoint discussing the top affiliate offers, and Shoemoney and John Chow giving inspiration, it’s no wonder that this is such a hot topic.

Debugging SQL statements for php websites
Not one for really blowing my own trumpet, but what a cool piece of code! I don’t know where I’d be without it now. Try it and see for yourself.

Godaddy coupon codes
With Godaddy continuing to offer discount coupons for their domains and services, check these out and save yourself some money.

Experience with talktalks webmail application
Just recently talktalk have changed their webmail software and added some more load balancing servers and I’m pleased to say that this has made quite a difference.

Happy Easter all!

March 12, 2008

Making money online

Filed under: Internet,Making money — Joe Brewer @ 6:06 pm

So, after a week of messing around with OpenX (renamed from OpenAds), and getting excited about learning SQL properly (more about that in a later blog post) I have finally put some ads up. I’ve abandoned the OpenX idea for the time being as it has a more complicated interface than I realised.

My first thoughts on choosing ads was to get as many displayed as possible, but I’ve since realised that it is probably a better idea to choose ads that are more in line with the different niches and products that I actually use myself.

Here are my current advertisers:

Hypnosis Downloads
This company is run by Uncommon Knowledge, a company that specialises in training therapists in the use of hypnosis. I trained with them in 2002 and can honestly say it was a life changing experience. I gained so much confidence and so many amazing friends in the process, plus it has allowed me to help alot of people less fortunate than myself. Hypnosis Downloads has the largest inventory of downloadable hypnosis mp3 files on the net.

What’s not to say about Godaddy? One of the biggest domain registrars on the net. I’m not sure about their hosting as I’ve never tried it, but as a registrar they are excellent in my experience.

Text Link Ads
I’ve been using Text Link Ads on my blog for quite a while now and think it’s an excellent way to monitize a blog. After installing the ad code on your site, there’s nothing much else to it except letting the dollars flow in!

So there we have it. I’m going to implement OpenX so that I can track the ads better, and try some different advertisers but I’m on my way to making a few more dollars now.

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