August 12, 2010

Updates for Caffinated Content

Filed under: Caffinated Content,Internet,Wordpress — Tags: — Joe Brewer @ 6:40 pm

For those of you that use Caffinated Content you may be interested to heat that kansieo has decided to sell 19 copies of the source code to Caffinated Content – it was 20, but I’ve bought one.  Full details can be found here – In a nutshell kansieo is allowing 20 developers to take the source code, improve it, and update it.

What would you like to see in future releases ?  Here’s a list of mine:

  • Cron jobs for adding posts – a set number per day.
  • Cron jobs setup to add posts to different categories from specific sources.
  • Support for more sites to collect content from – maybe use a plugin architechture to add new sites.
  • The ability to poll for content to be posted from a specific folder.  A file in xml format could allow for wordpress post fields such as post date, title, content etc could be used appropriately in each post.

May 8, 2010

Domain Renewal Group

Filed under: Domains,Internet,Rants — Joe Brewer @ 6:51 am

I keep on getting letters from the domain renewal group asking if I want to transfer domains to them, only for them to change more than twice as much as my current registrar. My latest letter is asking me to transfer one of my .net domains to them for the bargin price of £20 (yes, that is twenty pounds stirling) for one year! My current registrar, which happens to be moniker, charges $8 a year.

Anyone else get these ridiculous letters ?

February 6, 2010

Tracker progress – part 1

Filed under: Evolution of a new tracker,Internet,PHP and MySQL — Joe Brewer @ 7:08 pm

So now I can create campaigns for offers, landing pages, offer rotations and landing page rotations.  I’ve only really tested sending traffic directly to offers, but I’ve only got one real report (and that is still not 100% finished).

Here is the report for anyone that is interested.

January 17, 2010

Tracking cost data

Filed under: Evolution of a new tracker — Joe Brewer @ 6:03 pm

Although the major three search engines have apis for their PPC engines, PPV engines do not.  This brings up the question of how to track the cost of each impression.

To get accurate stats I could scrape the reports that are available in each of the engines, and I guess this would be the best and most accurate way of doing it.  However to begin with, my tracker can hold average click costs per traffic source per campaign.  As impressions are made the current click cost is looked up from the relevant traffic source and recorded with the click. I’ll likely implement some kind of scraping code later on when I have got more of the other essential features implemented.

What I would really really like is if each engine could pass the click cost back to the tracker in the url, and my tracker could handle this easily with a bit of configuration, but it is very unlikely to be implemented.

January 8, 2010

More tracker thoughts

Filed under: Evolution of a new tracker — Joe Brewer @ 6:38 pm

Since I had a few more ideas for features, and the progress of coding my dream tracker is going quite well I thought I’d post an update.

Here are a few more features that I’ll be adding in the coming weeks:

  1. The ability to create ads so that the reports can show which ones are performing well.  Prosper already does this, but at the moment there is no support for adding pictures, and as platforms like facebook, myspace and the new plenty of fish platform use pictures I thought it would be a good idea to add this in.
  2. The ability to add campaigns that use dayparting.  This would work a bit like the offer rotation execpt it would use mysql’s date functions to determin which offer to show.  This would enable offers to be show only between specific times, after specific dates, on specific days of the week…. the dayparting would only be limited by what mysql can do with dates.
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