Wednesday, March 19, 2008

the one with BlogBank's Blogspot problem

The following post is a copy of the comment that I tried to post on the article "Ad codes on Blogspot Blogs" on BlogBank's official blog. This post is also the one that I emailed to them to which Mr. Markku Seguerra replied to.


The problem that I see with this is blogspot refactoring the code for your ads and that refactored code does not work.

Sample original code:

Sample code that has been refactored by blogspot:

I refactored the code myself so that the code would still work even if blogspot refactor it.

Sample code that I have refactored:

Sample code that has been refactored by blogspot:

The ads are now working on my blog. I'm just wondering if what I did, refactoring the code, is permitted and, like marhgil's question, do you guys still properly track the ads, even if I refactored it?

Mr. Markku Seguerra's reply:

" Hi Maruel, thanks for trying to find a solution for this. I will be checking if tracking still works as intended and will get back to you right away. =) "

I think this problem also has a connection on whether you are using layouts or templates. I'm using layouts and I had the same problem like everybody else while marhgil uses templates and he does not have a problem and just copy-paste the code.

So, that's what I did. I just don't know if its ok to them that I refactored their code. I'm temporarily assuming that it's ok because of the smiley =) at the end their reply, hehe! :D Lets just wait for their next post about this issue. I hope they are still properly tracking the ads I placed.

Hamburgers and French Fries

A very short survey, having only 3 questions, about hamburgers and french fries. That's an easy $0.45 or Php18 for just answering a 3 question survey and additional $2.05 or Php82 if you share your answers by posting it on your blog(s) and/or social network(s)!

the one with the 100EC Credits going on 200EC Credits

I've been constantly dropping my Entrecard for 3 weeks now with an average of 60-80 drops per day. As you can see, its not that much as 60-80 drops is just the 20%-27% of the total drops you can make each day which is 300 drops, but two weeks ago, the cost to advertise on this blog through Entrecard hit the 100EC credit mark. That means that even if I don't drop my card that much, a large percentage of the entrecarders, which I dropped my card, reciprocates a drop. I also noticed that the same entrecarders drop their card to me everyday and have become, sort of, like, my regular droppers. Thank you regular droppers, haha! I've been also trying to drop on every entrecarder that have dropped on me for the past week so the cost to advertise on this blog is now going to reach the 200EC credit mark. The downside to this is I don't receive many ad requests like before but that's ok because I'm still happy for the Entrecard traffic I'm receiving! :D

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Weather -- It's Everywhere!

Whether you are in the city, the province, another country or anywhere in the world, weather will always be there. It will never fail to follow you wherever you go. So wherever you are, I'm inviting you to take this survey, whether it is sunny, rainy, cloudy, stormy, windy, or whatever weather you have there right now. You can post your answers on your blog(s) and/or you social network(s) so that you can share it with your friends. Hope you have a fine weather out there!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Smorty, a Blog Advertising Network

The following is a paid review:

Smorty is a blog advertising network that connects advertisers to bloggers and vice-versa. Smorty's services benefits both the advertisers and bloggers. Advertisers can sign up at Smorty, start ad campaigns, and distribute it to bloggers while bloggers that have signed up at Smorty wait for these ad campaigns, write opinions about it, and get paid to blog. It's a win win situation for both advertisers and bloggers alike.

For advertisers, the first step is to sign up and open a blog advertising account. After opening a blog advertising account, create an ad campaign. Create a topic for your ad campaign, think of the keywords you want to be used for this ad campaign, and provide the links to be used for the keywords. Wait for Smorty administrators to review and approve your ad campaign. When you ad campaign is approved, it will be distributed to bloggers so that they can review your site and the services that it offers. Once the bloggers are finished with their articles, you can now review their blog posts and decide if the description, keywords, and links you have provided have been followed. After the the blog posts have been approved, all you have to do is sit down and watch as your site climb the search engines and receive traffic.

For bloggers, the first step is to sign up and open an an account. After opening an account and signing up as a blogger, submit your blog and wait for Smorty administrators to review and approve it. Once your blog has been approved, you're now ready to receive tasks associated with the ad campaigns that are suitable for your blog. Smorty will email you these suitable ad campaigns and you can login to your account to accept these tasks. Make a blog post taking into account the keywords that should be used and the links that are provided to be linked with those keywords. After making the blog post, go back to your account and enter the details of the blog post you have made and wait for its approval. You get paid for blogging after your blog post have been approved. Bloggers are paid weekly through PayPal.

So if you're an advertiser and you wants to advertise on blogs or if you're a blogger who wants to blog for money, Smorty is just the site for you!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pics -- Capture the Moment and the Soul

This is an interesting survey that revolves around pictures, digital pictures to be exact. Take the survey and learn something about yourself like how many digital pictures did you take last month, what do you do with the pictures you have taken, how much do you worry about losing them, and etc. This is just a short survey, about 9 questions, so I did not get bored answering it. Take the survey post your answers on your blog(s) and/or social network(s) so that you can share it with your friends.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

the one where I ask for tips with

Leave a tip!

I was blog hopping and Entrecard dropping last month when I find out about at ReapMoneyOnline's blog post entitled "Tip It to (us!) has finally launched!". I signed up last March 1 and I just happen to be busy so I haven't told you guys about this (if there are really guys reading this blog, haha!)., "The easiest way to turn content into cash" as what their website have described it, allows people to tip some money to show their support for a particular cause, a person, a website or a specific article or content in that website. Giving and getting tips is easy with You can give tips by clicking a button or a link on a website that will bring you directly to their tipjar. All you have to do is supply an email and the amount you want to tip. You can also give a comment if you want. If you don't have an account yet, will provide you one through the email you have given. You don't have to sign up before you can give a tip. You can also give a tip to any domain you like even if they haven't signed up yet. Just construct a URL in this form, (e.g. To get tips, just sign up and put buttons and links to your website that links to your tipjar. Easy, isn't it? You can visit their FAQ page and blog for more info.

I think what's great about is that they enable their users to give tips in tiny amounts, as low as $0.01. I think this would be great for me because I don't want to put a "Buy Me A Beer" link on each post because I know it won't work like my "Make A Donation" button. I think people hesitate to give tips using these because the minimum amount of $1 is too high. They will likely to give tips with the amount that won't hurt their PayPal accounts, $0.01, haha!

I will be giving my first tip, or should I say first tips, to 4 websites. $1 each for Macuha and Yugatech for all the things I learned there, $0.10 for Entrecard for the bringing me to ReapMoneyOnline and $0.10 for ReapMoneyOnline for the info. I hope they'll accept it. Anyway, it will go back to me if they don't want to, hehe!

I will be putting links and buttons on this blog so that you can tip me if you want or you can also tip me now, haha! So, do you like my article? Want to leave a tip! :D

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

the one where I asked help from PayPerPost's Support Center about my Google PageRank

It has been 3 days now since that Google slapping incident and my PageRank is still 0. I submitted a ticket to PayPerPost's Support Center hoping they can answer my questions about reserving opportunities given the current status of my PageRank.

Here is the actual ticket that I submitted:

Ticket Description
Topic: PPP Posties (Bloggers)
Topic Details: Reserving Opportunity
Summary: I think I received a "Google Slap".
I think I received a "Google Slap" and my PageRank suddenly decreased from 2 to 0. Does this mean that I don't qualify anymore for Opps that require a PageRank of 1 or more? Those Opps are just few, what should I do?

Here is their reply to ticket:


Looks like this indeed happened to many users at the beginning of this month. I understand your ticket yet, there is nothing we can do. I have noticed several tickets this week with the same issue. It seems mid post or while working on an opp, the posters PR dropped, no longer making them eligible to submit the opp after they had written it. This is because said opp required a larger PR then the user has at time of submit. This is no one's fault, and all we can say is sorry that the post became unavailable due to reasons beyond our control. Google has decided to drop PR w/o warning and it is affecting all our users. To answer your question, yes, you should not be eligible for opps that require PR1 or more. We are actually in the near future moving away from PR to yahoo back link rankings so this should not happen again. Sorry for any convenience and thanks for understanding!


As what I had mentioned before about that Google slapping incident that happened to me, this is happening all throughout the blogosphere and I'm not alone. It's a good idea that PayPerPost is moving away from PageRank and switching to Yahoo back link rankings because all those blogs that are selling links will eventually receive some slapping from Google until all those blogs have a PageRank of 0 and nobody would ever qualify for an opp that requires a PageRank of 1 and above, haha! I think we can ask for reconsideration (I just don't know how, hehe!) but giving us our PageRank back without us ever asking is nicer, hehe! At this point, I'm not really worried now that I lost my PageRank, unlike the first I find out about it, but ironically, I still want it back.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

the one with my Disclosure Policy

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Monday, March 03, 2008

the one when Google slapped me

I think Google slapped me. I'm not really sure if Google did this to me directly or some of the sites linking to me got a "Google Slap" or "PR Slap" but my PageRank just suddenly went down from 2 to 0.

It happened yesterday. I logged in at my account at PayPerPost and when I was checking out the opportunities that I'm qualified to take, I was surprised to find out that there are no opportunities that I can take because I'm not qualified for any. I was qualified for about 10-12 opportunities the last time I checked before that. I think the PayPerPost's PageRank checker is telling the truth because I also checked my PageRank at other sites like, iWebTool, and Smart PageRank and my PageRank there is also 0. Well, Blog Flux seems to say that my PageRank is still 2.

I know that this is happening all throughout the blogosphere but this is the first that it happened to me so, for the meantime, I'll just observe my PageRank for a couple of days. Maybe its a mistake and Google will give me my 2 points back. I hope its a mistake. I don't want to write a letter of reconsideration, haha!