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Free PHP Sitemap Generator

Google has its own Sitemap generator, but it's written in Python, it seems my webserver doesn't support python.

I tried out a free php Sitemap generator, looks quite good.


phpSitemapNG is a free Google Sitemaps generator written in PHP, but also
generates RSS-based, txt-based and HTML-based sitemap files. It will spider your
website and also your filesystem (of course, as you prefer). You can download
and use it for free, the licence is GPL.


I don't know if it's right to include .php files, since I use PHP/MySQL contents management system for my website, such as MKPortal, Wordpress, and Joomla.

Will Google index .php file, or just ignore it?

To buy a registered domain

To buy a registered domain or register a new one?

A registered domain means established traffics, search engine PR and index, older the better. Of course older domain age may not guarantee better PR and index rate if it never indexed or already dropped or banned by search engine.

To register a new domain name and buy web hosting space means that you may spend your first year in sandbox!

So if you just started your blog with blogger dot com, then stay comfortably with your subdomain dot blogspot dot com, this may do better than your new domain. Do some experiments with your new domain by setting up a micro-website.

Monetize your domain names

When I think of a good domain, and type "something dot com" in the browser address bar, then a page comes up which is full of related searches, sponsored links, or popular categories, or a sentence such as "This domain may be for sale", many of those pages are similar. I may click a link if I am interested or just leave it, but I never know the domain owner has already made money from my clicks till Google announced Adsense will allow publishers monetize their domains.

Adsense allows publishers to earn revenue through ads placed on undeveloped domains. With AdSense for domains, users can find relevant information rather than see empty pages or "page not found" errors. Adsense currently present ads, links, and search results on the pages, and may add other useful information in the future.

This is a good new for all. It seems to change my view forever, and I won't think it's wasting money to buy domain name any more.

Squidoo and Adsense

Many people mention squidoo, and some of them compare squidoo with hubpages, I have an account on hubpages, and set up my Adsense ID in my hubpages profile along with Kontera, Amazon and eBay. I tried to sign up an account with squidoo, and started to create a lens, but I couldn't find anywhere to insert my Adsense ID.

And I found out that actually you couldn't use your Adsense ID on squidoo! Squidoo uses theirs and then when the ads are clicked on your lenses, you get your share from squidoo.

Adsense revenue is calculated like this: All revenue is dropped in one big pool. 45% is subtracted for Squidoo operations, 5% goes to Squidoo charity. That leaves 50% in the pool for lensmasters (owners of lenses). That pool is then divided according to an algorithm.

This is quite funny, and you will find more on this if earning loyalty is your main concern.

And if you haven't got your own Adsense account or for some reasons banned by Google, it's a good way to publish and ea…

Funny things about Google SearchWiki

When you login to you Google account, you can use Google SearchWiki, you can add search result, move up and down the ranking, write a comment, or delete an entry from the search results. But "the SearchWiki notes page that summarizes your rankings, deletions, and notes can be viewed only by you."

The funny thing is this Google SearchWiki help entry:

How do I report inappropriate or offensive comments?
While viewing any comment, click the thumbs-down next to it to rate it as bad. Click the Flag as inappropriate content link to report a comment as inappropriate. A Google team will review the comment and, if necessary, take action.


If the comments are only visible by the commentor him/herself, how will other people find out the inappropriate ones? Will you flag your own comments as inappripriate, let Google team "take action"? The only way is other people over the internet may break into you Google account and see the inappropriate comments and flag them.

The comparison of traffic among large blog sites

According to this article, HubPages gets over 8 million unique visitors each month.  That’s a ratio of 8 million/200,000 = a ratio of 40 viewers per hub.  While Blogger.Com, it's ratio is less than 3.1.   WordPress about 25.  Squidoo.com about 12.2 visitors per lens.
I don't know Squidoo, but I can feel Wordpress is really better than Blogger in terms of community sense, both in hubpages and wordpress, you can easily find relative posts, socialise with your neighbours, but in blogger, until the recent "follow this blog" function, the only way to find you neighbour seems the "next blog" arrow on the top bar of your blog, most probably you will run into some other language blog, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, etc.