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Blogger is a money machine

I never noticed this blog has a "Monetize"  tab until today, which let you look at Adsense reports without logining to your Adsense account.

Kontera ads in SMF: Template Parse Error!

I wanted to integrate Kontera code into my SMF (Simple Machine Forum), but got "Template Parse Error!"  message:
Template Parse Error!

There was a problem loading the /Themes/default/index.template.php template or language file. Please check the syntax and try again - remember, single quotes (') often have to be escaped with a slash (\). To see more specific error information from PHP, try accessing the file directly.
You may want to try to refresh this page or use the default theme. syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting ',' or ';' One solution is to change single quotes (') to double quotes,  for example, you change
var dc_AdLinkColor = 'blue' ;
to:
var dc_AdLinkColor = "blue" ;

Another solution is to escaped with a slash (\) as sugested in the error message, put a slash (\) before every single quote (').

Not comfortable using reports in Kontera

I feel not comfortable using reports in Kontera. It is all confusing and not able to take out the reports I that would like to see. In Adsense it very easy and several report options are available, for example, it's quite easy to generate an "all the time", or "since last payment" report for Google Adsense, but as for Kontera, how can I get the report for all the time since I registered my account? There are custom dates for me to choose from, but it seems the starting date always keeps changing, last time I can get my report starting from 2008-9-19, but today I can only start from 2008-9-24, and revenues seem keep changing too, I mean, it seem doesn't increase all the time, sometimes decrease!

I double checked my Kontera report, and it does seem to drop some data. I saved my last report (date from 2008-09-19 to 2009-03-17), but this time I can not go back to 2008-9-19, I can only go back to 2008-9-24, so I generate anther report dated from 2008-9-24 to 2…

About us dot org

If you own a domain name and a website, aboutus.org is another good wiki to advertise yourself.
Aboutus will read informations from your domain registrar and your website,  generate automatically entries about your domain identity.
You just type http://aboutus.org/your-domain-name/, and be the first peroson to privide all the informations about your business and domain name.
Here is two examples:
http://www.aboutus.org/DayABook.com

http://www.aboutus.org/DalRiadaBooks.co.uk

By the way, you can search Wikipedia for a relative entry, and add your blog into the external link, this will help people to find you.

Adsense Domain Strategy

retsek shares his process of Adsense domain strategy in digitalpoint forum, he says:
-Research keywords. Not necessarily high paying ones, but keywords that have high advertiser competition and SE traffic but low competition from other sites.
-Once I find a keyword, I buy a domain and build the site. I use Wordpress MU ..it makes it easy to manage multiple sites. Use all the SEO tools available for wordpress, sitemaps, etc.But I think, a blogspot sub-domain sometimes is better than a newly-registered bad domain name. For a blogspot blog, you don't need to worry much about generating a Google XML Sitemap, where to put Adsense code in the template, just keep on updating. And to my own experience, I give more credits to a Blogspot blog than others.

For beginners, sometimes you maybe better to try revenue sharing site, such as Hubpage or Squidoo or this forum, most of my earnings come from hubpage, I have never got any clicks from this forum yet, though.

The easiest way to upgrade Wordpress

In an earlier post, I mentioned an error to auto-upgrade Wordpress 2.7 to 2.71, the reason is the problem of the free webhostbyethost.
If you use byethost too, and need to update, here is the easiest way.
Backup your files and database. Of course you can use FTP to download all files to your local computer, but quickest is to make a copy in the server itself using Vista Panel File manager tool. Export your database, and save it as a file, just in case something go wrong during your update.
Delete wp-admin and wp-include, do as the instructions given out in the Upgrading Wordpress document.
Use Fantastico type installer to install the latest version of Wordpress. Byethost almost has the latest version of Wordpress as soon as a new version released. This save you a lot of work to download and unpack and upload to your server. Don't do the wordpress installation procedure.
Then go to File manager, copy all files except for wp-contents and wp-config and overwrite your old files.
There are n…