Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Win 1 Month's Free Advertising at Adgitize

I published an earlier post about Adgitize. Adgitize has been going for less than a month and has reached 422795 ad views (at the time of writing) - views of the ads that member advertisers have placed on member blogs. You can see the current number of ad views at the bottom of this post.

Now, Adgitize have just announced that they are holding a competition to guess when they will reach 700000 ad views! The person who comes closest will win 1 month's free advertising on Adgitize plus one other person who has participated will be drawn at random to get 1 month's free advertising as well.

To take part in the contest, you need to have signed up at Adgitize - which is free. As I mentioned in previous post, the benefits of joining Adgitize are -

For Bloggers

You get points for your posts on your blogs (which you would have written anyway), for the number of views of Adgitize ads on your blog, for clicking on ads on other members' blogs. Depending on the number of points you have a accumulated, you get a share of the income each month.

You also get $5 for each person who signs up through you and becomes an advertiser, plus $1 per month for as long as they remain advertisers.

For Advertisers

All of the above benefits plus advertising at very, very reasonable rates on an ever-increasing number of blogs, bringing more traffic to your own blog.


It's a very simple system, and you can generate some more money and traffic for your site. I've already made $15 this month.

I would definitely recommend signing up. As I said, it's free. Click on the banner below for more details.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Hey, What Are You Doing Here? All The Gang's Over At SlogBite!

Sorry about the post title! I just wanted to post something about the new blog directory SlogBite. It's in pre-launch at the moment, but what makes it different is the fact that it focusses on the participation of the member blogs.

I know that I get a bit tired of directories and networks that don't pay attention to the needs and wants of the bloggers - who are, after all, what makes their business function - and even treating trhem disrespectfully, so I hope there is going to be a trend where bloggers can become more involved in a real way in these networks. SlogBite not only promises that, but is actually building itself up to launch based on the ideas and participation of the blogs.

For those of you on Entrecard, there is a page with all the EC members of SlogBite, to make your dropping a little easier. Come on over! I've seen a lot of good blogs already signed up there.
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Friday, 14 November 2008

Superimposing One Image On Another

I wanted to create an image for my post Money, Money Everywhere And Not A Cent To Spend over at my other blog Corfu Chronicles. The idea I had in my head was to have a picture of lots of banknotes falling through the air and an image superimposed at the bottom of someone who was obviously poor.

Well, I'm neither technically nor creatively inclined (to say the least!) so I found two pieces of free clip art - banknotes falling through the air and a poor person with his empty pockets showing - and then had to find a way of superimposing the one on the other.

Now I know there's lots of software out there, but I wanted something that was free (I am half Scottish, after all!). With Photo Bucket you can do some editing, but you can't superimpose. Well, I found FotoFlexer. It was just the job. It's free - you just need to register - and I was able to use it easily to superimpose the one image on top of the other, making the parts of the top image that I didn't want to show, transparent. I found the short explanatory videos really clear and helpful and it didn't take me long to create the image I wanted.

I love these free tools! They make me feel like such a techie!

Monday, 10 November 2008

I Won $150 from BlogNet Awards!

Great news! I just won $150 from BlogNet Awards!

Each month they have contests for the best blogs in various categories and they also have a contest for nominating, voting and commenting. The winners in the latter contest are selected randomly, so the more you nominate, vote and/or comment, the more chances you have of winning a cash prize like I did.

For more details, visit the BlogNet Awards site.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Adgitize

I have just signed up at Adgitize, a brand new blogger's advertiser network that pays real money for their affiliate program. $5 a sale on the initial sale and then $1 per month as long as the advertiser runs an ad. They have a great payout program at only $10.

You can see one of their banners above and a couple of 125 x 125 ads below on the left sidebar.

The thing with this company is that it is brand new. They just started earlier this month, so it's a chance to be part of it right from the beginning. It costs nothing to join and the signup is quick and easy.

They are offering some great rates for those who want to advertise and are offering rebates to advertisers that also act as publishers.

Blogs that want to be publishers get points for the following -

- Adgitize Ad Views on your blog
- Total page views
- Writing any kind of post (one per day ) on your blog. (i.e. what you do anyway)
- Clicking on some of the ads and visiting other members in the network.

These points all translate into money!

Anyway, I've been busy collecting my points and , with the low $10 pay out level, it shouldn't be long before I'm collecting some dosh!

Adgitize your web site.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Add Favicon to Blogger

Well, I've just added a favicon to some of my blogs - and it was easy, peasy! Just as well, really, as I'm such a non-techie! A favicon, in case you don't know, is the little icon that you see next to the URL address at the top of the page (short for Favourite Icon).

I use Blogger, so I can let you know how to do it if you have a Blogger blog.

It is best if the image you want to use is square (mine was 125 x 125). Go to Dynamic Favicon for Blogger and Webmaster, who will convert your image and host it for you. Their service is completely free and you don' t even need to register. At the top of the page there is a box where you can browse and upload the image you want to use. Once you upload it, they convert it and host it and take you to another page, where you can get the code under Host It at IconJ.com: (Direct Link).

Copy the code and go to the Layout page for your blog, go to Edit HTML, Expand Widgets and then scroll down to where you will see -

]] >< /b:skin>

Paste the code immediately after this and before the next line, which is -

< / head >

And that's it! You may need to refresh your blog page before it shows up and I also found that it shows up more quickly on Firefox than IE.

I feel great when I can do something like that so easily!
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