Friday, May 12, 2006

AdBrite: Earn money from selling ad spaces

Earn money from AdBriteRecently, I was looking for more sources of revenue for this blog. Since this blog has evolved and receive lots of visitors from day to day (please refer to my current Alexa ranking), I think it is a good time to experiment with something new. Then, I looked back at my previous sources of money. Finally, I decided to give AdBrite another try.

What is AdBrite?

If you still remember, I wrote about AdBrite not long time ago. You can view it here. But, it was just a brief explanation of AdBrite. Basically, AdBrite is the place where you sell some ad spaces from your blog. Then, advertiser will decide whether they want to advertise in your blog or not. Everything is done for you. You just have to wait for the money to knock on your door if someone buy your ad space.

Before I use AdSense for this blog, I was monetizing this blog by AdBrite. This was because I cannot apply for AdSense at that time due to some restricted content. After I’ve made some changes, then finally I got AdSense and applied it to this blog.

How much money will I earn from AdBrite?

It depends on you and your blog. You are the one who put the price for every ad displayed at your blog. If you are not so sure about the price, just refer to other publishers’ price and make some changes to suit your blog ads.

If you have a large traffic, let say about 500 unique visitors per day, then you should have a better bargain. Like this blog, I only have like 40 unique visitors per day. So, I can’t expect to sell an ad space for $10 a day.

Does AdBrite for you?

If you want to earn more money in addition to AdSense, then this is the answer. Just set it to non-contextual, then you should be fine. If not, you may face a cancellation of AdSense account.

Just be patient because you cannot expect to have your ad space sold tomorrow, unless you have a really famous blog.

I will come up with some tips for AdBrite in the future. So, do come back for updates.

P.S. If you are interested to advertise your link at this blog, just click on this link or the link ‘Your Ad Here’ at the side bar. Hurry up while the price is still very cheap!


Thursday, May 11, 2006

New referral programs from Google

Early this month, Google has launched two new referral programs; Google Pack and Picasa. Now, you will have more sources of revenue in addition to AdSense, AdWords and Firefox referral programs. So, let’s take a closer look at Google Pack and Picasa; what are they all about.

Google Pack

Google Pack is a compilation of useful software for your computer. It consists of Google Earth, Google Desktop, Picasa, Google Toolbar for IE, Screensaver, Mozilla Firefox, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Norton Antivirus 2005 SE, Adobe Reader 7, Google Talk, Google Video Player, RealPlayer, and Gallery Player HD Images.

Now you should see why it is called Google Pack; it has so much free software that takes about a paragraph to write! So, what you will get if you refer a person to download this pack? You will get up to $2. Not so much money but it still money, right?

You might ask, ‘What about if my referrals already have some of the software?’ Don’t worry because they can customize which software they are going to download.


Picasa is an easy-to-use picture software that enables you to locate, organize, touch-up, share and make a visual album in just a few simple steps. Honestly, it is not a powerful graphic editor compares to Adobe Photoshop, but if you want something easy to use to edit your picture, this software is the answer.

If you have a picture blog, this software might be useful for you as you can upload photos straight from Picasa to your photo blog. And after you have tried Picasa, promote the software to your visitors. Remember, it is wise to try first before you promoting a thing. This enables you to write an honest review about it.

With every Picasa installed from your referral link, you will get up to $1.


I’m not promoting these programs as I haven’t tried them personally. So, I don’t feel good about promoting them. But if you have tried them, what are you waiting for? Promote them and start earning cash!

P.S. You need a Google AdSense account to refer those programs to your friends. If you still don’t have a Google AdSense account, you can sign up by using my referral button at the side bar


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Interest rate and spending

High interest rates is a signal for saving moneyHigh interest rates; what’s that means to you? Usually high interest rates means that government is trying to cut off people’s spending and reduce inflation. But, in the real world, is this really happening?

For example, New Zealand government is fighting on inflation and hence, increases the interest rates. But, from my observation, people still throw their money around without any worries of increase in price.

So, what should we do in this situation? Basically, start saving your money. As the interest rate is high, you can get higher return. Today, the highest interest rate for saving account in New Zealand is 7.40% which is reasonably high. Imagine if you save $10000 for one whole year. You will get $740 without having to do anything! Besides, you can prevent your money from leak out for unwanted things.

And by saving your money, you will help the country to reduce the inflation rate. This will bring the price down. And when the time comes, use some of your savings and bang on! Buy things that you always wanted at a lower price as the inflation rates has gone down. Moreover, when the inflation rate is under control, usually interest rate will also go down slightly. So, it is not so profitable to save so much money.

So, take your action now. If there is any sign of increase in interest rate, save your money as much as you can. Then, when the price starts to reduce, spend your money wisely. Don’t overspend as it will quickly bring the price up again.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Increase visitors by changing template?

As you can see, I have done some minor changes to the template. Now, the main page will display 3 recent posts. But, it will show only the summary for each post. Before, the main page only has one full post. After making some analysis, I found that there are more cons than benefit of displaying only one post here. So, today, I will share my analysis with you.


1. I can put AdSense between contents- This will give better click through rate. Some people said I still do it if I put more than 1 post at the main page but I just couldn’t find the way to do that.

2. AdSense ads show more focused ads- Since the content is about only one topic, so the ads will be more relevant.

3. Forcing readers to click on previous post- Since visitors cannot read previous posts from the main page, they have to click on the link to the previous post at the side bar. So, they will spend more time here.


1. New visitor will never come back if- If the post of that day happens to be not so good, I will chase away new visitors. Remember, visitors want good content.

2. AdSense ads lag- I think most of you noticed this; there will be some time lagging for the ads to show the relevant ads. And advertisements that are not relevant will surely not receive any/small percentage of clicks

3. Visitors won’t have a clearer picture about the blog- They will not know what this blog all about clearly. If you look at the main page now, I think it gives more information of what this blog all about.

4. No description for recent posts- Description is important as it explains to the visitor about the particular post. Now, visitors can choose which post they want to read by just reading the summary for each post.

Therefore, I would love to hear your say about these recent changes. Any comments will be highly appreciated. Personally, I think the new template gives more benefits to my visitors. So, please comment on these changes. Cheers!