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Moving to Blogger Beta (Take 2)

Posted by Melanie Phung on Friday, November 10, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Okay, I’ve moved the blog over to Blogger Beta. I’m hoping that a) nothing broke in the process and b) that this is a significant improvement over the previous platform. Blogger has always been far inferior to WordPress and MovableType, in my opinion, so I’m eager to see if the new functionality closes that gap.

Update: 2 Minutes Later
Sure ’nuff, something broke. It’s not archiving old posts correctly. Looks like it’s dropping the /archive/ subdirectory when it creates the links for the archives pages. (I also switched from weekly archives to monthly archives, but did this after I discovered the other error, so I’m sure that’s not the cause).

I’m cautiously hopeful this won’t be too hard to fix.

I should change the tagline of my blog to: I make mistakes so you don’t have to.

Update: Some Days Later
It wasn’t tough to fix in theory (just fixed the archive URL in Settings), but it’s still not fixed in practice. FTP keeps timing out before ALL of the pages are republished, so some of the links remain broken. I’ll keep trying, and once all the new (monthly) archive pages work, I’ll do redirects from the weekly archives to the new pages.

Update: Several Years Later

I moved to WordPress.

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Category: Blogger,Blogging

Random Lunatic Riffing

Posted by Melanie Phung on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 5:25 pm

What’s the sound of random lunatics riffing? If a random lunatic hollers for his acne cream, does anybody care? And why don’t bloggers put on some clothes, anyway?

These and many other hard-hitting news questions are posed in the intrepid reporting staff of Time magazine (oh wait, that was a guest columnist).

Via Threadwatch.

Oh right, that wasn’t the question being asked. The author wanted to know if newspapers had any hope of being relevant in the future. It’s Old Media vs. New Media: Round 28.

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Category: Blogging

Happy Blogiversary to Me

Posted by Melanie Phung on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 8:28 pm

Haven’t updated in quite a while, but worry not, I have not abandoned this blog. In fact, tomorrow is the one-year mark for this blog. I made my inaugural posting on October 17, 2005. If I dropped out of the Blogosphere before then I couldn’t be part of whatever statistic Technorati puts out next about blog abandonment. And speaking of milestones – I’m oh so, so close to qualifying for my first Google AdSense check. How I’d love to have reached that goal by my 1-year anniversary. (Only $2.01 to go… but in no way am I encouraging you to click on ads, since that is clearly against the AdSense ToS. Right?)

Anyway, besides being on vacation last week, the other reason I’ve been updating less frequently recently is that I’ve been working on a side project. Check out Melanie Phung does product/commercial photography.

I’ve got a bunch of new but as-of-yet-unfinished posts in the hopper. I’ll try to get back in the habit of posting weekly… unless of course I get a flood of paying photo gigs 🙂

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Category: Blogging,Navel-Gazing

My 5 Blog Picks

Posted by Melanie Phung on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 10:45 pm

Sometime a little while back it was Blog Day — during which bloggers were to share their blog recommendations. So what do I read regularly?

In addition to the major tech sites that already get tons of traffic (like Thread Watch, Micro Persuasion, the Technorati blog, the Search Engine Watch blog, Tech Crunch, as well as anything written by Google or Yahoo employees, etc) here are some other blogs you might not know but that I think deserve more attention.

  1. David Seah: Better Living Through New Media
  2. SEO by the Sea
  3. Statastic
  4. SEO Egghead
  5. Creating Passionate Users

More bloggy content goodness on Melanie’s List O’ Links from SprayOnSalt.com.

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Category: Blogging

How to Make Money With AdSense

Posted by Melanie Phung on Monday, August 7, 2006 at 4:52 pm

Step One: Build a Crap Site

To make a site work good with AdSense or Overture the first step is in building a site that is totally useless or close to it. This is an important first step because you don’t want your visitor hanging around your site, you want them clicking an ad and finding another site. Otherwise you don’t make money.

So starts a wonderfully honest post on the topic of How to Make Money with AdSense Sites — the beginning of a thread by janeth on the WebProWorld discussion forum.

This isn’t one of those Pollyanna posts about how useless sites are evil and don’t really work — janeth claims she was doing about $10k a month with these made-for-AdSense web properties (although spending about $6k on keeping them running). In the end she’s getting out because the business model was too unstable for her.

Steps Two Through Ten: The Crappier the Better

If you really are interested on what it takes to earn a living on these ad-only sites, read the rest of her (somewhat snarky, but actually quite informative) post about what it’ll take to earn money as an AdSense publisher. (Then check out the leaked AOL query list to figure out which keywords you should be targeting.)

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Category: Blogging,Monetizing