Archive for April, 2010

How Dependent Are You On Movie Reviews?

April 30, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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I only watch movies online most of the time but whenever I get the chance to go out once in a while, I usually watch a movie that I find interesting on the spot even without reading something about it or its plot.

And since television stations in our locale normally shows only a small fraction of the full length movie trailer, I get used to watching movies on the big screen than watching its trailer first on YouTube.

There are movie buffs however who decides based on the impression or feedback of others and in this case I would refer to those who have watched the movie first hand.

Although I find it helpful especially if you’re the kind of person who wants to make sure that he gets what he paid for depending on the positive feedbacks a particular movie is getting.

Movie Reviews take the hassle out of choosing which movie to watch. In this regard, movie reviews play a vital role in shaping up a prospective viewer’s decision. I find these resources helpful in saving time and money but then again, like anyone else, I want to see it for myself and judge a film depending on my own criteria.

We have different tastes and appreciation of films that’s why movie genre exists. Movie reviews generally doesn’t affect much of my decision in whether to watch a highly budgeted screenplay or not.

How about you? Do movie reviews affect your decision in watching a film? Or are you persuaded by your own likeness of the actors starring on the film? Share your thoughts.

Software Critics Rewards Top Commentator 125×125 Ad Spot

April 30, 2010 | By | 7 Replies More

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As we draw closer to the end of the month, I have decided that since I have removed the top commentators list on this site, I might was well replace it with something better.

Starting May 1st 2010 onwards, I’ll be giving the most valuable commentator a 125×125 ad spot on this blog’s sidebar as a reward wherein the person with the most comments at the end of each month gets the ad space automatically as a prize.

Drawing first blood will be that person with the highest number of comments for the month of April.

Having thousands of page impressions that this site normally projects each month, it’s just a great way to appreciate a reader’s month-long support.

While most advertisers pay for these ad spots for around $30-50 per month and other weblogs making this ad space as a prize for a giveaway or contest, here, you can get the ad spot for your website or blog free for one month by simply leaving your comment and engaging with the discussion on each post of your liking.

Express Yourself and Be RewardedNo retweeting, no fan us requirement on Facebook, and no blog posting required. Just talk it over and speak your mind. That’s it. But I still moderate comments so spammers get lost and lamers out.

Are you in for additional traffic to your site or blog? Then, go ahead and leave your comment. Let’s talk.

Will You Ever Consider Paying For Cheap Web Hosting?

April 29, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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In more ways than one, writing about my web hosting experiences and other service providers have already been a part of my blogging gig. There are ups and downs along the way but making it this far for almost 6 months on my current host without downtime is pretty satisfying however despite of that, getting a good web hosting service requires money and time for research.

At some point, I do agree with some fellow webmasters I know that “you get what you’ve paid for” however, I still think that if that’s the case in all industries, then there should be no existing competition in the marketplace. Therefore, the end doesn’t always justify the means.

Alternative options are available so we should know that one service after another has its counterpart. It could cheaper in terms of price but could be superior when it comes to service and performance. We’ll never know until we try. That’s what normally happens to everyone else be it a service or a good offline.

For starters, it wasn’t that bad to try cheaper services. This blog even started on a free host but when it gradually grew overtime, I had it moved to a more reliable and paid hosting since it can already pay the bills. There’s nothing wrong with trying out cheaper services, I’m sure there are actually ones that can stand the test of time and can go beyond your expectations.

Consider PacificHost, a shared web hosting service provider with datacenters located in Chicago, IL. With its unlimited hosting for 2.95/month offer, I’m certain that you wouldn’t have second thoughts signing-up with them but again, as I always say, you can only criticize a service when you have tried them.

Uptime and Service quality always comes first on basically all web hosting businesses. Don’t be afraid of failure. It is where we fail the hard way that we learn the most. Your thoughts are welcome at the comments section.

Introducing Foxit Phantom 2.0 Beta: An All-In-One PDF Tool

April 29, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

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As a software reviewer and blogger, among my biggest challenges is coming up with fresh, relevant, and helpful reviews and being first on new software releases is an accomplishment therefore beta testing is a significant part of my blogging routine.

Yesterday’s release of the new Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 has been much awaited for more reasons that one. The all-in-one PDF suite was the newest among Foxit’s business-friendly PDF software for creating professional quality PDF documents.

Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 leverages Foxit’s very own fast PDF rendering engine to come up with a much faster and ever reliable PDF software applications to date. The software was developed in response to the success of Phantom PDF Suite 1.0 with much promise. George Gao, Sr., Vice President at Foxit Corporation said,

“The Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 enables enterprises to cost-effectively, safely and securely use Foxit’s PDF technology to reduce paper handling and streamline business processes.”

The newest PDF suite is designed to address additional features such as converting multiple files to PDFs or merging into one single file, initial document creation, drag and drop interface using the files’ thumbnails for changing or switching pages, blank page insertion or those from the scanner, and PDF form creation and database interaction with Phantom ODBC support.

Foxit Phantom Suite 2.0 Menu

Having tested the software for a while, it was blazing fast and not resource intensive compared to Adobe Reader 9.2. The latter actually amasses 210.58MB disk space while the former only consumes 24.19MB. So, based on size comparison, you’ll determine which one’s faster than the other.

A review regarding similar Foxit software can be traced back in December 2008.

There are known issues regarding the new release that could be addressed in the future versions. Bug reports can be submitted via the comments below or via their website.

If you are interested in trying this great PDF toolkit, a 30-day trial is downloadable here.

Reasons Why You Need an Email Archiving Software

April 27, 2010 | By | Reply More

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The amount of emails you receive within a week can amass up to 600 emails on average or even more depending on the impact of this medium of communication on your business.

Apparently, the more qualified emails you receive, the more it says about your business growth and its impact on your clients.

Spikes in the number of emails you receive are like web traffic however, this case can be a little tricky and requires utmost attention. The more emails you get, the more resource intensive it can be for your Microsoft Exchange Server which could possibly cause slows downs in the long run.

In spite of this probable challenge that may arise, technology has been responsive thus a smart email archiving solution was born to cater the need for—data storage space minimization concerning mailbox quotas and storage growth, handling Microsoft Exchange Server costs efficiently, faster physical backups or exchange backups and completion concerns, simple and easy disaster recovery solution including email restoration requests, e-Discovery or emails retention for litigation preparedness, and remote access for added productivity.

Professonal Archive Manager

A Professional Archive Manager for email normally communicates with the Microsoft Exchange Server for archiving emails. Oversized emails and their attachments are directed away from the overused Microsoft Exchange Servers onto a separate yet efficient and inexpensive storage for ease of access via simple clicks. Overall, this software provides a faster email retrieval and restoration capability.

This email archiving technology uses a single instance storage or directory that ensures coordination between the corporate internal systems and the software.

Email archiving software addresses most of the major issues concerning corporate email management thus giving way for a more cost-efficient, productive and ever reliable communication medium.

After reading this post, does email archiving create an impact to you? Do you have any features in mind that you might want to add aside from those mentioned above?

Timeless Thesis WordPress Theme Customizations

April 26, 2010 | By | 5 Replies More

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Countless rave reviews about Thesis Theme for WordPress can be found on the internet if you search it on Google. Having over 4 million search results for the term “Thesis theme reviews”, there’s really no doubt that it was indeed a very popular theme amongst content publishers particularly bloggers.

It was in August 2009 when I first used Thesis theme on this site and the rest was history. I’m not an affiliate marketer making commissions out of endorsing this theme so basically I’m just a fan.

I’ve been exposed to the basic web development components such as HTML and CSS because of this theme including PHP. Thesis is like a framework that is not so friendly for novices and those that don’t have any background on markup languages and custom styles sheets but friendly to those who are willing to learn and earn extra credits for SEO benefits.

The moment you learn how to tweak Thesis using codes to change its layout and colors, the more you get hooked into it.

For so many months, I have scoured the web for useful resources on how to tweak Thesis theme and among those timeless pieces of tutorials that I came across will take the credit for this post entirely.

My current header is a simple art work designed by me using Picasa, Google’s free photo editing software.

Most custom CSS requirements can be fulfilled by using this CSS code generator from DoubleMule.

This site’s custom RSS feed trick was courtesy of Brendan Wenzel.

Thesis Theme header

The full navigation menu tutorial come from the expertise of Kristarella.

With every post that you can find on this site follows several social bookmarking icons right below it and these are all made possible through the savvy codes of Kristi Hines.

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Some of the insertions on these site’s pages were actually powered by the Thesis OpenHook plugin where most of the ad codes reside.

One of the favorite customization I’ve done on this blog was the custom three column footer widget shared by Fourblogger.com, a video blog, whose admins are very friendly and selfless.

Thesis custom three column footer widget

These pieces of tutorials serve as guide in making this site look the way it was today. I’m very thankful to these guys for sharing their talents and in making Thesis theme functional and aesthetically inspiring.

Grab a Free Portable Media Player from SE-Soft

April 25, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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Having able to play your favorite audio and video files on any Windows PC is a normal requirement for all systems. However, there are instances wherein missing registry files associated with Windows Media prevents media files from not playing.

This has happened to me some time ago and the worse is, I cannot even update to the latest Windows Media Player version. Now, what happens if you came over to a friend’s house and this is the situation you’re into? You can use alternative software for download but what if your friend’s internet connection is down?

Alright, you brought with you a thumb drive and you badly needed those audio files on his computer for a project. What would you do then?

Enough with the thinking and let me make your life a little bit easier. Simply download the portable SE-MediaPlayer into your USB device, extract the zip file and run the program. A media player window will open which will allow you to readily play the media files such as MP3, MP4, OGG files among others on the computer or the ones on the removable drive if there are, including CDs and DVDs.

SE MediaPlayer

The software has its own built-in audio and video codecs for managing your files which means it doesn’t depend on the existing codecs on the computer.

If you ever used a USB with an existing copy of SE-MediaPlayer that doesn’t execute and renders an error dialogue that the software can’t initialize with code 0xc0000135, that means a serious registry corruption was found on the PC and it has nothing to do with the program. This error needs to be fixed using a registry cleaner or correction tool otherwise you can’t run the software no matter how many times you try.

SE-MediaPlayer offers player customizability features, playlist management and language support.

A truly innovative and free portable media player designed for today’s flexibility hungry technology enthusiasts.

I’ve been test driving this software for days and I can really tell that you can be satisfied with it too. Download it now and tell me what you think.

This post is sponsored by our friends from SE-Soft.com, makers of free portable software for Windows. All opinions are 100% mine.

5 Dreadful Blog Comment Pitfalls You Should Avoid

April 23, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More

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There is nothing new with moderating comments to avoid spam and being linked to bad neighborhoods. However, for supportive communities utilizing KeywordLuv and dofollow plugins, leaving a comment can be tricky.

The essence of leaving a comment on other blogs can be attributed to engaging in a conversation and developing relationships thus putting your best foot forward through your comments can make or break your reputation.

Your first comment on a blog creates a lasting impression of the kind of person or blogger you are so if you want to come out as professional and trustworthy, it’s best to polish your commenting skills or otherwise forget about the idea and move on.

Why do some people fall for these mistakes repeatedly? Do they really know what they’re getting into or they’re just simply lazy and arrogant to even bother learning some simple netiquette?

The real story behind comment moderation varies from blog to blog. Some blogs that have been long standing moderate comments to filter spam and retain only those comments that add value to a particular conversation or post. Once approved, succeeding comments are automatically published on the blog as a result of trust while others moderate all comments regardless if a previous visitor’s comment has been approved.

Understanding simple rules of conduct and demeanor can provide lasting results on your efforts. Blogs have existed long before social media entered the scene and to this day still exists giving viral power to published content.

As administrator of this blog, I have long been moderating comments since I started this site in 2008. I started blogging since 2004 back in the days when Friendster was still a fad.

I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it comes to moderating comments and it was not until today that got me inspired to write this post about the most common pitfalls people make when commenting on blogs.

Pitfall! (my version)

Unclear Motives

Your words speak about your motives when writing a comment. Whether you sugar coat it or not, ulterior motives come out like pungent odor trying to escape from a trash bin. SEO-driven comments are like hungry predators trying to find a prey with their lousy keywords and obfuscated links pointing to questionable sites. Do follow or not, these links are followed by Google and linking to bad neighborhoods can drastically affect SERP and pagerank of particular pages where the bad links reside.

Determine what you want to accomplish with each comment you make on somebody’s site—to connect with the author, add to the conversation or establish yourself as an expert in your field. This way, you wouldn’t fall into the trap of coming out as lame link baiter.

Dishonesty and Insincerity

If you think you can get away with “great post”, “nice post” kind of comments. Think again. The trend right now with VAs (virtual assistants) being paid to comment on blogs (esp. on do follow ones) is that they bombard you with endless praises that are full of flowery words just for their comments to be approved. If you’re the kind of blogger who’s not used to flattery or a newbie waiting for some recognition about your post, you’re definitely fall into their booby trap thus injecting your blog comments with nasty links.

Sincerity goes a long way and honesty will work to your favor. If you don’t know something, go ahead and ask. Pretending will just make you look awful and desperate.

Out-Of-Context Messages

While it’s fine to have off-topic comments sometimes, please be mindful that you’re swaying away other readers from the context of the post. Why not search for the “contact page” and leave your personal intentions where it should. A little consideration can work wonders and leaving a message via the site contact form most of the time reflects professionalism aside from the fact that you have a bigger chance of actually engaging with the author on a more personal level.

Rudeness and Disrespect

There are instances that you may not agree to what an author has said on his article and since you think you are more intelligent, you bash him for being stupid. While this may get to the author’s moderation, prepare for being tagged as a spammer for total ban with your comment being trashed. Such actions only show mental incapacity and lack of manners.

I once read a blog post on a friend’s site (where I’ve also left a comment on) a certain SEO blogger/internet marketer who happens to have written several comments that are four or five times longer than the author’s post combined. How’s that for a takeover?

Keep your comment short and succinct. It shows that you’re intelligent and emotionally balanced.

Typos, Caps Locks and Grammatical Errors

The presence of spell checkers on major browsers leaves almost everyone online no excuse for typographical errors. Grammatical errors on the other hand can be corrected by using document writers.

It isn’t that hard to type on MS Word then pressing F7 and copy pasting your comments on the comment field of a post. Doing this will ensure that there are no loopholes in your writing and it shows that your taking the time to genuinely contribute to the blog post and share what you know.

Doing things right is a choice, not an option. It only takes a minute for a habit to be formed than an old way to be straightened out.

Learning to follow simple rules like a comment policy is not too much to ask unless you would want to be treated the same way.

The way we project ourselves online are the only means where people can get a grasp of who we are and formulate their thoughts about us so let’s make it work in our favor and stop going against it if we want to achieve something.

If you think I’ve missed something important or you would want to add your insights regarding this topic, let’s talk it over at the comments section.

McAfee Antivirus False Positive Quick Fix

April 22, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Most McAfee users were tremendously devastated Wednesday when an update or a signature definition file also known as DAT was released, DAT 5958 in particular, caused massive interruptions in industries worldwide on computers running Windows XP as clearly identified by CITES.

McAfee Antivirus

The said update turned into a false positive detecting svchost.exe, a Windows system file commonly used by legitimate programs running on a Windows system, as a virus.

Although malware usually injects itself into the process, anti-virus software that would mistakenly flag this process could cause system errors such as endless reboot and the presence of the blue screen of death, the same thing that happened on the recent havoc caused by a faulty McAfee update.

McAfee as a result came out with a new update, 5959 DAT file release which can be downloaded from here:

http://www.mcafee.com/apps/downloads/security_updates/dat.asp?region=us&segment=enterprise

Complete instructions on how to fix the false positive from your PC can be found here.

“We all know that part of taking care of our computer is by keeping our antivirus software updated as often as possible to keep us away from potential security threats at all times however, unforeseen cases like these are inevitable.”

Who would’ve thought that an update from our trusted security company could turn into a potential threat far worse than a virus and create massive disruptions?

10 Dollar Web Hosting Spree: Are You In?

April 21, 2010 | By | 5 Replies More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Nexx Inc. All opinions are 100% mine.

Paying for expensive web hosting can be a thing of the past. With the rise of various virtual space providers and the stiff competition that comes along with it, industry players are gearing up to get a cut however small it is from the ever-growing internet consumers.

Attractive packages come in handy and most of them almost have the same features offered by Nexx web’s Unlimited Web Hosting such as a free .COM domain, unlimited disk space, bandwidth, email plus tons of other features but the only difference is it only costs $10 for the entire first year. Yes, you’ve read it right.

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Choosing a reliable web hosting provider is extremely tough that I had to try four of them myself within a year since I started blogging. Uptime and excellent customer service determines a web host’s effectiveness.

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Genuine DVD Ripper Licenses for Mac Users Up for Grabs

April 20, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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Regular readers of this blog have always been graced with free genuine software licenses every time there’s a giveaway and newsletter subscribers always have the advantage of getting them as perks for being avid fans.

This time, Mac users will surely love WinX DVD Ripper for Mac by Digiarty Software, Inc., an all-in-one DVD ripper software designed to make perfect 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive so you can rip your DVD movies on Mac OS to iTunes, MOV, MP4, FLV, etc. for playability on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple-TV, PSP and many more.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac also supports extracting music from the DVD files allowing you to save it in MP3 format. Another best thing about the WinX DVD Ripper is that it enables users to rip DVDs of new generation copy protections in the fastest possible speed.

Normally sold at 35.95USD, a genuine license of this Macbook DVD Ripper can be yours absolutely free by signing-up as a Newsletter subscriber. Simply fill-out the form on the sidebar and once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you’ll be taken to the download page.

So do more with your Mac and be part of the many loyal readers of Software Critics and receive exclusive perks.

This exclusive giveaway is courtesy of Digiarty Software, Inc. for its partners in collaboration with Software Critics. The giveaway link will expire on May 1st, 2010 at 12:00AM GMT.

Measuring Productivity with EPM Tools

April 19, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

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The corporate environment is probably one of the toughest places to dwell yet one of the best places to grow and develop your full potential as an individual. The current economic downturn has indeed shaken even the most stable amongst businesses but despite of these, some continues to thrive by means of implementing strategies to completely assess their workplace and keep the best guys in.

Performance drives businesses and through the aid of Enterprise Performance Management Software that assists the delivery of strategic and operational goals of a company, managing employee or system performance is efficiently facilitated.

A Balanced Scorecard Software as a strategic performance management tool then provides a detailed report based on a pre-designed method and automation tools to project whether a certain performance meets the aligned expectations either on the aspect of a process or an employee’s productivity index.

There are basically a lot of metrics nowadays that companies use to gauge their employees on how they perform on a certain task or area within the scope of their job. Most of the time, these findings are indicators used to determine promotion or success within the organization however with all these automation and criteria, employers still has to treat their employees as humans with shortcomings.

Security Alert: “Biet tin gi chua, vao day coi di” Virus on Yahoo Messenger

April 18, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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The Vietnamese phrase, “Biet tin gi chua, vao day coi di” may not sound familiar to you but once you get this message from one of your Yahoo Messenger contacts, then it would have been right if you’ll inform them that there was a virus sitting on their computer sending you this message automatically without them knowing it.

Yes, you’ve read it right. It was a virus and I got the same message via my messenger client and into my mobile phone as a text message when I was offline.

Yahoo Messenger Virus

Biet tin gi chua, vao day coi di through Google Translate in English means, “Know what sour news, the day regarded mobile” although I’m not sure if it was the correct translation, only native Vietnamese speakers can actually make the correction. Whether the translated phrase literally makes sense or not, technically it does because you have to advice your contact that he needs some serious PC disinfecting job to do.

It’s weird that this issue can be traced back 2 years ago yet it still comes back to this day hunting innocent users.

If your ever received this message which normally comes with a link to a certain website, don’t fret because your PC is safe (unless you didn’t click on the link) but your contact’s isn’t.

Let them know that they need some total computer scanning to do but may have to update their antivirus first. If the threat isn’t detected after the scan, they may have to edit the registry although I don’t recommend doing it. If you’re not sure of what you’re doing, you may do it at your own risk so be extra careful.

A certain forum cited some steps however the language is in Malay so I opted to translate the text through Google and here it is:

Firstly to remove the virus: –
»Disable System Restore
»Try to update anti-virus scan online or in www.bitdefender.com (use internet explorer)
»Complete virus scan if still available …then reboot in safe mode computer press F8.
»Go to Start» Run »type regedit» OK
navigate to this value: –

find and delete the value.

HKEY_ALL_USERS »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Run [last directory]
see the right value »” Yahoo Messenger “=” C: WINDOWS system32 SSVICHOSST.exe “

with

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Winlogon [last directory] see the right value»
“Shell” = “Explorer.exe SSVICHOSST.exe”

note: SSVICHOSST.exe <- worm

then .. restore the default registry value ..
navigate to

HKEY_ALL_USERS »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Policies» System [last dir] »set value” DisableTaskMgr “=” 1 ”
HKEY_ALL_USERS »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Policies» System [last dir] »set value” DisableRegistryTools “=” 1 ”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER »Software» Microsoft »Windows NT» Current Version »Policies» Explorer [last dir] »set value” NofolderOptions “=” 1 “

exit regedit .. »Restart PC ..
I already remove this on windows XP… to make it easier for you when you open regedit use ctrl + f then type regedit SSVICHOSST.exe

See if you got this file or not … then follow the instructions.

The above instructions are copy-pasted “as is” with minor word editing for coherence.

Another word of advice, make sure you’re using a separate spyware program other than an antivirus for tougher protection.

Would You Pay $10 For A Full Year Web Hosting?

April 13, 2010 | By | 9 Replies More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Nexx Inc. All opinions are 100% mine.

You’ve read it right. It’s a ten-dollar web hosting plan for an entire year courtesy of Nexx® Online, Inc. who recently rebranded its web hosting platform and accompanying its launch is an irresistible offer every webmaster should consider.

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It doesn’t matter how much you pay for hosting because what’s important is the return on investment and the quality of service you’re paying for your virtual real estate.

Paying for cheap web hosting has its drawbacks and I had my own fair share of ups and downs along the way but eventually learned some valuable lessons.

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Reader’s Pulse: A Readership Engagement Initiative Survey

April 13, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More

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Understanding your readers and their reactions towards your website are significant indicators in determining the direction where your online efforts are heading. It serves as valuable clues that would trigger changes mostly for the better.

Through the use of surveys, webmasters will be able to come up with right blend of information and design structure which would promote positive results when analyzed carefully.

Having conducted surveys or feedback initiative last year created a whole new outlook in keeping abreast with what most online content consumers dig.

Person taking a customer survey and responding "excellent".

This time around, I’m opening up a new set of information gathering which I think would best benefit the visitors of this site for a much better reading experience which I will call the Reader’s Pulse Readership Engagement Initiative Survey.

Take the Reader’s Pulse Survey Now!

Your responses will mostly evolve on your overall impression of the site—its contents, design and layout and reading experience. Other than that, there’s a field allotted for you to freely speak your mind and most of all, your individual responses will be made confidential.

This endeavor will not push through without your support so I’m reaching out to you, my dearest reader, to share your valuable time and I would really appreciate your opinion. I’ll be waiting for your responses. Thanks!

Take the Reader’s Pulse Survey Now!

This survey is powered by a SurveyGizmo free account. A Reader’s Pulse Survey link can also be found below the comment “submit” button throughout this site.

Where to Get Affordable MP3 for Kids

April 10, 2010 | By | Reply More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Madacy Entertainment. All opinions are 100% mine.

Musical collections for kids need not be expensive in fact it should be affordable, why? It’s because kids deserve nothing but the best for them at a cost that’s friendly for their parents’ growing budget.

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Kids are the very least among the music consumers in the market. As they grow older, their likeness to sounds changes thus, they are gradually introduced into different musical genre they hear around them which means that children who are exposed to loud music at an early age are most likely to be attracted to rock music.

There are many factors thou that could affect every child’s musical preference however, the best thing that moms could do is expose their kids to healthier types of music that are free of hate words and violent lyrics.

No mother would ever want their toddlers speak of hate at their early stages of learning new words or else that’s going to be a nightmare.

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Changing Your WordPress Theme to Increase Reader Engagement

April 9, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

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Updated and compelling content, easy-to-use navigation with fast-loading pages and attractive design are just among the salient features readers are looking for in a blog.

Readers arrive on your site’s landing pages expecting that they’ll get the information they’re looking for especially when they came from the search engines.

However, I always feel that changing your site’s theme once in a while does help in keeping your regular readers attention and that it reminds them that the site owner still has the time to keep monotony out-of-place.

I’ve used the Thesis Theme for more than six months, although I’ve made several tweaks with it, I came to the point that switching WordPress theme would be a great move especially when I feel that transition has to take place to spice things up a bit.

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In an SEO (search engine optimization) perspective, changing themes don’t matter much as long as you’re using All-in-one SEO plugin or Platinum SEO for non-SEO powered themes although some theme developers would insist that using their SEO-savvy themes provide some edge over the other themes around, it doesn’t bother me as long as good content keeps pouring in.

Visitor interaction matters the most because the actions they take like clicking on your links, your ads, buying something or leaving comments are most likely to be products of good website design and layout.

How often do you encounter sites with cluttered sidebars and headers that almost look like a NASCAR?

More than eating the site’s space with so many distractions, it also slows down the site because of too many “http requests” on the server.

I’m not against blogs with too many widgets or ads but the real point is making it easier on the eyes of your readers. After all, the first thing they’re going to do when they land on your site is have a glance than read your article.

And if they didn’t like what they’ve seen, the “X” button on their screen is just a click away.

How to Generate In-Image Ad Revenue from Your Website

April 1, 2010 | By | 15 Replies More

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We all know that embedding images on your individual posts reasonably adds value and interaction on your site more than just aesthetically bringing out the finest on an article, it also adds clarity to the whole idea being shared.

If you think that images are unlikely to get you revenue other than traffic from Google image search results, think again. This time, in-image ads are more than a thing of the past.

Image Space Media has gone above and beyond in making this thing a reality. Publishers can now gain revenues from embed images on their sites with user-initiated transparent looking ads that appears only when a reader mouse over an image which can be implemented by placing one snippet of JavaScript or installing a WordPress plugin.

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A truly intelligent approach that is non-obtrusive therefore keeping your online real estate user-friendly without compromising your priceless content.

The fact that it uses sophisticated keyword matching technology based on your metadata, it therefore ensure that all ads are targeted and relevant considerate of your site’s audience while bringing in revenue through higher CTR compared to banner ads.

To give you more reasons to rave about Image Space Media’s In-Image Ad network, an attractive $25 minimum payout is waiting for you normally payable (via Paypal or check) in seven days after each month once the threshold is reached. Not only that, its irresistible referral program will give you $5 for each referral that earns $5 within 180 days after signing-up, and up to $250 when your referral earns $100 within 180 days after joining.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign-up now with Image Space Media to start monetizing your image impressions! By the way, referrals can only be invited through email so there are no affiliate links here or whatsoever and if you don’t mind signing up under me, I’d appreciate it. Just let me know if you want me to send you an invite via the comments section.

Like I always do on this blog, my reader’s privacy is very important to me and I don’t want to bombard my newsletter subscribers either with something they didn’t want. I leave it all up to you.

I have just signed-up with them yesterday hoping that in return, my visual online real estate would generate additional stream of revenue. I’m still waiting for some clicks thou.