I can’t take the suspense

Yesterday, when I wanted to put some thoughts onto a e-paper and publish them onto the great big world wide web, I found my blog had been suspended by wordpress. Why oh why? A nice message said that I had contravened the terms and conditions and they had pulled my blog. It was like I was never even here. Erased from time. Except for a few cached pages in some major search engines. I was, at first, a little pissed. After all, I rather like some of my writing on this blog. I think some of it is even fairly good……when I’m feeling the muse, I can write fairly well. But then, I kind of figured – eh, doesn’t really matter if the blog is here or not. And then my ego thought….eh? yes it does, at least I should get the better posts and publish them elsewhere. A sort of online portfolio of my writing if you will.

Actually, I was surprised to find how many of my pages were cached by a few of the larger search engines. So I cut and paste a bunch of my posts into notepad and saved them to my harddrive…..thank you google. thank you yahoo.

Of course, my blog is no longer suspended. I managed to stage a little get out of jail by sending off a nice email or two to wordpress. They released my blog from purgatory on the condition that I removed a few links from my blogroll. Oh well. I wasn’t really in a position to bargain, since they had all my writing and all, so I did. And now I’m back. With the proviso that I don’t try and make money from this blog. Fair enough. The blogroll links that I had were to other mmo sites that I don’t control, which I did point out, and I guess that’s why my blog was released. Now I’m not sure if I’m on some sort of wordpress watch list, but I guessing I should tread a little carefully on who and what I link to. See, even if you have no control over other sites you link to, you will still be tarred with the same brush as they are to a certain extent. I’m not even sure how my blog came under scrutiny – I don’t get much traffic. I don’t get much attention. And wordpress has a ton of other blogs out there. But lightening does strike somewhere 🙂

And that got me thinking about WordPress and Blogger again. Google/Blogger allows complete freedom on their hosted platform because their ideal sollution the internet is to have every page on the internet slathered with adsense ads. That would make google much more money. They shot themselves in the foot a little when they made their adsense page matching algorithm too clever and now they’ve got the old interest based advertising going so that even if you visit a page outside your normal sphere of interest, you’ll still get ads relevant to what you like to do/see. So they get more clickthroughs and they get more money. Blogger is built on the idea that google really just wants to own every piece of internet real estate.

I’m not sure what wordpress wants to accomplish, but I think, on the wordpress hosted side of things anyway, they really just want people to write good content. Heck, it doesn’t even need to be good. But it does need to play a little bit by their rules. Fair enough, it’s their house.

My god are you still reading this. I’ve rambled on and on and on with a bunch of not very coherent thoughts. I wanted to post something about technology. I guess I’ll have to do it another time.

Take backups kiddies.

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Cash for Bangers

How is this not going to simply make car retailers put their prices up by 2 grand?

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Selling WordPress Templates

See, the thing about WordPress that really sucks is that on the free platform (i.e. wordpress.com hosted sites), you can’t use your own wordrpess template without coughing up some money. Now, I’ve not done the sums, but given the ridiculousness of how cheap hosting is these days, it would be daft to pay wordpress instead of simply buying hosting and having your own install. Or would it? I mean essentially it would amount to the same thing, except that you wouldn’t necessarily have a domain name if you went the worpress route.

See, Blogger isn’t like this. The free blogger service lets you completely customise it if you want. You can slap up your own templates to your heart’s content, and showcase your awesome design skills. Oh well. Sure is a pity, ’cause I’ve designed such a nice wordpress template and everything. And how the hell am I going to sell it if I can’t showcase it? meh. Suppose I could give it away instead of selling wordpress templates.

I know that blogger is owned by google, who, let’s face it, have money to throw around. But really, wordpress could take some notes here. On the other hand, wordpress don’t really have a monetisation model like blogger er I mean google. So, maybe they’re stuck with having to charge people for custom upgrades.

Either way, the underdog blog will always be free. If you want a free wordpress template, email me. put the words underdogblogger and gmail into some sort of semblance of an email address….don’t forget the @ sign or the .com and you should be good to go!

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Moon Movie

May 15, 2009 1 comment

Sod Star Trek. That’s what I say. Who wants that prozaic super CGI’d boring old predictable space movie? Even if it has Sylar as Spok. Moon – now that looks like a good old space movie. Lookit – here’s a trailer:

Damn cool. This is space from my childhood. Big chunky machines. Lots of squares and giant industrial like blocks and chunks. That’s what space exploration is all about – utility, not fancy nokia flip phones with cool gloss sheen finishes. Those things wouldn’t last a tick in real space. You need something big. Built from titanium. Utilitarian. That’s what you want. None of that scrawny sleek modern ipod looking junk you find in Star Trek.

Sam Rockwell’s Moon looks like something you might have imagined exploring while playing Moon Patrol. If you’ve never played Moon Patrol, then you’re probably too young to be reading my blog. I gots adult language on here and stuff.

My coffee tastes better than yours

(or where I get some caffeine)

My coffee tastes better than yours because I can draw pretty patterns on it when I pour my milk…..

Latte Art

Latte Art

of course, my coffee machine probably costs more than your entire kitchen’s worth of appliances…..

E61 Group Head

E61 Group Head

gotta love a shiny E61 group head.

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Unupdated

(or where I wonder why I haven’t written for so long)

Too long neglected, my blog needs some fresh meat, some new content.

Trouble is, it gets a bit old, the old make money online blogging. I mean, you aren’t really interested in how I go about supplementing my income are you? Why would you be? Indeed, why should you be? It’s all a bit sort of egotistical anyway isn’t it…..reporting back on failed or successful methods of making money online….o, I made xxxx dollars selling websites on sitepoint and yyyy dolllllaaaaaaahhhhhhhssssss with an adsense blog and then I hit paydirt with an affiliate product that nobody ever heard of before, by the way check it out here and sign up for it with my affiliate link. See that? See how sneaky that is. Oh. You’re all wise to it already aren’t you, you know my tricks. You know me too well. You aren’t going to clickie and gimme a few pennies are you? Or if you click from random boredom, you’ll clear your browser cache before you buy. Damnit!

Yeah, so a touch bored with the megalomaniacle (is that even a word) world of make money online blogging, I think I will change this here fine blog, commit further seo suicide and just blog about whatever the heck I feel like. Followers be damned. Money be damned. This little slice of internet pie was never really meant to make me money in the short term and I’m not going to MMO blog for the long haul, because there are too many other people who want to score for the term make money online and as I pointed out up there, it just gets a bit dull indulging one’s ego all the time. I may throw you a bone now and then about my adventures in the online world. But probably, I’ll just randomly write whatever I feel like. Oh I’m such a hypocrite. Ego is great.

I am the drool on transmarginal inhibition’s snout.

Honest Reviews Online

March 27, 2009 7 comments

(or Why do I miss all the fun)

You know, you take a week off from the internet and you miss all the fun. But I’ll report on it anyway, because I have nothing better to do today and some more content for my site here is good!

What do you suppose the best way to make money online in the make money online niche is? Start a website about making money online? start blogging about how to make money online? start a blog chronicalling your escapades in the make money online niche? Well, no, not really. See, this is what most of us noobs do. Me included…..this blog is proof of that. I started it with the nieve thought that an MMO blog would bring in cash. But, it doesn’t. Well, not like they all say it will. Of course my blog is tinged with cynicism and sarcasm so nyanyanyanyanya. The best way to make money online in the make money online niche is to sell a product. Not just any product, but a product that promises to make people money online :). Of course, you don’t really want to stop there, because your product isn’t going to teach them to make a nice passive income online with adsense or anything. No no no no, what you really do is make a very attractive affiliate scheme with your product. You put the usual bullshit in the e-book or web-building product as everyone else. You know – the super duper five point action plan to wealth and riches online…..get a domain name, get some hosting, install a blogging platform (wordpress obviously), write about your passion, put adverts up and hey presto. That won’t work in and of itself, but your product is crafty, you get people to help sell your make money online product. How? Well you get ’em all hyped up…you give them a biiiiiig affiliate incentive and basically people start writing reviews about your product and linking back to you. Once you get a critical mass, you win, because you have managed what you should have told them in the first place – good anchored backlinks from a whole host of different subnets. Brilliant! Plus, you don’t have to slog out the marketing. No sir. Now you got a bunch of people all pimping you out and you sit back and watch the dough roll in. Do your underlings make money? Well, some make a bit from the affiliate links. Some make nothing. But it doesn’t matter, because they are all invested in your product so they won’t start writing crap reviews about it because that wouldn’t get them any cash, now would it? I mean how about a review that said “hey, ho, this product is shit, but buy it through my aff link anyway cause I need the money”. Aint going to work is it? Nope. Even better if you can get people to sign up for a recurring fee based product. Now that’s they way you do it – money for nothing.

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve seen the kind of thing I’m talking about…..sign up for only 300 bucks a year and you get access to a whole host of things….tools…..hosting……blog…..domain….bla bla bla.

Thing is, in a way, people are happy to pay if you take complexity away from them. And many of these all in one packages do that. It’s always cheaper to buy your own domain for 5 dollahs! and a some hosting for almost nothing per year, but then you have to worry about DNS entries and setting up wordpress and updating wordpress and all sorts of things. Nope, people will pay good money if they don’t have to think. And fair enough.

In my rambling way, I’m getting around to the point of the post….don’t worry.

Yeah. the point. See it is hard to find honest reviews of products that promise to make you money from your website. Well, it is hard to find honest reviews of products really. Even radio air time is bought – and I’m not talking about adverts….the actual songs you listen to on the radio – that air time is bought and paid for by A&R companies……so imagine how difficult it is to find an honest review of a product. There are some floating around though.

Go read this post on Griz’s site about Site Build It Don’t Buy It. And then read the post that started it off Site Build It Scam Reviews. Now there’s some controversy for you.

I like to read Griz now and then, because he makes a lot of (ad)sense. he he he. And if you are prepared to read his stuff and navigate his god-awful website, there are some gems hidden there. So Griz, in the great irony that is the internet, despite not really caring for social networking, has a fairly social blog. His posts easily generate 100s of comments…..and even though he preaches backlinks backlinks backlinks, his site has really morphed into a nice central meeting point for a fair number of online marketeers who practice the time honoured method of getting natural seo traffic from good anchored backlinks. Griz put out a small call to action to get some honest Site Build It Reviews out there on the internet and got a lot of shit from a lot of people about it. Actually, I’ve noticed he has been getting a fair amount of shit online recently whenever he opens his mouth and tries to tell people a thing or two about seo. Which is crap really, because if Griz takes a liking to your site and then say “but you know shit about seo”, there’s a perfect opportunity to learn something in my opinion. In fact, if the guy uses your site as a case study on his site, you are probably going to get a nice boost in traffic, and probably some decent anchored backlinks to set you on your way…..so really just say thanks for the links and can I have some more please? 🙂

Meh, anyway, so you should go read about site build it.

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