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WordPress 2.5 Released

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WordPress 2.5 has been released and includes a huge number of changes over the WordPress 2.3 series. The new version is considered to be a major step forward, lots of elements have changed in the interface for example.

Some of the major features in this release include:

  • faster loading
  • cleaner interface
  • integrated gallery and media management
  • built-in gravatar support
  • plugin one-click updates

While getting new versions of your plugins, you might want to also check a new interface for your administration, Dashboard Widgets.

Dashboard Widgets โ€” the dashboard home page is now a series of widgets, including ones to show you fun stats about your posting, latest comments, people linking to you, new and popular plugins, and of course WordPress news. You can customize any of the dashboard widgets to show, for example, news from your local paper instead of WP news. Plugins can also hook in, for example the WordPress.com stats widget adds a handy double-wide stats box.

One feature that I like is Few-click plugin upgrades.

Few-click plugin upgrades โ€” if the plugins you use are part of the plugin directory since 2.3 we’ve told you when they have an update available. Now we take that to the next logical step โ€” downloading and installing the upgrade for you. This is dependent a little bit on your host setup, and it may ask you for your FTP password much like OS X or Windows will ask you for a password, but it works well on majority of hosts we were able to test, your mileage may very, plugins in mirror may be larger than they appear.

This feature makes me so easy to upgrade all of my installed plugins. I do not have to download, unpack the update, remove the old version of the plugin, and installing the latest version manually. WordPress 2.5 will do all jobs for me automatically. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

Want to upgrade your WordPress right now? Just make sure to check that all your plugins are up-to-date and that none of them conflicts with release 2.5.

Happy upgrading and good luck! ๐Ÿ˜€

Google AdSense Video Units

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Today, Google Adsense introduced a new ads unit, Google AdSense Video Units.

AdSense how has an option for affiliates or publishers to earn commission by displaying YouTube video content on their sites.

You can now place select Youtube videos on your site and get paid for doing so. Nice… ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re excited about the launch of video units — a new way to enrich your site with quality, relevant video content in an embedded, customizable player. Simply embed a snippet of code and have relevant YouTube partner content streamed to your site. You can choose categories of video to target to your site, select content from individual YouTube partners, or have video automatically targeted to your site content. Companion and text overlay ads are relevant and non-intrusive. To further blend the YouTube player into your site, you can also customize the color scheme and layout as well as choose from three different player sizes.

If you are ready to get started now, and head for the AdSense Setup tab. Click the video units link and you’ll be on your way to setting up your first video unit.

AdSense Video Units

Have a great day!

Change Default Thumbnail Size in WordPress 2.3

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Here is a simple guide how to change the default size of the thumbnails that WordPress 2.3 creates when you upload an image.

It is actually quite easy to change – it just requires modification of one WordPress file.

From time to time I wonder just how big the image thumbnails are, and occasionally I even ponder how to go about changing that thumbnail size.

The size for the thumbnail creation in WordPress 2.3 could be changed in the /wp-admin/includes/image.php file.

Just open the file and search for:

$max_side = apply_filters('ws6q9jzl7p_thumbnail_max_side_length',
128, $attachment_id, $file);

and change it to:

$max_side = apply_filters('ws6q9jzl7p_thumbnail_max_side_length',
256, $attachment_id, $file);

That will double the thumbnail size like mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well done and have a great day!

Google Gadget Ads

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Google officially launched Google Gadget Ads, customized “mini-sites” that run as ads on AdSense publisher websites.

These ads are interactive, engaging, and will appeal to your users, simultaneously providing value to advertisers while getting visitors to stick around your site.

The AdWords Gadget program has been built to quite simply turn widgets into ads. These websites within websites can draw in dynamic content including data feeds, maps, images, audio, Flash, HTML and JavaScript content to serve an audience in over 100 countries with no hosting charges attached.

The ads can then be embedded and users of your brand can share them amongst friends. Built on the iGoogle platform, companies like AOL and IBM are already using them to drive traffic.

Google will let you choose specific sites to run you Gadget Ad, or you can leave it to Google’s ad targeting to place your ad on relevant web pages.

Check out some samples of the Google Gadgets Ads gallery.

Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

BlogRush – Free Traffic for Your Blog

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Do you need more readers for your blog? The most basic needed for the bloggers is always how to get more readers or in the other is how to “finding traffic”. Right?

BlogRush is a free service that was created to help bloggers get more readers for their blogs.

BlogRush is essentially a way to syndicate content across blogs. By adding the BlogRush Widget to a blog, a blogger can get instant distribution for their latest blog post titles across a network of related blogs.

How does BlogRush work?

BlogRush users earn “syndication credits” (the right to have their blog post titles shown inside a widget on another related blog) based on their own traffic (loads of the widget) as well as the traffic of other users they refer to BlogRush. Users can automatically refer others to BlogRush via special links on the widget, as well as through the promotion of a special referral URL they are given.

BlogRush is a “Cooperative Syndication Network” that rewards its users for their contributions to the network — from the impressions they provide of the BlogRush Widget to the referral of other users through 10 ‘generations’ of activity and the impressions of the widget that they provide. BlogRush was designed to be incredibly viral and to provide its users with tremendous distribution leverage to receive exposure for their blog content (onto related content blogs) that they could never achieve on their own; at least without a massive advertising budget.

Will You Get Traffic From BlogRush?

BlogRush WidgetThe short answer is yes, of course you will get some. However donโ€™t expect miracles. Even if the uptake on BlogRush is significant, which it will be, in my experience the click-through rates on these sorts of traffic exchanges are terrible.

How to use Blogrush

  • First, you need create a Blogrush account,
  • You can add your blog into your Blogrush profile,
  • Get the code and put this on your blog’s sidebar,
  • Sit back and you will get more readers for your blog.

Have a great day and gud lak! ๐Ÿ™‚

AGLOCO and Ask.com

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AGLOCO, which stands for A Global Community, will pay You to surf the web.

In another word, You can earn money from Agloco when you surf the web.

Today, I get email from Agloco to announce that Ask.com will soon become AGLOCO’s official worldwide default search provider. They (AGLOCO) are very excited about that. Hmm….

Here is from my email:

Dear Supriyadi Slamet,

We are very excited to announce that Ask.com will soon become AGLOCOโ€™s official worldwide default search provider.

For those of you not aware of Ask.com, here is some recent information. According to the August 14, 2007 report, of the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Ask rates right with Yahoo and Google in customer satisfaction – Ask 75, Yahoo 79 and Google 78. Also, ForeSee Results added that, “Ask has had the biggest increase of any e-business company measured by the ACSI, up 21% since it was first measuredโ€ฆ Ask.com seems to be well-positioned to rival Google in the coming years because it has a strong search technology lauded by analysts and users alike.”

We will be adding Ask to the Viewbar search area in the next couple of days. The AGLOCO Development tem has been using the Ask.com search site the last month and we are very impressed with the results. We hope you will be too.

This is a very important step for AGLOCO. It is our first major revenue partnership and should greatly improve our earnings starting in October. We will update you further as the Ask.com search come online in the Viewbar.

As usual, more and quicker updates are available on the AGLOCO company blog.

Danny Jorgensen

Member coordinator

Good news or bad? ๐Ÿ™‚

Paypal Donation Button

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There are a lot of way to monetize your blog. Some people may think that this method is not very useful. But, actually this method can indirectly bring you a lot of revenue too. You should try to monetize your blog with Paypal donation.

Sometimes, if you feel that your post in your blog is worth for getting donation, then, you can try to put the Donation button under the post you wrote. People will pay you if they think that your post is worth for certain amount.

Here is step by step how to create Paypal donation button:

  1. You must have a Paypal account.
  2. Log in to your PayPal account.
  3. Click on the “Merchant Services” tab.
  4. Click on the Donations link.
  5. Specify the name, amount (optional; if you leave amount blank, your donor will be asked to choose a donation amount), and other details of the donation.
  6. Add more optional information such as a customized button graphic and the ability to include a note with the donation.
  7. Create Button Now and the Button Factory will generate customized HTML code.
  8. Finally, just copy and paste the html code to your blog and you ready to monetize your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great day and gud lak!

Adsense for Indonesian Publisher

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A great news for Indonesian publisher from Adsense.

Google Adsense announced Google AdSense supporting Bahasa Indonesia now. This is a great news for us, Indonesia blogger. Even AdSense is not specific to blog, it has hot market on blogโ€™s pages.

We’re happy to welcome Indonesian into the AdSense for search family. If you manage a site in Indonesian, you can now begin generating AdSense revenue by displaying search boxes on your pages.

This is a good started for us, as Indonesian publisher, to join with Adsense with our mother language, Bahasa Indonesia.

Here is some opportunity to generate revenue from Google Adsense with your Bahasa Indonesia pages:

  • Displaying Adsense referrals on your pages, or
  • Displaying search boxes on your pages.

Hopefully, Adsense will support Bahasa Indonesia for context ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy blogging and have a great day!

AdSense Referrals 2.0 goes to all AdSense publishers

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Google Adsense launched a referrals beta program in this March. But now, a referrals 2.0 program will soon be available to all AdSense publishers in referrals-supported languages, as they said on Adsense blog, Referrals 2.0 launches to all AdSense publishers.

AdSense referrals is a program that lets you put ads on your site, but instead of being payed per view or per click, you get payed per action. That means in order to get paid the user has to click on the ad and then complete some action such as joining a newsletter or making a purchase.

Adsense referrals will greatly expand the inventory and functionality of referrals for AdSense publishers, such as:

  • Expanded product inventory,
  • Category and keyword targeting,
  • Ad unit optimization,
  • Better targeting for pages with multiple themes,
  • Greater compensation for high-quality traffic, and
  • Add your seal of approval.
Adsense Referrals 2.0

Get Started

To get started with referrals, click the AdSense Setup tab in your account, then click Referrals. If you don’t see referrals 2.0 right away, please check back in a few days, as the feature will gradually become available in all accounts over the next few weeks. Please also keep in mind that for some languages, advertisers are just getting started so ad inventory may be limited at this time. We encourage you to check back frequently to see new offers.

Luckily, I can see referrals 2.0 from my Adsense account. I will give a try for this program ๐Ÿ˜‰ How about you?

Apple Safari Web Browser for Windows

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Apple has introduced a beta version of its Safari Internet browser especially for Windows operating system.

This announcement was made by Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs on Monday, and could possibly be Apple’s take on Microsoftโ€™s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s FireFox Web browsers.

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, said Apple “dream big” and wanted to expand the 4.9% market share Safari enjoys.

He said Safari was “the fastest browser on Windows”, saying it was twice as fast as Internet Explorer.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has a 78% share, while Firefox has rapidly climbed to gain around 15% of the market, claimed Steve Jobs. He also mentioned that just like other Web browsers, Safari would be available at no charge at all.

Safari for Windows

Just Two My Cents

Recently, I’m Firefox user. I use this web browser both for my Windows and Ubuntu. But I was so curious for the Safari Web browser. Unfortunately, I can not try this browser because I do not have Mac (yet) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Luckily, I can try this browser now.

Have a great day and gud lak!

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