Archives for January 2008

TLA Dropped, TNX too

With the rollout of the new design, I’ve dropped the use of Text-Link-Ads on this site.  I struggled to find a place for them in the new design and between the dropping income that they’ve been bringing in and a little pressure from the great oogelly moogelly I decided to just remove them altogether.

While I was at it, I removed links from the site as well.  Both services have a place and a use, but neither was fitting where I wanted this site to go and I really didn’t want to fill up the front page with more ad stuff.   I’m still considering whether I will put scratchback back in the design or not.  I’ve got room for it on the single pages, but it might stay off of the front page.  Again, the design is such that adding it would really mush stuff together and give more of an appearance of being over ad laden.

So, with that said, there are plenty of open ad spots at the moment.  I’ve changed the advertise page to reflect the new spots and the new prices.  If you are interested in advertising on Thatedeguy, please drop me an email.   I’m thinking of celebrating the new theme with a contest and possibly a discount on the ad spots.  What do you think?

New Theme Up

Well, I finally got it up and running.  Come take a look! It’s not perfect just yet as there are a few things that need to be fixed, but overall, I’m happy with it.  I wanted more of a magazine front page to display a little more info without having sidebars that are 20 miles long.  I also wanted to try and take advantage of the available space a little more.  I think I accomplished that.  Hopefully.  I also added Alex King’s Popularity Contest plugin.  Wow.  That’s a nice plugin.

I’m sure there are still a few bugs, so if you do happen to find one, let me know.  You can drop me a line through the contact form.

What do you think?  Hideous?  Great?  I like it.  And I think that after I work the bugs out of it, I’ll release it to the rest of the market.  There is a lot of documentation to input though before that happens.  Little tweaks here and there that are really only known to me.

Youtube-eBay-Amazon Mashup Results and Thoughts

Ever since I started using Mark’s script for a Youtube eBay Amazon Mashup site, I’ve been meaning to do this post. I don’t have much for results, but I do have my share of thoughts. If you were a reader when I started using it, you’ll know that I modified the script to display Adsense’s Youtube video spots instead of just random Youtube spots. (You can Download that version of the YouTube eBay Amazon Mashup script)

The only true stats that I can give you are the stats on those spots. In the roughly 3 months that I’ve been running the script, I’ve managed less than 10 clicks on just over 2000 views. For those of you that are as mathematically challenged as I am, that’s a CTR% of about .42%. Not exactly a stellar performance. While I don’t track the eBay and Amazon hits from these sites, I’m fairly certain that I haven’t made any sales through those sites. Again, not exactly stellar.

In all fairness to the script, I haven’t done any sort of marketing for these sites. I have no intention of leaving them with this script and would like to develop them into sites at some point, but just haven’t had the time. I threw the script up as a “holder” that hopefully will help them get indexed easier and quicker when I do develop them. And it does work pretty well for that. They certainly haven’t attained hundreds of links in the search engines but each has somewhere between 10 and 20. That’s pretty good. Especially for what is essentially a parked domain. And it isn’t nearly as spammy as those ad scraping parking pages that you see elsewhere. I like that.

Overall, I’m happy with the script. It’s accomplished the goals I set for it. Mark did a wonderful job of making it really easy to implement, and the script itself is easy enough to understand that I was able to modify it to add the YouTube Adsense spots. If you’re looking for a “parking” spot for your unused domains, you can do much worse than the YouTube eBay Adsense mashup script.

Blogging Lessons: Battlestar Galactica Edition

**Note: this post is part of the lessons on blogging meme started by Ben Cook of Blogging Experiment. For more info on the meme, and instructions on how to participate, see the bottom of this post.

Battlestar GalacticaBattlestar Galactica is an epic story of the end-world battle and resulting search for Earth and Peace. It pits the humans against their creation-gone-wrong, the Cylons. They’ve evolved. No longer are they easily recognizable machines with shiny exteriors and Kitt-style eyes/sensors. Now they have 12 models that take the human form and are nearly imperceptible to most methods of detection.

How can I compare BSG (us Battlestar freaks call it that) to blogging? Well, I’ll have to take a little literary license, but I think it can be done.

A few blogging lessons that can be learned from BSG:

  1. Never Rest. BSG represents a endless search for an escape from the Cylons. No matter how often the humans evade them, they keep on finding them again. Between traitors and radioactive trails, there’s just no shaking them. As soon as you let your guard down (New Caprica), you end up as captives. As bloggers, our Cylons are our competition. Unless you’re writing a blog on the most obscure topic in the world, you have competition. Some of us have the advantage of being in the forefront of our niches. Or we have sites that hold that position. But the second that you relax and try and take it easy, your competition will overtake you. Just because you are taking a break, doesn’t mean that they are.
  2. Family and Friends are important. There are several key relationships in the BSG series. Adama and Apollo. Apollo and Starbuck. Adama and Roslyn. Baltar and Six. Despite the rumors to the otherwise, we bloggers do have friends and family. We have key relationships. Our relationships with our family keep us grounded and give us an escape from the blogosphere that we sometimes get immersed in. Our offline friends give us an outlet to release some tension and have some fun. And our online friends help us keep ourselves on track and sometimes keep our head out of the blogging clouds.
  3. Sometimes you have to break the rules. One of the parallels that emerged in the beginning of the latest season is between young Capt. Adama and Starbuck. Adama finds himself chasing after a Cylon ship and follows it into the atmosphere (which is against the rules). If he hadn’t, they might not have discovered the secret of the research that the Cylons were doing. Much later, Starbuck finds herself chasing after a Cylon ship and follows it into the atmosphere (which is still against the rules). If she hadn’t, she would have never fulfilled her destiny and found Earth. Sometimes you have to break the rules to become a better blogger. The most important idea of the online world is that the rules are not set in stone. Sometimes they need a little bending and flexing. Challenge the rules occasionally. You might just start a revolution.

As a blogger and BSG fan, it might be a little easier for me to make these associations, but I hope that they are fairly easy for you as well.

Now for the meme part. The rules are fairly simple. Write a post like this one that gives a blogging lesson to be learned from your favorite t.v. show. Tag 5 others to pass on the meme. Simple. And in following with #3 above, if you don’t get tagged but feel like you want to participate, bend the rules a little. Write a post and tag your 5 people.

Added: I suppose it would make some sense to tag 5 people… 😉

  1. Mark @
  2. Tom @
  3. NG @ Whaling Season
  4. the Big Moo @
  5. Empress @ Building my Empire