Wrong monthly balance in Google Adsense

Currently a lot of users are confused – Google Adsense monthly balance shows more money than you receive in next month`s payment. When payment is issued you probably wonder “ok, maybe the rest of the money will be paid some time later”. But it won`t happen. You might see something like this:

Balance at end of April €223.74
May 24 Payment issued (€98.10)

There is a problem in Google Adsense payments page and they`re trying to fix it. The montly balance is shown incorrectly. To show correct values – go to payments page and change the “view: Last 3 months” dropdown to “View: All time“. Now you should see tha real monthly balance at the end of each month, unfortunately it`s smaller than you hoped ;)

knocklite.com

Just made a simple page for product “TurboXS KnockLite“, an engine knock (detonation / pre-ignition) warning light. Simple 3-page website, the domain was available, so I just made and informative page with description, installation instructions and links to online shops. If Google will like my site, I`ll add some AdSense banners and put referral links to online shops..

Add or remove trailing slash in URL with .htaccess

If you`re using some kind of CMS, usually its normal that each URL works with or without trailing slash, e.g. these URLs would be the same:
http://example.org/about
http://example.org/about/

Still Google, Yahoo, MSN and other search engines treat them as different urls and gives penalty as they are dupliate URLs with identical content.
You have two options – to add or to remove the trailing slash. After a bit of reading I chose to remove the slash from my celica site, because I`m using Drupal CMS that removes trailing slashes for new content and I don`t really want to hack the CMS plugins. To alter the URLs, you need to edit .htaccess file at the root directory of your website ( http://example.org/.htaccess )
Add this code to your .htaccess file to remove trailing slashes:

#get rid of trailing slashes
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?turbocelica\.lv$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.+)/$ http://www.turbocelica.lv/$1 [R=301,L]

or use this code to ADD trailing slash to the end of each URL:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.[a-zA-Z0-9]{1,5}|/)$
RewriteRule (.*)([^/])$ http://example.org/$1$2/ [R=301,L]

Make sure you backup your .htaccess file before you edit. It`s easy to get “500 Internal server error” if you don`t know what you`re doing ;)
Read more here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/misc/rewriteguide.html

Drupal imagecache and robots.txt

Today i discovered a very stupid configuration in Imagecache module for Drupal. Imagecache saves all presets (thumbs, big images, etc) in subdirectory /sites/default/files/imagecache/[presetname]/. Of course this is conflicting with robots.txt, which says “Disallow: /sites/”. I created a few sites that really are targeted for Google`s image search, but I couldn`t find a single pic in google. This is so annoying to find out. I just removed the deriative in robots.txt and will update this post with results soon.

Turbo celica.lv

toyota celica st185Just created a page for my car: Toyota Celica ST185 (AWD Turbo). (Go google, fetch it nicely)
Since i`m taking a lot of pics while doing repairs and tuning, it could work out good for SEO when people search for images through Google. For now its pretty basic site, but i will spread it into different sections – articles on repairs, tuning, photo galleries by tags, etc. Well, just because.
Site is based on drupal. I love it!

Campaing tracking in Flash ClickTAG

Today we encountered a problem. Nothing showed up in Google Analytics tracking campaigns. We used a clickTAG code to swfobject (a.k.a FlashObject) like this:

so.addVariable(“clickTAG”, “http://domain.com/some_page/?utm_source=Banner&utm_medium=Banner&utm_campaign=Banner3”);

But the banner link only went to “http://domain.com/some_page/?utm_source=Banner”. After a bit of research I found out that Flash didn`t accept anything that’s after the ampersand &. Some suggested using & instead of &, but it did not work. I`m not sure if it`s a problem of Flash or SWFobject, but anyway I found a simple solution – use javascript escape() function to translate the URL, like this:

so.addVariable(“clickTAG”, escape(“http://domain.com/some_page/?utm_source=Banner&utm_medium=Banner&utm_campaign=Banner3”));

Voila! Now the banner opens full URL with tracking code! I think this is a problem with other tracking and ad network users also.
I hope this helps someone! :)

Chitika.net ads suck?

I knew about site Chitika.net for a few years. (i think it sounds better chikita not chitika :D) The didn`t accept my site back then (www.celebritysnap.com), but a few months ago they updated their policy and accept new sites. I tested both on celebritysnap.com and my furniture site www.antique.lv, both perform very poorly, about 10% of Google Adsense performance, no matter how many success stories Chitika writes. It just doesn`t pay. I tried more of their advertising features. 99% it shows IPOD ads that lead to www.amazon.com, I`m not sure if anyone is interested in such ads. Screw Ipod`s!
I`m waiting to get my first payment and then I`ll quit using Chitika :/ Maybe I`m doing something wrong, but the CTR is 0.05% and below which isn`t effective at all!

Oh, what`s even worse – I couldn`t find a way to add new domains/sites to my account. I had to create new accoutn for each domain. So you cannot get bulk payments. You have to logout/login all the time. wtf?

OMG, Google Chrome! UPDATED

Google Chrome – A New browser! Who did expect? And its good, really good! This is a revolution on Internet! Today Google stocks had reached 463 dollars, 10 dollar fall since yesterday. I`m almost sure that recent news about Youtube advertisments and this new browser will skyrocket google stocks back to 750 and maybe even more!
Now I need to find a way to buy Google stocks in Latvia..
Google chrome – Is This The Day Mozilla and Iexplore Died??

Update:

I`m just sick of how many new features there are, e.g. check this screenshot for simple stats about google chrome:
google chrome memory usage task manager

UPDATE:
The thrill is over. Chrome didn`t do wonders. It just has flaws. First Macromedia Flash support – it often hangs! Not often, most of the time! And many pages don`t display correctly. I`m surprised Google didn`t rush for updates and fixes :/

Google External keyword tool

Google reveals it`s data to the world. Google External Keyword Tool has been updated to show actualdata – keyword search count during last month and average search amount. And of course it displays Adwords publisher competition. This is definitely the best news for any internet marketer for the last months and should become the most used tool for many SEO people. Here is a screenshot:
Google External keyword tool

Link: Google External Keyword Tool

I HAZ GINGER – Netvibes peek in the future

Most of web users have noticed one of the most useful tools on the web – Netvibes.com . Now it has released its “Ginger” update and offers all users to create their own profile pages. This takes social networking one step further. Now its pretty easy present public information about yourself in one place – all your profiles at myspace, facebook, flickr, youtube, favorite feeds – all in single place. It`s like a new type of personal homepage! Or your digital dynamic CV. No more need for personal domain?

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