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Website Updates for Party Invitations

I’m plugging away. I created the following new free printable party invitations:

Daycare Open House Invitations
Finance Open House Invitations
Mortgage Open House Invitations
Wedding Open House Invitations
Campus Open House Invitations 
School Open House Invitations
Job Open House Invitations
Employment Open House Invitations
Fire Station Open House Invitations
Church Open House Invitations
Church Car Wash Invitations
Church Bake Sale Invitations
Botox Party Printable Invitations
Defensive Driving Class Printable Invitations
Lasik Open House Printable Invitations
Health Insurance Open House Invitations
Insurance Open House Invitations
Real Estate Open House Invitations
Forex Trading Room Invitations
Lingerie Party Invitations
Mystery Shopper Invitations
Secret Shopper Invitations
Drive Through Prayer Invitations
Beer Tasting Party Invitations
Class Reunion Party Invitations
Prom Party Invitations
Prom After Party Invitations
Get Out Of Jail Party Invitations

Enjoy!

Gina

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April 20th, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Free Womens Fashion Clothing Designer Website Template

I have several free web templates that I’m adding to the website today. This first web template has a fashion designer’s theme. The name of the template is Kataya Vanderbuilt Designs. I did this online generator called get your soap opera name a long time ago and that was my name. LOL Anyway of interest to this template will be an up and coming women’s clothing fashion designer.

The home page features 3 sketches of fashion renderings of women’s fashions. The “Kataya Vanderbuilt Designs” site name can be replaced by your name or company name. On the right of the template is the content area where you add your websites information. This template does use frames and the pages included are home, about, news, gallery and contact.

Preview the template here:

designer web template

[ Download Kataya Vanderbuilt Designs Website ]

The templates license is included in the zip file. As always, if you use the template I’d appreciate a link back to my website. Enjoy!

Gina

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April 20th, 2009 at 10:52 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Website Updates for Greeting Cards

I’ve been really busy lately adding fresh content to the website. I see that I don’t have very many printable greeting cards so I’m going to work on increasing them.

I have received a few emails requesting a particular type and am working on that. I have already re-arranged the greeting cards into categories and made over a hundred new cards. I just have to add them to the website. I created the following new greeting card pages:

View all of the greeting cards here: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/free-printable-greeting-card-templates.html 

I also signed up for Twitter yesterday. Better late than never. :) Follow me at http://www.twitter.com/ginahoover

Enjoy!

Gina

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April 20th, 2009 at 9:27 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


New Articles Posted In Our Web Design Knowledgebase

I’ve added several new articles to the web design knowledge base. More are coming…

If you’d like to submit your articles to our web design article knowledgebase, click here. You will be given full credit with 1 link to your web site. This is a great way to bring in traffic to your web site.

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2009 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

April 6th, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Adsense Optimization Webinar

I attended an Google Webinar today called Adsense Optimization Webinar 1. This was the first time, at least for me that you didn’t have to call in to hear the speaker talk. The webinar was broadcasted through your computers speakers. That was nice. I didn’t have to bother with fumbling with the speaker phone and mute button. I never use them so I gotta try and remember :)

The webinar went over pretty basic stuff. The Adsense heat map was reiterated. The Adsense heat map is a guide of where you should place your Google ads so that visitors can be aware of them to generate the most revenue. As you know the ad formats that perform the best are still the 160×600, 300×250 and 336×280. The 728×90 is also a good performer because it is wide and can go across the page making it easy for website visitors to see an ad that they might be interested in. Adsense for search was discussed. Basically you should have the search box at the top of your page for it to be used. They made a a good point when they said if someone can’t find what they want on your website they’ll leave. Offering a search box will help them find what they are looking for.

This webinar was also different because the questions that the attendees had were visible to everyone along with the answer the panelists gave them. That was cool. Once you exited the webinar you could save the Q&A section, which is what I did. That another new feature. Thumbs up Google!  Here are some of the questions that were asked/answered:

Q&A Session for  AdSense Optimization Webinar 1

Session number:  572860900

Date:  April 1, 2009

Starting time:  12:52 pm

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Praveen Srinivasan - 12:57 pm

Q: hi

 Nicolas E - 12:58 pm

 A: Hello

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Praveen Srinivasan - 12:58 pm

Q: hope this is not another google’s April Fool show ;)

 Blair Q - 12:59 pm

 A: I can assure you it’s definitely not! :)

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Randi Thornton - 1:03 pm

Q: has the audio started? i can not hear

 Mike B - 1:04 pm

 A: Yes the audio has started

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Ayyan Muzaffar - 1:00 pm

Q: where can i find Google Adsense career details in Pakistan ?

 Dia M - 1:05 pm

 A: You can find information about career opportunities at Google when you visit the Google home page. The direct URL is  http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/

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victor caballero - 1:04 pm

Q: will this be available afterwards?

 Blair Q - 1:05 pm

 A: Yes we’re recording this session and will be sending out the link to your email address

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Aubyn Darlington - 4:03 pm

Q: Volume too low!

 Jane B - 1:07 pm

 A: If you’re still having difficulty hearing the webinar, please call in at 866 469 3239

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Ricky Deeez - 1:05 pm

Q: Why cant i hear anything, my audio is turned up.

 Blair Q - 1:07 pm

 A: Hi Ricky, if you’re sure your volume is turned up, you might try just calling in directly toll-free at 866-469-3239

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syed muhammad shafiq - 2:14 pm

Q: hello how can i record it?

 Nicolas E - 1:07 pm

 A: We’re recording the webinar, and we’ll send you a link late this week or early next week.

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Robert Burnson - 1:06 pm

Q: Audio is breaking up (on dsl) … Anything I can do?

 Jane B - 1:08 pm

 A: Hi Robert, if you’re having difficulty hearing the webinar, please trying calling in at 866 469 3239

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david vedder - 1:07 pm

Q: last time I tried Adsense for search it would return no results no matter what the search term — is this a known problem and has it been fixed?

 Mike B - 1:08 pm

 A: That shouldn’t be the issue. One cause could be that you limited the search to too few sites, which had no results for the queries you were trying.

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syed muhammad shafiq - 2:15 pm

Q: it is much expensive from pakistan

 Blair Q - 1:09 pm

 A: yes, the number is toll free for US/Canada only. if you’re still having trouble hearing, at the very least, we will be recording this and sending out the link afterward

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david vedder - 1:08 pm

Q: no, that was not the issue. I wanted it to search just my site and would type in a search term that I obivuosly know is on many of my page — “search returned zero results” over and over.

 Mike B - 1:10 pm

 A: David - it sounds like this may be a specific problem with your settings, I’d encourage you to email adsense-support@google.com with more details and we can take a closer look

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Ayyan Muzaffar - 1:08 pm

Q: How can differentiate between low paying ads and high paying ads ???

 Blair Q - 1:10 pm

 A: Hi Ayyan, one thing you could try is implementing channels on the particular ad units your interested in tracking

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Maninder Walia - 1:09 pm

Q: Is it better to merge ads with content or having totally different colors so that they look prominent

 Nicolas E - 1:10 pm

 A: Ads usally perform best when integrated into the content.

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Chuck Brook - 1:09 pm

Q: is there an access code to enter when calling in for audio?

 Jane B - 1:11 pm

 A: The event number is 572 860 900

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Sebastian Kuttamperoor - 1:10 pm

Q: Is it possible to see the chat history afterwards

 Jane B - 1:12 pm

 A: The chat history won’t be posted, but the audio will be recorded and we’ll be addressing some of the most asked questions at the end of the presentation

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Chuck Brook - 1:10 pm

Q: I called the 866 number and it asked for for an access code

 Jane B - 1:12 pm

 A: Hi Chuck, the event number is 572 860 900

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Mauro Mazzocchini - 1:10 pm

Q: Are adsense interest based ads already appearing on websites? If yes, are they also in foreign languages besides english?

 Jennifer S - 1:12 pm

 A: No, we won’t start running interest based ads until April 9th. They will be available in all languages but we’re starting with a small group of advertisres so you may not see an immediate impact.

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Gary IIllyes - 1:11 pm

Q: Can a publisher by any chance opt out of CPM based ads?

 Blair Q - 1:12 pm

 A: Hi Gary, you can use the Ad Review Center to opt out of placement targeted ads - for more information, check out https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=43688

 Blair Q - 1:15 pm

 A: to follow up, placement targeted ads can be CPM or CPC based. we’re always choosing the highest paying ads, so it’s in your interest to have them show. why do you not want them to show?

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Tom Goering - 1:00 pm

Q: Does the privacy policy have to be accessable from every page that displays ads or can it be a link on just the index page?

 Dia M - 1:13 pm

 A: Hi Tom, you need to have a privacy policy on your site and it has to be accessible. For legal reasons, we’re unable to give you specific guidance on this issue. However, as long as it’s easily accessible you should be fine

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colin Noden - 1:11 pm

Q: is the ad content determined by the text above the ad?

 Nicolas E - 1:13 pm

 A: Ads are targeted to the text content on the page.

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Hany Freedom - 1:13 pm

Q: what is ( http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net ) …. I always see it on the URL of any AdSense !!!

 Mike B - 1:13 pm

 A: That is the domain URL that AdSense ads are served from Hany, so it will be associated with most AdSense ads.

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Vaughn Aubuchon - 1:11 pm

Q: Why was the square 250 missing from the comparisons?

 Blair Q - 1:14 pm

 A: Hi Vaughn, we’ve found that the 300×250 medium rectangle traditionally perform much better than the 250×250

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Fausto Saldi - 1:12 pm

Q: Within a text ad, how is it possible to change the color of the ‘Ads by Google’ caption? Thanks.

 Nicolas E - 1:14 pm

 A: This is the same as the border color you select for the ad unit.

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Les Henderson - 1:04 pm

Q: Since I’ve made a fair bit on YouTube ads I’m disappointed that you are dropping them. Why not just tweak it or drop those that it’s not successful for?

 Dia M - 1:15 pm

 A: Hi Les, this webinar is focussed primarily on AFC and AFS optimizations. For other questions, please email adsense-support@google.com and one of our specialists will personally answer your question

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Manuel Lemos - 1:14 pm

Q: Will this webinar be available as video in YouTube?

 Jane B - 1:15 pm

 A: Hi Manuel, the webinar won’t be posted, however we will be emailing it to the participants afterward

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Muzaffer BayramoÄŸlu - 1:09 pm

Q: what is the magical font color combination for maximizing ctr

 Jennifer S - 1:16 pm

 A: There is no magical font color combination for maximizing CTR. However, we do recommend that you choose colors that match those already on your site.

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stephen duckworth - 1:14 pm

Q: I would like to know if it is ok to hide adsense ads using css - this will allow me to experiment with the “less is more” concept without having to remove all of the AdSense ads; i can just set the class to “hidden” for the duration of the experiment.

 Mike B - 1:16 pm

 A: Please don’t don’t make a request for ads but hide them Foster, this will impact the performance statistics of ads on your site. If you’d like to show less ads it would be better to temporarily comment out the code on your page.

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Chitu Ionut Alexandru - 1:15 pm

Q: Many applications block/remove the cookies for doubleclick.net. Will this affect ad reporting?

 Nicolas E - 1:17 pm

 A: This should have no impact on AdSense reporting.

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Gary IIllyes - 1:16 pm

Q: It’s not me who don’t want to show CPM based ads as I find any penny usefull. I was asked by a client and I couldn’t give an answer

 Blair Q - 1:17 pm

 A: I would encourage your client to show them as they will make him/her more money.

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Alexandre Machado - 1:15 pm

Q: I have a REal Estate website on wich I would like to place Moving Companies ads, how can it be done?

 Jane B - 1:17 pm

 A: Hi Alexandre, our targeting is based on an automated system that looks at many elements of your page such as content, font characteristics, etc. We can’t manually adjust the ads, I recommend adding more content related to moving

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Les Henderson - 1:09 pm

Q: I run a fraud awareness site and find that many ads for “work at home” or “making money” are total and obvious scams. Do you ever ban any groups or get rich schemes from advertising?

 Jennifer S - 1:18 pm

 A: Ads are required to comply with our AdWords editorial policy but if you have specfic feedback about ads you’re seeing, please provide it on the following form: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/request.py?contact=adfeedback

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Ciprian Bortos - 1:15 pm

Q: I know we can modify the font, the colors of an ad from adsense acount but it is possible to  manage the dimensions (size) of the ads ?

 Jane B - 1:18 pm

 A: Hi Ciprian, you can adjust the size of your ads within your AdSense account

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Derek Wolf - 1:06 pm

Q: Do you see google allowing custom sizing of ads on sites

 Dia M - 1:19 pm

 A: Hi Derek, we appreciate your feedback about these new features, and encourage you to continue to let us know how we can improve AdSense We recently lauched different fonts for ad units, and are constantly working to improve the features we have available.

 Dia M - 1:19 pm

 A: If we launch the custom ad units in the future, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Kevin Pletcher - 1:17 pm

Q: are image ads always CPM, or are those paid on a CPC basis too, or hybrid.

 Nicolas E - 1:19 pm

 A: Image ads can be CPC as well as CPM.

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Chitu Ionut Alexandru - 1:11 pm

Q: Why there’s no option to block animated ads, video ads or Flash ads and they’re all considered “image ads”?

 Jennifer S - 1:19 pm

 A: Thanks for the feedback, we’ll make sure to share this with our product team. To block a specific ad creative, please use the Ad Review Center.

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yanni raz - 1:14 pm

Q: I’m trying to find out what am i doing wrong on my blog, I don’t get enough clicks, I use the 300*250 ads and 729*90 only text. can you give me advice with that?

 Jane B - 1:20 pm

 A: Hi Yanni, I recommend testing out the tips we’re covering in this webinar. Larger ad units, more prominent location, inserting the ads within your content, etc.

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Sebastian Kuttamperoor - 1:05 pm

Q: How should I update my privacy policies with respect to Interest based Advertising

 Dia M - 1:20 pm

 A: Hi Sebastian - In regard to internet based advertising and updates that need to be made, please review the guidelines in our help center: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=100557.

 Dia M - 1:21 pm

 A: These are the same guidelines that are in place for cookies

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mahad azad - 1:19 pm

Q: how can i record this video?

 Nicolas E - 1:20 pm

 A: We’re recording the webinar, and we’ll send you a link later this week or early next week.

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daniel friedman - 1:18 pm

Q: Is there research on best placement of the Search box on web pages?

 Mike B - 1:20 pm

 A: Wherever it will be obvious to your publishers will be best. We’ve  found on many sites this is near the top and middle, but depending on your layout it could be different.

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Dmitri Kazanski - 1:14 pm

Q: What’s the approx. ratio of accross the board eCPMs for 336×280 vs 300×250 (ex: 1.2 to 1 or something like this)? We currently use 300×250, and we would like to estimate the benefit of switching to 336×280.

 Alton L - 1:21 pm

 A: Hi Dmitri, as you can imagine, the eCPMs will vary according to site content and ad placements. In general, we’ve seen the 336×280 generate a slightly higher CTR than the 300×250. But the 300×250 generates more Placement Targeted rev

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Marc Onigman - 1:19 pm

Q: Is it OK to encourage users to use the scroll function on the ads?

 Nicolas E - 1:21 pm

 A: This is a violation of our program policies.

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Marcus Smith - 1:11 pm

Q: you say that 336*280 is best performing - but elsewhere you say I should use 300*250 because it includesmore image/video ads. Which is best?

 Jennifer S - 1:21 pm

 A: We’d encourage you to test each size with channels to see which performs best for you. Typically, if your site receives more text ads, the 336×280 will work better for you.

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - 1:01 pm

Q: Hi! Can I share what I’ve learned on my writing blog, or is this private info?

 Dia M - 1:22 pm

 A: Hi Laurie, yes you’re welcome to share this information with other users on your blog

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Ari Kalogeropoulos - 1:19 pm

Q: When I first began with adsense for search, i had the option to have a radio button for site search or web search. Now I see either site search, web search or collection of sites. Is the radio button option gone?

 Mike B - 1:22 pm

 A: We did remove that option from the AdSense Front End, but if you think your users were finding this useful it is possible to create two AFS units: 1 for your site, and 1 for the web.

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joju paul.n - 1:14 pm

Q: i would like to know we want to place a separate page for privacy policy

 Jane B - 1:22 pm

 A: Hi Joju, you need to have a privacy policy on your site and it has to be accessible. For legal reasons, we’re unable to give you specific guidance on this issue. However, as long as it’s easily accessible you should be fine

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Hitesh Lakhani - 1:04 pm

Q: recently we have seen around 30% low down in google adsense earnings, what could be reason behind that ??

 Dia M - 1:23 pm

 A: Hi Hitesh, for any questions regarding your AdSense revneue, please write into adsense-support@google.com. Someone from our team will be happy to review your account earnings and provide you with more information

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Steve Lavey - 1:20 pm

Q: If I add the search box, is that part of the three ads per page limitation?

 Nicolas E - 1:24 pm

 A: No. You can place 3 ad units, 2 search boxes, and 3 link units on each page.

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edward hooper - 1:16 pm

Q: i have a blogspot.com blog and there is no way to place an ad at the top of a post - only at the bottom of a post so is it acceptable to place the adsense code in the top of each post manually?

 Jane B - 1:24 pm

 A: Hi Edward, you may place an ad anywhere on your site as long as you don’t alter the code as it’s generated within your account

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Hany Freedom - 1:22 pm

Q: we are 5 friends in one network , so we use one Router  …….. is there any problem to make for every one of us his own account at Google Adsense ……. or that will be difficult because  Google will see us as one IP  ??!!!!

 Mike B - 1:24 pm

 A: It’s not a problem to have muliple accounts login using one internet connection.

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James Jordan - 1:19 pm

Q: I have 3 adsense boxes on my website…but I am adding the Google Map API to my

site….can I embed adsense in the map too?

 Blair Q - 1:24 pm

 A: Hi James, while we don’t offer moneitzation directly through adsense for your Google maps API, you may do so through maps- check out http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html

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Ayyan Muzaffar - 1:14 pm

Q: Image ads are hard to blend in template and they always got low CTR. Any help regarding Image ads Blending ??

 Jennifer S - 1:25 pm

 A: Image ads often pay on an impression basis so a click isn’t always required to receive revenue. We’d suggest opting into image and text enabled ads and not just image only so we can always show the best ad.

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Kevin Pletcher - 1:16 pm

Q: can you show the heatmap again before the end of the presentation?

 Jane B - 1:26 pm

 A: Hi Kevin, we’re going to email all of the participants the webinar after the presentation

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Henry Chuong - 1:23 pm

Q: Can I combine both AdSense and AdBrite ads on my site?

 Blair Q - 1:27 pm

 A: as long as the ads don’t mimic the look and feel of Google ads, it’s OK to place them on the same page together. as long as you can tell the difference between the two, you should be fine.

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Edward Furey - 1:11 pm

Q: The red section is hot but I have always avoided it thinking that users clicking it would increase the “bounce rate” of my pages/ sites and eventually rank them lower.  Does this make sense?

 Dia M - 1:27 pm

 A: Hi Edward, the AdSense team is unable to answer questions related to the Google Search Index. If you have questions about your site’s listing in Google, I’d recommend visiting http://www.google.com/support/webmasters.

 Alton L - 1:28 pm

 A: Hi Edward, this definitely makes sense. For publishers, we don’t want to sacrifice your user experience. The heat map represents the most frequented areas and we hope you can find a happy medium between users and ad placements.

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - 1:19 pm

Q: Can I write up the most important things I’ve learned from this webinar, and share with my blog readers, giving credit to this webinar by Google?

 Jane B - 1:27 pm

 A: Hi Laurie, feel free to share this information on your site.

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Jon Reid - 1:25 pm

Q: I have an “all pages” unit, how can I tell which pages got clicks?

 Nicolas E - 1:27 pm

 A: You’ll need to create separate ad units for each page/layout you want to track and add a unique custom channel to each.

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Suyash Gupta - 1:12 pm

Q: my earnings dropped by 60% during the past two months. any specific reasons for it??

 Dia M - 1:28 pm

 A: Hi Suyash, for any questions regarding your AdSense revneue, please write into adsense-support@google.com. Someone from our team will be happy to review your account earnings and provide you with more information

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Julian thomas - 1:12 pm

Q: I have some problem with urlchannel,its always higher than ad channel,For example if ad channel isn 250 impressions url channel shows 500 impressons.( i facing this problem after using video ads )

 Dia M - 1:29 pm

 A: When you’re viewing channel reports, the data for all your URL and custom channels may show a larger number of page impressions, clicks and earnings than the aggregate data for the same date range.

 Dia M - 1:29 pm

 A: This is because some impressions and clicks may be tracked on both a URL and a custom channel or on multiple URL or custom channels. For example, impressions and clicks on a URL channel for domain.com/site would also be tracked on a URL channel for domain.

 Dia M - 1:30 pm

 A: To view the overall performance of your account, visit your ‘Advanced Reports’ page, select the ‘Aggregate Data’ radio button, and click ‘Display Report.’ This will include all clicks, page impressions and earnings from your account with no duplication of

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rene beekman - 1:28 pm

Q: i’ve been trying to find the answer to this in adsense help and forum, seen lots of people ask the same question, but still have no answer: i have a client who has several websites split over two adsense accounts. how do we combine these two accounts?

 Mike B - 1:29 pm

 A: Rene, there’s no way to combine the historic statistics between the two accounts. You can choose 1 account and starting using the ads from that account for both sites going forward if you wish.

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Tsvetomir Denev - 1:17 pm

Q: Hi. About in-stream ads. Do you offer graphic/text overlay ads to publishers with less then a million streams per month?

 Jennifer S - 1:29 pm

 A: Sounds like you’re referring to AdSense for Video. At this time, we do require publishers applying have at least 1 million video views (http://www.google.com/ads/videoadsolutions/publisher.html).

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James Jordan - 1:29 pm

Q: Hi Blair according to the Map API…i can embed adsense in my Google Maps…see here… http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/services.html#Advertising

 Blair Q - 1:30 pm

 A: yes, i was saying before that you won’t find any information directly related to this in your adsense account and you’ll need to go through Google code

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Kim Charette - 1:29 pm

Q: Does Google plan to allow AdSense ads in subscription e-mail newsletters any time soon?

 Jennifer S - 1:30 pm

 A: We don’t have any plans on that for now, but thanks for your feedback.

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Randy G - 1:29 pm

Q: Are there any statistics on blocking ads that frequently appear on the site to improve a change of ad content and increased earnings?

 Jane B - 1:30 pm

 A: Hi Randy, this kind of change to your targeting impacts everyone differently. I recommend blocking the sites and monitoring your revenue to monitor the impact.

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Praveen Srinivasan - 1:29 pm

Q: Any timeframe on when the Adsense-Analytics tracking will be released to all the publishers?

 Nicolas E - 1:31 pm

 A: There’s a link to a sign up form at the top of the AdSense blog.

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syed muhammad shafiq - 2:22 pm

Q: there is permission to make many on blogs?

 Dia M - 1:31 pm

 A: Hi Syed, you’re welcome to place Google ads and earn revenue from these ads, on any webpages or blogs that comply with our program policies

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Rolf Hicker - 1:29 pm

Q: when we make changes/testing new ad’s: for how long do you recommend to monitor till we can identify if we have improvements or declines? Problem is the fluctuation in CPM to really decide what is right/wromg

 Nicolas E - 1:32 pm

 A: I recommend testing changes for at least 2-3 weeks.

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mahad azad - 1:29 pm

Q: Please tell me the alternative guys my friend is very much worried about it, he has not got the pin code yet, its been 3 month has reissued it 3 times but all in vain… Please tell me if there is other alternative to get one’s postal address get verified

 Jane B - 1:32 pm

 A: Hi Mahad, please have your friend go to the help center www.google.com\adsense\support

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James Jordan - 1:29 pm

Q: my question is if I have 3 text boxes and then 1 more embedded in the Adsense API is that a violation?

 Blair Q - 1:32 pm

 A: hi james, if you’re adding 4 AFC ad units to the same page, that would be in violation of our policy

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Lori Krout - 1:29 pm

Q: When we get the copy of the webinar, will we also be able to read through the chat Q&A?

 Jennifer S - 1:33 pm

 A: We are not currently recording the chat, but thanks for your feedback. We can consider this in future webinars.

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rene beekman - 1:30 pm

Q: mike, does that affect ad placement or revenue?

 Mike B - 1:33 pm

 A: Over time our systems do learn about what ads perform best with your account and site, so there may be an adjustment period if you switch accounts. However it should be minimal.

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Foster Coburn - 1:14 pm

Q: The heat map said to put ads directly under the top navigation. The problem is that the drop-down menus of navigation go behind the ads. This means more clicks, but not for the right reasons. How can we make sure the ads stay behind the menus.

 Dia M - 1:33 pm

 A: Hi Foster, while we recommend optimizing your ad placements, they have to be within our program policies. If your navigation bar has drop-down menus that go behind the ads, we recommend moving the ads further down so they don’t interfere with the bar

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charlene iniguez - 1:27 pm

Q: what is your experience on borders? does it help or hinder?

 Blair Q - 1:33 pm

 A: Hi Charlene, typically it’s best not to include borders, but above all try to format the ads so that they match the look and feel of your site

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Tom Goering - 1:29 pm

Q: Suggestion: You should have a link to the AdSense forum or blog on your system maint/down pages.

 Nicolas E - 1:33 pm

 A: Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll look into this.

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Judy Jones - 1:31 pm

Q: Can you add a search box to any website?

 Mike B - 1:34 pm

 A: Yes Judy, you’re free to use AFS boxes on any of your sites.

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Francis Rath - 1:32 pm

Q: Hi! I tried to sign up for the optional mailings, but the only option I found was for periodic newsletters. Have these options been rolled out to all accounts?

 Jennifer S - 1:34 pm

 A: Hi Francis, thanks for the note. This option should be rolled out in the next couple days.

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Henry Chuong - 1:31 pm

Q: Is it OK to have AdSense Ads ONLY above the fold, and page content below the fold?

 Jane B - 1:34 pm

 A: Hi Henry, we recommend that you integrate ads with your content. This kind of implementation may result in accidental clicks which may negatively impact your eCPM.

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victor caballero - 1:29 pm

Q: where was the resources page, i can’t find in my account

 Blair Q - 1:35 pm

 A: hi victor, the resources page is the last tab on the right in your account, next to the ‘my account’ tab

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Oscar Mota - 1:35 pm

Q: is there a part 2 of this webinar ?

 Blair Q - 1:36 pm

 A: Hi Oscar, there’s no part 2 to this webinar. What are you interested in hearing more about?

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Kevin Pletcher - 1:29 pm

Q: are there different versions of adsense?  I’m looking to change my contact preferences as Andrew just showed, and I’m not seeing those options?

 Nicolas E - 1:36 pm

 A: The version of the contact preferences that Andrew showed you will be live in your account in the next 1-2 days. Please check back in your account to set your preferences.

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Maninder Walia - 1:15 pm

Q: I once heard preferred sites where actually ads by google doesn’t come is it true?

 Dia M - 1:37 pm

 A: Hi Maninder, I’m not sure which specific feature you’re referring to. However, we are constantly testing certain features for a limited number of publishers.

 Dia M - 1:38 pm

 A: If you’d like more information on the feature you mentioned, please write into adsense-support@google.com, and one of our team members will be happy to address your issue

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Muzaffer BayramoÄŸlu - 1:30 pm

Q: is it possible to create custom channels for specific keywords in url

 Blair Q - 1:37 pm

 A: Hi Muzzafer, you can create URL channels for specific URLs, but not certain keywords with the URL. for more info, check out https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=13993

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Greg Hurley - 1:18 pm

Q: I would like to know what is considered a low vs high CTR.  I have CTRs that range a lot, but not sure what Google considers as “good” CTR.

 Jennifer S - 1:38 pm

 A: CTRs vary per publisher depending on thier site type, vertical, layout, etc. So there is not a way to confirm exactly what is a good or bad CTR.

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Manuel Lemos - 1:32 pm

Q: How do we pick the best places in our sites that would be more attractive for advertisers to buy as ad placements that they would be willing to pay more? Home page? try some places and see what works?

 Jane B - 1:38 pm

 A: Hi Manual, I recommend trying out the tips mentioned in this webinar. Larger ad units, such as wide skyscrapers and medium rectangles, have the most inventory and are attractive to advertisers.

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Fausto Saldi - 1:30 pm

Q: Is it true that all of a publisher’s channels are penalized in terms of revenue per click if one of his/her channels has got a CTR lower than 3%? Thanks.

 Nicolas E - 1:39 pm

 A: This is not true. Channels enable you to track the performance of ad placements. We don’t ‘penalize’ your revenue based on a low performing channel.

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - 1:33 pm

Q: If I have a 2 sidebar blog, should I put my 3 adsense boxes together in one block, or break them up with boxes of tags, categories, etc?

 Jane B - 1:40 pm

 A: Hi Laurie, I recommend experimenting with different placements and tracking their performance with channels. I recommend splitting up the ads around your site where your users are most likely to be looking.

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Sebastian Kuttamperoor - 1:21 pm

Q: Is it possible for the participants to see  chat history after the session ?

 Jennifer S - 1:40 pm

 A: The chat Q&A is not currently being recorded. We appreciate your understanding.

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Suyash Gupta - 1:15 pm

Q: do more number of ads placed on one page result in low cpc?

 Dia M - 1:40 pm

 A: Usually, most publishers see overall revenue gains if they place more ad units on their pages. Publishers may see a decrease in the average “eCPM” in their account, but this is expected because the additional ads on a page will generate lower per-click rev

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Lois Turley - 1:37 pm

Q: FYI in future surveys Q. 8 on the survey ask question but didn’t provide place to type info.  I had to ignore it.

 Jennifer S - 1:40 pm

 A: Thanks for letting us know.

 Jennifer S - 1:41 pm

 A: You can send any feedback to adsense-webinar@google.com.

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Manuel Lemos - 1:37 pm

Q: Do you think it is a good idea to rotate the places where the same ad appear in different pages so the user does not get used to the same place to avoid ad blindness?

 Alton L - 1:41 pm

 A: Hi Manuel, rotating ad placements might be a good experiment. Also, rotating ad colors could be a good way to update the look of your ads to avoid ad blindness.

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colin Noden - 1:39 pm

Q: does age of a site or content make a difference in content of the ads?

 Mike B - 1:41 pm

 A: Colin, very new pages will need to be crawled before ads can be best targeted. Also, over time our systems will learn which ads perform best on your sites, so it is possible for ad relevance to improve over time.

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Rahul Bansal - 1:38 pm

Q: I recently started a company and I would like to convert my existing adsense account from personal to business one. Basically I need payment to be issued in the name of company. Is that possible?

 Jane B - 1:42 pm

 A: Hi Rahul, you can change your payee name within your AdSense account.

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Hubert Heller - 1:16 pm

Q: Is there a way to have one’s page reviewed by a Google optimisation expert?

 Dia M - 1:42 pm

 A: Hi Hubert, to have your website reviewed by an optimization specialist, please send your request to adsense-webinar@google.com

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Kevin Sample - 1:41 pm

Q: I’m having trouble removing the borders from GFS ads.  Am I just overlooking the correct setting?  My site’s bgcolor is white and I’m setting the border to #FFFFFF but still I get gray borders.

 Mike B - 1:43 pm

 A: Kevin, we our system doesn’t complete removal of the borders (white #FFFFFF) but you can choose a very light border color.

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Vaughn Aubuchon - 1:41 pm

Q: There was no way to answer question 8, and some other questions needed another option.

 Alton L - 1:44 pm

 A: Hi Vaughn, sorry about the mix-up. If you have ideas for future webinar topics, please send them to adsense-webinar@google.com

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Ed Warnock - 1:35 pm

Q: Sometimes I have a spike in Impressions but the CTR drops.  What would be the cause of the drop?

 Blair Q - 1:44 pm

 A: Hi Ed, there are many factors that can cause fluctuations in performance, including ad relevance, user behavior, placement targeting, ad placement. it’s hard to say w/o looking at your site.

 Blair Q - 1:45 pm

 A: if you’d like an optimization specialist to proivde you opt suggestions, write to adsense-webinar@google.com

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Eduardo Crea - 1:16 pm

Q: How many ads my account needs to display a month in order to be allowed to modify the style of the ads (fonts, sizes, colors, etc)

 Dia M - 1:44 pm

 A: Hi Eduardo, we recently launched different font types for ad units. Regarding the other characteristics, we’re constantly running experiments with a limited number of publishers.

 Dia M - 1:45 pm

 A: There isn’t a specific number of ads you’re required to display to participate in these experiments. However, we’ll be sure to keep you in mind for any future experiments we run

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Lorri Collins - 1:42 pm

Q: how important is the text right before the ad placement

 Nicolas E - 1:44 pm

 A: Ads are targeted to the text content on the whole page, not just the text right before the ad.

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Suyash Gupta - 1:35 pm

Q: my website is an image based website. how far should my ads be from the images to prevent violation of any policy

 Jane B - 1:44 pm

 A: Hi Suyash, please use your best judgement. If you think your ads may be confused as content, I recommend following your instincts and opting for a less aggressive implementation

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michael winning - 1:18 pm

Q: Can I have different color layouts for channels?

 Dia M - 1:46 pm

 A: Hi Michael, the color layouts are specific to each ad unit. So publishers can’t set color layouts for channels

 Dia M - 1:47 pm

 A: However, once you choose the colors for your ad unit, you can assign a custom channel to that unit to see how those colors perform for you

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Vaughn Aubuchon - 1:44 pm

Q: The 250×250 is the ONLY ad format I use, and I was disappointed to see it missing from you analysis.  IT is great because 1) it limits the # of ads to 3, and 2) the text is the largest of all the rectangular formats.  Where does it fit in the spectrum?

 Alton L - 1:47 pm

 A: Hi Vaughn, if the 250×250 works well for your site, you should definitely continue to use it. We’ve seen the 300×250 and the 336×280 ad sizes perform the best in this square/rectangle sizes, but placements should always work for you and your users first.

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Gary IIllyes - 1:43 pm

Q: Is that true that if a site is an old one, say it has been up and doing well for more years, will typically have higher earnings per clicks?

 Jane B - 1:47 pm

 A: Hi Gary, the age of a website doesn’t directly impact the CPC of your ads. It may be that more advertisers are aware of the site and bidding on units, which would increase the cost of the ad through the auction.

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colin Noden - 1:44 pm

Q: thanks Mike, so what about sites with very different topics published under a single account?  Does each site have its own merit and history?

 Mike B - 1:47 pm

 A: Yes - each site will have its own merit and history, so it’s not a problem to use one publisher id on various distinct sites.

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - 1:44 pm

Q: How do I place ads at the end of my blog posts? Or is this a wordpress question?

 Jennifer S - 1:47 pm

 A: I’d recommend checking with other WordPress users (i.e. in a forum) to see how to implement this.

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Suresh k - 1:45 pm

Q: If I give two custom search box in one page  , only one is working, the other one is not working , why is it so.

 Mike B - 1:48 pm

 A: Suresh - do you mean no results appear when using the second box? Or just the Google logo doesn’t appear on the second search box?

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Bharath Kumar - 1:19 pm

Q: Does the new fonts intorduced recently are really useful??Sometimes they(fonts in ads) are changing even if I don’t change the font

 Dia M - 1:48 pm

 A: Hi Bharath, if your ad unit fonts are set to default, we are running some tests with different font types to see which ones perform well. However you’re free to customize the font in your ad units to match the font style on your site

 Dia M - 1:49 pm

 A: Also, the tests are only for a limited number of time

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alamsyah rasyid - 1:37 pm

Q: any example or story around ads blindness?

 Jane B - 1:49 pm

 A: Hi Alamsyah, we recommend you place your ads in areas of your site that your users are likely looking. Also, removing the borders of your site will lower the likelihood that your users will miss the ad

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Vaughn Aubuchon - 1:16 pm

Q: Blair - Yes I know.  But where does it fit in the hierarchy of ad performance?

 Blair Q - 1:49 pm

 A: Hi Vaughn, the top tier of ad sizes are the 728×90, 300×250, 336×280, 160×600. if it all possible, use these sizes over the rest.

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Kevin Sample - 1:45 pm

Q: That’s very strange, because in all the documentation I’ve seen it shows ads w/out borders, and it’s suggested that you remove borders for best performance.  Is borderless ads a planned feature?

 Nicolas E - 1:49 pm

 A: Hi Kevin. You can ‘remove’ borders by making them the same color as the page.

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Vaughn Aubuchon - 1:20 pm

Q: Blair - And why is it so conspicuously absent from the chart.  Does this imply denigration of the 250×250 format?

 Blair Q - 1:49 pm

 A: please see my response above

Enjoy!

Gina

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April 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Billy Crowder

I saw a case on American Justice about this teen, Billy Crowder who shot and killed his grandfather, Thurman Martin because he beat him, slapped, punched and kicked him and his little sister on a daily basis. He didn’t have to do anything much and it would warrant the most unheard of abuses. One day he couldn’t take it any more and had to do something about it. I don’t think he did the right thing but I can understand why he did what he did. The full story can be read at Billy Crowder’s website. It’s quite easy to say he could have run away or done this or that but when you are living in an abusive situation like he was you don’t know how you’ll react or what you’ll do.

At the trial, the jury was appalled at the way this kid was treated and lowered the charge to voluntary manslaughter. Billy got sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his grandfather. I don’t know what was wrong with this Georgia Judge Robert L. Russell III but he decided to give the boy life in prison for stealing $600 from his grandfather (which he admitted he used to pay household bills with). The grandfather would have used the money for this anyway since he took care of household bills. That’s really ridiculous. This judge is sending the message that the $600 was more of loss to the world than this mans life.

Billy was a first time offender and known overall as a good kid around town. Billy comes up for parole in about 2 years when he’s 34 years old. I believe that Billy can live a happy and productive life once he is freed from prison. He’s already paid his debt to society for killing his grandfather and should be let go. Hearing Billy’s story moved me to write a letter to the parole board on his behalf. I don’t know Billy personally but I feel like he got a raw deal. Maybe me writing this post can help him or atleast spread awareness.

If you want to do the same, please write to the parole board on Billy’s behalf and mention that you would like your letter to go in Billy’s file.  This will ensure that it becomes part of the documents the Board is given when his case is up for review.  Billy’s full name and Georgia Department of Corrections number should also be included in the letter - Billy Crowder GDC Number 977024.

State Board of Pardons and Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4909

Enjoy!

Gina

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April 1st, 2009 at 9:48 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Happy April Fools Day from the Conficker Virus

Tomorrow, April 1, 2009 the well publicized Conficker virus is supposed to start working it’s magic on infected PC’s all over the world. Supposedly the virus has been laying dormant until tomorrow.

This Conficker C virus was first detected in November, 2008 and reported to Microsoft. Microsoft’s response is basically that everyone running Windows software needs to make sure their particular version of Microsoft Windows is up to date with the current service updates, critical updates, patches, and security updates. Along with this, you’ll need to make sure that you have up to date anti-virus software. Taking these preventive steps should make you OK.

Well, what does the Conficker virus do exactly? When executed on a computer, Conficker disables a number of system services like Windows Automatic Updates, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender and Windows Error Reporting. Hope this isn’t happening on your PC!

The virus receives instructions on what to do to your PC when it connects to a web server. The instructions it receives from the hacker pulling the strings may include gathering personal information, logging key strokes, gathering passwords, etc. and to download and install additional malware onto the victim’s computer. The virus also attaches itself to certain Windows processes such as svchost.exe, explorer.exe and services.exe. Yikes!!

If you suspect that you have the Conficker virus already, you can scan your PC for free courtesy of Microsoft. If you find that you aren’t able to visit the Microsoft website (the virus may prevent you from trying to get rid of it) boot up your computer in safe mode and run the free scan from Microsoft One Care. You can also visit Symantec and Trend Micro and download versions of their Conficker virus cleaners from a non-infected PC.

Whether you think you will be affected by this virus or not, make a back up of your important data files tonight….just in case!

Enjoy!

Gina

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March 31st, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Awesome Vacation

I had an awesome spring break vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama last week. It rained the first couple of days so we went to indoor activities like shopping, the IMAX, Mardi Gras Museum and to the Movies to see Escape to Witch Mountain. After that we went to the beach everyday in Pensacola Florida. The Alabama beaches by our hotel were kind of crowded. We saw dolphins in the distance on a few occassions.

orange beach alabamaWe had a lot of great sea food during our trip. Restaurant service there was a lot better than in Memphis. I was a little weirded about by restaurants having a roll of kitchen paper towels on the table for napkins.

We went to visit the Zoo (don’t recommend because it’s kind of of small) and Gator Alley. Gator Alley was the most fun because you actually got to hold a small alligator. Of course I didn’t. My husband and kids did. We came around feeding time and saw them feed the alligators dead chickens.  A few fought over the chickens and hissed when they didn’t get to eat one. There were a lot of alligators there.  I felt bad for the hog they had there because I knew he was going to be alligator food! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us how this alligator named Captain Crunch (weighed over 800lbs) was brought to Gator Alley. Apparently the alligator learned how to leave the lake in Tallahassee, Florida and go into peoples backyards and eat their pets (YIKES). Here’s a link to Captain Crunch’s website: http://www.gatoralleyfarm.com/crunch/.

I took a lot of awesome pictures of the beach, ocean, alligators, and places around Mobile Alabama and Pensacola Florida. I’m going to upload most of the pictures to my free stock photo site Hoover Stock. I think I’ll make a few free web templates with beach themes too.

Make sure you come back soon so that you download the freebies. It will probably take a me a week to get back to working again. I barely checked email when I was on vacation.

Enjoy!

Gina

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March 23rd, 2009 at 11:49 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Google Adsense Now Offering Interest Based Ads

Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user’s previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. “sports enthusiast”).  To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network.  As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the “sports enthusiast” interest category.

I’ve seen mixed views from publishers like myself about the new interest based ads. It would seem weird to me that what the visitors are searching for is being tracked across multiple websites. What happens when a family shares a single computer? Whomever searches more will have ads targeted to them and the other family members might see ads not targeted to them so there won’t be any interest. I think I would much rather have the ads be targeted to the content on the page. You can’t miss with that.

If you don’t want your website to show interest based ads, log into your Adsense account, click on “My Account” and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. There will be a new setting called “Interest-based Ads Preference”. Click on the “edit” button and opt out of the interest based ads. For now I’m going to try them out and see if it generates more money.

google image based adsIf you don’t want any website tracking your interests and providing advertising based on this, you can opt out of targeted advertising that is delivered by NAI member ad networks (like Google, Advertising.com, Tribal Fusion, Real Media, Yahoo, etc.), by visiting http://www.networkadvertising.org.

If you are running the Adsense program on your website, your privacy policy will now need to reflect the use of interest-based advertising. Publishers have until April 8, 2009 to update their privacy policy.

What you should put in your privacy policy…

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here. [source]

Enjoy!

Gina

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March 13th, 2009 at 9:49 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Free Irish Themed Website Template

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up I thought it was only fitting that I’d create an Irish themed free website template. This template can be used for both business and personal Irish websites. The header has a striking green background with several swirly four leaf clovers on it. Take a look at the templates preview here:

free irish themed website template


On this particular template I added several tables with dotted line borders around them. You can add any text that you’d like inside of them. The left column has 3 of the dotted tables and the right column has 2 tables. You can add/remove these tables as you see fit. I’ve sprinkled in some Irish web graphics like shamrocks, clovers, leprechaun hats, and an Irish boot in the template that you can use on your website’s pages.
The navigation is text links found at the top of the template. If you want to expand the template past it’s one page, which I’m sure you’ll want to do, add your page links in this top navigation area. A links section could also be added in one of the dotted tables area.  If you are going to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and need a website template to display your parade photos, this template is a great choice.

If you’d like to use this free Irish themed website template, you can download it from here:

[ Download free Irish themed website template ]

As always, if you use the template I’d appreciate a link back to my website.

Enjoy!

Gina

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March 7th, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink