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11 Lessons I Learned Earning $119,725.45 from Amazon Associates Program : @ProBlogger

While Amazon’s Associates program is not my largest income stream (I rank how I make money blogging here) it was actually the first experiment that I did with monetizing blogs. I began to experiment with it in the last quarter of 2003 (just before I started using AdSense).

I started using it on a personal blog that had been going for around 12 months and had around a thousand readers a day – the first quarter was not spectacular in terms of earnings – I made $31.80 (around 30 cents a day) and almost gave it away.

via 11 Lessons I Learned Earning $119,725.45 from Amazon Associates Program : @ProBlogger.

Warning: WordPress 3.2 released – Tweet This plugin breaks the database!

WordPress 3.2 was just released; in the process of updating, one plugin broke our database and left us for about 5 minutes without access to the WordPress administrative section. How did we fix it? Simple. If a plugin breaks your database, you need to remove it from the list of active plugins in the database. […]

Warning: WordPress 3.2 released – Tweet This plugin breaks the database!

WordPress 3.2 was just released; in the process of updating, one plugin broke our database and left us for about 5 minutes without access to the WordPress administrative section. How did we fix it? Simple. If a plugin breaks your database, you need to remove it from the list of active plugins in the database. […]

Using WordPress? Don’t be a Retard, capture the image traffic! | DomainGang

For example, Google “retard” and switch to images. Then click on the one with the guy with the afro, in front of a panel that says “Surprise! You’re a retard!”

Under normal conditions, you’d end up on a page with the image, overlaying the page. Using the WP Frame Breaker plugin you are forwarded to the actual page, stealing Google’s thunder :D

Using WordPress? Don’t be a Retard, capture the image traffic! | DomainGang

For example, Google “retard” and switch to images. Then click on the one with the guy with the afro, in front of a panel that says “Surprise! You’re a retard!”

Under normal conditions, you’d end up on a page with the image, overlaying the page. Using the WP Frame Breaker plugin you are forwarded to the actual page, stealing Google’s thunder :D

Three Tips for Improving Your Facebook Fan Page | Morgan Linton

First let me be clear with my goals for my Facebook Fan Page. The goal of a Fan Page is to drive more traffic to your domain and engage and interact with a targeted audience online. There is no reason to think that at fan page would ever replace a domain, it can’t, won’t, and really isn’t intended to so get that out of your mind. The fact of the matter is that there are tons of people who love kayaking on Facebook and while some of them find my site through other means many of them wouldn’t know my site existed without Facebook.

Three Tips for Improving Your Facebook Fan Page | Morgan Linton

First let me be clear with my goals for my Facebook Fan Page. The goal of a Fan Page is to drive more traffic to your domain and engage and interact with a targeted audience online. There is no reason to think that at fan page would ever replace a domain, it can’t, won’t, and really isn’t intended to so get that out of your mind. The fact of the matter is that there are tons of people who love kayaking on Facebook and while some of them find my site through other means many of them wouldn’t know my site existed without Facebook.

Blog Help: No One Reads My Blog | Heidi Cohen

  • Your writing s**ks! There are a lot of reasons that readers may have difficulty reading your content. You may not speak English as a first language, your posts are full of local slang, your prose is heavily sprinkled with abbreviations, or you can’t spell. FIX: One improvement is to get a strong editor. This is particularly helpful for group or company blogs where writing may not be everyone’s strong suit. Read top bloggers like Copyblogger, Problogger and Men With Pens to sharpen your style. Alternatively, read some of the “How to Write” classics.
  • Enough about me, let me tell you more about me. Your blog is inwardly focused on your life. While this may be acceptable for high profile stars, it doesn’t work for most blogs. FIX: Use your experience to highlight universal truths and teachable moments.
  • Has no WII-FM (aka: What’s In It For Me) for your readers. Similar to being inwardly focused, your blog doesn’t address your readers’ needs. FIX: Ask readers what they’re looking for on your blog. Do this with your comment section, an emailing to prospects, or a survey on your blog.
  • Blog Help: No One Reads My Blog | Heidi Cohen

  • Your writing s**ks! There are a lot of reasons that readers may have difficulty reading your content. You may not speak English as a first language, your posts are full of local slang, your prose is heavily sprinkled with abbreviations, or you can’t spell. FIX: One improvement is to get a strong editor. This is particularly helpful for group or company blogs where writing may not be everyone’s strong suit. Read top bloggers like Copyblogger, Problogger and Men With Pens to sharpen your style. Alternatively, read some of the “How to Write” classics.
  • Enough about me, let me tell you more about me. Your blog is inwardly focused on your life. While this may be acceptable for high profile stars, it doesn’t work for most blogs. FIX: Use your experience to highlight universal truths and teachable moments.
  • Has no WII-FM (aka: What’s In It For Me) for your readers. Similar to being inwardly focused, your blog doesn’t address your readers’ needs. FIX: Ask readers what they’re looking for on your blog. Do this with your comment section, an emailing to prospects, or a survey on your blog.
  • Anatomy of a Theme Malware » Otto on WordPress

    Shared by JohnH

    Go Otto!

    As I’ve gotten involved with helping the WordPress.org theme review team, I’ve seen some strange things. One of the stranger ones was a theme virus that actually propagated from one theme to all others in a WordPress installation. That one was awfully clever, but it ultimately didn’t really do anything but propagate and generally be a pain in the ass.

    However, today, @chip_bennett discovered that one of his themes had been copied and was being redistributed by a site called top-themes.com.

    It had malware inserted into it that is of a much more malicious and spammy nature. Further investigation reveals that ALL of the themes on that site contain basically the same code. This code is not actually “viral”, but it’s definitely malware and it’s worth investigating to see some of the ways people try to hide their spam.

    So today, I’m going to dissect it and serve it up on a platter for everybody to see.

    Infection Point

    We’ll start with the most obvious starting point, and that is in the functions.php file. At the very end of the functions.php file, we find a call to “get_custom_headers();”. An innocuous enough sounding name, so we go find that function. Here’s the first part of the function:

    1 function get_custom_headers() {
    2     $_SESSION['authenticated'] = false;
    3     $filename = dirname(__FILE__).DS."screenshot.png";