Adsense Remove ‘Advertise On This Site’ Link

December 5, 2007

AdSense have just announced in emails to publishers that they have decided to remove the ‘Onsite Advertiser Sign-Up’ feature that once appeared occasionally on some ad units (the link used to say ‘Advertise on this site’).

According to them, the removal of the link is due to it’s poor performance and will soon be completely gone.

Personally I see this as a good move by them. I can’t imagine many people just clicking on that ad, signing up as an Adwords user and going from there. It’s the same as a person just clicking on ad to buy a new mobile phone (the ad was on a blog let’s say) and going through to buy it that moment. It’s very unlikely, and usually the clicker has to think about it, and then will by from the cheapest option. So that link probably didn’t get too many new Adwords sign-ups for Google.

Over at Adsense they’re really trying to revamp the system. Just lately they’ve even changed ads from being clickable all over, to only clickable on the title and URL. You might want to read this for more info on that change.


Plugin Weekly (05/12/07)

December 5, 2007

First week of Plugin Weekly, and it’s a good one:

Google Adsense – It’s exactly the same as the Text widgets, but with (very) minor tweaks specifically for inserting Google Ads in the sidebars. It basically allows you to put javascript into the sidebars via widgets.

WP Super Cache – Everyone should have a copy of this plugin. It’s basically a very fast caching module for WordPress, and essential for when one of you’re posts gets made popular on Digg, or starts getting a lot of hits.

WP Polls – This plugin adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page, and it’s very customizable.

obsocialbookmarker – Adds user-submission links at the bottom of each post for various social bookmarking sites which allows your visitors to easily submit them in a number of social bookmarking sites. Includes: del.icio.us, reddit, slashdot it, digg, facebook, technorati, google, stumble, and a lot more.

Also, check out MtDewVirus for a collection of over 10 plugins that are small but quite handy.


Grid Focus – A Fantastic Theme

December 1, 2007

I recently came across such a great theme, that I decided to integrate it into my blog GOSNEAKER.COM, and also post about it here.

The theme is called Grid Focus and it’s created by Derek Punsaslan. For this blog, I was looking for a very minimalist, but easy to customize theme, and Derek’s did the job perfectly.

After a few hours playing with the theme (still building the website though!) here’s the final result, or you can check it out live at GOSNEAKER.COM:

And the theme can be found at 5thirtyone here.