WordPress and Vbulletin Updates

by ian on June 14, 2009

Just got through two updates for WordPress and Vbulletin.

WordPress released version 2.8 here. Updating WordPress use to be quite a pain, but now that they allow you to upgrade via the control panel, updates have become so much easier.

Vbulletin released their version 3.8.3 here which included a few minor bug fixes, apparently they are hard at work on the release of version 4.0

Where forums and blogs are concerned, both Vbulletin and WordPress are my favourite software to use.

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Top Affiliate Challenge

by ian on July 11, 2008

Watching episode 9 really ticked me off. Eliminating John Chow was the final straw. I think it should be made clear, that the real [insert profanity here] in this whole show is one of the producers, Thor Shrock.
Seriously, you hold a contest like that, and expect every contestant to put forward all of their own resources and cash. Each contestant should have been allocated a set budget and to a certain extent be put on an equal playing field. It should have been as simple as that.
I dont know all of the details, but lets say the contestants on team zy7.com are not prepared to fork out their hard earned cash to participate in the challenge. Why do you point the finger at John Chow. Do you expect him to put his hand in his pocket and fork out his own personal cash to support the producers of the show? Get Real.
Only one person could win the show, that is a fact. John Chow, assessed the member on his team who would most likely win due to his connections with an experienced and successful affiiate marketer. He adopted what looked like a reasonable strategy, to not use any sponsorship money which he solicited early on, but instead use it in the later challenges.
It is the affiliate challenge for the members, they are the ones meant to make the money, not the guru’s. So did John Chow tie their hands to a chair and stop them from making any money? If they did not approve of his strategy, they could have made money and won the challenge for their team. Shoemoney himself commented after the first episode how little his team had contributed.
Besides anyone with any degree of intellect can see the whole show is a complete joke, it is not a top affiliate challenge, it is just a gambling contest of how much each person/team is willing to gamble their personal savings for a chance of winning half of the final profits. I still don’t know where the other half goes to. In any fair contest, you put all contestants on a level playing field, and test their skills. Also the fact that they did not clearly define the rules at the start and kept changing the rules as they felt like it, makes the show an even bigger joke.
Their is no glory to the winner of the top affiliate challenge, whoever wins has just bought their hollow victory. The prize is equally as lame.
And since this is akin to a gambling contest, spare a thought for all of the contestants who have gambled their personal money and lost.
Yes the real villain here is the shows producer, Thor Schrock, not John Chow as has been portrayed.
John Chow is an intelligent funny guy, who also happens to be quite charitable as well. This will not affect John Chow, who will no doubt continue to go on to do bigger and better things. As one of his loyal supporters who enjoys reading his blog, my regard for him has not diminished.

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Top Affiliate Challenge

by ian on July 6, 2008

Well, I am one of the few people who will say I actually like watching the topaffiliatechallenge show.
The show is a mess and I get the feeling it might not last the entire three weeks it is meant to.
The things I like about the show are.
1. Im a John Chow and Jeremy Schoemaker fan, so it is good to see them on the show, even though Jeremy has had to withdraw from the show due to the birth of his daughter, there is a chance that he may continue to make guest appearances.
2. Monica Durazo, the host of the show is a real hottie. People have commented negatively on her presenting skills, but she makes the show interesting.

Ok that is just about all I like about the show.
The things I dont like about the show are
1. Being an affiliate challenge, they should have probably had guru’s that were more highly into affiliate marketing, off hand, Paul Borque from uberaffiliate.com and Ahmit Mehta from superaffiliatemindset.com are two people that come to mind.
2. Very very very poorly managed, they seem to be making up and also changing the rules as they go along. From day one, they should have made the rules, conveyed those rules to the participants and guru’s and stuck to them. They should have secured funding from affiliate companies, so that each team for each episode was given a set amount of money and had to grow that money via affiliate marketing, perhaps even nominated the niche for each challenge. The way it is now, it is a complete disaster, I fully agree with Ian Fernando’s comments here. I would have liked to see Ian win the challenge, but really the rules are total garbage, anybody can use their personal funds, make a loss and win the individual challenges, seriously where is the challenge in that. To be asked to put your own funds in for each challenge is completely ridiculous. That should have been secured from sponsors.
3. The videos are poorly hosted and take forever and a day to load.
4. Dodgy challenges, one of which was to see how much spam you can do within an hour, that was in poor taste.

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Dot Com Pho Giveaway

by ian on June 17, 2008

Stephen Fung is giving away an ipod nano to one of his lucky readers. You can enter the contest here. Seriously for such a great prize, given the number of likely entrants, these types of contests/giveaways really do have good odds. If you are a tech publisher, I would also recommend subscribing to his blog. The Dot Com Pho videos also contain some interesting and often humourous reviews of tech gadgets.

 

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CDF Networks – MarketLeverage Contest

by ian on June 11, 2008

CDF Networks are holding a contest sponsored by MarketLeverage. The contest details are located here. I am a bit of a sucker for contests, although I never win anything. I would also recommend subscribing to the cdfnetwork.com blog as they are widely recognised as being one of the best PPC blogs on the internet.

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Number of new blogs per day

by ian on May 30, 2008

Some very interesting information sourced from the technorati website.

The World Live Web is incredibly active, and according to Technorati data, there are over 175,000 new blogs (that’s just blogs) every day. Bloggers update their blogs regularly to the tune of over 1.6 million posts per day, or over 18 updates a second.

Not sure how many of those blogs may be spam blogs, but those sure are amazing statistics. Would also be interesting to see the breakdown of properly hosted blogs with their own domain vs those hosted using free blog services.

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Msn China Office

by ian on May 30, 2008

John Chow posted an interesting video on his visit to the MSN china office. Whilst the offices looked quite plain and rather boring, I was surprised to see the informal dress code, which I think is quite cool, especially when you associate Microsoft with being a stuffy suits and ties type organisation.

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Over $500 a day from CXdigital

by ian on May 30, 2008

Tim Schroeder from emonetized.com made an interesting post on how he exceeded his goal to make US$7,500 in a month from the affiliate network cxdigital. He made US$15,392.50 which equates to over $550 per day. Hard to say how much of that is actual profit, but not a bad result, and proof positive of the importance of setting goals and working towards them.

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One of the sites that I check each morning, after of course, I have checked my stats is 1938media.com Today the Shel Puppet interviews zivity.com founder Cyan Bannister. When they initially raised $1 million in VC funding, I was in awe, it seems they have since raised a further US$7 million in funding. Personally, I don’t like the site concept, but you cant deny the irrestible charm of the founder Cyan Bannister. In this video, Loren Feldman is at his comic genius best.

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Rupert Murdoch Interview

by ian on May 29, 2008

This is a very interesting interview of Rupert Murdoch. It offers an interesting insight on how Newscorp beat Viacom in buying Myspace. Despite all of the media hype now being about facebook these days, he says that Myspace is 2-3 times bigger than facebook. Also when Newscorp bought facebook, they had 22 million uniques, now there are 120 million.
He paints a very accurate picture when he says Australia is still booming, because “it is like one big quarry for China and India”

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