Adsense and Adbrite Sunday, November 23, 2008

These days I've found almost all of the commercial sites run with Adsense or Adbrite ads blended with their templates, well optimized and probably having good click through rates. Forums also have engaged their users with ads. What really happens is that the site owners are happy that they are making a good amount of money, the other side of it is that having ads that are very relevant means you are giving a link to a competitor who might be better than you eventually losing a valuable or loyal customer. Might be that customer chose to buy a product from your competitor instead of you just because there was a link from you to your competitor. The click on the ad might have earned you at most $2 but because the customer chose not to buy your product you might have incurred a loss of $xxx. The fact also is that you cannot live in an island on the web. One of the possible ways to solve the problem is not to advertise, which is not an option but to place ads in places where it is likely to pickup key words that show ads that do not point to your direct competitors but to point to words relating to your site.

There is also one more thing. Adwords people are not just writing some text on their ad. Carefully chosen and powerful words in their text ads. When your ad blends with your site's template, it looks like a part of your site and so is the reason why a visitor chose to read the text, some ads are really powerful that grabs their attention and keeps them occupied with advertisers site.

Some folks say they are happy with adsense because when their customers look for something and don't find that in their site, ads give them what they wanted. This is just one possibility of what might run in the mind of the visitor.

Around 65 percent of the Internet users never click on their ads, still the Internet advertising industry is making huge profits and growing into an unstoppable force. Take a look at the success stories featured in adsense, these are sites that have something unique for themselves and they have repeat visitors who helped them earn more from the ads.

All of this comes down to make it a point that if your site does not have something unique and prove worthy to a visitor, he has a lot of options to choose from, its right in front in the ads.

Google SearchWiki

The buttons near the search results gives you a new feature called Search Wiki. This name is confusing You can split it into two and see what it means and read on to know what this really is.
Pertaining to the post in Google's official blog about this new feature called SearchWiki. Sometime I wanted a site in 4th or 5th position to show up at first, this feature lets you do exactly the same thing. I tried using this feature, I removed a search result and it moved down to the bottom of the results under a category called removed results and there are buttons near each search result that lets you move that up and down as you like.

I assumed this feature would be present in all the result pages from that time. But did not see it again after the first time. These changes take effect only in my results.

Munthinam Paarthene - Lyrics Thursday, November 20, 2008

I like this song most.

முந்தினம் பர்தெனே
பார்த்ததும் தோற்றேனே
சல்லடை கன்னாக
நெஞ்சமும் புன் ஆனதே...

இத்தனை நாளாக
உன்னை நான் பாராமல்
எங்கு நான் போணேனோ
நாட்களும் வீன் ஆணதே.

வானதில் நீ வெண்ணிலா
ஏக்கத்தில் நான் தேய்வதால்
இப்பொது என்னோடு வந்தால் என
ஊர் பார்க ஒன்றாக சென்றால் என

இப்பொது என்னோடு வந்தால் என
ஊர் பார்க ஒன்றாக சென்றால் என

முந்தினம் பர்தெனே
பர்ததும் தோற்றெனெ
சல்லடை கன்னக
நெஞ்சமும் புன் ஆனதே.

இதனை நாலக..
உன்னை நான் பரமல்
எங்கு நான் பொனெனோ
நாட்கலும் வீன் அனதே.


துலா தட்டில் உன்னை வைய்து
நிகர் செய்ய பொன்னை வைய்து

முகம் பர்து பேசும் உன்னை
முதல் காதல் சிந்தும் கன்னை
அனைக்காமல் பொவேனோ ஒர் உய்ரே

நிழல் போல உன்னை விடாமல் உன்னை தொடர்வேன் அடி
புகை போல படாமல் பட்டு நகர்வேன் அடி
வினா நூரு கனவும் நூரு விடை சொல் அடி

முந்தினம் பர்தெனே
பர்ததும் தொற்றெனே
சல்லடை கன்னக
உள்ளமும் புன் ஆனதே.

இதனை நாலக..
உன்னை நான் பரமல்
இங்கு தான் பொனெனோ
நட்கலும் வீன் அனதே.

க்டல் நீலம் மங்கும் நேரம்
அலை வந்து தீண்டும் நேரம்
மனம் சென்று முழ்குமோ ஈரதிளே

தலை சாய்க தொனும் தந்தாய்
விரல் கொர்து பக்கம் வந்தாய்
இதழ் மட்டும் இன்னும் ஏன் தூரதிலே

பகல் நேரம் கனாக்கல் கண்டென் உரங்கமலே
உயிர் ரெண்டும் உராய கண்டென் நெருங்கம்லே

உனை அன்றி எனகு ஏது எதிர் காலமே

முந்தினம் பார்த்தேனே

Ubuntu Ultimate - Almost Ultimate Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ubuntu Ultimate, its a distro which was my dream, I even thought of creating such a distro myself, this is more than what I wanted to do. The desktop is themed exactly like Windows Vista, but the icons are pretty good. The cursors are also new. Most of all, This edition ships with a large number of pre installed applications including VLC media player, Amarok, OpenOffice, GIMP, Blender, Anjuta for development and also gcc compiler. I like the new dark theme, the new wallpapers within are also cool. I was also able to install google desktop search and screenlets(linux equivalent of google gadgets). You can see it in the picture above

I think it is because of the large number of apps shipped with it. It takes 30seconds to boot as usual. But the login time is more than what is expected in ubuntu probably because its 'bloated' by many apps, not as bad as in Windows still there is a delay in time taken to login. Almost Ultimate. I expect the fixes will make this edition Ultimate.