Thursday, July 26, 2007

Website Monetizers Evaluation

So I've been finding ways to monetize my site by signing up with programmes offering ad placements. Hands down, Google Adsense is the easiest to set-up and use. Of course it also has its cons. Read on for the list of what I've tried and my evaluation of each.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Onli in da Pilipins: Tubero Tree Ads

I don't know if it only happens here in our country, but when one needs some plumbing fixed here, one only has to go outside and look for the nearest tree and call the number on the Tubero posting. Tubero is the tagalog word for plumber, and they don't advertise in the phone directory or the newspapers, but on trees. In my subdivision alone, I pass by fourteen trees with Tubero ads, from my home to the bus stop. Some have even adopted the tubero's tree ads; there are even ads for home tutorials and piano lessons.

You don't believe me? take a look at these pictures :)

Tubero Ads

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blog for a cause

Got a message yesterday in my BlogCatalog shoutbox about making blog history today. In this discussion, members were called to blog about organ donations and the issues surrounding it. I thought it's a great idea using the power of the many to encourage social awareness and change. And the cause hits close to home.

Join the ranks!

Again, I'm not sure how this works and I don't know how it will benefit me but I always see it in my referrer tracking so I signed up. If you know my location then you'll see that I'm the highest ranking (and the only entry) for my country. :)
Sign-up and see how your site ranks!


First Postcrossing postcard

I got my first card from Postcrossing yesterday! Unfortunately, the people at the post office don't seem to understand what a postcard is. It's a card with a picture on one side and a space for the address, the message and the stamp on the other side. You're not supposed to put the postmark on the side where the picture is! Now, instead of this being a postcard of a dog, it has become a postcard of a dog AND a postmark! Bummer.

Monday, July 16, 2007

I love freebies!


Just by answering their survey, gave me a $50 gift certificate via Good thing they have affiliated merchants in the Philippines so I was able to choose my prize to be converted to P2300 worth of National Bookstore gift certificates. This is very good news for me as I was planning to complete Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad book series. But I think I'll wait for NBS' annual cut-price book sale which will be happening next month or the next so I can maximize my discounts.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Welcome to my new home!

After several weeks of painful setups and configurations, I've finally been able to move my blog to my very own domain. This site is still in beta though. Especially the design since my boyfriend is cooking up another theme. As for the content, it's still very bare but watch out in the coming days (or weeks) and this site will be brimming! Also, I wasn't able to migrate the comments so you still have to visit my blogspot for that. And oh, if you have any more ideas to add regarding my site, just post a comment. Ciao :)

This blog has moved

I can follow the redirection instructions in this site. Or I can just tell you that this blog will no longer be updated and that for my latest posts, you should visit No sweat ;-)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Don't even ask how it went

This is consuming me. I only got to the Import-Export part when I realized that XPress does not have an Import for Wordpress XML Files. I even ranted about it in the other blog. I also tried the Import from RSS but it didn't work. Looks like I'm going to have to approach this the brute force way. Good thing I only have less than 60 posts! I'll see if I can also migrate the comments.

I doubt if I can finish everything over the weekend. There's still the matter of themes and templates to attend to. Sigh.

From Blogger to Wordpress

Since my webhost denied my request to recompile PHP with openSSL support, I'm going to try a different approach, as suggested in this site. This means I am going via the Blogger - Free Wordpress - Wordpress for Xoops route. Not a very delightful workaround since there are many chances and points of failure, but this sure beats copy-pasting my posts from Blogger to Wordpress. Also, I just can't leave my posts here and start from scratch on my Xpress blog because I'm the sentimental type. I know, sucks to be me.

So I'm just going to take that leap of faith and press those Import - Export - Import buttons. Here goes!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

On domain name registration and blog migration

Migrating this blog is taking longer than expected. So I've installed Xpress on Xoops but when I tried the Import tool, I got an error stating: "Your web server is not properly configured to use this importer. Please enable the CURL extension for PHP and then reload this page." Googling for the solution revealed that the file to be modified is php.ini, which I don't have access to. So I emailed my webhost support and requested for the enabling of the CURL extension in php.ini. I got a reply yesterday saying that they have already enabled it so I tried the Import tool again but the same message appeared. Not to lose hope, I installed the stand-alone Wordpress and tried the Import tool. I got past the CURL extension error but when I granted access for Wordpress to connect to my Google account, I got this: "Could not connect to
There was a problem opening a secure connection to Google. This is what went wrong:
Success (0)" Based on one of the comments in this post, it seems that I would have to make another request to my webhost to recompile php with openssl support.

So that's for the blog migration. As for the domain name registration part of this post, I bought several domains for the sites I want to put up (including from Namecheap. I even indicated my webhost's domain nameservers (DNS) during the registration process and waited for 48hrs for my domains to propagate on the DNS. After two days, I tried adding the domains to my account but I couldn't do it. So I emailed my webhost again and their reply was that my plan only allows for one domain. I didn't know this was so, so I checked their website again to look at the subscription plan details and sure enough, it was stated there that the plan I got allows only one domain. I was left with two choices, get individual Standard hosting for each of my domains, or upgrade to Starter Reseller (with nulimited domains). I opted for the Reseller plan since we intend to put up more sites so getting this would come out cheaper in the long run.

Anyone interested in a webhosting service?