Saturday, January 23, 2010

So you want to monetise your blog do you?

I see a lot of questions on monetising blogs. How do you monetise you blog? What ads do you put on? How much should you charge? I'm not making enough money from adverts. I think a lot of people have missed the point. Its not about how much money you can make on your site/blog. It’s about how will it benefit the advertiser.

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Fading Banner Image Swap with JavaScript

I had to make an animated banner for a site. The obvious and easiest choice was to create an animated gif. Having done that, with a six image slide animation, I ended up with a 5mb image size. WOW. That would take ages to download, especially with our not so fast bandwidth here in South Africa. This will definitely drive people away from the site, never to return. Folks just don’t like waiting any more, they do not have the patience. It’s Go! Go! Go! So I had to come up with another plan.

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Should you believe your SEO stats.

You are a SEO professional. On your site you boast some successful SEO jobs. You have clients testimony proving your results. But are they truthful?

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Top 10 web design mistakes.

Every geek thinks he is a web designer. You can go to your local cafe and find 10 web designers if you can find one. People now days think that if they have FrontPage or Dreamweaver or Expression, that they can design websites. Not so. Here is a list of some of the top design mistakes that will hurt your website in the long run.

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The top SEO myth of all time.

There are a lot of SEO firms and SEO professionals out there. Every one is trying to get your business. Like politicians, they will promise the world to you, bend the truth and even lie.

What is it that you want from SEO? Well the most obvious, to be listed on the search engines. But not just listed, to be listed on the first page. But then the ultimate is to be listed in the top, number one position on the search engine results page, or SERP. Then generate conversions and sales.

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Pictorial History lesson of Microsoft Windows

With Windows 7 released I thought it would be cool to travel down memory lane and remember where Windows has come from. Remember DOS? Does anyone remember Windows 1.0?

Follow through the evolution of Microsoft Windows. Along with some Windows logos, that certainly bring back memories.

I started out with my first PC which had MS Dos installed in about 1986. Before that I had A ZX Spectrum, and then moved to the Commodore 64. My first PC was a IBM Brother PC.

Can you remember the Logos, or the screen shots. Have a look at the screen shots of the various different Windows Operating Systems. See if you can correctly name all the windows version represented .

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Web Development with C# - Application State.

What is application state? Application state is a collection of user-defined variables that are shared by all instances of an ASP.NET application. These are set and initialized when the Application_OnStart event fires on the loading of the first instance of the applications and are available till the last instance exits

We have so many thing to try and remember when learning a new language. Lots of things to try to understand. C# and the .NET framework is so large, that it can almost be too overwhelming. But then you also have to contend with the differences of windows programming and web programming.

One of the big differences is this idea of a disconnected application. In traditional windows programming, you can keep things in memory across your different applications functions. But with the web you get disconnected from the web server with in seconds. How can you, how do you track you applications state across a disconnected network?

In this lesson we will be looking at application state, and what .NET does to manage web application state for you. ASP.NET applications are hosted in a web server and are accessed over the stateless HTTP protocol. Attempting to manage state in Web applications goes against the fundamental design principles of the Web. A new instance of the Web page class is created each time the page is posted to the server. In traditional Web programming, this would typically mean that all information associated with the page and the controls on the page would be lost with each round trip. For example, if a user enters information into a text box, that information would be lost in the round trip from the browser or client device to the server. As such, if the application uses stateful interaction, it has to implement state management on its own. ASP.NET provides various functionality for state management in ASP.NET applications.

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