Google Maps For Your Blog

This isn’t so much a review as a demo. I’m about to click the “New Map” button in the MapPress 2.28 Plugin, which integrates with the “New Post” page in the WordPress Dashboard.

Cross your fingers (mine are busy). Here’s what the interface looks like:

Okay I don’t know what I just did, but with any luck there’s now a map to my favorite place in town attached to this post.

Let’s see…

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Progress Report

If anybody out there is paying attention, you’ve noticed that the month of November was pretty much a write off as far as this blog is concerned.

That’s not because I haven’t made any progress, but because I’ve been doing legwork and pulling various things together. I’ve also made major progress on a project for a big client.

The 500+ domains I recently took control of are all now either hosted with my ISP or parked with Google and generating a trickle of income.

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First Up: OpenX

When I download “OpenX” from SourceForge, I get “Openads-2.0.11-pr1.zip”. Hmmm…

Here’s Openads’ inspired marketing copy, found in the README.txt file that comes with the compressed download from SourceForge:

Openads is an open-source ad server, with an integrated banner management
interface and tracking system for gathering statistics. With Openads you
can easily rotate paid banners and your own in-house advertisements. You can
even integrate banners from third party advertising companies.

Oh well, they’re programmers not marketers and the “product” is free, so why bother much with marketing? Either it speaks for itself by being near the top of its class, or it dies.

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Adpeeps

I’m currently adding dozens of Affiliate links to my adpeeps back-end, and then creating “zones” for my ads. Each zone accepts a particular size of ad, and Adpeeps allows me to “target” zones with ads. Then I’ll generate some javascript code that I can plug in to the appropriate spot on each web site I’ve…

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So… What have I got to offer?

Well…

I’m an experienced developer in multiple languages focused on database and e-commerce driven websites. I’ve built more sites than I’ve bothered to count, but strangely enough, while I’ve advised people on strategy, I’ve never actually tried in all seriousness to create and promote a site of my own.

This is my first real attempt to create something of value of my own that isn’t just a billboard with a portfolio to try to get work. Frankly I’m sick of working so hard and I’ve always spent money as fast as I made it, so I’m trying all sorts of things to see if I can use the internet to start generating some passive income.

In one sense, I’m a veteran. I’ve been online since 1993, wrote my first computer program when I was 11 years old (I’m 42), watched the web grow from a geek’s toy concept to a reality.

In another sense I’m a wide-eyed neophyte. I’ve never truly given a damn because the only ego involvement I’ve ever had in a project was worrying about doing a good job for my clients. Sure I’d take ownership of a project out of professional pride, but no project has ever really been my baby.

So I offer all the savvy and cynicism of an online veteran, combined with the zen “beginner’s mind” of someone embarking on a journey into a new realm.
 
Where I’m At
 

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I’ve noticed that a lot of forums sites still lack “Tweet” or “Like” buttons for the posts. There’s really no excuse for that, and it’s been annoying the hell out of me. So instead of starting flame wars and pestering admins all over the planet, I decided to fix the problem. It’s simple, really. In…

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The Goog Update

So I’ve been playing around some more with Google Adsense, and I’ve discovered that it’s even cooler than anticipated. I recently got control of over 500 domain names by working a revenue-sharing deal with the owner. Basically, I agreed to handle monetizing the domains for a 50/50 split of revenue. Since those 500+ domains were…

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The Goog

Alright, it’s official. Google kicks ass. Not only can you create an “Adsense” account, which lets you get paid to put a few links on your site, but you can park domain names and get paid for click-thrus there, too. You can also create pages, host your domain’s email, use full-featured calendar, email, RSS aggregator,…

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