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AdSense – Basics and How It Works

Posted by blakethefish on January 23, 2008

AdSense is one of the most common ways that people make money online. Almost every big money making site has AdSense advertising (or has had it sometime in its history.) For any blogger who wants to make some extra cash, AdSense is a must have.

AdSense is one of the sites that makes the internet world go round. People use AdSense as a way of making their income online. Basically, AdSense works like this:

  • People who want to get their site known go to AdSense.com to buy some advertising from Google. They are paying Google to advertise for them. (In the end, most of that money goes to you, the advertiser.)
  • AdSense has a sign up for people who want to make money advertising. All an advertiser needs to have is web space for which they can use to post the ads.
  • The advertiser signs up and gets some ad code from AdSense.
  • The advertiser pastes the code in the appropriate places on their site, and viola, the advertiser is now able to start making money.

A catch to this whole “easy AdSense money” scheme is that you have to have traffic coming to your site. If you’re one who gets excited when you get onto your blog and see that five more people have visited your site today, then your site is not going to make you much money with AdSense, in all honesty. You’re going to have to check out some ways of getting more people to come to your site (also known as marketing your site) which I may be posting more on later.

Another thing you need to be aware of is that in order to actually receive a check from Google, you must make $100. If you have $100 or more in your account at the end of the month, then Google AdSense will send you a check in the mail. If you don’t have $100 in the account at the end of the month yet, don’t worry. Your money will still stay in your account until the month that you finally make that $100.

Some Common AdSense Terms:

  • Ad Unit – a custom made advertisement which can include different sizes, shapes, colors, and 3, 4, or 5 links
  • Page Impressions – the number of times someone has loaded up your ad/ad unit whether it be from refreshing the page or clicking a link to get to your page, if you have three ad units on a single page, then every time that page is loaded up, three is added
  • Clicks – the number of times someone has clicked one of your ads
  • Channel – track how many clicks one site got (for people with multiple sites)
  • URL Channel – track how many clicks you got on specific pages of your site
  • Clickthrough Rate (CTR) – the ratio of clicks to number of page impressions written as a percent
  • Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM) – this is how much money your account would be predicted to make when you multiply the number of clicks by 1,000 (Personally, I believe this add in on AdSense to be one of Google’s ways of getting you excited about using your AdSense account which will make you want to get your site marketed more. Google knows that the more people you get directed to your site, the more revenue for them. In other words, don’t worry about CPM unless you want to use it as a visualization tool of what you want to be making each day with AdSense.)

DO NOT tell your family and friends to go onto your site and click the ads. For one, it’s against the rules, but it also may get your AdSense account deleted (like it did for me not even two days ago.) If you have an unusually high clicks to page impression ratio (maybe somewhere over 100%,) then in the next few days, Google will track that and possibly ban your account, and that means no money for you my friend. I’m not saying that you can’t tell your family and friends to check out your site, but you need to make sure that they understand how serious of trouble you could get in from having them click in excessive amounts. That’s just a little something I learned the hard way. 😉

A little secret: The average money made per click from AdSense is somewhere around $.63. That’s good money if you can get 100 or more clicks on your site.

Please comment. How much have you made with AdSense?


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Use Your Windows XP More Efficiently – Speedy Keyboard Shortcuts and Tricks Made Easy

Posted by blakethefish on January 17, 2008

If time is money, then take some time right now to become quicker on your home and/or work computer. Keyboard shortcuts are an easy and effective way of making more time for life by eliminating wasted wrist movements with your mouse. Another reason you might find these tricks interesting is because they are fun and easy, and you’ll even be able to show off to your friends and coworkers. You’ll find that the more you practice these keyboard tricks, the more speedy and efficient you’ll become.

Here are the shortcuts I’ve found to be most useful:

Text editing commands (work in Word, Notepad, almost anywhere that there’s text on your computer):

  • ctrl + c: copy
  • ctrl + x: cut
  • ctrl + v: paste
  • ctrl + a: select all
  • ctrl + z: undo
  • ctrl + u: toggle underline on and off
  • ctrl + i: toggle italics on and off

Mozilla Firefox commands (some of these work with Internet Explorer as well):

  • ctrl + n: new tab
  • ctrl + d: bookmark page
  • ctrl + tab: scroll to next tab
  • ctrl + l: highlight site address (for quickly typing in a new site address)
  • tab: move cursor to next text box (for quickly filling out registrations for sites) or move through options

Windows commands (flag = Windows logo/flag button):

  • flag + e: open “My Computer”
  • flag + r: open “Run…”
  • flag + d or flag + m: minimize programs (go to desktop)

Uncategorized (yet still very important):

  • hold alt + tab: scroll through open programs (to go back to most recent program, quickly press once)
  • ctrl+ alt + esc: open Task Manager
  • ctrl + alt + delete: open Windows Security (to get to Task Manager and others)

You can also quickly customize your own commands for shortcuts on your desktop and with sites on Firefox.

Desktop shortcuts:

  1. Go to your desktop.
  2. Right click on a shortcut
  3. Click “Properties.”
  4. Type a letter of your choice into the “Shortcut Key:” text box. Try to make the letter easy to remember such as the first letter of that program. (Example: If the program you’re doing is Firefox, then make the shortcut key “F.”)
  5. The next time you want to open up that program, just hit ctrl + alt + letter from anywhere on your computer. Keyboard shortcuts can be made for all of your desktop shortcuts.

Firefox shortcuts (to get Mozilla Firefox, click here):

  1. Bookmark a web page that you visit regularly (ctrl + d).
  2. Click bookmarks.
  3. Right click your bookmark and hit properties.
  4. Type a keyword (or a letter) into the “keyword” text box. Make sure that this letter/keyword is easy for you to remember. (Example: If you want to make a shortcut for Google, then make the keyword “G.”
  5. The next time you find that you want to go to that web page, highlight the site address of which you’re currently on (ctrl + l) and then type in your keyword.

Just because I picked the above shortcuts as the most useful doesn’t mean that they’re going to be the most of use to you. Choose the commands you find yourself doing the most. Make notes of these by highlighting your favorite shortcuts and clicking edit, copy (ctrl + c). Open Notepad and click edit, paste (ctrl + v.) Go to the Notepad (alt + tab) at any time you need a quick reference to these keyboard shortcuts.

For the full list of keyboard shortcuts along with a better (longer) explanation on these shortcuts, go here.

These keyboard shortcuts take practice. If you want to get good at them, it’s not hard. It may take you a few nights of working on the computer with these shortcuts before you use them without thinking, but it’s all worth it in the end. Have fun shortcutting!

Comment any mistakes or shortcuts I missed that you think may be important.

More posts to come.

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AdSense – How Average People Can Make Big Money Online

Posted by blakethefish on January 17, 2008

Most places you find on the internet nowadays are run by people who started small but got big (such as ProBlogger.net.) The key to making money online is time. If you have patience to take things step by step and do the work, you could be making large amounts of money in the long run. If you have a blog of your own, you could be making some easy money in just a few simple steps. Here’s how:

  1. Go to AdSense.com.
  2. Click the big “Sign Up Now” button.
  3. Go through and do the prompts. (If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll need a parent’s name and permission.)
  4. Validate your email address by going to your email inbox and clicking the link that’s sent to you.
  5. Check your email inbox every hour for the next 24 hours if you’re impatient. (I got my email from Google in less than 12 hours.)
  6. Sign in to your account.
  7. On the first page when you log in, find the red box at the top right hand corner of the screen and click the “More Details” link.
  8. Finish filling out your tax information.
  9. Select your method of payment.
  10. Read this all the way through. (This step isn’t required but will help you out a whole lot.)
  11. Go through making ads for your site. Remember, only 3 ad units are allowed per page and you aren’t allowed to click the ads yourself or ask anyone else click them for you.
  12. Start making $ by putting quality content onto your site.

AdSense won’t make you a millionaire overnight, but if you keep working at your site and market it well, you could have money pouring in daily. All you need is traffic for you site.

It takes time which is of key importance. Make your own blog for free at WordPress.com or Blogger.com.

Please comment on your AdSense experience and any questions you have about this process. This concludes my first tutorial on DigiJuice.

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Who am I?

Posted by blakethefish on January 16, 2008


Did you know that the smallest computer in the world is a 2x2x2.2 inch miniature, personal computer?!

At 16 years old, between staying in shape, keeping up grades at school, and working as a waiter, I’m a pretty busy kid. Like many others, my life revolves around the always changing, never stationary digital world. There’s something new to find out about in the world of technology every minute, and that’s what this site’s here for. If you always want to be in the know about electronics, this is the site for you. Enjoy!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at blakethefish@gmail.com. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible


Click here for my life story blog.

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