New Version Of Live Writer Makes My Life Easy

Posted on March 20th, 2008

If you run any more than a few blogs you have been in the situation where you have asked, "can I automate this?" I have looked and there are some good programs out there that help you organize blogs. What I wanted was something simple and easy to use that would let me make new posts to all my blogs from one interface. I found what I was after in Live Writer. Im planning a full article about this piece of software and its pros and cons, but wanted to give you a heads up. If you havent tried it, they just updated it with a ton of new features and it is amazing. It is probably the best new thing for blogging to come along in a long time. You can write posts, create new categories, upload and crop pictures and much more right from one interface. Best of all it is free.

Keep an eye out for my full article on this soon.

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New Version Of Chameleon Submitter

Posted on March 14th, 2008

There is a new version of the Chameleon Submitter program released today. I have been using it for a few days and can say that some of the new function are really cool. There are some nice new recip previews and other features like the ability to just select the the movies from your gallery folder and it auto fills in the size, total time and type of movies into the submitter form. Here is a list of things that have been changed:

  • More categories to choose from! Chameleon TGP/MGP Submitter now offers a selection of 239 categories!
  • Support of automatic insertion of info on movies selected from several folders!
  • You can now verify/modify recip links before they are automatically inserted in the duplicated galleries – do so in the list of generated sites!
  • A new Duplicate tab which is easier to navigate and shows a preview of the duplicated gallery including sample recips before its duplication + more new features!
  • FTP Options extended to include more settings, e.g. Host Directory as an alternative to the Initial Gallery Directory
  • Your comments on sites are displayed and can be edited directly during the submit process!
  • Support of quick access to the site settings in the database while submitting!
  • Faster adding of new sites to the database using ‘cloning’ of a site added earlier! This is useful if adding similar sites (e.g. from the same network, etc.).
  • Support for two different sizes of the pic and movie sample thumbnail for each site in the database!
  • Support for setting the niches banned by individual sites in the database!
  • Recip link settings in Site Details were extended to include additional features which make the verification of recip links easier!
  • A number of useful improvements and several corrected bugs to ensure a more comfortable and efficient use of Chameleon TGP/MGP Submitter!
  • I wrote a review of the chameleon submitter and other products here if you want to check that out.

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    Deecash is on a roll

    Posted on March 6th, 2008

    It seems like just a few years ago that a new young program called Deecash bust onto the scene. They had some cool sites and worked hard to make their affiliates happy and provide their customers with good content. Recently Dee and his program have been on a roll acquiring other affiliate programs like Epic Cash and Triple X Cash. These were solid programs before Dee got involved, and have an even brighter future now. 

    When I interviewed Dee I had the feeling he was not done buying up programs and I was right, but I think he shocked many people when he bought Mayor’s Money. Mike AKA Mayor is one of those old school guys that have been around for a long time and have built up a rock solid reputation. I am happy for both parties involved here. The Deecash team also brought Wizzo over from Mayor’s Money which is a solid addition to his management team and should be a huge asset to their company’s future.

    So I just wanted to take this post to let people know about the purchase and to congratulate all of those involved.

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    Don’t Be Stupid

    Posted on February 25th, 2008

    The last week has been kind of crazy on the webmaster boards. There has been much talk about tube sites which I will get into in a few days, but there have been many other heated conversations. There was a thread I was involved in that discussed a recent current event. Most people in the thread, as you would expect, were pretty cool. They made their points and debated others points and were always pretty respectful. There were a few people calling each other idiots, but that isnt abnormal. The stupid thing was when one guy in the thread started saying some really offensive stuff. He was wishing people dead, encouraging violence and calling for the murders of people. When confronted he struck back, calling people names and really attacking them personally. He got more and more pissed because people couldn’t see his point of view.

    Here is the problem. The guy is a representative for a company that has a newer up and coming product. I was planning on giving the product a try because it might actually be useful for what I do, but after reading his words, Im not trying it. There are other like products on the market and this guy’s actions and attitude convinced me to give the other products a try. I was not the only person in the thread to say this. He cost himself at least a few customers including one really major affiliate program. There is no telling how many people read the thread and didnt post in it decided the same thing. Somehow I doubt the company that hired this person was looking for this type of representation.

    Imagine if you worked for a company that sold a product. You are on a sales call and while you are talking to prospective customers the conversation turns to some recent news story. You disagree with their point of view and flip out. You start calling them idiots, tell them they should be shot and tell them because they dont agree with your point of view they are so stupid they should be fired and go work at a fast food place. How long do you think you would have a job? Why should the internet be different? Keyboard warriors will always exist. People like to flex and act tough when they can be anonymous and out of range. But if you are a pro and you are working for a company (even if that company is yours) dont be stupid and say things that could cost you customers and cause your reputation to get damaged.

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    ICANN Screws Up

    Posted on February 18th, 2008

    Im not typically critical of Icann. They have some very bright people on their board and tend to do the right thing most of the time. They saw the troubles and downside of .xxx and were wise enough to refuse to grant the extension. They were instrumental in allowing people other than Network Solutions sell domain names which created competition resulting in lower prices and better service for customers. But this time they dropped the ball.

    I am talking about their recent ruling finding that registars (namely Network Solutions) can "front run" domains. What this means is if you go to Network Solutions website and do a search to see if a domain name is available and then dont immediately buy it Network Solutions may choose to hold that name for a short time. So you could search for a name then come back a few hours later to buy it and now it is frozen and you may have to pay a larger premium price for your domain.

    There are two basic schools of thought about why they do this. First they want to profit from your desired domain either by charging you more for it or parking it with advertising on it. Second is that it forces you to buy it from them. You cant search on their site then run off and buy it from a discount registar. There have been cases where people search for a domain name at Network Solutions. Then go to register it somewhere else and it is suddenly no longer availible. If they go back to Network Solutions, however, the name can still be registered because Netsol grabbed it once you searched for it. You now have no choice but to pay their price if you want the domain.

    ICANN has done their investigation and they have found that there is nothing wrong with this practice. To me it just not right. To me it is like if you went into a store and looked at something then left and came back to buy it an hour later only now they have raised the price on it because they know there was interest in it  and they wont let youto buy that product somewhere else.

    Okay, Im ending my rant. Just wanted to let you know. If you are looking for domain look them up at the registar you are going to use to buy them buy them once you find them.


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