During the last loksabha campaign I see very aggressive online marketing by LKAdvani.in & team. It was so annoying that I had to block the site from my AdSense to prevent them from my sites, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t use The Indexer help instead. It’s that period again I can see these annoying ads. So I blocked Congress & BJP websites.
Today I received a Thank you mail from Google AdSense for staying with them for 10 years. It seems just like last year when I started my blog on blogspot.com and enabled Google Adsense for blogger. Although I’m sure I’m not AdSense member since the 1st year of its inception (definitely not blogging since 2004); I can pretty much say that I enjoyed higher CTR back then. (-meaning that it must be ~7+ years with Google AdSense) 😉
To celebrate this, they are launching AdSense 10 week Masterclass (or what they call AdSense 10 Challenge). It is an open-course and 10 week long covering most topics related to promoting, optimising and analysing your webcontent. Now I always wanted to utilize AdSense, but never seriously invested time for it. In the process, I learned a lot but not created a success formula with adsense. It’s the time, Google is inviting for their online AdSense free course. Why not take advantage of it? I guess I’m getting used to MOOC now. Last week, I participated in Youtube’s creators academy & learned a lot in the MOOC. Today I also got ‘certificate of completion‘ from @YTCreators. The youtube course is now open and self-paced (no time restrictions, no community involvement).
Also learned the long form of MOOC that is "Massive Open Online Course".
I’m starting up the new venture. And I’m feeling great about it; well all my past or present projects seem exciting to me but this one is special. The reason is: I am working on a project with my father. It’s about social entrepreneurship. And yes, it’ll be launched on the same website amrute.me! I’ll utilise couple of sub-domains of the site for this project (ah! Do they call it micro-site?)
When I moved from free blogging service, blogger (blogspot.com) to premium blog of wordpress with self hosting website, it was clear that I have to spend money for my publishing pleasures every year. Over the time, my articles writing frequecy reduced marginally and so my Amazon or Google Adsense earnings. Although I’ve never been a regular blogger and never expected steady income through blogging. I thought to buy domain-name to look at it seriously. That was late 2008; I booked amrute.me and moved my all blogs to pranav.amrute.me. I could never give proper justice to parent site & had to keep it static html for long 2 years. My time was more spent on serving clients than building my own website. And when you have local customers, website doesnt have ‘business showcase’ role anyways.
But this month, I’m finally working on building website. So expect my home office business on its root site. (hey, by the way did you happen to see my home office tour? Things haven’t changed much since Nov 2010. & yeah! Sorry for the accent. 😛 ) In the process, I’ll make some changes in blog- write my unfinished articles, schedule my article-series. link within the network, check some basic SEO, might add book-shelf for Indian viewers who can buy GMAT books from flipkart instead of amazon. All in all I’ll be working majority of my time re-building this website amrute.me; which also includes my social entrepreneurship project.
We have been thinking about launching an informational website related to social entrepreneurship. There’s certainly big gap in the market infact a void space if I dare say & our project could be popular & go big, who know! I’m very excited about it. So stay tuned. You’ll see a lot of changes in & google bots gonna go crazy indexing new pages in coming months 🙂
The wordpress theme currently I’m using is build for Amrute.Me online network.
I first made this wordpress theme available for downloads in June 2009. And now I’ve realised that I must write a log of all changes that I make in the theme, including the release date. Automatic upgrade option is also in my mind but it’ll be done later.
The version number will be given according to the date, month & year of the release of the new theme.
For instance the current version/or the latest updated theme available currently has 10.1 version, Meaning: I released it in year 10 & 1st month, hence 10.1
This page will be updated as and when changes in theme need to be logged.
Name of the wordpress theme: ‘johnyc’ (click here to download the theme)
|Ver||Date of release||LOG|
|10.1||19 January 2010||
|9.6||9 June 2009||
|9.3||10 March 2009||
|9.1||15 January 2009||
I know when I present it I should present it in a professional way… hmm I promise I’ll be better next time.
Hello dear subscribers,
here’s a quick update -=->
(This blog post is especially made for those who read my blog through feed reader such as Google reader, bloglines, my yahoo, MS Outlook, or Linux akregator etc. For rest of you, just ignore the post. Thank you.)
I am deactivating Feedburner, a feed manager/ distributor service from Google. If you subscribed to my blog recently that is in last 6-8 months, chances are you’ve automatically subscribed me via feedburner url. In that case please change my feed url to simple n straight feed://http//pranav.amrute.me/feed/
I think it’s wise to switch back to basics, also I think it’s bit annoying seeing adsense ads in your RSS feeds. So I’ve removed it. No adds on feeds 🙂
If you want GMAT specific articles, simply click on that right cartoon sitting on the bench.
Although dont panic, if you dont understand a word here; this post wasn’t even necessary. But WTH! Following figure will help you understand & google will take care of rest.
The parent site of this blog, that is Amrute’s website has now some content, finally.
I wanted to add some pages ever since I registered this domain. But never got extra time. Now have added some webpages in Marathi, To my surprise I see ads in Marathi on these pages. (didnt know Marathi Google AdWords) I also want to add some Youtube video for demos, will do that in next few months. So far it’s looking good as it’s blended in the same theme that this blog is using. Remember the theme is for grabs now. Go get it if you liked it!
Maybe it’ s time I should remove ‘under construction’ note from here & add some helpful links. Though I still want to add some more pages… & upload some photos etc. but will do it side-by-side…
I received some positive feedback about the theme I’m using on this blog. If you liked my wordpress I’m uploading it on server so that anyone can download it & use it.
Download the theme JohnyC.zip
It’s a 1000px width theme, I specifically coded as I believe visitors of my blog mostly have more than 1024 px screen resolution in width.
You can read the description of the them in CSS file once you post it on your workpress dashboard but some things I’d like to disclose about this theme.
I’ve modified someone else’s theme for my needs its optimised for Google Adsense. Google usually approves only 3 ad codes per page, two are already there in the script however there’s scope of adding one more Ad units say in sidebar to increase monetisation probability 😉
I’ll upload this theme in official WordPress.Org theme directory, once I get more time, writing proper info viz tags. etc.
I just re-launced my google ads just below the nav bar. & one thing I did right after lauching it is banned L K Advani’s political campaign on my side. My visitors from India reported that it’s annoying to see L K Advani’s ad on every website which has ads powered by Google Adwords.
It’s very unlikely to encounter this ad if you’re not browsing from India as it’s pretty location specific ad. And it was never published on my blog anyways. But now that I’ve again started google adsense service I made sure that this ad is not on my blog. It seems that BJP/LKA has invested a lot of money in this ad campaign as every second website has this ad irrespective of the content of the site.
It’s nothing about politics, I’m not against BJP or anything, I dont even want to send anti-BJP message through this blog but that ad is just too much. It irritates when you visit any website with Indian content, you see close up photo of Mr. L K Advani; (I know, had it been Angelina Jolie, the brand ambasador of BJP, I would not even have typed this post. 😉 ) & it just dont stop there, you’re most likely going to see spams through emails in your inbox.
Anyways, I already have received many negative reviews about it.
On personal front, my PC is on repairs so I wont be blogging or writing long posts on forums but I’ll be around & keep on tweeting…
Some updates from my side.
I am leaving for a special course which will keep me away from cyberspace for 10-15 days. But before I leave I’ll add a new thread on the forums. It’s about Indian IT Males applying for MBA to various b-schools. Check it out in b-school in general section it will be up by tomorrow morning. (Done now. check it: Indian IT Males MBA applicants )
Also there are some changes I have done in my blog layout. I have removed “partner blog” part from the column. Also I have added list of recommended books for MBA preparation. I felt to add it as application season is coming soon it would be beneficial to the readers. I would recommend to buy these books. Some of the books will help you in long run, not only will help you during the application process but also during your actual MBA course. Well! you can check the amazon reviews if you don’t trust me.
And last but not the least: I have removed Google advertisements from this blog. I just said “not the least” right? it’s a big move from my side. I am worried if it hampers my blog writing motivation (?) But what the heck! I have decided to get rid of it.
Back to Indian IT Male thread,
I am looking for the right picture which could convey my message, which is what delaying this thread from its birth. It has made exclusively for Indian IT Males, one of the largest pool of MBA applicants each year who apply to various business schools. The trouble with these fellow applicants is their average GMAT score is higher than their counterparts. Yet they are so out-numbered than any other group of applicants that they are considered to be commons and hence their higher GMAT score doesnt matter anymore.
Remember your high GMAT score can make you competitive and keep you in the race but lower GMAT score, especially for this group of applicants is detrimental & devastating for their application. Some times I think for Indian IT Males, higher GMAT score is a must, even though, ironically, it doesnt matter to their profiles. Sorry if I confused you by that, you can post your doubts in that thread. Unfortunately I am not available since tomorrow & I am thus initiating thread and leaving it to our members J who would further take it. Ill be back in 12 days by 22nd September 2008.
Till then All the best for application. I know its coming close
PS : I think Ill start the thread anyways without uploading a picture. Although I still believe that adding a picture would convey my message even more clearly I think it can be added later
I am all perplexed on my decision of upgrading my template to blogger beta.
I lost my sweet Haloscan I lost currency converter, amazon books store. 😐 I lost my sexy right column and now, I receive a comment from some anonymous poster that my google search feature is not working. 😡 damn!
Am I losing revenue now??
Well something has to be paid if you wanna make your weblog look neat and decent. But then, thats the price I cannot affort. Not that I couldnt make my blog layout like before; but, heck! I ll have to do all again.
I know I wont move to any other blogs provider since I dont wanna change my url.
sigh! I never thought I would be discussing my haloscan problems in their forums and never thought I would check bloggers help.
Anyway, I am about to do some cleaning and rebuilding work on my blog. Will remove my PhD blog-list and will launch something new.
Stay tuned 🙂