Free Advertising

Coming up in the next few days is a Green Llama theme refresh. Not a whole redesign, mind you, but a freshening. As part of the update, I’ll have 4 125×125 button ads available in the top right of my sidebar. These ads seem to be all the rage these days, so I figured I might as well jump on board. Currently I don’t have any 125×125 ads sold, so I’ll be offering them up for free until I have some takers. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Email me at greenllama [DOT] net [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Include a 125×125 button ad ( static gif/jpg or animated gif is ok ), and the link you want attached to said ad.
  • Site must be related in some way to the topic matter presented here – i.e. blogging, making money online, or even random crap. No unrelated sites, adult themed sites, or crazy stuff.
  • I approve which ads go live and which ones don’t. It’s free, what more do you want?

I’ll be giving away these four slots on a first come, first serve basis, assuming they meet my criteria above. No guarantees on how long your ad will be live – they come down as I sell the slots. But it’s a way to get some free advertising, at least short-term. Leave a comment if you have any questions. Otherwise, email away. Oh, and rounded corners on your ads look great, if that helps.

Naked Karate

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Karate isn’t usually terribly interesting when you get down to it. I mean, it’s probably pretty cool being able to ninja-kick someone in the head for fun, and not get yelled at by anyone. But besides that it’s a lot of hard work, and not normally something that intrigues me at all.   Enter Topless Karate. Not much else I can say about this one – but it sure makes Karate more interesting, no doubt about that. As if I needed to make a note of it, that link is NSFW. Check out the look on these guys faces.

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I don’t think there are a whole lot of people who have been kicked in the head by a topless woman who happens to be a karate expert.

WordPress RSS Display Plugin

I’m looking for a particular WordPress plugin / function, but couldn’t find quite what I’m looking for.  I’m sure there are probably 50 plugins that do this, but whatever I can’t find them.  Here’s what I want.

  • Display external RSS feeds ( 4 or 5 , in separate sections )
  • Display only title of post – no content blurb
  • No “powered by Feedburner” logo at the bottom, or other such nonsense.
  • Works with WordPress 2.3

Basically I’m setting up a section on my main company site that shows headlines from several of my other sites.  For all I know there’s a simple WordPress call that does the trick.  If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.

Don’t reinvent the wheel

There are times when it’s great to be different, and to stand apart from the crowd. But there are also times when it’s best to stick with what works – the tried and true method. Sometimes the way things have always been is good enough, and indeed better than a change. No idea what I’m talking about? Ok, here’s an example.

Darin.cc is a search engine marketing site that I read from time to time. Not too long ago, Darin dropped the coin for a new theme from Unique Blog Designs. The new look is great overall ( I personally would have made a few changes if it were my design, but hey it’s not. ), and really makes the site stand out quite well. What’s the problem? The header. The header image is a logo of the site’s name – nothing out of the ordinary. However, when you click on it, the link goes to the site’s RSS feed, rather than the main page of the blog.

There aren’t many things that are more annoying than this when reading a blog. The logo should take you to the main page, period. There’s no question about this, and there should be no debate. It’s simply annoying as hell to get sent to the feed subscription page. Every other theme on the planet ( that I’ve seen, anyway ) works the way it should.

I don’t mean to call Darin out – I like his site, and I think the new look is great. Just wanted to point out that, sometimes, it’s best not to change things for the sake of changing them.

Text Link Ads on the Way Out?

There has been debate for quite some time about Google and paid text links. There’s no question that Google doesn’t like them, but it seems more and more likely that Google is actually penalizing sites for selling links. Greenllama.net itself got dropped from PR4 to PR1( the home page only, not the internal pages ) not too long ago, and I wouldn’t be surprised if text links were the reason why.

There’s such a huge market for buying and selling text links, and Google is basically destroying it with this decision. Companies like Text Link Ads and Linkworth will have to adapt, and quickly, or else things will go downhill for them in a hurry.

Google seems to be ok, at least for the time, with folks selling text links – provided that the “nofollow” tag is used. Since the vast majority of the benefit of such a paid link is the link juice, the value of a nofollow link is significantly less than that of a regular link. In other words, Google just shot a ton of webmaster in the foot – myself included. Last month, between TLA, Linkworth, and private sales, paid text links accounted for right about 30% of my total online income.

Quite frankly I think it’s a load of crap that I have to take a 30% pay cut to appease Google. At what point should I draw the line? Adsense is ok, text links aren’t. Affiliate links are bad, Adsense is ok. Are banner / image ads still ok ( i.e. the ad-size-of-the-day 125×125 button )? Who is Google to tell me how I can and can’t advertise and make a living? When does it get to the point that Google is going too far, and overstepping it’s boundaries? I think that point is now, and the the line has been crossed. The real question is what can we do about it?

Online Casino Bluebook Review

Online Casinos are still popular these days, despite any potential legality issues. To showcase this, Onlinecasinobluebook.com ordered a Linkpost review of their site, which ranks today’s top online casinos.

What is Online Casino Bluebook all about?

Online Casino Bluebook is a site with one simple purpose – to review and rank the top online casinos. The top choices are rated according to the size of the welcome bonus, the payout %, as well as the allover review. Out of the 10 online casinos listed, 8 have in-depth reviews.

Can I contact the site owner?

Absolutely. Online Casino Bluebook has both an about page, as well as a contact page with an email address. You can email the site owner directly with any questions about either the site, or the service they provide. They even offer a newsletter that you can subscribe to, and catch on to any new bonuses / special offers.

Is there anything else?

Yep. Online Casino Bluebook also has sections for poker rooms, no-deposit casinos, and bingo halls. There are even guides for the various games, if you’re not familiar with one in particular.

Site Design and Notes

The site’s navigation is clean and simple, if perhaps a little too utilitarian. A reskin would really spruce things up, and make the site catch your eye a bit more. Also, I would put a newsletter subscription box on the main page, rather than tucked away on the contact page. Lots of folks are apprehensive about signing up for anything on the spot, and a more prominent newsletter spot may help push some folks over the edge down the road. In the affiliate marketing field ( which is, of course, how Online Casino Bluebook stays in business ), you need to think short-term and long-term. So to sum it up, this site is doing a great job focusing on the here and now, but should look to the future a bit more.

 

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    Green Llama is a place to learn about making money online. Any ideas or walk-through's I have, I'll post here for your enjoyment. I also do product and online service reviews.

    However, I tend to run off on tangets quite often. I call this part of the site 'random crap'. Basically I'll go off and post about whatever I want, just to keep things interesting. Have fun and stay tuned.