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I’ve started development of a new website that I think has the potential to be successful in attracting a large audience. I’ve secured the domain name www.googlesnoop.com for the site.

I’ve been very impressed with WordPress as a Content Management System for this site, but I won’t be using it for the new site. Instead I’ve decided to go with Joomla, a richer CMS designed more for web portals than blogs. The new website will just cover news about Google. I’m writing some scripts that will help me acquire some unique news sources that I can report on.

Once launched the site should require no more than 30 minutes of work per day to add news, and promote the site. And if my news sources come through it should work out nicely.

Last week I re-directed my RSS feeds for this site to go through FeedBurner. FeedBurner provides two main features that are nice to have for RSS feeds.

  1. I can know how many people are reading my RSS. As a gauge for traffic and interest having that number right there on my page makes it easy to see that not that many people are regular visitors to this site. It can be a powerful motivator to know that there’s still a lot of work to do before reaching the popularity of some of the other blogs out there. For perspective, I would estimate that if I had 2000 people reading my feed, that might be enough traffic to generate the same income that I do now in my full-time job.
  2. When the number gets higher it becomes possible to monetize the RSS feed by inserting advertising. FeedBurner only offers this to feeds that are consistently being read, and have enough of an audience that putting ads in there is feasible.

RSS is in general a great thing to have for a blog like this one. It gives people the ability to quickly know if there’s a new post to the site by going through their bookmarks, or if they’re reading through an aggregator, at least it keeps you on their radar.

So often what happens is that I come across a website that I’m interested in so I bookmark it. In general that bookmark stays in the bookmark list and never gets visited again. However I do check the feeds several times a day. The dynamic nature of a feed keeps me coming back to the site again and again, and the ability to quickly scan the titles makes it easy to check all of my favorite sites in less than 10 seconds.

I highly recommend that if you’re not using RSS feeds that you start subscribing to them. You’ll notice the RSS icon on the right column of this page. It’s an orange square. Click it and you will be able to bookmark the feed for this site.

Today HalOtis is involved in a small project to increase the traffic to several websites.  I will be promoting this blog and my personal blog www.halotis.com/otis as well as the main company site www.halotis.com by posting links back to the sites on various forums, and submitting the sites to search engines and social networking sites.  Hopefully this work will pay off, and I will see a substantial increase in my web traffic.

With an ad supported website getting and maintaining an audience is key.  I’ll keep track of everything I do to promote the site, and post a list in the future, as well as the results I got.

Yesterday I signed up for the Pay Per Post website. I was able to register my personal blog at www.halotis.com/otis in their system which means that I can now get paid about $5 USD to post reviews. Some of the people on the site have made in excess of $4000 USD through the system and I think it is probably one of the best ways to monetize a low traffic website.

Supplementing my income is the first step to making it big. Many experts will agree that having several income streams is a key part of becoming rich. It’s amazing how much they all add up.

What do you think about getting paid $5 for 15 minutes of writing in the evening when there’s not much to do other than watch TV?

World Cup BallIt would seem that the boys and girls at Mozilla are just as enthralled with the world cup as the rest of us. They’ve taken the care (with help from joga) of putting together a slick little extension for Firefox which will not only spiff up your Firefox with a nice World Cup Skin but also make use of tabbed browsing to make sure you never miss another update on the World Cup Action. Of course all this glory doesn’t stop with up to date notification of the most recent goals on the latest soccer matches; you can also take a peek at the videos of the best goals, and interface with other fanatics hooligans fans.
A very slick little extension arriving just in time when soccer addiction is reaching dangerous levels.
This is very handy for those stuck in the office without access to a TV or those who want to know as soon as possible if they have to re-mortgage their house to pay off their bookie.
Check out this slick little Firefox extension by clicking here

Ms & LinuxIt’s official, the butterfly can sting back. Somehow, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 has beaten the long standing standard of uptime maintained by linux. In a head-to-head comparison performed by the Yankee group, Windows Server 2003 experienced 20% more annual uptime than the latest incarnation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Now if this sort of microsoft made reliability could somehow be transferred to every other division of microsoft and their respective products, i.e. IE7, WinXP, Windows Defender, MSN messenger… and the list goes on.

For more on this story, click here to view the source article presented by EB News

Turns out the US Justice Department has issued a subpoena to Google to release all search queries run through Google’s search engine between June 1 and July 31, 2005.

This time it is Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez who is attempting to violate the fundamental rights of American citizens. Between the domestic phone tapping and the collection of Internet search queries it’s probably only a matter of time before Americans have to resort to Enigma machines to communicate and Sears catalogues to… well…

See the original article here | Reuters.com

The rumour mill is working at full speed these days with regards to what will be the next move made by Apple Computers. In advance of the Macworld Expo in January 2006 there has been a lot of speculation about what might be unveiled. We at The Brig believe that the ‘soon to be announced’ Intel powered iBooks will be offered in the traditional White and also in the now familiar Black. Both Black and White will be available for the new 13.3 inch model and the 12.1 inch model. The basis for this rumour is based on the recent history of releases by Apple, and the huge popularity of the black iPod nanos and videos.

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