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ShoutOut my Traffic! August 5, 2008

For many who are curious as to how I have known Nuffnang, well many Malaysian friends of mine whom I have met through penangpenang.com (who will transform into ShoutOutLounge.com on 08/08/08!), have been using Nuffnang’s tool for their blog. I personally have not registered or anything with Nuffnang as I believed that this was only open for Malaysians and Singaporeans so once again I redirect you to Problogger for more details.

Personally, I don’t know if bloggers could make that much with Nuffnang or other ads like google adsense without much traffic going into your blogsite and in my personal experience ShoutOut has been a companion, increasing my traffic to almost more than 50%!

This screen shot of my Google Analytics geographic report in which I also have posted 1 month (click here to view that post) after I opened my personal blog last May 2008 (yes, my blog so young yet it looks old? Well, thanks to helpful friends in ShoutOut):

I added analytics 1 week after I installed my blog. So, technically for three weeks, this has been my traffic… 197 “visits” in 3 weeks! My topblogs rank by this time was around 350th-something in personal blogs category (sorry no screenshot). With this in mind before, I made an effort blog hopping to drop my links by 😛 When I left my page alone as it was I only had 1-5 max views a day… sad (^_^;)

After I installed ShoutOut… jeng jeng jeng… here’s what my stat looks like at topblogs:


Oh! Yaey! I recently peaked at 120 hits a day! I couldn’t be anymore happier as compared to my pathetic 123 hits in a week *sweats* (^_^;). Though the traffic is still not that impressive as compared to other sites, I am just happy about this!! *yes!* Since I have migrated my blog to a new domain host, I have lost my analytics reports along the way but if you could have seen it… The day I added SO, there was a rapid increase in the Y AXIS! lolz as in like almost like a vertical line. This was caused mainly by one of SO’s main features to have links to your blog bellow your message.

By the way, that empty stat between the 24th of July to 2nd of August was caused by the my changing of url from flaircandy.blogspot.com to http://www.flaircandy.com.

Once again, another tiring night for your self-declared, panda-eyed, blog ambassadress saying “Mabuhay Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore” … for now… 😛

xoxo,
Flair Candy

 

Nuffnang for bloggers reaching Philippine shores!

…Could this be an opportunity for both bloggers and advertisers?…

I have been thinking that I am somewhat compelled to post this! mrgreen … since many Filipino bloggers do not know about this yet and I’m pretty sure it hasn’t spread among Philippine blogs yet but Nuffnang (an advertisement company particularly for bloggers) has reached our humble shores. So, as your blog ambassadress I hereby disseminate this information in PinoyBlogosphere.


Well, pinoy problogger knows more about Nuffnang than I do so if you guys would want to know more about it just go to his website at problogger.com.ph

Yes you could put it this way, it could be another income generating add-on to your blog… or for advertisers, well this could be another outlet for reaching your target market as many bloggers talk about many things already. The Filipino blogging industry has also been growing and I am personally encouraging people, especially students, yuppies and professionals also too join the blogosphere.

Nuffnang has been a widely used advertising agent also in Malaysia and Singapore… and if I’m right, Philippines is their third target 😛

So watch out for its opening here!

Nuffnang is also hiring while it is initializing its office here in the Philippines (my neighborhood Bonifacio High Street)! So, to my friends who are talented and looking for jobs to suit their career, click here to apply!

 

Free Domain Name and Free Web Hosting! August 3, 2008

Filed under: Business and Finance,Freebies,Technology and Computers — hannaherika @ 10:45 am

Hello everyone!

Many friends of mine have been so excited about me having my own domain name flaircandy.com and they also have been asking me how to have one for themselves and how to maintain it.

Well personally, I bought my domain name from idotz.net for $8/year, opted to avail of the free Google apps readily available in their site and tweaked my blogger settings to make use of http://www.flaircandy.com domain.

But for those of you who do not want to spend a single cent for a domain name and host then here are 2 things you could do:

  1. Go to this website http://flaircandy.co.cc/ and yes I know what you’re thinking… another web site I have created — the “Candy Shop”. Well that site is under construction and I call that website “my lab” because I’m testing many web stuff thing-ies there. You want to know the best part about that Candy Shop? I created that all for free! Here’s how:

    a) Go to http://www.co.cc/ to get your own domain name for free and follow just follow their instructions! Although, all domain names end in “.co.cc” but it’s free!

    b) Then, go to this site http://www.000webhost.com/62384.html to open up your free webhost!

    This webhost has gnarly features for a free one already:

    – 350 MB of Disk Space
    – 100 GB Bandwidth
    – Your own domain hosting
    – cPanel Control panel
    – Website Builder (this one I used to create my template – very user friendly!)
    – Over 500 website templates ready for download
    – Free POP3 Email Box and Webmail access (so I had a hannah@flaircandy.co.cc mail address!)
    – FTP and Web based File Manager
    – PHP, MySQL, Perl, CGI, Ruby.
    – No Ads at all !

    Check it out Here: http://www.000webhost.com/62384.html

    And ahoy to the web IT people. I know you might laugh at me but go ahead, this was an honest mistake! I accidentally created a forum page cool!!! But to my friends who are not web-savvy like me… I think I might have just impressed you! twisted I know right, I have impressed myself also *sweats* (I wish I could have that emoticon here). I was doing who-knows-what, clicking here and there and… TA-DA!!! Accidentally-made forum!

    Now, I don’t know what to do with it… see how easy you could make stuff through this hosting site!

    For the not-so-web savvy like me here are its “auto-install” features… Just click… click… click… then Whoala! The following could be generated automatically for you:

    – WordPress
    – b2evolution
    – Joomla
    – Drupal
    – phpWebsite
    – phpBB
    – simplemachines (this one created my forum *sweats*)
    – Coppermine (this one can generate your gallery page *whee*)

  2. Now, another option is to go to iCalvyn.com and look for that thin banner above his page saying “Apply Domain and Hosting Sponsorship Program from iCalvyn.com Now!!!” Yes, my dear friends, Domain and Hosting Sponsorship program. I don’t know the main details but go to his site and find out.

I don’t want to endorse things I have not tried myself, or at least that of my trusted friends yet, so I am sharing this to you all with that in mind. because I want to share my gain and I’m just basically a kind girl.

That’s all for now, this is your blog ambassadress once again saying “Mabuhay!”

xoxo,
iCandy

P.S. An update on this post. If indeed you tried this out and have a couple of problems about creating your FREE domain and hosting. Dont hesitate to Contact Me, I’d be glad to help :).

 

MSI Wind July 30, 2008

Filed under: personal,Technology and Computers — hannaherika @ 2:43 pm
Cyclone! That’s what MSI Wind’s model name must be! This teeny gadget is sold out everywhere, making the Asus Eee series and even HP mini cry! What’s so good about this cyclone is that it has the most “gnarly” specs a mini PC could have! So Vinz and I didn’t hesitate to buy one for ourselves EACH!

It has:

Intel Atom – (as compared to HP who has VIA as processor)

the 80Gigs – (as compared to acer’s 8Gig)

The 10″ screen (1024*600) LCD with LED back lighting – Full Web page Viewing (as compared to Eee)

1GB memory

WLAN and Bluetooth (for XP version only)

1.3 Megapixel web camera with built-in mic

only 2.3 lbs!

it comes with Licensed Microsoft Windows XP (for them Vista Haters)

and others: Card Reader, big size keyboard, turbo battery, magnifier, LED Panel and 2.5″ HDD

… and most importantly… the PRICE that is just RIGHT for these gnarly features! (I bought it for only Php 26,000 – $479 if bought in US)

More about MSI Wind specs here!

So how then does this compare to my previous laptop? Of course my Compaq Presario C700 has a 15″ screen, gnarly features, webcam, glossy high definition screen, built-in mic also and is good for photoshopping, excel-ing with many columns involved, viewing webpages and many others… But my usual problem is that it hurts my back if I want to carry it along anywhere. Now see in comparison how MSI solved my back problem. 2 MSI winds = 1 Compaq Presario.

Yeah, MSI is really handy and portable. But I’m keeping my old laptop (not really old because I bought it this year also). I’d just rather buy this MSI wind mini laptop for Php 26k than buying another SmartPhone /PDA phone / iPhone which costs about the same price minimum but the really good ones like HTC costs around Php 40k! I’ve been waiting for Xperia also since January 2008 (when this was announced), but I’m quite dissappointed since the release date would be next January 2009. I don’t know if it’s worth the wait and it would also cost aroung Php40k! It’s like buying another high-performance laptop/ mega-nice desktop unit.

This is the actual MSI Wind that we bought.

And see this one? Full webpage viewing!

I have been using it for 4 days now and I am telling you… It is a handy dandy iCandy companion! But it’s speed upon boot and shut down and everything else is A-ok! I’ve been viewing web pages generally in full screen and it’s just so light that it could fit it in my baggie! It doesn’t hurt the back of those with scoliosis like yours truly. And also, it’s completa and it has everything that my 15″ widescreen laptop has (&even more in some cases perhaps).

The only con I could think of is that it has no DVD rom optical drive & writer! But, as compared to all mini PCs… this difinitely qualifies as a SUPER CYCLONE that blows the Phil’s gadget industry away!

So I’m here advertising once again for something for free — sweatcase. But anyway, I don’t care… I just want to spread the word to my friends the good experiences I have so that I could share and enlighten them too! So what are you waiting for? Buy one already!!! I am being the devil here tempting you all to buy buy buy!

Until next time readers, this is your Blog Ambassadress saying “Mabuhay!”

xoxo,
iCandy

(I’m using this “a.k.a.” when I’m being a “techie.” Just like Daniel when he is being the “techidan“)

 

New Knowledge, Old Backpains July 7, 2008

I’ve been very dizzy busy lately. I’m the type of person who just wants to learn everything my mind could possibly absorb and I don’t easily give up until I have exhausted every possible means to do so. Web page designing thingys or whatever you call that are not really my thing-y but it obstructed me from having a decent template.

More…

Friday was the day I began to search for new templates. I found some good ones and lousy ones. Then I found this really brilliant template that suits my “flava” and also suits my FlairCandy title. I was frustrated at first because all my widgets were erased when I applied the new skin. Thank goodness google was invented! Brilliant minds people, all I need to ask and know it’s just there.

So yeah, I kind of studied online for this. I’ve learned how to preserve widgets and understand what code to use etc. It took me one day to learn the unfamiliar world of CSS-ing. I had a couple of migraines and dozens of backaches for this! Goodness gracious I have scoliosis and now my back is really really hurting seriously!

Those if-then-else lots statements really hunt me ~jitters~. In the office I use VBA codes to edit macros embedded in our reports. The best part in this though is that i also did a self-study on macros! I had a basic course in college about C++ programming. But, 4 years after non-practice, I have forgotten already how to construct if-then and loop statements just when I needed it already. Luckily internet exists. After reading a few articles, i managed to guide myself.

I know, I’m an accountant but why the heck am I doing these IT stuff!?! I’m not really sure with my weird self what the answer is. But, I’m thinking that probably I have adequate knowledge of accounting, next step is learn other things like – IT stuff? My other option is to study further and take the CFA. But it’s so expensive!!! Just one wrong move then you threw your 80K out of the window.

Vinz knows how nostalgically crazy I could be. How after my surgery, I wanted to go to med school. Any psych major or psychologist reading this? – Help! I might have MDP (Multiple Personality Disorder)? But I don’t call myself other names than my own though, unlike those MDP patients… Time flies so fast” as Elise said earlier and I do agree. I have so much that I want to learn, so much stuff I want to do… but time’s not a luxury I can afford. That’s why we must learn to prioritize. Having said that, I am prioritizing sleep and I will sleep now. (“,)