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FacebookFace… book… Facebook Facebook… Face… book… I just join Facebook over a month ago and i am somehow addicted to it. Is Facebook another typical social networking community? Well… it used to be.

i’ve been getting invites from friends long time ago but i’ve never look into it because i thought … “Ohh.. just another Myspace, Friendster … Most likely i will not be logging into it after i register…”
So i never bother to create an account.

Joining the addictive Facebook

However, recently many of my friends join Facebook and keep telling me that it is fun. With peer influence, i decided to register and just take a peep. Within a few days, i’ve found most of my friends who are in myspace friendster also in facebook! This is crazy. I begin to update my profile and look around… then i was being superpoked, being bitten by vampire, getting gifts, got a fluff pet, confirmed friends details, being nominated for Superlatives, being challenged to a race, got a Ford Mustang, compare movie reviews and ratings, threw some turkeys and sheeps, received virtual iphone, got some growing gifts, received superwall posts…

Now i know why my friends said fun and addictive. Facebook is not just another social networking community to customize your profile, upload photos, join some fan groups and check out friends updates. Facebook is more than that! It integrates fun into your social network. Now you get to play games with your friends, compare score within your friends along with all other features of other social networking community.

Why did facebook suddenly take off so quickly?

Although Facebook’s logo looks simple and plain… but Facebook is not simple at all. The reason why it is becoming successful is due to it opening its development platform to 3rd party application developers. Facebook lets other content providers to integrate innovative applications easily to entertain facebook members. In my opinion, this is the Best Feature of facebook which makes it stands out among the rest.

Google is coming out with OpenSocial to try to fight facebook. I dont think this is going to defeat facebook yet unless Google is planning something else. Before that happens, with many high profile investors (such as Microsoft and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing) pumping funds into Facebook, i think facebook is going to catch up myspace at a fast speed.

Tap Into Facebook Social Networking Power

If you havent join facebook yet, register an account and check it out. If you are running an entertainment-related site, it is time to tap into facebook’s huge social community by developing a facebook app related to your site, creating awareness and branding of your site.

Eg. Freewebs.com develops Warbook, Streetrace, …
Flixster.com develops Movies app.
Rockyou.com develops Super Wall, …

If you are just a developer, you may want to start developing application in facebook platform. With the huge community, there is definitely someone out there going to use your application or play your game. For a developer, the beauty of concentrating your efforts in developing a facebook application rather than a brand new site is… if your application is interesting, it spreads virally like wildfire without the need of tough expensive traditional methods of promoting and advertising of your ‘new site’. When that happens, you can extend to a standalone website with more features.

Facebook Marketplace

Previously facebook developers are having problems monetizing their facebook apps. The following is a list of advertising networks focus and specialize to monetize facebook apps.

Cubics
SocialMedia
Federated Media
Lookery

Both RockYou and VideoEgg develop facebook applications initially and launch their own facebook ad publishing network.

There is also a facebook marketplace for those who wants to be part of the facebook application craze. Buy/sell facebook apps, hire facebook app developers. Recently there are also some facebook applications selling in digitalpoint and sitepoint forums.

Facebook Songs

Before i end, i found some nice facebook videos in youtube and want to share them with you :)

 

5 other facebook songs that i think is good.

Facebook Song by Rhett and Link

The Official Cambridge Facebook Song

The Superpoke Facebook Song

Facebook Song by Vince and Ben

Facebook Song by Malcolm and Dennis


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EntrecardIf you have notice the sidebar on the right… yeah.. i’ve just sign up EntreCard to try out.

What is EntreCard?

It is consider your online blog “business card” in the form of a 125×125 image which represents you and your blog. The concept is to “drop” your EntreCard at other blogs who also has EntreCard widget in their blog. You will earn credit when you drop your EntreCard at other blogs and when other bloggers drop you their EntreCard. You can then use the credits to purchase 125×125 ads in the EntreCard network.

Check the site for how it works.

EntreCard is like an ad exchange network but with innovative concept. You get real valuable bloggers visiting to your blog, leave you an EntreCard. Then usually you will check back at their blog and drop them yours.

Currently, there is no official mean to purchase credits except by purchasing from fellow bloggers in the network. To me, this is like a game, visit blogs in the network daily to “drop” your EntreCard to earn credit and checking out who drop theirs into your inbox. It is actually quite tedious to do it daily… so i am not sure how long i will keep visiting… quite fun at the moment 😀

The thing which i dont like about is the ad only last for 1 day… no way to choose longer duration. And there is no good transaction history / log of how much credit i spent at which ad or how much i earn for ads that i run. I’m sure they will improve the system as time goes.

My Dashboard

Entrecard Dashboard


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Million Dollar Home PageMost should have heard about the Million Dollar Home Page, i just went to look at it briefly, it is totally sold out and i have a headache after looking at the bunch of million pixels.

After the success of Million Dollar Home Page, there are many copycats replicating it using a commercial pixel script. However, these copycat sites lacked the initial novelty and most have failed.

Few months ago, a student, Graham Langdon, at the University of Connecticut implement the idea of MillionDollarHomePage into a wiki script, Million Dollar Wiki, making the first pay-per-page model of a wiki. His purpose is to raise money to pay off his college fee and to give him the resources to open the a bar in Boston.

After reading the post of Million Dollar Wiki at Shoemoney, i have the feeling that a lot of these paid wiki sites are going to pop out in the webmaster community. Indeed, i just chanced upon a site, One Buck Wiki, through the commenter here. One Buck Wiki is similar to Million Dollar Wiki except it is cheaper 😀 and seems more successful with its marketing. I just bought a page to try it out. Although it started as one buck a page, the price of the page gradually increase as the number of pages sold increase.

I feel that it is more worth it to purchase a page in such sites than at those pixel sites. Dont think anyone is really going to click at those mini pixels.

Anyone can easily setup such paid wiki sites, however, it is how well such sites can market themselves and help the whole paid wiki pages there to increase their exposure that matters and differentiate themselves from other similar sites. If you have tried such sites, feel free to let us know your result.


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While reading at some money making blogs, i chanced upon a text link advertising network, TNX.net. Not sure what it is from the short domain name but it is definitely easy to remember. Curious of what it will provide, i spent some time checking out the site.

TNX Network

TNX is similar to other text link advertising networks, providing a text link marketplace for link buyers and link sellers but with a fairly different interesting model. TNX.net lets you sell text links easily on every page of your site or blog and it can be used with any advertising network.

How It Works

TNX is using some sort of point-system (TNX-points). TNX-points have monetary value. Advertisers can purchase TNX-points using paypal and use the points to buy links of their requirements in the network. Publishers earn points by selling links on their sites based on the quality of the publishing page (calculated with search engine rating). Publishers can then sell their earned points to TNX and get paid via PayPal, or sell their points to other TNX members privately. This also means that publishers can use their earned points to buy links in the TNX network.

Advertisers can easily create campaign in three steps.
1 – Choose subject, link popularity of websites, quantity and quality (PR) of pages you want to display your links at.
2 – Upload your link info.
3 – Your campaign is on its way to be moderated and activated.

Advertised links are displayed in a pool of pages of different websites that fits the advertiser’s criteria.

Publishers do not have to worry that their sites having no link buyers in the marketplace. As long as your site fits the criteria of the link buyer, you will be in the pool of selected sites waiting to display the buyer’s link and get credits for it.

Affiliate Program

A great system definitely have a good affiliate program. TNX provides an opportunity for publishers to earn more TNX-points by referring people to use TNX’s service. You will earn 13.3% of the earnings of your referral… for life! There is no minimum payout or confusing restrictions because you earn the TNX-points directly the moment the advertiser pays to your referrals!

Bonus

On top of the great affiliate program, after you join TNX as a webmaster and your website gets approved, TNX will fund your account with 5,000 TNX-Points absolutely free of charge! That means free links advertising for you!
Check here for more info about the bonus TNX-Points.

Conclusion

Hmm… i guess what TNX could probably means… “Textlink Network Xchange” 😉 Personally i think this is a very interesting ad marketplace, especially the part where TNX-points can be sold privately to other members. TNX not only makes purchasing a pool of links easy, it also gives publishers a chance to sell their links in their low rating websites.

Is your site performing badly with TLA? Why not give TNX Network a try.

TNX Network


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Back on August 17, I made a post emphasizing the significance that anchor text has on your links. In this paid review, I want to show you a great example of a new blog that put the power of anchor text to work for them.

Matt Jones of BloggingFingers.com wanted to rank well for the search phrase “web hosting packages“. You may already know that anything to do with the word “host” or “hosting” will bring you a ton of competition. At first, I asked myself why he would even bother trying to rank well for such a competitive search term. However, after tracking his project since it began, I found some very encouraging results.

In only three weeks, Matt has landed himself the 22nd spot in Google for his desired search term- one place above iPowerWeb! I’d like to see how much farther he can rank in another three weeks! How did he do it?

Matt asked his readers to give him a hand by using the anchor text “web hosting packages” when linking to the page I just did in the beginning of this post. In return, he offers to link to two places on your site. First, he’ll link back to the page where you linked to him and secondly, he will link to your homepage. Obviously, a 2-1 link trade doesn’t sound like a bad offer, so some people hopped on board and helped him to rank where he does (very quickly, I might add).

BloggingFingers.com offers some great blogging ideas, one of which is what Matt calls “niche blogging“- creating multiple smaller blogs in very tight niches to help set a foundation for your main blog by providing it with some “link juice”.

Don’t get caught up in the thinking that your blog can only accomplish something once it has been around for a while. BloggingFingers.com is proof that it’s never too early to start making goals for your blog, then setting out to achieve them. To start a new promotional campaign for your blog, why not develop something you would like to promote, then participate in Matt’s 2-1 free link offer and get some “link juice” coming in for your new project. With a little time, hard work and determination, you may be surprised at the results! 


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If you’re reading my blog, most likely you are interested in making money from your site without using ad networks. It’s no secret that by selling ads in-house, you have no commissions to pay to anyone, so you keep all profits to yourself. Many blog owners are finally seeing the value in doing so, but have not taken the step. Why? Because without the help of the large ad networks, it can be very difficult for advertisers to find your site. Thanks to ForSaleByPublisher.com, you now have some free help. In this paid review, I will introduce this service so that you can decide whether they can be of benefit to you.

forsalebypublisher

First of all, you don’t have to own a blog to publicize yourself on ForSaleByPublisher. It’s open to any type of website including blogs, static sites and forums. The entire service is free. Whether you’re a publisher or an advertiser, you will want to create a free account. Once your account is created, advertisers will be able to browse all the sites registered with ForSaleByPublisher and view all reported stats, including the types of ads offered, monthly pageviews, visitors, Alexa rank, Google PageRank and more. Depending on the owner’s preference, you will either be given their direct email address or you can send them an email through an online form. From there, you can negotiate your advertising on their site.

Publishers have the ability to list all the details about their site and choose which category they would like to appear in. I added SiteFever.com and within a matter of 24 hours I had 31 people view my site profile. This would allude to the fact that there are people using the site to search for places to advertise.

This is a fairly new service, but many site owners who are ready to manage their own in-house advertising are already signing up. You can browse the publishers by visiting http://www.forsalebypublisher.com/sites/channels, but remember- you’ve got to create an account before you can view every single detail about the sites.

One small drawback that I did notice was that once listed, I could not figure out how to update my site details. Beginning September 1, I started offering RSS feed sponsorships. I wanted to add that to my list of advertising options but could not find a way to do it, so be sure that when you do register your site that you include all the information you want shown.

Overall, I will continue to keep SiteFever.com listed with ForSaleByPublisher. I predict that as they gain popularity more and more people are going to see that they make it easier to sell in-house advertising without having to give up any fees or commissions. I figured I had nothing to lose- after all, it’s free!


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Have you had the opportunity to check out Kijiji yet? Owned by eBay, it’s their “new & improved” version of Craigslist. You didn’t think the world would let them continue without much competition for too long, did you?

Kijiji is named after the Swahili word for “village”, which eBay probably gave some guy a million dollars to come up with. So far, Kijiji offers free classified ads for individuals categorized in 220 different cities around the United States as well as some Canadian listings.

Like Craigslist, Kijiji offers free classified ads for individuals to conduct business amongst themselves- without the middleman. The humorous part of all this is that eBay actually owns 25% of Craigslist; so in essence, they are competing against themselves in efforts to dominate the Internet’s free classified ads websites.

Have you posted anything on Kijiji yet? If so, what was your experience like with it? Should we all stick with Craigslist, or is it time to broaden our horizons and look for opportunities to move on to bigger and better things? 


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