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My Top ((Insert Number)) PayPerPost Pains

Posted on: August 30, 2007 I Written By

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I’ve been with PayPerPost for pretty much as long as anyone else. After all, I am Postie #61. Well, it’s been a great ride. I’ve made a chunk of cash. Learned from watching Ted the marketing genius. Made a lot of interesting friends.

However, there are a number of things that just get my panty hose all bunch up. All you ladies out there know how much fun that is. It’s not. So, here’s my list of Top PayPerPost pains. I decided to not specify a number. Instead I’d just spell it out.

1. 2 emails every time I get paid – this is a minor annoyance, but one would be better
2. Filling out a captcha when commenting on their blog – If they had used WordPress akismet would have stopped spam and saved me the heartache
3. Opportunity Sort is by Date Entered – The first thing I do when looking at opportunities is to sort it by $$. I’ve been doing this for a year and a half and I wish it was the default (or at least my default)
4. I have 2 bans that should be benches, but it was before benches existed
5. My pile of payperpost referrals hasn’t paid me squat. I keep hoping that one will pull through and make me some cash, but it might be hopeless. I guess that program wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.
6. It doesn’t remember my username on the login screen.
7. Brit won’t hook us up to her Tropicana model pictures
8. My PR 5 blog dropped to a PR 4 blog and Google’s PR update is taking forever. Ok, that’s not PPP’s fault, but I’m blaming them because my other PR 5 blog is so niched focused I’ve only been able to do one opp. Therefore, it shows me a long list of high paying opps which I can’t do, because my PR 5 blog is so niche focused. That’s like the proverbial dangling the carrot. I wish I could “delist” my PR 5 blog so I didn’t have this problem.
9. Ted use to dangle weekly marketing ploys, announcements, etc that were entertaining and interesting. The celestial ARGUS will be essentially 5 months of anticipation. 5 months pretty much translates to a disappointing release in November. I expect it to be like moving a computer from 2-4 gigs of RAM. The 4 gigs of RAM is sexy, but doesn’t really add much value to my experience.

Of course, I hope I’m wrong about number 9, but 5 months of dreaming is hard to fulfill. I guess we’ll see if Argus is more like iPhone or Vista.

Facebook vs. LinkedIn

Posted on: August 25, 2007 I Written By

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A ton of people have been writing that many people are now using Facebook for business networking and that facebook will prove a major challenge to LinkedIn in the future. I personally don’t see LinkedIn going anywhere. Should LinkedIn keep an eye on facebook? Absolutely. Facebook could be a great place to do business networking. However, Facebook will never be LinkedIn.

I even saw this well written article about how to move your LinkedIn contacts to Facebook. Honestly, I just don’t see people doing it. I guess it depends on how you’ve used facebook in the past. People like Michael Arrington from TechCrunch and super blogger Scoble seem to be using facebook mostly as a means to extend their other online projects. However, most people use Facebook for social networking and probably don’t want Facebook information making it to their LinkedIn profile.

I personally don’t want some of my Facebook profile showing to potential employers. It certainly wouldn’t be life or death, but whoever found it would have to understand that Facebook is a place for my to goof around and have fun. It’s not how I am in the work place. For example, on Facebook I recently used the question app and asked visitors to my facebook profile “Do you think my tractor’s sexy?” I think many employers might not understand that. Especially if they don’t like country music. However, in the end I don’t think it would prevent me from getting a job if my resume, references and skills were up to par.

I am interested to see how the announced LinkedIn application will work. I wonder when they’ll finally be able to get that out.

Embedded Google Maps

Posted on: August 21, 2007 I Written By

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I wonder if the latest announcement from Google Maps is what I’ve been looking for. I need to research it a bit more, but I’ve been looking for a way to be able to embed a map on someone’s blog. I think the only problem that I still face could be adding dynamic content to the map. I haven’t looked at it enough, but I don’t think it’s possible right now. If it’s not, then I hope that it will be part of google maps api soon. How cool would it be to create a dynamic map on someone’s site pulling data from another site. The number of mashups you could do really explodes. I could put a google map of all my facebook friends just as one silly example.

Google are you listening? I love this feature, but want to have some dynamic content on it.

Scrollovers – Like Rollovers, but Not

Posted on: August 18, 2007 I Written By

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I love when I come across something that is simple and neat. This would definitely qualify. It’s called scrollovers and it’s basically just a simple little javascript that does a cool link. Check out their website to see what I’m talking about. I love javascript. I never would have guessed it would become so powerful and popular.

Stats Are Broken on WordPress.com

Posted on: August 2, 2007 I Written By

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I’ve been checking my WordPress.com stats which is now a stats plugin for blogs outside of WordPress.com too. Well, it seems like something broke the stats on WordPress.com.

Ok, so it’s not completely broken. It’s just parsing the files wrong. None of the searches are being parsed into search keywords. They are all being included in the Referrers category instead of search terms. It doesn’t seem to have affected the number of visitors to my site, but it does make it hard to know how people found me.

I better submit a ticket to WordPress to see what’s going on. I can’t live without ALL my stats. It’s my cocaine.