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LeapFish Goes Search 2.0

Posted on: January 27, 2009 I Written By

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Today I came across a relatively new website called LeapFish. It seems like a really interesting new way to search the web. The cool part is that it uses all of the major search engines so you know that the search results are relevant to what you’re searching to find. They just provide a new interface for accessing those results.

I really like how they incorporate blogs, news, answers, videos, etc into the results. They don’t just show you the content, but give you everything you’d ever want to see on that search.

I also like how they display the search results to you as you type the words. This is really cool because you can quickly add to your initial search if you need to alter it (which is all to common) and you don’t have to click search and wait for it to finally update.

The real question is how are they going to monetize this website. I wonder how they make money. In the end, I don’t really care. Although, if I start using them as my main search engine, then I don’t want them to be gone next time I go to their site.

Either way, LeapFish seems like a great way to view all online content when searching for something.

Check out this video to learn more about LeapFish:

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Obama Keeps Blackberry

Posted on: January 22, 2009 I Written By

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I know that one of the most intriguing stories of Obama’s administration (at least for a tech person) was whether Obama would be able to keep his blackberry or not. Turns out that Obama won the battle and will be able to keep it.

Of course, the interesting question is the security around this communication.

“The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. “It’s a pretty small group of people.”

“The security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate, but to do so effectively and to do so in a way that is protected,” he added.

Can you imagine being on the small group of people list? My guess is that even that small group of people will have to use special technology to communicate with the President. Otherwise, it leaves a whole bunch of vulnerabilities. Can you imagine if you’re one of those group and you lose that special Blackberry?

How long do you think until we have the first story about something leaked from the blackberry? Then, will Obama get to keep it?

Trying out a New Ad Network to Possibly Replace Google Adsense

Posted on: January 21, 2009 I Written By

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I’m always on the lookout for better ways to make money on all my various blogs. I already do pretty well with Google Adsense, affiliates (itunes, ticketmaster, etc) and selling ads on my own. However, I’m always interested in trying new things to make more money from the advertising on my sites.

Today I signed up for the beta of Ad-Village. I’m excited to see if they can deliver on their promise of paying more than Google Adsense. I think I’m going to start the test on my So You Think You Can Dance blog since it has a nice amount of traffic to test it and see how well it does.
AD Village, I can haz Beta?
I’ll let you know how it goes.

Matt Mullenweg Announces WordPress Handbook

Posted on: January 10, 2009 I Written By

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I’m currently sitting in the Las Vegas Wordcamp listening to Matt Mullenweg’s talk on “The State of the Word.” He just announced that WordPress will be launching a WordPress handbook.

The basic concept is that WordPress will be taking a subset of the Codex and some information done from scratch to document the releases of WordPress. This Handbook will be put into subversion and when a new release of WordPress is release, the handbook can be trunked out and be fixed similar to how the code for WordPress is done. Users can submit fixes to the WordPress Handbook and some users will have the ability to commit the changes.

This seems like a really cool idea since it will allow the Handbook to be version specific. It will also make it much easier for the international community to know what to translate (since translating the ever changing Codex is very difficult).

Of course, the first question is how will this work with the Codex. The answer is that the Codex will remain because it has just too much good information. However, Matt said that it’s so new that we’ll have to just see how they work together and which parts will remain in the Codex and which will be moved to the Handbook.

The other important point is that Matt said the document would be saved in a special format (I didn’t catch the exact format) that will allow it to be viewed in multiple formats including: pdf’s, windows help files, etc. Plus, this format allows consultants, plugin creators, etc to be able to integrate their own help files into the main WordPress Handbook. Pretty cool. Sounds like a simple way to create a WordPress for Dummies book.

Matt said that the first version of the WordPress Handbook will be released later this week.

Thanks to Izea for sponsoring my attendance at WordCamp Las Vegas

WordCamp Las Vegas On Saturday

Posted on: January 8, 2009 I Written By

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I must admit that I’m really excited to be able to attend WordCamp Las Vegas this Saturday. I won’t be attending Sunday, because it’s Sunday but I think I’ll get a ton of value out of even just the first day of the conference.

I’ve lived in Las Vegas for almost 4 years now and I’ve never been to Palace Station, so that should be cool to see. The speakers that I’m most excited to see at WordCamp Las Vegas is WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, online whipping boy Jim Kukral and Social Media legend Chris Brogan. A pretty amazing lineup if it was just those 3 speakers.

Even more exciting than the speakers is that it will be fun to meet other people from Las Vegas that use WordPress. I think I only know 2 bloggers from Las Vegas that use WordPress. We’ll see who we meet on Saturday. Should be interesting.

I also must admit that I feel a little embarrassed that this is the blog I listed on the registration page. This is really kind of my play blog. The problem is that I have so many blogs, that I didn’t know which one to choose on the list and just chose this one. It just doesn’t represent my use of WordPress at all. Just take a look at the blogs in my Pure TV blog network to see what I mean:
Something For Nothing – TV and Reality TV Blog
Pure TV Freaks Blog – Blogging TV Freaks
Pure Dancing with the Stars – Blogging Dancing with the Stars on ABC
Pure Amazing Race – Blogging Amazing Race on CBS
Pure So You Think You Can Dance – Blogging So You Think You Can Dance on Fox
Pure Fringe – Blogging Fringe on Fox
Pure America’s Got Talent – Blogging America’s Got Talent
Pure TV Sports – Blogging Sports

Also, I can’t forget to thank my sponsor for WordCamp Las Vegas: Izea. I was the 61st blogger to sign up for Izea (then PayPerPost). The CEO, Ted Murphy, is a freakin rockstar and being a part of the Izea community has been key to many of the things I’ve learned and done with blogging.

I’d love to hear from others going to WordCamp Las Vegas. See you there.

Twitter Marketing

Posted on: January 6, 2009 I Written By

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I’m far from an expert on using Twitter to market. I’ve seen a ton of interesting ideas out there that people are using to connect on Twitter. You definitely have to be creative, but it’s a great place to apply your creativity.

The thing that surprises me the most about marketing something on Twitter is how an individual tweet can drive traffic. Certainly if you have 6000 followers and you post a link, then you’ll generate traffic. I’ve seen some traffic from that type of twitter marketing, but it’s never been huge (granted I have less than 1000 followers).

What I’ve found more interesting is when an old tweet generates traffic. For example, here’s a tweet that was generated from a blog post I wrote about Jason Mesnick getting engaged at the end of Bachelor.

Not only was this post done 15 days ago, but how many people look at individual tweets? The answer is not very many. I can only assume that the search engines have found that tweet and some search engine (most likely Google) has been driving traffic to that tweet which of course prompts people to visit my blog post.

I’ve had this happen multiple times. I can’t figure out the exact rhyme or reason to why it happens, but considering how long it’s taken me to set up a twitterfeed, it seems like a worthwhile addition to anyone trying to market an RSS feed.