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Carnival of Personal Finance Week 24

The Carnival of Personal Finance edition # 24 is up at Financial Fruition. Check out the usual strong collection of personal finance writing.

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Top 10 Reasons Why I’m Not Posting as Much Lately

by SMD · 3 Comments 

Top 10 reasons why I haven’t been writing as much lately… Record high temperatures for the past week in Edmonton. Lots of times I post on my lunch hour but when it’s t-shirt weather in late November, I can’t resist getting outside. Moving my sites to a new host – this is a biggy. One [...]

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Net Worth Just Tripled!

by SMD · 2 Comments 

If you happened to look down at the bottom of my menu on the left of any page on this site you’ll have noticed that I have a new mini-poster mentioning that this website is worth $66,615.72. WOOT! My net worth has tripled and I didn’t even know it…please don’t tell Revenue Canada. Thanks to [...]

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Google Images Tip

by SMD · 3 Comments 

For the last couple weeks I’ve been meaning to write a story about Google Image search. The reason is that I have been getting a lot of traffic from their lately. My tip was to be something about the importance of naming your images properly: for example “russian-keyboard.jpg” rather than “1233229DN.jpg” [although I suspect that [...]

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How Much Money is Enough?

by SMD · 4 Comments 

I’ve been having a funny revelation about myself and money this week. A couple days ago my wife asked me, as wives will, “How are your sites doing?” meaning: how much have you made today? “Okay,” I answered, sounding slightly defeated. “How much is okay?” “About $100″ I moaned. “You do realize that 3 weeks [...]

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Rich Dad Forum Meetup in Phoenix

by SMD · 4 Comments 

A bunch of us entrepreneur types from the Rich Dad forum are planning a meetup next spring that I wanted to let you know about. You can grab all the info here, you’ll have to sort through the chit chat, but the basics are: Phoenix, AZ March 24-26, 2006. The plans include peer-to-peer presentations on [...]

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AdSense Launches Referral Program

Just in case there is any webmaster on the planet that isn’t using AdSense, the mighty Google has launched a referral program. The program has two ways to generate income. The first is the fairly obvious one of getting a payout for signing up new users to the AdSense program: When a user you’ve referred [...]

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That’s a pretty sweet, albeit one-time-only payout. Ideally an affiliate program would have you earning a percentage of your recruits’ earnings long term, so this one really is slanted towards Google; I would interpret the high payout amount as a way to offset this slant. Also a 2nd teir [payouts on your referrals' referrals] would have been nice too.

The second way is an unexpected promotion for the Google Firefox toolbar. [Yes, I would interpret this as a dig at Microsoft and the Internet Explorer browser]:

When a user you’ve referred to Firefox plus Google Toolbar runs Firefox for the first time, you’ll receive up to $1 in your account, depending on the user’s location.

This part of the program is probably where the real money is to be made. Since only 10% of surfers are using Firefox, there is a potentially huge payout for getting people to try the browser and the Google Toolbar at the same time.

Currently the “Firefox plus Google Toolbar” tab isn’t active so I couldn’t grab a slice of sample code but if you have a website with decent traffic levels, especially if it is tech related at all, you can create a good alternative earnings stream from promoting the Firefox browser. It really is a much better product than IE, so it is an easy sell.

Overall the referral program is an aggressive move by Google to strengthen their grip on Internet advertising. It is fascinating to see this company develop and continue to extend their reach and power.

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One Year Ago

by SMD · 2 Comments 

This week at my work they are having the annual United Way fundraiser book sale. The reason this is noteworthy is that it was at this sale one year ago that I picked up my first Rich Dad book [Rich Dad's Guide to Investing] for $1. So this anniversary caused me to reflect on what [...]

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