Date archives "January 2006"


Just been out to see Munich with one of my lovable housemates. It’s a pretty slick film, and unusually for a Speilberg film it doesn’t try and pull the heart strings, however he does fall into the trap of slightly over doing it when it should be finished (remember the half hour of pointlessness at the end of AI, anyone?!).

Overall, I quite enjoyed it, I wouldn’t say I was blown away by it, but its definitely an indepth, thought provoking piece of work. In places it does seem to drag on, but the action soon comes back…and in places it’s very gory, for example you see someone sweeping up the brains of a dead on a TV screen within the film.

I’m still in two minds about whether it portrayed the Israeli’s or Palestinians in a bad light. It concentrated quite heavily on why the Isreali’s were doing what they were doing and it showed all the gory details of the Palestinians killing innocent Israeli’s, but there’s only passing reference to the 200 or so Palestinians killed by Israei air attacks shortly after the Munich massacre.

Incidently, if anyone is interested in knowing why there is so much tension and conflict between Israel and the Arab nations, check out this link Israel Information.

Basically the Israeli state was created in 1945 at the end of the war. The land was “given” to them by the British, in a move that angered the Arab nations.

Will Yahoo Sneak Ahead of Google?

Talking to various webmasters, it is apparent that Google Adsense program has not been paying well this month. Pennies are being earned where once it was dollars. One unfortunate fellow tells me that he is seeing a 1/3rd less Adsense earnings in January than for all other months.

Even on my sites I’ve noticed a definite down turn in earnings. The funny thing is, I’m getting more clicks and impressions than ever, but the click value has plummeted, sometimes to 5 cents or less.

This is not good for Google, when they have the likes of Yahoo Publisher snapping at their heels. For those that are not aware, Yahoo Publisher is Yahoo’s version of AdSense. You put Yahoo code on your website (the code looks pretty much the same as Googles) and it servers up contextual ads based on the website content.

Seeing how Yahoo have a good two years catch up to do, the obvious way to achieve this is to pay webmasters more than what they would be earning if they used AdSense. Us webmasters are fickle fellows, if company X is paying more than company Y for the same thing, we’d head over to company X in our millions.

So, is it worth signing up to Yahoo Publisher? I have a friend who certainly thinks so. She runs the incredibly popular Halo 2 movies directory called Halo 2 Spy (don’t ask me where the ‘spy’ comes into it). It basically is a massive directory of movies that gaming nerds have made of themselves playing the xBox game: Halo 2.

It’s incredibly popular and receives thousands of page impressions every day. When she was using Google Adsense she was recording hundreds of clicks a day but only earning a handful of dollars.

She heard about the Yahoo Publisher program and decided to give it a go, and what do you know? Her impressions and clicks remained the same but her earnings went up 3 fold. Is it because Yahoo was serving up better ads or are they just paying more per click? I couldn’t tell you the exact answer, but the fact is, they are paying more. Much more.

Unfortunately at the time of writing the Yahoo Publisher is only open to US residents (for payment), but it should be around soon for those of us in the rest of the world. So probably we’ll start seeing less of “Ads by Gooooooogle” and more “Ads by Yahoooooooo”.

Tedious & Mundane Tasks

I think that there are few things more tedious in this world than website design and development.

Sure, it has it’s highs – the first sale for instance. But actually sitting there hour after hour doing things like checking the links are all working, or adding images or creating a list of products is just so boring and tedious.

I have spent my day doing the latter as part of the members area on There are well over 150 products in the members area for download, and each product has to have a small image 70 pixels in width which links to the corresponding zip file for that product, a title which also links to the zip file, information on how big the zip file is, what kind of rights the product has (user, resell, master resell or private label), and a short description for the product.

This seemingly simple task involves unzipping the product, finding a software cover, copying it to photoshop, cropping it and resizing it and saving it as a JPG to another folder. Then have a brief read through the sales page to find out what the product is, before coming up with a short description. Probably about 2-3 minutes work per product.

After you’ve done 10 products it gets boring, after 20 products it becomes tedious, after 50 products you have seriously lost the will to live.

I don’t know why I’m writing about this, maybe I have to get it off my chest or else I’ll explode. Or maybe it’s because I want people to start appreciating how much work goes into a seemingly simple website, I don’t know.

Hopefully any other webmasters out there can empathise with my problems.

But whatever happens, will be massive so it will all be worth it in the end.

Making a start…

Today I have written a long to do list of everything that needs to be done and everything that I would like to get done.

Basically it’s split up into two different sections, Business and Personal. Business refers to the projects undertaken by myself and and another online entrepreneur, Paul Bulford, Personal refers to my own personal projects which I do when I’ve finished Business stuff. I’d class this blog as Business and Personal as I’ll be discussing both here 🙂

So on the Business front, I have to finish off the backend of our new project, This is a massive resource and membership website which costs $297 for a membership. We’re hoping to make enough money on this one to proceed with all our other projects, so it’s like a stepping stone to bigger things. I’ll also be setting up a website called which creates unique content for search engines in order to rank highly for hundreds of keywords.

On the Personal front, I want to create a nice little “adsense empire” of 25-50 niche content websites. These sites will all have various articles on specific niches. My aim is to have them all earn at least a dollar a day from adsense. So far I have 2 of these sites but they’re not earning a dollar a day yet! My next site will be a travel site offering visitors free travel tips.

This week is going to be extremely hectic, the main priority is to finish my end of and to set up If I get anything else done it will be a bonus.

Welcome To My World…

Welcome to my world, you can tell it’s my world because the domain is called…and that’s me, therefore my world. And it’s not for sale.

I’ve decided to start this blog because it’s looking extremely likely that in the near future I’m going to be rich. Very very rich.

And I want to keep a journal of my path to riches online to share with others in the hope that it inspires, infuriates, shocks and motivates people.

If you feel any of these emotions, or others, when reading this blog, post a comment. Don’t be shy. I won’t bite too hard.

Tomorrow will be my first proper post.

Is Someone Having a Giraffe?!

Who’s smart idea was it to work 14 hour days?! I want a quiet word with them about it. Possibly using a large stick to make my point.

My current working day consists of getting up at 9am (oh, woe is me I hear you all saying, but just listen, ok?), getting into the office for 10am, training up the programmers from 10am till 2pm – and they need a lot of intensive hands on training at the moment.

At 2pm, we have a shift change and the designers come in for their fresher training where I’m teaching the same things to different people.

At 6pm, the designers leave and I go and deal with my webmasters who report back any problems they’ve had throughout the day and let me know about any sales and support that needs to be addressed. I spend an hour working with them on anything that needs to be done.

Then Aravind, one of the owners of Agriya will contact me and ask me how the content is coming on for the new Agriya corporate website (he figures hey, we have a Englishman in the office, we may as well exploit his language skills for free! Who said slave labour is dead?).

Half way through writing Agriya’s content, a client from latin America will come online and inform me of the latest bugs and errors he’s found in the software he’s purchased, some of which would require me to drop everything and address these issues.

Often these issues need to be compiled into a report to be sent to the full time developers for them to take care of the next day.

Around 11pm we’ll leave the office, get back home, have some food, then it’s back on the computer to plan the training program for the next day for the freshers.

I finally get to switch the computer off between 1am and 3am.

So, hopefully now you realise that when I say I get up at 9am, it is a big deal!

I also want to point out to anyone that knows me personally, that even though I’m in India, I will be returning home just as white as I left London due to working every hour Muruga (he’s the local God in these parts) sends…and I will probably be returned as freight if Aravind’s mother has her way. Apparently there is a slight language barrier so that the words “no more food, I’m full” is translated into “please pile 4 more deep fat fried pancake type things on to my plate and please do take a seat and sit and watch expectantly while I eat”.

hmm. I love rants. Am I fishing for sympathy in this post?

…hell yeah! (I’m counting on you guys to provide it!)

Oh, in other news, here’s a picture of my freshers that I’m teaching.

They are all about my age, and university leavers.

* Having a giraffe is Cockney rhyming slang for having a laugh. giraffe / laugh. Gedit?