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Globe EverybodyTxt20

Globe EverybodyTxt20

Sometimes I feel prepaid subscribers get better deals than us postpaid clients. Globe has just released a new promo for its prepaid subscribers dubbed EverybodyTxt20. So what is so great about this? Simple: your 20 pesos gets you 200 text messages to Globe/TM subscribers, plus an additional 20 for other networks. That’s like a 220–peso value from your 20 pesos!

To avail of this great deal, you can simply pay your e–load retailer 20 pesos and ask for EverybodyTxt20. If you would rather use your load, you can send ETXT<space>20 to 8888.

They also made a great TV ad to come with this promo; you’ve got to see it.


Laptop thefts rising

We rarely get to write something new here on this blog but this one I gotta tell you about: laptop thefts are increasingly getting bolder these days. At least for us here in Manila.

Most of us bloggers never leave home without a laptop or a netbook so this is a pressing concern. Though our laptops are fairly safe when just beside us, we usually succumb to leaving it inside the car just as you grab dinner or when it is simply out of battery life. Never forget though, they are never safe inside your car, not even in the trunk. Thieves are becoming more daring to the point that they would smash car windows in fairly populated carparks, and in the case of the first story, even having the time to go through the trunk and take three expensive laptops.

Here are some tips that should come in handy:

  • Always keep your laptop with you. It is safest when it’s with you than somewhere else.
  • Cars are not safe. Though car alarms may seem like good deterrents, thieves know just how to work around them.
  • Use a bag that doesn’t attract too much attention. Consider this bang–for–value bag that’s simple enough with ample features for gadget fanatics.
  • If you really don’t need it, leave it at home. Depending on your day’s schedule, you may not need your laptop throughout the day so there’s no need to lug it around. It would be safer in your house.
  • Don’t forget to write down your laptop’s serial number. In case the unthinkable happens, you can still report it to the proper authorities and have it listed as stolen. Who knows, it may just show up one day somewhere.
News Problogging Tools Software WordPress

WordPress 2.6 now available

You’ve heard this news from everyone else so I won’t be doing more damage if I tell you that WordPress 2.6 is now officially available. There are lots of features to love about this one, but more importantly getting the latest version ensures that you are also using the most secure release available. And you need that, it’s a scary place out there.

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WordPress 2.2 released

I’m sure you’ve heard about the release of WordPress 2.2, codenamed “Getz.” This latest version brings some new features for the userbase, mostly under the hood. As stated in the development weblog’s announcement:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

Now aside from that official list, Technosailor lists 10 Things You Should Know About WordPress 2.2 which should provide you an idea on what to expect from the latest WordPress.

AdSense Business News Things That Blogging Bought

Pinoy problogger buys a Toyota Vios!

Toyota Vios.

Jumping across my favorite local blogs, I chanced upon fellow WP hacker Kates Gasis’ blog, one which I haven’t visited for several weeks now. One of his recent entries mentions Linkworth, a service better known for text link advertising and search engine marketing. Recently, Linkworth has released four new products to complement its core services: LinkPost, LinkInTxt, LinkArt & LinkDir, this according to Kates’ entry.

Worth noting though is his little side remark regarding these services, at the very last paragraph:

These are 4 new ways to earn a little online. It might be little but it bought me a brand new car.

Among local bloggers doing this professionally, perhaps Kates is the very first to buy a brand new car with his online earnings! He was quick to reply on my comment on the specific model: a Toyota Vios, easily more than half a million pesos. He’s now one of a few who publicly acknowledged buying a car through blogging, like yuga and irawan.

So what’s next for the Filipino professional bloggers?

AdSense News

Accidental AdSense clicks

The official Google AdSense blog wrote about incorrect implementations of AdSense blocks in various layouts. This clarifies their stand on preventing any form of encouragement for users to click on ad blocks, especially now that they’re directly addressing what used to be considered legal methods of optimizing for AdSense.

Listed among the improper uses:

  • In close proximity to Macromedia Flash games
  • Under pop-ups or download prompts
  • Near site navigation controls on your pages, such as drop-downs or menu links

With these developments, I’m sure many AdSense–dependent publishers will have to re–evaluate their strategies to not risk provoking the big G’s ire. What are your plans now?


Pinoy wins SEO World Championship!

Yes, fellow Filipino Benj Arriola wins the first ever SEO World Championship and takes home a brand new Citroen C2! The list of official winners is now up at the contest site, confirming the results. His entry named “GlobalWarming Awareness2007” bagged the topmost prize, besting the most popular SEO professionals from all over the world.

Benj proudly credits the SEOPhilippines forums for his win, saying it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of countless individuals in the local SEO industry.

He shares with us the lessons learned from this contest:

  1. Content is still king! Good content keep people stay, come back and spread the news in a natural manner.
  2. Design is still important. Not that it has to be really superb, but at least it does not look bad that people will not trust you nor trust the content of your website. Make it clean and presentable to help drive more traffic, world-of-mouth promotion and more effective website link baiting.
  3. And SEO is a pay-it-forward type of industry. The more help you give out to other people, the more help you receive when you need it.

Mabuhay! Yes, that’s a car for all his efforts!

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Isulong SEOPH!

SEO Philippines last week launched a keyword ranking contest open to everyone. The keyword for the competition is “isulong seoph,” without the quotes. Whoever is on top of the search results on the night of September 29, 2006 wins a hefty sum, with the prizes at stake currently totalling 130 thousand pesos.

As early as minutes after the announcement of the contest, domains with the relevant keywords were selling like hotcakes. I was able to get, which is currently ranked at number one on the google SERPs. However, the next few weeks should prove to be very exciting as most of the participants are employing various strategies to grab the highly coveted top spot. Keep yourself tuned!

News Problogging Tools Statistics

Performancing Metrics


Professional blogging has always been synonymous with statistics, be it unique visitors, pageviews, or adsense clicks. The rise of blogging has spawned the need for stat tracking systems, to the point that google now owns two promising services: Analytics (formerly Urchin) and Measuremap.

There are several other options in the market, though a good number are only available through paid monthly subscription. For those in need of basic stats, Sitemeter does the job acceptably well. Fortunately for everyone, the popular problogging community Performancing has just launched Performancing Metrics, their stats tool that is both simple yet powerful. A quick overview outlines your site’s daily stats, and you can dig deeper for detailed information. Typical data are available like unique visitors, pageviews, browsers, screen resolutions, and other visitor details. A not so typical (and very helpful) feature is adsense click tracking, which can be used to monitor the ad clicking behavior of your readers. Best of all, it’s currently free, and all you need is a Performancing account (also free). Try it!