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Starting today, problogger philippines content will no longer be limited to the business of problogging alone. I had a realization.

Problogging is no different to any other form of blogging. The only distinction is the opportunity to gain monetary rewards for the blogging that you do. However, problogging should not be any different; it should always have the personalized tone that blogs have over traditional news sites. But similar to traditional objective journalism, probloggers just like any other blogger should uphold the truth and nothing more. We cannot be propaganda, we can only we our own voice.

Though I still intend to cover the business side of blogging, content should achieve a better balance in the coming weeks. Yes, I do intend to write more that I’ve always done, but not any more than what’s useful to our readers.

Now let’s do blogging the right way.


Withdaw from PayPal to Philippine banks

Yes, you can now withdraw your PayPal funds to your local Philippine bank accounts. After opening its service to Filipinos not too long ago, you can now have your PayPal credits in real Philippine peso, in cash!

I just initiated a withdrawal to my BDO Savings account, so I’ll try to give some updates on it. Expectedly, PMT covers the whole thing quite well, with the list of PayPal Bank Codes for local banks.

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Hacked WordPress themes

Do you frequently download new WordPress themes for testing and use in your various problogs? Please be aware of this issue and take caution. Various exploitative sites have been “re–publishing” popular themes but with unwelcome additions that may cause unwanted results in your blog.

Derek Punsalan wrote about the problem after some of his themes were redistributed with malicious code added.

For now, the best solution is to get your themes from reputable publishers, directly from the theme authors themselves. The WP Theme Viewer is a good resource for finding quality themes. Another option would be to get PHP/WordPress developers knowledgeable with the platform to audit themes you intend to use to make sure they’re free of malicious code.

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UnionBank leverages EON’s PayPal capabilities

UnionBank promoting PayPal and EON/VISA Electron CyberAccounts.

Quick to notice how Filipino bloggers and online entrepreneurs have been signing up for their EON/VISA Electron CyberAccount, UnionBank now has a specific page that promotes the use of PayPal in the Philippines, through their EON/VISA Electron debit cards than can be funded with money sent through Paypal.

After PayPal has allowed full capabilities for Filipino users, bloggers were first to sign up for EON cards to check its compatibility with PayPal.

With UnionBank’s aggressive marketing of its EON card’s PayPal capabilities, it wouldn’t be surprising if other banks will follow suit pretty soon. BPI already has their own debit card in Express Cash, which we’re still to check if it can be used with PayPal or any online transactions in general.

I just signed up for my own EON VISA Electron before UnionBank decides to increase their reasonble 350 peso annual fee.

AdSense Monetization

Western Union AdSense payouts

Not too long ago, the Google AdSense program announced the availability of a new payment option — Western Union Quick Cash. It was well received and everyone seems excited about their first payment through it. So I’m sharing my first time.

Here are other stories on their Western Union AdSense payouts:

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PayPal Philippines: How to withdraw money to your credit card

I’m sure you already know that you can now utilize full functionality for PayPal here in the Philippines — meaning you can use it not just for making payments but also for receiving funds. Immediately, budding online entrepreneurs took full advantage of this new option to further expand their business.

However though, a question was almost immediately raised, in chorus: “How do we get our funds off PayPal and use as real Philippine peso?”

Thanks to the persistence of fellow bloggers like Jozzua, we have now confirmed several options for receiving payments from PayPal and to your local credit card. Yes, just your locally–issued credit card.

The more popular option as of now is UnionBank’s EON Visa Electron, which we also mentioned before. It is the cheaper and simpler choice, it being a debit card. Getting one is much easier with less requirements unlike a credit card, and you can get one now for only 350 pesos a year. Charles over at NiervaDotCom details how he activated his EON card for PayPal, and confirms transferring funds from PayPal to the EON Visa Electron card.

Even better news now is that HSBC credit cards can also be used to get funds from PayPal. Another local blogger checked this and successfully used an HSBC Mabuhay Miles Visa Classic credit card. He provides details on how to transfer the funds from PayPal to the card, and even offers how to actually receive it as cash.

Important reminders: there are several caveats to all this.

  • Everytime you transfer money from PayPal to a local credit card, there is $5 USD transfer fee. That’s significant money, unless you’re moving several hundred dollars or more than a thousand.
  • If you use the “cash advance” route offered by HSBC (and maybe other credit card companies), they charge you an arm for money that’s actually yours. HSBC charges 300 pesos per cash advance withdrawal, something they try to make you believe is a simple ATM withdrawal — it isn’t. Better use the overpayment option instead.
  • All these transactions do take several business days before you physically get hold of your cash, so take it into account especially if you need your money to be available on specific dates.

My advice: use your PayPal funds to cover your credit card payments. Less worries, since it will only be a one–step process. But you still take the five dollar hit though. We should be thankful still, as we now truly have PayPal!


4,500 dollars in one day

$4,500 USD in one day.

Pinoy AdSense publisher earns 4,500 US dollarsin one day.

Business Monetization

Receive Money Using PayPal in the Philippines

This is rather late news, but just the same, you’d be pleased to know that you can now accept funds through PayPal, even if you’re here in the Philippines. This is the official stuff, not some questionable workaround to get around international money laws. Local freelancers engaging business with foreign clients are very excited as this opens a new world of opportunities.

A fellow blogger further explains how we can transfer funds from a PayPal account to a local credit/debit card, meaning you can actually get your money in cash, if need be. UnionBank’s EON card is reasonably priced at 350 pesos a year, and considering the advantages it offers, is a very good value.

Lastly, Abe lists down the top 10 places for using your new PayPal account, a good way to open your horizons to more revenue sources.

Now isn’t it nice that we finally have PayPal here in the Philippines?

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Blogging Bought at 16

I was surprised to see an interesting backlink to my “The laptop that blogging bought” entry at my other blog, so I took little time and viewed. I was right — it was one of those He writes about buying the latest Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” with his blogging income. Curiously, he cites his online monetization options, namely PayPerPost, BlogtoProfit, and BidVertiser, among others — no AdSense nor Text Link Ads. Very interesting. Imagine the potential revenue if he had the chance to use two I’ve mentioned.

If at 16 you can earn some through blogging, I’m sure many others could!

So why aren’t you blogging yet?

PageRank SEO

Get out of the Supplemental Index

Google’s Supplemental Index are results for pages with little trust value and thus do not rank compared to regular web pages in Google’s index. Thus, you should make an effort not to have a large number of your site’s pages in the supplemental index. To check for pages in the index, use a query similar to this: " *** -view"

The example I showed above checks for pages from my site, just replace the domain with your site’s URL. About two months ago, it numbered to around three thousand pages, but now down to less than a thousand, thanks to the solution provided by Chris Garrett.

But what puts pages in the supplemental index? It can be basically explained by google’s hate for duplicate content. ChrisG explains the “duplicate content issue” further and details the solution you need to implement.

If you haven’t checked your site for this problem, now’s the best time for it. You will definitely benefit from it.