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One Google Adsense Tip

by Luke Landes

This is a tip I came across for web publishers who use Google Adsense. Adsense serves ads based on the content of the website in which they are included. If you’re finding that the ads served to your website are not relevant most of the time, you might want to incorporate these lines into your ... Continue reading this article…

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Fun With Google: Consumerism Is…

by Luke Landes

Here’s something to pass the time while we await the Fed’s announcement of a quarter-point rate hike. A few years ago, there was a meme that traveled from blog to blog whereby the author searched Google for the phrase “name is” (where name was the author’s name). The results were, of course, posted to his ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Let Google Blog Search Access Your Full RSS Feed

by Luke Landes

If you have a popular blog that generates income through advertising, chances are you offer an RSS feed that contains only an exceprt of each entry. This is a good way to encourage readers to visit the blog to continue reading. In the similar interest of drawing traffic to the site, you should also want ... Continue reading this article…

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Major Problem With Google Blog Search

by Luke Landes

Google has released a “beta version” of its Blog Search (info here, here, and here) to compete with the likes of Technorati. I’ve found what I’d consider to be a major problem, but easily fixed. Some blog authors use their email address in their RSS feeds to denote their identity as “creator.” Google’s Blog Search ... Continue reading this article…

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Selling Used Books (and Other Items) on Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

I’ve decided to clean out my apartment a small amount by selling some used books on Amazon.com. Most are college textbooks that have been sitting around for quite a while. I’m writing about this here for two reasons. First of all, I’ll track my experience selling on Amazon.com. Secondly, maybe there are readers of this ... Continue reading this article…

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The State of the Web

by Luke Landes

As blogging became more mainsteam — first in 2000 with Blogger, then after 2001 with all the political blogs that arose from seemingly nowhere — new business models developed. On one front, bloggers have convinced the corporate world that blogs should be an integral part of a company’s marketing and public relations plan. It’s a ... Continue reading this article…

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Personalized Google Uses RSS Feeds

by Luke Landes

The Google personalized home page now allows you to add custom RSS feeds to your portal. Be sure to add Consumerism Commentary‘s RSS feed to Google or any other feed reader or aggregator with this address: www.consumerismcommentary.com/index.xml

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News Corp Buys The Internet

by Luke Landes

Actually, News Corporation is buying one website, but it’s the “fifth most widely viewed domain.” The corporation is purchasing MySpace for $580 million. Out of all of the social and business networking websites, MySpace is probably the ugliest and worst programmed. It’s easy to hack and the templates kids choose for their profiles are horrendous. ... Continue reading this article…

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NetWorthIQ

by Luke Landes

There’s a new web tool in beta called NetWorthIQ. Its purpose is to allow people (anonymously, if they wish) to share their net worth and track their finances month after month, similar to the way I do at Consumerism Commentary. NetWorthIQ has potential. I signed up and entered my net worth in less than two ... Continue reading this article…

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News News: CNN Offers Liberated Video

by Luke Landes

CNN.com (which of course includes CNN Money) now offers its video features for free. Unfortunately, my company’s proxy server blocks access to the content, but nevertheless, this is a great move by CNN. Now all they need are better permanent links to the video streams and a trackback feature for every story.

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PayPal Alternative – Not GreenZap

by Luke Landes

There may be a new PayPal alternative on the horizon, I’m not talking about the pyramid marketing scheme, GreenZap. Google is rumored to have a program in the works, tentatively called Google Wallet. The program could be a convenient feature for AdSense advertisers and content providers, and if Google begins offering a fee-based Gmail, the ... Continue reading this article…

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Green Zapped

by Luke Landes

A while back, I opened an account with GreenZap, a supposed alternative to PayPal. At the time, they were offering a nice referral deal: spread the word and get $25 or something. Some were quick to refer others, but I didn’t want to recommend a service that had yet to be proven. JP at MyMoneyBlog ... Continue reading this article…

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Knockoffs and Other Bits

by Luke Landes

See, I told you I couldn’t stay away for long. Here are some interesting links I came across today: * The Flickr tag: knockoff. First of all, Flickr is a photograph sharing site where items are “tagged” with a category. The “knockoff” category is a repository for photographs of generic consumer products that are designed ... Continue reading this article…

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May the Economic Force Be With You

by Luke Landes

Those strange CNN photographers and graphics designers have been at it again, apparently. While the yields of treasury bonds were falling, CNN.com staffers were busy morphing Alan Greenspan into Yoda. The caption for the photo: “Conundrum, hmmm? Boost interest rates, I must.”

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Mapping Gas Station Locations and Prices

by Luke Landes

Cheap Gas is a marriage between Google Maps and Gasbuddy, the database of gas prices by city. If you select a city from the list available on Cheap Gas, you will be provided with a map with the station locations highlighted. The city choices should be sufficient for most people, but many stations aren’t listed. ... Continue reading this article…

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More Free Email Accounts

by Luke Landes

The news today is that America Online [TWX] will begin offering free email accounts to the world, with 2GB of storage for each account. Like Google’s Gmail, the service will be supported by ads rather than customer subscriptions. There are already major alternatives to AOL’s proposed service, such as Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and the aforementioned ... Continue reading this article…

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New RSS Feed and Audio Feed

by Luke Landes

I am now using FeedBurner to generate Consumerism Commentary’s RSS feed. If you already subscribe, you will see no change since the feeds are autoamtically redirected. I’ve also begun adding audio clips to some blog entries. They can be downloaded directly from this site or you can subscribe to them. They function as podcasts so ... Continue reading this article…

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Welcome Yahoo Finance Visitors

by Luke Landes

Tech Insider from Yahoo Finance has listed Consumerism Commentary among its list of “Ten Money Blogs Everyone Should Read.” If you’re visiting from that location, welcome! Feel free to browse through the archives (links down the right side of this page) and follow my thoughts and links on personal finance. Please don’t be shy; leave ... Continue reading this article…

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Web-Based Financial Planning

by Luke Landes

I received an email last week from Bryan Link who requested I take a look at a start-up he runs called SimpliFi. The site contains an automated financial goals planner. A Flash-based application bases its evaluation on an interview designed to determine the user’s financial status and goals, adjustable assumptions, and its internal forumlas. Most ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Finance Blogs in the News

by Luke Landes

Terri Cullen for The Wall Street Journal Online profiled personal finance blogs in an article today. The journalist had contacted me for an interview, but unfortunately we couldn’t hook up. That’s too bad; I could have used the free publicity and it’s always nice to be recognized. She did mention MyMoneyBlog, PFBlog, The Budgeting Babe, ... Continue reading this article…

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