In Defense of Using Ad Blocker


I’ve been coming across more sites which ask me to turn off ad block on my web browser. Most are keeping it friendly, like this request from Guardian (asking for financial support instead of support through ad views). That’s fair enough and I do understand. However… how about changing the ads to something I don’t mind viewing. Why do people use Ad Block? The reason I use ad block are the video and other bloated files which automatically open when I visit a site. I don’t especially care that most of them are ads. I don’t want to be stuck … Continue…

LiveJournal Wants to Get Noticed Again


Do you know LiveJournal? Do you remember the early years, before weblogs (blogs), when they were called online journals or diaries? LiveJournal started out then. It wasn’t the only one. Not much is left from the online journal days. Not many of the sites are still around, few of the networks lasted this long. Blogs became the new thing and online journals just didn’t endure as it became popular to splog rather than write something personal. Ironic that the splogging has devolved and the personal touch is now considered marketable. There are still WordPress plugins for LiveJournal crossposting and importing … Continue…

Can Reply but Not Comment on YouTube


Most of the fixes I have found for this tell you to change your settings to allow third party cookies in your web browser. Whether or not that works, I’m not willing to enable this. Why should I let more advertisers keep track of what I do online? No thanks! Last time I could not comment on YouTube I found a fix for it. But, that was about a year ago and there is a new glitch now. (See below). Everything seems fine until I click the screen inside the comment box… For a moment the comment window shows text … Continue…

Google Adsense is Green!


If your Google Adsense ads are showing up green you must be using the Google Publisher Toolbar in your web browser. Just as I do. I had this problem and could not find much about it online. There were posts in the Google Help forums but the advice did not mention just turning off the Ad overlays feature. (Maybe there wasn’t a way to turn it off then). You will need to visit each of your sites and turn this off individually.

New Scammy Ad Sales Technique to Watch For


There is a technique in real estate (and other sales related situations) to offer a buyer in order to create a sale. The buyer is fake. In real estate the technique is used to keep sellers on the hook, hoping for a nibbling buyer. So the real estate agent keeps (or renews) the listing. The buyer then disappears. I’ve been getting more offers to place ads on my sites again, now that I’ve been getting them active again. Some are the same old scammy things, like guest posts. A few are legitimate offers and I have accepted a couple and … Continue…

The Mystery WordPress Plugin

unique content plugin

I like plugin shopping on WordPress. You never know what you will find. I don’t upload many of the plugins I find. I do test out several out of curiousity. But, I have to think I have at least some way to use them, in the practical sense. When I found this one today… I didn’t understand how it could be practical. Unless it’s intended for content scrapers who want to re-word stolen content. But, that doesn’t seem likely. Not very practical for someone looking for short cuts. Anyway, what does this plugin do? Any good guesses? I didn’t upload … Continue…