I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to import files from my Sony DCR-SR45 into iMovie. I found a free tool that makes it VERY easy to do. I just import the files from the camera to a folder, and then I use Handbrake to convert the files to a different folder. I didn’t change any settings in the software…it was just stupid easy. I was then able to just drag the converted video files into iMovie.

http://handbrake.fr/

I honestly don’t know what I did to get my AdSense account disabled. I never clicked on my own ads, and I never really made much money with AdSense. I got a check from AdSense the same week I got the notice below, which I later found out from my bank Google had cancelled the check. Thanks for the $10 penalty.

Ironically, I got a gift from Google Places the same week. They sent me a little bowl with mints in it, and they gave me $100 for AdWords advertising.

I get the sense Google is too big, and their customer service seems to have gone down the drain. Anyway, thanks for the free money.

Hello,

After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and
cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we’ve taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting

http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

My wife and I have been wanting to get rid of cable tv, and replace it with something else. We pondered getting the Dish Network or DirecTV, but we decided to try and save some money. We still want to be able to watch some of our shows, so we’re looking into some other options; one of those is trying to watch local channels using an antenna. I got an antenna today, hooked it up, and I’m shocked at the excellent picture quality. I’d say most of the channels actually look much better than the channels on Charter, especially the ones in HD. We currently don’t have HD through Charter, so aside from losing some channels we can’t watch online, I’m chalking this up as an upgrade. Step one is complete. The next step is finding a way we can watch the rest of our shows.

If you want to make money blogging, you first need a blog that has some traffic. I highly suggest to my clients that you first need to have traffic, and then you can sell it. Once you have some traffic, then I would start easing in some advertising.

TIPS TO INCREASE BLOG TRAFFIC

1. Find Your Blog Topic
You need to find a topic people are interested reading about. There are thousands of blogs out there, so I would pick a topic and research how many other blogs are writing about it. If there are too many, and you don’t think you can find your niche, I would think about trying something else.

2. Search Engine Optimize Your Blog
I would do some research on SEO, but I would concentrate on two things, 1) search friendly URLs, and 2) title tags. I use WordPress for my blog, so I have my Permalink setting setup for “Day and name”. I also use a plugin called “All in one SEO Pack“. I really only use this to tweak my title tags. More than anything, I like to provide additional keywords in my article title.

3. Links
You need to be smart about your linking. In my blog posts, I try not to link to everything possible, but rather pick the most important items within the article and link to them. I also have some random links on my sidebar, which may or may not be associated with my blog. Some are links to friends, some of them are links to websites I find interesting. I would find other blogs and see if they’d be interested in trading links. The more blogs that link to you the better!

4. Lists
People love to read lists. Top 10 most beautiful people. Top 10 songs. Top 10 favorite blogs. Whatever! Say it to yourself out loud, people love to read lists.

5. Captivate Your Audience
Don’t get stuck in a rut of just posting text. As much as possible, I try to add images, videos, audio clips, or anything else I can think of that might grab your audience’s attention. You can also use blockquotes, indentation, bullet points, or whatever else you can to make it more visually appealing.

Articles on how to increase your blog traffic:

MAKING MONEY
There are several ways you can make money with your blog. I highly recommend using more than one of these, and I would definitely experiment with what works best for your blog.

1. Google AdSense
AdSense allows you to place Google ads on your website which you can earn money from clicks or impressions. There are other similar programs such as Yahoo! Publisher Network(YPN), Chitika, and Clicksor. I would check out the Google AdSense Blog, which has a ton of great information.

2. Affiliate Programs
There are ton of affiliate programs out there. It really depends on which one best fits the content in your blog, and which one can make you the most money. I like to use the affiliate programs to link to products I’m blogging out. I create a simple link within my post to the product. If you have a good amount of traffic, and you do this over a period of time, you can make some money. Make sure not to spam your audience, and don’t waste your time with their banner advertising.

3. Sell Advertising
You sell advertising on your own and use some type of banner software like OpenX. I personally don’t have time for this type of advertising, but if you start getting requests, I wouldn’t pass them up.

4. Donations
I really don’t like asking for donations, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil. If you have really good fans, and they’re willing to give up some money to support your blog, why not? PayPal makes this really easy to setup with their donation buttons. I would wait until your blog is generating a good amount of traffic.

Overall
There are no rules when it comes to making money with your blog. This article simple lists some of the things that have worked for me and my clients. I suggest you do your research, and have fun blogging. Good luck!

Related:

Charter seems to have locked up during the Packer game Sunday. I called them and they told me over 10,000 people were having the same problem. I used their online chat, and the person told me there were no outages in the area, and that it must be my connection. Either way, I got the typical awful customer support I always expect from Charter Communications.

I ended up driving into Verona and watching the game at a bar. Now, I just need to figure out one thing….DirecTV or Dish Network?

Glitch at Fox freezes Packers broadcast
Snafu Freezes Packers Game

I’m not sure what is going on with Gmail this morning, but I can’t login with the “Newer Version”. I keep getting the following error….

I googled the error and it eventually brought me to the following page…

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=99541

According to Google, this is the cause:

A flaky or unstable network connection may be temporarily preventing all of Gmail’s features from loading completely. In most cases, most of Gmail will work correctly, and you’ll be able to use it as usual

If I use Firefox 3.0.8, I get the error. If I use Safar 3.2.1, I don’t get an error, which leads me to believe it’s not actually a network issue. It’s either an issue with Gmail’s code base or an issue with Firefox. I’m thinking it’s an issue with Gmail since I haven’t upgraded Firefox since yesterday. For whatever reason, Firefox and Gmail aren’t playing nice together.

I’ve been emailing Yahoo just about every day trying to get an answer as to why my account was disabled, and I finally have a vague idea as why it was deactivated. I have a guilty pleasure. I visit omg.yahoo.com. I, like many other people, post comments. There is a message that says…”Comments that violate our Terms of Service, including spam, hateful or obscene messages, may result in the loss of your Yahoo! ID.“, but that’s pretty vague.

My latest response from Yahoo….

“Hello Brett,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! OMG.

Your Yahoo! account was disabled pursuant to the Yahoo! Terms of Service (TOS). You agreed to abide by the TOS as a condition of using Yahoo! OMG. The TOS can be found for your review at:

http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

and provides in relevant part: “You agree that Yahoo!, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Service, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if Yahoo! believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOS. Yahoo! may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this TOS may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that Yahoo! may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service.”

If you would like to establish a new Yahoo! account and are concerned
that your intended use of our service may be a violation of the TOS, we encourage you to review the TOS and to take care to proceed accordingly.

Once again, we encourage you to review our TOS:

http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! OMG.

Regards,

Eric

Yahoo! Customer Care

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I’ve had a Yahoo account since about 1998-99, and for whatever reason, it’s been deactivated. I went to login to my email account last night, and all I keep getting is the following message…

I went through all of their help menus and finally stumbled upon a tool used to help you if you forget your Yahoo ID. I filled out the form and it told me my account has been deactivated. Deactivated? Why? I use Yahoo for personal email and Fantasy Football.

I emailed Yahoo last night, but I’ve yet to hear back from them, and kind of doubt I ever will. In the meantime, I’m using a gmail account, and I’m thinking I might be done with Fantasy Football for the year, which really sucks!

10. Improve Keyboard and Mouse Technology – My issue with Apple, and just about every other hardware company, is the keyboard and mouse technology has been stagnant. Apple needs to quit being so damn stubborn and offer a three-button mouse. Why do I say three? Well, I need to be able to right-click and I like to use a top button for Expose’.

I didn’t realize how bad their keyboard is until I tried to switch from my G4 PowerBook keyboard to the Apple keyboard. It looks cool, but it might the klunkiest keyboard I’ve ever used. I want less action on my keyboard so there is less between the point of pushing a key, and the key issuing the command. Kensington has keyboard that uses scissor switch technology that feels like laptop keyboard, but has better spacing. Apple should follow their lead and come out with one of their own, and ditch their embarassingly awful keyboard.

9. iTunes for Linux - I understand they probably don’t want to give people another reason to choose Linux over OSX, but the Linux community is clammoring for iTunes. Apple dominates the mp3 player market, yet they’ve shut out an entire community of Linux users. Let’s not forget, the Linux community will have their way, one way or another, so resistance IS futile.

8. Port OpenOffice – I think Apple should partner with OpenOffice and help them develop the software and port a version for OSX. I’m not a big fan of pre-installed software, but I think they should also consider pre-installing, or at least make it easy for users to install it themselves.

7. Open Source Bundled Applications – Apple bundles some nice software on their computers, so why not make them open source? I say open up these applications to the community, and watch the them get better.

6. Servers – Apple has failed miserably at the server market, and the cost of their servers is a big reason not to even give them a chance. Why spend all of that money on a Apple server when you can run a Linux on a Dell for half the price? I think Apple is putting too much effort into making their servers look cool. Who cares? The server is probably going to spend it’s life in closet anyhow.

5. Gaming Console – Apple is in the hardware business, right? Apple should come out with gaming console where games can not only be played on their console, but also played on their computer. Over time, Nintendo and Apple would end up being the top two consoles, easily beating out Playstation and XBOX.

4. Wireless iPod - I’m tired of hooking up a cable to my iPod to transfer music. Also, if I could ditch this FM transmitter, I’d be a happy man. Apple should have incorporated Bluetooth into their iPod a long time ago so users can transfer music and play music on their Bluetooth compatible home/car stereos.

3. Games – They need to get back into the gaming market. I have a ton of friends that wish they could switch to a Mac, but are stuck with Windows due to their love to play games. They should try and partner with some of these gaming companies and start creating some of their own games. Gamers also want like their hardware, so Apple will also need to put out a powerful machine that gamers can easily upgrade.

2. Affordable Hardware – I love Apple hardware, but I don’t care what anyone says, their hardware is too expensive. If Apple wants a bigger piece of the pie, they must lower their prices. If I were to buy a Mac-mini, by the time I upgraded it so it has at least a gig of ram and a 120 gigabyte harddrive, I’m over $1,000; and I still don’t have a keyboard, mouse, or monitor. Enough said.

1. Run Microsoft Applications – I say, “Forget bootcamp!” I want to be able to stick a Microsoft Office installation cd into my cd-rom and install office. Apple has the Windows API, so I say, “make it happen”, and watch Microsoft’s stock dip down to 15. If Windows games could be installed and run flawlessly, GAME OVER! I, and many others, would never use Windows ever again.