September 27, 2008

Chitika & Adsense

A few days ago I saw this in a forum-

Question: Can you put Chitika’s eMiniMalls ads on the same page with Google Adsense?

Answer: Yes. But you have to use non contextual Chitika ads (Just as is the case with using non contextual Adbrite ads with Adsense).

Adsense also backs this up here.
Chitika also backs this up here.

Some notes:
  • I have tried using Chitika eMiniMalls ads and its fairly easy to use and you can really key into whats being displayed on the ad units by specifying a set of 'keywords' in the script that they provide.
  • Have noticed a slight decrease in Adsense earnings when put together with Adsense but both Chitika ads and Adsense ads were still able to earn regardless.

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September 3, 2008

Label Cloud In Blogger

You may have noticed recently that some of the blogs featured here at Bloggers Vault have implemented the Label Cloud instead of a list which could eventually grow into a very long list over time. Adding a Label Cloud to Blogger blog or any site for that matter makes navigating through content a bit more organic. Some like to use them, some don't. So since I'm beginning to experiment with implementing Label Clouds on a few blogs, I wanted to post the links I ran into while researching on how to use these clouds on my Blogger blogs and share them with you.

I'll update this list if I run into other resources or if any other resource is suggested on this post... so feel free to comment or suggest!
  1. Phydeaux3's Method: Beta-Blogger-Label-Cloud
  2. Aneesh's Method: Label Cloud Widget - simplified version of Phydeaux3's Method
  3. Amanda's & Roy's Method: Animated Label Cloud - example can be seen on this blog - right column under 'Label Cloud'
All these methods for implementing the Label Cloud in Blogger blogs work great (given the installation worked smoothly). Hope this list helps!

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September 1, 2008

Using multiple sites in GAN

I chose to re-post this from a comments thread that exist in the Google Affiliate Network Blog so that I would not have to search for it if I ever had to. The source comes directly from one of the support members involved in the GAN blog: Bare in mind that these methods that I'm about paste onto this post could change due to the constant upgrades and improvements that GAN is going through. The date and time that these methods were given out was on July 15, 2008 8:32 AM by Google Affiliate Network Marketing.

Google Affiliate Network publishers can use as many sites as they like. However, ConnectCommerce only allows one site to be associated to each account.

You have three options to use multiple sites in Google Affiliate Network:

1) Create separate Google Affiliate Network accounts for each site you want to have advertiser links on. You will have to submit separate applications for each site you want a Google Affiliate Network account opened for.

2) Use member identification (MID) tracking.

MID tracking is a system where you give certain links separate codes so you can tell which site the click came from. MID tracking is necessary if you wish to keep track of commissions made from each site separately.

To utilize MID tracking, append your standard Google Affiliate Network tracking link with an additional URL parameter beginning with the characters mid=

For example, a standard Google Affiliate Network tracking link looks like:


where lid is the unique ID of the link assigned to you by Google Affiliate Network, and pubid is the unique number that identifies each affiliate publisher.

To use MID tracking, add the MID parameter (&mid=) to the end of the link, such as:


where xxx = a unique identifier that corresponds to the website that you need to track separately. MID’s can be up to 256 characters long, and all special characters must be HTML encoded.

Publishers should not be passing any personally identifiable information (such as email address, social security number, banking information, etc.) in the MID field. If this is done, Google Affiliate Network will purge the information from our system and it will not be recoverable.

3) Use one Google Affiliate Network account. You would use the same link on all sites and track all activity in aggregate.

If you are going to use option 2 or 3, please also make sure to list all of the sites that are associated with your account in the "Publisher Site Description" section of your account profile in ConnectCommerce.

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Google Ads & Other Ads?

I came across this informative content from the Adsense Help Center which answered a particular question that my colleagues and I had:

Can I place Google ads on the same page with other ads?

"You're welcome to display Google ads on the same site or page as other third party advertisements provided that the formatting or colors of the third party ads is different enough from that of the Google ads. In other words, if you choose to place non-Google ads on the same site or page as Google ads, it should always be clear to the user that the ads are served by different advertising networks and that the non-Google ads have no association with Google. If the formats are naturally similar, we ask that you choose different color schemes for the competing ads."

More info can be found at the Program Policies page.

Also see Terms and Conditions.

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August 29, 2008

The Navigation Bar in Blogger

At one point I wanted to remove this feature to stand out from other blogger blogs and then somewhere along the line I decided I wanted it back for the mere reason that I enjoyed accessing my blog's settings by one click of the mouse. Whether I want it to show or not, the following code does this for me:

#navbar-iframe {
height: 0px;
visibility: hidden;
display: none;

To show the Nav Bar - remove this code from your html code
To have no Nav Bar - insert this code in your html code right before this piece of code:


Hope this helps!

Further reference in case the solution above did not work:


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August 21, 2008

Google Affiliate Network's Official Blog!

It is very clear that the Google Affiliate Network (GAN) is pushing forward. I got an email this morning announcing the official launch of their blog:


This is great news! I have noticed significant improvements with GAN in terms of user interface and new options available for its users in a publisher point of view. I'm sure it has been the same story in the advertiser's neck of the woods.

More about Google Affiliate Network can be found on my other post which is a compilation of various basic questions and answers that publishers like myself may have before or while using GAN's services:


I would also like to point out that the post is constantly updated as it also serves as a personal reference for me and my team with regards to the Google Affiliate Network program.

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August 16, 2008

Google Affiliate Network

Now that the Google Referrals program (under Adsense) is coming to an end on the August of 2008, the rise of a new program/opportunity is emerging. This new program which is to somehow replace Google Referrals is called the Google Affiliate Network program.

This post will focus on the Google Affiliate Network program and highlight some of the questions and concerns that publishers may have which we hope to shed some light and answer some of these questions. Why you might ask? Well because my blog group intends to use this program and being a blogger/web developer ourselves, we know the hardships and hard work that go into these type of things. So with this in mind, we want to help others like us. You may have noticed our blog selection on our "Blog List" section on our page, well all of these blogs will eventually display Google Affiliate Network ads/links if they aren't already.

The concern is regarding "Google Affiliate Network" ads/links and how many of those ads/links are we allowed to put on a site. At the moment there is no Google help group for this program. As it develops, I foresee that it will eventually have a help group fully dedicated to the program.

Now then, I have been exchanging emails with the support team for the Google Affiliate Network program, they take a day or 2 to reply but they do reply with straight forward answers. This is what I found out (more questions/answers and updates will be added as we bump into them):
The following answers are from the Affiliate Publisher Support team of the Google Affiliate Network program.

Question: How many Google Affiliate Networks ads/links are we allowed to put on a site?
Answer: You can generate and place as many Google Affiliate Network links as you wish. There is no limit and we do not tell you where exactly you must
place these ads on your site either.

Question: So is this still applicable regardless if I run Google Adsense ads on my site or not?
Answer: Yes, you can have Google AdSense ads alongside as MANY Google Affiliate Network ads as you like.

Question: I have some sites that also have AdBrite advertising and Chitika advertising....Could I use Google Affiliate Network ads/links together with them too? How about with any other advertising programs similar to AdBrite and Chitika for that matter?
Answer: You can advertise with any other network you choose. We do not have any terms that prohibit you from including links from other networks alongside Google Affiliate Network banners on your site.

Question: I have more than one site.... Can I display GAN ads/links from my single GAN account on all of them?
Answer: Google Affiliate Network publishers can use as many sites as they like.
Note: There are currently 3 options to use multiple sites in GAN. Methods are described in detail here.

Affiliate Publisher Support
Google Affiliate Network

The following questions and answers are from people like you and me, answer are not directly from the Affiliate Publisher Support, instead answers are from end users.

Question: Can I filter the kinds of ads/links I want?
Answer: Yes you can, simply navigate from the home page (default page after signing in to your account) and move your mouse over the "Get Links", then to "Newest Links", and finally to "All Advertisers". After clicking you will see a long list of the available advertisers open for applying, notice the "Narrow Results" section on the right hand side....this is where you can apply filtering rules to your choosing. (Just a note: interface may change in the future because of exciting new upgrades and expansion)
(8/21/08 New!) Link to official Google Affiliate Network's Blog:

Links to related articles:

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August 5, 2008

Google Groups Forum

That's right! We finally started our Bloggers Vault Forum! It is still very fresh and needs attention but we are making efforts to expand and promote our blog selection and attract new visitors. We plan that this forum will give us the leverage to reach out to our readers and further expand our community in terms of reader. We also hope that this will further expose our blogs to the general public in the internet world. This is so exciting and we know that it will require a lot of patience and work to get it to where we imagine it to be. Thank you all for the support and let the forum begin!
I'd like to thank the people at google for making google groups possible.

Bloggers Vault


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August 3, 2008

The 3D Dream & Food Designs

We have worked pretty patiently with these 2 growing blogs. We did major improvements with layouts and colors to make them as pleasing as possible for our readers. With the introduction of a simple navigation menu (which was long over due), readers can now quickly jump to the home page, about page & contact page of our blogs! This was so basic....it still troubles me as to why I have not done this from the start. But hey, not everyone is perfect right. This 'navigation' menu will continue to grow as our blogs continue to grow. I can already foresee a need for a link page for our link exchange list since we are very particular when it comes to home page content and the look and feel of our blogs. Having a page purely dedicated for our link exchange links will keep our home page less cluttered and much more organized. Currently, we only implemented the simple navigation menu (composed of links to the home page, about page & contact page) to The 3-D Dream & Food Designs. We will soon implement these options to the other blogs as soon as we can.

If there are any suggestions, we encourage you to comment us suggestions and tips as it will also help us improve our blogs! Thanks and happy reading :)

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July 18, 2008

More blogs on the feed widget!

Thats right! We went ahead and added the following blogs to the widget for quick reading and navigating for all of you:
Enjoy our growing directory! I would also like to make a note that this is the first time we are exposing Choosing Paths, "a guide in choosing courses for future career options". There are still additional tools to be implement such as an rss feed button and subscriptions options. We hope to address all these before the end of July. In the meantime you can find it here at Bloggers Vault!

Update 8/16/08:
SpringWidgets "feed widget" disabled for further visual provisions.

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July 17, 2008

Bloggers Vault update

Well, it's been a busy month for all the blogs on "The Blog List". The content has been steadily growing and slight improvements have been made to make it easier for the readers (you) to subscribe with a wide range of subscription options. Food Designs has been going through minor layout refinements which improved the overall look and feel for its readers. We also officially launched Gamers Hall with a fun layout and integrated "feedjit" (a feature which allows readers and visitors to see where other readers and visitors are coming from). We later used feedjit for Bloggers Vault which you can see on the right hand side of the page. Another important feature that Bloggers Vault wanted to point out was the use of a feed widget (courtesy of SpringWidgets). The feed widget can be found on the very top of this blog site which allow you to navigate through several blogs from our selection! This is very helpful because one could actually see previews of the last several posts from a feed, and to top that, the widget not only supports one feed, it supports as many as we would like to display. So using the menu button and arrows on the top side of the widget allows you to navigate through all of our selected blogs! Currently we only have 3 on display but will soon add the rest on our list so stay tuned!

Update 8/16/08:
SpringWidgets "feed widget" disabled for further visual provisions.

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April 3, 2008


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April 2, 2008

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April 1, 2008


-----working on a draft people :) stay tuned

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