Today, Friday 22nd of June is a notable milestone! Why is that you ask? Because it marks the day of the 20th post in the Friday Funnies series. That’s right, Friday Funnies has survived 20 weeks and it’s still going strong which makes me a happy blogger because I now know it makes you guys happy. And if you’re happy then I have every reason to be happy.

So what do I have for you today? After rifling through my many emails I came across an old joke that has been reworked a little. The joke was funny when I heard it all those years ago and it’s even funnier today because modern technology makes it more believable.

The Aldi Doctor

One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike, “My elbow hurts like hell. I guess I’d better see a doctor.”

“Listen, you don’t have to spend that kind of money,” Mike replies. “There’s a diagnostic computer down at Aldi’s Supermarket. Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what’s wrong and what to do about it. It takes ten seconds and costs ten dollars. A lot cheaper than a doctor.”

So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Aldi’s.

He deposits ten dollars and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits.

Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout:

“You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks. Thank you for shopping at Aldi’s.”

That evening, while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe began wondering if the computer could be fooled. He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter, and a sperm sample from himself for good measure.

Joe hurries back to Aldi’s, eager to check the results. He deposits ten dollars, pours in his concoction, and awaits the results. Read the rest of this entry

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2012
Share the joy
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Is Pinbutton Attraction Plugin As Good As They Say

I’m sure that most bloggers who blog for money would agree that traffic is very important for generating income. It’s why they bust their chops doing SEO so they can rank well in the search engines. It’s also why many of them join those social networks like FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. I’ve been hearing a lot about Pinterest lately but until a couple of days ago I’ve pretty well ignored it. The reason I finally decided to sit up and take notice was because it suddenly dawned on me that I could be neglecting a good traffic source.

What is special about Pinterest, and makes it different from most of the other social networks, is that it’s a photo sharing site. What is important to bloggers is that it has many SEO benefits. Rather than go into them all here you can read all bout it from the following article, All You Need To Know About Pinterest For SEO. Before I get into the guts of this post I’m going to show you some stats taken from the above article.

Who uses Pinterest?

  • The average Pinterest user is female between the ages of 24-54
    • Over 90% of Pinterest users are female*
    • 33% of users are between the ages of 35-54*
  • 50% of Pinterest users are parents
  • Pinterest users are extremely active:
    • 12 million unique monthly visitors*
    • 2.2 million of those users post daily*

The important things to note from those stats are that Pinterest users are extremely active, that there are 12 million unique monthly visitors and that 2.2 million of them post daily. That being the case I believe it would be unwise for us to ignore Pinterest as a good traffic source, which is why I bought the Pinbutton Attraction plugin by Chris Guthrie.

What The Pinbutton Attraction Plugin Does

Sure, you could easily place the Pinterest code somewhere on your blog so that the Pinterest button appears with your other social network buttons, but is that the best place to put it? I don’t think so. The best place is on the image itself! Take the image below for example. Hover your mouse over and see what happens. If I wanted to I can have it so the button appears all the time and in any of the four corners of the image.

flower

This is so much better than having it in the sidebar, at the end of the post  because it allows the user to ‘Pin‘ the actual image that they like. If they did it via the button in the sidebar it would bring up every image on the blog and then they would have to find the one they liked. Therefore the Pinbutton Attraction plugin gives the user a much better experience.

All in all it is a pretty good plugin but it does have one major flaw. When I purchased the plugin I was under the impression that it would allow me to place the Pinterest button on all the images on my blog. Imagine my surprise when it didn’t work. Actually I wasn’t all that surprised because if something like that was going to happen it always happens to me. Heck, I’ve been known to buy something, plug it in only to find out its a dud and then have to take it back to the store for a replacement. :hairout_tb:

Anyway, I put in a support ticket and we finally worked out that my problem was most of my images aren’t registered with the WP system, meaning that I did not use WordPress Add Media to import the images because most of my images are hosted on Flickr. This means that every time I want to include an image from Flickr I have to manually add the rel=”pinme” attribute to the anchor tag around the image. A bit of a pain but one I’m willing to put up with to get an edge on those bloggers who haven’t harnessed the power of Pinterest yet.

If you do use the WP Add Media system the plugin works like a dream allowing you to choose whether or not you want the image to have the Pinbutton attached.

Does Pinterest Increase Your Traffic?

Well, that all depends on the images you place on your blog. The better, more interesting the image the more likely someone will ‘Pin‘ it. The more people that ‘Pin‘ it the more traffic you’re likely to get to your blog. What we need to remember is you’re more likely to have someone ‘Pin‘ you if your blog utilizes a Pinterest button and even more likely if that button appears on your images.

If you want to take full advantage of Pinterest then it is in your interest to grab your PinButton Attraction plugin now.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta
Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2012
Share the joy
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Yep, it’s Friday again and I know how excited you all are to be here for the latest in the Friday Funnies series.  :clap_tb: But, before I pull out the latest joke from my sleeve I want to tell you just a little bit about my last post.  :hairout_tb: Now, hang onto those hair follicles, it’s not all that bad, it’s just that I know a lot of my readers are fellow bloggers who are continually persecuted by spammers. Well, if that’s you then before reading the rest of the post, or perhaps after picking yourself up off the floor from laughter, head on over and read my post Where Has All The Spam Gone?, because honestly, since updating the plugin in question I’ve had some spare time on my hands.

Whew! Now that I’ve got that over with lets get back to the job in hand, making you guys laugh!  :thumbup_ee:

The Smart Motorcycle Cop

police officer on police motorcycle

police officer on police motorcycle (Photo credit: Metropolitan Police)

A police motorcycle officer stops a driver for shooting through a red light. The driver is a real bar steward, steps out of his car and comes striding toward the officer, demanding to know why he is being harassed by the Gestapo!

So the officer calmly tells him of the red light violation. The motorist instantly goes on a tirade, questioning the officer’s ancestry, sexual orientation, etc., in rather explicit offensive terms.

The tirade goes on without the officer saying a dickybird.

When the officer finishes writing the ticket he puts an “AH” in the lower right corner of the narrative portion of the ticket. He then hands it to The ‘violator’ for his signature. The bloke signs the ticket angrily, and when presented with his copy points to the “AH” and demands to know what it stands for.

The officer says, “That’s so when we go to court, I’ll remember that you’re an arsehole!”

Two months later they’re in court. The ‘violator’ has a bad driving record and he has a heap of demerits and is in danger of losing his license, so he hired a lawyer to represent him. Read the rest of this entry

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2012
Share the joy
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

About Peter Pelliccia"