Wassup’s With The November’s Statistics

Ho, Ho, Ho….as we enter the festive month of December, it’s time to post November’s statistics. As I expected, it didn’t come anywhere near to October’s total of $193.22, but then I wasn’t at all surprised as it was unreasonable to think that Commission Junction would be able to pull out another magical sale from the magician’s hat.

Still, it wasn’t all that bad as Google was up nearly $9 which is roughly a 40% increase. Let’s have a look at the stats shall we.

  • Adsense: $33.18
  • Voxsant: $0.01
  • Clix Galore: $0.49
  • Chitika: $1.2
  • Infolinks: $3.56
  • Advertisers: $10
  • Commission Junction: $0.0
  • E-Junkie: $39.00
  • Jumbo Affiliates: $4.49
  • RegNow: $0.00
  • Paid Posts: $7.50
  • Commission Monster: $0.00
  • Amazon Associates: $0.00
  • CashBurners: $0.00

TOTAL : $95.87

As you can see, while there were some poor performers, or even non performers, others maintained or even improved on previous results. E-Junkie has been the most consistent performer, other than Adsense, and it can be attributed to all those people who see the sense in having a professional theme such as FlexSqueeze.

What was really surprising was that about half of my Adsense earnings was attributed to this blog. Surprising because Wassup Blog is normally a poor performer. Good to see that it’s finally starting to pull a bit of it’s weight.

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Moneybackco Has Potential Cashback Deals

There was a time many moons ago, when I belonged to an organization who’s main aim was to save their clients money. The way it used to work was I would call them on the land line, as there wasn’t any Internet in those days, and tell them what I was in the market to buy. Let’s say for argument sake that it was a TV set. They would then do all the leg work contacting the suppliers until they found me the TV I’d asked for, but at the best price available. From memory, there was a $50 per annum fee, but the savings made this more than worthwhile.

The reason I’m bringing this up it that I’ve come across and online version. It’s called moneybackco and from all intents and purposes it’s main aim is to save people money. The main difference is that rather than doing all the leg work for you, they provide you with a whole heap of merchants that are offering you, the potential buyer, savings by giving you ‘moneyback’ on your purchase.

So, in essence, apart from saving on the purchase you also earn some cash for your trouble, and these cashback deals will certainly come in quite handy.Money which is paid yo you monthly either by direct deposit or into your PayPal account.

Although free to join there is an annual fee of $10, which I suppose is a pittance if the potential to earn as you buy is as good as they say. There’s also a discount coupon section that offers some pretty cool  savings.

I haven’t joined yet, but I am considering it, and I thought I would run it past my loyal readers to get their valued opinion.

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Giving Your Blog That Christmas Feel

I would like to thank Rose for her post Christmas Holiday Themes For WordPress, as it motivated me into giving WassupBlog a Christmas theme. This would be my third theme modification, as I’ve already made one for Easter and Halloween. Naturally, the FlexSqueeze theme makes it all so easy that I actually look forward to playing around with it to blend it in with the holiday seasons.

The first thing I had to do was to find a suitable header. I finally decided to borrow one from another theme as I felt it set the right mood. Then I reduced the width of the blog so that it would display the Santa image that I chose for the background.

Adding An Image To Comment Box

I thought it would be pretty cool if I could jazz up the comment box a little by adding some snowflakes so I had a little look at the CSS file to see what I could do. For those of you who were wise enough to purchase the FlexSqueeze theme I thought you might like to know how I did it.

You will need to edit the ‘style.css’ file and I strongly urge you to make a backup before playing around with it.

First find the following lines;

#commentform input, #commentform textarea {

Below that add the following;

background: url(images/bg-snowflakes5.gif);

Substitute ‘bg-snowflakes5.gif’ for whatever file you want to use as your background, remembering that the file has to be uploaded first in order for it to work. This is a cinch using the upload feature that comes with FlexSqueeze!  I suggest you use a very light colored file otherwise people will not be able to see what they are typing.

Adding An Image To Your Post Background

To add to the Christmas look of the blog I decided to change the background of the post area, and for this I chose a lovely snow scene. If you would like to do something similar to your blog then once again you will need to add a little bit of code to your ‘style.css’ file.

Find the following lines;

#content {

Just below that enter the following line.

background: url(images/bg-snow-scene.jpg);

Once again substitute ‘bg-snow-scene.jpg’ by the image you’ve selected.

It is important to remember that these modifications to the ‘style.css’ file of this  theme will most likely not work on your theme. These modifications can still be done on most themes but you will have to find the right areas that need to be changed.

Apart from these style.css changes all other changes were done via FlexSqueeze‘s option page.  The images were all obtained from Free Web Images And Clipart , except for the header which I got from leadcamp.com.

Oh, one last thing. In case you are wondering how I got it to snow, it was by using the Let It Snow plugin.

EDIT: I’ve deactivated the plugin as I noticed it caused a bit of drain on the CPU, and possible made the blog somewhat slower. Even so, I reckon the blog may still remind people of Christmas.

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