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Looking back on my experience of posting on this blog

My last update on this blog was more than 9 years back which itself was after a hiatus of two years. In the meanwhile, I have completed college, changed countries and started working full time. I have also started blogging on my own personal website - ashwinikhare.in I recently published a post on that website about my experience of blogging on Webtalks, included some fun statistics and rough estimate of monthly AdSense earnings. Let's connect if we haven't already - It's been a while

Update

Its been a long journey which began a couple of years back for me. As I had mentioned in the post due to academic reasons I had to quite blogging at Webtalks in lieu of preparations for IIT JEE, a competitive exam in India to get admission into the prestigious IITs at undergraduate level. With God’s grace, I was able to make it to the top 5,000 at the country level with more than 4,72,000 appearing for it, henceforth, I am currently pursuing my B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee which is the oldest technical institution in entire Asia. This institute has produced many world-class engineers and also the first problogger from India, Amit Agarwal, who runs Digital Inspiration blog is an alumni of this institute .Two years of complete inactivity did have an impact on my enthusiasm of blogging impact, but it steel feels great to publish a post and be back again. As for my current situation, my parents bought me a brand new Dell laptop via which this post is being published…

Blogger introduces inline comment form

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The most annoying feature of blogger, the commenting system, has been finally been looked upon by the blogger team as it pushes out much desired inline comment forms out of the draft version of blogger. Good move, I would say though and as I anticipated, this would create a bit of mess for people like me who completely revamped their widget templates.With the help of some html tweaks, thankfully this blog now runs inline comment forms which I hope will increase the participation of those lazy people who simply hated that popup

If you too are running a heavily modified template, following html tweak might work for you
Important: I'm giving directions for widget templates and not for classic templates

First of all follow basic instructions given on blogger blog.Check your post page, if comment form is visible then no problems, but if not, then the following steps may help you out.

Step 1: Open your dashboard, Follow the Layout link, Select Edit HTML

Step 2: Backup your template(don&#…

Why I do not shift to a custom domain

If you are seriously engaged in blogging, it is always recommended to have your own domain and preferably Wordpress hosted on it.Many Internet friends and some blogging professionals recommended me to have my own domain.Webtalks is making enough bucks for me to buy hosting and a domain for it.I'm a big WP fan and I too want to join the self hosted Wordpress community.Still there are few reasons that restrict meDomain Age.With the blast of links everyday towards this blog (say thanks to templates), I believe Google will put this blog in the Sandbox.Since I'm currently on Blogger, Google counts the domain age of blogspot.com which well is a pretty old one(1999).
Time.As a student it isn't easy to come online everyday.Which leaves me with two alternatives.Either sell off my blog like Rishi did or keep the posts on blogger till I pass out.I'm not comfortable selling this blog as this is connected to my Google Account.So keeping it live on Blogger is the only option(Don'…

Do you really need to update blog everyday?

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It has been well over a fortnight since I last posted on Webtalks [you can still be with me and my mates at the Ashtech Blog]. It would have been a prediction that this blog did experience a traffic slump, a decrease in feed count and obviously a decrease in earnings.I'll say a big NO to it.There was a slump but nominal one and has fully recovered now.



Instead of decreasing, the feed count is showing its highest yet(125)



As for earnings, Google AdSense team narrowed down the click able region of AdSense which had its effect but not that big. But now, accidental clicks are negligible and hence we prove we are promising :)

Now let me tell how did the poor posting frequency didn't effect my blog

Evergreen Posts As a part time blogger(or I must say occasional blogger) it is essential for me to write posts which are useful to for visitors even though they are reading it after a long time.
For eg, posting about new AdSense feature will not be as effective as a review with your personal …

Manage Ads: A promising feature in AdSense

Google AdSense, few days back added a new feature in their AdSense program for all publishers.You may be knowing about this feature from a coming soon status message in your AdSense dashboard or from a sneak peek previous post from the AdSense Blog or from a Breaking news post from Problogger still here is a quick definition for it
This new ad management feature means that your ad unit settings (such as colors and channels) for new AdSense for content ad units will be saved in your AdSense account every time you generate ad code. Then, if you'd like to change any of these settings in the future, all you do is make the update within your account -- you'll no longer need to manually replace the ad code on all of your pages. For instance, you can quickly change the borders of all your 300x250 medium rectangles from red to blue with just a few mouse clicks.
As a blogger I think the key lies in experimenting with your Ad slots.For even changing the border of an Ad unit, I had to gene…

Site Report for October, Perfomance report of AdSense referrals

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Its the first of month again, so here comes my site report.We got 8,037 visitors who get generated 11,452 page views with 81.65% being the new visitors.Again Google organic search brought me the maximum number of visitors with the templates post being the most popular.During this period, Webtalks crossed the 100 RSS readers mark...


Blog Income Report
This time, I can see a good rise in the the Blog income.Here's a report

AdSense : 26$
Template business : 100$
Widgetbucks : 25$ + 4$ + 8 referrals
Reviews : 60$
Other :15$
Total : 230$
This time the earnings have tripled itself from the last month's.I draw three major reasons for that:
-Pagerank export.We got a PR of 5 while many others got slapped
-100 RSS subscribers.
-Alexa Rank in top 200,000

Google AdSense Referrals 2.0 performance Report
As some of you maybe knowing, I changed few Ad units on my site from AdSense to Content to Referral Ads.They…