GoodSearch – You Do The Searching And They Do The Giving

Do you have a favorite charity you like donating to? How about your local church for one of their ministries? GoodSearch is a way to generate revenue for your church, charity, school or organization every time you do a search using their search engine. Good Search is powered by Yahoo so you know that your searches will be what you are looking for, plus each search you do through Good Search generates revenue.

According to GoodSearch, each search you complete will generate approximately one cent to the cause of your choosing, and they provide this chart to demonstrate the amount of money that could be generated in one years time.

Charity or School SizeNumber of SupportersAverage Searches Per DayEstimated Revenue/Year

On their website GoodSearch has a database of charities you can select from or you can add your favorite church, school, organization or charity to the list. Your computer will remember which you have specified to receive the revenue. It is that simple.

So how do you generate even more revenue from GoodSearch?

GoodSearch also has sponsor sites in their GoodShop web site. When you select one of the participating merchants, such as Amazon, Staples, Petsmart, FTD florist, eBay, Best Buy and many others, part of the commission paid when you make a purchase goes to your selected organization etc.

So how do you spread the word about GoodSearch and generate revenue for the church, charity, organization or others that you wish to support?

You can do like I am doing and write a Blog post about GoodSearch. Others suggestions include sending emails to garner support, distribute flyers at your church or school, you can even place a logo on your website stating you support GoodSearch.

Get creative and come up with your own ideas on how to get the word out.

The best part is that you will be supporting a group of your choosing and helping the group in a time when they need monetary assistance more than ever.

What do you think of this idea? Is it something that interests you or your supporters?

Comments welcome.

Source – GoodSearch

Would You Buy The Google Chrome OS CR-48 Laptop For $11,100?

First let me start by saying, Google made it very clear to those who received their new CR-48 laptop computer with their very own Google Chrome OS, that is was not supposed to be sold, loaned nor even given away. These are the exact words in the Google agreement when you sign-up to be part of the pilot program:

I agree to not sell or transfer the device to anyone else, unless under written instruction from Google to do so.

But someone put their CR-48 up for sale on eBay starting the bidding at 1 cent. After 36 bids the offers had increased to $11,100. Even the original box that the CR-48 came in was being sold for $99 on eBay. Some were clever in their wording saying that they were not actually selling the device. But you were welcome to go ahead and bid anyway.

Google didn’t take kindly to those who were selling their laptops saying they were actually considered stolen property:

If you buy one of the Cr-48 Notebooks that pops up on eBay, you are in fact purchasing stolen property. Google had these laptops manufactured specifically to test out their new operating system, and shipped them to people who agreed to test them over the coming months. Anyone who is selling one this soon has in effect stolen said laptop from Google.

Google knew that some of their systems would in fact tried to be sold. I would venture a guess that Google has the legal muscle to go after those who seem to have ignored the agreement.

For me I believe that those of us who received a computer from Google and accepted the agreement, have the responsibility to complete and fulfill what I believe is a legal contract.

With that being said I will sell mine at a discount for only $10,000! LOL

Just joking Google. I am  typing this post on your product as I am sure you can tell by tracking my moves.

Comments welcome.

Source – Fast Company

Turn Off Conversation View In Your Gmail Account – Coming Soon

Today the folks at Google announced a feature that I personally look forward to using.Currently Google stores your incoming mails in what they call ‘conversations’. I look at this feature like storing all messages from the same source into one single folder. To me this is a hassle when I am looking for one single message from one single source.

By being able to turn ‘conversation’ off, every message will be listed by itself, just like a real email program should do it. LOL On the Google site they also state:

This feature will be rolling out over the next few days so if you don’t see it immediately, check back in a bit. And once you try it out, let us know what you think.

I can let you know what I think even before it arrives. Two thumbs up!

Comments welcome.

Source – Google

Google Changes Forever

There should be an image here!It’s not really unusual for Google to make massive changes to the way it delivers search results. No, really, it’s not a huge shocker there. But what about Google’s latest changes? How does this affect SEO? Is SEO even a factor? Was it ever a factor?

Google’s Matt Cutts explains that in reality, the dynamic changes that the new real time Google query results present translate into nothing more than speed for the end user. Any perceived SEO benefit is nothing.

Okay, perhaps the fact is that it could change SEO over the long term, but this idea that now people are going to start trying to rank letters instead of keywords and other nonsense is kind of silly. As of today, I have found that things are running pretty much as normal. So the next time today you read about SEO coming to an end due to Google’s latest changes, remember that it’s all relative.

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Google Chrome Warns You If A Site Is Down

Google has added a nice feature to their Chrome browser that hopefully will be added to other browsers as well. When you go to a web site, and the site is down, Chrome provides a user with this message:

“Other users are also experiencing difficulties connecting to this site, so you may have to wait a few minutes.”.

So what do you think? Is this one new feature enough to make you switch to Chrome or will you be sticking with your current browser?

Comments welcome.

Source – Rudefox

The Google-Verizon Proposal Is Nothing More Than A ‘Proposal’

The sky is falling crowd has been having a field day since last week, when it was announced that Google and Verizon were in the process of some type of a deal. The rumors were flying that Google [once again], was going against their ‘do no evil’ mantra. Today the two companies announced their proposal for a direction that the Internet and FCC should take.

But this is exactly what the announcement was. A ‘proposal’ not a secret behind the door deal designed to sabotage net neutrality. But more like recommendations that could open the dialogue and provide congress with a direction to take and hopefully protect all consumers as well as service providers.

But the task is not going to be easy. With the authority of the FCC in question following a court decision in favor of Comcast, congress is going to have to address this and other issues.

If you haven’t read the Google-Verizon proposal, check out the link below.

Share your thoughts with us and let us know what you think.

Comments as always are welcome.

Source – Google

Google To FTC – Radio & Television Were Also Going To Kill Newspapers

The folks at Google have presented a case to the FTC, in which it has provided a history lesson, on previous attempts by the newspaper industry to cry wolf. In seems that Google recalls when both radio and television were the villains, including an all inclusive statement which said:

The large profit margins newspapers enjoyed in the past were built on an artificial scarcity: Limited choice for advertisers as well as readers. With the Internet, that scarcity has been taken away and replaced by abundance. No policy proposal will be able to restore newspaper revenues to what they were before the emergence of online news. It is not a question of analog dollars versus digital dimes, but rather a realistic assessment of how to make money in a world of abundant competitors and consumer choice.

The document itself is a masterpiece and serves as a history lesson for anyone who chooses to read it. Google also provides a lesson in fair use, copyright, and also a schooling on the First Amendment.

Both the FTC and the entire newspaper industry need to read this document.

It will become a classic in the annals of the Internet and how it changed the entire world, including how news was presented to the masses.

You can read the entire document here.

Have A Google AdSense Account? Do Not Have Family & Friends Click On The Ads!

One of the ways that bloggers can generate revenue on their Web site is to set up a Google AdSense account. The process is fairly simple and the folks at Google are more than willing to place their advertisements on your site. On most Web sites, you, the owner, can also select where the ads appear and in some cases can even specify what type of ads should appear on your site.

I am not an expert on the way Google operates its AdSense program nor do I have a clue on how the company decides what ads will appear on any given Web site. But I do know one thing. If Google selects your site in the AdSense program, do not contact your family or friends and have them click on the ads to help you generate income.

Here’s why.

Google keeps track of the number of visitors to your site as well as the number of advertisements that are clicked upon. Though the exact formula that Google uses to determine abusive behavior is a guarded secret, common sense would dictate that if you have 100 visitors a day, with 25 ad clicks, something is definitely wrong.

So what is an average visitor to click ratio?

I can only speak for myself. I checked from July 1, 2007 to July, 2010, and the average percentage was 2.10; this translates into every 100 visitors averaging about two ad clicks.  Your mileage may vary.

A word of caution. If you have your family and friends click on the ads hosted on your site by Google, your account WILL be suspended or terminated.

Comments welcome.

Paid Search Is Gaining Steam

There should be an image here!Even though the economy has had its share of pain, it looks like paid search is on the definite uptick. Perhaps I should clarify that statement by pointing out that it’s the spending, that is seeing an increase.

This article indicates that paid search is simply seeing a massive bounce back, despite the cloudy market of the recession. Clearly people have products and services to sell and they’re looking to get the word out anyway possible.

I think things will likely settle down once the advertisers see the lack of spending on the side of the consumer, but at the same time, I doubt we’ll see paid search taking much of a negative hit here.

Microsoft Dumps ‘Bing Cashback’ – You Will Have 1 Year To Use Your Bing Bucks

Microsoft tried an experiment that seems not to have lived up to expectations. Called ‘Bing Cashback’ the program involved thousands of advertisers trying to reach you the Internet shopper with what was claimed were deals. Microsoft claims that by eliminating the cashback program they will be able to introduce a better experience both for advertisers and for the shoppers who use Bing. The only problem is that Microsoft doesn’t say what the fabulous experience is going to be.

On their blog site they stated that:

Why are we doing this? When we originally began to offer the cashback feature, it was designed to help advertisers reach you with compelling offers, and to provide a new type of shopping experience that would change user behavior and attract a bunch of new users to Bing.

In lots of ways, this was a great feature – we had over a thousand merchant partners delivering great offers to customers and seeing great ROI on their campaigns, and we were taking some of the advertising revenue and giving it back to customers. But after a couple of years of trying, we did not see the broad adoption that we had hoped for.

So we are taking all the learning from the effort and putting it into some new programs for you and our advertisers designed to provide amazing shopping experiences for consumers and great opportunities for advertisers.

I personally still do not believe that Microsoft understands search as well as Google does. It would be like me going down and buying a Ferrari. Just because I own a fast car it does not make me a race car driver. Microsoft is going to struggle with search for a long time. By giving up the cashback offer, they seem to understand that no matter what they do, even buying Yahoo, is not going to help.

Just my two cents.

Comments welcome.

Source – Bing blog

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Google Sued For Wrong Walking Directions On Google Maps

What should be a very interesting case to follow, involves a woman who is suing Google for what she claims was bad directions she was given by Google maps. What is also of interest is that the woman was using what she claims were walking direction from Google maps to her Blackberry. She claims that part of the directions included a busy highway that she took and was struck by a car. Her claim is that the road she was on lacked a sidewalk but the Google map didn’t warn her of this.

In a recent article it states that:

Defendant Google, through its “Google Maps” service provided Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg with walking directions that led her out onto Deer valley Drive, a.k.a. State Route 224, a rural highway wit no sidewalks, and a roadway that exhibits motor vehicles traveling at high speeds, that is not reasonably safe for pedestrians.

The Defendant Google expects uses of the walking map site to rely on the accuracy of the walking directions given….

As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless, and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Laren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle…

But there is more. Google maps for walking directions has this warning:

Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.

What is not clear is if this warning was included in the Blueberry version of Google maps that the woman used.

This is a picture of the roadway on which the victim was hit by the car:

This made me wonder if this woman was not blind, wouldn’t she have noticed that there were no sidewalks? Wouldn’t she also notice how much traffic was on the road way, before starting her walk on same?

I know these are reasonable questions that a prudent person would ask. What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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Google AdSense – A Look Inside

Google has decided to open its doors and let us look inside its AdSense program. On its blog site it states it is doing this in the name of transparency and to make public how the program works. On its blog, Google shows how revenues are generated and how the wealth is spread between itself and the sites that host AdSense advertisements. Since 2003, Google has protected this information and we in the AdSense world were left on our own to try and figure out how the program functioned behind the scenes. On its blog site, Google states:

As you may already know, AdSense is comprised of several products. The most popular are AdSense for content, which allows publishers to generate revenue from ads placed alongside web content, and AdSense for search, which allows publishers to place a custom Google search engine on their site and generate revenue from ads shown next to search results. Since AdSense for content and AdSense for search offer publishers different services, the revenue shared with publishers differs for each of these products.

AdSense for content publishers, who make up the vast majority of our AdSense publishers, earn a 68% revenue share worldwide. This means we pay 68% of the revenue that we collect from advertisers for AdSense for content ads that appear on your sites. The remaining portion that we keep reflects Google’s costs for our continued investment in AdSense — including the development of new technologies, products and features that help maximize the earnings you generate from these ads. It also reflects the costs we incur in building products and features that enable our AdWords advertisers to serve ads on our AdSense partner sites. Since launching AdSense for content in 2003, this revenue share has never changed.

We pay our AdSense for search partners a 51% revenue share, worldwide, for the search ads that appear through their implementations. As with AdSense for content, the proportion of revenue that we keep reflects our costs, including the significant expense, research and development involved in building and enhancing our core search and AdWords technologies. The AdSense for search revenue share has remained the same since 2005, when we increased it.

There is more information on the Google blog site which further explains the in and outs and how in the future, the revenue formula could be changed.  I would just like to know how Google determines which ads are placed on a site? I know on my site revenue is like a roller coast, with lows and highs, which I personally have never been able to figure out.

Do you have a clue on how Google decides which ads go where and why a particular ads generates a higher revenue return than others? Signed, curious. LOL

Comments welcome.

Source – Google blog

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Google CEO – TV Ads Will Be A Cash Cow

Google wants to do to TV advertising what that have successfully done to the Internet, and if every thing falls into place this would be another cash cow for the company. In an interview CEO Schmidt stated that he believes that Google’s target ads would be more beneficial for advertisers since the ads would be specific to specific viewers. The Google CEO was not sure who would be impacted by these changes but would could guess that it would be Madison Avenue.

The article also states that:

Schmidt also said that TV “has not been reinvented in any significant way since color television was brought in in the mid-1960s,” but that now thanks to the power of the processors inside modern television sets, they can run a full web browser and “you click a button and boom, there you are with the Internet.”

Good point. TV and newspapers have been basically do the same thing for years and need to reinvent themselves in order to survive. Which makes one wonder. How far will the Feds allow Google to go before hitting the company with the monopoly card?

Comments welcome.

Source- Gigaom

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