Are You Gonna Nang My Innit?

I am lucky enough to have attracted someone who wanted to be a guest blogger in this technology blog. However, this person does not wish to disclose his/her identity yet under certain circumstances. After reading the guest post, I agreed to publish it in my blog.

Please note that the post below is a guest post. It wasn’t written by me. However, I do share some of the sentiment brought up in the post. Critics and comments are highly welcomed to help improve the services and purpose of the said website.

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Innit. The latest system available from Nuffnang which promises to drive traffic to Nuffnangers. It’s definitely a very promising move and caring at the same time as traffic fundamentally is the core subject in determining a person’s blog earning or more specifically in this case, one’s Nuffnang’s earning.

The reason it’s caring and controversial at the same time lies on its aim of increasing traffic volume. Advertisers pay more for higher traffic blogs, no doubt. Hence, by increasing blogger’s traffic in a legitimate way, it helps the bloggers to have a much wider exposure and hence advertisers paying them a higher premium in return, more or less a deliberate attempt of a win-win situation from both ends.

However, this key feature isn’t exactly an easy task. How do you deliberate exposes the blogs to a whole new level in spite of the existing available means?

The platform the current bloggers in the Malaysia and Singapore region relies on their own Project Petaling Street and Ping.Sg. So, the million dollar question is, what makes Innit standout to outperform the existing platforms?

From the prevailing Innit outlook, it looks like another format of Ping.sg. Though Ping.sg is more or less restricted to Singapore bloggers, Innit caters for only pure nuffnangers.

This is the dilemma, both ping.sg and PPS both are the bigger pie of audience but Innit is merely an intersection faction of either, which in a way means their exposure can be in fact less than the 2 older platforms, i.e. less audience. This is then quite worrying, because the main selling point is driving traffic, and traffic relies on audience. Of course, the positive note from it is that it’s a combination of both regions of nuffnangers…

For the PPS users ( since they don’t use Ping.sg ), Innit’s “nang” function does offer a breath of creativity. Where users can see which is the most attractive or “digged” the most. But then again, noticing the “nang” trends, it just relates to us the same psychology effect of whether you get the necessary traffic from PPS, it’s mostly based on the “attractiveness” of the title of the entry. But isn’t this the same logic that’s being apply to PPS users as well? By default, most nuffnangers are PPS users also…

Therefore, Innit doesn’t actually offer what we don’t already know from driving traffic when in fact it applies the same principle as PPS and Ping.sg.

To conclude, the most fundamental aspect at the moment that would really make Innit stands out is how enthusiastic are the Nuffnangers, are they going to be the force to distinguish themselves from the existing PPS and Ping.Sg users and make the nuffnang community readership beyond our common logic or comprehension ?

So, this post is gonna be on Innit, I wonder if it’ll be “nang”ed ?

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Since it is almost 5 am, I couldn’t really think straight right now. I do have my own opinions regarding Nuffnang’s Innit as well. I will put them in the comments area or update this post once I have the time.

If you haven’t already, please nang this post.

Nuffnang 2.0 Launched And Nuffnang Check Received

This post was written and saved as a draft for two days now. Instead of editing it, I will just post it up as it is.

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I had a sneak peak of Nuffnang 2.0 two weeks ago and was fortunate enough to give it a test before the launching date. Nuffnang 2.0 has been launched officially early this morning. I promised Timothy that I will be testing out the system after the launch but have to shamefully admit that…

…I was fast asleep (probably with saliva oozing out of my mouth) well until 7 in the morning.

Welcome to Nuffnang 2.0

A brief summary of what Nuffnang 2.0:
A complete redesign and rebuild from the ground up using the previous model as a reference with additional functions added to the backend of the system. One of the more prominent changes is the new social blog aggregator called innit.

innit: Nuffnang's own blog aggregator

innit looks and feels pretty much like Digg. Since this is the initial launch, you shouldn’t expect much (if any) advanced features in Digg that is incorporated in this new system. So far, it works pretty well with all the basic features in place. Digg has its own digg it! while innit has its innit it nang it! If you ask me, I say that the name innit somehow doesn’t feel right with nang it. Maybe the nang it! should be changed to innit or innit be changed to Nang.

I don’t know. It just feels/sounds a little strange.

First Nuffnang check received

Anyway, I got my first Nuffnang check (a few weeks ago)! It is not much but hey, at least I am making some money. Unlike others who place a few banners in one blog, I only place one type per blog. I guess that is why I am not earning as much or as fast as some of my peers.

There has been a lot of hoo-haa going on about how Nuffnang isn’t “delivering”. In my opinion, when a relationship doesn’t work out, the problem doesn’t always lie on one side. Both sides have their own part to play.

Many also forget that Nuffnang is still considered new and shouldn’t be compared with big timers like Google. I read some people are angry over the fact that when they are not served with ads, the Nuffnang logo is “advertised for free”. If you look back at the earlier posts, this was brought up before. When you help advertise Nuffnang, it gains more exposure. When it gains more exposure, more advertisers will invest thus increasing the chances of you getting an ad.

You scratch my back and I will scratch yours. If you don’t like the way it is now and expects a Google Adsense-like experience, drop the banner and join later when Nuffnang becomes bigger. HongKiat tried both Nuffnang and Advertlets at the start but ended up throwing both banners out the window. If you think placing another banner from some other companies at that slot makes you more money, drop the banner. Please stop whining.

Nuffnang Vs. Advertlets: Masked Attacks In Singapore?

The duel between Nuffnang and Advertlets turned from bad to ugly a few months back in Malaysia. There were the evil Nuffnang Quadruplets, the three course meals and who can forget the ugly battle finale.

Just when you think that both of them will be concentrating on building their own network and strength, another masked attack seemed to have occurred in Singapore. This time, a commentator, Josh the Immature claimed that another commentator, HK Tan could very well be our notorious devil in disguise. How true is it? It could all be just a misunderstanding.

Things started when Nuffnang charged its publishers RM1 / SG$1 for every check that is requested. Josh Lim took this opportunity to give Nuffnang a little whack in the head. I didn’t like the idea of charging the publishers to cover the operational costs too. However, since it is just RM1, I really couldn’t care less.

What surprised me was that some people who earned hundreds of dollars from them were complaining for being charged SG$1. I share the same thoughts as Lilian on this matter. Anyway, that is totally a different topic.

I hope that Nuffnang and Advertlets can co-exist and compete fairly. Any “under-the-belt” jabs are just unethical. Since I am only displaying a banner from one of the two companies, my views may or may not be biased. Think for yourself. You can search through my archives for more information on the two.

Advertlets publishers take note

Do not use the same username and password combination for all of your accounts. This is the second time I am giving out this warning. The first time saw me being threatened with a possible lawsuit.

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You can search through my archives for my reviews on Advertlets. I managed to spot a few bugs in their system back then. I take it that they were new and rushed to get the system live. However, it has been a few months now and for them to still have bugs with their login function is simply unacceptable.

I wonder when they will start hiring real software testers instead of using their publishers as testers. I think I should even ask for a pay for my past “work” for them.

Jeff Ooi Joins Nuffnang

Jeff Ooi joins Nuffnang. Bye bye Advertlets.I remember reading or heard Jeff Ooi praising Nuffnang and mentioned that if he were to join either one of the two blog ad aggregators in Malaysia, it would have been Nuffnang. Join Nuffnang he did.

I don’t know what kind of charm Timothy and Ming has but it seems like they are able to convince and attract more big time bloggers compared to *ahem*. There is no doubt that money could be one of the factors but I wonder if there is anything else apart from that.

I wonder which company will become the first advertiser at Jeff Ooi’s Screenshots.

Why I want to eat at Friday’s

Nuffnang is organizing another blog competition thanks to sponsor TGI Friday’s. So, why I want to eat at Friday’s, you asked?

Only one reason to dine at Friday’s

I am looking for a nice place with great food to bring my girlfriend to dine at. I have only been to Friday’s once. I bought my brother and girlfriend dinner that day. The food was okay since I played it safe by ordering a simple chicken dish. The service provided by the waiters and waitresses was good.

If I am Being among the 50 Nuffnangers selected for the free dinner, I plan to order something exotic to satisfy my taste buds. Most importantly, I plan to have a great time over at Friday’s because I am sure that Friday’s is not just an ordinary restaurant.

What will I do with the RM1,000 cash grand prize

I could use the cash to upgrade my camera with a new lens or other accessories. Instead, I will buy 10 (or more) of my friends dinner over at Friday’s. That is if they are able to serve us great food and a perfect atmosphere for me and my friends to enjoy.

Conclusion

Bottom line is that I am looking for a great place to bring my date to enjoy a great meal with excellent service and atmosphere. If TGI Friday’s cannot provide me with what I want, please do not invite me over for dinner.

Thank you very much.