Visual Tags Button For WordPress 2.3

A few new features were implemented in the latest WordPress 2.3. One of the additions was integrated tagging support. If you were using other tagging plugins previously, you can import your tags using the importer tool. This is a great addition to the core system but it lacked visual display for the available tags. There should have been a section that displayed all previous used tags just like what is available for the categories section.

Click Tags was developed to overcome this problem. It adds the list of tags above the textbox so that you can easily select a previous tag to use. This helps to keep your tagging consistent.

I still haven’t upgraded to version 2.3. I have read some people having problems with it. I will consider upgrading when I have the time next week.


“Type supercheapoem.com in Internet Explorer” Email Is A Spam

I got an email in my inbox two days ago with the title “Type supercheapoem .com ln |nternet Exp|orer”. The content of the email reads “5ave 9O% 0n 50FT\/\/ARE”.

Supercheapoem.com spam email

Since I have no interest in purchasing any software, the email was a total junk to me. In fact, I do not know the sender thus receiving such an email makes it feel like spam. Analyzing the email further, my feeling was further strengthened when some of the letters in the title and content was replaced with symbols instead. Look at the screenshot above and see if you notice which letters were replaced.

Anyway, I checked with the McAfee SiteAdvisor software that I am using. They have not tested the site yet but there was a review by one of the users, dean, an “Experienced Reviewer” and has a reputation score of 9/9. He labeled supercheapoem.com as “Phishing or other scams”. His stats sounds credible to me and here is what he has to say about supercheapoem.com:

This is the infamous “Downloadable Software” scam. The site purports to offer ridiculously low prices on a variety of well-known applications. The prices are so low that the site is an obvious fraud and the software itself, assuming it even exists, is pirated. Examples:

* Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium – $149.95, you save $1,049.05
* Autodesk AutoCAD 2007 – $129.95, you save $3,865.05
* Office 2003 Professional – $69.95, you save $480.05
* Windows Vista Ultimate – $89.95, you save $310.00

The site has been cloned thousands of times by scammers, often using “throw-away” domain names and is promoted through spam. Typically, the sites are registered in China or the Russian Federation, hotbeds of pirated software activity and identity theft. Caveat emptor.

I did a whois check on supercheapoem.com and found the domain was registered to a guy named Alex Rodrigez. The domain name was only registered about a week ago. I did more searching and found that Alex Rodrigez is just an alias used by Leo Kuvayev (the guy’s real name) to register the domain. In fact, he has an entire Wiki entry made just for him — Leo Kuvayev (Wikipedia).

Leo Kuvayev is believed to be the ringleader of one of the world’s biggest spam gangs. He and six business partners were fined $37 million as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts attorney general [1]. It was found that they were responsible for millions of unsolicited e-mails per day.

There is a lot more info about Leo Kuvayev on the Internet. So far, I haven’t read anything positive about him yet. Stay away from supercheapoem.com and any other websites that are offering you a deal that is too good to be true.

How To Reduce Traffic Loss When Using MyBlogLog Widget?

MyBlogLog seems to be a double-edged sword to me. If it is properly utilized, it may help you generate traffic into your blog. However, it was also reported that MyBlogLog reduces your blog earnings. Therefore, to keep or to ditch the widget is entirely up to you. If you do plan to keep the widget, here is a simple tip for you to reduce traffic loss through the widget.

When you are creating your MyBlogLog widget, there is an option where you can either show or hide the screen names or your visitor. You should select “Yes” for this option. This enables your readers to open the link in a new window or tab. I always open new links in a new tab so that I do not have to click on the back button after I am done to return to the original blog. I believe there are others who do the same.

Showing screen name in MyBlogLog widget helps reduce traffic loss

On the other hand, selecting not to show the screen names will force your readers to click on the image thus leaving your blog. When that happens, you will either need to be a popular blogger or have created enough enthusiasm in your readers to make them want to click on the back button to return to your blog.

Hiding screen name in MyBlogLog widget will cause traffic loss

There is another method a person can get the most out of MyBlogLog (ie. generating traffic to their blogs without losing traffic or earnings). Sign up and login to MyBlogLog but do not display the MyBlogLog widget in your blog. That way, you will still gain traffic from other blogs through their MyBlogLog widget while making sure none leaves yours. :twisted:

I am not sure if there is a regulation in their ToS that states you have to place their widget in your blog if you are using their service though. So please read their fine prints before proceeding.

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Google Adsense Personal Identification Number (PIN)

I encountered a problem earlier on when I tried to key in the PIN number I received into the Adsense system. I tried it today and it works. Here is a chronology of what happened.

Adsense card front

I received a letter from Google a few days ago. It looks like a self printed “letter-card” type of thing by Google and was folded in half. I was actually a little surprised and disappointed with it. I thought that they would at least send it in an envelope or something.

Adsense card back

The back of the card was printed with the Google logo.

Adsense card peep in between

The funny thing is that the front of the card was printed with the text “Important Account Information Enclosed” but the card was only “sealed” with small round tapes at all three ends. Anyone could have taken a peak by looking through the gab in between each tape.

Adsense card content

The above is the content of the card. There are some instructions on where you can insert the PIN (you should already know where by now). The most important part is the PIN number.

Adsense insert PIN successful

Everything is ok when you get the screenshot above.

MyBlogLog Implements Yahoo Sign-In

I occasionally check my MyBlogLog stats to see the number of offsite clicks. It is good to know which links that attracted the most interest among my readers. That way, I get to tune my writing to encourage more click-throughs to the website or blog that I intend to write about.

MyBlogLog requires a Yahoo login ID

This is when I noticed that MyBlogLog has implemented a Yahoo sign-in. I thought to myself, “Wow. Yahoo has just bought over MyBlogLog. I must blog about this ASAP.” Thank goodness that I searched for more information on this. It seems that this is stale news and that Yahoo was reported having interest to purchase MyBlogLog even in January this year.

I sort of hate it when things like this happen. It is just that I have to do something extra before I can continue using the service. I still have no idea when is the official date of this MyBlogLog purchase. Why did the implementation of the Yahoo login too so long?