Thursday, July 31, 2008

Has Google Adsense gone wacky?

Has anyone noticed that lately their Google Adsense stats seem to have gone totally wacky? Mine is showing that I had over 66,000 page views yesterday and over 40,000 page views most every day this week. Now, I know I have been doing lots of advertising, promotions, and commenting, but I just don't really think that is possible to go from a max of 700 a day to 66,000. Have they recently changed their algorithm related to Entrecard visits? That is the only thing that I can think of that would make that big of a difference. Don't get me wrong, I am happy that I have that many page views, but I just want to make sure that it's accurate and that my adsense earnings reflect it. As I've said, I'm desperate for money right now so if this is really true I hope that the adsense earnings will increase as much as the number of page views.


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Domains on Yahoo

A couple of years ago, I got started building websites by purchasing a domain from yahoo small business. With that first purchase, I had no clue how to build a website either so I used their web builder and found that it was really easy to use. Most of the websites that I currently have are prebuilt websites, but I would really like to get back to building my own. Over the next couple of months I am going to be focusing on building my list of domains up to at least 30. I have let a few of the nonperformers expire, but I am now trying to start building again. I need to try to make $10,000 in the next 5 months or I am going to be in big trouble financially.


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Win a Flip Video Camera from John Chow

Here is your last chance to win the Flip Video digital camcorder from John Chow. The contest ends tonight, so visit his site asap for details. These digital video recorders from Pure Digital are so cool and easy to use. They make adding video to your blog as simple as flipping a USB switch. Not only can you win the camera but you can also win a supply of Bic Promo Pens. Hurry, this contest ends tonight!


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Flooring Shops available in many states

Service Excellence has Flooring Shops available in many states. Shops pay $15.00. Each month, 4 lucky shoppers will win a $25.00 gas card. Service Excellence Group would like to reward you by including your name in the drawing for every shop you submit on time and receives a rating of 9 or above.

Salinas, CA [US]
San Luis Obispo, CA [US]
Santa Barbara, CA [US]
Arvada, CO [US]
Johnstown, CO [US]
Twin Falls, ID [US]
Baton Rouge, LA [US]
Gonzales, LA [US]
Osage Beach, MO [US]
Missoula, MT [US]
Canton, OH [US]
Bethlehem, PA [US]
Wyomissing, PA [US]
Dallas, TX [US]
Cody, WY [US]



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Fun and Easy Retail Shop

Customer Service Experts has a fun and easy opportunity for you at your local cosmetics and bath store.

You will be required to purchase a specific shower product that you reimbursed forup to $20.00. There a specific shop scenario you must follow. The shop pay is $10 and the shops should be completed between August 4th and August 10th.

Employee interaction and store evaluation is required. A detailed online form will need to be submitted 24 hours upon shop completion.

Available Shops:
* AZ: Scottsdale->

* CA: Beverly Hills, Carmel, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Monica->

* CO: Aspen, Boulder->

* CT: Uncasville->

* DC: Washington->

* FL: Ft. Myer's, Miamai, North Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa->

* GA: Atlanta->

* HI: Honolulu, Maui->

* IL: Chicago, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Schaumburg->

* KS: Lenexa->

* LA: New Orleans->

* MA: Boston, Cambrisge, Natick->

* MD: Bethesda->

* MI: Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy->

* MN: Bloomington->

* MO: St. Louis->

* NJ: Atlantic, Edison->

* NY: New York->

* OH: Beachwood, Cincinnati, Dublin->

* OR: Portland->

* PA: Philadelphia->

* RI: Providence->

* TN: Memphis->

* TX: Dallas, Houston->

* VA: McLean->

* WA: Bellevue, Seatte->

* WI: Mayfair->



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Last Day To Enter The Contest

Today is the last day to enter the contest. Please make sure you get your entries in by midnight to be eligible for the prizes. Once the contest ends, I should have everything tallied up and available at some point tomorrow evening. Good Luck to everyone who entered.


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Low Carb Parmesan Almond Encrusted Tilapia

Have you heard about the Great American Seafood Cook off? Well for the last 5 years there has been a Great American Seafood Cookoff where Chefs create real seafood recipes of domestic seafood sustainability. If I was entered, I would probably do my Parmesan Almond Encrusted Tilapia or my Parmesan Shrimp. Both are great for my low carb diet. What about you? What would you do if you were entered? Do you have any great seafood recipes? The event is put on by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board (LSPMB) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)and is held in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am excited about the event because I love seafood and I love the health aspects of seafood. Living in Florida I can really appreciate the benefits of fresh, local seafood. One of my favorite seafood restaurants is Dixie Crossroads in Titusville, Florida. They are famous for their Rock Shrimp that is cooked and served in a manner similar to lobster. When it is served to you, it really resembles little baby lobsters. Yum yum! With the Great American Seafood Cookoff, they basically give you a set of ingredients and a time limit and you have to create something masterful. I think that sounds fun and challenging. Tickets for the event can be purchased for as low as $10.00.

# 4 tilapia filets
# 1/3 cup lemon juice
# 2 cups crushed almonds
# 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
# 1/3 cup chardonnay
# 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
# 3 teaspoons rosemary and garlic herb blend
# Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and salt the tilapia filets. Combine the lemon juice, mayonnaise, and chardonnay in one bowl. Combine the almonds, Parmesan cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in another bowl. Dip filets, one at a time, in mayonnaise mixture, and then roll it in pistachio mixture until fully covered. Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Place the 4 filets on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until you can poke a fork in the center of the filet and the fish pulls apart easily in the middle. Makes a yummy low carb dinner.





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Pictures from my backyard


My New Hibiscus Bush


I Love It!



The Fence Line
I like the vines growing over the fence.






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Contest Announcement

**Sticky Post**
I am running a contest from now(July 17) until midnight on July 31st.

Here is what you can win:

Grandprize includes all of the following:
500 Entrecard Credits
Italian Charm Bracelet With 5 Charms
125x125 button on my blog for one month
$50.00 Target Gift Card

The top three in the points standing will receive 300 Entrecard Credits each, but the Grandprize will be awarded to one person by random drawing.

The rules are simple:
Comments on a post=1pt(you can earn points for each real comment that you leave, not just good or cool) Can be on any post from July 17th to July 31st.

Earn Extra Points by doing any of the following:
Stumble This=1pt
Digg This=2pts
Add to Faves on Technorati=1pt
RSS Subscribe=2pt
Blog about this contest=5pts

Just think by subscribing and leaving one comment, you would have 3 chances to win. :) Please leave a comment on this post for each action you take, ie Stumble, blog, Digg as those will all add up. For each comment or additional points that you earn, your name and website will be put on a slip of paper and dropped into a bag for the Grand Prize Drawing. The Grand Prize drawing will be held on August 1st and I will have one of my front desk clerks draw it. Any questions, please email me at denashops@yahoo.com.

Good Luck!


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hurry, contest ends tomorrow at midnight!

My first contest is coming to an end tomorrow at midnight. I hope you continue to comment on posts until the contest ends. I'm really happy with the turnout so far and I hope that future contests will be even more successful. My 2 year blog anniversary is in less than 3 months, so I would love to hear your ideas for future contests. I also plan to do another contest in either August to keep things rolling, so I am open to ideas for that as well.

If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment.


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Student Loans

I don't know about you but I still have a couple of outstanding student loans that I am still paying on every month. I graduated in 1992, and in the beginning had a lot of trouble making ends meet so I would take advantage of deferments. I now wish that I wouldn't have done that because now I am still paying on these loans and I have paid thousands of dollars of unnecessary interest.

If you have any loans, you might want to consider student loan consolidation. If you have more than one, you should try consolidating them into one loan. It can make your monthly payments easier and it can actually reduce the payment amount. If you chose to make the payments automatically from your savings account, you can get a 0.25 percent reduction in the interest rate and this can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings at the end of the loan. If you decide to consolidate your loans in the 6-month grace period from the time you graduate, you will benefit from a 0.6 percent interest rate reduction.

The student loan center can help you with Financial Aid Basics as well as consolidations and student loan refinancing. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Question section of the website, as there is a lot of useful information there.




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