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Rotatee.com Launches

February 1, 2008 by Hari

RotateeHere it is today… After working on it for so long, i’m finally launching Rotatee.com today. As i said in my last post, Rotatee is a remotely-hosted banner rotation service. It can also be considered as a simpler and better alternative for my GotBanners plugin. Users can get going in three simple steps:

  1. Create a campaign
  2. Add the ad codes that you wish to rotate and assign them a weight
  3. Just place the one-line code, that Rotatee gives, on your website

For more details, check out the site Rotatee.com. The site is in closed beta. But, as the readers of GotChance, you can get a taste of our service before others do. Just enter “gotchance” as the invite code to Sign up. (This is not like the testing mentioned in my previous post. All data will still be there even after the site opens to the public). Hurry, it is only available for first 100 sign ups.

Looking forward to hearing your comments and suggestions…

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Posted in Advertising, Blogging, Products, Tools.
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Rotatee – Easy Banner Rotation Service

December 28, 2007 by Hari

RotateeFor sometime, I’ve been telling people that I’m working on a new project. Finally, its nearing launch. The website I’ve been telling of is Rotatee.com. As you can see from the name, it is a Banner Rotation service. You can manage the banners that you wish to rotate, remotely. I’ve made the website really simple to use. I’ve also provided some decent stats along with a pie chart showing Banner performance.

I’ve not yet launched the site publicly. Before public launch, i’d like to give the readers of this blog to try it out. I expect to discover and iron out some bugs during this test. So, if you’re interested in testing it out, just make a comment on this post and I’ll set you up with an account. This is a private beta and I’ll erase all data before launch. But, don’t worry, I’ll let the testers know before doing so.

So, if you’re interested, just leave a comment. Also, feel free to give your comments and suggestions…

Posted in Advertising, Tools.
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Feed Analysis – Excellent Tool

December 9, 2007 by Hari

Feed Analysis


The Feed Analysis tool from Blogging Perfume is a tool to analyze your Feedburner feeds. It provides great graphical info about your Feed subscriptions. They are more informative and great to look at that Feedburner’s.

When i visited the page last time, you had to upload a CSV (downloaded from Feedburner) to view your statistics. That is not required now. You just have to enter your Feed title. I think the former is better. Because this new feature allows anonymous access to your statistics.

Go try out Feed Analysis here and let me know your comments.

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11 Ways To Help Your Visitors Promote YOU

September 13, 2007 by Hari

Social bookmarking sites are among the most popular sites on the web and they are the greatest sources of traffic for any blog. So, you should make sure that your posts hit the doorsteps of these sites. Having a busy schedule (:P) it is not practically possible for us bloggers to go and submit our posts to these sites. Instead we can let our visitors do it. It also makes sure that only the posts that people like are being submitted. So, here are 11 tools that can help your visitors promote your site/blog :

Official Tools :

Many of these social bookmarking sites have their own official tool to be used on blogs and websites.

  1. Digg : One of the most popular tools out there. They integrate like a charm into your website.
  2. Del.icio.us & Tagometer :Launched just towards the end of 2006, the Tagometer has gained a lot of popularity.
  3. Reddit : Cool buttons from the most popular Digg-alike.
  4. Facebook : The recently most-hyped social network’s “Share” buttons.
  5. StumbleUpon : Let your posts get discovered. I would call SU as the best source of “Instant Traffic”.

UnOfficial Tools :

These tools, thought unofficial, allows users a wide range of options to share and also saves a lot of space.

  1. MadKast : One of the easiest tools out there. But, i would call this a bit Intrusive, since they occupy the space near the post title.
  2. AddThis : The easiest and the most popular out there. Especially because of the fact that it can be used on Non-blog sites too with ease.
  3. Social Bookmark Link Creator : A very flexible plugin that allows you to generate the links for these bookmarking sites.
  4. Sociable : Very popular wordpress plugin, mainly due its very cool look.
  5. Share This : Probably The most popular Social Bookmarking plugin out there for WordPress. I use this too.

Bonus (Err.. Not Really)

NetScape Widget : I have separated this from the rest of the list due to the fact that NetScape might get closed down. Otherwise, a great tool to use for NetScape. Though unofficial, it competes with the official ones of Digg and Reddit. Kudos ! ! !

Hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to add to the list, if you know any more.

Posted in Blogging, Tools, WordPress Plugins.
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API4RSS – Very nice API Service

August 30, 2007 by Hari

Today morning, i received a mail from Ollie, letting me know about a new service that he has created. It is called API 4 RSS. API4RSS is a tool that allows you to display an RSS Feed on any page by just including One Line of Javascript. It was primarily started with the aim of displaying an RSS feed on a Million Dollar Wiki page (read about how it began).

I was amazed by the simplicity of the site. You just have to enter the URL of the RSS feed that i want to display and some formatting options. Then, you get 2 types of code.

  1. A Line of JavaScript code
  2. 6 Lines of code for use on a Media Wiki page, eg Million Dollar Wiki.

They even allow you to use your own Stylesheet of the feed, which is very nice. Here’s an example :



Posted in Services, Tools.
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5 Ways to monitor your Site’s Status

August 2, 2007 by Hari

Its really impossible for anyone to sit in front of the Computer 24 hours and monitor if your website is UP or DOWN. But this is really essential for everyone. There are some nice services available which can monitor your site’s status 24 x 7.


Montastic

Montastic is the first thing that i would recommend when it comes to Website Status Monitoring. Its completely free. It is really “The free website monitoring service that doesn’t suck”. I have been using them for few days now and really nice. I like their RSS feature and the “No unreasonable limit on the number of websites monitored”.


SiteUptime

SiteUptime is the next best one out there. They have three different plans : Free, Premium and Advanced. The free plan is too basic with just one monitor and 30/60 minute checks.


Free Web Monitoring

Free Web Monitoring is the first service that i used and i continue to use it even today. They have 60 minute checking time too, but, they allow multiple sites in a single account.


upPanel

upPanel was the second service that i started using. They have 3 plans too. I had the Free plan which had 30 minute lowest interval. Their Basic and Pro accounts have very nice features like AIM Alerts, SMS Alerts, Skype Alerts and Phone Alerts.


FreeSiteStatus

I read about this service over here. The features are not very clear. I think, signing up is free. But, you have to pay to start monitoring websites. The pricing depends on the number of URLs to be monitored, the time interval etc.. which can be calculated from here. This isn’t something i would recommend.




So, i suggest that you take a look at the above services and get the most out these by signing up for multiple ones. I suggest signing up for Montastic, upPanel and Free Web Monitoring.

Posted in Tools, Web Development.
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Safari doesn’t obey Windows’ Shortcuts ?

July 28, 2007 by Hari

Today i found something really weird. I was making a small change to this theme (actually made Pings and Comments separate) and wanted to test out in all the browsers. So i opened up my Firefox, Internet Explorer 7, Opera and the recently launched Safari for Windows. After checking everything in all the browsers, i presses Winkey + M, which is meant to be a “Minimize All” command. But, the Safari windows was still maximized. All others went down to the taskbar. I tried few more times. The same happened. I am one dumb man when it comes to System bugs, so, i thought “Might be due to the fact that Safari looks different from other Windows ?”. What a crazy doubt. Anyway, to clear this up,i opened my Pownce Adobe Air application. It obeyed it very much.

So, might this be a consequence of the never-ending MS-Apple war ? Who is to be accused for this ? Lol.

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