Staff on August 23rd, 2009

MAJ.com has been stolen. The owner Mazen Ghani has reported on Namepros just few minutes back.

Hacker has hacked the hotmail email id of the owner thereby getting into the Moniker account and pushed the name. The name MAJ.com is still with Moniker and hence i hope there is reasonable chances of the owner getting back the name.

First of all i feel sorry for the owner. High priced domains changing hands just because one can hack an email id is a bit ridiculous. Its time we have some option where by a written authorization is required for internal transfers and external transfers.

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Changing Google Adsense Publisher Id alone won’t work anymore. This used to be the way till sometime back. But now Google has changed the way it works and lets see why changing the publisher id alone won’t display the Google Adsense ads.

You have bought a website or a template which is monetized using Google Adsense Ads. The first step for you is to change the Google Adsense Publisher Id and upload the site making sure the earnings go to your Google Adsense Account. But changing adsense publisher id alone won’t work and your ads won’t get displayed. This is because in addition to the Google Adsense Publisher Id, Google also requires something called google_ad_slot.

Before going further lets take a look at the Google’s new adsense code.

Google Adsense New Code

You will notice Google has introduced the google_ad_slot which says what colors, fonts, ads type will be chosen while displaying the Google Adsense Ads. In the Google’s old adsense code these attributes will be there in the code itself as shown below.

Google Adsense Old Code

So now you can see the way Google Adsense Ads are working. In addition to changing the Google Adsense Publisher Id you will also need to know the google_ad_slot which is a unique number which will be generated by Google when you create the ads inside your Google Adsense account.

The advantage of google_ad_slot is that you don’t have to go and change the adsense codes in each of your website pages for chaning the color, type etc of the ads. You can simply change these things in your Adsense account and the changes will be reflected in all the website pages which are using these adsense codes.

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Staff on August 19th, 2009

First for those interested, I have my domain CheapCars.info at Bido’s no reserve auction on 21st August 2009 i.e on Friday this week.

I was going through this week’s auction list at Bido. The following are the ones that caught my eyes.

1. GoldTrends.info

This name definitely has development potential. I love Gold, well who doesn’t.

2. 3CU.com
3. Z-L.com

3 character .coms at no reserve auction.

4. MilkChocolate.in

I love Chocolates too and this one can find a few end users.

5. CheapCars.info

201,000“Exact” Global Monthly Searches
823,000 - “Broad” Global Monthly Searches

Huge number of monthly searches at Google. No way you can go wrong with this one.

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Staff on August 15th, 2009

Sedo Parking is something i prefer mostly for my non-english traffic. Normally Sedo pays the parking revenue anywhere between 7th – 9th of the month or atleast this has been my experience.

Recently i had an offer at Sedo for one of my domains and i accepted it. The domain transfer required me to send some signed documents to Sedo to initiate the transfer as it was an european domain. This coincided with the parking payment date.

I did inform Sedo that i can do a quick free push so that the Buyer can then update the whois details at his convenience for which these signed documents(Buyer can do it himself as he has the domain in his account in this case) are required and it will save time and effort for everyone. Actually i did the free push for a similar european domain earlier for my previous sale at Sedo. I did quote all these things and said it will take a few days for me to send the transfer documents if they insist me to do it that way. Sedo Transfer Agent in this case wanted to go through the signed document method.

No matter how small or big a deal is, i always make sure i do everything possible to close the deal at the earliest from my side.
But for this deal as informed to Sedo earlier, I couldn’t find time to send the transfer documents and it was dragging a bit i guess for around 3 days. To my surprise i didn’t get my Sedo Parking payment till 10th. I had a hunch that my Sedo Parking revenue has been on hold may be because they want me to send the signed transfer documents for the domain sale. I waited till 11th and i was more or less sure that this is the reason.

On 11th late in the evening i got some time and i sent the transfer documents they wanted. In an hour or so i got an email confirming Sedo has received my transfer documents and in another two minutes i got another email saying they are about to send my Sedo Parking payment. It could have been a rare coincidence or the obvious. I can’t say for sure.

But the best thing one can do is to complete any sale pending with Sedo at the earliest possible date.

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